Site updated on 21/10/2018:
Farce in Kashmir?:
After the boycott of major political parties like National Conference and People Democratic Party the elections held last week for electing Local bodies. Yesterday the counting of votes took place and results were declared. As I am in Jammu for the past few days I could watch the victory processions ( ? ) in a election wherein only 4.27% of votes in Kashmir valley. This is the lowest voting percentage since 1951 in the State.
The funny thing is that the voters could know the candidate's name only on the ballot paper inside the polling booth. Media was not allowed to cover the elections. Everything was kept in secrecy. Is this Democracy. In this scenario BJP claiming huge success in J&K Local bodies elections is nothing but a shame .
Successful NFTCL convention in Udhampur by J&K State Committee on 21-10-18:
More than 123 Contract Labourers from all over the State of Jammu & Kashmir took part in today's convention at Udhampur. National President Ashaq Ahemad, General Secretary C.K.M.and Asst. General Secretary Subbarayan and many others including six contract Labourers took part in the discussion. NFTCL State President Gitten Singh, Udhampur District Secretary Subash Sharma also addressed the gathering. The convention was successful as contract Labourers from far off places like Srinagar enthusiastically participated in it. Udhampur is situated on the Jammu- Srinagar national highway.( From Jammu it is at 60 km and from Srinagar it is at 200 km away.).Com .CKM explained the issues and challenges being faced by contract Labourers . He assured therall help and assistance. He exorted them to strengthen the NFTCL evenwhile appreciating the state Committee which has grown many fold since it's formation conference in Srinagar during September 2017. He also exorted the contract Labourers to attend the National conference of NFTCL in big numbers.
Convention of J&K State Telecom Contract Labourers:
Comrade Ashaq Ahemad , National President of NFTCL arrived in Jammu today from Srinagar . Tomorrow we three will go to Udhampur ( sixty kilometre from Jammu) to participate in the convention of J&K State Telecom Contract Labourers .
சந்திப்போமா ? சிந்திப்போமா ?:
இன்னும் சில தினங்களில் நமது சம்மேளனத்தின் தேசிய செயற்குழு கூட்டம் உத்தராகண்ட் மாநிலத்தின் ஹரித்வாரில் நடைபெறவுள்ளது. நிச்சயமாக அக்கூட்டத்தில் தாமதமாகும் மூன்றாம் ஊதிய மாற்றம் குறித்த விவாதங்கள் நடைபெறும்.எனது தனிப்பட்ட சில கருத்துக்களை இச்சமயத்தில் வெளிப்படையாக தெரிவிப்பதில் தவறொன்றும் இல்லை.
நமது நிறுவனத்தின் நிதிநிலை எதிர்காலத்தில் பெரிதாக மேம்பட்டுவிடும் என பொய்யாக நான் நம்பவில்லை. மற்றவர்களையும் அவ்வாறு சொல்லி ஏமாற்றவும் விரும்பவில்லை. எனவே நாளை நல்ல நாள் நமக்கு வந்துவிடும் என்ற எண்ணம் எனக்கு துளியும் இல்லை.அனாலும் லட்சத்திற்கும் அதிகமான நமது ஊழியர்களின் எதிர்கால பாதுகாப்பு என்னை வாட்டுகிறது. தொலைத் தொடர்புத் துறையில் இன்று நிலவும் கழுத்தறுப்பு போட்டியும் மத்திய அரசின் தனியார் நிறுவனங்களுக்கு ( ரிலையன்ஸ் ஜியோ )ஆதரவான போக்கும் எனது கருத்துக்கு காரணிகள்.இத்தகைய நெருக்கடியான சூழலில் சங்கங்கள் தீர்க்கமான முடிவுகளை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.முதலில் மத்திய அமைச்சரவை நமக்கு மட்டும் Affordability clause லிருந்து விதிவிலக்கு அளித்துவிடும் என்று நம்புவதை விட்டொழிக்க வேண்டும்.காரணம் நாட்டின் 252 பொதுத்துறை நிறுவனங்களில் நூற்றுக்கும் மேற்பட்டவை பிஎஸ்என்எல் போன்று பல ஆண்டுகளாக தொடர்ந்து நட்டத்தில் இயங்குபவை.பிற பொதுத்துறை நிறுவனங்களிலிருந்து பிஎஸ்என்எல் ஐ வேறுபடுத்திக் காட்டும் ஒரு அம்சம் அது மட்டுமே அரசுத் துறையாக இருந்து 2000 அக்டோபர் மாதத்தில் பொதுத்துறை யாக உருமாற்றம் பெற்றது தான். அப்போது NFTE தலைமையில் மூன்று சம்மேளனங்கள் நடத்திய மூன்று நாட்கள் வேலைநிறுத்தம் காரணமாக அன்றைய பிரதமர் வாஜ்பாய் தலைமையிலான மத்திய அரசு மூன்று முக்கிய வாக்குறுதிகளை ஊழியர்களுக்கு தந்தது.
1. அரசு நிதியில் இருந்து ஓய்வூதியம் வழங்கும் முறை தொடரும்.
2. ஊழியர்களுக்கு பணி பாதுகாப்பு இருக்கும்.
3.உருவாகும் புதிய நிறுவனத்தின் ( BSNL) நிதி நிலைமையை மத்திய அரசு பாதுகாக்கும்.
கடந்த 18 ஆண்டில் பதவியில் இருந்த அரசுகள் முதலிரண்டு வாக்குறுதிகளை நிறைவேற்றி வருகின்றன. ஆனால் முக்கியமான மூன்றாவது வாக்குறுதியை அவை காற்றில் பறக்க விட்டன. 2004 முதல் 2013 வரை தனித்த அங்கீகரிக்கப்பட்ட தொழிற்சங்கமாக திகழ்ந்த BSNLEU சங்கம் அரசின் அடாவடிகளை தட்டிக்கேட்க துணிவின்றி அமைதியாக காலங்கழித்து மகிழ்ந்தது.
1.ADC கட்டண வசூல் தனியார் நிறுவனங்களிடமிருந்து பெறப்படவில்லை.BSNLக்கு ADC தொகை தராமல் நிறுத்தப் பட்டது.
2. இரண்டாம் தலைமுறை அலைக்கற்றை ஏலமின்றி நாடுமுழுவதும்BSNL தலையில் நிர்ப்பந்தமாக கட்டப்பட்டது.இதற்காக ரூபாய் 40000 கோடிகளை மத்திய அரசு பறித்துக் கொண்டது. இதுவே பிஎஸ்என்எல் நிறுவனத்தின் நிதிநிலை பெரிதும் சரிவதற்கு துவக்கம் எனலாம்.
3. பல ஆண்டுகளாக பிஎஸ்என்எல் நிறுவனத்தின் விரிவாக்கம் தடுக்கப்பட்டது. அதன் நவீனமயம் திட்டமிட்டு முடக்கப்பட்டது. ஆனால் அதே வேளையில் தனியார் தொலைத் தொடர்பு நிறுவனங்கள் நாலுகால் பாய்ச்சலில் முன்னேற ஊக்குவிக்கப்பட்டன.
இத்தகைய அநீதிகளை எதிர்த்து போராடாமல் BSNLEU சங்கம் NFTE உள்ளிட்ட பிற சங்கங்களை அழித்து ஒழித்து விடுவதில் மட்டுமே ஆர்வம் காட்டியது. விளைவு நம் நிறுவனம் முற்றிலும் முடங்கியது.
இத்தகைய சூழலில் நமக்கு உள்ள ஒரேவழி மீண்டும் நமது நிறுவனத்தை அரசு துறையாக மாற்றக் கோருவது. இன்று பணியில் உள்ள அனைவரையும் அரசு ஊழியர்களாக்கிட போராடுவது.இதுவே நிரந்தர தீர்வு காண உதவும்.ஊதியமாற்றம், ஓய்வூதியம் மாற்றம், போனஸ் போன்ற பல பிரச்சனைகளுக்கு ஒரே தீர்வு. அஞ்சல் துறையே இதற்கு நல்ல எடுத்துக்காட்டு.
Notice protesting the delay in implementing the assurances by Hon MOC(S):
Notice protesting the delay in implementing the assurances given to AUAB by Hon’ble Minister of Communications.
AUAB Leaders in Chennai Telephones Circle met today:
AUAB Leaders in Chennai Telephones Circle met on 18-10-18 in NFTE Union Office under the chairmanship Of comrade CKM. It has decided to organise successfully the following programme recently announced by AUAB. Accordingly
On 29-10-18 at 11 am Press meet will be held in Press Club at Chepauk.
On 30-10-18 at Anna Road exchange compound Dharna will be held for 3 hours from 11 am..
On 14-11-18 at CGM's office in purasawakkam Demonstration will be held during lunchtime.
All are requested to note the details and mobilise our staff massively.
NFTE, BSNLEU, SNEA, SEWA and NFTCL representatives took part in today's meeting of AUAB.
AUAB Circle Secretaries meet on 18-10-2018:
AUAB Circle Secretaries will meet on 18-10-2018 at 3 pm in NFTE -BSNL union office at Flower Bazaar Telecom complex to decide about the recent agitation program announced by the National Leadership of AUAB.
Staff side meeting on 18-10-18:
To finalise the agenda points on behalf of Staff side of Chennai Telephones Circle Council the meeting of the staff side will be held at 11 am in the Conference Hall of GM( North) at Flower Bazaar complex under the Presididentship of Comrade CKM , Leader / Staff side.All the Staff side members are requested to attend the meeting in time.
Letter to our General Secretary:
Letter sent to our General Secretary explaining the decisions of Circle Union on the third wage revision.
Questions to be answered by LDF government:
The LDF government headed by Comrade Pinarayi Vijayan , the Chief Minister of Kerala is now decided to implement the judgement of Supreme court permitting women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple.But the government's new found love for Courts and their judgements are laughpable. Because the same government very recently promulgated an ordinance to nullify the Supreme court judgement on cancellation of few medical college admissions. Similarly the same LDF government issued an ordinance to nullify the Supreme Court judgement on closure of liquor bars and shops in the national highways. So now LDF government saying its merely implementing the Supreme Court judgement and there is no alternative available to the government is absurd. My opinion is this issue is a very sensitive and emotional one. Hence the LDF government must open a dialogue with the Hindu believers and arrive at a compromise so that RSS/ BJP leaders are not exploiting the innocent Hindus for thru political gain. Certain customs observed for very long period needs to be handled carefully in today's prevailing communally surcharged Scenario and the Central government led by BJP is waiting to do anything to advance it's ideology misusing the real concern of Hindu devotees of Lord Ayyappa. LDF government has lot of alternatives. First off all it should file a review petition to assuage the hurt feelings of Ayyappan devotees. It should not stand on the false prestige .
St.Thomas mount Divisional conference on 15-10-2018:
At GM(South) office in Guindy today the NFTE 's conference was held under the chairmanship of Com. Elumalai, Circle Vice President. Comrades CKM, Bose, Babu, Muthukaruppan, Ekambaram, Sathya, Shankar , Balaji , Ramakrishnan and many others participated. Comrade Shankar was re-elected as the Divisional Secretary.We thank the divisional union of St. Thomas mount for donating a sum of rupees two thousand towards Karl Marx Educational Trust.
Unhelpful attitude of BSNL management is being investigated by RLC (C):
Unhelpful attitude of BSNL management is being investigated by RLC ( C), Newdelhi on the complaint of NFTCL. Accordingly both the Dy. CLC in Chennai/ Newdelhi will hold discussion with both parties ( BSNL management & NFTCL) and send a report to the Chief Labour Commissioner Office in Delhi.
Extended Circle EC meeting (General council) of NFTE in Chennai Telephones on 12-10-18:
At Dinroze RSU compound the CEC meeting was held today. Circle President MKR presided. Comrade CKM introduced the 11 agenda points. After detailed discussion the extended CEC resolved to request the CHQ / NFTE to take up the following in the next Wage revision committee meeting.
1. The next wage revision should be in 2022 . As the government order for Five year Periodicity for Wage revision in CPSUs is still there. Accordingly the present wage revision agreement should be limited to five years from 01-01-2017 . BSNL employees must get hereafter Wage revision in every five years as it was done in 2007 after the first Wage revision in 2002.
2. The 50% IDA must be merged with Pay for all purpose as and when the IDA exceeds more than 50% in future.
3. Instead of demanding merely relaxation of affordability clause BSNL employees should demand implementation of assurances of Vajpayee Government in 2000 on the eve of Corporatisation to safeguard the financial viability of BSNL. As more CPSUs are in the “ loss making category during the last three years” the cabinet relaxation only for BSNL may be denied on the question of “ impact “ on other similarly placed CPSUs. Further it is to be pointed out that in 2016 , ITS officers were given effect of Pay revision on the basis of Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations without insisting on “ Affordability “ clause despite the BSNL company was running with out any profit in 2016.
4. If the Central Government refuses to safeguard the financial viability of BSNL then we should demand reverting back us to government service as government has gone back on its assurances given to us .(due to those assurances we entered the BSNL giving option. ) If one party violates its part of assurance in the agreement then there is nothing wrong on the other party ( employees) to demand for cancellation of their option to BSNL.
At today’s meeting an amount of Rs. 83000 was handed over to the Circle Union by District Unions and few individual comrades towards the Kerala Floods Relief Fund. Our target of Rs. 1,10,000/- would be achieved by 15-10-2018 so that the whole amount will be handed over to CHQ on 24-10-2018 at Haridwar NEC meeting. A four page printed circular explaining the present status of Third Wage revision as well as the bad financial position of BSNL was released by the Circle Union was distributed to the members through branch unions at today’s meeting. It was also decided to observe the recent programme announced by AUAB successfully in Chennai Telephones Circle. Comrade C. Ravi, Circle Treasurer proposed vote of thanks. More than 165 comrades enthusiastically took part in today’s General council meeting.
Thank you Comrades:
At the Velachery Divisional conference on 11-10-18 three more comrades gave donation to the Educational Trust meant for Contract Labourers families in Tamilnadu. We thank all of them.In today itself totally we received Rs.8000 as donation to the Trust.
Asst. Dist. Secy. Kanchipuram.
Com S. Rajendran..Rs.2000/-.
Divisional Secretary, Velachery.
Com. S. Vasanthi..Rs.1000/-
Branch President/ Rajbhavan.
Today ( 11-10-2018) when I was addressing the Velachery Divisional Conference at Velachery exchange Comrade Sreenivasan, Divisional Secretary/ NFTE handed over rupees two thousand towards Educational Trust formed to help the poor students from Contract Labourers families.
Velachery NFTE Dvision conference on 11-10-18 :
The conference was presided over by Circle Vice-president P. Elumalai. Comrades CKM, Ravi, Ekambaram, Srinivasan spoke at the conference. NFTCL leaders V. Babu and G. Mahendran greeted the conference. Comrade S. Rajendran was elected as the new Division Secretary.
Now the cat is out of bag :
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman is rushing to Paris ( France) in the light of recent media expose about Rafale Scam . The “mediapart“in France published documents about the Dassault Company Executive confirmation of pressure from Modi government to dump HAL ( Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd) and instead accept Reliance Company as partner. It was also revealed that accepting Reliance as Indian partner was a condition put forth by Modi government to award the Contract itself. In this trade off Dassault has no choice except to dump HAL and accept Reliance as its partner in the Rafale purchase deal. The huge corruption in this deal will seal the fate of Modi& Co which is pretending as Clean and corrupt free.
Kodambakkam NFTE Divisional Conference on 10-10-18:
At Kodambakkam exchange compound the joint Divisional Conference of Kodambakkam and Vadapalani was held on October-10. Comrade Sabapathy, South Chennai NFTE District President presided. It was decided to merge both divisional unions in to one as employees retirement is on the increase. Comrades MKR, CKM , Elangovan, Nagarajan and others spoke. Comrades P. Karunanidhi, Sreedhar and Rathinam were elected unanimously as Divisional President, Divisional Secretary and Divisional Treasurer respectively.
Good and Welcome decision:
AUAB Leaders have taken a very good and welcome decision on 08-10-18 to approach the Leadership of FNTO and SEWA for unity and strengthening the AUAB. Due to certain differences both FNTO and SEWA were dissociating with the programe of AUAB during the past several months. This is naturally not a good development. Hence on 07-10-18 meeting the General Secretaries of NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA have been authorised to contact and convince both the General Secretaries of FNTO & SEWA for joining hands with AUAB once again so that unity is maintained to face the challenges before all of us including the implementation of third wage revision in BSNL. Hope both Comrades Jayaprakash and N.D.Ram will hold the hands of friendship extended to them by AUAB in this hour of difficult situation.
Who is responsible for Society's trouble:
Who is responsible for Society's trouble, Notice in tamil.
Chromepet NFTE- BSNL Divisional Conference on 09-10-2018:
Chromepet NFTE- BSNL Divisional Conference was held on on 09-10-2018. Circle President MKR , Circle Secretary CKM , Kanchipuram District Union President N. V. Somasundaram , and District Secretary Ekambaram attended and greeted the newly elected Divisional Union Office bearers of NFTE- BSNL Chromepet Division. Circle Union congratulate the all the newly elected office bearers.
At Chromepet NFTE Divisional Conference on 09-10-2018 the District Union Secretary T. Satya handed over a sum of rupees two thousand and five hundred to Comrade CKM towards the Educational Trust Fund formed to help poor students of Contract Labourers in Tamilnadu. We thank the comrades of Chromepet Division.
Wish Comrade R. Arivanandam , O.S( P) at Haddows Road a very happy retirement:
Today the Circle Secretary CKM honoured and wished Com. Arivanandam who will be retiring on 31-10-18 after 38 years of sincere service in P&T/ DOT/ DTS/ BSNL. He is a loyal NFTE soldier. He has donated Rs.3000/- to Circle Union and Rs.1000/- to South Chennai District Union. We thank him for this.
BSNL must be safeguarded by the Government of India:
BSNL must be safeguarded by the Government of India like it intervened in the case of private company Satyam Computers in the past and now IL&FS , a holding company. IL& FS means Internal Loot & Fraud Syndicate?
After many Bank Frauds now comes the Fraud in a holding company called IL&FS . It is told that this company operates with the money of LIC , SBI and few others run in to a debt of Rs. 91,000, 00, 00, 000( a whopping 91 thousands crores of rupees) .
This company is 31 years old. Many experts are in to it. Yet the so called financial experts only enriched them while the company is on death bed. Some of the informations are puzzling us. The government of India stepped in to this company only on 01-10-2018. ( October 1 was a date BSNL people could not forget so easily I hope) . Just two days ago this company approved a rights issue of Rs.4500 crores. This sick company gave away a dividend of 10% for this year and 42.5% for the previous year. This company’s downward journey didn’t begin only now. Yet the board of Directors did all nonsense to loot this company with just 131 employees only. The trick is this holding company is having large number of subsidiaries and joint venture companies under its belt. These companies may numbered anywhere between 165 and 348. Why so many subsidiaries and joint venture companies? This is the Modus operandi Of rich and powerful people to go on cheating all with out easily caught. The Satyam companies was an example. It was also taken over by the government before IL& FS. When this company was increasing its debt significantly what was the bosses of LIC , SBI and RBI were doing. Sleeping soundly?. The so called independent Directors also it seems were having a deep sleep. Public money is looted thus publicly.
The funniest part of the episode is this insolvent Company has given 66% Pay rise to its management staff and the chairman of IL& FS , Ravi Parthasarathy gave himself a 144% increase taking his salary to just Rs.26.3 crores. Another shocking thing is that the Risk Management Committee Of IL&FS didn’t meet even once in the past three years. All these points to one thing that these people played havoc with the Public money with impunity and Modi Government and its Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are now trying to give oxygen to this sick company again by extending large amount of public money to IL&FS. But why the same gentleman are putting obstacles to the pay / Wage revision to BSNL employees due to Affordability (!) Clause ? Why this government is not extending financial assistance/ support and infact refused to give any help to BSNL , which is a 100% Government owned company in Telecom Sector. These issues must be brought to the notice of all concerned.
What is the way out .?:
Really disturbing news are coming in regarding the financial position of BSNL. Last week a unconfirmed report was floated that the CGM in Maharashtra Circle had proposed 20% reduction in the pay of our staff to offset the present financial difficulties of the company. But today confirmed news from the General Managers of both Krishna and Guntur SSAs is that BSNL is struggling to pay even Electricity bills and other basic dues. Both the General Managers appealed to the staff to provide interest free loan to BSNL to carry forward the system. Almost all the SSAs/ Circles are in the similar situation . Salary Payment, Pension Contribution, Electricity consumption, Payment to Vendors etc are some of the essential expenses which could not be avoided/ postponed. Our staff are much worried on these developments. Naturally when employees/ executives are eagerly expecting the much delayed Wage/ Pay/ Pension revision the news of acute crisis in the financial management of BSNL has shocked them. But what is the way out? No need for any panic reaction.
When we accepted the formation of Corporate entity in 2000 our three Federations were assured three important things by the then Vajpayee Government through Group Of Ministers..
1. Government Pension to be continued and paid from the Consolidated Fund Of India..
2. Job Security will be ensured..
3. The financial viability of the proposed corporate entity ( BSNL) will be safeguarded. .
While the first two assurances are being implemented till now, the third and crucial one assurance was only in paper. Never it was implemented. Sadly the BSNLEU which was the main and only recognised union in BSNL since 2004 has failed to compel the government to honour its commitment of Safeguarding the financial viability of BSNL resulting in the present mess. BSNL was dumped with 2G Spectrum for the whole of India with out any choice that too without allowing BSNL to participate in the auction for 2G . Hefty amount ( approximately 40000 crores of rupees) were snatched forcibly from BSNL for this. Actually that was the beginning of BSNL ‘s financial decline. Further BSNL was not permitted to expand or modernise the net work in time deliberately. However private operators were encouraged to develop and expand at the cost of BSNL. ADC Payment to BSNL from private operators was all off a sudden stopped and BSNL was made to starve for funds. This details are listed here not to pin point the mistakes of BSNLEU but to ponder over where and what went wrong in our company so that remedial actions can be planned..
As the Government of India is duty bound to safeguard the Financial Viability Of BSNL we need to approach the Government in this regard with out any delay. Even Legal opinion could be obtained. If nothing is workable we have to mobilise the workforce and go to the street ( Public) to make compulsions on the Government of India which is facing a General Election in the near future. We need to create a favourable Public opinion to save the BSNL as well as all those who depends on it for their bread and butter. This is a loud thinking. However I express my opposition to attempts being made by certain GMs to get interest free loan from our staff to run the company. This will not solve our problem anyway. For a permanent solution we need to knock the doors of Narendra Modi Government only.
Gentle Reminder about Kerala Flood Relief Fund :
I hope all the District/ Divisional Secretaries will hand over the amount assured by them to the Circle Union on or before 10-10-2018. In any case it has to be handed over to the Circle Treasurer C. Ravi in the forthcoming General council meeting of the Circle Union which will be held at Dinroze RSU compound on 12-10-2018 ( Friday) . Please don’t forget or tell no excuse as the human sufferings of people of Kerala is enormous and unbearable.
What is Crony Capitalism ? :
When Prime Minister Modi signed “Rafale “deal in 2015 with French President in Paris he was not accompanied by Defence Minister or External Affaires Minister. Neither Airforce Chief nor any of the high ranking officers of Government of India were with Modi. But his close friend and businessman Anil Ambani was with him. This is the text book example of Crony Capitalism which roughly means that the government is serving the businessmen/ Industrialists at the cost of national interest and people’s interest.
BJP government is in soup? :
Congress is pressing for a CAG audit on the alleged corruption in the purchase of 36 Rafale Fighter jets from Dassault Company ( France) for Indian Airforce. Prominent Public figures like Prashant Bhushan, Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie petitioned the CBI yesterday to probe the alleged Scam in the Rafale Deal. BJP is feeling the heat and hence beginning to misuse the Airforce officers to play the dirty political game for Modi and Anil Ambani etc. Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa Yesterday held a press conference and said , ‘“Raffle jet will be a game changer and a booster dose for the IAF”. But any number of attempts and coverups would not clear the doubt of common man unless the questions he raised are properly/ Convincingly answered by the Prime Minister who was the root cause for this purchase deal which was signed on 10-04-2015.
Just 17 days before the “ new agreement “ was entered in to by PM Narendra Modi and French President Hollande, the CEO of Dassault Company, Eric Trappier stated in the presence of the then IAF Chief Arup Raha and the then CMD of HAL Company that , “ The agreement and understanding between Dassault and HAL was final”.
What has happened between 24 March and 10 April of 2015 is the crucial question to be answered by Modi- Anil Ambani duo. Who changed the agreement and throw out the 75 years experienced Public Sector Company HAL from this deal and insisted for the inclusion of a private company owned by Anil Ambani who himself a declared insolvent to the tune of 45000 crores of rupees and has no experience at all in manufacturing the fighter jets and above all his company itself was set up just few weeks before the signing of this agreement in March 2015. Though the four fold increase in price per Rafale jet was objected by a Secretary level Senior officer in the Ministry of Defence some one more powerful has overruled it. Who is this guy? This also needs to be answered.
Every Passing day bring out few inner details about this Defence deal. The former President of France Hollande ( Who signed the agreement with Modi in 2015) already came out saying he has no choice except to accept the Indian Partner ( Anil Ambani) given by the Indian Prime Minister. Further it was also reported in the press that Anil Ambani promised to make a French film and casting the present partner of Hollande as heroine (who is a film actress ) through his entertainment firm . All these factors have already torpedoed the myth of Modi is heading a Corruption Free Government for the past 4 years. When finally the truth comes out probably Modi Government might be branded as the most corrupt government India ever had. Is it not ?.
Modi government’s One more Achievement.. ?!
Yesterday Indian rupee became the worst performed Currency in the whole of Asia. The free fall of Indian Rupee against major international Currencies has caused this shame for our nation.
Actually both Modi and Jaitley are leading our great country to a economic disaster. From the beginning since May 2014 one after other very wrong decisions were taken by the present NDA Government like GST , Demonetisation and permitting many fraud people to flee the country freely there by increasing the Non Performing Assets ( NPA) of several Banks. People are already facing acute difficulties on account of ever increasing prices of Petrol/ Diesel/ LPG etc. This level of price is unheard of in our history. Yet BJP Party men boasting that Modi brought ACHA DHIN (Good Days) to all of us. This is nothing but a cruel joke!.
Extended Solidarity Support to the Agitating Postal GDS employees on 04-10-2018:
At Anna Road Head Post office the protest fast was organised by Postal union AI GDS Union today demanding implementation of Kamalesh Chandra Wage Revision Committee recommendations which was appointed by the government of India .They also demanded the date of effect from 01-01-2016 at par with Seventh Pay Commission recommendations to the Central government servants. This agitation was attended by more than 300 GDS employees ( formerly known as ED employees) of Department of Posts. From all over the State of Taminadu Comrades came to this fast . Comrade CKM greeted them and extended the support of NFTE- BSNL for their agitation. In an hour long speech he blasted the Modi government for its reluctantance to effect the wage revision to the poorly paid GDS employees while liberally extending all financial assistance to his friends Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Anil Ambani, Mukesh Ambani and Adani etc.
Inspiring Divisional Conference of Kellys NFTE in Chennai Telephones on 03-10-18:
Today at Kellys exchange our divisional conference was held . Com. Venkatesan, North Chennai District President presided . Com.Raja , Divisional Secretary welcomed all. Com. Arumugam, North Chennai District Secretary inaugurated. Comrades CKM, MKR, TEPU Circle Secretary Vijayakumar, DGM( Kellys) Periammal and many other spoke. Comrade E. Raja was re-elected as the Divisional Secretary.
Congratulations to all those who got pass after relaxation at the initiative taken by NFTE-BSNL. Five Comrades got benefitted in Chennai Telephones due to this one time relaxation to become J.E. Circle union wish them all.
NFTCL condemn the irresponsible attitude of BSNL management:
We are very sincerely worried that the BSNL revenue is falling dangerously in the past few months. Nearly 28% of its revenue has fallen compared to the last financial year. All should think of curbing the wasteful expenditure in BSNL including lavish spending on feasts and foreign travels by CMD and other Board of Directors. But they are advising only the employees below them to tighten their belts. Two recent happenings in BSNL prove only this.
1. The recent Asia Cup Cricket held in Dubai was Sponsored by BSNL. To witness the cricket matches in Dubai at least six Directors led by CMD travelled all the way to Dubai by Business Class air travel.
2. Last week in Delhi a meeting of Heads Of Circles ( HOCs) in BSNL was organised. During that meeting a programme called “ Now BSNL at your doorsteps “ was held. In connection with this a grand and lavish feast was organised in Mavlankar Hall at a very high cost.
Both these incidents must have costed BSNL company tens of crores of rupees if not more. All these expenditures are wasteful and could have been avoided in the present difficult financial position of our company. But the Management deny LTC facility , Medical allowances etc to the employees. Further in the name of minimising the expenditure the management cut down both the working hours and number of Contract Labourers. Poor TSM/ Casual Labourers wages are not revised since 01-01-2016 as per the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission. Poor families of diseased BSNL pensioners are denied the increase in Family Pension amount from 3000 to 9000 rupees as it was implemented to Central Government Pensioners since 01-01-2016. Till this day they are given only 3000 Rupees as family Pension.
Asper some inside information from the Government of India , Hon’ble Minister Manoj Sinha instructed the DOT not to prepare now the note for relaxation for Third Pay/ Wage revision to BSNL executives/ employees to be sent to Central Cabinet since the BSNL’s revenue is alarmingly falling continuously for the past few months. In this scenario the top BSNL management is indulging in this sort of lavish expenditures must be condemned severely. But who is to condemn them when the Unions and Associations ( AUAB )is deliberately keeping mum and maintaining a steady silence?.
ALL INDIA CONFERENCE- NFTCL:
The National conference of National Federation of Telecom Contract Labourers (NFTCL )will be held in Newdelhi during March/2019 . The Secretariat Meeting Of NFTCL took decision to this effect. Reception Committee will be formed by Delhi State NFTCL shortly. Details will follow.
Third Wage Revision- Present Scenario in BSNL:
When NFTE leaders met the officer in charge of CPSUs at Sanchar Bhavan In the first week of September itseems they were told that the note for cabinet relaxation was not even prepared by DOT . However AUAB leaders were assured by Hon'ble Manoj Sinha , our minister that the required relaxation note will be sent by 31-03-2018. As of today my information is Note for Cabinet relaxation has not even prepared.This the present state of third wage revision as on today ( 01-10-2018) .Though we are anxious to conclude negotiation on wage revision with in a short period the actual road block will be the Cabinet relaxation for BSNL employees and executives as the third PRC had introduced the " Affordability" clause in 2016 for Pay revision in Central PSUs.Unless this particular clause is relaxed by for BSNL by a cabinet decision everything will stand at the same position. Look at the example of Executives Pay revision in BSNL. Although on 14-11-2017 itself the CMD / BSNL wrote to the DOT to permit BSNL to implement the third pay revision to the execututives with 15% fitment benefits with the available BSNL funds till now the DOT has not given any permission for the same. Note the important point that the CMD / BSNL had not sought any financial help/ assistance from the government of India to implement the third pay revision to its execututives. Even then no permission was accorded mainly because of the absence of any relaxation from the cabinet from the affordability clause. The cabinet relaxation is more important for us to get the third pay/ wage revision implemented in BSNL. For this I feel a united indefinite struggle is necessary. One day or two days strikes may not have the desired effect on both the management and Government of India which is very much interested in supporting and encouraging the Privacy Sector. Some people think this is not the right time to go on agitation . They also look at the futility of any such struggle without fixing the PAY SCALES. But it is wrong in the background of Executives Pay revision delay since 01-01-2017 . Executives Pay scales were recommended by the 3 rd PRC in 2016 itself. But they didn't got it till now due to the said " affordability" clause. Hence my considered opinion is building up now for a united struggle by AUAB is top priority than waiting for the conclusion of construction of Pay scales and finalisation of agreement on other perks and allowances with the management.
Felicitation to Circle Secretary:
Comrades Divisional Secretary Parandhaman , Divisional President Sundaramurthy , Mylapore Branch Secretary Felix Thomas , Mambalam Branch Secretary Prabhu and RKNagar Branch Secretary Azhagar Nambi jointly felicitated the Circle Secretary CKM.
R.K.Nagar Division NFTE-BSNL conference on 01-10-18:
At R.K. Nagar exchange today the Divisional conference was held. Comrades Sabapathi, Nagarajan, Kabali, Dhansingh, Babu, Rajasekharan and CKM addressed the conference. Comrade Parandhaman was re-elected as the Divisional Secretary.
Madam Nirmala You need to Explain:
In the present NDA Government all most all Ministers are very arrogant and exhibit aggressiveness towards those who criticise their actions. In a democracy criticism of rulers is one important concept. Of all the Ministers the most arrogant seems to be Mrs. Nirmala Seetharaman, the Defence Minister. she was not a Loksabha member got elected by the people. She entered the Rajya Sabha with the support of RSS. She was given very important portfolio of Defence. Now she is responsible to explain the umpteen number of questions in the minds of people of our country on the allegations of corruption in the RAFALE purchase deal.
“ why should I order probe into Rafale?”.
“ Every year I have given twenty thousand crores of rupees worth projects to HAL.”.
Both the above statements are by Mrs. Nirmala in Chennai yesterday. It proves the arrogance of this woman. When she is incharge of Defence Ministry it is her responsibility only to clear all doubts about the said Rafale deal. Refusing to do so only create suspicions among people. Further whether she give rupees 20000 crores worth projects to Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd ( HAL) from her father in law’s property ? She needs to be polite and courteous towards all because she is not a queen but a servant of the people who may oust her any time of the day.
A doubt ...?:
The Supreme Court has delivered few days ago a judgement against the denial of permission to enter the women of age between 10 years and 55 year In to the Sree Ayappa temple at Sabarimala ( Kerala) .It has caused a very big controversy throughout the country. The people who objects the said judgement justify the ban of women of certain age on the ground of mansuration of women which is considered by Hindu community as a bad and negative symptom. Even if it is accepted for argument sake the following questions need to be answered by Hindu religious leaders who opposed the judgement branding it as a unnecessary interference in the religious affairs of Hindus. Let any one issue clarification to my questions.
1. When women are permitted to enter in to all other Hindu temples through out the country/world what is the real objection to the priests of Sabarimala temple. ?..
2. Our women themselves are self deciplined and responsible. They will not go to any temple during those three / four days of mansuration every month. In this situation why some people think that our women will go to temple when they are mansurating..
In the name of religious rights no one should be allowed to discriminate people on the basis of gender . Supreme court has in fact removed the gender discrimination in the worship of God Ayyappa.
Retirement of Comrade Rathnakumar, General Secretary Of Main Recreation Club:
Yesterday (29-09-18) I greeted Comrade Rathnakumar, General Secretary Of Main Recreation Club on his retirement on 30-09-18 at a farewell meeting organised in Flower Bazaar exchange compound.
Retirement of Comrade Thomas elecom Technician / Anna Nagar:
We wish Comrade Thomas, Telecom Technician /Anna Nagar External unit who is retiring today ( 30-09-18) a very happy retired life.On behalf of NFTE Circle Union Comrade CKM honoured him at the recent Anna Nagar Divisional conference on 27-09-18. He has donated rupees two thousand to Circle union. We thank him for this. He is a very loyal and active Union member of Anna Nagar Division.
Meeting with CGM on 29-09-18:
NFTE Circle Union in Chennai Telephones met the CGM today and discussed number of issues concerning both employees and company. A gist of the discussion is given below. Comrade CKM along with the District Secretaries Nagarajan, Ragunathan, Ekambaram and Arumugam took part in the discussion.
1. The Shifting Of Navalur exchange will be expedited.
2. Installation of NGN ( New Generation Network) in NFTE Circle Union in Chennai Telephones met the CGM today and discussed number of issues concerning both employees and company. A gist of the discussion is given below. Comrade CKM along with the District Secretaries Nagarajan, Ragunathan, Ekambaram and Arumugam took part in the discussion.
1. The Shifting Of Navalur exchange will be expedited.
2. Installation of NGN ( New Generation Network) in Mahabalipuram exchange will be completed soon as Mahabalipuram is an international tourist spot.
3. Next Circle Council Meeting will be held in October -2018. Next Works Committee meeting for Chennai area will also be convened very soon.
4. Comrade Gayathri’s request for change in placement to KKNagar will be considered.
5. Two Multi floor own buildings at present housing administrative offices will be rented out fully and revenue will be generated at market rates.
6. One more counselling for Telecom Technician Promotion from ATTs in CPT Area will be held as there are 60+ vacancies exist.
7. The shifting of CPT Admn section from GM( South) Office in Guindy to DGM( HR) Office in Millers Road will be expedited. As per agreement the four O.S and two ATTs will be redistributed as per the needs.
Miss. S. M. Kalavathi, CGM appealed to bring more Landlines and Broadband connections to increase the revenue in our Circle. The CGM also sought our cooperation in allocating two experienced T. T cadre employees each to Enterprise Business And Transmission Units . Our Circle Union assured her of all help and cooperation in the growth of BSNL. We thanked the CGM for her understanding and immediate attention on the grievances of the staff.
Mahabalipuram exchange will be completed soon as Mahabalipuram is an international tourist spot.
3. Next Circle Council Meeting will be held in October -2018. Next Works Committee meeting for Chennai area will also be convened very soon.
4. Comrade Gayathri’s request for change in placement to KKNagar will be considered.
5. Two Multi floor own buildings at present housing administrative offices will be rented out fully and revenue will be generated at market rates.
6. One more counselling for Telecom Technician Promotion from ATTs in CPT Area will be held as there are 60+ vacancies exist .
7. The shifting of CPT Admn section from GM( South) Office in Guindy to DGM( HR) Office in Millers Road will be expedited. As per agreement the four O.S and two ATTs will be redistributed as per the needs.
Miss. S. M. Kalavathi, CGM appealed to bring more Landlines and Broadband connections to increase the revenue in our Circle. The CGM also sought our cooperation in allocating two experienced T. T cadre employees each to Enterprise Business And Transmission Units . Our Circle Union assured her of all help and cooperation in the growth of BSNL. We thanked the CGM for her understanding and immediate attention on the grievances of the staff.
Farewell to Comrade S.Venkatraj, Circle Organising Secretary on 28-09-18:
At Anna Road exchange compound on September-28 a grand farewell was organised to Comrade Venkatraj who is retiring on 30-09-18 after 37 years of service in P&T, DOT, DTS and BSNL. Comrade Sabapathy, South Chennai District Union President Presided and Asst. Circle Secretary Rajasekaran welcomed all. On behalf of Circle Union Comrades MKR, CKM spoke. Comrade V. Babu greeted him on behalf of NFTCL. District Secretary M. Nagarajan, Accounts Officers and DGM ( Central) and PGM ( NWO- Central) also participated and greeted him a very happy retired life.
Meeting with CGM on 29-09-18:
On the request of NFTE Circle Union in Chennai Telephones, the CGM has granted a meeting at 12 noon on Saturday. Four District Secretaries along with Circle Secretary will participate in this meeting. Few important issues will be brought to the notice of our Chief General Manager. District Secretaries are requested to note the time of the meeting with CGM and attend the same .
Anna Nagar NFTE-BSNL Divisional Conference on 27-09-18 at Anna Nagar exchange compound:
Wish Comrade Chitrarasu who was re-elected as the Divisional Secretary.
Happy retired life to Comrade M. Subramanian:
Today I Wished a very happy retired life to Comrade M. Subramanian , Circle Vice President of NUBSNL ( FNTO) in Chennai Telephones at a farewell function organised at Chromepet exchange which was presided over by Com. S. Lingamoorthy, CS/ FNTO and attended by PGM( HR&A) Ganesan.
General Council Meeting on October- 12 :
The monthly meeting of the NFTE Chennai Telephones Circle union will be held next on 12-10-2018(Friday) at 2 pm in Dinroz RSU compound. Circle union President M.K. Ramaswamy will preside over. All branch/ Division/District Secretaries along with Circle union Office bearers and Special invitees are requested to attend the meeting in time and with out fail. Kerala Flood Relief Fund has to be handed over to the circle Union on that day as we had to hand over the same to the NFTE/ CHQ in Haridwar National EC meeting on 24-10-2018. Secretaries at all levels must adhere to this final date to hand over the Kerala Flood Relief Fund.
The following shall be the agenda points:
1. National Executive Committee meeting.
2. Kerala Flood Relief Fund.
3. Third Wage Revision negotiation.
4. PLI (Bonus).
5. Pending issues.
6. Review of Councils and Works Committees.
7. Functioning of AUAB in Chennai Telephones Circle.
9. Any other item.
Mr. Modi why are you lying very often and bring disgrace to the highest Post of Prime Minister of India? :
While inaugurating a airport in Sikkim Prime Minister Modi recently messaged that out of 100 airports in India 34 airports were built after 2014 that is after his government came to power. But the reality is otherwise. Today India has 129 airports . Out of this 125 airports were there even before Modi became Prime Minister. Only four ( including the latest one inaugurated in Sikkim State) were added since 2014. Even these four airports 85% of work was carried out by the previous Congress government.I am at loss to understand the reason for such blatant lies unleashed by Prime Minister Modi .BJP means untruths and half truths.
Palakkad NFTE-BSNL district union EC meeting :
Palakkad NFTE-BSNL district union has arranged an extended EC meeting on 24-09-18 in which Comrade CKM spoke for nearly one and half hours and explained very eloberately the question of third wage revision in BSNL. He exorted the comrades to be vegilant against the government/management motive to deny a fair pay revision to BSNL employees and executives.He called for strengthening the unity in the Union so that NFTE improve its vote share in Kerala Circle in the forth coming Membership verification. He opposed the arrangement agreed upon by BSNLEU unilaterally to post Telecom Technician cadre officials to perform watchman duty on holidays/Sundays . T. T. Cadre is a skilled cadre which should be properly utilised in internal/External duties. It is understood that the GMs in Kerala Circle under the instructions of CGM misusing the T. T cadre officials throughout the circle under oral instructions without any written orders. This is very wrong attitude. In the name of reducing the expenditure on Security the Kerala Circle using Telecom Technician officials for watchman duty with the tacit understanding of BSNLEU. NFTE district EC meeting decided to demand written orders first for using T. T. Cadre officials for watchman duty. Then only union could proceed to stop this policy once for all.
Comrade Samsudeen, Circle President also participated .
Affectionate welcome by Palakkad comrades:
erala NFTE Circle Union President Samsudeen and Palakkad District Union Secretary Pavithran and other senior comrades gave a very affectionate welcome to comrade CKM on 24-09-18 at Palakkad exchange when CHQ Vice President visited there to participate in the extended District EC meeting.comrade L. Subbarayan. Tamil Nadu Circle Union Treasurer , Former Circle President Ramachandran and Sr. Leader K. T. Ramanarayanan were also honoured at the meeting.
What is the motive behind this?:
The BSNL management suddenly announced staggered dates for salary payment of its executives and employees . Originally all were receiving salary on the last date of the month except for March only. Due to financial year closing and accounts closing for the month of March the salary was paid on first of April. Now as per the new arrangement all non executive employees will receive salary on the first day of next month. All non-ITS executives will receive their salary on fifth of next month. ITS officers will get their salary on 7 th of next month. ( Incidentally the Contract Labourers also to be paid wages on 7 th of next month) . We don't know the exact reason for this change in dates for salary payment . But it's timing was suspicious. When wage revision negotiation Committee was formed and started functioning BSNL management has clearly sent signals that at the moment it is struggling to disburse the salary to the employees and executives. It is a clear message to the third wage Revision Committee not to increase the wages any further.
In a similar attempt few WhatsApp messages are now being circulated by some vested interest people on the bad financial position of BSNL. It's loss and declining income compared to the last financial year. We all know that BSNL is in difficult financial position and not recording any profit for the past several years. Nothing new in this. But the motive of those circulating the poor financial condition of BSNL now is not good. They deliberately preparing the employees/ executives to " Accept What is Given " mood. This is very very wrong approach. Workers should be beware of such tactics of dark forces which like the employees/ executives to surrender their right of pay/ wage revision and revision of perks and allowances. After all the BSNL's financial position was disrupted by the government and its pro Corporate policies. Employees/ Executives have no role/ responsibility in ruining the BSNL. Then why workers should be asked to pay the price and asked to tighten the belt ?.
We were in Government Services. Only the Vajpayee government forced in to our throat the Corporatisation of DOT/ DTS in October 2000. It promised us the following:
1. Government Pension from Consolidated Fund.
2. Safeguard the financial viability of proposed company (BSNL).
3. Protection of Job Security.
What has happened now?
Instead of mobilising the work force against the betrayal of Central government if we simply talk about the present bad financial position of BSNL to justify the unjust approach of the management it is going to harm our employees/ executives permenantly. Let us educate the workers instead of putting up calculation sheets of expected pay rise.
NDA Government has compromised the country’s defence by neglecting HAL and preferring Reliance:
In the agreement made for the purchase of 36 fighter planes (RAFFLE) from France in 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed more number of irregularities with the sole aim of benefits to a private bankrupt company belongs to Anil Ambani. If this is not Corruption then what is the meaning of Corruption?.
UPA Government began negotiations for the purchase of 126 Fighter planes from France . But before the tenure of congress led Government end the said agreement was not concluded. On coming to power the present NDA Government signed the agreement only to purchase 36 Raffle Fighter planes for a very high price ( 7.87 billion Euro) . From the beginning Corruption charges were levelled against this deal which was signed by the Prime Minister without the knowledge and presence of Defence Minister or Defence Ministry officials particularly Indian Airforce personnel.
The deal has 50% offset clause to be executed by the said Dassault Company in partnership with a Indian company. All controversies began after Hindustan Aeronautical Company ( HAL) which is a Public Sector Company with a long experience in manufacturing Fighter planes was removed as a partner of Dassault Company and in its place a private sector Reliance Company with no experience at all and was formed just 12 days before the said agreement was made a partner . This company was promoted by Anil Ambani who was declared as bankrupt. This factor made to suspect the involvement of large scale corruption and involvement of NDA Government.
Day by day the NDA Government got exposed and its Corruption is also exposed. But till this day the BJP Leaders are defending this deal which is very controversial and steeped in to corruption . BJP refused to order an enquiry through Joint Parliamentary Committee ( JPC) . In the past the BJP stalled the Parliament for several weeks demanding JPC probe on Bofors Scandal and Spectrum Scam. If BJP has nothing to hide and fear why it is stonewalling an enquiry in to this shady deal ?.
The following points need to probed :
1. The actual cost of a plane.
2. How much exorbitant amount was fixed as price?.
3. Why HAL was removed from the deal?
4. Who recommended the bankrupt and inexperienced Reliance Company as Dassault’s Indian partner ?.
5. Who changed the UPA Government negotiated purchase agreement drastically and cut short the manufacturing to just 36 planes from 126 planes?
6. What is the market price of a Raffle plane ? What is the price negotiated by other countries?
7. What is the role of Indian Airforce and Defence Ministry in the whole agreement?
8. What’s the role of Prime Minister Office in this deal?
At last the flood gates of Corrupt deals by Modi Government has come in to open. Any number of explanations and falsehood by Nirmala Sitaraman will not save both PM and Defence Minister. The role of 2 Ns ( Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitaraman) needs to be investigated thoroughly. The Defence of our Country should not be compromised by any one in the Government of India.
Big Thanks Comrades:
I sincerely thank all comrades for making the Third wage revision Seminar on 20-09-2018 in Chennai organised by NFTE- BSNL Circle Union a very big Success. I thank Comrades S. Lingamoorthy ( FNTO) , J. Vijayakumar ( TEPU) , Badri Narayanan ( AIBSNLEA), G. Masilamani ( PEWA) , S.Anandan ( NFTCL) . Our Special thanks to Comrades P. Udayasooriyan ( AIBSNLEA) and R. Raveendran ( SEWA) whose participation gave us tremendous boost and enthusiasm . We thank all the office bearers of Circle and District Unions Of NFTE/ FNTO/ TEPU/ SEWA/ AIBSNLEA/ NFTCL/ PEWA for making the Seminar a grand one at a very short notice.
On behalf of NFTE we thank the District/ Divisional Secretaries for their hard work and mobilisation Of Employees in such a large number. Particularly I thank Comrades Of K.K.Nagar exchange compound V. Babu, Prabhakaran, Ramprabu and many other. Keep it up this spirit comrades. Victory will be ours.
Discussion on third wage revision:
Palghat District Union ( Kerala Circle) will organise a meeting on 24-09-2018 to discuss about many important issues which are facing the BSNL and it's employees including the ongoing third wage revision negotiation. Comrade Pavithran, the young and energetic District Secretary of NFTE- BSNL is doing a good job in mobilising the employees in favour of Our Federation. I have been invited to be the Chief Guest in that meeting. Hope to explain our approach and attitude on number of issues.
Few blind Cats:
I just now noticed a write up in the BSNLEU Chennai Telephones website . It was written by the Circle Secretary of that union about the historic one day strike by Central government employees on September 19 of 1968 to demand mainly "Need based minimum wage". But I couldn't find the names of any NFPTE Leaders such as O.P.Gupta and D.Gnanaiah and others in that write up. This shows the animosity of these people even after their death.
One can't write any article about 1968 Strike with out mentioning the role of Comrades OPG & DG. Because the said Strike was observed only in P&T department fully. All other Central government services including Railways were not affected as those employees did not join the strike enmasse. Naturally the attack of Central government was very severe on P&T employees and NFPTE which was the only Federation of P&T employees. NFPTE was derecognised. A new union by name FNPTO was formed at the instigation of the Central government. Immediately FNPTO was recognised .
But Comrades OPG & DG fought and restored the recognition to NFPTE. The so-called revolutionary leaders played only pro government role. CPI was then a united party. It whole heartedly supported NFPTE both inside and outside the Parliament. This is the golden jubilee year of that historic Strike . But even in reporting that historic Strike BSNLEU people don't tell the whole truth and true history as it happened as they have nothing to boast about the said Strike. Hence they close their eyes like cats and think the whole world is dark. When these people will change or learn proper lessons ?.
A very successful SEMINAR:
On 20-09-18 the Chennai Telephones Circle Union Of NFTE- BSNL organised a very good seminar on Third wage revision at K.K.Nagar exchange compound in which thousand comrades enthusiastically participated. It was presided over by Comrade CKM and was inaugurated by Comrade S.Lingamurthy. NFTE/ FNTO/ TEPU/ SEWA/ PEWA/ AIBSNLEA/ NFTCL Leaders spoke. A resolution was unanimously passed at the end of the Seminar.
The resolution demands:
1. Fifteen percent Fitment benefits must be ensured to both executives and non- executives. Discrimination between executives and non- executives in fitment benefits should not be accepted.
2. Date of effect for financial benefits out of Third Pay revision must be only from 01-01-2017.
3. Perks & Allowances should be negotiated and revised w.e.from 01-01-2017 as there was no revision of Perks and allowances in BSNL since the First Wage revision in 2002.
BSNL: A Sleeping Beauty ?:
We all aware that the wages of TSM / Casual Labourers Working in BSNL are determined on the basis of CDA Pay Scale as they are not eligible for IDA Scale due to their non- absorption in to BSNL. Their wage is actually similar to a Group D employee in the central government. Accordingly their wage needs to be revised automatically as and when Central Pay Commission revises the Pay Of Central Government Employees.
The Last Pay revision of Central Government employees was effected from 01-01-2016 as per the recommendations of 7 th CPC.
But even after 32 months till now the poor Casual Labourers/ Temporary Status Mazdoors we’re not extended the benefits of Seventh Pay Commission. However the management has very promptly revised the salary of all ITS officers with effect from 01-01-2016 itself as they are Central Government employees working in BSNL. Till now the helpless TSMs are receiving wages on the basis of Sixth Central Pay Commission which was effected from 01-01-2006.
NFTE took up this issue with Corporate management. But strangely the Corporate Office replied to NFTE that a committee will be formed and only on the basis of report of the said committee the revision of wages to TSMs/ Casual Labourers will be implemented. This is nothing but nonsense. Either the people sitting in Corporate Office are ignorant of administrative orders or deliberately not issuing orders for the revision of wages. Meanwhile the Corporate Office issued a clarification on to West Bengal Circle stating that only after finalisation of IDA Pay revision of non- executives in BSNL the revision of wages for TSMs will be taken up. It is foolish to say that TSMs wage revision will be done after IDA Pay revision.
On our perusal we found out a order issued by DOT dated 05-03-18 which very clearly instructed to revise the wages of TSMs/ Casual Labourers with effect from 01-01-2016 in line with the recommendations of Seventh CPC. A copy of this particular order is sent to CMD/ BSNL on for necessary action. Yet it seems no officer/ official cared to act according to the instructions of the Department of Presonal Grievances and Pensions vide OM number 49011/ 2/ 2017- Estt ( C) dated 19-02-2017 . BSNL officers are It seems telling some cock and bull stories to Union Leaders with out any responsibility and seriousness. This casual and irresponsible approach is highly condemnable. We demand revision of DOT instructions dated 05-03-2018 be implemented immediately and wages of TSMs and Casual Labourers is revised with effect from 01-01-2016 as per the recommendations of 7 th CPC.
Flower Bazaar NFTE -BSNL Divisional conference:
Flower Bazaar NFTE -BSNL Divisional conference was held at Guindy on 19/09/2018.
What is wrong in alerting the unions and Leaders on Wage revision due to past bad experiences?:
Main Recognised Union BSNLEU which is having Majority members in the negotiation committee on behalf of staff side. During the Second Wage revision negotiations only BSNLEU, the then recognised union represented the Staff Side . The following grave mistakes were committed by BSNLEU in 2009.
1. It accepted 68.8% IDA fixation when the Central Cabinet decision allowed 78.2% IDA fixation for Wage revision in CPSUs for employees. Due to this wrong approach our employees faced huge financial loss from 01-01-2007 to 10-06-2013. Few hundred crores of rupees of pay arrears due to our employees were permanently lost.
2. Perks and allowances were not revised. BSNLEU meekly accepted the argument of the BSNL Management to wait for improvement of financial condition of BSNL to get revision of allowances. Till this day that has not happened. Our
employees are left high and dry for the last 11 years without any revision in allowances.
3. BSNLEU as the single recognised union wrongly agreed to receive the financial benefits of Second Wage revision only from 10-06-2010 although the employees are rightfully eligible for it from 01-01-2007. That is 30 months of financial benefits were eaten away by the management. In view of these very bad experiences naturally our employees and base level leaders are apprehensive now. We are witnessed to many other lapses of BSNLEU including the NEPP ( Non Executive Punishment Policy) which created discrimination between Executives and Employees in the promotion policy.Hence we should be double careful now as this may be last Wage revision to majority employees in BSNL as the next one is expected in 2027 only.
The Leadership must assure the employees that they will;
1. Ensure 15% fitment benefits at any cost.
2. Ensure that there’s no discrimination in fitment benefits between employees and executives.
3. Allowances will be revised at least this time.
4. Date of effect for the financial benefits must be from 01-01-2017 and no postponement of date of wage revision implementation.Unity is important no doubt. But in the name of maintaining unity workers interests should not be sacrificed.
Kanchipuram NFTE-BSNL District Union Executive Committee meeting:
Kanchipuram NFTE-BSNL District Union Executive Committee meeting was held at Guindy on 18/09/2018.
District Executive Committee meeting:
District Executive Committee meeting of NFTE-BSNL in Thiruvallur was held at Avadi exchange on 17-09-18.
Let us not be complacent..!:
Some of our comrades are circulating the Pay revision calculation work sheets and benefits there upon after Pay fixation assuming 15% fitment benefits. I sincerely think this is premature to count the eggs even before the hatching of hen. The workers should not be made complacent by this calculation work sheets. We need to prepare the employees for a united and resolute struggles as we need to cross few hurdles before actually achieving the implementation of Third wage revision.
The main hurdle is getting relaxation from the Central Cabinet for implementing third wage revision despite not running on profit during the past three years. Our Minister promised us to forward the necessary note for the relaxation by 31-03-2018 in February. But sadly till this day note has not been finalised in DOT. It has to be thereafter sent to Cabinet. We don’t know how much time the Cabinet will take to positively consider our note for relaxation . In this background circulating work sheets on calculation of benefits on assumptions will only make our employees complacent . Instead we all should channelise the anger and dissatisfaction amongst our employees due to the inordinate delay in implementation of wage revision and allowances revision with effect from 01-01-2017. Trade unions must always keep their powder dry for Meeting any eventuality and challenges of future.
Hot and tasty Biriyani served for more than 200 comrades on 16-08-2018:
Hot and tasty Biriyani served for more than 200 comrades on 16-08-2018 in Villuppuram: Today I felicitated a Contract Labourer by name S. Panneerselvan, who is attached to Panruti exchange at the Cuddalure District NFTCL Executive Committee meeting in Villuppuram for preparing lunch ( a hot and tasty Chicken Biriyani) single handedly . Really he is a very talented Cook with expertise in preparation of Non- Vegetarian foods. I thank him on behalf of all .
District executive committee meeting of NFTCL in Cuddalore:
District executive committee meeting of NFTCL in Cuddalore was held on 16-09-2018 in Villupuram under the Presididentship of Harikrishnan , the District President. Hundreds of Telecom Contract Labourers and NFTCL District/ State and CHQ office bearers spoke and explained the current status of long pending demands of Contract Labourers. Com.N. Anbalagan, State NFTCL Vice President inaugurated the District Executive Committee meeting. State Secretary of NFTCL / Tamilnadu S. Anandan in his key note address explained the activities of State Committee. Comrade CKM, State President Babu and State Treasurer Sampath also participated and spoke in the DEC meeting. Com. Manjini , District Secretary replied to the debate on problems of contract Labourers in the district.
Circle Union EC meeting on 15-09-2018:
The meeting was presided over by Circle President MKR. The meeting reviewed the ongoing Conferences of Divisional Unions as per the time table decided. About 35 to 40 comrades will attend the NEC meeting in Haridwar in the month of October. Regarding flood relief fund to Kerala it was decided to send on behalf of Chennai Telephones Circle at least one Lakh rupees to CHQ by the first week of October/2018. Comrade CKM explained the current status of ongoing wage revision negotiations. The meeting also requested all our comrades to mobilise maximum employees to the SEMINAR on 20-09-18. Asst. Circle Secretaries Rajendran and Elangovan briefed the meeting on the process of Redeployment of staff. It was also decided to hold the General council meeting of October on 11-10-2018.
What is the objection of comrade Abhimanyu?:
Recently BSNL management has issued some guidelines regarding the functioning of councils vide letter dated 07-09-18. But through his letter dated 14-09-18 BSNLEU General Secretary has swiftly objected those guidelines and requested the Director ( HR) to withdraw the same. First off all if the functioning of Councils are in democratic sense there wouldn't have been a need for the intervention of the management in these matters. But the BSNLEU leaders intoxicated with the status of First Recognised Union throughout the country acted in arrogance and humiliated the Leader / Staff side ( NFTE nominee) in many Circles. In one southern Circle I recently came across a news of BSNLEU Circle Secretary's objection for giving a copy of the agenda points to the Leader of the staff side( NFTE Circle Secretary) in the Circle Council. We know in many places agenda points are finalized not in consultation with NFTE representatives. Due to this wrong attitude only a demand was raised by many including myself to get the instructions for submitting the agenda points to any council jointly under the signatures of both the Leader and Secretary of the staff side. Now after a long period since 2013 ( when two unions were recognised first time in BSNL) there is some action from the management to safeguard the democratic functioning of Councils at all level . Why BSNLEU General Secretary objects these changes? He wants to perpetuate his union's hegemony and big brother attitude over NFTE while preaching all out unity and joint struggle. NFTE has shown the example of complete unity when Comrade O.P. Gupta formed the joint negotiation team for the first wage revision in 2002 comprising of all unions without discriminating on the basis of recognition . NFTE never paid lip service to the unity of Workers .
Urgent meeting of the Chennai Telephones NFTE- BSNL Circle Executive Committee on 15-09-18:
The Circle Union EC meeting will be held on Saturday, the 15 th of September in Flower Bazaar Union Office at 3 pm . Comrade MKR will preside.
All Circle Union Office bearers and District Secretaries along with Special invitees should attend the meeting with out fail and in time.
C. K. Mathivanan, Circle Secretary
NFTE- BSNL, Chennai Telephones
Union Finance Minister must resign immediately:
In 2014 Parliamentary elections Arun Jaitley contested in the Amritsar parliamentary constituency as a BJP candidate. He was defeated. But without following any morality/ ethical standards in Public life he was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister by Narendra Modi. He was allotted not one but two very important portfoliis of Finance and Defence. Thus his present ministerial tenure began with a controversy. Even after four years one or other controversy is following him continuously.
Now he is caught in a major controversy. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has already demanded his immediate resignation and a CBI enquiry on his alleged role/ help in the escape of Vijay Mallya to London ( UK) in March 2016. Yesterday Mallya himself told the media persons that he had a meeting with Jaitley and informed him about his travel plan to London next day.He also informed the media that in his meeting with the Finance Minister Jaitley he requested his help to solve the problems pertaining to his bank loans.The nation was naturally shocked at the alleged connivance and colabaration of Union Finance Minister with a declared offender/ criminal for whom a look out notice was already issued by government authorities.
Jaitley initially refused his meeting with Vijay Mallya on 01-03-2016 prior to his great escape from India. ( Lalit Modi who was also wanted by government authorities was allowed to escape by Foreign affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the recommendation of BJP Chief Minister of Rajasthan few years ago) But now he is accepting meeting him. The question arise is why Jaitley didn't inform the government agencies about the impending travel plan of Vijay Mallya to UK. Further who has diluted the government notice issued to all the Airports not to permit Vijay Mallya to leave the country?. According to the version of Dr. Subramanian Swamy today the said look out notice was modified from " prevent the travel of Mallya" in to " inform the travel of Mallya" by some one powerful in the Ministry of Finance. We know only Jaitley is the powerful person as a Cabinet Minister in Finance Ministry. All the circumstances in this whole episode is clearly pointing out the collaboration of BJP leaders in this great escape. Yet they will claim there is no corruption in Modi government from roof tops. We had to hear all this nonsense. That is our fate !.
SEMINAR on 20-09-2018:
NFTE Circle Union has decided to organise a Seminar on September-20 ( Thursday ) on the " Negative Impact of inordinate delay in implementing the Third Wage Revision on the Productivity and efficiency of BSNL work force." Already FNTO/TEPU /AIBSNLEA / NFTCL / SEWA / PEWA and few other organisations have concented to participate in the seminar. Circle union will request the management to grant a day's special casual leave to all the participants of the SEMINAR. We are planning to invite the representatives of Management also to know the other side's opinion.
The Seminar will begin at 11 am and conclude at 2 pm. Lunch is being arranged after the SEMINAR. We intend to invite the representatives of Pensioner associations also to hear their position.
We request all NFTE Branch/ Division/ District Secretaries to effectively organise the employees for making the SEMINAR a big Success.
The venue of the SEMINAR:
K.K. Nagar exchange compound.
Unreasonable attitude of BSNL:
lt is shocking to note the illogical and audacious behaviour of BSNL management's representatives in the third wage Revision Committee's fourth meeting on 10-09-2018. What is the need or justification for them to propose only 0 to 5 percentage fitment benefits to the employees in the wage revision that is due from 01-01-2017. We all know that the same BSNL management has approved and reccommended 15% fitment benefits to the executives with effect from 01-01-2017. A written communication was already sent to DOT on 14 -11-2017 to this effect. If the management could approve/ reccommend 15% fitment benefits to the officers serving in BSNL why now they are opposing the same 15% benefits to the employees?. It is unacceptable and rightly the staff side representatives very stiffly opposed this retrograde proposal of management on 10-09-2018 in the fourth meeting of the 3 rd Wage Revision negotiation Committee.
Our Leaders in the negotiation Committee should not only demand 15% fitment benefits but also press the management to revise all the allowances now . The management is not at all prepared to even engage the staff side on any meaningful discussion regarding revision of perks and all allowances which were revised in 2002 when Comrade OPG led the wage revision negotiations. Since then for the past 11 years the management had deliberately dodged the issue of perks and allowances. During the second wage revision negotiation NFTE was not allowed to participate on the plea that only BSNLEU was the recognised Union and held the management held negotiations with it. During that time BSNLEU leadership agreed to the management's contention that when BSNL's financial position improved Perks and allowances will be revised. But from 2007 till now on the same pretext the perks and allowances were kept unrevised although the the prices of all most all commodities were increased many folds. Hence our employees are right in demanding the revision of all perks and allowances which are not revised for a decade .
Adyar Divisional NFTE Conference:
Adyar Divisional Conference held in a grand manner on 11-09-2018.
