Site Updated on 02.07.2015
KOLHAPUR BRANCH (MAHARASTRA STATE) OF AIBSNLREA HOLDS ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:Quarterly General Body Meeting of KOLHAPUR Branch was held on 28h June 2015 at Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall in Kolhapur with Shri L M Godi, President in the Chair. 52 members attended the meeting and 6 more new members joined the Association. President welcomed all the members…. [For full report, view Maharashtra Section of State News page]
INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2015:According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to be increased w.e.f. 1.7.2015 by 2.1% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 3.6% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
ANOMALY IN FIXATION OF PENSION OF DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL, WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.7.2001:AIBSNLREA has been pursuing the above issue for last few years. The issue also became a regular item for discussions in the meetings of SCOVA. In its last meeting held on 03.02.2015, it was recorded in the minutes that “It was informed that since the last SCOVA meeting, two meetings were held with the officials of Department of Telecom on 20.9.2014 and 30.12.2014 and Department of Telecom was advised to expedite the details/Reply sought in DoP&PW’s ID Note dtd 28.02.2014. Department of Telecom informed that the BSNL is collecting the requisite information sought by DoP&PW from corporate offices of BSNL/MTNL. Department of Telecom was advised to send a reply to DOP&PW within a fortnight”. However, DOT was taking its time to prepare and send the reply since the requisite information was being delayed from BSNL. Now it is informed by DOT that the concerned file in which the issue is being dealt has been referred to DOP&PW for a decision on the issue.
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH SECRETARY (PENSION), DOP&PW THE ISSUE OF NON FIXATION OF RATES OF CONTRIBUTION AND ENTILEMENT TO AVAIL CGHS FACILITIES BY RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES:AIBSNLREA has taken up the above issue with Secretary (Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare since the Department of Telecommunications is yet to send a proposal on the connected issues to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare as was agreed to in the 26th Meeting of SCOVA held on 03.02.2015. The Association has requested for his intervention to expedite settlement of this long pending issue. View the letter
GOVERNMENT ISSUES REVISED INCOME TAX RETURN FORMS:Ministry of Finance, through a Gazette Notification, has issued the revised Income Tax Forms. Now tax payers can file their returns. The Forms are available in the IT Department’s website.
DRAFT CABINET NOTE ON PENSION REVISION WITH MERGER of 78.2% IDA AS FITMENT BENEFIT CIRCULATED:The Establishment Branch of Department of Telecommunications is reported to have circulated the draft cabinet note on its proposal for revision of pension of BSNL pensioners to all the concerned Ministries. The draft note also includes payment of enhanced Gratuity, Commuted Value of Pension and leave encashment on the date of retirement to those who retired after 01.01.2007 but before 10.06.2013.
DRAFT CABINET NOTE ON PENSION REVISION WITH MERGER of 78.2% IDA AS FITMENT BENEFIT IS YET TO BE CIRCULATED:The Establishment Branch of Department of Telecommunications is yet to circulate the draft cabinet note on its proposal for revision of pension of BSNL pensioners to all the concerned Ministries, though the note already stands approved by Internal Finance and other competent authorities as was reported earlier in this website. It is expected that the same may be sent to all concerned Ministries by early next week.
ESTABLISHMENT BRANCH OF BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE ASKS BW SECTION OF BSNL TO INFORM AIBSNLREA IN REGARD TO THE CASE OF FIXATION OF PAY ON GRANT OF SECOND ACP TO SHRI ARABINDA CHOUDHURY, RETD. EXECUTIVE ENGINEER (CIVIL), SILIGURI, WEST BENGAL CIRCLE:AIBSNLREA had been pursuing the case for non-settlement of the representation of Shri Arabinda Chaudhury, Retd. Executive Engineer (Civil), Siliguri, West Bengal for proper fixation of his pay/pension following grant of 2nd ACP since long. AIBSNLREA’s last representation to DOP&PW that BSNL Corporate Office was not responding to repeated representations to resolve the issue caused DOP&PW to advise DOT to examine the issue and inform the Association accordingly [Posting dated 31.03.2015 in this website be viewed for more details]. Now Establishment Branch of BSNL Corporate Office has informed its BW Section that the communications received from West Bengal Circle in regard to this case were transferred to PGM(BW) on 29.07.2013. It has further advised BW Section to inform the applicant (AIBSNLREA) suitably in respect of the case of Shri Arabinda Choudhury, Retd. Executive Engineer (Civil), West Bengal Circle. View the letter
AIBSNLREA, UP STATE BRANCH MEETS CGMT, UP EAST CIRCLE:The representatives of UP State Branch of AIBSNLREA, comprising of S/Shri R S Arora, State Secretary, Ambika Singh, State Finance Secretary and S P Singh, Lucknow Branch Secretary, met CGMT, UP East Telecom Circle on 3rd June, 2015 in his chamber and submitted a representation on some grievances of the pensioners being faced in the Circle. [Please open STATE NEWS page, UP section of this website for full report….]
A GANG OF CHEATERS CONNING PENSIONERS ARRESTED FROM NOIDA:Police has finally busted a gang of cheaters in Noida who had been conning the pensioners for quite some time. This particular gang had been contacting the pensioners posing themselves as the income tax officers or LIC officials and getting their bank and other personal details. The pensioners who had fallen prey to their false promises to help them in recovering unpaid money finally had to part with their hard earned money to these cheaters. A news report appearing in today’s edition of Times of India is appended herewith which gives further details. It appears that there are several such gangs operating with the same intention but under different mode. AIBSNLREA did receive several complaints from the retired Executives from all over the country and even took up the matter with CBI which forwarded the representation of the Association to Delhi Police for investigation. We would once again advice all the pensioners not to divulge any bank or other personal details to any person in the expectation that such person or persons will help them to receive unexpected money. If any such call is received in this regard, the details may be recorded and handed over to local police. View the news paper report
BSNL ISSUES TENTATIVE SENIORITY LIST NO. 1 TO 17 OF THE TES GROUP B OFFICERS BASED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF PARA 206 OF P&T MANUAL VOLUME IV AS PER JUDGMENT DATED 21.01.2015 BY THE SUPREME COURT:Following a Supreme Court direction on 21.01.2015, BSNL has since issued the tentative revised Seniority Lists No 1 to 17 of the TES Group B Officers based on the principle of Para 206 of P&T Manual Volume-IV which was once relied upon by Allahabad High Court for promotion and re-fixing seniority of S/Shri P N Lal and Brij Mohan. BSNL has now asked the Circles to furnish the missing information in these lists in respect of some of these Officers so that the same could be incorporated in the final revised seniority lists. Such retired Officers are requested to contact their respective Circle Offices and provide the information if found necessary. We had earlier informed through this website that Supreme Court had also ordered constitution of a two member Expert Committee with Justice Shri K.Ramamoorthy, retired judge of High Court of Madras now residing in Delhi as its Chairman. The Expert Committee was to suggest the way out for balancing the rights of the two groups of employees whose grievances are to be addressed with minimum disturbance in the matter of fixation of their seniority and allowing consequent promotions. The Committee is understood to have heard all the stake holders and AIBSNLREA had also submitted its view points to the said Committee [View posting dated 03.05.2015 in this website to read the letter]. The Supreme Court has to consider the report of the Expert Committee and thereafter issue final orders. This may take some time. Till that we are to keep our fingers crossed. View the tentative revised seniority lists
DRAFT CABINET NOTE FOR REVISION OF PENSION CLEARED FOR CIRCULATION:In continuation of the information that was given in this website on 05.06.2015, it is now to confirm that the draft cabinet note for revision of pension with revised fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA, in respect of pre-2007 BSNL pensioners and the retirees who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013, has been approved by the competent authority for circulation to all the concerned Ministries to seek for their views. Establishment Branch of DOT is expected to circulate the same in a few days time. DOT has to finalize the Cabinet Note by incorporating the views that are to be received from the concerned Ministries and get it approved by MOC&IT before forwarding the same to the Cabinet Secretary.
