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29.05.2016:

BIMONTHLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, AKOLA BRANCH HELD:

AIBSNLREA Akola (MH) Branch held its Bimonthly General Body meeting on 10th May 2016 at 04.30 PM at the residence of Shri S.M. Harale Rtd. SDE Akola. Shri S.K. Kulkarni Rtd. DGM Buldhana presided over the meeting. About 20 members were present in the meeting. Shri A.G. Nema Branch Secretary welcomed all the members present in the meeting……. [For full text of the Report, please go to Maharashtra State Sectuion of State News Page of this website].

27.05.2016:

FINAL CABINET NOTE ON REVISION OF PENSION YET TO BE SENT TO CABINET SECRETARIAT:

Though all the papers are said to be ready, the concerned Section of DOT till today could not send the requisite copes of Final Cabinet Note to Cabinet Secretariat since it is yet to get back the file which was submitted for the perusal of the senior officers after removing the deficiencies as pointed out earlier by the Cabinet Secretariat. Once the file is received back, the requisite copies of Cabinet Note will be dispatched.

25.05.2016:

FINAL CABINET NOTE ON REVISION OF PENSION:

Despite the all out efforts taken, DOT could not send the requisite copies of Final Cabinet to Cabinet Secretariat yesterday. This is now ready in all respects and is said to be sent to the Cabinet Secretariat within the next two days.

24.05.2016:

DELEGATES/PARTICIPANTS FOR THE AIC, BHUBANESWAR:

We had already informed that most of the delegates would be accommodated in the main Hotel in which the Conference will be held. We had also been requesting the participants to intimate us about their journey particulars. We are now happy to inform that the capacity of the main Hotel is already full. Others, as and when their journey particulars are received, would be accommodated in the nearby similar category Hotels with same comfort and facilities as per the agreement/MOU with the main Hotel Management.

24.05.2016:

BSNL SENDS REMINDER TO WEST BENGAL CIRCLE, KOLKATA REGARDING THE CASE OF WRONG FIXATION OF PAY/PENSION OF ARABINDA CHAUDHURY, RETD EE (CIVIL):

In our posting dated 07.02.2016 in this website, we reported that PGM(BW) had written a letter dated 03.02.2016 to the CGMT, West Bengal Circle requesting to supply the copy of the Circle Office letter No. WB/TA/GE/PF/C(58)/86 dated 13.12.2006 with copy of the representation dated 22.08.2006 of Shri Arabinda Chowdhury and also to furnish detailed comments. Since the Corporate Office did not receive any communication from West Bengal Circle, Kolkata, it has issued a reminder to the CGMT, Kolkata vide its No. PF/Arabinda Choudhury/Rtd EE/M(BW-CPC)/2015 dated 12.5.2016 and also endorsed a copy to AIBSNLREA w.r.t. its letter dated 25.04.2016.  View the letter

23.05.2016:

CABINET NOTE FOR PENSION REVISION ETC:

On our queries with DoT, we are informed that the minor corrections, as required by the Cabinet Secretariat, have already been made in the final cabinet note and fifty copies of the cabinet note are about to be sent to the Cabinet Secretariat by tomorrow.

22.05.2016:

AIBSNLREA SENDS AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA ON THE DEFERRED OPTION CASE OF THE GROUP C EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL:

AIBSNLREA has sent an appeal to President of India, copy of which has been endorsed to Prime Minister, MOC&IT and MOS(PP), on non-extending the benefit of option to retain CDA pay scale till their promotion or retirement whichever is earlier to the concerned pensioners which was offered to the Group C&D employees while inviting option for their absorption in BSNL. The Association has urged that “we seek for your kind intervention in the matter for immediate implementation of the said offer. This must not have been denied once the absorption has already taken place. We, therefore, make an earnest appeal to you for an early restoration of the said benefit to the affected absorbed Group C Employees so that their pay and pensionary benefits are properly fixed and disbursed”.  View the letter

22.05.2016:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF LUCKNOW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA:

Lucknow Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body meeting on 6.5.2016 in the Recreation Club at Kaiser Bagh Telephone Exchange Campus under the chairmanship of Jagdish Prasad. The House discussed at length on the orders for additional free calls and the unlimited calls offered during night hours and also the legal recourses to be taken on implementation of fixation benefit by merger of 78.2% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2007 after implementation of the proposal of the DOT... [ Please visit UP Section in State News page of this website for the full report].

20.05.2016:

ISSUE OF IDENTITY CARDS TO BSNL PENSIONERS – AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION) ON NON-IMPLEMENTATION OF DOP&PW OM DATED 12.08.2015:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Secretary (Pension), vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2016/19 dated 18.05.2016, about inaction by DOT to get the Identity Cards issued to the absorbed BSNL pensioners in the revised format and linking the Aadhar number as prescribed in DOP&PW No. 41/21/2000-P&PW(D) dated 12.08.2015. The Association has alao sought for the intervention of the Secretary (Pension) so that 'DOT takes immediate action to get your above quoted orders implemented in respect of the absorbed BSNL pensioners whose pension is being paid by the Government under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972’.  View the letter

19.05.2016:

CABINET NOTE FOR PENSION REVISION ETC:

Sources say that no comments/views on the Cabinet Note has been so far received from PMO, but a reference has come from Cabinet Secretariat which has reached the Secretary (T).

