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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%:
It has already been reported that Department of Telecommunications, vide its OM No 40-13/2013-Pen(T) dated 11.07.2013, has sent a reply to the queries raised by Department of Expenditure vide OM No. 144/EV/2014 dated 11th March 2014 on the proposal of DOT on the above issue. The reply from DOT clearly indicates that they have treated the case of pre-2007 BSNL pensioners/family pensioners separate from those BSNL pensioners/family pensioners who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.06.2013. This is also the stand that this Association took since the Presidential Directive dated 10.06.2013 was issued for allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA effectively amounting to 78.2% in the revised IDA scales. In the case of the pre-2007 pensioners, who were not the recipient of benefit of revised pay scale w.e.f. 1.1.2007, their pension only has to be re-fixed with effective merger of 78.2% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2007. But in case of those who received the benefit of revised IDA pay scale with benefit of effective merger of 68.8% DA w.e.f 1.1.2007 and retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.20013, their pay has first to be re-fixed in revised IDA pay scale with benefit of merger of 78.2% DA and thereafter their pension will have to be revised based on their revised last pay drawn. The DOT’s reply to DOE at least vindicates our stand. Unfortunately, a few associations have expressed their reservation on this stand of DOT and even protested against this. Some of our members also seem to be confused on the matter and are asking for some clarifications on the matter. A point has also been raised by many why the case for pre-2007 pensioners needs cabinet approval and not for those who retired between 1.1.2007 and 6.9.2013. We had reported long back that the Department of Telecommunication had recorded in file that this case will be required to be taken up with cabinet for approval (Refer our posting dated 09.09.2013 in this website). But we still believe that since Cabinet had given approval for applying the same fitment formula for revision of pension of pre-2007 pensioners/family pensioners that was applied for fixation of pay of the serving BSNL employees on 1.1.2007, now there is hardly any need for another cabinet approval for this. As regards post 2007 retirees are concerned, since their pension will have to be re-fixed based on their last revised pay drawn, the existing Orders for fixation of pension under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 is sufficient to revise their pension without referring the matter to any agency. But by proposing to calculate pensionary benefits of the employees who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 on the basis of stated “notional” pay fixation order, DOT is clandestinely trying to get the seal of approval of even Ministry of Finance to call the pay-fixation Order with benefit of effective merger of 78.2% DA as NOTIONAL. This is with the sole intention to permanently close the case for payment of arrears of pay to the serving employees for the period between 1.1.2007 to 9.6.2013. We would further like to state categorically that in case the DOE accepts DOT’s clarifications and clears its proposal, Orders may first be issued for post 2007 retirees. The pre-2007 BSNL pensioners may have to wait for few more months till cabinet approval is available. However, cabinet note may not take much time to prepare, since the views of DOP&PW is already available with DOT and DOE’s view will also be known now.
ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, DHARWAD DISTRICT (HUBLI) BRANCH:
The Annual General Body Meeting of All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Retired Executives’ Association, Dharwad District (Hubli) Branch was held on Sunday the 20th July, 2014 at the Conference Hall, BSNL Sadan in the premises of GMTD, Hubli. Shri R R Joshi, President and Shri K K Kulkarni, Vice President chaired the meeting. Shri A. S. Parwatikar, Branch Secretary welcomed the members and addressed the gathering. There were discussions mainly on merger of 50% of DA effectively amounting to 78.2% for fitment benefit in the revised IDA pay scales and other issues. He highlighted the current issues taken up by CHQ in the interest of pensioners. Various correspondences made by GS, CHQ AIBSNLREA Shri Basu on pension/family pension revision and medical facilities, etc were mainly highlighted and appreciated by all the members. All the members expressed that General Secretary AIBSNLREA should take up the matter of 78.2% on war footing so that at this stage it will not be delayed for any kind of reasons by the authorities. Also a resolution was passed to communicate to the GMTD HUBLI and also CGMT Bangalore as to empanelment of good and reputed hospitals for the purpose of BSNLMRS facility at Hubli-Dharwad. About 45 members participated in the meeting. Shri V.V.Katti, Financial Secretary read out the finance statement. Shri R.R.Joshi, President addressed the members and highlighted the recent developments as regards to the retired BSNL officers. The election of office bearers for the period 2014-16 was on the agenda. The house unanimously passed the resolution that the existing body should continue. The same was adopted. Five new retired officers were enrolled in the meeting and were extended warm welcome by all other members of the association, Hubli Branch. Shri U.S.Hegde, who retired as DGM, Hubli last month, joined our association and enlightened members regarding latest developments in BSNL. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair and members by Shri A.D.PAI, Executive member.
CHANDIGARH BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD GB MEETING:
A General Body Meeting of All India BSNL Retired Executives' Association, Chandigarh Branch will be held on Saturday, the 19th July 2014 at 02:30 PM in the Canteen Hall of General Post Office at Sector-17, Chandigarh to discuss progress and status of 78.2% IDA merger and other issues. Branch Secretary has invited all members and other retired BSNL Executives to attend the meeting.
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION INSTRUCTS BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED FOR ENSURING TIMELY AND EXPEDITIOUS DISPOSAL OF PENSION CASES:
Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, in a DO letter to CMD, BSNL, has asked for ensuring timely and expeditious settlement of the pension cases of the BSNL retirees. BSNL Corporate Office has circulated this DO letter to all concerned advising them to ensure timely action.
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UNENDING DELAY IN SETTLEMENT OF PENDING DISCIPLINARY/VIGILANCE CASES AGAINST THE PENSIONERS - CREATION OF AN EFFECTIVE MECHANISM FOR SPEEDY AND TIME BOUND DISPOSAL THEREOF:
Department of Personnel & Training sends the copy of our representation that was endorsed to the Minister of State for Personnel, PG & Pensions on the above subject to the Chief Vigilance Officer, Department of Telecommunication for ‘action as appropriate’. The representation was addressed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India vide our No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/15 dated 16.06.2014 (refer posting dated 17.06.2014 in this website).
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BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR FITMENT OF BASIC PENSION OF PENSIONERS - DEPT OF TELECOM SENDS ITS REPLY TO THE QUERIES RAISED BY DEPT OF EXPENDITURE:
At last, the Department of Telecommunication has responded to the queries raised by Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) on the proposal that was sent earlier by DOT on the above issue. The reply has since been sent.
EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH, NAGPUR OF AIBSNLREA CROSSES 300 LIFE MEMBERSHIP – HIGHEST AMONG ALL THE BRANCHES:
East Vidarbha Branch, Nagpur of Maharashtra has now registered 304 Life Membership. This is highest among all the individual Branches of AIBSNLREA in the country. Congratulations !
DOT’S PLAN TO REPLY TO THE QUERIES RAISED BY DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE ON ITS PROPOSAL ON THE ISSUE OF MERGER OF 78.2% DA AS FITMENT BENEFIT FOR REVISION OF PENSION:
We have been receiving some queries from the affected absorbed BSNL pensioners whether DOT is sending new proposals to the Department of Expenditure on the above issue, since the news appearing in a few websites give the same indication. We are to state that there is no scope to send any new proposal at this stage without withdrawing the existing one which already stands approved by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare and is also under discussion in the meeting of SCOVA. All that DOT had been trying these days was to send a point-wise reply to the queries raised a few months back by Department of Expenditure. As we reported through the editorial in our E-Journal (July 2014 issue) that there had been spate of activities in DoT Headquarters after the pressure that was built on DOT after formation of new Government to send the reply to the queries raised by DOE, now it is reported that DoT has completed its internal exercises and may send the reply to DOE very shortly.
