News 2018






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Corporate Office issued seniority list for the cadre of SDE(civil).

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Meeting with ED DelhiCom. Rajeeb Kumar, GS, Com. A. K. S. Chauhan, Auditor CHQ,  Com. K. R. Yadav, Circle President Delhi, Com. P.C. Saraswat, Sr. Vice-President Delhi, Com. S. P. S. Yadav, CS Delhi, Com. Maninder Sareen, Asst Circle Secretary Delhi met ED Sh. S. P Rai  today  21stDec 2018 and discussed the agenda already scheduled.

Item No 1). Re-arrangement of man-power in field units.

Association brought to the notice of Executive Director the urgent need to re arrange the man power in field units for proper and smooth functioning of the outdoor units. ED assured to re-deploy the executives according to the requirement in field.

Item No 2.) Shortage of Vehicles in areas due to NGT Orders implementation.

Association informed that there is  acute shortage of vehicles in areas which is hampering the day to day maintenance work of field and other units.

ED informed that  hiring of OLA cabs on regular basis is being taken up with Corporate Office and it can be decided in due course of time.

Item No 3.) Shortage of Copper cable, testing eqpts., Line stores and OFC    testing eqpts. 

Association informed that copper cables of different sizes, TSF kits, CLIP phones are not available with filed units and there was non-availability of Cable fault localiser.(APLAB) and OFC power meter.

ED spoke to GM (MM) in this respect and informed that the status of all requirements will be discussed with areas and will be supplied as per requirement.

Item No 4.) Shortage of batteries of different capacities. 

ED informed that the batteries are being procured and the matter is under progress.

Item No 5.) Completion of APAR of Executive well in time.

Association brought to notice that the APARs of executives are not being filled in time and wrong certificates are being issued by the area GMs.

ED assured that the case will be looked into and if any GM or Sr. Executive giving wrong certificate i.r.o APAR then that case would be dealt strictly.

Item No 6.) Harassment of executives by GMs.

Sh Rajeeb Kumar,  GS, informed ED that few GMs are harassing the executives. They are passing derogatory remark to the executives working under them. This can’t be tolerated  by TEAM.. ED assured to look into the matter seriously.  


 GS Kaushik ji along with Bhai Jagtap hon’ble MLC of Maharashtra and patron & Chairman of UFOM of Delhi & Mumbai arranged a press conference and circulated a note to media on current situation of MTNL.

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 Com. M. K. Bagchi, Convener, United Forum along with Com. Rajeeb Kumar, GS Team, Com. Ramnik Sharma, Vice-President CHQ, Com. A. K. S. Chauhan, Auditor CHQ , Com. K. R. Yadav, Circle President Delhi, Com. P.C. Saraswat, Sr. Vice-President Delhi, Com. S. P. S. Yadav, CS Delhi, Com. Ajay Kumar Circle Treasurer Delhi attended the scheduled meeting with Sri Saket Kumar, IAS, PS to Hon’ble MOC under the direction from Sh. Manoj Sinhaji, Hon’ble MOC on 17-12-2018 . We conveyed  the anger of employees due to delay of Nov-2018 salary and  handed over the memorandum on Revival of MTNL. 

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 Centre says no to bailing out MTNL.: A news from Mumbai mirror…..

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ED Delhi Office issued a list of LA arrangement for DE to DGM Sr. Manager to DGM telecom) for 7 Executives.

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GS wrote a letter  to Sh. Narender Modiji Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on account of insecure salary  of MTNL’s employees and requested him for asking MTNL Management for not to delay in salary. He further suggested some steps for revival of MTNL

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DoT bails out MTNL with Rs 120 crore lifeline for November salary bill….. A news from Asian Age.

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 06.12.2018 Latest position in regard to the move in Pension RevisionThe Office-bearers of Telecom Executive Association of MTNL Shri A.K.Kaushik, GS /TEAM and Rajiv Kumar, Acting GS/ TEAM accompanied by Shri M.K.Bagchi, Convener / United Forum have met the concerned officers of DOT on 4th. And 5th.December,2018 to discuss about the pension revision of BSNL and the pension ( on combined services basis ) revision  of MTNL They along with Shri Prahlad  Rai and Shri Shiv Kumar, GS and President of AIBSNLEA respectively  have also met on 5/12/2018 the concerned officers of DOP&PW in this connection. The information gathered and precise position of the issue ascertained by us are as follows :-

  • Whatever move taken by DOT so far is only in respect of pension revision of BSNL pensioners. The pension revision of MTNL pensioners (combined services) is not taken together in the present move because, as per DOT, MTNL pension is not same as BSNL pension. Because, as per DOT, the full liability of BSNL pension is now borne by DOT where as a part of MTNL pension is the liability of MTNL even though DOT pays the full amount of   This is because, as per DOT, some of the pay scales of MTNL is higher than those in BSNL and the equalization is expected to be done during the currency of 3rd.PRC. To our points of opposition, it is clarified that DOT wants to avoid any complication at this stage by combining MTNL issue which can be tackled conveniently latter once BSNL issue is “through”
  • Till so far, DOT has sent a note to DOP&PW soliciting to know whether it is permissible to consider the issue of pension revision delinking it from the issue of pay revision.
  • DOT will consider the next step i.e. fitment aspect of pension revision only after approval of policy proposal of delinking pension revision from pay revision. Even though in the course of discussion our proposal applying the fitment factor of 7th.CPC was figured, it is apparently clear that the concerned officers of DOT is yet to decide their minds in this respect. They prefer to take a call in this respect only after the issue related to delinking is approved.



MTNL Should Merge With BSNL Based on a Special Purpose Vehicle: MTNL Chairman: The government led debt-ridden telecom operator, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), which operates in Delhi and Mumbai circles has urged the government to package a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) so that the Rs 20,000 crore debts and assets including 1,100 towers, lands and buildings are deleveraged to correct the financials of the company. MTNL has also talked to the government about a merger with BSNL so that the telco will be able to expand operations across India on the basis of network utilisation. MTNL chairman and MD, Praveen Kumar Purwar told said in a statement, “In today’s below-cost competition, consolidation of BSNL and MTNL as one entity is the need of the hour and the only way to survive. Fragmented operations can only lead to their extinction.” He said that the government would need to work for MTNL’s sustenance and once the telecom operator’s financials are strong enough then a merger will BSNL can be ideated upon……..An interview of CMD in Telecom Talks…

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 04.12.2018  Very meaningful achievement  of AUAB in BSNLAfter a long battle with management of BSNL; AUAB (All Unions & Associations of BSNL) and a grand meeting with  Sh. Manoj Sinha Hon’ble Minister of Communication reached to an agreement for deferring the proposed strike and following demands were achieved.

  1. It was intimated by DOT ‘s official that a cabinet memo has already been prepared for approval of cabinet and hopefully 4G license may be given to BSNL.
  2. It was accepted to delink the pension revision from pay revision and affordability clause and process separately.
  3. on pension contribution as positive recommendation is being sent to Dept. of Expenditure.
  4. on 3rd PRC for the employees some more issues are to be sorted out between BSNL and DOT. In the present form , union cabinet may not approve it and hence some more time is required for sorting out this.

 UFOM wrote a letter to Sh.Manoj Sinha ji Hon’ble Minister of Communications wherein Solidarity & supports towards strike given by AUAB on 03.12.2018 has been communicated and further it has been requested that their demands must be full filled shortly for avoiding unrest in BSNL and MTNL.

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A letter has been issued by corporate office to ED Delhi and Mumbai for preparing salary of Nov-2018 so that payment may be made on 5th Dec.2018.

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 Very Successful demonstration was organised by association which was crowded by number of executives from  all corner of Mumbai and Delhi during lunch hour of 01.12.2018 at Prabha Devi telephone exchange Mumbai and Corporate office CGO complex New Delhi respectively. The demonstration was supported by United Forum of Union and Association of MTNL  Mumbai and Delhi.  Leaders spoke about failed management and worst policies which have resulted into non payment of salary  of employees. It was further assured that detailed protest action programme will be announced shortly if management fails to resolve the problem instantly.




It is to inform one and all that massive lunch hour demonstration is scheduled in front of Corporate office on 01.12.2018 to protest stoppage of salary for NOV-2018 for the time being  by Corporate Management. Therefore all are requested to join enmasse along with your other area executives/employees and make demonstration a grand success. TEAM has already written a letter to CMD in this regard.

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 UFOM wrote a letter to CMD for protest to the action initiated by Management to stop salary for month of NOV-2018 for the time being. They have further supported the protest action programme give by TEAM.

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 The  Office-bearers  of TEAM met CMD MTNL on 29.11.2018 to discuss about the instructions issued by MTNL Corporate Office to withhold the payment of salary of the employees for the month of November,2018.

TEAM has expressed deep anguish and frustration at this development and demanded immediate withdrawal of the instructions issued in this respect. CMD has been informed that this will send a wrong message and shock wave among the employees who have been already hard-pressed in maintaining the services in the field  despite severe constrains and odds. This will also send a wrong and frustrating alarm in the market and among the customers who are still loyal to MTNL. Already some news media has flashed  this news.

CMD pleaded his inability stating that there is shortage of fund needed to pay the salary. Despite all efforts, MTNL could not manage to make good the shortfall yet. He explains that DOT is duly aware of this move. DOT was even approached to pay the dues to MTNL which stands around Rupees 180 Crore .But DOT has not paid this. BSNL has due to MTNL about Rupees 400 Crore. BSNL has pleaded its inability to pay this immediately. Thus MTNL is undone. CMD could not assure a firm date by which salary will be released.The worst and most insensitive remark is that disruption in the payment of salary of the employees is not uncommon for loss making  PSUs. He gave example of ITI. CMD has further confirmed information of proposal of VRS to employees is being sent to DOT  for reducing wage bill ; as shared by Dir.HR during discussion with us.