AIBSNLREA WRITES BACK TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS ON THE ISSUE OF NON-ISSUE OF PRESIDENTIAL ORDERS FOR PERMANENT ABSORPTION OF SHRI S S YADAV, RETD. JTO, MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE:Responding to the letter from the Department of Telecommunications to CMD, BSNL in the case of non-issue of Presidential Order for absorption of Shri S S Yadav, Retd. JTO Maharashtra Circle [Posting dated 02.06.2015 in this website may be viewed for details]. AIBSNLREA now writes DOT to inform that the much awaited Presidential Order for absorption in this case has not yet been issued by Maharashtra Telecom Circle of BSNL and also requested it to intervene. View the letter
MINISTRY OF FINANCE FORWARDS DOT THE COPY OF REPRESENTATION DATED 28.03.2015, ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER, WHICH WAS ENDORSED TO MEMBER (FINANCE) REGARDING NON-FINALIZATION OF THE CABINET NOTE TO EXTENT BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% DA FOR FITMENT BENEFIT IN PENSION AND PAY OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.1.2007 AND 9.6.2013:Ministry of Finance, vide its letter No. 200/E-V/2015 dated 24.04.2015, has forwarded to DOT the copy of AIBSNLREA’s representation dated 28.03.2015 on the above matter which was addressed by the Association to the Prime Minister of India and copy endorsed to the Finance Minister. [view posting dated 30.03.2015 in this website to read the representation]. Ministry of Finance has forwarded the said endorsed copy of the representation for appropriate action/redressal of the grievances with the request to inform the petitioners suitably. View the MoF letter
E-JOURNAL JUNE 2015 ISSUE:June 2015 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
DRAFT CABINET NOTE ON PENSION REVISION:All the queries raised by Internal Finance of DoT have been replied by the Establishment Branch and reportedly no further queries have been raised by Internal Finance. Internal Finance of DoT had advised incorporation of certain corrections in the draft and the Establishment Branch is reported to have resubmitted the draft to the senior officers concerned after incorporating the required corrections. It can be now expected that the draft cabinet memo will soon be circulated for inter-ministrial consultations.
DOP&PW ACKNOWLEDGES RECEIPT OF AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 18.05.2015 REGARDING NON SETTLEMENT OF CASES FOR REGULARISATION OF LEAVE DURING SUSPENSION PERIOD AND QUASHING THE ORDERS FOR REMOVAL FROM SERVICE IN RESPECT OF SHRI S N GAJBE, RETD SDE, MAHARASTHRA CIRCLE – FORWARDS THE REPRESENTATION TO DOT:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has acknowledged the receipt of AIBSNLREA’s representation dated 18.05.2015 [view posting dated 19.05.2015 in this website for details] addressed to Member (Services) and copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension) requesting early settlement of cases for regularization of leave during suspension period and quashing of Orders for removal of service in respect of Shri S N Gajbe, Retd SDE, Maharashtra Circle and forwarded the said representation to Department of Telecommunications to examine the issues as per extant rules/orders. View the DoP&PW letter
EXTENSION OF CGHS FACILITIES TO RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES – PRESENT STATUS OF THE PROPOSAL FOR FIXATION OF RATES OF CONTRIBUTION AND WARD ENTITLEMENT:The above issue was last discussed in the meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies on 03.02.2015 and the minutes of the meeting was also circulated by DOP&PW vide OM No. 42/39/2014-P&PW(G) dated 26.02.2015 wherein it was recorded that “Department of Telecom informed that since pay structure in BSNL and Central Govt. was different, the orders of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare regarding Ward entitlement on the basis of pay band/grade pay could not be made applicable in case of BSNL retirees. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare requested Department of Telecom to suggest alternate mechanism for the retirees of BSNL. Department of Telecom was advised to send a proposal to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in this regard in a month’s time”. However till this date, DOT has not sent any alternate proposal to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare but a request has been made by Member (Services), Telecom Commission vide his DO No. 4-12(11)/2012-PAT dated 19.05.2015 to Addl. Secretary & DG(CGHS) requesting him to fix a date to discuss the above issue along with the case for extension of the CGHS benefit to the ITS Officers working on deputation in BSNL/MTNL.
RESPONDING TO THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA TO MEMBER (SERVICES), TELECOM COMMISSION REGARDING NON-SETTLEMENT OF PERMANENT ABSORPTION CASE OF SHRI S S YADAV, RETD. JTO, MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE, DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS NOW WRITES TO CMD, BSNL:AIBSNLREA had earlier taken up the case of non-settlement of permanent absorption of Shri S S Yadav, Retired JTO, Nagpur of Maharashtra Circle in BSNL with Member (Services), Telecom Commission endorsing a copy to Sr. GM (SR), BSNL vide its letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2015/12 dated 18.04.2015 [View posting dated 19.04.2015 in this website]. SR Section of BSNL had also responded to the letter and intimated that DOT had already conveyed its approval for issue of individual PO in respect of Shri Yadav vide its letter No. 29-1/2006-SNG/Vol.III dated 16.03.2015 duly endorsing the same to CGMT, MH Circle for further action. The letters from both BSNL and DOT were posted in this website on 27.04.2015. Now Department of Telecommunication has also addressed a letter to CMD, BSNL stating all the facts and asking to furnish a compliance report to it with regard to issue of presidential order to Shri S S Yadav. View the DoT letter
INCOME TAX RETURN FORMS TO BE MADE SIMPLER:Modifying the form introduced a month back for filing income tax return for Assessment Year 2015-16, the finance ministry has decided to cut the number of pages in the form while keeping those clauses that will help it check tax evasion. In the new form, taxpayers won’t have to disclose details of all foreign travel undertaken and expenses incurred but they will have to give their passport numbers in the revised I-T return form. The taxpayers won’t have to mention the balances in their bank accounts but will have to disclose all their accounts, according to a finance ministry statement. The revised forms are yet to be uploaded in Income Tax department website. With the e-filing return forms expected to be released only by the third week of June, the government has also extended the last date for filing of returns to 31.8.2015 from 31.7.2015.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, GUJARAT STATE BRANCH HELD:Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA held its General Body Meeting on 25.05.2015 at Ahmedabad. 230 members attended the meeting and 24 new life members were enrolled during the meeting. Dr. Amit Agrawal and Dr Maharshi Bhatt graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. The meeting started by lighting of the lamp followed by prayers. The House first observed two minutes silence in memory of the recent earth quake victims and the departed pensioners and their family members. Thirty six senior members, who completed their 70 years of age, were honoured with presentation of bouquets and shawl. [Please read the full report in the Gujarat Section of State News Page of this website]
DHANBAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS SECOND BIENNIAL CONFERENCE:Dhanbad (Jharkhand State) Branch of AIBSNLREA held its second Biennial Conference on 26th April 2015 at Hotel Vishram Lodge, Hirapur, Dhanbad. The meeting was presided over by Shri P Choudhury, Retired DE, Giridih. After other regular deliberations, election of new office bearers for the next term was conducted. Shri P Singh, Retd DE(M/W), Dhanbad was elected as the President of the Branch. S/Shri R Y N Parmar, Retd DE(Extl), Dhanbad and N Chakraborty, Retd DE(Admn), Dhanbad were elected as the Branch Secretary and Branch Financial Secretary of the Branch respectively.
