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News pertaining to December 2008

  • 31.12.2008:According to our sources, IDA is to increase by 6.3% from 40.6% to 46.9% w.e.f. 1.1.2009

  • 31.12.2008:BSNL issues promotion orders from SDE (Civil) to EE (Civil). View orders...

  • 30.12.2008: BSNL issues transfer orders for DEs who have completed tenure and substitutes for them. View orders...

  • 28.12.2008: BSNL approves incentive to members of newly created Sales Team. View Circular...

  • 28.12.2008: To read the article "Non-Starter", visit AIBSNLOA Tamilnadu website at

  • 22.12.2008:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Recruitment of Management Trainees:'The decision for recruitment of Management Trainees needs serious review. When JTOs/JAOs with professional qualifications are being recruited at the initial entry level posts of Executives, there is hardly any need to go for another outside recruitment at relatively higher level in the name of Management Trainees.' Read More...

  • 22.12.2008:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Recruitment Rules for Group A level Executives above Management Trainees in BSNL: 'We are of strong view that the performance of an Executive, his capability and length of service should also get due consideration for promotion. Otherwise, absence of opportunity for career progression will create frustration and demoralization which will affect one’s performance resulting in adverse impact on productivity and finally BSNL only will be the loser. Read More...

  • 19.12.2008:Latest on ITS absorption: It is learnt that the earlier DoT order dated 15th June 2006 restricting DoT's pension contribution to 60% of whatever spectrum charges, taxes and other fees payable by BSNL  to Govt. of India, is being withdrawn. It may be recalled that more than six months back, it was reported that a cabinet note in this regard was under preparation.  This is a welcome news and all the BSNL Executives and employees will heave a sigh of relief.  And DoT is also reported to be in the process of issuing an order by which revision of Pension, whenever there is an increase in IDA, will become automatic.  Although there is nothing new in it, DoT appears to be keen in reiterating this.  DoT is inclined to extend again the last date for submission of option for absorption of Group A officers in BSNL/MTNL, seeking to give an opportunity to them on the basis of these two developments.  DoT, had only recently extended the time limit for submitting option for absorption of Group A officers till 15th December on the plea that they can now have a considered opinion after Govt. approval of Pay revision for CPSE Executives, but not even a single Group A officer has submitted his option using this extended opportunity.  Although the deemed deputation of these officers ends on 22.12.2008, it is most likely that they will continue to be on deputation  after 22.12.2008, even without the deemed deputation  being extended officially.

  • 18.12.2008:CHQ writes to Director(HRD) on Implementation of the decision of the Government regarding revised IDA Pay Scales  -  Cases of BSNL Executives reiterating the request in its earlier letter dated 4.12.2008. Read More...

  • 15.12.2008:It is learnt that BSNL management has just begun the process for implementing Govt. decision on 2nd Pay Revision for CPSE Executives. Contrary to reports appearing in some sites, BSNL is likely to grant 30% fitment benefit for pay fixation, not because of persuasion by any group, but due to the fact that the Finance Service officers who have taken absorption in BSNL are not willing to let go the advantage.  It is also learnt that BSNL is unlikely to grant E2 and E3 scales to JTOs & SDEs and equivalent cadres. Instead they may be given a scale starting with 18000+ in respect of JTOs and 22000+ in respect of SDEs.  Sr.SDEs, DEs, DGMs and SG DGMs and equivalent cadres will be given E3, E4, E5 and E7 scales respectively.  However, we shall continue our efforts to convince the management for giving higher scales with higher start.

  • 15.12.2008:As per a decision taken in the All India Conference of Central Administrative Tribunal held in August 2008, Government of India,  through a notification has brought 18 Govt. controlled organisations which include BSNL and MTNL under the jurisdiction of CAT from 10th November 2008. View notification and BSNL endorsement.

  • 12.12.2008:AIBSNLOA Tamilnadu Circle has published in their website a write-up captioned 'QUESTIONS SOME INNOCENT BSNL EXECUTIVES VERY MUCH WANT TO ASK, BUT ARE AFRAID TO ASK': "Some innocent BSNL executives are worried over the recent call given by their associations for giving option to revert back to DoT. They have a lot of questions to ask but are afraid to ask either their local office-bearers or the central leadership. On behalf of these Executives we put up the questions lingering in their minds. We hope they may get the clarification from their leaders at the highest level." To read more please visit

  • 10.12.2008:Height of absurdity: We had reported on 5.12.2008 that DoT has extended time limit up to 15th December 2008 to exercise option for absorption in BSNL/MTNL to the Group A Officers of DoT on the plea that they can now have a considered opinion after the Govt. approval of Pay revision for CPSE Executives’ has come.....Meanwhile two Executives’ Associations of BSNL have asked their members to exercise option to DoT on the ground that the time limit for submitting option has been extended up to 15th December 2008. They have deliberately suppressed the fact that the option has been extended only to the Group A officers and not for the Group B Officers or C&D Employees.......These Associations would perhaps do better, if they stop playing to the gallery on this very vital and critical issue. Let all Unions/Associations take united stand for repatriation of those on deputation in BSNL in the overall interest of BSNL and put meaningful pressure on the Government. Read More...