From our side TEAM has told him that the employees are not responsible for revenue loss and financial distress of MTNL Even today MTNL employees working hard to maintain services. Therefore, why should employees only suffer for this ? Corporate Management is spending lavishly on unproductive heads. Fund are being wasted for unviable projects whereas maintenance of network is left high and dry.DOT and MTNL corporate Management are solely responsible for downfall of MTNL.

 CMD Has been unambiguously informed that if salary is not paid on due date, there will be large scale protests in MTNL and for this MTNL and DOT will be held responsible.


 Meeting with Director (HR): The Emergency Meeting regarding Pay Stoppage by MTNL Management, was taken by the TEAM General Secretary Shri Rajeeb Kumar with other Comrades Shri  P.C.Saraswat , Shri  Ramnik Sharma, Shri Ajay Kumar, Shri S.P.S Yadav, Shri  K.R.Yadav and Shri R.K.Chhabra. Dir(HR)was  asked to clarify reasons for stoppage of Pay and certainty about its release.Director (HR) informed that MTNL has not any fund to release the salary at present  and there is a complete uncertainty  for its release .  They all are working to arrange the pay for this Month but the situation of uncertainty like this will continue in future until it is resolved at DOT/Minister Level/Cabinet Level.

TEAM expressed their resentment and informed if the salary of the employees is not released than the Management has to face the agitation of the employees and it is none of the business of the employees   to arrange profit for the company as earning profit or loss depends upon the strategic decisions of the Management/DOT/Government of India. We suggested that there are  large number of Vacant Plots and Real Estate which have not been  properly developed  to create assets and earn revenue through tie up with NBCC . The Land use  conversion at the Management level should not be difficult if pursued properly. We further  asked why management is not curtailing expenses on their luxuries and spending  huge money on non-profitable business as in the case of Convergent Billing Costing  about Rs.500 Crore,3G Mobile project costing Rs.700 Crore . MTNL is not adding to its revenue/income rather customers are still reducing day by day due to lack of strategic vision and intent at the management level.

To this Dir(HR) also informed that MTNL Board is making various  proposals out of which one proposal is for VRS of 20,000 employees to revive the company by reducing wage expenditure.

TEAM has clear cut communicated to Dir. HR that if management fails to release the salary of Nov-2018 in time the we will be compelled to start Protest action programme.


consequent upon the letter issued by CO for not issuing instructions to banks for releasing of salary  for the month of Nov-2018 for the time being; TEAM wrote a letter to CMD MTNL protesting this unjustified step of  management. We have communicated to CMD that employees/executives  are not responsible for the current situation and hence such instructions may be stopped and payment of salary must be  made on time. If management  fails to do so then we will be compelled to start protest actin programme.

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 After making significant changes in the present posting of regular promoted Sr. Manager /DEs , ED  Delhi office issued posting orders .

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 Dear Comrades ! MTNL Corporate Office has issued a letter vide letter no. MTNLCO/PERS/Deputation/2018/PI File/1988 Dated 01.10.2018 Wherein Delhi and Mumbai units have been asked to give names of 100 Executives and 200 Non Executives from each units , who can be spared and be posted any where in country on deputation“Please do not be in panic  with the content of this letter. the MTNL /DOT has no power to post us forcibly any where in the country . this is nothing but a fear psychosis per unit and panic among employees of MTNL so that they can runaway/leave the MTNL and can be deprived them from facility of VRS (if any) “.

We Further assure all of you on behalf of our organisation as well as on behalf of United Forum of MTNL that no body will be touched by the management . Our Association and UFOM will provide all type of protection to every employee of Delhi and Mumbai. 

Letter of MTNL corporate office.


MTNL seeks Rs 6,000 crore equity to launch 4G services, to float tender for vendors ..:

State-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNLNSE 3.00 %) has sought permission from the government for preferential capital issuance of Rs 6,292 crore to launch fourth-generation (4G) services and would soon release a tender to select a gear vendor partner for the ambitious rollout.

MTNL operates in Delhi and Mumbai metropolitan areas ad is planning to launch high-speed data services on the 1800 Mhz and 2100 Mhz spectrum bands. 
“We have submitted a plan for preferential equity, and without diluting the company’s ownership, we have said that we will issue preferential capital of equivalent amount which is coming at Rs 6,292 crore for 4G launch,” MTNL chairman PK Purwar told ET. A News from Economic Times..

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 12.10.2018  With tariffs likely to go up, turmoil in Indian telecom could soon ease :The turmoil in the telecom sector seems to be easing with prices remaining largely stable for the past three quarters and some industry executives and experts seeing tariffs edging up in the next two quarters. That could end more than two years of rock bottom prices for Indian telecom consumers. 
While there could be some tinkering with rates in the next two quarters to test market reaction, noticeable pricing power may return only after six months, executives said. But the key to that remains Reliance NSE 2.64 % Jio Infocomm, which has kept prices largely stable since January. A News from Economic Times…

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 Telecom operators propose new e-KYC process as alternative to Aadhaar  :Telecom operators have approached the Department of Telecom (DoT) seeking approval for new e-KYC process as an alternative to Aadhaar-based verification. This follows the Supreme Court order restricting use of Aadhaar information by private companies including telcos and banks. 

“We are proposing minor modifications to the DoT guidelines…allowing consumer application form (CAF) to be embedded with photograph and scanned images thereby digitise the end to end process for on boarding  of new subscribers by making it completely paperless,” the Apex Advisory Council for Telecom in India (ACT) said in a letter to the DoT. A news from Economic Times……

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 ED Delhi Office issued a list of 22 Telecom executives for their financial up-gradation  from E5 to E6.

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 MTNL corporate office issued a revised policy for usage of Broad Band about its speed and data limit at office and residence.

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 Submit Aadhaar De-Linking Plan Within 15 Days, Telecom Firms Told : Telecom companies have been given 15 days by the Unique Identification Authority of India to give a plan to stop using Aadhaar number for customer authentication. This comes days after the Supreme Court, in a landmark verdict, struck down attempts to make it mandatory for mobile phone connections and several other services.

Service providers like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea and others were sent the circular that said, “…all TSPs (telecom service providers) are called upon to immediately take actions in order to comply with the judgement dated 26.09.2018. In this regard, TSPs are hereby directed to submit by 15th October, 2018 an action plan/exit plan to the authority for closure of use of Aadhaar based authentication systems…”……A News from NDTV…

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 A list for regular promotion from AO to CAO (Manager to Sr. Manager Accounts) has been issued by Corporate Office for 10 Finance Executives. TEAM Congratulate each executives for their promotion.

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 28.09.2018 It is reliably learnt that IDA for CPSU is likely to be increased by 7.6% w.e.f. 01.10.2018.

Most awaited list for regular promotion from SDE to DE (Manager to Sr. Manager) has been issued by Corporate Office for 142 telecom Executives. TEAM Congratulate each executives for their promotion.

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 27.09.2018  Trai to be renamed as DCRAI: Telecom Minister The name of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India will be changed to Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India, telecom minister Manoj Sinha today said. 
” Now I should address you as Digital Communications Regulator ,” Sinha told Trai Chairman RS Sharma from dais at Annual General Meeting of telecom infrastructureNSE -2.85 % body TAIPA. 
When asked from when will new name of Trai, Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India, will be effective, Sinha said “It will be done soon”.
The minister earlier in the day shared change in name of Telecom Commission– apex decision making body at the Department of Telecom, to Digital Communications Commission.  A News from Economic Times….
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 Government Gives Nod to New Telecom Policy, Eyes Broadband for All: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new telecom policy – National Digital Communications Policy 2018 – designed to provide “broadband to all,” Union Communications Minister Manoj Sinha announced.

The policy, aimed at providing universal availability of 50Mbps and attracting investments worth $100 billion (about Rs. 7.26 lakh crores), was approved by the Telecom Commission in July after the government came out with a draft policy in May.

Sinha, addressing the media after the cabinet meeting, said that among other targets the policy aims to “provide broadband to all and create 40 lakh jobs.” It also aims at providing a “ubiquitous, resilient, secure and affordable” digital communication services. Further, the policy aims at providing 1Gbps connectivity to all “Gram Panchayats” by 2020 and 10Gbps by 2022. A news from NDTV…..

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BSNL सबसे पहले करेगा 5G सेवाओं की शुरुआत, जापानी कंपनियों के साथ किया करार:नई दिल्ली (टेक डेस्क)। भारत संचार निगम लिमिटेड (BSNL) अन्य टेलिकॉम कंपनियों से पहले देश में 5G सेवा लॉन्च कर सकती है। बीएसएनएल ने इसके लिए जापान की दो कंपनियों सॉफ्टबैंक और एनटीटी कम्युनिकेशंस के साथ करार किया है। इस मौके पर बीएसएनएस के प्रबंध निदेशन अनुपम श्रीवास्त्व ने कहा, ‘हमने भारत में 5G सेवाओं की शुरुआत और इंटरनेट ऑफ थिंग्स (IoT) के संबंध में सॉफ्टबैंक और एनटीटी कम्युनिकेशंस के साथ करार किया है। इस समझौते के तहत हम समाधान स्मार्ट शहरों के लिए तलाशेंगे।’

अनुपम श्रीवास्त्व ने आगे कहा कि BSNL के अधिकतर प्रतिद्वंदी (अन्य टेलिकॉम कंपनियां) अब भी अपनी 4G सेवाओं के जरिए ही रुपये कमाना चाह रहे हैं, इसलिए अग्रणी कंपनियां 5G की शुरुआत के लिए सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र की कंपनी की ओर देख रही हैं। श्रीवास्तव ने कहा, ‘हमें दूरसंचार मंत्री मनोज सिन्हा की ओर से की गई पहल का लाभ हुआ है। उन्होंने 5G के लिए वैश्विक स्तर पर कई बैठकें की है। हमने उन अवसरों को भुनाते हुए अगली पीढ़ी की प्रौद्योगिकी के लिए करार किया है।’ एक समाचार  दैनिक जागरण से…..

