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02 Jan 2023 : Update on DGM Regular Promotions: 

Since BSNL CO has called for VC for DGM Adhoc to DGM Regular Promotions everything was going on smooth and by understanding the fact that certain Vacancies will be created in AGM Cadre with these DGM Promotions, the process of SDE to AGM Promotions was also started. But all of sudden someone has pointed out the pending court case in Chandigarh Court Case 731/2017 by sending SMS to one of prominent officer in BSNL and informed about directions in pending court case which may call for contempt of court. The alert management and super alert officers in Pers section BSNL CO found out the case and called for legal opinion first verbally and then in writing which has halted the process of promotions from DGM Adhoc to DGM Regular and in turn the process of Promotion from SDE to AGM also was halted.

By understanding the untimely issues created since 27/12/2022, the leaders of SNEA, SEWA, AIGETOA, AIBSNLEA had discussed the issues with all concerned officers in Pers, DPC and legal Section of BSNL and it was informed that the legal case is there and all were of the opinion that issuing DGM Regular Promotions may or may not call for contempt.

As issues were not clear at lower level on 29/12/2022, all the leaders have asked time for meeting with CMD BSNL. Finally, we had meeting with CMD BSNL at 1900 Hrs wherein we have submitted our views in writing and requested for kind intervention. 

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CMD BSNL responded that he also is informed that his legal team has called for legal opinion from Adv. K.K. Thakur BSNL Council and he has conveyed issues in going ahead with DGM Regular Promotions. But he added that in recent BSNL Board meeting the decision has been taken to consider three promotions as per old MSRRs 2009 i.e. Promotion from DGM Adhoc to DGM Regular, SDE Civil to EE Civil and AO to CAO and hence there is no need of worry. We brought to notice of CMD BSNL that the date of joining at higher post as on or before 1st January is important as these DGMs will not lose one year in eligibility criteria and if this DGM promotions are not happening then the SDE to AGM promotions will also not happen even though VC has been called and all are eagerly waiting for their promotions.

We have elaborated that this is very old case already decided in July 2018 with clear directions to go ahead with promotions and give consideration of applicant subject to their eligibility.

We narrated that out of three applicants, no one is in service as on today as Main applicant Shri. Naresh Thakur has retired on superannuation well before VRS and unfortunately, he is no more in this world. Other two applicants have opted for VRS 2019 and none of them is in service as on today. We also narrated that BSNL has issued Adhoc promotion orders against which this case was filed and this court judgment is related to case of GM Adhoc promotions and not at all related to DGM Regular promotions. We also elaborated that status quo mentioned is till the next date of hearing and same has been over in 2018 with final decision and no action has been taken by BSNL or applicants since then till today. As such, there is no issue as being reported. CMD BSNL responded that he has not gone through details of legality and he has shared what he was updated. CMD BSNL directed to have detailed discussions with Director HR and GM Pers and if they agree he will be most happy to issue DGM Regular as well as AGM Regular promotions as he has ample time in hand.

Accordingly on 30/12/2022, SNEA, SEWA, AIGETOA, AIBSNLEA leaders have held discussions with GM Pers, DGM Legal etc and updated the facts. It was cleared that advocate K.K. Thakur, the BSNL Council in the pending court case at CAT Chandigarh, has not given legal opinion in writing and he has shared opinion only telephonically. Meantime we have meeting with Director HR BSNL Board at 1500 Hrs and he gave patience hearing to our say. Though he was firm on the legal opinions, after explaining factual position by leaders, he has arranged special meeting along with GM Pers and DGM legal to discuss the issues in depth.

Thereafter, GM Pers has called second but in writing legal opinion from BSNL empanelled Advocate Shri. Agarwal from Delhi and he was kind enough to visit BSNL CO and check the records and submit the legal opinion on same day.

Thereafter, the leaders of SNEA, SEWA, AIGETOA, AIBSNLEA and TOA had internal discussions on the legal issues of the pending court case on DGM promotions and checked pros and cons of the legal issues and fear of contempt. Thereafter as scheduled the leaders of SNEA, SEWA, AIGETOA, AIBSNLEA and TOA had marathon discussions with Director HR BSNL Board from 1730 hrs to 2010 hrs where all the points including the legal opinion was read, understood, clarified and discussed line by line and word by word. Director HR was kind and humble enough to understand issues and how there is no objection by applicants even though seniority list is published two times, VC has been called for DPC and even though DGM Adhoc promotions are issued wherein issues if any needs to be raised by applicants after issuing promotion orders. After such deep and point to point discussions, we were successful in convincing Director HR BSNL Board, about the concern of all Associations that there is no legal issue in the DGM Regular Promotions.

