BSNL circulates provisional seniority list of JTO (Electricals).
BSNL endorses DPE order enhancing IDA from 16.6% to 16.9% w.e.f.1.4.09.
(Separate order enhancing IDA from 96.8% to 97.3% has also been issued for
non-executive employees who have not got their IDA pay revised)
PROMOTION FROM SDEs TELECOM TO DEs TELECOM:
BSNL is likely to issue promotion order for around 1300 SDEs Telecom to DEs Telecom on
adhoc basis shortly. The order is likely to be issued by the end of May 2009.
Another similar promotion order of around 1100 SDEs Telecom to DEs Telecom on
adhoc basis may be issued in July/August 2009.
IMPLEMENTATION OF REVISED PAY FIXATION ORDER ISSUED BY DPE:
BSNL Management Committee is yet to discuss the Memo proposing implementation of
revised formula for pay fixation in revised IDA scale for BSNL Executives. The
DPE order stipulates taking into account 78.2% of IDA instead of 68.8% as
ordered earlier for the purpose of fitment/fixation in new IDA pay scales. The
Memo is with the Management Committee for over a week. If approved, the proposal
has to be put before the BSNL Board for approval and finally DOT has to give its
consent. The issue is being pursued.
BSNL issues another inter-circle transfer orders in SDE Telecom.
Pleasant surprises continue as fixedline subscriber base increases in March;
BSNL & MTNL too increase count:
After it emerged that the prepaid segment is contributing positively on the ARPU
and MoU front, a new revelation has come out in Trai’s latest figures released
for March wherein the subscriber base of fixedline services is shown to be on
growing side. This trend has long been eluding fixedline operators for many
years. March saw the subscribe base of fixedline services reach 37.96 million as
compared to 37.73 million in February, an increase of 0.23 million. State-run
PSUs BSNL (117,004 increase) and MTNL (59,057) both managed to increase their
fixedline subscriber base. This fact should be heartening for BSNL which has
seen regular erosion of its fixedline subscriber base for the last few years.
Broadband base too increased by 0.37 million to record 6.22 million subscribers
at the end of March 2009. Total wireless subscriber base reached 391.76 million
with 15.64 million new subscribers added in March as compared to 13.82 million
added in February. India’s total telecom subscriber base scaled to 429.72
million with tele-density touching the 36.98 percent mark. (TT)
BSNL issues inter-circle transfer orders in SDE Telecom.
DPE EXAMINES OUR REPRESENTATION ADDRESSED TO SHRI SANTOSH MOHAN DEV, MINISTER OF
HI&PE REQUESTING ACCEPTANCE OF KEY RECOMMENDATIONS OF 2nd PRC:
DPE is now examining our request to accept the key recommendations of 2nd PRC
like categorisation of CPSEs in five categories instead of four as at present
which placed BSNL in A+ category, recommended pay scales and pay fixation method
for the Executives of different CPSEs based on their categorization etc. Our
President, CHQ was contacted on phone by an Officer from DPE on 23.04.2009 and
was requested to fax the copy of our another representation sent earlier. For
details about our representation, please see the postings dated 16.04.2009
appearing in this website.
CHQ writes to Executive Director (F) on reallotment/cancellation of
posting/transfer orders in CAO cadre.'JAG
posts numbering around 350 throughout the country are vacant for a long time and
the CAO (Adhoc) are looking after the functions of these JAG posts and the
resultant vacancy in CAO posts are not be filled up leading to a situation where
the same persons are to perform the functions of CAO as well as JAG. '
23.04.2009: CHQ writes to CVO BSNL thanking him for
getting withdrawn, the DOP&T orders on Vigilance Clearance dated 04.09.2008.
BSNL issues transfer orders for DEs have completed tenure and replacements for
22.04.2009:BSNL sets up unit for overseas foray: 'Moving
aggressively on its overseas expansion plans, state-run BSNL has set up a
separate international business division to explore telecom opportunities
In compliance of judgments of Kerala High Court and Madras High Court, BSNL
after personal hearing of the petitioners, has
withdrawn its controversial orders - No.25-4/2006-Pers II dated 20.08.2007 in
respect of the restructured cadre of Stenographers of Field Units of BSNL.
20.04.2009:BSNL proposes to convene a meeting of DPC
shortly to draw up a panel of JAOs/AAOs for promotion to the cadre of AOs.
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Status of case in Delhi High Court relating to Group A absorption:
The case had been listed for hearing on 13.04.2009. Since the Bench did
not sit for hearing, the case has now been listed for 07.07.2009. But it
is doubtful whether hearing would take place on that date, as it is likely that
the Bench will be reconstituted after vacation.
