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MTNL to manage, maintain confidential government communication network

The telecom department has asked Mahanagar Telephone Nigam LtdBSE 0.92 % to take over the management and maintenance of the long-awaited government network for confidential intra-departmental communications, after the Centre for Development of Telematics failed to execute the project on time. The state-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), which provides landline and mobile services in Mumbai and Delhi, will now have the additional responsibility of operating the 'secured and dedicated communications network', or SDCN, for confidential calls among government departments, an official said.  The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT), a state-run telecom research firm, was mandated to execute the secure communications network three years ago but is yet to even conclude field trials, according to government documents. In a recent review meeting, the telecom department asked C-DoT to wrap up all "acceptance testing formalities" by the end of this month and hand over "operations and maintenance of the secure communications network" to MTNL, according to an internal note reviewed by ET. Top officials of the telecom department's security wing, C-DoT and MTNLBSE 0.92 % attended the meeting.  The telecom department has also asked MTNL to come up with an internal directory of central ministers, bureaucrats and top officials of India's security agencies who will use the secured network.  The network will use handsets developed by C-DoT which are impossible to wire-tap, said a DoT official aware of the matter. C-DoT will also draft a user manual for the 1,400-strong SDCN user group who will be assigned unique numbers and handsets that will be distributed by MTNL MTNL officials have said that it would be a challenge to launch SDCN in the next two months because the network remained unstable and a plethora of critical tests were pending at the C-DoT end. "Network testing by C-DoT on security issues like encryption levels, intrusion safeguards, and operator passwords are still pending and the power systems also remain unstable," an MTNL official said, according to the minutes of the meeting. C-DoT has assured the telecom department's security arm that it will "take corrective action to conclude acceptance testing across critical points".  The telecom research agency missed the January 1, 2014, rollout deadline as it was unable to fix the network's biometric authentication system, which potential users had found "unfriendly and unreliable" during recent trials. Subsequently, C-DoT was asked to incorporate a code-based authentication system for all potential users in addition to biometrics for increased reliability. Senior bureaucrats and central ministers will use the secured network for classified inter-ministerial communication.

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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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