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.
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.
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
We do not know when the BSNL Circles will provide the required data.
CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING AT NAGPUR ON 17TH AND 18TH MARCH 2013
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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?
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.
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 :email@example.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
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.
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....]
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.]
THE ATR AND THE MINUTES DIFFER !
The Action Taken Report presented in SCOVA meeting on 30-2-2015 was:
[Click here to view the file....]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
TU- Public Services: Conference at Kathmandu, Nepal
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
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.”
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.]
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
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.
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
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
%ge OF IDA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
DATE CORRECTION PL.
THE PENSION ANOMALY CONVENTION AT MADURAI REPORTING DATE IS 12-2-15
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
11-2-2015 FLASH NEWS
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.
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.
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.
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.
INCOME TAX PROPOSALS....
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..
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.
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.
30th January......................... MARTYRS' DAY
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.
HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY
LET US REMEMBER OUR DUTY TO THE NATION
FROM THE MEDIA.....
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
The Index figure for December 2014 will be declared in the evening of 30th January 2015 .
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.
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.
K. Retnakaran, Retired DE Kollam
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.
CWC AT NAGPUR
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
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.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Dated: January 11, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Rashtrpati Bhawan Annexe,
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.
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.
As reported in this website yesterday, the IDA rate will increase by 2.2% from today.
But, Labour Bureau says there was no increase in the All India Consumer Price Index (CPI)
with 2001=100 points.
Some friends want clarification.
IDA is granted based on three months average Index.
CPI for June 2014 was 246 points.
CPI for July 2014 was 252 points
CPI for August 2014 was 253 points.
Average for the above 3 months was 250.33 points.
CPI for September, October and November was 253 points.
Average for these three months is same 253 points.
As there was some increase in the average for three months from 250.33 to 253 points,
there is some increase in IDA rate also, though there was no increase in CPI
during the period of September- November 2014.
It is a fact that there was no significant price rise on many items during the last 3-4 months.
Not because of the policies of Government of India or the State governments in India.
Main reason is that international price of crude oil came down drastically from 130 Dolors to 50 Dolors.
Because there is a competition now between Arab countries and Russia.
The price of petrol in India should have been reduced to Rs 50 or Rs 40 per litre. It was not done.
Petrol price has the cascading impact on price of many other items.
CDA is granted once in six months, based on average of 12 months CPI. Index is same.
When average for 12 months is taken, then there is always some increase.
For example: CPI for January 2014 was 237 points and for November it is 253 points.
This increase in CPI for a longer period will reflect in CDA rate.
CDA rate was increasing by 10 % in six months period.
Since there was not much increase in CPI during the last four months,
the increase in CDA may come down to 6 percent this time from 1-1-2015
WHY TWO RATES FOR CDA AND IDA?
In the case of CDA, the CPI merged at the time of last pay/pension revisionfrom 1-1-2006
was 115.76 points . The increase over and above 115.76 is taken for grant of CDA now.
Whereas, in the case of IDA, 126.33 points were merged on 1-1-2007.
The present IDA rate is fixed for the increase over and above 126.33 points.
This difference definitely reflects in the rates of CDA and IDA.
Due to some technical problems, some matters posted earlier in this page have disappeared.
We are trying to rectify the mistake and solve the problem.
IDA RISE 2.2 % from 1-1-2015
As per the Release by Labour Bureau of India the Consumer price Index (2001=100 points) remained at 253 for November 2014 also.
The Indices for October 2014, September 2014 and even August 2014 were the same 253 points.
According to the Labour Bureau survey, there was no price rise during the last four months!.
According to the calculations, based on the above official figures, the IDA from 1-1-2015 shall be 100.3%.
An increase of 2.2 percent from the existing 98.1%.
[A study by Com. D Gopalakrishnan on Consumer Price Index will appear in the April 2014 issue of our Patrika. Government has decided to change the pattern of collection of data and the base year for the new Index.}
TRIBUTES TO CHHIDU SINGH
The “Kriya” ceremony on the eleventh day of death of Com. Chhidu Singh was performed today on 31-12-2014. Family members, large number of relatives and his friends attended the function.
LATE COMRADE CHHIDU SINGH
Born on 19th July 1941, in the Bijauli village in Aligarh district of UP, Chhidu Singh had his education in Aligarh itself. After passing Intermediate, he joined the Teletypist training class in Delhi on 9-3-1962, joined the CTO New Delhi in October 1962 and retired on 31-7-2001 as Chief Telegraph Master.