18.05.2016:

QUESTION ON BSNL PENSION RULES RAISED IN LOK SABHA:

An unstarred question was raised in Lok Sabha on 4th May, 2016 regarding the rules/guidelines for pension and revision of pension of DOT Employees absorbed in BSNL and other related issues. The reply given by MOC&IT does not disclose anything new. These are already known to us. However, this might open the eyes of those who believe that pension can be revised even without revision of pay scales of the serving employees.  View the Question & Answer

16.05.2016:

CABINET NOTE FOR PENSION REVISION ETC:

Department of Telecommunications has not so far received any views/comments from PMO/ Cabinet Secretariat on the Cabinet Note. Still waiting to receive response.

13.05.2016:

MINISTRY OF FINANCE REPLIES TO THE LETTER OF AIBSNLREA ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REGARDING REDUCTION OF RATES OF INTEREST IN THE SENIOR CITIZEN SAVINGS SCHEME:

AIBSNLREA had earlier represented to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India expressing serious concern and deep anguish of the pensioners on the decision of the Government to reduce the rate of interest on deposits in Senior Citizens Saving Scheme. The Association had also appealed to the PM to restore the rate of interest on the deposits under Senior Citizens Savings Scheme. [View posting dated 21.03.2016 in this website to read the letter]. The PMO had also forwarded the said representation to Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare to take appropriate action on the matter [View posting dated 01/04/2016 in this website to read the PMO letter]. Now Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) has replied to our said representation and stated that “high small savings interest rates limit the banking sector’s ability to lower deposit rates in response to monetary policy of the Reserve Bank of India” and therefore “by quarterly re-fixing the Small Savings interest rates the transmission of the lower interest rates in the economy has been eased” to help India transition to a lower interest rate economy. It has further been stated in the reply that Government had taken a comprehensive view on the social goals of certain National Small Savings Schemes and the issue raised by the Association “is a policy related issue and the same has been noted”  View the MoF letter

12.05.2016:

28th MEETING OF SCOVA STANDS POSTPONED:

Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, vide its F. No. 42/05/2016-P&PW(G) dated 10.05.2016, has notified postponement of 28th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held on 16th May 2016 to 27th June 2016 in view of assembly elections in few states.

10.05.2016:

DOT ENDORSES THE OM DATED 06.04.2016 ISSUED BY DOP&PW ON REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2006 PENSIONERS BY DELINKING OF REVISED PENSION FROM QUALIFYING SERVICE OF 33 YEARS:

Department of Telecommunication has since endorsed, vide its No. 40-04/2013-Pen (T) dated 05.05.2016, the OM dated 06.04.2016 issued by Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare on revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners by delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years. It may be recalled that AIBSNLREA had earlier vide its letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2016/14 dated 26.04.2016 [view posting dated 27.04.2016 in this website to read this letter] requested DDG (Estt), Department of Telecommunications to expedite its endorsement to Pr CCAs/CCAs and others.  View the DOT endorsement

10.05.2016:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION) ABOUT INACTION OF DOT TO RESTORE THE BENEFIT OF 2nd ACP WRONGLY WITHDRAWN FROM SOME SDEs (CIVIL) OF WEST BENGAL CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW about the inaction of Department of Telecommunications on the representation to restore the benefit of 2nd ACP granted to some retired Executives of Civil Wing, BSNL, West Bengal Circle. These executives were rightly granted the benefit of 2nd ACP in accordance with the rules, but subsequently the benefit was unjustifiably withdrawn. The Association had earlier taken up the issue with Secretary (Telecom), but there seems to be no action to resolve the matter. The Association now seeks the intervention of Secretary (Pension) to get this long pending grievance redressed.  View the letter

10.05.2016:

FURNISHING DETAILS OF ARRIVAL-DEPARTURE PARTICULARS OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE AIC AT BHUBANESWAR:

All Branches/participants in the All India Conference of AIBSNLREA being held at Bhubaneswar on 2nd and 3rd July 2016 are requested to immediately furnish their arrival-departure particulars as in the attached format. The same may be mailed at gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com. This is to arrange proper allotment of rooms for them in the Hotel and ensure their comfortable stay.  View the Format

09.05.2016:

CABINET NOTE ON MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR EXTENDING THE BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF REVISED PENSION TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS RETIRED PRIOR TO 10.06.2013:

Department of Telecommunications now waits for the response from Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on its Final Cabinet Note proposing revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners retired prior to 10.06.2013 and also addressing the issue of sharing pension liability between DOT and BSNL. Further action by DOT is expected after a few days, since the Note has been sent only on last week end.

09.05.2016:

ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, GUJARAT STATE BRANCH:

Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA held it’s AGM on 02.05.2016 at Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall at Ahmedabad. The meeting started with lightening of lamp followed by prayer by Shri P K Shah Retd, AGM ATD. President Shri P. B. Parmar welcomed all the participants and informed about approval of Cabinet note on the proposal regarding merger of 78.2% for fitment of pension by Minister of Communications & IT. ………. [ Please visit Gujarat Section in State News page of this website for the full report].

