Site Updated on 17.07.2019

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 mailed to gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com



SEEKING LEGAL REMEDY ON PAY AND PENSION ARREARS


AIBSNLREA, on representative capacity, first filed a Writ Petition on the above issues in Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution. The Supreme Court expressed its disinclination to entertain the Writ Petition but granted Leave and Liberty to file the case in High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. Accordingly, we moved Delhi High Court which, on being told by the respondent’s advocate that a similar case is pending in Principal CAT, ordered that we may also move the Principal CAT. We then filed an OA in the Principal CAT along with another MA for condonation of delay. The case came up for hearing on 22.10.2018 and the PCAT admitted our OA and ordered for listing the case along with another case pending in the PCAT. The case was heard on 26.11.2018. The respondents wanted four weeks' time to file reply which was accepted by the Tribunal. We have also submitted our rejoinder to the counter affidavit by DoT. The matter, thereafter, was posted to different benches on different dates and finally on 17.5.2019 it was listed before a single judge but there was no hearing. The case has now been posted for hearing on 26.7.2019 i.e. after summer vacation before a division bench.

It may be recalled that in our Petition, we have prayed 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 before/after 10.06.2013.

We had 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. Though most of the Branches of this Association took the matter very seriously and collected the contributions and deposited the same in our Savings Bank Account, response from some of the Branches had been very lukewarm. Some members and well-wishers also directly deposited 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. Since the contribution that we have received so far is very much short of the estimated expenditure for pursuing the case, we renew our request to all our Branches which are yet to contribute to their potential or not yet contributed, to collect the contributions and deposit the same in our S/B Account with intimation to CHQ through e-mail or SMS.

Besides contribution for Court case, donation is also being received separately from the members on their receiving pension arrears. These are separately being shown in List 1. [Bank details:- Given at the top of this main page, e-mail id: gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com]  View List 1 as on 31.05.2019    View List 2 as on 31.05.2019


FINAL SENIORITY LIST OF TES GROUP-B AS PER RULE 206 OF P&T MANUAL VOLUME-IV BASED ON SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT:

BSNL Corporate Office has circulated the final seniority list of TES Group-B/SDEs (T) as per Rule 206 of P&T Manual Volume-IV in accordance with the Judgment of Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, dated 21.01.2015 and 14.12.2017, after rectifying errors and omissions. The complete and voluminous list is available for download at the bottom of the left column.

17.07.2019:

CGHS FACILITIES TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES - AIBSNLREA RAISES THE ISSUE REGARDING THE PROBLEM FACED BY THE WILLING RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES TO SWITCH OVER TO CGHS:

AIBSNLREA has brought to the notice of the Secretary (Telecom) about the problem being faced by the Retired BSNL employees – particularly the Retired BSNL Executives to arrange for the one-time subscription to be paid to the CGHS authorities which runs even to over Rupees one lakh. In order to overcome the problem, the Association has suggested and stated that ”once the retired BSNL employees, desirous of joining CGHS, surrender their BSNLMRS Card and produce the demand letter from the CGHS authorities for depositing the subscription as fixed, let BSNL immediately arrange payment of entire amount as advance to the concerned pensioners who would be required to submit the Receipt issued by the CGHS authorities within a fortnight to the Units which sanctioned them the advance. We firmly believe that this arrangement will motivate those retired BSNL employees to switch over to CGHS who are hesitant to do so since they are unable to arrange for such a huge amount to be paid as subscription”.  View the letter

15.07.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SHRI RAM BILAS PASWAN, MINISTER OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION URGING HIM TO HELP THE BSNL PENSIONERS TO GET JUSTICE BY TAKING UP THE ISSUE OF ALLOWING CALCULATION OF PENSION CONTRIBUTION BASING ON THE EXISTING BASIC PAY OF THE ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES WITH THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES IN THE GOVERNMENT:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution requesting him to take up the issue of calculation of pension contribution in respect of absorbed BSNL employees basing on their existing pay instead of maximum of the pay scales with the appropriate authorities in the Government stating further the background that ”even as former Communication Minister in the Government under Late Atal Bihari Bajpayee in the year 2000, you may still have great concern for the ex-employees of Department of Telecommunications who were scared to join newly floated Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited but finally took absorption on your declaration that their future will be safe in BSNL which will have all the protections from the Government and would even be granted Navaratna status”. The Association has pointed out that DOE had allowed calculation of pension contribution of the Government employees who are on foreign service basing on their ‘existing basic pay’ in place of ‘maximum of the pay scales’ w.e.f 1.1.2006 on the ground that in view of introduction of time bound upgradation no Government employees will reach the maximum of the scales. The Association has pleaded that since in BSNL because of introduction of time bound financial upgradation no executive/non-executive will ever reach the maximum of the scales, the pension contribution for the absorbed BSNL employees be calculated basing on the ‘existing basic pay”. The Association has further written that “In view of our past experience with your resolve to render justice to all in need, we earnestly request you to take up this genuine issue with the appropriate authority in the Government for early resolution. We may mention here that allowing calculation of pension contribution in respect of absorbed BSNL employees basing on the “existing basic pay” in place of “maximum of the pay scales”, as in the case of Government servants w.e.f. 1.1.2006, will help BSNL to save huge money that Department of Telecommunication is claiming every year. This money can be gainfully utilized for financial revival of BSNL which in turn will make it affordable to allow pay scale revision of the BSNL employees which eventually will pave the way for revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners”.  View the letter

13.07.2019:

INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER SOUGHT IN THE MATTER OF DENIAL OF BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF PENSION BY TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE EXTRA INCREMENT GRANTED ON POST BASED PROMOTION IN RESPECT OF THE BSNL EXECUTIVES WHO RETIRED BETWEEN JULY 2017 AND APRIL 2018:

Having failed to get any response from Department of Telecommunication on the repeated request to get justice to a section of the BSNL Executives who were promoted under BSNL Executive Promotion Policy and retired between July 2017 and April 2018, but denied the benefit of fixation of pension by taking into account the one extra increment granted on their post-based promotion, AIBSNLREA has now taken up the issue with Prime Minister of India. In this case, the other BSNL Executives who retired earlier to July 2017 and subsequent to April 2018 under the same BSNL Executive Promotion Policy were allowed the benefit. The Association last took up the matter with Secretary (Telecom) on 11.03.2019 [View posting dated 11.03.2019 in this website to read the said letter].  View the letter

11.07.2019:

CHENNAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD ITS ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Chennai Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding its Annual General Body Meeting at 10.00 AM on 20th July, 2019 at Saravana Bhavan, No. 25, 10th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai-400083. All members of the Branch and other retired executives, desirous to join the Association, are requested to attend the meeting. Shri L Sundararaman, Branch Secretary may be contacted on his mobile No. 9445066061 for further details.

07.07.2019:

DOT ISSUES REVISED MAPPING OF PAY AND SCALES FROM IDA TO CDA FOR DETERMINING CGHS SUBSCRIPTION AND WARD ENTITLEMENT OF THE RETIRED BSNL/MTNL PENSIONERS WHO ARE IN RECEIPT OF PENSION FROM CENTRAL CIVIL ESTIMATES:

Following issue of orders by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare revising the rates of monthly CGHS subscription and entitlement of Wards in Private Hospitals empaneled under CGHS, the Department of Telecommunication has also issued Orders for corresponding revision w.e.f. 1.1.2017 in mapping of Pay & Scales from IDA to CDA in respect of the retired BSNL/MTNL employees receiving pension from Central Civil Estimate and CGHS facilities. This is to enable CGHS in deciding the rate of CGHS contribution and ward entitlement in respect of the retired BSNL/MTNL employees who receive pension from Central Civil Estimates and CGHS facilities.  View DoT order

07.07.2019:

QUARTERLY GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, VADODARA BRANCH HELD:

Quarterly General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Vadodara Branch, Gujarat State was held on 1st July, 2019 at 11.00 hrs in the banquet hall of Hotel Utsav. President Shri I A Patel welcomed all the members in the meeting. Branch Secretary Shri R T Shah presented a brief report on the current issues and discussions were also held on those issues. All the senior members who have crossed 70 years of age were honoured with presentation of shawls. Asst. Branch Secretary Shri A J Biniwale presented votes of thanks to all the participants. Lunch was served after the meeting.  View photos

06.07.2019:

E-JOURNAL JULY 2019 ISSUE:

July 2019 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.07.2019:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2019:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.7.2019 from 141.4% to 146.7% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  View orders

05.07.2019:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2019:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.7.2019 from 307.5% to 316.6% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  View orders

05.07.2019:

NO TAX RELIEF FOR PENSIONERS/SALARIED EMPLOYEES:

There is no tax relief in the Union Budget placed in the Parliament to-day. No tax for income upto Rs 5 lakhs, as announced in the Interim budget, continues to hold good for all including the pensioners. With standard deduction of Rs. 50,000/-, deductions upto Rs. 1.5 lakh under section 80C and further deduction of Rs. 50,000/- against interest income on fixed deposits/Savings Bank deposits under section 80TTB, a pensioner with income upto Rs. 7.50 lakh will not be required to pay tax. If other entitled deductions are added, the no tax limit may go a little higher. There is no change in tax slabs also. The budget announcement has naturally disappointed the tax payers – specially the pensioners.

