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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.
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:Now all the procedural and administrative requirements to send the Cabinet Note to the Cabinet Secretariat are being complied with in DOT. It is expected that the said Cabinet Note will be sent to the designated Officer in the Cabinet Secretariat very shortly for further disposal of the issue.
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