It was agreed by Management that no action has been taken in this regard since 2018 even when the DPC process was started and this issue has been reported after start of process. It was quite possible; to get issues cleared from court when court was open and now there is vacation and matter cannot be cleared from court also.

Thereafter it was decided to have discussions with Advocate Agarwal and one online meeting was called wherein detailed discussions held by Director HR BSNL Board and the leaders of associations also put their views. We have successfully convinced the advocate giving legal option that there are no legal issues of contempt if BSNL goes ahead with the DGM Regular promotions. Finally Advocate Agarwal conveyed that he agrees with persuasion by associations but there is technical issue if BSNL goes with promotions without taking concurrence of court and it may call for contempt of court and was unable to confirm what will be intensity of the contempt and he clarified that it depends on authority to decide the contempt.  He also made it clear, that his duty is to give legal advice and final call is to be taken by BSNL Management.

In case of DGM Promotions, CMD BSNL is competent authority to take final call and approve the promotions. Finally, CMD BSNL has decided to go ahead with legal opinion and issued directions to file MA in court and get issue cleared from court and assured to issue orders immediately on getting clearance from court. The court will reopen on 02/01/2023.

As such, it is unfortunate that even after full preparations and high expectations till last date of year, the chances of issuing DGM Telecom promotions before 01/01/2023 are over, but if BSNL Management is successful in filing MA and clearing court case, these promotions will be given consideration in new year but as per old MSRRs 2009 and it may happen in early January 2023 itself.

The SDE to AGM Telecom promotions were to be issued on the basis of vacancies created with DGM promotions and hence same also is not possible before 01/01/2023. But we will keep on our persuasion with hopes for early promotions orders for DGM and AGMs also.

 

 

 

 

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23 Dec 2022 :

AGM Pers BSNL CO issued orders for cessation of AGM/DE Telecom Promotions issued vide orders dated 16/11/2022 by keeping strict limit of 40 days from date of order. 

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As per this order, all the promoted officers are required to join their promotional assignment within 40 days of respective promotion orders, if the promoted officers do not join as AGM/DE before 26/12/2022 there order will not be operated later without specific approval of competent authority.

Some of individual requests on genuine grounds are still under consideration and orders are expected today. Other may take decision to join as AGMs latest by 26/12/2022 and anyone who do not assume change will not be considered for this AGM promotion and his/her not joining as AGM at promoted place and post will be treated as refusal of promotions and it seems that there is no need of any refusal on part of any SDE who do not want to accept the promotion for any reason. 

 

 

23 Dec 2022 :

AGM DPC BSNL CO writes Circle Heads calling for Screening Committee Report, APRs for 2012-13 to 2017-18 for Promotion from AGMs and DGM Adhoc to DGM Regular in Telecom wing. 

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The seniority list of officers holding AGM Regular and DGM Adhoc post as on 01/05/2019 and promoted prior to 01/04/2018 is published calling for discrepancies which are to be represented latest by 23/12/2022.

Name of any AGM Regular /DGM Adhoc working as on 01/02/2020 is missing in this list, same is to be added while sending SCR and APRs.  

This is part of action by BSNL management to fill all vacant post of DGMs in Telecom wing and similar action is being taken to fill up vacant posts of DGM Regular in all wings by promoting eligible AGM Regular and DGM Adhoc. The eligibility criteria of DGM Promotions are completion of four years as on 1st January of that year and in this case it is taken as 01/01/2022.

The DGM Promotion orders for all wings are expected to be issued before 31/12/2022 as per existing BSNL MS RRs 2009. 

 

21 Dec 2022 : EPP Exam regarding

DGM Training BSNL CO issued clarification on relaxation to executives who could not fulfill the mandatory condition of passing of EPP exam within two years, due to postponement of exams in March 2021 and June 2021 Quarter due to Covid-19. 

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All such executives are given suitable relaxation to affected months or up to maximum of six months without any impact on financial upgradation/ increment benefits.  

 

21 Dec 2022 :

AGM Estt BSNL CO issued amendment in instructions in implementation of online attendance system in BSNL. 