He was active in Students Union in Aligarh. In the training class itself he started fight against unnecessary postponement of the class. Again, for getting the monthly stipend he had to fight. Mr A S Bhuller (who became an internationally renowned painter later on) and Mr Tomar were with him in these fights. Mr. Dharamvir, the then Circle Secretary of T III Union in Delhi circle was astonished when Chhidu Singh, Bhuller and Tomar approached him for membership in the union even when they were undergoing training. Chhidu Singh became very active in the union from the day one in service. He was Divisional Secretary for one term. He became Circle Secretary on 16-4-1992 in which position he continued till T III was merged in BSNLEU in 2001. He was elected as the first Circle Secretary of BSNLEU in NTR Circle. Later on he became Circle Vice President of the union and continued till his demise on 20-12-2014.
In 2009, he formed BSNL Pensioners Association of NTR Circle and under the banner of the new organisation convened a meeting of leaders of BSNL pensioners in Delhi on 29th March 2009. Chhidu Singh was elected as the Convener of Ad hoc committee formed in that meeting. The adhoc committee convened a national convention of BSNL pensioners in Chennai on 20-8-2009 where Chhidu Singh was elected as the Deputy General Secretary of our mighty All India BSNL Pensioners Welfare Association. .
He left behind his wife (Smt Maharani), three married daughters (Seema, Sheila and Punam) and son Mr. Nagender Singh and grand children.
We are happy to announce that our Bangalore District Unit also has crossed the mark of
1000 Life members. [They have a total membership of 1230]
Ernakulam of Kerala continues to be at the top with 1034 life members.
We congratulate all the leaders of Bangalore Unit.
"TSUNAMI" struck Tamilnadu on 26-12- 2004. Thousands of people died and rendered homeless. Number of Volunteers came to the help of the affected people. Com. Pitchai Mohan Raj, our District Secretary of Kalmandapam branch in Chennai was one of the volunteers who rose to the occasion showing unusual courage and helped the people.
On the tenth anniversary of 'TSunami', Com. Pitchai Mohan Raj received "SELFLESS SERVICE AWARD - TSUNAMI 2004" from Madam Karikali IAS, Personal Secretary of Governor of Tamilnadu for the selfless service. We are proud of Com. Mohan Raj.
A well attended General Body meeting was held in Bangalore on 23rd December 2014.
Com. P S Ramankutty (President) spoke on Late Com. Chhidu Singh and PENSIONERS DAY.
Com. G Natarajan(GS) spoke on organisational matters.
Com. D Gopalakrishnan (VP) spoke on 78.2% IDA Case, Pension Anomaly Case, MRS, 7th CPC etc.
The meeting took a decision to collect Rs 2000 per member for hosting the next AIC in Bangalore city.
After the meeting All India leaders and Circle leaders visited the proposed locations for our AIC.
PSR, GN and DG in DELHI
Comrades P S Ramankutty, G Natarajan and D Gopalakrishnan reached Delhi on 21st evening and visited the bereaved family members of Com. Chhidu Singh. They conveyed heartfelt condolences on behalf of entire memebrs of our Association.
It was gathered that Chhidu Singh had chest pain and shivering on 19-12-2014 night. He was admitted in the nearby hospital immediately.
ECG did not show any abnormality. On 20th morning at 9.30 also the ECG was normal. But, by 10 AM he had a massive heart attack. He died suddenly in the IC Unit itself. He left behind his wife, three married daughters and a son who is also married.
But his sudden demise created a void for the BSNL pensioners all over India that cannot befilled up.
20-12-14 BLACK DAY
COM CHHIDU SINGH OUR DEDICATED WORKER AND DEPUTY GENERALSECRETARY IS NO MORE. HE LEFT US ALL TO THE HEAVENLY ABODE TODAY MORNING DUE TO A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK AT NEW DELHI.
HE WAS THE FIRST CONVENOR OF THE ADHOC COMMITTEE OUR
ASSOCIATION. HE BECAME DY.GENERAL SECRETARY IN THE
FORMATION CONFERENCE AT CHENNAI IN AUGUST 2009. WE CONVEY OUR DEEPLY FELT CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND CALL UPON OUR BRANCHES AND CIRCLES TO OBSERVE MOURNING FOR ONE WEEK AS A MARK OF RESPECT TO THE DEPARTED SOUL
[Extracts from www.aibsnlpwastrd.webs.com]
NO MORE PRINTED COPY TELEPHONE BILL
TO BSNL EMPLOYEES & PENSIONERS:
To encourage 'GREEN MOVEMENT' initiative, BSNL has issued orders to stop printing and distributing the physical bills to BSNL employees for their residential service landIine/broadband connection (for both serving & retired BSNLemployees) from
1-2-2015.Only 'E-bill' may be sent to them on their registered mail IDs.
Pensioners may forget to make Telphone Bill payment hereafter since there is no bill coming to their hand.To avoid the disconnection of the telephone service pensioners may follow the easiest way mentioned below:
1. Make online payment through network banking.
2. Make payment through customer service centers.
3. Make ECS payment facility. This is very simple. Simply submit a request in a prescribed Form to the BSNL Accounts Officer with the approval from the bank for ECS payment.