18.04.2009: Govt mulls ITI merger with BSNL says report: The
government may reportedly merge financially troubled ITI with BSNL, a move which
may add more financial stress to BSNL which itself is facing dwindling financial
results. As per The Times of India report, the move may put BSNL under stress
which is facing supply side constraints and competitive pressures. A senior
official is quoted to have said that ITI does not have manufacturing
capabilities now and its present line of business is in low margin business
verticals implying a remote possibility of turn around for the company. (TT)
CHQ writes to Shri.Santosh Mohan Deb, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public
Enterprises requesting acceptance of key recommendations of Pay Revision
2nd Pay Revision Committee’s scientific and realistic approach to evolve and
recommend revised IDA pay scales for the Executives in the CPSEs based on their
categorization was appreciated by one and all even though there was further
scope to improve upon. But by non- acceptance of these key recommendations, the
very purpose of constitution of Pay Revision Committee seems to have been
CHQ writes to Director (HRD) on Benefit of option to avail revision of pay
scales from date of promotion to executives promoted from non-executive grade
between 1.1.2007 and date of presidential directive:'The
common issue that arises here is exercise of option for choosing to get the date
of revised pay scales. If a set of employees are to be allowed to exercise the
above said option and if the same is
denied to the other set of
employees, it will tantamount to hostile discrimination and violative of the
principles of equality enshrined under Article 14 of the Constitution of India.'
Draconian guidelines for Vigilance Clearance withdrawn:
DoP&T, vide its OM dated 04.09.2008 had introduced very harsh guidelines for
issue of vigilance clearance for officiating, time bound& regular promotions,
issue of NoC for passport, going abroad etc. According to these guidelines VC
was to be denied for three years in case of minor penalty and five years in case
of major penalty. BSNL CVO himself felt that these guidelines were too
harsh and had represented to DoP&T through DoT for withdrawal
of these guidelines. BSNL had even delayed implemention of these guidelines, expecting positive response from DoP&T.
Finally, DoP&T issued
orders on 27.02.2009, withdrawing its earlier OM dated 04.09.2008. DoT and
subsequently BSNL have issued orders endorsing DoP&T OM dated 27.02.2009.
The whole credit of this should go to CVO, BSNL, who continuously pursued
the issue with DoT. But we may expect that some association may claim
credit for this development also, as usual, without doing anything.
BSNL MARKET SHARE LOOKS UP:
BSNL market share in GSM sector improves marginally in March 2009, after
continuous downtrend for a very long time. 25,03,169 connections have been
provided during March 2009, a growth rate of 5.67% over previous month,
taking the market share from 15.94% to 16.19%. Vodofone has overtaken
Bharti Airtel in number of GSM connections provided in March 2009.
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CHQ writes to Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public
Enterprises on removal of aberrations due to the proposal for introduction of
non-standard scales in BSNL: 'In
its latest O.M. dated 02.04.2009 (vide Para 2.vi), DPE has clearly instructed
against introduction of any intermediary scales and has further stressed that
“If there has been any aberrations, they need to be corrected.” In this
connection we are to submit that in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, there are at
present aberrations in respect of two Executive grades at the level of Junior
Telecom Officers/Junior Accounts Officers/equivalent cadres and Sub Divisional
Engineers/Accounts Officers/Equivalent cadres. They are placed in the
intermediary pre-revised IDA pay scales of Rs 9850-250-14600 and Rs
11875-300-17275 respectively. Though there is an opportunity for BSNL and the
Department of Telecommunications i.e. the Administrative Department to correct
these aberrations by placing them in revised E-2 and E-3 grades respectively, it
has been proposed to grant them intermediary replacement IDA pay scales and
thereby to continue with the present aberrations.'
DoT busy with DPC for promotion to JAG and SAG:
It is learnt that DoT is seriously engaged in the
process of holding DPC for promotion to JAG and SAG posts to benefit the
un-absorbed Group A officers. DoT appears to be relieved of any pressure
for completing the process of absorption of Group A officers, since the
associations and unions in BSNL who had called for a struggle on this issue,
have succeeded in getting extension upto December 2009 for completion of the
Race for top TRAI job heats up:
'Significantly, Mr Sharma’s entry into the race has also surprised telecom
industry circles. Especially, since the apex search panel has already
shortlisted four contenders -- finance secretary Arun Ramanathan, consumer
affairs secretary Yashwant Bhave, member (technology)
in the Telecom Commission K Sridhara and former finance director of BSNL S.D
Saxena -- for the post of Trai chairman.'
11-digit mobile number may
come soon:The telecom department had come up with a
30-year numbering plan in 2003 but the fast growth in the telecom subscriber
base has forced the authority to relook into its policy
and consider 11-digit numbering system.
1545 Hrs: DPE ISSUES FRESH GUIDELINES FOR PAY FIXATION ON
REVISIED IDA SCALES: DPE
has issued guidelines on the basis of cabinet decision of 30.03.2009.