INJUSTICE AND NEGLIGENCE TOWARDS THE GENUINE CAUSES OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS - CASE OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS OF BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED:
AIBSNLREA writes to Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India with copies endorsed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Minister of Communications & IT on the above issue citing the case of non-settlement of the revision of basic pay/pension with the benefit of merger of 78.2% DA as fitment benefit to point out “how the absorbed BSNL pensioners are being badly treated by Department of Telecommunication in the matter of their lawful rights”. The Association further makes appeal to the Hon’ble Minister “to kindly intervene in the above issue so that a section of the senior citizens who retired from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and are at their old age get the justice without further delay.”
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BREAKING NEWS - INCOME TAX EXEMPTIONS IN BUDGET:
Government has proposed in its Budget presented to-day in the Parliament, following important concessions for direct Tax Payers: (1) Exemption limit for Personal Tax for individuals below 60 years of age raised from existing Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 2.5 lakhs, (2) Exemption limit for Personal Tax for Senior Citizens raised from existing Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Rs 3 lakhs, (3) Investment limit in PPF raised from existing Rs. 1 lakhs to 1.5 lakhs, (4) Exemption limit under Section 80C raised from existing Rs 1 lakhs to Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH, NAGPUR OF AIBSNLREA HELD:
The Annual General body meeting of All India BSNL Retired Executives’ Association, East Vidarbha Branch, Nagpur (Maharashtra State) was held on 6th July, 2014 at Amenity Block, CTO Compound Nagpur under the chairmanship of Shri N.G.Talewar President of the Branch. After paying tribute to the departed members and their family members by the house, the president welcomed all life members and other retired BSNL officers present in the meeting. Shri P.R.Bhujbal, Secretary placed the annual report before the house and highlighted all the important major current pension related issues to the members. The key issues discussed were (i) abnormal delay in issue of orders to extend the benefit of merger of 78.2% IDA for fixation of basic pension of absorbed BSNL pensioners, (ii) Non settlement of the case for removal of anomaly in the fixation of pension to DOT employees absorbed in BSNL who retired between 1-10-2000 to 31-7-2001 and (iii) speedy disposal of pending disciplinary/vigilance cases against the pensioners. The correspondences made by GS CHQ on these issues were briefed to the house. Local issues like delay in payment of medical bills of pensioners, payment of recalculation of CVP in respect of BSNL employees retired during 1-1-2007 to 2-9-2008, timely payment of earned leave encashment on superannuation, posting of adequate staff in CCA office Nagpur etc, which were discussed with PGMT Nagpur on 25-6-2014, were also highlighted. Shri B P Majumdar Finance Secretary submitted the audited the statement of Accounts for 2013-2014. The House passed the account. The meeting was attended by 111 members. 7 new life members enrolled on the day, thereby the total of life members of Nagpur Branch has reached from 297 to 304. The present body was dissolved since it completed three years term. The house also unanimously elected a new Executive Body with S/Shri N.G. Talewar as the President, P R Bhujbal as Branch Secretary and B P Majumder as the Financial Secretary. The election conducted under the guidance of Shri V S Ashtikar, Retd DGM MH CO Mumbai. Shri N R Rachkondawar Asst Secretary extended vote of thanks to one and all before conclusion of the meeting.
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REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.7.2014 from 218.1% to 223% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
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REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.7.2014 from 88.4% to 91.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.
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E-JOURNAL JULY 2014 ISSUE:
July 2014 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
EXECUTIVE BODY OF AIBSNLREA, EAST GODAVARI BRANCH (AP STATE) MEETS SENIOR GMTD EAST GODAVARY, RAJAHMUNDRY:
The Executive body of AIBSNLREA, East Godavari Branch met Senior General Manager Telecom District, Rajahmundry on 4.7.2014. Shri S.Satyanarayana, President of the Branch led the delegation. The representatives of the Association expressed their deep concern on the slow progress of the representations submitted to Senior GMTD EGDT on 18-03-2014 regarding payment of differences of arrears of commutation for about 79 retirees who retired between 1-1-2007 and 2-9-2009 (both Executives and non-executives) as per the latest order for application of old commutation table. It was informed that 30 cases have already been sent to CCA, AP Circle Hyderabad. Senior GMTD assured that the balance of the cases will also be sent to the CCA by the end of July 2014. The representatives of the Association also requested the Senior GMTD to implement the Order on freezing of basic pay for the MRS card in respect of the pre-2007 pensioners towards outdoor treatment as per the directions of the corporate office. The meeting was held in a very cordial manner and the Senior GMTD expressed his happiness to meet the seniors BSNL officers.
PERSONAL INCOME TAX RELIEF FOR COMMON CITIZENS/SENIOR CITIZENS IN THE ENSUING GENERAL BUDGET 2014-15:
In our posting dated 08.06.2014, we had informed that AIBSNLREA has submitted, vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/11 dated 04.06.2014, a detailed proposal for consideration of the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley suggesting to bring about some measures to provide some real relief to the individual tax payers and also the senior citizens. In fact, BJP’s Election Manifesto 2014 had assured for providing a non-adversarial and conducive tax environment and rationalized and simplified tax regime. With respect to Senior Citizens, the BJP Manifesto 2014 has further focused on taking care of Senior citizens by proposing to explore ideas like additional tax benefits and higher interest rates. Citing the same and other points, AIBSNLREA had prepared its detailed proposal which was also endorsed to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. We now give the details of the same.
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EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD GENERAL BODY MEETING:
East Vidarbha Branch (Nagpur) of AIBSNLREA is holding its General Body Meeting on Sunday, the 6th July 2014 at 16.00 Hours at the Amenity Hall in the CTO Compound, Nagpur. The General Body will also elect a new Branch Executive Committee while transacting other agenda items. Branch Secretary has requested all the members of the Branch/retired BSNL Executives to attend the GB Meeting.
INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2014:
According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index, IDA is to be increased w.e.f. 1.7.2014 by 2.9% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 4.9% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MEETS SR. GENERAL MANAGER TELECOM, NAGPUR:
The representatives of East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch of AIBSNLREA comprising of S/Shri N G Talewar, P R Bhujbal, Arun Deshpande, N R Rachkondawar and B M Majumdar met Shri R N Patel, Sr. GMT Nagpur on 24-6-2014. Important issues like inordinate delay in payment of medical bills of BSNL pensioners, recalculation of additional commuted value of pension in respect of the BSNL pensioners retired during 1-1-2007 to 2-9-2008 as per clarification issued by DOT on 10-6-2013, issue of pensioners identity cards in view of guide lines issued by BSNL on 13-05-2013, delay in payment of leave encashment on retirement, posting of dealing assistant in the office of CCA Nagpur were discussed in the meeting. The Association requested Sr. GMT to look into these grievances which are pending for a long time. SR. GMT assured to look into all the issues raised during the discussions for early settlement. He further assured that adequate staff in CCA office, Nagpur will be posted very shortly.
AKOLA BRANCH HELD GB MEETING:
Akola Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA held its General Body Meeting on 01.06.2014. The members discussed on the ongoing developments pertaining to the BSNL pensioners. The issue of submitting individual appeal to the Prime Minister and Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice on merger of 78.2% IDA for fixation of pay/pension also came up for discussions. The Branch Secretary Shri Ashok Nema reported that the Branch has now registered additional 14 new life members – thus raising the life membership strength of the Branch to 35.