Empty “Slogans of Narendra Damodar Modi, Our Prime Minister :
At the concluding session of yesterday’s National Executive Committee meeting of BJP, Prime Minister was at his best oratory. But as usual only sound was too much but no substance in it. He could not hide is discomfort about the possibility of emerging grand alliance of opposition parties against his misrule. He neither reel out his government’s achievements in the past four years nor listed the 2014 election promises implemented by BJP. He also didn’t bothered about ever increasing prices of Petrol/ Diesel and ever decreasing value of Indian Rupee. Like his protege Amit Shah he didn’t open his mouth on the 100% failure Of Demonetisation and its very bad impact on our people and national economy.
His empty slogans and lies filled in his entire speech. He talked about women’s emancipation but not explained why he and is Party are not bringing Law to reserve seats in both Assemblies and Parliament ( Women Reservation Bill) despite having thumping majority in Loksabha and Rajya Sabha. ( His Party defeated the opposition sponsored No Confidence motion by 100 votes margin recently in the Loksabha. His party also got their preferred MP as the Vice Chairman Of Rajya Sabha very recently. ) . No one could understand the meaning of the slogan “ Undefeated India “.
With whom India is fighting or competing to emerge victorious ? To make the false national pride the election propaganda BJP is raising all these empty slogans. In fact BJP is actually frightened of its defeat in 2019 at the hands of Congress led by Rahul Gandhi with the full cooperation of all opposition parties . That is the reason Modi is raising unwanted and irrational questions like who is the leader of the united opposition etc. He should not forget his Leader Vajpayee was defeated in 2004 by a political novice and a housewife Sonia Gandhi. Same future awaits Modi in 2019.
Meeting with GM(NBA)on 10-09-18 :
Today NFTE leaders Ravi,Venkatesan and CKM met Sri. Venkatesan, GM and Smt. Uma , AGM . They discussed several issues of staff including( 1) Relieving of Comrade Veeramani ( FBR) to Avadi (2) Transfer of Com. Bhaskar , JE / Thiru- Vi- Ka Nagar to New Military Road RSU (3) Holding of Local Council Meeting In September.
The Circle Union also submitted the names of following three representatives to participate in the talks for Redeployment consultations .
1. Comrade G.Palaniappan / COS / Kellys.
2. Comrade K. Ragunathan/ TVR/ District Secy.
3. Comrade K. Venkatesan/ North Chennai/ District President.
Telecom minister is fooling the people:
Telecom minister is fooling the people while Modi is promoting Reliance Jio as it's brand Ambassador and disrupting the Public Sector company BSNL by all means. BJP government is for Corporates and serve only them.
The government is confident that no more mobile phone service companies will be lost to competition and dispelled concerns over rise of a monopolistic structure in the industry. Telecom minister Manoj Sinha told ET in an interview that he expects revenue recovery and profitability to return soon and licence fees and spectrum usage charges to be rationalised.
Will rationalisation of levies mean phasing out or reducing of some levies?
All the levies in the telecom sector need an overall review and rationalisation of the spectrum usage charge, licence fees, including universal services obligation fund (USOF), are on the cards. We certainly don’t view telecom sector as a revenue generator but as an overall facilitator for the country’s growth and the levies, including the USOF, need to be reviewed in that light. AGR (adjusted gross revenue) needs to be rationally defined, we need to keep the sector strong.
Is there still a need for USOF at all, now that rural penetration has been mostly achieved?
USOF is still needed. In place of using it to spread telecom services, we now need the funds to make broadband pervasive across the length and the breadth of the country. In fact, we feel we will need a lot more funds than envisaged. Northeast alone required Rs 10,000 crore. Andaman Nicobar will need another Rs 3,000 crore.
Will reduction in levies hurt the government’s revenue from the sector?
One benefit of rationalisation is that the cost decreases and it gives an impetus to the sector, attracts investment and generates employment. So, in effect, we will look at rationalisation as a means to boost the sector and hopefully it will boost sectoral revenue.
How many telecom players are ideal for the sector?
Consolidation in the telecom sector is a worldwide phenomenon. Developed countries typically have between two to three players. We also have about four players now, including the staterun telecom operator.
Will the government intervene in case the number of private operators reduces further, in order to avoid any monopolistic developments?
Once you have opened the sector to private operators, automatically, the government’s role is reduced to a minimum. If we intervene in the market forces, we will be criticised. On our part, if people want to take any progressive step, we will try our level best to act as facilitators. But let me assure you, there is no question of any monopolistic situation arising in the telecom sector. We don’t think the number of operators will reduce further. On the contrary, our primary concern is that the market, which has gone into the red, needs to stabilise. The revenue which is seeing a downward trend needs to revive and businesses need to become profitable. We want this to happen as soon as possible.
Will the next spectrum auction be held this fiscal? Do you expect demand for spectrum, given pricing and the financial stress still in the industry?
We will take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time. We have got recommendations and a committee is mulling over the issue. Having said that, we also need to take into account the market conditions, the needs of the sector and the readiness of the players into account. But spectrum is a much-needed resource to improve service quality.
Is the government ready to roll out other bands for 5G, besides the 3300-3600 MHz band?
5G standards are yet to be decided by ITU (the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies). Arogyaswami Paulraj committee’s recommendations have highlighted which bands are fit for 5G and DoT’s committee will take a decision, keeping all aspects in mind. Although we have not reached a stage where 5G is the immediate need of the hour, we are not laggards in the work that is being done on 5G. We are not in those times when we started our 3G and 4G years later than others.
What has the telecom ministry’s role been in data protection?
We are working with IT ministry closely as data protection is a big focus of new telecom policy. Inputs are being taken from all areas.
Have you had discussions with the likes of Facebook and WhatsApp on their response to misuse of their platform? What has their response been?
They have realised they cannot work without our help. The government’s stance has forced them to come and talk to us. They need to work out possible solutions that they have to offer.
How will BSNL survive competition?
BSNL has clocked an operating profit for FY18 but the profits have reduced because of competitive pressures. The mobile segment may have been impacted, but BSNL has other opportunities and internet telephony is one of them. We have told BSNL that there may not be money in the mobile segment but stay in it and continue to serve people. There are positive signals like BSNL’s market share has increased, while others have seen a dip in their market share. In fibre-to-home, Bhartnet’s network will be used across villages and internet telephony will revive BSNL.
By when will BSNL be profitable at the net level?
We have not fixed targets but BSNL is a good player in the mobile market and we are seriously contemplating that 4G spectrum should be given to it.
Who said Hitler’s Propaganda Minister was dead and no more:
He is alive in the form of Amit Shah. After hearing his speech at the National Executive Committee meeting of BJP in Newdelhi yesterday I came to this opinion. Amit Shah did not say anything about the utter failure Of Demonetisation and its grave effects on the country’s economy. He also not opened his mouth to say something about the atrocious rise in the price of Petrol and Diesel which is affecting our countrymen to a great extent. Amit Shah also did not express any worry of the rupees free fall against American Dollar. But as usual he thundered / throw challenges to Congress Party. He wants us to believe that every thing is well and our people are very happy under the BJP’s misrule. Let him live in ivory tower and continue to dream. We have no objections. But his slogan coined for the 2019 Parliamentary elections is disturbing me too much. He boasted that, “ BJP for making India; Congress for breaking it”. Only mad people or fools will accept this assertion of Amit Shah. Congress had ruled India from 1947. But till now our country was not broken. From 2014 BJP under Modi is actually breaking India on every single issue. People know all these by their experience. History will throw Amit Shah and his Party to Dust bin as it did the Congress Party and Devkant Baruah , an AICC President who cried during Emergency that “ India is Indira and Indira is India “.
Who is the biggest Buffoon ..?:
Sri.K. Chandrasekhar Rao, the President of TRS and the Chief Minister is behaving like an autocrat and not like a responsible politician and Public Servant. He suddenly recommended the dissolution of Telangana Assembly eight months before the due date. His party TRS is having very comfortable majority in the State assembly. Out of total 119 seats it was commanding the support of 90 MLAs. There was no danger for his government from anywhere. Yet he dissolved the assembly and facing fresh elections sacrificing eight months of governmental power . Why ? What is the need for it and urgency?.
The greed of Chandrasekhar Rao for continued power is the main reason for the snap poll and the wasteful expenditure on it. He as acted like a king and didn't respect the people's mandate given to him for full five years in 2014. Though TRS party only won 65 seats in the asser of 119 after coming to power TRS party admitted 25 more MLAs from both Congress and Telugu Desam through induced defections.
The real fact is Chandrasekhar Rao is afraid of facing the electorate in 2019 May along with the elections to Parliament as he is afraid of National Parties political advantage in such a symultaneous elections. Hence he has advanced artificially his state assembly elections. He is a hard core Numerology fan and think 6 is his lucky number. He dissolved assembly on September-6. Also he announced 105 (Total 6) candidates although full membership of Assembly is 119. No fool will behave like him. He is charging others as Family Politics ( Dynasty) but he is promoting only his family as if Telangana State is his father's property. Shameful. His son is a minister in the state cabinet. His daughter is an MP. People of Telangana will surely teach a lesson for his irresponsible and autocratic behaviour in the forthcoming Assembly polls.
General Council Meeting on 06-09-2018:
NFTE- BSNL in Chennai Telephones Circle today held its General council meeting in Dinroze RSU compound. Comrade S.C.Bose , Sr. Vice- President presided . Comrade Prem Tiwari, District Secretary Of Indore ( M.P ) and his wife Dr. Manjula Tiwari addressed the meeting as special guests. Both were honoured by the Circle Union. Comrade K.M. Elangovan, ACS explained the decisions taken by both the recognised unions with regard to the Redeployment of non executive employees jointly with the management. Comrade CKM spoke about the forthcoming Haridwar National Executive Committee meeting and the present status of Third Wage revision in BSNL. He welcomed all to participate in the farewell function organised to Comrade S. Venkatraj, Circle Organising Secretary on 28-09-18 at Anna Road exchange in view of his retirement this month. Divisional conference dates of few divisions were modified as per the request of comrades. Comrade T. Solairaj, the newly elected Divisional Secretary Of Harbour proposed vote of thanks . It was unanimously decided to contribute one Lakh rupees to the Kerala Flood relief fund on behalf of our Circle Union if our leadership could not convince the BSNL management to send the one day salary contribution directly to Kerala Chief Minister Flood relief instead of Prime Minister’s Relief Fund . However majority of our comrades expressed unwillingness to contribute for both to CHQ and Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the same cause ( Kerala Flood relief) . The Circle Union was directed to ensure only one payment ( Contribution) towards Kerala relief fund. The Circle Union will inform the CHQ accordingly and decide appropriately before 20-09-18 so that one day basic pay deduction was stopped in time.
Impressive Divisional Union Conference of NFTE in Harbour - Chennai Telephones on 04-09-18:
04.09.2018 இன்று மாலை 4.00மணிக்கு சென்னைதுறைமுகம் தொலைபேசியகத்தில் NFTE -BSNL வடசென்னை துறைமுகம் கேட்ட மாநாடு நடைபெற்றது. தோழர் N.கர்ணன் வரவேற்ப்புரை நிகழ்த்தினார்.தோழர் T.சோலைராஜ் தலைமை தாங்கினார்.மாநில துணை தலைவர் தோழர் M.செந்தில் , வடசென்னை மாவட்ட செயலாளர் தோழர் R.ஆறுமுகம் முன்னிலையில் வடசென்னை மாவட்ட தலைவர் தோழர் K.வெங்கடேசன் துவக்கிவைத்தார். மாநில தலைவர் தோழர் M.K.ராமசாமி துவக்கவுரை நிகழேத்தினார். NFTCL மாநில தலைவர் தோழர் V.பாபு, வடசென்னை மாவட்ட தலைவர் தோழர் M.பார்த்திபன், வடசென்னை மாவட்ட செயலாளர் தோழர் S.கோதண்பாணி, NFTE. தென்சென்னை மாவட்ட செயலாளர் தோழர் M.நாகராஜன் வாழ்த்துரை வழங்கினார்கள். NFTE மாநில செயலாளர் தோழர்.CKM சிறப்புரை நிகழ்த்தி புதிய நிர்வாகிகள் தேர்வை நடத்தி அறிவித்தார். ஏகமனதாக தேர்வுபெற்ற நிர்வாகிகள் :
தலைவர் தோழர் R.P. பார்த்திபன் JE.,
பொருளாளர் தோழர் மரியா மைகேள்.JE.
தோழர். N.கர்ணன். TT
தோழர். AR.பார்த்திபன். TT.
தோழர். குப்புசாமி. TT.
We are happy ; How about you?:
There is a thought that wealth alone may not make one happy. At best economic well-being can produce contentment. But happiness is something different. The World Happiness report for 2018 was just released by the Happiness research institute in Copenhagen ( Denmark). In its rankings Scandinavian countries ( Finland/Norway/ Sweden/ Denmark etc) top the list showing high levels of Happiness. This may be real and true. Few years ago I visited all the four Scandinavian countries along with my wife and felt the happiness enjoyed by people around us. They are less worried and few reasons to be unhappy. In This year ranking Finland is at number one position followed closely by Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The Super Power like America is at 18 th position. It could not find a place in top 10 at least in the listed 156 countries.
Our country, India stood in the bottom of the list at number 133. But it was surprising to see Pakistan ( 75), Nepal( 101), Bangladesh (115) are all well above India. Our Prime Minister boasted in 2014 May that “ Acha Dhin”( Good Days) has arrived for the people of India on his coming to Governmental power . Surprisingly Indian actually got lower position in this list compared to year 2010 under Dr.Manmohan Singh Government. That is our people were more happy in 2010 than today.
Happiness comes through various factors. Some are given below:
Health/ Income/ Employment/ Social safety/Leave facilitates/ Free Education/ Free Hospitals / life care for older people/ grand children/ family bonding / Pension benefits etc.
wherever people missed the above factors they probably are not happy and enjoy life . Hence in the end I emphasise the fact once again that happiness is not wholly dependent on economic status but due to one’s way of approach towards the life. Hope our country will come within the top 10 in the list at least in next ten years..
Welcome September! Think about PLI at least now:
We oppose the action of BSNL management which is handing over the existing jobs to other companies at a cost. One side they are telling us that financial position of BSNL is not good and struggling to even make monthly salary to regular employees. But they also issue orders for Business class air travel facilities to ITS officers. They also provide Thailand/ Bangkok tour incentives to retailers and sub dealers ( BSNL Franchises) . The management have money to effect the pay revision of all ITS officers in 2016 itself as per the recommendations of 7 th Central Pay Commission. But they don’t have money to pay salaries to poor Contract Labourers promptly on 7 th of every month. In many places Contract Labourers are yet to receive the salary of June/ July 2018. As per the instructions of Corporate Office in vogue the Casual Labourers Salary should be in the CDA Scale of Class 4 employees in Central Government Services. Still those poor people are getting their meagre salary as fixed by Sixth CPC. Shame on all of us . The base level employees/ Workers are already murmuring on the inadequacy of recognised unions.
Last week Comrade Abhimanyu held a closed door (?) Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU in Chennai Telephones. Some of the comrades who took part in that meeting conveyed the gist of his speech to us with concern as they felt it is not good for the future of BSNL and its employees. We were informed that he reasoned that if a PSU is not running in profit for three years continuously there is no need to pay PLI . He told the gathering that our BSNL is not running in profit for the past nine years. We can now understand his dis interest in getting the PLI for BSNL employees even this year as he is not cooperating with us in finalising the new formula for PLI since 2013 , when NFTE forced the management to reconsider the faulty formula immediately after NFTE secured Second Union recognition in 2013 after a long gap of nine years. None can justify the delay in revising the PLI formula for the last five years! But unions are very active in the issue of Change of Designations of few left out cadres than the PLI .
Wish a very happy retired life to Comrade Pandian, T.T:/Virugambakkam:
At Kodambakkam exchange compound on 31-08-2018 an impressive farewell meeting was organised for Comrade Pandian, Divisional President of NFTE in Vadapalani Divisional Union. He is retiring today after completing 38 years of service on 31-08-2018. Circle Union leaders CKM, Elangovan, Ravi, Dhansingh, Kabali, TRR, Kothandababu, Batcha and South Chennai District Office bearers Sabapathy, Nagarajan, Suresh , Patrick Shylock, Karunanidhi, and hundreds of comrades of both Kodambakkam and Vadapalani Divisions gathered and greeted comrade Pandian a very happy retired life.
Comrades of both NFTE & NFTCL in Kodambakkam area collected a sum of rupees 22300 donation which was handed over to the widow of B.Nagarathinam , a Contract Labourer who was performing security duty in Virugambakkam RSU exchange and expired on 22-05-2018. Today (31-08-18) at a small function the said relief amount was personally handed over by Comrade CKM , NFTCL South Chennai District Secretary Dharuman and NFTE Assistant Circle Secretary Dhansingh were present .
Notification for the General Council Meeting on 06-09-18:
The NFTE Chennai Telephones Circle Union’s General Council Meeting for the month of September will be held on 6 th September ( Thursday) at 2 pm in the Dinroze RSU compound. Circle President Comrade MKR will preside over the meeting. The following shall be the agenda:
1. Status report on 3rd Wage revision talks.
2. Redeployment of Staff.
3. National Executive Committee meeting in Haridwar from 24-10-2018.
4. Holding all Divisional Conferences as per time table decided.
5. Circle/ Local Council Meetings.
6. Pending issues ( if any at CGM level).
7. Kerala floods donation contributions
8. Any other item ( with the permission of the chair)
All Branch/Division/ District Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time. All the Circle Office bearers and Special invitees must attend as usual.
C. K. Mathivanan
Wish Mr.Oliver Winee and Miss. Keran Melba a very happy married life:
At Keeranur near Pudukottai today I participated in the marriage function of both family of Comrade Y. Milton, Tiruchi NFTCL District Secretary and Comrade William Henry, Keeranur NFTE Branch Secretary and blessed the newly married couple. As both comrades are very active in Trade Union and popular leaders in Tiruchirapalli SSA hundreds of leaders and comrades belonged to NFTE/ NFTCL gathered in Keeranur to wish the newly married couple.
Wish Comrade Prince a very happy retired life:
On 29-08-2018 a grand farewell meeting was organised by Tanjore NFTE District Union in Tanjore to felicitate Sr. Leader Prince who is retiring on 31-08-2018 after completing 38 years of eventful service. He is a key figure in organising both regular and Contract Labourers in that District . On behalf of NFTE I participated in the function and felicitated Comrade Prince along with a galaxy of NFTE/ NFTCL Leaders in Tamilnadu.
Porur NFTE Divisional Conference:
On 28-08-2018 the conference was held under the presidentship of Comrade NVS , the Divisional President. The farewell function of Karambakkam branch Secretary J. Jayaraman, O.S was also held in the same venue. Kanchipuram District Secretary S. Ekambaram, Circle Union Leaders K. M. Elangovan, T. Dhansingh, B. Selvaraj, Muthukaruppan, S. C. Bose, C.Ravi , M.K. Ramasamy. NFTCL state leaders V. Babu, E. Sampath, V. Rathinam and many others spoke at the meeting. Comrade CKM explained the present situation in brief and greeted Comrade J. Jayaraman on his retirement after 37 years of service. At the conference 6 members of BSNLEU joined the NFTE. Comrade G. Nagarajan was re-elected as the Divisional Secretary.
Donald Trump is a disgrace to America!:
The present President of USA is facing impeachment for wrongdoing as a Republic Party candidate during elections to the President held two years ago. He is a total misfit for the job but strangely got elected as the President of USA defeating a formidable Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton. The criminal trial Mr. Trump is facing in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Muller on possible Russian collusion in the 2016 election. But apart from this there are so many trials are going on against his team members who coordinated his campaign in 2016. Recently two of his inner group Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort were found guilty on several counts including violations in campaign finance . By all accounts the noose around Trump is tightening by every hour if not day.
However American laws gives immunity to the President while in Office from routine criminal prosecution. If Trump’s wrongdoing are routine criminal act or not has to be decided first. Both the houses of American Parliament must pass the motion of impeachment. To impeach a President of USA the motion need to be passed not merely by a simple majority but with two thirds majority. The House Of Representatives and Senate are as of now in the hands of Republican Party to which Trump belongs. This position may change in the mid term elections in November 2018. Anyhow it is very doubtful.
This is not the first time that an American President is facing impeachment. In 1974 Richard Nixon was the only exception who was finally impeached for watergate scandal. But two Presidents Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton (1998) were impeached but acquitted by the Senate. Even though Trump escapes he had to face the people’s wrath in 2020 if he chose to get re-elected. Further if he becomes Former President then also his immunity may go and once again hauled before coals. American system is puzzling every one. All said and done Donald Trump won the election in 2016 not by fair means is the fact.
Well Said Rahul!:
Congress President Rahul Gandhi who is on tour in London for the past few day spoken very good things.
" If the Prime Minister ( Modi)says nothing had happened before he assumed office (In 2014) ...he is insulting every person of the country... Scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes ( Prevention of atrocities) Act has been destroyed and Scholarships had been discontinued.... Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd had been manufacturing aircraft for the last 50 years, but the ( Raffle aircraft manufacturing ) contract was given to someone ( Anil Ambani) who floated his company just 19 days before the deal ."
Modi is actually insulted all of us by saying/ Propagating that no development activities happened in India in the past 70 years .There should be a limit to the falshood being carried out today by BJP/ RSS people.
Articles 35A & 370 of Indian Constitution are sacred:
In recent months BJP men are actively campaign for the removal of both the articles 35A and 370 of the constitution mainly due to their anti-muslim attitude . India is a Secular country as per the wishes of our people and also as per the constitution. But RSS guided BJP after 2014 started to implement their communal agenda one by one since they are in power in 21 states and Central government is run by them.
First they started attacking people's food habits. They brutally killed many people in the guise of COW protection. SC/ ST and Muslims were specially targeted for eating beef . Thereafter they shed crocodile tears for the Muslim women in the garb of opposing Triple THALAK. Now they are attempting to remove the special status extended to Jammu & Kashmir State by Union of India by means of articles 35A and 370 of our constitution. To do this they are trying to misuse even the Supreme Court through proxy litigation.These two articles of Indian Constitution are there as the accession of J&K is conditional and as per an agreement with the government of J& K in 1947/1954.
According to these Central government can enact law only on four subjects like Foreign affairs, Defence and Communications with regards J& K State. All other things can be done only with the consultation and approval of the J& K State government since Jammu & Kashmir is not like any other state.
Now BJP has majority both the houses in Indian Parliament they may not averse to tamper with the constitution itself . They may bring in sweeping changes like Presidential form of government, Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya , Simultaneous elections to both Assemblies and Parliament , ban on beef eating and imposition of Hindi/ Sanskrit on non- Hindi people and Do away with the Federal Structure of our country etc. But time is short for them. Already preparations for 2019 May Parliamentary elections have begun. But if they got one more tenure in 2019 take it from me surely they will implement their not any more hidden agenda . Beware of this dangerous situation.I appeal to my fellow countrymen to avoid such dangerous situation at any cost to save India , its rich culture, Constitution, above all the people.
Has India become a Super Power?:
To this question one needs to answer honestly a big No. Even after 72 years of country’s Independence there are hundreds of villages in India which do not have safe drinking water. More villages yet not got the electricity. Proper road transport and communications net work is not available to Lakhs if not crores of Indians even now. Starvation deaths and Suicide by farmers due to distress is happening till now. So bogusly claiming our country as a Super Power is totally wrong.
Of course the Indian government or Kerala State Government did not appealed for any international aid or financial help to cope up the devastating damage due to recent floods. However the UAE Government on its own offered help in the form of Rs.700 crores in the form of financial assistance purely on the humanitarian grounds. The amount offered is not a small one. But strangely the NDA Government has not accepted the help of UAE on false prestige. It was also informed that only due to 2006 UPA -2 Government Decision the help from UAE Government couldn’t be accepted by the present NDA Government. This is nonsense. Modi government already changed the decisions of UPA Government on many subjects including the renegotiation for the purchase of French fighter plane Raffle at an increased cost ( ?). Then why Modi Government suddenly quote the UPA decision in 2006 for not accepting the humanitarian help from UAE.
Next thing is Modi Government has doled our 1000 crores of Rupees to big corporates including the proposed(?) University by Reliance JiO Of Mukesh Ambani. Further many states like Maharashtra are spending 4000 to 5000 crores of rupees lavishly spending on erection of status alone . But Modi Government is throwing just 600 crores to Kerala for its reconstruction. If really Modi has any sincere worry about the plight of Kerala as a whole he could refuse the UAE help and compensate that amount from Central Funds to Kerala in addition to 600 crores package already announced. Will he do ?.
The free fall of Indian Rupee!:
After four years of Narendra Modi government's successive wrong steps like Demonstration , GST implementation India's economy is in very bad shape now . This can be proved by the free fall of Indian Rupee against major international currencies including US Dollar. Now in a historic low a dollar's exchange rate is Seventy rupees.When UPA handed over power to NDA in May 2014 after ruling the country since 2004 the economy of our nation was very sound and the growth rate also was high. But Modi government wasted all these advantages by mismanaging the Finance Ministry. Sri. Arun Jaitley was appointed as Finance Minister. But his bad health condition made him to neglect his duties. He was either in hospital or resting after surgery for major period. He continued as the finance minister as an absentee Land lord. While another minister manages the day to day affairs of Finance Ministry some hidden powers also paralley running the ministry recklessly. It resulted in the exit of one or more economic advisers and RBI governors including the reputed economist Mr. Rajan .
Now coming to the free fall of Rupee one must think about its adverse impact on Indian economy because Our country imports more than it exports. A beginner of economics will know that free fall of Rupee against US Dollar will cost us very high because we need to spend more for our imports.This year our import bill is expected to exceed by 190 billion dollars. But some blind supporters of Modi government shamelessly described the free fall of Indian Rupee as " blessings in disguise". It is nothing but idiotic.There is no economic sense in this description.
First Modi government should acknowledge that there is a crisis in our economic situation. Then only it can fight and come out of the crisis situation. Instead the government is drawing rosy pictures and making all sorts of false propaganda to fool the people of our country that everything is fine under Modi. BJP leaders even boasting that Modi is a very strong leader and hence economic growth will be high and foreign investment will flow in to India. But the facts are otherwise. The so called weak and silent Prime Minister of UPA for ten long years managed the nation's economy better than Modi. UPA under Dr. Manmohan Singh gave growth rate of 8.1% . But despite huge parliamentary majority the so called strong leader failed to deliver whereas Dr. Manmohan Singh being leading a coalition government of many political parties and without majority for his Congress party led the country to prosperity with out making any noise like Modi. Only empty vessels will make more noise. Isn't it ?.
Good morning friends:
Despite my best efforts to reach Tiruchirapalli yesterday I couldn't attend the one day fast of NFTCL as agreed upon due to train service disruptions. But I am very happy to know that the fast was overwhelmingly successful beyond the expectations of Taminadu State Committee of NFTCL. As per the information I received from reliable sources more than 600 comrades very enthusiastically participated in it. Earlier I was told the gathering was 450 strong. They had to erect additional pandal to accommodate the participants as the number was increasing continuously. A senior leader of NFTE in Tanjore district Prince was honoured by National NFTCL Sr.Vice- President Erode Mali as he is retiring this month. Com.Prince has helped us greatly in organising Contract Labourers under NFTCL in Tanjore district. I will personally go to Tanjore on 29-08-18 to honour him on his retirement. Today I informed the Chief Labour Commissioner in Newdelhi that his office letter dated 03-07-2018 sent to BSNL management to discuss with NFTCL on the charter of demands is yet to be implemented by the BSNL Corporate office . Hope CLC will surely intervene and direct the management to abide by his office instructions.
Felicitation to Sr. Comrade Prince on 21-08-18:
Tanjore District Senior Leader Of both NFTE & NFTCL , Comrade Prince was felicitated on 21-08-2018 in Tiruchirapalli at the NFTCL fast venue itself amidst the clapping of 600 comrades who came from all over Tamilnadu State. Comrade Prince is very popular Union leader who cares for all workers both regular and Contract Labourers. He was the main source of strength for the massive growth of NFTCL in that District in a very short period. Under his able and experience guidance comrades Panneerselvan, Sekar, Arumugam and Elangovan builtup NFTCL as a very strong force there. For Tiruchirapalli fast programme nearly 140 comrades including 100 Contract Labourers came from Tanjore/ Tiruvarur areas alone. Comrade Prince is retiring on 31-08-2018 after an eventful service to both DOT/ BSNL and Working class. He was felicitated by Comrades Mali, Anandan, Balakannan , Ganesan and others. We wish him a very happy retired life.
Successful fast by NFTCL, Tamilnadu State Committee on 21-08-2018:
In Tiruchirapalli more than 450 comrades including 300 Contract Labourers began a massive one day Fast today at 10 am after garlanding the statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Comrade Erode Mali , Sr. Vice- President/ CHQ/ NFTCL participated and greeted the agitation . Comrade V. Babu, State President of Tamilnadu NFTCL presided over the fast and conducted the meeting. Comrade Mahendran, Kanchipuram District NFTCL led the slogan shouting throughout the day demanding settlement of Contract Labourers problems pending for a long time. Media and Public taken note of the issues raised for the one day Fast as it was organised at a public place allocated by the police authorities. The huge turnout from all over Tamilnadu for the fast proved the untiring hard work done by Comrade S. Anandan, the young and energetic State Secretary Of NFTCL. The largest delegation of Contract Labourers came from far away Thiruvallur District whose District Secretary Janakiraman needs to be applauded. They had traveled in a chartered bus. AITUC/ CPI/ NFTE/ AIBEA/ AIBSNLEA and many other Sister organisations supported the fast and greeted it. Special thanks to Comrade S. Kamaraj, Asst. Circle Secretary of AIBSNLEA who helped the NFTCL in many was for the successful fast on 21-08-2018. Tanjore, Tiruchi, Kanchipuram, North Chennai, Cuddalure, Tuticorin and South Chennai District Committees have organised in full strength and need to be congratulated. Comrades Muthu, Y.Milton and P.Arumugam, Tiruchi District NFTCL President/ Secretary/ Treasurer respectively played their role in good measure to organise the fast of Contract Labourers. Lastly Senior NFTE Comrade Karur Sundaram must be appreciated for his assistance and guidance. From Chennai Telephones many NFTE leaders including District Secretaries Nagarajan, Arumugam And Circle Union Office bearers K. M. Elangovan, C. Ravi participated and extended their fraternal support to the agitation of Contract Labourers under the banner of NFTCL. The man who silently worked behind the scenes for the successful fast today is State NFTCL Treasurer E. Sampath. But for his hard and sustained work today’s fast would not be a massive and successful one. On behalf of Central Headquarters Of NFTCL we congratulate all the District Secretaries and State Office bearers of our Federation in Tamilnadu for organising a massive fast in Tiruchirapalli today as per the decision of their state EC meeting held on 24-06-18 in Ambasamudram. Let us continue our struggles for making the lives of the most exploited Contract Labourers in Telecom Sector better and exploration free. Thanks once again every single comrade who took part in today’s agitation.
Thanks a lot to UAE Government!:
Today Kerala Chief Minister announced at a press conference that the government of United Arab Emirates ( Which includes Dubai, Abu Dhabi , Bahrain and few other Arab countries) has informed that 700 hundred crores of rupees as financial aid will be given to Floods ravaged Kerala State to help its reconstruction. Such a huge help from a foreign country is laudable considering the Government of India upto now announced 600 crores of rupees only. The Malayalee community in Gulf has contributed positively for long through its dedicated hardworking for the development of several Arab countries which is the main factor for this huge help by UAE. I extended my sincere thanks to the Government of UAE and Sri. Yusuf Ali (A Malayalee millionaire in UAE) who was instrumental for this generosity of UAE leadership.
Kind attention of District/ Divisional Unions Monthly Meeting:
The monthly meeting of Chennai Telephones NFTE Circle Union with PGM (HR) for August/2018 will be held on August 28 (Tuesday) at 3 pm as the usual fourth Wednesday falls on a Holiday. As per our request the PGM has agreed to hold the said meeting on 28-08-2018. Comrades CKM, Elangovan, Rajendran, Ravi and Babu will participate in this meeting. If any new items are to be discussed with PGM (HR) May be informed to the Circle Union by respective District/ Divisional Secretaries concerned well before the meeting date.
My experiences with out Electricity since Friday:
Just now sitting at Kollam Railway station since 2 pm to board the Ananthapuri express to Tiruchirapalli for attending the one day fast there tomorrow as per the agitational call decided by Tamilnadu State NFTCL. Actually my train should have been left Kollam at 3 pm today but till now( 6.30 pm) there is no indication of the train racks brought to the station platform. When I enquired the station authorities about the reason for this inordinate delay they informed me that the Chennai- Kollam Ananthapuri express train which left Chennai Yesterday night has not yet arrived in Kollam . Only the coaches of that train will be sent to Chennai back . Hence they are waiting. Further they shared with me that around 9 pm ( with a late of 6 hours from the starting station itself) my train may depart today. I also hope it will reach Tiruchi atleast before the fast begins at 10 am sharply.,br>
As I had to pass on the time I just write this piece of my experiences with out Electricity in Kerala since 17-08-2018. Modern day life of all of us is so much integrated with the electricity that we can't even imagine without electricity for few hours in a day. But nature is Supreme. For the last four days I am just wondering that I am living happily with out Lights/ Fans / Fridge / Water Pump/Mixer/ Grinder / Television etc. No milk so only Black tea. Water is being poured from the well manually. I myself rationed the usage of mobile phones. Out of two one is switched off to save the battery power. Breads and kichadi/ Uppuma have come to our risque. My old radio(Transistor) is now entertaining me ofcourse with batteries. It is the only source to know the news as newspaper supply also stopped due to floods in our area. Already BSNL landline is dead forcing me to depend upon mobile phone.But life has not come to a standstill. As " Water will find its own way" we are also beginning to live with out Electricity and all electronic/ electrical appliances. Life with out them is surely give us sound sleep and peace of mind.
Respetful homage to Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji:
On behalf of both NFTE & NFTCL we pay our respectful homage to the former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee who breathed his last on 16-08-2018. He led the first NDA Government which didn’t try to implement the Communal agenda prescribed by RSS sangh parivar though he himself a die hard RSS trained political leader. Yet he respected the pluralism and never forced Hindutva agenda in to the throats of Indian People misusing Governmental power. He was a gentleman and a poet who mesmerised with his eloquent speech in Hindi even the Tamil language patrons like Annadurai, a former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. Another DMK Leader and former CM, Karunanidhi aptly described him as “ a right man in the wrong party “. He was shocked in 2002 during his tenure as Prime Minister at the gruesome killings of thousands of innocent Muslims in Gujarat. He even suggested to Narendra Modi, the then CM of Gujarat to resign taking moral responsibility for the failure to stop the murders of Muslims in Gujarat. However thick skinned Modi disobeyed Vajpayee and refused to resign.
One incident needs to be mentioned here . During the historic strike of DOT/ DTS employees for retaining government pension from government funds under the joint leadership of NFTE / FNTO/ BTEF in September first week 2000 on the eve of Corporatisation Vajpayee was out of the country on an official visit to USA. On the height of the strike he questioned the key functionaries of Government of India including the cabinet secretary and finance secretary that whether government is planning to corporatise DOT/ DTS in to BSNL only to deny the employees their legitimate pension from central government. He chided them and instructed them to immediately end the massive strike by Telecom employees by accepting their main demand of continuation of government pension even after Corporatisation. Comrade OPG personally narrated this to comrade CKM during one of his visits to chennai after 2000. Though our united strike created an embarrassment to the Prime Minister Vajpayee who was on an official tour to USA to invite large scale investment from America the fact that he was very much helpful to the Telecom employees in accepting our demand for continuation of government pension. We will not forget his good gesture towards us. We deeply mourn his death and offer sincere condolences to all his friends and relatives.
சென்னை CGM (16-8-18) அலுவலகத்தில் மாபெரும் கண்டன ஆர்ப்பாட்டம்:
NFTE-BSNL NFTCLசார்பாக அநீதி களைய ஆர்ப்பரித்து போராடும் தோழர்கள்.
(1) செய்த வேலைக்கு கூலி கொடுக்காத நிர்வாகம்.
(2) ஒப்பந்த சரத்தை கொஞ்சம் கூட மதிக்காத Contractor.
(3) தொழிலாளர் நல சட்டங்களையும் அதன் உத்தரவுகளையும் அலச்சியபடுத்தும் நிர்வாகமும், ஒப்பந்ததாரும்.
(4) வேலை வாங்குவது திரன்படைத்தது, கொடுக்கும் சம்பளம் திரனற்றது.
போராடுவோம் வெற்றி பெறுவோம்.
Nowadays majority of the computer/ mobile phone savvy people order every thing online only. They also pay everything from Telephone bill to various taxes only online. According to them it saves lot of time and trouble of commuting to and fro. May be true. But they are loosing valuable experiences. For example if one goes to Banks or Electricity office he interacts with multiple persons and develop rapport with individual human beings. This value is very much higher than any rebate or concessions one gets for online purchases/ Payments. Further I am afraid the technology instead of improving the living conditions of our people simply make them the prisoner of technology. See any family wherein all the members are using mobile. Almost conversations/ Communications in between the family members have disappeared to a great extent. While traveling in bus/ train I noticed no casual talk or conversation between the fell passengers as was the scene earlier. Now everyone is busy with his mobile. WhatsApp or Facebook invariably engaged them from starting point to the destination. Slowly but steadily our people are becoming individual islands getting detached from the family/ Community as a whole. Friendship, Affection all are diluted so much due to the electronic gadgets. One more thing I wish to notice is in earlier time the family will go to outings on weekends or a particular function like birthday or anniversary. It's experience and joy to the family members in boundless. But that small happiness also nowadays removed by Home delivery method used by many restaurants and reputed hotels. I can add more such examples in our daily life to show that the technology is actually a spoiler of oneness and collective happiness. It makes individual highly individualistic.
I am not against technology or modernization. But much worried about its cascading I'll effects on family life and social life of our people. India is totally different from western culture. We can't merely copy every thing the western people follows or does. In India 95% of married people live with their life partners till the end . But in western countries this percentage may be very very low. In the end I want to sum up. Western culture has no family bonding." Your children and My children are playing with our children " concept of West should not admire us. It is dangerous in the long run.
The Big achievement of congress in 60 Years:
Modi- Amit Shah duo always pose a question “ What was the achievement of Congress in India despite it ruled our country for more than 60 years?”.
One thing I can tell the BJP leaders. Though BJP ( Jansangh / RSS) didn’t participate in the freedom struggle against Britishers like Congress party they have every right to criticise Congress party. That is the Parliamentary Democracy Congress built up in India. In 1947 the average life expectancy of Indian was just 32 year only. Now the average life expectancy is 68 years which is more than double. Will any body deny it. Is it not the achievement of Congress Party?.
Independence Day Celebrations in Chennai Telephones:
On 15-08-2018 as usual in CGM office the country's 72 nd Independence Day was celebrated in a grand manner. Miss. S. M. Kalavati, Chief General Manager hoisted the tri colour national flag and addressed both the staff and officers. She also distributed the certificate of merit for many employees/ executives on this important day. On behalf of NFTE- BSNL Circle union Asst. Secretary K. M. Elangoven spoke in the meeting. He touched upon the political and trade union issues.
Felicitation to Comrade C. Ravi and other Directors on 13-08-2018:
Today at a meeting in Flower Bazaar exchange canteen chaired by NFTE Circle Secretary CKM the newly elected President C. Ravi and Directors Prema , Mani and Chitrarasu were felicitated on their unanimous election to the Chennai Telephones Consumer Cooperative Society. Leaders of Sister unions S. Lingamoorthy ( FNTO) , J. Vijayakumar ( TEPU) , G.Masilamani , K. Arumugam ( PEWA) , V. Babu ( NFTCL) and Loganathan ( SEWA) greeted the board of Directors and wished Comrade C. Ravi ( NFTE Circle Union Treasurer) particularly to succeed in his new responsibility of President of the said Cooperative Society.
Divisional conferences in Chennai telephones:
In Chennai Telephones circle it is decided to hold all Divisional Union Conferences with in 3 months to gear up our NFTE- BSNL to face the forthcoming Membership Verification in May / 2019. This decision was unanimously arrived at the joint meeting of all District and Divisional Secretaries held on 10-08-2018. All are requested to adhere to the time table and schedule decided by the District/ Division Unions.
NFTE alliance Unions meeting on 13-08-2018:
The meeting of alliance Unions of NFTE in Chennai Telephones will meet on Monday, the 13-08-18 to discuss certain important matters. The meeting will be held at 3 pm in NFTE Union office located in Flower Bazaar.
1. Third wage revision.
2. Redeployment of Staff.
3. Any other item (raised by alliance partners).
C.K.Mathivanan ____ J. Vijayakumar
One day fast in Tiruchirapalli on 21-08-18:
One day fast in Tiruchirapalli on 21-08-18 from 10 am to 5 pm at the call given by NFTCL Tamilnadu state Committee to demand early settlement of long pending issues of telecom contract Labourers. Make all preparations in right earnest to make the one day fast a big success.we expect more than 700 contract Labourers/ regular employees in BSNL to participate in this agitation from all over Tamilnadu.
Meeting of Chennai Telephones Circle NFTE- BSNL- District Secretaries + Divisional Secretaries on 10-08-2018:
Com. MKR , Circle President presided over the meeting. Out of 26 Divisional Secretaries 22 have attended the meeting . All the four District Secretaries also participated in the meeting. Circle Union Office bearers S. Rajendran, T.R. Rajasekaran, C. Ravi addressed the meeting. Comrade CKM explained the Yesterday meeting’s outcome on Redeployment of staff. He also informed the present status of Third wage revision talks. After detailed discussion the dates for holding all the 26 Divisional Conferences in September/ October/ November-2018 were Fixed. A five member steering committee for each District was also selected to conduct all these Divisional Condolences in grand manner.On our invitation State NFTCL Office bearers V. Babu and E. Sampath took part in the meeting. It was decided to support the two phase agitation decided by NFTCL.
Purposeful meeting with the management on 09-08-2018 :
Today in the conference hall of PGM(Development)a meeting was held by the management with both NFTE & BSNLEU leaders to discuss and decide on the issue of staff Redeployment to offset the shortage of staff at various locations.
CGM, PGM(Hr) , PGM (South) , PGM (Central) , GM (GSM), GM (TXM) , GM (North) , DGM ( HR), DGM ( F&A), AGM(A), AGM( E) and many others participated on behalf of Management. NFTE was represented by Comrades CKM, Elangovan and Rajendran. Many decisions were unanimously taken to redeploy the staff within Divisions or adjoining divisions as per the requirement/ excess of staff.
Hereafter only one store will be maintained per division with one T T and one A T T official. In CSCs and Cash counters single window policy will be applied so that all the bills and sales of GSM/ Land lines are carried out in the same counters. The Power rooms functioning round the clock will be manned by a minimum of three T T cadre officials. The process of Redeployment will be completed by all Areas( GMs) on or before 30-09-2018. Pending completion of Redeployment process no transfer order will be ordered/effected by the Administration. In metro areas for out door upto 900 working lines 2 T T officials will be posted.For indoor duty one T. T.per up to 2500 lines . In rural areas ( CPT area) this will vary. For Each cadre new norms have been agreed upon after long discussion. Area GMs will meet both District Union representatives before finalising the actual strength of staff and redeployment. Options will be called from the officials for redeployment. If more opted the senior most will be given posting. If no option is received the longest stay official will be posted out. For all administrative works ( like CGM / DGM ( HR) offices) new norms will be worked out separately soon.
On our request CGM instructed all the Area General Managers to have monthly meeting with both recognised Unions for settling the grievances of staff. As a whole today's meeting is very useful and purposeful. We thank our CGM for her presence and guidance .Her presence naturally helped us to arrive at a amicable solution to this vexed issue of staff Redeployment which was hanging on fire for more than a year.
New pay scale proposal submitted jointly by NFTE_BSNL & BSNLEU:
The staff side of the National council submitted the revised pay scale proposal to the Management for consideration.
Important announcement from NFTCL, Tamilnadu State Committee:
As both Central and State governments have declared State mourning for one week to condole the unfortunate death of Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi on 07-08-18, the proposed black badge demonstration throughout the state on 09-08-18 is postponed to 16-08-18. All District/ State office bearers are requested to inform everyone this news of postponement.
The District Union of NFTCL in Krishnanagar (West Bengal) organised sit in at TDM Office by Contract Labourers on 07-08-2018 to demand wages which were not paid for the last two months. After this agitation the management has promised to make payment of two months wages by the end of August/2018. We congratulate the Contract Labourers and District Union of NFTCL for organising the struggle against the injustice of Contractors.
Meeting with CGM/Chennai Telephones on 07-08-2018:
NFTE delegation comprising of Comrades CKM, Elangovan, Babu , Ragunathan and Arumugam met the Chief General Manager Of Chennai Telephones Circle and held discussion on 14 important issues pertaining to the employees. CGM positively responded to almost all the issues . We thank her for her understanding and cooperation.
Emergent Meeting of Divisional Secretaries and District Secretaries of NFTE- BSNL on 10-08-18:
All Division/ District Secretaries are requested to attend an emergent meeting at Flower Bazaar Union Office on August- 10 ( Friday) at 3 pm . Others need not come for this meeting. This meeting will be presided over by the Circle President.
Agenda: Completing the Divisional Union Conferences in time - fixing dates and Venues apart from allotting Circle Union Office bearers to these conferences.
A new Districtist body of NFTCL formed on 06-08-2018 in Rajouri district, j&k:
A new Districtist body of NFTCL formed on 06-08-2018 in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir State. National President addressed the district conference on behalf of CHQ/ NFTCL.Comrades Manjeet Singh and Bimal Kumar Sharma were unanimously elected as District President and District Secretary respectively.We congradulate all the newly elected office bearers.
Preparations in full swing for NFTCL agitation:
NFTCL Tamilnadu State Executive Committee met at Ambasamudram ( Tirunelveli) on June-24 decided to conduct two phase agitation to secure the long pending demands of Contract Labourers.
Accordingly on 09-08-2018 a lunch hour demonstration wearing black badges will be held at all District Headquarters. In Chennai at Chief General Manager ( CGM) Office North Chennai/ South Chennai/ Thiruvallur/ Kanchipuram District NFTCL Unions jointly organise the lunch demonstration on 09-08-2018. NFTCL State President V. Babu, State Secretary S. Anandan and State Asst. Secretary A. Sekar will lead the demonstration. On 21-08-2018 in Tiruchirapalli one day Hunger Strike will be observed by NFTCL comrades from all over Tamilnadu. From Chennai 300 comrades are expected to participate in the one day Hunger Strike.
To make both the agitation a grand success hectic preparations are being made throughout the State. Today in Dinroze RSU exchange compound one such preparatory meeting was held by South Chennai NFTCL District Union.
New District Union of NFTCL is being formed today 06-08-2018 at Rajouri in J& K State:
NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahemad is camping in Rajouri since yesterday to organise the District Branch of NFTCL there today . There are more than 200 contract Labourers employed there and we're not organised so far. Despite heavy rain in Kashmir our National President is attending this formation conference. He also accepted our request to hold the Central Working Committee meeting in his state. After fixing accommodation and finishing other arrangements the date and place will be intimated. Thereafter formal notification will be issued by the CHQ/ NFTCL.
How long BSNL officers will pretend to be sleeping?:
Seventh CPC recommended Pay revision was effected from 01-01-2016 for all the ITS officers working in BSNL. Huge amount of arrears ( In Lakhs of Rupees) was also paid to those poor ITS cadre officers promptly. The non- optee employees ( DTS employees who were not opted to BSNL ) were also given pay revision as per the 7 th Central Pay Commission a year ago. But the “rich “Casual Labourers were left high and dry for reasons not known to us. According to the rules of the BSNL, the Left over Casual Labourers are to be paid the lowest pay scale in the Central Government Service ( CDA pattern) . The lowest pay of Central Government employees was last revised by seventh Pay Commission from 01-01-2016 is Rupees 18000+ CDA . But even after 2 years and 8 months the Casual Labourers Working in BSNL are still being paid on the basis of 6 th Pay Commission recommended Pay Scale only. This is atrocious and ridiculous. ITS officers will get 7 th CPC Pay scales from 01-01-2016 . However it will not be implemented for the lowest of lowest worker in BSNL till now. There is no justification for this delay.
In Chennai Telephones this issue was elaborately discussed with PGM( HR) on 25-07-18. The management simply said that they are waiting for instructions from the Corporate Office as it was done after the Sixth Pay revision ( order attached ) . During Comrade CKM’s recent Delhi visit this issue was discussed with Comrades Chandeswar Singh / GS and Islam Ahamed/ President. He was told that this issue was already raised in the National Council Meeting and pending. It is reported that at the national council meeting the Chairman ruled that a committee has to be formed to decide. What is the need for a Committee when there is a clear cut order for revising the pay of Casual Labourers Working in BSNL after Central Pay Revision as it happened in the past. The committee business may only delay the settlement further. Hence our CHQ has written a letter to the management to expedite the pay revision of Casual Labourers in BSNL as per the Seventh Pay revision of Central Government employees with effect from 01-01-2016. This may benefit thousands of Casual Labourers throughout the country who were left out Of Regularisation process on the eve of Corporatisation in 2000 September. Hope the management will woke up from its slumber quickly due to NFTE- BSNL efforts.
O.P.Gupta is the greatest Leader:
O.P.Gupta is the greatest Leader of Central Government employees/ BSNL employees:He is worth to be worshipped by all of us because what we are today is only because of that great soul.
Victimisation removed at last !:
NFTE Circle union steadfastly took up the case of Com. Anbu , who was dismissed from service on false allegations while he was working as Telecom Mechanic at Guduvanchery. He spent 9 years on dismissal. Before that he was kept under suspension for 3 years. Totally he was kept out of service for more than 12 years. Even after Madras High court directed BSNL management for his reinstatement three years ago he was not reinstated in service. Hence we took up this issue first at CGM level thereafter Director ( HR) level with the help of NFTE ( CHQ). But DOT delayed his reinstatement for a year. But due to our continuous efforts Comrade Anbu was reinstated. The very next day he was operated for cardiac issues using BSNLMRS facility.
After his reinstatement also our Circle union did not rest. We took up the issue of ( 1)Full wages for entire period of 12 years during both his suspension and dismissal.(2) Full period be treated as duty for all purposes like increment, Pension and Promotions.
First the management took a stand that he was not honourably acquitted by the High court and hence his request for treating both the suspension and dismissal periods of 12 years could not be treated as duty period for any purpose. But we didnt kept quiet. We continued our efforts relentlessly. Now after two years the management has agreed to our contention that Comrade Anbu was honorably acquitted by High court and issued orders for treating the entire 12 years period as duty period for increments and Pension etc. For the full period of Suspension (3 years) it has agreed to pay full wages. However it agreed to pay only 25% of wages for the dismissal period( 9 years) . Overall we are very happy that Chennai Telephones Circle union's persistent efforts bear fruits in the end . We may try to improve upon the 25% wages for the total period of Dismissal ( 9 years). However we are very happy to see a comrade who was out of service for 12 long years was brought in to the service by the persistent efforts of NFTE Chennai Telephones Circle Union. We thank our CHQ for supporting us for his reinstatement. We sincerely thank GM( West) who has taken much pain to remove the victimization heaped on comrade Anbu. When I got this happy news from GM( West) today morning I decided to share this with everyone that NFTE-BSNL is a Trade union different from others in settling the problems of our employees with human approach and personal touch. Long Live NFTE.
BSNLEU Circle Secretary's outburst !:
Having got exposed completely on 26-07-18 the Circle Secretary of BSNLEU in Chennai Telephones Comrade Kanniappan has released a two page pamphlet in Tamil yesterday to divert the attention of his humiliation and isolation from his own membership. Misusing the common platform for partisan aims is not a new thing for BSNLEU leadership. Similarly he tried to abuse the stage of three days Relay Fast in Chennai Telephones on the final day ( 26-08-18). As comrade CKM was the President for that day fast he immediately intervened to stop the mischievous and false propaganda of Kanniappan .He was so much upset at the timely intervention of CKM after that he spoke only about Modi and nothing about BSNL or AUAB demands for the relay fast. None from BSNLEU came for his risk. Infact his Circle President Natarajan adviced Kanniappan not to rack up controversies unnecessarily which will disturb the unity already acheived . But he was snubbed and insulted publicly by Kanniappan. This is the culture and quality of the BSNLEU Circle Secretary.
In his recent pamphlet he abused Comrade CKM on many counts . We normally ignore such barking dogs . However certain points raised by him needs to be answered to expose his immaturity.
1. He has alleged that Comrade CKM is traveling in car using the union's money. His childish ignorance is exposed. Comrade Abhimanyu and other BSNLEU leaders throughout the country use the union fund to meet the expenses of car like Petrol / Diesel. Using car for union purpose by circle Secretary is allowed by NFTE- BSNL in Chennai Telephones. No one has asked BSNLEU to meet the expenses of our car . Then what is his problem we don't know. May be he is longing for a car !.
2. Com. Kanniappan has written in that pamphlet that despite retirement Com.CKM is continuing as the Circle Secretary of NFTE. We could understand the suffocation of BSNLEU Circle Secretary on the continuation of Comrade CKM as Circle Secretary for 21 long years since 1997.But we can't help him . Comrade CKM is continuing as per the wishes and compulsions of thousands of BSNL employees. If Kanniappan is in similar position let him continue. But the reality is he is being stoutly opposed even while in service in his second year itself . For all these things NFTE or CKM cannot be blamed.
3. BSNLEU Circle Secretary tried to paint Leadership of his union as the unifiers of the Unions in BSNL.But the reality was opposite. They are best at disrupting unions and splitting organisations . They betrayed the historic Strike for Government Pension in 2000 . They didn’t join the famous 21 days Strike till V. P. Sing Government fell. They opposed the agitation against the then Minister for Communications Unnikrishnan. We can add their many more betrayals. Hence projecting the BSNLEU leadership as the champions of unity was totally wrong. This was explained by Comrade CKM after Kanniappan’s bluff.
4. What is the treatment the present leadership of BSNLEU gives to veteran leaders like Namboodiri & Ramankutti everyone knows well. How Kanniappan treats his predecessor and senior comrade K. Govindarajan is also known to one and all. He is a rabid casteist and organising the employees very much on caste considerations should not talk about Periyar and Marxism. He used people to fulfill his life’s ambition of becoming a Circle Secretary and now practising oppurtunism.
Let him first have friendly relationship with his own President and comrades. Let him safeguard his union from disintegration first in Chennai Telephones. He is a child in trade union experience. He should not try to criticise giants like O. P. Gupta.
Hope he will mend his ways .
Third Wage revision in BSNL:
Third Wage revision in BSNL- NFTE internal committee meeting in Delhi along with TEPU, SEWA & FNTO leadership on 02-08-2018 began with positive note by GS/ NFTE- BSNL.After the meeting of internal committee for third wage revision at NFTE Central Headquarters in Newdelhi on 02-08-18 with members of the committee along with FNTO General Secretary Jayaprakash/ SEWA National President P. N. Perumal and TEPU Dy.General Secretary J. Vijayakumar.
Secretariat Meeting on 31-07-18:
To review the just concluded three days Relay Fast and finalise Circle Union’s opinion on Wage revision proposals an emergent meeting of the Secretariat was held under the presidentship of Comrade MKR, Our Circle President. 16 comrades participated and debated on the agenda points. On our invitation Tamilnadu Circle Union Treasurer Coimbatore Subbarayan briefed us on the Yesterday meeting of TN Circle Union and the proposals decided there upon. We welcome those proposals and decided to support them in the NFTE internal wage revision committee meeting to be held on 02-08-2018 in Newdelhi.
Several new suggestions were made by our comrades Elangovan, Venkatesan, Solairaj , Ekambaram, Ravi and Bose etc. Comrade CKM agreed to present those valuable suggestions in the Delhi meeting on August/02.
On the issue of Redeployment of staff it was decided to finalise the scheme at the meeting called by the management for this very purpose on 09-08-18 . Four sub groups (Each 3 comrades) were formed to finalise the details at Area GM level for North/ Central/ West/ South areas. Circle Union Treasurer C. Ravi proposed vote of thanks.
Meeting with PGM ( HR) and GM ( West) on 30-07-18:
NFTE delegation of Comrades CKM, Elangovan. Dhansingh, Babu and Nagarajan met both S/ Shri Ganesan and Pugazhendhi Separately today and discussed several issues of our employees . Both meetings were very positive and purposeful. We thank both officers for their understanding and cooperation.
Father of our Nation is deliberately insulted..?:
Prime minister Narendra Modi yesterday spoke at a function in Uttar Pradesh equating himself with Gandhiji . He spoke at that meeting informing the audience that he will be close with Industrialists and rich people like Mahatma Gandhiji. He further quoted the close relationship of Gandhiji and Industrialist G. D. Birla . It is nothing but a absurd . Utmost ridiculous.
Gandhiji never held any position in government. Hence this comparison of Modi is very wrong.
Gandhiji lived truthfully to his wife Kasturibai till the end. But every one knows about Modi’s family life. He not only deserted his wife but also insulted her for a very long time.
Gandhiji was a Learned gentle man. He was a barrister. But Modi’s Educational qualifications are still a mystery . Even RTI queries could not reveal his educational qualifications.
Gandhiji fought against Britishers and led the freedom struggle to victory. But Modi has no role in country’s freedom struggle. Modi’s godfathers betrayed the freedom struggle and openly supported British government.
Gandhiji became a half naked fakir throwing out his suit and coat . During his Tamilnadu tour he saw the poor people with out proper dress in Madurai district and began to wear only dhoti keeping his upper body open like poor peasants. But Narendra Modi is in the habit of wearing three different dress in one day. For one occasion Modi wore a suit worth ten Lakhs rupees. In nutshell Gandhiji led a simple life like any other poor citizen whereas Modi lives a very very luxurious life.
Gandhiji sacrificed his own life for protecting the Hindu- Muslim amity. His entire life was dedicated to Communal harmony among the people of India.But Modi is Working hard to divide our people using Religion and was unmindful of cold blooded killings of thousands of innocent Muslims in Gujarat by Hindu mobs led by BJP/ VHP leaders when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister in 2002 .
We can add many more differences like these between him and Gandhiji. There is not a single principle/ Policy Of Gandhiji which was followed by Modi. Hence comparing Mahatma with himself is totally wrong and unfounded.
A good article appeared in Hindu (Tamil) on the most corrupt defence:
A good article appeared in today’s Hindu ( Tamil) on the most corrupt defence deal by Narendra Modi Government- France fighter aircraft “ Raffle “ purchase deal signed by Modi government at an exorbitant cost of Rupees 1611 crores per plane. Actually UPA Government led by Congress finalised this deal at a cost of rupees 714 crores only. Further the HAL company , a Public Sector Company was involved for manufacturing these airciin India by Congress government. However Narendra Modi government dropped HAL company from the deal . In its place private sector companies owned by Anil Ambani and Adani were given the responsibility for manufacturing the Raffle fighter aircrafts in India. To involve the private sector companies FDI in Defence Sector was enhanced to 49% by Modi Government in 2014 two months after forming the government. Every policy decision was taken with a sole aim of looting the country by more than a lakh crore of rupees by Narendra Modi government in collaboration with Ambani & Adani. BJP is caught red handed. They could not talk about Corruption anymore hereafter.
Redeployment of Staff:
In continuation of several consultation meetings the management in Chennai Telephones Circle has called one more meeting on this subject on 09-08-2018 to finalize the methods to be adopted to implement the redeployment of staff to offset the acute shortage of staff inview of large scale retirement of staff. The meeting will be chaired by PGM( HR& Admin) and will be attended by all PGM/ Sr. GM level officers.Both NFTE and BSNLEU are invited for discussion. NFTE will be represented by Comrades CKM, Elangoven & Rajendran.
Hope atleast in this meeting a broad consensus arrived so that the suffering of employees is reduced/ minimised.
BJP and Modi will meet their Waterloo due to Raffle?:
Some people continue to believe that Modi government is corruption free despite it becomes the richest party in the world with in 4 years and built Party Headquarters building in Newdelhi at a cost of 5000 crores. It is the most corrupt government India has seen since 1947.Since the media is under threat of IT raids and arrest/ Jail it is not opening its mouth.
Now the Scam in the purchase of French fighter aircraft for Indian Airforce has opened the pandora box of nearly lakhs of crores of rupees swindled in this deal through Anil Ambani company.When Congress President Rahul Gandhi raised the corruption involved in the purchase of Raffle aircrafts from France both the PM and Defence Minister stonewalled all questions/ allegations hiding behind a understanding between India & France not to reveal sensitive matter on this particular deal. Really it is only about technology and technical know how of the Raffle aircrafts that was supposed to be kept secret as France had apprehensions of leaking the technology details may hamper the sales and security of the aircraft. It is nothing to do with price etc. Actually Modi denied a contract to produce the same aircraft by Hindustan aeronautics Ltd company which is a very experienced Public Sector company . Modi see that this order was only allotted to a private sector company owned by Anil Ambani which has no experience at all in this field. Further this joint venture with French company by Anil Ambani came in to existence just two weeks before the purchase deal was finalized. Everything was stage managed by BJP people to corner lakhs of crores and share the loot with Ambani. That is the reason for not revealing the cost of Raffle aircraft . It is widely circulated that deliberately the cost of each aircraft was fixed at an exorbitant rate well above the market rate.
This Scam will surely darken the face of BJP leaders and may wokeup even the sleeping media.
NFTE +NFTCL joint meeting in Adyar on 27-07-2018:
At Adyar exchange compound a joint meeting of Regular employees and Contract Labourers was held on 27-07-18 under the joint Presidentship of Comrades V. Babu, State President/ NFTCL and M. Kabali , Asst. Circle Secretary/ NFTE. Comrade CKM participated in this meeting and explained the challenges before the working people in particular BSNL employees and Contract Labourers . Comrade V. Babu appealed to the Contract Labourers gathered in the meeting to participate in the one day Hunger Strike decided by NFTCL State Committee in Tiruchirapalli on 21-08-2018. NFTE South Chennai District Secretary M. Nagarajan, NFTCL State Treasurer E. Sampath, Adyar NFTE Divisional Secretary Panneerselvan, South Chennai NFTCL District Secretary M. Dharuman, NFTCL State Asst. Secretary Dayalan, NFTCL State Organising Secretary Rooban and many others spoke at the meeting.
Three days Relay Fast by AUAB ended successfully at 5 pm on 26-07-2018 in Chennai Telephones CGM office compound. More than 350 Comrades enthusiastically shouted slogans at the end of the relay fast.NFTE - BSNL Sr.Vice- President CKM presided over today's agitation and demonstration. NFTE, BSNLEU, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, NFTCL, TEPU CCWF and PEWA leaders . As usual BSNLEU Circle Secretary tried to hyjack this united struggle by expressing utterly false and wrong information in his speech. However Comrade CKM immediately intervened in his capacity as the meeting President and directed him not to raise controversy by falsification of historical truths.
Comrade M.Kanniappan boastfully spoke that Comrades Namboodri and Jogi only brought unity among the Unions and Associations of BSNL. He also criticized the NFTE leadership that only because corporatisation was accepted BSNL employees are facing all the problems now.Had we continued as central government employees there wouldn't have been any problems for us now. He also claimed that it is Comrade Namboodri who involved and led all unions during the first wage revision in 2002. His total speech looked like election propaganda campaign by BSNLEU. This insensitive and irresponsible speech of BSNLEU Circle Secretary was not appreciated even by his own comrades.
In his clarification speech comrade CKM appealed to the leadership of BSNLEU not to misuse the common platform to propagate false news on the leadership of NFTE- BSNL.
1. Unity among the Unions in P&T and thereafter BSNL was built by Comrade O.P.Gupta . During the united historic Pension strike in 2000 September Comrades Namboodri /Ramankutti and their comrades betrayed it . They did not join 21 days strike for the first 8 days. They also didn't participate in the agitation against the then Communicatios Minister Unnikrishnan . They split unions like ED Union, NFTE and Pensioners Association etc. They are the disruptors and habitual spliters .But now BSNLEU leaders are claiming that they are the greatest unifiers and champions of building unity among all Unions in BSNL.
2. If Corporatisation was the main reason for BSNL' s all ills and present difficulties then why BSNLEU leadership has not raised even a single finger against the Corporatisation and never demanded the reconversion of BSNL in to a government department since 2000?.
3. Is it correct to assume that employees under Central government departments are all happy and have no issues to Agitate?.
