Site Updated on 02.03.2015
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.
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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.
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TCIL’S BSNL DEFENCE PROJECT:
TCIL is in need of services of the “retired DE/SDE/JTO on contract basis to work in Rajasthan, who are having experience in the field of Transmission for TCIL’s BSNL Defence Project. Please send the resumes as well the complete details in the format” given “whomever are having above mentioned experience or willing to work in Defence Project at Rajasthan.” The Format is as follows: (1) Staff No/HRMS No., (2) Name & Designation, (3) Date of Birth, (4) Address, (5) Tel/Mob. No, (6) Experience details, (7) e-mail id. For further queries please contact
Shri Deepak Sain, JCA (Pers.) Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. Ph. No. 011-26202225, e-mail id: email@example.com
CABINET NOTE IN REGARD TO EXTENSION OF BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PAY/PENSION TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:
The draft Cabinet Note prepared by Establishment Branch of DOT and sent to its Internal Finance about a month back has since been received back in the Section two days ago with some queries raised by the Internal Finance. The Section is said to be now preparing the reply and the file containing the draft Note would again be sent to Internal Finance shortly.
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF LIFE CERTIFICATE:
Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) has since issued a circular letter dated 30.01.2015 in the background of some complaints being received that some banks are insisting for physical appearance of the pensioners/family pensioners at the time of submission of annual Life Certificate in the month of November every year. The Department of Expenditure has reiterated that physical appearance for the pensioners/family pensioners is not required if the Life Certificate is signed by any of the authority as already specified by it earlier. DOE has further clarified that Aadhar based Digital Life Certificate launched by the Prime Minister also does away with the need for physical appearance.
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VARANASI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MEETS MOC&IT:
Representatives of AIBSNLREA, Varanasi Branch met Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT at Hotel Gateway, Varanasi on 8th February 2015. They discussed with MOC&IT on the delay in final settlement of the case for extension of benefit of merger of 78.2% DA for fitment in pay/pension of the retired BSNL employees. They also handed over him a memorandum on the issue. The MOC&IT assured them to examine and expedite the matter. S/Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT and Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL were also present during the discussion. The Branch was represented by S/Shri B N Singh, President, Yad ali, Branch Secretary and Hariom, Org Secretary
EXTENSION OF BENEFIT OF DEFERRED OPTION UNDER PARA 4 OF DOP&PW NO. 4/18/87-P&PW(D) DATED 05.07.1989 TO THE ABSORBED GROUP C & D EMPLOYEES IN BSNL:
BSNL Corporate Office has again issued a reminder vide its No. 1-15/2011-PAT (BSNL) dated 03.02.2015 to all CGMs to supply the requisite information sought earlier vide its Nos. 1-15/2011-PAT (BSNL) dated 12.11.2014 and 01.12.2014 (Last posting on the same issue dated 02.12.2014 in this website may also be viewed). These information are required to be submitted to DOT for settlement of deferred option cases.
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR, CBI ON THE ISSUE OF ATTEMPT BY A RACKET TO DUPE THE RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES:
AIBSNLREA has requested Director, CBI to investigate and arrest the people behind the racket who are attempting to dupe the unsuspecting retired BSNL Officers with an assurance to pay pending amount out of Provident Fund.
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E-JOURNAL FEBRUARY 2015 ISSUE:
February 2015 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
ACTION TAKEN REPORT ON THE DECISIONS OF 25TH MEETING OF SCOVA ISSUED BY DOP&PW:
The 26th Meeting of SCOVA is scheduled to be held tomorrow on 03.02.2015. DOP&PW has now issued the Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 25th meeting of SCOVA. In respect of Anomaly in the fixation of pension of DOT employees absorbed in BSNL, who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.7.2001 there is no change in position as the details required by DoPPW have not yet been received from MTNL and BSNL. In respect of Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners, DoT has conveyed that “DoPPW has conveyed its no objection and Department of Expenditure has also agreed to the proposal subject to the approval of Cabinet. Accordingly, Cabinet Note has been prepared and put up for approval of MOC & IT.”
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DO NOT RESPOND TO THE CALLS PROMISING PAYMENT OF MONEY:
Of late, some groups are making calls to the pensioners asking for the details of their Bank Accounts and even advising them to pay specified amounts in their specific Accounts promising them to pay huge money which are now said to be due to them but remained unpaid. Such calls were earlier being received promising to pay additional amount for LIC bonus. No one should respond to such calls, as these calls are aimed at to deceive the recipient of the calls. Do not divulge your bank account details, passwords of your mails etc to anyone.
