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.
On May 1, 1886, workers took to the streets in a general strike throughout the entire country
to force the ruling class to recognise the eight-hourworking day. Over 350,000 workers across
the country directly participated in the general strike, with hundreds of thousands of workers
joining the marches as best they could.
In what they would later call the Haymarket riots, during the continuing strike action
on May third in Chicago, the heart of the U.S. labor movement, the Chicago police opened fire
on the unarmed striking workers at the McCormick Reaper Works, killing six workers
and wounding untold numbers. An uproar across the nation resounded against the government
and its police brutality, with workers' protest rallies and demonstrations throughout
the nation set to assemble on the following day.
On May 4, Chicago members of the IWPA (International Working Peoples'
Association) organized a rally of several thousand workers at Haymarket Square
to protest the continuing police brutality against striking workers on the South Side.
As the last speaker finished his remarks that rainy evening, with only 200 of the most
dedicated workers remaining at the rally, 180 armed police marched forward and
demanded the workers to disperse. Then, deep within the police ranks, a bomb exploded,
killing seven cops. The police opened fire on the unarmed workers –
the number of workers wounded and killed by the cops is unknown to this day.
Eight workers were arrested on charges of "inciting riot" and murder.
The retaliation of the government was enormous in the days to follow,
filling every newspaper with accusations, completely drowning the government
murders and brutality of days past.
Eight workers were convicted as anarchists, were convicted of murder,
and were convicted of inciting a riot. Only one of the eight men accused was present
at the protest, and he was attempting to address the crowd when the bomb went off.
In one of the greatest show trials in the history of the working-class movement
no evidence was ever produced to uphold the accusations, though all eight were convicted as guilty.
Four of the prisoners – Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel and Adolph Fisher –
were executed, Louis Lingg committed suicide, and the three remaining were pardoned
due to immense working class upheaval in 1893.
On May 1, 1890, in accordance with the decision of the Paris Congress (July 1889)
of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket martyrs,
mass demonstrations and strikes were held throughout Europe and America.
The workers put forward the demands for an 8 hour woring day, better health conditions,
and further demands set forth by the International Association of Workers.
The red flag was here created as the symbol that would always remind us of the
blood that the working-class has bleed, and continues to bleed,
under the oppressive reign of capitalism.
ONE RANK - ONE PENSION TO THE FINALITY
The Defence Ministry has arrived at a consensus formula of One Rank One Pension (OROP)
with the defence forces and has referred the calculations to Finance Ministry for its decision.
This was informed by the defence ministry to the parliamentary standing committee on defence.
In a scathing observation, the standing committee observed that the ORO
“issue has been protracted for considerably long passage of time and it is beyond
the understanding of the Committee as to what reasons are preventing the Government
from making necessary decisions and arriving at a solution”.
The details of the formula are not mentioned in the report.
However, it is believed that the problem of variations in rank and last pay drawn
has been solved by creating standardised slabs for each rank with a certain length of service.
Navdeep Singh, a lawyer in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and an expert on veterans’ issues, says,
“Mr Parrikar has proactively ensured a consensus of all stakeholders as per the actual concept of OROP
which broadly implies that the pensions of past retirees would be based upon the pensions
of fresh retirees and revised periodically. OROP is likely to be applicable from 1st April 2014.”
13-5-15 DHARNA PROGRAMME DEFERRED
The Secretariat our CHQ met at CHENNAI on 29-4-15. It reviewed all the developments regarding 78.2% to
PENSIONERS. IT took into consideration Hon. Minister Shri Anantha Kumars intervention, subsequent
meetings with Secretary DOT, Member (F), Member (S) and Director (Estt) and also the opinion of Com D.D.
Mistry, G.S. BDPA Gujarat ( The only BSNL Pensioners Organisation to respond to our call). It was finally
decided to POSTPONE the programme of dharna on 13-5-15. We request the Circle Secretaries kindly to
inform our District Branches. Detailed Circular will follow.
OUR BRANCH IN OOTTY
We are glad to announce formation of a new branch in Nilgiris SSA
in ameeting held on 28-4-2015.
All India Org. Secretary Com. K Muthiyalu,
Circle leaders Comrades B Arunachalam and Com. Palanisamy,
Coimbatore District leaders like Com. Vamanan and Thiruvengitaswamy etc.
participated in the formation meeting.
Smt. Chandra, DG (ADMN), Office of the GM, Coonoor was the Chief Guest.
Com. Viswanathan, Com. Doss and Com. O Sannan have been elected as
the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the branch.
We wlcome our new branch in Ootacamund.
BANGLORE AIC: 21-22, NOVEMBER 2015
As announced earlier, next All India Conference of AIBSNLPWA will be held in Bangalore city
in the month of November 2015.
Earlier, the dates were tentatively fixed as 2nd and 3rd November.
Now it is changed to 21st and 22nd November 2015.
The Bangalore comrades desire participation of Shri Anantha Kumar, Honourable Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers.
He is normally available in Bangalore on Saturdays and Sundays. Hence, the change of dates.
We will definitely invite Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honourable Minister for Communications
as well as senior officers of Telecom Commission.
