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Branches and members are requested to deposit Quota/Donations/Other payments with the following bank account only:


Name of Bank: Canara Bank
Name of Account: ALL INDIA BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED RETIRED EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION
or
AIBSNLREA
Branch: Govindpuram Colony, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh-201013
S/B Account No: 91702010001791
IFSC: CNRB0018909


After depositing the amount, the details such as Name, Name of Branch, Amount, Date of Deposit, Purpose etc., may be mailed to gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com




SEEKING LEGAL REMEDY ON PAY AND PENSION ARREARS


AIBSNLREA filed an Original Application, on representative capacity, praying for orders to get the (i) arrears of pension between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 for the pre-2007 pensioners, (ii) arrears of pay, pension and other pensionary benefits like enhanced DCRG, Leave encashment, Commuted value of pension (wherever admissible) for the pensioners who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 and (iii) pay arrears to those who retired/retiring before/after 10.06.2013, in the Principal Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal. Our OA was tagged with another OA already filed by another Association in which the DOT’s Presidential Order dated 10.06.2013, implementing DPE OM, allowing fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% IDA w.e.f. 10.06.2013 and denying pay arrears, was not challenged. The OA filed by another association did not ask for pay arrears. This OA by other Association was heard first and then our OA was heard on 30.07.2019 and CAT then dismissed both the OAs.

We had reported earlier that the Appeal filed by AIBSNLREA in Delhi High Court against the CAT Order came up before the Court 04.12.2019, 24.01.2020 and 11.03.2020 which finally directed to issue Notice to the respondents allowing 4 weeks’ time to file counter-affidavit and thereafter two weeks' time to the petitioners to file rejoinder-affidavit. The matter further came up before the Court of Registrar on 07.09.2020 which allowed further six weeks’ time to the Respondents to file their counter-affidavit. Failing which, they will forfeit the right to file the counter-affidavit and the Appeal will be listed for hearing. But on 18.01.2021, the Respondents pleaded for some more time to file their counter affidavit. Though our Advocate raised objection, the Registrar allowed 4 weeks further time subject to payment of costs. The matter was again put up before the registrar on 15.03.2021 for physical hearing. Since the Respondents again failed to submit their counter-affidavit, our Advocate strongly pleaded not to allow further time. The Registrar was then pleased to order that the Respondents forfeit their right to file counter affidavit and the matter be listed before the Hon’ble Court. As per the advance list, the Writ Petition was last listed before the Hon'ble Court (Virtual Court No. 6) on 06.08.2021 and then on 23.11.2021 but could not be heard due to want of time. The case was scheduled for hearing on 12.05.2022 but could not be heard due to Full Court Reference scheduled in the afternoon and was ordered to be re-notified on 05.07.2022. On 05.07.2022, our petition was heard at length and then posted for 02.08.2022 with directions to both sides to file their respective written submissions. Our advocate had submitted the written submission in time but hearing did not take place on 02.08.2022 since a judge was on leave. The case was listed for 14.09.2022. On 14.09.2022, the court did not take up any matter where the hearing could take more than half an hour, as the court was taking up some enquiry post-lunch. Our advocate pleaded for fixing the next date early. After much persuasion, the court listed the matter to 23.01.2023. While DoT had not filed any reply or written submission in our case, it had filed the same in a writ petition by another BSNL pensioners association which had also been listed for the same day. On 23.01.2023, when the court took up the case, there was no appearance for Union of India (DoT). As the respondent's advocate remained absent for the third consecutive hearing, order was passed to issue court notice to the respondent's (DoT) advocate, returnable on 25-04-2023. On 25.04.2023 the court could not take up the case till 16.30 hrs and therefore was re-notified on 31.05.2023. On 31.05.2023, upon hearing the counsel for DoT, the court directed re-notification of the case on 14th August 2023, making it clear that the Union of India shall file written submissions in our case at least one week before the next date of hearing. Though the case was listed for 14.08.2023, there was no sitting of the Bench in the last minute and next hearing was fixed for 10.11.2023. On 10.11.2023 the matter was heard at length and the court was re-notified it for 20.02.2024. A new Bench heard the case on 20.02.2024 with submission from our advocate. No one was present from Respondents' side. The court ordered issue of 'Court Notice' to the Secretary, DoT and adjourned the case to 11.07.2024 since no prior slot was available. On 11.07.2024 when the case came up for hearing before a new Bench, DoT which had earlier failed to submit counter-affidavit even after seeking time several times, has filed its counter-affidavit now. The case is now listed for 03.10.2024 and we need to file our rejoinder by then.


05.09.2023:

DETAILS OF AMOUNT CREDITED TO CHQ ACCOUNT REQUESTED:

CHQ has received the following amounts on the dates mentioned against them, but details of the Branch or Member who had deposited the amount have not been communicated to CHQ. Those who had deposited the amount may please furnish the details through email to: gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com
1. Rs.200 on 23.05.2023
2. Rs.650 on 16.06.2023
3. Rs.5600 on 16.06.2023


17.07.2024:

CCA Haryana RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 03.07.2024 addressed to the CGCA DoT, regarding Unusually advance recovery of TDS in lieu of payment of interest due on Gratuity to BSNL VRS retirees even before completion of 60 years AND requesting to stop recovery:

AIBSNLREA had written to the CGCA, DoT bringing to his notice that TDS has been recovered from the pension for April 2024 and May 2024 in lieu of the interest due on Gratuity as per provisions of BSNL VRS 2019 scheme, in respect of VRS retirees who will be completing 60 years only in March 2025, by CCA Haryana and had requested to stop such recovery and refund the recovered amount. CCA Haryana has replied that all the estimated payables within the FY 2024-25 including DCRG interest that is to be paid by 5th March 2025, have been taken in consideration for estimating total TDS to be deducted in the Financial Year. Accordingly the monthly recovery of TDS has been started in al such cases.  View the CCA Haryana reply

16.07.2024:

CGCA RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 19.06.2024 REGARDING Discrepancies in the process of downloading Form 16 from CGCA website, causing inconvenience to the pensioners:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 19.06.2024 requesting removal of discrepancies in the process of downloading Form 16 from CGCA website, causing inconvenience to the pensioners, CGCA has informed that necessary modifications have been made on the CGCA website, as regards para 2 of the letter and that the issue mentioned at para 3 is under process.  View the CGCA response

15.07.2024:

AIBSNLREA PUNE BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING

AIBSNLREA Pune Branch conducted its Quarterly GB meeting on 12.07.2024 at Vardshri Sabhagruha 1308A Shukravarpeth Natu baug Chowk Bajirao road, Pune-411002. 92 members were present. Meeting was chaired by Dr S K Ramamurthy, President AIBSNLREA Pune Branch who heartily welcomed all the participants on behalf of AIBSNLREA Pune Branch. He informed the august house that AIBSNLREA Pune branch strength is 206 members. He appealed to all present to enroll more members. The proceedings started with a devotional prayer by Sh B D Kokil.[View Maharashtra Page of State News section for full report].

12.07.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DG CGHS regarding Need for clarity regarding issue of OPD medicine to CGHS beneficiaries going abroad:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of the DG CGHS to DG CGHS Office order No.1-40/2019/CGHS/C&P /DIR/CGHS dated 19th August 2019 for supply of OPD medicines for up to six months to CGHS beneficiaries, who are going to stay abroad and has pointed out lack of clarity regarding the commencement of the 3/6 months period, whether it is to be counted from the date of last issue of medicines made or from the date of travel abroad by the CGHS beneficiary resulting in denial in supply of medicines for the period of stay abroad. AIBSNLREA has requested issue of clear guidelines in this regard.  View the letter

10.07.2024:

AGS AIBSNLREA Shri V.P.Arya visits BSNL Corporate Office:

Shri V.P.Arya, AGS AIBSNLREA visited BSNL Corporate Office yesterday (09.07.2024) and pursued the following issues with the concerned officers. The following are the outcome of his efforts:
1. The issue of stepping up the pay of seniors on par with juniors in accordance with the CAT Chennai orders was discussed with PGM (Pers). He went through the entire judgement, our letter and the representation from the First applicant in the case. We explained to him that Supreme Court has already dismissed an appeal on the same issue and therefore the matter has attained finality. He said that the CAT Chennai orders has mentioned about this and has agreed to consider implementation of the CAT Chennai orders.
2. In respect of early issue of promotion orders notionally as per the judgement of Gujarat High Court in the case of Shri M.N.Chavda, AGM (Pers) informed us that the clarification sought for from Gujarat Circle is yet to be received and said a reminder will be sent.
3. Regarding submission of fresh VC in the case of Shri H.S.Sutaria as required by DoT, Estt. section of BSNL CO was awaiting details from Gujarat Circle and the concerned official was pursuing with Gujarat Circle on daily basis.
4. In respect of sanction of penal interest on late payment of gratuity to Shri B.M.Kolki, the Establishment section said that it has not received the CHQ letter in the section and wanted the letter to be routed through the office of Director (HR). A copy of the letter has been now personally handed over to the office of the Director (HR) by AGS Shri V.P.Arya.

09.07.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE Secretary, DoT, regarding Implementation of DoP&PW O.M. enhancing the maximum limit of Gratuity to Central Government Employees to Rs.25 lakhs, in respect of BSNL absorbed employees:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of the Secretary, DoT to DoP&PW O.M. vide No.28/03/2024-P&PW (B)/Gratuity/9559 dated 30.05.2024, enhancing the maximum limit of Gratuity from Rs.20 Lakh to Rs.25 lakh, w.e.f 01.01.2024, which is to be implemented for BSNL absorbed employees, as they are covered by Rule 37 A of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 [now part of Rule 37 of CCS (Pension) Rules 2021]. AIBSNLREA has requested him that orders be issued without further delay, making DoP&PW O.M dated 30.05.2024 on enhancement of gratuity ceiling from Rs.20 lakh to Rs.25 lakh w.e.f. 01.01.2024 applicable to BSNL absorbed employees.  View the letter

06.07.2024:

E-JOURNAL JULY 2024 ISSUE:

July 2024 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "ABHA LINKING EPISODE - NEED TO KEEP VIGIL..." has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website. The "View" links in the e-journal lead to the respective letters/orders.  View the E-journal July 2024

05.07.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CGCA, DOT, NEW DELHI ON Grievances regarding incorrect personal data in SAMPANN in respect of pensioners who retired from WTR and are being served by CCA MH & Goa:

AIBSNLREA has written to the CGCA, DoT, New Delhi drawing his attention to the grievances of BSNL pensioners retired from WTR and are being served by CCA Maharashtra & Goa, regarding incorrect entries of personal details in SAMPANN, resulting in non-restoration of commuted value of pension in time in respect of a few of them and inability to log in into SAMPANN portal by the others and requesting him to direct CCA MH & Goa to resolve the grievances without further delay.  View the letter

05.07.2024:

AIBSNLREA SHIMLA BRANCH (HIMACHAL PRADESH STATE) HOLDS IS MONTHLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A monthly meeting of AIBSNLREA Shimla Branch was held on 3rd July 2024 at Shimla. The meeting was presided over by Shri Jaswant Singh. 20 members were present in the meeting. Issues discussed in last meeting were reviewed. All the members appreciated the action taken by General Secretary. Pension revision was discussed . Notional increment of VRS retirees was discussed and members requested to take up the case with CHQ to resolve the issue. All pensioners were eager to know about the latest status of pension revision. Some local issues were also discussed.  View Photos

03.07.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CGCA DoT, regarding Unusually advance recovery of TDS in lieu of payment of interest due on Gratuity to BSNL VRS retirees even before completion of 60 years and requesting to stop recovery:

AIBSNLREA has brought to the notice of the CGCA, DoT New Delhi regarding Unusually advance recovery of TDS in lieu of payment of interest due on Gratuity to BSNL VRS retirees even before completion of 60 years and has requested to stop further recovery and refund of the recovered amount.  View the letter

01.07.2024:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President. The President welcomed the participants and expressed happiness that two issues taken up by the CHQ with regard to CGHS have been resolved. General Secretary then elaborated about the Association taking up the vital issues of Central Government pensioners in general and BSNL pensioners in particular, immediately after formation of the new Government, appropriately addressing the Prime Minister, Health Minister, Communication Minister and the Finance Minister. He said that AIBSNLREA was the first to voice its concern and protest again mandatory linking of ABHA card with CGHS card and duly followed it up with the latest letter to the Health Minister. Keeping in abeyance of the said OM by MoH&FW is an important development, he said. He then requested the office bearers to ensure that at least one Branch which has not conducted a meeting since the last AIC in their area, holds a meeting in July. The office bearers reported the organisational activities in June. Issues like PLan199 not having data facility, stay of recovery of commuted value of pension in respect of the applicants by Punjab & Haryana High Court, advance recovery of TDS for Gratuity, absence of HRMS number for pre-2009 retirees were discussed. The meeting ended with the President thanking all the office bearers for their active role and co-ordination, ensuring smooth and efficient functioning of the CHQ.

01.07.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE PGM (PERS) BSNL CO REQUESTING implementation of CAT, Chennai judgement ON Stepping up of pay on par with juniors:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of PGM (Pers) BSNL CO to the judgement of CAT Chennai in OA/310/01111/2015, directing BSNL to step up and refix the pay of the applicants on par with their juniors with effect from the date of arising of the anomaly in respect of the applicants drawing lesser pay than their juniors and grant all consequential benefits, including arrears of pay and has requested him to implement the orders of CAT Chennai and to issue a common order to dispose of favourably the representations from similarly placed pensioners.  View the letter

29.06.2024:

MAPPING OF HRMS NUMBER AGAINST RSTC CONNECTIONS IN CDR SYSTEM:

As per instructions from BSNL CO, ITPC Pune has been processing mapping of HRMS number against RSTC connections in CDR system both for serving and retired employees. In spite of its efforts to reach out to serving/retired employees, nearly 59% RSTCs are still to be updated. BSNL CO has therefore requested all CGMs validate and update HRMS number of serving and retired employees for all RSTC numbers. ITPC Pune has also requested BSNL CO to issue guidelines in respect of employees who retired before HRMS number implementation.  View the BSNL letter

28.06.2024:

MoH&FW issues revised guidelines for referral process in CGHS:

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has released a O.M vide F.No.A15025/19/2024/DIR/CGHS/EHS(Comp.No.8281286)I/3687286/2024 date3d 28.06.2024, revising guidelines for referral procedures for consultation, investigations and treatment in Government and Private empanelled hospitals. As per the revised guidelines, the term "Government hospital" shall also include all AIIMSs, Institutions of National Importance, North East Institutions, Tata Memorial Hospital and all other medical institutions under Central Government. Afet referral by the Medical Officer of a CGHS wellness centre, no further endorsement from CGHS shall be required for undergoing routine listed investigations and minor procedures not requiring admission in the hospital as advised by the specialist. However referral/endorsement from CGHS shall be required for special investigations like CT scan, MRI scan, PET scan and any other investigation costing over Rs.3000/-. Special provision to avail consultation/investigation/treatment procedures hereinafter shall apply to CGHS beneficiaries aged 70 years and above as against 75 years.  View the MoH&FW OM

28.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA SANGRUR BRANCH (PUNJAB STATE) HOLDS ITS ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A general Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Sangrur Branch was held at Sangrur in Shree Naina Devi Mandir AC Hall on 26.06.2024 under the Presidentship of Shri P.K.Jindal, President. Shri Balbir Singh, Branch Secretary welcomed the participants. Shri Mohd.Jamil Ex. Circle Secretary of SNEA and retired DGM graced the occasion. Six retired executives who were not members attended the meeting. Shri P.K. Jindal, President spoke about vital issues pertaining to BSNL pensioners, like pension revision pending since 1.1.2017, enhancement of pension at the age of 65,70 &75, grant notional increment to those who retired a day prior to their date of increment, recovery of commutation amount in 10 years instead of 15 years, orders mandating linking CGHS card with ABHA account which has been kept in abeyance, pay and pension arrears due to 78.2% IDA fixation (Court case pending). Shri R.S. Sandhu Joint Secretary CHQ briefed on all these issues and assured the members to take up every problem/issue of the members with CHQ. Five new Life members were enrolled in the meeting. Office bearers election was held unanimously and Shri Pawan Kumar Jindal Retd.DGM, Shri Shiv Narain Retd.SDE and Shri Gurmail Singh Retd DE were elected as President, Secretary and Financial Secretary respectively. At the end five new members were enrolled, including Shri Mohd. Jamil, Retd DGM and former CS, SNEA. The meeting ended with Vote of Thanks and High Tea.  View the Photos

27.06.2024:

MoH&FW reissues guidelines for issue of CGHS card:

MoH&FW has issued a O.M vide F.No.S11012/1/2024-EHS (Comp No.8283407)I/3687003/2024 dated 27.06.2024, reissuing guidelines for issuing CGHS cards to serving employees and pensioners, consequent to technological changes and change in payment methods for CGHS contribution.  View the MoH&FW O.M

25.06.2024:

CGHS ISSUES O.M. KEEPING IN ABEYANCE ITS O.M. DATED 28.03.2024 REGARDING MANDATORY LINKING OF CGHS ID WITH ABHA ID:

CGHS vide its O.M. No.44/88/MCTC/CGHS/2024/DIR dated 25.06.2024, has stated that "the matter has been reviewed in the Ministry and the undersigned is directed to convey the approval of Competent Authority that the implementation of the O.M. dated 28.03.2024 is kept in abeyance till further orders".  View the CGHS O.M

25.06.2024:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 08.05.2024 regarding difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries in availing consultation from the Medical Specialist at Katol Road Polyclinic, Nagpur:

Responding to AIBSNLREA letter dated 08.05.2024 on the subject, CGHS has replied that "As per sanctioned strength there are only two posts of Physician in CGHS Nagpur and as per the sanctioned strength one physician is posted at WC Polyclinic, Katol Road Nagpur and one at WC 7 which is a centralised location for all the WCs."  View the CGHS reply