06.05.2016:

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.

04.05.2016:

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.

04.05.2016:

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].

03.05.2016:

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.

02.05.2016:

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.

02.05.2016:

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

01.05.2016:

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

30.04.2016:

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

29.04.2016:

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].

29.04.2016:

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].

28.04.2016:

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:

The Hindi translation of the final cabinet note has been received in the Pension section, paving way for onward transmission of the final cabinet note to the Cabinet Secretariat.

27.04.2016:

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:

The final Cabinet Note on the above issue and also addressing the issue of present arrangement of sharing pension liability between DOT and BSNL on 60:40 ratio, as expected, was duly approved by the competent authority i.e. MOC&IT. But the Pension Section of DOT is still waiting to get its translated version in Hindi from the DoT’s Official Language Section which translates the Notes/Documents in Hindi. This may be received back shortly and multiple copies of the Note both in English and Hindi will be sent to the designated Officer in Cabinet Secretariat. The proposal in the note normally goes under the signature of the Joint Secretary.

27.04.2016:

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

26.04.2016:

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

26.04.2016:

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.

25.04.2016:

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

25.04.2016:

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.

21.04.2016:

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].

21.04.2016:

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.

20.04.2016:

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

19.04.2016:

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.

17.04.2016:

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.

13.04.2016:

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

13.04.2016:

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.

13.04.2016:

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].

08.04.2016:

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

07.04.2016:

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.

06.04.2016:

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.

06.04.2016:

NEXT MEETING OF SCOVA:

DoP&PW has notified holding of 28th meeting of Standing Committee Of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) on 16th May 2016.

04.04.2016:

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}.

03.04.2016:

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.

01.04.2016:

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

01.04.2016:

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

31.03.2016:

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.

28.03.2016:

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.

27.03.2016:

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

23.03.2016:

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

21.03.2016:

“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

20.03.2016:

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

15.03.2016:

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

13.03.2016:

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}.

10.03.2016:

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.

09.03.2016:

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.

08.03.2016:

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.

06.03.2016:

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.

05.03.2016:

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

01.03.2016:

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].

29.02.2016:

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

28.02.2016:

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

27.02.2016:

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

26.02.2016:

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.

26.02.2016:

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

23.02.2016:

REVISION OF SENIORITY LISTS NO. 1 TO 17 OF THE TES GROUP B OFFICERS BASED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF PARA 206 OF P&T MANUAL VOLUME IV AS PER JUDGMENT DATED 21.01.2015 BY THE SUPREME COURT:

The Supreme Court in its Judgment dated 21.1.2015, while disposing of series of Civil Appeals, had ordered constitution of a two member Expert Committee with Justice Shri K.Ramamoorthy, retired judge of High Court of Madras as its Chairman. The Expert Committee was to suggest the way out for balancing the rights of the two groups of employees whose grievances are to be addressed with minimum disturbance in the matter of fixation of their seniority and allowing consequent promotions. Though this Association is not a party in the case, there are many members whose interests are likely to be affected. Keeping this in view, AIBSNLREA had sent some suggestions to the Committee for consideration so as to balance the rights of the groups in the process of revising their seniority and allowing promotions so as to cause minimum disturbance. [Postings in this site on 3.5.2015 may please be seen.] The Expert Committee having submitted its views, the Supreme Court in the hearing on 17.2.2016 has given three weeks time for submission of objections, if any. Thereafter Supreme Court will pronounce its final orders.

23.02.2016:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, EAST GODAVARI DISTRICT BRANCH HELD:

The Quarterly General body meeting of AIBSNLREA, East Godavari District Branch was held on 21-02-2016 at Conference Hall, Sanchar Bhawan, Rajamahendravaram under the president ship of Shri GV Rama Krishna. The meeting started with prayer at 10.00 hrs. The house paid homage to the departed leaders. Shri GSVSS Vara Prasad, District Secretary welcomed the members. The President touched upon all the issues in his opening remarks …. …..[For full and complete report and the photographs, Andhra Pradesh section of “State News” Page of this website may be viewed.]

22.02.2016:

CABINET NOTE FOR REVISION OF PENSION ALLOWING FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 78.2% IDA:

In the last posting on the above issue in this website on 09.02.2016, basing on the information gathered from DDG(Estt), it was reported that the final Cabinet note was received in the office of new Secretary(Telecom) for his clearance before the same could be sent to MOC&IT for his approval. It was also reported that there could be a discussion between the new Secretary(T) and the Officers concerned to apprise him the background of the issue. Subsequently, it was learnt that Secretary(T) himself desired to have a discussion. The said discussion may now take place shortly.

21.02.2016:

HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME FOR SENIOR CITIZENS - GOVERNMENT MAY ANNOUNCE IN THE ENSUING BUDGET:

Government is reported to be working on a cashless health insurance scheme for senior citizens which may be announced in the upcoming Union Budget 2016-17. Around Rs 10,000 crore which is lying unclaimed in banks and insurance companies, EPFO and small savings schemes may be proposed to be utilized for providing the health insurance cover to the elderly. It may be recalled that the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, after formation of the new Government, had asked the views of all in utilizing the unclaimed money lying in EPFO, other small savings schemes etc for the welfare of the senior citizens and even a Committee was formed for the purpose. It is also to be noted that VII CPC has recommended for introduction of a Health Insurance Scheme for the Central Government Pensioners and a proposal in this regard was already under consideration of the Government.

