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A massive Demonstration by AUAB against the brutal killings of 13 innnocent people in tuticorin:

A massive Demonstration at Flower Bazar exchange compound will be held at 1.30 PM on 28-05-2018 ( Monday) by All Unions and Associations in BSNL ( AUAB) in Chennai Telephones to condemn the police firing on 13 innocent people in Tuticorin who protested the functioning of poisonous Sterlite factory there. All NFTE/ NFTCL members and office bearers are requested to participate enmasse in this Demonstration.


Mayday flag hoisting in Vanimahal RSU:

On 26-05-18, NFTE redflag was hoisted by South Chennai District Secretary Nagarajan. Thereafter a meeting was held under the Presidentship of Com.K. Sabapathi , District President. Comrades CKM, Badri Narayanan, CS/AIBSNLEA, T.R.Rajasekaran, ACS spoke. Haddows Road Division Secretary Chandrasekaran proposed vote of thanks.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Court Case:

The case filed against the formation of separate tower company in the Delhi High court came up today and was admitted. The next hearing is fixed in September 2018.Now the formation of a separate tower company is a matter of subjudice . Hope the management will not try to operationalize it and maintain the status quo in this matter till a final decision is pronounced by the High court. Congratulations to AAUB leaders and particularly SNEA & AIBSNLEA for making our opposition in a very strong manner in the court of Law.


AUAB deferred it's agitation on 28-05-18:

After the discussion with the CMD/ BSNL today and the appeal to withdraw the agitation announced by AUAB on 28-05-18 the leadership met and decided to defer the agitation.The CMD assured our leaders that there's no agenda on Tower company for the proposed Board of Directors meeting on 28-05-18 in Hyderabad.


23 rd Circle Council Meeting was held in Chennai Telephones on 24-05-18:

23 rd Circle Council Meeting was held in Chennai Telephones on 24-05-18 : The CGM presided over the meeting which began at 11 am. Miss. Kalavathi congratulated Comrade C.K. Mathivanan on his election as the Sr. Vice- President of NFTE-BSNL at the Amritsar conference.,
After the welcome address by Sr.GM(HR), the Leader of the Staff Side CKM condoled the death of innocent people in the brutal police firing in Tuticorin few days ago. He congratulated the CGM for winning two awards for MNP and Udan Project from the Hon'ble Minister for Communications .He also requested the CGM to ensure that Circle/ Local Council Meetings are held periodically as per the instructions from Corporate Headquarters.
The minutes of the 22 nd Circle Council Meeting was reviewed. Thereafter new items were taken for discussion. NFTE- BSNL leaders MKR, CKM, Elangoven, Rajendran, Ravi, Nagarajan and Ragunathan participated in today's meeting.
In the course of discussion CGM directed all the GMs to hold the local council meetings before June-15. To meet the acute shortage of staff due to regular retirements it was decided to implement the redeployment scheme for all cadres. A committee was formed to finalise the modalities for redeployment. All the four Area GMs along with three NFTE/ BSNLEU representatives will be members of the said committee. This Committee will include DGM ( HR) and will be chaired by Sr. GM( HR&A). First meeting of this committee may meet next on 07-06-2018. The Staff Side requested the CGM to confer the Temporary Status for the eligible casual Labourers. We also requested to revise the daily wages of TSMs as per the 7 th Pay Commission recommendations for the central government employees as they are eligible to get the CDA pay of Group D employee in Central Government. With regard to Com. Anbu's representation for considering his period of both Suspension and Dismissal as duty period, the GM(West) assured that a decision will be arrived shortly on his representation. Regarding BSNL MRS as per our request GM(F) along with GM(HR) sit with the medical section staff and Council them to be more friendly and humanely. Number of other issues were taken up in this meeting for discussion. This meeting is a very purposeful one compared to the previous meetings.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


BJP's False Campaign on Karnataka Government formation:

The Congress+ JD(S) alliance government has taken office yesterday in Karnataka effectively defeating the money power and political authority of central government. Having failed to usurp power through backdoor with the help of a RSS appointee Governer now the BJP is crying that Congress or JD(S) have no mandate to rule. We know the verdict of the people of Karnataka was not for any single Party rule but for a coalition government only. BJP which contested in 222 seats could win only 104 seats with 36.2% of votes. But the Congress party which also contested in all 222 seats could win 78 seats with a vote share of 38% . It is more than the BJP. Hence there is no justification in the accusations of BJP that Congress has hyjacked the mandate. If we add the vote share of JD( S) the alliance could boast of a majority with the vote share of more than 56% . People know very well who tried to hyjack the people's mandate in Karnataka and how BJP tried to purchase MLAs of both Congress and JD(S) with the offer of 100 crores to each MLA who come to support BJP in the Confidence vote in Karnataka Assembly. After failed in their efforts now BJP leaders Amit Shah and Yedurappa blaming others and trying to take lessons on Democracy is highly ridiculous. The people of our country know how they hyjacked the people's mandate in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya very recently.


Massive Demonstration against Modi government in Chennai Chepauk by all unions on 23-05-18:The Chennai Telephones:

NFTE & NFTCL members in large numbers enthusiastically took part in the demonstration jointly organised by AITUC , CITU, NFTE, AIBEA and many other organisations under the banner of Taminadu common platform against the Modi government which incidentally entered in to the last and final year today. Our Leaders S. Palaniappan, Subbarayan, Ashokraj, TRR, Nagarajan, Sendhil, Babu, Elangovan, Sampath Kothanda Babu, Solairaj, Sathya, Selvaraj, Vetri Selvan, Sundaramurthy, Suresh, Paneer Selvam and many others took part in it. Our Sr.Com.VKG shouted slogans effectively.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Let us organise:

AUAB decided today (23-05-18) to hold protest Demonstration and walkout from duty on 28-05-2018 to oppose the Operationalization of the separate Tower company in the proposed BSNL Board of Directors meeting scheduled on 28-05-18 in Hyderabad. It is to be noted that since the formation of BSNL in 2000 October only now the Board of Directors meeting is being held away from the Headquarters , Delhi. The leadership of AUAB have apprehensions that only to implement the direction of DOT to ratify the posting of Sri. Amit Yadav as CMD of so called separate Tower company with out any trouble the management has cunningly moved the Board of Directors meeting to Hyderabad. Hence it was decided to hold a massive rally in Hyderabad in which the General Secretaries of AUAB will participate on 28-05-18. In other places throughout the country massive demonstration and walk out from duty will be organised on May-28. The Circle Secretaries of AUAB will meet dayafter tomorrow( 25-05-18) as the Circle Council meeting in Chennai Telephones is fixed on 24-05-18 . We should make this call a grand success with the massive participation of both the employees and executives.


How Modi has failed as prime minister of India:

Narendra Modi has completed four years in office but there is widespread disappointment among the Indian people with his performance as their prime minister. There is a strong perception that Modi spent most of the last four years either in state election campaigns, on foreign tours, or giving scores of moral lectures on state-run television, radio, and his own online app.
Modi promised 20 million jobs a year, but instead more than 7.2 million jobs meant for the 15-24 age group were lost over the last four years. Job creation in India is at an eight-year low. There is an undercurrent of anger among the middle-class population over having to pay excessive excise taxes, which has led to historically high prices of gasoline and diesel, in spite of lower international crude-oil prices.
The government has collected US$150 billion in taxes on motor fuel since 2014. Instead of giving the benefit to people, the government is putting more burdens on them. The previous government of Dr Manmohan Singh lifted close to 140 million people above the poverty line between 2004 and 2014. However, no one has any clue as to whether the present government is doing anything substantive to uplift the poor.
Agriculture exports which had seen a fivefold increase under the Singh government, have since come down by 21%. At the same time, agriculture imports have risen by more than 60%.
New investment is the lowest it has been in 13 years; bank credit growth has sunk to a 63-year low, while loan growth has fallen to 5.1%, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
The $1.77 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam has hit the Indian banking sector very hard. But unfortunately, Nirav Modi, who was part of the Indian business and corporate delegation at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, in January, left the country without paying his debts. He was seen posing for photographs with Narendra Modi before he was found to be missing from the country.
In February 2016, Vijay Mallya, another billionaire, who was elected to the Indian Parliament with the support of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), siphoned off $1.4 billion in the same way and succeeded in fleeing to the UK.
These developments have made people very angry at Modi’s government for allowing such looting of the Indian economy.
In October 2017, total bad loans, including non-performing assets (NPAs), stood at $145.6 billion and accounted for 12.6% of the total loans in the nationalized banks. The nationalized banks were where most of these NPAs were found. Interestingly, NPAs in nationalized banks accounted for about 87% of gross NPAs by the end of March 2017. So whatever happened was clearly due to acts of commission or omission by the Modi government.
Moreover, in the last 36 months, the BJP government has written off corporate loans to the tune of $31 billion. This ridiculous generosity to the corporates is compensated by recapitalization of the banks through public funding. This, in other words, means that the ordinary Indian citizen is bailing out the nationalized banks that are plundered by the corporates, while millions of poor farmers are struggling hard for the debt relief amid severe agrarian distress.
With the above developments, poor and middle-class people are slowly losing confidence in the Indian banking system. A recent report said there was a drastic reduction in deposits (close to 50%) by ordinary people in the nationalized banks in the last one-year period.
There was an RBI circular calling for the levying of charges for holding less than a prescribed minimum balance. Based on this circular, the State Bank of India, whose customers are mostly poor people, levied charges totaling $260 million between April and September 2017, according to Ministry of Finance data. This money was taken from the poorest of the poor, who do not have regular incomes and continue with financial hardship, and most of the time they are compelled to withdraw their own money, kept in their bank account for survival. This is in contrast to the huge loan write-offs for rich people and capitalists.
Every year 12 million young people enter the Indian workforce, and providing them all with jobs would necessitate economic expansion of at least 10% per annum, according to Raghuram Rajan, former governor of India’s central bank. But financial mismanagement by the Modi government has resulted in failures on all fronts, particularly in creating jobs, addressing agriculture crises and helping uplift the poor.
No one knows what is happening to Modi’s smart-city project, the “Make in India” project and a number of other much-hyped projects, while many promises on universal health coverage, housing for all, doubling the income of farmers and so forth have fallen short.
Many in India feel that the country lost another four years with Modi as prime minister. Unfortunately, Modi has tried to prove himself more as a successful speaker than trying to be an agent of change.


Wish Comrade Devaraj a very happy retired life:

On 31-05-2018 the Division union Treasurer of Anna Road NFTE- BSNL Devaraj will retire from the service. He was today honoured by the Circle Union. Comrades CKM, CHQ Vice-President S. Palaniappan, NFTCL Asst. General Secretary L. Subbarayan, Asst. CS Rajasekaran and Division Secretary J. Chandrasekaran wished him a very happy retired life. He has donated Rs.5000/- to the Circle Union. We thank him for this.  Click1,  Click2,


Thanks comrades!:

Today Comrades Narayanan,T.T and Maqbool,T.T of Madhavaram Division came to union office and handed over donation of two thousand rupees each to the Circle Union in appreciation of the continuous efforts taken by the Circle Union in their transfer issue. Comrades S.Rajendran, ACS/ N. Danapal, District President of Thiruvallur/ Devendran, Division Secretary of Madhavaram were also present. We thank both the comrades for this help.  Click1,  Click2,


CGM Kalavathi was honoured by NFTE Circle Union:

CGM Kalavathi was honoured by NFTE Circle Union today at a function in Anna Road for receiving two awards few weeks ago for Hon'ble Minister from Communications Manoj Sinha.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Comrade Nagarajan turns 61 today:

At Anna Road exchange compound on 21-05-18 a grand function was organised by South Chennai District NFTE-BSNL to felicitate the District Secretary Nagarajan who is retiring on 31-05-2018 after 39 years of eventful service. Incidentally his 61 st Birthday was also celebrated on 21-05-18. CGM/PGM( Central) / GM( West) along with Comrades CKM/ MKR / Ravi/ Elangoven/ Rajendran/ Kabali/ Dhansingh/ C.K.Ragunathan/ Sabapathy/TRR and many others greeted him and wished him a very happy retired life. NFTCL leaders Babu/ Mari/ Anandan/ Sampath/ Ashokraj honoured him. CHQ Vice-President S.Palaniappan and Tamilnadu Circle NFTE Union Treasurer Subbarayan spoke at this function and wished Comrade Nagarajan a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,  Click14,  Click15,  Click16,  Click17,  Click18,  Click19,  Click20,


Popular Viewing:

Sr. Vice President of NFTE- BSNL Comrade CKM 's speech regarding the ill motivated and wrong decision of Modi government for the formation of a separate tower company for nearly 66000 BSNL mobile towers in "News Glitze " for 14 minutes that was uploaded in YOU TUBE last week was as on date watched by 3,78,674 persons. It was liked so far by 8000 persons. 1100 persons commented on his speech so far although 778 persons disliked it. Such a huge trending for a speech by a Telecom Union Leader is first of its kind in the history. The viewing is continuing and we expect it may even cross five Lakhs shortly.  Click to View


Karl Marx is right even after 200 years:

The German Philosopher and great economist Karl Marx is relevant even today. In fact his thoughts/ ideas are more relevant in today's world situation. That's the reason the popular American daily newspaper " The New York Times " came out on his 200 th Birth anniversary with a headline, "Happy Birthday Karl Marx. You were right! ".
This only proves once again that Marxism is not a dogma; It is a creative science which should be applied carefully to the given political/ social situation in a particular country/ state. If it is applied mechanically as a formula it will bound to fail .Hence the failure of a communist party in any particular country should not be treated/ concluded as the failure of Marxism itself. It is the wrong application of Marxist principles by the said political party is the main reason for the failure. If in India where the Communist Party was established in 1925 itself and the political/ economic situation was ripe for a socialist revolution then whom to be blamed for the downward march of the Communist Party ? The Leadership should only be blamed for this loss of popular support gradually from 1957 onwards. Will the leadership ever retrospect on their collective failure or blaming the others as usual for their failures ?Will they realise their foolishness to be divided in number of Communist parties at least in India where the Facist forces are menacingly advancing in the process destroying the basic democratic values fastly ? It is a million dollar question as the leaders are nowadays only guided by their egos and not ideology.


Wish Comrade Ganapathy Raman a very happy retired life:

He is now the vice- President of Tamilnadu NFTCL. He was originally working in Karaikudi District. Sincere follower of both NFTE & Comrade ( Late) Venkatesan. His hard work made him the NFTE District Secretary of Karaikudi. Due to family situation he shifted to Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli district. There also he dedicated himself to NFTE. After the formation of NFTCL he began working among the Contract Labourers. At the State conference of NFTCL in Karaikudi last year he was elected as the State Vice President. He is a committed communist and a gifted trade union leader. Let his retired life be purposeful for himself and the society. I hope he will now work full time for the welfare of the most exploited Contract Labourers.  Click1,



The CGM of Chennai Telephones/BSNL Miss. S.M.Kalavathi was presented an award for best performance by Hon'ble Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha in Newdelhi. NFTE congratulate the CGM for this achievement.  Click1,


Street corner meetings in Chennai Telephones:

Street corner meetings in Chennai Telephones Circle were successfully organised at nine Centres from 07-05-18 to 11-05-18 as per the AUAB call.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


NFTE-BSNL'S Future!:

On the late hours of 08-05-18 when I reached Madurai Railway station from Kollam I was surprised to see three comrades waiting for me in the Railway Platform at 11.30 pm. Comrades V.Mari, Paramasivan and Subedar Ali Khan. There's nothing new or strange in Comrade Mari's presence. He is doing the same for the union leaders for thirty long years. Moreover he is a very senior comrade holding the post of Karaikudi District Secretary/ NFTE- BSNL and the Working President of Tamilnadu State NFTCL. But comrade Subedar is a young comrade and working as O.S. In Madurai GM office.For the first time he is holding the post of Circle Organising Secretary in NFTE/ Tamilnadu. He was with me from the night of 08-5-2018 till I left Madurai at 11.15 pm on 09-05-18. I was surprised at his dedication and commitment towards the NFTE . In today's situation not many are like Comrade Subedar Ali Khan. He accompanied me to Sivaganga and took part in two functions of our union including the executive committee meeting of Karaikudi SSA. I need to mention another comrade by name Alphonse from Karaikudi. He enthusiastically came to Madurai self driving his own car and insisted to travel in his car to Sivaganga from Madurai and return from Sivaganga to Madurai. I enquired him when he left Karaikudi for Madurai. He happily informed me that he left his residence in Karaikudi at 5.30 am . I was moved very much by the love and affection of these comrades towards me and NFTE/NFTCL etc. I hope Comrades like Subedar are the future of NFTE- BSNL.  Click1,


To clear some confusion among our staff:

A letter released by DOT dated 27-04-2018 which was addressed to CMD/ BSNL is in wide circulation for the past few days. It has naturally created a positive effect on the mindset of our work force which is very pathetically waiting to get the Third Pay revision implemented with effect from 01-01-2017 . But in reality that letter is not giving any relief to our staff. Hence Unions and Associations must be very careful in this matter. Unless the central cabinet's conditionality was removed/ relaxed there is not even a remote chance of implementation of Third Pay revision to our workforce. The government's affordability clause for implementation of Third Pay revision in BSNL will stand like a rock even if any meaningful Pay revision talks begin between management and Unions. Hence our fullest efforts must be to remove that hurdle created by the cabinet decision. Thereafter we can enter with the negotiations for Pay revision for non- executives as BSNL management has no role to fix the pay revision of the executives. It is also to be noted that as per the guidelines of DPE the pay revision/ pay scales of Non- executives must not be more than the Executives in any case. Hence even to fix and finalise the pay scales there is a uncertainty.


T.NAGAR பஸ்நிலையம் அருகில் நடைபெற்ற தெருமுணை கூட்டம்:

9.5.18 AUAB சென்னை தொலைபேசி சார்பில் BSNLசெல்டவர்களை தனிநிறுவனமாக ஆக்கும் முடிவை கண்டித்து T.NAGAR பஸ்நிலையம் அருகில் நடைபெற்ற தெருமுணை கூட்டத்திற்க்கு FNTO C.S S.லிங்கமூர்த்தி தலமையில் நடைபெற்றது NFTE BSNL.சார்பில், தோழர்கள் தலைவர்கள் கலந்துகொண்டனர்.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Proud moment ...:

Yesterday I honoured Comrade Kannagi, District Secretary of CPI in Sivaganga in the extended District EC meeting of NFTE-BSNL in Karaikudi SSA which consists of two revenue districts namely Sivaganga & Ramanathapuram. She is the first and only woman Comrade in Tamilnadu CPI to become a District Secretary of the party. She is simple woman but fiery speaker. Her family is a communist family and her husband Comrade Muthuramalingam is a well known Communist in Tamilnadu. I thank Comrade Mari, our District Secretary for inviting her to the District EC meeting and her speech was very inspiring and educative. She is indeed a model for a good Communist.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Worrisome factor?:

Today I was told during my visit to Karaikudi SSA that in BSNL the staff working are less in number compared to BSNL Pensioners.
Working employees----298.
Maybe the number of Pensioners will be increasing further as more and more employees are getting retired in the coming months.


Karaikudi NFTE-BSNL District Executive Committee meeting on 09-05-18:

The meeting of the District Executive of Karaikudi SSA was held on May-9 in Sivaganga. District President Lal Bahadur presided over the meeting. District Secretary V. Mari introduced the agenda points. 12 comrades were felicitated on their retirement by Comrade CKM. The District Secretary of CPI in Sivaganga Comrade Kannagi, NFTCL leader Ashokraj and many others spoke.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Street corner meeting- Public campaign against formation of Separate tower company for BSNL mobile towers on 09-05-18 in Sivaganga:

Today at the invitation of AUAB In Sivaganga participated in the Street corner meeting. CPI & CPM District Secretaries, NFTE/ BSNLEU/NFTCL District Secretaries V. Mari/ Boominathan / Murugan and NFTCL National Vice-President Ashokraj and myself addressed the public and explained the dangers of handing over BSNL towers to Reliance Jio. Comrade Ganapathi Raman, State Vice-President of NFTCL shouted slogans very effectively.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Lal salam to you commrade!!:

Keep the sprit of com.Gupta's concept on the policy to save the telecom industry for the public services !!.
The modern scientific technology for the people & the total services must reach the people by the public sector must be guaranteed by the nfte is a motto of our union!!.
Lal salam to all nfte comrades!!.


Street corner meeting in Chengalpet by AUAB:

Street corner meeting in Chengalpet by AUAB on the evening of 07-05-18. Comrade M. K.Ramasamy, Circle President/ NFTE on the mike.  Click1,  Click2,


Today our Tamil nadu State committee Secretary of NFTCL, S.Anandan is celebrating his birthday:

We wish him on behalf of CHQ/ NFTCL a very happy birthday. Being one of our youngest and finest leader Anandan has a very bright future in Trade union activities. His continuous dedicated work for the last ten years for the cause of the most exploited Telecom Contact Labourers particularly in BSNL has earned a lot of respect for him not only in Taminadu State but throughout the country. Being a Junior Engineer his dedication for the welfare of Contract Labourers is highly commendable. Let his service to the poor people continue.  Click1,


Let us greet both comrades Nagarajan and Arumugam on their retirement on 31-05-2018:

The able and efficient District Secretaries of North Chennai & South Chennai are retiring on the same day (31-May /2018). Big farewell functions are being organised by our comrades in Flower Bazaar exchange compound and Anna Road exchange compound separately. I appeal to all our comrades and office bearers of both NFTE & NFTCL to positively join with me on both the occasions to wish both the District Secretaries a very happy retired life.
M.Nagarajan--21-05-18--Anna Road exchange.
R.Arumugam--28-05-18--Flower Bazaar exge.
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I was happy on seeing the arrangements made for the Mayday + Karl Marx Birth anniversary celebrations:

Yesterday really I was happy on seeing the arrangements made for the Mayday + Karl Marx Birth anniversary celebrations by Anna Nagar Division comrades. They left nothing to chance. Grand stage, Quality and tasty lunch for more than 300 comrades etc were very neatly organised by Comrades Chitrarasu, Mariappan, Deenadayalan , Ethirajan and dozen other active comrades of NFTE/ NFTCL in Anna Nagar Division. Of all the things I was surprised to see the big red flags of NFTE fluttering on the main road meridian. Our comrades are to be appreciated for this great job done on May -5 . Red salute to all of them from the Chennai Telephones Circle Union.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Mayday flag hoisting at CGM office on 05-05-2018:

Kellys division union has organised flag hoisting of both NFTE & NFTCL in three places on 05-05-2018 .
At CGM office comrades M.K.Ramadamy and V. Babu hoisted the red flags of NFTE-BSNL/ NFTCL respectively.
At DGM(HR&Admin) office Comrades M.Nagarajan and R.Arumugam hoisted the red flags NFTE and NFTCL respectively.
At Kellys exchange Comrades S.Chandrasekaran and S.Kothandapani hoisted the red flags of NFTE-BSNL & NFTCL respectively.
At all the three places Com.Magendran, Dist.Secy/ NFTCL/ Kanchipuram shouted slogans inspiringly. This function was presided over by Com.Venkatesan, District. President/ North Chennai/ NFTE.
Both Kellys division Secretary E.Raja and North Chennai District NFTE Secretary R. Arumugam along with Circle Org. Secy. G.Palaniappan and Com. M. Somashankar played key role in organising this year's Mayday flag hoisting in Kellys area. It is pertinent to note that Comrades Somashankar & Punniyakotti arranged the laying of new pillar stone worth 25 thousands rupees. All the above comrades are to be appreciated and thanked for their good job in this year's Mayday.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,



The Circle Union appreciated the District Secretaries and Office bearers of both NFTE & NFTCL for organising this year's Karl Marx birth anniversary in a grand manner.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Chennai Telephones Circle Union celebrated 201 Birth Anniversary of Greatest Philosopher Karl Marx on May-5:

NFTE, FNTO, TEPU, NFTCL , PEWA, AITUC leaders spoke about the life time achievement of Karl Marx . More than 350 comrades enthusiastically participated in the birth anniversary. Comrade Venkatesan, District President of North Chennai NFTE presided over the meeting. Comrades Elangoven, Anandan, Lingamoorthy, J.Lakshmanan, Arumugam, Vijayakumar. Babu, Ramasamy, CKM spoke at this function.Circle Union journal Sanga Muzhakkam was distributed to the members through Branches.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,  Click14,  Click15,  Click16,  Click17,  Click18,  Click19,


Mayday flag hoisting at Anna Nagar exchange on 05-05-18:

NFTE flag was hoisted by Comrade CKM. NFTCL flag was hoisted by Comrade S.Anandan , State Secretary/ T.N.State NFTCL.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahmad Buch today met the CMD/BSNL:

NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahmad Buch today met the CMD/ BSNL in Srinagar.Com.Riyaz Ahemad , NFTCL State Secretary of J&K was also present.  Click1,


I was greeted today by Com J.P.Murali, former vice- President of NFTE:

I was greeted today by Com J. P. Murali, former vice- President of NFTE/ Chennai Telephones who came from HongKong particularly to wish me on my election to the NFTE/CHQ. He has left immediately to HongKong this evening .I was really moved by his loyalty and affection towards NFTE. After availing VRS in 2013 Comrade Murali is settled in HongKong and perusing his family business there.  Click1,


Mayday Celebrations in Anna Nagar:

In addition to the Secretaries of FNTO, TEPU, NFTCL, SEWA, PEWA now the State Secretary of AITUC and the General Secretary of Tamil nadu State Transport Employees Federation Comrade J.LAKSHMANAN will participate in tomorrow's Mayday in Anna Nagar and agreed to speak elobarately on the life of Karl Marx . All branch Secretaries are requested to mobilise our Comrades in full strength.
---++++++++++±--------++++ 11.30 am-Flag hoisting at CGM office.
12 noon-Flag hoisting at DGM(HR&Admin) Office.
12.30-Flag hoisting at Kelly's exchange.
02 PM- Flag hoisting, Karl Marx birthday Mayday celebration at Anna Nagar.


News about Street corner meetings from 07-05-2018 to 11-05-2018 by AUAB:

News about Street corner meetings from 07-05-2018 to 11-05-2018 by AUAB in today's Tamil daily Dinamalar.  Click1,


Is it fair for a Prime Minister to spread lies just to get few votes in an election?:

Our Prime Minister Modi used the tactics of fooling the gullible masses in 2014 Parliamentary elections of course with the strong aid of Corporate Media houses . He was successful then. But one cannot expect the same old tactics will be successful in each and every election. Now the people and voters are alert . In his election campaign meetings yesterday in Karnataka Narendra Modi spoke falsely that he has given high positions to two kannadigas namely Nirmala Sitaraman and Venkaiah Naidu. We all know both were not Kannadigas . Nirmala is a Tamil Woman married to a Andhra man. Vainkaiah is a 100% pure Andhra man. Then why our PM is resorting to such lies and cheap tactics? By this he himself is unbecoming of a Prime Minister of our great country. Elections may come and go . Win or defeat is a natural thing inna democratic setup . But aiming to win all elections by hook or crook (including tampering the electronic voting machines and influencing the Election Commission itself) is not at all good for a vibrant democracy.


Wish the newly married couple a very happy married life:

On 03-05-2018 evening in Thiruvallur the marriage reception of Mr. Alexander (S/O Comrade Vananchezian, the Divisional Secretary of Thiruvallur NFTE) was held. Large number of NFTE members and leaders participated in it and blessed the couple.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


MayDay celebrations in Madhavaram:

MayDay celebrations held in Madhavaram on 02-05-2018.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Successful district conference of Coimbatore NFTE-BSNL on May-1:

Today the conference which began in the morning with a disturbing and discordant note happily ended in the evening with unanimous election of office bearers. Comrades N. Ramakrishnan, A. Roberts were elected unanimously as District President and District Secretary respectively. At last unity was brought about by the best efforts of all leaders who have participated in the conference.
Comrade L.Subbarayan at presently holding the post of Treasurer of Tamilnadu Circle Union . Hence he expressed his opinion from the beginning that he will relinquish the post of District Secretary. The NFTE- BSNL in Coimbatore is basically centred on three comrades namely Roberts, Ramakrishnan and Subbaroyan. All the three are my best and long time friends since 1982 when I was working in Coimbatore district. All were infact trained by me and I am proud now that they have grown as full fledged Circle level leaders. Comrade Roberts was made a Circle Union Office bearer of the then line Staff union (E4) headed by veteran comrade Jagan in the year 1985 itself at a very young age. He is a dedicated and sincere comrade who has contributed in good measure to the growth of NFTE- BSNL. All the three comrades were working as a team for a very long time. Now after a very long service Comrade Roberts has been unanimously elected as the District Secretary for the first time. I am immensely happy about his election and wish him and his team every success. Let this unity strengthened further on every passing day and hour in future.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Some Historical Facts about MAY Day:

1. Even before Chicago workers struck Work demanding eight hours duty in 1886 , Indian Rail workers in thousands organised strike demanding eight hours duty in Howrah near Kolkota in March 1862. This is actually the first organised strike by Indian workers.
2. Although the massacre on workers for demanding eight hours duty was unleashed at Hay market area in Chicago ( America) on May-3 of 1886, only from May 1 of 1991 worldwide International Workers Day was began to observe by Trade Unions as MAY DAY.
3. On May -1 of 1923 for the first time in India Mayday was celebrated in Chennai (Tamilnadu) beach by veteran Trade Union leader Singaravelar.
4. In India Mayday was first declared as a paid holiday only in 1957 by Kerala State Government led by the Communists Party of India (CPI).
5. The first trade union in India was formed at Chennai on April-27 of 1918 . Madras Labour Union (MLU) was organised by veteran trade union leaders Thiru-Vi- Ka and Wadia etc. The oldest trade Union of the country AITUC was organised only two years later in 1920.


Let us hold the Street corner meetings as per the decision of AUAB:

Let us hold the Street corner meetings as per the decision of AUAB from May 7-11 to make an effective campaign among public to explain the ill motive of Modi Government in forming a separate subsidiary Tower company for BSNL mobile Towers.  Click1,


Congratulations to Comrade Sudhakar:

Congratulations to Comrade Sudhakar on his re-election as the General Secretary today at Kollam in the 23 rd CPI party Congress. Let his efforts to unify the Left political parties and Defeat the Facist communal rightist forces end in Success.On behalf of NFTE-BSNL and NFTCL unions we convey our best wishes to him and his team.


Redfort handed over to Dalmia company:

Redfort was handed over to Dalmia company for just 25 crores for five years for maintenance (?) Purposes. Narendra Modi government has lakhs and lakhs of employees/ Engineers under its authority. But the maintenance job of historical/ Heritage landmark of our Country was handed over to a private company. This is nothing but privatization of national symbol. Now the profit focused private company may indulge in all sorts of antics to collect more money than it offered to the Government . May be next Tajmahal or Parliament complex will be handed over to either Ambani or Adhani,the favoured industrial houses of Modi.


Wishes Comrade S.Chandrasekhar, T.T. / Kelly's a very happy retired life:

Wished today Comrade S.Chandrasekhar, T.T. / Kelly's a very happy retired life.  Click1,


Udhampur District NFTCL Conference on 27-04-18:

In Jammu region a new district body of NFTCL was formed yesterday at a meeting called in Udhampur. More than 120 Contract Labourers took part in the conference which was inaugurated by NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahemad and presided over by the Jammu & Kashmir State Secretary of NFTCL, Riyaz Ahamed. The following comrades were elected unanimously. We convey our best wishes to all the newly elected office bearers of Udhampur District NFTCL.
District President: Comrade Mohanlal
District Secretary:Comrade Subash Chander
District Treasurer:Comrade Joginder


I have a doubt..?:

Few days ago the plane ✈️ in which Congress President Rahul Gandhi was traveling to Hubli in Karnataka developed a serious snag which caused doubts about any conspiracy behind this sudden snag. Congress rightly raised a complaint and promptly an enquiry was also ordered by Director General of Air Safety ( DGAS). But my doubt is how come Mr. Narendra Modi, our busiest PM got to know this incident instantly and infact he was the first person to speak on phone to Mr. Rahul and enquired about his safety. Some thing fishy..?


Rule of Law must be established:

Central government today asked for two more week's time from Supreme Court for implementing it's direction on Cauvery river water sharing arrangement. Already the apex court gave six weeks time to Modi government. One thing is sure. BJP led Central government will not implement till the assembly elections in Karnataka are over . Even after it if BJP wins in Karnataka it's future State government will not take any stand different from the existing Congress Party government.So unless rule of law is upheld by the Supreme Court itself no relief can be expected for Tamil nadu farmers.


Detailed circular by AUAB:

Detailed circular by AUAB regarding five days Street corner meetings from 07-05-18 to 11-04-18.  Click1,


Congratulations to comrade C.Ravi:

Today the Circle Treasurer of NFTE- BSNL in Chennai Telephones C. Ravi was unanimously elected as the President of Chennai Telephones District staff consumer Cooperative Stores . After a gap of 31 years only now a NFTE comrade is taking over the Presidentship of this cooperative society. Comrade J. Murugan (BSNLEU) was elected unanimously as Vice- President. We thank all the unions for their cooperation to bring about a unanimous election for this cooperative society. Out of ten directors NFTE has 3, BSNLEU 2, FNTO 2, TEPU 2 and SEWA 1 .For the Directors election Secret ballot was held on 07-04-2018 as there was a contest. We thank all Unions and wish the new board of directors of this cooperative society every success.  Click1,  Click2,


Street corner meetings in Chennai Telephones:

AUAB decided to hold Street corner meetings in Chennai Telephones at nine Centres from 7 th to 11 th of May to make our opposition to the Separate tower company for BSNL mobile towers. On 11-05-2018 during lunch hour demonstration will be held at KK Nagar exchange compound.All are requested to mobilise our employees and executives for all these programme.  Click1,


Meeting with Sr.GM(HR& A):

Circle union met the Sr. GM today along with DGM, AGM (A) ,AGM(E) and SDE(SR). Circle union was represented by Comrades CKM, Elangovan, Rajendran, Ravi and Nagarajan. The 23rd Circle Council meeting will be held on 24-05-2018.Many issues were discussed for more than 3 hours including the transfer cases of Comrades Gayatri, Mani, Narayanan. Revision of pay on CDA scale as per the recommendations of Seventh Pay commission with effect from 01-01-2016 to all non- opted employees, TSMs and Casual Labourers were also discussed.The management has agreed to positively consider it and persue this issue with Corporate Headquarters.The representation of Com. Anbu pending for the past one year to get his suspension/ dismissal period as duty period was also discussed.


May-05 ---Mayday Celebrations:

On 05-05-2018, the Chennai Telephones Circle Union will observe Mayday and celebrate the 201 Birth anniversary of great thinker Karl Marx . The following is the time schedule. Comrade please note this and mobilise our comrades effectively for all the three functions.
1. Flag hoisting at Flower Bazaar exchange...11 AM
2. Flag hoisting at the CGM's office ........12.30 PM
3. Main function at AnnaNagar exchange....2 PM
Both NFTE and NFTCL flags will be hoisted jointly in all the places.


Interview in Kumudam Reporter magazine

My interview appeared in Kumudam Reporter magazine today (24-04-18) regarding the ill motive of Government in forming a separate subsidiary tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers.  Click1,


Wish a very happy retired life to comrade Velan,Madhavaram:

Comrade Velan is retiring on 30-04-18 after a dedicated service for three decades. He is a staunch NFTE member. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,


Successful Human Chain agitation for the formation of Cauvery Management Board:

Today hundreds of NFTCL/NFTE comrades lined on the Anna Road and formed human chain for one hour from 4 pm to 5 pm in response to the call of major opposition parties other than of course BJP/AIADMK. We thank all our comrades who have participated not only in Chennai but also throughout Tamilnadu at all District Headquarters.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Sri.Venkaiah Naidu has insulted the 64 MPs:

Sri.Venkaiah Naidu has insulted the 64 MPs and the people who had elected them.As a Vice-president of India he has exceeded his constitutional powers in hastily rejecting the petition submitted by the MPs belonging to nine political parties to demand impeachment of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for his misdeeds.This once again proved the partisan approach of Sri. Deepak Mishra who is favouring the ruling party,BJP.
The BJP leadership in its anxiety to safeguard the present Chief Justice not even prepared to appoint a parliamentary committee to enquire in to the allegations levelled against Sri. Deepak Mishra before arriving at a final decision. What is the difficulty for Sri. Venkaiah Naidu to enquire the allegations against the Chief Justice? Why he has outrightly rejected the petition signed by 64 MPs and Submitted to the President of India? It is nothing but pure arrogance and intoxication with governmental authority.


Kind attention of NFTE/ NFTCL members:

As already decided by our unions all Comrades are requested to participate in the Human Chain agitation on 23-04-2018( Monday ) from 4 pm to 5 pm in all the District HQ in Tamilnadu State for demanding the immediate formation of Cauvery Management Board ( CMB) by Central Government as directed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.
> The Comrades of North/ South Chennai should assemble in front of Anna Road Head Post Office with NFTE/ NFTCL flags in large numbers sharply at 3.45 pm . Make this agitation a very big success so that our rights are not snatched.


Wish the newly married couple a very happy married life:

On 22-04-18 at Vepampattu the marriage reception of Comrade E. Karthick ( S/O Comrade K. M. Elangovan, Asst. Circle Secretary of NFTE in Chennai Telephones) and Comrade K. Malliga was held this evening. Hundreds of our comrades and leaders blessed the newly married couple. I wished the newly married couple along with my wife and friends.  Click1,  Click2,


Grand Felicitation to CHQ Leaders at an impressive function in Anna Road exchange by Chennai Telephones Circle Union on 21-04-18:

Comrades Islam, C. Singh and CKM were felicitated by NFTE District/ Division/ Branch Unions on their election to CHQ at the fifth AIC held in Amritsar.The CGM of Chennai Telephones S.M. Kalavathi, Circle/ State Secretaries of BSNLEU, FNTO, NFTCL, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, TEPU greeted the leadership of NFTE-BSNL. More than 450 comrades including 70 women comrades enthusiastically participated in the function.We sincerely thank every one for their greetings and participation.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,  Click14,  Click15,  Click16,  Click17,  Click18,  Click19,  Click20,  Click21,  Click22,  Click23,  Click24,  Click25,  Click26,  Click27,


AUAB Leaders submitted Memorandum to the Governor of Tamilnadu:

Comrade K.M.Elangovan(NFTE), Kanniappan(BSNLEU),Shanmuga sundar Rajan (SNEA), Vijayakumar (TEPU) and Badri Narayanan (AIBSNLEA) met the Governor at 11 am today in Rajbhavan and presented the memorandum. They requested him to recommend our representation against the formation of Separate tower company for BSNL towers to the government of India. But the Governor merely agreed to forward our memorandum to Hon'ble Manoj Sinha, the MOS for Communications.


Wishing a very happy retired life:

Today comrades L.Tamil mani, O.S.(Branch Secretary/ FBR Internal) and Kamatchi Subramanyam , O.S/ GSM Helf Desk / FBR were honoured by Comrade CKM on their retirement on 30-04-2018. Both the comrades handed over a donation of two thousand rupees each to the Circle Union. We thank them and wish them a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Meeting with the Governor of Taminadu on 19-04-18:

According to the instructions of national level AUAB on 19-04-18 the leaders of Chennai Telephones NFTE, BSNLEU , TEPU , SNEA and AIBSNLEA will meet the T.N. Governor at 10.30 am in Rajbhavan and submit a memorandum to him requesting his good offices for withdrawal of Central Government decision for operationalize the Separate Subsidiary Tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers throughout the country.


For the kind attention of all:

On 21-04-2018( Saturday)at 2 pm in Anna Road exchange compound our Circle union is organising a grand felicitation function for the newly elected CHQ office bearers in the recently held fifth AIC of NFTE-BSNL in Amritsar (Punjab). Our President Islam and General Secretary C.Singh are participating in it. Our CGM and all the Secretaries of Unions & Associations in BSNL are also participating in it . Hence it is our endeavour to make this function a massive one . Kindly mobilise maximum comrades to hear the views of our leadership. Circle office bearers , District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries and Branch Secretaries are requested to act now for making this felicitation function a grand success.


Ministry of Labour & Employemnt call for comments on Non paymeny of Wages to Contract Labours:

NFTCL has taken up the issue of Non payment of wages to contract labours to the Ministry of Labours & Employment, New Delhi.Ministry has now called for reply from Chennai telephones administration with in 15 days.  Click1,  Click2,


Human Chain agitation on 23-04-2018(Monday):

NFTE & NFTCL comrades must participate in the proposed Human Chain agitation on 23-04-2018( Monday) announced by many political parties in Tamilnadu for pressing the Government of India to form immediately the Cauvery Management Board ( CMB) as instructed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court. Hence we appeal to all Our comrades to join the Human Chain agitation throughout Tamilnadu in all the District Headquarters between 4 pm to 5 pm on 23-04-2018.
C. K.Mathivanan.


Union will not rest till victimisation is removed:

A month ago two contract Labourer Comrades Jothibasu and Venkatesan who were working at Perambur Stores Depot under M/S Malli Contactors were victimised for no justified reasons and sent out of the job. This is a Modus operandi by the said company to recruit new hands by getting huge sum for new appointees for the same. But NFTCL North Chennai District union decided to fight this victimisation. They organised a powerful demonstration against this victimisation on 26-03-18 at Perambur Stores Depot itself. The Sr.GM ( D) immediately intervened and spoke to Comrade CKM over phone and requested to end the ongoing demonstration. As the Sr.GM agreed to sort out the issue through negotiation, the demonstration was ended in the afternoon. On 27-03-18 the discussion was held by NFTCL leaders with the Sr. GM.After a detailed discussion the management wanted some time . Union leaders accepted the request. Accordingly today ( 16-04-18)our leaders once again met the Sr. GM.This evening both the victimised contract Labourers were taken back by the said company. However both were posted to different exchanges. One is posted at Pulianthope exchange and other one was posted at Madhavaram exchange. We are happy that atlast the victimisation was removed.NFTCL sincerely thank the Sr.GM ( Development) for her help and commitment in removing the victimisation of two contract Labourers.


May Day- 2018:

Chennai Telephones observe this Year Mayday (133 rd) at AnnaNagar on 05-05-18 on the same day the birth anniversary of Comrade KarlMarx falls. Let us make both function a grand and successful one.


128 th Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was Celebrated on 14-04-2018 in Chennai Telephones:

NFTE & NFTCL jointly observed today the 128 th birthday of Bharat Ratna Beem Rao Ramji Ambedkar. NFTE Circle President M.K. Ramasamy and NFTCL State President V.Babu jointly garlanded the statue of Dr Ambedkar. Comrade CKM spoke on Ambedkar's greatest contribution to the cause of Social Justice in India.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,
NFTE Circle Union office bearers at the awards giving function organised by BSNL management in Chennai Telephones Circle for the meritorious students who are the wards of our Staff on account of 128 th Birthday celebrations of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on 14-04-2018.
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128 Birthday of Bharat Ratna Dr.B.R.Ambedkar on 14-04-2018:

The first and the best Social Justice votary in our Country is undoubtedly Dr. Beemrao Ramji Ambedkar. He was born on 14-04-1891 in a small town which is located inside the present day Madhya Pradesh State. His family later settled down in Maharashtra area. His contribution to the people of India through Constitution and Social Justice policies are unparalleled. His policy of Reservations in job for the downtrodden people of SC/ST community is a single contribution to the upliftment of this community.
As usual the Circle Union of NFTE will garland the statue of Dr. Ambedkar inside the Staff quarter complex In Taylor's Road at Kilpauk exactly at 9.30 am on Saturday, the 14-04-2018. Hence all Comrades are requested to be near the statue by 9-15 am at least to express our respectful homage to the departed leader on his 128 th Birthday.


Tamilnadu State EC meeting of NFTCL on 24-06-2018:

State Secretary S.Anandan has notified the Tamilnadu State EC meeting of NFTCL on 24-06-2018 In Ambasamudram near Tirunelveli. Comrades are requested to book their train tickets immediately to avoid any inconvenience in travel.


Mayday Committee meets:

The first meeting of the Mayday celebrations committee was held today in the Dharna pandal itself in Anna Road exchange compound. It was attended by 3 District Secretaries of NFTE and 3 District Secretaries of NFTCL. After a brief discussion it was decided to do the following on 05-05-2018.
1.Hoist the red flags of both NFTE & NFTCL in Flower Bazaar exchange compound where Circle Union office is located at 11 am on 5 th Of May.
2.Hoist the red flags of both NFTE & NFTCL in CGM's Office at 12.30 hrs in Purasawalkam High Road ; Opening of a new stone tabulate. 3.Observation of 201 birth anniversary of Karl Marx and 1 Mayday in Anna Nagar Telephone exchange at 3 pm in which AITUC/ FNTO/ TEPU/PEWA/ NFTCL/ NFTE leaders will participate.  Click1,  Click2,


Massive Dharna at Anna Road in Chennai Telephones on 12-04-18:

At the call of AUAB to oppose the formation of Separate tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers a massive Dharna was held.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Protest Demonstration by All Unions/ Associations of BSNL in Chennai Telephones on 11-04-2018:

At Flower Bazaar exchange compound today a protest demonstration was held against the Modi government for delaying the formation of Cauvery Management Board as directed by Hon'ble Supreme Court. To get more votes for BJP in the May-12 Karnataka State Assembly poll the Modi government in centre deliberately delaying the formation of CMB to share the Cauvery river water between states. This tactics is a very wrong one and against the country's interest.
Comrade CKM presided over the meeting. AITUC Secretary J. Lakshmanan, BSNLEU Secretary Kanniappan, FNTO Secretary Lingamoorthy, TEPU Secretary Vijayakumar, SEWA Secretary Raveendran and others spoke at the meeting held after the demonstration.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,


Meeting at Kellys exchange on 10-04-2018:

Today a meeting of Kellys Division NFTE was held. The decisions of Amritsar AIC were explained.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Demonstration converted in to a Meeting:

On 10-04-2018 in Kellys exchange compound the District Union of North Chennai had called for a protest demonstration against the local AO for not obeying the order of DGM (Hr) and his blunt refusal to relieve our Comrade Parameswaran , OS to Madhavaram on request transfer. However on 09-04-2018 ,on the eve of the proposed demonstration our comrade was hurriedly issued with relieving order. In this background the protest demonstration was converted in to a meeting to explain the current issues to our members in Kellys. We thank the DGM (HR) very much for her efforts to solve this issue which was agitating the minds of our Kellys comrades for the past few months. We also thank the GM(F) and CAO Janakiraman and others who have intervened to diffuse the tension in Kellys.


Thanks for the Success!:

Today the counting of votes polled on 07-04-2018 was taken up and all the eight candidates put up jointly by NFTE, BSNLEU, FNTO ,TEPU & SEWA for Directors post in the Chennai Telephones Cooperative Stores were declared as winners. Few rebels belong to BSNLEU including the out going President were defeated. We congratulate NFTE Directors C.Ravi & S.Chitrarasu and all others for their resounding victory. NFTE Circle Union thanked the Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU, FNTO, TEPU & SEWA for their cooperation and hard work which brought victory to our joint panel.
This Board of Cooperative Stores has eleven Directors. Already 2 women directors were elected unopposed. The election for President & Vice- President will be held on 13-04-18. We hope the unity built by unions will make this election also a unanimous one.


2018 Mayday Celebrations in Chennai Telephones jointly by NFTE and NFTCL on 05-05-2018 at Anna Nagar:

Today at a joint sitting of North Chennai District Union and Anna Nagar Division union at Villivakkam exchange under the Presidentship of Comrade K.Venkatesan it was decided to celebrate this year's Mayday in Anna Nagar on 05.05.2018. For this a Committee has been formed President. K.Venkatesan
Working President. M. Parthiban
Secretary. R.Arumugam
Joint Secretary. S.Kothandapani


Protest Demonstration wearing Black Badge on 11-04-2018( Wednesday)by All Unions:

In Flower Bazaar exchange compound a massive protest demonstration by All Unions in Chennai Telephones will be organised on April-11( Wednesday) during lunch hour to demand Immediate formation of Cauvery river water Management Board as per the recent judgment of Supreme Court. The BJP government at the centre is wantonly delaying the formation of Cauvery river water management Board only to get votes in the Karnataka Assembly elections in May/ 2018. As BJP has no political support in Tamilnadu it deliberately support the erring Karnataka State with selfish motives.
Cauvery river water is a very important life support for Tanjore delta farmers and Agriculture. If the rights of Tamilnadu over the sharing of Cauvery river water is not protected now the future of our state will be very bleak. Unfortunately the AIADMK led State Government is surrendering before the Modi government and enacting DRAMA of FAST as eye wash. Almost all Political parties except BJP in Tamilnadu are agitating against the irresponsible attitude of Central Government. As a citizen of our state no one could ignore the issue of Cauvery river water sharing in a fair and judicious manner.Hence all are requested to assemble in Flower Bazaar exchange compound on 11-04-2018. Let us contribute our might to protect the rights of Tamilnadu State..


Dharna on 12-04-2018 by AUAB:

The Chennai Telephones All Unions and Associations of BSNL will observe a day long Dharna at Anna Road exchange compound on April-12( Thursday) as per the directions of National leadership of AUAB. Despite our opposition and protest the government of India is proceeding to operationalise the Separate Tower company for nearly 66000 mobile towers of BSNL. This decision if not stopped from implementation it will be a very big blow to BSNL. Hence AUAB once again decided to hold a nation wide Dharna on 12-04-2018 . Kindly mobilise both employees and executives in full strength for this Dharna.


Postponement of Felicitation function organised for newly elected CHQ office bearers at Anna Road:

Due to the sudden demise of elder brother of our General Secretary in Patna all engagements of Comrade Chandeswar Singh are cancelled till 16-04-2018. Accordingly our felicitation function planned in Anna Road compound stands postponed to 21-04-2018( Saturday) at 3 pm. All comrades are requested to note this postponement and act accordingly. Let us utilise the extra ten days we get by this postponement to organise this function in a very grand manner . We regret for the inconvenience caused to all as unexpected thing has happened in the family of our General Secretary C.Singh.


Increase of Variable Dearness Allowance for Contract Labourers:

Increase of Variable Dearness Allowance for Contract Labourers has increased. Our comrades should note this and monitor it's implementation without any delay. ஒப்பந்த ஊழியர் VDA உயர்வு
ஒப்பந்த ஊழியர்களுக்கான விலைவாசிப்படி VDA 01/04/2018 முதல் கீழ்க்கண்டவாறு உயர்ந்துள்ளது.
A பிரிவு நகரம் – ரூ. 17= நாளொன்றுக்கு உயர்வு ரூ.536லிருந்து ரூ.553/= ஆக உயர்வு. B பிரிவு நகரம் – ரூ. 14= நாளொன்றுக்கு உயர்வு ரூ.448/=லிருந்து ரூ.462/= ஆக உயர்வு. C பிரிவு நகரம் – ரூ. 11= நாளொன்றுக்கு உயர்வு ரூ.359/=லிருந்து ரூ.370/= ஆக உயர்வு. SEMI SKILLED நாள் கூலி:
A பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.612/=
B பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.522/=
C பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.433/=
SKILLED நாள் கூலி:
A பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.673/=
B பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.612/=
C பிரிவு நகரம் ரூ.522/=
திறனுக்கேற்ற கூலி வழங்க வேண்டும் என நாம் தொடர்ந்து குரல் கொடுத்தும் கூட நமது நியாயமான கோரிக்கை இன்னும் அமுல்படுத்தப்படவில்லை. அனைவரையும் UNSKILLED என்று சொல்லி மாதம் இரண்டாயிரம் மூவாயிரம் அளவிற்கு அடிமட்ட ஊழியரின் வருவாயில் மண் அள்ளிப்போடும் கொடுமை இன்னும் இங்கே தொடரத்தான் செய்கின்றது.


Second Conference of Sholapur District NFTCL on 03-04-2018:

Second Conference of Sholapur District NFTCL held in a grand manner.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Solapur NFTE-BSNL District Union welcomed Comrade CKM:

Solapur NFTE-BSNL District Union welcomed Comrade CKM , Sr. Vice- President (CHQ) on 03-04-2018 on his visit to Solapur in connection with the District Conference of NFTCL there. Com. Kokre, District President garlanded CKM on behalf of Solapur District Union.  Click1,  Click2,


NFTCL leaders met the GM/BSNL/ Solapur on 02-04-18:

Comrades C.K.M., Khevkhar, District secretary/ NFTCL and Prasad Korantak , Dist. Org .Secy on 02-04-2018 met Sri. R. M. Pradhan, GM and B. J.Umbarje, DGM(Hr&Planning) and discussed several important issues of Contract Labourers of Solapur SSA. Mainly the following issues were discussed:
1. Ensure salary payment on 7 the of each month.
2. Ensure minimum wages as per the B class City.
3. Issue through contactors the photo ID cards for all Contract Labourers.
4. Categorisation of Contract Labourers as per the job performed as Unskilled/ Semi-Skilled/ Skilled/ Highly Skilled.
GM was very attentive during the discussion and assured us that he will do everything possible on his side to settle our long pending demands.


Solapur NFTCL District Union office bearers meeting:

NFTCL District Union office bearers meeting held in Solapur on 02-04-2018 on the eve of District Conference tomorrow.  Click1,  Click2,


Purposeful meeting with Asst. PF Commissioner on 02-04-2018:

NFTCL representatives had a very purposeful meeting with Sri. Purusotham Meena, the Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner In Solapur along with Contractors on whom we have filed a complaint regarding non- deposit of EPF amount due for nearly 98 contract Labourers in Solapur from 2006 in total violation of statutory obligations. The next hearing is fixed on 23-04-2018. NFTCL was represented by Comrades CKM, Kavhekar, Anandan, Gopichand Chavan, Vijaykumar Pancharia, Sunil Sawant.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Change of Date:

Due to unavoidable reasons the joint sitting of both Executive Committee of Anna Nagar Division & North Chennai District NFTE will now be held on 05-04-2018 (Thursday) at 11 am in Villiwakkam telephone exchange compound. This meeting will form the celebration committee for this year's Mayday in Anna Nagar exchange.


Behaviour of Private Sector Banks!:

When Punjab National Bank was in the news few months ago in a case of helping diamond businessman from Gujarat by name Nirav Modi to loot nearly Rs/-14000 Crores, hue and cry was made out by few self appointed guardians of Privatisation. Instead of focusing on the crime of daylight bank robbery by a businessman those intelligent men argued for privatisation of Public Sector Banks as the Punjab National Bank is a nationalised Bank. But now the top most private sector bank ICICI is in the news . It is being alleged and enquired by CBI that M/S VIDEOCON company has got a loan of Rs/-3250 crores from ICICI bank and in a quid pro quo arrangement paid to Mr. Deepak Kochhar Rs/-64 crores.
Incidentally this Deepak Kochhar is the husband of Mrs. Chanda Kochhar, the Managing Director and CEO of ICICI bank. As of now Rs/- 2849 crores out of Rs/- 3350 crores loan has been declared as a non- performing asset (NPA) by the said bank. This proves one point clearly that in India the rich people and businessmen cleverly loot the banks both in Public Sector and Private Sector. They rob the money saved/ invested by common people in every bank of course by bribing the bank officers or management. Hence the focus should be on eliminating this nexes between bankers and looters.


SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 not to be diluted by any one , be the Supreme Court or Government:

India has nearly 18 crores of its population under Dalits ( SC/ ST) category. As per the National Crime Records Bureau a crime is committed against a Dalit in India every 15 minutes. Every day at least 6 Dalit women are raped. Over the last ten years (2007-2017) there is 66% growth in the crime against Dalits in our country. A cursory look in to these figures will convince any person to feel the need to strengthen the said Act to minimise/control the growing crime against the Dalit population. But the Supreme Court bench under the learned Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit thought otherwise for reasons best known to them. In a very wrong judgment they delivered recently they effectively diluted the very Act which was passed to punish the culprits and stop the atrocities against Dalit men and women. Their recent judgment in fact diluted the stringent provision of denial of anticipatory bail in the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,1989.
It is heartening to see all the Political parties including the Congress Party appealed to the Government of India to go in for a review of the said two judge bench judgment in the Supreme Court with out any delay. They also met the President of India yesterday and requested him to immediately intervene in this and advise the Narendra Modi government accordingly. Hope good sense will prevail upon all concerned to safeguard the interests of the Dalits whom are under attack from upper caste people out of caste prejudices.


Meeting with GM(HR) on 28-03-18:

Circle Union had a meeting today with GM( HR). On behalf of the Management DGM( HR)/ AGM (A) /AGM(E)/SDE(SR) took part in the meeting. NFTE-BSNL was represented by Comrades CKM, Elangoven, Rajendran, Ravi and Babu. After the discussion we honoured Mrs. Sankari, AGM(E) on her retirement on 31-03-2018. We wished her a very happy retired life. We also thanked her for her help and cooperation in settling the issues of our staff.  Click1,


India is for Sale under Modi's Rule!:

Government To Sell 76% Stake In Air India, Give Up Management Control:
New Delhi: The government today took the first step towards divesting the Air India -- the debt-ridden national carrier supported for years by public money -- triggering vehement protests from opposition. The plan is to transfer management control along with 76 per cent equity, for which an expression of Interest was released and multinational consultancy firm Ernst & Young was appointed as the advisor.
The divestment will be done through open, competitive bidding.
Te national carrier has been running on taxpayers' money, failing to profits in more than a decade. By the end of 2016-17, the airline had a debt of nearly 49,000 crore. By the end of the current financial year, its debt is expected to go up by another Rs. 3,500 crore.The opposition, which earlier accused the government of "not caring" about the national carrier, was up in arms. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee made an emotional appeal:
Her party leader Derek O'Brien questioned how such step could be taken when a Parliamentary Committee is still examining the divestment proposal.
"The proposed disinvestment of Air India is still being examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Transport Tourism & Culture. Stakeholders are being called. Views heard. Report still some time away. How come these moves from Govt?" his tweet read.
Last year, the committee had recommended that the government put the decision on hold till 2022, when the 10-year turnaround plan ends. Citing the Rs. 105-crore operating profit made by the airline after its merger with Indian Airlines, the committee suggested giving more time to the airline to recuperate.
Days later, the Union Cabinet cleared the decks for the disinvestment.Under the new plan, the government will retain 24 per cent stake in Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express. It also proposes divesting 50 per cent of its stake in Air India Sats Airport Services.


Not Surprised..!?:

Today a leading Tamil newspaper has published an interview with Telugu cine actor Shivaji. In which he has exposed a diabolical conspiracy of BJP/ RSS combine to capture the political/ governmental power in the South Indian states of Andhra, Telangana, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka & Puducherry. For this secret plan they had allocated 4800 crores of rupees and started distributing it already. This news has not surprised any one who knew the modus operandi of Facist/ Communal forces throughout the world. BJP/ RSS will go to any extent to capture power and thereafter to retain / perpetuate it.
People of our country must be alerted and all political parties opposed to BJP must unite in their fight to defeat these rabid communal right reactionaries . These evil forces have already on their dirty job of dividing the people on religious/ casteist lines. They have very successfully divided the AIADMK party and weakened it beyond any repair. They are picking few important personalities from DMK ( M.K. Azhagiri of Madurai) and trying to weaken certain other political parties to gain footage in Tamilnadu. Already they have purchased ( bribed) many media personalities belong to popular Television channels to do their propaganda.
Even the Election Commission/ Supreme Court are infiltrated by these Facist forces. They are planning bigger operations to retain power in the 2019 Parliamentary elections as they are afraid of certain defeat in all most all North Indian States including UP/ Bihar/ Rajasthan/MP etc. That is the reason they want to strengthen BJP in all the Southern states at any cost. The present exposure of their secret operation is only tip of the iceberg . Let us awaken before it is late.


Felicitation to Comrade S.Chandrasekaran,T.T/Vani mahal RSU:

Farewell meeting at Anna Road on 27-03-18 to felicitate Comrade S. Chandrasekaran, T.T/ Vani mahal RSU & NFTE Division union Secretary who is retiring on 31-03-2018.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Meeting of Comrade C.K.Mathivanan, GS/ NFTCL and Comrade Animesh Mitra, GS/BSNLCCWF in Chennai:

In Chennai both the General Secretaries of Contract Labourers Federations Comrades CKM & Animesh Mitra had a chance meeting today and decided to jointly conduct struggles to safeguard the interests of Contract Labourers particularly in BSNL. Comrade V. Babu, TN State President of NFTCL and Comrade T. Kasi, Circle Secretary of Chennai Telephones BSNLCCWF were present during this brief interaction.It is a good unity move by both the leaders so that the rights of the Contract Labourers are protected in BSNL.
It is a strange coincidence that both the General Secretaries C.K.Mathivanan & Animesh Mitra are National Vice- Presidents of NFTE-BSNL & BSNLEU respectively.  Click1,  Click2,


Memorandum handed over to the CGM on 27-03-2018:

AUAB leaders today handed over the memorandum to the Chief General Manager S.M.Kalavathi , for forwarding the same to DOT so that our opposition to the operation of Separate tower company for BSNL from 01-04-2018. Earlier a massive demonstration was held at CGM's office during lunch hour. Comrade CKM presided over the meeting held during the demonstration in which AUAB leaders Shanmuga Sundara Rajan , Vijayakumar, Anbalagan, Kanniappan, Babu and others spoke. Comrade G. Palaniappan shouted the slogans effectively. Comrade Animesh Mitra, VP(CHQ) BSNLEU also spoke in this meeting.More than 200 comrades assembled in the demonstration at a very short notice.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Meeting with PGM(D):

On behalf of NFTCL today comrades CKM, V. Babu, Rajendran, S. Kothandapani and M. Parthiban met Smt. Malini , PGM( Development) along with Sri. Pandian, DGM and had a detailed discussion on the anti-labour attitude of M/S Malli Security. It illegally draws 1400 rupees per month from every Contract Labourers under its control. We complained with proof the corrupt practice of that Contrator and its victimisation of innocent Contract Labourers who oppose/ question the illegal activities of M/S Malli Security. We also complained about non- payment of salary to Contract Labourers on seventh of each month by this agency . With Regards to the happenings in Perambur Store Depot we informed the PGM that two Contract Labourers were unnecessarily shifted with out any valid reason. The SDE / AGM are siding with Contractor and not safeguarding the rights of Contract Labourers. Both of them failed to act responsibly in their capacity as Primary Employer. The PGM assured us to set right the mistakes. We thanked the administration for its intervention with out delay.


27-03-2018 (Tuesday) Nationwide demonstration by AUAB:

27-03-2018 ( Tuesday) Nationwide demonstration by AUAB to oppose the operation of Separate tower company for BSNL towers will be held in front of CGM office at Purasawalkam during lunch hour:
In a partial modification , the venue of the 27 March demonstration will be now in CGM office. Our comrades should mobilise both employees and executives in large number for this demonstration at Purasawalkam CGM office as the Management & Central Government are going ahead with their ill conceived plan regarding formation of a separate tower company for nearly 66000 BSNL mobile towers despite stiff opposition by All Unions and Associations in BSNL. If it is allowed thereafter BSNL will become permanently sick and loss making PSU. After the demonstration a memorandum will be submitted to CGM.


Solapur NFTCL District Conference:

On 2&3 of April/2018 the conference of Solapur ( Maharashtra) District NFTCL is being organised. At the invitation of District Secretary Khaveker myself and Tamilnadu NFTCL State Secretary Anandan are going there to participate in the conference. Hope large number of Contract Labourers will be mobilised to this conference.


Formation meeting:

On 04-04-18 at Villivakkam Telephone exchange a meeting will be held jointly by Anna Nagar Division and North Chennai District Unions to form the Mayday celebrations committee. All decisions regarding Mayday/2018 will be finalised at this meeting. Hence the Executive Committee members of both Anna Nagar Division and North Chennai District Unions are requested to participate in this meeting and offer their advice.


B.Ganesan, DGM (North East)/BSNL a very happy retired life.:

Today we wished Sri. B.Ganesan, DGM ( North East) / BSNL a very happy retired life. He is retiring on 31-03-18. He was also a very active member of AIBSNLEA. NFTE Circle Union and North Chennai District Union both wished him a peaceful and healthy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,


Demonstration during Lunch hour by All Unions & Associations in BSNL at Flower Bazaar exchange compound on 27-03-18(Tuesday):

As per the call of National leadership of AUA a lunch hour demonstration will be held in Flower Bazaar to protest against Government's move to proceed on formation of Separate tower company despite stiff opposition from unions and associations. All NFTE members are requested to participate in this demonstration and make it huge success in Chennai Telephones circle.  Click1,


Circle Office Bearers meeting:

It is decided to hold a meeting of the NFTE-BSNL Circle Union Office Bearers on 07-04-2018 at 3 pm in Union Office at Flower Bazaar exchange compound. All COBs are requested to attend the meeting in time.



The meeting of General Council of Chennai Telephones Circle Union held on 23-03-18 decided unanimously to fill the vacancies in the Circle Office bearers list due to the resignations of Comrades T. Jaya Jothi (ACS) and S. Muthukumar (Vice- President). The following were elected.
Comrade G.Y. Batcha, Kodambakkam--- Circle V P.
Comrade T.R. Rajasekaran---ACS.
We congratulate both of them on their election to to the Circle Union.


87th Martyrdom day observed:

7 th Martyrdom day of shaheed Bagat Singh, Rajguru and Sugdev were observed today (23-03-28) by Chennai Telephones Circle Union at a function organised in Tambaram.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


General Council Meeting:

In Today's (23-03-18) General Council Meeting of the Circle Union at Tambaram comrade CKM was congratulated by our comrades on his election as Sr. Vice-President of NFTE-BSNL central Head Quarters at the recently held fifth AIC in Amritsar.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,  Click14,  Click15,  Click16,  Click17,  Click18,  Click19,  Click20,


Loss of a dear friend and Leader of Bangalore NFTE:

Today morning Mr. Kishore, the elder son of Comrade Krishna Mohan informed me the sad news of the death of Karnataka Circle Union President & Undisputed leader of Bangalore District NFTE. Comrade Mohan is a very brave man and a close friend to me. He was operated in the first week of March for Kidney transplant but not regained his consciousness since then. He was in ICU for more than 12 days and the end came today morning. It is a great loss to NFTE. I am proceeding to Bangalore to pay my homage to the strong leader of NFTE. His funeral will be at 11 am on 22-03-18. I convey my sincere condolences to his wife, sons, friends and comrades. On behalf of NFTE (CHQ)/Chennai Telephones Circle Union and NFTCL HQtrs I once again pay my respectful homages to my best friend.


Thanks to Comrade S.Chandrasekaran:

Thanks to Comrade S. Chandrasekaran,Haddows Road Division Secretary of NFTE-BSNL who has donated rupees twenty five thousand for the Circle Union on his retirement this month in the presence of Com. M. Nagarajan, South Chennai District Secretary. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,


Circle Union Notices:

Circle unoin notice on Management proposal on Check off System and New CHQ office bearers list.  Click1,  Click2,


Thanks to the CGM:

NFTE Circle Union brought to the notice of the Chief General Manager on 19-03-18 regarding the ill advised move to shift the AOTR unit from Kalmandapam exchange compound to Flower Bazaar exchange compound abruptly citing shortage of staff. We stoutly opposed this move as it will create hardships and difficulties for our thousands of valuable customers of Gummidipundi., Ponneri, Meenjur etc. Miss.S.M.Kalavati, CGM accepted our demand and instructed the GM(F) not to shift the AOTR from Kalmandapam. We sincerely thank our CGM for her quick action on our request.


Ram Rajya or Constitutional form of government.?:

A rath Yatra to bring back the " Ram Rajya " began from Ayodhya is going now through several states of our country under the protection of both central/ State governments. We all know Ram was a king in Hindu mythology. There was no democracy in that form of governance but only autocratic functioning was there. There is a story in widespread circulation that King Ram told his wife/ Queen Sita to prove her chastity as some one had questioned it. He advised her to walk through fire to establish that her chastity was not in anyway affected by Ravanan, the mythical king of Lanka during her custody in Lanka . If this is the treatment women will get in the so-called Ram Rajya then it should not be a form of governance in India. Instead of stopping this madness quickly both Central and State Governments are standing like a mute spectator. Horrible!.


Congratulations to com C.K.M.:

Affection,love,wishes and greetings by our comrades.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,


Felicitation to the new CHQ office bearers in Chennai:

Felicitation to the new CHQ office bearers in Chennai is being planned jointly by the four NFTE District Unions of North Chennai, South Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur . The General Secretary of our union, Comrade C. Singh has already agreed to participate in it . Date and place of that function will be finalised this week. All the leaders of our sister unions in the All Unions & Associations of BSNL in Chennai Telephones will be invited for this grand function. Our comrades are requested to make this function a memorable one.


Secretariat Meeting of the Circle Union on 20-03-18:

The meeting of the Circle Secretariat will be held under the presidentship of Comrade M.K. Ramasamy, Circle President at the union office in Flower Bazaar exchange compound on March-20 ( Tuesday) at about 3 pm . All the 15 members of the Secretariat are requested to attend the meeting in time. The following agenda points shall be discussed in the meeting: 1.Amritsar Conference of All India Union - Implementation of its Decisions. 2.Observing Bhagat Singh Martyrdom day at Tambaram on 23-03-18. 3.Circle Council- Agenda points.


In a very happier moment:


Around 6.30 pm on 16-03-18 when I made a speech for reporting the unanimous decision of the meeting of all the Circle Secretaries to elect the new office bearers and readout the nominations duly proposed and seconded by Comrades Ashaq Ahamed and Goyal there was all round happiness at the Amritsar AIC of NFTE-BSNL. It was my announcement that I am proud of proposing Comrade Chandeswar Singh for the post of General Secretary of our union consecutively three times in Patna, Jabalpur and Amritsar Conferences made the gathering burst in to drowning applause. Indeed such an hattrick opportunity for any one is very rare. I thanked for this great opportunity given to me by our leadership/ comrades.


sincere thanks to everyone:

I sincerely thank everyone for unanimously electing me as the senior Vice President of great NFTE-BSNL at the just concluded fifth AIC in Amritsar,Punjab. I also extend my heart felt thanks for all those who greeted/congratulated me on my election to the Central Head Quarters of NFTE.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


The fifth AIC concluded in the evening of 16-03-2018:

The fifth AIC concluded in the evening of 16-03-2018 with the unanimous election of Office bearers.
National President:Comrade Islam
General Secretary:Comrade C.Singh
Dy.General Secretary:Comrade K.S.Seshadri.
Finance Secretary:Comrade Rajmauli Comrade CKM was elected as vice-president of the union.
2100 delegates participated in the three days National conference in Amritsar. Punjab Circle Secretary Surjit singh and his team deserved appreciation of all for organising the AIC in a grand manner. From Chennai Telephones circle 187 comrades participated in it. Many resolutions were passed at the conference regarding important issues facing the employees. On behalf of Chennai Telephones Circle Union we extend our greetings and best wishes to the new team of CHQ elected at the Amritsar conference.


Welcome but some reservations are there in accepting the suggestion of BSNL management:

Management proposal on Check off system:
On 15-03-18 the corporate office of BSNL has released a letter addressed to all the CGMs and recognised unions in BSNL. It has called for the opinion of all concerned on its suggestion to follow the Check off system instead of Secret ballot for membership verification. It is true that lot of money/ human resources are being spent on the Membership verification since 2002. Given the present financial difficulties of BSNL it is a welcome suggestion indeed. But the unions will certainly face disadvantages if the proposed Check off system is introduced immediately. Because in the Secret ballot NFTE normally gets more votes than the actual number of its membership. However if the management of BSNL has agreed to remove the condition for recognition of second union we may consider this suggestion of the management which will ultimately put an end to the politics of alliance of unions and pooling the votes on particular union symbol. This method may also save precious time and money for Management/ Unions. Let us discuss this suggestion with an open mind in the ongoing AIC of NFTE in Amritsar and form a firm opinion about it.  Click1,


Second day session of AIC in Amritsar:

Second day session of AIC in Amritsar begun at 10.15 am with the speech of General Secretary. Today I spoke in the fore noon session of AIC for nearly 45 minutes on the issues focused by the CHQ for debate/ discussion. First of all I reminded the Punjab comrades that after the Chandigarh AIC now in Amritsar they are holding the fifth conference of NFTE after a long gap of 43 years.I also congratulated the team led by Punjab Circle Secretary Surjit Singh for organising the conference in a very grand manner.
I touched upon the delay in implementing Third Pay revision, Bonus, Financial position of BSNL, Next verification in 2019 and many other important issues. I appealed for unity within the union and begin preparation for facing the next verification successfully. Hope the conference will take good decisions in the end.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,


Grand inaugural of Fifth AIC of NFTE in Amritsar:

Grand inaugural of Fifth AIC of NFTE in Amritsar on 14-03-18 with the inspiring speech of Comrade Amarjit Kaur, General Secretary/ AITUC.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


NEC meeting of NFTE-BSNL in Amritsar:

At yesterday's NEC meeting of NFTE-BSNL in Amritsar I spoke on the need to form a high power committee to sort out the legal issues/ disputes over the ownership of our Headquarters in Delhi,Dada Gosh Bhavan as decided by the last meeting of the NEC in Vijayawada during 2017 October. I expressed my unhappiness at the casual attitude of the CHQ in this regard as nearly six months had already passed after Vijayawada NEC meeting and yet the said committee was not formed.  Click1,  Click2,


For the Kind attention of our comrades:

As the fifth AIC of NFTE-BSNL is beginning in Amrister (Punjab) on 13-03-2018 with the National Executive Committee meeting almost all the leaders have left Chennai. All may be returning only on 18-03-18. Our comrades are requested to note this point and act accordingly during this period. If anything is requiring the urgent/immediate action of the union don't hesitate to contact the Circle Union/Circle Secretary on mobile number 9487621621.


Action and Reaction:

"To every action there will be an equal and opposite reaction ". This Newton's third law of Motion was taught to me in 1968 by my Physics Professor in Chennai Pachaiyappa's college while I was studying B.Sc ( Physics) there. Today morning when I knew that the statue of Shyama Prasad Mukerjee who was the founder leader of Jansangh, the original leader of today's BJP was vandalised in Kolkota suddenly my Physics Professor and Newton's third Law came to my mind.


For the Kind attention of Comrades who are attending the fifth AIC of NFTE- BSNL in Amrister (Punjab) from 14-03-18 to 16-03-18:

The reception committee has informed that the night temperature in Punjab generally and at Amrister particularly will be between 17 to 20 degrees. Hence all are requested to bring with them warm clothes/ blankets etc to avoid inconvenience during nights. It is to be understood that the reception committee could not arrange blankets for thousands of Delegates/visitors. Kindly take suitable precautions to face the cold temperature.


திரிபுராவில் உடைக்கப்பட்டது லெனின் சிலை !:


We condemn the uncivilised behaviour of BJP/ RSS goons in Agartala.


திரிபுராவில் பெலோனியா என்ற இடத்தில் இடதுசாரி புரட்சியாளர் லெனின் உருவச்சிலை புல்டோசர் உதவியுடன் இடித்துத் தள்ளப்பட்டதால் அங்கு பதட்டம் ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது. திரிபுராவில் கடந்த 25ஆண்டுகளாக மார்க்சிஸ்ட் கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சி ஆட்சியில் இருந்தது. இந்நிலையில் கடந்த சில தினங்களுக்கு முன் சட்டப்பேரவை தேர்தலில் பாஜக ஆட்சி அதிகாரத்தை கைப்பற்றியது. இதனையடுத்து பாஜக தொண்டர்களுக்கும் மார்க்சிஸ்ட் கட்சி தொண்டர்களுக்கும் இடையே சில இடங்களில் மோதல் வெடித்துள்ளது. இந்நிலையில் திரிபுராவில் பெலோனியா என்ற இடத்தில் இடதுசாரி புரட்சியாளர் லெனின் உருவச்சிலை புல்டோசர் உதவியுடன் இடித்துத் தள்ளப்பட்டுள்ளது.
லெனின் சிலை இடித்து தள்ளப்பட்டதும் அங்கு கூடியிருந்தவர்கள் சிலையில் இருந்து தலையை தனியே எடுத்துள்ளனர். லெனின் சிலையில் இருந்து எடுக்கப்பட்ட பாகத்தை கொண்டு கால்பந்து விளையாடியுள்ளனர் என கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சியை சேர்ந்தவர்கள் தெரிவிக்கின்றனர்.


We condemn the uncivilised behaviour of BJP/RSS goons:

We condemn the uncivilised behaviour of BJP/ RSS goons in Agartala who uprooted the staue of Working class leader Lenin on their election victory in the state of Tripura.Such Facist activities are against the democratic traditions of our country. We also condemn the irresponsible and idiotic comments of H. Raja , National Secretary of BJP that in Tamilnadu they will uproot the statues of Great leader EVR Periyar, a social crusader of our time.


Greetings to our Women employees on the eve of International Women's Day (March-8):

On behalf of Chennai Telephones Circle Union we extend our warm greetings to all our women employees/executives in BSNL in connection with the International Women's Day which falls on March -8.
The women in our country's population is roughly 50%. But in every field they are represented not even 20%. This is not a good situation in our country even after seventy years of Independence. Though women are educated in more numbers they are in very small percentage in IIMs and IITs. As usual the men corner 90% of seats in such higher education centres leaving only small percentage to the women students. In employment opportunities also this trend continues apart from discrimination in fixed the salary etc between men and women.
The political sphere and government sector also dominated by men. Women are at best permitted always to play only second fiddle . Despite empty sloganeering by the Modi Government no concrete actions are forthcoming for the upliftment of our women. The 33% reservations in State Assemblies and Parliament for women is pending for a very long time . Already One house of the Parliament has passed the bill for this. Yet it is deliberately kept in cold storage for three decades. This Year theme for the International Women's Day is " Press for Progress".
We all should spread this throughout the year so that women gets their due both inside our homes and outside it.
The violence and exploitation on younger women has to be stopped at any cost.