24.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA GUJARAT STATE HOLDS ITS ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The Annual General Body cum- Get together meeting of AIBSNLREA Gujarat state was held on 20th June, 2024 at Gujarat Chamber of Commerce Hall, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad at 3.30 PM. The meeting was presided by Shri P. B. Parmar, State President. 251 members attended the meeting inspite of forecast of heavy rains. The President warmly welcomed the members and other dignitaries present. He extended special welcome for newly enrolled members who had joined AIBSNLREA. He spoke in detail about Pension Revision case including stand taken by our CHQ and efforts made by other Associations in Principal Bench CAT in getting a favourable judgement. He spoke about FMA to CGHS beneficiaries, and Grant of notional increment for the purpose of pensionary benefits. He also told that we have taken up the IT related issues with CCA Gujarat. He appraised the status of the case to the house regarding grant of 5% increase of additional pension after completion of age of 65, 70 and 75 years as recommended by Parliamentary Standing Committee. Two minutes silence was observed in memory of the departed members and their family members. [View Gujarat Page of State News section for full report]

22.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA MUMBAI BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA Mumbai branch was held on 19th June 2024 from 2 PM in the conference Hall, BSNL Administrative Building, 1st Floor B Wing Juhu Road, Santa Cruz (W) Mumbai. Shri N. K. Devassy Presided over the meeting. There was very good gathering in the Hall in spite of heavy rain in Mumbai since early morning. President delivered welcome address & appreciated all members for attending the meeting in short notice. Two minutes silence was observed in respect for the departed souls among our members. [View Maharashtra Page of State News section for full report]

21.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA REPRESENTS TO THE FINANCE MINISTER, GOI REGARDING relief to Senior Citizens/Pensioners in the upcoming Union Budget :

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of the Hon'ble Minister of Finance to the facts that "In the recent years, Pensioners’ income from interest on deposits has steeply eroded, while the cost of living has been peaking, leaving them most vulnerable to financial crisis. The reliefs being offered in Income Tax is paltry compensation compared to their financial woes" and has suggested some measures to be incorporated in the upcoming budget.  View the letter

20.06.2024:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 02.04.2024 REQUESTING TO WITHDRAW CGHS OM dated 28.03.2024 mandating linking of CGHS Beneficiary ID with Ayushman Bharat Health Account ID:

Responding to AIBSNLREA letter dated 02.04.2024 on the subject, CGHS has replied that "With regards to your queries/suggestions or apprehensions regarding the subject of creation/linking of ABHA ID. Please see the clarifications issued by CGHS at cghs.gov.in --- FAQs --- FAQs on ABHA . Also, kindly refer to OMs released by CGHS on the subject matter for a future roadmap regarding the same at cghs.gov.in --- Circulars --- Administrative matters." AIBSNLREA has submitted an appeal mentioning that "the benefits for the CGHS beneficiaries, in addition to what they already have, are not mentioned under any FAQ. Again the remarks say OMs released by CGHS on the subject matter for a future roadmap regarding the same at cghs.gov.in --- Circulars --- Administrative matters. No such OM on future roadmap is available under Administrative matters. A copy of the OM may be provided."  View the CGHS reply

19.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CGCA, DOT, NEW DELHI REGARDING Discrepancies in the process of downloading Form 16 from CGCA website, causing inconvenience to the pensioners:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of the CGCA, DoT, New Delhi to the discrepancies noticed in the process of downloading Form 16 from CGCA website, causing inconvenience and anxiety to the BSNL pensioners and requesting him to do the needful for necessary corrective action in the software so as to make the process user-friendly and also to ensure that Form 16 is presented for download with details of payment of pension even in cases where there was no TDS recovered.  View the letter

18.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA REPRESENTS TO THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS ON SOME VITAL ISSUES PERTAINING TO BSNL PENSIONERS:

After conveying our warm welcome earlier to the new Minister of Communications, AIBSNLREA has now submitted a representation highlighting a few important issues for betterment of BSNL, its employees and the BSNL pensioners - early launching of 4G, pay revision of BSNL employees and Pension Revision of BSNL absorbed pensioners - seeking his urgent attention and definitive action, as solutions to these issues are neither complex nor impossible.  View the letter

17.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA BHOPAL BRANCH (MADHYA PRADESH STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Monthly General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Bhopal Branch was held at INDIAN COFEE HOUSE NEW MARKET Bhopal on 16.06.2024. Shri O.P.Sharma presided over the meeting. Shri H.S.Saxena Branch Secretary, Shri B.S.Rajput, OS (C) CHQ and Shri T.R.Jain, Financial Secretary were on the dais. Shri Subodh Kher, Shri Mujmer and Shri Sejkar, whose birthday falls in June 2024 were felicitated with Rose Buds & Cheers by all the Members. Branch Secretary explained in detail regarding filing of Pension Commutation Case in CAT and asked for the PPO Copy for those members who want to file the case. Latest Telephone Directory of AIBSNLREA Bhopal Branch was issued to all the members. Branch Secretary praised the excellent work done by Shri M.P.Tiwari, Shri Chopad and Shri Saraf in printing of the Telephone Directory. It was decided to request CHQ Office bearers to have a courtesy meeting with the MoC. Meeting was followed by a Melodious Program of Songs & Music & Nice snacks as per wish of individual members.  View the photos

14.06.2024:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.04.2024:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 216.8% w.e.f 01.04.2024 in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2007.  View the DPE OM

14.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CHAIRMAN CBDT REQUESTING closure of Notices issued under Section 154 claiming additional tax on leave encashment for leave earned during DoT period, case of BSNL absorbed pensioners:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of the Chairman, CBDT, to the facts that the action by IT department under Section 154 is violative of Section 10 (10AA) (i) of IT Act. All the assesses who received notice on this count had duly submitted their reply mentioning about the BSNL letter on the subject and the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai orders. Although no further action has been taken by the Income Tax authorities, there are instances where the additional tax is recovered wherever the assessee is eligible for refund. Non-closure of the notices continues to be a sword of Damocles hanging over their head with adverse action against them by the IT department at any point of time in the future. This has led to a situation where the concerned assesses are in constant stress. AIBSNLREA has requested the Chairman CBDT to direct the officials in CPC Bangalore to withdraw/close the notices issued in violation of the IT Act and also stop harassing the BSNL pensioners by recovering the alleged additional tax in lieu of refunds due.  View the letter

13.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA REPRESENTS TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE REQUESTING to direct DG CGHS to withdraw the OMs mandating CGHS beneficiaries to link their CGHS card with ABHA card:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the personal attention of MoH&FW to two Office Memoranda issued by the Directorate of CGHS making it compulsory for CGHS beneficiaries to link their CGHS card with ABHA card (Ayushman Bharat Health Account card), when the ABHA scheme is voluntary to every other citizen of India. Pointing out that CGHS has not been able to indicate any benefit to the CGHS beneficiary in such linking except that the medical records can be stored digitally and shared with hospitals and that no reason has been stated as to how the CGHS functioning will improve because of this linking, AIBSNLREA has requested him to cause withdrawal of both the O.M.s issued by CGHS Directorate, as there is not an iota of justification in compelling the CGHS beneficiaries to link their CGHS identity with ABHA and also because CGHS beneficiaries cannot be singled out when the ABHA scheme itself is only a voluntary one for the citizens of India.  View the letter

12.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA PALAKKAD BRANCH (KERALA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General body meeting of Palakkad Branch was held on Tuesday the 11.6.2024 at Top In Town Auditorium Palakkad. 47 members from different parts of the district attended the meeting. Some members without considering their health problems and old age attended the meeting in an adverse weather condition because of their commitment and determination. As the President and the Vice President were not present due to their pre occupations, former President Shri K.Haridasan, Retd DGM presided over the meeting. After silent prayer, Secretary Shri P.Prabhakaran welcomed the gathering. An obituary reference was made by the Secretary on the sad demise of Shri.K.D.M.Subramanian, Retd SDE who was a very sincere and committed member. He had previously held the post of Organising Secretary of the branch. During the presidential address, the President touched on all the issues being faced by BSNL pensioners. During the discussion on organisational matters, the Secretary elaborately explained about all important issues viz BSNL MRS Payment, CGHS migration, Court cases with respect to pension revision, BSNL revival plan and Sampaan related LC cases. The meeting was concluded at 1 PM with vote of thanks by Asst Secretary Shri P.P.Krishnanunni, Retd Accounts Officer. Lunch was served after the meeting.

11.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA REPRESENTS TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON SOME VITAL ISSUES PERTAINING TO PENSIONERS:

While conveying our Greetings to the Prime Minister on his assuming charge for the third consecutive term, AIBSNLREA also has drawn his attention to the fact that contrary to his advocating the cause of pensioners by giving top most priority to dignity, financial security and wellbeing of senior citizens, some important grievances of the pensioners remain unsettled mainly due to Department of Expenditure either rejecting or sitting over vital recommendations of a Standing Committee of Parliament and some court judgements. AIBSNLREA has resubmitted some of these grievances, with a renewed hope that he will personally look into them and direct the Ministry of Finance and other Ministries concerned to re-examine the issues with the single objective of respecting and honouring the elders instead of viewing these issues with narrow economic considerations.  View the letter

08.06.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA SHIMLA BRANCH (HIMACHAL PRADESH STATE) HELD:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Shimla Branch was held on 7th June 2024 under the Presidentship of Shri D K Verma. 21 members were present in the meeting. Condolence resolution was passed after observing Two minutes silence in memory of Shri Jeevan Lal on his untimely demise. Pension revision was discussed and members requested to pursue the case with CHQ. Members desired to know details about the revision of gratuity from 20 lakhs to 25 lakhs. Pensioners were eager to know about restoration of commutation before 15 years. The house has also decided to take up the case with CHQ, if required, financial contribution can be pursued for legal services. Some local issues were also discussed.  View the Photos

07.06.2023:

IDA RATE DUE FROM 01.04.2024:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the months December 2023, January 2024 and February 2024 [Index for February 2024 released today], the revised IDA rate due w.e.f. 01.04.2024 is 216.8%% [increase by 1.4%] for CPSEs where the last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007.

07.06.2024:

DoP&PW asks DoT TO INTIMATE THE STATUS OF ACTION TAKEN WITHIN 21 DAYS IN THE CASE OF Non-resolution of grievance of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee:

DoP&PW had earlier forwarded AIBSNLREA letter dated 01.04.2024 regarding Penalisation of a pensioner due to BSNL failing to deposit the TDS recovered in respect of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee, Retd JTO, NSBTTC, Kalyani, Kolkata to DoT, requesting "to look into the matter and resolve the same expeditiously as per extant rules in a time bound manner under intimation to this department and the concerned pensioner about the action taken". As no action had been taken/intimated till date, AIBSNLREA brought this to the notice of Joint Secretary, DoP&PW through email requesting him to cause issue of a reminder to DoT. DoP&PW has now forwarded our email to DoT HQ requesting to "look into the matter and resolve the same expeditiously as per extant rules in a time bound manner under intimation to this department and the concerned pensioner about the action taken. It is requested that status of the action taken in this case, may be intimated within 21 days."  View the DoP&PW email

06.06.2024:

E-JOURNAL JUNE 2024 ISSUE:

June 2024 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "THE VOICE OF THE COMMON MAN..." has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website. The "View" links in the e-journal lead to the respective letters/orders.  View the E-journal June 2024

05.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA GUJARAT TO HOLDS ITS STATE CONFERENCE:

AIBSNLREA Gujarat will hold its State Conference on Thursday, the 20th June 2024, from 15.30 hrs in Sheth Shri Amritlal Hargovandas Memorial Hall of Gujarat Chambers of commerce, near Natraj Cinema, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad. State Secretary Shri S.L.Sharma welcomes all the BSNL/DoT retired Executives to attend the Conference and enroll as member of AIBSNLREA irrespective of whether they are members of any other pensioner association.

04.06.2024:

AIBSNLREA THANJAVUR BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HOLDS ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA - Thanjavur Branch was conducted on 01.06.2024 at BSNLEU office premises in Telephone Exchange, Kumbakonam. Shri.E.Rajasekaran, District President presided over the meeting. Shri.S.Arockiasamy, a senior member, welcomed all to the meeting. After Presidential address, Shri.R.Srinivasan, District Secretary briefed the activities of the branch listing out the settled and pending issues. Shri.K.Natarajan, Circle Secretary NFTE BSNL, Tamilnadu circle, who was present at Kumbakonam, attended our meeting on invitation as a guest. He offered his views on the status of BSNL employees' wage revision and Chennai society issue. All the members offered their valuable suggestions and reminded the pending individual grievances. Shri.M.S.Radhakrishnan, State Secretary compiled all the views and suggestions made and gave the present status of court cases on pension revision. He assured that follow up actions will be taken at the appropriate levels. The meeting concluded with Shri.P.R.Sethuraman, District Finance Secretary, offering vote of thanks.   View the Photos

03.06.2024:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today evening under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President. One minute silence was observed in memory of veteran leader Shri R.S.Arora, former State Secretary, Uttar Pradesh. President, in his address mentioned that the JS DoP&PW wanted to visit AIBSNLREA CHQ office at Chennai on 30th May 2024 but we had to convey our inability to receive him since the GS was out of station. In response to our email conveying our disappointment over the lost opportunity, JS DoP&PW has conveyed that "I was looking foward to meeting you." GS then listed the developments during May 2024, the visits by AGSs Shri V.P.Arya and Shri Rakesh Sethi to DoT HQ, BSNL CO respectively, resolution of the grievance of Shri B.M.Nyamati, possible resolution of grievance of Shri M.N.Chavda, improvement in the status of issue of VC in respect of Shri H.S.Sutaria and the healthy gesture of AIBSNLREA East Godavari Branch in donating 10 chairs to CGHS wellness centre, Rajahmundry. GS expressed satisfaction that the association was able to help even non-members, sometimes retired non-executives reaching out to us after getting the GS mobile number by googling. At least one or two such calls are received every week. OS (N) Shri S.K.Aggarwal shared details of how he was able to help an 87 years old pensioner who had contacted him. All the office bearers then reported about activities at their level in strengthening the organisation. Financial Secretary presented a simple income/expenditure report. GS then reiterated the earlier decisions of CHQ office bearers meetings that in spite of having meagre bank balance at CHQ and high legal expenses, there was no need to go for donations and members will rise to the occasion if and when CHQ needs financial support. The meeting decided that details of SAMPANN related grievances of MP Cirle pensioners served by CCA Maharashtra & Goa be collected and sent to CHQ so that OS (W) Shri Rajan Rajopadhye can bring them to the notice of CCA MH & Goa visiting Kolhapur on 7th June 2024. The meeting ended with the President thanking all the office bearers for the collective functioning.

31.05.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE PGM (Pers) BSNL CO regarding Non-payment of interest on delayed payment of Gratuity – rejection of claim by Shri B.M. Kolki, Retd SDE Kolhapur:

AIBSNLREA has now drawn the attention of PGM (Pers), BSNL CO regarding non-payment of interest on delayed payment of Gratuity – rejection of claim by Shri B.M. Kolki, Retd SDE Kolhapur, pointing out that Shri B.M.Kolki cannot be penalised for the delay on the part of the administration, howsoever intricate the case was perceived by the authorities and requesting him to advise Maharashtra Circle to re-visit the issue and cause sanction of interest on delayed payment of gratuity and payment without further delay.  View the letter

30.05.2024:

DoP&PW issues orders enhancing maximum limit of Gratuity to Central Government employess consequent to their DA rate reaching 50%:

Implementing the recommendation of VII CPC, which was accepted by the Government and consequent to increase in DA rate of Central Government employees from 46% to 50% w.e.f. 1.1.2024, DoP&PW has issued an OM vide No.28/03/2024-P&PW (B)/Gratuity/9559 dated 30.05.2024, enhancing the maximum limit of Gratuity by 25%, i.e. from Rs.20 Lakh to Rs.25 Lakh, w.e.f. 1.1.2024.  View the DoP&PW OM

29.05.2024:

AGS AIBSNLREA Shri Rakesh Sethi visits BSNL Corporate Office:

Shri Rakesh Sethi, AGS AIBSNLREA visited BSNL Corporate Office yesterday (28.05.2024) and pursued the following issues with the concerned officers. The following are the outcome of his efforts:
1. Following issuance of Vigilance Clearance from Gujarat Circle, in respect of Shri M.N.Chavda, Retd SDE, Surat, review of his promotion is under process. Orders are likely to be issued in the near future.
2. In respect of the claim for penal interest on late payment of gratuity by Shri S.B.Mohare, Retd AO, Karnataka Circle, it was said that the gratuity already paid is provisional subject to the outcome of appeal against his acquittal by a CBI court and decision on payment of interest will be taken based on the appeal decision.
3. In respect of the claim for penal interest on late payment of gratuity by Shri B.M.Kolki, Retd SDE, Kolhapur, Corporate Office was not aware of the issue and on which authority the claim was rejected. We have requested intervention by Pers Section.
4. Regarding holding of Review DPCs for promotions ordered in the DE grade during DoT period, BSNL was not convinced if review is to be done for adhoc promotions ordered during DoT period. We need to pursue the issue again with DoT.

