Site Updated on 24.07.2016
'Being a responsible pensioners’ association, we cannot celebrate when all the BSNL Pensioners bleed. We cannot think of adding salt to the wound of those pensiones who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 by celebrating when their right to get pay fixation w.e.f. 01.01.2007 on actual basis has been denied, payment of enhanced DCRG, Leave Encashment, Commuted Value of Pension and pay arrears snatched away. We cannot celebrate when the pre-2007 pensioners are denied their pension arrears from 01.01.2007 to 09.06.2013 and the post 10.06.2013 pensioners are deprived of their pay arrears between 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013. Let others enjoy, celebrate, call this their victory despite the fact that the pensioners are bleeding due to their back-stabbing, but our Association will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the wound of the pensioners is healed and the bleeding stops once for all. We shall certainly celebrate, but only when all get justice.'
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BSNL PENSIONERS BLEED – SOME CELEBRATE, CALL THIS THEIR VICTORY
AIBSNLREA LODGES PROTEST AGAINST DOT’S DECISION TO DEPRIVE THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS OF THEIR LEGITIMATE DUES ON ACCOUNT OF PAY/PENSION AREEARS, DCRG, LEAVE ENCHAHMENT AND COMMUTATION VALUE OF PENSION WHILE EXTENDING THE FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 78.2% DA:On behalf of the members of the Association and also on behalf those absorbed BSNL pensioners, who are convinced that the decision of DOT on the above issue depriving them the benefit of regular fixation of pay/pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA as on 1.1.2007 is totally unjust and unfair, AIBSNLREA has conveyed to Secretary (T) and MOSC&IT its total disapproval of the said decision and lodged strong protest for depriving the consequential benefits of pay/pension arrears, DCRG, Leave Encashment and Commuted Value of Pension by unilaterally terming the fixation as “notional”. The Association has added that ‘this decision of the DOT to deprive the pensioners of their right to get their legitimate dues goes against the very assertion by our Hon’ble Prime Minister, which he conveyed through his Message to the Elders dated March 31st 2015, that “My Government is thus committed to ensuring that your golden years are spent happily, peacefully and meaningfully”. Therefore, we cannot be expected to spend our days happily, peacefully and meaningfully in the face of such raw deal by Department of Telecommunications’. View the letter
ANNULMENT OF PENSION LIABILITY ON 60:40 RATIO - IS IT A BANE OR BOON?:A few days back we had reported in this site that Shri S Ratnasubramanian, AGS, AIBSNLREA, through his new ‘Write Up’ which is now under finalization, is creating a ground for a debate and discussion whether the recent decision of the Government to annul the pension liability Order to share the responsibility between DOT and BSNL on 60:40 ratio for payment of pension is really a boon or bane. The 'Write-Up' has now been finalised and is published here for initiating the debate. View the Write-Up
DOT ISSUES ORDERS IMPLEMENTING CABINET DECISION ON MODIFYING LIABILITY OF BSNL TOWARDS PAYMENT OF PENSIONERY BENEFITS TO THE RETIRED EMPLOYEES:DoT has issued order implementing the cabinet decision on 5.7.2016 by annulling the condition that the annual pension liability of the government shall not exceed 60% of the annual receipts to Government from the items specified in the O.M.dated 15.6.2006. View the DoT letter
IS THE DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT TO ANNUL PENSION LIABILITY BETWEEN DOT AND BSNL A BOON OR BANE:Shri S Ratnasubramanian, AGS, AIBSNLREA, through his new ‘Write UP’ which is now under finalization, is creating a ground for a debate and discussion whether the recent decision of the Government to annul the pension liability Order to share the responsibility between DOT and BSNL on 60:40 ratio for payment of pension is really a boon or bane. Drawing a parallel between MTNL and BSNL, he has pointed out how the share value of MTNL in the market soared immediately after the Government took a decision to take over the entire pension liability of MTNL pensioners retrospectively w.e.f. 1.10.2000 - by covering MTNL too under Rule 37A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 – though neither the quality of service in MTNL improved nor it made any financial recovery. Similarly, the Government which was planning for disinvestment of BSNL has not only been claiming financial turn-around by BSNL for the last two years wherein it was told that BSNL made operating profit of about 674 crores in the financial year 2014-15 and 2000 crores in the financial year 2015-16. Who knows that this was not a confidence building measure among the investors ? Now the present decision to annul the pension liability arrangement between DOT and BSNL could add strength to that attempt to build confidence building in the investors that BSNL will not have any liability for the pensioners at any given point of time. As a pensioner, we know that despite existence of this pension liability arrangement, no retiree ever was disallowed of his pension nor payment of pension to any existing pensioner was stopped or delayed. Even the proposal for revision of pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA in the present form as approved by the Cabinet was cleared by Department of Expenditure as back as on 15.10.2014. It is another story that DOT did not move with Cabinet Note at that time despite the advice from DOE – perhaps DOT wanted to include the issue of annulment of pension liability arrangement in the same Cabinet Memo keeping an eye for the future. Now a news item appearing in Indian Express that Government now prepares itself for disinvestment of BSNL gives credence to the above apprehension. May be the Government is now assured that with the news of BSNL’s return to the path of profit-making and BSNL having no liability towards pensioners would allow the BSNL’s shares to fetch higher value. View the News item
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH DDG(ESTT), DOT THE DIFFICULTIES BEING FACED IN THE FIELD UNITS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF DOP&PW OM REGARDING DELINKING OF 33 YEARS OF QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR REVISION OF PENSION IN RESPECT OF PRE-2006 ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Dy. Director General (Estt), Department of Telecommunications and others regarding the difficulties being faced in the field units for implementation of DOP&PW OM dated 06.04.2016 duly endorsed by DOT on 05.05.2016 in respect of absorbed pre-2006 absorbed BSNL pensioners. Some units are doubting its applicability in case of the absorbed BSNL pensioners and some are asking for the endorsement by BSNL. AIBSNLREA has requested DDG(Estt) to resolve the issue at the earliest. View the letter
OFFICE BEARERS OF AIBSNLREA CHENNAI BRANCH MEET CGMT TAMILNADU CIRCLE AND IFA OF TAMILNADU CIRCLE:Office bearers of AIBSNLREA Chennai Branch, S/Shri V.Dakshinamoorthy President, L.Sundararaman, Secretary and R.R.Balasubramanian Asst. Secretary, along with CHQ President Shri V.Chinnapappiah and AGS Shri S.Ratnasubramanian met CGMT Tamilnadu Circle yesterday and requested her to ensure early implementation of revision of pension of those who retired prior to 10.6.2013 as ordered by DoT and also offered to provide secretarial assistance if required in the process. CGMT expressed happiness over the offer and wanted the office bearers to discuss the matter with the PGM (F), the IFA of the Circle. Later all the office bearers met PGM (F) and placed the same request and their willingness to provide secretarial assistance in pension revision work. He said that the list of pensioners, in respect of circle office, who retired prior to 10.6.2013 has already been taken and he will send detailed instructions to all SSAs for early implementation of the pension revision as soon as BSNL endorses DoT order. He appreciated the offer for secretarial assistance and said he will take a decision after discussing with the CGM. The office bearers conveyed to him that similar assistance can be offered in the SSAs too. Later the issue of revised pay fixation on promotion with 3% notional increment instead of equivalent of the previous increment was discussed and he was requested to do the needful to revise the fixation and pay arrears to all those who retired after 1.1.2007, since action has already been taken for serving employees and arrears have been paid. PGM (F) said that though revised fixation has been done for serving employees, CCA is objecting to it and is reversing the benefit at the time of retirement on the plea that the concerned DoT letter has not been endorsed to CCAs. Office bearers of AIBSNLREA Chennai however requested him to process the case for pensioners stating that they will meet CCA too on the issue and try to convince him.
CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONE FACILITIES TO THE BSNL PENSIONERS - AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL ON FEW ASPECTS OF THE ISSUE:Based on the discussions In the All India Conference of AIBSNLREA held on 2nd and 3rd July, 2016 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on various aspects of the concessional telephone facilities to the absorbed BSNL pensioners, AIBSNLREA has written a letter to CMD, BSNL high lighting those issues and requesting him to resolve the same. View the letter
AIBSNLREA SENDS THE MAIN RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED IN THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION HELD ON 2nd AND 3rd JULY, 2016 IN BHUBANESWAR TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, OTHER CONCERNED MINISTERS AND CMD, BSNL:In the All India Conference of AIBSNLREA held on 2nd and 3rd July, 2016 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha some resolutions were adopted on some grievances of the pensioners in general and absorbed BSNL pensioners in particular which remained unresolved for quite a long time despite the Association taking up these issues time and again. These resolutions have since been sent to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, other concerned Ministers and CMD, BSNL for their personal interventions. View the letter View the Resolutions
DOT ISSUES ORDER ON REVISION OF PENSION FOR PRE-10.6.2013 BSNL PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS:Implementing the decision of the Cabinet, DoT has issued orders revising pension of BSNL pensioners/family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.6.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay/Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/DR for the purpose of fitment. According to the DoT order, the exercise to extend benefit of these orders to the pensioners/family pensioners is to be completed by 31.12.2016. View the DoT order
STATE BODY OF AIBSNLREA, MAHARASHTRA FORMED:A meeting of the delegates from all the Branches of AIBSNLREA from Maharashtra who assembled at Bhubaneswar to participate in the AIC was held at the same venue on 3.7.2016 in presence of S/Shri S.Basu, General Secretary and P R Bhujbal, Vice-President, AIBSNLREA. Shri D.K. Joshi, Joint Secretary, AIBSNLREA presided over the meeting. The participants emphasized the need to form a State Body and unanimously elected a State Body. S/Shri P C Dubey and V G Dakhode were elected as the President and State Secretary respectively. Shri P D Rahulkar is the Financial Secretary of the State Body. View the full list of office bearers
ODISHA STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS GB MEETING:Odisha State Branch of AIBSNLREA held its General Body Meeting in the Conference Room of Hotel Prangan by Mango Hotels, Bhubaneswar on 30.06.2016. Shri S Basu, General Secretary, AIBSNLREA addressed the gathering. The members raised doubts on some pensioners problems and the General Secretary replied their queries. A new State body was formed in the meeting with Shri Sanatan Das as the State President and Shri P K Mohanty as State Secretary. Shri N Mahapatra was elected as the Finance Secretary. View the full list of office bearers
PALAKKAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS ANNUAL GB MEETING:Palakkad Branch (Kerala State) held its General Body meeting on 21.06.2016 at Top Town Auditorium, Palakkad. The Branch Secretary gave information on the ongoing issues. Members participated in large numbers in the meeting and took part in the discussions. Two new members joined the Association. Later election of new Office Bearers of the Branch was held. S/Shri K Haridasan and P Prabhakaran and K C Venkatichalam were elected as President, Secretary and Financial Secretary in that order View the full list of office bearers
EXPEDITIOUS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ORDERS BEING ISSUED FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 50% DA AMOUNTING TO 78.2% IDA FOLLOWING APPROVAL ACCORDED TO THE PROPOSAL BY CABINET:In order to expedite implementation of the Orders to be issued for revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners who retired before 10.06.2013 with fitment benefit by merger of 50% DA amounting of 78.2% IDA, AIBSNLREA has suggested application of the same method for the pre-2007 BSNL pensioners that was followed in pursuance to the instructions issued by DOP&PW for revision of pension of the pre-2006 Government pensioners wherein the pension disbursing authorities including public sector banks were authorized to pay the revised pension without waiting for further authorization by the CCAs. The PPOs of these pensioners could also be prepared and sent by the CCAs at the earliest. In respect of other BSNL pensioners, whose revised pension cannot be paid unless the revised PPOs are issued on the basis of their notional pay-fixation and thereafter revised pension fixation, the entire process should be expedited to issue their PPOs without delay and make the payment. View the letter
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL ABOUT ABNORMAL DELAY IN SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL BILLS FOR INDOOR TREATMENT IN DHANBAD SSA OF JHARKHAND TELECOM CIRCLE:AIBSNLREA has since addressed Director (HR), BSNL bringing to her notice about non-settlement of claims for reimbursement of medical bills for indoor treatment submitted by the BSNL pensioners which are pending over past one year in the office of General Manager, Dhanbad Telecom District, Jharkhand Telecom Circle. The Association points out to the clear instructions issued by her to settle such bills within one month of their submissions and urges her to intervene. View the letter
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE OF NON-SETTLEMENT OF THE CASE FOR REVISION OF COMMUTATION OF SHRI DEODHARI LAL DAS, RETD AGM, ODISHA CIRCLE:AIBSNLREA has since taken up the issue regarding non-settlement of revision of commutation of Shri Deodhari Lal Das, Retd AGM, Odisha Circle in the line of the clarification issued by DOT vide its F.No. 40-16/2012-Pen (T) dated 10.06.2013. The issue is pending in the office of CCA, Odisha Circle since long. The Association has requested for the intervention of DDG(Estt), DOT in the matter. View the letter
NON-ISSUE OF PRESIDENTIAL ORDERS FOR ABSORPTION IN BSNL – AIBSNLREA WRITES TO MEMBER (SERVICES) TO INTERVENE:AIBSNLREA has written a letter to Member (Services) in the matter of non-issue of Presidential Orders for absorption in BSNL in respect of S/Shri B S Patel, Retd SDE, B I Bhatt, Retd SDE and M G Malek, Retd SDE, all from Gujarat who were acquitted of the charges by the court and their cases for absorption in BSNL are still pending. The Association has requested for intervention of Member (Service) for early issue of the Presidential Orders for their absorption. View the letter
AIBSNLREA, EAST GODAVARI BRANCH (AP STATE) MEET THE NEW SR. GENERAL MANAGER, EAST GODAVARI SSA:Representatives of East Godavary District Branch of AIBSNLREA met Shri John Chrisostom, the new Senior GMTD, East Godavari SSA to pay a courtesy visit at 11.30 hrs on 12.07.2016. The Sr GMTD recollected his association with S/Shri Ch Gandhi, OS( South) and GV Rama Krishna, President. The Sr GMTD also shared his views with S/Shri Kodanada Rao A, Rajagopala Rao, C Rama Krishna, S Satya Narayana and KBS Naidu. The Senior General Manager Telecom also assured the DS that he will take initiative in settling all the issues of the pensioners including 78.2% fixation as soon the orders are received. S/Sri Ramesh Babu, DGM (Admin), Subba Rao D, DGM (PLG), and Narayana. DGM (Cellone) also participated in the meeting.
QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, EAST GODAVARI BRANCH HELD:Quarterly General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, East Godavari Branch (AP State) was held on 11-07-2016 at Hotel RL Grand Kakinada under the president ship of Shri GV Rama Krishna. The DS welcomed Shri Ch Gandhi, CHQ Organizing Secretary (South) on to the dais. Shri GV Rama Krishna enlightened about the AIC held at Bhubaneswar to the members. The DS gave detailed report on the AIC and explained how the deliberations went on and the resolutions made. The house discussed the 78.2% DA merger issue and on the notional fixation of pay till the date of retirement and arrears there off for pre and post 2007 pensioners/family pensioners. [ For full text of the Report, please visit Andhra Pradesh State section of State News page in this website]
AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP WITH DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE THE ISSUE OF GRANTING ONE NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PENSIONARY BENEFIT TO THE PENSIONERS COMPLETING ONE FULL YEAR’S SERVICE BUT FAILING TO EARN THE ANNUAL INCREMENT WHICH FALL ON THE FOLLOWING DAY AFTER RETIREMENT:AIBSNLREA has taken up the above issue with Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) which earlier turned down the request. The Association has now clarified that it did not suggested to tinker with the Government’s decision to have July 1 of the year as the uniform and single date for granting annual increment to its employees. The Association has further added that it only requested for allowing one notional increment solely for the purpose of pensionary benefits to those employees who complete full one year’s service but fail to draw the annual increment since it falls on the very next day of their retirement. The Association has requested the DOE to examine the issue afresh and cause issue of an order. View the letter
PAY FIXATION OF EXECUTIVES ON PROMOTION AND CONSEQUENT RE-FIXATION OF PENSION OF POST 2007 RETIREES IN EXECUTIVE CADRES:While conveying the decision of the Government on the recommendations of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee, DPE vide its OM No.2 (70)/08-DPE (WC) dated 26.11.2008 had stipulated that, while fixing pay on promotion for an Executive, “One notional increment equal to the increment being drawn by the executive in the pay scale, before such promotion would be granted and pay fixed in the promoted pay scale and rounded off to the next multiple of Rs.10.” BSNL implemented this stipulation in respect of its Executives. Whereas in respect of non-executives, according to BSNL letter No. 1-16/2010-PAT (BSNL) dated 07.05.2010, “… On promotion, one notional increment equal to 3% of the existing basic pay rounded off to the next multiple of Rs.10 was granted and pay fixed in the promoted pay scale.”
After one of the Executives’ Associations i.e. AIBSNLOA continuously pursued the issue, BSNL vide its letter No.1-05/2015-PAT (BSNL) dated 19.1.2016 conveyed DoT’s clarification that the notional increment @ 3% of the existing basic pay may be granted for fixation of pay on promotion of the Executives. But BSNL, while implementing the said DOT order, allowed this benefit notionally w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and actually from 6.1.2016. The same Executives Association again raised the issue with BSNL for extending the benefit on actual basis from 1.1.2007. Finally, BSNL issued orders vide its letter No.1-05/2015-PAT (BSNL) dated 4.4.2016 allowing the fixation from 1.1.2007 on actual basis.
In many circles, the Executives got their pay fixed on promotion giving a notional increment equal to the increment drawn by the executive, thereby drawing roughly 0.1% less on every subsequent increments. This accumulated on every subsequent promotion and hence affected the pensionary benefits though marginally. In a few circles, where fixation was initially done with notional increment @ 3% of the existing basic pay, re-fixation was done subsequently and recoveries were made. Now that orders have been issued straightening the position, all the post 2007 pensioners who were granted post based or time bound promotions, are to be benefitted both in terms of their pay fixation and pension fixation. The matter was discussed in the All India Conference held at Bhubaneswar on 2nd and 3rd July 2016. It was decided that all the affected pensioners who retired after 1.1.2007 and falling in one of the above two categories should submit their representations and that the local/State office-bearers may pursue the matter with the Circle/SSA Administration and the Circle CCA concerned for revised pay fixation with arrears and also for revised fixation of pension along with arrears. All affected Executives are requested to download the format of representation as applicable to them and submit them along with the required details and copies of the two BSNL letters immediately to the BSNL administration concerned. View BSNL letter dated 19.01.2016 View BSNL letter dated 04.04.2016 Download the model representations
QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, KOLHAPUR BRANCH:Quarterly General Body meeting of Kolhapur Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 10th July 2016 in Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall. Kolhapur with Shri L M Godi, President in the Chair. Meeting started with Prayer. 41 members attended the meeting. President welcomed all the Members including new Member Shri Kambale from Jishingpur, and informed the agenda of this meeting. He further informed the house about election of Shri DK Joshi as the Jt. Secretary, CHQ. He also informed that Shri PS Kulkarni and Shri. NC Jain were elected as the CWC Member and Organizing Secretary respectively of Maharashtra Circle in the adhoc body that was formed in the AIC Venue itself. Members greeted the all the three and wished them success. [ For full text of the Report, please visit Maharashtra page of State News page]
OFFICE-BEARERS OF AIBSNLREA COIMBATORE BRANCH MEET PRINCIPAL GENERAL MANAGER, COIMBATORE:After formation of the AIBSNLREA branch at Coimbatore, Shri M. Ponnuswami, President, Shri R. Damodaran, Secretary, Shri J. Ramalingam, Finance Secretary and Shri K.Sivakumaran, Assistant Secretary met Shri D. Sivaraj, Principal General Manager, BSNL, Coimbatoreon on 1st July, 2016 in his chamber and submitted the list of Office Bearers of AIBSNLREA Coimbatore Branch. Although it was meant to be a courtesy call, the PGM took this opportunity to discuss with the retired executives regarding various issues on the growth of BSNL. As a responsible retired executives’ association, the office-bearers offered to render the services of retired executives to BSNL wherever and what manner it is feasible. PGM appreciated the offer and wanted service in the maintenance of FTTH, OF cable and local cable maintenance in selected areas of the SSA. PGM recalled the performances of Shri K.Sivakumaran, Shri D. Ramesh and Shri R. Damodaran during their service in the fields of OF cable maintenance and FTTH and said that they can come forward to maintain FTTH on selected areas and offered to give the work on MOU basis without need for tender. But the office-bearers of AIBSNLREA just wanted to extend their service without any expectations and informed the PGM that they will discuss the matter and convey specific ways in which they can help. Shri J. Ramalingam, Finance Secretary then gave a few inputs on sales & marketing and the PGM noted down the points in his diary. The 20 minutes meeting ended with the office-bearers thanking the PGM for sparing some time with them.