4. It is a historical fact that during the first wage revision in 2002 , NFTE was the recognised union. But Comrade OPG magnanimously took every union to the wage revision negotiation out of his love for unity among all Unions. Claiming this good gesture as an achievement of Namboodri is nothing but an unadulterated lie.
Comrade CKM gave a fitting reply to the falshood unleashed by BSNLEU Circle Secretary. We hope this partisan behaviour of BSNLEU may be an exception and isolated incident happened in Chennai only.The smart attempt to use the united struggles to expand their Union is a usual evil design BSNLEU leaders in various levels and places always practice. Hence we request NFTE leaders at all levels to be very alert while participating united struggles and joint agitations. We share our this experience indeed in Chennai only to caution the evil design of BSNLEU.
Truth will Triumph one day!:
Maran brothers to be chargesheeted in 12 weeks in BSNL telephone exchange case(Courtesy- india today.in):
The Madras High Court today has set aside the CBI court order discharging Maran brothers in BSNL illegal telephone exchange case.
The Madras High Court has also ordered for framing of charges against them within the next 12 weeks.Former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and five others accused in the case were discharged by the CBI court in March 2018 stating that the prosecutors failed to prove their case and there were insufficient materials to frame charges against them.
The recent judgment is based on an appeal by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the High Court challenging the order of the CBI court.The CBI in 2013 accused Dayanidhi Maran and the others of abusing the Union Ministry post held by Dayanidhi Maran. The CBI also alleged that the misuse of power led to a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the public exchequer, and later in 2016, a chargesheet was also filed by the CBI.
The CBI claimed that during the period between 2004 and 2007 when Dayanidhi Maran was the Union information technology minister, he had allegedly installed nearly 764 high-end telecommunication facilities at his residences and also at Sun TV, owned by Kalanithi Maran, Dayanidhi's brother's company.
The CBI claimed that these telephone facilities were used to uplink the channel. The CBI alleged that the networks were provided without installation or rental charges being paid, allegedly causing a loss of Rs 1.78 crore.The CBI's earlier chargesheet had also accused the then BSNL Chief General Manager K. Brahmanathan, former BSNL Deputy General Manager M. Velusamy, Dayanidhi Maran's personal secretary V. Gowthaman, an electrician of Sun TV, K.S. Ravi, and Sun TV chief technical officer S. Kannan, apart from the Maran brothers.
"From the day one of this case's launch, it has been a political witch hunt done at the behest of Gurumurthy. Gurumurthy refuses to understand the realities in this case. The Supreme Court itself in its anticipatory bail application has asked CBI 'why are you pursuing this?' If Maran has over utilised his connections, whatever may be the charges, get those charges from him," said DMK spokesperson A Saravanan.
"It is a civil dispute and why do you want to invoke criminal dispute is what the Supreme Court had said. Even after that Gurumurthy is persisting over his lies and today's verdict comes as a surprise because the respondents were not heard at all, only the CBI was heard and this is unprecedented that the HC has decided the whole case on merits without hearing the discharged persons. It is a violation of natural justice. This is shocking," he added.
Third and Final day Relay Hunger Strike at CGM Office in Chennai:
Third and Final day Relay Hunger Strike at CGM Office in Chennai Telephones begun under the Presidentship Of Comrade CKM on 26-07-28.
Our CGM Miss. S. M. Kalavati greeted us today:
Our CGM Miss. S. M. Kalavati greeted us today on the second day of the relay fast and expressed hope and confidence of Third Pay revision to BSNL employees/ executives quickly.We thanked her for her support and gesture.
At 7 pm in CGM Office today:
At 7 pm in CGM Office today with fasting comrades from NFTE/ NFTCL. Second day Relay Fast was observed in Chennai Telephones.
Second day Relay Hunger Strike at CGM Office:
hunger strike. NFTE team was led by Comrade S. Rajendran, ACS. NFTCL Team was led by Janakiraman, District Secretary/ TLR. The following comrades participated in this programme.
1. N. Danapal, Thiruvallur Dist. President
2. S. Kandasamy, Circle Organising Secretary
3. G. Hari , Divisional Secretary, Avadi
4. S. Mahendran, Divisional Secretary, Ambattur
5. G. Shanthakumar, Br. Secretary, Ambattur
1. R. Stephen, District Wkg President, Thiruvallur
2. P. Gopal, District President, Thiruvallur
3. M. Devendran, Br. President,Madavaram
4. K. Chitti Babu, Br. Secretary , Madhavaram
5. Kalyana Sundaram, Br. Secretary, Ambattur
Discussion with the comrades on 24/07/2018 Night:
Discussion with the comrades who are on fast in CGM office tonight at 9 pm.I encouraged them and appreciated for their fast.
Why this Contradiction?:
Central government revised Pension for its employees with effect from 01-01-2016 accepting the recommendation of Seventh Pay Commission. Till now all pensioner associations are only demanding pension revision for BSNL pensioners only with effect from 01-01-2017. Why a delay of one year in demanding implementation of Pension revision ? What is the logic or rationale behind this one year delay in demanding Pension Revision if IDA pay revision is not linked to Pension revision for BSNL Pensioners? Please some one explain reason for this ?.
Pension revision delay: Whose baby is this?:
We all know BSNL Pensioners ( who were in DOT service as on 30-09-2000) are eligible for Pension revision as and when Central Government employees get their Pension revision since both are receiving pension from the same consolidated fund of India and CCS( Pension) Rules 1972 is applicable for both. But why the revision of Pension is being delayed only for BSNL Pensioners?.
To answer this one need to go back to 2000. On the eve of Corporatisation of DTS ( DOT) the then Vajpayee Government refused to give Pension to all the employees who are to be deputed to BSNL and thereafter absorbed in to it permanently for the simple reason that after the formation of BSNL they will loose the status of a government servant. But Comrade O. P. Gupta refused to buy this argument of Vajpayee Government. He demanded the continuation of Government Pension even after Corporatisation as they were initially recruited to government service which entails Pension. Further the employees are not leaving the government service on their own. Only the government had decided to Corporatise Department of Telecom Services ( DTS). As the government refused to accept this position NFTE along with FNTO and BTEF organised a nation wide strike from 06-09-2000 under the leadership of Comrade OPG. From the beginning Comrades Namboodiri,Raman Kutty etc refused to join that historic strike and infact conducted poisonous negative campaign against OPG amongst our workers. They childishly informed the employees that none could get government Pension after Corporatisation and Comrade OPG is just hoodwinking the masses. BTEF Left the Strike on the very second day after BJP/ RSS Leadership warned them of severe retaliatory action against the strikers. Further BTEF leaders were not interested to agitate against their own (?) Government at the Centre. Despite all these betrayals and back stabbing NFTE and FNTO united and continued the strike till an agreement was reached on the night of 08-09-2000. Due to this history was created by O. P. Gupta for BSNL Pensioners. Yes; Pension Rule was amended and a sub rule 37A was incorporated in to it to enable the central government to ensure government pension to all BSNL Pensioners who were absorbed from DTS with effective from 01-01- 2000. Because of this development only BSNL employees are receiving Government Pension up to now.
But revision of Pension is always a worrying factor. It is just not automatically revised whenever it was revised for Central Government employees. Comrade OPG had forethought this difficulty in later years . That’s the reason he insisted for receiving government pension on CDA Pay Scale rather than the on IDA Scale. But many pundits including some leaders ( who even betrayed the historic strike for continuation of government pension in September/ 2000 ) castigated Comrade OPG for objecting to the Pension on IDA Pay Scale since some financial gain was expected. Hence Government Pension on IDA Pay Scale was decided which is the root cause for all the problems faced by BSNL Pensioners today.
The government is arguing rightly that unless IDA Pay Scales are revised there is no reason to revise the IDA Pension Of BSNL Pensioners. The intelligent argument put forth now by few leaders that there shouldn’t be any linkage with IDA Pay revision for revising IDA Pension does not hold any water. “Eat the cake and have it too “attitude of some leaders including the General Secretary of BSNLEU is amusing and shocking!.
AUAB 3 days Relay Fast begun at CGM Office in Chennai Telephones:
AUAB 3 days Relay Fast begun at CGM Office in Chennai Telephones sharply at 9 am on 24-08-18. NFTE team was led by Com. C. Ravi, Circle Treasurer. NFTCL team was led by M. Dharuman, South Chennai District Secretary. Altogether 22 comrades participated in first day fast.
Begin earnest preparations in full swing:
Good morning friends and Comrades. Wish you all a very happy week ahead. From 24-07-18 we are organising a relay fast for three days at CGM office in Purasawakkam on behalf of AUAB, Chennai Telephones Circle. Kindly see to it that this agitational programme is a big success in our circle. NFTE/ NFTCL district Secretaries are requested to allot six comrades each per day ( 24 hrs) . Begin earnest preparations in full swing. Advance congratulations to all.
As decided by our both Unions( NFTE+NFTCL) in Chennai Telephones the following 22 Comrades will observe relay fast in CGM office compound beginning at 9 am asper the agitational programme decided by AUAB.
C. Ravi , Circle Treasurer
K. Venkatesan, North Chennai District President
M.Sendhil, Circle Vice President
S.Venkatraj , Circle Org. Secy
G. Kothanda Babu, Circle Org. Secy
S. Syed Noorullah, South ChennaiADS
K.Paranthaman , South Chennai VP
S. Prabhakaran, KKnagar Division Sec
T.Solairaj, North Chennai ADS.
P. Gunasekaran , North Chennai Dist Treasurer
A. D. Bernatshsh, FBR Division Secy
M. Vetriselvan , Asst.State Secy. TN
P. Bhaskar, BS, PSD
P. Kesavan, Perambur Stores
C. Subramanian, BS, Kalmandapam
M. Sundaramurthi, BS, Kelly's
P. Elango, Perambur Stores
M.Dharman , South Chennai Dist.Sec.
D. Dayalan, Asst State Secy.TN
J.A.Roopan Doss, State Org. Secy.TN
Palani , Perungudi
Internal Wage Revision Committee on 02-08-2018:
NFTE General Secretary has called a meeting of our internal Wage Revision Committee on 02-08-2018 which was formed at the NEC meeting held in Kozhikode ( Kerala) some time back ahead of union side meeting on 03-08-18 and the full fledged wage revision Committee meeting on 09-08-18. Hence Comrade CKM will be in Newdelhi for 3 days from 01-08-18.
No Confidence motion against Modi Government:
Few days ago the Parliament ( Lower house) took the no confidence motion against the central government led by BJP moved by none other than the erstwhile partner TDP led by AP Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu, who was a close friend of Modi now turned his fierce foe. Of course the main opposition Congress seized the opportunity well . Nobody was in any doubt about the majority of NDA Government. But yet the no confidence motion was moved to expose the misdeeds and wrongs of Modi government. Senior minister Rajnath Singh questioned the moving of no confidence motion itself when opposition has no numbers to defeat the government on the floor of Loksabha. This is a absurd argument . In our country the opposition moved a no confidence motion for the first time in 1963 when Nehru Government was sitting pretty and commanding comfortable majority in the parliament. Opposition parties always used the route of moving no confidence motion and forcing a debate on the performance of the government of the day. Hence there is no wrong in this method.
Although NDA won the battle which was dubbed as a battle between the majority and morality; a pertinent point that was proved is not every thing is well with in NDA. Shiva Sena which is a partner of BJP in Maharashtra Government and has its Ministers in Modi Government openly opposed Modi- Shah duo and abstained from voting . It is a clear expression that Shiva Sena is not supporting the Modi government. A clear winner is Congress President Rahul Gandhi who actually stolen the show by fixing the Modi government during the debate on no confidence motion. People of India now have no doubt about his caliber and capacity to beat the Modi in 2019 and lead a creditable alternative to the NDA. Modi fared below expectation by avoiding direct answers or replies to the pointed questions of Rahul Gandhi. Rather Modi as usual escaped through backdoors . He may won the motion but failed to buttress the stinging attack of opposition parties particularly Congress.
Wish Comrade Subramani/ Branch Secretary Of K K Nagar Internal a very happy retired life:
On 21-07-2018 a grand Felicitation was organised to honour Comrade Subramani.
General council meeting of the NFTE in Chennai Telephones Circle was held on 21-07-18:
At K.K.Nagar exchange compound the General Council meeting was held today under the Presidentship of Comrade M.K.Ramasamy , Circle union President. K. K. Nagar Division President Babu welcomed all. More than 139 comrades including branch/ Division/ District Secretaries along with Circle Union office bearers attended this meeting. Com.CKM introduced the agenda points. He explained in detail the decisions of Circle Secretaries meeting held in Newdelhi. He also appealed to mobilise our comrades in full strength for the forthcoming three-day relay fast by AUAB at CGM's office from 24-07-18. He welcomed 102 new members in to NFTE and thanked all for bringing them to NFTE. Regarding Redeployment of staff he explained the compulsions behind implementing this scheme. The General Council meeting decided to whole heartedly support the struggles organised by NFTCL on 09-08-18 and 21-08-18 for demanding settlement of long pending demands of Contract Labourers. The General Council meeting requested the General Secretary of NFTE to bring back both FNTO & SEWA in to the fold of AUAB for future struggles atleast. Comrade CKM explained the outcome of yesterday's meeting of the Third Wage Revision Committee . Circle union magazine Sanga Muzhakkam was distributed to the branches along with posters for AUAB agitational programme.Thiruvallur District Secretary & Vice-president of Telecom Cooperative Society , Comrade Ragunathan explained the decisions of the RGB meeting of the said Society held on 18-07-18 in Chennai. Circle union treasurer Ravi proposed vote of thanks.
Congratulations to Comrade Prabhakaran:
On 21-07-2018 at the K. K. Nagar Division NFTE conference Comrade Prabhakaran was unanimously re-elected as the Divisional Secretary of NFTE. Circle Union congratulate him and his entire team of Office bearers.
Click here for the POSTER by AUAB FOR RELAY HUNGER FAST ON 24,25& 26/07/2018:
one day fast in Tiruchirapalli by NFTCL- Click here for the poster:
One day fast in Tiruchirapalli:
Begin Preparations to make the twin agitational programme decided by the
State EC meeting of Taminadu NFTCL on 24-06-2018 in Ambasaudram to
demand settlement of long pending issues of Contract Labourers in
Telecom Sector as a whole.
On 09-08-2018: Black badge demonstration in Branches/ District HQtrs.
On 21-08-2018 : One day fast in Tiruchirapalli.
Meeting with PGM (North) and Dy. GM ( Finance) on 19-07-18:
Myself, Comrade S. Anandan, Tamilnadu State Secretary/ NFTCL , Comrade
K. M. Elangovan, ACS / NFTE, Comrade R. Arumugam, District Secretary/
NFTE and Comrade S. Kothandapani, District Secretary/ NFTCL met today
separately PGM( North) and DGM( Finance) and discussed Contract
Labourers problems particularly In Kellys Division. We also discussed
few pending issues of staff .
NFTCL North Chennai District Executive Committee meeting on 18-07-18 in Flower Bazaar exchange:
The NFTCL district EC meeting was presided over by the District
President M. Parthiban and District Secretary S. Kothandapani introduced
the agenda points. Comrades CKM and Anandan took part in the meeting
briefly and explained the activities of NFTCL. Comrade E. Sampath, State
Treasurer/ NFTCL, Comrade C. Ravi, Circle Treasurer/ NFTE and Comrade
K. M. Elangovan participated in the meeting.
Wish Comrade R. Pandian, Divisional President/ NFTE in Vadapalani a very happy retired life:
Comrade Pandian, T. T ./Virugambakkam is retiring on 31-08-2018. A
grand farewell is being organised to him on that day at Kodambakkam
exchange. Today he visited our union office and handed over rupees five
thousand as donation to the Circle Union. We thank him and wish him a
very happy retired life.
Myself and Com. Elangoven attended a criminal case hearing today (case
number 5526/2017) in
the Metropolitan Magistrate Court (Egmore). I was called as a
prosecution witness and deposed from the witness box . The deposition of
my witness will continue on 01-08-2018 as the poice / government
pleader wanted time from the court to produce and identify by myself the
sword which was used by the accused to attack me on 22-04-2015 during
the second day of the nationwide strike at the office of CGM in
During that joint strike i was given the responsibility to enforce the
said two days strike by all unions at the CGM's office.As it was 100%
strike in CGM office resulting in even CGM could not enter her office on
21-04-2015; one employee belong to Anna Union which was not a party to
that nation wide strike got angry over 100% success of the strike in CGM
office where he was working . He came to the spot on 22-04-15 at about 3
pm and attacked comrade CKM with a sword hidden in to his shirt .
Miraculously comrade CKM escaped with light injuries. That employee was
immediately suspended from service by the management and was transferred
to a far off place at the end
of his six months suspension period. The police case on this assault was
taken to the court only in 2017 after a gap of two years since the
assault. Now the regular case hearing of the court has just begun. we
hope the accused will be punished suitably by the court soon. Violence
has no place in a civic society and surely a danger to all the
3rd Wage negotiation in BSNL:
NFTE-BSNL earnestly begins discussion on the third wage revision for
BSNL employees : Meeting is called on 25/26 th of July-2018 by General
Secretary, NFTE-BSNL to discuss the demands regarding wage revision (
Five member Internal Committee constituted at Kozhikode NEC meeting ) in
Newdelhi. Our alliance Unions General Secretaries are also invited to
this two day meeting. Comrade CKM as a member of this Committee will
attend the same and participate in this discussion. Any comrade/
employee who has a good idea or novel demand may send the same to
Comrade CKM on his email ID : email@example.com.
As we all know the eight member ( NFTE-3 + BSNLEU- 5 ) representatives
will soon meet first among themselves and thereafter in the proper
Committee constituted for this very purpose along with the
representatives of the management side in full 3 wRd wage revision
The five member internal committee has the following comrades:
1. K.S. Seshadri
2. C. K. Mathivanan
3. Mahabir Singh
4. Danni Ranjan
5. K. Natarajan.
Crocodile Tears for Muslim women!:
BJP and RSS leaders nowadays shed tears for the Muslim women especially
in UP to get their votes. Let them ban Tripple Thalak or any
obscurantist custom against women in all religions . No one dare to
oppose it publicly. But why Modi& Co didn’t pass the Women
Reservation bill pending in the parliament for a very long time despite
having majority in Loksabha and with Congress support in Rajya Sabha as
Rahul Gandhi promised his party’s support to passing the said Women
Reservation bill which reserve 33% of seats both in State Assemblies And
Parliament ? Not only Muslim women all women in the country will
benefit if this particular law was enacted. Then why Modi wasted four
Welcome 🙏 to all the new members:
Chennai Telephones Circle NFTE-BSNL added 102 new members as of
16-07-2018 during the Membership enrolling from 01-07-18 to 16-07-18.
Almost 95% of the new members joined NFTE-BSNL are from BSNLEU. We thank
the District/ Division / Branch Secretaries for achieving this target.
North Chennai District....28 new members
South Chennai District..30 new members
Thiruvallur District........25 new members
Kanchipuram District...19 new members
Today...102 new members.
Congratulations! Comrades Vijayan and Prema Today visited NFTE Circle
Union Office and exchanged their happiness with Comrade CKM on their
promotion to the grade of Accounts Officer( AO) . Both were in the past
functioned as very effective Branch Secretaries of NFTE. We wish them
great success in their official career.
NFTE- NFTCL joint meeting of active comrades in Avadi exchange:
Comrades N. Dhanapal ( Thiruvallur District President/ NFTE) and Gopal
(Thiruvallur District President/ NFTCL) Jointly presided over the
meeting . Comrade K. Nagan, Divisional President/ NFTE conducted the
proceedings. Comrade Janakiraman, District Secretary/ NFTCL Thiruvallur
welcomed all the leaders and comrades . NFTCL Tamilnadu State President
V. Babu inaugurated this special meeting. He congratulated the NFTCL
Central Headquarters for getting the very important order from CLC /
Newdelhi which annulled the illegal order of BSNL management issued in
2016 which barred all unions including the recognised unions from
holding discussion on the demands / problems of Contract Labourers.
NFTE leaders S.C.Bose , K. M. Elangovan, Dhandapani, Kandasamy and
Divisional Secretaries Mahendran , Vananchezhian , Hari , Devendran and
many others spoke in the meeting. NFTCL State Treasurer E. Sampath and
NFTCL District Secretaries Mahendran ( Kanchipuram) , Dharuman ( South
Chennai) also explained the pressing issues of Contract Labourers. In
his concluding speech Comrade CKM explained the urgency of maintaining
utmost unity among the Unions/ Associations of BSNL. He exhorted
comrades to organise the statewide demonstration on 09-08-2018 and a
day’s Hunger Strike on 21-08-2018 in Thiruchirappalli.Comrade CKM also
distributed photo ID cards to 23 Contract Labourers in this meeting.
NFTE/ NFTCL leaders and Office bearers are requested to select the
volunteers to undertake the three days Relay Fast from 24 July in CGM
Office compound and intimate the names of such volunteers with out delay
to concerned Unions.
Appeal to the General Secretary/ NFTE:
On 14-07-18 the meeting of Circle Secretariat of NFTE- BSNL , Chennai
Telephones was held under the presidentship of Comrade M. K. Ramasamy,
Circle President. Circle Secretary CKM explained the decisions of recent
meeting of the Circle Secretaries in Newdelhi. The proposed Relay
Hunger Strike by AUAB from 24-07-18 was also explained and names of 18
volunteers to participate on behalf of NFTE in the three days Relay
Hunger Strike was finalised. However all the members of the Circle
Secretariat expressed their displeasure on the public exhibit of
differences by AUAB leaders. The non- participation of some unions
protesting the unilateral submission of notice for the present phase of
agitation to CMD/ DOT by the General Secretary of BSNLEU by
unauthorisedly using the scanned signatures of the General Secretaries
of both FNTO & SEWA was not good for the unity of AUAB.
The meeting also regretted that comrades Jayaprakash and N.D. Ram should not have written to CMD/ DOT on this issue.
After a detailed discussion it was unanimously decided to submit the
following appeal to Comrade C. Singh , General Secretary/ NFTE.
1. NFTE should take urgent initiative to call the meeting of all General
Secretaries in AUAB to discuss and sort out the differences and to
bring back the unity before the beginning of Relay Hunger Strike from
2. If unity is not achieved or unable to sort out the differences
amongst the unions before 24-07-18 it is better to defer the Relay
Hunger Strike indefinitely as with out unifying all the Unions/
Associations for the next course of struggle there is no meaning and
purpose in going ahead with the agitation.
Unity is paramount for us and The Leadership Of NFTE must play the role as a cementing force in AUAB.
Wish Com. J. Jayaraman, O. S and Branch Secretary/ Karambakkam NFTE a very happy retired life:
Today Comrade Jayaraman visited our Union Office and handed over a
cheque for 5000 rupees towards union donation in view of his retirement
from BSNL on 31-08-18 after completing 37 years of meritorious service .
We thanked him and wished him a very happy retired life.
Meeting with new members:
Today(11-07-18) from Harbour exchange six direct recruited JEs who are
all Engineering Graduates came to our union office after enrolling them
as new members of NFTE . We greeted them and explained the glorious
history of NFTE and the present situation of BSNL. We welcomed them to
the fold of NFTE and assured them all possible help. They also assured
us to bring in their batch mates and friends to NFTE soon.
AUAB Demonstration at CGM ‘s Office on 11-07-2018 during lunch time in Chennai Telephones Circle:
A massive demonstration held by AUAB at CGM ‘s Office on 11-07-2018 during lunch time in Chennai Telephones.
Sort out the diffences with out any delay :
At today's AUAB demonstration in my presidential speech i expressed
regret for the non-participation of some unions including FNTO and SEWA
etc . Whatever be the reason for their decision it should be sorted out
immediately so that the united fight against the Narendra Modi
I was told by some leaders that the immediate provocation was that both
Leaders Jayaprakash ( FNTO) and N. D. Ram ( SEWA) were not consulted on
the present phase of agitation and infact their signatures were scanned
from earlier papers and used for the notice for the present phase of
agitation. If it is true then it is a very serious offence not a simple
mistake.AUAB must meet immediately and investigate tharoughly the wrong
attitude for this fiasco and those responsible must be warned suitably.
However it is totally wrong on the part of both senior leaders of FNTO
and SEWA to communicate this lapse on the part of comrade Abhimanyu to
CMD / BSNL and DOT. This will expose the differences amongst us to
others. Yesterday I have spoken to our General Secretary C. Singh to
urgently intervene in this to bring about the unity among all Unions and
Associations. Similarly it is disgusting to me and others the running
dispute between AIBSNLEA and SNEA on the continuation of Com.Prahalad
Rai as GS even after his retirement from BSNL.When every effort must be
made to strengthen and broad base the unity among all Unions and
Associations in BSNL the petty quarrel among the Leaders is demoralising
the base level workers and office bearers of all unions and
Associations. Let the leaders bury the hatchet for safeguarding the BSNL
and its staff both Executives and Non-executives.
NFTE (CHQ) has reopened the closed case of regularisation of nearly 3000 TSMs:
NFTE ( CHQ) has reopened the closed case of regularisation of nearly
3000 TSMs and grant of TSM to thousands of Casual Labourers throughout
the country. The management erroneously implemented the controversial
judgment retrospectively. It has happened during the nine years when
BSNLEU was the only recognised union in BSNL. As a responsible trade
union NFTE is pressing for considering the case afresh in their recent
meeting with Sr.GM (Estt) .
Wish happy retired life to Comrade M.Subramanian, NFTE Branch Secretary of KKNagar Internal:
After 35 years of service in P&T /DOT/ BSNL comrade Subramanian ,T.T
will be retiring on 31-07-2018 . We wish him a very happy retired life.
Today he was honoured by the Circle Union. He handed over rupees three
thousand towards union fund. We thank him.
We pay our sincere condolences on the death of Smt.P.Jagadambal ( 81
years) mother of Comrade P. Sampath, Circle union Organising Secretary .
The death occurred today and the funeral will be tomorrow at 4 pm in
Kanchipuram at the residence of Com. P.Sampath . We pay our respectful
homage to the departed soul.
Great victory for NFTCL:
RLC, HQ, New Delhi writes to DGM(SR), BSNL CO on the issues of contract
Labours and requested to address the grievances/issues raised by NFTCL
Secretariat Meeting on 14-07-2018:
The Chennai Telephones NFTE Circle Union’s Secretariat will be held on
14-07-2018 (Second Saturday) at 11 am in the Flower Bazaar Union Office.
Circle Union President M.K. Ramasamy will preside. All the members of
the Circle Secretariat are requested to attend the meeting in time with
out fail. The following shall be the agenda:
1. Reporting on the decisions of recently held Circle Secretaries
meeting in New delhi.
2. AUAB agitation programme beginning on 24-07-2018.
3. General Council Meeting for July /2018.
4. Fixing dates for all Divisional conferences.
5. New membership in July/ 2018.
6. Any other item ( with the permission of chair).
C. K. Mathivanan
Circle Secretary/ 09-07-2018
AUAB Demonstration on 11-07-2018 at CGM's office:
As decided by the national leadership of All Unions and Associations of
BSNL a massive demonstration will be organised on July-11 ( Wednesday)
during lunchtime . Kindly mobilise all our membership and also the other
AUAB constituents in Chennai Telephones circle. The next phase of
agitation will be for three days relay Hunger Strike from 25-07-2018.
The venue of this programme will be decided on 11-07-18 and may be
communicated to all concerned. Let us prepare the employees/ executives
to a sustained struggle to save BSNL and settle our long pending just
Deduction of Monthly union subscription for NFTE_BSNL Members:
BSNL circular on monthly union subscription from salary of NFTE-BSNL Members.
Regularisation of left over TSMs and grant of TSM status to all Casual Labourers who full filled the eligibility criteria:
It is estimated that throughout the nation thousands of TSMs are waiting
for their regularisation since 2004 even after completing ten years as
Temporary Status Mazdoors. Similarly thousands of left over casual
Labourers are waiting to receive the TSM order after completing 240 days
of work for two years continuously.
We all know that Comrade Chandrasekhar, the then General Secretary of E4
union in NFTE had undergone elevan days fast and forced the DOT to
agree to implement the TSM scheme. An agreement was signed with DOT for
regularising all the Temporary Status Mazdoors ( TSM) who worked
continuously for ten years irrespective of posts/ vecancies available or
not. This scheme was given effect from 01-10-1989. Further for
bestowing the TSM status a casual Labourer must have worked for 240 days
for two years . But this scheme of regularisation and grant of TSM
status was all of a sudden stopped on the basis of a Supreme Court
judgement. The management conveniently not appealed against this
judgement to escape from the responsibility of honouring the agreement
with NFTE- BSNL. By 2004 NFTE was defeated in the second membership
verification and only in 2013 it could regain the status of a recognised
union. Between 2004 to 2013 a single union was recognised and it didn't
work for getting back the regularisation of TSMs.
Actually the said judgement of the Supreme Court should have been
implemented only from the date of its pronouncement.But wrongly the BSNL
management implemented it retrospectively and denied regularisation
nearly 3000 TSMs who had completed ten years of service as TSM well
before the said judgement. Similarly it failed to grant TSM status to
thousands of Casual Labourers who fullfilled the criteria for TSM well
before the said judgement of the Supreme Court.
Both these issues were today forcefully taken up with GM ( Estt) in the
Corporate office by NFTE leaders . The management has agreed to
reconsider this issue as it realised the merit in our argument.
Dy. CLC reminder to BSNL :
On our pressure today the Dy. CLC has sent a reminder to BSNL to reply
with in 15 days with regard to the complaint by General Secretary/ NFTCL
on several issues of Contract Labourers engaged in BSNL throughout the
country. We hope at least not the management will wake up from its
Cordial meeting with CLC ( Central):
On 03-07-2018 in Newdelhi NFTCL had a very cordial and successful
meetings separately with Chief Labour Commissioner ( Central) Jitender
Kumar Sagar , Additional CLC Ranjan Verma and Dy. CLC Dr.Onkar Sharma.
National President Ashaq Ahamed , General Secretary C. K. Mathivanan and
Tamilnadu State Secretary S. Anandan represented NFTCL in these
meetings. We submitted an exhaustive petition against the BSNL
management on various important demands of the Contract Labourers
including withdrawal of BSNL management’s controversial order dated
21-10- 2016 instructing the CGMs and others not to hold any meaningful
negotiations with any unions including the recognised unions on the
demands of Contract Labourers . The CLC expressed very clear disapproval
of BSNL order on 21-10-2016 which very much goes against the Indian
Trade Union Act, 1926. We hope some settlement on the Contract Labourers
issues which we brought to the notice of Chief Labour Commissioner ,
Addl. CLC and Dy. CLC.
Revision of Subscription of Membership:
Revision of Subscription of Membership of NFTE- BSNL was approved today
by Dy. Labour commissioner. From now on the amount of monthly
subscription will be 44 rupees as per the decision of Amritsar All India
Purposeful Meeting of the Circle Secretaries of NFTE - BSNL in Newdelhi:
Purposeful Meeting of the Circle Secretaries of NFTE - BSNL in Newdelhi:
For two days from 29-06-18 at Hotel Dhaka International in Newdelhi the
Circle Secretaries of NFTE met under the presidentship of Islam Ahemad,
National President . This meeting was held as per the decision of
Amritsar All India Conference to hold one meeting of the Circle
Secretaries in between two National Executive Committee meetings.
This meeting was attended by 26 Circle Secretaries. After intensive discussion the following decisions were taken.
1. Next National EC meeting will be held in the first week of October/ 2018 in Haridwar ( Uttarakhand).
2. A phased agitational program will be conducted to demand settlement
of Several pending issues.Dates and other details will be finalised
after holding discussion with alliance Unions leadership.
3. The meeting noted with concern the attempt by BSNL Management to
change the dates of monthly Salary payment unilaterally and linking it
subtly to performance of employees/ executives . NFTE decided to oppose
this ill advised move of the management with full force on its command.
4. The meeting decided to demand additional representatives for NFTE in
the joint wage revision committee proposed by the management. However
for the present the meeting of the Circle Secretaries decided to depute
both President and General Secretary to this negotiation committee.
5. The internal committee formed in the National Executive Committee
meeting held in Kozhikode ( Kerala) for discussing the pay revision
issues will be called shortly along with the General Secretaries of
alliance unions to discuss and finalise our view points on Pay revision
and other allied matters.
Chhattisgarh State NFTCL conference:
Chhattisgarh State NFTCL conference will be held at Raipur in the first
week of August/ 2018. By this One more State Committee will be added to
our NFTCL . Already NFTCL is having functioning state committees in 11
states. We can be rightly proud of our organisation which is spreading
like a wild fire from Kashmir To Kanyakumari. Although we established
NFTCL only in 2013 during the short period of five years it could grow
so strongly among the Telecom Contract Labourers throughout the country
so fast . Thousands of the most exploited Contract Labourers engaged in
Telecom Sector are coming forward every month to join NFTCL which is the
only organisation for all the Contract Labourers Working in all the
Telecom companies throughout the country . This unique nature of our
organisation and the active support extended from comrades/ Leaders of
NFTE-BSNL , our mother organisation helps us to grow this much in such a
short time. We thank One and all for helping us and cooperating with us
to solve some of the pressing demands of poor Contract Labourers.
Meeting of NFTE Circle Secretaries began at 10-45 am in Newdelhi:
Meeting of NFTE Circle Secretaries began at 10-45 am in Newdelhi under the Presidentship of Islam Ahemad. General Secretary C. Singh introduced the agenda for the meeting. The discussion on the proposed agenda will begin now.
At the Circle Secretaries meeting in Newdelhi myself presiding over the meeting in my capacity as the Sr.Vice President since the President has gone out on an urgent work.
Around the world in rupees 355crores:
Prime minister Narendra Modi in 48 months toured 52 countries in 41 trips totalling 165 days. ( we all know he attended the Parliament session during these 48 months only for 19 days) . The total cost of theses tours is Rs. 355 crores and 30 Lakhs approximately. However this amount does not include the expenses incurred for five trips abroad by Indian Airforce planes by Modi. Who can now say India is a poor country when its Prime Minister spends public money so lavishly on his foreign jaunts and dress materials. We can recall an incident during the visit of President of China to India . Narendra Modi wore a suit worth rupees ten Lakhs on one occasion . This Prime Minister appeals to our people to forgo the on LPG and other essential items. What a shame?
Now petrol and diesel prices have nearly doubled. The growth rate maintained from 2004-2014 could not be sustained. Dollar rate is 69 rupees which is the worst situation for our country. But even after all these failures and mismanagement of our country’s economy BJP is doing empty sloganeering to hoodwink the people of our country. This government has earned a very bad reputation for India which is declared as a number one dangerous country for women to live in. Empty words! Mere slogans! Nothing positive. We have already wasted four full years with this government. At least in 2019 our people must see through the false propaganda by BJP and oust this dispensation. Otherwise India 🇮🇳 will go to dogs.
Best wishes to comrade Ganapathy Raman who is retiring on 30-06-2018:
Best wishes to comrade Ganapathy Raman who is retiring on 30-06-2018 after 39 years of Service in DOT/ DTS/ BSNL from 1979. He was a active trade union leader trained by veteran leader Karaikudi Venkatesan. He was once elected as the Divisional Secretary in Karaikudi itself. Being a native of Tirunelveli District he got transferred to Ambasamudram and as of now working as O.S in BSNL/ CSC at Ambasamudram. He is presently one of the State Vice- President of NFTCL in Tamilnadu. He began his career as a casual Labour and now at the end of his service he is fighting for the uplift of poor Contract Labourers . On 24-06-18 a grand farewell was organised in Ambasamudram in which more than 350 people participated and greeted him besides his family members and close relatives. He is a very honest and dedicated comrade. I wish him a very happy retired life to him.
Decisions of Tamilnadu NFTCL State EC meeting held at Ambasamudram (In Tirunelveli District) on 24-06-18:
The following decisions were taken unanimously at the end of the State Executive Committee meeting of NFTCL.
1.To organise a demonstration throughout the state wearing black badges on 09-08-2018 (August-9) with a slogan of End the loot/ Exploitation of Contract Labourers by Contractors (Synonymous with Quit India Movement in 1942).
2.To hold a day long fast to demand immediate settlement of long pending demands of Contract Labourers in Tiruchirapalli on 21-08-3018( Tuesday).
3.To form and register a non- profit charitable public Trust to give financial assistance to the children of Contract Labourers every year in all the 70 education districts of Tamilnadu State. The following 15 comrades were unanimously elected as the Directors of said Trust. The Trust will be named “ Manithakula Manickam Karl Marx educational Trust( MKE Trust).
4.It was also decided to collect Rs.5000/- each from all the District Secretaries and the State Office bearers to augment the fund for the trust.
Impressive farewell function on 24-06-2018:
NFTCL State Vice- President Ganapathy Raman is retiring on 30-06-18. To felicitate him a impressive function was organised at Ambasamudram. NFTCL CHQ / State Office bearers from all over Tamilnadu took part in it and wished him a very happy retired life.
Farewell function to Comrade Anbalagan, Circle Union President of FNTO Union:
Today evening I participated in the farewell function organised for Comrade Anbalagan, Circle Union President of FNTO Union at Anna Road exchange compound and felicitated him on behalf of NFTE Circle Union. Comrades Elangovan, Gothandababu and Tamilarasu accompanied me.
Wish Comrade D.Vijayarangan,Vice President of Kelambakkam NFTE branch a very happy retired life:
On 23-06-2018 at Kelambakkam exchange compound a grand farewell was organised for Comrade D. Vijayarangan who is retiring on 30-06-18. Comrades CKM, Elangovan, C.Ravi, Muthukaruppan, Ekambaram, Mahendran, Loganathan, A.Ravi, Sathya, Ragu, Boobalan , Balaji and many others greeted him. He has donated rupees five thousand to Circle Union Fund.
Comrade K.Seeralan, OS(TG) Kodambakkam was honoured:
Comrade K. Seeralan, OS( TG) Kodambakkam was honoured by Circle Secretary CKM today .He is retiring on 30-06-2018. We thank him for his donation ( Rs.2000/-) to the circle union.
On behalf of NFTE Circle Union today we honoured Mrs.Hema Malini, DGM(HR&A) on her retirement:
On behalf of NFTE Circle Union today we honoured Mrs.Hema Malini, DGM( HR&A) on her retirement this month and also congratulated Mr. Ganesan, PGM ( HR& A) on his promotion to PGM grade.
Comrade K.M.Elangovan,ACS will be Officiating Circle secretary:
Comrade K. M. Elangovan, ACS will be Officiating as Circle Secretary/ NFTE in Chennai Telephones from 24-06-2018 to 08-07-2018 as Circle Secretary CKM will be out of Chennai during this period for personal/ Union works.
4-06-2018-Ambasamudram- NFTCL Tamilnadu State Executive Committee meeting.
28-06-2018 to 30-06-2018- Newdelhi- Circle Secretaries meeting.
04-06-2018- Newdelhi- Meeting CLC on Contract Labourers issues.
All Division/ District Secretaries are requested to note this officiating arrangement for 15 days from June-24.
Wish Comrade Job,Branch Secretary,NFTE/Mogapaire west a very happy retired life:
On 21-06-18 at Mogapaire ( west) exchange a farewell function was organised to Comrade Job.
Divisional Conference of Haddows Road NFTE on 21-06-18:
The Conference was presided by Com. K. Sabapathy, the District President of South Chennai. District Secretary Nagarajan, Circle Union Office bearers Elangovan, Rajendran, Ravi, Rajasekaran, Kabali, Dhansingh, Gothandababu , Venkatraj and CKM addressed the conference. Comrade M. Dharmalingam was elected as the Divisional Secretary.
Wish Comrade Ramkumar,T.T/STR a very happy retired life:
On 21-06-2018 at Haddows Road exchange compound a farewell party was organised for Comrade Ramkumar. Comrade CKM and many other leaders greeted him. He has donated rupees ten thousand for Circle Union Fund. We thank him for this gesture.
Farewell function of Comrades Md.Hidhayatullah(SDE) and Kamalakannan (T.T):
Today(20/06/2018) I participated in the farewell function organised in Flower Bazar exchange compound to honour Comrades Md.Hidhayatullah( SDE) and Kamalakannan (T.T). Comrades CKM, Elangovan and Ravi wished both the comrades a very happy retired life. Com. A.D.Bernatshsh, NFTE Division Secretary in Flower Bazaar presided over the function. We thank Comrade Kamalakannan who handed over rupees five thousand towards Circle union fund.
Farewell function of Comrade K.Srinivasan, Division Secretary of Velachery NFTE:
On 20-06-18 at Velachery exchange compound a grand farewell was organised. Circle NFTE/ State NFTCL leaders including CKM, Elangoven, Ravi, Babu, Selvaraj, Vedagiri, Muthukaruppan , Elumalai participated and greeted . Com. Ekambaram , Kanchipuram District Secretary made good arrangements by mobilising good number of comrades.We thanked Comrade Srinivasan for his donation ( RS.5000/_)to the circle union on his retirement.
Useful exchange of views with Comrades in Tiruchi Yesterday:
I was invited by Tiruchi Readers Circle to speak on the 4 years Rule of Modi Government. Alongside three other comrades from AIBEA ( Bank Sector) , AIBSNLEA ,AIDEF ( Defence) also spoke on different subjects. I explained the acute financial difficulties faced by poor people of our country due to ill advised policy of Demonetisation of Rs 1000/ 500 rupee notes. Introducing the GST was also one bad economic step by the Modi government. The Double Speak of BJP was exposed. Misuse of Governors, Intervention of RSS with the help of BJP government in destroying Central Universities. Failure to bring back the huge money stacked by rich people in Swiss banks and also assurances given to the people during the 2014 Parliamentary elections to deposit 15 lacs rupees in their SB accounts. The Communal forces are ruling the roost and killing of innocent people due to their food habits . I reminded the audience that unless all opposition leaders join hands to unseat Modi from the post of Prime Minister, certainly BJP may use this split to retain power which will be a nightmare for the whole country. I expressed my shocks over the functioning of Supreme Court, CBI, Election Commission etc under BJP government.
Circle Union General Council Meeting on 18-06-18:
The Chennai Telephones circle Union’s General Council Meeting was held in Dinroze exchange compound today to discuss and decide the Redeployment of Staff proposed by the management due to acute shortage of staff in many areas as the retirement of staff is steadily growing every month. All Division/ Branch Secretaries freely expressed their opinion and gave the statistics regarding actual staff strength available in their areas. In the end Comrade CKM spoke and explained the issues raised by 18 Comrades. In all 148 activists including Branch / Division/ District Secretaries attended the meeting. A multicolour poster released by Circle Union was distributed to the branches. Comrade MKR presided over the meeting and Comrade C.Ravi proposed vote of thanks. Asst. Circle Secretaries Elangovan, Rajendran and Rajasekaran addressed the General Council Meeting. The meeting began at 3.30 pm and concluded at 7 pm.
Thanks Comrade Gayatri:
Yesterday (16-06-18) Comrade Gayatri ( wife of senior comrade D.S. Ramprabu, West area Local Council Member)
Personally visited Circle union office to express her appreciation and thanks to the circle union on her transfer to Chennai from Kanchipuram. She also handed over three thousand rupees towards Circle union fund . We thanked her for her gesture.
Ambattur Division Comrades congratulated the Circle Union today:
Comrades Mahendran, G. Shanthakumar, KalyanaSundaram , Shanthakumar and Suresh congratulated the Circle Union for settling a long pending transfer case.
Fate of the Tower Company is hanging on air.?:
With out consulting even the BSNL management or Trade Unions Prime Minister Modi decided arbitrarily in the cabinet meeting a year ago to form a separate tower company for nearly 66600 Mobile towers of BSNL located throughout the country. There was not a single justification for this wrong decision of the Central Cabinet. But this decision was with a sole motive/ purpose to hand over the BSNL Mobile towers to Reliance Jio Company of Mukesh Ambani on a later date in the garb of Joint Venture.
All Unions and Associations in BSNL ( AUAB) were stoutly opposing this ill advised decision from the beginning. Many strikes were organised during the past one year to oppose the formation of Separate tower company. But the Modi government is adamant and insensitive to the employees/executives demand. The company was registered on 04-01-2018. An IAS officer was also appointed hurriedly as CMD for the new tower company. But that company is yet to operationalise. Meanwhile as per the decisions of AUAB a case was filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the cabinet decision to form a separate tower company for maintenance of nearly 66600 Mobile towers of BSNL throughout the country. The case was luckily admitted and its next date of hearing is fixed on 25-09-18. Hence the decision of Central Government couldn’t be implemented till the court case is decided either way. As the matter is pending in the court we expect justifiably that the government should not rush to implement its wrong decision on the spacious plea that the court has not stayed the decision of the cabinet. But Modi government is above Law ! We don’t know what will happen next. However a heartening news was shared by a comrade today that as per the company’s act if a registered company has not begun its operations within six months of registration the registration itself will be invalid. If this is true then the tower company’s registration is in limbo since on July 3 /2018 it would Complete six months. Let us hope for the good!.
Memorial meeting for Comrade G.L.Dhar:
Meeting with PGM (Central):
Today (12-06-18) NFTE/NFTCL representatives Comrades CKM, Elangovan, Kothandababu, Nagarajan, Kothandapani and Dharuman met Smt. Malini, PGM (Central Zone) and discussed issues regarding non grant of NEPP to staff and violations of Statutory rules by few Contractors in Central zone. PGM has responded positively. We thanked her for the positive attitude shown on the apathy of exploited Contract Labourers.
Wish a very happy retired life to comrade R.Muthaian:
Avadi branch Union President Muthaian , T.T is retiring on 30-06-2018 after completing 26 years of regular service and 10 years of casual labour service. He was honoured by the Circle Union on 12-06-18. He gave 1000 rupees as donation to the Circle Union. We thank him and wish a very happy retired life.
Meeting with PGM ( North):
Today (11-06-18) our leaders CKM, Elangovan, Bose, Ravi, Arumugam and Kothandapani met the PGM (North) along with DGM(F&A) and DGM( Kalmandam). More than 12 issues pertaining to North Area were discussed. The management side was very understanding and positively reacted to our demands. We thank the PGM( North) and other officers for their cooperation.
Meeting for staff Redeployment:
Today a meeting was held at the CGM's conference Hall to discuss on the staff Redeployment in Chennai Telephones. Both the recognised unions were invited. NFTE-BSNL was represented by Comrades CKM, Elangovan and Rajendran. The meeting was chaired by GM( HR &Admin). Management side was represented by 4 Sr.GMs ,2 PGMs , 3DGMs, several AGM, CAO etc.The meeting continued the discussion with the staff statistics and evolved certain parameters. However a final decision will be taken only on 22-06-2018 at the next and conclusive meeting on this subject.
To apprise our Comrades we have called an emergent General Council meeting on 18-06-2018 . All are requested to participate in this important meeting and express their opinion/ suggestion on the staff Redeployment so that a final decision is taken on 22-06-18.
Wish a very happy retired life to Comrade T.Job:
Mugapair ( west) RSU Branch Secretary T.Job, T. T is retiring from service after 39 years on 30-06-18. He was honoured by the Circle Union on 11-06-2018. Comrade T. Job donated Rs/-5000 to the Circle Union. We thank him for the gesture.
General Council Meeting on 18-06-2018:
The meeting of branch/ Division/ District Secretaries along with Circle Union office bearers will be held on June-18 ( Monday) at 2 pm in Dinroz RSU exchange compound . Circle union President M.K.Ramasamy will preside over the meeting. The following shall be the agenda:
1.Redeployment of staff- proposal by Management.
2.Newdelhi meeting of the Circle union Secretaries on 29&30 June.
3.Membership enrollment form 15-06-18.
4.Any other item.
All are requested to participate in the meeting in time with out fail.
It seems the GS / BSNLEU met the CMD/ BSNL:
Yesterday (08-06-2018) it seems the GS / BSNLEU met the CMD/ BSNL . In a post in their website it is mentioned that among other things he expressed his
concern about non- constitution of joint committee to discuss the third Pay revision to our employees who are desperately waiting to get their pay and allowances revision from 01-01-2017.If my memories are right I recall the happenings in Chennai one and half years ago. In the All India Conference of BSNLEU in Chennai shri.Anupam Srivastava , our CMD announced amidst the claps of BSNLEU conference delegates that the management has recently formed the committee for discussing the third Pay revision to the non- executive staff of BSNL. This information/ announcement was welcomed by one and all attending the conference including the Leadership of BSNLEU. But nothing such thing happened till now even after one and half years. So I conclude that our CMD/ BSNL has fooled both the Leaders and members of BSNLEU on the question of Third Pay revision sofar skillfully. We should be aware of this fact.
Further AAUB's role in Pay revision is being diluted now by BSNLEU and SNEA etc by meeting the DOT/Management of BSNLEU individually and holding talks separately. All Unions & Associations in BSNL ( AUAB) must jointly meet / hold discussion regarding common issues facing the company and staff. But it is observed that SNEA and BSNLEU are in the habit of meeting the authorities individually and thereafter spread all sorts of new information which naturally create confusions among our staff which should be avoided at least in future. One-upmanship and attitude of trying to score brownie points with an eye on Eighth membership verification by BSNLEU will surely harm the unity of AAUB . Hence we request the AAUB leadership to behave responsibly in future.
Wish the newly married couple a very happy married life:
NFTCL state assistant Treasurer, V. Rathinam’s son got married today evening. Lot of NFTE/ NFTCL leaders and Office bearers attended the marriage reception and blessed the newly wed couple.
Story of 429 plan Sim:
The Staff Side demanded at the 35 th Meeting of the National Council held on 13-11-2017 that the rupees 429 plan may be extended to non- executives in place of rupees 200 plan. But the management was not positively responded to this demand immediately. Both the recognised unions NFTE- BSNL & BSNLEU relentlessly pursued the management to accept this demand. Both Unions wrote letters to the management and continuously pressing this demand in each and every interaction with the Director ( HR) / CMD and other higher officers. Due to this continuous pressure exerted by the NFTE & BSNLEU ultimately the management was forced to grant the 429 plan to all non- executives instead of the existing 200 plan on mobile services. But BSNLEU leaders are trying to appropriate the joint victory of NFTE & BSNLEU solely for themselves . This is a very wrong attitude and will certainly harm the cordial relationship between trade unions.
We enclose herewith a letter written by the AGM( Admn) to Comrade Abhimanyu on 08-03-18 rejecting totally the demand for extension of 429 plan to our non-executives freely. Therefore it is immoral and absurd to claim credit for getting 429 plan to all our non executives by any one union particularly BSNLEU. Self patting is very bad quality.
NFTCL District Union formed in Nadia District of West Bengal on 07-06-18:
At a meeting in Krishna Nagar Telephone exchange today the Nadia District Union of NFTCL was formed in West Bengal State. Sr. Leader of our CHQ , Chitra Basu addressed the conference. Comrades Nabandu Saha, Swarojit Mondal, Narayanan Biswas were unanimously elected as District President, District Secretary and District Treasurer respectively. We congratulate all.
BSNLEU Circle Union’s nasty and ugly attitude:
BSNLEU Circle Union’s nasty and ugly attitude:
A poster was released yesterday by Chennai Telephones circle BSNLEU claiming credit for the SIM card decision. We all know the demand for rupees 429 plan SIM card to all our employees was raised jointly by the Staff Side of the National Council which includes both NFTE and BSNLEU. Even before NFTE/ CHQ demanded this facility in a written communications to our CMD on 20-02-2018. But BSNLEU as usual is trying to take credit for this achievement of Staff Side . This is very childish and in a bad taste. However BSNLEU rightly should take credit for the following as it is the Main recognised union and continuously enjoying the recognised union status for the past 14 years since 2004. Will it take the credit for all those happened in BSNL under its very nose?.
1.Third Pay Revision is delayed to our employees endlessly.
2.Allowances were not revised since 2007 for the past 11 years.
3.Bonus ( PLI) was denied for more than 9 years.
4.BBNL company was separately formed for broadband services and it is operating already.
5.Employees were denied right to write examination for promotion because they didn’t posses required education qualifications.
6.Compassionate ground appointments were made very difficult by implementation of mark system.
7.BSNLMRS medical scheme was almost finished and diluted.
8.Exploitation of Contract Labourers by Contractors.
9.BSNL works are systematically handed over to Private parties.
10.Formation of Separate tower company.
The above “ Achievements “ Of BSNLEU are only few samples . They can claim credit for few other achievements also.
1.Non finalisation of Standing orders for BSNL even after 18 long years.
2.Insertion of anti-worker sub rules in BSNL CDA Rules- 2006.
3.No proper scheme for Terminal benefits to the Direct recruited BSNL staff.
4.Although Pension revision was effected to Central Government employees from 01-01-2016 still BSNL Pensioners are left high and dry.
5.Minimum ( Family) Pension in BSNL is just rupees 3000 still whereas Central Government Pensioners are getting 9000 rupees, a three fold increase.
6.Non- functioning of National Council/ Circle Council/ Local Council/ Works Committee as per Corporate Office instructions.
Let BSNLEU Leadership take credit for all above mentioned “ Achievements” also. We have no quarrel over their claim of these so called achievements.
Circle Executive Committee meeting of Chennai Telephones NFTE on 06/06/18:
The CEC meeting was chaired by Circle Union President MKR. At the outset a minute silence was observed to pay homage to the departed AITUC leader G. L. Dhar who breathed his last this morning. Thereafter Circle Secretary CKM briefed the agenda points. Com Elangovan, ACS reported the 23 rd Circle Council Meeting deliberations. Com Rajendran, ACS reported on the issue of Redeployment of staff . Thereafter the District Secretaries Nagarajan, Ragunathan, Ekambaram and Arumugam expressed their opinions on Redeployment of staff. After a detailed discussion points to be raised in the forthcoming Circle Secretaries Meeting called by CHQ of NFTE in Newdelhi on 28 & 29 th of June/2018 were finalised in this meeting. The CEC meeting also reviewed the agitations held for opposing formation of Separate tower company and Third Pay revision. The meeting decided to hold the next General Council Meeting of the Circle Union on 11-07-2018( Wednesday) in Dinroze RSU exchange compound.
In Today’s CEC meeting comrades showered their affection:
In Today’s CEC meeting comrades showered their affection on me. Thanks 🙏 once again for their love and affection.
Very much moved at the love and affection of our comrades today:
I extend my sincere thanks 🙏 to all our comrades , friends and BSNL
officers who have wished me personally and over phone/ Facebook/
WhatsApp etc on my 66 th Birthday today. I also express my gratitude to
North Chennai District Secretaries of both NFTE & NFTCL Comrades
R.Arumugam & S. Kothandapani And Kalmandapam NFTE Division Secretary
Ananda Devan and many others for honouring me with love and affection.
It made me to resolve to work and struggle for the cause of employees/
Contract Labourers and other underprivileged workers like Casual
Wish Comrade Sathyamoorthy a very happy retired life:
Former Telegraph Division NFTE Secretary Sath yamurthy retired on
31-05-18 after 35 years of service. Comrades CKM, Nagarajan, Arumugam,
Kothandapani, Sendhil, Solairaj, Dh armalingam greeted him at a function
organised at PGM( Development) office on 05-06-18. We thank him for his
donation of RS/.5000 to the Circle union.
Laudable work by North Chennai District Unions (NFTE +NFTCL):
On 05-06-18 at Kalmandapam exchange compound both NFTE and NFTCL
District Unions with the active cooperation of Kalmandapam NFTE Division
Secretary S. Ananda Devan organised a public service programme in front
of the exchange compound. They freely distributed butter milk, Rose
milk and tender Coconuts to the General Public to help them to beat the
summer heat. This distribution was inaugurated by Comrade CKM. Asst.
General Secretary/ NFTCL Subbarayan spoke at the function. We very much
appreciate Comrades Arumugam, Kothandapani, Venkatesan, Parthiban,
Gunasekaran, Amanda Devan, Mohan and Ramanathan for this novel idea to
help the public during hot summer.
Successful District Conference of NFTCL in Gulbarga (Karnataka):
On June-3 at the Auditorium of Karnataka chamber of commerce in Gulbarga
the first Conference of the NFTCL district union was held under the
presidentship of Comrade Kishtappa, a popular leader and the District
Secretary Of NFTE-BSNL. Advocate and the Asst. Circle Secretary of
Karnataka NFTE-BSNL comrade Raje welcomed all and addressed the morning
session of the conference. Comrade L. Subbarayan. Asst. General
Secretary inaugurated the District Conference. In his speech he
mentioned the fast growth of NFTCL throughout the country from Kashmir
to Kanyakumari in a very short period. Comrade CKM in his hour long
speech thanked the NFTE District Union for initiating and helping the
formation of NFTCL for the Contract Labourers. He explained the issues
facing the working people including the Fixed Term Employment scheme
being introduced by Modi government. He exhorted the Contract Labourers
to have confidence in the trade union movement particularly on NFTCL
which is the off shoot of great NFTE/ NFPTE. He criticised the
management for utilising the Contract Labourers paying meagre wages for
doing the duties of permanent nature which is normally carried out by
regular employees. He pointed out and demanded that the principle of
Equal Pay for Equal Work must be adhered as per the verdict of the
Supreme Court. He informed the District Conference that during the past
year NFTCL had met the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) in Newdelhi
twice and Central Labour Minister once to discuss the pressing issue of
retrenchment of Contract Labourers in BSNL due to the wrong instructions
from the Corporate Office to reduce the expenditure by cutting down 30%
of Contract Labourers. When the staff strength is reducing alarmingly
in BSNL due to retirement every month, the management decision to cut
down the number of Contract Labourers is foolish and wrong. Comrade CKM
came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government for patronising only
the Corporate companies and rich businessmen when penalising the common
man and poor people through abnormal increase the price of petrol/
Diesel/ LPG cooking gas. He appealed to strengthen the NFTCL so that
future of the Contract Labourers is safeguarded . The election of Office
bearers was unanimous. We congratulate all the elected office bearers
Circle Executive Committee meeting on 06-06-2018(Wednesday):
The meeting of the CEC of NFTE in Chennai Telephones will be held on
June-6 at 10 am in Flower Bazaar. All the 35 members of the Circle
Executive Committee are requested to attend the same with out fail in
time. Comrade MKR will preside. The following shall be the agenda
1. Meeting of the Circle Secretaries in Newdelhion 29/30th of June-2018.
2. Holding of General Council Meeting.
3. Local Council Meetings.
4. Redeployment of Staff as proposed by the Administration.
5. Review of 23 rd Circle Council Meeting held on 24-05-18.
Circle Secretary/NFTE- BSNL
On 01-06-18 nearly 20 casual Labourers (Left out) visited Circle Union
Office and expressed their appreciations and thanks to the Circle Union
for taking up their case for TSM Status in the recently held Circle
Council Meeting chaired by the CGM. All these casual Labourers are taken
back as per the Court directions three years ago and are naturally
eligible for getting the Temporary Status Mazdoor ( TSM) as they had
already completed 240 days continuously for three years.
The management so far refusing to grant TSM on the spacious plea that
the Hon’ble Supreme Court objections. But that is not correct. Only for
regularising the TSMs after ten years service the Supreme Court
directions are blocking the way. This issue was discussed with the CGM
at the CC meeting held on 24-05-18 and the management has agreed to
consider our demands. Let’s hope something positive will emerge soon.
Wished Comrade R.Arumugam very happy birthday:
On 01-06-2018 the North Chennai NFTE District Secretary Arumugam
celebrated his 61 st birthday. We wished him. He handed over a donation
of Rs/- 25000 to the Circle Union as he retired from service on
31-05-2018. The Circle Union express its sincere thanks 🙏 to Comrade
Farewell to 3 comrades at Flower Bazaar exchange on 31-05-18:
Three comrades of Flower Bazaar External 1&5 units namely
Jagadeesan, Samykannu and Parasuraman were retired yesterday after 33
years of service from BSNL. They were honoured by the staff on 31-05-18
at a simple function in Flower Bazaar exchange compound which was
presided over by Comrade A.D. Bernard Shah , NFTE Division Secretary.
Comrades CKM, Elangovan, Sendhil and Venkatesan wished them a very happy
Contract Labourers thanked NFTCL:
On 30-05-18 Contract Labourers Working in BSNL at Flower Bazaar exchange
compound expressed their heartfelt thanks to the NFTCL for getting them
the payment of Rs.3000/- as Bonus few days ago for the last financial
year. Though it is belated they appreciated the fact that while regular
employees of BSNL are denied bonus for the past several years the
achievement of NFTCL is very good. They honoured the North Chennai
District President, District Secretary, Flower Bazaar Branch Secretary
And Comrade CKM.
Mayday celebrations & Farewell function at Thiruthani on 29-05-18:
Monthlong Mayday Celebrations came to a close in Chennai Telephones
circle with today’s Mayday function in Thiruthani. In addition a
farewell function was also organised for Comrade Govindasamy, Branch
Union President who is retiring on 31-05-2018. Presiding over the
function the Thiruvallur District NFTE Secretary Ragunathan praised the
Divisional Union of Thiruvallur of which Thiruthani is a part for
building a strong NFTE there. It was told that out of 140 employees
working in that Division 110 are NFTE members and only 6 are in BSNLEU.
The rest 24 are scattered in many Unions/ Associations. In his speech
Comrade CKM exhorted the local leadership to ensure 100% Membership for
NFTE in the next Eighth Membership Verification which is due in May
NFTCL District Secretaries of Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur G. Mahendran
and Janakiraman spoke at this meeting apart from Division Secretary
Vananchezhian and Asst. Circle Secretary K.M.Elangovan.
Grand farewell to comrade R.Arumugam:
Grand farewell to comrade R. Arumugam, District Secretary/ NFTE/ North Chennai on 28-05-2018:
Demonstration to protest against the police firing in Tuticorin which resulted in 13 deaths:
AUAB held a protest demonstration in Flower Bazaar exchange compound on
28-05-18 to condemn the police brutality on the people of Tuticorin who
were peacefully struggling for 100 days opposing the functioning of
Sterlite factory there. Comrade CKM presided over the meeting after
demonstration. Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU, SNEA, SEWA and Circle
representatives of FNTO, AIBSNLEA etc spoke.
The Government/ Management both are jointly fooling the BSNL Pensioners/ employees/ and executives...?:
The third Pay revision was due from 01-01-2017. But till this day the
Pay revision committee was not even constituted and no negotiation began
for non- executives.For executives every thing including pay scales are
decided but implementation is held up due to the condition of
continuously three years profitability of the company . The management
insists that only after implementing the pay revision to the executives
the same may be implemented for non- executives. The Pensioners are the
worst affected in BSNL as their pension was not revised on the wrong
reason that the working employees/ executives didn't got Pay revision so
far. What is the linkage between the working employees pay revision and
pension revision for retired people?.
The IDA Pension to all the retired BSNL employees/ executives who had
opted to BSNL w.e.f .01-10-2000 should have been revised automatically
from the date the pension was revised for Central Government employees.
The last Pension revision was effected on 01-01-2016 to the Central
Government employees. But even after 29 months the pension revision is
being denied to BSNL Pensioners with out any justification. Due to this
the family pension of BSNL Pensioners is still rupees 3000/- whereas for
the Central Government Pensioners it is rupees 9000/-.
So, both the Government/ Management are fooling BSNL employees/ executives in the issue of Pay revision/ Pension revision.
A massive Demonstration by AUAB against the brutal killings of 13 innnocent people in tuticorin:
A massive Demonstration at Flower Bazar exchange compound will be held
at 1.30 PM on 28-05-2018 ( Monday) by All Unions and Associations in
BSNL ( AUAB) in Chennai Telephones to condemn the police firing on 13
innocent people in Tuticorin who protested the functioning of poisonous
Sterlite factory there. All NFTE/ NFTCL members and office bearers are
requested to participate enmasse in this Demonstration.
Mayday flag hoisting in Vanimahal RSU:
On 26-05-18, NFTE redflag was hoisted by South Chennai District
Secretary Nagarajan. Thereafter a meeting was held under the
Presidentship of Com.K. Sabapathi , District President. Comrades CKM,
Badri Narayanan, CS/AIBSNLEA, T.R.Rajasekaran, ACS spoke. Haddows Road
Division Secretary Chandrasekaran proposed vote of thanks.
The case filed against the formation of separate tower company in the
Delhi High court came up today and was admitted. The next hearing is
fixed in September 2018.Now the formation of a separate tower company is
a matter of subjudice . Hope the management will not try to
operationalize it and maintain the status quo in this matter till a
final decision is pronounced by the High court. Congratulations to AAUB
leaders and particularly SNEA & AIBSNLEA for making our opposition
in a very strong manner in the court of Law.
AUAB deferred it's agitation on 28-05-18:
After the discussion with the CMD/ BSNL today and the appeal to withdraw
the agitation announced by AUAB on 28-05-18 the leadership met and
decided to defer the agitation.The CMD assured our leaders that there's
no agenda on Tower company for the proposed Board of Directors meeting
on 28-05-18 in Hyderabad.