28.05.2024:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA letter dated 16.05.2024 addressed to the DG CGHS regarding Difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries served by Gaya, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Chhapra wellness centres under AD CGHS Patna:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 16.05.2024 addressed to the DG CGHS regarding difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries served by Gaya, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Chhapra wellness centres under AD CGHS Patna due to non-extension of approval earlier granted to the Authorised Local Chemist, CGHS has replied that "We are under process for appointing ALC for satellite city, under CGHS Patna (Gaya, Darbhanga, Chhapra, Muzaffarpur)."  View the CGHS response

27.05.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW regarding improvements in CPENGRAMS based on experiences of shortcomings in the system and lack of satisfactory monitoring of resolution of grievances:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Secretary (Pension) towards shortcomings in CPENGRAMS and has suggested improvements to be made in the system in order to obviate the pain and agony of the pensioners and to ensure peace of living for the elderly citizens.  View the letter

24.05.2024:

DOT RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA letter dated 22.03.2024 addressed to the Secretary, DoT requesting Grant of higher pay scales for the staff belonging to the Organised Accounts in various Departments – Request to take up with DoE for issue of common order allowing the benefit of higher pay scales on actual basis w.e.f. 1.1.1996:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 22.03.2024 addressed to the Secretary, DoT requesting to take up with DoE for issue of common order allowing the benefit of higher pay scales on actual basis for the staff belonging to the Organised Accounts in various Departments w.e.f. 1.1.1996, DoT has replied that "As per the reply received from the concerned unit - The matter is under process."  View the DoT response

22.05.2024:

AIBSNLREA KURUKSHETRA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA Kurukshetra Branch was held on 15th May 2024 at 11 AM in Haryana Tourism Yatri Niwas, Kurukshetra where 34 members were present. The meeting was presided over by Shri S K Verma Branch President. Branch Secretary Shri Rajvir Singh Chaudhary welcomed the members with special thanks to our guests, Shri V N Handa and Shri S P Narwal who had come from Karnal. Two minutes silence was observed in the memory of grandson of Shri Jasbir Singh Virk and daughter of Shri J N Verma. The house also paid tributes to the memory of late Shri R S Arora former State Secretary Uttar Pradesh who expired a few days ago at Lucknow. [View Haryana State Page of State News section for full report]

21.05.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW regarding Non-release of All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the Month of February 2024:

AIBSNLREA had earlier represented to the Secretary (L&E) regarding Non-release of All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the Month of February 2024 and requested immediate release of the AICPI (IW) for February 2024, without which the DPE will not issue orders for revision of IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2024. On 29.04.2024, Labour Bureau had replied that "“As per the comments of the concerned section – The release of CPI(IW) index for the month of February 2024 is under process and will be uploaded in the website of Labour Bureau after its release.” But the index number has not been released till date. AIBSNLREA has therefore sought the intervention of Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW.  View the letter

20.05.2024:

AIBSNLREA BHOPAL BRANCH (MADHYA PRADESH STATE) HOLDS ITS MONTHLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Monthly meeting of AIBSNLREA BHOPAL Branch was held at INDIAN COFEE HOUSE NEW MARKET BHOPAL ON 19.05.2024 Shri R.S.Jaiswal one of the senior most members of the Association welcomed Shri Rituj Jain Area Head & Shri Naval Kishore Branch Manager of Care Health Insurance by presenting them bouquet. The Insurance representatives explained about the Care Health Insurance policy, number of hospitals associated with it in Bhopal, their claim settlement ratio, disclosures before taking policy. [View Madhya Pradesh State Page of State News section for full report]

17.05.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW regarding Non-availability of Jeevan Pramaan App for download from Play Store in some regions outside India:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Secretary (Pension) to the fact that Jeevan Pramaan App is not available for download from Play Store in some regions outside India when they purchase a new mobile abroad or when their mobiles are reset for one reason or another while staying in those regions. AIBSNLREA has therefore requested that the needful is done to resolve this technical matter so that Jeevan Pramaan App is available for download around the globe anywhere.  View the letter

16.05.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DG CGHS regarding Difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries served by Gaya, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Chhapra wellness centres under AD CGHS Patna:

AIBSNLREA has written to the DG CGHS, drawing her attention to a AD CGHS Patna OM dated 29.12.2023, regarding non-extension of approval to the Authorised Local Chemist resulting in inability to supply medicines to beneficiaries of Gaya, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Chhapra wellness centres and allowing them to purchase medicine from local market and get the expenditure reimbursed. Detailing the difficulties faced by the pensioner beneficiaries in this regard, AIBSNLREA has requested the DG CGHS to cause early appointment of an Authorised Local Chemist to supply the required medicines.  View the letter

15.05.2024:

A HEALTHFUL GESTURE BY AIBSNLREA EAST GODAVARI BRANCH:

AIBSNLREA East Godavari Branch has donated 10 chairs to the CGHS Wellness Centre, Rajahmundri, Andhra Pradesh, in order to improve the seating facility for the beneficiaries. East Godavari Branch Secretary Shri GSVSS Varaprasad, CHQ VP Shri M.V.Rao and other members of the branch were present during handing over of the chairs to the CMO of the WC Dr.Glory. AIBSNLREA CHQ congratulates Shri GSVSS Varaprasad and the members of East Godavari Branch for their helpful gesture.  View the Photos

14.05.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CGCA, DOT regarding Stoppage of additional pension on attaining the age of 80 years consequent to migration to SAMPANN in respect of Shri N.B.Khamkar, Retd SDE:

Drawing the attention of the CGCA, DoT, New Delhi to the plight of Shri N.B.Khamkar, 82 years old, who has stopped receiving the 20% additional quantum of pension since November 2023 on migration to SAMPANN, AIBSNLREA has requested him to advise the CCA Maharashtra & Goa to get his personal details corrected in SAMPANN, restore the additional quantum of pension and also pay the arrears of short payment since November 2023 at the earliest and thus relieve the super senior citizen of his unwarranted agony.  View the letter

13.05.2024:

SHRI R.S.ARORA NO MORE:

With deep grief we convey the sudden demise of Shri R.S.Arora, 78, State President, AIBSNLREA Uttar Pradesh, today morning at his residence in Lucknow. He had served as AIBSNLREA UP State Secretary from the date of its formation on 9th April 2009 till 16th September 2023 when he handed over charge to the present State Secretary Shri V.P.Singh. He was one of the signatories for the formation of the association. He was a veteran TU leader and a close associate of Basuji since the days they worked in TESA (I). He was a pleasant personality with an appearance defying his age. His demise is a great loss to AIBSNLREA. We convey our heartfelt condolences to his family comprising one son and three daughters.

13.05.2024:

VISIT BY AGS TO DOT HEADQUARTERS:

AGS AIBSNLREA Shri V.P.Arya met DDG (Estt), DoT today and enquired about the status of issue of Presidential Order in respect of Shri H.S.Sutaria Retd. JTO, following DoT SNG section O.M dated 14.03.2024 addressed to the DoT Vigilance, enclosing AIBSNLREA letter dated 15.11.2023 for taking further action. DDG (Estt) informed us that after discussions in this regard with Vigilance and Legal Advisor, Vigilance Clearance is awaited for issue of Presidential Order and for regularisation of suspension period. AIBSNLREA will follow up the matter regularly.

13.05.2024:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA letter dated 12.04.2024 addressed to the Director (HR) BSNL requesting reconveyance and release of original title deed of (Late) Shri Manoranjan Biswas, Retd AE (QA), Kolkata:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 12.04.2024 addressed to the Director (HR) BSNL requesting reconveyance and release of original title deed of (Late) Shri Manoranjan Biswas, Retd AE (QA), Kolkata, CGM QA & Inspection Circle, Bangalore has replied that "For release of original title deed, the principle amount along with interest recovery particulars has to be collected from all the offices where deductions were made. In case of violation of conditions laid down in the sanction additional 2.5% interest will be charged. After collecting the recovery particulars the same is to be forwarded to CCA for verification and thereafter NOC will be issued from CCA. After obtaining NOC from CCA, Form 7 will be issued to the employee from this office for remortgage of property and finally the original title deed will be handed over from QA Circle, Bangalore. As the last place of posting of Shri Biswas was Kolkata Telephones, a letter will be issued to Shri Samrat Biswas to take up the case with Kolkata Telephones. If any amount is due or interest is to be recovered, it can be done only through Kolkata Telephones. Moreover, death certificate of the employee and genuineness of the legal heir is also to be examined."  View the CGM QA & Inspection Circle, BSNL letter

11.05.2024:

SHRI B M NYAMATI RETD CAO FINALLY GETS JUSTICE AFTER PROLONGED STRUGGLE:

AIBSNLREA has been untiringly pursuing the issue of non-release of regular retiral benefits to Shri B M Nyamati ever since he was issued with a chargesheet a day prior to his retirement on BSNL VRS 2019. He got the chargesheet quashed by CAT Bangalore. But BSNL filed an appeal in Karnataka High court which was dismissed. Surprisingly BSNL filed an SLP which too was dismissed. With several letters addressed to different authorities by the CHQ, AGSs AIBSNLREA Shri V.P.Arya and Shri Rakesh Sethi were visiting BSNL CO now and then to pursue and get final retirement orders issued, citing DoP&PW advice conveyed by DoT to BSNL on the matter of action to be taken when appeal is pending against acquittal by the lower court. After a continuous legal fight by the affected pensioner and incessant efforts by AIBSNLREA, Shri B.M.Nyamati has finally got justice with BSNL issuing the final retirement order.  View the BSNL letter

10.05.2024:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 17.01.2024 REGARDING Non-payment of medical claim without voucher for the financial year 2018-19 – case of Shri Brajendra Singh, Ex. CAO, O/o GMTD, BSNL, Prayagraj, UP East Circle:

Responding to AIBSNLREA letter dated 17.01.2024, regarding Non-payment of medical claim without voucher for the financial year 2018-19 in respect of Shri Brajendra Singh, Ex. CAO, O/o GMTD, BSNL, Prayagraj, UP East Circle, GM BSNL Pragayaraj has replied that "after receipt of authorization from Admin Sanction for payment of the left-out medical allowance of Shri Brajendra Singh, retired CAO, a document no. 1902162540 of Rs. 18609/- has been created and posted in SAP for payment in respect of medical cash allowances for the FY 2018-19. The payment will be made by the BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi, as per the availability of the funds and schedule dates."  View the GM Prayagraj reply

08.05.2024:

AIBSNLREA writes to the DG CGHS regarding Difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries in availing consultation from the Medical Specialist at Katol Road Polyclinic, Nagpur:

AIBSNLREA has brought to the notice of the DG CGHS the difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries in availing consultation from the Medical Specialist at Katol Road Polyclinic, Nagpur, having to wait for hours, go back and try the next day/days and requesting her to do the needful to ensure that the pensioner beneficiaries are not put into difficulty because of shortage of specialists, leading to overcrowding and long waiting.  View the letter

07.05.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA AGRA BRANCH (UP STATE) HELD:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Agra branch was held on 5th May 2024, at 1700 Hrs at 19, Ayodhya Kunj, Arjun Nagar Agra. 23 Members of the branch attended the meeting. New members enrolled after the last meeting were welcomed by the House. Thereafter, Branch Secretary Dr A K Dubey conveyed the message of GS, specially addressed to the members of Branch. Various notified agenda points were discussed. After this elaborate explanation of the activities taken up at state and CHQ level were given by the Secretary to the satisfaction of members. Specially, the issue of status of pension revision, and the stand of AIBSNLREA on this hot issue were explained. Doubts of the members regarding linking of CGHS with ABHA ID were clarified. Shri R B Singh, Vice President of UP state body, deliberated spiritual lecture on dhyan yoga and gave 10 minutes exercise on relaxation of body and meditation. This was appreciated by the house. In the end President Agra Branch, Shri Bhuvnesh Chandra Mishra gave vote of thanks to members for a very nice gathering on a very short notice, that too on a severely hot day. Members wanted that a cultural meet be held at the earliest, as and when the climate is conducive.  View the Photos

06.05.2024:

E-JOURNAL MAY 2024 ISSUE:

May 2024 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "TO LINK OR NOT TO LINK..." has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website. The "View" links in the e-journal lead to the respective letters/orders.  View the E-journal May 2024

03.05.2024:

BSNL DECLINES THE REQUEST FOR PENAL INTEREST ON LATE PAYMENT OF GRATUITY IN RESPECT OF SHRI B M KOLKI:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 01.03.2024 addressed to the CGMT, Maharashtra Circle requesting sanction and payment of penal interest on late payment of gratuity in respect of Shri B M Kolki, Retd SDE Kolhapur, GMT Kolhapur had replied that "the interest payment on gratuity is declined." An appeal was filed pointing out that "the request has been declines without assigning any reason" and requesting "to direct GM TD Kolhapur to furnish the reason for declining the request". The appeal has been closed with a curt response that "satisfactory reply given."  View the reply by GMTD Kolhapur

01.05.2024:

Meeting with ADDL.CGCA New Delhi:

AIBSNLREA had sought for an appointment with CGCA, DoT in order to discuss SAMPANN related issues, Pensioner grievances in respect of some CCA offices and suggestions of AIBSNLREA already submitted on simplifying procedure for Pensioner ID Card and automating issue of IDA-CDA mapping certificate for the purpose of switching over to CGHS. As the CGCA had retired and no one had been posted as regular CGCA in her place, it was decided to meet the Addl.CGCA. Shri V.P.Arya AGS met him today with prior appointment. Jt.CGCA was also present in the meeting. AIBSNLREA submitted a letter today and discussions were based on the issues raised in the letter. The meeting was cordial, purposeful and productive and lasted for 75 minutes. Along with the letter, a list of pensioner grievances pertaining to CCA MH & Goa had been attached. Addl.CGCA tried to sort out the issues then and there as far as possible. On the various issues relating to incorrect entries in SAMPANN, undue delay in commencing Family Pension, delay in paying arrears, stoppage of pension due to non-updation of DLC in SAMPANN, irregular payment of pension with different CCAs making payment on different dates, absence of a mechanism to receive, acknowledge and resolve the grievances by CCAs etc, Addl.CGCA has agreed to give appropriate instructions to all the CCAs. Provisions will be made to download Pensioner ID card and IDA-CDA mapping certificate from the SAMPANN portal, in co-ordination with ITPC Circle. MH & Goa CCA will be asked to resolve the grievances listed by us at the earliest. It was pointed our that Tamilnadu CCA notification for holding Pension Adalat at Ooty, a hill station and Tourist Centre, at the peak tourism period will create hurdles for the pensioners to attend the Adalat. Addl.CGCA talked to the concerned authority in Tamilnadu CCA office and advised shifting of the venue.  View the letter

01.05.2024:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today evening under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President. The meeting commenced with exchange of pleasantries and Greetings on May Day. President welcomed the participants, highlighting the importance of May Day to all of us as part of the working class and the activities of the CHQ during the past month. GS thanked all the office bearers for their commitment in implementing the decisions of the office bearers meetings on organisational issue and felt proud over the collective functioning. AGS Shri Arya then gave a brief account of his meeting today morning with Addl CGCA New Delhi [Details of the meeting are published separately]. There were lively discussions on the grievances pertaining to delay in pension payment, commencement of family pension, payment of arrears and inept handling of grievances by some CCAs. Some CCAs were reported to be extremely helpful. All the Organising Secretaries expressed satisfaction over the flow of information to all members. The meeting appreciated the efforts of Shri V P Arya in travelling for hours to meet the Addl CGCA in the hot weather. All the office bearers applauded the commitment and the spirit shown by Shri K.Gopinathan, OS (S) who chose to attend the meeting in a wheel chair, after having fractured his leg a few days back. President concluded the meeting once again commending the hard work being done by all the CHQ office bearers and the team spirit inculcated among the CHQ office bearers.

29.04.2024:

MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT responds to AIBSNLREA letter dated 09.04.2024 regarding Non-release of All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the Month of February 2024:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 09.04.2024 addressed to the Secretary (L&E), Ministry of Labour & Employment, expressing concern over non-release of All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the months of February 2024, which should have been released on 28.03.2024, without which the DPE will not issue orders for revision of IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2024, Labour Bureau has replied that "As per comments of the concerned section- The release of CPI(IW) index for the month of February, 2024 is under process and will be uploaded on the website of Labour Bureau after its release."  View the reply from Labour Bureau

29.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO THE DG CGHS REQUESTING to address the concerns related CGHS OM mandating linking of CGHS Beneficiary ID with Ayushman Bharat Health Account ID:

Referring to CGHS OM dated 15.04.2024 extending the time limit for linking CGHS ID with ABHA ID upto 30.10.2024, AIBSNLREA has again written to the DG CGHS requesting "issue of a Circular listing the real and tangible benefits to the CGHS beneficiaries in availing the already existing facilities under CGHS, dispel the concerns regarding the safety and security of their medical records, categorically state that this move is not intended to do away with the empanelment of private hospitals and that there is no move to run the Wellness Centres through Public Private Partnership, in order to convince the beneficiaries. Above all, linking CGHS ID with ABHA ID should continue to remain voluntary."  View the letter

28.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA AMRAVATI BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA , Amravati Branch was held under the Chairmanship of Shri V. G. Dakhode, former State Secretary Maharashtra State, at about 1500 hrs. of 12th April 2024 in the Conference hall of Pr. G.M.Telecom (B.A.), BSNL, Amravati. The meeting was attended by the 13 members of the Branch. The Branch Secretary, Shri D. V. Rokade, informed the house about the developments that had taken place after the last meeting which was held on 23-10-2023. [View Maharashtra State Page of State News section for full report]

26.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA YAMUNANAGAR BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The general body meeting of Yamuna Nagar Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 25/4/2024 at 1100 hrs at Gopal Restaurant Yamuna Nagar. Branch Secretary Shri S L Purey welcomed all the members. Two minutes silence was observed in memory of Shri S.C.Bindal, who left for heavenly abode recently. The issues like Pension Revision, Medical allowance, CGHS, IDA revision, Additional Pension, Notional increment from 1st January and 1st July, Court case status and other problems were discussed.The queries raised by members were clarified by the Branch Secretary. The reports of Branch Secretary and Financial secretary were passed by the members unanimously. The election of office bearers was held and the following team was elected unanimously:
1. President: Shri MCK Mittal
2. Vice President: Shri S.K.Bansal, Shri R.P.Tyagi
3. Secretary: Shri S.L.Purey
4. Asstt Secretary: Shri V.P.Khanna, Shri Jasmer Kumar
5. Financial Secretary: Shri S R Kansal
6. Asstt Fin. Secretary: Shri H C Mittal
7. Organising Secretary: Shri SK Bhardwaj, Shri Puran Chand
8. Executive Members: Shri S.P.Chipa, Shri Kuljeet Singh, Shri S C Jain, Shri Raj Kumar
The meeting ended with vote of thanks and tea/Snacks were served.