Let BSNL Board emulate the boldness of Prasar Bharati:

Recently the Government Broadcaster Prasar Bharati was in news of course for good reasons. It's Board of Directors refused to bow down to the dictates of Information & Broadcasting Ministry for the retrenchment of hundreds of Contract Labourers on the orders of I & B Ministry. Dr.Surya Prakash, the Chairman of Prasar Bharati Board refused to retrench the Workers without making proper alternative arrangements. He also questioned the order of the I & B Ministry citing the Prasar Bharati Act . He refused to violate or act against the said Act just to please the controlling Ministry. This boldness has naturally angered the Minister Smriti Irani who is wielding huge clout with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi because of that even very senior Ministers are afraid of her. ( She was a Television Actor who was defeated in Amethi by Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi during 2014 Parliamentary elections. However due to her close Proximity with Modi she was inducted as a cabinet minister disrespecting the verdict of the people of UP . Her education qualifications are still in mystery like that of our Prime Minister. Yet she was given the charge of Human Resource Development Ministry which handles the country's eduction and Universities. Her tenure here was very controversial and hence was shifted. Now she has landed in the I&B ministry). But Prasar Bharati Chairman it seems is a bold and straightforward person didn't bow to the pressures of Miss. Smriti Irani. So harassment and arm twisting of Prasar Bharati Board has begun now. From December/ 2017 funds allocated to the Prasar Bharati are withheld and unpaid by the I&B ministry till now. As per the Finance Ministry 's allocation for current financial year Prasar Bharati a sum of rupees 2800 crores has to be paid. This amount will be paid in monthly instalments of rupees 200 crores. Mainly from this amount salary payment for the staff/ officers of Prasar Bharati had to be made. By making the Prasar Bharati to starve for funds the Minister is planning to blackmail and ultimately control it. What will happen next is a moot question.
However the comparison of Prasar Bharati Board's boldness with the BSNL 's ever readiness to fall at the feet of Ministry for Communications and Department of Telecommunications at the drop of hat is noteworthy. Even on a crucial question like Pay revision to its employees/ executives the BSNL board is not taking a bold decision against the unjust decisions of DOT/ DPE. Our CMD , Anupam Srivastava wrote to the DOT few months ago to permit BSNL to effect Pay revision for its executives with its own funds. He also informed the DOT that he needs no financial assistance from the government for this . Even after this BSNL was not permitted to effect Pay revision to its executives after 11 long years. CMD/ BSNL has not acted boldly but pleading continuously till now. We wish the BSNL Board has some self respect and boldness similar to that of Prasar Bharati Board.


Powerful Demonstration by NFTC:

Powerful Demonstration by NFTCL on 02-03-18 at Tamilnadu CGM/ BSNL office to oppose retrenchment of Contract Labourers:  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,  Click14,  Click15,  Click16,  Click17,  Click18,  Click19,  Click20,


Next Circle Council Meeting:

Staff Side met today to finalise the agenda points for the next Circle Council Meeting  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


March-23/2018-Special General Council Meeting at Training centre compound in Tambaram:

To observe the death anniversary of the young freedom fighter Bhagat Singh who was hanged at the very young age of 23 years by British government in 1931 and to report the decisions of the fifth AIC of NFTE in Amrister a Special meeting of the General Council of the Chennai Telephones circle union will be held on 23-03-2018 ( Friday) at 2.30 pm inside the Training centre compound at Tambaram. All are requested to attend this meeting in time . The union journal Sanga Muzhakkam will be distributed to the members at this meeting. On the same day Branch/ Division Conferences of Tambaram Division will be held.


What is this?:

Management decided these things unilaterally and only informed the unions/ associations that these measures will be implemented from 01-04-2018. What happened to the collective bargaining concept of Trade Unions? How the Management got this strong will power over the trade unions. Very sorry State of affairs indeed!  Click1,


Meeting with GM(HR&Admn):

On 28-02-18 on behalf of NFTE Comrades CKM, Elangoven, Rajendran, Ravi, Babu met the GM( HR&A) and discussed several issues. DGM ( HR&A), AGM( A) , AGM( E) and SDE ( SR) took part in this meeting. Some of the new issues discussed are given below:
1) Transfer of Com. Narayanan / MVM power Room to External unit in Madhavaram itself.
2) Transfer of Com. T. V. Beem Rao / FBR External to Adyar.
3) Transfer of Com. C. Radhakrishnan/ TXM / Kellys to Kellys External.
4) Transfer of Com. R. Rajalakshmi/ Sriperumbudur to Anna Nagar/ Chennai.
5) All T. T. Cadre officials working in Administrative offices in Kellys must be transferred to external units.


AIC Special CL Grant:

Special CL was granted by the management for all delegates to the AIC of NFTE in Amrister ( Punjab) from 12-03-18 to 18-03-18 including the journey period from Chennai and return. Accordingly those comrades who are attending the AIC may apply for special casual leave for 7 days.


Wish Comrade Balachandran a very happy retired life!:

On 28-02-18 at Tambaram a felicitation was organised by NFTE/ NFTCL Unions to Comrade Balachandran,NFTE Division President & NFTCL Branch Secretary on his retirement on 28-02-2018. He has donated Rs.5000 / 2000/2000 to NFTE Circle Union , Kanchipuram NFTE District Union and NFTCL Kanchipuram District Union at this meeting. We thanked him and wished him a very happy retired life  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Comrade Nirmala Sreenivasan,O.S retirement:

Comrade Nirmala Sreenivasan, O. S. Was honoured by comrade CKM today on her retirement on 28-02-2018. She gave Rs. 3000/- as donation to the Circle Union. We wish her a very happy retired life and also thanked for her donation to the union  Click1,


Farewell meeting at Guindy:

On 27-02-18 to felicitate Comrade Kaliappan,Division Union President of NFTE in St.Thomas mount a meeting was organised at Guindy. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Wish Comrade Mohanarangam,T.T/Anna Nagar a very happy retired life!:

Today I participated in the farewell meeting organised by Anna Nagar Division union of NFTE to felicitate comrade Mohanarangam, who was our Division Secretary in Flower Bazaar and an active union member.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


February 23 and 24 are very good days for BSNL employees/executives:

The pent up anger of them has resulted in the massive mobilisation of employees / executives on 23-02-18 for the Sanchar Bhavan march. It made both DOT Secretary and the Minister of Communications to realise the situation. It is a good meeting with the Minister on 24-02-18 in all respects though regarding Separate tower company no headway was found on all other demands including Pay revision and Pension revision an assurance was given by the Minister who till recently was telling impossibility of Pay revision in view of the difficult financial position of BSNL. This welcome change of attitude in our Minister was only brought out by our United and consistent struggles. Thanks everyone for this.


Meeting between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL:

A meeting is held at the Sanchar Bhawan today the 24.02.2018, between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL. Together with the Minister, Secretary, DoT, Special Secretary, DoT, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, OSD to the Hon’ble Minister, CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL were present. From the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, Com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com. Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS and Com. S.D. Sharma, GS, BSNL ATM, participated in the discussions. The representatives of the AUAB heartily thanked the Hon’ble Minister for taking out time to meet them. Detailed discussions took place on the memorandum submitted to the Hon’ble Minister, the details of which are as follows:-
(1) 3rd Pay Revision. So far, the DoT has been maintaining that BSNL employees are not eligible for 3rd Pay Revision. In today’s meeting the Hon’ble Minister agreed that the issue of 3rd Pay Revision of BSNL employees would be processed and would be taken for the approval of the DPE and the Cabinet. This is a great achievement. We have broken the stalemate that prevailed in the Pay Revision issue. At the same time we have to be vigilant, till the final approval is given by the Cabinet. (2) Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The AUAB representatives expressed their apprehension that in the name of formation of the Tower Company, the 66,000 mobile towers of BSNL are being snatched away from BSNL. They also pointed out that the decision of the Cabinet that, the Subsidiary Tower Company would remain under the control of BSNL Management, has been violated, through the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of Subsidiary Tower Company. They further pointed out that even BSNL Management was not taken in to confidence in the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, which clearly shows that the Subsidiary Tower Company would not be under the control of BSNL Management. The reply given by the Hon’ble Minister in this regard is not satisfactory. The AUAB has to find ways and means to ensure the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company.
(3) Pension Revision. The representatives of AUAB strongly argued that pension revision should be done to the BSNL pensioners. It was pointed out that the BSNL pensioners and the Central Government pensioners are covered by the same rules. They argued that when pension revision is settled for the Central Government pensioners, the same should not be denied to the BSNL pensioners. The Hon’ble Minister assured that needful action would be taken to settle this issue.
(4) Calculation of Pension Contribution. It was strongly argued that pension contribution in respect of BSNL employees cannot be calculated on the basis of maximum of the pay scale, when the same is calculated on the basis of actual basic pay, in the case of Central Government employees. It was pointed out that as per the DoP&T order issued in 2006, pension contribution of the Central Government employees is being deducted on the basis of actual pay only. The Hon’ble Minister directed the Secretary, DoT, that this issue should be settled as per Government orders.
(5) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. The AUAB representatives pointed out that it will be extremely difficult for BSNL to compete with the private operators, without providing 4G service. They strongly argued that the proposal of the BSNL Management, for the allotment of 4G spectrum by the Government, should be accepted. The Hon’ble Minister replied in the positive and assured that needful action would be taken.
(6) Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58. The AUAB representatives strongly argued that the retirement age of the BSNL employees should not be reduced from 60 to 58, as a measure for the revival of BSNL. The Hon’ble Minister told that the government is not having any proposal to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.
(7) Left out issues of the 2nd PRC. The AUAB representatives pointed out that this issue is lingering on very long time and needs to be settled. The Hon’ble Minister stated that this issue would be looked into by the Secretary, DoT.
At the end of the meeting, the Hon’ble Minister stated that the representatives of AUAB could meet him again, as well as the Secretary, DoT, in continuation of today’s meeting. The representatives of AUAB heartily thanked the Minister for his positive response to most of the issues.
After the meeting with the Hon’ble Minister, a meeting of the AUAB was held in the FNTO’s office. All the General Secretaries expressed their satisfaction with regards to the progress in the issues. They also expressed the view that all these have happened only because of the united struggles and massive mobilisations by the entire Non-Executives and Executives, for which they deserve appreciation.


Grand farewell meeting for T.R. Rajasekaran, Secretary (CHQ) on 24-02-18 in Anna Road:

Today CGM, PGM ( Central) , DGM ( Central) and NFTE/NFTCL leaders gathered to greet Comrade T.R.Rajasekaran on his retirement on 28-02-18.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click12,


AUA Leaders Met Secretary,DOT:

During the meeting all the General Secretaries of the Unions and Associations of BSNL were escorted by Police to Sanchar Bhawan to arrange a meeting with Secretary (Telecom). Initially Secretary Telecom directed Police to take all the leaders to meet Special secretary (T), DoT but all the leaders categorically told that they will meet only Secretary (Telecom) otherwise all the employees will be called in DoT to demonstrate immediately. After some time Secretary (Telecom) agreed to meet the leaders in committee room.
Secretary (T) along with SS (T), JS (A) and Director (PSU) attended the meeting in the presence of Police and started discussions. All the leaders expressed their serious anguish against the negligent attitude of DoT administration towards the issues of BSNL employees. Even the Secretary (Telecom) is not granting meetings. They apprised in detail the justification of the demands i.e. implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefits, regarding the issue of appointing bilateral wage revision committee by BSNL, BSNL addressed a letter to DoT which is still not replied requires redressal, regarding no settlement of let out issues related to 2nd PRC, pension revision of BSNL pensioners, Rollback of Tower Subsidiary, No reduction in retirement age from 60 to 58 years and no VRS etc. Secretary (Telecom) mentioned that she have been meeting with BSNL leaders on different occasions and she is not denying meetings. However, she explained that the issues are already in her knowledge but she is not the final authority to decide. Matter is being discussed tomorrow with Hon’ble MOSC (I/C), head of the organization for consideration. Regarding 3rd PRC Secretary (T) mentioned that matter has already been referred to DPE for comments. She further mentioned that she is supporting BSNL being a state owned company. After the meeting with Secretary (Telecom) all the General Secretaries met CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL Board and apprised about the discussions took place with Secretary (Telecom). CMD informed that in tomorrow’s meeting he will also remain present along Secretary (Telecom) in the meeting with MOSC (I/C). All the General Secretaries of all Unions and Associations will meet tomorrow morning at 1100 hrs to discuss the strategies for the meeting with Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) and thereafter will meet with MOSC (I/C) at 12.30 hrs.
The future course of actions will be decided per the outcome of the meeting with MOSC (I/C) and request the BSNL employees to implement ongoing agitation program of Work According to Rules successfully.


Met the retrenched Contract Labourers of BSNL Corporate office:

Met the retrenched Contract Labourers of BSNL Corporate office in Newdelhi and explained them the steps taken by the NFTCL for their earliest reinstatement . I explained them the outcome of yesterday's meeting with Dy. CLC ( Delhi) and filing a industrial dispute on their retrenchment.National President Ashaq Ahamed, Delhi State President Naresh and State Secretary H.N. Sharma were also participated in this discussion.  Click1,  Click2,


Inspiring march in Delhi by BSNL employees/Executives on 23-02-2018:

As per the decision of AUA of BSNL a massive march by 4000 employees/ executives from Eastern court to Sanchar Bhavan demanding immediate pay revision in BSNL was held today in Newdelhi. However it was stopped by police on Parliament Street on its way to Sanchar Bhavan where all the General Secretaries spoke on demands. Earlier at Eastern Court before the rally began several Central Trade Union leaders addressed the gathering including Comrades Vidya Sagar Giri (AITUC) and Tapen Sen (CITU) . Hundreds of NFPTE members from all over the country particularly Chennai Telephones, Bihar, Tamilnadu, Punjab, NTR, Haryana, UP (East) , UP (Weat) , Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jammu & Kashmir and Delhi Corporate office etc.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,


went to Ajoy Bhavan, the Headquarters of CPI:

Today(22/02/2018) we went to Ajoy Bhavan, the Headquarters of CPI. Spoke to Comrade D.Raja , M.P. From there proceeded to AITUC Bhavan and met the General Secretary Amarjit Kaur there. We conveyed our congratulations on behalf of NFTCL for her election as the General Secretary of AITUC.
In the afternoon we met Comrade G.L. Dhar at his residence along with many senior comrades. Positive discussion was held on Organising the Contract Labourers in all states of the country. To complete this task six member coordination committee has been formed. It is a very good step in consolidating the unity of all Contract Labourers organisations belong to NFTE family/fraternity.  Click1,


A Watchman failed in his duty..?:

Mr. Modi before he became the Prime Minister of India in 2014 appealed to the people of India (voters) to elect him not as the PM but as a chowkidar ( Watchman) . He also promised that if he was given the charge to run the country nobody will be spared for any wrongdoing. But during his more than 3 years of rule Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallaiah and Nirav Modi looted the money to the tune of 25000 crores of rupees and left the country to escape from the law . This Watchman failed in his duty not once but many times.


Meeting with GM(Recruitment) on 21-02-18:

oday along with Comrades Islam & Seshadri I met the GM (Recruitment) and DGM (Rect) and we discussed several issues of the staff including one related to Com. T. Vijayan, JAO ( Chennai) . We pointed out the fact that the top management in the Corporate office has already (15-01-2018) agreed in writing to direct the CGM/ Chennai Telephones to withdraw the Special Leave Petition filed in the Supreme Court against the judgment of Madras High Court which gave a very favourable order on the plea of Com. T.Vijayan. When this was pointed out to CGM/ Chennai Telephones by us recently she was gladly agreed to withdraw the said SLP pending in the Supreme Court. But no written direction was yet received by CGM. Hence we requested GM(Rect) to immediately act upon this so that the official is benefitted with out any further delay.Hope things will move swiftly after today's meeting.


Meeting with the Regional Labour Commissioner (RLC) Delhi:

Tomorrow(22/02/2018) NFTCL representatives have a fixed meeting with the Regional Labour Commissioner (RLC) Delhi for taking up the issue of nine Contract Labourers working at BSNL corporate office continuously for several years who were abruptly retrenched on 01-02-2018.  Click1,


Discussion with the National President of NFTE:

In deep discussion with the National President of NFTE on Pay revision and ongoing Work to Rule agitation along with Comrades Seshadri and Ashaq Ahamed in the Federation Headquarters.  Click1,  Click2,


Meeting with CLC and Dy. CLC on 21-02-18 on Contract Labourers problems:

Today Comrades Ashaq Ahamed, C.K.Mathivanan and Anandan met the Chief Labour Commissioner and Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner Separately in Newdelhi on behalf of NFTCL and discussed the following issues. 1. Retrenchment of Contract Labourers in BSNL throughout the country in the garb of reduction of expenditure.
2. Non- Payment of monthly salary on 7 th of each month to Contract Labourers; Non - Payment of Minimum wages and refusing to to pay the categorisation of wages and paying only the wages of unskilled category to even for skilled/ semi-skilled/ Highly skilled Labourers.
3. The unhelpful attitude of BSNL management Both Sri.Jitendra Kumar Sagar (CLC) & Sri. Onkar Sharma (Dy.CLC) very patiently heard our arguments and assured to solve the issues raised by us by taking up with the managements.
We drew the kind attention of Dy. CLC of his office letter dated 02-02-18 to the BSNL management on our representation to CLC on 20-01-2018 and appealed to expedite the settlement with out any further delay. We thanked both the officers on behalf of NFTCL for granting us meeting at a very short notice and time. Hope something positive will emerge out of these two meetings.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Punjab National Bank Fraud and Modi Government's gimmicks:

After the Rs.11000 crores Fraud in PNB was got exposed Prime Minister Modi is maintaining silence. Now BJP people began diversion tactics by inventing that the fraud in the PNB began during congress rule. It was told in the media that this fraud is continuing for the past seven years. My questions are:
1) Since 2014 BJP is the ruling party. Therefore it cannot shirk its responsibility for the mega fraud in PNB which is the second biggest Bank in the country after SBI . Why it has failed to stop this fraud or took no action?.
2) If this fraud is going on merrily for past seven Years how the Central Vigilance Commission selected PNB for Excellence award in 2017?.
3) When Prime Minister office very much knew that several FIRs were pending against Nirav Modi was permitted to be in the business delegation that accompanied Narendra Modi to Davos ? How Nirav Modi was allowed to flee India like Lalit Modi & Vijay Mallaiah?.
All these fraudulent people are having BJP's political and Government's support. Therefore Narendra Modi is maintaining a deafening silence.


Demonstration by AUA on 21-02-18:

As per the decision of National leadership of AUA of BSNL every week on Wednesdays we need to organise demonstration. Accordingly on 21-02-18 a massive demonstration during lunch hour will be organised at Anna Road exchange compound.All are requested to mobilise the employees/ executives for this weekly demonstration.


Reply from Prime Minister office:

Reply from Prime Minister officeto letter written by the General Secretary/NFTE regarding third Pay revision for our employees/executives.  Click1,


Promoting Modi image at the expense of Public..?:

The State Government of Maharashtra (BJP+ SS) has purchased nearly one and half Lakhs books on Narendra Modi's life story to be distributed among the school students of that state. Books on the life history of national leaders like Gandhiji, Jawaharlal Nehru and others also purchased by the Maharashtra government but in very small number.
This is nothing but misuse of public fund to promote the image of one individual in BJP.What is there to learn for School children from the life of Modi ? He has not not studied well. His education qualifications are all bogus. He did not look after his wife and in fact deserted her. He is wearing very costly dress and change his dress every four hours in a day when the poor people of his county are not even having few sets of decent dress for their use.
As Chief Minister of Gujarat he did not protect his people (Muslims) when they were butchered by the Hindu hooligans in 2002 which was severely condemned by the whole world. He is trying to divide the people on religious beliefs and communalise the Secular India. He opposed Aadhaar and GST when in opposition but shamelessly now claiming credit for their implementation. He stooped to a very low level in politics to tell the Gujarat voters during recent Elections to that state assembly that Pakistan tries to install a Muslim (Ahemad Patel of Congress) by defeating BJP. So what is there to emulate for our younger generation from Modi's life history?.


Let us prepare seriously to implement the decisions of the Tamilnadu State Executive Committee meeting of NFTCL held on 10-02-18 at Keeranur near Pudukottai:

The meeting of the State Executive Committee has decided to organise the following to press upon the BSNL management.
1.No reduction/ retrenchment of Contract Labourers in the garb of minimising the expenditure.
2.Ensure monthly payment to Contract Labourers on 7 th of every month.
3.Settle the pending problems of Contract Labourers immediately.
Accordingly the District Unions will submit the memorandum of our demands to District administration on 20-02-2018 On 02-03-2018 a massive demonstration/ Dharna will be held in front of the Tamilnadu CGM 'S office in Greams Road, Chennai.
The State Secretary S. Anandan has already exhorted our members and office bearers to assemble in Chennai and make the agitation a big success. I also appeal to all to prepare from now on to implement the call given by NFTCL State Committee Successfully.


Inspiring beginning of the State Executive Committee meeting of Tamilnadu NFTCL:

On 10-02-18 at Anand Mahal in Keeranur near Tiruchirapalli the State EC meeting began with flag hoisting amid slogan shouting of Comrades. The State President V.Babu presided. AITUC State Secretary J. Lakshmanan hoisted the National Flag. Comrade CKM hoisted the flag of NFTCL. Comrade L. Subbarayan, AGS inaugurated the meeting. Comrade V.Mari, State Working President conducted the proceedings.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Massive meeting on 09-02-18 at Flower Bazaar exchange addressed by GS/NFTE:

Massive meeting on 09-02-18 held at Flower Bazaar exchange addressed by GS/NFTE,CS/NFTE and other leaders spoke at the meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,


National Executive Meeting of SEWA-BSNL on 09-02-18 in Chennai:

Today the meeting of National Executive began in Chennai. Com . P. N. Perumal presided over the meeting. Comrade N.D. Ram , GS and other national Executive Committee members and Circle Secretaries are attending it. NFTE General Secretary C. Singh addressed the open session in the morning along with CGM/ Tamilnadu and others. I accompanied our GS to this meeting. Leaders of BSNLEU, TEPU, AIBSNLEA, AIBSNLOA and many others also participated in it.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


CLC begins action on our complaint:

CLC begins action on our complaint against the BSNL management regarding Contract Labourers issues throughout the country.  Click1,


The Liar..!:

Yesterday when PM Modi made a 90 minute long speech in the Parliament it had many half truths and untruths as usual. But glaring one is about the NTR and his TDP. Every one knew Telugu Desam party was established by Veteran Film actor N.T. Ramarao in 1982. But Modi spoke yesterday that due to the insult of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi only NTR established TDP in Andhra Pradesh. Rajiv Gandhi became PM only in 1984 after the gruesome murder of his mother and PM Indra Gandhi. How then as PM Rajiv Gandhi could have insulted NTR in 1982 itself and provoked him to enter politics?.
A Prime Minister stooping too low in Parliament is unheard of . What to do ? Modi will not change his loud and bad mouthed barbs even inside the Temple of Democracy. Then we have to get rid of him in 2019.


Beware of Rumour Mongers?:

Due to the three days historic strike in September 2000 by NFTE and FNTO government pension was safeguarded for all those DOT employees who got permanent absorption in to BSNL with effect from 01-10-2000. As per the strike agreement CCS pension rules, 1972 was amended and a sub rule 37 A was inserted exclusively for DOT employees absorbed in to BSNL. Accordingly for the last seventeen years till now our employees / executives after retirement are getting the government pension from Consolidated Fund of Government of India with out any hitch . Even the wrong order issued in 2006 by DOT limiting its commitment to pension expenditure of our employees/ executives was recently rectified.
In this situation few people are wantonly spreading wild rumours that the retirement age in BSNL is going to be reduced from 60 to 58 years. Opposition to this proposal by AUA leaders has of course given some credibility to this wrong and motivated rumours . Hence this clarification. As our government pension is linked firmly with CCS( Pension) Rules, 1972 unless the age of retirement for entire Central Government employees is modified or reduced none can reduce it only for BSNL employees/ executives selectively . This simple fact was forgotten by All and unnecessarily credence has been given to wild rumours. Let us firmly assure the employees in BSNL that NFTE will not allow any dilution of our achievements in Winning the government pension for us which is the Eighth wonder of the world for which we had to thank Comrade O.P. Gupta throughout our life.


Wish Comrade T.R.Rajasekaran, Secretary ( CHQ) /NFTE a very happy retired life:

Today comrade TRR came to the union office and handed over donation amount ( NFTE : 12000+ NFTCL: 1000) on his retirement. Thereafter we went to meet the CGM/ Chennai Telephones to invite her for the grand farewell function being organised by our union on 24-02-2018 in Anna Road exchange. CGM agreed to attend.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Wish Comrade Mohanarangam a very happy retired life:

Senior comrade Mohanarangam , T T / Annanagar External-2 is retiring on 28-02-2018 after 40 years Of service. Circle Secretary greeted him today. We thank him for his donation of rupees ten thousands on his retirement.  Click1,  Click2,


Special Meeting in Flower Bazaar exchange compound on 09- 02-2018(Friday)2 pm:

NFTE -BSNL General Secretary Chandeswar Singh will participate in a special meeting organised by the Chennai Telephones Circle Union to explain the present status of Third Pay revision/ Pension revision etc to Comrades. This meeting is being arranged to update our members about the talks our leaders had with the Hon'ble Minister of Communications on 06-02-2018 in Newdelhi. All members are requested to attend this Special meeting without fail and in time as our General Secretary is taking part in it. We appeal to our Branch/Division/ District Unions to mobilise the maximum number of our members for this meeting.


Meeting with Minister on 06-02-2018:

After our Satyagraha for five days from 30-01-18 and continuing work to Rule agitation the management of BSNL/ DOT have come forward to seriously discuss our four demands.Accordingly a meeting has been fixed with the Hon'ble Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha on the A/ N of 06-02-18. We hope better sense will prevail on the DOT/BSNL.


Wish very Happy retired life to Comrade S.Kaliappan,NFTE Divisional Union President/STM:

Today on behalf of our Circle Union I greeted Comrade S.Kaliappan,T.T, who is retiring this month after a long innings in DOT/ BSNL. He is a very sincere and loyal comrade of NFTE in Kanchipuram District. We wish him a very happy retired life in today's Satyagraha pandal.  Click1,  Click2,


Consultation meeting by AUA leaders:

Consultation meeting by AUA leaders in Chennai Telephones to gear up the work to Rule agitation from tomorrow.  Click1,  Click2,


Fifth and Final day Satyagraha at CGM office:

Fifth and Final day Satyagraha at CGM office on 03-02-18 in Chennai Telephones by AUA of BSNL.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Fourth day Satyagraha in Chennai Telephones:

Fourth day Satyagraha held in Chennai Telephones on 02-02-18 at Kodambakkam Echange compound.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Third Day Satyagraha in Chennai Telephones at Guindy on 01-02-18::

Third day satyagraha held at Guindy and more than 250 comrades took part init.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


When BSNL management will wake up from its slumber?:

At last the Railway Ministry has just now woken up to the most cruel exploitation of Railway Contract Labourers by the Contractors throughout the country. It issued a direction to all its zonal General Managers vide its communication dated January 24, 2018 cautioning them about various tactics of Contractors to deny even the basic rights to the poor Contract Labourers including Minimum wages, ESI , EPF etc. It warned the Railway Zonal Managers that criminal action may be proceeded not only against the Contractors but also the Primary Employers( Railway) for not ensuring statutory benefits to the Labourers.
It cited few frauds deliberately indulged by the Contractors in the recent letter which includes 1) forcibly grabbing the ATM cards of the Contract Labourers and drawing part of their wages paid through Banks directly.
The excerpts of this Communication:
" Non-payment of minimum wages to the workers is a criminal offence since it violates the statutory provisions...keeping in view of the fact violation of Minimum wages Act, 1948 and related orders, depriving the Contract Labourers of their just and legal rights and also leading to violation of Contract ( exposing Principal Employer to the risk of proceedings under these Acts), these unscrupulous Contractors are liable to be taken up under relevant punitive/ penal proceedings".  Click1,


Budget....? ! :

This Year Budget will be the last full fledged Budget before the 2019 Parliamentary elections. Hence there is a compulsion for Modi- Jaitley to show the people of India that BJP government is very much concerned about the welfare of rural poor and the revival of Agricultural Sector. They didn't kept their promises to the people of India with regard to the most important demand of salaried class/ middle class by not raising the ceiling of the Income tax. However they raised the salaries of very poor people like President/ Vice-President/ Governors/ Members of Parliament. Finance Minister even suggested automatic revision of salaries of MPs every five years so as to offset the effect of inflation on their salary amount. Very good. But the same government is denying the pay revision for BSNL employees/executives even after eleven long years on the spacious plea that BSNL is facing financial difficulties. The country also is facing very grim economic situation for the last several decades. No government at the centre submitted a surplus Budget. All their Budgets are deficit only. Further this government is earmarked nearly several thousand crores out of the outright sale or Disinvestment of CPSUs in this very financial year to meet the Budget deficit. Therefore what moral authority they have to deny the pay revision or financial benefits to the working people including BSNL employees/ executives. Actually this Budget is a paper work by Jaitley with false figures and calculations to hoodwink the common man only to steal their votes in any future elections.


Second Day Satyagraha on 31-01-2018 in Anna Road compound:

Second day satyagraha held at Anna Road and large numbers of comrades took part init.  Click1,  Click2,


First day Satyagraha in Chennai Telephones at Flower Bazaar exchange compound:

We began our five day Satyagraha as per the call given by AUA of BSNL at Flower Bazaar exchange. Around 250 comrades enthusiastically took part.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Corportate office Letter on issues raised by Unions and Association of BSNL:

Corportate office has issued Letter on various issues raised by Unions and Association of BSNL.  Click1,


Let us move confidently:

On 30-01-2018 the employees and executives of BSNL throughout the country begin five days Satyagraha and indefinite work to Rule agitations on four important demands including the immediate pay revision from 01-01-2017. After waiting for ten long years we expected the BSNL to review our pay and allowances in January 2017. But even after 11 years we are told that no pay revision is possible until the company earns profit for consecutive three years. If this untenable condition is accepted there may be any pay revision at all in future like ITI . Even after DPE has sent guidelines for Pay revision to DOT months ago no negotiating committee has been formed including the unions on the spacious plea that BSNL is yet to get the same from DOT. But the same DOT promptly ordered pay hike to all ITS officers in BSNL as per the recommendations of Seventh CPC from 01-01-2016. Then there was no mention of affordability of BSNL to increase Pay for ITS from the funds of BSNL. Despite our repeated opposition and protest government is very adamant in formation of Separate tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers. If it is not stopped the future of BSNL itself will be in danger.
Our employees/ executives should be prepared for a very long drawn struggle as both the management and government are insensitive and adamant. Satyagraha is not a passive one but a gorilla war against the management and government at centre. Hence we should not spare any effort to win this battle.


How Democracies Die ?:

Two professors from American university of Harvard by name Mr. Steven Levitsky & Mr. Daniel Ziblatt Crown have released a new book on the topic " How Democracies Die ?". Both were experienced in studying the breakdown of Democracies in Europe and Latin America. They in this recent book discuss the American President Donald Trump's performance in the past year and conclude that American democracy is actually in danger due to the activities of Trump. They argue that Democracy no longer ends in a revolution or a coup , but with a slow weakening of critical institutions like the judiciary and the media.
I feel this Study is equally applicable to the present situation in India. Modi as Prime Minister has systematically weakened the very cabinet system by making his PMO as the sole organ of the Central Government power. No cabinet minister can take any independent decision as in the past . All decisions are only taken in the PM office and thereafter communicated to the concerned ministry for its implementation. Similarly all critical institutions including Election Commission, CBI, Enforcement Wing, Income Tax department etc. are either weakened or made to dance to the tunes of the Prime Minister. Media has been tamed to self censorship to get continuously the government advertisements. All most all Print and visual media are now in the grips of fear to report anything adversely on the government policies and activities. If any one dare to refused to fall in line like NDTV channel then the attack of governmental agencies would begin. This is the sorry State of affairs now. Mrs. Gandhi declared Emergency and curbed freedom of All including the Press and media. But now undeclared Emergency is going on. Take the example of recent rebellion of four senior most judges of the Supreme Court against " Bench Fixing" by the present Chief Justice of India. The controversies around the sudden death of a judge who was enquiring the case against BJP President Amit Shah . One can see many parallel things in the said book although it only discussed the dangers to American Democracy under Donald Trump. India is also in the similar situation under Narendra Modi. Any doubt.?.


Clearly Confused... ?:

Today I read the speech made by Kerala CM and CPM Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday in Kannur. He inaugurated the District Conference of Kannur CPM which is having the largest party membership of CPM probably in the Country . In his speech he stated, " The party was in favour of bringing together all Secular and democratic parties to defeat the BJP , he said adding the party's stand was that no understanding or alliance should be made with the congress for doing that " It is clearly confusing and contradicting statement by a CPM leader. When he says that he is in favour of bringing together ALL Secular and democratic parties to defeat the BJP what is the need for him to hurriedly add that no understanding or alliance should be made with the congress to defeat BJP?.
Is he consider Congress Party less secular/ democratic than his own party CPM ? What is the strength of CPM or Left parties all put together today in our country? Is it practical and possible to defeat BJP with out having any understanding or alliance with the Congress Party. Any intelligent person will not exclude Congress party in a broader political front to confront and defeat BJP in 2019 Parliamentary elections. So naturally I have a nagging doubt whether Comrade Pinarayi Vijayan and his friends are serious to fight and defeat the BJP. Are they not weakening the United fight against the dreaded RSS guided BJP government. In future Will the history judge them as only paying lip service against the Communal BJP? These are all my confusions. May be I take very seriously the dangers posed by the present rulers!.


Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Chennai Telephones NFTE on 27-01-2018:

To plan and effectively mobilise our employees and executives for the forthcoming agitation call given by AUA of BSNL from 30-01-2018. Work to Rule agitation will also continue from 30-01-2018 indefinitely till our demands are settled.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Republic day Celebrations in CGM's Office on 26-01-2018:

Addressed the Republicday celebrations and spoke about freedom fighters,the Architect of the Constitution of India,3rd PRC,Govt.policies about Public sectors,& 5 days Satyakraga agitation etc etc.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Comrade G.Hari, Divisional Secretary/NFTE retires on 31-01-18:

A grand farewell meeting was organised in Avadi Telephone exchange on 24-01-18 to felicitate Comrade Hari. Many leaders of NFTE & NFTCL spoke at the function. Our Circle Union greet him a very happy retired life to Comrade Hari.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Extended CEC meeting of NFTE , Chennai Telephones on 27-01-2018:

To plan and successfully implement the agitational programme from 30-01-2018 as announced by All Unions and Associations of BSNL it is proposed to hold the extended Circle Executive Committee meeting on January-27 ( Saturday) sharply at 2 pm in Dinroze RSU exchange compound. The meeting will be presided over by Comrade MKR , Circle Union President. All the Branch Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries, District Secretaries, Circle Union office bearers and Special invitees are requested to attend the meeting in time.


Satyakraga + Work according to Rule movement from 30-01-2018:

On 22-01-2018 at the office of NFTE in Flower Bazaar exchange compound the leaders of all Unions and Associations met under the chairmanship of Com. C.K. Mathivanan. It endorsed the agitational programme decided by the National leadership . Accordingly the following was decided.
1.Satyakraga at Flower Bazaar on 30-01-2018.
2.Satyakraga at Anna Road on 31-01-2018.
3 Satyakraga at Guindy on 01-02-2018.
4.Satyakraga at Kodambakkam on 02-02-18.
5.Satyakraga at CGM office on 03-02-18.
It was also decided to effectively organise the Work to Rule programme from 30-01-2018. With regard to the Sanchar Bhavan March in Newdelhi on 23-02-2018 it was decided that comrades who could participate in it should go to Delhi so as to reach there by 22-02-2018.
All comrades should effectively plan all the programme in Chennai Telephones.


Historic Blunder-2.?:

Marxist party is best at committing political blunders . Several decades ago When even Congress and many other parties wanted CPM leader and West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu to become the Prime Minister of our country through a broad based coalition at Centre, the Kerala Group including Comrade Prakash Karat shot down that proposal in the party's Central Committee by a very slender margin. Had CPM accepted then to permit the most experienced and long standing CM of the country, Comrade Jyoti Basu to become the Prime Minister heading a Coalition government at the centre the political situation would have been very different and positive today. But the stubborn and impractical attitude of the CPM party spoiled this. Comrade Jyoti Basu himself described this wrong decision of CPM as a " Historic Blunder ".
Now the same Kerala Group & Comrade Prakash Karat in CPM have repeated the same mistake second time. Yes by defeating the shrewd political line of General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri at the Central Committee meeting held in Kolkota yesterday the CPM has committed political suicide once again. The Left forces of our country are shocked at the CPM's immaturity and wrong political understanding. Already the Left has been sidelined in the political space of the country. By this Wrong decision of CPM again Left is going to suffer a great loss.
It is needless to repeat that the single most dangerous political formation/ force today is right reaction led by RSS/ BJP. To defeat it we need to pool our forces. Left is not in a position to defeat it by its own efforts due to limitations in the organisational support and political influence. Hence Congress and other secular political parties are to be included in any anti- BJP broad front. How this simple fact with common sense is not appreciated by the CPM leadership who boast of Marxist ideology. Hope CPM will take a pragmatic and correct political decision at least now in the forthcoming Party Congress which is the supreme organ of the party by defeating the Kerala Group and its narrow political considerations.


Very Happy News:

From Bengal I got a very happy and encouraging news this morning which I wish to share with all of you. Nearly 3000 Telecom Contract Labourers in West Bengal state have agreed to join our NFTCL. A formal meeting to constitute the Bengal State Committee may be held in the first week of March 2018 in Kolkota. Myself and our National President Ashaq Ahamed were invited for the formation conference.


Discussion with Chief Labour Commissioner on 19-01-2018:

Along with NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahamed today had a detailed discussion with Shri Anilkumar Nayak , CLC ( Central) on the issues faced by Contract Labourers in BSNL throughout the country. After discussion we handed over a memorandum to him listing our demands. The CLC was sympathetic and assured us to take up these issues with BSNL management urgently. He also told us that there is no question of any compromise on the payment of salary to the Contract Labourers on 7 th of every month. We told him recently one Contract Labourer has committed suicide in South Tamilnadu due to inordinate delay in salary payment. He expressed his sadness and shock over the death of a Contract Labourer. He also promised to implement our demand for the appointment of nodal officers in each circle of BSNL to monitor the welfare and other things of Contract Labourers working in BSNL throughout the country. We requested him to direct the BSNL management to withdraw it's arbitrary order dated 21-10-2016 as it is very much against the Trade Union Act, 1926. He promised to do the needful at the earliest. We sincerely thanked him for his positive reaction on all our demands.  Click1,


Delhi State NFTCL:

A meeting of Contract Labourers working in Delhi State ( MTNL/ BSNL) was held on 18-01-2018 at the NTR/ NFTE union office. Comrades CKM and Ashaq Ahmad represented the NFTCL /CHQ . On behalf of NFTE comrades Rajpal ( NTR C/S & Secy ( CHQ) and H.N. Sharma ( Corporate office CS) attended the meeting. After discussion it was decided to form the Delhi State Committee of NFTCL on 27-02-2018 ( Tuesday) at the formation conference in Newdelhi. For this a three member organising Committee was elected.
1. Com.Naresh 2.Com.H.N.Sharma 3.Com.Chandrakala.
We congratulate them and hope they will organise the Delhi State Conference in a grand manner with the massive participation of Contract Labourers.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


AUA meeting on 22-01-2018:

The All Unions and Associations leaders (CS & CP) will meet on 22-01-2018 at 11 am in the NFTE Union office at Flower Bazaar exchange compound to discuss and decide on the Satyakraga programme announced for five days and Indefinite Work according to the Rules from 30-01-2018 in Chennai Telephones effectively. This meeting will also plan for mobilising the comrades for the Sanchar Bhawan march in Newdelhi on 23-02-18. Let us gear up our efforts to get the Third Pay revision at the earliest.


Purposeful interaction with senior officers in the Corporate HQ:

oday I went to Corporate office with NFTE National President Islam, TEPU General Secretary Subburaman and Comrade Ashaq Ahamed and met several officers including GM( Admn), GM ( SR) , GM ( Pers) , PGM( Pers) and DGM ( SR) . The following points were discussed:
1.Getting guidelines issued by DPE from DOT at the earliest for Third Pay revision.
2.Accepting the nominations of recognised unions for Local/ Circle/ National Councils even though they are not members of the recognised unions.
3.Changing the method of forwarding the agenda points by both Leader and Secretary of the staff Side jointly to avoid unpleasant incidents.
4.Orders may be issued at the earliest as agreed upon for conducting formal meeting with NFTE at all levels where no Council Meetings are held periodically/regularly.
5.Up gradation of Sr. Accountants pay scales viz Executive Pay Scales.


Meeting with senior Leader Dhar:

Today I visited along with NFTCL National President Ashaq Ahamed, the home of a very senior trade union leader G.L. Dhar (84 years old) who played a great role in the central government employees trade union movement. Later he functioned as the National Secretary of AITUC. Currently he is holding the post of Trade Union department Secretary in Communist Party of India. We enquired about his health and discussed more about Trade Union activities in BSNL and elsewhere. We wished him good health and happiness in this new year. It was really a heart warming meeting that took place after four long years. I used my present Delhi visit to go to Rohini a distant area from Newdelhi where Comrade G.L.Dhar resides.  Click1,  Click2,


Danger ahead..?:

After reaching Delhi I spoke to many leaders on the proposed agitation from 30-01-2018. At NFTE Headquarters myself and Comrade Ashaq Ahamed discussed with Comrades Islam, Kulkarni and TEPU General Secretary V. Subbu Raman. I expressed the feelings of the employees/ executives in base level to the Leadership regarding the irresponsible and insulting attitude of the BSNL management in not holding any kind of negotiations on our demands with the Unions/ Associations which served strike notice. Comrade Islam clarified to me that five days Satyakraga from 30-01-2018 means courting arrest by Central leaders of All Unions and Associations of BSNL in Delhi.
By the way I gathered the following informations from my friends here in the Corporate office that are disturbing me too much.
1. Decision to merge BSNL and MTNL is already taken at the highest level.
2. In the name of Performance Review of staff the BSNL management is seriously getting ready to end out at least 20% of the employees/ executives as per the direction of Modi government.
This government could go to any extent to please the national and international business tycoons. Already 49% Of FDI is permitted into AirIndia . Today's news papers have reported that civil aviation minister Jayant Sinha has announced yesterday that prior to the sale of AirIndia it will be bifurcated (Split) in to four. In this scenario BSNL may be their next target. Hard days are ahead Comrades. We should be prepared for bold and resolute struggles.


Today(16-01-18) I left for Newdelhi:

This morning ( 16-01-18) I left for Newdelhi. May reach there by 11.30 hrs. I may stay there up to 20-01-2018. NFTCL is having a fixed meeting with the Chief Labour Commissioner ( Central) on 19-01-2018. Our National President Ashaq Ahemad has already reached Newdelhi from Kashmir.We both may discuss various important issues concerning the Telecom Contract Labourers with Labour ministry and BSNL authorities during our stay in Delhi.  Click1,


State Executive Committee meeting of Tamilnadu NFTCL on 10-02-2018:

The next meeting of the NFTCL State Executive Committee will be held on 10-02-2018 (Saturday) in KEERANUR (Near Tiruchirapalli). The meeting shall be presided over by Comrade V. Babu, State President and begin at 10 am sharply. All the state office bearers and District Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time. Comrade C.K.Mathivanan, our General Secretary will inaugurate the State Executive Committee meeting.
S. ANANDAN, State Secretary.
NFTCL/ Tamilnadu.
------ For information please contact.
Comrade: Y. Milton.
District Secretary.
NFTCL/ Tiruchirapalli.


Disturbing signals for Independence of the Judiciary in India:

People know things about Court Procedures and Judiciary are expressing grave concern about the activities of Chief Justice Deepak Misra . They are apprehensive of the controversial sudden death of the CBI Special court judge Loya who was hearing the case against BJP President Amit Shah. The judge died all of a sudden and his body was got done post-mortem urgently even before his family members arrived . The body of the said Judge Loya was immediately transported to his native and funeral was carried out in haste. His family members told that there were many injuries on the judge's body who is said to be died of sudden heart attack. This death and refusal of any fair enquiry on the controversial death of brother judge was said to be the main provocation for the four senior judges of our Supreme Court to openly come out against the Chief Justice who is helping the BJP government and its top leadership against law.
Amit Shah is going to be a big liability for BJP and the country's justice system.


Meeting with GM(West)on 12-01-18:

NFTE/ NFTCL leaders met Shri. Pugazhendhi, GM ( West area) and discussed several issues including the arbitrary discharge from duty of a contract Labourer in N.N. Kandigai exchange, Marketing work in entire west area , abnormal delay in payment of salary to the contract Labourers and speedy action on the representation of Com. Anbu , TT/ Perumalpattu for salary arrears on his reinstatement. Both GM/ DGM positively reacted to our demands. Comrades CKM, Elangoven, Dhansingh, V. Babu, Nagarajan, C.K.Ragunathan, S.Ekambaram, N.V. Somasundaram, G.Mahendran, Janakiraman, V.Rathinam took part in this meeting.


Addressed press people in Karur:

Addressed press people and answered their questions in Karur.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Met Karur comrades:

Met Karur comrades both permanent employees and Contract Labourers at exchange compound and got their view points today evening.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Beware of the Trap!:

During the past few days I interacted with few senior officers including CGM in BSNL. I got some disturbing news from them.It seems the Management is suggesting a zero pay revision to BSNL employees & executives provided the AUA leadership accept lowering of retirement age to 58 years and VRS. Zero Pay revision means just merging the Basic Pay and IDA as on date. This is a absurd and unacceptable suggestion. If it is accepted it will be a great betrayal of our employees/ executives. Hope our leadership will not fall in to the death trap laid for us . We need to sharpen our struggle forms and mobilise the members for a do or die agitation. We can't accept anything less than 15% pay revision as decided by the union government's cabinet.
On 08-01-2018 during the Demonstration in Chennai I was shocked to hear one Circle Secretary of an executive association speak about accepting 58 years as retirement age if two increments are granted to all those who crossed 58 years.That comrade also spoke about accepting the formation of Separate tower company as a necessary evil if BSNL employees/ executives only employed in that Tower Company. This sort of dilution of our demands is surprising and shocking. I had to intervene in my capacity as the President of the meeting and had to clarify those controversial points put forth by that said Circle Secretary.
In this confusion and contradictions we need to be extremely careful and responsible In uniting the employees/ executives for future struggles.


Meeting with the GM(HR) on 10-01-2018:

Today both the Unions NFTE and BSNLEU took part in the meeting called by the management to discuss about the redeployment of staff. Management was represented by GM( Hr), DGM (Hr), AGM(A), AGM (E), SDEs (A). . NFTE was represented by Comrades CKM, Elangoven and Rajendran. After thorough discussion it was decided to finalise the agreement on the staff redeployment on 06-02-2018 in the final meeting with GM(Hr).


Modifications suggested to the proposed amendment to the Union constitution:

Asper the request of the CHQ/ NFTE the following modifications are communicated to the General Secretary through email. 1.All decisions of the Secretariat meeting should be got ratified by the next NEC meeting. 2.All Secretaries (CHQ) may be included in to the secretariat without exception. 3.Two Circle Secretaries from two Circles which are not otherwise represented may be included to the secretariat on permanent basis. Hope the CHQ will accept our suggestions positively.


All Unions & Associations decisions:

On 08-01-2018 the Leaders of AUA met in Newdelhi and decided the following in continuation of Two day nation wide strike on 12/13 th of December 2017 for immediate implementation of Third Pay revision and against the formation of Separate tower company for BSNL towers.
1.From 30-01-2018 for five day Satyagraha.
2.On 28-02-2018 massive march to Sanchar bhavan.
3.Continuous "work according to rules "from 30/01/2018.
4.Take legal steps against the Separate tower Company for BSNL mobile towers.
Let us successfully implement the programme of AUA of BSNL in Chennai Telephones circle.


AUA Demonstration in Chennai Telephones on 08-01-2018:

AUA Demonstration in Chennai Telephones on 08-01-2018 to protest against the appointment of CMD for BSNL tower company and demanding roll back of Formation of Separate tower company for BSNL towers. NFTE, BSNLEU, FNTO, NFTCL, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, TEPU and many other union leaders spoke. Comrade CKM presided over the Demonstration and the meeting held thereafter in Flower Bazaar exchange compound. The meeting also expressed support to the five day strike by Tamilnadu State Transport employees.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Resolutions passed at the extended CEC meeting of NFTE/ Chennai Telephones Circle Union:

1.The CEC meeting Support and congratulated the United strike by State Transport employees from 04-01-2018 demanding minimum wage of Rs.19500/- in the wage revision which is long due. It condemned the State Government which uses police/ judiciary to break the United strike by majority workers. It demanded that the State Government must reopen the negotiations with the trade unions and accept the demands put forward by them so that the inconvenience/difficulties of the general public are spared immediately.
2. The CEC meeting suggested the following for the consideration of the leadership of All Unions and Associations of BSNL in its meeting on 08/01/2018: The next course of action by AUA should be sit in Strike till demands are accepted by Management/ Government. Simultaneously Relay Fast by National/ State leaders of AUA in front of BSNL Bhavan in Newdelhi. Having conducted two days nation wide strike for Third Pay revision and against formation of Separate tower company for BSNL towers it will be a futile exercise to go in for once again Demonstration/Dharna.


Thanks comrades:

We thank all comrades we have massively gathered for the fifth death anniversary of our greatest leader Om Prakash Gupta on 06-01-2018 in Flower Bazaar exchange compound despite the fact of successful transport workers strike and limited number of train services. We specifically thank comrades of outer areas like Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Chengalpet, Ponneri etc for making it to the meeting against all odds. We also thank Comrades of both NFTE and NFTCL who spoke at the meeting on our invitation. On the whole this meeting was a very memorable one.


Comrade O.P.Gupta's 5 th Death anniversary observed:

Comrade O.P.Gupta's 5 th Death anniversary observed on 06-01-2018 in Chennai jointly by NFTE and NFTCL Unions at Flower Bazaar exchange compound.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13  Click14,  Click15,


Meeting with Chief Labour Commissioner(CLC):

NFTCL is granted a formal meeting by Sri. Anil Kumar Nayak , CLC( Central) , Newdelhi on 19-01-2018 at 11.30 hrs. National President Ashaq Ahamed and General Secretary CKM will attend this meeting on behalf of NFTCL and discuss several important issues relating to the Telecom Contract Labourers throughout the country.


Meeting with CGM/Sr.GM (F) of Andhra Pradesh on 05-01-2018:

A delegation of NFTCL today met both the CGM, A. P. Rao and Sr. GM( F) Durga Rani in CGM's office at Vijayawada. NFTCL delegation included Comrades CKM, Md. Pera , Jeelani Khan, Yezdani, V. Babu (Tamilnadu State President). Comrade Anjiah, Secretary (CHQ) / NFTE accompanied us. DGM (F) Murali Krishnan also present in the meeting.
We discussed the issues of Contract Labourers and demanded monthly salary payment on 7 th of each month. We also insisted that categorisation of Contract Labourers ( Unskilled/ Skilled/ Semi- Skilled/ Highly Skilled ) for payment of wages. We also questioned the corrupt practice prevailing in Andhra Pradesh of engaging workers through bills and payment made through temporary advance. A big loot and rampant corruption exists in this wrong practice by officers. We demanded immediate stoppage of this corrupt practice and requested employment of Contract Labourers through floating of tenders legally. Hope the BSNL management in Andhra Pradesh will correct this.


Lunch hour demonstration on 08-01-2018:

Lunch hour demonstration on 08-01-2018 to protest against the appointment of CMD for tower company of BSNL.As decided by AUA at New Delhi in Chennai Telephones lunch hour demonstration will be held on Monday (8th January). Venue will be announced after consulting others in AUA. Be prepared to mobilise the members.


Meeting with CGM on 04-01-18:

Today NFTE delegation met the Chief General Manager Miss. S.M. Kalavati and discussed the following issues. Comrades CKM, Rajasekaran, Elangoven and Rajendran participated in this meeting.
1.Delay in Compassionate ground appointments for Mrs. Banumathi W/O Selvam and Mr. Janardhanan S/O Deenadayalan.
2.Non functioning of Works Committees.
3.Non-implementation of Corporate office instructions on no age bar for BSNL medical reimbursement scheme to the mentally retarded son's of our employees/ retirees. 4.Non-Payment of wages to Contract Labourers performing Security duty for several months by M/S Malli Contractors.
5.Allotment of Type 4 quarter In Taylor's Road BSNL Staff Quarter Complex to Smt. Sreedevi as she is having mentally challenged child.
6.Non-implementation of CAT judgment for reinstating ten Casual Labourers.
7.Inordinate delay in the implementation of Corporate office instructions extended night free calls facility to the residential land lines provided at the residences of serving employees.
8.Non-Functioning of nearly 8000 lines of RK Nagar/ Mylapure/ Mambalam exchanges due to change in their parented exchange.
The CGM has agreed positively on majority of issues discussed except item number-6- as the management has already appealed against this judgment and obtained Stay against the said CAT judgment. Hope the management will sincerely implement all agreed points. CGM agreed to hold a meeting of the Chennai area works committee before end of January. She also assured us that she will see that M/S Malli Contractor clears all the salary dues of the concerned Contract Labourers immediately. We expressed our thanks to the CGM for her understanding of the difficulties of the staff / Contract Labourers.


Why BJP is very much hurry ?:

Modi and BJP leadership are self patting their own back for bringing a bill to do away with the wrong practice of divorcing Muslim women by telling Talaq three times among the Muslim community. Actually there's nothing to boast about for BJP as the Supreme Court already declared judgment against the practice of triple Talaq . We know this new found affection and concern of BJP for Muslim women is actually motivated and against minority communities. Why the same people are not concerned of Hindu Women who are rapped / murdered for loving/ marrying persons out side their caste/ religion?. Finally the bill for reservations for women in both Assemblies and Parliament is pending for passage for more than two decades. It was already passed by the Loksabha. Why not BJP use its thumping majority in Loksabha to pass this pending bill by convening a joint sitting of both a Loksabha and Rajya Sabha? They won't. They will never worry for Women in general or women in Hindu community but only concerned about women in Muslim community. You understand why ? That is the RSS guided formula to harass the minority community particularly Muslims and Christians.


BSNL Separate Tower Company-CMD Appointed:

We need to organise strong trade union action immediately against the appointment of Separate CMD for the Mobile tower company. One of the major demands of the historic two Day nation wide strike on 12/13 of December 2017 by All Unions and Associations of BSNL was to oppose the formation of Separate tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers throughout the country. But exactly after one week of the said strike the Modi government has given its approval for the posting of a CMD for the said tower company. By this the present central government run by NDA has insulted the two day strike by Lakhs of BSNL employees and officers. Hence without any loss of time we need to begin our agitation on this crucial issue. Hope the meeting on 08-01-2018 by AUA in Newdelhi will take stock of the situation and announce a suitable agitational program. After two day strike if government behaves like this then we need to go in for indefinite strike till our both demands (including Pay revision) are settled.  Click1,


Meeting with Dy.CLC(Central) on 02-01-2018:

NFTCL delegation met Shri. V. Srinivas , the Dy .Chief Labour Commissioner on 2nd January 2018 and discussed regarding the non payment of salary for the contract Labourers in both Chennai Telephones and Tamilnadu Telecom Circle for the past several months. We also insisted that Dy. CLC should ensure monthly salary every seventh positively. NFTCL delegation consists of Comrades CKM, M. Sekar, V. Babu, E.Sampath, T. Dhansingh and V. Rathinam.  Click1,


Leadership of All Unions and Associations should demand merger of IDA:

BSNL employees/ executives will get 2.6% enhanced IDA with effective from 01-01-2018. With this increase our employees/ executives may get 126.9 % of IDA from 1st January/2018. It is natural that whenever IDA crosses 100% it should be fully or partially merged with Pay for all purposes including pension. Hence in the background of delay in the implementation of Third Pay revision from 01-01-2017 by the BSNL management our leadership of AUA must demand merger of at least 100% of IDA with Pay out of total 126.9% of IDA.


Com N.Anbalagan's Farewell function

NFTCL Tamilnadu State vice- President N.Anbalagan's Farewell function held in Cuddalure at Town Hall on 28-12-17.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Meeting with GM(Hr&Admn):

Today (27-12-2017) our Circle Union had a formal meeting with GM( Hr&A). Comrades CKM, Ramasamy, Elangoven, Ravi, Dhansingh participated in the meeting and discussed several issues of the employees. The delay in NEPP promotions, T T cadre Promotions and linking it with local transfer requests, Rule-8 transfers etc were discussed. The delay of four months in implementing the corporate office order on night free calling facility to serving employees on their residential land phones was pointed out. Similarly the corporate office order on no age limit for the mentally retarded wards of our employees/ retirees for Medical Reimbursement is not implemented by the GM(F). The management has agreed to settle all the pending issues at the earliest.


Black flag Demonstration by NFTCL on 26-12-17 at CGM Office:

As per the decision of Tamilnadu State NFTCL today throughout the State Black Flag Demonstration was held at all District Headquarters to demand monthly salary for Contract Labourers on 7 th of every month. In Chennai Telephones at three centres Black Flag Demonstration were held at Chennai CGM office, Chengalpet exchange and Thiruvallur exchange. Totally 450 comrades enthusiastically participated in today's demonstration. We thank all the office bearers/ members of both NFTE/ NFTCL in North Chennai, South Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram District Unions.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,


My best wishes to Comrade RNK on his 93rd Birthday today:


Let his fight for the rights of poor and working people of our state. We will support all his efforts to eradicate corruption, inequality and poverty in our country.


NFTCL Black Flag Demonstration on 26-12-2017 in Chennai Telephones:

CGM office: 1.30 pm ..... Comrade CKM will speak
Thiruvallur:..............Comrade V. Babu will speak
Chengalpet................Comrade E. Sampath will Speak.
All NFTE members/ office bearers are requested to support this demonstration of Contract Labourers demanding monthly salary on 7 th of each month. In many Districts even after three months our contract Labourers are not paid salary by Contractors on the spacious plea that the bills were unsettled and pending at BSNL offices.


The Lessons of RKNagar Election:

Let me first congratulate Mr TTV Dinakaran, MLA for his grand victory in the by-election against all odds . DMK loosing security deposit in this election is putting a big question mark over the leadership capability of Mr M.K. Stalin. He owes an explanation for this sort of humiliating defeat despite support by so many political parties, favourable political situation and the split in the AIADMK party. Simply blaming everything on money power and distribution of money by opponents does not cut ice any more. All political parties except few in Tamilnadu have established a very bad practice of giving money to get votes. Particularly DMK/ AIADMK could not absolve themselves from the allegations of distributing money for voters in the past and present time. So now crying about money distribution will not evoke any sympathy from many people.
The voters of the RKNagar have elected Dinakaran with a bigger margin than Jayalalitha. This shows and proves that people consider Dinakaran as the real political leader following the foot steps of Jayalalitha. Both OPS & EPS have proved their unsuitability to lead AIADMK by not ensuring a victory to their candidate with Two leaves symbol and state power on hand. At best they can be the best conspirators or underground manipulators and not fit for leading a party like AIADMK. BJP by scoring lesser votes than NOTA has once again proved that it cannot be a serious political contender in Tamilnadu Politics for a long time. We have to accept the people's choice gracefully.


Formation Conference of NFTCL in Tuticorin District:

oday I reached Tuticorin in the morning after a night's train journey from Tiruchirapalli and participated in the formation Conference of NFTCL in Tuticorin District .Nearly hundred comrades enthusiastically attended the conference which was presided over by Comrade Balakannan ( NFTE District Secretary) . State working President of NFTCL Mari inaugurated the conference. Comrades Subbaroyan, Ashokraj, Papanasam, Ganapathy Raman, Ganesan and others greeted the conference. State Secretary S. Anandan explained the activities of NFTCL and announced the decision to hold statewide Black flag Demonstration on 26-12-17 to demand immediate payment of salary to Contract Labourers.Comrade Paneer Selvam, T.T./Nazareth was unanimously elected as the new District Secretary of NFTCL. CPI leader Parama Sivam greeted the conference and recalled his association with Telecom Trade Union movement.
In the afternoon I met our comrades working in BSNL and had a free wheeling discussion on the two days Strike and its impact on our demands. I also explained the difficult political situation in the country/ State. Three days continuous Dharna on Parliament Street in New Delhi by ten central trade unions ( excluding BMS) during November/2017 and its effect were explained. On the whole it is a very useful interaction with Tuticorin comrades.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Bangalore District Conference:

After attending a massive District Conference at Bangalore on 21-12-17 in which Comrades Singh, Islam, SSG, Pattabi also participated apart from Comrades Seshadri, Krishnareddy and of course Comrade Krishna Mohan who is the District Secretary of NFTE continuously for 25 years and was once again reelected in this conference also now I am proceeding to Tiruchirapalli to participate in four party unit conferences in that District. Many from the management including PGM/ GM/ DGM level officers took part in the seminar. In my speech I brought out the contradiction/ discrimination of the management in the Pay revision issue of ITS officers and others (Employees/ Executives) .I emphasised the need for an indefinite strike as our next course of agitation. It was enthusiastically applauded by the gathering of nearly 1000 comrades. I extend my congratulations and best wishes for the entire team of newly elected office bearers of the Bangalore District NFTE.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Just a rewind of History:

When Jayalalitha was acquitted in the disproportionate assets case by the then Karnataka High Court Judge Kumaraswamy many didn't accept that judgment. Particularly DMK filed appeal against the said judgment along with the state of Karnataka in the Supreme Court. We all know the judgment of Supreme Court and the jail sentence undergoing by Sasikala, Ilavarasi, Sudhakaran etc. Likewise in the 2G scandal case also the CBI has already said it will appeal against the judgment acquitting all the accused in 2G Spectrum case. Let us wait and see the outcome of appeal. The crucial part of the judgment merely says the CBI has failed to prove the charges. It doesn't mean that the accused are exonerated by the court. There is a big difference between exoneration and acquittal due to the failure of prosecution to prove the charges against the accused.
If the judgment of a trial court is final then what is the need for High Court & Supreme Court. Let us not jump into conclusions as per our convenience . The CBI's activities are suspicious. How it has failed to prove the allegations levelled against the accused ? Was it deliberate or it premeditated from above. All these doubts will be cleared soon.


Brief review of Two days Strike in Chennai Telephones on 18-12-2017:

After a month today visited Union office and met comrades. Discussed the two days Strike and its aftermath. Three comrades ( G. Mahendran/Chengalpet, K.R.Dhandapani / Avadi, G.Hari/Avadi)handed over donations to the Circle Union totally Rs.33,500/- to Comrade CKM. We thank all three comrades for their generous contribution to our Circle Union. In the end it was decided to organise a grand meeting in Flower Bazaar exchange compound on 06-01-2018 to pay homage to Comrade O.P.Gupta on his fifth death anniversary.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


What is to be done..?:

The Leadership of All Unions and Associations of BSNL is going to meet on 08-01-2017 in Newdelhi to take stock of the situation after the two days nationwide success Strike and also to plan the next course of action to get our demands including the third pay revision settled at the earliest. In this regard I wish to share my view/ opinion after number of comrades spoke to me.
1.Although every one is happy at the huge success of the strike and the unity maintained so far by All Unions and Associations, they are also worried at the insulting attitude of the BSNL management which ignored our strike with impunity. Negotiations on our strike demands were not there before or during our agitation. Really this fact is troubling too much our Comrades. They feel genuinely that we have reached a dead end.
2.After two days historic and united strike the Leadership should not think about any other action except announcing the date for indefinite strike as the Leadership already mentioned in the strike notice signed and served . No question of Parliament march or Sanchar Bhavan march after two days Strike. We need to go forward Only and not going back to Marches or Dharna once again. Here after we had to face the Do or Die situation. The Leadership should not dilute the struggle by deciding upon Parliament march/Sanchar Bhavan march which will be a big joke after our successful strike on 12 /13 December-2017.
3.In the future struggle the Leadership should include demands like Five years periodicity for Pay revision and revision of allowances which are not revised to our employees/ Executives since 2007. We can't accept the stand of the management that only Pay will be revised (If Third Pay revision is implemented) and no revision of allowances.
4.When ITS officers are given hefty pay revision from 01-01-2016 and recently granted promotional benefits ( beginning from Rs. 1,80,000 basic pay) we can't accept the reasoning of bad financial position of BSNL attributed by the management to refuse implementation of Third Pay Revision and revised of allowances to the employees/ executives. We should protest this discrimination and partiality practiced by the BSNL management.
5.Unions/Associations should not accept the concept of the management that only if BSNL earns profit Pay Revision, Bonus etc will be paid to the employees. The Loss making Postal department and many other central government departments are not denied Pay revision or Bonus by the Government of India. Likewise BSNL being a 100% Government company should be treated as any other government concern. BSNL implements the decisions of the Government of India even there is no profit. BSNL is a unique PSU wherein its employees/ Executives are getting Government Pension from Consolidated Fund of India like any other Central Government employees in the country. General Provident Fund maintained by the Finance ministry is extended only to BSNL among 240 Central PSUs. Hence considering BSNL as a Government company for pay revision and Bonus is justified. We should demand it.
We hope our views are taken seriously by the Leadership as we only reflect the opinion of base level workers who made the two days Strike a huge Success. Any going back or dilution of our agitational mood will not be in the interest of our future.


I T S officers do not mind affordability?:

It is a big shame ! In BSNL while the employees/ executives doing the actual field work are denied Pay revision on the wrong notion of affordability of BSNL financial position, the ITS officers who have not opted to BSNL but working in BSNL with out any responsibility or accountability have already got their hefty pay revision on account of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for the Central Government employees with effect from 01-01-2016. BSNL only pay their salaries and allowances from its fund although they are Central Government employees and not employees of BSNL. How come BSNL company which is not on profit for the past several years afford to pay such a heavy amount for hundreds of ITS officers while refusing the pay revision for its own employees/ executives. We should not allow this discrimination any more. If BSNL is not affordable to effect Pay revision to its employees/ executives then it shouldn't effect pay revision to ITS officers working in BSNL. We should call this bluff of the management and the government of India.



While we all are happy about the huge success of our two days Strike it is also necessary to ponder over the impact of that strike on the management/ government. It is very sad to note that not even discussion/ negotiations were initiated by the management/ DOT prior to our strike or during the strike. The management had just ignored the strike and behaved as if nothing unusual happened. So what is our next step to force the hands of the management/ government ? It is pertinent to point out that our Chennai Telephones circle union always suggested a United indefinite strike by All Unions and Associations so that settlement on our demands is possible. Had we gave a call for indefinite strike instead of Two days Strike like OPG's tactics during pension strike in 2000 September the hands of both Management/ Government would have been forced to negotiate with the unions and find out a acceptable solution. But now nothing has happened. Despite the show of complete unity by unions in this strike the outcome is zero. Naturally we are worried and sad. But how come the unions in Coal Sector under the same government could get a 20% pay hike to their employees that too with five years periodicity although the cabinet of the central government has approved only 15% pay revision to the employees of Central PSUs. There is something lacking in our approach/ attitude in comparison with the attitude of Coal Sector Unions. We should collectively put our minds to come out of this tight situation. I hope the leadership of Unions/ Associations will discuss all these points in their next meeting as time is running out and thousands of our employees are retiring/ retired every month with out the pay revision since 2007.


Meeting of the District Secretaries of NFTE and NFTCL:

Meeting of the District Secretaries of NFTE and NFTCL Will be held at Flower Bazaar on 18-12-2017 at 1.30 pm to review the two days Strike and plan arrangements for observing Fifth death anniversary of our great leader Om. P. Gupta on 06-01-2018.Comrades MKR and Babu will jointly preside over this meeting. All the eight District Secretaries must attend this meeting without fail.



NFTE/ NFTCL Unions congratulate all the comrades who have won the awards from the Chennai Telephones management for meritorious service. Keep it up comrades.  Click1,


Comrade C.K.M has Resumed responsibility:

After a gap of nearly a month on 15-12-2017 he resumed his responsibilities of the Circle Union. He sincerely thanked all the comrades particularly Ramasamy, Elangoven and Ravi for effectively running the Circle Union in his absence.
Editorial Board meeting will be held at 3 pm on 18-12-2017(Monday) to finalise the news articles for the January/18 issue of our union journal. All members of the EB are requested to attend the meeting in time.


Big thanks:

Big thanks to each and every employee/executive in Chennai Telephones who made the two days Nation wide Strike a huge Success and historic victory.


Circle Union journal is under print:

Circle Union journal is under print. It will be distributed to the members through branch Unions on 06-01-2018 at the next General Council Meeting.6th January 2018 being the fifth death anniversary of our great leader O.P.Gupta the General Council will pay rich tributes to our leader OPG. Hence all are requested to mobilise our members in full strength for this meeting. In view of the special occasion this time our General Council Meeting will be held in Flower Bazaar exchange compound in the afternoon.  Click1,


Make the Two days nation wide Strike a huge Success everywhere:

The All Unions & Associations of BSNL has called for two days Strike throughout the country on 12/13 December 2017 in which lakhs of employees and executives will actively participate mainly to compel the Government/ Management to effect Third Pay revision from 01-01-2017 and withdraw the ill advised decision for the formation of a separate tower Company for the nearly 66000 mobile towers. Although the Unions/ Associations for a very long time persuaded both the government and management on their justified demands by holding peaceful rallies/ demonstrations/ Human Chain programmes for the past several months besides demanding exception clause for the pay revision as was done by the past / last PRCs the appeals of the Workers have fallen on the deaf ears of Modi government which is happily writing off the huge loans defaulted by Big Corporates . Its insistence of the conditionality of earning continued profits for the past three years is actually a ruse to deny us the justified pay revision and pension revision. Trade union movement shall not allow the evil design to succeed. This time very effective coordination and active preparations have already been taken place which will ensure 100% success of the two days Strike in the whole of the country and particularly in Chennai Telephones circle. The last minute appeal of the Administration/ Management to withdraw the strike decision is ritual with out any positive action on the demands raised by the BSNL unions and associations. Hence we need to make the Strike action a huge Success so that at least after our Strike both the government and Management take positive decision on all our demands. I greet all our employees and executives on the eve of the historic strike.


Congratulations to Comrade Amarjit Kaur:


At Ranchi (Bihar) in the General Council Meeting of the AITUC being held from 09-12-17 yesterday Comrade Amarjit was elected to the post of General Secretary in place of Com .Gurudoss, who relinquished the post due to old age . We greet Comrade Amarjit Kaur all Success in her new responsibility on behalf of both NFTCL and NFTE. It is noteworthy to mention here that this is the first time that a national trade union has elected a woman comrade as its General Secretary. She is also a very senior leader of Communist Party of India and is one of its National Secretaries. We personally knew her capacity and hardworking nature in Organising the working people of our country particularly the Anganwadi workers . It is to be noted that She has addressed NFTE National Executive Committee meeting held in Kozhikode ( Kerala) few months ago. We wish her able leadership will further strengthen the country's first trade union AITUC.


Let us remember Dr.B.R.Ambedkar on 06-12-2017:


On this day in 1956 this great visionary and the leader of the India's oppressed and depressed people breathed his last. He had to convert to Buddhism in the evening of his life only to renounce the Hindu religion which justified the caste system and oppression of people of lower castes. His biggest contribution is our Constitution and the policy of reservations. Let us pay our respectful homage to this great fighter and able leader on this day.



Modi has proved once again he is indecent and uncultured. As a gentleman and a responsible Prime Minister he should have congratulated the new President of Congress party Rahul Gandhi on assuming the post. But expecting such decent and cultured behaviour from Modi is asking for the moon. During his three years of PM he has degraded the highest post he is holding at present by attacking the opposition leaders in a very bad and loose language. He has failed to implement even a single election promise so far. But it didn't stop his wide and loud mouthed criticism of leaders of opposition parties.
Now also he is using a thing that was not spoken by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to dub Congress and Rahul. Actually Mani Shankar spoke about the difference between Dynasty and Democratic politics. But as usual the Facist mind set of BJP/ RSS twisted the facts and abused Rahul as Aurangazheeb , the mogul emperor. Modi didn't know the history of Moguls in India that is why he chose to falsely equate Rahul to Aurangazeeb. First Rahul not jailed or Killed his father/ brother to become the Emperor as Aurangazeeb. Rahul is in Politics for the last 14 years and two times MP elected by the people of Amethi constituency as Modi was elected from Varanasi. Rahul has not usurped the top post of the party like Modi who sidelined all senior leaders like Advani/ Joshi/ Arun Shourie/ Yashwant Sinha claim the PM post. Rahul climbed the ladder to the top gradually and very hesitantly. He is unlike Modi a power monger or self promoting individual. Only out of frustration and anger Modi compared very wrongly Rahul with Aurangazeeb who ruled the country for 50 long years of course.
We welcome the new Congress President Rahul and wish him every success in his job. Hope he will never forget his responsibility of defending the country's pluralism and Secularism which is now under severe attack by Hindutva forces. He should stand with the poor people/ working people of this country and not with the Corporates.


All Unions and Associations OF BSNL-strike preparatory meeting:

As per the strike call given by the "All Unions and Associations of BSNL" on 12&13th December-2017 a well organized strike preparatory meeting held in Chennai Telephones where our leaders Comrades Seshadri, Secretary NFTE_BSNL, Ashokrajan, Elangovan,Anandan and leaders from other unions and association spoke at the meeting.Hundreds of comrades participated in the meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Feeling of Regret:

Although my visit to both Australia and New Zealand was planned a year back I feel regret for not being in India/ Chennai to campaign effectively for the upcoming two days nationwide strike by all the unions and associations in BSNL on 12/13 December-2017 to demand immediate pay revision to the employees/ executives and stop the formation of Separate tower company for nearly 66000 mobile towers in BSNL. I hope all our comrades will make the strike a big success.


Homage to Comrade R.K.Kohli:

With great sadness and anguish we announce the sudden demise of comrade Kohli on the morning of 26/11/2017 in New Delhi at his residence.He served the Telecom Employees for several decades under the leadership fo Comrade OPG. We console the death of him and pay respectful homage to the departed leader.


Federation day Celebrated:

On 24/11/2017 in Chennai Teelephones the NFPTE day was celebrated at Flower Bazaar Exchange in which comrades Subbarayan, Anandan, Rajasekaran and Elongavan took part in.  Click1,


Big thanks to all:

Our circle union is thanful to one and all for the successful human chain in Chennai telephons as per the call of All unions and Associations of BSNL. Net we should work hard for the successful two days strike in December-2017. Our comrades are reuested to organize the campaign meeting at all places to popularise the demands for the two days strike and give momentum to the continuing agitation for 3rd pay revision to both Employees and Executives in BSNL.


Human Chain Programme:

Human chain programme by "All Unions and Association of BSNL" conducted successfully in Chennai telephones today for the settlement of wage revison and against the formation of "Tower subsidary".  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,


Centenary celebrations of Russian revolution on 17-11-2017:

Today both NFTE & NFTCL jointly organised the Centenary Celebrations of the Great Russian revolution in Chennai. A new book on the Russian revolution written by comrade CKM was also released at this function. Viduthalai Siruthaigal Katchi Leader Thol. Thirumavalavan and CPI leader J.Lakshmanan were among the Speakers at this function.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,  Click14,  Click15,  Click16,  Click17,  Click18,  Click19,


Next meeting of AUA of BSNL:

In Chennai Telephones the next meeting of the Circle Secretaries of All Unions and Associations of BSNL will be held on 20-11-17( Monday) at 2 pm in the NFTE Circle Union office at Flower Bazaar to discuss about the Human Chain programme on 23-11-17 and Two days Strike in December 12/13.


Human Chain date changed to 23-11-2017:

The National leadership of All Unions and Associations of BSNL in today's meeting in New Delhi decided to postpone the Human Chain programme to 23-11-17 instead of 16-11-2017 as originally planned. This postponement is mainly to involve maximum number of employees/ executives in the Human Chain programme. Kindly note the change of date and utilise the postponement to organise the programme in a massive manner.


Great Russian revolution- Centenary celebration on 17/11/2017:

Comrades should apply for a day's Special casual leave on 17-11-2017 and participate in this Centenary function organised for the great Russian revolution.


Circular released in Tamil by the State Secretary of Tamilnadu NFTCL:

Circular released in Tamil by the State Secretary of Tamilnadu NFTCL.  Click1,


Decisions taken by the Secretariat of the Circle Union at its meeting held on 13-11-2017:

The Secretariat meeting was presided over by Comrade M.K. Ramasamy, Circle President. Comrade L.Subbaroyan, Tamilnadu Circle Union Treasurer participated in the meeting as a special guest. The meeting took the following decisions:
1.To mobilise employees and workers for the Centenary Celebrations of the Great Russian revolution on 17-11-17 at Raja Annamalai Mandram. Special casual leave could be availed for attending this function on 17-11-2017.
2.To mobilise our employees for Human Chain programme as per the decision of All Unions and Associations of BSNL. The Human Chain will be formed on both sides of Dams Road (Opposite to Anna Road ) on 16-11-2017 from 3 pm to 6 pm.It also decided to campaign extensively for the Success of Two days Strike in December (12/13).
3.As Comrade CKM is going abroad, Circle Secretary is granted one month leave from 20-11-2017 to 19-12-2017. Comrade K. M. Elangovan, ACS will be officiating as the Circle Secretary.
4.It congratulated the central trade unions for holding three days massive demonstration in front of the Parliament to press the demands of the working people. The meeting was self critical about the low number of participation by BSNL Trade Unions. It decided to join in the Fill the Jail programme as per the decision of Central Trade Unions in the month of January 2018.
5.64th Federation Day of NFPTE will be observed on 24-11-2017 in Flower Bazaar exchange compound at 3 pm. Comrade L.Subbaroyan, Asst.GS/NFTCL will be the Chief Speaker.


Informal discussion with CHQ leaders:

Today morning at Federation office I informally met the leaders of CHQ Comrades Islam, Seshadri, Kulkarni and K. K. Singh along with J&K Circle Secretary Ashaq and had a free wheeling discussion on the efforts to strengthen the NFTE and the issues pertaining to the employees.  Click1,  Click2,


Media Blackout?:

Today is the third and final day of 3 days Demonstration in Delhi's Parliament Street which began on 09-11-2017. This was a United agitation against the government of India and its pro-rich and anti-people policies. Except BJP led BMS almost all the central trade unions are taking part in this including several independent Federations / Unions in Bank sector and BSNL.
Every day nearly 50 to 60 thousand workers gathered and raised their voice against the wrong economic policies of Modi government which affected the common people. But strangely not a single photo/ news is so far printed in any newspaper published from Delhi. The print and visual media is closing its eyes may be under the orders of its corporate management which is fully backing the present central government . Free Press and Media Freedom are at danger now. May be this is the way Facist forces control the minds of the people as a whole?.
One thing is clear. During UPA government period INTUC union which is being led by Congress stood in the forefront of Trade Union Struggles against Dr. Manmohan Singh Government. But now BMS has betrayed the cause of the working people at the alter of Political affinity. This black mark on BMS will never get erased.


