STATE NEWS - MAHARASHTRA
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. Regarding extension of CGHS facilities to the BSNL pensioners who are in receipt of Government pension , details about the CGHS monthly rate of contribution and ward entitlement after corresponding mapping of pay and scale from IDA to CDA by DOT Order dated 31-8-2016 was elaborated to the members.In the background of stated court case against denied pension and other arrears campaign being propagated by other group of BSNL Retired Executives Association, by sending Wakaltnama and money, appeal was made to all members not to fall prey to the mischievous propaganda. 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 already approved in one voice.
The meeting was attended by 115 members. Six BSNL retired executives joined the association and enrolled as life members of AIBSNLREA Nagpur Branch. The total membership thus increased from 329 to 335. The House congratulated all the newly enrolled life members. Shri N G Talewar Circle Vice president, Shri Bhola Kamble AS,B P Mazumdar FS took efforts for the grand success of the meeting. Shri U B Nikose President extended vote of thanks to all participants.
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.The status of the issues taken up by CHQ with Director (HR), BSNL Corporate office was also given to house. Regarding Medical bills, he asserted both the Association and BSNL are trying for early settlement. Then Shri PS Kulkarni, Asst. Secretary informed about the proposed short trip and requested the interested members to register their names. Shri SG Kanade from Sangli, then gave a brief but impressive presentation Jeevan Katha, and Value of Numbers in one’s life and India’s gift of ZERO to the world ‘Ank Shastra’. He spoke in detail on one’s Life span, Health and Ayurvedic gift to Human Life. Thereafter, Shri PS Kulkarni introduced Shri Abhiram Dixit, CA and Guest for the occasion to the House who gave a presentation on “GST & Common Man.” Shri Dixit, in his presentation elaborated how GST strengthens national economy and benefits common men. Shri DN Khanvilkar, Retd. AGM and a Life Member of the Branch offered to host the lunch after the meeting on the occasion of sweet arrival of a granddaughter in his family. Thereafter Shri PS Kulkarni gave of Vote of thanks to the Guest and presented a small gift from the Association. He also thanked all other members. The meeting concluded with Lunch at 1400Hrs.
QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, KOLHAPUR BRANCH HELD:Quarterly General Body meeting of Kolhapur (Maharashtra) was held on 23.10.2016 in Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall, Kolhapur. Shri S H Mokashi, on the request of the house, chaired the meeting which started with prayer followed by welcome address by the President. S/Shri. AG Sankeshwari, DGM retired from Karnataka, and AM Benkae DGM retired from Kolhapur on their joining the Association were welcomed by the President with presentation of bouquet. 52 members attended the meeting. Branch Secretary Shri D K Joshi briefed the members about the various issues taken up by the Association. The queries raised by the members on the recent orders to allow CGHS facility to the BSNL pensioners were also replied. Status regarding the issue of deferred option case in respect of the Group C employees was placed before the house. The House was informed that one senior member Shri Y B Patil, who could not attend the meeting, has sent a donation. Similarly, another member Shri S G Naik, on his attaining the age of 75, has also donated RS.1000/- to the Association. Then Asst. Secretary, Shri P S Kulkarni introduced Dr. Abhijit Patil and Dr. Rohan from “Madhav Baug” a medical Organization of Pune who delivered useful talk on “Heart Care” for the aged. Queries raised by the members quires were duly replied by them. Then Shri S V Patil, a Life Member from Sangli, offered to sponsor the day’s lunch for the meeting, to celebrate of his sons’ marriage. The meeting ended with vote of thanks presented by Shri P S Kulkarni , Asst. Secretary.
REPRESENTATIVES OF AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH MEET CCA NAGPUR:Representatives of AIBSNLREA, East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch comprising of S/Shri U B Nikose, Branch President, V W Patil, Vice President, Arun Deshpande, Branch Secretary, Bhola Kamble, Asst Branch Secretary and B P Mazumdar, Finance Secretary along with Shri P R Bhujbal, CHQ Vice President met Smt Ghosh CAO In-charge o/o CCA office Nagpur on 17.10.2016 and discussed about the progress of revision of pension/family pension of BSNL pensioners/family pensioners. It was informed that so far the CCA office has received pension revision cases only from Nagpur and Akola SSA, and also from Electrical Wing of Amravati SSA. The consolidation work has already started in the CCA Office but revised Pension Payment Orders are yet to be issued. On the request of the Association, the CAO agreed to incorporate the additional amount of pension to be paid to the old pensioners/family pensioners in their PPOs. The CAO also agreed to send the copy of revised PPO at the residence of the pensioners/family pensioners by speed post. The Association also expressed concern over the inordinate delay taking place in payment of revised IDA as ordered by DPE wef 1-07-2016 to the BSNL pensioners drawing pension through various post offices in Maharashtra. The CAO reported that the delay took place due to some administrative problems in CCA office, Mumbai and assured to ensure timely payment in future.
