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This is a Site for the Veterans Maintained by the All India BSNL Pensioners’ Welfare Association born at 1215 hours on 20th August 2009 in a massive Convention of BSNL Pensioners from 15 Telecom Circles with a solemn declaration that it shall work to protect and safeguard the interest of entire BSNL Pensioners in the country, without any political, regional, communal or cadre bias. We shall work unitedly irrespective of the organisations with which we had association while in service.     
important links

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BSNL Intrane www.intranet.bsnl.co.in
Dot www.dot.gov.in
Pensioners Portal www.pensionersportal.gov.in
Tamilnadu circle www.aibsnlpwatn.blogspot.in
TUI P & R www.pensionistas.info/
STR DN www.aibsnlpwastrdn.webs.com
RTD BSNL EXE www.aibsnlrea.org
news and events

REMIT CHQ QUOTA

BEFORE 31-3-2015

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Nagpur CWC decided to admit delegates to the Bangalore AIC,
strictly according to the paid up membership of each SSA Unit. 

Paid up membership is calculated on the basis of quota
remitted to CHQ by the respective SSA Unit.

Quota remitted upto the last date of current financial year only 
will be taken into account.

Hence, all SSA units are called upon to remit the Quota to CHQ
before 31-3-2015 itself, without fail.

 
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  • PRESIDENT: COM. RAMANKUTTY P S, TRIVANDRUM 09447551555
  • GENERAL SECRETARY: COM. G NATARAJAN, CHENNAI 9444929799
  • DY. GENENERAL SECRETARY: COM. CHHIDU SINGH, NEWDELHI 9868501066
  • TREASURER: COM. S GUNASEKARAN, CHENNAI 9444969400
  • ASST. TREASURER; COM. GURURAJAN, BANGALORE 94488111000
  • VICE PRESIDENT: COM. D GOPALAKRISHNAN, CHENNAI 9444010621
  • VICE PRESIDENT: COM. R B RAMA,   8004018100
  • ASST GEN. SECY: COM . h s prasad, bilaspur cg 09406254366
  • VICE PRESIDENT:  COM. PARMAR B N,  AHMEDABAD  9428544131
  • vice president; r ramachandra rao, eluru 9490286899
  • VICE PRESIDENT: COM. SARASWATHY A P, TRICHUR 9447442412
  • VICE PRESIDENT: COM. SINHA  S R, PATNA , 9470641973
  • VICE PRESIDENT; COM. TRIPATHY J K 9437081999
  • ASST. GEN. SECY: COM. DAHIYA, GURGAON 9868177881
  • ASST. GEN. SECY: COM. DAS M R, SILCHAR 9435173301
  • ASST. GEN. SECY: COM. GANGADHARA RAO, BANGALORE 9448088404
  • ASST. GEN. SECY: COM. PILLAY M J , NAGPUR 9421778786
  • ASST GEN. SECY: COM . SARMA N S , VIJAYAWADA 9440421585
  • ASST. GEN. SECY: COM. SHARMA M C , BHOPAL, 9425605545
  • ORG. SECRETARY: COM. ATMA RAM VERMA, PATIALA 9417429200
  • ORG. SECRETARY: COM. CHANDRIKA SINGH 9430766644
  • ORG. SECRETARY: COM. JAT K S ,  JABALPUR 9424707515
  • ORG. SECRETARY: COM. P C MOITRA, KOLKATA 9433355722
  • ORG. SECRETARY: COM. MUTHIYALU, CHENNAI 9444666646
  • ORG SECRETARY: RAM AVTAR SHARMA, JAIPUR 9414251166
  • ANDHRA CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. K S KOTESWARA RAO  9490799818
  • ASSAM CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. R C DAUKA, 9410226375
  • BIHAR CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. A K SINGH, ARA  9470462942
  • CHHATTISGARH CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. B P S CHOUHAN, BILASPUR 9424140333
  • CHENNAI TD CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. M GOVINDARAJAN 9444952626
  • GUJARAT CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. B N PARMAR
  • HARYANA CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. J S MALIK, ROHTAK 9466445512
  • JHARKHAND CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. R N SINGH, TATANAGAR, 9430711711
  • KARNATAKA CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. R CHANGAPPA, 9448353132
  • KERALA CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. R N PADA NAIR, ALUVA 9446363033
  • MADHYA PRADESH CIRCLE SECRETARY: M P SHARMA 9425605545
  • MAHARASTRA CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. M J PILLAY, NAGPUR 9421778786
  • NTR CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. CHHIDU SINGH  9868501066
  • ODISHA CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. B N BEHERA  9437279100
  • PUNJAB CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. G S BAJWA  9417148460
  • RAJASTHAN CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. RAM AVTAR SHARMA  9414251166
  • TAMILNADU CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. V RAMAZ RAO 09444296085
  • UP EAST CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. M PATHAK 9415335778
  • UP WEST CIRCLE SECRETARY: COM. SHERSINGH 9456849450
  • West Bengal Circle Secretary: Com. M K Das, 9432001237
 

9-6-2015 HAPPY NEWS It is confirmed by Mr. Saravana Kumar, Private Secretary to Minister that Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, MOC has approved the File on 78.2% IDA for pension revision. Com. DG gave an SMS to Shri Saravana Kumar enquiring the status of the File and Shri Kumar immediately replied giving the information. FOR DETAILS PLEASE VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE www.bsnlpensioner.in

19th May 2015

THIS WEBSITE NAME IS CHANGED ....

 

We faced some problems with this Website.
Hence, the domain name is changed.
A very small change only.

 

Name of this Site is:  www.bsnlpensioner.org.in
Just drop the word  org  from it.

The new domain name is :  www.bsnlpensioner.in

Now, please visit

www.bsnlpensioner.in

www.bsnlpensioner.in


 

 

17-5-2015
THIS WEBSITE IS UNDER RE-CONSTRUCTION .
 
IT WILL RE-APPEAR SOON WITH A NEW LOOK;
WITH A NEW DOMAIN NAME - WITH A SMALL CHANGE.
PLEASE AWAIT FURTHER INFORMATION.

 

 16th May 2015

CHICKAMAGALURU BRANCH

The biannual general body meeting of our Chickamagaluru branch in Karnataka
was held on 15-5-2015.  Com. P Gangadhara Rao (AGS and Circle President)
 as well as Com. R Changappa (Circle Secretary) attended the meeting.  They
spoke on various issues like 78.2% case, Future Pension Revision and also about
the ensuing All India Conference to be hosted by Karnataka comrades in Bangalore
in November next.
 
The meeting elected Shri T S Ramachandra (Retd DGM) as the President, 
Shri B N Halappa as the District Secretary and
Shri K Satyanarayana as the Treasurer.

NO TRANSPARENCY 

Accoring to Media reports, BSNL employees, BSNL Retirees, and any other landphone subscriber
who avails any type of concession will not get the benefit of new offer of free calls from
9 PM to 7 AM.   But, BSNL does not give clear idea to the public. 

 WITH RIDERS...

If you think that the much-hyped offer of unlimited free calls between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. from the
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to landline customers is actually free, think again.
The State-owned telecom operator has brought in a fresh rider to the offer introduced to both
existing and new customers from May 1. In April, subscribers began receiving an SMS alert:
“Dear Customer, make unlimited free night call from BSNL landline to any network from May 1.
For details, visit Customer care or http://keralatelecom.com.” But on Tuesday, subscribers received
another SMS: “Dear customer, Use BSNL landline for unlimited free calling from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
to service provider networks in India. This facility is available to customers under specific plans only.
For details, call 18003451500.” It is learnt that broad band users of different tariff plans will be
deprived of the unlimited free calls offer. Initially it was decided that the proviso would be
applicable only to government employees. But now all BSNL landline users come under it.
“The broadband schemes are of two types — separate monthly rental and combo offers.
The decision has come from the corporate office seeking broadband users to switch over
to profitable plans,” official sources said. (THE HINDU, 13-5-2015)

11-5-2015  3 PM

78.2% IDA CASE

Com. R C Malhotra, Circle President, NTR Circle New Delhi reports:
"Today afternoon I and Com. D P S Sisodia, Circle Secretary,
met Smt. Annie Moraes, Member (Finance) and enquired about the present position of the case.  
She informed that she would forward the File to Member(Services)
probably today evening itself."
 
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11-5-2015

NEW LITIGATION POLICY IN THE ANVIL?

There are more than 68000 cases pending in Supreme Court alone.  
And then thousands or lakhs in other Courts...
In 70 percent of these cases,  Government is a party: Either by the Govt. or against the Govt. 
The new Government is proposing to bring a new Litigation Policy to reduce the number of
Court caees, where various departments are involved.
 
See the PTI report
[Click here to view the file....]

  11-5-2015

FULL PENSION ON 20 YEARS' SERVICE

Immediate queries and doubts.

Yesterday evening only we uploaded in this Website the news about the landmark judgement
delivered by principal bench of CAT, New Delhi allowing full pension to those central govt
employees retired before 1-1-2006, with 20 years qualifying service. 
Some newspapers also have published the news item on it.
I am surprised to receive more than 10-12 calls from different parts of the country
in the night itself, raising doubts and asking clarifications on the judgement.
Hence, this posting.
 
1.      It is too early or premature to discuss the matter.  
As we have seen in the case of fixing minimum pension,
the bureaucrats may file appeals in the case. 
Benefits will be given only when the Government issues an order,
not merely on the basis of a Court judgement.
 
2.     In the instant case, the issue is very simple. 
Before the sixth Pay Commission Report was implemented full pension was being granted
only on completion of 33 years qualifying service.  If the service was less than 33 years,
then, the pension was granted on pro-rata basis. (Example; for 22 years, basic pension
granted was 2/3 of the normal full pension).  Sixth CPC recommended that full pension should be
granted if the employee has 20 years service. 
Government accepted the recommendation and issued the order saying that it is applicable
to those who retired only on or after 1-1-2016.  It was a discrimination. 
Some senior pensioners challenged it.  Now, the CAT says that the said discrimination
should be removed.  All those who were alive on 1-1-2006, irrespective of their date of
retirement, should be given the full pension if they had served 20 years minimum. 
Let us hope that the Government will honour the judgement.
 
3.     There was another recommendation from CPC.  
The Full pension should be 50% of last ten months average basic pay or 50% of the last pay drawn,
whichever is beneficial to the retiring employee. 
That also was accepted and implemented from 1-1-2006 only. 
This discrimination should also be removed. 
Someone should go to the Court for justice in this matter also.
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11-5-2015
 
PAID UP MEMBERSHIP
We congratulated some major branches for their achievements at organisational level. 
District Secretary, Madurai has informed us today morning that his total membership
is 1392, not 1382 as mentioned in this website. 
We have taken three years average annual membership and then added the total life membership
as on 31-3-2015.   Thus, there may be some difference between the latest membership and average. 
Some branches remitted the quota after 31-3-2015, which was not taken into account
while consolidating the figures. 
 

 11-5-2015

FULL PENSION ON @) YEARS SERVICE

Immediate queries and doubts.

Yesterday evening only we uploaded in this Website the news about the landmark judgement delivered by principal bench of CAT, New Delhi allowing full pension to those central govt
employees retired before 1-1-2006, with 20 years qualifying service. 
Some newspapers also have published the news item on it.
I am surprised to receive more than 10-12 calls from different parts of the country
in the night itself, raising doubts and asking clarifications on the judgement.
Hence, this posting.
 
1.      It is too early or premature to discuss the matter.  
As we have seen in the case of fixing minimum pension,
the bureaucrats may file appeals in the case. 
Benefits will be given only when the Government issues an order,
not merely on the basis of a Court judgement.
 
2.     In the instant case, the issue is very simple. 
Before the sixth Pay Commission Report was implemented full pension was being granted
only on completion of 33 years qualifying service.  If the service was less than 33 years,
then, the pension was granted on pro-rata basis. (Example; for 22 years, basic pension
granted was 2/3 of the normal full pension).  Sixth CPC recommended that full pension should be
granted if the employee has 20 years service. 
Government accepted the recommendation and issued the order saying that it is applicable
to those who retired only on or after 1-1-2016.  It was a discrimination. 
Some senior pensioners challenged it.  Now, the CAT says that the said discrimination
should be removed.  All those who were alive on 1-1-2006, irrespective of their date of
retirement, should be given the full pension if they had served 20 years minimum. 
Let us hope that the Government will honour the judgement.
 
3.     There was another recommendation from CPC.  
The Full pension should be 50% of last ten months average basic pay or 50% of the last pay drawn,
whichever is beneficial to the retiring employee. 
That also was accepted and implemented from 1-1-2006 only. 
This discrimination should also be removed. 
Someone should go to the Court for justice in this matter also.
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11-5-2015
 
PAID UP MEMBERSHIP
We congratulated some major branches for their achievements at organisational level. 
District Secretary, Madurai has informed us today morning that his total membership
is 1392, not 1382 as mentioned in this website. 
We have taken three years average annual membership and then added the total life membership
as on 31-3-2015.   Thus, there may be some difference between the latest membership and average. 
Some branches remitted the quota after 31-3-2015, which was not taken into account
while consolidating the figures. 
 
 

10-5-2015

CAT JUDGEMENT 

[Please see the matter given  below]

[Click here to view the file....]

 

 

 10-5-2015

FULL PENSION ON 20 YEARS

TO OLD PENSIONERS ALSO

On 21st April 2015, the CAT Principal Bench delivered a landmark judgement taking up three cases
filed by number of senior pensioners retired before 1-1-2006.  
Most of the Petitioners are retired senior officers.
[Like  Mr Pratap Narayan, Retd Executive Director, FICC, Delhi,  
Mr. Ambrish Agarwal, GM, DOT Ghaziabad,  
Mr. A  Rajagopalan,  Retd DDG GSI Bangalore  etc..] 
 
Their juniors got full pension, retired  after putting up 20 years of qualifying service. 
But the petitioners were denied the benefit just because they retired before 1-1-2006.  
(Before 6th CPC,  full pension was being granted after completing 33 years of service.)
The petitioners challenged the discrimination.   CAT accepted their plea.
The relevant portion of the judgement is given below:

....."  13.      In   view of the judgments of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in D.S. Nakara (supra),
V. Kasturi (supra), T.S. Thiruvengadam (supra) and order of the Full Bench of the Tribunal in
OA 937/2010 with OA 2101/2010 dated 20.11.2014, we are of the opinion that the prayer in the OAs
is fully justified.  We, therefore, quash and set aside the impugned orders dated 3.10.2008
and 19.03.2010 being violative of law laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court
and direct the respondents that the qualifying service for earning full pension will be treated as
twenty years also for those who retired from the Central Government service
on or before 31.12.2005 and were alive on that day.
The respondents are also directed to modify/amend all relevant government orders/ letters/ notifications
in accordance with the above decision. 
It is made clear that this parity of pension between pre and post-1.01.2006 pensioners
(on the question of eligibility of minimum pensionable service of twenty years) would apply
both as regards pension and family pension. 
The respondents are granted three months’ time from the date of receipt of this order
for implementation of directions contained in this order."

(Raj Vir Sharma)                                                                                      ( P.K. Basu)
 Member (J)                                                                                              Member (A)

Note: For those who are interested in the matter we give the full judgement  as attachment.

COM D.GOPALAKRISHNAN IS BLESSED WITH ANOTHER GRANDSON

WE ARE HAPPY THAT COM D.G. IS BLESSED WITH ANOTHER GRANDSON ON

8-5-15 THROUGH HIS 2nd SON AT CHENNAI.  WE WISH ALL THE BEST TO THE

ENTIRE FAMILY. 

VILLIVAKKAM, NOT VILLUPURAM

We regret very much for a typing mistake while uploading the matter in this Website
with the titile: WINNERS twodays back. We gave a list of 12 branches of our Association,
having  commendable high percentage of life membership.  
In the said list, name of Villupuram appeared, in place of ViIlivakkam.

Villivakkam branch in Chennai TD Circle has 93% Life membership. 
 
The list is again given.

 

CHQ consolidated the figures of  membership based on the CHQ quota received 
up to 31st March 2015. We are very happy to note that some branches have performed
very well at organisation level.
 
West Godavari in Andhra and Berhampur in Odisha are two District branches 
having 100 % Life membership.  Bangalore has now 1112 Life members,
it is about 97% of total membership. 
Names of ten other District branches and the percentage of their life membership 
are :
  Nagpur                 97%
  Kottayam             95%
  Villivakkam          93%
  Kozhikode            93%
  Ernakulam           91%
  STR, Chennai       76%
  Cuddalore            75%
  Meerut                 73%
  Vijayawada          67%
  Tirunelveli            64%
 
MADURAI maintains its position as the biggest branch
of our Association with 1382 membership.

Congratultions.
                                                                                .. P S Ramankutty
 
 
 

9th May 2015

NEXT BSNL PENSION REVISION

We are very happy to note that there was unanimity amongst the leaders of various
service unions of BSNL staff in demanding next pension revision for BSNL retirees
through the 7th Central Pay Commission.  It seems that the Chairman, Telecom Commission
disagreed with the demand saying that Central Pay Commission is only for CDA pattern.
 
Sorry, it is a wrong notion.  
 
The Terms of Reference of 7th CPC, mentioned in the Gazette Notification issued on
28th February 2014 does not talk about CDA or IDA.
 
Para (f)  from the Notification is given hereunder;
 
"  f.  To examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension and
other retirement benefits, including revision of pension in the case of employees
who have retired prior to the date of effect of these recommendations,
keeping in view that retirement benefits of all Central Government employees
appointed on and after 01.01.2004 are covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS)".
 
4th, 5th and 6th CPC Reports were made effective to all pensioners coverd by
the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.  
BSNL Retirees are paid pension directly from government  funds under the same
CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

 
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CHQ consolidated the figures of  membership based on the CHQ quota received
up to 31st March 2015.
We are very happy to note that some branches have performed very well
at organisation level.
 
West Godavari in Andhra and Berhampur in Odisha are two District branches
having 100 % Life membership.  
Bangalore has now 1112 Life members, it is about 97% of total membership.
Names of ten other District branches and the percentage of their life membership
are :
  Nagpur                 97%
  Kottayam             95%
  Villupuram           93%
  Kozhikode            93%
  Ernakulam           91%
  STR, Chennai       76%
  Cuddalore            75%
  Meerut                 73%
  Vijayawada          67%
  Tirunelveli            64%
 
MADURAI maintains its position as the biggest branch
of our Association with 1382 membership.

Congratultions.
 
 

5-5-2015

 PUNJAB CEC MEETING

Punjab Circle Executive Committee meeting was held at Rajpura on 2nd May 2015
under the presidentship of Com. B S Saini, Circle President. 
All the District Secretaries, except from Amritsar and Ferozepur, attended it.  
The meeting commenced with paying rich tributes to late Com. Chhidu Singh.

 

Com. G S Bajwa, Circle Secretary explained the latest developments with regard
to 78.2% case etc.  He observed that there is significant improvement in the matter after effective intervention by Shri Anantha Kumar, Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers. 


Most of the participants in the debate expressed their concern on the
medical reimbursement scheme, difference in the rate of CDA and IDA
and on the undue delay in 78.2% case.  Shri  Mangat Ramji , 
Circle Treasurer presented the Accounts and the House approved it. 
Most of the participants
appreciated the work done by Circle Executive body.
[Click here to view the file....]

5-5-2015

TAMILNADU & AP CIRCLES AHEAD
While calculating the paid up Life Memebrship and paid up Annual Membership,
it is observed that our Tamilnadu and Andhra circles are much ahead of others.
Tamilnadu has 3251 Life Members and 3004 Annual Members (Average for the last 3years,
based on the quota remitted.) Total 6255.
Andhra Circle 2623 Life Members and 1486 Average Annual Membership for last 3 years.
Total 4109.
We congratulate the TN Circle leadership headed by Com. K Muthiyalu  and Com. V Rama Rao
and
AP Circle leadership heded by Com M R S Prakasa Rao and Com K S Koteswara Rao.
......

 4th MAY 2015 

TELEPHONE BILLS CASE 

The two orders issued by CGMT, Karnataka on 7-8-2014 and 25-4-2015

are attached hereunder.

[Click here to view the file....]

4th MAY 2015

TELEPHONE BILLS CASE

The two orders issued by CGMT, Karnataka on 7-8-2014 and 25-4-2015

are attached hereunder.

[Click here to view the file....]

 4th May 2015

CONGRATULATIONS, KARNATAKA COMRADES

ANOTHER CASE SETTLED – WITHIN IN A SHORT TIME

In 1998: BSNL was not formed:
The then Communications Minister Smt Sushama Swaraj, just before relinquishing the charge
to become Delhi chief minister, granted a benefit to the retired DoT employees.

Rent Free Residential concessional telephones, “appreciating the long service to Indian telecom”.
Any employee who had put up minimum 20 years of service or who had one year posting in DOT
before retirement  was eligible to get it with FREE CALLS as
Retired Group A.... 1000 Calls for 2 months
Retired Group B.....  500 Calls for 2 months
Retired Group C ..... 300 Calls for 2 months
Retired Group D..... 200 Calls for 2 months

[All types of Calls – Local, STD or ISD were included in the above FREE CALLS]

All R-DOT employees got the benefit. Even some Postal pensioners who were P&T Employees
for more than 20 years before bifurcation in 1986, filed Court cases and got favourable judgement
were given the above concessional residential telephones.]

Confusing order by BSNL
In 2000, BSNL was formed.  On 20-7-2007, the Corporate Office issued an order that
R-DOT should be changed as R-BSNL and also that R- BSNL Employees are entitled to
Free LOCAL CALLS only.
For 7 years, nobody took any action on this order. 
But theSr,GM (DC) ITPC South Zone Data Centre Hyderabad configured R-BSNL plan
for all Circles allowing free calls only on LOCAL CALLS.