19.02.2016:

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION SEEKING INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA IN THE MATTER OF INJUSTICE METED OUT TO THE ABSORBED BSNL EMPLOYEES IN GENERAL AND THE BSNL EXECUTIVES IN PARTICULAR IN THE MATTER OF THEIR PAY AND PENSION TO SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

Prime Minister’s Office has since forwarded the representation dated 10.02.2016 from AIBSNLREA to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for action appropriate. AIBSNLREA had earlier sought for the intervention of the Prime Minister to protect the pay and pension of the absorbed BSNL employees in general and the Executives in particular following issue of orders in 2014 to allow Government pension to the absorbed MTNL employees with one stage higher pay scales. This order was in contravention to the provisions in the terms and conditions of service for absorption issued earlier [View posting dated 12.02.2016 in this website for further details and the representation].  View the letter of PMO

18.02.2016:

AIBSNLREA, UP STATE BRANCH MEETS GM (FINANCE), UP EAST TELECOM CIRCLE:

S/Shri R S Arora, State Secretary of UP State Branch, Ambika Singh, Finance Secretary, UP State Branch and S P Singh, Branch Secretary, Lucknow Branch met General Manager (Finance) of UP East Telecom Circle of BSNL on 15.02.2016 to discuss the following issues:- abnormal delay in payment of indoor and outdoor medical claims, problems in raising bills by the empanelled hospitals, issue of updated list of empanelled hospitals with details of packages. The GM(F) gave a patient hearing and stated that there is no shortage of funds for settlement of medical claims and wanted a list of all pending cases which are delayed for more than one month. A copy of the list of empanelled hospitals was also handed over to the representatives of the Association.

17.02.2016:

DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE ISSUES ORDERS FOR REVISION OF FULL NOTIONAL PENSION OF ALL PRE-2006 ABSORBED PENSIONERS W.E.F. 01.01.2006 INSTEAD OF 24.09.2012 AS ORDERED EARLIER:

Following issue of instructions for revision of pension/family pension of all pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012, DOP&PW has now issued instructions for revision of notional full pension/family pension of pre-2006 absorbed pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012 as ordered earlier. Dearness Relief and additional pension for old pensioners would also be admissible on such revised notional full pension.  View the DoP&PW letter

17.02.2016:

BI-ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH HELD:

The bi-annual General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch was held on Sunday, the 7th February, 2016 at Amenity Block, CTO Compound Nagpur under the Chairmanship of Shri N G Talewar President of the Branch. After paying tributes to the departed family members, Shri Arun Deshpande, Asst Branch Secretary welcomed all the life members and also the newly enrolled life members. He briefed the house regarding the efforts being taken by Nagpur Branch to resolve the grievances of the BSNL pensioners…….. [ For full and complete report, Maharashtra section of “State News” Page of this website may be viewed.}

14.02.2016:

AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REQUESTING GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THOSE WHO COMPLETE FULL YEAR’S OF SERVICE ON THE DATE OF THEIR RETIREMENT BUT DENIED THE ANNUAL INCREMENT SINCE THE DATE OF THEIR INCREMENT FALLS ON NEXT DAY OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH--- DOP&T NOW FORWARDS THIS REPRESENTATION TO THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE:

AIBSNLREA had earlier taken up with 7th Central Pay Commission the above issue stating that “There are many pensioners who even after completing one full year’s complete service on the last day of their service do not get the increment since the date of their annual increment falls on the next day. Just because they retire before the day of receiving the annual increment, even after completing one full year’s service, they receive lesser pension and other benefits compared to those who retire after receiving the next increment. Thus an anomalous situation is created in such cases”. The Association had urged to allow notional increment to the retiring Employees in such cases [view posting dated 08.04.2015]. Subsequently, the Association took up the issue with Department of Personnel & Training [view posting dated 05.05.2015]. Now DOP&T has forwarded our representation to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure for ‘taking appropriate action’ on the matter.  View the DoP&T letter

12.02.2016:

AIBSNLREA SEEKS INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA 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:

