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Branches and members are requested to deposit Quota/Donations/Other payments with the following bank account only:


Name of Bank:Syndicate Bank; Name of Account:ALL INDIA BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED RETIRED EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION; Branch: Sector 6, Dwarka; S/B Account No:91702010001791; IFSC:SYNB0009170


After depositing the amount, the details such as Name, Name of Branch, Amount, Date of Deposit, Purpose etc., may be sent to gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com



CONTRIBUTION TO SEEK LEGAL REMEDY ON PAY AND PENSION ARREARS


AIBSNLREA, on representative capacity had filed a Writ Petition on the above issues in Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution. Since the Court expressed its disinclination to entertain our Writ Petition, our Counsel pleaded for granting us Leave and Liberty to file the same in High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. Since the Supreme Court has granted the Leave and Liberty, as prayed, we are now moving Delhi High Court. In our Petition, we are praying for orders to get the (i) arrears of pension between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 for the pre-2007 pensioners, (ii) arrears of pay, pension and other pensionary benefits like enhanced DCRG, Leave encashment, Commuted value of pension (wherever admissible) for the pensioners who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 and (iii) pay arrears to those who retired/retiring after 10.06.2013. We earlier made an appeal to our members/well-wishers to donate at least Rupees five hundred (Rs. 500/-) each to build a strong financial base to support the case. Most of the Branches of this Association took the challenge seriously and collected the contributions and finally deposited the same in our Savings Bank Account. Some members and well-wishers also directly deposited their part of contribution in our S/B Account. All such details of contributions received are regularly being updated and uploaded in this website as in List 2. But the contributions received till now falls very much short of the estimated expenditure for pursuing the case. We admit that response from a few Branches are not encouraging. We, therefore, once again request all our Branches – especially to those which are yet to respond positively to rise to the occasion and reach out to each and every left out members to collect the contribution and deposit the same in our S/B Account with intimation to CHQ through e-mail or sms. We also repeat once again that the donation which we received/receive from the members on their receiving pension arrears are being separately maintained as in List 1 under Reserve Fund to be used for organizational work like holding next AIC etc. [Bank details: Given at the top of this main page, e-mail id: gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com]  View List 1 as on 15.04.2018    View List 2 as on 15.04.2018


THE HEIGHT OF ABSURDITY


Believe it or not, referring to the Presidential Order issued by Department of Telecommunications vide its OM No. 61-01/2012/SU dated 10.6.2013, one Association has submitted before PCAT, Delhi that “as per the above said orders dated 10.6.2013, fixation of pay was done for all serving employees as on 10.6.2013 notionally from 1.1.2007.” The said Association has also submitted that “accordingly BSNL also issued two orders vide No. 1-50/2008-PAT (BSNL) dated 10.6.2013 for Executives and another Order No. 1-16/2010-PAT (BSNL) dated 10.6.2013 for non-executives. As per all these orders fixation of pay by merging 78.2% IDA was to be done from 01.1.2007 on notional basis”. When neither DPE OM dated 02.04.2009 nor DOT’s OM dated 10.06.2013 and even BSNL’s Orders never used the term “notional”, how and why they submit before the PCAT that these orders were for notional fixation? If one goes through the pay fixation memos issued by BSNL to its employees, in accordance with these Orders, will find nowhere that the pay-fixations were declared as “notional”. It is also in public domain that BSNL once in a written communication to DOT had categorically stated that the pay-fixation with fitment benefit my merger of 78.2% IDA to the serving employees was not “notional”. Conspicuously, this Association has also not challenged the DOT’s Presidential Order dated 10.06.2013 which was issued in contravention of Department of Public Enterprises OM dated 02.04.2009 allowing fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA as on 1.1.2007. We all know that same fitment benefit for pay fixation which is allowed for serving employees is also extended to the retired employees for fixation of their pension/family pension. Now, if according to this Association, the pay fixation Orders with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA for the serving employees is “notional”, quite logically the pension fixation order for the retired employees (pensioners/family pensioners) will also be “notional”. Thus, indirectly/directly, they have tried to justify the action of DOT in calling the Order dated 18.07.2016 for revision of pension as “notional” and also proving that there was no discrimination between the serving employees and pensioners in the matter of extending the benefit of pay fixation by merger of 78.2% IDA. This will also weaken the case for enhanced pensionary benefits like DCRG, CVP and leave encashment on last pay drawn, to the employees (pensioners) who retired after 1.1.2007 and before 10.06.2013. Their submission before PCAT Delhi is therefore absurd and ridiculous.

22.04.2018:

SHRI R K SINHA, JOINT SECRETARY, AIBSNLREA MET WITH AN ACCIDENT:

In a sad and tragic development, Shri R K Sinha, Joint Secretary, AIBSNLREA and his wife Smt Mridula Sinha met with a serious road accident in Varanasi on 20.04.2018. While Smt Sinha expired on the spot, Shri R K Sinha survived and is undergoing treatment. We pray for early recovery of Shri Sinha and express our heartfelt condolence on the unexpected and untimely death of Smt Sinha. Let God help the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

21.04.2018:

REVISION OF IDA PAY SCALES OF BSNL EXECUTIVES– DPE INFORMS DOT THAT CABINET APPROVAL WILL BE NEEDED TO GET RELAXATION OF AFFORDABILITY CLAUSE MENTIONED IN ITS GUIDELINES:

It was reported in this website that DOT had forwarded the BSNL’s proposal for revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL Executives to DPE for advice. Now DPE, in a letter dated 18th April 2018, has informed DOT that the guidelines issued by DPE for pay scale revision include an ‘affordability’ clause. Any relaxation/amendment to the extant guidelines will require approval of Cabinet and DoT may examine the issue at its end for necessary action. It may be recalled that DOT had extended the benefit of 30% fitment benefit with revised IDA pay scales as were recommended by 2nd PRC to the MTNL Executives with the approval of MOC&IT only- despite existence of similar affordability clause. Hope DOT takes note of the same and expedite revision of IDA Pay Scales of BSNL Executives as proposed by BSNL.

20.04.2018:

CCA, AHMEDABAD TO HOLD PENSION ADALAT FOR THE BSNL/DOT PENSIONERS OF VARODARA, NADIAD AND GODHRA SSAs:

Controller of Communication Accounts, Ahmedabad will be holding Pension Adalat for the BSNL and DOT Pensioners from Varodara, Nadiad and Godhra SSAs. The Adalat will be held on 18th May 2018 at Nadiad. The pensioners from these SSAs may send their grievances regarding pensionary benefits to the Accounts Officer (Pension), o/o CCA, Ahmedabad, P&T Admn Building, 7th Floor, Gujarat Telecom Region, Khanpur, Ahmedabad 380001 so as to reach him by 4th May, 2018.  View the CCA Gujarat letter

19.04.2018:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF MEDICAL ALLOWANCE AGAINST CLAIMS FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT UNDER WITHOUT VOUCHER FACILITY TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2017-18:

AIBSNLREA has represented to Director (HR), BSNL highlighting the genuine problems of the retired BSNL employees, who opted for outdoor treatment without voucher facility for the financial year 2017-18, due to non-release of payments for 3rd and 4th quarters and in some cases even for earlier quarters. The Association has pointed out that “ Since entire payments received under this facility is taxable and the financial year is already over, non-release of payment of all earlier quarters have put the concerned pensioners in a grim difficult situation”. The Association has finally requested Director (HR) to intervene and “advice all the BSNL Units to immediately clear payment of all earlier quarters for the financial year 2017-18”.  View the letter

17.04.2018:

AIBSNLREA REPRESENTS TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REGARDING THE DILATORY ATTITUDE OF DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION IN ACCORDING APPROVAL TO BSNL’S PROPOSAL FOR REVISION OF PAY SCALES OF ITS EXECUTIVES:

In continuation of its earlier representations to the Prime Minister of India on the above issue, AIBSNLREA again addresses Prime Minister since DOT is avoiding taking decision on the matter as per the power and authority vested with it [View postings dated 16/01/2018, 28/01/2018 and 15/03/2018 in this website to read the earlier communications]. The Association has again pointed out that affordability clause should not be a bar to grant revised IDA pay scales to the BSNL Executives since MTNL Executives were granted revised IDA pay scales as per 2nd PRC despite existence of similar affordability clause and MTNL being a chronic loss making PSE. Association has further pointed out that as per the Cabinet decision for allowing payment of pension to the MTNL employees by the Government, the pay scales of MTNL Executives were required to be brought at par with BSNL Executives during next wage revision. Thus, DOT cannot now avoid upward revision of pay scales of BSNL Executives. The Association has further stated that DOT is just trying to evade its responsibility on the pay scale issue and has unnecessarily sent the BSNL’s proposal to DPE for advice. The Association has also quoted from the Order issued by DOT granting 30% fitment benefit to the MTNL employees in their revised IDA scales that the MOC&IT is competent to approve the BSNL’s proposal for revision of pay scales. The Association has pleaded that “Let Department of Telecommunication stop its dilatory attitude and accord its approval to the BSNL’s proposal for revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL Executives by exercising its own power and authority as it did in the past in case of MTNL Executives as mentioned above”.  View the letter

16.04.2018:

NON-COMPLAIANCE OF BSNL ORDER FOR TIME-BOUND SETTLEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS OF THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH DIRECTOR (HR):