Karnataka Circle – known for efficiency – implemented the new configurations. 
By an order on 7-8-2014, R-DOT was changed as R-BSNL. 
Free calls were allowed only in LOCAL calls.
Suddenly, about 15000 BSNL retirees of Karnataka got telephones bills of huge amounts.
All their STD/ISD calls were charged.

Our Karnataka Circle Association took up the case on 23-2-2015. 
The CGM Mr. R K Mishra was sympathetic to pensioners.  
He referred the case to Corporate Office of BSNL and forwarded Associations letter
with favourable Notes. . 

Com. Gangadhara Rao (our AGS) and Com. R Changappa (Circle Secretary)
during their recent visit to Delhi in March 2015 met the GM (Admn) and others in Corporate Office
and pursued the matter.
First the officers said that they were processing the case and that it would take six months to settle. 
Our leaders convinced the officers the urgency of the matter.  

As a result, a new order is issued by the CGMT, Karnataka on 25-4-2015,
reverting the R-BSNL to R-DOT category. 
15000 BSNL retirees are benefitted by this.

It could have been a problem for all the 1.3 lakh BSNL pensioners in the entire country.

Another feather to the cap of our Karnataka Circle Association!
Congratulations to Karnataka Circle comrades!! 

We are thankful to the CGMT, the GM and other concerned officers in Karnataka Circle Office
for their pro-active approach.

 

 3rd May 2015

FUTURE PENSION REVISION

FOR BSNL RETIREES.... HOW?

According to the posting appeared in the Website of SNEA on 2-5-2015,
United Forum leaders demanded that the issue of future pension revision should be
referred either to 7th Central Pay Commission or 3rd PRC.  The 7th CPC is on the job now. 
It is expected to submit its report by September or October 2015.

What is PRC?

The PRC (Pay Revision Committee) is appointed to recommend PAY revision of Executives
in central public sector units.  PRC report never covered pension.
Because many CPSUs have no pension system.  Some others have different types of pension systems. 
There is no uniformity.   Then how 3rd PRC can consider pension revision of BSNL retirees alone? 
There is no chance of government modifying the structure of PRC even if DoT suggests. 
 
Not only that.  PRC recommendations are applicable to Executives only.  It does not cover non-Executives. 
Pay revision of non-Executives in PSUs is done through bilateral negotiations between the unions 
and the management of the particular company. They never discuss or decide PENSION revision.  
In our case, BSNL Management has no authority to discuss pension, even if it wants. 
 
United Forum leaders know this. 
Then why they demanded referring our pension revision issue to 3rd PRC?   I am surprised.
 
 
I am more surprised to learn that Secretary, Telecom agreed to refer future pension revision to 3rd PRC.   
I wish to believe that the above information is not correct.  Chairman Telecom Commission can not commit it. 
Let us wait to see the official minutes of the meeting held on 1-5-2015.

ALTERNATIVE IS ONLY CPC

1.     We are receiving pension directly from the Government, not from BSNL Company.
Hence we are not BSNL Pensioners.  (Though we are BSNL retirees.) 
We are central government pensioners.
 
2.     Every Pay Commission report on pension is implemented by issuing Office Memorandum by
the Department of Pension.  On 2-9-2008 also, the DoP&PW issued an Office Memorandum to
implement sixth CPC recommendations.  The said OM states:
 
   “These orders are applicable to all pensioners and family pensioners covered by the
Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972....” 
 
BSNL Retirees are getting pension under Rule 37 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.
Therefore, technically and legally we are entitled to be covered by the OM to be
issued by the Government when the 7th CPC report is implemented.
 
Now, it is good that all have come to the conclusion that we cannot depend upon
the 2017 wage revision in BSNL.  All should move forward from that position.
 
Central government pensioners got the benefit of 50% DR merger from April 2004 itself. 
Even after 11 years BSNL retirees are waiting for it. 
Hence, Cabinet Note on 78.2% should not be delayed any further. 
Then, DoT should take up the issue of  future pension revision with 7th CPC also.
 
Let us forget our personal/organisational prejudices. 
The dissatisfaction expressed by Chairman of Telecom Commission in the meeting
on 1-5-2015, about functioning of BSNL should be taken seriously by all.

All organisations sincerely interested to serve the BSNL retirees should immediately
act upon these issues. Now itself, Today itself, Here itself.  NOW or NEVER.

                                    .......................................    P S Ramankutty


2nd May 2015

                    TWO ISSUES;

                    TWO DIFFERENT VERSIONS !

Two issues concerning BSNL pensioners were discussed yesterday in the meeting
between United Forum and Department of Telecom authorities.
BSNLEU and SNEA have reported the proceedings in their websites about the two issues
in different manner. It is left to the viewers to understand the purpose or meaning of it.
 
We are happy that now all the Staff Union leaders realise the fact that BSNL retirees
should not depend upon the next pay revision.
We demanded earlier that our next  pension revision should be as per the 7th CPC report,
because we are paid the pension by Govt.
Hence WE, BSNL RETIREES, ARE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS,
NOT BSNL PENSIONERS.

 

See what they say:

                                   FUTURE PENSION REVISION

BSNLEU Website Says: 

"...On the issue of future pension revision of the BSNL retirees, we demanded that 
the issue should be referred to 7th Pay Commission.
In this regard, the Secretary stated that revision of pension of BSNL retirees do not
come under the terms and reference of 7th Pay Commission.
However, it was assured that the issue would be referred to an
appropriate forum for necessary settlement."

 

SNEA Website Says:

Automatic pension revision in the future without linking it with pay revision.
Forum demanded that the pension revision should be referred to VII CPC
or 3rd PRC with specific terms of reference that it should not be linked
with pay revision of the serving employees or the profitability of the company.
After discussion it was agreed that it will be referred to 3rd PRC with specific
reference of pension revision and delinking pension revision from pay revision.

 

                                              ON THE 78.2% IDA

BSNLEU Says:

“On the issue of non-settlement of 78.2% IDA merger for retirees, we expressed
our bitter resentment that the DOT has no so far sent the Cabinet Note,
and that the matter is being unnecessarily delayed by DoT for years together.
WE conveyed that the poor pensioners are suffering because of this delay by DOT.
The Secretary, DoT, assured that this would be done without further delay.
 
 

SNEA WEBSITE SAYS:

 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. Forum expressed strong resentment
over the abnormal delay in settlement of the issues. Finally Sec/DoT assured that
the issue will be resolved soon and DoT is in touch with DoE also in this regard
to finalize the cabinet memo. Forum further requested to expedite the same.
 
 
 

 

  2-5-2015

THE TWO DAYS STRIKE   &

THE DELAYED DISCUSSIONS

Entire BSNL staff went on two days strike on 21st and 22nd April 2015. 
Neither the Minister nor the Chairman of Telecom Commission gave any meeting
to discuss the issues involved despite repeated requests from the United Forum
of BSNL staff unions.
A meeting between the United Forum and the Secretary, Telecom was originally fixed
for 25th April (Four days after the strike).  Then, it was postponed to 27th April.
Again, it was postponed to 1st May 2015.  Finally, it was held yesterday, 1-5-2015.

 

One of the items raised was the extension of 78.2% IDA benefit for pension revision. 
Secretary, Telecom has assured that the Cabinet Note would be sent without further delay.

A Note on the discussions held yesterday is attached. 

[Click here to view the file....]

SPECIAL MEETING IN BANGALORE ON 25-4-2015

A view of the members attended 

MAY1:

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY


CHICAGO: AMERICA:

 On May 1, 1886, workers took to the streets in a general strike throughout the entire country
to force the ruling class to recognise the eight-hourworking day. Over 350,000 workers across
the country directly participated in the general strike, with hundreds of thousands of workers
joining the marches as best they could.
In what they would later call the Haymarket riots, during the continuing strike action
on May third in Chicago, the heart of the U.S. labor movement, the Chicago police opened fire
on the unarmed striking workers at the McCormick Reaper Works, killing six workers
and wounding untold numbers. An uproar across the nation resounded against the government
and its police brutality, with workers' protest rallies and demonstrations throughout
the nation set to assemble on the following day.
 
On May 4, Chicago members of the IWPA (International Working Peoples'
Association) organized a rally of several thousand workers at Haymarket Square
to protest the continuing police brutality against striking workers on the South Side.
As the last speaker finished his remarks that rainy evening, with only 200 of the most
dedicated workers remaining at the rally, 180 armed police marched forward and
demanded the workers to disperse. Then, deep within the police ranks, a bomb exploded,
killing seven cops. The police opened fire on the unarmed workers –
the number of workers wounded and killed by the cops is unknown to this day.
Eight workers were arrested on charges of "inciting riot" and murder.
The retaliation of the government was enormous in the days to follow,
filling every newspaper with accusations, completely drowning the government
murders and brutality of days past.
 
Eight workers were convicted as anarchists, were convicted of murder,
and were convicted of inciting a riot. Only one of the eight men accused was present
at the protest, and he was attempting to address the crowd when the bomb went off.
In one of the greatest show trials in the history of the working-class movement
no evidence was ever produced to uphold the accusations, though all eight were convicted as guilty.
Four of the prisoners – Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel and Adolph Fisher –
were executed, Louis Lingg committed suicide, and the three remaining were pardoned
due to immense working class upheaval in 1893.
 
On May 1, 1890, in accordance with the decision of the Paris Congress (July 1889)
of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket martyrs,
mass demonstrations and strikes were held throughout Europe and America.
The workers put forward the demands for an 8 hour woring day, better health conditions,
and further demands set forth by the International Association of Workers.
The red flag was here created as the symbol that would always remind us of the
blood that the working-class has bleed, and continues to bleed,
under the oppressive reign of capitalism.
 

30-4-2015

ONE RANK - ONE PENSION  TO THE FINALITY

The Defence Ministry has arrived at a consensus formula of One Rank One Pension (OROP)
with the defence forces and has referred the calculations to Finance Ministry for its decision.
This was informed by the defence ministry to the parliamentary standing committee on defence.

In a scathing observation, the standing committee observed that the ORO
“issue has been protracted for considerably long passage of time and it is beyond
the understanding of the Committee as to what reasons are preventing the Government
from making necessary decisions and arriving at a solution”.
 
The details of the formula are not mentioned in the report.
However, it is believed that the problem of variations in rank and last pay drawn
has been solved by creating standardised slabs for each rank with a certain length of service.
Navdeep Singh, a lawyer in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and an expert on veterans’ issues, says,
“Mr Parrikar has proactively ensured a consensus of all stakeholders as per the actual concept of OROP
which broadly implies that the pensions of past retirees would be based upon the pensions
of fresh retirees and revised periodically. OROP is likely to be applicable from 1st April 2014.”
 

30-4-15

13-5-15 DHARNA PROGRAMME   DEFERRED

The Secretariat our CHQ met at CHENNAI on 29-4-15.  It reviewed all the developments regarding 78.2% to

PENSIONERS.  IT took into consideration Hon. Minister Shri Anantha Kumars intervention, subsequent

meetings with Secretary DOT,  Member (F), Member (S) and Director (Estt) and also the opinion of Com D.D.

Mistry, G.S. BDPA Gujarat ( The only BSNL Pensioners Organisation to respond to our call).  It was finally

decided to POSTPONE the programme of dharna on 13-5-15.    We request the Circle Secretaries kindly to

inform our District Branches.  Detailed Circular will follow.

G.NATARAJAN  G/S           

OUR BRANCH IN OOTTY

We are glad to announce formation of a new branch in Nilgiris SSA
in ameeting held on 28-4-2015.
All India Org. Secretary Com. K Muthiyalu,
Circle leaders Comrades B Arunachalam and Com. Palanisamy, 
Coimbatore District leaders like Com. Vamanan and Thiruvengitaswamy etc.
participated in the formation meeting.  
 
Smt. Chandra, DG (ADMN), Office of the GM, Coonoor was the Chief Guest.
 
Com. Viswanathan, Com. Doss and Com. O Sannan have been elected as
the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the branch.
We wlcome our new branch in Ootacamund.
 
 

 

 

29-4-2015

BANGLORE AIC: 21-22, NOVEMBER 2015

As announced earlier, next All India Conference of AIBSNLPWA will be held in Bangalore city
in the month of November 2015.   
Earlier, the dates were tentatively fixed as 2nd and 3rd November.
Now it is changed to 21st and 22nd November 2015. 
The Bangalore comrades desire participation of Shri Anantha Kumar, Honourable Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers. 
He is normally available in Bangalore   on Saturdays and Sundays.   Hence, the change of dates.
 We will definitely invite Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honourable Minister for Communications
as well as senior officers of Telecom Commission.
 
RECEPTION COMMITTEE headed by Com. G Babu, Com. Changappa, Com. Gururajan etc.
is on the job with great dedication. 
They want to hold the AIC in the prestigious Dr AMBEDKAR BHAVAN, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore,
only at walking distance from Bangalore Cantt Railway Station.
Marriage halls, very adjacent to the Ambedkar Bhavan, have been booked for accommodating the Delegates.
 
Unprecedented great enthusiasm has been generated in the minds of BSNL pensioners in Karnataka, and especially in Bangalore, by Comrades G Babu, Com. Srinath (Former District Secretary), Com. Ranganayakulu (District President), R Changappa (District Secretary as well), Com. M Shanmugam (District Treasurer),
Com. Gangadhara Rao (AGS) and other leaders by their words and deeds. 
Some comrades have donated Rs 10000, Some others Rs 5000 and almost everyone Rs 2000 or more.

Bangalore comrades are waiting for the opportunity to host the historic event in their beautiful city.

 

 

 

 

28-4-2015
 
CENTRAL DA: CORRECTION
 
Please refer the previous posting on the subject.  
The Finance Ministry had issued orders raising the CDA
for serving central government employees on 10th April 2015.  
The Order for Pensioners only was delayed and issued yesterday.  
We regret for the mistake.
 
....

28-4-2015

CDA FROM JANUARY:

WILL BE PAID IN MAY ...

There is a hike of 6 percent in Central DA with effect from January 2015.  
But,  a formal decision by Government and issuance of order  was delayed this time.  
The order is issued only yesterday, the 27th April 2015.
The Central Govt Employees and Pensioners will receive the CDA increase only with
their Pay/Pension of May 2015. 
[Click here to view the file....]

27-4-2015

"Our Taxation process has to be simpler to increase tax buoyancy. Our taxation policy has to be non-adversarial", the Finance Minister said.

7th CPC REPORT THIS YEAR ?
According to UNI, Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister answering a supplementary question
in the Parliament said  that the Report of 7th Central Pay Commission is expected this year itself.
It means Financial year ending on 31-3-2016.
 
 

27-4-2015

MADURAI:

Our Madurai SSA Unit in Tamil Nadu maintains its unique position as the
biggest district branch with 1392 members
- 230 Life members and 1162 Annual members. 
Com. G R Dharmarajan, the district secretary is able to collect
yearly membership subscription from all the 1162 Annual Members
without fail.  It is due to his dedicated and regular, systematic functioning.
CHQ congratulates Dharmarajan and other office-bearers of
Madurai District branch.


BANGALORE

Now, Bangalore SSA Unit has emerged as the District branch with
the largest number of Life Members in the entire country.
They have 1112 Life members now.  A team of leaders including Comrades
P Gangadhara Rao, K Guru Rajan, R Changappa, Murthy, Ethiraj,
Ramachandraiah etc. etc. made extra efforts and achieved the position. 
Com. P S Ramankutty, all India President, while addressing a general body
meeting of Bangalore branch on 25th April congratulated the Bangalore
comrades and expressed his hope that Bangalore will reach a target of
2000 life members very soon.  It is not impossible for them.


ERNAKULAM

Ernakulam has 1074 Life members as on 31-3-2015. 
The district Unit headed by comrades Sasidharan, Augustin, Daniel, George,
Gangadharan etc. has 12 branches which are meeting very often and regularly. 
Participation of large number of members, especially ladies,
is a unique feature of Ernakulam branch. 
 
 
 

26-4-2015 A\

ADDTIONAL PENSION TO SENIORS:

FRACTION CAN BE ROUNDED OFF

After  six and a half years, the Department of Pension has issued a clarification that
fraction, if any, in the additional pension being granted to senior pensioners
above 80 years of age, can be rounded off to the next higher rupee. 
[Click here to view the file....]

26-4-15

EARTH QUAKE STRIKES NEPAL

 

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, causing widespread casualties and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest. 

How bad is the damage?

 

More than 1,000 people were killed in four countries and the toll is likely to rise substantially in the coming days. The magnitude-7.8 quake was the worst to hit Nepal in eight decades and caused damage and fatalities in neighbouring countries as well. In addition to at least 1,130 people killed in Nepal, at least 36 were killed in India, 12 in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.

WE CONVEY OUR CONDOLENCES

 24-4-2015

MRS: RESTORATION OF MEDICAL ALLOWANCE:

HOW MANY, HOW MUCH?    HOW MANY, HOW MUCH?.....................................


Pensioners Associations have been demanding restoration of medical allowance
without voucher at least for the pensioners. 
After lot of persuasion, the BSNL Corporate office asked the Circles to intimate
how many pensioners are availing the BSNL MRS and how much was spent on
outdoor treatment and how much is anticipated as expenditure for outdoor treatment
for the next three years etc. etc.
 
The Circles simply ignored the Circular from Corporate Office, as usual.
Only Corporate Office, Mumbai Telephone Factory, WTR, STR and QA Circles have so far
 replied to the query from the Corporate Office. They represent just 5-10 percent of pensioners.
Now, on 23-4-2015, the Corporate Office has sent a reminder to all Circles to supply the DATA. 
BSNL Circles will not act upon the Circular or reminders and reminders. 
 
BSNL Corporate Office must have some DATA through the ERP. 
Corporate Office should take a policy decision in the matter with that DATA. 
 
 
[Click here to view the file....]

 23-4-2015

A SUCCESSFUL MISSION

ANOTHER MEETING WITH MEMBER (FINANCE)

Comrades G Natarajan (GS) and K Muthiyalu (Org Secretary) along with
Com. R L Kapoor, Legal Committee Member
met the Member (F) of Telecom Commission once again today and discussed about

Ø      Application of 7th CPC report to BSNL retirees   and

Ø     78.2% IDA for pension revision.

 

7th CPC office has now officially asked comments from Dept. of Telecom on our Memorandum. 
It is only because of our meeting with Joint Secretary to 7th CPC yesterday.
Member (Finance) assured that suitable reply would be sent to the Pay Commission soon.

 

On the case of 78.2%, Member (Finance) raised some queries on relevance of Nakara Case
judgement in the matter, the financial benefit that can be derived from the change of
fitment formula from 68.8% to 78.2% etc.  Our leaders explained the position.
[Com. D Gopalakrishnan prepared a chart on the financial benefit with 68.8% and 78.2% and
sent it as Email to Member (F).  She was kind enough to acknowledge receipt of it.]
 
Ultimately Member (Finance) assured that she would immediately clear the file
on 78.2%, pending with her for the last few weeks.
 

We are waiting with hopes.

Our leaders returned from New Delhi today night, after the successful mission. 


22-4-2015

BSNL MRS:  OUTDOOR TREATMENT CEILING

The BSNL Corporate Office has clarified once again that the Heads of Circles

can waive the ceiling limit on expenditure for outdoor treatment for chronic diseases.

 

 

 

22-4-2015

TWO DAYS STRIKE IS SUCCESSFUL ................
SECRETARY, TELECOM WILL MEET LEADERS
ONLY ON 27th

 

Two days'strike by BSNL Staff under the banner of United Forum is total
all over the country. Congratulations to the BSNL Workers.

On 20th Instant, the BSNL Corporate Office intimated that Secretary, Telecom
would meet leaders of the United Forum on 25th to discuss the demands!
Now, after the strike is over, the said meeting is postponed to 27th instant at 5 PM  !!


22-4-2015

ANOTHER MEETING WITH CPC

Today, our GS Com. Natarajan, AGS Com. Gangadhara Rao and Org. Secretary Com. K Muthiyalu
met Joint Secretary to 7th Central Pay Commission.

 

Few weeks back, an officer from CPC office contacted us and enquired as to whether they should
take views of BSNL or the DOT on our memorandum submitted to the CPC in their Bangalore sitting.
We told the officer that we are CENTRAL GOVT PENSIONERS and not BSNL pensioners and hence
the DOT only can comment on our memorandum to CPC.
 
But, on enquiry, it is understood that CPC has not asked views of the DOT officially.  
Today, our leaders submitted a fresh letter explaining the rationale behind our demand.
The Joint Secretary assured that he would look into the matter afresh.

.........................................

 21st APRIL 2015

MEETING WITH MEMBER (FINANCE)

Yesterday, our leaders – Com. G Natarajan (GS), Com. P Gangadhara Rao (AGS) and
Com. K Muthiyalu (Org. Secretary) – met Smt Annie Moraes, Member (Finance)
of Telecom Commission and discussed the case of 78.2% IDA for pension revision. 
When our leaders pointed out the undue delay in the case and the serious concern of
BSNL pensioners all over the country, the Member (Finance) said that it is only usual
Administrative delay. 
Finally, she assured that she would clear the File very soon. 
We hope that the revised Cabinet Note will be sent to the four nodal departments
for their views/consent soon.
 

MEETING WITH MEMBER (SERVICES)

Our leaders met the Member (S) Shri Yadav also. 
He told that he is quite new to the post and hence requires time to study the case.

DHARNA ON 13th MAY 2015

We are not very much satisfied with the progress in the above case. 
As such, we are going ahead with the programme of protest Dharna on 13-5-2015. 
All our comrades are called upon to be prepared for it.

 

21-4-2015                   

PENSION ANOMALY CASE

The case filed by our Association came up today before CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi.
The Respondents (BSNL, Department of Telecom, Department of Pension, etc.)
 have filed their counter affidavits.  Now, it is our turn to file Rejoinder to their arguments. 
For that, about one month’s time is given and next date fixed is 25th  May 2015.
Our Legal Committee will prepare the rejoinder within a week and send it to our lawyers.  