23 rd Circle Council Meeting was held in Chennai Telephones on 24-05-18:
23 rd Circle Council Meeting was held in Chennai Telephones on 24-05-18 :
The CGM presided over the meeting which began at 11 am. Miss. Kalavathi
congratulated Comrade C.K. Mathivanan on his election as the Sr. Vice-
President of NFTE-BSNL at the Amritsar conference.,
After the welcome address by Sr.GM(HR), the Leader of the Staff Side CKM
condoled the death of innocent people in the brutal police firing in
Tuticorin few days ago. He congratulated the CGM for winning two awards
for MNP and Udan Project from the Hon'ble Minister for Communications
.He also requested the CGM to ensure that Circle/ Local Council Meetings
are held periodically as per the instructions from Corporate
The minutes of the 22 nd Circle Council Meeting was reviewed. Thereafter
new items were taken for discussion. NFTE- BSNL leaders MKR, CKM,
Elangoven, Rajendran, Ravi, Nagarajan and Ragunathan participated in
In the course of discussion CGM directed all the GMs to hold the local
council meetings before June-15. To meet the acute shortage of staff due
to regular retirements it was decided to implement the redeployment
scheme for all cadres. A committee was formed to finalise the modalities
for redeployment. All the four Area GMs along with three NFTE/ BSNLEU
representatives will be members of the said committee. This Committee
will include DGM ( HR) and will be chaired by Sr. GM( HR&A). First
meeting of this committee may meet next on 07-06-2018. The Staff Side
requested the CGM to confer the Temporary Status for the eligible casual
Labourers. We also requested to revise the daily wages of TSMs as per
the 7 th Pay Commission recommendations for the central government
employees as they are eligible to get the CDA pay of Group D employee in
Central Government. With regard to Com. Anbu's representation for
considering his period of both Suspension and Dismissal as duty period,
the GM(West) assured that a decision will be arrived shortly on his
representation. Regarding BSNL MRS as per our request GM(F) along with
GM(HR) sit with the medical section staff and Council them to be more
friendly and humanely. Number of other issues were taken up in this
meeting for discussion. This meeting is a very purposeful one compared
to the previous meetings.
BJP's False Campaign on Karnataka Government formation:
The Congress+ JD(S) alliance government has taken office yesterday in
Karnataka effectively defeating the money power and political authority
of central government. Having failed to usurp power through backdoor
with the help of a RSS appointee Governer now the BJP is crying that
Congress or JD(S) have no mandate to rule. We know the verdict of the
people of Karnataka was not for any single Party rule but for a
coalition government only. BJP which contested in 222 seats could win
only 104 seats with 36.2% of votes. But the Congress party which also
contested in all 222 seats could win 78 seats with a vote share of 38% .
It is more than the BJP. Hence there is no justification in the
accusations of BJP that Congress has hyjacked the mandate. If we add the
vote share of JD( S) the alliance could boast of a majority with the
vote share of more than 56% . People know very well who tried to hyjack
the people's mandate in Karnataka and how BJP tried to purchase MLAs of
both Congress and JD(S) with the offer of 100 crores to each MLA who
come to support BJP in the Confidence vote in Karnataka Assembly. After
failed in their efforts now BJP leaders Amit Shah and Yedurappa blaming
others and trying to take lessons on Democracy is highly ridiculous. The
people of our country know how they hyjacked the people's mandate in
Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya very recently.
Massive Demonstration against Modi government in Chennai Chepauk by all unions on 23-05-18:The Chennai Telephones:
NFTE & NFTCL members in large numbers enthusiastically took part in
the demonstration jointly organised by AITUC , CITU, NFTE, AIBEA and
many other organisations under the banner of Taminadu common platform
against the Modi government which incidentally entered in to the last
and final year today. Our Leaders S. Palaniappan, Subbarayan, Ashokraj,
TRR, Nagarajan, Sendhil, Babu, Elangovan, Sampath Kothanda Babu,
Solairaj, Sathya, Selvaraj, Vetri Selvan, Sundaramurthy, Suresh, Paneer
Selvam and many others took part in it. Our Sr.Com.VKG shouted slogans
Let us organise:
AUAB decided today (23-05-18) to hold protest Demonstration and walkout
from duty on 28-05-2018 to oppose the Operationalization of the separate
Tower company in the proposed BSNL Board of Directors meeting scheduled
on 28-05-18 in Hyderabad. It is to be noted that since the formation of
BSNL in 2000 October only now the Board of Directors meeting is being
held away from the Headquarters , Delhi. The leadership of AUAB have
apprehensions that only to implement the direction of DOT to ratify the
posting of Sri. Amit Yadav as CMD of so called separate Tower company
with out any trouble the management has cunningly moved the Board of
Directors meeting to Hyderabad. Hence it was decided to hold a massive
rally in Hyderabad in which the General Secretaries of AUAB will
participate on 28-05-18. In other places throughout the country massive
demonstration and walk out from duty will be organised on May-28. The
Circle Secretaries of AUAB will meet dayafter tomorrow( 25-05-18) as the
Circle Council meeting in Chennai Telephones is fixed on 24-05-18 . We
should make this call a grand success with the massive participation of
both the employees and executives.
How Modi has failed as prime minister of India:
Narendra Modi has completed four years in office but there is widespread
disappointment among the Indian people with his performance as their
prime minister. There is a strong perception that Modi spent most of the
last four years either in state election campaigns, on foreign tours,
or giving scores of moral lectures on state-run television, radio, and
his own online app.
Modi promised 20 million jobs a year, but instead more than 7.2 million
jobs meant for the 15-24 age group were lost over the last four years.
Job creation in India is at an eight-year low. There is an undercurrent
of anger among the middle-class population over having to pay excessive
excise taxes, which has led to historically high prices of gasoline and
diesel, in spite of lower international crude-oil prices.
The government has collected US$150 billion in taxes on motor fuel since
2014. Instead of giving the benefit to people, the government is
putting more burdens on them.
The previous government of Dr Manmohan Singh lifted close to 140 million
people above the poverty line between 2004 and 2014. However, no one
has any clue as to whether the present government is doing anything
substantive to uplift the poor.
Agriculture exports which had seen a fivefold increase under the Singh
government, have since come down by 21%. At the same time, agriculture
imports have risen by more than 60%.
New investment is the lowest it has been in 13 years; bank credit growth
has sunk to a 63-year low, while loan growth has fallen to 5.1%,
according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
The $1.77 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam has hit the Indian
banking sector very hard. But unfortunately, Nirav Modi, who was part of
the Indian business and corporate delegation at the World Economic
Forum at Davos, Switzerland, in January, left the country without paying
his debts. He was seen posing for photographs with Narendra Modi before
he was found to be missing from the country.
In February 2016, Vijay Mallya, another billionaire, who was elected to
the Indian Parliament with the support of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), siphoned off $1.4 billion in the same way and succeeded in
fleeing to the UK.
These developments have made people very angry at Modi’s government for allowing such looting of the Indian economy.
In October 2017, total bad loans, including non-performing assets
(NPAs), stood at $145.6 billion and accounted for 12.6% of the total
loans in the nationalized banks. The nationalized banks were where most
of these NPAs were found. Interestingly, NPAs in nationalized banks
accounted for about 87% of gross NPAs by the end of March 2017. So
whatever happened was clearly due to acts of commission or omission by
the Modi government.
Moreover, in the last 36 months, the BJP government has written off
corporate loans to the tune of $31 billion. This ridiculous generosity
to the corporates is compensated by recapitalization of the banks
through public funding. This, in other words, means that the ordinary
Indian citizen is bailing out the nationalized banks that are plundered
by the corporates, while millions of poor farmers are struggling hard
for the debt relief amid severe agrarian distress.
With the above developments, poor and middle-class people are slowly
losing confidence in the Indian banking system. A recent report said
there was a drastic reduction in deposits (close to 50%) by ordinary
people in the nationalized banks in the last one-year period.
There was an RBI circular calling for the levying of charges for holding
less than a prescribed minimum balance. Based on this circular, the
State Bank of India, whose customers are mostly poor people, levied
charges totaling $260 million between April and September 2017,
according to Ministry of Finance data. This money was taken from the
poorest of the poor, who do not have regular incomes and continue with
financial hardship, and most of the time they are compelled to withdraw
their own money, kept in their bank account for survival. This is in
contrast to the huge loan write-offs for rich people and capitalists.
Every year 12 million young people enter the Indian workforce, and
providing them all with jobs would necessitate economic expansion of at
least 10% per annum, according to Raghuram Rajan, former governor of
India’s central bank. But financial mismanagement by the Modi government
has resulted in failures on all fronts, particularly in creating jobs,
addressing agriculture crises and helping uplift the poor.
No one knows what is happening to Modi’s smart-city project, the “Make
in India” project and a number of other much-hyped projects, while many
promises on universal health coverage, housing for all, doubling the
income of farmers and so forth have fallen short.
Many in India feel that the country lost another four years with Modi as
prime minister. Unfortunately, Modi has tried to prove himself more as a
successful speaker than trying to be an agent of change.
Wish Comrade Devaraj a very happy retired life:
On 31-05-2018 the Division union Treasurer of Anna Road NFTE- BSNL
Devaraj will retire from the service. He was today honoured by the
Circle Union. Comrades CKM, CHQ Vice-President S. Palaniappan, NFTCL
Asst. General Secretary L. Subbarayan, Asst. CS Rajasekaran and Division
Secretary J. Chandrasekaran wished him a very happy retired life. He
has donated Rs.5000/- to the Circle Union. We thank him for this.
Today Comrades Narayanan,T.T and Maqbool,T.T of Madhavaram Division came
to union office and handed over donation of two thousand rupees each to
the Circle Union in appreciation of the continuous efforts taken by the
Circle Union in their transfer issue. Comrades S.Rajendran, ACS/ N.
Danapal, District President of Thiruvallur/ Devendran, Division
Secretary of Madhavaram were also present. We thank both the comrades
for this help.
CGM Kalavathi was honoured by NFTE Circle Union:
CGM Kalavathi was honoured by NFTE Circle Union today at a function in
Anna Road for receiving two awards few weeks ago for Hon'ble Minister
from Communications Manoj Sinha.
Comrade Nagarajan turns 61 today:
At Anna Road exchange compound on 21-05-18 a grand function was
organised by South Chennai District NFTE-BSNL to felicitate the District
Secretary Nagarajan who is retiring on 31-05-2018 after 39 years of
eventful service. Incidentally his 61 st Birthday was also celebrated on
21-05-18. CGM/PGM( Central) / GM( West) along with Comrades CKM/ MKR /
Ravi/ Elangoven/ Rajendran/ Kabali/ Dhansingh/ C.K.Ragunathan/
Sabapathy/TRR and many others greeted him and wished him a very happy
retired life. NFTCL leaders Babu/ Mari/ Anandan/ Sampath/ Ashokraj
honoured him. CHQ Vice-President S.Palaniappan and Tamilnadu Circle NFTE
Union Treasurer Subbarayan spoke at this function and wished Comrade
Nagarajan a very happy retired life.
Sr. Vice President of NFTE- BSNL Comrade CKM 's speech regarding the ill
motivated and wrong decision of Modi government for the formation of a
separate tower company for nearly 66000 BSNL mobile towers in "News
Glitze " for 14 minutes that was uploaded in YOU TUBE last week was as
on date watched by 3,78,674 persons. It was liked so far by 8000
persons. 1100 persons commented on his speech so far although 778
persons disliked it. Such a huge trending for a speech by a Telecom
Union Leader is first of its kind in the history. The viewing is
continuing and we expect it may even cross five Lakhs shortly.
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Karl Marx is right even after 200 years:
The German Philosopher and great economist Karl Marx is relevant even
today. In fact his thoughts/ ideas are more relevant in today's world
situation. That's the reason the popular American daily newspaper " The
New York Times " came out on his 200 th Birth anniversary with a
"Happy Birthday Karl Marx. You were right! ".
This only proves once again that Marxism is not a dogma; It is a
creative science which should be applied carefully to the given
political/ social situation in a particular country/ state. If it is
applied mechanically as a formula it will bound to fail .Hence the
failure of a communist party in any particular country should not be
treated/ concluded as the failure of Marxism itself. It is the wrong
application of Marxist principles by the said political party is the
main reason for the failure. If in India where the Communist Party was
established in 1925 itself and the political/ economic situation was
ripe for a socialist revolution then whom to be blamed for the downward
march of the Communist Party ? The Leadership should only be blamed for
this loss of popular support gradually from 1957 onwards. Will the
leadership ever retrospect on their collective failure or blaming the
others as usual for their failures ?Will they realise their foolishness
to be divided in number of Communist parties at least in India where the
Facist forces are menacingly advancing in the process destroying the
basic democratic values fastly ? It is a million dollar question as the
leaders are nowadays only guided by their egos and not ideology.
Wish Comrade Ganapathy Raman a very happy retired life:
He is now the vice- President of Tamilnadu NFTCL. He was originally
working in Karaikudi District. Sincere follower of both NFTE &
Comrade ( Late) Venkatesan. His hard work made him the NFTE District
Secretary of Karaikudi. Due to family situation he shifted to
Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli district. There also he dedicated himself to
NFTE. After the formation of NFTCL he began working among the Contract
Labourers. At the State conference of NFTCL in Karaikudi last year he
was elected as the State Vice President. He is a committed communist and
a gifted trade union leader. Let his retired life be purposeful for
himself and the society. I hope he will now work full time for the
welfare of the most exploited Contract Labourers.
The CGM of Chennai Telephones/BSNL Miss. S.M.Kalavathi was presented an
award for best performance by Hon'ble Minister for Communications Manoj
Sinha in Newdelhi. NFTE congratulate the CGM for this achievement.
Street corner meetings in Chennai Telephones:
Street corner meetings in Chennai Telephones Circle were successfully
organised at nine Centres from 07-05-18 to 11-05-18 as per the AUAB
On the late hours of 08-05-18 when I reached Madurai Railway station
from Kollam I was surprised to see three comrades waiting for me in the
Railway Platform at 11.30 pm. Comrades V.Mari, Paramasivan and Subedar
Ali Khan. There's nothing new or strange in Comrade Mari's presence. He
is doing the same for the union leaders for thirty long years. Moreover
he is a very senior comrade holding the post of Karaikudi District
Secretary/ NFTE- BSNL and the Working President of Tamilnadu State
NFTCL. But comrade Subedar is a young comrade and working as O.S. In
Madurai GM office.For the first time he is holding the post of Circle
Organising Secretary in NFTE/ Tamilnadu. He was with me from the night
of 08-5-2018 till I left Madurai at 11.15 pm on 09-05-18. I was
surprised at his dedication and commitment towards the NFTE . In today's
situation not many are like Comrade Subedar Ali Khan. He accompanied me
to Sivaganga and took part in two functions of our union including the
executive committee meeting of Karaikudi SSA. I need to mention another
comrade by name Alphonse from Karaikudi. He enthusiastically came to
Madurai self driving his own car and insisted to travel in his car to
Sivaganga from Madurai and return from Sivaganga to Madurai. I enquired
him when he left Karaikudi for Madurai. He happily informed me that he
left his residence in Karaikudi at 5.30 am . I was moved very much by
the love and affection of these comrades towards me and NFTE/NFTCL etc. I
hope Comrades like Subedar are the future of NFTE- BSNL.
To clear some confusion among our staff:
A letter released by DOT dated 27-04-2018 which was addressed to CMD/
BSNL is in wide circulation for the past few days. It has naturally
created a positive effect on the mindset of our work force which is very
pathetically waiting to get the Third Pay revision implemented with
effect from 01-01-2017 . But in reality that letter is not giving any
relief to our staff. Hence Unions and Associations must be very careful
in this matter. Unless the central cabinet's conditionality was removed/
relaxed there is not even a remote chance of implementation of Third
Pay revision to our workforce. The government's affordability clause for
implementation of Third Pay revision in BSNL will stand like a rock
even if any meaningful Pay revision talks begin between management and
Unions. Hence our fullest efforts must be to remove that hurdle created
by the cabinet decision. Thereafter we can enter with the negotiations
for Pay revision for non- executives as BSNL management has no role to
fix the pay revision of the executives. It is also to be noted that as
per the guidelines of DPE the pay revision/ pay scales of Non-
executives must not be more than the Executives in any case. Hence even
to fix and finalise the pay scales there is a uncertainty.
T.NAGAR பஸ்நிலையம் அருகில் நடைபெற்ற தெருமுணை கூட்டம்:
9.5.18 AUAB சென்னை தொலைபேசி சார்பில் BSNLசெல்டவர்களை தனிநிறுவனமாக
ஆக்கும் முடிவை கண்டித்து T.NAGAR பஸ்நிலையம் அருகில் நடைபெற்ற தெருமுணை
கூட்டத்திற்க்கு FNTO C.S S.லிங்கமூர்த்தி தலமையில் நடைபெற்றது NFTE
BSNL.சார்பில், தோழர்கள் தலைவர்கள் கலந்துகொண்டனர்.
Proud moment ...:
Yesterday I honoured Comrade Kannagi, District Secretary of CPI in
Sivaganga in the extended District EC meeting of NFTE-BSNL in Karaikudi
SSA which consists of two revenue districts namely Sivaganga &
Ramanathapuram. She is the first and only woman Comrade in Tamilnadu CPI
to become a District Secretary of the party. She is simple woman but
fiery speaker. Her family is a communist family and her husband Comrade
Muthuramalingam is a well known Communist in Tamilnadu. I thank Comrade
Mari, our District Secretary for inviting her to the District EC meeting
and her speech was very inspiring and educative. She is indeed a model
for a good Communist.
Today I was told during my visit to Karaikudi SSA that in BSNL the staff working are less in number compared to BSNL Pensioners.
Maybe the number of Pensioners will be increasing further as more and more employees are getting retired in the coming months.
Karaikudi NFTE-BSNL District Executive Committee meeting on 09-05-18:
The meeting of the District Executive of Karaikudi SSA was held on May-9
in Sivaganga. District President Lal Bahadur presided over the meeting.
District Secretary V. Mari introduced the agenda points. 12 comrades
were felicitated on their retirement by Comrade CKM. The District
Secretary of CPI in Sivaganga Comrade Kannagi, NFTCL leader Ashokraj and
many others spoke.
Street corner meeting- Public campaign against formation of Separate
tower company for BSNL mobile towers on 09-05-18 in Sivaganga:
Today at the invitation of AUAB In Sivaganga participated in the Street
corner meeting. CPI & CPM District Secretaries, NFTE/ BSNLEU/NFTCL
District Secretaries V. Mari/ Boominathan / Murugan and NFTCL National
Vice-President Ashokraj and myself addressed the public and explained
the dangers of handing over BSNL towers to Reliance Jio. Comrade
Ganapathi Raman, State Vice-President of NFTCL shouted slogans very
Lal salam to you commrade!!:
Keep the sprit of com.Gupta's concept on the policy to save the telecom industry for the public services !!.
The modern scientific technology for the people & the total services
must reach the people by the public sector must be guaranteed by the
nfte is a motto of our union!!.
Lal salam to all nfte comrades!!.
Street corner meeting in Chengalpet by AUAB:
Street corner meeting in Chengalpet by AUAB on the evening of 07-05-18.
Comrade M. K.Ramasamy, Circle President/ NFTE on the mike.
Today our Tamil nadu State committee Secretary of NFTCL, S.Anandan is celebrating his birthday:
We wish him on behalf of CHQ/ NFTCL a very happy birthday. Being one of
our youngest and finest leader Anandan has a very bright future in Trade
union activities. His continuous dedicated work for the last ten years
for the cause of the most exploited Telecom Contact Labourers
particularly in BSNL has earned a lot of respect for him not only in
Taminadu State but throughout the country. Being a Junior Engineer his
dedication for the welfare of Contract Labourers is highly commendable.
Let his service to the poor people continue.
Let us greet both comrades Nagarajan and Arumugam on their retirement on 31-05-2018:
The able and efficient District Secretaries of North Chennai & South
Chennai are retiring on the same day (31-May /2018). Big farewell
functions are being organised by our comrades in Flower Bazaar exchange
compound and Anna Road exchange compound separately. I appeal to all our
comrades and office bearers of both NFTE & NFTCL to positively join
with me on both the occasions to wish both the District Secretaries a
very happy retired life.
M.Nagarajan--21-05-18--Anna Road exchange.
R.Arumugam--28-05-18--Flower Bazaar exge.
I was happy on seeing the arrangements made for the Mayday + Karl Marx Birth anniversary celebrations:
Yesterday really I was happy on seeing the arrangements made for the
Mayday + Karl Marx Birth anniversary celebrations by Anna Nagar Division
comrades. They left nothing to chance. Grand stage, Quality and tasty
lunch for more than 300 comrades etc were very neatly organised by
Comrades Chitrarasu, Mariappan, Deenadayalan , Ethirajan and dozen other
active comrades of NFTE/ NFTCL in Anna Nagar Division. Of all the
things I was surprised to see the big red flags of NFTE fluttering on
the main road meridian. Our comrades are to be appreciated for this
great job done on May -5 . Red salute to all of them from the Chennai
Telephones Circle Union.
Mayday flag hoisting at CGM office on 05-05-2018:
Kellys division union has organised flag hoisting of both NFTE & NFTCL in three places on 05-05-2018 .
At CGM office comrades M.K.Ramadamy and V. Babu hoisted the red flags of NFTE-BSNL/ NFTCL respectively.
At DGM(HR&Admin) office Comrades M.Nagarajan and R.Arumugam hoisted the red flags NFTE and NFTCL respectively.
At Kellys exchange Comrades S.Chandrasekaran and S.Kothandapani hoisted the red flags of NFTE-BSNL & NFTCL respectively.
At all the three places Com.Magendran, Dist.Secy/ NFTCL/ Kanchipuram
shouted slogans inspiringly. This function was presided over by
Com.Venkatesan, District. President/ North Chennai/ NFTE.
Both Kellys division Secretary E.Raja and North Chennai District NFTE
Secretary R. Arumugam along with Circle Org. Secy. G.Palaniappan and
Com. M. Somashankar played key role in organising this year's Mayday
flag hoisting in Kellys area. It is pertinent to note that Comrades
Somashankar & Punniyakotti arranged the laying of new pillar stone
worth 25 thousands rupees. All the above comrades are to be appreciated
and thanked for their good job in this year's Mayday.
The Circle Union appreciated the District Secretaries and Office bearers
of both NFTE & NFTCL for organising this year's Karl Marx birth
anniversary in a grand manner.
Chennai Telephones Circle Union celebrated 201 Birth Anniversary of Greatest Philosopher Karl Marx on May-5:
NFTE, FNTO, TEPU, NFTCL , PEWA, AITUC leaders spoke about the life time
achievement of Karl Marx . More than 350 comrades enthusiastically
participated in the birth anniversary. Comrade Venkatesan, District
President of North Chennai NFTE presided over the meeting. Comrades
Elangoven, Anandan, Lingamoorthy, J.Lakshmanan,
Arumugam, Vijayakumar. Babu, Ramasamy, CKM spoke at this function.Circle
Union journal Sanga Muzhakkam was distributed to the members through
Mayday flag hoisting at Anna Nagar exchange on 05-05-18:
NFTE flag was hoisted by Comrade CKM. NFTCL flag was hoisted by Comrade S.Anandan , State Secretary/ T.N.State NFTCL.
NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahmad Buch today met the CMD/BSNL:
NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahmad Buch today met the CMD/ BSNL in
Srinagar.Com.Riyaz Ahemad , NFTCL State Secretary of J&K was also
I was greeted today by Com J.P.Murali, former vice- President of NFTE:
I was greeted today by Com J. P. Murali, former vice- President of NFTE/
Chennai Telephones who came from HongKong particularly to wish me on my
election to the NFTE/CHQ. He has left immediately to HongKong this
evening .I was really moved by his loyalty and affection towards NFTE.
After availing VRS in 2013 Comrade Murali is settled in HongKong and
perusing his family business there.
Mayday Celebrations in Anna Nagar:
In addition to the Secretaries of FNTO, TEPU, NFTCL, SEWA, PEWA now the
State Secretary of AITUC and the General Secretary of Tamil nadu State
Transport Employees Federation Comrade J.LAKSHMANAN will participate in
tomorrow's Mayday in Anna Nagar and agreed to speak elobarately on the
life of Karl Marx . All branch Secretaries are requested to mobilise our
Comrades in full strength.
11.30 am-Flag hoisting at CGM office.
12 noon-Flag hoisting at DGM(HR&Admin) Office.
12.30-Flag hoisting at Kelly's exchange.
02 PM- Flag hoisting, Karl Marx birthday Mayday celebration at Anna Nagar.
News about Street corner meetings from 07-05-2018 to 11-05-2018 by AUAB:
News about Street corner meetings from 07-05-2018 to 11-05-2018 by AUAB in today's Tamil daily Dinamalar.
Is it fair for a Prime Minister to spread lies just to get few votes in an election?:
Our Prime Minister Modi used the tactics of fooling the gullible masses
in 2014 Parliamentary elections of course with the strong aid of
Corporate Media houses . He was successful then. But one cannot expect
the same old tactics will be successful in each and every election. Now
the people and voters are alert . In his election campaign meetings
yesterday in Karnataka Narendra Modi spoke falsely that he has given
high positions to two kannadigas namely Nirmala Sitaraman and Venkaiah
Naidu. We all know both were not Kannadigas . Nirmala is a Tamil Woman
married to a Andhra man. Vainkaiah is a 100% pure Andhra man. Then why
our PM is resorting to such lies and cheap tactics? By this he himself
is unbecoming of a Prime Minister of our great country. Elections may
come and go . Win or defeat is a natural thing inna democratic setup .
But aiming to win all elections by hook or crook (including tampering
the electronic voting machines and influencing the Election Commission
itself) is not at all good for a vibrant democracy.
Wish the newly married couple a very happy married life:
On 03-05-2018 evening in Thiruvallur the marriage reception of Mr.
Alexander (S/O Comrade Vananchezian, the Divisional Secretary of
Thiruvallur NFTE) was held. Large number of NFTE members and leaders
participated in it and blessed the couple.
MayDay celebrations in Madhavaram:
MayDay celebrations held in Madhavaram on 02-05-2018.
Successful district conference of Coimbatore NFTE-BSNL on May-1:
Today the conference which began in the morning with a disturbing and
discordant note happily ended in the evening with unanimous election of
office bearers. Comrades N. Ramakrishnan, A. Roberts were elected
unanimously as District President and District Secretary respectively.
At last unity was brought about by the best efforts of all leaders who
have participated in the conference.
Comrade L.Subbarayan at presently holding the post of Treasurer of
Tamilnadu Circle Union . Hence he expressed his opinion from the
beginning that he will relinquish the post of District Secretary. The
NFTE- BSNL in Coimbatore is basically centred on three comrades namely
Roberts, Ramakrishnan and Subbaroyan. All the three are my best and long
time friends since 1982 when I was working in Coimbatore district. All
were infact trained by me and I am proud now that they have grown as
full fledged Circle level leaders. Comrade Roberts was made a Circle
Union Office bearer of the then line Staff union (E4) headed by veteran
comrade Jagan in the year 1985 itself at a very young age. He is a
dedicated and sincere comrade who has contributed in good measure to the
growth of NFTE- BSNL. All the three comrades were working as a team for
a very long time. Now after a very long service Comrade Roberts has
been unanimously elected as the District Secretary for the first time. I
am immensely happy about his election and wish him and his team every
success. Let this unity strengthened further on every passing day and
hour in future.
Some Historical Facts about MAY Day:
1. Even before Chicago workers struck Work demanding eight hours duty in
1886 , Indian Rail workers in thousands organised strike demanding
eight hours duty in Howrah near Kolkota in March 1862. This is actually
the first organised strike by Indian workers.
2. Although the massacre on workers for demanding eight hours duty was
unleashed at Hay market area in Chicago ( America) on May-3 of 1886,
only from May 1 of 1991 worldwide International Workers Day was began to
observe by Trade Unions as MAY DAY.
3. On May -1 of 1923 for the first time in India Mayday was celebrated
in Chennai (Tamilnadu) beach by veteran Trade Union leader Singaravelar.
4. In India Mayday was first declared as a paid holiday only in 1957 by
Kerala State Government led by the Communists Party of India (CPI).
5. The first trade union in India was formed at Chennai on April-27 of
1918 . Madras Labour Union (MLU) was organised by veteran trade union
leaders Thiru-Vi- Ka and Wadia etc. The oldest trade Union of the
country AITUC was organised only two years later in 1920.
Let us hold the Street corner meetings as per the decision of AUAB:
Let us hold the Street corner meetings as per the decision of AUAB from
May 7-11 to make an effective campaign among public to explain the ill
motive of Modi Government in forming a separate subsidiary Tower company
for BSNL mobile Towers.
Congratulations to Comrade Sudhakar:
Congratulations to Comrade Sudhakar on his re-election as the General
Secretary today at Kollam in the 23 rd CPI party Congress. Let his
efforts to unify the Left political parties and Defeat the Facist
communal rightist forces end in Success.On behalf of NFTE-BSNL and NFTCL
unions we convey our best wishes to him and his team.
Redfort handed over to Dalmia company:
Redfort was handed over to Dalmia company for just 25 crores for five
years for maintenance (?) Purposes. Narendra Modi government has lakhs
and lakhs of employees/ Engineers under its authority. But the
maintenance job of historical/ Heritage landmark of our Country was
handed over to a private company. This is nothing but privatization of
national symbol. Now the profit focused private company may indulge in
all sorts of antics to collect more money than it offered to the
Government . May be next Tajmahal or Parliament complex will be handed
over to either Ambani or Adhani,the favoured industrial houses of Modi.
Wishes Comrade S.Chandrasekhar, T.T. / Kelly's a very happy retired life:
Wished today Comrade S.Chandrasekhar, T.T. / Kelly's a very happy retired life.
Udhampur District NFTCL Conference on 27-04-18:
In Jammu region a new district body of NFTCL was formed yesterday at a
meeting called in Udhampur. More than 120 Contract Labourers took part
in the conference which was inaugurated by NFTCL National President
Ashaq Ahemad and presided over by the Jammu & Kashmir State
Secretary of NFTCL, Riyaz Ahamed. The following comrades were elected
unanimously. We convey our best wishes to all the newly elected office
bearers of Udhampur District NFTCL.
District President: Comrade Mohanlal
District Secretary:Comrade Subash Chander
District Treasurer:Comrade Joginder
I have a doubt..?:
Few days ago the plane ✈️ in which Congress President Rahul Gandhi was
traveling to Hubli in Karnataka developed a serious snag which caused
doubts about any conspiracy behind this sudden snag. Congress rightly
raised a complaint and promptly an enquiry was also ordered by Director
General of Air Safety ( DGAS). But my doubt is how come Mr. Narendra
Modi, our busiest PM got to know this incident instantly and infact he
was the first person to speak on phone to Mr. Rahul and enquired about
his safety. Some thing fishy..?
Rule of Law must be established:
Central government today asked for two more week's time from Supreme
Court for implementing it's direction on Cauvery river water sharing
arrangement. Already the apex court gave six weeks time to Modi
government. One thing is sure. BJP led Central government will not
implement till the assembly elections in Karnataka are over . Even after
it if BJP wins in Karnataka it's future State government will not take
any stand different from the existing Congress Party government.So
unless rule of law is upheld by the Supreme Court itself no relief can
be expected for Tamil nadu farmers.
Detailed circular by AUAB:
Detailed circular by AUAB regarding five days Street corner meetings from 07-05-18 to 11-04-18.
Congratulations to comrade C.Ravi:
Today the Circle Treasurer of NFTE- BSNL in Chennai Telephones C. Ravi
was unanimously elected as the President of Chennai Telephones District
staff consumer Cooperative Stores . After a gap of 31 years only now a
NFTE comrade is taking over the Presidentship of this cooperative
society. Comrade J. Murugan (BSNLEU) was elected unanimously as Vice-
President. We thank all the unions for their cooperation to bring about a
unanimous election for this cooperative society. Out of ten directors
NFTE has 3, BSNLEU 2, FNTO 2, TEPU 2 and SEWA 1 .For the Directors
election Secret ballot was held on 07-04-2018 as there was a contest. We
thank all Unions and wish the new board of directors of this
cooperative society every success.
Street corner meetings in Chennai Telephones:
AUAB decided to hold Street corner meetings in Chennai Telephones at
nine Centres from 7 th to 11 th of May to make our opposition to the
Separate tower company for BSNL mobile towers. On 11-05-2018 during
lunch hour demonstration will be held at KK Nagar exchange compound.All
are requested to mobilise our employees and executives for all these
Meeting with Sr.GM(HR& A):
Circle union met the Sr. GM today along with DGM, AGM (A) ,AGM(E) and
SDE(SR). Circle union was represented by Comrades CKM, Elangovan,
Rajendran, Ravi and Nagarajan. The 23rd Circle Council meeting will be
held on 24-05-2018.Many issues were discussed for more than 3 hours
including the transfer cases of Comrades Gayatri, Mani, Narayanan.
Revision of pay on CDA scale as per the recommendations of Seventh Pay
commission with effect from 01-01-2016 to all non- opted employees, TSMs
and Casual Labourers were also discussed.The management has agreed to
positively consider it and persue this issue with Corporate
Headquarters.The representation of Com. Anbu pending for the past one
year to get his suspension/ dismissal period as duty period was also
May-05 ---Mayday Celebrations:
On 05-05-2018, the Chennai Telephones Circle Union will observe Mayday
and celebrate the 201 Birth anniversary of great thinker Karl Marx . The
following is the time schedule. Comrade please note this and mobilise
our comrades effectively for all the three functions.
1. Flag hoisting at Flower Bazaar exchange...11 AM
2. Flag hoisting at the CGM's office ........12.30 PM
3. Main function at AnnaNagar exchange....2 PM
Both NFTE and NFTCL flags will be hoisted jointly in all the places.
Interview in Kumudam Reporter magazine
My interview appeared in Kumudam Reporter magazine today (24-04-18)
regarding the ill motive of Government in forming a separate subsidiary
tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers.
Wish a very happy retired life to comrade Velan,Madhavaram:
Comrade Velan is retiring on 30-04-18 after a dedicated service for
three decades. He is a staunch NFTE member. We wish him a very happy
Successful Human Chain agitation for the formation of Cauvery Management Board:
Today hundreds of NFTCL/NFTE comrades lined on the Anna Road and formed
human chain for one hour from 4 pm to 5 pm in response to the call of
major opposition parties other than of course BJP/AIADMK. We thank all
our comrades who have participated not only in Chennai but also
throughout Tamilnadu at all District Headquarters.
Sri.Venkaiah Naidu has insulted the 64 MPs:
Sri.Venkaiah Naidu has insulted the 64 MPs and the people who had
elected them.As a Vice-president of India he has exceeded his
constitutional powers in hastily rejecting the petition submitted by the
MPs belonging to nine political parties to demand impeachment of Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court for his misdeeds.This once again proved the
partisan approach of Sri. Deepak Mishra who is favouring the ruling
The BJP leadership in its anxiety to safeguard the present Chief Justice
not even prepared to appoint a parliamentary committee to enquire in to
the allegations levelled against Sri. Deepak Mishra before arriving at a
final decision. What is the difficulty for Sri. Venkaiah Naidu to
enquire the allegations against the Chief Justice? Why he has outrightly
rejected the petition signed by 64 MPs and Submitted to the President
of India? It is nothing but pure arrogance and intoxication with
Kind attention of NFTE/ NFTCL members:
As already decided by our unions all Comrades are requested to
participate in the Human Chain agitation on 23-04-2018( Monday ) from 4
pm to 5 pm in all the District HQ in Tamilnadu State for demanding the
immediate formation of Cauvery Management Board ( CMB) by Central
Government as directed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.
The Comrades of North/ South Chennai should assemble in front of Anna
Road Head Post Office with NFTE/ NFTCL flags in large numbers sharply at
3.45 pm . Make this agitation a very big success so that our rights are
Wish the newly married couple a very happy married life:
On 22-04-18 at Vepampattu the marriage reception of Comrade E. Karthick (
S/O Comrade K. M. Elangovan, Asst. Circle Secretary of NFTE in Chennai
Telephones) and Comrade K. Malliga was held this evening. Hundreds of
our comrades and leaders blessed the newly married couple. I wished the
newly married couple along with my wife and friends.
Grand Felicitation to CHQ Leaders at an impressive function in Anna
Road exchange by Chennai Telephones Circle Union on 21-04-18:
Comrades Islam, C. Singh and CKM were felicitated by NFTE District/
Division/ Branch Unions on their election to CHQ at the fifth AIC held
in Amritsar.The CGM of Chennai Telephones S.M. Kalavathi, Circle/ State
Secretaries of BSNLEU, FNTO, NFTCL, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, TEPU greeted the
leadership of NFTE-BSNL. More than 450 comrades including 70 women
comrades enthusiastically participated in the function.We sincerely
thank every one for their greetings and participation.
AUAB Leaders submitted Memorandum to the Governor of Tamilnadu:
Comrade K.M.Elangovan(NFTE), Kanniappan(BSNLEU),Shanmuga sundar Rajan
(SNEA), Vijayakumar (TEPU) and Badri Narayanan (AIBSNLEA) met the
Governor at 11 am today in Rajbhavan and presented the memorandum. They
requested him to recommend our representation against the formation of
Separate tower company for BSNL towers to the government of India. But
the Governor merely agreed to forward our memorandum to Hon'ble Manoj
Sinha, the MOS for Communications.
Wishing a very happy retired life:
Today comrades L.Tamil mani, O.S.(Branch Secretary/ FBR Internal) and
Kamatchi Subramanyam , O.S/ GSM Helf Desk / FBR were honoured by Comrade
CKM on their retirement on 30-04-2018. Both the comrades handed over a
donation of two thousand rupees each to the Circle Union. We thank them
and wish them a very happy retired life.
Meeting with the Governor of Taminadu on 19-04-18:
According to the instructions of national level AUAB on 19-04-18 the
leaders of Chennai Telephones NFTE, BSNLEU , TEPU , SNEA and AIBSNLEA
will meet the T.N. Governor at 10.30 am in Rajbhavan and submit a
memorandum to him requesting his good offices for withdrawal of Central
Government decision for operationalize the Separate Subsidiary Tower
company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers throughout the country.
For the kind attention of all:
On 21-04-2018( Saturday)at 2 pm in Anna Road exchange compound our
Circle union is organising a grand felicitation function for the newly
elected CHQ office bearers in the recently held fifth AIC of NFTE-BSNL
in Amritsar (Punjab). Our President Islam and General Secretary C.Singh
are participating in it. Our CGM and all the Secretaries of Unions &
Associations in BSNL are also participating in it . Hence it is our
endeavour to make this function a massive one . Kindly mobilise maximum
comrades to hear the views of our leadership. Circle office bearers ,
District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries and Branch Secretaries are
requested to act now for making this felicitation function a grand
Ministry of Labour & Employemnt call for comments on Non paymeny of Wages to Contract Labours:
NFTCL has taken up the issue of Non payment of wages to contract labours
to the Ministry of Labours & Employment, New Delhi.Ministry has now
called for reply from Chennai telephones administration with in 15
Human Chain agitation on 23-04-2018(Monday):
NFTE & NFTCL comrades must participate in the proposed Human Chain
agitation on 23-04-2018( Monday) announced by many political parties in
Tamilnadu for pressing the Government of India to form immediately the
Cauvery Management Board ( CMB) as instructed by the Hon'ble Supreme
Court. Hence we appeal to all Our comrades to join the Human Chain
agitation throughout Tamilnadu in all the District Headquarters between 4
pm to 5 pm on 23-04-2018.
Union will not rest till victimisation is removed:
A month ago two contract Labourer Comrades Jothibasu and Venkatesan who
were working at Perambur Stores Depot under M/S Malli Contactors were
victimised for no justified reasons and sent out of the job. This is a
Modus operandi by the said company to recruit new hands by getting huge
sum for new appointees for the same. But NFTCL North Chennai District
union decided to fight this victimisation. They organised a powerful
demonstration against this victimisation on 26-03-18 at Perambur Stores
Depot itself. The Sr.GM ( D) immediately intervened and spoke to Comrade
CKM over phone and requested to end the ongoing demonstration. As the
Sr.GM agreed to sort out the issue through negotiation, the
demonstration was ended in the afternoon. On 27-03-18 the discussion was
held by NFTCL leaders with the Sr. GM.After a detailed discussion the
management wanted some time . Union leaders accepted the request.
Accordingly today ( 16-04-18)our leaders once again met the Sr. GM.This
evening both the victimised contract Labourers were taken back by the
said company. However both were posted to different exchanges. One is
posted at Pulianthope exchange and other one was posted at Madhavaram
exchange. We are happy that atlast the victimisation was removed.NFTCL
sincerely thank the Sr.GM ( Development) for her help and commitment in
removing the victimisation of two contract Labourers.
May Day- 2018:
Chennai Telephones observe this Year Mayday (133 rd) at AnnaNagar on
05-05-18 on the same day the birth anniversary of Comrade KarlMarx
falls. Let us make both function a grand and successful one.
128 th Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was Celebrated on 14-04-2018 in Chennai Telephones:
NFTE & NFTCL jointly observed today the 128 th birthday of Bharat
Ratna Beem Rao Ramji Ambedkar. NFTE Circle President M.K. Ramasamy and
NFTCL State President V.Babu jointly garlanded the statue of Dr
Ambedkar. Comrade CKM spoke on Ambedkar's greatest contribution to the
cause of Social Justice in India.
NFTE Circle Union office bearers at the awards giving function organised
by BSNL management in Chennai Telephones Circle for the meritorious
students who are the wards of our Staff on account of 128 th Birthday
celebrations of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on 14-04-2018.
128 Birthday of Bharat Ratna Dr.B.R.Ambedkar on 14-04-2018:
The first and the best Social Justice votary in our Country is
undoubtedly Dr. Beemrao Ramji Ambedkar. He was born on 14-04-1891 in a
small town which is located inside the present day Madhya Pradesh State.
His family later settled down in Maharashtra area. His contribution to
the people of India through Constitution and Social Justice policies are
unparalleled. His policy of Reservations in job for the downtrodden
people of SC/ST community is a single contribution to the upliftment of
As usual the Circle Union of NFTE will garland the statue of Dr.
Ambedkar inside the Staff quarter complex In Taylor's Road at Kilpauk
exactly at 9.30 am on Saturday, the 14-04-2018. Hence all Comrades are
requested to be near the statue by 9-15 am at least to express our
respectful homage to the departed leader on his 128 th Birthday.
Tamilnadu State EC meeting of NFTCL on 24-06-2018:
State Secretary S.Anandan has notified the Tamilnadu State EC meeting of
NFTCL on 24-06-2018 In Ambasamudram near Tirunelveli. Comrades are
requested to book their train tickets immediately to avoid any
inconvenience in travel.
Mayday Committee meets:
The first meeting of the Mayday celebrations committee was held today in
the Dharna pandal itself in Anna Road exchange compound. It was
attended by 3 District Secretaries of NFTE and 3 District Secretaries of
NFTCL. After a brief discussion it was decided to do the following on
1.Hoist the red flags of both NFTE & NFTCL in Flower Bazaar exchange
compound where Circle Union office is located at 11 am on 5 th Of May.
2.Hoist the red flags of both NFTE & NFTCL in CGM's Office at 12.30
hrs in Purasawalkam High Road ; Opening of a new stone tabulate.
3.Observation of 201 birth anniversary of Karl Marx and 1 Mayday in Anna
Nagar Telephone exchange at 3 pm in which AITUC/ FNTO/ TEPU/PEWA/
NFTCL/ NFTE leaders will participate.
Massive Dharna at Anna Road in Chennai Telephones on 12-04-18:
At the call of AUAB to oppose the formation of Separate tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers a massive Dharna was held.
Protest Demonstration by All Unions/ Associations of BSNL in Chennai Telephones on 11-04-2018:
At Flower Bazaar exchange compound today a protest demonstration was
held against the Modi government for delaying the formation of Cauvery
Management Board as directed by Hon'ble Supreme Court. To get more votes
for BJP in the May-12 Karnataka State Assembly poll the Modi government
in centre deliberately delaying the formation of CMB to share the
Cauvery river water between states. This tactics is a very wrong one and
against the country's interest.
Comrade CKM presided over the meeting. AITUC Secretary J. Lakshmanan,
BSNLEU Secretary Kanniappan, FNTO Secretary Lingamoorthy, TEPU Secretary
Vijayakumar, SEWA Secretary Raveendran and others spoke at the meeting
held after the demonstration.
Meeting at Kellys exchange on 10-04-2018:
Today a meeting of Kellys Division NFTE was held. The decisions of Amritsar AIC were explained.
Demonstration converted in to a Meeting:
On 10-04-2018 in Kellys exchange compound the District Union of North
Chennai had called for a protest demonstration against the local AO for
not obeying the order of DGM (Hr) and his blunt refusal to relieve our
Comrade Parameswaran , OS to Madhavaram on request transfer. However on
09-04-2018 ,on the eve of the proposed demonstration our comrade was
hurriedly issued with relieving order. In this background the protest
demonstration was converted in to a meeting to explain the current
issues to our members in Kellys. We thank the DGM (HR) very much for her
efforts to solve this issue which was agitating the minds of our Kellys
comrades for the past few months. We also thank the GM(F) and CAO
Janakiraman and others who have intervened to diffuse the tension in
Thanks for the Success!:
Today the counting of votes polled on 07-04-2018 was taken up and all
the eight candidates put up jointly by NFTE, BSNLEU, FNTO ,TEPU &
SEWA for Directors post in the Chennai Telephones Cooperative Stores
were declared as winners. Few rebels belong to BSNLEU including the out
going President were defeated. We congratulate NFTE Directors C.Ravi
& S.Chitrarasu and all others for their resounding victory. NFTE
Circle Union thanked the Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU, FNTO, TEPU &
SEWA for their cooperation and hard work which brought victory to our
This Board of Cooperative Stores has eleven Directors. Already 2 women
directors were elected unopposed. The election for President & Vice-
President will be held on 13-04-18. We hope the unity built by unions
will make this election also a unanimous one.
2018 Mayday Celebrations in Chennai Telephones jointly by NFTE and NFTCL on 05-05-2018 at Anna Nagar:
Today at a joint sitting of North Chennai District Union and Anna Nagar
Division union at Villivakkam exchange under the Presidentship of
Comrade K.Venkatesan it was decided to celebrate this year's Mayday in
Anna Nagar on 05.05.2018. For this a Committee has been formed
Working President. M. Parthiban
Joint Secretary. S.Kothandapani
Protest Demonstration wearing Black Badge on 11-04-2018( Wednesday)by All Unions:
In Flower Bazaar exchange compound a massive protest demonstration by
All Unions in Chennai Telephones will be organised on April-11(
Wednesday) during lunch hour to demand Immediate formation of Cauvery
river water Management Board as per the recent judgment of Supreme
Court. The BJP government at the centre is wantonly delaying the
formation of Cauvery river water management Board only to get votes in
the Karnataka Assembly elections in May/ 2018. As BJP has no political
support in Tamilnadu it deliberately support the erring Karnataka State
with selfish motives.
Cauvery river water is a very important life support for Tanjore delta
farmers and Agriculture. If the rights of Tamilnadu over the sharing of
Cauvery river water is not protected now the future of our state will be
very bleak. Unfortunately the AIADMK led State Government is
surrendering before the Modi government and enacting DRAMA of FAST as
eye wash. Almost all Political parties except BJP in Tamilnadu are
agitating against the irresponsible attitude of Central Government. As a
citizen of our state no one could ignore the issue of Cauvery river
water sharing in a fair and judicious manner.Hence all are requested to
assemble in Flower Bazaar exchange compound on 11-04-2018. Let us
contribute our might to protect the rights of Tamilnadu State..
Dharna on 12-04-2018 by AUAB:
The Chennai Telephones All Unions and Associations of BSNL will observe a
day long Dharna at Anna Road exchange compound on April-12( Thursday)
as per the directions of National leadership of AUAB. Despite our
opposition and protest the government of India is proceeding to
operationalise the Separate Tower company for nearly 66000 mobile towers
of BSNL. This decision if not stopped from implementation it will be a
very big blow to BSNL. Hence AUAB once again decided to hold a nation
wide Dharna on 12-04-2018 . Kindly mobilise both employees and
executives in full strength for this Dharna.
Postponement of Felicitation function organised for newly elected CHQ office bearers at Anna Road:
Due to the sudden demise of elder brother of our General Secretary in
Patna all engagements of Comrade Chandeswar Singh are cancelled till
16-04-2018. Accordingly our felicitation function planned in Anna Road
compound stands postponed to 21-04-2018( Saturday) at 3 pm. All comrades
are requested to note this postponement and act accordingly. Let us
utilise the extra ten days we get by this postponement to organise this
function in a very grand manner . We regret for the inconvenience caused
to all as unexpected thing has happened in the family of our General
Increase of Variable Dearness Allowance for Contract Labourers:
Increase of Variable Dearness Allowance for Contract Labourers has
increased. Our comrades should note this and monitor it's implementation
without any delay.
ஒப்பந்த ஊழியர் VDA உயர்வு
ஒப்பந்த ஊழியர்களுக்கான விலைவாசிப்படி VDA 01/04/2018 முதல் கீழ்க்கண்டவாறு உயர்ந்துள்ளது.
A பிரிவு நகரம் – ரூ. 17= நாளொன்றுக்கு உயர்வு ரூ.536லிருந்து ரூ.553/= ஆக உயர்வு.
B பிரிவு நகரம் – ரூ. 14= நாளொன்றுக்கு உயர்வு ரூ.448/=லிருந்து ரூ.462/= ஆக உயர்வு.
C பிரிவு நகரம் – ரூ. 11= நாளொன்றுக்கு உயர்வு ரூ.359/=லிருந்து ரூ.370/= ஆக உயர்வு.
SEMI SKILLED நாள் கூலி:
A பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.612/=
B பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.522/=
C பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.433/=
SKILLED நாள் கூலி:
A பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.673/=
B பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.612/=
C பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.522/=
திறனுக்கேற்ற கூலி வழங்க வேண்டும் என நாம் தொடர்ந்து குரல் கொடுத்தும் கூட
நமது நியாயமான கோரிக்கை இன்னும் அமுல்படுத்தப்படவில்லை. அனைவரையும்
UNSKILLED என்று சொல்லி மாதம் இரண்டாயிரம் மூவாயிரம் அளவிற்கு அடிமட்ட
ஊழியரின் வருவாயில் மண் அள்ளிப்போடும் கொடுமை இன்னும் இங்கே தொடரத்தான்
Second Conference of Sholapur District NFTCL on 03-04-2018:
Second Conference of Sholapur District NFTCL held in a grand manner.
Solapur NFTE-BSNL District Union welcomed Comrade CKM:
Solapur NFTE-BSNL District Union welcomed Comrade CKM , Sr. Vice-
President (CHQ) on 03-04-2018 on his visit to Solapur in connection with
the District Conference of NFTCL there. Com. Kokre, District President
garlanded CKM on behalf of Solapur District Union.
NFTCL leaders met the GM/BSNL/ Solapur on 02-04-18:
Comrades C.K.M., Khevkhar, District secretary/ NFTCL and Prasad Korantak
, Dist. Org .Secy on 02-04-2018 met Sri. R. M. Pradhan, GM and B.
J.Umbarje, DGM(Hr&Planning) and discussed several important issues
of Contract Labourers of Solapur SSA. Mainly the following issues were
1. Ensure salary payment on 7 the of each month.
2. Ensure minimum wages as per the B class City.
3. Issue through contactors the photo ID cards for all Contract Labourers.
4. Categorisation of Contract Labourers as per the job performed as Unskilled/ Semi-Skilled/ Skilled/ Highly Skilled.
GM was very attentive during the discussion and assured us that he will
do everything possible on his side to settle our long pending demands.
Solapur NFTCL District Union office bearers meeting:
NFTCL District Union office bearers meeting held in Solapur on 02-04-2018 on the eve of District Conference tomorrow.
Purposeful meeting with Asst. PF Commissioner on 02-04-2018:
NFTCL representatives had a very purposeful meeting with Sri. Purusotham
Meena, the Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner In Solapur along with
Contractors on whom we have filed a complaint regarding non- deposit of
EPF amount due for nearly 98 contract Labourers in Solapur from 2006 in
total violation of statutory obligations. The next hearing is fixed on
23-04-2018. NFTCL was represented by Comrades CKM, Kavhekar, Anandan,
Gopichand Chavan, Vijaykumar Pancharia, Sunil Sawant.
Change of Date:
Due to unavoidable reasons the joint sitting of both Executive Committee
of Anna Nagar Division & North Chennai District NFTE will now be
held on 05-04-2018 (Thursday) at 11 am in Villiwakkam telephone exchange
compound. This meeting will form the celebration committee for this
year's Mayday in Anna Nagar exchange.
Behaviour of Private Sector Banks!:
When Punjab National Bank was in the news few months ago in a case of
helping diamond businessman from Gujarat by name Nirav Modi to loot
nearly Rs/-14000 Crores, hue and cry was made out by few self appointed
guardians of Privatisation. Instead of focusing on the crime of daylight
bank robbery by a businessman those intelligent men argued for
privatisation of Public Sector Banks as the Punjab National Bank is a
nationalised Bank. But now the top most private sector bank ICICI is in
the news . It is being alleged and enquired by CBI that M/S VIDEOCON
company has got a loan of Rs/-3250 crores from ICICI bank and in a quid
pro quo arrangement paid to Mr. Deepak Kochhar Rs/-64 crores.
Incidentally this Deepak Kochhar is the husband of Mrs. Chanda Kochhar,
the Managing Director and CEO of ICICI bank. As of now Rs/- 2849 crores
out of Rs/- 3350 crores loan has been declared as a non- performing
asset (NPA) by the said bank. This proves one point clearly that in
India the rich people and businessmen cleverly loot the banks both in
Public Sector and Private Sector. They rob the money saved/ invested by
common people in every bank of course by bribing the bank officers or
management. Hence the focus should be on eliminating this nexes between
bankers and looters.
SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 not to be diluted by any one , be the Supreme Court or Government:
India has nearly 18 crores of its population under Dalits ( SC/ ST)
category. As per the National Crime Records Bureau a crime is committed
against a Dalit in India every 15 minutes. Every day at least 6 Dalit
women are raped. Over the last ten years (2007-2017) there is 66% growth
in the crime against Dalits in our country. A cursory look in to these
figures will convince any person to feel the need to strengthen the said
Act to minimise/control the growing crime against the Dalit population.
But the Supreme Court bench under the learned Justices A.K. Goel and
U.U. Lalit thought otherwise for reasons best known to them. In a very
wrong judgment they delivered recently they effectively diluted the very
Act which was passed to punish the culprits and stop the atrocities
against Dalit men and women. Their recent judgment in fact diluted the
stringent provision of denial of anticipatory bail in the SC/ST
(Prevention of Atrocities) Act,1989.
It is heartening to see all the Political parties including the Congress
Party appealed to the Government of India to go in for a review of the
said two judge bench judgment in the Supreme Court with out any delay.
They also met the President of India yesterday and requested him to
immediately intervene in this and advise the Narendra Modi government
accordingly. Hope good sense will prevail upon all concerned to
safeguard the interests of the Dalits whom are under attack from upper
caste people out of caste prejudices.
Meeting with GM(HR) on 28-03-18:
Circle Union had a meeting today with GM( HR). On behalf of the
Management DGM( HR)/ AGM (A) /AGM(E)/SDE(SR) took part in the meeting.
NFTE-BSNL was represented by Comrades CKM, Elangoven, Rajendran, Ravi
and Babu. After the discussion we honoured Mrs. Sankari, AGM(E) on her
retirement on 31-03-2018. We wished her a very happy retired life. We
also thanked her for her help and cooperation in settling the issues of
India is for Sale under Modi's Rule!:
Government To Sell 76% Stake In Air India, Give Up Management Control:
New Delhi: The government today took the first step towards divesting
the Air India -- the debt-ridden national carrier supported for years by
public money -- triggering vehement protests from opposition. The plan
is to transfer management control along with 76 per cent equity, for
which an expression of Interest was released and multinational
consultancy firm Ernst & Young was appointed as the advisor.
The divestment will be done through open, competitive bidding.
Te national carrier has been running on taxpayers' money, failing to
profits in more than a decade. By the end of 2016-17, the airline had a
debt of nearly 49,000 crore. By the end of the current financial year,
its debt is expected to go up by another Rs. 3,500 crore.The opposition,
which earlier accused the government of "not caring" about the national
carrier, was up in arms. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee made
an emotional appeal:
Her party leader Derek O'Brien questioned how such step could be taken
when a Parliamentary Committee is still examining the divestment
"The proposed disinvestment of Air India is still being examined by the
Parliamentary Standing Committee of Transport Tourism & Culture.
Stakeholders are being called. Views heard. Report still some time away.
How come these moves from Govt?" his tweet read.
Last year, the committee had recommended that the government put the
decision on hold till 2022, when the 10-year turnaround plan ends.
Citing the Rs. 105-crore operating profit made by the airline after its
merger with Indian Airlines, the committee suggested giving more time to
the airline to recuperate.
Days later, the Union Cabinet cleared the decks for the
disinvestment.Under the new plan, the government will retain 24 per cent
stake in Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express. It also
proposes divesting 50 per cent of its stake in Air India Sats Airport
Today a leading Tamil newspaper has published an interview with Telugu
cine actor Shivaji. In which he has exposed a diabolical conspiracy of
BJP/ RSS combine to capture the political/ governmental power in the
South Indian states of Andhra, Telangana, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka
& Puducherry. For this secret plan they had allocated 4800 crores of
rupees and started distributing it already. This news has not surprised
any one who knew the modus operandi of Facist/ Communal forces
throughout the world. BJP/ RSS will go to any extent to capture power
and thereafter to retain / perpetuate it.
People of our country must be alerted and all political parties opposed
to BJP must unite in their fight to defeat these rabid communal right
reactionaries . These evil forces have already on their dirty job of
dividing the people on religious/ casteist lines. They have very
successfully divided the AIADMK party and weakened it beyond any repair.
They are picking few important personalities from DMK ( M.K. Azhagiri
of Madurai) and trying to weaken certain other political parties to gain
footage in Tamilnadu. Already they have purchased ( bribed) many media
personalities belong to popular Television channels to do their
Even the Election Commission/ Supreme Court are infiltrated by these
Facist forces. They are planning bigger operations to retain power in
the 2019 Parliamentary elections as they are afraid of certain defeat in
all most all North Indian States including UP/ Bihar/ Rajasthan/MP etc.
That is the reason they want to strengthen BJP in all the Southern
states at any cost. The present exposure of their secret operation is
only tip of the iceberg . Let us awaken before it is late.
Felicitation to Comrade S.Chandrasekaran,T.T/Vani mahal RSU:
Farewell meeting at Anna Road on 27-03-18 to felicitate Comrade S.
Chandrasekaran, T.T/ Vani mahal RSU & NFTE Division union Secretary
who is retiring on 31-03-2018.
Meeting of Comrade C.K.Mathivanan, GS/ NFTCL and Comrade Animesh Mitra, GS/BSNLCCWF in Chennai:
In Chennai both the General Secretaries of Contract Labourers
Federations Comrades CKM & Animesh Mitra had a chance meeting today
and decided to jointly conduct struggles to safeguard the interests of
Contract Labourers particularly in BSNL. Comrade V. Babu, TN State
President of NFTCL and Comrade T. Kasi, Circle Secretary of Chennai
Telephones BSNLCCWF were present during this brief interaction.It is a
good unity move by both the leaders so that the rights of the Contract
Labourers are protected in BSNL.
It is a strange coincidence that both the General Secretaries
C.K.Mathivanan & Animesh Mitra are National Vice- Presidents of
NFTE-BSNL & BSNLEU respectively.
Memorandum handed over to the CGM on 27-03-2018:
AUAB leaders today handed over the memorandum to the Chief General
Manager S.M.Kalavathi , for forwarding the same to DOT so that our
opposition to the operation of Separate tower company for BSNL from
01-04-2018. Earlier a massive demonstration was held at CGM's office
during lunch hour. Comrade CKM presided over the meeting held during the
demonstration in which AUAB leaders Shanmuga Sundara Rajan ,
Vijayakumar, Anbalagan, Kanniappan, Babu and others spoke. Comrade G.
Palaniappan shouted the slogans effectively. Comrade Animesh Mitra,
VP(CHQ) BSNLEU also spoke in this meeting.More than 200 comrades
assembled in the demonstration at a very short notice.
Meeting with PGM(D):
On behalf of NFTCL today comrades CKM, V. Babu, Rajendran, S.
Kothandapani and M. Parthiban met Smt. Malini , PGM( Development) along
with Sri. Pandian, DGM and had a detailed discussion on the anti-labour
attitude of M/S Malli Security. It illegally draws 1400 rupees per month
from every Contract Labourers under its control. We complained with
proof the corrupt practice of that Contrator and its victimisation of
innocent Contract Labourers who oppose/ question the illegal activities
of M/S Malli Security. We also complained about non- payment of salary
to Contract Labourers on seventh of each month by this agency . With
Regards to the happenings in Perambur Store Depot we informed the PGM
that two Contract Labourers were unnecessarily shifted with out any
valid reason. The SDE / AGM are siding with Contractor and not
safeguarding the rights of Contract Labourers. Both of them failed to
act responsibly in their capacity as Primary Employer. The PGM assured
us to set right the mistakes. We thanked the administration for its
intervention with out delay.
27-03-2018 (Tuesday) Nationwide demonstration by AUAB:
27-03-2018 ( Tuesday) Nationwide demonstration by AUAB to oppose the
operation of Separate tower company for BSNL towers will be held in
front of CGM office at Purasawalkam during lunch hour:
In a partial modification , the venue of the 27 March demonstration will
be now in CGM office. Our comrades should mobilise both employees and
executives in large number for this demonstration at Purasawalkam CGM
office as the Management & Central Government are going ahead with
their ill conceived plan regarding formation of a separate tower company
for nearly 66000 BSNL mobile towers despite stiff opposition by All
Unions and Associations in BSNL. If it is allowed thereafter BSNL will
become permanently sick and loss making PSU. After the demonstration a
memorandum will be submitted to CGM.
Solapur NFTCL District Conference:
On 2&3 of April/2018 the conference of Solapur ( Maharashtra)
District NFTCL is being organised. At the invitation of District
Secretary Khaveker myself and Tamilnadu NFTCL State Secretary Anandan
are going there to participate in the conference. Hope large number of
Contract Labourers will be mobilised to this conference.
On 04-04-18 at Villivakkam Telephone exchange a meeting will be held
jointly by Anna Nagar Division and North Chennai District Unions to form
the Mayday celebrations committee. All decisions regarding Mayday/2018
will be finalised at this meeting. Hence the Executive Committee members
of both Anna Nagar Division and North Chennai District Unions are
requested to participate in this meeting and offer their advice.
B.Ganesan, DGM (North East)/BSNL a very happy retired life.:
Today we wished Sri. B.Ganesan, DGM ( North East) / BSNL a very happy
retired life. He is retiring on 31-03-18. He was also a very active
member of AIBSNLEA. NFTE Circle Union and North Chennai District Union
both wished him a peaceful and healthy retired life.
Demonstration during Lunch hour by All Unions & Associations in
BSNL at Flower Bazaar exchange compound on 27-03-18(Tuesday):
As per the call of National leadership of AUA a lunch hour demonstration
will be held in Flower Bazaar to protest against Government's move to
proceed on formation of Separate tower company despite stiff opposition
from unions and associations. All NFTE members are requested to
participate in this demonstration and make it huge success in Chennai
Circle Office Bearers meeting:
It is decided to hold a meeting of the NFTE-BSNL Circle Union Office
Bearers on 07-04-2018 at 3 pm in Union Office at Flower Bazaar exchange
compound. All COBs are requested to attend the meeting in time.
The meeting of General Council of Chennai Telephones Circle Union held
on 23-03-18 decided unanimously to fill the vacancies in the Circle
Office bearers list due to the resignations of Comrades T. Jaya Jothi
(ACS) and S. Muthukumar (Vice- President). The following were elected.
Comrade G.Y. Batcha, Kodambakkam--- Circle V P.
Comrade T.R. Rajasekaran---ACS.
We congratulate both of them on their election to to the Circle Union.
87th Martyrdom day observed:
7 th Martyrdom day of shaheed Bagat Singh, Rajguru and Sugdev were
observed today (23-03-28) by Chennai Telephones Circle Union at a
function organised in Tambaram.