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE REGARDING NON-ROUNDING OFF FRACTION OF A RUPEE TO THE NEXT HIGHER RUPEE TO DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS BY PR. CCA, TAMILNADU CIRCLE DURING LAST PENSION REVISION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS IN THE YEAR 2013:As per Rule 49/4 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, the amount of pension shall be expressed in whole rupee and where the pension contains a fraction of a rupee it shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee. Recently, DOP&PW vide its OM No. 38/8/15-P&PW(A) dated 16.04.2015 have reiterated the same position. But the Principal CCA, Tamilnadu Circle during last pension revision in the year 2013 did not round off the fraction of a rupee to the next higher rupee which resulted in fixation of pension by one rupee less. In order to get all such revised PPOs rectified and avoid further wrong fixation in future, AIBSNLREA has taken up the issue with Member (Services) and others. It has requested Member (Services) that “Now that another revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners is expected soon following approval of DOT’s proposal for revision of pension of all those absorbed BSNL pensioners who retired prior to 10.06.2013 by the Cabinet, it is time that all the CCAs are advised to strictly comply with the above referred provision in the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 and the OM dated 16.04.2016 issued by DOP&PW while revising the pension. The Pr. CCA, Tamilnadu Circle may kindly be specifically advised to rectify the old revised Pension Payment Orders in which fraction of a rupee was not rounded off to the next higher rupee”. View the letter View the DoP&PW OM
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO MINISTER OF STATE FOR COMMUNICATIONS & IT ABOUT NON-HOLDING OF PENSION ADALATS BY THE CCAs ON REGULAR BASIS AND NON-APPOINTMENT OF NODAL OFFICERS IN BSNL OFFICES:AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Minister of State for Communications & IT (Independent Charge) about non-functioning of the mechanisms for redressal of the Grievances of the pensioners in DOT and BSNL. The Association has pointed out that the CCAs are not holding quarterly Pension Adalats despite clear instructions from DOT. Similarly, BSNL has not appointed any Nodal Officer for redressal of grievances of the pensioners in its offices. The Association has sought the intervention of the MOS for Communications & IT so that that Pension Adalats are being held strictly on quarterly strictly by the CCA Units of DOT and the BSNL appoints the Nodal Officers in its Corporate Office and also in its field Units for redressal of grievances of the absorbed pensioners. View the letter
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE OF NON-GRANT OF SECOND ACP TO THE ELIGIBLE SDEs (CIVIL) BY CIVIL WING OF WEST BENGAL TELECOM CIRCLE WITH MINISTER OF STATE FOR (PP):Seeking for an early redressal of the grievance of the affected retired SDEs (Civil) of West Bengal Telecom Circle BSNL, AIBSNLREA now seeks the intervention of Minister of State for (PP), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare with a copy endorsed to Minister of State for Communications & IT and others. The Association writes that “….. we earnestly appeal to your kind self to intervene in the matter so that Department of Telecommunications and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited take immediate action not only to restore the benefit of 2nd ACP to all the 16 retired SDEs (Civil) which was withdrawn arbitrarily and in violation of the rules/orders by the West Bengal Circle of BSNL vide its No. 11-6/2007-CEEZ/1093 dated 26.05.2009, but it also extends the benefit to other eligible retired SDEs (Civil)”. View the letter
UTTAR PRASDESH STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD ITS AGB ON JULY 25, 2016 AT LUCKNOW:Uttar Pradesh State Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding its Annual General Body Meeting at 10.30 AM sharp on 25.07.2016 in Uma Nath Bali Praksha Griha, Lucknow. Delegates from all the Branches and other members will join the meeting. General Secretary Shri S Basu will also be attending the meeting. View the Notice for the AGB
FIRST ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA HELD WITH GRANDIOSE AND ENTHUSIASM:The first All India Conference of AIBSNLREA concluded its proceedings on Sunday evening after two days’ deliberations on 2nd July and 3rd July 2016 at Hotel Prangan by Mango in Bhubaneswar with Vote of Thanks by Shri V.Chinnapappiah, the newly elected President. The Conference witnessed participation by retired BSNL Executives with the same liveliness, interest, enthusiasm and excitement as was witnessed during the days when they were in service. Deliberations were as purposeful and focused as it used to be in their younger years. Confusion created by demand by other pensioners‘ associations on various issues, particularly in respect of their much hyped demand for 7th CPC fitment benefit to BSNL pensioners was cleared and every participant has returned back with clarity and contentment regarding AIBSNLREA’s stand on the issues. A Special Session was also held on Saturday evening with the CGMT Odisha Circle, former CGMT Odisha Circle, Joint CCA, Odisha, Sr. GM and GM (HR) of Odisha circle as Special Invitees. There were lively discussions on many issues, proposals to amend the Rules and Regulations and resolutions moved by the branches and states. Branch Secretaries’ report added color to the proceedings. New office-bearers were elected unanimously.
View GS Report
View new office-bearers list
View a brief report on Special Session
View Photos of Special Session
[All these documents/photos are permanently available in the left column under 'AIC - BHUBANESWAR']
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2016:DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.7.2016 from 112.4% to 114.8% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007. Click Here for the orders
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2016:DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.7.2016 from 258.6% to 262.6% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997. Click Here for the orders
E-JOURNAL JULY 2016 ISSUE:July 2016 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
CABINET APPROVES FITMENT BENEFIT OF 78.2% TO BSNL PENSIONERS AND ALSO ANNULES 60:40 SHARING OF PENSION LIABILITY BETWEEN DOT AND BSNL:The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the revision of pension of BSNL pensioners and family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay/ Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/DR for the purpose of fitment, and (ii) Modifying the liability of BSNL towards the payment of pensionary benefits to the retired employees. The pension of BSNL pensioners/family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 has been revised w.e.f. 01.01.2007 notionally with actual benefit w.e.f. 10.06.2013, by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay/ Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/DR for the purpose of fitment at par with the serving employees of BSNL. However, increase in the amount of DCRG, leave encashment and commutation of pension in respect of these pensioners shall not be increased on this account. The pension liability in respect of employees of Department of Telecommunications (DOT) / Department of Telecom Services (DTS) / Department of Telecom Operations (DTO) who retired prior to 01.10.2000 is solely borne by Government of India and the BSNL will have no liability in respect of these employees. In respect of employees who are absorbed in BSNL, the liability on account of pensionary benefits shall be fully borne by Government while BSNL will continue to discharge pension liability by way of pension contribution in accordance with FR-116 for the period they so work/worked. The revision entails an estimated recurring annual expenditure of approximately Rs 129.63 crore for pensioners and Rs 24.93 crore for family pensioners and arrears from 2013-14 would be Rs 239.92 crore approximately for pensioners and Rs 44.62 Crore approximately for family pensioners. Approximately118500 pensioners all over India will be benefitted by this revision. This revision will fulfill the long pending demand of revision of pension of BSNL absorbed employees who retired prior to 10.06.2013 and will bring the pensioners at par with the serving employees of BSNL by removing the anomalies. It will help in reducing the financial burden of BSNL and removing prospects of industrial unrest in BSNL while fulfilling the commitment of Government.
Background: The decision of the Cabinet has come in the wake of an anomalous situation created in the difference of pension formula among the BSNL retirees who retired before and after 10.06.2013. Further, the decision regarding pensionary liability is on persistent demand from various quarters and a series of deliberations at different levels to fulfill the assurance given by the Government before corporatization i.e. before formation of BSNL.
INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2016:According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to be increased w.e.f. 1.7.2016 by 2.4% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 4% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
CABINET APPROVES IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION:The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on pay and pensionary benefits. It will come into effect from 01.01.2016. The cabinet has in general accepted most of the recommendations of the 7th CPC. For the purpose of revision of pay and pension, a fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices. After taking into account the DA at prevailing rate, the salary/pension of all government employees/pensioners will be raised by at least 14.29 % as on 01.01.2016. Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs. 10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %. This is in line with one of our submissions to the seventh CPC. The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation. Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months. View the Cabinet Decision
AIBSNLREA BRANCH FORMED IN TIRUNELVELI, TAMILNADU:Inaugural meeting of AIBSNLREA Tirunelveli Branch, Tamilnadu was held on 21st June 2016 and Shri SSA Samsu Mohideen, Retd.SDE, Shri S.Arumugam, Retd. JTO and Shri S.Muthukumar, Retd. JTO were elected as President, Secretary and Finance Secretary respectively. Shri Meenakshisundaram Retd. SDE was elected as delegate to the AIC to be held at Bhubaneswar.
ALLOWING NOTIONAL ANNUAL INCREMENT TO THE PENSIONERS WHO COMPLETE ONE FULL YEAR’S SERVICE ON THE DATE OF THEIR RETIREMENT BUT FAIL TO GET THEIR ANNUAL INCREMENT WHICH FALL ON THE NEXT DAY OF THEIR RETIREMENT:Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) has not agreed to AIBSNLREA’s request to allow grant of notional annual increment to the pensioners who complete full one year’s service on the date of their retirement but fail to earn normal increment since the date of next increment falls on the very next day of their retirement. The issue was taken up by the Association with Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T) which had forwarded the representation to Ministry of Finance. The Association had taken up this case to enable such pensioners to get benefit of fixation of pension. View the MOF letter
BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA AT HAMIRPUR IN HIMACHAL PRADESH STATE FORMED:A branch of AIBSNLREA at Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh State was formed with the following Office bearers:- 1. President: Shri Kanshi Ram Chouhan, DE (Retd), 2. Branch Secretary: Shri D.L.R.Daroch, AGM (Retd), 3. Financial Secretary: Shri S.L.Syal, Retd, DE (Retd), 4. Organizing Secretary: Shri Puranchand, DE (Retd), 5. Executive Committee Member: Shri Chuni Lal, DE (Retd).