AIBSNLREA brings to the notice of the Director (HR), BSNL that the BSNL Office Order to ensure that “all claims of retired employees are settled within one month from the date of receipt of claims” has been put into cold storage by the field units and their claims are not being settled for months together and even in some cases for more than a year. The Association has further stated that “With their limited income, which comes through pension, the retired employees are finding it difficult to continue with their treatment for non-clearance and payment of their earlier claims. The delay also affects them physically and mentally”. The Association has sought for her so that the BSNL Office instructions dated 10.08.2016 for settling claims of the retired employees of BSNL received within one month from the date of receipt are strictly adhered to.  View the letter

10.04.2018:

KALYAN TELECOM DISTRICT, BSNL NOW RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REGARDING NON-RELEASE OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO SHRI R K HIRKANEY, RETD DE, MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA had taken up and pursuing the case for settlement of pension and release of pending pensionary benefits of Shri R K Hirkaney, Retd DE of Maharashtra Telecom Circle who was earlier ordered for 20% cut in pension for 5 years w.e.f. 01.04.2008. His final retirement Order was also not being issued despite completion of his penalty period on 31.03.2013. On constant persuasion by the Association, BSNL Corporate Office issued his final retirement Order effective from 31.07.2005 (A/N) which paved the way for PGM, Kalyan SSA to process his case for payment of gratuity and release of orders to fix entitled basic pension [View postings dated 31.08.2017, 19.12.2017, 08.01.2018 and 27.02.2018 in this website for more details]. Now Kalyan Telecom District of BSNL, referring to the CPGRMS Docket initiated by Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare on the basis of representation of AIBSNLREA, has informed the Association that Service Book and the retirement Order of Shri R K Hirkaney, Retd DE were sent to Sr. AO(Pension), o/o Pr.CCA, Mumbai for revision of his pay/pension as per 68.2% & 78.2% DA fitment formula since the Officer retired before 01.01.2006.  View the PGM BSNL Kalyan letter

09.04.2018:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, SHIMLA BRANCH HELD:

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Shimla Branch was held on 04.04.2018. Shri S R Sharma, Branch President presided over the meeting. Branch Secretary Shri Harikrishan submitted his activity report which was approved by the GB. The Financial Secretary also submitted the statement of accounts. Discussions took place on issues like pension revision, court case on pay/pension arrears and BSNLMRS etc. Members expressed their unhappiness on the proposed reduction in the ceiling limit for outdoor treatment with voucher. Thereafter, a new body was elected unanimously with the following office bearers:- (1) President: Shri D K Verma, Retd DGM(F), (2) Vice-Presidents: S/Shri J S Verma, Retd Sr.PS and R P Gupta, Retd DGM, (3) Branch Secretary: Shri G S Negi, Retd DGM, (4) Asst Branch Secretary: S/Shri I S Bhandari, Retd JTO, S R Garg, Retd CAO, Vinod Kumar Mehta, Retd SDE and Jeevan Lal, Retd JTO, (5) Organizing Secretary: S/Shri Praveen Kumar Malhotra, Retd SDE and Manmohan Sharma, Retd SDE, (6) Financial Secretary: Shri Lal Bahadur, Retd SDE. In addition, S/Shri V N Sharma, B K Kashyap, Hari Krishan, S R Sharma and K L Thakur were elected as the Executive Committee members.

09.04.2018:

ALLAHABAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Allahabad Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body Meeting on 04.04.2018 in the Telephone Exchange campus. Shri R S Arora, UP State Secretary attended the meeting and apprised the members about the development on 3rd PRC, Pension revision and court case on pay/pension arrears issue etc. The meeting was well attended and the members enthusiastically participated in the discussions on other issues as well. After the Branch Secretary and Financial Secretary submitted their reports, the old body was dissolved and a new body was elected with the following office bearers:- (1) President: Shri R S Gupta, (2) Vice-Presidents: S/Shri K P MIshra and M P Tripathi, (3) Branch Secretary: Shri Ram Lakhan, (4) Asst Branch Secretary: S/Shri Shriram, C P Roy, H L Yadav, (5) Financial Secretary: Shri Damodar Prasad, (6) Asst. Financial Secretary: G C Kushwaha, (7) Organizing Secretary: S/Shri L Ram and Ram Chandra, (8) Executive Members: S/Shri Lalji Kesari, L B Singh, Brahmadeen, V K Gupta and A K Kushwaha. The Branch Secretary then addressed the house and thanked the members for attending the meeting. He also thanked State Secretary for apprising the members about the latest development on the important issues.

08.04.2018:

DOT FORWARDS DOP&PW’S REMINDER REGARDING WRONG FIXATION OF REVISED PENSION AS WAS TAKEN UP BY AIBSNLREA TO THE CCA, KERALA:

It was reported in this website on 23.03.2018 that with reference to its earlier letter dated 07.12.2017 to DOT regarding non-revision of pension by allowing fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA for the purpose of fixation of pay/pension with effect from 1.1.2007, as was taken up by AIBSNLREA, by the CCA, Kerala, DOP&PW had issued a reminder to DOT asking for the action taken on the representation of AIBSNLREA and also forwarding another representation of the Association on wrong fixation of pay and pension. Now DOT has forwarded the said letter of DOP&PW to the CCA, Kerala for examination and furnishing comments regarding the same back to DOT at the earliest. View also postings dated 11.12.2017 and 21.02.2018.  View the DoT letter

07.04.2018:

STANDARD DEDUCTION IN INCOME TAX ASSESSMENT TO BENEFIT PENSIONERS ALSO:

While placing the budget proposal in the Parliament, Government announced re-introduction of ‘Standard deduction” for the purpose of assessment of Income Tax for the financial year 2018-19 which was earlier withdrawn in the financial year 2006-07. However, while re-introducing Standard deduction, existing tax exemptions on transport allowance upto 19200/- and medical reimbursement upto Rs. 15000/- were withdrawn. Now it has been clarified that the benefit of standard deduction will be available to the pensioners also. The BSNL IDA pensioners who do not get any transport allowance and who opted for CGHS benefit, will get the actual benefit out of standard deduction to full Rs. 40,000/-. But those who opt for BSNLMRS will get net benefit of minimum Rs. 25000/- out of standard deduction. Since the Government has also allowed no income tax on interests on deposits upto Rs. 50000/- per annum for the Senior Citizens, BSNL IDA pensioners will also get additional tax benefit upto Rs. 40000/- taking into consideration that under 80 TTA no income tax was to be paid on interest upto Rs. 10000/- on deposits in Savings Account. Thus, the additional benefit of tax exemption for BSNL IDA pensioners would vary between Rs. 65,000/- and Rs. 80000/- depending upon the condition as set out above.

07.04.2018:

STATUS OF REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2007 AND POST 2007 BSNL PENSIONERS WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER of 78.2% DA/DR WITH BASIC PAY/PENSION:

In a meeting held in the chamber of DDG (Accounts), DoT, CCA-wise list of pension revision cases as per 78.2% IDA fitment yet to be received from BSNL has been handed over to BSNL authorities for early action on sending remaining pension revision cases to CCA concerned. BSNL has circulated the list to the circles and has requested to identify and send the remaining cases CCA concerned at the earliest.  View the BSNL letter

06.04.2018:

E-JOURNAL APRIL 2018 ISSUE:

April 2018 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.04.2018:

DOP&PW RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REGARDING NON-MAINTAINING THE SCHEDULE FOR HOLDING PENSION ADALATS BY THE PRINCIPAL CCAs/CCAs – ADVISES DOT THAT THE PENSION ADALATS BE HELD IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GUIDELINES ISSUED BY DOP&PW:

AIBSNLREA had represented to Secretary (Telecom) and others including Secretary (Pension) to intervene in the matter of non-maintaining the prescribed schedule to hold Pension Adalats at regular intervals by the Principal CCAs/CCAs thereby depriving the pensioners/family pensioners the opportunity to raise their grievances in that important platform [View posting dated 03.03.2018 in this website to read the letter]. Now DOP&PW has responded to that representation and advised DOT that the Pension Adalats be conducted in accordance with the guidelines issued by DOP&PW vide its OM No. 44013/2/2010-P&PW (Coord) dated 25.03.2011. DOT has also been advised to send a suitable reply to the Association.  View the DoP&PW letter

04.04.2018:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2018:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2018 from 126.9% to 127.2% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  View orders

04.04.2018:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2018:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2018 from 283.1% to 283.5% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  View orders

04.04.2018:

PG CELL OF DOT INFORMS THE STATUS REGARDING CASES OF WRONG FIXATION OF PENSION OF SOME PENSIONERS (EXECUTIVES) IN KERALA CIRCLE WHICH WERE TAKEN UP BY AIBSNLREA – INFORMS THAT PENSION OF THE SAID PENSIONERS WILL BE REVISED:

We have been reporting from time to time the development regarding the cases of wrong fixation of pension of few retired Executives of Kerala by the Office of CCA, Kerala which were taken up by AIBSNLREA with Secretary (Telecom) and others [view postings dated 20.02.2018, 22.03.2018, 23.03.2018 and 03.04.2018]. Now the PG Cell of DOT has posted the status report of the case in pgportal and also informed the Association that after processing the case of Smt Mythili who is junior to other concerned retired officers, the pension of all these 4 pensioners will be revised and orders will be issued accordingly.  View the status report of DoT

03.04.2018:

