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Name of Bank:Syndicate Bank; Name of Account:ALL INDIA BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED RETIRED EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION; Branch: Sector 6, Dwarka; S/B Account No:91702010001791; IFSC:SYNB0009170


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THEY ARE AT IT AGAIN – DO NOT FALL PREY TO THEIR MISCHIEVIOUS AGENDA


A particular group of people are now busy in sending sms to our members asking them to join in a stated court case “against denied pension and other arrears” by sending them a wakalatnama and also money to join the case. These are the same people who once termed the DOT’s Presidential Order on 78.2% IDA as “notional” and even suggested to DOT to fix the pay on the last day of retirement so that no pay and pension arrears are to be paid. Moreover, they also welcomed the DOT’s defective order dated 18.7.2016 on pension revision with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA, called this a historic victory and went for wild celebrations. They even expressed their gratitude to Secretary, Telecom on issue of this defective order. Now they are again trying to deceive the retired BSNL executives in the name of going to court to fight for arrears and extract money and raise fund for themselves. Perhaps, they expected after the order for pension revision was issued, they would be flooded with huge donations. Maybe it did not happen and they have now found an alternative way to collect money.

On the other hand, AIBSNLREA’s stand on the issue had always been consistent based on strong logic. The Association tried its best to ensure that the revised fitment benefit on actual basis is allowed to all those who were in service on 01.01.2007. Unfortunately, in the face of betrayal by some groups who took damaging views, the efforts of AIBSNLREA was not successful. The Association knew what was coming and decided to accept whatever comes and then knock the door of the court to get justice. In the recently concluded All India Conference of AIBSNLREA held at Bhubaneswar, even before the Cabinet approval was known, the proposal to go to the court was approved in one voice. The Association was for long preparing itself for this and it was decided to move the court once the order for pension revision gets implemented, not only to get revised pay-fixation w.e.f. 01.01.2007, payment of DCRG, Leave Encashment, Commuted Value of Pension and even payment of arrears of pay which were due to the pensioners who were in service on 01.01.2007 but retired before 10.06.2013, pension arrears w.e.f 01.01.2007 to the pre-2007 BSNL pensioners and also pay arrears for those who retired/retiring after 09.06.2013. The Association will move the Court just at the appropriate time.
Since the case will be filed by AIBSNLREA on representative capacity, there will be no need for affected members/pensioners to join the case individually and send wakalatnama. The judgment will be applicable to one and all.


The Association calls upon its members and others not to fall prey to the mischievous propaganda and agenda of any group who, till the other day, had been supporting the Administration against the interests of the BSNL pensioners.

[Please also read the Article “BSNL Pensioners Bleed” and the editorial titled “Is it really a victory or defeat” in the August 2016 issue of e-journal of the Association uploaded in this website]

25.04.2017:

PMO FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REGARDING DENIAL OF 2nd ACP TO SOME RETIRED CIVIL WING EXECUTIVES OF WEST BENGAL:

Prime Minister’s Office has since forwarded AIBSNLREA’s representation dated 3.4.2017 on the above issue to Secretary, DOT [View posting dated 09.04.2017 in this website] View letter

22.04.2017:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF LUCKNOW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:

A General Body Meeting of Lucknow Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 20.4.2017 in the Jai Shankar Prasad Sabhagar of Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Lucknow under the chairmanship of Shri M K Shukla. S/Shri Ambika Singh State Financial Secretary, Radhey Shyam Organising Secretary, Ashok Srivastava Financial Secretary and R S Agrawal actively participated in the deliberations. 54 members participated in the meeting and 7 new members were also enrolled as Life Members. Shri S P Singh Branch Secretary reported about the developments taken place during last 4 months. Except 7 members, all other members have already received their revised PPOs. The left out cases are also to be completed before the month end. The endorsement orders on pending cases by AO Railway Pension in DPA Office are likely to be issued by 15th of May 2017. The pending Medical bills are being paid in CGMT office and LWTD may also start payment in April 2017. Shri R S Arora, State Secretary informed that the pending IDA revision cases of Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Kanpur, Ballia and Sultanpur are in progress. He also gave details of discussion with Joint CCA UP (E) Circle and AO Railway Pension in DPA Office Lucknow. At last, the meeting ended with vote of thanks presented by the President. View Photo

22.04.2017:

AIBSNLREA, MEHSANA TD BRANCH HELD ITS GB MEETING:

Mehsana Telecom District Branch of Gujarat held its General Body meeting at Rotary Club Hall, Mehsana at 10.00 Hrs on 20.04.2017. 50 members attended the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Shri C.S.Patel Retd SDE. S/Shri P. B. Parmar, State President, A. B. Patel, State Secretary and B. M. Bhavsar, Org. Secretary (West) attended the meeting. Shri P. B. Parmar, President apprised the house about the report of 3rd PRC, 78.2 % IDA pension fixation, Medical Reimbursement without vouchers and other matters, S/Shri A. B. Patel and B. M. Bhavsar also addressed the house. 19 new members joined the association. Shri M.T.Patel, State Finance Secretary along with Shri M.H.Soni Retd SDE enrolled these new members. S/Shri D.V.Prajapati Organizing Secretary and P.K.Chaudhry organized the meeting nicely and Shri B.M. Patel Retd AGM conducted the meeting. Shri D.M.Patel, State Vice President presented the vote of thanks. It was followed by Lunch. Thereafter, Shri P.B.Parmar along with other state office bearers met GMTD Mehsana and DGM (Fin) Mehsana and discussed the problem regarding pending Medical Bills.

21.04.2017:

GOVERNMENT IS SET TO ISSUE REVISED FITMENT FORMULA FOR THE CDA PENSIONERS:

We had earlier reported that 7th CPC has recommended two sets of formula for calculation of pension as follows:-

“Pension formulation:

(i) All the civilian personnel including CAPF who retired prior to 1.1.2016 (expected date of implementation of the seventh CPC recommendations) shall first be fixed in the Pay Matrix being recommended by this Commission, on the basis of the Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired, at the minimum of the corresponding level in the matrix. This amount shall be raised, to arrive at the notional pay of the retirees by adding the number of increments he/she had earned in that level while in service, at the rate of three percent. Fifty percent of the total amount so arrived at shall be the revised pension.
(ii) The second calculation to be carried out is as follows. The pension, as had been fixed at the time of implementation of the VI CPC recommendation, shall be multiplied by 2.57 to arrive at the alternate value for the revised pension.
(iii) Pensioners may be given the option of choosing whichever formulation is beneficial to them.”

While the Government accepted the second calculation for revision of pension to facilitate early implementation of the CPC Report, it wanted some more time to examine the first option. Now it is said that the Government has completed the exercise at its end and may soon issue the revised Orders offering two formulations for fixation of pension. The pensioners would be asked to opt either of the two. The new formula, already worked out, is similar to the OROP theme and this will benefit many pensioners. There is a news that even the multiplying factor of 2.57 as ordered now under the second alternative may also undergo change.

19.04.2017:

RESTORATION OF 'WITHOUT VOUCHER FACILITY' TO BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEES UNDER BSNLMRS:

BSNL Corporate Office has issued instructions to all the CGMs that all the controlling offices should maintain detailed information of retired employees opting for 'without voucher facility' under BSNL MRS under outdoor treatment and the amount payable during the financial year and quarterly payments payable, as the decision is to be reviewed after 6 months. View the BSNL letter

15.04.2017:

QUARTERLY GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, VADODARA BRANCH:

The Quarterly General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Vadodara Branch was held on 10-04-2017, at Hotel Utsav. 77 members attended meeting. Shri R T Shah, Branch Secretary, Vadodara conducted the meeting and briefed the activities of Vadodara Branch. S/Shri Parmar, President and A B Patel State Secretary, Gujarat addressed the gathering and gave important information.The house decided to have next meeting with family to enjoy a musical evening with grand dinner.The house disbursed after taking lunch. After the meeting, S/Shri Parmar, President, State Secretary A B Patel, R T Shah, Branch Secretary and I A Patel, Ex. Member met PGM, Vadodara and discussed a pressing problem ( non-payment of dental charges) of the pensioners of Vadodara SSA.