BENEFIT OF PAY FIXATION TO THE ABSORBED GROUP C & D EMPLOYEES OF BSNL IN TERMS OF AN OPTION TO RETAIN GOVERNMENT PAY SCALE TILL THEIR PROMOTION OR RETIREMENT WHICHEVER IS EARLIER – AIBSNLREA WRITES TO GM(ESTT), BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE TO SUPPLY THE REQUISITE INFORMATION AS ASKED FOR BY DOT:Having received the information that Department of Telecommunication had asked BSNL Corporate Office to supply some information as wanted by Internal Finance Division of DOT and DOP&PW to examine the above issue, AIBSNLREA has since requested General Manager (Estt), BSNL Corporate Office to supply the requisite information early to DOT. View the letter
AIBSNLREA, EAST GODAVARI BRANCH FELICITATES GMTD:The members of East Godavari Branch of AIBSNLREA felicitated GMTD East Godavari District Sri A Sreenivasa Rao on his request transfer to Visakhapatnam at 10.30hrs on 23-06-2016. He did a lot to help the pensioners. All the five hospitals in the SSA are empanelled because of his personal initiative. All the medical bills upto February 2016 were also cleared in the month of March 2016, because of his personal intervention. Earlier, the medical bills were not being cleared in the SSA for years together due to several reasons. He used to clear the applications seeking permission for indoor treatment within no time. The delegation of the members thanked and honored him with shawl and presented a bouquet on behalf of the Association. View photographs
DOP&PW ISSUES ACTION TAKEN REPORT ON THE DECISIONS TAKEN IN THE 27TH MEETING OF SCOVA:DOP&PW has issued the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the decisions taken on various items in the agenda discussed in the 27th Meeting of SCOVA. The ATR seems to contain old status and further progress on the issues could be known only after the same are discussed in the ensuing meeting to be held on 27th June, 2016. The items listed against SL No. 2 (Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-CGHS areas), 5 (Anomaly in fixation of pension to DoT employees absorbed in BSNL, who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.7.2001), 6 (Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners) and 10 ( Extension of CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees – Issue of follow up orders by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and fixation of rates of contribution and ward entitlement by Department of Telecom) are of greater interest to the absorbed BSNL pensioners. The ATR, issued vide DOP&PW OM No. 42-05/2016-P&PW(G) dated 22.06.2016, specially with reference to above items may be read to know the details. View extract from ATR
DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S LETTER IN THE MATTER OF ISSUE OF IDENTITY CARD TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS TO DOT:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since forwarded AIBSNLREA’s letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2016/19 dated 18.05.2016, about inaction by DOT to get the Identity Cards issued to the absorbed BSNL pensioners in the revised format and linking the Aadhar number as prescribed in DOP&PW No. 41/21/2000-P&PW(D) dated 12.08.2015 [view posting dated 20.6.2015 in this website to read the letter]. DOP&PW has asked DOT to take further necessary action on the matter. The letter was addressed by the Association to Secretary (Pension). View the DoP&PW letter
28th MEETING OF SCOVA TO THE HELD ON 27th JUNE, 2016:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since notified that the 28th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) will be held under the chairmanship of Minister of State ( PP) at 11 AM on 27th June, 2016 in New Delhi. Action Taken Report of last meeting is yet to be circulated.
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION), DOP&PW REQUESTING ISSUE OF CLARIFICATION REGARDING APPLICABILITY OF THE EXISTING ORDER ON CALCULATION OF PENSION FOR THE PRE-2006 PENSIONERS:In the backdrop of the OM dated 6.4.2016 issued by DOP&PW for delinking of 33 years of qualifying service for revision of pension of pre-2006 Pensioners, AIBSNLREA has requested Secretary (Pension) to issue clarification “whether the existing order on calculation of pension to the retiring employees as 50% of the emolument or average of last 10 months emoluments whichever is beneficial to the retiree stands extended to the pre-2006 pensioners also”. View the letter
NON-SANCTION OF EX-GRATIA LUMP SUM COMPENSATION TO THE FAMILY OF LATE SHRI K D MAURYA, EX-SR. SDE (OFC), JAUNPUR- AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE MATTER WITH DOT:AIBSNLREA addresses a letter to Member (Services), Telecom Commission regarding abnormal delay in sanction of lump sum compensation to the family of Late Shri K D Maurya, ex-Sr SDE(OFC), Jaunpur under NTR Delhi who expired in a road accident while on duty and travelling in a departmental vehicle on 9.5.2000. Pointing out that BSNL Corporate Office has since sent the case to the Pension Section of DOT, the Association has requested Member (Services) for expeditious issue of the sanction order for payment of ex-gratia lump sum compensation to the family of Late Shri K D Maurya. View the letter
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO PRINCIPAL CCA, DELHI REGARDING NON-PAYMENT OF FAMILY PENSION UNDER EXTRA ORDINARY PENSION RULES TO THE WIFE OF LATE SHRI K D MAURYA, EX-SR SDE (OFC), JAUNPUR:AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Principal CCA, Delhi drawing his attention to the above case in which the family pension under Extra-Ordinary Pension Rules, 1939 with enhanced pension at the rate of 60% for life has not been sanctioned till this day even after seven years of tragic death of Shri K D Maurya, ex-Sr SDE(OFC) in a road accident while on duty and travelling in a departmental vehicle. AIBSNLREA has requested for his intervention in the matter since the case has been sent to CAO (Pension) in his office for orders. View the letter
CABINET NOTE SENT TO CABINET SECRETARIAT:Finally, the cabinet note on revision of pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA for the absorbed BSNL pensioners has been sent to the cabinet secretariat today morning, with requisite number of copies.
CABINET NOTE ON REVISION OF PENSION WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS NOW ALL SET TO GO TO THE CABINET SECRETARIAT:The concerned file on the above issue which was put up to the senior Officers of DOT, after addressing the deficiencies as pointed out earlier by the Cabinet Secretariat, has since reached the Pension Section of DOT. Now efforts are being made by DOT to send the requisite number of copies of the Cabinet Note to the Cabinet Secretariat to-morrow to seek approval of the Cabinet on its proposal on revision of pension and also sharing of pension liability between DOT and BSNL.
WRITE UP ON REVISION OF PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:Just a week ago on 06.06.2016, we hosted an article in this website on revision of pension for absorbed BSNL pensioners. Since lot of confusion and hype had been created by some serving unions/associations and also by a few pensioners associations as well, we thought of a detailed and elaborate article on this issue. Since we knew that it would be a lengthy one, we split it into two parts and therefore at the end of the earlier part, we mentioned “to be continued”. But it seems that many of our viewers have already gone through the write up in detail so early and even some of them have sent their appreciation to us and asking for early release of the rest of the article as well. We appreciate the enthusiasm shown by our learned viewers in analyzing the issue. Thus, in continuation of the earlier write up, we are now hosting in our website the second part of the write up on the same subject by Shri S.Ratnasubramanian, our Joint Secretary (South). Click Here for the second part of the write-up
GOVERNMENT ISSUES GAZETTE NOTIFICATION APPOINTING THIRD PAY REVISION COMMITTEE FOR CPSE EXECUTIVES:Government of India has issued Gazette Notification conveying its decision to appoint the 3rd Pay Revision Committee in order to review and revise th existing structure of emoluments of the CPSE Executives. Justice Satish Chandra (Retd) is the Chairman of the Committee. Shri Jugal Mahopatra, Ex-IAS Officer, Prof. Manoj Panda, Director, Institute for Economic Growth and Shri Shailendra Pal Singh, Ex-Director (HR), NTPC Ltd are the Members of the Committee. While Secretary, DPE will be Ex-officio Member, Jt.Secretary/Addl.Secretary, DPE will be Member Secretary. While finalising its report, the Committee will also take into account the report of the VII Pay Commission. The Committee will make its recommendations to the Government within a period of six months from the date of its constitution. The decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Committee will take effect from 1.1.2017. View the Gazette Notification
AIBSNLREA OPENS BRANCH IN COIMBATORE, TAMILNADU:The inaugural meeting of AIBSNLREA Coimbatore Branch, Tamilnadu was held on 8.6.2016 at Sri Krishna Vilas, Coimbatore. Retired Executives of BSNL assembled and discussed about the exclusive issues faced by BSNL pensioners and decided to form AIBSNLREA branch at Coimbatore. Office-bearers were elected unanimously with Shri M.Ponnuswamy DGM (Retd) as President, Shri R.Damodaran SDE (Retd) as Secretary and Shri J.Ramalingam SDE (Retd) as Finance Secretary. Smt.V.Usha, Retd. CAO was elected as delegate of the Coimbatore branch to attend the AIC at Bhubaneswar. View the list of office-bearers
ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA AT BHUBANESWAR – ANOTHER CIRCULAR LETTER ISSUED:AIBSNLREA has now issued another circular letter mainly for the information of the participants about the AIC being held at Bhubaneswar and its arrangements. Those who are participating in the AIC must read the same. View the Circular View the OTDC packages
E-JOURNAL JUNE 2016 ISSUE:June 2016 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
REVISION OF PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:We are shocked to find that some over enthusiastic persons and Organizations are approaching DoT for taking up the revision of pension of absorbed BSNL pensioners with the Expert Committee asking for the same fitment formula for revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners as recommended by 7th CPC for the Central Government employees and its past pensioners. DOT is also being asked by some persons to revise the pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016. Another organisation apart from taking up the same issue with DoT wants to take up the same issue of pension revision of absorbed BSNL pensioners with DPE also and wants the same to be included in the terms of reference to 3rd PRC. We could only feel sorry for those who refuse to learn anything even after past experience. Whatever may be their expectation out of these proposals, their references to DoT/DPE are misplaced. One has to bear in mind that revision of pension of the past pensioners are governed under some settled principles and law. Revision of pension of past pensioners has to take place only from the date the pay scales of the serving employees are revised. The cause of action for revision of pension of BSNL absorbed pensioners arises only when the pay scales of serving employees are revised. Revision of pension of the past pensioners is directly linked with the revision of pay scales of the serving employees and also from the same date. This is not our opinion, but it is the judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court. This is therefore a settled law. Revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners is therefore due only w.e.f. 1.1.2017. It cannot be advanced to an earlier date. In this regard, we are hosting in our web site a detailed and elaborate write up on the subject by Shri S Ratnasubamanian, our Joint Secretary (South) to clear many doubts. Click Here for the write-up
EAST GODAVARI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA SUBMITS MEMORANDUM TO MOC&IT:East Godavari Branch of AIBSNLREA welcomed Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT by presenting him a bouquet at 17.30 hrs on 4.6.2016 in the Rangaraya Medical College Auditorium, Kakinada. They also submitted a Memorandum highlighting some long pending grievances of the absorbed BSNL pensioners. The delegation from the Association comprised of District President Sri GV Ramakrishna, Branch Secretary Varaprasad GSVSS, Finance Secretary Sri KBS Naidu, Shri Gandhi Ch, Shri Baby Rao, Shri Bhagiratha Rao PVV, Shri Raja Gopala Rao and Shri Satya Rao T. View the Memorandum
PAY PARITY BETWEEN BSNL AND MTNL EXECUTIVES WITH EFFECT FROM 1.1.2007:The Management Committee of BSNL is reported to have recommended replacement of E-1 to E-6 IDA Pay Scales with E-2 to E-7 IDA Scales for its Executives w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and is sending a proposal to this effect to DOT for approval. This has a great significance because ever since DOT decided in the year 2014 to allow Government pension to the MTNL Employees at par with BSNL Employees, AIBSNLREA started demanding raising of the pay scales of BSNL Executives w.e.f. 1.10.2000 to the level of the pay scales that were granted to MTNL Executives and also allow resultant benefit to the pensioners. It may be recalled that BSNL Executives were granted one stage lower pay scales compared to the pay scales granted to the Executives of MTNL. DOT had justified this decision of granting higher pay scales to MTNL Executives by stating that Government would pay pension to BSNL Employees and not to the MTNL Employees. But once the MTNL Employees have also been extended the benefit of Government pension w.e.f. 1.10.2000, there cannot be any justification for lower pay scales for BSNL Executives. Now, if DOT accepts the recommendation of BSNL to upgrade the pay scales w.e.f. 1.1.2007, the pension of some of the pre-2007 pensioners will have to be again revised. Similarly, some of the post-2007 pensioners will also get their pay and pension revised. In addition, additional benefit on account of DCRG, CVP and leave encashment will have to be extended to these post 2007 pensioners. But the disparity in pay scales/pension from 1.10.2000 to 31.12.2006 will continue. Now we are to follow further development.