AMRAVATI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA (WEST VIDARBHA REGION ) HELD ITS EC MEETING:The newly elected executive body of AIBSNLREA, Amravati Branch held its first Executive Committee meeting, under the Chairmanship of Shri R.W. Tidake, President of the Branch, on 7th October, 2016 at the Conference Hall of G. M. Telecom Amravati. The meeting was attended by all the office bearers along with Shri V. G. Dakhode, State Secretary. The President and Branch Secretary Shri D V Rokade briefed the house about the discussion that took place with the GM/DGM BSNL, Amravati on 29.09.2016 regarding revision of pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA. They reported that till that day practically no progress was there in the case. The State Secretary assured that he would take up the matter with appropriate authority about the unhelpful attitude of the local administration towards the issues pertaining to the pensioners. Further, the issue regarding payment of the Medical Bills was also discussed. After the State Secretary briefed the house about the issues being processed at the all India level, Shri M.Z.Shinde, Finance Secretary presented Vote of Thanks and the meeting was declared as closed.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLRERA, MUMBAI BRANCH HELD:General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Mumbai Branch was held in the Conference Hall, Fountain Telecom Building, 4th floor, Fort, Mumbai 400001 on 26.10.2016 at 14.15 Hrs with Shri Vasudeva on the chair. There was very good gathering of the members in the meeting. Branch Secretary informed the house about unfortunate and untimely death of Shri Rajeev Saxena, Retired DE ( NMS) Mumbai. The house observed two minutes silence in the memory of the departed soul. Shri Vasudeva welcomed all the members for attending meeting in good strength and gave valuable information to the members. He also suggested several methods for increasing the membership of the Branch. Branch Secretary S. P. Varma specially welcomed Mrs. Padmavathi Madhur, Retired AGM(IT), Maharashtra Circle for attending meeting and enrolling herself as life member of Mumbai Branch. He also appreciated Shri N. K. Devasy for enrolling 4 life members in the Branch. He further informed the house that he along with five members met the A.O. and AGM of WTR for revision of pension of the members by merger of 78.2% D.A. Surprisingly, they had no copy of the order. The AGM accepted the suggestion of the Branch Secretary to get the order downloaded from the website and start processing the cases. He informed the house that now about 70 – 80 % work is completed and within a week these will be sent to CCA Office for necessary action. He also reported that in Maharashtra Circle, about 50 – 60 % work is complete. He also informed the House that like previous years, a picnic will be conducted in November/December 2016. The Branch Secretary requested the members for increasing membership of Mumbai Branch. S/Shri S. N. Verma and L. M. Oswal were requested to mobilize Western area. S/Shri B. S. Yadav and M. L. Maurya were nominated for Central area. Shri V. R. Monkikar was requested to enroll all members from Thane and nearby areas. The meeting ended with Vote of Thanks by Shri S. N. Verma.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF PARBHANI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:A General Body meeting of Parbhani Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA was held on 4th September, 2016 under the chairmanship of Shri B. L. Deshmukh, Branch Prersident at Hotel Aishwarya, Parbhani. Twelve members attended the meeting in which three new members also joined as life members. The new members were welcomed by Shri A J Jawale, District Secretary and felicitated by the president Shri B L Deshmukh. The Branch Secretary was also greeted and felicitated by the President and other members for his three months tour to London and Europe. The meeting was addressed by Shri A J Jawale, Branch Secretary who briefed the members about the special efforts being made by our association and especially by the Central leadership in getting the actual benefit of merger of 78.2 % IDA wef 1.1.2007. The calculations to know what the pensioners get and lose by using the excel Advanced one click calculator available on our AIBSNLREA web site was found very useful. Branch Secretary also informed the members about the waiver of pension liability between DOT and BSNL on 60:40 ratio. The members also discussed about the delayed payments of medical bills. Branch Secretary also informed the members about the efforts of our central leaders in this regards. The meeting was followed by lunch.