कृपया विस्तृत समाचार जानने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें

 26.09.2018 It is reliably learnt that DPC for regular promotion from SDE to DE (Manager to Sr. Manager) for telecom executives have been completed at Corporate office .The list of successful  executives shall be declared very soon
 24.09.2018  Government may decide on 4G spectrum allocation to MTNL, BSNL by Dec :The government is expected to decide on spectrum allocation for 4G services to public sector firms BSNL and MTNL by this year-end, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said Tuesday. “I fully agree that survival of BSNL and MTNL without 4G spectrum is tough. There are some decisions of the apex court. We have made a strategy to settle them. I will try by end of this year, it should not be in 2019 but in 2018, the government should decide on the allocation of 4G spectrum,” Sinha said at a conference organ . A news from Economic Times……

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 Government starts selection process for BSNL CMD post :Thegovernment has started selection process for the post of Chairman and Managing Director of state-owned telecom firm BSNL, as present CMD Anupam Shrivastava will superannuate in June next year. 

“PESB has invited names of qualified candidates for the post of CMD, BSNL by 1500 hours on October 22, 2018,” the Department of Telecom said in a note to heads of state-run firms under it. 

The selection process starts 8-10 months in advance of retirement of the public sector enterpr .. A news from Economic Times…..

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MTNL corporate office notifies for the recruitment of Assistant Manager  HR, Sales and marketing and finance.

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G.S. along with Shri V.P Bhardwaj Joint G.S , Shri Rajeeb Kumar AGS , Shri K.R Yadav Circle President, Shri  S.P.S  Yadav  C.S , Shri Ajay Kumar  Circle Treasurer, Shri P.C  Saraswat  Sr. Vice President  & Shri S. S. Asija  ACS, met with Member services Shri Ravi Kant Ji, Today and welcomed him  on assumption the charge of Member(Services) Telecom Commission and presented flower bouquet.

 We have discussed the various issues related with revival of MTNL i.e proper focus is to be given on maintenance of existing Telecom services in Delhi & Mumbai viz. GSM, BB, FTTH, and Landline services. We also requested him for 5G licenses to MTNL for Delhi and Mumbai instead of 4G. The issue of extending the 5% IDA neutralization for the retirees & to remove the affordability clause for both MTNL & BSNL so as to implement the 3rd PRC w.ef 1-1-2017 with 15% fitment smoothly was also discussed. We also discussed the issue of one time option for the Pro-rata opttes.

              We have also requested the Member (Services) to make the issue of Pension revision smooth in future by evolving the formula to implement the pension revision for MTNL & BSNL retirees in accordance to the formula of 7th CPC i.e in future the pension revision is to be delinked from affordability of PRC & the pension revision of MTNL & BSNL retirees in accordance to central pay commission revision formula for the retirees of Central Govt. because the retirees of MTNL & BSNL are also being governed  under CCS Pension Rule 1972.

            The Member (Services) heard us patiently and asked us to submit a written brief about all our issues including One Time Option to the Pro-rata Pensioners. Member (services) has also assured to look into all these issues sympathetically and asked us to meet after three weeks to review the status of all these issues.


 TEAM Wishes You and Your Family

a Very Happy and Prosperous 

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

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 Telecom department chalks out plan to reduce rows with telcos  : The telecom department is drawing up proposals aimed at reducing disputes with operators that have led to as much as Rs 80,000 crore getting stuck in litigation, delaying mergers and acquisitions and deterring overseas investors, said people with knowledge of the matter. The suggestions include unifying levies, settling some cases and being lenient on minor infringements. 

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will send its suggestions to the law ministry for vetting before the comm .. A news from Economic Times…..

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 Government approves BSNL’s proposal for 4G services : The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) plan that seeks airwaves in the 2100 Mhz band to launch fourth-generation (4G) services pan-India. 

In 2017, BSNL has submitted a detailed project report and in a bid to acquire spectrum worth about Rs 13,885 crore, and sought Rs 6,652 crore as equity infusion from the government while it initially wanted to meet the remaining cost through revenue it would generate over a period of 10 years.

Meanwhile, the Telecom Commission, a highest telecom policy making body has extended the duration for spectrum payments from 10 to 16 years now, after an inter-ministerial group’s (IMG) recommendation. A new from ET Telecom…

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 No question of a monopoly in telecom sector: Manoj Sinha, Telecom Minister…. A news from ET Telecom.

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 ED Delhi office issued a list of 14 Telecom Executives for their look after promotion from Sr. Manager to Dy. General Manager.

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 MTNL surges nearly 18% on buzz of Rs 30,600 cr financial aid by DoT to cut debt: Shares of government-owned telecom operator MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam) rose nearly 18 percent intraday on Thursday based on a report that informed about Rs 30,600-crore financial aid from Department of Telecommunications (DoT).  News agency NewsRise reported that the amount would be used to cut the firm’s debt and losses, quoting a DoT official.The telecom department’s panel also recommended to offer Rs 2,300 crore worth for VRS (voluntary retirement scheme) to its employees. A news from Money Control….

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 14.08.2018  Rajnath flags off NDMC’s free Wi-Fi project :New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC)  and MTNL launched free Wi-Fi facility  at CP , New Delhi. A news from Times of India….. 


 GS wrote a letter to CMD MTNL for considering all vacant posts  for the scheduled DPC to be held for regular promotion to the post of CAO/Sr. Manager Finance.

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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 10.08.2018 (Friday) 2.30 PM sharp in room no. 756 of Kidwai Bhawan ND.

Therefore it is requested to all eligible that please make it convenient to attend the meeting without failure.

 07.08.2018 It is reliably learnt that screening report  from Delhi and Mumbai Unit have been received by Corporate Office for regular promotion to the post of Senior manager Finance and Telecom and DPCs are scheduled shortly.
 06.08.2018  TRAI chief RS Sharma defends pesky calls rules, says has mandate to save customers….Amid a disquiet in the industry over new unsolicited commercial communication norms, TRAI has asserted that it operated within its mandate to tighten rules for curbing pesky calls and messages, a menace which goes beyond harassment into the realm of defrauding customers.
Coming out in strong defence of the freshly-minted regulations, outgoing TRAI Chairman R S Sharma told PTI that if any of the stakeholders felt that the said rules were illegal or beyond the regulator’s mandate, they were free to seek legal remedies. “We don’t think we have exceeded any mandate. If some party feels it is not legal they can approach appropriate legal forum. We are concerned about the menace of pesky calls with regard to consumers. It is not merely about harassment, it goes beyond that…people are being duped financially with financial tips, and both SEBI and RBI had written to us,” Sharma said. A news from ET Telecom…Please click here for link to news..
 05.08.2018  What Trai’s recommendations on 5G spectrum mean for the telecom industry…..

The telecom regulator has issued recommendations for the proposed 5G spectrum in 3300-3600 Mhz ban.
But a price cut may not evoke interest from the operators given pan India 5 MHz spectrum of 700 Mhz will cost Rs 32,840 crore, which is still quite steep…… A news from CNBC TV18
Please click here for link to news.

 BSNL Reports Losses of Rs 4,785 Crore in FY18; Telecom Minister Rejects Merger With MTNL: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has narrowed its losses to Rs 4,785 crore during FY18, even as its income declined to Rs 27,818 crore as against the previous fiscal. Telecom Minister, Manoj Sinha informed this news to Parliament today. BSNL posted a loss of Rs 4,859 crore in 2015-16, Rs 4,786 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 4,785 crore (provisional and unaudited) in 2017-18, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Furthermore, BSNL’s income stood at Rs 32,411 crore (FY16), Rs 31,533 crore (FY17) and Rs 27,818 crore in FY18 (provisional and unaudited), Sinha added….. A news from Telecom Talk.

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  Hon’ble Minister of State for Telecommunication has replied in Lok Sabha to the question asked by Hon’ble Members of  Lok Sabha Sh. Kaushlendra Kumar and Sh. Devusingh Chauhan with regards to BSNL & MTNL..

Please click here for reply of Hon’ble Minister.


 Trai Lowers the Price of 700 Mhz Band by 43% to Attract Buyers: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), earlier today released its recommendations on the price of 4G and 5G spectrum. Trai recommended a pan-India base price of Rs 492 crore per megahertz for 5G radio waves and lowered the base price of frequencies that remained unsold in the 2016 auctions. The price suggested for 5G spectrum is about a third of the 1800 MHz band in 2012. Known as the 2G spectrum at that time, the government had fixed base price at around Rs 2,800 crore per Mhz on a pan-India basis for paired spectrum (an equal chunk of frequency for uplink and downlink) in the 1800 Mhz band. A news from Telecom Talk….