FINAL CABINET NOTE ON REVISION OF PENSION:The Pension Section of DOT is still waiting to receive back the file that was submitted for the perusal of the senior officers after the deficiencies, as pointed out earlier by the Cabinet Secretariat, were removed. The requisite number of copies of Cabinet Note will be dispatched after the said file is back.
INTRODUCTION OF ONLINE TRACKING SYSTEM TO KNOW THE STATUS OF MEDICAL CLAIMS BY THE BSNL PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS - AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL:In the background of the acute problems that the BSNL pensioners/family pensioners do face to know the status of their medical claim bills, AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to CMD, BSNL requesting him to introduce one online tracking system “in all the BSNL Offices where the medical claim bills are processed and payment made. Information on the status of the claim bills at every stage of disposal should be made available. The concerned pensioners/family pensioners should be able to view the status from computers. This will certainly go a long way to remove a genuine difficulty of the pensioners”. View the letter
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE OF NON-HOLDING OF PENSION ADALAT AT REGULAR INTERVALS BY THE PRINCIPAL CCAs/CCAs:AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Secretary (Telecom) bring to his notice that “the Pension Adalats are not being held on regular basis and no fixed interval to hold the Pension Adalat is being followed. Moreover, the pensioners/family pensioners are not getting timely information about holding of Pension Adalat and to file their grievances. Thus, the very purpose to introduce holding of Pension Adalat is being defeated”. The Association has also requested that “The Pr. CCAs/CCAs be advised to arrange holding of Pension Adalat on quarterly basis and give wide publicity about the venue, date and time of holding the Pension Adalat. In addition to the website of the Pr. CCAs/CCAs, the information may be uploaded in the websites of all Telecom Circles and even SSAs falling within the limit of the concerned Pr. CCAs/CCAs”. View the letter
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, TRICHY BRANCH HELD:AIBSNLREA Trichy Branch (Tamilnadu) held its first General Body meeting after its formation on 29th May 2016 at 5 PM at Trichy. Shri R.Venkataraman Rtd. DGM Trichy presided over the meeting. Shri K.Meyyalahan Branch Secretary welcomed all the members present in the meeting……. [For full text of the Report, please go to Tamilnadu State Section of State News Page of this website].
BIMONTHLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, RAIPUR BRANCH HELD:The bimonthly General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Raipur Branch (Chhattisgarh State) was held on 20th May 2016 at Gandhi Udyan. The meeting was presided over by the president Shri P Z Choradia, Retd. AGM. Large number of members attended the meeting. Shri G P Pandey Branch Secretary addressed the meeting. …. [For full report, please visit Chhattishgarh State Section of State News page in this website]
BIMONTHLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, AKOLA BRANCH HELD:AIBSNLREA Akola (MH) Branch held its Bimonthly General Body meeting on 10th May 2016 at 04.30 PM at the residence of Shri S.M. Harale Rtd. SDE Akola. Shri S.K. Kulkarni Rtd. DGM Buldhana presided over the meeting. About 20 members were present in the meeting. Shri A.G. Nema Branch Secretary welcomed all the members present in the meeting……. [For full text of the Report, please go to Maharashtra State Sectuion of State News Page of this website].
FINAL CABINET NOTE ON REVISION OF PENSION YET TO BE SENT TO CABINET SECRETARIAT:Though all the papers are said to be ready, the concerned Section of DOT till today could not send the requisite copes of Final Cabinet Note to Cabinet Secretariat since it is yet to get back the file which was submitted for the perusal of the senior officers after removing the deficiencies as pointed out earlier by the Cabinet Secretariat. Once the file is received back, the requisite copies of Cabinet Note will be dispatched.
FINAL CABINET NOTE ON REVISION OF PENSION:Despite the all out efforts taken, DOT could not send the requisite copies of Final Cabinet to Cabinet Secretariat yesterday. This is now ready in all respects and is said to be sent to the Cabinet Secretariat within the next two days.
DELEGATES/PARTICIPANTS FOR THE AIC, BHUBANESWAR:We had already informed that most of the delegates would be accommodated in the main Hotel in which the Conference will be held. We had also been requesting the participants to intimate us about their journey particulars. We are now happy to inform that the capacity of the main Hotel is already full. Others, as and when their journey particulars are received, would be accommodated in the nearby similar category Hotels with same comfort and facilities as per the agreement/MOU with the main Hotel Management.
BSNL SENDS REMINDER TO WEST BENGAL CIRCLE, KOLKATA REGARDING THE CASE OF WRONG FIXATION OF PAY/PENSION OF ARABINDA CHAUDHURY, RETD EE (CIVIL):In our posting dated 07.02.2016 in this website, we reported that PGM(BW) had written a letter dated 03.02.2016 to the CGMT, West Bengal Circle requesting to supply the copy of the Circle Office letter No. WB/TA/GE/PF/C(58)/86 dated 13.12.2006 with copy of the representation dated 22.08.2006 of Shri Arabinda Chowdhury and also to furnish detailed comments. Since the Corporate Office did not receive any communication from West Bengal Circle, Kolkata, it has issued a reminder to the CGMT, Kolkata vide its No. PF/Arabinda Choudhury/Rtd EE/M(BW-CPC)/2015 dated 12.5.2016 and also endorsed a copy to AIBSNLREA w.r.t. its letter dated 25.04.2016. View the letter
CABINET NOTE FOR PENSION REVISION ETC:On our queries with DoT, we are informed that the minor corrections, as required by the Cabinet Secretariat, have already been made in the final cabinet note and fifty copies of the cabinet note are about to be sent to the Cabinet Secretariat by tomorrow.
AIBSNLREA SENDS AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA ON THE DEFERRED OPTION CASE OF THE GROUP C EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL:AIBSNLREA has sent an appeal to President of India, copy of which has been endorsed to Prime Minister, MOC&IT and MOS(PP), on non-extending the benefit of option to retain CDA pay scale till their promotion or retirement whichever is earlier to the concerned pensioners which was offered to the Group C&D employees while inviting option for their absorption in BSNL. The Association has urged that “we seek for your kind intervention in the matter for immediate implementation of the said offer. This must not have been denied once the absorption has already taken place. We, therefore, make an earnest appeal to you for an early restoration of the said benefit to the affected absorbed Group C Employees so that their pay and pensionary benefits are properly fixed and disbursed”. View the letter
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF LUCKNOW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA:Lucknow Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body meeting on 6.5.2016 in the Recreation Club at Kaiser Bagh Telephone Exchange Campus under the chairmanship of Jagdish Prasad. The House discussed at length on the orders for additional free calls and the unlimited calls offered during night hours and also the legal recourses to be taken on implementation of fixation benefit by merger of 78.2% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2007 after implementation of the proposal of the DOT... [ Please visit UP Section in State News page of this website for the full report].
ISSUE OF IDENTITY CARDS TO BSNL PENSIONERS – AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION) ON NON-IMPLEMENTATION OF DOP&PW OM DATED 12.08.2015:AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Secretary (Pension), vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2016/19 dated 18.05.2016, about inaction by DOT to get the Identity Cards issued to the absorbed BSNL pensioners in the revised format and linking the Aadhar number as prescribed in DOP&PW No. 41/21/2000-P&PW(D) dated 12.08.2015. The Association has alao sought for the intervention of the Secretary (Pension) so that 'DOT takes immediate action to get your above quoted orders implemented in respect of the absorbed BSNL pensioners whose pension is being paid by the Government under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972’. View the letter
CABINET NOTE FOR PENSION REVISION ETC:Sources say that no comments/views on the Cabinet Note has been so far received from PMO, but a reference has come from Cabinet Secretariat which has reached the Secretary (T).
QUESTION ON BSNL PENSION RULES RAISED IN LOK SABHA:An unstarred question was raised in Lok Sabha on 4th May, 2016 regarding the rules/guidelines for pension and revision of pension of DOT Employees absorbed in BSNL and other related issues. The reply given by MOC&IT does not disclose anything new. These are already known to us. However, this might open the eyes of those who believe that pension can be revised even without revision of pay scales of the serving employees. View the Question & Answer
CABINET NOTE FOR PENSION REVISION ETC:Department of Telecommunications has not so far received any views/comments from PMO/ Cabinet Secretariat on the Cabinet Note. Still waiting to receive response.
MINISTRY OF FINANCE REPLIES TO THE LETTER OF AIBSNLREA ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REGARDING REDUCTION OF RATES OF INTEREST IN THE SENIOR CITIZEN SAVINGS SCHEME:AIBSNLREA had earlier represented to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India expressing serious concern and deep anguish of the pensioners on the decision of the Government to reduce the rate of interest on deposits in Senior Citizens Saving Scheme. The Association had also appealed to the PM to restore the rate of interest on the deposits under Senior Citizens Savings Scheme. [View posting dated 21.03.2016 in this website to read the letter]. The PMO had also forwarded the said representation to Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare to take appropriate action on the matter [View posting dated 01/04/2016 in this website to read the PMO letter]. Now Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) has replied to our said representation and stated that “high small savings interest rates limit the banking sector’s ability to lower deposit rates in response to monetary policy of the Reserve Bank of India” and therefore “by quarterly re-fixing the Small Savings interest rates the transmission of the lower interest rates in the economy has been eased” to help India transition to a lower interest rate economy. It has further been stated in the reply that Government had taken a comprehensive view on the social goals of certain National Small Savings Schemes and the issue raised by the Association “is a policy related issue and the same has been noted” View the MoF letter
28th MEETING OF SCOVA STANDS POSTPONED:Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, vide its F. No. 42/05/2016-P&PW(G) dated 10.05.2016, has notified postponement of 28th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held on 16th May 2016 to 27th June 2016 in view of assembly elections in few states.
