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BSNL executives stage dharna

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TIRUPATI. March 3. Work in the BSNL offices in the district remained disrupted on Thursday following the day-long dharna observed by its executives before the GMTD Office at Tirupati in pursuance of their seven-point charter of demands. The dharna in which nearly 200 executives participated was in response to the call given by the United Forum for BSNL Affiliates--- All India BSNL Executives Association and Sanchar Nagar Executives' Association.

The leaders addressing the dharna criticised the Government for its "inordinate delay" in resolving promotional matters of executives. Their agitational programme comprised a protest day on March 10 followed by a relay hunger strike on March, 15,16 and 17 and culminating in an indefinite work-to-rule and `withdrawal of cooperation' programme from March, 15.

Their demands according to a statement issued by the convenor, N. Ramakrishnaiah, included implementation of non-post based time-bound promotion.

ANANTAPUR: The Sanchar Nigam Executives' Association (SNEA) and the BSNL Executives' Association (BSNLEA) staged a day-long dharna in front of the BSNL General Manager's office here today in support of their long-pending demands.

Members of the two unions staged the protest under the banner of United Forum for BSNL Executives. They raised slogans against the Centre and the BSNL management for neglecting their "just demands."

The circle associate secretary, the district secretary and the district president, A. Viswanath, M. Rajasekhar Reddy and K.P.V. Raghavulu, respectively, of SNEA and Jaipal Sharma and Subhan of BSNLEA led the protest.

Speaking at the dharna, the leaders alleged that the Government had not kept its word on giving time-bound promotions to the executives of DOT while absorbing them into the BSNL on October 1, 2000. They demanded implementation of promotions from the date of their transfer to BSNL and giving 100 per cent weightage to their service till that date.

Unfulfilled promises

Besides, 5,000 JTOs and 4,000 SDEs were assured of promotions as SDEs and DEs, respectively, during their absorption into BSNL, but those too were pending. The civil and electrical executives were absorbed from April 1, 2002 instead of October 1, 2000.

The forum would take up a black-badge protest, lunch and closing hour demonstrations on March 10, non-cooperation on March 15 and relay fast from March 15 to 17 in support of their demands.

CUDDAPAH: BSNL officials staged a dharna before the telecom office here on Thursday demanding revised payscales with retrospective effect from October 1, 2000.

Assistant general managers, divisional and sub-divisional engineers, junior telecom officers, chief accounts officers, accounts, assistant accounts and junior accounts officers took part in the dharna under the aegis of the BSNL Executives Association.

The union leaders, Easwara Reddy, Obanna, Ramana and Venkatesh, demanded time-bound promotions and an end to moves to appoint management trainees.

The association members would sport black badges and stage lunch-hour demonstrations on March 10 and take up relay fast from March 15 to 17 in their phased agitation, they said.

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