Very Hectic Day indeed today!:

We could meet today (10-11-17) the Additional Chief Labour Commissioner, Dy.CLC and The Hon'ble MOS for Labour & Employment in connection with few important issues regarding Contract Labourers. We registered our complaint on the management of BSNL for issuing directives to all the Heads of Telecom Circles (CGMs) not to have any discussion on the problems of Contract Labourers with any unions including the recognised unions vide its ill conceived letter dated 21-10-2016, which was in total violation of the Indian Trade Union act,1926. We could not meet the MOC as he was preoccupied with elections in Gujarat and hence handed over the memorandum to his office in Sanchar Bhavan. As we have knocked all the doors to revoke the said arbitrary order and to change the unhelpful attitude of the Management in BSNL we hope something will happen for the benefit of the most exploited Contract Labourers in BSNL. Letters were submitted to 1)Minister for Communications 2)Minister of state for Labour (Independent charge)and 3)Chief Labour of Commissioner (Central).  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Three days Massive demonstration of workers begun:

On 09/11/2017 at the call of centraltrade unions the massive demonstration of workers began near Parliament in NewDelhi. On the first day Tamil Nadu& Kerala state workers were mobilized apart from BSNL, Defence Federations. Nearly 300 comrades of NFTE took part in this demonstration from Chennai Telephones, Tamil Nadu, Maharastra, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, UP(West), Jharkahand, Haryana etc. On the whole more than 50000 assembled for today's demonstration.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Secretariat meeting of the NFTE Circle Union on 13-11-17:

The meeting of the Circle Union Secretariat will be held on 13-11-2017( Monday) at 10 am in Circle Union office at Flower Bazaar exchange compound. Comrade MKR will preside over the meeting and the following shall be the agenda points:
1. Review of Programmes ( Obtaining signature from MPs , Submission of Memorandum to the Governor on 15-11-17 & HumanChain on 16-11-17) announced by All Unions and All Associations of BSNL.
2. Preparations for the successful conductance of the Centenary Celebrations of the Great Russian revolution on 17-11-17 in Chennai Raja Annamalai Mandram 3. Review of Central TUs three days Demonstration in front of Parliament from 09-11-17.
All the 15 members of the Secretariat are requested to attend the meeting in time and without fail.


CSCs outsourcing issue discussed with Dir(CFA):

Reached New Delhi at 3 pm. Went straight to CHQ of NFTE . Met the President , General Secretary and other Secretaries (CHQ). I was happy to know that today our leaders met the Director (CFA) and strongly protested against the outsourcing of CSCs .NFTE demanded new recruitment of staff if the situation warranted. The Director (CFA) assured our Union to reconsider the decision and prepared to cancel the tender floated in June/2017 for this purpose. We hope the management will honour its assurances given to our Union leaders today.


Black Day today,the 08/11:

Modi government failed either to bring out the Black money or abolish the circulation of fake currency through its ill advised decision to Demonetise Rs.1000/500 notes last year on this date. It is only a political propaganda by BJP and no gain for India's economy in any manner. Crores of poor people lost their livelihood and faced difficulties to get their cash from banks while Black money was allowed to be converted in to white quietly. It is a organised loot and legalised plunder of the common man by BJP government.


Let us remember the historic Russian revolution of 1917:

On seventh November in 1917 Comrade Lenin successfully established the first Workers State in Russia through the Socialist revolution. It immediately ended the exploitation of Workers/ Peasants/ Women. Russian revolution gave immense hope for all those freedom fighters who were fighting for their country's Independence world wide.
Comrade Lenin was a genius and a faithful follower of Karl Marx. Throughout his political career he waged fight against the wrong tactics of extreme left and right's compromise with the rich and powerful imperialists.Enriching the Marxist ideology he only explained the Imperialism as the highest form of Capitalism. He was very firm that always the reason and motive for wars are the fierce competition among the capitalists countries to capture newer markets. Hence he strongly advocated anti- war approach and in fact withdrew Russia from the war with Germany in the First World War immediately after he assumed power in the Russia.
Although that Revolution was betrayed by few leaders who misused their position and power to curb democracy and human rights, it will continue to inspire people. Deviations from the Marxist and Leninists principles resulted in the abrupt end of that great Revolution in 1991 after serving the humanity for 74 long years. Let us not forget the sacrifices of those Communists for the sake of our Working class.


Thoughts for the day!:

1. A good cartoon has appeared in today's The Hindu daily about the attitude of Modi government in handling the GST. Blind people describing the Elephant as per their wishes.
2. BJP leader and MP Shatrughan Sinha of Bihar has commented the present situation in the government and his party as" a one man show and two man army " . This description very aptly tells the present situation. He also expressed that Gujarat and Himachal Elections will not be easy as youths, farmers and traders are all dissatisfied lot today in the country.
3. The BJP president Amit Shah has commented yesterday that people from Amethi ( The Loksabha constituency in UP represented by Rahul Gandhi) are migrating to Gujarat in search of employment. It seems he has forgotten UP is presently ruled by BJP. The State of Utter Pradesh was not under Congress government for the last several decades.
He also forgotten a fact that from the BJP ruled states like Bihar, Assam, UP , MP people are migrating to southern states particularly Karnataka ruled by Congress and Kerala ruled by Left parties.
4. Karnataka is the number one state by bagging investment intentions worth 1,47, 625 crores of rupees where as the State of Gujarat could get only 65, 741 crores of rupees. In the year 2016 also Karnataka State stood first. So which state is actually for so called Development? Karnataka model or Gujarat model people will choose?




The following Comrades were elected unanimously as the State office bearers of AP State NFTCL in the State conference held in Nellore on 05-11-17. We greet them an

d wish every success in their functioning. State President: Comrade Md. Peera State Secretary:Comrade Jeelani Khan
State Treasurer:Comrade I.V.Naidu.



NFTCL state conference of Andhra Pradesh was held at on Nellore on 05/11/2017:

It was inugurated bycomrade C.K.Mathivanan and was addressed by National president Asha Ahmed. NFTE leaders including Anjiah, Secretary(CHQ) participated in this conference. Comrade Jeelani Khan was elected as the state secretary of NFTCL in Andhra pradesh. Many culturel programmes were organized as part of this conference in appreciable manner.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,


All India Conference dates confirmed:

The next All India Conference of NFTE-BSNL will be held in Punjab (Amrister) from 14-03-2018 to 16-03-2018 . Comrades willing to participate in this conference are requested to book their railway reservation in advance . The delegate fee is fixed at 1200 rupees.


Andhra Pradesh State NFTCL Conference in Nellore on 05-11-2017:


Thousands of Telecom Contract Labourers from all the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh are very enthusiastically getting ready to participate in the state conference of NFTCL at Nellore on 05-11-2017 which will be addressed by our National President Ashaq Ahamed, General Secretary CKM, National vice- President Ashok Raj, Assistant General Secretary Subbaroyan and Tamilnadu State Secretary Anandan, State President Babu and others. The venue of the conference is Town Hall , Nellore. Comrades Jeelani and Peera are making all out efforts to make this conference a huge success and a memorable one. We wish this conference every success and hope it will be a turning point in the history of Telecom Contract Labourers of our country.


Centenary celebrations of the Great Russian Revolution:

Centenary celebrations of the Great Russian Revolution in 1917 and the new book written by comrade CKM on Russian revolution will be released at a special function on 17-11-2017 jointly organised by Chennai Telephones NFTE and Tamilnadu State NFTCL.


NFTE Objects the wrong attitude of BSNLEU:

At the last meeting held on 16-10-17 the All Unions & Associations of BSNL in the NFTE Circle Union office it was unanimously decided to contact the General Secretary of SEWA- BSNL Comrade N.D. Ram to decide upon the representative of that association as two comrades claimed the same in Chennai Telephones Circle. But today ( 01-11-17) for the second meeting of All Unions & Associations of BSNL in total violation of earlier decision the Circle Secretary of BSNLEU invited a comrade on behalf of SEWA-BSNL who was in fact not even a member of SEWA-BSNL. We insisted on behalf of NFTE-BSNL that to maintain unity we can get necessary clarifications from the concerned General Secretary before deciding on the issue of representative from SEWA-BSNL. But BSNLEU was hell bent on making the All Unions & Associations of BSNL as one more Forum under its Hegemony. We are for unity and United Struggles. But in the name of unity if BSNLEU tries to weaken the alliance Unions/ Associations of NFTE we shall not permit this.


New Branch Union of NFTCL opened in Thiruporur(Kanchipuram District):

On 31-10-17 a new branch union was opened for 27 Contract Labourers of Thiruporur. Photo ID cards for them were distributed to them. Comrades CKM, Ashokraj, Babu, Sampath, Ekambaram, Muthukaruppan, Mahendran and number of Contract Labourers took part in the formation Meeting. Comrades Boopal, Rajan and Radhakrishnan are elected as branch union President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Grand Farewell to Comrade M. Sokkavel, President, NFTE Branch union in Thiruporur on 31-10-17:

Comrades CKM, Ashokraj, Ekambaram, Babu, Muthukaruppan, Mahendran and many other leaders greeted Com. Sokkavel,T.T.on his retirement on 31-10-17 after 34 years of sincere service.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Farewell meeting in Thiruvallur:

On 30-10-17 to felicitate Comrades Murugesan, T.T(Vice-President, State NFTCL/ Tamilnadu) and Ramakrishnan, JE( Branch Org. Secretary/ NFTE) a grand farewell was organised. Both are retiring on 31-10-17 after 35 years of service both in DOT and BSNL. Comrades CKM, Bose, Elangoven, Rajendran, Danapal, Venkatesan, Ragunathan, Janakiraman, Mahendran and many other leaders of both NFTE and NFTCL greeted the retiring comrades for their good service to the company and Union. Our Circle Union greets both comrades a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


New Branch Union of NFTCL opened at Madhavaram on 28-10-17:

47 Telecom Contract Labourers have organised a branch union at Madhavaram under Thiruvallur District. The formation Meeting began with flag hoisting by Comrade CKM and was presided over by Comrade Dhanapal . NFTCL District Secretary Janakiraman welcomed all participants. State President of NFTCL/ Tamilnadu V. Babu inaugurated the meeting. Several NFTCL State office bearers and NFTE leaders took part in the meeting.Comrades Devendran and Chittibabu were unanimously elected as branch President and Secretary.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Purposeful meeting of NFTCL District Union Executive on 27-10-17 in CBT:

At Cheran Palace in Coimbatore today the District Executive Committee meeting of NFTCL was held. Telecom Contract Labourers took part in the meeting in detail expressed their problems and requested for early solutions to their problems. The District Secretary Comrade S.Kottiappan , JAO ( officiating) explained the action taken on the issues raised by the Contract Labourers. NFTCL Assistant General Secretary L. Subbaroyan and General Secretary C.K.Mathivanan spoke on the challenges being faced by the working people of our country and in particular Contract Labourers in all sectors including Telecommunications. District office bearers of NFTCL very enthusiastically participated in the meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Appeal to the General Secretaries of All Unions and Associations of BSNL:

The extended Circle Executive meeting of the NFTE-BSNL in Chennai Telephones held on 23-10-17 appealed to all the Unions and Associations of BSNL to include the following important demand urgently in the agitation proposed against the government/ management vide letter dated 11-10-17 addressed to DOT/BSNL.
The management has floated a tender in June/ 2017 to hand over 3000 Customer Service Centres of BSNL located all over the country in Prime locations along with the works of Booking of complaints and Clearance of faults to private agencies on the plea of lack of manpower due to heavy retirement over the years. This is an attempt to hand over these CSCs indirectly to a private Telecom company which is very close to the BJP. It is a fact that already a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between DOT and Reliance Jio company to sell the later products. Hence it is all the more important to demand scrapping of this dubious tender process and instead begins recruitment of new manpower in BSNL to cope up with the problem of acute shortage of staff.
It is surprising to note that this particular demand was not included in the notice submitted to DOT/ BSNL on 11-10-17. It is requested that even at this stage this important demand could be incorporated in to the notice already submitted in connection with our Two days strike on 12/13 th of December-2017. Hope the leadership of All Unions and Associations will accept our request/ appeal in view of the grave dangers in this attempt of the management.


Meeting with PGM (Development) on 25-10-2017:

The NFTE Circle Union today met the PGM (D) along with DGM(Planning) in Kushkumar Road office. Our comrades CKM, Elangoven and Ravi discussed all the pending cases of allotment of quarters to the long wait listed officials , favourable Consideration of all request for higher type requests and the acute shortage of water supply in the quarter complexes and the need to dig new and additional bore wells to minimise the water problem especially in staff quarter complexes. Our representatives also insisted that the additional EB deposit paid by the employees either be reimbursed to them as before the implementation of ERP systems or directly be paid by the management as such deposits are accounted on the EB service connections only. When the officials vacate their quarters they may lose these amount if not reimbursed as and when it was paid to the Electricity authorities. Mrs. Malini and Mr. Pandian have assured us to consider all the points positively at the earliest. We also intimated the illegal occupancy of BSNL quarters by outsiders in large numbers particularly in Anna Nagar and Perambur quarters.


22 nd Circle Council Meeting in Chennai Telephones:

22 nd Circle Council Meeting in Chennai Telephones is in progress on 26-10-17.CGM is presiding over the meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Secretariat meeting on 28-10-17:

The meeting of the Circle Union Secretariat of NFTE will be on 28-10-17 (Saturday) at 11 am in the Circle Union office at Flower Bazaar exchange. The following shall be the agenda: 1.Redeployment of staff proposed by the management- meeting with Sr. GM( HR) on 02-11-17.
2.District Conferences to be held in Districts where two years completed after the last conference.
Com.M.K.Ramasamy, Circle President will preside over the meeting. All the 15 members of the Secretariat are requested to attend the meeting in time.


General Council Meeting of Circle Union on 23-10-17:

The extended Circle Executive meeting of Chennai Telephones was held on October-23 in Dinroze RSU . Circle Union President M.K. Ramasamy presided over the meeting. Comrades T.R. Rajasekaran, K. M. Elangovan, Nagaiah and C.K.M explained the decisions of the NEC meeting in Vijayawada. More than 170 comrades took part in it enthusiastically. Union journal of the Circle Union was distributed to the branch unions.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Big Thanks to Comrade R.Arumugam, D/Man grade_I :

Today comrade Arumugam came to our NFTE union office and handed over rupees twenty four thousand (Rs.24000/-) towards donation to Circle Union to Comrade C. Ravi, Circle Union Treasurer for settling the long pending pay fixation of Draughts man cadre . He received recently rupees five lakh and twenty five thousand as arrears on account of our efforts. We thank him for his timely help and decided to meet this month's expenses on our union journal Sanga Muzhakkam. We hope the remaining 14 Draughts man comrades who also benefited by the said pay fixation will emulate the generosity of Comrade R.Arumugam.  Click1,


நமது மாநிலச் செயலர். தோழர்.C.K. மதிவாணன் அகில இந்திய பொதுச் செயலர் தோழர். C.சந்தேஷ்வர்சிங்கிற்கு எழுதிய பகிங்கர மடல் :

விஜயவாடா நகரில் சமீபத்தில் நடைபெற்ற நமது தேசிய செயற்குழு கூட்டத்தில் 13.10.2017 அன்று மாலை கூட்டம் முடியும் நேரத்தில் சில தவிர்க்க முடியாத காரணத்தால்  Click1,


All Unions & Associations of BSNL in Chennai Telephones met today:

All Unions & Associations of BSNL in Chennai Telephones met today (16-10-2017) at NFTE Union office in Flower Bazaar exchange. This meeting reviewed the lunch hour demonstration held today at CGM 'S office . Further it has planned for the next phase of agitation on 15-11-17 and 16-11-17. On 15-11-17 it was planned to meet and submit the memorandum to all MPs available in Chennai apart from meeting the Governor of Tamilnadu for submission of our memorandum. On 16-11-2017 it was decided to hold a human chain in Dams Road in front of Anna Road exchange.
It was also decided to print pamphlets and posters for the Human chain programme. Next meeting of AUA of BSNL will be held at BSNLEU union office in Flower Bazaar exchange on 01-11-17 at 3 pm.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Enthusiastic Demonstration by BSNL employees/ executives on 16-10-17:

At the call of National level " All Unions and Associations in BSNL " today a massive lunch hour demonstration was conducted at CGM's office of Chennai Telephones in Purasawalkam under the presidentship of Comrade CKM. The Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU, AIBSNLEA , FNTO along with representative of SNEA spoke at the meeting held after the demonstration. The General Secretary of TEPU delivered a good speech on our demands including immediate implementation of Third Pay revision and dropping the cabinet decision on formation of Separate tower company for the 66000 mobile towers in BSNL.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,



Circle union writes to Com. Chandeswar Singh on the just concluded NEC meeeting held in Vijayawada.  Click1,


Book Release function on 17-11-2017:

My new book on the Great Russian Revolution will be released in connection with the centenary year of (1917-2017) the said Revolution in Chennai at a function organised by the publisher of the book. Today I met VCK President Thol. Thirumavalavan along with printer/ publisher Menmai Mani and a Senior Comrade Padmanabhan and requested him to attend the said function and release the book. He has accepted our invitation. Comrade C. Mahendran, CPI National Executive Committee member and the Editor of Thamarai , a left leaning Tamil literary monthly journal has agreed to receive the first copy of the book. AITUC State Secretary and the General Secretary of Tamilnadu State Transport employees Federation Com. J.Lakshmanan has consented to preside over the book release function.  Click1,  Click2,


Today's inspiring speech of Comrade CKM at NEC meeting in Vijayawada got every one's appreciation:

In an hour long speech comrade CKM elaborately explained the present challenges before NFTE and the future tasks to face them successfully. On PLI he pressed for demanding rupees 7000/- as minimum Amount pending the finalisation of necessary formula. He urged the NEC to organise an agitation to oppose the handing over of 3000 CSCs of BSNL. Instead of handing over these CSCs fresh recruitment of Group C & D category of staff( Non- Executives) should begin by revoking the ban on recruitment. He also called upon the leadership to insist Pay revision for BSNL employees at par with Government of India employees as BSNL is a unique CPSU different from other CPSUs. BSNL is the only PSU wherein employees are paid Government Pension from Consolidated Fund of India and GPF is continuing. Although Postal department is not running on profit for the last several years their employees are being paid Bonus ( 14000 rupees) and Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations were implemented with effect from 01-01-2016. Comrade CKM urged the leadership to seek modifications in the rules for functioning of Councils so that agenda points are forwarded under the signatures of both Leader and Secretary of the staff Side. He condemned the MOU signed between India Post and Reliance Jio at the cost of Government company BSNL. Modi Government's decision to form a separate subsidiary Tower company also an effort to destroy BSNL he called upon the NEC meeting to oppose this move with all our might of course with the support of all Unions and associations in BSNL.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


opening session of NEC:

At the opening session of NEC meeting of NFTE-BSNL in Vijayawada on 12-10117.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


NEC meeting of NFTE began at Vijayawada:

Comrades Subbaramam, GS/ TEPU and N.D.Ram, GS/SEWA are among the leaders who addressed the meeting in the morning session today apart from President and General Secretary of our union.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Letter received by NFTCL from the Labour Commissioner on 10-10-2017:

Letter received by NFTCL from the Labour Commissioner on 10-10-2017 on the eve of State wide demonstration to demand immediate payment of Rs.7000 as Bonus to all Contract Labourers.  Click1,


Unity&Struggle:BSNLEU Style?:

Unity & Struggle:BSNLEU Style ? We felt very happy when a body like All Unions and Associations in BSNL was recently formed to safeguard the interests of both BSNL and it's employees . But today we come across a call given by BSNLEU for demonstration on 13-10-17 to demand Rs.7000/- as PLI . NFTE is holding it's National Executive meeting in Vijayawada on 13-10-17. All important leaders like Circle Secretaries of NFTE will be away in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh on that day. But knowing fully this Comrade Abhimanyu is doing this for reasons beyond our imagination. He may like to score few brownie points on PLI so that it can be used in favour of BSNLEU in the next verification due in 2019. Our employees very well know how his union betrayed them on PLI for several years. However he has a duty to answer the following questions.
1.Why he has not cared to give a joint/ united call for PLI?
2.Why he has avoided any decision to finalise the new formula for PLI since 2013?
3.He was justifying the denial of PLI for more than 6 years and kept quite justifying the denial of PLI citing financial difficulties of BSNL. He even declared from the top top few years ago that hence forth no one could get PLI in BSNL, when NFTE was struggling demanding PLI. Now what are the compelling reasons for his change of heart?.
One can fool some for long. Many for short time. But no person can fool all the people all the time.


Congratulations to the Tamilnadu State unit of NFTCL:

Congratulations to the Tamilnadu State unit of NFTCL for organising a massive demonstration of Contract Labourers throughout Tamilnadu for demanding immediate payment of Bonus. We also sincerely thank NFTE leaders and members who helped us to make today's Demonstration a very big success throughout the State . We appreciate all those who had enthusiastically participated in this demonstration mainly conducted for immediate payment of Bonus to all Contract Labourers in BSNL both in Chennai Telephones and Tamilnadu.


NFTCL Demonstration wearing Black badges for payment of Bonus (Rs.7000/-) before Deepavali:

At the call of the Tamilnadu State Telecom Contract Labourers Federation (NFTCL) on 10-10-2017 nearly thousands of Contract Labourers held demonstration in Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Villuppuram, Cuddalure, Trichy, Tanjore, Madurai, Karaikudi etc demanding immediate payment of 7000 rupees to the Contract Labourers. In the morning NFTCL State office bearers led by State Secretary Anandan met and discussed about this issue with RLC in Chennai. The Regional Labour Commissioner while instructing the CGMS of both Tamilnadu to immediately ensure payment of Bonus to the contract Labourers also requested NFTCL not to proceed with strike decision on 16-10-17 as the conciliation process is continuing and pending. In this background the State Secretary has decided to postpone the strike as decided at the Special State Conference in Trichy held on 02-10-17. Let us hope the BSNL managements will honour their commitment to the Regional Labour Commissioner/Chennai.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


NFTCL State Secretary S.Anandan wrote a letter to the RLC(Central):

After our special State conference in Tiruchirapalli , NFTCL State Secretary S. Anandan wrote a letter to the RLC( Central ) informing him the decision to agitate on 10-10-17 and 16-10-17. The RLC immediately swung in to action and instructed both the CGMs of Tamilnadu & Chennai Telephones to pay the Bonus to all the contract Labourers and file a compliance report by 13-10-17.  Click1,


Che Guevera_The Doctor who lovd Humanity:

50 years have passed after the martyrdom of Revolutionary Leader Che Guevara who was shot dead by a Bolivian government soldier on October-9, 1967 in southern Bolivia. He along with Castro brothers Rahul and Fidel successfully over thrown the repressive regime of Batista, a dictator supported by USA in 1959. Che was born in Argentina but worked in entire Latin America for establishing communist governments there. He firmly believed that one Cuba or One Vietnam is not enough or Sufficient to sustain the socialist revolution. That's the reason he left the ministership in Cuba to fight for the Bolivian revolution. He was actually a educated and trained Doctor. He loved the Humanity and chose Marxist philosophy to drive out hunger, poverty and all forms of exploitation. Let us pay our respectful homage today to this great leader of the international communist movement.


Unemployment is the biggest threat to the youth of India:

India is having the largest population in the world next only to China. Any Government at both centre or state needs to create jobs for the educated youth in our country on top priority. On an average every day nearly 30000 job seekers enter the job market in India. But only 450 persons could get the jobs daily. The rest 29550 persons are added to the bulging figure of unemployed daily . China is doing better in this area. It is able to create nearly 50000 fresh job vacancies every day. Narendra Modi promised the youth of our country that he will create 2 crores jobs every year. People believed in his promise and voted him to power. But after three years this promise to create 2 crores jobs is not fulfilled yet. Modi government by its hasty and foolish policies like GST/Demonetisation is busily abolishing the existing jobs and destroying the chances of new jobs being created. One of his Minister few days back joked that Indian youth are not interested in getting employment but anxious to become businessmen and do their own trade. Is it true ? Having cheated the voters and failed miserably to reduce the unemployment these leaders of BJP are speaking nonsense and become idiots.
The present government at the centre is working over time to do service to the rich and powerful like Adani & Ambani,incidentally both are Gujaratis. India is great .Prime Minister of this great country should not behave like a Gujarati Businessman.


Demonstration at CGM office on 16-10-17 by All Unions & Associations in BSNL:

Asper the unanimous decision taken at the Delhi meeting of AUABSNL , it is proposed to hold a massive lunch hour demonstration at CGM/ Chennai Telephones in Purasawalkam mainly to get the Third Pay revision to all Employees and Executives in BSNL. Hence all our activists and office bearers of both NFTE and NFTCL are requested to attend the meeting and demonstration in October-16 ( Monday) with out fail and in time.


Simultaneous polls are impractical and impossible:

 Click1, The Election commission is acting like a subordinate body to the present Central Government although it is a fully independent and autonomous body vested with power to hold free and fair elections in a transparent manner. But it echoed the BJP's view point for holding simultaneous elections for both Assemblies and Parliament. This opinion itself is against the spirit of our constitution and federal nature of Governance.
1. If Parliament's tenure is incomplete and get dissolved within five years for reasons beyond our capacity then unnecessarily the State Assemblies are to be dissolved. For example the Eleventh and Twelfth Parliaments got dissolved without completing their full tenure in 18 months and 13 months respectively.
Further the Assemblies elected in 2018/ 2017 will complete their tenure only in 2022/2023. The next Parliamentary elections are due in 2019. How in this scenario simultaneous elections are possible. This ill advised move by BJP is a first step towards the Presidential form of Government in India which is against the accepted consensus of Parliamentary Democracy. Modi and his friends are day dreaming to capitalise the so-called popularity of BJP and the disunity of Opposition parties. But they will get a rude shock like Vajpayee government.
Finally it is a great irony or funny that the Election Commission of India is boasting ready to hold simultaneous polls in 2018 has actually failed to hold elections in a single day during Parliamentary or Assembly elections so far sighting the law and order situations and insufficient paramilitary forces to guard the polling stations and to provide security to the voters for ensuring a free and fair poll. Those who could not swim in a pool should not aim to swimming across oceans.


Branch union office bearers greeted the leaders of NFTCL on 05-10-17:

The newly elected office bearers two branches ( Kodambakkam & Vadapalani) of NFTCL ( all of them are Contract Labourers) today greeted the General Secretary CKM, South Chennai District Secretary Dharuman and State Assistant Treasurer Rathinam. They were told to mobilise maximum number of Contract Labourers for the forthcoming demonstration on 10-10-17 at CGM's office.  Click1,  Click2,


NFTE/Chennai Telephones has decided to extend full support to the proposed demonstration on 10-10-17 by NFTCL:

NFTE / Chennai Telephones has decided to extend full support to the proposed demonstration on 10-10-17 by NFTCL, Tamilnadu State unit. Our comrades should extend support to the just struggles of Contract Labourers.
1. At CGM office in Purasawalkam:
Both North & South Chennai District Comrades should attend here. NFTCL State Secretary S.Anandan will address this demonstration.
2. At Thiruvallur exchange compound:
Thiruvallur District comrades must attend here. NFTCL State Assistant Secretary Nagaiah will address the demonstration.
3. At Kanchipuram exchange compound:
Kanchipuram District comrades should attend here. NFTCL State President V.Babu will speak In this demonstration.
We hope NFTE leaders will also address and greet these demonstrations at all the places.
We thank NFTE/ Chennai Telephones for actively supporting our agitation. Kindly coordinate with NFTE leaders at all places to make this agitation for Bonus a successful one.


Greeted the AIBSNLEA lunch hour demonstration on 04-10-17:

We supported the agitation by AIBSNLEA for immediate implementation of 3rd PRC at CGM office compound today. Comrade CKM addressed the demonstration alongside comrades Udayasooriyan, Ganesan, Sangili, Elango and others.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Next meeting of the works commitee for Chennai area on 24/10/2017:

The next meeting of the works committee will be held on October_24. The last meeting of the works commitee was held in February _17 although there are instructions to hold these meetings every month. We are extreamly sad at this gross violation of corporate office instructions regarding holding of council meetings and works committee meetings.


Next Circle council Meeting:

The next meeting of the circle council will be held on 26/10/17. The last meeting of the circle council council was held on 08/02/17 eight months ago although the corporate office instructions are there to hold the meeting of the Circle council once in three months.Only due to the pressure exerted by NFTE this meeting is announced. Hope many long pending issues will be solved soon.


Meeting with Sr.GM(HR) on 03/10/2017 to discuss the redeployment of staff:

The management has called both the recognized unions for discussions regarding the redeployment of staff.NFTE was represented by comrades CKM, Elangovan and Rajendiran. The management was represnted by Sr.GM,DGM,AGM's and SDE's.BSNLEU was represented by comrades Kanniappan, Natarajan and Maran.We sugessted the following.
1. Employees who are due for retirement within a year will have to be exempted from this process.
2.As per norms immunity from tranfers to union leaders and office berarers must be given.
3.The redeployment should be within the DGM area(In ChennaiTelephones and within DE area(In Chengalpet areas.
4.This must be completed by 31/12/2017).
5.Next meeting will be held on November_4.
6.The management should hand over the additional information asked for by 17/10/17 to both the unions.


Next General Council Meeting on 21/10/2017:

The meeting of the Circle unin General council will be held on 21/10/2017(Saturday)in Dinroze RSU compound at 02.30PM. The union journal(Sangamuzhzkkam) will be distributed to the members through branch unions. The decisions of the NECmeeting in Vijayawada from 12 to 13th of October_2017 will be explained in this meeting. All the members of the General councils are requested to attend the meeting in time without fail.


Extend support to the agitation call decided by NFTCL:

The contract labourers federation has reuested NFTE's help and co-operation to the demonstration on 10/10/2017 as decided by their special state conference of NFTCL in Trichy on 02/10/2017 on the just demands of the contract labourers including payment of Rs 7000/- as bonus before Deepavali. NFTE has agreed to support their agitation on 10/10/2017 and hence appeals to all our leaders and comrades at all levels of our union to extend their fullest cooperation and all possible help to this demonstration.


NFTCL State Conference decided to agitatate for Bonus before Deepavali:

On 02-10-2017 at Uraiyur near Tiruchirapalli the Special State Conference of Tamilnadu State NFTCL was held. At the end the conference unanimously decided to organise lunch hour demonstration wearing black badges on 10-10-2017 at all district Headquarters and indefinite strike from 16-10-2017 by Contract Labourers to demand, 1. Rs.7000/- as Bonus be paid before Deepavali.
2. Salary for weekly off.
3. Yearly 12 days of leave be granted.
4. Ensure payment of salary by 7 th of every month.
5. Issue of Photo ID cards.
6. Implementation of orders regarding minimum wages and categorisation of wages.
The conference was presided over by Comrade V. Mari , State Working President and was inaugurated by Comrade J. Lakshmanan, AITUC Secretary and was addressed by Comrades CKM, Mali, Jayaraman, Subbarayan, Rajasekaran, Ashokraj, Anandan, Elangoven, Suresh, Palaniappan, Milton, Kamaraj and others. Nearly 21 delegates participated in the discussion in the afternoon. On the whole it was a very successful and massive Conference.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


The Special State Conference of Tamilnadu NFTCL has just begun with flag hoisting in Tiruchirapalli today (02-10-17):

Already more than 500 comrades from all over Tamilnadu have come to this conference. We expect another 250 + within an hour as many are yet to reach the conference hall and on the way. Tamilnadu congress committee Vice-President Sugu Somu has unfurled the National Flag and NFTCL ( CHQ) Vice- President Ashokraj has unfurled the Red flag of NFTCL amidst slogan shouting by the delegates. This conference will focus on the four major demands of Telecom contract Labourers including Salary for weekly off and 12 days leave per year like NLC.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Raj Thackeray is sensible & correct:

The leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has raised few questions in his interview appeared in today's The Hindu daily.
1. What is the need for Bullet train at the huge cost of One lakh crore rupees. It will serve only the Gujarati people to travel from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and vice versa. When entire North east and Kashmir lacks Railway facilities this huge expenditure is immoral.This is being done only to win Gujarat elections once more. That's all.
2. Modi promised Indian People that if he becomes Prime Minister he will bring back all black money particularly from Swiss banks. He also promised that every one will be given 15 lakhs of rupees. But after three full years he is silent on this promise. But BJP President laughs and says that this promise was just an election gimmick. Are they trying to fool the people?.
3. Modi announced Demonetisation a year back. What is the amount of Black money unearthed till now? How many are arrested and behind bars for having Black money? Has corruption and terrorism stopped?.
In fact Raj Thackeray supported Modi in 2014 and praised him as a great visionary. Now it seems he is very much disappointed like crores of Indian people. Former Finance Minister in Vajpayee government Yashwant Sinha few days ago told that the economic situation of our country is in great mess and very bad shape. Hope people of India will give correct punishment to Modi & Co in Polls.


Farewell function at Ponneri on 28-09-17:

Comrade Manoharan , T. T. Who came for duty at a very young age of 14 as casual mazdoor is retiring on 30-09-17 after completing 39 long years of service. Today a felicitate him a retirement party was organised by Ponneri Division union.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Special State conference of NFTCL Tamilnadu in Trichy on 02-10-17:

Utilising our visit to Trichy today we had an informal meeting of the Reception committee in the presence of Comrades Anandan, Palaniappan, Subbarayan, Milton, Arumugam & Muthu and reviewed the arrangements for the state conference. Hope this conference of NFTCL in Tiruchirapalli will be a turning point in the life of the telecom Contract Labourers.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Wish Comrade M.Balaguru, J.E/ Tiruchirapalli a very happy retired life:

On 27-09-17 at Tiruchirapalli a farewell function was organised for Comrade Balaguru, Asst. District Secretary of Tiruchi NFTE-BSNL in which leaders of NFTE/NFTCL/ SEWA/ BSNL PWA etc participated and greeted him. He came to Tiruchirapalli from Nagapattinam ( Kumbakonam SSA) in 2005 and since then working in Tiruchirapalli. His contributions to the trade union movement is remarkable. As a sincere Communist he always stood firm in safeguarding the interests of the working people. I wished him a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


District Secretary of Thiruvallur NFTCL:

Comrade Janakiraman who was elected yesterday as the District Secretary of Thiruvallur NFTCL greeted me today at the General Council Meeting of NFTE-BSNL.  Click1,  Click2,


General Council Meeting of NFTE in Chennai Telephones on 26-09-17:

General Council Meeting of NFTE in Chennai Telephones on 26-09-17 The extended Circle Executive Committee meeting was held at Flower Bazaar exchange compound. Circle President Ramasamy presided over the meeting. Earlier a condolence resolution was unanimously passed which condemned the brutal killing of Bangalore journalist Gowri Lankesh by Hindutva elements. Comrade CKM introduced in his hour long speech all the agenda points. Com . T. R. Rajasekaran, CHQ Secretary explained the importance of the National Executive Committee meeting in Vijayawada from 12 to 13 th of October 2017. After detailed discussion by Circle Union office bearers and District Secretaries the General Council took the following decisions.
1. To press for the grant of Rs. 7000/- Bonus to all non- executive employees in BSNL.
2. To convey the feelings and thinking of our empoyees in Chennai regarding delay in the implementation of third Pay revision.
3. To press for a resolution against on the proposed handing over of 3000 CSCs to private agencies through tender 4. To compel the CHQ to organise an indefinite strike along with all other Unions/ Associations in BSNL for 3 PRC/ To stop the Formation of Separate Tower Company/ To stop Handing over the 3000 CSCs of BSNL to private agencies / To Revoke the ban on recruitment which is continuing ever since the days of Mrs. Indira Gandhi for more than 30 years . Only this step will avoid the acute shortage of staff.
5. The final decision on staff redeployment proposed by management should be implemented without disturbing the employees in large scale.Com. CKM assured the General Council Meeting that the details of discussion on redeployment of staff with Sr.GM(HR) on 03-10-17 will be informed to the Circle EC meeting and only after this final decision/ agreement will be signed with the management. Com . C.Ravi, Circle Treasurer proposed the vote of thanks.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Thiruvallur District NFTCL executive meeting at Ambattur on 25-09-17:

The meeting of the Thiruvallur district Contract Labourers Federation meeting was held under the presidentship P. Gopal. Many leaders of NFTCL and NFTE took part in it. Com. Janakiraman of Thiruvallur was elected as the District Secretary in place of Com. Babu who was transferred out of the district and hence resigned from the post. This meeting was informed that more than 100 comrades will attend the Trichy conference on 02-10-17 from Thiruvallur district.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Farewell function:

Farewell function to Comrade Sarangapani, Division Secretary of NFTE In Tambaram on 25-09-17.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Impressive beginning of Cuddalure / Villuppuram districts NFTCL conference at Villuppuram on 24-09-17:

The Telecom Contract Labourers of Cuddalure/ Villuppuram Districts jointly held their conference at Villuppuram on 24-09-17. More than 400 Contract Labourers attended enthusiastically in which Comrades CKM, Jayaraman, Anandan, Babu, Mari , Ashokraj and many other leaders of both NFTE and NFTCL addressed the conference. At the beginning of the conference a memorial stone marking the victory of achieving the categorisation of wages to all telecom Contract Labourers.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,


Circle Conference of TEPU on 23-09-17:

The fifth circle conference of TEPU was held in Chennai. Many politicians and union leaders greeted the conference. On behalf of National Forum and NFTE/ NFTCL comrade CKM took part in this conference and greeted it. The CGM, Miss. Kalavati in her brief speech recalled the two days Fast undertaken by NFTE Circle Secretary CKM two years ago to demand inclusion of reputed hospitals in BSNL MRS and due to that many good and reputed hospitals were approved by the management. We thank the CGM for this appreciation of NFTE publicly in the circle conference of other union in the presence of BSNLEU/ SEWA/ PEWA/ OBCEWA/TEPU leaders.This conference was well organised by Comrade J. Vijayakumar, the CS and Dy.GS of TEPU. Com.V.Subburaman, GS/TEPU and Com.Masilamani.GS/PEWA addressed the conference and explained the present position of BSNL and its employees.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Wish Comrade Lingamoorthy a very happy retired life:

The Joint General Secretary and Chennai Telephones Circle Secretary of FNTO union S. Lingamoorthy celebrated his retirement from BSNL on 21-09-2017 in a grand manner in Chennai. I along with Comrades Ramasamy, Elangoven, Ravi , Ragunathan, Ekambaram and others participated and greeted him. It is a record in National level that he is holding the post of Circle Secretary of FNTO from 1987 uninterrupted for more than 30 years.  Click1,  Click2,



Com. Islam Ahemad who was out of country for 45 days performing Haj in Mecca & Madeena has returned to India. We welcome him back amidst us.


NFTCL First State Conference in Jammu and Kasmir on 17/09/2017:

The first State conference of J&K state of Telecom contract labourers Federation was held onseptember-17 at the government Girls Higher Secondery School auditorium in Srinagar. The National president of NFTCL, Ashaq Ahemed presided over the conference and General Secretary, C.K.Mathivanan inugurated it. Lot of young and educated contract labourers very enthusistically participated and epressed their demands. In the afternoon session the new offic ebearers of State commitee of NFTCL were elected unanimously. State president: Com.RamkishenSharma(Jammu) State secretary: Com.Riyas Ahemeddar(Kashmir). National Vice president Ashokraj Greeted the conference and the newly elected office bearers.


Massive demonstration on 14-09-17:

More than 370 comrades of Chennai Telephones very enthusiastically participated in today's demonstration which lasted for nearly 4 hours in Anna Road compound. The demonstration was presided over by Comrade CKM and was attended by TEPU/ FNTO/ NFTCL/ PEWA / SEWA / NFTE Unions/ Associations. Member of Parliament T.K.S. Elangovan ( DMK),Hidayatullah (Congress) and J.Lakshmanan (CPI) spoke in the meeting held after the powerful demonstration and supported our struggle against privatisation of CSCs and formation of Separate tower company for 66000 BSNL mobile towers. Comrades Lingamoorthy, Vijayakumar, Jayaraman, Rajasekaran, Anandan, Babu, Mari, Arumugam and Elangovan also addressed the demonstrators.
Though today morning only our National Forum announced its agitation against formation of Separate tower company in BSNL we decided to observe the same today itself along with the already planned demonstration against handing over of CSCs to private companies through tender.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,


A cartoon in today's Times of India:

A cartoon in today's Times of India on the day light robbery of Governments in raising the price of Petrol/ Diesel on daily basis although the crude price at international market is falling.


Tamilnadu State Government employees are on agitation:

amilnadu State Government employees are on agitation demanding Pension as per old Pension Scheme. See below the difference between old and new Pension scheme . It is pertinent to mention here that the BSNL employees who were in service in DOT/ DTS as on 01-10-2000 are getting Government Pension from consolidated fund of India as per old Pension rules.


Farewell meeting of Comrade L.Kannaiah:

Farewell meeting of Comrade L.Kannaiah,Branch Secretary/NFTE held in Kalmandapam on 13/09/2017.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Met and thanked Congress Leaders:

On 09-09-17 on behalf of NFTE and NFTCL unions we met the congress party leaders and thanked for their support and protest against the move of the Modi government to hand over the BSNL Customerservice Centres to private agencies. We also invited them to address our protest demonstration on 14-09-17 ( Thursday) at Anna Road exchange compound during lunch hour.S/Sri. Thirunavukarasar and Sudharsana Nachiappan were present at this meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Secretariat of the NFTE Circle Union:

On 09-09-17 the meeting of the secretariat was held. It decided to withdraw the General Council decision to hold demonstration at CGM 's office from 11-09-2017 to 14-09-17 to demand immediate convening the Local/Circle Councils and Works Committees. As the management swung into action and notified/ conducted all the meetings there is no point in holding the demonstration.
The meeting also decided to hold a massive demonstration on 14-09-17 at Anna Road exchange compound to protest the handing over of CSCs in BSNL to private agencies through tender process. It is also decided to seek the support of all Unions/ Associations including BSNLEU/ FNTO. However the National Forum of BSNL Unions/ Associations has agreed to participate in it. The Secretariat meeting called upon all our activists and office bearers to mobilise maximum number of employees for this protest demonstration.
The next General Council Meeting will be held on 26-09-17. It was decided to mobilise at least 200 Contract Labourers to the NFTCL conference in Tiruchirapalli on 02-10-17.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Thanks to Sri.Thirunavukarasar!:

We are thankful to the Tamilnadu Congress Committee President Thirunavukarasar for opposing the attempts by Modi government to hand over more than 3000 Customer Service Centres (CSCs) on the spacious plea that Staff retirement is high and there is not enough manpower to man these CSCs. Sri. Thirunavukarasar' s press statement is very crisp and to the point. He had assured full support to any struggles against this sinister move to destroy BSNL. We thank him for this support. To express our sincere thanks tomorrow at 11.30 Circle Union leaders of both NFTE & NFTCL will meet him personally in Sathyamurthy Bhavan, the Congress party State Headquarters in Chennai.  Click1,


Superannuation of comrades:

Today the NFTE branch Secretary of Kalmandapam / External Kannaiah came to our union office along with Division Secretary Anandadevan and Mohan to invite myself and Circle President Ramasamy for his farewell function on 13-09-17 though he is retiring on 30-09-17 on superannuation. I felicitated him and assured to participate in his farewell meeting. He has donated 2000 rupees towards donation to the Circle Union. We thanked him and wish a very happy retired life.  Click1,
Today the Division Secretary of Tambaram under Kanchipuram District Union Comrade Sarangapani came to our union office along with Comrades Ekambaram, Selvarj to invite me, Circle President Ramasamy and NFTCL Tamilnadu State President for his retirement function. He also arranged on the same date the opening of a new branch of NFTCL there . Myself felicitated him and assured him of my participation in his farewell function on 25-09-17 along with NFTCL State Secretary S.Anandan.  Click1,


Modi government hasty decision:

Modi government has given 500 mobile handsets to high ranking Central Government officers in the rank of Secretary / Additional Secretary/ Joint Secretary level to avoid leakage of sensitive information/ communications. But the surprise part of the story is that these mobile handsets will be used only through Reliance JIO sims. So Modi has only faith in Ambani's company. He doesn't have any faith on the government company BSNL which is 100% owned by Government of India. Shame on the Prime Minister. NFTE / Chennai Telephones alongside all Unions and Associations in BSNL is planning to protest against this I'll advised move of the BJP government and to demand reversal of a very wrong decision of entrusting the job of keeping the communications secret to a fraudulent private sector company ignoring and insulting BSNL, a national PSU company.


Staff Side meeting on 07-09-17:

BSNLEU & NFTE leaders met at the Conference hall of GM ( North) in Flower Bazaar exchange complex. The meeting was chaired by Circle Council staff Side Leader C. K. Mathivanan, Staff side Secretary Comrade Kanniappan explained the forthcoming Circle Council agenda. After discussion by both the Union leaders agenda points were finalised.Com. K. M. Elangovan, ACS / NFTE proposed vote of thanks.
After this meeting informally both the unions have agreed to organise jointly a demonstration In Chennai 1. Against the Move of the Management to hand over the CSCs to the private agencies.
2. To protest against the decision of the Modi government to hand over 500 Reliance Jio handsets to all the high ranking officers of central government ignoring the BSNL.
The date and venue will be Announced after few days.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Corporate Headquarters trying to destroy BSNL?:

Today number of press and Television Reporters contacted me over phone to get my reaction on the decision of the BSNL corporate office to hand over the Customer Service Centres ( CSCs) to private agencies. I was informed by the media people that the reasons attributed by the management of BSNL for this handing over of CSCs was heavy retirement of staff manning these CSCs. I expressed my opposition to this retrograde step of BSNL management which will surely break the back bone of BSNL itself. But why National leadership of any Union in BSNL has not given this news in their websites so far ? Probably they might not aware of this very wrong decision. How the management could take such nasty decisions without discussing with the unions in BSNL? If this news is correct we need to oppose it with all our might unitedly. Otherwise the management will be emboldened to hand over each and every part of our work to private agencies gradually as retirement of employees is not going to stop and will only continue in future also.
I informed the media people that since 1983 the ban on recruitment of Group C/D category staff continue for more than 34 years without any break. Naturally the retirement of staff created acute shortage of staff in BSNL where the Staff Telephones ratio is very very low. If the management is really worried about the less number of staff manning the CSCs , Why it shouldn't begin recruitment of new and young people instead of handing over the work of CSCs to private agencies ? This will help thousands of young educated but unemployed youth of our country. But the policy of the government ( Department of Telecom) is to destroy Public Sector companies particularly in Telecom Sector ( BSNL/ MTNL) so that its well wishers in Reliance Jio and other private companies grow and reap huge profits. Hence the struggle to oppose and stop this anti- BSNL decision must be prompt, united and strong. Fast/ Dharna like protest actions will not reverse the Government's decisions. Hope the Unions will raise above all differences to begin immediate strike action to stop the works of BSNL are systematically being handed over to Private agencies/ companies on one or the other pretext.


அனிதாவின் தற்கொலை அரசபயங்கரவாதம் - சிவகார்த்திகேயன் முதல் ஜஸ்டின் பிரபாகரன் வரை #NEETkilledAnitha:

வறுமையைவென்று தலைநிமிர்ந்து மருத்துவராக வாழவேண்டும் என்று ஆசைப்பட்ட ஏழை மாணவி அனிதா. ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் எதிர்காலம் குறித்து கனவுகண்டு, அதை நினைவாக்க கல்வி ஒன்றே வழி என்று உணர்ந்து கண்ணும் கருத்துமாய் படித்து இந்த ஆண்டு பொதுத்தேர்வில் ப்ளஸ் டூ வகுப்பில் 1176 மதிப்பெண்கள் வாங்கியிருந்தார். ஆனால், மத்திய அரசு கொண்டுவந்துள்ள 'நீட்' நுழைவுத்தேர்வில் அவரால் போதிய மதிப்பெண்களைப் பெறமுடியவில்லை. காரணம் கல்வித்திட்டம். சிபிஎஸ்சி கல்வியின் அடிப்படையில் கேட்கப்பட்ட கேள்விகளுக்கு மாநில கல்வியில் படித்தவர்களால் சரியான விடையளிக்க முடியவில்லை.  Read more


நீட் வெறும் தொடக்கமே:

[கீழ்கண்ட கட்டுரை விகடன் வலைத்தளத்தில் வெளியிடப்பட்டது. பிறகு இதை செம்மைப்படுத்தி வெளியிட வேண்டும் என்று நினைத்து முடியாமல் போயிற்று. தற்போதைய சூழலில் இது முக்கியத்துவம் வாய்ந்தது. ‘தரம்’ ‘தரம்’ என்பவர்களின் நோக்கம் சுதந்திரத்திற்கு முன்பிருந்தே ஒன்று தான். மனுநீதியை உறுதி செய்வது தான் அது. அதன் தொடக்கம் தான் நீட்.]
Rajagopal Subramaniam.
ஐந்து எட்டாம் வகுப்பு மாணவர்களுக்கான பொது தேர்வு அவசியமா?:
நாடு முழுவதும் ஐந்து மற்றும் எட்டாம் வகுப்புகளுக்கு தேர்வு நடத்துவதற்காக சட்டம் இயற்றப்படும் என்று மத்திய மனிதவளத்துறை அமைச்சர் பிரகாஷ் ஜவடேகர் அறிவித்துள்ளார். மார்ச் தேர்வில் தோல்வியடைபவர்களுக்கு இரண்டு மாதத்தில் மீண்டும் ஒரு வாய்ப்பு மே மாதம் வழங்கப்படும், எனினும் மாநிலங்கள் விரும்பாவிட்டால் இது திணிக்கப்படாது என்றும் தற்போது வரை 23 மாநிலங்கள் தேர்வை விரும்புவதாகவும் கூறியுள்ளார். தனியார் பள்ளிகளை விட அரசு பள்ளிகளில் பள்ளிகல்வியிலிருந்து வெளியேறுவது இரண்டு மடங்கு அதிகம் என்பதை ஒத்துக்கொண்டுள்ள அவர் அது பற்றி ஆராய்வதற்கு எந்த நடவடிக்கையும் மேற்கொள்ளப்படாது என்பதையும் அறிவித்துள்ளார். இது எத்தகைய விளைவுகளை ஏற்படுத்தும் என்பதை ஆராய்வதே கட்டுரையின் நோக்கம்.
விரிவாக இது குறித்து ஆராய்வதற்கு முன்பு, கட்டாய ஆரம்பக் கல்வி (ஆறு முதல் 14 வயது வரை உள்ள குழந்தைகளின் கல்வி) குறித்த வரலாற்று ரீதியிலான ஒரு மீள் பார்வையும் அவசியம். மேலும், ஆரம்பக் கல்வி அரசியமைப்புச்சட்ட அடிப்படை உரிமையாக 2௦௦2-ல் மாற்றப்படுவதற்கு மிக நீண்ட நெடிய வரலாறு இருக்கிறது.பிரிட்டிஷ் இந்தியாவில் கல்வி என்பது பார்ப்பனர்களுக்கும் பிற உயர் சாதியினருக்கும் மட்டுமே இருந்த நிலையில் மகாத்மா ஜோதிராவ் பூலே கல்விக்கான இந்திய கமிஷனான ஹன்ட்டர் கமிஷனிடம் 1882-ம் ஆண்டு கல்வியில் சாதி ரீதியிலான பேதத்தை சுட்டிக்காட்டி முறையீடு செய்கிறார்.
எதிர்பார்த்தபடியே ஒன்றும் நடக்கவில்லை. பிறகு கோபால கிருஷ்ண கோகலே 1911-ம் ஆண்டு அனைவருக்குமான கட்டாய இலவச கல்விக்கான மசோதாவை இம்பீரியல் சட்ட மன்றத்தில் கொண்டு வந்த போது உயர் குடியினரிடமிருந்தும், நில உடமையாளர்களிடமிருந்தும் பல்வேறு சமஸ்தானங்களின் மகாராஜாக்களிடமிருந்து கடும் எதிர்ப்பு நிலவியது. பீகார், தர்பங்காவை சேர்ந்த மஹாராஜா அனைத்து குழந்தைகளையும் பள்ளிக்கு அனுப்பிவிட்டால் பண்ணை வேலைகளை யார் பார்ப்பது என்று ஆட்சேபித்து பல்லாயிரக்கணக்கான நில உடைமையாளர்கள், ஜமீன்தார்களிடம் கையெழுத்து பெற்று அனுப்பியிருக்கிறார் என்றால் எதிர்ப்பு எத்தகையது என்பது புரியும்.
பிறகு 1937-ம் ஆண்டு காந்தி வார்தாவில் நடைபெற்ற தேசிய கல்வி மாநாட்டில் பலத்த எதிர்ப்புக்கிடையே 7 வயது வரைக்குமான குழந்தைகளுக்கு ஆரம்பக் கல்விக்கு சம்மதிக்க வைத்திருக்கிறார். பிறகு அரசியலமைப்புச் சட்ட விவாதங்களிலும் கட்டாய கல்வியை அடிப்படை உரிமைகளின் கீழ் கொண்டு வருவதற்கு கடும் எதிர்ப்பு நிலவியது. ‘நிதிச்சுமை’, செயல்படுத்த முடியாத விஷயங்களை அடிப்படை உரிமைகளாக்குவதால் பயனில்லை’ போன்ற பல்வேறு காரணங்கள் பட்டியலிடப்பட்டன.
பல்வேறு கட்ட விவாதங்களுக்கு பிறகு கட்டாய ஆரம்பக் கல்வியை அடிப்படை உரிமைகளின் கீழ் கொண்டு வராமல் வழிகாட்டு நெறிமுறைகளின் (Directive principles of state policy) கீழ் சேர்க்கப்பட்டது. இதன் படி அரசமைப்புச்சட்ட அமலான பத்து ஆண்டுகளுக்குள் ஒவ்வொரு மாநிலமும் பதினான்கு வயதுக்குட்பட்ட அனைத்து குழந்தைகளுக்கும் கட்டாயமாக இலவச கல்வி அளிக்க வேண்டும். கட்டாய ஆரம்பக்கல்வியை 14 வயது வரை நீடித்தால் மனித வள பற்றாக்குறை ஏற்படும், கல்விக்கான நிதிச்சுமை ஏற்படும், எனவே 11 வயது வரை சுருக்கி கொள்ளலாம் என்று அப்போதும் ‘மனித நேய மாந்தர்கள்’ குரல் கொடுத்திருக்கிறார்கள். அம்பேத்கர் இதை ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளாமல் இறுதி வரை போராடி, ‘11 வயது தான் குழந்தை தொழிலாளி உருவாவதற்கான பருவம்’ என்று குறிப்பிட்டு 14 வயது வரை அவர்கள் இருக்க வேண்டிய இடம் பள்ளிகள் தான் என்று 11 வயது வரம்பை அனுமதிக்கவில்லை.
ஆனால், பத்து ஆண்டுகளுக்குள் செய்ய வேண்டிய அரசியலமைப்புச்சட்ட கடமையை எந்த மாநில அரசும் செய்யவில்லை. [ஆனால், இதே போல வழிகாட்டு நெறிமுறைகளின் கீழ் சேர்க்கப்பட்ட ‘கால்நடை பாதுகாப்பு நடவடிக்கையாக பசுவதை தடுப்பை உறுதி செய்ய வேண்டும்’ என்பதை பின்பற்றி தமிழ்நாடு உட்பட பல்வேறு மாநிலங்கள் சட்டம் இயற்றி தடுத்தார்கள் என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.] பிறகு, கல்விக்கான பல்வேறு கமிஷன்கள், கொள்கை வரைவுகள், விவாதங்களுக்கு பிறகு 2௦௦2-ஆம் ஆண்டு தான் 14 வயதுக்குட்பட்ட குழந்தைகளுக்கு கட்டாய இலவச ஆரம்பக் கல்வி அளிக்க வேண்டும் என்பது அடிப்படை உரிமைகளின் கீழ் கொண்டு வரப்பட்டு 86-வது அரசியலமைப்புச்சட்ட திருத்தம் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டது. இதற்கு பிறகு தான் மத்திய அரசின் கட்டாய கல்வி உரிமைச்சட்டம், 2௦௦9 நிறைவேற்றப்பட்டது.
ஆனால், இந்த கல்வி உரிமைச் சட்டம் குறித்து அனில் சடகோபால் உள்ளிட்ட கல்வியாளர்கள் கடும் அதிருப்தி தெரிவித்து விரிவாக ஆராய்ந்து இது எவ்வாறு அரசியலமைப்புச்சட்டத்தின் சமத்துவத்துக்கு எதிராக இருக்கிறது என்று எழுதியிருக்கிறார்கள். கல்வி அனைவருக்கும் பொதுவானதாக, சமமானதாக இருக்க வேண்டும் என்பது தான் அரசியலமைப்புச்சட்டத்தின் அடிப்படை கோட்பாடு. ஆனால், யதார்த்தத்தில் வட்டார அரசு பள்ளிகள், கிராம பள்ளிகள், அரசு மத்திய பள்ளிகள், நவோதயா பள்ளிகள், ராணுவ சைனிக் பள்ளிகள், தனியார் பள்ளிகள், சர்வதேச உறைவிட பள்ளிகள் என உட்கட்டமைப்பு வசதிகளிலும், தரத்திலும் மக்களிடையே பாகுபாடு ஏற்படுத்துவதை அங்கீகரிப்பதாக தான் இந்த சட்டம் இருக்கிறது என்று குறிப்பிடுகிறார்கள்.
மேலும், புதிய பொருளாதார கொள்கைகளின் அடிப்படையில் இந்தியா கையெழுத்திட்ட காட் ஒப்பந்தத்தின் அடிப்படையில் கல்வியை பண்டமாக்கும் ஒரு முயற்சியாகவும் கல்வியில் தனியாரை ஊக்குவிப்பதற்காகவும் பெரு முதலாளிகளுக்கு தேவைப்படும் கூலிகளாக அனுப்பும் வண்ணமும் தான் அரசின் கல்விக் கொள்கைகள் உள்ளன என்றும் சாடுகிறார்கள். ஆனால், எவ்வளவு குறைபாடுகள் இருந்தாலும் இந்த சட்டத்தில் உள்ள ஒரு நல்ல அம்சமாக ஆரம்பக்கல்வி முடிக்கும் வரை அதாவது எட்டாம் வகுப்பு வரை மாணவர்கள் தேர்வில் வெற்றி பெற தேவையில்லை என்பதை குறிப்பிடலாம்.
பெரும்பான்மையான கிராமப்புற ஏழை, நடுத்தர வர்க்கத்தை சேர்ந்த மாணவர்களின் கல்வி என்பது அவர்கள் எந்த வகுப்பிலாவது தோல்வி அடைவதோடு முடிந்து விடும். இரு சக்கர, நான்கு சக்கர பழுது பார்ப்பவர்கள் நிலையங்கள், உணவகங்கள், தையல் நிலையங்களில் வேலை பார்ப்பவர்கள், தச்சு வேலை செய்பவர்கள், எலக்ட்ரிஷியன்கள் என அமைப்பு சாரா தொழில்களில் ஈடுபடுவோர் அனைவரும் இவ்வாறு தோல்வியடைந்து வெளியேறிவர்களாகவே இருப்பார்கள். விதிவிலக்குகளாக ஆண் குழந்தைகளுக்கு வேண்டுமானால் மறுவாய்ப்பு கிடைக்கும், ஆனால் பெண் குழந்தைகளுக்கு எந்த வகுப்பில் தோல்வி அடைகிறார்களோ அப்போதே அவர்களின் கல்வி முடிந்து விடும்.
எனவே, எட்டாம் வகுப்பு வரை மாணவர்கள் தேர்வில் வெற்றி பெற தேவையில்லை என்பதற்கு, ‘கல்வி குழந்தைகளை அச்சுறுத்தவோ உளவியல் அழுத்தங்களை ஏற்படுத்த கூடாது’ என்பதை தாண்டி முதன்மையான நோக்கம் மாணவர்களை ஆரம்பக்கல்வியிலிருந்து வெளியேறுவதை தடுப்பதே எனலாம். ஒருவகையில் குழந்தை தொழிலாளர் முறை ஒழிப்பை வேறுவிதமாக இது நிறைவேற்றுகிறது இதற்கு தான் தற்போது வேட்டு வைக்கும் வண்ணம் அமைச்சர் பேசியிருக்கிறார்.
ஐந்தாம் வகுப்பு எட்டாம் வகுப்புகளுக்கு தேர்வு முறையை பிரகாஷ் ஜவடேகர் இப்போது தான் ஆரம்பித்திருக்கிறார் என்பது உண்மை அல்ல. சில ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பே ஸ்மிருதி இராணி மனிதவளத்துறை அமைச்சராக இருந்த போதே ஆரம்பித்து விட்டது. இது குறித்து அனைத்து மாநிலங்களிடமும் கருத்து கேட்டதாகவும் 28 மாநிலங்கள் பதில் அனுப்பியதாகவும் அவற்றில் 23 மாநிலங்கள் பள்ளிக்கல்வியில் தோல்வி கூடாது என்பதை மாற்ற வேண்டும் என்று பரிந்துரை செய்ததாகவும் சொல்கிறார்கள். ஆனால், அந்த 23 மாநிலங்கள் எவை என்பது குறிப்பாக சொல்லப்படவில்லை. ஆனால், முன்னெடுத்தது பாஜக ஆளும் ராஜஸ்தான் மற்றும் மத்திய பிரதேச கல்வி அமைச்சர்கள். தேர்வை ஆதரிப்பவர்கள் சொல்வது, ‘எட்டாம் வகுப்பு வரை தேர்வு இல்லாததால் மாணவர்கள் கல்வியை சீரியஸாக எடுத்துக்கொள்வதில்லை’, ‘ஒன்பதாம் வகுப்பில் தேர்ச்சி விகிதம் குறைகிறது’, ‘மாணவர்களின் தரம் குறைகிறது’, ‘மறு வாய்ப்பு அளிக்கப்படும்’ போன்ற காரணங்கள். ஆனால், நடைமுறையில் இவை அனைத்திற்குமே வேறு காரணங்கள் இருக்கின்றன.
கிராமப்புறங்களில் பல பள்ளிகள் ஒரு ஆசிரியர் பள்ளிகளாக இயங்குகின்றன, பல பள்ளிகளில் தலைமை ஆசிரியர்களே இல்லாத நிலை, ஒப்பந்த அடிப்படையில் நியமிக்கப்படும் ஆசிரியர்கள், ஆசிரியர்கள் வேறு நிர்வாக பணிகளுக்கு பயன்படுத்தப்படுவது, கல்விக்கான நிதி ஒதுக்கீடுகளை குறைப்பது போன்ற பல்வேறு காரணிகள் இருக்கின்றன. இதை மறைப்பதற்காக தான் பிரகாஷ் ஜவடேகர் ‘அரசு பள்ளிகளில் பள்ளிகல்வியிலிருந்து வெளியேறுவது தனியார் பள்ளிகளை விட இரண்டு மடங்கு அதிகம் என்பதை ஒத்துக்கொண்டவர் அது குறித்த காரணங்களை ஆராய்வதற்கு எந்த நடவடிக்கையும் மேற்கொள்ளப்படாது என்பதையும் அறிவித்துள்ளார்.
மொத்தத்தில் தேர்வு வைத்து மோசமான தேர்ச்சி விகிதங்களை காரணம் காட்டி அரசுப்பள்ளிகளை அரசு-தனியார் கூட்டுத் திட்டத்தின் கீழ் தனியாருக்கு தாரை வார்ப்பது தான் உண்மையான நோக்கமாக இருக்குமோ என்று சந்தேகப்பட வைக்கிறது. [சரியாக இயங்காத அரசுப்பள்ளிகளை தனியாரிடம் ஒப்படைக்கலாம் என்ற சமீபத்திய அறிவிப்பினையும் இணைத்துப் பார்க்க வேண்டியுள்ளது]
கல்வித்தரம், மாணவர்களின் எதிர்காலம் குறித்து உண்மையிலேயே அக்கறை இருப்பவர்கள் பின்லாந்து முறையை தான் பின்பற்ற வேண்டும். உலகிலேயே சிறந்த கல்வி முறையாக சொல்லப்படும் பின்லாந்து மாணவர்கள் சர்வதேச போட்டிகளில் முன்னிலை வகிக்கிறார்கள். அங்கு பள்ளிக்கல்வியின் இறுதியில் ஒரே ஒரு தேர்வு தான் நடத்தப்படுகிறது. மேலும், பின்லாந்தில் அரசு தான் அனைவருக்கும் கல்வி அளிக்கிறது, தனியார் பள்ளிகளே கிடையாது என்பதுடன் ஏழை, பணக்காரர் என அனைவருக்கும் ஒரே வகையான கல்வி தான் கற்றுத்தரப்படுகிறது. கல்லூரி கட்டணமும் கிடையாது என்பதால் மாணவர்களிடம் கல்விக்கடன் குறித்த எந்த அழுத்தமும் கிடையாது.
தமிழக அரசு ஒன்றும் நியாயவான்களாக இல்லாவிட்டாலும் மாநிலமெங்கும் இருக்கும் ஏழை எளிய மாணவர்களுக்கு அரசு பள்ளிகள் தான் இன்றும் ஒரே வாய்ப்பாக இருக்கின்றன. தமிழகமும் கல்வியில் தனியாரை தொடர்ந்து ஊக்குவித்தாலும் ஓட்டு அரசியலுக்காகவாவது பள்ளிக் கல்வித்துறை ஏழை எளிய மாணவர்கள் பள்ளிக்கல்வியிலிருந்து வெளியேறாமல் தடுப்பதற்கு பல்வேறு வகைகளில் மானியங்கள்,சிறப்புத்திட்டங்கள் மூலமாக ஊக்குவித்து வருகிறது. சத்துணவு, இலவச பஸ் பாஸ், சீருடை, புத்தகப்பை, மிதிவண்டி, லாப்டாப் என பல்வேறு திட்டங்களை சிறப்பாக அமல்படுத்தி நாட்டுக்கே முன்னோடியாக திகழ்கிறது. ஒரு வகையில் சில பிரிவினர்க்கு மாணவர்கள் கல்வியை தொடர்வதற்கே இது போன்ற சலுகைகள் தான் பெரும் ஊக்குவிப்பாக அமைகின்றது.
மற்ற மாநிலங்கள் சமூக நீதி, ஏழை எளிய மக்கள் குறித்து கவலைப்படாமல் இருந்தாலும் சமூக நீதியில் முன்னோடி மாநிலமாக இருப்பதால் கட்டாயம் இந்த திட்டத்தை எதிர்க்க வேண்டும். மாநிலங்கள் விருப்பப்படாவிட்டால் தேர்வு கட்டாயம் இல்லை என்பது தற்போது அறிவிக்கப்பட்டிருந்தாலும் கல்வி பொதுப்பட்டியலில் இருப்பதால் மத்திய அரசு இயற்றும் சட்டம் எப்படி இருக்கும் என்பது தெரியவில்லை. நாளையே ஏதாவது ஒரு என்.ஜி.ஓ, பள்ளிக் கல்வியிலும் தரம் வேண்டும் என்ற அடிப்படையில் நாடு முழுவதும் தேர்வுகளை நடத்த வேண்டும் என்று வழக்கு போட்டால் அதையும் தகுதி, தரம் என்று அதையும் ஆதரிக்க நமது நீதிமன்றங்கள் தயாராக தான் இருக்கும். எனவே தமிழ்நாடு அரசு விழிப்பாக இருப்பது அவசியம்.
நன்றி: Rajagopal Subramaniam
நன்றி: For further reading Search in Google..Right to Education vs. Right to Education Act- Anil Sadgopal.


On NEET examination:

NEW INDIA of Modi&Co:On the unfortunate and most tragic death of Student Anitha , who was forced to commit suicide to protest the NEET examination imposed on Tamilnadu by Modi government many persons have expressed their opinion. All condemned the adamant attitude of Modi government except the power brokers and selfish leaders like Thambidurai,Dr. Krishnaswamy etc. BJP slaves as expected justifying the NEET examination. Coming to the sensible comments to Ameer, he told the media that in Old India students committed suicide when they got poor marks or failed in +2 examination. But in Modi's New India now a student from the most exploited community with very poor background Miss. Anitha committed suicide even after she secured state rank in +2 examination. This proves that Modi's New India is not meant for poor and downtrodden people but only for rich and very forward people.
In the whole episode the Tamilnadu State Government's abject surrender to Modi government make me remember Jayalalitha. Had she alive today she would not have meekly surrendered to the Central Government on this issue. Tamilnadu has become a playground for BJP.


Staff Side will meet on 07-09-17:

The meeting of the staff side will be held on 07-09-17( Thursday) at 10.30 am in Flower Bazaar exchange compound. It will finalise the agenda points for the forthcoming Circle Council Meeting. All the staff side members are requested to participate and contribute in this meeting.


Narendra Modi, the present day NERO?:

The RBI report submitted on Wednesday (30-08-17) proves a point which every Indian was knowing well from 08-11-2016 , the date Modi announced the demonstration of Rs.1000/500 notes all of a sudden and most dramatically. It was an out and out foolish decision which halted the Indian economy and put the 120 crores people in to suffering and great difficulties. It had cost 102 precious lives who died in standing in vain for days and weeks in front of Banks/ ATMs to withdraw their hard earned money and exchange the demonetised notes of Rs. 1000/500. All this for nothing?.
The RBI report calls the bluffs and deliberate lies of both Modi and Arun Jaitley. At the end of nearly ten months now the fact is that no Black money was unearthed or great amount of Black money was laundered in to white by this exercise. Modi is looking like the irresponsible and idiotic king NERO who was fiddling while Rome city was burning. He promised heaven. But now we get nothing. RBI had to spent rupees 3420 crores to print new notes of 2000/500 etc. No gain but huge loss for the nation as a whole. Modi as the man behind this fiasco must own the responsibility for this blunder and along with his Finance Minister either apologise to the nation through his Man- Ki-Bath or quietly resign. In any other country the PM/ FM would have resigned for this. But we are in India, where Politicians are thick skinned and loud mouthed.


NFTE & National Forum must act with out any further delay on 3 rd PRC:

It is reported in today's" The Hindu " Daily that in Coal Sector where more than three lac employees are working the wage revision agreement is to be signed by trade unions by 31-08-17. Further it was mentioned that the periodicity of wage revision is only five years and actual raise in Basic Pay will be 20% which is more than what the Union cabinet had decided.
Therefore Let us not waste any more time as thousands retire every month without Third Pay revision. It is high time both Forums jointly decide for indefinite Strike to secure Third Pay revision with a periodicity of Five years only.  Click1,


Wish Comrade Ashokraj a very happy retired life today:

The National Vice-President of NFTCL, Puducherry Ashokraj is retiring on 31-08-17. He is a dedicated leader of the employees, casual & Contract Labourers for nearly four decades. He held high positions In NFPTE, NFTE and presently holding the post of National Vice-President of Telecom Contract Labourers Federation ( NFTCL) . We wish him a very happy retired life and active trade union life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Secretariat meeting of NFTE Circle Union on 09-09-17:

The meeting of Circle Secretariat will be held on 09-09-2017 (Saturday) at 2 pm in the Union office at Flower Bazaar exchange compound. Circle President M.K. Ramasamy will preside the meeting.Following shall be the agenda:
1.Four days Demonstration from 11-09-17 at CGM's office.
2.National Executive meeting at Vijayawada.
3.General Council Meeting for September/2017.
4.Issues pending for a long time.
5.Bonus/ Pay revision.
6.Any other points.
All the 15 members of the Secretariat are requested to attend the meeting in time with out fail. C.K.Mathivanan,
Circle Secretary/NFTE
Chennai Telephones.


Welcome initiative by the Management:

The General Council Meeting held on 19-08-2017 resolved to organise Demonstrations during lunch hour for four days from 11-09-17 in front of the office of the CGM to demand immediate convening of Work committees ana Local/ Circle Council Meetings as one year was already washed away without any meeting due to the delaying tactics of BSNLEU in forwarding the names of that union representatives due to endless factions . But now we were informed by the management in writing that almost all work committees/ council meetings are being convened before 11-09-17. Yet we didn't hear anything about the Circle Council. So far only one meeting of the Circle Council was held in February/2016 . But as per the instructions of the corporate Headquarters by this time at least five such meetings should have been held by this time. Hence we will wait further and see whether the management notify all meetings before 10-09-2017. If that is not happening we will proceed and hold demonstrations from 11-09-2017 as decided.
We thank the Circle Administration for issuing the order on 28-08-17 for the pay revision of 16 D/Man cadre officials as per our long time request. Though Many of the D/Man comrades were already retired from service they will get benefits out of this pay revision and consequently pension revision. We thank DGM ( Hr), AGM( Admn) and other executives for this settlement.


Trichy Conference of Telecom Contract Labourers on 02-10-2017:

The circle union wishes the Trichy NFTCL conference on 02/10/2017 every success.  Click1,


Big joke!:

Right to eat food of one's choice is now our fundamental right. But who will provide food to all the people ? Whether Supreme Court will direct the Central/ State Governments to provide food to all citizens and make it a compulsory responsibility of the Governments? Then only hunger/ starvation of our people will get eradicated. Until then the historic judgment of the Supreme Court making right to eat food of one's choice will be only on paper although it is a Fundamental Right.


Dangerous trend?:

Trade Unions are to preach and practice Secular values among the workers. Religion/ Caste feelings are some of the factors which are dangerously against the working class unity. NFTE or its predecessor organisation NFPTE were led by our veteran leaders on the progressive Secular and democratic ways. But nowadays we found a clear deviation from these time tested policies. First we noticed few years ago in Jaipur at NEC meeting Hindu God worshipping by means of pujas which were led by the General Secretary C. Singh himself . Now on a Hindu Festival of Ganesh Chathurthi the General Secretary has posted his greetings on the official website of NFTE. Following him a District Union website in Tamilnadu also posted its greetings on Ganesh Chathurthi. It is surprising that a Union which boasts about its rich tradition and history has gone to this low by patronising a religious festival this way on Union website.
We are not against any particular religion. Any one can believe or follow any religion or not is his/ her individual freedom/ right. But thrusting it on an organisation like Trade Union is totally unacceptable and highly irresponsible as it will only help communal forces to strengthen their grip on the working people. Religion should not be mixed with a trade union for any reason. We hope the General Secretary of NFTE will correct his mistake at the earliest to safeguard the mighty NFTE which has a large membership from all religion. When Secular principles are under severe attack today in our country from the powerful communal forces this casual and harmful behaviour of a Senior CPI leader who is holding the post of General Secretary of NFTE is disgusting and unpardonable.Hope things will be corrected before it is too late.


Big blow to RSS/BJP?:

Though outwardly the central government welcomes the historic Supreme Court judgment on Right to Privacy , the dark forces behind the government are shell shocked . Because their Facist agenda has now met a road block due to the judgment of Supreme Court declaring Right to Privacy as a Fundamental Right. The immediate impact will be on ban against Beef eating as one's eating habits are surely comes under Privacy which was upheld now as a Fundamental Right of every citizen. In nutshell the nine member constitutional bench of the highest court of the land have done a very great service to the country and have protected the pluralistic nature of our Indian society, customs and culture.


Impressive Farewell:

On 23-08-17 at Kodambakkam a impressive farewell meeting was organised for Comrade C. N. Vijay Sai , Branch Secretary of NFTE-BSNL in Vembuliamman koil street who is retiring on 31-08-17 after completing 40 years of service.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Grand farewell to Comrade Asokraj on 22-08-17 in Puducherry:

Senior NFTE leader and NFTCL National Vice - President Asokraj is retiring on 31-08-2017 after completing 40 years of service. He is a very senior line staff union leader and a ardent Communist. He held Circle level posts in both Line staff Union and thereafter NFTE. He was the former Circle Treasurer of Tamilnadu NFTE. To felicitate him comrades from all over Tamilnadu came to Puducherry and acknowledged his solid contributions to the General Trade Union movement and particularly the Telecom/ BSNL employees of Tamilnadu. He was greeted by many leaders of all most all Unions including the PGM/ Puducherry of BSNL. Senior Leader Mali presided over the felicitation meeting in which Comrades Jayaraman, Rajasekaran, Venkatachalapathi, Anandan , Sundaram, Papanasam, Balakannan , Palaniappan, Mari, VKG, Anbalagan, Ganesan, Sundaramurthy, Babu, Ramasamy, Elangoven, Parimalam, Kumar, Thangamani, Ragunathan, Arumugam, Kothandapani, Bose, Sekar, Shanmugam, Dharmadoss, CPI State Secretary R. Viswanathan , CPI National Council member Kalainathan, AITUC President Abhisekam and many others.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


General Council Meeting of the Circle Union on 19-08-17:

The monthly meeting of the General Council was held today at Anna Road exchange compound. It passed three resolutions on Pay revision, Bonus & Demonstration for four days from 11-09-17 at CGM 's office to protest against the delay in holding the Circle/ Local Council & Works Committee meetings as per the instructions of Corporate office. A four page printed circular was distributed to the branch Unions.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


NFTCL Flag hoisted at Anna Road:

On 19-08-17 a stone pillar was opened and NFTCL flag was hoisted at Anna Road exchange compound to felicitate the State Secretary Anandan for getting the wages as per Categorisation to Contract Labourers who were till now paid only Unskilled wages. This function was organised by Anna Road NFTCL comrades led by Tamilarasu and Dayalan.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Case of 49 TSMs in Chennai Telephones:

On our continuous efforts upto the Minister of Communications the CAT judgment for retrenching nearly 53 Temporary Status Mazdoors of erstwhile Chengalpet SSA was kept on hold till this day . Many are in the age bracket of 50 years. Already two have crossed the age of 60 and two have expired during this litigation. It was alleged that these TSMs have submitted first false birth certificates and thereafter original birth certificates due to someone's wrong advice . But they had continued in service for more than 25 to 30 years till this day. Now if these people were discharged from service where will they go and how their family and children will survive? Without looking this issue as a legal one the management needs to approach this on purely humanitarian and sympathetic grounds. All said and done they have worked for BSNL all these years continuously. Hence allow them to continue in service till they attain the age of 60 is one solution we wish to suggest. The CGM/ Chennai has already taken up their case with corporate office in a very positive manner and trying for their continuance despite a very negative legal opinion. NFTE is taking up this issue with utmost urgency at the highest level including the Ministry of Communications once again. Let our efforts give these unfortunate TSMs a confidence in their Future and Trade Union movement.  Click1,



The BJP government at the centre is usurping step by step the meagre powers State Governments have in India under the federal setup. GST took away the rights of taxation thereby causing a grave damage to the financial stability of the States under Indian Union. Now by refusing to air the Independence Day message/ Address on Radio and Television of an elected Chief Minister of a State like Tripura the I&B ministry has created a blot on Centre- State relationship.
The authorities of Government media wanted modifications in the speech by Hon'ble CM of Tripura. That is his criticism on Communal/ Facist elements were not liked by the RSS run I&B ministry. But when Modi was a Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2013 he actually began his election campaign for 2014 Parliamentary elections in which he was projected as a PM candidate by his party misusing the Independence Day broadcast through Radio & Television. The Manmohan Singh Government did not stop his speech as it believed in the freedom of speech and allowed the rights of a opposition CM to criticise the government at centre. Congress government was not Undemocratic like BJP under Modi- Amit Shah duo.
BJP used all avenues to criticise the government run by Congress but seldom allowed the same rights and facilities to the opposition parties while in power. Where this Country is heading to?.