14.04.2017:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION), DOP&PW FOR EARLY SETTLEMENT OF THE ISSUE OF ANOMALY IN FIXATION OF PENSION OF DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up the above issue with Secretary (Pension), DOP&PW which is under discussion in SCOVA meetings for last so many years. The Association refers to the minutes of the last SCOVA meeting and requests Secretary (Pension) that “Considering the fact that this issue is a very long pending one and should have been settled long before, we earnestly request you to kindly intervene so that the matter is resolved now”. View the letter

13.04.2017:

DENIAL/NON-RESTORATION OF BENEFIT OF SECOND ACP TO THE RETIRED CIVIL WING EXECUTIVES OF BSNL BY WEST BENGAL CIVIL ZONE, BSNL, KOLKATA ON FLIMSY GROUNDS - AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER ON THE ISSUE:

Being unsatisfied on the inaction of DOT and BSNL to address the grievance taken up by the Association at their own level and also being unsatisfied with the reply given by the BSNL Civil Zone, Kolkata, AIBSNLREA has taken up the issue with Prime Minister of India. The Association has urged that “…….. we earnestly appeal to your kind self to intervene in the matter so that the Department of Telecommunications and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (Corporate Office) examine the issues as detailed in our enclosed representation only at their end and render justice to the concerned affected pensioners”. In this regard, postings dated 30.01.2017 and 09.04.2017 in this website may also be viewed. View the letter

11.04.2017:

BSNL RESTORES THE BENEFIT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS WITHOUT VOUCHER FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES- RELENTLESS EFFORT BY AIBSNLREA FINALLY BRINGS RESULT AFTER LONG FIVE AND HALF YEARS PURSUATION:

It may be recalled that BSNL, vide its Office Order No. 7-8/2010-/EF/Part/1 dated 5.09.2011, had withdrawn the facility of medical claims without voucher for outdoor treatment both from the serving and the retired BSNL employees. AIBSNLREA not only protested against the Order but also demanded restoration of the benefit at least to the retired BSNL employees. In fact, this Association was first to raise the demand to restore the benefit to the retired BSNL employees in its letter addressed to CMD, BSNL [View posting dated 09.09.2011 in this website for confirmation]. During the last long five and half years, when others practically forgot the issue, AIBSNLREA constantly kept up the pressure. After the AIC at Bhubaneswar, the Association took up the issue in a resolution form with the Prime Minister of India and others. The Association also requested Director (HR), BSNL to grant a meeting to discuss this issue along with other issues. In this process, a meeting was granted by GM(Admn), BSNL Office on 20.12.2016 and the issue was discussed giving a positive signal [View posting dated 21.12.2016 for details]. Thereafter, the Association continued to pursue the issue and time to time status was given in the website. Now BSNL has issued Orders vide its No. BSNL/Admn.I/15-22/14 dated 11.04.2017 restoring the facility initially for 6 months to the retired BSNL employees.   View the BSNL order

10.04.2017:

ISSUE OF PENSIONERS’ IDENTITY CARD TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS IN REVISED FORMAT AND LINKING AADHAR NUMBER- DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO DOT ON THE ISSUE:

AIBSNLREA had last represented vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2017/03 dated 30.01.2017 for implementation of DOP&PW OM dated 12.08.2015 for issue of Pensioners’ Identity Card to the BSNL IDA pensioners [View posting dated 31.01.2017 in this website to read the representation]. Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has now forwarded the said representation to Director (Estt), Department of Telecommunications to take necessary action as per its OMs dated 12.08.2015 and 26.10.2016.   View the DoP&PW letter

09.04.2017:

DENIAL/NON-RESTORATION OF BENEFIT OF SECOND ACP TO THE RETIRED CIVIL WING EXECUTIVES OF BSNL BY WEST BENGAL CIVIL ZONE, BSNL, KOLKATA ON FLIMSY GROUNDS - WEST BENGAL CIVIL ZONE REPLIES TO THE AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO THE PRIME MINISTER AND STCKS TO ITS EARLIER STAND ON THE MATTER:

AIBSNLREA had last represented to the Prime Minister of India on the above issue wherein BSNL Civil Zone, Kolkata had arbitrarily withdrawn the benefit of second ACP granted to 16 of its retired SDEs (Civil) by deliberately linking the ACP Scheme with “BSNL MSRR 2009” with the issue which has no relevance in the present case. Moreover, DOP&T had already clarified that the regular service for the purpose of ACP was to be counted from the direct entry grade of the officials [view posting dated 30.01.2017 in this website to read the representation]. Now the West Bengal Civil Zone has replied to this representation reiterating its old stand on the matter.   View the letter

09.04.2017:

AIBSNLREA, JUNAGADH BRANCH HELD ITS GB MEETING:

Junagadh branch of Gujarat held its Annual General Body meeting at Giriraj hotel Junagadh. 26 members attended the meeting with their family members. S/Shri P. B. Parmar, State President, A. B. Patel, State Secretary and B. M. Bhavsar Org. Secretary (West) attended the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Branch President Shri S. D. Kanabar and was addressed by Shri P. B. Parmar, President. He apprised the house about the report of 3rd PRC and other matters, S/Shri A. B. Patel and B. M. Bhavsar also addressed the house. Seven new members joined the association. Shri H. N. Herbha, Branch Secretary presented the vote of thank. Shri K. P. Dobriya Finance Secretary conducted the meeting. It was followed by dinner.

08.04.2017:

APPLICABILITY OF 33 YEARS OF QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR FULL PENSION - ANALYSIS BY COM.S.RATNASUBRAMANIAN AGS CHQ:

There has been some misunderstanding about the DoP&PW OM dated 6.4.2016 due to "revision of pension pre -2006 pensioners – delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years" appearing in the subject. In fact the said OM relates to only granting atleast 50% of minimum of the revised pay scale as revised pension for pre-2006 pensioners and not about delinking 33 years of service. Please read the article to know the correct position.   View the Article

06.04.2017:

E-JOURNAL APRIL 2017 ISSUE:

April 2017 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

06.04.2017:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2017:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2017 from 119.5% to 117.1% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  Click Here for the orders

06.04.2017:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2017:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.4.2017 from 270.7% to 266.7% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  Click Here for the orders

04.04.2017:

VADODARA BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD GB MEETING:

Vadodara Branch (Gujarat State) of AIBSNLREA will be holding a General Body Meeting at 10.30 hrs on 10th April, 2017 at Hotel Utsav, Navrang Complex, Raopura Dandiabazar Road, Vadodara which is to be followed by lunch. Guest office bearers of AIBSNLREA from CHQ and State Branch will also address the house.

03.04.2017:

ORGANISING SECRETARY (SOUTH), AIBSNLREA, CHQ MEETS JOINT CCA, HYDERABAD:

Shri Ch. Gandhi, Organizing Secretary (South), CHQ came all the way from Vishakhapatnam and met Joint CCA Mr Sampar at Hyderabad and discussed for about one hour about the pension revision cases by merger of 78.2% IDA and many other individual representations. The status of pension revision cases as on 30.03.2017 was as follows:- Pre-2007 Cases for both AP and Telangana : Cases received --- 3896, Cases settled ----3411, Cases pending ---- 485, and Post-2007 Cacess for both AP and Telangana: Cases received ----7375, Cases settled ----2203, Cases pending ---5172. Jt CCA also informed that assistance of ten BSNL retired employees have also been taken to expedite the work. Jt CCA promised that the entire process will be completed by 31.05.2017. Shri Ch Gandhi thanked Jt CCA for settling most of the cases and also expediting the pending cases.

31.03.2017:

DECREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.4.2017:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers, IDA is to decrease w.e.f. 1.4.2017 by 2.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 4% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

30.03.2017:

AIBSNLREA, AMBALA BRANCH HELD A GB MEETING:

Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA held a Gneral body meeting on 27th March 2017 at Food Court Restaurant under the Presidentship of Shri P.C Chauhan. 30 members attended the meeting. Shri J.C Gupta Branch Secretary briefed the members on the various developments of the Association related to the BSNL pensioners. It was informed that almost all the members have received the arrears on re-fixation of pension due to implementation of 78.2% IDA order. In other very few scattered cases orders for revision of pension have been issued by CCA Haryana and the arrears will be paid with the pension for the month of March to be paid in April, 2017. One new member has joined the Association as Life member.