EXTENSION OF EMPANELMENT OF HOSPITALS IN NAGPUR SSA:
CGMT Maharashtra Circle, Mumbai has approved extension of empanelment for 17 hospitals in Nagpur SSA from 1-2-2015 to 17-01-2017, for Indoor Medical treatment under BSNLMRS to the BSNL employees and the retired BSNL employees. All retired BSNL executives are requested to take note of the orders.
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In order to publish information of local importance to various Branches, a new link "STATE NEWS" with sub-links to each state has been created and is available in the row above. The first news uploaded in this link happens to be from Maharashtra State . Branches are requested to send important developments/orders/news to the CHQ for publishing in the respective pages.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF CHANDIGARH BRANCH:
General Body Meeting and Get Together of members of AIBSNLREA Chandigarh Branch will be held on 01-02-2015 (SUNDAY) at 12.30 HRS in SINDHI SWEET SCO 403 Sector 37D Market. Meeting will be followed by LUNCH. All members are requested to attend without fail.
REVISION OF IQ RATES:
BSNL has revised the rates for stay in IQs w.e.f. 23.1.2015, to be uniformly followed in all BSNL IQs across the country. The rates for retired officers of BSNL will be Rs.150/- per day in A & A1 class cities and Rs.75/- per day in B, B1 and other cities.
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BI-MONTHLY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA AMARAVATI BRANCHS:
Bi-monthly meeting of AIBSNLREA Amaravati branch was held on 18th January 2015 in the Conferance Hall of O/o GMT Amaravati. Secretary welcomed all the members. All members were eager to know the status of pension revision due to merger of 50% DA effectively amounting to 78.2%. Secretary conveyed that the case is still pending in DOT as draft cabinet note has to be circulated among different ministries before submission for cabinet approval. Regarding reimbursement of medical expenses for outdoor treatment, bills pertaining to Maharashtra circle are being paid but those pertaining to WTR and WTP are still pending. Secretary along with two members has met DGM(Finance) twice and raised this issue. DGM (F) has assured to look into the issue. Secretary informed members that from February 2015 onwards BSNL will not issue land line/broad band bills to working and retired BSNL employees to encourage "Green Movement". Members may pay bills through net-banking or opt for ECS facility. Secretary also suggested that the members draw pension through joint account. The meeting felicitated four new members who have enrolled as life members. Meeting ended with vote of thanks.
GUJARAT STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA REGISTERS 700 LIFE MEMBERSHIP, MAHARASHTRA STATE BRANCH CROSSES 600 MARK:
Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA has recorded exactly 700 life membership strength and thus became the first State Branch to reach 700 mark. On the other hand, Maharashtra State Branch has now registered 610 Life Membership strength.
DOP&PW CIRCULATES FOUR NEW ITEMS FOR DISCUSSIONS IN THE SCOVA MEETING, BUT THE ATR ON OLD ITEMS NOT YET CIRCULATED:
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since circulated four new agenda items for discussion in the next meeting of SCOVA to be held on 3rd February 2015. However, the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the agenda items discussed in the last meeting has not yet been circulated. The ATR would have given us an opportunity to know the latest official status of two important items pertaining to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners. These items are (1) Anomaly in the fixation of pension of DOT employees absorbed in BSNL who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.07.2001 and (2) Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners.
AIBSNREA WRITES TO UNION FINANCE MINISTER SHRI ARUN JATELEY REQUESTING HIM TO ENHANCE THE EXEMPTION LIMITS IN INCOME TAX IN THE PROPOSED UNION BUDGET 2015-16:
AIBSNLREA has again taken up the issue of raising the personal income tax limits for the General Public and the pensioners. It may be recalled that in the last Financial Year, AIBSNLREA had similarly submitted a memorandum and the limits were also marginally increased. Last year, the Government had little time to prepare and present the budget immediately after the LS Election was held. Now that the Government has got some time to look into the issues, expectation of the people is quite high. AIBSNLREA’s present Memorandum, therefore, is similar to its earlier one with little modifications.
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QUARTERLY MEETING OF KOLHAPUR BRANCH:
Quarterly meeting of Kolhapur Branch was held on 4th January 2015 in Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall under the Presidentship of Shri L M Godi, President. 58 members including 2 new members participated in the meeting. President wished all members a “Happy New Year 2015” and appreciated the enthusiasm of members in attending meetings and the Branch becoming more and more active. Then Shri D.K.Joshi, Secretary spoke on the “Pensioners Day on 17th December” being observed and mentioned about two Pensioners Com. D S Nakara and Satyapal Singh who were instrumental in obtaining Supreme Court's landmark Judgment in 1982 providing dearness relief to the pensioners. Then he informed the house about the latest developments and status in respect of the issues of revision of Pension with merger of 78.2% IDA for both pre&post 2007 BSNL Pensioners. He explained the continuous efforts by our GS, taking up the issue with PMO, MoC and others. He spoke about constitution of 3rd Pay revision committee, proposal of Digital Life Certificate based on Aadhar Card, expectations from the 26th SCOVA meeting to be held in February, increase in Medical Allowance to CG Employees from 300/- to 500/- per month and other issues pertaining to pensioners.