AIBSNLREA takes up the case of high handed action of DOT to put its Officers who opted for absorption in BSNL in a great loss in terms of pay scales and pension by arbitrarily changing the terms and conditions of service for absorption after the absorption process was completed which gave advantage to those who had opted for absorption in MTNL. AIBSNLREA points out that while asking its officers to exercise option either in MTNL or BSNL, DOT had agreed to ensure payment of pension by the Government only to the absorbed employees in BSNL on their accepting lower pay scales than those offered to MTNL Employees and whose pension was decided to be paid by a trust. But subsequently DOT issued an order in 2014 allowing even the MTNL absorbed employees to get the pension by the Government w.e.f. 1.10.2000 with a provision that the pay parity between the employees of MTNL and BSNL is to be achieved by bringing down the pay scales of MTNL to the level of BSNL pay scales during next pay revision which is due w.e.f. 1.1.2017. But this decision has allowed the employees of MTNL not only to get the added benefit of higher pay scales and higher pensionary benefits than the employees of BSNL but also the added advantage of payment of pension by the Government till the next wage revision and practically even beyond. Thus those who opted for absorption in BSNL lost out in terms of both pay and pension starting w.e.f. 1.10.2000 i.e. the date on when absorption took place. The Association writes “……… it is our earnest appeal that the pay scales in BSNL be also brought at the same level as available in MTNL w.e.f. 01.10.2000 and the pension of retired absorbed employees of BSNL be revised accordingly. The employees who opted for absorption in BSNL, after comparing the general terms and conditions of service for absorption that was offered by DOT for exercising option either in BSNL and MTNL, cannot be put to a loss at a later stage by arbitrarily virtually changing the terms of conditions for absorption in favour of MTNL absorbed employees”.  View the letter

10.02.2016:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH SECRETARY (TELECOM) THE CASE OF DENIAL AND NON-RESTORATION OF BENEFIT OF 2nd ACP TO THE CIVIL WING EXECUTIVES OF BSNL BY WEST BENGAL TELECOM CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA has since taken up the case of denial and non-restoration of the benefit of 2nd ACP to 16 SDEs (Civil) of West Bengal Telecom Circle which was withdrawn in 2009 on the plea of non-filling the stated condition of 8 years of regular service in the cadre of SDE and non-possession of qualification in Degree in Engineering. The Association referrs to the Clarificatory Orders issued by DOP&T on 10.02.2000 which states that 24 years of regular service at the direct entry grade alone has to be taken into account for granting 2nd ACP. As regards the qualification, the Association quotes the BSNL Corporate Office letter dated 10.07.2015 which clarified that “diploma in appropriate field of engineering with 10 years of experience shall be construed to equivalent to Degree in Engineering”. The Association further points out that this clarification again is based on DoT letter No.19-23/2012-CWG dated 11.2.2015 conveying its decision to implement Hon’ble High Court of Delhi orders dated 5.8.2014 to treat diploma holders in engineering with 10 years of experience as equivalent to degree in Engineering. The Association writes that “In view of the above, we earnestly appeal to your kind self to intervene in the matter so that the benefit of 2nd ACP is restored to all the 16 SDEs (Civil) which was withdrawn by the West Bengal Circle of BSNL vide its No. 11-6/2007-CEEZ/1093 dated 26.05.2009 arbitrarily and in violation of the rules/orders”.  View the letter

10.02.2016:

BI-MONTHLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF PUNE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA:

Pune Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA held its bi-monthly General Body meeting on 09.01.2016 at Telephone Bhawan, Bajirao Road, Pune. The meeting was presided over by Shri S N Mupid, Branch President. The main point of discussion was about the Write Up “Is our Pension secure?“ by Shri S. Ratnasubramanian, Joint Secretary (South), CHQ regarding pension security. The write up was read out by Branch Secretary Shri B B Controllu who explained in detail regarding the pension security and asked all not to get panic.

09.02.2016:

FINAL CABINET NOTE FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF THE BSNL PENSIONERS WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 50% IDA EFFECTIVELY AMOUNTING TO 78.2% IDA:

AIBSNLREA had earlier reported in this post on 03.02.2016 that DOT had submitted a final Cabinet Note on its proposal for revision of pension of the BSNL Pensioners with fitment benefit by merger of 50% DA effectively amounting to 78.2% IDA for approval of MOC&IT which was to reach him through the prescribed channel. It is now gathered from DDG(Estt), DOT that the said final Cabinet Note in file is now with Secretary(T), who joined DOT a few days back, for his clearance. A meeting, if need be, may take place to discuss the issue with him. Besides the proposal for revision of pension of the BSNL employees who retired prior to 10.06.2013, the pension liability issue between DOT and BSNL has also been addressed in this Cabinet Note.

08.02.2016:

QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF MUMBAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:

Quarterly General Body Meeting of Mumbai Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 25 January 2016 at 14 00 hrs in the Conference Hall, Fountain Telecom Building, Fort Mumbai. Shri S N Verma presided over the meeting and welcomed all the members and wished them a very happy new year 2016 . He specially welcomed Shri A B Ansari Retd A D, Maharashtra Telecom Circle, Mumbai for enrolling himself as a life member…… [ For full report of the meeting, please go to Maharashtra State section of ‘State News’ page of this website].

