Ravi Shankar Prasad asks BSNL/MTNL to start dialogue with staff on VRS
Sunday, 3 November 2019 The Union Cabinet had last month approved a revival package for BSNL and MTNL which includes a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for their staff. The aim is to reduce the employee cost of the two companies by offering VRS to their staff aged 50 years and above based on the Gujarat model with some modifications.
In a move that will benefit over 72 lakh employees, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the extension of Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) contribution for three more months, from June to August 2020. "Cabinet approves extension of EPF contribution of 24 per cent (12 per cent employees share and 12 per cent employers share) for another 3 months from June to August 2020 under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana/Atma Nirbhar Bharat," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said here while addressing a press conference after a Cabinet meeting. "The government paid the provident fund for small businesses, where under 100 people are employed and more than 90 per cent of those get salary of less than Rs 15,000. The government paid both the workers/employee's share and the owners' share for three months. The move benefitted over 72 lakh employees," Javadekar said. The minister said that the scheme has been further extended for another 3 months from June to August 2020.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired Union Cabinet meeting at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg on July 08. Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among others attended the meeting. Several other cabinet ministers were also present in the meeting. Certain key decisions are expected to be taken at the meeting.
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on June 14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted he was 'shocked' by Rajput's demise. Union Minister Smriti Irani mourned actor's death on micro-blogging site. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also paid his deepest condolences to Rajput family. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also took to twitter to express his grief. Rajput gained prominence for his acting in movies like 'Chhichhore', 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story'.
Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that Zoya Khan is India's first transgender operator of a Common Service Centre (CSC) in Gujarat. "Zoya Khan is India's first transgender operator of Common Service Centre from Vadodara district of Gujarat. She has started CSC work with telemedicine consultation," read Prasad's tweet. While taking to ANI, Zoya Khan said, "I will work for poor people through the welfare schemes of CSC and for my community also."
While addressing the 'Jan Sampark Abhiyan' via video conferencing on July 02, the Electronics and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad spoke on ban on 59 Chinese apps. He said, "For security and sovereignty of India, for countrymen's digital security and privacy we have banned 59 apps, including TikTok." "India knows how to look in the eyes of those eyeing our borders and to protect countrymen, India can even do a digital strike," Electronics and IT Minister added.
Leaders from various trade unions staged a protest in front of BSNL office in Coimbatore on May 22. They agitated against the privatisation of public sector enterprises and dilution of labour laws. Trade union leaders also protested against the attempt made by central and state governments to increase the labour working time from 8 hours to 12 hours.
Sever water-logging witnessed in Gujarat's Dwarka after heavy rainfall. Water-logging disrupted daily lives of people. Traffic snarled due to the water-logged roads. Extremely heavy rainfall is on cards in Jamnagar, Dwarka and Kutch districts, predicted Ahmedabad's Meteorological Department.
Heavy rains triggered flood-like situation in the state of Gujarat on July 07. Short circuit took place in PGVCL electrical substation transformer at Bombay Housing Society of Rajkot due to incessant rainfall. On the other hand, cattle washed away in Gujarat's Rajkot due to flood. She washed way at Khijadiya Mota village in Paddhari tehsil Rajkot due to incessant rainfall. Continuous downpour caused damage to the property in the affected area.
Informing about the weather conditions, Ahmedabad's Meteorological Department Director, Jayanta Sarkar, on July 07 said that extremely heavy rainfall is expected in Jamnagar, Dwarka and Kutch districts of Gujarat. "Extremely heavy rainfall is expected in Jamnagar, Dwarka and Kutch. Very heavy rainfall will lash Gir Somnath, Junagarh, Porbandar and Rajkot. Almost all the districts in Saurashtra will receive heavy rainfall today," he said. Meanwhile, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued two people stuck in the Und river catchment area in Jamnagar district due to continuous rainfall.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad spoke on the revival of BSNL and MTNL in Rajya Sabha. Prasad said the government is making effort to revive BSNL and MTNL. Ravi Shankar Prasad said the VRS scheme is..
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