DOT FORWARDS ANOTHER COPY OF REPRESENTATION FROM AIBSNLREA ADDRESSED TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REGARDING WRONG FIXATION OF PENSION TO THE CCA, KERALA:

We reported earlier in this website vide posting dated 22.03.2018 that PG Cell of DOT has forwarded the copy of the representation from AIBSNLREA on the above issue, which was endorsed to Member (F), to the CCA Kerala Circle for uploading in PG Portal for further course of action/settlement with the concerned offices. We again reported in this website on 23.03.2018 that DOP&PW has issued a reminder to DOT to intimate the action taken on the representation of the Association in the matter of non-revision of Pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA by CCA. Kerala Office of some BSNL IDA pensioners (Executives). Now PG Cell of DOT has again forwarded the representation addressed to Secretary (Telecom) in the matter of wrong fixation of pension to some retired BSNL Executives to the CCA Kerala for appropriate remedial action.  View the DOT letter

31.03.2018:

DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ADDRESSED TO SECRETARY, DAR & PG REGARDING THE HARASSMENT METED OUT TO SHRI RAVINDRA KUMAR TRIPATHI, RETD SDE, WHOSE CASE FOR ABSORPTION IN BSNL REMAINS UNSETTLED DESPITE HIS ACQUITAL IN A COURT CASE WHICH RESULTED IN DENIAL OF HIS PENSIONERY BENEFITS, TO DDG(PG), DOT:

AIBSNLREA had earlier drawn the attention of Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievance about the harassment being meted out to those BSNL retirees whose full pensionary benefits are withheld at the time of their retirement and their option for absorption in BSNL remain unsettled pending finalization of their vigilance cases even though they are acquitted of all charges. The Association cited the case of Shri Ravindra Kumar Tripathi, Retd SDE whose Presidential Orders for absorption in BSNL was not being issued due to non-furnishing the VC status deliberately by Northern Telecom Region. The Association requested Secretary (AR & PG) to intervene in the matter [View posting dated 20.03.2018 in this website to read the letter]. Now DOP&PW has forwarded the said representation to DDG(PG), DOT to examine the issues as per extant rules/orders and intimate the Association suitably  View the DOP&PW letter

30.03.2018:

MAHARASHTRA STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLDS ITS FIRST STATE CONFERENCE:

Maharashtra State Branch of AIBSNLREA held its first State Conference on 25th and 26th March, 2018 at Pavilionn Hotel, Kolhapur. The pre State Conference Executive Committee meeting was held on 25th March 2018 at 16.00 Hrs under the chairmanship of Shri. Vasudev, State President and in the presence of CHQ Office bearers S/Shri P R Bhujbal, CHQ Vice-President, Asst. General Secretary Shri S. Ratnsubramaniam and Jt. Secretary Shri D K Joshi. Nine Branches viz. Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Warhda, Parabhani, Akola, Yevatmal, Amaravati, and Kolhpur were represented. In the State Executive Meet, the Secretary, Conference Committee Shri PS Kulkarni welcomed all the Office bearers of CHQ and the State and also the delegates from the Branches with presentation of Bouquet and flowers. Total 54 delegates attended the Conference. After self-introduction by the delegates, the Branch Secretaries presented their reports on Branch activities. Thereafter, Report of the State secretary and Statement of Accounts presented by State Financial Secretary were placed before the S.E.C. and were passed by the Committee. This meeting was finally addressed by Shri S. Ratnasubramanian, AGS on issues like 3rd PRC Report, status of Revision of Pay scales of BSNL Employees and revision of pension of absorbed BSNL pensioners. His address was very informative and exhaustive. Branch Secretaries and others were fully satisfied with the replies given supported by facts and rules during the Question-Answer session. The Meeting concluded with vote of thanks by the Host Branch at 20.30 Hours. [For full Report of the Conference, please view Maharashtra State Section of State News Page of this website]  View the Photographs

29.03.2018:

DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO DOT ON NON-ADDRESSING THE GENUINE CONCERNS ON THE PROPOSAL TO DISBURSE PENSION/FAMILY PENSION DIRECTLY IN THE ACCOUNTS OF THE PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS BY THE PR. CCAs/CCAs DISCARDING THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF DISBURSEMENT BY BANKS/POST OFFICES:

AIBSNLREA had represented to Secretary (Telecom) and others including Secretary (Pension) expressing serious concerns on few important issues related with the proposal to disburse pension/family pension directly in the Accounts of the pensioners/family pensioners by the Principal CCAs/CCAs by discarding the existing system of disbursement by Banks/Post Offices [View posting dated 11.03.2018 in this website to read the letter]. DO&PW has now forwarded the copy of the said representation endorsed to Secretary (Pension) to DDG(PG), DOT to examine the issues as per extant rules/orders and intimate the Association.  View the DOP&PW letter

28.03.2018:

INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2018:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to increase w.e.f. 1.4.2018 by 0.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 0.4% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

23.03.2018:

DOP&PW ISSUES REMINDER TO DOT TO KNOW ACTION TAKEN ON AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REGARDING WRONG FIXATION OF REVISED PENSION IN RESPECT OF ABSORBED BSNL IDA PENSIONERS (EXECUTIVES) BY ALLOWING FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR THE PURPOSE OF FIXATION OF PAY/PENSION WITH EFFECT FROM 1.1.2007 BY THE CCA, KERALA:

AIBSNLREA had represented to Secretary (Telecom) and others including Secretary (Pension) regarding wrong fixation of pension by CCA, Kerala [View posting dated 21.02.2018 in this website to read the letter]. DO&PW, vide its OM No. 4/5/2017-P&PW(D).Pt dated 7.12.2017, had earlier forwarded another representation of AIBSNLREA to DOT regarding non-revision of pension by allowing fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA for the purpose of fixation of pay/pension with effect t from 1.1.2007 [View posting dated 11.12.2017 in this website to read the letter]. Now DOP&PW has issued a reminder to DOT to intimate the action taken on the representation of the Association which was forwarded to DOT.  View the DOP&PW letter

22.03.2018:

WRONG FIXATION OF REVISED PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS (EXECUTIVES) BY CCA, KERALA- DOT FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S LETTER TO CCA, KERALA:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the above issue with Secretary (Telecom) and others [View posting dated 21.02.2018 in this website to read the letter]. Now PG Cell of Department of Telecommunications has forwarded the said letter which was endorsed to Member (F) to the CCA, Kerala Circle for uploading in PG Portal for further course of action/settlement with the concerned offices.  View the DOT letter

21.03.2018:

AIBSNLRERA TAKES UP THE CASE OF NON-ISSUE OF PRESIDENTIAL ORDERS FOR ABSORPTION IN RESPECT OF SHRI J V PAJVANI, RETD SDE, GUJARAT WITH DOT:

AIBSNLREA has since taken up with Director (Staff), DOT for conveying approval for issue of Presidential Order for absorptions in respect of Shri J V Pajvani, retired SDE, Gujarat Telecom Circle of BSNL. The Association has pointed out that DOT has cleared four cases out of the total five cases forwarded by BSNL in a letter addressed to DOT for conveying approval for issue of Presidential Orders for absorption. But the case of Shri J V Pajvani retd SDE is yet to be cleared which is delaying issue of his Presidential Orders for absorption and thus further delaying settlement of his pensionary benefits. The Association has thus requested to expedite conveying approval for issue of Presidential Order for absorption in respect of Shri J V Pajvani, Retd SDE.  View the letter

20.03.2018:

EXTREME HARASSMENT OF THE ABSORBED BSNL IDA PENSIONERS IN BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF SHRI RAVINDRA KUMAR TRIPATHI, RETD SDE WITH SECRETARY (DAR & PG):

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievance about the harassment being meted out to those BSNL retirees whose full pensionary benefits are withheld at the time their retirement and their option for absorption in BSNL remain unsettled pending finalization of their vigilance cases. These retirees, on their acquittal from the cases lodged against them, are made to run from pillar to post for years to get their dues. The Association cites the case of Shri Ravindra Kumar Tripathi, Retd SDE who’s Presidential Orders for absorption is not being issued due to non-furnishing the VC status deliberately by Northern Telecom Region in which this executive last worked. The Association has requested Secretary (AR & PG) to intervene in the matter and rescue this retired executive of BSNL from the extreme harassment being meted out to him by not issuing his presidential order for absorption in BSNL and also non-settling his pensionary benefits as admissible under the rules.  View the letter

19.03.2018:

INTRODUCTION OF DIGITAL LIFE CERTIFICATE FOR SUBMISSION OF ANNUAL LIFE CERTIFICATE BY THE PENSIONERS OF DOT/BSNL/MTNL FOR AVAILING CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONE FACILITY AT THEIR RESIDENCES – AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to CMD, BSNL on the above issue. The Association had earlier represented to the Prime Minister of India urging him to advise Ministry of Communications for introduction of Digital Life Certificate system or a similar arrangement to dispense with the need for the retired DOT/BSNL/MTNL pensioners/family pensioners to physically present themselves to the authorities for submission of annual Life Certificate for continuation of concessional telephone facility at their residence. Now the Association refers to the communication dated 18.05.2017 received from BSNL wherein it was informed that “….. Depending upon the feasibility, a methodology needs to be evolved for its implementation. The issue is being examined” [View posting dated 10.06.2017 in this website to read the letter]. Since there was no further communication from BSNL, AIBSNLREA has now requested CMD, BSNL to intervene in the matter and resolve this genuine problem of the retired employees.  View the letter