AMRAVATI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA (WEST VIDARBHA REGION ) HELD ITS FIRST DIVISIONAL CONFERENCE:The First Divisional Conference of AIBSNLREA, West Vidarbha Region - Amravati branch was held on Sunday, the 28th August, 2016 at Hotel Shripad Continental , Morshi Road , Amravati under the Chairmanship of Shri V.P. Agrawal, President of the Branch. The meeting was attended by 45 members & 2 new members joined the association. The house welcomed all of them. Shri P R Bhujbal Vice President AIBSNLREA CHQ New Delhi and Shri N.G. Talewar, Vice-President, AIBSNLREA, Maharashtra State attended the meeting as Special Guests. The DGM, BSNL, Amravati and IFA, BSNL Amravati graced the function as a Chief Guests. All the guests were welcomed . After paying tributes to the departed members, Shri V.G.Dakhode, State Secretary, Maharashtra briefed the house regarding the status of Amravati Branch. Shri P R Bhujbal Vice President AIBSNLREA CHQ New Delhi , in his speech highlighted the efforts of CHQ regarding implementation of 78.2 % DA issue and all other key issues in concerning the BSNL pensioners. Shri V.G.Dakhode , read out the report of Branch Secretary. Thereafter, Shri B. R. Chhabriya Finance Secretary placed statemen t of accounts of the Branch. After completion of Presidential speech by Shri V. P.Agrawal, there was lunch Break. After lunch break , the President declared the dissolution of old body. A new body of AIBSNLREA, Amravati Branchj was then elected unanimously with Shri R W Tidke as President, Shri D V Rokade as Secretary and Shri M Z Shinde as Finance Secretary. The new office bearers then took oath of Office. After vote of thanks given by Shri V.G.Dakode , the conference was declared closed. View the list of office bearers
ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH HELD:The Annual General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA, East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch was held on Sunday, the 31st July, 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 members, Shri Arun Deshpande Asst Secretary welcomed all the life members including 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. Shri P R Bhujbal Branch Secretary highlighted the proceedings of All India Conference held at Bhubaneswar (Odisha state) on 2nd and 3rd July, 2016. Important key issues concerning the BSNL pensioners and various resolutions passed by AIC were briefed to the members. Members of Nagpur Branch highly appreciated Gen Secretary CHQ for his sincere and honest efforts being taken in the interest of BSNL pensioners. Members were informed about the formation of Maharashtra state Body. House greeted newly elected CHQ and State body office bearers. The entire house greeted S/Shri P R Bhujbal and N G Talewar for their election as CHQ Vice President and State Vice President respectively.
Afterwards, Secretary informed in details about the recently issued DOT Order dated 18th July, 2016 regarding revision of pension/family pension of BSNL pensioners/family pensioners retired prior to 10-06-2016 by allowing the benefit of 78.2% DA/DR for the purpose of fitment. In view of impending pension revision and payment of arrears thereof from 10-06-2013, the members were requested to pay donation to the association. Other issues like 3rd PRC constitution for the CPSE Executives, 7th CPC Notification issued by Government, DOT’s order dated 20.07.2016 about modifying the liability of BSNL towards the payment of pensionary benefits to the retired employees of BSNL, CGHS facilities, Concessional telephone facilities to the retired employees of BSNL etc were discussed at length.
Shri B P Majumdar Finance Secretary submitted statement of accounts for the Financial Year 2015-16 which was passed unanimously by the house.
Afterwards, the existing body was dissolved and the new body was elected unanimously for the next term. The election was conducted by Shri V S Ashtikar Retd DGM MH Circle Mumbai and Shri R H Mitkari, Retd AGM Nagpur.
Shri P R Bhujbal welcomed the new office bearers. The newly elected President Shri U B Nikose and Branch Secretary Shri Arun Deshpande addressed the gathering and assured to increase the membership of Nagpur Branch.