25.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE MEMBER (SERVICES) DOT ON THE Urgent need for a Mechanism to listen to the grievances of BSNL retired employees by CMD, Director (HR) and senior officers in BSNL Corporate Office:

Having failed to get a reasonable response from BSNL to AIBSNLREA letter dated 08.03.2024 on the subject, AIBSNLREA has now sought the intervention of Member (S) DoT, requesting him to "impress upon the CMD BSNL, Director (HR) and other senior officers to spare some time to listen to the pensioners associations in person, as they request a personal and informal meeting only as the last resort. BSNL may also be directed to bring alive the now defunct BSNL Pensioners Portals."  View the letter

24.04.2024:

CGHS DIRECTORATE repeats its earlier reply to AIBSNLREA letter dated 14.03.2024 requesting Extension of CGHS to Udaipur City, Rajasthan:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 14.03.2024 again taking up the issue of Extension of CGHS to Udaipur City, Rajasthan with DG CGHS, now requesting to cause inclusion of Udaipur City for visit by AD, CGHS, Jaipur to ascertain the feasibility of opening Wellness Centre and thereby extending CGHS to Udaipur City, CGHS has furnished exactly the same reply given by it earlier that "Opening of a new wellness centre involves creation of new posts of staff like medical officers, nursing officers, pharmacists, etc. and has financial implications. For which approval of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance is required. Central Government pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have the option to avail CGHS facilities from nearby CGHS covered cities. Also, the Central Government serving employees residing in areas not covered by CGHS are covered under another Health Scheme viz. Central Services Medical Attendance (CSMA) Rules."  View the CGHS response

22.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA BHOPAL BRANCH (MADHYA PRADESH STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A very well organized monthly GB meeting of AIBSNLREA Bhopal Branch was held on 21.04.2024 with active participation of members. Shri R C Kansotia presided over the meeting. Shri H.S.Saxena Secretary and Shri B.S.Rajput Organising Secretary CHQ were on the dais along with the President. Members whose birthday fell in April were felicitated with Rose Flowers. Shri Tomar, Shri Kamalesh Singh & Shri Jadiya who had joined as New Members were welcomed. Shri Hariom Soni distributed Sweet in view of his birthday falling in April. There were discussions on ABHA and it was decided that still we are having a long time period upto September-October, members should wait till the final instructions from our Association's Central Headquarters. s/Shri Balpande, Shri Kamal Rai, Shri G.N. Shrivastava, Shri Jadiya, Shri Bramhe, Shri Arvind Shinha and Shri Diwakar Kotwal together rendered a Melodious Song creating a very cordial and pleasant atmosphere and was enjoyed by all the members with clapping & boosting the morale of the singers. The meeting missed two singers Shri Raghuveer Singh Ubeja and Shri Umesh Rathore who had gone abroad. Nice South Indian dishes were served as per the individual's choice. The meeting turned out to be a memorable one.

22.04.2024:

IRDAI removes age bar for purchasing health insurance:

According to media reports, "The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has removed the age limit for purchasing health insurance policies, with effect from April 1 2024 Earlier, there was an age limit of 65 years to buy new health insurance policies. IRDAI’s latest move is aimed at bringing in extended health benefits to the elderly. The IRDAI directive mandates health insurance providers to develop specialised policies catering to senior citizens, and to establish dedicated channels for addressing their claims and grievances."

19.04.2024:

CGHS DIRECTORATE SAYS THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTIONS:

Responding to AIBSNLREA letter dated 26.02.2024 on simplification of the Referral system under CGHS as recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health & Family Welfare, CGHS Directorate, has simply said that "Thank you for your suggestions", without committing anything.  View the CGHS response

18.04.2024:

CGHS HEADQUARTERS MEET TODAY TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT AGENDA ITEMS:

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has called for a meeting at CGHS HQ today at short notice, reportedly to discuss 11 agenda items, which include "Action plan to be discussed with CDAC for creation of ABHA and linking with CGHS beneficiary ID" and "Running of wellness centres on public private partnership."

17.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA KOLHAPUR BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HOLDS ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA Kolhapur Branch held its Quarterly General Body meeting on 14/4/2024 in the Conference Hall of Telephone Bhavan, Kolhapur under the Presidentship of Shri P.S. Kulkarni. Meeting Started with prayer, homage was paid to retired DE Shri H.S.Kittur who left for heavenly abode on 16/1/2024. President in his opening address welcomed all the Members who had come from Kolhapur, Sangli. Then S/Shri K.H.Joshi, S.M.Vaidya and Talegoankar who had completed 75 years were felicitated. [View Maharashtra State page of State News for full report]

16.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA PATIALA BRANCH (PUNJAB STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A general body meeting of Patiala Branch was held on 06.04.2024 at Gopal Sweets, Urban Estate, Patiala. 14 members including one new member attended the meeting under the presidentship of Shri Mewa Singh Retd DET. Three life members from Rajpura also graced this meeting with their presence on a single telephone call. Members gave a warm welcome to Shri R S Sandhu (Jt. Secretary CHQ) with presenting flowers by Shri Mewa Singh President. Later he briefed the working of CHQ and latest status of our current main issues like Pension revision in BSNL, Enhancement of Pension at the age of 65,70,75 years as recommended by the joint parliamentary committee for the purpose for which no fruitful decision has been taken by the Central Government/DOT in spite of best efforts by All Union's/Pensioner's Association. He also requested all the members to see CHQ website regularly. [View Punjab State page of State News for full report]

15.04.2024:

CGHS DIRECTORATE ISSUES O.M extending the time period for linking ABHA with CGHS card:

CGHS Directorate, has issued an O.M vide F.No.Z15025/23/2023/DIR/CGHS I/3667671/2014 dated 15.04.2024, extending the time period for creation of ABHA ID upto 30.09.2024 and for linking ABHA number with CGHS card upto 31.10.2024. The O.M. further says that KIOSKS shall be made operational to assist CGHS beneficiaries and the CGHS beneficiaries may visit the CGHS wellness centre on need basis for availing assistance for linking CGHS ID to ABHA number.  View the CGHS OM

15.04.2024:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 19.02.2024 ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Sanction for interest on late payment of gratuity in respect of Shri S B Mohare, Retd Accounts Officer, Karnataka Circle, BSNL:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 19.02.2024 addressed to the Director (HR) BSNL regarding sanction for interest on late payment of gratuity in respect of Shri S B Mohare, Retd Accounts Officer, Karnataka Circle, BSNL has responded furnishing letters from CGMT Karnataka Circle, requesting BSNL CO to examine the contents of AIBSNLREA letter and conveying that reply is awaited from PGM (Pers) BSNL CO.  View the BSNL reply

13.04.2024:

MINUTES OF THE 33RD MEETING OF STANDING COMMITTEE OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES (SCOVA):

DoP&PW has circulated the Minutes of the 33rd SCOVA meeting held on 22.02.2024. Decision taken on some important issues are:

1. Grant of additional quantum of pension at the age on attaining the age of 65, 70 and 75 years at the rate of 5%, 10% and 15% respectively as recommended by the Standing Committtee of Parliament:

Due to financial constraints the proposal has not been agreed to. In view of the requests made by SCOVA Pensioners Welfare Associations, the Chairman, SCOVA suggested to DoPPW/DoE to again look into the matter.

2. Enhancement of FMA to pesioners residing in non-CGHS areas:

DoE informed that the existing rates are based on 7th CPC and were effective from 01.07.2017. Hence, no further revision, at this stage seems justified.

3. Restoration of Railways fare concession to Senior Citizens:

At present, there is no proposal to restore concession to senior citizens.

4. Notional increment to those who retired on a day prior to the date of their next increment:

DoPT representative informed that the matter was examined in consultation with other nodal Ministries/Departments like Department of Expenditure, Department of Legal Affairs etc. Further, Ld. Attorney General of India has also been consulted in the matter and based on the advice received, efforts are being made to seek clarification from the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the relevant issues-including rule provisions-which need elucidation. Further action, as may be required in the wake of Orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, can be taken on completion on the said exercise.  View the Minutes

09.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REQUESTING reconveyance and release of original title deed of (Late) Shri Manoranjan Biswas, Retd. AE (QA), Kolkata:

AIBSNLREA has taken up the issue of reconveyance and release of original title deed of (Late) Shri Manoranjan Biswas, Retd. AE (QA), Kolkata with Director (HR) BSNL, enclosing a copy of the representation from Shri Samrat Biswas the son and legal heir of (Late) Shri Manoranjan Biswas.  View the letter

10.04.2024:

DoP&PW forwards AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 08.04.2024 REGARDING Urgent need for a Mechanism to listen to the grievances of BSNL retired employees by CMD, Director (HR) and senior officers in BSNL Corporate Office:

DoP&PW has forwarded AIBSNLREA email submitting the representation dated 8th April 2024 regarding Urgent need for a Mechanism to listen to the grievances of BSNL retired employees by CMD, Director (HR) and senior officers in BSNL Corporate Office, to DoT "look into the matter and resolve the same expeditiously as per extant rules in a time bound manner under intimation to this department and the concerned pensioner about the action taken."  View the email

10.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA PRYAGRAJ BRANCH (UP STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Prayagraj Branch was held on 08/04/2024 at 1430 hrs in CTO COMPOUND Prayagraj under the presidentship of Shri R.S.GUPTA. 22 members attended the meeting. After Presidential address, discussions were held on reimbursement of medical claim without vouchers. Branch Secretary Shri S.M.Tiwari explained the action being taken by him on the matter and then spoke about the status of pension revision and the orders on mandatory linking of CGHS ID with ABHA ID. Shri V K Shrivastav Ex DGM also intimated the latest developments in pension revision including the Delhi High Court listing the Writ Petition filed by DoT on 12th July 2024. Shri S.M.Tiwari, then intimated the status of Identity Cards and migration to Sampann. He said that migration for post office pensioners work is in the final stages and that the left out and returned I/Cards will be sent again after the migration work. Then he made a brief mention of the activities of CHQ and intimated that the latest developments of CHQ is posted on WhatsApp platform on regular basis and the same information is posted on local prayagraj WhatsApp for members of prayagraj Branch for information. The house appreciated the effort of CHQ for a letter to DG CGHS for withdrawing the order for mandating the linking of CGHS beneficiary with ABHA(Aayushman bharat health Account ID).The house met with HOLI Milan also. The house observed two minutes of silence for departed souls Late Manoj kumar TDM Pratapgarh and mother in law of Shri R R.Shukla. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Shri R.S.Gupta.

09.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE Secretary (Labour & Employment) regarding Non-release of All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the Month of February 2024:

Expressing concern over non-release of AICPI for Industrial Workers for the month of February 2024 till now, which was supposed to be released on 28.03.2024, the last working day of the next month and as per the Advance Release Calendar issued by the Labour Bureau, without which the Department of Public Enterprise will not issue orders for revision of the IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2024, AIBSNLREA has written to the Secretary (L&E), Ministry of Labour & Employment, requesting her to cause immediate release of the AICPI (IW) for February 2024 and explaining by the Labour Bureau the reason for the delay, in order to dispel rumours and misgivings.  View the letter

08.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CMD BSNL ON THE Urgent need for a Mechanism to listen to the grievances of BSNL retired employees by CMD, Director (HR) and senior officers in BSNL Corporate Office:

Conveying our disappointment that "While all the senior officers in DoT, right from Secretary, DoT are willing and are meeting the pensioners associations to listen to them, BSNL authorities show complete neglect by not even acknowledging and responding to the written requests", AIBSNLREA has requested CMD BSNL to get the matter examined with all seriousness and resolved by setting up a mechanism for the BSNL retired employees to register their grievances and also to spare some time to listen to the pensioners associations in person, as they request a personal and informal meeting only as the last resort.  View the letter

06.04.2024:

E-JOURNAL APRIL 2024 ISSUE:

April 2024 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "LOOK AHEAD WITH CONFIDENCE..." has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website. The "View" links in the e-journal lead to the respective letters/orders.  View the E-journal April 2024

06.04.2024:

EMPANELMENT OF CGHS/ECHS HOSPITALS UNDER BSNL MRS:

BSNL CO has assigned KPI targets to Circles, requiring the Admin/HR executives to approach hospitals in CGHS/ECHS panel for emanelment with BSNL Cirle/BA/OA for providing Indoor & Outdoor treatments to BSNL MRS beneficiaries. Non-CGHS empanelled hospitals in OA/BAs can also continue to be empanelled.  View the BSNL letter

04.04.2024:

DoP&PW circulates the Minutes of the virtual meeting, the Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW had with registered Pensioners Associations:

We had earlier reported about the Virtual Meeting, the Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW had with registered Pensioners Associations on 21.03.2024 and the deliberations of the meeting. DoP&PW has now circulated the Minutes of the meeting. On the issues raised by AIBSNLREA, as desired by the Secretary (Pension) in the meeting, detailed representations have been submitted to him through email on 22.03.2024.  View the Minutes

03.04.2024:

DoP&PW forwards AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 01.04.2024 REGARDING Penalisation of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee, Retd JTO, NSBTTC, Kalyani, Kolkata due to BSNL failing to deposit the TDS recovered, TO DOT:

DoP&PW has forwarded AIBSNLREA email submitting the representation dated 1st April 2024 regarding Penalisation of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee, Retd JTO, NSBTTC, Kalyani, Kolkata due to BSNL failing to deposit the TDS recovered, to DoT "look into the matter and resolve the same expeditiously as per extant rules in a time bound manner under intimation to this department and the concerned pensioner about the action taken."  View the email

02.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DG CGHS REQUESTING withdrawal of CGHS OM dated 28.03.2024 mandating linking of CGHS Beneficiary ID with Ayushman Bharat Health Account ID:

Drawing attention to the CGHS O.M. dated 28.03.2024 making linking of CGHS Beneficiary ID with Ayushman Bharat Health Account ID mandatory w.e.f. 1st April 2024 and requiring the CGHS beneficiaries to complete the linking within 30 days, AIBSNLREA has written to the DG CGHS requesting withdrawal of the said O.M dated 28.03.2024 and continue to allow only willing CGHS beneficiaries to link their CGHS cards with ABHA, since picking out the CGHS beneficiaries to become mandatory ABHA account holders, which is otherwise a voluntary scheme, will be unjust and discriminatory.  View the letter

02.04.2024:

CGHS DIRECTORATE ISSUES O.M. FOR MANDATORY LINKING OF CGHS BENEFICIARY ID WITH AYUSHMAN BHARAT HEALTH ACCOUNT ID:

CGHS Directorate vide F.No.Z15025/23/2023/DIR/CGHS(Comp No.8236195)I/3663776/2024 dated 28.03.2024 has issued an O.M making linking of CGHS Beneficiary ID with Ayushman Bharat Health Account ID mandatory w.e.f. 1st April 2024 and requiring the CGHS beneficiaries to complete the linking within 30 days.  View CGHS O.M

02.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA AGRA BRANCH (UP STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

GB meeting of AIBSNLREA Agra Branch was held on 31.03.2024 on Google meet platform, under the Chairmanship of Shri Bhuvnesh Chandra Mishra, President. 15 Members joined the meeting. A new member Shri Raj Kumar Gupta, who joined the Google Meet from Texas was welcomed. Status of pension revision, CGHS status in Agra and other issues of general welfare were discussed. Detailed status of pension revision as on date, and the stand of AIBSNLREA was clarified to the members by Branch Secretary Shri A K Dubey. After discussions the members present have decided to hold such meetings on bimonthly basis, so as to maintain the awareness amongst the members. The house was enthusiastic enough to decide for a family meet in second week of May 2024. Meeting was adjourned with a note of thanks by Shri Ram Babu Singh, Vice President AIBSNLREA UP State.

02.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA INDORE BRANCH (MADHYA PRADESH STATE) HOLDS ITS MONTHLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA Indore Branch conducted its monthly meeting on 31.03.2024. The meeting was presided by Shri R C Garg. President welcomed the members and wished them a very happy Holi. The members who had completed 75 years of age were felicitated by shawl and shrifal. Members discussed the CHQ activities and pensioners issues. Members enjoyed lunch with their families. Meeting was ended with vote of thanks.  View Photo

01.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA HOLDS VIRTUAL MEETING OF ITS CHQ OFFICE BEARERS:

A virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today evening under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah CHQ President. President, in his opening remarks lauded the increased visibility of AIBSNLREA with GS raising CGHS issues in the interactive meeting with Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW, the new initiative of circulating within our WhatsApp groups some important matters like DLC Face Authentication steps, IT rates and Family Pension in an attractive and precise format and the efforts of the CHQ office bearers in prompting Branches to hold meeting. After listening to all the office bearers, the meeting decided to continue the efforts to ensure all the Branches hold meeting regularly. The next task entrusted to office bearers was to get the Life membership lists of Branches uploaded in the websie reconciled with actual strength, in order to add missing names, taking the help of the Branch Secretaries. All the office bearers reported that the WhatsApp network was functioning smoothly as planned, disseminating the CHQ information and messages swiftly. GS then explained the latest development in pension revision wherein DoT has filed writ petition against PB CAT Judgment on pension revision, the now apparent DoT planning since September 2023 and filing the writ based on legal advice and the possible status of DoT's consultation process with DoE and DoP&PW on pension revision. President and GS requested the office bearers to go through in detail the contents of the writ and bring to the notice of the CHQ any factual error or claim contrary to rules by DoT. With no knowledge to any one of what the contents of the consultation are, it was decided that we need to keep track of the developments both in BSNL on wage negotiations and in DoT on the status of consultation process. On the issue of pension contribution on actual pay, it was decided to explore the options for resolving the issue, given the total injustice meted out to BSNL. The meeting ended with the President expressing happiness over the lively and useful deliberations in the meeting.