17.03.2018:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE CASE TO ALLOW THE RETIRED EMPLOYEES ENTITLED TO GET CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONE FACILITY TO OPT FOR EITHER LANDLINE OR MOBILE CONNECTION:

Citing the problem that many retired employees, who are entitled for concessional telephone facility at their residences, do face to get the concessional landline connection due to the area being declared as non-feasible, AIBSNLREA has again addressed a letter to CMD, BSNL requesting him to allow the retired employees to exercise option either to go for landline or mobile connection. The Association has further suggested that “ The retired employees who opt for mobile connections be allowed to have free calls/sms/data service of same or nearest value that a retired employee having landline connection is allowed by way of free monthly rent and number of free calls”.  View the letter

16.03.2018:

DEVELOPMENT OF WEB BASED PROGRAM FOR MONITORING MEDICAL CLAIMS OF RETIRED EMPLOYEES - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE AGAIN WITH DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL:

AIBSNLREA has been requesting BSNL to introduce a web-based tracking system to enable the retired employees to track the progress and status of their claims for medical reimbursement without needing them to visit their old offices. BSNL, on its turn, had advised CGM, ITPC Pune to develop a web based program for monitoring medical claims of retired employees and get it experimented in one Circle. However, the issue remained unresolved despite time to timer persuasion by the Association. Now the Association has sought the intervention of Director (HR) so that a suitable tracking system is introduced at the earliest for tracking the progress/status of the medical claims of the retired employees of BSNL.  View the letter

16.03.2018:

GRATUITY UPTO RUPEES TWENTY LAKHS EXEMPTED FROM INCOME TAX:

Following passage of the bill in Parliament to amend the existing law on the subject, the retired employees will now not be taxed for Gratuity, when received, upto Rs. 20 lakhs.

15.03.2018:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ABOUT DIALATORY ATTITUDE OF DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGARDING REVISION OF IDA PAY SCALES OF BSNL EXECUTIVES AND CONSEQUENT REVISION OF PENSION/FAMILY PENSION OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Prime Minister of India since Department of Telecommunications has given a status report on the earlier representation of the Association to the Prime Minister on the same issue [view posting dated 15.01.2018 in this website] in a stereotype manner without responding to few important points raised in the said representation. The Association has also submitted that Department of Telecommunications cannot absolve itself from the current state of affairs in BSNL on financial front and requested the Prime Minister to advise Department of Telecommunications to accord approval to the BSNL’s proposal for revision of IDA Pay Scales to the BSNL Executives at the earliest.  View the letter

13.03.2018:

AIBSNLREA’S APPEAL TO PRIME MINISTER TO ALLOW TAX EXEMPTION ON INTEREST EARNED IN PRADHAN MANTRI VAYA VANDANA YOJANA- FORWARDED TO MINISTRY OF FINANCE:

AIBSNLREA had made an appeal to Prime Minister of India to allow tax exemption on interest earned in ‘Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana’, a subsidized pension scheme for 10 years for the senior citizens, introduced by Government of India through Life Insurance Corporation of India [View posting dated 18.09.2017 in this website to read the representation]. Now, My Gov of PMO, in its status report, has informed with reference to Docket No. PMOPG/D/2017/0450731 that the suggestion has been forwarded to Ministry of Finance for further consideration.  View the Status Report

12.03.2018:

REVIEW OF MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT - AIBSNLREA OPPOSES THE MOVE TO REDUCE THE CEILING LIMIT:

AIBSNLREA has resented against the move by BSNL to drastically reduce ceiling limit for outdoor treatment with vouchers to the serving/retired employees by half and also to withdraw the without voucher facility from the retired employees residing in CGHS areas. The Association has requested Director (HR), BSNL not to curtail the ceiling limit for medical claims of the retired employees and also remove the inequalities in the ceiling limit between past and future pensioners as has already been requested by us vide our letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2018/13 dated 22.02.2018. AIBSNLREA has also requested to explore the possibility to cover the employees with medical insurances.  View the letter

11.03.2018:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) OPPOSING THE PROPOSAL FOR DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION/FAMILY PENSION DIRECTLY IN THE ACCOUNTS OF THE PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS BY THE PRINCIPAL CCA/CCA DISCARDING THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF DISBURSEMENT BY THE BANKS/POST OFFICES:

AIBSNLREA had earlier represented to Secretary (Telecom) against the proposal for disbursement of pension/family pension directly in the accounts of the pensioners/family pensioners by the Principal CCA/CCA by discarding the existing system of disbursement by the Banks/Post Offices [View posting dated 01.01.2018 in this website to read the letter]. The Association has again taken up the issue with Secretary (Telecom) and others pointing out to many areas, like deduction of TDS and issue of Form-16, submission of Life Certificates, payment Family pension to the spouse on the event of death of the pensioners, inaccessibility of the Principal CCA/CCA offices to the pensioners/family pensioners residing in faraway places etc, in which the pensioners will face serious problems.  View the letter

07.03.2018:

VARODARA BRANCH HELD GB MEETING:

Varodara Branch (Gujarat State) held its quarterly General Body Meeting on 05.03.2018 at Hotel Utsav. Eighty members attended the meeting. Shri Ainapure, President of the Branch chaired the meeting and welcomed the CHQ, Circle office bearers and also the members of the branch. Shri R T Shah, Secretary, AIBSNLREA Vadodara conducted the meeting. Responding to his appeal, all the left out members of the Branch deposited Rs.500/- each as contribution to seek legal remedy on pay and pension arrears issue. Shri B M Bhavsar, Organizing Secretary (West) and A B Patel, State Secretary, Gujarat addressed the members and apprised them about the latest developments on various issues. They also replied the queries raised by the members. The meeting was followed by Lunch.  View the Photographs

06.03.2018:

E-JOURNAL MARCH 2018 ISSUE:

March 2018 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

03.03.2018:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF NON-ISSUE OF REVISED PPO FOR SHRI V CHAMIYAR, RETD JTO, KERALA CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA has since taken up the case of non-issue of revised Pension Payment Order, allowing fitment benefit by merger of 78.8% IDA for Shri V Chamiyar, Retd JTO, Kerala Circle, with Controller of Communication Accounts, Kerala. The Association has requested for early issue of the revised PPO.  View the letter

03.03.2018:

NON-MAINTAINING THE SCHEDULE FOR HOLDING PENSION ADALATS BY THE PRINCIPAL CCAs/CCAs - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH SECRETARY (TELECOM) AND OTHERS:

In the background that the Principal CCAs/CCAs are not maintaining the schedules as prescribed by Department of Telecommunication to hold Pension Adalats at regular intervals and the Pensioners are not getting the opportunity to raise their grievances in this important platform, AIBSNLREA has requested Secretary (Telecom) to intervene in the matter. The Association has further requested that “All the Principal CCAs/CCAs may kindly be advised to strictly follow the instructions issued from time to time regarding holding of Pension Adalats at regular intervals as stipulated in those instructions. The Principal CCAs/CCAs may be advised to draw the tentative schedule at the start of the year and upload the same in their respective websites and adhere to the same”.  View the letter

03.03.2018:

MTNL BOARD EXPRESSES ITS INABILITY TO EXTEND BENEFIT OF 78.2% IDA FITMENT TO ITS EMPLOYEES DUE TO SEVERE FINANCIAL CRISIS:

In response to MTNL’s letters proposing to extend benefit of merger of 50% IDA effectively amounting to 78.2% as on 1.1.2007 to its own employees, DOT had asked MTNL, vide its No. 11-1/2009-SU.II dated 8.2.2018, to process the case in the light of DPE OMs dated 26.11.2008 and 02.04.2009. DOT had also made it clear that MTNL has to bear the additional financial implication on account of pay revision from its own resources and no budgetary support will be provided by DOT. MTNL Board has now considered this in its meeting held on 13.02.2018 and decided to intimate DOT that MTNL is not in a position to extend the benefit of 78.2% fitment to its employees from its own resources due to severe financial crisis.

01.03.2018:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REQUESTING TO TRANSFER PENSION RELATED RECORDS AND SERVICE BOOKS OF RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES WITH ALL INDIA TRANSFER LIABILITY TO THE PRINCIPAL CCA/CCA LOCATED IN THE AREA IN WHICH THESE PENSIONERS SETTLE AFTER THEIR RETIREMENT:

In continuation of its earlier letter [view posting dated 23.12.2017 in this website], AIBSNLREA has again taken up the above issue with Secretary (Telecom). The Association has requested that “all the pension related records including the Service Books of the IDA pensioners, who have all India transfer liability and retired/retiring from stations falling within the jurisdiction of a particular Principal CCA/CCA be transferred to the Principal CCA/CCA covering the area in which these IDA Pensioners settle after their retirement”.  View the letter

28.02.2018:

DELAYED PAYMENT OF QUARTERLY CLAIMS FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT WITHOUT VOUCHERS TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES – AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH DIRECTOR (HR):

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director (HR), BSNL regarding the undue delay in making payment of medical claims for outdoor treatment without voucher facility to the retired BSNL employees by the BSNL Units. The Association has submitted that “There had been inordinate delay in clearing the payments for the first and second quarters. Now payment for the third quarters, which is overdue, has not yet been paid by the field units. Again the payment for the fourth instalment is also getting due just after a month. Thus, the retired employees are put into severe difficulties and financial constraints for no fault on their part”. The Association has further requested that “Now that the retired BSNL employees will again have to submit their option for the particular scheme of their choice at the start of coming financial year, we earnestly request you to kindly advice all the BSNL Units to immediately clear payment of earlier quarters and also ensure that the payment of fourth quarter is also not delayed.”  View the letter