DOT ENDORSES THE OM DATED 06.04.2016 ISSUED BY DOP&PW ON REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2006 PENSIONERS BY DELINKING OF REVISED PENSION FROM QUALIFYING SERVICE OF 33 YEARS:Department of Telecommunication has since endorsed, vide its No. 40-04/2013-Pen (T) dated 05.05.2016, the OM dated 06.04.2016 issued by Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare on revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners by delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years. It may be recalled that AIBSNLREA had earlier vide its letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2016/14 dated 26.04.2016 [view posting dated 27.04.2016 in this website to read this letter] requested DDG (Estt), Department of Telecommunications to expedite its endorsement to Pr CCAs/CCAs and others. View the DOT endorsement
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION) ABOUT INACTION OF DOT TO RESTORE THE BENEFIT OF 2nd ACP WRONGLY WITHDRAWN FROM SOME SDEs (CIVIL) OF WEST BENGAL CIRCLE:AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW about the inaction of Department of Telecommunications on the representation to restore the benefit of 2nd ACP granted to some retired Executives of Civil Wing, BSNL, West Bengal Circle. These executives were rightly granted the benefit of 2nd ACP in accordance with the rules, but subsequently the benefit was unjustifiably withdrawn. The Association had earlier taken up the issue with Secretary (Telecom), but there seems to be no action to resolve the matter. The Association now seeks the intervention of Secretary (Pension) to get this long pending grievance redressed. View the letter
FURNISHING DETAILS OF ARRIVAL-DEPARTURE PARTICULARS OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE AIC AT BHUBANESWAR:All Branches/participants in the All India Conference of AIBSNLREA being held at Bhubaneswar on 2nd and 3rd July 2016 are requested to immediately furnish their arrival-departure particulars as in the attached format. The same may be mailed at email@example.com. This is to arrange proper allotment of rooms for them in the Hotel and ensure their comfortable stay. View the Format
CABINET NOTE ON MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR EXTENDING THE BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF REVISED PENSION TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED PRIOR TO 10.06.2013:Department of Telecommunications now waits for the response from Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on its Final Cabinet Note proposing revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners retired prior to 10.06.2013 and also addressing the issue of sharing pension liability between DOT and BSNL. Further action by DOT is expected after a few days, since the Note has been sent only on last week end.
ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, GUJARAT STATE BRANCH:Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA held it’s AGM on 02.05.2016 at Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall at Ahmedabad. The meeting started with lightening of lamp followed by prayer by Shri P K Shah Retd, AGM ATD. President Shri P. B. Parmar welcomed all the participants and informed about approval of Cabinet note on the proposal regarding merger of 78.2% for fitment of pension by Minister of Communications & IT. ………. [ Please visit Gujarat Section in State News page of this website for the full report].
E-JOURNAL MAY 2016 ISSUE:May 2016 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
CABINET NOTE ON MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR EXTENDING THE BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF REVISED PENSION TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED PRIOR TO 10.06.2013:In continuation of our last posting on the same subject on 03.05.2016, we are to confirm that the Final Cabinet Note will first be sent to PMO (Prime Minister’s Office). The copies of the Note cannot be circulated till then. If PMO has no comment to make or no communication is received after 3 days, the Final Cabinet Note can be sent to the Cabinet Secretariat. As we know, the final Cabinet Note, after its Hindi translation, was re-submitted for perusal of the higher Officers and onward transmission through Secretary (T) to Prime Minister’s Office. The same has not left DOT till writing of this text.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF SANGRUR BRANCH HELD:A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Sangrur Branch was held on 24.4.2016 at Kaula Park, Sangrur. Two new life members (S/Shri H S Nijjar, Retd DE and Surjit Singh, Retd DE) were enrolled in the Branch meeting raising the total number of Life membership to 16...[For full Report please go to State News Page and click Punjab section in this website].
CABINET NOTE ON MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR EXTENDING THE BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF REVISED PENSION TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED PRIOR TO 10.06.2013:When inquired before lunch today, it was gathered from the concerned Officer dealing with the case that the file containing the Cabinet Note was yet to be received back by him. In a new development, it was also told that the said Cabinet Note, when received, will be sent first to PMO. Thereafter, it will go to the Cabinet Secretariat. We are trying to confirm this from other informed sources and also to know the role of PMO in such cases.
RESTORATION OF BENEFIT OF MEDICAL ALLOWANCE FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT WITHOUT VOUCHER FOR THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES - AIBSNLREA REQUESTS CMD, BSNL TO EXPEDITE DECISION ON THE ISSUE:AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to the Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited requesting him for an early decision on the above long pending issue which is under consideration in Corporate Office since long. The Association, in its letter, has mentioned about the difficulties of the pensioners in their advance age to get treatment at the clinics of the doctors, submit claims and pursue for their settlement in BSNL Offices. View the letter
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) FOR EARLY SETTLEMENT OF THE CASE TO REMOVE THE ANOMALY IN FIXATION OF PENSION TO DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.7.2001:AIBSNLREA has again written a letter to Secretary (Telecom) with a copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension) requesting him for an early settlement of the above issue which stands unresolved since long. The Association points out to the fact that in the minutes of the SCOVA meeting last held on 13.10.2015 and issued by DOP&PW it was recorded that “DOT was asked to finalise the proposal by 31.10.2015.” The Association also mentions that BSNL vide its No. 40-27/2011-Pen(B) dated 13.04.2016 has informed AIBSNLREA that DoT vide its letter dated 10/04/2015 had asked all Pr CCAs/CCAs to reconcile pension data with their Pension drawing authorities and Pension Sanctioning/Processing Authorities… . In the said background AIBSNLREA has now requested Secretary (Telecom) to resolve this genuine and long pending grievance of a section of absorbed BSNL pensioners early. View the letter
EXTENSIOIN OF CGHS FACILITIES TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES – AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) REQUESTING HIM EARLY SETTLEMENT OF FIXATIOON OF RATES OF CONTRIBUTION AND WARD ENTITLEMENT:AIBSNLREA has now written a letter to Secretary (Telecom) with a copy endorsed to Secretary (Pension) urging him for an early settlement of fixation of rates of contribution and ward entitlement to the retired BSNL employees, so that the Orders already issued to allow the retired BSNL employees who are in receipt of Central Pension to have an option either to choose CGHS or BSNL MRS is implemented at the earliest. The issue is an item in the agenda for discussion in the last few meetings of SCOVA and in its last meeting held on 13.10.2015, it was decided that “Department of Telecom was asked to finalise the proposal quickly and send it to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare by 31.10.2015.” View the letter
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, AMBALA BRANCH HELD:A general body meeting of Ambala Branch (Haryana State) of AIBSNLREA was held on 27th April 2016 under the president-ship of Shri P.C Chauhan. 30 members of the branch participated in the meeting... [For full Report please go to State News Page and click Haryana section in this website].
AMRAVATI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD IT’S BI-MONTHLY MEETING:Bi-monthly meeting of Amaravati branch (Maharashtra State) was held on 26/04/2016 in the Conference hall of o/o GMT Amaravati. Total 16 members were present. Shri V G Dakhode, Branch Secretary first gave the information about merger of 78.2% IDA for fitment benefit for the BSNL pensioners who retired prior to 10.06.2013.... [For full Report please go to State News Page and click Maharashtra section in this website].
DOP&PW OM DATED 06.04.2016 ON REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2006 PENSIONERS- DELINKING OF REVISED PENSION FROM QUALIFYING SERVICE OF 33 YEARS – AIBSNLREA REQUESTS DDG (ESTT), DOT TO EXPEDITE ITS ENDORSEMENT:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare vide it’s No 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 6.4.2016 has issued an OM on “Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners – delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years” [View posting dated 08.04.2016 in this website]. AIBSNLREA has now requested Dy. Director General (Estt), Department of Telecommunications to expedite its endorsement to CCAs and others concerned offices so that the benefit of the OM can be expeditiously extended to those DOT and absorbed BSNL pensioners who are to be befitted by this decision of the Government. View the letter
NON-SETTLEMENT OF WRONG FIXATION OF PAY/PENSION OF SHRI ARABINDA CHAUDHURY, RETD EE (CIVIL), WEST BENGAL:AIBSNLREA has requested BSNL Corporate Office to expeditiously process and settle the above case which is pending for over last 10 years. It may be recalled that BSNL, in response to our letter, had earlier requested CGMT, West Bengal Circle to send some papers pertaining to the above case [View posting dated 07.02.2016 in this website]. Assuming that BSNL has obtained all the papers, AIBSNLREA has now requested to expedite the case. View the letter
GUJARAT STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD ANNUAL GB MEETING ON 02.05.2016:Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA will be holding its Annual General Body Meeting at 15.00 hours of 02.05.2016 at Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall, near Nataraj Cinema, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad. Members who have completed 70 years of age as on 31.03.2016 with at least one year membership will also be honored in the meeting.
INTRODUCTION OF HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME FOR PENSIONERS INCLUDING THOSE RESIDING IN NON-CGHS AREAS:It may be recalled that Government was proposing to introduce a Health Insurance Scheme for the pensioners including those residing in non-CGHS areas and AIBSNLREA was also pursuing the case. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, in response to a letter on the issue from AIBSNLREA, had informed the Association that the said Ministry has circulated a draft EFC Note to the concerned Ministries/Departments for seeking their comments [view posting dated 27.02.2016 in this website]. Now AIBSNLREA has written another letter to the same Ministry requesting for an early decision on the matter. View the letter
ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA:Notice for holding the AIC of AIBSNLREA at Bhubaneswar has been issued. This has since been sent to all Branches at their e-mail ids. Those who have not received the same, may intimate their e-mail id so that the copy of the Notice can be sent to them also. However, the copy of Notice has been made available in the AIC-BBS page on the left hand side of the main page of this website.
AGB OF AIBSNLREA, CHENNAI BRANCH HELD:The Annual General Body Meeting of All India BSNL Retired Executives’ Association, Chennai branch, was held on 20-4-2016 at Hotel Kanchi,Chennai from 10 AM. Shri V.Sivaswamy President, presided over the meeting and large number of retired executives of Chennai and Tamilnadu participated (49 members attended). Shri R. Kasiviswanathan, Secretary, placed the annual report for the year ending 2015 and the same was approved after discussion. Shri C.R. Rajasekaran, Financial Secretary submitted the financial statement for the relevant period and it was passed unanimously. …. [For full Report please go to State News Page and click Tamilnadu section in this website].
BHOPAL BRANCH (MP STATE) OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS AGM:Bhopal Branch of AIBSNLREA held its Annual General Body Meeting on 17-04-2016. After discussion of various issues concerning the BSNL pensioners, election of new Office bearers of the Branch was also held. Followings were elected as office bearers of Bhopal Branch:-
1. President: Shri K. Nagarajan, Retd DGM(F), 2. Vice President: Shri O.P. Sharma, Retd DE, 3. Secretary:- Shri H.M. Bajpai, Retd. CAO, 4. Jt.Secretary: Shri M.P. Tiwari, Ret. SDE 5. Fin Secretary: Shri P.K. Gosh, Retd. SDE.
BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 12/03/2015 ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001:AIBSNLRREA had earlier represented to the Prime Minister of India and endorsed a copy of the same to Minister of State for (PP) on the above mentioned issue [View posting dated 13.03.2015 in this website]. DoP&PW, in turn, had forwarded the same to Department of Telecommunication to examine the issues [View posting dated 17.04.2015 in this website to read the DoP&PW letter]. Now BSNL, vide its letter No. 40-27/2011-Pen.(B) dated 13.4.2016 has informed AIBSNLREA that “ In this regard, it is intimated that DOT vide its letter dated 10/04/2015 had asked all the Pr. CCA/CCA to reconcile the pension data with the Pension Disbursing Authorities (PDAs) and Pension Sanctioning/Processing Authorities. For this purpose, it had prescribed a detailed procedure to be followed with the direction to intimate the action taken to DOT.” View the BSNL letter
PENSION ADALAT BY PRINCIPAL CCA, KOLKATA:Principal Controller of Communication Accounts, Kolkata is holding its 3rd Pension Adalat and has invited applications to redress grievances by 22.04.2016 from the Pensioners/ Family Pensioners of DoT/ BSNL, CTD for Pension Adalat to be held at the office of Pr. CCA, Kolkata. The aggrieved pensioners may take up their grievances with the concerned office.
ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA:It has been decided to hold the All India Conference of AIBSNLREA at Bhubaneshwar in Odisha on 2nd and 3rd July 2016. A separate section named as AIC-BBS has been opened on the left hand side of this main page where all information/documents connected with the AIC will be made available. AIBSNLREA has since issued a detailed Circular letter on the AIC which can be viewed by clicking the newly opened AIC-BBS section.
NO CHANGE IN IDA w.e.f. 1.4.2016:Confirming our report that there will be no change in IDA w.e.f 1.4.2016, DPE has issued orders for continuation of 112.4% IDA w.e.f. 1.4.2016 for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007. View the DPE oders
CABINET NOTE FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED BEFORE 10.06.2013:In our last posting in this site on 03.04.2016, while reporting the status of the above issue, we had exuded confidence that “this time when the file comes back, it will have the much needed approval of MOC&IT”. We now expect the file containing the final Cabinet Note proposing ‘revision of pension/family pension of pre-2007 and post 2007 BSNL pensioners who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA effectively amounting to 78.2% and also addressing the issue of present arrangement of sharing the burden of pension between DOT and BSNL on 60:40 ratio to come back to the Establishment Wing from the office of MOC&IT at any moment. This will pave the way to send the Cabinet Note to the Cabinet Secretariat for including this as an agenda item for discussion and decision in the Cabinet Meeting.
BIENNIAL BRANCH CONFERENCE OF BERHAMPUR BRANCH (WEST BENGAL) OF AIBSNLREA:The biennial branch conference of AIBSNLREA Berhampore (WB) Branch was held on 9th April, 2016 in the conference room of "Sancharika", the Administrative building of the SSA. Out of the total 28 members, 25 members attended the meeting…. [Please visit West Bengal State Section of State News page of this site for full report].
DOP&PW ISSUES ORDERS DELINKING REVISED PENSION FROM QUALIFYING SERVICE OF 33 YEARS FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-20006 PENSIONERS:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, vide its OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 06.04.2016, has issued orders for delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years for revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners. DOP&PW OM conveys that “It has now been decided that the revised consolidated pension of the pre-2006 pensioners shall not be lower than 50% of the minimum of the pay in the Pay Band and the grade pay (wherever applicable) corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale as per fitment table without pro-rata reduction of pension even if they had qualifying service of less than 33 years at the time of retirement.” View the DoP&PW OM
CHENNAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING ON 20TH APRIL, 2016:Chennai Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding its next Annual General Body meeting at 1000 Hours on Wednesday the 20th April, 2016 in Hotel Kanchi, Ethiraj Salai, Chennai. All the members and other retired BSNL Executives have been requested by the Branch to attend the meeting.
E-JOURNAL APRIL 2016 ISSUE:April 2016 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
NEXT MEETING OF SCOVA:DoP&PW has notified holding of 28th meeting of Standing Committee Of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) on 16th May 2016.
KOLHAPUR BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS QUARTERLY GB MEETING:Quarterly GB meeting of Kolhapur Branch (Maharashtra State) was held on 3rd April 2016 in Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall under the president ship of Shri L M Godi, Branch President. The meeting started with Prayer and was attended by 61 members....[Please visit Maharashtra Section of State News Page of this website for the complete report}.
CABINET NOTE FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED BEFORE 10.06.2013:It was already reported in this page on 28.03.2016 that after examining the plea by some other associations at the last moment with the Secretary(T) to simultaneously consider the revision of pension of the MTNL pensioners and issue of orders for extension of the benefit of merger of 78.2% DA in MTNL, the file in question containing the final Cabinet Note was re-submitted for the perusal of the senior Officers before the same could reach Secretary (T). We have given to understand that this time when the file comes back, it will have the much needed approval of MOC&IT – unless any unexpected brake is applied.
PMO FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA URGING HIM TO STRENGTHEN THE GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL MECHANISM OF THE PENSIONERS AND ALSO TO SET UP SEPARATE TRIBUNAL EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE PENSIONERS TO EXPEDITOUSLY SETTLE THEIR GRIEVANCES TO THE DOP&PW FOR ACTION APPROPRIATE:A report appeared on this page on 23.03.2016 that AIBSNLREA had written a letter to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India highlighting the failure of the existing grievance redressal mechanism for the Pensioners and urging to create a separate Tribunal in all important cities exclusively for the Pensioners which could hear the petitions of the aggrieved pensioners expeditiously and give judgment. It also urged that ‘to begin with, separate courts exclusively for the pensioners be created in all the benches of Central Administrative Tribunals’. Now the Prime Minister’s Office, vide its No. PMOPG/D/2016/0077587 dated 28/3/2016, has forwarded the said representation to Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare with the direction to take action as appropriate. View the letter
REPRESENTATION OF AIBSNLREA TO PRIME MINISTER REQUESTING TO RESTORE THE RATE OF INTEREST ON THE DEPOSITS UNDER SENIOR CITIZENS SAVINGS SCHEME FORWARDED BY PMO TO DOP&PW:It was reported on this page on 21.03.2016 that AIBSNLREA had written a letter to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India expressing serious concern and deep anguish of the pensioners on the decision of the Government to reduce the rate of interest on deposits in Senior Citizens Saving Scheme. The Association had also requested to the Prime Minister to restore the rate of interest on the deposits under Senior Citizens Savings Scheme. Now Prime Minister’s Office, vide its No. PMOPG/D/2016/0077330 dated 28/3/2016, has forwarded the said representation to Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare with the direction to take action as appropriate. View the letter
NO INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2016:According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, there will be no increase in IDA w.e.f. 1.4.2016 for both the CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
CABINET NOTE FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED BEFORE 10.06.2013:AIBSNLREA had reported in this page on 20.03.2016 that it had to write a letter to Secretary (Telecom) expressing deep anguish and disappointment of the BSNL pensioners since the Cabinet Note to allow revision of pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA to the absorbed BSNL pensioners was returned back after a few leaders pleaded with Secretary(T) to simultaneously consider the revision of pension of the MTNL pensioners along with issue of orders for extension of the benefit of merger of 78.2% DA in MTNL. It is now learnt that the matter has since been examined and the file stands re-submitted. The Cabinet Note file is now likely to reach Secretary (T) shortly after the senior Officers peruse the same.