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As per this letter, Circle Heads are designated the roles of controlling officers for themselves and Maximum four hours of total absence during duty hours in a calendar month need to be compensated in the same calendar month by the employee, by working extra beyond duty hours.

 

21 Dec 2022 : Mission Karmayogi

GM Tech ALTTC Ghaziabad released the schedule of motivational training to 40000 BSNL Staff under Customer/ Citizen Centricity Program.

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21 Dec 2022 : AGM Pers BSNL CO issued order for Retention/ Cancellation of SDEs Telecom of ITPC Circle.

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It is understood that many of these SDEs have opted for Transfers since long and some of them are waiting for joining at transferred place. But office CGM ITPC Pune is not relieving these officers and asking for extension every time. Now some of orders are cancelled and some are retained further. We have received requests for relieving the officers without further and repeated retention and we will take up matter for either cancellation of these orders and not to issue their long stay transfer or relieve them as per their requests overcome the long stay transfer at odd place at later stage. 

 

 

19 Dec 2022 : United Persuasion by SEWA, SNEA, AIGETOA and AIBSNLEA for required changes in Proposed Amendment of BSNL MS RR 2023: 

After meeting with the Members of the Committee for Amendment of BSNL MS RRs, we have got certain clarifications but many of the queries were only noted and issues were not made clear. It was conveyed that issues will be discussed with other committee members and Management and further course of action will be decided. It is being spread that these amended BSNL MS RRs will be implemented from, 01/01/2023 which will have direct impact on ongoing promotions as per assurances given by CMD BSNL. 

Hence GS SNEA, GS SEWA and GS AIBSNLEA have four rounds of discussions to understand these critical issues, to have to depth analysis of impact of proposed amendments in BSNL MS RRs on future of executives in BSNL and we have come to conclusion that these amendments are going to affect adversely on the carrier progression of executives in BSNL and are against the assurances given by CMD BSNL for fast track promotions as well as for filling vacant posts in all wings and all cadres. 

We have unanimously decided that matter needs to be taken together to fill up vacant posts of all cadres and wings before implementation of BSNL MS RRs and there is need of corrective action before finalization of MSRRs. We have asked time for meeting with Director HR/CMD BSNL for discussions on the issues.

Meantime, Com. N.D. Ram, GS SEWA has taken further initiatives and held discussions with GS AIGETOA on these issues related to amendments BSNL MS RRs. Thereafter GS SNEA, GS SEWA, GS AIBSNLEA and GS AIGETOA have three rounds of discussions and we all have unanimously decided to pursue further to fill up vacant posts of all cadres and wings before implementation of BSNL MS RRs and to pursue for corrective action before finalization of MSRRs.

Accordingly we all four GS have requested time for Meeting with CMD BSNL/Director HR BSNL Board but same could not materslise due to their busy schedule. As such, all four GS decided to submit the views in writing and ask for time for discussions before implementation of amended MSRRs and same are submitted by join representations signed by all GS asking time from CMD BSNL for discussions on the issues related to amendments of BSNL MSRRs.  Copy<<<>>

 

 

19 Dec 2022 :

Reconciliation Meeting by DyCLC New Delhi on pending Time Bound Promotions and Standard Pay Scales: {Report by Shri. Brelin Isaac, AGS SNEA CHQ}:

Conciliation proceedings on the demands of Standard Pay Scales and Time Bound Promotions by agitational programme of 66 days historical agitation, were held on 13/12/2022 at 1400 hrs as per date and time fixed in last meeting. From SNEA side Shri Niranjan Sahu, AGS SNEA CHQ, Shri Brelin Isaac, AGS SNEA CHQ, Shri Rajesh Manchan, VP SNEA CHQ, Shri Arvind Pal Dahiya, CP BSNL CO New Delhi and Shri M. S. Adasul, GS SNEA CHQ attended this meeting presided over by respected Dr. R. G. Meena, DyCLC New Delhi. 

On behalf of DoT, Shri. Manish Kumar Vimal, Director SR&E, DOT attended the proceedings and on behalf of BSNL Management Smt. Sunita Arora, DGM SR BSNL CO along with Shri K. M. Ruhela AGM SR BSNL CO attended the proceedings. This time also BSNL management sent different representatives thereby keeping discontinue in the overall proceedings and stand of BSNL Management.

