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VARANASI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MEET SHRI A N RAI, DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL AND SUBMIT MEMORANDUM:
Representatives of Varanasi Branch of AIBSNLREA met Shri A N Rai, Director (HR), BSNL Corporate Office on 22.04.2014. The Director (HR) was visiting Varanasi. The Branch representatives, in their memorandum, expressed their concern on the delay to extend the benefit of merger of 78.2% of IDA with basic pension of those BSNL employees who retired before 10.06.2014 and urged Director (HR) for expedite settlement of the issue. All leading newspapers of Varanasi have covered the news.
MERGER OF 78.2% OF IDA FOR FIXATION OF BASIC PENSIONOF ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:
The Department of Telecommunications has not yet sent its reply to the queries raised on the above issue by Department of Expenditure. It is learnt that Internal Finance of DoT is yet to clear the reply to be sent to DoE. The concerned Branch of DoT will send the reply only after the concurrence of Internal Finance is received.
PUNE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA FORMED:
A meeting of the retired Executives of BSNL was held on 12.04.2014 at Bajirao Road Telephone Exchange complex at Pune and a new Branch was formed with the following office bearers:- President: S. N. Mupid, Vice President: A. B. Jadhav, Branch Secretary: B. B. Controllu, Org. Secretary: P. C. Dubey, Finance Secretary: V. V. Joshi. With the 20 additional members enrolled on the day, the total membership of the Branch has reached 41.
TIME LIMIT FOR REDRESSAL OF PENSIONERS’ GRIEVANCES:
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since issued an order, vide its OM F. No. 55/18/2014-P&PW(C) dated 28.03.2014, to all the Ministries/ Departments reiterating its previous orders indicating the time limits for various actions prescribed to deal with the grievances of the pensioners in a time bound manner. The DoP&PW has asked all the Ministries/Departments to strictly follow the same.
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GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, KOLHAPUR BRANCH:
General Body meeting of Kolhapur Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 6th April 2014 in Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall. The meeting was presided over by Shri S G Kanade. Fifty three (53) members attended the meeting and two (2) new members also joined the Association. The President welcomed all of them. The meeting started with the Prayer “Itani Shakti Hame Deen Daata…”. The House also observed two minutes’ silence in memory of Late Shri CB Suryvanshi who departed in January, 2014. The Branch Secretary Shri D K Joshi, in his report, informed the house about the latest development on the issue of 78.2% IDA merger and revision of Pension, MTNL/BSNL merger and pension issue, extension of CGHS facility to the BSNL retirees, Govt’s proposal on National Health Insurance Scheme for both working employees and Pensioners, Pension Adalat by CCAs, DOTs order for keeping fixed time for hearing Pensioners’ grievance, SBI’s proposal for Pension at doorsteps of the pensioners of 75 + age etc. The financial report of the branch was also placed in the house. After some discussions both the reports were passed. The House also appreciated the functioning of the Association, good collection of fund and approved the proposal for donation of Rs.5000/- to the CHQ. The House then elected a new body for next term of 2014-16 with Shri L M Godi, as President, Shri. G V Nanjagud, Vice President, Shri D K Joshi, Secretary, Shri P S Kulkarni, Asst. Secretary, Shri S M Vaidy, Finance Secretary. S/Shri, D M Bagwan, LG Joshi and SG Mendigeri were elected as Executive Members and Mrs. P P Nadagouda, as Auditor. Thereafter, the Asst. Secretary spoke on other activities of the Association like recent Tour to Mahabaleshar, Vai, Pachgani etc and also on the actions taken on the issues concerning the members. He also informed that in future such tours will be arranged and requested the members to join. Then President then spoke on “ Mind its Control through Intellect and result of vividness of Personality”. The meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Shri S M Vaidy followed by Lunch offered by Shri G D Kulkarni from Pune.
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BBNL CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS FROM RETIRED DOT/BSNL/MTNL EMPLOYEESS
TO JOIN AS CONSULTANTS:
BBNL has asked for applications from the retired DOT/BSNL/MTNL employees for joining the organization as consultants. The details can be viewed from the attached notification.
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BSNL ISSUES ORDERS FOR CIRCULATION OF DOT ORDERS CONVEYING GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO ALLOW CGHS FACILITY TO THE ABSORBED RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES WITH AN OPTION TO RETAIN BSNLMRS:
BSNL has since issued Orders circulating the DoT Orders conveying the decision of Government of India allowing the retired absorbed BSNL pensioners to opt either for CGHS facility or retain BSNL MRS (View posting dated 09.03.2014 in this website). The pensioners may now submit their option in case they want to switch over to CGHS.