28.06.2019:

INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2019:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to increase w.e.f. 1.7.2019 by 5.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 9% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

24.06.2019:

DENIAL OF APPLICATION OF DOP&PW OM NO. 34/1/99-P&PW(G) DATED 12.11.1999 ALLOWING COMMUTATION OF PENSION TO A PENSIONER EXONERATED AS A RESULT OF DEPARTMENTAL PROCEEDINGS FROM THE DATE OF HIS RETIREMENT BY THE CCA, ODISHA – AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF SHRI BANABARA SWAIN, RETD DGM & EX-PRINCIPAL, RTTC, BHUBANESWAR:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Secretary (Pension) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Telecom) on the above issue since the Controller of Communication Accounts, Department of Telecommunications, Odisha is denying to settle the Commutation of Pension of the above-named pensioner as per the clarification issued by DOP&PW vide its OM No. 34/1/99-P&PW(G) dated 12.11.1999 wherein it has been clearly stated that “in cases where the pensioner is exonerated as a result of departmental proceedings, commutation of pension is deemed to have fallen due on the date of retirement, as if no proceeding was initiated against him, provided he had applied for the same”. The Association has requested to advise DOT to settle this case in the light of this clarifications issued vide above mentioned DOP&PW OM dated 12.11.1999.  View the letter

21.06.2019:

GRIEVANCE REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS AND REVISED PENSION TO SHRI RAVINDRA KUMAR TRIPATHI, RETD SDE, NTR, KOTA BY THE O/o Pr. CCA, NEW DELHI - DOT ADVISES PR. CCA, NEW DELHI FOR EXAMINATION AND DISPOSAL OF THE CASE:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the above issue with Secretary (Telecom) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW [View posting dated 13.05.2019 in this website to read the letter], following which DoP&PW had forwarded the same to Department of Telecommunication for action as per extant rules [View posting dated 09.06.2019 in this website to read the DoP&PW letter]. Now, Department of Telecommunication has forwarded the said AIBSNLREA’s representation to Principal CCA, New Delhi advising him for examination and disposal of the case under intimation to DoT. Copy of this DoT letter has also been endorsed to DoP&PW and AIBSNLREA.  View the DoT letter

20.06.2019:

CCA GUJARAT TO HOLD PENSION ADALAT AT RAJKOT:

Controller of Communication Accounts, Gujarat is holding a Pension Adalat at 2nd Floor, Conference Hall, Kasturaba Road Exchange, Near Chaudhary High School, Rajkot-360001 on 28.06.2019 at 12.00 hours to redress the grievances of the employees retired from Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhuj and Rajkot SSAs. The pensioners can send their grievances in writing to Assistant CCA(Pension), o/o Controller of Communication Accounts, 7th Floor, P&T Administrative Building, Khanpur, Ahmedabad 380001 or can send by fax on Fax No. 079-25510697 on or before 21.06.2019.

18.06.2019:

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REGARDING DENIAL OF IMPLEMENTATION OF DOP&T OM DATED 19.11.2009 ALLOWING PENSION CONTRIBUTION AS PER FR-116 ON THE BASIS OF ACTUAL PAY FOR THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ALSO TO THE ABSORBED EMPLOYEES OF BSNL AND MTNL TO THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

Prime Minister’s Office has since forwarded the representation of AIBSNLREA dated 01.06.2019 [ View posting dated 03.06.2019 in this website to read the letter] to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for action as appropriate. In this representation, AIBSNLREA had requested the intervention of the Prime Minister for implementation of DOP&T OM dated 19.11.2009, allowing calculation of pension contribution basing on the existing pay in place of maximum of the pay scale of the Government employees w.e.f. 01.01.2006, in respect of BSNL and MTNL employees also. The Association had cited the Inter Departmental Note of Department of Expenditure which justified the decision to allow calculation of pension contribution basing on existing pay on the ground that “With the introduction of Modified ACP Scheme under which an employee will now get financial upgradation to the next higher grade pay on completion of 10 years of service, under normal circumstances, no government servant is likely to remain in a particular grade for more than 10 years”. The Association had pointed out that in BSNL also, no absorbed employee remains in a particular grade for more than 4 to 5 years in case of Executives and 7 to 8 years in case of non-executives and thus the grounds on which pension contribution basing on existing pay was allowed for the Government employees by DOE are equally applicable to the absorbed BSNL employees. The Association had requested intervention of Prime Minister so that Department of Expenditure takes a logical and early decision in consonance with its own reasoning on the issue of pension contribution for the BSNL and MTNL employees based on existing pay.  View the PMO letter

14.06.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REGARDING ABNORMAL DELAY IN EXTENDING THE CONSEQUENTIAL BENEFITS TO THE JTOs QUALIFIED IN TES GROUP ‘B’ QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS ON REVISION OF THEIR SENIORITY IN TES GROUP ‘B’ FOLLOWING SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT DELIVERED ON 14.12.2017:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) with copies to others concerned on the above issue requesting her intervention in this matter and urging her to advise BSNL and the Personnel Branch of DOT to implement the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in their letter and spirits and to ensure that no discrimination is made against the BSNL executives irrespective of whether they were promoted to DE(T)/DGM(T) by DOT or BSNL in ensuring extension of consequential benefits to all the pensioners absorbed as Executives in Telecom stream in BSNL.  View the letter

13.06.2019:

PALAKKAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD GB MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of Palakkkad Branch of Kerala State was held on 11.06.2019 at TOP IN TOWN Conference Hall, Palakkad at 11 AM. 54 members attended the meeting. 7 new members were enrolled. The meeting was presided over by Shri K.Haridas, Retd DGM. Shri Prabhakaran, Branch Secretary welcomed the participants. During the discussions on organisational matters, the Secretary and the President explained the liquidity crunch being faced by BSNL for settling various claims of the employees and the pensioners and the consequent delay in the payment of medical claims of all nature. The meeting unanimously resolved that urgent action is required to be taken from the side of the Central Govt and the DOT without further delay to revive BSNL to regain its past glory. The meeting concluded after the vote of thanks presented by Shri Krishnanunni, Asst Branch Secretary. The members dispersed after the Lunch that was served after conclusion of the meeting.

12.06.2019:

ANNUAL GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, GUJARAT STATE BRANCH HELD:

AIBSNLREA, Gujarat State Branch held its Annual General Body cum Get togetherMeeting in Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall, Ahmedabad on 10.06.2019 at 2.30 PM. About 275 members attended the meeting. 25 new members were also enrolled. Total strength of State Branch reached 1244 life members. Shri P.B.Parmar, State President presided over the meeting. He welcomed the members and appraised them with current problem of re-imbursement of medical bills and pension revision. The meeting started with lighting of the lamp. It was followed with observance of two minutes silence in memory of the departed members. Senior members above 70 years of age as on 31.03.2019 were honoured with Shawl and Bouquet. [For full Report of the meeting, please visit Gujarat State Section of State News page of this website].

11.06.2019:

DOT FOWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION EXPRESSING ITS DISSAPOINTMENT ON THE REPLY RECEIVED ON ITS COMPLAINT REGARDING FORCING ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS TO PURCHASE MEDICINES ONLY FROM THE STORES HAVING LARGE NETWORK OR OTHER ONLINE STORES OFFERING MINIMUM 12% DISCIOUNTS BY MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE TO BSNL FOR APPROPRIATE REMEDIAL ACTION:

AIBSNLREA had earlier addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) with copies endorsed to others [view posting dated 21.05.2019 in this website to read the letter] expressing its total disappointment that the genuine grievance raised by the Association on the above issue remained unsettled and the DOT letter No. DOTEL/P/2019/00435 dated 16.04.2019 attaching a copy of an internal communication from the AGM (Admn), BSNL, Maharashtra Telecom Circle to the Dy General Manager (Admn), BSNL, Maharashtra Telecom, vide No. A/Admn-I/Medical Pharmacy/2018/18 dated 10.04.2019, was far from satisfactory [View posting dated 28.04.2019 in this website to read this letter]. Now Department of Telecommunication has forwarded the said representation of the Association to BSNL for appropriate remedial action.  View the DoT letter

09.06.2019:

DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 11.05.2019 TO DOT REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS AND REVISED PENSION TO SHRI RAVINDRA KUMAR TRIPATHI, RETD SDE, NTR, KOTA BY PR CCA, NEW DELHI:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the above issue with Secretary (Telecom) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension), DOP&PW [View posting dated 13.05.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Now Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has forwarded the said representation to DDG(Estt.), Department of Telecommunication to take appropriate necessary action in the matter as per extant rules.  View the DoP&PW letter

06.06.2019:

E-JOURNAL JUNE 2019 ISSUE:

June 2019 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.06.2019:

AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ON NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF CLAIMS FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT WITH OR WITHOUT VOUCHERS AND CLAIMS FOR INDOOR TREATMENT UNDER BSNLMRS - DOP&PW FORWARDS THE REPRESENTATION TO DOT:

AIBSNLREA had addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension) highlighting the acute problems of the absorbed BSNL pensioners due to non-reimbursement of their medical claims both for outdoor and indoor treatment [View posting dated 15.05.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Now Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has forwarded the said representation to DDG(Estt.), Department of Telecommunications to take appropriate necessary action in the matter.  View the DoP&PW letter

04.06.2019:

DOP&PW OPENS CALL CENTRE WITH TOLL-FREE NUMBER 1800-11-1960 TO LODGE GRIEVANCES BY THE PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS WHO ARE VERY OLD AND NOT SO TECHNO SAVVY AND CANNOT LODGE GRIEVANCE IN CPENGRAMS:

Considering the problems being faced especially by the very old and not so techno savvy pensioners/family pensioners to lodge their grievances online with CPENGRAMS, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Government of India has opened a Call Center with toll free number 1800-11-1960 which will be operational during office-hours. The pensioners can now lodge their grievance by calling on this Toll-Free number.  View the DoP&PW order

04.06.2019:

AIBSNLREA, GUJARAT STATE BRANCH TO HOLD ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding its Annual General Body Meeting on 10th June, 2019 at Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall, Ahmedabad at 15.00 Hrs sharp. The senior members, aged above 70 years, will be honoured with presentation of shawl and bouquet. Election of new State Office Bearers will also take place. Dr. Nitin Singhal of Apollo Hospital has agreed to grace the occasion as Chief Guest. All members and other retired executives are requested to attend the meeting.