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 Hon’ble Minister of State for Telecommunication has replied in Rajy Sabha to the question asked by Hon’ble Member of  Rajy Sabha Sh. Anil Desai with regards to health of MTNL and debt of MTNL costing to Govt. of India….

Please click here for the reply submitted by Hon’ble minister.


Corporate Office issued a letter to GM (Finance) Delhi and Mumbai for extending benefit of 5% IDA merger.

Please click here for copy of order.


ED Delhi office issued an order endorsing the regular promotion order of 5 Finance Executives for the post of DGM(Finance) and marked place of posting for them.

Please click here for copy of order.


 ED Delhi Office issued a list for calling CR of 22 Telecom Executives for financial up-gradation from E5 to E6 .

Please click here for the copy of letter.


 ED Delhi office issued a list for LA promotion for CAO to DGM (Finance) for 3 finance Executives.

Please click here for the copy of orders.


 Department of Public Enterprises issued a clarification with regards to payment of gratuity for employees of CPSE.

Please click here  for the copy of letter.


The undertaking is being called for by management for implementation of IDA neutralization to the tune of 5% notionally w .e. f 01.01.2007 and actually w. e. f.  01.01.2018 instead of 9.4 % is totally wrong and uncalled for. Hence all of you are requested not to give this undertaking.

Undertaking being asked by MTNL Management.


 ED Delhi office issued Transfer orders of 24 Deputy Managers.

Please click here for the copy of orders.


 Name of TPAs for working employees of MTNL for Group Health medical insurance being provided by M/S Bajaj Allianz Health Insurance.

Please click here for the list.

Name of 176 Hospitals being covered for treatment of MTNL Delhi Employees by above said Insurance Company.

Please click here for the list. 


 Corporate office issued a letter to GM (Admin) of Delhi and Mumbai unit for calling of APAR and Vigilance Clearance Report for 143 Telecom Executives for the post of DE/Sr. Manager.

Please click here for the copy of letter.


 ED Delhi office issued list for calling CRs of 27 finance executives who are falling in considering zone for regular promotion to the post of CAO. All area secy. are requested to ensure for sending  the CRs of their respective executives well in time.

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 Corporate office issued regular promotion order for 9 finance executives from CAO to DGM (finance).TEAM WISHES ALL PROMOTED EXECUTIVES BEST WISHES FOR THEIR NEW ASSIGNMENT .

Please click here for the copy of order.

 30.06.2018  Yesterday i.e. on 29/06/2018 United Forum Mumbai led by Sri. Bhai Jagtap Chairman Apex Body met Sri. P. K. Purwar CMD at Telephone House Mumbai. 

The issue of 78.2% IDA was well presented. Sri. Bhai Jagtap said  the additional expenditure for the left over IDA of 4.4% is only about Rs.50 crore per year and questioned  as to why absorbed employees alone should sacrifice the partial benefit of 50% DA merger. 
CMD elaborated about the severe financial distress  of MTNL and said it is 50% sacrifice by Employees and further said it is not possible to reconsider it now.
Sri. Bhai Jagtap said that UForum will fully support MTNL in all its programme of revival by technology up-gradation and asked….the road map .
CMD elaborated about revival,  4G plans, FTTH, and other plans for expansion of net work. He expects Government will infuse funds by increasing its equity for capital expenditure for rolling out 4G and upgrading other network.
He said Corporate Office  has recommended to DoT  for Pay Revision of MTNL employees in line with that of BSNL
He further said Corporate Office has written to DoT to delink pension revision from pay revision.
*However CMD was evasive and was giving wrong information on many issues….even the pension issue that we achie
CMD accepted our suggestion to open up the window again for application to CGHS under reimbursement scheme. He agreed to provide  space to open CGHS  wellness centres at Thane, Borivili and other places.
Sri. Bhai Jagtap pointed out that UForum consists of about 10 Unions and Management should discuss the   issues with UForum in the interest of MTNL. 
Meeting with CMD ended thereafter.
After meeting with CMD, the UForum met and evaluated the outcome of meeting with CMD.
 It was Unanimously decided to continue to pursue the demands by all means after joint discussions with UForum Delhi.
 30.06.2018 It is reliably learnt that  Department of Public Enterprises issued a circular for increase in IDA of 0.8 % w.e.f. 01.07.2018.

Yesterday i.e.on 27.06.2018 (Wednesday) a huge rally was organised from Khurshid Lal Bhawan to PM house during lunch hour in respond to Protest action programme  already conveyed to MTNL Management. Leaders of all constituents of  UFOM  with thousand of their followers marched peacefully to PM house Under leadership of Sh. M.K.Bagchi Convener of UFOM Delhi.

The march was stopped nearby Jantar Mantar  on Tolstoy Marg ND. All speakers motivated to employees and pensioners who came from all corners of Delhi in this summer and assured that the fight to achieve all pending demands will continue till fulfilment of all legitimate demands. 

A team of 4 members escorted by Police authorities visited PM office to deliver the memorandum.

 On 27/06/2018  responding to the call of UFOM, Employees and Pensioners, nearly one thousand, gathered with enthusiasm at Telephone House dsespite cloudy weather. The slogan raising started at 1 pm. The Demonstration was led by Sri. J. S. Mathias GS MEA and R.G.Chaube ACS TEAM. 
Shri. Bhai Jagtap MLC,  our Chairman  participated in the Demonstration. Sri. J.S. Yadav  welcomed him.
In between the demonstration Sri.Bhai Jagtap and office bearers of UFOM met Sri.Sunil Kumar Director (HR) and gave him a copy of letter addressed to Hon’ble Prime Minister. 
In his speech Sri.Bhai Jagtap assured his full support and said the demands will be achieved with the united active participation of employees and pensioners. He recalled the endurance with which UFOM pursued pension issue. 
Earlier Sri.N Rajagopal President TEAM, Sri. Virendra Singh President MEA, Sri. K. Jawahar President RTOWA, Sri. J. S. Yadav Chairman UFOM spoke briefly about the issues.The fighting spirit to achieve the demands prevailed in the Demonstration. 

 MARCH TO PM HOUSE !!                                  MARCH TO PM HOUSE !!

All employees ,executives and retired employees of MTNL    from all corners of Delhi are requested  to assemble at Khurshid Lal Bhawan New Delhi on 27.06.2018 (Wednesday) at 12.00 hrs for participating in a rally from K.L.Bhawan ND to  PM House in support of following main demands:

1)our demand of full 78.2 % IDA neutralization w.e.f  01.01.2007.

2)Revision of Pension as per CPC recommendation

3)Remove affordability clause for pay revision of MTNL employees.

UFOM Has already conveyed notice of Protest action Plan in support of our all pending demands and we  are committed to achieve all those pending demands. So please have faith in leadership of UFOM and join in mass for a rally to PM house on 27.06.2018. 



ED Delhi issued a list of 4 Finance Executives for calling of APARs for look after promotion to the post of DGM(Fin).

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ED Delhi office issued  a list of  39 Telecom executives whose APAR are not available for the period mentioned in front of their name. It is requested to Circle Secy./ Area Secy. to arrange to send the respective APARs of remaining executives.

Please click here for the copy of list. 



TEAM wishes a Very Sweet, Prosperous,Healthy Eid for every one. 


Corporate office issued letter to Delhi and Mumbai Unit for sending last 5 years  APAR and Vigilance clearance report for Scheduled DPC for approximately 22 post for regular promotion to the post of CAO. 

Please click here for copy of CO letter.

Please click here for copy of proforma.



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 13.06.2018 (Wednesday) 2.30 PM sharp in room no. 756 of Kidwai Bhawan ND for discussion on proposed Protest Action Plan as already communicated to management.

Therefore it is requested to all eligible that please make it convenient to attend the meeting without failure.


ED Delhi office issued a letter to call CR for 26 eligible Telecom Executives for look after promotion from DE/Sr.Manager to Dy. General Manager .

Please click here for copy of letter.

United Forum Mumbai News
Successful demonstration took place on 06.06.2018 despite rain threat.  About 600 Pensioners and Employees participated.
Demonstration was started by Sri. Rajagopalan President TEAM. Compering was done by Sri. Bharat Chavan.
Speeches were delivered by
1. Rajagopalan
2. Pawar
3. G. N. Haragabal
5. Gulab Yadhav
6. Bharat Chavan
7. Ganguly
8. K. Jawahar
9. Ghaiwat
10. T. L. Gaikwad
11. S.S. Dubey
11. K. R. Morey
12. S. M. Sawant
13. J. S. Yadav
All speakers reiterated the need for unity. The gathering was enthusiastic to carry on the agitation till achievement of 78.2%, and Revision of pay / Pension.
Demonstration ended with National Anthem.

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Yesterday ( 6th.June,2018 ) a massive and spirited demonstration is held at Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi  during lunch hour. Defeating the mischievous rumour mongering and ignoring the scorching rays of sun in the month of June, hundreds   of employees and pensioners gathered in front of Sanchar Bhawan to record their Protests against DOT administration and MTNL management. 
The significant attendance of the pensioners and enthusiastic slogans are noteworthy of today’s demonstration.
The Secretary / DOT was kind enough to make suitable arrangement for submission of MEMORANDUM highlighting all important demands including the issue of full DA neutralization. 
The representatives of United Forum were escorted to the 3rd.Floor of Sanchar Bhawan where Jt.Secretary (Admin) Shri Amit Jadav  received our Memorandum on behalf of Secretary / DOT who was busy in a meeting elsewhere.
Seizing that opportunity, a brief discussions were held with Jt. Secretary (Admin) on all the issues mentioned in the Memorandum. We have informed DOT that MTNL employees and pensioners are out to expose the unholy nexus between MTNL management and pseudo trade unionists in MTNL.
 Resting on the shoulders of these elements the corrupt management is harming both MTNL and its employees &  pensioners.
 By making the available political patronage  as a tool, they perpetuate anti employees tirade in MTNL. 
DOT has proposed another meeting soon with UF where MTNL will be asked to be present. We welcome this.

