JOINT FORUM MEETING WITH SHRI ANUPAM SHRIVASTAVA, CMD, BSNL

Joint Forum meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 19.06.2017:

JF leaders met the CMD and held discussions on the following issues. In the beginning itself, CMD informed about the meeting of CMD and other BSNL Board members with the Hon Minister on 16.06.2017 on 3rd PRC implementation. CMD informed that BSNL Board requested Hon Minister for implementation of 3rd PRC without linking with the affordability clause, considering the strategic importance of BSNL in telecom sector. Hon Minister responded very positively and assured to consider the request of the Board. On other issues, JF explained the discussions held in the CS and CHQ Office bearers meeting on 17th and 18th and the apprehensions of the JF on various issues, discussions continued:

a) Ongoing agitation on E2, E3 scales : CMD informed that this issue once again raised with the Hon Minister in the same meeting. Entire Board once again requested Hon Minister to approve the proposal of E2 and E3. Secretary, DoT given a meeting to BSNL Management to discuss this issue and 3rd PRC on 22.06.2017. DIR(HR) will be meeting the Secretary.

b) Increasing the quantum of contribution towards Superannuation fund : JF demanded that the increase in contribution should be considered immediately as assured recently. CMD responded positively and informed that the demand will be considered and already instructed to process the proposal.

c) Progress in other issues : Very good progress is seen in other issues and management initiated actions to resolve the issues. Same initiative is to be continued for another 2 to 3 months so that the issues can be resolved by that time. JF expressed its concern that management may not continue with the same momentum after some time and demanded that review in the progress of the issue has to be done atleast on fortnightly basis. CMD agreed to our demand.

In the evening, Management has called for meeting with the Unions and Associations at 6 pm yesterday for discussing the notice for agitation programs. However, due to short notice, only GS/SNEA and GS/AIGETOA could attend the meeting. DIR(HR) informed that CMD and all the Directors met with Hon MOC on 16th June 2017 and apprised him about the necessity of extending 3rd PRC benefit to BSNL employees. Hon MOC was very positive on the issues and assured to take up the issue of exemption of affordability clause for BSNL with the Union Cabinet. DIR(HR) further informed that PS to MoSC for communication has called her up in the evening to inform that since Hon MoSC is assured for positive action, there is no need for BSNL employees to go for agitation at this point of time. We informed BSNL management that they could have called the Union/Assns well in advance and discussed the issue. In view of the positive and firm assurance given by MOC, DIR(HR) appealed to postpone the agitation for next 15 days.

On other issues, DIR(HR) also told us that the issue of increasing the quantum of Superannuation Benefit is being actively considered and very soon decision on the same shall be taken. On other HR issues of promotion, first TBP, E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/PA/PS/Arch etc etc, management will continue its efforts to resolve the issues through mutual discussions. On Rs 22820/- issue, DIR(HR) asked to wait for the finalization of the pay scales and there after it can be discussed and resolved. DIR(HR) assured that all the demands of JF will be discussed and reviewed on a fortnightly basis. She further reiterated her commitment on withdrawal of vindictive actions of wage cut, charge sheet, memo etc.

Meeting with Joint Sec(Admn), DoT and Director(PSU), DoT on E2, E3 pay scales issue on 19.06.2017: JF leaders met Jt Sec(A) and held discussions on the BSNL reply on the matter. Jt Sec was not aware about the BSNL reply. Immediately he directed Director (PSU) to process the proposal.