(The ECS form can be downloaded from our website also from under “ALL FORMS” link above at the left side top .)
RAMANKUTTY, NATARAJAN AND DG IN BANGALORE
GS G Natarajan and Vice President D Gopalakrishnan will visit Bangalore on 23-12-2014.
P S Ramankutty, President will be in Bangalore during the period on a private visit.
They will attend a meeting in the city on 23-12-14 organised by Bangalore SSA Unit and,
thereafter, visit the proposed venue to hold our next All India Conference,
which is near to the Bangaluru Cantt . Railway Station.
TO REDUCE RETIREMENT AGE
The Minister for Personnel has told parliament in a reply that there is no proposal before the Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years in the case of central government employees, as reported by Media.
PENSIONERS DAY OBSERVED
BY OUR BRANCHES
ALL OVER INDIA
Our Central Head Quarters is receiving reports through email, SMS and phone calls about enthusiastic observation of Pensioners Day 2014 in a befitting manner, paying tributes to late Mr D S Nakara, who was instrumental in getting the landmark judgement from Supreme Court of India on 17-12-1982. More reports and photos are expected. We shall publish them as and when received.
Few reports already received are given below.
Photos are given as separate attachments.
ERNAKULAM CELEBRATES IT
WITH 1034 LIFE MEMBERS
Pensioners Day was observed in a remarkable manner at Ernakulam (Kochi).
It was a celebration of having achieved life membership of 1000.
But, before the meeting started itself the number of Life membership rose 1034.
Some more comrades enlisted as life members during the meeting also.
Kerala Circle Association presented a memento to District Secretary, Com. K A Augustine, as token of our appreciation of the systematic and dedicated work done by the team led by Com. Augustine.
Another lovely function was felicitation of Com. Sivanandan, a Life member who donates his entire pension of Rs 21000 every month to give some relief to victims of Endosulfan, sprayed over 25 villages in the north-most district (Kasargode) of Kerala who are suffering from very very severe problems. (Please see the article appearing in our Patrika No 17 on this.)
Com. P S Ramankutty, All India President presented a memento to Com. Sivanandan and spoke on the great service rendered by him.
13 senior members (DoT pensioners), who have crossed the age of 80 years were also felicitated on the occasion. Com. Jacob Vaz, a senior pensioner replied on behalf of all the 13 senior comrades.
The District Association brought out a Telephone Directory of our members (1200 people in total) with their photographs, telephone numbers, PPO number, date of retirement and other particulars. Com. P S Ramankutty released the Directory handing over a copy to Com. T P George.
Thereafter, Com. P S Ramankutty spoke on Nakara Case, its impact, 78.2% case, Pension anomaly Case, BSNLMRS, CGHS, 7th CPC, ensuing AIC at Bangalore etc. etc.
The Hall was jam-packed with more than 450 members, including large number of lady comrades.
WEST GODAVARI - AP
As usual the our Comrades in West Godavari (AP) observed Pensioners Day by organising charity services. Our leaders visited Missioneries of Charity, the orphanage run by Mother Teresa's disciplies, Parivarthan, a school for duff and dump children, Childline shleter, an orphanage for the destitue children and distributed food, fruits etc.
Our all India Vice President Shri R Ramachandran Rao, other leaders of the SSA Unit like S S Apparao, N Adinarayana, A Satyanarayana, J V Narayana, P V Rao, S Durga Rao etc. participated in the noble work.
Com. M R Das, AGS informs that the Day observed in a befitting manner. More than 90 members attended.
Com. P C Moitra, Org. Secretary ifnorms that the function orghanised in CTO premises was attended by more than 75 members.
The meeting conducted in Subbaraja Trust Hall, Railway Feeder Road, Tenkasi was presided over by the Vice president Sri.S.Sankara Sadasivam and the Chief Guest of the meeting was Sri.Mailerumperumal. former Director of Department of Telecom, New Delhi.
In the meeting the Senior Pensioners, aged more than 80 years , Sri.M.Rajiah, S.Sudalaimuthu Pandian, A.Senthilvinayagam, S.Swaminathan, V.S.Velusamy and Sri.S.Chellappa were honoured by the chief guest.
Sri.S.Chellappa, the Secretary of the association welcomed all and discussed the local problems of the association briefly. Nearly 80 pensioners were present. Sri.Ramanthan(SNEA), Sri.Aryangavu(NFTE) and Sri.Ramasubbu(BSNLEU) addressed. Sri.N.Velayutham, the Treasurer thanked all.
More than 90 members of AIBSNLPWA attended the special meeting held in the conference hall of Telephone Exchange, Nagercoil. The star speaker was Shri Ponneelan, popular Tamil writer who spoke on the Nakara Case, Justice Y V Chandrachud, seniors citizens, the attitude of society towards the senior citizens etc.