 

 

 23-4-2015

ANOTHER MEETING WITH MEMBER (Finance)

Comrades G Natarajan (GS), P Gangadhara Rao (AGS) and K Muthiyalu (Org Secretary)
met the Member (F) of Telecom Commission once again today and discussed about
 
Ø      application of 7th CPC  report to BSNL  retirees   and
Ø     78.2% IDA for pension revision.

It is understood that 7th CPC office has now officially asked comments from
Department of Telecom on our memorandum. 
Member (Finance) assured that suitable reply would be sent to the Pay Commission soon.
 
On the case of 78.2%, Member (Finance) asked some queries and our leaders replied suitably
explaining the relevance of Nakara case judgement,  IDA rate  etc .
 
Ultimately Member (Finance) assured that she would immediately clear the file on 78.2%,
pending with her for the last few weeks.

We are waiting with hopes.

Our leaders returned from New Delhi today night, after the successful mission. 

 

MRS: Clarification

[Click here to view the file....]

22-4-2015

BSNL MRS:  OUTDOOR TREATMENT CEILING

The BSNL Corporate Offie has clarified once again that the Heads of Circles
can waive the ceiling limit on expenditure for outdoor treatment for chronic diseases.
 


 

22-4-2015

TWO DAYS STRIKE IS SUCCESSFUL ................

SECRETARY, TELECOM WILL MEET LEADERS

ONLY ON 27th

 

Two days'strike by BSNL Staff under the banner of United Forum is total
all over the country. Congratulations to the BSNL Workers.
 
On 20th Instant, the BSNL Corporate Office intimated that Secretary, Telecom
would meet leaders of the United Forum on 25th to discuss the demands!
Now, after the strike is over, the said meeting is postponed to 27th instant at 5 PM  !!
 
 
[Click here to view the file....]

22-4-2015

ANOTHER MEETING WITH CPC

Today, our GS Com. Natarajan, AGS Com. Gangadhara Rao and Org. Secretary Com. K Muthiyalu
met Joint Secretary to 7th Central Pay Commission.
 
Few weeks back, an officer from CPC office contacted us and enquired as to whether they should
take views of BSNL or the DOT on our memorandum submitted to the CPC in their Bangalore sitting.
We told the officer that we are CENTRAL GOVT PENSIONERS and not BSNL pensioners and hence
the DOT only can comment on our memorandum to CPC.
But, on enquiry, it is understood that CPC has not asked views of the DOT officially.  
Today, our leaders submitted a fresh letter explaining the rationale behind our demand.
.........................................

 21st APRIL 2015

MEETING WITH MEMBER (FINANCE) ON 78.2% CASE

Yesterday, our leaders – Com. G Natarajan (GS), Com. P Gangadhara Rao (AGS) and
Com. K Muthiyalu (Org. Secretary) – met Smt Annie Moraes, Member (Finance)
of Telecom Commission and discussed the case of 78.2% IDA for pension revision. 
When our leaders pointed out the undue delay in the case and the serious concern of
BSNL pensioners all over the country, the Member (Finance) said that it is only usual
Administrative delay. Finally, she assured that she would clear the File very soon. 
We hope that the revised Cabinet Note will be sent to the four nodal departments
for their views/consent soon.


MEETING WITH (SERVICES)

Our leaders met the Member (S) Shri Yadav also. 
He told that he is quite new to the post and hence requires time to study the case.

DHARNA ON 13th MAY 2015

We are not satisfied with the progress in the above case. 
As such, as decided by our Nagpur CWC meeting, we are going ahead with the programme
of protest dharna on 13-5-2015.  All our comrades are called upon to be prepared for it.

 

21-4-2015
 
PENSION ANOMALY CASE

The case filed by our Association came up today before CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi.
The Respondents (BSNL, Department of Telecom, Department of Pension, etc.)
 have filed their counter affidavits.  Now, it is our turn to file Rejoinder to their arguments. 
For that, about one month’s time is given and  next date fixed is 25th May 2015.
Our Legal Committee will prepare the rejoinder within a week and send it to our lawyers.  
 
 
 

18-4-2015

RAJASTAN CIRCLE CONFERENCE

Com. Ram Avtar Sharma, Circle Secretary speaks.  
Comrades Sampath Singh, Natarajan, Muthiyalu, Kishori Lal Sharma etc.
are seen in the photo
[Click here to view the file....]

18-4-2015

RAJASTAN CIRCLE CONFERENCE

Rajastan Circle Conference of AIBSNLPWA was held today at Jaipur. 
Com. G Natarajan (GS) and Com. K Muthiyalu (Org. Secy) participated in the Conference
representing CHQ and spoke elaborately on the main issues like 78.2% IDA,
Pension Anomaly, 7th CPC Benefit etc.
 
Veteran leader of Telecom workers  in Rajastan, Com. Kishori Lal Sharma,  graced the occasion.
The Conference re-elected Com. Sampath Singh as the Circle President and
Com. Ram Avtar Sharma as the Circle Secretary.
[Click here to view the file....]

18-4-2015

THE INEFFICIENCY ESTABLISHED AGAIN.....

On 26th March 2015,  BSNL Corporate Office sent a circular to all  Circles to supply some

data regarding the Pension anomaly of those BSNL staff retired before completing 10 months

in the company. Circles were asked to supply the data within ten days.  

ONLY THREE CIRCLES HAVE SUPPLIED THE DATA !

OTHERS DID NOT CARE!!

Now, on 17-4-2015 the Corporate Office has sent a reminder asking all circles to

treat the matter as most urgent.

The case is coming up before CAT, New Delhi on 21-4-2015.

 

18-4-2015

BSNLMRS DIETARY CHARGES

BSNL Corporate Office has issued a clarification regarding reimbursement of

dietary charges under BSNLMRS.

The BSNL CO Letter is attached .

[Click here to view the file....]

15-4-2015

GENERAL SECRETARY AND OTHER LEADERS

TO JAIPUR AND NEW DELHI

 

Com. Natarajan, GS along with Com. Muthiyalu (Former All India President)

has left for Jaipur to attend Rajastan Circle Conference on 18th.  

From. Jaipur, they will go to New Delhi. Com. P Gangadhara Rao, AGS will reach New Delhi

on 20th morning and join them.  They will pursue the 78.2% case.


Com. Ramankutty, President could not go to Jaipur and Delhi as he had a ligament injury

while leaving Trivandrum Railway Station.  He is better now and able to walk slowly.

He is in Bangalore at present and will be reaching Trivandrum on 26th instant.

...............................................................

15-4-2015

JEEVAN PRAMAAN ...

LINK AADHADAR CARD


Department of Pension has requested all Pensioners' Organisations to co-operate with it

in popularising the JEEVAN PRAMAAN introduced recently.  

JEEVAN PRAMAAN helps all pensioners submit the Life Certificate in November every year,

on line, without personally appearing before the concerned officer in their Pension Paying Bank.

 

For that, The Pensioner should have an Aadhaar Card.  It should be linked with the Bank Account.

In November, The Life Certificate can be sent to Bank from your Computer or Mobile Phone.

The letter from Department of Pension to Pensioners' Organizations is attached herewith.

[Click here to view the file....]

11-4-2015

TIMELY SETTLEMENT OF PENSION CASES

BSNL Corporate Office has reiterated orders for

timely settlement of Pension Cases

[Click here to view the file....]

11-4-2015

SETTLEMENT OF PROVISIONAL PENSION CASES

AND GRATUITY CASES

BSNL Corporate Office has issued fresh instruction to revew provisional pension cases

and Gratuity cases and settle them

[Click here to view the file....]

11-4-2015

IDA From APRIL 2015...DPE order

Some comrades inform that they could not download the DPE order dated 6th April 2015.

The same is uploaded again

[Click here to view the file....]

10-4-15

 

Justice Bhanurmath personally champions our cause, tho’ his name does not figure here.

Maharashtra human rights body orders Akola municipality to release senior citizens' pensions

Thursday, 9 April 2015 - 5:20am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition

·        Naziya Alvi Rahman

 

A delay in releasing pension can now amount to a violation of human rights. In a landmark judgment, the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the municipality of Akola to release an interim payment of Rs 2 crore (approx) to 370-odd retired teachers after they moved the commission to plead euthanasia.

·        http://static.dnaindia.com/sites/default/files/2015/04/09/325874-pension.jpgPic for representation

A delay in releasing pension can now amount to a violation of human rights. In a landmark judgment, the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the municipality of Akola to release an interim payment of Rs 2 crore (approx) to 370-odd retired teachers after they moved the commission to plead euthanasia.

The petitioners are a group of senior citizens who claim to be physically and financially weak. As per the petition, the municipality had not issued them their pension for five months in a row without any notice or reason. They alleged that while a few of these teachers were on their death bed, some had died due to lack of medical facilities and treatment.

The municipality and the education department failed to give any reason to the commission for its failure to issue pensions to the petitioners for five months.

The petitioners had approached the commission in February this year after their repeated requests to the municipality, the mayor of Akola and local politicians went unheard. "The commission took cognizance of the grievances of the retired teachers who were employees of the municipal corporation, Akola, in the light of their plight in facing day to day problems. Therefore, the commission visualized and understood the gravity and the seriousness of the issue and gave interim direction," reads the order passed by Bhagwant D More, member MHRC, on March 23.

The municipality, through the state's education department, has been asked to settle the remaining dues (close to Rs 4 crore) by May 14.

The municipality even did not bother to respond to the commission's first notice. Neither did the commissioner himself appear before the commission nor did his representative turn up for the hearing. "This shows the reluctance on the part of the municipal commissioner to help the senior citizens who are retired teachers of municipal corporation schools. It has been pointed out by the retired teachers present during the hearing that they were never given patient hearing, proper treatment and were treated without empathy. They always got disgusting treatment at the hands of the administration as and when they approached the authority," states the MHRC order.

However, it was only after the commission passed an interim order to pay the pension that the municipality woke up and did the needful.

 



 
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DPE ORDER INCREASING IDA FROM 1-4-15

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DPE ORDER INCREASING IDA FROM 1-4-15

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DPE ORDER INCREASING IDA FROM 1-4-15

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7-4-2015

DPE ISSUES ORDERS INCREASING IDA BY 0.2% FROM 1-4-2015

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CABINET DECIDES TO INCREASE CDA BY 6% TO CG EMPLOYEES AND

PENSIONERS FROM JANUARY2015

HAPPY EASTER GREETINGS TO ALL


HAPPY EASTER GREETINGS TO ALL


2-4-2015

RAMANKUTTY OUT OF STATION

P S Ramankutty will be out of station (Trivandrum) from 2nd to 26th April 2015.
Along with GS Com. Natarajan and Com. Muthiyalu he will attend the Rajastan
Circle Conference at Jaipur on 17th April.
If needed,  they will all go to Delhi to pursue the case of 78.2 % also.
 

 2-4-2015
 
CENTRAL DA FROM JANUARY 2015
NOT YET ANNOUNCED BY GOVT.
 
… AND A FAKE ORDER ALSO !!!

Normally the Government used to announce in March the CDA hike from January. 
This time it is not yet done. Reasons are not known for the delay. It happened so in 2013.
The CDA from January 2013 was announced only on 18th April 2013, that too after massive
protest from the Staff Unions.  Similarly, the CDA from July 2014 was announced only on
4th September 2014. 
Central staff did not expect this delay from the Government led by Shri.  Narendra Modi. 
Now, they realize that the Government has not changed.  80 lakh pensioners and employees
are waiting.

In the meantime, a fake DA order, purportedly issued by Ministry of finance was circulated on 30th
March 2015 by some people.  On 1-4- 2015, the Ministry of financed issued a clarification. 
Two para from the clarificatory letter from finance ministry say:

1.       It has come to the notice of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance that Office Memorandum bearing F. No. 1/2/2015-E.II(B) dated 30th March, 2015 under the signature of
Shri A. Bhattacharya, Under Secretary, Department of Expenditure, regarding Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.01.2015,
is being circulated amongst Government Departments/Offices.

2. It is clarified that the O.M. dated 30.03.2015, purportedly issued by the Ministry of Finance,
is a fake and that no such instructions have been issued by the Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance. Accordingly, all Ministries/Departments and Central Government offices
are hereby advised not to take cognizance of these fake instructions being circulated in Government offices.
 
...

 

1-4-2015    
CGHS
Revision of Guidelines on Cancer Treatment under CGHS 
in modification of earlier OM dated 02.09.2008
An OM issued by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare regarding Cancer Treatment and
the State wise Authorised Hospitals
No.1-1/13/Hospital  Cell/R&H/CGHS (Pt.l)/CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry   of Health  & Family Welfare
Department of Health  & Family Welfare
Nirman  Bhavan, Maulana    Azad Road
New  Delhi-   110  108

Dated  : the 23rd  February,  2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

With   reference   to  the  above  mentioned      subject   the   undersigned is   directed    
to  draw   attention  to  the   Office   Memorandum  of  even number dated    2nd    
September,  2008  and  to   state   that   in  view   of  empanelment  of several    
Cancer  hospitals    under   CGHS the  matter   was   re-examined,  and it has now   
been decided  to  modify  the  Office  Memorandum    as follows:
 
i)        CGHS beneficiaries    and  beneficiaries    covered   under   CS(MA)    Rules, 1944  
shall    be   permitted    to  get  themselves     treated   from   any  of  the under   mentioned
27  (Twenty    seven)    hospitals      recognized    by   the Ministry     of   Health     &  Family
Welfare    under     the    National     Cancer Control   Programmes   that   are  funded   
by  the   Government  of  India, subject   to  the  condition    that  the    reimbursement       
will   be   as  per  the rates  fixed   in    the     Regional  Cancer Centers  under     
Central Government,   if any or as per actual,  whichever may be less.
 
  1. Andhra    Pradesh  –  M.N.J.  Institute  of  Oncology  &  Regional  Cancer Centre, Hyderabad.
  2. Assam –  Dr.  B.  Borooah  Cancer  Institute,  Guwahati.
  3. Bihar –  Indira   Gandhi    Institute   of Medical   Sciences,  Patna
  4. Chandigarh   –    Post Graduate Institute  Medical  Education   & Research,   Chandigarh.
  5. Chhattisgarh  –   Pt  J.J.N   Medical College &  Dr.   B.R.  Ambedkar Memorial   Hospital, Raipur.
  6. Delhi –  Dr.   B.R. Ambedkar   Institute   Rotary  Cancer     Hospital,    AllMS, New   Delhi.
  7. Gujarat-   Gujarat   Cancer  Research   Institute,    Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  8. Haryana  –  Post Graduate   Institute  of Medical   Sciences,  Rohtak.
  9. Himachal  Pradesh-  Indira  Gandhi  Medical  College,   Shimla.
  10. Jammu    & Kashmir   –  Sher-i-Kashmir   Institute  of  Medical    Sciences, Srinagar.
  11. Jammu    & Kashmir-     Government   Medical  College    –  Jammu.
  12. Karnataka      –  Kidwai  Memorial    Institute   of Oncology,    Bangalore.
  13. Kerala     –  Regional  Cancer  Centre,   Thiruvananthapuram.
  14. Madhya     Pradesh-  Cancer Hospital   & Research   Institute,    Gwalior.
  15. Maharashtra  –   Rashtrasant   Tukdoji  Regional   Cancer Hospital  & Research Centre,  Nagpur.
  16. Maharashtra     -Tata   Memorial   Hospital,  Mumbai.
  17. Manipur-      Regional  Institute    of Medical  Sciences,    Imphal.
  18. Mizoram   –  Civil Hospital,   Aizwal.
  19. Odisha    – Acharya  Harihar  Regional  Cancer Centre,    Cuttack.
  20. Puducherry – Jawaharlal  Institute of  Postgraduate Medical Education & Research.
  21. Rajasthan       –  Acharya   Tulsi    Regional    Cancer Treatment    & Research
    Institute,    Bikaner.
  22. Tamil Nadu   –   Govt.     Arignar    Anna    Memorial      Cancer      Research
    Institute      & Hospital,    Kancheepuram.
  23. Tamil    Nadu  –  Cancer   Institute   (WIA),   Adyar,   Chennai.
  24. Tripura     –  Civil Hospital,   Agartala.
  25. Uttar Pradesh  –  Sanjay  Gandhi     Post   Graduate    Institute   of  Medical Sciences,   Lucknow.
  26. Uttar    Pradesh   –  Kamla   Nehru   Memorial   Hospital,   Allahabad.
  27. West    Bengal    –  Chittaranjan     National     Cancer  Institute,     Kolkata.
ii)         In cities  where    there  are  no  facilities    for  cancer   treatment  in any of the   empanelled    private  hospitals    powers  are  hereby    delegated    to the Addl.    Directors   of  CGHS of  the  concerned    cities  in  respect    of CGHS and    to  HOD/  Head   of Office  in respect  of serving   employees    covered under   CS(MA)     Rules,    1944  for   grant  of  permission       for   undergoing treatment  at any  hospital   that  provides  treatment   to  cancer  patients, subject   to  the  condition     that    the  reimbursement   shall  be limited    to the  prevalent   CGHS rates  or  actual    expenditure     –  whichever    may be lower.   Permission  shall     however  be  granted  for the     specific treatment   procedures  as advised  by a  Government specialist.
 
iii)     Powers  are also hereby  delegated   to the  Additional  Directors    of  CGHS of  the   concerned    cities   in   respect   of  CGHS and  to  HOD/   Head   of Office  in respect  of  serving    employees   covered   under   CS(MA)    Rules, 1944  for  grant  of  permission  for  post-operative  follow  up treatment from  the  same  centre,  where   permission   has been  granted  earlier   for Cancer     treatment   as  per  the   terms  and  conditions  of  OM  dated 10.04.2001 regarding   ost-operative   follow  up treatment.
 
2.   These orders  shall  be in force  till  further orders.
3.   This  issues with  the  concurrence    of  Integrated     Finance  Division vide CD No. 115650  /2015  dated   15-01-2015.

 

 1-4-2015

AADHAAR CARD FOR DIGITAL  LIFE CERTIFICATE

Link your Aadhaar Card with the Bank Account  in your Pension Paying  Bank.

You can file a digital Life Certificate without personally appearing before
the Bank Officer.

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1-4-2015

CGHS: CANCER TREATMENT

27 Major hospitals in the country are empanelled for treatment  for Cancer.
The order is attached.

 

 

 

1st April 2015

WHY IDA INCREASE IS JUST MARGINAL?

Many friends are asking the above question.  
According to the Labour Bureau of India,  the price of many items like 
Rice, Egg, Fish, Onion, Vegetables, Sugar, Petrol, Flowers has  decreased.

For details read the Press Release from the Labour Bureau, given below:

...............................................................................................................................................

                                               Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – February, 2015
The All-India CPI-IW for February, 2015 decreased by 1 point and pegged at 253
(two hundred and fifty three). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by (-) 0.39 per cent
between January, 2015 and February, 2015 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.42 per cent
between the same two months a year ago.l
 
The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group 
contributing (-) 0.66 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Eggs (Hen),
Fish Fresh, Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, Petrol, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. are
responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was neutralised by Wheat,
Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Groundnut Oil, Goat Meat, Tea (Readymade), etc., putting upward
pressure on the index.
 
The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.30 per cent for February, 2015
as compared to 7.17 per cent for the previous month and 6.73 per cent during the corresponding
month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.42 per cent against 7.81 per cent
of the previous month and 7.56 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
 
At centre level, Tiruchirapally recorded the highest decline of 7 points followed by Guntur (4 points),
Mysore, Chhindwara, Siliguri and Puducherry (3 Points each) Among others, 2 points decrease
was observed in 15 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. On the contrary, Belgaum and Kodarma 
centres reported a highest increase of 3 points each followed by Kanpur, Bokaro and Doom-Dooma 
Tinsukia (2 points each). Among others 1 point increase was observed in 13 centres.
Rest of the 21 centres’ indices remained stationary.
 
The indices of 37 centres are above All India Index and other 40 centres’ indices are below 
national average. The index of Vishakhapatnam centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of March, 2015 will be released on Thursday,
30th April, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.
 
 

 

31-3-2015

78.2% CASE... THE FILE IS MOVING.....

It is reported from New Delhi that the revised Cabinet Note has been forwarded by
Establishment Section to Finance Wing of Department of Telecom yesterday.
..................................................

31-3-2015

IDA FROM APRIL 2015: 

INCREASE BY 0.2 PERCENT !

The Labour Bureau of India has declared the All India Consumer Price Index (AICPI) for  February 2015. 
It is 253 points.   There is a decrease of one point from the previous month of January.
[Plese ignore the previous posting wherein it was mentioned decrease of 2 points.)
 
With the above, the IDA  from April 2015 can be calculated as under:

AICPI for December 2014:            253 Points
AICPI for January 2015:                254 Points
AICPI for February 2015:              253 Points
______________________________________
Total for the 3 months:                 760 Points
Average for 3 months:                 253.3 Points
 
Merged  in Pay from 2007:           126.33 Points
Increase over 126.33:                    127.00 Points
Percentage of Increase:               100.5
IDA from April 2015:                       100.5%
 
Existing (From Dec.2014)             100.3%
Net Increase                                        0.2%
…………………………………………………………………

…….     Order can be expected before 10th April 2015. 

 

 30th March 2015

CPC NEWS….
The 7th Central Pay Commission is now  meeting  All India Federations and taking oral evidence.
It started on 23-3-2015 and may continue in first week of April also. It is told  that
the 7th CPC may submit is report to the Government by October 2015.

Leaders of Staff Side in National Council(JCM) and the leaders of All India Audit and Accounts Association report, after their meeting with the CPC, that the 7th CPC may discard
 Pay Band + Grade Pay system introduced by the 6th CPC.

It may be noted that the 6th CPC did not study the duties and responsibilities of
various cadres of  officers/officials in central service.  Instead, it simply added
the Basic pay and DA as on 1-1-2006 and then granted a new element of Grade Pay. 