29.03.2017:

DECISION TAKEN IN THE SCOVA MEETING TO EXTEND CGHS FACILITIES TO THE BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEES WHO ARE IN RECEIPT OF PENSION FROM CENTRAL CVIL ESTIMATES – REFUSAL TO EXTEND THE BENEFIT AS DECIDED IN THE SCOVA MEETING BY THE CGHS OFFICES IN CHENNAI AND KOLKATA:

AIBSNLREA had earlier taken up the above issue with Dy. Director General (Estt), DOT with a copy endorsed to Director(HR), BSNL [View posting dated 18.03.2017 in this website to read the letter]. Now the Association has taken up the same issue with Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare with a copy endorsed to Director (CGHS) requesting to get the decision taken in the 28th SCOVA meeting allowing extension of CGHS facilities to the retired BSNL employees implemented immediately. View the letter

28.03.2017:

AIBSNLREA, NAGPUR HELD MEETING WITH CCA MAHARASHTRA, MUMBAI:

Shri P R Bhujbal Vice President CHQ along with Shri Arun Deshpande Branch Secretary Nagpur held a specially organized meeting with Smt Monali Dhakate, Controller of Communication Accounts, and Maharashtra Circle Mumbai on Sunday (26-03-2017) during her short visit to Nagpur. In the meeting, the Association expressed deep concern over the abnormal delay in issue of revised PPOs to BSNL pre-2007 and post-2007 pensioners in Maharashtra Circle despite DOT’s specific instructions for completing pension revision exercise before 31st December, 2016. As on date majority of the cases pertaining to WTR/WTP, Maharashtra have not been cleared. CCA Mumbai informed that three special teams have been deployed to complete the pension revision work within the revised target. CCA assured that due efforts are being taken to issue revised PPOs without further delay. CCA Mumbai was made aware about the dilapidated condition of the official web site of Pr CCA MH Mumbai since last 5 years. She was requested to look into the matter. She assured to complete the web site repairs before April, 2017. The Association expressed special thanks to Smt Monali Dhakate CCA Mumbai at Nagpur for granting meeting with AIBSNLREA Nagpur even on Sunday.

27.03.2017:

DOT PULLS UP THE CCAs AND BSNL FOR DELAY IN COMPLETING THE EXERCISES TO REVISE THE PENSION OF PRE-2007 AND POST 2007 BSNL PENSIONERS WITH FITMENT BENEFIT BY MERGER of 78.2% DA/DR WITH BASIC PAY/PENSION – FIXES REVISED TARGETS:

The Association had made few representations to both DOT and BSNL about abnormal delay in processing the pension revision cases both at BSNL offices and the office of the CCAs. Now Member (Finance), Telecom Commission in a DO letter dated 7.3.2017 has pulled up both BSNL and CCAs for the abnormal delay and has ixed revised target dates to complete the works. BSNL has also forwarded the same letter to all its units to comply with the instructions. View the letters

27.03.2017:

SANGRUR BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD A GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A general body meeting of SANGRUR SSA branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 27.03.2017 at Kaula Park Office, Sangrur under the Chairperson Shri H S Nijjar, Retired DET from Sangrur as on 31.12.2006 and a prominent personality in Divine Spiritual knowledge about Karam Yog and Samadhi. He spared his enough time to deliver a lecture for about 40 minutes and all the 14 members present were deeply impressed. The members also observed 2 minutes silence due to sad demise of our 2 active members namely Late Shri Satish Chander Rao JTO and Late Shri Manohar Lal DET. The new members who joined the Association in the meeting are S/Shri Sat Pal Aggarwal DET, Rajinder Singh SDE and Piarey Lal JTO retd from Sangrur SSA who were all welcomed. All members got their revised PPOs with 78.2% IDA merger notionally wef 01.01.2007. Pre-2006 pensioner's already received their revised PPOs and no case is pending on this account. The other issue discussed was late payment of medical claims of two members. The Pensioner's Identity Cards are being issued to the members but with logo of BSNL printed (without State emblem). The President also shared his thoughts in the meeting.. At last vote of thanks was presented by Shri V K Mittal, Branch Finance Secretary.

27.03.2017:

GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, MUMBAI HELD:

A GB Meeting of Mumbai Division of AIBSNLREA was held on 24.3.2017 in the Conference Hall, Telephone House, Prabhadevi, Mumba at 14.00 Hrs under the Chairmanship of Shri Vasudeva. President informed the House about the untimely and sudden demise of Circle President Shri P C Dubey at Pune. The House then observed two minutes silence in memory of the departed soul. The briefed the House regarding recent developments and also requested the members to spare 20 minutes time in the Morning for practicing regular “Yoga” to keep body fitness. Branch Secretary read out minutes of last General Body Meeting which was passed unanimously. He welcomed all seven new life members for enrolling as life members of Mumbai Branch and requested all members present in the House for enrolling more members for Mumbai Branch. He also announced in advance that next General Body Meeting will be held in the first week of July 2017 in which New Body will be formed. He also informed the House that Several times the Association met concerned officers at different levels for early Revision of Pay / Pension by merger of 78.2 % D.A. But there is no satisfactory progress. He also intimated the status of Pay / Pension at par MTNL. Members were very unhappy and showed their displeasure for abnormal delay for settling the issues. Mumbai Division also passed a Resolution expressing their total displeasure for failure to settle the pension revision cases by the PR CCA. Shri S.N. Verma gave vote of thanks and meeting was concluded at 16.30 Hrs.

25.03.2017:

BSNL ISSUES FURTHER ORDERS WHICH ENABLES BSNL TO DECIDE ON ITS OWN THE CASES OF EXCESS/WRONGFULRECOVERY MADE TO ITS EMPLOYEES WITHOUT NEEDING TO SEEK APPROVAL OF DOT/DOE:

In the background of the DOP&T OM dated 2.3.2016 that was issued following Supreme Court judgment in which it declared recovery of excess/wrongful payments in certain specific cases impermissible in law, on the request of AIBSNLREA, BSNL had issued guidelines for the same in consultation with DOT to process the cases of BSNL employees [view posting dated 12.09.2016 in this website]. Now BSNL has issued a clarification following further guidelines issued by DOT that BSNL would decide the cases of BSNL employees of its own without referring them to DOT/DOE for their approval provided there is no liability to DOT/Government by such employees. View the order

20.03.2017:

GUJARAT BRANCH MET JOINT CCA, GUJARAT TELECOM REGION:

S/Shri R.C.Sharma AGS, B V Bhavsar, Organizing Secretary (West), CHQ and A.B.Patel Circle Secretary, State Branch met Dr. Kamal Kapoor, Jt..CCA, Gujarat Telecm Region, Ahmedabad on 17.03.2017 regarding the progress of 78.2 % IDA pension revision issue. The Joint CCA specifically told that despite heavy shortage staff and other regular works, two teams have been formed for completing the entire work of Pre-2007 and Post-2007 pensioners which have completed about 95% of the cases as on 16-3-2017. Now about 300 cases out of 10,700 cases of pension revision are pending for want of some queries and some other problems. However, he assured that the whole work will be completed by the end of March, 2017. It may be added that a few pensioners from the Association and others are voluntarily helping the CCA staff for speedy disposed of the completed cases.

18.03.2017:

EXTENSION OF CGHS FACILITIES TO THE RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE IN RECEIPT OF PENSION FROM CENTRAL CIVIL ESTIMATES – REFUSAL TO EXTEND THE BENEFIT BY THE CGHS OFFICES IN CHENNAI AND KOLKATA:

On receiving two specific complaints from Kolkata and Chennai, AIBSNLREA has taken up the above issue with Dy Director General (Establishment), Department of Telecommunications requesting him to take up the issue with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and get the present stalemate sorted out at the earliest. View the letter

17.03.2017:

DOT ISSUES ORDERS CLARIFYING THAT THE DOP&PW OM ENHANCING THE LIMIT OF GRATUITY OF THE CG RETIREE$ IS APPLICABLE TO THE RETIRING BSNL/MTNL EMPLOYEES:

AIBSNLREA had been pursuing the above issue ever since the DOP&PW issued its OM 04.08.2016 enhancing the limit of gratuity to the CG Employees w.e.f 1.1.2016 and demanded to issue a clarification on its applicability to the absorbed retiring employees of BSNL also, since some CCAs were not extending the benefit. DOT was time and again assuring the Association that the clarification will be issued after consulting the DOP&PW. Now DOT has clarified that the said OM enhancing the limit of gratuity is also applicable to the retiring BSNL/MTNL employees also. Thus a long pending issue gets resolved. View the DoT letter

16.03.2017:

BSNL REPLIES TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 27.01.2017 TO DIRECTOR (HR) REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF WEB BASED PROGRAM FOR MONITORING MEDICAL CLAIMS OF RETIRED EMPLOYEES:

AIBSNLREA had represented earlier to Director (HR) regarding implementation of BSNL’s Office instructions issued vide its letter dated 10.08.2016 to CGM, ITPC, Pune for development and implementation of a web based program to monitor the medical claims of the BSNL retired employees [view posting dated 27.01.2017 in this website to read the representation]. BSNL has now send a reply stating that “proposed web based programme for monitoring medical claims of retired employees has not been implemented due to heavy cost involved. The office is working out on alternate economical measures for implementation of the programme.” View the BSNL letter