District Secretary Com. A Cehllaiah welcomed and Treasurer Com. Anthonyswamy proposed vote of thanks.
It was a large gathering in the meeting held specially to celebrate Pensioners Day at Tirunelveli. More than 300 pensioners, including 50 ladies, participated. District President Com. E Kanagaraj presided over. District Secretary Com. S Arunachalam, welcoming the gathering spoke on Nakara case, its impact on the pension system in India as well as the various issues concerning BSNL pensioners.
Sri B Muruganandam, GM BSNL Tirunelveli was the Chief Guest. Com. Kasiviswanathan of AITUC, Sri. Shunmugasundar Raja of Postal and RMS Pensioners Association and others greeted.
34 pensioners who completed 70 years of old were honoured.
PONDICHERRY- TN Circle
83 comrades attended the special meeting. Out of them 77 are Life Members. A Telephone directory of BSNL pensioners was released on the occasion.
It was mainly the charity that marked observation of Pensioners Day at Tanuku, Andhra.
Sarvasri NVVVSS Nageswara Rao, District Chief Advisor , P. Jagannadha Reddy President, B. Veerraju, Branch Secretary, P. Purnacharyulu Assistant Secretary, Ch. Venkateswarlu Financial Secretary of Local Branch visited Sandhya Jyothi Vruddha Aasramam and Arya vysya Vruddha Janasramam of Tanuku and distributed fruits to Senior citizens. (The photo received could not be uploaded due to some technical problems.)
On the occasion of "Pensioner's Day" the members of the Vijayawada Pensioner's Assn met at ''PREM DAN'' a charity home of Mother Teresa foundation in Vijayawada. With the donations raised from members they provided Lunch and fruits to the inmates (about 90) by paying Rs3,000/- and also handed over 75 mtrs of Rexin cloth worth Rs.12,000/-for spreading on the beds (as required by them) .Com.N.R.K.Murthy Dist.President.and Com.M.R.S.Prakasarao Circle President spoke on the occasion.
CALICUT - KERALA
More than 300 people participated in the Pensioners Day function held in Alakapuri Hotel auditorium, Calicut. Shri K C Kunhiraman Nair, District President presided over. Sri V M N Iyer, Asst Circle Secretary inaugurated the meeting which was addressed by P Narayanan Moosad , T V Krishnan, C Janardhanan Nair, Smt Annie Preman, C K Surendran and others. Active participation of large number lady members is always a siginificant aspect of Calicut meetings.
Pensioners Day was celebrated in a special meeting conducted at Vellore. The gathering is more than 150 pensioners including 20 lady family pensioners. Meeting presided over by Sri Pon. Arumugam and V .Arumugapandi, Sri.M.Thangaraj welcomed all. .Sri M.Panneer Selvam inaugurated. S/s C.Murugan, P.Mani, A.Venkatesan, A.Velayutham, T.Arumugam, V.Dharuman, M Rrajendran and M.Selvarajan spoke on pensioners issues.
Sri.V.S.Muthukumaran, Circle Organising Secy., Sri P.Chennakesavan, Asst. Circle Secy NFTE, Sri.Sethu from Madurai greeted the meeting. Speeches delivered by Special Guest Sri.R.Pattabi, Circle Secretary of NFTE Tamilnadu and Chief Guest Comrade R Krishnamurthy, Ex-Secy of NFTE were very useful to the pensioners. Pensioners attained 70 years of age were honoured with Shawl by R.K. Sri.R.Dhanapani proposed vote of thanks.
The special meeting held at Kannur was inaugurated by Com. A P Saraswathy, All India Vice President. Com. P Balakrishnan presided over. Com. T Ramachandran Circle Organising Secretary elaborately spoke on the pending issues of BSNL pensioners. District Secretary Com. C Krishnan welcomed and Com. M Gangadharan proposed vote of thanks.
Shri George T Mathai, GM BSNL, Kottayam inaugurated the special meeting organised by Kottayam SSA Unit to celebrate Pensioners Day. He assured all help from his side in settling the problems of BSNL retirees. Dr. B Girish spoke on the helathcare, which was very useful to the pensioners. Com. R N Pada Nair, Circle Secretary spoke on the pending issues as well as organisational tasks. Circle Vice President Com. K Gopalakrishnan, District Secretary Com. M C Chacko and others also addressed the meeting. More than 175 members including number of ladies attended the meeting.
On 17-12-2014, members of the AIBSNLPWA, Bhimavaram Branch, W.G.Dt., AP visited ';EMMANEAL CHILDRENS HOME'; ( An orphanage Home for children ) and distributed Fruits and Pencils. S/Sri P. Pullarao, K. Nageswara Rao, V. Pullam Setty, M. Vimala Prasad, I. Apparao, V.V. Satyanarayana, M. Mohana Rao, Ch. V. Subbarao were present on this occasion.