Despite of incessant rain, the meeting was attended by 111 members. Seven BSNL retired executives joined the association and enrolled as life members of AIBSNLREA Nagpur Branch. The total membership thus increased from 323 to 330. The House congratulated all the newly enrolled life members. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair and all participants. View list of new office bearers
AMRAVATI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS BI-MONTHLY MEETING:Amravati Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA held its bi-monthly meeting on 30.07.2016 in the Conference hall of o/o GM TD, BSNL, Amravati under the chairmanship of Shri D.U.Waghamare. The meeting was attended by 24 members and 6 new members joined the Association. The house welcomed all of them. Secretary Shri V.G.Dakhode then gave detailed information about the deliberations that took place in the AIC held on 2nd & 3rd July 2016 in Bhubaneswar. He also read out the resolutions passed in the AIC and the house discussed on those issues. The members expressed their satisfaction on the systematic persuasion by CHQ and the stand taken by it in regard to the issue of implementation of DPE Order allowing fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA. They also upheld the decision of CHQ to lodge protest against not extending the pensionary benefits to the employees who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013. The members felt happy when the Branch Secretary informed them about election of a new body of CHQ office bearers in which S/Shri P.R.Bhujabal and D.K.Joshi from Maharashtra were elected as Vice President and Joint Secretary respectively. The members also expressed their happiness on learning about formation of a State Body in which Shri V G Dakhode was elected as the State Secretary. Thereafter, Shri V.G.Dakhode, Secretary requested all the members to get their friends enrolled as members and increase the strength of Association. The President then asked the house to elect a new body within a month’s time. The meeting ended with presentation of vote of thanks.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF MUMBAI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:A General Body meeting of Mumbai branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 20.7.2016 at 14.00 hrs in the Conference Hall of Fountain Telecom Building, Mumbai with Shri Vasudev, President on the chair. He welcomed all the members and appreciated the good attendance despite heavy rains. He specially welcomed two new members S/Shri S R Yadav and R B Chaturvedi and also shared with his important views. Secretary Shri S P Verma read out the minutes of the last G B meeting and informed the house about the issues discussed in the All India conference held at Bhubaneswar on 2nd and 3rd July, 2016. He informed the house that order has been issued for revision of pension with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2 % IDA by DOT with notional fixation w e f 1.1. 2007 and actual benefit from 10.06.2013. However, we still demand the benefit w e f 1.1.2007. He further reported that DOT has issued orders in 2014 for payment of pension by Government to the MTNL employees w e f 1.10.2000 by virtually changing the terms and conditions of service for absorption without addressing the pay scale issue of the BSNL Executives. At the time of absorption, BSNL officers were offered Government pension with one stage lower IDA pay scale than MTNL employees whose pension was to be paid by a trust. He also informed that BSNL has sent a proposal to DOT to revise the IDA scales of the BSNL Executives at par with MTNL w.e.f 1.1.2007 and not from 1.10.2000. It is a great injustice to BSNL executives and we shall have to continue our struggle for justice. He also informed the house that the BSNL pensioners can now opt for either CGHS or BSNLMRS scheme for medical treatment. He further requested to increase membership of Mumbai branch. Shri Vasudev, President suggested to conduct a meeting in the last week of August at Thane so that members from nearby areas can attend the same. Shri S N Verma presented vote of thanks and the meeting concluded at 17.00 hrs.
QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, KOLHAPUR BRANCH:Quarterly General Body meeting of Kolhapur Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 10th July 2016 in Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall. Kolhapur with Shri L M Godi, President in the Chair. Meeting started with Prayer. 41 members attended the meeting. President welcomed all the Members including new Member Shri Kambale from Jishingpur, and informed the agenda of this meeting. He further informed the house about election of Shri DK Joshi as the Jt. Secretary, CHQ. He also informed that Shri PS Kulkarni and Shri. NC Jain were elected as the CWC Member and Organizing Secretary respectively of Maharashtra Circle in the adhoc body that was formed in the AIC Venue itself. Members greeted the all the three and wished them success.
Secretary then informed the House about the sad demise of mother of Shri. Savant RK , and Father of Shri. R K Nikam and Wife of Shri. SG Kanade Members of the Branch. House paid homage to the departed souls by observing 2 Minute silence.
