Site Updated on 05.06.2020

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 filed an Original Application, on representative capacity, praying for orders to get the (i) arrears of pension between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 for the pre-2007 pensioners, (ii) arrears of pay, pension and other pensionary benefits like enhanced DCRG, Leave encashment, Commuted value of pension (wherever admissible) for the pensioners who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 and (iii) pay arrears to those who retired/retiring before/after 10.06.2013, in the Principal Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal. Our OA was tagged with another OA already filed by another Association in which the DOT’s Presidential Order dated 10.06.2013, implementing DPE OM, allowing fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA w.e.f. 10.06.2013 and denying pay arrears, was not challenged. The OA filed by another association did not ask for pay arrears. This OA by other Association was heard first and then our OA was heard on 30.07.2019 and CAT then dismissed both the OAs.

AIBSNLREA, as informed earlier, had filed an appeal in Delhi High Court against the Order of CAT. This Appeal was earlier heard on 04.12.2019 and 24.01.2020. Today (11.03.2020), the Appeal was taken up by the Court. It directed to issue Notice to the respondents allowing 4 weeks’ time to file counter-affidavit and thereafter two weeks' time to the petitioners to file rejoinder-affidavit.



FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 - INSTALL AROGYA SETU IN YOUR MOBILE:

In the collective effort to fight against Covid-19, Government of India has urged the people to install a mobile application named AROGYA SETU in their mobile phones. Arogya Setu empowers the users by informing potential risk of infection through Bluetooth contact tracing and equips people with self-assessment tools and contextual advice. Use of Arogya Setu will take us a step forward to protecting ourselves, our family and loved one. AIBSNLREA requests one and all to install this APP in their mobile, if not already done.  View the details received from Ministry of Electronic & Information Technology, GOI


DONATION TO PM CARES FUND:

Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation Fund (PM CARES FUND) is for combating, containment and relief efforts against coronavirus outbreak and similar pandemic like situation in future. Donation to this Fund allows tax-exemption under Section 80G of Income Tax Act, 1961. To make donation to this Fund, one has to go to website pmindia.gov.in and use the following details: - (1) Name of the Account: PM CARES, (2) Account No. 2121PM20202, (3) IFSC Code: SBIN0000691, (4) Swift Code: SBININBB104, (5) Name of Bank & Branch: State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch. Thereafter, one has to follow a few simple procedures to complete the process.

AIBSNLREA is not collecting contributions from members/well-wishers to deposit in the FUND on their behalf. Since, it will be advantageous for individual members/well-wishers to directly deposit their donation to the Fund and even down-load the receipt from the above stated website pmindia.gov.in for their use, we request them to donate any amount of their choice directly to the PM CARES FUND and thereafter inform their names, last designation in Office, whether member/well-wisher, Branch/location, date of transaction, amount donated on our e-mail id: gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com. We are compiling these details and uploading the same in our website from time to time.  View the List as on 31.05.2020


23.05.2020

NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS OF THE BSNLMRS BENEFICIARIES- AIBSNLREA CALLS UPON THE MEMBERS AND OTHER AFFECTED BENEFICIARIES TO LODGE THEIR GRIEAVANCE ON DOP&PW’S GRIEVANCE PORTAL CPENGRAMS:

BSNL is maintaining a stoic silence on our numerous representations requesting to reimburse the claims submitted by the BSNLMRS beneficiaries during the financial year 2019-20 both for outdoor treatment with vouchers and indoor treatment and also to pay the claims for without voucher cases. Only once, BSNL did respond on a representation submitted to the Secretary (Telecom) stating that “.. funds are delayed due to general financial stress in BSNL, efforts are being made to resolve the issue. However, funds with reference to demand raised by the different circles will be released as per availability of cash flow” [View posting dated 10.10.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Thereafter, nothing is being heard from BSNL. To our utter surprise, we also find that BSNL has deducted TDS against some purported payments made and deposited the same to the Income Tax Department as revealed in the 26 AS page of individual tax payers in the website of Income Tax Department. This is certainly a serious issue that BSNL claims to have made some payments without actually making any payment at all.

In view of the above apathetic attitude of the BSNL Management and to register our grievance, AIBSNLREA now calls upon its members and other affected BSNLMRS beneficiaries to join a campaign to lodge individual online grievance in the Pensioners’ Grievance portal CPENGRAMS of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare. We have drafted two separate grievance submissions, one for those who opted for outdoor treatment with vouchers and the other for those who opted for outdoor treatment without vouchers [Copies attached]. Please note that this is only a draft, the individuals can modify these to suit their own requirement. The individuals can even upload in the portal their own representations, if already submitted to any authority, in place of the representation made by AIBSNLREA- copy of which is also attached. We request maximum participation from all the affected BSNLMRS beneficiaries. Those who are too old and not so techno-savvy can very well lodge their grievance by dialling Toll-Free Number 1800-11-1960 [View posting dated 04.06.2019 in this website for the details]. LET US CONTINUE TO LODGE GRIEVANCE.

NOTE: To lodge grievance in CPENGRAMS, please type https://pgportal.gov.in in your browser and click on ‘Grievance’ button and select ‘Lodge Pension Grievance’. It will take you to ‘Centralized Pension Grievances Redress And Monitoring System’. Click on ‘Lodge your Grievance’ and provide the details.


 View draft Grievance Submission for outdoor treatment with vouchers
 View draft Grievance Submission for outdoor treatment without vouchers
 View the representation by AIBSNLREA


05.06.2020:

FURTHER EXTENSION OF VALIDITY OF FORM-15 G AND FORM-15H SUBMITTED TO THE BANKS/FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS DURING FINANCIAL YEAR 2019-20- AIBSNLREA REPRESENTS TO CHAIRMAN, CBDT:

In view of outbreak of pandemic Covid-19 virus which caused serious disruption of the normal functioning of the Banks and other Institutions and as the eligible persons were also not in a position to move out of their residences due to lock down and submit Form 15G and 15H to the Banks and other Institutions in time, the CBDT, vide its F.No.275/25/2020-IT(B) dated 03.04.2020, had earlier extended the validity of these Forms submitted during the financial year 2019-20 up to 30.06.2020. Now that the lock down has further been extended to till June 30, 2020 and public transport system has not become normal, AIBSNLREA has requested Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes for further extension of validity of Form-15 G and Form-15 H submitted in the financial year 2019-20 to the Banks/Financial Institutions to till July 31, 2020 of the financial year 2020-21.  View the letter

04.06.2020:

AIBSNLREA REQUESTS DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL FOR FURTHER EXTENSION OF TIME FOR REVALIDATION OF BSNLMRS MEDICAL CARDS TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES ON PAN INDIA BASIS UP TO JULY 31, 2020:

Since Government has further extended lock down in the country till 30.06.2020 and the public transport is also not normal due to Covid-19 pandemic situation, AIBSNLREA has requested Director (HR), BSNL Board to order further extension of time for revalidation of BSNLMRS Medical Cards to the retired BSNL Employees on pan India basis from 30.06.2020 to 31.07.2020.  View the letter

31.05.2020:

INVESTMENTS AND PAYMENTS MADE UNDER CHAPTER-VI (A/B) WITHIN THE EXTENDED DATE TILL JUNE 30, 2020, ALLOWED FOR CLAIMING INCOME TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2019-20:

As announced in March this year by the Government, in the back-drop of Covid-19, extending the date of making payments or investments under Chapter- VI A/B of the IT Act to June 30, 2020 to allow claiming of income tax deductions in the IT Returns for 2019-20, the CBDT has now revised the ITR-I to ITR-7 adding a new schedule in respect of investments made from April 1 to June 30, 2020 for which income tax deductions can be claimed in the financial year 2019-20. Earlier, date of investments or payments to be made under Section 80-C (contribution to LIC, PPF, NSC), Section 80-D (Mediclaim) and 80-G (donation) were extended to June 30, 2020.

29.05.2020:

CPPC, STATE BANK OF INDIA, BHOPAL RESPONDS TO THE MAIL OF AIBSNLREA:

In view of the fact that SBI has not paid the revised IDA @ 160.7% for the month of May 2020 along with pension, all the Central Pension Processing Centres of State Bank of India this morning were requested by AIBSNLREA that “all the BSNL IDA pensioners who have not been paid the revised IDA @ 160.7% for the month of May 2020 along with their Pension for the month of May 2020, since credited in their respective bank accounts with your Branches, be immediately paid the revised IDA @ 160.7% for the month of May 2020 as an arrear” [View posting below]. Now CPPC, State Bank of India, Bhopal has acknowledged receipt of our mail and assured their support all the times.  View the Response of CPPC, SBI, Bhopal

29.05.2020:

NON-PAYMENT OF REVISED IDA @ 160.7% E.E.F. 01.04.2020 TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS ALONG WITH THEIR PENSION FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, 2020- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE MATTER WITH CPPC CENTERS OF STATE BANK OF INDIA:

State Bank of India has not paid the revised IDA @ 160.7% effective from 01.04.2020 for the month of May, 2020 along with the pension for May, 2020 to the BSNL IDA pensioners, though the revised IDA @ 160.7% for the month of April 2020 was earlier duly credited in their accounts separately as arrears. AIBSNLREA has requested SBI that “all the BSNL IDA pensioners who have not been paid the revised IDA @ 160.7% for the month of May 2020 along with their Pension for the month of May 2020, since credited in their respective bank accounts with your Branches, be immediately paid the revised IDA @ 160.7% for the month of May 2020 as an arrear”.  View the letter

27.05.2020:

GOVERNMENT EXTENDS PRADHAN MANTRI VAYA VANDANA YOJANA (PMVVY) PENSION SCHEME FOR SENIOR CITIZENS TILL MARCH 31, 2023:

Government has announced extension of the “Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana” pension scheme for the senior citizens till March 31, 2023. The Scheme, introduced earlier, did expire on March 31, 2020. This is an LIC of India managed Scheme to allow pension on monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annual basis as opted by the concerned senior citizens of 60 years and above in age against certain specified one-time deposit up to a maximum limit Rs 15 lakhs per person. Rate of monthly pension will vary from Rs. 1000/- per month to Rs. 9250/- per month depending on the amount of deposit. The Scheme will allow assured return of 7.4% for the financial year 2020-21. Thereafter, it will be reset on April 1 of every new financial year.

26.05.2020:

DOT MODIFIES ITS WHIMSICAL ORDER ISSUED ON 28.04.2020 TO DENY THE BENEFIT OF REVISED IDA @ 160.7% EFFECTIVE FROM 01.04.2020 AS ORDERED BY DPE TO THE BSNL/MTNL EMPLOYEES RETIRING IN APRIL 2020 – NOW SAYS THAT ALL PENSION RELATED BENEFITS BE RELEASED AS PER RATE OF DEARNESS RELIEF AS PER LATEST EXTANT ORDER FROM DPE:

DOT has now been virtually forced to withdraw its whimsical Order issued, vide its No. 1/Misc/Pen/Issue/BSNL/DDG(Accounts)/2019-Part-I/1407-1439 dated 28.04.2020, wherein it was ordered that for those BSNL/MTNL employees retiring in April 2020, the retirement benefits be paid at old Dearness Relief as on 1.1.2020 on the plea that DPE has not issued any instruction on freezing of IDA, in the similar lines as issued for the Government employees/pensioners, to be applicable to the BSNL and MTNL pensioners drawing pension from Government of India. This Order caused the Pension Disbursing Banks to stop payment of revised IDA @ 160.7% even to those pensioners who retired before April 2020 and also received revised IDA that was effective from 01.01.2020. AIBSNLREA had taken serious objection to this Order and represented to Secretary (Pension), DOP&PW and others for immediate withdrawal of this Order by DOT on the ground that the Pensioners retiring in April 2020 cannot be discriminated against, since the pensioners are considered as a homogeneous class as per various Supreme Court Orders and cannot be divided in the matter of extending benefits [View posting dated 02.05.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Now DOT has issued another Office Memorandum, vide its No. 1/Misc/Pen/Issue/BSNL/DDG(Accounts)/2019-Part-I/1585-1615 dated 28.04.2020, to modify its earlier Order stating that “it has been decided in partial modification of previous order under reference all pension related benefits be released as per rate of Dearness Relief as per extant Order from DPE i.e. @ 160.7%”. Thus, the BSNL/MTNL pensioners retiring in April 2020 get justice.  View the DoT Order

26.05.2020:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH SECRETARY (PENSION) THE ISSUE OF RECOVERY OF DUES FROM THE LEAVE-ENCASHMENT OF THE BSNL VRS-2019 RETIREES BASED ON THE WRONG DEMAND MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT TELECOMMUNICATION EMPLOYEES’ COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED, CHENNAI WHICH INCLUDES THE DUES ALREADY RECOVERED EARLIER FROM THE MONTHLY SALARY OF THE RETIREES WHO WERE THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY:

Since there had been no response from BSNL on its earlier representation to Director (HR), BSNL vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2020/21 dated 18.3.2010 to advise all DDOs in Tamilnadu not to recover the amount as claimed by the Society in its defective statement of recovery of dues which included the dues already recovered earlier from the salary of these retirees and also ask the Society to submit corrected Statements for recovery of dues [View posting dated 19.03.2020 of this website to read the letter], AIBSNLREA has now taken up the issue with Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW and others. The Association has stated and maintained that “We now learnt that the said Society Management has been requesting BSNL to transfer to its accounts, also the loan installments recovered earlier by BSNL from the salary of the employees on each month in addition to the recoveries made from their leave encashment as per their wrong claim. Knowing fully well that the installments as earlier claimed by them have already been recovered from the members on specified due dates from their salary, submission of demand letter for recovery of the amount against earlier claims, along with penal interest from the Leave encashment of the VRS retirees, is an illogical and illegal act on the part of the Management of The Government Telecommunication Employees’ Co-operative Society Ltd, Chennai”. The Association has also submitted that “Further the Society Management has acted clandestinely by not taking into account the assets held by the members in the Society, while calculating the final dues to be recovered from the Leave Encashment”. The Association has accordingly requested Secretary (Pension) “to kindly appreciate the seriousness of the whole issue and advise conduct of a detailed inquiry in the whole affair and immediate refund of the excess amount recovered from the leave encashment of the BSNL VRS-retirees, who were once the members of the Society, along with interest thereon to the concerned VRS retirees”.  View the letter

20.05.2020:

GUIDE TO TAKE INFORMED DECISION TO CHOOSE BETWEEN OLD TAX REGIME AND NEW TAX REGIME FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMISSION OF INCOME TAX RETURNS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2020-21 ONWARD BY THE SALARIED INDIVIDUALS AND PENSIONERS:

Government has introduced a new tax regime for the purpose of calculation of income tax that a salaried employee or pensioner, having no other business income, is liable to pay and accordingly submit their annual Income Tax Returns. In the new tax regime, no exemptions are allowed but rates of income tax are lower than that provided in the old tax regime which has allowed several tax exemptions. The salaried individuals and the pensioners are permitted to switch between the new tax regime and old tax regime as per their convenience, every year. To assist these salaried individuals and pensioners to have an informed choice and decide which of the tax regimes is better for them, SBI has issued a detailed guideline which is quite informative and helpful. The individual tax payers or pensioners, having no other business income, may take help of this guideline to arrive at a decision to opt for either the old tax regime or the new tax regime.

This document is available in the left column of this website too for ready reference.

 View the SBI document

19.05.2020:

DOP&PW FORWARDS COPY OF THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA ENDORSED TO SECRETARY (PENSION) TO DOT WHICH WAS ASDDRESSED TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL REQUESTING CHANGE IN THE POLICY REQUIRING THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES HAVING CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONE FACILTY AND RESIDING IN THE AREAS SERVED BY MTNL TO PAY THE BILLS AND GET REIMBURSEMENT:

In order to resolve the problem being faced by the retired BSNL employees, who are residing in the areas served by MTNL and having concessional telephone facility, in the matter of payment of bills and their subsequent reimbursement, AIBSNLREA had requested Director (HR) that “arrangements be made with MTNL so that the bills which are within the prescribed free-call limit as decided by BSNL and the user-BSNL retirees are not finally liable to pay for the number of calls made, MTNL should send such bills only to the concerned BSNL Units for book transfer or otherwise.” The Association had further suggested that once MTNL is merged with BSNL as decided by Union Cabinet, the BSNL retirees residing in the areas served by MTNL be also extended the same arrangement as available to the BSNL retirees residing in the areas served by BSNL for the purpose of settlement of their telephone bills. A copy of this representation was endorsed to Secretary (Pension) also [View posting dated 04.03.2020 in this website to read the letter]. DOP&PW, in turn, had forwarded the copy of the said letter endorsed to Secretary (Pension) to DOT to examine as per extant rules/orders. The matter is at present under examination by GM (Admn), BSNL.  View the DoP&PW letter

19.05.2020:

DOP&PW FORWARS COPY OF THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA ENDORSED TO SECRETARY (PENSION) TO DOT WHICH WAS ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON THE ISSUE OF GRANT OF ONE EXTRA INCREMENT TO THE BSNL EXECUTIVES ON THEIR POST-BASED PROMOTION WHO RETIRED BETWEEN JULY 2017 AND APRIL 2018:

Since DOT had earlier expressed its intent not to take action on our request to resolve the above issue terming this as a suggestion for ‘change of policy’ and not a grievance, AIBSNLREA again took up the matter with Prime Minister of India maintaining that “Nowhere in our representation, we suggested or requested for any ‘change of policy’. It does not require a ‘change in policy’ by the Department of Telecommunication, either”, since the ‘BSNL Executive Promotion Policy 2004’ does not have any provision to discriminate any section of the BSNL Executives in the matter of grant of one extra-increment”. The Association had affirmed that the Association only wanted a genuine grievance of discrimination meted out to a particular section of the retired BSNL Executives be removed. The Association, accordingly, sought the intervention of the Prime Minister of India to resolve this long pending issue. [View posting dated 29.02.2020 in this website to read the letter]. DOP&PW, on its turn, has forwarded the copy of the representation which was endorsed to Secretary (Pension) to DOT to examine the issues as per extant rules/orders and inform the Association. The issue is now being examined by DOT.  View the DoP&PW letter

18.05.2020:

REQUEST TO ALLOW REIMBURSEMENT OF CLAIMS FOR PURCHASE OF MEDICINES AND CONDUCT OF TESTS ETC. AGAINST OUTDOOR TREATMENT WITH VOUCHER FACILITY UNDER BSNLMRS BASED ON LAST PRESCRIPTION ISSUED BY THE REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS/HOSPITALS – AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL BOARD ON THE ISSUE:

AIBSNLREA has requested Director (HR), BSNL Board to allow, in relaxation of existing procedures, reimbursement of claims for purchase of medicines and conduct of tests etc. against outdoor treatment with voucher facility to both the retired and serving employees under BSNMRS based on the last prescription issued by the Registered Medical Practitioners/Hospitals, since fresh prescription cannot be obtained by visiting the doctors due to lock down.  View the letter

16.05.2020:

DOP&PW ISSUES CONSOLIDATED INSTRUCTIONS FOR PENSION DISBURSING AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE SMOOTH PAYMENT OF PENSION/FAMILY PENSION TO THE PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS:

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, vide its No.12/4/2020-P&PW (C )-6300 dated 15.05.2020, has issued consolidated instructions for Pension Disbursing Authorities to ensure smooth payment of pension/family pension to pensioners/family pensioners. This satisfies many queries and doubts being raised from time to time even by the pensioners/family pensioners regarding disbursement of their pension/family pension. We believe that this consolidated instruction will be of great help even to the pensioners/family pensioners.  View the DoP&PW order

16.05.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL EXPRESSING ITS SERIOUS CONCERN AGAINST THE ORDER ISSUED BY BSNL IMPOSING DRASTIC CUTS IN THE ANNUAL CEILING LIMIT FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT UNDER BSNLMRS FOR THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES TAKING THE INITIAL BUT SUPERCEDED ORDER ISSUED IN 2003 AS THE BASE THOUGH IT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY MODIFIED WITH THE APPROVAL OF BSNL BOARD IN 2010 TO MITIGATE CERTAIN GENUINE DIFFICULTIES OF THE BSNL RETIREES- REQUESTED TO KEEP THE ORDER IN ABEYANCE AND ALSO TO REITERATE APPLICATION OF THE 2010 ORDER:

AIBSNLREA, in a letter addressed to CMD, BSNL, has expressed its total shock and dismay as “BSNL Corporate Office, while imposing drastic reductions in the annual ceiling limit for outdoor treatment under BSNLMRS to its retired employees vide its Office Order No. BSNL/Admn.1/15-12/18 dated 08.05.2020, has taken into consideration its old order issued initially in the year 2003 as the base ignoring the fact that with the approval of BSNL Board an Order was issued vide No. BSNL/Admn.I/14-2/09 dated 08.09.2010 to mitigate certain very genuine and practical difficulties of the retired employees”. The has Association further expressed that “We are really taken aback with the shock treatment that we, as Senior Citizens, received from BSNL when the declared policy of the Government is to treat us with due care and compassion”.

The Association has elaborated the issue further explaining that “BSNL, in its Order dated 08.05.2020, has taken the “Basic Pay + DA on the date of retirement” which was available in the initial Order as the base for deciding the eligibility for claims with voucher (As per provisions of Para 2.1.0 of Notification No. BSNL/ADMN/I dated 28.02.2003 and guidelines issued vide No. BSNL/ADMN/I dated 22.04.2003 as reiterated at Para 2.2 of BSNL No. BSNL/Admn.I/1 (Pt) dated 23.08.2006). But this action goes heavily against the old retirees who retired prior to revision of pay scales of the serving employees. Thus, the employees who retire in the revised pay scales get an advantage over their past colleagues which violates the principle decided by Hon’ble Supreme Court that pensioners are to be treated as a homogeneous group and they cannot be divided based on their date of retirement. Moreover, in the initial order issued in the year 2003, which was later modified with the approval of BSNL Board, DA was admissible at the rate that was allowed on the date of their retirement. This again placed the retired employees in a very disadvantageous position since the serving employees continued to receive the benefit of revision of IDA as ordered from time to time. Thus, the gap between the retired employees and serving employees in respect of ceiling on annual limit went on increasing. However, these aberrations were subsequently duly corrected with the approval of BSNL Board by issue of BSNL Order No. BSNL/Admn.I/14-2/09 dated 08.09.2010. Therefore, to ignore this modified Order and rely on the old provisions which stood superseded, to revise the annual ceiling limit for the retired employees itself is wrong and unethical. We also enclose herewith a copy of the letter that was issued by BSNL vide its No. BSNL/Admn.I/14-2/09 dated 05.10.2010 to our Association after issue of the above stated modified Order vide No. BSNL/Admn.I/14-2/09 dated 08.09.2010 for your kind perusal”.

AIBSNLREA has also lodged its protest against the order which took away the little benefit that some retired employees opting for outdoor treatment without voucher were getting since the allowance that was being calculated as “12 ½ days’ pay plus DA with a minimum of Rs.1000/- per month” has now been withdrawn and payment of only Rs 1000/- per month has been ordered to be paid to all without giving weightage to ‘pay plus DA’. The Association has finally concluded stating that “In view of the above facts and considering the genuine hardships of the BSNL retired employees who too had served BSNL with utmost sincerity and integrity, we earnestly request you to kindly stay implementation of BSNL’s Office Order No. BSNL/Admn.1/15-12/18 dated 08.05.2020 and also to reiterate application of BSNL Office Order No. BSNL/Admn.I/14-2/09 dated 08.09.2010 which was issued to mitigate the genuine hardships of the retired employees with the approval of BSNL Board. We shall also be extremely thankful to get an opportunity to discuss the issues in question at your earliest convenience”.  View the letter

15.05.2020:

PAYMENT OF ENHANCED IDA FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2020 TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS – SBI, IOB ALSO PAY THE ARREARS:

In a posting made in this website on 08.05.2020, we had informed about the responses that we received from the Central Pension Processing Centres of some Pension Disbursing Banks on our common letter regarding non-payment of revised IDA for the month of April 2020 to the absorbed BSNL IDA Pensioners. Some of those Banks reported that they have credited the arrears. It is now reported that Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) and State Bank of India (SBI) have also credited the arrears in the Pension Account of the Pensioners. We believe that the remaining Banks, which have not made the payment so far, will surely make the payment at least with the pension for May 2020. It may be noted that this problem is basically related to the BSNL IDA pensioners who retired before 01.02.2019.

14.05.2020:

INORDINATE DELAY AT THE LEVEL OF CORPORATE OFFICE IN SETTLEMENT OF REGULAR SUPERANNUATION PENSION AND OTHER PENSIONARY BENEFITS CASE OF SHRI SHRIKANT B MOHARE, RETD AO, KARNATAKA CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to CMD, BSNL seeking his intervention in the above case in which the SEA Section of BSNL Corporate Office is yet to provide required clarifications, as sought for by CGMT, Karnataka Circle, to settle the case for allowing regular superannuation pension and releasing other pensionary benefits to Shri Shrikant B Mohare, Retd Accounts Officer of Karnataka Telecom Circle who was acquitted of the charges by the Court in October 2018. In this case, even the CVC of Corporate Office has already issued the much-needed Vigilance Clearance in January 2020. The Association has requested CMD, BSNL to intervene in the case “so that necessary clarifications as sought for by Karnataka Telecom Circle are now expeditiously issued by Corporate Office which will help the pensioner to get his legitimate pension and other pensionary benefits which are overdue”.  View the letter

14.05.2020:

NON-PAYMENT OF LEAVE ENCASHMENT TO SHRI SHRIKANT B MOHARE, RETD AO, KARNATAKA TELECOM CIRCLE– AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE WITH CGMT, KARNATAKA CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to CGMT, Karnataka Telecom Circle on the above case in which despite issue of instructions on 03.10.2019 to GMTD, Gulbarga by the Circle Office, leave encashment has not been released to Shri Shrikant B Mohare, Retd Accounts Officer. The Association has sought for the intervention of the CGMT, Karnataka Circle in the matter so that the said pensioner gets his leave encashment immediately.  View the letter

13.05.2020:

LAST DATE FOR FILING INCOME TAX RETURNS EXTENDED:

The Union Finance Minister has announced today that the income tax return filing deadline for the financial year 2019-20 has been extended to November 30, 2020 from July 31, 2020. Now no one need to hurry to file the Returns. Otherwise also, because of the prevailing situation due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Employers and Banks are not expected to provide Form 16 or Form 16-A, as the case may be, in time. This decision will naturally help the tax payers.

