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Modi’s MTNL test

If Narendra Modi is to be PM, it is clear PSU privatisation is not going to be top on his agenda. As he repeated in his CNBC Awaaz interview last week, his focus will be professionalising PSUs. He gave several examples of PSUs in Gujarat that had been turned around, topping which was the Gujarat State Electricity Board. Modi is obviously right in that PSUs need to be given a chance to prove their mettle and, were he to become PM, he is essentially promising that PSUs will take their own decisions. So, one minister, or a small group, will not force an Air India to buy $11 billion worth of aircraft when it has no hope of being able to service the debt; nor will an MTNL or a BSNL be forced to buy 3G/BWA spectrum at an undisclosed price—to be decided a year later, in an auction—when their boards have not even done a cost-benefit analysis. Most important, if Modi needs to ensure PSUs get a level playing field, he has to free them of L1-itis, the necessity that a tender has to be floated for almost anything, and that a losing party can go to court and simply block expansion for years using the allegation that the tender is flawed. BSNL’s loss in market leadership—not profits—can be traced, almost to the day when, thanks to the losing vendors approaching the courts, it was not able to create enough capacity, as a result of which the Bhartis and the Vodafones got all new rural demand. This will be Modi’s biggest challenge, to find a way not just to free PSUs from his cabinet colleagues, but to give them operational freedom. It would, however, be naive to think Modi’s view of PSUs is to give them unlimited dole. In the case of the Gujarat electricity board, the professionalisation was accompanied by realism, and farmers were—to their initial horror—charged for the electricity being supplied to them. It is this realism that, presumably, will inform how Modi tackles PSUs. MTNL, for instance, cannot become profitable without radical surgery. Its wage bill is more than its turnover while the comparable number for a Bharti Airtel is just 5%. Increasing the topline is vital, but there aren’t enough Indians to raise it 20 times over—MTNL’s subscriber base of  3.5 million hasn’t changed since FY09, but sales fell a third by FY13, as a result of which FY09’s profit of R212 crore converted to a loss of  R5,321 crore in FY13. So Modi’s solutions have to revolve around coming out with rules on spectrum sharing/trading that allow MTNL’s topline to get a big upside from its large spectrum holdings while, at the same time, trimming staff. Realism will mean forcing BSNL and MTNL to open up their copper wires going into subscriber homes to private firms—if need be—so that the voice lines can be converted into broadband ones. The reason why the NDA preferred privatisation was that getting PSUs to change has proven impossible. The combination of assured business—the CAG once said bilaterals should be reserved for Air India—assured jobs and L1-itis, apart from political interference, have made PSUs pretty much useless. Also, professionalising a Coal India does not mean the coal sector has to be held ransom to it—there is no contradiction between opening up the sector to private firms and professionalising a PSU. Both Coal India and the country will benefit from the competition.

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The Government of India has issued Gazettee notification with regards to Pension for MTNL absorbed employeed. For details see link Orders.


The Unioon cabinet which met today has approved the pension scheme for MTNL employees at par with BSNL employees. Congratulations to all


FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS TO THE BSNL AND MTNL EMPLOYEES. THE UNION CABINET WHICH MET TODAY HAS APPROVED FOR REFUND OF BB WIRELESS SPECTRUM CHARGES DUE TO BSNL AND MTNL.


FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS TO THE BSNL AND MTNL EMPLOYEES. THE UNION CABINET WHICH MET TODAY HAS APPROVED FOR REFUND OF BB WIRELESS SPECTRUM CHARGES DUE TO BSNL AND MTNL.


THE IDA HAS INCREASED BY 5% W.E.F. 1.1.2014. THE TOTAL IDA DUE FROM 1.1.2014 WILL BE 90.5%.


25.12.2013. We deepply regret to intimate about the sudden demise of our beloved President Shri Giri Raj Sharma ji. He passed away at 20.00 hrs. We convey our heart felt sympathies to his family members.

The Notice for the Federal Council of Indian Telecom Employees Federation to be held on 21 and 22 November at Naik, Maharashtra is issued and is kept in the link CWC Meetings.


30.9.2013: The Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the month of August 2013 increased by just 2 points as against the expected 4 points. The IDA increase with effect from 1st October 2013 will thus  be 6.6%, i.e., a total IDA of 85.5%.


25.9.2013: The Government of India has constituted the 7th Pay commission for Central Government employees.  The pay commission is actually due from 1.1.2016.  However, with an eye on the ensuing elections to Delhi State Assembly the Government might have taken this decision.  The commission is expected to submit its report before 1.1.2016


18.9.2013: The two representative unions in MTNL i.e. MTNL Mazdoor Sangh in Delhi and the MTNKS union representing MTNL Mumbai have entered into an agreement with the MTNL Management with regards to Pension issue at par with the BSNL employees. The agreeemnt was signed on 3.9.2013.  A section of the press has crried out a story line that over 30 unions have entered into an agreement with the management which is grosly inacurate.  Copy of the agreement is placed in the link Circulars.


12.9.13: THE GROUP OF MINISTERS ON REVIVAL OF BSNL AND MTNL MET IN NEW DELHI TODAY AND DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

1. TO REFUND BB WIRELESS SPECTRUM AMOUNT SURRENDERED BY BSNL AND MTNL TO THE EXTENT OF RS.8300 CRORES TO BSNL AND 4600 CRORES TO MTNL.