General Council Meeting of NFTE Postponed:

Due to heavy rain forecast for Thursday the General Council Meeting of the Circle Union is postponed to Saturday(19-08-17). Asper the revised programme the General Council Meeting will be now held at Anna Road exchange compound itself at 3 pm. The NFTCL flag hoisting and memorial stone inauguration function will also be held there as it was planned originally on 19-08-17 .The two Meetings will be jointly held at Anna Road exchange compound on August-19 . All the members of the General Council please note the change of date and place of meeting and accordingly intimate other members.


Happy Independence Day:

The nation is celebrating 71 st Independence Day on 15-08-2017. We wish every fellow Indian a very happy future on this historic day. In the past Seventy years India as a country achieved many things. For example the literacy rate in 1947 was only 12% .But now it is 74%. Similarly the life expectancy period of our people was so low before 1947. Now from mere 31 years it has increased to 70 years.The First and Popular Prime Minister of our great country Jawaharlal Nehru was very much interested in developing our country and hence created Five year planning and industrialised India to the maximum through Successive Five year plans and activation of Planning Commission. He described the biggest dam Bakra Nangal as the modern temple/ mosque etc. But unfortunately people who are in power now not only abolished Planning Commission but also discontinued Five year Plans. Now a deliberate attempt is being made by the government today to spoil anything connected with the Nehruvian era. They seldom mention Nehru's name in their speeches. I am sure but for Nehru India would have not existed as united as of today. He was a progressive thinker, positive performer and a talented diplomat who commanded much respect among the comity of nations in the world. I wonder today if he would not have served India as Prime Minister from 1946 till his death in 1964 what would have happened to this country?.
Mahatma Gandhi no doubt found him suitable for guiding our country after Independence should be appreciated for his right choice. In this Independence Day we must remember Gandhi & Nehru for their contributions and sacrifices.


Sincere appeal to the Leaders of National Forum:

During the past few weeks we note that Meeting the ministers and handing over to them the memorandums for early pay revision is being carried out systematically by the leadership of our National Forum of BSNL unions and Associations. This creates naturally an avoidable illusion among the employees/ executives that Ministers could intervene on our behalf and help us to get the implementation of Third Pay revision at the earliest. This illusions will go against the very spirit of sustained struggles for the Third Pay revision.
The decision of the central cabinet imposed conditions for the implementation of Third Pay Revision to the employees/ executives in CPSUs . This can be modified/ altered only through a United sustained struggle like indefinite strike by all unions and Associations in BSNL. No Minister could sympathise with us against the decision of his/ her own cabinet decision and the stand taken by the government in which he/ she holds collective responsibility.
We should mobilise the workforce to get the needed exemption from the retrograde clause of " Profitability of the company for three consecutive years preceding the Pay revision year". This is possible only by joining hands with the other Forum led by BSNLEU. We could not join hands with them on 27-07-17 for one day strike as it was felt no useful purpose will be served by one day strike. At best it could be a protest action . Now we expect our Leadership to engage the other Forum led by BSNLEU in a serious dialogue for a United indefinite strike to get the implementation of Third Pay revision from 01-01-2017 positively. Thousands of employees/ executives are retiring every month. May be very few will be in service to get the benefits of the next Pay revision ( Fourth one). In this scenario it is better to go for a United indefinite strike at the earliest. Our greatest leader O. P. Gupta never believed in meeting the ministers to settle our demands. He always mobilised the workers to fight against the injustice and discrimination. Let us follow the path of OPG in the issue of Pay revision. Surely we will win.


Chanakya of BJP tasted defeat!:

BJP President Amit Shah although won a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat yesterday he miserably failed in his diabolical efforts to defeat the Congress candidate and his bitter rival Ahamed Patel. Ultimately the political adviser of Congress President Sonia Gandhi made Amit Shah to bite dust despite BJP using/ misusing all foul methods including Income Tax department and Enforcement directorate.
BJP lowered the dignity of a ruling party by deputing heavy weight Central ministers like Arun Jaitley, Nirmala Sitaraman etc to influence the Election Commission to play partisan role in the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat. The whole episode exposed the Facist mindset of BJP leadership. Actually there shouldn't have been a contest at all in Gujarat this time since two seats could comfortably won by BJP and one seat easily won by Congress as per the number of MLAs in Gujarat Assembly. But BJP planned to snatch one seat due to Congress undemocratically by engineering defections of few Congress MLAs. It nominated shamelessly a person who resigned from congress party on the very same day for the third seat. Now that person got a humiliating defeat despite display of huge money power and State Government authority. Amit Shah is not a Chanakya as his party men believe. He is a power hungry person and will stoop to any low level to gain power. He failed in the past also during Bihar and Delhi Assembly polls . At least the latest Gujarat victory for Congress is a victory for Democracy.


Contract Labourers Federation gives a clarion call!:

The meeting of the Tamilnadu State Executive Committee of NFTCL held in Mahabalipuram on 06-08-2017 decided to demand the following:
1.Rs.7000 Bonus to all Contract Labourers.
2.Weekly off with Pay for Contract Labourers.
3.Implementation of minimum wages from 18-01-2017 and wages as per the category of work performed to all Contract Labourers.
It is also decided to hold a Special Conference on the above demands in Tiruchirapalli on 02-10- 17 to focus the demands and prepare the Contract Labourers for struggle if Rs. 7000/- Bonus was not paid before the Deepavali ( end of September).
Many District Unions paid the quota of State Committee at this meeting. Thiruvallur District NFTCL topped the list by paying Rs. 17500/- to the State Committee. Kanchipuram District Union of NFTCL very neatly arranged the State EC meeting to the appreciation of all comrades took part in it. Both District Secretaries of NFTCL & NFTE Comrades G. Mahendran and S. Ekambaram were appreciated for their joint effort in organising this meeting.
The State Executive Committee meeting of NFTCL also decided to join the Closing ceremony of the Centenary of the great Russian revolution on 06-11-2017 in Chennai which is being organised jointly by NFTE / Chennai Telephones and Menmai Publisher.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click4,  Click5,  Click5,


Congratulation Comrades V.Balamurugan (AIYF/State Secretary) and S.Dinesh(AISF/State Secretary):

We congratulated Comrades V.Balamurugan (AIYF/ State Secretary) and S. Dinesh ( AISF/ State Secretary) today at our union office after their release in the evening. In the morning they led the volunteers of AIYF& AISF for picketing the BSNL office in NSC Bose road to demand exemption from NEET examination for Tamilnadu students and youths and got arrested along with hundreds of youths and students.NFTE/NFTCL congratulate them for their struggles.  Click1,


Letter sent to the GM( Finance) on the delay in pension revision:

Letter sent to the GM( Finance) on the delay in pension revision as per 78.2% IDA merger to 187 retired employees of Chennai Telephones pending with PCCA/ Tamilnadu office . This communication was sent in continuous of my telephonic discussion with the General Manager (Finance) on 03-08-17.  Click1,


Long Live Comrade R.K:

Senior leader of Tamilnadu telecom RK has completed 75 years of age and continuing his work for the upliftment of Telecom workers , the work he began five decades ago. He is a very good fighter/ agitator for the cause of Working people. He has fought back and successfully recovered from his health problems recently because he is a great optimist and a die hard fighter who will not spare any effort for achieving the goal. On 05-08-2017 the comrades of Tamilnadu NFTE are Organising a fitting function to felicitate him for his contributions. I wish this function a great success.  Click1,


Irresponsible attitude of DOT cell!:

More than 187retired officials in Chennai Telephones are still waiting to get their benefits on the fixation of Pay ( 78.2% IDA merger) for the last four years since 10-06-2013 on which date that benefit was allowed by DOT to all BSNL employees and retired officials. But strangely the DOT cell returned the Service Books of nearly 184 pensioners to respective area offices for resubmitting the same after preparing the revised LPCs since DOT cancelled the grant of one additional increment to all those employees who could not get the 10 % Promotion before retirement stating that that one extra increment is only for non- restructured cadres who availed OTBP/ BCR Promotions. Whatever be the decision of DOT the Office of PCCA had to implement it and should not have returned the Service Books to area offices for necessary corrections and issue of revised Last Pay Certificate ( LPC) to the retired officials. The BSNL Accounts Officers did not take any action on this for two months. Unfortunately the retired employees are running pillar to posts to get the benefits of pay fixation on account of 78.2% IDA merger.
Our Circle Union today spoke to the GM( Finance) and explained the agony of the affected people and expressed displeasure on the irresponsible attitude of DOT cell as well as Accounts Officers in Area offices . GM( F) has agreed with our concern and promised to do everything at the earliest. We are sending a detailed note to the GM ( F) with a request to settle this long pending issue immediately. We hope this issue will be solved soon.
Finally it is not fair not to mention that the faulty stand taken by the BSNLEU during Second Pay revision in 2007 accepting 68.8% IDA merger instead of 78.2% from 01-01-2007 and signing of retrograde NEPP promotion scheme in 2010 which caused the much heart burn due to the denial of reservations to SC/ ST employees in NEPP scheme and withdrawal of benefits of OTBP/ BCR and one extra increment. These two mistakes of BSNLEU have resulted in the present difficulties for pensioners. In both the occasions ( 2007 and 2010) BSNLEU was the only recognised union in BSNL and due to that our employees/retirees are facing now all the problems. If a inexperienced and incapable union is recognised as the only union in any company this is the result . Our employees had to face it as a hard lesson we have learnt now.


General Council Meeting of August:

The meeting of the General Council of the Circle Union will be held on 17-08-2017(Thursday) at Dinroze exchange compound. The meeting shall begin at 2 pm and Comrade MKR, Circle President will preside over the meeting. All branch Secretaries, Division/ District Secretaries along with Circle Union office bearers and special invitees are requested to attend the meeting in time.


Cordial meeting with Comrades from Tamilnadu Circle Union:

Today ( 01-08-17) Tamilnadu Circle President Kamaraj, Circle Secretary Natarajan and Senior Leader Sedhu visited our union office in Flower Bazaar complex to invite us to the 75 th Birth anniversary function veteran Union leader RK on 05-08-17 in Chennai. We discussed for more than two hours the ways and means to bring unity in our organisation to effectively tackle the rival unions both in Tamilnadu and Chennai Telephones Circles. It was very cordial and free dialogue centred around the consolidation of forces to defeat the communal elements and their attempts to destroy the BSNL and other PSUs. I thanked the comrades for their invitation and personal visit to our union office. Comrade Elangovan, ACS was also with me all through the discussion with the Tamilnadu Circle NFTE leaders. Hope stronger unity will be the motto of all of us.


Farewell meeting at Poonamallee on 31-07-2017:

A grand farewell function was organised by our comrades to felicitate Comrades R. Sampath ( Asst. District union Secretary/ Thiruvallur) and R.Selvam ( vice- President/ Poonamallee branch unit) on their retirement on 31-07-2017. Hundreds of comrades and officers took part in this meeting which was presided over by Comrade N.Dhanapal, District Union President. Circle Union leaders CKM, MKR, Bose, Rajendran, Ravi and Divisional Secretary Sathyamurthy and DE/SDEs spoke and appreciated both the comrades for their commitment and efficiency. We wish both of them a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Farewell to Comrade K.Mohan,Branch Secretary, Jones Road RSU:

At Jones road RSU on 31-07-17 a farewell meeting was organised to Com. Mohan on his retirement day. NFTCL State President V. Babu. NFTE leaders CKM, MKR, Dhansingh , Ravi, Sabapathi, Nagarajan attended.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Farewell to Comrade.Paneer Selvam at Koyambedu RSU on 31-07-17:

Farewell to Comrade.Paneer Selvam held at Koyambedu RSU. The circle union wihed him a very happy and peaceful retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Condolence Meeting for Comrade DG on 29-07-17 at Villuppuram:

To condole the death of veteran P&T Trade Union leader and a Communist leader D. Gnanaiah who died on 08-07-17 in Coimbatore. His funeral was held on 13-07-17. A condolence Meeting was organised by NFTE/ NFTCL and CPI ( Spl-2 DC) jointly in Villuppuram on 27-07-17 . It was presided over by senior leader Mali and was attended by more than 200 comrades from all over Tamilnadu. CPI National Executive Committee member C. Mahendran, National Council member Kalainathan , CPI Villuppuram DC Secretary Saravanan, CKM, Jayaraman, Elangoven, Asokraj, Ragunathan, Anbalagan . The leaders recalled the contributions of Comrade DG and his commitment to the cause of Working People. At the beginning of the meeting leaders paid floral tributes to the specially decorated portrait of Comrade DG.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Very poor response in Chennai Telephones to the Strike call given by some unions/associations:

As per the information available with us only 22% of employees/ executives actually took part in today's strike by some unions/ associations. NFTE/TEPU/AIBSNLEA/ SEWA/ PEWA / BTEU/ TOA / NFTCL have not participated in this strike as the leadership of BSNLEU refused our request to postpone the one day strike and thereafter decide jointly for an indefinite strike to secure the third Pay revision for our employees. One day strike by some unions will not achieve anything . Our assumptions proved right now. Even many employees/ executives belong to BSNLEU/ FNTO/ SNEA did not participate in today's strike.Out of 5000 non-executives only 1115 have participated in the strike. Out of 1200 executives only 290 have took part in the strike.


Betrayal of The mandate:

Bihar voters elected the Grand Alliance of Congress + RJD+ JD( U) in the 2015 Assembly elections. They trounced BJP despite Modi's hundreds of campaign meetings. But now shamelessly BJP entered through the rear gate to capture power in Bihar. Thus Nitish betrayed the confidence of people who had voted and elected his party MLAs on anti- BJP plank. If he is really honest he should have resigned the MLA seat and get reelected on new alliance with BJP. Every scene in this drama was already rehearsed by both Nitish and Modi even before six months. Why should anyone resign just because he was charged by CBI or ED ? Nowadays every one is aware of misuse of CBI and enforcement directorate.


National Forum Demonstration on 26-07-17:

At CGM's office a massive demonstration was held in Chennai Telephones to demand immediate implementation of Third Pay revision to BSNL employees & Executives. Comrades CKM, Sundaramurthy (TEPU), V.Babu(NFTCL) , K.Arumugam (PEWA) , S. Loganathan (SEWA) , M. K. Ramasamy (NFTE) spoke. Comrades G. Masilamani(GS/PEWA) and T. R. Rajasekaran ( CHQ/Secretary/NFTE) participated in the demonstration. Kanchipuram District Secretary of NFTCL, G. Mahendran shouted slogans very effectively. More than 170 comrades took part in the demonstration although the call was given only on Monday. We thank all the office bearers of NFBUA for making this demonstration a big success at a very short notice.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Hearing with Dy.CLC on contract Employees wages:

Today the hearing took place on Wages as per Skill to the contract Labourers in the chamber of Dy. CLC in Chennai. NFTCL leaders participated in it. TN Circle administration accepted our demands and issued orders. Chennai Telephones administration has promised to issue necessary order shortly.
Tamilnadu CGM has issued order for payment of salary category wise to Contract Labourers as per our plea to Dy. CLC today. The CGM Chennai Telephones also assured to issue the same kind of order shortly. However next hearing is fixed on 24-08-17. Today's hearing was attended by NFTCL leaders S. Anandan, V. Mari, V. Babu and E. Sampath and G. Vedachalam. I congratulate the state leadership of NFTCL for achieving this in a very short period. Hope Chennai Telephones management will follow the TN circle before next hearing of the case.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Lunch hour demonstration on 26-07-17 at CGM office by NFBUA:

In Chennai Telephones the National Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations will hold a demonstration at the office of CGM on 26-07-16 ( Wednesday) as per the directions of the National Forum to focus on the issue of immediate implementation of Third Pay Revision for both employees and executives. All District/ Division/ Branch Secretaries are requested to mobilise our comrades in full strength. The demonstration will begin sharply at 1.30 pm under the presidentship of Comrade CKM, the Chairman of the National Forum in Chennai Telephones.


Payments Banks:

Nowadays we hear very frequently a word known as " Payments banks ". After P. V. Narasimha rao and Dr. Manmohan Singh team introduced the so-called Reforms in economic policies during 90s , the policy of Bank Nationalisation began by Mrs. Indra Gandhi was given a decent burial. One after other number of private banks were given licenses to operate. Thus ICICI/ HDFC/ AXIS and many other private sector banks grew at the cost of Public Sector banks. Infact nowadays these private sector banks are in a commanding position in the Financial Sector of our country. Apart from this now " Payments banks" are being allowed to function. At the moment out of 11 licensed payments banks only four have begun their business operations. Airtel, India Post, Paytm and Fino are these four payments banks .The main difference between the normal banks and the Payments banks are: 1.Payments banks could not lend. No loan giving facilities to them.
2.Payments banks could not issue credit cards. However they could give debit cards to their customers.
3.Payments banks could not collect deposits more than one lakh rupees per account.
4.Payments banks could retain only 25% of their deposits and must invest 75% in government securities or treasury bills Normal banks are called commercial banks. Hence these new generation banks are called Payments banks. But the systematic reduction of interest rate for Savings/ Deposits slowly killing the banking Industry itself and driving the people towards Stock Markets which is nothing but a gambling of modern era!.


SNATTA withdraw from the one day strike:

n the issue of Third Pay revision the stand of the management is not bad. The CMD / BSNL has already written to the government of India to permit the BSNL to hike the Pay by 15% to its employees and executives with effect from 01-01-2017. The CMD /BSNL informed the DOT that to effect the Third Pay revision in BSNL no need for Government's financial help/budgetary support and could be managed with the available surplus fund in BSNL. But the government departments of DPE/DOT are not agreeing to the request of CMD / BSNL and not ready to give exception from the condition that only a PSU which earned profit for the preceding three years will be eligible to implement the Third Pay revision. Actually our struggle is to be against the Government of India and not directed against the BSNL management which is in the present situation siding with the employees. A United and indefinite agitation against the government of India has to be planned jointly. One day strike will not do any good except satisfying someone's bloated ego.  Click1,


Daylight loot by Private Telcos:

The CAG report tabled in the Parliament on 21-07-2017 exposed the loot of government money by six television telecom companies including Airtel, Vodafone, Idea , Aircel etc. These companies cheated the government by understating their revenues for several years from 2010 and alleged to have caused a loss of tax and fees for the government to the tune of Rs 12220 crores totally. It is surprising to note the inability of DOT to trace this fraud immediately. Even now only CAG has pin pointed these wrong calculations by those private telecom companies. One side Vijay Mallaiah swallowed Rs 9000 crores from banks through loans. On the other side these corporate companies swallowed Rs. 12220 crores by falsifying their revenue details. But through litigation and court proceedings they will escape the long hands of Law and justice. Modi government will deal these fraudulent people with kid gloves whereas it will deal the just demands of poor farmers with heavy hand. This is our Democracy!


Only mentally Sick people call Resignation of Mayawati a Drama!:

On Thursday ( 20-07-17) BSP leader Mayawatiji emotionally acted and declared her quitting the Rajya Sabha membership as she was not allowed to express her views on the killings and atrocities on Dalits in the recent time throughout the country in the Rajya Sabha and thereafter walked out. Next day she promptly submitted her resignation and stood by her word despite the appeal by the Dy. Chairman of the Rajya Sabha to reconsider her resignation . Finally it was accepted.
But BJP/RSS people and some corrupted media persons immediately spread venom and false news deliberately belittling her concern for Dalits Killed and affected by the so called goons named as Cow Protectors. They spread that Mayawatiji has only eight months period remaining and has no chance of getting reelected as her party is not having sufficient MLAa in the UP assembly. This is absurd . What prevented her from enjoying the facilities and perks/ allowances of a MP for the next eight months? She has sacrificed and protested for the killings of Dalits in her own style. Then why belittle it ? Only mentally sick people will do like BJP/ RSS people. Now Lalu Prasad Yadav has offered her a seat from Bihar for Rajya Sabha appreciating her bravery. He is one of the steadfast Secular leader with a mass base in Bihar & Jharkand. When even Congress Chief Ministers feared to stop the Rath Yatra of Lal Kishan Advani , only Lalu as the then CM of Bihar stopped that blood stained communal Yathra undertaken by BJP President Advani. That is the reason he and his family are being targeted now by RSS/ BJP. I also appreciate the yesterday's speech of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamataji in Kolkata that anti- BJP coalition is gaining strength Day by day and 2019 will see the ouster of NDA government. All in Unity is a must as the time is running out.
Few people appreciate the margin of victory of BJP candidate in the Presidential election held last week. They also belittle the scoring of 34.35% votes by United Opposition candidate Meira Kumar. But if one looks back the history including the defeats of BJP candidates who got 4% votes and 15% votes in two occasions and Congress candidates secured more than 90% of votes this 65% is not historic!But securing 65% of votes by BJP candidate now is being hailed as Historic by paid media people!


Very Successful District Conference of NFTCL/ Thanjavur on 20-07-17:

More than 600 Contract Labourers and regular employees of Thanjavur and from all over Tamilnadu gathered for the first Conference of NFTCL in Thanjavur at Vijaya Mahal and took part in the proceedings from morning upto evening 5.45 pm. They heard the speeches in rapt attention. Sister Unions Leaders from NFTE, TEPU, SEWA , AIBSNLEA and PGM , DE and others spoke eloquently on the real issues facing the Indian workers particularly Contract Labourers. The conference elected new office bearers unanimously including Comrade Prince as District President, Comrade Elango as District Secretary and Comrade Gunasekaran as District Treasurer. I wish the new team every success.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,


Com.R.K.-Wish the Felicitation function a big Success:

Tamilnadu NFTE comrades are holding a Felicitation function for our Senior Leader RK in connection with his 75 th birth anniversary on 05-08-2017 in Chennai. The Circle Union of Chennai Telephones whole heartedly wish the function every Success . I will personally go to this function and greet Comrade RK a very long and healthy public life. I appeal to all our comrades to participate in large number and to make this function a great success in which many senior leaders are expected to participate including the General Secretary and President of NFTE.


Happy Meeting with Sri. C.V.Vinod, PGM in Tanjore today:

At the District Conference of NFTCL in Tanjore today I had a chance meeting with Sri. C. V. Vinod , Principal General Manager ( BSNL) who also came to greet the conference . He is one ITS officer with Social consciousness and commitment . Several years ago I took him to a discussion on BSNL in Jaya T V channel. He spoke well and identified the shortcomings and weaknesses of BSNL dispassionately. Of course I expressed strong opinion against the Telecom Minister and the policy of then Central Government. Immediately Sri. Vinod was transferred to Bhagalpur in Bihar from Chennai Telephones. This is because of that TV discussion only. As they could not touch me they victimised him with a punitive transfer away from his home. But without surrendering to them Sri Vinod accepted the transfer with a smile. He is a great man. Now as in charge of both Tanjore and Kumbakonam SSAs he has played a very pivotal role in the settlement of our important demand pending with Dy. CLC in Chennai for payment of different categories of wages like Unskilled/ Skilled/ Semi - Skilled/ Highly Skilled. I personally thanked him for his cooperation and help to solve this issue.  Click1,  Click2,


Impressive Tanjore District NFTCL Conference 20/07/2017:

Impressive beginning of Tanjore District NFTCL Conference on 20-07-17: NFTCL flag was brought by Comrades from Thiruvarur was handed over to Comrade CKM at Tanjore marked the beginning of the conference. Comrade Prince presided over the function. Amidst sloganeering by hundreds of Contract Labourers National flag was hoisted by comrade G.Jayaraman, Secretary (CHQ). Comrade CKM, GS/ NFTCL hoisted the federation flag. After paying floral tribute to the portrait of Vetran P&T union leader DG the conference got a kick start at 10.30 hrs.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,


Cabinet clears 3RD PRC:

Cabinet approves 15% pay hike for CPSE's Exxecutives.  Read More



Today the Circle Secretary of BSNLEU addressed a very big (?)gathering (of 15 employees) at Kalmandapam exchange to drum up support for one day Strike called by some unions. However his entire speech was focused on Com. CKM, Circle Secretary of NFTE-BSNL. He told the gathering that Comrade CKM is responsible ( ! ) for the delay in implementation of Third Pay revision for our employees. Further he spoke that as Comrade CKM is drawing only Pension he is not interested in Pay revision for the employees. But he didn't explain how his General Secretary being a Pensioner like CKM is more interested in getting Third Pay revision. He is bluffing. To fool his own members he is speaking nonsense . May be he is worried about the fate of One day strike in Chennai Telephones. Without the participation of NFTE, AIBSNLEA , TEPU and SEWA/ PEWA their Strike is bound to be a first class flop show in Chennai Telephones. This fear is haunting the CS/ BSNLEU and that's the reason for his outburst and foolish speech. Our employees very well aware the betrayal of BSNLEU leadership in the Second Pay Revision in 2009 which resulted in all our present difficulties in revising the Pay of our employees even after ten long years. Hence our employees will certainly ignore this type of slander and abuse on NFTE leaders. Earlier Comrade Abhimanyu abused leaders of NFTE that they don't know the principles of Bonus. But it is a fact that only after NFTE regained its recognition Bonus was paid to our employees after a gap of six long years during the rule of BSNLEU whose General Secretary boasted that he only knew about Bonus principles well. This is their quality and practice always.Shall we call it a manufacturing defect?.


Mugapair (East) branch union conducted a special meeting on 19-07-17:

A new flag mast and cornerstone were opened at the entrance of Mugapair ( East) RSU exchange. Sr. Circle VP, Bose presided over the function. Comrades CKM, Rajendran, Ramasamy, Ravi, Dhandapani, Danapal, Ragunathan, Jagadeesan, Mahendran, Sabapathi spoke. SEWA-BSNL Circle Secretary S. Loganathan greeted the function. In the beginning Comrade CKM garlanded the portrait of Bharat Ratna B.R. Ambedkar on behalf of all the comrades gathered for this function. He explained the present position of Third Pay revision to BSNL employees and the steps taken by National Forum of Unions and Associations.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,
On behalf of the Circle Union I welcomed the three comrades who resigned from BSNLEU membership and joined NFTE in Mugapair (East) branch union on 19-07-17.  Click1,
SEWA-BSNL Circle Union Secretary Loganathan and other members of SEWA welcomed Comrade CKM at Mugapair (East) exchange on 19-07-17.  Click1,


Consultative meeting:

On 18-07-17 at the initiative of Kanchipuram NFTCL District Secretary G. Mahendran a meeting to discuss and plan the arrangements for the forthcoming State Executive Committee meeting of Tamilnadu NFTCL In Mahabalipuram on 06-08-2017.


Core Agenda in the fore front..?:

BJP led by RSS have three core demands to move this country away from its Secular ideals and make it a Hindu only country like Muslim only Pakistan. 1. Common Civil Code.
2. Building of Ram temple at Ayodhya in the same place where Babri Masjid stood for 400 years.
3. Abrogation of Article 370 from the Constitution of India which enable a special status for people of Jammu & Kashmir.
After 3 years Modi government has systematically gone around these three aims which they were waiting for long. First through VHP( Hindu front of RSS) pillars and stones were readying for the Ram temple in the controversial site where Masjid existed previously. With the installation of Yogi Adhityanath as CM of UP this job of RSS is made easy.
Already Supreme Court was cunningly involved in debating the Muslim Personal Laws in the garb of elimination of triple talaq . It is time the Muslim personal Laws are interfered by Central Government only to enact a common civil code.
Now the Supreme Court was go ahead yesterday by the newly appointed Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to debate on Special Status of J&K under article 370 of the constitution. This is being done on the pretext of a PIL in the Court.
Kashmir is a very sensitive issue not only for Kashmiris but also for both India & Pakistan . Only on the acceptance of the then government of India the people of Jammu & Kashmir agreed to join India .It was not originally a part of India when British handed over Independence separately both to India & Pakistan on 15-08-1947. After a year or so during the proxy war of Pakistan military the then King of Kashmir, Hari Singh agreed to join the Union of India on certain conditions. These conditions were thereafter incorporated in our Constitution to ensure it's permanency. Even now no Indian law shall automatically valid in J& K unless the same was approved by the State Assembly of Kashmir. The Chief Minister of J& K is being known only as Prime Minister of Kashmir. Without knowing all these facts some people are misled as if there is a discrimination between J&K and other states.
If this attempt of RSS/ BJP is not foiled by the Secular forces we may permanently loose Kashmir.


Welcome to 83 new members:

Today 83 new members joined NFTE as the last day for enrolment has just ended. We welcome all of them to our union.


General Council Meeting on 15-07-17:

The monthly meeting of the General Council ( Extended Circle EC meeting) was held at Dinroz RSU exchange. It reviewed the 48 hours Relay Fast by National Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations. At the beginning of this meeting the portraits of both K. Kamaraj and D. Gnanaiah were opened respectively by Comrades MKR and V. Babu. The services and sacrifices by both the leaders were recalled and rich tributes were paid to the leaders. On our request the leaders of the sister unions G. Masilamani( GS/ PEWA), V.Babu and E.Sampath( both from NFTCL).  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Comrade DG laid to rest:

Today ( 13-07-17) in Coimbatore Comrade DG's funeral took place. At District CPI party office his body was placed for public homage. I along with Comrades Mali, Jayaraman, Subbarayan, Elangoven, Asokraj and many other comrades paid our respectful homage by placing a wreath on his body. Hundreds of leaders from various political parties assembled there to pay their last respects to the departed leader.
A Condolence meeting was also organised in front of the party office in which Comrades D.Raja, R. Mutharasan, P. R. Natarajan and leaders from all political parties spoke. I was also called to speak. In a very brief speech I recalled his contributions for building a strong communist party in a strategic sector like P&T under Government of India. DG's grand daughter Miss. Kavitha spoke with emotion and affection in the meeting. All Speakers pledged to carry forward the unfinished tasks of DG.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


The General Council Meeting:

The General Council Meeting of the Circle Union of NFTE in Chennai Telephones will meet on 15-07-17 ( Saturday)in Dinroz compound at 2 pm under the presidentship of Com. Ramasamy, our Circle President. The portrait of Comrade D. Gnanaiah , the veteran P&T trade union leader will be opened and garlanded at the beginning of the meeting. Leaders of our movement will recall the contributions and sacrifices of Comrade DG and will pay rich tributes to the departed leader. Union journal of July/2017 will be distributed to the members through branch unions at this meeting. A review of Relay Fast conducted for 48 hours at the call of National Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations to demand immediate implementation of Third Pay revision in BSNL will be done by District Secretaries. A decision on dates of proposed agitations for demanding.
1.Immediate convening of Circle/ Local Council Meetings by the BSNL Management.
2.Acceptance of our demands submitted in writing to the President of Telecom Cooperative Society Will be fixed after discussion in the General Council meeting. Hence all the members of General Council are requested to attend the meeting in time with out fail. Asper the recent order received from the corporate office only persons who are serving or retired from the concerned ares to be nominated to the respective councils. Though this order is a foolish order one need to obey this till it was revised or modified. When the management accept the nominations of retired persons harping on the area concerned is nothing but a joke. However we need to modify all the five nominations already submitted for Headquarters Local Council. Already one full year has gone with out convening a single meeting of this particular Local Council. Hence the forthcoming meeting of the General Council had to decide five nominations for the Headquarters LC afresh.


Veteran CPI leader and notable P&T union leader D. G. is no more:

This morning we received a very sad news from Coimbatore that Comrade DG has breathed his last at 04-10 am and his funeral will take place in Coimbatore on 11-07-17 ( Tuesday).We mourn his demise which is a loss to the communist movement. Let us pledge to carry forward the torch he was holding till the end and serve the poorest of poor. We convey our deepest condolences to all his comrades, friends and relatives.NFTE-BSNL / Chennai Telephones circle union appeals to all branch unions to lower the union flag at half mast for three days from today till 10-07-17 to Pay homage to departed leader of the P&T workers of our country.


Atrocious action of Kiran Bedi:

She was the first woman IPS officer who joined the Indian Police force several decades ago. As the Deputy Commissioner of Police posted in New Delhi area she exhibited both courage and conviction in her duty and responsibilities. But when she joined politics and was projected as the Chief Minister candidate for the Delhi assembly elections few years ago by BJP she became a full fledged power hungry politician. Having failed to win even her MLA seat she was once again made as the Governor of Puducherry, a Union Secretary. Ever since she assumed that post she was in competition with the Chief Minister of Puducherry. Being a experienced and educated person Sri. Narayanasamy ignored her interference in the day today administration. Now she has crossed all limits of constitutional practice and decency.Recently she appointed three BJP party men as nominated MLAs in a very secretive method. Actually there are some requirements to fill the vacancies of Nominated MLAs. But she brazenly administrated oath of office with out the knowledge of CM and Speaker of the Assembly for the BJP men. Already a Congress MLA has filed a case opposing this atrocious action of Smt. Kiran Bedi. Hope some sense will prevail upon Modi and his party. Further yesterday one of the MLA nominated told the media that he was elected leader of the BJP in the assembly with other two nominated MLAs supporting him. He has demanded a party office in the Assembly premises for BJP. My doubt is can a nominated MLA could join any Political party and claim the leadership of that party in Assembly. If I am in a position of Puducherry CM or Speaker I will never allow these three persons inside the assembly hall who were neither administered the oath of office by the Speaker or nominated by the Government party. Come what may this back door entry of BJP must be stopped for the future of democracy and constitutional governance. This way she has to be told that as per the assembly is concerned the Speaker is Supreme and his/ her authority will only be valid. Will the Congress hold the bull by its horn or meekly surrender as it has done in Goa and Manipur where the Governors acted blatantly as the henchmen of Modi/ Amit Shah during the recent government formation there.


Meeting with newly joined GM( Hr& Admn) on 05-07-17:

Today after completing the usual Wednesday meeting with the DGM (Hr) our Circle Union representatives Comrades CKM, Elangoven, Nagarajan, Ekambaram and Arumugam had a introductory meeting with Sri. Ganesan, the newly joined GM( Hr&A) . We demanded the immediate convening of Circle Council & Local Councils Meeting apart from Works Committee meetings and requested him to adhere to the periodicity fixed for such meetings by the Corporate office HQrs. He has assured us positively.  Click1,  Click2,


Successful conclusion of 48 hrs Relay Fast in Chennai Telephones:

On 05-07-17 at about 11 am the Fast which began on 03-07-17 (10.30 hrs) at CGM office came to an end. NFTE Secretary ( CHQ) T.R. Rajasekaran delivered the concluding speech while General Secretary of PEWA-BSNL Masilamani offered fruit juice to the fasting comrades and Convenor of the Chennai Telephones National Forum J. Vijayakumar honoured all the fasting comrades. Thereafter Comrade C. K. Mathivanan, the Chairman of National Forum in Chennai Telephones presided over a demonstration at the CGM office and proposed a resolution on the third Pay revision to be submitted to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India. It was unanimously approved by the hundreds of comrades after the same was endorsed by all the unions in the National Forum namely TEPU, SEWA, PEWA, NFTCL and OBCEWA.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Relay Fast on 04-07-17:

For the second day today the Relay Fast by National Forum of BSNL unions & Associations continued. LPF General Secretary Shanmugam, Treasurer Natarajan, PEWA- BSNL General Secretary Masilamani and many other leaders greeted the Hunger Strike.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


48 hours Relay Fast begins at CGM office:

48 hours Relay Fast begins on 03-07-17 at CGM office/ Chennai:Impressive show by 500 employees.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Mr.Arun Shourie is very correct!:

At Chennai yesterday former union minister and notable intellectual Arun Shourie in a function for his new book release observed very correctly that three years ago there were no mobs daring to lynch innocent people in the name of protecting Cows. All of a sudden where these goons came now throughout the country from North to South of India ? How they aren't scared of any legal action for their gruesome murders of countless people to ensure protection of the Cows ? The answer for both the questions is the same. Yes ; Modi assuming the post of Prime Minister of India made all the difference in just three years . All the fanatical elements got emboldened now as they think their man is at the helm of affairs. So for all these killings of innocent people only Modi to be blamed. His speech few days ago in Sabarmati ( Gujarat) criticising the Hindu Killers in the name of Cow protection is no meaning and not a sincere one. Because on the same day of his speech and after that also killings of people continue with out any end. May be the anger expressed by people throughout the country through the Campaign " not in my name " might have forced the Prime Minister to condemn such gruesome killings . At best it can be a lip service to the cause of Rule of Law.


North Chennai District EC meeting:

On 01-07-2017 at Harbour Telephone exchange compound the meeting of the DEC of North Chennai was held. It was decided to depute at least 70 comrades to the National Forum's 48 hours Relay Fast from 03-06-17 to demand immediate implementation of Third Pay revision for both employees and executives in BSNL.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


South Chennai District EC meeting:

On 01-07-17 at Dinroze RSU exchange compound the executive committee meeting of the NFTE district union of South Chennai was held. It was decided to depute at least 60 comrades mainly Branch Secretaries, Division Secretaries, District Office bearers in the 48 hours Relay Fast beginning on 03-07-17 throughout the country as per the call given by National Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations demanding Third Pay revision with effect from 01-01-2017.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Farewell functions at Flower Bazaar:

On 30-06-17 in two different Farewell functions organised for Comrade M. K. Rajeshwari, Former Vice- President of the Circle Union and Flower Bazaar External II , Branch Secretary V. Panchatcharam . Many leaders of our union participated in them and greeted both the comrades.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Meeting with the GM( Hr) on June/30:

The Circle Union representatives met Sri Gunasekaran, GM(HR) today in a regular monthly meeting with the management. Management was represented by DGM( Hr), AGM( Hr) and AGM(E). NFTE was represented by Comrades CKM, Elangoven, Rajendran,Nagarajan and Arumugam. Many issues were settled to our satisfaction.


Kanchipuram District NFTE & NFTCL Unions joint EC meeting on 29-06-17:

To mobilise the employees for the 48 hours Relay Hunger Strike beginning on 03-07-17 today a well Attended Executive Committee meeting was organised jointly by both unions. It was decided to depute 125 comrades to the Relay Fast beginning on 03-07-17.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


The 100 days of CM Yogi Adityanath:

The first and foremost responsibility of any government is to ensure the safety and protection of its citizens and follow the rule of law in the governance of the state/county. Having failed miserably in this important task the UP government of BJP and its CM Yogi Adityanath are shamelessly celebrating 100 days in Government.  Click1,


Today it is Air India; Tomorrow may be BSNL?:

Few days ago the central finance minister Jaitley sarcastically spoke to the media that the private airline companies which now cater for 84% of air passengers could manage 100% also. This exposed his inner thoughts that the Public Sector Air India need not operate at all. 100% the air travel can be handled by Private Sector. This idea of Disinvestment is just the beginning of their efforts to destroy/ dismantle the Public Sector built brick by brick by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru . This is their ultimate agenda dictated by RSS .All talk of Swedeshi are drama!.
If for Air India, Mr. Jaitley could advance such an argument he may extend the same to our BSNL any day. Because BSNL is having only less than 10% of market share while private telecom companies control more than 90% of the market in telecom services . Beware of NITI Ayog ! Beware of Modi& Jaitley ! Beware of Disinvestment/ Privatisation of BSNL!.


Thiruvallur District EC on 28-06-17 at Ambattur Telephone exchange:

To mobilise the employees for 48 hours Relay Fast called by National Forum of BSNL Unions/ Associations from 10 am on 03-07-2017 in front of CGM's office and explain the aims of the struggle for immediate implementation of Third Pay Revision with effect from 01-01-2017 an executive meeting of Thiruvallur district union was held today. After thorough discussion by Division / Branch Secretaries and speeches by leaders of the Circle Union the District Union executive has decided to depute 45 comrades for the Relay Fast on 03-07-17. Apart from this it was decided to organise at least 100 comrades for the demonstration on the conclusion of the Relay Fast at 10 am on 05-07-17.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


National Forum Meeting:

On 27-06-17 at NFTE Union office the meeting of Chennai Telephones National Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations was held in which NFTE/ NFTCL/ TEPU/ SEWA/ PEWA/ BTEU/ OTA/AIOBCEWA enthusiastically took part . It was decided to organise the Relay Fast at CGM's office for 48 hours from 03-07-17.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Secretariat Meeting on 27-06-17:

The meeting of the Circle Union Secretariat was held under the presidentship of Com. M.Kabali, Sr. Asst.Circle Secretary. The meeting decided to conduct the next General Council Meeting on 15-07- 17 ( Saturday) in Dinroze RSU compound at 2.30 pm. It was also decided to release the journal of the Circle Union to members/ branches at the meeting itself. The meeting decided to organise the 48 hrs relay fast from 03-07-17 ( 10 am) to 05-07-17 (10 am) in CGM 's office at Purasawalkam as per the decision of National Forum of BSNL Unions/ Associations. To mobilise mass of the employees to this hunger strike all the four District Unions were asked to hold their respective Executive Committee meetings as per the schedule given below:
28-06-17 (2 pm) at Ambattur: Thiruvallur District.
29-06-17 ( 11 am) at Guindy: Kanchipuram District.
01-07-17 ( 11 am) at Dinroze : South Chennai Dist.
01-07-17( 2 pm) at Harbour: North Chennai Dist.
This meeting also decided to change all the five nominations to the Headquarters Local Council as the management did not accept our nominations on the basis that they are not working in/ retired from the Headquarters Zone.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


GST and its impact on Telecom:

From 01-07-2017 the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be implemented in our country which has a maximum taxation of 28%. Of course this will abolish all present taxes like sales tax, VAT etc by both the central/state governments. It will ensure one tax method throughout the country unlike the present multiple rate of taxes in different states. This tax reform was actually initiated by the noted economist and former Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh Government in 2009. But including Modi all BJP leaders stoutly opposed the new tax regime proposed by UPA government which is popularly known as GST. Several rounds of hectic negotiations were conducted by the UPA government to allay the apprehension of BJP and other opposition parties. But for purely political reasons and not for any economic reason Modi & Co opposed GST as it opposed Aadhar cards also. But after he became the Prime Minister of our country, Modi quietly accepted the GST/Aadhar cards and the worst part of it is now the BJP claims that both GST and Aadhar are brain child of Modi. This is nothing but a unadulterated falsehood. Before the introduction of GST, the Telecom companies were levied a combined tax of 15% only. However it will be increased to 18% with effect from 01-07-2017. A three percentage of increase in taxation will sure to affect the telecom companies which are already reeling under losses and stiff competition. The market leader in Telecom sector is Bharti Airtel company which is reported to have declared 12% decline in revenue and 72% decline in the profits for the quarter ending on 31-03-17. Actually all most all telecom companies including BSNL/ MTNL are in the red in terms of both revenue and profit. Hence in the present scenario the introduction of GST will only hasten the downward trend in Telecom Sector. The present average of ARPU (average revenue per unit) is as low as Rs. 104. Due to this increase of 3% tax through GST it may also increase thereby making the telecom services unaffordable and costly. GST is good but its impact on various sectors are not so good. Few sectors which may be taxed less by GST compared to the present taxation may only gain.


Editorial Board meeting on 24-06-17:

To finalise the articles and items for July issue of our Journal Sanga Muzakkam today its Editorial board met.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Meeting with the Chief Engineer/ Civil:

On 24-06-17 our Circle Union leaders CKM & Elangovan met Sri . Chellappan , CE( civil) Tamilnadu and discussed few issues with him. We are thankful for his acceptance of our request to cancel the transfer order already issued to comrade M. Govindarajan , Regular Mazdoor from Ambattur civil subdivision to Vyasar Nagar P&T staff quarters complex as his retirement on superannuation is within 14 months.


Relay fast-Notice served:

Notice served on the management regarding 48 Hours relay fast beginning on 03-07- 2017 for demanding early implementation of Third Pay Revision for the employees.


Meeting with Sr.GM (NWO)Central:

On 23-06-17 on behalf of Circle Union our comrades CKM, Masilamani, Elangoven, Nagarajan and Vetrivel met the Senior GM ( Central) Malini and discussed the issues of Greams road CSC/ Mambalam CSC apart from issues concerned with staff quarters allotment etc as She is holding the additional charge of PGM ( Development). DGM(MBM) and AGM (SE) were also present in the meeting.


National Forum Meeting on 27-06-2017:

The National Forum of BSNL Unions/ Associations in Chennai Telephones will meet at 3 pm on 27-06-27 (Tuesday) in the NFTE Union office at Flower Bazaar complex to plan and successfully implement the 48 hrs RELAY FAST in front of the CGM 's office to demand Third Pay revision without any further delay. All the Circle Secretaries and special invitees are requested to attend the said meeting in time and with out fail . C. K. Mathivanan. J. Vijayakumar.
Chairman. Convenor.


Letter written to the CGM/ Chennai Telephones:

Letter written to the CGM/ Chennai Telephones in continuation of Circle Secretary's telephonic talk with Miss. S.M.Kalavathi on the theft attempt on 20-06-17 at Ambattur CSC.  Click1,


Cordial meeting with PCCA on 21-06-17:

Following our Circle Union's written communication on 15-06-2017 today Comrades CKM and Elangovan had a very cordial meeting with Dr. R. Niranjana , the Principal Controller of Communications ( PCCA) at his office in R.K. Nagar. He was very much apologetic for the delay in dispersement of GPF advance to BSNL employees/ executives. He expressed his difficulties in coping up with the sudden workload of dispersing GPF advance for more than 6000 staff of both Tamilnadu and Chennai Telephones Circles. Being the first month of new arrangement this month he agreed there is a big delay in paying the GPF advance. However he assured us there wouldn't be any delay in the dispersement from next month. He also promised that all the pending applications numbering 3500 and odd will be dispersed in two weeks time positively. But he informed us that since DOT has taken over the job of Dispersement of GOF advance to BSNL employees/ executives no question of fund crunch will arise hereafter as it has happened when BSNL was doing this job itself. We thanked him for his efforts and assurances.


Farewell function of Comrade Dillibabu:

On 21-06-17 at RK Nagar exchange compound a farewell meeting was organised to felicitate Comrade Dillibabu, JE and former Divisional Secretary of NFTE. More than hundred comrades participated in it and felicitated him. On behalf of Circle Union Comrade CKM greeted him a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,



The next State Executive Committee Meeting of Tamilnadu NFTCL will be held on 06-08-2017( Sunday) at Mahabalipuram ( Kanchipuram District) . Comrade V. Babu, State President will preside over the meeting. As this meeting is for one day only it will begin sharply at 10 am and conclude by 6 pm . All State Office bearers, District Secretaries and Special invitees are requested to attend the meeting with out fail and in time. It will review the activities of State NFTCL since the last State EC meeting held at Tirunelveli on 28-04-2017. All District Secretaries are reminded to pay the State / Federation Quota of Subscription and requested to bring the amount of money to the meeting. On behalf of CHQ of the NFTCL , Comrades C.K.Mathivanan & K. Ashok Raj will attend this meeting.
For any other information please contact the Kanchipuram District Secretary.
Com. G.MAHENDRAN at Chengalpet
Mobile: 9444333988.
20-06-2017. S. Anandan,
Cuddalure. State Secretary


Don't fool the BSNL employees/ executives!:

In the name of All Unions/ Associations in BSNL some unions / Associations have issued an agitational programme in connection with the 3 PRC . The so called agitational notice submitted to both DOT and BSNL management did not have the signatures of the General Secretaries of NFTE-BSNL/ AIBSNLEA/ SEWA/ TEPU/ PEWA/ BTEU/ OTA- BSNL etc . Even a lay man could understand that without the participation of the NFTE-BSNL, AIBSNLEA and others no successful agitation/ Strike is realisable in BSNL. Yet the BSNLEU leaders tom tom their agitational call as a call of the All Unions/ Associations in BSNL only to hoodwink the management and confuse the employees/ executives as Com. Abhimanyu's main agenda is not to get the much delayed 3PRC to us but to gain cheap popularity so that he can use it for getting more votes in the 2019 membership verification.
Com. Abhimanyu who has self appointed himself as the convenor of the so called Forum of All Unions/ Associations could not even convince the comrade Prahalad Rai , the General Secretary of one of the strong association of executives in BSNL to sigh the notice for that strike . He is said to have presided over the so-called Forum constitution meeting held on 02-06-17 in New Delhi . Such is the situation of Unity of all Unions/ Associations in BSNL. Even after he took over ( ? ) unilaterally as the Convenor on 03-06-17 itself, Comrade Abhimanyu has just signed the letter addressed to the Hon'ble Central Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises on 17-06-17 only as the General Secretary of BSNLEU and requested a meeting with the minister for him and his union. He has not even bothered to request for a meeting with the minister of all Unions/ Associations he is claiming to have mobilised for agitation including the Strike. Hence it is crystal clear that Com. Abhimanyu will use other unions/ associations for further the BSNLEU 's interest and throw away others after their utility was over. This is the habit and culture of BSNLEU. After the first membership verification FNTO was lured in to the United Forum led by BSNLEU in 2004. But after winning the second and third verifications FNTO was shown the door by BSNLEU. Even FNTO 's Election Symbol of Cell Phone was usurped from FNTO. Naturally FNTO has lost its large number of membership also to BSNLEU. This is the only one example among many for proving the hidden agenda of BSNLEU which will invite other Unions / Associations to its Forum only to finish and humiliate . The SEWA- BSNL is still facing the open disruption of its organisation by BSNLEU. Having burnt their fingers many Unions/ Associations are not really interested in the so-called efforts of BSNLEU for United action . That is the reason Comrade Abhimanyu nowadays daringly unleashed falsehood of Unity of All Unions/ Associations.
In his letter addressed to the Hon'ble minister on 17-06-2017 Com. Abhimanyu has mentioned the following: " Further it is not out of context to mention here that BSNL has become a loss making PSU mainly because it was not allowed to procure equipments from 2007-2012 for the expansion of its mobile networks . One after the other the tenders floated by BSNL for procuring equipments were cancelled under instructions from the Government. As a result BSNL was not able to expand its mobile networks during the above mentioned period when the mobile segment was growing exponentially and the company could not get benefit from the growth witnessed in the mobile segment."
What Com.Abhimanyu has failed to mention is that only to help the private telecom operators the government of the day and the Telecom Ministers concerned were actually stopped the growth of BSNL which was a PSU running on Profits. He also should not forget the fact that from 2004 up to 2013 for more than 8 years in BSNL was the only recognised union was BSNLEU. Why it failed in its duty to protect the company and did not defeat the designs of the then UPA government although all Unions including NFTE- BSNL extended unconditional support for all the agitations under the leadership of Com. VAN. Namboodiri. Having failed not once but many times BSNLEU should not aspire to lead any agitation solely hereafter. No one is having any belief in the capacity of BSNLEU which failed the employees during the second pay revision talks in 2009 under its solo leadership. Only under the joint leadership of Unions/ Associations a successful strike could be organised. Hence Com. Abhimanyu should not and must not aspire to capture the post of convenor in the interest of building unity in BSNL among all Unions/ Associations. Further one day Strike is only to record our protest at the government. It won't result in any meaningful settlement on our main demand of immediate implementation of 3 rd Pay Revision. Hence indefinite strike should be organised by dropping the plan for one day strike on 27-07-17 as proposed by BSNLEU. Before that all the General Secretaries of all Unions/ Associations without any omission must be gathered for a meeting on this subject. If BSNLEU persists on its own agenda and programme with an alliance of selected Unions/ Associations real unity among unions/ associations or united struggle in BSNL is neither possible nor feasible.


Tamilnadu Saturn quotes Scripture:

A Saturn from Puducherry which could not capture the post of CS/Tamilnadu at the Vellore conference is now trying its best to run that Circle Union through backseat driving sidelining and even bypassing the elected CS by getting himself transferred to Chennai to occupy the Union building. Recently this Saturn met the CGM/ Chennai Telephones to discuss about the TT posts transfer to STR which has a separate circle union. However Our CGM rebuffed and advised this Saturn not to do this type of interference and informed us about this. Now our Circle Union has taken up the issue of delay in GPF advance payment to the employees with the principle CCA who is common to both Tamilnadu and Chennai Telephones Circles. We merely mentioned in our letter to the PCCA that more than 5500 applications( 4000+1500)are pending for payment at his office after due process by both Circles. We have no intention to take up the cases of Tamilnadu Circle for which a separate Circle Union is there. We won't poke our nose in to other Circle affairs as the Puducherry Saturn is doing misusing its union position as the Circle President. President should not act and behave as a Circle Secretary just because he could not become one despite lot of jockeying and lobbying.


BJP is supporting the evil forces:

In Bengal BJP is having political alliance with Gorkha separatists who demand separate state of Gorkha Land in the hills of Darjeeling in Northern Bengal. To create troubles for Mamata Banerjee and her TMC party in a most unbecoming of a government the BJP government at the centre helping the Gorkha militants who openly challenge the State government there and indulge in violence. They issued threats to the tourists not to visit the internationally famous Darjeeling hills. One should appreciate and support the CM of West Bengal for her bold and no nonsense approach to those separatists. How can any one tolerate the objection of instruction to study Bengali In Bengal. While BJP is bent upon imposing not only Hindi but also Sanskrit languages on non- Hindi people what is wrong in ordering study of Bengali language compulsorily in West Bengal by that state government. Nepali language of Gorkha tribe can be taught and learn along with Bengali. Nothing wrong in it . But insisting only Nepali language as a medium of instruction in schools and colleges is nothing but atrocious in the state of West Bengal where Bengali is the official language . Let BJP not milk the King Cobra which will have a very bad consequences in not only Bengal but throughout the country.


Wish a very Happy retired life:

Comrade M.K. Rajeshwari , Former Circle Union Vice- President is retiring on 30-06-17 after completing 34 years of service. She is a staunch unionist and a very efficient worker who has organised Casual Labourers and Regular Mazdoors. Today she was honoured by Circle Union. She has donated 2000 rupees to the Circle Union. We wish her a very happy retired life and thanked her for her contribution to the union.  Click1,


Wish a very happy retired life:

Today Comrade D. Ponnurangam, Branch Union President of Flower Bazaar Power &AC was honoured by our Circle Union on his retirement on 30-06-2017 after serving BSNL/ DOT for 29 years. He has donated 5000 rupees to the Circle Union and we thank him for this.  Click1,


Letter sent by Registered Post to CCA by Circle Union:

Letter sent by Registered Post to CCA by Circle Union regarding delay in dispersing the payment of GPF advance .If our request is not considered we may have to launch agitation against the CCA. The date and mode of agitation will be finalised by the next meeting of the Circle Secretariat fixed on 27-06-17.  Click1,


National Forum Demonstration:

On 14-06-17 in front of Chennai Telephones CGM office a powerful demonstration was held during lunch hour in which hundreds of comrades very enthusiastically took part . NFTE/ NFTCL/ TEPU/ PEWA/ SEWA/ OBCEWA leaders explained the demands.
Comrade CKM in his speech highlighted the wrong and partisan attitude of DOT/ DPE in opposing the suggestion of CMD/ BSNL to 15% hike in Pay for both Executives & Non- Executives without asking for fund from the Government of India. CMD's assurances that he won't demand budgetary support to meet the expenses due to pay revision and could meet it with the available funds of BSNL fallen on deaf ears. When the Government of India could implement seventh CPC recommendations from 01-01-2016 to the staff of Postal and Defence departments which do not run on profit but a necessity for nation building how the BSNL which is also a 100% Government PSU carrying out the decisions of the Central Government in providing communications to the poor and needy in both rural and urban areas which resulted in huge loss could be singled out and punished ? Further Comrade CKM pointed out that the responsibility should be fixed only on the Central Government for the present bad financial and commercial difficulties of BSNL as its policies only ruined the BSNL whereas that helped rival Private Telecom companies to grow faster and wealthier. Having spoiled the BSNL for years together retarding its growth and expansion deliberately the government now using the present financial difficulties of BSNL to deny the Third Pay revision even after ten long years to its 2 lakh staff. It is only a beginning today and we need to go a long way before realising the Third Pay revision in BSNL. Let us prepare for a bigger and bolder prolonged strikes and should not be under any illusion that one day strike will solve the issue of Third Pay revision.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,


Lunch hour demonstration on 14-06-16 at CGM's office:

The National Forum in Chennai Telephones will organise a demonstration during lunch hour on June-14 asper the decision of national level meeting held in New Delhi. The main focus will be the delay in the implementation of Third Pay revision to our employees. Mobilise all Comrades particularly the National Forum of BSNL unions & associations and make it a big success. We expect both General Secretaries of TEPU and PEWA may address our demonstration in Chennai.


Wish the newlywed couple:

Myself, Ramasamy and Elangovan today attended the marriage reception of Comrade Erode Kumar's son Sri. Guhan at Gopichettipalayam and greeted the newly married couple.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Bungling in GPF advance payment to employees:

It is very sad that all Unions and Associations are reduced to mute spectators by DOT which took over the work of GPF advance payment to the employees in BSNL throughout the country. But it has no infrastructure or trained staff to disperse the amount smoothly without any delay. In Tamilnadu as a whole including Chennai Telephones (4000 + 1500 ) 5500 sanctioned applications are pending with the CCA ( DOT cell) for payment. But the inexperience of CCA is causing unbearable delay . Our employees are anxious to get the payment as the academic year has just begun and they had to make fees payment to various educational institutions like colleges/ Schools etc. Our Circle Union will wait for next 15 days to effect the GPF advance payment to all our employees whose applications were approved/ cleared by respective BSNL circles. If it is not done we will resort to agitation to highlight this issue before the end of this month. The meeting of the Circle Union Secretariat on 27-06-17 will finalise the method of agitation in front of the office of Controller of Communications Accounts ( CCA) Dr. Niranjana in R.K. Nagar exchange compound. Be prepared for agitation to ensure prompt payment of GPF advance every month hereafter.


We wish a very happy retired life to Comrade M.Balasubramanian,J.E:

Harbour division union Vice President M. Balasubramanian is retiring from duty on 30-06-17 after completing 33 years of devoted service in both DOT and BSNL. Today he visited our union office with Comrades Sendhil, Venkatesan, Arumugam, Kothandapani and Solairaj and felicitated the Circle Secretary and donated Rs.5000/- towards Circle Union fund. Com. CKM appreciated his gesture and thanked him for the donation. We wish Comrade Balasubramanian a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,


Secretariat will meet on 27-06-17:

The meeting of the Circle union's secretariat will meet at 10.30 hrs on 27 th June ( Tuesday) in the union office at FBR . Com. M. K. Ramasamy, Circle Union President will preside over the meeting. All 15 members of the Secretariat are requested to attend the meeting in time and without fail.


Remembering the former Secretary General of NFTE, Comrade M.B.Vichare:

I very much miss my dear comrade and our leader Vichare . He was my best friend and a colleague. After OPG he took over the post of Secretary General of NFTE at the All India Conference held in Saharanpur ( western UP) . He associated me in each and every activities of the CHQ in my capacity as the Secretary ( CHQ). He was a towering personality in Maharashtra state and only due to his popularity NFTE got more than 18000 votes in the First Membership Verification held in 2002 in just one circle which was the main reason for the success of NFTE in that verification. At the invitation of Com. Ashaq Ahamed, Circle Secretary of Jammu & Kashmir for his daughter marriage myself, Comrade Islam and Comrade Vichare went to Srinagar via Jammu. We took part in a Union meeting held at the main telephone exchange in Srinagar and attended the marriage function also. We stayed there in the night and planned to leave for Jammu next morning to board the train to New Delhi. A car was also ordered from travel agency to pick us in the early morning . Myself and Vichare were sleeping on the same cot and Islam was on another cot of course in the same bed room. At 4.30 am on that fateful day I woke up Com. Vichare to get up and ready for our travel to Jammu by road. But his body was chilled and no movement was noticed. I shouted and called Islam who was also not woken up by that time. We both got shocked about the condition of Vichare. Immediately I informed Com. Ashaq Ahamed and he rushed to our place and we all took Vichare to the main Government hospital in Srinagar. Where doctors declared that he was already dead and informed us that he might have collapsed due to cardiac arrest while sleeping. It was a very great loss to the NFTE and workers of Maharashtra Circle. NFTE/ Chennai Telephones pay it's respectful homage to the Former Secretary General on his death anniversary today (12-06-17).


Wish Mr & Mrs.Nirupan a very happy married life:

oday( 11-06-17 ) at the marriage reception of Com. Nirupan ( S/O Comrade Kandasamy , a veteran NFTE leader) at Chromepet a large number of NFTE and NFTCL leaders greeted the newly married couple.Comrade Kandasamy was initially employed in Erode . He was a District Secretary of Telegraph employees of Erode and Coimbatore. He is a very dedicated comrade and a active unionist. After his Telecom Mechanic Promotion he was posted to Maraimalai Nagar exchange under CPT / SSA. Due to the merger of CPT/ SSA with Chennai Telephones we came to be known intimately about his services and capacity. He is a believer in Left politics and a committed Communist. That's the reason his son's name is Nirupan ( Former CM of Tirupura Nirupan Chakraborty) His son's marriage took place on 04-06-17 . As that marriage was out of Chennai on 11-05-17 he arranged a reception at Chromepet in which myself, Ramasamy, Ravi, Babu, Arumugam, Kothandapani, Singaravelu , Boopal apart from D. Gopalakrishnan and many other leaders took part and greeted the newly wed couple.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Very inspiring Dharna by NFTCL:

On 10-06-17 near Chepauk guest house for more than three hours five hundred comrades continuously shouting slogans highlighting the demands of Contract Labourers in Tamilnadu. The State Executive Meeting at Tirunelveli held on 28-04-17 took two decisions to hold a demonstration at all the district headquarters on 20-05-17 and conduct a Dharna in State Headquarters ( Chennai) to demand settlement of Telecom Contract Labourers issues. Accordingly the programme on 20-May was successfully observed in all districts. Today the massive Dharna at Chennai also a huge Success. The next course of action will be decided by the Tamilnadu State Committee of NFTCL in the next state EC meeting to be held in July. The venue and exact date will be announced after consulting the District Secretaries. Our success in compelling the managements to agree for payment of wages category wise ( Unskilled/ Semi skilled/ Skilled/ Highly Skilled) through filing a case ( raising a dispute) with Deputy Labour Commissioner ( Central) in Chennai has enthused the mass of contract Labourers which has resulted in the massive mobilisation of contract Labourers for today's Dharna. We will keep up the tempo in the next hearing of the case which is fixed on 26-06-17. Congratulations to all the leaders and activists of both NFTE and NFTCL. Powerful demonstration by NFTCL on 10-06-17 in Chennai for highlighting the issues of Telecom Contract Labourers in the State.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,


Comrade CKM spoke to the media at the NFTCL Dharna on 10/06/2017:

Comrade CKM spoke to the media at the Dharna place explaining the core demands of the telecom contract Labourers.  Click1,


British Parliamentary Elections-2017:

The results of Parliamentary elections held in U.K. shocked very rudely the ruling Conservative party and its Prime Minister May. She had called for a snap poll with an aim to consolidate her position and political authority. But she got a huge rebuff from the British voters. In the previous Parliament her party was having a comfortable 17 seats majority. But now her party was not only reduced to a minority party in the Parliament but also lost many seats to the surging opposition Labour Party which actually gained much and improved its strength by 29 seats. 50% of Ministers in her cabinet lost in this election. Morally she shouldn't continue as PM in view of severe drubbing her party got from the British voters. However she is clinging to the power on the premise that in a hung parliament her party is the single largest. This is against the democratic traditions of British politics. But every where Politics means power and no politician ever voluntarily shed power despite becoming minority.



NFTCL press release on the dharna on 10/06/2017:0300-0600 PM at Chepauck Guest house,Chennai vide the decision taken at the state executive commitee meeting held in Tirunelveli on 28/04/2017 to resovle the long pending demands of Telecom contract labourers.  Click1,


Wish a happy married life:

Tamilnadu State NFTCL assistant Treasurer V.Rathinam's daughter Miss.Jalaja celebrated her marriage reception today evening in Chennai. Number of NFTE/ NFTCL leaders attended this marriage reception and wished the newly married couples a very happy and understanding family life. Comrade CKM spoke to the media at the Dharna place explaining the core demands of the telecom contract Labourers.  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Wish comrade V.Panchatcharam, T T / FBR Extl-II, Branch union Secretary a very happy retired life:

On 30-06-2017 after completing 28 years of meritorious service in DOT/ BSNL Comrade V.Panchatcharam is retiring this month. He has donated rupees 5000/- to the Circle Union. Com CKM greeted him at union office today. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,


The General Council Meeting decisions:

The General Council Meeting of the Chennai Telephones circle union held on 06-06-2017 unanimously decided to launch agitation to compel the Telecommunications Cooperative Society management to accept the five important demands of the membership as already 3 years have completed without implementing the assurances given at the time of elections in 2014 in which NFTE led alliance swept the election to the board of Directors capturing all the 21 posts whereas BSNLEU led alliance was washed out completely. Hence NFTE is duty bound to honour its assurances and promises to the employees. Hope the management will understand the feelings and difficulties of members of the Telecom Cooperative Society.  Click1,  Click2,


Contract Labourers case for different categories of wages:

NFTCL initiatives bears fruit.  Click1,


3000 Pending advice notes:

When Our Union leaders met the Chief General Manager on 01-06-17 she expressed her deep concern about the more than 3000 pending advice notes for new lines provisions and shifts. She requested us to help to clear these pending works. Com . CKM assured the CGM to extend the maximum possible help to the management in clearing all the pending works. Accordingly at the General Council Meeting of the Circle Union held on 06-06-17 it was decided to collect all the data about these pending advice notes sub- division wise and take all efforts to Carry out these pending works. It was also decided that all Branch/Division/ District Secretaries must intimate the details about these pending works to the Circle Union with in 15 days that is by 22-06-17. Kindly take this challenge as an opportunity to save our breadwinner BSNL.


Wish Com.N.Jayaraman a very happy retired life:

He is working as a Telecom Technician at Ramnagar RSU . After completing 28 years of meritorious service he is retiring on 30-06-2017. He was honoured today by the Circle Union. He has donated Rs.3000/- to the Circle Union. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,


General Council Meeting:

On 06-06-17 at Dinroze RSU compound the meeting of the Branch/ Division/ District Secretaries along with Circle Office bearers was held under the presidentship of Com. MKR, Circle President. Comrade CKM, Circle Secretary explained in detail all the agenda points. It was decided to organise the lunch hour demonstration of National Forum on 14-06-17 at CGM's office. It was also decided to fully support the Dharna being organised by contract Labourers Federation NFTCL on 10-06-17 at Chepauk guest house. After a detailed discussion a resolution was unanimously decided to agitate in August first week to demand lower rates of interest and beginning the construction of the Apartments by Telecom Cooperative Society. The General Council also decided unanimously to request the CHQ not to fall in the trap laid by BSNLEU in the Third Pay revision issue. Though our Circle Union is not against the United Struggles for the common cause we should be alert and be cautious in joining hands with BSNLEU as in the past we had very bitter experience of BSNLEU hijacking the glory of the United struggles and boasting of their achievement all the settlements achieved by the efforts of joint struggles. It is pertinent to mention here that Comrades Namboodiri and Abhimanyu betrayed the historic United three days Struggle for protecting the Government Pension on the eve of Corporatisation in September 2000. They are not the champions of Unity of Trade Unions and joint struggles.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


What Next..?:

The Prime Minister office vide its letter dated 03-03-2017 through the Communications Ministry letter dated 31-05-2017 has replied to the representation of NFTE on 17-02-2017 regarding; 1. Rejection of Niti Ayog recommendation for disinvestment of BSNL shares.
2. Stop the formation of Separate tower company.
The written reply given by PMO is very evasive. It said at present there is no proposal to " close down BSNL "when we have not raised anything about closing down the BSNL. It didn't answer directly to our concerns about " Disinvestment of BSNL shares". This means sooner or later the policy of Disinvestment is to be introduced in BSNL. Regarding our second demand for not forming a separate Tower company PMO reply indicates that there won't be any going back from the cabinet decision in 2015 for the formation of Separate tower company.
NFTE should now begin efforts to have a United Struggle against the government's move. For this immediately National Forum must meet and evolve a decision to organise a United struggle in cooperation with or jointly with BSNLEU. Our Chennai Telephones circle union request the CHQ not to waste any more time and start preparations for Struggle to stop both Disinvestment & Formation of Separate tower company.



We regret to inform the demise of comrade L. Jayaraj (57) T T / Ambattur power room in the afternoon of 03-06-17 at MIOT Hospital after a brief illness due to jaundice. He was our branch secretary in Valasaravakkam under Porur division and a very active unionist. Comrades CKM, Nagarajan, Karunanidhi, Patrick Shylock and many other leaders of NFTE paid their last respects to the departed comrade at his house in BSNL staff quarters at Anna Nagar. His funeral will begin at 11 am on 04-06-17( Sunday).


Conciliatory meeting in the presence of Dy.CLC (Central) on the complaint filed by NFTCL/ Tamilnadu regarding non-payment of wages to Contract Labourers category wise:

On 02-06-17 on our complaint against the refusal of BSNL managements in both Chennai Telephones and Tamilnadu a conciliatory meeting was called today in which DGM( HR) Hemamalini, AGM(E) Sankari of Chennai Telephones and AGM Rajasekaran of Tamilnadu attended on behalf of the Management. Representing NFTCL comrades CKM, Anandan, Anbazhagan, Sampath attended this meeting. It was decided to identity the jobs on category wise for fixing wages on that basis. We told the Dy. CLC to direct the management to declare all jobs in BSNL except Scavenging and sweeping as either Semiskilled or Skilled. For example in Chennai a unskilled Labourer will get a minimum daily wage of Rs.523/- whereas a semiskilled Labourer may get Rs. 579/- and skilled Labourer Labourer may get Rs. 637/- and a highly skilled Labourer may get Rs. 693/-. NFTCL demanded salary to contract Labourers only on the basis of the actual work performed by the contract Labourers. But management wants to pay simply the wages of a unskilled worker to all categories of Labourers. This is a wrong practice and a grave injustice to the poorest people. Next hearing is fixed on 29-06-17. Let us hope justice will be rendered to the contract Labourers.  Click1,  Click2,


Discussion with Sri. V.Srinivas, Dy.Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) on 02-06-17 at Chennai Sastri Bhavan:

NFTCL State leaders S. Anandan, N. Anbazhagan, E. Sampath and myself today met the Dy. CLC (Chennai) and had a detailed discussion on the charter of demands raised for Chennai Dharna on 10-06-2017 near Chepauk Stadium on important issues of Telecom Contract Labourers. Sri.Srinivas heard our points attentively and assured us to instruct the management to begin dialogue on all the issues raised by NFTCL/ Tamilnadu State.  Click1,  Click2,


Meeting with CGM on 01-06-2017:

Circle Union leaders met the CGM and discussed the following staff issues:
1.Rule -8 transfers of all waitlisted JEs to be considered as 53 new JEs have recently completed training and got posted.
2.Permit the ATT officials of CPT/ SSA to appear for TT Promotions examination for the vecancies Of Chennai Telephones.
3.Solve the water crisis at Thiruvallur staff quarters.
4.Accept the resignation of Comrade Rajesh Kumar Doss, JE / Mahabalipuram who has passed the JTO exam of DR JTO and was allotted Odisha circle.
5.Merger of Padi CSC with Ambattur CSC due to acute shortage in Ambattur CSC.
6.Holding Circle/ Local Council Meetings with out any further delay.
7.Stop local modifications in the posting order issued by GM( HR) by DGM (Kanchipuram).
Circle Union was represented by Comrades CKM, MKR, KME, SR, Bose, Ekambaram.


We appreciate the gesture of Com.Pandian, O.S; NFTE Branch Secretary of DGM( NE) office:

Com. Pandian has retired yesterday ( 31-05-17). He was a member of NFTE all through his career and now continue as a Branch Secretary. He is a very loyal and sincere comrade who has silently contributed to the growth of our union. He began his career as a casual Labour and completed his official career as a office superintendent. Last week he has donated 5000 rupees to NFTE Circle Union on his retirement. Additionally yesterday he donated 2700 rupees each to NFTE & NFTCL Circle Unions. Totally he has contributed 7700 to NFTE and 2700 to NFTCL. When I questioned him why he is donating Second time he told me that whatever money he received from his colleagues and friends on his retirement he divided in to two and handed over to both NFTE & NFTCL equally. Really I was surprised at his gesture towards our unions. Thanks comrade Pandian. We will always remember you not for the money donated but for this noble gesture towards the union which shaped your life and career so well.


At Anna Road exchange Farewell function on 31-05-17:

To felicitate Comrade Suguna, JE on his retirement a function was organised at Anna Road exchange. Comrades CKM, Rajasekaran,Nagarajan,Sabapathi and many others greeted him of a very happy retired life. He has donated 3000 rupees to the Circle Union.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Farewell function of Com.Paramasivam at Kushkumar Road :

Farewell function of Com.Paramasivam at Kushkumar Road held today.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Meeting with PGM (Hr):

On 31-05-17 our Circle Union leaders met the PGM ( Hr) along with DGM ( Hr) / AGM( A)/ AGM( E) / SDE( SR) and discussed number of staff issues. We also insisted to hold the next Circle Council Meeting in June itself as the last one was held in February/2017. Our representatives also requested to hold all the Local Council Meetings as no meeting of any Local Council was held for the last one year since the Seventh membership verification. The management expressed its limitations as BSNLEU refused to intimate the names of its representatives despite 3 reminders sent to them. We demanded immediate meeting of all Councils even if BSNLEU wantonly delayed submission of nominations further. Management agreed to our request. Circle Union was represented by Comrades CKM, Rajendran, Ravi and Dhansingh.


Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi's Surrender is Complete:

Now no doubt to anyone about who is ruling the state and who is acting as a proxy to BJP in Tamilnadu . Yes the CM is still reading the guidelines of Central Government on banning slaughter of cow/ Buffalo/ Ox. He is maintaining a criminal silence without expressing any opinion on the controversial order due to the fear of Income Tax raids and CBI raids. When the whole country is up and against the attempt of Modi to force food habits on the people, Edappadi & Company is totally silent. Kerala/ West Bengal/ Puducherry/ Karnataka CMs have already announced very boldly that they would not implement the controversial order as it is violating the federal structure of the constitution.
In India as per a recent statistics 68% of Hindus, 14% of Muslims and 6 % of Christians eat beef as food at least once a week. Only Brahmins and certain higher caste Hindus didn't consume Beef. Beef is cheap compared to Mutton and has large percentage of protein . But RSS and its followers wants to forcefully fix the food habits of Indians just because they are in the government for five years. These food habits are there for centuries and more. Hence instead of dividing the people on religion/ language/ food habits Modi government should try to rule the country as promised to bring Development and generate employment opportunities. By this one order alone throughout the country crores of jobs will get abolished.
Yesterday Edappadi faction of AIADMK held a executive meeting. But even in that meeting no discussion or decision regarding the centre's controversial order has taken place. Even OPS faction which is being dubbed as a B team of BJP came out with a demand that Modi government should withdraw the said controversial order immediately. Its statement cited a similar order issued in 2001 by the then Vajpayee government banning the sacrifice killing of goats and roosters at Hindu Temples which was stoutly opposed by the then CM Jayalalitha and finally that order was withdrawn. But now the AIADMK government of Edappadi is shivering at not only Modi but to even Venkaiah Naidu. After Jayalalitha , AIADMK government is run by cowards and betrayers whose only aim to be in power for the next four years by hook or crook to amass wealth. But Tamilnadu voters will give them a fitting rebuff when they get a first chance.


Wish Com.B.Ramakrishnan a very happy retirement:

Today circle union greeted Comrade Ramakrishnan, T T/Adyar on his retirement on 31-05-17. He donated 2000 rupees to the Circle Union. We thank him and wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,


Com.G.V.Lives in our memory:

Today (30-05-17) on his fifth death anniversary Comrade G.Venkatesan was remembered by our Circle Union at a function in Flower Bazaar exchange. A Portrait of GV was opened at this function.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


National Forum agitation on 14-06-2017 on Third Pay Revision:

The National Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations has decided at its meeting in New Delhi on 24-05-17 to conduct nationwide demonstration on the issue of Third Pay revision to all non- executive employees in BSNL on 14-06-17. The main demand is that DPE should forward the necessary guidelines for Third Pay revision without any further delay and it should not impose unwanted conditions for Pay revision. We all know that for Executives of CPSUs the Pay Revision process is in an advance stage Whereas for Non-Executives it is yet to begin. Even the representatives of the recognised unions are not so far included in the committee constituted for the Third Pay revision of Non-Executive employees. As thousands of employees are retiring every month without their pay revised and consequently getting lesser pension. As BSNLEU wrongly agreed for ten years periodicity while signing the Second Pay revision as a sole recognised union last time our Pay revision is already delayed by five years. Originally it should have been revised with effect from 01-01-2012 itself if Five years periodicity was maintained in BSNL. But now we will get our pay revised with effect from only 01-01-2017. Even for this nothing has been initiated so far. To placate the BSNLEU the CMD/BSNL announced the formation of a committee for Third Pay revision at the AIC of BSNLEU held in Chennai and got back the clapping of the innocent delegates who did not know that both their leadership and the CMD are fooling them jointly. Even though many months had passed since the said happy announcement of CMD at the BSNLEU conference not a single inch movement is there on Third Pay Revision except a drama by BSNLEU to demand five years periodicity for pay revision which was very much in BSNL till these people sacrificed it at the behest of Management.
Now coming to the point, On June-14 at the CGM's office in Purasawalkam High road during lunch time a massive demonstration will be organised as per the call of National Forum in which NFTE/TEPUSEWA/PEWA/NFTCL/OBCEWA/BTEU leaders and comrades will participate in large numbers. It is requested that all Circle Union office bearers and District/ Division/ Branch Secretaries should mobilise the comrades for the success of this agitational call of National Forum in Chennai Telephones.