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An appeal was made through letter of DGM IR on behalf of MTNL Mumbai unit to UFOM Mumbai for postpone of protest action programme scheduled on 06.06.2018 & 27.06.2018.

Accordingly the reply of the letter has been sent by convener of UFOM Mumbai to administration wherein it has been elaborated that the long pending demands are very genuine and management was having sufficient time to have dialog with UFOM, but management intentionally avoided all . It was further requested to call a meeting with representatives of UFOM to reach to fruitful solution of the problems. 

Please click here for copy of Appeal.

Please click here for copy of Response to Appeal.

All comrades are requested to reach Sanchar Bhawan by 12.45 pm on 6th June 2018(Wednesday) for Lunch Hour Demonstration.Join Enmass and make the Demonstration a Grand Success.Please reach directly to Patel Chowk (Sanchar Bhawan) metro  station.
Dear MTNL Employees & Pensioners !
You are aware that the next programme of the ongoing PROTEST ACTIONS
jointly launched by United Forum of MTNL Unions & Associations, Delhi and Mumbai is on 6th. June,2018 (Wednesday). On that day we shall gather before SANCHAR BHAWAN for LUNCH HOUR DEMONSTRATION. Please note that we must try to gather there peacefully right from 12-45 Hrs onward. It is essential to be punctual in this respect because that area is sensitive and law enforcing authority may not allow big gathering for a longer time. In that case if one is late, one may miss the programme itself. So please be punctual.
The police authority has been duly informed by us. Our programme is peaceful, law-abiding and legitimate, because our  DEMANDS are being denied by DOT/MTNL over the years. So please come forward and make it a grand success.
The sole aim of this programme is to record our PROTEST & FRUSTRATION before our Administrative Ministry i.e., DOT and press for early and satisfactory  resolve.
We intend to disperse from that place peacefully immediately after the Programme with the hope that our voice will reach the Authority that be.
In Mumbai also the PROTEST ACTIONS will be held appropriately on the same day and time. MTNL employees and pensioners of Mumbai will participate in the programme there.
Dear Friends ! I as a Convener of UF, Delhi appeal to you all once again to participate in this programme cutting across all sort of barriers and without any inhibition  As you know, UF fights for just solution of our justified DEMANDS !……….M.K.Bagchi
 31.05.2018 MESSAGE FROM GS All members are requested not to be panicked about the MTNL’s Letter regarding deployment of DOT recruited employees absorbed in MTNL. All members are requested not to give any response to this letter. We are taking up this issue with the management.
 31.05.2018  SAD NEWSWith great sorrow and heavy heart ,we inform that one more young executive Sh. Jitendra Kumar Working as SDE in MTNL Delhi Unit has expired on 28.05.2018. TEAM pray to almighty to give place to the Soul of  Sh. Jitendra Kumar in his feet and courage to his family to bear this great setback.

 Corporate office issued regular promotion order for 23 Telecom Executives for the post from DE/Sr.Manager to Deputy General Manager. TEAM wishes all the success to promoted officers on their Promotion.

Please click here for copy of orders.

We wish all the best to our retiring executives today for their remaining life . May God shower his blessings for their healthy ,wealthy and peaceful life ahead.   

 28.05.2018  Merger With MTNL Hindered by Huge Debt and Difference in Pay Scales: CMD BSNL…… A news from Telecomtalk.Please click here for link to news.

 Corporate office wrote a letter to ED Delhi and Mumbai for asking the working strength and vacancies in CAO cadre till 31.03.2018 for the purpose of conducting DPC for regular promotion from AO to CAO.

Please click here for copy of letter. 



 A delegation of seven of United Forum of MTNL Unions & Associations have met OSD of Minister of State ( C ), Independent Charge in a pre-scheduled meeting today.  We also have had detailed discussions with other officers of DOT including Advisor (Finance) etc.

The discussions are held on the issue of IDA neutralization w.e.f 01/01/2007, the prospect of pay/pension revision and fresh option for Pro-rata pensioners in MTNL etc. Our viewpoints in regard to IDA neutralization reportedly proposed by MTNL have been clarified with supporting   documents. Informed that the below board level executive cadres and their association were not consulted by MTNL before suggesting to DOT the preposterous proposal. MTNL has tried to mislead DOT and Ministry by way of suppressing the relevant facts. We hope, our views will be well taken. 

As regards the issue of Pay/Pension revision , there seems to be no change in DOT’s stand. DOT is expecting to secure waiving of affordability factor on pay /pension revision in BSNL and MTNL’s case will follow. We have pointed out the situation in Public Sector Banks. Min. of Finance (as per United Forum of Public Sector Banks) is not averse to  full pay revision despite dwindling Profit & Loss scenario.  That  IBA insists  for 2%.revision, is a different issue. 

As regards the issue of fresh option for Pro-rata pensioners, the status stand where it was earlier. MTNL is yet to provide the information’s sought for by DOT.

 22.05.2018 MTNL investing Rs 190 crore to upgrade services; may be allocated 4G spectrum: Manoj Sinha ..Cash-strapped telecom firm MTNL is investing Rs 190 crore to upgrade its services and may also be allocated 4G spectrum to help stay relevant in the highly competitive market, telecom minister Manoj Sinha has said. 
The department of telecom (DoT) is “seriously considering” to allot 4G spectrum to state-run Mahanagar Telephone NigamNSE 0.31 % (MTNL), which serves New Delhi and Mumbai, and Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), which serves the rest of the country, he said. A news from Economic Times..Please click here for link to news.

No proposal to merge BSNL and MTNL: Manoj Sinha..Telecom minister Manoj Sinhatoday said there is no proposal to merge state-run telecom companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL).
“There is no proposal to merge BSNL and MTNL. We had appointed a consultant to revive MTNL, who has given some recommendations. We are working on it,” the minister said on the sidelines of a conference here.
He, however, did not elaborate on the recommendations of the consultant but reiterated that no merger proposal for the state-run firms is on the cards.
The publicly-listed MTNL serves the national capital and financial capital alone, while the unlisted BSNL serves the rest of the country and also anchors several key projects for the government. A news from Economic Times..

Please click here for link to news.


1) Cabinet approves Rs 11,330 crore more for network for defence forces project :The government approved higher budget allocation for laying of alternate communication network for defence services in turn for release of spectrum held by the armed forces, as part of the decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday. 

The committee approved enhancement of budget by Rs 11,330 crore for the Network for Spectrum (NFS) project, over and above Rs 13,334 crore already approved by the Cabinet Committee on infrastructure in July 2012. “The NFS project will boost the communication capabilities of the defence forces in major way leading to enhanced national operational preparedness,” the committee said after the approval. A news from Economic Times..

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2) Nationwide Deployment of 5G to Require Rs 50 Lakh Crore of Investment: CMD BSNL : There has been a lot of talks regarding the merger of state-run telcos Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, but today, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has confirmed that there’s no proposal to merge the companies. “There is no proposal to merge BSNL and MTNL. We had appointed a consultant to revive MTNL, who has given some recommendations. We are working on it,” the minister said. Also, after more than four years, MTNL has got a chairman and managing director. P K Purwar has been appointed as the Chairman of MTNL. The post was empty since May 30, 2014. Sinha also stated that India is not going to miss the 5Gbus this time around. A news from Telecomtalk…

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Yesterday (18/05/2018) the Demonstration at Prabha Devi Tele. House was successful with enthusiastic participation of about 400 employees and pensioners despite severe hot weather. The Demonstration was compered and led by Sri. J. J. Mathias GS MEA.
The gathering keenly listened to the speeches  of S/Shri N.Rajagopal, S.S.Singh,B. R. Pathak, Virendra Singh, N.Chandrasekaran, Mrs. Jyoti Sonawadekar, Sudip Chakraborti, T.L. Gaikwad, S.M. Sawant, K. Jawahar and  J.S. Yadav. The speakers presented the demands from different angles. 
An appeal was made to contribute liberally to their respective Unions and Associations to carry on further agitations successfully to achieve the demands.
Here in Delhi also, we had massive demonstration before MTNL Corporate Office. Today’s gathering  surpassed our earlier ones in recent times. Shri Sarup Singh  participated today along with office-bearers and members of his union. There were increased number of non-executive employees, retirees and direct recruit executives in today’s demonstration. We all are more confident about our success. We look forward with renewed enthusiasm for the forthcoming programme of DEMONSTRATION at SANCHAR BHAWAN on 6th. June, 2018.

ED Delhi Office issued list of probable 98 telecom Executives for calling of CRs for regular promotion to the post of Sr. Manager/DE.

please click here for the copy of list.  