15.03.2017:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLEA INDORE BRANCH HELD:

The general body meeting of AIBSNLREA indore branch was held at Nehru Park Indore on 11/03/2017 to elect new office bearers of the branch. Election officer Shri R.N.Rathore conducted the election. Following office bearer were elected unanimously:
President  - Shri S.K.Jain (Rtd) C.A.O
Vice president  - Shri I.K.Vyas (Rtd)S.D.E
Secretary - Shri N.C.Yadav (Rtd) D.E
Asst.Secretary - Shri D.C.Pure (Rtd) S.D.E
Treasurer  - Shri B.L.Jain  (Rtd) D.E

14.03.2017:

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

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Amravati Branch was held under the Chairmanship of Shri R. W. Tidke , President of the Branch on 04th March 2017 at the Conference Hall of G. M. Telecom , BSNL , Amravati. The meeting was attended by 28 members of the Branch along with Shri V. G. Dakhode , State Secretary AIBSNLREA , Maharashtra State . One new member Shri G. L. Kambale has joined the association. The house greeted the newly enrolled. Before proceeding further, the house observed 2 minutes’ silence in the memory of departed soul of late Shri P.C.Dubey , State President , AIBSNLREA , Maharashtra State. [view Maharashtra State Section of State News page of this website to read the complete report].

13.03.2017:

REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2006 PENSIONERS - DELINKING OF REVISED PENSION FROM QUALIFYING SERVICE OF 33 YEARS - APPLICABILITY TO IDA PENSIONERS OF BSNL/MTNL - BSNL FORWARDS DOT LETTER:

BSNL has forwarded the DoT letter dated 15.2.2017 which clarifies that pro-rata reduction of the minimum revised pension (50% of the minimum of the pay in the pay scale corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which BSNL pensioner had retired) was not included in the pension revision order in respect of IDA pensioners vide DoT OM No.40-17/2008-Pen(T)-Vol.III dated 15.3.2011. View the BSNL letter forwarding the DoT letter

10.03.2017:

PG CELL OF DEPARTEMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION SENDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATIONS TO DDG(ESTT), DOT FOR FURTHER ACTION:

PG Cell of Department of Telecommunications has since forwarded two representations of AIBSNLREA regarding “Indifferent attitude of the concerned Departments/Ministries to address the genuine grievances of the pensioners in general and the absorbed BSNL pensioners in particular” and “Redressal of genuine grievances of the pensioners who are not allowed to earn the annual increment even though completing one full years service on the date of their retirement” to the Dy. Director General (Estt), DOT for further action. View the letters of PG Cell of DoT

10.03.2017:

DEPARTEMENT OF EXPENDITURE (MINISTRY OF FINANCE) FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 18.07.2016 ON “INDIFFERENT ATTITUDE OF THE CONCERNED DEPARTMENTS/MINISTRIES TO ADDREES THE GENUINE GRIEVANCES OF THE PENSIONERS IN GENERAL AND THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS IN PARTICULAR” TO MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS:

AIBSNLREA took up this issue with Director (HR) BSNL and had discussions with General Manager (Admin) BSNL Corporate Office Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance),GOI has since forwarded AIBASNLREA’s representation dated 18.07.2016, which was addressed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and others on the above issue [view posting dated 19.07.2016 in this website to read the representation], to the Ministry of Communication for “appropriate action/redressal of the grievances”. View the DoE letter

09.03.2017:

EXTENSION OF FREE NIGHT CALLING FACILITY TO RETIRED/RETIRING EMPLOYEES OF BSNL:

AIBSNLREA took up this issue with Director (HR) BSNL and had discussions with General Manager (Admin) BSNL Corporate Office on 20.12.2016 [view posting dated 21.12.2016 in this website]. While reporting the status of the issue on 02.03.2017 in this website, we had said that "A proposal in regard to raising the free call limit/extension of free night calling facility to the retired BSNL employees has since been put up to Director(HR)". Earlier, AIBSNLREA, took up the issue with CMD, BSNL [view posting dated 21.10.2015] and after its AIC at Bhubaneswar, again took up the issue with CMD, BSNL [view posting dated 20.07.2016]. The Association even took up the matter with Prime Minister of India and others in Resolution form after the AIC. Now BSNL Corporate Office has issued orders extending the Free Night Calling facility to the retired/retiring employees of BSNL having concessional telephone as extended to any other subscriber. View the BSNL order

06.03.2017:

E-JOURNAL MARCH 2017 ISSUE:

March 2017 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

05.03.2017:

AIBSNLREA CHENNAI BRANCH OFFICE BEARERS MEET OFFICERS OF CCA TAMILNADU IN CONNECTION WITH DELAY IN ISSUE OF REVISED PPO ON PENSION REVISION:

Shri V.Dakshinamoorthy, Branch President, AIBSNLREA Chennai Branch along with Shri V. Chinnapappiah, President, CHQ, met the concerned officers of CCA Tamilnadu Circle, in-charge of revision of pension due to revised fixation with 78.2% IDA, for pre-2007 and post 2007 pensioners of Tamilnadu Telecom Circle, Chennai Telephones, STR & STP and expressed their deep concern over the delay in issue of revised PPO although DoT had issued instructions for completion of the work by December 2016. They also conveyed the grievance of some pre 2007 pensioners that they are yet to receive revised PPO while some post 2007 pensioners have received the same. AIBSNLREA office bearers were informed that files are being taken for revision on ‘first in – first out (FIFO) basis’, i.e based on date of receipt from concerned BSNL offices. As on date, majority of the cases upto May 2006 have been cleared. In some cases revised PPOs sent have been returned due to incorrect address. In the case of pre 2007 retirees, there may be some cases pertaining to the year 2005 and2006 pending for want records. In respect of Post 2007 pensioners, the cases up to the year 2009 (90%) have been completed and remaining cases are being taken up on day to day basis. In the post 2007 pension cases also, there are some cases kept pending for want of records. The delay pertains to many stages – receipt of revised pay fixation memo from BSNL offices, locating Service Books, preparing worksheet, checking and dispatch. And then there is shortage of staff in CCA office and inability to engage volunteers to do the work due to lack of infrastructure and space to be provided to them. However, the officers in CCA assured that all efforts are being made to issue revised PPOs at the earliest.

03.03.2017:

THIRD PRC REPORT FOR CPSE EXECUTIVES:

The third CPC Report is now out. It is reported that, as is the normal practice, this Report is already being examined and processed in DPE to take a final view on the various recommendations. Thereafter, on obtaining the views/comments of the concerned Departments/Ministries, a Cabinet Note is to be submitted to the Cabinet for approval of the decisions to be taken on the various recommendations. It is said that that this exercise is now under process. Hopefully, the Orders may be issued without much delay. However, after the DPE issues the Order for revision of pay scales and other issues, the respective CPSEs will have to send proposals for revision of pay scales of their Executives to their respective Administrative Departments/Ministries seeking approval. Once the concerned Departments/ Ministries issues their Orders, the same will get implemented by the respective CPSEs. The revision of pay scales of the non-executive employees, on the other hand, will be decided by a Pay Negotiation Committee. This may take some time, though BSNL has already announced constitution of the Committee for the same purpose. But the revision of pay scales of the Executives will not be held up on account of this. View the Full Report

03.03.2017:

DOT REPLIES TO OUR REPRESENTATION TO THE PRIME MINISTER ON THE ISSUE OF PAYMENT OF ENHANCED GRATUITY TO THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS AS PER DOP&PW OM DATED 04.08.23016 :

DoT has since replied to our representation dated 15.12.2016 to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on the above issue [view posting dated 16.12.2016 in this website to read the representation]. DoT has stated that “The issue is under consideration in consultation with DoPPW.” View the DoT letter

02.03.2017:

STATUS OF THE ISSUES TAKEN UP WITH DIRECTOR (HR) BY AIBSNLREA:

The Association had earlier taken up a few issues for redressal with Director (HR) and a discussion was also held with GM(Admn) on those issues on 20.12.2016. The present status of the issues as obtained from Administration Cell of BSNL is given as under:-

01. Sanction of mobile connection in lieu of concessional residential landline connection to the retired BSNL employees:

A proposal to sanction mobile connection in lieu of concessional landline connection to the retired BSNL employees in the non-feasible areas (TNF) is still under process.