Visit to Villuppuram!:

Today (28-05-17)myself and Com. Elangovan went to Villuppuram to enquire the health of Com. Vedachalam ( District Working President of Cuddalure NFTCL) who was discharged from hospital after a brief treatment. Com. Ashokraj, CHQ/ Vice- President/ NFTCL, Tamilnadu State Secretary / NFTCL Comrade S. Anandan and Puducherry leader Thangamani accompanied me.Earlier in the day we had consultations with the Villuppuram Reception Committee Comrades in Villuppuram exchange regarding the conduct of next District Conference of NFTCL there in July/2017. Villuppuram comrades are enthusiastic about the forthcoming District Conference.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


General Council Meeting will decide further course of action on 06-06- 2017:

Number of our comrades who are members of the Telecom cooperative Society are expressing their concern to the Circle Union regarding the following few issues for a long time. Our Directors and RGBs were informed of these concerns already. On the last meeting of the RGBs these issues were raised forcefully by NFTE representatives on 21-04-17 . The President of the Telecom Cooperative Society announced at that meeting that all issues raised by NFTE representatives will be considered and a final decision will be announced with in 45 days. This will be ending on June-05. We are waiting for a good decision/ announcement before 05-06-2017. However the General Council Meeting of the Circle Union which is going to meet on 06-06-2017 will naturally discuss this as an important item and a decision on further course of action will be taken.
1. Implementation of the assurances on Flat constructions to handover to the eligible members at a reasonable price. ( Three years have passed already without any symptom of action).
2. All Banks have already reduced the rate of interest. Hence rate of interest to the loans given to the employees ( members) must be reduced by minimum one or two percentage.
3. Even though decision to enhance the maximum limits of all loans was taken six months ago it is not yet given effective till now. As the academic season has begun at least the enhanced amount of Educational Loan must be paid to all eligible members.
4.Initiate urgent steps to improve the recovery percentage of Loans which is falling in all areas to disturbingly low level ( less than 50% of recovery in Chennai Telephones).
Our comrades must come out with concrete suggestions in this matter to the General Council Meeting to be held on June-06 in Dinroze RSU at 2 pm.


Cocks/Hens/Goats are also Cattles!:

To consolidate its core support base among Hindus the Modi government has now curbed cattle slaughter in the garb of preventing cruelty to the Cattles .It is mainly for political reasons and electoral gains the BJP government is taking such a partisan decision. This decision is against the federal structure of our country's constitution and hence ultimately stayed by the Supreme Court if some one approach it. While the government order of 26-05-17 does ban the slaughter of Cow, Buffalo, Ox , Camel for now in future this list may be expanded with the additions of Goats/ Cocks/ Hens etc since the term Cattle is a very broad one in which any livestock can be bracketed. It is clear that BJP after completing three full years now embarking on its Hindutva agenda . We may expect soon the construction of Ram temple In Ayodhya where the historic Babri Masjid was demolished by RSS/ BJP people. Next a common Civil Code may be thrusted on religious minorities in the garb of Equality before Law. With the clear majority in both Assemblies/ Parliament, BJP may implement its divisive agenda without any difficulty. But whether this country's Unity and Integrity will survive these attacks is a moot question.


Wish Com.G.Paramasivam, OS o/o PGM (D) a very happy retired life on 31-05-17:

On behalf of Circle Union our Haddows Road Divisisional union President Paramasivam was today honoured on his retirement. He has donated 3000 rupees to the Circle Union. We thank him and wish a very happy retired life.  Click1,


Meeting with GM(North):

On 25-05-17 our Comrades CKM, Elangovan, Ravi, Venkatesan and Arumugam met the General Manager ( North ) and discussed issues pertaining to Harbour/ Kellys/ Ambattur/ Padi / Flower Bazaar exchanges. The GM assured our comrades early settlement of issues raised in the meeting.


Meeting with DGM (Planning &Development):

Today our comrades CKM and Elangovan met the DGM( planning &Development) . Discussed number of issues pertaining to Cable Construction/ Quarter allotment/ illegal Occupation by unauthorised persons etc. He has agreed to look in to the issues pointed out by us. There is no PGM/ GM posted exclusively for Planning & Development for more than a year which explains the sorry state of affairs. CGM will be informed of our concern on this which is very badly affecting the Development.
Yesterday both Comrades CKM and Elangovan met the DGM ( Hr) exclusively to discuss about the forthcoming JE postings and requested her to consider all the pending Rule-8 transfers as sufficient numbers of JEs are being posted on their successful training this week. We also appealed to the DGM/ AGM ( Hr) to clear all the wait listed local request transfers in the cadre of JE. Hope our suggestions will be taken care of by the Administration.


Promise not kept:

BJP promised creation of 2 crores new jobs per year . But after completing 3 years it has not fulfilled this important promise for which the younger generation is longing and waiting. In the recent years in a big U turn jobs are actually being vanished particularly in IT sector lakh's of employees are being fired Left and right thereby increasing the rate of unemployment in the country.


Welfare Board nominations:

As the tenure of the past Welfare board is already completed the management is taking efforts to recast the Welfare board of Chennai Telephones circle. NFTE has forwarded the following three names to be nominated as Union / President nominee in the Welfare board.
1. K. M. Elangovan, Telecom Technician/ACS.
2. S. Rajendran, Office Supdt.(Phones) /ACS.
3. C. Ravi, J.E/Circle Treasurer.
Our comrades are requested to contact them for issues to be taken up in the Welfare Board meetings. The CGM will be the President of the Circle Welfare board.


GPF advance payment will be further delayed:

Our Circle Union was in contact with GM(Finance) to ensure the payment of GPF advance without any further delay. But as per the information provided to us the left out telecom circles including Chennai Telephones will be handed over to DOT cell this month for effecting GPF advance payment to the employees. Many Circles were last month itself handed over to DOT cells for effecting dispersement of GPF advance payment to the employees. It seems a meeting is being organised tomorrow ( 24-05-17) by DOT cell in Chennai with telecom circles to discuss on this issue. The DGM ( Banking) has informed us that there is no chance of GPF advance payment to the employees in May/2017 as such and it may be expected only in June/2017 that too from DOT cell and not from BSNL as before. We hope the CHQ will address this issue very urgently as we expect unnecessary hardships if the work of GPF advance payment to the employees is completely transferred to DOT cells.



COMRADE G.V.Portrait will be opened on 30-05-17:

On his fifth death anniversary Com. G. Venkatesan's portrait will be opened on May/30 ( Tuesday) at a function organised by the Circle Union. The meeting will begin at 4 pm in Flower Bazaar telecom complex under the presidentship of Com. Ramasamy, our Circle President. All are requested to attend this meeting arranged for paying our respectful homage to the dedicated leader of our great NFTE.
Comrade G .V. was one of the finest and tallest leader of Line staff union in Chennai Telephones. He was a senior Assistant Circle Secretary of E4 union of NFPTE and thereafter NFTE's Assistant Circle Secretary for a long time till his untimely death five years ago. He was a great fighter and agitator. He was also a nice negotiator with the officers and management. He led number of local agitations successfully. Let us remember his services to the working people.


Big Thanks for Comrades of Chennai Telephones and Tamilnadu:

Today's (20-05-17) Demonstration by NFTCL throughout Tamilnadu State was a big success and we thank all comrades who took part in it and taken pains to organise massive demonstration for the just demands of the Telecom Contract Labourers of Tamilnadu State as per the State executive committee decision at the meeting in Tirunelveli held on 28-04-17. As per information received till this time massive demonstrations were held in Tanjore, Trichy, CGM's office/ Chennai, Chromepet, Ambattur, Cuddalure, Karaikudi, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin. Full information may be uploaded by tonight. We congratulate thousands of Contract Labourers who actively took part in today's demonstration. We also express our profound gratitude to the NFTE leaders and comrades who also helped us in making this agitation a big success and for their large participation . The Second Part of NFTCL agitation will be on 10-06-17 in Chennai. At the Chepauk guest house a massive Dharna will be organised on that day. Plan for mobilising large number of Contract Labourers and employees from all over Tamilnadu for the Chennai Dharna on 10th of June-2017.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,


Congratulations AITUC/ Kerala State:

The Kerala state AITUC on 19-05-17 ended it's five days Sit-in before the Kerala State Secretariat after the main demands were agreed by the State Government. Though LDF government is ruling Kerala now, AITUC did not hesitate to agitate for the cause of Working People. This attitude is a most welcome one in the present situation wherein the Trade Unions are guided by their political affiliations . Trade Unions must give priority only to the cause of working people and their just and reasonable demands over the political affinity of TU leaders who may be members of a particular political party. The main demands considered by the government includes 1. Minimum wage of Rs. 18000/- and 2. Confirmation of services of casual employees. NFTCL whole heartedly congratulates the Kerala AITUC for this successful agitation.


Back door entry of Private Sector in to CPSUs /Today it is Air India:

Today it is Air India. May be tomorrow BSNL face the same troubles. In the name of revival efforts in the future, the NITI Aayog ( RSS economic pundits) may suggest disinvestment of each and every CPSU since private sector is their only favourite. Let us prepare to face this back door privatisation. First the Government will force the PSU to follow its guidelines ( which will naturally favour private competitors) and see that the said PSU surely fall in Sickness. Thereafter they same fellows will take over the role of the Doctors for treating to save the sick PSU . They in this process may give many options including disinvestment or arranging a strategic partnership with a private company. How the Government can suggest revival plans when it is the main and actual culprit and cause for the present state of affairs in CPSUs due to its pro private sector policies and guidelines. It has no moral rights to suggest anything for the revival of a PSU which was deliberately made sick with the sole aim of permitting the private sector managements to operate directly or indirectly the CPSU.Let the trade unions and workers of that very PSU may be given authority to offer real and workable solutions/ suggestions instead of NITI Aayog people.  Click1,


General Council Meeting on June-06:

The meeting of the General Council of Chennai Telephones NFTE will be held as usual on 06-06-17( Tuesday) at 2 pm in Dinroze compound. Com. MKR will preside over the meeting. All branch/ Division/ District Secretaries along with Circle Union office bearers and Special invitees are requested to attend this meeting in time and without fail. The following shall be the agenda points.
1. Participating in the NFTCL Dharna in Chennai on 10-06-17 at Chepauk guest house.
2. Functioning of Councils/ Works Committees.
3. Membership drive.
4. Organisational Review at all levels.
5. Pending problems.
6. Review of May Day & 200 th Birthday of comrade Karl Marx celebrations on May/05.
7. Third Pay Revision- approach of the Circle Union.
8. Any other item ( with the chair's permission) decisions.


Comrade Jagan: our inspiring Leader!

On his birthday on 17 th of May NFTE/ NFTCL fondly remember his contributions to the working class movement in India. He as a Communist inspired many workers to become a dedicated unionist first and thereafter a committed Communist. He tirelessly worked for the upliftment of Casual Labourers. He was the only union leader dismissed from service for participating in the 1960 Central Government employees strike. He was jailed several times but I remember with him in Madras Central Jail for three days in 1987 for supporting the State government employees strike during MGR regime. On his birthday let us pledge to carry forward his unfinished job. NFTCL on his ideals will steadfastly work for the upliftment of all Telecom Contract Labourers in the country and carry forward his principles. Long live Comrade Jagan's popularity!  Click1,


Unanswered questions?!

The judge of the Kolkata High Court C.S.Karnan has written a representation addressed to The President of India, The Prime Minister of India and few other dignitaries holding the High constitutional positions of our country on 13-05-17 against the judgment by seven judges bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar. We all know the background of this issue which is the first of its kind happened in the history of India. Justice Karnan was sentenced with 6 months of imprisonment in jail by the Supreme Court without even hearing his views and not serving any charge sheet detailing his responsibility in the present contempt of court case as such. He being a High Court judge himself should not have been ill treated Publicly in this way by the Supreme Court judges just because he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister regarding corruption charges on few Supreme Court judges. Now he is in hiding to evade his arrest for which West Bengal Police personal are trying their best. Meanwhile one lawyer by name Mathews J. Nedumpara has approached the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court directly on behalf of Justice C.S. Karnan as the registrar of Supreme Court refused to receive the papers of his writ petition. This itself shows the Supreme Court in a very bad and biased manner to the public. It should have been avoided and the lawyer Mathews ' petition should have been received for consideration of the Supreme Court. Now in his representation Justice Karnan has raised many questions which needs to be answered by the concerned authorities.
1.Is it a contempt of court if a corruption charge is made out against a fellow judge?
2.High Court judges are appointed by the President of India. Only he can order impeachment of a judge on specific charges and needs Parliamentary approval for it. Without observing all these formalities/ procedures how seven judges of the Supreme Court could act unilaterally in ordering six months jail sentence to a sitting Judge of the High Court?
3.Justice Karnan has once again brought the corruption charges on few judges of the Supreme Court including the present Chief Justice Khehar. Why this is not being enquired till this day ? Further it is shocking that this particular corruption case is not being listed for hearing in the Delhi High Court and deliberately being delayed. Ultimately the complaint was withdrawn by the counsel himself who was none other than the former President of the Supreme Court Bar association. It is getting murkier by every passing day.
There is a proverb that" Ceaser's wife must be above suspicions". If the Highest Judiciary itself is under clouds of Corruption charges what will happen to our country ? Law of the land is equal to all . No one is above law. Hence the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court must shed any hesitation to order enquiry on the allegations of Corruption against himself and fellow Judges of the Supreme Court and render Justice not only to Justice Karnan but all also the millions of our country men/ women who have unshakable faith on the Courts.


Paid T V news channel for BJP?!

Senior journalist Arnab has already spoiled his reputation as a probing journalist since he started his own channel" Republic "with the money invested by BJP leaders. He is facing the heat with in a week for his utterly biased unethical reporting of news. There is a complaint lodged on his channel with TRAI for unethical activities to increase viewership. The latest is the resignation of Business Reporter from his channel. Media is a powerful weapon to serve the public. But Arnab Goswami is using it to serve his own interests. Poor guy.


Politicalisation of Workers (or)Politicalisation of Trade Unions?!

Tamilnadu Transport Corporations employees are on strike for their just demands. But yet Anna DMK union is not only participating in this strike but also betraying it by aiding the management/ State Government to break this strike with temporary/contract Labourers. They don't realise the truth or blinded by their political affinity to AIADMK. This is not the first time nor going to be the last time. Unless the working class shed its self serving political and party interests this ugly situation may continue in future also. I don't blame only the AIDMK union for this sorry state of affairs. All Trade Unions are affected by this disease of crude politics. If DMK is now in Power may be LPF will do the same mistake. No doubt about it. Past experiences are many. Just because BJP government was in power in 2000 , BMS union withdrew from the historic Pension strike in DOT on the eve of corporatisation.
The Marxist party friends were observing silence when Jyothi Basu government in West Bengal delayed payment of several instalments of DA to its employees. But the same Marxist comrades jumped to abuse Mrs. Gandhi for delaying few instalments of DA to the central government employees as anti- worker attitude. Similarly when NFPTE was on strike against V. P.Singh government for 20 days demanding hundred rupees as was given to MTNL employees the Marxist friends in NFTE never bothered to participate in that strike for at least first seven days and took part only after V. P. Singh Government fell fro power. Even during the three days Pension strike by three Federations in 2000 September The Marxist friends did not participated in that strike. I remember their leaders sent FAX to the then communications minister Ram Vilas Paswan charging the GM ( North) G. Selvam helping the strikers and not allowing them to perform duty during the strike as We locked the main gates of Flower Bazaar exchange from inside. On their Police complaint hundreds of us were arrested on 08-09-2000. In fighting against the corruption of DMK ministers who hold Communications portfolio in the Central Government the Marxist friends never supported NFTE union in Chennai Telephones only to avoid any misunderstanding with their alliance partner TEPU. They opened their mouth only after DMK pulled out of the UPA and the new Communications Minister was a Congress man( Kapil Sibal). It is not my aim to open the past wounds now but only to pin point that all are acting only on political considerations whereas it should have been the workers welfare and wellbeing. In the name of radicalisation or politicalisation of workers now we ended with the Politicalisation of Trade Unions, which is a very bad and wrong thing for the unity of working people.


Beware of Diabolical attempts by dark forces of Hindu Fundamentalists to subvert the time tested Parliamentary Democracy in India!

For the past three years our country is witnessing a sustained attack on all democratic institutions including Universities, Colleges, Courts , Election Commission, Planing Commission, Parliament especially Rajya Sabha, Federalism, Secularism and Constitution itself. Fascism in all its forms has arrived at last in India. I appeal to the fellow citizens not to ignore these initial signals of Dictatorship.
There is a talk already in the air to change the Constitution to hold simultaneous elections for both Parliament and State Assemblies. Though this draconian attempt is sugar coated as minimising the expenditure on election it is basically against our federalism. States in India have unique culture, Language and possess different customs . Bracketing all the states in a similar way is not practically sound and may eventually fail. Jammu- Kashmir, North Eastern states and southern states are all different in their approach and attitude. Hence Simultaneous elections for both Parliament and Assembly there will kill the local nature of issues. It may suite for people who proclaim one Nation, one Language and one Religion. India is a country which thrives on different cultures , religions and different languages. Imposing something on India from above will not be good for the country and people. But the actual aim of these dark forces is to convert the Country's Parliamentary Democracy system to Presidential form of System like in USA. Poor people of America are now struggling to escape from the antics of a mad person who by accident became the President. One man authority for a big country like India is too dangerous and will usher in the Dictatorship of one party or group of Religious leaders.
BJP is aiming to get majority in Rajya Sabha to change the constitution and get a RSS hard core man elected as the President of our country so that he can aid Hindutva forces in their fight against Secularism as Now many BJP Governors are behaving and functioning . First Modi government attacked educational institutions like Pune Film Institute, Delhi JNU and Hyderabad central University etc. Thereafter they concentrated on religious freedom and imposing Hindi language on others who neither like it nor needed. Then they misused CBI/ EB/ Income- Tax authorities to black mail the politicians who opposed them steadfastly. If some weak politicians like Jagan Mohan Reddy or Edappadi Palanisamy/ OPS surrendered they will be left free . They wish to rule all the states either directly or through their proxies. They organised palace Coups in BJD of Odisha, AAP of Delhi to replace the leadership of those parties through their henchmen. But failed miserably. But in Tamilnadu they succeeded to capture the state Government after the sad demise of Madam Jayalalitha as both EPS and OPS groups are vying with each other to surrender to BJP.
Indian People witnessed very recently the hunger for Power by the saints of RSS/ BJP in the state Assembly elections in Manipur and Goa where they blatantly misused the post of Governors to convert their defeat to victory and unconstitutionally formed State Governments in both the states using money and political power at their command. Finally now questions are raised on the effectiveness of EVMs. The other day a minister of AAP government exposed that the EVMs could be set to favour a particular party by allotting the votes cast for other parties to that political party deliberately. After this Demonstration inside the Delhi Assembly many have developed serious doubts about the misuse of EVMs . So far the Election Commission has not convincingly refuted these allegations by AAP / BSP etc. There is a doubt about the massive victory of BJP in UP and Delhi Municipal elections. RSS boys are capable of doing anything to implement their orders from Nagpur HQtrs of RSS. BJP government under Modi is to complete three years shortly. Only two years are remaining for their machinations. If all parties which believe in India's Constitution/ Federalism/ Secularism are not burying their petty differences to face the onslaught of Indian fascism sooner 2019 will be a Waterloo for not just Non-BJP political parties but to the Indian Democracy itself.


47th Indian Labour Conference:

Today in Newdelhi the Standing Labour Committee ( SLC) will meet and finalise the agenda points for the forthcoming 47 th Conference of ILC which is slated to be held at the end of 2017. It is expected to discuss mainly the Social Security provision for all the work force. This meeting will be chaired by the Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya and attended by Central Trade Union leaders as well as the Captains of Industry. NFTCL pins hope on Central TUs to push the agenda for implementation of recent judgment of the Supreme Court on Equal Pay for Equal Work . This will enable thousands of Telecom Contract Labourers to get the enhanced pay as in Telecommunications contract Labourers are mainly used in place of regular employees to carry out the permanent jobs due to drastically falling Staff Telephones ratio due to high percentage of retirement. The ban imposed by Mrs. Indra Gandhi in 1983 on recruitment of group C and D category employees in Government/ CPSUs is still there and not revoked even by the Successive Non- Congress Governments formed at the centre since 1990s. Further the CTUs should also push the agenda for not engaging Contract/ Temporary Labourers to fill the vacancies of permanent and use them for doing jobs of permanent nature. If it is impossible to avoid such employment of Contract Labourers in Permanent jobs then make the contract Labourers as permanent staff . This will at least reduce considerably the unemployment rate prevailing in our country. Hope all CTUs will highlight these and other issues concerning the Labour in today's SLC meeting.


Congress fights against corruption - Unbelievable?:

Every Indian knows very well the track record of Congress party in fighting the corruption. All scams including Spectrum allocation/ Coal mines allocation/ Common wealth games etc had happened during the UPA Governments under the leadership of Congress party. Former / Present CMs of Congress party in Haryana/ Himachal/ Bihar/ Karnataka/ Odisha/ Punjab/ Maharashtra/ Gujarat etc were infact are facing CBI or Court cases. But never mind , the Congress party is now vociferous in Delhi to demand resignation of CM merely on a unsubstantiated allegations by a Ex. Minister who was sacked previous day for non- performance by Arvind Kejriwal. My simple question to the Congress party is why your CM In Himachal Pradesh has not resigned despite CBI filed a charge sheet and court cases are progressing on his corruption. Even if he refused to resign the minister post the High command of the Congress party ( Sonia/ Rahul ) should have replaced. But that party has not done anything like this so far .But Organising Demonstrations demanding the resignation of Kejriwal . Both BJP and Congress are the same and will expose others but won't take any action on their party leaders.


Press Release on NFTCL Demonstration on 20-05-17 at all the District Headquarters of Tamilnadu:

The State Executive Meeting of Tamilnadu NFTCL held in Tirunelveli on 28-04-17 decided to organise two phase agitation to highlight the demands of Telecom Contract Labourers. Accordingly in Chennai Telephones area at 3 centres the Demonstrations will be held on 20-05-17 (Saturday).
1. At CGM'S Office Com. K. Asokraj ( Vice-President of the CHQ) will address the Demonstration apart from other local leaders. Both North and South Chennai District Unions of NFTCL should take part in it.
2. At DGM'S Office in Chromepet (Telephone exchange compound) Com. E.Sampath, State Treasurer will address the Demonstration apart from other local leaders. Kanchipuram District Union of NFTCL should take part in it.
3. At DGM'S office in Ambattur (Telephone exchange compound) Com. V.Babu, State President will address the Demonstration apart from other local leaders. Thiruvallur District Union of NFTCL should take part in it.
As we consider both NFTCL & NFTE as a double barrel gun in safeguarding the rights of both the regular employees and Contract Labourers NFTE leaders at all levels must extend support to this agitation of the most exploited work force in the Telecom.
The Second Phase of this agitation will be held at the State Capital (Chennai) on 10-06-17. The venue of this Daylong Dharna will be intimated after obtaining the necessary Police Permission.
With greetings V.Babu. S. Anandan State President State Secretary NFTCL/Tamilnadu


Screen Play written by Amit Shah and this episode is being directed by Narendra Modi?:

Yesterday one Minister was removed from the cabinet by the Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal and today morning that person go and meet the Governor of Delhi and thereafter make a sweeping allegation against AAP leader and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal that he was a witness to a bribe taking by Kejriwal. Immediately BJP leaders meet the media and make different demands including immediate arrest of Kejriwal and Dissolution of Delhi Assembly. They are talking nonsense knowingly. If the allegation of the sacked minister of AAP was proved then proper action may be taken against Kejriwal. But before that demanding action against him in a hurry is nothing but political vendetta by BJP which was trounced by AAP in the Assembly election few years ago.
Why Modi and his men are so much angry on AAP ? One new TV named Republic which is owned jointly by a BJP leader and journalist Arnab has infact telecasted live the visit of the sacked minister to Governor's house in the morning. How only that TV got this news ? It is all stage managed by BJP leadership like it is doing in Tamilnadu to get power through back door methods. Anna Hazare who was keeping a deafening silence since Modi formed government at the centre has now opened his mouth loud and wide against Kejriwal. It is a proof of himself an agent of RSS.
There were lot of corruption charges against the BJP Chief Ministers and NDA ministers under Modi. But no action or investigation was ever ordered against those allegations. But if any allegation is raised against any Non- BJP leader immediately the Income tax/ CBI/ Enforcement and others police forces will be doubly active even raid State Secretariats. Viyapam scandal in Madhya Pradesh is a glaring example. Allegations against central ministers Nitin Gatkari , Smithi Irani, Yediyurappa etc are not investigated at all. What moral authority BJP has to speak against Arvind Kejriwal and others?.
Kejriwal is a honest man who for a goal entered Politics. But his inexperience and purity creates avoidable troubles for him. He has enemies in every other political party as all are afraid of his success in the future. That is why the corrupt media and corporate money bags helping BJP and any other party which is opposed to AAP. But Kejriwal should not fail in his experience otherwise the established political parties may continue to loot our people and the country as usual. Kejriwal should be little bit careful and responsible in selecting his party's MLAs , MPs and Ministers at least in future. This is the lesson he should learn from the current incidents. But heaven sake he should not dishearten at the negative propaganda in media and get disillusioned with his style of functioning.


CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury is right:

On Sunday (07-05-17) Comrade Yechury was in Kochi (Kerala) to speak at a function to mark the 150 years of Das Kapital and the relevance of Marx's critique of Political theory. In his speech he hit at Narandra Modi for shedding crocodile tears for Muslim Sisters on the issue of triple talaq. He gently reminded Modi that he has deserted his wife even without a divorce or triple talaq. Comrade Yechuri said, "The Prime Minister should know very well about husbands leaving women with out saying triple talaq and how women are subjected to that sort of oppression " We all know Modi has a wife and he deserted her for long without any reason. She is being looked after by her brothers. Modi did not get separation from his wife till this day through legal divorce. However he failed to mention the name of his wife or to declare that he is a married man. He simply put a blank line for several years on his martial status while filing nominations for consecutive elections. But he could not do the same trick in 2014 Parliamentary elections as Election Commission refused to accept any blank line for any question on the nomination. So for the first time Modi mentioned his wife's name on the nomination only in 2014 while contesting the parliamentary elections. His tears for women particularly Muslim women is a dishonest act only to fool both the masses and voters. One who could not wipe out the tears of his wife but promised to wipe out the tears of Indian women. Good joke indeed.


Let Kiran Bedi resign the Governor post and do politics!:

Today I read a statement from the present Lt. Governor of Puducherry union territory . Shocked at it . She has demanded independent probe on the allegations levelled by a sacked minister Kapil Mishra against the Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal. It is a pure( dirty) politics played by BJP. Being a Governor holding a constitutional post Kiran Bedi has clearly violated the conduct rules of a Governor by issuing a political statement against a Chief Minister of another Union territory. She should express regret for her misconduct and misbehaviour or the President of India must dismiss her from the position of Governorship to uphold the status and dignity of high office.
We can understand the animosity and anger of Kiran Bedi against Arvind Kejriwal who stopped her becoming the Delhi CM on BJP label during 2015 Assembly elections. But now as a Governor she has to behave properly and should not indulge in petty politics due to personal animosity.


Wish Com.Sangili a very happy retired life:

On 05-05-17 at May Day function comrade P.Sangili who as DGM(Finance) retired on 30-04-17 was felicitated. He is now the auditor of Tamilnadu State NFTCL.Let his trade union activities continue.  Click1,  Click2,


Karl Marx 200th Birth celebration:

Sister union leaders P.N. Perumal (SEWA), S.Lingamurthy (FNTO) , J.Vijayakumar (TEPU) , P.Udayasurian (AIBSNLEA) attended today's May Day function and 200 th Birthday celebrations of Karl Marx.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


MayDay + 200 th Birthday of Karl Marx CELEBRATION:

MayDay + 200 th Birthday of Karl Marx in Chennai celebrated jointly by NFTE & NFTCL on 5th May.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


CHQ should correct it's wrong approach immediately:

It is seen from the CHQ website that the General Secretary has written a letter to Sr. GM ( Estt) in BSNL corporate office on 24-04-17 requesting to transfer 50 posts of Telecom Technician( T T) from Chennai Telephones to STR , Chennai. This issue has been taken up by the General Secretary without consulting the Circle Union at the behest of few selfish persons. The very cursory reading of this letter shows clearly that Comrade Chandeswer Singh has been misguided to believe certain false and wrong informations.
Throughout the Country in many circles our RM ( presently ATT) cadre officials in very large number are waiting to get their TT promotion even after completing their training several years ago. We had suggested in number of National Executive meetings to demand one time concession from the management to get all trained RMs to TM posts by upgrading their own posts. But nothing happened till this day. But all of a sudden our CHQ was keenly interested to get T T Promotions to just 28 RMs working in STR Chennai for reasons beyond our imagination. Even in Chennai Telephones as a whole there are more than 150 comrades waiting to get T T Promotions for a very long time say 10 years and more. But our General Secretary was not bothered about these comrades and only interested in 28 STR comrades. We don't know what special interest in it for the CHQ to take up this particular case keeping the Circle Union of Chennai Telephones in darkness.
First off all it is totally false and wrong to write that RMs in STR are waiting for several years to get their T T Promotions. Infact they had attended many counsellings for T T cadre Promotions during the past several years and were offered T T Promotions by the management. But they declined to accept the T T Promotions as their postings were in the erstwhile Chengalpet SSA areas where the HRA is only 10% whereas they are drawing at present 30% HRA since they are working in Chennai Metro city areas. As they may loose 20% of HRA on Promotion to T T cadre and posted in rural areas all these comrades declined their Promotions mainly on financial considerations. Those who accept their TT postings in CPT/ SSA areas automatically get their TT postings. Even in the last T T counselling six employees of STR got their TT Promotions in CPT areas. But some people insist on their T T Promotions only in Chennai city to protect their 30% HRA. It is impossible as two separate gradation lists are maintained even after the merger of Erstwhile CPT/ SSA with Chennai Telephones.Staff working in STP , Chennai and Erstwhile Telegraph offices and STR are all affected by this dual gradation lists. If the CHQ is really and genuinely interested in helping our staff then it should try to do away the two different Gradation lists under CGM / Chennai Telephones. But taking up issues without consulting the concerned Circle Union and writing to the management with half truths and untruths will only lower the image of NFTE. Let the CHQ not act as a champion of only few persons and Circles.  Click1,


May Day celebrations at Madhavaram RSU:

May Day celebrations held at Madhavaram RSU.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


May Day celebrations at Dinroz RSU exchange:

May Day celebrations at held at Dinroz RSU exchange.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


May Day Meeting at Flower Bazaar:

On 01-05-17 at the entrance gate of FBR complex NFTE flag was hoisted and a meeting was conducted to spread the messages of May Day Martyrs of Chicago in 1886.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


May Day Celebrations Kalmandapam:

On 01-05-17 at Kalmandapam exchange May Day was celebrated.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


May Day Greetings!!:

May Day Greetings to all the Working People of the world. Let us not forget the Supreme sacrifices made by our leaders beginning from Chicago Martyrs since 1886 to uphold the dignity and honour of the workers. Let us remember the ideals and goals of those leaders who were hanged/ Killed for raising their voice against the Capitalists and Imperialists worldwide. Let us move forward Unitedly to eradicate the Hunger, Starvation, Unemployment and inequalities among the people. Red Salute to the great May Day Martyrs.


Comrade V. Mari is not alone;We all with him.:

Our Comrade Mari is working as an Accounts officer in Karaikudi District BSNL. He is currently holding the posts of District Secretary ( NFTE ) and Tamilnadu State Working President ( NFTCL ) in trade union and a known fighter and tireless leader of the working people of not only Karaikudi but also of entire Tamilnadu including Chennai Metro city. He is a honest comrade and sincere to his duties and responsibilities. He did not hesitate to question the irregularities by the management or the Governments and never bowed before the Powerful forces both in the management and Trade Union. For this uncompromising attitude he had to pay a very heavy harassment and victimisations often in the form of transfers and denial of Promotions. But he never wavered or Surrendered before the Management. He continued to work for the workers including Contract Labourers without any let up . Now it is understood that a pending transfer order to Nagercoil which was kept in abeyance for more than a year seems to be readied to shift him from Karaikudi. For this now a plot is being readied and the screen play is also being written by the PGM ( Trichy) under the instructions from above or below.He is a District Secretary of a recognised union having the immunity from transfer.Yet CGM/ Tamilnadu has the guts to keep a transfer order for this District Secretary of NFTE hanging like a sword over his head. Why this particular transfer for this particular District Secretary was not cancelled and instead kept in abeyance for years ? This is puzzling us and make us to suspect any conspiracy against this comrade hatched at the top.
We were told that this Comrade is being held sole responsible for the inefficient functioning and low performance of the whole SSA of Karaikudi. Is it possible for a single person to stop the developmental activities in a SSA ? We differ with this Story and wish to question that what are all the actions taken against this comrade during the intervening period for his so-called lapses and for his under performance? What the others like PGM/ GM/ DGM/ DEs/ CAO/ AOs/ JAOs/ SDEs/ JTOs and other non- executive employees are doing for arresting this slide in Karaikudi SSA ? In fact the performance of the Trichy SSA under the present PGM Raju is also not good and upto the desired level as per the data available. Can any one fix the sole responsibility for below average performance of both Trichy and Karaikudi SSA on the shoulders of Mr.Raju alone? No. It is not fair to blame any one in the system for its failures as it is a collective responsibility of all concerned. If for example Mr. Raju is shifted from Trichy will it automatically make that SSA profitable and ensure better performance levels there. Simply No. Every where no individual could make or break the system running but if any shortcomings are there it should be attended collectively and constructively.
As Comrade V. Mari is the Tamilnadu State Working President of Contract Labourers Federation ( NFTCL) the state Executive meeting of the Federation held on 28-04-17 at Tirunelveli unanimously decided to go in for a Strong trade union action including gherao at CGM office in Chennai to annul if any transfer order is effected for Com . V.Mari in a partisan manner to victimise him for his legitimate trade union activities which are guaranteed by the Trade Union Act,1926.Let us hope that a better sense will prevail upon and the fragile industrial peace is not disturbed unnecessarily. I as the General Secretary is intend to make these points clear to both the PGM( Trichy) and CGM ( Tamilnadu) through a written communication immediately.  Click1,


Farewell meeting at Karur:

On 29-04-17 I participated in the farewell organised by NFTE-BSNL/ Thiruchirapalli at Karur for Senior leader and District President Sundaram and greeted him a very retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Decisions of the NFTCL Tamilnadu state executive Meeting at Tirunelveli on 28-04-2017:

The meeting of the State executive held on 28-04-17 in Tirunelveli was inaugurated by Comrade CKM and was presided over by State President V. Babu. The State Working President V. Mari conducted the proceedings while State Secretary S. Anandan introduced the agenda points. The State executive reviewed the activities of the State Union since the Karaikudi State Conference in February '17. Central office bearers of NFTCL , Erode Mali and L. Subbarayan along with 16 State Office bearers and 7 District Secretaries participated in the discussions. Comrades K. M. Elangoven, Balakannan , C. K. Ragunathan and S. Papanasam greeted the State Executive meeting. The following decisions were taken.
1.To organise demonstrations at all District HQrs on May -20 and a day long Dharna at State HQrs ( Chennai) on June-10 on Nine Demands of the Telecom Contract Labourers.
2.To collect Rs.240 as annual subscription from the contract Labourers and equally shared it between the Branch/ District/ State and Central unions.
3.To hold the District Conference of Cuddalure/ Villuppuram by the end of May-2017.
4.To mobilise Contract Labourers in large numbers for the 200 th Birthday celebrations on 05-05-17 in Chennai.
5.To organise Strong Trade Union action against the victimisation by the Tamilnadu BSNL management in the garb of transfer to Com. V. Mari, State Working President of NFTCL.
6.To demand the BSNL management to immediately withdraw the anti-Labour order to deny the basic trade union rights to the Contract Labourers and Persue of this in the court of Law if BSNL Corporate office failed to retract the said order before the end of May-2017 7.To organise membership drive in all Districts and form new branches of NFTCL. 8.To Observe May Day on 01-05-17 at all centres by hoisting union Flag and spreading the message of the Martyrs of Chicago (USA) who began the struggle for eight hours duty in 1886.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Inspiring Farewell to Com.S.Papanasam:

On 28-04-17 at Tirunelveli a grand farewell meeting was organised for NFTCL District Working President S. Papanasam who is retiring on 30-04-17 after completing 37 years in P&T/ DOT/ BSNL. Leaders of CPI/ AITUC/ AIBEA/ NFTCL/ NFTE/ Pensioners Association etc greeted him on his retirement and recollected his sincere service to the working class.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click4,  Click5,


Farewell meeting at Maraimalai Nagar on 27-04-17:

To felicitate Comrade Mani who is retiring on 30-04-17 after 28 years of eventful service in DOT/BSNL. He is a very loyal member of NFTE union all through his 28 years.We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Farewell meeting at Chromepet:

On 27.05.17 at Chromepet exchange a farewell meeting was organised for Com.Devadoss, NFTCL District Treasurer of Kanchipuram who is retiring on 30-04-17.  Click1,  Click2,


Karl Marx- 200:

Both NFTE and NFTCL will hold a grand function on 05-05-17 at Anna Road complex to mark this year's MAY DAY and the 200 th Birthday of the great Philosopher Karl Marx . Com. CHANDESHWAR SINGH, the General Secretary of NFTE will be the Chief Guest.The Deputy GS of Tamilnadu AITUC comrade K.RAVI , National President of SEWA Brother P.N.PERUMAL, Joint General Secretary of NUBSNLW comrade S.LINGAMURTHY , Deputy General Secretary of TEPU comrade J. VIJAYAKUMAR AND the Circle Secretaries of PEWA, SEWA and leaders of both NFTE and NFTCL will also address this meeting. On our invitation comrade Danny Ranjan ( Circle Secretary NFTE in Maharashtra) and comrade Vishnu Dhoble ( State President of NFTCL in Maharashtra) are also participate in this year's MAY DAY function as our very Special Guests. Let us make this function a memorable one . District/ Division Secretaries are requested to gear up for this special occasion and mobilise our comrades in very large numbers on May-5.


Felicitation to Comrade P.Karunanidhi:

Grand Farewell to Comrade P. Karunanidhi on 26-04-17 at Kodambakkam.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Farewell meeting at Anna Road on 25-04-17:

To felicitate Comrade S.Sundaramurthy, NFTE's divisional Union President who is retiring on 30-04-17 a grand function was organised today. More than 300 comrades attended this function.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


British Politics is beautiful!:

British Prime Minister Mrs. May has called for snap poll in June 2017. The opposition Labour Party leader sarcastically remarked " Make June the end of May ( Prime Minister Mrs.May)". How poetic but pointed speech. In our country Politicians are abusing each other the moment Election dates are announced. Our Democracy is still not matured enough to boast about. What to do?.  Click1,


Programs ahead in the week:

24-04-17/3pm: NFTCL Kanchipuram District EC Meeting at Guindy union office.
25-04-17/11 am: Farewell function to Comrade S.Sundaramurthy at Anna Road & 3 pm: Circle EC meeting at Flower Bazaar.
26-04-17/11 am: Farewell Meeting to Comrade P.Karunanidhi at Kodambakkam & 3 pm: Meeting with GM(Hr&Admn).
27-04-17/ 11 am: Farewell function to Comrade Devadoss at Chromepet exge & 3 pm: Farewell function to Comrade C.Mani at Maraimalai Nagar.
28-04-17/11 am: Farewell function to Senior leader S.Papanasam at Tirunelveli & 2 pm:NFTCL State EC meeting at Tirunelveli.
29-04-17/ 11 am: Farewell function to Senior leader P.Sundaram at Karur.
01-05-17 / 10 am: May Day Flag hoisting & Meeting Kalmandapam exchange & 6 pm: At Thiruvallur Comrade S.Rajendran's family function.
O5-05-17/ 3pm: Comrade Karl Marx 200th Birthday celebrations & May Day celebrations at Anna Road exge.


Lokpal Act not operationalised even after 3 years?:

We all know Modi came to the power only on an anti- corruption wave. It was not a wave for Modi or BJP in 2014 but the serial of Corruption charges against the UPA government under Dr. Manmohan Singh which helped both Modi and BJP .During UPA's tenure all sorts of corruption including huge scandals in 2G Spectrum allocation, Coal mines License and Common wealth Games were exposed .Anti- corruption crusader Anna Hazare utilised this situation ( for the political growth of BJP of course) and launched many massive agitations against UPA government. All these helped Modi to secure a landslide victory in 2014. But what he is doing now? Why Anna Hazare and his team are silent and conspicuously absent in public protest against corruption in NDA Governments both at Centre and Several States? Why they are not demanding the immediate implementation of Lokpal and Lokayukta Act which was passed by Parliament several years ago?.
Although the act for constitution of both Lokpal and Lokayuktas was passed by the Parliament even before Modi became Prime Minister of our country till this day it was not operationalised . Such is the involvement and commitment of BJP In rooting out corruption from the country. Anna Hazare also not worried. May be his assignment to make effective Propaganda against Congress was over and completed. The Attorney General of Central Government very recently argued in the Supreme Court that the court has no power and authority to direct his government how and when a Law should be implemented. This means his masters are not in a mood to implement the said anti- corruption Laws in the near future. But Modi will as usual roar on TV / Radio and declare a war on Black Money and corruption. Shame!.
Further deliberately BJP government at the centre is withholding an amendment to the said Lokpal Act only to delay further and prolong the non implementation of the said Act. In the meantime BJP government tries to dilute the original Act by changing certain provisions. Earlier there is no need to obtain prior approval/ permission to prosecute a public servant on corruption charges. Similarly even the assets of wife and family members need to be disclosed by the public servant. But all these provisions are being changed now. Prior permission had to be obtained from government before prosecution of a public servants. Same way Public Servants need not disclose the assets of other members of his family including wife. This is how Modi and BJP are relentlessly fighting against corruption and proving their unflinching patriotism towards our country. May God ( Ram) Save this great country from his own Bhakts.


BSNLEU's False Propaganda:

Without accepting the mistakes once again BSNLEU Circle Union has indulged in mischievous propaganda against NFTE and its tallest leader Om Prakash Gupta in its website . It has written that due to the negative propaganda by NFTE only Com. Namboodri signed the Second wage Revision agreement under compulsion . That is the reason for accepting the management's dictation on Ten year Periodicity for wage revision and 68.2% Merger of IDA. Our employees better know the truth. We can list out the betrayals of BSNLEU since its birth/ formation:
1. Com. Namboodiri betrayed the historic 3 days strike under the leadership of OPG by NFTE/ FNTO/ BTEF for continuation of Government Pension even after corporatisation.
2. Although Com. Namboodiri happily signed the first wage revision agreement along with all unions he shamelessly blamed NFTE union only for Pay anomaly due to Point to point fixation and abolition of 5 day week work pattern and unleashed false propaganda in the Second membership verification in 2004.
3. BSNLEU leadership opposed Restructuring of cadres since employees need to write an examination. They promised five promotions and assured our employees that without any examination employees could become TTA( now JE) and JTO. But the management has refused to allow our non matriculate employees even to write the said promotional examination. Yet BSNLEU despite being a only recognised union and winning all the verifications since 2004 did not fulfill its promises and cheated our employees.
4. Bonus right was surrendered to the Management for seven years. Com. Namboodiri accepted the contention of the management that without Profit no bonus payment. Com. Abhimanyu went one step further to declare that no one could get bonus in BSNL. But after winning back the recognition in Sixth verification NFTE tried hard and compelled the management to agree for reviewing the faulty formula. Due to our efforts only Bonus right was won back to our employees.
5. Only due the wrong and foolish attitude during the second wage revision BSNLEU agreed for the ten year periodicity for wage revision and merger of 68.8% IDA instead of 78.2% IDA. Nearly ten percent of IDA was permanently lost to our employees which is calculated as a loss of approximately 600 crores of rupees to our employees. 6. Medical allowance, LTC etc were snatched by the management all of a sudden. But BSNLEU was sleeping and dreaming about Revolutionary things. Even the BSNL Medical Reimbursement Scheme which was implemented during NFTE 's recognition time was spoiled deliberately by the management with the silent support from BSNLEU leadership. 7. SC / ST reservation was abolished in NEPP promotions. BSNLEU signed agreement for this. While executives got promoted once in every five years, Non- executives got promoted only after eight years. This is a clear case of discrimination.
8. BSNLEU promised even in 2004 that if it was elected as a recognised union it will restore the Five day week pattern in all administrative offices. But despite being a recognised union since 2004 it did nothing during the 13 years. Now it has changed its tune and demands holiday on fourth Saturdays. Is it not a clear case of betrayal of administrative staff?.
9. BSNLEU was boasting that it was elected continuously for six times since 2004 . But what is the result? BSNL is the worst sufferer. Our gigantic company is in ruins with losses. The development activities of BSNL were deliberately stalled to favour few private telecom companies. Winning the election is not the proof of one's capability and commitment. If Winning in a election is the only proof for measuring one's talent then Communist parties are to be blamed for not winning elections and Congress/ BJP have to be accepted as a capable political organisations working relentlessly for the welfare of the people.
Due to time and space constraints we had to end this article now. However we will write up next instalment of article exposing the betrayal and under performance of BSNLEU utterly wasting the status of a recognised union in a PSU for such a long time.


New branch union of NFTCL?:

On 18-04-17 a grand inauguration of Ambattur branch union of contract Labourers in Avadi was held in which hundreds of CLRs of Avadi-Ambattur-Poonamallee actively participated.Leaders of both NFTCL and NFTE particularly from Thiruvallur District spoke and greeted the newly elected NFTCL branch union office bearers.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Crocodile tears for Muslim Sisters.?:

Prime Minister Modi shed crocodile tears yesterday during his speech at BJP National Executive meeting in Bhubaneswar. He is a very good actor. He was worried about the difficulties faced by Muslim Sisters on account of Triple Thalak. It is not our intention to support or agree with this rotten practice among Muslim Community that one get easily a Divorce from his marriage by saying Thalak three times. But why suddenly BJP leaders and RSS people now started worried about the Muslim Sisters. Since when they began to treat Muslims as fellow humans and equals as any other Indian Citizen. First let them try to wipe out the tears of Hindu Sisters who are facing grave threats from Sangparivar people for loving and marrying their lovers who of course belong to Dalits or Muslims. In the whole of India the number of honour killings due to caste arrogance is on the increase. Dowry demands and deaths are most common in Indian Society particularly among Hindus who are 84% of the population. But Modi & Co did not cared about those Hindu Sisters so far. Therefore it is unbelievable and ill motivated. Their aim may be to get votes of Muslim women in future elections or an attempt to tamper with the Muslim personal Laws using this weak and very wrong custom.
Lastly in 2002 when Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat during the shameful communal riots more than 12000 Muslims were killed whereas the Police force was instructed not to act against the killers. Thus thousands of Muslim Sisters became widows in Gujarat during those riots under the very nose of Modi. He has no moral authority to criticise others . His acting is to further the political interests of BJP nothing more.


127th Birthday celebrated on 14-04-17::

At Taylor's road Telephones staff quarters compound on behalf of NFTE/ Chennai Telephones the Ambedkar Jayanthi was observed. The statue of Bharat Ratna was jointly garlanded by Comrades M. K. Ramasamy & C. Ravi. Seven contract Labourers were gifted sarees by NFTE/NFTCL unions. Comrade CKM in his presidential address recalled the sacrifices of Br. B. R. Ambedkar.Com.K.Sabapathi spoke about the intellectual highness of Dr.Ambedkar.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Medical Reimbursement for out- door treatments only for the retired employees:

BSNL Corporate office has issued an order on 11-04-17 to revive the Without Voucher Medical Reimbursement for out- door treatments only for the retired employees as an experimental basis. However this will be reviewed after six months. In 2011 when BSNLEU was the single recognised union in BSNL it meekly accepted the management's arbitrary decision to withdraw certain facilities on the plea of expenditure control. Now after six long years the wrong done by the management to our employees is partially removed with regard to retired employees. But still the quarterly Medical Allowance granted to the serving employees for out door Medical treatment is not restored.This will have to be restored sooner. We thank the CHQ of NFTE-BSNL for achieving this.


Flip- Flop of Comrade Pinarayi Vijayan.?.!:

After the end of five days fast by the family members of the murdered engineering college student Jishnu Pranoy on Monday, every one was happy and relieved. But on Tuesday the utterances of the Chief Minister of Kerala in a Press Conference spoiled the atmosphere once again. His bloated ego was in full display at the Press Conference which may ultimately will not do any good for the LDF Government in Kerala.
Every one knew how the awkward agitation by the mother, sister and uncle of the murdered student was ended yesterday. It was a belated effort by the government as CPI( M) central leadership was much embarrassed at the turn of events and adviced Com. Pinarayi Vijayan to end this agitation which both Congress and BJP seen as an opportunity to campaign against the LDF government.Further CPI State Secretary Kanam Rajendran played the role of a mediator and met Mrs. Mahija , the mother of the murdered student at the hospital on Sunday to finalise the settlement. After all these the CM also spoke to her over phone and assured her of speedy action both to nab the killers as well as the police excesses on her at the State Police Headquarters. But in today's Press conference Com. Pinarayi ridiculously spoke ill about CPI and the family members protest fast. We think he has to be more civilised in Public at least.
The other side of the story is that the brother of Mrs. Mahija, Comrade Sreejit, who was also on fast with her sister is actually a CPM party member. He was till yesterday employed in CPM party's daily Deshabimani. He was working in its Editorial board for 16 years and now out of it as he was expelled from the CPM yesterday. If this is the treatment for a dedicated party cadre we can very well imagine what was in store for CPM dissidents like M.V. Raghavan and T.P. Chandrasekaran ? Even after all our experience if we act intoxicated while in Power the Left in India has a very bleak future.


Debar the Candidate and not postpone the Election:Two Shameful incidents in a week!:

It is a shame for Tamilnadu twice this week. First On Sunday the Election Commission cancelled the byelection for the R. K. Nagar Assembly constituency from where Miss. Jayalalitha was elected in 2016. The second was on Monday the agitating Farmers ran nakedly in New Delhi roads after Prime Minister refused to meet them despite their agitation for the last 28 days in Janthar Manthar.As a Tamil citizen I am sad and hang my head in utter Shame and Shock.
1. Tamilnadu has earned notoriety in the country for bribing the voters with both cash and gifts. No doubt earlier also Election was canceled in two constituencies in 2016 for the same money distribution. But now what happened in R K Nagar is beyond anyone's imagination. Ministers including the CM involved in distributing the work of money dispersement is not to be condoned and all involved in this affair must be brought to book and punished. Otherwise people will lose confidence in the very purpose of Election and Democracy will suffer beyond repair. Hence merely cancelling the election is not a solution. The persons involved including the Candidate must be arrested and put behind the bar in addition to their disqualification to contest in at least next two Assembly or Parliament Election as the case may be. These people have enormous money at their disposal and will face any number of Postponement and Cancellation.
2. The group of farmers under the leadership of Mr. Ayyakannu are there at Janthar Manthar for nearly a month. Their demands are not insolvable. As their demands are genuine and correct the Modi Government must have met the leadership and sorted out the issues by now. But BJP government has ignored- insulted them and hence failed to address the issues of agitating Farmers over a month. They are desperate and on Monday we all saw that. India is basically a Agricultural country. But here Farmers are the most ill treated and worst affected. During the last 10 years throughout the country several thousand Farmers had committed suicide due to poverty and loan repayment . Yet the Governments at the Centre are unmoved and did not display any sympathy towards the Agricultural community. This has resulted in the Naked run by our Farmers on the roads of Delhi. It is high time BJP government shed its ego and discriminative attitude towards the Farmers and meet urgently the leaders of the Delhi agitation and offer acceptable solutions to their just demands so that this agitation comes to an end immediately.


Bharat Ratna Dr.B.R.Ambedkar 127th Birthday on 14-04-17:

As usual the Circle Union of Chennai Telephones NFTE will garland the statue of Dr. Ambedkar at 10 am on 14-04-2017 in side the Taylor's road BSNL staff quarters compound. All are requested to participate in this function in time with out fail.


Circle Executive Committee Meeting:

The meeting of the CEC will be held on 25-04-2017 at 3 pm in the Union Office at Flower Bazaar complex. This meeting will finalise the arrangements/ preparations for the 2017 Mayday celebrations and 200 Birthday celebration of Karl Marx on May-05 at Anna road exchange compound in which our General Secretary Chandeswer Singh along with several sister union leaders will participate . Hence all Circle Office Bearers, District Secretaries and invitees are requested to attend this CEC meeting in time. The meeting shall be presided over by Com.M.K.Ramasamy, Circle Union President.


Biggest contributor to Corruption!:

NDA Government at the centre boasted that it has curbed Black monopoly circulation effectively by the Demonetisation of rupees 1000 and old 500 notes . But now that claim of Modi government has fallen flat. Not only hundreds of Crores of New notes were found in few rich and powerful people but also counterfeit notes in New 2000 and 500 rupees are widely in circulation throughout the country. So it is back to the Square again for BJP and its leadership.
But the Government itself committed a grave mistake which will encourage and enhance corruption.Few weeks ago the Government of Narendra Modi willingly allowed the corporate companies to donate any amount of money for Political parties. The conditions and limitations hitherto in practice were given a neat burial by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley through introducing the non- money amendments deliberately bypassing the upper house of the (Rajya Sabha) Parliament, where Government has no majority. By rushing through the Finance bill Modi government proved that its stated aim of eliminating corruption is nothing but a hoax or fraud.
Before the present amendments a corporate company could donate only 7.5% of their average profit in the preceding three years. But now a corporate company can give any amount of donations to political parties without limits even if it was not running on profit. Nothing will be shown in records. The company need not tell anyone to which party it gave donations. Similarly Political party need not inform any body how much amount it received as donation from the particular Corporate Company. This is the BJP style of fighting corruption . Every one knows fully that only ruling party will get the major share of Corporate Donations. In 2015 alone BJP received Rs.437 crores which is more than all other political parties donation amount in that year.
The hue and cry raised by BJP about corruption and Black Money come to an end with the pushing through the amendments and passing the Finance bill in Loksabha alone.


Don't close your eyes and ears!:

Today I read the news of Com. Prakash Karat speaking to the media at Kozhikode in Kerala. The former General Secretary of CPI ( M) gently reminded the leaders of CPI in Kerala that they are not in Opposition but within the ruling coalition. He told this in public knowing the impact. He was irritated probably by the CPI 's criticism of Kerala Police particularly in dealing the incident of protest by a mother and other family members of a Student who was murdered for questioning the private management of the college. Police is always trained to be a brutal force . But Left parties will never unleash police attack on innocents and working people. Whenever and wherever this thumb rule is violated naturally Left suffered heavily. We can cite the brutal police attack in both Nandigram and Singur ( West Bengal) sealed the fate of Left parties there . Hence giving free hand to Police by any Left Alliance Government is suicidal and against our attitude towards the people struggles and peaceful agitations. In Kerala no doubt the present L D F Government under the CM Pinarayi Vijayan is not upto the mark on handling the Law and Order situation. This is being used by Congress and BJP to direct the anger of people towards the LDF government. Even veteran CPM leaders V.S. Achuthanandan and M.A. Baby expressed publicly their dissatisfaction about the recent Police action . So as a responsible alliance partner CPI expressed its objections the way DGP and other high ranking Policemen dealt the recent protests by the affected family. For this Com. Karat got irritated is nothing but intolerance to even constructive criticism by CPI and other parties. This big brother attitude only landed CPM to this present precarious position. The Left leaders should realise the mistakes and draw proper lessons from the past mistakes instead of shunning the criticism from within. Let me remind Com. Karat that while fully supporting the Congress led UPA government, we never silent but did criticise when the government did some faults/ mistakes and deviate from accepted Common Programs.So please heaven sake don't close your eyes and bury your heads under sand when ever we form the government.


Imperialism (USA) must stop bombing Syria:

Once again American Imperialists acted against a country to punish its government for not surrendering to U.S.A. President Trump ordered bombing of Syrian towns for the alleged use of Chemical weapons by Syrian government forces against the terror groups supported by Americans. Even if some thing has happened as alleged what is the need for US to attack Syrian towns ? The matter could have taken to United Nations. Taking international law in to its own hands without the approval or authorisation by UNO, bombing is a crime against the people of Syria who are already suffering for years due to the ongoing civil war. If killing of innocent people has provoked USA to act like this, then why they were silent when Lakhs of Tamils were massacred by Sri Lankan army in Northern parts of Sri Lanka few years ago? Why America was silent when Palestinians were systematically being killed by Israel Military ? Will It accept an attack by Russia on USA for alleged killings of Black people there ? The attack on Syria was nothing but a naked military aggression on Syria, which all peace loving people of the world must condemn .It is irony that Saturn quoting the bible. USA had bombed North Vietnam during infamous Vietnam War. It used the destructive chemical defoliant Agent Orange in that war against the innocent people of Vietnam and the Communist Vietcong fighters who were fighting for liberation of South Vietnam which was ruled by the puppets of USA. Hence Shedding Crocodile tears for human rights and the suffering of people in a civil war by UA is only a drama.


Comrade OPG-96:

Today on behalf of Chennai Telephones circle union comrades garlanded the statue of OPG to pay their respects on his birthday. In the picture Comrades Vananchezian ( TLR Division Secy),Elangovan( ACS),Ramasamy (CP), Ragunathan (TLR District Secy) and Rajendran ( ACS) are seen.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Com.O.P.Gupta's 96 th birthday on 08-04-17:

The genius of Indian Trade Union movement was born on 08-04-1922. His 96 th birthday falls on 08-04-17. Chennai Telephones circle union will garland his bronze statue installed at Thiruvallur exchange on 08-04-17 . We fondly remember his service and sacrifice to the Working people particularly P&T employees. Even after corporatisation of DOT/DTS his single minded efforts ensured Government Pension to all the employees of BSNL who were opted to It on 01-10-2000.We will continue his work to uplift the most exploited contract Labourers.  Click1,


Solidarity Demonstration at Ambattur on 07-04-17:

As per the decision of General Council Meeting of the Circle Union of NFTE on 06-04-17 a Solidarity Demonstration was held today evening in support of All India Kisan Sabha Dharna on Farmers demands. A sum of Rs.10000 was handed over to the leadership of AIKS for their agitation expenses which is going to continue up to 12 th of April at the same venue. Com.CKM spoke at the Dharna greeting the farmer's agitation. CPI leaders R.Mutharasan, C. Mahendran, D. Lenin, Duraimanickam, S.Gunasekaran, Lagumaiah , Sethuraman and many others were also at the Dharna to express their support. Nearly 100 comrades including Ramasamy, Rajasekharan, Rajendran, Elangoven, Ravi, Palaniappan, Kothandababu, Nagarajan, Ragunathan, Arumugam participated. NFTCL comrades also participated along with us under the leadership of Com. S.Anandan, State Secretary, Tamilnadu NFTCL.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,  Click13,  Click14,


1829 postcards were sent to Prime Minister:

Asper the decision of the National executive meeting held in Kozhikode Chennai Telephones circle union sent 1829 postcards signed by our employees to the Prime Minister of India on 06-04-17 demanding;
1) Rejection of Niti Ayog's recommendation for selling BSNL shares.
2) No separate Tower company for BSNL mobile towers.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


General Council Meeting:

On 06-04-17 at Dinroze RSU exchange the NFTE 's circle union's General Council Meeting was held. The meeting unanimously decided to drop the planned one week Dharna from 24-04-17 at CGM's Office compound since the negotiations with the CGM/ GM( Hr) / DGM( Hr) was satisfactory.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Each One Rs. 500/- for a cause!:

Thanks for the following 29 Comrades who contributed five hundred rupees each to support the Farmers agitation being conducted at Ambattur by AIKS from 06-04-17.
15.Kirubanandam,16.V.Suresh,17.T.Dhansingh,18.S.Kothandapani,19.E.Sampath,20.Boopaul,21.Chidambaram Pillai,22.G. Mahendran,23.Mani,24.A.Ravi,25.V.Rathinam,26.T.Sathya,27.M.Kabali,28.S.Rajendran.


A Fraternal Solidarity with agitating Farmers!:

Today the General Council Meeting of NFTE expressed its deep concern on the agitation of Tamilnadu Farmers for the last 23 days at Newdelhi Janthar Manthar . It decided to organise a Solidarity demonstration at Uzhavar Santhai, Ambattur on 07-04-17 ( Friday) at 3 pm at the very venue of One week Dharna in support of T. N. Farmers agitation by All India Kisan Sabha ( AIKS). On Comrade CKM 's appeal for financial assistance to the one week agitation in Chennai comrades of NFTE and NFTCL immediately attending the General Council Meeting handed over a sum of rupees fourteen thousand five hundred within ten minutes. Really it is a very good fraternity by our comrades.The Circle Union thanks everyone who contributed to this noble cause.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Meeting with GM ( HR) on 05-04-2017:

Our Circle Union team met the GM(Hr) along with DGM( HR) , AGM( A) & AGM( E) on April-05 . It discussed the new and old pending issues with the management. Four request transfer orders are ready to be issued to our members today. We followed up the issues discussed with CGM on 27-03-17 in the presence of GM( HR) . As a first step local request transfer orders for 17 employees will be issued shortly. The meetings for redeployment of staff in general and particularly in Cable Construction Division will be convened before 14-04-17 and both the recognised unions will be invited to express their opinions. CGM may participate in these meetings.
The case of 52 TSMs, Request for treating the ten year period of dismissal of Com. K. Anbu as duty period since both the conviction and punishment were set aside by the Hon'ble High Court of Madras & few other individual issues were also discussed in this meeting. We reiterated the demand for fixing certain basic conditions for including hospitals in the empaneled list under BSNLMRS. On the whole today's meeting was a purposeful one. We thanked the GM( HR) &DGM( HR) for their cooperation and understanding.Our team included Comrades CKM,Ramasamy,Elangovan, Rajendran & Ravi.


From COW to FISH?:

Hindu fanatics of our country now emboldened to raise their voice loud and clear on any issue with the sole aim of dividing the people of our diverse country purely on religious basis. They are now very much encouraged and hence emboldened to set their agenda of One Country- One Religion.
Now they concentrate in Bengal and Kerala where they could not gain much politically. In Bengal BJP's vote share of 17% in 2014 Parliament Election has in fact dropped to 10% in 2016 Assembly election. Further they are facing difficulties in expanding the Hindustani Cow Belt area inside Bengal. For this they are pumping lot of money in to hate campaign. One such campaign is on protesting FISH eating by Hindus and other communities.They propagate that FISH is one of the ten avatars of Maha Vishnu. Due to the Matsaya avatar of Maha Vishnu they say FISH is also a God like COW.
These fools don't understand the fact that both in Kerala and Bengal, Fish is a daily food of the people without it no meal is complete there. The Omega-3 which is abundantly available in Fish and other Sea foods are very much needed for brain development of people. Opposing Fish eating is unscientific and suicidal. On Fishing crores of our people do business and earn their livelihood. Fishermen Community exist only on Fishing. Apart from attacking the fish eaters the Hindu fanatics began a ugly campaign against the Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, who is indeed a Bengali icon. They abuse Tagore as a characterless person and a stooge of Secular British. One can't understand what is going to happen to this country of multi lingual- multicultural people.
They first killed people in North India for eating beef and for selling/ storing beef meat. Now they start a brutal campaign against Fish eating. Are the BJP/ RSS elements think that due to some election victories they were given authority to decide upon the food habits of Indian people? No. There are non- vegetarians among Hindus and vegetarians among Christians / Muslims. Food and eating habits were never linked to any religion any were . It is a personal choice of the people as per their taste and likes. Then why these dirty people poke their ugly nose in to the Food habits of our people unnecessarily? Bengal and Kerala will certainly not allow their cultural/ historical pride to suffer on account of these mad people.


Lenin - 2 .... ?:

In 1917 Comrade V.I.Lenin captured the power through a communist revolution in then Russia which was popularly known as Soviet Union after 1917. Exactly after 100 years now (2017) another Lenin was elected as the President of Ecuador, a country in Latin America. In a fiercely contested election Comrade Lenin Moreno secured 51.12 % of votes and was declared winner in the Presidential Poll by the National Electoral Council of Ecuador.
Since 2007, Ecuador was ruled by leftist politicians belong to "21 st Century Socialism " Party.The Present President of Ecuador Rafael Cortes declared Comrade Lenin Moreno as his political successor even before the current Presidential election. Thus the leftist rule in Ecuador will continue for another term uninterrupted. We wish on behalf of NFTE & NFTCL the newly elected President of Ecuador Lenin- 2 all success in his endeavour to banish Poverty and Unemployment completely from Ecuador. American politicians were naturally sad and upset at the victory of a Leftist Politician once again in Ecuador as they were expecting a victory for their candidate as it happened in certain other countries of Latin America in the recent past especially in Peru, Brazil and Argentina where Left parties were defeated by Rightist parties mostly supported by USA. But that victory run for USA ended in Ecuador. One more reason for American's disappointment was that their supporter's victory in the present Presidential election would have ended the political asylum granted to the WikiLeaks founder Assange who has been staying in the Ecuador's embassy in London for more than 5 years since 2012. Latin America once the cradle of Socialism at the very backyard of USA, once again proved that Socialism could not be destroyed or dislodged easily by American Imperialism.


Unnecessary link up of Executive Pay revision with that of Non-executives may repeat the costly mistake of BSNLEU!:

In CPSUs pay revision method for Executives and Non- executives are entirely different. For all the executives in all the Central PSUs one Pay revision committee will be there and the executive Associations need to submit memorandums on their pay demands to this PRC individually. Of course there will be no bilateral negotiations on Pay revision with any association of Executives.
But the Non-Executives Pay revision is decided through bilateral negotiations with the concerned CPSU management by recognised unions individually. So linking Executives with Non- Executives for Pay revision is wrong . During the Second pay revision talks in 2008/2009 the then recognised union BSNLEU committed a grave mistake in linking the Pay revision of Executives with Non- Executives.In fact the Executives got their Pay revision before the Non- Executive employees got Second pay revision in 2009. However Com. Namboodri insisted that the next Pay revision should be when the Executives get their next pay revision. Thereby he sacrificed the Periodicity of Five year for Pay revision.
BSNLEU also harped on parity with Executives and meekly accepted a low 68.8% IDA merger for pay revision instead of 78.2% IDA merger since the Executives earlier got their pay revision only on 68.8% . This resulted in the loss of nearly ten percent of pay to the Non-executive employees for a very long time till 2013. Without learning proper lessons from its past ( costly) mistakes n once again Com. Abhimanyu joining with Executives Associations and linking them to the Pay revision of Non- Executives in the present third Pay revision also. He should not repeat the past mistakes of his predecessor and NFTE Leadership should play a corrective role at least now as NFTE is equally responsible for a fair Pay revision to our employees in its capacity as a recognised union in BSNL.


Usefull talks with Management:

Usefull talks with Management,  Read,


Better late than never?:

BSNLEU is Organising a Call attention Day program on 05-04-2017 throughout the country as was already observed nationwide by NFTE / National Forum on 21-03-17 itself. We found one of the demand for this trade union action is FIVE YEAR periodicity for the third pay revision due from January-2017. In this connection we wish to elaborate on this particular demand for the benefit of our employees and union members.
DOT/ DTS was corporatised on 01-10-2000. The first pay revision was effected with effect from 01-10-2000 by BSNL management for all non- executive employees who had opted and absorbed in to BSNL, a CPSU . The first pay revision talks were led by NFTE which was the only recognised union in BSNL after the first membership verification conducted in December 2002. But Comrade Gupta shown his generosity in accommodating all unrecognised union leaders including Com. Namboodri of BSNLEU. Our union was firm in joint negotiations and joint agreement on pay revision with the signatures of all unions in BSNL despite Non- recognition . Com. Gupta was very firm in mentioning the FIVE YEAR periodicity for pay revision and ensured the next pay revision for our employees in 2007( after 2002). BSNLEU leaders by virtue of signing the first pay revision agreement claimed credit for every good thing and as usual blamed NFTE and OP. Gupta for every wrong or Short coming. For example they took credit for handsome pay hike. But blamed for abolition of 5 day week pattern for Administrative employees and Pay anomalies erupted in the pay fixation of Telecom Mechanic cadre employees. They jointly signed the Pay revision agreement accepting every thing in it. But yet they blamed NFTE for every wrong.From 2004 December till 2013 April, for a period of nine years BSNLEU won all the membership verifications and it was the only recognised union in BSNL during this period. When talks were to begin with the BSNL management for second pay revision due from January 2007, the leadership of BSNLEU which was intoxicated due to the continuing status as the only recognised union in BSNL seldom respected the Leadership of NFTE. It entered in to Second Pay revision negotiations alone and without any experience of course. The management very cleverly twisted them and forced them to sign on the dotted lines . BSNLEU signed the second pay revision agreement accepting a low 68.8% IDA merger instead of 78.2% IDA merger as was the case with many other CPSUs. BSNLEU abandoned the FIVE YEARS periodicity of the pay revision and accepted the TEN YEAR periodicity. That is the reason we didn't get Third Pay revision in 2012 (After 2007) and are now demanding it in 2017 belatedly.
But BSNLEU now Organising a trade union program on 05-04-17 to demand Five year periodicity for pay revision to BSNL employees as is the case in other CPSUs . When we protested during the second pay revision itself against the BSNLEU for surrendering to the management sacrificing the demands hard won rights of the employees their leaders abused the leadership of NFTE in choicest words . But now after 8 long years they are correcting their mistakes/ wrong approach on Pay revision like they had corrected the very wrong stand on Bonus formula. Better late than never.


Grand Farewell:

On 30-03-17 at Kodambakkam exchange compound a grand farewell meeting for two comrades,
1.NFTCL Tamilnadu State Treasurer E.Sampath,
2.Ex.South Chennai District Organising Secretary K. Udayakumar,
On their retirement from service on 31-03-2017. Comrades CKM, Anandan, Ramasamy, Nagarajan, Ragunathan, Ekambaram, Babu, Kabbali, Rajasekaran, Elangovan, Sabapathi spoke about the comrades and wished them a very happy retired life.
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Best wishes to Comrade S.Sundaramurthy on his retirement on 30-04-17:

Anna road Divisional union President S.Sundaramurthy, T T is retiring from service on 30-04-17 after 29 years of regular service. He entered the P&T in the year 1978. He was a dedicated and a loyal comrade of NFTE. He worked as the Division Secretary of Anna road NFTE for more than 6 years. Today he was honoured by Com. CKM. He has donated a sum of rupees five thousands for the Circle Union. We thank him and wish him a very happy retired life. We hope he will continue his trade union work as usual.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


May Day-2017:

NFTE & NFTCL unions are planning to observe this year's May Day on 05-05-2017 at Raja Annamalai Mandram in Chennai in a grand manner. This year May -05 th is the 200 th Birth Anniversary of the greatest thinker Karl Marx. NFTE General Secretary Chandeswer Singh will be the Chief Guest. NFTCL National President Asiq Ahmed will deliver the Key note address. AITUC leader and All India Construction worker's Federation General Secretary K. Ravi , Tamilnadu Farmer's Union President and CPI leader S.Gunasekaran, Ex MLA and many other leaders will participate in this function which will be dedicated to Comrade Marx who gave a clarion call even before hundred years to the workers of the world to unite and oppose the exploitation of their Labour by Capitalists. A Special programme will be organised as a part of the May Day to highlight the struggles and sacrifices of Karl Marx who was chosen as the best thinker of 20 th Century by an international opinion poll conducted by BBC, London. We are thinking of inviting almost all the union leaders of National Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations including the National President of SEWA-BSNL, P.N.Perumal and Dy. General Secretary of TEPU, J.Vijayakumar.We hope to make this year's May Day a memorable one.


Meeting with CGM on 27-03-17:

Circle union had a very useful meeting with the management today on the demands notified for one week Dharna from Monday (27-03-17) . CGM and GM ( HR) represented the management. Comrades CKM, Ramasamy, Elangoven, Rajendran represented NFTE. Com. V. Babu ,State President of NFTCL participated in connection with the Contract Labourers issues. CGM was very much receptive throughout during the 3 hour long discussion and agreed to all our demands. We hope orders will be issued in due course on all agreed points. The details of this meeting will be presented before the General Council meeting of the Circle Union slated on 06-04-2017. We thank the CGM and GM( HR) for their understanding of the issues raised in the meeting and for their cooperation to sort out 12 other issues pointed out during this discussion apart from 10 demands notified for the said Dharna.


General Council Meeting on 06-04-2017:

The next meeting of the General Council of Chennai Telephones circle NFTE will be held on April-6( Thursday) at 2 pm in the compound of Dinroze RSU under the presidentship of Comrade M. K. Ramasamy, Circle Union President.All Circle Office bearers , Divisional/ District Secretaries and Branch Union Secretaries along with Special invitees should attend the meeting in time. The following shall be the agenda points:
1.May Day Celebrations-2017
2.Dr. B.R. Ambedkar birthday celebrations on 14-04-17
3.Karl Marx : 200 th Birth Anniversary on 05-05-17.
4.Reporting of Discussion with CGM on demands notified for the One week Dharna; Decision on holding the said Dharna from24-04-17 as per the decision of Secretariat meeting held on 21-03-17.
5. Review of All India Call Attention Day- Post card campaign to Prime Minister.
6. Pending staff issues.
7. Any other item Kindly ensure the presence of each and every member of the General Council in the meeting.


Com.K.Udayakumar,T T/PCM-Kodambakkam retirement:

Com.K.Udayakumar, T T/PCM-Kodambakkam was honoured on his retirement (31-03-17) at Circle Union Office by Comrade CKM on 25-03-17. He has donated to the Circle Union a sum of rupees ten thousand. We thank him and wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,


Com.P.Karunanidhi,Divisional Secretary/ Kodambakkam retires on 30-04-2017:

We wish him a very happy retired life. He has donated five thousand rupees to the Circle Union.  Click1,  Click2,


எதிரொலி ? (His master voice):

ன் வழக்கப்படி BSNLEU மாநிலசெயலர் அவரது அறியாமையையும் அனுபவக்குறைவையும் தன் பதிலின் மூலம் மீண்டும் வெளிப்படுத்தியுள்ளார். இந்த பதில் அவரின் தயாரிப்பு அல்ல என்பதை உறுதியாக நம்புகிறோம். தமிழ் மாநில BSNLEU சங்கத்தில் உள்ள - அவர் சங்கத்தின் மிக உயர்ந்த நெடிய மனிதரை நாம் சமீபத்தில் வெளிப்படுத்திக் காட்டியதின் காரணத்தால் காயமான, நம் மேல் கோபம் கொண்ட ஒருவரின் தயாரிப்பே இந்த பதில்... எப்படியோ ! அகில இந்திய தலைவர்கள் தொழிற்சங்க செலவில் மகிழுந்தில் (CAR) பயணிப்பதற்கு அனுமதி அளித்துள்ளார். அவரின் அனுமதிக்கு நன்றி பாராட்டுவோம். ஆனால் மதிவாணன் அதையே பயன்படுத்தினால் அது மாபெரும் பாவச்செயல் ! தொழிற்சங்கப்பணத்தை வீணடிக்கும் காரியம் ! என்னேஅருமை !!
தொடர்ந்து பல காலமாக சென்னை மாநில NFTE சங்கத்தை காரியசித்தியுடன் மதிவாணன் செயல்படுத்திவருவதால் அவருக்கும் அவரின் தமிழ் மாநில சங்க எஜமானருக்கும் ஏற்பட்டுள்ள பயம், அச்சம் நமக்கு நன்றாகவே புரிகிறது.
என் பணிநிறைவுக்குப் பின் அகில இந்திய அளவில் இளைஞர்களுக்கு வாய்ப்பு கொடுத்து, நான் பின் நிற்பதைப்போல் அவர்களின் அகில இந்திய பொதுச்செயலர். தோழர். அபிமன்யூ இளைஞர் ஒருவருக்கு தன் பதவியை வகிக்க வழிகொடுப்பார் என்று சொன்னால் தோழர்.கன்னியப்பனின் ஆலோசனையை ஏற்று நான் மாநில செயலர் பதவியை இளைஞர் ஒருவருக்கு கொடுக்க பரிசீலிக்கலாம். முதலில் தோழர். அபிமன்யூவை கன்னியப்பன் சமாதானப்படுத்தி புரியவைக்கட்டும் .
ஆரம்ப காலம் தொட்டு ( 1980ஆம்ஆண்டு முதல்) ஒரு பிரதிநிதியாக மாநில அளவிலோ அல்லது அகில இந்திய அளவிலோ அது NFTE யாக இருந்தாலும் சரி NFPTE யாக இருந்தாலும் சரி, தொழிலாளர் நலப்பிரச்சனைகளில் அது எந்தத் தலைவராக இருந்தாலும் எதிர் கருத்துகள் வைக்க நான் எந்த நேரத்திலும் தயங்கியது இல்லை என்பதே உண்மை. (சொல்லப்போனால் அந்த காலத்தில் கன்னியப்பன் நிரந்தம் செய்யப்படாத ஊழியராக இருந்திருக்கலாம்). தொழிற்சங்க மேதை குப்தா கூட பல நேரத்தில் நான் வைக்கும் கூரிய எதிர் வாதத்தை உன்னிப்பாக கவனித்தார் என்பதற்கு ஏராளமான உதாரணங்களை அடுக்க முடியும்.
1) வாரிசுக்கு வேலை திட்டம் :
இந்த பிரச்சனை தேசிய செயற்குழுவில் 2003/2004 ஆண்டுகளில் விவாதத்திற்கு எடுத்துக்கொள்ளப்பட்டது. தோழர். குப்தாவால் அதன் உயர்நிலைக்குழுவில் தோழர். மதிவாணன் இடம் கொடுக்கப்பட்டார் என்பது வரலாற்று உண்மை.
2) பத்து ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன் சென்னை அண்ணாநகரில் நடைபெற்ற சிறப்புக்கூட்டத்தில் போன் மெக்கானிக் பதவி உயர்வில் கல்வி தகுதி பிரச்சனையில் மெட்ரிகுலேசன் தேர்ச்சி என்பதுகூடாது என்று விவாதம் வைத்தோம். தோழர். குப்தா அவர்கள், ஒரு தேர்வு நடத்துவோம்; அதில் தேர்ச்சி பெற்றோரை மெட்ரிகுலேசன் தேர்ச்சி பெற்றதற்கு இணையாக கருதி பதவி உயர்வு கொடுக்கலாம் என்று இறுதி முடிவு செய்தார். நல்ல விவாதத்தின் காரணத்தால் இந்த முடிவு ஏற்கப்பட்டு குப்தா புதுடில்லி சென்றவுடன் உயர் அதிகாரிகள் மட்டத்தில் பேசி ஆணை பெற்றார். அதுவே பின் லட்சத்திற்கும் மேலான மெட்ரிகுலேசன் தேர்ச்சி பெறாத போன் மெக்கானிக் தோழர்கள் பதவி உயர்வு பெற வழிவகை செய்தது.
விவாதம் செய்வதற்கு உரிய மரியாதை என்பது NFTE சங்கத்தில் இந்த அளவிற்கு உயர்வாக மதிக்கப்பட்டது. யார் ஒருவரும் தலைமையில் உள்ள எந்த ஒரு தலைவரையும் விமர்சித்து விட்டு NFTE தோழனாக பத்திரமாக தொடர்ந்து இருக்கலாம். நான் சவால் விட்டுக்கேட்கிறேன். தோழர். கன்னியப்பன் அகில இந்திய தலைவர் அபிமன்யூவை ஒரு முறை விமர்சித்து விட்டு அந்த சங்கத்தில் தொடர்ந்து இருக்க முடியுமா ? பின் விளைவுகள் எப்படி இருக்கும் நினைத்துப்பாருங்கள்-- கணித்துப்பாருங்கள். அபிமன்யூ ஒரு ஜனநாயகப்பண்பற்ற சகிப்புத்தன்மையற்ற தலைவர். தலைமையின் மீது விமர்சனம் என்பது அங்கே ஒரு சகிப்புத்தன்மையற்ற செயலாகக்கருதப்படுகிறது. யார் ஒருவர் விமர்சித்தாலும் அவர் தூக்கியெறியப்படுவார் என்பதே வரலாறு. பளிச்சென்று அதற்கு ஆயிரம் உதாரணங்கள் உண்டு. தோழர். P.S. இராமன் குட்டி, D. கோபாலகிருட்டிணன், J. ரங்கநாதன் G. ஆனந்தன் R. குணசேகரன் என்று பட்டியல் நீள்வதை காணலாம். கைப்புண்ணுக்கு கண்ணாடி தேவையில்லை.
கன்னியப்பன் அவரின் எஜமானரின் குரலை பிரதிபலிக்கிறார். அவருடைய நிலைமை எங்களுக்கு புரிகிறது. இப்படி ஏதும் தரக்குறைவாக எழுதவில்லையென்றால்அவரின் எஜமானர்கள் அவர் அமைதியை கெடுப்பார்கள் என்பதும் நாம் அறிந்ததே.