01.04.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION), DOP&PW regarding Penalisation of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee, Retd JTO, NSBTTC, Kalyani, Kolkata due to BSNL failing to deposit the TDS recovered:

With CGM ALTTC passing the ball to CGM CTD and CTD stating that "there is no information/data in TDS cell CTD", AIBSNLREA has now taken the issue to DoP&PW, writing to Secretary (Pension) requesting his personal intervention and direction to BSNL authorities to resolve the issue within a time frame.  View the letter

31.03.2024:

BI-ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA EAST VIDARBHA [NAGPUR] BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HELD:

AIBSNLREA East Vidarbha [Nagpur] Branch conducted its Bi-Annual General Body Meeting on 26.03.2024 at 1530hrs in Dr.B. Ambedkar Hall, Uroovela Colony, Wardha road, Nagpur. Secretary Shri N.R.Rachakondawar requested office bearers of Nagpur Branch, State office bearers from Nagpur and the Guest speaker Shri Sandeep Joshi from Sairam Healing Vibrionics System to take the dais. The occupants of the dais lit the lamp & garlanded the photos of Shri Jyotiba Phule, Dr.B. Ambedkar, Shri Samrat Ashok & Shri Sahu Maharaj. Secretary then welcomed all. Two minutes Silence was observed to pay homage to departed members Shri R.S.Kamde SDE, Shri V.G.Mohite DE, Shri R.R.Gadpal DE and Shri Shaikh Izrail DE. Vice President Shri Sandeep Joshi explained in detail about Sairam Healing Vibrionics System to all and then in the Q & A session Shri S.Joshi & Shri N.R.Rachakondawar answered the questions from members. A few members had consultations and received medicines. [View Maharashtra Section of State News Page for full report]

29.03.2024:

CGCA RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 16.02.2024 REGARDING Enormous delay in issue of IDA-CDA mapping certificate for the purpose of deciding monthly contribution for availing CGHS facility by BSNL absorbed pensioners AND requestting automating the process:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 16.02.2024 regarding enormous delay in issue of IDA-CDA mapping certificate for the purpose of deciding monthly contribution for availing CGHS facility by BSNL absorbed pensioners and requesting automating the process, CGCA has replied that "As per the reply received from the SAMPANN team, the suggestion regarding the mapping of IDA-CDA scales is under consideration in SAMPANN 2.0".  View CGCA reply

28.03.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA FARIDABAD BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HELD:

GB meeting of AIBSNLREA Faridabad Branch was held on 23rd March at Gupha Restaurant sector 11 under the Chairmanship of Shri Naresh Bindal. Status of pension revision, 78.2 fitment benefit from 1.1.2007 were discussed. After discussions the members present decided to request CHQ to form a combined Forum of Retirees' Associations for taking up common issues. Meeting was adjourned with thanks to the Chairperson.  View Photo

28.03.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA AMBALA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HELD:

A General Body meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 23rd March 2024 at Clove 99 Restaurant. The meeting was presided over by Shri R C Kalia. The meeting was attended by 32 members including one new life member. At the outset, the President welcomed all the members and wished them all a very happy Holi festival. The meeting first condoled the death of founder member of the Branch Shri R C Khurana, wife of our Branch Cashier Shri Shyam Lal Makkar and mother of our member Shri Lalit Mohan by observing silence of two minutes. New life member Shri Jarnail Singh was introduced by Branch Secretary Shri S K Bindal. Senior member Shri H C Madan who completed 80 years of age was honoured by presenting with a shawal and bouquet. He also donated Rs. 1000 to the Branch. Afterwards Shri S K Aggarwal Organising Secretary (North) of AIBSNLREA CHQ briefed the members on the various issues including status of our pension revision as per 3rd PRC, local problems related to the working of CGHS wellness centre Ambala along with other points raised by the members. The meeting was followed by a stupendous lunch. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks.  View Photo

27.03.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA BALLIA BRANCH (UP STATE) HELD:

A General body meeting of AIBSNLREA Ballia branch was held on 24.03.2024 in the campus of Aryan GYM Ekwari Khas near Parsia Mor Ballia under the Presidentship of Shri SN Singh. President welcomed the members. All the present members congratulated the Branch Secretary Shri R Y Sharma for resolution of issues related to migration to sampann and ID card. Members were disappointed over DoT appealing against PCAT judgement on pension revision. Further, members raised the problem about non payment of without voucher medical claim timely. The meeting requested CHQ to take up the case to minimise the restoration of commutation period to 12 years. Branch Secretary requested the members to get new members enrolled. Meeting ended with Lunch.  View Photo

26.03.2024:

ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA TRICHY BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HELD:

AIBSNLREA Trichy Branch conducted its second AGB meeting in a very grand manner at Arun Hotel on Saturday the 23.03.2024. Shri S.Viswanathan, President presided over the meeting. Shri U.Ponnuchamy Branch Secretary welcomed all the members and briefed the activities of the Branch. BS Report and Financial report were passed unanimously. Shri.M.Balasubramanian State Finance secretary, Shri N.Viswanathan Asst. State Secretary, Shri R.Ramachandran Madurai Branch Secretary, Shri S.Arockiasamy Thanjavur BA Branch and Shri M.Manisekaran Erode Branch felicitated the Conference. Shri P.Manoharan and Shri T.Gunasekaran gave a short speech. General Secretary Shri R.R.Balasubramanian in his special address emphasized the need for frequent meetings, social connections for healthy and long life and optimum utilisation of retired life. He then explained in detail why we should be proud to be members of AIBSNLREA. He covered all subjects which included BSNLMRS, CGHS, SAMPANN and related issues notional increment, additional quantum of pension after attaining the age of 65, 70 and 75 proposed by Parliamentary Committee which has been shelved, increase in FMA, use of CPGRAMS, CPENGRAMS and PMO Grievance portal. He explained the history of pension revision and various developments on the issue, including the DoT filing an appeal against PCAT orders. All the participants were very much impressed by our GS speech. Shri K.Vijayabaskar, DGM (A), Trichy felicitated the conference. Election of new office bearers was unanimous with Shri T.Gunasekaran, Shri V.Ganapathy subramanian and Shri K.Meyyalagan elected as President, Secretary and Finance Secretary respectively. The meeting concluded with the vote of thanks by the newly elected Branch Secretary Shri. V.Ganapathy Subramanian. Sumptuous lunch was served after the meeting.  View Photo

24.03.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA VADODARA BRANCH (GUJARAT STATE) HELD:

The Quarterly General Body Meeting of Vadodara Branch was held at 10.30 hrs. of 21-03-2024 at Hotel Utsav, Vadodara. 60 members attended the meeting. After Welcome Speech by the President Shri Modi K A, one minute silence was observed for departed members. S/Shri Sharma S L Secretary, Bhavsar B M President & Patel N P OS from Gujarat State branch, Ahmedabad attended and addressed the gathering. Shri Shah R T, Branch Secretary replied to the issues raised by members noted for further persuasion. The meeting ended with delicious Lunch.  View Photos

22.03.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE SECRETARY, DOT REGARDING Grant of higher pay scales for the staff belonging to the Organised Accounts in various Departments and requesting him to take up with DoE for issue of common order allowing the benefit of higher pay scales on actual basis w.e.f. 1.1.1996 :

Following the PCAT order dated 21st March 2023 that "all the applicants are held to be entitled to the benefit of replacement/upgraded scale of pay on actual basis w.e.f. 01.01.1996 as against 19.02.2003. Pursuant to this they are also held to be entitled to the payment of arrears which would have accrued in their favour from this date" and further observation that "Before parting we would also express a hope that the competent authority shall on its own extend the benefit of upgraded pay scales to all eligible employees w.e.r.01.01.1996 irrespective of the fact whether they have approached an appropriate judicial forum for the same or not, so that unnecessary litigation is avoided", AIBSNLREA had written a letter to DoE on 11.05.2023 requesting issue of a common order. But DoE had forwarded our letter to DoT for necessary action since DoE does not consider representation received directly. Recently Delhi High Court has dismissed the appeal by Union of India against the PCAT order dated 21.03.2023. AIBSNLREA has therefore requested Secretary, DoT to take up the matter with Department of Expenditure for issue of common orders extending the actual benefit of upgraded scale of pay to all the organised accounts cadres w.e.f. 01.01.1996 itself, with consequent arrears, so that the affected employees, now mostly retired, are not forced into an arduous task of seeking legal remedy individually.  View the letter

21.03.2024:

INTERACTIVE MEETING OF SECRETARY (PENSION) DOP&PW WITH REGISTERED PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS:

DoP&PW had organised a virtual interactive meeting of Pensioners Associations registered under Pensioners Portal with Secretary (Pension) at short notice, today. Smt.Ramanjit Kaur, Sr. Consultant, DoP&PW welcomed the around 38 participants. Shri Dhrubajyoti Sengupta, who has taken charge recently as Joint Secretary (PW) made a brief speech on the purpose of the meeting, to discuss especially issues related to CGHS and SCOVA. He assured that in the future such interactions will be regularly held on specified dates. He said that a 100 days programme for DLC and a 5 year plan are on the anvil. He requested suggestions for improvement in the format of Pension Adalats. He informed the participants that DoP&PW is on the job for simplifying the pension rules with specific reference to Family Pension and Rule 37 and integrating different pension rules. It will be a process oriented approach rather than customer oriented approach, he said. He wanted the pensioners associations to create awareness about the Anubhav Awards, write-up for which will be closed for this year on 31st March 2024. He invited suggestions to be sent to his email regarding revamping of Pensioners Portal. Shri Ravikiran Ubale, who has recently joined as Director (PW) spoke briefly. Dr. Pramod from CGHS was present in the meeting.

Secretary (Pension) Shri V.Srinivas then joined the virtual meeting and expressed gratitude towards the pensioners associations for being extended arm of DoP&PW. A handful of associations then presented their views on CGHS, SCOVA, DLC and integration of Railway Pension Rules with CCS Pension Rules. On the issue of increasing the number of wellness Centres, Secretary (Pension) opined that shortage of Doctors and other staff members was the major hurdle for increasing the wellness centres.

GS AIBSNLREA raised two issues pertaining to CGHS viz. Simplification of the Referral system under CGHS through online – as recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health & Family Welfare and issue of guidelines for providing some grace period between surrender of BSNL MRS card and obtaining CGHS card and allowing reimbursement of expenditure under CGHS for indoor treatment during the said grace period as per the existing guidelines for Central Government employees. Secretary (Pension) took note of these and wanted us to make a reference through his email so that they can be taken up with CGHS Directorate. He said next SCOVA meeting will be held after the elections and formation of Government.

21.03.2024:

DOT FORWARDS AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 15.11.2023 REGARDING GRANT OF VIGILANCE CLEARANCE FOR ABSORPTION IN BSNL IN RESPECT OF SHRI H S SUTARIA RETD JTO GUJARAT CIRCLE:

AIBSNLREA had submitted a letter to Member (S) DoT on 15.11.2023 on the issue, quoting two precedents and requesting issue of vigilance clearance for the purpose of absorption in BSNL. AGSs Shri V P Arya and Shri Rakesh Sethi had met Member (S) on 12.02.2024 and had requested consideration of his case as has been done in two other cases. DoT has now forwarded AIBSNLREA letter to DoT Vigilance for taking further action.  View DoT OM

20.03.2024:

AIBSNLREA THANJAVUR BA BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA Thanjavur BA Branch conducted its fourth GB meeting after the last AIC in a very grand manner at PLA Residency Hotel Kumbakonam on Sunday the 17.03.2024. Shri A.Mohan, Vice President presided over the meeting. Shri R.Srinivasan Branch Secretary welcomed all the members and briefed the activities of the branch. Shri M.S.Radhakrishnan, the State Secretary in his inaugural address highlighted the regular monthly CHQ office bearers meeting and topics covered by GS in the monthly e journals. He pointed out the issues settled and explained the status of pending pensioners issues. General Secretary Shri R.R.Balasubramanian congratulated the branch for holding of regular meetings. GS listed the virtues of AIBSNLREA which led to its registration by DoP&PW under Pensioners Portal. He spoke about the WhatsApp network created by AIBSNLREA to ensure that all the information reach the common member. He explained the issues related to BSNLMRS, CGHS and SAMPANN, the lethargy by concerned officials in disposing pensioners grievances, and AIBSNLREA successfully pursuing the grievances despite the shortcomings in the systems. He explained all the facts quoting different rules, orders and judgements related to Pension revision. The queries made by our members were also clarified by the GS. The front line leaders from Trichy offered their views and complimented the activities of Thanjavur BA Branch. Shri P.R.Sethuraman thanked all for making the meeting a memorable one. Thirty three (33) members actively participated in the meeting and Shri R.Tamilselvan Retd DGM enrolled as a new member. The meeting was concluded with a delicious lunch.  View Photo

20.03.2024:

AIBSNLREA LUCKNOW BRANCH (UP STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The general body meeting of Lucknow Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 18-3-2024 in the Conference Hall of Door Sanchar Sadan at Laplace under the Chairmanship of Shri B. L. Mishra Branch President. A total of 31 members attended the meeting. Shri Lalji Singh Yadav was enrolled as Life time member. After self introduction by the members two minutes silence was observed in memory of departed souls of those members who expired after the date of last meeting. Shri S. R. Upadhyay, Assistant Branch Secretary was unanimously co-opted as Branch Secretary in the vacancy following election of Shri V P Singh as State Secretary. Shri Radhey Shyam , Organising Secretary briefed the present status on Pension Revision, Notional Increment case of those members who retired on 30th June/ 31st December. Shri V. P. Singh briefed about local issues of non- payment of pending Medical bills in Lucknow Telephone District. Shri G. P. Srivastava and Shri Ashok Kumar Srivastava gave details about their pending Medical bills. After meeting, tea & snacks was served to the members.

19.03.2024:

AIBSNLREA BHOPAL BRANCH (MP STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY CUM MONTHLY GET-TOGETHER MEETING:

Bhopal Branch of AIBSNLREA held its GB cum monthly get-together meeting under the Chairmanship of Shri O P Sharma at Indian Coffee House, New Market, Bhopal. The meeting was attended by 51 members. Three new members s/Shri Manoj Kumar Shrivastava, shri M S Thakur, and shri M L Shrivastava joined association as Life Member. Shri O P Sharma, welcomed the new members with flowers. S/ Shri H.K.Saraf, Kamal Rai Shrivastava, V K Chopra, N K Sharma, B S Oswal, U S Ranade, V P Namdev, R.R.Tiwari, and Shri G N Shrivastava who have their Birthday this month were felicitated. Shri Kotwal raised issues related to referral from CGHS dispensary. After discussions it was decided to refer this issue to CHQ to take up this at all india level being general interest of the pensioners. Dr. H S Saxena, Branch Secretary discussed general activities of the association. Members were requested to supply information for printing of association telephone number directory. Shri Umesh Rathore arranged melody songs program and videography for meeting. Shri Kamal Rai Shrivastava, Shri Balpande, Shri Kotwal, Shri GP Vyas, Shri G N Shrivastava and shri Umesh Rathore presented melodious, heart touching songs enjoyed by all members. Light breakfast was served. One minute silence was observed as condolence for the departed soul of Mrs. Gadekar. Meeting ended with Vote of thanks by the Branch Secretary .  View Photos

18.03.2024:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 30.01.2024 ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING UNWARRATNTED Penalisation of a pensioner due to BSNL failing to deposit the TDS recovered – case of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee, Retd JTO, NSBTTC, Kalyani, Kolkata:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter to Director (HR) dated 30.01.2024, following the Principal, ALTTC, Ghaziabad, vide his letter No.TTW/2043/STAFF MISC/GO dated 12.12.2023 writing to the AGM (HR), ALTTC, Ghaziabad, requesting to transfer the case to the present dealing officer for retired employee of CTD and requesting CTD authorities to collect the related files/folders/registers etc. prior to 01.07.2022, BSNL has now replied that "there is no information/data in TDS Cell CTD".  View BSNL response

16.03.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA JAUNPUR BRANCH (UP STATE) HELD:

AIBSNLREA Jaunpur Branch held its GB meeting on 15.03.2024 under the Presidentship of Shri Saheb Lal (Ex DE) at CTE Campus. Branch Secretary Shri A R Yadav briefed about the CGHS related issues, non-settlement of a few medical claims without voucher and delay in issue of Pensioner ID card. CHQ Joint Secretary Shri R.K.Sinha apprised the participants through an audio call, of current status of different pensioners' issues including pension revision. Asst. State Secretary Shri L.R.Prasad spoke about State issues Shri S C maurya Asst Branch Secretary Varanasi shared his views. A nice home made Lunch was served to the members and the meeting ended with the President thanking the participants.