Then Secretary informed in details about the proceedings of the First AIC of the Association held in Bhubaneswar on 2nd and 3rd of July, 2016 and especially dealt with GS’s exhaustive and comprehensive Report to the Representative counsel which unanimously elected new CHQ Body for the next term. He also informed the details of the recently concluded issue of revision of pension of both pre and post 2007 BSNL Pensioners with 78.2% IDA Merger. High lights of VII CPC and announcement for constitution of 3rd PRC for the Executives of CPSEs was briefed by him. He finally conveyed the special appeal from GS to all members to make special drive for increasing the Membership. Then Shri NC Jain, PS Kulkarni also gave the some more details of proceedings of the AIC held in Bhuvaneswar and other information on BSNL status and actual benefit of 78.2% IDA Merger etc. and asked the members to donate generously to the Association after getting the arrears of revision of Pension. Secretary answered all the queries of the members. They were given details of methods of re fixation of pension. Then Shri P S Paranjape, a well-known Chartered Accountant was welcomed by the House and offered a Bouquet and Book. The President then requested the Guest to deliver his lecture on Income Tax and procedures for submission of the Returns. He gave a very good lecture on the subject for an hour and answered all questions from the members to their best satisfaction.
Shri. PS Kulkarni, Asst. Secretary, then extended vote of thanks to Shri Paranajpe for sparing his valuable time and giving such much needed information on Income Tax to the members. He also thanked all the members – specially from Sangli, Satara for attending the meeting despite heavy rains and requested them for the Lunch. The President declared the meeting as closed.
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. Branch Secretary apprised about the latest position regarding the case of merger of 50% I.D.A. effectively amounting to 78.2%. Though the case after a long time could reach to the preparation of cabinet note level, everybody expressed unhappiness over working pattern of DOT. The house was informed about the AIC to be held at Bhubaneswar on 2nd and 3rd July 2016. The Branch Secretary also asked the willingness of members to attend AIC. The members emphasized over re-implementation of payment of quarterly medical allowance without submission of vouchers. Shri S.K. Kulkarni, President of the meeting expressed his views and the meeting was adjourned with vote of thanks by Branch Secretary.
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. The House was informed that the Final Cabinet Note has been approved by MOC&IT and its Hindi translation is underway. He also told the House that once all other formalities are over, the Cabinet Note will be sent to Cabinet Secretariat. He further told the members that the medical claim bills for outdoor treatment, which were pending since last 2 and half years, have got cleared after due persuasion. It was informed by the Account Section of GMT, Amaravati that all pending bills up-to 21/3/2016 have been cleared. Some members complained that that they have not received the payments. Branch Secretary assured that the left out cases will be sorted out and will be pursued. He also apprised the house regarding AIC which is being held at Bhubaneswar on 2nd and 3rd July 2016 and requested the interested members desiring to attend the AIC to contact him within a week’s time so that onward reservation and other formalities can be completed. He also informed that delegation fee of Rs.3000/-per delegate has to be deposited by 1/6/2016 and TA/DA is to be borne by the delegates themselves.. Branch Secretary also gave recent development on medical policy as CHQ is pursuing the case. The meeting was adjourned after presentation of vote of thanks.