DRAFT CABINET NOTE ON PENSION REVISION:Contrary to the reports appearing here and there that the draft cabinet note stands cleared by Member (Finance), the note is still under examination in Internal Finance of DOT. In fact the file was last sent to Finance on 20.05.2015 by Establishment Branch clarifying an issue raised by Finance. The point on which Internal Finance has raised doubts is regarding the proposal to allow benefit of enhanced Gratuity, Commuted Value of Pension and Leave Encashment to those pensioners who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 which has been included in the present draft cabinet note. Incidentally, this part of the proposal was not agreed to by Department of Expenditure on the ground that IDA pensioners do not get any actual benefit of increase in pay/pension during the period between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013. However, there is no dispute on the question of pension-liability between BSNL and DOT as was being propagated by many to create some panic in the pensioners. Now Internal Finance is expected to take a final call on draft cabinet note to pave the way for its circulation.
GOVERNMENT NOW PLANS HEALTHCARE SCHEME FOR SENIOR CITIZENS:A report now says that ‘the government is set to launch a healthcare scheme for senior citizens as part of its social security initiative. Sources said the scheme would be funded through unclaimed deposits available with the government for which the law has already been amended as part of the budget exercise. The amendment will enable the government to tap a couple of thousand crores for the healthcare scheme. We will workout a threshold and people beyond that would be covered by the healthcare scheme, a source said. In the absence of access to government medical facilities, healthcare is seen as a crucial missing link for senior citizens who have to rely on family members to take care of them in old age.’ AIBSNLREA had earlier reported that the Government “has formed a Committee under Shri H R Khan, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India to assess the amount of unclaimed deposits in PPF and Post Office Savings Schemes and also suggest steps for their utilization for the benefits of Senior Citizens. Other members of the Committee are Secretary, Department of Posts, Joint Secretary (Ministry of Law), Joint Secretary (Budget Division, Ministry of Finance), Deputy Managing Director, State Bank of India and Executive Director, Punjab National Bank. The Committee is to submit its report by 31.12.2014”.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, GUJARAT STATE BRANCH:A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Gujarat State Branch will be held on Monday, the 25th May 2015 at 15.00 Hours at the Amdavad Medical Association Hall, near Natraj Cinema, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad to discuss the latest developments on the pending issues concerning the BSNL Pensioners. The election of new Office Bearers will also be held. Dr. Amit Agrawal will grace the occasion as the Chief Guest. The meeting will be followed by Dinner. All the members are requested to attend the meeting.
DONATION TO PRIME MINISTER’S NATIONAL RELIEF FUND TO ASSIST THE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN NEPAL AND PARTS OF SOME NORTH INDIAN STATES:AIBSNLREA had made an appeal, through this website, to all the BSNL pensioners to contribute as per their might to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to assist the Government in its massive relief operations in the earth quake devastated Nepal and some parts of North India. We had also requested all the contributors to this special cause to send their names and other details by e-mail for our record. We have so far received information only from a few pensioners as per the attached list. The list will be updated as and when we receive further information. View the list
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO MEMBER (SERVICES) REQUESTING EARLY SETTLEMENT OF THE CASE OF SHRI S N GAJBE, RETD. SDE, MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE FOR REGULARISATION OF SUSPENSION PERIOD AND QUASHING OF HIS ORDER FOR COMPULSORY RETIREMENT FROM SERVICE:AIBSNLREA has since written to Member (Services), Telecom Commission on the issue of inordinate delay in settlement of the “regularization of suspension period” and “quashing of Order for compulsory retirement from service” case of Shri S N Gajbe, Retd. SDE, Maharashtra Telecom Circle. The Association has urged that “……. we would earnestly request you to kindly intervene in the matter so that the undue long sufferings of Shri S N Gajbe, Retd SDE, Chandrapur SSA, Maharashtra Telecom Circle for no fault on his part come to an end”. View the letter
7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION ACKOWLEDGES RECEIPT OF AIBSNLREA’S LETTER DATED 08.04.2015 SUBMITTING AN ADDITIONAL ISSUE REGARDING GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THOSE WHO COMPLETE FULL YEAR’S SERVICE ON THE DATE OF THEIR RETIREMENT BUT DENIED THE ANNUAL INCREMENT SINCE THE DATE OF THEIR INCREMENT FALLS ON NEXT DAY OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH:Seventh Central Pay Commission has since acknowledged, vide its Acknowledgement id No. CPCL000579, AIBSNLREA’s letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2015/11 dated 08.04.2015 [posting dated 08.04.2015 in this website may be viewed to read the letter] wherein an additional issue was taken up to grant notional increment for pensionary benefits to those who complete full year of service on the date of their retirement but denied the annual increment since the date of their increment falls on the next day of the following month. View the Acknoowledgment slip from VII CPC
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF ALLAHABAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:Allahabad Branch (UP State) of AIBSNLREA held a General Body meeting on 25.04.2015. The meeting was conducted under the chairmanship of Shri R.S. Gupta, Branch President. 25 members of the Branch participated in the meeting. 24 new life members have joined the Association taking the total membership strength of the Branch to 38………[Please read the full report in the “Uttar Pradesh” section of “State News” page of this website].
QUARTERLY GB MEETING OF LUCKNOW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:The quarterly General Body meeting of Lucknow Branch (UP State) of AIBSNLREA was held on 18.04.2015 in the Recreation Club at Kaiserbagh Telephone Exchange campus. The meeting was conducted under the chairmanship of Shri Jagdish Prasad, Branch President. 70 members were present in the meeting and 5 new Life Members joined the Association…… [Please read the full report in the “Uttar Pradesh” section of “State News” page of this website].