13.05.2020:

REQUEST FOR FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT OF PAYMENT OF FIRST INSTALMENT OF EX GRATIA PAID ON ADHOC BASIS TO THE VRS-2019 RETIREES OF BSNL AND ENSURING PAYMENT OF SECOND INSTLLMENT BY 30.06.2020 – AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM):

Though Cabinet decision circulated by DOT envisaged payment of ex-gratia to the BSNL/MTNL VRS-2019 Retirees in two equal instalments of 50% each and also ensuring payment of first instalment in the financial year 2019-20 and second instalment in the first quarter of financial year 2020-21, BSNL actually ordered for payment of only 31.3% of the ex-gratia against first instalment on ‘ad hoc’ basis by withholding the remaining amount for adjustment against TDS. Therefore, payment for first instalment in BSNL cannot be said to be full and final. AIBSNLREA has accordingly taken up the matter with Secretary (Telecom) and requested him to cause early settlement of full and final payment of the 1st installment of ex-gratia which was ordered by BSNL to be paid only on “adhoc basis” and also initiate early action to make payment of 2nd installment of ex-gratia to all the BSNL VRS-2019 retirees well before the end of 1st quarter of financial year 2020-21 ending on 30.06.2020 as has been fixed by the Cabinet.  View the letter

13.05.2020:

RESPONSE FROM DY CCA, KARNATAKA CIRCLE ON THE REPRESENATATION OF AIBSNLREA TO THE SECRETARY (TELECOM) REGARDING RESTORATION OF PROVISIONAL PENSION TILL ORDERS FOR PAYMENT OF FINAL SUPERANNUATION PENSION AND RELEASE OF OTHER PENSIONARY BENEFITS ARE ISSUED TO SHRI SHRIKANT B MOHARE, RETD ACCOUNTS OFFICER, KARNATAKA CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the case of Shri Shrikant B Mohare, Retd AO of Karnataka Circle with Secretary (Telecom) and others, who was pursuing for early settlement of his case for issue of orders for payment of his superannuation pension and release of other pensionary benefits following his acquittal by the Court of the charges against him after his retirement, was not paid even his provisional pension for the month of March and April 2020. The Association had requested Secretary (Telecom) to intervene in the matter and ‘advise Controller of Communication Accounts, Karnataka and others concerned to immediately restore his provisional pension and pay the arrears of pension for last two months without further delay till his case for grant of final superannuation pension is settled and release of other pensionary benefits ordered’ [View posting dated 12.05.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Immediately thereafter a mail was received by the Association from Dy. CCA(Pension), Karnataka Circle informing that “this office has released Provisional Pension for 2 months i.e. March and April 2020 on 06.05.2020 ...”  View the response from Dy CCA (Admn), Karnataka Circle

12.05.2020:

BSNL ISSUES ORDERS MODIFYING THE PROCEDURE FOR OUTDOOR MEDICAL CLAIMS FOR THE SERVING/RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES – IMPOSES DRASTIC CUT:

BSNL has since issued an Order, vide its No. BSNL/Admn.1/15-12/18 dated 08.05.2020, imposing drastic cut in the ceiling for outdoor medical claim with voucher in a financial year for both the serving and retired BSNL Employees. The revised annual ceiling limit would be 15 days basic pay plus DA for the serving employees. Annual ceiling limit for the retired employees would be 15 days basic plus DA on date of retirement. The order goes heavily against the retired employees since the Order earlier issued vide No. BSNL/Admn.I/14-2/09 dated 08.09.2010 allowing two separate options for those who retired after 01.01.2007 and those retired prior to 01.01.2007 has been totally ignored. Even the DA as applicable for the financial year for which claims pertain to, as being allowed at present, has also been over looked for the retired employees. The retired employees opting for claim without voucher would be paid flat Rs. 1000/- per month.  View the BSNL order

12.05.2020:

ISSUE OF PENSION PAYMENT ORDERS TO THE REST OF THE BSNL VRS-2019 RETIREES WHO ARE STILL DRAWING PROVISIONAL PENSION- AIBSNLREA REQUESTS MEMBER (FINANCE) TO ADVISE ALL CONCERNED TO ACCOMPLISH THE ASSIGNED TASK TO ISSUE THE PPOs WITHIN THE FIXED TARGET DATE OF 31st MAY, 2020:

In view of the fact that many BSNL VRS-2019 retirees are still not issued their Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) and consequently are drawing provisional pension, AIBSNLREA has requested Member (Finance), Telecom Commission to “intervene in the matter and advise all the concerned Units to expedite issue of PPOs to the rest of the VRS-2019 retirees drawing provisional pension before expiry of the fixed target date of 31st May 2020 as was ordered by DOT”.  View the letter

12.05.2020:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF SHRI SHRIKANT B MOHARE, RETD ACCOUNTS OFFICER, KARNATAKA CIRCLE FOR RESTORATION OF PAYMENT OF HIS PROVISIONAL PENSION TILL ORDERS FOR PAYMENT OF HIS FINAL SUPERANNUATION PENSION AND RELEASE OF OTHER PENSIONARY BENEFITS ARE ISSUED AS A RESULT OF HIS ACQUITAL IN THE COURT CASE:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Secretary(Telecom) on the above issue in which the affected pensioner Shri Shrikant B Mohare, Retd AO of Karnataka Circle was pursuing for early settlement of his case for issue of orders for payment of superannuation pension and release of other pensionary benefits which were withheld at the time of his retirement due to pendency of a court case against him. Even though he was pursuing his case immediately after his acquittal by the Court in October 2016, his efforts so far did not meet with success. On the other hand, he was not paid even his provisional pension for the months of March and April 2020. The Association has urged Secretary (Telecom) to intervene in the matter and ‘advise Controller of Communication Accounts, Karnataka and others concerned to immediately restore his provisional pension and pay the arrears of pension for last two months without further delay till his case for grant of final superannuation pension is settled and release of other pensionary benefits ordered’.  View the letter

11.05.2020:

AIBSNLREA REQUESTS CMD, BSNL FOR ALLOWING PROVISION OF CONCESSIONAL FTTH CONNECTION FOR BROAD BAND SERVICES AT THE RESIDENCES OF THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES:

In a letter addressed to CMD, BSNL and copy endorsed to Director (HR), BSNL Board, AIBSNLREA has pointed out that though concessional Broad Band connections at the residences of the retired BSNL employees was allowed long back, same has so far not been allowed in case of FTTH connections to provide Broad Band services. The Association has requested to allow provision of concessional broad band services over FTTH also to the retired BSNL employees at their residences.  View the letter

10.05.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO MOC&IT REGARDING THE ILL-DESIGNED MOVE TO STALL THE PROCESS OF PROCURING EQUIPMENT THROUGH OPEN TENDER TO PROVIDE 4-G INTERNET SERVICE BY BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED AND SEEKS HIS INTERVENTION:

Being disturbed by the news appearing in a section of media that the move of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to procure equipment to provide much needed 4-G services for its own revival, as acknowledged even by Cabinet as the need of the hour, through open tender has received a road-block due to some objections raised by certain lobbies on the conditionality in the tender document, AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to MOC&IT to express its serious concern and seeking his intervention in the matter. The Association has said that “We strongly believe that the lobby which never want BSNL to survive and kicking is behind the move. The unforeseen hands of some private operators and their mentor politicians could also be behind this move. This reminds us of how these lobbies and politicians during the regime of earlier Government could successfully thwart successive moves by BSNL to procure the much-needed equipment through open tenders to expand its services. The fallout of the success of those ill-conceived moves cost BSNL dearly and consequently BSNL was found to slip down from the position of second top-most service provider of internet services to an insignificant position as a service provider”. The Association has further maintained that “In the era of stiff competition in which quality and standard have strong say, BSNL needs to procure best of the equipment available in the market to stay in the competition and also to become the first choice of the customers. BSNL cannot afford to induct sub-standard equipment in the name of indigenousness and then fail to meet the expectation of all the stake holders including the valued customers”.  View the letter

09.05.2020:

PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF COMMUNICATION ACCOUNTS, TAMILNADU CIRCLE ISSUES FAQ CONCERNING SAMPANN PENSIONERS FOR PROMPT SUBMISSION OF ANNUAL LIFE CERTIFICATE:

Principal Controller of Communication Accounts, Tamilnadu Circle has issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in respect of all SAMPANN Pensioners from DOT/BSNL to ensure prompt submission of Life Certificate every year before its expiry to avoid stoppage of pension. Those retired on or after 01.02.2019 are covered under SAMPANN. Those retired earlier to this date, need to submit their Annual Life Certificate in their respective pension Disbursing Bank Branch/Post Office or through Jeevan Praman as before. This FAQ seems to be valid for all other CCAs.  View the FAQ by Pr.CCA Tamilnadu

09.05.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL ON THE ISSUE OF NON-PAYMENT OF CLAIMS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF TELEPHONE BILLS OF THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES RESIDING IN MTNL SERVED AREAS IN DELHI AND MUMBAI:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to CMD, BSNL on the issue of non-reimbursement of telephone bills for the concessional telephone connections provided at the residences of the retired BSNL employees in the areas served by MTNL in Delhi and Mumbai. The Association has mentioned in its letter that “in accordance with the arrangement made between BSNL and MTNL Management, the BSNL retirees residing in MTNL served areas are required to pay the bills and then claim for their reimbursement from the BSNL units from which they retired. But for the first time in the financial year 2019-20, not a single claim for reimbursement of telephone bills submitted by the retired BSNL employees to their respective Units has been paid. This has added to the acute financial problem of these BSNL retirees who have also not been paid their claims for reimbursement of medical treatment for the same financial year”. The Association has finally requested CMD to “cause payment of all the pending claims for reimbursement of telephone bills of the retired BSNL employees residing in MTNL served areas at the earliest”.  View the letter

08.05.2020:

RESPONSE FROM SOME CPPCs OF PENSION DISBURSING BANKS ON AIBSNLREA’S LETTER REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF REVISED IDA FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL, 2020:

AIBSNLREA had addressed a common letter to all the Central Pension Processing Centres of Pension Disbursing Banks on the issue of non-payment of IDA revised @ 160.7% w.e.f. 01.04.2020 to the BSNL IDA pensioners [View posting dated 05.05.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Some of these CPPCs have since responded to the letter on the e-mail id of AIBSNLREA. These are appended as follows:- (1) ICICI Bank: “Thank you for the E-Mail. On account of COVID-19 outburst in India, we have only limited staff handling the transactions. Hence there would be delay in responding e-mails”. (2) Bank of Maharashtra: “Sir, We are paying correct DA rate. If possible, refer specific case with a/c no & name of pensioner”. (3) Andhra Bank: “Dear Sir, with reference to the above, we inform you that we have already paid IDA to the BSNL pensioners on 29.04.2020. This is for your information only”. (4) Corporation Bank: “Dear Sir, with respect to your trailing mail, we wish to inform you that our bank has implemented the revised IDA and we are paying 160.7%”. (5) Canara Bank: “Dear Sir, DA arrears are under process and the same will be credited by next payment order”. (6) Punjab & Sind Bank: “Dear Sir/Madam, We are already paying revised IDA rate. Same could be found in April 2020 Scroll”. In addition to the above responses, an official from CPPC of Punjab National Bank has informed our AGS Shri V P Arya on phone that the Bank would be paying the arrear along with May,2020 pension.

07.05.2020:

AIBSNLREA THANKS CMD, BSNL FOR CONCEDING REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF DATE OF REVALIDATION OF BSNLMRS CARDS FOR THE BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEES ON PAN INDIA BASIS AND ALSO URGES HIM TO DRAW A ROAD MAP TO CLEAR ALL THE PENDING CLAIMS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS/PAYMENT OF MEDICAL ALLOWANCES OF THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to CMD, BSNL thanking him for conceding its request and issue of Orders, vide No. BSNL/Admn/2020/Medical dated 04.05.2020, extending the date for revalidation of BSNLMRS Cards for the retired BSNL Employees, who are covered under BSNLMRS, on pan India basis. The Association also points out to the plight of the retired BSNL employees, many of whom are patients of chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, heart, kidney and liver problems etc. and stated that “we are unable to refrain from once again expressing our serious concern that till to-day the retired BSNL Employees have not been paid even a single medical bill for their outdoor treatment that they submitted from time to time during the whole financial year 2019-20. Even the Medical Allowance to the retired BSNL employees, who opted for the same, has not been paid even for a single quarter. Incidentally, both of these are taxable benefits. On the other hand, many retired BSNL employees who had been hospitalized for indoor treatment and submitted their claim for reimbursement are still waiting to get their bills reimbursed.” The Association further submitted that “Surprisingly, though no outdoor claim to any retired employee has been reimbursed during the whole financial year 2019-20, BSNL has claimed to have credited some amounts and even deducted TDS out of these purported payments and also deposited the same to the Income Tax Department. The 26-AS page of the retired BSNL employees uploaded in the e-filing page of Income Tax Department has clear mention about this”. The Association finally requested CMD “to kindly draw a road map to immediately clear all the pending claims for reimbursement of medical bills/payment of medical allowances of the retired BSNL employees and thus allow them to live with mental peace without having to face deep financial crisis and to carry on with their indispensable medical treatment”.  View the letter

06.05.2020:

BSNL ISSUES CLARIFICATIONS FOR DEALING WITH THE CASES FOR PAYMENT OF LEAVE ENCASHMENT IN RESPECT OF VRS-2019 OPTEES WHOSE VIGILANCE CLEARANCE IS WITHHELD:

BSNL, vide its F.No. BSNL CO-EB-I/11(20)/5/2020-ESTAB dated 06.05.2020, has issued an order clarifying the manner in which the cases for payment of leave encashment in respect of the VRS-19 optees which are withheld pending vigilance clearance are to be dealt with. The authorities competent to sanction encashment of EL/HPL in respect of the retired employees have been empowered to review all such cases where leave encashment has not been released on account of withholding of vigilance clearance in respect of retired employees in consultation with the concerned disciplinary authority, if need be, for ascertaining the amount likely to become recoverable from the retired employee on conclusion of disciplinary proceedings.  View the BSNL order

06.05.2020:

E-JOURNAL MAY 2020 ISSUE:

May 2020 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.05.2020:

BSNL ACCEDES TO THE REQUEST OF AIBSNLREA TO EXTEND REVALIDATION OF BSNLMRS MEDICAL CARD FOR ALL THE BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEEES IN DIFFERENT BSNL CIRCLES/UNITS:

It may be recalled that AIBSNLREA had represented to CMD, BSNL to extend revalidation of BSNLMRS Cards issued to the BSNL retired employees till 30.06.2020 in the same line as Government had issued Orders in respect of submission of Form-15G and Form-15H by the tax-payers to the Banks till June 30.06.2020. [View posting dated 17.04.2020 in this website to read the letter]. But the BSNL Corporate Office partially conceded to this request and issued Orders extending the validity till 30.06.2020 or further Orders, whichever is earlier restricting its application only in respect of the BSNL retired employees of Corporate Office [View posting dated 21.04.2020 in this website to read the BSNL CO Order]. Following this, AIBSNLREA again addressed a letter to CMD, BSNL requesting to allow application of this Order to all the BSNL retired employees since retired from different Circles/Units [View posting dated 22.04.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Now BSNL Corporate Office has finally conceded the request and has issued an Order for extension of revalidation of BSNLMRS Card for all BSNL Retired Employees on pan India basis upto 30.06.2020 or till further orders, whichever is earlier.  View the BSNL order

05.05.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CENTRAL PENSION PROCESSING CENTERS OF ALL THE PENSION DISBURSING BANKS REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF REVISED IDA W.E.F. 01.04.2020 TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a common letter to the CPPCs of all Pension Disbursing Banks expressing serious concern of all the BSNL IDA pensioners whose revised IDA effective from 1st April 2020 was not paid along with their pension with no reasons and authority. The Association has requested that “all the BSNL IDA pensioners who have not yet been paid the revised IDA @ 160.7% for the month of April 2020 along with their Pension which is already disbursed be immediately released the enhanced IDA for the month of April 2020”.  View the letter

02.05.2020:

ARBITRARY AND WHIMSICAL DECISION OF DOT TO DENY GRANT OF REVISED IDA AS IDR AS ORDERED BY DPE W.E.F. 1ST APRIL 2020 TO THE BSNL/MTNL IDA PENSIONERS RETIRING IN APRIL 2020- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH SECRETARY (PENSION) FOR WITHDRAWAL OF THE ORDER:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Secretary (Pension) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Telecom), Member (Finance) and CMD, BSNL lodging its protest against the arbitrary and whimsical Order issued by DOT on 28.04.2020 denying grant of revised IDA @ 160.7% IDA w.e.f. 1st April 2020 as allowed by DPE to the BSNL/MTNL Pensioners retiring in April 2020. The Association has pointed out that this action of DOT tantamount to be an attempt to divide the pensioners considered to be a homogeneous class as ordered by Supreme Court in a number of cases and also violative of the equality law under Article 14 of the Constitution of India. The Association has finally demanded the withdrawal of the said DOT Order.  View the letter

30.04.2020:

PMO FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 27/02/2020 REGARDING NON-ACCOUNTING AND NON-REFUND OF GPF CONTRIBUTION DEDUCTED FROM THE SALARY OF SHRI V VELAPPAN RETD DGM, TAMILNADU TO SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

AIBSNLREA had once again taken up the case for non-accounting and non-refund of GPF contributions deducted from the salary of Shri V Velappan, Retd DGM, BSNL, Tamilnadu Telecom Circle for the period December 1980 to September 1990, vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2020/13 dated 27.02.2020, with Prime Minister of India [View posting dated 28.02.2020 in this website to read the letter]. The Prime Minister’s Office had since forwarded the grievance to Secretary, Department of Telecommunication which is now under examination in the office of GM(Finance), Tamilnadu Circle.  View the PMO letter

29.04.2020:

NON-PAYMENT OF REVISED IDA EFFECTIVE FROM 1ST APRIL 2020 WITH THE PAYMENT OF PENSION FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2020 TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS- BSNL IS SAID TO BE VILLAIN IN THE ACT:

All the BSNL IDA Pensioners, who mostly received their pension for the month of April 2020 on 27th or 28th April, 2020 in their Savings Bank Accounts, were shocked to find that the revised IDA at 160.7% IDA w.e.f. 1.4.2020 as ordered by DPE as back as on 03.04.2020 remained unpaid. No one has any clue for this and had been wondering where it went wrong. Many sent mails to their respective Banks asking for the payment. The GS, AIBSNLREA had also sent mail to the Central Pension Processing Center of his own Pension Disbursing Bank i.e. Andhra Bank at Hyderabad about his personal pension case. To-day around 11 AM, an Official from the CPPC contacted him to convey that they were ready with the payment, but at the last moment they were asked by BSNL to stop payment and they had to abide by the instruction. He further added that in the after-noon of 28.04.2020, they were asked to go ahead with the payment. But by this time, the payment of pension was already released. He further assured that efforts will be made to make the payment separately at the earliest or as arears along with the next month’s pension. The above fact is being brought to the knowledge of all the pensioners in general and the members of AIBSNLREA in particular to once again confirm how ill-informed, inhumane and callous, the administrative machinery in BSNL and DOT are just creating problems after problems to the BSNL IDA pensioners.

NB: After uploading the above text, reports are being received from our member-pensioners drawing pension from Andhra Bank that they have now received the balance of the payment on account of increased IDA. All other CPPCs of different pension disbursing Banks are now required to similarly release the payment.

29.04.2020:

FREEZING OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE TO THE EMPLOYEES DRAWING CDA PAY SCALES AT CURRENT RATES TILL JULY 2021 - DPE FORWARDS DOE’S ORDER DATED 23.04.2020 TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE MINISTRIES/DEPARTMENTS TO BRING IT TO THE NOTICE OF CPSEs UNDER THEIR RESPECTIVE CONTROL:

Department of Public Enterprises has forwarded the copy of the Order dated 23.04.2020 issued by Department of Expenditure freezing the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief of Central Government Employees and Central Government pensioners drawing CDA pay scales at current rates till July, 2021 to all Administrative Ministries/Departments for bringing the same to the notice of Central Public Sector Enterprises under their respective control. DPE, however, itself has issued no orders on the issue. This re-affirms our conviction that the DOE Order dated 23.04.2020 would be applicable only in those CPSEs in which certain employees draw pay in CDA pay scales and also on some pensioners of those CPSEs who draw pension in CDA pattern. Till now, this has no impact on CPSEs following IDA pattern of pay scales and also the pensioners drawing pension in IDA pattern.  View the DPE order

28.04.2020:

DOT ISSUES CLARIFICATION IN THE MATTER OF FREEZING OF IDA FOR THE BSNL AND MTNL IDA PENSIONERS:

Department of Telecommunication, following the Orders issued by Ministry of Finance freezing the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief payable to the Central Government Employees and Central Government Pensioners respectively w.e.f. 01.01.2020 to till July 2021, has issued an interim Order vide its No. I/Misc/Pen/Issue/BSNL/DDG(Accounts)/2019-Part-I/1407-1439 dated 28.04.2020, on the question of similar freezing of IDR payable to the BSNL and MTNL IDA Pensioners pending a clarification to be received from Department of Public Enterprises which so far has issued no orders for freezing of IDA for the Central Public Sector Employees whose salary are being paid by the respective employer CPSEs and not the Government. As per DOT’s above quoted Order, the Pension for the month of April 2020 shall be disbursed at Dearness Relief @ 160.7% till further guidelines from DPE for the pensioners retiring prior to 01.04.2020. However, those retiring in April 2020, retirement benefits (paid by CCAs) be paid at old Dearness Relief as on 01.01.2020 till further guidelines from DPE.  View the DoT order

28.04.2020:

EXTENSION OF VALIDITY OF BSNLMRS CARDS OF THE BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEES IN RAJASTHAN TELECOM CIRCLE:

Rajasthan Telecom Circle, vide its No. BSNL-MRS/Card Renew/2020-21 dated 23.04.2020, has issued orders extending the validity of BSNL Medical Card of the BSNL retired employees to 30.06.2020 or till further order, whichever is earlier.  View the Rajasthan Telecom Circle order

27.04.2020:

CHENNAI TELEPHONES ISSUES ORDERS EXTENDING THE VALIDITY OF EXISTING BSNLMRS CARDS OF THE BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEES / VRS RETIREES TILL 30.06.2020 OR TILL ISSUE OF FURTHER ORDER, WHICHEVER IS EARLIER:

Chennai Telephones, citing the Order dated 21.04.2020 issued by BSNL Corporate Office, has issued an Order, vide its No. AWL/BSNLMRS/GENERAL CIRCULAR/20-21 dated 24.04.2020 extending the validity of existing BSNL Medical Card of the retired employees/VRS retirees till 30.06.2020 or till further order, whichever is earlier.  View the Chennai Telephones order

25.04.2020:

PGM TELECOM DISTRICT, AMBALA ISSUES ORDERS EXTENDING THE VALIDITY OF BSNLMRS CARDS OF THE BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEES AND ALSO THE SERVICE MEDICAL CARDS OF ALL VRS OPTEES WHO DID NOT GET THEIR RETIED EMPLOYEES MADICAL CARD TO 30.06.2020:

Principal General Manager Telecom District, Ambala, Haryana Telecom Circle, on the direction of BSNL Circle Office, has issued Orders, vide its No. GG-70/MRS Cards Extension/retired employees/2 dated 31.03.2020, extending the validity of (i) BSNL Medical Card holders of retired employees to 30.06.2020 and also (ii) the in-service Medical Cards of all employees who opted for VRS in the month of January 2020 and did not get their retired employees Medical Card to 30.06.2020.  View the PGM TD Ambala order

24.04.2020:

GOVERNMENT ISSUES ORDERS FREEZING DEARNESS ALLOWANCE AND DEARNESS RELIEF PAYABLE WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 2020, JULY 2020 AND JANUARY 2021 TO THE CG EMPLOYEES AND CG PENSIONERS RESPECTIVELY:

: In view of the crisis arising out of Covid-19, the Ministry of Finance has issued Orders freezing the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for the CG Employees and CG Pensioners respectively due from January 2020, July 2020 and January 2021 till July 2021. Though, the additional instalments of DA/DR as effective from 1st January 2020, 1st July 2020 and 1st January 2021 will be restored prospectively and subsumed in the cumulative revised rate effective from July 2021, no arrears will be paid for this period.  View the Ministry of Finance order

24.04.2020:

BSNL ISSUES ORDERS EXTENDING THE DATE OF SUBMISSION OF OPTION/DECLARATION FOR TDS RECOVERY AS PER NEW TAX REGIME WITHOUT EXEMPTIONS FOR ITS SERVING EMPLOYEES TILL 31st MAY, 2020:

In our posting dated 23.04.2020 in this website regarding submission of option for TDS recovery as per new tax regime without exemptions, it was mentioned that BSNL has issued an Order on this matter in respect of its serving employees allowing exercising of option/declaration by 28th April 2020. Now BSNL, in a separate Order issued vide its No. 1001-22/2018-19/Taxation/BSNL/3778 dated 22.04.2020, has extended the last date for submission of option/declaration for its employees till 31st May, 2020.  View the BSNL order

23.04.2020:

SUBMISSION OF OPTION BY THE PENSIONERS TO THE CCAs IN ADVANCE REGARDING DEDUCTION OF TDS EITHER AS PER OLD TAX REGIME WITH EXEMPTIONS OR NEW TAX REGIME WITHOUT EXEMPTIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF TDS RECOVERY:

All Controllers of Communication Accounts have now started calling for option in advance from all the pensioners to get TDS deducted for the current financial year based on either as per old Tax regime which allows various income tax exemptions or the new tax regime without any exemption. In this regard, CBDT has already clarified that though the employers would invite such option in the month of April from the employees for the purpose of deduction of TDS, these tax payers would anyhow be allowed to exercise final option at the time of submission of their Annual Income Tax Returns [View posting dated 14.04.2020 in this website to read the CBDT Order]. Following issue of this clarification, BSNL has already invited option from its serving employees. Since the concerns that we had regarding the right to exercise option at the time of submission of our Income Tax Returns have already been allayed, there needs to be no concern now in intimating the CCAs to deduct TDS on pension as per either old tax regime or new tax regime. Individual members can later take an informed decision on their own and then finally weigh the tax benefits between the old tax regime and new tax regime at the time of filing returns and choose the right tax regime which will be found beneficial. The CBDT circular has also made it clear that, in case no intimation for the purpose of TDS is given now, the employer shall make TDS without considering the provisions of section 115BAC. In other words, in this case TDS will be deducted on the basis of old tax regime only.  View the BSNL order

22.04.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL TO EXTEND THE APPLICATION OF CORPORATE OFFICE ORDER DATED 21.04.2020 FOR REVALIDATION OF BSNLMRS MEDICAL CARD TO ALL THE BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEEES IN DIFFERENT BSNL CIRCLES/UNITS:

Since the BSNL Corporate Office has issued an Order on 21.04.2020 extending the validation of BSNLMRS Card till 30.06.2020 or till further Orders, whichever is earlier only for the Retired BSNL Employees of Corporate Office alone, AIBSNLREA has again taken up the matter with CMD, BSNL for issue of Orders extending application of the said Orders for all the Retired BSNL Employees all over India. The Association has pointed out that since application of this Order has been restricted only for the BSNL Retired Employees of BSNL Corporate Office, the very purpose of issuing the Order is lost. BSNL Corporate Office not only frames policies regarding BSNLMRS but also brings changes in it from time to time and also monitors their implementation. As such, it is the Corporate which alone can decide on the matter of extension of the date for revalidation and also issue orders extending the revalidation work of BSNLMRS Cards for all the Retired Employees stationed all over the country.  View the letter

22.04.2020:

REVALIDATION OF BSNLMRS MEDICAL CARD FOR BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEEES-- MAHARSHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE ISSUES ORDERS EXTENDING THE VALIDITY TILL 30.06.2020 OR TILL FURTHER ORDERS, WHICHEVER IS EARLIER:

Maharashtra Telecom Circle, vide its No. CGMT/MH/Admn-II/BSNLMRS/Annual verification/2020 dated 17.04.2020, has issued orders extending revalidation of BSNLMRS Medical Card for BSNL Retired Employees till 30.06.2020 or till further orders, whichever is earlier. With reference to the posting dated 21.04.2020 of this website, the State/Branch Secretaries of AIBSNLREA are requested also to enclose copy of this Order along with their representation addressed to the CGMs concerned to extend the facility in the similar lines to the retired BSNL employees.  View the MH circle Order

21.04.2020:

REVALIDATION OF BSNLMRS MEDICAL CARD FOR BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEEES OF CORPORATE OFFICE- BSNL CO ISSUES ORDERS EXTENDING THE VALIDITY TILL 30.06.2020 OR TILL FURTHER ORDERS, WHICHEVER IS EARLIER:

In view of lock down in the entire country as ordered by the Government to fight coronavirus, AIBSNLREA had requested CMD, BSNL that the date for re-validation of BSNLMRS Card for the retired BSNL employees due in the month of April may be extended till 30th June, 2020 in the similar lines as the Government has allowed in case of submission of Forms 15-G and Forms 15-H till 30.06.2020 for Income Tax purpose [View posting dated 17.04.2020 in this website to read the letter). Now BSNL Corporate Office has issued an Order vide its No. BSNL/Admn.I/2020-Medical dated 21.04.2020 extending the revalidation of BSNLMRS Medical Card for the BSNL Retired Employees of Corporate Office till 30.06.2020 or till further orders, whichever is earlier. Though we could get BSNL to agree to the principle and get an Order, but this fails to take care of the cases of the BSNL Retired Employees of rest of the units in BSNL. We are again taking up the issue with CMD, BSNL to issue a common order in the same lines to be made applicable in all the units of BSNL. Our State/Branch Secretaries are also requested to immediately represent to the concerned CGMs with copies to the concerned PGMs/GMs, enclosing the copy of this BSNL Order, to issue similar Orders for the BSNL Retired Employees from those Circles. This representation may be sent by e-mail.  View the BSNL Order

20.04.2020:

NO PROPOSAL FOR REDUCTION/STOPPAGE OF PENSION– CLARIFIES DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE:

In the background of rumours that Government is contemplating a reduction/stoppage of pension as floated by some vested interests with the sole purpose of creating panic in the pensioners, the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Government of India has come out to clarify that there is no such proposal for reduction of pension and no action is also contemplated by the Government in this respect.  View Statement of DOP&PW

18.04.2020:

FINALIZATION OF REGULAR PENSION TO THE OFFICIALS RETIRING TILL MARCH 2020 TO BE ENSURED– DOT ADVISES ITS CCA OFFICES:

In the background of normal functioning of the offices having been affected due to lock down, DOT in a letter issued vide No. 2/VRS/BSNL/MTNL/2019/Accounts/Misc./1138-1171 dated 13.04.2020, has advised the Addl. CGCA and all its Principal CCAs/CCAs to ensure that the officials retiring (other than VRS 2019 pensioners) till March 2020 do not face any hardship in disbursement of their regular pension owing to lockdown. The letter also insisted for making necessary arrangement to send requisite documents to the respective CCAs for finalization of regular pension for all such retirees.  View the DoT letter

17.04.2020:

EXTENSION OF DATE FOR REVALIDATION OF BSNLMRS CARDS OF THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES IN VIEW OF LOCK DOWN IN THE COUNTRY AS ORDERED BY THE GOVERNMENT- AIBSNLREA RQUESTS CMD, BSNL TO EXTEND THE DATE TILL 30TH JUNE 2020:

In a representation addressed to CMD, BSNL and copies endorsed to Director (HR), BSNL and Secretary (Telecom), AIBSNLREA has pointed out that the retired BSNL employees, who are required to get revalidation of their BSNLMRS Cards in the month of April, would not be able to get it done due to lockdown ordered by the Government till May 3, 2020 which is likely to be further extended or may partially be lifted. In view of the fact that the retired BSNL Employees, as Senior Citizens, are more prone to coronovirus and it is otherwise also not advisable for them to venture out during these critical days, AIBSNLREA has requested that the date for re-validation work may be extended till 30th June, 2020 in the similar lines as Government has allowed in case of submission of Forms 15-G and Forms 15-H till 30th June 2020 for Income Tax purpose. Request has also been made that based on the revalidation done in the last financial year, the validity of existing Cards may also be extended till June, 2020.  View the letter

14.04.2020:

CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES ISSUES CLARIFICATION REGARDING EXERCISING OPTION TO CHOOSE BETWEEN CONTINUATION OF OLD TAX REGIME WITH TAX EXEMPTIONS OR ADOPTION OF NEW REGIME WITHOUT EXEMPTIONS OF TAX BENEFITS - CONFIRMS OUR CONTENTION THAT THE OPTION NEEDS TO BE EXERCISED ONLY AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION OF INCOME TAX RETURNS:

Central Board of Direct Taxes, Ministry of Finance, vide its F.No. 370142/13/2020-TPL dated 13.04.2020, has issued a clarification in the matter of exercising option by the individual Tax Payers either to continue with the old Tax regime by availing benefits of several tax exemptions or switch over to new tax regime without any exemptions under different Sections of IT Act. This clarification confirms our contention that the Tax Payers are entitled to exercise option at the time of submission of their Annual Income Tax Returns.  View the CBDT circular

14.04.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REGARDING OVER ENTHUSIASTIC AND UNILATERAL ACTION OF CCA, PUNJAB TO CALL OPTION IN ADVANCE FROM THE PENSIONERS REGARDING THEIR CHOICE EITHER TO CONTINUE WITH OLD SYSTEM FOR INCOME TAX CALCULATION OR TO SWITCH OVER TO NEW TAX REGIME:

Controller of Communication Accounts, Punjab of his own has issued a letter addressed to the pensioners, vide its No. Nil dated 09.04.2020, asking them to exercise option by 15.04.2020 either to continue with old tax regime with eligible tax exemptions as per IT Act or opt for new tax regime without claiming any exemptions. Since this defeats the very purpose of Government’s decision to allow the Tax Payers to choose between the two Tax regimes whichever is found beneficial to them at the time of submission of their IT Returns to the Income Tax Department, AIBSNLREA has taken up the matter with Secretary (Telecom) seeking his intervention and requesting him to advise CCA, Punjab to withdraw his letter.  View the letter

06.04.2020:

E-JOURNAL APRIL 2020 ISSUE:

April 2020 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

04.04.2020:

CBDT ALLOWS VALIDITY OF FORM 15G AND 15H SUBMITTED TO THE BANKS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2019-2020 UPTO 30.06.2020:

In view of outbreak of pandemic Covid-19 virus which has caused serious disruption of the normal functioning of the Banks and other Institutions and since the eligible persons may not be able to submit Form 15G and 15H to the Banks and other Institutions in time, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has issued instructions, vide its F.No.275/25/2020-IT(B) dated 03.04.2020, extending the validity of these Forms submitted during the financial year 2019-20 up to 30.06.2020. TDS will be deducted based on these forms for the quarter ending 30.06.2020.  View CBDT orders

04.04.2020:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2020:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2020 from 157.3% to 160.7% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  View orders

04.04.2020:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2020:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2020 from 334.3% to 340.2% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  View orders

31.03.2020:

INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2020:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to increase w.e.f. 1.4.2020 by 3.4% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 5.9% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

31.03.2020:

FIRST INSTALLMENT OF EX-GRATIA DEPOSITED BY BSNL TO THE SALARY ACCOUNTS OF THE VRS RETIREES:

The first installment of ex-gratia amounting to 31.3% of the total ex-gratia eligible, have been deposited to the salary accounts of VRS optees yesterday. Many VRS retirees have confirmed credit of the amount in their salary accounts. Many circles are also reported to have deposited the Leave encashment amount after deductions, if any.