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 Presidentship of Shri L M Godi, Branch President. The meeting started with Prayer and was attended by 61 members. President welcomed all the members and wished them a Happy New Sanvtsara commencing from 8th April, and ”Gudi Padava”. Branch Secretary then informed the House about the sad demise of Shri W. Sheshgiri Rao, a vetern Telecom leader and Ex-President of SNEA and Shri R P Sapre, Retd DE and member of Kolhapur Branch. He lauded the contribution of Shri Rao in organizing the Telecom fraternity and his dedicated service towards welfare of Telecom Engineers. Asst. Branch Secretary spoke of Shri RP Sapre’s qualities and contribution to the service. The house observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls. Then Secretary informed in detail the status of revision of Pension with merger of 78.2% IDA and the reasons for its long delay, latest position of the issue and action taken by our and other Association of BSNL Pensioners. He also replied the queries raised by the members on the this issue. He dealt with recent announcement in Union Budget of Tax relief of Rs.5000/-, if the Taxable income is less than 5 Lakh. He also informed the latest issues which have been taken up by different Associations. Finally he requested the members to approach other retired BSNL executives to join this Association. S/Shri NC Jain, SM Vaidy and RD Kale and other members expressed their views on pension revision. The members also opined that the Association should hold one All India Conference anywhere in India, which shall generate new energy among the members. A small talk was then arranged on “ Jyotish Shastra” delivered by Shri Prakash Bogare, a retired Bank Manager, Kolhapur. He briefly informed about the Shastra, its basics and its use for the common people. He said that it is a big subject having various angles for predicting one’s future and solutions to the problems. In many countries this Indian Shastra is being studied and research done. The members gave good response in the question-answer session. Shri PS Kulkarni, Asst. Secretary, gave brief information on the “Generic Medicine” which are equivalent medicines to the regular branded Medicines prescribed by the Doctors. He also gave the information of the shops that have recently opened in Kolhapur and asked members to take advantage of the same for cheap medicines. Branch Secretary then announced that the lunch after this Meeting has been sponsored by Shri VB Mahajan, who recently celebrated his first son’s marriage. All members congratulated him and offered good wishes to the newly married Couple. The meeting concluded with of vote thanks to Shri Prakash Bogare, Lecturer and all the members especially those who came from outside Kolhapur. The meeting was followed by lunch at 1400 Hrs.
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. Branch Secretary apprised about the latest position regarding the case of merger of 50% I.D.A. effectively amounting to 78.2%. The members expressed their unhappiness over long delay in this matter. The house discussed on recommendations for next year’s budget in which no additional relief is proposed to the pensioners. The members emphasized over re-implementation of payment of quarterly medical allowance without submission of vouchers. In the present system there is considerable delay in payment of Medical bills on some or the other reasons. Branch President Shri V.V. Bhagat Rtd. DE highlighted the importance of the Association and urged the house to help in enrollment of new retired executives. The arrangement of lunch was jointly hoisted by Shri V.K. Dawange Rtd. SDE Khamgaon and Shri D.M. Deshmukh Rtd. JTO Khamgaon. The house conveyed thanks for the nice arrangements made by both members at holy place “Gajanan Nagri, Shegaon”. The meeting was adjourned after presentation of vote of thanks by Shri S.P. Kulkarni Rtd. DGM Buldhana.
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. Shri P R Bhujbal, Branch Secretary highlighted the status of long pending and other important issues being taken up by CHQ. Various representations addressed to DOT, Telecom commission, BSNL, DOP&PW, DPE, Minister of Health, Hon Prime Minister etc made by CHQ over the inordinate delay in furnishing of the Final Cabinet Note allowing the benefit of 78.2% IDA merger with basic pay as on 1-1-2007 to the BSNL pensioners retired during 1-10-2000 to 9-6-2013, extension of CGHS facilities to the BSNL retired employees, anomaly in fixation of pension of DOT employees absorbed in BSNL and retired during 1-10-2000 to 31-07-2001, Restoration of benefit of medical allowance for outdoor treatment without vouchers to the retired BSNL employees etc were briefed to the house. Members were informed about the key recommendations of the VIIth CPC also. The main recommendation of “Enhancement in the ceiling of gratuity limit from the existing Rs 10Lakh to Rs 20 Lakh w.e.f. 1-1-2016 and further recommendation of Indexation i.e. the ceiling on gratuity may increase by 25% whenever DA rises by 50% and Introduction of Health Insurance Scheme for CG employees and pensioners cheered by members. Rest of other principal demands made before VIIth CPC by various pensioners associations including AIBSNLREA viz-Revision of additional rates of additional pension and additional family pension, as also reducing age eligibility for its receipt from the existing 80 years, Reduction in the time period for restoration of basic pension, reduced on account of commutation, Enhancement of ceiling of earned leave for purpose of leave encashment, Increasing the existing time period of seven years for enhanced family pension were not recommended by VIIth CPC.
House was briefed about the status of constitution of 3rd PRC for the salary revision of PSU employees w.e.f. 1-1-2017. Important local issues taken up with PGMT Nagpur regarding undue delay in payment of medical bills for outdoor treatment to the retired employees of BSNL Nagpur, furnishing of yearly life certificate for continuation of concessional telephone facility for retired employees of BSNL in accordance with policy vide BSNL No 2-7/2007-PHA dated 20-07-2007 and difficulties being faced by BSNL pensioners to have attestation duly signed by GO/Bank officer were also discussed.