 18.05.2018 No proposal to merge BSNL and MTNL: Manoj Sinha : Telecom minister Manoj Sinha today said there is no proposal to merge state-run telecom companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNLNSE -1.48 %). 
“There is no proposal to merge BSNL and MTNL. We had appointed a consultant to revive MTNL, who has given some recommendations. We are working on it,” the minister said on the sidelines of a conference here.
He, however, did not elaborate on the recommendations of the consultant but reiterated that no merger proposal for the state-run firms is on the cards.
The publicly-listed MTNL serves the national capital and financial capital alone, while the unlisted BSNL serves the rest of the country and also anchors several key projects for the government. A news from Economic times..



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 15.05.2018 (Tuesday) 2 PM sharp in room no. 756 of Kidwai Bhawan ND for discussion on proposed Protest Action Plan as already communicated to management.

Therefore it is requested to all eligible that please make it convenient to attend the meeting without failure.


Government to examine proposal to merge CPSEs in key sectors: 

In what could push consolidation of central public sector enterprises (CPSEs), the government will examine a proposal to merge NHPC with NTPC and combine Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to create a huge power-financing entity.

In a recent presentation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CPSEs have proposed creation of public sector behemoths by merging firms based on commonalities of functions to benefit from economy of scale, global competitiveness and access to cheaper capital.

Among others, the CPSEs have also proposed merger of telecom sector entities Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), Bharat Broadband Network (BBNL) and RailTel Corporation..

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 ObituaryWe express deep mourn to the family of Mrs. Laxmi Kumar SDE , who expired yesterday i.e. on 07.05.2018 in the evening due to cardiac arrest. She was just of 57 years old. Delhi MTNL family has lost its 3 brilliant executives within short span of 1 month. We are speechless with teared eyes.

As per information gathered Mrs. Laxmi Kumar   was suffering  from  lung infection  disease for the  last 5  months. She was an expert of OCB S/R and posted as a SDE OCB in NP exchange for  the  last 10  years. Her husband is  retired  as DGM from  KRIBHCO. She  has left  behind a son and  a daughter ,both married  and  well settled.

TEAM stands firmly with the family of Mrs. Laxmi Kumar in this  hour of deep sorrow.  There are no right words; there’s nothing we could say that will make the pain go away. Even then we pray to almighty to provide place to departed soul in his feet and may provide courage to her family to bear this deep sorrow.


 1)Letter to BS: Jaitley may consider granting of automatic pension revision …Finance Minister in his Finance Bill not only increased the salary, pension and allowances of the members of Parliament (MPs) from April 1, 2018, but also provided for automatic revision of their salary, pension and allowances every five years commencing April 1, 2023, based on the cost inflation index. A news from Business  Standard.. 

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2)Govt unveils draft telecom policy: 5G, robotics, AI, 4 million jobs on agenda…The government on Tuesday came out with a new draft for telecom policy which aims to create a roadmap for emerging technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, robotics, internet of things, cloud computing and machine to machine communications. The draft which was released by the Department of Telecommunications or DoT has also laid out plans to create 4 million jobs, attract $100 billion foreign investment by 2022.   

The telecom policy is put in place to give all states, central agencies and other key players like the telecom companies and even start-ups a general idea of what can be expected from the government in the coming years.. A news from Business Today.

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 APEX body of United Forum Of MTNL Delhi and Mumbai served a fresh notice to Secy. DOT and CMD MTNL for further programme of Protest Action Plan to press for settlement of long  pending demands of MTNL employees and pensioners.

Please click here for copy of the letter.


 Corporate office issued a letter to GM(Admin) Delhi/ Mumbai Unit for sending the APAR and Vigilance clearance report of eligible officer for regular promotion to the post of DE/Sr.Manager (telecom). 

Please click here for copy of letter of CO and annexure. 


 SAD INFORMATIONWe are very sad to inform you about  one more casualty to the family of  MTNL within very short span of time. Another  young executive Sh. R.P.Singh working as SDE (Transmission) Rajpath New Delhi left us for his heavenly abode journey in the night of 25.04.2017. He was suffering from heart disease . He was  47 years old approximately. 

TEAM expresses deep mourn on his sad demise and stand firmly with the family of late Sh. R.P.Singh .We pray to almighty that departed soul may get rest in his feet and the family may be blessed with the courage to bear this deep sorrow. 


 ED Delhi Office issued a list of 61 Finance Executives for LA promotion from JAO/AM (Fin) to AO / Dy. Manager Finance.

Please click here for the list.  

Successful Daylong hunger strike and Lunch Hour Demonstration on 25/04/2018:-
Motivated gathering of about 800 Employees and Pensioners (peak time strength) marked the success of today’s agitations.
Raising slogans and speeches started at 1pm. It went on uninterrupted upto 5.15 pm.
The agitation was  spearheaded by Sri. J. J. Mathias GS MEA and Sri. R.G.Chaube AGS TEAM.  
Sri. Yashvant Killedar an young leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Samithi was special invitee.  In his speech he encouraged the gathering to fight for justified demands. He held the so called Recognised Unions responsible for the insipient sick status of MTNL. He further said that the so called recognised Unions failed to prevail upon Management and Government to keep MTNL as an competitor in the market. 
 Every speaker condemned the so called recognised unions for betrayal.
 The gathering cheered the determination of the speakers to achieve 78.2%.
The Speeches covered all the demands in detail. The issue of Revision of Pension was covered in detail by Sri. K. Jawahar.
Appeal was made to all employees and Pensioners  to  strengthen the agitation further with more turnout on 18/05/2018.
The agitation concluded  with success note at 5.15 pm  with National Anthem.    

Photos Taken in Mumbai During Demonstration on 25.4.18  


 Here in Delhi, we sat on Hunger Strike on 25.04.2018 from 10 AM till late afternoon. Lunch Hour Demonstration was held amidst slogans shouting with good spirit and tempo. Before Demonstration we observed 2 minutes silence in the memory of our young departed colleague Late Manish Kumar who fell victim to an accident causing death out of severe electrocution.

Speech by Com. Kaushik During Lunch Hour. Photos Taken in Delhi During Demonstration on 25.4.18 


 Corporate Office issued a provisional Seniority list of JAOs/AM (Finance).

Please click here for copy of seniority list.


The constituents of United Forum of MTNL Unions & Associations (Delhi Unit) meet on 24.04.2018 today in R/No. 756, Kidwai  Bhawan today. Shri Mange Ram Sharma presided over the meeting.There were thread bare discussions on the ongoing situation including the resolution of MTNL Board on the issues, e.g., DA neutralization, Prospect of Revision of Pay, Prospect Revision of Pension and other connected matters.

After discussions, it is unanimously *decided to implement the programme of Day Long Hunger Fast & Lunch Hour Demonstration before MTNL Corporate Office on  25/4/2018 with full strength.*

UF ( Mumbai Unit) also held the meeting of their constituents  in tandem at Mumbai.  The similar  decision has been taken there also.

Both UF (Delhi Unit) and UF (Mumbai Unit) have unanimously decided to extend *the Programmes of Trade Union Actions beyond 25/4/2018 in a suitable format if MTNL/DOT continues to ignore the genuine demands and the same is expected to be be notified soon  by the Apex Body of the United Forum (Delhi & Mumbai).*

United Forum is shocked to learn about the sad demise of Manish Kumar, AM in the unit of Area G.M (North), Delhi out of terrible accident of electrocution while laying O/H OF Cable. UF extends its full supports and solidarity  to the movement  launched by the agitating field officers almost spontaneously and their demands in this respect. UF has already addressed a letter to the CMD/MTNL in this respect.

Meeting  ended with the vote of thanks to the chair.


UFOM wrote a letter to CMD on Sad demise of Sh.Manish Kumar JTO Delhi, MTNL . Wherein the point of security and practise of non standard work with un-due pressure has been raised strongly. Furthermore it has been demanded that 1) Permanent job must be given to Mrs. Manish Kumar as per her education qualification,2) Financial help as demanded by both Associations must be provided,3) Accommodation of MTNL must be continued and 4) a fair and free inquiry must be conducted and accordingly the accused persons must be booked.

Please click here for copy of letter.


TEAM Deeply mourn the loss of life of our executives Late. Manish Kumar JTO, who passed away in electrocution while laying Fiber cable OH in New Delhi on 19.4.2018.

Com. A.K.Kahushik, GS TEAM, met Shri. Purwar, CMD, MTNL yesterday and conveyed our concern over  accidental death of our beloved member Late Shri. Manish Kumar and gave consent to MTNL Management for deduction of Rs.1000 from executives for extending financial assistance to the grieved family of Late Manish Kumar. All executives are requested to give their consent.

GS wrote a letter to CMD MTNL wherein he has asked Management for 1crore financial help to family, permanent  job to widow of Sh. Manish and free and fair inquiry of the case.

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 Executives /Employees and pensioners from all corners of Delhi & Mumbai gathered at Corporate Office and Prabha Devi Telephone Exchange Mumbai for observing Full Day Dharna on 18.04.2018 as a part of Protest Action Programme. Huge number of employees and pensioners sit on Dhrana Place and demonstrated against the Unlawful agreement made by Management with so called majority Unions and in support of our Demands during lunch hours.

The huge gathering was addressed by different leaders of various Unions and Association of MTNL Delhi and Mumbai.


 Corporate Offices issued an appeal to all leaders of United Forum of MTNL Delhi and Mumbai for withdrawing the proposed protest action programme. Wherein Administration  stated about poor financial condition of MTNL and a referred that an agreement has already been made with some unions for extending the IDA neutrilization benefit to the tune of 5%. Further more MTNL management explained about decline condition of TELECOM sector overall and therefore the proposed protest action programme may be deferred now.

Please click here for the copy of letter issued by Corporate Office.