27.03.2020:

ISSUE OF SAVINGRAM FOR RELEASE OF CLAIMS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL BILLS UNDER BSNLMRS:

All Branches of AIBSNLREA have sent identical Savingram on 26.03.2020 to CMD, Director (Finance), Director (HR), BSNL and the concerned CGMs of the area demanding release of all claims for reimbursement of medical bills of the pensioners under BSNLMRS by 31.03.2020. In the Savingram, it was pointed out that BSNL, even without making any payment during this financial year, has surprisingly claimed to have made some payments for which even TDS has been shown in the 26-AS page of the web site of Income Tax Department as deducted and deposited with the Government.  View the text of the Savingram

25.03.2020:

BSNL ISSUES DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CGMS REGARDING PAYMENT OF FIRST INSTALMENT OF EX-GRATIA, LEAVE ENCASHMENT IN FULL TO THE BSNL EMPLOYEES RETIRED UNDER BSNL VRS SCHEME-2019:

BSNL Corporate Office, vide its File No. 500-163/2019-20/CA-III/BSNL dated 23.03.2020 on the matter of payment of dues to the VRS-optees, has instructed the CGMs regarding the various actions to be taken by 24.03.2020, which includes loading of amount of ex-gratia and Leave Encashment in Pay roll, posting of recoveries and tax treatment, in connection with releasing first instalment of ex-gratia and leave encashment in full in the month of March, 2020 to the BSNL Employees retired under BSNL VRS Scheme-2019.  View the BSNL order

25.03.2020:

BSNL ISSUES INSTRUCTION TO CGMS REGARDING PAYMENT OF GRATUITY AS PER BSNL EMPLOYEES TRUST RULES TO THE BSNL RECRUITED EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE RETIRED UNDER BSNL VRS SCHEME-2019:

BSNL Corporate Office, vide File No. 500-50/2015-16/BSNL/Gratuity dated 20.03.2020, has issued instructions to the CGMs regarding action to be taken for releasing payment of Gratuity in the month of March, 2020 to the BSNL recruited Employees who have taken retirement under BSNL VRS Scheme-2019 and are eligible to receive Gratuity as per BSNL Employees Gratuity Trust Rules.  View the BSNL order

24.03.2020:

BSNL ISSUES CERTAIN CLARIFICATION ON ITS POLICY FOR PROVISION OF GSM IN LIEU OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICE TELEPHONE CONNECTIONS/CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONE FACILITIES TO THE SERVING/RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF BSNL RESIDING IN AREAS DECLARED AS TNF:

BSNL Corporate Office has since issued certain clarification on its earlier Order circulating the policy to provide GSM in lieu of residential service telephone connection/concessional Telephone facilities to the serving/retired employees residing in TNF areas. The clarification also says that no rental to be charged for the GSM facility and in TNF area where FTTH is working, GSM post-paid plan will be sanctioned in lieu of FTTH.  View the BSNL order

24.03.2020:

INDORE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD A SPECIAL GB MEETING:

A Special G.B meeting of Indore Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 15.03.2020 at Bagarwal Parisar, Aerodrum Road, Indore. The meeting was presided over by Shri S.K.Jain, Branch President. 76 members along with their spouses participated in the gathering. This Special meeting was organized mainly to felicitate S/Shri I.K.Vyas, P.Wagde, S.P.Baghela, B.S. Bais, B.D. Chawada, A.L.Verma, N.H.Johar, Altaf Hussain, K.G Garg, Hakimuddin, J.C.Gupta, K.O.Kansal, Narendra Gite on completion of their 75 years of age. All of them were honoured with garland, Shreefal (Coconut) and shawl. Folk songs were sung by Smt. Vyas, Smt. Kansal, and Smt. Saxena. Other cultural activities were also arranged. S/Shri R.C Maheshwari, R.C.Garg, S.C.Tiwari and S.C.Jain took keen interest for the success the function which was conducted in an atmosphere of deep bond of friendship and affection. The Vote of Thanks was presented by Branch Secretary Shri N.C Yadav. Lunch was also served to all the participants after the meeting.

23.03.2020:

PAYMENT OF INTEREST ON DELAYED PAYMENT OF GRATUITY TO SHRI KAILASH CHANDRA KHATUA, RETD DE, ODISHA– PENSION SECTION OF DOT ASKS CCA, ODISHA TO EXPEDITE SUPPLY OF INFORMATION AS PER ITS PREVIOUS COMMUNICATIONS:

Forwarding a copy of the letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2020/12 dated 25.02.2020 from AIBSNLREA on the above issue of payment of interest on delayed payment of gratuity to Shri Kailash Chandra Khatua, Retd DE, Dhenkanal, the Pension Section of DOT in a communication, vide its File No. 40-07/2019-Pen(T) dated 17.03.2020, has now asked CCA, Odisha Circle to expedite supply of certain information as were wanted in its letters dated 06.05.2019 and 03.12.2019 for further necessary action on the issue at its end.  View the DoT letter

22.03.2020:

PMO FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ON REFUSAL BY DOT TO CONSIDER GRANT OF ONE EXTRA-INCREMENT TO THE BSNL EXECUTIVES WHO RETIRED BETWEEN JULY 2017 AND APRIL 2018 TERMING THIS AS A POLICY ISSUE:

AIBSNLREA had earlier represented to Prime Minister of India against DOT’s stand not to consider its earlier representation to remove the discrimination meted out to a section of the BSNL Executive-pensioners who retired between July 2017 and April 2018, by granting them also the extra-increment on their post based promotion, terming this as a ‘policy issue’ [View posting dated 29.02.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Now the PMO has forwarded the said representation to Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for action as appropriate and also reply the Association.  View the PMO letter

22.03.2020:

BSNL ISSUES ANOTHER ORDER ON TDS GUIDELINES ON PAYMENTS MADE TO VRS, 2019 OPTEES:

BSNL, vide its No.100-09/2019-20/Taxation/BSNL VRS 2019/3762 dated 20.03.2020, has issued another order on Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) guidelines on payments made to VRS, 2019 optees wherein it has been stated that Ex-gratia may be considered as a part of salary and TDS may be deducted on the first instalment of ex-gratia to be paid on 31.03.2020. TDS on second instalment of ex-gratia to be paid in subsequent financial year shall be deducted and deposited in that financial year. TDS will also be required to be deducted at the time of payment of leave encashment.  View the BSNL orders

21.03.2020:

AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REGARDING ABNORMAL DELAY IN PAYMENT OF INTEREST ON DELAYED PAYMENT OF RETIREMENT GRATUITY TO SHRI KAILASH CHANDRA KHATUA, RETD DE, ODISHA– TA-I BRANCH OF DOT FORWARDS THE REPRESENTATION TO THE ESTABLISHMENT BRANCH:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the case of abnormal delay in payment of interest on delayed payment of retirement Gratuity to Shri Kailash Chandra Khatua, Retd DE, Dhenkanal, Odisha with Secretary (Pension) and others [View posting dated 27.02.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Now Director (Accounts-I) of TA-I Branch of DOT has forwarded the said representation to Director (Estt-II), since the pension section of DOT (HQ) is the nodal section for processing such type of cases.  View the DoT letter

20.03.2020:

AIBSNLREA REQUESTS CMD, BSNL TO REVIEW ITS ORDER ON TAXATION ON AMOUNTS RECEIVED/RECEIVEABLE ON OR AFTER 01.04.2009 BY THE VRS OPTEES:

Drawing attention of CMD, BSNL to Para (iii) of the Order dated 11.02.2020 issued by Taxation Section of BSNL Corporate Office, wherein it has been stated that “The VRS optee(s) can claim either exemption u/s 10(10C) or relief u/s 89, but not on both, on such amounts received or receivable on or after 01.04.2009”, AIBSNLREA has requested to review this Order. The Association has pointed out that the said instruction/clarification issued by BSNL Corporate Office contradicts the Orders passed by different Courts on the same issue. Madras High Court in the case between Commissioner of Income Tax Vs G V Vengupal, judgment of which was delivered on 06.12.2004 regarding availability of benefits both u/s 10(10C) and u/s 89(1) to the VRS retirees, had ruled that "There is no prohibition to the twin benefits in respect of the amount received under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme". Similarly, in another case between State Bank of India Vs Central Board of Direct Taxes, Kerala High Court in its judgment delivered on 08.12.2005 had clearly ruled that relief under Section 89 (1) is available over and above the exemption under Section 10 (10C). The Association has finally requested that “In view of the Orders passed in the above two judgments involving even CBDT, there is every reason to say that the clarification/ instruction issued by BSNL Corporate Office on the same issue is contrary to the Rules/Laws on the subject. In view of the above, for the sake of justice and avoiding unnecessary hardships to the VRS retirees, it is requested that BSNL Corporate Office review its above referred Office Order dated 11.02.2020, if need be, in consultation with Central Board of Direct Taxes. BSNL needs to issue a clarification to allow tax exemption both u/s 10(10 C) and relief u/s 89 (1) to the concerned VRS-retirees”.  View the letter

19.03.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) ON THE ISSUE OF INCORRECT STATEMENT OF DUES/LOANS SENT TO THE DDOs FOR RECOVERY FROM THE VRS-RETIREE MEMBERS BY GOVERNMENT TELECOM EMPLOYEES CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY, CHENNAI – SEEKS NOT TO ACT ON THESE STATEMENTS TILL CORRECT STATEMENTS ARE SENT:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director (HR), BSNL and others on the matter of issue of faulty statements for recovery of dues/loans from its VRS-retiree members from their leave-encashment and ex-gratia by Government Telecom Employees Co-operative Society, Chennai without taking into account of the assets with the Society which include Share Capital, Thrift Deposit, Family Welfare Deposit and any credit on suspense account, which normally runs into lakhs of rupees which now need to be refunded to them. The Association has requested to instruct all DDOs not to recover the amount claimed by the Society in its defective statements and also advise the said Society to furnish fresh statements, after adjusting the assets available with the Society in respect of the members-retirees and not to impose any interest against the instalments for past few months which have duly been recovered by BSNL from the salary but stated to be not deposited with the Society.  View the letter

18.03.2020:

VRS-RETIREES ARE TO RECEIVE EX-GRATIA AND LEAVE ENCASHMENT BY 31.03.2020 – STATES DGM(CA), BSNL CO:

DGM(CA), BSNL Corporate Office has assured a delegation led by Shri Rakesh Sethi, who met him on 16.03.2020, that the VRS-retirees will definitely be paid the first instalment of ex-gratia and leave encashment by 31.03.2020. Verification process for payment of leave encashment is almost complete and thereafter LIC would be requested to release the money to BSNL for payment of leave encashment.

17.03.2020:

CHANDIGARH BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS BI-MONTHLY GB MEETING:

The bi-monthly GB meeting of Chandigarh Branch of AIBSNLREA was held in the GPO Building, Sector-17, Chandigarh on 14.03.2020 under the presidentship of Shri M.D. Bhasin. The President briefed the house on some important issues like status of Court case on pay & pension arrears, reimbursement of medical claims including CGHS, implementation of 3rd PRC. He also informed the house that e-PPOs are being released by DOT office at Chandigarh, though process of releasing provisional pension has started to give immediate relief to the VRS-retirees. He further reported that CHQ has been taking various actions to mitigate the difficulties being faced by the VRS-retirees. The members were also briefed on the progress made for effective implementation of BSNL’s revival plan which includes introduction of 4-G services, monetization of BSNL’s assets and merger of BSNL and MTNL. Meeting ended after presentation of vote of thanks and serving of refreshment.

16.03.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AGAINST DOP&T’S DIVERSIONARY TACTICS TO SHELVE ITS REQUEST ON ALLOWING NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF GRANT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THE EMPLOYEES RETIRED/RETIRING AFTER COMPLETION OF ONE FULL YEAR’S SERVICE:

Following DOP&T’s action in forwarding the earlier representation of AIBSNLREA addressed to the Prime Minister of India on the issue of granting notional increment for the purpose of allowing pensionary benefits to all retired/retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the following day of their retirement, to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, the Association has again represented to the Prime Minister pointing out that DOP&T, which is the nodal Department to examine and decide the issue, has unjustifiably asked DOT to refer it a proposal in case clarification/interpretation of any rule position is required. The Association has urged that DOP&T be advised to examine the contents of our said representation and resolve the grievance. Let it not try to shelve the grievance by forwarding the representation to DOT which is not at all connected with the matter.  View the letter

16.03.2020:

BAREILLY BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD GB MEETING:

A General Body Meeting was held by Bareilly Branch of AIBSNLREA on 13.03.2020 The members discussed various issues including non-reimbursement of claims for outdoor and indoor treatment under BSNLMRS and non-payment of claims for reimbursement of one-time subscription paid to CGHS and non-implementation of 3rd PRC Report on revision of pay scales etc. UP State Secretary Shri R S Arora attended the meeting.

14.03.2020:

DOP&T FORWARDS TO DOT, AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ADDRESSED TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON ALLOWING NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF GRANT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THE EMPLOYEES RETIRING AFTER COMPLETION OF ONE FULL YEAR’S SERVICE – SUGGESTS TO REFER PROPOSAL FOR CLARIFICATION/INTERPRETATION OF ANY RULE POSITION IF REQUIRED:

AIBSNLREA had sent a representation to the Prime Minister of India in which it was submitted that since all court judgments are delivered in favour of the applicant-pensioners which cannot be reversed, DOP&T issue an Order granting notional increment for the purpose of allowing pensionary benefits to the all retired/retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the following day of their retirement [View posting dated 17.02.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Now DOP&T has forwarded the said representation to Secretary, Department of Telecommunications suggesting to refer it a proposal in case clarification/interpretation of any rule position is required.  View the DoP&T letter

13.03.2020:

NON-SETTLEMENT OF DISCREPANCY IN THE FINAL PAYMENT OF GPF- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP CASE OF SHRI CHINNAPPA M. UROLOGIN, RETD JTO OF KOLHAPUR SSA WITH CONTROLLER GENERAL OF COMMUNICATION ACCOUNTS:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to the Controller General of Communication Accounts, New Delhi in the matter of non-payment of GPF amount deducted from the monthly salary of Shri Chinnappa M. Urologin, Retd JTO, Kohlapur for a particular period when he was working in Western Telecom Project before his transfer to Maharashtra Telecom Circle. The Association has sought his intervention and requested to advise Controller of Communication Accounts, Maharashtra & Goa Circle to make payment of the balance of the GPF amount along with interest to the concerned pensioner Shri Channappa M. Urologin, Retd JTO without further delay.  View the letter

12.03.2020:

NON-RELEASE OF GPF PAYMENT– AIBSNLREA TAKES UP CASES OF SMT S GETHSI JEBASELVI, RETD SDE AND SHRI P DURAISAMY, RETD DE OF ERODE SSA WITH CONTROLLER GENERAL OF COMMUNICATION ACCOUNTS:

AIBSNLREA has since taken up the cases of Smt. Gethsi Jebaselvi, Retd SDE and Shri P Duraisamy, Retd DE of Erode SSA of Tamilnadu Circle who retired from service on 30.11.2019 and 31.12.2019 respectively with Controller General of Communication Accounts, New Delhi for releasing their GPF payment. The Association has requested to advise Principal Controller of Communication Accounts, Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai to immediately release the GPF payment with interest for delayed payment to the above-named pensioners.  View the letter

11.03.2020:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, JALLANDHAR BRANCH:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Jallandhar Branch (Punjab State) was held on 06.03.2020. Shri H L Bhagat, Branch President presided over the meeting. The meeting was attended by S/Shri D S Sandhu, Organizing Secretary (North), CHQ and Jogi Ram, State Secretary, AIBSNLREA, Haryana. Shri Sandhu, Org Secretary (N) briefed the members about the deliberations in last AIC held at Madurai. He spoke on various important issues including pay and pension revision, non-reimbursement of claims under BSNLMRS, option to switch over to CGHS, Court case on pay and pension arrears with merger of 78.2% IDA etc. He also explained an issue raised by some associations for delinking of pension revision from pay revision and presented them with the correct picture how for the first time in the history, revision of pension started only after pay scale revision as per recommendation of 5th CPC recommendations following a SC judgment in D S Nakara case. He also briefed the members about various resolutions adopted in the AIC. Eight members, who were present in the meeting, submitted their duly filled in membership forms. The members also elected Shri Mohan Lal Sandi, Retd CAO as the Assistant Branch Secretary. The house also honoured Shri Parkash, a veteran leader and an associate member of the Association with presentation of bouquet and a shawl on his attaining 80 years of age. It was also decided to hold the next GM meeting of the Branch at the earliest.

07.03.2020:

DOT ASKS BSNL TO SEND DOCUMENTS TO THE CONCERNED CCA OFFICES BY 12.03.202O AS PER SOP FOR PAYMENT OF FIRST INSTALMENT OF EX-GRATIA TO THE BSNL VRS-RETIREES ON 31.03.2020:

Alarmed by non-receipt of any document from BSNL as per SOP for payment of Ex-gratia to the BSNL VRS-retirees by the CCA Offices, DOT vide its letter No. 1/VRS/BSNL/2019/TA-I/841-873 dated 06.03.2020 addressed to CMD, BSNL has asked for taking action for ensuring that the documents as per SOP are sent to concerned CCA Offices by 12.03.2020 for the purpose of payment of First instalment of Ex-gratia to the BSNL VRS-retirees on 31.03.2020.  View the DoT letter

06.03.2020:

E-JOURNAL MARCH 2020 ISSUE:

March 2020 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.03.2020:

DISCUSSIONS WITH CCA, NEW DELHI ON THE ISSUES CONCERNING THE VRS-RETIREES:

A delegation of VRS-retirees led by Shri Rakesh Sethi met CCA New Delhi Shri Sanjay Kumar on 04.03.2020 and discussed some pressing issues concerning the VRS-retirees. The meeting continued for more than an hour and the CCA gave patient hearing and was found to be very positive in his approach. The main issues discussed are as under: -

(1) Issue of ePPO, payment of provisional and also regular pension:

The delegation expressed its satisfaction that due to the efforts taken by CCA office to issue the ePPO and payment of pension in very first month of VRS, good number of retirees have received ePPO and pension in time. But still a large number of retirees are waiting for their ePPO as well as pension/provisional pension. The CCA said that while all efforts were made to complete the work well in time, due to various reasons like shortage of staff and time constraint, his office could not complete the target. However, he assured that work related to issue of ePPO for the remaining VRS retirees will be completed and all would get their pension of February 2020 along with the Pension of March 2020. The CCA has also informed that GPF payment for most of the VRS retirees have been made and now only a few cases are left.

(2) Payment of ex-gratia:

The CCA assured that ex-gratia payment will be made through BSNL, so that Form-16 can be issued only by one office since BSNL has already paid 10 months salary to its employees and have a complete record of TDS. Therefore, it will be appropriate that ex-gratia payment is made through BSNL. However, all efforts will be made to make payment of ex-gratia by this month end.

(3) Payment of gratuity:

He assured that gratuity will be paid on the date mentioned in ePPO along with applicable interest.

(4) Commutation of pension:

As per VRS 2019, option for commutation of pension will be allowed on the date as mentioned in the ePPO.-

(5) Issue regarding mention of payment of pension under BSNL Voluntary Retirement Scheme 2019 in the ePPOs:

In this regard, CCA informed that all VRS retirees will get their pension under Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 as in the case of other BSNL employees retired/retiring in normal course. There is no room for any apprehension that VRS-retirees may not receive their pension under Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. The CCA further clarified that payment of gratuity along with interest and option for pension commutation will be available to the VRS retirees only on attaining the age of 60 or five years from the date of voluntary retirement, whichever is earlier, there was a need to mention about their retirement under BSNL VRS 2019 in the ePPOs.

(6) Discrepancies in ePPO:

The CCA assured that any other discrepancies will be duly addressed on receipt of complaint from any of the retirees. The retirees may send their representations to the CCA office and necessary orders will be issued sorting out the discrepancies as pointed out by the retirees as early as possible.

05.03.2020:

RELAXATION OF ELIGIBILITY CONDITION FOR INVESTMENT IN SENIOR CITIZEN SAVINGS SCHEME IN RESPECT OF THE EMPLOYEES RETIRED UNDER VRS BEFORE REACHING THE AGE OF 55 YEARS - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH PRIME MINISTER:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Prime Minister of India on the above issue and has requested to “ kindly advise Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs), which promulgated the Order on Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, to allow the VRS retirees who retired before reaching the age of 55 years also to invest in SCSS. This relaxation of existing eligibility condition in SCSS will give a huge relief to the VRS retirees of this age group of above 50 years but below 55 years from BSNL and MTNL”.  View the letter

04.03.2020:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL THE ISSUE OF REIMBURSEMENT OF TELEPHONE BILLS OF THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES HAVING CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONE FACILTY WHO ARE RESIDING IN THE AREAS SERVED BY MTNL:

In a letter addressed to Director (HR), BSNL Board, AIBSNLREA has drawn his attention on the problem being faced by the retired BSNL employees, who are residing in the areas served by MTNL and having concessional telephone facility, in the matter of payment of bills and their subsequent reimbursement. The Association has suggested that “arrangements be made with MTNL so that the bills which are within the prescribed free-call limit as decided by BSNL and the user-BSNL retirees are not finally liable to pay for the number of calls made, MTNL should send such bills only to the concerned BSNL Units for book transfer or otherwise. This will give relief at least to those BSNL retirees who do not make calls in excess of the permissible free-call limit as allowed by BSNL”. The Association has further suggested that once MTNL is merged with BSNL as decided by Union Cabinet, the BSNL retirees residing in the areas served by MTNL be also extended the same arrangement as available to the BSNL retirees residing in the areas served by BSNL for the purpose of settlement of their bills.  View the letter

03.03.2020:

NON-AVAILABILITY OF CGHS-EMPANELLED HOSPITAL IN VISHAKHAPATNAM- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH MINISTER OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health & Family Welfare pointing out the serious difficulties being faced by the CGHS beneficiaries -especially the pensioners in Vishakhapatnam and adjacent areas due to non-availability of CGHS-empanelled Hospital in Vishakhapatnam. The Association has further mentioned that the empanelled Hospitals are available only in Hyderabad and as such the CGHS beneficiaries are required to travel a long distance to get treatment. The Association has finally requested for the intervention of the Minister ‘so that adequate number of hospitals are empanelled under CGHS in Vishakhapatnam to give real relief to the CGHS beneficiaries in general and the pensioners in particular’.  View the letter

01.03.2020:

DELOITTE HASKINS & SELLS LLP APPOINTED AS ADVISER FOR THE MERGER OF BSNL AND MTNL:

Deloitte Haskins & Sell LLP has been appointed as the Adviser for the merger of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited. This adviser will first make a case study before starting the process of merger. Thus, an important part of BSNL’s revival plan has been put in motion.

29.02.2020:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON THE ISSUE OF GRANT OF ONE EXTRA INCREMENT TO THE BSNL EXECUTIVES ON THEIR POST-BASED PROMOTION WHO RETIRED BETWEEN JULY 2017 AND APRIL 2018:

In the background that DOT has expressed its intention not to take action to resolve the above issue terming this as a suggestion for ‘change of policy’ and not a grievance, AIBSNLREA has again taken up the matter contesting the stand of DOT. The Association has maintained that “Nowhere in our representation, we suggested or requested for any ‘change of policy’. It does not require a ‘change in policy’ by the Department of Telecommunication, either”, since the ‘BSNL Executive Promotion Policy 2004’ does not have any provision to discriminate any section of the BSNL Executives in the matter of grant of one extra-increment. The Association has affirmed that the Association only wanted a genuine grievance of discrimination meted out to a particular section of the retired Executives to be removed. The Association has now pleaded with Prime Minister to ‘kindly advise Department of Telecommunications to extend the benefit of one extra-increment on post-based promotion, as provided in the ‘BSNL Executive Promotion Policy 2004’ also to the BSNL Executives who retired between July 2017 and 2018 in the same manner as all the Executives retired before July 2017 and those retired/retiring after April 2018 have rightly been granted’.  View the letter

28.02.2020:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE CASE OF NON-ACCOUNTING AND NON-REFUND OF GPF CONTRIBUTIONS OF SHRI V VELAPPAN, RETD DGM, TAMILNADU CIRCLE WITH PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

AIBSNLREA has again represented to Prime Minister of India on the above issue since DOT has not made payment of his GPF contributions which was deducted from his salary from December 1980 to September 1990, even after repeated representations. Submitting documents issued by MTNL Mumbai as a proof of transfer of GPF contributions to DMT, Coimbatore in respect of Shri Velappan for the period when he worked in MTNL Mumbai from November 1986 to September 1990, the Association has urged Prime Minister of India to advise Department of Telecommunications to refund the GPF contributions with accrued interest for the period of December 1980 to September 1990 to Shri V Velappan, Retd DGM without any further delay.  View the letter

27.02.2020:

BSNL TO PAY SALARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY BY FIRST WEEK OF MARCH, 2020:

BSNL is all set to pay the salary for the month of January, 2020 by first week of March, 2020 i.e. before Holi to its employees including those who retired on 31.01.2020 under VRS and in normal course. The pensioners who had opted for CGHS and waiting for reimbursement of their one-time subscription paid to CGHS authorities are also to receive their payment.