DOT RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’s LETTER DATED 24.04.2015 ON NON-RELEASE OF LEAVE ENCASHMENT TO S/SHRI C A PATEL, RETD. DE AND R DAYAL, RETD. SDE OF BSNL GUJARAT CIRCLE – FORWARDS THE LETTER TO CCA, GUJARAT TELECOM CIRCLE:Department of Telecommunication (TA Section), vide its letter No. 6-24/2012/TA-1/9/Gujarat/3028 & 3029 dated 11.05.1015 has forwarded AIBSNLREA’s letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2015/14 dated 24.04.2015 [Posting dated 24.04.2015 in this website may be viewed to read the letter] on non-release of leave encashment to S/Shri C A Patel, Retd. DE and R Dayal, Retd. SDE of BSNL Gujarat Circle to the Controller of Communication Accounts, Gujarat Telecom Circle to examine the points as mentioned in the letter and to inform the action taken/status report to the Association as well as to the DOT. View the letter
DARPG ACKNOWLEDGES RECEIPT OF RESPRESENTATION BY AIBSNLREA ON NON-FINALIZATION OF CABINET NOTE TO EXTEND THE BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% DA FOR FITMENT IN PENSION AND PAY OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS AND FORWARDS IT TO DOT:Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances has acknowledged the receipt of AIBSNLREA’s representation dated 28.03.2015 regarding non-finalization of a Cabinet Note to extend the benefit of merger of 78.2% DA for fitment benefit in pension and pay of the BSNL pensioners who retired before 1.1.2007 and also between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 respectively [view posting dated 30.03.2015 in this website to read the letter] and forwarded the same to the Department of Telecommunication to redress the grievance. View the DARPG letter
SECRETARY (PENSION), AGAIN WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) ON THE ISSUE OF INORDINATE DELAY IN FINALIZATION OF A DISCIPLINARY CASE AGAINST SHRI BUDHESWAR MISTRY, RETIRED DE, HAZARIBAGH, JHARKHAND CIRCLE AND ALSO WRITES FOR EARLY FINALIZATION OF THE CASE:In response to AIBSNLREA’s second letter dated 29.04.2015 regarding inordinate delay in finalization of a disciplinary case against Shri Budheswar Mistry, Retired DE, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand Circle (view posting dated 30.04.2015 in this website for the letter), Secretary (Pension), while bringing the issue to his notice, has again written to Secretary (Telecom) emphasizing that “… it is in the best interest of both, the organization and the employees concerned, that the disciplinary case gets finalized early”. In this regard postings dated 16.03.2015 and 25.03.2015 in this website may also be viewed for further details. View the letter from Secretary (Pension)
DRAFT CABINET NOTE ON REVISION OF PENSION:The draft Cabinet Note on revision of pension of pre-2007 BSNL pensioners and also those who retired between 1.1.2007 and 09.06.2013, following merger of 50% DA effectively amounting to 78.2% for fitment in revised IDA pay scales of the serving BSNL employees, is yet to be received back by Establishment Branch of DoT. The Note in file is reported to be still with Internal Finance Division of DOT.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AMARAVATI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:Amaravati Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA held a General Body Meeting on 03.05.2015 in the TRC Hall of Auto Exchange building under the president ship of Shri V P Agarwal. …. [Please read the full report in the “Maharashtra” section of “State News” page of this website].
QUARTERLY GB MEETING OF KOLHAPUR BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:Quarterly meeting of AIBSNLREA, Kolhapur Branch was held on 5th April 2015 in Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall with Shri L M Godi, President in the Chair. 56 members attended the meeting and 2 new members joined the Association. [Please read the full report in the “Maharashtra” section of “State News” page of this website].
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AMBALA BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:A general body meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 4.5.2015 under the chairmanship of Shri P.C Chauhan, President of the Branch and was attended by 27 members…… [Please read the full report in the “Haryana” section of “State News” page of this website].
E-JOURNAL MAY 2015 ISSUE:May 2015 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
REDRESSAL OF A GENUINE GRIEVANCE OF THE PENSIONERS OF NOT BEING ALLOWED TO EARN THE ANNUAL INCREMENT EVEN THOUGH COMPLETING ONE FULL YEAR’S SERVICE ON THE DATE OF THEIR RETIREMENT – AIBSNLREA REQUEST DOP&T TO GRANT ONE NOTIONAL INCREMENT:AIBSNLREA had earlier taken up the above issue with the Seventh Central Pay Commission through its Supplementary Memorandum dated 08.04.2015 [View posting dated 08.04.2015 in this website for details]. Now the Association takes up the same issue with Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training since the matter is within the purview of DOP&T. However, the Pay Commission can also consider the issue while examining the memoranda submitted by different organizations. View the letter
REVISION OF SENIORITY LISTS NO. 1 TO 17 OF THE TES GROUP B OFFICERS BASED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF PARA 206 OF P&T MANUAL VOLUME IV AS PER JUDGMENT DATED 21.01.2015 BY THE SUPREME COURT:BSNL is in the process of revising the entire Seniority Lists No 1 to 17 of the TES Group B Officers based on the principle of Para 206 of P&T Manual Volume-IV which was once relied upon by Allahabad High Court for promotion and re-fixing seniority of S/Shri P N Lal and Brij Mohan and had also ordered accordingly. Thereafter, many similarly placed Officers moved to courts and were allowed similar benefits. However, the number of cases went on increasing since Department of Telecommunications did not apply the same principle for promotion and fixing seniority to those who were not the applicants in the cases. Now the Supreme Court in its Judgment dated 21.1.2015, while disposing of series of Civil Appeals, has ordered constitution of a two member Expert Committee with Justice Shri K.Ramamoorthy, retired judge of High Court of Madras now residing in Delhi as its Chairman. The Expert Committee will suggest the way out for balancing the rights of the two groups of employees whose grievances are to be addressed with minimum disturbance in the matter of fixation of their seniority and allowing consequent promotions. The Supreme Court will consider the report of the Expert Committee and thereafter issue final orders. Though this Association is not a party in the case, there are many members whose interests are likely to be affected. Keeping this in view, AIBSNLREA has sent some suggestions to the Committee for consideration so as to balance the rights of the groups in the process of revising their seniority and allowing promotions so as to cause minimum disturbance. View the letter
EXTENSION OF CGHS FACILITIES TO RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES- FIXATION OF RATES OF CONTRIBUTION AND WARD ENTITLEMENT ETC:Referring to the decision taken in the 26th Meeting of SCOVA held on 03.02.2015 that Department of Telecommunication would send a proposal to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the matter of fixation of rates of contribution, ward entitlement etc for the retired BSNL employees desirous to opt for CGHS facilities, AIBSNLREA writes to Member (Services), Telecom Commission to intervene in the matter since the involved issues have not been resolved so far. The Association urged him “to kindly intervene so that all the connected issues for implementation of DOT’s above referred Order dated 20.02.2014 is finalized at the earliest and the absorbed BSNL pensioners desirous to switch over to the CGHS can exercise their option after judging the conditionality associated with the scheme”. View the letter