Hence, it is good if the 7th CPC discards the Grade Pay system and submit a detailed report
after considering the qualification required, nature of work and responsibilities,
and the need of the staff in central government services as well as
considering the justification for grant of a reasonable minimum wage.
 
 
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27 HOSPITALS

LIST OF 27 HOSPITALS EMPANELLED FOR CANCER TREATMENT UNDER CGHS

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1-4-2015

AADHAAR CARD FOR DIGITAL  LIFE CERTIFICATE

Link your Aadhaar Card with the Bank Account  in your Pension Paying  Bank.

You can file a digital Life Certificate without personally appearing before
the Bank Officer.
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1-4-2015

CGHS: CANCER TREATMENT

27 Major hospitals in the country are empanelled for treatment  for Cancer.
The order is attached.

1st April 2015

WHY IDA INCREASE IS JUST MARGINAL?

Many friends are asking the above question.  
According to the Labour Bureau of India,  the price of many items like 
Rice, Egg, Fish, Onion, Vegetables, Sugar, Petrol, Flowers has  decreased.

For details read the Press Release from the Labour Bureau, given below:

...............................................................................................................................................

                                               Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – February, 2015
The All-India CPI-IW for February, 2015 decreased by 1 point and pegged at 253
(two hundred and fifty three). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by (-) 0.39 per cent
between January, 2015 and February, 2015 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.42 per cent
between the same two months a year ago.l
 
The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group
contributing (-) 0.66 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Eggs (Hen),
Fish Fresh, Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, Petrol, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. are
responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was neutralised by Wheat,
Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Groundnut Oil, Goat Meat, Tea (Readymade), etc., putting upward
pressure on the index.
 
The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.30 per cent for February, 2015
as compared to 7.17 per cent for the previous month and 6.73 per cent during the corresponding
month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.42 per cent against 7.81 per cent
of the previous month and 7.56 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
 
At centre level, Tiruchirapally recorded the highest decline of 7 points followed by Guntur (4 points),
Mysore, Chhindwara, Siliguri and Puducherry (3 Points each) Among others, 2 points decrease
was observed in 15 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. On the contrary, Belgaum and Kodarma
centres reported a highest increase of 3 points each followed by Kanpur, Bokaro and Doom-Dooma
Tinsukia (2 points each). Among others 1 point increase was observed in 13 centres.
Rest of the 21 centres’ indices remained stationary.
 
The indices of 37 centres are above All India Index and other 40 centres’ indices are below
national average. The index of Vishakhapatnam centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of March, 2015 will be released on Thursday,
30th April, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.
 
 
 

31-3-2015

78.2% CASE... THE FILE IS MOVING.....

It is reported from New Delhi that the revised Cabinet Note has been forwarded by
Establishment Section to Finance Wing of Department of Telecom yesterday.
..................................................

31-3-2015

IDA FROM APRIL 2015: 

INCREASE BY 0.2 PERCENT !

The Labour Bureau of India has declared the All India Consumer Price Index (AICPI) for  February 2015. 
It is 253 points.   There is a decrease of one point from the previous month of January.
[Plese ignore the previous posting wherein it was mentioned decrease of 2 points.)
 
With the above, the IDA  from April 2015 can be calculated as under:

AICPI for December 2014:            253 Points
AICPI for January 2015:                254 Points
AICPI for February 2015:              253 Points
______________________________________
Total for the 3 months:                 960 Points
Average for 3 months:                 253.3 Points
 
Merged  in Pay from 2007:           126.33 Points
Increase over 126.33:                    127.00 Points
Percentage of Increase:               100.5
IDA from April 2015:                       100.5%
 
Existing (From Dec.2014)             100.3%
Net Increase                                        0.2%
…………………………………………………………………

…….     Order can be expected before 10th April 2015. 

....

 

 

 

 

 

31-3-2015  4 PM

 IDA FROM APRIL 2015:  INCREASE BY 0.2 PERCENT !

The Labour Bureau of India has declared the All India Consumer Price Index (AICPI)
for  February 2015.  It is 253 points.  
There is a decrease of two points from the previous month of January.

With the above, the IDA  from April 2015 can be calculated as under:
AICPI for December 2014:            253 Points
AICPI for January 2015:                254 Points
AICPI for February 2015:              253 Points
____________________________________
Total for the 3 months:                 960 Points
Average for 3 months:                  253.3 Points
Merged  in Pay from 2007:           126.33 Points
Increase over 126.33:                   127.00 Points
Percentage of Increase:               100.5
IDA from April 2015:                      100.5%

Existing (From Dec.2014)             100.3%
Net Increase                                      0.2%
………………………………………………………………

…….     Order can be expected before 10th April 2015. 

 

.....

 30th March 2015

CPC NEWS….
The 7th Central Pay Commission is now  meeting  All India Federations and taking oral evidence.
It started on 23-3-2015 and may continue in first week of April also. It is told  that
the 7th CPC may submit is report to the Government by October 2015.

Leaders of Staff Side in National Council(JCM) and the leaders of All India Audit and Accounts Association report, after their meeting with the CPC, that the 7th CPC may discard
 Pay Band + Grade Pay system introduced by the 6th CPC.

It may be noted that the 6th CPC did not study the duties and responsibilities of
various cadres of  officers/officials in central service.  Instead, it simply added
the Basic pay and DA as on 1-1-2006 and then granted a new element of Grade Pay. 

Hence, it is good if the 7th CPC discards the Grade Pay system and submit a detailed report
after considering the qualification required, nature of work and responsibilities,
and the need of the staff in central government services as well as
considering the justification for grant of a reasonable minimum wage.
 
 

30th March 2015

AP CIRCLE CEC MEETING

Our Andhra Circle Unit held its Circle Executive Committee meeting at Nellore on 29-3-2015.
Com. G Natarajan, GS attended it and reported on the latest developments regarding various issues.
Few photos are attached.
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Tamilnadu Circle Executive Committee Meeting was held at Vellore on 26th & 27th, March, 2015.
Circle President Com K. Muthiyalu Presided over  the Meeting.  
Circle Office bearers and District Secretaries attended the meeting.  
Com D. Gopalakrishnan gave full details about the discussion with DOT Secretary
& Member Finance on our 78.2% IDA Pension Revision case on 26-3-15 at New Delhi.  
Excellent arrangements were made by Vellore Comrades.  
 
             

 28th March 2015

OUR LEADERS RETURNED TO THEIR HQs

After meeting the Secretary, Telecom, Member (Finance) and Director (Estt) of Department of Telecom,  
several meetings with Shri Ananthakumar, the Honourable minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers
in New Delhi  our leaders, S/Shri G Natarajan (GS), D Gopalakrishnan (VP), P Gangadhara Rao (AGS)
and R Changappa (CS Karnataka) have returned from Delhi to their respective head quarters yesterday.
 
The exercise of asking Data from BSNL Corporate Office, then from Circles, thereafter from SSA
is all futile now in the background of clear assurance given by Secretary, Telecom that
a revised Cabinet Note is under preparation and that the same would be sent to the four nodal ministries 
for their opinion within a period of 15 days.  
Those four nodal ministries have to convey their opinion within 15 days thereafter. 
It is all mandatory as per the rules.
 
Hence, we can expect that the Note will go to Cabinet by end of April 2015 or at least in May 2015.  
We are confident that the Secretary, Telecom, Mr. Garg, is capable of honouring his assurance.

More than 125000 BSNL pensioners are waiting anxiously ……

[Some other organisation leaders claim that they have met the Secretary and got the assurance etc.  
They got the information from this Website. 
Some others copied and pasted the news but deliberately omited our name.  
It exibits their culture. 
We have no complaint.  We will continue our efforts.
All BSNL pensioners- no matter they are our members or not- will benefit.]

 28th March 2015

OUR LEADERS RETURNED TO THEIR HQs

After meeting the Secretary, Telecom, Member (Finance) and Director (Estt) of Department of Telecom,  
several meetings with Shri Ananthakumar, the Honourable minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers
in New Delhi  our leaders, S/Shri G Natarajan (GS), D Gopalakrishnan (VP), P Gangadhara Rao (AGS)
and R Changappa (CS Karnataka) have returned from Delhi to their respective head quarters yesterday.
 
The exercise of asking Data from BSNL Corporate Office, then from Circles, thereafter from SSA
is all futile now in the background of clear assurance given by Secretary, Telecom that
a revised Cabinet Note is under preparation and that the same would be sent to the four nodal ministries 
for their opinion within a period of 15 days.  
Those four nodal ministries have to convey their opinion within 15 days thereafter. 
It is all mandatory as per the rules.
 
Hence, we can expect that the Note will go to Cabinet by end of April 2015 or at least in May 2015.  
We are confident that the Secretary, Telecom, Mr. Garg, is capable of honouring his assurance.

More than 125000 lakh BSNL pensioners are waiting anxiously ……

[Some other organisation leaders claim that they have met the Secretary and got the assurance etc.  
They got the information from this Website.  Let them claim anything to satisfy their members. 
We have no complaint.  We will continue our efforts.
All BSNL pensioners- no matter they are our members or not- will benefit.]

………………………………………………………

 

27th March 2015

IMPORTANT AND MOST IMPORTANT…!

HOW SOON?

Please refer our earlier posting in this Website on the letter from DoT to BSNL Corporate Office asking for DATA
on number of pensioners etc.
As all know, Department of Telecom is paying pension to BSNL retirees.
Naturally, DoT must have the DATA about the number of people it is paying pension to.
Instead of collecting the information from the CCA offices, the DoT
sent a letter on 13-3-2015 to CMD, BSNL to supply the DATA. It was marked as
MOST IMPORTANT.
 
After 13 days, on 26-3-2015, the BSNL Corporate Office has endorsed that letter to all Circles to supply the DATA
within ten days.  It is also marked as MOST IMPORTANT.
Some Circle Offices may do it. Some may reply that they do not have the DATA.
Some others will never reply even.
 
As our experiences show, many Circle Offices may ask the SSA offices to
Send the DATA.  The DoT will not get the complete DATA  in the near future.
That much IMPORTANT it is.
Because,  it is pensioners’ case.

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[Click here to view the file....]

 

27th March 2015

ERRONEOUS TELEPHONE BILLS

Yesterday evening,  our leaders –
Comrades G.  Natarajan, P Gangadhara Rao and R Changappa - 
met the GM (Admn) in BSNL Corporate Office and discussed the issue of
erroneous telephone bills issued to Concessional telephones of BSNL pensioners. 
 
The GM assured that he would look into the matter immediately and
take remedial action, as deemed necessary.
 

26th March 2015

 

EFFECTIVE MOVE BY OUR ASSOCIATION

As reported earlier, our AGS Com. Gangadhara Rao and Karnataka Circle Secretary Com. Changappa
are in New Delhi for few days. Before starting from Bangalore, they met Shri Anantha Kumar,
the Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers and sought his intervention to settle our issue
of 78.2% IDA. Shri Anantha Kumar kept his words and intervened in the matter very effectively
and efficiently. He collected all details from our leaders and understood the gross injustice done
to the BSNL pensioners.
 
Com. Natarajan (General Secretary) and Com. DG (Vice President) also reached New Delhi
today morning. Our leaders jointly met the Secretary, Telecom and Member (Finance) and
had discussion on the issue. Secretary informed our leaders that a revised Cabinet Note
is under preparation. It will be sent to the four Ministries (Law, Finance, Pension and
Heavy Industries) within 15 days for their opinion on the proposal.

It is mandatory.

Our effective actions in the case, has removed confusion and uncertainty.
We do hope that Telecom Commission will move the matter further  as promised.

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26-3-2015

DOT WANTS DATA FROM BSNL AGAIN !!

Department of Telecom is paying pension to all BSNL retirees.
Naturally, the CCAs and Pr CCAs have the DATA with them like Number of Pensioners
retired before 1-1-2007 and after that date.
Therefore, we are surprised to go through the DoT letter dated 13th instant asking BSNL
to supply  DATA regarding number of pensioners  etc. 
BSNL has never supplied the correct information in the past, when asked.
That is the new work culture.
However, the letter mentioned above from DoT to CMD, BSNL is attached herewith
for information of our viewers.

 

[Click here to view the file....]

26th March 2015  1.30 PM

OUR THANKS TO SHRI ANANTHA KUMAR

We express our sincere thanks to Shri Anantha Kumar,
Honourable Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India
for his effective intervention in our case of 78.2% IDA benefit.

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THE UNCERTAINTY ENDS IN 78.2% CASE

A team of our leaders consisting of
Com. D Gopalakrishnan, Vice President,
G Natarajan, General Secretary,
P Gangadhara Rao, Asst General Secretary
and R Changappa, Circle Secretary, Karnataka,
today met Shri Garg, Chairman of Telecom Commission as well as
Smt. Annie Moraes, Member (F), Telecom Commission
and discussed the case of 78.2% benefit for pension revision.
Our leaders were given an assurance that a revised Cabinet Note will be
sent tothe four nodal ministries within 15 days simultaneously.
We are happy that our efforts to settle the issue have yielded some results.
We are more happy that the ‘uncertainty’ in the matter has ended now.
 
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26-3-2015
 
CGHS WELLNESS CENTRES: WORKING HOURS
 
 
 1. The CGHS Wellness Centres will be functional from 7.30 AM to 2.00 PM without a lunch break,
on a trial basis for three months w.e.f. 1st April, 2015.        [Existing 8 AM TO 3 PM]

2. The CGHS Wellness Centres in New Delhi which are currently functional for 24 hours,
will continue to function as usual in shifts.

3. The new timings will be applicable to all CGHS Wellness Centres in all CGHS cities
across the country

4. The new timings would also apply to the AYUSH dispensaries / units under CGHS
all over the country.

The new timings for CGHS Wellness Centres will be effective from 1st April, 2015
on a trial basis for three months. Further decision in the matter will be taken
after considering feedback to this change.
 
 
 

24th March 2015

78.2% IDA CASE: IMPORTANT MEETINGS

Shri Anantha Kumar, Honourable Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, in Narendra Modi Government,
is from Bangalore city.   Earlier, Shri Anantha kumar had written a letter to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,
Minister for Communications on our demand for 78.2% IDA in pension revision.
 
During his recent visit to Bangalore city, our leaders met Shri Ananthakumar once again and
sought his help to settle the case.  Shri Anantha kumar was kind enough to assure all possible help.
He wanted our representatives meet him in Delhi on 24th March 2015.
 
Com. P Gangadhara Rao, our AGS and Com. R Changappa, our Karnataka Circle Secretary
reached New Delhi today morning and had another meeting with Shri Anantha Kumar 
in the afternoon. 
 
Late in the evening Com. Gangadhara Rao and Com. Changappa met  Shri Garg, Chairman
of Telecom Commission and discussed the case.
 
They are staying back in Delhi to have further discussion with Chairman.
They will try to meet Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Honourable Minister for communications.
 
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23-3-2015

 A good news for  senior pensioners retired before 1-1-2006.

{It is only a Court decision. No order is issued.  Govt may file appeals}

 

Full Pension to Pre-2006 Pensioners

with less than 33 years Service:

Govt Appeal dismissed by Hon’ble Supreme Court

While many Pre 2006 Pensioners with less than 33 years service have got favourable verdict from CAT 
and the consequent appeals by Govt are pending at various stages, Bharat Pensioners Samaj reports
that SLP filed by Govt relating one of such cases against the order favourable to pre-2006 pensioner
has been dismissed by Hon’ble Supreme Court. Hence it is likely that other cases would also be
decided on the basis of this dismissal by Apex Court in favour of Pre 2006 Pensioners.

 

CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL    ERNAKULAM BENCH in their order dated 16.08.2013 in Original Application No. 715 of 2012 with Original Application No. 1051 of 2012  in concluding para 7 & 8  ruled:
 
 
7.    In the light of the above, the settled law is that in no case the pension of the pre-2006 pensioners shall be lower than
fifty percent of the minimum of the pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay thereon corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale
from which the pensioner had retired. It meas that pension of a pre-2006 retiree has to be first calculated taking into account
the revised pay in the pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay corresponding to the pay scale from which he retired
proportionate to the length of his service and then find what is 50% of the minimum of the Pay Band plus Grade Pay
and fix higher of the two as his pension. Hence the applicants are eligible to get the minimum pension in the Pay Band
plus Grade Pay of the Deputy Office Superintendent, the post from which they had retired, with effect from 01.01.2006.
Accordingly, the O.As are allowed as under.

8.    The respondents are directed to issue revised Pension Payment Order (PPO) to the applicants specifying the pension
on the basis of Para 4.2 of the O.M. dated 01.09.2008, i.e. 50% of the minimum of the pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay
of the Deputy Office Superintendent and also corresponding family pension and grant all consequential benefits
including arrears of pension within a period of 02 months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. No costs.
(Dated, the 16th August, 2013)
 
          (K. GEORGE JOSEPH)                                                                                              (Dr. K B S RAJAN)
          ADMINISTRATIVE MEMBER                                                                                  JUDICIAL MEMBER

The Honorable  Kerala High Court at Ernakulum vide their orders 7th Jan 2o14 rejected the appeal of
UOI against the CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL  ERNAKULAM BENCH in their order dated 16.08.2013 in  Original Application No. 715 of 2012  w i t h Original Application No. 1051 of 2012

The SLP  Filed  by UOI in the Supreme court  vide  Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (C)……/2014

CC No(s). 21044/2014 (Arising out of impugned final judgment and order dated 07/01/2014 in OPCAT No. 8/2014 passed by
the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam) UNION OF INDIA AND ORS Petitioner(s) VERSUS M O INASU Respondent/s     
was dismissed  on 20/02/2015

Source: BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ

 

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23-3-2015

Restriction on Login
for Booking of Train e-Tickets

The Ministry of Railways has decided that in case of e-ticketing, there will be a restriction of
only one booking in one user login session and forced logging out of the user before another
booking for all users including IRCTC agents but excluding defence booking under warrant only.

This restriction will be applicable while booking of e-ticket between 0800 and 1200 hours.
However, this restriction will not be applicable while booking onward journey/return journey e-tickets.
....
 

 23-3-2015

SC: Pension can’t be less than 50% of pay

  [From the Tribune Daily  Newspaper}

In a bonanza to retired employees of the armed forces, the Supreme Court today directed the Centre to pay at least 50 per cent of the pay as pension to all of them as recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission(CPC).
A Bench headed by Justice TS Thakur passed the order while dismissing about 50 appeals filed by the Centre challenging the rulings of various high courts and armed forces tribunals (AFTs). The HCs and AFTs had struck down the office memorandums (OMs) assessing the pension amount at less than 50 per cent for some categories ofpensioners.

Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand had pleaded that payment of pension
at 50 per cent or more would place an additional burden of Rs 1,500 crore. But the Bench said the 
pensioners were entitled to the CPC recommendations which had been accepted by the government.

They could not be denied of their dues just because some officials, who did not even have the authority
to issue the OMs, had misinterpreted the recommendations, the Bench explained.
“We have already affirmed the orders of the HCs and AFTs” in a couple of cases earlier and there was
no need for the Centre to come to the SC in each and every such case, the Bench said.
Today’s order should be implemented within four months extending the benefit to all those who were
entitled to pension, irrespective of the fact whether they had gone to the AFT/court or not, the Bench clarified.

In one such case, the Delhi High Court had delivered its verdict on April 29, 2013,
directing the Centre to ensure  that pension was re-fixed at not lower than 50 per cent
of the minimum of the pay in the band and the grade pay thereon.
Arrears should be paid within two months and any delay would entail 9 per cent interest, it had ruled 
while dismissing a batch of Centre’s petitions.
The HC had said it was in complete agreement with the reasoning
of the Punjab and Haryana HC in similar cases.

 

 22-3-2015

BSNLMRS – MEDICAL ALLOWANCE

The BSNL Corporate Office is considering the demand for restoration of
Medical Allowance without voucher.  Corporate Office has asked all CGMS
to provide the data regarding number of retirees, expenses towards medical
reimbursement etc.
 
We do not know when the BSNL Circles will provide the required data. 
[Click here to view the file....]

21-3-2015

NAGPUR CWC MEETING

Some Photos

[Click here to view the file....]

CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING AT NAGPUR ON 17TH AND 18TH MARCH 2013

                                                       HIGHLIGHTS

1. 78.2% BENEFIT TO PENSIONERS 

DISCUSSED IN DETAIL THE DELAY IN FINALISING CABINET NOTE BY DOT AND DECIDED TO 

A). TO MEET MOC&IT AND MOS DOP&PW AND SUBMIT A MEMORANDUM IN APRIL FOR SETTLEMENT

B). TO CONDUCT A MASS DHARNA AT DELHI 0N 13-5-2015 CONSISTING OF CWC MWMBERS AND PENSIONERS FROM NEARBY CIRCLES AS PUNJAB, HARYANA, NTR, UP(W), UP(E), MP, RAJASTHAN.  OTHER CIRCLES OBSERVE DHARNA AT SSA/CIRCLE HQRS ON THE SAME DAY.

C). TO APPROACH OTHER BSNL PENSIONERS ORGANISATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION AND UNITY TO RESOLVE THE CRISIS.

2. AIC AT BANGALORE ON 3&4 NOVEMBER 2015

 DELEGATE/VISITORS  FEE SHALL BE Rs.800/=.  DELEGATES WILL BE ADMITTED ACCORDING TO CONSTITUTION AND VISITORS WILL BE ALLOTTED TO CIRCLES.

BRANCHES/DISTRICTS TO COLLECT Rs 50/=  PER MEMBER TOWARDS AIC DONATIONS AND SEND TO RECEPTION COMMITTEE DIRECTLY AND INTIMATE CHQ.

3. CALLS UPON OUR MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE "SAVE BSNL MOVEMENT" OF BSNL UNIONS/ASSOCIATIONS.