27.02.2020:

ABNORMAL DELAY IN PAYMENT OF INTEREST ON DELAYED PAYMENT OF RETIREMENT GRATUITY- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF SHRI KAILASH CHANDRA KHATUA, RETD DE, ODISHA:

AIBSNLREA has since taken up the case of abnormal delay in payment of interest on delayed payment of retirement Gratuity of Shri Kailash Chandra Khatua, Retd DE, Dhenkanal, Odisha with Secretary (Pension) and others. In this case, CCA, Odisha Circle had sent a detailed calculation sheet for payment of interest payable to Shri Khatua, Retd DE to Adviser (Finance), Telecom Commission for necessary sanction/orders as back as on 15.06.2018. But even though more than 20 months have already passed since the CCA, Odisha requested for sanction/orders from DOT, no action seems to have been taken by DOT on the issue. Shri Khatua, Retd DE became entitled to get the interest on delayed payment of his retirement gratuity following his complete exoneration in a case initiated against him under Rule-36 of BSNL CDA Rule 2006.  View the letter

27.02.2020:

AURANGABAD BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS G.B. MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, Aurangabad Branch held a GB Meeting under the Chairmanship of Shri R. S. Dudhe, President of the Branch at 17.00 Hrs of 20.02.2020 at Yashomangal Karyalaya, Aurangabad. The meeting was attended by almost all the regular members along with recently retired executives who opted for VRS. Total 65 comrades attended the meeting. Shri Y. K. Bansod, GMT Aurangabad addressed the gathering as Chief Guest. Shri Ganvir, DGM (Admin), Aurangabad also addressed. Branch Secretary Shri V. P. Joshi welcomed all and informed the House about the developments taken place after the last meeting. The Newsletter No. 01/2020 dated 18.02.2020 by GS Shri S. Basu along with appeal of President Shri V. Chinnapappiah dated 07.12.2019 were read out in the House. The queries raised by the members were duly replied by Secretary and President. Among the new retirees who attended the meeting, ten retirees immediately enrolled themselves as the Life Members of the Association. Others assured to get enrolled soon. The meeting was also addressed by President Shri Dudhe who presented vote of thanks. Finance Secretary Shri Gadlinge took special efforts for success of the meeting. Newly enrolled members S/Shri Ganesh Khobre and G. N. Hiswankar took responsibility on themselves for arranging dinner after the meeting.

26.02.2020:

BSNL TOPS THE LIST OF NEW SUBSCRIBERS ADDED IN DECEMBER, 2019:

According to media reports, BSNL has added 4.2 lakh new subscribers in December, 2019 and thus topped the list of new subscribers added by different Telecom Companies during the month of December, 2019. In the process, Jio has been pushed back to distant second position which could add only 82,308 new subscribers. Vodafone-idea and Airtel have lost 3.6 million and 11,000 subscribers.

26.02.2020:

GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, KURUKSHETRA BRANCH HELD:

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Kurukshetra Branch was held on 12.02.2020 at 11.30 AM at YATRI NIWAS, a Haryana Tourism Hotel, under the chairmanship of Shri D S Sandhu. Out of total membership strength of 38 members, 28 members of the Branch attended the meeting. Four new members were also enrolled as Life Members of the Branch. Branch Secretary Shri Jogi Ram briefed the members on the Court Case, Pension revision, non-payment of medical bills, joining of CGHS and other issues.The issues taken up at All India Conference at Madurai were also discussed. The meeting decided to get all the new retirees enrolled as Life Members and also to extend all possible help to resolve their immediate and other problems. The meeting concluded with presentation of vote of thanks to the members. Lunch was, thereafter, served to all the participants.

25.02.2020:

DELEGATION OF GHAZIABAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MEETS CGM, ALTTC, GHAZIABAD:

A delegation of Ghaziabad Branch of AIBSNLREA, comprising of President Shri Naresh Chand, Vice President Shri Awadhesh Kumar Sharma, Branch Secretary Shri Rakesh Chandra and others, met CGM, ALTTC, Ghaziabad on 22.02.2020 to discuss about non-payment of one-time subscription paid to the CGHS authorities by the members and others. CGM called the concerned CAO and AO and also the Officers from ERP Unit and wanted them to take appropriate action in the matter. The delegation was assured that payments will be made along with the salary payment for the month of February, 2020 of the employees. A Note of the discussion was also issued by the administration.  View the Note of discussion

23.02.2020:

AURANGABAD SSA OF BSNL MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE REPLIES TO AIBSNLREA REGARDING ITS REPRESENTATION TO SECRETARY (PENSION) IN THE MATTER OF NON-PAYMENT OF REGULAR PENSION, RELEASE OF GRATUITY AND COMMUTED VALUE OF PENSION TO SHRI A S JOSHI, RETD CAO, MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE – STATES THAT VIGILANCE CLEARANCE AND FINAL RETIREMENT ORDER ARE AWAITED:

Aurangabad SSA of BSNL Maharashtra Circle has since responded to the representation of AIBSNLREA addressed to Secretary (Pension) wherein the case of non-payment of regular pension, release of gratuity and commuted value of pension to Shri A S Joshi, Retd CAO, Aurangabad SSA was taken up. [View postings dated 19.10.2019, 07.01.2020,19.01.2020 and 19.02.2020 in this website to read the correspondences]. Now Aurangabad SSA of BSNL Maharashtra Telecom Circle has informed AIBSNLREA that grant of vigilance clearance and issuance of final retirement order are required to release pensionary benefits to Shri A S Joshi, Retd CAO and for which the matter has been taken up with CGMT, Maharashtra Circle.  View the Aurangabad SSA, BSNL letter

22.02.2020:

BSNL ISSUES ORDERS ENDORSING DOT’S ORDER ON PAYMENT OF PROVISIONAL PENSION TO ALL THE VRS RETIREES AND CIRCULATING A TOOL TO FETCH REQUIRED DATA THROUGH ERP:

BSNL Corporate Office, vide its No. 45-16/2019-Pen(B) dated 21.02.2020, has endorsed DOT’s Order to make payment of provisional pension (50% of Last Pay drawn plus applicable dearness relief) for next five months or till issue of PPO, whichever is earlier to all VRS retirees [View posting dated 15.02.2020 in this website to view the DOT Order]. In addition, BSNL’s Order also circulates a tool developed to fetch required data through ERP for the purpose of implementation of DOT’s instructions.  View the BSNL letter

21.02.2020:

AMBALA BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD A GB MEETING:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Ambala Branch was held on 18th February, 2020. The meeting was presided by Shri P C Chauhan, Branch President. The meeting was attended by 54 members. 24 new members, who retired on 31.1.2020 under VR Scheme, joined the Association as life members. Branch Secretary Shri J C Gupta welcomed all the members for joining our Association. All the members also introduced themselves for better coordination. New members were briefed about our Association by Branch Secretary. Shri K.L.Gakhar enthralled the members with his ghazal. Members also recounted their experience while in service. The meeting ended with vote of thanks. This was followed by lunch which was enjoyed by everybody.

21.02.2020:

AIBSNLREA, VADODARA BRANCH HOLD GB MEETING:

Fifth Quarterly General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Vadodara Branch was held in Hotel Utsav at 11.00 hrs of 3rd February, 2020. The meeting had a special significance since it was held immediately after mass retirement took place on 31.01.2020. Branch invited all the 45 retired executives and almost all of them attended the meeting. President Shri I A Patel welcomed all the members and the special invitees. Later, some of these retirees also submitted their membership forms. House observed 2 minutes silence in memory of department member of the Branch Shri L M Zala. Branch Secretary Shri R T Shah, in his report, stated that five delegates from Vadodara Branch attended the AIC held at Madurai. The main issues discussed in the AIC Madurai were briefed to the House. Report of the General Secretary and the resolutions adopted in the AIC were also discussed. Functioning of the Association was explained for the benefit of new members. Meal was served to all the participants after the meeting.  View Photos

20.02.2020:

RETENTION OF STAFF QUARTERS BY VRS RETIREES – NO EDUCATIONAL/ MEDICAL GROUND CERTIFICATE REQUIRED:

BSNL Corporate Office, vide its No. 482-11/2019-BG/Vol.II dated 20.02.2020, has issued a clarification according to which BSNL VRS retires will not be required to submit certificate for educational/medical ground for retention of quarters for the normal period of eight months.  View the BSNL letter

20.02.2020:

GB MEETING OF ODISHA STATE BRANCH HELD:

A GB meeting of Odisha State Branch was held on 12.02.2020 in Jayadev Batika premises, Bhubaneswar, in which 31 members were present. The number includes eight new members including the VRS retirees. Shri Sanatan Das, President in his address welcomed the new entrants and appraised them about AIBSNLREA since its formal launch in 2008 as the first Pensioners' Association of BSNL Executives, subsequent registration in 2014 and the present day set up. Odisha has the honour of being the first AIC venue in 2016. It was explained to the members, how and why the approach the Association is quite different from other associations in tackling the issues of common interest like Pension Revision as per 3rd PRC in contrast to the others views of linking it with 7th CPC. CHQ’s sustained efforts recently brought result in issue of order for provision of Mobile connection to BSNL retirees residing in TNF areas which received appreciation of all. The case of Com. B.Swain was solved only because of involvement of CHQ [ To read the full Report of the meeting, Odisha State section of State News page of this website be viewed].

19.02.2020:

DOT FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’s REPRESENTATION TO SECRETARY (PENSION) REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF REGULAR PENSION, RELEASE OF GRATUITY AND COMMUTED VALUE OF PENSION OF SHRI A S JOSHI, RETD CAO, MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE TO JT. CCA, BA IT, NEW DELHI:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the above issue with Secretary (Pension) and a copy of the representation was also endorsed to Secretary (Telecom). Earlier, DOP&PW had forwarded the representation addressed to Secretary (Pension) to DOT to take appropriate action which is now under process [View postings dated 19.10.2019, 07.01.2020 and 19.01.2020 in this website to read the letters]. Now DOT has sent the copy of the same representation, which was addressed to Secretary (Telecom), to Jt. CCA BA IT, New Delhi for appropriate remedial action.  View the DoT letter

18.02.2020:

AIBSNLREA, EAST GODAVARI BRANCH MEETS GMTD, RAJAHMUNDRY :

Shri GSVSS Vara Prasad, Branch Secretary, AIBSNLREA along with S/Shri Duvvuri Subba Rao, U.Maheswara Rao and VVR Satyanarayana met General Manager, Telecom District, Rajahmundry on 14.02.2020 and held discussions on a few important pressing issues for which a letter was also separately submitted. On the side of Administration, S/Shri Abdus Salam, DGM and Atcha Rao, DFA also participated in the discussions. The issue regarding the pension related matters of VRS optees, along with other issues, remained on the top of the agenda:- Item No. 1: Completion of SAMPANN and SRs of the VRS and other retirees: It was informed that on the request of Administration, a few retired executives have volunteered to assist CCA, Vijayawada for quick disposal of SAMPANN and SRs. CCA, Vijayawada has also assured to settle the pension cases by the end of March, 2020. DFA, Rajahmundry then assured that all-out efforts will be made to send all the cases including SRs to CCA Office by 20.02.2020. To speed up the process and assist the local administration, on the request of DFA Rajahmundry, Shri VVR Satyanarayana, Retd AO joined the team after the meeting. The GMTD also informed that he is reviewing the progress twice a day and asked the representatives of the Association to meet him again in the 4th week of the month to review the left-out cases [For full Report of the meeting, view Andhra Pradesh State section of State News page of this website].

18.02.2020:

NADIAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD A GB MEETING:

Nadiad Branch (Gujarat State) of AIBSNLREA held its Bi-monthly General Body Meeting on 9th February 2020 at Vrundavan Cold Storage, N H 8, at Boriavi. Forty-five members attended the meeting. Three new members were also enrolled in the branch. Shri B. M. Patel, Representative of Nadiad welcomed the members and reported the activities of the Branch. Shri A. M. Mistry, Retd DE, Transmission, Nadiad who sponsored the meeting was then honoured with presentation of religious book. S/Shri P B Parmar, President, S L Sharma State Secretary addressed the house and discussed about pension revision and medical reimbursement issues. The meeting was also addressed by other state representatives S/Shri C J Patel, M T Parmar and M T Patel. Vote of thanks was presented by Shri J D Parmar. Thereafter, dinner was served.

17.02.2020:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE ISSUE OF GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THE RETIRED/RETIRING EMPLOYEES WHOSE DATE OF NEXT INCREMENT FALLS ON THE FOLLOWING DAY OF THEIR RETIREMENT WITH PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

Being unsatisfied with the reply given by Department of Personnel & Training vide its No. 16/2/2020-Estt(Pay-I) dated 21.01.2020 in response to our earlier representation to the Prime Minister of India in which it was merely stated that the judgment of Hon’ble Madras High Court in W.P.No. 15732/2017 in the case of Shri P Ayyamperumal in in personam, i.e. specific to the case of petitioner only [View posting dated 28.01.202 in this website to read the DOP&T letter], the Association has now again sent a representation to the Prime Minister of India. In this representation, the Association has submitted that “However, it (DoP&T) remained silent on all other cases in which judgments have gone in the similar line i.e. in favour of all the applicant pensioners. Even Delhi High Court in a judgment delivered on 13.01.2020 in W.P.(C) 5539/2019 in the case of Shri Arun Chhibber Vs Union of India has ordered to give the same benefit as given to the Petitioner in the above mentioned case as ordered by Madras High Court, even though the Government argued before the Court that the judgment of Madras High Court as ‘in personam and not in rem”. Accordingly, the Association has appealed to the Prime Minister of India so that DOP&T accepts the hard reality that all judgments by courts are being delivered in favour of the applicant-pensioners which cannot be reversed and thereby immediately issue an Order granting notional increment for the purpose of allowing pensionary benefits.to the all retired/retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the following day of their retirement.  View the letter

16.02.2020:

FALSE CLAIM OF HAVING PAID REIMBUSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT UNDER BSNLMRS TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS IN THE 26AS (TAX CREDIT STATEMENT) PAGE OF THE TDS-CPC SITE OF INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE:

In a letter addressed to CMD, BSNL and copy endorsed to all concerned on the above issue, AIBSNLREA has stated that “We are surprised to note that despite pointing out on many earlier occasions, BSNL is continuing to claim having made payment of reimbursement for outdoor treatment of the absorbed BSNL pensioners under BSNLMRS and also showing deduction of TDS against those unpaid amounts in 26 AS (Tax Credit Statement) page of the TDS-CPC web site of Income Tax Department. None of the pensioners, in fact, has received any payment of reimbursement for outdoor treatment under BSNLMRS from BSNL Units in the current assessment year. As a result, all these pensioners who are to submit their Income Tax Returns in a few months from now have been put in a serious trouble. This is really an unethical practice to make false claim for having made payment and then deducting TDS against these unpaid amounts”. The Association has further requested that “all the concerned absorbed BSNL pensioners be immediately supplied with the details of payment made, if any, in their respective Bank Accounts by BSNL through NEFT or any other mode” and “the Income Tax Department be immediately informed of the factual position to avoid unnecessary harassment of the tax paying pensioners at the later stage”. The Association has finally expressed the hope that BSNL would make actual payment of reimbursement of claims for outdoor treatment against all the claims which have already been submitted and also being submitted in the current financial year without any further delay.  View the letter

15.02.2020:

PAYMENT OF PROVISIONAL PENSION FOR NEXT FIVE MONTHS OR TILL ISSUE OF PPO TO THE BSNL AND MTNL VRS RETIREES – DOT ISSUES ORDERS:

Since CCAs of DOT could not issue Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) in respect of the VRS retirees of BSNL and MTNL, who retired on 31.01.2020, DOT has issued an Order vide its No. 1/Misc/Pen/Issues/BSNL/DDG(Accounts)/2019-Part (1)/566 to 587 dated 14.02.2020, as a special dispensation to make payment of provisional pension (50% of Last Pay drawn + applicable dearness relief) for next five months or till issue of PPO, whichever is earlier.  View the DoT order

15.02.2020:

BSNL TO MAKE PAYMENT OF SALARY TO THE BSNL EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS INCLUDING VRS OPTEES WHO RETIRED ON 31.12.2019 AND 31.01.2020:

In some relief to the serving employees and those who retired on 31.12.2019 and 31.01.2020 which includes nearly 80,000 VRS Optees, BSNL is stated to have decided to make the payment of their salary to-day. BSNL is also reported to have started clearing claims for reimbursement of one-time subscription paid to the CGHS authorites by the absorbed BSNL pensioners who have already switched over to CGHS regime.

15.02.2020:

NON-PAYMENT OF SALARIES, LEAVE ENCASHMENT, GPF AMOUNTS, CLAIMS FOR MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENTS AND OTHER DUES TO OVER 80,000 BSNL EMPLOYEES WHO WERE FORCED TO TAKE VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT ON 31.01.2020 - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH SECRETARY (PENSION):

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Secretary (Pension) regarding non-payment of various dues including salaries, leave encashment, GPF amounts, claims for medical reimbursement and other dues to over 80,000 absorbed BSNL employees who were virtually forced to take voluntary retirement on 31.01.2010. The Association has maintained that “We have no hesitation to state that 31.01.2020 will be remembered as the black day for the pensioners’ community as a whole when over 80,000 absorbed BSNL employees were forcibly sent back to home even without clearing their legitimate dues on the date of their retirement. In the process, many Orders issued by DOP&PW from time to time instructing to settle the dues payable to the retirees on the day of their retirement have been brushed aside”. The Association has further submitted that “we earnestly request you to kindly render justice to these new retirees and their family members by ordering Department of Telecommunications and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to immediately clear their all pending dues including salaries for last two months, all pending medical claims, payment of accumulated GPF, Encashment of Leave Salary and other dues”.  View the letter

14.02.2020:

PALAKKAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD A GB MEETING:

The GB Meeting of Palakkad Branch of AIBSNLREA was held at 10.30 am on 11.02.2020 in Top In Town Auditorium, Palakkad. 12 new members including 10 members who retired under VRS on 31.1.2020 attended the meeting. While welcoming the new members in the association Shri P.Prabhakaran, Branch Secretary assured that the Association will take care of them and all their genuine issues will be addressed and protected through the General Secretary at Central Headquarters. Shri K.Haridasan, the Branch President and also one of the delegates to the All India Conference at Madurai briefed the deliberations of the AIC and the resolutions passed. The members were unanimous that the association should make all efforts for early release of two months’ salary due to the VRS pensioners and also for timely payment of pension [View Kerala State Section of State News page of this website to read the full Report of the meeting].

13.02.2020:

AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AGAINST CLOSURE OF ITS EARLIER REPRESENTATION BASED ON THE AIC RESOLUTION REQUESTING TO CONSTITUTE A COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS FROM INVESTIGATING AGENCIES AND OTHERS TO INVESTIGATE SOME SPECIFIC CASES CITED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN WHICH CERTAIN POWERS GAVE UNDUE ADVANTAGE TO THE PRIVATE OPERATORS AT THE COST OF BSNL NOW FORWARDED BY PMO TO SECRETARY, DOT:

AIBSNLREA had sent a representation to the Prime Minister after its original representation, based on AIC resolution, requesting to constitute a High-Power Committee with members from investigating agencies and other experts to investigate into some specific cases as cited by the Association in which undue advantage was given to the private operators at the cost of BSNL was disposed of by BSNL merely stating that “Govt. has already approved the revival plan of BSNL which is under process at appropriate level” [View posting dated 18.01.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Now Prime Minister’s Office has sent this representation to Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for action as appropriate.  View the PMO letter

12.02.2020:

EAST GIODAVARI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS GB MEETING:

A General Body meeting of East Godavari District Branch of AIBSNLREA held on 06.02.202 at Hotel Surya, Rajahmundry under the president ship of Shri GV Rama Krishna. The meeting started at 10.00 hours. Branch Secretary Shri G.S.V.S.S.Vara Prasad invited the president and Shri Ch Gandhi, Organizing Secretary (S), CHQ on the dais. After prayer, Branch Secretary briefed the House about the resolutions adopted in the 2nd AIC held at Madurai and also the latest developments on BSNL VRS. He welcomed the new members who have taken VRS recently and joined in the association. 38 members submitted their admission forms for life membership out of which 15 members paid the Life membership fee. Around 50 more VRS retirees, who are mostly out of station, are expected to join in the association shortly [View Andhra Pradesh State section of State News page of this website to read the full Report of the meeting].

11.02.2020:

AIBSNLREA ADDRESSES PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON THE ISSUE OF TOTAL NEGLECT OF THE INTERESTS OF SENIOR CITIZENS IN THE BUDGET PROPOSAL 2020-21:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Prime Minister of India expressing total disappointment with budget proposal regarding personal taxation. The Association has drawn his attention to his Message dated 31.03.2015 to the Elders of the country in which it was conveyed that “At this juncture, you have simple needs. You look forward to a peaceful and healthy life. And a life of dignity and respect, where you do not have to depend on others”.…..Thus, it is the nation’s responsibility to look after you……My Government is thus committed to ensuring that your golden years are spent happily, peacefully and meaningfully”. The Association has conveyed that ‘the Budget proposal for the year 2020-21 regarding personal (direct) taxation presented in Parliament has totally failed to respond to your declaration’ and has appealed to reconsider the budget proposal in regard to personal taxation and allow continuation of certain benefits like exemption of income tax upto a higher stage of income, retention of standard deduction, benefits of 80 TTB etc. even in the new income tax regime.  View the letter

10.02.2020:

DOOR-STEP SERVICE TO COLLECT ANNUAL LIFE CERTIFICATES FROM THE PENSIONERS WHO FAIL TO SUBMIT THE SAME BY DUE DATE:

In a detailed Order issued 17.01.2020, DOP&PW has issued instructions that all Pension Disbursing Banks shall ask all pensioners through sms/e-mails on 24th October, 1st November, 15th November and 25th November every year to remind them to submit their Annual Life Certificate by 30th November. Banks are also to send sms/e-mails to those pensioners who failed to submit their Annual Life Certificate by 30th November and shall ask such pensioners if they are interested for Door-Step Service to collect Annual Life Certificate against payment of charges not exceeding Rs. 60/- only.  View the DoP&PW order

09.02.2020:

ODISHA STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD GB MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, Odisha State Branch is organizing a General Body meeting followed by a family Picnic on 12.02.2020 in Jayadev Batika premises at Bhubaneswar. All members and other new Executive retirees including those Executives who have retired under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme are requested to attend the meeting.

09.02.2020:

DOT TO TAKE APPROPRIATE REMEDIAL ACTION ON AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA DRAWING HIS ATTENTION ON THE ATTEMPT BY DOT TO CLOSE THE REGISTERED GRIEVANCE REGARDING PAYMENT OF CONSEQUENTIAL BENEITS FOLLOWING REVISION OF THE SENIORITY OF THE TES GROUP B OFFICERS AS ORDERED BY SUPREME COURT WITHOUT RESOLVING THE SAME:

AIBSNLREA had to draw the attention of Prime Minister of India on the attempt by DOT to close the Grievance registered based on the AIC Resolution of AIBSNLREA and forwarded by PMO to Secretary, DOT regarding payment of consequential benefits to the former TES Group B Officers of DOT since absorbed in BSNL and MTNL following revision of their seniority on the order of Supreme Court in its final judgment delivered on 14.12.2017 in CA No(s) 4389 of 2010 without resolving the said grievance [View posting dated 04.01.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Now Department of Telecommunications has forwarded the said representation to DDG(Estt) for appropriate remedial action.  View the DoT letter

08.02.2020:

DOT INFORMS THROUGH PG PORTAL SETTLEMENT OF CASE OF SHRI B SWAIN, RETD DGM, ODISHA REGARDING PAYMENT OF ADDITIONAL COMMUTED VALUE OF PENSION:

The issue regarding non-payment of Commuted Value of Pension from the date of retirement on which Shri Banabara Swain, Retd DGM, Odisha was subsequently exonerated as a result of departmental proceedings initiated against him was taken up by AIBSNLREA from time to time. Earlier, DOT had earlier closed the case stating that clarification from DOP&PW on the issue is awaited. The Association lodged its protest with DOP&PW against the decision to close the case without resolving the same [View posting dated 04.12.2019 of this website to read the letter]. Now DOT has informed through pgportal that necessary clarification to CCA, Odisha Circle was issued and consequently CCA Office has issued sanction of additional commuted value of pension to Shri B Swain.  View the Status Report & Sanction Memo

07.02.2020:

’DON’T BE UNDER IMPRESSION THAT BSNL AND MTNL WILL BE SHUT DOWN’-MOC ASSURES IN PARLIAMENT:

Minister of Communications Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has stated in Rajya Sabha on 06.02.2020 that “Don’t be under impression that BSNL and MTNL will be shut down. We have infused a revival package in them and I assure you that these companies will not be shut down”.

06.02.2020:

E-JOURNAL FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE:

February 2020 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

03.02.2020:

EAST GODAVARI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD A GB MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, East Godavari Branch is holding a General Body Meeting at Hotel Surya, Rajahmundry on 06.02.2020 sharp at 10.00 AM. All members of the Association and other retired Executives who are yet to enrol themselves as Life Members are requested to attend the meeting.

01.02.2020:

BUDGET INTRODUCES 5 TAX SLABS, LOWER RATES FOR THOSE WHO FOREGO EXEMPTIONS:

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget Speech today, introduced new slabs and reduced the tax rate for different slabs for an individual income of up to Rs 15 lakh per annum, if a taxpayer opts for foregoing exemptions and deductions.

The new tax regime will be optional and the taxpayers will be given the choice to either remain in the old regime with exemptions and deductions or opt for the new reduced tax rate without those exemptions, she said in the Lok Sabha while unveiling the Budget 2020-21.

Under the proposal, people with an annual income of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7.5 lakh will have to pay a reduced tax rate of 10 per cent; between Rs 7.5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh 15 per cent; between Rs 10 lakh and 12.5 lakh 20 per cent; between Rs 12.5 lakh and 15 lakh 25 per cent; and above Rs 15 lakh 30 per cent, she said.

Observing that there are about 100 tax exemptions and deductions, she said that 70 of them are being removed in the new simplified tax regime, while the remaining will be reviewed and examined in due course.

 View the Newspaper Report

01.02.2020:

PMO SENDS REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA DRAWING ATTENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON THE ATTEMPT BY DOT TO CLOSE THE REGISTERED GRIEVANCE REGARDING PAYMENT OF CONSEQUENTIAL BENEITS FOLLOWING REVISION OF THE SENIORITY OF THE TES GROUP B OFFICERS AS ORDERED BY SUPREME COURT TO SECRETARY, DOT:

AIBSNLREA had earlier represented to Prime Minister of India drawing his attention on the attempt made by DOT to close the Grievance raised in the representation which was forwarded by PMO to Secretary, DOT on the issue of payment of consequential benefits to the former TES Group B Officers of DOT since absorbed in BSNL and MTNL following revision of their seniority on the order of Supreme Court in its final judgment delivered on 14.12.2017 in CA No(s) 4389 of 2010. The Association had also requested to advise Department of Telecommunications to resolve the said grievance at the earliest so that the affected pensioners get their long pending grievance mitigated at the earliest [View posting dated 04.01.2020 in this website to read the letter]. PMO has since forwarded the said representation to Secretary, Telecommunications for appropriate action.  View the PMO letter

31.01.2020:

DEPTT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REGARDING GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THE RETIRED/RETIRING EMPLOYEES WHOSE DATE OF NEXT INCREMENT FALLS ON THE FOLLOWING DAY OF THEIR RETIREMENT TO DOP&T:

Department of Social Justice & Empowerment has forwarded the copy of the letter dated 08.01.2020 of AIBSNLREA addressed to Prime Minister [View posting dated 10.01.2020 in this website to read the letter], which was endorsed to the Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, regarding grant of notional increment for the purpose of pensionary benefits to all the retired/retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the next day of their retirement to the Department of Personnel & Training for appropriate action and directly inform the petitioner.  View the Dept. of Social Justice & Empowerment letter

28.01.2020:

DOP&T REPLIES TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO THE PRIME MINISTER REGARDING COLOSSAL WASTAGE OF PUBLIC MONEY IN DEFENDING AN UNDEFENDABLE CASE IN VARIOUS COURTS FOR GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THE RETIRED/RETIRING EMPLOYEES WHOSE DATE OF NEXT INCREMENT FALLS ON THE FOLLOWING DAY OF THEIR RETIREMENT:

Department of Personnel & Training (DOP&T) has since replied to the representation of AIBSNLREA addressed to the Prime Minister of India in which attention of the PM was drawn in the matter of non-extending the benefit of notional increment for the purpose of pensionary benefits to all the retired/retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the next day following their retirement despite Supreme Court’s rejection of CBDT’s Review Petition and all other Courts now giving similar judgments. The Association had maintained that because of this stand of DOP&T, colossal wastage of public money is being allowed by engaging legal counsels and involving the Government machinery to defend an undefendable case in different courts all over the country [View posting dated 10.01.2020 in this website to read the representation]. Now, DOP&T has just replied that the Madras High Court judgment in this case is in personam, i.e. specific to the case of petitioner only. Thus, DOP&T avoids the issue raised by the Association that in view of the fact that many other Courts have started giving similar judgments, the benefit of notional increment for the purpose of granting pensionary benefits be allowed to all retired/retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the following day of their retirement.  View the DOPPW letter

27.01.2020:

ANOMALY IN PENSION OF THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS RETIRED WITHIN 10 MONTHS OF THEIR ABSORPTION - DELHI HIGH COURT UPHOLDS CAT, NEW DELHI ORDER DIRECTING FIXATION OF PENSION BY GRANTING NOTIONAL BENEFIT OF IDA PAY SCALE:

Delhi High Court, in its judgment delivered on 24.01.2020 on the Appeal filed by DOT against an Order earlier passed by Principal Bench of CAT, New Delhi on 16.12.2016 directing to fix pension by granting notional benefit of IDA pay scales to the BSNL IDA pensioners who retired within 10 months of their absorption and were drawing partly in CDA pay and partly in IDA pay, has withdrawn its earlier Order not to take coercive action against DOT to implement the said CAT Order and has also upheld the CAT Order granting the benefit to the affected pensioners. The High Court has also directed to implement the said CAT Order within eight weeks starting from 24.01.2020. This judgment will benefit over 4000 affected BSNL IDA pensioners who retired within 10 months of their absorption in BSNL. Hopefully, DOT will not move Supreme Court to delay the matter further and gracefully accept the Court Order.

