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.
Since all of us are moving to Bilaspur (Chhatisgarh) tomorrow for the Central Working Committee meeting of our Association, we will not be able to update this Website for six days.
We will be back on 5th November 2014.
28th October 2014
Com. Chhidu Singh reports from New Delhi:
78.2%: FILE MOVING....
The DoE has directed DoT to seek fresh approval from Cabient to extend the benefit of
78.2% IDA to the BSNL retirees. Cabinet Note has to be prepared for getting the Cabinet approval.
Iyt is understood that the File has been put up to Secretary, Telecom.
Today or tomorrow the Secretary may sign the File
and then the Estt section in Sanchar Bhavan will prepare the Cabinet Note.
Next stage is to take consent from the nodal departments.
It may take one month or little more than that.
Then, the Note containing the proposals will go to Cabinet.
We are happy that the File started moving in Sanchar Bhavan.
CGHS CAN ISSUE MEDICINES FOR CHRONIC DISEASES
FOR A PERIOD UPTO THREE MONTHS AT A TIME.
Department of Health & Family Welfare
OM No F No 2-2/2014/CGHS PPT/CGHS(P) DATED 21-10-2014
Sub- Issue of medicines / reimbursement of expenditure on investigations / treatment procedures / implants
and other medical devices under CGHS- regarding
With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to paragraph (c) and (d) of the Office Memorandum of even No dated the 25th August 2014 and to state that in response to the representations received from CGHS beneficiaries in this regard , it has now been‘decided by the competent authority to withdraw the provisions under para (c) and para (d) of the Office Memorandum No 2-2/2014/CGHS HQ/ PPT/CGHS(P) dated the 25th August , 2014 [view] and to restore the status existing prior to the issue of above stated OM dated the 25th August, 2014.
In other words medicines under CGHS can be issued for up to 3 months at a time in chronic diseases on the basis of a valid prescription and for up to 6 months for those beneficiaries who are going abroad, as was the case prior to issue of OM dated 25.8.2014.
WHO IS SUPREME IN INDIA?
THE COURT OR THE OFFICERS?
¨ The 6th CPC wanted to reduce the number of pay scales in Central Services. It clubbed together number of pay scales and recommended a single new pay scale for all of them.
¨ Example: Payscales of Rs 14300-18300(S24), 15100-18300(S25), 17400-20000(S26), 16400-20900(S27), 14300-22400(S28) and 18400-22400(S29) all were clubbed together.
For all of them the new scale is Rs 37400-67000, with a small difference in Grade Pay.
¨ The Minimum Pension, thereafter should not be less than half of the minimum Pay (Rs 37400 plus Grade Pay, as per new instructions
¨ Result is that an Executive Engineer or the Chief Engineer retired from Central Water Commission gets almost same minimum pension, though the Chief Engineer got four or five promotions during his service.
Case Stage I: Defeat No I
So, the Senior Officers Association and a Retired Chief Engineer of Central Water Commission (who was in S-29 pay scale earlier) filed a case in CAT, Principal bench in 2010. After hearing the arguments, the CAT ordered that the method of fixing minimum pension, mentioned earlier, is wrong. CAT directed the Government to refix minimum pension using the Fitment Table (Concordance Table).
Case Stage II: Defeat NO 2
High officers in government did not like that decision from CAT. They filed a Writ Petition in Delhi High Court against CAT order. Delhi High Court dismissed the Petition and upheld the CAT order.
Case Stage III: Defeat No 3
Officers will not listen to reason. They decided to file a Special Leave Petition in Supreme Court against High Court order. They lose nothing. It is public money. Supreme Court dismissed the SLP.
Case Stage IV: Defeat No 4
Government field a Review Petition. Supreme Court dismissed that also.
Case Stage V: Defeat No 5
Government filed a ‘Curative Petition’. Supreme Court dismissed that too.
Case VI: Defeat No VI
Government did not implement the Court order saying that there were three other Writ Petitions in the Supreme Court pending. All those three petitions were also dismissed.
Case Stage VII: Defeat No 7
The S-29 Officers Association filed a Contempt of Court case in CAT. Only then the Government decided to implement the CAT order; that too for the people who filed the case in the court only.