03.06.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REQUESTING HIS INTERVENTION IN THE MATTTER OF DENIAL OF IMPLEMENTATION OF DOP&T OM DATED 19.11.2009 ALLOWING PENSION CONTRIBUTION AS PER FR-116 FOR THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ON THE BASIS OF ACTUAL PAY IN RESPECT OF THE ABSORBED EMPLOYEES OF BSNL AND MTNL ALSO:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Prime Minister of India seeking his intervention for implementation of DOP&T OM dated 19.11.2009, allowing calculation of pension contribution basing on the existing pay in place of maximum of the pay scale of the Government employees w.e.f. 01.01.2006, in respect of BSNL and MTNL employees also. The Association cites the Inter Departmental Note of Department of Expenditure which justified the decision to allow calculation of pension contribution basing on existing pay on the ground that “With the introduction of Modified ACP Scheme under which an employee will now get financial upgradation to the next higher grade pay on completion of 10 years of service, under normal circumstances, no government servant is likely to remain in a particular grade for more than 10 years”. The Association has argued that similarly in case of BSNL also, no absorbed employee will remain in a particular grade for more than 4 to 5 years in case of Executives and 7 to 8 years in case of non-executives and thus the grounds on which calculation of pension contribution basing on existing pay was allowed for the Government employees by DOE are equally applicable to the absorbed BSNL employees also. The Association has finally requested Prime Minister “to kindly intervene in the matter and advise the Department of Expenditure to take a logical and early decision in consonance with its own reasoning on the issue of pension contribution, so that BSNL and MTNL get huge financial relief at this critical juncture which is just and overdue”.  View the letter

02.06.2019:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE REPLIES TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO PRIME MINISTER REQUESTING TO GET THE PRICES OF MEDICINES USED FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES LIKE DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION SLASHED:

In the posting dated 16.02.2019 in this website it was informed that the Prime Minister’s Office had forwarded the AIBSNLREA’ representation to the Prime Minister, requesting to get the prices of some medicines used for treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension slashed, to the Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare. Now the said Department has put up the reply in the pg portal giving details of action taken so far to cap the prices of medicines which includes those used for Hypertension and Diabetes.  View the DoH&FA reply

31.05.2019:

CONSULTATION FROM SPECIALISTS AT CGHS EMPANELLED HOSPITALS IN RESPECT OF BENEFICIARIES AGED 75 YEARS AND ABOVE– DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE RELAXES RULES:

In an important development and allowing relief to the aged CGHS beneficiaries, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued an Order stating that the CGHS beneficiaries aged 75 years and above shall be permitted to seek direct OPD consultation from Specialists of private hospitals empaneled under CGHS without referral from CGHS Wellness Centres. In addition, if any investigations/procedures are advised and are required in emergency, no other authorization is required.  View the DoH&FA order

30.05.2019:

DOT’S RESPONSE TO THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA REQUESTING GRANT OF ANNUAL INCREMENT EVEN ON NOTIONAL BASIS FALLING DUE ON THE DAY FOLLOWING SUPERANNUATION ON COMPLETION OF ONE FULL YEAR SERVICE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES:

AIBSNLREA had earlier made several representations to the concerned authorities on the above issue since 2015. Following a Madras High Court judgment in an individual case allowing the benefit to the petitioner and the Supreme Court dismissing the SLP of the Government, the Association again took up the matter with the concerned authorities. Now, DOT has disposed-off our said representation quoting the existing provision on the matter in Rule 33 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 which does not allow the benefit. Thus, our effort to get the benefit to all similarly placed pensioners did not meet with success.  View the DoT letter

27.05.2019:

VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON DIRECT TAXES – AIBSNLREA SUBMITS ITS VIEWS AS APPLICABLE TO THE PENSIONERS:

As the new Government is to present its full budget in Parliament in July 2019, AIBSNLREA has since submitted its views and suggestions to the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare on direct taxes as to be applicable to the pensioners for the consideration of the Government of India. The Association has requested full exemption of income tax on pension, interests earned from Bank deposits, interests on Sr Citizens Savings Schemes, pension from Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana and reimbursement of medical claims for outdoor treatment.  View the letter

24.05.2019:

PROVISION OF MOBILE CONNECTION IN LIEU OF LANDLINE TO THE RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF BSNL RESIDING IN TNF AREAS AND CLOSURE OF WLL EXCHANGES - AIBSNLREA NOW TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH CMD, BSNL:

AIBSNLREA has now taken up the above issue with CMD, BSNL stating that the Association had been taking up the issue for the last few years and even had a meeting GM(Admn) on 22.12.2016. The Association was given to understand that the matter was under active consideration and a decision would follow soon. But the matter still remains unsettled. AIBSNLREA has again said that though retired BSNL employees are entitled to get concessional telephone connection, many of them are not being extended the benefit since the area in which they are residing are declared as TNF areas and due to closure of WLL Exchanges even the WLL connections have been withdrawn. The Association has further cited the Order issued by MP Telecom Circle allowing the provision of Mobile connection to the retired/retiring BSNL employees who are not provided Land Line facility due to non-feasibility or availing existing WLL connection which has given relief to the affected retired employees. The Association has stated in its letter that “it is surprising that when a Telecom Circle can take such a policy decision, why the Corporate Office cannot take a uniform policy decision on the same issue to be applicable all over India. After all, policies for provision of concessional telephone facility to the retired BSNL employees are the subject matter of Corporate Office”. The Association has finally requested CMD, BSNL “to kindly advise the concerned Officers to issue early Orders allowing provision of mobile connection to the retired BSNL employees who are residing in TNF areas and the WLL connections earlier provided to some of them have been disconnected”.  View the letter

21.05.2019:

NON-SETTLEMENT OF THE GENUINE ISSUE OF FORCING ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS TO PURCHASE MEDICINES ONLY FROM THE STORES HAVING LARGE NETWORK OR OTHER ONLINE STORES OFFERING MINIMUM 12% DISCIOUNTS– CASE OF BSNL, MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter on the above issue to Secretary (Telecom) expressing its total disappointment that the above genuine grievance raised by the Association still remains unsettled and the DOT letter No. DOTEL/P/2019/00435 dated 16.04.2019 attaching a copy of an internal communication from the AGM (Admn), BSNL, Maharashtra Telecom Circle to the Dy General Manager (Admn), BSNL, Maharashtra Telecom, vide No. A/Admn-I/Medical Pharmacy/2018/18 dated 10.04.2019, only gives present status of the issue at the Circle level and this is far from satisfactory [View posting dated 28.04.2019 in this website to read the letter]. The Association, in its letter, has mentioned that four specific points which arose in this case have not been answered by the Circle administration. Secretary (Telecom) has now been requested to kindly advise BSNL Management to immediately intervene in the matter and get the issue resolved at the earliest by getting its Maharashtra Telecom Circle to withdraw its irregular Order dated 07.07.2018.  View the letter

20.05.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL REQUESTING TO CHANGE THE EXISTING METHOD OF DECIDING THE ANNUAL CEILING LIMIT FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT BASED ON PAY DRAWN AT THE TIME OF RETIREMENT TO BASIC PENSION AS REVISED FROM TIME TO TIME:

Referring to its earlier letter addressed to Principal General Manager (Admn), BSNL Corporate Office submitting its suggestions in connection with review of existing medical policy (view posting dated 25.02.2019 in this website to read the letter), AIBSNLREA has now requested Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL to examine on priority and accept the request to bring an uniformity in the matter of inputs to decide the annual ceiling limit for outdoor treatment of the absorbed BSNL pensioners basing on their pension as revised from time to time instead of last pay drawn at the time of retirement in the pre-revised or post-revised pay scales to avoid discrimination and disparity. The Association has reiterated its position that the ceiling limit so arrived at by adding the DA as admissible on 1st April of the years has to be multiplied by 2 to bring parity with the serving employees.  View the letter

17.05.2019:

NON-EXTENDING THE BENEFIT OF NOTIONAL PROMOTION AND CONSEQUENTIAL PENSIONARY BENEFITS IN TERMS OF DOP&PT OM NO. 22011/3/2013-Estt.(D) DATED 25.01.2016- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF SHRI R R GARG, RETD JTO, BSNL, GUJARAT TELECOM CIRCLE WITH SECRETARY (TELECOM):

AIBSNLREA has since taken up the case of Shri R. R. Garg, Retd JTO, Gujarat Telecom Circle, who was considered for promotion to TES Group B by a duly constituted DPC held in the year 2002 and findings of which was kept in sealed cover, but has not got his due notional promotion by opening the sealed cover in terms of DOP&T OM No. 22011/3/2013-Estt.(D) dated 25.01.2016 even after his acquittal from the charges by a CBI Court and consequent absorption in BSNL. The Association has addressed letter to Secretary (Telecom) and sought her intervention “so that justice is bestowed on Shri R.R.Garg, Retd JTO, since absorbed in BSNL, by allowing him notional promotion by opening the sealed cover of the DPC held in the year 2002 as per provisions of the above quoted DOP&T O.M.”.  View the letter

15.05.2019:

NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF CLAIMS FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT WITH OR WITHOUT VOUCHERS AND CLAIMS FOR INDOOR TREATMENT UNDER BSNLMRS - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS WITH SECRETARY(TELECOM):