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REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2014 from 221.7% to 218.1% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
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REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2014 from 90.5% to 88.4% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.
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BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR FIXATION OF BASIC PENSION TO ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED PRIOR TO 10.06.2013:
DoT is yet to send its reply in response to certain queries raised by Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) on its proposal for allowing the benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners who retired before 10.06.2013 which was earlier sent to the said Department for approval. The file on the issue is under submission in DoT.
REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN FIXATION OF PENSION TO DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001:
In the background of the decision taken in the meeting of SCOVA held on 05.02.2014 that Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare will communicate its response to DoT’s proposal to resolve the above anomaly, AIBSNLREA has since requested Secretary, DoP&PW to intervene and get the issue resolved at the earliest.
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DECREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2014:
According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index, IDA is to be decreased w.e.f. 1.4.2014 by 2.1% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 3.6% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR FIXATION OF PENSION:
DoT’s proposal for allowing the benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners who retired on and before 10.06.2013, though cleared by DoP&PW, is still not approved by Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. Several reasons are being cited for the delay in clearing the proposal by Deptt of Expenditure. We are to appreciate that Finance Ministry or for that reason any other Ministry normally clear the proposals received by them only after detailed scrutiny and getting the doubts, if any, cleared in file. In the process, it is the normal practice that the concerned Department may seek clarification on some points or the other. But there is no reason to be panicky. We had made in clear on so many occasions that we are not satisfied with the DoT’s proposal which is not going to give us the lawful and justified benefit. However, we did not intervene during the process of consideration of the DoT’s proposal by DoP&PW and Deptt. of Expenditure, since it could have further delayed the matter. We had already made it known that once the DoT issues some Orders, we shall take up the matter at the appropriate forum to get the defects rectified.
GENERAL BODY MEETING Of AIBSNLREA, CHANDIGARH BRANCH:
A General Body Meeting of All India BSNL Retired Executives’ Association, Chandigarh branch will be held on 15th March 2014 (Saturday) at 11:00 AM in the Canteen Hall of General Post Office at Sector-17, Chandigarh to discuss various issues including the progress and status of merger of 78.2% IDA for the pensioners. This will be followed by lunch to be arranged outside. All are requested to attend the meeting in time.
BI-ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING Of AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH, NAGPUR (MAHARASHTRA):
The bi-annual General Body Meeting of All India BSNL Retired Executives’ Association, East Vidarbha Branch, Nagpur was held at Staff Amenity Hall, CTO compound, Nagpur on 8th March, 2014. The meeting was presided over by Shri N G Talewar, President, AIBSNLREA Nagpur. In the beginning of the meeting, homage was paid to Shri S C joshi Retd PGMT Nagpur and other departed members of the Branch and their family members. Shri N G Talewar President welcomed all the life members of the branch and also the newly enrolled life members. Shri P R Bhujbal, Branch Secretary Nagpur, briefed the members about the status of key issues concerning the BSNL pensioners at CHQ level and activities of the Nagpur Branch. He appreciated GS for his sincere efforts being taken for revision of pension of BSNL employees retired during 1-10-2000 to 9-6-2013 as per revised fitment formula in the light of modified DPE order. Some important issues viz delay in payment of revised IDA to retired BSNL employees drawing pension through post offices, pension revision of BSNL employees retired after 10-06-2013 as per revised fitment formula i.e. @ 78.2%, discussed in the Pension Adalat held at Nagpur on 14-02-2014, were highlighted to the members. Contents of the DOT’s order No 4-12(11)/2012-PAT dtd 20-2-2014, regarding extension of CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees were brought to the notice of the members. The members of the branch protested the policy of CGHS to stop the ‘Cashless Medical Service‘ in private hospitals empanelled with its scheme from 7th March, 2014. More than one hundred members attended the meeting. 17 (seventeen) new BSNL retired executives enrolled as life member of AIBSNLREA, Nagpur Branch thereby increasing the membership from 280 to 297. S/Shri B Majumdar and N K Jhamb were on the dais. Meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Shri Arun Deshpande, Assistant Branch Secretary. The next meeting is scheduled in the second week of June, 2014.