General Council Meeting:
In Today's (23-03-18) General Council Meeting of the Circle Union at
Tambaram comrade CKM was congratulated by our comrades on his election
as Sr. Vice-President of NFTE-BSNL central Head Quarters at the recently
held fifth AIC in Amritsar.
Loss of a dear friend and Leader of Bangalore NFTE:
Today morning Mr. Kishore, the elder son of Comrade Krishna Mohan
informed me the sad news of the death of Karnataka Circle Union
President & Undisputed leader of Bangalore District NFTE. Comrade
Mohan is a very brave man and a close friend to me. He was operated in
the first week of March for Kidney transplant but not regained his
consciousness since then. He was in ICU for more than 12 days and the
end came today morning. It is a great loss to NFTE. I am proceeding to
Bangalore to pay my homage to the strong leader of NFTE. His funeral
will be at 11 am on 22-03-18. I convey my sincere condolences to his
wife, sons, friends and comrades. On behalf of NFTE (CHQ)/Chennai
Telephones Circle Union and NFTCL HQtrs I once again pay my respectful
homages to my best friend.
Thanks to Comrade S.Chandrasekaran:
Thanks to Comrade S. Chandrasekaran,Haddows Road Division Secretary of
NFTE-BSNL who has donated rupees twenty five thousand for the Circle
Union on his retirement this month in the presence of Com. M. Nagarajan,
South Chennai District Secretary. We wish him a very happy retired
Circle Union Notices:
Circle unoin notice on Management proposal on Check off System and New CHQ office bearers list. Click1,
Thanks to the CGM:
NFTE Circle Union brought to the notice of the Chief General Manager on
19-03-18 regarding the ill advised move to shift the AOTR unit from
Kalmandapam exchange compound to Flower Bazaar exchange compound
abruptly citing shortage of staff. We stoutly opposed this move as it
will create hardships and difficulties for our thousands of valuable
customers of Gummidipundi., Ponneri, Meenjur etc. Miss.S.M.Kalavati, CGM
accepted our demand and instructed the GM(F) not to shift the AOTR from
Kalmandapam. We sincerely thank our CGM for her quick action on our
Ram Rajya or Constitutional form of government.?:
A rath Yatra to bring back the " Ram Rajya " began from Ayodhya is going
now through several states of our country under the protection of both
central/ State governments. We all know Ram was a king in Hindu
mythology. There was no democracy in that form of governance but only
autocratic functioning was there. There is a story in widespread
circulation that King Ram told his wife/ Queen Sita to prove her
chastity as some one had questioned it. He advised her to walk through
fire to establish that her chastity was not in anyway affected by
Ravanan, the mythical king of Lanka during her custody in Lanka . If
this is the treatment women will get in the so-called Ram Rajya then it
should not be a form of governance in India. Instead of stopping this
madness quickly both Central and State Governments are standing like a
mute spectator. Horrible!.
Congratulations to com C.K.M.:
Affection,love,wishes and greetings by our comrades.
Felicitation to the new CHQ office bearers in Chennai:
Felicitation to the new CHQ office bearers in Chennai is being planned
jointly by the four NFTE District Unions of North Chennai, South
Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur . The General Secretary of our
union, Comrade C. Singh has already agreed to participate in it . Date
and place of that function will be finalised this week. All the leaders
of our sister unions in the All Unions & Associations of BSNL in
Chennai Telephones will be invited for this grand function. Our comrades
are requested to make this function a memorable one.
Secretariat Meeting of the Circle Union on 20-03-18:
The meeting of the Circle Secretariat will be held under the
presidentship of Comrade M.K. Ramasamy, Circle President at the union
office in Flower Bazaar exchange compound on March-20 ( Tuesday) at
about 3 pm . All the 15 members of the Secretariat are requested to
attend the meeting in time. The following agenda points shall be
discussed in the meeting:
1.Amritsar Conference of All India Union - Implementation of its
2.Observing Bhagat Singh Martyrdom day at Tambaram on 23-03-18.
3.Circle Council- Agenda points.
In a very happier moment:
Around 6.30 pm on 16-03-18 when I made a speech for reporting the
unanimous decision of the meeting of all the Circle Secretaries to elect
the new office bearers and readout the nominations duly proposed and
seconded by Comrades Ashaq Ahamed and Goyal there was all round
happiness at the Amritsar AIC of NFTE-BSNL. It was my announcement that I
am proud of proposing Comrade Chandeswar Singh for the post of General
Secretary of our union consecutively three times in Patna, Jabalpur and
Amritsar Conferences made the gathering burst in to drowning applause.
Indeed such an hattrick opportunity for any one is very rare. I thanked
for this great opportunity given to me by our leadership/ comrades.
sincere thanks to everyone:
I sincerely thank everyone for unanimously electing me as the senior
Vice President of great NFTE-BSNL at the just concluded fifth AIC in
Amritsar,Punjab. I also extend my heart felt thanks for all those who
greeted/congratulated me on my election to the Central Head Quarters of
The fifth AIC concluded in the evening of 16-03-2018:
The fifth AIC concluded in the evening of 16-03-2018 with the unanimous election of Office bearers.
National President:Comrade Islam
General Secretary:Comrade C.Singh
Dy.General Secretary:Comrade K.S.Seshadri.
Finance Secretary:Comrade Rajmauli
Comrade CKM was elected as vice-president of the union.
2100 delegates participated in the three days National conference in
Amritsar. Punjab Circle Secretary Surjit singh and his team deserved
appreciation of all for organising the AIC in a grand manner. From
Chennai Telephones circle 187 comrades participated in it. Many
resolutions were passed at the conference regarding important issues
facing the employees. On behalf of Chennai Telephones Circle Union we
extend our greetings and best wishes to the new team of CHQ elected at
the Amritsar conference.
Welcome but some reservations are there in accepting the suggestion of BSNL management:
Management proposal on Check off system:
On 15-03-18 the corporate office of BSNL has released a letter addressed
to all the CGMs and recognised unions in BSNL. It has called for the
opinion of all concerned on its suggestion to follow the Check off
system instead of Secret ballot for membership verification. It is true
that lot of money/ human resources are being spent on the Membership
verification since 2002. Given the present financial difficulties of
BSNL it is a welcome suggestion indeed. But the unions will certainly
face disadvantages if the proposed Check off system is introduced
immediately. Because in the Secret ballot NFTE normally gets more votes
than the actual number of its membership. However if the management of
BSNL has agreed to remove the condition for recognition of second union
we may consider this suggestion of the management which will ultimately
put an end to the politics of alliance of unions and pooling the votes
on particular union symbol. This method may also save precious time and
money for Management/ Unions. Let us discuss this suggestion with an
open mind in the ongoing AIC of NFTE in Amritsar and form a firm opinion
Second day session of AIC in Amritsar:
Second day session of AIC in Amritsar begun at 10.15 am with the speech
of General Secretary.
Today I spoke in the fore noon session of AIC for nearly 45 minutes on
the issues focused by the CHQ for debate/ discussion. First of all I
reminded the Punjab comrades that after the Chandigarh AIC now in
Amritsar they are holding the fifth conference of NFTE after a long gap
of 43 years.I also congratulated the team led by Punjab Circle Secretary
Surjit Singh for organising the conference in a very grand manner.
I touched upon the delay in implementing Third Pay revision, Bonus,
Financial position of BSNL, Next verification in 2019 and many other
important issues. I appealed for unity within the union and begin
preparation for facing the next verification successfully. Hope the
conference will take good decisions in the end.
Grand inaugural of Fifth AIC of NFTE in Amritsar:
Grand inaugural of Fifth AIC of NFTE in Amritsar on 14-03-18 with the
inspiring speech of Comrade Amarjit Kaur, General Secretary/ AITUC.
NEC meeting of NFTE-BSNL in Amritsar:
At yesterday's NEC meeting of NFTE-BSNL in Amritsar I spoke on the need
to form a high power committee to sort out the legal issues/ disputes
over the ownership of our Headquarters in Delhi,Dada Gosh Bhavan as
decided by the last meeting of the NEC in Vijayawada during 2017
October. I expressed my unhappiness at the casual attitude of the CHQ in
this regard as nearly six months had already passed after Vijayawada
NEC meeting and yet the said committee was not formed.
For the Kind attention of our comrades:
As the fifth AIC of NFTE-BSNL is beginning in Amrister (Punjab) on
13-03-2018 with the National Executive Committee meeting almost all the
leaders have left Chennai. All may be returning only on 18-03-18. Our
comrades are requested to note this point and act accordingly during
this period. If anything is requiring the urgent/immediate action of the
union don't hesitate to contact the Circle Union/Circle Secretary on
mobile number 9487621621.
Action and Reaction:
"To every action there will be an equal and opposite reaction ". This
Newton's third law of Motion was taught to me in 1968 by my Physics
Professor in Chennai Pachaiyappa's college while I was studying B.Sc (
Physics) there. Today morning when I knew that the statue of Shyama
Prasad Mukerjee who was the founder leader of Jansangh, the original
leader of today's BJP was vandalised in Kolkota suddenly my Physics
Professor and Newton's third Law came to my mind.
For the Kind attention of Comrades who are attending the fifth AIC of NFTE- BSNL in Amrister (Punjab) from 14-03-18 to 16-03-18:
The reception committee has informed that the night temperature in
Punjab generally and at Amrister particularly will be between 17 to 20
degrees. Hence all are requested to bring with them warm clothes/
blankets etc to avoid inconvenience during nights. It is to be
understood that the reception committee could not arrange blankets for
thousands of Delegates/visitors. Kindly take suitable precautions to
face the cold temperature.
திரிபுராவில் உடைக்கப்பட்டது லெனின் சிலை !:
We condemn the uncivilised behaviour of BJP/ RSS goons in Agartala.
திரிபுராவில் பெலோனியா என்ற இடத்தில் இடதுசாரி புரட்சியாளர் லெனின்
உருவச்சிலை புல்டோசர் உதவியுடன் இடித்துத் தள்ளப்பட்டதால் அங்கு பதட்டம்
திரிபுராவில் கடந்த 25ஆண்டுகளாக மார்க்சிஸ்ட் கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சி ஆட்சியில்
இருந்தது. இந்நிலையில் கடந்த சில தினங்களுக்கு முன் சட்டப்பேரவை தேர்தலில்
பாஜக ஆட்சி அதிகாரத்தை கைப்பற்றியது. இதனையடுத்து பாஜக தொண்டர்களுக்கும்
மார்க்சிஸ்ட் கட்சி தொண்டர்களுக்கும் இடையே சில இடங்களில் மோதல்
வெடித்துள்ளது. இந்நிலையில் திரிபுராவில் பெலோனியா என்ற இடத்தில் இடதுசாரி
புரட்சியாளர் லெனின் உருவச்சிலை புல்டோசர் உதவியுடன் இடித்துத்
லெனின் சிலை இடித்து தள்ளப்பட்டதும் அங்கு கூடியிருந்தவர்கள் சிலையில்
இருந்து தலையை தனியே எடுத்துள்ளனர். லெனின் சிலையில் இருந்து எடுக்கப்பட்ட
பாகத்தை கொண்டு கால்பந்து விளையாடியுள்ளனர் என கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சியை
We condemn the uncivilised behaviour of BJP/RSS goons:
We condemn the uncivilised behaviour of BJP/ RSS goons in Agartala who
uprooted the staue of Working class leader Lenin on their election
victory in the state of Tripura.Such Facist activities are against the
democratic traditions of our country. We also condemn the irresponsible
and idiotic comments of H. Raja , National Secretary of BJP that in
Tamilnadu they will uproot the statues of Great leader EVR Periyar, a
social crusader of our time.
Greetings to our Women employees on the eve of International Women's Day (March-8):
On behalf of Chennai Telephones Circle Union we extend our warm
greetings to all our women employees/executives in BSNL in connection
with the International Women's Day which falls on March -8.
The women in our country's population is roughly 50%. But in every
field they are represented not even 20%. This is not a good situation in
our country even after seventy years of Independence. Though women are
educated in more numbers they are in very small percentage in IIMs and
IITs. As usual the men corner 90% of seats in such higher education
centres leaving only small percentage to the women students. In
employment opportunities also this trend continues apart from
discrimination in fixed the salary etc between men and women.
The political sphere and government sector also dominated by men. Women
are at best permitted always to play only second fiddle . Despite empty
sloganeering by the Modi Government no concrete actions are forthcoming
for the upliftment of our women. The 33% reservations in State
Assemblies and Parliament for women is pending for a very long time .
Already One house of the Parliament has passed the bill for this. Yet it
is deliberately kept in cold storage for three decades.
This Year theme for the International Women's Day is " Press for
We all should spread this throughout the year so that women gets their due both inside our homes and outside it.
The violence and exploitation on younger women has to be stopped at any cost.
Let BSNL Board emulate the boldness of Prasar Bharati:
Recently the Government Broadcaster Prasar Bharati was in news of course
for good reasons. It's
Board of Directors refused to bow down to the dictates of Information
& Broadcasting Ministry for the retrenchment of hundreds of Contract
Labourers on the orders of I & B Ministry. Dr.Surya Prakash, the
Chairman of Prasar Bharati Board refused to retrench the Workers without
making proper alternative arrangements. He also questioned the order of
the I & B Ministry citing the Prasar Bharati Act . He refused to
violate or act against the said Act just to please the controlling
Ministry. This boldness has naturally angered the Minister Smriti Irani
who is wielding huge clout with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi because
of that even very senior Ministers are afraid of her. ( She was a
Television Actor who was defeated in Amethi by Congress Leader Rahul
Gandhi during 2014 Parliamentary elections. However due to her close
Proximity with Modi she was inducted as a cabinet minister disrespecting
the verdict of the people of UP . Her education qualifications are
still in mystery like that of our Prime Minister. Yet she was given the
charge of Human Resource Development Ministry which handles the
country's eduction and Universities. Her tenure here was very
controversial and hence was shifted. Now she has landed in the I&B
ministry). But Prasar Bharati Chairman it seems is a bold and
straightforward person didn't bow to the pressures of Miss. Smriti
Irani. So harassment and arm twisting of Prasar Bharati Board has begun
now. From December/ 2017 funds allocated to the Prasar Bharati are
withheld and unpaid by the I&B ministry till now. As per the Finance
Ministry 's allocation for current financial year Prasar Bharati a sum
of rupees 2800 crores has to be paid. This amount will be paid in
monthly instalments of rupees 200 crores. Mainly from this amount salary
payment for the staff/ officers of Prasar Bharati had to be made. By
making the Prasar Bharati to starve for funds the Minister is planning
to blackmail and ultimately control it. What will happen next is a moot
However the comparison of Prasar Bharati Board's boldness with the BSNL
's ever readiness to fall at the feet of Ministry for Communications and
Department of Telecommunications at the drop of hat is noteworthy. Even
on a crucial question like Pay revision to its employees/ executives
the BSNL board is not taking a bold decision against the unjust
decisions of DOT/ DPE. Our CMD , Anupam Srivastava wrote to the DOT few
months ago to permit BSNL to effect Pay revision for its executives with
its own funds. He also informed the DOT that he needs no financial
assistance from the government for this . Even after this BSNL was not
permitted to effect Pay revision to its executives after 11 long years.
CMD/ BSNL has not acted boldly but pleading continuously till now. We
wish the BSNL Board has some self respect and boldness similar to that
of Prasar Bharati Board.
Powerful Demonstration by NFTC:
Powerful Demonstration by NFTCL on 02-03-18 at Tamilnadu CGM/ BSNL office to oppose retrenchment of Contract Labourers:
Next Circle Council Meeting:
Staff Side met today to finalise the agenda points for the next Circle Council Meeting
March-23/2018-Special General Council Meeting at Training centre compound in Tambaram:
To observe the death anniversary of the young freedom fighter Bhagat
Singh who was hanged at the very young age of 23 years by British
government in 1931 and to report the decisions of the fifth AIC of NFTE
in Amrister a Special meeting of the General Council of the Chennai
Telephones circle union will be held on 23-03-2018 ( Friday) at 2.30 pm
inside the Training centre compound at Tambaram. All are requested to
attend this meeting in time . The union journal Sanga Muzhakkam will be
distributed to the members at this meeting. On the same day Branch/
Division Conferences of Tambaram Division will be held.
What is this?:
Management decided these things unilaterally and only informed the
unions/ associations that these measures will be implemented from
01-04-2018. What happened to the collective bargaining concept of Trade
Unions? How the Management got this strong will power over the trade
unions. Very sorry State of affairs indeed!
Meeting with GM(HR&Admn):
On 28-02-18 on behalf of NFTE Comrades CKM, Elangoven, Rajendran, Ravi,
Babu met the GM( HR&A) and discussed several issues. DGM (
HR&A), AGM( A) , AGM( E) and SDE ( SR) took part in this meeting.
Some of the new issues discussed are given below:
1) Transfer of Com. Narayanan / MVM power Room
to External unit in Madhavaram itself.
2) Transfer of Com. T. V. Beem Rao / FBR External
3) Transfer of Com. C. Radhakrishnan/ TXM / Kellys
to Kellys External.
4) Transfer of Com. R. Rajalakshmi/ Sriperumbudur
to Anna Nagar/ Chennai.
5) All T. T. Cadre officials working in Administrative
offices in Kellys must be transferred to
AIC Special CL Grant:
Special CL was granted by the management for all delegates to the AIC of
NFTE in Amrister ( Punjab) from 12-03-18 to 18-03-18 including the
journey period from Chennai and return. Accordingly those comrades who
are attending the AIC may apply for special casual leave for 7 days.
Wish Comrade Balachandran a very happy retired life!:
On 28-02-18 at Tambaram a felicitation was organised by NFTE/ NFTCL
Unions to Comrade Balachandran,NFTE Division President & NFTCL
Branch Secretary on his retirement on 28-02-2018. He has donated Rs.5000
/ 2000/2000 to NFTE Circle Union , Kanchipuram NFTE District Union and
NFTCL Kanchipuram District Union at this meeting. We thanked him and
wished him a very happy retired life
Comrade Nirmala Sreenivasan,O.S retirement:
Comrade Nirmala Sreenivasan, O. S. Was honoured by comrade CKM today on
her retirement on 28-02-2018. She gave Rs. 3000/- as donation to the
Circle Union. We wish her a very happy retired life and also thanked for
her donation to the union
Farewell meeting at Guindy:
On 27-02-18 to felicitate Comrade Kaliappan,Division Union President of
NFTE in St.Thomas mount a meeting was organised at Guindy. We wish him a
very happy retired life.
Wish Comrade Mohanarangam,T.T/Anna Nagar a very happy retired life!:
Today I participated in the farewell meeting organised by Anna Nagar
Division union of NFTE to felicitate comrade Mohanarangam, who was our
Division Secretary in Flower Bazaar and an active union member.
February 23 and 24 are very good days for BSNL employees/executives:
The pent up anger of them has resulted in the massive mobilisation of
employees / executives on 23-02-18 for the Sanchar Bhavan march. It made
both DOT Secretary and the Minister of Communications to realise the
situation. It is a good meeting with the Minister on 24-02-18 in all
respects though regarding Separate tower company no headway was found on
all other demands including Pay revision and Pension revision an
assurance was given by the Minister who till recently was telling
impossibility of Pay revision in view of the difficult financial
position of BSNL. This welcome change of attitude in our Minister was
only brought out by our United and consistent struggles. Thanks everyone
Meeting between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL:
A meeting is held at the Sanchar Bhawan today the 24.02.2018, between
Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the
All Unions and Associations of BSNL. Together with the Minister,
Secretary, DoT, Special Secretary, DoT, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT,
OSD to the Hon’ble Minister, CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL were
present. From the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS,
SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO,
Com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com.
Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS and Com. S.D. Sharma, GS, BSNL ATM,
participated in the discussions. The representatives of the AUAB
heartily thanked the Hon’ble Minister for taking out time to meet them.
Detailed discussions took place on the memorandum submitted to the
Hon’ble Minister, the details of which are as follows:-
(1) 3rd Pay Revision. So far, the DoT has been maintaining that BSNL
employees are not eligible for 3rd Pay Revision. In today’s meeting the
Hon’ble Minister agreed that the issue of 3rd Pay Revision of BSNL
employees would be processed and would be taken for the approval of the
DPE and the Cabinet. This is a great achievement. We have broken the
stalemate that prevailed in the Pay Revision issue. At the same time we
have to be vigilant, till the final approval is given by the Cabinet.
(2) Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The AUAB representatives
expressed their apprehension that in the name of formation of the Tower
Company, the 66,000 mobile towers of BSNL are being snatched away from
BSNL. They also pointed out that the decision of the Cabinet that, the
Subsidiary Tower Company would remain under the control of BSNL
Management, has been violated, through the appointment of an IAS officer
as the CMD of Subsidiary Tower Company. They further pointed out that
even BSNL Management was not taken in to confidence in the appointment
of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, which
clearly shows that the Subsidiary Tower Company would not be under the
control of BSNL Management. The reply given by the Hon’ble Minister in
this regard is not satisfactory. The AUAB has to find ways and means to
ensure the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company.
(3) Pension Revision. The representatives of AUAB strongly argued that
pension revision should be done to the BSNL pensioners. It was pointed
out that the BSNL pensioners and the Central Government pensioners are
covered by the same rules. They argued that when pension revision is
settled for the Central Government pensioners, the same should not be
denied to the BSNL pensioners. The Hon’ble Minister assured that needful
action would be taken to settle this issue.
(4) Calculation of Pension Contribution. It was strongly argued that
pension contribution in respect of BSNL employees cannot be calculated
on the basis of maximum of the pay scale, when the same is calculated on
the basis of actual basic pay, in the case of Central Government
employees. It was pointed out that as per the DoP&T order issued in
2006, pension contribution of the Central Government employees is being
deducted on the basis of actual pay only. The Hon’ble Minister directed
the Secretary, DoT, that this issue should be settled as per Government
(5) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. The AUAB representatives pointed
out that it will be extremely difficult for BSNL to compete with the
private operators, without providing 4G service. They strongly argued
that the proposal of the BSNL Management, for the allotment of 4G
spectrum by the Government, should be accepted. The Hon’ble Minister
replied in the positive and assured that needful action would be taken.
(6) Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58. The AUAB representatives
strongly argued that the retirement age of the BSNL employees should not
be reduced from 60 to 58, as a measure for the revival of BSNL. The
Hon’ble Minister told that the government is not having any proposal to
reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.
(7) Left out issues of the 2nd PRC. The AUAB representatives pointed out
that this issue is lingering on very long time and needs to be settled.
The Hon’ble Minister stated that this issue would be looked into by the
At the end of the meeting, the Hon’ble Minister stated that the
representatives of AUAB could meet him again, as well as the Secretary,
DoT, in continuation of today’s meeting. The representatives of AUAB
heartily thanked the Minister for his positive response to most of the
After the meeting with the Hon’ble Minister, a meeting of the AUAB was
held in the FNTO’s office. All the General Secretaries expressed their
satisfaction with regards to the progress in the issues. They also
expressed the view that all these have happened only because of the
united struggles and massive mobilisations by the entire Non-Executives
and Executives, for which they deserve appreciation.
Grand farewell meeting for T.R. Rajasekaran, Secretary (CHQ) on 24-02-18 in Anna Road:
Today CGM, PGM ( Central) , DGM ( Central) and NFTE/NFTCL leaders
gathered to greet Comrade T.R.Rajasekaran on his retirement on 28-02-18.
AUA Leaders Met Secretary,DOT:
During the meeting all the General Secretaries of the Unions and
Associations of BSNL were escorted by Police to Sanchar Bhawan to
arrange a meeting with Secretary (Telecom). Initially Secretary Telecom
directed Police to take all the leaders to meet Special secretary (T),
DoT but all the leaders categorically told that they will meet only
Secretary (Telecom) otherwise all the employees will be called in DoT to
demonstrate immediately. After some time Secretary (Telecom) agreed to
meet the leaders in committee room.
Secretary (T) along with SS (T), JS (A) and Director (PSU) attended the
meeting in the presence of Police and started discussions. All the
leaders expressed their serious anguish against the negligent attitude
of DoT administration towards the issues of BSNL employees. Even the
Secretary (Telecom) is not granting meetings. They apprised in detail
the justification of the demands i.e. implementation of 3rd PRC with 15%
fitment benefits, regarding the issue of appointing bilateral wage
revision committee by BSNL, BSNL addressed a letter to DoT which is
still not replied requires redressal, regarding no settlement of let out
issues related to 2nd PRC, pension revision of BSNL pensioners,
Rollback of Tower Subsidiary, No reduction in retirement age from 60 to
58 years and no VRS etc. Secretary (Telecom) mentioned that she have
been meeting with BSNL leaders on different occasions and she is not
denying meetings. However, she explained that the issues are already in
her knowledge but she is not the final authority to decide. Matter is
being discussed tomorrow with Hon’ble MOSC (I/C), head of the
organization for consideration. Regarding 3rd PRC Secretary (T)
mentioned that matter has already been referred to DPE for comments. She
further mentioned that she is supporting BSNL being a state owned
After the meeting with Secretary (Telecom) all the General Secretaries
met CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL Board and apprised about the
discussions took place with Secretary (Telecom). CMD informed that in
tomorrow’s meeting he will also remain present along Secretary (Telecom)
in the meeting with MOSC (I/C).
All the General Secretaries of all Unions and Associations will meet
tomorrow morning at 1100 hrs to discuss the strategies for the meeting
with Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) and thereafter will meet with MOSC (I/C) at
The future course of actions will be decided per the outcome of the
meeting with MOSC (I/C) and request the BSNL employees to implement
ongoing agitation program of Work According to Rules successfully.
Met the retrenched Contract Labourers of BSNL Corporate office:
Met the retrenched Contract Labourers of BSNL Corporate office in
Newdelhi and explained them the steps taken by the NFTCL for their
earliest reinstatement . I explained them the outcome of yesterday's
meeting with Dy. CLC ( Delhi) and filing a industrial dispute on their
retrenchment.National President Ashaq Ahamed, Delhi State President
Naresh and State Secretary H.N. Sharma were also participated in this
Inspiring march in Delhi by BSNL employees/Executives on 23-02-2018:
As per the decision of AUA of BSNL a massive march by 4000 employees/
executives from Eastern court to Sanchar Bhavan demanding immediate pay
revision in BSNL was held today in Newdelhi. However it was stopped by
police on Parliament Street on its way to Sanchar Bhavan where all the
General Secretaries spoke on demands. Earlier at Eastern Court before
the rally began several Central Trade Union leaders addressed the
gathering including Comrades Vidya Sagar Giri (AITUC) and Tapen Sen
(CITU) . Hundreds of NFPTE members from all over the country
particularly Chennai Telephones, Bihar, Tamilnadu, Punjab, NTR, Haryana,
UP (East) , UP (Weat) , Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh,
Telangana, Jammu & Kashmir and Delhi Corporate office etc.
went to Ajoy Bhavan, the Headquarters of CPI:
Today(22/02/2018) we went to Ajoy Bhavan, the Headquarters of CPI. Spoke
to Comrade D.Raja , M.P. From there proceeded to AITUC Bhavan and met
the General Secretary Amarjit Kaur there. We conveyed our
congratulations on behalf of NFTCL for her election as the General
Secretary of AITUC.
In the afternoon we met Comrade G.L. Dhar at his residence along with
many senior comrades. Positive discussion was held on Organising the
Contract Labourers in all states of the country. To complete this task
six member coordination committee has been formed. It is a very good
step in consolidating the unity of all Contract Labourers organisations
belong to NFTE family/fraternity.
A Watchman failed in his duty..?:
Mr. Modi before he became the Prime Minister of India in 2014 appealed
to the people of India (voters) to elect him not as the PM but as a
chowkidar ( Watchman) . He also promised that if he was given the charge
to run the country nobody will be spared for any wrongdoing. But during
his more than 3 years of rule Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallaiah and Nirav Modi
looted the money to the tune of 25000 crores of rupees and left the
country to escape from the law . This Watchman failed in his duty not
once but many times.
Meeting with GM(Recruitment) on 21-02-18:
oday along with Comrades Islam & Seshadri I met the GM (Recruitment)
and DGM (Rect) and we discussed several issues of the staff including
one related to Com. T. Vijayan, JAO ( Chennai) . We pointed out the fact
that the top management in the Corporate office has already
(15-01-2018) agreed in writing to direct the CGM/ Chennai Telephones to
withdraw the Special Leave Petition filed in the Supreme Court against
the judgment of Madras High Court which gave a very favourable order on
the plea of Com. T.Vijayan. When this was pointed out to CGM/ Chennai
Telephones by us recently she was gladly agreed to withdraw the said SLP
pending in the Supreme Court. But no written direction was yet received
by CGM. Hence we requested GM(Rect) to immediately act upon this so
that the official is benefitted with out any further delay.Hope things
will move swiftly after today's meeting.
Meeting with the Regional Labour Commissioner (RLC) Delhi:
Tomorrow(22/02/2018) NFTCL representatives have a fixed meeting with the
Regional Labour Commissioner (RLC) Delhi for taking up the issue of
nine Contract Labourers working at BSNL corporate office continuously
for several years who were abruptly retrenched on 01-02-2018.
Discussion with the National President of NFTE:
In deep discussion with the National President of NFTE on Pay revision
and ongoing Work to Rule agitation along with Comrades Seshadri and
Ashaq Ahamed in the Federation Headquarters.
Meeting with CLC and Dy. CLC on 21-02-18 on Contract Labourers problems:
Today Comrades Ashaq Ahamed, C.K.Mathivanan and Anandan met the Chief
Labour Commissioner and Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner Separately in
Newdelhi on behalf of NFTCL and discussed the following issues.
1. Retrenchment of Contract Labourers in BSNL
throughout the country in the garb of reduction
2. Non- Payment of monthly salary on 7 th of
each month to Contract Labourers; Non -
Payment of Minimum wages and refusing to
to pay the categorisation of wages and paying
only the wages of unskilled category to even for
skilled/ semi-skilled/ Highly skilled Labourers.
3. The unhelpful attitude of BSNL management
Both Sri.Jitendra Kumar Sagar (CLC) & Sri. Onkar Sharma (Dy.CLC)
very patiently heard our arguments and assured to solve the issues
raised by us by taking up with the managements.
We drew the kind attention of Dy. CLC of his office letter dated
02-02-18 to the BSNL management on our representation to CLC on
20-01-2018 and appealed to expedite the settlement with out any further
delay. We thanked both the officers on behalf of NFTCL for granting us
meeting at a very short notice and time. Hope something positive will
emerge out of these two meetings.
Punjab National Bank Fraud and Modi Government's gimmicks:
After the Rs.11000 crores Fraud in PNB was got exposed Prime Minister
Modi is maintaining silence. Now BJP people began diversion tactics by
inventing that the fraud in the PNB began during congress rule. It was
told in the media that this fraud is continuing for the past seven
years. My questions are:
1) Since 2014 BJP is the ruling party. Therefore
it cannot shirk its responsibility for the mega
fraud in PNB which is the second biggest
Bank in the country after SBI . Why it has
failed to stop this fraud or took no action?.
2) If this fraud is going on merrily for past seven
Years how the Central Vigilance Commission
selected PNB for Excellence award in 2017?.
3) When Prime Minister office very much knew
that several FIRs were pending against Nirav
Modi was permitted to be in the business
delegation that accompanied Narendra Modi
to Davos ? How Nirav Modi was allowed to
flee India like Lalit Modi & Vijay Mallaiah?.
All these fraudulent people are having BJP's political and Government's
support. Therefore Narendra Modi is maintaining a deafening silence.
Demonstration by AUA on 21-02-18:
As per the decision of National leadership of AUA of BSNL every week on
Wednesdays we need to organise demonstration. Accordingly on 21-02-18 a
massive demonstration during lunch hour will be organised at Anna Road
exchange compound.All are requested to mobilise the employees/
executives for this weekly demonstration.
Reply from Prime Minister office:
Reply from Prime Minister officeto letter written by the General
Secretary/NFTE regarding third Pay revision for our
Promoting Modi image at the expense of Public..?:
The State Government of Maharashtra (BJP+ SS) has purchased nearly one
and half Lakhs books on Narendra Modi's life story to be distributed
among the school students of that state. Books on the life history of
national leaders like Gandhiji, Jawaharlal Nehru and others also
purchased by the Maharashtra government but in very small number.
This is nothing but misuse of public fund to promote the image of one
individual in BJP.What is there to learn for School children from the
life of Modi ?
He has not not studied well. His education qualifications are all bogus.
He did not look after his wife and in fact deserted her. He is wearing
very costly dress and change his dress every four hours in a day when
the poor people of his county are not even having few sets of decent
dress for their use.
As Chief Minister of Gujarat he did not protect his people (Muslims)
when they were butchered by the Hindu hooligans in 2002 which was
severely condemned by the whole world. He is trying to divide the people
on religious beliefs and communalise the Secular India. He opposed
Aadhaar and GST when in opposition but shamelessly now claiming credit
for their implementation. He stooped to a very low level in politics to
tell the Gujarat voters during recent Elections to that state assembly
that Pakistan tries to install a Muslim (Ahemad Patel of Congress) by
defeating BJP. So what is there to emulate for our younger generation
from Modi's life history?.
Let us prepare seriously to implement the decisions of the Tamilnadu
State Executive Committee meeting of NFTCL held on 10-02-18 at Keeranur
The meeting of the State Executive Committee has decided to organise the following to press upon the BSNL management.
1.No reduction/ retrenchment of Contract Labourers in the garb of minimising the expenditure.
2.Ensure monthly payment to Contract Labourers on 7 th of every month.
3.Settle the pending problems of Contract Labourers immediately.
Accordingly the District Unions will submit the memorandum of our
demands to District administration on 20-02-2018 On 02-03-2018 a massive
demonstration/ Dharna will be held in front of the Tamilnadu CGM 'S
office in Greams Road, Chennai.
The State Secretary S. Anandan has already exhorted our members and
office bearers to assemble in Chennai and make the agitation a big
success. I also appeal to all to prepare from now on to implement the
call given by NFTCL State Committee Successfully.
Inspiring beginning of the State Executive Committee meeting of Tamilnadu NFTCL:
On 10-02-18 at Anand Mahal in Keeranur near Tiruchirapalli the State EC
meeting began with flag hoisting amid slogan shouting of Comrades. The
State President V.Babu presided. AITUC State Secretary J. Lakshmanan
hoisted the National Flag. Comrade CKM hoisted the flag of NFTCL.
Comrade L. Subbarayan, AGS inaugurated the meeting. Comrade V.Mari,
State Working President conducted the proceedings.
Massive meeting on 09-02-18 at Flower Bazaar exchange addressed by GS/NFTE:
Massive meeting on 09-02-18 held at Flower Bazaar exchange addressed by GS/NFTE,CS/NFTE and other leaders spoke at the meeting.
National Executive Meeting of SEWA-BSNL on 09-02-18 in Chennai:
Today the meeting of National Executive began in Chennai. Com . P. N.
Perumal presided over the meeting. Comrade N.D. Ram , GS and other
national Executive Committee members and Circle Secretaries are
attending it. NFTE General Secretary C. Singh addressed the open session
in the morning along with CGM/ Tamilnadu and others. I accompanied our
GS to this meeting. Leaders of BSNLEU, TEPU, AIBSNLEA, AIBSNLOA and many
others also participated in it.
CLC begins action on our complaint:
CLC begins action on our complaint against the BSNL management regarding Contract Labourers issues throughout the country.
Yesterday when PM Modi made a 90 minute long speech in the Parliament it
had many half truths and untruths as usual. But glaring one is about
the NTR and his TDP. Every one knew Telugu Desam party was established
by Veteran Film actor N.T. Ramarao in 1982. But Modi spoke yesterday
that due to the insult of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi only NTR
established TDP in Andhra Pradesh. Rajiv Gandhi became PM only in 1984
after the gruesome murder of his mother and PM Indra Gandhi. How then as
PM Rajiv Gandhi could have insulted NTR in 1982 itself and provoked him
to enter politics?.
A Prime Minister stooping too low in Parliament is unheard of . What to
do ? Modi will not change his loud and bad mouthed barbs even inside the
Temple of Democracy. Then we have to get rid of him in 2019.
Beware of Rumour Mongers?:
Due to the three days historic strike in September 2000 by NFTE and FNTO
government pension was safeguarded for all those DOT employees who got
permanent absorption in to BSNL with effect from 01-10-2000. As per the
strike agreement CCS pension rules, 1972 was amended and a sub rule 37 A
was inserted exclusively for DOT employees absorbed in to BSNL.
Accordingly for the last seventeen years till now our employees /
executives after retirement are getting the government pension from
Consolidated Fund of Government of India with out any hitch . Even the
wrong order issued in 2006 by DOT limiting its commitment to pension
expenditure of our employees/ executives was recently rectified.
In this situation few people are wantonly spreading wild rumours that
the retirement age in BSNL is going to be reduced from 60 to 58 years.
Opposition to this proposal by AUA leaders has of course given some
credibility to this wrong and motivated rumours . Hence this
clarification. As our government pension is linked firmly with CCS(
Pension) Rules, 1972 unless the age of retirement for entire Central
Government employees is modified or reduced none can reduce it only for
BSNL employees/ executives selectively . This simple fact was forgotten
by All and unnecessarily credence has been given to wild rumours. Let us
firmly assure the employees in BSNL that NFTE will not allow any
dilution of our achievements in Winning the government pension for us
which is the Eighth wonder of the world for which we had to thank
Comrade O.P. Gupta throughout our life.
Wish Comrade T.R.Rajasekaran, Secretary ( CHQ) /NFTE a very happy retired life:
Today comrade TRR came to the union office and handed over donation
amount ( NFTE : 12000+ NFTCL: 1000) on his retirement. Thereafter we
went to meet the CGM/ Chennai Telephones to invite her for the grand
farewell function being organised by our union on 24-02-2018 in Anna
Road exchange. CGM agreed to attend.
Wish Comrade Mohanarangam a very happy retired life:
Senior comrade Mohanarangam , T T / Annanagar External-2 is retiring on
28-02-2018 after 40 years Of service. Circle Secretary greeted him
today. We thank him for his donation of rupees ten thousands on his
Special Meeting in Flower Bazaar exchange compound on 09- 02-2018(Friday)2 pm:
NFTE -BSNL General Secretary Chandeswar Singh will participate in a
special meeting organised by the Chennai Telephones Circle Union to
explain the present status of Third Pay revision/ Pension revision etc
to Comrades. This meeting is being arranged to update our members about
the talks our leaders had with the Hon'ble Minister of Communications on
06-02-2018 in Newdelhi. All members are requested to attend this
Special meeting without fail and in time as our General Secretary is
taking part in it. We appeal to our Branch/Division/ District Unions to
mobilise the maximum number of our members for this meeting.
Meeting with Minister on 06-02-2018:
After our Satyagraha for five days from 30-01-18 and continuing work to
Rule agitation the management of BSNL/ DOT have come forward to
seriously discuss our four demands.Accordingly a meeting has been fixed
with the Hon'ble Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha on the A/ N of
06-02-18. We hope better sense will prevail on the DOT/BSNL.
Wish very Happy retired life to Comrade S.Kaliappan,NFTE Divisional Union President/STM:
Today on behalf of our Circle Union I greeted Comrade S.Kaliappan,T.T,
who is retiring this month after a long innings in DOT/ BSNL. He is a
very sincere and loyal comrade of NFTE in Kanchipuram District. We wish
him a very happy retired life in today's Satyagraha pandal.
Consultation meeting by AUA leaders:
Consultation meeting by AUA leaders in Chennai Telephones to gear up the work to Rule agitation from tomorrow.
Fifth and Final day Satyagraha at CGM office:
Fifth and Final day Satyagraha at CGM office on 03-02-18 in Chennai Telephones by AUA of BSNL.
Fourth day Satyagraha in Chennai Telephones:
Fourth day Satyagraha held in Chennai Telephones on 02-02-18 at Kodambakkam Echange compound.
Third Day Satyagraha in Chennai Telephones at Guindy on 01-02-18::
Third day satyagraha held at Guindy and more than 250 comrades took part init.
When BSNL management will wake up from its slumber?:
At last the Railway Ministry has just now woken up to the most cruel
exploitation of Railway Contract Labourers by the Contractors throughout
the country. It issued a direction to all its zonal General Managers
vide its communication dated January 24, 2018 cautioning them about
various tactics of Contractors to deny even the basic rights to the poor
Contract Labourers including Minimum wages, ESI , EPF etc. It warned
the Railway Zonal Managers that criminal action may be proceeded not
only against the Contractors but also the Primary Employers( Railway)
for not ensuring statutory benefits to the Labourers.
It cited few frauds deliberately indulged by the Contractors in the
recent letter which includes 1) forcibly grabbing the ATM cards of the
Contract Labourers and drawing part of their wages paid through Banks
The excerpts of this Communication:
" Non-payment of minimum wages to the workers is a criminal offence
since it violates the statutory provisions...keeping in view of the fact
violation of Minimum wages Act, 1948 and related orders, depriving the
Contract Labourers of their just and legal rights and also leading to
violation of Contract ( exposing Principal Employer to the risk of
proceedings under these Acts), these unscrupulous Contractors are liable
to be taken up under relevant punitive/ penal proceedings".
Budget....? ! :
This Year Budget will be the last full fledged Budget before the 2019
Parliamentary elections. Hence there is a compulsion for Modi- Jaitley
to show the people of India that BJP government is very much concerned
about the welfare of rural poor and the revival of Agricultural Sector.
They didn't kept their promises to the people of India with regard to
the most important demand of salaried class/ middle class by not raising
the ceiling of the Income tax. However they raised the salaries of very
poor people like President/ Vice-President/ Governors/ Members of
Parliament. Finance Minister even suggested automatic revision of
salaries of MPs every five years so as to offset the effect of inflation
on their salary amount. Very good. But the same government is denying
the pay revision for BSNL employees/executives even after eleven long
years on the spacious plea that BSNL is facing financial difficulties.
The country also is facing very grim economic situation for the last
several decades. No government at the centre submitted a surplus Budget.
All their Budgets are deficit only. Further this government is
earmarked nearly several thousand crores out of the outright sale or
Disinvestment of CPSUs in this very financial year to meet the Budget
deficit. Therefore what moral authority they have to deny the pay
revision or financial benefits to the working people including BSNL
employees/ executives. Actually this Budget is a paper work by Jaitley
with false figures and calculations to hoodwink the common man only to
steal their votes in any future elections.
Second Day Satyagraha on 31-01-2018 in Anna Road compound:
Second day satyagraha held at Anna Road and large numbers of comrades took part init.
First day Satyagraha in Chennai Telephones at Flower Bazaar exchange compound:
We began our five day Satyagraha as per the call given by AUA of BSNL at
Flower Bazaar exchange. Around 250 comrades enthusiastically took part.
Corportate office Letter on issues raised by Unions and Association of BSNL:
Corportate office has issued Letter on various issues raised by Unions and Association of BSNL.
Let us move confidently:
On 30-01-2018 the employees and executives of BSNL throughout the
country begin five days Satyagraha and indefinite work to Rule
agitations on four important demands including the immediate pay
revision from 01-01-2017. After waiting for ten long years we expected
the BSNL to review our pay and allowances in January 2017. But even
after 11 years we are told that no pay revision is possible until the
company earns profit for consecutive three years. If this untenable
condition is accepted there may be any pay revision at all in future
like ITI . Even after DPE has sent guidelines for Pay revision to DOT
months ago no negotiating committee has been formed including the unions
on the spacious plea that BSNL is yet to get the same from DOT. But the
same DOT promptly ordered pay hike to all ITS officers in BSNL as per
the recommendations of Seventh CPC from 01-01-2016. Then there was no
mention of affordability of BSNL to increase Pay for ITS from the funds
of BSNL. Despite our repeated opposition and protest government is very
adamant in formation of Separate tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile
towers. If it is not stopped the future of BSNL itself will be in
Our employees/ executives should be prepared for a very long drawn
struggle as both the management and government are insensitive and
adamant. Satyagraha is not a passive one but a gorilla war against the
management and government at centre. Hence we should not spare any
effort to win this battle.
How Democracies Die ?:
Two professors from American university of Harvard by name Mr. Steven
Levitsky & Mr. Daniel Ziblatt Crown have released a new book on the
topic " How Democracies Die ?". Both were experienced in studying the
breakdown of Democracies in Europe and Latin America. They in this
recent book discuss the American President Donald Trump's performance in
the past year and conclude that American democracy is actually in
danger due to the activities of Trump. They argue that Democracy no
longer ends in a revolution or a coup , but with a slow weakening of
critical institutions like the judiciary and the media.
I feel this Study is equally applicable to the present situation in
India. Modi as Prime Minister has systematically weakened the very
cabinet system by making his PMO as the sole organ of the Central
Government power. No cabinet minister can take any independent decision
as in the past . All decisions are only taken in the PM office and
thereafter communicated to the concerned ministry for its
implementation. Similarly all critical institutions including Election
Commission, CBI, Enforcement Wing, Income Tax department etc. are either
weakened or made to dance to the tunes of the Prime Minister. Media has
been tamed to self censorship to get continuously the government
advertisements. All most all Print and visual media are now in the grips
of fear to report anything adversely on the government policies and
activities. If any one dare to refused to fall in line like NDTV channel
then the attack of governmental agencies would begin. This is the sorry
State of affairs now. Mrs. Gandhi declared Emergency and curbed freedom
of All including the Press and media. But now undeclared Emergency is
going on. Take the example of recent rebellion of four senior most
judges of the Supreme Court against " Bench Fixing" by the present Chief
Justice of India. The controversies around the sudden death of a judge
who was enquiring the case against BJP President Amit Shah . One can see
many parallel things in the said book although it only discussed the
dangers to American Democracy under Donald Trump. India is also in the
similar situation under Narendra Modi. Any doubt.?.
Clearly Confused... ?:
Today I read the speech made by Kerala CM and CPM Politburo member
Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday in Kannur. He inaugurated the District
Conference of Kannur CPM which is having the largest party membership of
CPM probably in the Country . In his speech he stated, " The party was
in favour of bringing together all Secular and democratic parties to
defeat the BJP , he said adding the party's stand was that no
understanding or alliance should be made with the congress for doing
It is clearly confusing and contradicting statement by a CPM leader.
When he says that he is in favour of bringing together ALL Secular and
democratic parties to defeat the BJP what is the need for him to
hurriedly add that no understanding or alliance should be made with the
congress to defeat BJP?.
Is he consider Congress Party less secular/ democratic than his own
party CPM ? What is the strength of CPM or Left parties all put together
today in our country? Is it practical and possible to defeat BJP with
out having any understanding or alliance with the Congress Party. Any
intelligent person will not exclude Congress party in a broader
political front to confront and defeat BJP in 2019 Parliamentary
elections. So naturally I have a nagging doubt whether Comrade Pinarayi
Vijayan and his friends are serious to fight and defeat the BJP. Are
they not weakening the United fight against the dreaded RSS guided BJP
government. In future Will the history judge them as only paying lip
service against the Communal BJP? These are all my confusions. May be I
take very seriously the dangers posed by the present rulers!.
Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Chennai Telephones NFTE on 27-01-2018:
To plan and effectively mobilise our employees and executives for the
forthcoming agitation call given by AUA of BSNL from 30-01-2018. Work to
Rule agitation will also continue from 30-01-2018 indefinitely till our
demands are settled.
Republic day Celebrations in CGM's Office on 26-01-2018:
Addressed the Republicday celebrations and spoke about freedom
fighters,the Architect of the Constitution of India,3rd
PRC,Govt.policies about Public sectors,& 5 days Satyakraga agitation
Comrade G.Hari, Divisional Secretary/NFTE retires on 31-01-18:
A grand farewell meeting was organised in Avadi Telephone exchange on
24-01-18 to felicitate Comrade Hari. Many leaders of NFTE & NFTCL
spoke at the function. Our Circle Union greet him a very happy retired
life to Comrade Hari.
Extended CEC meeting of NFTE , Chennai Telephones on 27-01-2018:
To plan and successfully implement the agitational programme from
30-01-2018 as announced by All Unions and Associations of BSNL it is
proposed to hold the extended Circle Executive Committee meeting on
January-27 ( Saturday) sharply at 2 pm in Dinroze RSU exchange compound.
The meeting will be presided over by Comrade MKR , Circle Union
President. All the Branch Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries, District
Secretaries, Circle Union office bearers and Special invitees are
requested to attend the meeting in time.
Satyakraga + Work according to Rule movement from 30-01-2018:
On 22-01-2018 at the office of NFTE in Flower Bazaar exchange compound
the leaders of all Unions and Associations met under the chairmanship of
Com. C.K. Mathivanan. It endorsed the agitational programme decided by
the National leadership . Accordingly the following was decided.
1.Satyakraga at Flower Bazaar on 30-01-2018.
2.Satyakraga at Anna Road on 31-01-2018.
3 Satyakraga at Guindy on 01-02-2018.
4.Satyakraga at Kodambakkam on 02-02-18.
5.Satyakraga at CGM office on 03-02-18.
It was also decided to effectively organise the Work to Rule programme
from 30-01-2018. With regard to the Sanchar Bhavan March in Newdelhi on
23-02-2018 it was decided that comrades who could participate in it
should go to Delhi so as to reach there by 22-02-2018.
All comrades should effectively plan all the programme in Chennai Telephones.
Marxist party is best at committing political blunders . Several decades
ago When even Congress and many other parties wanted CPM leader and
West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu to become the Prime Minister of our country
through a broad based coalition at Centre, the Kerala Group including
Comrade Prakash Karat shot down that proposal in the party's Central
Committee by a very slender margin. Had CPM accepted then to permit the
most experienced and long standing CM of the country, Comrade Jyoti Basu
to become the Prime Minister heading a Coalition government at the
centre the political situation would have been very different and
positive today. But the stubborn and impractical attitude of the CPM
party spoiled this. Comrade Jyoti Basu himself described this wrong
decision of CPM as a " Historic Blunder ".
Now the same Kerala Group & Comrade Prakash Karat in CPM have
repeated the same mistake second time. Yes by defeating the shrewd
political line of General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri at the Central
Committee meeting held in Kolkota yesterday the CPM has committed
political suicide once again. The Left forces of our country are shocked
at the CPM's immaturity and wrong political understanding. Already the
Left has been sidelined in the political space of the country. By this
Wrong decision of CPM again Left is going to suffer a great loss.
It is needless to repeat that the single most dangerous political
formation/ force today is right reaction led by RSS/ BJP. To defeat it
we need to pool our forces. Left is not in a position to defeat it by
its own efforts due to limitations in the organisational support and
political influence. Hence Congress and other secular political parties
are to be included in any anti- BJP broad front. How this simple fact
with common sense is not appreciated by the CPM leadership who boast of
Marxist ideology. Hope CPM will take a pragmatic and correct political
decision at least now in the forthcoming Party Congress which is the
supreme organ of the party by defeating the Kerala Group and its narrow
Very Happy News:
From Bengal I got a very happy and encouraging news this morning which I
wish to share with all of you. Nearly 3000 Telecom Contract Labourers
in West Bengal state have agreed to join our NFTCL. A formal meeting to
constitute the Bengal State Committee may be held in the first week of
March 2018 in Kolkota. Myself and our National President Ashaq Ahamed
were invited for the formation conference.
Discussion with Chief Labour Commissioner on 19-01-2018:
Along with NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahamed today had a detailed
discussion with Shri Anilkumar Nayak , CLC ( Central) on the issues
faced by Contract Labourers in BSNL throughout the country. After
discussion we handed over a memorandum to him listing our demands. The
CLC was sympathetic and assured us to take up these issues with BSNL
management urgently. He also told us that there is no question of any
compromise on the payment of salary to the Contract Labourers on 7 th of
every month. We told him recently one Contract Labourer has committed
suicide in South Tamilnadu due to inordinate delay in salary payment. He
expressed his sadness and shock over the death of a Contract Labourer.
He also promised to implement our demand for the appointment of nodal
officers in each circle of BSNL to monitor the welfare and other things
of Contract Labourers working in BSNL throughout the country. We
requested him to direct the BSNL management to withdraw it's arbitrary
order dated 21-10-2016 as it is very much against the Trade Union Act,
1926. He promised to do the needful at the earliest. We sincerely
thanked him for his positive reaction on all our demands.
Delhi State NFTCL:
A meeting of Contract Labourers working in Delhi State ( MTNL/ BSNL) was
held on 18-01-2018 at the NTR/ NFTE union office. Comrades CKM and
Ashaq Ahmad represented the NFTCL /CHQ . On behalf of NFTE comrades
Rajpal ( NTR C/S & Secy ( CHQ) and H.N. Sharma ( Corporate office
CS) attended the meeting. After discussion it was decided to form the
Delhi State Committee of NFTCL on 27-02-2018 ( Tuesday) at the formation
conference in Newdelhi. For this a three member organising Committee
1. Com.Naresh 2.Com.H.N.Sharma 3.Com.Chandrakala.
We congratulate them and hope they will organise the Delhi State
Conference in a grand manner with the massive participation of Contract
AUA meeting on 22-01-2018:
The All Unions and Associations leaders (CS & CP) will meet on
22-01-2018 at 11 am in the NFTE Union office at Flower Bazaar exchange
compound to discuss and decide on the Satyakraga programme announced for
five days and Indefinite Work according to the Rules from 30-01-2018 in
Chennai Telephones effectively. This meeting will also plan for
mobilising the comrades for the Sanchar Bhawan march in Newdelhi on
23-02-18. Let us gear up our efforts to get the Third Pay revision at
Purposeful interaction with senior officers in the Corporate HQ:
oday I went to Corporate office with NFTE National President Islam, TEPU
General Secretary Subburaman and Comrade Ashaq Ahamed and met several
officers including GM( Admn), GM ( SR) , GM ( Pers) , PGM( Pers) and DGM
( SR) . The following points were discussed:
1.Getting guidelines issued by DPE from DOT at the earliest for Third Pay revision.
2.Accepting the nominations of recognised unions for Local/ Circle/
National Councils even though they are not members of the recognised
3.Changing the method of forwarding the agenda points by both Leader and
Secretary of the staff Side jointly to avoid unpleasant incidents.
4.Orders may be issued at the earliest as agreed upon for conducting
formal meeting with NFTE at all levels where no Council Meetings are
5.Up gradation of Sr. Accountants pay scales viz Executive Pay Scales.
Meeting with senior Leader Dhar:
Today I visited along with NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahamed, the
home of a very senior trade union leader G.L. Dhar (84 years old) who
played a great role in the central government employees trade union
movement. Later he functioned as the National Secretary of AITUC.
Currently he is holding the post of Trade Union department Secretary in
Communist Party of India. We enquired about his health and discussed
more about Trade Union activities in BSNL and elsewhere. We wished him
good health and happiness in this new year. It was really a heart
warming meeting that took place after four long years. I used my present
Delhi visit to go to Rohini a distant area from Newdelhi where Comrade
After reaching Delhi I spoke to many leaders on the proposed agitation
from 30-01-2018. At NFTE Headquarters myself and Comrade Ashaq Ahamed
discussed with Comrades Islam, Kulkarni and TEPU General Secretary V.
Subbu Raman. I expressed the feelings of the employees/ executives in
base level to the Leadership regarding the irresponsible and insulting
attitude of the BSNL management in not holding any kind of negotiations
on our demands with the Unions/ Associations which served strike notice.
Comrade Islam clarified to me that five days Satyakraga from 30-01-2018
means courting arrest by Central leaders of All Unions and Associations
of BSNL in Delhi.
By the way I gathered the following informations from my friends here in the Corporate office that are disturbing me too much.
1. Decision to merge BSNL and MTNL is already taken at the highest level.
2. In the name of Performance Review of staff the BSNL management is
seriously getting ready to end out at least 20% of the employees/
executives as per the direction of Modi government.
This government could go to any extent to please the national and
international business tycoons. Already 49% Of FDI is permitted into
AirIndia . Today's news papers have reported that civil aviation
minister Jayant Sinha has announced yesterday that prior to the sale of
AirIndia it will be bifurcated (Split) in to four. In this scenario BSNL
may be their next target. Hard days are ahead Comrades. We should be
prepared for bold and resolute struggles.
Today(16-01-18) I left for Newdelhi:
This morning ( 16-01-18) I left for Newdelhi. May reach there by 11.30
hrs. I may stay there up to 20-01-2018. NFTCL is having a fixed meeting
with the Chief Labour Commissioner ( Central) on 19-01-2018. Our
National President Ashaq Ahemad has already reached Newdelhi from
Kashmir.We both may discuss various important issues concerning the
Telecom Contract Labourers with Labour ministry and BSNL authorities
during our stay in Delhi.
State Executive Committee meeting of Tamilnadu NFTCL on 10-02-2018:
The next meeting of the NFTCL State Executive Committee will be held on
10-02-2018 (Saturday) in KEERANUR (Near Tiruchirapalli). The meeting
shall be presided over by Comrade V. Babu, State President and begin at
10 am sharply. All the state office bearers and District Secretaries are
requested to attend the meeting in time. Comrade C.K.Mathivanan, our
General Secretary will inaugurate the State Executive Committee meeting.
S. ANANDAN, State Secretary.
For information please contact.
Comrade: Y. Milton.
Disturbing signals for Independence of the Judiciary in India:
People know things about Court Procedures and Judiciary are expressing
grave concern about the activities of Chief Justice Deepak Misra . They
are apprehensive of the controversial sudden death of the CBI Special
court judge Loya who was hearing the case against BJP President Amit
Shah. The judge died all of a sudden and his body was got done
post-mortem urgently even before his family members arrived . The body
of the said Judge Loya was immediately transported to his native and
funeral was carried out in haste. His family members told that there
were many injuries on the judge's body who is said to be died of sudden
heart attack. This death and refusal of any fair enquiry on the
controversial death of brother judge was said to be the main provocation
for the four senior judges of our Supreme Court to openly come out
against the Chief Justice who is helping the BJP government and its top
leadership against law.
Amit Shah is going to be a big liability for BJP and the country's justice system.
Meeting with GM(West)on 12-01-18:
NFTE/ NFTCL leaders met Shri. Pugazhendhi, GM ( West area) and discussed
several issues including the arbitrary discharge from duty of a
contract Labourer in N.N. Kandigai exchange, Marketing work in entire
west area , abnormal delay in payment of salary to the contract
Labourers and speedy action on the representation of Com. Anbu , TT/
Perumalpattu for salary arrears on his reinstatement. Both GM/ DGM
positively reacted to our demands. Comrades CKM, Elangoven, Dhansingh,
V. Babu, Nagarajan, C.K.Ragunathan, S.Ekambaram, N.V. Somasundaram,
G.Mahendran, Janakiraman, V.Rathinam took part in this meeting.
Addressed press people in Karur:
Addressed press people and answered their questions in Karur.
Met Karur comrades:
Met Karur comrades both permanent employees and Contract Labourers at exchange compound and got their view points today evening.
Beware of the Trap!:
During the past few days I interacted with few senior officers including
CGM in BSNL. I got some disturbing news from them.It seems the
Management is suggesting a zero pay revision to BSNL employees &
executives provided the AUA leadership accept lowering of retirement age
to 58 years and VRS. Zero Pay revision means just merging the Basic Pay
and IDA as on date. This is a absurd and unacceptable suggestion. If it
is accepted it will be a great betrayal of our employees/ executives.
Hope our leadership will not fall in to the death trap laid for us . We
need to sharpen our struggle forms and mobilise the members for a do or
die agitation. We can't accept anything less than 15% pay revision as
decided by the union government's cabinet.
On 08-01-2018 during the Demonstration in Chennai I was shocked to hear
one Circle Secretary of an executive association speak about accepting
58 years as retirement age if two increments are granted to all those
who crossed 58 years.That comrade also spoke about accepting the
formation of Separate tower company as a necessary evil if BSNL
employees/ executives only employed in that Tower Company. This sort of
dilution of our demands is surprising and shocking. I had to intervene
in my capacity as the President of the meeting and had to clarify those
controversial points put forth by that said Circle Secretary.
In this confusion and contradictions we need to be extremely careful and
responsible In uniting the employees/ executives for future struggles.
Meeting with the GM(HR) on 10-01-2018:
Today both the Unions NFTE and BSNLEU took part in the meeting called by
the management to discuss about the redeployment of staff. Management
was represented by GM( Hr), DGM (Hr), AGM(A), AGM (E), SDEs (A). . NFTE
was represented by Comrades CKM, Elangoven and Rajendran. After thorough
discussion it was decided to finalise the agreement on the staff
redeployment on 06-02-2018 in the final meeting with GM(Hr).
Modifications suggested to the proposed amendment to the Union constitution:
Asper the request of the CHQ/ NFTE the following modifications are
communicated to the General Secretary through email.
1.All decisions of the Secretariat meeting should be got ratified by the
next NEC meeting.
2.All Secretaries (CHQ) may be included in to the secretariat without
3.Two Circle Secretaries from two Circles which are not otherwise
represented may be included to the secretariat on permanent basis.
Hope the CHQ will accept our suggestions positively.
All Unions & Associations decisions:
On 08-01-2018 the Leaders of AUA met in Newdelhi and decided the
following in continuation of Two day nation wide strike on 12/13 th of
December 2017 for immediate implementation of Third Pay revision and
against the formation of Separate tower company for BSNL towers.
1.From 30-01-2018 for five day Satyagraha.
2.On 28-02-2018 massive march to Sanchar bhavan.
3.Continuous "work according to rules "from 30/01/2018.
4.Take legal steps against the Separate tower Company for BSNL mobile towers.
Let us successfully implement the programme of AUA of BSNL in Chennai Telephones circle.
AUA Demonstration in Chennai Telephones on 08-01-2018:
AUA Demonstration in Chennai Telephones on 08-01-2018 to protest against
the appointment of CMD for BSNL tower company and demanding roll back
of Formation of Separate tower company for BSNL towers. NFTE, BSNLEU,
FNTO, NFTCL, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, TEPU and many other union leaders spoke.
Comrade CKM presided over the Demonstration and the meeting held
thereafter in Flower Bazaar exchange compound. The meeting also
expressed support to the five day strike by Tamilnadu State Transport
Resolutions passed at the extended CEC meeting of NFTE/ Chennai Telephones Circle Union:
1.The CEC meeting Support and congratulated the United strike by State
Transport employees from 04-01-2018 demanding minimum wage of Rs.19500/-
in the wage revision which is long due. It condemned the State
Government which uses police/ judiciary to break the United strike by
majority workers. It demanded that the State Government must reopen the
negotiations with the trade unions and accept the demands put forward by
them so that the inconvenience/difficulties of the general public are
2. The CEC meeting suggested the following for the consideration of the
leadership of All Unions and Associations of BSNL in its meeting on
08/01/2018: The next course of action by AUA should be sit in Strike
till demands are accepted by Management/ Government. Simultaneously
Relay Fast by National/ State leaders of AUA in front of BSNL Bhavan in
Newdelhi. Having conducted two days nation wide strike for Third Pay
revision and against formation of Separate tower company for BSNL towers
it will be a futile exercise to go in for once again
We thank all comrades we have massively gathered for the fifth death
anniversary of our greatest leader Om Prakash Gupta on 06-01-2018 in
Flower Bazaar exchange compound despite the fact of successful transport
workers strike and limited number of train services. We specifically
thank comrades of outer areas like Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Chengalpet,
Ponneri etc for making it to the meeting against all odds. We also
thank Comrades of both NFTE and NFTCL who spoke at the meeting on our
invitation. On the whole this meeting was a very memorable one.
Comrade O.P.Gupta's 5 th Death anniversary observed:
Comrade O.P.Gupta's 5 th Death anniversary observed on 06-01-2018 in
Chennai jointly by NFTE and NFTCL Unions at Flower Bazaar exchange
Meeting with Chief Labour Commissioner(CLC):
NFTCL is granted a formal meeting by Sri. Anil Kumar Nayak , CLC(
Central) , Newdelhi on 19-01-2018 at 11.30 hrs. National President Ashaq
Ahamed and General Secretary CKM will attend this meeting on behalf of
NFTCL and discuss several important issues relating to the Telecom
Contract Labourers throughout the country.
Meeting with CGM/Sr.GM (F) of Andhra Pradesh on 05-01-2018:
A delegation of NFTCL today met both the CGM, A. P. Rao and Sr. GM( F)
Durga Rani in CGM's office at Vijayawada. NFTCL delegation included
Comrades CKM, Md. Pera , Jeelani Khan, Yezdani, V. Babu (Tamilnadu State
President). Comrade Anjiah, Secretary (CHQ) / NFTE accompanied us. DGM
(F) Murali Krishnan also present in the meeting.