GUJARAT STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA REGAINS ITS NUMBER ONE POSITION IN LIFE MEMBERSHIP STRENGTH:
Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA has now registered a total Life Membership strength of six hundred (600) and in the process regains its number one position on the basis of the strength of total life membership compared to other State Branches. Maharashtra State Branch now occupies the second position.
NON SETTLEMENT OF THE CASE FOR REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN THE FIXATION OF PENSION TO DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001 – DOT/BSNL NOW GET UP FROM THEIR SLEEP:
We had reported in this website vide posting dated 15.06.2014 that DoP&PW had asked Department of Telecommunication to send some additional information as back as on 28.02.2014 to further examine the above issue. We also reported that Department of Telecommunication did not respond to the request of the DoP&PW and accordingly we solicited the kind intervention of Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice vide our letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/14 dated 14.06.2014. Now BSNL has issued one circular quoting from the official note of the DoP&PW to the field units vide its No. 40-27/2011-Pen(B)/(Misc) dated 18.06.2014 and enclosing a letter received on 07.05.2014 from Department of Telecommunication on the subject and has asked the field units to supply the requisite information. The Note from DoP&PW was received in DoT on 28.02.2014 and it took two and half months for DoT just to write a letter to BSNL to supply the required information. BSNL, on its part, took more than five weeks thereafter just to call for the information from the field units. This is how the issues related to the pensioners are dealt both in DoT and BSNL. However, it satisfies us that our suggestion to consider the CDA pay drawn earlier to absorption period be treated notionally as IDA pay to resolve the anomaly is being considered in the proposal.
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DEPARTMENT OF TELECCOMUNICATION CIRCULATES REVISED UPDATED FORMS FOR SUBMISSIOIN BY THE RETIRING GOVERNMENT SERVANTS AT THE TIME OF FINALISING THEIR PENSION:
Department of Telecommunication has since circulated, vide its No. 40-20/2011-Pen(T) dated 12.06.2014, the revised and updated relevant forms to be submitted by the retiring Government servants before eight months of their retirement at the time of finalizing their pension.
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CREATION OF AN EFFECTIVE MECHANISM FOR SPEEDY AND TIME BOUND DISPOSAL OF PENDING DISCIPLINARY/VIGILANCE CASES AGAINST THE PENSIONERS:
Highlighting the agonizing problems of a section of the pensioners who continuously suffer for years due the prolonging disciplinary/vigilance cases against them, AIBSNLREA urges Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to kindly advise the concerned Ministry/Ministries to devise a special mechanism and a monitoring system for time-bound disposal of disciplinary/vigilance cases against the retiring/retired employees. It also pleads that in no case, the settlement of the cases be delayed for more than a year.
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NON SETTLEMENT OF THE CASE FOR REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN THE FIXATION OF PENSION TO DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001:
The above issue was last discussed in the 24th Meeting of SCOVA wherein it was informed that a proposal on the matter received from Department of Telecommunication was under examination in Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare. It was also informed that “response of D/o P&PW will be communicated to Deptt. of Telecommunications at the earliest”. It has now been confirmed that DoP&PW had asked for some additional information from Department of Telecommunications on 28.02.2014 to examine the case further. But DoT has so far not provided the same. In this background, AIBSNLREA now takes up the matter with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice urging him for his kind intervention “so that Department of Telecommunication send the requisite information to Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare without any further delay and get the issue settled at the earliest”.
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FRESH AGENDA ITEM PERTAINING TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION FOR DISCUSSION IN THE PROPOSED 25th MEETING OF SCOVA TO BE HELD IN JULY 2014:
AIBSNLREA requests Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare for inclusion of “Non-extension of benefit of pay/pension fixation to the absorbed Group C Employees in BSNL in terms of Para 4 of DOP&PW OM No. 4/18/87-P&PW(D) dated 5.7.1989 to retain CDA pay scale till promotion of retirement whichever is earlier as a fresh agenda item for discussion in the proposed 25th Meeting of SCOVA.
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KOLHAPUR BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLDS QUARTERLY GB MEETING:
Kolhapur Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA held its quarterly General Body meeting on 8th June 2014 in the Conference Hall at Kolhapur Telephone Bhavan with Vice-President Shri Nanjagud and later on with Shri L M Godi on the Chair. Forty eight (48) members attended the meeting and two (2) more new life members joined the Association. The President welcomed all. The House expressed happiness and voiced congratulatory notes on Shri Narendra Modiji becoming the Prime Minister of India. The house also condoled the sad demise of Maharashtra Leader Shri Gopinathi Munde, Union Minister for Rural Development and observed two minutes silence in memory of the departed Leader. Then Branch Secretary Shri D K Joshi informed the House that our Association has launched e-House Journal.”SECOND INNINGS” for the use of the members to get all the information at one place. Members welcomed the contents of the Journal and expressed thanks to the GS. He also informed the House about the recent actions taken by the Association for early settlement of 78.2% IDA merger issue and revision of pension of both categories of affected pensioners. Other information on option for CGHS benefit for BSNL Pensioners, DOP&PW’s recent communication for settling the grievance of pensioners within two months etc reported and discussed. The members raised the issue regarding fixation of pension for those who retired between 10-6-2013 to 31-12-2013, it was informed that CCA MBI is to settle the issue at the earliest with reference to the assurance given by PCCA in the Pension Adaalat held in Nagpur. Shri Vinayak Paluskar, a Retired IDBI Bank Officer was invited to give a lecture on “Science of STARS and their effect on the Human beings”. Shri P S Kulkarni, Asst Secretary, introduced him to the House and then Shri Paluskar presented a very informative lecture on the subject. He gave in depth information in relation to the Cosmology, Astrology and Astronomy. Then Shri Ashok Kulkarni, a Social Worker gave information on the Tour and Travel to Andaman-Nicobar for groups of persons. Shri Paluskar was also felicitated with presentation of a bouquet and a book. Shri O H Chillal from Sangli, who joined the Association as a new life member on the day, donated Rs.10000/- to the Branch apart from normal the charges of Rs. 1550/- being taken at the time of admission. The meeting was followed by a Lunch sponsored by Shri V K Bokil, a Life Member of the Branch in connection with the marriage of his daughter solemnized in Pune.
REQUEST TO REVIEW THE TWO OLD ITEMS PERTAINING TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN THE PROPOSED 25th MEETING OF SCOVA:
AIBSNLREA writes to Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare for a review of the two old items discussed in the 24th Meeting of SCOVA held in February 2014 and get them settled in the forthcoming meeting to be held in July 2014.
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PERSONAL INCOME TAX RELIEF FOR COMMON CITIZENS/SENIOR CITIZENS IN THE ENSUING GENERAL BUDGET 2014-15:
AIBSNLREA has submitted, vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/11 dated 04.06.2014, a detailed proposal for consideration of the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely suggesting to bring about some measures to provide some real relief to the individual tax payers and also the senior citizens. The letter and detailed proposals will be circulated later on.
"SECOND INNINGS" - MONTHLY E-JOURNAL OF AIBSNLREA LAUNCHED:
Some members had been suggesting for some time past to publish and circulate one monthly house journal on behalf of AIBSNLREA. However, because of limited developments taking place and the huge cost and man power involved in the process, the publication of a regular journal was not found justifiable. Moreover, all important developments are regularly appearing in our website. Thus the House journal would have been just a compilation of all those news at one place. Anyhow, after a careful thinking on the issue, we have now decided to bring out an e-journal every month instead of going for printed journal. Those who intend to have hard copies of the same, can take print-outs and preserve them. Otherwise, these will be available in its original form in a special page called “e-journal”. This journal is named as “Second Innings” and we hope to add new features to it in the coming months.