4.OPEN SESSION 

COM S.C.MAHESWARI,  GENERAL SECRETARY BHARATH PENSIONERS SAMAJ AND COM D.GOPALAKRISHNAN SECRETARY ASIA TUI&PR WERE THE CHIEF GUESTS.  COM MAHESWARI HIGHLIGHTED THE VARIOUS POINTS REGARDING 7th CPC AND ASSURED HIS SUPPORT TO OUR DEMANDS IN CPC AND 78.2 ISSUE

CHQ APPRECIATES AND EXPRESS ITS SINCERE THANKS TO COM M.J.PILLAI C/S AND OTHER COMRADES OF MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE WHO HAD MADE EXCELLENT ARRANGEMENTS DESPITE THEIR DIFFICULTIES.


[Click here to view the file....]

 14th March 2015

SHORT BREAK

Since President and General Secretary are out of their respective headquarters to attend the CWC
meeting at Nagpur, this Website will not be updated during the next one week;
from 15th to 2`1st March 2015.

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14th March 2015

CWC MEETING

The Central Working Committee of AIBSNLPWA will meet at Nagpur on 17th and 18th March 2015.
The meeting will review the status of two major cases concerning BSNL pensioners –
viz; 78.2% IDA and Pension Anomaly.  
 
General secretary and Treasurer who are in New Delhi for the last one week will report about 
their meetings with Member (F), DDG (E) Director (E), Pr. CCA NTR Circle, Secretary to the 7th CPC etc.  
The CWC will discuss the issues and take appropriate decisions.
 
Central government Pensioners were granted the benefit of DA merger long back. 
Hence, it cannot be denied to us, the BSNL retirees, who draw pension from Government of India directly.

Both the Department of Pension and Department of Expenditure have given their approval to the proposal
of 78.2%. It should not be delayed or denied by Department of Telecom
 
 
 

 

 

 14th March 2015

MEETING WITH MEMBER (FINANCE)........

On 13th March 2015, our GS Com. Natarajan and Treasurer Com. Gunasekaran,
along with Comrades R C Malhotra, DPS Sisodia and R L Kapoor,
met the Member (Finance) and DDG (Estt) of Department of Telecom
and discussed the case of 78.2%.
GS pointed out the inordinate delay in finalizing the Cabinet Note and
requested the authorities to expedite it without any further delay.
Member (F) and DDG (Estt) informed that they are on the job and assured quick action.

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MOBILE CALL RATE WILL GO UP…..

When the mobile telephone service was declared as ‘value added service’
and made over to private companies,
denying permission to Department of Telecom or MTNL
to give the mobile service,
some people who studied the impact of the decision told:
      ‘as long as the Government sector is in the field as a strong competitor,
      the subscribers will be benefited.  When it becomes monopoly of the private sector,
      the subscribers will have to pay more…”
 

Now, it is becoming true.

“Huge outgo in spectrum auction by telecom operators will increase rates for
mobile calls and other services in the long term, although it may not have any
immediate impact on tariffs, industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)
said on Friday.”                                                                            [Hindu]
 

13th March 2015

BSNLPENSIONERS’ CONTRIBUTION

FOR RELIEF WORK

All of us remember the devastating HudHud cyclone over coastal Andhra
last year and its aftermath.  Andhra Circle unit of our Association collected a
sum of Rupees 2.66 lakh from our members for the Relief activities.
Out of the said amount, a sum of Rs 40000 was handed over to our
Visakhapatnam district unit for giving relief to the affected people there. 
Another sum of Rupees 2.25 lakh was handed over to the Chief Minister of
 Andhra Pradesh. {Please refer the earlier posting in this website about
the noble work.]
 
The Picture, attached, shows Com. K S Koteswara Rao, our AP Circle Secretary
and other leaders of AIBSNLPWA handing over the Cheque of Rs 2.25 to
Shri N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra.
[Click here to view the file....]

12th March 2015

GS MEETS PAY COMMISSION SECRETARY

Today, our General Secretary Com. Natarajan and Treasurer Com. Gunasekaran met the Secretary
to 7th Central Pay Commission and discussed our memorandum submitted to the CPC at Bangalore.
Smt. Meera Agarwal, the Secretary to 7th CPC sought certain clarifications which our GS provided.
Com. Natarajan pointed out that even the benefit of DA Merger (78.2% IDA benefit) is not yet given to
BSNL pensioners when all other central pensioners got the benefit long back.
The Secretary said that the CPC has not taken a final view on our issue.
She assured that our demand would be given due consideration and, if needed,
she will call us for further discussion.
 
 
12-3-2015
PENSION ANOMALY CASE;
MEETING WITH Pr CCA, NTR
Directorate of DoT has authorized the Principal CCA, NTR Circle, New Delhi to prepare and file the Counter Affidavit in the case pending before Principal Bench of CAT, New Delhi regarding pension anomaly.
Therefore, our GS Com. Natarajan and Treasurer Com. Gunasekaran met Smt. Sumitra Purkayastha (Pr. CCA),
the CCA and Joint CCA of NTR New Delhi.
Various aspects of the case came up for discussion and our Leaders explained them to the officers.
Com. R C Malhotra (Circle President), Com. D P S Sisodia (Circle Secretary),
and Com. R L Kapoor (Legal Committee member) also were present .
 
The next date of the Case is 21-4-2015.
Let us see how they act upon further.
 
 

 From the Budget Speech of
Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley

(c) Pensions

42. The expenditure on pension payments of the Central Government includes both defence as well as civil pensions.
Pension payment, in nominal terms was estimated at Rs. 74,076 crore in RE 2013-14 and at the year-end
it was accounted at Rs. 74,896 crore.
 
In BE 2014-15, pension payment in nominal terms was estimated at Rs.   81,983 crore.
In RE 2014-15, it has been revised at Rs. 81,705 crore.
 
The pension payment of Central Government for the past few years has been
growing faster than the salary expenditure.
The main reason for this is that there is an increase in number of
pensioners  due to higher retirements and increased life expectancy. 
 
...

PENSION EXPENSES:

MORE THAN   Rs.. 80,000 CRORE

According to Shri Arun Jaitly, Finance Minister,
in his budget speech  delivered few days back,
the annual expenses on Pension payments  
will be more than Rs 80,000 Crore.
[Click here to view the file....]

 11th March 2015

FUTURE OF MTNL ?

“Five public sector undertakings (PSUs) will be closed down by the government, which has included some of the best known state-run enterprises like Air India, MTNL   and Hindustan Shipyard, in the list of 65 sick PSUs, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday (10-3-2015).

The five state-run organisations to be closed down include three HMT units whose brand of watches and tractors once ruled the market, Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete said during Question Hour, adding that their employees were being offered a "very good" VRS package.

 However, he did not name the other PSUs which are slated to be closed down. Air India and MTNL, once market leaders in aviation and mobile telephony sectors respectively, were declared sick as per the criteria for a PSU to be declared as such, after they incurred losses worth 50 percent or more of their average net worth during four preceding years

                                                                                  [ From the report  appeared  in media.. CNBC ]

So, what will happen to MTNL?

What about BSNL-MTNL Merger?

What will be the future of  BSNL-MTNL joint venture?

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 10-3-2015    1300 hours

THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED.

We are very happy to announce that the problem with this Website
has been solved now  with the help of
 
Shri  Venkataraman, DGM of Chennai TD Circle,
Shri  Rajan , SDE of Nagercovil  and
Shri  Muthukumar, JTO of Nagercovil.
 
We express our sincere gratitude to the above friends.
                                   
                      G Natarajan/ P S Ramankutty
 
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NEW ADDRESS OF  GS:     

 SRI. G. NATARAJAN,  
B1, SHRI SHARADA NIWAS,      
3/2 SRINIVASA AVENUE ROAD,
R A PURAM,
CHENNAI 600 028.

CHQ QUOTA,  DONATIONS,

PATRIKA SUBSCRIPTION....

 You can remit the CHQ  Quota, Donation or Subscription forPensioners Patrika  online.  
It is cheap and quick.

Kindly  provide the following particulars when you remit the amount to CHQ online using NEFT (National Electronic Fund Transfer system).

1.  NAME OF BANK:    STATE BANK OF TRAVANCORE
2.  BRANCH:                 CHENNAI  ANNA NAGAR (WEST)
3   SB ACCOUNT No.  67100927818 (No change)
4.  NAME OF PAYEE:   AIBSNLPWA(CHQ) (No change)
5.  IFS CODE:               SBTR0000530. (New)
 
[After transfering any funds, please send an SMS to Treasurer immediately.  
His Mob. No. 09444969400 ]

PLEASE SEND A LETTER TO TREASURER  SHRI S GUNASEKARAN,
 RETD DET GIVING THE FOLLOWING BREAK-UP FIGURES:  
His address is given below.

 

    PARTICULARS               AMOUNT
   QUOTA/ LIEFE                       .......  
   QUOTA: ANNUAL                 .......
   DONATION                            .......
   PATRIKA SUBN     LIFE         .......
   PATRIKA  SUBN  ANNUAL    ......      TOTAL AMOUNT  .........
             
 
S. GUNASEKARAN,
H No 351, RAMALINGAM COLONY,
PONNIAMMAN MEDU,
CHENNAI 600110.  

10-3-2015

GS AND TREASURER IN DELHI

Com. Natarajan (GS) and Com. Gunasekaran (Treasurer) have reached New Delhi today forenoon.
They will be in New Delhi for few days and during the period they will try to meet the concerned officersdealing our case of 78.2% as well as the  Honourable Minister for Communications.

8-3-2015

BETI… BEHEN….PATNI….MATA….

Today, 8th March, is International Women’s Day.
There will be lot of debates on rights of women, the world over.
But, in India, we are debating on the documentary film.

The uncultured rapist is projected. His views are aired. He has no regret or remorse. 
We cannot expect it from him.
But the so called educated, elite lawyers who defend his case also have same views!
It is shameful.
Rape is shameful; not the debate on it or a documentary.
Let us learn to respect the feelings of our Betis, our Behens, our Patnis, our Matas…..
Let us make our judicial system more effective to deliver quick justice to the victims.

 

 7-3-2015

OBITUARY

We are sad to report that Shri C G Venkatesh (74), former Circle Secretary  of our Association of Karnataka expiredat 8.30 PM on 6th March 2015 in Bangalore.
He was not well for some time past. 
Shri Venkatesh was very active in pensioners’ movement. 
He was the founder Secretary ofKarnataka BSNL pensioners Association.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.

 

5th March 2015

78.2% CASE

Shri R L Kapoor (New Delhi) reports:

“The Pension Section in Department of Telecom has already prepared the replies  to various queries
raised by Member (F) last week.
The file containing the replies has reached DDG (Estt.).
Mr. Mishra has gone and a new gentleman has joined as DDG (Estt) recently.
He is studying the case now. It may take another one week.
Then the file will go to Member (Services) thereafter to the member (Finance)”.

BANGALORE AIC AND

CHQ QUOTA

Attention of
District Secretaries/Treasurers please !
Our Bilaspur CWC decided to restrict the number of Delegates to
next AIC to be held in Bangalore on 3rd and 4th November 2015. 
Delegates and Visitors will be admitted based on the quota
received by CHQ upto 31-3-2015.
Therefore, branches are called upon to remit the full quota
for this current year before 31-3-2015 itself.
Number of Delegates/Visitors entitled by each SSA Unit
will be circulated immediately after 31-3-2015. 
Late remittance will not be taken into account.
 
 


2-3-2015

PENSION PAPERS;

TIMELY ACTION NEEDED


BSNL Corporate Office issues instructions to all again.
We are happy to note that the BSNL Corporate Office has issued fresh instructions
 to all circles asking to take prompt action to settle pension cases.
The Letter stresses upon the need to prepare pension papers of all those
who are going to retire in near future well in advance, complete in all respects,
and send to the respective CCA.

I welcome this move.

BUT, ODISHA EXPEIRENCE GIVES NO HOPE….

It is reported from Odisha that more than 20 pension cases are kept pending in
CCA Office.

Reason?

They want copy of the order under which advance increments were granted to
the cadre of Telegraphists.
These orders first issued in 1960, ........   55 years ago.
Number of Subsequent instructions issued during the next ten years.

CCA asked BSNL Circle Office to supply the orders now.
Is the BSNL office keeping such orders 55 years old?
Com. A Dhupal, former Circle Secretary of T III Union in Odisha
and one of our active leaders in Odisha now, sought my help.
With the help of Com. Ravikumar of Trivandrum I could trace out
 the old documents- 55 years old –and supply to Com. Dhupal.
I hope it will satisfy the people in CCA office at Bhubaneshwar.
This is our experience.

                                                                         …. P S Ramankutty


2-3-2015

 KARNATAKA GEARS UP.

                        [A report from Com. R.CHANGAPPA, Circle Secretary, Karnataka]

Organizational Tours were undertaken by Circle President Com. P. Gangadhara Rao
and Circle Secretary Com. R.Changappa, during the period 26-2-15 to 1-3-15,
covering Karwar, Mangalore and Mysore areas.
At all the places, they explained the position on pending issues and stressed on
 the actions to be taken in respect of ensuing All India Conference to be held
 at Bangalore on 3rd and 4th November 2015, wherein more than 1000 delegates
would be taking part in the deliberations.

Hilly area of Karwar District: On 26/2/15, a new Branch was formed at SIRSI,
covering Sirsi, Yellapur and Dandeli, under Karwar District. 
Comrades K V Nayak, S A Chowkimath and Ansari were elected
as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the branch.

Coastal Area of Karwar District:On 27/2/15, General Body meeting was conducted
 at Kumta covering coastal areas of Karwar District, covering Kumta, Bhatkal,
Honnavara and Karwar areas.

Mangalore: On 28/2/15, 2nd District conference was conducted.
Comrades H.Ramakrishna,   B V Bhat, K.Chandramohan and P.Prabhakar
Aithal were elected as President, Working President, Secretary and treasurer
respectively.

Mysore:On 1/3/15, District conference was conducted.
Comrades S.Geethananda, Rajashekhara and Aravindakshan were elected
 as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

 

2-3-2015

IMPRESSIVE DEMONSTRATION AND …..…

As we reported earlier, the United Forum of BSNL staff Unions
organized an impressive Parliament March on 25-2-2015.
It was prelude to the indefinite strike. 

Now, after the good demonstration, the United Forum has dropped
 the idea of indefinite strike in March. 
Instead, two days strike will be organized in April. 



 1-3-2015

78.2% CASE

THE ATR AND THE MINUTES DIFFER!
According to the ATR the Cabinet Note is put up to the Minister for
Communications and IT. 
Minutes says it was sent to the Internal Finance Division of Department
of Telecom.


1-3-2015

CGHS FOR BSNL PENSIONERS

THE RATE OF PREMIUM IS STILL  NOT FINALISED.

Order extending the benefit of CGHS to BSNL Pensioners was issued long back.
But,  a doubt on the rate of premium to be paid by the BSNL pensioners  was raised.
Department of Health  prescribed the rate of premium based on Grade Pay 
introduced by the sixth Pay Commission.
In  BSNL (IDA Scales) there is no Grade Pay.
Correspondance was going on between the two departments on this matter. 
The matter came up for discussion in the SCOVA meeting held on 3-2-2015.
Department of Telecom has been asked to suggest alternate proposal.
 [Our Association has already given specific proposal
in this regard  to Department of Telecom.]


27-2-2015  4 PM

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX:

ONE POINT INCREASE


As all know, the All India Consumer Price Index for five months remained
same at 253 points.  The Index for January 2015 is declared today.
 It is 254 points.  An increase of  One point. 
If the Index for February 2015 remains at the ame level of 254 points,
 then, the IDA may increase by 0.5 per cent from April 2015.  
This is just for the information of those who are anxious to know.



26--2--2015

 ERP FAILS FOR PENSIONERS ONLY?

It is reported that in many of the Circles the medical bills submitted
 by pensioners are not cleared for last six months or even more. 
Failure of ERP is pointed out as the main reason. 
Some officers say that proper training is not imparted to the staff.
BSNL facing a financial crisis has spent about Rs 5000 Crore on ERP. 
ERP is gone live in 30 Circles.  It will go live in remaining Circles by
August 2015, according to Corporate Office of BSNL.
But, there is no programme to impart training to all concerned.  
After spending huge amount for installation and maintenance and
wasting time, Corporate Office has issued a circular yesterday 
calling for volunteers to give training to other Executives.  
If the problem is with ERP and lack of training, how, then, the medical bills
of serving staff are cleared and those of pensioners only are kept pending?  
ERP cannot discriminate serving and retired staff.  
Only human brains can do that.
Retired people deserve preference in the matter. 
It is inhuman to keep their medical claims pending.


26th February 2015

78.2% IDA CASE

Com. R L Kapoor, our Legal Committee member from Delhi reports:
“It is understood that the Estt. Section of Department of Telecom has
finalized the reply to the queries raised by Member (Finance) on the
proposals.  The queries are mainly about arrears from 1-1-2007 to
10-6-2013, pension liability beyond 60% of the revenue from BSNL
to Govt, impact on the MTNL pensioners etc.  
Suitable reply/clarification  has been prepared to these queries. 
The  replies will go to Finance Section within a day or two.”

The  exercise of asking query by one Section and replying
by another Section in Telecom Department  is being
 repeated. It delays the case.
BSNL pensioners all over the country are restive.


...................................


26-2-2015

IMPRESSIVE PARLIAMENT MARCH

We congratulate the entire service staff in BSNL and their unions
 for staging an impressive Parliament March yesterday in New Delhi.
Well done, but this may not be enough to win over the customers
and to save BSNL.

26-2-2015

GOOD NEWS FOR BSNL

Finally the Minister for Communications has announced in parliament
 yesterday that government proposes to invest huge sums in BSNL
for improving the networking. 
It is also revealed that nothing precious was done to improve
networking during 2009-2013. 
The former CMD, Mr. Upadhyay, when took over charge accused
his predecessor of not taking any action to improve the service. 
Now the minister himself says that Mr. Upadhyay also failed in this
direction.  
But, one thing former CMD has done:
He introduced ERP spending about
Rs 5000 crores. 
And the pensioners all over India are not getting their
medical bills passed because of the ERP.



 24th February 2015

78.2% IDA FOR PENSION REVISION

THE NEVER ENDING DEPARTMENTAL PROCESS IS THE REASON FOR DELAY!

Dear Comrades,

We reproduce hereunder a posting appeared in the website of
All India BSNL Exectuve Association for the ifnormation of  our  viewers:  
We observe that many officers at the top speak nicely when leaders of
pensioners meet them.  But, nothing concrete is done.  
We do not like to comment further on this issue at this stage.

 From the website of AIBSNLEA

" 23.02.2015: Meeting with Member (Services), DoT GS and GS, AGS AIRBSNLEWA
Shri Kishan Singh and Shri Rakesh Sriwastava met Shri Rajeev Aggarwal,
Member (Services) DoT and requested for an early reply to Member (Finance)
on 78.2% IDA fixation for BSNL Pensioners.
Member (Services) appreciated our concern and mentioned that the issue will be
 resolved but getting delayed due to departmental process.
He also expressed his concern that this issue could have been settled
 along with BSNL serving employees itself however, he advised to meet
and discuss with DDG (Estt)


BPS POINTS OUT OUR
DEMAND BEFORE CPC
We are thankful to Shri S C Maheshwari,
GS of Bharat Pensioners Samaj (BPS)
and Chairman of Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation
(BCPC) for raising our demand that
BSNL pensioners should be treated at par with other CG pensioners for
all purposes,  extension of the fitment benefit to BSNL pensioners”
Shri Maheswari raised this demand when he and his friends had meeting
with the 7th CPC on 17th instant.

[In the photo attached Shri Maheshwari  is second from the left,

in the back row, standing.]

16-2-2015 5 PM


78.2% CASE

CORRECT INFORMATION,
WRONG INFORMATION,
MISLEADING  INFORMATION.


CORRECT INFORMATION

Com. R C Malhotra (Circle President of our Association in NTR Circle, New Delhi)

 informs that

“Today, along with Com. D P S Sisodia, Circle Secretary,  I met the Member (Finance).
The Member told us that she cleared the file today afternoon. She was very helpful today.  
The file has gone to the DDG.  Then, we met the DDG also. He asked us to meet him on this Thursday. 
We shall meet him again on 19th instant and then inform you further.”


WRONG INFORMATION

The Department of Telecom stated in the Action Taken Report
submitted  in SCOVA meeting on 3-2-2015 that the Cabinet Note has been put up
 to the Minister for Communication.
[We wonder how a Department can give such an irresponsible report
 to the formal meeting. We will bring this matter to the Minister for Personnel,
 who preside over SCOVA meetings.]

MISLEADING INFORMATION

One Website of an association posted a message today, 16-2-2015 that:
CABINET NOTE HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE MINISTER OF
COMMUNICATION AND IT   DATED 23-12-2010:


Note the Date: 23-12-2010.
That is the OLD NOTE approved by Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister in Manmohan
Singh government.
Many know the Mahabharata story of
  "Ashwatthama.....  Hatha …. Kunjaraa..”


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 14th February 2015

S K Vyas,

a wonderful personality

On 2nd February 2015, I telephoned S K Vyasji to seek his help in raising
our issues in the SCOVA meeting to be held next day. 
His grand-daughter told that Vyasji was in the ICU in a hospital at Jaipur
after massive heart attack. 
The great fighter succumbed to the ultimate destiny yesterday night.
I had the opportunity to work with him very closely for more than 12  years
 when I was the general secretary of T III union.
In 1997 September, when the negotiations between the Government and leaders
 of Central govt. Staff were going on regarding the fifth Central Pay Commission
report, he used to come to my office in the night around 11 PM or even at midnight
 with all information about the talks. 
Then we used sit together up to 3 AM before my computer and work out the gains.
 Again, at 9 AM he used to be in the Staff Side office for further discussions.
 He was very energetic. When the government offered 30% fitment formula,
 many leaders were inclined to accept it. 
But, through Vyas, we insisted upon 40% benefit.
 Side by side, some of us used the political influence also, in the given political
situation at that time when Mr. I K Gujral was the Prime Minister.  
Finally we got 40% fitment formula accepted by the Prime Minister.
I remember how meticulous Com. Vyas was.
 I cannot write more in this brief Note.
I pay my respectful homage to this wonderful leader who devoted
about 60-65 years of his life for the central government employees in India.
                                                  .... P S Ramankutty

14-2-2015

COMRADE S.K. VYAS  NO MORE

We are shocked to hear  that Com. S.K.Vyas, the legendary leader of the
Central Govt. Employees and   Pensioners, is no more.  
He passed away at  08.20 PM on 13 February 2015, in a Jaipur hospital,
where he was admitted  few days back after a massive heart attack.  
He was recovering, but all of a sudden, the situation worsened and he passed away.