Meeting with General Manager (Finance) on 24-03-17:

The Chennai Telephones NFTE- BSNL Circle Union Leaders CKM, Ramasamy, Elangovan, Rajendran and Ravi met Sri. Kalyan Sagar, GM(F) today and had a very detailed discussion on the following 3 issues.
1.Arrangement for regular salary every month for the two reinstated Employees in T T cadre by suitable allocation of HR numbers etc. - Sri.K. Anbu, Perumalpattu
- Sri.Palani, Virugambakkam
2. Immediate Stoppage of wrong/ excess recovery ordered from the employees on the verge of retirement in the light of Supreme Court Judgment.
3. Immediate Payfixation to nearly 100 newly promoted T T cadre.
4. Extension of extra increment in lieu of Family Planning operation to TSMs as in the case of RMs.
The GM ( F) along with DGM(F) and CAO gave a very sympathetic hearing to our views and assured us of positive settlement of issues raised by the union.


His Master's Voice?:

As usual the BSNLEU circle secretary exhibited his ignorance and inexperience through his reply .We firmly believe that he didn't actually penned this reply but was of some persons in Tamilnadu BSNLEU who are angry at us for exposing their tallest leader . Any how Kanniappan has kind enough to permit All India Leaders to use cars spending Union money/ fund. Thanks for his approval. Of course only when Com. CKM use car it is a sin and wastage of union funds. Fantastic reply. We could feel the fear of himself and his masters in Tamilnadu for Com. CKM's continued stewardship of NFTE in Chennai Telephones. If his General Secretary Abhimanyu hand over his post to any younger comrade as I did ( after my retirement) I will consider the request of Kanniappan positively and hand over the CS post to some younger Comrade.Let him convince Abhimanyu first.
As an office bear of NFPTE/NFTE at National level / Circle level Com. CKM since 1980 s never hesitated to criticise the leadership for genuine issues in the interest of employees &their welfare. (At that time probably Kanniappan was not even a regular employee and in fact worked as a Casual Labourer. )Even Trade Union genius like comrade OP Gupta was very receptive to Com. CKMs criticism and suggestions.
Few such examples are:
1. Voluntary replacement Scheme --- This issue was taken up at the National Council in 2003/2004 . In fact Com. CKM was accommodated in the high power committee formed by the National Council by Com.Gupta.
2. At Annanagar Special Meeting decades ago Com. CKM suggested to Com.OPG to change the educational qualification for Telecom Mechanic promotion. His suggestion for an entrance examination to permit the employees without any educational qualification( A Pass in Metriculation) and after passing this entrance exam one should be considered as possessing a qualification equal to Matriculation and permitted to appear for Telecom Mechanic Promotion Examination. This was readily agreed to and Com. OPG took this issue very seriously after his return to New Delhi with the DOTand finally order was issued for entrance examination which paved the way for promotion to Lakhs of Non- Matriculate employees as Telecom Mechanics.Such was the respect for criticism inside NFTE. One can criticise any leader in NFTE and safely still continue in the union. I dare Kanniappan to criticise Abhimanyu at least once and see the reaction after that. He is in a most undemocratic union where no criticism of leadership is ever tolerated. If someone attempted he was thrown out. Glaring example Comrades Raman Kutti, D.Gopalakrishnan, J.Ranganathan, G.Anandan and R. Gunasekaran etc.
Kanniappan is echoing only His Master's Voice. We understand his position. If he has not written abusive replies like this his Masters in Tamilnadu may not allow him to live peacefully.


Discussion on Dharna demands:

The management has called our Circle Union for discussions on the demands notified for the proposed but postponed one week Dharna at CGM's office from 27-03-2017. Accordingly we will have a meeting with CGM on 27-03-17( Monday) at 2.30pm.


Grand function at Madurai:

On 23-03-17 at Tallakulam telephone exchange compound a grand meeting was organised to felicitate the new state office bearers of NFTCL and to pay homage to the martyrdom of Young freedom fighters Bagat Singh, Suga Dev and Rajaguru .Comrades K.Ravi , Dy. GS/AITUC and R. Thirumalai, GS/ AIYF addressed this function.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,
Comrades K. Ravi and R. Thirumalai at Madurai function organised by NFTE and NFTCL at Madurai on 23-03-17.
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Madurai & Karaikudi NFTE joint District EC meeting on 23-03-17 at Madurai Tallakulam exchange:

Joint EC of Madurai and Karaikudi District union was held at Tallakulam exchange.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Comrade 75 today:

I wish our senior leader R. Krishna Murthy on his birthday today on behalf of NFTCL and NFTE comrades. Let him attain century with good health and Happiness. I spoke to him over phone and greeted him as I am away in Madurai to participate in the NFTCL and NFTE functions organised by Madurai District unions.


At Madurai Union Office :

Today morning I reached Madurai along with 40 Chennai comrades to participate in the Felicitation function for NFTCL State office bearers and 87th Martyrdom of Bagat Singh and his comrades. Com. K.Ravi, Dy. GS of Tamilnadu State AITUC and Com. R. Thirumalai, GS of All India Youth Federation (AIYF) have already reached Madurai to participate in these functions. I along with Comrades M. K. Ramasamy, M. Balakannan, D. Sendhil Kumar, Kalaselvan, T. Veerapandi, V. Paramasivam, V. Velusamy, Ramesh Babu, Gopalakrishnan etc visited Madurai District NFTE union office and exchanged views.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Letter to CGM from Circle Union:

Letter to CGM from Circle Union  Click1,


Powerful Demonstration by National Forum on 21-03-17:

The National Forum of BSNL unions and Associations in Chennai Telephones held a powerful lunch hour demonstration on Tuesday at CGM's office in Purasawakkam. Com .CKM presided.ComradesJ.Vijaykumar, Dy.GS/TEPU, G.Masilamani,GS/PEWA, V.Babu, State President/ NFTCL and S.Loganathan, CS/ SEWA addresses the Demonstration. Com.G.Magendran, Kanchipuram District Secretary/ NFTCL shouted slogans which was repeated by hundreds of comrades gathered.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Urgent Circle Secretariat meeting decides to postpone the One week Dharna from 27-03-17:

After the Demonstration at CGM's office on 21-03-17 the secretariat of circle Union met urgently to discuss the appeal of management to drop the agitational programme beginning from 27-03-17. The meeting after elaborate discussion unanimously decided to postpone the proposed agitation for four weeks ending on 23-04-17. However if the notified demands are not settled by that time our agitation will automatically begin on 24-04-17 at CGM's Office. All are requested to note the postponement and accordingly advice our branch members.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Secretariat of Circle Union to meet on 25-03-17:

The Chennai Telephones Circle Secretariat of NFTE-BSNL will meet on 25-03-17( Saturday ) at 3 pm in Flower Bazaar Union office under the chairmanship of Com.M.K. Ramasamy,Circle President. The following shall be the agenda:
1.Review of Call attention day observed on 16/03/17.
2.Preparations for collecting & dispatching the post cards signed by our members/ employees addressed to the Hon'ble Prime Minister.
3.Proposed One week Dharna from 27-03-17 at CGM's office to demand settlement on ten important demands.
4. Any other item.
The management has appealed to withdraw the agitation beginning on 27-03-27. The CGM intervened and ordered for keeping in abeyance of two controversial decisions of GM( HR) on Thiruthani TT posting and Thiruvallur store issue. We are going to meet the CGM on 21-03-17 to discuss the settlement of our notified demands. However the final decision on our One Week Dharna will depend upon the management's attitude towards our just demands.
Hence all the Secretariat members are requested to attend this meeting without fail and in time.


Circle Secretary, BSNLEU tried to hide but failed!:

We wrote about certain indecent talk of GS/ BSNLEU at his union's Chennai Telephones Circle conference on 12-03-17 with regard to NFTE General Secretary, NFTE Circle Secretary and CGM. The newly elected CS of BSNLEU has replied to our write ups with the sole aim of cover up the uncultured and indecent behaviour of Com. Abhimanyu. Com.Kanniappan has justified the attack on Com.C.K.Mathivanan & CGM by his GS but he was silent about his General Secretary's unprovoked and awkward attacking remarks on our NFTE's General Secretary Chandeshwar Singh. This itself proves our contention . Anyhow he has no other choice except to support and defend his General Secretary's antics . Otherwise he will have to face the adverse consequences like his former circle Secretaries R. Gunasekaran & K.Govindarajan who were humiliated and removed from the post of CS for the simple reason of opposing Abhimanyu.
Com. Kanniappan at last now became Circle Secretary and fulfilled his life's ambition. But before criticising others he should think of himself first. He is a number one casteist person in Chennai Telephones who organised one particular caste of employees in the pseudo name of "Democratic Forum"inside BSNLEU in Chennai Telephones for a very long time . He was using this caste based clout / group to bargain for union posts in many District / Circle conferences of BSNLU. Now this Saturn is quoting the scriptures like unity of the trade unions and unity of the working class etc. etc...
Let him first attempt to unify the members of BSNLEU with out caste prejudice and discriminations. Thereafter let him preach on Unity between all Trade Unions and Unification of working people.Will he or not?.


Thank you very much Com.Abhimanyu!:

On 11-03-2017 , at the invitation of Circle Secretary of BSNLEU Com K. Govindarajan I participated in their seventh circle conference held in Chennai. I was allowed to speak in the opening session along with the circle secretaries of SNEA, TEPU, FNTO etc . In my brief speech I emphasised the need for all out unity of unions in BSNL in the present political scenario wherein the rabid communal forces and pro -rich elements are having upper hand. I also touched upon the issues like third PRC , Bonus, 78.2% IDA merger and the poor condition of contract Labourers. My speech was received well by the delegates and many congratulated for that at the conference hall itself. After I left the conference it seems Comrade Abhimanyu criticised com. Govindarajan for inviting me to the conference . Though he was at the conference Com. Abhimanyu was hiding nearby when I was in the Dias and it seems he was hearing my speech fully . But he was not present on the Dias till I left the conference hall.I was informed by few comrades that later.
On 12-03-17 morning once again Com. Abhimanyu addressed the delegates session and spoke very bad about myself, our General Secretary C. Singh and CGM Miss. Kalavati.He stooped too low to express his objection to the invitation extended to me for that circle conference. He then sarcastically commented on Com. C.Singh that , "NFTE General Secretary is under his full control and C. Singh will sign any were obediently if he asked him to do so. Further he boasted that when he is keeping the GS / NFTE under his tight control why BSNLEU leaders in Chennai are not able to control NFTE circle Secretary in Chennai Telephones like himself." He also expressed his displeasure at the fact of many BSNLEU members joining NFTE in Chennai. He thereafter thundered whether CGM Kalavati is Jayalalitha ? Why she is not settling the demands of BSNLEU?.
I got all this news through some comrades of BSNLEU who were there at the conference when Com. Abhimanyu behaved indecently publicly . One of the comrade has uploaded the whole thing in his Facebook also. I do not understand why and what was the reason for Com. Abhimanyu's outburst against NFTE leaders ? But I will never fail to point out his betrayal of our employees on Bonus, Denial of SC/ST Reservation in NEPP, 78.2%IDA merger agreement, Dilution of BSNLMRS, Non- participation in the historic Pension strike during Sep/ 2000 on the eve of BSNL formation and Signing Second wage revision agreement in 2009 for ten years( 2007-2017) period there by changing the old formula of wage revision every five years etc. Even after getting the recognised union status for BSNLEU for the last 13 years continuously he could not fulfil his union's promises like,
1.Promotions without any Examinations ; Particularly TTA promotion to all TMs without exam/ test.
2.Five day week pattern to administrative office staff in BSNL.
3.Settlement of Pay anomaly.
4.Bonus of Rs.10000.
5.MTNL pay scales for our employees.
Naturally he is very angry with NFTE leaders particularly with me as despite his best efforts his union could not win in Chennai Telephones in the last membership Verification . He may be upset at hundreds of his members regularly joining NFTE in Chennai Telephones. But my view is that as he is holding a very high post in his union now he should be matured at least to some level and should not publicly air such insulting and degrading cheap opinions about CGM and Com. C. Singh for no fault. Any how he got himself exposed before his own delegates for rude behaviour and low level maturity and his disrespect to sister union leaders . For this I sincerely thank once again the General Secretary of BSNLEU.
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Media should not indulge in spreading half truths and untruths:

I found in India both the Print and visual media is just craving for government advertisements and Big money contracts to thrive in the field. They often forget their original role to educate the people and enlighten them with facts and figures. Now loud noises are being made ( as per plan & strategy ) about the greatness and popularity of BJP and particularly its Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invincibility.Five state Assembly elections have come out and needs proper analysis and conclusions.
1. UP:It was ruled by SP and it was badly defeated.
2. Punjab:It was ruled by SAD-BJP for 10 years continuously. They were very badly defeated.
3. Goa:It was ruled by BJP.In the present election it was badly defeated and its CM lost in his constituency. Congress party emerged as the single largest party.
4. Uttarakhand:It was ruled by Congress party. But very recently BJP organised (?) split in Congress Legislature party and even promulgated Governor's rule for a brief period. When the Supreme Court intervened then only Mr.Harish Rawat government was restored once again.Here BJP has emerged victorious mainly due to defections and split in the Congress party.
5. Manipur: It was ruled by Congress party for the last 15 years . In the present elections also it emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly. In this state BJP government at the centre played dirty politics in colluding with the Naga rebels and did not help the state government to lift the blockade of main entry point to Manipur state for several months which resulted in Skyrocketing of prices of all essential commodities.Narendra Modi Government used Naga card to harass the state government only to gain politically.
We can very easily come to a general conclusion that in all the five states anti- incumbency has worked against the ruling parties which resulted in the defeat of all the ruling alliances and even 3 CMs were defeated in their constituencies.Such was the magnitude of Anti- incumbency. Then where is the so called wave of Modi ? Why his magic was not worked in Punjab , Goa where his party fared very badly? In UP the victory for BJP was due to many reasons essentially the following: 1. Family Politics of Samajwadi party and the split between Mulayam and Akhilesh.
2. A Prime Minister addressing road shows for three days in a state election which has never happened in the past.
3. Communal campaign and polarisation of Hindus to the maximum. BJP not fielding a single Muslim as a candidate in the whole 403 constituencies although Muslim population is more than 21%.
But our Media is spreading utterly false and fabricated stories as News to hoodwink the people. They declared already that in 2019 Parliamentary election there will be no challenge to Modi's Prime Ministership. What nonsense ? Some people draw the conclusion that people have supported Modi's Demonetisation gamble . Is it correct ? Media should be very responsible while reporting and must be careful to tell only the true news. They should not behave like storm troopers of ruling parties ever.


Prepare for the agitation which begins on 27-03-2017:

Comrades,Prepare for the agitation which begins on 27-03-2017.  Click1,


Decisions of the General Council (Extended Circle Executive Committee) meeting held on 10-03-17:

At Dinroz RSU complex today the General Council meeting was held and attended by 157 comrades. Our Circle President MKR presided over the meeting. At the out set one minute silence was observed to console the death of Com. Rana of Punjab and others.
1. To observe Nation wide call attention day on 16-03-17 wearing badge throughout the day while on duty.
2. To Send post cards addressed to the PM of India on Our demands. All signed post cards had to be anded over by District Unions to Circle union before 20-04-17 so that in bulk posting of cards done in a single day 22-04-2017.
3. Demonstration at CGM office to protest the Unjust order issued by GM( HR) in the case of T T postings during lunch hour on 21/03/2017.
4. To demand settlement of pending issues a relay Dharna for a week ( Monday to Saturday ) will be organised at CGM office from 27-03-2017 by District Unions by turn. Union's monthly journal Sangamuzakkam was distributed . Printed badges were also distributed to branches to wear on 16-03-17 to observe Call attention day.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Deep Regret:

With Deep Sorrow we, the Chennai Telephones NFTE comrades convey our sincere condolences to the death of Com.Rana, District Secretary of NFTE in Hoshiarpur ( Punjab).We pay our respectful homage to the departed leader of the working class and a dedicated CPI party leader.


Kerala State Committee of NFTCL meets on 15-03-2017 at Ernakulam:

As the present NFTCL Kerala State Secretary Mohankumar was elected as the Circle Secretary for NFTE in Kerala at the recently concluded Kozhikode Conference , the State Committee of NFTCL will meet on 15-03-17 to reorganise the state body with some changes in the state office bearers list to enable the state committee to function effectively. I will attend this meeting along with our National Vice- President T.V. Paulose.The meeting shall begin at 4 pm at Sikshak Sadan near Ernakulam South Railway Station.  Click1,


BSNLEU Circle Conference:

The Chennai Telephones Circle Conference of BSNLEU will be held in Chennai Purasawalkam on 11/12 th of March 2017. Com.Govindarajan, CS invited me to address their conference at 4 pm on 11-03-2017. I agreed to attend as this is the first time BSNLEU Circle union is inviting a NFTE leader in Chennai Telephones to its conference since the formation of BSNLEU. Last year NFTE invited Com. Govindarajan to address our circle conference . He came with hundreds of his comrades as well as greeted our conference. May be this is the reason for their invitation to us . Anyhow trade union unity is paramount today in the present challenging political and economic conditions prevailing in India. Let us build unity of all working people despite petty differences and animosities.


NFTE Greets all Women on the International Women's Day!:

We convey our sincere and respectful Greetings to all women particularly to all women employees and executives working in BSNL / Chennai Telephones. We are happy and proud that a very capable and committed Women as a CGM in Chennai Telephones and number of GMs , DGMs, DEs , SDEs , JTOs , JEs and thousands of women as OS, AOS, T T, ATT etc are contributing to the development and growth of BSNL. We greet all our Comrades and Sisters a very bright future and happy career on this year's International Women's Day.
Our country has a very sizeable women population . But their living conditions and social status is not completely free from Discriminations and exploitation. The violence against women are increasing and the task of educating women is neglected . To kill the women child even before birth is atrocious . All these to be eradicated from our society. We, the Men are to contribute much to the upliftment of women in all sphere of life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Successful District Conference of NFTCL:

On 05-03-2017 the district conference of Ahmed Nagar in Maharastra was held under the Presidentship of Com.Hampe. It was attended by 169 Contract Labourers . Advocate Vishnu Dhoble of Aurangabad , District Secretary of Solapur NFTCL Vijayakumar Khevekar , Maharastra NFTE Circle Secretary Ranjan Danni , Circle Treasurer R.P.Joshi and Senior Leader Adone and many others addressed the conference . I explained the challenges before the Telecom Contract Labourers. District Union Office bearers were elected unanimously . At this Conference I nominated Comrades Khevekar and Vishnu Dhoble as the Coordinators for Maharastra State and they will ensure the State Conference of NFTCL with in 6 months after holding the remaining District Conferences.I thanked Com.Ashok Hinge , a dynamic District Secretary of NFTE for making this Conferance of Contract Labourers a huge Success.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Call attention Day on 16-03-2017:

The meeting of Circle Union's Secretariat held today took the following decisions. 1. To wear black badges with demands ( including early guidelines by DPE for third Pay revision )printed on it by each and every member on 16-03-2017 throughout the day to highlight our demands to general Public as well all our employees in BSNL.
2. To send thousands of Postcards signed by our members to the Prime Minister requesting him to stop disinvestment in BSNL as per Niti Ayog's order and stop formation of Separate Tower Company.
3. To hold a massive lunch hour demonstration at CGM's office on 21-03-2017.
The postcards will be distributed to all our branches at the forthcoming General Council meeting on 10-03-17 in Dinroze compound. All these postcards must be handed over to Circle Union after obtaining the signatures of members/ employees on 21-03-2017 positively so that they are posted to the PM. All are requested to take note of these decisions and take steps to implement them very effectively.


Secretariat Meeting of the Circle Union:

Secretariat Meeting of the Circle Union was held on 01-03-2017.Out of 15 members of the Secretariat 14 were present. Only Com. Bose was absent as he was out of Tamilnadu.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


3rd Pay Revision Committee report submitted:

The 3rd Pay Revision Committee for the revision of pay and perks for the Executives/Non unionised supervisors of central CPSE's is now submitted the report to the Govt of India on 21.11.2016.  3rd PRC Report,


Circle Union's Secretariat meeting on 01-03-17:

Circle Union's Secretariat meeting on 01-03-17 at 11 am in Flower Bazaar complex will discuss the implementation of decisions taken at the recently concluded NEC meeting of NFTE-BSNL in Kozhikode(Kerala).
1. Observing Call attention Day on 16-03-17.
2. Postcard campaign from 16-03-17 to 15-04-17.
The General Council meeting of the Circle union will be held on 10-03-17 at 3 pm inside the Dinroz RSU Compound. Union Journal will be distributed to branch unions at the General Council meeting.


Flag hoisting and Farewell function for Com.K.Chittibabu:

Flag hoisting and Farewell function for Com. K.Chittibabu, Asst. Divl. Secretary of NFTE in Madhavaram at Perambur Exchange on 28-02-17.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click4,  Click5,


Farewell to Com.G.Masilamani, General Secretary,PEWA-BSNL:

On 27-02-17 a meeting was organised in Chennai by National Forum to Felicitate Com. Masilamani on his retirement on 28-02-17. Com. C. K. Matthivanan represented NFTE-BSNL and TEPU General Secretary V.Subburamam, Dy. GS Vijayakumar and Secretary ( CHQ) NFTE, T. R. Rajasekaran and many other leaders of NFTE, SEWA, PEWA, OBCEWA spoke at the function.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Meeting with Com.G.Masilamani,O.S.Mambalam & General Secretary,PEWA-BSNL:

Today visited Mambalam exchange in the morning to meet Com. G. Masilamani, O.S. Mambalam & General Secretary, PEWA - BSNL and Wish him a very Happy retired life on behalf NFTE-BSNL on his retirement on 28-02-17 after completing 36 years of eventful service in P&T, DOT, DTS, BSNL . I thanked him personally for his help to form an alliance at national level which Supported NFTE in the past several membership verifications in BSNL. A Separate farewell function is being organised by National Forum of BSNL unions and Associations in Chennai Telephones to felicitate Com.Masilamani on his retirement.  Click1,  Click2,


Great Achievement by NFTE:

Today the management in Chennai Telephones has issued order promoting 49 RMs( A T T s) of erstwhile CPT area who were waiting for 16 long years as Telecom Technicians( T T).We are rightly proud as NFTE leaders as due to our persistent hard work only this has now happened. We thank the management for this.Today the management in Chennai Telephones has issued order promoting 49 RMs( A T T s) of erstwhile CPT area who were waiting for 16 long years as Telecom Technicians( T T). We are rightly proud as NFTE leaders as due to our persistent hard work only this has now happened. We thank the management for this.


NFTCL leaders Meeting at Chennai:

On 25-02-17 the leaders of NFTCL from North Chennai, South Chennai,Thiruvallur & Kanchipuram gathered at Flower Bazaar reviewed the State Conferance held in Karaikudi .They planned for attending the Madurai Felicitation function being organised for the NFTCL State Office Bearers.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Com.K.Murali's Farewell on 25-02-17 : :

t Flower Bazaar exchange complex a farewell function was organised for Com. K. Murali , North Chennai District NFTCL Asst. Secy . He is retiring on 28-02-17 and was a branch Secretary of NFTE continuously for 37 long years in Duct Cable Maintenance. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Farewell meeting at Gandhinagar RSU on 25-02-17:

To celebrate the retirement of Com . Kirubanandam a meeting was organised by Vadapalani Divisional union. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Meeting with Senior Leader R.K:

On 25-02-17 myself along with comrades Subbarayan, Anandan and Ravi visited the residence of Comrade R K and had a useful discussion with him. We also expressed happiness for his speedy recovery after the surgery.  Click1,  Click2,


Seminar: Role of the employees in Development:

At the district Conferance of NFTE in South Chennai a seminar was organised. It was addressed by GM( Central) and DGM(Anna road).  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,


South Chennai District Conference-24-02-2017:

Impressive beginning of South Chennai District Conference at Egmore inside the Jeeva Jothi auditorium the District Conferance of South Chennai NFTE has just begun with flag hoisting. Com. L. Subbarayan , Tamilnadu Circle Union Treasurer inaugurated the Conferance. Com. K.Sabapathi, District President presided over the Conferance.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Felicitation to Kanchipuram District Union office bearers:

Felicitation to Kanchipuram District Union office bearers was held on 23-02-17 and all the district office bearers were felicitated.  Click1,


Happy retired life to Com.E.Sankar:

We wish a very happy retired life to Com. E.Sankar, O.S. Who is retiring on 28-02-17.He has donated two thousand rupees to the circle Union.  Click1,


TSM officials-Meeting:

Today the TSM officials came to our office and expressed sincere thanks to NFTE for protecting them from retrenchment. It may be noted that 52 TSM s who have completed more than 20 years of service were not regularised due to Supreme Court directions in 2006. Further due to discrepancies in the date of birth they were ordered to be removed from service by the corporate office. However due to our circle union's persistent efforts that order was kept unimplemented until further orders. They need to be protected permanently.  Click1,  Click2,


Grand Farewell to Com. E.Kamalakannan:

Grand Farewell to Com. E. Kamalakannan at Kalmandapam exchange on 22-02-2017.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Get Well Soon!:

om. Prabhakaran , Divisional Secretary of K. K. Nagar NFTE met with an accident last week and was injured badly. His right fingers were smashed severely . Doctor advised rest for a month. After my return today from Kerala I went to his residence in Kundrathur along with Comrades T. R. Rajasekaran,Rajendran and Nagarajan.  Click1,


Wish a very Happy retired life!:

Com. K. Chittibabu, T T and Assistant Divisional Secretary of Madhavaram NFTE today visited our union office to welcome for his retirement function being arranged on 28-02-2017 at Perambur Exchange. He has also donated Rs.2001/- to the union. I honoured him with a shawl. Comrades S.Rajendran, ACS and M. Devendran, Divisional Secretary, Madhavaram were present at that time. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,


Is it correct?:

I read in a news paper that Sri. Dinakaran met her aunty Sasikala who is under going prison sentence for Corruption and criminal charges for five long hours to mainly for political consultations. If it is true I think it is totally wrong to allow such a long meeting with a convicted person. Bengaluru Prison authorities should be more careful in allowing such political consultations. However she can meet her lawyers no doubt but that too for such a long time is not fair. If this is the situation in Bagaluru jail one can imagine if she was transferred to Chennai Puzhal Central Prison what will be the position. May be Tamilnadu will be ruled not from Fort. St George but from Puzhal central prison. Further I was also told that the CM and his cabinet Colleges are planning to visit her in Bangaluru prison shortly to get her blessings!. Clearly Tamilnadu State politics is going bad to worse ! A CM meeting a convicted person in jail is not proper for him who took oath to uphold the constitution of India.


Modi's Cheap tactics that does not fit in to his high constitutional post:

Modi's Cheap tactics that does not fit in to his high constitutional post of Prime Minister of India! Narendra Modi is in the very bad habit of projecting himself as a candidate for the respective State's Chief Minister post in the Assembly elections wherever and whenever it is held forgetting the fact that already he is the Prime Minister of the whole Country. By such gimmicks he has not only brought bad name for his own party but also creates a very bad reputation for the position he holds at the moment.
On the other day while addressing a election rally in UP he himself declared that he was a adopted son of Uttar Pradesh . To garner votes he could have explained his achievements or welfare measures implemented by his government or explain the measures and promises if his party formed the government there after winning the election. But telling nothing like this he only abused the opposition leaders and declared himself an adopted son of UP. This approach is a parochial one and aimed at provoking the regional tendencies. When UP has / had very illustrious sons and daughters like Nehru, Sastri, Bahuguna, Ram Manohar Lohia, Indra etc it does not need a adopted son that too a mischievous son like Modi Who betrayed his own wife and who failed to save innocent Muslims in thousands during Gujarat communal riots in 2002 while holding the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat.


Rohit Vemula: A year after his death!:

Many would not have forgotten the death of Research scholar of Hyderabad Central University a year ago which evoked a strong outburst throughout the country against NDA government at Centre for its anti- Dalit attitude. Actually he was forced to commit suicide at a very young age due to his expulsion from the University on false charges and discriminations heaped on the SC/ST students studying there. But even after a year is over no action was taken against any person so far for this cruel murder of a promising young research scholar belong to the SC/ST community. However all attempts are being made to dilute the whole case so that the accused go scot free. For this they are going to the extent of issuing so cause notice to the family of Rohit Vemula calling for explanation why the SC community certificate already issued should not be withdrawn from them. Hey Ram! In Modi's rule this and many more are expected for the SC/ST and weaker and minority communities since BJP is trying to establish a Hindu - Upper caste Majoritarian Government in India. If only we wake up to face this communal / casteist challenges from RSS / BJP we may stop them executing their plan. Otherwise?.


On 23-03-17 Madurai Calls for:

1. To pay homage to the Freedom Fighters and martyrs Bagat Singh , Rajguru & Sugadev who were hanged on March-23 for fighting against the British Government.
2. To Felicitate all the State Office bearers of NFTCL who were elected at the massive and impressive Tamilnadu State Conference held at Karaikudi during Feb'2017.
3. To the Formation Conference of Madurai district Contract Labour Union( N F T C L).
This three in one function will be organised by our Madurai District comrades under the leadership of NFTE -BSNL District Secretary Sivagurunathan. Com. R.Thirumalai, General Secretary of AIYF will deliver the Bagat Singh memorial speech. Prominent AITUC and NFTE leaders will participate in this function . The signature Campaign that was begun among the contract Labourers in the presence of AITUC leaders H. Mahadevan, K. Ravi, J. Lakshmanan and PL. Ramachandran will come to an end on 23-03-17 and the signature forms thus obtained from all over the state will be handed over to the Dy. General Secretary of Tamilnadu AITUC and the Coordinator of all Contract Labour unions/ Federations, K. Ravi at this function. Please book your bus/ train tickets to reach Madurai on the morning of 23-03-2017 to make this function a huge success and also to shower our best wishes on the newly elected State Office bearers of Tamilnadu NFTCL. From the CHQ of NFTCL myself, Com. Erode Mali ( Vice-President) and Com. L. Subbarayan ( Asst. GS) intend to attend this function. Let us make the organisers of this Madurai function doubly happy by ensuring large participation of Telecom Contract Labourers from the near and adjacent districts.


Memorable event:

On 12-02-17 , the second day of Tamilnadu State NFTCL conference a procession was organised in the morning from A.P. Mahal, where the conference was held from 11-02-17 to the statue of Periyar EVR in Karaikudi. I had the opportunity to garland the top most social reformer and a valiant fighter for ensuring Social justice in South India. I consider it as a big honour given to me by Comrade Mari, Murugan and other comrades of Karaikudi . I will ever keep this golden event in my memory for life.  Click1,  Click2,


General Council Meeting on 10-03-17( Friday):

The monthly meeting of the General Council of NFTE-BSNL in Chennai Telephones will be held on 10-03-2017 at Dinroze Exchange compound under the Presidentship of Com .M. K. Ramasamy , Circle President. The meeting shall begin at 2 pm.The following shall be the agenda. 1. Decisions of the NEC meeting held in Kozhikode.
2. Decisions of the Circle Council held on 08-02-17.
3. Felicitation to the newly elected State office bearers of NFTCL who were elected at the State conference held in Karaikudi on 11&12 th of Feb'17.
4. Pending Problems.
5. Redeployment of staff as proposed by the management. (A meeting with both the unions is called by GM ( HR) on 02-03-17).
7. Review of all 4 District Conferences held so far.
8. Any other item ( with the permission of President) At this meeting the circle union journal Sanga Muzhakkam will be distributed to the branches. Hence all branch and Divisional Secretaries are requested to attend in time.
The Secretariat of the Circle Union will meet on 01-03-2017(Wednesday ) at 11 am in Flower Bazaar union office . All the members of the Secretariat are requested to attend this meeting with out fail.


NFTCL Tamilnadu State unit office bearers met CPI and AITUC leaders on 14-02-17 at Chennai:

The newly elected state office bearers of NFTCL at the just concluded State Conference in Karaikudi met the Senior Leaders of CPI and AITUC comrades Amarjit Kaur, R. Mutharasan, T.M. Murthy , K. Ravi and Waheeda Nijam at Chennai and briefed them about the State Conferance deliberations and decisions. Our comrades honoured those leaders of the Indian Working class. The national Secretary of AITUC , Amarjit promised all help and appreciated our efforts to collect Signatures from thousands of Telecom Contract Labourers for the Signature Campaign organised by AITUC.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Decisions of informal meeting of the office bearers of NFTCL on 14-02-2017 at Kozhikode ( Kerala):

During the recess of ongoing National Executive meeting of the NFTE - BSNL an informal meeting of available NFTCL office bearers was held and reviewed the activities of the Federation and took the following decisions.
1.It congratulated the Karaikudi comrades under the Dynamic leadership of Com. V. Mari for conducting a very massive Tamilnadu state conference on 11 & 12 th of February,2017 in Karaikudi in which nearly 1300 comrades of contract Labourers enthusiastically participated. The meeting also congratulated Com. S. Anandan , State Secretary and all other office bearers who were unanimously elected by the delegates.
2.The state Conference of NFTCL in Jammu& Kashmir will be held in Srinagar during September 2017.
3.The convention of Contract Labourers to be held in Ahmed Nagar (Maharastra) during March first week should be attended by the General Secretary of NFTCL. 4.In view of indifferent health and advanced age it was decided to relieve the National President R.K. Kohli as per his request with immediate effect. Com. Ashaq Ahmad ( Srinagar/ J&K),our Senior Vice-President was unanimously nominated to the post of National President till the next national conference in 2020.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Com.N.D.Ram addressed the NEC on 14-02-17:

The National executive meeting is continuing today for the second day. Yesterday Com. Vijayakumar, Dy. GS of TEPU spoke at the NEC meeting in Kozhikode . On 14-02-17 the General Secretary of SEWA , N.D. Ram addressed the NEC meeting.  Click1,


NFTE-BSNL National Executive meet began at Kozhikode on 13-02-17:

NFTE-BSNL National Executive meet began at Kozhikode on 13-02-17.Com.CKM with Senior CPI leader and AITUC national Secretary Amarjit kaur at the national executive meeting of NFTE in Kozhikode ( Kerala) on 13-02-17. With him is Kerala Circle President Radhakrishnan.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


NFTCL காரைக்குடி மாநில மாநாட்டு நிகழ்வுகள்:

NFTCL தேசிய தொலைத் தொடர்பு ஒப்பந்த தொழிலாளர் சங்க தமிழக முதல் மாநில மாநாடு காரைக்குடியில் பிப்ரவரி 11, 12 தேதிகளில் மிகச்சிறப்பாக நடந்தேறியது.
11.02.2017 அன்று மாலை வாழ்த்துரை நிகழ்ச்சியுடன் மாநாடு துவங்கியது. மாநில செயல் தலைவர் தோழர்.மாலி தலைமை ஏற்றார். வரவேற்புக்குழுப் பொதுச்செயலர் தோழர் சி.முருகன் வரவேற்புரையாற்றினார். தமிழ்நாடு வணிகர் சங்கங்களின் பேரவைத் தலைவர் T.வெள்ளையன், தமிழ்நாடு போக்குவரத்து ஊழியர் சங்கப் பொதுச்செயலர் தோழர் J.லட்சுமணன், NFTE சம்மேளனச்செயலர் தோழர் T.R.ராஜசேகரன், NFTCL சம்மேளன உதவிச்செயலர் தோழர் L.சுப்பராயன், முன்னாள் NFTE மாநிலப்பொருளாளர் தோழர் K.அசோக்ராஜன், BSNL துணைப் பொதுமேலாளர்(நிதி) தோழர்.P.சங்கிலி, NFTE திருச்சி மாவட்டச் செயலர் தோழர் எஸ்.பழனியப்பன் ஆகியோர் வாழ்த்துரை வழங்கினர்.
மாநாட்டின் ஒரு பகுதியாக “ருஷ்ய புரட்சியின் நூற்றாண்டு விழா – பாட்டாளி வர்க்க கடமைகள்” என்ற தலைப்பில் கருத்தரங்கு NFTCL-ன் அகில இந்திய பொதுச்செயலர் தோழர் C.K.மதிவாணன் தலைமையில் வெகு சிறப்பாக நடைபெற்றது. இந்திய கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சியின் சிவகங்கை மாவட்டச் செயலர் தோழர் எஸ்,குணசேகரன், AITUC மாநில துணைப் பொதுச்செயலர் (உள்ளாட்சி) தோழர் P.L.இராமச்சந்திரன்.. NFTE சம்மேளனச் செயலர் தோழர் G.ஜெயராமன், NFTE தேசிய செயற்குழு உறுப்பினர் தோழர் K.M. இளங்கோவன் ஆகியோர் பங்கேற்று கருத்துரையாற்றினர்.
12.02.17 அன்று காலை 9 மணிக்கு மாநாட்டில் பங்கேற்ற ஆயிரம் ஒப்பந்த தொழிலாளர்கள் மாநாட்டு அரங்கிலிருந்து மிக்க எழுச்சியுடன்… தோழர்.C.K.மதிவாணன் அவர்கள் தலைமையில் ஊர்வலமாகச் சென்று தந்தைப்பெரியார் சிலைக்கு மாலை அணிவித்து மரியாதை செய்தனர்.
மாநாட்டு அரங்கில்.. தேசியக்கொடியினை AITUC தலைவர் தோழர் P.L.இராமச்சந்திரனும், சங்கக் கொடியினை NFTCL மாநிலச் செயலர் தோழர் S.ஆனந்தனும் உணர்வோடு உற்சாகமோடு ஏற்றுவித்தனர். நாடி நரம்புகள் புடைக்க… உணர்ச்சி மிகு கோஷங்களை மூத்த தோழர்.நாகேஸ்வரன் முழங்கினார்….
மறைந்த தோழர்களின் நினைவுகளைப் போற்றி.. தோழர் பூபதி தலைமையில் தியாக தீபம் ஏற்றி மலர் அஞ்சலி செலுத்தப்பட்டது. வரவேற்புக்குழுவின் சார்பாக தோழர்.மாரி வரவேற்புரையாற்றினார்.
மாநாட்டினை துவக்கி வைத்து தமிழ்நாடு AITUC கட்டிடத்தொழிலாளர் சங்கப் பொதுச்செயலர் தோழர் கே.ரவி அருமையானதொரு உரையாற்றினார். மண்டல வைப்புநிதி ஆணையர் திரு.சங்கரலிங்கம், EPF திட்டங்களின் அம்சங்கள் குறித்து உரையாற்றினார். தோழர்களின் சந்தேகங்களுக்கு பொறுமையாக அருமையாக விளக்கவுரையாற்றினார். ESI துணை இயக்குனர் G.கணேசன் ESI மருத்துவ வசதிகள் பற்றி மிக மிக விரிவாக விளக்கிப் பேசினார். தொழிலாளர்களின் அனைத்து சந்தேகங்களுக்கும் அயராது விளக்கமளித்தார்.
மாநாட்டில் செயல்பாட்டு அறிக்கை வாசிக்கப்பட்டு விவாதிக்கப்பட்டு முழுமனதாக ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளப்பட்டது. NFTE காரைக்குடி மாவட்டச் செயலர் தோழர் V.மாரி, மாநிலச் செயலர் தோழர் ஆனந்தன், மாநிலப் பொருளாளர் V. பாபு, ஆகியோர் கருத்துரையாற்றினர். NFTCL அகில இந்தியப் பொதுச்செயலர் தோழர் C.K.மதிவாணன் சிறப்புரையாற்றினார்.
“சமவேலைக்கு சம சம்பளம்” என்ற உச்ச நீதிமன்ற தீர்ப்பு குறித்து AITUC அகில இந்திய செயல் தலைவர் தோழர் H.மகாதேவன் அவர்கள் மிக விரிவாக எளிமையாக தோழர்களுக்கு விளக்கி சிறப்புரையாற்றினார்.
மாநாட்டில் புதிய நிர்வாகிகள் ஒருமனதாகத் தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்டனர். மாநிலத்தலைவராக தோழர் பாபு, மாநில செயல் தலைவராக தோழர் V.மாரி, மாநில செயலராக தோழர் S.ஆனந்தன், மாநில பொருளராக தோழர்.E.சம்பத் ஆகியோர் தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்டனர்.



We congratulate the newly elected Tamil Nadu state office bearers of NFTCL at the conference held in Karaikudi for two days from 11 to 12th-Feb-2017 in which 1300 comrades participated enthusiastically.The following are elected as state office bearers.
State President: Com.V.Babu,Chennai
State Wkg president:Com.V.Mari,Karaikudi
State Secretary:Com.S.Annandan,Cuddalore
State Tresurer: Com.E.Sampath,Chennai


Signature Campaign by AITUC to demand equal pay for equal work:

Signature Campaign by AITUC to demand equal pay for equal work as per the Supreme Court judgment was inaugurated today at NFTCL State conferance in Karaikudi in the presence of Comrades CKM, Mahadevan, Ravi, Lakshmanan and Anandan and other leaders. Nearly 1000 contract Labourers participating in this Conferance very enthusiastically signed the memorandum.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,


Second Day of NFTCL state Conferance at Karaikudi on 12-02-17:

Conferance began with a procession and garlanding of Statue of EVR Periyar and Flag hoisting and homage to martyrs. The Conferance was inaugurated by AITUC leader Ravi and addressed by com. H.Mahadevan, all India AITUC working president. EPF commissioner Sankaralingam and Enforcement Officer of Labour department Saseetharan also addressed the Conferance.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,


State Executive Committee meeting of NFTCL:

On 11-02-2017 the SEC meeting of National Federation of Telecom Contract Labourers in Tamilnadu has just begun in Karaikudi . All the state office bearers and District Secretaries participated in this meeting approved the Report on Activities to be submitted to the State Conferance of NFTCL by the State Secretary S. Anandan.  Click1,  Click2,


The State Conferance of Tamilnadu NFTCL:

The State Conferance of Tamilnadu NFTCL begins tomorrow in Karaikudi in which nearly 1000 contract Labourers of Telecom Sector in Tamilnadu will participate enthusiastically.AITUC National working President and a veteran leader of World Federation of Trade Unions( WFTU ) H. Mahadevan address the delegates on 12-02-17. A consistent anti - imperialist traders association leader Vellaian greets the Conferance on 11-02-17. AITUC Tamilnadu state Dy. General Secretary Ravi inaugurate the Conferance. CPI party leaders Veerapandian and Gunasekaran speak at the seminar organised to commemorate the Centenary of Russian Revolution in 1917. I welcome all the leaders and delegates to this State Conferance.


District Executive Meeting of South Chennai:

On 09-02-2017 at Dinroze RSU exchange was held under the presidentship of Com. T. R. Rajasekaran, Secretary( CHQ) . Com. M. Nagarajan , District Secretary submitted the draft report on activities since the last District conference . Comrades CKM, Elangovan, Dhansingh, Kabali , Venkatraj, Kothandababu and Babu( NFTCL) took part in this DEC meeting. Com.G.Masilamani, GS/ PEWA addressed this meeting. This meeting reviewed the arrangements for the ensuing District Conferance on 24-02-17.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Circle Council Meeting:

On 08-02-17 at CGM 's Conference hall the first meeting of the Circle Council after the seventh membership verification was held in 2016 . CGM presided over the meeting. NFTE was represented by Comrades CKM, MKR, Ravi, Rajendran and Elangovan. It was decided to hold two separate meetings with both the recognised unions on February-27 and March-02 to discuss about the redeployment of staff of Cable construction staff and all other non executive staff respectively. Next Circle Council meeting will be held in May 2017.
Accepting the request of the staff side CGM agreed to permit two Observers from each recognised union for future meetings of the Circle Council. We requested the management to convene all the Local councils and Works Committees at the earliest. The management also agreed to review the staff position in each Business Area with in few months.
GM area level Melas will be organised on 16 and17 th of February to promote the sales of our company products like Land line,Mobile, F T T H and Broadband services. Our comrades particularly the District Union leaders should actively involved in theseMelas. CGM was congratulated by both the Unions for achieving positive in Landline segment after a long period. We need to continue this trend without any let up in the coming months also.


Big Thanks Com. Kamalakannan!:

oday at the district conference of Kanchipuram NFTE comrade Kamalakannan, a retired T T enthusiastically participated and hoisted the National Flag. He has donated ten thousand rupees towards the expenses of the district conference. I was doubly happy to honour him on behalf of Kanchipuram District Union.  Click1,


Kanchipuram District Union Conference:

Kanchipuram District Union Conference of NFTE was held on 07-02-17 at Chengleput in which both the GM( South) and GM (West) participated and greeted. Comrades CKM , Anandan( State Secretary-NFTCL), Rajasekaran and others spoke. Nearly 300 delegates took part in the District Conference.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Onward March to Karaikudi Conference:

Yesterday all the four district unions of NFTCL in Chennai Telephones met under the presidentship of Com. V. Babu , State Treasurer of Tamilnaduu NFTCL and reviewed both the fund collection and Delagates mobilisation for the forthcoming State Conference that is beginning on 11-02-2017 at Karaikudi. Asper the information given approximately 260 delegates and 20 visitors are expected to participate the State Conference from North Chennai, South Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts . Hence we expect nearly 1000 contract Labourers may participate in the Karaikudi Conference of Tamilnadu State NFTCL. Com. V. Rathinam of Koyambedu has donated 15 red sarees to all 15 women delegates who are attending the conference from Koyambedu .Everyone is very much enthusiastic and active to make the State Conference at Karaikudi a huge Success. It is a news that gives us unlimited happiness and encouragement .Keep it up Comrades. I salute you all.


Circle Union Executive Committee Meeting:

On 04-02-17 at Flower Bazaar building the CEC meeting was held under the presidentship of M. K. Ramasamy. Two resolutions were passed to recommend to the National Executive Meeting for its consideration.One resolution was to demand Rs. 2000/- as interim relief from 01-01-2017 to all non- executives in BSNL and merger of 100% IDA ( out of total 119% IDA as of now) with pay for all purposes with effect from 01-01-2017.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Anna road Division Conference on 03-02-17:

The division conference of Anna Road under South Chennai District Union was held today.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Why Presentation of Budget for Fiscal 2017-2018 on February-01 itself?:

Normally the Central Budget will be presented only at the end of February. This timing was observed generally to include the financial inputs of third quarter ( October-December).Only when the three quarters inputs are taken into consideration for preparation of the Budget it will be a realistic one . But deliberately Modi government ignoring even the direction of the Election Commission to postpone the presentation of Budget after the completion of Five state Assembly elections enacted a drama yesterday in Parliament. What's the urgency? What was the motive or reason for advancing the Budget presentation by a month? Some say that Modi government didn't want to show the third quarter inputs into the Budget figures as it will expose the central government with poor economic management . We all know the disaster caused to the Indian Economic scene by the policy of Demonetisation announced by Modi himself on 08-11-2016.
The decision to declare Rs 1000/500 notes on October-08 has in fact damaged our country's economy considerably. The markets were down. Banking System got collapsed. Industrial growth and economic development suffered heavily. Modi and Jaitley didn't like to show the real picture of our economy after Demonetisation by including the data from the third quarter. They wanted to create a rosy picture of Economic situation and also announce few benefits to the people to get rich harvest from the voters of Five States which are facing the elections as of now. By advancing the Budget presentation BJP government conveniently hidden the adverse effects of Demonetisation and on the other hand misused the presentation of Budget for its political benefits in the Assembly elections of Goa, UP, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand. I read already that Hitler burnt down the German Parliament building and blamed innocent Communists for this and unleashed atrocities on the main opposition to establish his Dictatorship. If Budget Presentation is misused for benefiting BJP and its Prime Minister in such a blatant manner I am afraid days are not far off in India to witnesses the severest attack by Facist forces on our Parliamentary Democracy itself. This may be a trailer and main picture may come at any time from now.


New NFTCL branch union at Karur:

A new NFTCL branch union at Karur in Tiruchi SSA was opened on 24-01-17 for Contract Labourers.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,



The Cirle union to day met Smt Uma DGM (HR) and wished her a happy and peaceful retired life and honoured with Shawal.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Demonstration in Support of Students agitation:

All unions in BSNL held a demonstration on 23-01-17 in support of agitating students and against police attack on the peaceful agitators.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Demonstration in Support of Jallikattu on 23-01-2017 at Flower Bazaar:

All unions / Associations in BSNL will hold a lunch hour demonstration on 23-01-2017( Monday) during lunch hour at Flower Bazaar complex in Support of the following demands:
1. Permanent solution to hold Jallikattu by suitable amendments in Law by Central Government.
2. Ban on the organisation called PETA.
All unions including NFTE and NFTCL express solidarity with the Students, Youth and the people of Tamilnadu in their just and peaceful agitation for the protection of Tamil culture and nationality traditions against the continuous assault by Northern Hindu - Hindu rightist forces which systematically try to destroy the federal structure of the constitution and the status of multi lingual and multi cultural India.
We request all our employees and executives to participate in this protest to bolster the support to the ongoing agitation at Marina beach and other towns all over the state. We also demand urgent action by both central and state governments to resolve the issue by engaging the leaders of the agitation through meaningful talks to find a permenant and acceptable solution to the issues raised by the students and youth with out any further loss of time.


NFTCL Tamilnadu State Conferance at Karaikudi-Delegate Session:

NFTCL Tamilnadu State Conferance at Karaikudi invitation for the second day session on 12-02-17- Delegate Session.  Click1,


Circle Executive Committee on 04-02-2017:

The executive of the circle union will meet at Flower Bazaar compound on February -4 ( Saturday) at 2 pm under the presidentship of Com. M. K.Ramasamy, Circle President to discuss the following agenda.
1. Draft Resolutions to be placed before the NEC meeting beginning on 13-02-17 in Kozhikode.
2. Circle Council Meeting on 08-02-2017.
3. Non functioning of Local Council / works Commi ttees even after 11 months.
4. Pending issues.
5. Any other issues.
All CEC members and Special invitees are requested to attend this meeting in time.


Welcome to new members!:

On 16-01-2017 in Chennai Telephones circle 57 new members have joined NFTE-BSNL after quitting BSNLEU/ FNTO etc. We welcome all the new members into NFTE and thank all comrades who persuaded them to join our Union.


Thanks comrade V.Gowthaman, Retired T. T.:

At today's District EC meeting of North Chennai Com. Gowthaman handed over 4000 rupees as donation for the NFTCL State conference at Karaikudi. I honoured him and thanked for his gesture. Many comrades expressed optimism about sending at least 200 contract labourers to Karaikudi state conference from all the four district in Chennai Telephones.  Click1,


North Chennai District EC meeting:

On 12-01-2017 the District EC meeting was held under the presidentship of Com. K. Venkatesan, District President. Com. R. Arumugam introduced the agenda points. As a special invitee Com. S. Kothandapani , the District Secretary of NFTCL participated in this meeting and spoke about the ensuing State conference at Karaikudi and requested all help for the success of Karaikudi conference. All the five Divisional Secretaries and District union office bearers took part in the discussion. Circle Union office bearers M.K. Ramasamy, C.K. Mathivanan, C.Ravi , T.Jayajothi, G.Palaniappan, M.Sendhil addressed the meeting. It elected six comrades as Special invitees to the District EC meeting as this was the first meeting after the recent District Conference.
The executive adopted a resolution on demanding interim relief of 2000 rupees or merger of 100% IDA with pay with effect from 01-01-2017.The Circle Secretary appreciated the District Union for adopting this resolution and promised to pass on this draft resolution for adoption at National Executive meeting to be held at Kozhikode during February 2017.
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Happy and proud to see the people of Tamilnadu state:

I am very much happy and proud to see the people of Tamilnadu state particularly the student community and young people doing struggles without anybody's prodding or instigation to remove the ban on Jallikattu ( Bull fight) during Pongal season. But I am astonished to feel why the same intensity of feelings/ emotions/ struggles were absent till this day against the atrocious policy of Demonetisation by Modi Government which is affecting the day today life of millions of people throughout the country including Tamilnadu? May be we Tamil people are best at fighting for non-issues and ignore the real bread and butter issues! This doesn't mean anyway that I minimise the importance of fighting to save our cultural practice and Tamil Identity. But only I express my dismay and disappointment over the near absence of any worthwhile struggle against Demonetisation by any political party or organisation which are now in the forefront of the struggle for conducting Jallikattu.  Click1,


Com. Kamalakannan, T.T of Kalmandapam retirement:

Com. Kamalakannan, T.T of Kalmandapam external unit is retiring on 28-02-2017 after an eventful 31 years of service. He is our Union's staunch and loyal member. Today he came to our Union office along with Kalmandapam Divisional Secretary E.S.Anandadevan and donated Rs.5000/- to circle Union. I honoured him and thanked for his donation. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,


To demand Interim Relief is no Sin:

Today I addressed the Kanchipuram District Executive meeting. I explained the present position of Third Wage Revision for the non- executive employees of BSNL. As BSNLEU leadership surrendered before the management in 2009 during the Second Wage Revision talks by not insisting for 5 years periodicity and 78.2% IDA merger but meekly accepted 68.8% IDA merger and Ten years Periodicity for Wage revision. That is the reason our employees could not get Third Wage Revision in 2012. Now we may get the same with effect from 01-01-2017 if everything goes on well. But the attitude of the BSNL management is creating doubts about it. On 26-12-2016 the management has notified the formation of five members committee for third wage revision under Mrs. Anuradha Panda, PGM. The said committee has no representatives from both the recognised unions in BSNL. This proves the arrogance of the management. Furthermore the management is dragging its feet by announcing that only after getting necessary guidelines from DPE the Pay revision committee can begin its work. There is no guarantee or time frame for getting these guidelines from DPE. But the pay revision committee for the executives of all CPSUs including those in BSNL has already begun its work. How that committee got necessary recommendations from DPE so early? The management in BSNL may try to delay the Wage Revision for non- executives further. Our suggestion to the National leadership of all Unions is
1. Demand Interim Relief of at least Rs. 2000/- to all
non- executive employees with effect from Jan-17.
2. Demand inclusion of two representatives each for NFTE and BSNLEU in the third wage revision committee
I will certainly raise theses demands in the forthcoming NEC meeting of NFTE at Kozhikode in Kerala.  Click1,


Kanchipuram District Union EC meeting:

At Guindy office of GM( South) on 10-01-2017 the District EC meeting of Kanchipuram District Union was held to finalise the arrangements for the ensuing District Conference on 07-02-2017 at Chengalpet and approving the conference report. It was attended by all most all the District Union office bearers and seven Divisional Secretaries including eight Circle Union office bearers. Com. R.Vedagiri, District Assistant Secretary handed over a cheque of Rs. 5000/-to the circle Union on his retirement on 31-12-2016.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


NFTCL is now organised fully in Chennai Telephones:

With Yesterday's formation of Thiruvallur District Union now NFTCL is started functioning in all the four districts of North Chennai, South Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur. We congratulate the new office bearers of NFTCL who were elected unanimously yesterday at the formation conference in the presence of Com. S. Anandan, Tamilnadu State Secretary of NFTCL.  Click1,  Click2,


Interesting conversation with Senior Leader R.K.:

Today morning I visited Com. R K 's home to enquire about his health after surgery. He was cheerful and healthy. We discussed for an hour very freely everything under the Sky and above the earth. He congratulated me for effectively organising the 4 th death anniversary of our great leader OPG. I am very much happy to see and feel the speedy recovery of com. RK. I expect his next innings very shortly.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Highly Successful & Massive District Conference at Thiruvallur:

On 06-01-2017 at Thiruvallur the district conference of NFTE was held. Comrades N.Danapal, C.K. Ragunathan and C.D.Purusothaman were reelected unanimously as District President, District Secretary and District Treasurer respectively. Ten new members of BSNLEU quit that union and joined our union at the conference.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Big thanks to Saleel Gupta:

Actually he was in Tirupati to attend the National Science Congress there. We utilised him for the fourth death anniversary of OPG. His speech today was little bit emotional and narrative. He told the gathering that he feel proud of being a son of OPGupta.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Welcome Home!:

Today we are doubly happy to admit ten new members in to NFTE on the day of OPG's death anniversary. Comrade R. Janakiraman led ten comrades in to NFTE. He and others quit BSNLEU before joining our union. They garlanded our leaders and presented momento also.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Haddows Road Division Conference:

At the GM ( D ) office complex in Kushkumar Road the Division conference of NFTE was held on 05-01-17.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


NFTE refuses to cooperate with BSNLEU:

CS of BSNLEU contacted us to seek our cooperation to help some comrades in T .T . Cadre in violation of the accepted principle of not considering request transfer/ reposting before completing one year of service at the particular station. We refused to accept this as it will create discrimination not only in T. T cadre but also for all other cadres. Further it may create a very wrong precedent for future. We all aware that BSNLEU to extend favours to their members has always interested in violation of rules and misuse of the status of a recognised Union for long. But NFTE always goes by the rule book and don't wish to set bad and wrong precedents for the sake of enhancing it's influence among the employees. If we accept this for T T cadre this year only what about next year and what about for all other cadres?


Joint Conference of NFTE and NFTCL:

At Kalmandapam exchange on 04-01-2017 the Divisional Conference of NFTE , Kalmandapam and the North Chennai District Conference of NFTCL were held. Comrades E.S. Anandadevan and S. Kothandapani were unanimously elected as Divisional / District Secretaries of NFTE/ NFTCL respectively.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,  Click11,  Click12,


Farewell to Senior Comrade.Udhayanan:

On 31-12-16 a function was organised by Harbour division staff to felicitate our senior leader Udhayanan at Vallalar Nagar exchange. I took part in it with several circle Union office bearers.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


General Council Meeting on 31-12-2016:

At the office of CGM/ STP the general council meeting was held today. A farewell meeting was organised for circle Vice President Muthukumar at the end of the General Council.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Farewell to Comrade Chandrasekaran, T.T:

Farewell meeting at Anna road on 30-12-2016 to honour Com. Chandrasekaran, T T on his retirement tomorrow. I participated and felicitated him.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Farewell to Senior Comrade Vedagir:

Today I wished a very happy retired life to comrade Vedagiri who is to retire tomorrow at a function organised by Velachery divisional Union at Rajbhavan exchange. He started his career as a casual Labour and complete his official life as Junior Engineer. Only in BSNL this is possible because NFTE has revolutionised the Scheme of Promotions through Time Bound Promotions and Restructuring of cadres scheme.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


The case of 52 TSMs working in erstwhile Chengleput SSA:

Today in the afternoon I was informed by both the CGM and GM(HR) a happy news about 52 TSMs they had received from the corporate office. I was told that the corporate office directed them to resubmit the files of those 52 TSMs for a review as the management was advised to reconsider their decision to dismiss them for allegations of tampering with their date of birth certificates . As they have all served for more than 20 years we took up this issue at the highest level and it seems our efforts are successful. I must thank the CGM/ GM ( HR) for their sympathetic handling of this issue from the beginning as it involved the livelihood of 52 families. Although the corporate Headquarters directed them to immediately dismiss all the 52 TSMs our CGM deliberately delayed the implementation and requested me to take up at higher level as all her efforts have failed and she was much worried about the impact of the dismissal of those 52 TSMs. We earnestly took up this issue even though many are not our members. But it is our concern about the life of 52 families that forced us to go to any extent. Anyway I am very happy and much relieved at the fag end of 2016 after this news.  Click1,


Madhavaram Divisional Conference:

Madhavaram Divisional Conference was held on 29-12-2016,front line leaders and comrades participated.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Unreasonable & illogical:

The CGM , Chennai Telephones has informed the GM( HR) that only after completion of meetings of all the FIVE local councils the Circle Council would be convened. This was communicated to our representatives today ( 28-12-16) when they met the GM ( HR) along with DGM ( HR) and demanded the immediate convening of Circle Council. We rejected this unreasonable and illogical condition put forth by the CGM for convening the very first meeting of the Circle Council after Seven months the results of the last membership verification were declared and two unions accorded due recognised status. We reminded the GM (HR) that only on his assurances that circle council would be conducted immediately NFTE postponed its agitation proposed on 01-12-2016 in front of CGM 's office for demanding convening of all councils without any further delay. Now the CGM is putting extraneous conditions only to avoid conductance of the Circle Council meeting. It will be ridiculous if Director ( HR) put forth similar conditions like our CGM that only after completion of all circle council meetings he could convene National Council meeting. NFTE will not tolerate this type of nonsense and illegal efforts to scuttle the rights of the recognised Unions. Hence we informed the GM ( HR) that if by 15-01-2017 the management doesn't notify the meeting for the first Circle Council meeting, the NFTE alongside the National Forum will begin agitation at the office of the CGM from 23-01-2017( Monday). We hope the CGM will realise her mistake and act asper the orders of the Corporate office on the functioning of Circle/ Local councils and avoid unnecessary confrontation with the trade Unions.


We thank the GM( HR) and DGM ( HR):

We thank the GM( HR) and DGM ( HR) on 28-12-2016 for their help and cooperation in the reinstatement of Comrades Anbu and Palani.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


BSNL constitutes wage revision Committee:

BSNL constitutes wage revision Committee for Non Executives. But there is no union representative in the Committee from both the recognized union. We should fight for our representation in the Committee.  Click1,


Good News:

BSNL pensioners/Family pensioners will be happy as their long pending demand for pension revision as and when the Central government employees get the revision of pension is effected. Now orders have been issued by DOT to BSNL to effect pension revision. Accordingly all the pensioners / Family pensioners in BSNL who were receiving pension/ Family pension as on 01-01-2016 as per the central pension rules- 1972 will get revision of pension with effect from 01-01-2016 according to the Pension revision recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission for the Central government employees.
NFTE salute the greatest leader of Telecom, Com. OPG in this historic occasion for his uncompromising struggle to safeguard Government Pension from Government Funds to the former DOT employees even after the corporatisation. Now after 16 long years our pensioners are not only continue getting pension from the government funds but also will get automatic pension revision as and when Central pension is revised. His achievement through the United 3 days strike in September 2000 is indeed a World wonder till this day as nowadays even Central/State government employees are not getting their pension from consolidated Fund but through their own monthly savings ( Contributory Pension) by the implementation of New Pension Scheme adopted in 2004. We have to remember the achievements of Gupta always, whose death anniversary is falling on 6 th of January. Chennai Telephones circle Union will observe his death anniversary dutifully on 06-01-2017 at Thiruvallur by garlanding his statue erected there. We invite everyone to come and participate in this function to pay our respects to this immortal Union Leader.


Happy comebacks!!:

We are very happy to help two comrades comeback to our BSNL company this month. One was Com. Anbu , T.T of Maraimalai Nagar. He was dismissed from service several years ago. But on his appeal the Madras High court ordered his reinstatement in 2015 itself as the charges against him were not proved by the CBI.But the management took more than a year to implement this court order. We intervened with both Corporate office and DOT personally and finally the reinstatement order was issued last week. We are thankful to both GM( HR) and DGM( HR) for posting him at Perumalpet exchange nearer to his residence as per our request.Thus a comrade who was out in cold for more than 10 years is now back amidst us. It gives us both happiness and a sense of satisfaction and

fulfilment of a duty.
The second one was related to Com. Palani, a T T of Virugambakkam exchange. 3 months ago he has resigned his job of course without knowing that he may completely loose his pension and other benefits despite being in service for 20 years. When he realised this blunder everything was over and the management accepted his resignation promptly of course on his compulsion only. We intervene once again to save the situation with both GM( HR) and Corporate office. Finally he has rejoined today for duty after his earlier resignation was permitted to be withdrawn . We thank the management for this good gesture.
Both these comrades have expressed their sincere thanks for the steps taken by our circle Union. We are happy at the relief and joy experienced by both the families. We wish them a very Happy New year ahead for them in 2017.  Click1,


Modi is Proved Wrong on Demonetisation!:

Now Modi and his people are mortally afraid that all the money (1000/500 notes) in circulation on that fateful day (08-11-2016) may be back by 31-12-16 disproving them. when our Prime Minister very hastily announced his war on Black Money by declaring unilaterally all the notes of 1000 and 500 as invalid with immediate effect It was estimated approximately 15 lac crores valued were in circulation. Out of which already 14 lac crores got deposited in the banks.Yet 10 more days are there for to exchange invalid notes. May be on 31-12-16 every single 1000/ 500 rupees note would have been deposited in the banks. Then where is the Huge amount of Black money has vanished that was supposed to be there. All stories are now stand busted. Then why this foolish decision which kept our people in such difficult and awkward position for the last 42 days and may continue for next one year. Modi should step down from his position and accept his grave blunder which disrupted our economy and development . As 1000/ 500 notes are pouring in to the banks the BJP government deliberately put conditions to stop people depositing the invalid noted they have with them. That is the reason now they put a limit of 5000 rupees exchange that too only once upto 31-12-2016.What a fool he is!.


NFTCL to be organised in Thiruvallur District on 06-01-17:

Today senior comrades of Thiruvallur district met and decided to organise the district Union of NFTCL on the death anniversary of veteran TU leader OPG . To fulfil this job effectively a three member committee has been constituted. President: com. P. Gopal , Madhavaram
Secretary: com K. Babu, Gummidipundi
Treasurer: com K. Arumugam, Avadi.


Thiruvallur District NFTE-BSNL executive committee meeting:

On 17-12-2016 at Ambathur exchange the meeting was held mainly to plan the ensuing District Conference of the Union on 06-01-2017 in Thiruvallur . January-6 is Com. O.P. Gupta's death anniversary and hence his statue will be garlanded and a minute silence will be observed and thereafter the District conference will begin with flag hoisting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Avadi Division NFTE-BSNL conference on 17-12-2016:

Avadi Division NFTE-BSNL conference was held on 17-12-2016.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Ennore Division Conference:

The divisional conference of NFTE in Ennore was held on 16-12-16 at Manali exchange.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


95% Successful strike in Chennai Telephones:

Today's one day nation wide strike to oppose the formation of separate tower company was a huge success in Chennai Telephones. Leaders of NFTE, BSNLEU, TEPU , FNTO and SNEA comrades CKM, Govindarajan, Vijayakumar, Lingamoorthy, Elavarasu, Elangovan and Panchatcharam addressed jointly in a lunch hour demonstration held in front of the main telecom complex in Flower Bazaar. We thank all the employees and executives who have participated in this historic strike action on 15-12-2016.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


December-15 Nation wide one day Strike campaign Meetings:

The following meetings will be organised by National Forum on the time and date mentioned 13-12-2016 (Tuesday)
11.00 AM---- K.K. Nagar exchange
04.00 PM---- Kellys exchange
14-12-2016 (Wednesday)
11.00 AM---- Madhavaram exchange
01.30 PM-- GM(South) Office, Guindy


Needless Confusion?:

The administration of BSNL in both Chennai Telephones and Tamilnadu seems somewhat confused unnecessarily to declare full day leave on 06-12-2016 on account of the funeral of our beloved CM. Some of the officers put forth an useless argument that only half a day's leave could be granted for chennai staff. They have forgotten conveniently that a national mourning was declared on 06-12-2016 by the Government of India and full day holiday was granted on account of Miss. Jayalalitha's sad demise and funeral. BSNL being a PSU under the Government of India is duty bound to implement this decision throughout the country.The people observed condolence in Whole of Tamilnadu voluntarily by closing all shops.The road transport was totally absent. Hence why the brilliant officers are confused I don't know?



We are extremely sorry to announce the death of Mrs. Leelavati Singh , beloved wife of the General Secretary Of NFTE-BSNL after a prolonged illness in Bihar at about 10.30 am. We pay our respectful homage to the departed soul.RIP.


A good Political Culture!:

Today while watching the T V channels I found four VVIPs came from Kerala to pay the last respects to the departed leader and former CM ,Jayalalitha . They all come as one delegation from the state of Kerala.
1.Governor Sathasivam
2.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
3.Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala
4.Former CM, Oommen Chandy. The Governor is a non-politician. He was a former judge of the Supreme Court . He was an appointee of BJP government.
The CM is a CPI(M) party leader. The former CM is a Congress party leader. The Leader of Opposition is also a well known Congress party leader.
Both the ruling alliance (LDF )and the Opposition alliance (UDF) in Kerala are opposing each other very bluntly both inside and outside the State Assembly on political, economical and Social policies day in and day out. Yet they came jointly in one delegation to Tamilnadu without any ego or animosity as such. But in Tamilnadu we can't dream about such things on issues affecting the interests of Tamilnadu or Tamil people. Even to attend a marriage or funeral as of now both the DMK and AIADMK leaders avoid jointly going there for very silly political reasons. That is why the matured and decent Political culture exist in our neighbouring State of Kerala make me immensely happy. When should we expect such good and decent behaviour from Tamilnadu politicians?Or expecting this is too much?.


Great Loss to the people of Tamilnadu:

Our beloved CM is no more. It is a very big loss to all of us in Tamilnadu. NFTE-BSNL very respectfully pays its last respects to the departed leader. As a mark of respect all functions/meetings from today are cancelled for next three days till 08-12-16.


டெய்லர்ஸ் ரோடு குடியிருப்பு வளாகத்தில் Dr.அம்பேத்கரின் 49 வது நினைவுதினத்தை ஒட்டி மலரஞ்சலி.:

டெய்லர்ஸ் ரோடு குடியிருப்பு வளாகத்தில் Dr.அம்பேத்கரின் 49 வது நினைவுதினத்தை ஒட்டி மலரஞ்சலி.  Click1,  Click1,


Staff side meeting on 05-12-2016:

The staff side members of Circle Council met at Flower Bazaar formally today under the presidentship of Com. C K M, the leader of the staff side to finalise the agenda points for the next CC meeting. Com. K.Govindarajan , the Secretary of the Staff side proposed agenda points. After a detailed discussion the agenda points were finalised unanimously. We thank all the members of the Staff Side for their participation in the meeting and contributions in unanimously finalising the agenda points for the Circle Council.


Notice for one day strike against formation of subsidary tower company:

Notice for one day strike against formation of subsidary tower company by Nationl forum.  Click1,


இந்திய கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சித் தலைவர் நல்லக்கண்ணுவின் மனைவி ரஞ்சிதம் இன்று காலை காலமானார்.:

உடல் நலக் குறைவு காரணமாக சென்னை தனியார் மருத்துவமனையில் சிகிச்சை பெற்று வந்த ரஞ்சிதம், சிகிச்சை பலனின்றி இன்று காலை உயிரிழந்தார். இந்தியக் கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சியின் மூத்த தலைவர் தோழர் ஆர் நல்லகண்ணு அவர்களின் மனைவி திருமதி.ரஞ்சிதம் அம்மையார் (வயது 82) இன்று (01.12.2016) காலை 10.30 மணி அளவில் சென்னை மருத்துவமனையில் காலமானார் என்பதை ஆழ்ந்த வருத்தத்துடன் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம்.
ஸ்ரீவைகுண்டம் அன்னாசாமி தேவர் சந்தோசியம்மாள் தம்பதிகளின் மகளான ரஞ்சிதம் அம்மையாருடன் பிறந்த சகோதரர் 3 பேரும், சகோதரிகள் 6 பேரும் கொண்ட பெரிய குடும்பத்தில் பிறந்தவர். இவரது தந்தை தேவர் சாதிவெறி ஆதிக்கத்தை எதிர்த்து போராடியதாலும், அடிதட்டு மக்களுக்கு ஆதரவாக நின்றதாலும் சில சாதிவெறியர்களால் படுகொலை செய்யப்பட்டவர். சமூக நல்லிணக்கத்திலும், மனிதாபிமானமாக செயல்படுதிலும் ஆர்வமுள்ள குடும்பத்தை சார்ந்தவர்.
கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சியின் தீவிர ஊழியரான தோழர் நல்லகண்ணு ரஞ்சிதம் அம்மையாரின் திருமணம் காலச்சென்ற கம்யூனிஸ்ட் இயக்கத்தின் தலைவரான தோழர் ப.மாணிக்கம் தலைமையில் நடைபெற்றது. இவர்களுக்கு காசிபாரதி, ஆண்டாள் என இரு மகள்கள் உள்ளனர். காசிபாரதி ஆசிரியராகவும், ஆண்டாள் மருத்துவராகவும் பணிபுரிந்து வருகின்றனர்.ஆசிரியர் பணியில் சேர்ந்த ரஞ்சிதம் அம்மையார் படிப்படியாக உயர்ந்து ஸ்ரீவைகுண்டம் அருகில் உள்ள மணல்விளை ஒன்றிய தொடக்க பள்ளி தலைமை ஆசிரியராக பணிபுரிந்து ஓய்வுபெற்றவர்.தோழர் நல்லகண்ணு வின் பொதுவாழ்கை வெற்றிகரமாக அமையவும், மக்களின் நன்மதிப்பை பெறவும் இவரது ஆதரவும், ஒத்துழைப்பும் குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.
கணவரின் பொதுவாழ்க்கையையும்;, குழந்தைகளின் எதிர்காலத்தையும் சிறப்பாக பராமரித்து வந்த ரஞ்சிதம் அம்மையார் கல்வி பணியில் தலைசிறந்த மாணவர்களை உருவாக்கி வந்தார். அன்னாரின் உடலுக்கு நாளை (02.12.2016) மாலை 4 மணிக்கு அவரது சொந்த ஊரான ஸ்ரீவைகுண்டத்தில் இறுதி காரியங்கள் நடைபெறும் என்பதை தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம். அன்னாரை இழந்து தவிக்கும் அவரது குடும்பத்தாருக்கும், அனைத்து தோழர்களுக்கும் ஆழ்ந்த இரங்கலை தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம்.


Circle Union Secretariat Meeting:

On 01-12-16 ( Thursday) at 3 pm the meeting of secretariat will be held in Union office at Flower Bazaar exchange complex. It will discuss and decide the campaign for one day nationwide strike to demand dropping of the proposal for the formation of statutory separate Tower Company. All the 15 members of the circle secretariat should attend this meeting in time.


Condolence Meeting:

To pay our respectful homages to Comrade Fidel Castro a meeting was organised on 29-11-16 at Flower Bazaar exchange compound in which Comrades R N K , C K M , Jeevanandam, Gandhimathi Chandrasekaran and Babu shared their grief and paid rich tributes. A portrait of Dr. Castro was unveiled by comrade R. Nallakannu. All comrades paid their respects by showering flowers.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Where Mr.Modi is living?In India or Elsewhere:

In his radio speech our PM advised the people of India to switch over to Cashless economy. He exhorted all of us to make use of Wallets/ Apps for any and every transactions so that Corruption and Black Money may be eradicated from India. After his speech I was confused and perplexed. I have a strong doubt whether Mr. Modi is actually living in India or day dreaming about India!.
Out of 125 crore people only one crore people have access to the so called wallets and Pay TMs. Many of our villages are yet to have mobile connectivity and some even lacks electricity and basic sanitation facilities. Rural India still witness the scavengers removing the human excreta. Many of our people do not have the basic and fundamental things of life like food, shelter and dress to cover the body despite our country won freedom 70 years ago. Mr . Modi looked to me a joker when he talk about Bullet Trains in India when our people are killed systematically and very frequently by accidents on Railways. Like wise he is preaching to the people of India standing from Ivory towers to switch over to digital banking when many of our people still not having a respectable bank balance in their SB accounts. Still Indians are giving missed calls to contact others since they don't have any balance in their mobile recharge account. This is the situation of Middle and salaried class in our country. Only very few lucky and blessed people have the internet access 24 hours on their mobile phone. More than 10 lacs poor farmers and agricultural labourers had committed suicide due to the inability to repay their debts . However the Governments have no shame to write off lacks of crores of bad debts of Corporates and rich industrialists every now and then.
There are 2 India.One is occupied by 115 crore people. The other one is occupied by a minority 10 crore people mainly neo rich and wealthy. May be Mr. Modi is talking and preaching only for this minority section as he wrongly feels that only the Rich people are qualified to be the citizens of India and others who form the majority of our population does not qualify to live in India. He will soon realise his mistake by lessons learnt from our countrymen.