15.03.2024:

DOT FORWARDS AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 26.10.2023 REGARDING HOLDING OF REVIEW DPC FOR PROMOTION TO DE GRADE BASED ON REVISED SENIORITY LISTS OF TES GROUP B IN RESPECT OF DE PROMOTIONS ORDERED BY DOT AND EXTENDING THE CONSEQUENTIAL BENEFITS, TO CMD BSNL FOR NECESSARY ACTION:

AIBSNLREA had addressed a letter on 26.10.2023 to Member (S), DoT on the above subject mentioning that BSNL appears to have taken a stand that such initiation of the process needs a green signal from DoT and requesting him to direct BSNL to initiate the process of holding review DPCs in respect of promotions ordered during DoT period. AGSs Shri V P Arya and Shri Rakesh Sethi had met Member (S) on 12.02.2024 and had elaborate discussions on the matter. DoT has now forwarded our letter to CMD BSNL for necessary action at his end.  View DoT letter

14.03.2024:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO THE DG CGHS REGARDING EXTENSION OF CGHS TO UDAIPUR CITY:

Drawing attention to DG CGHS Office order dated 10.01.2024, directing the Additional Directors of 10 cities to visit 21 specified locations in their respective jurisdiction and ascertain the feasibility of opening CGHS Wellness Centres at these locations and provide data regarding the likely number of beneficiaries (both serving and Pensioners) in these cities including nearby areas and availability of suitable accommodation, AIBSNLREA has again taken up the issue with DG CGHS, now requesting her to cause inclusion of Udaipur City for visit by AD, CGHS, Jaipur to ascertain the feasibility of opening Wellness Centre and thereby extending CGHS to Udaipur City.  View the letter

13.03.2024:

CCA MAHARASHTRA RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 04.03.2024 ADDRESSED TO THE CGCA DOT regarding Stoppage of pension of Shri B.S.Rajput, Retd DE Bhopal since December 2023:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 04.03.2024 addressed to the CGCA, DoT regarding Stoppage of pension of Shri B.S.Rajput, Retd DE Bhopal since December 2023, CCA Maharashtra has replied on 11.03.2024 that "the payment from December 2023 to February 2024 has already been paid on 09.03.2024 in the supplementary bill." CHQ is thankful to AIBSNLREA Maharashtra State for its consistent efforts in resolving the issue.  View CCA Maharashtra response

12.03.2024:

ALWAR/BHARATPUR BRANCH (RAJASTHAN STATE) OF AIBSNLREA HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The General body meeting of AIBSNLREA Alwar-Bharatpur Branch was held on 10.03.2024 under the Presidentship of Shri YC Sharma at the residence of Shri SP Jain. Branch Secretary Shri B L Gupta briefed about past activities carried out by Alwar branch. He extended sincere thanks to GS and whole CHQ body for taking up all the issues raised viz. payments of pending Medical Bills, deduction of income tax without payments of medical bills etc. by Alwar Branch immediately at appropriate level. Shri B L Gupta BS raised various pensioners issues including much delayed payment of medical bills and delay in issue of pensioners identity card. Shri S P Jain raised the issue of 199 post paid GSM plan approved by BSNL to retired employees in lieu of Rent Free Land Line copper connection, without SMS and data facilities. He said like GSM 199 post paid plan provided to General customers, 100 SMS per day and 25 GB data per month should be provided free. All the members were of the opinion that matter should be taken up by CHQ at top level to provide these facilities. All the members wanted that the meetings should be conducted on regular basis atleast quarterly. All the members agreed to make efforts to increase the membership of the branch. Light refreshment was served to members and the meeting ended with the President thanking the participants.

11.03.2024:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) REGARDING RELEASE OF FINAL RETIREMENT ORDERS FOR SHRI B M NYAMATI, CONSEQUENT TO DISMISSAL OF SLP FILED BY BSNL AGAINST QUASHING OF CHARGE SHEET BY CAT BANGALORE AND SUBSEQUENT CONFIRMATION OF CAT ORDER BY KARNATAKA HIGH COURT:

BSNL had been unduly harassing the pensioner who was issued a charge sheet a day before his retirement under BSNL VRS2019. CAT Bangalore had issued orders quashing the chargesheet. On appeal by BSNL, Karnataka High Court heard the case and confirmed the orders of CAT Bangalore. Unexpectedly, BSNL filed SLP in Supreme Court against the orders of Karnataka High Court. The Supreme Court has now dismissed the SLP at the admission stage. AIBSNLREA has written to the Director (HR) BSNL earnestly requesting him to ensure early issue of vigilance clearance for final retirement orders to Shri B M Nyamati, who has been denied his retiral benefits and ex-gratia for more than 4 years now.  View the letter

08.03.2024:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 29.01.2024 regarding Failure to categorize staff quarters as Premium and Non-premium by West Bengal Circle resulting in collection of higher rent from BSNL pensioners occupying quarters:

Replying to AIBSNLREA letter dated 29.01.2024 regarding failure to categorize staff quarters as Premium and Non-premium by West Bengal Circle resulting in collection of higher rent from BSNL pensioners occupying quarters, BSNL has stated that "BA office has rented out department quarter / spaces as per CROP-2020 and as per direction issued from higher offices time to time.  View BSNL response

07.03.2024:

VARANASI BRANCH (UP STATE) OF AIBSNLREA HOLDS ITS GENERAL BOADY MEETING:

The General body meeting of AIBSNLREA VARANASI Branch was held on 06.03.2024 under the Presidentship of Shri CK Singh at CTO Campus Varanasi. Two new Life time Members, Shri Keshar Singh and Shri Chandr Shekhar joined as new members. One minute silence was observed as condolence for departed souls. Branch Secretary Shri Yad ali briefed out CGHS related issues. Newly opened wellness centre has no medicine facility and is being pursued. Issue of Identity card is heavily delayed. Some members informed that a new PPO number is not mentioned in this card. Shri R.K.Sinha Joint Secretary CHQ delivered special address on various pensioners issues, including on Pension Revisions matters. Asst. State Secretary Shri L.R.Prasad spoke about State issues. Light refreshment was served to members and the meeting ended with the President thanking the participants.  View the Photos

06.03.2024:

E-JOURNAL MARCH 2024 ISSUE:

March 2024 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "WILL BSNL MAKE UP THE LOST GROUND" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website. The "View" links in the e-journal lead to the respective letters/orders.  View the E-journal March 2024

04.03.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CGCA, DOT, REGARDING Continuing woes of BSNL pensioners served by CCA, Maharashtra & Goa – Stoppage of pension of Shri B.S.Rajput, Retd DE Bhopal since December 2023:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of CGCA, DoT to the Continuing woes of BSNL pensioners served by CCA, Maharashtra & Goa making a specific reference to stoppage of pension of Shri B.S.Rajput, Retd DE Bhopal since December 2023 and has requested action as appropriate so that the office of CCA Maharashtra & Goa is put in order, the apathy of the officials towards grievances of the pensioners is halted forthwith and the pension of Shri B.S.Rajput, Retd DE, Bhopal is paid immediately.  View the letter

02.03.2024:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 10.01.2024 ADDRESSED TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL requesting early issue of final retirement orders in view of dismissal of appeal by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka filed by BSNL against quashing of chargesheet by Hon'ble CAT Bangalore - Case of Shri B M Nyamati, Retd CAO, Bangalore Telecom District:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 10.01.2024, BSNL has replied that "SLP is pending before the Honourable Supreme Court of India. The matter is subjudice."  View the BSNL response

01.03.2024:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

The virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today evening under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah, President. President welcomed all the participants. GS then read out a condolence message to CHQ Joint Secretary Shri R.S.Sandhu, over the untimely demise of his wife Smt. Devinder Kaur Sandhu on 25.02.2024. Then a detailed review, of the action taken on the previous meeting's decision in respect of holding of meetings by the Branches which had not held any meeting during the last year, was done. Progress made on the efforts by the office bearers was appreciated. Specific targets were fixed for March 2024. President expressed happiness over the joint functioning of the CHQ office bearers, where every one took responsibility on organisational matters, without restricting themselves to the functions attributed to their posts. Developments, regarding our court case on 78.2% fitment benefit, in BSNL with the scheduled wage revision committee meeting on 5th March 2024, were discussed. Meeting ended with the President thanking the office bearers for the lively interaction.

01.03.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CGMT, MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE REQUESTING HIM TO RE-EXAMINE HIS UNTENABLE DECISION REGARDING payment of interest on delayed payment of Gratuity in respect of Shri B.M. Kolki, Retd SDE Kolhapur:

Responding to the response by Maharashtra Circle repeating the same contention that "the case was intricate with criminal charges and court orders as opposed to regular superannuation case and therefore interest on late payment of gratuity is denied", AIBSNLREA has now requested the CGMT Maharashtra Circle to re-examine the issue, citing sections from Payment of Gratuity Act 1972 and Supreme Court Judgment in Gangahanume Gowda v. Karnataka Agro Industries Corpn. Ltd., (2003) 3 SCC 40.  View the letter

29.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA Bhopal BRANCH (Madhya Pradesh STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA Bhopal Branch, under the Chairmanship of Shri O P Sharma, celebrated Deepawali and New Year program on 18th February 2024 in Rajhans Restaurant MPNangar BHOPAL. Shri T R Jain, Financial Secretary, submitted the budget of 2023 which was passed by all the members present. Dr. H S Saxena, Secretary apprised the members regarding information, news being received from CHQ. 50 members along with their families attended the celebration. Members shared their views regarding medical facilities, telephone directory etc. Some members submitted applications in prescribed form for printing of Telephone number directory being published by Branch. Members who had their Birthday falling in January and February were felicitated by Senior Members. Cultural events were staged. New member Shri U K Gosh joined the association and was welcomed by all members with flowers. The book on Swadeshi Chikitsa Sar, published by Kalyan Chikitsa Prakashan was gifted to all members. Shri Balpande, Asstt Secretary, gave vote of thanks. Meeting ended with condolences to the sad demise of son of Shri MP Tiwari, Organising Secretary.  View the Photo

29.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA Jabalpur BRANCH (Madhya Pradesh STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

General body meeting of AIBSNLREA Jabalpur Branch was held on 28th February 2024 in Indian coffee house, Ghantaghar jabalpur. 28 members attended the meeting. Members shared their views regarding medical facility etc. Some members submitted application in prescribed form for issue of pensioner ID card by CCA Bhopal. Members who had their Birthday falling in February were felicitated. cultural even was staged. President Shri CD khadse gave vote of thanks. Meeting ended with condolence to sad demise of Shri K N Beharani retired DE.  View the Photo

29.02.2024:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 31.01.2024 ADDRESSED TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL requesting payment of interest on delayed payment of Gratuity in respect of Shri B.M.Kolki, Retd SDE Kolhapur:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 31.01.2024, GMT Kolhapur has forwarded a letter dated 11.09.2023 from CGMT Maharashtra Circle, stating that "the case was intricate with criminal charges and court orders as opposed to regular superannuation case. Therefore, in view of the above, the request for interest payment on gratuity by the applicant is denied."  View the BSNL response

28.02.2024:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 29.11.2023 SEEKING EXTENSION OF CGHS TO UDAIPUR, RAJASTHAN STATE:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 29.11.2023, requesting to extending CGHS to Udaipur, Rajasthan, CGHS has stated that "Opening of a new wellness centre involves creation of new posts of staff like medical officers, nursing officers, pharmacists, etc. and has financial implications. For which approval of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance is required. Central Government pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have the option to avail CGHS facilities from nearby CGHS covered cities. Also, the Central Government serving employees residing in areas not covered by CGHS are covered under another Health Scheme viz. Central Services Medical Attendance (CSMA) Rules."  View the CGHS response

27.02.2024:

KIND ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS:

Those who have a copy of any DE promotion order issued during DoT period, i.e. prior to 1.10.2000 are requested to send a scanned copy of the documents to CHQ email "gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com" so as to help CHQ to further pursue with DoT for holding review DPCs as per revised seniority lists 1-17 of TES Group B as per Rule 206 and in accordance with Supreme Court judgement on the matter. Those who anticipate promotion to DE grade from an earlier date on such holding of review DPCs may also send a representation addressed to DDG (Estt), DoT with all relevant details and a copy may be forwarded to CHQ.

26.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DG CGHS regarding Simplification of the Referral system under CGHS – as recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health & Family Welfare:

AIBSNLREA has written to DG CGHS, referring to our earlier letter dated 29.06.2022, the reply received from CGHS and the recent recommendation of the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare that "the Ministry devise appropriate solutions to simplify the referral system so that a beneficiary is not required to visit the CGHS dispensary multiple times just to get the prescribed tests done following a referral in the first instance.” AIBSNLREA has requested that the said recommendation of the Committee be implemented immediately as the entire referral system is already computerized with on-boarding of all the HCOs and this will not involve any additional effort or expenditure.  View the letter

25.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA KANPUR BRANCH (UP STATE) HOLDS ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

First Quarter GB meeting of AIBSNLREA Kanpur Branch was held on 22/02/2024 at 3rd floor Main bldg, the Mall Kanpur. Members felt happiness and greeted each other with love and affection. The burning point of discussion was Pension Revision from January 2017. Shri Lal Singh Ex Sr AO and shri J L Maurya tried their best to put a clear picture of present status with a positive remark. Several other points of personal grievances were also taken and resolved. CHQ/SHQ office bearers are expected to do the needful on the matter discussed above. Shri V S Awasthi Ex DE BSNL joined the Association in meeting. At last motivational talks on life force, healthy life, Meditation Delta, theeta state of mind were delivered by Shri S.Saini, Branch Secretary in an interesting way.

24.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA PRAYAGRAJ BRANCH (UP STATE) GENERAL BODY MEETING HELD:

The General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Prayagraj Branch was held on 12/02/2024 at 1430 hrs in CTO COMPOUND PRAYAGRAJ. Shri R.S.GUPTA President presided over the meeting. 25 members attended the meeting. The President welcomed the gathering and then the meeting started as per the agenda given. The issue of medical reimbursement without voucher was discussed. The Branch Secretary Shri S.M.Tiwari intimated regarding payment of Com. Brajendra Singh and informed that the pay liability is executed in SAP as intimated by AO Prayagraj. He informed the house that the case will be taken for payment with Admn. and Account section. He then intimated the status of Identity Cards and migration to Sampann. As per the information given by Accounts officer CCA office UP East, the migration work is in the final stage and further he added that the left out returned ID Cards will be sent again. He also briefed about the activities of CHQ and intimated that the latest developments of CHQ are posted on WhatsApp platform on regular basis of Prayagraj Brach. The latest updates also given to house related to Pension and 78.2% also. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by respected Shri R.S.Gupta.

23.02.2024:

MEETING WITH DDG (ESTT), DOT:

Shri V P Arya, AGS met DDG (Estt), DoT today as a follow-up to the meeting with Member (S) on 12.02.2024, where DDG (Estt) was also present.

1. Issue of Vigilance Clearance by DoT for the purpose of Presidential Orders in respect of Shri H S Sutaria, Retd JTO, Surat

: DDG (Estt) said the matter was put up to Member (S) and discussions were held yesterday. As per the direction of Member (S), it is being examined whether the retiral benefits of Shri Sutaria can be released in CDA scale, pending issue of Presidential Order.

2. Holding of Review DPCs in respect of those who were promoted to DE grade during DoT period as per revised seniority list of TES Group B:

DDG (Estt) wanted us to provide a few names with details of date of promotion etc. of those who were promoted during DoT period, so that efforts can be made to locate the related documents. We have agreed to provide the same.

3. Payment of Pension Contribution on actual pay instead of maximum of pay scales in respect of absorbed BSNL employees:

When we wanted her to furnish a copy of the final decision already said to have been taken to pay pension contribution on maximum of the pay scales, she informed us that the matter is still under process and not closed as she had reported in the meeting with Member (S).

23.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DG CGHS again regarding Miserable situation where a BSNL Pensioner or his family member falls ill and requires indoor treatment after surrendering his BSNLMRS card but before getting a CGHS card:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up the matter with DG CGHS, citing a reply from CGHS to our earlier letter dated 20.02.2024, stating that "the matter required a policy decision and that any change in the policy will be intimated accordingly" and the fact that neither we have received any intimation till date nor has a policy change been decided. AIBSNLREA has requested re-examination of the matter and issue of suitable guidelines.  View the letter

22.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA KURUKSHETRA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA Kurukshetra branch was held on 17th February 2024 at 11 AM in Haryana Tourism Yatri Niwas Kurukshetra. 25 members were present. Shri S K Verma Branch President presided over the meeting. At the outset the Branch Secretary Shri Rajvir Singh Chaudhary welcomed the members and informed about the sudden demise of one of our life members Shri Zile Ram ji. He alsó informed that our another member Shri Balbir Singh has lost his father a few days back. The house condoled these untimely deaths by observing two minutes silence and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families. The house also prayed for speedy recovery of our another member Shri M L Arya who is undergoing treatment in a Delhi hospital for some serious heart ailment. Shri D S Sandhu senior member of the Branch briefed the house of various activities of the Association viz Pension revision in the context of 3rd PRC and PB CAT judgement. The stand of AIBSNLREA was explained in detail and was appreciated. The outcome of the meeting with Member (S) by two AGSs regarding pension revision and other issues were discussed. The members desired that such efforts at CHQ level should be continued at ministerial level also. The pilot project of CGHS for delivering the indented medicines to 75 years old beneficiaries by speed post in select areas of Delhi was welcomed and it was requested that the proposal be implemented pan India to non CGHS areas on a permanent basis. Shri Yogesh Sharma gave useful tips to the members for maintaining good health and fitness. He particularly emphasized for taking positive attitude, nutritious diet and regular exercise among other things Shri Yogesh Sharma, Shri Narender Singh and Shri J N Verma also entertained the audience with sweet songs. The meeting ended with vote of thanks followed by sumptuous lunch .

19.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Sanction for interest on late payment of gratuity in respect of Shri S B Mohare, Retd Accounts Officer (PPO Number 562016081219964), Karnataka Circle, BSNL:

AIBSNLREA has sought the attention of Director (HR) BSNL requesting him to bestow his personal attention to the issue and cause issue of sanction by CGMT Karnataka for payment of interest on delayed payment of gratuity to Shri S B Mohare, Retd Accounts Officer, Gulbarga Telecom District of BSNL Karnataka Circle.  View the letter

17.02.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA PALAKKAD BRANCH (KERALA STATE) HELD:

A General Body meeting of Palakkad Branch was held on Wednesday the 14.2.2024 at Top In Town Auditorium, Palakkad at 11 AM. 37 members, including lady members attended the meeting from long distances. As the President Shri Ramanathan, Retd DGM(F) was not able to attend the meeting due to personal engagement, Vice President Shri K.Radhakrishnan, Retd DGM presided over the meeting. After silent prayer, the Secretary Shri P. Prabhakaran welcomed the members. During the Presidential Address, the President touched on all the problems being faced by the pensioners in their old age. During the discussion on organisational matters, the Secretary spoke elaborately on pension revision and the stand of different associations and the stand of our CHQ there on. There were discussions on CGHS, and the delay in the payment towards BSNL MRS. The meeting was concluded at 1 PM after the vote of thanks by Shri T.P.Krishnanunni, Asst Secretary. Lunch was served after the meeting.

