Give 4G spectrum to BSNL, MTNL at the earliest: Parliamentary panel: The Standing Committee of Information Technology has asked government to allocate 4G spectrum to state-run telecom firm BSNL and MTNL at the earliest to help them compete and survive in the market.
“The Committee is of the view that both BSNL and MTNL will lose the data market, if they are not given 4G services soon. To compete and survive in the telecom market, the Committee feels that 4G spectrum should be given to them at the earliest,” the committee, chaired by BJP MP Anurag Singh Thakur, said in its report tabled in Parliament today. A News from Economic Times….
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It is for kind information to all Div. Secy./Area Secy./CEC Members/CWC Members/Circle Office bearers of Delhi and CHQ members present in Delhi that a CEC Meeting of TEAM Delhi is scheduled on 17.03.2018 (Saturday) at 2 PM sharp in room no. 756 of Kidwai Bhawan ND for discussion on various pending issues. Therefore it is requested to all eligible that please make it convenient to attend the meeting without failure.
BSNL, Air India, MTNL worst performing PSUs in FY 17 : Indian Oil, ONGC and Coal India have emerged as the most profitable PSUs for 2016-17, whereas BSNL, Air India and MTNLBSE -0.25 % incurred the highest losses, according to a government survey tabled in Parliament today.
The Public Enterprises Survey 2016-17, which mapped the performance of central public sector units, showed that the top ten loss-making state-owned firms accounted for a whopping 83.82 per cent of the total losses made by 82 loss-making CPSEs during the year. A news from Economic Times….
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An unstarred question was asked from Sh. Manoj Sinah Hon’ble Minister of Communication in Rajya Sabha on 09 th March 2018 with regards to revival plan of BSNL & MTNL .Hon’ble minister replied .
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Hon’ble Minister replied to a question rasied by Hon’ble MP of Lok Sabha on 1st March 2018 with regards to IDA 78.2% wef 01.01.2007.
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||UFOM wrote a letter to Chairman TC and Secretary (T)/DOT with regards to clarifying the issue of affordability clause as recommended by 3rd PRC and accepted & notified by Government of India The letter further clarifies that this clause should not be applied for the revision of pay and pension of MTNL employees.
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|01.03.2018|| TEAM WISHES YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES
A VERY HAPPY AND COLORFUL HOLI
Corporate Office issued a letter to GM(Admin) Delhi/Mumbai units for asking APAR Screening report for last 5 years and Disciplinary/ Vigilance report for eligible candidates for regular promotion from DE to DGM cadre of Telecom..
DoT announces strategic plan for 7 telecom PSUs, including BSNL, MTNL: The department of telecommunications (DoT) on Thursday unveiled a strategic plan to create synergies among its seven public sector units (PSUs) which includes frameworks to facilitate manpower sharing, utilize vacant land and buildings, boost technology innovation and export promotion and, importantly, settle legal issues and financial claims.
“The world over, telecom sector is moving towards massive consolidation… harnessing synergy is now an imperative not a luxury… our PSUs must come together. Turf issues often come to the fore at the lower level, but at a higher level, I hope (officials at PSUs) can rise above turf issues and leverage each other’s strengths,” telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said. A news from Live Mint.
No proposal to merge BSNL, MTNL: Manoj Sinha Telecom Minister Shri.Manoj Sinha today said there are no plans at present to merge BSNL and MTNLBSE -2.47 %, but asserted that the strategic plan outlined for promoting synergy among state-owned telecom firms will strengthen and benefit both the organisations.
“There is no thinking in government on merging the two. But we are taking steps to ensure that collaboration between MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd) and BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd) strengthens and benefits both the org .. A news from Economic Times…
Yesterday day i.e on 21/02/2018, meeting with Asst. Labour Commissioner was held. We submitted a letter dtd 21/02/2018 addressed to Conciliation Officer.