02. Raising the free call limit in concessional residential landline connection to the retired BSNL employees:

A proposal in regard to raising the free call limit/extension of free night calling facility to the retired BSNL employees has since been put up to Director(HR).

03. Restoration of benefit of medical allowance for outdoor treatment without voucher to the retired BSNL Employees:

After the SR Branch, BSNL Establishment Branch has also supported the proposal that was prepared by the Administration Branch. Now the proposal has been sent to the EF Branch on 22.02.2017 for their concurrence.

04. Introduction of web based program to know the status of pending medical claims:

CGMT, ITPC was asked to send a revised estimate cutting down the projected cost of procurement of server and license fee etc. This is still awaited.

02.03.2017:

AIBSNLREA, UP STATE BRANCH PURSUES PENSION REVISION CASES WITH CGMT, UP(E), CPMG(UP), PGM(HR/ADMN) LW, CCA(UP-E) AND JOINT CCA(UP-E):

Representatives of AIBSNLREA, UP State Branch comprising of S/Shri M.K.Shukla, President, R S Arora, State Secretary, Ambika Singh Finance Secretary, U.C.Srivastava, Jt. Secretary met CGMT UP East, CPMG UP and PGM (HR&Admn), C.O LW on 22.02.2017 and discussed the issues regarding non-forwarding of pending pension revision cases by the SSAs, delay in settlement of medical claims, non-issue of LPC/Revised Fixation memo to the concerned post/pre-2007 pensioners. It was informed by PGM that all pension revision papers from SSAs have already been sent on 16.02.2017 to the CCA Office and details of the same was also made available to the Association [Please visit UP State Section of State News Page in this website for the complete Report].

27.02.2017:

AIBSNLREA NOW TAKES UP THE ISSUE OF INORDINATE DELAY IN IMPLEMENTATION OF PENSION REVISION ORDERS DATED 18.07.2016 WITH DY. DIRECTOR GENERAL (ESTT), DOT:

AIBSNLREA has now addressed a letter to Dy. Director General (Estt), DOT regarding inordinate delay in implementation of Pension revision orders by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with basic pay/pension effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/DR for the purpose of fitment. The Association has further requested DDG(Estt) “to kindly intervene in the matter and specially advise all the Controller of Communication Accounts Offices to complete the exercise immediately and issue the revised PPOs and also upload the details in their respective websites”. View the letter

26.02.2017:

DOT REPLIES TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REQUESTING TO INTRODUCE DIGITAL SYSTEM IN LIEU OF PHYSICAL PRESENCE FOR SUBMISSION OF ANNUAL LIFE CERTIFICATE TO AVAIL CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONE FACILITY BY DOT/BSNL/MTNL EMPLOYEES:

AIBSNLREA had earlier requested to introduce a digital system, in the line of Digital Life Certificate as submitted to the Banks, to avail the concessional telephone facilities by the retired DOT/BSNL/MTNL employees who are required to physically present themselves annually to their offices. Now DOT has replied to that representation (posting dated 24.10.2016 in this website may be viewed to read the same). It has forwarded the report received from the concerned service provider which is an Annexure to a Government Order detailing the Process of getting digital life certificate issued for pensioners. Thus the issue that was taken up remains unresolved. The matter has again been taken up. View the DoT letter

24.02.2017:

AIBSNLREA, PALAKKAD BRANCH HELD A GB MEETING:
Palakkad Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body Meeting at Top in town conference hall on 21.2.17. The meeting started at 11.00 hrs. Very elaborate discussions took place on all the problems pertaining to the members. 43 members participated in the meeting. All were highly frustrated over the inordinate delay in getting 78.2% ida merger fixation benefits. Very few pre-2007 pensioners have so far received the revised PPOs. Two new members joined the Association taking the total life membership strength of the Branch to 68. Retired DGM (Fin) Mr Ramanathan narrated details of BSNL MRS . Meeting ended at 13.15 hours and the members disbursed after a lunch arranged in the complex.

21.02.2017:

OBITUARY- SHRI P C DUBEY, PRESIDENT, AIBSNLREA, MAHARASHTRA STATE BRANCH IS NO MORE:
Shri P C Dubey, President of AIBSNLREA, Maharashtra State Branch has breathed his last to-day morning (21.02.2017) in Pune. He was not well for past over one month and was released from the Hospital only a few weeks back. His sudden demise is a great loss to AIBSNLREA. He took a leading role in organizing the Association in a big way in Maharashtra. The members of the Association mourn his sudden demise and pray to Almighty to give enough strength to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss. Let his soul rest in peace.

20.02.2017:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) REGARDING ABNORMAL DELAY IN PROCESSING THE PENSION REVISION CASES IN BSNL CIRCLES DESPITE ISSUE OF CLEAR ADVICE TO EXPEDITE THE PENDING PENSION REVISION CASES AND ALSO FURNISH INFORMATION REGARDING THE CURRENT STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ORDER TO REVISE THE PENSION - CITES THE CASE OF CGM, TELECOM FACTORY, KOLKATA:

Drawing the attention to BSNL Circle Office letter No. 40-06/2011-Pen(B)(Pt) dated 16/1/2017, wherein all Circles were advised to expedite the work for revision of remaining PPOs and also to furnish information regarding the current status of implementation of the said DOT Order dated 18.07.2016 to BSNL Corporate Office, AIBSNLREA has written to Director (HR) stating “that even after this clear advice from your Office, the Circles are not taking the issue seriously and revision of PPOs and payment of revised pension/arrears are getting abnormally delayed. In this respect, we may quote the case of CGM, Telecom Factory, and Kolkata, in which out of total 800 cases only about 80 pension revision cases have been processed. The CGM, Telecom Factory, Kolkata had actually outsourced the work to a private agency which has since stopped the work. As a result, the pensioners/family pensioners who retired from Telecom Factory, Kolkata are suffering for no fault on their part.” The Association has also sought for her intervention in the matter. View the letter

19.02.2017:

29TH MEETING OF SCOVA HELD ON 12TH JANUARY, 2017 - DOP&PW ISSUES MINUTES:

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, vide its F No. 42/16/2016-P&PW(G) dated 16.02.2017, has since issued the minutes of the 29th Meeting of SCOVA held on 12.01.2017. Extract of the minutes in respect of two important points discussed in the meeting are reproduced below:

“Item No. 5(ii) Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-CGHS areas: Ministry of Health informed that the final EFC Memo is under submission to the Secretary. The proposal covers Central Government Civil employees and pensioners only and that too for indoor treatment. OPD and appliances would not be covered under the proposed scheme.

Disabled War Veteran (India) raised the issue of covering prosthesis under the scheme and stated that thgis will facilitate rehabilitation. The Hon’ble MOS(PP) observed that prosthesis good quality is now available. It was decided that Secretary (P&PW) will have a meeting with the Department of Empowerment of persons with Disabilities and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to discuss the question of covering prosthesis for Civil Government employees/pensioners under CGHS/Medical Insurance. [Action: Ministry of Health & DOPPW]

Item No. 5(v) Anomaly in fixation of pension of DOT employees absorbed in BSNL retired between 01.10.2000 and 31.07.2001: Department of Telecom informed that, as desired by Department of Expenditure, financial implication on the formula suggested by DOP&PW was being worked out in consultation with BSNL. Meanwhile, CAT Principal Bench has allowed a petition filed by BSNL absorbed pensioners for fixing their pension only on the basis of IDA pay drawn after absorption in BSNL. Department of Telecom was requested to examine the judgment of CAT. View the complete Minutes

18.02.2017:

DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SENDS POINT-WISE REPLY TO THE RESOLUTIONS ON DIFFERENT ISSUES WHICH WERE PASSED IN THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA AT BHUBANESWAR:

Department of Telecommunications has now sent a point-wise reply to the resolutions on different issues which were passed in the AIC of AIBSNLREA held at Bhubaneswar. The replies are not acceptable in most of the issues and shall have to be pursued further. View the DoT letter

17.02.2017:

DOP&PW FORWARDS REPRESENTATIONS FROM AIBSNLREA AND FOUR OTHERS ON DIFFERENT SUBJECTS TO DOT TO CONSIDER THE ISSUES:

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has forwarded representations from AIBSNLREA and four others to Department of Telecommunications to consider the issues in accordance with the extant rules/instructions under intimation to the representationists. AIBSNLREA’ representation dated 29.10.2016 was posted in this website on 31.10.2016 and may be viewed. View the DoP&PW letter