RECEPTION COMMITTEE headed by Com. G Babu, Com. Changappa, Com. Gururajan etc.
is on the job with great dedication.
They want to hold the AIC in the prestigious Dr AMBEDKAR BHAVAN, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore,
only at walking distance from Bangalore Cantt Railway Station.
Marriage halls, very adjacent to the Ambedkar Bhavan, have been booked for accommodating the Delegates.
Unprecedented great enthusiasm has been generated in the minds of BSNL pensioners in Karnataka, and especially in Bangalore, by Comrades G Babu, Com. Srinath (Former District Secretary), Com. Ranganayakulu (District President), R Changappa (District Secretary as well), Com. M Shanmugam (District Treasurer),
Com. Gangadhara Rao (AGS) and other leaders by their words and deeds.
Some comrades have donated Rs 10000, Some others Rs 5000 and almost everyone Rs 2000 or more.
Bangalore comrades are waiting for the opportunity to host the historic event in their beautiful city.
CENTRAL DA: CORRECTION
Please refer the previous posting on the subject.
The Finance Ministry had issued orders raising the CDA
for serving central government employees on 10th April 2015.
The Order for Pensioners only was delayed and issued yesterday.
We regret for the mistake.
CDA FROM JANUARY:
WILL BE PAID IN MAY ...
There is a hike of 6 percent in Central DA with effect from January 2015.
But, a formal decision by Government and issuance of order was delayed this time.
The order is issued only yesterday, the 27th April 2015.
The Central Govt Employees and Pensioners will receive the CDA increase only with
A powerful earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, causing widespread casualties and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest.
How bad is the damage?
More than 1,000 people were killed in four countries and the toll is likely to rise substantially in the coming days. The magnitude-7.8 quake was the worst to hit Nepal in eight decades and caused damage and fatalities in neighbouring countries as well. In addition to at least 1,130 people killed in Nepal, at least 36 were killed in India, 12 in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.
WE CONVEY OUR CONDOLENCES
MRS: RESTORATION OF MEDICAL ALLOWANCE:
HOW MANY, HOW MUCH? HOW MANY, HOW MUCH?.....................................
Pensioners Associations have been demanding restoration of medical allowance
without voucher at least for the pensioners.
After lot of persuasion, the BSNL Corporate office asked the Circles to intimate
how many pensioners are availing the BSNL MRS and how much was spent on
outdoor treatment and how much is anticipated as expenditure for outdoor treatment
for the next three years etc. etc.
The Circles simply ignored the Circular from Corporate Office, as usual.
Only Corporate Office, Mumbai Telephone Factory, WTR, STR and QA Circles have so far
replied to the query from the Corporate Office. They represent just 5-10 percent of pensioners.
Now, on 23-4-2015, the Corporate Office has sent a reminder to all Circles to supply the DATA.
BSNL Circles will not act upon the Circular or reminders and reminders.
BSNL Corporate Office must have some DATA through the ERP.
Corporate Office should take a policy decision in the matter with that DATA.
A delay in releasing pension can now amount to a violation of human rights. In a landmark judgment, the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the municipality of Akola to release an interim payment of Rs 2 crore (approx) to 370-odd retired teachers after they moved the commission to plead euthanasia.
·Pic for representation
A delay in releasingpensioncan now amount to a violation of human rights. In a landmark judgment, the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the municipality of Akola to release an interim payment of Rs 2 crore (approx) to 370-odd retired teachers after they moved the commission to plead euthanasia.
The petitioners are a group of senior citizens who claim to be physically and financially weak. As per the petition, the municipality had not issued them their pension for five months in a row without any notice or reason. They alleged that while a few of these teachers were on their death bed, some had died due to lack ofmedical facilitiesand treatment.
The municipality and the education department failed to give any reason to the commission for its failure to issue pensions to the petitioners for five months.
The petitioners had approached the commission in February this year after their repeated requests to the municipality, the mayor of Akola and local politicians went unheard. "The commission took cognizance of the grievances of the retired teachers who were employees of the municipal corporation, Akola, in the light of their plight in facing day to day problems. Therefore, the commission visualized and understood the gravity and the seriousness of the issue and gave interim direction," reads the order passed by Bhagwant D More, member MHRC, on March 23.
The municipality, through the state's education department, has been asked to settle the remaining dues (close to Rs 4 crore) by May 14.
The municipality even did not bother to respond to the commission's first notice. Neither did the commissioner himself appear before the commission nor did his representative turn up for the hearing. "This shows the reluctance on the part of the municipal commissioner to help the senior citizens who are retired teachers of municipal corporation schools. It has been pointed out by the retired teachers present during the hearing that they were never given patient hearing, proper treatment and were treated without empathy. They always got disgusting treatment at the hands of the administration as and when they approached the authority," states the MHRC order.
However, it was only after the commission passed an interim order to pay the pension that the municipality woke up and did the needful.
CABINET DECIDES TO INCREASE CDA BY 6% TO CG EMPLOYEES AND
PENSIONERS FROM JANUARY2015
HAPPY EASTER GREETINGS TO ALL
HAPPY EASTER GREETINGS TO ALL
RAMANKUTTY OUT OF STATION
P S Ramankutty will be out of station (Trivandrum) from 2nd to 26th April 2015.