Comrade Fidel: Some Little known facts:

1. Though Castro overthrew the Cuban Dictator Batista through an armed struggle in 1959 he was not a leader of Communist Party at that time. Only after 6 years of becoming the Prime Minister of Cuba in 1965 Fidel formed Communist Party of Cuba.
2.Comrade Fidel addressed the U .N .General Assembly in 1960 for continuously 4 hour and 28 minutes which is still a record which is not broken.
3. When the Summit meeting of the Non- Aligned Movement was held in 1983 at New Delhi, the Chairman of PLO ( Palestine Liberation Organisation) threatened to walk out of the conference. But at the request of Mrs. Indra Gandhi, Fidel pacified Yasir Arafat and changed his decision. Thus he avoided a big embarrassment to both India and NAM.
4.Comrade Fidel faced 634 assassination attempts by U.S. Government in fifty years ever since he overthrew it's puppet Batista in 1959.


Homage to the Revolutionary leader Com.fidel castro:

To pay homage to this great revolutionary leader a condolence meeting is jointly being organized by both NFTE and NFTCL in Flower Bazaar complex on 29/11/2016(Tuesday) at 02.00PM. Many trade union leaders will participate and speak on the role of comrade Castro in fighting the imperealism globally for more than 50 years. Veteran freedom fighter and very senior Communist leader R. Nallakannu will attend and pay rich tributes to thr greatest leader of the people. All are requested to attend this meeting in time with out fail.


Bon Voyage to Com.Islam:

Our National President Islam Is leaving India today at 6 pm ( 25.11.2016) from New Delhi to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. He is expected to be back on the New year Day on 01-01-2017. Chennai Telephones circle Union warmly greets him a very happy journey.


Grand function to mark 63 rd NFPTE anniversary on 24-11-16 in Chromepet exchange:

With the Participation of AITUC State President K. Subbarayan, Ex M.P and comrades CKM, Ashokraj ,Rajasekaran, Ramasamy, Elangovan and Ravi the function was very grand. More than 300 comrades took part in it. Com . K.Subbarayan delivered the keynote address in the seminar on the "Role of Trade unions in Safeguarding PSU companies ". At the beginning of the function red flag was hoisted amidst busting of crackers and shouting of slogans.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,


Chromepet Divisional Conference:

On 24-11-2016 the district conference of CHR was held in Telephone exchange. Circle Secretary C K M conducted the election of office bearers after a lengthy speech on the current situation in the country and BSNL. He thanked the GM(HR) for helping to solve the following issues. 1.Reinstatement of Com. Anbu , a dismissed T.T
2.Revocation of Suspension of Com. Manoharan,T.T
3.Permission to withdraw the resignation of com.palani,T.T
The Circle Secretary explained the danger of proposal to form a separate Statutory Tower company and the need to stop it at any cost. He also touched upon the urgency in forming the third wage review committee for the non-executive employees as the pay review committee of executives has already began its work. The conference reelected Com. T. Satya as the Divisional Secretary.  Click1,  Click2,


A grand Farewell to Com. S. Muthukumar, Circle Union Vice-President:

A grand Farewell to Com. S. Muthukumar, Circle Union Vice-President who is retiring on 31-12-2016 is being arranged at STP / CGM office on the last day of this year. He was honoured today by Circle Secretary at Chromepet function.  Click1,


Dangerous trend set by Modi is actually against Parliamentary Democracy itself:

As a Prime Minister Narendra Modi is duty bound to explain his decision on Demonetisation to the people's representatives in both the Houses of Parliament.But he refused to attend the on going Parliament session first after the Demonetisation. Instead of explaining his decision to MPs Mr. Modi sought opinion of the people directly through social media. This is a very wrong and dangerous trend set by Modi which will cut the very roots of the Parliamentary Democracy. As he is stubborn not to attend the Parliament and agreed to participate in the debate already both the Houses of Parliament are deadlocked. In any other country the PM would have addressed the Parliament and explain the rationale behind the government's move to Members of Parliament first.But Modi is different!
If he really wants to know the opinion of the People of India on Demonetisation he must have the guts to hold a referendum on this throughout the country immediately. Instead asking people to use Modi App to express their opinions on the ill conceived and very badly executed Demonetisation is only a eye wash!
Even after 15 days the situation in our country is unsettled and people are on the roads to get their hard earned money from banks whereas the rich and powerful are untouched in any manner by the Government's policy. The Opposition parties must burry their hatchet and shed their bloated ego in the interest of poor people to unitedly fight this pro rich Communal semi facist government led by RSS.


Letter Received from Regional Labour Commissioner,Pune!:

Letter Received from Regional Labour Commissioner, Pune on the representation of the General Secretary, NFTCL.  Click1,  Click2,


Historic Blunder of Mao & Modi!:

The debate over Demonetisation in our country is not objective but only subjective. BJP/RSS supporters hail Modi for this bold action whereas the people with little common sense are aghast at this cavalier and irresponsible decision of Narendra Modi. In a country of more than one billion people any small change in government's policy is undoubtedly bound to affect crores of the population. By demonetisation one cannot abolish or fight Black Money. It should be stopped at the very root which Modi does not like.
In 1958 the Supreme Leader of China, Chairman Mao ordered to kill all sparrows over the Chinese Skyline as he thought the Sparrows tend to eat out farmer's grain seeds which very much affected the farmers. As usual it was hailed as a bold step by a strong leader. Indeed all most every Sparrow was killed and they were totally wiped out. But there were negative consequences and impacts on Agriculture itself.Normally Sparrows ate locusts. As they were wiped out completely at the call of Chairman Mao , the locusts proliferated and destroyed all standing crops. There was famine, Hunger and Starvation throughout China. Nearly 45 million people died of starvation in three years. At the beginning Mao( like Modi) exhorted the people to bear with the inconvenience and pain but the pain never ended.
This crude approach of both Modi and Mao stemmed from their delusion that a leader of a country could redesign an entire society to conform to a master plan. Hitler of Germany and Pol Pot of Cambodia and few other leaders apart from Mao had this type of delusion. But eventually everyone of them failed and some of them even committed suicide . Naturally history will repeat in India also.
Only six percent of Black money is kept in the form of cash. Further in the present day situation 1000/500 notes are not really high denomination notes. These notes actually constitute 85% of the money in circulation. Over 90% of transactions in India are cash transactions only.Moreover 90% of the cash in India is not Black money .Due to the policy of Demonetisation announced by Modi every section of Indian population is suffering, our economy is in doldrums. Markets are empty. It is better for Modi and his men to withdraw the foolish order as early as possible and tender public apologies to the people for this misadventure. This only will bring back the economy back to rails and return the normalcy in to the daily life of our people.


Middle class was hit hardly:

The banks have lowered the interest rate for Fixed Deposits utilising the mess created by Modi government in the sphere of economics/ Finance. Already our country men were tempted to invest in the highly speculative Stock market to get higher returns since steadily the interest rate for Fixed deposits and Saving accounts were reduced by successive central governments. Now the people are rushing to banks for investment due to demonetisation. Using this opportunity the bank managements are trying to get enhanced profits are looting the middle class people . Our people are facing great difficulties due to the impact of Demonetisation first and now by the reduction of interest for Fixed Deposits.


Ambathur Divisional Conference:

On 19-11-2016 the divisional Union conference of NFTE was held in Ambathur exchange .Com. Mahendran was reflected as Divisional Secretary.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Adyar Division Conference:

On 18-11-16 the conference of Adyar divisional Union NFTE was held at Adyar telephone exchange. Com. Paneer Selvam was unanimously elected as the Divisional Secretary.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Demonstration against formation of separate tower company:

National Forum in Chennai Telephones will organise a powerful and massive lunch hour demonstration on 25-11-2016 in Anna road exchange compound to protest against the proposal of the management/ Government to form a separate statutory Tower Company. As per the decision of the national leadership we will prepare our employees to participate in a day's strike on 15-12-2016 if our demand for retaining the 60000 mobile towers throughout India under the control of BSNL as of now is not accepted by the Management/ Government. This partial modification of Dharna programme in to Lunch hour demonstration was due to our Seminar and 63 rd Federation Day fixed on 24-11-16 for which elaborate arrangements were already made by the circle Union in cooperation with Chromepet Divisional Union under Kanchipuram District Union.


63-rd Federation Day- Seminar on 24-11-16 at Chromepet Exchange:

A Seminar on the role of Trade Unions in Safeguarding Public Sector Companies will be organised by the Circle Union. It will be inaugurated by Former MP and veteran CPI leader K. Subbarayan , Tamilnadu State AITUC President . All are requested to avail a day's special Casual leave on 24-11-16 to participate in this important Seminar. Our Branch/Division/District Secretaries and Circle Union Office bearers must attend the seminar and also gather our comrades in large number for this seminar and 63 rd NFPTE formation anniversary.


What is the real intention?:

Asper the data released by Reserve Bank of India , the total amount of money circulation in the country is rupees 16 lakh crores. Of which the demonetised 1000/500 notes alone are 14 lakh crores. The Union government's reasoning for its demonetisation of High value rupee notes was the assumption that unaccounted / ill gotten money was stored only in these high value rupee notes. But then why Modi government is again printing and releasing high value rupee notes in the form of 2000 notes ? If 500/1000 notes could help generation of Black Money the same is the case of 2000 notes. There is no logic in declaration of 1000/500 notes invalid abruptly without any advance planning and alternate arrangements and printing of 2000 notes.
It is ridiculous to put restrictions on our people to withdraw their own money from their bank accounts.Now adding insult to injury ink marks are being put on the fingers of the common man who exchange these invalid notes. I think it is a blunder on the part of the BJP government to declare demonetisation of 1000/500 notes and hence it has to withdraw this foolish decision at once to save the economy and life of our people. Black Money is not stacked in 1000/500 notes. It is safely invested in real estate deals, Foreign Banks and in the form of gold/jewellery. ATM means Any Time Money. But now majority of ATMs are closed and very few are opened that too without cash in it. BJP people say it is a surgical strike on Black Money but our experience is it is only a carpet bombing on the general public by Modi government.


Modi is fighting the war on Black Money in the company of Ambani and Adani?:

Since the arbitrary declaration of Modi on the evening of 08-11-2016 the poor and middle class people of our country are facing their worst financial crises of course made / generated by Modi and Jaitley Company. Nobody is against unearthing of Black money or abolition of Black market. The NDA government has not touched the enormous amount of Black money stacked in Swiss bank accounts by very rich and powerful people. Modi promised to Indian electorate during the last Parliamentary elections that he will unearth Black money accounts in Swiss banks of Indian citizen. He also promised to deposit Rs.15 lacs in to every Indian's Savings bank account . But even after two years his promise is still unkept. He is now refusing to reveal the names of the 612 Swiss Bank account holders which were supplied to the Indian Government long ago. Not only this, Modi Government is following the wrong path of the Congress government by refusing to divulge the names of defaulters who have cheated the Banks. Why? The money deposited in our banks are the hard earned amount of our people particularly belong to poor and middle classes. Yet our Hero(Namo) is trying to save the faces of those rich men/women who wilfully looted the public money. After all these we have no faith in the words of Modi/Amit Shah.


Grand Marriage Reception at Chithur on 12-11-2016:

Miss. Divya Bharathi ( Daughter of Com. T. R.Rajasekaran, Secretary ( CHQ) NFTE-BSNL) weds Mr. Pradeep . The reception was attended by hundreds of comrades including NFTE , TEPU Union leaders. Our circle Union wish the newly married couple a very happy and bright future.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Long live the newly married couple:

On 11-11-16 our Circle Union Treasurer C. Ravi 's daughter Mahalakshmi got married to Mr. K. Dinesh Kumar . The reception was arranged to celebrate their marriage at Tambaram in which hundreds of our comrades including active members and leaders of NFTE enthusiastically participated. Our Circle Union greets the newly married couple a bright future.  Click1,


Tambaram Divisional Conference:

At Tambaram RSU, the Divisional Conference was held. Com. M.Sarangapani was reelected as Divisional Secretary.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


GPF advance Payment on 15/16 November:

The funds for the GPF advance payment was received on 10-11-2016 itself. As the management fixed tenth of every month as the last date to receive the applications for GPF advance from our employees it needs to wait for few more days to confirm the final position of applications and hence the actual payment may be on 15 or 16 November only it seems.


NFTE and NFTCL Conferences in Chengalpet on 10-11-16:

At Chengalpet exchange NFTCL Kanchipuram District Conference and NFTE divisional conference were held jointly on November-10.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Demonstration Decision Withdrawn:

The General Council meeting on 08-11-16 took a decision to hold a lunch hour demonstration in front of CGM's office on December-2 to demand the convening of Councils and Works committees with out any further delay.The GM ( HR & Admn) today informed our C S that the management is preparing to convene the Circle Council and other committees in November/ December. In View of the above information proposed Demonstration on 02-12-2016 now stands withdrawn. Our union office bearers and activists must take note of this development.


Kanchipuram Divisional Conference:

On 09-11-16 the conference of Kanchipuram division NFTE was held at old exchange at Kanchipuram .Com. S. Gopal was elected as Divisional Secretary.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


General Council Meeting on 08-11-2016:

The meeting of the extended circle executive committee was held at Dinroz RSU compound . First instalment of bonus donation was handed over by District unions. A sum of Rs.63100/-- collected from our members were given to circle Union . It was decided to hand over the balance amount latest by 24/11/16 . The meeting also decided to seek clarifications from the management regarding the enquiry panel on Annanagar incidents. On 02-12-2016 during lunch hour massive demonstration will be held in front of CGM's office to demand functioning of Councils and works committees without further delay.The management is delaying the functioning of these councils on the pretext of non submission of nominees by BSNLEU. The meeting expressed concern over the inordinate delay in reconstituting the council/ works committees although the recognition to the unions were extended in May 2016 itself.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


BSNL management × Supreme Court:

When Supreme Court bats for the most exploited Contract Labourers the management of a Public Sector - BSNL sent out a order very recently directing the officers/ executives not to discuss the issues of Contract labourers with any union . It took shelter under the shadow of Contract Labour( Regulation and abolition)ACT, 1970. It seems the management in BSNL using the distinction between an employer and of a principal employer. As contract Labourers are not employed directly by BSNL and were only utilised for work through contractors, the management wish to escape from its responsibilities.
But it has not studied the Industrial Dispute Act which define who is workmen ? One who works in a factory or establishment whether he is permanent or casual or contract must be treated as a workmen of that organisation. A district court judgment largely went unnoticed in the case of chandrasekar brand etc Vs Sunbeam Auto workers union in the Gurgaon District Court ruled that any one who is employed can participate in union activities whether permanent or on contract. Further section 2 (g) of the Trade unions Act, 1926 defines a workmen for the purpose of a trade union, as all persons employed in the trade or industry whether or not in the employment of the employer with whom the Trade disputes arises.
Hence it is crystal clear that contract labourers are workmen of BSNL as they are employed by it directly or through contractors. It had to address their grievances and discuss with their union their issues. We hope better sense will prevail upon the management soon with out forcing us to drag it to the courts to withdraw the said order directing the officers not to discuss the issues related to contract labourers with any union.


Welfare State!:

The two judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justices J.S. Khehar and S.A. Bobde said in a recent judgment on payment of wages to Contract Labours that is equal to that of a regular employee who performs the same duties and responsibilities . Few paras of the said outspoken and historic judgment is given below for information and appreciation:
"An employee engaged for the same work cannot be paid less than another who performs the same duties and responsibilities . Certainly not in a welfare state.Such an action besides being demeaning , strikes at the very foundation of human dignity."
"Anyone who is compelled to work at a lesser wage does not do so voluntarily. He does so to provide food and shelter to his family at the cost of his self respect and dignity,at the cost of his self worth and at the cost of his integrity.


Third wage revision committee is in the offing:

BSNL management informed both the recognised unions today. It seems our National Forum's two phased agitation on 13 point charter of demands including formation of Third wage revision on 18-10-2016 and 24-10-2016 has broken the ice.  Click1,


Very Good Judgment from Supreme Court:

The contract Labourers of both Punjab and Haryana States approached respective High Courts to ensure wages to them that are prescribed in the Minimum Wages Act. But the said High Courts did not accept their demand for minimum wages as per the law. They stood with the employers/ Contractors. Hence those contract Labourers naturally preferred an appeal in the highest court of the country.
On their appeal a two judge bench of the Supreme Court has now delivered a very good judgment recently. Though the concerned Contract Labourers demanded only the minimum wages as per the Act , the Supreme Court in its historic judgment granted them higher wages. It cited the constitution of India to order them equal pay that is given to a regular/ permanent employee who does the same nature/ type of job. The concept of Equal Pay for Equal work is enacted by the apex Court for Contract Labourers for the first time. This judgment will help the cause of the contract Labourers in all the sectors. The State/ Central governments must implement this judgment in Government sector, Public Sector and Private Sector with out any delay.


63-rd Federation Day:

Our mighty NFPTE federation was formed by Postal & Telegraph employees on 24-11-1954. Although trade union movement was there in P&T even before the country's Independence in 1947 in the form of Postal clubs since 1906 it was only in 1954 November Realignment Scheme proposed by then minister of communications Babu Jagjeevan Ram NFPTE was formed to serve postal, RMS , Telegraph Engineering employees. Majority cadre wise unions merged to form the compulsory federation of NFPTE with nine unions each one for P3, P4,R3, R4, E3, E4, T3,T4 and A 3&4. The NFPTE was there as a single recognised Union for entire P&T employees for 14 long years. Only when it spearheaded the Central Government Employees nationwide Strike in 1968 the Congress government in power de recognised NFPTE and effected a split in the Federation with the help of few congress minded leaders along with some disgruntled persons who were unhappy with the leadership of committed and sincere communist leaders. After recognising FNPTO which was later affiliated to INTUC the then congress Government helped Mr. K. Ramamurthy and others to organise that new federation at branch and circle levels. But despite the money power and political support extended by the ruling party FNPTO could not grow and Spread throughout India. After won back the full pledged recognition the NFPTE maintained its supremacy as majority of P&T employees had the confidence only on NFPTE.
During emergency Mrs. Indra Gandhi government tried to finish NFPTE and organised disruption particularly in E3 Union which was led by our great leader O.P. Gupta. But we defeated the disruption despite Emergency. Comrade D. Gnanaiah who was the Secretary General of NFPTE was forced to go on Retirement from postal service. We fought the disruption of NFPTE from with in and out successfully.
However after the formation of Janata party government in 1977 our minister Brij Lal Verma who was a nominee of RSS( erstwhile Jansangh)once again began disruption of NFPTE . This time he recognised in violation of rules one more Federation BPTEF affiliated to BMS, the trade union of RSS.
Only NFPTE was not affiliated to any political party or Central Trade union. NFPTE's Golden Rule was / is it will neither behave like an opposition party nor bent backwards to support the Government in power as a stooge. This time tested policy of supporting good decisions and opposing the wrong and bad decisions of the government in power safeguarded the NFPTE from right wing and Left wing extremists till 1980s. When P&T was bifurcated in to Department of Posts and Department of Telecommunications the CPM followers bent upon splitting the NFPTE immediately to get rid of CPI leadership. At the Kolkatta Federal Council Session ( I was one who attended it as a member of the Federal council and witnessed the bifurcation ) NFPTE was made in to Two . NFPE to represent Postal/ RMS employees and NFTE to represent Telegraphs and telephone employees. Even this did not satisfy the power hungry CPM comrades who ultimately split the NFTE to form a CPM/ CITU backed union in Telecom. That was the birth of BSNLEU . We still follow the NFPTE's golden thumb rule and do not politicalise the trade union issues and principles . We are the heirs of NFPTE and follow scrupulously the rich traditions of NFPTE.
This year on 24-11-2016, the Chromepet Divisional union has organised the Federation Day . A meeting and special stone culvert opening to mark the 63rd Federation Day is being planned in which many senior leaders are expected to participate and speak on the rich history and achievements of Great NFPTE. All are requested to attend this function at 3 pm on November-24( Thursday) inside Chromepet exchange complex.


Let the Constitution works:

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in the open court criticised the Narendra Modi Government for not accepting the recommendations for new judges and wantonly delays the appointment of judges to both Supreme Court and High Courts. It is true that lot of vacancies in the judiciary are kept pending for several years after the Supreme Court rejected the plan of Modi Government to choose favourable Hindutva judges in the name of judicial appointments commission instead of recommendations based upon the collegium of Supreme Court senior judges.
According to available information out of 31 judges posts sanctioned for Supreme Court only 26 are now filled up. Similarly in the 24 High courts throughout the country there are 615 vacancies kept unfilled for a long time. In Karnataka state many courts are closed down due to non availability of Judges. All these will hamper the delivery of justice in our country, where lakhs of cases are pending for long years. The justice delayed is equal to justice denied only . Yet Modi government is sleeping over finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure( MoP) which will hasten the appointment of new judges. There is a rumour that RSS, the extra constitutional authority of present time is analysing by a secret cell each and every appointment including Judges to the Supreme Court and High courts to be made by the Modi Government. Modi is a puppet in the hands of RSS which is actually running the government without any accountability to either the Parliament or People of India. This is a very wrong precedent set by BJP.
Similarly many avoidable controversies are raised by Hindutva forces whenever BJP formed the government at centre. During Vajpayee period there was a move to rewrite the constitution and change over to the presidential form of Government . But both of them were defeated by the efforts of opposition parties. Now Modi government has started a vexed controversy on Common civil code. RSS / BJP men are shedding crocodile tears for the poor plight of Muslim women on the issue of divorce through triple Thalak. No doubt every religion is having evil practices which are to be eliminated. If untouchability and honour Killings are to be eliminated from Hindu religion , Triple Thalak and Polygomy had to be eliminated from Muslim religion. If BJP and RSS leaders are really interested in the upliftment of Muslim women let them give reservation to the educated and qualified among them in both education and Employment. In our country the Muslim community is under represented in each and every segment of public life including the Employment and Education . No government has ever taken necessary steps to remove this anomaly or to reverse this situation . In India Muslims are living in very large number than Pakistan and several other Muslim countries. Hence we need to respect their sentiments and do things for their upliftment instead of discriminating them and painting them as terrorists and traitors of the country. India will advance only through Secularism and will disintegrate if Hindu Communalists are allowed to tamper with the constitution of our motherland.


We Have to Honour Alliance Partners Early:

BSNL management once again reiterated that only members of two recognised unions could be accepted as nominees to councils at all level. Without changing this stand of the management merely forwarding the names of alliance unions is a futile exercise which may console the partners.Hence both recognised unions must impress upon the management to recognise the right of recognised unions to nominate any one of its choice. We can't understand the logic or reason behind this adamant stand of the BSNL management as it was turning a blind eye so far for the alliance business of every Union since 2002 in all the membership verifications. Unions should approach the court to get their point otherwise all these will be seen as a cheap trick to hoodwink the alliance unions which contributed to the vote share of both the recognised unions.


Grand Farewell to Com. Ramamurthy:

On 27-10-16 a grand farewell function was organised at YMCA hall in Flower Bazaar. Com. CKM and other leaders honoured him.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Massive Demonstration on 27-10-16 at Flower Bazaar:

Massive Demonstration on 27-10-16 at Flower Bazaar to protest against the decision of the management to form a separate subsidiary Tower Corporation.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


North Chennai District Conferance on 27-10-16:

North Chennai District Conferance on 27-10-16.The Conferance was attended by 170 comrades including 136 delegates from all the five divisions. On behalf of management GM( North), DGMs of North East, Kelly's, Anna Nagar , Kalmandapam and Finance participated . Com. CKM inaugurated the district Conferance. Com.J. Vijayakumar,CS /TEPU,NFTCL/CS com. Anandan, Secretary( CHQ) T.R. Rajasekaran and many leaders addressed the delegates session.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Porur Divisional Conferance:

On 26-10-16 at Karappakkam exchange the divisional Conferance was held.We congratulate comrades NVS, G.Nagarajan and Jayaraman who were unanimously elected as Divisional President, Divisional Secretary and Divisional Treasurer respectively at Porur Divisional Conferance.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


General Council Meeting Postponed to 08-11-2016:

As comrade CKM had to Attend the marriage reception of Miss. K. Chaithra , Daughter of Karnataka NFTE circle Union Treasurer A.C. Krishna Reddy on 01-11-2016 at Kolar our General council meeting on 01-11-2016 is postponed to 08-11-2016. The time and place remain the same. That is at Dinroze RSU at about 3 pm. All are requested to note the postponement and inform others.


NFTE-BSNL Harbour Divisional Conferance & NFTCL Harbour branch Conferance:

NFTE-BSNL Harbour Divisional Conferance & NFTCL Harbour branch Conferance held on 25-10-16.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


joint Conferance of NFTE and NFTCL in Harbour:

Today evening I addressed the joint Conferance of NFTE and NFTCL in Harbour area . There was all round happiness among our employees as bonus payment is ensured. For contract labourers also today the Dy. CLC ( C) issued an order to both the CGMs of Tamilnadu and Chennai Telephones to ensure by 30-11-2016 the payment of statutory bonus to all the contract labourers as per the provisions of Payment of bonus Act, 1965. The CGMs are requested to implement this order through all the contractors under them.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Bonus Payment:

Bonus will be paid along with Salary on 28-10-2016 in Chennai Telephones as per the corporate office instructions. All comrades are requested to contribute 200 rupees towards bonus donation. We thank all leaders for winning back the bonus after a long gap of eight years since 2009.


Massive Dharna on 24-10-16:

At Anna Nagar exchange on the call of the National Forum of BSNL Workers a massive demonstration was held from 11 am to 5 pm under the presidentship of Com. CKM. It was inaugurated by the General Secretary of PEWA, G.Masilamani. More than 350 comrades of NFTE, TEPU, SEWA, PEWA, OBCEWA and NFTCL. Convenor and TEPU Dy. GS J. Vijayakumar explained the 13 point charter of demands.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Demonstration on 27-10-16:

The Central HQ of NFTE along with alliance partners has called upon all employees to organise protest demonstration on 27 th October( Thursday) to oppose the decision to form a separate subsidiary Tower Corporation despite stiff resistance from all unions and associations in BSNL. Accordingly a powerful demonstration will be held on 27-10-2016 during lunch hour at Flower Bazaar complex. All are requested to attend it.
As on date BSNL is having nearly 60000 mobile towers throughout the country. It has spent crores of rupees to erect and maintain these towers. We are not against sharing our Towers with other operators for a charge to enhance the revenue of the company. But with out any reason or justification now a decision is being taken to form a separate subsidiary Tower corporation . This will take away the control of these towers away from BSNL management . Further BSNL will be forced to pay necessary charges for using them. This will naturally increase the expenditure of our company which is already not in good financial health. Broadband services were already brought under BBNL . Gradually only land line services may be left to maintain by BSNL. All these will ruin our company which is the long term aspiration of Narendra Modi government.
Hence all must mobilise to protest and stop this ill motivated decision.


Velachery-Rajbhavan divisional Conference:

On 20-10-16 at Velachery exchange the divisional conference was held under the presidentship of Com. Vedhagiri. Comrades MKR, CKM, Elumalai, Ravi , Ekambaram and Babu participated and greeted the conference. Com . Sreenivasan was elected as the new Divisional Secretary.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


General Council Meeting on 01-11-16:

The next meeting of the general council will be held on November-01(Tuesday) at 3 pm in Dinroze RSU complex.All are requested to attend the meeting of the general council of NFTE-BSNL in Chennai Telephones in time.


Impressive Demonstration by National Forum:

Impressive Demonstration by National Forum at CGM office on 18-10-16.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Bonus Donation:

he meeting of our circle Union secretariat was held on 18-10-16. It took a decision to collect Rs.200/-as donation during the bonus payment. It shall be distributed as below: CHQ....,Rs 50/-
Circle....Rs 50/-
District....Rs 50/-
Division....Rs 20/-
Branch...Rs 30/-
As NFTE was the main force behind the revival of Bonus after 8 years we are rightful in fixing donation on bonus payment. We are mainly responsible for our employees getting two years bonus . Our Union is pressing the management to effect bonus payment before Deepavali.


Kelleys Division conference on 17-10-16:

NFTE division conference and NFTCL branch conference were jointly held under the presidentship of Com. G. Palaniappan. Com . CKM inaugurated the conference. Circle Union office bearers MKR, Ravi, Dhansingh, Jayajothi, Mariappan,Kothandababu and many others participated. NFTCL state Treasurer Babu spoke at the meeting.Com. E.Raja was elected as new Division Secretary. Com. M. Sundaramurthy was elected as branch Secretary for NFTCL branch Union.TEPU Circle Secretary Vijayakumar, North Chennai District Secretary Anbu and District President Venkatesan also addressed the conference. North Chennai District NFTCL office bearers Parthiban and Kothandapani also participated and greeted the conference.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Shameful behaviour of few executives at Annanagar:

Our leaders were shocked at the rude and disrespectful behaviour of three executives Murugu Tamilarasu, Renuga Devi and Sendhil Kumar towards our comrades on 15-10-16. When our leaders met the DGM ( Annanagar) in his chamber he was very courteous and helpful. He agreed to implement the transfer order of com. Suguna which was kept pending deliberately. The DGM instructed over phone in our presence to Sri . Sendhil Kumar, SDE to issue relieving order for Com. Suguna immediately. But that SDE stubbornly refused and put a condition that unless com. Suguna withdraw her written complaint against him he will not relieve her. It was shocking that a SDE is exhibiting such a disobedience and insubordination to a DGM in this manner. However the said DGM behaved as a gentleman and through his DE he issued the said relieving order. We thanked him and left his chamber.
Sri. Murugu Tamilarasu, SDE who was in the downstairs provoked our comrades as he failed to stall the transfer of Com. Suguna in to the Test-desk of Annanagar. He gathered few SDE's including Smt. Renuga Devi,AGM and unnecessarily began quarrel with our members. While this was going on Smt. Renuga Devi was recording everything with her mobile which was rightly objected by us. It is illegal to record through video or audio without one's consent.
But an officer in the rank of AGM did that exactly. It is felt that something is terribly wrong in Annanagar. Executives are behaving like thugs and villains. For this they need to face the heat surely. In the shadow boxing of SNEA vs NFTE no one will be allowed to escape from such cheap gimmicks.
But as was expected the said executives gathered few more executives who were not at all present during this incident and went to police and CGM to make false complaint on our comrades of course with the full backing of BSNLEU . If officer's association can behave like this with impunity and revenge towards staff the only way to safeguard our interest is to fight against such indiscipline and insubordination. We think Annanagar needs a complete overhaul in the middle management.


Inspiring Dharna at Chepauk Guest in Chennai on 15-10-16 by NFTCL, Tamilnadu:

. More than 500 contract Labourers from all over Tamilnadu took part in this Dharna. Com. Mali,president presided. Comrades CKM, S.Anandan, Ramasamy, Mari, Vijayakumar, Asokarajan, Anbalagan, Rajasekaran and Elangovan and many others spoke at the Dharna. Com. Mari from Karaikudi informed the preparations for the State conference of NFTCL in Karaikudi on 11-12-2016 and welcomed the Contract Labourers in large numbers to the first State Conference.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Anna Nagar Divisional Conference:

Today I spoke and inaugurated the Divisional conference of NFTE in Annanagar. Com. S. Chitrarasu , Office Supdt. Was reelected as Division Secretary. I greet all the newly elected office bearers of Annanagar Division NFTE.


Meeting with PGM, Pune:

On 13-10-16 NFTCL met the Principal General Manager of Pune along with NFTE leaders Sunanda Pardesi, Dutta, Ajit Rasal and held discussion on staff matters . We raised the issue of implementation of Corporate office orders regarding Contract Labourers. The PGM gave a patient hearing and assured us positive action on our representation.  Click1,  Click2,


Meeting with RLC-Pune on 13-10-16:

Today we met Mr.Remis Tiru , the RLC of Pune region on BSNL contract labourers issues. The union was represented by Comrades CKM and Anandan.  Click1,  Click2,


Public memory is too short?:

In his 10-10-2016 dated update on BSNLEU website comrade Abhimanyu has mentioned few things which need clarification. He has written that due to the powerful nationwide demonstrations on 01-04-16 and Dharna on 07-04-2016 by his union pressure was mounted on the management to settle the issue of PLI ( bonus). But both the agitations mentioned by Abhimanyu were targeted against NFTE only to expose its President and thereby entire leadership of NFTE on the so called acceptance of paltry 99 rupees as bonus. Abhimanyu may be thinking the memories of our employees would be short and that is why he is writing such untruths and half truths deliberately. But he is grossly mistaken. Our employees are vigilant and well versed with the drama enacted by BSNLEU on bonus issue since 2009.


Thank you Comrade Abhimanyu!:

After his return from South Africa, the General Secretary of BSNLEU has written few nice words about NFTE particularly it's General Secretary in getting the bonus after a long gap of Seven years since 2009. He has rightly mentioned the perfect coordination between the two recognised unions for getting the bonus (PLI). We thank him for openly acknowledging the efforts and support of NFTE in realising the bonus for 2014-2015. But sadly his circle/ district secretaries throughout the country are trying their best to claim solely the credit for getting back the right of bonus to BSNLEU which is not a fact but a fiction. If Com. Abhimanyu had cooperated with NFTE last year itself our employees would have received the bonus despite losses.
To set right the record on Bonus we need to explain the background to our employees. Bonus was unjustifiably denied to us all these seven years due to the silence of BSNLEU. Not only they were silent but also justified the denial of bonus on spacious grounds. Some of them had the audacity to tell the employees that due to heavy increase of pay and allowances there is no need for bonus at all. While NFTE was on agitational mode throughout the country demanding bonus for the last several years Com. Abhimanyu himself publicly declared in Chennai meeting that henceforth no one could ever get bonus in BSNL. That was the negative mindset of BSNLEU leadership then. All this changed only due to the stubborn attitude of NFTE leadership that bonus is an inalienable right of the working people whether company runs on profit or not. After the recognition of NFTE in 2013 the management budged and agreed to reconsider the formula for PLI. Then only a committee was formed with staff side leader and secretary. Accordingly Comrades Islam Ahemad and Abhimanyu took part in the committee. But due to the absence of one or other member the committee could not finalise the formula. Then also the leadership of NFTE only suggested to the management to pay interim bonus pending finalisation of a formula for PLI.
Thereafter tug of war started between the unions in deciding the amount as the Seventh verification was fast approaching. Com. Abhimanyu began abusing NFTE leaders charging them baselessly only to get few votes more here and there. But NFTE stood firmly to break the ice and get minimum bonus at least now to our employees. But BSNLEU stood on the roop tops and thundered that it would not accept less than 11500 rupees as bonus. Naturally workers were suspicious of BSNLEU 's real intention on bonus. It was silent for a long time when bonus was denied to us and some of it's leaders even justified the denial of bonus . Now the same Union was roaring not to settle for less than Rs.11500. However in the end the continuous efforts of NFTE only won back the bonus right to our employees and executives now. We thank all comrades for their contributions in our long struggle for getting back our bonus . But truth should be known to all so that in future such gimmicks are not performed in the name of Bonus.


Height of intolerance (or) arrogance?:

The BJP government in Chattisgarh is in power there for a very long time. I hope it is there continuously for more than 15 years. Naturally it developed undemocratic characters. It recently transferred an IAS officer abruptly just because he expressed his personal opinion in a Facebook entry questioning the justification for praising Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya's leadership qualities and capacities by BJP/ RSS leaders. As per the opinion of Mr.Shiv Anand Tayal the Jansangh leader was not a scholar or a person to be emulated . But this has provoked the BJP / RSS leadership which is hellbent on showcasing Deendayal Upadhyaya as a person equal to Nehru, Indra if not Mahatma Gandhi by nakedly misusing the government power at both centre and several states.
We are living in a democratic country where even father of the Nation is criticised and his murderer Nathuram Godse is eulogised by some people. Who is Deendayal Upadhyaya? What is his contribution to the country as well as its people? Simply because BJP is in power it should not attempt to rewrite the history of our country and freedom struggle in which both BJP and RSS have nothing to show. Hence if an officer in the IAS cadre question the Tamasha going on in the country in the name of Patriotism and Nationalism it is not a crime or unlawful activity. He as any other citizen has every right to express his /her opinion publicly. Then why he is being harassed and threatened? May be this is the core ideology of Facist forces. India is too big to teach lessons to such arbitrary and arrogant actions.


Bonus(PLI) Orders issued:

The Bonus(PLI) orders for the year 2014-15 has been issued today.Thus,one of the important issues has been settled by NFTE_BSNL.  Click1,


Hectic Day indeed!:

Today I had continuous discussion with the management on staff issues. Met CGM , GM( Finance) along with DGM( FC) and DGM( HR & A) separately. Comrades Ramasamy and Elangovan accompanied me in all the three meetings. Comrades Rajendran and Ravi took part in the DGM(HR&A) meeting only. Some of the issues discussed:
1. Issue of Transfer order to Com. Suguna to Anna Nagar exchange.
2. Revision of pay for TSMs and Casual Labourers as CDA pay scales were revised from 01-01-2016.
due to the implementation of 7 th CPC pay revision to Central government employees.
3.Stoppage of recovery ordered for the TM cadre Officials who got Lineman Scale prior to the TM promotion in the background of Supreme Court Judgment directing all concerned not to effect recovery on account of excess / wrong payment for those retired and retiring within a year.
4. Issue of Request Transfer orders without further as agreed upon to the employees within Chennai and from out side Chennai.
5. Payment of all pending medical claims before Deepavali.
6. Implementation of corporate office order to Pay HRA on 78.2% IDA from 01-10-2016.
7. Fixation and payment of arrears for retired staff consequent upon the order for merger of 78.2% IDA to those retired before 10-06-2013 before Deepavali.
8. Implementing the Seventh Pay commission recommended pay to the non- optees from 01-01-2016- case of Com. Nirmala Venkatesan, Sr.TOA working at Kodambakkam Test Desk. As she is an employee of the DOT ( Central Government) the bonus amount sanctioned for other central Government employees must be paid to her before Pooja holidays.



The team of Chennai Telephones and Tamilnadu secured many awards including the best actor in the recently held cultural meet in Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh). We congratulate all comrades who made us proud and happy.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Status Report on Bonus (PLI):

The bonus amount for the financial year 2014-2015 may be paid to our employees before 12-10-2016 that is well before Deepavali which falls on 29/30 of October. Regarding the bonus for the financial year 2015-2016 it is yet to be decided. Hence there is no chance of it being paid by this month end or before Deepavali. We are filing this status report since numerous phone calls are received daily on this.
We have to be happy about getting bonus this year after a long gap and even when BSNL has not entered yet in to the comfort zone by recording real profit. The operational profit means profit before payment of taxes only.This means after payment of taxes BSNL may not be in profits. Comparing the amount of bonus ( Rs.4000) announced for contract labourers in Tamilnadu Electricity Board the amount we are going to receive in only 3000 rupees which is very meagre. Yet considering the fact that we were not getting any thing as bonus during the last several years this amount is an improvement only. Something is better than Nothing at all.


GPF advance Payment:

It is reliably learnt that the fund has been credited by corporate office for the payment of GPF advance. In Chennai Telephones the GPF advance payment may be done on 5 th or 6 th of October 2016.


NFTCL organisational Tour:

Sholapur district (Maharashtra) NFTCL conference on 13-10-2016.
Discussion with Regional Labour Commissioner (RLC) in Poona on 14-10-2016.
In both the meetings Comrades CKM and Anandan will participate on behalf of NFTCL Headquarters.
On 15-10-2016 in Chennai a massive Dharna will be organised near Chepauk Guest House from 2 pm to 6 pm on telecom Contract Labour demands. NFTE will participate in this Dharna expressing Solidarity with the agitating contract Labourers.


Cash Counter Kept Opened:

At Thirunindravur exchange a cash counter is functioning. It caters for nearly 3000 customers of an area in and around Thirunindravur. Daily collection is on an average Rs.40000/--. But an employee who was manning it continuously for several years retired on 30-09-16. Instead of making some alternative arrangements to keep the counter operational in the interest of both the customers and company , the DGM concerned took a decision to close down this cash counter from 01-10-2016, on the 17 th foundation Day of BSNL. What a irony!.
This was conveyed to our circle Union by local comrades. Immediately we contacted the CGM and explained the position and requested her not to close down the cash counter. Though she was positive on our request, finding a suitable alternative was dogging her. Our circle Union swung in to action and one comrade by name Kumar was approached and convinced to perform duty at the cash counter from 01-10-2016 . But till the afternoon of 01-10-2016 the said cash counter was not opened. Again On the intervention of our circle Secretary who spoke to the DGM ( Ambattur) and questioned the closure of the cash counter despite our best efforts the cash counter was opened and began functioning.
Our worry is why the management is so slow and failed to plan this well before the retirement of the incumbent employee? The management is telling us to clear faults within 24 hrs and carry out the new connections/ Shifts on the very same day. But this sermon is only meant for the non executive employees and not for the others?.


New Branch Opened:

A new branch union at Flower Bazaar for NFTCL was opened on 01-10-2016 and the following were unanimously elected as office bearers. President: Com. A.D.Bernatshaw Secretary: Com. Ramamurthy Treasurer: Com. Annuli Comrades CKM, Babu, Kothandapani, Parthiban, Elangoven ,Jayajothi, Sendhil and others greeted the conference.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


National Forum meeting on 03-10-16:

To make the following agitation call by the central HQ a big success a meeting of Chennai Telephones circle N F B W is being called on October-03 ( Monday) at NFTE Union office in Flower Bazaar complex.
1. Call attention Day on 18-10-2016: Lunch hour Demonstration at CGM office in Purasawalkam.
2. Daylong Dharna at Anna Nagar exchange on 24-10-16.
It may be recalled that NFTE and its alliance partners have announced the above two programs to demand settlement of 13 important demands including formation of 3 rd wage revision negotiating committee and Bonus for 2014-2015 & 2015-2016. Posters/ Banners are being prepared to distribute to branches shortly. Prepare the employees to make both the nation wide agitation a big success in Chennai Telephones. NFTE / TEPU / SEWA / PEWA / AIBOBCEWA jointly preparing for the success of our agitation. Involve every Comrade in this.  Click1,


Grand Farewell to Com. Padmanabhan on 30-09-2016:

Our Anna road External-4 branch Union Secretary Padmanabhan , T T has retired on 30-09-16 after completing 37 years of meritorious service. To felicitate him a farewell meeting was organised on 30-09-16 at Anna road exchange in which Comrades CKM, Ramasamy, Rajasekaran, Sabapathi, Nagarajan, Kothandababu, Sundaramurthy and leaders of TEPU, FNTO and many NFTE leaders and DE, SDE, wished him a very happy retired life . He has donated Rs.5000 to circle Union on his retirement.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Successful RGB meeting on 28-09-16:

The special Representative General Body meeting of the Tamilnadu Telecom Cooperative Society was held in Redhills near Chennai under the presidentship of Com. S. Veeraraghavan , the President of the Telecom Cooperative Society. Prior to the commencement of the meeting all the RGB members were taken to the Vellanur land (88 acres) of the telecom Cooperative Society where the board of directors have already decided to construct Flats for the members / employees. The model Flat built on the site was visited by almost all the RGB members and everyone appreciated the design and quality of construction.
The RGB meeting took many decisions in the interest of our employees who are the members of the telecom cooperative society.Amount of several loans were raised to the tune of Rs.1.70 lacs. As majority members are keen to begin the regular construction work at the earliest and in fact uneasy due to the delay, the president at the end of his speech announced the decision of the board of Directors that initially flats will be constructed in ten acres of land after floating a tender for the said construction work by October 2016 and evaluating the response of the members/ employees to this the next phase of construction work will be taken up .Except very few the whole majority of the RGB members present at the meeting welcomed this announcement very happily. As usual few disgruntled elements walked out of the meeting sensing the mood of the overwhelming majority at the meeting. They immediately released a already prepared statement abusing Comrade S.Veeraraghavan for this bold decision. They wasted five years on this Vellanur land from 2009 to 2013 putting obstacles on the developmental activities of the Society and failed to utilise the vast land in Vellanur in the interest of either society or it's membership. In the name of Party High Command they made the Telecom society a non-functioning society for full five years. Otherwise who prevented them from 2009 to distribute the land or begin construction of flats ? They are interested only in gossiping and rumours. They were busy only in spreading canards and falsehoods against the leaders and comrades who were not blindly following the line of BSNLEU. They should think twice before abusing or criticising others on Land issue. The whole country knew about CPM leadership in West Bengal which lost power there due to the very wrong handling of land. It snatched fertile agricultural Land from the unwilling farmers in Singur and Nandigram only to hand over the same to Tata car company for a very lower rate .So it is better for them to be patient and calm on the issue of Society Land and Construction of Flats.
As we all know that the last RGB election was fought on this very land issue and NFTE alliance trounced BSNLEU at the polls.As all the 21 directors of the Telecom Cooperative Society elected were belong to NFTE led alliance they are duty bound to honour their election promise of constructing flats on the vast land in Vellanur village for distribution of the same at a modest price to the members of the Telecom Society. BSNLEU will become unpopular further if it fails to accept the decision of the majority in a democracy. They should not dictate terms to the board of directors and RGB members to toe their party or union line.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


NFTCL Tamilnadu State Executive Meeting:

NFTCL Tamilnadu State Executive Meeting began at 11am sharply with the Presidential speech of Com. Erode Mali. Telecom Contract Labourers are the future work force of Telecommunications. They must be protected and safeguarded at the most. Com. CKM highlighted the importance of NFTCL in settlement of contract labourers problems in the Tamilnadu state executive meeting held in Chennai on 23-09-16.AITUC state secretary J.Lakshmanan greeted the executive meeting and NFTE /CHQ secretary G. Jayaraman inaugurated the meeting. Com. S.Anandan, State Secretary NFTCL submitted work report and introduced the agenda points. Comrades T.R. Rajasekaran , CHQ / secretary/NFTE and Tamilnadu Circle Treasurer of NFTE comrade L.Subbarayan and many other leaders spoke at the meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


District Secretaries reply to CS,BSNLEU:



Circular of Circle secretary:



Meeting with GM(HR) & DGM(HR):

A meeting was called by GM(HR) on 21-09-16 in which both the recognised unions took part and discussed about the method of sharing of 300 rupees incentive among the staff for canvassing and effecting new landline with broadband connections. As no conclusion was reached next meeting was proposed on 24-09-16 at 10.30 hours to finalise it. NFTE Union was represented by Comrades CKM and Elangovan.
In the afternoon our circle Union had a informal Wednesday meeting with DGM(HR). Many pending issues were persued . Comrades CKM,Elangovan, Rajendran, Ravi, Chandrasekaran took part in the discussions.



The formation of NFTCL in North Chennai District was held on 21-09-2016 at Flower Bazaar complex . Nearly 40 contract labourers were given Photo ID cards at this meeting. Comrades M.Parthiban and S. Kothandapani were elected District Union President and Secretary respectively. Comrades CKM, Ramasamy, Babu, Elangovan, Anbu , Parthiban, Kothandapani and many other leaders addressed the meeting. South Chennai NFTCL District Secretary Dharuman participated alongside NFTE South Chennai District Secretary Nagarajan. Contract labourers from FBR,HBR , Kelly's and Annanagar exchanges enthusiastically took part in this meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Meeting with CGM on 20-09-2016:

Circle Union met the Chief General Manager today and discussed important issues of the employees. We suggested to her to observe this year's foundation day of BSNL on October-01 in Chennai Telephones as a day of reconnecting the customers whose connections were disconnected for whatever the reason. She has informed us that the management is prepared to get back the outstanding dues in easy instalments for the sake of winning back the customers.
Comrades C.K.M,Ramasamy,Elangovan ,Rajendran and Ravi took part in the meeting which lasted for two hours. We expressed our appreciation to the GM( Finance) for the speedy follow up action taken by him on our request to immediately pay the Subsistence allowance to Com. Manoharan, T T of Flower Bazaar which was not paid to for two months.


Where are the Patriots and Pseudo Patriotism gone now?:

During the Modi's two and half years rule many incidents have occurred on our borders with the Pakistan resulting in the brutal death of our Soldiers. Most important attacks were in Pathankot air station and the recent army camp in Uri . But no counter action was ever initiated so far by Modi & Co. I just imagine if Congress was ruling the country during these incidents what would have been the reaction of BJP and its leadership for this. They would have lectured from the roof tops claiming the Patriotism for themselves and demanded military attack on Pakistan and its trained terrorist groups. But now see their muted reaction. Had Congress in power now they would have called the names and abused it in choicest words. They might've questioned the patriotism of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi if not of Dr. Manmohan Singh. But it is worth while to mention here the reaction of Congress party which is sober and matured. Unlike BJP it never indulged in Jingoism and Pseudo Patriotism during such attacks on our country. Even during Vajpayee time the Kargil incident took place much to the embracement of NDA government, the Congress didn't utilised these incidents to abuse or question the patriotism of BJP leadership.
Now coming to the point the Nation is expecting a stern action immediately on these terrorists and their backer Pakistan military and ISI . Looking to USA and UN to come to India's Defence is foolish and wrong calculation. India expect some action from Modi and his Pseudo patriots at once.


PLI Issue (BONUS):

Staff side members for PLI committee met the CMD BSNL and requested to ensure payment of PLI (BONUS) for 2014-2015 before PUJA festival. CMD BSNL informed Committee Members, that he has already approved Rs.3000/- for payment of PLI ( BONUS) for the year 2014-15.


General council meeting on 24/09/2016:

All Branch/Divisional/ District secretaries along with Circle office bearers and special invitees are requested to attend the General council meeting of the circle union on September-24(Saturday) at about 03.00PM in Dinroze Exchnage compound. The Circle president M. K.Ramasamy will preside the meeting. The following shall be the agenda;
1. Rewiew of September-02 Nationwide General strike.
2. Fixing dates for Divisional Conferences.
3. Pending issues.
4. Organisational review.
5. Agitational call by CHQ/ National Forum.
All are requested to attend the meeting in time.


Immortal Classic:

The famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace was one of the longest novel ever written. It has 600 characters.In 361chapters he closed his novel in 1500 pages.It was published in 1869 and was translated in almost all languages in the world and many films and Television serials were made based on his novel.Actually this novel define the Russian culture and history of a period between 1805-1812.
Napoleon's failed invasion of Russia in 1812 and the country's response to this war crisis was captured in an authentic way in this novel by Tolstoy which led many to conclude that this is not a fiction but a historical record written.To write this gigantic novel he worked hard for many years on the manuscript. Originally he gave his novel the simple title of 1805. But at a later stage only he retitled as War & Peace.
He once wrote,"In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interest of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful." This opinion about war is universally relevant even today. It is this universality that lends Tolstoy's fiction to imaginative contemporary renderings.
A lingering insight of the experience of oneself immersing in War&Peace is that every human being is integrally connected with one another. While none of us can control the large impersonal forces of history, war and death, each of us can make positive choices in our everyday lives- choices that help create happiness for ourselves, our families and our communities.
Tolstoy's opinion is that heroes and great leaders are not creating history as the generally held notion but it is created as the result of many smaller events driven by thousands of individuals involved in it. This novel depicts and recreates the happenings in and around Moscow and St. Petersburg in 19 th century.


Felicitation to Com. Kumar,Erode:

After completing 36 years of service in BSNL and NFTE comrade Kumar retired on 31-08-2016. My friendship with him dates back to 1985. He was an active and astute District Secretary of NFTE. He is a ferocious reader and a intelligent thinker. He is a best friend of comrade Mali and maintained a very close relationship with Mali's family. Today utilising my visit to Erode I felicitated him in the party meeting as I was in abroad at the time of his retirement on 31-08-2016.  Click1,


Happy to meet Coimbatore Comrades on 09-09-16:

After a brief hiatus today I met Coimbatore comrades at the NFTE Union office and had a fruitful discussion with them. Comrades SSG,Subbarayan, Roberts , Ramakrishnan,Semmal Amudam and number of leaders spoke on the need for Organisational unity and explained the issues pertaining to BSNL. At the end I spoke in detail about the current challenges and our responsibilities.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Abhimanyu stands exposed:

Two meetings were held by PLI ( Bonus) committee on 28-08-2016 and 05-09-2016. The management has offered to give only 1100 rupees as PLI for 2014-2015 financial year in these meetings despite request from NFTE and BSNLEU for enhancing the amount. The amount of PLI for 2015-2016 will be declared by the management soon. This is the factual and actual position on PLI ( Bonus).
When the election campaign for the seventh membership verification was in full swing few months ago ,BSNLEU General Secretary Abhimanyu spread a false propaganda that NFTE agreed with the management for two digit ( 99 rupees) bonus. This low campaign by BSNLEU was undertaken only to get few votes more than NFTE in the verification ballot. It is now exposed. Abhimanyu and his followers should say sorry or express apology to Com. Islam , who was humiliated and abused throughout the country due to the falsehood propaganda by BSNLEU. Never. That was to be expected from decent and civilised people and not from Abhimanyu.


NFTCL State E.C meeting on23-09-16 at Chennai:

The Tamilnadu state union of NFTCL has decided to hold its Executive Committee meeting at Chennai on September-23. It's State Secretary S.Anandan informed Chennai Telephones NFTE circle Union this and requested us to participate and greet the meeting. We offered our fullest cooperation for the successful conductance of this meeting.
The most exploited workers in Telecom Sector today are Contract Labourers. They did not enjoy the concept of Equal pay for Equal work. In many places even the legal minimum wages are denied to them. The contractors are exploiting them to the maximum taking advantage of rampant unemployment prevailing in each and every sector of Industry in our country. We know in some places the PF amount collected from them were not at all remitted in to their PF accounts promptly. Such is the condition of these telecom contract labourers. If Union is formed to settle their grievances immediately the contractors stopped the work and these very labourers denied their livelihood- daily wages. Even in BSNL which is supposed to be a model employer the situation is very bad in many places.
NFTCL Tamilnadu State committee is doing it's job very effectively and intervened in every single exploitation and sought the help of Labour Commissioner office promptly. It has filed many court cases and won the denied facilities. We appreciate the work of NFTCL State office bearers particularly its Secretary S.Anandan. It is needless to point out that NFTCL must be strengthened further to end the exploitation of contract labourers in Telecom Sector.


A Call for Review: Supreme Court’s Decision on Reliance Jio:

The Supreme Court has ignored evidence of apparent forgery and auction-rigging while dismissing a petition seeking to quash the government's decision permitting Reliance Jio to provide voice telephone services over fourth-generation spectrum. The company, headed by India's richest man, has also failed to meet its roll-out obligations. The apex court should review its decision.  Read More



Due to advance made in telecom technology now voice calls are possible on data. Many of us are already using WhatsApp application to make voice calls even for our international contacts without having any ISD facility on our mobiles. Some of us used to have even video calls for our national/ international contacts very frequently . Hence nothing new or Revolutionary in Reliance JIO company's announcement few days ago that hereafter one will not pay for his/ her voice calls on using JIO telecom service. Actually it is a fraudulent announcement to hoodwink the people and to attract migration of customers from rival telecom service providers to Reliance JIO. When this company is not going to offer free data to its customers the voice call through data will be automatically get billed/ charged through the collection of data charge. Thus voice call charge will be collected indirectly by that company. Hence it is a unadulterated lie that Reliance JIO will offer free voice calls henceforth. Unfortunately the TRAI and TDSAT which were formed to regulate the telecom business and ensure fair play alongside overseeing the customers are not cheated or exploited in any way by any telecom operators are maintaining deafening silence. Whether their inaction is due to the close proximity of Mukesh Ambani with the Prime Minister of our country? Maybe.



On 24-09-2016 ( Saturday) at 3 pm the meeting of the General Council of the Circle Union will be held in Dinroze RSU exchange compound. All are requested to attend the meeting in time. District/ Divisional Secretaries are to ensure the presence of their branch Secretaries in this meeting. Circle office bearers and Special invitees are also requested to attend the meeting without fail.


September-2nd General Strike

In Chennai Telephones circle nearly 1685 employees participated in the nationwide General Strike. This works about approximately 25.20% of total staff strength of 6500 which also includes 1300 officers who haven't participated in today's strike. We would have been doubly happy if more number of employees had joined the strike. However this is more than the figure for 2015 Sep-2 strike. In a way it is an improvement. Despite INTUC joined in this nationwide strike its affiliate Union FNTO in BSNL didn't participate in this strike.
NFTE can be proud of the fact that our members in large numbers actively took part in this strike. At Thiruvallur , Thiruthani and many more places the strike was 100%. However it was minimal in Administrative offices where BSNLEU 's membership was more.
We thank all comrades who have participated in today's strike and appreciate all those who were actively involved in organising this strike.


Will the Left Front express regret and tender public apology to the peasants of Singur at least now?:

In a remarkable judgment on 31-08-2016 , the Supreme Court of India directed the Tata Group company to return the 997 acres of land forcibly taken away from the peasants of Singur area in the state of West Bengal within 12 weeks. Thus the legal battle began on this land grab by Tatas in 2011 comes to an end in 2016. This blunder by the Left front actually ended its rule over West Bengal since 1977.
On coming to power Miss. Mamata Banerjee rightly passed a law to return this land to the farmers themselves in2011. But Tata company began litigation against this decision of the state government first in West Bengal High court and thereafter in Supreme Court. Miss . Mamata as Chief Minister fulfilled her main promise now and genuinely happy at this judgment. But what is the Left Front doing? In the name of industrialisation the CPM party leaders forget their ideology and politics behaved like Land brokers to help Tatas to get vast fertile agricultural land . These lands were forcibly grabbed from the peasants not for a public cause but to help a private monopoly company. What sort of Marxism they studied and practiced in that state is baffling many even today. Power that too continued absolute political power blinded the CPM leadership.
Now the Left front must honestly and with all humility express sincere regret and unconstitutional apologies to the people of Bengal particularly to the peasants of Singur area so that it regain its lost popularity soon.
Lastly one is puzzled at the attitude of the Tata company in pursuing the court cases for this land even after shifting the Nano car company to the state of Gujarat after strong protest against that project. Why they want still this land which was grabbed to build the car factory which was shifted out of the state. There lies the greed for land by these monopolies. Why CPM did not realise all these in 2005/2006?.


Retirement of Com. T.Dhansingh,Assistant Circle Secretary:

Com. T.Dhansingh, Assistant Circle Secretary of our Union is retiring on 31-08-2016 after a long innings in P&T, DOT and BSNL. He is a very good organiser who practically looked after the entire West Area consisting of Four Divisions apart from helping Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram District unions. He is a silent worker who talks less but work more. On his retirement already he gave rupees 15000 as donation to the circle Union and today he presented a nice momento all office bearers of the circle Union at his well attended farewell meeting in Kodambakkam. We wish him a very very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Grand Union Function on 31-08-2016 at Kodambakkam exchange:

Two divisional conferences of Kodambakkam and Vadapalani were held jointly with Flag-hoisting by Circle President MKR and inauguration of pillar . Comrades P. Karunanidhi and J. Patrick Shylock were elected unanimously as Divisional Secretaries of Kodambakkam and Vadapalani respectively.
Hundreds of comrades enthusiastically took part in this function and heard the speeches of leaders with rapt attention.The leaders appealed all to organise and participate in the nationwide general strike. TEPU, FNTO leaders greeted our ACS Dhansingh on his retirement on 31-08-2016.
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Farewell meeting at Kalmandapam exchange on 30-08-2016:

To celebrate the retirement of Com. A. Manoharan, our Divisional union president there a meeting was organised. DGM, DE and our circle Union office bearers and District Union office bearers spoke high about Com. Manoharan who has completed 37 years of service and to be retired on 31-08-16.
Com. CKM and circle Treasurer Ravi utilised this opportunity to explain the demands for the nationwide strike on 02-09-2016 and appealed to one and all to participate in the General Strike.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Extended CEC meeting on 29-08-2016:

To plan the nationwide general strike on 02-09-16 in Chennai Telephones the meeting was held at Dinroze exchange compound. Comrades MKR, CKM, Elangovan, Nagarajan, Solairaj, Ragunathan,Ekambaram , T R Rajasekaran (CHQ) and TEPU circle Secretary Vijayakumar spoke and explained the strike demands. To garner full support for the strike lunch hour meetings will be held in the following 15 centres on 01-09-2016. The leaders of NFTE,TEPU, PEWA will participate in these meetings.
1. Kalmandapam
2. Flower Bazaar
12.KK nagar
14.Anna road
All are requested to make these meetings and thereafter the general strike a big success.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


BMS is in it's True form and colour?:

The General Strike declared on 2-September2016 by all Central Trade Unions is neither first of its kind nor going to be the last one as the Governments at the centre were used to follow the pro-rich and anti-people economic policies. When UPA Governments led by Congress was in power from 2004 to 2014 the central Trade Unions conducted massive nationwide Strikes in which INTUC involved itself sincerely and worked hard for the success of those strikes although Congress was the ruling party. But ever since NDA came to power BMS unions become silent and soft towards the Government at the centre. In 2015 when similar strike was called by all the central TU s at the last minute BMS backtracked and betrayed the working people and damaged the unity among unions. Despite this the strike was huge and successful. Now also BMS is more sympathetic towards Modi & Amit Shah than its own Union members and the working people. BMS is formed and guided by RSS and will never serve the interests of the working people and the toiling masses. Still as per the records it is the number one in membership among all central Trade Unions in India. This is the ironical situation in our country. In BSNL also we tasted the betrayal of BMS Union in 2000 September 6 when three federations began strike for the protection of Government bonus to DOT employees even after the corporatisation. BMS Union accepted the one thousand rupees offered by the Vajpayee government then in power and betrayed that glories three days strike from the second day itself. Of course CPM backed Union was also totally worked against that strike was another shock.
We must make this September-2 strike a big success nationwide. All workers must get a minimum wage of Rs.15000 and no one should get less than Rs 3000 as monthly pension. No privatisation/ Disinvestment of Public Sector Undertakings. No work permanent job should be given on contract . Labour laws should not be amended to help the employers and snatch the little trade union rights available to the working people of our country. All these demands are in the best interests of both our country and people.
In BSNL we have served notice separately to the management adding few more demands including the immediate discussion for third wage revision. As a part and parcel of the working class of India we need to participate and organise the nationwide General strike on 02-08-2016 unmindful of betrayals by some unions like BMS whose main interest is to serve their political masters.


Reached Chennai after two week holiday:

I hope from Monday ( 29-08-2016) I can begin my usual activities. To prepare for the September-2 nationwide General Strike called by all central Trade Unions including NFTE-BSNL a meeting of the extended circle Executive will be held at 3 pm on 29-08-2016 in the Dinroze RSU compound. All circle Union office bearers , District/ Divisional Secretaries besides Special invitees should attend the meeting in time.


Extended Circle Executive Meeting on 29-08-2016:

The meeting of extended CEC will be held on August-29 at 3 pm at Dinroz RSU complex. Main agenda will be making the September -2 General Strike a success in BSNL , Chennai Telephones.
Hence All Divisional/ District Secretaries and Circle office bearers along with invitees must attend the meeting Positively.


Thanks com.Natarajan:

Accepting our invitation today T.N. Circle Secretary Natarajan came to the Dharna at Mambalam exchange along with TEPU Circle Secretary Krishnan and spoke well on our demands.We thank him for his participation and speech.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


National Forum Dharna on 12-08-16:

National Forum Dharna on 12-08-16 at Mambalam exchange began at 10.30 am. Nearly 350 comrades actively took part in . Slogans were continuously shouted by comrades in between the speeches of leaders of NFTE, TEPU , SEWA , PEWA and OBC EWA. Tamilnadu Forum leaders Natarajan and Krishnan greeted the Dharna. PEWA General Secretary Masilamani delivered the Keynote address and NFBW convenor Vijayakumar inaugurated the Dharna while Chairman CKM presided.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


First Success for National Forum:

We are very happy to inform that our long pending demand for granting HRA on 78.2% IDA merger has now been approved by the BSNL management . Formal order may be issued any time. Even before the start of our Nationwide Dharna on 12-08-16 one of its main demand has been settled. Naturally this is the first victory for our newly formed National Forum of BSNL workers.
Although orders for the merger of 78.2% IDA was issued by our joint struggle on 10-06-2013 till now we are getting HRA only on the old 68.8% IDA. For three years the management was cheating us. The main recognised Union was as usual sleeping. Only when NFTE took up this issue very seriously the management's position changed. But it's assurance was not implemented immediately . Hence National Forum served notice for nationwide Dharna for settlement of demands including grant of HRA on 78.2% IDA. Now at last the management has approved it. We thank the leadership of NFBW for settling this important demand.


CHQ assured us to intervene!:

Just now I received phone calls from Comrades Islam and S.S.Gopalakrishnan. Both have assured us to take up the wrong and partisan attitude of CGM in organising the SWAS programme on 10-08-2016 in total contradiction to corporate office instructions with CMD and Director (HR) .I was told by Com. SSG who is at the HQ that tomorrow he along with General Secretary and President will apprise the wrong attitude of both the CGMs of Tamilnadu and Chennai Telephones to the top management. I also came to know Tamilnadu, Andhra circles also have decided to boycott tomorrow's SWAS event. Thanks for the immediate response of Comrades Islam and SSG.


CGM acts contrary to the instructions of Corporate Headquarters on SWAS:

The BSNL has instructed all the CGMs in the country to observe SWAS by organising some events on 10-08-2016 to popularise the SWAS project. But instead of involving all the unions in implementing this our CGM was misguided by BSNLEU and she involved only that union in the process. Our National Forum leaders Vijayakumar and Elangoven met the CGM and conveyed our protest for acting in a partisan way totally contrary to the instructions of corporate Headquarters instructions on SWAS programme . We also in writing informed our position to disassociate with the events to be organised on 10-08-2016.


Com.G.Jayaraman's farewell function at Cuddalore:

At Com. G.Jayaraman's farewell function with Comrades C. Mahendran, R.Thirumalai( AIYF/General Secretary) and L.Subbarayan, C.K.Mathivanan,Erode Mali and other veteren leaders from NFTE have spoke in this occasion.Com. C.Mahendran, CPI National Executive Committee member and Editor of Tamil literary monthly THAMARAI participated as a chief guest. Hundreds of comrades from Tamilnadu and Chennai took part in this meeting and greeted our beloved secretary Com.Jayaraman.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Govindarajan is expert in Collection-Cheating & Fraud:

In the website of BSNLEU Chennai Telephones we found an article against Com. CKM and other office-bearers of NFTE which is totally false and biased. We challenge Govindarajan to substantiate and prove those allegations against us.
Collecting huge amount for request transfers from his union members is a fact which is known to many BSNLEU members. Further he should rewind his mind to find out why he has left Erode at dead end of the night night and got transfer to Chengleput SSA on an emergency. Govindarajan has no right to criticise others for irregularities and corrupt practices since he himself is the embodiment of malpractice.
We know very recently that more than 50000 rupees was collected from an employee by Govindarajan for getting a transfer for that employee. We have a long list of such transfers which he got misusing the recognised status of his union. He must not forget why Sowbakkia wet grinder producer chased him all the way from Erode to Chennai. Instead of realising his mistakes in obstructing the 104 TM cadre promotions honestly he has thrown false allegations against us. We can't tolerate such nonsense . We all know his loyalty and sincerity and how he managed to betray his party to retain his union post. Such a person should not talk or write falsehood about NFTE leadership which is second to none in battling against corruption and misdeeds.


Massive Dharna by National Forum in Chennai Telephones:

Massive Dharna by National Forum in Chennai Telephones on 04-08-2016 during Lunch hour at CGM's office.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


Story of a cruel mother-in-law!:

Today we met the DGM(HR) and enquired about the delay in conducting counciling for 54 Technician vacancies in the erstwhile Chengleput area as agreed upon last month.I also spoke to GM(HR) and CGM today on this issue. From my discussion and conversation with these senior officers I gathered the impression that BSNLEU circle Secretary was behind this delay as he was perturbed with our demand to fill up those 54 Technician vacancies latest by 15-08-2016 as the 280 trained people are waiting for these promotions for more than 14 years. BSNLEU Circle Secretary it seems questioned the management about NFTE giving ultimatum to effect promotions to the unfortunate 54 People of which some may even retire soon without getting this promotion after a painful wait of 14 years. We are only concerned about the inordinate delay and try our maximum to get them promoted so that they get some increase in pay as well as pension after retirement. But BSNLEU is behaving like a crude mother- in -law who wish her daughter -in-law to become a widow even if her own son dies in the process. BSNLEU failed to get them promotions despite being a sole recognised Union for long since 2004.
After our strong objection for the delay now the management has called a meeting with both the unions on 11-08-16. We hope the leadership of BSNLEU will no more act against those RMs whose promotions are being delayed due to the bloated ego of Com.Govindarajan.


Well said Mr.Jairam Ramesh!:

The reforms in Indian economy were under taken by the congress duo P. V. Narasimha Rao - Dr. Manmohan Singh in 1991 as Prime Minister and Finance Minister. 25 long years have since passed but the promises given to the people on introduction of these reforms at the instigation of World Bank- IMF authorities are still unkept . Poverty or unemployment are not wiped out as promised by Congress Government and thereafter NDA Government so far . The gap between the rich and poor people got increased and widened as these reforms progressed all these 25 years despite stiff opposition by Central Trade unions and Communist parties. Many General strikes and numerous demonstrations were conducted successfully nationwide against these pro- rich economic reforms . But the governments of both Congress and BJP adamantly following the same policies without any let up. Actually there is no difference in this between both Congress and BJP.
But now few in these parties have started speaking the truth after realising the bitter results of these ill advised economic reforms in the name of Globalisation, Liberalisation and Privatisation. One such person is Congress leader and Former minister in the UPA governments under Dr. Manmohan Singh Dr.Jairam Ramesh.Speaking on a platform organised to analyse the results of these reforms in the past 25 years he openly said few things which were told all these years by only the Leaders of Communist Parties and Trade Unions.
He said:
1.While India's private health system has become world class, the public health system had suffered.
2.After 1991, inequality increased,public health and education system have collapsed.
3.Inequality has sharply increased. In fact inequality had gone up during this period of reforms. It has become worse in access to health and educational services. These so called reforms are mainly aimed at increasing the wealth of rich and powerful people like Ambani, Adani and Vijay Mallaiah. The poor have become very poor and rich became super rich. On September-2 the trade unions are going to strike work nationwide once again to protest against these reforms. NFTE-BSNL has already endorsed this strike and hence all of us to organise this strike in BSNL successfully to protect BSNL, the Country and our poor people.


National Forum met CGM on 29-07-16:

The Chennai Telephones circle N F met today CGM and handed over the charter of demands which included local issues apart from National level demands. The CGM gave a very patient hearing and agreed to examine the local issues mentioned. She also sought our cooperation for improving the quality of our services and efficiency of work force. We assured the CGM our full cooperation to the management in the development and growth of BSNL.Comrades J.Vijayakumar, K. M. Elangovan and E.Prabhakaran took part in this discussion.
As per our earlier decision on 04-08-2016 (Thursday) a massive demonstration during lunch time at CGM's office and on 12-08-2016 (Friday) at Mambalam exchange full day Dharna will be held by National Forum. To Make both the programme successful all our comrades must act now.


Welcome to Chennai com. Natarajan,the newly elected CS, NFTE of TN circle:

This morning Com. Natarajan, Circle Secretary of Tamilnadu spoke to me and informed about his arrival on 29-07-16 in Chennai for the first time after his election to the post of Circle Secretary for the customary introductory meeting with the CGM/ TN along with the new office bearers of circle Union who all were elected at the recent conference in Vellore. I welcomed on behalf of Chennai Telephones and greeted him.
I also requested him to inaugurate our DHARNA on 12-08-2016 at Mambalam exchange complex in response to the call given by National Forum of BSNL workers. He has readily agreed to our request and for that I thanked him . We wish him all success.


Meeting with GM ( HR) on 27-07-16:

The circle union leaders CKM , Ramasamy, Elangovan, Rajendran and Ravi met the GM (HR) today and discussed many pending/ new issues including the immediate reinstatement of Com. Anbu , Promotions in the cadre of T T( formerly Telecom mechanic), Redeployment of staff of Cable Construction and maintenance divisions , Request transfers to non- optees who were compulsorily shifted to respective business area offices as more than one and half years have passed,arrangements for collecting cheques from CSC ( Kanchipuram), allotment of type 2 quarter in JJR nagar P&T quarters on special category to Com.Velmurugan who is the captain of the BSNL national cricket team and utilisation of vacant spaces in Annanagar/ Kellys/ Adyar/ Mambalam exchange buildings by shifting offices located in the rented buildings so that the expenditure on rents is reduced considerably.The management was represented by DGM, AGM, SDE (SR).


Best Wishes & Happy retired life Com.S.Valarmathi, TM/RKNagar Extl:

Com.S.Valarmathi, TM / RKNagar Extl. Who is retiring on 31-07-2016 after 19 years of active service in BSNL was greeted by Com. CKM at union office in the presence of comrades Elangovan, Nagarajan and Paranthaman. He donated Rs.2000/- to the circle Union. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,


National FORUM in agitation mode!:

The Chennai Telephones unit of N F has decided the following agitation : August-04-- massive lunch hour demonstration. at CGM's office.(1.30 PM).
August-10---Dharna at Mambalam Exchange ( from 2 pm to 5 pm)
1. Stop threatening the employees who completed the age of 55 under BSNL CDA Rules-2006 with any notice.
2.Stop privatising the external plant where no cable Pairs are available.
3. Remove the difficulties experienced by employee s in BSNLMRS.
4. Modify the rules for the compassionate appointm ents from the existing MARKS system which has Denied even genuine requests for appointment.
5. Improve the quality of mobile telephone service.
6. Minimise the expenditure on RENTS by judicially Utilising the empty spaces/ lands etc.
7. DOT cell is working on snail's speed which resul ted in heavy delay in granting pension to VRS and normal pensioners.
8. Fill up the TM( Technician ) vacancies by 15th August to wipe out the waiting list for TMs.


NFTCL to meet the CGM , Maharashtra to seek his intervention in Sholapur District Contract Labour Problem:

he GM of Sholapur SSA in BSNL has not acted on his assurances weeks ago given to NFTCL to extend the tender period so that work is not stopped and workers are not denied the wages. But till now he is dodging and delaying resulted in hundreds of poor contract Labourers unemployed and lost their wages. It seems the said GM is trying the oldest trick in the book to tire out our comrades by making them starve and suffer. We warn him not to play with the life of contract Labourers to please the contractors. If needed we may organise agitation against him.
Meanwhile NFTCL National President, R.K.Kohli will meet the CGM , Maharastra in Mumbai on 26-07-2016 to seek his intervention and make complaint against the GM, Sholapur. We hope some positive development this week. Our Sholapur comrades demanded fair and legal wages apart from implementation of Industrial Disputes Act in letter and spirit.



We congratulate all the newly elected office bearers of T N circle NFTE Union who were unanimously elected at the circle conference in Vellore on 22-07-16. We wish Comrades P. Kamaraj, K.Natarajan and L.Subbarayan who were elected as Circle President , Circle Secretary and Circle Treasurer respectively all success in their Union capacity. The Chennai Telephones circle Union will extend its arm of Cooperation to the TN circle Union for better understanding and coordination. We wish Com. Pattabi who relinquished the Circle Secretary post after nine years of Stewardship of TN circle Union a very happy retired life and hope his guidance and support will be always available to the Union despite his stepping down from the position.


Tamilnadu Circle Union conference:

More than 1000 comrades enthusiastically participated in the fifth Circle conference of NFTE at Katpadi ( Vellore) on 21-07-2016. I spoke at the open session in the evening in which CPI state Secretary R.Muthatasan, AITUC state general Secretary T.M.Murthy ,TEPU general secretary Subburaman and SEWA national president P.N.Perumal also addressed the delegates.I am Immensely happy and satisfied at the complete unity brought about. I thank comrades RK, Mali for supporting me in full measure in my efforts to bring back unity once again . I hope every single delegate who witnessed this unity conference for the last two days will return very much enthused and energised. However I am sorry for those who expected a trouble in this conference and hoped to fish in the troubled waters.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Very very sad news:

Com.J.Vijayakumar (Dy.GS/TEPU) our National Forum Convenor lost his brother Mr . Kugan aged only 47 all of a sudden today due to massive heart attack. We convey our sincere and deep condolences to him and the family of the bereaved. His another brother expired only few months ago and he has not fully recovered yet from that shock itself. Now the second shock has come. We wish him to stand against these shocks firmly.
The funeral may be on 21-07-16 by 10.30 hrs as per unconfirmed reports. On behalf of our National Forum and NFTE we will pay our last respects to the departed soul at 9.30 hrs in his residence at 17- Govardhandas street opposite to Perambur Carriage Railway station. R I P.


National Forum in Chennai Telephones met today:

National Forum in Chennai Telephones met today and decided to organise agitation on nine point charter of demands that affects the employees and company severely. Demonstration at CGM office- 04-08-16.
Dharna at Mambalam Exchange- 10-08-16.
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National forum of BSNL workers-Meet:

National forum of BSNL workers in Chennai Telephones will meet today in its first after the formation meeting (20/07/2016 )at 11am in Union office of NFTE at Flower Bazaar complex.


Meeting with CGM and GM ( HR ) on 19-07-2016:

Meeting with CGM and GM ( HR ) on 19-07-2016. Circle union leaders CKM, Elangovan and Rajendran today met both the CGM and GM ( HR) in CGM's chamber and discussed the following issues : 1. Reinstatement of com. Anbu as per the High court judgment in March 2015.
2. Promotion of 101 RMs as Technician ( formerly TM).
3.Outsourcing the non- feasible areas to private parties - opposition of NFTE to this move by corporate office.
4. Redeployment of staff in acute shortage areas.
5.Release of with held JTO results.
6. Relieving of employees from VIjay Project if they are willing to work in out door plants.