We discussed the issues of Contract Labourers and demanded monthly
salary payment on 7 th of each month. We also insisted that
categorisation of Contract Labourers ( Unskilled/ Skilled/ Semi-
Skilled/ Highly Skilled ) for payment of wages. We also questioned the
corrupt practice prevailing in Andhra Pradesh of engaging workers
through bills and payment made through temporary advance. A big loot and
rampant corruption exists in this wrong practice by officers. We
demanded immediate stoppage of this corrupt practice and requested
employment of Contract Labourers through floating of tenders legally.
Hope the BSNL management in Andhra Pradesh will correct this.
Lunch hour demonstration on 08-01-2018:
Lunch hour demonstration on 08-01-2018 to protest against the
appointment of CMD for tower company of BSNL.As decided by AUA at New
Delhi in Chennai Telephones lunch hour demonstration will be held on
Monday (8th January). Venue will be announced after consulting others in
AUA. Be prepared to mobilise the members.
Meeting with CGM on 04-01-18:
Today NFTE delegation met the Chief General Manager Miss. S.M. Kalavati
and discussed the following issues. Comrades CKM, Rajasekaran, Elangoven
and Rajendran participated in this meeting.
1.Delay in Compassionate ground appointments for Mrs. Banumathi W/O Selvam and Mr. Janardhanan S/O Deenadayalan.
2.Non functioning of Works Committees.
3.Non-implementation of Corporate office instructions on no age bar for
BSNL medical reimbursement scheme to the mentally retarded son's of our
4.Non-Payment of wages to Contract Labourers performing Security duty
for several months by M/S Malli Contractors.
5.Allotment of Type 4 quarter In Taylor's Road BSNL Staff Quarter
Complex to Smt. Sreedevi as she is having mentally challenged child.
6.Non-implementation of CAT judgment for reinstating ten Casual Labourers.
7.Inordinate delay in the implementation of Corporate office
instructions extended night free calls facility to the residential land
lines provided at the residences of serving employees.
8.Non-Functioning of nearly 8000 lines of RK Nagar/ Mylapure/ Mambalam exchanges due to change in their parented exchange.
The CGM has agreed positively on majority of issues discussed except
item number-6- as the management has already appealed against this
judgment and obtained Stay against the said CAT judgment. Hope the
management will sincerely implement all agreed points. CGM agreed to
hold a meeting of the Chennai area works committee before end of
January. She also assured us that she will see that M/S Malli Contractor
clears all the salary dues of the concerned Contract Labourers
immediately. We expressed our thanks to the CGM for her understanding of
the difficulties of the staff / Contract Labourers.
Why BJP is very much hurry ?:
Modi and BJP leadership are self patting their own back for bringing a
bill to do away with the wrong practice of divorcing Muslim women by
telling Talaq three times among the Muslim community. Actually there's
nothing to boast about for BJP as the Supreme Court already declared
judgment against the practice of triple Talaq . We know this new found
affection and concern of BJP for Muslim women is actually motivated and
against minority communities. Why the same people are not concerned of
Hindu Women who are rapped / murdered for loving/ marrying persons out
side their caste/ religion?.
Finally the bill for reservations for women in both Assemblies and
Parliament is pending for passage for more than two decades. It was
already passed by the Loksabha. Why not BJP use its thumping majority in
Loksabha to pass this pending bill by convening a joint sitting of both
a Loksabha and Rajya Sabha? They won't. They will never worry for Women
in general or women in Hindu community but only concerned about women
in Muslim community. You understand why ? That is the RSS guided formula
to harass the minority community particularly Muslims and Christians.
BSNL Separate Tower Company-CMD Appointed:
We need to organise strong trade union action immediately against the
appointment of Separate CMD for the Mobile tower company. One of the
major demands of the historic two Day nation wide strike on 12/13 of
December 2017 by All Unions and Associations of BSNL was to oppose the
formation of Separate tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers
throughout the country. But exactly after one week of the said strike
the Modi government has given its approval for the posting of a CMD for
the said tower company. By this the present central government run by
NDA has insulted the two day strike by Lakhs of BSNL employees and
officers. Hence without any loss of time we need to begin our agitation
on this crucial issue. Hope the meeting on 08-01-2018 by AUA in Newdelhi
will take stock of the situation and announce a suitable agitational
program. After two day strike if government behaves like this then we
need to go in for indefinite strike till our both demands (including Pay
revision) are settled.
Meeting with Dy.CLC(Central) on 02-01-2018:
NFTCL delegation met Shri. V. Srinivas , the Dy .Chief Labour
Commissioner on 2nd January 2018 and discussed regarding the non payment
of salary for the contract Labourers in both Chennai Telephones and
Tamilnadu Telecom Circle for the past several months. We also insisted
that Dy. CLC should ensure monthly salary every seventh positively.
NFTCL delegation consists of Comrades CKM, M. Sekar, V. Babu, E.Sampath,
T. Dhansingh and V. Rathinam.
Leadership of All Unions and Associations should demand merger of IDA:
BSNL employees/ executives will get 2.6% enhanced IDA with effective
from 01-01-2018. With this increase our employees/ executives may get
126.9 % of IDA from 1st January/2018. It is natural that whenever IDA
crosses 100% it should be fully or partially merged with Pay for all
purposes including pension. Hence in the background of delay in the
implementation of Third Pay revision from 01-01-2017 by the BSNL
management our leadership of AUA must demand merger of at least 100% of
IDA with Pay out of total 126.9% of IDA.
FORUM Demonstration on 22-12-15.:
At Flower Bazaar exchange complex a massive demonstration will be organised during lunch hour on Tuesday (22-12-15) to demand immediate implementation of 78.2 % IDA merger for all those retired officials who were denied the same for the last 3 years.Although it was effected to the serving employees and executives retired on or after 10-06-2013 the management and central government have refused to effect the same to all those retired prior to 10-06-2013.This is highly improper and unjustified.All our comrades must support this just demand of the pensioners and hence mobilise massive crowd for the demonstration on 22-12-2015.
On 29 -12-15 Flood relief will be dispersed to BSNL contract Labourers in Cuddalore:
In continuation of our efforts I along with Comrades M.K.Ramasamy,K.M.Elangovan will visit Cuddalore on 29-12-15 to disperse the relief to all those Contract Labourers who were severely affected by the November-December floods there.NFTCL circle secretary S.Anandan has been requested to shortlist the names of such people to whom our help and relief must reach.
Absent during rain and floods in the first week of December 2015:
Our CHQ has written to the CMD requesting grant of special casual leave from 01-12-15 to 05-12-15 to all staff of Chennai and other places which were crippled without any road or rail transport due to flooding.
On 03-12-15 itself our circle Union requested the CGM to grant leave inview of heavy flooding on roads and rail tracks in and around Chennai and the State Government had already declared holiday for two days and also requested the private sector to do the same since the situation was grim and dangerous. But now some enthusiastic officers are detecting without the convent of employees their CL/EL for those floody days. This is wrong and bound to provoke the staff and unions.Yesterday (18-12-15)also myself publically appealed to the CGM on the occasion of flood relief distribution at Flower Bazaar not to indulge in such deduction of leave .If the management persist with its stand we will resist and correct it.Hence all are requested not to give any leave letter for those days.
Flood relief Distributed:
Today in Flower Bazaar exchange complex 2.16 lac rupees was dispersed to 72 contract labourers who were severely affected in the recent floods in Chennai,Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts.CGM Selvi.Kalavathi and AITUC secretary J.Lakshmanan distributed the cash.
Really I am worried . What will happen to India?:
he other day a governor said India is only for Hindus and Muslims could go to Pakistan.He is still continue as Governor of that state because he is an RSS man. Few days ago the CBI raided the office of the CM of Delhi only to look for some files related to Corruption by union minister Jaitley with the sole aim of saving him from charges. Some days ago the elected CM of Kerala was humiliated at the behest of PM Office by denying him entry in to the first public function of Narendra Modi in Kollam after his election as PM.Now the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has acted against all constitutional norms and trying openly to topple a congress CM of that border state.All these undemocratic and unconstitutional acts by BJP/RSS cadres have taken place in four states within a short period of few weeks.
India is the largest and greatest democracy in the world. It follows Secularism upto now. But I am really worried how long this will be there. After Modi became PM of our great country his supporters are deliberately encouraging communal rifts everywhere.They also vehemently trying to destroy Parliamentary Democracy.Within one and half years if they could effect this much damage to our political system itself , I am afraid what will they do in the remaining three and half years in power?
Interview in JAYA Television on 19-12-15:
Just now returning home after recording an interview with senior journalist Suthangan. This may be telecast for half an hour from 10 pm on Saturday.
Meeting with CGM of STP:
oday we met the new CGM of Southern Telecom Projects and discussed few issues including the timely convening of Circle And Local Council meetings besides Works committee.Mr.Suthakaran , the new CGM agreed to arrange for the said meetings in January middle.
The meeting of the circle Union office-bearers held today decided the formalities for distribution of Flood Relief to the contract Labourers and part-time employees working in four districts of Tamilnadu which bore the brunt of flood fury.
Accordingly at two different functions in Chennai (18-12-15) and Cuddalore(29-12-15) the relief in the form of cash as well as materials will be distributed for the Chennai,Thiruvallur,Kancheepuram and cuddalore district contract workers.
Already we achieved the target fixed by the circle Union and still donations are pouring in.Hence it is decided to accept the donations till Friday.We hope our comrades who didn't contribute their share until now could do the same without any further delay.
As the CGM and state secretary of AITUC have agreed to participate in the chennai function on 18-12-15 all our branches are requested to mobilise the comrades in large number.The list of eligible beneficiaries from among the affected workers irrespective of Union affiliation is being prepared only after thorough scrutiny so that our help reaches the needy and affected persons.We seek cooperation of all our comrades in this regard.We expect to achieve 3 lacs of rupees with the help of all our members.
Today from morning to noon myself along with Comrades T R Rajasekaran,K M Elangovan and S Rajendran went up and down all the six floors in CGM's office in Purasawalkam to collect donations from our staff and officers. We got a warm reception and after meeting 30 people we got more than Ten thousand rupees in that one building.We got enthusiastic and hence call upon all our branches and divisions to organise collections towards Flood relief immediately.Please hand over such collections on 10-12-15 when our Union's General council meets in Flower Bazaar complex.
I was overwhelmed by the attitude of comrades L.Subbarayan,ACS,Tamilnadu and Premila,Circle VP,Kerala and C.Palanisamy,a retired comrade in Coimbatore who gave Rs.5000 and Rs.10000 and 2000 towards chennai flood relief fund.Only yesterday we took a decision and started collections but within 24 hours we crossed 1.5 lacs of rupees.I once again thank all connected with this noble humanitarian cause.
Akhilesh is immature!:
Few days ago the young CM of great UP state expressed an opinion publicly that if Congress party agree to make his father and Samajwadi party leader Mulayam as PM his party will have alliance with Congress party for the next parliamentary poll. He was also magnanimous to accept Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as Deputy PM.He also told the media that always congress party is not an alternative to BJP since the national political situation is rapidly changing.I wish to comment on this as I feel it a utter nonsense.
India is a vast country. You like it or not even now only the Congress party exist throughout the country and can rightly claim as a truly an all India party.Samajwadi party is a regional party functioning in three or four states only.It is a power centred party whose opposition to BJP is always wavering and oscillating as it behaved opportunistic in the past.Latest example was Bihar assembly elections in which it indirectly helped BJP.Mulayam and others are facing many CBI cases for Corruption.Hence they are tend to bend backwards to please any Government at Centre.So at any stretch of imagination they can be considered as an alternative to BJP.
Further a small regional party which can contest only for 100 Loksabha seats out of 542 seats should not dictate or arrogate itself to put conditions for alliance with Congress party which will contest more than 450 seats and could win at least half the seats it contest .This shows the political immaturity of Akilesh even after being the CM of most populous state for the last five years. Asper the information we get now from UP it is doubtful for Samajwadi party to get Ten to Fifteen seats in the next parliamentary poll.It is widely expected-that the BSP led by Mayawati may bounce back winning majority seats there.In this situation Akilesh is dreaming in the day and making Mulayam as PM will only be a wishful thinking of an affectionate son .It won't be a reality.
To collect Two Lakhs rupees for Flood Relief:
The circle executive meeting met urgently today to organise the Flood relief help to the very needy and most affected people of Chennai.A sum of 2 lac rupees is fixed as target.The collection of amount will be closed on 10-12-15 at the General Council meeting so that all our members are given a chance to contribute for this Flood Relief fund.
At the today's meeting itself a sum of 84 thousand rupees was collected.The details of contributions:Comrades
1.C K Mathivanan......Rs.20000
2.M K Ramasamy........Rs.10000
3.C K Ragunathan....,,Rs.10000
10.T R Rajasekaran..,,Rs.2000
11.K M Elangovan.....,Rs.2000
18.K Anbu ..,,,,,,,, .Rs.2000
We thank all and expect to reach the target on 10-12-15.Kindly spread this message to all our employees so that we exceed our target and help more people who had lost everything except their dresses which they wear.
Thanks!..Comrade M.Kabali,Assistant Circle Secretary:
Comrade M.Kabali,Assistant Circle Secretary visited Union office today and handed over 15000 rupees as donation on his retirement on 30-12-15.I honoured him with a shawl on behalf of circle Union.
Dr அம்பேத்கர் நினைவு நாள்:
பாபா சாஹிப் அம்பேத்கார் நினைவு தினம். சென்னை தொலைபேசி மாநிலத்தின் சார்ப்பாக இன்று டைலர்ஸ் ரோடு குடியிருப்பில் உள்ள அம்பேத்கார் சிலைக்கு மாலை அணிவித்து மரியாதை செய்யப்பட்டது.
Raise to the challenge!:
Our Chief General Manager contacted me just now to request the cooperation of NFTE-BSNL for the decision of the management to order opening of all offices on 06-12-15 although a Sunday as the faults and interruptions on phone/mobile connections are plenty and customers are in difficult position.I immediately extended my fullest support and cooperation on behalf of NFTE Union.Hence all our comrades are requested to attend the office tomorrow in time and without fail.I also appeal to do our best to restore the telecommunications network immediately.
Suppress Maran's 300 Illegal Lines: BSNL in 2007:
Media reports say that the CBI is vigorously interrogating Dayanidhi Maran on his fraudulent telephone exchange. The Supreme Court has, for its own reasons, denied custodial interrogation of Maran. Maran’s defences against custodial interrogation are: one, he had used only one line and not 323 or 764; two, the same facility was allowed for all his predecessors in office and the claim of 300 lines was false; three, the CBI has woken up after several years and delayed plea for custodial interrogation is malafide; and four, the loss to the exchequer as claimed by the CBI is just Rs1.78 cr, which he was willing to pay and settle...
Assemble enmass to pay Homage to Baba Shahib on December-6:
NFTE circle Union will pay it's respectful Homage to Dr.B.R.Ambedkar on his death anniversary on 06-12-15.Circle Union president will garland the statue of Bharat Ratana at 10 am at Taylor's road staff quarters.Thereafter speakers will lecture on Dr.Ambedkar's contributions to the country and its most exploited men and women.All are requested to assemble for this function in time.
What will happen to my Chennai?:
I am very much sad and worried today as Chennai is heavily flooded everywhere. Although I am safe and unaffected my heart goes to thousands of my people who are literally out on the streets without any help and assistance.
The metrological department has just now announced that at least for another 7 days rain may continue to batter Chennai. This will only increase the suffering of my city people. I hope all will be safe and this difficult situation will pass without much demage.
Why this Drama?:
BJP leaders nowadays praise Dr.B.R.Ambedkar only to belittle the Contribution of other leaders of Congress party including Gandhi and Nehru.While their party men attack and kill Dalits the leaders like Modi praise Dr.Ambedkar for his contribution.
We all know very well that the constitution of our country was adopted and effected on 26-01-1950.Rightly we used to celebrate that day ( 26 th January) as our Republic Day.But the BJP leaders in their new found love suddenly announced this year that 26 th November will be celebrated as the foundation day of our Constitution because on that day only Dr.Ambedkar ,the chairman of the drafting committee for our constitution completed and handed over the final draft.One cannot understand why the BJP leaders were silent for nearly 65 years to celebrate the so called Foundation Day of Indian Constitution.Even last year Modi did not think about this. Even Atal Bihari Vajpayee was not aware of this during his six years as Prime Minister.All this drama to praise Ambedkar right and left by BJP is only to hoodwink the innocent Dalit masses.But our country men knew already how these communal forces opposed and insulted Dr.Ambedkar for bringing the Hindu Code bill as law minister in Nehru's Central cabinet after Independence.Because of this he was sad and resigned from the minister post.What now these people talk about Dr.Ambedkar is dubious and motivated.Actually they don't have any respect or admiration for Dr.Ambedkar's views.
In our constitution Dr.Ambedkar mentioned a point.He said " History may repeat.We may lose our country's Independence once again If our people put their creed (religious affinity) above the country."Whether BJP people agree to this sharp and prophetic comments at any time ? A big No. Because they thrive only on communal venom and discard between different religions.They will never act for ensuring communal Harmony and practice secularism.Hence their new found love and admiration for Babasaheb is farce.
The 62nd anniversary of NFPTE :
Today we celebrated the 62 anniversary of NFPTE at Ennore exchange alongside the farewell function for comrade D R Shanmugasundaram ,TTA and popular football player.
Meeting with Sr.GM(HR) on 26-11-15:
Today our comrades CKM,Rajendran, Elangovan and Nagarajan met the Sr.GM ,DGM ,AGMs and SDE (SR) and discussed number of issues of the staff.
The long pending posting of Section-in-charge posts,cancellation of arbitrary transfer order issued by AGM(Central) ,Transfer case of Smt.Sagaya rani TTA to Karaikudi to enable her to undergo training for JTO promotion,Reinstatement of Sri.Anbu ,Transfer of TM posts to old CPT area from Chennai so that the waiting list is wiped out ,Posting of Sri.Sree Raman as TM in Kalpakkam itself on humanitarian grounds and many other items were discussed.We hope orders will be implemented soon on all agreed points.
Today our leaders met the CGM and handed over the request letter demanding flood relief of Rs.10,000 to all employees who were affected by the recent floods in Chennai,Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts .
The CGM madam agreed to recommend our demand to corporate headquarters in NewDelhi .We thanked her.Our union was represented in this meeting by comrades CKM,Rajendran,Elangovan and Nagarajan.
Secretariat meeting of the Circle Union on 25-11-15:
1. To demand flood relief of Rs.10000 to all those affected by the recent flood and heavy rains in Chennai which has paralysed the three districts of Chennai,Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram for nearly one month continuously.
2.To hold the next General Council meeting at Dinroze exchange compound at 2pm on 10-12-15.
3.To conduct district wide office bearers meeting as follows:
4.To mobilise our comrades for the celebration of NFPTE day at Ennore on 30-11-15.
At the beginning of the meeting a minute's silence was observed to pay our respectful homage to hundreds of men and women who lost their lives due to heavy rain and floods in Chennai and it's suburban areas.The meeting also demanded sufficient relief and compensation from both state and central government to all those who lost their life and property in the floods.
As the seventh verification is approaching it was decided to begin our campaign among the employees in BSNL.
The meeting also reviewed the settlement of demands promised by the management and expressed satisfaction and decided not to launch trade union action as was earlier decided.
Governor of Assam must either resign or be dismissed for violating the Constitution:
Mr. P.B.Acharya who is a hard core RSS man was appointed as the Governor of Assam by Modi knowing fully well about the communal mindset of him only to create trouble in Assam state which is being ruled by a Congress Government for the last Fifteen years continuously. We all know that Assam is a very sensitive North Eastern state having large number of Muslim population.
Mr.Acharya forgotten his Constitutional position as a Governor and reportedly spoke few days ago as follows:
"Muslims in India are free to go anywhere.....If they want to go to Pakistan,Bangladesh,they are free to go.... Hindustan is for Hindus..."
For speaking like this he must resign his post immediately or dismissed by the President of India without any delay. The attempt of RSS and BJP will never succeed here as our people are deeply committed to Secularism and it's values.
NFTE-BSNL condemns the communal speech of Mr.Acharya who has insulted our fellow countrymen just because they follow Islam.
Secretariat meeting of the Circle Union on 25-11-15:
The meeting of the circle Union's Secretariat will be held at Flower Bazaar building on 25-11-15 at 3 pm . All members of the secretariat are requested to attend the same in time.The following shall be the agenda:
1. Seventh verification in April 2016.
2.Fixing date for the postponed General council meeting.
3.Observing the NFPTE day on 30-11-15 at Ennore exchange.
4.District wise office bearers meeting in December 2015.
7th CPC REPORT SUBMITTED-HIGHLIGHTS:
*23.55 per cent increase in pay and allowances recommended
* Recommendations to be implemented from January 1, 2016
* Minimum pay fixed at Rs 18,000 per month; maximum pay at Rs
* The rate of annual increment retained at 3per cent
* 24 per cent hike in pensions
* One Rank One Pension proposed for civilian government employees on line of OROP for armed forces
* Ceiling of gratuity enhanced from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh; ceiling on gratuity to be raised by 25 per cent whenever DA
rises by 50 per cent
* Cabinet Secretary to get Rs 2.5 lakh as against Rs 90,000 per month pay band currently
* Financial impact of implementing recommendations will be Rs 1.02 lakh crore – Rs 73,650 crore to be borne by Central Budget and Rs 28,450 crore by Railway Budget.
* Total impact of Commission’s recommendation to raise the ratio of expenditure on salary and wages to GDP by 0.65 percentage points to 0.7 per cent
* Military Service Pay (MSP), which is a compensation for the various aspects of military service, will be admissible to the defence forces personnel only
* MSP for service officers more than doubled to Rs 15,500 per month from Rs 6,000 currently; for nursing officers to Rs 10,800 from Rs 4,200; for JCO/ORs to Rs 5,200 from Rs 2,000 and for non-combatants to Rs 3,600 from Rs 1,000
* Short service commissioned officers will be allowed to exit the armed forces at any point in time between 7 to 10 years of service
* Commission recommends abolishing 52 allowances; another 36 allowances subsumed in existing allowances or in newly proposed allowances.
* Recommendations will impact 47 lakh serving govt employees, 52 lakh pensioners, including defence personnel.
Happy News- BSNL has posted 672 crores Profit for the fiscal year 2014-2015:
For the last five years BSNL recorded loss in it's operations continuously due to various reasons .Important one is the failure to procure equipments both for modernisation and expansion of its services which adversely affected not only the revenue but also the loss of many valuable customers.
Now due to the efforts of new CMD things are positively moving.The free night call and national roaming facilities boosted the image of the company and also increased the revenue as well as the number of customers.
Even after corporatisation in 2006 and stiff competition from private operators BSNL was on the top in Land line ,Mobile and Broadband segments.But during the Maran-Raja period it fell down from from its top position in 2006.It took nearly nine years to come out of this downslide for BSNL.Let us keep up this momentum to continue the upward journey of BSNL ,our bread winner.
False Propaganda by BSNLEU!:
The Chennai Telephones circle Union of BSNLEU in it's recent write ups in the union journal needlessly blamed NFTE with utterly false reports.May be they are getting ready for propaganda campaign to face the Seventh membership verification due in May 2016.
Though we are for unity of all unions in BSNL to face the formidable challenges,we had to reply and explain the truth to our employees so that the falsehood of BSNLEU is exposed.
1.The heroic three day strike by NFTE,FNTO and BTEF under the leadership of Comrade OPG during September 2000 was the primary reason for the continuation of Government Pension till this day for all our employees who got in to BSNL from DTS due to corporatisation.But comrade Abhimanyu and his followers did not participate in that historic pension strike and unleashed a propaganda that Pension cannot be protected after corporatisation.They acted as strike breakers in Chennai with the help of police.We along with hundreds got arrested on 08-09-2000 while resorting to sit in on the main NSC Bose road to protest against these fifth columnists.
Only due to the wisdom and united struggle by our leadership and employees we could create history by safeguarding the Government pension even after we seized as Government employees .Nowhere in the world such an achievement was done till this day by any other Union in any sector.
But after NFTE lost recognised Union status in BSNL in 2004 the pension issue was diluted by government and also ignored by the leadership of BSNLEU .An order was released in 2006 in violation of 2000 strike agreement to pay the Government Pension from consolidated Fund of India.Although BSNLEU was the one and only recognised Union in BSNL From 2004 to 2013 it never organised any agitation independently or unitedly to demand revocation of the 2006 order limiting the liability of pension expenditure of Government of India to only sixty percentage and fixing the Forty percentage of liability on BSNL.This is wrong and will surely drain the finance of our company.Yet the leadership of BSNLEU kept mum for nine years against this blatantly anti labour policy .Why the revolutionaries became saints all of a sudden?
2.When Comrades Gupta and Gnanaiah signed the Bonus agreement on Productivity linked basis these revolutionaries conducted high decibel campaign against that terming it as an anti-worker agreement.But they themselves accepted the Profit linked incentive (Bonus) without any protest later silently.Only because of this wrongdoing by BSNLEU our employees were cheated and denied PLI(Bonus) for the last six years consecutively.We demanded change in this wrong formula.But BSNLEU leadership justified the denial of Bonus citing bad financial position of BSNL and high salary of our employees.The leadership of BSNLEU went on to declare that no body could achieve Bonus hereafter in BSNL.But now every thing is changed after NFTE got the status of a recognised Union once again from 2013 onwards.Because of consistent efforts of our Union now both the management and BSNLEU have agreed for changing the formula for payment of PLI (Bonus).This is a victory for NFTE.
3.The circle Union of BSNLEU also written that only to wash their sins of supporting the Corporatisation in 2000, both NFTE and FNTO unions are now joined FORUM and JAC .We don't want to say anything on this silly opinion of BSNLEU.Hope the General Secretary of BSNLEU will not concur with the views expressed by his circle Union in Chennai Telephones.Despite this madness and provocative write ups of BSNLEU we are not going to quit FORUM or JAC as we don't consider these organisations as the personal properties of BSNLEU.
In the end we are sorry to write this piece but not doing this for the sake of unity might be misunderstood as accepting the false propaganda of BSNLEU.
Sorry once again the General Council is Postponed:
As rains lashed Chennai city for the last few days several areas are flooded and some of our employees are in great difficulty as the water entered their houses.Transporting across Chennai also became complicated since almost all underground bridges are flooded and roads are water logged. The Metrological department also warned of heavy rains in the next few days.In view of this the meeting of the General Council is again postponed.Our Circle Union express it's sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.
Now the General Council meeting will be held on 03-12-15(Thursday)at 3pm in Dinroze exchange compound.All are requested to note the change of date and attend the meeting without fail.
Who is the real BOSS for NDA?:
It is learnt that today the BJP president Amit shah met the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and explained the reasons for Bihar poll defeat.Now it is clear and confirmed that BJP is only a front organisation of RSS and it can only act asper the orders from RSS bosses.
Modi or for that matter anybody in BJP cannot function independently .According to our constitution the Parliament is Supreme.But these Hindutva people acting against the constitution and take orders only from RSS which is not a political organisation and in any way accountable to the people of India.Actually it is a Facist, rightist and anti-democratic force which does not believe in Secularism.
General council meeting postponed:
Returned to Chennai late night Yesterday .Continuous rains spoiled the day.This Deepavali may be the wettest one in-view of storm formation.Decided to postpone the proposed geral Council Meeting to 14-11-15 (second Saturday)after consulting the circle Union President as rain and holidays may affect the attendance.Only date is changed.The venue is the same at Dinroze exchange compound.Tlme of the meeting is also remains the same at 2pm sharply.All members of the General Council are requested to attend the meeting as we have to analyse the negotiations with CGM on our 20 points charter of demands and had to take a final decision on our agitation proposed from 18-11-15.The union journal Sanga Muzakkam will be distributed at the meeting.Hence all branch secretaries are to attend the meeting without fail.
I convey my Greetings to all on the eve of Deepavali,a Festival of Lights. Let Happiness spread all over.
Meeting with CGM on 05-11-15:
A meeting with management and circle union to discuss the 20 point charter given for the agitational program beginning on 18-11-15 was held today.The management was represented by CGM,GM(HR),DGM(HR),SDE(E),SDE(SR).Union was represented by Comrades CKM,MKR,TRR,Rajendran,Palaniappan and NFTCL circle Treasurer V.Babu.The discussion was held in a very cordial atmosphere.The management agreed to 99% of our demands and gave it in writing also.However we conveyed our thinking that any final decision on the proposed agitation will be taken only after placing the details of this negotiation in the General Council meeting called on 12-11-15.Meanwhile we will watch the implementation of agreed points especially the relieving of our comrades who were transferred on request.The circle Union thanks the management for its sincere and speedy efforts to avert the agitation.
ஒளரங்காபாத் மத்திய செயற்குழுவில் பேசிய நமது மாநிலச் செயலரின் பேச்சு :
நமது மாநிலச் செயலரின் ஒருமணி நேர அனல் தெரிக்கும் உரைவீச்சு:
1. போனஸ் பிரச்சனை உடனடியாக தீர்க்கப்பட வேண்டும். முன்னதாக தேவைப்பட்டால் இதற்காக நாம் மட்டுமே போராட்டம் நடத்தினால் கூட தவறில்லை.. தமிழகத்தில் NFTCL தொழிலாளர் நலத்துறை செயலரை அணுகி ஒப்பந்த தொழிலாளர்களுக்கு போனஸ் பெற்றுத்தந்தது. அதேபோல நாமும் CLC ஐ அணுகி ரூ.800/- கோடிக்கு மேல் சென்ற நிதியாண்டில் லாபம் நமது துறை ஈட்டியதை சுட்டிக்காட்டி பெறவேண்டும். முன்னதாக DPE 2011 லேயே லாபத்துடன் இணைந்த போனஸை பொதுத்துறை நிறுவனங்களுக்கு அதன் லாப அடிப்படையில் பார்க்க வேண்டியதில்லை எனக் கூறியதை நினைவுகூறவேண்டும்.
2. மேற்கு வங்காளம் தமிழ்நாடு மற்றும் கேரளாவில் உள்ள அமைப்பு நிலை பிரச்சனைகள் எதிர்வரும் தேர்தலுக்கு முன் தீர்க்கப்பட வேண்டும்.
3. நமது வாக்கு வங்கியை அதிகரிக்க நம்மோடு ஒத்த கருத்தோடு வரும் சங்கங்கள் .SEWA and TEPU இவைகளை வரும் ஏழாவது அங்கீகாரத் தேர்தலில் கூட்டணியாக சேர்க்க வேண்டும்.
4. 01-10-2000 பிறகு வேலையில் சேர்ந்த புதிய தோழர்களின் பிரச்சனைகள் உடனடியாக தீர்க்கப்படவேண்டும்.
5. மூன்று வருடங்களாக அனைத்து மட்டங்களிலும் நடைபெறாத கவுன்சில் கூட்டங்கள் உடனடியாக கூட்டப்படவேண்டும்.
6.இப்போது இரண்டு சங்கங்கள் அங்கீகாரத்தை கணக்கில் கொண்டு கவுன்சில்களுக்கான அஜண்டா இரண்டு சங்க செயலர்கள் கையொப்பமிட்டு கொடுக்க வழிவகை செய்யவேண்டும். ஏனென்றால் பல இடங்களில் .BSNLEU தான் தணிக்கை அதிகாரி போல செயல்பட்டு அஜண்டா சமர்ப்பிக்கபடுகிறது.
7.சங்கம் என்ற மரத்தின் ஆணிவேராக கிளைப்பகுதிகள் கருதப்படவேண்டும் அதே போல கொல்கத்தா மற்றும் சென்னை டெரிடோரியல் சர்கிள் அந்தஸ்து தரப்பட வேண்டும்.
8.நம்மை பாதிக்கும் தனி டவர் கம்பெனி முயற்சி முறியடிக்கப்படவேண்டும்.இல்லையேல் அது நமது நிதிநிலையை மேலும் மோசமடையச் செய்து விடும்.
An hour long speech by Com.C.K.Mathivanan at the NEC- Arungabad:
Yesterday (02-11-15) I spoke at the National Executive meeting at Aurangabad in the evening session.In an hour long speech i touched upon the following points.
1.Bonus issue must be settled immediately.For this if need be NFTE may organise independent struggle.As NFTCL got the bonus order for contract Labourers with the intervention of CLC in Tamilnadu we may also approach the CLC since BSNL has Rs.800 crore more revenue in the last financial year and already DPE confirmed in 2011 itself that no linkage of profit for payment of PLI in CPSUs.
2.Organisational problems in West Bengal,Kerala,Tamilnadu should be resolved immediately to face the next verification in May 2016.
3.To bolster our vote bank the support of like minded unions and associations such as SEWA and TEPU may be sought on a common understanding well before the Seventh Verification.
4. The problems of newly recruited employees (after 01-10-2000) including terminal benefits be solved without any further delay.
5.Ensure Councils at all levels are functioning as per schedule.Almost all councils throughout the country did not meet thrice during the last three years.
6.As two unions are recognised now the management must be approached to ensure agenda points for the council meetings be sent under the signatures of both leader and secretary of the staff side since in many places the leaders of BSNLEU acts as censor board and misuse their position as secretary of the staff side and refuse to forward the inconvenient agenda points given by NFTE.
7.Recognition to Branch unions must be secured as they are the roots of the Union tree.Further the district unions of Metro circles like Chennai and Kolkata needs to be recognised as in the case of Territorial circles.
8.Seperate subsidiary Tower company must be opposed and stopped at any cost as the said formation will do immense damage to the financial position of BSNL.
CGM calls our Circle Union for talks on 05-11-15:
CGM calls our Circle Union for talks on 05-11-15 at 10.30 AM and in response to our agitational call from 18-11-15 on twenty point demands the Chief General Manager today contacted our circle Secretary over phone and invited the circle Union for negotiations on 05-11-15.We have agreed to attend the talks.We hope amicable settlement on all our demands in the negotiations so that no need to begin our agitation from 18-11-15 as notified on 30-10-15.
The National Executive Meeting of NFTE:
The National Executive Meeting of NFTE got to a flying start at Aurangabad.
New divisional Union OF NFTCL:
Today a new divisional Union for NFTCL was formed in Thiruvallur district at a meeting held in Thiruvallur in which 80 comrades including 25 Contract Labourers participated.Comrades Elangovan,Ragunathan and Danapal explained the issues.NFTCL circle Treasurer Babu inaugurated the new divisional Union.
We greet the new team elected and wish the divisional Union of Contract Labourers every success.
Three phase agitation program by circle union:
Three phase agitation program by circle union:
The secretariat meeting of the circle unon held on 28/10/2015 decided to organize the following agitation programs to demand immediate settlement of long pending issues of the employess.
1.18/11/2015- Mass Lunch hour demonstration at the offices of all the General Managers of all Business areas.
2.26/11/2015- Full day dharna at the office of DGM(A) at Miller’s Road.
3.01/12/2015- Relay hunger fast at the CGM’s office Purasaiwakkam.
Although we are not interested in organizing agitation against the circle management for a long time and now we are left with no alternative as the periodic meetings with DGM(A)/GM(HR)/CGM have become mere eyewash. Hence all our comrades are requested to mobilize members of our union to make the three phase agitation program successful. The notice for agitation will be served to the management on 30/10/2015.
Felicitation to Com.Ganesan,Kathivakkam rsu:
Yesterday evening I participated in the farewell meeting at Ennore telephone exchange organised for our branch Union secretary Ganesan of Katthiwakkam.Many officers including DGM and DE greeted Com.Ganesan who is retiring on 31-10-15.
Many circle Union office bearers and District secretaries along with hundreds of employees also participated in this function.He announced a donation of Rs.5000 to the circle Union.
District wide Branch Secretaries and office bearers meeting in December-2015:
1.North Chennai District: 08/12/2015...At Kalmandapam
2.South Chennai District: 15/12/2015...At K.K.Nagar
3.Kancheepuram District: 22/15/2015...At Chrompet
4.Thiruvallur District: 28/12/2015...At Madhavaram
The above four meetings will be mainly to explain the decisions of the Aurangabad National Executive Committee meeting and chalk out action plan for next membership verification.
These District wide meetings must be attended by Branch Presidents, Branch Secretaries, Branch treasurers, Divisional Presidents, Divisional Secretaries, Divisional treasurers and all office bearers of District unions by applying for a day special casual leave since these meeting will be held full day.
General Council Meeting on 12-11-15:
The meeting of Chennai Telephones circle Union will be held on 12-11-15(Thursday)at 2 pm in Dinroze Exchange compound under the Presidentship of M K Ramasamy.The decisions of Aurangabad National Executive Meeting of NFTE will be explained mainly in this meeting.Further the dates for district wise office bearers meetings will be finalised.A review of Bonus agitation on 06 th and 19 th of October will also be made.Hence all Branch ,Divisional and District secretaries besides circle office bearers are requested to attend the meeting in time.
Meeting with GM Today:
Along with Circle Treasurer of Tamilnadu NFTCL Comrade Babu myself and Nagarajan met the Central area General Manager for a discussion on an urgent issue related to Contract Labourers working in Thiruvanmiyur division where they were not employed for work by the Divisional Engineer on the spacious plea that particular contractor has stopped work.
We explained the GM that the tender period is not over and contractor has not withdrawn from the work officially.Hence the DE should not have acted on the verbal information of the contractor and stopped all the contract labourers despite the fact that lot of faults are pending in his area.
The GM has agreed with our contention and assured us to instruct the DE concerned to employ all the contract labourers as per the work contract.We thanked the GM for this immediate action.
Daylong Dharna at CGM office on 19-10-15:
At Purasawalkam the FORUM of Chennai Telephones began Dharna to demand Bonus for employees and executives despite profit or loss as Bonus is only the deferred wage.Com C. K. Mathivanan presided over the Dharna in his capacity as the Chairman of Chennai Telephones FORUM. Comrades T.R.Rajasekaran,M.K.Ramasamy,K.M.Elangovan and the district secretaries Nagarajan,Ragunathan,Ekambaram,Anbu and several circle office bearers along with hundreds of NFTE members and leaders actively took part in the Dharna.
Between deep sea and devil ?:
Few days ago the Supreme Court bench struck the 99th Constitutional amendment brought forward by Modi government to change the methodology for the appointment of judges for the High Courts and Supreme Court.The present method of Collegium recommending the names of judges to be appointed to the President is not fool proof.On many occasions favouritism and nepotism were seen on the appointments of judges.Hence there was a justified demand for a change in the method of selection.
But the paramount concern of all should be to ensure a fair and independent judiciary.After Narendra Modi took over the power to rule the country systematic attempts are on to weaken the institutions like Parliament, Film institutions,History centres,Literary Forums etc.We are witnessing how the rabidly communal elements are working overtime to do away with Reservations and even the Constitution itself. Hence the observation of the learned judges on the 99th amendment to the constitution is right and convincing.If Modi government is authorised to appoint judges to various High courts and Supreme Court it may play with judiciary and may appoint committed judges from RSS and BJP.
In the given situation it is better Chief Justice and few other judges of the Supreme Court are vested with powers to select judges of course impartiality and independently.
Secretariat meeting on 17-10-15:
The circle union's secretariat meeting was held today under the presidentship of Circle Union president M.K.Ramasamy.The meeting discussed the following:
2.National Executive at Aurangabad
3.District wide meetings of All office bearers
A day long dharna on 19/10/2015:
As per the call given by the FORUM a day long dharna will be organized at CGM's office complex in Purasaiwakkam on 19/10/2015 to demand adhoc bonus pending the revision of bonus formula. All are requested to assemble at CGM's office sharply by 10.00 AM.
Bonus for Contract Labourers:
NFTCL got an order from the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner for payment of this year Bonus to all contract labourers in telecommunications who are working in the whole of Tamilnadu.Comrade S.Anandan ,Circle Secretary of Tamilnadu state NFTCL has already forwarded the said order to all telecom operators including the CGMs of both Tamilnadu and Chennai Telephones.Kindly persuade the management to disperse Bonus payment to all contract labourers well before Deepavali which is to be celebrated on 10-11-15.
Meeting Today with Chief General Manager:
We met the CGM today along with NFTCL circle secretary of Tamilnadu and comrades Ramasamy,Elangovan,Ravi.The management side was represented by DGM,AGM and SDE.
We mainly discussed the issues pertaining to contract labourers wages,ESI/EPF etc.Old issues of regular employees like transfers and postings were also discussed.Reinstatement of Anbu of Guduvanchery and other 15 issues were also discussed for nearly two hours.
Regional Council Meeting of STP:
Today the meeting of Southern Telecom Projects Council was held with Mr.Ramesh ,CGM was chairman .Staff side Leader C.K.Mathivanan and secretary S.Chellappa along with the representatives of both management and Unions participated in the meeting.
The CGM of Southern Telecom Projects Mr.Ramesh is retiring this month:
The CGM of Southern Telecom Projects Mr.Ramesh is retiring this month (31-10-15) after many years of eventful service in DOT and BSNL .On behalf of NFTE I greeted him a very happy retired life today.
circle Union letter to the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu:
Our circle Union has written to the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Massive demonstration by Contract Labourers:
NFTCL organised today a demonstration at Chennai Valluvar kottam in which 350 contract labourers all over from Tamil Nadu and 150 comrades of Chennai Telephones actively participated.It was inaugurated by Com.J.Lakshmanan,State AITUC secretary.Comrades CKM ,Jayaraman,Lingamurthy ,Subbarayan,Silo Rao and many other leaders addressed the meeting.The State Secretary of NFTCL ,comrade S.Anandan presided over the meeting.
06-10-2015 போனஸ் கேட்டு ஆர்ப்பாட்டம்::
24-09-2015 அன்று நடந்த அகில இந்திய FORUM கூட்டம், ADHOC PLI போனஸ் கேட்டு 06-10-2015 அன்று நாடு தழுவிய ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் நடத்த முடிவெடுத்து அறைகூவல் விடுத்துள்ளது. இதற்கான தயாரிப்பு கூட்டம் இன்று BSNLEU சங்க அலுவலகத்தில் நடைபெற்றது. அதில் 1. ஆர்ப்பாட்டத்தை 6 இடங்களில் நடத்துவது. 2. அந்த இடங்களுக்கு எந்தெந்த பகுதி ஊழியர்கள் செல்ல வேண்டும் 3. நேரம் மதியம் 1.30 மணி முதல் என்பதும் முடிவெடுக்கப்பட்டது.,
NFTCLதொலைத்தொடர்பு ஒப்பந்த ஊழியர்களின் நியமான கோரிக்கைகளை முன்வைத்து சென்னை வள்ளுவர்கோட்டம் அருகில் நடந்த பெரும்திரள் ஆர்ப்பாட்டம்:
NFTCLதொலைத்தொடர்பு ஒப்பந்த ஊழியர்களின் நியமான கோரிக்கைகளை முன்வைத்து சென்னை வள்ளுவர்கோட்டம் அருகில் நடந்த பெரும்திரள் ஆர்ப்பாட்டம்,நூற்றுக்கணக்கானோர் தேனடைபோல் குழுமியிருந்ததனர்,தோழர்சி.கே.எம் அவர்களின் தொலைக்காட்சி ஊடக பேட்டி மாநிலம் முழுவதும் கோரிக்கையின் நியாயத்தை கொண்டுசென்றது.முதல் களம் வெற்றி,மாநிலம் முழுவதும் வேர்ப்பிடித்து உழைப்பாளிகளின் உரிமைகுரலை ஓங்கிஒலிக்க ,கோரிக்கைகளை வென்றெடுக்க வாழ்த்துக்கள்.
General council meeting:
Today the general council meeting of Chennai Telephones was held at Maraimalai Nagar near Chennai.Comrade Kandasamy donated RS.15000 to the union on his retirement.
The general council decided the following:
1. To effectively organise the Forum call on 06-10-15 for Bonus.
2.To conduct branch,division,district office bearers meeting in all the districts between 10-11-15 to 24-12-15 to begin work for next membership verification.
3. To complete all branch conferences by the end of December 2015.
Grand Farewell to com.Kandasamy at MM Nagar:
On his retirement today a grand farewell meeting was organised by Kanchipuram district Union.
IDA from October-2015:
There will be a increase of 5.3% and total IDA is 107.9% from October-2015.
FORUM calls for massive demonstration for Bonus on 06/10/2015:
The meeting of the FORUM held in New Delhi has decided to conduct a Nationwide demonstration on 06/10/2015 for payment of PLI(BONUS).Accordingly in Chennai telephones the FORUM will organize demonstration during lunch hour on 06/10/2015 at CGM’s office and other centers. A meeting of the Circle secretaries has been called to discuss about this demonstration on 01/10/2015 at 03.00PM in BSNLEU office at Flower Bazaar complex. The meeting will be chaired by FORUM chairman C.K.Mathivanan and conducted by Deputy conveners S.Lingamurthy and Shanmugasundarajan. All Branch secretaries and office bearers are requested to plan for a massive demonstration in Chennai telephones to win back our right for Bonus.
Now the RSS is trying to tamper with the Reservation Policy:
Whenever the forces of Hindu right wing came to power at the centre they tried to meddle with important policy frames.During Atal Bihari Vajpayee rule the same forces attempted to rewrite the Indian Constitution to facilitate the Presidencial form of government like in USA where President is elected directly and have enormous power with authority to veto even Parliament (Congress and Senate) decisions.This form of government is actually not Parliamentary Democracy but all powers will be in the hands of one person called President.Fortunately that attempt was nipped in the bud itself.
Now the same dark forces after Modi's Elevation as PM emboldened to raise their voice against Reservation and Secularism.RSS chief wants a review of Reservation Policy while another office bearer demands to dump Secularism.
But the so called secular forces are merrily fighting amongst them whether in Bihar or elsewhere without realising the grave dangers ahead to Indian Nation as such.
Meeting with GM(HR):
Our Circle union today discussed 15 items with GM(HR) including lift failure in Kellys, AC units failure in Porur division and acute shortage of shorts in Harbour TD where for 16500 working lines only one Sr. TOA is posted for the test desk duty. The Adminstration was represented by DGM(A), AGM(A), AGM(E) and SDE(SR). Our Circle was represented by Com. C.K.Mathivanan, Ramaswamy, Rajendiran, Elangovan and Ravi.
Meeting with GM(F) on 21/09/2015:
Our circle union leaders C.K.Mathivanan, K.M.Elangovan and C.Ravi met the GM(F) at CGM Office today and discussed the following issues.
1.Immediate pay fixation for all the TTA cadre officials who are officiating as JTO’s.
2.Rural allowances for TXM Employees who are working in CPT SSA area.
3.Medical claims must be accepted upto 6 months (180 days) and not upto 90 days as of now.
4.Special pay for TSMon par with RM for family planning operation by their spouses.
5. Long pending of medical claims and TA bills of the staff.
The GM(F) positively reacted and promised to issue necessary orders at the earliest.
Photo of Newly elected Circle office bearers:
The group photo of the newly elected Circle office bearers.
TV debate on 19-09-15 in JAYA Television:
My debate along with two others will be on air at 9 pm on Saturday(19 th Sep) in Jaya T V. The subject matter is the recent Global Investors Conference and the Chief Minister's announcement in State Assembly on providing Internet to 12500 odd villages in Tamilnadu and introduction of IP T V using the National Optic fibre Network.
General Council meeting on 30-09-15 at Maraimalai Nagar:
The General Council meeting will be held this month at Perunthalaiver Kamarajar marriage hall in Maraimalai Nagar at 10 am on 30-09-15.All branch ,divisional and district secretaries must attend along with Circle Union office bearers and special invitees.
Com.Kandasamy,the Chengleput Division Union leader is retiring on the same day hence a grand farewell also being arranged there after the General Council meeting.All the members of the General council can avail a day's special casual leave and necessary transport arrangements also arranged to ferry the members from Maraimalai Nagar Railway Station.
Massive daylong dharna against formation of tower company:
Daylong Dharna began at office of the CGM Chennai Telephones to demand withdrawal of cabinet decision on 05-08-15 for forming a separate mobile tower company.Dharna was presided over by Com.CKM and was inaugurated by Com.R.Venkatraman,GS,TEPU.
MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION BY NFTCL ON 3RD OCT-2015:
A massive demonstration will be organized by NFTCL on 03/10/2015 under the presidentship of Com.Mali(Erode) at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai pressing immediate settlement of demands of Contract labours.
Forum to hold massive Dharna on Sep-16:
The meeting of Circle Secretaries of unions and associations in Chennai Telephones was held today at NFTE office to effectively organise day long Dharna in CGM office at Purasawakkam to demand withdrawal of central cabinet decision on 05-08-15 to form a separate subsidiary company for managing 65000 mobile towers of BSNL throughout the country.
Grateful and Thankful!:
Yesterday evening at the Anna road meeting Comrade Sekar handed over a cheque for rupees 15000 towards membership verification -2016 fund.Few weeks before also he gave Rs.10000 to the circle Union for the same purpose.As of now this comrade alone has contributed totally 25000 rupees to meet the expenses for the Seventh membership verification in May 2016.We thank him.
FORUM meeting on 11-09-15:
To plan the successful Dharna on 16-09-15 to oppose the formation of subsidiary corporation for BSNL Tower Business as per the union cabinet decision a meeting of Chennai Telephones FORUM will be held under the Chairmanship of com.C K Mathivanan at 2 pm in the NFTE Union office at Flower Bazaar complex.Prepare the workers for a massive day long Dharna at CGM's office inPurasawakkam.This Dharna programme is being organised throughout the country.
Felicitation to Reception committee:
Yesterday the function to felicitate the reception committee for conducting the sixth circle conference was held marvellously at Anna Salai telephone exchange .This meeting also fondly remembered the 19-09-1968 Strike and martyrs in that historic nationwide one day strike by Central government employees.
The government telecom employees cooperative society in Bengaluru:
Yesterday I was in Bangaluru to participate in the opening of a new branch there by The government telecom employees cooperative society.All the unions and associations were called and leaders shared the stage.I appealed to the board of Directors to reduce the rate of interest for loan and speed up the chennai Flats construction project also.In his concluding speech the President of the said cooperative society Com.S.Veeraragavan very positively responded to both my requests.I thank all concerned who made the Bangaluru function a memorable one.
Just now I was informed that the BSNL management has at last approved the list of office bearers elected at the Sholapur All India Conference of SEWA-BSNL.Accordingly brother P.N.Perumal of Tamilnadu will be the President and brother N.D.Ram of Delhi will be the General Secretary as per the approval of the management . The list of office bearers elected at the Sholapur conference was in toto approved.I greeted brother P.N.Perumal over phone and congratulated him for the success of his long struggle to save the SEWA from the selfish elements.We expect a friendly relationship with the new team.
சொஸைட்டி வட்டிப் பிரச்னையும் BSNLEUவின் கபட நாடகமும்:சென்ற முறை, சொஸைட்டி BSNLEUவின் முழுக் கட்டுப்பாட்டில் இருந்தபோது சாதாரண கடனுக்கான வட்டி விகிதம் 16.5 சதம். அப்போது, வட்டியை குறைக்க வேண்டும் என்று நமது சங்க ஆதரவு டைரக்டர்கள் மற்றும் RGB உறுப்பினர்கள் வலியுறுத்தியபோது, " ஐயோ அது சாத்தியமில்லை ! வட்டியை குறைத்தால் சொஸைட்டி திவாலாகிவிடும் ! " என்று பேசியவர்தான் முன்னாள் இயக்குனர்( BSNLEU) அன்புமணி. சென்ற RGB தேர்தலுக்கு பிறகு காட்சிகள் மாறின.
BSNLEU கூட்டணி சொஸைட்டி தேர்தலில் படுதோல்வி அடைந்தது.
நமது கூட்டணியின் வசம் சொஸைட்டி நிர்வாகம் வந்தது. ஒவ்வொரு சதமாக, இருமுறை வட்டி விகிதம் குறைக்கப்பட்டது. மொத்தத்தில்
வட்டி விகிதம் 14.5 சதமாக ஆனது. உறுப்பினர்கள் பெருமகிழ்ச்சி அடைந்தனர்.சென்ற ஆண்டு நரேந்திர மோடி மத்தியில் ஆட்சியைப் பிடித்தார். நல்ல காலம் பிறக்கும் என்றும் வாக்குறுதி அளித்தார்.ஆனால், நாட்டு மக்களுக்கு மட்டுமல்லாது, நமது சொசைட்டி உறுப்பினர்களுக்கும் நல்ல காலம் பிறப்பதற்கு பதிலாக கெட்ட காலம் பிறந்தது. இதுநாள் வரை விவசாயிகளுக்கு வழங்கிய சலுகை வட்டியிலேயே வங்கிகள் நம்மை போன்ற ஊழியர்களின் கூட்டுறவு சங்கங்களுக்கும் கடன் வழங்கி வந்தது. அந்த முறையை அடியோடு மாற்றி, சலுகை வட்டி தரக் கூடாது என்று உத்திரவு பிறப்பித்தது மோடி அரசு. அதன் காரணமாக நமது கூட்டுறவு சங்கமும் ஏற்கனவே வாங்கிய கடனுக்கு அதிக வட்டி தர வேண்டிய கட்டாயத்திற்கு ஆளானது. தவிர்க்க முடியாமல் உறுப்பினர்களுக்கு வழங்கிய கடனுக்கான வட்டியை உயர்த்த வேண்டிய கட்டாயம் ஏற்பட்டது. வெறும் வாயை மெல்பவனுக்கு அவல் கிடைத்ததுபோல, தோல்வியில் துவண்டு போயிருந்த அன்புமணி கம்பெனி உயிர்த்தெழுந்தது.ஆகா ! வட்டி உயர்வு அநியாயம் !! ஏற்க மாட்டோம் !! என்று நீட்டி முழக்கி தமிழக சொஸைட்டி உறுப்பினர்களிடம் மட்டுமல்லாது, உறுப்பினர் அல்லாதவர்களிடமும் தங்களது வழக்கமான கையெழுத்து இயக்கத்தை நடத்தினர். நாட்டில் உள்ள எல்லா பிரச்னைகளுக்கும் மோடிதான் காரணம் என்று மேடை தோறும் பிரசங்கம் செய்பவர்கள், இந்த வட்டி உயர்வு பிரச்னையில் மட்டும் மோடி அரசின் மோசடித்தனத்தை தோலுரிக்காமல், அன்புமணி தலைமையில் தற்போதைய இயக்குனர் குழுவை சந்தித்து கையெழுத்து படிவத்தை கொடுத்துவிட்டு ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் என்று அறிவிப்பது ஏன் ?வட்டி குறைப்பில் இவர்களுக்கு உண்மையிலேயே அக்கறை இருக்குமானால் இவர்கள் ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் செய்ய வேண்டியது, மோடி அரசை எதிர்த்து அல்லவா ? அதை விட்டுவிட்டு, பொறுப்பேற்றவுடன் வட்டியை குறைத்த இயக்குனர் குழு மீது பாய்வது ஏன் !!வெள்ளானூர் நிலத்தில் அடுக்கு மாடி குடியிருப்பு என்பது சென்ற இயக்குனர் குழு காலத்திலேயே முடிவாகிவிட்டதோடு, சென்ற தேர்தலில் ஆகப் பெரும்பான்மை உறுப்பினர்களால் ஏற்கப்பட்ட,
இனி மாற்ற முடியாத முடிவு.... சோழியன் குடுமி சும்மா ஆடுமா ! இவர்களது உள்நோக்கம் அடுத்த அங்கீகாரத் தேர்தல் !இந்தியாவெங்கும் பொய்ப்பிரச்சாரம் செய்து அதிக வாக்குகள் பெற்றாலும் தமிழகத்தில இவர்களது பாச்சா இது நாள் வரை பலிக்கவில்லை !
BSNLEUவின் பன்னிரெண்டாண்டு அங்கீகார காலத்தில் சொல்லிக்
கொள்ள சாதனை ஏதுமில்லை...போனஸ் இல்லை, ஊதிய
மாற்றத்தில் குளறுபடிகள் என்ற வேதனைகளே தொடர்கதையாகி வருகிறது. இந்த முறை எப்படியாவது தமிழகத்தில் ஜெயிக்க
வேண்டும் என்ற நப்பாசையில்தான் இந்த வட்டி குறைப்பு
ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் எனும் கபட நாடகம் !
BSNLEUவின் பொய்ப் பிரச்சாரத்தை முறியடிப்போம் !!
உண்மையை எடுத்துரைப்போம் !!
தமிழகத்தில் NFTE-BSNL சங்க வெற்றிக்கு அயராது பாடுபடுவோம் !! Courtesy : NFTE-BSNL KOVAI WEBSITE.
Circle union Secretariat meeting:
Today the circle union's secretariat met and discussed to ensure full strike on 02-09-15 in Chennai Telephones (BSNL).
9th September 2015 function poster:
The Circle union has printed Posters for the 9th September 2015 function at Anna Road Exchange complex.
Modi and his Promises!:
Yesterday Narendra Modi promised rupees 1.25 lakh crore package in a poll campaign meeting in Bihar where state poll is approaching.It is nothing but a misuse of power by a Prime Minister to woo the voters of Bihar.
Before discussing the fate of his latest promise to the people of Bihar let us see the fate of his promises given to the people of this country in May 2014.After completing one year as PM no single promise was implemented by Modi. His promise of One Rank One Pension for the jawans is hanging.His another promise of giving 15 lac rupees to each citizen by capturing the black money stocked in Swiss banks by Indians.This has been a forgotten one to Modi.Lastly he promised corruption free governance.Alas he closed his eyes to corruption by his party men . Lalit gate scam,Vyapam scam and other scandals have rocked the Parliament .But Modi did not budge and refused to take action against corrupt CMs and Ministers.
We hope Bihar people will not get duped by our PM.
Wake up or get doomed!:
Asper the information BSNL lost 2 crore customers in the financial year ended on 31-03-15.It has lost 1.78 crore mobile customers and 0.20 crore land line customers.This trend must be arrested at any cost. We may use the free night calls offer and free national roaming facility recently announced by BSNL.
At a meeting in Newdelhi on 13-08-15 the CGM of Chennai Telephones got a special concession from the top management to postpone the handing over of maintenance work of Broadband to contract upto 30-09-15 with an assurance that the Broadband faults will be reduced and the same day fault will be cleared on the day itself.We all should raise to the occasion and implement the assurances of CGM or else the said work will be handed over to private agencies and blame will be put on the shoulders of Trade Unions.
Shouting slogans against privatisation alone will not stop it.
Introductory meeting with CGM:
Today we had a introductory meeting with CGM,Chennai Telephones .All the newly elected circle Union office bearers along with District Secretaries and Special invitees attended the meeting.The management side was represented by CGM,GM(HR) DGM and AGM.
protest demonstration in Pudukottai:
Today, I participated in the protest demonstration in Pudukottai for opposing the proposal to create a separate mobile tower company for 65000 BSNL towers.Also I addressed media after the demonstration.
Forum Demonstration on 12th August 2015:
The Chennai Telephones Forum has decided to hold demonstration at Anna Road exchange complex on 12/08/2015 during lunch hour to protest against the formation of a separate entity to manage 65000 towers of BSNL throughout the country. Organize our employees in large numbers to this protest demonstration.
Circle Secretary meeting in New Delhi:
The meeting of all circle secretaries is on for two days from 10/08/2015. From Chennai telephones Comrades T.R. Rajasekaran and K.M.Elangovan attending. The main discussion will be ensuing seventh membership verification.
Meeting with CGM:
An Introductory meeting of all Circle office bearers will be held on 14/08/2015(Friday) at CGM office at about 11.30Hrs. Thereafter the meeting of the EC will be held to finalize the ten special invitees and council nominations.
Why all workers should join nationwide strike on 2nd-September-2015?:
The recently concluded sixth conference of Chennai Telephones of NFTE-BSNL decided to participate in the one day strike called by major central trade unions on 02-09-15.Although 12 demands were notified for this General Strike the most important reason is the anti worker and anti trade union attitude of the Narendra Modi government .To please the rich and powerful industrialists and corporates the present NDA government is attempting to dilute all the safeguards available in the Labour laws.
For example the central government wants to merge the Indian Trade Union Act-1926,Industrial disputes act-1947 and Labour act-1946 in to one single act and do away with the inspections of Factory Inspectors who will normally visit factories to check and verify the implementation of various labour Laws.The amendments proposed now also raise the requirement of seven employees to start a union to minimum 100 or ten percent of total employees.This will naturally abolish trade unions and deny the basic trade union rights to all those workers who are working in the less than 100 workers category unions.Further no prior permission from the government is needed hereafter to declare lockout in the concerns wherein less than 300 are employed.Modi government's attempt to mend and bend the Labour laws to help the rich people must be defeated through United strikes by all trade unions.Why Narendra Modi government did not attempt to change the out dated Bonus Act of 1971 which actually deny bonus to the majority employees through number of restrictions.Just because it will give more employees the the opportunity to avail bonus.
Floral tributes to OPGupta's statue in Thiruvallur:
On 07/08/2015 morning Com.C.K.Mathivanan took comrade Saleel Gupta and his wife Dr.Sunitha along with comrade Krishna Mohan to Thiruvallur to pay floral tributes to Com.O.P.Gupta's statue installed at Thiruvallur.
The reception committee meeting:
The reception committee meeting held yesterday to review the preparations for the sixth circle conference of NFTE-BSNL in chennai Telephones.
state executive meeting of telecom contract labours Union (NFTCL) of Tamilnadu:
The state executive meeting of telecom contract labours Union (NFTCL) of Tamilnadu was held today in Chintadripet AITUC office.The meeting decided to hold the state conference in Trichy in February 2016.It also decided to organise a full day dharna to demand settlement of contract labour demands on 02-10-2015 at Valluvar Kottam in chennai.
Fullday general council meeting of NFTE chennai Telephones:
The Fullday general council meeting of NFTE chennai Telephones was held today at State Headquartes building of Tamilnadu AITUC and the council endorsed the draft report on activities with some amendments. It is given information that nearly 1500 delegates may attend the two day circle conference from 5-8-15.
FORUM meeting at Kellys complex :
Today the FORUM held a meeting at Kellys complex to create awareness among the staff to reduce the number of faults and duration of faults in Kellys area where the situation is alarming.
Extended executive committee MEETING of Thiruvallur district Union:
Today the meeting of the extended executive committee of Thiruvallur district Union was held at Ambathur telephone exchange.
The extended executive committee meeting of the Kanchipuram district:
The extended executive committee meeting of the Kanchipuram district Union was held today at Guindy to prepare for the ensuing Sixth circle conference.
JAYA TV INTERVIEW:
My interview along with other two personalaties will be on air in Jaya T V today (Saturday) at 09.00 Pm.Please watch the programme.
Extended District Executive committe meeting of North Chennai:
Today the extended district executive meeting of North Chennai district Union was held at Flower bazaar canteen to specially mobilise fund and comrades for the ensuing 6 th circle conference of NFTE-BSNL.
Com C.K.MATHIVANAN INTERVIEW IN ZEE NEWS CHANNEL:
Just now gave an interview to ZEE news (Hindi)channel correspondent who specially flew to chennai for this purpose.The interview was about Marans fraud on BSNL.It is good that national channels have started evincing interest on this scandal.The interview was videotaped at my residence.May be it will be on air in a day or two.
General council meeting on 16/07/2015:
On the eve of 6th Circle conference the meeting of the General council of our circle union will be held full day on 16/07/2015 from morning to evening. The meeting will finalize the amendments on reports and activities. Further invitation and posters for the Circle conference will be distributed at the meeting. Sangamuzhakkam magazine will also be distributed. Hence all the members of the general council particularly Branch/Divisional/District secretaries and Circle office bearers may apply for a day Special casual leave and attend the meeting without fail. The venue of the meeting will be 2nd Floor of AITUC state Headquarters Building in Kovoor Vaidiyanathan street at Chindadripet.
Forum meeting on 07/07/2015:
The circle secretaries of the Unions Associations in the FORUM of Chennai telephones will meet on 07/07/2015 at 03.00PM in NFTE circle union office at Flower Bazaar Exchange complex. The meeting will mainly discuss and decide about popularizing the free ninght calling service of BSNL among the general public and the existing customer.
Farewell party of Com.Govindaraj, Circle Secretary ,BSNLEU:
Farewell party of Com.Govindaraj, Circle Secretary ,BSNLEU in Chennai Telephones was held today at Flower Bazaar exchange. NFTE was represented by Comrades CKM, MKR,and Nagarajan. We greet him a very happy retired life.
BSNL lines case: CBI questions former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran
CBI on Wednesday questioned former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran in connection with a case of allegedly using over 300 high data capacity BSNL telecom lines at his Boat House residence in Chennai...
IDA INCREASES BY 2.1%:
The IDA for the month of July-2015 is increases by 2.1% and total IDA stands at 102.6%.