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension) highlighting the acute problems of the absorbed BSNL pensioners due to non-reimbursement of their medical claims both for outdoor and indoor treatment. The Association has stated that “Under the BSNLMRS, the retired employees are eligible to get reimbursement of their medical claims for outdoor treatment within the ceiling limit as decided by BSNL and also the claims for reimbursement of indoor treatment in empaneled hospitals. It may kindly be noted that the BSNL pensioners are not entitled for any kind of medical advance and they are to bear the entire expenses by themselves. The empaneled hospitals do not allow cashless treatment since their bills also remain unpaid for a long period. Thus, timely reimbursement of the claims of the retired employees is essential to allow them to live peacefully by managing their requirement within the meagre pension that they get.” The Association has further added that “BSNL is not clearing the pending claims submitted by the retired employees even during the last half of the financial year 2018-19. It is to be pointed out that the reimbursement of medical claims for outdoor treatment attracts deduction of TDS and the concerned retired employees are to submit the details while submitting their Income Tax returns. Thus, non-reimbursement of claims for outdoor treatment even after the end of financial year has put the concerned pensioners in great trouble”. AIBSNLREA has finally requested Secretary (Telecom) to advise BSNL to clear all pending bills and make their immediate payment.  View the letter

13.05.2019:

MP TELECOM CIRCLE ORDERS PROVISION OF MOBILE CONNECTION TO THE RETIRED/RETIRING BSNL EMPLOYEES FOR TWO MONTHS IN VIEW OF CLOSURE OF WLL SERVICES:

AIBSNLREA is the only Association which has been relentlessly pursuing with BSNL Management to provide Mobile connection to the retired/retiring BSNL employees residing in the non-faesible areas and where the WLL connections were closed due to the policy decision of BSNL. BSNL Corporate Office is reported to have already examined the case and is all set to issue an Order on the matter. Meanwhile MP Telecom Circle of BSNL has issued an order allowing provision of pre-paid mobile connection to the retired/retiring employees who are not provided Land Line facility due to non-feasibility or availing existing WLL connection, for a period of two months. We are expecting BSNL Corporate Office to shortly issue an order allowing this benefit, which will be applicable for all Circles.  View the MP Circle Order

13.05.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS AND REVISED PENSION TO SHRI RAVINDRA KUMAR TRIPATHI, RETD SDE, NTR, KOTA BY PR CCA, NEW DELHI:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) regarding non-payment of pensionary benefits and revised pension to Shri Ravindra Kumar Tripathi, Retd SDE, NTR, Kota whose final retirement Order effective from 30.06.2014 was issued by BSNL Corporate Office and following which NTR, New Delhi had forwarded all the requisite documents to the Pr CCA Office. The Association has requested Secretary (T) to intervene in the matter so that Shri Ravindra Tripathi, SDE is paid his revised pension, DCRG and Commuted Value of Pension without further delay.  View the letter

10.05.2019:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF NON-REFUND OF GPF CONSTRIBUTION FOR THE PERIOD OF NOVEMBER, 1986 TO SEPTEMBER, 1990 TO SHRI V VELAPPAN, RETD DGM, TAMILNADU TELECOM CIRCLE:

Shri V Velappan, Retd DGM, who was working in MTNL Mumbai as Assistant Engineer from November 1986 till May 1993, did not receive back his GPF contributions and the interests thereon for the period of November 1986 to September 1990 which was duly deducted from his salary and remitted to DMT Coimbatore. Since his numerous representations have failed to yield any fruitful result, AIBSNLREA has now taken up the case with Secretary (Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ welfare.  View the letter

09.05.2019:

AIBSNLREA, WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH DISCUSSES ISSUES WITH CGM, CALCUTTA TELEPHONES:

: A delegation of AIBSNLREA, WB State Branch comprising of President Shri S C Ray, State Secretary Shri K C Dey, Asst. State. Secretary Shri Sukumar Ghosh and Executive member Shri Ashim Sil met the Chief General Manager, Calcutta Telephones in his chamber on 26/04/2019 and discussed the following burning issues being faced by the retired executive of BSNL, Calcutta Telephones:-
(1) Uniformity of the medical bill payment in all the units under CTD:- The administration assured to maintain uniformity henceforth.
(2) Fixation of pension to retired officiating JTO's in the light of Principal CAT judgement - Cases of S/Shri Tapas Ranjan Banerjee, Jiban Krishna Biswas and others:- The CGM instructed DGM(HR) to look into the cases and settle them early.
(3) Immediate payment of partially held up 25% leave encashment to recently retired executive.- Cases of S/Shri Manas Kumar Das, Avijit Chakraborty and others:- The CGM wanted the cases to be examined.
(4) Withholding of time bound scale upgradation order from E3 - E4 for several retired executives for want of service books:- The matter will be taken up with Principal CCA CTD at the earliest.
(5) Opening of more nodal centres in the jurisdiction of BSNL, Calcutta Telephones for the acceptance of grievances of retired executives as instructed by DOT under the comprehensive Pension Management System:-. The administration assured to consider opening of area-wise nodal centres.
(6) Procedure for switching over from BSNLMRS to CGHS:- The administration referred the latest order published in Medha Intranet/CTD on 29/03/2019 and also advised to opt for CGHS Scheme, if desired.
The Association thanked CGM for the meeting. He assured the representatives of the Association to meet again after three months for review.

06.05.2019:

E-JOURNAL MAY 2019 ISSUE:

May 2019 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

28.04.2019:

MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE’S RESPONSE TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION AGAINST THE ORDER FOR ARBITRARY DEDUCTION OF THE COST OF MEDICINES @ 12% FROM THE MEDICAL CLAIMS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE PENSIONERS/EMPLOYEES:

As reported in this website on 04.04.2019, DOT had forwarded the representation of AIBSNLREA on the above issue to BSNL. The Association wanted withdrawal of the Order issued by Maharashtra Telecom Circle to purchase medicines only from the chain of stores offering discounts and providing home delivery and also ordering 12% deduction of the cost of medicines if purchased from other pharmacies. Now Maharashtra Telecom Circle has sent a report with copy endorsed to AIBSNLREA which has been forwarded by DOT to the Association. The report says that some unions/associations of serving employees of Maharashtra Circle had a meeting with Circle administration in November 2018 on this issue and they were required to give details with justifications for taking up the matter with Corporate Office, but there is no response so far from none of these unions/associations.  View the letter/documents

25.04.2019:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, AKOLA BRANCH HELD:

AIBSNLREA, Akola (MH) Branch held its General Body meeting on 22nd April 2019 at Conference Hall, O/O GM Telecom, BSNL Akola. Shri N.N. Ambatkar Akola presided over the meeting which was attended by 21 members. Shri A.G. Nema, Branch Secretary welcomed all the members present in the meeting. Branch Secretary also apprised about the latest scenario prevailing in BSNL in respect of revenue constraints. This has resulted in delay in clearing medical claims of retirees. Most of the members received medical claims up to 3 quarters of this financial year but there are some left out cases in which members are yet to receive payments [For full report of the meeting, Maharashtra Section of State News page of this website be viewed].

23.04.2019:

NON-ADDRESSING THE ISSUE REGARDING WRONG APPLICATION OF BSNL ORDER FOR REDUCTION OF NUMBER OF DAYS OF PAY FROM 25 DAYS TO 23 DAYS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALCULATION OF ANNUAL CEILING LIMIT FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT IN RESPECT OF THE PRE-2007 BSNL PENSIONERS – AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE ISSSUE:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up the above issue since the matter raised in its earlier representation, vide No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2018/53 dated 11.10.2018, remained unaddressed [Posting dated 13.10.2018 in this website be viewed to read the letter]. The Association has reiterated that the annual ceiling limit for reimbursement of medical claims of pre-2007 BSNL pensioners is governed by a completely different Order vide No. BSNL/Admn.I/14-2/09 dated 8.9.2010. The annual ceiling limit of medical claims for the absorbed pre-2007 BSNL pensioners, who rightly did not receive the benefit of revised pay scales w.e.f. 1.1.2007, was allowed to be calculated based on their pre-revised basic pay. The pre-revised basic pay of pre-2007 pensioner has no connection with fitment benefit of either 68.8% IDA or 78.2% IDA. Thus, the basic pay of the pre-revised BSNL pensioners in their pre-revised pay scale did not undergo any change following raising the fitment benefit from 68.8% IDA to 78.2% IDA for the post-2007 BSNL employees/pensioners. Therefore, the BSNL Office letter No. BSNL/Admn.I/ 15-12/18 dated 10.07.2018, reducing the number of days of pay from 25 days to 23 days, in no way can be applied for pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners. The Association has requested Director (HR), BSNL to cause issue of a suitable clarification to all concerned so that the said BSNL Office letter No. BSNL/Admn.I/15-12/18 dated 10.07.2018, reducing the number of days of pay from 25 days to 23 days, is not applied in respect of pre-2007 BSNL pensioners.  View the letter

22.04.2019:

COMPREHENSIVE PENSION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CPMS) – SOME IMPORTANT POINTS STAND CLARIFIED:

Last year, DOT had launched its Comprehensive Pension Management System (CMPS) to take over the responsibility for direct disbursement of pension to the BSNL/DOT pensioners which was being disbursed through the Banks/Post Offices. From the very beginning, AIBSNLREA had been raising some basic issues which were required to be sorted out to avoid subsequent harassment to the pensioners. Our concerns had been mainly on issues like submission of Annual Life Certificate, issue of monthly Pension slips and Form-16. Now in response to an RTI application by Shri R R Balasubramanian, Asstt Branch Secretary, Chennai on his individual capacity, DOT has replied that Annual Life Certificate can continue to be submitted at the Banks/Post Offices having Jeevan Praman facility. In addition, the Pensioners Service Centre at SSAs and Pensioners’ Lounge at CCA Offices will facilitate online submission of Digital Life Certificate. Pensioners may access the Monthly Pension Slips on his dashboard by logging with his/her User ID and also access the same from his/her registered mail id. SMS alert will be received in the registered mobile number, whenever pension is credited in the bank account. As regards, issue of Form-16, it has been stated that the same will be sent to the pensioner’s address by Post. Further, BSNL has been asked to provide List of locations where Pensioners Service Centres are opened in BSNL SSAs/Units. One can have further detailed information from the Reply received from DOT.  View the DoT reply