Grand felicitation to Com. Islam on 18-07-2016:

Grand felicitation to Com. Islam on 18-07-2016 by chennai Telephones circle Union on account of his tireless effort to annul the retrograde pension order of DOT dt.15-06-2006.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Com.Islam visited our circle Union office:

Com. Islam visited our circle Union office and we discussed some issues. Secretaries of CHQ comrades Jayaraman and Rajasekaran have accompanied us.  Click1,


Wish every success to the Tamilnadu circle union's Conference at Vellore beginning on 21-07-2016:

On behalf of Chennai Telephones circle Union we extend our warm greetings and best wishes to all the delegates, leaders , office- bearers and organisers of the circle conference of Tamilnadu which is the strongest bastion for NFTE-BSNL in the whole of the country. Our circle secretary was invited to participate in it. Com. CKM will attend the conference and greet personally for the success of the conference . We hope this conference will be a historic one as it will restore and rebuild the unity unlike the last conference held in Madurai.
As usual this circle conference is expected to take many important decisions in the light of the conclusions of the recently concluded NEC meeting in Newdelhi .We congratulate the new team to be elected for the circle Union in advance and assure our best cooperation in strengthening our NFTE.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Insensitive or Ignorance?:

During our Newdelhi visit myself and com. K. M. Elangovan today visited the office of the Central Vigilance Officer( CVO) of BSNL and sought to know the reasons for the inordinate delay in reinstating K. Anbu , T. M.( Technician) of Guduvanchery who was dismissed from service several years ago. On his appeal the High court of Madras quashed the charges levelled against him and ordered his reinstatement in March 2015.
However the management in Chennai Telephones wasted time to promptly act on the court judgment . Our union intervened and pressed for his reinstatement . After this the court order was obtained and forwarded to the corporate office first. When we met the officer who was dealing this particular case in Newdelhi it was told the delay was due to CVO office no reply. When today we met the officers at CVO office we were told that the case is pending with DOT. Undaunted by these irresponsible answers we contacted the concerned officer in DOT today evening. Shockingly she informed us that no need to send the court judgment to DOT as the CGM chennai herself could have implemented the court order and reinstated the dismissed employee . We felt very sad at this . For the past 16 months this case of reinstatement is hanging on fire and the affected person is running pillar to post .When the rule is clear that only for dismissing a BSNL employee who was absorbed into BSNL from DOT prior approval needs to be obtained from DOT, why then the Chennai Telephones management forwarded the court order for reinstatement of Anbu to DOT instead of immediately acting on the court judgment ?On my return to Chennai tomorrow afternoon I intend to meet the CGM/GM(HR) to see that the official is reinstated within 24 hours positively.


T V interview in Delhi Union office:

When I was in the NEC meeting I got a call from a T V channel for an interview. I told my inability as I am not in Chennai. But the moment they came to know that I am in Delhi they deputed their reporter and camera person in Delhi without any delay. I had to accept their request and gave a brief interview sitting in our NFTE Headquarters.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


CMD participated in the second day session of the NEC meeting:

CMD participated in the second day session of the NEC meeting and addressed it. Com. Hanumanthappa, Dy. GS,SEWA also attended today's session.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Thanks Com. Pattabi !:

In his speech on 14-07-16 at the ongoing NEC meeting in Newdelhi today he congratulated all the circles which won and improved their vote share considerably since 2002.
The Tamilnadu Circle Secretary pointedly appreciated the Chennai Telephones circle for increasing 6 % of votes over BSNLEU in a most competitive situation prevailing in Metro City like Chennai. He appealed to all gathered at the NEC meeting to congratulate Chennai Telephones circle Union by loud clippings. We are happy at this gesture of Com. Pattabi.
The issue of STR set up which was there for few years and spoiling the relationship between TN and Chennai Telephones circle unions. Today morning we both met in the presence of CHQ leaders at the Union office and arrived at a unanimous conclusion . Asper this solution a new STR circle Union will be formed at the initiative of the CHQ along with WTR , ETR in line with NTR circle union. The members of Territorial circles will be transferred to these new maintenance circles on the formation of STR , ETR and WTR circle unions. We are thankful for Com. Pattabiraman and S.S.Gopalkrishnan for extending their helpful hand for friendship and cooperation between our two neighbouring circles. Let us hope this positive development beginning at this NEC meeting will flourish further for the growth of NFTE in the state of Great Tamilnadu.
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Com.C K M spoke in the evening secession of NEC meeting on 13-07-16:

In his 30 minutes speech which was appreciated by every one, Comrade CKM welcomed the formation of National Forum of BSNL Workers and urged the leadership to strengthen it by expanding it with the inclusion of many other unions. He congratulated the comrades for achieving the second recognition for NFTE despite the false campaign by BSNLEU.
He supported the nationwide one day strike by CPSU Central trade unions on September -2 and appealed to all concerned to effectively organise the said strike. He thoroughly exposed BSNLEU for keeping mum for nearly 10 years from 2006 on the retrograde DOT order restricting the sharing of pension expenditure to only 60% and not 100% as agreed upon in September 2000 in the aftermath of three days historic strike demanding continuance of Government pension even after corporatisation . He appealed to the leadership that the STR issue should be settled as assured to make the chennai circle Union withdraw the boycott decision earlier taken by the extended Circle executive committee meeting on 06-06-2016.
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First day session of NEC meeting:

First day session of NEC meeting was attended by smt. Sujatha Ray,Director(HR), com. Subburaman, GS, TEPU, CGMs of NTR &NTP,GM (SR), Com.R.K.Kohli,senior leader.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


National Executive meeting begun in Newdelhi:

On the morning of 13-07-2016 the NEC meeting began at the auditorium in Eastern court with the opening speech by Com. Chandeswer Singh , GS . The President of our union Islam Ahemad delivered the presidential speech.Comrades CKM and Elangovan are attending the NEC representing Chennai Telephones Circle.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


General Council Meeting on 12-07-16:

The meeting of the circle union's general council held today in Dinroze RSU compound decided to withdraw the earlier decision of the extended Circle executive committee to boycott the Newdelhi NEC meeting on 13/14 th of July 2016 to protest against the Decision of the CHQ regarding STR issue. Com. CKM informed the General council of the appeal to the circle Union this morning from both Comrades Islam and C.Singh over phone to withdraw the boycott decision and attend the NEC meeting.Both the leaders assured that STR issue will be settled amicably at the NEC meeting.In this background the General council meeting withdrew the boycott decision and permitted comrade CKM to participate in the NEC meeting beginning tomorrow at Newdelhi.
The meeting also decided the list of nominees for circle council and local councils. It was also decided to complete all the Divisional conferences by December 2016 so that all District conferences are to be held in 2017.
Com. TR Rajasekaran , Sec(CHQ) spoke in the meeting along with all District Secretaries and District Presidents and circle Union office bearers. According to the information received from District unions 120 new members are so far enrolled in NFTE . Almost all are from BSNLEU is a very good news for us.
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Telecom Society reduced the rate of interest:

Telecom Society reduced the rate of interest as per our request on 24-06-16. We thank the Board of Directors of our Telecom cooperative society for reducing the rate of interest by 1% from the existing 16% as on date in the board's meeting held today. This will be effective from today(11-07-2016). The work for the construction of Flats at Vellanur near Avadi will begin in the month of August 2016 positively after fulfilling all the formalities and completing the required procedures. It may be recalled that our National Forum leaders had met the management of Telecom Society on 24-06-16 and presented a memorandum on the demands including reduction of rate of interest and beginning of Flat Construction work at Vellanur land.Asper today's decision the rate of interest will be 15% with effective from 11-07-2016.


With com. OPG at his home in Delhi Dada Gosh... Bhawan:

With com. OPG at his home in Delhi Dada Gosh... Bhawan. He was the father of the Government Pension to BSNL employees. When the union cabinet decided on 05-07-2016 to correct the wrong and dreadful 15-06-2006 order of DOT , I fondly remember this great leader and a pioneer.  Click1,


General Council Meeting on 12-07-2016:

The meeting of the circle union's General Council will be held on July-12( Tuesday) at 2 pm in Dinroze exchange compound. Com. MKR will preside over the meeting. All branch/ Division/District Secretaries and Circle office- bearers besides the invitees are requested to attend the meeting in time.A four page printed circular and a poster will be distributed to all branches in this meeting. The District secretaries are to ensure more number of new membership as the date for enrolment for new membership closes on 15-07-16 and submit the list of such new members enrolled.


Technician Promotions( Telecom Mechanics):

Our circle Union met the management today and seriously discussed about the wait listed candidates for TM promotions in CPT area. In Chennai area no body is waiting for TM promotion. But those worked in CTO/DTOs , STR , STP and in erstwhile CPT areas as many 280 candidates are in the wait list .Among them nearly 179 candidates are in Chennai and they have declined the TM promotion for the simple reason they are presently working in Chennai area and drawing 30% HRA . They don't want to loose HRA of Chennai on getting posted in CPT areas on TM promotion.
But 101 candidates are waiting for TM promotion are actually working in CPT areas at present without 30% HRA . They are eager to get promotion to TM ( Technician) cadre. In today's discussion we emphasised promotion to all these officials in one go as Chennai is having 51 posts and 50 request transfers to chennai could create further 50 vacancies in CPT area and thus all wait listed candidates working in CPT areas can be promoted. We wanted this process to complete by 15-08-2016. Through this 50 TM cadre officials could get their request transfer from CPT to Chennai area.
We hope the management will complete this in time . On behalf of circle Union comrades MKR,CKM,KME,SR and GP participated in the discussion with DGM(HR&Admn).


Felicitation to Com.Islam Ahmed at Flower Bazaar on 18-07-2016 at 1.30 pm:

The Chennai Telephones circle Union will organise a grand felicitation to the National President of NFTE-BSNL for achieving the cancellation of DOT 's 2006 retrograde order on sharing of Pension expenses between BSNL and DOT in the ratio of 40:60. We all know this order was against the agreement reached in the aftermath of our historic three days strike during September 2000 before corporatisation of DTS into BSNL. Asper the agreement reached with NFTE, FNTO,BTEF the then Vajpayee government ordered for the continuation of government pension to all those who were absorbed in to BSNL on 01-10-2000. The pension was to be paid from the consolidated fund of India . But in 2006 the DOT issued an unjust order restricting its share in the pension expenses to only 60% and put the burden of 40% on BSNL. Further it forced the BSNL to pay for all DOT pensioners who retired even before the formation of BSNL. This naturally drained the already strained financial base of BSNL. But the only recognised Union in BSNL at that time BSNLEU and its leader Namboodiri did not bothered about this danger. Maybe they thought the pension is the baby of O.P.Gupta and NFTE and hence ignored the violations in the pension agreement signed by three Federations. Although NFTE was not a recognised Union for 9 long years since 2004 it did not rest and persistently approached the government. It wrote a detailed letter to the Prime Minister several months ago and persuaded with a missionary zeal. Com. Islam Ahmed played a very important and crucial role in this and he needs to be congratulated. That is the reason our circle Union is organising this felicitation to him without loss of time.All branches are requested to gear up for this function and make it a huge success. Nearly 56 comrades under the leadership of com. M. Parthiban who quit BSNLEU very recently and joined NFTE today will be welcomed and honoured formally at this function and our National President has agreed to felicitate all of them.


Two blunders and one correction:

We received a very happy news today that the central cabinet meeting held hours before has decided to,
1.To remove the DOT’s 60:40 ratio for pension contributions to BSNL employees who were absorbed from DOT/DTS on 01/010/2000 in to BSNL. The DOT’s said order was issued in 2006 when BSNLEU was the only recognized union. Com. Namboodri didn’t oppose it as it was in violation of an agreement reached with NFTE and others who went on strike for three days in 2000 September to demand continuation of Government pension despite Corporatization. Of course Com. Namboodri and his followers did not participate in that Historic strike and in fact opposed it. The pension rules were amended and government pension was agreed from consolidated fund of India. Despite all this DOT issued an order in 2006 restricting it’s pension liability to just 60%. But BSNLEU failed to cancel this retrograde order.
Now due to NFTE’s persistent efforts and its letter to the Prime minister of India recently this issue was deliberated in the cabinet meeting held today and it was decided to remove the DOT’s restriction. This is great victory for us.
2.The union cabinet also today decided to extend the benefit of 78.2% IDA merger to all pensioners who retired before 10.06.2013. This blunder was also due to the carelessness of Com. Abhimanyu, the GS of BSNLEU who agreed in 2012 to leave the pension out in the cold and did not oppose when the order was issued on 10.06.2013 limiting the benefits of 78.2% IDA merger to only those retired on or after 10.06.2013.
Now this blunder also stands removed. We are happy that both the blunders committed by BSNL leaders Namboodri and Abhimanyu are now removed due to the efforts of NFTE particularly Com. Islam and AIBSNL pensioners association particularly Com. P.S. Raman kutty. We congratulate both the leaders for this achievement which will immensely help both serving employees and pensioners as well.


The Power Monger:

We would not have come across a comrade who will be an office-bearer in a employees union as well as in a pensioner association all at the same time. But don't worry. Now a fine example for this is available in our Chennai Telephones circle.
The circle secretary of BSNLEU here has grabbed a post in the Pensioners association CHQ at the recent conference. But this gentleman is abusing others as power mongers etc. Special mention needs to be given that to continue in Circle Secretary Post he betrayed his party which groomed him and gave respectable positions both in the party and Union for a very long time. Now this person wants to gain re entry in to the party from which he was rightly and promptly expelled for his betrayal.So he is enacting some comedy dramas to show he is loyal than the king.But the real party members who stood with the party decisions always are not amused with his dramas and stubbornly opposing his re entry in to the party. Whether Drama wins or Loyalty wins inside the party will be known in few month's time. Let's watch and wait till then.


Farewell meeting at Maraimalai Nagar:

On 30-06-16 a meeting was organised to honour Com. Balaraman, Technician who has retired today after 33 long years of service. We wish him a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Farewell meeting for Com.Md.Haneefa on 30-06-16 at Mambalam exchange:

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River of Blood will flow?!:

In a meeting organised in Flower Bazaar on 28-06-16 by BSNLEU a person who was expelled from SEWA-BSNL for misappropriation of huge amount of the association while functioning as it's General Secretary thundered that a blood of river will flow if Flats construction work is to begin on the telecom society land in Vellanur. We wish to clarify certain points regarding this. The decision to construct flats was already taken by the previous board of Directors in which 4 BSNLEU members had also represented . The present board is only implementing the decision already taken. Further in the RGB elections held in 2013 overwhelming majority of Society members endorsed the Flat construction project by not electing a single BSNLEU member as a director of the board. The members rejected the approach of BSNLEU which opposed the construction of Flats.
Recently a team led by BSNLEU members and former Directors Anbumani and Batsha visited the Vellanur building site and seen the model house built there. Some of their team members even expressed happiness and satisfaction at the manner and quality this model house was built. Now the board has to fix the date of laying foundation stone and calling for applications from the interested members. Asper the enthusiasm and eagerness of our employees we hope even BSNLEU members will be in the fore front to submit applications for allotment of flats. This being the actual position an empty vessels noises at Flower Bazaar needs to be ignored by all of us. Our Circle office bearer K.R.Dhandapani and Avadi Divisional union leader Hari recently visited the model Flats in Vellanur and expression full satisfaction and happiness at the way it has been built.


Farewell function at Adyar:

On 29-06-16 a grand function was organised at Adyar exchange to honour Com.Kanniappan, Division Union Secretary who is retiring on 30-06-2016.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Labour Party is anti- Labour in United Kingdom :

After the people of UK voted in majority to exit from the European Union its impact on the world economy/ business is felt acutely. In Britain's domestic political situation also its impact is severely felt.As expected the Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation and ruling Conservative party may elect a new leader soon.
But the opposition Labour Party is also in disarray. Majority MPs passed a no confidence motion against their party leader Jeremy carbyn who was very recently elected with 60% of support to lead the Labour Party and widely expected to be the next Prime Minister of UK. Rightly he rejected the demand for his step down in view of the defeat of Remain campaign.
Labour Party is now filled with leaders who are pro capitalism and close to big business. However Mr. Jeremy works hard to correct the past mistakes so that actually Labour Party represents the working people and not Capitalists. Angered by this move some elements inside the party are trying to build rebellion against this honest and sincere pro worker leader. But the rank and file members of the Labour Party are solidly backing him. This is a welcome development indeed.


Farewell meeting at Perambur :

On 29-06-16 a farewell meeting was organised by Madhavaram division of NFTE to honour the branch Secretary of MMC, M.Jayaraman on his retirement after 30 years of active service. We greet him a happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


What forced Com. Abhimanyu to air dash to Chennai on 28-06-2016? :

Rattled by the victory of NFTE in both Chennai Telephones and Tamilnadu circles the local leadership is hard pressed to explain its defeat despite having more membership. Com.Abhimanyu, who is already frustrated due to his failure to cross 50% of votes nationwide is disgusted further due to the defeat in his home state ( Tamilnadu as a whole). Hence they found a easy whipping boy in the form of Tamilnadu Telecom Co-operative Society. They are blaming it for all their troubles so that they can escape from the responsibility of set backs in the seventh membership verification.
Forgetting his position as the General Secretary of the main recognised Union in BSNL he spoke very indecently and abused the leaders of NFTE in Tamilnadu and Chennai Telephones out of frustration. He called our leaders as FOOLS for objecting the use of SEWA -BSNL name by one person who is not even a member of that organisation at the moment. Whether he will accept a person expelled from BSNLEU using the name and flag of the Union after his expulsion ? No doubt he is a genius and sharp minded comrade that is why he had signed agreement for 78.2%IDA merger on dotted lines in 2012 even without knowing who is the competent authority to ratify the said agreement. That is why our hapless pensioners are running to the pillar to post for the last 3 years and our employees are getting HRA on 68.8% of IDA merger till today even after the order of management to merge 78.2% of IDA with effect from 10-06-2013.
He unnecessarily criticised com.CKM for having a car to use for circle Union. He didn't know even in 1970s the Circle Secretary of Rajasthan NFTE was having a car for his circle Union. Further NFTE circle Union in Chennai Telephones was using own car ever since 2003.So what is new in this we don't know. We all know the lavish lifestyle of Com. Abhimanyu and his foreign jaunts with the Union fund. Has he any morality to criticise others ? BSNLEU is having Two cars in Delhi itself. He is traveling only by plane and staying in star hotels only of course using Union fund and not paying from his pocket. For the last several years he has not stayed in any I Q during his visit throughout the country. Whereas the leaders of NFTE are staying in IQs only. We can't accept the Saturn quoting the scriptures.
When BSNLEU was controlling the same telecom Co-operative society for Five full years it didn't care to distribute the land for house sites. It charged 16.5% as rate of interest. Now less than that is being charged. Why this hue and cry?Actually BSNLEU was rattled by our successful meeting with the management of said Telecom society on 24-06-16 and the assurances given to us for reduction of rate of interest and beginning of Flat construction work by 15-07-16. So they are enacting a drama and their GS had willingly agreed for his guest appearance in this melodrama at the last moment all of a sudden. This is the real story behind Com. Abhimanyu's air dash to Chennai on 28-06-16.However the chennai comrades largely ignored this show .But the imported crowd from vellore, Puducherry, Cuddalore saved the situation for BSNLEU.Instead of doing this type of antics that Union should concentrate on the constructive agenda.


Farewell function at Sriperumbudur on 28-06-16 :

Com. S.Ravikumar , Kanchipuram District NFTE vice- president is retiring on 30-06-16 after an eventful 34 years of service. He is a Sr.TOA working in Sriperumbudur exchange since 1982. He is a loyal and committed Union leader and a ardent communist who contributed much to the cause of working people. His calm and humility is noteworthy. Circle Union wished him a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Grand Farewell to Senior NFTE Leader Bose on 27-06-16 at Ambathur exchange :

After completing 39 years eventful service Com.S.C.Bose, circle vice-president is retiring on 30-06-16 in which trade union leaders Vijayakumar, Lingamurthy, Udayasurian,Rajasekaran,Loganathan including CKM, Ramasamy,Asokraj and Ragunathan participated. On behalf of the management GM(West),DGM(Ambathur) took part and greeted Com. Bose a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,


Memorandum submitted to the management of Telecom employees Co-operative society on 24-06-16 by National Forum of BSNL Workers :

The leaders of NFTE, TEPU, PEWA, SEWA and OBCEWA in National Forum along with many RGB members today met the President ( in charge), CEO and Secretary and submitted a memorandum to demand;
1. Reduction of rate of interest.
2. To begin construction of Flats on the Land belong to Co-operative society in Vellanur near Avadi. In a discussion on our demands the CEO , Shri. Kannan assured our leadership that both our demands will be met by 15-07-2016 the date we fixed for agitation to begin for realisation of the said two demands.Our delegation was very happy at this and thanked the management of Telecom cooperative society for accepting our demands.
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Kanchipuram District EC meeting at Guindy on 23-06-16:

The executive committee meeting was presided over by District vice-president V.Ramakrishnan. District Secretary Ekambaram reported on the 7 th membership verification. Date for District conference was fixed and it was decided to complete all the Divisional conferences before September 2016.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Dirty Tricks by BSNLEU!:

To enjoy and establish one Union dictatorship the BSNLEU leadership has begun another dirty job this time of course through the court case. Yes in AP Highcourt at Hyderabad it has filed a case to demand the following:
1.Vote percentage should be only on polled Votes and not on Total votes.
2.The staff side Leader and Secretary of all councils Should be elected only by respective Members of the council and management should not declare that Leader should be from Second recognised Union and secretary must be from main recognised Union. Calculating the vote percentage on only total votes is in practice in BSNL since 2002 from the time of First verification. BSNLEU enjoyed recognition for 12 years continuously only on this formula. When we questioned this in Chennai Telephones and Jammu & Kashmir hHighcourts in the past the courts upheld only the management 's method of taking the total votes for calculating the vote percentage.
The present new recognised rules were framed in 2013 and was accepted by all Unions including BSNLEU. Both 6th and 7 th verifications were conducted according to this rule. But now all of a sudden BSNLEU now opposing it and approached court. Why ? It wants the recognition for itself only. It could not bear the fact that NFTE-BSNL is once again recognised. Even after the poll process began BSNLEU undemocratically and unethically approached the BSNL management to reduce the number of Total voters. Shamelessly however the management decreased the total number of voters after the polling took place on 10-05-2016. Even after this help from management BSNLEU could not cross the magic figure of 50% so that it could be the only recognised Union in BSNL. Having failed in its diabolical efforts now it has gone to the court only for this:
1. NFTE 's recognition should be cancelled Or withdrawn.
2. Both the posts of Leader and secretary of Staff side in all councils should be from BSNLEU only.
We wish them failure in their efforts to snatch the rights and privileges of NFTE. Let us face this attempt in court. Already the CS of AP circle is authorised to deal with this case.Only Justice and Democracy will be victorious.


Joint sitting of the District Executive committee meeting of North & South Chennai on 21-06-16:

At Dinroze Exchange compound under the joint presidentship of Comrades K. Sabapathi and K. Venkatesan.This meeting reviewed the results of 7 th membership and decided to enhance the union membership by enrolling new members during July-2016. The District Executive also decided to hold all Divisionsanal conferences by September so that the District Conferences can be conducted in November 2016.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Purposeful District EC meeting of Tiruvallur:

On 20-06-16 at Ambathur exchange compound the EC meeting was held. All the district office bearers and Divisional Union office bearers took part in the discussion and reviewed the results of seventh membership verification. As a whole 50 new members are promised by the District Secretary C.K.Ragunathan in July month. After discussion names for the councils were recommended to the Circle Union. Circle Union office bearers Ramasamy,Rajendran, Elangovan, Ravi,Kandasamy,Dhandapani took part in the meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,





A well meaning function at Tiruchi on 19-06-16:

The Tiruchi District unit of AIBSNLOA conducted a meeting to honour the students who scored high marks in recent 10 and 12 th examinations. A momenta,Rs.5000 cash award, Books and other encouragements were given to nearly 25 students. Majority of them are students of government schools in rural areas is noteworthy. Com. Kamaraj is doing this service in a missionary zeal for the past 4 years needs to be congratulated by all of us.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


BSNLEU has no other work it seems!:

In Tamilnadu and Chennai Telephones the main recognised Union it seems has not reconciled yet to it's humiliating defeat continuously two times at the hands of NFTE . First it was defeated in the Telecom Co-operative Society election in which NFTE alliance won all the 21 posts in the Board of Directors. BSNLEU got a big Zero. Now for the second time that union tasted continuous defeat in both circles in the recently concluded seventh membership verification despite spending huge money and unleashing false propaganda. Its utterly ridiculous charges against the NFTE leaders were out rightly rejected by the BSNL employees in both the Circles. Yet it has not learnt proper lessons from two successive defeats. Once again they indulge in falsehood only to divert the attention of our employees from the very important issues like Payment of HRA on 78.2% IDA, Third Pay revision from 01-01-2017 , Bonus , SC/ST Reservation, Improving the Medical Scheme etc.
When BSNLEU ran the Telecom Society it was charging 16.5% as interest to Loans . Now it is crying as exorbitant interest when 16% of interest is being Charged. Every Union has already appealed to the Society management to reduce the rate of interest and the President of the Society publicly agreed to and announced his intention to do the same immediately after some improvement in the financial position of the society.Even after this that union is enacting Drama on 28th of June only to lay claim to the reduction of rate of interest. This attitude of that union will not work among our enlightened employees who knew very well everything that is happening now and what had happened when Comrade Chellappa was guiding the Telecom society. Further once audit report is passed by the RGB meeting there is no scope or possibility for altering the Dividend percentage at a later date. How this simple fact is not known to Comrade Anbumani whose only dream was to become the President of this society somehow.
Everyone knew that the last board itself decided to construct flats in the land available at Vellanur near Avadi. Last RGB election was fought mainly on the question of construction of Flats to meet the large number of applicants. But the overwhelming support NFTE alliance got in that election settled the case for construction of Flats once for all.Hence harping on plots is idiotic and motivated.
BSNLEU should desist from such disruptive activities and concentrate on constructive agenda.


NFTCL takes up the issue of BSNL contract Labourers in Sholapur with RLC, Pune:



North Chennai and South Chennai District Unions will jointly hold Executive Committee Meeting on 21-06-16:

Comrades K. Venkatesan and K.Sabapathy jointly preside over the EC meeting of Both North and South chennai district unions at Dinroze exchange complex on June 21 at 3 pm. Circle Secretary C K M will participate and address the joint session of the EC meeting.


Thiruvallur District Executive Committee Meeting on 20-06-16:

The meeting of the District EC will be held at Ambattur exchange Recreation Club on June-20 at 3 pm under the Presidentship of N. Dhanapal,District President. Com. C K Mathivanan,CS will participate and address the executive committee members.


Kanchipuram District Executive Committee Meeting on 23-06-16:

At the union office in Guindy GM(South) the District EC meeting will be held on June-23 at 3 pm under the presidentship of Com. T.Panchatcharam, District President. This meeting is the first after the seventh membership verification and hence a detailed review about it will be taken up. Circle Secretary C K M will participate and explain the latest developments.


Secretariat meeting of the Circle Union on 24-06-16:

As decided at the extended circle E C meeting on June-6 the Secretariat meeting will be held on 24-06-2016 (Friday) at 3 pm in Circle Union office at Flower Bazaar Complex. This meeting will fix agenda for the July General Council meeting which will be held on 06-07-16 at 3pm in Dinroze exchange complex.Further this meeting will recommend the union nominees for circle/ local councils besides works committees and staff welfare boards. All the members of the Circle Secretariat are requested to attend this meeting in time and without fail.


Meeting with Chief General Manager:

On 10-06-16 circle Union met the CGM after the seventh membership verification victory and discussed many issues that are pending for a long time.We requested the CGM to convene a meeting of all Unions to discuss the redeployment of staff throughout Chennai Telephones as number of retirement is on the increase and we face acute staff shortages at many places. She has agreed to it and promised the meeting within this month itself.  Click1,  Click2,


National Forum of BSNL workers in Chennai Telephones circle:

As per the instructions of National leadership circle level NFBSNLW was formed in Chennai on 10-06-16.
President .....C.K. Mathivanan (NFTE)
Vice Presidents..
1. K. Arumugam ( PEWA)
2.E.Prabhakaran( OBCEWA)
Convenor...J.Vijayakumar( TEPU)
Joint Convenor...S. Loganathan ( SEWA)
Apart from this each union will nominate three comrades to the committee.
The next full fledged Committee of circle level NFBSNLW will meet on 04-07-16.
This meeting resolved to include FNTO and other left out unions/ associations in to the fold of National Forum of BSNL workers.
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Formation of National Forum in Chennai Telephones:

A meeting has been convened on 10-06-16 at 3.30 pm in Flower Bazaar ( NFTE Union office) to form the circle level National Forum of BSNL workers. Our existing alliance partners TEPU,SEWA, PEWA , OBCEWA and of course NFTE leaders are invited for the meeting.


Letter to the General Secretary:

Letter to the General Secretary;  Click1,


STR issue - decision of CEC meeting:

The extended circle executive committee meeting of Chennai Telephones held on 06-06-16 had a detailed discussion on the organisational issue pestering for a long time in S T R. Many comrades criticised the partisan attitude of the General Secretary in writing a letter arbitrarily to the CGM/STR recognising the so called District Union setup without consulting the Chennai Telephones circle Union. As per the constitution of our union only Circle Secretary is empowered to extend recognition to a District Union setup. Hence they rightly questioned the unconstitutional decision of our General Secretary.
They pointed out the fact that STR members of NFTE who were working in the erstwhile Chengleput SSA have voted only in Chennai Telephones circle in the past several membership verifications since Chengleput SSA was officially merged into Chennai Telephones. In the recently held seventh membership verification also same was the practice. Many speakers questioned the activities of Tamilnadu Circle union's uncalled for interference in to Chennai Telephones organisational matters. All most all pressed for a decision to boycott the next national executive meeting as a protest. But as Circle Secretary I in my concluding speech appealed to them to be calm and give one more chance to the General Secretary to correct his mistake before rushing for a boycott decision. On this all comrades agreed to wait till 06-07-16 when the next General Council will meet and take a final decision.


Best wishes for the newly married couple:

On 08-06-16 I went to Kanchipuram to attend the marriage reception of Comrades E.Sampath - R.Saradha's only son S. Ashwin .Both the comrades are very active and loyal leaders of NFTE -BSNL .Many comrades including S.C.Bose,K.M.Elangovan,C.Ravi,S.Rajendran,D.Selvaraj,S.Ekambaram attended this reception and blessed the newly married couples. I wish them a very understanding and prosperous life.  Click1,


Decisions of the Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting on 06-06-16:

1.Next General council meeting on 6th of July at Dinroze exchange compound will finalise the union nominees for all councils.
2.The old car of the Union will be sold and a new one will be purchased. The salary of Driver will be hiked by one thousand rupees effective from 01-06-2016.
3.The decision of the circle conference to disband the district union setup will not be implemented in view of the prevailing situation. Hence all the 26 divisions will continue in future also. However the conferences of all Divisional unions must be completed their conferences by 30-09-2016 and elect new office bearers afresh.
4.An amount of rupees six from monthly subscription will be shared between District/Division/Branches at the rate of 3,2,1.
5.Circle Union will advise the Leadership of Telecom Co-operative society to reduce the rate of interest for loans availed by employees and to begin the construction work of apartments inside the Vellanur village for our employees without further delay.
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Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting on June-6 at YMCA hall in Flower Bazaar:

Com.G.Jayaraman, secretary ( CHQ ) inaugurated the meeting under the presidents hip of Com.M.K.Ramasamy,circle President.Com. C.K.MATHIVANAN, circle secretary introduced the agenda points and explained the issues. Com. K.M.Elangoven,National Executive committee member participated and spoke.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Com C.K.Mathivanan's Birthday Celebrations during Circle Executive on 06-06-2016:

During the Circle Executive meeting on 06/06/2016 birthe day celebration held for Com. C.K.Mathivanan, our beloved Circle secretary.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Victory Celebrations on 02-06-2016:

To celebrate the election victory in the recently held seventh membership verification in Chennai Telephones a grand meeting was organised at Flower bazaar exchange under the chairmanship of Com.CKM.TEPU General Secretary V.Subburaman, SEWA National President P.N.Perumal , PEWA General Secretary G. Masilamani, NFTE CHQ secretary T.R.Rajasekaran, AIOBCEWA Joint Secretary J.Prasad and comrade J. Vijayakumar, our Alliance Convenor and Circle Secretaries K.Arumugam, E. Prabhakaran, S.Loganathan and others spoke.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


First Meeting with management:

On 01-06-2016, the circle union representatives met the GM( HR) and DGM(HR) separately and discussed number of issues pertaining to the welfare of the staff. This is the first meeting after our election victory in Chennai Telephones.
The circle Union greeted Mr. Chellappan who assumed charge today as GM (HR) and wished him success in his new job.Comrades CKM, Elangoven,Rajendran, Ravi and Chandrasekar took part in the meeting.


Grand Farewell to Com.R. Umapathy on 30-05-16 at Ennore exchange:

A grand farewell to Com.R.Umapathy who is retiring on 31/05/2016 was held at Ennore telephone exchange and the circle union wished him for a very happy retired life.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click3,


Comrade K.Mohan, TM of Flower Bazaar External unit felicitated:

Comrade K.Mohan, TM of Flower Bazaar External unit who is retiring on 31-05-16 was honoured at Union office today . The circle Secretary thanked him for his donation of Rs.2000 and wished him a very happy retired life to Com.Mohan.  Click1,


Comrade Mani is being felicitated:

Comrade N.Mani,SR.TOA (G) at DGM's office of NBA is retiring on 30-06-2016 today came to our union office to hand over a donation of Rs.5000 on his retirement. He also felicitated Circle President and Circle Secretary. On behalf of Circle Union com. CKM honoured him and wished him a very happy retired life and thanked for his donation.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Farewell meeting at Kodambakkam on 30-05-2016:

Com.Balasubramanian, branch Secretary of Arumbakkam is retiring on 31-05-16. To greet him a meeting was organised today in which hundreds of our comrades participated.He has donated Rs.2000 to circle Union.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


National Forum of BSNL workers formed today(27-05-2016) in Newdelhi:

We welcome the formation of National Forum of BSNL workers consisting of NFTE, TEPU and SEWA . The chennai Telephones circle Union whole heartedly welcome this alternative forum to protect the interests of both workers and the company in a determined manner. We congratulate the newly elected office- bearers and wish them every success. The Chennai Telephones circle Union will follow the path shown by our leaders in this regard and will soon form the circle level NFBSNLW.
It would be nice if other Unions and Associations including FNTO, PEWA, AIBSNLEA and AIBSNLOA are also approached to join our forum to augment the collective strength of both the workers and officers in the near future. We hope the leadership will spare no effort to mobilise maximum number of unions and Associations in to the fold of our National Forum.


Returning to Chennai:

After availing complete rest and leave from Union activities since 16-05-16, I will be returning to chennai on 29-05-16 and resume my usual day today union activities from the Monday ( 30-05-16).
Two farewell meetings are on 30-05-16. The victory celebrations are planned on 02-06-16. The extended circle executive committee meeting which includes the Divisional Secretaries also will be there on06-06-2016 in which important decisions will have to be taken including electing the union nominees for both Circle and Local Councils.We need to thoroughly review the results of the seventh verification in this meeting. Eagerly waiting to see all our comrades on Monday.


Two Years or Too much years?:

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s government is celebrating the completion of two years on 26/05/2016 as it enters the third year. Nothing wrong in celebrating their historic victory in 2014 parliamentary elections. But whether the people are in a mood to appreciate these celebrations in our country today? No. Inflation is uncontrollable and hence the steady rise in prices of all essential commodities. As promised by BJP the black money stacked in Swiss bank accounts are yet to be brought back to India and also 15 lac rupees promised into each Indian’s bank account also not realized. Rather the rate of interest for provident fund and Savings accounts was reduced sharply which will affect intensely the middle and poorer class of people.
NDA has somehow earned the name as a pro-rich government at centre. It’s anxiety to tamper with labour laws and to see the CPSUs to rich and mighty has only confirmed its commitment was to rich people and not to the poor people. BJP leader always talks about a India without a congress party. It is basically undemocratic desire and infact revealed a dictatorial mindset of BJP. In a Democracy every party big or small has a place. But trying to eliminate a political party from the political system is very dangerous and highly condemnable. The undemocratic behavior of NDA / BJP in topping the congress state governments in both Arunachal Pradesh and Utharakand is only the tip of the iceberg. The way the CM of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal is being treated and troubled by the BJP government is not a healthy democracy practice.
Job creation is one big casualty in the Modi’s government. Many schemes are only on paper and yielded no results. Noise is more and actions are less and less. Using TV and Radio to promote personality cult of Modi is very bad for Indian Democracy. The loud speeches on Corruption is seemingly empty with their stout protection of BP Chief Ministers Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh for Vyapam scandal and Rajasthan CM for heping Lalith Modi.
The Educational sector was the worst hit. From Hyderabad central University to Jawaharlal Nehru University the students were punished for not following RSS agenda of the education. The cases of Rohith Vemula and Kanniah Kumar stands as the testimony.
Mr. Modi has earned the name of NRI Prime Minister as he was fond of visiting as many foreign countries as much as possible. It was told that his tour expenses in just two years were higher than the former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh’s tour expenses during his ten years rule as PM. The Hindu fundamentalists have found a friendly government in NDA which is dangerous for our country’s secular credentials. The attempt of NDA government to rewrite Indian History is very wrong. It unduly try to promote few RSS leaders as patriots who fought for country’s Independence whereas none have participated in the freedom struggle. Again and again this government is trying to whip up religious feelings of Hindus with the only aim of getting votes in elections whenever and wherever held.
Lastly this government is infact a semi fascist one in the garb of a rightist political party.It is better to get relieved from it as early as possible. Hence the people particularly the poor and the downtrodden people had to be organized along with the working people of our country. We have strong apprehensions about the remaining three years of its rule but confident that our people who faced the British rule and Mrs. Indra Gandhi’s Emergency rule will boldly face these RSS guided semi-fascist rulers also.


Thanks Kerala!:

When the left parties faced the wrath every where , the people of Kerala elected the Left alliance (LDF) with a huge margin. Normally in Kerala the difference between the ruling and opposition alliance will be four or five. But now the difference between LDF and UDF in very high at 44 in the house of 140. Indeed it is a big achievement of left parties in Kerala.
The CPI is the most benefitted political party in Kerala with a win of 19 seats out of 27 seats contested. This is 6 more than the CPI strength in the previous Assembly. It's winning percentage is a huge 70%. The CPI 's vote share is 8.1% and this makes It the third largest political party after CPM and Congress in the Kerala Assembly. It's MLA contingent of 19 includes three women and seven youth. A student union leader of JNU also won in one seat on CPI's ticket.
Already the ruling BJP and RSS are trying very hard to turn our mother India in to a intolerant Hindu country with an economic agenda to boost the Corporates and Big Multinationals .Hence the need of the hour is to strengthen the Left and Democratic forces without any delay.In this difficult situation the results of Kerala is very much encouraging . Once again a Big thanks for Kerala people.


Recognition and Formation of Councils orders issued.:

BSNL Management has issued orders regarding recognition of unions and formation of councils.  Click1,  Click2,


Results of Assembly polls in four states and one Union territory- My first impressions:

1.In West Bengal the Left's alliance with arch rival Congress was not acceptable to the people of that state. This opportunist alliance weakened the Left further ideologically. Miss. Mamta's victory is a proof that people still not forgotten the omissions and commissions of 34 years Left rule.
2. In Kerala the UDF is rightly shown the door. Every five years there will be a regime change in Kerala. However the extent of LDF victory is a proof of people's anger on Chief Minister Chandy's Corrupt ridden ministry.
3.In Assam the 15 years of continued Congress rule had created anti- incumbency and the BJP utilised it very cleverly. More than a dozen popular congress leaders switched sides to BJP as they knew a bleak future for them in Congress since Mr. Tarun Gogoi began to promote his son as his political heir.
4. In Tamilnadu Ruling AIADMK could win mainly due to the disunity in opposition camp.It has benefited through the multi cornered contest . No doubt Amma's freebies and welfare measures have blunted the anti- incumbency to a great extent. The worrying factor is the issue of Corruption has no longer a main thing for the voters. Once again it is proved that in Tamilnadu politics there is no place for third front.This may be the first time that not a single MLA from Left parties will be represented in the State Assembly.
5.In Puducherry the result is a consolation victory for the grand old party congress which is facing severe drubbing every where since the past several years.


Extended Circle Executive Meeting on June-6:

The meeting of the extended circle EC will be held on 06-06-16 ( Monday) full day at YMCA hall opposite to the Madras High Court Building . All office bearers of the circle Union , secretaries of District and Divisional unions and Special invitees must participate in this meeting availing a day's Special C L . The meeting shall begin at 10.30 am sharply.
This meeting will review the results of seventh verification and decide on the organisational matters.The meeting will be presided over by the circle President M.K.Ramasamy. The union journal Sanga Muzakkam will be distributed to the divisions at the meeting. Please come prepare for a open discussion on the election campaign and result.


Analysis of voting pattern for NFTE- nationwide- 7 th Verification:

TOP TEN Circles:
5.Andaman- Nicobar(46.67)
9. Chennai Telephones(41.87)
10.Bihar (40.76)
Above 50%.......4 circles
41-50%..........5 circles
31-40%..........15 circles
21-30%..........2 circles
11-20%..........3 circles
Below 10%.......6 circles
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Lowest vote: Kolkota Telephones---03.82%.
Hight vote: ALTTC.......... .....55.91%
Out of 35 circles NFTE could win only in the following circles:
7.Chennai Telephones.
Tamilnadu state as a whole contributed (in both circles) 8116 Votes to NFTE, which is approximately 15% of its total votes throughout the country. Every one of us could be rightly feel proud for this.



I found one article on the just concluded seventh verification in BSNL , written by a intellectual on the Union webcite and really amused after reading it. If employees cleverly chosen the Two unions for negotiating table as my friend has concluded then why gave BSNLEU 49.5% and NFTE only 31.% unevenly that too after the worst non- performance of BSNLEU which criminally wasted 12 years of continued recognition in BSNL. Had few hundred more employees voted for that Union the situation would have been very awkward for NFTE. Hence I differ with the observation that employees voted intelligently. Rather as usual our employees were once again misled by the false propaganda and the influence of money power , muscle power and even rabid casteism practiced by BSNLEU. The employees did not realise the danger of reelecting the BSNLEU for sixth time or NFTE leaders and cadres failed once again to convince the employees of the danger of continued recognition for BSNLEU for a period of further three years.
NFTE members at the grass root level will not forgive or forget the surrender of BSNLEU before the management and will remember how lowly the leaders of BSNLEU criticized the leadership of NFTE with choicest abuses. NFTE should form it's own front with the alliance partners and try to rope in FNTO and others to run the movement for the betterment of employees and the company independently. It should not jump in to the band wagon of BSNLEU as we got bitter experience in the past that BSNLEU only used FORUM and other avenues only to further it's own interest and growth of BSNLEU. If we practice independent approach and organise independently joint movements only then BSNLEU could be checkmated. Otherwise it's hegemony and partisan activities will continue as usual. Let me hope without rushing for a handshake with BSNLEU the CHQ of NFTE must deliberate on this important issue afresh in a National executive meeting which may be called immediately to review the results of seventh membership verification.


'Dinamalar' published news about election result in BSNL:



Officiating arrangement in the post of Circle Secretary:

As Com. CKM is proceeding on leave from 17-05-2016 to 31-05-16 Comrade K.M.Elangoven , one of the Assistant Circle Secretary will officiate as Circle Secretary during the absence of comrade CKM. Our comrades and office- bearers should take note of this and contact Com. Elangoven in case of any problem.


Decisions of the Secretariat meeting held on 14-05-2016:

1.Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting will be held for full day on 06-06-2016 . All Divisional secretaries, District secretaries, Circle Office-bearers and Special invitees should participate in this meeting after availing a day's Special casual leave.
2.To ensure better coordination between branches and Districts the present Union setup of Divisional Union should continue as a special case as Chennai is a big metro and could not be treated as a normal district in any of the territorial circle.
3. To sell the old car as it has fulfilled its utility already.
4. Victory celebration will be organised in a grand manner at Flower Bazaar complex on 02-06-2016 to honour all those who toiled for the victory of NFTE in the seventh membership verification.


Thank giving meeting at Anna road exchange:

Meeting on 14-05-16 at Anna road exchange to thank the employees for electing NFTE.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,


Meeting of the circle Union Secretariat:

On 14-05-16 the secretariat meeting was held at Flower Bazaar and reviewed the results of Seventh membership verification. The meeting congratulated the alliance unions for ensuring the victory of Employees Welfare Alliance. It also thanked the employees who voted and elected NFTE in Chennai Telephones.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Voting particulars of Chennai Telephones:

Voting particulars of Chennai Telephones - official communication sent to BSNL corporate office.  Click1,


Big Thanks...:

Big Thanks for all who had helped to secure a win in Chennai Telephones. On 12-05-16 after the declaration of results for the seventh membership verification in BSNL our alliance held a meeting immediately at Flower Bazaar exchange complex and thanked all leaders and cadres worked tirelessly for four months continuously.
It was decided to conduct a meeting on 14-05-16 (Saturday ) at 3 pm in Anna road exchange to thank all for giving NFTE a long over due victory. All our comrades are requested to attend the meeting in time.


NFTE won in Chennai Telephones by a margin of 324 votes:

NFTE won in Chennai Telephones by a margin of 324 votes.
NFTE.... 2531.
BSNLEU... 2207.


NFTE won in Two circles:

In Jharkand and Chathisgarh circles NFTE recorded victories for the record seventh time consecutively. We congratulate comrades Mahabir and Chilamwar and their team.


Tamilnadu circle WON:

Tamilnadu NFTE won by a margin of 616 votes. BSNLEU got defeated in the home state of Abhimanyu,once again.


Tamilnadu circle will win:

As of 2 PM., NFTE is leading by 635 votes. Only Madurai SSA result is not yet declared so far. Asper information available now even in Madurai after second round of counting of votes both unions are tied with equal number of votes. Hence NFTE 's win is a sure one.



After second round of counting of votes in Chennai Telephones ,NFTE is leading by 254 votes . As of 2 PM: NFTE..... 1388
BSNLEU.. 1134.


In Tamilnadu circle NFTE is marching ahead:

In Tamilnadu circle NFTE is marching ahead to the victory post. Vellore SSA.
NFTE... 684.
BSNLEU.. 223.
Salem.. SSA.
NFTE... 537.
BSNLEU... 483.
As of now NFTE is leading by a vote margin of 1027 votes over BSNLEU.



In Tamilnadu circle NFTE is leading by 592 votes as at 1 PM. In Tiruchirapalli, Cuddalore, Kumbakonam, Karaikudi, Tanjore, CGM(O) and CTTC already NFTE has emerged victorious.



At Chennai SSA, NFTE is leading by 74 votes after the first round counting of 1000 votes. As of now at 12.45 PM in Chennai Telephones overall,NFTE is leading by a margin of 310 votes.


Chengalpet- Chennai Telephones:

Chennai Telephones - NFTE won in Chengalpet SSA by a margin of 168 votes.


Cuddalore SSA- TAMIL NADU:

Tamilnadu circle - At Cuddalore SSA NFTE won by a margin of 264 votes.


NFTE won in Tanjore SSA in Tamilnadu:

NFTE won in Tanjore SSA in Tamilnadu.
NFTE... 441.
BSNLEU... 131


NTR,Newdelhi NFTE-BSNL crossed 51%:

NTR, Newdelhi crossed 51%. NFTE has won by a lead of 286 votes over BSNLEU in Newdelhi Northern Telecom Region.
NFTE... 491
BSNLEU... 205.
Congratulations for com.Rajpal and his team.


In Kumbakonam SSA of Tamilnadu circle NFTE won by a margin of 206 votes:

In Kumbakonam SSA of Tamilnadu circle NFTE won by a margin of 206 votes.
NFTE... 281
BSNLEU.. 75.


Personal defeat for BSNLEU leaders Chellappa, Babu Radhakrishnan and Anbumani in their own place:

In Tamilnadu CGM office NFTE has won by 28 votes.
NFTE.... 179.
BSNLEU... 151.
These three Great Leaders of BSNLEU are facing this humiliating defeat at the hands of NFTE when Anbumani is the District Secretary of BSNLEU.


In Chennai Telephones..:

As of now In Chennai Telephones circle NFTE is leading in vote counting for the seventh verification. Two results have already out. For the remaining Two big SSA the vote counting is going on and the final results may be known only in the evening. In Tamilnadu after the first round In Tiruchirapalli NFTE is leading by 164 votes over BSNLEU.


In Chennai Telephones circle NFTE has recorded it's first victory in STR:

In Chennai Telephones circle NFTE has recorded it's first victory in STR.
NFTE.... 77 BSNLEU.. 49.


Results pouring in:

NFTE has recorded it's victory in BSNL corporate office. NFTE... 152. BSNLEU. 90. In Bihar NFTE has won in 8 SSAs so far and leading in other SSAs by big margins. In Chathisgarh NFTE won in 2 SSAs as of now.They are CGM office ,Ambikapur. In Haryana NFTE has won the biggest SSA of Faridabad. InU.P.(west) NFTE has won as of now in two SSAs.They are Saharanpur and CGM office. In Maharashtra NFTE has recorded it's first victory in Yavatmal SSA .There NFTE got 112 votes and BSNLEU got only 56 votes. In U.P.(E) circle as of now NFTE has won in one SSA.


Chennai Polling:

Polling ended very peacefully in all the 45 polling booths by 5 pm on 10-05-16. Nearly 97% of employees have voted. However the actual and accurate voting percentage figures will be announced by the returning officer in few hours time. Our exit poll results shows a very big victory for NFTE-BSNL in Chennai Telephones Circle. We hope similar sentiments will prevail throughout the country. We sincerely thank each and every employee for supporting and voting for NFTE in this verification. We are duty bound to express our gratitude and sincere thanks to the leaders of TEPU, SEWA ,PEWA and OBCEWA for their support and enthusiasm shown in our campaign.


Let us remember the day-May 9 (1945):

Today is the anniversary of victory over fascism. The end of world war 2 on May 9th 1945 marked the surrender of German army to the Red army of Soviet Union.Earlier the German dictator Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his lover on 30-04-1945 sensing imminent defeat at the hands of advancing Red army. To save the world from fascist forces the Russian army sacrificed more men than any of the western country.Had Hitler was not halted and defeated the Independence of our motherland would have been delayed. We all should celebrate the victory of communism over the fascism.


Bangalore Finale of Campaign on 07-05-2016:

NFTE -BSNL in Karnataka completed the campaign for seventh verification with a grand meeting in which our leaders Kohli,Subburaman,C.K.Mathivanan,P.N.Perumal, Gopalakrishnan, Veeraraghavan besides Seshadri, Krishna reddy . Com. Krishna Mohan, circle president presided over the meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,



Com. N.D.Ram , the General Secretary of SEWA-BSNL in his inspiring speech at Chennai on 06-05-16 described the non-performance of BSNLEU despite 12 years of continued Recognition in BSNL in only three words aptly. Meeting-Eating-Cheating. Although he is relatively young and having still ten years of service more his candid observation about BSNLEU is very correct.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Grand finale of election campaign for seventh verification in Chennai Telephones Circle on 06-05-2016:

More than 1250 comrades attentively participated from 4 pm to 8.45 pm in the final election meeting held at Flower Bazaar complex. Comrades Chandeswar Singh, Subburaman, N.D.Ram, R. Venkataraman, P.N.Perumal,G.Masilamani, J.Prasad and S.Veeraraghavan spoke at the meeting and exported the BSNL employees to defeat BSNLEU and elect NFTE-BSNL as the single recognised union with more than 51% of votes in the seventh verification. Com. CKM presided. Com. J.Vijayakumar welcomed all and Com. C.Ravi gave vote of thanks. This meeting was organised very efficiently by the District Union of North Chennai. We thank all leaders of North Chennai for this.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Seat by seat canvassing in Ambathur on 05-05-16:

Com. C.K.Mathivanan and EWA leaders campaigned seat by seat in Ambattur Telephone Exchange in electing NFTE-BSNL as Number one recognized union to safeguard the interest of NFTE-BSNL.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Canvassing of votes in Annanagar:

EWA leaders campaigned in Anna Nagar telephone Exhnage complex.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click3,  Click4,


Election Campaign Meeting at Tiruchirapalli on 04-05-16:

A grand campaign meeting was held at Trichy on 04-05-16 with the participation of comrades R.Venkataraman( TEPU), C.K.Mathivanan( NFTE) and G. Kanagaraj( SEWA). More than 350 comrades very attentively heard the speeches of our leaders till the end which confirmed the victory of NFTE alliance in the seventh verification on 10-05-16.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Election Rally at Nellore ( Andra) on 03-05-16:

In a Election Rally at Nellore(AP) Comrades C.K.Mathivanan,M.K.Ramasamy,T.R.Rajasekaran,Anbu and Vijayakumar(TEPU) participated.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


EWA Womens wing Election Campaign:

The Employees Welfare Alliance Womens Wing canvassing throughout Chennai Telephones today..approched each and ever women employee and ask vote for NFTE BSNL Symbol.....NFTE ZINDABAD.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Election meeting at Erode Telephone Exchange on 02-05-16:

In a well organized election meeting at Erode Telephone Exchange complex Comrades C.K.Mathivanan,Mali,Subbarayan participated and spoke at the gatherings and Felicitation for Com.Nilaimathi,STS, Erode who is retiring on 31-05-16 at Telephone Bhavan, Erode. She is at present holding the post of Branch Union President of NFTE.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


May Day flag hoisting and Public meeting on 01-05-2016:

Union flag was hoisted at Annanagar P&T staff quarters RSU exchange and meeting was held to pay homage to the Chicago Martyrs . All leaders of our EWA participated and spoke.Com Ashokan, circle Treasurer of Tamilnadu NFTE was the special invitee to this meeting. Leaders paid rich tributes to the May Day martyrs.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,


Election Rally at Annanagar quarters on 01-05-16:

In an Election rally at Anna Nagar quarters Com. C.K.Mathivanan and EWA leaders participated.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Com.Abhimanyu will pay the price for insulting the leaders of SEWA-BSNL and TEPU:

BSNLEU leadership has lost its balance of mind it seems due to the realization of humiliating defeat at the hands of NFTE led alliance in the seventh membership verification on 10-04-16. That is the reason comrade Abhimanyu got frustrated at the break up of alliance with TEPU and SEWA-BSNL. Instead of analysing the reasons for the desertion of many alliance partners dispassionately he started jumping on the leadership of those organizations and abused them with insulting words. Only due to the big brother attitude and total surrender of worker's welfare to the management by Abhimanyu one by one alliance partners left the united Forum. With out realising his mistakes for the break up of alliance he abused the leaders of TEPU and SEWA-BSNL ,both of them stood with BSNLEU for a very long time. He has forgotten how much he utilised the TEPU to curry favour with both DMK ministers of communication ministry. He has now may have forgotten the meetings arranged by Com. Subburaman with the then minister A. Raja even at the odd hours.
He also forgotten the great help extended by SEWA for the victory of BSNLEU in at least three verification s. With the support of FNTO only they could win the second and third verifications. After that BSNLEU betrayed FNTO and even misappropriated the symbol of FNTO. After a very long time BSNLEU is now facing the seventh verification all alone and the result will be the same as was in 2002.
Every Union is independent and can decide it's course of action as per their understanding and experience. When FNTO ,TEPU and SEWA-BSNL supported BSNLEU we in NFTE never abused them but understood their Democratic rights. But when they moved away from BSNLEU comrade Abhimanyu is hurling abuses and even attempted to break those unions.He was the creator of NFTBE and FNTO EA etc. Now he is trying his best to disrupt the SEWA-BSNL with the help of one individual who was thrown out for corruption and fraud committed in SEWA-BSNL financial matters. For all these misadventures BSNLEU is certainly going to face the wrath of the employees.


Grand Election Meeting on 29-04-16 in Kanchipuram :

In a meeting at Kanchipuram telephone exchange the National President of SEWA-BSNL ,P N Perumal and Tamilnadu circle Secretary T. Muthukrishnan and Leaders of NFTE , TEPU, OBCEWA also spoke at this meeting and appealed to the employees to elect NFTE and defeat the BSNLEU.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Campaign Meeting at Adyar on 28-04-16:

In well organized Election campaign meeting at Adayar Exchnage Comrade C.K.Mathivanan and other EWA leaders spoke at the employees and explained failures of BSNLEU and electing NFTE-BSNL as Number one recognized union to safe guard the interest of BSNL and employees.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Election Committee Meeting:

On 26-04-16 at Union office in Flower Bazaar the meeting of election committee was held and reviewed the campaign so far and analysed the feedback given by the leaders.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Hectic campaign by EWA:

For the past few days the Employees Welfare Alliance is doing very hectic campaign throughout the Chennai Telephones. Yesterday and today the leaders of EWA canvassed each employee to vote for NFTE.At Anna road , Valasaravakkam and porur exchanges canvassing was done yesterday.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Celebrate the May Day on 01-05-16:

Even amidst hectic election campaign , all our beaches unions are duty bound to observe the International Workers Day ( May Day) on 01-05-2016 and pay our respectful homages to the martyrs of working people who shed blood in Chicago for demanding eight hours duty for a day . On this day all branches should hoist the Union's red flag in the morning and assemble in large number to celebrate this year's May Day at 3 pm in Anna Nagar P&T staff quarters. The leaders of Employees Welfare Alliance will address the gathering and jointly pay homages to the Chicago martyrs. All comrades are requested to attend the Anna Nagar celebrations without fail.


Election Campaign in Staff quarters in Royapettah on 24-04-16:

Election Campaign in Staff quarters in Royapettah on 24-04-16 where in EWA leaders including Com. C.K.Mathivanan participated.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


Campaign in Telecom Training Centre at Maraimalai Nagar:

On 23-04-16 Canvassing was carried out in the RTTC by Employees Welfare Alliance comrades.  Click1,  Click2,


Concilation meeting between Dy Chief Labour Commisioner and NFTCL:

on 21/04/2016 a conciliation meeting was arranged by Hon'ble Dy. Cheif Labour Commissioner (c) between our NFTCL Union and the CGM of both Tamil Nadu and Chennai, in which DGM(HR) of both Chennai and Tamil Nadu ,AGM of Chennai attended the meeting . At last a good message was given by Dy. Cheif Labour Commissioner is that 26 days wages is going to be converted as 30 days because of all union efforts like our union. The orders will be issued within a month which indicate Minimum wage as 10,000/-  Click1,


Election campaign meeting at Thiruthai Exchnage complex:

In well organized Election campaign meeting at Thiruthani Exchnage Comrade C.K.Mathivanan and other EWA leaders spoke at the employees and explained failures of BSNLEU and electing NFTE-BSNL as Number one recognized union to safe guard the interest of BSNL and employees.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click6,


Our Employees lost already more than Rs. 26000 crores due to the surrender policy of BSNLEU!:

During the past 12 years of its reign BSNLEU has caused immense loss to our employees with its policy of betrayal and abject surrender to the management of BSNL from 2004 to 2016. The details are as below:
1. Loss due to denial of Bonus since 2010....Rs.1860 Crores.
2.Loss due to denial of medical allowance for the past four years...Rs.8200 Crores.
3.Loss due to surrender of arrears for 78.2% IDA merger since 01-01-2007....Rs.6100 Crores.
4.Loss due to non- revision of all allowances including Transport allowance since 01-01-2007......Rs.7500 Crores.
5.Loss due to the cancellation of order at the insistence of Abhimanyu for encashment of ten days of EL on LTC .....Rs.350 Crores.
6. Loss due to Stagnation and Denial of 30% pay rise to all those who were appointed on or after 01-01-2007....Rs.1100 Crores.
7.Loss due to refusal to grant HRA on 78.2% IDA even after 10-06-2013....Rs.1250 Crores.
If one add all these losses it may be a staggering Rs.26000 Crores and more.
Enough is Enough! When our employees faced such huge loss during this period , BSNLEU received a handsome Rs.52 Crores through subscriptions from hapless employees. This is the only achievement of BSNLEU. Let us end this ugly situation by defeating that union and electing NFTE as the only recognised Union in BSNL on 10-05-2016.


Employees welfare alliance meeting at Guindy office Complex:

இன்று கிண்டி பகுதியில் அண்ணல் அம்பேத்கர் படத்திற்கு மாலை அணிவித்து நமது ஊழியர் நல கூட்டணி தலைவர்கள் சி.கே.மதிவாணன், விஜயகுமார், லோகநாதன், பிரபாகரன் உள்ளிட்ட தலைவர்கள் ஒவ்வொரு தோழரையும் சந்தித்து வாக்கு சேகரித்தனர்.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,


Employees welfare alliance meeting at Anna Road Complex:

A special Election Magazine relesed during the meeting at Anna Road complex in the presence of EWA leaders. அண்ணாசாலை தொடர்பகத்தில் நடைபெற்ற ஊழியர் நலக் கூட்டணியின் நூல் வெளியீட்டு விழாவில, முடியட்டும் BSNLEU வின் அங்கீகாரம், விடியட்டும் ஊழியர்களுக்கு நல்ல காலம் என்கிற கோசம் பலமாக ஊழியர் மத்தியில் ஒலித்தது என்பது குறிப்பிடதக்கது.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,


DR.B.R.AMBEDKAR's 125th birthday. Celebration:

DR.B.R.AMBEDKAR's 125th birthday. Celebration. at Tailar Rd Dr.B.R. AMBEDKAR. Quarters, chennai-10, Com.C.K.MATHIVANAN. and alliance leaders participated.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,  Click7,  Click8,  Click9,  Click10,


GS BSNLEU expressed unhapiness over BSNLMRS:

On 11-04-16 at a meeting in Chennai the General Secretary of BSNLEU expressed unhappiness over BSNL MRS for denying him the full reimbursement of medical expenses on account of his eye surgery recently. He lamented that for an expense of Rs.95000 only Rs.1500 was reimbursed to him . But it is not a new thing. For several years this is the position of Medical Scheme in BSNL wherein only 40% of actual medical expenses incurred are reimbursed even for treatment taken in approved hospitals. This being the case only now Com.Abhimanyu is aware of this horrible condition of BSNL MRS. May be only after his personal experience he is now worried about the very bad implementation of Medical Scheme.As a General Secretary of the main recognised Union BSNL it is his duty and responsibility to provide the best medical facilities to our staff like in other PSUs. By openly and publicly expressing his helpless once again Abhimanyu proved that he is a poor achiever and a mere loud mothed leader. This is one more reason for defeating BSNLEU in the ensuing Verification.


Open Admission of BSNLEU that it bungled on pay revision issue of all those who were appointed on or after 01-01-2007:

We all know pretty well that all those who got appointment in BSNL on or after were denied 30% pay hike like other employees and due to this they are experiencing a huge financial loss for more than past nine years. During this period BSNLEU was the only recognised Union in BSNL. This proves the incapacity of that Union particularly their leadership.
As they kept NFTE out of the second wage revision talks many blunders were committed in second wage Revision. Few glaring examples are the following:
1. They did not fix the periodicity of wage revision as five years.( This has resulted in the delay in Third wage revision. Even after nine years since the last wage revision in 2007 there is no official word about next wage revision. Due to this delay many are struggling with stagnation in Pay and loosing their increments) 2.The pay revision was based on 68.8% IDA whereas in other PSUs it was on the basis of 78.2% IDA.(Due to this costly mistake even today both our employees and retirees are loosing financially).
In the run up to the seventh membership verification in BSNL, Comrade Abhimanyu has released a booklet on issues facing the employees in general. I reproduce the write up in that booklet on page 16 under the subheading "Settlement of one additional increment to the TTAs".
"......demanding that the wage loss of all the Non-Executives appointed on or after 01-01-2007 and upto 06-05-2010,should be adequately compensated.Initially it was demanded that five advance increments should be granted to these employees as was given to the JTOs and JAOs.However after coming to know that, in some PSUs 30% fitment has been given to the employees appointed during the above said period, BSNLEU demanded that30% fitment should be granted to the Non-Executives appointed on or after 01-01-2007 and upto 06-05-2010."
This write up very clearly proved the incapacity of BSNLEU and inadequacy of its leadership. First they demanded five advance increments without even knowing the fact that the similarly placed employees in other PSUs were given 30% fitment.Then they demanded 30% fitment. But what was the achievement after nine long years? The management offered only one additional increment that too for only to TTAs and not to all others belong to various cadres. This is a clear case of discrimination . When these employees were justifiably eligible for 30% fitment, the BSNLEU was satisfied with only one increment. Everyone knew that one Increment means just 3% only. Who will compete for the remaining 27% pay loss.
If these leaders are engaged in the next wage revision what will be future blunders?


Branch Union was formed for NFTCL in Madurantakam on 12-04-16:

Branch Union of NFTCL was formed in Madurantakam on 12-04-16.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Election Campaign Meeting of EWA in Madurantakam on 12-04-16:

Election Campaign Meeting of EWA held in Madurantakam on 12-04-16 in which C.K.M and other leaders spoke.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Farewell Meeting for Com. Singaravelan, District Secretary of Kanchipuram District Union:

On 12-04-2016 at Chengleput exchange a grand farewell meeting was organised to mark the retirement of Com.Singaravelan on 30-04-16. I participated in the meeting and greeted him a very happy retired life. TEPU circle Secretary Vijayakumar, SEWA Circle Secretary Loganathan and OBC employees welfare association Circle Secretary Prabhakaran were also spoke at this meeting. We thank Comrade Singaravelan who donated Rs.3000 to Circle Union.  Click1,


Election Campaign Meeting at Chengleput on 12-04-16:

In a well organized Election campaign meeting in Chenglepet Com.C.K.M and EWA leaders spoke at the Employees and exposed the failures of BSNLEU and the drama enacted by GS of BSNLEU in the recent issue of Bonus.  Click1,  Click2,


SEWA-BSNL entered in to an agreement with NFTE-BSNL on 10-04-2016.

SEWA-BSNL entered in to an agreement with NFTE-BSNL on 10-04-2016. At Newdelhi on Sunday an agreement was reached between the two organisations to support NFTE in the Seventh membership verification in BSNL.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,


Employees Welfare Alliance unions joint meeting on 09-04-16 at Dinroz RSU

Employees Welfare Alliance unions joint meeting on 09-04-16 at Dinroz RSU exchange to prepare our base level leaders for registering a thumping victory over the discredited BSNLEU.Morethan 350 comrades very enthusiastically took part in this full day meeting.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Election tour

On 08-04-16 the Employees Welfare Alliance leaders began their election tour at Thiruvallur in the morning and Sriperumbudur in the evening. Both the meetings were encouraging and well attended.  Click1,  Click2,


Grand celebration of 95 th Birthday of Com.O.P.Gupta

Grand celebration of 95 th Birthday of Com. O .P.Gupta and Begining of tour programme of Employees Welfare Alliance on 08-04-16 at Thiruvallur exchange.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


Com.O.P Gupta's 95th birtyday on April 8th:

The legend &doyen of the P&T workers. The greatman who stood firmly,fought strongly,&conquered finally. Thus he ensured Govt .pension for 31/2 lakhs Bsnl employees. The one &only trade Union leader in the world who gave the permanent status to the 1 1/2lakhs casual labourers in the Bsnl at the stroke of one order despite ban on reruitment in force. No trade union leader in the world to achieve this feat till today. Com .Guptaji lives in the heart of the Bsnl employees even after his demise. Long live Com.Guptaji's fame.


BSNL management calls the bluff of Abhimanyu and BSNLEU:

As nothing is there to show as achievement for BSNLEU even after 12 years of continued recognized union status, they now harping on Bonus issue with half truths and untruths only to hoodwink our employees to steal their votes. Having slept over bonus issue ever since 2010 for the past 6 years Abhimanyu now act very fast and became over smart to blame NFTE falsely. The management has now written to BSNLEU General Secretary with a strong warning not to indulge in utter falsehood on bonus issue with an eye on the coming verification. The management rapped Abhimanyu and questioned him how he can falsely propagate that management had offered only two degit amount as adhoc bonus when he himself did not attend the said meeting on 31_03_16 ?The warning of the management is nothing but a slap on the face of BSNLEU . But the thick skinned people will not budge and correct their mistakes.


BSNLEU Caught Red-handed;பொய்யன் அபிமன்யுவின் சாயம் வெளுத்தது :

NFTE-BSNL நிர்வாகத்தோடு இரண்டு இலக்க போனசிற்கு ஒத்துக்க்கொண்டது எனக் கூறி BSNLEU ஊழியர்களை திசை திருப்பி வந்தது. இதனை கண்டித்த நிர்வாகம் அவருக்கு கடிதம் அனுப்பியுள்ளது. இதனை பார்த்தாவது ஊழியர்கள் BSNLEU சங்க மோசடியை புரிந்து கொள்வார்கள். இந்த தேர்தலில் நிராகரிப்பார்கள். The BSNLEU and its GS Com. Abhimanyu exposed completely in the Bonus issue. The BSNL management issued notice to BSNLEU.  Read more..,


Com C.K.Mathivanan in Kolkatta:

Com C.K.Mathivanan reached Kolkota to meet West Bengal and Telecom Factory comrades to speedup the NFTE's election campaign for the 7 the verification and he also planned to meet our comrades to sort out the organizational issues pending for a long time.


Election Campaign Meeting on 05-04-16 at K K Nagar Telephone Exchange:

At K.K.Nagar telephone Exchange complex on 05/04/2016 Com C.K.M and EWA leaders spoke at the Employees about the failures of BSNLEU and electing NFTE-BSNL as Number one recognized union.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,  Click5,  Click6,


At DGM( HR &Admn) office campaign meeting on 04-04-16:

In a well organized election campaign meeting today at DGM(Admn) office Com.C.K.Mathivanan and other EWA leaders addressed the gathering and the importance to elect the NFTE-BSNL as Number one recognized union to safe guard the interest of BSNL and its Employees.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


Election campaign meeting on April-3 at Kellys Exchange:

In a well organized meeting at Kellys Exchange the EWA leaders spoke at the Employees.  Click1,  Click2,  Click3,  Click4,


It is unbelievable:

It is unbelievable . BSNLEU is announcing two agitations in one week for Bonus ! It was in silent mode from 2010 when the management denied bonus to us . It even justified the denial of bonus. It failed to organise any struggle during Pooja festivals and even questioned the management very recently what is the urgency to decide the Adhoc bonus as festivals were over.Com.Abhimanyu always absented from the bonus formula review committee meetings only to avoid any progress or settlement on Bonus question.
Only few days ago that union demanded Rs.3500 as Bonus during April -1 nationwide (?) demonstration.Now suddenly it has demanded Rs.7000 as bonus for its Dharna on April -7. May be it will demand next week Rs 10,000 as bonus because time is running out for it . Our Employees have already decided to defeat BSNLEU for wasting the opportunity given to it in five elections consecutively and the recognised Union status for 12 long years since 2004. That was the reason many unions and associations have jumped out of its alliance and decided to support NFTE .Rattled by these developments and the sure defeat in the seventh membership verification starring on its face BSNLEU is now confused and perplexed . That is the reason for its over action / reaction for bonus. Let us understand the pathetic situation of that union and explain the betrayal of BSNLEU in accepting the management's formula of Linking profits for payment of bonus (PLI) ever since 2009-2010Victory is awaiting NFTE on 10-05-16.


Welcome news from Punjab circle!:

At a meeting in Bhatinda on 03-04-16 , the circle Union of SNATTA rejected the decision of its All India body and unanimously decided to extend full support to NFTE-BSNL in Punjab Circle in the forthcoming seventh membership verification on 10-04-16. We congratulate the bold decision of SNATTA comrades in Punjab and hopeful of many more circle bodies rebel against the wrong decision of their CHQ in the coming days and weeks.


Stagnation of Pay: It is the creation of BSNLEU:

After the formation of BSNL , comrade O P Gupta unified every Union small or big and recognised or unrecognised to negotiate the First Wage Revision in BSNL after DOT/DTS was corporatised in 2000.Due to this matured approach a very good Pay Revision agreement was signed with effect from 01-01-2002.At that time NFTE was leading the wage revision talks as the majority Union and hence made it clear that the next wage revision should be after five years from 2002.Thus the periodicity of wage revision was fixed as five years.
In 2007 automatically wage was revised although NFTE was not a recognised Union after 2004.But intoxicated with power and authority as a sole recognised Union and bargaining agent in BSNL,the leaders of BSNLEU did not involve the NFTE in the second wage revision unlike the first wage revision talks. Due to inexperience and lack of knowledge the leadership of BSNLEU committed the following blunders in 2007.
1. Although an order from central government was there to merge 78.2%IDA during wage revision in PSUs Comrades Namboodiri and Abhimanyu accepted meekly 68.8%. Due to this our employees got nearly 9.4% less salary. Due to the United efforts of our unions only from 10-06-2013 this blunder was partially rectified after nearly six years. Even after this HRA is being paid only for 68.8% IDA. We are loosing every month very huge amount due to this.The employees retired during 01-01-2007 to 09-06-2013 are still getting lesser pension every month as they were not given effect of 78.2% IDA merger till date.
2.BSNLEU bungled in the second wage revision by not fixing the periodicity of Five years for wage revision as NFTE done in 2002.It merely accepted the management's dictation of Ten years periodicity for next wage Revision. Although Leaders of BSNLEU refused to accept this blunder openly they were exposed thoroughly when they did not demand the third wage revision in 2012 as a single recognised Union in BSNL. Not only that they now proclaim that they will get better wage revision in 2017. This is nothing but their open admission of having accepted the ten years periodicity for wage revision in BSNL.
3. The management was illogically paying pension contributions to the Government of India on the maximum of one's pay scale irrespective of whether one reaches that or not.It should have been based only on minimum or actual scale of pay. This was the main reason for the reluctance of the management to increase the span of a pay scale as it will naturally increase the maximum of a pay scale and higher amount of pension contributions should have to be doled out. To avoid this BSNLEU should have compelled the Government to collect pension contributions from minimum of one's pay scale or demanded and got the merger of few pay scales as NFTE successfully done in 1995.But expecting this type of achievement from BSNLEU is too much for our employees. Almost 40 to 60% of our employees are now facing the stagnation for a longer period. Although as per Government order for two increment lost one is granted as Stagnation increment the loss in salary and pension for our employees affected by stagnation of pay and loss further increments on reaching the maximum of the pay scale is very huge. A simple calculation of a Sr.TOA 's case of stagnation we found his loss was Rs.1940 per month and future loss in pension for ever will be around Rs.400. He draws an increment of Rs.800. For this 112% of IDA will be Rs.900.His HRA of 30% on this increment will be Rs.240. Adding all these 800+900+240=1940. This loss is the achievement of BSNLEU no doubt because it only single handedly negotiated the last wage revision in 2007 with all these blunders.Should any one will give a chance once again to BSNLEU to play with their pay,pension and future? Only by electing NFTE as the majority Union our salary,pension and future will be safe and secured.


Demonstration Drama!:

As defeat is approaching the BSNLEU in Chennai Telephones and all over the country now it has enacted a demonstration DRAMA for Bonus. The General Secretary of BSNLEU very recently told the management that why urgency for convening the bonus formula review committee as all festivals were already over. This gentleman did not agitate from 2010 for bonus but now he is enacting this drama with an eye on election and to mislead the employees.He was hand in glove with the management for six years to deny bonus to our employees. Even last year when NFTE requested him for a joint struggle he refused to agitate for bonus. Hence the employees will not be fooled by this drama.


It is Election Time in BSNL!:

BSNLEU General Secretary was observing strong SILENCE ever since 2010 when the management began to deny our employees the Bonus(PLI) on the plea that BSNL has not earned profit. Even after the Department of Public Enterprises(DPE) issued instructions in 2011 that Bonus (PLI) payment to employees has no linkage with the profitability of the Company/Enterprise, both the management and BSNLEU were stonewalling the demand for Bonus to our employees till 2013. When NFTE -BSNL was also recognised after the sixth verification in 2013 the management agreed to review the faulty bonus formula which linked profitability . Grudgingly BSNLEU also had to follow NFTE and agreed to the review of bonus formula which caused loss of bonus to our employees from 2010 to the current financial year. A committee was formed to go in to the modalities of new bonus formula . Comrade Islam represented NFTE in that committee.Similarly Comrade Abhimanyu was in the committee on behalf of BSNLEU. However due to the non-cooperating attitude of Abhimanyu many meetings could not be held by the said committee as he was not present/ available.This has resulted in the failure of the committee to arrive at an agreed formula even after two years . Hence the NFTE demanded Adhoc Bonus payment to the employees.After much hesitation CMD agreed to pay the Adhoc Bonus. But the quantum of amount was once again created differences of opinion.
On 30-03-16 the meeting of the said committee was convened. As usual Abhimanyu did not attend the meeting of the committee as he was busily touring the country to canvass votes. But dutifully NFTE's representative participated in the meeting.The management offered a very meagre amount as Adhoc Bonus pending finalisation of bonus formula. This was a good development as our employees could get some thing as Bonus after six long years since 2009. Further this may call the bluff of management that Bonus could not be paid in the absence of profits . Even now our company has not earned any profit and still running on loss only.However BSNLEU was of the opinion that less than Rs.3500(one month salary) was not acceptable. There is no difference on this .But in the past- during the last Six years BSNLEU never demanded this from the management or organised any struggle to demand Rs.3500 as bonus for our employees. Not only that the leadership of BSNLEU justified the denial of bonus as it felt the management was struggling to pay even monthly salary to the employees.Adding insult to injury the leaders of BSNLEU spoke proudly at many places that the huge salary hike was given by them to the employees was enough.
Com.Abhimanyu went further and ridiculed the leaders of NFTE as not having proper knowledge on Bonus issue for the simple fact NFTE demanded bonus to our employees since 2010 and continuously organising agitations on bonus issue . Only because of NFTE's consistent efforts the bonus formula is being revised now. Due to election pressure and fever Abhimanyu calls for agitation on bonus now is a well known fact to every employees in BSNL. He slept for six years on bonus issue and now posing as a champion of bonus formula but workers are not fools and they will teach him a good lesson on 10-05-16 for his arrogance and double talk on Bonus . At chennai few years ago this great revolutionary leader declared openly that hence forth no body can get bonus for employees in BSNL.Now he