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This e-journal is also available in a permanent link in the left column.
NON EXTENSION OF THE BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF PAY AND PENSION TO THE GROUP “C” DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO OPTED TO RETAIN CDA PAY SCALE TILL THEIR PROMOTION OR RETIREMENT WHICHEVER IS EARLIER AS OFFERED IN THE GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR ABSORPTION BY THE DEPT OF TELECOMMUNICATION:
AIBSNLREA takes up the above issue with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice vide its letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/10 dated 02.06.2014 with copy endorsed to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The Association writes “Since we have failed to get justice from Department of Telecommunication despite our repeated representations for over the years, we now seek for your kind personal intervention so that the above stated provision in the General Terms and Conditions for Service for absorption, offering “an option to retain Government Pay Scale i.e. CDA pay scale till their promotion or retirement whichever is earlier”, is allowed even to the absorbed retired Group C & D Employees for giving them their due pay and pensionary benefits”.
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GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, BARIELLY BRANCH:
General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Bareilly Branch was held on 10.05.2014. State Secretary of U.P.State Branch Shri R.S Arora attended the meeting. The members expressed their concern over the delay in settling the issue regarding merger of 78.2% IDA for fixation of basic pension, payment of medical claim without voucher, granting medical advance etc. Three new members were enrolled in the branch.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF PRE-2007 BSNL PENSIONERS AND THE BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED AFTER 01.01.2007 BUT BEFORE 10.06.2013:
AIBSNLREA requests all the BSNL Pensioners in general and members of this Association in particular who retired before 1.1.2007 and between 1.1.2007 and 09.06.2013 to send a personal appeal to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India with a copy endorsed to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice requesting his personal intervention in resolving the re-fixation of their basic pension with the benefit of merger 78.2% IDA. The draft appeals for these two distinct categories of pensioners are enclosed herewith. We are to keep in mind that the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners are to get their pension re-fixed with 78.2% IDA with effect from 01.01.2007. But those who retired between 1.1.2007 and 09.06.2013 are eligible to get their basic pay fixed with 78.2% IDA in revised IDA pay scale w.e.f. 01.01.2007 which ensures re-fixation of their basic pension on the date of their retirement. Print out of these appeals can be taken and sent directly by ordinary post to the Hon’ble PM and Minister of Communications at the given address on 03.06.2014. However, those who cannot send this on 03.06.2014 may send the same within next couple of days. Branch/State Secretaries and other activists of the Association are requested to contact the members and ensure that the appeal is sent in time.
Format of appeal for pre-2007 BSNL pensioners.
Format of appeal for BSNL pensioners in service on 1.1.2007 but retired before 10.6.2013.
AIBSNLREA FELICITATES SHRI NARENDRA MODI ON HIS BECOMING THE PRIME OF MINISTER OF INDIA AND TAKES UP THE ISSUE OF EXTENSION OF BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR FIXATION OF BASIC PENSION OF ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:
AIBSNLREA writes to Shri Narendra Modi welcoming him on his assuming the office of the Prime Minister of India and simultaneously requesting his kind intervention in resolving the issue of extension of benefit of merger of 78.2% IDA for fixation of basic pension of absorbed BSNL Pensioners.
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[To view Enclosure-I and Enclosure-II to the letter, posting dated 07.10.2013 and dated 26.02.2014 respectively in this website may be viewed.]
EXTENSION OF CGHS FACILITY TO RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES – AIBSNLREA REQUESTS CMD, BSNL TO ISSUE DETAILED ORDER INDICATING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SWITCHING OVER TO CGHS:
BSNL had endorsed the DoT Order conveying the Government decision extending the CGHS facility to the retired BSNL employees who are in receipt of Central Civil Pension and rendered service in DOT/BSNL. Raising the issue of the pensioners who have already retired long back who may not find the facility acceptable unless the terms and conditions for switching over are clearly defined and financial burden is not imposed, AIBSNLREA requested CMD, BSNL to issue a detailed order indicating the terms and conditions for switching over.
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MERGER of 78.2% IDA FOR BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF BASIC PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:
Internal Finance of DoT is still examining the proposed reply to the queries raised by the Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance). The reply will be sent only when it is vetted by the Internal Finance.
AIBSNLREA, CHANDIGARH BRANCH TO HOLD GB MEETING:
A General Body Meeting of Chandigarh Branch of All India BSNL Retired Executives’ Association will be held on Saturday, May 24. 2014 at 03:00 PM in the Canteen of General Post Office, Sector-17, Chandigarh to discuss various issues. Shri Lokesh Chopra, Joint Secretary (N) will address the gathering. All members and other retired BSNL Executives are requested to attend the meeting.
AIBSNLREA, GUJARAT STATE BRANCH HELD ITS ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:
Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA held at Annual General Body meeting on May 15, 2014 at Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall, Ashram Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. Shri R M Nayi, Assistant Finance Secretary welcomed all the Guests, Executive Committee members and all other members of the Association. It was followed by observance of two minutes silence in memory of departed members. Meeting started with lighting of lamp by the Guests followed by a prayer song by Shri B C Chauhan, Retd DGM. Shri B M Bhavsar, State President, in his presidential address, welcomed all the members and briefed about the activities carried out in solving the problems of pensioners at the state level. 3rd issue of AIBSNLREA NEWS, GUJARAT published by the State Branch was also released on the occasion. Dr. Shashank Rathod, Hon. Chief Guest and an EYE Surgeon of well known & empanelled EYE CARE Hospital, Ahmedabad delivered the lecture on the Importance of EYE as organ in our body and problems of eye with the help of live demonstration on the screen of the hall. He replied to the queries raised made by our members. Shri G.N.Parmar, Hon Guest & AGM, CPPC, SBI, Gujarat State delivered a lecture regarding the payment of pensions through the centralized place of SBI Banks at Gandhinagar. Shri Amit Shah, Manager, SBI replied to the queries raised by the members.. D.D. Mistry, GS BDPA apprised the House on the latest position of 78.2% IDA Merger issue. Four donors and well wishers as well as 22 senior members above 70 years of age were honoured with presentation of shawls and garlands. State Secretary Shri A.B.Patel placed his report before the house explaining in detail the efforts made by CHQ in getting 78.2% fitment benefit to those who retired after 1.1.2007 but before 10.6.2013, as well as further revision of pension of pre-2007 pensioners. He also explained the efforts made by CHQ in resolving the problem of pension anomaly of those pensioners who retired between 1-10-2000 and 31-7-2001 and other problems pertaining to our members. 200 members attended the meeting. 19 new members also joined the Association. Thus, total membership of Gujarat State Branch reached to 680. Shri Jatin Parmar, Finance Secretary presented the accounts for the FY 2013-14 and it was passed by the house unanimously. Shri B.M.Bhavsar, State President requested the house to accept his resignation from the post of State President due to health related problems. The House, considering his health problem, accepted his request and wanted him to function as the advisor to the Association and guide the State Branch. Shri Patel, State Secretary requested Shri R.B.Goswami, Retd DGM (Vig) to work as President till regular election. His proposal was accepted by the house. Shri J.M.Nayi, Retd SDE (Civil) has been co-opted as office bearer in State body. The meeting ended with Vote of Thanks presented by Shri A.N.BHAVSAR, the State Vice-President. This was followed by a dinner sponsored by Shri B.C.Chauhan, Retd DGM, RTTC, Ahmedabad.