United forum of MTNL replied to appeal made by MTNL management and exhibited their inability to deffer the Protest Action Programme at this junction as the dues of MTNL employees and Pensioners are already over delayed and MTNL management has committeed a mistake by making an illegal agreement with so called majority unions on totally baseless grounds and which needs to be corrected immediately.

Please click here for the copy of letter of UFOM.

 16.04.2018  Please come to join full day dharna as part of Protest Action Programme to be held for full day at Corporate Office in Delhi and Prabha Devi Telephone Exchange in Mumbai  on (Wednesday) 18.04.2018. Come and strengthen the moment against the shameful surrender of so called  Majority Unions and forums in Delhi and  Mumbai.

Thousands of working Employees/Executives and pensioners witnessed a solid protest against  a shameful surrender of so called majority unions and forums of MTNL in Delhi and Mumbai with the Management on 28.03.2018. The working employees and pensioners from all corners of Delhi and Mumbai gathered at Khurshid Lal Bhawan and Prabha Devi Tele. Exchange Building in Delhi and Mumbai respectively during lunch hours on 11.04.2018. 

The gathering of employees was lead by leaders of UFOM Sh. Mange ram Sharma (president UFOM), Sh, Manish Bagchi (convener UFOM), Sh. Suresh Kumar (Secretary UFOM) and Sh.A.K.Kaushik GS TEAM. Various leaders representing different unions and associations were also present to motivate the huge number of participant at K.L.Bhawan New Delhi.

 Whereas the Protest Action was led and addressed by Sh. Bhai Jagtap (Hon’ble MLC Maharashtra) and chairman of apex body of UFOM Delhi and Mumbai. Sh. J.S.Yadav , Sh. R.R.Mishra ,Sh. Jawahar ,Sh.Badri Pathak. Many other leaders motivated and addressed the gathering at Prabha Devi Tele. Exchange Mumbai.

After a very successful demonstration and motivational speeches of all leaders a delegation led by Sh. Bhai Jagtap chairman of apex body of UFOM Delhi and Mumbai along with other leaders of UFOM Mumbai met with Sh. Praveen Punj ED Mumbai and handed over a memorandum. It was made very clear to him that we cannot compromise on IDA neutralization of 78.2 % w.e.f. 01.01.2007. Leaders also communicated him on  Other demands  viz. one more option to pro rata optees , revision of pension as per VII th pay commission etc.  Sh.Praveen Punj ED Mumbai assured the delegation that he will communicate corporate management with regards to our protest against the  agreement made on 28.03.2018. 

10.04.2018  UFOM have met Smt. Aruna   Sundararajan, Secretary ( T ), DOT in Sanchar Bhawan, Member ( Services ), DOT  and other senior officers were also present. The meeting lasted for almost 45 minutes. We have handed over the copy of the Memorandum to her and discussion on all the issues mentioned in the Memorandum. Secretary ( T )  heard us patiently. She told us that she will get these issues thoroughly examined and advised us to get in touch after a week to have further discussions. We thank Madam Secretary ( T ) and other senior officers present for the sincere concern  shown for our causes.

We have met Shri Nitiswar Kumar, PS to Hon’ble MOS ( C ) in his office chamber at Sanchar Bhawan at about 7 PM. We handed over the copy of the Memorandum to him with a request to act upon this by way of bringing the issues to the notice of Hon’ble MOS ( C ). We have briefed him about our meeting with Shri Prabhu and Secretary  ( T ). He has assured us to inform Hon’ble MOS ( C ) about these issues and ensure from the side of his office that prompt attention is given to these issues  for solution. We thanked him to spare his valuable time for us.

Shri M.K.Bagchi, Convener / UF and Shri A.K. Kaushik , GS / TEAM lead the delegation from Delhi side.



UF Meets Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble  Minister (Civil Aviation) , Shri NitiswarKumar, PS to Hon’ble MOS ( C ) & Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary ( T ),DOT on 09th.April,2018.

Yesterday ( 9/4/2018 ) a delegation of United Forum meets Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister ( Civil Aviation) in his office at New Delhi, – thanks to the initiative taken by S/Shri Arjun Singh, Anwar Azmi and other Mumbai friends.

We have submitted a Memorandum to Hon’ble Minister  highlighting our issues, e.g., Merger of FULL 50% DA with basic pay effective from 1.1.2007, Waive “affordability “ clause for pay revision and thereby pension revision in MTNL, Providing fresh pension option to the MTNL employees/retires who earlier opted for “Pro-rata pension “ and for those who were not permitted to exercise pension option due to short of qualified length of service etc . and Implementation of  EFO’s order dated 23/03/2017 in letter and spirit for the members of Employees’ Pension Scheme etc. Hon’ble Minister receives the Memorandum, heard us patiently and discussed in brief but item wise.

Hon’ble Minister tried to contact MOS ( C ) over phone immediately but         MOS ( C ) could not be available immediately. So he was kind enough to speak to Secretary (T) and suggested her to meet our delegation and examine the issues. He also spoke to Shri Nitiswar Kumar, PS to MOS ( C ).and suggested him to meet our delegation. Shri Prabhu assured us that he will forward our Memorandum to MOS ( C ) with a DO letter from his side. We thank him for such kind gesture.


Dear Friends,  The so called majority unions and some associations  have sold out the interest of MTNL employees and retirees on the issue of 78.2% IDA neutralisation w.e.f. 1.1.2007.Now these so called majority unions and their associates are spreading the rumours along with management that United forum is going to stay the so called agreement for 73.2% IDA from 1.1.2018.   It is totally wrong and baseless.They  are doing so  to damage the movement of United forum to achieve the demand of 78.2%IDA from 1.1.2007.

Beware of the activities of these   betrayers who have CHEATED the working as well as retired employees of MTNL.

*United Forum Delhi and Mumbai calls all employees and Pensioners to join the 11th April 2018 Lunch hour Demonstration  at K L Bhawan Delhi and at Telephone House Mumbai with your en-masse participation to achieve 78.2% IDA wef 01/01/2007*

My dear comrades have a faith in and get ready with total commitment and dedication to achieve 78.2% IDA neutralisation from 1/1/2007. Make 11th April 2018 Lunch hour Demonstration at Delhi and Mumbai a grand success. Always remember those who don’t have a trust in themselves they don’t have trust in others and always carried away with rumours and ultimately suffer life long….. A.K.Kaushik.



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 07.04.2018 (Saturday) at 2 PM sharp in room no. 756 of Kidwai Bhawan ND for discussion on proposed Protest Action Plan as already communicated to management. Therefore it is requested to all eligible that please make it convenient to attend the meeting without failure.

Please click here for POSTER of Protest Action Programme.


Apex body of UFOM Delhi and Mumbai wrote letter to Sh. Manoj Sinah ji Hon’ble Minister of Communication , wherein the resentment of employees and executives  have been communicated with regards to recent agreement between MTNL management & so called majority Unions . They have further requested him for passing direction to 1) MTNL for 78.2 % IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2017 ( 100% neutralization of IDA On 01.01.2007) 2) DOT for pension revision from 01.01.2007.

Please click here for copy of letter PAGE 1   PAGE 2   PAGE 3




An appeal to all employees/executives & Pensioners has been made by Sh. M.K.Bagchi ji convenor of UFOM for whole heartedly participating in the Protest action Programme as conveyed to MTNL management by UFOM Delhi and Mumbai . It is further requested to one and all that this is only the right moment where we can register our resentment and may snatch our legitimate right of 78.2 % IDA neutralization w.e.f. 01.01.2007 and other pending demand from MTNL Management. It is very much needed for saving our future interest too.

Please click here for full appeal Page 1   Page 2  Page 3   




UFOM Delhi and Mumbai wrote letters to Sh. Manoj Sinah ji Hon’ble Minister of Communication , wherein the resentment of employees and executives  have been communicated with regards to recent agreement between MTNL management & so called majority Unions . They have further requested him for passing direction to 1) MTNL for 78.2 % IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2017 ( 100% neutralization of IDA On 01.01.2007) 2) DOT for pension revision from 01.01.2007.

Please click here for letter of UFOM Delhi  page 1  page 2  page 3                                                               Letter of UFOM Mumbai




Dear comrades the so called majority Unions of MTNL, both Delhi and Mumbai have signed an agreement with MTNL Corporate Management in favour of implementation of IDA neutralization @ 73.8% as against our demand of 78.2%. They Have further agreed that this truncated IDA neutralization should be implemented w.e.f 1.1.2018 and not wef 01.01.2007. Thus they have compromised on both the accounts i.e, full neutralization as notified by DPE as well as date of effect forcing hues loss of legitimate remunerations and pensions. This loss of neutralization to the extent of 4.4% is a perpetual loss of salary and pension w.e.f 1.1.2007 till one will draw salary or pension during one’s lifetime. This scenario will not change even after implementation of 3rd PRC in MTNL. This is a mindless compromise without reading the minds of the employees and pensioners.

Therefore we are strongly opposed to this kind of agreement which is nothing but sale out of interest of employees and pensioners. We shall implement the agitational programme as already notified by UFOM of Delhi and Mumbai more vigorously and with strong determination. We call upon  all the  employees , executives and pensioners of MTNL of Delhi and Mumbai to come out openly and protest against this necked sale out. We have served the following notice to management.

Please click here for notice served to Management. 



Government hopes to bring new telecom policy in next Parliament session :Telecom minister Manoj Sinha has said the new National Telecom Policy (NTP) is almost ready and will be brought in the next session of Parliament after a Cabinet nod and comments from the public. 