PENSIONERS DAY 2014:
BHIMAVARAM-AP: Our comrades with the children in the orphanage
Our Application in Pension Anomaly case came up before Principal Bench of CAT, New Delhi today. As expected, the Department of Telecom and BSNL sought further extension of time to file their counter affidavits. Court gave time and posted the case to 11th FEBRUARY 2015.
It is the usual tactics of the Government side to seek time again and again to delay the case. Once we enter in the Court, we have to depend upon its procedures and decisions. There is no alternative.
According to a reply given by the Registrar of Supreme Court of India, under Right to Information Act recently, 64651 cases are pending in our Supreme Court as on 10-10-2014. Some SLPs (Special Leave Petitions) are pending since 1993...more than 21 years!! That being the case of Supreme Court, we do not know how many lakhs are pending in lower courts.
A ‘babu” in the Office denies justice forcing employees and pensioners approach the Court of Law. If the Court decides a case against the employee, then, the babus will issue a general order making it applicable to all. If the court decision is against the Government, then, they file Appeal, Review, Special Leave, again Review, and Curative petitions. The Super Babus lose nothing. It is the public money that is wasted.
An engineer in BSNL/DoT or his ‘babu’ having no knowledge in legal matters, but having a negative mind, decides to waste public money. Pension Anomaly Case is another example. It could have been settled by issuing a suitable order. But, justice was denied to more than 4000 pensioners. They waited for 14 years and then forced to approach the Court.
THE MAN WHO BROUGHT HONOUR TO PENSIONERS IN INDIA
“PENSION IS NOT A GRACE....
PENSION IS NOT AN EX-GRATIA PAYMENT.....”
32 YEARS AGO, on 17th December 1982, the Supreme Court of India
declared so in the Classic judgement delivered by five most eminent judges of India
in D S Nakara Vs. Govt of India case.
Till 1986, there was no pension revision in central services.
But, the Govt was compelled to ask 4th CPC to study pension system
and recommend modification, if any required.
Based on 4th CPC report, pension also was revised from 1986.
Only because of the case filed by Mr. D S Nakara and his friend
Rear Admiral (Retd) Satyendra Singh.
5th CPC recommended better benefits for pensioners quoting Supreme Court.
6th CPC also recommended pension revision, but, with lesser benefits to the pensioners than the serving staff....
Now the 7th CPC is on the job.
Pensioners of India observe 17th December every year as PENSIONERS DAY.
A day will come when the Government itself will recognise this as an important day.
We pay our respectful tributes to late Mr Nakara
who was instrumental for gettingthe landmark-classic judgement on pension system from Supreme Court of India.
COIMBATORE BRANCH OBSERVES PENSIONERS' DAY
IN A GRAND MANNER.
A Detailed report by Com. A Vamanan, Asst. Secretary.
General Body meeting of Vijayawada BSNL pensioners Association is held on 13-12-14 and Com.NRK.Murthy Presided.Com.MRS.Prakasarao circle president and com.KS.KoteswaraRao Circle Secretary explained in detail various issues of Pensioners and problems taken up at circle level.The Dist,Union has donated Rs.25550/-to the Hudhud victims and handed over the amount to the circle secretary.Dr.GV.Purnachand Chief Guest of the day spoke on our food habits. and the need to avoid them so as to live happily in the evening of our lives without visiting hospitals and consuming number of medicines .DIst Union has Felicitated the Chief Guest and the meeting Concluded with a vote of thanks from Com.NS.Sarma. Dist.Secretary.
THE GREEK PENSIONERS ORGANISED AN ACTION DAY ON 10th DECEMBER 2014
AGAINST PENSION CUTS, DELAY IN PAYMENT PENSION ETC.
बीएसएनएल का 1411 करोड़ रुपए का सरकारी ऋण माफ
नई दिल्ली : भारत संचार निगम लिमिटेड (बीएसएनएल) के वित्तीय संकट को दूर करने और उसके पुनरुद्धार के लिए उसके 1411 करोड़ रूपये के सरकारी ऋण को माफ कर दिया गया है।
संचार और सूचना प्रौद्योगिकी मंत्री रविशंकर प्रसाद ने आज राज्यसभा को बताया कि बीएसएनएल के 1411 करोड़ रुपये के सरकारी ऋण को माफ करने के साथ-साथ 6 सेवा क्षेत्रों में ब्रॉडबैंड वायरलेस अभिगम (बीडब्ल्यूए) स्पेक्ट्रम की वापसी पर उसे 6724.51 करोड़ रूपये की वित्तीय सहायता भी दी गई है।
उन्होंने एक प्रश्न के लिखित उत्तर में बताया कि भारतीय दूरसंचार विनियामक प्राधिकरण (ट्राई) की सिफारिशों के आधार पर एक अप्रैल 2002 से पहले के ग्रामीण वायरलाइन कनेक्शनों के लिए वर्ष 2013-14 में 1500 करोड़ रूपये की वित्तीय सहायता भी बीएसएनएल को जारी की गई थी।
प्रसाद ने बताया कि 30 सितंबर 2014 की स्थिति के अनुसार, बीएसएनएल के पास 2,32,144 कर्मचारी हैं जिनमें से 67 फीसदी से अधिक कर्मचारियों की उम्र 50 साल से अधिक है। अगले दस साल में अनुमानित सेवानिवृत्ति के कारण, आने वाले समय में कर्मचारी व्यय कम होने की उम्मीद है। साथ ही, बीएसएनएल के कर्मचारी व्यय में कमी लाने के लिए सहायता प्रदान करने हेतु वार्षिक वित्तीय सहायता संबंधी एक प्रस्ताव पर सरकार विचार कर रही है।
GRAND MEETING AT VIRUDUNAGAR ALSO.