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DOT ISSUES ORDERS FOR PAYMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS BY GOVERNMENT FOR THE MTNL ABSORBED EMPLOYEES WITH EFFECT FROM 1.10.2000:
Following amendment of sub-rule 22, 23 and 24 of Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 by DoP&PW vide GSR 138(E) dated 03.03.2014 (uploaded in this website on 09.03.2014) allowing MTNL absorbed employees also to receive pensionary benefits from the Government at par with BSNL absorbed employees, the Department of Telecommunication has since issued an Order vide its No. 42-4/2012-Pen(T) dated 28.04.2014. The main features of the Order are: (1) Pensionary benefits shall be restricted to the amount arrived at by calculating pensionary benefits of MTNL absorbed employees based upon the equivalent pay scales of similarly placed employees of BSNL. As most of the pay scales in MTNL are higher than that of BSNL, the additional liability arising from the same shall be borne by MTNL by making advance payment to Government. (2) The arrangement shall continue till next wage revision by which time MTNL and BSNL achieve pay scale parity by bringing down the pay scale of MTNL to the level of BSNL pay scales.
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BI-MONTHLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, UDAIPUR BRANCH:
Udaipur Branch of AIBSNLREA held its bi-monthly meeting on 10-05-2014. Twenty five members attended the meeting. One new member was also registered for Life member ship. The members were welcomed by the Branch President Shri J M Avasthi and Branch Secretary Shri Gaffar Mohammed by garlanding the new member and also the other members whose date of birth were in the month of April and May. During the discussions, the members expressed their unhappiness over the way in which Department handling the case for re-fixation of pension of the BSNL pensioners retired before 10-06-2013. The meeting concluded after presentation of vote of thanks and lunch in hotel Garden palace.
SIMPLIFICATION OF PROCEDURE FOR PAYMENT OF PENSION IN RESPECT OF FRESHLY RETIRED EMPLOYEES:
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since issued an order modifying its earlier procedure to submit an undertaking “to refund or make good any amount to which he is not entitled” by the new pensioners to the authorized Banks disbursing their pension for the first occasion. The Pensioners receiving the pension will no longer be required to submit the same to the Banks. Now onwards, the undertaking in a prescribed format will be collected from the retiring employees along with their Pension Papers and finally sent to the Bank along with their PPOs to avoid delay.
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GUJARAT STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:
Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding its Annual General Body meeting on 15th May, 2014 at Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall, Opp. Old Natraj Cinema, Ashram Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad between 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm which is to be followed by the dinner. All the members of the Association are requested to attend the meeting.
MAHARSHTRA STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA NOW RECORDS HIGHEST NUMBER OF LIFE MEMBERS AMONG ALL THE STATE BRANCHES:
Maharashtra State Branch of AIBSNLREA, comprising of seven branches, now tops the list of life members with 528 registered life members pushing Gujarat State Branch having 500 life members to second position. The Branch wise life membership strength of the Branches in Maharashtra State Branch is as follows: Akola – 21, Amravati – 37, East Vidarbha (Nagpur) – 297, Kolhapur – 104, Mumbai – 14, Parbhani - 09, Pune – 46.
AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (TELECOM) TO SEND COPY OF THE INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY DOP&PW TO FIX TIMELINE FOR REDRESSAL GRIEVANCES TO ALL ITS SUBORDINATE OEGANIZATIONS INCLUDING BSNL AND TO ADVISE BSNL TO NOTIFY NODAL OFFICER IN CORPORATE OFFICE AND CIRCLE OFFICES TO LOOK THE GRIEVANCES OF ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:
AIBSNLREA has since written a letter to Secretary, Department of Telecommunication requesting to send the copy of the instructions issued by DoP&PW vide its No. 55/18/2914-P&PW(C) dated 28.03.2014 to all its subordinate organizations including BSNL and MTNL. It also writes “we shall request you to kindly send the copy of the said instructions as issued by DoP&PW to all subordinate organizations including BSNL for strict compliance. It is also requested to advise BSNL to notify one nodal officer in Corporate Office and also in Circle Offices to look into the grievances of the absorbed BSNL pensioners.”
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ABNORMAL DELAY IN ISSUE OF ORDERS TO EXTEND THE BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:
AIBSNLREA takes up the above issuer with Secretary, Department of Telecommunications with a request to “expedite issue of the order extending the benefit of merger of 78.2% of IDA for fixation of basic pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners”.
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EXECUTIVE BODY MEETING OF EAST GODAVARY BRANCH (AP STATE) OF AIBSNLREA:
The Executive body meeting of the District branch was held on 23.04.2014 at Rajahmundry under the president ship of Shri S. Satyanarayana President at Indra Heights Apts, Korukonda Road, Rajahmundry. The Branch Executive Body paid homage to the sad demises of two life members S/Sri K Maheswara Rao, Retd DE Amalapuram and M Krishna Murty, Retd SDE, Rajahmundry. The Executive body discussed the various issues including merger of 78.2% DA which was delayed very badly. The executive expressed its dissatisfaction on the progress of our representation submitted to GMTD EGDT regarding payment of arrears of commutation for about 79 cases applying old commutation table who retired between 1-1-2007 to 2-9-2008.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF PALAKKAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA:
Palakkad Branch (Kerala) of AIBSNLREA held a General Body meeting on 22.4.2014 at hotel Indraprastha palakkad. Apart from local issues, the crucial and most important issue that was discussed was that of 78.2% IDA merger with basic pension. Members expressed their deep anguish due to inordinate delay in getting this vital issue settled. After the meeting was over, lunch was served to the participants.
DOP&PW INVITES SUGGESTIONS TO REVIEW OF RULE 32, 33 AND 56 TO 82 OF CCS (PENSION) RULES 1972:
Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, vide its OM No. 1/19/2013-P&PW(E) dated 24.04.2014, has invited suggestions from all stake holders to review of Rule 32,33 and 56 to 82 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. Proposed amendments have also been detailed in the DoP&PW’s OM. All Branch/State Secretaries of AIBSNLREA are requested to send their views, if any, to CHQ at the earliest.
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GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AMBALA BRANCH:
A General Body meeting of Ambala Branch was held on 23.4.2014 at Anmol Restaurant. The meeting was presided by Sh. P. C.Chauhan President and attended by 32 members. A Special feature of the meeting was that it was addressed by Dr. Sujata and Shri O.P Sharma of Madhav Netra Bank, Ambala City about the importance of eyes donation after death of an individual. She explained the process of cornea transplant in blind persons and impressed upon the members to educate their relatives and friends to go for eye donation as it is a great noble cause. Branch Secy Shri J.C. Gupta briefed the members about the various issues like fixation of pay with fitment benefit with 78.2% DA wef 1.1.2007, extending the facility of CGHS to BSNL Pensioners, Single window system for reimbursement of Medical Bills. The members whose birthdays fell from the date of last meeting and 23.4.2014 were extended birthday greeting by presenting with flower buds. Four new members joined as life members making the total strength of the Branch to 41. The meeting was followed by Lunch and ended with vote of thanks to Dr. Sujata and their team.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF LUCKNOW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA:
The quarterly General Body meeting of Lucknow branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 29-03-2014 in the Committee Hall of Sanchar Sadan, Laplace, Lucknow. The meeting was presided over by Shri Y.S.Tripathi, President of Lucknow Branch. Shri S.P.Singh, Branch Secretary briefed the activities of the association during the last four months. State Secretary Shri R.S.Arora informed the house that the merger of 9.8% D.A as IDA PAY expected to be settled favourably but it may take some more time as it is yet to be cleared by Department of Expenditure. S/Shri A.K.Srivastava, Finance Secretary, Shri Radhey Shyam, Organizing Secretary, Sajamji Pandey and some other members also addressed the house. Eighty members attended the meeting. Fifteen new Life Members were also enrolled.