GOVERNMENT ALLOWS CGHS FACILITY TO THE ABSORBED RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES WITH AN OPTION TO RETAIN BSNLMRS:
DoT has since issued Orders vide its No. 4-12(11)/2012-PAT dated 20.02.2014 conveying the decision of the Government to allow the absorbed retired BSNL employees to get CGHS facility which is now available at 25 select locations in the country. The retired BSNL employees will be allowed to choose either CGHS or BSNL MRS as per their convenience. Those opting for CGHS will be required to pay requisite fees to CGHS as in the case of CG Employees. A detailed Order is likely to be issued shortly by BSNL. It is to be mentioned here that when the proposal from BSNL was moved, a few Pensioners’ Welfare Associations of BSNL outrightly rejected the proposal. But AIBSNLREA had asked for allowing the retired employees an option either to switch over to CGHS or retain BSNL MRS as per their convenience. This request has since been acceded to.
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RULE-37A OF CCS (PENSION) RULES 1972 MODIFIED TO COVER ABSORBED MTNL EMPLOYEES:
Sub-rule (22), Sub-rule (23) and Sub-rule (24) of Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 has since been modified to allow the absorbed MTNL employees to get pension from Government as in the case of absorbed BSNL Employees.
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BIANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH, NAGPUR:
The biannual General Body meeting of East Vidarbha Branch, Nagpur of AIBSNLREA will be held on 8th March, 2014 at 16.00 Hours in the Staff Amenity Hall, CTO Compound, Nagpur. All members and other retired BSNL Executives have been requested to attend the meeting by the Branch Secretary.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT SCHEME FOR SERVING/RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF BSNL UNDER EVDO AND NIC POSTPAID DATA PLAN:
BSNL has introduced a special discount scheme @ 10% usage and FMC for serving/retired employees of BSNL under EVDO and NIC postpaid data plans, effective w.e.f.15.3.2014.
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES FORWARDED REPRESENTATIONS OF AIBSNLREA ON MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION:
Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India had forwarded our following two letters to the Department of Telecommunication for examination and necessary action: (1) Representation against willful violation of DPE guidelines dated 02.04.2009 by Department of Telecommunication which was addressed to Shri Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises (posted in this website on 07.10.2013) and (2) Proposal of Deptt of Telecom for revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners addressed to Secretary, DoP&PW (posted in this website on 11.10.2013).
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DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE ISSUES THE MINUTES OF THE 24TH MEETING OF SCOVA HELD ON 05.02.2014:
The Department of Pension & Pensioners has since issued the Minutes of the 24th Meeting of SCOVA held on 05.02.2014 vide its F.No. 42/2/2014-P&PW(G) dated 24.02.2014. The relevant extracts of the minutes of the meeting in respect of two important issues pertaining to the absorbed BSNL pensioners are hereby reproduced. These issues are in respect of (i) Anomaly in fixation of pension to DOT Employees absorbed in BSNL who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.07.2001 and (ii) Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners.
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KARNATAKA CIRCLE TO HOLD PENSION ADALAT IN MRACH 2014:
Notification has since been issued for holding of Pension Adalat in March 2014 to redress the grievances of the pensioners who retired from DoT and BSNL Karnataka Circle. All the concerned pensioners/family pensioners have been asked to send their representations giving details of their PPOs by 20.02.2014.
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PENSION ADALAT OF MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE HELD:
Principal CCA Maharashtra Circle held its Pension Adalat in the Conference Hall of PGMT, Nagpur on 14th February, 2014. The Adalat was chaired by the Principal CCA Maharashtra and attended by the PGM Telecom and Director of Accounts (Posts), Nagpur. AIBSNLREA Nagpur Branch was invited on this occasion by the CCA office Mumbai. S/Shri P R Bhujbal, Branch Secretary and V W Patil, Vice President represented AIBSNLREA in the Pension Adalat. The representatives of AIBSNLREA, Nagpur Branch also welcomed Principal CCA, PGMT and DAP by presenting bouquet in the Special meeting that was conducted with participant pensioners union/associations by the Principal CCA. PGMT Nagpur and DAP Nagpur shared the dais The important key issues raised and discussed in the meeting by AIBSNLREA Nagpur were as follows:- (1) delay in payment of revised DA to the BSNL pensioners drawing pension through post offices in Maharashtra Circle, (2) delay in payment of earned leave encashment on superannuation, (3) timely updation of official website of CCA Maharashtra, (4) Circulation of minutes of the Pension Adalat held in Maharashtra Circle, (5) Payment of arrears of CVP in respect of Post-2007 BSNL pensioners as per clarification issued by DOT on 10-06-2013, (6) Posting of revised PPO copy by speed post instead of ordinary post to the pensioners, (7) Amount of additional pension available to the old pensioners to be shown distinctly in the PPOs. The Principal CCA Maharashtra assured to look into these matters. Director of Posts (Account) also assured to reduce the hardship being faced by BSNL Pensioners in receiving the revised DA payment. AIBSNLREA, Nagpur extended vote of thanks to the Principal CCA, PGM Telecom, Director of Accounts (Posts) and others.