21.04.2019:

DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ADDRESSED TO SECRETARY (PENSION) TO DDG(ESTT), DOT REGARDING DENIAL OF THE BENEFIT OF NOTIONAL PROMOTION AND CONSEQUENTIAL PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO SHRI SHANKAR SINGH YADAV, RETD JTO OF MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the above issue with Secretary(Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, since the issue remained unsettled even after the concerned pensioner made several representations and the Association also taking up the issue with Director(HR), BSNL as back as on 12.02.2018. The pensioner Shri Shankar Singh Yadav, Retd JTO was ordered to be promoted as TES Group Officer by DOT in 1998. But this could not be implemented since a CBI case was registered against him. Subsequently, the Special Court of CBI acquitted him of the charges after his retirement. After this, he got absorbed in BSNL and is now entitled to get the benefit of notional promotion and all other consequential pensionary benefits in terms of DOP&T OM No. 22011/3/2013-Estt.(D) dated 25.01.2016. The Association had sought the personal intervention of Secretary (Pension) in this case to render justice to Shri Shankar Singh Yadav, Retd JTO by allowing him the benefit of “notional promotion” and other consequential pensionary benefits (view posting dated 25.03.2019 in this website to read the letter). DOP&PW has now forwarded the said representation of the Association to DDG(Estt), Department of Telecommunications for necessary action as per extent rules.  View the DoP&PW letter

19.04.2019:

DOP&PW NOW FORWARDS REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA TO BSNL REGARDING ARBITRARY DEDUCTION OF THE COST OF MEDICINES @ 12% FROM THE MEDICAL CLAIMS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE PENSIONERS/EMPLOYEES – CASES OF MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE:

It was reported in this website on 04.04.2019 that DOT has forwarded AIBSNLREA’s representation that was addressed to Director (HR), BSNL and copy endorsed to Secretary (Telecom), DOT and Secretary (Pension), DOP&PW on the above issue to BSNL. The Association had requested for withdrawal of the Order issued by Maharashtra Telecom Circle to purchase medicines only from the chain of stores offering discounts and providing home delivery. It was also ordered 12% deduction of the cost of medicines if purchased from other pharmacies. Association wanted withdrawal of the said Order [View posting dated 17.03.2019 in this website to read the representation]. Now DOP&PW has also forwarded the said representation of the Association to DOT for appropriate necessary action as per extant rules.  View the DoP&PW letter

19.04.2019:

AIBSNLREA, AMBALA BRANCH HOLD GB MEETING:

A general body meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 16th April 2019 at Dilli Durbar Restaurant. The meeting presided over by Shri H.C Madan was attended by 28 members. Two new members joined the branch as life members making the total strength of the branch to 68. The meeting expressed deep shock over the sudden demise of our member Shri R S Bhatia, retired SE Electrical from Jammu on 4th March 2019 at a young age of 65 years. The members stood in silence for two minutes to pay homage to the departed soul. Shri J C Gupta, Branch Secretary briefed the members on the various issues. The members expressed their resentment over non clearance of their medical bills although it was gathered that funds have been allotted to the circle for clearance of all medical claims both with vouchers and without vouchers and also for indoor treatment. A new CGHS dispensary has been opened at Ambala after closing of P & T Dispensary. The Branch Secretary briefed the members about the CGHS facilities, procedure of becoming member of CGHS and replied to the various queries raised by the members. The meeting was followed by lunch and presentation of vote of thanks to the members.

18.04.2019:

BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ADDRESSED TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL TO THE CGMT, SHIMLA REGARDING NON-EMPANELMENT OF PRIVATE HOSPITALS FOR INDOOR TREATMENT OF BSNL EMPLOYEES/BSNL PENSIONERS:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the above issue with Director (HR), BSNL vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2018/55 dated 17.10.2018 (view posting dated 18.10.2018 in this website to read the letter) followed by a reminder vide No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2019/07 dated 12.03.2019 enclosing the List of Private Hospitals empanelled (within the state) with the Government of Himachal Pradesh in which the Central Government employees have also been permitted to take treatment. The Association had urged so that CGMT, Shimla, BSNL allows treatment of the BSNL IDA pensioners and its serving employees in these private hospitals after due negotiations, if needed (view posting dated 13.03.2019 in this website to read the letter). Now BSNL Corporate Office has forwarded this representation to CGMT, Shimla to look into the matter and take necessary action under intimation to the Admn.I Branch of Corporate Office.  View the BSNL letter

15.04.2019:

REQUEST TO ENSURE PAYMENT OF REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS WITH OR WITHOUT VOUCHERS UNDER BSNLMRS BEFORE 31st MARCH, 2019:

AIBSNLREA had earlier taken up the above matter with Director (HR), BSNL [view posting dated 26.03.2019 in this website]. The Association has now again taken up the matter stating that the latest drive by BSNL to clear the pending bills upto January, 2019 could not benefit most of the pensioners since the BSNL Units did not process their claims which were submitted long before. The BSNL Units had been just filing the claims on the plea that funds are not being allotted by Corporate Office. The Association has further stated that because of this peculiar mentality of the concerned officials in BSNL Units, the pensioners failed to get their claims settled. The Association has finally requested Director (HR) “to kindly advise all BSNL Units to clear all the pending medical claims received during 2018-19 to facilitate their immediate payment”.  View the letter

12.04.2019:

NON-ISSUE OF FINAL RETIREMENT ORDER AND CONSEQUENT NON-SETTLEMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS – CASE OF SHRI DAYANIDHI SAHOO, RETD CAO, ODISHA TELECOM CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA has taken up the above issue with Director (HR), BSNL. The Association has pointed out in its letter that “Shri Dayanidhi, Sahoo, Retd CAO, while working in Odisha Telecom Circle, was issued a charge sheet for major penalty under Rule-36 of BSNL CDA Rule and awarded punishment of 5% cut in pension for a period of one year. On implementation and completion of this penalty, Odisha Telecom Circle, vide its No. VO/Miss-Corr/2009/934 dated 23.07.2018 had requested BSNL Corporate Office to issue final retirement Order of Shri Dayanidhi Sahoo, Retd CAO”. The Association has also mentioned that in response to a communication from SEA Section of BSNL Corporate Office, Odisha Telecom Circle had also sent all the requested documents vide its No. ST/147-83/17/12 dated 06.12.2018. Since the much-needed final retirement order has not been issued till this day, AIBSNLREA has sought the intervention of Director (HR).  View the letter

09.04.2019:

AIBSNLREA, KOLHAPUR BRANCH HOLD QUARTERLY GB MEETING:

Kolhapur Branch of AIBSNLREA held a quarterly GB Meeting on 7th April, 2019 with Shri GV Nanjangud, Vice-President on the Chair. Meeting started with prayer. 75 members were present and 7 new members joined the Association. President welcomed all the Members. Two minutes silence was observed in memory of Late Dr. Shivkumat Swamiji of Tumkur Karnataka, Shri George Fernandes, a Great Trade Union leader and former Union Minister and S/Shri DA Aironi, NC Jain, Org. Secretary of State Body. The house also mourned the demise of wife of Shri HG Joshi in February last. All the new members introduced themselves and were welcomed by the President and Secretary with presentation of flowers. Branch Secretary Shri D K Joshi first greeted all the members on the eve of New Year Day Ugadi Padava [To view the full report, Maharashtra Section of State News page of this website be viewed].

06.04.2019:

E-JOURNAL APRIL 2019 ISSUE:

April 2019 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.04.2019:

GB MEETING OF VADODARA BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:

Quarterly General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Vadodara branch was held at 10.30 of 04-04-2019 at Hotel Utsav with Branch President Shri Patel on chair. He welcomed all the members and requested them to freely express their views and suggestions on the issues. Branch Secretary Shri R T Shah then briefed the House on all current issues and activities of the Branch. Non-payment of medical claims remained as an important issue in the meeting. Discussions were also held regarding increasing membership of the Association. The meeting with presentation of Vote of Thanks by Vice President Shri N G Desai. This was followed by lunch.  View Photos

04.04.2019:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2019:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2019 from 138.8% to 141.4% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  View orders

04.04.2019:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2019:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2019 from 303.1% to 307.5% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  View orders

04.04.2019:

DOT FORWARDS REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA TO BSNL REGARDING ARBITRARY DEDUCTION OF THE COST OF MEDICINES @ 12% FROM THE MEDICAL CLAIMS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE PENSIONERS/EMPLOYEES – CASES OF MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA had represented to Director (HR), BSNL with copy endorsed to Secretary (Telecom), DOT and Secretary (Pension), DOP&PW on the above issue wherein Maharashtra Telecom Circle had issued instruction to purchase medicines only from the chain of stores offering discounts and providing home delivery. It also ordered 12% deduction of the cost of medicines if purchased from other pharmacies. Association wanted withdrawal of the said Order. [View posting dated 17.03.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Now DOT has forwarded the representation of the Association to BSNL for appropriate remedial action.  View DoT letter

30.03.2019:

VALSAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD GB MEETING:

Valsad Branch (Gujarat State) of AIBSNLREA held a General Body Meeting on 10.03.2019 at PWD Circuit Hose, Valsad. The meeting started at 11.00 hours. The House first observed 2 minutes silence to pay homage to Shri A B Patel, ex-State Secretary, AIBSNLREA, Gujarat State Branch and the martyrs of Phulwama terror attack. Branch Secretary Shri Vasudev J Suthar presented his report on the activities of the branch and other issues connected with the pensioners. All the members participated in the discussions. Non-payment of claims for reimbursement of medical bills with or without vouchers remained as an important issue. The meeting was followed by Lunch served to the participants.