Virudunagar unit of our Association is smaller, when compared to Madurai.
But, the appreciable factor is that out of the 310 total members, 260 are Life Members.
175 of them attended the biannual Conference condcuted on 8th December 2014. Com. Shanmugham, the district president presided over the conference.
Com. P S Ramankutty, all India President addressing the gathering spoke in detail about various issues concerning BSNL pensioners and our activities.
Com. S Arunachalam (veteran District Secretary of Tirunelveli), Com. E. Kanagaraj (Dist President of Tirunelveli) and leaders of various service unions of BSNL staff also greeted the conference.
GRAND FUNCTION AT MADURAI
The Madurai (Tamilnadu) branch is our biggest SSA Unit in India.
It has 1450 members now.
On 7th December 2014, Madurai Unit conducted a grand meeting in the PGMT office premises. 400 members participated in the meeting. Com. M Raveendran, District President presided over. The hall was named after V R Krishna Iyer, paying tribute to the eminent Jurist of India who expired three days back.
Com. P S Ramankutty, All India President addressing the gathering spoke on the significance of the PENSIONERS DAY, being observed by pensioners community in India on 17th December every year. He told that all of us are getting revised pension only because of the Classic Judgement delivered by Supreme Court on 17th December 32 years ago in 1982. Com. Ramankutty spoke in detail about the 78.2% IDA Case, Pension Anomnaly case, 7th Central Pay Commission and our memorandum to it, various other organisational matters etc.
He congratulated the District Unit headedd by Com. G R Dharmarajan for maintaining its Number ONE position in the country and for their systematic functioning. He called upon more members to enlist themselves as Life members and Life time Susbcribers of our Patrika. There was a commendable response to his call. Many paid subscription and became Life members immediately after the meeting also.
More than 35 senior comrades who have completed the age of 75 years were felicitated on the occasion.Similarly, the District Unit distributd Photo ID Cards to all the Life members.
Few photos of the function are given above.
Another view of the audience is available in the photo attached below.
It is understood that the Cabinet Note, finalised by the Directorate,is being circulated amongst senior officers for their approval. We are told that the Note could be sent to the other Ministries (Finance, Heavy Industries, Law and Pension) for their concurrence before end of this month.
Sh. C P SUDHAR, MEERUT
We report with sorrow, the sad demise of Shri. C P Sudhar (70),
our Circle President of UP West Circle. He was a retired DGM.
He expired on 5th December 2014 at Meerut after a brief illness.
CHQ conveys its deep condolences to the bereaved family of Shri Sudhar.
Sh. Rajaretnam, Trivandrum
Shri Rajaretnam, a very active member of Trivandrum Unit died on 5th December 2014 morning.
He took his ailing wife to the hospital.
While standing in a queue to meet the doctor Shri Rajaretnam fell down and collapsed
immediately due to massive heart attack.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to the family.
