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 20.08.2014  Meeting with CMD on 19.08.2014 :-  GS along with Sh. V.P.Bhardwaj, Jt.GS, Sh.Rajeeb Kumar AGS, Sh. S.P.S.Yadav,AGS, Sh. P.C.Sarswat, Sh.K.R.Yadav, Circle President ,  Sh. Ram Gopal, Circle Secy and Sh O.P.Guptamet Sh. P.K.Purwar, CMD on 19.08.2014 to discuss the following long pending HR issues :-

  1. Abnormal delay in holding of regular DPCs :- GS express his serious concern over the abnormal delay in holding of regular DPCs for most of the post in various cadres as per the scheduled notified by HR unit of Corporate Office on flimsy grounds. GS informed that our members are retiring every month without getting their due regular promotions  It seems that HR section is intentionally delaying the DPCs process  by one reason or the other despite the fact that we have already pursued this matter with GM/Director HR many times . GS requested CMD to kind intervene in this matter personally.     CMD told that regular Director (HR) is there to looked into this matter . However, I will discuss with HR  unit to get the issue resolved. 
  1. Delay in finalization of JAOs gradation list:- GS  pointed out that despite our continuous efforts since long back the issue of finalization of JAOs gradation list is still unresolved. C Rs were called for in July 2011 for regular promotion as AOs of these executives but due to non finalization of gradation list their promotion case is still pending. Even the committee constituted for the purpose has already submitted its report but no decision has been taken by HR unit to resolve the issue. This matter has already taken up your good self on many occasion but still unresolved.

CMD accepted that there is abnormal delayed in this matter and informed that I have already called GM(HR) to know the status of the case but could not discussed due to some urgent meetings. He assured to discuss this issue with GM(HR) tomorrow dated 20.08.2014  to resolve this issue on priority. 

  1. Finalization of RRS for promotion of executives working in HR, Marketing, Legal etc. :- GS informed that executives working in HR, Marketing Legal section are not being promoted as Dy Manager on regular basis due to non availability of RRs for these streams which is blocking their career prospects and  thats why many of the executives have already left the the MTNL and some are in queue to quit..  GS requested to take immediate action in this regard. 

CMD assured to look into this matter. 

  1. Recruitment and departmental exam for E-2 level in all disciplines and TTA :-  GS demanded for initiating immediate recruitment process in the cadre of TTA and  Accountant from the  open market so that they can meet the requirement of RRs for 50% departmental quota to be filled at E-2 level keeping in view the acute shortage and retirement .

CMD assured to examine and instruct HR unit to take necessary steps in this regards.

  1. Promotion policy :-  We have demanded that EPP-2007 and proposed promotion policy of DOT at the time of absorption is not being adhered by MTNL management in case of absorbees  in its true spirit. Even the clause mentioned in EPP-2007 have been violated while implementing this policy  by the HR section arbitrarily. This has been pointed out on many occasions by our association with GM(HR)/Director HR but all in vain.

CMD assured to examine this issue.

 Irregularities  in cadre restructuring and promotion policy for stenographers :-  GS pointed out there are some anomalies while cadre restructuring and framing promotion policy for stenographers which needs re-examination so that the grievances of the stenographers can be resolved.  .   

CMD admitted that some representation on this issue have been received and will be examined on the merit   of the case.

  1. Counting of training period for increment and promotion :-  GS demanded that training period of direct recruited  executives should be counted for regular promotion and residency period for vertical post based promotion as well as financial up gradation. Even counting of training period for above purposes shall also be extended to all the. executives working in MTNL.

CMD assured to discuss this matter with HR unit.

 19.08.2014  1)   DoT working on modalities of BSNL-MTNL merger: In a bid to revive BSNL and MTNL, Department of Telecom is working on modalities to merge the two state-run telecom companies and also undertake organizational restructuring.”The merger of BSNL and MTNL is definitely on the table for the revival of these firms. We are working on it,” a source in Department of Telecom (DoT) told 

A News from Economic Times. Please click here for link to news.

2)   Telecom PSUs headless, key posts vacant for months:At a time when the NDA government is talking about efficiency and pace in decision-making, most crucial arms of the telecom ministry are headless.
Chiefs of several entities, including CMDs of MTNL and BSNL, are yet to be appointed despite the posts lying vacant for months. 

A News from Economic Times. Please click here for link to news.