30.03.2019:

INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2019:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to increase w.e.f. 1.4.2019 by 2.6% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 4.5% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

26.03.2019:

AIBSNLREA REQUEST DIRECTOR(HR), BSNL TO ENSURE PAYMENT OF REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS WITH OR WITHOUT VOUCHERS UNDER BSNLMRS BEFORE 31st MARCH, 2019:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Director (HR) pointing out that claims from the pensioners for reimbursement of their medical bills for outdoor treatment with or without vouchers for the financial 2018-19, which attract deduction of income tax, are pending for a long time with the respective BSNL units from which they retired. The Association has further requested Director (HR) “to cause issue of instructions to clear payment of all the pending claims before 31.03.2019, so that the pensioners do not find any difficulty in submitting their income tax returns for the assessment year 2019-20”.  View the letter

25.03.2019:

DENIAL OF THE BENEFIT OF NOTIONAL PROMOTION AND CONSEQUENTIAL PENSIONARY BENEFITS IN TERMS OF DOP&T OM NO. 22011/3/2013-ESTT.(D) DATED 25.01.2016 TO SHRI SHANKAR SINGH YADAV, RETD JTO OF MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE – AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH SECRETARY(PENSION), DOP&PW:

AIBSNLREA has now taken up the above issue with Secretary(Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, since the issue remains unsettled even after the concerned pensioner made several representations and the Association also taking up the issue with Director(HR), BSNL as back as on 12.02.2018. Shri Shankar Singh Yadav, Retd JTO was ordered to be promoted as TES Group Officer by DOT in 1998. But this could not be implemented since a CBI case was registered against him. Subsequently, the Special Court of CBI acquitted him of the charges after his retirement. After this, he was also got absorbed in BSNL and now he is entitled to get the benefit of notional promotion and all other consequential pensionary benefits as per DOP&T OM No. 22011/3/2013-Estt. (D) dated 25.01.2016. The Association has sought the personal intervention of Secretary (Pension) in this case so that justice is bestowed on Shri Shankar Singh Yadav, Retd JTO by allowing him the benefit of “notional promotion” and other consequential pensionary benefits as stipulated in DOP&T OM No. 22011/3/2013-Estt. (D) dated 25.01.2016.  View the letter

19.03.2019:

BI-ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA, EAST GODAVARI BRANCH HELD:

East Godavari Branch (AP State) of AIBSNLREA held its bi-annual Conference on 17-03-2019 at Hotel Surya in Rajahmundry. The meeting started with prayer at 09.30 hours under the chairmanship of Branch President Shri G V Rsma Krishna which was attended by seventy members. Shri CH Gandhi, Organizing Secretary (South), CHQ was also on to the dais. After prayer, the house observed two minutes silence to pay homage to the departed CRPF personnel who were martyred in the terrorist attack at Pulwama and also to Late Shri N Krishna Murty, AGM (Retd), AP Circle. S/Shri GV Rama Krishna and Ch Gandhi briefly addressed the House. District Secretary Shri GSVSS Vara Prasad narrated the social responsibilities taken up by the association with full support of the members of the Branch. He informed the house that the District association contributed Rs 1,25,000/- to CHQ towards Legal expenses and donation. He expressed his sincere thanks to the members for the trust they reposed on the District Executive Body during the period 06.12.2016 to 17.03.2018. He also informed the house that the Branch had also donated Rs 80,000/-to the CM Flood Relief Fund for rehabilitation of the victims in Kerala flood. [To read the full report, Andhra Pradesh State Section of State News Page of this website be viewed.]

17.03.2019:

ARBITRARY DEDUCTION OF THE COST OF MEDICINES @ 12% FROM THE MEDICAL CLAIMS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE PENSIONERS/EMPLOYEES IN MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE- AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL:

AIBSNLREA had earlier taken up the above issue with Director (HR) requesting her intervention and to advise the CGMT, Maharashtra Telecom Circle to withdraw his order directing the employees/ pensioners to purchase medicines only from the medical stores having large network of stores and offering discounts along with the facility of home delivery or face rejection of their medical claims in cases of purchase of medicines from other medical shops not allowing 12% discount (view posting dated 20.09.20218 in this website to read the letter). Since there was no response and also the Maharashtra Telecom Circle has already started deduction @12% from the claims of the pensioners/employees against the medicines purchased from medical pharmacies not offering discounts, the Association has again addressed a letter to Director (HR), BSNL with copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension) and Secretary (Telecom).  View the letter

16.03.2019:

INDORE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD GB MEETING:

Indore Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body Meeting on 09.03.2019. Apart from discussions on the issues related to the pensioners, the Branch organized a “samman samaroh” to felicitate S/Shri R K Mishra, N K Choudhary, A C Jain, A G Naik and Yusuf khan, all members of the Branch, on their completion of 75 years of age. These members were honoured by presentation of shawl and shreefal. Brief introduction about these members were given and they also shared their experience with the participants. The meeting ended after presentation of vote of thanks.

14.03.2019:

CCA GUJARAT CIRCLE TO HOLD PENSION ADALAT AT CONFERENCE HALL OF PGMT, PALANPUR SSA ON 29.03.2019:

Controller of Communication Account, Gujarat Circle is holding a Pension Adalat for the BSNL and DOT Pensioners who retired from Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Palanpur and Himanagar SSAs on 29.03.2019 in the Conference Hall of PGMT, Palanpur SSA. The Adalat to start at 12.00 PM. The Pensioners who want to take up their grievances with the Adalat may send their self-contained representations to the CCA so that these are received on or before 23.03.2019.  View the CCA Gujarat letter

13.03.2019:

NON-EMPANELMENT OF PRIVATE HOSPITALS FOR INDOOR TREATMENT OF BSNL EMPLOYEES/BSNL PENSIONERS BY CGMT, BSNL, HIMACHAL PRADESH CIRCLE - AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL:

AIBSNLREA addresses another letter to Director(HR) on the above issue drawing her attention to the Association’s previous letter dated 17.10.2018 and stating that no action seems to have been taken on the said representation. The Association now encloses the List of Private Hospitals empanelled (within the state) with the Government of Himachal Pradesh in which the Central Government employees have also been permitted to take treatment. The Association has further urged that “We request that CGMT, Shimla, BSNL also allows treatment of the BSNL IDA pensioners and its serving employees in these private hospitals after due negotiations, if needed.”  View the letter

12.03.2019:

EAST GODAVARI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD BI-ANNUAL GB MEETING:

East Godavari Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding its next Bi-annual General Body meeting at Hotel Surya, Rajahmundry (Near BSNL Sanchar Bhawan) on 17.03.2019 sharply by 0930 hrs. All the members are requested to attend the meeting and take part in the discussions. There will be felicitations to the very senior members who completed 75 years of age (1944 year of birth). A new Executive Body will also be elected. Other retired executives, desirous of joining the Association as Life Members, are also cordially invited to attend the meeting.

11.03.2019:

DENIAL OF BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF PENSION BY TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE EXTRA INCREMENT GRANTED ON POST-BASED PROMOTION UNDER BSNL EXECITIVES PROMOTION POLICY – AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE CASES OF THE EXECUTIVES RETIRED BETWEEN JULY @)!& AND APRIL 2018:

AIBSNLREA again writes to Secretary (Telecom) and seeks her intervention in the case wherein a section of the BSNL Executives, who were granted extra increment on their post-based promotion under the then BSNL’s Executive Promotion Policy, 2007 and retired between July 2017 and April 2018, are still being denied the benefit of fixation of pension by taking into account the said extra increment. The Association has also mentioned that those who retired before July 2017 and those retired/retiring after April 2018 face no such problem. The Association has pointed out that “In the whole exercise, only those pensioners who had retired between July 2017 and April 2018, have been discriminated since they have not been given back the benefit of extra increment. Whereas, those who retired before July 2017 and after April, 2018 received the benefit of one extra increment to fix their pension”. The Association has further stated that this action of the DOT violets the principle laid down by various courts that all pensioners be considered as a homogenous group and there cannot be any discrimination among them.  View the letter

10.03.2019:

CGHS FACILITY TO BSNL PENSIONERS – APPLICABILITY OF CLARIFICATIONS ISSUED BY MINISTRY OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE:

In the background of several court cases, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India had issued certain clarifications vide its OM dated 29.09.2016 in regard to eligibility for various medical benefits to the pensioners. Now, Department of Telecommunications has issued another order clarifying that the facilities as mentioned in the said Ministry of Health & Family OM are also applicable to the BSNL/MTNL pensioners drawing pension from Central Civil Estimates.  View the DoT letter enclosing Ministry of H&FA O.M.