In continuation with minutes of the proceedings of last meeting, Dr. R. G. Meena, DyCLC New Delhi asked for the copy of written submission of views of BSNL Management on the letter of SNEA dated 20/10/2022. The representatives of BSNL submitted that they have not prepared any reply to it but submitted that BSNL has issued promotions from SDE to AGM grade to about 2000 Executives. DyCLC responded that he has come to know about it and it is good step by the management. On behalf of SNEA, we also acknowledged the same and conveyed thanks for such positive step on part of BSNL Management showing ray of hope promotional aspects for Executives in BSNL. We also requested DyCLC to record our thanks and appreciation of BSNL Management for their efforts in clearing hurdles created in AGM Promotions in the minutes of this meeting and it has been recorded suitably. 

DyCLC conveyed that association should be happy with the promotion orders and their demand for Time Bound Promotions is as good as settled. We have made it clear that AGM Promotions are not part of our pending request for Time Bound Promotions but these are SCF promotions linked with fixed number of posts and it is given only for two thousand SDEs. Till about Four thousand eligible SDEs are waiting for AGM Promotions and not getting opportunity due to non-availability of posts. Hence, there is need of some action on part of BSNL either for second DPC for AGM Promotions by creating posts or by implementation of Time Bound Promotions as per pending demand.  DyCLC asked specifically to DGM SR about the status of Time Bound Promotions in BSNL and she replied that it is under purview of the BSNL Management. DyCLC asked what does it mean by purview of the BSNL Management, it is but natural that it is under purview of the BSNL Management and he will like to know the status of implementation. DGM SR on behalf of BSNL management conveyed that the matter relating to the re-examination of BEPPARR 2017 in the post VRS scenario is taken up at the apex level at BSNL Board for their consideration. We requested to give copy of this say by BSNL Management, but DGM SR informed that this is as per the correspondence from the concerned section to SR Cell and this letter is not addressed to DyCLC and hence cannot be shared. But she added that as representative of management she is recording it in minutes of conciliation and hence authentic say of the management. We conveyed our agreement with statement of DGM SR that Time Bound Promotions under purview of BSNL Management, but till no action has been taken by BSNL Management to get it cleared from DoT. The implementation of Time Bound Promotions is kept lingering by BSNL, by asking clarification from DoT on reservation related issues.  DoT has not replied it since last five years and BSNL also is not insisting for it. We added that BSNL is pointing out fingers at DoT and DoT has conveyed that BSNL has to review the Time Bound Policy under VRS Scenario but not cleared the issue raised by BSNL about reservations in Time Bound Promotions. 

We made it clear that once DoT clears the issue of reservation as reported in Time Bound Promotions let it be whatever manner, then it is in purview of BSNL to implement Promotions as already decided by BSNL Board. We added that we even have just demanded for change of designation up to AGM level at the time of implementation of financial upgradation as per EPP 2007 where even single rupee expenditure is not involved. We added that neither of our request is given consideration, which is reason for mass unrest among the executives in BSNL and it will be impacting on projects given by DoT/GoI to BSNL under revival package 2.0. By understanding concern expressed by association, DyCLC asked for reply by DoT on the SNEA representation dated 20/10/2022.  

The DOT representative submitted that in response to the issues submitted by SNEA vide their letter dt 20.10.2022 the reply is to be taken up from the concerned sections of DOT and the consolidated reply will be submitted subsequently. DyCLC had detailed discussions and asked the DOT representative to remind the concerned sections and to submit their views expeditiously. He made it clear that this issue cannot be kept pending and if required he should bring it to kind notice of concerned section in writing with copy to higher officers.

On Standard Pay scales for JTO/SDEs in BSNL, DGM SR has not said anything and continued with the stand that matter is purview of management and the issue of Standard pay scales is rejected by DoT and hence no action is being taken up by BSNL. DyCLC asked for response of DoT, it was responded by Director DoT that this issue is also under consideration of DoT and he will update by taking feedback from concerned unit of DoT.

DyCLC mentioned that the issues are already delayed and early action is required from DoT. He added that if required he will have word with CMD BSNL and secretary DoT for resolution of the both the issues and stressed that now with revival package 2.0 the entire focus of BSNL Management and its workforce should be on growth and development of BSNL and making BSNL a profit making organisation.

On this Director DoT responded that he will take follow up and update suitably in next meeting and as on today there is no need of intervention of Secretary DoT. For intervention of CMD BSNL, DGM SR informed that she will pass on message through PGM SR and continued with her say that matter is under purview of BSNL Management.