19.8.2014 MTNL Mumbai administration promoted 17 DM(T) on local officiating basis to SM Positions. Special Reports were called from 424 Sr Managers(T) presently in E5 for promotion to E6 Grade, 262 DM(T) for protion to E5 from E4 grade, 273 AM(T) from E2 to E3 grade and 76 AM(Fin) from E2 to E3 grades. All are requested to expedite Special reports and CRs at the earliest.
11.08.2014 ED Delhi office issued orders for CR call for financial up-gradation due wef -01-10-2014 for the following grades of Finance executives:1) for 51 Executives from E5 to E6,2) for 4 Executives from E6 to E7.Please see the complete lists on Delhi Bulletin.
 09.08.2014 ED Delhi issued orders for CR call for financial upgradation due wef -01-10-2014 for the following grades of Telecom executives:1) for 215 Executives from E4 to E5,2) for 376 Executives from E5 to E6.Please see the complete lists on Delhi Bulletin.
 08.08.2014 GS wrote a letter to GM(HR) for seeking immediate meeting with him for discussing pending various HR issues of executives. Please click here for copy of letter.
07.08.2014 GS Wrote a letter to Sh. Narendra Modi Hon’ble Prime Minister Of India seeking his kind intervention for payment of pension and pensionary benefits to retired employees of MTNL at earliest.Please click here for copy of letter.
 02.08.2014  BSNL-MTNL in pact with ONGC to provide telecom services for 5 years: BSNL and MTNL  today said they have inked a 5-year pact with ONGC to provide all telecom services to the state-owned oil firm on a pan-India basis.“A tripartite MoU was signed among ONGC, BSNL and MTNL on July 28 at ONGC Corporate Office for providing all telecom services such as basic telephones, mobile services, leased circuits including VSAT services to ONGC on pan India basis, including service areas of MTNL at Delhi and Mumbai,” BSNL and MTNL said in a joint statement. A news from Economic Times.Please click here for link to news.
 01.08.2014 Meeting with Member(Finance) DOT: GS along with Sh. V. P. Bhardwaj JGS and Sh. Rajeeb Kumar AGS met with member (Finance) DOT  on  28-07-2014 regarding in-ordinate delay in taking over of pension liability from MTNL by Pr. CCA DOT causing non payment of pension and pensionery benefits to retirees of MTNL . GS pointed out that due to delay in taking over of pension liability by Pr. CCA the retirees (retired from April-2014 onwards) of MTNL  have not got any amount resulting mental harassment  to them and facing their difficulties for their livelihood. GS also briefed Member (Finance) that Pr.CCA ‘s office is intently delaying the taking over of pension liability by raising quarries time to time. GS also pointed out that it is a policy matter and has to be decided by DOT and MTNL Management. Even the decision for payment of pension to the retirees prior to March-2014 has been further extended to September -2014.  We further requested Membr (Finance) for immediate release of pension to the retirees with effect from April-2014 onwards so that they can get some relief for their livelihood.Member (Finance) admitted that there is delay in payment of pension to the retirees from April-2014 but we are watching the progress on day to day basis and trying to settle the issue on priority.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Meeting with Member(Services) DOT: GS along with Sh. V. P. Bhardwaj JGS and Sh. Rajeeb Kumar AGS met with Member (Services) DOT  on  28-07-2014 regarding extending CGHS facility to the retirees of MTNL.Member Services told that the matter has already been sent to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and we are expecting the positive response in this regard very soon.
 01.08.2014  United forum wrote a letter to Member (Finance) regarding non payment of pension in MTNL due to lack of coordination and cooperation between DOT and MTNL ,putting the pensioners in lurch.Please click here for the copy of letter.
 31.07.2014 GS wrote a letter to Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji ,Hon’ble Minister  of Communication & IT for granting a meeting to TEAM for discussing about functioning services of MTNL in Delhi and Mumbai.Please click here for copy of letter.
 31.07.2014 GS wrote a letter to CGM(Wireless Services) regarding abusive and derogatory behaviour of Sh. D.C. Singh ,Director ,COSMOS Telecommunication Pvt. Ltd, with the officers working in BSS unit.Please click here for copy of letter.
 30.07.2014  ED Delhi issued LA promotion order for 6 Executives for the post of DGM(T).Please click here for copy of letter.
 30.07.2014  1)Corporate office issued posting order for CGM(D) for Sh.N.K.Jain presently working as GM(OP &Marketing).Please click here for copy of letter.2)ED Delhi issued transfer and posting order for GMs.Please click here for copy of letter.
 30.07.2014  Our case for scrapping LICE for E-2 to E-3 came for hearing in Principal Bench CAT Delhi on 30-07-2014.But the lawyer from MTNL requested for some more time and Hon’ble court has fixed 10th October-2014 as next date of hearing.