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS, PG & PENSIONS TO INFORM NO PROGRESS IN DOT IN THE MATTER OF FINALIZATION OF DISCIPLINARY CASE PENDING AGAINST SHRI BUDHESWAR MISTRY, RETD DE, HAZARIBAGH, BSNL JHARKHAND CIRCLE:AIBSNLREA has since written a letter to the Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms, PG & Pensions, Government of India informing no progress at the end of Department of Telecommunication despite his taking up the matter of Inordinate delay in finalization of a disciplinary case pending against Shri Budheswar Mistry, Retired DE, Hazaribagh, BSNL Jharkhand Circle with Secretary, Department of Telecommunications. View the letter
BSNL (SR SECTION) REPLIES TO AIBSNLREA’s LETTER DATED 18.04.2014 TO MEMBER (SERVICES) WITH COPY ENDORSED TO SR. GM(SR), BSNL IN THE MATTER OF NON-SETTLEMENT OF PERMANENT ABSORPTION CASE OF SHRI S S YADAV, RETD JTO, NAGPUR (MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE):AIBSNLREA had taken up non-settlement of permanent absorption case of Shri S S Yadav, Retired JTO, Nagpur of Maharashtra Circle in BSNL with Member (Services), Telecom Commission with copy endorsed to Sr. GM (SR), BSNL vide its letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2015/12 dated 18.04.2015 [View posting dated 19.04.2015] in this website for further details]. SR Section of BSNL has now responded to the letter and intimated that DOT had already conveyed approval for issue of individual PO in respect of Shri Yadav vide its letter No. 29-1/2006-SNG/Vol.III dated 16.03.2015 duly endorsed to CGMT, MH Circle for further action. View the BSNL letter View the DoT letter
ECONOMIC OFFENCE WING OF DELHI POLICE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S COMPLAINT ORIGINALLY MADE TO CENTRAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ABOUT THE RACKETS OPERATING TO DUPE THE UNSUSPECTING RETIRED BSNL OFFICERS TO DY. COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, SOUTH WEST DISTRICT, DELHI:Economic Offence Wing of Delhi Police has since forwarded, vide their No. 2/07-08 COMPLT.BR/DCP/EOW dated 21.04.2015, AIBSNLREA’s complaint originally made to the Central Bureau of Investigation against a racket operating to dupe the unsuspecting retired BSNL Officers to Dy. Commissioner of Police, South West District, Delhi for ‘necessary action and direct disposal’. AIBSNLREA had received complaints from its Palakkad Branch and couple of other retired BSNL Executives. In order to have further details, postings dated 10.02.2015 and 17.04.2015 in this website may be viewed. View the DCP EOW letter
DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE ISSUES ORDERS ALLOWING ROUNDING OFF OF A FRACTION OF A RUPEE TO THE NEXT HIGHER RUPEE IN REGULATION OF ADDITIONAL PENSION:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, vide its OM No. 38/8/15-P&PW(A) dated 16.04.2015, has issued an Order stating that “…. The amount of additional pension as finally calculated may be rounded off to the next higher rupee”. It also orders that “In cases where pension/family pension of old pensioners has been fixed/revised without rounding off the additional pension, in those cases also, the additional pension be rounded off to the next higher rupee”. It may be recalled that it was AIBSNLREA which alone strongly took up the matter with BSNL and then with DOT at the time of revision of pension of pre-2007 BSNL pensioners in 2011 following revision of IDA pay scales for the serving BSNL employees w.e.f. 1.1.2007. In this connection, the posting dated 03.06.2011 in this website may be viewed. View the DOP&PW OM.
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASES OF NON-RELEASE OF LEAVE ENCASHMENT TO S/SHRI C A PATEL, RETD DE AND R DAYAL, RETD SDE OF GUJARAT TELECOM CIRCLE DESPITE ISSUE OF FINAL ORDERS ON DISCIPLINARY CASES. WRITES TO CMD, BSNL TO INTERVENE AND ADVISE CGMT, GUJARAT TELECOM CIRCLE ACCORDINGLY:AIBSNLREA has since taken up the above two cases of non-payment of leave encashment despite issue of final orders on pending disciplinary cases against the above named retired Officers. AIBSNLREA requests CMD, BSNL “to kindly intervene in the matter and advise Gujarat Telecom Circle to immediately release the payment of their leave encashment”. View the letter
RESPONDING TO THE MESSAGE TO ELDERS BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, AIBSNLREA WRITES TO HIM STATING THAT THE OFFICERS IN DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION ARE NOT BACKING HIS GOVERNMENT’S RESOLVE TO ENSURING THAT ELDERS’ GOLDEN YEARS ARE SPENT HAPPILLY, PEACEFULLY AND MEANINGFULLY – CITES THE CASE OF NON-FINALISATION OF THE CABINET NOTE TO ALLOW REVISION OF PENSION TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BEFORE 10.06.2013:Prime Minister of India in his Message dated 31st March 2015 to the elders, while highlighting some of the measures initiated by his Government, conveyed that “My Government is thus committed to ensuring that your golden years are spent happily, peacefully and meaningfully.” His Message further says that “Thus it is the nation’s responsibility to look after you.” AIBSNLREA has now written to him stating that ‘We the ex-employees of Department of Telecommunication and absorbed in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited almost 15 years back, after our retirement are not being allowed to live “happily, peacefully and meaningfully” due to indifferent and callous attitude of the Officers in Department of Telecommunications. We can cite many cases to prove our total dissatisfaction with the system. As a result, we are spending our days with total frustration and under acute tension’. AIBSNLREA cites the case of non-finalization of the Cabinet Note to allow revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL employees (pensioners) who retired before 10.06.2013. The Association further seeks his personal intervention in the matter “so that we get our dues and also our days are truly spent ‘happily, peacefully and meaningfully’." View the PM's Message View AIBSNLREA's letter
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH MEMBER (SERVICES) THE CASE OF NON-ISSUE OF PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE FOR PERMANENT ABSORPTION IN BSNL OF SHRI S S YADAV, RETD JTO, MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE:AIBSNLREA has since taken up the above issue with Member (Services), Telecom Commission since DOT is yet to take appropriate action to pave the way for issue of Presidential Directive for permanent absorption of Shri Yadav, Retd JTO of Maharashtra Telecom Circle. The Association has further requested for intervention of Member (Services) in the matter so that expeditious action is taken by the SNG Section of DOT to issue the necessary orders in the matter as requested by SR Branch of BSNL Corporate Office. View the letter
BSNL ISSUES ORDER CLARIFYING THAT REIMBURSEMENT OF ALL DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AS RESTRICTED UNDER CGHS/CS(MA) RULES SHALL ALSO BE RESTRICTED UNDER BSNLMRS:BSNL Corporate Office, vide its Office Order No. BSNL/Admn.I/15-6/14 dated 17.04.2015, has issued a clarification stating that under outdoor medical expenditure reimbursement of all dietary supplements including inadmissible foods, tonics, toiletries and medicines as restricted under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules shall also be restricted under BSNLMRS. BSNL Order further says that reimbursement of treatments undertaken from paramedical staff should also be on the advice of the qualified registered medical practitioners only. View the order
DOP&PW ACKNOWLEDGES RECEIPT OF AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 12/03/2015 ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AND COPY ENDORSED TO MINISTER OF STATE FOR (PP) ON REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001 AND FORWARDS IT TO DOT TO EXAMINE THE ISSUES:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has acknowledged the receipt of AIBSNLREA’s representation dated 12.03.2015 addressed to Prime Minister of India and copy endorsed to Minister of State for (PP) on the above mentioned issue [View posting dated 13.03.2015 in this website for further details]. DoP&PW has also forwarded the said representation to Department of Telecommunication to examine the issues. The Association, in their representation, had requested personal intervention of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in resolving the issue citing earlier decisions of the Government to resolve identical cases of some PSU/Government employees. View the DoP&PW letter
CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATION CELL OF CENTRAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S LETTER DATED 09.02.2015 COMPLAINING ABOUT THE RACKETS OPERATING TO DUPE THE UNSUSPECTING RETIRED BSNL OFFICERS:Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of Central Bureau of Investigation has responded to AIBSNLREA’s letter dated 09.02.2015 requesting CBI to investigate and arrest the people behind the racket who are attempting to dupe the unsuspecting retired BSNL Officers by offering them to pay stated unreleased pending amount out of their Provident Fund [View posting dated 10.02.2015 in this website for further details]. Cyber Crime Investigation Cell has forwarded AIBSNLREA’s letter to Dy. Commissioner of Police, Economic Offence Wing, New Delhi for necessary action at its end. View the letter
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH HELD:A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, West Bengal State Branch was held at CTO Building, Kolkata on 13th April, 2015 with a mammoth gathering of more than 240 members. After a brief cultural Program, the deliberation started with Shri S.K.Maitra, President in the chair…… [Please read the full report in the “West Bengal” section in “State News” page of this website].
DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE REQUESTS ALL PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATIONS TO ASSIST IN LINKING AADHAR NUMBERS OF THE PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS TO THEIR PENSION PAYMENT ORDERS AND PENSION ACCOUNTS:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, vide its OM No. 1/19/2014-P&PW(E) dated 01.04.2015, has requested all pensioners’ Associations to assist the Government to get the Aadhar Number of the pensioners/family pensioners linked to their Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) and Pension Accounts. DOP&PW has said that “ A pensioner or family pensioner who wants to benefit from this (Aadhar based digital certificate) facility needs to get his/her Aadhar number linked to his/her Pension Payment Order (PPO) number and pension account. This will also speed up commencement of family pension in the event of death of pensioner or spouse.” DOP&PW has further advised the pensioners/family pensioners to visit the nearest NIC centers for the purpose. In this regard, posting dated 02.04.2015 on the same issue in this website may also be visited. View the DoP&PW O.M.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH:A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, West Bengal State Branch will be held on Monday, the 13th April, 2015 at 13 hours at the auditorium of CTO, Kolkata to discuss the latest developments on the pending issues of the BSNL pensioners. General Secretary Sri S. Basu will address the meeting. All members are requested to attend the meeting.
AIBSNLREA SUBMITS ADDITIONAL ISSUE OF GRANTING NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THOSE WHO COMPLETE FULL YEAR’S OF SERVICE ON THE DATE OF THEIR RETIREMENT BUT DENIED THE ANNUAL INCREMENT SINCE THE DATE OF THEIR INCREMENT FALLS ON NEXT DAY OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH:AIBSNLREA has written to 7th Central Pay Commission that “There are many pensioners who even after completing one full year’s complete service on the last day of their service do not get the increment since the date of their annual increment falls on the next day. Just because they retire before the day of receiving the annual increment, even after completing one full year’s service, they receive lesser pension and other benefits compared to those who retire after receiving the next increment. Thus an anomalous situation is created in such cases”. Citing a Notification issued by Tamilnadu State Government granting notional increment in such cases, AIBSNLREA urges Pay Commission to recommend to allow notional increment in the similar cases for the Central Government Employees also. View the letter
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2015:DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2015 from 100.3% to 100.5% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007. Click Here for the orders
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2015:DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2015 from 238% to 238.5% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997. Click Here for the orders
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DOP&PW ON NON-COMPLIANCE OF ITS ADVICE TO DOT TO EXAMINE OUR REPRESENTATION REGARDING DOT’S DECISION TO PUT THE BURDEN OF PENSION LIABILITY IN RESPECT OF DOT EMPLOYEES RETIRED PRIOR TO 1.10.2000 ON BSNL:AIBSNLREA had protested against the decision of DOT to put the burden of pension liability in respect of the DOT Employees retired prior to 1.10.2000 on BSNL [View posting dated 30.07.2014 in this website to read the letter]. Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare had advised DOT to examine our representation and inform this Association of the action taken on the issue. DOT was also advised to intimate DOP&PW of the action taken in the matter [View posting dated 20.10.2014 in this website to read the DOP&PW’s letter]. Since DOT has so far not send any information to this Association about the action taken on its representation, AIBSNLREA has now drawn the attention of DOP&PW on the matter and requested them to intervene. View the letter
NON-RESPONSE TO AP TELECOM CIRCLE’S REQUEST TO RELAX THE CONDITION OF NABH ACREDITATION FOR EMPANEL OF HOSPITALS UNDER BSNL MRS AS HAS BEEN DONE IN CASE OF TAMILNADU CIRCLE:AIBSNLREA writes to Shri Anupam Srivastava, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited on the above issue and says that “…. Other than Hyderabad, NABH accredited Hospitals are NOT available at SSA level so as to empanel the hospitals. As a result, the BSNL employees – specially the retired employees at their old age are facing the brunt. The employees from far-away places in the SSAs cannot always be shifted to Hyderabad – specially under emergency condition for taking in-patient treatment in empanelled hospitals”. The Association further request him “to kindly intervene in the matter and get the necessary orders issued relaxing the condition of NABH accreditation for empanelment under BSNL MRS for AP Circle to mitigate the hardships faced by the BSNL employees residing in the SSAs outside”. View the letter
DRAFT CABINET NOTE ON REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2007 AND POST-2007 BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.1.2007 AND 09.06.2013 IS NOW UNDER EXAMINATION IN DOT’S INTERNAL FINANCE:Establishment of Branch of DOT finally resubmitted the file containing the above proposal to its own Internal Finance replying to the various queries raised by it and providing all the information including the one for which DOT had only in last March asked BSNL to supply the same. It vindicates AIBSNLREA’s apprehension that DOT had unnecessary asked BSNL to supply such information which was already available with it [Read our editorial in April 2015 issue of e-journal]. Thus, one full month’s time has unnecessarily been wasted by DOT. This further confirms that some Officers in DOT are not seriously involving themselves in this important issue of the BSNL pensioners. Anyhow, the matter now is under scrutiny by Internal Finance and Member (F) has finally to approve the draft Cabinet Note in case Finance find it in order. Thereafter, the Note will be circulated among the concerned Ministries for their comments. Once their comments are received, the final Cabinet Note will be prepared by including these comments in the Note and submitted to MOC&IT for approval. Once approved, this will be sent to Cabinet Secretariat under the signature of DDG(Establishment), DOT.