07.02.2016:

PGM(BW), BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE FINALLY ASKS CGMT, WEST BENGAL CIRCLE TO SUPPLY COPY OF CIRCLE’S EARLIER LETTER DATED 13.12.2006 AND ALSO THE COPY OF THE REPRESENTATION DATED 22.08.2006 OF SHRI ARABINDA CHOWDHURY, RETD EE (CIVIL) TO SETTLE THE CASE OF HIS WRONGLY FIXED PAY/PENSION:

AIBSNLREA is pursuing the above case for the last couple of years with BSNL Corporate Office and others. Once the PAT Section of BSNL Corporate Office had reported that it has transferred all the letters/representations to PGM(BW) to examine and settle the case. Since there was no response, the Association took up the matter with Director (HR) vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2015/35 dated 16.11.2015 [view posting dated 19.11.2015 to view the letter]. Now PGM(BW) has written a letter dated 03.02.2016 to the CGMT, West Bengal Circle requesting to supply the copy of the Circle Office letter No. WB/TA/GE/PF/C(58)/86 dated 13.12.2006 with copy of the representation dated 22.08.2006 of Shri Arabinda Chowdhury and also to furnish detailed comments.  View the letter

06.02.2016:

E-JOURNAL FEBRUARY 2016 ISSUE:

February 2016 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

03.02.2016:

FINAL CABINET NOTE FOR REVISION OF PENSION FOR THE BSNL PENSIONERS WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 50% IDA EFFECTIVELY AMOUNTING TO 78.2% IDA SINCE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL OF MOC&IT:

Department of Telecommunications (Establishment Branch) has since submitted the final Cabinet Note on its proposal for revision of pension of the BSNL Pensioners with fitment benefit by merger of 50% IDA effectively amounting to 78.2% IDA for approval of MOC&IT. The file is to reach him through the prescribed channels and once approved, multiple copies of the Cabinet Note have to be sent to the Cabinet Secretariat.

02.02.2016:

EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD BI-ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING ON 7TH FEBRUARY, 2016:

East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding its next Bi-annual General Body meeting at 16.00 Hours on Sunday, the February 7th, 2016 in the Amenity Hall of CTO Nagpur. All the members and other retired BSNL Executives have been requested by the Branch to attend the meeting.

29.01.2016:

DOP&T ISSUES GUIDELINES TO BE FOLLOWED FOR PROMOTION OF GOVERNMENT SERVANTS EXONERATED AFTER RETIREMENT:

Department of Personnel & Training has since issued an order detailing the procedure and guidelines to be followed for promotion of Government servants who are exonerated after retirement. The said order says that “…… A retired Government employee who is considered for notional promotion from the date of promotion of his next junior after opening of the sealed cover would also be entitled to fixation of pension on the basis of such notional pay on his notional promotion……'.  View the DOP&T order

26.01.2016:

QUATERLY GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, KOLHAPUR BRANCH HELD:

Quarterly General Body meeting of Kolhapur Branch (Maharashtra State) was held on 24th January 2016 in Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall at Kolhapur with Shri L M Godi, President in the Chair. [Please go to Maharashtra State Section of ‘State News’ Page in this website for the full report}.

21.01.2016:

CABINET NOTE FOR REVISION OF PENSION FOR THE BSNL PENSIONERS WITH FITMENT BY EFFECTIVE MERGER OF 78.2% DA:

The information that was gathered to-day from DDG (Estt), Department of Telecommunications reveals that the “comments” from Ministry of Law on DOT’s reference on the issue has since been received by the DOT. The response from Ministry of Law is said to be positive and now DOT will take follow up action to complete the Cabinet Note which is to be sent to the Cabinet Secretariat.

18.01.2016:

INDORE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA PRESENTS MEMORANDUM TO MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS & IT ON REVISION OF PENSION WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 78.2% DA:

Shri N C Yadav, Branch Secretary of Indore Branch (MP State) of AIBSNLREA to-day led a delega4on of the members and met Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communica4ons & IT and presented him a memorandum on inordinate delay in sending the Cabinet Note to the Cabinet Secretariat for revision of pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA to the BSNL pensioners. He assured to look into the case. The Minister was at Indore on his two day visit.

17.01.2016:

AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 06.01.2016 ON HARASSMENT OF THE PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED FROM BSNL IN THE MATTER OF REVISION OF THEIR PENSION WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER OF 78.2% DA SINCE FORWRADED BY PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE TO THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR ACTION APPROPRIATE:

Representation dated 06.01.2016 of AIBSNLREA to the Prime Minister [view posting dated 08.01.2016 in this website to read the letter] in the matter of revision of pension of the BSNL pensioners with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA has since been forwarded to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications by the Prime Minister’s Office vide its No. PMOPG/D/2016/0007076 dated 08.01.2016. The PMO has advised DOT to take appropriate action on the representation and send a reply to the petitioner and a copy of the same uploaded on the portal.  View PMO letter

16.01.2016:

AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH, NAGPUR MEETS SR. GMTD NAGPUR:

Representatives of AIBSNLREA, East Vidarbha Branch, comprising of S/Shri N G Talewar, P R Bhujbal, Arun Deshpande, R C Rachkondawar and B M Majumdar, met Shri R N Patil Sr. GMTD Nagpur on 14th January, 2016. On behalf of all members, the. Association greeted Sr. GMTD Nagpur on the eve of Makar Sankranti and New Year. The representatives of the Association mainly raised the issue of undue delay in payment of outdoor medical claims of BSNL retired employees of SSA Nagpur and requested to settle the medical claims within a time frame. Sr. GMTD assured to look into the matter. Another important issue …….. [Please go to Maharashtra State Section of ‘State News’ Page in this website for the full report}.