28.02.2018:

WRONG FIXATION OF REVISED PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS (EXECUTIVES) BY CCA, KERALA- DDG(E), DOT ACKNOWLEDGES RECEIPT OF AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION:

AIBSNLREA had taken up with Secretary (Telecom) and others, the case of wrong fixation of revised Pension by allowing fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA for the purpose of fixation of pay/pension with effect from 1.1.2007 in respect of some absorbed BSNL Pensioners (Executives) of Kerala Circle. The Association had also requested Secretary (Telecom) to intervene in the matter so that CCA, Kerala Circle is advised to re-examine these cases and issue necessary immediate Orders correcting the revised PPOs already issued [View posting dated 20.02.2018 in this website to read the letter]. Now, Dy Director General (Estt) of DOT has acknowledged the receipt of the said representation by e-mail.  View the acknowledgment

28.02.2018:

BI-ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH HELD:

The bi-annual General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch was held on Sunday, the 25th February, 2018 at Amenity Block, CTO Compound Nagpur under the Chairmanship of Shri U B Nikose, President of the Branch. After paying tributes to the departed members/family members, Shri Arun Deshpande, Branch Secretary welcomed all the life members and also the newly enrolled life members. House welcomed Shri S. V Katkar Retired CAO (Pension), Mumbai who shared the Dias as a Special Guest. The Branch Secretary briefed the house regarding the various issues being dealt at local level. He narrated regarding the meetings held with Sr GMTD, CCA and DAP Nagpur for settlement of pending pension revision cases and clearance of medical reimbursement bills [To read the complete report, please view Maharashtra State Section of ‘State News’ page of this website].

27.02.2018:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REGARDING NON-RELEASE OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO SHRI R K HIRKANEY, RETD DE, MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE – ISSUES FINAL RETIREMENT ORDERS TO PAVE THE WAY FOR PAYMENT OF DUE PENSION/PENSIONARY BENEFITS:

AIBSNLREA took up the case of Shri R K Hirkaney, Retd DE of Maharashtra Telecom Circle, who was ordered for 20% cut in pension for 5 years w.e.f. 01.04.2008, for release of his pending pensionary benefits and also pursuing the same. His final retirement Order was not being issued despite completion of penalty period on 31.03.2013 and he continued to receive only provisional pension besides his gratuity remaining withheld [View postings dated 31.08.2017, 19.12.2017 and 08.01.2018 in this website]. Now BSNL has issued his final retirement Order effective from 31.07.2005 (A/N) paving the way for PGM, Kalyan SSA to process his case for payment of gratuity and release of orders to fix entitled basic pension which will also enable him to get his pension arrears.  View the BSNL letter

26.02.2018:

GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, AKOLA BRANCH:

AIBSNLREA Akola Branch (Maharashtra State) held its General Body meeting on 19th February 2018 at Conference Hall, O/O GM Telecom, BSNL Akola. Shri N.N. Ambatkar Rtd. DE Akola presided over the meeting. 20 members were present in the meeting. Shri A.G. Nema Branch Secretary welcomed all the members present in the meeting. One new member, Shri R.S. Tathod Ex. SDE Buldhana joined as a new member and thus membership of Akola Branch went up to 59. The house welcomed the new member [For full report of the meeting, Maharashtra State Section of State News page of this website may be visited].

24.02.2018:

REMOVAL OF DISCREPANCY/WIDE GAP IN REGARD TO CEILING LIMIT FOR CLAIMS FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT WITHOUT VOUCHERS– AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH DIRECTOR (HR):

AIBSNLREA points out to the present wide disparity in the ceiling limit for medical claims for outdoor treatment without vouchers between the past pensioners and the new pensioners because of the flaw in the present policy to determine the ceiling limit. The Association has requested to review the present policy to determine outdoor ceiling limit of without voucher facility for the retired employees and remove the existing huge disparity between the past and future pensioners in respect of their ceiling limit. The Association has further requested that the policy be further revised by allowing DA as on 1st April of the year for which claims pertains to be taken into consideration instead of the DA as was available on the date of retirement, at least from the coming financial year.  View the letter

23.02.2018:

PAY REVISION OF THE BSNL EXECUTIVES AS PER 3rd CPC RECOMMENDATIONS AND REVISION OF PENSION OF ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:

Following issue of a Status Report by Department of Telecommunications on the above and also on a few other issues, queries are coming from our members and others regarding the fate of mainly the above two issues, since a news has been spread by some groups that DOT has rejected the proposal for Pay Revision of BSNL Executives and also pension revision. But a careful reading of the status report on these issues reveals that nowhere the DOT has stated that the proposal for pay scale revision has been rejected. It has actually given only the factual status of both the cases. No one can deny that there is an affordability clause in 3rd PRC Report and BSNL is also not having net profits for last few years. Therefore, this statement of facts cannot be taken as rejection of the proposal for revision of pay scales. On the other hand, the same status Report of DOT says that “…. case of pension revision of the employees permanently absorbed in BSNL will be taken up as and when 3rd PRC is implemented in BSNL”. Does it not again confirm that the pay revision is still alive? Otherwise, why DOT would say that pension revision will be taken up after 3rd PRC is implemented in BSNL? Anyhow, we have already made clear on earlier occasions that “affordability clause” cannot come in the way of revision of pay scales since there are number of strong grounds to get pay scale revision. It all depends on how the cases are pursued and negotiated. Meanwhile, for the reasons not disclosed, DOT has withdrawn the said Status Report.

20.02.2018:

WRONG FIXATION OF REVISED PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS (EXECUTIVES) BY CCA, KERALA - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE:

AIBSNLREA has taken up with Secretary (Telecom) and others, the case of wrong fixation of revised Pension by allowing fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA for the purpose of fixation of pay/pension with effect from 1.1.2007, in respect of some absorbed BSNL Pensioners (Executives) of Kerala Circle. The Association has requested Secretary (Telecom) to intervene in the matter so that CCA, Kerala Circle is advised to re-examine these cases and issue necessary immediate Orders correcting the revised PPOs already issued.  View the letter

19.02.2018:

NON-SUPPLY OF HBA RECOVERY PARTICULARS OF SHRI A B MURMU, RETD DGM (A/T), KOLKATA TO THE QA & INSPECTION CIRCLE, JABALPUR:

AIBSNLREA has since taken up the case of non-supply of HBA recovery particulars for the period of September 2003 to July 2004 of Shri A B Murmu, Retd DGM A/T, Kolkata to the Accounts Officer (SEA), QA & Inspection Circle, Jabalpur, in absence of which his DCRG is still withheld, with the Pay & Accounts Officer, DOT. The Association has requested to supply the recovery particulars for the said missing period of September 2003 to July 2004 in respect of Shri A B Murmu, Retd DGM(A/T), Kolkata immediately to the QA & Inspection Circle, Jabalpur, so that he gets his DCRG released without further delay.  View the letter

17.02.2018:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF SANGRUR BRANCH HELD:

A General Body meeting of Sangrur Branch (Punjab State) was held on 16.02.2018 in Kaula Park shop of Shri Parshotam Dass Retd SDE which was chaired by Shri P K Jindal, Retd DGM. The President highlighted the various issues taken up by CHQ with Hon'ble PM, Secretary (T), Director HR on Pay/Pension revision of BSNL Executives, medical claims for outdoor treatment without voucher and with voucher, opposing DOT's move to pay Pension/ Family Pension by CCAs directly in the Bank Accounts and many other issues. The branch Association members urged for early settlement of Pay revision of BSNL Executives and consequent pension/Family Pension revision, payment of 3rd & 4th installment of fixed Medical Allowance and payment of Medical claims with voucher within one month from the date of submission of bills, as per BSNL Corporate Office instructions issued from time to time, as the members are facing great hardships for their claim settlement due to scarcity of Medical funds from higher Offices [For full Report of the Meeting, please go to State News page and view Punjab State section in this website.]

15.02.2018:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL TO ALLOW ‘NOTIONAL PROMOTION’ IN TERMS OF DOP&T ORDER NO 22011/3/2013-Estt. (D) DATED 25.01.2016 TO SHRI S.S.YADAV, RETD JTO, MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE WHOSE PROMOTION ORDER TO TES GROUP B WAS ISSUED IN THE YEAR 1998 BUT COULD NOT BE GIVEN EFFECT TO DUE TO INITIATION OF A CBI CASE:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Director (HR), BSNL regarding the above case in which Shri S.S.Yadav, Retd JTO, Maharashtra Circle who was ordered to be promoted to TES Group B by DOT in the year 1998. But his promotion order was not given effect to because of initiation of a CBI case. However, he was acquitted of the charges after his superannuation. The Association has requested to consider his representation and give him the benefit of promotion in terms of DOP&T Order No. 22011/3/2013-Estt. (D) dated 25.01.2016. The Association has further requested to advise CGMT, Maharashtra Telecom Circle to grant financial upgradation to Shri S.S.Yadav, Retd JTO as admissible.  View the letter

14.02.2018:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF PALAKKAD BRANCH HELD:

A General Body meeting of Palakkad Branch (Kerala State) of AIBSNLREA was conducted at Top in Town auditorium on 12.2.2018. Forty five members attended the meeting and two new Life Members joined the Branch during the meeting. Members appreciated the efforts taken by CHQ to settle the pension revision with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA for the left out cases under CCA, Kerala Circle. Discussions took place regarding the anomaly in the quantum of payment towards medical allowance. Branch Secretary Shri P Prahakaran briefed the status of Court case on pay and pension arrears issue. He also informed the members about formation of another Branch of AIBSNLREA in Kerala. The meeting came to a close at 13.30 hrs and members disbursed after a lunch provided in the complex.