  • 10.12.2008:BSNL issues posting orders on promotion to SDE, for 21 more JTOs under 25% competitive quota.  View orders...

  • 09.12.2008:SELF PROCLAIMED SAVIORS OF THE BSNL EXECUTIVES ONCE AGAIN EXPOSED – CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF HELPING THE MANAGEMENT AT THE COST OF THE EXECUTIVES: Two Executives' Associations of BSNL have demanded 'implementation of the standard pay scales approved by the Govt. recommended by the 2nd PRC i.e. E2, E3, E4, E5 and E6 pay scales to JTO, SDE, DE, DGM, SG DGM and equivalent Executives in BSNL respectively.' Apart from the fact that they have not asked for any scale for Sr.SDEs and have asked for the existing standard E4, E5 and E6 pay scales only for DE, DGM and SG DGM, it appears that they have not done any home-work on what their demand actually means to the BSNL Executives. Our team analysed this and found that the JTOs and SDEs are not going to benefit a single paise with mere E2 and E3 scale. That is why AIBSNLOA has demanded a higher start with a minimum of three increments for all standard scales and fitment in E4, E5 and E6 scales for Sr.SDE, DE and DGM. SG DGM have already been offered E7 scales.(Refer out letter to Director (HRD))  Read Analysis Part II  and Explanation in Excel sheet.

  • 08.12.2008:An objective analysis on the Govt. decision on pay scales of Executives in CPSEs vis-a-vis Second Pay Revision committee recommendations: Before writing to Director (HRD), BSNL and Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises on this matter, AIBSNLOA CHQ, with the help of a team of veteran leaders, carried out intensive analysis of the Govt. decision on pay scales of Executives in CPSEs vis-a-vis Second Pay Revision committee recommendations. The analysis is published in two parts for the benefit of all Executives of BSNL. View analysis Part I...     View fitment details...

  • 08.12.2008:Management Trainees Recruitment kept in abeyance: BSNL has kept in abeyance its notification for recruitment of Management Trainees, both (External) and (Internal) due to 'administrative reasons'. View notification...    View orders...

  • 08.12.2008 (1300 Hrs):CHQ writes to Shri.Santosh Mohandev, Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises requesting review of certain decisions on important issues pertaining to Govt. decision on recommendations of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee:' The orders issued by Department of Public Enterprises vide its No 2(70)/08-DPE(WC) dated 26th November 2008 on the above matter has created serious discontentment among the Executives of all CPSEs in general and our members in particular. It is observed that many significant recommendations of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee have not been accepted thereby denying the long awaited justice to the Executives. We also find that even in regard to fitment benefit, the Government has treated the Executives of CPSEs and Government Employees differentially. We would, therefore, like to earnestly appeal to you and through you other authorities to reconsider at least the following few decisions. Otherwise, the very purpose of setting up of Pay Revision Committees will get defeated.' Read More...

  • 05.12.2008:CHQ writes to Director (HRD) on Implementation of the decision of the Government regarding revised IDA Pay Scales: 'Further, the pay fitment method ordered in case of CPSE Executives is in discrimination to the one that was ordered for the Central Government Employees where the merged D.P. has been duly considered for fitment benefit which is not the case with CPSEs.' Read More...

  • 05.12.2008:DoT has extended time upto 15th December for submission of option to Group A officers for absorption in BSNL/MTNL on the plea that they can now have a considered opinion after Govt. approval of Pay revision for CPSE Executives. 

  • 03.12.2008:BSNL notifies new promotional scheme of Broadband for Govt/PSU employees: In order to boost the acquisition and usage of Broadband among government employees, BSNL has notified 20% discount on Broadband Service charges (usage and rental) for Broadband connections provided to Central Government/State Government/ PSU Employees, both in service and retired. The scheme comes into effect from 1st December 2008 across BSNL network and is a continuous scheme. Read More...

  • 03.12.2008:BSNL issues one more order modifying the circle of posting for SDEs who have been promoted to STS adhoc.  View order...

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