He was 85 years. Despite his old age,
Com. Vyas wes very mobile, active and energetic.

His funeral will take place at Jodhpur on 14th Feb 2015.

Com.Vyasji was the Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Govt.
 Employees and workers for more than four decades since 1967.
With rich experiences and wonderful memory Vyasji was a walking
 encyclopaedia as far as central service staff issues are concerned.

He was holding the post of Secretary General of Bharat Central Pensioners
 Confederation.

His death is an irreparable loss to the entire CGEs  and
Pensioners movement.
Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,
friends and comrades.




13-2-2015
TUMKUR DIST CONFERENCE

It is reported that Tumkur District branch has conducted its second District
conference
on 12-2-2015.  Com. P Gangadhara Rao (Circle President, Karnataka)
and Com. R Changappa (Circle Secretary) attended the meeting. 
S/Shri T C Kothandaram ,  R Jayshankar and Shafi  Ahmed Khan
are elected as District President, District Secretary and Treasurer
 respectively.



11-2-2015
PENSION ANOMALY CASE
The case up before Principal Bench of CAT today.  
Opposite parties have not yet filed their replies.
A last chance is given to them.  Next date  is 21-4-2015.



11--2--2015
 43%  INCREASE TO STATE GOVT
EMPLOYEES OF ANDHRA AND
TELENGANA
Bifurcation of Andhra has helped the state
government employees. 
First the Telangana Chief Minister announced a hike of 43% in salary to
Telangana employees.  Immediately, the Andhra Chief Minister also
announced same benefits to his employees.  
Both the governments accepted 10th Pay Revision Commission Report
 (10th PRC) submitted Mr.P.K Agarwal, Pay Revision Commission in 2014.

Highlights
1.    43% fitment benefit to all Employees (43% of basic pay as on
June 2013 will be added to new basic pay)
2. DA of 63.344% will be merged with Basic Pay
3. Revised Pay as per 10th RPC to be implemented
retrospectively from 2nd June 2014
4. While additional pay benefits from June 2014 to
January 2015 will be deposited in General Provident fund
account, increase in pay will be paid as cash from February 2015.
                                                                                                                                              {Media news}


11-2-2015    FLASH  NEWS


ANOMALY CASE

The Pension Anomaly Case came up before CAT, New Delhi principal bench.
DoT and BSNL have not submitted their counter affidavits.
Last chance is given to them and the case is posted to 21st April 2015.
  
                                                   R L Kapoor, New Delhi 

.........................................................

10-2-2015

POST CARD CAMPAIGN  --

GOOD RESPONSE 

It is reported by Comrade V.Saminathan, Thanjavur Disrict
Secretary that their members
have sent 398 Post cards, 45 SMS and 10 Emails to
Minister requesting intervention.
                                  [from the Website of Tamilnadu Circle]

....................................

 GOOD INITIATIVE BY KERALA CIRCLE

 Our Kerala Circle Association has issued a special Poster to all branches
 for organising the Post Card Campaign every effectively.
It is planned to send at least 5000 post cards from Kerala to the
Honourable Minister seeking his personal  intervention to settle
the 78.2% IDA case without further delay. 
 ... 
SALEM MEETING
Com. D G addressing the Special Convention conducted by Salem West
branch on 31-1-2015.
S/s Remani (DS), P Gangadhara Rao (AGS),
A Sugumaran, Amrithalingam etc. are seen in the picture.



POST CARD CAMPAIGN

The Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA has been delayed in Department of Telecom.  
We fail to understand the reason for this undue delay.
Only the Minister for Communications can do something effectively. 
Hence, we call upon each and every BSNL pensioner 
- no matter whether he/she is our member or not – to send a Post card to

  Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,
  Minister for Communication & IT,
  Sanchar Bhavan New Delhi 11001    with the following text:

“Request your help to extend benefit of 78.2% Ida to BNNL pensioners
in pension revision with effect from 1-1-2007 without further delay”.
Please do it immediately to avoid further delay.

…………………………………&hel

10-3-2015    1300 hours

THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED.

We are very happy to announce that the problem with this Website has been solved now
with the help of
Shri  Venkataraman, DGM of Chennai TD Circle,
Shri  Rajan , SDE of Nagercovil  and
Shri  Muthukumaran, JTO of Nagercovil.
 
We express our sincere gratitude to the above friends.
                                   
                                                                           G Natarajan/ P S Ramankutty
 
 
 

10-3-2015

GENERAL SECRETARY IN DELHI

Com. G Natarajan, GS along with Com. S Gunasekaran, CHQ Treasurer
left Chennai yesterday for Delhi.  They will be in New Delhi for few days.
During their stay in Delhi,  they  will try to meet the concerned officers dealing
78.2% case and discuss the matter.

 
 

xx

8-3-2015

BETI… BEHEN….PATNI….MATA….

Today, 8th March, is International Women’s Day.
There will be lot of debates on rights of women, the world over.
But, in India, we are debating on the documentary film.
 
The uncultured rapist is projected. His views are aired. He has no regret or remorse.
We cannot expect it from him.
But the so called educated, elite lawyers who defend his case also have same views! It is shameful.
 
Rape is shameful; not the debate on it or a documentary.
Let us learn to respect the feelings of our Betis, our Behens, our Patnis, our Matas…..
Let us make our judicial system more effective to deliver quick justice to the victims.
 

 7-3-2015

OBITUARY

We are sad to report that Shri C G Venkatesh (74), former Circle Secretary
of our Association of Karnataka expired at 8.30 PM on 6th March 2015 in Bangalore.
He was not well for some time past. 
Shri Venkatesh was very active in pensioners’ movement. 
He was the founder Secretary of Karnataka BSNL pensioners Association.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.
............................................................................................................................................................................................

HAPPY HOLI GREETINGS

5th March 2015

78.2% CASE

Shri R L Kapoor (New Delhi) reports:

“The Pension Section in Department of Telecom has already prepared the replies
to various queries raised by Member (F) last week.
The file containing the replies has reached DDG (Estt.).
Mr. Mishra has gone and a new gentleman has joined as DDG (Estt) recently.
He is studying the case now. It may take another one week.
Then the file will go to Member (Services) thereafter to the member (Finance)”.
 

******

 

 

3-3-15:  78.2% - RTI QUIERIES BY OUR TAMILNADU ASSN:

                           

Our Tamilnadu Circle Association has asked some very very important queries to DOT under RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT; Please see below to read the queries:

 Right to Information Act – 2005 Application for getting information To CPIO, Department of Telecom, Sanchar Bhavan, Asoka Road,New Delhi-110001

Name of the Applicant                                              : V.Ramarao Postal Address                                                             : C-42, Sixth Street, Lakshmi Nagar,                                                                                         Nanganallur, Chennai-600061  
Phone No                                                                      : 044-22240708Mobile No                                                                     : 91-9444296085E-Mail Address                                                             :vramarao1942@gmail.com
Indian Citizenship                                                       : YesDetails of information sought(within 30 days)                                                          : Yes
Copies of documents                                                 : Yes
Other details                                                                : Yes
Whether details sought forRelates to third party                                                 : No
Details of information sought:-DoT issued orders on 10/6/2013 for revising the pay from 1/1/2007 taking into account 78.2% IDA instead of 68.8% IDA.  The benefit was given to those who were in service as on 10/6/2013 and retirement benefits including pension was fixed on that basis for those who retired after 10/6/2013.  Actual payment was made from 10/6/2013.  The same benefit has to be extended to pensioners who retired before 1/1/2007 and after 1/1/2007.  DoT sought and got the approval of DoP&PW.  On the basis of the opinion given by DoP&PW, approval was sought from Department of Expenditure.  DoE gave its approval and it suggested to get the Cabinet approval vide its letter dated 15/10/2014.  Accordingly Draft Cabinet Note was prepared by Establishment section of DoT within a short time and sent to finance section of DoT.  It is understood that
-2-Finance section took more than two months and returned the ‘Note’ seeking some additional points.  In this connection we seek the following information:-
a)     Whether DoT letter No.1-45/2003-B dated 15/3/2005 was issued after the Cabinet approval?b)    If so, copy of the Cabinet Note approved
c)     Whether DoT letter No.1-45/2003-B dated 15/6/2006 was issued after the Cabinet approval?d)    If so, copy of the Cabinet Note approved
e)     Whether the letter No.40-12/2007-Pen(T) dated 5/1/2009 signed by Shri Siddhartha Behura, Secretary, DoT clarifying the position regarding as “If BSNL, for any reason, is not able to contribute to the extent prescribed in para 1 above, the Government of India will still pay the admissible prensionary benefits including Family Pension to BSNL employees (excepting those recruited after 1/10/2000)” was issued after the Cabinet approval?f)      If so, copy of the Cabinet Note approved
g)     Inspite of the clarification issued vide 5/1/2009 letter signed by Secretary, DoT, is it necessary to seek the approval of Cabinet if the Government’s pension liability crosses 60% of revenue remitted by BSNL to Government?h)    If so, the reason for the same
Whether the applicant comes under BPL                        : No
Details of remittance fee                                          : Postal order for Rs.110/- is attached (Rs.10/- for                                                                                   For application fee and Rs.100/- for Xerox copies)How the applicant would like toGet the information                                             : By Post & Email
Date of submission of application                    : 24/2/2015
Time given for giving details                              : 30 days

xx

..

BANGALORE AIC AND CHQ QUOTA
Attention of District Secretaries/Treasurers please ! Our Bilaspur CWC decided to restrict the number of Delegates to next AIC to be held in Bangalore
on 3rd and 4th November 2015. Delegates and Visitors will be admitted based on the quota received by CHQ upto 31-3-2015. Therefore, branches are called upon to remit the full quota for this current year before 31-3-2015 itself. Number of Delegates/Visitors entitled by each SSA Unit will be circulated immediately after 31-3-2015. Late remittance will not be taken into account.

BSNL CO Letter dated 2-3-15 on pension settlement

[Click here to view the file....]

2-3-2015

THE INSTRUCTION FROM BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE

ON PENSION CASES SETTLEMENT

[Click here to view the file....]

2-3-2015

PENSION PAPERS; TIMELY ACTION NEEDED

BSNL Corporate Office issues instructions to all again.

We are happy to note that the BSNL Corporate Office has issued fresh instructions to all circles
asking to take prompt action to settle pension cases.
The Letter stresses upon the need to prepare pension papers of all those who are going to retire in near future well in advance, complete in all respects, and send to the respective CCA.

I welcome this move.

BUT, ODISHA EXPEIRENCE GIVES NO HOPE….

It is reported from Odisha that more than 20 pension cases are kept pending in CCA Office.
Reason?
They want copy of the order under which advance increments were granted to the cadre of Telegraphists.
These orders first issued in 1960, ........   55 years ago.
Number of Subsequent instructions issued during the next ten years.
 
CCA asked BSNL Circle Office to supply the orders now.
Is the BSNL office keeping such orders 55 years old?
 
Com. A Dhupal, former Circle Secretary of T III Union in Odisha and one of our active leaders in Odisha now,
sought my help. With the help of Com. Ravikumar of Trivandrum I could trace out the old documents- 55 years old –and supply to Com. Dhupal.

I hope it will satisfy the people in CCA office at Bhubaneshwar.

This is our experience.

                                                                                                ……. P S Ramankutty

 

.....................................

[Click here to view the file....]

2-3-2015 PENSION PAPERS; TIMELY ACTION NEEDED BSNL Corporate Office issues instructions to all again. We are happy to note that the BSNL Corporate Office has issued fresh instructions to all circles asking to take prompt action to settle pension cases. The Letter stresses upon the need to prepare pension papers of all those who are going to retire in near future well in advance, complete in all respects, and send to the respective CCA. BUT, ODISHA EXPEIRENCE GIVES NO HOPE…. It is reported from Odisha that more than 20 cases of people, retired or retiring, are kept pending in CCA Office. Reason? They want copy of the order under which advance increments were granted to the cadre of Telegraphists. These orders first issued in 1960, 55 years ago. Number of Subsequent instructions issued during the next ten years. CCA asked BSNLK Circle Office to supply the orders now. Is the BSNL office keeping such orders 55 years old? Com. A Dhupal, former Circle Secretary of T III Union in Odisha and one of our active leaders in Odisha now, sought my help. With the help of Com. Ravikumar of Trivandrum I could trace out the old documents- 55 years old – and supply to Com. Dhupal. I hope it will satisfy the people in CCA office at Bhubaneshwar. This is our experience. ……. P S Ramankutty [Click here to view the file....]

2-3-2015

 KARNATAKA GEARS UP.

                        [A report from Com. R.CHANGAPPA, Circle Secretary, Karnataka]

Organizational Tours were undertaken by Circle President Com. P. Gangadhara Rao and Circle Secretary
Com. R.Changappa, during the period 26-2-15 to 1-3-15, covering Karwar, Mangalore and Mysore areas.
At all the places, they explained the position on pending issues and stressed on the actions to be taken
in respect of ensuing All India Conference to be held at Bangalore on 3rd and 4th November 2015,
wherein more than 1000 delegates would be taking part in the deliberations.

Hilly area of Karwar District: On 26/2/15, a new Branch was formed at SIRSI, covering Sirsi, Yellapur and Dandeli, under Karwar District.  Comrades K V Nayak, S A Chowkimath and Ansari were elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the branch.

Coastal Area of Karwar District:On 27/2/15, General Body meeting was conducted at Kumta covering coastal areas of Karwar District, covering Kumta, Bhatkal, Honnavara and Karwar areas.

Mangalore: On 28/2/15, 2nd District conference was conducted. Comrades H.Ramakrishna,   B V Bhat, K.Chandramohan and P.Prabhakar Aithal were elected as President, Working President, Secretary and treasurer respectively.

Mysore:On 1/3/15, District conference was conducted. Comrades S.Geethananda, Rajashekhara andAravindakshan were elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

 

 

 


02-03-2015

KARNATAKA GEARS UP. 

Organisational Tours were undertaken by Circle President Com. P. Gangadhara Rao and Circle Secretary Com. R.Changappa, during the period 26-2-15 to 1-3-15, covering Karwar, Mangalore and Mysore areas.   At all the places,  they explained the position on pending issues and stressed on the actions to be taken  in respect of 
ensuing All India Conference to be held at Bangalore  on 3rd and 4th November 2015,  wherein more than 1000 delegates would be taking part in the deliberations. 

Hilly area of Karwar District: On 26/2/15, a new Branch was formed at SIRSI, covering Sirsi, Yellapur and Dandeli, under Karwar District. Comrades K V Nayak, S A Chowkimath and Ansari were elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the branch.

Coastal Area of Karwar District: On 27/2/15, General Body meeting was conducted covering coastal areas of Karwar District, covering Kumta, Bhatkal, Honnavara and Karwar areas.

Mangalore: On 28/2/15, 2nd District conference was conducted. Comrades H.Ramakrishna, B V Bhat, K.Chandramohan and P.Prabhakar Aithal were elected as President, Working Presidentr, Secretary and treasurer respectively.

Mysore: On 1/3/15, District conference was conducted. Comrades S.Geethananda, Rajashekhara and Ananthakrishnan were elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

                                                                              (R.CHANGAPPA, Circle Secretary, Karnataka)

 

2-3-2015

IMPRESSIVE DEMONSTRATION AND …..…

As we reported earlier, the United Forum of BSNL staff Unions organized an impressive Parliament March on 25-2-2015.
It was prelude to the indefinite strike. 

Now, after the good demonstration, the United Forum has dropped the idea of indefinite strike in March.  Instead, two days strike will be organized in April. 
 
 
 

1-3-2015

78.2% CASE

THE ATR AND THE MINUTES DIFFER!

According to the ATR the Cabinet Note is put up to the Minister for Communications and IT. 
Minutes says it was sent to the Internal Finance Division of Department of Telecom.

The Minutes of SCOIVA meeting held on 3rd February is attached herewith.


[Click here to view the file....]

1-3-2015

CGHS FOR BSNL PENSIONERS

THE RATE OF PREMIUM IS STILL  NOT FINALISED.

Order extending the benefit of CGHS to BSNL Pensioners was issued long back.
But,  a doubt on the rate of premium to be paid by the BSNL pensioners  was raised.
Department of Health  prescribed the rate of premium based on Grade Pay  introduced by
the sixth Pay Commission. IN BSNL (IDA Scales) there is no Grade Pay. 
Correspondance was going on between the two departments on this matter. 
The matter came up for discussion in the SCOVA meeting held on 3-2-2015.
Department of Telecom has been asked to suggest alternate proposal.
                                                        (Refer the minutes of SCOVA meeting given below the item on 78.2% Case).
 
[Our Association has already given specific proposal in this regard  to Department of Telecom.]
=================================

1-3-2015

78.2%

THE ATR AND THE MINUTES DIFFER !

The Action Taken Report presented in SCOVA meeting on 30-2-2015 was:

………………………………………………………………………………………………

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27-2-2015  4 PM

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX: ONE POINT INCREASE

As all know, the All India Consumer Price Index for five months remained same at 253 points. 
The Index for January 2015 is declared today.  It is 254 points.  An increase of  One point. 

If the Index for February 2015 remains at the ame level of 254 points, then, the IDA may increase by 0.5 per cent from April 2015.  This is just for the information of those who are anxious to know.

 

 


27-2-2015

WE HAIL THE RAILWAY BUDGET

During the last 30 years, we have been observing the Railway Ministers, one by one, announcing populist measures, new trains, new projects etc. misusing the railway funds mainly to fulfill their personal political  agenda.  Many of such projects did not take off as they were unviable.  Those ministers did not have a national outlook.

As such, the new railway budget presented yesterday is a welcome change.  It offers new customer comforts, passenger amenities, online booking for wheel chairs and food, preference to senior citizens in allotment of lower berths, 120 days advance reservation, tickets within five minutes etc. 

Of course, the hike in freight charges will have cascading impact on prices of many items.  But passenger fares are not hiked.  

We view with concern that the floodgates of Indian Railways are being opened to privatisation in phases. 

 

 

26--2--2015

 ERP FAILS FOR PENSIONERS ONLY?

It is reported that in many of the Circles the medical bills submitted by pensioners are
not cleared for last six months or even more. 
 
Failure of ERP is pointed out as the main reason.  Some officers say that proper training is not imparted to the staff.
BSNL facing a financial crisis has spent about Rs 5000 CRORE on ERP. 
ERP is gone live in 30 Circles.  It will go live in remaining Circles by August 2015, according to Corporate Office of BSNL.
But, there is no programme to impart training to all concerned.  
After spending huge amount for installation and maintenance and wasting time,
Corporate Office has issued a circular yesterday calling for volunteers to give training to other Executives.  
If the problem is with ERP and lack of training, how, then, the medical bills of serving staff are cleared and those of pensioners only are kept pending?  

ERP cannot discriminate serving and retired staff.  Only human brains can do that.

Retired people deserve preference in the matter. 
It is inhuman to keep their medical claims pending.
 

26th February 2015

78.2% IDA CASE

Com. R L Kapoor, our Legal Committee member from Delhi reports:

“It is understood that the Estt. Section of Department of Telecom has finalized the reply to the queries raised by Member (Finance) on the proposals.  The queries are mainly about arrears from 1-1-2007 to 10-6-2013, pension liability beyond 60% of the revenue from BSNL to Govt, impact on the MTNL pensioners etc.  Suitable reply/clarification  has been prepared to these queries.  The  replies will go to Finance Section within a day or two.”

The  exercise of asking query by one Section and replying
by another Section in Telecom Department  is being repeated. 
It delays the case. BSNL pensioners all over the country are restive.
 
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26-2-2015

IMPRESSIVE PARLIAMENT MARCH

We congratulate the entire service staff in BSNL and their unions for staging an impressive Parliament March yesterday in New Delhi.
Well done, but this may not be enough to win over the customers and to save BSNL.

 

26-2-2015

GOOD NEWS FOR BSNL

Finally the Minister for Communications has announced in parliament yesterday that government proposes to invest huge sums in BSNL for improving the networking.  It is also revealed that nothing precious was done to improve networking during 2009-2013.  The former CMD, Mr. Upadhyay, when took over charge accused his predecessor of not taking any action to improve the service.  Now the minister himself says that Mr. Upadhyay also failed in this direction.  

But, one thing former CMD has done: He introduced ERP spending about
Rs 5000 crores.  And the pensioners all over India are not getting their medical bills passed because of the ERP.

26-2-2015

NATIONAL PORTABILITY FOR MOBILE

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has taken yet another important decision, within few days. 
Now, from 3-5-2015, the Mobile subscribers can change their service provider anywhere in India, without changing their mobile number. This Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is allowed within the home circle only now. MNP becomes national from May 2015.
Only those who change their residence permanently may require this facility.  Mostly youngsters who go to other states for job etc. Anyway, the customers will generally welcome this new regulation.
 

WHO ARE THE GAINERS AND LOSERS?

When circle portability was allowed, large number of BSNL mobile subscribers migrated to private cellular companies, thanks to the inefficient service being provided by the BSNL.  Kerala circle was the only exception.  Now, the service in Kerala also has become unsatisfactory. As such, BSNL may lose some more mobile subscribers.

Private Companies lure the subscribers with many attractive offers. Whereas, the BSNL is withdrawing some good offers given earlier; that too without any proper announcement.