13.02.2018:

DOT WRITES TO PRINCPAL CCA, TAMILNADU CIRCLE TO TAKE NECESSARY ACTION ON AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 10-01-2018 REGARDING VILOATION OF PENSION RULES:

AIBSNLREA had earlier addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) on the above issue wherein it was submitted that in violation of Pension Rules, the Principal CCA, Tamilnadu Circle revised the pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners (executives) which were fixed long back based on their last pay drawn taking took into account the pay fixed on local officiating promotion to the DE grade [View posting dated 10.01.2018 in this website]. DOP&PW had forwarded the copy of the said representation to DOT. Following this, our Chennai Branch also met Joint CCA, Tamilnadu on 29.01.2018 and discussed the issue. The Joint CCA had agreed to examine the cases and requested for representations from the affected executive pensioners [View posting dated 31.01.2018 in this website for details]. Now Department of Telecommunications has sent our representation to the Principal CCA, Tamilnadu Circle to “take necessary action on the matter and submit status report of the case”.  View the DoT letter

13.02.2018:

HALF-YEARLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF EAST GODAVARI BRANCH HELD:

The Half yearly General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, East Godavari (AP) branch is held on 07.02.2018 in the Conference Hall, Sanchar Bhavan, Rajamahendravaram under the president ship of Shri GV Ramakrishna, President on the chair. Secretary invited the president Sri GV Ramakrishna and Sri Ch Gandhi OS (South) on to the dais. The conference started at 0930 hrs with prayer. 99 members attended the meeting. After the president’s opening remarks on the issues of interest, the members introduced themselves to the house. Members discussed mainly about court case on 78.2% IDA balance arrears, denial of the pension benefits of 50% of the emoluments or average emoluments received during last 10 months to the pre 2006 pensioners, 3rd PRC with 15% fitment to pensioners and many other local issues. Four pensioners namely S/Shri Y. Krishna Murty, KV Chalapati Rao, C.Markadeyulu and P. Ramakrishn, who crossed 75 years or going to cross in next six months, were felicitated with presentation of garland Shawl. [ For full text of the Report, please visit the AP State Section of State News Page of this website]

06.02.2018:

E-JOURNAL FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE:

February 2018 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.02.2018:

AIBSNLREA’S WRIT PETITION IN SUPREME COURT ON PAY AND PENSION ARREARS ISSUE:

The Writ Petition filed by AIBSNLREA in Supreme Court on pay and pension arrears issue came up for hearing for admission to-day in the bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta. The Court felt that the Petitioner may move High Court first and accordingly has given liberty to the Petitioner to do so. The Association will take the Petition to Delhi High Court shortly.

03.02.2018:

PMO FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION URGING THE HON’BLE PRIME MINISTER TO INTERVENE IN THE MATTER OF PAYMENT OF PENSION CONTRIBUTION TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION IN RESPECT OF PERMANANTLY ABSORBED BSNL AND MTNL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE NO MORE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ON DEPUTATION/FOREIGN SERVICE AS PER SUB-RULE 4 OF RULE 37-A OF CCS (PENSION RULES), 1972:

AIBSNLREA had urged Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to intervene in the above matter so that DOT stops collecting pension contribution under FR-116 for the absorbed employees of BSNL and MTNL who are no more on deputation/foreign service after their absorption. The Association also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister that DOT is yet to clear a proposal of BSNL to charge pension contribution on the actual pay of the absorbed employees instead of maximum of the pay scales. The Association further mentioned that DOT has also not implemented a Cabinet decision to charge pension contribution on the actual pay of the absorbed employees of MTNL w.e.f 1.1.2006. The Association submitted that DOT’s inaction has forced BSNL and MTNL to face severe financial crisis. [View posting dated 27.01.2018 in this website]. Now, Prime Minister’s Office has forwarded the said representation of the Association to Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for taking appropriate action and inform the Petitioner Association.  View the PMO letter

01.02.2018:

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:


No changes in personal income tax rates.
Standard deduction of Rs.40,000 in lieu of transport and medical reimbursements for salaried tax payers.
Exemption of interest income for deposits in banks and post offices (including TDS) will be increased from Rs.10,000 to Rs.50,000 for senior citizens.
All senior citizens will now be able to claim benefit of a deduction of Rs.50,000 for medical insurance. For critical illnesses, the deduction has been increased to Rs.1,00,000.
Rs 7.5 lakh per senior citizen limit for investment in interest-bearing LIC schemes doubled to Rs 15 lakh.
Senior citizens allowed Rs 50,000 deduction on health insurance premium paid in a year from earlier Rs 30,000.
Education cess increased to 4% from 3%.

31.01.2018:

AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION AGAINST GROSS VIOLATION OF PENSION RULES TO REVISE THE PENSION, ONCE AUTHORIZED, TO THE DISADVANTAGE OF THE PENSIONERS BY THE PRINCIPAL CCA, TAMILNADU CIRCLE - CHENNAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MEETS JOINT CCA, TAMILNADU TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE ISSUE:

AIBSNLREA, CHQ had earlier sent a representation to Secretary (Pension) and other concerned regarding the action of Principal CCA, Tamilnadu Circle in revising the pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners (executives) fixed long back based on their last pay drawn which took into account the pay fixed on local officiating promotion to the DE grade. The Association had cited Rules 70 of the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 which prohibits revision of pension, once authorized, to the disadvantage of the pensioners unless a clerical error is detected subsequently [View posting dated 10.01.2018 in this website]. DOP&PW had also forwarded the said representation to DOT. Now, the representatives of Chennai Branch of AIBSNLREA comprising of Branch President Shri V. Dakshinamoorthy, Secretary Shri L.Sundararaman, and Asst. Secretary Shri R.R. Balasubramanian met Shri Anbalagan, Jt CCA TN, Chennai on 29.01.2018 and handed over him a representation, citing two cases wherein TN CCA has reduced the last pay drawn with 78.2% fitment benefit and consequently the revised pension on the plea that these pensioners are not eligible for increment fixed during officiating as per BSNL order issued in February 2017. It was also pointed out in the said representation that BSNL had correctly worked out refixation of pay with 78.2% IDA, including the officiating increments. It was further pointed out that as per Rule 70 of pension rules, the pension once authorized cannot be reduced to the disadvantage of pensioner except in case of clerical error and case of misconduct. After discussions, the Jt.CCA wanted the affected pensioners to represent individually along with the copies of their pay fixation/fitment memo issued by the concerned BSNL Units and revised PPO with 78.2% fitment, so as to examine and resolve the cases. The Branch representatives also informed the Jt. CCA that some of the pensioners did not receive their revised PPOs which were sent by ordinary post and requested him to consider sending such important orders by Speed post/registered post. He agreed to consider the proposal and also said that there are many PPOs returned undelivered and available in his office, for one reason or the other.

30.01.2018:

NON-ISSUE OF REVISED PPOs BY CCA, KERALA CIRCLE IN TERMS OF DOT ORDER DATED 18/07/2016 REGARDING REVISION OF PENSION BY ALLOWING BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA TO THE BSNL PERNSIONERS RETIRED PRIOR TO 10/06/2013 – DOP&PW FORWARDS THE REMINDER ISSUED BY AIBSNLREA TO THE DOT:

AIBSNLREA earlier took up the above issue with Secretary (Telecom) and others which was also followed by a reminder on 12/01/2018. We have already reported in this website, vide our posting dated 26. 01.2018 in this website, that CCA, Kerala has reported DOT that “…. the cases are under process. Revised PPOs will be issued immediately”. Meanwhile, DOP&PW has also forwarded the copy of the said reminder issued by the Association, which was endorsed to Secretary (Pension), to the Director (Estt), Department of Telecommunications.  View the DoP&PW letter

28.01.2018:

PMO FORWARDS THE REPRENTATION OF AIBSNLREA ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REGARDING REVISION OF IDA PAY SCALES OF BSNL EXECUTIVES AND CONSEQUENT REVISION OF PENSION/FAMILY PENSION OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS TO THE SECRETARY, DOT:

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of India, AIBSNLREA had earlier drawn his attention to the fact that DOT is sitting over a proposal, duly approved by BSNL Board, for revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL Executives, on the stated ground of affordability of BSNL to meet the additional expenditure even though BSNL had already suggested some measures to absorb the expenditure. The Association also stated in its representation that “The double standard of Department of Telecommunications comes to the fore when the same DOT had earlier cleared the proposal for revision of IDA pay scales of MTNL Executives with 30% fitment benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 based on 2nd PRC recommendations – even though MTNL was a chronic loss making CPSE for decades and the affordability clause existed then too”. The Association further submitted that “The revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL Executives is also a must in view of the decision of the Government that was taken in a Cabinet meeting, while approving the proposal for payment of pension to the MTNL employees by the Government, to bring parity in pay scales of BSNL and MTNL Executives since MTNL pay scales are higher than that of BSNL. While communicating the decision regarding sharing of the liability for the payment of pensionary benefits to the MTNL employees, Department of Telecommunications at Para (d) of its Office Order No. 42-4/2012-Pen(T) dated 28/04/2014 had clearly stated that at the time of next wage revision MTNL and BSNL will achieve pay scale parity by bringing down the pay scales of MTNL to the level of BSNL pay scales. Since the pay scales of MTNL Executives cannot be brought down, the revision of pay scales of BSNL Executives is the only option now to bring the pay scale parity” [View posting dated 16.01.2018 in this website to read the representation]. Now Prime Minister’s Office has forwarded the said representation to Secretary, DOT for action appropriate.  View the PMO letter