The meeting was attended by 111 members. Four BSNL retired executives joined the association and enrolled as life members of AIBSNLREA. The total membership of the Branch thus has reached to 323 from 319. House congratulated all the newly enrolled life members. S/Shri U B Nikose VP and Dr Palandurkar VP were on the dais. S/Shri Arun Deshpande, AS N R Rachkondawar, B M Majumdar, FS, NK Garge , MR Shaikh took special efforts for the grand success of the meeting. The meeting ended with vote of thanks and new year’s greetings to all by Shri U B Nikose, Vice President of the branch.
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. Branch Secretary Shri S P Varma informed the house about the sad demise of S/Shri N A Daware, Retd D E Fault Control, Mumbai and Kannan Iyer Retd S D E Legal, WTR Mumbai. He requested the house to observe 2 minutes silence in memory of the departed souls. He then read out the minutes of last meeting and informed the house about the latest development on various issues including revision of Pension by merger of 78.2 % IDA and the efforts being made by the Association to get it resolved. The members appreciated the efforts by ShrI S N Verma for arranging the annual trip from 9th to 17th January 2016 successfully and also in a very economic and comfortable manner. Branch Secretary requested the members to mobilize more membership. The meeting concluded at 16.30 hours after presentation of vote of thanks by Shri V R Monkikar.
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. The meeting started with prayer. 48 members attended the meeting. The President welcomed all the members and wished them a happy New Year 2016 and read out the agenda of the meeting. Branch Secretary Shri D K Joshi then informed the House about the sad demise of Shri V B Kulkarni, Rtd DE from Kolhapur and also Shri PR Shkula, a SeniorTrade Union Leader of Kolhapur Telecom. He requested the House to observe two minutes silence in memory of the departed souls. Thereafter, he informed in detail the status of the case for revision of Pension with merger of 78.2% IDA and reasons for the long delay and the action taken to pursue the case. He also gave an account of various other issues that AIBSNLREA has taken up with the Government and the BSNL. He said success can only be achieved with sustained efforts, consistent persuasion and follow up action on the issues. He discussed in detail about VII CPC recommendations and replied to the queries raised by the members. Medical Scheme and methods for revision of pension were also discussed. Regarding revision of pension of BSNL retirees, he replied that once the proposed 3rd PRC recommendations are implemented with effect from 1.1.2017, the pension will have to be revised. He also gave the details of the BSNL’s economic growth, expansion program in BB and Wi-Fi, mobile etc. He also referred to the statement of Minister of Communications on MTNL and BSNL informing that there is no proposal for disinvestment in these PSUs and instead they will be revived. A small program on “Meditation for Happy, Peaceful and Joyful Life” was arranged by the Center In-charge S/Shri Niti Bhosale and D V Aironi (also a life member of AIBSNLREA) of Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation, Ramchandra Mission. Short Warm-up Meditation was then conducted in which all the members participated. Shri BV Patil, a Life Member of the Branch announced sponsoring of the Lunch from his side on the eve of his son’s marriage. Then Shri P S Kulkarni proposed the vote of thanks to all members, conductors of the Meditation program and specially to Shri BV Patil.
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 regarding furnishing of ’Life Certificate’ in the month of November every year for continuation of concessional residence telephone facility to the BSNL retired employees, in accordance with policy vide BSNL CO No. 2-7/2007-PHA dated 20-07-2007, was also discussed. The Association expressed concern on the demand to have attestation duly signed by Bank Officer/Post Master/Gazetted officer for life certificates. The Association pointed out that the guide lines issued by BSNL Corporate Office does not speak about any such attestation on life certificate. Sr. GMTD Nagpur immediately spoke with Commercial officer/AGM, Admn, Nagpur and instructed for the correct implementation of BSNL guide lines on the issue.
The representatives of the Association also met Asst Director o/o PMG Nagpur and expressed concern over the inordinate delay in payment of revised DA to the BSNL pensioners drawing pension through Post Offices under functional jurisdiction of GPO Nagpur. It was pointed out that the BSNL pensioners have not been paid even the revised DA w.e.f. 1-10-2015. The Asst Director immediately spoke to the Sr. Postmaster, GPO Nagpur who assured to make payment of the arrears at the earliest.