Then Dr. Amith Sukre delivered a guest lecture on "Aurvedaachaarya” Sangli and gave useful information on “Spiritual Healing based on Adhyaatma & Science”. Then President of the Local Sr.Citizens' Association Shri. Chavan gave a valuable lecture on the Health and Social Service. Both the Guests were honored with bouquet & memento. The meeting conculded with vote of thanks by Shri SG Kanade.
ELIGIBILITY OF DISABLED CHILDREN FOR FAMILY PENSION AFTER MARRIAGE AND ELIGIBILITY FOR TWO FAMILY PENSIONS - CLARIFICATION:
BSNL has circulated for information and necessary action, a DoP&PW letter dated 16.1.2013 clarifying that disabled children are eligible for family pension after marriage and allowing grant of family pension to a military pensioner after his re-employment in a civil service or civil post and grant of two family pensions to a person who is already in receipt of a family pension under any other rules of the Central Government or State Government and/or a Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous Body/Local fund under the Central or State Government.
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BI-ANNUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA NAGPUR BRANCH:
Bi-annual meeting of AIBSNLREA Nagpur was held on 11th January,2015 at Amenity Block,CTO Compound Nagpur under the Chairmanship of Shri N G Talewar President of the Branch. After paying tributes to the departed family members, Shri U B Nikose Vice President welcomed all members in the first meeting in the New year 2015. Shri N G Talewar briefed the house regarding the efforts being taken by CHQ to meet the expectation of the BSNL pensioners. Shri P R Bhujbal Branch Secretary highlighted the status of long pending issues, and other important issues being taken up by CHQ. Various correspondences made by CHQ over the inordinate delay in allowing the benefit of 78.2% IDA merger with basic pay as on 1-1-2007 to the BSNL pensioners retired during 1-10-2000 to 9-6-2013 were briefed to the house. Other issues viz. unending delay in settlement of pending disciplinary/vigilance cases against the pensioners, ensuring timely and expeditious settlement of the pension cases of the BSNL retirees, Pension liability in r/o the DOT employees retired prior to 1-10-2000 in CDA scale, Memorandum on pensionary benefits and related issues submitted by CHQ to 7th CPC, Income Tax exemptions in union budget 2014-15 and Aadhaar based digital life certificate for the pensioners were fully explained to the members. Meeting was attended by members in large numbers. Twelve BSNL retired executives joined the association and enrolled as life members of AIBSNLREA. House congratulated all the newly enrolled life members. Meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Shri N R Rachkondawar Asst Secretary. Shri U B Nikose, Shri Arun Deshpande and Shri Bhola Kamble took efforts for the grand success of the meeting.
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2015:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2015 from 98.1% to 100.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.
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REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2015:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2015 from 234.5% to 238% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
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EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD BI-ANNUAL GB MEETING:
East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch of AIBSNLREA is to hold its bi-annual General Body Meeting at 4.00 PM on Sunday, the 11th January 2015. The venue of the meeting is Amenity Hall, CTO Compound, Nagpur. All the members of the Branch and other retired Executives have been invited to attend the meeting. Shri P R Bhujbal, Branch Secretary may be contacted for further details on his mobile No. 9422810810.
E-JOURNAL JANUARY 2015 ISSUE:
January 2015 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
ABNORMAL DELAY IN PROCESSING THE CASE TO PREPARE THE CABINET NOTE IN REGARD TO THE LONG PENDING ISSUE OF EXTENSION OF BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS – AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE SECRETARY (T) SEEKING FOR HIS INTERVENTION TO EXPEDITE THE ISSUE:
Since the Department of Telecommunication is yet to finalize the Cabinet Note on the above issue and send the same to the Cabinet Secretariat seeking approval of Cabinet, AIBSNLREA has written to the Secretary(T) requesting for his intervention to expedite the matter.
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26TH MEETING OF SCOVA TO BE HELD ON 3rd FEBRUARY, 2015:
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since notified that the 26th Meeting of SCOVA will be held on 3rd February 2015. However the venue of holding of the meeting is yet to be announced. The agenda to be discussed in the next meeting along with Action Taken Report on old items are also not yet circulated.