 30.07.2014  ED Delhi office issued Look After Promotion orders for 2 CAOs for the post of DGM(fin). Please click here for the copy of orders.
28.07.2014 GS wrote a letter to Member Finance (D.O.T.) about in-ordinate delay in taking over the pension liability from MTNL by PR.CCA,DOT, New Delhi causing non payment of pension and pensionery benefits to retirees.
Please click here for copy of letter.
26.07.2014 It is learnt that Sh. P.K.Purwar has been given extension for 2 more months on the post of CMD MTNL
26.07.2014 BSNL, MTNL eyeing better coverage with 28,300 new mobile sites:State-run telecom companies BSNL and MTNL are enhancing capacity and coverage of their mobile services by adding about 28,300 new mobile sites, the Parliament has been informed. MTNL is adding 3,526 mobile sites which include both 2G and 3G equipment for enhancing coverage in Delhi and Mumbai. A news from Times of India.Please click here for link to news.
25.7.2014  Our case in Hon’ble CAT to set aside ’Sr. Management Recruitment Rule-2008’ came up for hearing on 24th July 2014 but hearing could not be completed as advocate of MTNL could not attend the court. Hon’ble court has fixed 26th August  2014 as next date of hearing.
22.7.2014  CEC meeting of TEAM Mumbai will be held tomorrow, 23.7.2014, at 17 hrs in Class Room at 15th Floor, Telephone House, Pabhadevi to discuss imposition of Penalty levied on account of non – adherence to TRAI parameters and other issues to be taken up with ED Mumbai on 24.7.2014. All are requested to make it convenient to attend the meeting along with all area office bearers. CS, TEAM.
 21.7.2014  The CCA Mumbai has released Rs. 38.60 crores to MTNL Mumbai against pension payment on the same way as for MTNL Delhi. 
19.7.2014 Dear Members, Management is not serious about our demand for 78.2 % IDA neutralization. Since this is costing shadow in the long run we have to get it at all cost. Matter is being discussed with our CHQ and Delhi unit. We may have to resort to trade union movement to secure our rights. Keep ready for a call.
 19.7.2014  Com. Thankaraj, President, TEAM along with Com. G.N. Haragaball, Circle President, Com. J.S.Yadav, Circle Secretary, Mumbai, Com. Ravindra Kumar, AGS, TEAM, Com. Jagtap, ACS, Mumbai and Com. Reddy met Dir(HR) at Mumbai during his visit and discussed the following HR issues.1. President expressed deep concern over delay in holding DPC for Sr. Managers in all stream beyond schedule and non filling of DGM posts in different streams. Dir(HR) promised that the CRs will be called before end of this months and DPC will be processed for available vacancies.2. Delay in implementation of orders in respect of E2 to E3 promotion was brought to the notice of Dir(HR). Shri. S. Mani, GM(A) told that the said order will be uploaded in the site and follow up action will be initiated immediately.3. Case of Stenographers’ promotion was discussed with Dir(HR). Dir(HR) told that GM(HR) is replying to some queries and matter will be sorted out shortly.4. President raised serious objection for delay in preparing JAO Gradation list: Dir(HR) told that a committee is formed for studying this issue. All efforts will be taken to bring out gradation list shortly.5. President pointed out acute shortage in Finance stream and urged to recruit at the earliest and stop transferring executives out of Mumbai till such time. Circle President also pointed out urgent need for recruitment of E2 level executives and TTAs in Technical stream.  Dir(HR) agreed to conduct exams for recruitment at the earliest. 6. Imposition of penalty on account of TRAI bench marking. Circe secretary objected to levying penalty and told that this will only demoralize the work force. He added that there can’t be two different sets of policies among the two units. Dir(HR) agreed with the sentiments and requested to sort out the issue with ED Mumbai. 7. Refund of BWA Spectrum fee. Dir(HR) told that Rs.765 Crore is already received back and the remaining is in pipeline. On the issue of Pension payment he said that Delhi unit received Rs.28.62 Cr and it is expected that Mumbai unit also will get its share shortly.8. 78.2 DA neutralization: The response from Dir(HR) on the of 78.2 % neutralization shows that management is not serious on the issue.
16.07.2014 Because of continuous efforts of our association, TEAM, The CCA, New Delhi (DOT) has paid  a refund to MTNL Rs. 28.62 crore against the pension paid by MTNL for the retirees (Who retired prior to 31st March,2014 ). This amount reimbursed to MTNL against 85% of the pension paid to the retirees for the month of April, May,June,2014 after deducting the pension contribution of the working employees for the same.  On the same line CCA, Mumbai is also to release the payment to MTNL, Mumbai. The amount is to be paid by CCA, Mumbai is yet to be confirmed. 