16.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CGCA, DOT, REGARDING Enormous delay in issue of IDA-CDA mapping certificate for the purpose of deciding monthly contribution for availing CGHS facility by BSNL absorbed pensioners AND requesting for automating the process:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of CGCA, DoT, to the undue delay in issue of IDA-CDA mapping certificate for the purpose of deciding monthly contribution for availing CGHS facility by BSNL absorbed pensioners, resulting in delay in switch-over to CGHS and has suggested automation of the process so that the pensioners can download the certificate from SAMPANN Portal.  View the letter

15.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA VALSAD BRANCH (GUJARAT STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The General body Meeting of Valsad branch of AIBSNLREA was held at PWD circuit house on 8/2/24 at Valsad. The meeting was conducted in a very cordial atmosphere, presided by Shri V.K.Kapoor President. Shri Raju Christian did the compering in a very meticulous manner. Meeting started by observing one minute silence to pay homage to the departed members. Secretary Shri V.J. Suthar gave details about the activities of the association and requested those who did not got FMA and requested them to fill up the vendor form at the GM office. So far the CGSH facility for the Valsad pensioners is not available for want of wellness center. Shri A.M.Patel Jt. Secretary also mentioned that he is always available for any type of difficulty faced by association members in respect of FMA and family pension related problem. He also explained for checking correctness of records like Aadhar card, pan card so that in an unfortunate event, family pension can be pursued without difficulty. He also requested members to educate his wife and family members about the location of all such documents. Some members expressed their views and experience about spirituality practice observed by them. Vote of thanks was given by Shri Chauhan in beautiful manner and the meeting ended with delicious lunch.  View the Photos

13.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA SANGRUR BRANCH (PUNJAB STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A general body meeting of Sangrur Branch was held on 10.02.2024 at KHAO PIO dining restaurant near Head Post Office, opposite Arya Samaj. 22 members including one new member attended the meeting under the chairpersonship of Shri Vinod Kumar Mittal Retd DET. Shri R S Sandhu (Joint Secretary CHQ) and Shri Balbir Singh, Branch Secretary Patiala were on the dais. Five life members from Bhatinda also graced this meeting with their presence on a single telephone call. Members gave a warm welcome to Shri R S Sandhu (Jt. Secy CHQ) with presenting flowers by Shri Parshotam Dass senior most member. Later he briefed the working of CHQ and latest status of our current main issues like Pension revision in BSNL, Enhancement of Pension at the age of 65,70,75 years as recommended by the joint parliamentary committee for the purpose for which no fruitful decision has been taken by the Central Government/DOT in spite of best efforts by All Union's/Pensioner's Association. [View Punjab Page of State News section for full report]

12.02.2024:

MEETING WITH MEMBER (SERVICES) DoT:

Shri V P Arya, AGS and Shri Rakesh Sethi, AGS, met Member (S), DoT today evening as per a pre-fixed appointment, to know the status of pension revision and to follow up with three issues on which AIBSNLREA had written to Member (S), DoT earlier. The meeting was cordial and Member (S) as usual listened to our submissions earnestly, read through the documents produced by us fully and got some points clarified. DDG (Estt) was present during the meeting.

1. Pension Revision:

In view of various messages doing rounds in social media on the matter, we wanted to know what exactly is happening on the issue. Member (S) was not willing to elaborate, except stating that nothing has been finalised, different options are being explored and information will be shared as and when anything is finalised. We requested that DoT should expedite the process, taking care that no disparity is created between pre-1.1.2017 pensioners and post-1.1.2017 pensioners. We also requested him to take us into confidence, as we are the stakeholders, before finalisation of any proposal.

2. Issue of Vigilance Clearance by DoT for the purpose of Presidential Orders in respect of Shri H S Sutaria, Retd JTO, Surat

: There was some lengthy discussion on the issue. Member (S) carefully went through the two cases of issue of vigilance clearance by DoT in respect of similarly placed persons. He was convinced with our explanation and directed DDG (Estt) to follow up our request and keep him informed.

3. Holding of Review DPCs in respect of those who were promoted to DE grade during DoT period as per revised seniority list of TES Group B:

Member (S) anticipated difficulties in tracing all the related files and records but agreed to discuss the issue with BSNL to find a solution.

4. Payment of Pension Contribution on actual pay instead of maximum of pay scales in respect of absorbed BSNL employees:

DDG (Estt) said that the issue was pursued at the highest level but finally it was decided to pay pension contribution on the basis of maximum of pay scales. Member (S) directed her to furnish a copy of the decision to us.

07.02.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Review of promotion from JTO (T) to SDE (T) grade on regular basis w.e.f 01.02.2001 – case of Shri Mukundbhai N. Chavda, Retd SDE (T), Surat:

AIBSNLREA has sought the attention of Director (HR) BSNL to the case of Shri Mukundbhai N. Chavda, Retd SDE (T), Surat regarding review of promotion from JTO (T) to SDE (T) grade on regular basis w.e.f 01.02.2001 and has requested him for necessary directions to the Gujarat Circle and WTR Circle (now CNTX-West Circle), for early furnishing of VC request, so that Corporate Office can process the case of review of the regular promotion and subsequent review of time bound upgradation.  View the letter

06.02.2024:

E-JOURNAL FEBRUARY 2024 ISSUE:

February 2024 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "DLC CAMPAIGN 2.0" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website. The "View" links in the e-journal lead to the respective letters/orders.  View the E-journal February 2024

05.02.2024:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 13TH DECEMBER 2023 REGARDING Discontinuation of rent-free residential telephone connections provided to BSNL retired employees consequent to closure of telephone exchanges/discarding copper wire AND RequestING to provide options to the BSNL pensioners:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 13th December 2023 regarding discontinuation of rent-free residential telephone connections provided to BSNL retired employees consequent to closure of telephone exchanges/discarding copper wire and requesting to provide options to the BSNL pensioners, BSNL has replied that "This involves policy decision to be addressed by BSNL Management. Already representation addressed to Director (HR) re-forwarded. Once decision is taken, same shall be conveyed."  View the BSNL reply

02.02.2024:

REVISION OF CGHS PACKAGE RATES FOR GENERAL SURGERY:

CGHS in its Office Memorandum vide F.No Z15025/8/2023/DIR/CGHS dated 1st February 2024, has conveyed the approval of Competent Authority for revision of CGHS package rates for General Surgery, with a list of procedures and their rates.  View the CGHS O.M

01.02.2024:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today evening under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah CHQ President, with all the office bearers participating. After welcoming the participants, President initiated review of decisions of earlier meeting. Organisational issues, including issues raised by State/Branch Secretaries were discussed. The meeting reviewed the progress made in forming WhatsApp groups and Communities and appreciated the efforts of all office bearers, particularly Shri Rajan Rajopadhye, OS (W), in completing the assigned task. Gujarat State branches have formed WhatsApp groups and added OS (W) in the groups. Formation of UP Community group is near completion. GS again mentioned that the network will now be used to educate the members on Pension Rules, CGHS facilities, DLC procedures in the form of snippets, Fact-check on false information and clarifications on matters circulating in Social Media, apart from the information published in the website. Reviewing conduct of regular meetings by Branches, the meeting congratulated Palakkad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Pune, Varanasi and Thanjavur BA Branches for holding three meetings after Kolkata AIC. Branches which have not conducted even a single meeting will be persuaded to hold meeting in the near future and the office bearers have been assigned specific areas. Financial Secretary informed that Receipts for the amounts received after the AIC have been prepared. It was decided that soft copy of the receipts will be sent to the respective Branches. Branches which require physical receipts can inform CHQ Financial Secretary. The meeting ended with the President extending thanks for co-operation and co-ordination by all the CHQ office bearers.

01.02.2024:

NO CHANGE IN INCOME TAX RATES IN THE UNION INTERIM BUDGET FOR 2024-25:

In her Interim Budget speech, Finance Minister has proposed to retain the same tax rates for the Direct Taxes.

01.02.2024:

CGHS LAUNCHES A PILOT PROJECT FOR DELIVERY OF MEDICINES THROUGH SPEED POST:

CGHS in its Office Memorandum vide F.No 44/84 MCTC/CGHS/2023 dated 30.01.2024, has launched a Pilot Project w.e.f. 01.02.2024, for a period of three months (till 30 April 2024), in five Wellness Centres (Pitampura, Janakpuri 2, Rajouri Garden, Paschim Vihar and Nangal Raya) of CGHS North Zone, Delhi, whereby, CGHS beneficiaries of age 70 years and above shall be facilitated by home delivery (within Delhi NCR) of indented medicines through Speed Post (exception being injectable medicines, medicines requiring temperature- controlled storage and medicines in glass bottles, narcotics and psychotropic drugs), in collaboration with Department of Posts. The O.M. also provides the process flow for home delivery of indented medicines.  View the CGHS O.M

31.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING payment of interest on delayed payment of Gratuity – case of Shri B.M. Kolki, Retd SDE Kolhapur:

AIBSNLREA has taken up with the Director (HR), the issue of payment of interest on delayed payment of Gratuity in respect of Shri B.M. Kolki, Retd SDE Kolhapur drawing attention to the fact that when the judicial proceedings had ended in acquittal on 22.05.2015 and the final orders in the disciplinary proceedings had been issued on 29.03.2017, there is no justification for five years' delay in issue of Presidential Order on 11.04.2022. Moreover no effort has been taken by the administration to sanction provisional gratuity where the amount of pension and gratuity cannot be determined for reasons other than the departmental or judicial proceedings as provided under Rule 62 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021. AIBSNLREA has requested him that Maharashtra Telecom Circle may be advised to re-visit the issue and cause sanction of interest on delayed payment of gratuity and payment without further delay.  View the letter

30.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Penalisation of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee, Retd JTO, NSBTTC, Kalyani, Kolkata by IT department due to BSNL failing to deposit the TDS recovered from his salary:

AIBSNLREA has again written to the Director (HR), referring to the Principal ALTTC Ghaziabad letter to AGM (HR) ALTTC requesting to transfer the case to the present dealing officer for retired employee of CTD, requesting CTD authorities to collect the related files/folders/registers etc. prior to 01.07.2022 and settle the case of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee. AIBSNLREA has requested him to advise both the CGM ALTTC and CGM CTD to process the issue urgently, so that either of them may write to the Income Tax authorities on the omission, pay the remaining TDS and request refund of Rs.49880/- deducted by IT department to Shri Madhushudhan Mukherjee.  View the letter

29.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Failure to categorize staff quarters as Premium and Non-premium by West Bengal Circle resulting in collection of higher rent from BSNL pensioners occupying quarters:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director (HR) BSNL to the BSNL CROP-2020 and two subsequent modification to the guidelines requiring Circle Heads to classify the residential colonies under 'Premium' and 'Non-Premium' categories and to decide the lease rent through FRAC higher or lower than the rent prescribed, based on condition of staff quarters, demand-supply position, amenities available etc. AIBSNLREA has pointed out that West Bengal Circle has not categorised the staff quarters after considering these points and has allowed the BAs to raise the rent mechanically by 5% everywhere in the absence of FRAC, while the condition of the quarters is worsening every year and there is huge number of vacant quarters.  View the letter

27.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA EAST GODAVARI (AP STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The General body Meeting of AIBSNLREA East Godavari branch was held on 23-01-2024 under the presidentship of Shri GV RAMAKRISHNA, President with prayer. 2 minutes silence was observed to pay respect to the departed members during the last one year. In the opening remarks President elaborated the problems faced by Members and the way they were resolved. Shri M.Venkateswara Rao CHQ vice President informed the house about the monthly Virtual meetings of CHQ office bearers. Shri Bheemasankaram LC member CGHS explained about functioning of the CGHS wellness Centre Rajahmundry. Shri GSVSS Vara Prasad, Secretary invited the Guests Smt K Pratyusha Kumari, Sr. Civil Judge and Secretary District Legal Services Authority, Shri P Raju GMTD, Rajahmundry, Shri Manojkumar, Director, DOT, Vijayawada, Shri Satyanarayana DGM, Rajahmundry and Dr. Glory, CGHS wellness Centre Rajahmundry to the dais and introduced them to the house. [View Andhra Pradesh Page of State News section for full report]

25.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA DELHI CIRCLE HOLDS ITS SPECIAL GENERAL BODY MEETING TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR 2024:

A special general body meeting of Delhi Circle of AIBSNLREA was held on 6th January 2024 at Kidwai Bhawan New Delhi. The meeting was presided over by Shri Rakesh Tiwari, President, Delhi Circle and addressed by Shri Devesh Kumar, Circle Secretary Delhi Circle. Circle Secretary welcomed Shri V P Arya, AGS and Shri Rakesh Sethi AGS and the members present in the meeting. 25 members attended the meeting. After self-introduction of the members, Circle Secretary read out the minutes of last meeting and the same was approved by the house. Circle Secretary also read out the various activities of the circle. He also mentioned that in last meeting 5 new members had joined the association. Shri K. Yohannan, Circle Financial Secretary has also placed a brief financial statement of the circle for the information of the members. In his report, Financial Secretary mentioned that in the last meeting 05 new members joined the association but only three have paid life membership. During the meeting a poem was also recited by Shri Sanjay Vishnoi. In his address, Shri V.P. Arya, AGS, briefed the members about the role of our Association in solving the various issues related to members and status of the pension revision etc. Shri Rakesh Sethi, AGS clarified the doubts raised by the members about the understanding of AIBSNLREA on pension revision. Though most of the members were satisfied from the clarification given by Shri Rakesh Sethii, AGS but they desired that CHQ should write on pension revision also. He also requested all the members to enroll new members to increase the membership of AIBSNLREA Delhi Circle. Shri S. S. Gill, Vice President, Delhi Circle requested that residential Mobile/FTTH connection should be provided to the pensioners in non-feasible areas by MTNL. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Shri Prem Chand, followed by High Tea.

24.01.2024:

DOP&PW HOLDS VIDEO CONFERENCING under THE chairmanship of Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW with regard to 100% Saturation Approach for submission of Life Certificate by pensioners:

DoP&PW had organised a video conference today under the Chairmanship of Shri V Srinivas, Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW with regard to 100% Saturation Approach for submission of Life Certificate by pensioners, as a part of the efforts to achieve 100% submission of Life Certificates within the due dates by Central Government/Communication/Defence Pensioners. This was a half an hour meeting and the first such meeting attended by AIBSNLREA after its registration under Pensioners Portal. Director (P&PW) Shri Ruchir Mittal briefed about the target so far achieved, supported by statistics and said still 7 lakhs pensioners are to submit their LC. Three Central Government Pensioners Associations were specifically asked for feedback on the efforts made by them to ensure 100% fulfilment. Secretary (Pension) in his brief speech said the DLC Campaign 2.0 has been a huge success though it involved submission of LC by 1.42 crores pensioners and requested all pensioners associations to educate their members and help them submit LC at the earliest to avoid stoppage of pension. The meeting ended with Smt.Ramanjit Kaur, Sr.Consultant, DoP&PW thanking all the participants.

23.01.2024:

DOP&PW HOLDS INTERACTIVE MEETING WITH THE NEWLY REGISTERED PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS UNDER PENSIONERS PORTAL:

A virtual interactive meeting was held today by DoP&PW with the 14 newly registered pensioners associations under Pensioners Portal. GS Shri R.R.Balasubramanian, AGS Shri V.P.Arya and AGS Shri Rakesh Sethi represented AIBSNLREA. The registration procedure for signing up in DARPAN portal, PFMS Portal and ANUDAAN portal was explained in detail by DoP&PW representative. The newly registered associations were welcomed to be part of the Government Mission Mode Project of National e-Governance and were requested to share all orders related to pension and pensioners with their members. GS said that we have a very informative website and a strong network of WhatsApp groups which is used to share important orders and circulars. GS requested providing of username and password for logging in to CPENGRAMS, which was agreed to. GS pointed out a few shortcomings of the CPENGRAMS. He said AIBSNLREA will utilise this opportunity to further the interests of pensioners. The meeting concluded with a proposal for holding such meetings frequently.