VARANASI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MEET SHRI A N RAI, DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL AND SUBMIT MEMORANDUM:
Representatives of Varanasi Branch of AIBSNLREA met Shri A N Rai, Director (HR), BSNL Corporate Office on 22.04.2014. The Director (HR) was visiting Varanasi. The Branch representatives, in their memorandum, expressed their concern on the delay to extend the benefit of merger of 78.2% of IDA with basic pension of those BSNL employees who retired before 10.06.2014 and urged Director (HR) for expedite settlement of the issue. All leading newspapers of Varanasi have covered the news.
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MERGER OF 78.2% OF IDA FOR FIXATION OF BASIC PENSIONOF ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS:
The Department of Telecommunications has not yet sent its reply to the queries raised on the above issue by Department of Expenditure. It is learnt that Internal Finance of DoT is yet to clear the reply to be sent to DoE. The concerned Branch of DoT will send the reply only after the concurrence of Internal Finance is received.
PUNE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA FORMED:
A meeting of the retired Executives of BSNL was held on 12.04.2014 at Bajirao Road Telephone Exchange complex at Pune and a new Branch was formed with the following office bearers:- President: S. N. Mupid, Vice President: A. B. Jadhav, Branch Secretary: B. B. Controllu, Org. Secretary: P. C. Dubey, Finance Secretary: V. V. Joshi. With the 20 additional members enrolled on the day, the total membership of the Branch has reached 41.
TIME LIMIT FOR REDRESSAL OF PENSIONERS’ GRIEVANCES:
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since issued an order, vide its OM F. No. 55/18/2014-P&PW(C) dated 28.03.2014, to all the Ministries/ Departments reiterating its previous orders indicating the time limits for various actions prescribed to deal with the grievances of the pensioners in a time bound manner. The DoP&PW has asked all the Ministries/Departments to strictly follow the same.
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GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, KOLHAPUR BRANCH:
General Body meeting of Kolhapur Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 6th April 2014 in Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall. The meeting was presided over by Shri S G Kanade. Fifty three (53) members attended the meeting and two (2) new members also joined the Association. The President welcomed all of them. The meeting started with the Prayer “Itani Shakti Hame Deen Daata…”. The House also observed two minutes’ silence in memory of Late Shri CB Suryvanshi who departed in January, 2014. The Branch Secretary Shri D K Joshi, in his report, informed the house about the latest development on the issue of 78.2% IDA merger and revision of Pension, MTNL/BSNL merger and pension issue, extension of CGHS facility to the BSNL retirees, Govt’s proposal on National Health Insurance Scheme for both working employees and Pensioners, Pension Adalat by CCAs, DOTs order for keeping fixed time for hearing Pensioners’ grievance, SBI’s proposal for Pension at doorsteps of the pensioners of 75 + age etc. The financial report of the branch was also placed in the house. After some discussions both the reports were passed. The House also appreciated the functioning of the Association, good collection of fund and approved the proposal for donation of Rs.5000/- to the CHQ. The House then elected a new body for next term of 2014-16 with Shri L M Godi, as President, Shri. G V Nanjagud, Vice President, Shri D K Joshi, Secretary, Shri P S Kulkarni, Asst. Secretary, Shri S M Vaidy, Finance Secretary. S/Shri, D M Bagwan, LG Joshi and SG Mendigeri were elected as Executive Members and Mrs. P P Nadagouda, as Auditor. Thereafter, the Asst. Secretary spoke on other activities of the Association like recent Tour to Mahabaleshar, Vai, Pachgani etc and also on the actions taken on the issues concerning the members. He also informed that in future such tours will be arranged and requested the members to join. Then President then spoke on “ Mind its Control through Intellect and result of vividness of Personality”. The meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Shri S M Vaidy followed by Lunch offered by Shri G D Kulkarni from Pune.
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BBNL CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS FROM RETIRED DOT/BSNL/MTNL EMPLOYEESS
TO JOIN AS CONSULTANTS:
BBNL has asked for applications from the retired DOT/BSNL/MTNL employees for joining the organization as consultants. The details can be viewed from the attached notification.
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BSNL ISSUES ORDERS FOR CIRCULATION OF DOT ORDERS CONVEYING GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO ALLOW CGHS FACILITY TO THE ABSORBED RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES WITH AN OPTION TO RETAIN BSNLMRS:
BSNL has since issued Orders circulating the DoT Orders conveying the decision of Government of India allowing the retired absorbed BSNL pensioners to opt either for CGHS facility or retain BSNL MRS (View posting dated 09.03.2014 in this website). The pensioners may now submit their option in case they want to switch over to CGHS.
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REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2014 from 221.7% to 218.1% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
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REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2014 from 90.5% to 88.4% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.
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BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR FIXATION OF BASIC PENSION TO ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED PRIOR TO 10.06.2013:
DoT is yet to send its reply in response to certain queries raised by Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) on its proposal for allowing the benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners who retired before 10.06.2013 which was earlier sent to the said Department for approval. The file on the issue is under submission in DoT.
REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN FIXATION OF PENSION TO DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001:
In the background of the decision taken in the meeting of SCOVA held on 05.02.2014 that Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare will communicate its response to DoT’s proposal to resolve the above anomaly, AIBSNLREA has since requested Secretary, DoP&PW to intervene and get the issue resolved at the earliest.
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DECREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2014:
According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index, IDA is to be decreased w.e.f. 1.4.2014 by 2.1% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 3.6% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR FIXATION OF PENSION:
DoT’s proposal for allowing the benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners who retired on and before 10.06.2013, though cleared by DoP&PW, is still not approved by Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. Several reasons are being cited for the delay in clearing the proposal by Deptt of Expenditure. We are to appreciate that Finance Ministry or for that reason any other Ministry normally clear the proposals received by them only after detailed scrutiny and getting the doubts, if any, cleared in file. In the process, it is the normal practice that the concerned Department may seek clarification on some points or the other. But there is no reason to be panicky. We had made in clear on so many occasions that we are not satisfied with the DoT’s proposal which is not going to give us the lawful and justified benefit. However, we did not intervene during the process of consideration of the DoT’s proposal by DoP&PW and Deptt. of Expenditure, since it could have further delayed the matter. We had already made it known that once the DoT issues some Orders, we shall take up the matter at the appropriate forum to get the defects rectified.
GENERAL BODY MEETING Of AIBSNLREA, CHANDIGARH BRANCH:
A General Body Meeting of All India BSNL Retired Executives’ Association, Chandigarh branch will be held on 15th March 2014 (Saturday) at 11:00 AM in the Canteen Hall of General Post Office at Sector-17, Chandigarh to discuss various issues including the progress and status of merger of 78.2% IDA for the pensioners. This will be followed by lunch to be arranged outside. All are requested to attend the meeting in time.