REPRESENTATION AGAINST WILLFUL VIOLATION OF THE DPE OM NO. 2(70)/08-DPE(WC)-GL-VII/0 DATED 02.04.2009 BY DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION REGARDING MERGER OF 50% DA, EFFECTIVELY AMOUNTING TO 78.2%, AS ON 01.01.2007 FOR FITMENT IN THE REVISED IDA SCALES AS RECOMMENDED BY THE GoM CONSTITUTED BY PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA - CASE OF THE EMPLOYEES OF BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED:
Shri Kantilal Bhuria, Member of Parliament and Ex-Minister had also forwarded our representation dated 07.10.2013 addressed to Shri Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises and others on the above subject [posted in this website on 07.10.2013] to Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communication & IT for its examination and necessary action vide his letter No. 334/14 dated 08.01.2014. Our Indore Branch was following up the matter. Earlier, Kumari Selja, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India had forwarded copy of our same representation to Minister of Communication & IT for necessary and appropriate action and getting the representation examined. Her letter was posted in this website on 10.12.2013.
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AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL FOR HIS INTERVENTION IN THE CASE OF NON-SETTLEMENT OF EIGHT YEAR OLD VIGILANCE CASE OF SHRI BUDHESWAR, MISTRY, RETD. DE, JHARKHAND TELECOM CIRCLE:
AIBSNLREA takes up the case of non-settlement of vigilance case of Shri Budheswar Mistry, Retd DE, Jharkhand Telecom Circle who was charge sheeted under Rule-14 in the year 2006. The Association writes “….we would urge you to kindly intervene in the matter so that the case is finalized and Shri Budheswar Mistry, Retd DE, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand Telecom Circle gets all his pensionary benefits at the earliest. Let a pensioner not suffer due to administrative inaction.”
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STATUS OF THE ISSUES REGARDING THE PENSION ANOMALY CASE AND MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION AS REFLECTED IN THE ATR OF 23rd MEETING OF SCOVA ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSONERS’ WELFARE:
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare vide its OM F.No 42/2/2014-P&PW(G) dated 31.01.2014 has since issued the Action Taken Report of the Minutes of the 23rd Meeting of SCOVA held on 20.09.2013. The ATR also gives the status report on the following two long pending issues pertaining to the absorbed BSNL pensioners: (i) Anomaly in fixation of pension to DOT Employees absorbed in BSNL who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.07.2001 and (ii) Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners. The status report on the above stated issues is available in the extract of the ATR given separately.
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TWENTY FOURTH MEETING OF SCOVA TO BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 5, 2014 - AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY, DOP&PW REQUESTING EARLY SOLUTION OF PENSION ANOMALY CASE AND MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION ISSUE:
The 24th Meeting of SCOVA is now scheduled to be held on 5th February 2014 in New Delhi. AIBSNLREA has since written a letter to the Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare to refer to the minutes of the last meeting held on 20.09.2013 and settle the following two long pending issues immediately: (i) Anomaly in fixation of pension to DOT Employees absorbed in BSNL who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.07.2001 and (ii) Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners.
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GENERAL BODY MEETING OF CHANDIGARH BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:
A general body meeting of AIBSNLREA Chandigarh branch was conducted on 09-01-2014 at GPO Building Sec-17, Chandigarh. Shri Lokesh Chopra, Joint Secretary CHQ New Delhi also attended the meeting. In the beginning a 2 minutes silence was observed on account of untimely passing away of Shri Jatinder Mohan Chopra younger brother of Lokesh Chopra at the age of 58 yrs. The joint secretary gave details of status on implementation of 78.2% IDA issue and efforts by CHQ. He touched various points raised with DOT / BSNL and other concerned departments like DPE under Ministry of Heavy Industries, Department of Pension welfare and SCOVA Body. He answered various questions and queries raised by the members. He also applauded the Branch decision to honour the members by giving mementos to those who completed the age of 70 years. The members also donated voluntary contribution towards memento fund to keep this practice alive. The branch also wished birthdays falling during previous months to all the members by giving them small bouquets and garlands. Since Shri Lokesh Chopra is temporarily living at Gurgaon so he is available on his new contact Mobile No. 08527131124 for consultation or guidance.