25.01.2020:

GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, MUMBAI BRANCH HELD:

Mumbai Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body Meeting at 14.00 hours on 06.01.2020 in the Conference Hall of Fountain Telecom Building, Mumbai. The meeting was presided over by Branch Vice President Shri N K Devassy who welcomed all the members and the newly elected Organizing Secretary (West), CHQ Smt. M S Lumba. A good number of members of the Branch including six lady members were present. The meeting started with observation of two minutes’ silence in memory of the departed members which was followed by self-introduction of the members [To read the full Report, please view the Maharashtra State Section of State News Page of this website].

24.01.2020:

AMRAVATI BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS G.B. MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, Amravati Branch held a GB Meeting under the Chairmanship of Shri R. W. Tidke, President of the Branch at 14.00 hrs of 17.01.2020 at the Conference Hall of Pr. G.M.Telecom, Amravati. The meeting was attended by 29 members of the Branch. Shri D. B. Dange, DGM, BSNL Amravati joined the Association who was greeted by the House. Branch Secretary Shri D. V. Rokade informed the house about the developments taken place after the last meeting. He briefed the members about the status of payment of pending medical claims. He also briefed the House about the main issues discussed in the AIC Madurai. It was decided to approach the officers who have opted for VRS and request them to join the Association. Shri V. G. Dakhode, State Secretary, AIBSNLREA, Maharashtra State discussed in detail all the points discussed in the AIC held at Madurai. He also discussed about the latest position of the Court Case, 3rd PRC developments and highlighted the important key issues of BSNL being processed at State and All India level. The queries raised by the members were duly replied by him. The meeting ended after presentation of vote of thanks by Shri M.Z.Shinde , Financial Secretary, AIBSNLREA, Amravati.

19.01.2020:

DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S LETTER ADDRESSED TO SECRETARY (PENSION) REGARDING NON-SETTLEMENT OF REGULAR PENSION, RELEASE OF DCRG AND PAYMENT OF COMMUTATION VALUE OF PENSION OF SHRI A S JOSHI, RETD CAO, AURANGABAD TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the case of non-settlement of regular pension, release of DCRG and payment of Commutation Value of Pension of Shri A S Joshi, Retd CAO, Aurangabad with Secretary (Pension) [View posting dated 07.01.2020 in this website to read the letter]. Now Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has forwarded the said letter to Department of Telecommunications to examine the issues as per extant rules/orders and inform accordingly.  View the DOPPW letter

18.01.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AGAINST CLOSURE OF ITS REPRESENTATION BASED ON THE AIC RESOLUTION REQUESTING TO CONSTITUTE A COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS FROM INVESTIGATING AGENCIES AND OTHERS TO INVESTIGATE SOME SPECIFIC CASES CITED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN WHICH CERTAIN POWERS GAVE UNDUE ADVANTAGE TO THE PRIVATE OPERATORS AT THE COST OF BSNL:

Following closure of the Grievance Registered with No. PMOPG/D/2019/0453271 on the basis of AIC resolution as submitted to the Prime Minister of India and forwarded by PMO to Secretary, DOT by providing a vague response, AIBSNLREA has again taken up the issue. The Association has submitted that though BSNL has nothing to do with the representation, surprisingly DOT forwarded the said Grievance to BSNL which just closed the case stating that ‘Govt. has already approved the revival plan of BSNL which is under process at appropriate level’ [View the earlier posting in this website to read BSNL’s letter]. The Association maintained that reply from BSNL does not speak anything about the eight specific cases of omissions and commissions in Department of Telecommunications and the Government at that time, as pointed out by the Association, and its request to constitute a High-Power Committee with members from investigating agencies and other experts to investigate into all the said cases and fix responsibility wherever wrong doings are proved and punish the guilty. This clearly shows that Department of Telecommunication is just trying to hide facts so that truth never comes to light. The Association has finally urged Prime Minister of India to get the issues raised in the representation, which led to the present crisis in BSNL, investigated by any independent agency to punish those found guilty.  View the letter

18.01.2020:

BSNL/DOT AVOIDS THE ISSUES RAISED BY AIBSNLREA IN ITS AIC RESOLUTION NO. 14 SUBMITTED TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REQUESTING TO CONSTITUTE HIGH-POWER COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS FROM INVESTIGATING AGENCIES TO PROBE EIGHT SPECIFIC CASES WHICH LED TO BSNL’S PRSENT CRISIS:

AIBSNLREA had adopted a resolution in its All India Conference held at Madurai in which eight specific cases were mentioned to substantiate how since its inception some powers within the Administrative Department i.e. Department of Telecommunications and the Government at that time conspired to help the private operators at the cost of the Government run Telecom PSU i.e. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and requesting to constitute a High-Power Committee with members from investigating agencies and other experts to investigate into all the said cases and fix responsibility wherever wrong doings are proved and punish the guilty. The resolution was duly submitted to Prime Minister of India [View posting dated 03.12,2019 in this website to read the letter]. The PMO had forwarded the resolution to Secretary, DOT which finally landed to BSNL. Now BSNL, without touching the issues mentioned in our letter, has just replied stating that ‘… Govt. has already approved the revival plan of BSNL which is under process at appropriate level’.  View the BSNL letter

17.01.2020:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE REGADING NON-PAYMENT OF CLAIMS FOR MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT TO THE ABSORBED BSNL IDA PENSIONERS WITH PRIME MNISTER OF INDIA:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to the Prime Minister of India with copy endorsed to Minister of Communications & IT requesting his urgent intervention so that all the pending medical claims of the BSNL IDA pensioners are reimbursed immediately by BSNL. The Association, while appreciating the concerns expressed by the Government on the genuine problem of the pensioners of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port, Kolkata (Kolkata Port Trust) and release of Rs 501 crores to the Pension Fund for uninterrupted payment of their pension, has drawn the attention of the Prime Minister to the serious problem now being faced by the BSNL IDA pensioners due to non-payment of their claims for medical reimbursement for almost last one year.  View the letter

12.01.2020:

BSNL TRANSFERS AIC RESOLUTION OF AIBSNLREA DEMANDING CALCULATION OF PENSION CONTRIBUTION BASING ON ACTUAL PAY INSTEAD OF MAXIMUM OF THE PAY SCALE IN RESPECT OF ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES:

AIBSNLREA had submitted the resolution adopted in its All India Conference held at Madurai asking for calculation of pension contribution in respect of absorbed BSNL employees basing on their actual pay instead of maximum of the pay scale to the Prime Minister of India [View posting dated 29.11.2019 in this website to read the letter]. The representation was forwarded by PMO to Secretary, DOT which finally reached BSNL. Now BSNL has rightly transferred the case back to DOT stating that “any change in payment of pension contribution policy pertains to Administrative Ministry i.e. DOT”. BSNL has further written to DOT that “It is further intimated that the matter regarding pension contribution on actual basis instead of maximum of the pay scale has already been taken up with DoT. However, any decision in this regard is still awaited”.  View the BSNL letter

11.01.2020:

PROVISION OF CONCESSIONAL FTTH CONNECTION AT THE RESIDENCES OF THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL:

Pointing out that the grounds on which concessional land line connection, mobile connections in lieu of landline in TNF areas and Broad Band connections were allowed to the retired BSNL employees at their residences equally hold good in the case for provision of FTTH connection, AIBSNLREA has urged Director (HR), BSNL Board to allow provision of concessional FTTH connection to the retired BSNL employees at their residences and cause early issue an order to this effect.  View the letter

10.01.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REGARDING COLOSSAL WASTAGE OF PUBLIC MONEY IN DEFENDING AN UNDEFENDABLE CASE IN COURTS – CITES THE CASE FOR GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT TO THE RETIRED/RETIRING EMPLOYEES WHOSE DATE OF NEXT INCREMENT FALLS ON THE FOLLOWING DAY OF THEIR RETIREMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Prime Minister of India drawing his attention how DOP&T is allowing callosal wastage of public money by engaging legal counsels and involving the Government machinery to defend an undefendable case in different courts all over the country to deny grant of notional increment for pensionary benefits to the retired/retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the next day following their retirement despite Supreme Court rejecting even CBDT’s Review Petition and all other Courts now giving similar judgments allowing the same benefits to be petitioners. The Association has made an appeal to the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter and advise DOP&T to take an immediate decision granting notional increment to the all retired/retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the following day of their retirement for the purpose of pensionary benefits.  View the letter

09.01.2020:

DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S LETTER ADDRESSED TO SECRETARY (PENSION) REGARDING NON-DISPOSAL OF REVIEW PETITION OF SMT M S LUMBA, RETD AGM, GUJARAT CIRCLE TO DOT:

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since forwarded the letter from AIBSNLREA, which was addressed to Secretary (Pension) requesting his intervention in the case of non-disposal of Review Petition of Smt M S Lumba, Retd AGM, Gujarat Telecom Circle, to Department of Telecommunications [View posting dated 10.12.2019 to read the letter]. The Association has also been informed that DDG(PG), DOT will examine the issues as per extant rules/orders and will inform accordingly. Earlier, we also reported in this website on 25.12.2019 that CVO, BSNL has forwarded the same issue to PGM(Pers), BSNL stating that no petition is pending in CVO Office and this being an administrative matter, the review petition shall be decided by the personnel section of BSNL Corporate Office.  View the DOP&PW letter

08.01.2020:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO MOS (C&IT) FOR IMMEDIATE REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS UNDER BSNLMRS OF BSNL IDA PENSIONERS FOR THEIR OUTDOOR AND INDOOR TREATMENT:

In a letter addressed to Minister of State for Communications & IT, while seeking his intervention on the above issue, AIBSNLREA has requested him to advise Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to take immediate steps to clear all the pending claims for reimbursement of medical bills of the BSNL IDA pensioners and others, so that all the pending claims get settled before 31.03.2020 in order to avoid the serious problem that the pensioners would otherwise face to submit their Income Tax Return.  View the letter

07.01.2020:

NON-PAYMENT OF REGULAR PENSION, RELEASE OF GRATUITY AND CVP – AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE CASE OF SHRI A S JOSHI, RETD, CAO, AURANGABAD SSA, MAHARASHHTRA WITH SECRETARY (PENSION):

AIBSNLREA has again addressed a letter to Secretary (Pension) drawing his attention to the previous communication of the Association seeking his intervention in the matter of non-payment of pension, release of gratuity and Commutated Value of Pension to Shri A S Joshi, Retd CAO, Aurangabad SSA of Maharashtra Telecom Circle despite implementation of a punishment order awarded in a disciplinary case initiated against him under Rule-61 of BSNL CDA Rules, 2006 [View posting dated 09.10.2019 in this website to read the letter]. The Association has for his “intervention in the matter so that the affected pensioner gets all his dues at the earliest for which Department of Telecommunications needs to take the issue seriously”.  View the letter

07.01.2020:

BSNL GETS RS.30,000 CRORES LETTER OF COMFORT FROM GOVERNMENT:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai passed a resolution stating that the Government should give BSNL an immediate financial assistance to come out of the financial mess and that DoT needs to issue the all-important letter of comfort required by banks to provide loan to BSNL to meet the temporary short of cash flow. The issue was also taken up with the Prime Minister of India later by the CHQ. According to recent press reports, the government has provided a letter of comfort (LoC) to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore to BSNL. While rolling out 4G services will cost around Rs.12000 crores, another Rs.10000 crores will be required to clear vendor bills. Remaining could be used for capex expenditure. However the report does not mention anything about electricity and other dues to be cleared.

06.01.2020:

E-JOURNAL JANUARY 2020 ISSUE:

January 2020 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.01.2020:

PENSION PAYMENT TO RETIREES THROUGH NATIONALISED BANKS ONLY- CCA, PUNJAB, DOT REITERATES DOT’S EARLIER ORDER:

In the background of boarding BSNL SSA on SAMPANN, CCA Punjab, DOT has clarified to BSNL, Punjab Circle reiterating that Pension shall be paid in accounts of Nationalized banks only and circulating a list of 20 Nationalized Banks through which Pension shall be paid to all VRS-optees and BSNL employees who are due for superannuation in the coming months.  View the CCA Punjab letter

04.01.2020:

AIBSNLREA DRAWS ATTENTION OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON THE ATTEMPT BY DOT TO CLOSE THE REGISTERED GRIEVANCE REGARDING PAYMENT OF CONSEQUENTIAL BENEITS FOLLOWING REVISION OF THE SENIORITY OF THE TES GRPUP B OFFICERS AS ORDERED BY SUPREME COURT AND TO ADVISE DOT TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE AT THE EARLIEST:

Being aggrieved by the attempt by DOT to close the Grievance registered based on the AIC Resolution of AIBSNLREA and forwarded by PMO to Secretary, DOT regarding payment of consequential benefits to the former TES Group B Officers of DOT since absorbed in BSNL and MTNL following revision of their seniority on the order of Supreme Court in its final judgment delivered on 14.12.2017 in CA No(s) 4389 of 2010, the Association has since addressed a letter to the Prime Minister. In this letter the Association has pointed out that DOT is trying to close the case by stating that ‘No specific case/grievance is mentioned’, though the resolution of the AIC clearly spelt out the grievance. The Association has urged Prime Minister ‘to advise Department of Telecommunications to resolve the said grievance’ which is registered under Docket No. PMOPG/P/2019/0438991 ‘at the earliest so that the affected pensioners get their long pending grievance mitigated at the earliest’.  View the letter

04.01.2020:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2020:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2020 from 152% to 157.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  View orders

04.01.2020:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2020:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2020 from 325.5% to 334.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  View orders

03.01.2020:

BSNL FINALLY CONCEDES TO THE DEMAND OF AIBSNLREA TO PROVIDE MOBILE CONNECTIONS TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES RESIDING IN TNF AREAS IN LIEU OF CONCESSIONAL LAND LINE CONNECTIONS – ISSUES ORDERS:

BSNL has finally issued Orders conceding to the long pending demand of AIBSNLREA to provide Mobile connections to the retired BSNL employees residing in TNF Areas. The Association had been single-handedly and relentlessly pursuing the case for over last five years. Even a resolution adopted in the Madurai AIC of AIBSNLREA on the same issue was submitted to the Prime Minister of India by the Association which was duly forwarded by PMO for redressal. Along with the retirees, the serving employees have also been extended the benefit.  View the BSNL letter

31.12.2019:

INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2020:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to increase w.e.f. 1.1.2020 by 5.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 8.9% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

31.12.2019:

NON-REDRESSAL OF A GENUINE GRIEVANCE OF A SECTION OF BSNL IDA PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN JULY, 2017 AND APRIL, 2018 REGARDING GRANT OF EXTRA-INCREMENT ON POST-BASED PROMOTION– ACTION BY DOP&PW AND BSNL ON THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

Being unsatisfied with the dealings on the above grievance raised by the Association from time to time by DOP&PW and DOT, AIBSNLREA had represented to Prime Minister of India with copy endorsed to Minister of State for (PP) and Secretary (Pension) seeking his intervention [View posting dated 22.10.2019 in this website to read the letter]. DOP&PW, in turn, registered the grievance with separate Docket Nos in CPENGRAM based on the copy of the said letter marked to MOS(PP) and Secretary (Pension) and forwarded the same to DOT. The latter, as usual, forwarded the same to BSNL. But this time, BSNL has correctly analysed the issue and transferred the case to DOT for disposal. DOP&PW, on the other hand, in the status report of CPGRAM Docket No. DOPPW/P/2019/09151 has remarked that “The grievance should be closed only when final outcome in the matter is arrived at under intimation to the petitioner”. The issue is currently under process in DOT. Therefore, we expect a decision on the issue which was so far being avoided.  View the BSNL letter  View the Status Report

31.12.2019:

GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTES GROUP OF MINISTERS TO OVERSEE IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN FOR REVIVAL OF BSNL AND MTNL:

Report appearing in the media says that Government has constituted a 7-member Group of Ministers to oversee implementation of its revival plan for BSNL and MTNL. The Group of Ministers includes Minister for Home Shri Amit Shah, Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Telecom & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Commerce Minister Shri Piyush Goel, and Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.

27.12.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO UNION FINANCE MINISTER REQUESTING TO TAKE CARE OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS/PENSIONERS IN THE UNION BUDGET AND SUGGESTED CERTAIN MEASURES TO GIVE RELIEF:

AIBSNLREA has urged Union Finance Minister to give some reasonable reliefs to the Senior Citizens in general and the Pensioners in particular to mitigate their hardships in the ensuing budget to be presented in the Parliament. Besides suggesting to exempt income up to Rs. 12 lakhs from Income Tax, deduction under Section 80 TTB of Income Tax Act be raised to 1 lakh, standard deduction limit for Income Tax be raised to Rs. 1 lakh, income tax deduction limit for senior citizens under Section 80 D be increased to Rs.1 lakh for medical expenditure, deduction allowed under Section 80-C be raised from Rs.1.5 lakhs to Rs. 4 lakhs, income Tax slab rates be lowered, the Association also urged to exempt pension from Income Tax. The Association has further urged to introduce Special Deposit Schemes for Senior Citizens with higher fixed rates of interest and to raise the limit of maximum deposit in Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, 2004 to Rs 30 lakhs.  View the letter

27.12.2019:

CHENNAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS GB MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, Chennai Branch held a General Body Meeting on 19.12.2019 at Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Chennai. 61 members attended the meeting which started at 10-30 hours under the chairmanship of Shri V. Dakshinamoorthy, President. After prayer by Smt. R. Padmini and Smt. J. Rajalakshmi., the house observed one minute’s silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls of Late R. Raghavan, S. Madhusudanan and K.K.Parthasarathy. A few members including CHQ President and Branch President remembered the services rendered by them to the department as well as to our organization [View Tamilnadu State Section of State News Page of this website to read the full Report].

26.12.2019:

RESOLUTION OF AIBSNLREA ADOPTED IN ITS MADURAI AIC REGARDING GRANT OF ANNUAL INCREMENT TO THE RETIRED/RETIRING EMPLOYEES WHOSE DATE OF NEXT INCREMENT FALLS ON THE FOLLOWING DAY OF THEIR RETIREMENT, FORWARDED BY PMO TO THE SECRETARY, DOT:

AIBSNLREA had submitted the resolution adopted in its All India Conference held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 to the Prime Minister of India requesting his intervention in the matter of grant of annual increment to the retired/ retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the following day of their retirement. The Association, referring to the dismissal of the Review Petition of the CBDT in Supreme Court to review its earlier Order declining to interfere with the Madras High Court judgment which allowed the above benefit to a petitioner, the Association urged to extend the same benefit to all similarly placed retired/retiring employees [View posting dated 30.11.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Now Prime Minister’s Office has forwarded the said letter of the Association to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for action as appropriate.  View the PMO letter

25.12.2019:

CVO, BSNL FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S LETTER REGARDING NON-DISPOSAL OF REVIEW PETITION OF SMT M S LUMBA, RETD AGM, AHMEDABAD TELEPHONES BY CMD, BSNL TO THE PGM (PERS), BSNL:

AIBSNLREA had represented to Secretary (Pension) with copy endorsed to Secretary (T) and CMD, BSNL regarding non-disposal of review petition of Smt. M S Lumba, Retd AGM, Ahmedabad Telephones by the CMD, BSNL despite her repeated reminders [View posting dated 10.12.2019 in this website to view the representation of the Association]. CVO, BSNL has now forwarded the said letter of the Association to the PGM (Pers), BSNL stating that no petition is pending in CVO Office and this being an administrative matter, the review petition shall be decided by the personnel section of BSNL Corporate Office.  View the CVO BSNL letter

24.12.2019:

PMO FORWARDS RESOLUTION OF AIBSNLREA ADOPTED IN ITS AIC HELD AT MADURAI REGARDING PAYMENT OF PENSION CONTRIBUTION IN RESPECT OF THE ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES ON ACTUAL PAY BASIS INSTEAD OF MAXIMUM OF THE PAY SCALE AS ALLOWED FOR THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ON FOREIGN SERVICE TO THE SECRETARY, DOT:

Prime Minister’s Office has since forwarded the resolution adopted in the AIC of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 regarding payment of pension contribution in respect of the absorbed BSNL employees on ‘actual pay” basis instead of “maximum of the pay scale” as allowed for the Government employees on foreign service w.e.f. 1.1.2006, to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for action as appropriate. In this resolution, the Association has sought the intervention of the Prime Minister in the matter so that Department of Expenditure and Department of Personnel & Training allow calculation of pension contribution in respect of the absorbed BSNL employees basing on their “actual pay” w.e.f. 1.1.2006 till a decision is taken on its another resolution to stop collection of pension contribution under FR-116 since the absorbed BSNL employees are not Government employees on foreign service.  View the PMO letter

23.12.2019:

DOT REPLIES TO AIC RESOLUTION OF AIBSNLREA REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS INCLUDING LEAVE ENCASHMENT ALONG WITH FIXATION OF PENSION ON THE DATE OF THEIR RETIREMENT TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013:

AIBSNLREA had submitted the resolution adopted in the AIC of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 regarding ‘Non-payment of pensionary benefits including Leave encashment along with fixation of pension on the date of their retirement to the BSNL IDA pensioners who retired between 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013’ to the Prime Minister of India seeking for his intervention [View posting dated 25.11.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Now DOT has sent a reply in which it has stated that ‘pay of the BSNL IDA pensioners, who retired between 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013 was revised only notionally w.e.f. 01.01.2007 for the purpose of fitment while consequential revision of pension on notional pay with actual benefit was done w.e.f. 10.06.2013 – at par with the serving employees of BSNL. Thus, the provisions contained in the OM dated 18.07.2016 are in order as the referred pensionary benefits are calculated based on the actual pay of the employee at the time of retirement and not on notional pay’.  View the DoT letter

22.12.2019:

AIC RESOLUTION OF AIBSNLREA REGARDING WRONG APPLICATION OF FR-116 TO COLLECT PENSION CONTRIBUTION IN RESPECT OF ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES FORWARDED BY PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE TO SECRETARY, DOT FOR ACTION AS APPROPRIATE:

The resolution adopted in the AIC of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 regarding wrong application of FR-116 to collect pension contribution in respect of the absorbed BSNL employees from BSNL, which was submitted to the Prime Minister of India for his intervention [View posting dated 28.11.2019 in this website to read the letter], has since been forwarded by Prime Minister’s Office to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for action as appropriate.  View the PMO letter

21.12.2019:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP WITH PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA THE ISSUE OF RAISING THE LIMIT OF MAXIMUM DEPOSIT IN SENIOR CITIZENS SAVING SCHEME AND HIGHER RATE OF INTERESTS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS IN VARIOUS FIXED DEPOSIT SCHEMES:

AIBSNLREA has again represented to the Prime Minister of India on the issue of raising the limit of maximum deposit in Senior Citizens Savings Scheme and offering further higher rate of interests for senior Citizens in various Fixed Deposit Schemes basing on the reply that the Association had received from Reserve Bank of India on its earlier representation to the Prime Minister [View also posting dated 11.12.2019 in this website]. The Association has maintained that RBI has categorically stated that ‘the issue of raising limit of maximum deposit in Senior Citizens Savings Scheme does not fall within the purview of RBI’. It has further stated that in terms of para 8 (b) of its Master Direction, “banks shall, at their discretion formulate term deposit scheme specifically for resident senior citizens, offering higher and fixed rates of interest as compared to normal deposits of any size.” In the above background, the Association has requested that Department of Economic Affairs, which introduced the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme 2004, now raise the ceiling limit of maximum deposit in the Scheme to Rs. 30 lakhs. Similarly, to begin with, let Post Office and PSU Banks raise the additional interest for Senior Citizens in all Fixed Deposit Schemes from 0.50% to at least 1% to mitigate extreme hardship of the Senior Citizens in general and the pensioners in particular.  View the letter

21.12.2019:

GUJARAT STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD A GB MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, Gujarat State Branch held its General Body cum Get together Meeting in Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall, Ahmedabad on 17.12.2019 at 2.30 PM. Breaking all previous records, more than 300 members attended the meeting and 16 new members joined the Association raising the membership strength of State Branch to 1270. Shri P. B. Parmar, State President, who presided over the meeting, welcomed the members and appraised them with the current main issue of pension revision. The meeting started with lighting of lamp followed by observance of two minutes silence in memory of the departed members and family members. President, Chief Guest and two new CHQ members were honoured with bouquet [View Gujarat State Section of State News Page of this website to read the full Report].

20.12.2019:

PMO FORWARDS AIC RESOLUTION OF AIBSNLREA REGARDING PROVISION OF MOBILE CONNECTIONS IN LIEU OF CONCESSIONAL LAND LINE CONNECTIONS TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES RESIDING IN TNF AREAS:

AIBSNLREA had submitted the resolution adopted in its AIC held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 for ‘allowing provision of Mobile connections to the retired BSNL employees residing in TNF areas in lieu of concessional land line connections’ to the Prime Minister of India seeking his intervention [View posting dated 27.11.2019 in this website to read the letter]. The Prime Minister’s Office has since forwarded the same to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for action as appropriate.  View the PMO letter

18.12.2019:

GB MEETING OF AMBALA BRANCH HELD:

A General Body Meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 16th December,2019 at Central Phonenix Club, Ambala Cantt under the chairmanship of Sh. P.C. Chauhan, Branch President and was attended by 25 members. He welcomed all the members. The members expressed deep shock over the sad and untimely demise of wife of our member Shri M L Dureja. The members were then briefed by Branch Secretary Shri J.C. Gupta on the various issues who also gave details on the issues deliberated in the All India Conference held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019. Shri K L. Gakhar who represented our branch in AIC informed the members on the agenda discussed in the meeting in details particularly on the pension revision and Court case on pay/pension arrears with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA. Two new members also joined as life members who were welcomed in the meeting. The meeting was followed by lunch and vote of thanks.

14.12.2019:

AIBSNLREA, CHENNAI BRANCH TO HOLD GB MEETING:

Chennai Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding a General Body Meeting from 10 AM of 19th December, 2019 at Hotel Saravana Bhavan, near Ashok Pillar, Chennai. All members of the Association are requested to attend the meeting positively. All other retired and retiring executives of BSNL desirous to join the Association as life members are also cordially invited to attend the meeting.

12.12.2019:

CCA, MAHARASHTRA & GOA RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REGARDING REFUSAL BY CCA (NAGPUR) TO ISSUE EQUIVALENT BASIC PAY AS PER CENTRAL PAY SCALES TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS WHO DESIRED TO SWITCH OVER TO CGHS:

AIBSNLREA had earlier taken up above issue with Secretary (Telecom) and requested his intervention in the matter [View posting dated 05.11.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Now CCA, Maharashtra & Goa, vide letter No. CCA/MH&Goa/PG/ dated 02.12.2019 has informed this Association that ‘One template already issued to all concerned offices under the control of o/o CCA MH & Goa, Mumbai, to issue the same in r/o pensioner who applied for mapping of IDA scale that with CDA scale, to opt for CGHS facility’.  View the letter

11.12.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER ON THE ISSUE OF RAISING THE LIMIT OF MAXIMUM DEPOSIT TO RS. 30 LAKHS IN SENIOR CITIZENS SAVINGS SCHEME FOLLOWING RBI’S RESPONSE THAT THE ISSUE DOES NOT FALL WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF RBI:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Prime Minister of India following a letter received by the Association from RBI informing that ‘the issue of raising limit of maximum deposit in Senior Citizens Savings Scheme does not fall within the purview of RBI’ [View also postings dated 10.09.2019 and 09.12.2019 in this website]. The Association has contended that the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme was introduced by Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) by promulgation of ‘Senior Citizens Savings Scheme Rules, 2004’ by a Gazette Notification GSR 490 ( E ) dated 2nd August 2004 Published in Gazette Of India Extraordinary, Part II- Sec 3(I) and thus, any change in the provision of the Rules is within the sole jurisdiction and competency of Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) alone. But surprisingly, the Appeal dated 09.09.2019 of the Association to raise the limit of maximum limit in SCSS was forwarded to Reserve Bank of India which is not connected with the issue. The Association has now urged Prime Minister to intervene and advise Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs), which introduced the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, to favourably consider the Appeal.  View the letter

10.12.2019:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE OF NON-DISPOSAL OF REVIEW PETITION OF SMT M S LUMBA, RETD AGM, GUJARAT CIRCLE WITH SECRETARY (PENSION):

AIBSNLREA has taken up the case of Smt M S Lumba, Retd AGM, Gujarat Telecom Circle with Secretary (Pension), who had to face departmental proceedings while in service without giving her reasonable opportunity to defend herself for which she had to obtain an Order from CAT Ahmedabad. Thereafter, the second IO appointed by Gujarat Telecom Circle conducted inquiry proceeding and finally reported that charges were not proved. But the CGMT differed with the findings and imposed penalty on her. Her appeal to Director (HR) was disposed of by GM(Pers), BSNL Corporate Office stating that “the Appellate Authority i.e. Director (HR), BSNL Board has found no merit in the Appeal filed by the executive.” Her further appeal against this Order and subsequent reminders to CMD, BSNL did receive no response. The Association has now sought the intervention of Secretary (Pension) in the matter.  View the letter

10.12.2019:

QUARTERLY GB MEETING OF MUMBAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:

The quarterly General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Mumbai Branch was held on 25.11.2019 at 14.30hrs in the Conference Hall, Fountain Telecom Building, Fort Mumbai with Shri K. Devassy on the chair who welcomed all the members and addressed the house. He also gave some tips of naturopathy. Shri S.P. Varma, Branch Secretary read out Minutes of last GB Meeting which was confirmed by the House. He then informed the house about the development of our court case, 3rd PRC, Revival plan of BSNL & MTNL, Revision of seniority list of TES group B Officers in compliance of supreme court judgements dated 21.1.2015 and 14.12.2017, Introduction of comprehensive pension management scheme by DOT, merits and demerits of BSNLMRS and CGHS facility [To read the full Report, view Maharashtra State Section of State News Page of this website].