BI-ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING Of AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH, NAGPUR (MAHARASHTRA):
The bi-annual General Body Meeting of All India BSNL Retired Executives’ Association, East Vidarbha Branch, Nagpur was held at Staff Amenity Hall, CTO compound, Nagpur on 8th March, 2014. The meeting was presided over by Shri N G Talewar, President, AIBSNLREA Nagpur. In the beginning of the meeting, homage was paid to Shri S C joshi Retd PGMT Nagpur and other departed members of the Branch and their family members. Shri N G Talewar President welcomed all the life members of the branch and also the newly enrolled life members. Shri P R Bhujbal, Branch Secretary Nagpur, briefed the members about the status of key issues concerning the BSNL pensioners at CHQ level and activities of the Nagpur Branch. He appreciated GS for his sincere efforts being taken for revision of pension of BSNL employees retired during 1-10-2000 to 9-6-2013 as per revised fitment formula in the light of modified DPE order. Some important issues viz delay in payment of revised IDA to retired BSNL employees drawing pension through post offices, pension revision of BSNL employees retired after 10-06-2013 as per revised fitment formula i.e. @ 78.2%, discussed in the Pension Adalat held at Nagpur on 14-02-2014, were highlighted to the members. Contents of the DOT’s order No 4-12(11)/2012-PAT dtd 20-2-2014, regarding extension of CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees were brought to the notice of the members. The members of the branch protested the policy of CGHS to stop the ‘Cashless Medical Service‘ in private hospitals empanelled with its scheme from 7th March, 2014. More than one hundred members attended the meeting. 17 (seventeen) new BSNL retired executives enrolled as life member of AIBSNLREA, Nagpur Branch thereby increasing the membership from 280 to 297. S/Shri B Majumdar and N K Jhamb were on the dais. Meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Shri Arun Deshpande, Assistant Branch Secretary. The next meeting is scheduled in the second week of June, 2014.
GOVERNMENT ALLOWS CGHS FACILITY TO THE ABSORBED RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES WITH AN OPTION TO RETAIN BSNLMRS:
DoT has since issued Orders vide its No. 4-12(11)/2012-PAT dated 20.02.2014 conveying the decision of the Government to allow the absorbed retired BSNL employees to get CGHS facility which is now available at 25 select locations in the country. The retired BSNL employees will be allowed to choose either CGHS or BSNL MRS as per their convenience. Those opting for CGHS will be required to pay requisite fees to CGHS as in the case of CG Employees. A detailed Order is likely to be issued shortly by BSNL. It is to be mentioned here that when the proposal from BSNL was moved, a few Pensioners’ Welfare Associations of BSNL outrightly rejected the proposal. But AIBSNLREA had asked for allowing the retired employees an option either to switch over to CGHS or retain BSNL MRS as per their convenience. This request has since been acceded to.
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RULE-37A OF CCS (PENSION) RULES 1972 MODIFIED TO COVER ABSORBED MTNL EMPLOYEES:
Sub-rule (22), Sub-rule (23) and Sub-rule (24) of Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 has since been modified to allow the absorbed MTNL employees to get pension from Government as in the case of absorbed BSNL Employees.
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BIANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH, NAGPUR:
The biannual General Body meeting of East Vidarbha Branch, Nagpur of AIBSNLREA will be held on 8th March, 2014 at 16.00 Hours in the Staff Amenity Hall, CTO Compound, Nagpur. All members and other retired BSNL Executives have been requested to attend the meeting by the Branch Secretary.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT SCHEME FOR SERVING/RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF BSNL UNDER EVDO AND NIC POSTPAID DATA PLAN:
BSNL has introduced a special discount scheme @ 10% usage and FMC for serving/retired employees of BSNL under EVDO and NIC postpaid data plans, effective w.e.f.15.3.2014.
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES FORWARDED REPRESENTATIONS OF AIBSNLREA ON MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION:
Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India had forwarded our following two letters to the Department of Telecommunication for examination and necessary action: (1) Representation against willful violation of DPE guidelines dated 02.04.2009 by Department of Telecommunication which was addressed to Shri Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises (posted in this website on 07.10.2013) and (2) Proposal of Deptt of Telecom for revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners addressed to Secretary, DoP&PW (posted in this website on 11.10.2013).
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DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE ISSUES THE MINUTES OF THE 24TH MEETING OF SCOVA HELD ON 05.02.2014:
The Department of Pension & Pensioners has since issued the Minutes of the 24th Meeting of SCOVA held on 05.02.2014 vide its F.No. 42/2/2014-P&PW(G) dated 24.02.2014. The relevant extracts of the minutes of the meeting in respect of two important issues pertaining to the absorbed BSNL pensioners are hereby reproduced. These issues are in respect of (i) Anomaly in fixation of pension to DOT Employees absorbed in BSNL who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.07.2001 and (ii) Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners.
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KARNATAKA CIRCLE TO HOLD PENSION ADALAT IN MARCH 2014:
Notification has since been issued for holding of Pension Adalat in March 2014 to redress the grievances of the pensioners who retired from DoT and BSNL Karnataka Circle. All the concerned pensioners/family pensioners have been asked to send their representations giving details of their PPOs by 20.02.2014.
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PENSION ADALAT OF MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE HELD:
Principal CCA Maharashtra Circle held its Pension Adalat in the Conference Hall of PGMT, Nagpur on 14th February, 2014. The Adalat was chaired by the Principal CCA Maharashtra and attended by the PGM Telecom and Director of Accounts (Posts), Nagpur. AIBSNLREA Nagpur Branch was invited on this occasion by the CCA office Mumbai. S/Shri P R Bhujbal, Branch Secretary and V W Patil, Vice President represented AIBSNLREA in the Pension Adalat. The representatives of AIBSNLREA, Nagpur Branch also welcomed Principal CCA, PGMT and DAP by presenting bouquet in the Special meeting that was conducted with participant pensioners union/associations by the Principal CCA. PGMT Nagpur and DAP Nagpur shared the dais The important key issues raised and discussed in the meeting by AIBSNLREA Nagpur were as follows:- (1) delay in payment of revised DA to the BSNL pensioners drawing pension through post offices in Maharashtra Circle, (2) delay in payment of earned leave encashment on superannuation, (3) timely updation of official website of CCA Maharashtra, (4) Circulation of minutes of the Pension Adalat held in Maharashtra Circle, (5) Payment of arrears of CVP in respect of Post-2007 BSNL pensioners as per clarification issued by DOT on 10-06-2013, (6) Posting of revised PPO copy by speed post instead of ordinary post to the pensioners, (7) Amount of additional pension available to the old pensioners to be shown distinctly in the PPOs. The Principal CCA Maharashtra assured to look into these matters. Director of Posts (Account) also assured to reduce the hardship being faced by BSNL Pensioners in receiving the revised DA payment. AIBSNLREA, Nagpur extended vote of thanks to the Principal CCA, PGM Telecom, Director of Accounts (Posts) and others.
REPRESENTATION AGAINST WILLFUL VIOLATION OF THE DPE OM NO. 2(70)/08-DPE(WC)-GL-VII/0 DATED 02.04.2009 BY DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION REGARDING MERGER OF 50% DA, EFFECTIVELY AMOUNTING TO 78.2%, AS ON 01.01.2007 FOR FITMENT IN THE REVISED IDA SCALES AS RECOMMENDED BY THE GoM CONSTITUTED BY PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA - CASE OF THE EMPLOYEES OF BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED:
Shri Kantilal Bhuria, Member of Parliament and Ex-Minister had also forwarded our representation dated 07.10.2013 addressed to Shri Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises and others on the above subject [posted in this website on 07.10.2013] to Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communication & IT for its examination and necessary action vide his letter No. 334/14 dated 08.01.2014. Our Indore Branch was following up the matter. Earlier, Kumari Selja, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India had forwarded copy of our same representation to Minister of Communication & IT for necessary and appropriate action and getting the representation examined. Her letter was posted in this website on 10.12.2013.