NON-IMPLEMENTATION OF ASSURANCE TO EXTEND THE BENEFIT OF OPTION TO RETAIN CDA PAY SCALE TILL THEIR PROMOTION OR RETIREMENT WHICHEVER IS EARLIER IN CASE OF GROUP C & D EMPLOYEES OF DOT SINCE ABSORBED IN BSNL– DOP&T FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’s REPRESENTATION DATED 23.11.2015 TO DOT FOR APPROPRIATE NECESSARY ACTION:AIBSNLREA had last taken up the above case with the Minister of State for (PP) since the Department of Telecommunications was not implementing its own offer made in its General Terms and Conditions for Service for absorption in BSNL for “an option to retain Government Pay Scale i.e. CDA pay scale till their promotion or retirement whichever is earlier” to the absorbed Group C & D Employees [View posting dated 24.11.2015 in this website]. Now Department of Personnel & Training (DOP&T) has sent the said representation, vide its F.No. Dy.No.1141294/16-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 18.03.2016 to Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for ‘appropriate necessary action.’ View the DOP&T letter
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA URGING TO STRENGTHEN THE GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL MECHANISM OF THE PENSIONERS AND ALSO TO SET UP SEPARATE TRIBUNAL EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE PENSIONERS TO EXPEDITOUSLY SETTLE THEIR GRIEVANCES:AIBSNLREA has written a letter to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India highlighting the failure of the existing grievance redressal mechanism for the Pensioners and urging to “create a separate Tribunal in all important cities exclusively for the Pensioners which can hear the petitions of the aggrieved pensioners expeditiously and give judgment. To begin with, separate courts exclusively for the pensioners be created in all the benches of Central Administrative Tribunals”. This is the follow up action of the editorial that AIBSNLREA had published in its March 2016 issue of e-journal “Second Innings”. The Association has also requested all the Pensioners’ Associations which are now connected with SCOVA to take up the issue at their level. Read More
“RESTORE THE RATE OF INTEREST ON THE DEPOSITS UNDER SENIOR CITIZENS SAVING SCHEME” - AIBSNLREA APPEALS TO THE PRIME MINISTER:AIBSNLREA has written a letter to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India expressing serious concern and deep anguish of the pensioners on the decision of the Government to reduce the rate of interest on deposits in Senior Citizens Saving Scheme unmindful of its impact on the pensioners who just try to manage their livelihood by investing their life-time savings in the 5 year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, since the pension being received is inadequate to meet their need. AIBSNLREA has further appealed to the PM “to kindly restore the rate of interest on the deposits under Senior Citizens Savings Scheme and remove the gloom that has descended on the face and souls of the pensioners”. Read More
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY(T) EXPRESSING DEEP ANGUISH AND DISSAPOINTMENT OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS DUE TO SUDDEN INTERRUPTION IN THE PROCESS OF CLEARNING THE CABINET NOTE FOR MUCH AWAITED REVISION OF PENSION OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED BEFORE 10.06.2013:AIBSNLREA has since written a letter to Secretary (Telecom) expressing deep anguish and disappointment of the BSNL pensioners “due to sudden reversal of the process to send a Cabinet Note to allow revision of pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA to the absorbed BSNL pensioners which became due following extension of fitment benefit of 78.2% DA for re-fixation of pay of the serving employees of BSNL.” It may be recalled that the final cabinet note in file was put up to Secretary(T) for his clearance before it could be sent to MOC&IT. It is reported that a few opportunistic leaders found it right opportunity to plead with Secretary(T) to simultaneously consider the revision of pension of the MTNL pensioners along with the benefit of merger of 78.2% DA which is not yet implemented in MTNL. Following this, the file was sent back to examine the matter. In our letter, we have pointed out that there is no case for revision of pension for the retired MTNL employees as at present since the fitment benefit with merger of 78.2% DA has not been implemented even in respect of the serving MTNL employees. Besides other issues, we have also pointed out that “revision of pension of pre-2007 BSNL pensioners following revision of pay scales of the BSNL employees w.e.f. 1.1.2007 was ordered first. The case of MTNL pensioners, at that time, was not tagged with the case of the BSNL pensioners”. Finally, we have requested Secretary (T) “to kindly get the Final Cabinet Note for revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% sent to appropriate authority for early clearance”. Read More
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES SENDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION SEEKING INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER IN THE MATTER OF GREAT INJUSTICE METED OUT TO THE ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES IN GENERAL AND BSNL EXECUTIVES IN PARTICULAR IN THE MATTER OF THEIR PAY AND PENSION TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS:AIBSNLREA had taken up with the Prime Minister of India the issue of virtual change of terms and conditions of Service for absorption in BSNL and MTNL allowing advantage of pension by Government to the MTNL absorbees by retaining their one stage higher pay scales till next pay revision after completion of absorption process and thus discriminating against the BSNL absorbees whose pay scales/pensions were not upgraded to the level of the MTNL absorbees. [View posting dated 12/02/2016 in this website to read the letter]. The Prime Minister’s Office had also forwarded the said representation to Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for taking action on the matter [View posting dated 19/02/2016 to read the letter from PMO]. Now Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has also forwarded the same representation to Department of Telecommunications [Shri J S Deepak, Secretary] “… for appropriate action in light of the extant guidelines on the subject”. View the DPE letter
BIMONTHLY GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, AKOLA BRANCH HELD:AIBSNLREA, Akola Branch (Maharashtra) held its Bimonthly General Body meeting on 8th March 2016 at 12.00 PM at the residence of Shri D.M. Deshmukh Rtd. JTO Shegaon Dist. Buldhana. Thirty four (34) members were present in the meeting and four new Life Members were also enrolled in this Branch. After enrollment of these members, the membership of Akola branch increased to 56 members. Shri A.G. Nema Branch Secretary welcomed all the members including the new members. ……… [Please visit Maharashtra Section of State News Page of this website for the complete report}.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF PALAKKAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:A GB meeting of Palakkad Branch (Kerala State) was held at Top In Town auditorium in Palakkad on 08-03-2016 at 10.45 AM. Forty (40) members attended the meeting. The main discussion was on the unsettled pension revision case with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA. Secretary explained the current status of the issue. All the members were highly agitated. Members strongly opined to go to court of law. Income Tax exemption limit of Rs. 15,000 towards medical reimbursement is still unchanged and as such needs a hike due to present high price for medicines. Restoration of medical allowance has so far not been settled. These issues were debated at length. Three new members were co opted to the Working Committee. It was also decided to call for a GB Meeting in coming June to elect new office bearers. The meeting continued up to 13.30hrs. Afterwards, lunch was served and the members disbursed at 14.00 hrs.
WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MEETS CGM WEST BENGAL TELECOM CIRCLE:A delegation of AIBSNLREA, West Bengal State Branch comprising of S/Shri S.K.Maitra, S.R.Palit, N.H.Siddique, Amal Basuroy, Debashis Mitra and Dhrubojyoti Goswami met the CGM, West Bengal Telecom Circle Shri R.N.Jha on 1st March 2016. The association highlighted various problems of the executives retired from WB Telecom Circle. Among other issues, the Association concentrated on non-payment/delayed payment of medical bills (both indoor & outdoor) and strongly urged parity with the serving employees in the case of processing and payment of Medical Bills of the pensioners. Discussions were also held on the issue of 2nd ACP in Civil Wing, wrong pay fixation of Aurobinda Chaudhury Ex EE(Civil), less payment of commutation to Shri C.M.Singh Ex CS CTO. CGM assured the delegation that he was aware of all these issues and has already formed a committee to address the pensioners’ grievances.
EXTENSION OF CGHS FACILITIES TO RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES – BSNL YET TO RECEIVE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS FROM DOT/HEALTH MINISTRY:It may recalled that orders were issued sometime back for extension of CGHS facilities to the retired BSNL employees with the power to exercise option either to avail CGHS facilities or retain BSNL MRS. But the order could not be made effective as the rates of contribution and room entitlement was not decided. Department of Telecom was required to send a concrete proposal to this effect to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of their consideration. It is now reported that BSNL was asked by DOT to furnish information regarding pay parity of IDA and CDA scales, as wanted by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, for evaluation of contribution and room entitlement. It has also been informed that BSNL has already submitted the required information to DOT, but it is yet to receive any reply from DOT and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. AIBSNLREA will continue to pursue the case.
E-JOURNAL MARCH 2016 ISSUE:March 2016 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
APPLICABILITY OF PRINCIPAL BENCH, CAT JUDGMENTS TO ALLOW FULL PENSION:Recently, Principal Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal has delivered two judgments regarding applicability of full pension to those who retired with 10/20 years of service prior to 01.01.2006. Based on the recommendations of VI CPC, the Government had allowed this benefit only to those Government Pensioners who retired on or after 01.01.2006. But now the Central Administrative Tribunal has ordered extension of the benefit to pre-2006 pensioners also. After issue of these orders, we have been receiving some queries from our viewers whether the judgments will be applicable to BSNL absorbed pensioners and also cover those who had taken VRS. It is clarified that these judgments are equally applicable to the BSNL pensioners who retired with 10/20 years of service on superannuation or under VRS. However, the implementation of the judgments will be possible, if the Government does not move with an Appeal in higher courts and the DOP&PW issues the necessary orders to extend the benefit. In order to know further details, a brief Note on the issue prepared by Shri S Ratnasubramanian, Joint Secretary (South), AIBSNLREA may be viewed. View the Brief Note View the Judgments
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, SANGRUR BRANCH HELD:A general body meeting of retired executives of Sangrur SSA was held at Kaula Park, Sangrur on February, 27 under the president ship of Shri P K Jindal, Retd DGM. The Association welcomed 7 new members who joined the Association in the meeting thus raising the membership strength of the branch to 14. In the meeting, S/Shri Manohar Lal, Retd DE and Jagtar Singh, Retd JAO were co-opted as the Organizing Secretary and Executive Member respectively of the Branch……. [ View Punjab State section of State News page for the full report].
NO INCOME TAX RELIEF IN BUDGET PROPOSAL:The budget for the financial year 2016-17 presented today in Lok Sabha did not propose any relief in Income Tax except that those having annual income up to Rs 5,00,000 will get additional relief of Rs. 3000 only. In the HRA front, the budget proposed raising of tax rebate on rent from Rs 24,000 as at present to Rs. 60,000. This benefit, available under 80GG, will give relief to the consultants and self-employed people. The first time home buyers will get additional deduction of Rs. 50,000. The impact of budget proposals on individual tax payers remain mostly the same. View the Impact
MINISTRY OF FINANCE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION SEEKING INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA FOR IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT OF THE ISSUE OF REVISION OF PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 78.2% DA:It was reported in this website on 08.01.2016 that AIBSNLREA had sent a representation to the Prime Minister of India requesting for his intervention for immediate settlement of the issue of revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA. Copy of the said representation was also endorsed to Minister of Communications & IT, Minister of Finance and Minister of State for (PP). It was further reported on 17.01.2016 that the Prime Minister’s Office forwarded the representation to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, vide No. PMOPG/D/2016/0007076 dated 08.01.2016. The PMO had advised DOT to take appropriate action on the representation and send a reply to the petitioner (AIBSNLREA) and a copy of the same uploaded on the portal. Now the Ministry of Finance has also forwarded the copy of the representation, which was endorsed to the Minister of Finance, to Department of Telecommunications vide No. 12(3)/E-V/2016 dated 22.02.2016 for appropriate action/ redressal of grievance. View the MOF letter
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ON INTRODUCTION OF HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME FOR PENSIONERS INCLUDING THOSE RESIDING AT NON-CGHS AREAS:AIBSNLREA had earlier taken up with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for an early decision on the proposal to introduce a Health Insurance Scheme for Pensioners including those residing in non-CGHS areas [view posting dated 14.01.2016 in this website for details]. Now the Ministry, vide its No. S.11011/6/2009-CGHS (P)/Vol.3 dated 19.02.2015, has responded to our representation and informed that “it is informed that the EFC Memorandum with regard to Central Government Employees and Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS) has been circulated to all the concerned Ministries/Departments for seeking their comments, after obtaining concurrence of IFD of the Ministry, on 9/2/2016. The requisite comments are awaited”. View the letter
CABINET NOTE FOR REVISION OF PENSION WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 78.2% IDA:In the posting dated 22.02.2016 in this website on the above issue, we had reported that Secretary(Telecom), who is to clear the Cabinet Note before sending it to MOC&IT, desired to have a discussion and accordingly sent back the Note. Now the concerned section of DOT has prepared a self-contained note and submitted the same along with the Cabinet Note in file to the senior officers so that they may have discussion with Secretary(T) and brief him on the issue.
TIRUCHIRAPALLY BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA FORMED:A new Branch of AIBSNLREA has been formed in Tiruchirapalli of Tamilnadu State in a meeting of the retired Executives of BSNL held in PGM, BSNL, Trichy office Campus on 16/2/2016 at 1630 Hours. All the retired officers who were present in the meeting enrolled themselves as the life members of AIBSNLREA. They also elected the following members as the Office Bearers of the Branch:
President: Shri S.Viswanathan, Ex-DGM(CFA-I)/Trichy.
Vice-President : Shri R.Venkataraman Ex-DE/TAX/Trichy
Secretary: Shri K.Meyyalahan Ex-DE/Cantt& TUB, Trichy[Mobile No.9486103577]
Asst Secretary: Shri S.Sivakumar Ex-SDE(Sub Urban I)/Trichy
Finance Secretary: Shri K.Natarajan Ex-AGM, O/oPGM/Trichy