After discussions the following were recorded:-
1. 78.2% IDA :-
This office (ALC Mumbai) has decided to forward this case to RLC Delhi since the Conciliation process has started there.
2. Another option to opt for combined service pension :-
Since this matter is pending before CAT New Delhi, it is subjudiced and hence conciliation at ALC Mumbai is closed.
3. CGHS Issue :-
MTNL Mumbai Management stated that the points raised by United Forum in letter dated 16/02/2018 will be referred to Corporate Office.
The next meeting will be on 23/03/2018 at 11 am.
|22.02.2018||United Forum of Unions and Associations of Delhi wrote a letter to CMD MTNL with regards to implementation of letter of DOT for 78.2 %IDA neutralization with effect from 01.01.2007.
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|22.02.2018||The meeting of United forum of MTNL Unions & Associations, Delhi was held in R/No.756, Kidwai Bhawan at 2-30 PM of 21/02/218. Shri Mange Ram Sharma, President was on the chair. There had been a thread-bare discussions on all of the burning issues including the full neutralization @ 78.2%, the prospect of Pay & Pension revision, development in respect of court cases filed by MTNL against United Forum & others and organizational aspects of United Forum. The following decisions were taken in the meting :-
ED Delhi Office issued a LA promotion list from DE/Sr. Manager to Dy.GM for 25 Telecom Executives.
The case against United Forum of MTNL came up for hearing in Delhi High Court on 19/2/2018. MTNL has now submitted its reply. Now next date of hearing is fixed as 3rd May, 2018.
It is learnt MTNL Board in its meeting on 13/02/2018 has decided to communicate DOT that MTNL is not in a position to extend the benefit of merger of 50% IDA to the MTNL employees from its resources due to severe financial constrains. This is in response to DOT letter dt-8-2-18.
Secy. DOT replied to Sh. Arvind Sawant Hon’ble MP of Lok Sabha for his letter written on the current financial status of MTNL and measures to be taken by DOT for its revival.
DOT wrote a letter to CMD MTNL with regards to 78.2 % IDA neutralization.
Corporate office has issued orders dtd 13/02/2018 regarding medical facilities to pensioners.
These orders prescribe the following :-
1. Three months time to apply for CGHS/CGHIS from the date of retirement.
2. The option to CGHS or CGHIS or Not availing any should be given alongwith submission of “pension papers” itself.
Nothing has been stated about the following pensioners.
1. Those who retired prior to 01/04/2014 but not received PPO (about 1000 pensioners)
2. Those who retired during current year but not yet received the PPO. (PPOs have been issued to retirees upto May’17 only)
The Suit filed by MTNL against United forum & Others was heard yesterday ie.on 12/2/2018. Sri. A.K. Kaushik GS TEAM appeared as counsel for United Forum. Principle CCA Mumbai attended the court proceeding on behalf of Secretary DoT. Sri. Pawan Gupta Director at o/o DoT was also present.
*During the proceeding DoT Counsel informed that payment of IDA neutralization is the responsibility of MTNL & not the Government. Therefore MTNL should pay 78.2% from their resources.*
After hearing both sides the suit was disposed off with orders passed by Honourable Court that if MTNL is not paying 78.2% IDA neutralization, Unions & Associations can resort to Trade Union Actions.
Government ‘seriously looking’ at revival plan for MTNL: The government is seriously looking at a revival plan for state-owned MTNL, and various steps have been taken to improve the telecom operator’s customer base, Union minister Manoj Sinha said today.
|07.02.2018||ED Delhi Office issued orders for financial Up-gradation from E6 to E7 for 9 Finance Executives and 4 Telecom Executives.
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All unions and Associations of BSNL wrote a memorandum to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on the issue of proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.
The case in Bombay High Court came up today (06/02/2018). Sri. A. K. Kaushik GS TEAM appeared as counsel on behalf of UForum.DoT’s counsel said the issue of 78.2% is complex and needs more time and also said he sent email to DoT.Counsels for Unions objected to it and told Hon Court that it is admitted liability and DoT should come up with solution.