09.12.2019:

RESERVE BANK OF INDIA RESPONDS TO THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA SENT TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA IN SEPTEMBER LAST REQUESTING RAISING OF LIMIT OF MAXIMUM DEPOSIT IN SENIOR CITIZENS SAVINGS SCHEME AND RATES OF INTERESTS IN FIXED DEPOSITS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS:

AIBSNLREA had earlier submitted a representation on 09.09.2019 to the Prime Minister of India urging to raise the present ceiling limit in Senior Citizens Savings Scheme from existing Rs. 15 lakhs to Rs. 30 lakhs and also to increase the additional interest of 0.50% to 1% in all Bank/Post Office Fixed Deposits [View posting dated 10.09.2019 in this website to read the representation]. Reserve Bank of India has now responded to said the representation of the Association stating that raising of ceiling limit of maximum deposit in Senior Citizens Savings Scheme does not fall within the purview of the RBI. In regard to raising of interest rates in Fixed Deposits, it is stated that RBI has given freedom to the commercial banks to fix their own interest rates on domestic term deposits. The banks also shall at their own discretion formulate term deposit scheme specifically for resident Indian senior citizens, offering higher and fixed rates of interest as compared to normal deposits of any size.  View the RBI letter

07.12.2019:

PMO FORWARDS AIC RESOLUTION OF ABSNLREA ON IMMEDIATE NEED TO TAKE BSNL OUT THE PRESENT CRISIS SINCE APPROVED REVIVAL PLAN FOR BSNL/MTNL IS TO TAKE LONGER TIME TO GIVE THE DESIRED RESULT:

AIBSNLREA had submitted the resolution to the Prime Minister of India seeking his intervention on the immediate need of BSNL since the approved Revival Plan for BSNL/MTNL is to take longer time to take BSNL out of the present crisis [View posting dated 20.11.2019 in this website to read the letter and resolution] in which the AIC pleaded that BSNL be given an immediate financial assistance to come out of the present mess, otherwise BSNL’s total collapse cannot be ruled out. The AIC also wanted that DoT issue the all-important letter of comfort required by banks to provide loan to BSNL to meet the temporary short of cash flow. The resolution, pointing out to the failure of the Administrative Department and BSNL to create BSNL’s own managerial cadre in last two decades, also urged for immediate creation of BSNL’s own managerial cadre to end BSNL’s dependency on deputationists from DOT. The PMO has now forwarded the resolution to Secretary, DOT to take action as appropriate.  View the PMO letter

06.12.2019:

E-JOURNAL DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE:

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

05.12.2019:

NON-AVAILABILITY OF THE LIST OF NODAL OFFICERS CONCERNED WITH GRIEVANCES OF PENSIONERS IN VARIOUS MINISTRIES/DEPARTMENTS IN THE WEBSITE OF DOP&PW - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH MINISTER OF STATE (PP):

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Minister of State (PP) pointing out that the List of nodal officers concerned with grievances of pensioners in various Ministries/Departments’ as uploaded in DOP&PW website is completely blank giving an impression as if DOP&PW has withdrawn the decision that each Ministry/Department nominate Nodal Officers to deal with the grievances of the pensioners pertaining to the concerned Ministry/Department. The Association has further pointed out that this tantamount to blocking a channel for the pensioners to get their grievances redressed and requested that “Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare collect and prepare the list of Nodal Officers concerned with grievances of the pensioners from various Ministries/Departments and upload the same in its website for the benefit of the pensioners”.  View the letter

05.12.2019:

WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD A GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, West Bengal State Branch held a GB meeting on 27th November 2019 at the CTO Hall, Kolkata with a recorded attendance of over 340 members. The meeting was conducted by a presidium consisting of S/Shri S.C. Roy, President, S.R. Palit, Vice president and Ranjan Mukherjee, Vice President. After a brief cultural program, the House observed one minute’s silence to pay homage to the departed members. Shri K.C Dey, State Secretary placed his report before the house mentioning the activities of the State Branch with an update on all the relevant issues. In his Report, he presented a brief account of the All India Conference of the Association held on 12th and 13th of November, 2019 at Madurai. His Report also covered the various resolutions adopted in the AIC covering ranges of issues from grievances of the pensioners in general and the BSNL Executive pensioners in particular to the issues which are very relevant for BSNL’s existence and which remained untouched by any other association. Shri Debasish Chakraborty, Financial Secretary placed an up to date un-audited accounts for information of the House [View West Bengal State Section of State News page of this website for full Report].

04.12.2019:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH SECRETAEY (PENSION) THE CASE OF CLOSURE OF GRIEVANCE LODGED IN CPENGRAM WITHOUT RESOLVING THE SAME BY DOT:

AIBSNLREA has sought the intervention of Secretary (Pension) in the case in which Department of Telecommunication has closed a grievance lodged in CPENGRAM based on the representation of the Association addressed to MOS(PP) without resolving the same. The Association had taken up the case of Shri B S Swain, Retd DGM, Odisha on the question of payment of commutation of pension from the date of his retirement, to a pensioner exonerated in a departmental proceedings . In this case, DOT closed the case by simply stating that it is yet to receive clarification from DOP&PW on the issue. The Association has protested against closure of the case without resolving the same which defeats the very purpose of setting up of Grievance Redressal mechanism. The Association has finally requested Secretary (Pension) “to advise Department of Telecommunication to close Registered Grievances only after their redressal. In this particular case, we also request that in case DoP&PW has already issued any advice to Department of Telecommunication in response to its ID Notes, a copy of the same may kindly be provided to this Association.”  View the letter

04.12.2019:

KOLHAPUR BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS QUARTERLY GB MEETING:

Quarterly General Body Meeting of Kolhapur Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 01-12-2019 at 11 AM at Telephone Bhavan with Shri L.M Godi, President on the chair. 56 members attended the meeting and 2 new members joined the Association. President welcomed all the Members and both Shri Shiddhartha Kambale from Kolhapur and Shri. S P Bawane from Karad who joined the Association with Bouquet. Then two senior members viz. Shri. H G Joshi from Kolhapur and SG Kanade from Sangli were felicitated with Shawl, Shriphal and Bouquets on behalf the Association on their completion of their Golden 75 years. All members wished them long life, peace and good health. These senior members thanked the Association for their affectionate felicitation and told that they were overwhelmed by their gesture and wished the Association to continue successfully to serve the causes of the pensioners. [View Maharashtra State Section of State News page of this website to read the full Report].

03.12.2019:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA THE RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN ITS AIC HELD AT MADURAI REQUESTING INVESTIGATION TO IDENTIFY THE PERSONS IN POSITION AND POWER WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PRESENT CRISIS OF BSNL AND TAKING ACTION AGAINST THEM AS PER LAW:

In the AIC of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019, the delegates discussed and identified the main factors, as have been listed in the resolution annexed to the letter addressed to the Prime Minister of India, that led BSNL to face the present serious crisis threatening its very existence. The Conference felt that some powers within the Administrative Department and Government at that time conspired to help the private operators at the cost of the Government run Telecom PSU i.e. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. The Conference finally ‘resolved to urge the Government to constitute a High-Power Committee with members from investigating agencies and other experts to investigate into all the above cases and fix responsibility wherever wrong doings are proved and punish the guilty’. The said resolution has since been submitted to the Prime Minister of India and Union Home Minister.  View the letter

02.12.2019:

RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN THE AIC OF AIBSNLREA HELD AT MADURAI REGARDING THE EXTREME HARDSHIP OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS IN GENERAL AND PENSIONERS IN PARTICULAR DUE TO DRASTIC CUT IN DEPOSIT INTERESTS SUBMITTED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

In the AIC of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019, the delegates expressed their serious concern due to drastic reduction of rates of interests on Fixed Deposits and other Savings Schemes by the Banks and Post offices which made the Pensioners/Sr Citizens to be the first victim. This erodes the monthly income of the Sr Citizens in general and the pensioners in particular who depend on the return from these deposits and cannot manage their livelihood depending on pension alone. The interests earned on Fixed Deposits help the Senior Citizens/Pensioners to meet their day to day need which includes payment of huge medical bills due to old age related and other chronic ailments. No doubt, the Senior Citizens/Pensioners are allowed 0.50% additional interest, but this hardly compensates the huge loss in terms of the interests earned. The Conference resolved to urge the Government to give some immediate relief to the affected pensioners and Sr Citizens and also mitigate their extreme hardship and consider the following measures for immediate implementation: - (i) To raise the limit of maximum deposit in Senior Citizens Saving Schemes from existing Rs. 15 lakhs to Rs. 30 lakhs and (ii) To raise the additional interest allowed in Fixed Deposits in Banks/Post Offices from existing 0.50% to 1% for the Senior Citizens. This resolution has since been submitted to the Prime Minister of India seeking his intervention.  View the letter

01.12.2019:

REFUSAL BY CCA (NAGPUR) TO ISSUE EQUIVALENT BASIC PAY AS PER CENTRAL PAY SCALES TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS WHO DESIRE TO SWITCH OVER TO CGHS – DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO DOT:

AIBSNLREA had represented to Secretary (Telecom) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension) about refusal by CCA(Nagpur) to issue equivalent basic pay as per Central Pay Scales to the BSNL IDA pensioners who desire to switch over from BSNLMRS to CGHS. The Association had requested that CCA, Nagpur be advised to follow the office instructions issued from time to time by DOT and immediately issue the equivalent basic pay as per Central Pay scales to the BSNL IDA pensioners desirous to switch over to CGHS and whose applications are pending with his Office [View posting dated 05.11.2019 in this website to read the letter]. DOP&PW has now forwarded the said representation of the Association to Department of Telecommunications to examine the issue as per extant rules/orders and inform the Association.  View the DoP&PW letter

30.11.2019:

RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA HELD AT MADURAI SEEKING INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA IN THE MATTER OF ‘GRANT OF ANNUAL INCREMENT TO THE RETIRED/RETIRING EMPLOYEES WHOSE DATE OF NEXT INCREMENT FALLS ON THE FOLLOWING DAY OF THEIR RETIREMENT’ SUBMITTED TO PM:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA, which met on 12th and 13th November, 2019 at Madurai, had resolved to seek intervention of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in the matter of “Grant of annual increment to the retired/retiring employees whose date of next increment falls on the following day of their retirement”. The Conference observed that since Hon’ble Supreme Court has dismissed even the Review Petition of CBDT to review its decision not to interfere with the judgment of Madras Hight Court granting the above benefit to a petitioner, there is no option left now but to implement the said judgment to all similarly placed persons. The Conference, accordingly, urged the Government to issue the necessary Orders to allow the notional increment to all the retirees who complete one full year’s service on the date of their retirement but not allowed to draw their increment which fall on the next day of their retirement. This resolution has since been submitted to the Prime Minister of India.  View the letter

29.11.2019:

RESOLUTION ON PAYMENT OF PENSION CONTRIBUTION IN RESPECT OF THE ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES ON ACTUAL PAY BASIS AS ADOPTED IN THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA HELD AT MADURAI SUBMITTED TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA, which met on 12th and 13th November, 2019 at Madurai, had resolved to seek intervention of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in the matter of payment of pension contribution in respect of the absorbed BSNL employees on ‘actual pay” basis instead of “maximum of the pay scale” as allowed for the Government employees on foreign service w.e.f. 1.1.2006. ‘The Conference resolved to urge the Government to stop collection of pension contribution under FR-116 for the absorbed BSNL employees, since they are not Government employees on foreign service. The Conference also resolved that till a decision on this matter is taken, Department of Expenditure and Department of Personnel & Training must allow calculation of pension contribution in respect of the absorbed BSNL employees basing on their “actual pay” w.e.f. 1.1.2006’. This resolution has now been submitted to the Prime Minister of India’.  View the letter

28.11.2019:

RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA HELD AT MADURAI REGARDING WRONG APPLICATION OF FR-116 TO COLLECT PENSION CONTRIBUTION IN RESPECT OF THE ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES SUBMITTED TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA, which met on 12th and 13th November, 2019 at Madurai, had discussed the issue of pension contribution being collected by DOT from BSNL in respect of the absorbed BSNL employees who, as per Sub-Rule 4 of Rule-37-A of the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, ceased to be Government servants after their permanent absorption in BSNL. As such, there is no ground to collect pension contribution in respect of the absorbed BSNL employees by applying FR-116 which is applicable only for the Government servants on deputation/foreign service. The Conference unanimously decided to urge the Government to stop collection of pension contribution under FR-116 from BSNL in respect of its permanently absorbed BSNL employees and also refund all the amount that were collected so far on this account to BSNL. This resolution has now been submitted to the Prime Minister of India.  View the letter

27.11.2019:

RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA HELD AT MADURAI REGARDING ALLOWING PROVISION OF MOBILE CONNECTIONS IN LIEU OF LANDLINE CONNECTIONS TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES RESIDING IN THE TNF AREAS, SUBMITTED TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA, which met on 12th and 13th November, 2019 at Madurai, had discussed the issue that the retired BSNL employees residing in “Technically Not Feasible” areas are not being provided alternate available telephone facility in lieu of admissible concessional land line connections and then unanimously resolved to urge BSNL Management to issue immediate Orders to allow provision of mobile connection facility to the retired/retiring BSNL employees in such cases even by restricting its usage as per tariff plan within prescribed monetary limit that the concerned retired employees are eligible to get, had they been provided concessional landline connection. The said resolution has since been submitted to the Prime Minister of India.  View the letter

26.11.2019:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA THE RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN ITS ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT MADURAI REGARDING NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS UNDER BSNLMRS OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS FOR THEIR OUTDOOR AND INDOOR TREATMENT FOR OVER LAST ONE YEAR AND ALSO NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF ONE-TIME PAYMENT MADE TO THE CGHS AUTHORITIES BY THE PENSIONERS TO SWITCH OVER TO THE CGHS FACILITY:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA, which met on 12th and 13th November, 2019 at Madurai, had discussed the issue of non-reimbursement of medical claims of the absorbed BSNL pensioners, who are the beneficiaries of BSNLMRS, both for their indoor and outdoor treatment almost for past one year. Though TDS has been deducted against many of these claims, their reimbursement has not been made. Even the onetime subscription that some BSNL pensioners have made to the CGHS in order to switch over to CGHS regime are also not being reimbursed. In order to mitigate the extreme hardship caused to the absorbed BSNL pensioners, the AIC “unanimously resolved that BSNL Management must clear all the pending medical claims of the BSNL pensioners including the claims for onetime payment made to CGHS authorities by immediate allotment of sufficient fund for the purpose. The House also resolved that considering the financial limitation and constraints of the BSNL pensioners, necessary fund in future months must be allotted exclusively for clearing the medical claims of the BSNL pensioners”. As decided in the Conference, the said resolution has since been submitted to the Prime Minister of India seeking his intervention.  View the letter

25.11.2019:

WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD A GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of ALL INDIA BSNL RETIRED EXECUTIVES’ ASSOCIATION, West Bengal State Branch will be held on Wednesday, the 27th November 2019 at 13.00 hours in the C.T.O. Hall, Kolkata to discuss the various issues concerning the BSNL Pensioners. Calendar for the year 2020 will also be distributed. All members of the Branch and also those retired executives who are desirous of getting themselves enrolled as Life Members of the Association are cordially invited to attend the meeting sharp at 13.00 hours.

25.11.2019:

RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA HELD AT MADURAI REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS INCLUDING LEAVE ENCASHMENT ALONG WITH FIXATION OF PENSION ON THE DATE OF THEIR RETIREMENT TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.01.2007 AND 09.06.2013 SUBMITTED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 has unanimously resolved “to urge the Department of Telecommunications to immediately review and modify its pension revision order issued vide OM No. 40-13/2013-Pen (T) dated 18.07.2016, and order payment of all pensionary benefits like DCRG, Commuted Value of Pension and also Leave encashment along with revised pension to the BSNL IDA pensioners, who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013, based on their revised pay in terms of provisions in Pension Rules and Leave Rules respectively. There is no valid and legal ground to deny DCRG, Commuted Value of Pension and Leave encashment on the same revised pay on which revision of pension was ordered”. This resolution has since been submitted to Prime Minister of India requesting his intervention.  View the letter

24.11.2019:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS THE RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN ITS ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT MADURAI TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA SEEKING HIS INTERVENTION ON OPENING OF PENSIONERS’ SERVICE CENTRES IN ALL BSNL UNITS UNDER COMPREHENSIVE PENSION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CPMS) INTRODUCED BY DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 had unanimously passed a resolution regarding ‘Opening of “Pensioners’ Service Centers”, as ordered by DOT/BSNL, in all BSNL Units under Comprehensive Pension Management System (CPMS) introduced by Department of Telecommunications for the purpose of disbursement of pension’ to provide facilities like uploading of digital Life Certificate, downloading Form 16, uploading grievances, assistance in filling pension forms by employees/family pensioners and assistance in installing Mobile App etc. The Association has now submitted the said resolution to the Prime Minister of India.  View the letter

24.11.2019:

DOP&PW FORWARDS THE COPY OF THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA THAT WAS ADDRESSED TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AND ENDORSED TO SECRETARY (PENSION) REGARDING NON-GRANT OF ONE EXTRA INCREMENT ON POST BASED PROMOTION UNDER BSNL EXECUTIVE PROMOTION POLICY TO DOT:

AIBSNLREA had sent a representation on the issue of non-grant of one extra-increment to the BSNL Executive pensioners who retired between July, 2017 and April, 2018 on their post-based promotion, to the Prime Minister of India and copy of which was also endorsed to Secretary (Pension) [View posting dated 20.10.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Now, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has forwarded the said endorsed copy of the letter to Department of Telecommunications to examine the issue as per extant rules/orders and inform accordingly. Earlier, DOP&PW had also forwarded another letter addressed to Secretary (Pension) to DOT in which the Association had expressed its total dissatisfaction on the reply received from BSNL on the same issue which was duly posted in this website on 21.11.2019.  View the DoP&PW letter

23.11.2019:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS THE RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN ITS ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT MADURAI TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA SEEKING HIS INTERVENTION FOR RESTORATION OF GRANT OF EXTRA-INCREMENT ON THEIR POST BASED PROMOTION UNDER “BSNL EXECUTIVE PROMOTION POLICY” TO THE RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES RETIRED BETWEEN JULY 2017 AND APRIL 2018 AND REVISION OF THEIR PENSION THEREOF:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 had unanimously passed a resolution on ‘Restoration of grant of extra-increment on their post-based promotion under “BSNL Executive Promotion Policy” to the BSNL Executives retired between July 2017 and April 2018 by DOT and denial of their consequent revised pension by the CCAs’ and resolved to seek the intervention of the Prime Minister for restoration of the benefit and issue of suitable clarifications to the CCAs for revision of their pension. The Association has since submitted the said resolution to the Prime Minister of India.  View the letter

23.11.2019:

LUCKNOW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD A GB MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of Lucknow Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 21.11.2019 at Recreation Club of Kaiserbagh Telephone Exchange under the Chairmanship of Shri B L Mishra, Branch President. A total of 41 members attended the meeting in which Shri N R Pal was enrolled as a Life member. Branch Secretary Shri S P Singh, who attended the Second All India Conference of the Association at Madurai (Tamilnadu) held on 12th & 13th November, 2019, briefed the nice arrangement that was made by the host Branch Madurai. [View Uttar Pradesh State Section of State News Page of this website to read the full Report].

22.11.2019:

RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA HELD AT MADURAI REQUESTING PAYMENT OF CONSEQUENTIAL BENEFITS TO THE FORMER TES GROUP B OFFICERS OF DOT, SINCE ABSORBED IN BSNL/MTNL, AS PER ORDER OF SUPREME COURT IN CA NO(s) 4389 OF 2010 SUBMITTED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

The All India Conference of AIBSNLREA held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 had unanimously resolved that Department of Telecommunications immediately issue the modalities to implement above stated judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court in its letter and spirit and arrange payment of “consequential benefits of pay fixation including pensionary benefits” with arrears due from 01.01.2018 to the concerned pensioners from TES Group B source, absorbed in BSNL/MTNL and whose seniority in TES Group B was revised as per Court’s direction, without any further delay. AIBSNLREA has since submitted the said resolution to the Prime Minister of India requesting for his intervention .  View the letter

21.11.2019:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS THE RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN ITS ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT MADURAI TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REQUESTING IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF DUES RECOVERABLE FROM DOT AND GOVERNMENT COMPANIES TO BSNL:

AIBSNLREA has since submitted the resolution which was passed in its Second All India Conference held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 to the Prime Minister of India requesting immediate payment of dues recoverable from DOT and other Government companies to cash starved BSNL which is struggling hard to come out from the present acute financial crisis. The resolution states that “According to the Annual Report of BSNL for the year 2017-18 [latest available report], amount recoverable by BSNL from DoT stands at Rs.2448 crores, amount recoverable from Government departments and Government companies at Rs.2458 crores and another Rs.1929 crores, which BSNL is doubtful of recovering from Government companies. This adds to Rs.6835 crores. This amount does not include the accrued interest on these dues” and urged for the intervention of the Prime Minister in the matter.  View the letter

21.11.2019:

NON-GRANT OF ONE EXTRA INCREMENT ON POST BASED PROMOTION UNDER BSNL EXECUTIVE PROMOTION POLICY- DOP&PW FORWARDS REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA ON THE ISSUE ADDRESSED TO SECRETARY (PENSION) TO BSNL:

AIBSNLREA had earlier represented to Secretary (Pension) for intervention on the above issue [view posting dated 24.08.2019 in this website], since the reply received from BSNL [view posting dated 20.08.2019 in this website to read the BSNL’s letter], regarding non-grant of one extra-increment to the BSNL Executive pensioners who retired between July, 2017 and April, 2018 on their post-based promotion was found totally unsatisfactory and which failed to address the real issue that the CCAs need to be issued proper clarification by DOT to treat these Executives in the same manner as they did to those retired after April, 2018. DOP&PW has further advised BSNL to take action as appropriate and intimate the same to the Association  View the DoP&PW letter

20.11.2019:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS THE RESOLUTION ON THE PLAN FOR REVIVAL OF BSNL AS ADOPTED IN ITS ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT MADURAI TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REQUESTING IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BSNL TO HELP IT COME OUT OF THE TOTAL MESS THAT HAS BEEN CREATED IN SEVERAL FRONTS AND FURTHER TO CREATE BSNL’S OWN MANEGERIAL CADRE:

AIBSNLREA has since submitted the resolution which was passed in its Second All India Conference held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 in regard to plan for revival of BSNL to the Prime Minister of India requesting that DOT issue the all-important letter of comfort required by banks to provide loan to BSNL to meet the temporary short of cash flow in order to enable it to come out of the total mess that has been created in several fronts including payment of salary, reimbursement of medical claims, payment of electricity bills, other obligatory payments to various vendors and sanction of temporary advances to carry out even emergency works etc. The resolution also urged Government “to immediately initiate the process to create BSNL’s own managerial cadre which will be accountable and responsible for the affairs in BSNL. Government may even induct some professionals from outside in BSNL as it has recently done in the administrative service of the Government of India”.  View the letter

20.11.2019:

NADIAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD BI-MONTHLY GB MEETING:

Nadiad SSA Branch (Gujarat State) of AIBSNLREA held its Bi-monthly get together cum General Body Meeting on 16th November, 2019 at Jalaram Vishram Trust, Karamsad Distt. Anand. Forty-five members attended the meeting. Four new members also joined the Association. Shri B.M. Patel, Branch Secretary welcomed the members and reported the activities of the Branch. [View Gujarat State Section of State News page of this website to read the complete report].  View the Photos

19.11.2019:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS THE RESOLUTION ON REVISION OF PAY SCALES OF THE BSNL EMPLOYEES AND REVISION OF PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL IDA PENSIONERS AS ADOPTED IN ITS ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT MADURAI TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

AIBSNLREA has since submitted the resolution which was passed in its Second All India Conference held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019 requesting immediate revision of Pay Scales of BSNL Employees and Revision of Pension of BSNL IDA pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2017 for consideration and solution.  View the letter

16.11.2019:

SECOND ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA HELD AT MADURAI ON 12TH AND 13TH NOVEMBER 2019 - AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF AIBSNLREA:

The Second All India Conference of AIBSNLREA held on 12th & 13th November 2019 in the spacious Hall of Hotel Rajadhane, Madurai, concluded with a high note of faith, confidence and harmony. Delegates from all over the country had assembled with eagerness, enthusiasm and energy. The Report of the General Secretary was hailed by all as a comprehensive record of events and orders issued by BSNL, DoT and other Central Government departments on Pensioners' issues, as a complete treatise on issues related to BSNL pensioners supported by relevant arguments and as a Study Material on concepts of pension and pension revision. Delegates participated in the deliberations which ran into the night on both the days, with vigour and vitality despite their age. Discussions on delinking of pension revision from pay revision propounded by other associations, which had created confusion among some delegates, ended with an absolute clarity in the minds of the delegates that AIBSNLREA's stand on the issue is based on the law of land and the extant rules and the proposal to delink is ill-advised. Resolutions were passed unanimously on all important issues affecting the BSNL pensioners. After dissolution of the existing body, Shri M.S.Radhakrishnan and Shri R.S.Arora took charge of the process of election of new office bearers. New office bearers were elected unanimously. All the delegates showered praise on the members of Madurai Branch, which hosted the Conference, for the excellent arrangements for the food and stay. Memories of this Conference will be cherished by all the delegates for many more years to come.
 View the list of new Office bearers
  View the GS Report
  View the Resolutions
  View the Photos
  View More Photos

06.11.2019:

E-JOURNAL NOVEMBER 2019 ISSUE:

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

05.11.2019:

REFUSAL BY CCA (NAGPUR) TO ISSUE EQUIVALENT BASIC PAY AS PER CENTRAL PAY SCALES TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS WHO DESIRED TO SWITCH OVER TO CGHS– AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH SECRETARY (TELECOM):

Controller of Communication Accounts (Nagpur), in violation of DOT’s Orders on the subject, is refusing to issue equivalent basic pay as per Central Pay Scales to the BSNL IDA pensioners who desired to switch over from BSNLMRS to CGHS. As a result, the CGHS Office is unable to decide CGHS subscription and ward entitlement of these pensioners. AIBSNLREA has since taken up the issue with Secretary (Telecom) and requested that “CCA, Nagpur is advised to follow the office instructions issued from time to time by DOT and also immediately issue the equivalent basic pay as per Central Pay scales to the BSNL IDA pensioners desirous to switch over to CGHS and whose applications are pending with his Office.”  View the letter

04.11.2019:

NEW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA COMPRISING THE MEMBERS OF THANJAVUR BUSINESS AREA (TAMILNADU STATE) FORMED:

In a meeting held on 01.11.2019 at Thanjavur, a new Branch of AIBSNLREA, comprising the members of Thanjavur Business Area (Thanjavur and Kumbakonam SSAs) has been formed. The House unanimously elected the following as office bearers:
President: Shri R.Krishna Rao, Retd CAO, Thanjavur, Mob: 9486107699
Branch Secretary: Shri M.S.Radhakrishnan, Retd AGM, Kumbakonam Mob: 9486102110
Finance Secretary: Shri P.R.Sethuraman, Retd J T O, Kumbakonam, Mob: 9443094233.

03.11.2019:

BSNL FORMS GROUPS/SUB-GROUPS RELATING TO VRS:

BSNL has formed Groups and Sub-Groups, comprising of its Officers, for implementation and monitoring of VRS. Various activities have since been identified and allotted to different officers with target dates fixed for completing the assigned activity.  View the BSNL order

31.10.2019:

DOT CIRCULATES DETAILS OF THE PROPOSALS FOR REVIVAL OF BSNL AND MTNL AS APPROVED BY UNION CABINET:

DOT has circulated an OM on 29.10.2019 circulating the details of the proposals as moved by it for revival of BSNL and MTNL which was approved in the meeting of Union Cabinet held on 23.10.2019. This gives some useful information on VRS, administrative allotment of spectrum for 4G services, debt restructuring by raising of sovereign guarantee bonds, monetization of assets and in principle approval for merger of BSNL and MTNL.  View the DoT OM

29.10.2019:

IMPLEMENTATION OF REVIVAL PLAN FOR BSNL AND MTNL – COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED TO IMPLEMENT VRS:

DOT has constituted a Committee comprising of senior Officers from DOT, BSNL and MTNL for finalising the guidelines for Voluntary Retirement to the employees of BSNL/MTNL as approved by Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. The Committee will review the VRS guidelines as per approval of Union Cabinet and other general conditions/rules/by laws related to voluntary retirement and submit its report by 30th October, 2019.  View the DoT letter

23.10.2019:

CABINET APPROVES REVIVAL PLAN FOR BSNL AND MTNL:

Putting all the negative campaign and propaganda at rest, the Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 23.10.2019 has approved a revival plan for BSNL and MTNL. The Press Information Bureau has issued a Press Statement after the meeting, as given below, which outlines the various proposals included in the revival pan. We hail the decision of the Government and hope that all stake holders will join hands to make the revival of BSNL and MTNL a reality. Press Statement by PIB:

“The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for revival of BSNL and MTNL by administrative allotment of spectrum for 4G services, debt restructuring by raising of bonds with sovereign guarantee, reducing employee costs, monetisation of assets and in-principle approval of merger of BSNL & MTNL.
The following was approved by the cabinet: -

1. Administrative allotment of spectrum for 4G services to BSNL and MTNL so as to enable these PSUs to provide broadband and other data services. The said Spectrum will be funded by the Government of India by capital infusion in these PSUs at a value of Rs 20,140 Cr in addition; the GST amount of Rs 3,674 Cr to this spectrum value will also be borne by the Government of India through Budgetary resources. By using this spectrum allotment, BSNL and MTNL will be able to deliver 4G services, compete in the market and provide high speed data using their vast network including in rural areas.