 

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25-2-2015

STD CALLS,    CALLS TO AND FROM LANDPHONES

WILL BE CHEAPER...

WHO ARE THE BENEFICIERIES? 

No doubt, the Customers who use landphones are the first beneficieries.
Private companies have not provided much land phones.  So they do not lose much.  
On the other hand, they will be the second beneficieries.

WHO ARE THE LOSERS?

BSNL and MTNL who have provided  98% of landphones will get less revenue.  

They are the losers.

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25-2-2015

STD CALLS WILL BE CHEAPER

Long distance calls, mainly made from landline phones, are set to become cheaper. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday announced a cut in carriage charges in this regard, which an operator pays another for carrying a call, to 35 paise a minute from the current 65p a minute. ..... (BUSINESS TIMES) 


 

24th February 2015

78.2% IDA FOR PENSION REVISION

THE NEVER ENDING DEPARTMENTAL PROCESS IS THE REASON FOR DELAY!

Dear Comrades,
We reproduce hereunder a posting appeared in the website of
All India BSNL Exectuve Association for the ifnormation of  our  viewers:  
We observe that many officers at the top speak nicely when leaders of pensioners meet them.  
But, nothing concrete is done.  We do not like to comment further on this issue at this stage.
 
 
 From the website of AIBSNLEA

" 23.02.2015: Meeting with Member (Services), DoT GS and GS, AGS AIRBSNLEWA Shri Kishan Singh and Shri Rakesh Sriwastava met Shri Rajeev Aggarwal, Member (Services) DoT and requested for an early reply to Member (Finance) on 78.2% IDA fixation for BSNL Pensioners. Member (Services) appreciated our concern and mentioned that the issue will be resolved but getting delayed due to departmental process. He also expressed his concern that this issue could have been settled along with BSNL serving employees itself however, he advised to meet and discuss with DDG (Estt) for the early comments."

 

24-2-2015

 

23-2-2015

RECORD YOUR PROTEST

78.2% CASE:  UNDUE DELAY

It is reported that the Cabinet Note prepared by Estt Section long back is still pending in the Department of Telecom. The Action Taken Report given in the formal meeting of SCOVA was wrong.  It is not yet put up to the Minister, as stated in the ATR on 2nd instant.

The Case is delayed unnecessarily seeking clarifications already sought and replied to earlier.

 

RECORD YOUR PROTEST

BSNL pensioners all over the country should record their anger and anguish over the undue delay.  Make the POSTCARD campaign a big success.  The concern of BSNL retirees should be conveyed to the Honourable Minister through thousands of postcards.  Please organize it immediately.  Do not delay.


22-2-2015

 A COMMENDABLE WORK BY OUR ANDHRA COMRADES

Our Andhra circle unit collected a sum of Rupees 2,66,000 towards Hud-Hud cyclone Victims Relief Fund.  Since most of the victims are in Visakhapatnam area, Circle Association sent Rs 40000 to Visakhapatnam District branch.

A sum of Rupees 2,25,000 was handed over to the Chief Minister of Andhra yesterday, 21st February 2015 in Hyderabad.

CHQ appreciates the good noble activities of our AP Circle Unit and congratulates our members who donated liberally towards the Relief Fund.

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21-2-2015

CARD CAMPAIGN BY ERNAKULAM BRANCH:

A NOVEL METHOD

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21-2-2015

CWC MEETING AT NAGPUR

OPEN SESSION ON 18-3-2015: 

PLEASE SEE THE INVITATION IN HINDI

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19th February 2015

LIFE CERTIFICATE  TO DRAW PENSION

NO NEED OF PERSONAL APPEARANCE

The Department of Expenditure,  Ministry of  Finance,  has issued orders on 31-1-2015
stating that pensioners need not present themselves before the concerned officer
in the pension disbursing bank  (usually in November every year) to submit  the Life Certificate. 

The said order is attached herewith.

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ODISHA CEC meeting held at Berhampur on 5-1-2015:

2 photos

 

Shri S C Maheshwari (2nd from left, standing) with

Chairman and Members of 7th CPC on 17-2-2015

19-2-2015

BPS POINTS OUT OUR

DEMAND BEFORE CPC

We are thankful to Shri S C Maheshwari, GS of Bharat Pensioners Samaj (BPS)
and Chairman of Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation (BCPC)
for raising our demand that
BSNL pensioners should be treated at par with other CG pensioners for all purposes,
extension of the fitment benefit to BSNL pensioners”

Shri Maheswari raised this demand when he and his friends had meeting with the 7th CPC on 17th instant.

[In the photo attached Shri Maheshwari  is second from the left, in the back row, standing.]

19-2-2015

ODISHA CONFERENCES:

BHUBANESHWAR DISTRICT CONFERENCE ON 18-1-15

A Photo

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19-2-2015

ODISHA CONFERENCES

BERHAMPUR (GM) ON 5-1-2015: A Photo

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18-2-2015     A MEDIA REPORT

PENSIONARY BENEFITS DELAYED. ....
FIX THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DELAY
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION DIRECTS DEPARTMENT OF TELECOM
 
The National Human Rights Commission, taking a serious view of the delay in disbursement of retirement benefits, including pension and gratuity to a retired BSNL employee, has asked the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to get this matter thoroughly enquired and fix the responsibility of delinquent officers/officials.
The telecom secretary has been given six weeks time to respond with the action taken report.
 
The Commission had received a complaint from the wife of the retired official belonging to the Scheduled Tribe that after serving the BSNL for nearly 40 years, her husband had superannuated on the 31st March, 2014 but his terminal benefits were withheld by the Chief General Manager, BSNL, Jaipur. According to the petitioner, both of them were not keeping good health and were facing severe financial constraints. They had requested for the Commission's intervention in the matter.
 
In response to the Commission's notices to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, the Commission was informed that on the 21st January, 2015 some terminal benefits, including Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity and Commutation Value of Pension were paid to the retired employee. However, the pension payment order was to be dispatched shortly. On perusal of the material on record, NHRC Member, Justice D. Murugesan, observed that terminal benefits were paid only after the Commission sought the report from the concerned authorities on the complaint of the employee's wife. The pension orders were yet to be dispatched.The Commission has taken a serious view of the fact that the Department of Telecommunications neither gave any explanation behind the delay in disbursement of the terminal benefits nor furnished any action taken report against the delinquent officers/officials.
 
 

18-2-2015

From THE  Media

DO NOT TERMINATE CONTRACT WORKERS: AAP GOVT.

Within 48 hours of taking charge, the AAP government delivered on its promise to regularise contract workers’ services on Tuesday by restricting the termination of service of all staff working on contract with the Delhi government. This was decided at a high-level meeting presided over chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“The government would like to take a view on the existing policy (on) contractual employees... Therefore, the services of contractual employees should not be terminated till further instructions,” an AAP government statement said.

NO PROLONGED SUSPENSION: SUPREME COURT

 Protracted period of suspension of delinquent government employee has become a norm and such practice must be curbed, the Supreme Court said on 16-2-2015 while fixing a period of ninety 90 days for authorities to complete proceedings against such an employee. The court said that an employee suffered ignominy and scorn of society due to prolonged period of suspension. "We, therefore, direct that the currency of a suspension order should not extend beyond three months ... if within this period the memorandum of charges/charge sheet is not served on the delinquent officer/employee," a bench headed by Justice Vikaramajit Sen said. It said suspension, specially preceding the formulation of charges, is essentially transitory or temporary in nature, and must be of short duration.

 

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TU- Public Services:   Conference at Kathmandu, Nepal

 

17-2-2015

Delegates to the 12th Conference of Trade Union International - Public Services
held at Kathmandu, Nepal on 13th and 14th February 2015

16-2-2015 5 PM

78.2% CASE

CORRECT INFORMATION,

WRONG INFORMATION,

MISLEADING  INFORMATION.


CORRECT INFORMATION

Com. R C Malhotra (Circle President of our Association in NTR Circle, New Delhi) informs that

“Today, along with Com. D P S Sisodia, Circle Secretary,  I met the Member (Finance). The Member told us that she cleared the file today afternoon. She was very helpful today.  The file has gone to the DDG.  Then, we met the DDG also. He asked us to meet him on this Thursday.  We shall meet him again on 19th instant and then inform you further.”

WRONG INFORMATION

The Department of Telecom stated in the Action Taken Report submitted  in SCOVA meeting on 3-2-2015 that the Cabinet Note has been put up to the Minister for Communication.

[We wonder how a Department can give such an irresponsible report to the formal meeting. We will bring this matter to the Minister for Personnel, who preside over SCOVA meetings.]

MISLEADING INFORMATION

One Website of an association posted a message today, 16-2-2015 that:

CABINET NOTE HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATION AND IT   DATED 23-12-2010:

Note the Date: 23-12-2010.

That is the OLD NOTE approved by Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister in Manmohan Singh government.

Many know the Mahabharata story of   "Ashwatthama.....  Hatha …. Kunjaraa..”

 

 

 

MADURAI SPECIAL CONVENTION

11-2-2015
Com. G R Dharmarajan, District Secretary of AIBSNLPWA, Madurai (Tamilnadu)
welcoming the participants in the Special Convention ofBSNL retirees affected by
the Pension Anomaly.
Com. V Rama Rao (CS) Com. DG and Com. Raveendran are seen in the picture.
 

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14th February 2015

S K Vyas,

a wonderful personality

On 2nd February 2015, I telephoned S K Vyasji to seek his help in raising our issues in the SCOVA meeting to be held next day.  His grand-daughter told that Vyasji was in the ICU in a hospital at Jaipur after massive heart attack.  The great fighter succumbed to the ultimate destiny yesterday night.

I had the opportunity to work with him very closely for more than 12  years when I was the general secretary of T III union.

In 1997 September, when the negotiations between the Government and leaders of Central govt. Staff were going on regarding the fifth Central Pay Commission report, he used to come to my office in the night around 11 PM or even at midnight with all information about the talks.  Then we used sit together up to 3 AM before my computer and work out the gains. Again, at 9 AM he used to be in the Staff Side office for further discussions. He was very energetic. When the government offered 30% fitment formula, many leaders were inclined to accept it.  But, through Vyas, we insisted upon 40% benefit. Side by side, some of us used the political influence also, in the given political situation at that time when Mr. I K Gujral was the Prime Minister.  Finally we got 40% fitment formula accepted by the Prime Minister.

I remember how meticulous Com. Vyas was.  I cannot write more in this brief Note.

I pay my respectful homage to this wonderful leader who devoted about 60-65 years of his life for the central government employees in India.

                                                                                                                 .... P S Ramankutty


 

14-2-2015

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 COMRADE S.K. VYAS  NO MORE

We are shocked to hear  that Com. S.K.Vyas, the legendary leader of the Central Govt. Employees and   Pensioners, is no more.  He passed away at  08.20 PM on 13 February 2015, in a Jaipur hospital, where he was admitted  few days back after a massive heart attack.  He was recovering, but all of a sudden, the situation worsened and he passed away.

He was 85 years. Despite his old age, Com. Vyas wes very mobile, active and energetic.
 
His funeral will take place at Jodhpur on 14th Feb 2015.
 
Com.Vyasji was the Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and workers for more than four decades since 1967. With rich experiences and wonderful memory Vyasji was a walking encyclopaedia as far as central service staff issues are concerned.
 
He was holding the post of Secretary General of Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation.

His death is an irreparable loss to the entire CGEs  and Pensioners movement.
Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends and comrades.

 

 

RATE OF IDA FROM 2007 ONWARDS
 
YEAR FROM TO %ge OF IDA
2007 Jan. March   0
2007 Apr. June   0.8
2007 July Sept   1.3
2007 Oct. Dec.   4.2
2008 Jan. March   5.8
2008 Apr. June   6.3
2008 July Sept   9.2
2008 Oct. Dec.   12.9
2009 Jan. March   16.6
2009 Apr. June   16.6
2009 July Sept   18.5
2009 Oct. Dec.   25.3
2010 Jan. March   30.9
2010 Apr. June   34.8
2010 July Sept   35.1
2010 Oct. Dec.   39.8
2011 Jan. March   43
2011 Apr. June   47.2
2011 July Sept   47.2
2011 Oct. Dec.   52
2012 Jan. March   56.7
2012 Apr. June   56.7
2012 July Sept   61.5
2012 Oct. Dec.   67.3
2013 Jan. March   71.5
2013 Apr. June   74.9
2013 July Sept   78.9
2013 Oct. Dec.   85.5
2014 Jan. March   90.5
2014 Apr. June   88.4
2014 July Sept   91.3
2014 Oct. Dec.   98.1
2015 Jan. March  100.3
2015 Apr. June
2015 July Sept
2015 Oct. Dec.  
       

13th February 2015

 SPECIAL CONVENTIONS on PEN ANOMALY

Our Tamilnadu Circle and Chennai TD Circle Units organized special conventions of BSNL pensioners, who are affected by the Pension Anomaly.

CHENNAI CONVENTION

On 27th January 2015, the special convention conducted in Chennai city jointly by the two circle Units, was attended by 110 pensioners from Chennai city, Cuddalore, Vellore, Salem, Chengalpet, Pondicherry and Kumbakonam SSAs also. 

The convention was presided over by Com. K Muthiyalu and Com. B Murthy. Com. M Govinda Rajan, Circle Secretary of Chennai TD Circle welcomed.  Comrades G Natarajan, D Gopalakrishnan, V Rama Rao(CS TN Circle) and other leaders addressed.  The leaders narrated in detail, the history of the pension anomaly which occurred when the CDA scale was converted in to IDA scale with effect from 1-10-2000, the present status of the court case, the prospectus/probabilities.

COURT CASE

All the affected persons are above 74 years of age now.  They have waited for 14 years.  Finding no end of their futile waiting, we filed the case before CAT Principal Bench.  The court case is time-consuming affair.  None of the other parties (respondents) like Department of Telecom, Department of Pension, and Department of Expenditure or BSNL has filed counter affidavits even though the CAT gave sufficient time.  Now, the Tribunal has given last chance and posted the case to 21-4-2015.

DoT has asked CCA, NTR Circle to prepare the affidavit and asked BSNL to supply DATA.

BSNL, on the other hand, has already intimated earlier  that  they do not have the particulars with them.  How long the DoT and others will wait for the DATA which will never come from BSNL?

We are waiting for the next date of the Court Case – 21st April 2015.

MADURAI CONVENTION

Another  special convention was organized on 11-2-2015 at Madurai,  Affected pensioners numbering about 60 attended from Madurai and nearby areas.  Com. G R Dharmarajan (DS, Madurai) welcomed.  Com. M Raveendran (Dist President, Madurai) presided over.  Com. D Gopalakrishnan and  Com. V Rama Rao narrated the details of the matter and explained the steps taken by our CHQ in the case so far.

CHQ LETTER to Secretary, Pension

Narrating the background of the case and other details and  expressing our desire to have a settlement  without  further delay, our General Secretary has written a detailed letter to the Secretary, Department of Pension.  For the information of those interested, the letter is attached hereunder.

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13-2-2015

TUMKUR DIST CONFERENCE

 

It is reported that Tumkur District branch has conducted its second District conference
on 12-2-2015.  Com. P Gangadhara Rao (Circle President, Karnataka)
and Com. R Changappa (Circle Secretary) attended the meeting. 
S/Shri T C Kothandaram ,  R Jayshankar and Shafi  Ahmed Khan
are elected as District President, District Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
 

12-2-2015

AAP supports Ex-Servicemen Demand

for One Rank One Pension –

Mr.Arvind Kejriwal also promised to fill up Ex-Servicemen Quota in Delhi Government

“Respecting Our Ex-Servicemen: Delhi is home to a large number of ex-servicemen and women from the Armed Forces. AAP will stand by the nation’s ex-servicemen in their fight for “One Rank, One Pension”. We will ensure the existing quota in government jobs for ex-servicemen is filled up”.

 

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DATE CORRECTION PL.

 THE PENSION ANOMALY CONVENTION AT MADURAI REPORTING DATE IS 12-2-15

12-1-15

PENSION  ANOMALY  CONVENTION  AT  MADURAI

Pension  Anomaly  Convention was held on 11-2-2015   at TRC,CTO,
Thallakulam,Madurai between 0245 pm to 0515 pm under the presidentship  of M.Raveendran .


Madurai comrades made very good arrangements.60 affected members along with leading members paricipated  in the meeting.

Comrade D.G has spoken about the role played by CHQ on the anomaly,The Court  case filed by us and the details to our members.

Comrade V.Ramarao Circle Secretary TN has also spoke about the total no of people in Tamilnadu circle affected and recollected the meeting held in Chennai.

Both D.G and V.R appreciated the arrangements extended by Madurai Comrades and thanked one and all/ 

11-2-2015

PENSION ANOMALY CASE

The case up before Principal Bench of CAT today.  
Opposite parties have not yet filed their replies.
A last chance is given to them.  Next date  is 21-4-2015.
 
 

 

11-2-15:

ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING

OF STR BRANCH, CHENNAI

The STR (Chennai) branch held its annual general body meeting on 10-2-2015
with Shri A Sugumaran, President in the Chair. 
Sri K Muthiyalu welcomed the gathering. 
Shri S Narasimhan introduced new members and conveyed messages. 
Com. V Rama Rao, TN Circle Secretary inaugurated the meeting and
spoke on the post card campaign etc. 
Com. G Natarajan, GS spoke in detail about the 78.2% case, Pension Anomaly case etc. 
Com. M Govindarajan, Circle Secretary of Chennai TD,
Com. R N Pada Nair, Circle Secretary of Kerala,
Com. K Sivagamasundari, Tamilnadu Circle Organising Secretary,
Sri S Balagangadharan, Vice President of All India Federation of Pensioners Associations, Chennai etc addressed the gathering. 170 members attended the meeting.
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11--2--2015

 43%  INCREASE TO STATE GOVT EMPLOYEES OF ANDHRA AND TELENGANA

Bifurcation of Andhra has helped the state government employees. 

First the Telangana Chief Minister announced a hike of 43% in salary to Telangana employees.  Immediately, the Andhra Chief Minister also announced same benefits to his employees.  Both the governments accepted 10th Pay Revision Commission Report (10th PRC) submitted Mr.P.K Agarwal, Pay Revision Commission in 2014.

Highlights

1. 43% fitment benefit to all Employees (43% of basic pay as on June 2013 will be added to new basic pay)
2. DA of 63.344% will be merged with Basic Pay
3. Revised Pay as per 10th RPC to be implemented retrospectively from 2nd June 2014
4. While additional pay benefits from June 2014 to January 2015 will be deposited in General Provident fund account, increase in pay will be paid as cash from February 2015.
                                                                                                                                              {Media news}

11-2-2015    FLASH  NEWS
 
ANOMALY CASE
 
The Pension Anomaly Case came up before CAT, New Delhi principal bench.
DoT and BSNL have not submitted their counter affidavits.
Last chance is given to them and the case is posted to 21st April 2015.
  
                                                   R L Kapoor, New Delhi 
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11-2-2015

[From the website of AIBSNLEA]
 
Meeting of the CMD with
Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations on 09.02.2015

Consequent to the serving of strike notice by the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, the CMD BSNL invited the  Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations for discussion on 9th February 2015, which was held in the Board Room of BSNL Corporate Office. S/Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL, A.N.Rai, Director (EB and HR), N.K.Gupta, Director (CFA and CM), Sujata Ray, ED(Finance), Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) and other officers participated from the Management. The Forum was represented by Coms. C.Singh, Chairman, V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener and General Secretaries of  the affiliated Unions/Associations. The meeting started at about 1500 hours and continued up to about 1900 hours.
 
The CMD in his introductory remarks mentioned that BSNL is a big company and this has to be taken into consideration while discussing the revival of BSNL. It has got a revenue of about Rs.28,000 crores and has assets worth Rs. 90,000 crores. While there was growth earlier, after 2006 it went down. There have been difficulties. Development of broadband is more important now. Data has become most important than voice telephony. Funds are required for the same, but taking loan is difficult since we have to pay the high interest also. Investment is required to expand the services. The entire issues have to be seen in this scenario. He congratulated the unions for taking up the issue of revival of BSNL.
 
Forum Convener thanked the CMD for holding the meeting and informed the decision of the Forum to organise a Parliament March on 25th February 2015 on the issue of Revival of BSNL and gave the notice to that effect.  He also mentioned about the efforts being made by the Forum for focusing the issue and propagating among the public. A Memorandum signed by more than one crore signatures from the public will be presented to the Prime Minister on the day of the Parliament March.
 
All the demands raised by the Forum were discussed. A brief report is given below.

Filling up posts of CMD BSNL and Directors:CMD post is already filled up. The filling up of posts of Directors, HR, Finance and CM has been taken up with Government.  Selection is already over on certain posts.

Stop Formation of Subsidiary Companies:Forum stated that BBNL should be merged with BSNL and no separate Tower Company is to be formed. Management stated that the proposal for Tower Company is only to focus on the tower business, but it will only be a subsidiary company.
Grant of Compensation for providing rural services:The management fully agreed with the demand of the Forum for adequate compensation for the loss making services in the rural areas. CMD stated that even Rs. 1,250 crore approved in lieu of ADC is yet to be paid to BSNL by DoT. The Forum leaders demanded that the issue should be seriously pursued.

Procurement of equipment: The Forum demanded immediate procurement of Cable, Broadband Modem, Drop Wire, Mobile lines etc. for expansion. Management explained the present position. There was some problem with the tender of SIM card which is being sorted out.

Transfer of all assets to BSNL:The BSNL Management was in support of the demand, but the government has to take decision.

Drop proposal of BSNL-MTNL Merger:The Forum explained that until the three important issues of Disinvestment of MTNL, huge liability of BSNL and HR issues are sorted out, no merger will be accepted. The Management stated that no final decision has been taken in the matter.

Spectrum Liberalisation and trading by BSNL:Management stated that there is no bar as far as 3G is considered. But since 2G was allotted without auction, the government will not allow spectrum trading and liberalisation in 2G.