Along with GS Com. Natarajan and Com. Muthiyalu he will attend the Rajastan
Circle Conference at Jaipur on 17th April.
If needed, they will all go to Delhi to pursue the case of 78.2 % also.
CENTRAL DA FROM JANUARY 2015
NOT YET ANNOUNCED BY GOVT.
… AND A FAKE ORDER ALSO !!!
Normally the Government used to announce in March the CDA hike from January.
This time it is not yet done. Reasons are not known for the delay. It happened so in 2013.
The CDA from January 2013 was announced only on 18th April 2013, that too after massive
protest from the Staff Unions. Similarly, the CDA from July 2014 was announced only on
4th September 2014.
Central staff did not expect this delay from the Government led by Shri. Narendra Modi.
Now, they realize that the Government has not changed. 80 lakh pensioners and employees
In the meantime, a fake DA order, purportedly issued by Ministry of finance was circulated on 30th
March 2015 by some people. On 1-4- 2015, the Ministry of financed issued a clarification.
Two para from the clarificatory letter from finance ministry say:
1. It has come to the notice of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance that Office Memorandum bearing F. No. 1/2/2015-E.II(B) dated 30th March, 2015 under the signature of
Shri A. Bhattacharya, Under Secretary, Department of Expenditure, regarding Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.01.2015,
is being circulated amongst Government Departments/Offices.
2. It is clarified that the O.M. dated 30.03.2015, purportedly issued by the Ministry of Finance,
is a fake and that no such instructions have been issued by the Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance. Accordingly, all Ministries/Departments and Central Government offices
are hereby advised not to take cognizance of these fake instructions being circulated in Government offices.
Revision of Guidelines on Cancer Treatment under CGHS
in modification of earlier OM dated 02.09.2008
An OM issued by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare regarding Cancer Treatment and
the State wise Authorised Hospitals
No.1-1/13/Hospital Cell/R&H/CGHS (Pt.l)/CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi- 110 108 Dated : the 23rd February, 2015
With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed
to draw attention to the Office Memorandum of even number dated 2nd
September, 2008 and to state that in view of empanelment of several
Cancer hospitals under CGHS the matter was re-examined, and it has now
been decided to modify the Office Memorandum as follows:
i) CGHS beneficiaries and beneficiaries covered under CS(MA) Rules, 1944
shall be permitted to get themselves treated from any of the under mentioned
27 (Twenty seven) hospitals recognized by the Ministry of Health & Family
Welfare under the National Cancer Control Programmes that are funded
by the Government of India, subject to the condition that the reimbursement
will be as per the rates fixed in the Regional Cancer Centers under
Central Government, if any or as per actual, whichever may be less.
Andhra Pradesh – M.N.J. Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre, Hyderabad.
Assam – Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati.
Bihar – Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna
Chandigarh – Post Graduate Institute Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh.
Chhattisgarh – Pt J.J.N Medical College & Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Hospital, Raipur.
Delhi – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, AllMS, New Delhi.
Gujarat- Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Haryana – Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak.
Himachal Pradesh- Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.
Jammu & Kashmir – Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar.
Jammu & Kashmir- Government Medical College – Jammu.
Karnataka – Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore.
Kerala – Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.
Madhya Pradesh- Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Gwalior.
Maharashtra – Rashtrasant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Nagpur.
Maharashtra -Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
Manipur- Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal.
Mizoram – Civil Hospital, Aizwal.
Odisha – Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack.
Puducherry – Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research.
Rajasthan – Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment & Research
Tamil Nadu – Govt. Arignar Anna Memorial Cancer Research
Institute & Hospital, Kancheepuram.
Tamil Nadu – Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai.
Tripura – Civil Hospital, Agartala.
Uttar Pradesh – Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow.
Uttar Pradesh – Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad.
West Bengal – Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata.
ii) In cities where there are no facilities for cancer treatment in any of the empanelled private hospitals powers are hereby delegated to the Addl. Directors of CGHS of the concerned cities in respect of CGHS and to HOD/ Head of Office in respect of serving employees covered under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 for grant of permission for undergoing treatment at any hospital that provides treatment to cancer patients, subject to the condition that the reimbursement shall be limited to the prevalent CGHS rates or actual expenditure – whichever may be lower. Permission shall however be granted for the specific treatment procedures as advised by a Government specialist.
iii) Powers are also hereby delegated to the Additional Directors of CGHS of the concerned cities in respect of CGHS and to HOD/ Head of Office in respect of serving employees covered under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 for grant of permission for post-operative follow up treatment from the same centre, where permission has been granted earlier for Cancer treatment as per the terms and conditions of OM dated 10.04.2001 regarding ost-operative follow up treatment.
2. These orders shall be in force till further orders.
3. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division vide CD No. 115650 /2015 dated 15-01-2015.
AADHAAR CARD FOR DIGITAL LIFE CERTIFICATE
Link your Aadhaar Card with the Bank Account in your Pension Paying Bank.
You can file a digital Life Certificate without personally appearing before
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
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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,
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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 :firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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 : email@example.com
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.