17.02.2017:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S LETTER TO DIRECTOR (HR) POINTING OUT TO A FEW OMMISSIONS IN DOT’S ORDER 31.08.2016 ON EXTENSION OF CGHS FACILITY TO THE RETIRED BSNL/MTNL EMPLOYEES:

AIBSNLREA had earlier addressed a letter to Director (HR), BSNL on 1.9.2016 [view posting dated 02.09.2016 in this website to read the letter] pointing out to a few omissions in the DOT’s order on extension of CGHS facility to the retired BSNL/MTNL employees. BSNL has since responded to that letter and stated that as regards the “one time contribution” and the amount to be paid by different categories of retired BSNL employees, the quantum of contribution is to be decided by CGHS based on pay scale of employee. It has further started that the retired employees will have to surrender BSNLMRS facility and subscribe to CGHS by paying one time contribution. The subscription paid for the same will be reimbursed by BSNL on producing the proof of payment and submission of final claim. View the BSNL letter

15.02.2017:

BI-ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING of AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH HELD:

East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch held its bi-annua;l GB Meeting on Saturday, the 11th February, 2017 at Amenity Block, CTO Compound, Nagpur under the Chairmanship of Shri U B Nikose President of the Branch. After paying tributes to the two departed members, Shri V W Patil Vice President of branch welcomed all the life members including the newly enrolled life members. Shri Arun Deshpande Branch Secretary briefed the house regarding the various meetings held with SSA/WTR/WTP units and CCA Nagpur for expeditious settlement of pension revision of BSNL pensioners retired prior to 10-06-2013. He also reported the current status of pension revision with revised fitment formula 78.2%. Shri P R Bhujbal CHQ Vice President addressed the house and highlighted the important key issues of the BSNL pensioners. Members were informed about the latest status of the applicability of modified provision in CCS pension Rules regarding enhancement of DCRG limit, Issue of Identity Cards to BSNL pensioners in revised format linking with aadhar number as per DOP&PW order12-08-2015, Revision of pension for the pre 2006 BSNL pensioners by delinking of revised pension from 33 years of qualifying service, Restoration of benefit of fixed medical allowance for outdoor medical treatment without vouchers, Development and implementation of “Web based program” to monitor the status of medical bills. [Please visit Maharashtra State Section of State News page of this website to read the full report]

14.02.2017:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S LETTER TO DIRECTOR (HR) POINTING OUT TO A FEW OMMISSIONS IN DOT’S ORDER 31.08.2016 ON EXTENSION OF CGHS FACILITY TO THE RETIRED BSNL/MTNL EMPLOYEES:

AIBSNLREA had earlier addressed a letter to Director (HR), BSNL on 1.9.2016 [view posting dated 02.09.2016 in this website to read the letter] pointing out to a few omissions in the DOT’s order on extension of CGHS facility to the retired BSNL/MTNL employees. BSNL has since responded to that letter and stated that as regards the “one time contribution” and the amount to be paid by different categories of retired BSNL employees, the quantum of contribution is to be decided by CGHS based on pay scale of employee. It has further started that the retired employees will have to surrender BSNLMRS facility and subscribe to CGHS by paying one time contribution. The subscription paid for the same will be reimbursed by BSNL on producing the proof of payment and submission of final claim. View the BSNL letter

14.02.2017:

DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFORM THE STATUS OF THE ISSUES REGARDING APPLICABILITY OF DOP&PW OM NO. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A)(i) DATED 04.08.2016 TO THE EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL AND ALSO APPLICABILITY OF DOP&PW’S OM NO. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) DATED 06.04.2016 TO THE IDA PENSIONERS ABSORBED IN BSNL:

In a communication dated 07.02.2017, Department of Telecommunication has informed that the issue regarding applicability of DOP&PW OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(i) DATED 04.08.2016 to the employees absorbed in BSNL, who are governed under the Rule-37(A) of CCS(Pension) Rules 1972, is under examination in consultation with DOP&PW. Similarly, the issue regarding applicability of DOP&PW PM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 06.04.2016 to the IDA pensioners in BSNL is under examination in consultation with DOP&PW. The former issue relates to extending the benefit of Government’s decisions for revision of procedure regulating gratuity, commutation of pension/family pension/disability pension/ex-gratia lump sum compensation etc to the absorbed BSNL pensioners as ordered for the Government pensioners. The other issue relates to “Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners – delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years.”

13.02.2017:

SPECIAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH HELD:

A Special General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, West Bengal State Branch was held at CTO auditorium Kolkata on 7th February with Sri Sanat Kumar Maitra, President of the Branch in the chair. The meeting was attended by more than 300 members. After observing one minute silence in memory of two departed members, the State Secretary Shri S K Palit placed his brief report along with status of Pension revision on date. He congratulated all the members to attend the meeting in large numbers despite negative propaganda launched by a leader of a so called pensioners' group. There was much enthusiasm in the members to listen to the address by General Secretary Shri S. Basu. The General Secretary, in his speech, narrated the history of beginning of Pension Revision following the judgment in D S Nakara & others case which became an important factor for 4th CPC to recommend pension revision even for those who retired decades back – even though only a few individuals were the petitioners in the case. He reminded the audience how the particular group once opposed tooth and nail revision of pension in IDA scale, damaged the case of payment of arrears with 78.2% IDA w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and justified the order on 78.2% IDA merger as “notional”, welcomed the defective order on pension revision and went for wild celebration calling this defective Order of DOT as their “victory”. Now when they pretend to show sympathy to the cause of pensioners on the question of denial of pension arrears, their intention becomes loud and clear. The pensioners need to protect themselves from the clutches of such vested interests. GS also dealt with the Medical facilities to the pensioners and efforts being made to improve upon the same. He also gave the latest status of the issue of extending the benefit of latest order increasing the limit of DCRG to the BSNL IDA pensioners and applicability of the Order on delinking of 33 years of qualifying service for revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners etc. He also replied to a few doubts raised by the members. S/Shri Alok Sinha, Sibir Gupta and Kanti Chattopadhyay, all Life Members of the Branch, shared the cost of refreshment served in the meeting. The meeting ended after presentation of vote of thanks at 5 PM. View Photographs of the meeting

13.02.2017:

STATE SECRETARY, AIBSNLREA, UP MEETS OFFICERS OF DIRECTOR POSTAL SERVICES LUCKNOW:

State Secretary of AIBSNLREA, Uttar Pradesh visited the office of Director Postal Services, Lucknow and met the concerned Officers since a number of cases where Revised PPOs have been issued by CCA Lucknow, the concerned Post Offices have not received the same causing further delay in payment of revised pension and the arrears thereof. He also handed over a letter in this regard addressed to DPS since he was not in office. The A.C.A.O (Rly. Pension) informed that the Revised PPOs have been received in bulk and arrangements have now been made to segregate them and efforts are being made to send them to the respective Post Offices before this month end.

12.02.2017:

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE (PMO) FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION DATED 30.01.2017 AGAINST DENIAL/NON-RESTORATION OF SECOND ACP TO THE RETIRED CIVIL WING EXECUTIVES OF BSNL OF CIVIL ZONE, KOLKATA TO THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

AIBSNLREA had represented to the Prime Minister of India against denial/non-restoration of benefit of second ACP to the retired Civil Wing Executives of BSNL by West Bengal Civil Zone, BSNL, Kolkata (view posting dated 30.01.2017 in this website to read the representation). Now Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has forwarded the said representation to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for action as appropriate. View the PMO letter

10.02.2017:

DOP&PW FORWARDS AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION REGARDING USE OF STATE EMBLEM ON THE IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED TO THE PENSIONERS’ RETIRED FROM CENTRAL GOVT. CIVIL SERVICE:

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since forwarded the representation dated 27.10.2016 of AIBSNLREA seeking clarification on DOP&PW’s OM dated 26.10.2016 regarding its applicability (view posting dated 29.10.2016 in this website to read the letter) to the Department of Telecommunication to take necessary action on the matter as per DOP&PW OM dated 26.10.2016 and inform the applicant accordingly. View the DOP&PW letter

09.02.2017:

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

East Vidarbha Branch, Nagpur of AIBSNLREA is holding its next bi-annual General Body Meeting on Saturday, the 11th February 2017 at Amenity Hall, CTO Compound, and Nagpur at 4 PM. All Life Members of Nagpur Branch and other retired BSNL Executives are requested to attend the meeting in large numbers and make it a grand success.