2. BSNL and MTNL will also raise long-term bonds of Rs 15,000 Cr for which sovereign guarantee will be provided by the Government of India (GoI). With the said resources, BSNL and MTNL will restructure their existing debt and also partly meet CAPEX, OPEX and other requirements.

3. BSNL and MTNL will also offer Voluntary Retirement to their employees, aged 50 years and above through attractive Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), the cost of which will be borne by the Government of India through budgetary support. The ex-gratia component of VRS will require Rs. 17,169 Cr in addition, GoI will be meeting the cost towards Pension, Gratuity and Commutation. Details of the scheme will be finalised by BSNL/MTNL.

4. BSNL and MTNL will monetise their assets so as to raise resources for retiring debt, servicing of bonds, network upgradation, expansion and meeting the operational fund requirements.

5. In-principle merger of BSNL and MTNL
It is expected that with the implementation of said revival plan, BSNL and MTNL will be able to provide reliable and quality services through its robust telecommunication network throughout the country including rural and remote areas”.

23.10.2019:

RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES ENTITLED TO GET RETIREMENT TA FOR SETTLING IN THEIR HOMETOWN WHILE AVAILING BSNLMRS FROM THE OFFICE FROM WHICH THEY RETIRED- CLARIFIES BSNL:

: In a letter addressed to UP (East) Telecom Circle, BSNL has clarified that retired BSNL employees have been given an option to avail medical facility from the place of their settlement. As such, it does not prevent any retired employee from settling at his hometown and claim medical reimbursement from the office from which he retired. In such case, the employee would be entitled for TA for settling in his hometown after retirement.  View the BSNL letter

22.10.2019:

NON-REDRESSAL OF A GENUINE GRIEVANCE OF A SECTION OF BSNL IDA PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN JULY, 2017 AND APRIL, 2018 - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH PRIME MINISTER:

Having received no positive response from DOP&PW and DOT on the above issue in which the BSNL IDA pensioners promoted under BSNL Executive Promotion Policy and retired between July, 2017 and April, 2018 alone were denied the benefit of one extra increment for pay and pension fixation, ABSNLREA has since represented to Prime Minister of India seeking his personal intervention with a request to advise Department of Telecommunications to immediately issue a suitable clarification to all concerned, since the problem has been created only after issue of the DOT Order No. 40-12/2004-Pen(T)(pt) dated 17.05.2018 and thus resolve a long pending genuine grievance of the concerned affected pensioners.  View the letter

20.10.2019:

AIBSNLREA, TIRUCHIRAPALLI BRANCH HOLDS ITS AGB:

The Annual General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Tiruchirapalli Branch was held on 16.10.2019 under the Presidentship of Shri S.Viswanathan Retd. DGM. Shri K.Meyyalahan, Secretary welcomed all and read out the Circulars issued by CHQ on AIC to be held at Madurai. After discussions on various issues, new Office-bearers of the Branch was elected unanimously with S/Shri S Viswanathan, Retd DGM as President and Shri U Ponnuchamy, Retd DGM as Branch Secretary. Shri K Meyyalahan, Retd DE was elected as Finance Secretary. The GB also elected S/Shri U Ponnuchamy, N Viswanathan, R Venkatraman and S Meyyalahan as delegates to attend the AIC at Madurai. Then, the new Branch Secretary Shri U. Ponnuchamy, in his speech, sought the help of all members in enrolling new members and highlighted the points to be discussed in AIC to be held at Madurai viz. pay and pension arrears with 78.2% fitment benefit and exemption from Income Tax for the pensioners.  View the List of new office bearers

17.10.2019:

AIBSNLREA, VADODARA BRANCH HELD ITS G.B. MEETING:

Vadodara Branch of AIBSNLREA held its fourth quarterly General Body Meeting at Hotel Utsav on 11.00 hrs of 15th October 2019. The meeting was presided over by Shri A I Patel, President of the Branch who welcomed all the members attending the meeting. Two minutes silence was then observed in memory of the department souls of S/Shri R S Dubey, K J Sadhwani and A P Singh who were the Life Members of the Association. Shri R T Shah, Branch Secretary then submitted a brief report on the activities at Circle and CHQ level. The issues like revival of BSNL, reimbursement of medical claims and revision of pension were also discussed in the meeting. After the meeting, lunch was served.  View the Photos

16.10.2019:

DENIAL 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- CCA, NEW DELHI RESPONDS TO OUR REPRESENTATION TO PRIME MINISTER:

We reported in this website on 1.10.2019 that DOP&PW had forwarded our said representation dated 29.09.2018 addressed to Prime Minister of India on the above issue to DOT for taking action as appropriate and citing the various instructions in place how to process such cases. Now, CCA New Delhi has responded stating that our request “cannot be acceded to at this point of time, as Government has not issued any orders to grant one notional increment to those who have rendered one-year service just before retirement. The Order in the court cases are applicable only to the petitioners”. In this case, our above representation to Prime Minister was based only on Madras High Court judgment. Subsequently, much water has flown through the Ganges. Supreme Court not only dismissed the Appeal of CBDT against Madras High Court judgment, but even dismissed a Review Petition. Following these subsequent developments, AIBSNLREA had represented to Secretary, DOP&T with copy endorsed to Secretary, DOE and Secretary (Pension) to grant the notional increment to all. In response, Department of Expenditure [View posting dated 23.09.2019 in this website] had infolrmed that “… the issue is under examination in DoP&T, the nodal Department concerned in the matter."  View the CCA letter

14.10.2019:

PALAKKAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD GB MEETING:

Palakkad Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body Meeting at 11 AM on 10.10.2019 at TOP IN TOWN Conference Hall, Palakkad. 58 members attended the meeting. Main agenda was the election of delegates to the All India Conference to be held at Madurai on 12.11.2019 and 13.11.2019. There were elaborate discussions on various issues being faced by BSNL pensioners. The members were very much worried about the inordinate delay in the payment of medical bills with and without voucher cases for IP & OP treatments. The members were unanimous to request that our association should take the initiative to explore the alternative in the place of BSNLMRS as the present system cannot be relied upon in future due to the financial crunch being faced by BSNL. Two new members joined the Association. The meeting came to a close at 2 PM after serving of lunch.

13.10.2019:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE CASE OF SHRI V VELAPPAN, RETD DGM, TAMILNADU CIRCLE REGARDING NON-REFUND OF HIS GPF CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE PERIOD OF NOVEMBER, 1986 TO SEPTEMBER 1990, WITH SECRETARY (TELECOM):

AIBSNLREA has again addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension) on the above issue with reference to its earlier representations and the acknowledgment received from the o/o Secretary(T) vide Correspondence No. 400461/2019/O/o Secy(DOT) dated 04.06.2019. The Association has requested for intervention of Secretary (Telecom) so that the Pensioner concerned gets back his GPF contributions with accrued interest for the period of November 1986 to September 1990, while serving in DOT, without further delay.  View the letter

10.10.2019:

BSNL RESPONSES TO THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA ADDRESSED TO SECRETRY (TELECOM) REGARDING NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF CLAIMS FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT WITH OR WITHOUT VOUCHERS AND CLAIMS FOR INDOOR TREATMEMT UNDER BSNLMRS – BSNL NOW SAYS THAT FUNDS WILL BE RELEASED TO THE CIRCLES AS PER AVAILABILITY OF CASH INFLOW:

AIBSNLREA had since taken up the above issue with Secretary (Telecom) and then followed it up from time to time (view postings dated 15.5.2019, 5.6.2019, 24.07.2019, 17.08.2019 and 29.08.2019 in this website). Now BSNL has replied that funds are delayed due to general financial stress in BSNL and efforts are being made to resolve the issue. BSNL has further stated that funds to the Circles will be released as per availability of cash inflow.  View the BSNL letter

09.10.2019:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE OF NON-PAYMENT OF REGULAR PENSION, RELEASE OF GRATUITY AND COMMUTTED VALUE OF PENSION TO SHRI A S JOSHI, RETD CAO, AURANGABAD SSA:

AIBSNLREA has since taken up the case regarding non-payment of regular pension, release of Gratuity and Commuted Value of Pension to Shri A S Joshi, Retd CAO, Aurangabad SSA of Maharashtra Telecom Circle with Secretary (Pension) and also endorsing the copy of the same to Secretary (Telecom) and CMD, BSNL, despite completion of punishment imposed on him in a disciplinary case by BSNL.  View the letter

08.10.2019:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.10.2019:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.10.2019 from 146.7% to 152% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  View orders

08.10.2019:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.10.2019:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.10.2019 from 316.6% to 325.5% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  View orders

07.10.2019:

HUBLI BRANCH AIBSNLREA HELD A GB MEETING:

Hubli Branch (Karnataka State) of AIBSNLREA held a General Body Meeting on 27.09.2019. The Members were briefed by Branch Secretary Shri Vishnu Hotkar about the All India Conference of AIBSNLREA to be held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019. The members also discussed about non-opening of CGHS centres at Hubli, the court case on pay and pension arrears and implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations. The House elected S/Shri B G Bandekari, V V Katti, V B Patil and J C Umari as delegates to attend the AIC.

06.10.2019:

E-JOURNAL OCTOBER 2019 ISSUE:

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

05.10.2019:

DOE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO ALLOW CALCULATION OF PENSION CONTRIBUTION BASING ON ACTUAL PAY AND NOT ON MAXIMUM OF THE SCALE OF THE BSNL EMPLOYEES TO THE DOT:

AIBSNLREA had earlier 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, also in respect of BSNL and MTNL employees. The Association had endorsed a copy of this representation to Finance Minister also. [View posting dated 03.06.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Now, Department of Expenditure has forwarded the same to Department of Telecommunications for appropriate action/redressal of the grievance.  View the DoE letter

04.10.2019:

NON-INCLUSION OF THE NAME OF SHRI P S KULKARNI, RETD DE, MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE IN THE REVISED FINAL SENIORITY LISTS OF TES GROUP B OFFICERS ISSUED BY BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE:

AIBSNLREA has since taken up the case of non-inclusion of the name of Shri P S Kulkarni, Retd DE, Maharashtra Telecom Circle in the revised final seniority Lists of TES Group B Officers issued by BSNL Corporate Office to comply with the Orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court.  View the letter

03.10.2019:

BSNL’S AGR GROWS SUBSTANTIALLY IN JUNE, 2019 QUARTERS BY 27.94%:

BSNL’s AGR has reportedly grew substantially by 27.94 % to Rs. 2598.61 crores as against Rs. 2031.07 crore as in March, 2019. It will auger well for BSNL if this trend continues.

01.10.2019:

DENIAL OF ANNUAL INCREMENT EVEN ON NOTIONAL BASIS FALLING DUE ON THE DAY FOLLOWING SUPERANNUATION ON COMPLETION OF ONE FULL YEAR OF SERVICE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING PENSIONARY BENEFITS- DOP&PW TAKES ONE FULL YEAR TO FORWARD OUR REPRESENTATION TO PRIME MINISTER TO THE DOT:

Following dismissal of an SLP filed by the Union of India in the Supreme Court against a judgment of Madras High Court on the above issue, AIBSNLREA had represented to Prime Minister of India as back as on 29.09.2018 requesting his kind intervention to extend the above benefit to all similarly placed retirees [view posting dated 01.10.2018 in this website]. The representation was duly registered in CPGRAMS. Now, DOP&PW has forwarded the said representation to DOT for taking action as appropriate and cites the various instructions in place how to process such cases. Anyhow, we have already been informed by Department of Expenditure [View posting dated 23.09.2019 in this website] stating that “… the issue is under examination in DoP&T, the nodal Department concerned in the matter."  View the DoP&PW letter

30.09.2019:

INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.10.2019:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to increase w.e.f. 1.10.2019 by 5.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 8.9% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

29.09.2019:

CGHS FACILITIES TO THE RETIRED BSNL/MTNL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE IN RECEIPT OF PENSION FROM CENTRAL CIVIL ESTIMATES – DOT REPLIES TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO SECRETARY (TELECOM):

Being unsatisfied with the reply dated 10.08.2019 that was received from DOT in response to its representation dated 16.07.2019 {view posting dated 17.07.2019), AIBSNLREA had again addressed a letter dated 14.08.2019 to Secretary (Telecom) (view posting dated 14.08.2019) requesting to consider the request that the Association originally made in its earlier letter dated 16.07.2019 suggesting that on receipt of demand letter for one-time payment from CGHS authority by the BSNL pensioners, let BSNL immediately make arrangement to pay the entire amount as advance to the concerned pensioners who would submit the Receipt issued by the CGHS authorities within a fortnight to the Units which sanctioned them the advance. However, now DOT has stated in reply that “If your Association has some issues with regard to the said policy of BSNL, the same may be raised at appropriate level in BSNL”.  View the DoT letter

26.09.2019:

MEETING OF STATE EXECUTIVE BODY OF UP STATE BRANCH:

State Executive Body of UP State Branch of AIBSNLREA meeting was held on 25.09.2019 at Utsav Bhawan in Lucknow under the chairmanship of Shri M K Shukla. 23 members attended the meeting. Report of the State Secretary and also the Report of Finance Secretary were approved after some discussions. Discussion also took place on non-payment of medical reimbursement, CGHS facilities, 3rd PRC, pension revision etc. Shri R.K.Sinha Joint Secretary, CHQ also addressed the House. Meeting ended with presentation of Vote of Thanks by the President. This was followed by lunch.

24.09.2019:

AGB of AIBSNLREA Coimbatore Branch held:

The Annual General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Coimbatore Branch was held on 21.09.2019 under the Presidentship of Shri M.Ponnuswami, Branch President. After Presidential Address by Shri M. Ponnuswami, Shri R. Damodaran, Branch Secretary welcomed the members & guests and presented the Annual Report and it was accepted by the house. Shri J. Ramalingam, Finance Secretary presented the Income and Expenditure statement and it was accepted after clarifying the query raised by Shri Venkatraman, DGM (Retired). Then Shri S. Ponnuraj, DE (Retired) spoke on the Supreme Court judgment on seniority lists 1 to 17 of SDEs which has now attained finality and explained in detail the background of the seniority issue. He wanted to know the action being taken by the association for implementation of the judgment on consequential benefits. Shri V.S. Ravi, DGM (Retired) recollected his association activities in TESA. He announced that he will enroll himself as a member of AIBSNLREA. [Please go to Tamilnadu State Section of ‘State News’ Page of this website to read the full Report].

24.09.2019:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, SAHARANPUR BRANCH HELD:

General Body Meeting of Saharanpur Branch {UP} was held on 21.09.2019 under the chairmanship of Shri Bal Chander. Branch secretary briefed the members about various issues confronting the BSNL absorbed pensioners viz. Pension revision, non-payment of Medical bills and status of proposed revival plan of BSNL. The branch Secretary also briefed the members of the proposed AIC at Madurai. It was unanimously decided that Shri J S Bajwa, Branch Secretary will represent the Branch at Madurai AIC. The meeting ended with Vote of Thanks to the chair.

23.09.2019:

DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE (MINISTRY OF FINANCE) NOW RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ENDORSED TO SECRETARY, DOE WHICH WAS ADDRESSED TO SECRETARY, DOP&T REQUESTING GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR PENSION BENEFIT TO ALL RETIREES WHO COMPLETE ONE FULL YEAR’S SERVICE BUT RETIRE ON THE DATE OF COMPLETING FULL YEAR’S SERVICE – SAYS THAT THE ISSUE IS UNDER EXAMINATION IN DOP&T:

In the background of Supreme Court dismissing the Review Petition of Government on its earlier Order by which it dismissed the Appeal of CBDT and thus gave its seal of approval to a Madras High Court judgment allowing the above benefit to one individual, AIBSNLREA had addressed a letter to Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training with copy endorsed to Secretary, Deptt of Expenditure and Secretary (Pension), requesting to bring changes in the present policy of granting increment on completion of one full year’s service to the retiring employees who retire on the date of completing full years’ service, so that all similarly placed employees get the same benefit as allowed by the Courts to one individual [View posting dated 26.08.2019 in this website to read the letter]. Now, Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) has stated, in response to our letter, that “… the issue is under examination in DoP&T, the nodal Department concerned in the matter”.  View the DoE letter

22.09.2019:

SANGRUR BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Sangrur Branch (Punjab) of AIBSNLREA held a GB Meeting 20.09.2019 at 11:30 AM in Kila Market parking Jail खाना Restaurant. Almost all the members attended the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Shri P K Jindal, Branch President. It was decided to take up with GS CHQ to place the resolutions on revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL Pensioners and payment of pending medical reimbursement claims in the AIC to be held at Madurai on 12th & 13th November, 2019. The meeting also discussed about the pay and pension arrears case which was dismissed in Pr CAT. The House elected Shri Pyare Lal as the delegate for the AIC and further decided to contribute Rs. 1000/- each by the members to run the affairs of the Branch. One new member joined the Association and it was further decided to hold the next GB Meeting at Barnala. The meeting ended after presentation of vote of thanks which was followed by lunch.

19.09.2019:

EMERGENCY TREATMENT IN CGHS EMPANELLED HOSPITALS- DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE REITERATES THAT REFUSAL OF ADMISSION OF CGHS BENEFICIARIES IN EMERGENCIES ON CREDIT BASIS BY EMPANELLED HOSPITALS WOULD ATTRACT THEIR DISQUALIFICATIONS:

Taking note of the fact that some CGHS empaneled Hospitals are denying admission or insist on referral memo from CGHS Wellness Centre even in emergency conditions, Department of Health & Family Welfare has issued an OM vide No. S.11011/29/2019-EHS dated 13.09.2019 stating that in emergency the empaneled hospitals will not refuse admission or demand an advance payment from the CGHS beneficiary or his family members and will provide credit facilities to the patient. Failing to do so would attract disqualification for continuation of empanelment.  View the Deptt. of H&FA order

18.09.2019:

QUATERTLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF MUMBAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:

Quarterly General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Mumbai Branch was held on 9.9.2019 at 14.00hrs in the Conference Hall, Fountain Telecom Building, Mumbai. Shri Vasudeva presided over the meeting. The House first observed two minutes silence to pay homage to the departed soul of Shri Nadacharam, an active life member of the Branch. The President welcomed all the members and addressed the House. He briefed about all latest development at State and CHQ level. He suggested the members for regular morning and evening walk and also practice yoga daily. Branch Secretary S.P.Varma thanked the members for attending meeting despite heavy rains[Please go to Maharashtra State Section of ‘State News’ Page of this website to read the full Report].

17.09.2019:

PUNE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS GB MEETING:

Pune Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body meeting on 14.09.2019 at Bajirao Road Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall. The members were apprised about current issues with the pensioners and the AIC being held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019. Four members volunteered to attend the AIC as delegates. The house agreed to this. A new Branch Committee was also elected in the meeting with the following Office Bearers: - President: Shri S.N.Mupid, (2). Vice-President: Shri A.B. Jadhav, (3) Branch Secretary: Shri B. B. Controllu, (4) Organizing Secretary: Shri S. S. Kulkarni and (5) Finance Secretary: Shri A. M. Dixit. The meeting ended after Vote of Thanks by the President.

16.09.2019:

COIMBATORE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD ITS SECOND BRANCH CONFERENCE:

AIBSNLREA, Coimbatore Branch will be holding its second Branch Conference at 10.30 AM on 21st September, 2019 at Sri Krishna Vilas Hotel, Near Collectorate Post Office, Coimbatore-641018. Shri R. R. Balasubramanian, Asst Branch Secretary, Chennai Branch will be attending the Conference as a special invitee. Election of delegates for the ensuing All India Conference to be held on 12th and 13th November, 2019 at Madurai and election of new Office Bearers of the Branch will be held in the conference. All members of the Branch and other retired executives, desirous to enrol themselves as members, are requested to attend the Conference.

14.09.2019:

HARYANA STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA FORMED:

A meeting for election of Haryana State Body of AIBSNLREA was held on 13.09.2019 at 11.30 hrs in Yatri Niwas, Kurukshetra. It was presided over by Shri D S Sandhu Organising Secretary (North), CHQ. It was attended by State representatives from all branches except Faridabad. Following State Office Bearers were elected for the present term: (1) President: Sh S K Aggarwal Ambala, (2). Vice President: Shri S L Purey, Yamunanagar, (3). Secretary: Shri Jogi Ram, Kurukshetra, (4). Asstt Secretary: Shri S K Bhardwaj, Yamunanagar, (5). Asstt Secretary: Shri Yogesh Kumar, Kurukshetra, (6) Finance Secretary: Shri Ashok Kumar Sharma, Kurukshetra, (7).Org Secretary: Shri S K Aggarwal, Kurukshetra and Shri Jasmer Kumar, Yamunanagar, (8) Executive Members: S/Shri Amar Singh, Yamunanagar and. R K Bhasin, Kurukshetra.

14.09.2019:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF KURUKSHETRA BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Kurukshetra Branch was held on 13.09.2019 at 10.30 AM in Yatri Niwas, a Haryana Tourism Hotel under the chairmanship of Shri D S Sandhu, Organising Secretary (North), CHQ. It was attended by 22 members out of total membership strength of 38 of the Branch. Issues like Court Case, Pension revision, non- payment of medical bills, joining of CGHS and on other general matters were discussed. Election of State delegates for State representative meeting was also conducted. S/Shri D S Sandhu and Jogi Ram were elected as delegates to attend the AIC at Madurai. Meeting concluded after lunch and vote of thanks to the participating members.

13.09.2019:

OPENING OF PENSIONERS’ SERVICE CENTRES THROUGH CPMS PORTAL- AIBSNLREA RAISES THE ISSUE WITH BSNL REGARDING THE PROGRESS MADE:

On the advice of DOT, BSNL vide its No. 48-3/2018-Pen (B) dated 05.10.2018, had instructed all its Circles/Units to open Pensioners’ Service Centres through Comprehensive Pension Management System (CPMS) portal. These Pensioners’ Service Centres are supposed to provide facilities like uploading of digital Life Certification, Downloading Form 16, uploading grievances, assistance in filling pension forms by employees/family pensioners and assistance in installing Mobile App etc. Keeping in view of the importance of these Centres in the background that CPMS has already been implemented for new pensioners and also the old pensioners are to be gradually brought under this system, AIBSNLREA has requested BSNL to inform the progress made in opening these Pensioners’ Service Centres in all Circle/Units. Association has also requested to supply a consolidated list of these Pensioners’ Service Centres with their locations which are now functional. The Association has further requested to advise the Circles/Units to upload the list of such functional Pensioners’ Service Centres in their respective websites.  View the letter

10.09.2019:

EXTREME HARDSHIP OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS/PENSIONERS DUE TO DRASTIC CUT IN THE INTEREST RATES OF THE FIXED DEPOSITS WITH BANKS/POST OFFICES- AIBSNLREA URGES PM TO INTERVENE:

AIBSNLREA has stated in a letter to Prime Minister of India that “interest rates of Fixed Deposits in Banks/Post Offices have been reduced drastically during the last few years, which has hit the Senior Citizens/Pensioners most. No doubt, the Senior Citizens/Pensioners are allowed 0.50% additional interest, but this hardly compensates the loss in terms of the interests earned”. The Association has further submitted that “The interests on Fixed Deposits help the Senior Citizens/ Pensioners to meet their day to day requirement which includes payment of huge medical bills due to old age related and other chronic ailments” and also urged PM to intervene and (i) raise the limit of maximum deposit in Senior Citizens Saving Schemes from existing Rs. 15 lakhs to Rs. 30 lakhs and also (ii) raise the additional interests in Fixed Deposits in Banks/Post Offices from existing 0.50% to 1% for the Senior Citizens.  View the letter

10.09.2019:

ALLAHADBAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS GB MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, Allahabad Branch held its General Body Meeting on 06.09.2019 in the GMTD, Allahabad Compound. The meeting was presided over by Branch President Shri R S Gupta. State Secretary, UP Shri R S Arora, who attended the meeting, addressed the House and spoke about Pension revision, reimbursement of medical claims under BSNLMRS, financial status of BSNL, Court case on pay and pension arrears issue and other organizational matters. Afterwards, election of the new Office Bearers took place. S/Shri R S Gupta, Ram Lakhan and Damodar Prasad were elected as Branch President, Branch Secretary and Branch Finance Secretary respectively. S/Shri Ram Chandra and S N S Yadav were also elected as delegates to attend the AIC at Madurai. Shri Ram Lakhan, Branch Secretary then addressed the House and thanked State Secretary and others.  View the List of Office bearers

08.09.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL REGARDING AN APPEAL FROM AN AILING AND AGED PENSIONER ABOUT TRANSFER OF HIS SON WORKING AS SDE IN BSNL:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to CMD, BSNL on the appeal of Shri Ramesh Chandra, Retd DE to allow his only son and lone male member of the family to remain by the side of his parents who are continuously undergoing treatment for multiple diseases both as indoor and outdoor patients since long.  View the letter

07.09.2019:

NADIAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS BI-MONTHLY GB MEETING:

Nadiad Branch (Gujarat State) of AIBSNLREA held its Bi-monthly General Body meeting on 04.09.2019 at Rotary Club Hall, Nadiad. Sixty-Five members attended the meeting. Three new members also joined the Association. Shri B.M. Patel, Branch Secretary welcomed the members and reported the activities of the Branch. He reported that most of the members of the branch did not their medical bills without vouchers for 2018-19. However, most of the members got payment of medical bills with vouchers. Shri P.B.Pramar, State President spoke about Pension Revision as per 3rd PRC / 7th CPC fitment formula [View Gujarat State Section of State News Page of this website to read the full Report].

06.09.2019:

E-JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2019 ISSUE:

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

06.09.2019:

GB MEETING OF AMBALA BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:

A General Body Meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 4.9.2019 at Hotel Dilli Durbar under the chairmanship of Shri P.C Chauhan, Branch President. 29 members attended the meeting. At the outset of the meeting, the members condoled the death of two life members since its last meeting S/Shri R.L Duggal, Retired CAO and K.C Gupta Retired SDE. The members also observed two minutes silence for departed souls. The meeting was addressed by Shri J C Gupta Branch Secretary. He informed the members that AIC of AIBSNLREA is being held at Madurai on 12th and 13th November, 2019. He also gave detailed programme of the AIC. [View Haryana Section of State News Page of this Website to read the full Report]

31.08.2019:

ODISHA STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD GB MEETING:

Odisha State Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General body at 11 AM on 25.08.2019 in the Conference Hall of Door Sanchar Bhawan in which 36 members participated. 14 new members attended the meeting. Minutes of the previous GB meeting was first confirmed and then discussions were held on different issues. Members expressed their happiness of having participated in the picnic arranged by the association at Sikhar Chandi, Bhubaneswar on 23.01.2019. The CVP issue of Shri Banabara Swain, which is being handled at CHQ level, was also discussed. The procedure to switch over to CGHS facility was discussed in the House and members were advised to take conscious decision about switching over. One-time payment to be made by the pensioners are to be reimbursed by BSNL. [Please view Odisha State Section of State News Page of this website to read the full Report]

30.08.2019:

AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO MOS(PP) REGARDING NON-RESPONSE FROM DOP&PW ON THE QUESTION OF APPLICATION OF ITS OM DATED 12.11.1999 CLARIFYING TO RAILWAYS TO ALLOW COMMUTATION OF PENSION TO A PENSIONER EXONERATED AS A RESULT OF DEPARTMENTAL PROCEEDINGS FROM THE DATE OF HIS RETIREMENT– DOP&PW FORWARDS THE REPRESENTATION TO DDG(PG), DOT:

Having received no response to its earlier representation addressed to Secretary (Pension) on the above subject, AIBSNLREA had taken up the matter with Minister of State for (PP) requesting his intervention for early redressal of the above grievance [View posting dated 26.07.2019 in this website to read the letter]. But surprisingly, DOP&PW has forwarded the said representation to DDG(PG), DOT to examine the issue as per expanct rules/orders – even though DOP&PW itself has to resolve the matter. This shows the most casual manner in which this nodal Department which is responsible to settle the grievances of the pensioners handles the same.  View the DoP&PW letter

29.08.2019:

DOP&PW FORWARDS COPY OF AIBSNLREA’S LETTER ADDRESSED TO DDG(ESTT), DOT REQUESTING TO INTIMATE ACTION TAKEN ON ITS EARLIER REPRESENTATION REGARDING NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS SUBMITTED BY BSNL PENSIONERS UNDER BSNLMRS TO DDG(PG), DOT:

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has forwarded DDG(PG), DOT, the copy of the letter of AIBSNLREA that was addressed to DDG(Estt), DOT requesting to intimate the action taken on its earlier representation in which the Association had sought the intervention of Secretary (Telecom) in the matter of non-imbursement of medical claims submitted by the BSNL pensioners for both outdoor and indoor treatment for over several months. DDG(PG), DOT has been requested to examine the issue as per extant rules/orders and intimate the Association.  View the DoP&PW letter

28.08.2019:

AIBSNLREA, EAST GODAVARI DISTRICT BRANCH HELD BI-ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, East Godavari District Branch (AP) held its bi-annual GB Meeting at Hotel RL Grand, Kakinada on 25-08-2019. Meeting started with prayer at 10.00 hrs. 80 members attended the meeting and 6 new life members Joined the Branch taking the total membership strength to 234. The meeting was presided over by Shri GV Rama Krishna, President. Shri CH Gandhi, Org Secretary (South) was on the dais. After prayer, the house observed 2 minutes silence to pay homage to the departed members souls of Late Shri DSR Krishnayya, SDE (Retd), and Late Shri P Verriah SDE (Retd) [Please visit AP State Section of State News Page of this website to read the full report].