15.01.2016:

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 09.01.2016 ABOUT INACTION BY DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS ON ITS REPRESENTATION TO REMOVE A GENUINE GRIEVANCE REGARDING UNJUST PENSION LIABILITY ON BSNL TO THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR ACTION APPROPRIATE:

Prime Minister’s Office has since forwarded AIBSNLREA’s representation dated 09.01.2016 [view posting dated 11.01.2016 to read the letter] about inaction by DOT on the representation of the Association to remove a genuine grievance regarding unjust pension liability on BSNL to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications vide its No. PMOPG/D/2016/0010857 dated 13.01.2016. The PMO has also advised DOT to take appropriate action on the representation and send a reply to the petitioner and a copy of the same uploaded on the portal.  View PMO letter

14.01.2016:

INTRODUCTION OF HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME FOR PENSIONERS INCLUDING THOSE RESIDING AT NON-CGHS AREAS:

AIBSNLREA takes up the issue with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for early decision on the proposal which was under consideration of the Government. The Association refers to the discussion on the matter in the last meeting of SCOVA held on 13.10.2015 wherein it was reported that “An EFC Memo in this regard would be circulated to all concerned departments shortly”. It may be recalled that the 7th Central Pay Commission has also recommended for introduction of Health Insurance Scheme for the CG Employees.  View the letter

14.01.2016:

GOVERNMENT FORMS EMPOWERED COMMITTEE OF SECRETARIES TO PROCESS THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION:

The Government of India on Wednesday, the 13th January, 2016 has set up an Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary Shri P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in an overall perspective. This Committee will function as a screening committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the Commission in an expeditious, detailed and holistic fashion.

11.01.2016:

UNJUST BURDEN OF PENSION LIABILITY ON BSNL IN RESPECT OF THE DOT EMPLOYEES RETIRED PRIOR TO 1.10.2000 IN CDA SCALE – AIBSNLREA SEEKS THE INTERVENTION OF THE PRIME MINISTER ON THE ISSUE:

DOT, in pursuant to Sub-Rule 22 of Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, had earlier specified the manner in which the financial liability for payment of pension to the retired absorbed retired employees will have to be met. The arrangement also includes the cases of those DOT employees who retired before formation of BSNL. AIBSNLREA had taken up the issue with Minister of Communications & IT and others vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/20 dated 30.07.2014 [view AIBSNLREA letter dated 30.07.2014] and requested “to exempt Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited from shouldering the pension liability of the DOT employees retired prior to 1.10.2000 in CDA scale as has been done in the case of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited.” Though, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, vide their No. 4/5/2014-P&PW(D) dated 7.10.2014 [view posting dated 20.10.2014 in this website] had forwarded the representation and advised DOT “to consider the issue raised in the representation expeditiously under intimation to the representationist”, nothing was heard from DOT. Subsequent reminders by AIBSNLREA also failed to get any response. Now the Association has taken up the issue with Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for his “kind intervention so that Department of Telecommunication takes appropriate action to examine our genuine grievance as detailed in our representation dated 30.07.2014 and resolve the same at the earliest”.  View the letter

11.01.2016:

BI-MONTHLY MEETING OF AMRAVATI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA:

Amravati Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA held its Bi-monthly meeting on 3.1.2016 in the Conference Hall of G.M. Amaravati. Shri V G Dakhode, Branch Secretary welcomed all the members and wished them happy new year 2016. He then gave the details of present status of merger of 50% D.A. amounting to 78.2 % and other issues. … [Please view Maharashtra State section of State News Page of this website for the full report]

10.01.2016:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO UNION FINANCE MINISTER REQUESTING HIM TO CONSIDER CHANGES IN THE EXISTING PERSONAL INCOME TAX RELIEF GRANTED TO THE COMMON CITIZENS/SENIOR CITIZENS IN THE ENSUING BUDGET 2016-17:

AIBSNLREA has addressed a letter to Union Finance Minister with a copy endorsed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India requesting him to consider a few changes in the existing limit available for grant of Income Tax relief to the general public and senior citizens. The Association has requested to raise the basic exemption limit for general public and senior citizens to Rs 5 lakhs and Rs 6 lakhs respectively. The Association has also requested to raise the total limit of deductions for savings under different Sections of IT Act from existing Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 5 lakhs without any cap under each of the relevant Sections of the IT Act. Besides raising the exemption limit for medical allowance/reimbursement from Rs 15,000 to Rs. 50,000, AIBSNLREA has also requested for some improvements in the Sr. Citizen’s Savings Scheme.  View the letter

08.01.2016:

AIBSNLREA SEEKS 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:

AIBSNLREA has sent a representation to the Prime Minister of India with copy endorsed to Minister of Communications & IT, Minister of Finance and Minister of State for (PP) requesting for his intervention in immediate settlement of the issue of revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA. The Association brings to the notice of the Prime Minister that a proposal for revision of pension was already cleared by Department of Expenditure duly approved by the Finance Minister. A copy of the DOE’s letter clearing DOT’s proposal in October 2014 has also been enclosed along with the representation. The Association has expressed its concern due to inordinate delay in preparing the final Cabinet Note to seek the approval of the Cabinet to the proposal.  View the letter  View the DoE letter

08.01.2016:

EAST GODAVARI BRANCH (AP STATE) OF AIBSNLREA AGAIN RISES TO THE OCCASION:

Shri Vara Prasad GSVSS, Secretary, East Godavari Branch of AIBSNLREA writes “On the call given by the CHQ, our members responded very quickly and we have sent a cheque of Rs 40,000/- to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Tamilnadu towards flood relief activities.” Cheque No. 327487 dated 07.01.2016 for Rs 40,000 drawn on Karur Vysya Bank Limited has been sent by the Branch to the Tamilnadu Government. CHQ sincerely thanks the members of the Branch for their prompt response. [Also go to AP State Section of State News page].