16.07.2014 GS along with Sh. V. P. Bhardwaj JGS, Sh. Rajeeb Kumar AGS, Sh. P. C. Sarswat Advisor CHQ , Sh. K. R. Yadav CP and Sh. Ram Gopal CS met with GM(HR) on 15-07-2014 to discuss the following points.1)      Non filling all vacant post of  DGM in all streams: GS expressed our deep concern over this issue. We explained that all vacant posts of DGMs in all streams have not been filled in although the eligible candidates are available. There is no provision in the rule for holding of 50% post of DGM for direct recruited executives. We demanded that all the vacant posts must be filled without any further delay as senior executives are retiring without getting their due promotions.GM(HR) agreed that there is no rule for keeping pending 50% posts of DGMs for direct recruited executives but as per the decision of the competent authority only 50% posts have been filled in. However he agreed to re-examine the issue . 2)     Delay in holding DPCs for E5(regular) promotion in all streams: We conveyed our serious objection for un-necessary delay in holding of DPC for regular promotion in E5 grade in all streams although sufficient information in this regard from both circle have been received by Corporate office.GM(HR ) replied that file was sent for approval for holding DPC for DEs but some quarry has been raised by Dir.(HR) and we are replying to same. The case of promotion of CAOs has to be processed yet.3)     Delay in finalization of gradation list of JAOs: GS asked the latest status of the gradation list of JAOs as the same has been over delayed and regular DPC for AOs is getting delayed due to this.GM(HR) told that the committee has submitted its report but Dir.(HR) raised some quarries again and we are replying to them.4)     Regular DPC of JTOs/JAOs/AMs(HR, Marketing & Legal)  to SDEs /AOs / DMs : GS apprised that as per DPC calendar all the DPCs are over delayed and requested him to expedite the process so that the eligible executives may get their due promotion well in timeGM(HR) assured that this mater is on top priority and will be resolved shortly.5)     Case of Stenographers for promotion:This case has already been discussed on various occasions but no fruit full result has been achieved.  GS requested to resolve this issue on top priority.GM(HR) answered that the case has already  examined and the finding have been submitted to competent authority for approval. But some quarries have been raised which are been looked into.6)     Non-grant of one increment on regular promotion in E5 as per executive promotion policy 2007: GS pointed out that as per EPP-2007 one increment has to be given on regular promotion in E5 but Corporate office arbitrarily decided not to allow it.GM(HR) agreed that the increment is to be given as per EPP-2007 but as per decision of competent authority it is not allowed. This matter may be taken up with Dir.(HR) or CMD.7)     Review of seniority list of CAOs(E5): GS pointed out that some representations from individual executives are lying pending in HR section for review of seniority but the same is not being examined and replied to the individual executives.GM(HR) agreed that we have received some cases and are pending for further examination.8)    Retrospective effect of regular promotion of AOs/Sr. PAs: GS told to GM(HR) that some representation from individual AOs/Sr. PAs have been sent to HR section  for giving retrospective effect of regular promotion but the same have not been finalised yet.GM(HR) agreed for these representation but he told that the same could not be finalised due to busy schedule. He assured to look into these shortly.
 15.07.2014 BSNL, MTNL did not get necessary structural support:State run BSNL and MTNL did not get the structural support they required, leading to their present state of affairs, government said in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there is scope for improvement in the working of the two state run service providers. They were once making profit, but now they are incurring losses, he said……. A news from Z News……… Please click here for link to news.
 14.07.2014 Rakesh Garg to be telecom secretary:Government on Sunday appointed a 1980 batch IAS officer Rakesh Garg new telecom secretary.  A news from Economic Times.Please click here for link to news.
13.07.2014 In the context of question raised by Sh. D.P.Tirpathi Hon’ble Memeber of  Rajya Sabha from NCP ; national channel of Rajya Sabha organised a live debate on  the subject ‘ MTNL &BSNL :the reasons for financial distress and the way forward’. Debate was anchored by Amrita Rai and participated by Sh. D.P.Tirpathi Hon’ble Memeber of Rajya Sabha , A K Kaushik (General Secretary, Telecom Executives’ Association of MTNL) and Manoj Gairola (Editor, Telecom Tiger).Please click here for the link to live debate telecasted on 11-07-2014 from 8pm to 8.30 pm.
12.07.2014

