TOA BSNL , GS again met DOT officials regarding Financial support to BSNL in the tune of 10000 crores from unspent USO funds of 50000 crores to running the services in rural, remote ,uneconomical and difficult terrain of India as BSNL is only service provider to imparting services in these areas. At present services in these area are crippling due to funds crunch . Existing allocation of funds are totally insufficient to run the services in these areas . Labour payment , electrical bills and others essential expenditure pending months together . If immediate steps are not taken by Government of India or DOT ,services may collapse . Others have marginal presence in these area. TOA BSNL appeal to all other Associations and Unions to support for revival and survival of BSNL instead of fruitless drama.

True facts about 3rd PRC.

Different constituents of AUAB continuously giving misleading and confusing statements in different tone regarding implemention of 3rd PRC in BSNL . One of the executives association on its website mentioned that “ The file is already sent to nodal cell of DoT with its comments that decision in this regard may only be taken by Cabinet. We requested for favorable comments on file when case come into finance for vetting of Cabinet Note . Other non executives Association comment about 3rd PRC is reproduced as “ preparation of the Cabinet Note is in Final stage “ Moreover , 3rd PRC not in the main agenda of other two Majority Executive Associations . All are creating confusion among BSNL employees and not serious about 3rd PRC. Drama of agitational programme again started before change of subscription date approaching in Jan 2019. These Executive Associations deceive executives on different HR issues of Promotion , CPSU, 3rd PRC , pay and perks like LTC, Medical allowance for personnel gain. They are against promotion from list no 8 but interested for excess DGM posts, inspite of fact that Management is interested for early promotions in all cadres. All promotions from JTO’s to SDE’s, SDE’s to DE’s, AO’s to CAO’s and DE’s to DGM’s are again blocked due to their best efforts. This time employees will giving them befitting reply to these associations on 15 Jan 2019 during change of subscription date .

TOA BSNL communicated Prime Minister of India to intervene and action for transfer of USO funds to BSNL to provide digital rural connectivity .

BSNL has already laid OFC cable in more than 2 lacs villages in India with huge expenditure of Rs 30000 Crores to fulfill the dream of digital India in rural Area . But till date, number of broadband connections on Fiber to Home (FTTH) network are very small in rural area . USO fund, which was in operation since 2002, has an unspent amount of Rs 50,000 crore as on date this year, which cannot be used for any other purposes.( USO fund is collected from the consumers of telecom services to provide financial support to operators to provide services in uncovered villages) BSNL is unable to provide FTTH connections in rural and urban area due to financial crunch. TOA BSNL demand immediately transfer of USO funds of Rs 50,000/- Crores to BSNL to provide rural connectivity to fulfill the dream of Honable Prime Minister of India . TOA BSNL with support of BMS already pursuing the matter with PMO in this regards

SC Sends Notice to Centre, BSNL for Using ‘Outdated’ 2G Technology in Assam, Arunachal-Click for detail

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday asked the Centre and telecom operator BSNL to respond to a plea seeking to quash an agreement for use of "outdated" 2G technology in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta issued notices to the Centre and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as the petitioner claimed that 2G technology was used in these areas despite the fact that telecom regulator Trai and the DoT had themselves said it was outdated. The plea, filed by NGO Telecom Watchdog, has challenged the Delhi High Court's August 13 order by which its plea in the regard was dismissed.Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, told the bench that there was a direction from the communications ministry that in future, all mobile networks would be 4G but in two districts of Assam and entire Arunachal Pradesh, 2G towers were being installed.He alleged that as per the contract for the work, the cost was Rs 80 lakh per tower but it should have been Rs 11 lakh per tower for 2G based technology. The plea has sought to quash the agreement signed between the Department of Telecom (DoT) and state-owned BSNL on January 16 this year mandating use of an outdated technology 2G, which was being purchased at huge cost of Rs 2,258 crore from two private companies with "malafide intention". "2G and 3G technologies have already been declared by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) as 'yester-years' technology," the plea said. It claimed that the agreement was "discriminatory" as the Telecom Commission had last year decided to have 2G+4G technology but excluded Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam - Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao - for "no reason"."Move to deploy an outdated 2G technology in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam is to wrongly enrich two private companies at the cost of exchequer," it alleged. The plea further said that as per the Indian Telegraphy Act, the government was obliged to provide all types of telegraphy services at affordable rates to rural and unconnected areas. According to the plea, a separate universal service obligation (USO) fund, which was in operation since 2002, has an unspent amount of Rs 48,393 crore as on June 30 this year, which cannot be used for any other purposes. USO fund is collected from the consumers of telecom services to provide financial support to operators to provide services in uncovered villages. "Substantial public money will go down the drain if the agreement is not quashed. Such public funds cannot be allowed to be wasted in this manner in buying an outdated 2G technology for the benefit of private companies," it said.

TOA BSNL (BMS) along with BTEU BSNL with due support of ITEF and BMS taken up the issue for revival &survival and implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL with BSNL Management, Honable MOC and Secretary DOT in number of times. But our Majority Associations and Unions may drop 3rd PRC and survival of BSNL issues from their main agenda in recent time. It seems that they are condense only on transfer & posting instead of welfare of employees. It is matter of concern for all employees .

Implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL and revision of Pension to Pensioners

Since BSNL Management fail to implement 3rd PRC in BSNL. All the officers on deputation in BSNL are enjoying the hike in pay and perks under 7th Pay commission report from BSNL funds. BSNL Management also upgraded all the avoidable facilities like Business class Air Travel, LTC, Club membership to these officers further deteriorating BSNL Financial condition. TOA BSNL will start door to door public awareness campaign from Jan-2019 and try to reach every household in the country till our demand for survival &revival of BSNL and 3rd PRC not met. TOA BSNL request all 2 lacs working employees and 2.5 lacs pensioners and 10 lacs family members to participate in campaign . TOA BSNL also appeal to other Unions/Associations to participate in campaign .