Accepting this plea Hon’ Court directed Secretary DoT to appear in person on 12/02/2018.
|03.02.2018||Representatives of TEAM, Mumbai Sh. S.S.Jgtap Sr. VP, Sh. R.S.Kulkarni ACS, Sh. P.K.Kulkarni, Sh. R.G.Chaube ACS, SH. R.S Nair AGS HQ met Director(HR) on 02.02.2018 during his visit to Mumbai. During this meeting ED Mumbai and GM(Admin) attended the meeting from administration side. At the outset, we have expressed our displeasure over the attitude of the Management in not calling the TEAM representatives for discussions regarding revival of MTNL. Director HR clarified it was not the intention and in fact he himself spoke to GS, TEAM inviting him for the meeting. The following issues were discussed:
TEAM representatives promised their fullest cooperation for the efforts being made by the Management for the revival of MTNL.
|03.02.2018||Our case against LICE for promotion from E2 to E3 came for final hearing in CAT on yesterday i.e. 02.02.2018 and hearing was completed.The decision of the case is anticipated soon.|
Our case against LICE for promotion from E2 to E3 came on hearing in CAT on today i.e. 31.01.2018 but hearing could not be completed. Next date of hearing is 02.02.2018.
The Conciliation proceeding between MTNL and UFOM came up for hearing before Asst. labour commissioner on 30.01.2018. Sh. S.M.Sawant, Sh.B.R.Pathak, Sh. Mathias and others attended the meeting. MTNL has filed a written statement of ‘Present Status’. However the proceedings could not take place as ALC was no present. Next Proceedings will take place on 22/02/2018.
BSNL stops free Sunday calls on landlines, CalTel for new plan: State-owned telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will withdraw its free voice calling benefits from landlines on Sundays from February 1. The decision comes soon after the company decided to curb free night calling benefits.”BSNL is going to withdraw the free Sunday calling benefit from February 1. This will happen nationally. But, from Calcutta Telephones, we are working on some plans which I think will mitigate the impact for our customers,” Calcutta Telephones (CalTel) Chief General Manager S P Tripathi told PTI. Anews from Economic Times….
Monetising assets: BSNL wants to sell lands which it does not own:
State-owned, loss-making telecom firm BSNL’s move to monetise its real estate assets in order to shore up its revenues has run into trouble as the department of telecommunications (DoT) has said since the ownership of the properties do not vest with the firm, its proposal cannot be processed.A news from Financial Express….
HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY 2018
TO ONE AND ALL
1)Indian telecom stocks fall after Jio cuts tariffs to counter Airtel data plans
: A news from Hindustan Times
The next date of hearing in the Bombay High Court is 6th Feb 2018.
Telecom operators oppose TRAI recommendations of new licensees for in-flight services:
The Cellular Operators Association of India has said that existing on ground spectrum licences are sufficient for providing in-flight connectivity.Indian telecom companies have opposed TRAI’s recommendation of creation of a separate licensee category for offering in-flight communication services, according to a report by The Economic Times.The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which represents all major telecom operators in the country, said that existing mobile phone operators are best placed to provide them.The telecom operators’ body, however, welcomed the recommendation to allow internet and mobile services in flights.COAI director general Rajan Mathews said, “We do not support any separate category of in-flight connectivity (IFC) service provider”. A news from Money Control…
The representatives of United Forum of MTNL Unions and Associations, Delhi ( S/Shri Mange Ram Sharma, M.K.Bagchi, V.P.Bhardwaj, Rajiv Kumar, K.R.Yadav, S.N.Pandey, Jaswant Singh and B.K.Dubey ) meet Shri Amit Yadav, Joint Secretary (Admin.), DOT as well as Director (PSU)/DOT on 22/1/2018 to discuss about the following issues :-
During an hour long discussion, we advance our point of views in respect of each of these issues. It is needless to reiterate those things here as they are widely known to all. Rather we mention here under the responds of DOT in this respect so that everyone can understand the prospect of realizing our demands vis-à-vis mind set of MTNL/DOT.