09.02.2017:

MUMBAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MET CGMM, WTR AND OTHERS:

The representatives of AIBSNLREA, Mumbai Branch comprising of S/Shri S.P. Varma, Secretary, N.K. Devassy, Vice-President, B.S.Yadav, Jt.Secretary, S.R.Yadav, Member and S.B. Chauhan Member met CGMM, WTR, PGM(M) and DGM (F) on 25.1.2017 and discussed in detail different issues pertaining to individual members and common issue of revision of pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% D.A. CGMM, WTR says that work is going on priority basis and will be completed shortly. The Association requested to depute additional staff for this work so as to avoid further delay.

06.02.2017:

E-JOURNAL FEBRUARY 2017 ISSUE:

February 2017 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

04.02.2017:

DISBURSEMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO ALL THE COMBINED SERVICE PENSION OPTEE ABSROBED EMPLOYEES OF MTNL:

DoT has stated that the payment of arrears of pensionary benefits such as DCRG, Commutation, Pension etc., to all categories of erstwhile employees of the Government, absorbed in MTNL who have opted for pension on Combined Service will be made by the O/o Pr.CCA Delhi and Pr.CCA Mumbai on behalf of the Government w.e.f.1.10.2000 without deviating from the decision taken by the Union Cabinet conveyed vide Gazette Notification G.S.R.No.138 (E) dated 3.3.2014 by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions amending Pension Rules. View the DoT letter

03.02.2017:

GENERAL SECRETARY TO ADDRESS A SPECIAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, WEST BENGAL:

West Bengal State Branch of AIBSNLREA is holding a Special General Body Meeting on Tuesday, the 7th February, 2017 in CTO Hall, Kolkata at 13.00 hours. General Secretary, AIBSNLREA will be addressing the meeting. All members of the Association and other retired BSNL executives have been invited to attend the meeting. The State Branch will distribute its latest Telephone Directory/Wall Calendar 2017 in the meeting.

02.02.2017:

UP STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MEETS PGM(HR/ADMN), LUCKNOW:

S/Shri R S Arora, State Secretary and Shri U S Srivastava, Joint Secretary, UP State Branch of AIBSNLREA met PGM(HR/Admn), Lucknow in his office on 31.01.2017 and discussed a few issues of importance. The response of the PGM was very positive and he responded to the request to renew the empanelment of Prakash Netra Kendra, Gomtgi Nagar by stating that it may get the renewal for 2017-18 during March 2017. In regard to pending pension revision cases, he said that he himself is monitoring the progress and 8 SSAs have been addressed in the matter. He further said that the Meeting/Conference Hall can be considered for allotment provided the applications are received at least one month in advance along with other details. He further assured to look into the medical bill case of Shri Chhote Lal and pay anomaly case of Shri H C Dutta.

01.02.2017:

PERSONAL INCOME TAX:

According to the budget proposal in the Union Budget for the financial year 2017-18 presented in the Lok Sabha today, tax rate in the income tax group of Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs for personal tax has been reduced to 5% in place of existing 10%. Tax rates in other slabs remain the same. However, surcharge @ 10% on income tax on income over 50 lakhs and upto one crore has been introduced.

31.01.2017:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN TAKES UP THE ISSUE OF PENSIONERS’ IDENTITY CARD TO THE BSNL IDA PENSIONERS IN THE REVISED FORMAT LINKING THE AADHAR NUMBER AS ORDERED BY DOP&PW:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to DDG(Estt), on the above issue since there is no apparent further progress in the matter. The Association points out that after exchange of few communications between Department of Telecommunications and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, the matter is still unresolved. It has requested DDG(Estt), DOT to intervene in the matter so that the issue gets resolved without further delay. View the letter

30.01.2017:

AIBSNLREA REPRESENTS TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AGAINST DEENIAL/NON-RESTORATION OF BENEFIT OF SECOND ACP TO THE RETIRED CIVIL WING EXECUTIVES OF BSNL BY WEST BENGAL CIVIL ZONE, BSNL, KOLKATA ON FLIMSY GROUNDS AND IN UTTER DISREGARD TO THE ORDERS/CLARIFICATIONS ISSUED ON THE SUBJECT BY THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES AND APPEALS FOR HIS IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION:

AIBSNLREA has since been pursuing the above issue with all concerned wherein BSNL Civil Zone, Kolkata had withdrawn the benefit of second ACP granted to 16 of its retired SDEs (Civil) by deliberately linking the ACP Scheme with ”BSNL MSRR 2009” with the issue which has no relevance in the present case. Moreover, DOP&T had already clarified that the regular service for the purpose of ACP was to be counted from the direct entry grade of the officials. Further, BSNL Corporate Office has also clarified that “diploma in appropriate field of engineering with 10 years of experience shall be construed to equivalent to Degree in Engineering”. But the BSNL Civil Zone, Kolkata is not taking into cognizance of these clarifications and linking the issue with “BSNL MSRR 2009” which is totally wrong and unacceptable, since ACP Scheme is governed under separate Orders of the Government of India. The Association has referred to a reply received from BSNL Civil Zone, Kolkata vide its No. 11-01/20156-CEEZ/1331 dated 17.10.2016 [view posting dated 10.12.2016 in this website to read the letter] wherein it tried to justify its wrong action. The Association has now sought the kind intervention of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for restoration of the benefit of second ACP to the 16 retired SDEs (Civil) and also extend the benefit to the other eligible retired SDEs. View the letter

29.01.2017:

DOP&PW ISSUES CLARIFICATION REGARDING TIMELY PAYMENT OF GPF FINAL PAYMENT TO THE RETIRING GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO AVOID PAYMENT OF INTEREST:

As per Rule 11(4) of GPF Rules 1960, in case the GPF balance is not paid on retirement, interest on the GPF balance is required to be paid for the period beyond the date of retirement also. Now DOP&PW has issued a detailed clarification on the measures to be taken to ensure timely final payment of GPF and avoid payment of such interests. View the DOP&PW order

29.01.2017:

AIBSNLREA, WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH MEETS CCA, WEST BENGAL CIRCLE:

The President, State Secretary and Assistant State Secretary of AIBSNLREA, West Bengal Branch had a prescheduled meeting with CCA West Bengal and other officers on 25th January to discuss the status of Pension revision and other pensioners’ related issues. The Association representatives thanked the CCA for uploading the list of 1325 revision cases settled as on 16th January. The CCA informed the representatives that another 225 cases which have already been settled and other 375 disputed (wanting Bank A/c No. etc.) cases will also be uploaded by 31st January, 2017. It was further reported that out of total 6000 plus revision cases, only about 2500 cases from different BSNL units have so far been received. The Association objected to the mode of delivery of the personal copy of the revised PPOs to the Pensioners’ last office and wanted these be sent to their residences. The CCA readily accepted the request of the Association and instructed his officers to send the personal copies of the revised PPOs to the respective pensioners’ addresses. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.

27.01.2017:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR), BSNL FOR GIVING GREEN SIGNAL TO CGM, ITPC, PUNE TO IMPLEMENT THE WEB BASED PROGRAM FOR MONITORING MEDICAL CLAIMS OF BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEES BY USING HIS OWN FINANCIAL POWERS:

AIBSNLREA has since addressed a letter to Director (HR), regarding implementation of BSNL’s letter dated 10.08.2016 to CGM, ITPC, Pune for development and implementation of a web based program to monitor the medical claims of the BSNL retired employees. The Association has pointed out in its letter that “We had discussed the issue in a meeting held with General Manager (Admn), BSNL on 20.12.2016 in his chamber and was told that the CGM, ITPC Pune has been advised to cut down the cost of the server needed for the purpose. Thereafter, we have tried to ascertain the position from the office of CGM, ITPC, Pune and have come to know that the projected cost is the barest minimum and there is no cushion to reduce it further. We also understand that CGM, ITPC, Pune may get it implemented within his financial powers, if your office gives him the green signal”. Accordingly, the Association has urged Director (HR) “to kindly advice the CGM, ITPC, Pune to get the said web based program implemented immediately within his financial powers”. View the BSNL letter

26.01.2017:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA REGARDING NON PAYMENT OF ENHANCED GRATUITY TO THE ABSORBED BSNL IDA PENSIONERS:

BSNL has since responded to AIBSNLREA’s representation to the Prime Minister of India regarding non-payment of enhanced gratuity to the BSNL IDA pensioners following issue of Orders by DOP&PW enhancing the limit of gratuity to Rs 20 lakhs w.e.f. 1.1.2016. BSNL has informed that Director (HR) had already taken up the matter with DOT requesting to issue detailed guidelines on the matter. A reminder was also subsequently issued by General Manager (Estt), BSNL Corporate Office. BSNL has further informed the representation of the Association is transferred to DoT for taking further necessary action in the matter. View the BSNL letter

26.01.2017:

SULTANPUR BRANCH (UP STATE) OF AIBSNLREA RECONSTITUTED:

Sultanpur Branch of AIBSNLREA in UP State, which was formed in 2009 with members on monthly subscription basis, has been reconstituted on 09.09.2016 with 8 Life Members. S/Shri Ram Asare Mishra, Retd CAO and R K Upadhyay, Retd DE were elected as the Branch President and Branch Secretary respectively. Shri R K Tiwary, Retd Sr. SDE is the Finance Secretary of the Branch.