27.01.2018:

AIBSNLREA URGES PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA TO INTERVENE IN THE MATTER OF PAYMENT OF PENSION CONTRIBUTION TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION IN RESPECT OF PERMANANTLY ABSORBED BSNL AND MTNL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE NO MORE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ON DEPUTATION/FOREIGN SERVICE UNDER SUB-RULE 4 OF RULE 37-A OF CCS (PENSION RULES), 1972:

AIBSNLREA draws the attention of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to a case wherein in violation of the spirit of the Fundamental Rules laid down by the Government regarding payment of pension contribution under FR-116 in respect of its employees posted to other Organizations on deputation/foreign service basis, pension contribution is being asked for in respect of its erstwhile employees who are now permanently absorbed in BSNL/MTNL and consequently who ceased to be Government servants under Sub-Rule 4 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. The Association submits that this has caused BSNL/MTNL to face acute financial crisis. The Association further states that the Department of Telecommunication is also sitting over a proposal sent by BSNL to charge pension contribution on the actual pay of the absorbed employees w.e.f. 1.1.2006 as per the revised Rules circulated by Department of Personnel & Training. AIBSNLREA has also pointed out that Department of Telecommunication has not even implemented a Cabinet decision taken on 26.12.2013 to charge pension contribution w.e.f. 1.1.2006 calculated on the actual pay of the absorbed employees of MTNL. The Association has finally appealed to the Prime Minister that “…. we fervently appeal to you to kindly intervene in the matter so that Department of Telecommunication stops collecting pension contribution under FR-116 from BSNL for the absorbed employees who are no more its employees and as such their postings on deputation/foreign service in BSNL do not arise at all. Till a decision is taken on the matter, let the pension contribution be collected w.e.f. 01.01.2006 only on the actual pay drawn in the IDA pay scales as per the revised Rules issued by DoP&T.  View the letter

26.01.2018:

DOT DISPOSES OFF THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA TO THE SECRETARY (TELECOM) REGARDING THE CONTINUED HARASSMENT OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS BY CCA, KERALA IN NOT REVISING THEIR PENSION IN TERMS OF DOT ORDER DATED 18/07/2016:

AIBSNLREA had represented to Secretary (Telecom) regarding non-issue of revised PPOs to many absorbed BSNL pensioners (retired Executives) by the Controller of Communication Accounts, Kerala Circle. The Association again took up the matter with Secretary (Telecom) since the issue remained resolved despite the DCO, DOT forwarding the earlier representation of the Association to CCA, Kerala also the DOP&PW forwarding copy of the said representation to Director (Estt), Department of Telecommunications [View postings dated 27/11/2017, 11/12/2017, 15/12/2017, 30/12/2017 and 14/01/2018 in this website for more details]. Now, Department of Telecommunications has disposed off the case enclosing a copy of the Case Report by CCA, Kerala and stating that “Clarification on the subject received from Directorate and the cases are under process. Revised PPOs will be issued immediately”. Thus the matter stands resolved.  View the DoT letter

25.01.2018:

WRIT PETITION IN SUPREME COURT BY AIBSNLREA ON PAY AND PENSION ARREARS ISSUE:

The Writ Petition filed by AIBSNLREA in Supreme Court on pay and pension arrears issue was listed today for admission. However, one of the judges in the Bench recused himself from the case and therefore matter was not taken up. The case will shortly go to another bench.

25.01.2018:

GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, AMBALA BRANCH:

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Amblala Branch was held on 24.01.2018 at Delhi Darbar Restaurant, The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Shri PC Chauhan and was attended by 28 members. The President welcomed all the participants and wished them a very happy new year 2018 and prayed for the good health for all the members. Two new life members also joined the Association and were welcomed by all. Branch Secretary briefed the members on the various issues concerning the members. The members were updated on the latest status on Court case filed by the Association in the Hon'ble Supreme Court on 78.2% IDA fixation arrears of pay, pension and other allowances, implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefit for BSNL pensioners and extension of medical facility without vouchers for BSNL pensioners. The meeting was followed by Lunch.

23.01.2018:

DOP&W FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO SECRETARY (PENSION) REGARDING GROSS VIOLATION OF PENSION RULES TO REVISE THE PENSION, ONCE AUTHORIZED, TO THE DISADVANTAGE OF THE PENSIONERS BY THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF COMMUNICATION ACCOUNTS, TAMILNADU CIRCLE TO THE DOT:

AIBSNLREA had sent a representation to Secretary (Pension) and others concerned regarding the action of Principal CCA, Tamilnadu Circle in revising the pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners (executives) fixed long years back based on their last pay drawn which took into account the pay fixed on local officiating promotion to the DE grade. Association cited Rules 70 of the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 which prohibits revision of pension, once authorized, to the disadvantage of the pensioners unless a clerical error is detected subsequently [View posting dated 10/01/2018 to read the letter]. Now Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has forwarded the said representation to the Director (Estt), Department of Telecommunications for considering the issue raised.  View the DoP&PW letter

22.01.2018:

NEW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA FORMED IN AURANGABAD, MAHARASHTRA:

In a meeting of the retired Executives held on 21st January, 2018, a new Branch of AIBSNLREA in Aurangabad (Maharashtra State) was formed. The meeting was arranged by S/Shri R S Dudhe, and V P Joshi, both Retd. DEs. Twenty members from Aurangabad attended the meeting. S/Shri. L M Godi, President of Kolhapur Branch and A K Kolekar, also from Kolhapur first addressed the meeting. Thereafter, Shri D K Joshi, Joint Secretary, AIBSNLREA, CHQ addressed the gathering and spoke in detail the about the main purpose of the Association, its functioning, activities and issues taken up at various levels. He also dealt with the issue of court case on pay/pension arrears, 3rd PRC and other circle matters. The meeting went on for nearly two hours. The queries raised by the participants were also replied to their satisfaction. Then a Branch body was formed with the following Office Bearers elected unanimously:- President: Shri R S Dudhe (Mob No.9420416788), Vice-President: Shri A S Nevargikar (Mob No. 9422201010), Branch Secretary: Shri V P Joshi (Mob No. 9423449344), Asst. Branch Secretary: Shri C S Powar, Finance Secretary: Shri H D Gadlinge (Mob No. 94222010440).

19.01.2018:

RAJKOT BRANCH HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General body meeting of Rajkot branch (Gujarat State) was held on 17-01-2018 at the conference hall of K.R.Telephone Exchange Building, Rajkot. Total 30 members were present. One new member joined the Association. Total membership of the Branch reached to 47.The meeting was presided over by Branch President Shri M.M. Chaniyara, who welcomed the members and briefed the members on all current issues and efforts made by the branch for solving the problems. State Secretary Shri A.B.Patel briefed the house regarding the initiatives of the State Branch for solving the problem of the members. [For full report, please visit Gujarat State section of ‘State News’ page of this website].

16.01.2018:

WRIT PETITION FILED BY AIBSNLREA IN SUPREME COURT ON PAY AND PENSION ARREARS ISSUE SUCCESSFULLY REGISTERED:

The case filed by All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Retired Executives’ Association Vs Union of India in the Supreme Court is now successfully registered and prepared for listing as per rules.

16.01.2018:

DIALATORY ATTITUDE OF DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGARDING REVISION OF IDA PAY SCALES OF BSNL EXECUTIVES AND CONSEQUENT REVISION OF PENSION/FAMILY PENSION OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS- AIBSNLREA SEEKS INTERVENTION OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

AIBSNLREA has brought to the notice of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India that Department of Telecommunication is sitting over a proposal, duly approved by BSNL Board, for revision of BSNL Executives listing some measures to ensure its affordability to absorb the increased expenditure. But on the same question the approval to the proposal is held up in DOT. The Association has stated in its representation that “The double standard of Department of Telecommunications comes to the fore when the same DOT had earlier cleared the proposal for revision of IDA pay scales of MTNL Executives with 30% fitment benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 based on 2nd PRC recommendations – even though MTNL was a chronic loss making CPSE for decades and the affordability clause existed then too”. The Association has further pointed out that “The revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL Executives is also a must in view of the decision of the Government that was taken in a Cabinet meeting, while approving the proposal for payment of pension to the MTNL employees by the Government, to bring parity in pay scales of BSNL and MTNL Executives since MTNL pay scales are higher than that of BSNL. While communicating the decision regarding sharing of the liability for the payment of pensionary benefits to the MTNL employees, Department of Telecommunications at Para (d) of its Office Order No. 42-4/2012-Pen(T) dated 28/04/2014 had clearly stated that at the time of next wage revision MTNL and BSNL will achieve pay scale parity by bringing down the pay scales of MTNL to the level of BSNL pay scales. Since the pay scales of MTNL Executives cannot be brought down, the revision of pay scales of BSNL Executives is the only option now to bring the pay scale parity. Finally, the Association has appealed to the Prime Minister to kindly advise Department of Telecommunications to accord approval to the proposal for revision of IDA Pay Scales to the BSNL Executives at the earliest”.  View the letter