Farewell function at Ambathur for Sr. NFTE Comrade B.Ranganathan:
A farewell function at Amabathur for our senior NFTE leader Com. B.Ranganathan who is retiring from service was held in grand manner. Hundres of comrades participated in the meeting and greeted Com. B.Ranganathan. Com C.K.Mathivanan eleborately spoke at the function and detailed his association with Com.B.Ranganathan and his service to the working class for the last 42 years both in P&T, DOT and BSNL.
Extended Circle Executive Committee Decision:
1.The delegate fee for the 6th Circle conference will be fixed at Rs 300/-.
2.A travel bag worth Rs 300/- will be given to all the delegates as the conference memento.
3.The National flag will be hoisted by Com.M.K. Ramaswamy Circle president.
4.NFTE flag will be hoisted by Com.A.Kantha, Circle vice president.
5.To mark the occasion of the 6th Circle conference the following comrades will host the union flag.
6. The Extended District Executive meeting will be held as per the following schedule to mobilize the comrades for the circle conference.
1. 09/07/2015… 03.00PM North Chennai District.
2. 10/07/2015… 11.00AM South Chennai District.
3. 13/07/2015… 11.00AM Kancheepuram District Union(Union office at Guindy).
4. 14/07/2015… 03.00PM Thiruvallur District Union(Ambattur Exchange).
All comrades who will attend these meetings can avail Special CL.
Extended CEC Meeting:
Today the meeting of the extended circle executive committee Was held at DINROZE exchange complex to discuss and decide all issues pertaining to the ensuing sixth circle conference from 05-08-15 & 06-08-15.
JAYA TV INTERVIEW:
A debate on the conflict between Home Ministry and IB ministry regarding non-renewal of license to 33 T V channels and 5 FM radio channels of SUN group.Com.C.K.Mathivanan, BJP leader Mrs.Vanathi Sreenivasan and social activist Mr.Sreenivasarao will also participate in the debate. It will be telecast as per the schedule below.
Jaya TV.....27-06-15(Saturday)at 9 to 10 pm.
Jaya plus TV ...29-06-15(Monday)at 9.30 to 10.30 pm
Farewell meeting for Com.Varathan,vice-president:
Farewell meeting for Com.Varathan,vice-president of the union was held today at K.K.nagar telephone exchange.After a month I could meet more than 300 active comrades of NFTE at this function.
fare well meeting at KK Nagar on 24.06.2015:
To felicitate our Circle vice president B. Varadan who is retiring on 30.06.2015 a farewell meeting is organized at 03.00PM on 24.06.2015. Com. C.K.Mathivanan will participate.
. The Circle Executive Committee Meeting on 29/06/2015:At 02.00PM on 29.06.2015 the E.C. meeting of the Circle union will be held at Flower Bazaar union office.All the members of CEC are requested to attend the meeting in time.
Com. C.K.Mathivanan will assume charge of Circle secretary on 24.06.2015:After availing leave for 40 days Com. C.K.Mathivanan will assume the charge of Circle secretary on 24.06.2015.
Courtesy meeting with new CGM on 22/05/2015:
Our circle union will meet the new CGM Smt.S.M.Kalavathi assume charge formally on 22/05/2015.The meeting shall take place at 12.00 Noon. The District secretaries, Asst Circle Secretaries along with Circle President, Circle secretary and Circle treasurer will meet the new CGM and greet her.
Reception Committee will meet regularly every week from 01/06/2015:
The reception committee constituted for conducting the 6th Circle conference will meet every week on Friday’S with effect from 01/06/2015; 03.00PM at Circle union office in Flower Bazaar. Members of the Reception committee are requested to attend the meeting without fail.
Secretariat Meeting held on 13/05/2015:
The Meeting of the Circle secretariat was held today and the following decisions were taken.
1.Seven Committees including Food, Volunteer etc were formed to meet the 6th Circle conference on 05&06/08/2015 successfully.
2.One month leave for Circle secretary from 14/05/2015 was granted and Com. S.C.Bose will officiate as Circle secretary during this period.
3.To celebrate the farewell function of Com.B.Varadhan,CVP,on 24/06/2015 at K.K.Nagar Telephone Exchange Complex.
New CGM POSTED TO Chennai telephones:
On 08/05/2015 the Corporate office issued orders promoting Smt S.M.Kalavathi as CGM and posted her to Chennai Telephones. NFTE-BSNL welcomes the New CGM and wish Madam S.M. Kalavathi every success in the new post.
FORUM MEETING ON 08/05/2015:
The Circle secretaries of FORUM met today at NFTE office reviewed both the strike and the talks with the secretary DOT on 01/05/2015. The meeting thanked all for the hundred percent strike in Chennai telephones. It also condemned the brutal attack on Com. C.K.Mathivanan. The meeting decided to be very vigilant till our demands are accepted.
Meeting with New CGM:
Our Circle union had a meeting with the New CGM Sri.Reddy who assumed charge in Chennai Telephones from 01/05/2015. Comrades C.K.Mathivanan, M.K.Ramaswamy, S.C. Bose, K.M.Elangovan and C.Ravi participated in the meeting. Seven important issues were discussed with the CGM and he was very positive on understanding of our issues.
ONE STEP FORWARD:
Only due to our united and historic strike for two days both the Minister Ravishankar prasad and DOT Secretary Rakesh Garg were compelled to discuss about the BSNL and other issues. It is a victory for the FORUM no doubt.On 24/04/2015 the Communication Minister held a meeting with Members of Parliament regarding BSNL services and infrastructure development. Similarly on 01/05/2015 the Secretary, DOT held meeting with FORUM leaders on most of our strike demands notified for two days Nationwide strike. But we are on the opinion that still the Govt(DOT) has not made up its mind to accept our demands fully within a time frame. The evasive and noncommittal replies of the DOT Secretary proves this point. Let us wait and watch and shall not lower our guard. On the whole the exercise is one step forward.
May day celebrations on 06/05/2015:
As already announced the Birth anniversary of Karl Marx and May Day celebration of Chennai telephones Circle union will be held in Adyar telephone Exchange at 01.00 PM. Com J.Lakshmanan, State secretary of AITUC, Tamil Nadu will be the Chief guest. All comrades are requested to assemble before lunch at Adyar since the Adyar Division Comrades have arranged lunch for all of us.
Thoughts for this May day-2015:
The Circle union of Chennai telephones conveys to all comrades its revolutionary greetings on the International Workers day popularly known as May day. When the entire working class celebrates the May day throughout the world on 01/05/2015 we wish to remind the duties and responsibilities of today to protect the freedom of the Country’s secularism and hard own rights of the working people.
We pay homage to the Martyrs of Chicago in America who raised the banner of revolt against the exploitation of Mankind and demanded eight hours duty for the working people. At that time the normal working hours for a day was more than 20 hours. Now lot of changes have taken place and the American imperialism is afraid of China. Any time from now on China may overtake America in wealth and Economic might. We all know the China is being ruled by the working class led by the Communist party.
Similarly in India also things have changed for the worst. Big companies and Industrialist are actually guiding the Modi government that is why anti poor and anti former policies are being implemented in our Country. There is no change of policy between the 10 years UPA rule and the one year NDA rule.Both Congress and BJP are two sides of the same coin.
The unity of the working people is must and continuous struggles against the wrong economic policies and rapid communal politics is the need of the hour.
Meeting with DOT secretary:
Today(01/05/2015) the meeting with secretary(DOT) on our strike demands will take place at 05.00 PM on Sanchar Bhavan, New Delhi. FORUM leaders were invited for the meeting.
FORUM met the Dy.Commissioner of police:
On 27/04/2015 at about 06.00 PM the FORUM leaders including Com.C.K.Mathivanan, K. Govindaraj along with hundreds of comrades met the Dy.Commissioner and the Inspector of Police,Kilpauk to inquire about the action taken in the FIR filed regarding the murderous attack on Com.C.K.Mathivanan on 22/04/2015 during the Nationwide two days strike. Both the police officers informed us the action taken on our complaints.
Circle council meeting:
The Meeting of the Circle council held today (27/04/2015) and many issues discussed by the staff side. At the end of the meeting the staff side organized farewell to the CGM Sri. Balasubramaniam who is retiring on 30/04/2015. Com. C.K.Mathivanan felicitated the CGM and spoke about his simplicity and honesty.
Com.C.K.Mathivanan is well and Recovered completely:
On the 2nd day of Nationwide strike(22/04/2015) Com.C.K.Mathivanan, Chairman, Chennai telephones FORUM was attacked in front of CGM office by a drunken ‘Anna union’ supporter (J.Stalin, Regular Mazdoor) for questioning his anti worker attitude during the strike.
TV INTERVIEW On two days strike:
Com. C.K.Mathivanan TV Interview will be telecasted as follows.
JAYA TV ..26/04/2015..09.00-10.00PM
JAYA PLUS TV...28/04/2015...09.30-10.30PM
May day Celebrations-2015:
The Circle union will observe this year May day on 06/05/2015 (01.00 PM)at Adayar Telephone Exchange complex and elaborate arrangement are being made for this. All comrades are requested to participate in the May day Celebration in time.
On 01/05/2015 all Branch unions should observe May Day by hoisting union flag at all Buildings and Exchanges.
In Chennai telephones and allover the Country also the two day’s strike call given by FORUM to save BSNL was a huge success. NFTE BSNL thanks each and every comrades who worked for the success of this protest action. In Chennai telephones not a single Employees or Executives barring few ITS officers reported for duty on 21& 22/04/2015. It is a historic success which reveals the determination and anger of BSNL Employees/ Executives. The O/o The CGM, Chennai telephones was locked and sealed on the first day of strike. However we permitted four ITS officers on both days to enter the CGM office after knowing in several parts of the Country ITS officers and even promoted CGM’s were permitted to enter the office by FORUM leadership at respective level. We also thank CGM, Sr. GM(HR) for their understanding of the situation and Co-operation that resulted in a peaceful massive strike in Chennai telephones.
Had the Govt of India or BSNL Management invited our leaders in time for meaningful talks on notified demands well before the strike action would have been averted. We condemn the irresponsibility of Secretary, DOT who has filed o initiate discussion on our demand but went on pleasure trip to Foreign Country while 2.5 lakh men and women in BSNL on strike. We hope atleast now both the Govt of India and the Management of BSNL will understand the feelings of the Employees/ Executives and help for an amicable settlement.
Interview on 19/04/2015 in Jaya TV:
Com. C.K.Mathivanan will participate in a TV interview on 18/04/2015(Saturday) at 09.00PM to 10.00PM. The subject matter will be ongoing 2G scam trail in CBI special court. The replay will be on 20/04/2015 in Jaya plus TV from 09.30 PM to 10.30PM.
Meeting with CMD on 17/04/2015:
Although the strike preparation in BSNL is going on cntinuously for last several months the Minster in-charge of Telecom Shri.Ravishankar Prasad has no time to meet the leaders of the FORUM to hold meaningful negotiation on our demand and avert the impending strike. However the CMD Shri. Anupam srivastava has kind enough to invite our leaders for talks on 17/04/2015. We do not have any illusion about the nature of talks and the settlement of demands. The present NDA govt headed by Shri. Narendra modi is not a collective one but a single man show only. When the PM was purchasing 123 war planes in FRANCE our defense Minister is very busy in purchasing fish in the market at is Native place, Goa, Similarly when the PM is touring each and every country one by one the Foreign affairs Minister Sushmaswaraj is busily engaged in New Delhi. This is the state of affairs of the present setup wherein PMO is more powerful than anybody else in this country. Naturally we hope until and other wise the Prime minister intervenes nothing canbe expected positively. Hence we request all our comrades not to get diverted by this or that talks but to concentrate on strike preparation with full vigor and commitment.
Big rally on 20/04/2015:
On the eve of two day Nationwide strike the Chennai telephones FORUM has decided to organize a big rally at Flower Bazaar telephone Exchange complex in the A/N of 20/04/2015 at 02.30 PM on Monday. All the comrades of every union/ Association in the FORUM are requested to assemble in large number. Make the rally a huge success.
Com.Bhagat singh's 84th martyrdom anniversary:
CPI leader Com. D.Lenin delivered speech on the occasion. NFPE leader V. Dharmadass and Com. C.K.Mathivanan presided over the meeting.
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FORMAL MEETING WITH CGM:
On 12/03/2015 our circle union met the CGM with notified agenda points. Sr GM(HR&Admn),Sr.GM(F),Addl GM(HR&Admn),SDE(SR) represented the management. Our union was represented by M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, M.Nagarajan, C.K.Raghunathan, Ekambaram and Anbu. The CGM and other officers are generally in agreement with our demands and agreed to resolve the issues raised with in a reasonable time.
Our union raised the issues about Contract labours regarding minimum wage, EPF nad ESI. We reminded the management that corporate office has already issued instructions to ensure minimum wage, ESI and EPF to contract labour. Our union pointed out the violations of labour laws by contractors and suggested a team to monitor the contract system.
Formal meeting with CGM On 12/03/2015:
On our request the CGM has agreed for a formal meeting with the circle union at 11.00 AM on 12/03/2015 besides CGM, Sr.GM(HR&Admn), GM(F) and Addl GM(Admn) are expected to participate. Our circle union has already notified 15 items as agenda points for the meeting.
Will MTNL BE CLOSED?:
As per the information of Central minister for Heavy Industries Mr.Anand Geethe that five Public sector units which are running on loss continuously are going to be closed. He listed Air India, MTNL, HMT, Hindustan Ship yard among the five companies to be closed. We are our own doubt that in the name of closure MTNL may be thrusted up on the BSNL by handing over the Telecom services of Delhi and Mumbai to BSNL. As we stoutly oppose the proposed merger of MTNL with BSNL we should not accept the Indirect way the Govt of India impose MTNL on BSNL.
Com .C.K.MATHIVANAN TV INTERVIEW IN JAYA TV:
An hour long TV interview on 2G scam will be telecasted in JAYA TV on 08/03/2015 at 09.00 PM.
International Women’s day on 08/03/2015:
Our Circle union extends warm greetings to all women of our country and particularly those working in BSNL on the International women’s day.
Meeting with Sr.GM(F) ON 07/03/2015:
Our Circle union had a meeting with the Sr. GM(F) on issues pertaining to ERP and Finance related difficulties and our Circle union was represented by Com. C.K.Mathivanan, S.C.Bose, K.M. Elangovan, G.Palaniappan and C.Ravi. Among other things our Circle union discussed about difficulties in BSNLMRS for dependence, delay in Payments of contract labours, TSM cadre should be treated as regular employees, wrong recoveries and rejection of several medical claims.
FORUM DEMONSTRATION ON 12/03/2015:
At Anna Road Exchange Complex a massive demonstration will be held at 04.00 PM. All comrades are requested to attend the demonstration without fail.
Telecom Companies are accumulating big amount of loan:
As per the As per the information for 2013-2014 financial year a total of 2.43 lakhs crores of loan was availed by all the telecom companies put together. BSNL has 4459 crores and MTNL has14120 crores of rupees as loan.
The customer base of BSNL has further shirnked to 7.81 crores as of 31/01/2015 from 9.45 crores as of 31/03/2012.However the loss of BSNL has reduced to Rs 7020 crores from Rs 8851 crores as per financial year 2013-2014.
Reception Committee formed for holding 6th Circle conference:
1.President: Com, T.R.Rajasekaran, Secretary,(CHQ)
2.Vice Precidents: Com. A.Kantha,CVP
Com. M.Nagarajan, District Secretary, Chennai South
Com. Dhan singh,ACS
Com. C.K.Raghunatahn, District Secretary, TVR
Com. Ekambaram,District Secretary,KCM
Com. K.Anbu,District Secretary,Chennai North
Com. V.Babu, Circle Treasurer,NFTCL
Com. Patric shylock,DS,Vadpalani
Com. Shanthakumar,DS,Haddows Road
Com. Sundaramurthy,DS,Anna Road
Com. Dilli Babu,DS,R.K.Nagar
General Council Meeting:
The next General Council meeting of our circle union will be held on 04/04/2015 at 02.00 PM in Dinroze RSU Exchnage.
6th Circle conference:
The Circle Executive meeting held on 03/03/2015 decided the following.
1.To hold the 6th Circle conference in July 2015.
2.The District union of South Chennai will organize the conference.
3.First day conference will be open to all. However second and third day conference will be strictly with elected delegates.
4.Each District union will be permitted with 25 observers only. All the 38 members of the E.C. will be automatic delegates.
DEMONSTRATION IN CHENNAI AIR PORT:
Com.C.K.Mathivanan spoke at the mass demonstration organized by the Chennai Airport Employees against handing over the operations of Chennai Airport to private players.
FORUM DEFERS INDEFINITE STRIKE DECISION:
Leadership of the FORUM has decided to modify the stike decision to enable widest participation Nation wide as follows.
1.Two days strike on 21/04/2015 and 22/04/2015.
2.Nationwide demonstration on 12/03/2015 on that day the strike notice will be served on the Management.
3.Press conference will be held all Circle HQ to explain modified strike demand to the General Public.
Secretariat meeting on 03/03/2015:
The meeting of the Circle union secretariat will be held at Flower Bazaar union office on 03/03/2015 at 03.00 PM. All secretariat members are requested to attend with out fail.
National Executive meeting at Jaipur:
Two days NAtional Executive meeting of our union will be held in Jaipur (Rajasthan) on 09/04/2015 and 10/04/2015.
Is Tamil Nadu Circle union derail from its traditional path?:
We all know the Tamil Nadu Circle union is having rich tradition and colorful history led by our leaders Jagan, Muthiyalu, R.Krishnamurthy and Mahalingam. But the recent development and happenings in that circle eversince the last Madurai Conference make us feel whether the Tamil Nadu Circle union is going away from the path of great leaders O.P.Gupta and Jagan. The intolerance and arrogance of Com.Pattabiraman has vertically divided our union in Tamil Nadu. He is showing disrespect to all those who oppose or differ from his opinion or policy. He never bothers to consult the Circle Executive Committee or to take decisions in the Executive Committee Meetings but arbitrarily decides everything. This is the root cause of disturbance in the circle union.
Yesterday( 10/02/2015) nearly 70 comrades of Chennai Telephones North and South District unions went to the Circle Executive of Tamil Nadu to submit a memorandum to the Circle secretary objecting his activities in violation of union constitution with regard to Sothern Telecom Region(STR) union setup. Instead of receiving the memorandum and discussing the issues peacefully he ordered his goons who were specially assembled from nearby Districts of Vellore, Cuddalore and Puducherry to attack our Comrades brutally and throw them out of the meeting hall. The CGM of Tamil Nadu Circle who came to address the meeting ran away through backdoor without speaking on seeing the violence unleashed by the Pattabiraman’s followers.Our Chennai Telephones comrades continued their demonstration outside the meeting hall which was locked from inside.The Police authorities came there and try to mediate but failed due to the stubborn and adamant attitude of Pattabiraman. In this situation the hall owner came to the spot and evicted everybody out of the compound and thus the said meeting came to an abrupt end. This is a very painful incident and we all should be ashamed off this ugly and violent activities of Pattabiraman’s followers. Even the Circle treasurer Comrades Asokarajan and Secretary (CHQ) G. Jayaraman were not spared by these goon elements.
Com.Pattabiram who is for left unity and unity of all trade union is not practicing the same with his own union members inside the Circle union. He should preach only whatever he can practice.Preaching something and acting opposite to that is not good for any organization.Even at this time we hope he will realize his mistakes and try to sort out the issues raised by our comrades in a peaceful and democratic manner.
General Council Meeting on 16/02/2015:
The General Council meeting of our Circle union will be held on 16/02/2015 at 02.00PM in Dinroze Exchnage complex under the Presidentship of Com M.K.Ramaswamy. On that day the Journal of the Circle union ( Sangamuzhakkam) will be distributed to the branches. Hence, all our members of the General council are requested to attend the same in time without fail.
Com. C.K.Mathivanan will be interviewed by journalist Sudhangan for an hour regarding the misuse of Power by former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran. This special interview will be telecasted in Jaya TV from 09.00 PM on Sunday(08/02/2015).
After two rounds of talks with Sr. GM(HR&Admn) and other officers our union accepted for a formula to redeploy the staffs at presently working in CMX since the Corporate office had handed over the service of 197 to private operators throughout the country two months ago. According to the formula arrived at nearly 50% of the staff will be retained in the Flower Bazzar telecom complex and the remaining 50% will be redeployed to the places were acute staff shortage exist. On 07/02/2015 a counselling for this will be conducted. After this orders will be issued by the Mangement.
Meeting with Sr.GM(HR&Admn):
On 03/02/2015 the management had a meeting with both the recognized unions in connections with the staffs redeployment from CMX. NFTE BSNL was represented in this meeting by comrades C.K.Mathivanan, K.M. Elangovan and Jayajothi. The meeting is not conclusive and hence one more meeting will be held to decide upon the CMX staff redeployment.
Meeting with Sr.GM(N) and DGM(NE) on 02/02/2015:
Our union had a meeting with Sr.GM(N) and DGM(NE). Our union was represented in this meeting by Comrades C.K.Mathivanan, K.M.Elangovan, K.Anbu, .C.Elumalai and Arumugam. In this meeting our union had discussed several items including the following.
1.Proper space accommodation for the 40 Sr.TOA officials of North Business Area(BA) who were brought from North West, North East and North areas to Flower Bazaar Exchange.
2.Action against the SDE in Anna Nagar who misbehaved with lady staffs.
3.Delay in payment of GPF Advance to Kalmandapam staffs.
4.Rebate given to the subscriber of 25352320 due to the mistake of CSC staffs.
Sr.GM(HR&ADMN) meeting on CMX staff redeployment on 04/02/2015:
There will be meeting of CMX staff redeployment with both the recognized union by Sr.GM(HR&ADMN) on 04/02/2015 at 11.00 Hrs.
AIYF General secretary appended his signature in the save BSNL signature campaign:
AIYF General secretary appended his signature in the save BSNL signature campaign:
Com. R.Thirumalai, General Secretary of All India Youth federation on his visit to Chennai appended his signature in the memorandum to be submitted to the PM of India during the Parliament march on 25/02/2015. Com C.K.Mathivanan, K.M. Elangovan, C. Ravi and K.Anbu witnessed.
Tamil and English News papers appreciate the contribution of Com. C.K.Mathivanan in exposing the scam of former Telecom Minister Dayanidhimaran in 323 illegal phone connection scandal:
Times Of India:
Com C.K.Mathivanan,CS,NFTE-BSNL has written letter to GS NFTE-BSNL regarding union setup in STR:
Welcome to 205 New Members:
In Chennai Telephones Circle 205 new members have joined on 14/01/2015. We welcome all of them. Details are as follows.
3.Chennai South District…32
4.Chennai North District….24
Seven more Co-Ordination Committees of FORUM formed:
In a meeting held at BSNLEU office today seven more CC’s were formed as follows.
1) Thiruvallur Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. C.K.Raghunathan, Dist Secretary(NFTE-BSNL)
Convener- Com. B.Baskar(BSNLEU)
2) Kancheepuram Coordination Committee:
Chairman- ComD.S.Ramprabhu, Circle Organizing Secretary(NFTE-BSNL)
3) Chenglepet Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. S.Ekambaram, Dist Secretary(NFTE-BSNL)
Convener- Com. Janardhanan
4) Development Coordination committee:
Chairman- Com. K.M.Elangovan, Asst Circle Secretary(NFTE-BSNL)
Convener- Com. Indirani(BSNLEU)
5) South East Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. M.Kabali, Asst Circle Secretary (NFTE-BSNL)
Convener- Com. C.Ganesh(BSNLEU)
6) South West Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. P.Elumalai, Circle vice president(NFTE-BSNL)
7) Central Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. M.Nagarajan, Dist Secretary(NFTE-BSNL)
In all 13 CC’s were formed in Chennai Telephones to Co Ordinate the activities of FORUM at area level.
One Crore Signature collection from Public:
As per the decision of National level leadership the Chennai Telephones circle has to collect 4.5 Lakh signature from the General Public to be submitted to the PM on 25/02/2015 during the March to parliament by FORUM. Accordingly the circle union decided to collect more than 2 Lakh signatures before 15/02/2015. The following comrades are nominated for this to lead campaign at the places mentioned against their name.
Com M.Kapali, ACS- Adayar
Com P.Elumalai, CVP-Guindy
Com T.R.Rajasekaran, Secretary(CHQ)-Anna Road
Com S.Ekambaram,Dist Sec,KCM-Chenglepet
Com Kothandapani,CVP-Central Railway Station
Com C.K.Raghunathan,Dist Sec, TVR-Thiruvallur
Com M.Nagarajan,Dist Sec, Chennai South- T.Nagar
Com E.S Anandadevan,DS,KPM-Kalmandapam
Com K.M.Elangovan,ACS-Koyambedu Central Bus stand
Com K.Anbu,Dist Sec,Chennai North- Flower Bazaar
Com P.Gopal,DS KCM-Kancheepuram
Com B.Varadhan,CVP-KK Nagar
Com M.K.Ramaswamy, President- Tambaram
Com C.K.Mathivanan,Circle Secretary-Purasaiwkkam
Co-Ordination Committees Formed:
The FORUM has formed 6 committees at
DGM area level in a meeting held at the NFTE-BSNL union office today.
1) North East Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. Anbu, North Chennai District secretary(NFTE-BSNL)
Convener- Com. M.Kanniappan(BSNLEU)
2) North West Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. G.Palaniappan, Circle Organizing Secretary(NFTE-BSNL)
Convener- Com. Z.Paulraj(BSNLEU)
3) North Peripheral Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. S.Mariappan, Circle Vice President(NFTE-BSNL)
Convener- Com. E.Natarajan(BSNLEU)
4) Head Quarters Coordination committee:
Chairperson- Com. T.Jayajothi, Secretary,CMX(NFTE-BSNL)
Convener- Com. D.k Vijayalakshmi(BSNLEU)
5) west Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. T. Dhansingh,ACS(NFTE-BSNL)
Convener- Com. Kandaswamy(BSNLEU)
6) STR/STP Coordination Committee:
Chairman- Com. S..Kesavan (NFTE-BSNL)
The remaining seven Co-Ordination Committees will be formed in
Tomorrow’s meeting at BSNLEU office in Flower Bazaar.
Consultation meeting for the formation of Co-Ordination committees of
FORUM:As decided by the National level leadership it has been decided in
Chennai Telephones to FORUM 13 Co-Ordination Committees of FORUM at DGM’s level.
Accordingly on 12/01/2015 and 13/01/2015 meeting of all unions /Associations of
particular zone will be held.
12/01/2015: 10 AM to 0100 PM: Ennore, Ponneri,
Kalmandapam, Harbour, Flower Bazaar, Kellys, Madhavaram, Anna Ngar, Avadi,
Poonamallee and Ambathur. Divisional Secretaries along with office bearers must
attend the meeting.
12/01/2015: 02.00 to 04.00 PM: Kodambakkam, Porur,
Vadapalani, K.K. Nagar and STR/STP. Divisional secretaries along with office
bearers should attend the meeting. Both the meeting on 12/01/2015 will take
place at the NFTE-BSNL union office in Flower Bazaar.
13/01/2015: 10AM to
01.00PM:Mylapore, RK.Nagar, Adayar, Velacherry, St. Mount, Chrompet, Tambaram,
Haddows Road and Anna Road. Divisional secretaries along with office bearers
should participate in the meeting.
13/01/2015: 02AM to 0400PM: Chenglepet,
Thiruvallur, Kancheeepuram. Divisional secretaries along with office bearers
should participate in the meeting. Both the meeting on 13/01/2015 will be held
at BSNLEU office in Flower Bazaar.
Emergent Circle Executive Committee meeting:On 10/01/2015(Saturday) to
discuss and decide for the formation of 13 Co-Ordination Committees of FORUM in
Chennai Telephones. The Circle Executive will meet at 03.00 PM on 10/01/2015 in
the union office, Flower Bazaar.
Com.Nallakannu began the one crore signature campaign:
NFTE Circle union
started signature campaign as per the decision of FORUM among the General
public. Accordingly on the 3rd day of the dharna at Anna Road Telephone Exchange
Com. Nallkannu,CPI leader initiated signature on the memorandum to be submitted
to the Prime minister of India. Sri Siva, MP also signed our memorandum along
with the GS of LPF Sri P.Shanmugam our Circle union will plan obtaining
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Com. GNANAIAH TURNS 95:We greet our great leader and former SG of NFPTE
Com. D.Gnanaiah on his 95th birthday. Sr. Leaders Erode Mali, Ernakulam
T.V.Paulose along with Com. G.Jayaraman, Secretary(CHQ), K.Ashokraj(Trasurer,
Tamilnadu circle union) and L.Subbaroyan( ACS, TamilNadu Circle union) and N.
Ramakrishnan, District secretary, Coimbatore personally visited his residence
today in Coimbatore and felicitated him. We wish him a very very purposeful life
at 95 years.
Homage to Com. O.P.Gupta on his 2nd death Anniversary:The Chennai
Telephones Circle union organized a massive homage function for our greatest
leader and father figure of P&T trade union movement Com.O.P.Gupta on
06/01/2015 in Thiruvallur in which 1000 of comrades enthusiastically
participated and paid their respectful homage to Com.O.P.Gupta. At the beginning
a bust bronze statue of Com. O.P.Gupta was declared open by Com. C.k.Mathivanan,
CS and floral tributes were done by Comrades M.Appadurai EX MP, K.Vallinayagam
former SG of FNTO, Comrades Mali,Secretaries of Federation CHQ, G.Jayaraman
& T.R.Rajasekaran and S.Veeraraghavan, President of the Tamil Nadu Telecom
Employees Co-Operative society. At the function a book written in tamil by Com.
L.Subbaroyan, Asst Circle secretary, Tamil Nadu Circle was released by CPI
leader Appadurai, Ex MP and first copy was received by Com. M.K.Ramaswamy,
Circle President. Among others C.K.Raghunathan, S. Anandan, Circle secretary
NFTCL and Sr. Leaders T.V. Paulose(Former CS Kerala Circle) R. Bhupathy(
Karaikudi) and T. Raghunathan(Cuddalore) participated and graced the occasion.
Comrades S.C.Bose, K.M.Elangovan, S.Rajendiran, A.Kantha, Pramela(Circle VP,
Kerala Circle), K.Ashok raj(Circle Tresurer, Tamil Nadu circle) V. Dhramadass(
RMS union Leader), P.Anbalagan(Circle Organizing secretary, Tamil Nadu),
Parimalam(Circle VP, Tamil Nadu) also spoke at the function. At the function
itself 300 books were sold out. The book costing Rs 100/- was put on sale for Rs
70/- only to mark the occasion of the death anniversary. The circle union thanks
the comrades and leaders who contributed for the success of this fuction
particularly the organizing committee. The Circle union express its sincere
thanks to comrades N. Dhanapal(President), C.K.Raghunathan(Secreatry) and
Vananjeyan(Trasurer) of the organizing committee for conducting this massive
function in a grand and planned manner. Let us remember the sacrifices of Com.
O.P.Gupta to advance the cause of working class in telecom.
3 Days dharna by FORUM:As per the decisions of the FORUM 3 day dharna
will be held in Chennai telephones in the following manner. 1. 06/01/2015-
Flower Bazaar Telephone Exchange. 2. 07/01/2015- CGM office, Purasaiwakkam 3.
08/01/2015- Anna Road Exchange. Since the 2nd death anniversary of Com.
O.P.Gupta is falling on 06/01/2015 we have informed the leadership of FORUM of
our difficulty in attending the dharna on 06/01/2015. Because all our comrades
will be gathering at Thiruvallur on that day to pay homage to Com. O.P.Gupta.
However our members are requested to attend the dharna of 07/01/2015 &
08/01/2015 at respective venues.
IDA Increased by 2.2%:With effect from 01/01/2015 the total IDA will be
100.3%, An increase of 2.2%. Orders are expected soon from the management.
Convention of Chennai Telephones FORUM on 29/01/2015:The FORUM has
decided to hold a convention of BSNL Employees and Executives to spread the
message of Nation Wide strike from 17/03/2015. NFTE-BSNL will be represented in
this convention by Com.G.Jayaraman, Secretary(CHQ) as Com . C.K.Mathivanan will
preside over the convention in his capacity as chairman of FORUM in Chennai
Telephones. All Branch secretaries are requested to mobilize our members in full
strength. The convention will begin at 02.00 PM on 29/01/2015 in Raja Anna Malai
Mandram near High Court Building.
2nd Death Anniversary of Com. O.P.Gupta on 06/01/2015:As already
notified through invitations and posters on 06/01/2015 at 11.00 Hrs the Bronze
statue of our Great Leader O.P.Gupta will be unveiled by Com. C.K. Mathivanan in
front of Thiruvallur Telephone Exchange. At the same time a book of 96 pages
written by Com. L.Subbaroyan, Circle treasurer, Tamil Nadu Circle will be
released by Com. M.Appadurai, former MP and Tamil Nadu state vice president of
AITUC. The book will cost Rs 100/-, However on the occasion of 2nd death
anniversary on 6/1/2015 only the book will be sold with 30% reduction in the
price ie Rs 70/-. After the Lunch break a symposium will be organized on Com.
Gupta’s achievements. The circle union has also organized a seminar on the same
venue at 03.00 PM on the topic "Implementation of ERP” in Chennai Telephones.
The management has been requested to grant a day's Sp-CL for this and hence all
our members are advised to apply for a day's Sp-CL on 06/01/2015 and attend the
function as well as the seminar at Thiruvallur.
TM postings and Transfers in CPT area:
Today both NFTE-BSNL and
BSNLEU Circle unions met the Sr GM(HR&Admn) along with Add GM(HR&Admn)
in CPT area. As the counseling for filling up the 44 vacancies of Telecom
Mechanic cadre for CPT area is fixed on 22&23/12/2014 we requested the
management to consider all the request transfers in that area which are
waitlisted as on 15/12/2013. During the new postings in the PM cadre the
management has agreed to our request accordingly 31 officials get their request
transfers in the CPT area which covers North, South and West Zone. We thank the
management for this.
The meeting to discuss the redeployment of employees due
to ERP implementation was rescheduled to Thursday afternoon ie on 23/12/2014
since full data was not available for a detailed discussion. Both the unions
have suggested for the postponement and the management has agreed to
The FORUM leaders will meet the CGM ON 22/12/2014 AT 03.00PM in the
conference Hall of CGM office to discuss mainly to suggest ways and means to
improve the quality of GSM services. All comrades are requested to immediately
inform the circle union both the area and locations where the GSM signal is very
poor so that we can pin point these things to the officers concerned at the
meeting on 22/12/2014.
Invitation for the 2nd Death Anniversary of Comrade O.P.Gupta at Thiruvallur on 06/01/2014:
GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING DECIDED TO OBSERVE 2ND DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF COM
O.P.GUPTA ON 06/01/2015:
On 12/12/2014 the General Council meeting was held
in Dinrose RSU Exchange and decided to observe Com. OPG’s 2nd death
Anniversary.The following decisions were taken in this regard. Readmore...,
NFTE&NFTCL CIRCLE UNIONS JOINTLY ObSERVING THE DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF Dr.
B.R.AMBEDKAR on 06/12/2014:Veteran Communist leader and freedom fighter who
is also the President of ‘ Tamil Nadu oppressed peoples movement’ Com R.
Nallakannu will be the chief guest at the special meeting organized jointly by
the circle unions of NFTE & NFTCL to observe the death anniversary Bharat
Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on 06/12/2014 at 04.00 PM in Adayar Telephone Exchange
complex. On the same day morning about 09.45 AM the leaders of both the union
will garland the statue of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar inside the Taylor’s Road staff
quarters. All comrades are requested to attend both the functions without fail.
Nationwide demonstration on 05/12/2014 by Central trade unions:In
response to the call given by all Central trade unions a demonstration will be
held near Chennai Collector Office(Opp to Beach Railway station) on 05/12/2014
evening 04.00 PM to protest against the anti people policies of Modi government.
Our Circle union has decided to join this agitation hence all are requested to
participate in the demonstration on 05/12/2014.
Meeting with Sr.GM(HR&Admn) on ERP implementation:Both the
recognized unions are called for a meeting with Sr. GM(HR&Admn) mainly to
discuss about the ERP implementation and staff redeployment on 04/12/2014 at
11.00 HRS. NFTE-BSNL will be represented by comrades
C.K.Mathivanan,K.M.Elangovan and G.Palaniappan.
Haddows Road Divisional Conference on 10/12/2014:At Vanimahal RSU Exge
the conference of Haddows Road Division will be held at 04.00 PM on 10/12/2014.
Circle union leaders and District union office bearers will address the
The General Council meeting on 12/12/2014:At Dinrose RSU Exge complex
at about 02.00 PM the General Council of the circle union for the month of
December-2014 will meet. On that day our circle union Journal Sangamuzhkkam will
be distributed to the branches.
Secretariat meeting on 01/12/2014:The meeting of the Circle union
secretariat was held at union office on 01/12/2014 from 05.00PM to 07.00PM under
the presidentship of Com M.K.Ramaswamy,Circle President.14 comrades attended the
meeting. It reviewed the 27/11/2014 one day strike participation in all the
Exchanges and Administrative offices. It is noted that by and large the majority
of Non-Executive Employees actually participated in the strike which while in
few places like Kancheeepuram, Haddows Road Divisions the strike was not so
JAC circular on 27/11/2014 strike:
The JAC,Chennai telephones issued
circular regarding 27/11/2014 strike and incharges for various centres. Click1..., Click2...,
The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of NFPTE was organized in
Kalmandapam Exchange complex in which more than 450 comrades participated. Com
C.K.Mathivanan,CS,elaborately spoke on the trade union history of NFPTE, NFTE
and then NFTE-BSNL. Com. C.Elumalai,SSS and Tresurer, North Chennai District
union who is retiring this month also felicitated during this celebration. Click1..., Click2..., Click3..., Click4..., Click5..., Click6...,
Com.Basha,ACS,BSNLEU and 100 more comrades have
recently deserted BSNLEU and joined NFTE-BSNL in the presence of Com.
C.K.Mathivanan, Circle secretary, NFTE_BSNL. The circle union welcomes whole
heartedly all the comrades to the mother union. Click...,
NFPTE DIMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION AT COIMBATORE:
National Executive Member, NFTE-BSNL will attend the Diamond jubilee celebration
of NFPTE organized by the Coimbatore SSA,NFTE_BSNL on 28/11/2014. Click...,
Thiruvallur District Executive Committee meeting:
Executive Committee meeting of NFTE union was held today in Thirunindravur. It
discussed many issues including the proposed one day strike on 27-11-14.Circle
union office bearers Nagan,Rajendran, Kandasamy and CircleSecretary
C.K.Mathivanan took part in the meeting. Click...,
Campaign meeting by JAC on 27/11/2014 strike:
In Chennai telephones, the
JAC has decided to conduct 18 meetings from 17/11/2014 to 26/11/2014 excluding
23/11/2014 which falls on Sunday. The following is the list. Click...,
NFPTE 61st Anniversary Celebrations of NFPTE at Kalmandapam Exge:The
celebrations of formation day of NFPTE will begin at 11.00 AM on 24/11/2014and
all comrades are requested to attend the celebrations without fail.
Thiruvallur District Executive Meeting on 17/11/2014:At Thiruninravur
the meeting of the District Executive Committee of Thiruvallur will be held at
02.00PM on 17/11/2014. Comrade N. Dhanapal, District President will preside.
Circle secretary and other office bearers will attend the meeting. The main
agenda will be about organizing 27/11/2014 strike call given by JAC effectively
in Thiruvallur District.
Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of NFPTE:
Article by Com.C.K.Mathivanan,
Meeting with Sr. GM(HR&Admn) on 30/10/2014:Our Comrades
C.K.Mathivanan, S.C Bose, T.R.Rajasekaran, K.M.Elangovan and C.Ravi on behalf of
the Circle Union met the Sr.GM(HR&Admn) and discussed 15 issues including
certain request transfers. Sr. GM agreed to consider all our demands favorably
without any delay. The Sr. GM(HR& Admn) assured us to fill up the 56 TM
vacancies of Chenglepet area by 31/12/2014 through counseling. We thank the
management for this.
FORUM has done it!Due to the opposition and protest lodged by the FORUM
to the CGM, Chennai telephones on 31/10/2014, the CGM, has agreed to stop the
Reliance info company for the 4G services sharaing the tower installed at the
CGM Office, Puraiwakkam. We thank the CGM and management for understanding the
feeling of the unions/ Associations.
Kancheepuram District Executive Committee meeting on 05/11/2014:The
district Executive Committee meeting of Kancheepuram district will be held at
union office in the GM (S) O ffice Complex, Guindy. Com. C.K.Mathivanan will
participate and address the participants.
Home coming!Former ACS of BSNLEU G.Y. Basha along with 50 comrades
including many branch secretaries and important functionaries of BSNLEU joined
NFTE-BSNL on 29/10/2014 in the presence of Com. C.K.Mathivanan, CS. We welcome
all of them whole heartedly.
Felicitation to newly elected CHQ office bearersAt Flower bazaar
telecom complex, Chennai telephones circle unit organized a grand function in
which more than 500 comrades participated on 29/10/2014 to felicitate the new
CHQ office bearers elected at Jabulpur conference. Senior leaders RK, Mali and
Comrades C.K.Mathivanan, Sethu, L.Subbarayan felicitated the office bearers. Com
M.Appadurai and TamilNadu State Vice president of AITUC handed over momentous
and medals to the newly office bearers. CHQ Secretaries G.Jayaraman,
S.S.Gopalakrishnan, T.R.Rajasekaran and permanent invitees P.Kamaraj and K.M.
Elngovan were honored and expressed to resolve to strengthen the NFTE-BSNL
Change of Vennue for the General Council meeting on 08/11/2014:Due to
unavoidable reasons the proposed General Council meeting on 08/11/2014 will be
held at 03.00PM in Kodambakkam Telephone Exchange Complex. All comrades are
requested to note for the change of General Council meeting.
The General Council Meeting on 08/11/2014:The next General Council
meeting of our circle union will be held on 08/11/2014 at 02.00 PM in Din rose
RSU compound. All General council members are requested to attend in time
Demonstration on 25/10/2014 by FORUM, Chennai Telephones:It has been
decided to organize a Lunch Hour demonstration on 25/10/2014 at Flower Bazaar in
support of striking contract labours in NLC and to oppose the closure of Nokia
factory at Sri Perumpudur. All comrades are requested to attend the
demonstration so as to express our solidarity with the working people.
Circle Executive Elects:The Circle executive met on 20/10/2014 elected
unanimously Comrade B. Selvaraj(Pammal) as Asst Circle secretary and comrade
B.Varadhan(KKN) as Circle vice president in the vacancies created by the
resignation of comrades T.R. Rajasekaran and J.P.Murali respectively. We
congratulate the newly elected office bearers.
Demonstration in support of striking NLC contrct labours:The state
secretary of Tamil Nadu NFTCL has announced a solidarity demonstration in
support of the striking contarct labours of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation(NLC)
at Chennai Collector Office near Beach Railway station on 25/10/2014 at 04.00
PM. The NFTE,Chennai telephones Circle union has decided to extend full support
to the demonstration on 25/10/2014. Hence, All our comrades are requested to
organize the Contract labours and regular employees to this demonstration called
by NFTCL, Tamil Nadu state committee.
The Circle Executive committee meeting:On 20/10/2014(Monday), 11.00 AM
the Circle Executive Committee Meeting will be held in the Circle union office
all the members are requested to attend in time.
The 4th All India conference of NFTE-BSNL was held at
the Christian Higher secondary School in Jabalpur(Madyapradesh) from 10/10/2014
to 12/10/2014 and more than 2000 Delegates/Observers enthusiastically
participated in it. Representing Chennai telephones 165 comrades attended the
more, All India
Office bearers List,
Circle union incharge during the absence of Circle secretary from 08/10/2014
to 16/10/2014:Com. S.Rajendiran, ACS will officiate as Circle secretary
during the period from 08/10/2014 to 16/10/2014 when Circle secretary and other
office bearers are in Jabalpur to attend the 4th AIC. Our comrades should
contact Com. Rajendiran in caes of emergency.
Meeting to Discuss the redeployment of Staffs due to ERP
On 07/10/2014 a meeting by CGM, Chennai telephones was
organized with NFTE and BSNLEU mainly to discuss about the redeployment of
staffs due to implementation of ERP from 01/11/2014. The NFTE Circle union was
represented by comrades C.K.Mathivanan and K.M.Elangovan. Read more,
Thanks a Lot:
NFTE Circle union thanks all the comrades who have
successfully implemented the two hours walkout strike yesterday as per the call
given by the JAC. We are happy to announce that nearly 95% of Employees in
Chennai telephones observed two hours walkout strike in each shift. 11.00 AM to
01.00PM, 03.00PM to 05.00PM and 09.00 PM to 11.00 PM our employees in all the
shifts observed the two hours walk out strike successfully. We also thank all
the office bearers and leaders of all Non- Executive unions for making this two
hours strike a huge success in Chennai telephones. At Flower Bazaar telephone
Exchange complex a meeting was organized by JAC from 11.00 AM to 01.00 PM on
30/09/2014 in which comrades C.K.Mathivanan, K. Govindarajan, S. Lingamurthy,
Kanniappan and C.Ravi addressed the striking employees. Com. A. Anbu, District
secretary,North Chennai, A.D.Bernard shaw, Divisional secretary, Flower Bazaaar,
Ramamurthy and other shouted slogans demanding settlement of Bonus etc before
the meeting. Click1, Click2, Click3, Click4,
Grand farewell function at Chennai on 26/09/2014:
Circle president of our union is retiring on 30/09/2014. To felicitate him a
grand farewell function was organized at Anna Road Exchange complex in which
veteran Comminist Leader Nallakannu, Appadurai(Ex Mp), CGM, Sr. GM(HR&Admn)
, Senior leaders R. K, Mali, Jayaraman( Secretary,CHQ), Subbarayan(ACS, NFTE,
Tamil Nadu) and Sister union leaders K. Govindarajan, S.Lingamurthy and A.
Vijayakumar greeted the circle president. Com. C.K.Mathivanan presided over the
function. Click1, Click2, Click3, Click4, Click5, Click6, Click7, Click8, Click9, Click10, Click11, Click12, Click13, Click14, Click15, Click16, Click17, Click18,
Massive Lunch Hour Demonstration by JAC:
A massive Lunch demonstration
was conducted in front of CGM office,Purasaiwakkam pressing the immediate
settlement of 30 long pending demands. Click1, Click2, Click3, Click4,
JAC Program:Due to Certain unavoidable situation in Chennai Telephones,
the JAC has decided observe the programs in a modified manner. 25/09/2014-
Launch Hour demonstration in front of CGM office at Purasaiwakkam and on
30/09/2014- Two Hours walkout strike.
To make effective campaign meetings at 10 centres: View Details,
ANDHRA PRADESH CIRCLE CONFERENCE:On 19&20/09/2014 the Circle
Conference of Andhra NFTE-BSNL will be held in Tirupathi. Comrades Chandeswar
Singh,GS and C.K.Mathivanan,Dy GS will attend the conference.
Bengaluru District union office opening on 27/09/2014:Comrades
Chandeswar Singh and C.K.Mathivanan were invited for the inaugural function of
Bengaluru District union office building by Com. Krishnamohan, District
secretary Bengaluru NFTE-BSNL. In this connection a seminar is being organized
there in which thousands of comrades are expected to attend.
General Council Meeting on 26/09/2014 :The meeting of our General
Council will be held on 26/09/2014;02.00PM at Anna Road Exchange Complex. All
members are requested to attend without fail. Special Sangamuzhzkkam will be
distributed on that day.
Karnataka Circle union 3rd Conference at Hassan:For two days from
11/09/2014 the 3rd Circle conference of the Karnataka Circle is being held at
Hassan.Comrades Chandeswar Singh,Islam Ahmad,C.K.Mathivanan,
Mukthali,K.S.Kulkarni, S.S.Gopalakrishnan and Tamil Nadu Circle Secretary
Pattabiraman are attending the Conference. Comrades Seshadri, Circle secretary
Karnataka Circle and Krishnamohan District secretary, Bengaluru are
participating and guiding the conference.
Letter on Bonus Issue: Click,
Com.C.K.M. will be out of Chennai from 03/09/2014 to 15/09/2014:In this
period Com. S.C. Bose senior most ACS will officiate as Circle secretary.
Comrades are requested to contact him regarding union matters.
Circle secretaries meeting at New Delhi on 06/09/2014:The Circle union
authorized Com. J.P. Murali Sr. VP of the Circle union to attend the meeting and
represent Chennai telephones Circle union.
The meeting with Sr GM(HR&Admn):Today 01/09/2014) our Circle union
met Sr. GM(HR&Admn) and discussed several important issues pertaining to
service and Staff. Comrades C.K.Mathivanan, S.C.Bose, T.R.Rajasekaran and K.M.
Elangovan represented the union. The management side was represented by Addl
GM(HR&Admn), AGM(Admn), SDE(SR) apart from Sr GM(HR&Admn).
Farewell function to Com. M.K.Ramaswamy, Circle President on
26/09/2014:A grand farewell function is being arranged on behalf of the
Circle union at Anna Road Exchange complex on 26/09/2014 to felicitate Com.
M.K.Ramaswamy our Circle President who is retiring on 30/09/2014. Comrades R.
Nallakannu, M. Appadurai, Erode Mali, G. Jayaraman and C.K.Mathivanan will speak
at the function.
Thiruvallur District Conference on 27/08/2014:
At Thiruninravur the
first District Conference of the Thiruvallur District union was held under the
Presidentship of Com. N.Dhanapal, District president. Nearly 400 comrsdes ig 353
delegates took part in the conference which was inaugurated by Com. K.Ashokraj,
Circle treasure, Tamil Nadu and greeted by Sr. GM(HR&Admn), GM(West),
DGM(AMB), Comrades M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, S.C.Bose, S.Rajendiran,
T.R.Rajasekaran and other leaders. The conference adopted unanimously the report
on activities and audited accounts. In the end the conference elected comrades
N.Dhanaopal, C.K.Ragunatahan and C.D.Purushothaman unanimously as District
President, District Secretary and District Treasurer respectively. With this
four District conferences as decided by the Executive have completed
successfully. However STR_STP District conference is yet to be completed. Click1, Click2, Click3, Click4, Click5, Click6, Click7, Click8, Click9, Click10,
Letter from Circle union to the General Secretary regarding 4th All India
conference at Jabalpur: Click,
The first District Conference of Kancheepuram on 26/08/2014:Nearly 400
comrades attended the Kancheepuram District Conference which was presided over
by Com. V.Ramakrishnan, District President. The conference was inaugurated by
Com. G.Jayaraman, Secretary (CHQ) and was greeted by comrades M.K.Ramaswamy,
C.K.Mathivanan and GM(West), GM(South) and DGM(KCM). The conference elected
unanimously comrades T. Panchatcharam, S.Ekambaram and P. Singaravelan as
District President, District Secretary and District Treasurer respectively.
Circle Executive committee meeting on 02/09/2014:The Circle Executive
committee meeting held under the presidentship of Circle President M.K.
Ramaswamy at the Flower Bazaar union office. The following shall be the agenda.
1.Fourth All India Conference. 2.Review of District Conferences.
The North Chennai District Conferences on 20/08/2014:
The first District
Conferences of North Chennai was held on 20/08/2014 under the presidentship of
Com. V.Ashokkumar, District President. The Conference was inaugurated by Com.
C.K.Mathivanan and greeted by Com. S. Anandan, Circle secretary, NFTCL, Tamil
Nadu state Committee and three Dy. GM’s of BSNL from North area. The conference
adopted the report of the activities submitted by K.Anbu, District secretary
with several amendments. The conference was attended by 280 delegates including
43 women comrades. The conference unanimously elected comrades K. Venkatesan,
Sr. TOA(P), K.Anbu, TM and C. Elumalai, Sr. TOA(G) as president, Distict
secretary and District treasurer respectively. Election of office bearers was
unanimous. The circle union conveys its best wishes to the new team. Click1, Click2,
The South Chennai District Conference on 19/08/2014:The first District
conference of the South Chennai was held under the Chairmanship of Com.
K.Sabapathi, District President and was inaugurated by Com. L.Subbarayan Asst
Circle secretary of NFTE-BSNL, Tamil Nadu. The conference was attended by 270
delegates including 12 women comrades. The conference was greeted by Com.
C.K.Mathivanan,GM(West) and others. The annual report was adopted unanimously.
The office bearers were also elected unanimously. Comrades K. Sabapathi( Rtd Sr.
TOA(P), m.Nagarajan, TM, and G. Kothandababu, TM were elected as District
President, District Secretary, District treasurer respectively. The Circle union
conveys its best wishes for the new team.
Massive demonstration by the FORUM:
A massive lunch hour demonstration
was conducted by the "FORUM" at Flower Bazaar telephone Exchange complex under
the Presidentship of Com. C.K.Mathivanan,CS(NFTE-BSNL) and more than 650
comrades were participated. Com. C.K.M. elaborately explained the “Deloittee”
consultant recommendations and its effect on the Employees and organization. The
other leaders who spoke in the demonstration from the Non-Executive Unions
include Comrades K.Govindarajan, CS(BSNLEU), Lingamurthy,CS (FNTO) and from the
Executives Associations Comrades Vaidyanathan, CS(AIBSNLEA)and Shanmugasundaram,
CS(SNEA) participated. clickhere...
FORUM CIRCULAR:Circular by FORUM Chairman in tamil,
Congratulations!:At the General Council meeting held on 09/08/2014, Com
. D.S. Ramprabhu, Sr. TOA(G), Kancheepuram was elected as the Circle Organizing
secretary. Comrades S. Gopal, M.Senthil, S.Anandadevan, Dilli Babu and
Prabhakaran were elected as Divisional secretaries at the Divisional conferences
held recently and respectively for Kancheepuram, Harbour, Kalmandapam, R.K.Nagar
and K.K.Nagar Divisions. The Circle union comngratulate all of them.
Glimpses of the victory celebrations at Kancheepurm: clickhere...
JAC agitation on 07/08/2014:All our comrades are requested to observe
the agitation call of JAC on 07/08/2014 without fail. Accordingly all must wear
badge while on duty for the whole day and participate in large number in the
demonstration during lunch hour at flower Bazaar Telephone Exchange Complex.
Necessary badges and printed circulars were already distributed to the branches
by the JAC.
On FORUM activities:Comrade K. Govindarajan, CS, BSNLEU contacted our
Circle secretary regarding the agitational call given by the FORUM on
12/08/2014. As we all know the FORUM is an organization of all the Non-Executive
unions and Executive Association. At the National level the General secretary of
NFTE-BSNL is the Chairman and the GS of BSNLEU is the Convener. In all other
circles the same pattern is adopted. But strangely in Chennai telephones
different stand has been adopted by the BSNLEU which forced NFTE-BSNL to keep
away from the activity of the said FORUM. However regarding JAC the BSNLEU
adopted the same pattern as at the National level hence NFTE-BSNL agreed to
participate by joining JAC. But , unless the mistakes committed in the formation
of FORUM is corrected NFTE-BSNL will not join the said FORUMS. Our circle unions
conveyed this to Circle secretary, BSNLEU today firmly. It is upto BSNLEU to
restore unity with regard to FORUM activity.
Congratulations!:We are happy to know that the Govt Telecom Employees
Co-Operative Society at Chennai has been selected as the “ Best Managed”
Co-Operative society by the Govt of India. We also understand that the said
society has been chosen for the “ Indo- Nepal Friendship award” and Com.
S.Veeraraghavan will receive the award in person at Katmandu, the capital of
Nepal in a function on 02/08/2014. NFTE_BSNL congratulate President and his team
for this achievement.
We condemn:In very ugly condemnable comment in the website of Defense
Ministry of Sri Lanka some Sinhalese Chauvinists with the help of Sri Lankan
Govt describe the exchange of correspondence between the Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister J. Jayalalitha and Prime Mister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi on the
frequent attacks of Sri Lankan Navy on Tamil Nadu Fisherman as” Love Letter”
written by J.Jayalaitha to Mr. Narendra Modi. The Govt of India shold recall its
Envoy from Colombo and order the Sri Lankan Ambassador in India to get out for
this indecent and atrocious act by the Defense Ministry of Sri Lanka. Mere
warning and reprimanding the Envoy of Sri Lanka in Delhi is not acceptable. The
Sri Lankan Govt through its Defense Ministry dishonoured the posts of Prime
Minister Of India and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Further the correspondence
between Prime minister of the Country and Chief Minister of a state is an
internal matter of India in which no foreign Country should be allowed to
interrupt. Hence we demand strongest possible action on Sri Lankan Govt by the
NDA Govt of India.
07/08/2014 Program of JAC:The JAC meeting held on 30/07/2014 decided
the following: 1.The Nationwide call of JAC for wearing badge and lunchhore
demonstration on 07/08/2014 will be observed in Chennai telephones at Flower
Bazaar complex at 01.30 PM on07/08/20014. 2.Com. C.K.Mathivanan CS, NFTE-BSNL
and Com. K. Govindaraj CS, BSNLEU will be the Chairman and Convener respectively
for JAC in Chennai telephones. 3.In the near future at Districts level also JAC
will have to be formed as per the National JAC decision. All comrades are
requested to note this and organize program of 07/08/2014 in a grand manner.
NFTCL SPREADS WINGS IN Maharastra:On 03/08/2014 the District Committee
of NFTCL will be formed at the convention for both Bheed and Jalgon Districts.As
we all know already many District committee of NFTCL formed throughout the
country including Aurangabad(Maharastra), South Cennai( Tamil Nadu),
Cuddalore(Tamil Nadu). Pathanamthitta(Kerala) and Trichur etc.
A special meeting of Telecom Contract Labours on 21/08/2014 at
Chennai:A special meeting of Telecom contract labours under the banner of
NFTCL will be held at 02.00 PM in Chennai on 21/08/2014. In this meeting
National Co- Ordinator, Tamil Nadu, State Secretary of NFTECL will participate
and address the Telecom contract labours about the demands and struggles for
JAC in Chennai Telephones:As per decision of the Joint Action Committee
(JAC) of all Non-Executive unions in BSNL at the National level it is decided to
form JAC in Chennai telephones at the Circle level on 30/07/2014. A meeting of
all Non- Executive unions is called on that day to declare the formation of JAC
in Chennai telephones.
Glimpses of Com,C.K.M. recent organizational tour:
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Organizational tour:Our Circle union office bearers M.K.Ramaswamy,
C.K.Mathivanan, K.M.Elangovan, V.Ravi along with Kancheepuram District secretary
toured the Kancheepuram district area and met personally all the New members who
have recently joined NFTE-BSNL and welcomed them in Kancheepuram, Singaperumal
Koil, Maraimalai Nagar and Thiruporur Exchanges. The New members very
attentively heard our views and assured for working to strengthen the union. The
BSNLEU branches at both Singaperrumal Koil and Thiruporur Exchenages were
totally dissolved and new branches of NFTE-BSNL opened at both the places.
During the tour of Kancheepuram Telephone Exchange wherein more than 60 New
members joined our union, the important comrades met in the presence of circle
office bearers and decided to hold grand function on 08/08/2014 at New telephone
Exchange complex, Kancheepuram to welcome and felicitate the new members. The
meeting will be addressed by Sr. leader R.K., Comrades C.K.Mathivanan,
G.Jayaraman and Krishnamohan of Bangalore. We extend thanks once again for all
those comrades who worked for this achievement.
Nationwide demonstration by JAC on 07/08/2014:The JAC has decided to
observe a demands day throughout the Country on 07/08/2014 by wearing demands
badges and holding lunch hour demonstration. We are in touch with Circle
secretary of BSNLEU so that JAC is formed in Chennai telephones and demands day
is observed in Chennai telephones very effectively. Hence all are requested to
be prepare for the demands day. Further intimation will be given after the JAC
Deloitte committee Recommendations:
We strongly condemn the
recommendations of the “Deloitte Consultancy” which was forwarded to all circle
heads in BSNL for their comments and plan for implementation since their
recommendations are mainly to reduce the staff strength particularly
Non-Executive staff strength, merge and abolish SSA’s and reduce the expenditure
on Employees. We are not against the sincere attempt to revive BSNL and improve
its financial position. However in the name of restructuring we will not allow
the management to take decisions which are against the interests of both BSNL
and Service in BSNL. We hope the newly formed JAC will not waste any more time
for organizing effective struggle immediately against the retrograde “Deloitte”
recommendations. Our circle union in its meeting with the Sr.GM(HR&Admn) on
23/07/2014 will elicit the information regarding Chennai telephones in the
recommendations and the views of the management on it. Our circle union will
discuss this issue in the General council meeting to be held on 09/08/2014 to
decide upon our reactions and response. All are requested to study the said
recommendations and come prepared for thorough discussions on 09/08/2014. The
General council meeting will be held at Dinrose RSU on 09/8/2014 at 02.00 PM
sharply. Read More in
Meeting with CGM on 16/07/2014:
A formal meeting with CGM, Chennai
telephones was held on 16/07/2014, in which Sr. GM(HR&Admn), Addl
GM(HR&Admn), AGM (Esst), SDE(SR) also participated. Our Circle union was
represented by comrades M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, S.C. Bose, T.R.
Rajasekaran, K.M. Elangovan and C.Ravi. The following items were also discussed
in the course of the meeting, Read more...
Marching towards District Conferences:The District unions will hold
Executive meetings for the preparation of District Conferences. 1.19/07/2004… STR-STP District Executive Meeting. 2.23/07/2014… Kancheepuram District Executive Meeting. 3.28/07/2014.. North Chennai Executive Meeting. Already South
Chennai District and Thiruvallur District unions have conducted their Executive
Secretariat Meetings Decides:The meeting of the secretariat on
15/07/2014 decided to invite the following leaders as special guest for the
District conferences as mentioned below. 1.North Chennai District Conference on 20/08/2014:
Circle . 2.South Chennai District Conference on
Circle. 3.STR-STP District
Conference on 25/08/2014:Com.AshokRaj,Circletreasurer,Tamil Nadu Circle 4.Thiruvallur District Conference on 27/08/2014:Com.S.Mahalingam,Working President NFTCL,Tamil Nadu
Circle.5.Kancheepuram District Conference on
Committee formed to celebrate the retirement of Com. M.K.Ramaswamy Circle
The secretariat meeting of the circle union held on 15/07/2014
decided to form a committee to organize a grand farewell for our circle
president who will be retiring on 30/09/2014. Com. M.K.Ramaswamy is a very
senior leader of our union from the days of NFPTE. He worked as the Divisional
secretaries and Assitant Circle secretaries for the line staff union. After the
merger of E3 and E4 union to form NFTE-BSNL he was elected as the Circle
treasurer and continued till November-2012. In the last conference he was
elected as the Circle president of NFTE –BSNL. He led many struggles and
agitation and faced numerous victimization and the last one being the two days
FR-17A for his participation in the agitation during the last week of
December-2013. He is a fighter and a complete loyalist for the cause of working
class. Branch and Division unions are requested to plan for the big event in
President…. Com. T.Dhansingh,
Secretary…… Com. S.C. Bose, Treasurer…… Com. K.M.Elangovan, Members: C.Ravi, T.R.Rajasekaran, S. Rajendran, M.Kabali,
M.Nagarajan, C.K.Ragunathan, S.Ekambaram, K.Anbu and R. Anbalagan.
Welcome to New Members:The Circle union very happily announce the
arrival of more than 280 members to NFTE-BSNL on 15/07/2014. We gained the new
membership mainly from BSNLEU, NFTBE,TEPU and FNTO. Leading comrades of BSNLEU
including its North-West district secretary K. Venkatesan have joined NFTE-BSNL
due to the undemocratic and castiest activities of BSNLEU. Similarly comrades
D.S.Ramprabhu and Panchatcharam of NFTBE left that union to join NFTE-BSNL with
more than 51 comrades. It is to be noted that comrade D.S. Ramprabhu is the
present circle secretary and Com. Panchatcharam is the present circle president
of NFTBE. With this NFTBE in Chennai telephones is almost finished. The Circle
union congratulates all the Divisional secretaries and District secretaries for
this massive New membership and thank them for achieving the target fixed for
2014. A detailed breakup figures vide District unions will be released in a few
NFTCL District unit opened on 13/07/2014 at Aurangabad(MAHARASTRA):Com.
Danni has organized a well attended convention of Telecom Contract labours on
Sunday(13/07/2014) at Aurangabad(MH) in which the District body of NFTCL was
inaugurated. The comrades of Maharastra are moving forward to organize the state
convention of NFTCL in Maharastra after the Assembly election. We congratulate
and wish them every success.