Speaking on the sidelines of an industry event Tuesday, Sinha added the recent approval to the telecom relief package — that entails giving more time to companies to pay for the spectrum they bought as well as liberalised spectrum holding caps — from the Cabinet, will ensure that sector continues to grow strongly. 

“The new telecom policy is almost ready, and, this month, we will place it on the Department’s website for public comments. We will bring it in the next session of Parliament,” Sinha said. A new from Economic Times…

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Transport Department ties up with government-run MTNL to provide 10 MBPS speed at its facilities; all services to be offered online: 

After months of deliberation and on the brink of bringing all the public services being offered at Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in Delhi completely online, the so far dismal Internet speed at such facilities will be bumped up to five times their current potential by next week.

The Transport Department, sources claim, has tied up with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) to provide 10 MBPS speed at its offices over the 2 MBPS which they were used to for decades.

Slow Internet speed had emerged as the biggest hurdle for the department’s ambitions to offer all of its services online for the sake of citizens’ convenience and hitting local touts where it hurts the most. A news from The Hindu…

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A Joint Session of all associates of UFOM and CEC of TEAM Delhi held in room no. 756 of Kidwai Bhawan ND. The room was jam packed and was graced by all leaders of unions and associations.

GS TEAM apprised the house with regards to various development taken during court proceedings for the matter of merger of 78.2 IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2007 . 

Thereafter  he explained that  Sh. Bhai Jagtap has been elected as chairman of apex body of UFOM Delhi and Mumbai during his recent visit to Mumbai. His guidance and leadership is very much needed in resolving the pending issues of employees and executives .

President and other leaders of UFOM also addressed the meeting and Bhai Jagtap was welcomed very warmly by presenting him flower bouquet and offering a shawl. Then Bhai Jagtap thanked every one for their affection towards him and accepted the chairmanship of the apex body of UFOM Delhi and Mumbai.


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 .

Please click here for the reply of minister.


 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.

Please click here for reply of Minister.

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.
Please click here for copy of the letter.

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..

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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.

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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…

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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.
Please click here for the copy of letter..
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 :-

  • The draft of the letter addressed to the CMD,MTNL and copies to the Secretary (T) etc demanding immediate implementation of Merger of 50% DA as on 01/01/2007 effectively amount to 78.2% as MTNL has already exhausted all excuses to escape.
  • Exploring the opportunities to have coordinated actions along with other stake-holder unions/associations/organizations within as well as outside MTNL/BSNL to pave the way for pay/pension revision refuting the so called “affordable clauses” in the recommendations of 3rd.PRC as accepted and notified by the Central Cabinet.
  • Draft a fresh Notice for Protest Actions to press for the long pending demands as well as against the recent anti-employees postures of DOT/MTNL under the guise of reviving MTNL. DOT/MTNL is trying to push through this anti employees agenda by forming a Committee with a few “friendly unions & associations”.
  • After thorough discussions United Forum, Delhi has agreed with the proposal put forward by United Forum, Mumbai for formation of an Apex Entity of the two for better coordinated actions in future.

ED Delhi Office issued a LA promotion list from DE/Sr. Manager to Dy.GM for 25 Telecom Executives.

Please click here for the orders.


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.

Please click here for letter of Secy.DOT.


DOT wrote a letter to CMD MTNL with regards to 78.2 % IDA neutralization.

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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.
Replying to supplementaries in the Lok Sabha, he said the government is also considering equipping MTNL and BSNL to start providing 4G services.MTNL has taken various steps to improve its network capabilities, quality of services and to increase the market share. These include expansion of 3G network and redeployment of Digital Subscriber Line Asynchronous Mode (DSLAM) mode of existing broadband network. A news from Economic times…

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07.02.2018 ED Delhi Office issued orders for financial Up-gradation from E6 to E7 for 9 Finance Executives and 4 Telecom Executives.
Please click here for orders for Financial up-gradation order of Finance Executives.Please click here for orders for Financial up-gradation order of Telecom Executives.

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.

Please click here for the copy of letter.

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:

  1. DPC for regular promotion to the cadre of SM and DGM as per the time schedule – Director (HR) informed that last year the DPC could not be conducted  due to non-availability of eligible candidates for promotion from SM to DGM.  Next hearing of 206 Court case is  on 14/02/2018.  MTNL is striving to settle the issue by the said date and DPC will be conducted thereafter.
  1. Allotment of Quarters – The issue was discussed in detail.  Director(HR) informed that the Report of the Committee set up to study the case is expected soon and based on the report, the case will be settled in favour of MTNL employees/executives.
  1. Merger with BSNL – Director(HR) categorically stated that there will not be any merger of BSNL and MTNL  and MTNL  has to survive on its own.
  1. Revival of MTNL – Director(HR) stated that the Government is ready to allot 4G spectrum and take over the liability of MTNL.  Govt. is also ready to infuse necessary funds for revival of MTNL.  Representatives have been asked by the Director(HR) to work out a plan of action for revival of MTNL and seize the opportunity given by the Government.
  1. Shortage of Staff – Director(HR) informed that a decision has been taken to recruit 200 TTAs (100 each for Mumbai and Delhi) and the process will start soon. To the query raised by the representatives, Director(HR) informed that since TTA is a circle cadre, the TTAs recruited in Mumbai will remain in Mumbai only.
  1. Issues related to Stenographers – The representatives pointed out that DPC for promotion to the cadre of Stenographers has been conducted and the minutes were sent to Corporate office for approval. However, the approval is pending on the ground that Corporate Office and Delhi Unit is giving executive status to the Stenographers as and when they are promoted to the Grade of E-2 and the stenographers for whom the DPC was conducted are already in E-4.   Director(HR) informed that the case file is moving fast in the Corporate Office and a decision regarding granting executive status  will be taken shortly.
  2. First promotion after 4-6 years instead of 5 years to Stenographers, Hindi Officers and AM(Legal) – Director(HR) informed that the case is under active consideration and a decision will be taken soon.


  1. Issues relating to Hindi Officers – Director(HR) was convinced with the arguments raised by the representatives and promised to look into the matter favourably.
  1. 78.2 DA neutralization – Director(HR) categorically stated that the issue is not under consideration at present. When pointed out that the Board has already decided and forwarded the case to DoT, Director(HR) stated that the Government Directors have stated that if the Government  bears the financial part, 78.2 DA neutralization can be considered.  However, there is no positive indication from the Government.
  1. Increment for the training period – Director (HR) informed that it is not possible to consider the period of training for granting increment. However, it has been decided that henceforth whenever new recruitment takes place, instead of granting stipend, they will be placed directly in the pay scales, so that this issue will not come up in future.

        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.
31.01.2018 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.

Please click here for the statement of MTNL.


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….

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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….

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1)Indian telecom stocks fall after Jio cuts tariffs to counter Airtel data plans

: A news from Hindustan Times

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2)Telecom Operators Raise App-Based Calling, Infrastructure Issues with TRAI: Telecom operators in their meeting with regulator Trai today raised multiple pain points,
including app-based calling, rationalisation of taxes and infrastructure expansion woes, that are adversely impacting their business.
“We had very fruitful discussion with industry players. They were unanimous on some of the issues that Trai should deal with in this year like OTT(over-the-top) consultation, one country one licence, infrastructure related issues, rationalisation of taxes under GST … There were 6-7 issues that they want the regulator to look into,” Trai Chairman R S Sharma told reporters after the meeting.A news from NDTV…
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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…

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24.01.2018 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 :-

  • Merger of 50% IDA effectively amounting to 78.2% as on 01/01/2007.
  • Prospect of Pay Revision and Pension Revision in MTNL w.e.f. 01/01/2017
  • Merger of MTNL and BSNL.

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.

  • DOT is not inclined to go ahead straightway with the proposal of MTNL for financial assistance from DOT for implementation of IDA neutralization @ 78.2% w.e.f 1.1.2007. DOT looks towards the committee formed to deal with the demands of MTNL employees to evolve and recommend a suitable package to help revival of MTNL, linking a number of contentious HR issues, e.g., reduction of staff strength implementing VRS etc as well as linking the said IDA neutralization @ 78.2%. If that be the possibly done a case, DOT may consider it at some point. There is no time frame even for this. DOT is visibly uncomfortable with the way the court case in Mumbai High Court is developing. We have clarified that it is MTNL that has filed the case to stop agitation. We are the respondents. It is in its own wisedom  Hon’ble  High Court has dug into the root causes of agitation. None should challenge wisedom of Hon’ble Court.
    • As regards Pay Revision, the response of DOT is candid and clear i.e., pay revision violating of or deviating from the affordability clause is ruled out as for this, cabinet approval is needed. DOT does not see any prospect in such move as of now. Even “0”% revision of pay will increase the amount of pension contributions payable by MTNL considerably and MTNL is not in a position to  take that burden.
    • As regards pension revision, the respond of DOT is somewhat in affirmative but here again the establishment unit of DOT is somewhat confused about the way forward to a solution. Our proposal to find a solution within the frame work of the recommendations of 7th.CPC  as accepted by the Government for CD pensioners does not appear to have found a favourable nod yet.
  • As regards the much publicized issue of merger of MTNL and BSNL, DOT finds a number of road blocks in progressing this issue. DOT feels as follows :

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….

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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….

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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.

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GS wrote a letter to CMD MTNL for a meeting  for discussion of the issues related to MTNL revival options.

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 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

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Department of Public Enterprises issued a circular for increase in IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2018.

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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!……..