On 9th September 2014, the Department of Pension issued an order restricting the benefit to members of S-29 Association.
By this time, one third of their members have already left this world.
Who will deliver the benefits to them?
What about other pensioners similarly placed? If they want justice, all of them should file cases in the CAT, then fight in High Court and then in Supreme Court also. Mny of them are above 80. This is the experience of senior pensioners, highly influential - who held high posts in Service, who are settled in Delhi having easy access to the higherups.
SO, Who is supreme in India? The Court of Law or the Officers?
'AMMA' Phones from Chennai?
The Multi-national company, Nokia, has suspended production of mobile phones
from its Chennai plant with effect from 1-1-2014.
The workers in the plant are panic. They have found out a new way out.
They want the Tamilnadu Government run by 'Amma's (Jayalalitha) people to take over the plant, produce the mobile phone with a new brand name: AMMA PHONE and sell it through the ration shops!!
Amma Salt, Amma Idly, Amma Water, Amma Cement.... now Amma phone! Nice idea.
Despite all these, Amma is in deep trouble. That is another side of the story.
Nokia announced suspension of production at the Sriperumbudur plant from November 1.
CHENNAI: With time running out for the employees at Nokia's Sriperumbudur plant, trade union members are looking to AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa to lend a hand and have a suggestion for her. They advocate a government takeover of the plant and a roll-out of 'Amma' branded mobile phones along the lines of Amma water and Amma salt.
"We are meeting state government officials on Tuesday and will ask them to take over the plant. They can produce mobile phones of international standards at price points as low as Rs 700 a piece and sell it through PDS shops or give them free," said A Soundararajan, honorary president of Nokia India Workers' Union and a CPM MLA from Perumbur in north Chennai. Nokia announced suspension of production of mobile phones at its Sriperumbudur plant from November 1. "There are other free schemes like TVs and laptops. Including mobile phones on the list will not cost too much," he said.
A Minister of Andhra says that it is the BSNL, the Govt. owned Telecom Operator , which acted quickly to restore the communication system in HudHud affected Visakhapatnam and nearby areas.
The private operatiors showed utter callous attitude when the State Government approached them for immediate restoration of communication system.
Private operators want profit, more profit and highest profit in any situation.
(Another news :
Some greedy business people sold dirinking water at a rate of Rs. 150 or even Rs. 250 per litre those days!)
.. WITH THE APPROVAL OF FINANCE MINISTER....
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."
We regret to convey the sad news about demise of wife of Com. M R Das,
our Assistant General Secretary from Silchar, Assam.
Smt. Das was taken to Chennai, few days back, for better treatment for cancer.
She expired today morning at 5.46 hours in Appolo Hospital, Chennai.
She was 70 years old. She retired as a CSS in Silchar SSA.
Our General Secretary and other comrades in Chennai are making necessary arrangements
to airlift the dead body of Mrs. Das to Kolkata and then to Silchar.
The funeral may take place tomorrow at Silchar.
No decision that will raise drug price: Narendra Modi
Government will not take any decision that will effect a rise in the price of drugs,Prime MinisterNarendra Modi today said. Modi gave this assurance to a Keralaministerial delegation headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy which shared with him "apprehensions" that the cost ofmedicines required for treatment of diseases like cancer, HIV, TB, malaria and diabetes is likely to shoot up.
"There is an apprehension in the country that the prices of essential medicines will shoot up...When we informed this to the Prime Minister, he assured us that no decision would be taken by his government which will pave way for price rise of drugs. "He has assured us that the Central government will not create a situation for that," Chandy told reporters here.
Sub: Rate of Industrial DA for the employees and pensioners – erroneous calculation - rectification sought for;
We wish to bring the following matter to your personal notice for your immediate consideration and necessary corrective measures.