26.08.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY, DOP&T REQUESTING GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR PENSION BENEFIT TO ALL RETIREES WHO COMPLETE ONE FULL YEAR’S SERVICE BUT RETIRE ON THE DATE OF COMPLETING FULL YEAR’S SERVICE:

In the background of Supreme Court dismissing the Review Petition of Government against its earlier Order giving its seal of approval to a Madras High Court judgment allowing the above benefit to one individual, AiBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training with copy endorsed to Secretary, Deptt of Expenditure and Secretary (Pension), requesting to bring changes in the present policy of granting increment on completion of one full year’s service to the retiring employees who retire on the date of completing full years’ service, so that all similarly placed employees get the same benefit as allowed by the Courts to one individual.  View the letter

25.08.2019:

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

East Vidarbha Branch (Nagpur) of AIBSNLREA held its Bi annual GB Meeting at Amenity Hall, CTO Compound, Nagpur on Sunday, the 18th August 2019. Shri U B Nikose presided over the meeting. S/Shri V W Patil and B D Nikam Vice presidents, Bhola Kamble, ACS MH 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. After introductory speech by Shri N R Rachkondawar, Shri Arun Deshpande, Branch Secretary addressed the house and briefed the activities of Nagpur Branch and status of current CHQ Issues. [View Maharashtra State Section of State News Page of this website to read the full Report].

25.08.2019:

LUCKNOW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD ITS GB MEETING:

A General Body meeting of Lucknow Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 20.08.2019 in the Recreation club of Kaiser Bagh Telephone Exchange, under the chairman ship of Sri B L Mishra, Branch President. 41 members attended meeting. Two minutes silence was observed by the house to pay homage to the department members i.e. S/Shri M P Bhatnagar JTO, Panchami Ram DGM(F), V S Verma DGM and wife of Shri Radhey Shyam Organising Secretary. Notice for AIC to be held on 12.11.2019 and 13.11.2019 at Madurai was read. out. Three delegates S/Shri R S Arora, State Secretary, Ambika Singh, State Financial Secretary and S P Singh, Branch Secretary, Lucknow were elected to attend the Conference. Current Status of Court case in Pr. CAT was discussed in the House. Suggestions were also invited, but no concrete suggestion came out. It was reported that medical claims with and without vouchers are not getting cleared despite rigorous persuasion. In some cases, Income tax has been deducted without making payments. Members are ready to switch over to CGHS, but are afraid due to abnormal delay in reimbursement of one-time payment made to CGHS. The meeting concluded after presentation of vote of thanks by the Chairman.

24.08.2019:

NON-GRANT OF ONE EXTRA INCREMENT ON POST BASED PROMOTION UNDER BSNL EXECUTIVE PROMOTION POLICY- AIBSNLREA NOW TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH SECRETARY (PENSION):

Being unsatisfied with the reply sent by BSNL regarding the grievance on non-grant of one extra-increment to the BSNL Executive pensioners who retired between July, 2017 and April, 2018 [View posting dated 20.08.2019 in this website to read the BSNL letter], the Association has now taken up the issue with Secretary (Pension) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Telecom) and CMD, BSNL. The Association has maintained that “…. the fact remains that the said benefit, contrary to the claim, is still being denied to those BSNL executive Pensioners who retied between July 2017 and 2018. As such, the claim of BSNL is untrue”. The Association has further stated “that the problem is due to the Order issued by Department of Telecommunications and its own Controller of Communication Accounts who are not allowing the said benefit to be extended to the absorbed BSNL executive pensioners who retired between July, 2017 and April, 2018. As such, it is Department of Telecommunications and not the BSNL which has to take appropriate action to redress the grievance by issue of a suitable clarification to all concerned – specially to its own CCAs to extend the same benefit as ordered in its Order No. 40-12/2004-Pen(T)(pt) dated 17.05.2018 also to those absorbed BSNL executive pensioners who retired between July 2017 and 2018”. The Association has finally requested “to advise Department of Telecommunication to issue a suitable clarification to all concerned, since the problem has been created after issue of the DOT Order No. 40-12/2004-Pen(T)(pt) dated 17.05.2018 and BSNL is nowhere in the picture. Moreover, DOT’s own Controller of Communication Accounts are refusing to extend the benefit to the affected absorbed BSNL executive pensioners.  View the letter

20.08.2019:

NON-GRANT OF ONE EXTRA INCREMENT ON POST BASED PROMOTION UNDER BSNL EXECUTIVE PROMOTION POLICY:

AIBSNLREA had last taken up the issue of non-grant of one extra-increment, as admissible under the BSNL Executive Promotion Policy, to those BSNL Executives who retired between July, 2017 and April, 2018 with Prime Minister of India [View posting dated 13.07.2019 in this website to read the letter]. DOP&PW, in turn, had registered this as Grievance in CPENGRAMS under Docket No. DOPPW/P/2019/05187 dated 23.07.2019 and the issue was referred to BSNL. Now, BSNL has replied to the Association, vide its No. 35-20/19-Pen(B) dated 13.08.2019, stating that “benefit of extra-increment granted on post based promotion is being extended to the employees on submission of an undertaking to refund the same in case of the decision of Hon’ble High Court goes against them’.  View the BSNL letter

19.08.2019:

AIBSNLREA, AKOLA BRANCH HELD ITS GB MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, Akola (MH) Branch held its General Body meeting on 17th August 2019 at the Conference Hall, O/O GM Telecom, BSNL Akola. Shri A.N. Pachpande Rtd. DE Akola presided over the meeting. 16 members were present in the meeting. Shri A.G. Nema, Branch Secretary welcomed all the members present in the meeting. He apprised the members about the latest position of all pending issues. The case of 78.2% IDA merger issue was discussed at length. Branch Secretary informed that the Principal CAT has recently dismissed our 78.2% IDA case and appropriate action in this matter will be taken up by CHQ. It was informed that 2nd AIC is proposed to be held at Madurai (TN) on 12th and 13th November 2019. Volunteers were asked to inform Branch Secretary well in advance enabling him to convey to G.S. Members were also requested to approach all recently retired Executives to register them as members of AIBSNLREA, Akola branch. The meeting was concluded after presentation of vote of thanks by the Branch Secretary.

18.08.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REQUESTING TO FRAME AND ISSUE THE MODALITIES TO GRANT CONSEQUENTIAL BENEFITS TO THE SDEs ON REVISION OF THEIR SENIORITY IN TES GROUP B AS DIRECTED BY SUPREME COURT:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) regarding non-issue of modalities to extend consequential benefits to the SDEs, who qualified in TES Group B qualifying examinations conducted by DOT, on revision of their seniority in TES Group B following Supreme Court judgment delivered on 14.12.2017 in WP No 4389 of 2010. The Association has requested Secretary (Telecom) to “intervene in the matter so that Department of Telecommunications frame and issue the modalities for extending the consequential benefits to the concerned SDEs/Officers promoted therefrom, following revision of their seniority, and get the same implemented without further delay”.  View the letter

17.08.2019:

SUPREME COURT DISMISSES REVIEW PETITION OF GOVERNMENT AGAINST ITS EARLIER ORDER NOT TO INTERFERE WITH JUDGMENT OF MADRAS HIGH COURT ON GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT TO THE RETIREE WHO COMPLETED ONE FULL YEAR’S SERVICE ON THE DATE OF RETIREMENT BUT FAILED TO GET INCREMENT WHICH FELL ON NEXT DAY OF HIS RETIREMENT:

Earlier Government had moved an Appeal in Supreme Court against a Madras Hight Court judgment which allowed grant of annual Increment on notional basis to a Pensioner who completed one full year’s service on the date of his retirement but was not allowed his increment which fell on next day of his retirement. The Supreme Court had declined to interfere with the said judgment. Following which, pressure started mounting on the Government to extend the benefit to all similarly placed persons. Since many cases were filed in different Courts, Ministry of Finance, on the advice of DOP&T, had been exploring the possibility of filing a Review/Curative Petition in Supreme Court on its earlier Order for last few months and finally it filed a Review Petition. Now the said Review Petition of the Government has been dismissed by the bench of Justice N V Ramana and Justice Deepak Gupta of Supreme Court on 08.08.2019. Now very little option is left with the Government to deny the benefit in all similar cases. A decision is expected on this matter in due course.

17.08.2019:

EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH (NAGPUR) OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD BIANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA, East Vidarbha Branch (Nagpur) is holding it Biannual General Body Meeting on Sunday, the 18th August, 2019 at 4.30 pm in the Staff Amenity Hall, CTO Compound, Nagpur. All members and other retired BSNL Executives are requested to attend meeting.

17.08.2019:

AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO DDG(ESTT), DOT REQUESTING TO INTIMATE ACTION TAKEN ON ITS REPRESENTATION THAT WAS FORWARDED BY DOP&PW ON THE ISSUE OF NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS SUBMITTED BY BSNL PENSIONERS UNDER BSNLMRS – DOP&PW NOW ADIVISES TO ISSUE SPEAKING REPLY/ORDER:

AIBSNLREA had addressed a letter to DDG(Estt), DOT to know the action taken on its representation in which the Association had sought the intervention of Secretary (Telecom) in the matter of non-imbursement of medical claims submitted by the BSNL pensioners for both outdoor and indoor treatment for over several months. The said representation was forwarded to DDG(Estt) by DOP&PW [View postings dated 05.06.2019 and 24.07.2019 in this website]. Now DOP&PW has re-registered the grievance and Sr GM(Admn), BSNL has been asked to examine the matter and send a suitable speaking reply/order to the Association and same uploaded in CPENGRAMS. DOP&PW has also advised that the matter be examined and grievance redressed within the time limit of 60 days. It has further advised to issue an interim reply with reasons for delay, if the case is likely to take longer time to redress.  View the Status Report

14.08.2019:

CGHS FACILITIES TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES- AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REGARDING THE PROBLEM FACED BY THE WILLING RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES TO SWITCH OVER FOM BSNLMRS TO CGHS:

In response to the reply received from Department of Telecommunications [View posting dated 10.08.2019 to read the DOT letter] on its representation to Secretary (Telecom) [View posting dated 17.07.2019 to read the letter], AIBSNLREA has now addressed another letter to Secretary(T) stating that the suggestions to go for option to make payment on yearly basis is no solution, since BSNL order is to reimburse only one-time payment of subscription and not for payments to be made on yearly basis. Further, no pensioner at this old age can take the trouble to go through the hassles to get the CGHS card renewed every year after making the payment. The Association has urged Secretary (Telecom) to consider the request as originally made in the earlier letter dated 16.07.2019.  View the letter

10.08.2019:

CGHS FACILITIES TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES – DOT RESPONDS TO THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA SUGGESTING BSNL SANCTION ADVANCE TO THE BSNL PENSIONERS TO PAY THE ONE TIME SUBSCRIPTION TO THE CGHS:

In response to the representation to Secretary (Telecom) wherein AIBSNLREA had requested 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” (view posting dated 17.07.2019 to read the letter), DOT has now suggested that those pensioners who are not in the position to get CGHS card with life-time validity, have the option of making CGHS contribution on yearly basis.  View the DoT letter

06.08.2019:

E-JOURNAL AUGUST 2019 ISSUE:

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

05.08.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL REGARDING ATTEMPTS TO DISCOURAGE THE BSNL PENSIONERS TO MIGRATE FROM BSNLMRS TO CGHS:

In a letter addressed to CMD, BSNL, AIBSNLREA has conveyed that in order to tide over the present financial crisis, it was expected that BSNL Management would encourage the BSNL pensioners to migrate from BSNLMRS to CGHS, so that the financial burden on BSNL on account of reimbursement of their claims for outdoor and indoor treatment under BSNLMRS gets reduced. But contrary to the expectation, the BSNL Units are actually discouraging the pensioners from migrating from BSNLMRS to CGHS. The Association points out that the BSNL pensioners, though assured by BSNL, are not getting reimbursement of the one-time subscription that they paid to CGHS after surrendering BSNLMRS. The amount of subscription at times goes over Rupees one lakh and BSNL Is not reimbursing the same for several months and in some case even over a year which is causing great hardship to these pensioners. This is being seen as a disincentive by the other pensioners who hardly can afford to get such a huge amount blocked. The Association placed a list of 40 such BSNL pensioners who retired from ALTTC Ghaziabad and switched over to CGHS. But their reimbursement is held up for a long period. The Association has requested “that all the pensioners who have migrated to CGHS be immediately reimbursed of their claims. ALTTC Ghaziabad, specifically, be advised to immediately make the payment of all the pending claims by the Pensioners for reimbursement of subscriptions made to CGHS. If need be, additional fund be allotted for this purpose”.  View the letter

03.08.2019:

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

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Amravati Branch was under the Chairmanship of Shri R. W. Tidke, President of the Branch, at about 1400 hrs. of 2nd August, 2019 at the Conference Hall of Pr. G.M.Telecom, BSNL, Amravati. The meeting was attended by 32 members of the Branch. Three new members viz. S/Shri V S Labhane, Retd AGM, P M Dhobe, Retd DGM and V K Patne, Retd Sr SDE joined the Association. They were greeted by the House. Branch Secretary Shri D. V. Rokade, informed the House about the developments taken place after the last meeting. He elaborated the developments in respect of payment of pending medical claims (with vouchers and without vouchers. He also informed the house about the ensuing All India Conference to be held at Madurai in November, 2019. Shri V. G. Dakhode, State Secretary, AIBSNLREA, Maharashtra State discussed about the latest position of the Court Case. He also spoke about the 3rd PRC developments and highlighted the important key issues of the BSNL being processed at State and All India level. The queries raised by the members were duly replied by him. Interaction by the State Secretary, the meeting concluded with the vote of thanks presented by Shri M.Z.Shinde, Financial Secretary of the Branch.

31.07.2019:

DOP&PW FORWARDS COPY OF THE REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA ENDORSED TO MOS(PP) WHERE IN INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER WAS SOUGHT IN THE MATTER OF DENIAL OF BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF PENSION BY TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE EXTRA INCREMENT GRANTED ON POST-BASED PROMOTION TO THE BSNL EXECUTIVES RETIRED BETWEEN JULY 2017 AND APRIL 2018 TO DOT:

AIBSNLREA had earlier represented to Prime Minister of India seeking for his intervention in the matter of denial of benefit of fixation of pension by taking into account the extra increment granted on post-based promotion under BSNL Executive Promotion Policy to the BSNL Executives who retired between July 2017 and April 2018 [View posting dated 13.07.2019 in this website to read the letter]. DOP&PW has now forwarded the copy of the said representation that was endorsed to MOS(PP), DOP&PW to the Department of Telecommunications examine the issues.  View the DoP&PW letter

27.07.2019:

AIBSNLREA, CHENNAI BRANCH HOLD AGB MEETING:

The Annual General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Chennai Branch was held on 20-07-2019 at Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Ashok Nagar, Chennai at 10.30 am. The meeting, presided over by Branch President Shri V. Dakshinamoorthy and attended by 54 members, commenced with a prayer sung by Smt. S.Mythili. Then, the house observed one-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls of our members Late S/Shri B. Shanmugam, S. Piraviperumal, Diagaradjane and S. P. Sankaralingam. President welcomed all the members who assembled in large numbers and spoke on few issues like the need for improvement in medical reimbursement and at the same time informed the house that when BSNL struggles to pay even the salary, these issues are bound to take the back seat. After self-introduction of members, Secretary Shri L. Sundararaman read out a detailed report about the activities of the association after the last AGB held in 07.07.2017. [To read the full Report, Tamilnadu State Section of State News Page of this website may be viewed].

26.07.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO MOS (PP) REGARDING NON-RESPONSE FROM DOP&PW ON THE QUESTION OF APPLICATION OF ITS OM DATED 12.11.1999 CLARIFYING TO RAILWAYS TO ALLOW COMMUTATION OF PENSION TO A PENSIONER EXONERATED AS A RESULT OF DEPARTMENT PROCEEDINGS FROM THE DATE OF HIS RETIREMENT TO SHRI BANABARA SWAIN, RETD DGM & EX-PRINCIPAL, RTTC, BHUBANESWAR:

Having received no response to its earlier representation, vide No AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2019/24 dated 24.06.2019, addressed to Secretary (Pension) on the above issue, AIBSNLREA has now taken up the matter with Minister of State for (PP) requesting his intervention for early redressal of this genuine grievance of the above named pensioner who has been running from pillar to post to get his dues. The Association refers to the DOP&PW OM 34/1/99-P&PW(G) dated 12.11.1999 which was issued to Railways to clarify 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 submitted that “this clarification issued by DOP&PW exactly fits in the case of Shri Banabara Swain, the pensioner in question. Unfortunately, DOT is not taking cognizance of the contents of this OM and therefore the DOP&PW needs to step in”.  View the letter

25.07.2019:

AIBSNLREA HAS AGAIN TAKEN UP THE ISSUE OF PROVISION OF MOBILE CONNECTIONS IN LIEU OF LANDLINE TO THE RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF BSNL RESIDING IN TNF AREARS AND WHOSE CONNECTIONS WERE WITHDRAWN FOLLOWING CLOSURE OF WLL EXCHANGES:

In a letter addressed to CMD, BSNL, AIBSNLREA has submitted that ‘we had been requesting the BSNL Management for the last few years to allow provision of mobile connections in lieu of the concessional land line connections, as admissible as per the policy laid by the Corporate Office, to the retired BSNL employees residing in “Technically Not Feasible” areas. Some of these retired employees, residing in such areas were earlier provided connections from WLL Exchanges. But now they are not having the facility due to the policy decision of Corporate Office to close all the WLL Exchanges in the country’. The Association has expressed its total disappointment that so far BSNL has not given any response to the request. The Association has again cited the case of MP Telecom Circle which issued an Order allowing provision of mobile connections for the retired employees residing in its TNF areas and stated that “It is really surprising that when a Telecom Circle can take such a policy decision, even though Corporate Office alone frame policies on the subject, why the Corporate Office could not take an uniform policy decision on the same issue to be applicable all over India”. The Association has finally sought for the intervention of the CMD in the matter so that an early Order is issued allowing provision of mobile connections to the retired BSNL employees who are residing in TNF areas and also to those whose WLL connections provided earlier have been disconnected.  View the letter

25.07.2019:

JUNAGADH BRANCH OF AIBSNLRERA HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of Junagadh Branch (Gujarat State) of AIBSNLREA was held on 22.07.2019 at Garden Café Restaurant, Junagadh under the chairmanship of Branch President Shri S D Kanabar. 70 members including some family members were present. Four new members joined the Association. Two minutes’ silence was observed in memory of late Shri T.K.Chitroda and other members/family members who expired within last one year. Four senior members who crossed seventy years were honoured by presentation of shawl and bouquet. Shri K.P.Dobaria, Finance Secretary briefed the members on all current issues and efforts being made by the branch to solve the problems. [Please view Gujarat State Section of State News Page of this website to read the full Report].

24.07.2019:

CBDT EXTENDS LAST DATE OF FILING INCOME TAX RETURNS FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2019-20 TO 31.08.2019:

Central Board of Direct Taxes has issued an order extending the last date of filing income-tax returns for the assessment year 2019-20 from 30.07.2019 to 31.08.2019 in cases of all tax-payers who are liable to file returns within the due date.  View the letter

24.07.2019:

AIBSNLREA ADDRESSES DDG(ESTT), DOT REQUESTING TO INTIMATE ACTION TAKEN ON ITS REPRESENTATION THAT WAS FORWARDED BY DOP&PW ON THE ISSUE OF NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS SUBMITTED BY BSNL PENSIONERS UNDER BSNLMRS:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to DDG(Estt), DOT to know the action taken on our representation in which the Association had sought the intervention of Secretary (Telecom) in the matter of non-imbursement of medical claims submitted by the BSNL pensioners for both outdoor and indoor treatment for over several months. The said representation was forwarded to DDG(Esst) by DOP&PW [View posting dated 05.06.2019 in this website to read DOP&PW letter]  View the letter

24.07.2019:

CCA, GUJARAT CIRCLE TO HOLD PENSION ADALAT:

As a part of National Pension Adalat Program, Controller of Communication Accounts, Gujarat Circle has notified to hold a Pension Adalat at 6th Floor Conference Hall, P&T Administrative Building, Khanpur, Ahmedabad-380001 for the retired employees from BSNL and DOT from all SSAs under Gujarat Circle on 23rd August 2019 at 11.30 hours. Pensioners can send their pension related grievances to the Assistant CCA(Pension), o/o CCA, Ahmedabad on or before 31.07.2019.

23.07.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REGARDING NON-RESLOVING THE GRIEANCES OF THE PENSIONERS BY DOT TO MAKE THE PENSIONERS’ GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL MECHANISM INEFFECTIVE– CITES THE CASE OF THE GRIEVANCE OF THE ASSOCIATION REGARDING PENSION CONTRIBUTION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES THAT WAS SENT BY PMO TO SECRETARY (TELECOM):

Being aggrieved by the action of the Department of Telecommunications in non-resolving the grievance of the Association on pension contribution of the absorbed BSNL employees which was addressed to the Prime Minister and sent by PMO to Secretary (Telecom) and then closure of the case by terming it as a policy issue, AIBSNLREA has now addressed a letter to the Prime Minister and sought for his intervention. The Association has stated in this letter that “Department of Telecommunications has made it a practice not to resolve the genuine grievances of the pensioners and put them in cold storage. We can cite numerous cases on this. However, we take this opportunity to cite a recent case wherein we had sought for your kind intervention to render justice to the absorbed BSNL pensioners, by allowing application of the same principle as allowed by Department of Expenditure vide its ID Note No. MoF (DoE) ID No.228 (SO)E-III(A)/08 dated 19.12.2008 to calculate the pension contribution for the Government employees on foreign service basing on their “existing basic pay’” instead of “maximum of the scales” w.e.f. 1.1.2006, also in respect of the absorbed BSNL employees. In fact, on receipt of the approval from DOE, the Department of Personnel & Training had issued the necessary Orders on this issue vide its OM No 2/34/2008-Estt. (Pay II) dated 19.11.2009. Our representation on this subject vide our No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2019/22 dated 01.06.2019 was duly forwarded to Secretary (Telecom) for action appropriate by your Office vide PMO ID No. PMOPG/D/2019/0183439 dated 10.06.2019”. The Association has further stated that “instead of examining the issue and taking up the matter further with Department of Expenditure, Department of Telecommunication has chosen to close the case by terming this as a policy matter”. The Association has finally pleaded that Department of Telecommunication should allow calculation of pension contribution of the absorbed BSNL employees basing on their “existing basic pay” instead of “maximum of the pay scales” under the same principle for calculation of pension contribution as decided by Department of Expenditure for the Government employees on foreign service w.e.f. 1.1.2006 and also refrain from closing the representations of the pensioners or their Associations without redressing the grievances.  View the letter

23.07.2019:

KOLHAPUR BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLD QUATERLY GB MEETING:

Quarterly GB Meeting of Kolhapur Branch of AIBSNLEA was held on 21st July, 2019. The meeting started at 11 AM with Branch President Shri L M Godi on the chair who welcomed all the members including the new members who attended the meeting. 71 members participated in the meeting and 5 new members joined the Association. The House observed two minutes’ silence to pay homage to the veteran Leader and AGS of AICGPA, Pune. Then the new members S/Shri C. M. Urolagin, V. T. Divate, A. V. Sabrad from Kolhapur and Shri M. D. Yadav from Sangli and Shri P. A. Patil from Karad were welcomed by the President and Secretary. Branch Secretary… [To read the full report, please view Maharashtra State Section of State News Page of this website].

22.07.2019:

SUBMISSION OF ANNUAL LIFE CERTIFICATE BY THE SENIOR PENSIONERS OF 80 YEARS AND ABOVE IN AGE- GOVERNMENT RELAXES RULE:

Considering the difficulties of the Senior Pensioners 80 years and above in submission of their Annual Life Certificate, Government has now issued Orders permitting them to submit Life Certificate one month in advance. These Senior Pensioners have been allowed to give their Life Certificate w.e.f. 1st October every year instead of November which would be valid till 30th November of the subsequent year.  View the DoP&PW letter

22.07.2019:

GRANT OF CONSEQUENTIAL BENEFITS TO THE TES GROUP B OFFICERS/SDEs TELECOM WHOSE SENIORITY HAS BEEN REVISED AS PER PARA 206 OF P&T MANUAL VOLUME-IV ON THE DIRECTION OF SUPREME COURT- AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM):

Now that BSNL has circulated a letter to all the Circles indicating therein that BSNL is now going to process the case for extending the consequential benefits only to those TES Group B Officers who were ordered to be promoted by BSNL to AGM(T) grade after its formation, AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) so that DOT immediately settles the case for extending consequential benefits to those senior TES Group B Officers whose promotion orders to DE grade on adhoc basis were issued by Department of Telecommunications much earlier to formation of BSNL. The Association has pointed out that if the consequential benefits to these TES Group B Officers, who were promoted by DOT before formation of BSNL and whose names find place in the revised Seniority List above the names of those promoted subsequently by BSNL, is not settled before hand, series of anomalies and discrimination will crop up inviting even more litigations.  View the letter

20.07.2019:

IMPLEMENTATION OF SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT ON SENIORITY OF THE TES GROUP B OFFICERS/SDE TELECOM AS PER RULE-206 OF P&T MANUAL VOLUME-IV AND GRANT OF CONSEQUENTIAL BENEFITS THEREOF:

Under pressure, BSNL Corporate Office has finally initiated action, though in a controversial manner, to grant consequential benefits to the TES Group B Officers/SDEs Telecom whose names are figuring in the revised Seniority Lists. It has also circulated the list of orders for promotion issued to AGM (T) grade, both on adhoc and regular basis, since formation of BSNL and has asked the Circles to provide copy of promotion orders issued, if any, left out in the list, in order to process the case for granting consequential benefits. However, nothing has been mentioned about the cases of those whose adhoc promotion Orders were issued by DOT before formation of BSNL and whose names also find place in the revised Seniority Lists. Unless the cases of the old promotees in DE grade, who are seniors, are not processed and settled, series of anomalies will crop up in the manner in which BSNL plans to move.  View the BSNL letter

20.07.2019:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DDG(ESTT), DOT REQUESTING EARLY SETTLEMENT OF THE CASE OF SHRI SHANKAR SINGH YADAV, RETD JTO OF MAHARASHTRA TELECOM CIRCLE REGARDING GRANT OF NOTIONAL PROMOTION AFTER HIS RETIREMENT ON HIS ACQUITAL FROM THE CHARGES IN TERMS OF DOP&T OM NO. 22011/3/2013-Estt. (D) DATED 25.01.2016:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to DDG(Estt), Department of Telecommunications on the above issue, quoting the office letter No. DOP&PW No. 4/04/2019-P&PW(D)/41014 dated 09.04.2019 of DOP&PW wherein the original representation of the Association addressed to Secretary (Pension), DOP&PW was enclosed for taking necessary action as per extant rules on our representation [View postings dated 25.03.2019 and 31.04.2019 in this website to read the representation of the Association and the response from DOP&PW respectively]. The Association has now requested “for early settlement of the case and also to intimate the progress made to render justice to 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

19.07.2019:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE CASE OF SHRI V VELAPPAN, RETD DGM, TAMILNADU CIRCLE REGARDING NON-REFUND OF HIS GPF CONTRIBUTIONS AND INETEREST ACCRUED THEREON FOR THE PERIOD OF NOVEMBER 1986 TO SEPTEMBER 1990:

AIBSNLREA had earlier taken up this issue with Secretary (Pension) with copy endorsed to Secretary (Telecom) [View posting dated 10.05.2019 in this website to read the letter]. This representation from the Association was duly acknowledged by the Office of the Secretary (Telecom), but the issue is still not resolved. Therefore. Association has again taken up the issue with Secretary (Telecom) requesting her intervention so that Shri Velappan, Retd DGM “gets back his GPF contributions with accrued interest for the period November 1986 to September 1990 without any further delay”.  View the letter

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