07.01.2016:

STATE SECRETARY, AIBSNLREA, UTTAR PRADESH MET CCA, LUCKNOW:

State Secretary, AIBSNLREA of UP State Branch met Controller of Communication Accounts, UP East, Lucknow on 18.12.2015 and requested him to mention the date of birth of the pensioners/family pensioners in their PPOs for availing the benefit of additional pension on attaining the age of 80, 85, 90, 95 and 100 years. CCA, Lucknow assured to get the needful done.

07.01.2016:

INORDINATE DELAY IN SETTLEMENT OF PENSION CASES:

Noticing inordinate delay in settlement of pension cases on the ground that PPO issuing authorities insisted on the confirmation of officers/officials on initial appointment, even though the officer/official was promoted on more than one occasion after initial appointment, DoT has issued instructions to follow DoPT letter dated 28.3.1988 wherein it has been emphasized that there should be no distinction between permanent and temporary employees in the application of Pension Rules. BSNL Corporate Office has endorsed the DoT letter.  View the DoPT, DoT and BSNL letters

06.01.2016:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2016:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2016 from 107.9% to 112.4% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  Click Here for the orders

06.01.2016:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2016:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2016 from 251% to 258.6% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  Click Here for the orders

06.01.2016:

E-JOURNAL JANUARY 2016 ISSUE:

January 2016 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.01.2016:

ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY FOR BSNL’S RETURN TO THE PATH OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY – BSNL WINS LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT TO GET BACK 10K CRORES REFUND:

We had earlier reported in this website on 19.11.2015 that “In an interesting development, for the first time after so many years of continuous losses, BSNL has started to move on the path of economic recovery. BSNL has recorded an operative profit of Rs 672 crores for the year 2014-15 as against the operating loss of Rs 692 crores during 2013-14. The Company is expected to have net profit from the year 2019”. Now on his New Year’s Day address to the employees of Corporate Office, the CMD, BSNL has announced that BSNL has won a legal battle against the Income Tax Department and would be getting back Rs 10,000 crores as refund in the coming financial year. He also called upon the employees to work hard to sustain the trend of economic recovery so that they get their due pay revision along with other PSUs. All these developments taken together are enough to indicate that BSNL, contrary to the forecast made by the cynics, will not sink and has a great future. All that it is important at this stage is that all stake holders – including the employees must assume a leading role to consolidate the financial gain for BSNL which will ultimately make their own financial packages more reasonable and attractive.

03.01.2016:

ANOMALY IN FIXATION OF PENSION TO THE DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL, WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.10-.2000 AND 31.07.2001 - AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH MEMBER (SERVICES), TELECOM COMMISSION:

The above issue still remains unsettled despite following it up from time to time. DOT once came out with an order to resolve the issue, but this failed to take care of the problem in its totality. Since then the matter is under discussion in the SCOVA meetings and DOT was to prepare and get through a new proposal which could take care of the problem. Fortunately, DOT’s proposal is in the line of AIBSNLREA’s suggestion. But this could not progress much since there was no proper coordination between DOT and BSNL. However, in the last meeting of SCOVA held on 13.10.2015, when the issue came up for discussion, “DOT was asked to finalise the proposal by 31.10.2015.” But till this date, the issue has not progressed much. AIBSNLREA, therefore, has now taken up the issue with Member (Services), Telecom Commission requesting him to intervene “so that DOT finalizes the proposal and issue orders at the earliest to remove a genuine and long pending grievance of a section of the BSNL pensioners who are waiting since long to get justice.”  View the letter

01.01.2016:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE CASE FOR EXTENSION OF CGHS FACILITIES TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES WITH MEMBER (SERVICES), TELECOM COMMISSION:

DOT had already issued orders extending the benefit to exercise option to avail either CGHS facilities or BSNLMRS to the retired BSNL employees drawing pension under Central Pension Rules vide its No. F.4-12(11)/2012(PAT) dated 20.02.2014. But the Order could not be given effect to since DOT was yet to decide the rates of contribution and ward entitlement etc of the pensioners in consultation with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the last meeting of SCOVA held on 13.10.2015, when the issue came up for discussion, “Department of Telecom was asked to finalise the proposal quickly and send it to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare by 31.10.2015.” But till this date, it seems that the case has not been settled. AIBSNLREA, therefore, takes up the issue with Member (Services), Telecom Commission requesting him to intervene “so that DOT issues the much awaited orders on fixation of rates of contribution and ward entitlement for the retired BSNL employees so that they can give option to avail the CGHS facilities”.  View the letter