Discussion by BSNLEU, on certain issues lying pending with the DoT.
Com.Animesh Mitra, President and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met the DoT officers of the Establishment Section on 3rd January, 2020. The details of the discussion are as follows.
- Granting 1st promotion under NEPP on completion of 4 years, to the TSMs regularised on or after 01.10.2000.
The DoT informed the union representatives that in the particular issue, Member (Services), DoT has given reply on 06.02.2019 to BSNL, wherein it is mentioned that DoT has issued orders on pension to this particular officials who were TSM upto 29.09.2000 and who have been regularised on or after 01.10.2000 is treated as DoT recruitees. Regarding giving promotion under NEPP, it is BSNL who has formed the promotion policy. If the PSU (BSNL) wanted to extend the benefits to such employees, they may go for modification / amendments in their promotion policy, for which DoT has nothing to do. Further, BSNL has made another correspondence on 04.09.2019 in the same matter, for which DoT has given it’s reply on 17.09.2019, mentioning the stand of DoT. It is also mentioned that several CAT, High Courts have given judgements in the above issue and the SLP of BSNL has been rejected by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, hence, DoT feels that BSNL may go for a settlement on the basis of the earlier letters from DoT to avoid further court cases.
1. Issuing of Presidential Orders to the TSMs directly promoted as Telephone Mechanics after 01.10.2000.
The DoT officers informed that the BSNL is asked to clarify certain points on the above issue in 2017. No information is provided by the BSNL to the DoT. On receipt of information from BSNL, the DoT will take decision in the matter.
2. Employees recruited by the DoT prior to 01.10.2000 and who joined duty after the formation of BSNL – to treat them as DoT recruitees absorbed in BSNL, based on the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court.
The DoT officers informed that, the matter is sub-judice since 2012. In one case of Shri Bhawan Kumar, Rajasthan, a Civil Leave Petition is pending in the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide No.CL 51/2016. The Hon’ble Supreme Court is to form a 3 judges bench to hear the case, which is not yet decided.