2. TO SEND A NOTE TO THE CABINET REGARDING PAYMENT OF PENSION TO MTNL EMPLOYEES AT PAR WITH BSNL EMPLOYEES.

WITH THE ABOVE RECOMMENDATIONS TWO MAJOR ISSUES BEFORE THE GOM ARE RESOLVED.


12.9.13. The case filed by MTNL Mazdoor Sangh with regards to grant of additional IDA of 9.4% will come up for hearing on 12.9.13.

12.9.13. The process of selection of CMDs for MTNL and BSNL will be with DPE instead of the search committee.

12.9.13. The Group of Ministers on revival of MTNL and BSNL will meet on 12.9.13.

MTNL MAZDOOR SANGH WISHESS ALL A VERY HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI


31.8.2013: Today a large numbe of employees working in the MTNL are retiring from service. Many of the members of MTNL Mazdoor Sangh are also retiring from service.  We wish them all the best.


30.9.2013: The Federal Executive of the Indian Telecom Employees Federation and affiliate of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh will take place at Nasik (Maharashtra) on 21 and 22 November 2013.


30.9.2013: The All India Conference of the Bharatiya Telecom Employees Union (BSNL) will be held at Nasik (Maharashtra) on 21 and 22 November 2013.


27.8.2013: The CHQ has filed a case in the Hon'ble CAT Delhi regarding  promotion from Work Assistant to TM Cadre in respect of those who qualified in the examination. The next hearing of the case is on 2.9.2013.


21.8.2013: The All India Conference of Puhlic Sector Employees National Confederation was held in Tahalgaon, Bihar and the list of Office bearers is kept in the link Circulars.


14.8.2013: MTNL Mazdoor Sangh wishess one and all a very happy and prosperous 66th INDEPENDENCE DAY.


7.8.2013: MTNL  has a good internet penetration in India while BSNL leads the market with highiest internet penetration in India. TRAI has revealed the data of top Internet service providers in India in the first quarter of 2013. BSNL continues to lead the Internet (broadband) service provider market with 60.74 percent share. The state-run BSNL has 13.12 million Internet subscribers at the end of March 2013, TRAI said. This telecom statistics does not include Internet accessed by mobile phones. The second largest player — Reliance Communications has 2.49 million Internet users followed by MTNL with 1.96 million internet users in India.


It is learnt that the GOM has agreed for payment of pension in MTNL by govt as in the case of  BSNL employees  with certain conditions like parity of pay scales with BSNL in next wage revision which is due  in  2017 and  difference of pension to be paid by MTNL.  The full details of the GOM decision are awaited.  This information is obtained from the media sources.


26.10.2012: MTNL MAZDOOR SANGH EXTENDS GREETINGS ON THE OCCASION OF BAKRID - Let the Festival bring Peace and JOY TO ONE AND ALL


23.7.2012 : 9.00 AM  TODAY IS THE FORMATION DAY OF THE BHARATIYA MAZDOOR SANGH. MTNL MS  EXTENDS FELICITATIONS TO ALL ITS MEMBERS ON THIS GREAT OCCASION.


Shri Virjesh Upadhyay, Secretary General ITEF, along with Shri Uday Patwardhan Vice President BMS will visit Geneva w.e.f. 26.5.2012 to 15.6.2012 to participate inthe ILO conference. MTNL MS wishess him a pleasent and purposefull stay.


MTNL MS EXTENDS WARM GREETINGS ON THE OCCASION OF SHRI RAM NAVAMI.  MAY LORD RAM SHOWER HIS BLESSINGS ON ALL OF YOU AND ON MTNL.


The BMS submitted a memorandum to the Govt conveying its views on the forthcoming Budget. For details see link CIRCULARS


DPE releases IDA orders. For details see link orders

A malacious and ficticious SMS has been floated by certain vested interests on 9.1.12 about possible reduction  in retirement age of employees and also about rejection of VRS by the Ministry of Finance. The General Secretary spoke to some senior officers in the  CO and also in the DOT and found that there is no substance to such message.  The DOT is yet to prepare the cabinet note on VRS.  Some people just to tarnish he image of the MTNL and to lower the morale of the employees are resorting to such cheap tactics. Let us not believe such words and instead put all our energies into making MTNL more vibrant.


AS PER THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING THE MTNL AND BSNL HAVE EARNED FAIR RATING FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE SCORE OF MTNL & BSNL  STOOD AT 3.836 & 3.963 respectively


There will be a one day general strike on 28.2.2012 by all the Central Trade Unions in the country.  The lead was taken by the BMS in the Massive rally held on 23.11.11 at New Delhi. 


The national executive meeting of the PSENC was held in MP on 29-30 October 2011 and urged the Government to terminate the 10 year wage agreement and enter into 5 year wage agreements immediately


UNITED FORUM OF MTNL UNIONS AND ASSOSIATIONS DECIDED TO HOLD DEMONSTRATION AT PARLIAMENT ON 9thNOV AND RALLY AT PM OFFICE ON 18th NOV.NON CO-OPRATION W.E.F.18th NOV ONWARD TILL SETTLEMENT OF PENSION ISSUE
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