The DPE vide its OM No. W-02/0002/2014-DPE (WC)-GL-XIX/14 dated 9th October 2014, has fixed the rate of Industrial DA at 98.1% to the staff working in various PSEs and the pensioners like, BSNL retirees, with effect from 1-10-2014. According to us, this rate fixed by DPE is wrong as per the clear calculations given below:
CPI for June 2014 … 246
CPI for July 2014 … 252
CPI for August 2014 … 253
Total for 3 months … 751
Average for 3 months … 250.33
Increase over 126.33 … 124
Percentage of increase … 124/126.33 = 98.1556%
The universally accepted principle is to round off fractions of or above 0.5 to the next higher level. As such, the percentage of IDA from 1-10-2014 should have been taken as 98.2, and not 98.1 as done by DPE.
Apropos, let it be pointed that same mistake was committed by DPE while granting the IDA with effect from 1-1-2007 also. At that time, it should have been 68.9%, not 68.8% as done by DPE. The erroneous fixation of IDA rate from 1-1-2007 had its cascading effect on subsequent pay revision and pension in various PSUs, including BSNL. We do believe that it was not the intention of Government to deny justified benefits to the staff and pensioners.
Hence, we request you to look into the matter and issue necessary orders granting IDA at the rate of 98.2% to all the PSU staff and BSNL Pensioners w.e.f. 1-10-2014.
13-10-2014 G. Natarajan,
BSNL MRS CLARIFICATION
BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE HAS ISSUED A NEW CLARIFICATION ON
LIMIT ON THE MEDICAL CLAIMS UNDER BSNLMRS,
FOR THE TREATMENT TAKEN DURING THE PREVIOUS FINANCIAL YEAR.
As per proper calculation based on the 3 months average All India Consumer Price Index,
the IDA should be 98.2 percent with effect from 1-10-2014, an increase of 6.9% and not 6.8%.
Department of Public Enterprises in India ignored the universal principle of rounding of to the next higher level when any index is 0.5 or more. Here in the instant case, the rounding of is not done, denying justice to lakhs of workers and officers in various PSUs, inbcluding BSNL employees and BSNL Pensioners. It happened in 2007 earlier. At that time nobody pointed out, nobody protested.
The Union government decision to decontrol prices of 108 drugs -- used to treat tuberculosis, AIDS, diabetes and heart ailments -- has jacked up their prices.
In some cases, prices have seen an unbelievable rise.
The price of Glivec, an anti-cancer tablet, for example, has risen from Rs 8,500 to Rs 1.08 lakh. Plavix, used to treat blood pressure and heart ailments, will cost Rs 1,615, against the earlier Rs 147. An anti-rabi injection, Kamrab, priced at Rs 2,670, will now cost Rs 7,000.
In a circular issued before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US, the government asked the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), an autonomous body, to withdraw its May 2014 guidelines on drug price control.
NPPA had capped the prices of these 108 drugs, in addition to the already listed 800 essential drugs, to improve their affordability, in the wake of official figures that there are 4.1 crore diabetes, 4.7 crore coronary heart disease, 22 lakh TB, 11 lakh cancer and 25 lakh HIV/AIDS patients in the country.
Are drug companies behind the move?
Drug companies, no doubt, are happy. Their argument is that the 108 drugs mostly relate to lifestyle diseases and are not 'essential'. The government will negotiate with pharma companies to keep prices low.
But surely some pharma firms might have benefitted?
Definitely. Subsequent to the new move, 0.7 per cent of the combined sales of Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy in India will be out of price control. The corresponding figures for Torrent and Lupin will be 1.5 per cent and 0.7 per cent, respectively. Soon after the government decision, share prices of pharma companies shot up. Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy gained nearly 2 per cent and GSK Pharma and Davis Lab gained 1 per cent each. Glenmark was also up around 1 per cent.
What's the anti-decontrol group saying?
Former Union minister for chemicals and fertilisers Srikant Jena alleges that the timing of decontrol smacks of a plot to help multinational pharmaceutical companies, mostly headquartered in the US, to earn bumper profits. He said the decision seems to have been taken to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi earn some brownie points while interacting with top US officials and company executives.
Weren't these drugs under price control regime earlier?
The Ministry of chemicals and fertilisers had, on May 30, 2013, delegated powers to the NPPA to regulate the prices of life-saving drugs. This resulted in a significant reduction in prices of a broad spectrum of drugs. The Modi government extended this regulation to even lifesaving drugs for cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and asthma.