DIFFICULTIES OF THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYESS TO GET REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL BILLS FOR INDOOR TREATMENT– REQUEST FOR REMOVING THE SAME:
AIBSNLREA takes up above issue regarding the difficulties being faced by the retired BSNL employees in getting reimbursement of medical bills for indoor treatment due to non-availability of medical advance and giving least preference to their claims etc. It requests CMD to advise the CGMs to (1) empanel mostly the hospitals agreeing to provide cashless treatment, (2) grant Medical Advance to the retired employees and (3) process and clear the medical bills for indoor treatment submitted by both retired and serving employees strictly based on the date of their receipt in the office. No preference be given to the serving employees over the retired employees.
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DENIAL TO EXTEND BENEFIT OF CONCESSIONAL BROAD BAND FACILITY TO THE BSNL PENSIONERS HAVING PROVIDED CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONE FACILITY ON WLL – CASE OF AHMEDABAD TELEPHONE DISTRICT:
AIBSNLREA again takes up above issue with CMD, BSNL. It writes “… Under the above background, we again seek for your kind personal intervention so that Ahmedabad Telephone District and Gujarat Telecom Circle are advised to provide the concessional broad band facility to the retired BSNL Executives having concessional telephone connection on WLL at their residences.”
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REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN FIXATION OF PENSION OF DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001:
In the above case in which the absorbed BSNL pensioners, who retired before completion of 10 months service after absorption, had received their pension fixed by taking into account the IDA pay for the remaining months’ service after 1.10.2000 and CDA pay for the rest of the months before this date to compute 10 months average pay. This created an anomaly in fixation of their pension since they got their pension fixed at lower amount. This matter was being pursued by AIBSNLREA since long. At one point of time DOT, on the basis of our request, had even taken up the case to allow fixation of pension of these pensions based on their last pay drawn in IDA. But this was not agreed to. Thereafter, AIBSNLREA proposed to DoT to remove the anomaly by notionally converting the pay in CDA to IDA for the required months prior to 1.10.2000 and fix the pension based on average of notional IDA pay plus actual IDA pay drawn. Subsequently, the issue was discussed in last two consecutive meetings of SCOVA wherein it was decided that DOT is to send a detailed proposal to DoP&W for their consideration. Now DOT is working out on the proposal and collecting some data to finalize the proposal. Once the exercise is complete, DOT is supposed to send this proposal to DoP&PW.
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2014 from 213.2% to 221.7% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2014 from 85.5% to 90.5% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.
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REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2007 ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS AND RE-FIXATION OF PAY OF THE ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES WHO WERE IN SERVICE ON 01.01.20O7 BUT RETIRED BEFORE 10.06.2013 CONSEQUENT TO ISSUE OF ORDERS BY DOT ALLOWING MERGER OF EFFECTIVE AMOUNT OF 78.2% DA, AS ON 01.01.2007 FOR FITMENT IN THE REVISED IDA SCALES:
Overlooking the objections raised by AIBSNLREA and against all the set rules, DOT had been moving with its proposal for allowing revision of pension of the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners and also of the absorbed BSNL employees who had been in service on 01.01.2007 but retired earlier to 10.06.2013 with effect from 10.06.2013 only. The net effect of this proposal is that the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners will not get their pension re-fixed with effect from 01.01.2007 with merger of 78.2% DA. Similarly, the absorbed BSNL Employees who had been in service on 01.01.2007 and got revision of their pay scale with 68.8% DA merger on 01.01.2007 shall not get their pay re-fixed with 78.2% DA merger with effect from 01.01.2007. While the pre-2007 BSNL pensioners lose the arrears from 01.01.2007 to 09.06.2013, the BSNL employees who retired after 01.01.2007 but before 10.06.2013 would lose the benefit of higher DCRG, commutation of pension and Leave encashment on the date of their retirement. This is in addition to the arrears of pay. It is understood that Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has not objected to this proposal and the same is being sent to Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) for financial concurrence. It is expected that once the Deptt of Expenditure gives financial concurrence, the Orders on the subject will be issued by DOT well before this financial year provided it does not again want to go the cabinet. This apprehension is because of the fact that Member (Services) had earlier recorded in file to obtain the approval of the cabinet in respect of the proposal for re-fixation of pension with 78.2% DA merger for the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners. Anyhow, there is no surprise in this proposal of DOT since it had once mentioned in a meeting of SCOVA that it was considering revision of pension with effect from 10.06.2013 only. AIBSNLREA, as was made clear earlier, would take the matter to the court of law at the opportune time after the Order is issued, to get all the benefits with effect from 01.01.2007.