New TTA postings and Request transfers of Existing TTA’s:Today a
meeting was held under the chairmanship of CGM, Chennai telephones for which
both NFTE_BSNL and BSNLEU were invited. The main agenda for discussions in the
said meeting was the postings and transfers in the TTA cadre. In the meeting
NFTE-BSNL was represented by Com. C.K.Mathivanan, and Com. K.MElangovan, ACS.
The management side was represented by Sr. GM(F) , Sr. GM(HR&Admn), Addl. GM
(HR&Admn), AGM(HR&Admn), SDE(Rect) and SDE(Admn). BSNLEU was represented
by Com. K. Govindarajan, CS and Com. Jayavelu, ACS. Within next few days 35
Direct recruited TTA’s will complete their training and get their first posting
orders. Utilizing this opportunity both the unions demanded consideration of all
type of transfer request with in Chennai telephones from Chenglepet area to
Chennai telephones and to other circles. After detailed discussion the following
was agreed to by all concern. 1. 21 out of 35 new TTA’s will be posted in rural
areas and will be utilized to transfer all the 21 TTA’s( Both Directly recruited
and Promoted) to Chennai area. 2. Orders will be issued for all the 9 approved
Rule-8 transfers in the cadre of TTA’s. Further the remaining Rule-8 transfer
applications of TTA’s pending with the Administration will be forwarded to
respective circle immediately. We hope these decisions will benefit the existing
employees in the cadre of TTA since their long wait for more than six years to
get their transfer orders for their place of choice will be issued in a week’s
time. NFTE-BSNL convey its sincere thanks to the CGM, Sr.GM(HR&Admn) and
other officers for agreeing to the demands raised by our union for the sake of
both Directly recruited and promoted TTA’s.
Secretariat meeting on 15/07/2014:The meeting of the secretariat of the
Circle union will be held on 15/07/2014 at 15.00 Hrs in the Flower Bazaar union
office, the agenda for the meeting will be the successful conductance of all the
five District union conferences in the Month of August-2014.
Formation of JAC in Chennai Telephones circle:As per the decision of
the National JAC meeting NFTE-BSNL circle union has begun talks with BSNLEU for
forming JAC at circle/ District level in Chennai telephones. In this regard Com.
C.K.Mathivanan had discussion with BSNLEU on 03/04/2014.
Management calls both unions for discussions on TTA posting and
Transfer:The CGM will chair a meeting on 08/07/2014 at 02.30 PM in the
conference hall at CGM office for which both the recognized unions NFTE-BSNL and
BSNLEU are called. The main subject of discussion is expected to be the TTA
postings and transfers. NFTE-BSNL welcomes the move by the management to discuss
and settle this important issue across the table with unions.
District Conferences:As per the following schedule the District
Conferences of all the five District unions will be held in the month of
August-2014 well before the ensuing 5th All India conference in Jabalpur(MP
Circle) during October-2014. The Circle conference will not be held before the
AIC because it has not completed its two years tenure as yet. 1.STR-STP
District….05/08/2004 2.Chennai South District..18/08/2014 3.Kancheepuram
District…28/08/2014 4.Thiruvallur District…27/08/2014 5.Chennai North
District…20/08/2014 All are requested to cooperate with the District unions for
completing the conferences in time.
Future of Thousands of RM’s:We understand that the management has not
accepted the demand of the JAC for upgradation of RM cadre officials who are
waiting for more than 14 long years even after passing and completing training
for Telecom Mechanic cadre promotion. It is inhuman to keep these officials in
waiting mode for such a longtime to get their due promotion. No where this type
of delaying tactics is acceptable. Hence we request the CHQ to pursue the matter
to its logical conclusion and if necessary launch series of struggles for
achieving this demand. In Chennai telephones circle alone more than thousands of
RM’s are waiting for a long time to get TM promotion. We afraid many may retire
without getting promoted to TM cadre which will deny them higher pay fixation
and pensionary benefits permanently.
World War-I (1914-2014) Centenary:The World is observing the Centenary
of the first World War which resulted in the death of nearly 3 crore people as
History reveals. This World war was the result of greedy Nations of that time to
capture colonies and improve their Economy and business. The Great Britain which
boasted as an Empire where the “ Sun did not set” collapsed and lost its power
and authority due to this war. Of course, Russian revolution succeeded and the
first socialist republic was formed under the leadership of Com. Lenin in 1917
is one of the positive result of this World war. All the working people were
against the war. It is only the imperialist and Capitalist rulers impose war on
the world only to sell their weapons and get huge profits out of it.
Meeting with CGM :On 16/07/2014 at 11.00 AM the circle union will have
a meeting with CGM to discuss certain important issues including diversion of TM
post to CPT SSA, long pending transfer cases of TTA’s in view of new batch
completing training on 11/07/2014 and problems in BSNL MRS etc.
Sr.GM(HR&Admn) meeting with Circle union:At 03.00 PM, Circle union
leaders M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, S.C. Bose, T.R. Rajasekaran and
K.M.Elangovan had a one and half long meeting with Sr. GM(HR&Admn) along
with Addl GM(HR& Admn) and SDE(SR). The following isssues were agreed upon
for sympatheic considerations while on some of the issues orders were also
issued. 1.Com. K.Kesavakumar, TTA (Officiating JTO) transfer to K.K.Nagar
CSC(Orders issued). 2.Com. T.M.Munusaswamy, RM, Chenglepet transfer to
Thiruvelangadu (Orders issued). 3. Request transfer of Com. Sheela phancy Sr.
TOA(G) Kodambakkam and relieving of Com. Jayashree Sr. TOA(G) from central area.
4.Transfer case of E. Manoharan, Telegraph man to Kalmandabam. 5.Posting of a
suitable JTO for Madhavaram TXM unit. 6.TTA Postings and consideration of
request transfers. 7.Forwarding of Rule-8 transfers applications to other
circles. 8.Rule -8 transfer case Com. A. Sagaya selvam, Junior Sports Asst.
9.Utilization of services of drivers who are not having any vehicle to drive for
the last one year. 10.Transfer of Com. Subramaniyam, TM, Perungudi to
Congratulations for the New team of Kerala Circle union:On the 2nd day
of Circle conference(25/06/2014) a new team of 21 office bearers were
unanimously elected at the 5th circle conference at Trichur. Comrades P.K.
Radhakrishnan(Trichur), Lathika Nair(Calicut), Abdulah(Malappuram) were elected
as Circle president, Circle secretary and Circle treasurer respectively. Chennai
telephones circle union wish them every success.
Grand 5th Circle Conference of Kerala Circle:On 24/06/2014 at Trichur
the Kerala Circle Conference began with flag hoisting by General Secretary
Chandeswar Sing. More than 145 registered delegates and 50 odd visitors
participated in the conference representing all the SSA’s in Kerala circle. The
conference was presided over by circle president P.K. Radhakrishnan and formally
inaugurated by Com. Prakashbabu, State Asst secretary of Communist party. A
seminar on the topic of the challenges before public sector undertakings with
particular reference to BSNL’’ was organized under the presidentship of Com.
C.K. Mathivanan, Dy GS in which many speakers including Sri. Thambi, PGM,
Trichur SSA delivered speeches. In the evening opensession was held under the
presidentship of Com. S. Gopalakrishnan organizing secretary(CHQ) in which Com.
K.P.Rajendiran( Former Revenue Minister , Kerala state) delivered the key note
address. Many trade union leaders of Banks, Electricity board incvluding the
Member of Parliament C.N. Jayadevan greeted the conference. Com. L.Subbarayan,
Asst Circle secretary, TN circle, participated in the conference and addressed
the subjects committee. The conference is continuing for the 2nd day on
Central Govt should not and must not favor Private telecom
companies:After the formation of the new NDA Govt at the centre we often
hear few words like” TAX terrorism” from the Ministers. In this particular case
several BJP Ministers terms the initiative taken by Shri Pranab Mukerjee to
impose retrospective income TAX on Vodafone company when he was the Finance
minister in the UPA Govt. Now the amount said to be in arrear is almost 20,000
Crore rupees.. The Vodafone Company has audacity to defy the then Central Govt
through unnecessary litigation in the name of creating favorable investment. The
new BJP Ministers are invariably helping Vodafone by abusing the UPA Govt TAX
demand as “TAX terrorism”. This approach of BJP Ministers is against the
interest of the Country and surely help Vodafone Company. It is also rumoured
that the violation of 3G spectrum allotment by sharing the spectrum among them
in Non-licencing areas case is also being diluted in a similar way by the new
Govt. This will also help only Private telecom company such as Airtel, Idea,
Reliance and Vodafone but will spoil the chances of BSNL recovery. The refusal
of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is number two in Modi’s Govt to involve
himself in these cases speaks volumes of wrong doings and favoritism.
Avail special casual leave on 23/06/2014:All circle Executive committee
members and special invitees are requested to apply and avail one day special CL
to attend the Circle Executive Committee meeting on 23/06/2014.
Comarde C.K.Mathivanan assumes charge:Com C.K.Mathivanan assumes charge
as Circle secretary of Chennai telephones after gap of 15 days leave
One day political orientation camp for BSNL Employees at Bhavani:At
Bhavani near Erode one day camp for BSNL employees of both Tamil Nadu and
Chennai telephones was organized by Erode comrades on 14/06/2014. More than 150
employees participated in the camp. Com. C.K.Mathivanan, Dy. GS NFTE-BSNL
presided the camp in which communist and central trade union leaders M.
Appadurai, M.VEERapandian, K.R. THirunavukkarasu and senior union leader Mali
spoke on various topics including relevant of Marxist philosophy and the role of
trade unions in the removal of poverty and unemployment from the country.
Comrades G. Jayaraman secretary(NFTE-BSNL), k.Ashokraj, Circle treasurer,
L.Subbarayan, ACS of NFTE-BSNL Tamil Nadu explained the challenges before the
telecom Industry and the responsibilities of Unions/ Associations in the present
difficult scenario. We thank Erode comrades Lazr(District secretary), Yasin
G.Kumar, Bangaru for organizing the one day camp very purposefully and in a
organized manner. Comrades C.K.Ragunathan, V.Babu, Gulzar Ahamed and Shanmugam
were felicitated at the camp for their election as directors in the Tamil Nadu
Telecom Co-Operative society.
Condolence:We deeply condole the untimely
demise of Com.Rashida Begum wife of Com. Islam Ahmed our National President
toady. Our Circle union convey its sincere condolence to Com. Islam Ahmed and
his family members and share their grief.
5th Circle conference of Kerala circle:On 24&25/06/2014 the 5th
circle conference of Kerala circle union will be held at Trichur in which the
General Secretary, Deputy general secretary and other leaders will
Periodical meetings with the Administration:Our request for periodical
meeting with the management has now been accepted and orders have been issued
accordingly. As per the following schedule meeting with the management will be
held. 1. Addl GM(HR&Admn)-1st & 3rd Wednesday at 15.00 Hrs. 2. Sr.
GM(HR& Admn)- 4th Wednesday at 15.00 Hrs.
Maran brothers may face the heat shortly:In the case of misuse of 323
ISDN phone connection and causing a loss of 440 crores to the BSNL the CBI has
summoned both Kalanidhi maran and Dayanidhimaran for investigation. Mr
Dayanidhimaran’s name was there in the FIR already has an accused along with
former CGM’s K.B. Bramadhathan and M.P. Veluchamy. The change of government at
centre is having its impact on this long delayed case. We are proud that our
circle union sustained struggle have resulted in this.
Circle executive committee meeting on 23/06/2014:A full day meeting of
the circle executive committee of our union will be held at flower bazaar union
office at 10.00 AM sharply. All circle office bearers, District secretaries and
permanent invitees are requested to attend the circle executive meeting without
Welfare Board Nominations:The Circle union nominated the following
three comrades to the Circle welfare board on 31/05/2014. Our comrades should
contact them and handover the issues to be discussed in the wefare board meeting
which will meet with in few weeks. 1.Com. A.Namachivayam ( Telegraph Man, TTM
RSU) 2.Com. Vairamani Sr .TOA(G), DGM(Admn) Office. 3. Com. Singaravelu, PM,
Grand Celebration at K.K.Nagar Telephone Exchange complex:
the Mayday and the grand election victory in Telecom Co-Operative Society
Election a meeting was organized by South Chennai district union on 30/05/2014.
The meeting was presided over by Com. K. Sabapathi, the District president and
addressed by comrades C.K.Mathivanan, S.Lingamurthy, D.S.Ramprabhu, S.Anandan,
Senior leaders D.Ragunathan, Ashokraj (Circle treasurer, Tamil Nadu),
M.K.Ramaswamy, P.N.Perumal and S.Veeraraghvan (President, Telecom Co-Operative
Society, Tamil Nadu). In all ten directors including the Vice president
C.K.Raghunathan and treasurer R. Thirusangu were felicitated at the meeting.
Comrades M.Nagrajan (Dist Secretary), Varadhan(Divisional President),V.Babu(ADS)
AND Prabhakaran (Divisional Secretary) with ateam of dedicated comrades made
this function a grand success. At the beginning Com. T. Dhansing (ACS) unfurled
the union fleg and comrades M.K.Ramaswamy (Circle president) opened a tablet to
commemorate the grand function. Click1, Click2, Click3, Click4,
New team of Telecom Co-Operative Society takes over on 06/06/2014:Com.
S. Veeraraghavan, the reelected Prsident of the TamilNadu Telecom Co- Operative
Society announced at the K.K.Nagar felicitating meeting on 30/05/2014 that the
new team of President, Vice President and treasurer will assume duty formally on
05/06/2014 at 11.00 AM. Hence all our office bearers and activists are requested
to assemble at 10.30 AM itself infront of the Telecom Co- Operative society
building to witness the garlanding of Dr. Ambedkar’s statue and greet the new
team every success in their efforts to improving the functioning of the society
and early implementation of the assurances given to the employees. Our Circle
union wish the new team every success.
Com.C.K.Mathivanan is out HQ FROM 01/06/2014 TO 15/06/2014:Due to
compelling personal reasons Com. C.K.Mathivanan is availing 15 days leave and
will be out of Chennai. During this period Comrade S.C. Bose the Senior most ACS
will officiate as circle secretary and his mobile No: 9444663363 and
9445019511.All our comrades and office bearers are requested to contact only
comrade S.C. Bose for circle level issues. The Sr. GM(HR&Admn) was already
informed about this officiating arrangement.
Works committee meeting for Chennai telephones district:The meeting of
the works committee was held on 30/05/2014 under the chairmanship of CGM,
Chennai telephones. On behalf of NFTE_BSNL comrades Gandhi Chandrasekar,
Sundramurthy and Karunanidhi took part in the meeting and raised many important
issues in connection with the improvement of quality of service.
Landslide victory_ Historic Achievement:
The alliance led by NFTE-BSNL
in both Tamil Nadu and Chennai telephones circle have won all the 21 post of the
Directors in the election held for the Tamil Nadu Telecom Employees Co-Operative
society on 20/05/2014. The BSNLEU faced a humiliating and crushing defeat
without winning even a single post of DIRECTORS. It is to be recalled that from
2009 to Dec-2013 BSNLEU was controlling the management of the society. Their
money power and muscle power along with corrupt practices could not save them
from this crushing defeat. The Employees out rightly rejected their false
propaganda by handing over a big zero to them in this election. The surprise is
BSNLEU could not even get its own votes because of the arrogance of both the
Circle secretaries and unnecessary intervention of a political party. Comrades
S. Veeraraghavan (Tamil Nadu Circle), C.K.Ragunathan (NFTE-BSNL, Chennai
telephones) and R.. Thirusangu( FNTO, Chennai telephones) were unanimously
elected as for the post of president, Vice president and treasurer respectively
for the next five years tenure starting from 20/05/2014 to 19/05/2019. We thank
all the leaders and office bearers of alliance unions and employees who have
tirelessly for achieving the great success. A grand function is being organized
to felicitate the new team of TamilNadu Telecom Co-Operative Society on
30/05/2014 at 04.00 Pm in K.K. Nagar telephone exchange complex. Click...,
General council meeting:On 23/05/2014 at 02.00PM the General council
meeting will be held at Dinroze RSU complex. All the Branch/Divisional/ District
secretaries and circle office bearers along with invitees are requested to
attend the meeting without fail.
Homage:We pay our respectful homage for the sad demise of a freedom
fighter and veteran communist leader R. Umanath on 19/05/2014 at the age of 93.
NFTE-BSNL condoles the death of a tireless fighter and a true communist.
Ugly face of BSNLEU IN TAMIL NADU:After the Defeat of the BSNLEU
candidates in the ‘Telecom Co-operative Society’ RGB election both in Chennai
telephones and Tamil Nadu circle, we thought their leadership will regret for
its false propaganda and accept the victory of the NFTE-BSNL gracefully. But
their leaders once again started Horse trading among the RGB members for the
Board of Director’s election. We have concrete information that the BSNLEU
people approached our RGB members with money and other benefits to effect cross
voting in the Board of Directors election. This is undemocratic and against the
principles of democracy. Boasting themselves as Marxist and communist how can
these comrades indulge in such corrupt practices of steeling the votes of rival
union by corrupt methods. We condemn such undemocratic and corrupt activities of
BSNLEU and warn them to desist from such activities immediately.
In Narendira modi victory corporate companies are very Happy:The Indian
People have given a strong mandate for NDA and its Prime ministerial candidate
Narendira Modi on 16/05/2014 throughout the country except in Tamil Nadu,
Kerala, West Bengal, Odhisha for the first time. For the first time in 30 years
a political party has obtained single majority in the Lok Sabha. This is a good
thing after the bitter experience of unprincipled coalition governments at the
centre for the last 3 decades. We wish Narendira Modi and his team every success
ofcourse without indulging in communal and decisive activities. The RSS which is
claiming to be cultural organization is exposed thoroughly that it is backbone
of BJP and will function as remote control for the BJP which is not good for
democracy and secularism. We hope Narendiramodi fulfill all his promises to the
people since a clear mandate and no excuse of coalition compulsion. The congress
party which perused anti-people and Neo liberal policy for the last 10 years is
punished rightly by the people of India and we request that party too to rethink
its policies and priorities for the benefit of poor people. The left parties
also have been reduced to just ten from the earlier 62(2004) and 24(2009). The
left parties also have to analyze why they are being marginalized and sidelined.
In the end the Corporate companies have successfully implemented their agenda of
bringing Narendiramodi as the PM of the country. This is also very dangerous for
the future of our democracy.
First Citizen fails to vote:It is very sad indeed that president of our
Republic Pranab Mukherji did not cast his vote in the Parliament election held
on 12/05/2014 and failed perform his democratic duty. It is said that Shri
Pranab Mukherji did not vote to maintain Political neutrality. It is absurd and
unwise to justify the failure to vote in a election in the name of Political
neutrality. When Election commission and so many organizations are calling the
General public to come and exercise their vote the President of India has failed
to use even postal ballot is something unbelievable and unpardonable.
May day Celebration at K.K.Nagar telephone Exchange complex on
29/05/2014:A grand May day celebration is being arranged by K.K. Nagar
divisional union on 29/05/2014. All are requested to participate without
Wrong ruling by TDSAT:
We are shocked to note recent wrong ruling by
TDSAT( Telecom Dispute Settlement Apelate Tribunal) on the issue of sharing of
3G spectrum by some private telecom companies out of their licence areas. Read
NFTCL celebrates MAY DAY AT ADAYAR TELEPHONE EXCHANGE ON
10/05/2014:Com. S. Anandan CS of NFTCL in TN will host the union flag at
03.00 PM in Adayar Telephone exchange to mark the May Day celebration. NFTCL
circle treasurer V. Babu and other office bearers of NFTCL will participate in
the function. Com. C.K.Mathivanan and M. Nagarajan, District secretary, South
Chennai NFTE-BSNL will be the special invities for the celebration.
5th Circle conference of kerala circle will be at Thrichur on
24&25/06/2014:At a meeting on 06/05/2014 a reception committee has been
formed to hold the 5th circle conference of Kerala circle union under the
leadership of Com. K.P.Rajendiran former Revenue MINISTER OF Kerala. He will be
the patron and Com. C.N. Jayadevan CPI candidate for Thiruchur Loksabha seat
will be the Chirman. Com. Girija vallaban Nair, the district secretary of
NFTE-BSNL will be the convener for the reception committee. Com. C.K.Mathivanan
Dy GS, Sr. Leader T.V. Paulose and Circle president C.K. Radha Krishnan and many
other comrades attended and guided the meeting. Leaders of AITUC, AIBEA, AIBOA,
NFTCL and Kerala state Electicity workers union and many other sister
organization leaders very actively participated in the meeting of the reception
committee and assured all their help for a grand conference of NFTE-BSNL at
Thiruchur. CHQ member Com. P.M. Micheal could not attend the meeting since he
was undergoing JTO training at Trivandrum. Circle secretary P.V. Dharmadass
could not attend due to his illness. Com. Jaffer(Plakkad) and Com. Sasikumar(
Kottayam), Com. Manikandan and S.C. Mohankumar circle vice president among
others who participated in the meeting.
Grand May day celebration:Com. C.K.Mathivanan addressed a May Day
meeting at Thirukoilur in Villupuram district jointly organized by AITUC and
CITU. Large members of BSNL comrades attended this public meetic from
Villupuram/ Cuddalore area. In Chennai telephones a grand meeting was organized
on 03/05/2014 at Kellys telephone exchange complex in which more than 250
comrades participated. Com M. Appadurai former MP nad leader of CPI was the
chief guest at the meeting. Com. G.Jayaraman, secretary CHQ , FNTO and NFTBE
circle secretary along with Com. C.K. Mathivanan also addressed the
Com. Velayudam retired on 30/04/2014:The Divisional secretary of Flower
Bazaar external, Velayudam has retired after long innings in P&T, DOT and
BSNL. The Circle union wish him very happy retired life. A farewell meeting is
organized by our union for him at Flower bazaar exchange complec on 09/05/2014
evening. All are requested to attend the same.
NFTCL STATE UNIT FORMED IN KERALA ON 27/04/2014:Com. C.K.Mathivanan
inaugurated the state formation conference Kerala in Perumbavur near Ernakulam.
Com. S.P. Mohankumar was unanimously elected as the Secretary of State committee
of Kerala NFTCL. The formation conference was presided over by Com. P.K.
Radhakrishnan Circle president of the NFTE-BSNL and was addressed by comrades
P.V. Dharmadass (CS,NFTE-BSNL),P.M.Michel(CHQ,NFTE-BSNL) T.V.Paulose, S.
Anandan( Tamil Nadu, State secretary of NFTCL) and L. Subbarayan (ACS, TN Circle
NFTE-BSNL). Contract labours from Pathnamthitta and Trichur expressed their
difficulties at the conference. AITUC district secretary cOM.Asraf and CPI
leaders of Ernakulam district greeted the conference. Com. C.K.Mathivanan
expressed hope that within few months time state unit of NFTCL will be formed in
Karnataka, Maharastra and Bengal. The conference demanded equal pay for equal
work to contract labour as per the Supreme court judgment and demanded skilled
labour status for contract labour in telecom The Conference also resolved to
ensure permanent job for contract labours on the principles of permanent job be
done by permanent worker. The branch secretary of Perumbavur of NFTE-BSNL
proposed vote of thanks. Com. M. Ramakrishnan Dist Secretary Coimbatore
NFTE-BSNL along with Com. Kumaresan circle Organizing secretary of NFTCL graced
Meeting with Sr. GM(HR&Admn) on 25/04/2004:On 25/04/2014 the circle
union had a meeting with Sr. GM.(HR&Admn) and the circle union was
represented by Comrades M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, S.C.Bose, T.R.Rajasekaran
and K.M. Elangovan took part in the discussion.
NFTE Alliance wins hands down in the Tamil Nadu Telecom Co-Operative society
election:All the results for 195 seats in the RGB were declared by the
Election officer. Thus completing the process of the election which was
conducted in several stages since March -2014. The NFTE-Allinace emerged
victorious with a majority of 115 seats and BSNLEU alliance could secure only 85
seats despite money power, false propaganda against Com.C.K. Mathivanan the
BSNLEU leadership miserably failed in its attempt to capture the Telecom
Co-Opreative Society for a period of 5 more years. It is to be noted in 2009
Election BSNLEU emerged victorious only after indulging in horse trading and
corrupt practices. But now they were flatly rejected by our employees.
Com. A.Kantha retires on 30/04/2014:Our circle vice president A. Kantha
will be retiring on 30/04/2014 after a long eventful service to the company and
its employees. The Circle union and Anna Road divisional union are jointly
holding a farewell function at Anna Road complex on the evening of 02/05/2014
all our comrades are required to participate in the function and felicitate her.
The circle union wishes a very happy retired life to Com. A. Kantha.
May Day Celebrations:Chennai Telephones circle union will celebrate May
day at Kellys Exchange complex on 03/05/2014 at 03.00PM in which Com M.Appadurai
the state vice president of AITUC and Com. G.Jayaraman,Secretary(CHQ) will be
the chief guest for this year May day celebration of Chennai telephones. All are
requested to attend the celebrations without fail to mark our respectful homage
for the May day martyrs Spice, Engel, Parsan and Fisher. On 01/05/2014 all
branches are requested to hoist the union flag in the morning and spread the
message of May day among our employees.
An Appeal: Exercise vote; Perform democratic duty:
On 24/04/2014, the
whole of Tamil Nadu state and the union territory of Puducherry will vote to
elect 40 members of parliament to the 16th Lok sabha. Needless to point out that
people should use this golden opportunity to punish the corrupt UPA Govt led by
Congress party and the Communal BJP which helped the congress in every possible
way to pass as many bills in the last parliament with the sole intension of
helping the rich and powerful. Read more...
Com C.K.Mathivanan participate in a debate on 16th Parliamentary
Election:Doordarshan News Channel will telecast a one hour program at 04.00
PM on 19/04/2014(Saturday)on the 16th Loksabha Elections in English language in
which many political leaders will participate and debate Com. C.K.Mathivanan
representing Communist Party Of India(CPI) will participate in this debate and
speak about the chances of forming the next Govt at Centre by Non-Congress and
Non-BJP political formation. This Nationwide telecast will also be replayed on
the same day at 11.00 PM. Our Employees are requested to watch the debate
RGB THANKS GIVING MEETING AT FLOWER BAZAAR:
View glimses of the meeting,
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NFTE MARCHING AHEAD in Telecom Co- Operative society Election:
registered success in Chennai Telephones NFTE is marching ahead of BSNLEU in
Tamil Nadu circle also. As on date out of 119 results were declared both in
Chennai telephones and Tamilnadu circle the alliance led by NFTE has won 71
seats so far. BSNLEU led alliance could secure victory in 46 seats, Read
Big Thanks:Our Circle union thanks everyone who worked for the victory
of NFTE-BSNL in the recently held election for the Telecom Co-Operative society.
A meeting has been arranged for thanks giving on 12/04/2014 in Flower Bazaar
complex at about 03.00PM. All leader of the Save Telecom Society front will
participate and address the meeting. All are requested to attend the meeting
NFTE-FNTO Alliance wins in Chennai Telephones despite false propaganda by
BSNLEU:Out of 68 seats for the RGB membership in Chennai telephones” The
save Telecom Society front” which consisted NFTE_BSNL, FNTO, NFTBE, PEWA,
AIBSNLOA and BSNLEAU has won 37 Seats and in a position to win all the 8
director post for Telecom Co-Operative Society from Chennai Telephones despite
false propaganda and money distribution the alliance of BSNLEU, TEPU and
SEWA-BSNL could secure only 29 Seats.
TEPU’s OPPURTUNISTIC ALLIANCE:To protest the opportunistic alliance of
TEPU with BSNLEU in the Telecom –Co operative society election the following
four comrades of TEPU union left that union and joined NFTE-BSNL in the presence
of C.K.Mathivanan at Koyambedu election meeting on 29/03/2014. We welcome
comrades Swaminathan, Prasad, Sasidaran and Kumar under the leadership of Com.
Maran former Circle secretary of TEPU. Fourteen rebel candidates are contesting
the election protesting against the opportunistic alliance with BSNLEU. Several
BSNLEU rebel candidates including the district secretary K. Venkatesan(NW) are
also contesting as rebel candidate due to the factionalism and favoritism of
BSNLEU candidates. Thus the alliance of TEPU and BSNLEU is facing lot of inner
contradiction and could not move forward as a united team. Whereas the alliance
of Telecom Co-operative society protection front led by NFTE-BSNL is completely
united and moving forward with a single mission of save guarding the society
from the evil forces of BSNLEU/ TEPU.
As Coimbatore district union of NFTE- BSNL already given mouthful reply to
Chellappa’s falsehood through its official website we do not consider to reply
separately to the Tamil nadu BSNLEU Circle Secretary.Click...
Beware of Chellappa:Com. Chellappa who is the Circle secretary of Tamil
Nadu BSNLEU and now he is seems to be looking after the Chennai telephones
Circle union also. He is addressing number of meetings in Chennai by sidelining
Com. Govindarajan, the Chennai telephones Circle secretary only to campaign for
the corrupt alliance led by BSNLEU in the Telecom Co-operative society
New Organization for Contract Labours in Telecom Sector:
Federation of Telecom Contract Labour (NFTCL), a new organization has been
launched as per the guidance of the Central leadership of AITUC. This
organization is unique as it is the only organization which covers all the
contract labours in Telecom sector both private and public. Read
Felicitation for newly elected state office bearers of NFTCL:A grand
function was organized at the GM(Office) complex at Cuddalore on 24/02/2014 in
which several trade union leaders participated and greeted the new team of
Contract labour union. More than 250 comrades including 25 women comrades
attended the function. Senior leader Raghu unveiled the portrait of late Com.
Parvathi Krishnan and paid homage to her. Comrades M.Appaduari Ex MP and one of
the Vice presidents of Tamilnadu AITUC, M.Sekar District secretary AITUC and
prominent a leader of Neyveli lignite corporation contarct labour union, Erode
Mali, C.K.Mathivanan, G.Jayaraman, L.Subbarayan, Parimalam, Ashok Raj and
Anbalagan addressed the gathering. A Journal of the NFTCL was also released. All
the state level office bearers of the NFTCL were felicitated. In the meeting
more than 15 contract labours who left other unions joined NFTCL in the presence
of Com. S. Anandan, the state secretary. The meeting was presided over by Com.
P.Sundaramurthy, former District Secretary NFTE-BSNL.
Condolence:We condole the untimely demise of
the beloved daughter of Com. Islam Ahmed our National President at Allahabad
toady. Our Circle union convey its sincere condolence to Com. Islam Ahmed and
his family members and share their grief.
All India Conference of FNTO AT CHENNAI:The All India Conference of
FNTO is being held from today. Our Circle union greets the Conference every
success and extend a warm welcome to all the leaders and delegates from all over
the country to the great city of Chennai. The GS and the DyGS are expected to
address the open session on the evening of 21/03/2014.
Felicitation to newly elected state office bearers of NFTCL:There will
be felicitation function for the newly elected state office bearers of NFTECL at
Cuddalore on 24/03/2014 evening. All are requested to mobilize the contract
labours for this function in which Com. Mali of Erode who is the working
president of state body will introduce the flag of NFTCL and the flag hoisting
will be done by Com. M. Appadurai Ex MP and state vice president of AITUC. Com
C.K.Mathivanan Dy GS and Com. G.Jayaraman, Secretary(CHQ) will address.
Hectic campaign for for the RGB Election in K.K.NAGAR EXCHANGE:
Glimpses, Click1, Click2, Click3, Click4,
Hectic campaign for Telecom society election:The Save Telecom Society
front lead by NFTE has already organized ten public meetings in support of our
candidates at Mambalam Exchange, Hadows Road Exchnage, Kalmandapam Exchnage,
Chenglepet Exchnage, Anna Nagar Exchange, Ambattur Exchange, R.K.Nagar Exchange,
DGM(Admn) Office, and K.K.Nagar Exchnage. The Election will be held on
03/04/2014 and the result will be announced on the same day.
General Council meeting on 22/03/2014:The General Council meeting of
our circle union will be held on 22/03/2014 at Dinroze telephone Exchange
compound at about 03.00PM. On that day circle union journal ‘Sanghamuzhakkam’
will be distributed. All Branch secretaries, Divisional secretaries, District
secretaries, circle office bearers and special invitees are requested to attend
the meeting in time.
Our Vote-Our Weapon:
The Election for 16th Lokshaba was already notified
and will be completed in the month of May-2014. The UPA Govt is hard pressed
after its ten long years tenure at the centre to retain the power for further
five years. Read
First Campaign meeting at Mambalam telephone Exge on 12/03/2014:
‘Save Telecom Society Front’ has organized its first campaign meeting for the
ensuing RGB member Election at Mamblam telephone exchange which was attended by
more than 200 comrades. All the six candidates who are contesting the election
from South-East Chennai constituency were introduced. The meeting was presided
by the Chairman of the front S. Lingamurthy and was addressed by all the leaders
of the front. Com . C.K.Mathivanan, who is the Convener of the front, in a long
speech explained the achievements of the NFTE, FNTO with regard to Telecom
Society and exposed the utterly false propaganda by BSNLEU. Comrades
P.Udhayasurian(AIBSNLOA), K.Arumugam(PEWA) and D.S.Ramprabhu(NFTBE) and Com
A.Ameed(BSNLEAU) also explained the need for the success of all the 68
candidates of the front to safeguard the Telecom Co-Operative society from
BSNLEU and its political mentor. Click1, Click2, Click3, Click4, Click5, Click6...,
Betrayal of BSNLEU and our Efforts to Remove the Betrayal:
ago 14 TTA’s who were recruited in Chennai telephones were given postings after
the training in Chenagalpattu area which is a separate SSA under CGM, Chennai
RGB ELECTION-notice in tamil:
Notice in tamil for the RGB Election by
the 'Save Telecom society front', Click...
Meeting with CGM:On 06/03/2014 a formal meeting with CGM will be held
on 06/03/2014 to discuss important issues particularly victimization of
First Circle Council Meeting:
The first meeting of the circle council
was held on 03/03/2014 for full day for the first time under the chairmanship of
CGM, Chennai telephones. Management was represented by 2 PGMs, 2 Sr GMs, 3 GMs,
1 Addl GM besides AGM(Admn) and SDE(SR). NFTE_BSNL was represented by Comrades
C.K.Mathivanan leader staff side, M.K.Ramaswamy, T.R. Rajasekaran and C.Ravi. Read
Powerful demonstration opposite Anna Road head post office:
unions of NFTE, FNTO. AIBSNLOA, PEWA, NFTBE and ANNA Union have jointly
organized a protest demonstration on 01/03/2014 in which more than 100 comrades
participated enthusiastically. Sr. Com. V.K.Gopalan shouted slogans against the
proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL. Com S. Lingamurthy of FNTO presided over the
protest meeting in which comrades T.Udhayasurian(AIBSNLOA), K.Arumugam(PEWA),
A.Ameed(ANNA) and C.K.Mathivanan(NFTE) addressed the gathering. Click1, Click2, Click3, Click4, Click5, Click6...,
One Company;one pension;one provident fund;Equal Pay &
While we oppose the unilateral merger of BSNL and MTNL without
consulting the unions and addressing the staff related issues we feel there is
no need for two telecom companies that too in Public sector in our country.
Hence we share some our ideas on the question of merger which may be discussed
with Govt of India whenever discussion on the subject is held. Read
Lunch hour demonstration on 01/03/2014 at Anna Road Head post office:As
per the SMS received from GS at 09.00 PM on 27/02/2014 the FORUM has taken a
decision to hold lunch hour demonstration throughout the Country to oppose the
merger of BSNL and MTNL without sorting out the issue pertaining to the service
condition of Employees. Since the Circle union could not organize the demo with
in short period it was decided to hold the demonstration on 01/03/2014 for the
same purpose. Since NFTE-BSNL is not part of the FORUM in Chennai Telephones due
to the undemocratic attitude of BSNLEU. We organize the demonstration of the
FORUM separately along with FNTO, NFTBE, PEWA, ANNA Union and AIBSNLOA.
NFTE-BSNL wishes a very happy retired life:
On 28/02/2014 number of
Officers and Employees are retiring from service. The circle union extends a
very warm greetings to all of them for a happy retired life. Com. C.K.
Mathivanan personally greeted Sri Raman AGM(ADMN) at his chamber in the morning
along with comrades C. Ravi, K.M. Elangovan, Chandrasekar, Venkatesh, Venkatesan
and many more comrades on his retirement. Click..,
evening he will greet Com. Daniel , TM, Asthinapuram in a farewell meeting
organized at his office.
Victory atlast:Circle Secretary’s two days fast during December-2013
for better medical facility and empanelment of reputed hospitals atlast met with
success. When our CHQ leaders met the Director(HRD) on 24/02/2014 they
emphasized the demand of our circle union. The Director(HRD) has agreed and
assured us to issue necessary instructions to CGM, Chennai Telephones to
maintain parity in medical facilities for BSNL staff working in Chennai with the
other circles. Henceforth all the Hospitals recognized by CGM, Tamil Nadu circle
for Chennai will be available for Chennai Telephones staff also. Thus the
discrimination will soon end. We thank the CHQ for its help.
CHQ Leaders met Director HRD:On 24/02/2014 the President and GS met
Director (HRD) and discussed the issue of victimization in Chennai telephones in
detail. The Director(HRD) has agreed to intervene and set right the attitude of
the management in Chennai telephones which is blatantly misusing its authority
to victimize the members of NFTE-BSNL even for genuine trade union activities.
Our leaders pointed out the specific case of victimization which includes the
following. 1. Case of Smt A. Kantha Sr.OA(G) circle vice president who was
awarded Dies-Non, FR17A for two days when she was on sanctioned leave. Due to
FR17A the pension papers of Smt A.Kantha are not processed although she is due
for retirement in April-2014. 2. Case of Shri V.Ramakrishnan, JAO and
Kancheepuram District union President, who was awarded the Dies-Non and FR17A
for two days despite the fact he was on sanctioned leave on those dates. His
Phase-II training for JAO was also abruptly cancelled although there is no
provision for such thing during the FR-17A punishment. We hope the corporate
office surely intervene to protect the industrial peace and good relationship
with our union.
Indian People are poor; But political parties are rich:As per the
information provided by the Govt Of India 70% of Indian people are living in
poor condition with a meagre income of Rs 20/- even after 65 years of
independence. But political parties have a net income of Rs 4899/- crores in
India. Party wise income. 1.Indian National Congress -Rs 2365/- crores
2.Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) -Rs 1304/- crores 3. CPI(M) -Rs 521/- crores
4.Bahujan Samaj party(BSP) -Rs 498/- crores 5.Nationalist Congress Party(NCP)
-Rs 207/- crores The poor Communist party of India(CPI) is having the income of
Rs 10 Crores only.
At Chennai the first conference of the National Federation
of Telecom Contract Labours(NFTECL) of Tamil Nadu state committee was held at
Com. A.M. Gopu hall in the state HQ of AITUC. More than 250 delegates from all
over Tamil Nadu and Chennai gathered at the conference in which nearly 50 Women
contract labours were also participated. Read
Massive gathering at Flower Bazaar to mark Campaign inauguration on
The 'Save Telecom Society Front' has organized a grand meeting
at Flower Bazaar Telecom complex to introduce 74 candidates who are going to
contest the RGB election from Chennai telephones. More than 500 comrades
gathered and heard the speeches of the very attentively. The president of the
telecom Co-Operative society S. Veeraraghavan presided over the meeting. In his
hour long speech he explained the achievements and welfare activities of the
society during the last five years. Com. T.V. BeemRao, Vice president of the
Telecom society made a welcome speech. Comrades S. Lingamurthy(FNTO),
P.Udhayasurian(AIBSNLOA), A.Ameed( Anna Union) D.S. Ramprabhu(NFTEBE) and
C.K.Mathivanan spoke at the meeting and appealed to the employees to reelect
Com. S. Veeraraghavan as the President of the Telecom Co-Operative society to
continue his unbiased and Employees welfare measures for the next 5 years also.
They rejected the false propaganda unleashed by the opposition front. Com. C.
Elumalai, Director of the Telecom society proposed the vote of thanks. Click1, Click2, Click3, Click4..,
Com Parvathi Krishnan is no more:We got the sad news about
the death of veteran Communist leader Parvathi Krishnan at Coimbatore today
morning at 06.40.AM. She was three times Member of Parliament elected from
Coimbatore constituency which has predominantly working class population. She
was National Vice President of AITUC for several decades and married to late
Krishnan who was also veteran Communist leader from Kerala. Although she was 95
years old she was keen to know the trade union activities and political
activities of our Country. We pay our respectful homage to the departed leader
on behalf of NFTE-BSNL.
The first Circle Council Meeting will be held on 03/03/2014:As per the
information received from SDE(SR) it is learnt that the first meeting of the
reconstituted Circle Council of Chennai Telephones will meet under the
chairmanship of CGM on 03/03/2014 at about 10.00 AM. All Circle Council members
are requested to note this and attend the meeting without fail. Our Circle Union
consistent efforts to convene the Council meeting was agreed by the management
and we are thankful for this.
General Council Meeting of the Circle union:
On 18/02/2014 the General
Council meeting was held under the Presidentship of Com. M.K.Ramaswamy. More
than 200 comrades participated in this meeting. At the outset Com M.Appadurai Ex
MP and state vice president of AITUC spoke about Com. Singaravelar on his 155th
Birth Anniversary. Com. C.K.Mathivanan explained the agenda point and invited
all comrades for the meeting of the union at Flower Bazaar on 21/02/2014 to
introduce the 74 candidates of ‘Save Telecom Society Front’ for the upcoming RGB
election. The Journal of the union Sangamuzhakkam was also distributed. Click1, Click2, Click3...,
Remembering the great patriot and Communist:On 18/02/2014 the working
people our country fondly remember Com. Singaravelar on his 155th Birth
Anniversary. State Ministers, Political leaders including CPI leaders R.
Nallakkannu and CPM leader Ramakrishnan garlanded the statue of Com.
Singaravelar at Chennai Collectorate on his 155th Birthday. Com C.K.Mathivanan
on behalf of NFTE_BSNL paid floral tributes to the veteran trade union leader
who celebrated the Mayday in India for the first time in 1923.
Circle union greets newly wedded couple:
On 17/02/2014 the marriage
reception of son of S. Kothandapani, Circle vice president TOOK PLACE IN Chennai
in which large numbers of our staffs and union activists including Com.
C.K.Mathivanan, Circle Secretary participated and greeted the newly wedded
Resigned only to regain?:We felt very sad on the resignation of Delhi
ChiefMinister ArwindKejriwal on 14/02/2014 as his dream of bringing a Janlokpal
bill to fight corruption in the Govt was stopped by the unity of Congress and
BJP. We applaud Mr. Kejriwal for sacrificing his Chief Minister post for noble
cause amidst people sacrificing everything for the sake of power and position.
Undoubtedly Mr.Kejiriwal and his party in future to play a crucial role in
Indian politics. We wish him every success in his fight for rooting out
corruption both in politics and public life.
Selection process over:The 3 day interview for RGB aspirants from
NFTE_BSNL was over on 14/02/2014. Now the selection committee will meet at 11.00
AM on 21/02/2014 in the union office to select 41 candidates of NFTE_BSNL who
will be contesting the election for RGB membership. Com K.Arumugam of PEWA union
and COm A.Ameed of Anna union met Com C.K.Mathivanan on 14/02/2014 and discussed
about the alliance for telecom society election.
Well done Mr.Kejriwal:
We congratulate the young Chief Minister of Delhi
for his boldness to order filing of FIR on Mukesh Ambani, Veerappamoily and
others for looting the Country and gaining lakhs of cores of rupees through
increased prices for Natural gas. We all know that Com. Gurudass das Gupta, MP
and GS of AITUC vehemently exposed... Read more...
Meeting with Sr.GM(North):On 13/02/2014 on behalf of our circle union
comrades M.K. Ramaswamy C.K.Mathivanan, T.R.Rajasekaran, K.M.Elangovan,
C.K.Ragunatahan and K.Anbu met the new GM for the North area Mr. Ramesh as a
courtesy and discussed few issues pertaining to the North area.
Introduction of candidates for the RGB members Election:The Save
telecom society front will introduce all the 68 candidates who will contest in
the 10 constituency throughout Chennai telephones for the election to
representative General Body members of the Tamil Nadu Telecom Society for which
the election will be held on 04th Week of March-2014 at a grand function on
21/02/2014(Friday-01.00PM) in Flower Bazaar telephone exchange complex. All the
leaders of the our alliance will kick start the election campaign at this
meeting itself. All are requested to attend the meeting in time.
Divisional Conference on 12/02/2014:The Chrompet Division conference
under Kancheepuram District union was held at Chrompet telephone exchange under
the presidentship of Com. Kamalakkannan, Divisional president. Comrades
M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, V. Ramakrishhnan, S.Ekambaram, V.Ravi and
C.K.Ragunathan participated and addressed the conference. The conference
unanimously elected the office bearers. The circle union congratulated Com.
T.Sathya who is reelected as Divisional secretary and all his team
Citation to Com. C.K.Mathivanan:
A citation was presented to Com C.K.
Mathivanan during the organizational tour and convention held at Aurangabad SSA,
Maharastra circle. Click 1, Click 2,
Land of Shivaji offer good news for NFTE-BSNL:
Com C.K.Mathivanan DYGS
was on organizational tour for two days in Maharastra Circle and could meet
several comrades in two separate functions held at Aurangabad(09/02/2014) and
Pune(10/02/2014). The encouraging news gathered was on an average 1000 members
are joining every six month in to NFTE_BSNL in Maharastra circle. Read more...
New mobile Number of Com. C.K.MATHIVANAN:Due to some technical problem
his old mobile Number is not working for the last few days and the fault may be
rectified in a week’s time. Hence all are requested to contact him on his New mobile number :9445335577.
Retirement age to be increased to 65?:A parliamentary committee is
recommended recently to the Govt to increase the age of retirement to 65 from
the existing 60 in view of all round improvement in the health of the people and
the ever increasing life span of Indians. Now the Government has to decide on
this recommendation keeping in mind the unemployment situation among the youth
in our country and utilizing the experience of the Govt employees for a
additional period of five years. As a trade union we strongly oppose this
proposal for enhancement of retirement age. Further we demand lifting of ban on
recruitment for Group C&D category staffs in Govt sector that is continuing
for the last 30 years despite the rigid changes at Centre. We also demand
regularization of all Casual/ Contract labours employed in Govt sectors be
Huge outstanding amount:Nearly Rs 3212 Crores is outstanding for BSNL
from its customer as of 31/12/2013 as per the information given to parliament.
Out of this Rs 1110 Crores from Mobile service and Rs 2101 Crores from land line
services. In Chennai telephones the amount is Rs 33 Crores. We want the
management to take note of this huge amount of dues and initiate immediate
action to collect these dues so that the financial position of BSNL
MTNL and BSNL Merger?:We expect the merger of BSNL and MTNL sooner or
later since only one PSU should be handling Telecom services in the country. It
is our considered opinion that the merger should be effected without causing any
loss to the employees of both companies while making all out efforts to remove
all discrimination between them. As it was decided already to grant Govt pension
to MTNL employees also as in the case of BSNL employees the major discrimination
is over. However unions should be vigilant about impending
disinvestment/Privatization efforts of the govt. The merger of both the
companies will certainly reduce expenditure and improve the quality of
STR Union office opened on 06/12/2014:At Guindy CGM office of STR the
union office allotted to NFTE-BSNL was formally inaugurated on 06/12/2014 in
connection with the function a meeting was organized by district union in which
Senior leaders R.K, and Comrades S.C.Bose, District secretaries S.Ekambaram and
K.Anbu and other STR/STP comrades took part. The circle union extend its
greetings for the members of STR/STP District union on this occasion.
Union office opening in Pune:Pune District has arranged the opening of
its union office on 10/02/2014. Comrade C.K.Mathivanan, DYGS will inaugurate the
new union office.
Growing numbers of Contract labourers:A recent study revealed that in
all sectors the number of workers employed on contract basis over the years is
steadily growing. The management resort to large number of contract labours only
to increase profit and deny equal wage and facilities as of regular employees to
this poor and exploited contract labours. In telecom nearly 60% of the work
force is contract labours. It is high time NFTE_BSNL take initiative to organize
the contract labours Nationwide since it was only NFTE which regularized 1.3
Lakh casual labours in September-2000 prior to corporatization despite ban on
recruitment. Our Chennai circle union in a modest way decided to organize the
contract labours in Telecom and given the responsibility to Comrade V.Babu of
K.K.Nagar who is also the Assistant District Secretary of South Chennai District
Kellys meeting on 04/02/2014:More than 150comrades took part in the
meeting to welcome the New members who have joined NFTE-BSNL very recently.
Comrade G. Palaniappan, Circle Organizing secretary presided over the meeting.
Comrades M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, S.C.Bose, Rajendiarn and Somasankar
spoke at the meeting. They expressed happiness on joining of new members into
NFTE-BSNL. Com. C.K.Mathivanan urged the members to elect RGB members who were
sponsored by NFTE’s alliance so that the Co-Operative society of 22000 members
is managed by the neutral and sincere comrades as was during the last five
years. He also appealed to ensure the continuance of good services of the
present president S. Veeraraghavan who has promised flats for all the members
applied for the same and reduce interest rates for various loans disbursed by
Telecom Co-Operative society.
Meeting with AddlGM(HR&ADMN):The circle union representatives met
the AddlGM(HR&ADMN) today and discussed at length various staff grievance
and pending issues. Comrades C.K.Mathivanan,M.K.Ramaswamy,S.C.Bose,K.M.
Elangovan,C.Ravi and T.Jayajothi represented the circle union
BSNL eyes land bank for funds:
Facing a severe financial crunch, Bharat
Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has approached the Centre seeking its nod to utilise
its huge land bank to fund its expansion plans and for facing cut-throat
competition from private players. As part of the pilot project, the telecom PSU
has asked the government to allow development of land for commercial and
residential use in Mumbai and Noida which is likely to fetch over Rs.3,500
GoM asks govt to loan BSNL & MTNL to pay up salaries:
inter-ministerial group has asked the government to give loans to state-run
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) to help
both loss-making telcos pay a portion of their salary bills. Read
Meeting at Kellys ExCHANGE to Welcome New Members:On 04/02/2014 at
04.00 PM there will be a meeting of the union to welcome Twenty eight new
members who have recently joined NFTE-BSNL. Circle union office bearers and
District office bearers along with Kellys Divisional comrades will participate
in this meeting.
General Council Meeting postponed:Due to unavoidable circumstances the
place and the data of next general council meeting is changed. Now on 18/02/2014
at 03.00 PM the General council meeting will be held at Dinroze Exchange
complex. Kindly note this change.
Function at Thiruninravur Exchange:On 29/01/2014 in connection with the
retirement function of our senior leader S. Jothi, T.M. from service Com.
C.K.Mathivanan and other circle office bearers along with district and
divisional union leaders greeted Com. Jothi a very very happy retired life.
Prior to this the new notice board of the branch union was opened by Com.
C.K.Ragunathan, District Secretary, Thiruvallur and union flag was hoisted by
Com. K.Nagan, Circle Vice-President. Many officers including DGM/AGM etc also
took part in the farewell function and greeted Com Jothi.
Declaration of results for Direct Recruitment of TTA’s-2014
Vacancies:On 29/01/2014 a list of 44 candidates were declared as passed in
the examination held on 14/07/2013.Out of 123 vacancies for which 4677
Engineering Graduates written the examination. Results:OC:21, OBC:11, SC:12
Meeting With GM(West):On 30/01/2014 our union leaders met the GM(West)
and discussed the issues pertaining to west zone. Comrades C.K.Mathivanan,
Dhansingh, M. Nagarajan,V.Babu, T.Karunanidhi and Anbukumar participated in the
President Should not play partisan politics:
Recently there is a
discussion throughout the media and country about the Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal’s two days’s dharna before Rail bhavan to demand action on few
police men for their failure to act on the rapists. Non other than the president
of Indian Republic... Read
Massive gathering at Flower Bazaar Complex:
On 27/01/2014 in response to
the call given by the circle union nearly 300 comrades gathered during lunch
hour to felicitate all the 70 leaders who were victimized by the management
through Dies-non and FR17A punishment. Com M.K.Ramaswamy presided over the
meeting. Comrades C.K.Mathivanan, S.Lingamurthy(CS FNTO) and P.Udhayasurian(CS
AIBSNLOA) felicitated the victimized comrades and told the gatherings that their
victimization will only strengthen the determination of members to fight against
the management for justice. Com C.Ravi Circle treasurer delivered the vote of
Aurangabad District Conference:On 09/02/2014 the district conference
and a convention will be held at Aurangabad(Maharastra Circle) in which Com.
C.K.Mathivanan, Dy.GS will participate and deliver key note address.
Greetings on Republic day:We greet all fellow Indians on the 64th
Anniversary of Indian Republic on 26/01/2014. Let the aims and objects of the
Indian constitution be fulfilled atleast in the coming years.
25.01.2014:BOYCOTT OF REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION:
NFTE-BSNL Circle union has decided to boycott the Republic day
celebration at CGM office on 26/01/2014 in view of the continued victimization
on the members of NFTE_BSNL at the behest of CGM and GM(HR&ADMN).
Works Committee meeting of Chennai Area:On 25/01/2014 the works
committee meeting of Chennai area was held. Our members GandhiChandrasekaran,
Sundramurthy and Karunanidhi took up many issues to improve the quality of
services. NFTE-BSNL demanded bringing Broadband, Transmission and GSM under the
Control of respective area GMs so that delay is cutdown and more coordination is
General Council meeting on 15/02/2014:The General Council of the Circle
union will meet on 15/02/2014 in A.K. Nayak Bhavan at 02.00PM sharply.
Sangamuzhakkam journal will also be released at the meeting. All the RGB
candidates of our union will be introduced at this meeting. All General council
members are requested to attend the meeting.
Selection of RGB Candidates:As the Election for RGB members of telecom
Co-Operative society is scheduled to be held very shortly the candidate of
NFTE-BSNL will be selected and announced on 30/01/2014 at the first meeting of
the selection committee. Hence all District secretaries are requested to
handover the application form collected from the willing comrades on or before
Bonus formula review Committee meeting::The second meeting of the Bonus
formula Committee will be held today. As already reported due to the persistent
efforts of NFTE-BSNL a committee has been appointed by the management to review
the faulty Bonus formula agreed by BSNLEU when it was the sole recognized union.
Due to this faulty formula only our employees were denied Bonus for the last 4
years continuously. Now after getting recognition NFTE-BSNL forced the
management to review the Bonus formula and accordingly a committee was formed
including a representative from NFTE-BSNL. Already the first meeting of this
committee was over.
NFTE-BSNL support the struggle of ED Employees:On 22/01/2014 throughout
the country ED Employees of POSTAL department has organized a hunger fast on
their demands. Regularization and grant of Govt servanat status for 2.7 lakhs
Extra departmental employees are the main two demands. At Chennai near Chief PMG
office in Anna salai more than 400 ED Employees were observing a day’s hunger
fast. Throughout Tamil Nadu ED employees have gathered at the hunger fast site.
Com. C.K.Mathivanan addressed the protestors on behalf of NFTE-BSNL and
expressed complete solidarity for the demands of the ED employees. Com.
T.R.Rajasekaran ACS accompanied the circle secretary.
Urgent Secretariat meeting on 23/01/2014:At 03.OO PM an urgent
Secretariat meeting at the union office will be held. All members of the
Secretariat of our circle union are requested to attend the meeting in time
New posters released from Circle union:
Two new posters are released
from circle union today; Click 1, Click
Meeting with GM(South)::The Circle union will meet the GM(South) on
21/01/2014 along with Kancheepuram District union office bearers. The issue of
surplus staff transfer in the cadre of Sr.TOA(P) / Sr. TOA(G) will be taken up
in the meeting.
Trade union class at South Chennai District:On 20th January-2014 a
trade union class was conducted by the Chennai(South) district union at Dinroze
Exchange complex. Com.K. Sabapathy, District president has presided over the
class. A condolence resolution on the sudden demise of CHQ tresurer P.L. Dua was
passed and a minute silence was observed in the memory of Com. Dua. Com
C.K.Mathivanan Circle secretary took a class on the topic of trade union
struggles since 1954. He also explained the present status of various issues.
Several circle union office bearers participated in the discussion on the topic
of the class. In all 109 comrades participated in the trade union Class. Com.
Nagarajan, District secretary welcomed the participants of the class and
outlined the activities of the district union. A decision to conduct branch/
divisional conferences by March-20014 so that all conferences are completed
before the next all India conference at Jabalpur(MP) in April-2014.
Victimization:To day the management has imposed Dies-non/FR17A on 45
more comrades in second instalment for the hunger strike on 30th & 31st
December-2013 making the total numbers as 70. We hope there will be a third list
also!. Let the management understand that NFTE_BSNL cannot be bullied by these
type of madness. We shall defeat these victimization soon.
COMRADE P.L. DUA IS NO MORE:We deeply mourn the sudden
demise of Com. P.L. Dua our All India treasurer. NFTE, Chennai telephones pay
its respectful homage to the departed leader. Com P.L. Dua was in association
with NFPTE and NFTE long time and worked selflessly throughout his career for
the cause of the working class.
Over speed by Mr. Veerappa Moily:
After the exit of Smt Jayanthi
Natarajan from the Ministry of Environment & Forest Shri Veerappa Moily took
additional charge of the said Ministry on 22nd_December-2013. Within 20 days he
has cleared 65 files for project worth Rs 1 lakh crore. Readmore...
160 New Members joined NFTE-BSNL:Chennai telephone circle union whole
heartedly welcomes 160 new members who have joined NFTE-BSNL on 15/01/2014. Out
of these 160 more than 125 left BSNLEU and joined us. The circle union thank all
those who worked for this new membership.
Mr Anand Sharma please look at your face in the mirror:Hon’ble Union
Minister for Industry and Commerce has commented the decision of the Delhi state
govt led by AAP to disallow FDI in multibrand retail trade as irresponsible.
However it is a very good decision by the AAP govt to avoid jobloss and
unemployment. Hence we welcome this responsible decision of of AAP govt which
withdrew the earlier decision of the Congrees govt led by Smt. Sheela Dixit to
allow FDI in multibrand retail trading. We all know the AAP govt in Delhi is
supported by Congress party. Despite this the AAP govt has reversed the decision
of the Congress govt without fearing for loss of power or fall of their govt. Mr
Anand Sharma, the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry also questioned the
decision of the AAP govt since it is a minority ovt with outside support. We
wish to remind Mr Anand Sharma if that is the case that a minority govt cannot
take a policy decision then how UPA-II govt which is a minority govt from the
beginning and living on the borrowed outside support of SP,BSP and other parties
could implement many important policy decisions of the Congrees which are all
antipeople and anti worker but procorporate and multinational corporation. This
is a fine example of ‘The Pot calling the Kettle Black’.
Com. C.K.Mathivanan In Kerala:On 13/01/2014 comrade C.K.Mathivanan
participated in the Kerala Circle Executive meeting and opening function of
Ernakulam District union office. In the forenoon the District union office was
declare opened by Shri. Mathew, PGM Ernakulam District. Com C.K.Mathivanan
delivered the key note address in this function. Many DGM's and sister union
representatives greeted NFTE_BSNL for opening a new union office in Ernakulam
District. Comrades P.K.Radhakrishnan, Circle President, P.V.Dharmadas, Circle
secretary and Michael National Executive Committee member and others also spoke
at the occasion. In the afternoon Circle Executive Committee meeting was held at
the new union office. The Circle Executives decided to hold the 6th Circle
conference. The Vennue and the date will be decided at the next CEC meeting to
be held at Malapuram in the 2nd week of February-2014. Two new branches one at
Thodupuzha with 40 members in Ernakulam SSA and the second at Manarghat with 25
members have come with very recently in Kerala circle. All these new members had
left BSNLEU to join NFTE-BSNL.
Don't mandate only BSNL/MTNL connections for govt staff: COAI:
industry body COAI has written to Department of Telecom (DoT) not to implement a
proposal of "mandating only" BSNL and MTNL connections for government staff and
enterprises as it would be "anti-competitive". "We once again reiterate that any
such move would be arbitrary, incorrect and unjustified and would be anti-
competitive and against all principles of level playing field," COAI Director
General Rajan Mathews said in a letter to DoT Secretary M F Farooqui. Read
Trade union Classes:1. Thiruvallur District.
A trade union class was organized at Thiruvallur on 08/01/20014 by the District
union in which more than 140 comrades took part. Com. N.Dhanapal, District
president presided over the class. Com. M.K.Ramaswamy, Circle president
inaugurated the same. Com. C.K.Mathivanan took a class on ‘Trade union
functioning’. Com. C.K.Ragunathan, Dist secretary explained the present position
of the union regard to various issues. Many circle office bearers and district
office bearers also spoke at the class. 2.North Chennai
District. The trade union class for the district was organized on
10/01/2014 at Dinroze exchange complex. Com. K.Anbu District Secretary presided
over the class. Com. M.K.Ramaswamy, Circle president inaugurated the same.More
than 90 comrades took part in the class. Com. C.K.Mathivanan spoke on the anti
worker attitude of the Administration. Several circle office bearer also took
part in it.
BSNL, MTNL to get Rs 11,258 crore on spectrum surrender:
The Cabinet on
Thursday approved a Rs 11,258-crore bonanza to two beleaguered state-run
telecommunication companies and approved regulations for television rating
agencies. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd can
surrender their broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum and get refunds of Rs
11,258 crore, the Cabinet said Read
PIL wants protection for whistleblower:
The petitioners described BNSL
employee C K Mathivanan as a whistleblower and said he had led employees'
agitation against misuse of the 323-line telephone exchange which was allegedly
established during the tenure of Dayanidhi Maran as union telecom minister.
Though the Centre has drafted the Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, it was yet to
be implemented successfully, they said, adding that Mathivanan suffered
harassment as his retirement benefits were delayed inordinately. Read
Felicitation for brave hearts:The circle union will honour all those
brave hearts who were served with dies_non and FR-17A punishment for
participation in the peaceful hunger strike at CGM’s office on 30th & 31st
December 2013. A function will be organized on 27th January 2014 at Flower
Bazaar complex during Lunch hour to honor all those brave hearts.
TWO DAYS FAST UNDERTAKEN BY COM C K MATHIVANAN HAS ENDED AFTER AN AGREEMENT
REACHED WITH CGM CHENNAI TELEPHONES:
Chennai Telephones Circle Secretary
began fast at 9 AM on 30th December 2013 for demanding settlement of SIX
important demands. After two Rounds of discussion with Chief General Manager,
Senior GM (HR & Admn) an agreement was reached with CGM and a letter signed
by the CGM was handedover to the Circle Secretary on the settlement of demands.
At about 10 PM on 31st December 2013 Com C.K.Mathivanan after consulting the
circle office bearers announced the end of his fast and thereafter
Com.R.K,former Secretary NFTE gave the fruit juice to Com CKM and thus twodays
his fast for 37 hours came to an end with an agreement.
Leaders of various
Unions/Associations extended their support to the agitation particularly
Comrades RK, Pattabiraman (TN CS NFTE), P Udayasooriyan (CS AIBSNLOA),
S.Lingamurthi (CS FNTO), J Vijayakumar (CS TEPU) and R.Gunasekaran (CS BSNLDEU).
Nearly 400 comrades came to the agitation spot and sat all through the two days
and supported the agitation. Senior Comrades V.K.Gopalan, K Sabapathy, P
Ganapathy and M Munusamy also addressed the meeting which was presided over by
Com.M.K.Ramasamy Circle President.
The Main issue of empanelling the reputed
hospitals such as BILLROTH, MIOT, M V DIABATICS etc was agreed upon by the
Management and within three months the process of empanelment will be completed.
The average age of the BSNL employees being 50 years now, there is an urgent
need for a very effective medical scheme and reputed hospitals as empanelled
hospitals for BSNLMRS. In Tamil Nadu Circle & STR, STP Telecom Circles
number of reputed hospitals in Chennai are in the empanelled list. However,
these hospitals are not finding a place in the empanelled list of hospitals for
Chennai Telephones. This discrimination has to be removed immediately and NFTE
Circle union has taken this issue with all sincerity. The Management although
recognised more than 70 hospitals in Chennai majority of these hospitals are
under payment fecility. The Circle union demanded the inclusion of reputed
hospitals in the empanelled list so that our employees not require to pay for
their medical treatment in these reputed hospitas and claim reimbursement
WE hope the management will implement this agreement within THREE
MONTHS so that our employees are not facing acute financial difficulties and
financial loss for taking Medical treatment under BSNLMRS.
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