E-JOURNAL APRIL 2015 ISSUE:April 2015 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS DESIROUS OF AVAILING THE BENEFIT OF SUBMISSION OF AADHAR BASED LIFE CERTICICATE TO GET THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS REGISTERED FOR AADHAR AND FURNISH THIS INFORMATION TO THE PENSION DISBURSING AUTHORITY:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, vide its OM No. 1/19/2014-P&PW(E) dated 31.03.2015, has advised all pensioners and family pensioners to get themselves and their family members enrolled for Aadhar and furnish this information to the concerned Pension Disbursing Authority. This is to avoid inconvenience at the time of submission of newly introduced Aadhar based digital life certificate in the month of November. View the DoP&PW circular letter
INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2015:According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to be increased w.e.f. 1.4.2015 by 0.2% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 0.5% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’s LETTER DATED 07.03.2015 TO DOT ON THE ISSUE OF NON-SETTLEMENT OF FIXATION OF PAY/PENSION OF SHRI ARABINDA CHOUDHURY, RETD. EXECUTIVE ENGINEER (CIVIL) TAKEN UP WITH SECRETARY (PENSION), DOP&PW FOR EXAMINATION OF THE ISSUE AND INFORM THE ASSOCIATION:AIBSNLREA had taken up the above issue with Secretary (Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare seeking for his intervention in the above case since BSNL Corporate Office was not responding to repeated representations to resolve the issue [Posting dated 09.03.2015 in this website may be viewed to know more]. DOP&PW has advised DOT to examine the issue and inform the Association accordingly. View the DoP&PW letter
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA THE ISSUE OF NON-FINALIZATION OF THE CABINET NOTE BY DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION DESPITE CLEAR ADVICE FROM DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE AND THE TIME FRAME FIXED BY DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PERNSIONERS’ WELFARE – POINTS OUT TO THE INSENSITIVE, INDIFFERENT AND APATHETIC ATTITUDE OF THE OFFICERS OF DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION:In the background of inordinate delay taking place to finalize the Cabinet Note to seek its approval on the issue of revision of pension of pre-2007 BSNL pensioners and post 2007 BSNL pensioners, who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013, AIBSNLREA presents a brief narration of the issue to the Prime Minister and seeks his intervention in the matter since the Officers in DOT seem to be insensitive, indifferent and apathetic to this genuine problem of the pensioners. AIBSNLREA writes:
“5. On our part we have already knocked the doors of all concerned Officers in Department of Telecommunication. We have also sent numerous representations to even Secretary (Telecom) and Minister of Communications & IT. But there is no response. This compels us now to seek for your kind intervention so that Department of Telecommunication do the needful, as advised by both DOE and DOP&PW, to extend the genuine and lawful benefit to the affected absorbed BSNL pensioners”. View the letter
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION ASKS BSNL TO FURNISH INFORMATION REGARDING THE NUMBER OF PENSIONERS CADRE/GRADE WISE IN RESPECT OF THE PRE-2007 BSNL PENSIONERS AND ALSO THOSE WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.01.2007 AND 09.06.2013 IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSAL FOR REVISION OF THEIR PENSION/FAMILY PENSION:Department of Telecommunication has since asked Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to provide the information regarding number of pre-2007 BSNL IDA pensioners and post 2007 BSNL IDA pensioners (cadre/grade wise) who retired between 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013 vide its No. 40-13/2013-Pen(T) dated 13.03.2015. BSNL on its part, vide its No. 48-04/2015-Pen(B) dated 26.03.2015, has asked the Circles to furnish the same information to it. This is believed to be in connection with finalization of the draft Cabinet Note by DOT for revision of pension/family pension of the concerned pensioners/family pensioners. Thus, the circulation of Cabinet Note to the concerned Ministries will be further delayed. View the letters.
PALAKKAD BRANCH (KERALA STATE) OF AIBSNLREA HOLDS GENERAL BODY MEETING:A General Body meeting of Palakkad Branch (Kerala State) was held on 26.03.2015 at Hotel Indraprastha Palakkad. …… [For further details, please view KERALA State in STATE NEWS page of this website.]
SECRETARY (PENSION) FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 15.03.2015 ON THE ISSUE OF INORDINATE DELAY IN FINALIZATION OF A DISCIPLINARY CASE AGAINST SHRI BUDHESWAR MISTRY, RETIRED DE, HAZARIBAGH, JHARKHAND CIRCLE AND ALSO WRITES FOR EARLY FINALIZATION OF THE CASE:AIBSNLREA had taken up with Secretary (Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare the issue of inordinate delay in finalization of a disciplinary case against Shri Budheswar Mistry, Retired DE, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand Circle vide our letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2015/06 dated 15.03.2015 [View posting dated 16.03.2015 in this website for further details}. The Secretary (Pension) has now, vide his DO No. Secy/AR&PG/PG/2015/5856 dated 23.03.2015, has forwarded the said representation to Secretary (Telecom) and said that “You would agree that it is in the best interest of both, the organization and the employee concerned that the disciplinary case gets finalized early”. View the letter.
RESTORASTION OF BENEFIT OF MEDICAL ALLOWANCE FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT WITHOUT VOUCHER TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES:BSNL Corporate Office is now considering the demand for restoration of medical allowance for outdoor treatment without voucher to the retired BSNL employees. In order to examine the issue, it has asked all CGMs to furnish some information vide its No. BSNL/Admn.I/15-22/14 dated 17.03.2015. View the letter.
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF INORDINATE DELAY IN EXTENDING THE BENEFIT OF DEFERRED OPTION AS PER PARA 4 OF DOP&PW OM NO. 4/18/87-P&PW(D) DATED 05.07.1989 TO THE GROUP C EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WITH PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:AIBSNLREA draws the attention of the Prime Minister of India on the unprecedented delay in extending the above benefit to the Group C Employees of DOT since absorbed in BSNL. It may be recollected that after series of representations on the above issue, DOT had sought for some information from BSNL to process the case at their end. BSNL Corporate Office had also asked the CGMs to furnish those information. In this regard posting dated 13.11.2014 and 02.12.2014 in this website may be viewed. However, the matter is still not resolved. View the letter.