25.01.2017:

SUSTAINED EFFORTS BY AIBSNLREA, WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH TO GET THE PENSION REVISION CASES SETTLED YIELD RESULTS:

Sustained efforts being made by West Bengal State Branch of AIBSNLREA to get the pension revision cases with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA expeditiously settled and the request made to the concerned CCAs to upload the lists in their respective websites is yielding result. CCA, West Bengal has uploaded a list of 1325 settled cases in its website [List enclosed]. Earlier, CCA, Kolkata had uploaded a similar list of 1400 cases. These lists can be viewed in the website of CCA, West Bengal [www.ccawestbengal] and CCA, Kolkata [www.ccakol.gov.in]. View the List appearing in the website of CCA, West Bengal

19.01.2017:

AIBSNLREA, ODISHA BRANCH MET CGMT, BSNL, BHUBANESWAR:

The Office bearers of Odisha State Branch along with Shri Banamber Swain met CGMT, Odisha in his chamber on 18.01.2017 and discussed the following issues:- (1) appointment of a Nodal officer of GM level to coordinate with the concerned branches to process the grievances of the pensioners, (2) case of Shri Banamber Swain quoting the prevailing rules and orders to settle his cases for Commutation, Gratuity with interest and reconciliation of some instalments of HBA deduction schedule with CCA, (3) expeditious settlement of cases for revised pay fixation order with 78.2% IDA, (4) arbitrary limitation of medical reimbursement claims, in violation of the existing orders, for tests conducted in reputed pathological labs to that of CGHS rates even when the claims are well within the yearly eligibility limits. The CGMT assured to consider the points raised by the Association. View the photograph of the representatives of the Branch Association waiting to meet the CGMT

18.01.2017:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING UNDUE DELAY IN PROCESSING THE PENSION PAPERS OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BEFORE 10.06.2013 EXTENDING THE BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA LEADING TO NON-ISSUE OF REVISED PENSION PAYMENT ORDERS:

AIBSNLREA had been perusing with BSNL in the matter of abnormal delay in many of its field units to process the cases for revision of pension of the absorbed BSNL pensioners and forward the same to the CCA Offices which resulted in non-issue of revised PPOs and instructions to the pension disbursing authorities to revise the pension and pay the arrears thereof. Now BSNL has taken note of the present state of affairs and issued an instruction stating that: “….. It is, therefore, requested that information regarding current status of implementation of the said order be furnished to this office and revision of remaining PPOs be expedited so that payment of revised pension/family pension is made at an early date”. View the BSNL letter

16.01.2017:

ODISHA STATE BRANCH HELD A GB MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of Odisha State Branch of AIBSNLREA was organized on 11.01.2017. Issues regarding non-issue of Revised Pension Payment Orders with benefit of merger of 78.2% IDA as on 01.01.2007 was discussed in detail. Cases of S/Shri D.L.Das and Banamber Swain also came up for discussion. Four new life members joined the Association. In this GB Meeting, following few changes in the State Body was carried out: S/Shri Amarnath Sahoo and Radha Shyam Patra were elected as CWC Members. Shri P K Kar was elected as Asst. State Secretary. S/Shri Bibhu Prasad Mishra and Bhimasen Sahoo were elected by the GB as the Organizing Secretaries. The GB meeting was followed by a grand Picnic with the participation of the family members. The participants enjoyed the program and took part in various entertaining items and contributory lunch. It was decided to meet again in April 2017. View photograph

12.01.2017:

RESTORATION OF BENEFIT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS WITHOUT VOUCHER FOR OUTDOOR TREATMENT TO THE BSNL PENSIONERS:

AIBSNLREA had been taking up the above issue in different forums since long. In the meeting held with GM (Admn), BSNL Corporate Office on 21.12.2016 [view posting dated 21.12.2016 in this website], it was reported that a comprehensive proposal on the issue has since been prepared and the same was sent to Establishment Branch for further action. We have discussed the issue yesterday with the concerned Officers who are examining the proposal and it was assured to expedite the same.

10.01.2017:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2017:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2017 from 120.3% to 119.5% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.  Click Here for the orders

10.01.2017:

REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.1.2017:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.1.2017 from 272% to 270.7% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.  Click Here for the orders

10.01.2017:

DOP&PW ISSUES ACTION TAKEN REPORT ON THE DECISIONS TAKEN IN THE 28TH MEETING OF SCOVA HELD ON 27.06.2016:

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has since issued the Action Taken Report on the minutes of 28th Meeting of SCOVA held on 27.06.2016. The items at Serial No. 2, 5 and 6 of the ATR are of special significance to the absorbed BSNL pensioners. The item at Serial No. 2 pertains to introduction of Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners. Item at Serial No. 5 is regarding the anomaly in fixation of pension to DOT employees absorbed in BSNL retired between 01.10.2000 and 31.07.2001. The item at Serial No. 6 is about the issue regarding “merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to absorbed BSNL pensioners” for which Orders have already been issued.   View the ATR issued by DOP&PW

09.01.2017:

CCA, WEST BENGAL CIRCLE TO ORGANISE THREE DAY CAMP FOR DLC REGISTRATION OF DOT/BSNL PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS THROUGH THE JEEVAN PRAMAN PORTAL:

Controller of Communication Accounts, West Bengal Circle has intimated that it would organize a three (3) day camp in its Office at 8, Esplanade East, Kolkata 700069 from 10 AM to 5 PM on 11th, 12th and 13th January 2017 for DLC registration of DOT/BSNL pensioners/family pensioners through Jeevan Praman portal. All pensioners/family pensioners from DOT and BSNL have been requested to present themselves with their Aadhar Number, PPO No with Bank/Post Office details of their pension account for DLC registration.

08.01.2017:

KOLHAPUR BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Kolhapur Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA held its quarterly General Body Meeting today (08.01.2017) under the president ship of Shri L M Godi, Branch President. He welcomed all the members and after the prayer informed the house about the sad demise of Shri. SG Naik, Rtd.AE Civil and a Life Member of the Branch. The House observed 2 minutes’ silence in memory of the departed soul. Shri D K Joshi, Branch Secretary then informed the House about the developments taken place after the last quarterly GB Meeting held in October 2016. He gave elaborated account of the developments on the issue of revision of Pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% of IDA and gave the latest status regarding the progress of pension revision work in the concerned SSAs and also in the Circle in general. He also informed about the major events of year 2016 and wished the more colorful year of 2017 [View Maharashtra State Section of State News page of this website to read the complete report]

07.01.2017:

NEW BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA FORMED IN BALIA (UP STATE):

A General Body Meeting of the retired BSNL Executives of Balia was held in Balia Telephone Exchange on 07.01.2017 in the presence of Shri Yad Ali, Branch Secretary, AIBSNLREA, Varanasi. Eight retired Executives attended the meeting. After some discussions, it was decided to form a Branch of AIBSNLREA in Balia and followings were elected unanimously as the Office Bearers of the Branch: Shri M Z Ansari, President (Mob No 9415244486), Shri Khurshed Ahemad, Branch Secretary (Mob No 8546039202) and Shri R Y Sharma (Mob No 9415248973), Finance Secretary.

06.01.2017:

E-JOURNAL JANUARY 2017 ISSUE:

January 2017 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.

04.01.2017:

SURAT BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Surat Branch of AIBSNLREA, Gujarat State held its General Body Meeting on 2nd January, 2017. Total 46 members attended the meeting. 8 new members were also enrolled. The meeting started with welcome speech by Branch Secretary Shri N. J. Nakawala. He also presented his report on the activities during the period from the last meeting. Shri A. B. Patel, State Secretary informed about the position of revision of pension as per 78.2 % IDA cases of Surat SSA and other issues. Shri B. M. Bhavsar, Organizing Secretary (West), CHQ also addressed the house and informed about the latest position of the important cases and other matters. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair and the participants.