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AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD, BSNL FOR HIS INTERVENTION IN THE CASE OF NON-SETTLEMENT OF EIGHT YEAR OLD VIGILANCE CASE OF SHRI BUDHESWAR, MISTRY, RETD. DE, JHARKHAND TELECOM CIRCLE:
AIBSNLREA takes up the case of non-settlement of vigilance case of Shri Budheswar Mistry, Retd DE, Jharkhand Telecom Circle who was charge sheeted under Rule-14 in the year 2006. The Association writes “….we would urge you to kindly intervene in the matter so that the case is finalized and Shri Budheswar Mistry, Retd DE, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand Telecom Circle gets all his pensionary benefits at the earliest. Let a pensioner not suffer due to administrative inaction.”
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STATUS OF THE ISSUES REGARDING THE PENSION ANOMALY CASE AND MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION AS REFLECTED IN THE ATR OF 23rd MEETING OF SCOVA ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSONERS’ WELFARE:
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare vide its OM F.No 42/2/2014-P&PW(G) dated 31.01.2014 has since issued the Action Taken Report of the Minutes of the 23rd Meeting of SCOVA held on 20.09.2013. The ATR also gives the status report on the following two long pending issues pertaining to the absorbed BSNL pensioners: (i) Anomaly in fixation of pension to DOT Employees absorbed in BSNL who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.07.2001 and (ii) Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners. The status report on the above stated issues is available in the extract of the ATR given separately.
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TWENTY FOURTH MEETING OF SCOVA TO BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 5, 2014 - AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY, DOP&PW REQUESTING EARLY SOLUTION OF PENSION ANOMALY CASE AND MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION ISSUE:
The 24th Meeting of SCOVA is now scheduled to be held on 5th February 2014 in New Delhi. AIBSNLREA has since written a letter to the Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare to refer to the minutes of the last meeting held on 20.09.2013 and settle the following two long pending issues immediately: (i) Anomaly in fixation of pension to DOT Employees absorbed in BSNL who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.07.2001 and (ii) Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL pensioners.
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GENERAL BODY MEETING OF CHANDIGARH BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:
A general body meeting of AIBSNLREA Chandigarh branch was conducted on 09-01-2014 at GPO Building Sec-17, Chandigarh. Shri Lokesh Chopra, Joint Secretary CHQ New Delhi also attended the meeting. In the beginning a 2 minutes silence was observed on account of untimely passing away of Shri Jatinder Mohan Chopra younger brother of Lokesh Chopra at the age of 58 yrs. The joint secretary gave details of status on implementation of 78.2% IDA issue and efforts by CHQ. He touched various points raised with DOT / BSNL and other concerned departments like DPE under Ministry of Heavy Industries, Department of Pension welfare and SCOVA Body. He answered various questions and queries raised by the members. He also applauded the Branch decision to honour the members by giving mementos to those who completed the age of 70 years. The members also donated voluntary contribution towards memento fund to keep this practice alive. The branch also wished birthdays falling during previous months to all the members by giving them small bouquets and garlands. Since Shri Lokesh Chopra is temporarily living at Gurgaon so he is available on his new contact Mobile No. 08527131124 for consultation or guidance.
DIFFICULTIES OF THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYESS TO GET REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL BILLS FOR INDOOR TREATMENT– REQUEST FOR REMOVING THE SAME:
AIBSNLREA takes up above issue regarding the difficulties being faced by the retired BSNL employees in getting reimbursement of medical bills for indoor treatment due to non-availability of medical advance and giving least preference to their claims etc. It requests CMD to advise the CGMs to (1) empanel mostly the hospitals agreeing to provide cashless treatment, (2) grant Medical Advance to the retired employees and (3) process and clear the medical bills for indoor treatment submitted by both retired and serving employees strictly based on the date of their receipt in the office. No preference be given to the serving employees over the retired employees.
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DENIAL TO EXTEND BENEFIT OF CONCESSIONAL BROAD BAND FACILITY TO THE BSNL PENSIONERS HAVING PROVIDED CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONE FACILITY ON WLL – CASE OF AHMEDABAD TELEPHONE DISTRICT:
AIBSNLREA again takes up above issue with CMD, BSNL. It writes “… Under the above background, we again seek for your kind personal intervention so that Ahmedabad Telephone District and Gujarat Telecom Circle are advised to provide the concessional broad band facility to the retired BSNL Executives having concessional telephone connection on WLL at their residences.”
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REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN FIXATION OF PENSION OF DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001:
In the above case in which the absorbed BSNL pensioners, who retired before completion of 10 months service after absorption, had received their pension fixed by taking into account the IDA pay for the remaining months’ service after 1.10.2000 and CDA pay for the rest of the months before this date to compute 10 months average pay. This created an anomaly in fixation of their pension since they got their pension fixed at lower amount. This matter was being pursued by AIBSNLREA since long. At one point of time DOT, on the basis of our request, had even taken up the case to allow fixation of pension of these pensions based on their last pay drawn in IDA. But this was not agreed to. Thereafter, AIBSNLREA proposed to DoT to remove the anomaly by notionally converting the pay in CDA to IDA for the required months prior to 1.10.2000 and fix the pension based on average of notional IDA pay plus actual IDA pay drawn. Subsequently, the issue was discussed in last two consecutive meetings of SCOVA wherein it was decided that DOT is to send a detailed proposal to DoP&W for their consideration. Now DOT is working out on the proposal and collecting some data to finalize the proposal. Once the exercise is complete, DOT is supposed to send this proposal to DoP&PW.
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2014 from 213.2% to 221.7% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2014:
DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2014 from 85.5% to 90.5% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.
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REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2007 ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS AND RE-FIXATION OF PAY OF THE ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES WHO WERE IN SERVICE ON 01.01.20O7 BUT RETIRED BEFORE 10.06.2013 CONSEQUENT TO ISSUE OF ORDERS BY DOT ALLOWING MERGER OF EFFECTIVE AMOUNT OF 78.2% DA, AS ON 01.01.2007 FOR FITMENT IN THE REVISED IDA SCALES:
Overlooking the objections raised by AIBSNLREA and against all the set rules, DOT had been moving with its proposal for allowing revision of pension of the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners and also of the absorbed BSNL employees who had been in service on 01.01.2007 but retired earlier to 10.06.2013 with effect from 10.06.2013 only. The net effect of this proposal is that the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners will not get their pension re-fixed with effect from 01.01.2007 with merger of 78.2% DA. Similarly, the absorbed BSNL Employees who had been in service on 01.01.2007 and got revision of their pay scale with 68.8% DA merger on 01.01.2007 shall not get their pay re-fixed with 78.2% DA merger with effect from 01.01.2007. While the pre-2007 BSNL pensioners lose the arrears from 01.01.2007 to 09.06.2013, the BSNL employees who retired after 01.01.2007 but before 10.06.2013 would lose the benefit of higher DCRG, commutation of pension and Leave encashment on the date of their retirement. This is in addition to the arrears of pay. It is understood that Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has not objected to this proposal and the same is being sent to Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) for financial concurrence. It is expected that once the Deptt of Expenditure gives financial concurrence, the Orders on the subject will be issued by DOT well before this financial year provided it does not again want to go the cabinet. This apprehension is because of the fact that Member (Services) had earlier recorded in file to obtain the approval of the cabinet in respect of the proposal for re-fixation of pension with 78.2% DA merger for the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners. Anyhow, there is no surprise in this proposal of DOT since it had once mentioned in a meeting of SCOVA that it was considering revision of pension with effect from 10.06.2013 only. AIBSNLREA, as was made clear earlier, would take the matter to the court of law at the opportune time after the Order is issued, to get all the benefits with effect from 01.01.2007.