Fix pension contribution on basis of actual pay instead of on the maximum of the payscale:BSNL management stated that this issue is being pursued  with DOT.

Surrendering 1.2 MHz spectrum by BSNL:Management stated no decision has been taken so  far.

Reject M/s Deloittee Consultant recommendations:Detailed discussions took place in the matter. This will be further discussed with the Forum within 10 days.

Refund of BWA Spectrum charges to BSNL for the surrendered spectrum:This is being pursued.

Grant of 78.2% IDA pension fixation:The undue delay in the settlement of the issue was strongly protested by the Forum leaders. Management agreed to pursue the matter.

Implement Cabinet decision on 30% superannuation benefits to BSNL direct recruited employees:  The Forum leaders strongly demanded that 30% superannuation benefits should be  ensured to new recruits. After discussion, the management wanted a detailed note  on the issue.   This will be furnished by the Forum.

Management agreed to issue minutes of the meeting.

The meeting was cordial, but the issues are not settled, since most items are to be settled at DOT/Govt. Levels. Hence our preparation for the struggle should continue.

 

10-2-2015

POST CARD CAMPAIGN  -- GOOD RESPONSE 
 
It is reported by Comrade V.Saminathan, Thanjavur Disrict Secretary that their members
have sent 398 Post cards, 45 SMS and 10 Emails to Minister requesting intervention.
                                                                                                               [from the Website of Tamilnadu Circle]
....................................
 
GOOD INITIATIVE BY KERALA CIRCLE
 
Our Kerala Circle Association has issued a special Poster to all branches for organising the Post Card Campaign every effectively.
It is planned to send at least 5000 post cards from Kerala to the Honourable Minister seeking his personal  intervention to settle the 78.2% IDA case without further delay. 
 
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SALEM MEETING

Com. D G addressing the Special Convention conducted by Salem West branch on 31-1-2015.
S/s Remani (DS), P Gangadhara Rao (AGS), A Sugumaran, Amrithalingam etc. are seen in the picture.
 

 10th February 2015

WE ARE BACK...
For few days, there was a problem with this Website.  Whatever we uploaded appeared in the Homepage, but at the right extreme position.  Some could not view it. 

Now, it is rectified.  Virus infected matters have been removed.  Still there are some difficulties.

Many of the old postings are not available in the Homepage.  Please bear with us

 

 

POST CARD CAMPAIGN

The Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA has been delayed in Department of Telecom.  
We fail to understand the reason for this undue delay.
Only the Minister for Communications can do something effectively. 
Hence, we call upon each and every BSNL pensioner 
- no matter whether he/she is our member or not – to send a Post card to

  Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,
  Minister for Communication & IT,
  Sanchar Bhavan New Delhi 11001    with the following text:
 

“Request your help to extend benefit of 78.2% Ida to BNNL pensioners

in pension revision with effect from 1-1-2007 without further delay”.

Please do it immediately to avoid further delay.

Media report

INCOME TAX PROPOSALS....

NO EXEMPTIONS,

LIMIT WILL BE ENHANCED?

It is learnt that Finance Ministry is considering to put up a proposal for discontinuing Exemption of Rs. 1.5 lakh presently available under Section 80C for Savings and Insurance such as premium paid, investment in NSS, Mutual funds, Pension funds etc.
Alternatively, the basic income tax exemption limit of Rs. 2.5 lakh would be raised to Rs. 4 lakh.
Reasons behind such a move by Finance Ministry as per sources are:

1. Income Tax Department could not verify whether the Investments declared to be have been made to avail exemption under Section 80 C were actually made
2. To make Income Tax Law simple by raising basic Income Tax Exemption Limit and avoid complexities involved in providing Income Tax Exemption to promote savings.
 
.........  Let us wait for the Budget..
 
 
 
 

30-1-2015

How the govt plans to revamp the scam-hit telecom sector


The stage is set for a mega telecom spectrum auction starting March 4, the first under the new government, whereby it expects to earn revenues to the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore. 
 
Dispelling fears of the telecom industry, Minister for IT and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad says there is no spectrum shortage as projected by some and there will be more auctions in future. 

In an interview with Mansi Taneja, Prasad talks about bringing back the confidence in the department of telecom, which was hit by scams during the previous regime, and fast-tracking decision-making and revival of PSUs BSNL and MTNL over the next two-three years. 

Edited excerpts:

The industry is not happy with the government's decision of auctioning only 5 MHz in the 2,100-MHz band and the high reserve price for spectrum. How do you react to this and when can we expect another round of auction?

Currently, there is a campaign going around as if there is a big spectrum scarcity, but there is none. This (the one in March) is the not the last auction. 

In the first auction under the BJP-led government, whatever spectrum could become reasonably available has been put up for auction and in the government's considered view it is adequate. 

And whatever spectrum will be subsequently available, it will be put up for auction as well after compliance with all legal requirements and processes. After the swapping and harmonisation process is over, there will be 15 MHz of spectrum vacated from defence services. 

Then, we will go for another round of auction but there is no fixed timeline. We have taken the market potential of the spectrum band while fixing the reserve price in the current auction. 

We are following a fair and transparent manner, resolving pending issues of the previous government and streamlining the spectrum allocation process. 

Image: Minister for IT and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad
 
 

The telecom sector was marred by controversies during the rule of the previous government. How would you dispel the industry's fears and those of your department?

Our mandate is to work in a transparent manner, keeping two objectives in mind - consumer interest and growth of the telecom sector. 

Yes, there was a lot of depression in the department because of serious scams and many uncalled-for developments. Officers were reluctant to take decisions. The first initiative was to restore confidence in them - this is a new and different government and decisions will be taken now. And that's what we have been doing in the auction process as well. 

There were some legacy issues related to spectrum from the defence forces which have now been resolved after eight years through a collective effort of both ministries. 

State-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL are in a bad shape. What steps are you taking for their revival. Is a merger of both units still on the cards?

BSNL has been ill-treated like anything in the past. It is a hard fact that from 2008-13, there were forces working to ensure the entire expansion plan of BSNL went haywire for reasons that cannot be called fair. 

BSNL did not receive adequate support for expansion. 

Now, with a new person at BSNL's helm, things will change and we are closely monitoring the performance on a national as well as regional level. 

We are not rushing into the merger of the two. The first priority is to restore the financial health of both. For fair competition in the industry, one PSU has to be there in the field. 

Positive results will start showing within a year and we expect their full revival in the next two-three years. They have to become pro-active, pro-competitive and pro-consumer. 

The industry was expecting rules on spectrum sharing and trading to be out before the auction but there has been no word from the government on that. 

Spectrum sharing and trading guidelines are being finalised. There is a process. It will go to the Trai and then come back to the department. We will take a call on this and rules will be notified. This procedure has to be respected. 

Is there a proposal to restructure India Post fully? How many new entities will be created and would you rope in professionals from the private world to run them?

The vast network of India Post has to be explored in various fields, be it e-commerce, banking, insurance or others. 

The report of the committee for restructuring has been submitted and we had a meeting with the PMO. We are taking steps towards that. 

For new challenges, professional running is a precondition but what will be the architecture will be decided later. 

Under the Digital India programme, what new initiatives are being planned?

NOFN (national optic fibre network) is one part of Digital India, which will connect 150,000 panchayats across the country. 

We are also formulating a policy for setting up call centres in small towns and rural areas. 

BPOs have mainly been restricted to seven-eight cities. We want BPOs to be set up in Gorakhpur, Jalandhar, Idukki, Aurangabad and other such small towns. The government will create a policy for enabling of such call centres with due hand-holding and incentives to private players. 

The policy will be finalised soon.

Source: 
 

30th January.........................   MARTYRS' DAY 

Mr. Godse and Gandhiji- before the assassination.

Let us not forget the history.

Let us not forget the heroes fallen......

 

29-1-2015

A NEW HEALTH  INSURANCE SCHEME

FOR CENTRAL   GOVT.  STAFF, PENSIONERS AND OTHERS.

Proposed in 2009, but not yet started.

A report in the Press.

[Click here to view the file....]

27-1-2015

DO NOT EXPECT THE BEST......  new CMD

BSNL New CMD Chairman & Managing Director with Good Business Strategy
The new CMD of BSNL, Mr. Anupam Srivastava, has written separate DO letters 
to  leaders of Unions, All CGMs, to Director (CFA) of BSNL Board,
Director (Ent) of BSNL Board, GM (C & M), BSNL Board, Members of the staff in CMD office etc. etc. 
In those letters, the new CMD has expressed his thanks for the best wishes and greetings he received.
He has sought cooperation of all in his efforts to make the BSNL work better.
 
In his letter  to the Union leaders he has mentioned:
“As you know that next pay revision is not far but with present negative revenue trend, BSNL management will not be in a position to get the best for our employees.”
It is good that the new CMD has addressed to the problem of less revenue.
Earlier, many CMDs were talking about
excess staff foregetting the fact that BSNL earned profit of Rs 10000 crore with more staff. 

26-01-2015  

HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY

LET US REMEMBER  OUR DUTY TO THE NATION


 

FROM THE MEDIA.....

 

25-1-2015 

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, IF THE GOVERNMENT WANTS....

 

You install 15,000 CCTVs for Obama but not for Indian citizens:

Delhi HC to govt

 
"Because of a foreign president, you do it, but not for Indian citizens. If we direct you to do it for Indians, you do in months and years, else you do it in weeks. Let's get someone from outer space," the court was quoted as saying in The Indian Express.

New Delhi prepares for Obama: Security personnel take stock of arrangements at Rajpath in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Shekhar Yadav
The Bench reportedly said this on Friday while hearing a plea saying that the CCTV cameras installed for Obama's visit to New Delhi on Republic Day not be removed after the US President leaves.

Amicus curiae Meera Bhatia had sought orders the cameras should not be removed in a hurry from sensitive areas such as entry and exit points in Delhi and places that come under high crime rate zones, said the report.

The court has also reportedly sent notices to the Centre, the Delhi government and police, asking them if the cameras will be removed or not.



 

24th January 2015

MORE TAXES THAN THE PRICE

A leading newspaper in Malayalam has reported today that the governments (Centre and State) are taking more money from us than the actual price of Petrol and Diesel. Not only in Kerala, almost in all the states in India.

For Kochi, in Kerala;

for PETROL per Litre

Oil company price                   Rs  28.71
Excise Duty                               Rs 17.46
Free Delivery Zone charge    Rs  00.17
Sales Tax + Cess                     Rs 14.00
Commission for the dealer     Rs 02.04
YOU PAY                                  Rs. 62.38
 
In the international market, the price of crude oil has come down drastically.  But, the people are not benefitted by it. Because, the governments in India increase the taxes.

....................

23-01-2015

78.2% IDA CASE

A RAY OF HOPE....

TODAY, COM. R C MALHOTRA (CIRCLE PRESIDENT OF NTR CIRCLE) AND
COM. D P S SISODIA (NEW CIRCLE SECRETARY OF OUR ASSOCIATION IN NTR CIRCLE)  
MET THE MEMBER (FINANCE), DEPARTMENT OF TELECOM AND
SOUGHT HER IMMEDIATE ACTION IN SENDING THE CABINET NOTE ON 78.2%.  
MEMBER (F) INFORMED THEM THAT SHE WAS WAITING FOR SOME DATA.
 

SHE ASSURED THAT SHE WOULD CLEAR THE FILE WITHIN A WEEK.



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Obama in India:  ‘Dog officers’ arrive to further tighten the security of US President

22-1-2015  

THE FIVE-STAR HOTEL ACCOMMODATION FOR

THE 'DOG OFFICER' FROM AMERICA 

New Delhi: Dog officers - Commandoes Jordan and Hurricane of the elite K-9 squad of the US Secret Service have arrived in the National capital ahead of US President Barack visit.   They will be staying in suites of a five-star hotel with their handlers. They are the same dogs who single handedly intercepted and pinned down an intruder in the White house in October 2014. One of them was a part of US SEAL team that killed Osama Bin Laden.

These special officers are one-foot-tall Belgian Maliniois dogs. They are important part of Obama’s security entourage.Jordan and Hurricane are President Obama’s best friends. They are part of the core security team. They will monitor areas around Rajpath and Maurya Sheraton where Obama will be staying.

Officers say the dogs have been trained to sniff out even the minutest traces of explosives. These dog officers can also overpower a target within few seconds. They have sharp teeth and can run at speed of 40 to 50kmph.


 

 

 22-1-2015

The All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, as declared by Labour Bureau of India, for the last Nine years are given below. The CPI for 1-1-2001 is taken as 100 Points.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Max Increase
2006 119 119 119 120 121 123 124 124 125 127 127 127 2
2007 127 128 127 128 129 130 132 133 133 134 134 134 2
2008 134 135 137 138 139 140 143 145 146 148 148 147 3
2009 148 148 148 150 151 153 160 162 163 165 168 169 7
2010 172 170 170 170 172 174 178 178 179 181 182 185 3
2011 188 185 185 186 187 189 193 194 197 198 199 197 4
2012 198 199 201 205 206 208 212 214 215 217 218 219 4
2013 221 223 224 226 228 231 235 237 238 241 243 239 4
2014 237 238 239 242 244 246 252 253 253 253 253 ? 6

 

The Index figure for December 2014 will be declared in the evening of 30th January 2015 .

21-1-15

A NEW DISTRICT BRANCH IN KARNATAKA

A NEW DISTRICT BRANCH HAS BEEN FORMED IN BIJAPUR DIST ON 19-1-15. COM C.S.HIREMATH WAS ELECTED AS PRESIDENT AND COM  S.T. GOUDAR WAS ELECTED AS SECRETARY.  WE WELCOME THE NEW BRANCH AND WISH THEM ALL THE BEST.

 

 

 

20-01-2015

BEWARE OF THE NEW CHEATING....!!

We are reproducing hereunder a message received from Shri K Retnakaran, Retd DE, Kollam, Kerala. Same type of information was given to me from another Retired SDE of Kollam.  Again, same news is received from Ernakulam, Mysore etc. There are different types of cheats.  Some Cheats got access to the records of DoT. They target pensioners. Do not get in to their trap. Hence this posting.
                                                                                        ... P S Ramankutty

Email from Mr. Retnakaran  To AIBSNLPWA

Today I received a phone call from a New Delhi No. 1203852900 and one Malhotra was on the line.  He was telling that he was calling from BSNL New Delhi and informed me that an amount of Rs. 245440/- was due to be paid from BSNL on account of PF accumulations.  He correctly reproduced my home address and PIN code also my date of retirement.  He added that the amount would be transferred to my Bank a/c on 27-01-2015 and asked me in which bank I was holding my account.  I told him that it was SBI without giving my A/c Number.  He then told that there would be some formalities to be completed before making payment, for which, I was to hold the line for some time so that the relevant officer would come to the line and inform me.  I held the line for some 1 -2 minutes and then another man came to the line and explained to me the formalities.  He told me there should be the necessity of NOC for making payment and there would also be TDS.  For fulfilling these formalities he told to take down the particulars of documents to be sent for getting NOC.  The documents are; Photo, Aadhaar card copy, PAN card copy and SBI cheque  for Rs. 24000/- drawn in favour of DAVIS VALUE CARD PVT LTD NEWDELHI.  Till this stage I heard his words.  Even before that, I understood that this was a fake call for cheating as being read in news papers and from SMS received over phone announcing winning of lotteries.  But this is a new attempt and a new field the cheats have chosen. Do not  give any credence to such calls and get cheated.

                                                                        With regards,

                                                                                                K. Retnakaran, Retired DE Kollam 


19-1-2015
 
UNDUE DELAY
 
As per the information we get, the File on 78.2% is still with Telecom Finance.
We fail to understand the reason for delaying the matter.
Estt. Section had already prepared the Cabinet Note. Calculations  were made several times in the past. Pension Department and Expenditure Department have already given their consent. 
 
Then why this delay?
1.25 lakh pensioners are waiting for the benefit.

 


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CWC AT NAGPUR

19-1-2015

Next CWC meeting of our Association will be held in Nagpur city on 17th and 18th March 2015. Formal notice is being sent to all CWC members.  All concerned are requested to reserve their tickets to and fro without delay.
 
 
IN THE ENSUING CWC, WE HAVE TO CHALK OUT OUR FURTHER COURSE OF ACTION
TO SETTLE THE CASE OF 78.2%.

14-01-15   HAPPY PONGAL,  MAKAR SHANKARANTHI AND LOHRI TO ALL

 

 

 

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14-1-2015

78.2% CASE: 

THE FILE IS STILL IN DOT FINANCE....!!

Com. R C Malhotra,  Circle President of NTR Circle reports from Delhi that:
The Cabinet Note  prepared by Estt Section is still with Finance wing of Department of Telecom.
The Director has cleared it and the same is pending with a DDG in Telecom Finance now. 
 
We fail to understand the intention of Telecom Finance in delaying the file
concerning 1.25 lakh BSNL retirees.
 
Honourable Prime Minister talks a lot about good governance.
But, Bureaucrats have the same old attitude and work culture.
 
 

14-01-2015

NC JCM strongly opposes the Corporatization and Privatization of  Government Establishments

Government has taken serious steps to set up a corporation to carry on the functions of the 41 ordnance Factories, presently functioning under the Ministry of Defence

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

 

No. NC/JCM/2015

Dated: January 11, 2015

The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrpati Bhawan Annexe,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

I solicit your kind attention to my letter in No.NC/JCM/2014 dated 16 th December, 2014, wherein we had conveyed the decisions taken at the National Convention of representatives of the organisations participating in the JCM. We are distressed that you have chosen not to respond to our letter till date. We have so far not received any communication from any quarter of the convening of the National Council of the JCM. No effort has also been taken by any Ministry to convene the Departmental Councils.

We have now been given to understand that the Government has taken serious steps to set up a corporation to carry on the functions of the 41 ordnance Factories, presently functioning under the Ministry of Defence. We have also noted that the report of the Committee set up by the Government to corporatize the functions of the Postal Department. The inordinate delay in settling the demands for Interim Relief and Merger of DA is causing distress amongst the Central Government employees. The Railwaymen are particularly agitated over the decision of the Government to induct FDI to the extent of 100% in Railways, which we are aware cannot be done without privatisation of the Railways. The declaration of the Convention, which we had forwarded to you vide our letter cited had amply explained the anguish of the Central Government employees.

In order to register our opposition to the recent decision of the Government to corporatize the functions of the Ordnance factories, we have amended Item No.2 of the charter of demands. We send herewith the revised charter of demands.

The National JCA met today and took note of the silence on the part of the Government to our pleadings. The meeting has, therefore, decided to go ahead with the agitational programmes, the first phase of which will culminate in a massive March to Parliament by Central Government employees on 28th April, 2015. If no settlement is brought about on the 10 point charter of demands, we will be constrained to go for an indefinite strike action, the date of commencement of which will be decided on 28 th April, 2015.
Thanking you,

Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
NC/JCM & Convener

 

14-1-2015

IT IS ELECTION TIME....

In the background of strong political backlash, Central Government has approved the proposal of Government of NCT of Delhi to revise the pay scales of Delhi Administration Subordinate Service (DASS).

As per Principal Secretary of Delhi NCT, Mr.Majumdar’s report, Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the proposal of Delhi Government to revise the pay scales of Delhi Administration Subordinate Service (DASS). Both the DASS and Steno cadre will be benefited by this decision

Majumdar also said that as per the decision, pay scale of DASS Grade-II/Steno Grade-II has been revised from Rs 5000-8000 to Rs 5500-9000, adding that the decision will be effective notionally from January 1, 1996 and actually from December 12, 2006.

Mr.Majumdar has further added that Central government has also approved the grant of Non-Functional Scale of Rs. 8000-13500 to DASS Grade-I/Senior PA notionally from January 1, 1996 and actually from December 1, 2006.

Opposite parties such as Congress, AAP have termed this proposal to revise the pay scales of DASS as a Poll Sop. According to these parties, BJP’s chance in winning of Delhi Polls is not good and hence proposal to revise the pay scales of DASS has been taken up.

However, BJP has defended the decision to revise the pay scales as it is a move increase the pay of comman man.

Source: Economic Times

CONDOLENCE MEETING AT VIJAYAWADA

A view of comrades attending the condolence meeting held at Vijayawada on 5-1-2015
to condole the sudden demise of Com. Chhidu Singh.
[Click here to view the file....]

CONDOLENCE MEETING AT VIJAYAWADA

VIJAYAWADA UNIT HELD A MEETING ON 5-1-2015 TO CONDOLE THE DEMISE OF OUR BELOVED COMRADE
CHHIDU SINGH. 
[Click here to view the file....]

UJJAIN CEC MEETING

Madhya Pradesh Circle had its CEC meeting at Ujjain on 28th December 2014.
Com. Natarajan (GS) and Com. Muthiyalu (OS) attended on behalf of CHQ.
Picture shows Com. R K Tiwari, Circle President speaking. Com. M C Sharma (CS), GS and Com Muthiyalu are also seen in the picture.
[Click here to view the file....]

PEOPLE'S RALLY IN PARIS, FRANCE

On 11th january 2015,   three days after the bloodshed,  people of Paris came out  and

demonstrated their determination to combat terrorism of any kind with a CRY FOR FREEDOM.


 

 12--01--2014

JHARKHAND CIRCLE CONFERENCE

 
The 2nd Circle Conference of AIBSNLPWA, Jharkhand was held successfully in the spacious
Machael John auditorium,Jamshedpur on 7th instant in a very grand manner. 
Shri. Ganesh Jha Circle President,  conducted the conference very efficiently.
 

Shri B B Mahato, the young Lok Sabha member from Jamsehdpur inaugurated the Open Session lighing the lamp. 


CGMT of Jharkhand, PGMT of Jamshedpur and  Joint CCA participated
in the conference representing Administration.  CGMT assured prompt action
to settle cases of Pensioners. 
 
Com. P S Ramankutty and Com. K Muthiyalu represented the CHQ.
 
Delegates from all the SSAs attended the conference.