06.03.2019:

E-JOURNAL MARCH 2019 ISSUE:

March 2019 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

26.02.2019:

SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF LUCKNOW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:

Lucknow Branch of AIBSNLREA held its second Annual Conference on.25.02.2019 at Rai Umanath Bali Auditorium, Kaiser Bagh under the chairmanship of Shri Jagdish Prasad, Branch President. 79 members attended the meeting. One new member joined the Branch as Life Member. The conference started with hoisting of Association Flag by President. Two minutes silence was observed in memory of our colleagues who departed for their heavenly abode since last conference. House also observed two minutes silence to pay homage to the martyred CRPF Jawans in Pulwama terror attack [View Uttar Pradesh State Section of State News page of this website to read the full report].  View the List of Office bearers  View Photos

25.02.2019:

REVIEW OF BSNL MEDICAL POLICY – AIBSNLREA SUBMITS ITS SUGGESTIONS:

BSNL has constituted a Committee to review its existing medical policy so as to make it sustainable irrespective of financial condition of BSNL. Accordingly, it has invited suggestions including introduction of Group Mediclaim from the Unions/Associations of its serving employees. AIBSNLREA, has voluntarily submitted some suggestions keeping in view of the interests of the retired employees. In our suggestions for Indoor treatment in Hospitals, we have asked for introduction of a Group Medical-Insurance Scheme with reputed and efficient public sector Insurance Company or Bank which is ready to offer hassle free cashless service for all diseases and implants etc needing hospitalization or day care services. The premium has to be borne by BSNL. We have also suggested that the retired employees be allowed option either for CGHS or the revised BSNL Medical policy incorporating the Group Medical Insurance Scheme. In regard to Outdoor treatment, we have suggested that the existing arrangements under BSNLMRS, except for those opting for CGHS, should continue with certain improvements in regard to reimbursement of claims. We have further suggested that instead of basic pay plus DA, the present basic pension plus DA should be the criteria to determine the annual ceiling limit. Since pension is 50% of the last basic pay, while calculating annual ceiling limit, the basic pension plus DA has to be multiplied by twice the number of days that are allowed for the serving employees to bring at par with basic pay of the serving employees. This is to avoid different yardsticks being followed for the pensioners which invites anomalies and discrimination among the past and present pensioners.  View the letter

24.02.2019:

DOT FORWARDS ALL THE FOUR LETTERS FROM AIBSNLREA, AS RECEIVED FROM DOE, TO BSNL FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION:

All the four representations of AIBSNLREA, as detailed in the earlier posting dated 22.02.2019, which Department of Telecommunications received from Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) have now been forwarded to BSNL for appropriate action.  View the DoT letter

22.02.2019:

DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE (MINISTRY OF FINANCE) FORWARDS FOUR REPRESENTATIONS FROM AIBSNLREA TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) has since forwarded four representations dated 24.09.20018 (view posting dated 24.09.2018), dated 29.09.2018 (view posting dated 01.10.2018), dated 18.01.2019 (view posting dated 19.01.2019) and dated 22.01.2019 (view posting dated 22.01.2019) from AIBSNLREA to the Department of Telecommunications for appropriate action/redressal of the grievances with request that the petitioner be informed suitably. While the first two representations pertain to grant of notional increment falling due on the day following superannuation on completion of one full year’s service for the purpose of allowing pensionary benefits to the Government servants, the rest two are regarding pension contribution on actual pay basis w.e.f. 01.01.2006 for BSNL as was approved by Cabinet on 26.12.2013 for MTNL.  View the DoE letter

21.02.2019:

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION COMMISSION DISCUSSES REVIAL PLAN OF BSNL AND MTNL:

Digital Communication Commission (erstwhile Telecom Commission) discussed the revival plan submitted by BSNL and MTNL for their respective Organization in its meeting held to-day. Both these CPSEs in their revival plans, besides others, have requested following measures for the revival of BSNL and MTNL – (1) Approval for asset sales, (2) VRS under Gujarat Model which allows payment of amount equivalent to 35 days of salary for each completed year of service and 25 days of salary for each year of service left till retirement, (3) spectrum for 4G Service through equity infusion from the Government. The DCC, after deliberations on the issue, has asked both BSNL and MTNL to explain their turnaround strategy and give an assurance to achieve higher revenue for getting financial support from the Government.

21.02.2019:

GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, SAHARANPUR BRANCH HELD:

Saharanpur Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body Meeting on 07.01.2019. The meeting started at 12.00 PM in which large number of members participated. Members participated in the discussions on the issues related to the welfare of the BSNL pensioners. Thereafter, the old body was dissolved and new set of Branch office bearers was unanimously elected with S/Shri Balchandra as President and Jagir Singh Bajwa as Branch Secretary.  View the list of office bearers

20.02.2019:

LUCKNOW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

AIBSNLREA, Lucknow Branch is conducting its second Annual Conference on 25.02.2019 at Rai Umanath Bali Auditorium, Kaiser Bagh (near Baradari). The conference will start from 10 A.M. All members and other retired Executives, desirous to join the Association, are invited to attend the Conference.

19.02.2019:

GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, CHANDIGARH BRANCH HELD:

50th General Body of AIBSNLREA Chandigarh Branch was held on16-02-2019 GPO Building at 2:30 PM. Shri M.D. Bhasin presided the meeting. Points pertaining to Court Case for arrears against 78.2% IDA pending since long were discussed and the status of Court Case in Principal CAT, New Delhi. Shri M.D. Bhasin also apprised the house regarding status of 3rd PRC and other union activities were also discussed. The new system for Accounting and Management of Pension “SAMPANN” which was launched by honourable PM Shri Narender Modi on 29th Dec 2018 was also discussed along with its modalities in the house. Doubts about switching over to CPC from IDA scales were also cleared. The role played by peer unions were also discussed. The delay on the part of BSNL against release of medical bills was condemned in the house. The President cleared to house about profitability clause causing hindrance in 3rd PRC release, pension contribution by BSNL on actual bases, submission of KYP in CCA office etc. Shri M.K. Kalra, Branch Secretary welcomed two new members viz Shri Ajit Singh Hundal, Retd DE and Shri Taranjit Singh, Retd XEN (Civil) on joining as life member in the branch. Mementoes were also given to those who completed 70 years of age. The meeting concluded with happy note after serving of tea and snacks.

18.02.2019:

EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS BINNANUAL GB MEETING:

East Vidarbha Branch (Nagpur) of AIBSNLREA held its Bi annual Meeting at Amenity Hall CTO Compound Nagpur on Sunday, the 10th February 2019. Shri U B Nikose presided over the meeting. Shri P R Bhujbal CHQ Vice President along with Shri N G Talewar Vice President MH circle, Arun Deshpande Branch Secretary and V W Patil, B D Nikam Vice president, and B P Mazumdar were on the dais. At the start of the meeting, homage was paid to the departed members of Nagpur Branch and also their family members. Shri Arun Deshpande, Branch Secretary briefed the house about the activities of Nagpur Branch and status of current membership strength, CHQ quotas and contributions paid for court case was also reported. Shri V W Patil, Vice President welcomed all the newly enrolled members and briefed the house about SAMPANN. Whatever CHQ queries were raised regarding the implementation of SAMPANN were addressed by DOT. Shri P R Bhujbal, Vice President CHQ addressed the gathering. He welcomed and congratulated all the life members of the Nagpur Branch in the first meeting of New Year 2019. [Please view Maharashtra State section of State News page of this website to read the complete Report].

16.02.2019:

PMO FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REQUESTING TO GET THE PRICES OF MEDICINES USED FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES LIKE DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION SLASHED:

Prime Minister’s Office has since forwarded AIBSNLREA’s representation dated 24.01.2019 (view posting dated 25.01.2019 in this website) on the above subject to the Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare for action appropriate and reply the petitioner.  View the PMO letter

15.02.2019:

AMBALA BRANCH OF AIBSLREA HOLD A GB MEETING:

A general body meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 12.02.2019 under the chairmanship of Sh. P.C. Chauhan, President of the branch. 33 members attended the meeting. One new member joined the Branch as life member. Shri J. C. Gupta, Branch Secretary briefed the members about the latest status of pension revision case as per 3rd PRC. He also gave details of the efforts made by him in ensuring the payments of medical claims of the pensioners from circle office. The members expressed their deep anger in not resolving the pension revision as per 3rd PRC and its de linking from the pay revision as pension is to be paid by Govt of India and not by BSNL. The members are of the view that our Association should also cooperate with other associations/Unions who are spear heading various agitation/dharna for pay/pension revision.

14.02.2019:

GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, PALAKKAD BRANCH HELD:

The general body meeting of Palakkad branch was held on 12.02.2019 at Top in Town Conference Hall, Palakkad. The meeting started at 11AM. 57 members attended the meeting. It was a very good gathering. After silent prayer, Branch Secretary Shri P Prabhakaran welcomed all the participants. This was followed by the presidential address by Shri K.Haridas, DGM(Retd). The Branch Secretary then elaborated the vital issues being faced by BSNL pensioners like non-receipt of medical allowances in time, undue delay in the pension revision under 3PRC, present status of the court case etc. The members were very much upset and annoyed in the delay in getting their legitimate dues. After the vote of thanks by Shri T.P.Krishnanunni, Asst Branch Secretary, the members dispersed at 1.30 PM after lunch.

11.02.2019:

PROVISION OF MOBILE CONNECTION IN LIEU OF RESIDENTIAL LANDLINE CONNECTION TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES RESIDING IN TNF AREAS - AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL:

AIBSNLREA had been requesting BSNL to provide mobile connection in lieu of residential landline connection to the retired BSNL employees who are residing in the declared TNF areas, since last few years. The Association even had a meeting with GM(Admn), BSNL on 20.12.2016. The Association has now again taken up the issue with Director (HR), BSNL. The Association has further requested that this facility be allowed to other areas also allowing an option to the retired employees either to have a land line or a mobile connection.  View the letter

08.02.2019:

EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH TO HOLD GB MEETING:

East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding a General Body Meeting on Sunday, 10th February, 2019 at 4 PM in the Staff Amenity Hall, CTO Compound, Nagpur. All the members and other retired executives are requested to attend the meeting.

06.02.2019:

E-JOURNAL FEBRUARY 2019 ISSUE:

February 2019 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

01.02.2019:

WELCOME RELIEF TO INDIVIDUAL TAX PAYERS IN INTERIM BUDGET:


1. Full Tax rebate upto Rs.5 lakh annual income after all deductions.
2.Standard deduction increased from Rs.40000 to Rs.50000
3. Exempt from notional tax on second self-occupied house
4.Ceiling Limit of TDS u/s 194A increased from Rs.10000 to Rs.40000
5.Ceiling Limit of TDS u/s 194I increased from Rs.180000 to Rs.240000
6. Capital tax Benefit u/s 54 increased from investment in one residential house to two residential houses.
7.Benefit u/s 80IB increased to one more year i.e. 2020
8.Benefit given to unsold inventory increased from one year to two years.
9. No change in present tax slabs. If taxable income exceeds (after deductions) Rs.5 lakhs, income above Rs.3 lakhs (for senior citizens) will be taxable as per present slabs.