UNPRECEDENTED DELAY OF OVER 8 YEARS IN PROCESSING A DISCIPLINARY CASE DEPRIVING PAYMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS – AIBSNLREA NOW TAKES UP THE CASE OF SHRI BUDHESWAR MISTRY, RETD DE, HAZARIBAGH WITH SECRETARY (PENSION):AIBSNLREA has now taken up the above case with Secretary (Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare since BSNL and DOT are showing no interest to finalize the case though the IO had submitted his findings in December 2010. View the letter.
REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE WITH PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:AIBSNLREA has taken up the above issue with Prime Minister of India since numerous representations in the matter has failed to break the ice. The Association has requested for his personal intervention in resolving the issue citing some earlier Government decisions to resolve identical issue in cases of some PSU/Government employees. The Association also refers to its earlier representation vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/24 dated 3.11.2014 (to read the letter, view posting dated 08.11.2014 in this website) addressed to Minister of State for (PP) on the same issue wherein the said Government decisions were quoted. View the letter.
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF NON-SETTLEMENT OF FIXATION OF PAY/PENSION OF SHRI ARABINDA CHOUDHURY, RETD. EXECUTIVE ENGINEER (CIVIL) WITH SECRETARY (PENSION), DOP&PW:AIBSNLREA has written a letter to the Secretary (Pension), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare seeking for his intervention in the above case since BSNL Corporate Office has not been responding to repeated representations to resolve the issue. View the letter.
E-JOURNAL MARCH 2015 ISSUE:March 2015 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
TAMILNADU CIRCLE ISSUES CORRIGENDUM TO ITS EARLIER LETTER ON ANNUAL LIMIT FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT WITH VOUCHER FOR THE RETIRED EMPLOYEES:AIBSNLREA had written to CGMT Tamilnadu Circle regarding a letter from CGM office dated 5.11.2014 to its Heads of SSAs authorizing the DGMs of the SSAs to sign permission letter to take treatment in nearby SSAs in absence of the GMs/PGMs to avoid delay. It had reproduced in the letter one particular Para of one BSNLMRS Order issued by Corporate Office in 2003. While, the revised annual limit for outdoor treatment with voucher for the serving employees has also been mentioned alongside the old provision by the Circle in its letter, this has not been done in case of the retired employees. AIBSNLREA had drawn the attention of the CGMT about this omission and requested to issue a corrigendum circulating the revised annual limit for the retired employees that was issued by BSNL Corporate Office in 2010 [Posting dated 18.11.2014 in this site may be viewed]. Tamilnadu CGM office has now issued a corrigendum reproducing extract from BSNL letter dated 8.9.2010. We are thankful to CGMT Tamilnadu Circle for issue of the corrigendum. View the Corrigendum.
PERSONAL INCOME TAX :The Union Budget 2015-16 presented in the Lok Sabha to-day did not propose any change in the personal income tax rates or exemption limit. These remain the same as in last year. However, transport allowance exemption limit has been raised to Rs. 1600 per month. It has also been proposed to increase the limit of deduction on account of health insurance premium from Rs.15,000 to Rs.25,000. In case of the senior citizens, this limit is to be increased from Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000. For very senior citizens above the age of 80 years, who are not eligible to avail of health insurance, deduction will be allowed for medical expenses up to Rs.30,000. The deduction limit of Rs.60,000 on expenditure on account of specified diseases - like cancer etc is to be enhanced to Rs.80,000 in the case of senior citizens. Limit on deduction on account of contribution to a pension fund and the new pension scheme is proposed to be increased from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh. Additional deduction of Rs.50,000 will be allowed for contribution to the new pension scheme under section 80 CCD of Income Tax Act -- increasing the exemption from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh. The budget also proposed additional deduction of Rs.25,000 for differently-abled persons, increasing the limit from Rs.50,000 to Rs.75,000. It also proposed to increase the limit of tax deduction from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.25 lakh in case of severe disability. Investment in Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme will be eligible for deduction under section 80C of the income tax and any payment from the scheme shall not be liable to tax. These proposals would result in tax deductions to the tune of around Rs.4,44,200 for the individuals as given below:-
Deduction u/s 80C: - Rs.150,000; Deduction u/s 80CCD: - Rs.50,000; Deduction on account of interest on house property loan (Self-occupied property): - Rs.200,000; Deduction u/s 80D on health insurance premium:- Rs.25,000; Exemption of transport allowance - Rs 19,200; Total - Rs.4,44,200
EXTENSION OF CGHS FACILITIES TO RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES:DOT had earlier conveyed the approval of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to its proposal to allow the option to either avail the CGHS facilities or to continue with the BSNLMRS by the retired BSNL employees. BSNL, on its part, had also circulated the said Order of DOT. However, there was some problems being faced by the retired BSNL employees to get the CGHS facilities. The matter was last discussed in the 26th Meeting of SCOVA held on 03.02.2015 to sort out the issue. The relevant extract of the Minutes of the said meeting is reproduced below which indicates that DOT was finding it difficult to fix the rates of contribution and ward entitlement for the retired BSNL employees due to difference in the pay structure in BSNL and Central Government.
5 (XV) Sl No. 15 of ATR: Extension of CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees – Issue of follow up orders by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare & fixation of rates of contribution & ward entitlement by DOT:- Department of Telecom informed that since pay structure in BSNL and Central Govt. was different, the orders of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare regarding Ward entitlement on the basis of pay band/grade pay could not be made applicable in case of BSNL retirees. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare requested Department of Telecom to suggest alternate mechanism for the retirees of BSNL. Department of Telecom was advised to send a proposal to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in this regard in a month’s time.
MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION BENEFIT TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS AND ANOMALY IN FIXATION OF PENSION TO DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL, WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.7.2001:As already informed, both the above issues were last discussed in the 26th Meeting of Standing Committee Of Voluntary Agencies on 03.02.2015. Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since issued the Minutes of the said Meeting. The minutes related to the above two items, as recorded, are as follows:
5 (VIII) Sl No. 8 of ATR:- Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners: It was informed that the proposal has been approved by Department of Expenditure, in principle. Department of Telecom informed that as per the advice of the Department of Expenditure a Cabinet Note has been prepared and sent to their IFD for approval. Department of Telecom was advised to finalise the draft Cabinet Note and circulate it to the concerned Ministries by the end of February, 2015.
5 (VII) Sl No. 7 of ATR:- Anomaly in fixation of pension of DOT employees absorbed in BSNL, who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.7.2001: It was informed that since the last SCOVA meeting, two meetings were held with the officials of Department of Telecom on 20.9.2014 and 30.12.2014 and Department of Telecom was advised to expedite the details/Reply sought in DoP&PW’s ID Note dtd 28.02.2014. Department of Telecom informed that the BSNL is collecting the requisite information sought by DoP&PW from corporate offices of BSNL/MTNL. Department of Telecom was advised to send a reply to DOP&PW within a fortnight. View the complete Minutes issued by DOP&PW.