After elaborate discussions for about an hour on different angles and submission by all parties, DyCLC informed that he is giving sufficient time to DoT and BSNL Management so that the issues are cleared before next hearing.  Representatives of DoT and BSNL assured to come with updated status in next conciliation meeting. Accordingly next date of reconciliation meeting is scheduled on 23/02/2023 at 1100 Hrs. 

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19 Dec 2022 : Reconciliation Meeting by DyCLC New Delhi on notice of AUAB: {Report by Shri. Niranjan Sahu, AGS SNEA CHQ}: 

The conciliation proceedings on AUAB notice which could not held on 20/10/2022 due to shortage of time, was held on 13/12/2022. As the representatives of other Associations and Unions could not attend this meeting, the meeting continued with SNEA representatives. DyCLC taken updates from BSNL Management wherein DGM SR informed that this is old notice and majority of the issues and concern raised in this notice are taken care with revival package and requested to close the proceedings. She added that this is old notice which has lost relevance with passage of time and activities thereafter and no need of further discussions on this notice as majority of the issues are taken care. DoT representative conveyed support to request of BSNL Management to close the case. After elaborate discussions DyCLC decided to close the proceedings and we have given consent for closing the case with hopes that issues left if any will be taken care by BSNL Management and accordingly the proceedings on this notice are closed. 

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Honorable Supreme Court has delivered the judgement in the EPS batch cases on 04/11/2022. The Courts have allowed the Writ Petitions and dismissed appeal by the EPFO and Government of India. 

 

18 Dec 2022 : AGM Pers BSNL CO issued orders for Retention/ Change of Circle in respect of some more AGMs who are recently promoted as AGM and posted out of Circle. 

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These are some of the requests given consideration in continuation to some earlier requests by individuals given consideration.

Till now Pers Section BSNL CO has given consideration to the requests of recently promoted AGMs for retention in same Circle, request for correction of stay particulars and retention in same Circle, Correction is working Circle and modification of Circle, request for change of Circles having deficit AGM strength, Request for hard Tenure Circle, Cancellation of transfer on self or family critical illness grounds.  

But some request on similar grounds is not yet given consideration and many of the promoted AGMs are under tension and making repeated queries and pursuing with Pers Section for consideration of their requests. Many of them are panic because the last date of joining within 40 days of AGM promotions is nearing and only one week time is remaining in hand and till their request is not given consideration though they have similar grounds requests.

SNEA CHQ is also pursuing all such requests received from CS SNEA concerned. We have already discussed these cases with AGM Pers, Jt GM Pers and GM Pers and all have assured for same and orders for change of Circle/Retention/ Cancellation have been issued. 

For left out cases also we have requested all and GM Pers was of the opinion that his office has given consideration to much request and further consideration of request is not possible. We have requested him for consideration in policy manner and whatever methods /grounds applied for consideration of requests should be equally applied for all and it may not be please related to total number of transfers.  GM Pers assured for the same and work is going on at Pers section.

Meantime on 16/12/2022 evening, in meeting with Director HR BSNL Board wherein GM Pers also was present, SNEA CHQ has requested Director HR BSNL Board for kind intervention and giving consideration to all requests in tune with policy decided for same. GM Pers shared that many of the requests are given consideration and it is difficult to further consider the requests. 

Director HR BSNL Board also shared that already number of transfers have been reduced while in promotion order and if we consider more requests the Circles having shortage will continue to face shortage. We conveyed thanks and gratitude to Director HR for such kind approach for issuing minimum transfers and also for giving consideration of genuine requests as policy manner.

We have brought to his notice that the requests of some executives who have submitted the request in same grounds as given consideration to other requests and these requests may be please given consideration. Accordingly we have handed over the list of requests received by SNEA CHQ. 

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Director HR BSNL Board was kind enough to have look at the list and assured to give consideration to request which fits in grounds decided by his office for retention, cancellation or change of Circle. We conveyed thanks for same and requested that the consideration may be given as early as possible as the last date of joining on promotion is nearing and only five working days are left.

Accordingly, we are hopeful that some more requests on basis of uniform policy guidelines will be given consideration in early days of coming week.

 

 

 

 

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18 Nov 2022 : Congratulations on AGM Promotions :

Congratulations to each and every executives to get long awaited SDE to DE/AGM promotions.

It is victory of team SNEA after election of new CHQ unanimously at vizag.

It is the outcome of visionary leadership of comrade GS Shri M S Adsul Ji.

Heartiest Congratulations again.