INCOME TAX RATE FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2015-2016
The rates of income-tax as applicable for Assessment Year 2015-16 for the following category is given below:-
1) in the case of every individual below the Age of Sixty Years
2) For a resident senior citizen (who is 60 years or more at any time during the previous year but less than 80 years on the last day of the previous year, i.e., born during April 1, 1935 and March 31, 1955)
3) For a resident super senior citizen (who is 80 years or more at any time during the previous year, i.e., born before April 1, 1935)—
Income Tax Rates For Assessment Year 2015-16
This part is applicable to a Resident Individuals below the age of 60 Years
Net income range
Secondary and higher education cess
Up to Rs. 2,50,000
Rs. 2,50,000 – Rs. 5,00,000
10% of (total income minus Rs. 2,50,000) [see Note 1]
2% of income-tax
1% of income-tax
Rs. 5,00,000 – Rs. 10,00,000
Rs. 25,000 + 20% of (total income minus Rs. 5,00,000)
2% of income-tax
1% of income-tax
Rs. 10,00,000 – Rs. 1,00,00,000
Rs. 1,25,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 10,00,000)
2% of income-tax
1% of income-tax
Rs. 28,25,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 1,00,00,000)
10% of income-tax [see Note 2]
2% of income-tax and surcharge
1% of income-tax and surcharge
ASSESSMENT YEAR 2015-16 • For a resident senior citizen (who is 60 years or more at any time during the previous year but less than 80 years on the last day of the previous year, i.e., born during April 1, 1935 and March 31, 1955)
Net income range
Secondary and higher education cess
Up to Rs. 3,00,000
Rs. 3,00,000 – Rs. 5,00,000
10% of (total income minus Rs. 3,00,000) [see Note 1]
2% of income-tax
1% of income-tax
Rs. 5,00,000 – Rs. 10,00,000
Rs. 20,000 + 20% of (total income minus Rs. 5,00,000)
2% of income-tax
1% of income-tax
Rs. 10,00,000 – Rs. 1,00,00,000
Rs. 1,20,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 10,00,000)
2% of income-tax
1% of income-tax
Rs. 28,20,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs.1,00,00,000)
10% of income-tax [see Note 2]
2% of income-tax and surcharge
1% of income-tax and surcharge
ASSESSMENT YEAR 2015-16 • For a resident super senior citizen (who is 80 years or more at any time during the previous year, i.e., born before April 1, 1935)—
Net income range
Secondary and higher education cess
Up to Rs. 5,00,000
Rs. 5,00,000 – Rs. 10,00,000
20% of (total income minus Rs. 5,00,000)
2% of income-tax
1% of income-tax
Rs. 10,00,000 – Rs. 1,00,00,000
Rs. 1,00,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 10,00,000)
2% of income-tax
1% of income-tax
Above Rs. 1,00,00,000
Rs. 28,00,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 1,00,00,000)
10% of income-tax [see Note 2]
2% of income-tax and surcharge
1% of income-tax and surcharge
1. Rebate under section 87A – A resident individual (whose net income does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000) can avail rebate under section 87A. It is deductible from income-tax before calculating education cess. The amount of rebate is 100 per cent of income-tax or Rs. 2,000, whichever is less.
2. Surcharge – Surcharge is 10 per cent of income-tax if net income exceeds Rs. 1 crore. It is subject to marginal relief (in the case of a person having a net income of exceeding Rs. 1 crore, the amount payable as income tax and surcharge shall not exceed the total amount payable as income-tax on total income of Rs. 1 crore by more than the amount of income that exceeds Rs. 1 crore).
3. Education cess – It is 2 per cent of income-tax and surcharge.
4. Secondary and higher education cess – It is 1 per cent of income-tax and surcharge.
• Alternate minimum tax – Tax payable by a non-corporate assessee cannot be less than 18.5 per cent (+SC+EC+SHEC) of “adjusted total income” as per section 115JC
source: Income taxindia.gov.in
29-11-2014 4 PM
NO PRICE RISE, NO INCREASE IN THE INDEX!!
The Consuper price Index for October 2014 is declared. It is 253 Points.
Index for September 2014 was also 253 points.
Again, the Index for August 2014 was also the same 253 point!!
IDA with from January 2015 will be decided on the basis of Indices for three months
of September, October and November 2014.
November Index will be announced on 31-12-2014.
It may be same 253 points or 254 points.
If it is 253 points, then, the IDA from January 2015 will be 100.3%
If the November index is 254 points, the IDA rate from January 2015 will be 100.5%.
FUTURE DA RATE
The government has decided to recast the Consumer Price Index
by changing the base year to 2015= 100 points.
We have not yet studied the proposal in detail.
Not only the base year is being changed.
Entire method of calculating the cost of living is being changed.
Employees and pensioners getting DA (CDA or IDA) will be affected adversely, no doubt.
78.2% CASE... SOME PROGRESS
Com. Chhidu Singh met the DDG (Estt) and the Director today.
DDG gave clear assurance to Chhidu Singh that the Cabinet Note
would be finalized and put up to Chairman within two days.
BSNL EMPLOYEES ON STRUGGLE 27-11-14
WE EXPRESS OUR SOLIDARITY WITH THE STRIKING EMPLOYEES OF BSNL ON THE CALL OF JAC
LIFE MEMBERS IN ONE DISTRICT
Today, Ernakulam district unit of AIBSNLPWA has reached the unique target
of One Thousand Life membership!!
Com. Jacob Vaz, a veteran trade union leader of Central Govt staff (DoT pensioner)
joined AIBSNLPWA as the 1000th Life member.
Com. Sasidharan (Dist. President),
Com. K A Augustine (DS),
Smt K P Devakikutty (Dist Treasurer),
Com. T P George, Com. K T Gangadharan, Com. Soman,
Com. R N Pada Nair (CS) etc. etc. for the great achivement
Our Dy GS Com. Chhidu Singh met Smt. Annie Moraes, Member (Finance),
Telecom Commission today and discussed progress regarding 78.2% case.