14.01.2018:

AIBSNLREA WRITES AGAIN TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REGARDING THE CONTINUED HARASSMENT OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS BY CCA, KERALA IN NOT REVISING THEIR PENSION IN TERMS OF DOT ORDER DATED 18/07/2016:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up the case of non-issue of revised PPOs to many absorbed BSNL pensioners (retired Executives) by the Controller of Communication Accounts, Kerala Circle despite the DCO, DOT forwarding the earlier representation of the Association to him and also the DOP&PW forwarding copy of the said representation to Director (Estt), Department of Telecommunications for appropriate action as per extant rules. [View postings dated 27/11/2017, 11/12/2017, 15/12/2017 and 30/12/2017 in this website for more details]. The Association has pleaded that “we again earnestly request you to kindly intervene in the matter so that the CCA, Kerala immediately issues the revised Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) to the affected BSNL IDA Pensioners (Retired Executives)”.  View the letter

14.01.2018:

RAIPUR BRANCH HELD ITS BI-MONTHLY MEETING:

Bi-Monthly Meeting of Raipur Branch of Chhattisgarh State was held on 7th January 2018 at the residence of Shri A R Khair, Retd AGM and also a member of the Branch. The meeting was presided over by Branch President Shri P.Z.Choradia who welcomed the members. Two minutes silence was first observed to pay homage to S/Shri R K Tigga, Retd EE Civil and Rudolph Toppo, Retd DE and members of the Branch who recently expired. Branch Secretary Shri G P Pandey briefed the members on all current issues including the increase in IDA wef 1st January, 2018, DOT’s move on disbursement of pension directly in the accounts of the pensioners/family pensioners from the office of concerned CCAs instead of Post offices and Banks, 3rd PRC etc. Some local problems were also discussed. The meeting ended with vote of thanks presented by the Branch president.s

14.01.2018:

AMRAVATI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA (WEST VIDARBHA REGION) HELD ITS GB MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Amravati Branch (Maharashtra State) was held under the Chairmanship of Shri R. W. Tidke, President of the Branch at 1400 hrs. of 5th January 2018 at the Conference hall of G. M. Telecom , BSNL, Amravati. The meeting was attended by 26 members of the Branch along with Shri V.G.Dakhode, State Secretary AIBSNLREA, Maharashtra State. [For the full report of the meeting, please view Maharashtra Section of “State News” page of this website]

11.01.2018:

A NEW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA FORMED IN KERALA:

A new Branch of AIBSNLREA has been formed on 09.01.2018 in Kerala with retired BSNL Executives from Ernakulam and Alleppy. The Office-bearers of this newly formed “Ernakulam-Alleppy” Branch are as follows:- President: Shri M Sethumadhavan, Vice-President: Shri K P Philip, Secretary: Shri Mathew Jacob, Joint Secretary: Shri K G Balakrishna Pillai, Finance Secretary: Shri R.Sukumara Pillai, Executive Committee Members: S/Shri K B Reghunathan Nair and K Balarajan. Retired BSNL Executives of the area may contact Shri Mathew Jacob, Branch Secretary on his mobile number 9446060300 for Life Membership.

10.01.2018:

AIBSNLREA POINTS OUT TO THE SECRETARY (PENSION) AND OTHERS REGARDING GROSS VIOLATION OF PENSION RULES TO REVISE THE PENSION, ONCE AUTHORIZED, TO THE DISADVANTAGE OF THE PENSIONERS BY THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF COMMUNICATION ACCOUNTS, TAMILNADU CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA has sent a representation to Secretary (Pension) and other concerned regarding the action of Principal CCA, Tamilnadu Circle in revising the pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners (executives) fixed long back based on their last pay drawn which took into account the pay fixed on local officiating promotion to the DE grade. Association cites Rules 70 of the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 which prohibits revision of pension, once authorized, to the disadvantage of the pensioners unless a clerical error is detected subsequently. The Association further writes that “we earnestly request you to kindly intervene in the matter and bestow justice to the hapless affected pensioners. The Department of Telecommunications may kindly be advised to adhere to the Pension Rules and restore the original pension authorized and the revise the same as and when due.”  View the letter

09.01.2018:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL REGARDING DELAYED PAYMENT OF QUARTERLY INSTALMENTS OF MEDICAL CLAIMS WITHOUT VOUCHER TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Director (HR), BSNL about the delay that was caused for payment of first and second instalments of the amount to the retired BSNL employees who opted for the facility of medical claims without voucher. The Association has requested that the BSNL Units be advised to ensure timely payment of the third and fourth instalments as the third instalment is already due.  View the letter

08.01.2018:

DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ON ABNORMAL DELAY IN RELEASING GRATUITY, SETTLEMENT OF PENSION, COMMUTATION VALUE PENSION CASE OF SHRI R K HIRKANEY, RETD DE, MAHARASHTRA:

AIBSNLREA took up the above issue with Secretary (Telecom) once again and requested her to intervene in the matter. The Association further requested that Shri R K Hirkaney, Retd DE, Kalyan Telecom District be paid all his dues on account of his pension from the past years and his gratuity released forthwith with interests for delayed payments [View posting dated 19.12.2017 to read the letter]. Now DOP&PW has forwarded the copy of the said representation to Department of Telecommunications to examine the issue as per extant rules/orders and inform the Association accordingly.  View the DoP&PW letter

07.01.2018:

AIBSNLREA REQUEST DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL TO EXAMINE AND SETTLE THE CASE OF SHRI SHASHI BHUSAN, RETD SDE FOR NOTIONAL PROMOTION UNDER THE GUIDELINES ISSUED BY DOP&T FOR PROMOTION OF GOVERNMENT SERVANTS WHO ARE EXONERATED AFTER THEIR RETIREMENT:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Director (HR), BSNL requesting her to re-examine the case for notional promotion of Shri Shashi Bhusan, Retd SDE, who was exonerated of the charges after his retirement from service, as per the guidelines issued by DOP&T vide its No. 22011/3/2013-Estt. (D) dated 25.01.2016. Shri Shashi Bhusan was not assessed at the time of holding CPC for regular promotion since his ACRs for the suspension periods were not available. Thus, his case remained unsettled. The Association has requested to assess his case by considering the ACRs of earlier periods and allow notional promotion to him.  View the letter

06.01.2018:

E-JOURNAL JANUARY 2018 ISSUE:

January 2018 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.01.2018:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, CHENNAI BRANCH HELD:

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Chennai Branch was held on 21-12-2017 at Hotel B.R.Mathsaya, Chennai. The meeting started at 10.30 AM with Shri V. Dakshinamoorthy, President in the Chair. He welcomed all the members present in the meeting. 56 members attended the meeting. He informed the house about the proposed move of the DOT to shift the existing pension payment arrangement by banks and post offices, to the respective CCAs of territorial circle and requested the senior members to discuss the pros and cons of the same. He also added a few more issues relating to Medical reimbursement without voucher, medical reimbursement of in-patient treatment, extended stay in hospital for pensioners etc, which needs improvement. [View Tamilnadu State Section of ‘State News’ page of this website to read the full report]

04.01.2018:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL REGARDING THE UNDUE DELAY IN SETTLEMENT OF THE CASES FOR WAIVER OF RECOVERY OF EXCESS/WRONGFUL PAYMENTS MADE TO THE RETIRED EXECUTIVES OF TAMILNADU CIRCLE DUE TO UNCALLED FOR REFERENCE BY THE CIRCLE TO BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE IN THE NAME OF SEEKING CLARIFICATIONS:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to the Director (HR), BSNL since the Tamilnadu Circle is delaying settlement of the cases for waiver of excess/wrongful payments made to some retired Executives by referring the matter to BSNL Corporate Office in the name of seeking some clarifications despite DoP&T’s clear Order on the subject. The Association has requested “that CGM Tamilnadu Circle may be duly advised to forward the cases of these retired Executives with justification and due recommendation as per your Office Order No. 1-06/2016-PAT (BSNL) dated 9.9.2016, without any further delay.”  View the letter

03.01.2018:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2018:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2018 from 124.3% to 126.9% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  View orders

03.01.2018:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2018:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2018 from 278.7% to 283.1% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  View orders

01.01.2018:

AIBSNLREA OPPOSES DOT’S MOVE TO DISBURSE PENSION/FAMILY PENSION BY THE PRINCIPAL CCAs/CCAs DIRECTLY IN THE ACCOUNTS OF PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS BY DISCARDING THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF DISBURSEMENT BY THE BANKS/POST OFFICES:

Department of Telecommunication has initiated action for disbursement of pension/family pension by the Principal Controller of Communication Accounts/Controller of Communication Accounts directly in the Accounts of the Pensioners/Family Pensioners. AIBSNLREA has opposed the move and requested Secretary (Telecom) to review and rescind the above decision for disbursement of pension/family pension by the Pr. CCAs/CCAs directly in the account of the pensioners/family pensioners. The Association has also requested that the present universal system of disbursement of pension/family pension by the Banks/Post Offices should not be disturbed.  View the letter