1)BSNL is 100% owned by the Government whereas around 44% share of MTNL is not owned by the Government. SEBI does not permit merger of PSUs with such different status. So to give effect to merger proposal, Government needs to purchase all the shares which are presently out of hand.
2)MTNL’s market loan is around 17000 crores. MTNL’s claim of having its own unutilized assets of 20000 crores is an “exaggerated” figure. BSNL’s present liabilities are around 4000 crores. BSNL cannot and should not invite the additional liabilities
3)There exist the thorny differences and disparities in respect of HR issues on both sides, both in respect of DOT recruited employees absorbed and the employees recruited by the respective PSUs subsequently. There are fear of irreconcilable irritations in merging the comparable cadres.
|23.01.2018||The case in Bombay High Court came up today (23/01/2018) . Sh. A.K.Kaushik GS TEAM appeared as counsel on behalf of United Forum. DOT counsel did not appear .MTNL counsel pleaded for interim relief on original prayer. It was objected by other counsels. Hon’ble Judge did not accept the plea of MTNL Counsel and adjourned the case to next week. Date may be known by evening today.|
|23.01.2018||Our Curt case for 78.2 % IDA Neutrlisation is scheduled for hearing today at Sl. No. 962 in front of Hon’ble Justice S.L.Kathawala in room number 20.|
|19.01.2018||It has been confirmed that MTNL Board in its meeting approved the proposal of merger of BSNL and MTNL and same has been sent to DOT to be considered in a meeting scheduled on 24 Jan 2018.|
Rs10,700 crore telecom projects in north-east to improve connectivity:The department of telecom has initiated projects worth Rs10,700 crore which will be completed by December 2018, telecom minister Manoj Sinha says . A News from Media….
TRAI cuts ISD incoming termination charges; telecom industry cries foul: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday cut termination charges for international incoming calls to wireline and wireless connections, to ₹0.30 per minute from ₹0.53, which experts say may not only impact operators, but also lead to the country losing an opportunity to earn higher foreign exchange.A news from Hindu….
|12.01.2018||Telecom services cost may rise by 10% in absence of tax relief :
Telecom body TAIPA expects 50,000 mobile tower installations in coming fiscal with considerable tax implications and in absence of concessions from the government, cost of mobile services may become dearer by 10 per cent.
“The passive infrastructure industry is expecting to install around 50,000 towers during coming fiscal year and the taxes paid on each tower is around Rs 1-1.5 lakh.
“This could result in increase in cost of providing the telecom service by appro .. A news from Economic Times…..
|10.01.2018||Corporate office issued transfer order of AM/DM from Mumbai to Delhi.
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Corporate office issued a letter for filling up of APAR of 2017-18 by the executives of E1 to E4 grade through Online only.
GS wrote a letter to CMD MTNL for a meeting for discussion of the issues related to MTNL revival options.
|04.01.2018||It is requested that CHQ office Bearers present in Delhi, Circle Office bearers and Area Secretaries may ensure to participate in the emergency meeting called by GS in the Room No.756 of KIdwai Bhawan ND on 04.01.2018 (Thursday) at 14.30 hrs.|
ED Delhi Office issued a letter for calling APAR of 26 Sr. Manager (Telecom) for LA promotion to the post of DGM (telecom). All area secretaries are requested to ensure that the desired APAR of their area’s executive may reach to head quarter well in time
Department of Public Enterprises issued a circular for increase in IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2018.
Let’s make our New Year resolution to be there for each other and help fellow human beings in need even if we don’t know them personally. So come let’s spread some kindness and cheer!……..
TEAM WISHES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPOURUS
NEW YEAR 2018