The government later withdrew these guidelines, ahead of Modi's visit to the US.
1st October 2014
IDA RATE FROM TODAY
As we reported yesterday itself, there is a special situation, precarious indeed.
The IDA grantedd with effect from 1-1-2007 was 68.8% as many know.
In fact, at that time it should have been 68.9%.
According to the three months average Price Index, the IDA should have been fixed at 68.852 percent.
The fraction was ignored then. It was not rounded off to 68.9.
A smilar situation has emrged now.
Anyway, let us wait for the formal decision by Dept. of Public Enterprises.
NTR CIRCLE CONFERENCE;
Member(Services), DDG, Director, CGM, CCA etc. arein the picture
Release of additional installment of Dearness Allowance
to Central Government employees and
Dearness Relief to pensioners due from 01.07.2014
Cabinet approved 7% DA from July 2014
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the release of an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.07.2014. This is an increase of seven percent over the existing rate of 100 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.
CALL ATTENTION DAY 19-9-14:
Despite our efforts the files are moving at snails pace.
The DOE is yet to return the file to DOT though four weeks are over.
We have to build up the pressure.
The CHQ has decided to call upon our Circles and Branches to
Hold Demonstrations on 19-9-14 and send SAVING GRAMS To the Hon.Minister of MOC&IT
requesting him to intervene.
Please hold Demonstrations with maximum mobilization.
Savingram text is
“ REQUEST SETTLEMENT OF 78.2% IDA MERGER BENEFIT
TO All DoT ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS”
ODISHA CIRCLE DIRECTORY
During the recently held Circle Conference of our Odisha Circle Unit,
a useful Circle Directory of our members was released by General Secretary Com. Natarajan.
In the picture, Comrades Natarajan (GS), K Muthiyalu (Org. Secretary),
J K Tripathy (CHQ Vice President), P R Das (former Circle Secretary of BSNLEU),
S Gunasekaran (CHQ Treasurer) and A Dhupal (Former Circle Secretary of BSNLEU) are seen .
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.
As already reported, DoT has sought permission from Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance)
for granting the benefit of 78.2% IDA in pension revision of those who retired on or after 1-1-2007.
The File containing the DoT proposal has finally, 2 days back, reached the Joint Secredtary, DoE.
Once he takes a decision the same will be communicated to DoT.
We expect the decision within few days."
IDA RATE: 91.3%
THE RATE OF IDA EFFECTIVE FROM JULY 2014 WILL BE 91.3 PER CENT.
2.9% INCREASE FROM APRIL 2014.
CENTRAL DA MAY RISE TO 107% , PROVIDED THERE IS NO DECREASE IN
THE COST OF PRICE INDEX FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2014. [THIS CAN BE
CONFIRMED ONLY ON 31ST JULY. 2014].
RATE OF IDA AND CDA ARE
Period IDA rate CDA rate
Jan- March 2014 90.5% 100%
Apr-june 2014 88.4% 100%
July-Sept 2014 91.3% 107% (Expected)
15th February 2014
DG: The International Secretary
The formation conference of Trade Union International (Pensioners and Retirees), held in Barcelona, Spain on 5th and 6th instant had decided that one of the Secretaries of the new International Organisation of pensioners shall be from All India BSNL Pensioners' Welfare Association. Our delegates - Com. Natarajan and Com. Gopalakrishnan, did not suggest any name of our Nominee to the post. Instead, they felt it appropriate to consult other office-bearers and then give the name. They came back with the promise that the name will be given within a period of ten days.
All the office-bearers whom we could contact these days suggested only one name: It shall be none other than Com. D Gopalakrishnan.
Only one person did not agree. That was DG himself.
Today, after lot of persuation by Comrades P S Ramankutty, Natarajan, Muthiyalu, Gangadhara Rao, Chengappa, Rama Rao, M Govindarajan and others, DG finally agreed to take up the post.
Hence, AIBSNLPWA has formally decided to nominate
Com. D Gopalakrishnan to the post of Secretary, TUI (P&R).
The Constitution of AIBSNLPWA is given here in PDF format.