 1) While replying to question raised by Sh.D.P.Tirpathi Hon,ble Member of Rajya Sabaha , SH. Ravi Shankar Prasad Hon,ble Minister of Communication & IT announced that Government plans Rs 39k-crore capital infusion in BSNL, MTNL over 5 years .

A news from Economic Times.

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2) MTNL, BSNL face total debt of over Rs 21,000 cr:The total debt of state-run telecom companies MTNL and BSNL has increased to Rs 21,208 crore at the end of June 2014.It was Rs 12,983 crore as of March 31, 2012, Parliament was informed today. For BSNL, it was Rs 3,335 crore, and MTNL — Rs 9,648 crore.”As on March 31 (2014), the total debts on the books of BSNL and MTNL are Rs 5,948 and Rs 14,210 crores respectively,” Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in the Rajya Sabha.

A news from Business Satndard. Please click here for link to news.

10.07.2014

ED Delhi office issued an order for LA promotion to the post of DGM(Telecom) for 9 executives.  Please click here for copy of orders.

09.07.2014

ED Delhi office issued an order for LA promotion to the post of DGM(Telecom) for 4 executives. Please click here for copy of orders.

07.07.2014

JGS Sh. V.P.Bhardwaj along with CS Delhi Sh. Ram Gopal met with DGM(HR) on 05-07-2014 regarding pursuance of regular DPCs of all streams. DGM (HR) informed that the case has already been sent for seeking approval for holding of DPC for DEs/Sr. Manager (Telecom) and it is expected that the same may be cleared by next week. Regarding the DPC for CAOs information have already been received from both units and we are processing the case for seeking approval for holding DPC. Other DPCs for regular promotion are in pipe line.

05.07.2014

Corporate Office issued Transfer orders for 2 AM (Finance)  on request from Mumbai unit to Corporate Office.

Please click here for copy of orders.

03.07.2014

Sh. R.S.Sharma Secretary (IT) has been given additional charge of Secretary (T) Deptt. Of. Telecom .Sh. R.S.Sharma is an IAS officer of 1978 batch (Jharkhand Cadre).

03.07.2014 IDA for CPSU employees is likely to be increased by 2.9% from 1st July 2014.Therefore new IDA will be 91.3% from JULY-2014.
03.07.2014 NEWS FROM MEDIA

Ravi Shankar Prasad cracks the whip on MTNL, BSNL:Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is cracking the whip on ailing telcos  MTNL  and BSNL. The minister has made it clear that companies must either perform or perish. CNBC-TV18′s Malvika Jain and Elan Dutta spoke to industry experts to explore various opportunities the two companies could tap to script a turnaround.

A News from CNBC TV18. Please click here for link to news.

02.07.2014 Yesterday  i.e. on 01-07-2014 GS met Principal CCA (Pension) to discuss the inordinate delay in taking over the pension cases from MTNL and non payment of pension and pensionary  benefits to the employees retired from April-2014 onwards. Principal CCA explained the reasons for this delay. We have asked the Principal CCA for immediate release of the pension and pensionary benefits to all the employees retired in April-2014 & onward. Principal CCA assured to expedite the process of taking over the pension cases from MTNL . He also assured that he will talk to Dir. (F) MTNL for releasing the pension of those who retire in April & May2014. We have also told the Principal CCA that our Association will not be remained silent onlooker anymore in this regard.
30.06.2014 ED Delhi office issued Posting orders for 7 DGM(F) promoted on regular basis by Corporate office on 29-05-2014. TEAM wishes all the best to promoted and posted Senior executives. Please click here for copy of the letter.
26.6.2014 Due to persistent follow up by TEAM, Mumbai Corporate Office released order removing discrepancies in E2 to E3 up-gradation  on completion of 4 years regular service without counting training period. Click here for the order pl.