Smt. Moraes informed that the File is on her table.
Chairman, Telecom Commission has asked her to discuss the matter with him.
She tried but could not meet the Chairman as he was busy today. According to her,
after their discussion only the Commission will start drafting the Cabinet Note.
Com. Chhidu Singh conveyed to the Member (F), the serious concern of BSNL pensioners
over the undue delay in the matter.
Member(F) assured that she would try again to meet the Chairman
at the earliest and expedite the process.
18-11-2014 11.30 AM
78.2%... CABINET NOTE
The Cabinet Note on 78.2% case was drafted by DDG (Estt) last week
and put up to Member(S) first and then to Secretary,Telecom also.
Now, the Draft is pending for approval by Member(Finance).
Once it is approved by Member(F), it will be sent to the nodal departments for their consent.
With their consent only it will go to Cabinet.
We have requested the authorities to expedite the process.
.... Chhidu Singh, DY.GS, New Delhi
The telecom department is considering offering a soft loan of as much as Rs 11,000 crore to
a potential combination of loss-making state-run telecom operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL)
and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL) to address BSNL's concerns about taking on MTNL's mammoth debt on its books.
DoT's plans to deal with MTNL's debt come at a time when the government is weighing the pros and cons of
delisting MTNL and merging it into unlisted BSNL.
The government is considering options to revive the two financially stressed companies.
MTNL posted a Rs 834.2 crore loss in the quarter through September,
while BSNL reported a loss of Rs 7,085 crore in the year ended in March 2014.
In a recent presentation to the Prime Minister's Office,
DoT had said that it hoped to secure Cabinet nod for the proposed BSNL-MTNL merger by June 30.
[Economic Times. 14-11-14]
BSNL lost One Million customers in October 2014
Regarding Wireless connections, BSNL is at 5th position with 9.32% market share.
BSNL has lost 1 million consumers (0.2%) in the month of Oct 2014.
And as on date for this financial year 2014-15 in terms of market share 8 million (1.2%).
On the Other side wireless industry has grown by 3% while BSNL has declined its growth by 8.4%.
"WE ARE NOT TOO OLD TO FIGHT BACK....."
Thousands of pensioners of Ireland marched in city of Dublin protesting against curtailment of their medical care system. Irish government tried to appease the pensioners by making some last minute changes. But the old men and women marched with a banner saying "We are not too old to fight back..."
DECISIONS OF BILASPUR CWC MEETING
Our CWC met at Bilaspur ( Chhattishgarh) on 1st and 2nd November and decided the following:
1. We observe some progress in movement of files on 78.2% IDA.
2. DOT is requested to speed up the process of preparation of Cabinet Note, obtaining consent from the nodal departments.
3. Requests the Government to take a decision on the issue at the earliest.
4. We shall wait for two months and then, if needed, CHQ shall issue a call for some programme of action.
The case is now again postponed to 16th December 2014. We shall pursue the case.
NEXT CWC MEETING
CWC will meet at Nagpur in March 2015 to review further developments and take suitable decisions thereon.
17th DECEMBER 2014
ALL BRANCHES AND CIRCLES ARE CALLED UPON TO OBSERVBE THE PENSIONERS DAY
ON 17TH DECEMBER 2014
BY HOLDING GENERAL BODY MEETINGS AND EXPLAINING THE STATUS OF IMPORTANT ISSUES.
All branches are called upon to remit the quota to Circle and CHQ without fail before 31-3-2015. Delegates will be admitted in Bangalore AIC strictly on the basis of quota received by CHQ,as specified in the Constitution.
Our Dy GS Com. Chhidu Singh informs from New Delhi:
"The Department of Expenditure has sent a short letter to Department of Telecom on 15th instant directing the DoT to go to Cabinet and take fresh approval for granting benefit of 78.2% IDA to BSNL retirees (those who retired before 1-1-2007 and after that date, both). The said directive has been issued by DoE with the approval of the Honourble Minister for Finance.
It is also mentioned that arrears shall not be paid in DCRG etc. on account of the notional pay fixation granted from 1-1-2007 to 9-6-2013."
The 7th Pay Commission was in Bangaluru city today, despite being Sunday, taking oral evidence from organizations and individuals. Leaders of various Central Government Pensioners Associations in Karnataka appeared before the CPC and presented their cases.
Our Asst. General Secretary Com. P Gangadhara Rao, along with Com. Murthy (ACS Karnataka Circle) also appeared before the CPC and ably presented our case.
The response from Pay Commission Chairman and Members was very positive.
After hearing our plea the Commission informed that they would take up the case with Government.
It is the usual procedure.
Shri N Bhaskaran (Veteran leader of Central Pensioners in Karnataka), Shri K B Krishna Rao (General Secretary of Karnataka P&T Pensioners Association) supported our case.