31.01.2019:

GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, MUMBAI BRANCH HELD:

A General Body Meeting of Mumbai Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 20.01.2019 at 14:00hrs in A.O. Hall % DELD Thane in Tekadi Bungalow with Shri N.K. Devassy, Vice President of the branch on the chair. There was very good gathering in spite of mega block of rail. Shri S.P. Varma, Branch Secretary requested all the members to observe 2 minutes silence to pay homage to the departed members. President N.K. Devassy welcomed the members and briefly addressed the house.[For full report of the meeting, Maharashtra State Section of State News Page of this website be viewed].

25.01.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REQUESTING TO GET THE PRICES OF MEDICINES USED FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES LIKE DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION DOWN:

While welcoming Government’s continuous efforts to bring down the cost of several medicines, AIBSNLREA has requested Prime Minister of India also to get the prices of the medicines and insulin required for treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension which need long term treatment and thereby give a huge relief to the patients.  View the letter

22.01.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CABINET SECRETARY REGARDING NON-IMPLEMENTATION OF CABINET DECISION TAKEN ON 26.12.2013 APPROVING THE PROPOSAL OF DOT FOR PAYMENT OF PENSION CONTRIBUTION BY MTNL AS PER FR 116 WEF 01.01.2006 ON ACTUAL PAY DRAWN IN IDA SCALES:

In a letter addressed to the Cabinet Secretary, AIBSNLREA has drawn his attention regarding non-implementation of the Cabinet decision taken on 26.12.2013 and uploaded in the website of Press Information Bureau, Government of India approving DOT’s proposal for change of methodology in pension contribution in respect of the absorbed employees of MTNL as per FR-116 upto 31.12.2005 on the maximum of the IDA pay scales and with effect from 01.01.2006 on the actual pay drawn in the IDA scales. The Association has requested him “to intervene in the matter so that Department of Telecommunication immediately implements the Cabinet decision dated 26.12.2013 in respect of change in methodology in pension contribution as per FR-116 upto 31.12.2005 on the maximum of the IDA pay scales and with effect from 01.01.2006 on the actual pay drawn in the IDA pay scales”.  View the letter

19.01.2019:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN APPEALS TO 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 again writes to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India against forcing BSNL and MTNL to pay pension contribution under FR-116 to the DOT in respect of its erstwhile employees since permanently absorbed in BSNL/MTNL and who are no more Government employees on deputation/foreign service under Sub-Rule 4 of CCS (Pension) Rules,1972 after their absorption. The Association points out that FR-116 provides for pension contribution only in respect of the Government employees on deputation/foreign service to other organizations and therefore cannot be made applicable to the absorbed employees of BSNL/MTNL. The Association has pointed out that because of this wrong action of DOT, BSNL and MTNL are facing severe financial crisis.

The Association has further pointed out that the Department of Telecommunication has also not implemented even the DOP&T Order, vide OM No.2/34/2008—Estt. (Pay II) dated 19th November 2009, effective from 1.1.2006 that pension contribution as per FR-116 will have to be calculated based on the actual pay drawn and not on the maximum of the pay scales. Further, Department of Telecommunication has also not implemented a Cabinet decision taken on 26.12.2013, as was reported by Press Information Bureau, 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 sought the kind intervention of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India stating that “Since the issue badly tells upon the very existence of BSNL and MTNL due to DOT’s unreasonable stand against these two CPSEs and its consequent adverse impact on the legitimate claims of the employees/pensioners like pay scale revision, pension revision, medical re-imbursement etc, we seek your kind personal intervention in the matter so that justice is bestowed now”.  View the letter

18.01.2019:

BI-MONTHLY GB MEETING OF UDAIPUR BRANCH HELD:

A Bi Monthly General Body meeting of Udaipur (Rajasthan) Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 12.01.2019 with Shri M P Vyas, President on the Chair. 25 members were present and 2 new members joined the Association. Meeting started with President welcoming all the Members. All the new members introduced themselves and were warmly welcomed by President and Secretary. Then President briefly touched the issues that are concerned to the general members i.e. new IDA of 3.2% w e f 1/ 1/ 2019 and Medical Allowance and asked Secretary to elaborate the same. Secretary Shri Gaffar Mohammed placed all the information received from CHQ in respect to revised IDA with 3.2% increase w e f 1st January, 2019, Medical Allowance, present position of CAT case and other issues. Also discussed rumors spread by some other associations.

14.01.2019:

AIBSNLREA, CHENNAI BRANCH HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The General body meeting of AIBSNLREA Chennai was held on 9th Jan 2019 at Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Ashok pillar, Chennai-600083. The meeting commenced with prayer by Com.Nirmala Subramanain. Then, the house observed one minute silence as a mark of respect to the recent Gaja Cyclone victims in Tamilnadu. [For full report of the meeting, Tamilnadu State Section of State News Page of this website be viewed].

11.01.2019:

REVISION OF PENSION OF BSNL IDA PENSIONERS IN TERMS OF 7th CPC RECOMMENDATIONS RULED OUT:

DoT has issued a status report on two issues pertaining to its pension section, which includes pension revision. The report confirms that there was no decision by DoT to delink pension revision from revision of pay scales as propagated by some associations and also their claim that pension would be revised as per 7th CPC recommendations. DOP&PW has categorically replied to DoT that pension revision as per 7th PRC recommendations is applicable for the Government civilian pensioners drawing pension in the CDA scales. Thus, our consistent and logical stand on this issue is once again vindicated. DOP&PW has also asked DOT to clarify as to how pension would be revised in the case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners who are drawing pension in IDA pay scale. DoT has sent the clarifications on this matter as asked by DOP&PW, on 27.11.2018 for their examination.  View the Status Report

09.01.2019:

AIBSNLREA, KOLHAPUR BRANCH HELD ITS QUARTERLY GB MEETING:

Quarterly General Body meeting of Kolhapur Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 07.01.2019 with Shri L M Godi, President on the Chair. 75 members were present and 6 new members joined the Association. Meeting started with prayer and President welcomed all the Members. Members first paid tribute to the departed members S/Shri. D R Vedante, from Kolhapur and P L Mantri from Satara who left for their heavenly abode in last October 2018. The House also mourned the sad demise of Shri B V Patil’s wife in November last. Then all the new members introduced themselves and were warmly welcomed by President and Secretary with presentation of flower bouquets. Then President briefly touched the issues that are concerned to the general members i.e. new IDA of 3.2% wef 1 1 2019 and Medical Allowance and asked Secretary to elaborate the same [For full report of the meeting, Maharashtra State Section of State News Page of this website be viewed].

08.01.2019:

NON-SETTLEMENT OF THE CASE FOR ABSORPTION IN BSNL AND ALSO NON-GRANT OF CONSEQUENT PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO SHRI S P CONTRACTOR, RETD SDE, GUJARAT – DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO DOT:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the above issue with Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW since there was no response from DOT even after constant persuasion. The Association requested Secretary (Pension) to advise Department of Telecommunications to immediately issue the much-needed Orders for absorption of Shri S P Contractor, Retd SDE who last served in BSNL, Gujarat so that he receives his long pending pensionary benefits and other dues [View posting dated 27/12/2018 in this website]. Now DOP&PW has forwarded the said representation from AIBSNLREA to the Department of Telecommunication to examine the issues as per extant rules/orders and inform the Association accordingly.  View DoP&PW letter

07.01.2019:

QUARTERLY GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, VADODARA BRANCH HELD:

Quarterly General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Vadodara (Gujarat) branch was held on 02-01-2019. Eighty-four members attended the meeting which started after observing 2 minutes silence in memory of Late Shri A B Patel, Ex Circle Secretary of Gujarat. Shri I A Patel, Branch President welcomed all the members and the office bearers from CHQ and State Body. Shri R T Shah, Branch Secretary presented a brief report giving status of the important issues. Organizing Secretary (W), CHQ Shri B V Bhavsar, State President P B Parmar and the State Secretary also addressed the house and gave information in detail about Pension revision, Comprehensive Pension Management System, Payments for medical claims etc. Shri R F Valand, Auditor also addressed the house. Vote of thanks was presented by Shri S Z Tailor. The members disbursed after lunch.  View photos

06.01.2019:

E-JOURNAL JANUARY 2019 ISSUE:

January 2019 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.01.2019:

REPRESENTATION REQUESTING GRANT OF ANNUAL INCREMENT EVEN ON NOTIONAL BASIS FALLING DUE ON THE DAY FOLLOWING SUPERANNUATION ON COMPLETION OF ONE FULL YEAR SERVICE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES- BSNL REPLIES IN NEGATIVE:

AIBSNLREA was pursuing the above case since 2015. Subsequently the Association took up the matter afresh after the Madras High Court gave a favourable judgment and Supreme Court also dismissed the SLP of the Government in a case filed by an individual petitioner [View postings dated 01.10.2018 and 08.12.2018 in this website]. Now BSNL has replied to our representation stating that presence of an employee is required on the 1st of the month in which annual increment falls for drawal of annual increment. Since the retired employee cannot join the duty on the 1st day of the month following superannuation which was his annual increment date, the increment cannot be released in case of a retired employee.  View BSNL letter

04.01.2019:

CHENNAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD GB MEETING:

A general body meeting of AIBSNLREA Chennai branch is scheduled to be held on 9-1-2019 Wednesday between 10AM and 1PM at HOTEL SARAVANA BHAVAN,(RajaRani Hall), No.25,10th Avenue, Ashok nagar, Chennai-600083 (Very near to Ashok Pillar) to discuss about recently launched SAMPANN, 3rd Pay Revision Etc. The meeting will be followed by lunch.

03.01.2019:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2019:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2019 from 135.6% to 138.8% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  View orders

03.01.2019:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2019:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2019 from 297.8% to 303.1% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  View orders