22.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA PUNE BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HOLDS ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Pune Branch successfully conducted its Quarterly General Body meeting on 12th January 2024 Friday at UDYAN PRASAD, SADASHIV Peth, Pune and Celebrated Birthday of Executives who were born in the month of October, November and December. The meeting hall was full with 95 executives including Lady members attending. Meeting began by Singing Lord Ganesh slokas by Smt. Bharati B. Joshi and Devotional song by Shri P.K. Agnihotri. The meeting was presided by Dynamic Dr S.K. Ramamurthy who welcomed all the executives and new members and welcomed special guest Shri Awadesh Sharma Financial Secretary CHQ and briefed the agenda. Pune Branch Secretary Shri S C Patil welcomed the gathering and in his speech covered all the developments in State level and Central Headquarters, activities on various matters such as CPGRAMS and Excess landline bill cases of Pune Executives. [View Maharashtra Page of State News Section for full report]

21.01.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHENNAI BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HELD:

The General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Chennai branch was held on 9-1-2024 from 10 am at Hotel B.R.Mathsya, T Nagar Chennai. The meeting commenced with prayer song rendered by Shri K.R.Ravi Narayanan. Branch President Shri B.Ganesan welcomed the gathering. One minute silence was observed in remembrance of departed members. After self-introduction of members, Branch Secretary Shri L.Sundararaman read out a brief report of the activities. He mentioned that as many as 24 new members have been added during last 9 months and how the issues are taken up with CCA, CGM etc as and when required. He also narrated how many issues related to Sampann and life certificate have been taken up and solved. He expressed his opinion about the recent Pension revision orders of FCI and told that the implementation of the same in BSNL may not be feasible and requested the GS to elaborate on this issue. The State Secretary Shri M.S.Radhakrishnan and State President Shri V.Dakshinamurthy addressed the members. As many as 42 members attended the meeting.[View Tamilnadu State page of State News section for full report]

20.01.2024:

POLICY GUIDELINES FOR PROVISION OF FTTH SERVICE CONNECTIONS IN OFFICE AND RESIDENCE OF SERVING AND RETIRED OFFICERS/OFFICIALS IN BSNL WHERE AREA IS TNF OR COPPER BASED EXCHANGE IS CLOSED:

BSNL vide its letter No.BSNLCO-ADMN/80/1/2020/ADMN dated 19.01.2024 has circulated Policy guidelines on concessional FTTH for office purpose, for serving employees at residence and for retired employees at residence. For retired employees at residence, it has only provided already existing options of GSM Post-paid 199 plan and FTTH plans 595 and above with 40% discount. BSNL has not agreed to our request for lower FTTH plan.  View the BSNL circular

19.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA EAST GODAVARI BRANCH (AP STATE) TO HOLD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA East Godavari Branch will be held at Hotel Surya, Rajahmundry on 23-01-2024. This will be a full day meeting with complimentary lunch. There will be felicitations for our Members who crossed 75 and 80 years. Some dignitaries including GMTD, Rajahmundry, Sr Civil Judge & Secretary District Legal Services Authority and Doctors of CGHS wellness Centre, Rajahmundry have been invited to address the meeting. All members and interested BSNL retired executives are requested to attend.

18.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA MUMBAI BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HOLDS ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The Quarterly General body meeting of AIBSNLREA Mumbai Branch was held on 16th January 2024 in the conference hall, 1st floor B-Wing, BSNL Administrative building, Juhu road, Santa Cruz (w), Mumbai 400054. Shri N. K. Devassy Vice President of the Mumbai Branch presided over the meeting. He welcomed the members who had gathered in good number. Two minutes silence was observed in memory of the departed members during this period. He addressed the house and gave full information about the grievances of the members at local level and action taken by the branch. He also appreciated the efforts taken by Branch Secretary and State secretary MH circle to resolve the issues. He added that there are very less cases pending except some disputed medical bills. Branch secretary AIBSNLREA Mumbai Branch Shri S. R. Yadav informed the members about the grievances at local levels and action taken. He requested all to enroll new members to increase the membership of AIBSNLREA Mumbai branch. [View Maharashtra State Page of State News Section for full report]

17.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Non-payment of medical claim without voucher for the financial year 2018-19 – case of Shri Brajendra Singh, Ex. CAO, O/o GMTD, BSNL, Prayagraj, UP East Circle:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director (HR) BSNL to the matter of non-payment of medical claim without voucher for the financial year 2018-19 in respect of Shri Brajendra Singh, Ex. CAO, O/o GMTD, BSNL, Prayagraj, despite his several representations and has requested hi to advise CGMT UP East Circle to consider the matter and cause payment of his medical claim without voucher for the year 2018-19.  View the letter

16.01.2024:

CGM ITPC RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 24TH NOVEMBER 2023 REGARDING Discrepancies in billing of rent free Residential Telephone Connection provided to the BSNL absorbed pensioners:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 24.11.2023 regarding discrepancies in billing of rent free Residential Telephone Connection provided to the BSNL absorbed pensioners, CGM ITPC has informed us that GM WDC ITPC Pune has addressed letter to CGMs of West Zone Circles for taking necessary action by the field units, attaching copy of the said letter, wherein the field units are requested to take corrective action if they find any data discrepancies, after verifying the service details at their end.  View the CGM ITPC response

15.01.2024:

CGHS PACKAGE RATES WHERE DIFFERENTIAL PRICING IS APPLICABLE:

DG CGHS vide its File No: S-11011/27/2021/CGHS(HEC) dated 12th January 2024 has clarified that CGHS approved rates listed vide its OM dated 19th December 2023 for various procedures are for semi private ward, if the beneficiary is entitled for General Ward, there will be decrease of 10% in these rates; for private ward entitlement there will be an increase of 15%, however for investigations the rates would apply irrespective of the entitlement of the beneficiary.  View the DG CGHS OM

14.01.2024:

SHRI R.C.SHARMA, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT, CHQ PASSES AWAY:

Shri Ramesh Chandra Sharma, Vice President of AIBSNLREA CHQ at the time of its formation breathed his last on 13.01.2024. He was elected as AGS CHQ in AIC Bhubaneshwar. He was one of the signatories for formation of AIBSNLREA. AIBSNLREA conveys its deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

11.01.2024:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.01.2024:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 215.4% w.e.f 01.01.2024 in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2007.  View the DPE OM

11.01.2024:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.01.2024:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 432.4% w.e.f 01.01.2024, in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.1997.  View the DPE OM

11.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA PUNE BRANCH TO HOLD ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The Quarterly General Body meeting of Pune Branch will be held tomorrow the 12th January 2024 at "UDYAN PRASAD KARYALAY", Sadasivpeth Near Khajinavihir Chouk, Pune (Opp. to Bajirao Road, Telephone Bhavan) from 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM. All members and interested BSNL retired Executives are requested to attend.

11.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA ACKNOWLEDGES RECEIPT OF DOP&PW LETTER ON REGISTRATION of AIBSNLREA under Pensioners Portal:

Acknowledging the receipt of DoP&PW letter registering AIBSNLREA under Pensioners Portal, AIBSNLREA has conveyed that we look forward to work with DoP&PW in effective implementation of the Scheme, in order that the grievances of Pensioners in general and BSNL Pensioners in particular are duly examined, resolved and also the process is monitored. AIBSNLREA has further requested that the details of our role and responsibility in this regard, along with username and password meant for registered Associations for logging in to CPENGRAMS, be communicated at the earliest.  View the letter

10.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REQUESTING early issue of final retirement orders in view of dismissal of appeal by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka filed by BSNL against quashing of chargesheet by Hon'ble CAT Bangalore - Case of Shri B M Nyamati, Retd CAO, Bangalore Telecom District:

Drawing the attention of Shri Kalyan Sagar N, who has recently taken charge as Director (HR) BSNL, AIBSNLREA has requested early issue of final retirement orders in view of dismissal of appeal by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka filed by BSNL against quashing of chargesheet by Hon'ble CAT Bangalore - Case of Shri B M Nyamati, Retd CAO, Bangalore Telecom District.  View the letter

08.01.2024:

DoP&PW adds AIBSNLREA to the list of registered pensioners associations under "pensioners portal":

AIBSNLREA had submitted an application for registration under "Pensioners Portal" in response to a DoP&PW circular dated 21.12.2022. We had earlier reported that "an Under Secretary from DoP&PW visited the residence of General Secretary, from where the CHQ is functioning, on 22.08.2023 in connection with our application for registration under Pensioners' Portal. The Under Secretary was impressed with our activities, paperless functioning, transparency, availability of information in our website since 2008, our letters to different authorities, our language and the style of presentation of issues." DoP&PW vide its letter No.4(4)/2021-P&PW(H)-7311 dated 04.01.2024 has now conveyed the approval of competent authority, registering AIBSNLREA for being associated with the implementation of "Pensioners Portal", a Mission Mode Project under National e-governance Plan of Government of India. AIBSNLREA will endeavour to make use of this opportunity, to further protect and promote the interests of the BSNL pensioners.  View the DoP&PW letter

07.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA CHENNAI BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) TO HOLD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA Chennai Branch will hold its General Body meeting on Tuesday the 9th January 2024 at Hotel Mathsya, Thanikachalam Road, T Nagar, Chennai from 10.00 AM. All members and interested BSNL retired Executives are requested to attend.

07.01.2024:

Revised delegation of financial powers in respect of approvals related to unlisted treatment procedure/investigations/implants:

Directorate of CGHS vide its OM No.Z.15025/14/2023/DIR/CGHS dated 27th December 2023 has issued details of revised delegation of financial powers for permission / ex-post facto approval / settlement of medical reimbursement claims of individual beneficiaries / hospital bills in respect of unlisted treatment procedures / investigations / implants.  View the CGHS letter

07.01.2024:

TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA WEST BENGAL STATE HELD:

AIBSNLREA West Bengal State held its 4th Triennial Conference on 05.01.2024 at Moulali Yuva Kendra, Kolkata with an attendance of 233 members. The meeting was conducted by a presidium consisting of Shri S R Palit Vice-President, Shri Ranjan Mukherjee, and Shri Timir Baran Chattopadhyay, Executive Committee Member. After opening song presented by two of our members, Smt. Ila Sadhu and Smt. Chandana Chatterjee the House observed one minute’s silence to pay homage to the departed members. [View West Bengal section of State News for full report]  View the list of office bearers  View the Photos

06.01.2024:

E-JOURNAL JANUARY 2024 ISSUE:

January 2024 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "LET THE YEAR 2024 BRING PEACE" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal January 2024

04.01.2024:

Clarification on the effect of pension cut on the amount of family pension in case of death of retired government servant during the currency period:

Central Board of Direct Taxes vide its F.No.19012/26/2023-Ad.IVA dated 20th December 2023 has conveyed the clarification by DoP&PW that the penalty of pension cut imposed on a government servant under Rule 8 of CCS (Pension) Rules 2021 is not applicable for payment of family pension.  View the CBDT letter

04.01.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA FARIDABAD BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HELD:

A GB meeting of Faridabad Branch was held on 20.12.23 at Ashirwad sector 16 Faridabad under chairmanship of Shri M K Kaul. After general discussions & information on status of pension revision, 78.2 fitment court case was discussed. It was informed that association has taken up the case as a whole for all types of pensioners, seeking pension as well as pay arrears. Association was requested to continue with the present efforts and to take the help of MPs or any other sources. Next meeting was proposed for 11.01.2024 to celebrate Birthday of Shri M K Kaul falling on same day & if agreed, at Barbeque Nation. Meeting was closed with thanks to the Chairperson.

03.01.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA YAMUNA NAGAR BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HELD:

The General Body meeting of Yamuna Nagar branch of AIBSNLREA was held at 1100 hrs on 28.12.2023 at Gopal Restaurant Yamuna Nagar under the chairmanship of Shri R P Tyagi. After the Branch Secretary welcomed all the members present, two minutes silence was observed in the memory of Late Shri J K Gautam who left for heavenly abode recently. The branch and CHQ activities regarding pension revision, medical bills, Sampann related issues, FMA, grant of increment due in July case status were explained by the Branch Secretary Shri S L Purey. The queries raised by Hon' ble members on many issues like CGHS were also replied by him. The circulars and action taken reports received from respected General Secretary CHQ are immediately circulated amongst all members through WhatsApp group. All the members were requested to help to enroll new members by using their personal contacts. The meeting ended with vote of thanks and tea/snacks served.

02.01.2024:

CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021 amended allowing female government servants/female pensioner to nominate child/children for family pension in precedence to husband in the event of marital discord:

DoP&PW has issued a O.M. vide No.1/1(1)/2023-P&PW(E) dated 1st January 2024, allowing female government servants/female pensioner to nominate child/chidren for family pension in precedence to husband in the event of marital discord leading to filing of divorce proceedings in a Court of Law or filing of a case under Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act or Dowry Prohibition Act or Indian Penal Code, with detailed guidelines. Formal amendment to Rule 50 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021 will be notified separately.  View the DoP&PW O.M

02.01.2024:

AIBSNLREA WEST BENGAL STATE TO HOLD ITS TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE:

AIBSNLREA West Bengal State has notified its 6th Triennial Conference to be held on Friday 05.01.2024 at Yuva Kendra, Moulali, Kolkata from 11.00 AM, for deliberations on the notified agenda items. General Secretary, AIBSNLREA will address the Conference. State Secretary Shri Kartick De requests all members and BSNL retired Executives of West Bengal to attend the Conference. Members from adjacent States are also welcome to attend.

02.01.2024:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA AMBALA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HELD:

A general body meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 23rd December 2023 at Clove 99 Restaurant. The meeting was presided by Shri R. K Sharma President of the Branch and was attended by 26 members. Two new members joined the association as life members. The new members S/Shri Lalit Mohan Retd SDE and J.K Jain Retd XEN were welcomed by all the members. After the last meeting, the wife of our senior member Shri Rajinder Kumar had expired for which a two minutes silence was observed. One of the senior members Shri R C Khurana is admitted in Hospital due to brain hemorrhage for whom all the members prayed for his speedy recovery and return to his normal life. Thereafter, Shri S K Aggarwal, CHQ Organising Secretary North briefed the members on various issues including pension revision. The members were fully satisfied with the working of CCA Haryana and there were no complaints or issues to be solved with CCA Haryana. As regards to CGHS working at Ambala there are no major issues of the members except shifting of wellness Centre building which is being repeatedly pursued with the concerned authorities. After the meeting members enjoyed lunch and the meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Shri S.K.Bindal, Branch Secretary.

01.01.2024:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

The virtual meeting of CHQ office bearers was held today under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President. After exchange of New Year wishes, CHQ activities for the past month and action taken on the decisions of the last meeting were reviwed. The meeting expressed satisfaction over the success in the efforts for opening WhatsApp groups by all branches, with 90% branches having WhatsApp groups now with the Organising Secretary of respective zones added to the groups. Maharashtra State has opened WhatsApp Community while West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi already have State level groups. The Organising Secretaries reported that they are now witnessing quick flow of information to the basic member effectively and they are able to know the activities of branches and interact with the members. OS (W) was requested to co-ordinate with CHQ Asst. Finance Secretary to complete the process in his zone. Members were reportedly happy with the initiative. It was decided that OSs will co-ordinate with the Branch Secretaries for holding of regular meetings and enrolment of new members. Feasibility of opening new branches was discussed and targets have been fixed. Due to lengthy process of change in authorised signatories of CHQ bank account and subsequent change in Branch from Dwarka, New Delhi to Ghaziabad, receipts could not be issued in respect of the credits to the bank account. It was decided that soft copy of the receipts will be issued through WhatsApp of Branch Secretaries concerned at the earliest. GS then explained the background of Department of Food & Public Distribution letter dated 13.12.2023 on revision/rationalisation of pension/family pension of Food transferees, which is in circulation in whatsapp groups, detailing the history of the case and quoting from the supreme court judgement and reports of Committee on Petitions of Lok Sabha and how the facts of the case and the issues involved are not comparable with pension entitlement of BSNL absorbees. It was decided that AGSs at Headquarters will plan their visit to BSNL CO and Sanchar Bhawan to pursue pending issues. The meeting concluded with the President thanking all the office bearers for the team work.

01.01.2024:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 14.11.2023 ON Allowing cashless treatment for CGHS beneficiaries in AIIMS hospital Nagpur:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 14.11.2023 addressed to DG CGHS regarding allowing cashless treatment for CGHS beneficiaries in AIIMS hospital Nagpur, CGHS has informed that "Several meetings have been held in this respect between the Officers of CGHS and Officers of AIIMS, Nagpur. AIIMS, Nagpur has put up some demands in respect of billing for drugs, Consumables, Implant and investigations. The same has been forwarded to the Directorate for approval and the matter is under process."  View the CGHS response

29.12.2023:

IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.01.2024:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the months September, October and November 2023, the revised IDA rate due w.e.f. 01.01.2024 is 215.4%% [decrease by 0.2%] for CPSEs where the last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and 432.4%% [decrease by 0.4%] for CPSEs where the last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

29.12.2023:

Grant of one notional increment for those who retired on superannuation on 30th June - matter under consideration in DoP&T:

As per the minutes of meeting held under the Chairpersonship of Addl. Secretary (Pers. Policy) held on 15th December 2023 to discuss agenda items of 62nd meeting of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM), the judgment of the Supreme Court dated 11.04.2023 in CA No.2471 of 2023 @ SLP (C) No.6185/2020 is under consideration in DoP&T in consultation with nodal ministries.  View the Minutes

29.12.2023:

Restoration of commuted portion of pension after 12 years - DoP&PW proposes the matter be referred to next CPC:

As per the minutes of meeting held under the Chairpersonship of Addl. Secretary (Pers. Policy) held on 15th December 2023 to discuss agenda items of 62nd meeting of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM), DoP&PW had proposed that the matter relating to reduction in the restoration period for commuted pension may be referred to the next CPC. Department of Expenditure has returned the proposal stating it is premature since CPC has not yet been constituted.  View the Minutes

28.12.2023:

BSNL issues clarification on visit report for hospitalisation in emergency condition:

BSNL vide its letter No.BSNLCO-ADMN/12(11)/1/2021-ADMN dated 27.12.2023 has clarified that in case of indoor treatment undertaken by serving and retired employees and their dependents in emergency condition and/or verification of hospitalisation was not carried out for any reason, CGMs are authorised to exempt the visit report condition based on justification/merit.  View the BSNL letter

27.12.2023:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 11.12.2023 ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Non-payment of medical claims since the year 2019-20 in respect of Shri Gaffar Mohammed, Retd DE, Udaipur, Rajasthan:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 11.12.2023 addressed to the Director (HR) BSNL regarding Non-payment of medical claims since the year 2019-20 in respect of Shri Gaffar Mohammed, Retd DE, Udaipur, Rajasthan, GM TD, Udaipur has replied that all the medical bills of Shri Gaffar Mohammed, as received, were entered in SAP and payment was made upto Sl.No.8; Fund has been requested for claims under Sl.No.9 to 15 and will be paid by Corporate Office as per availability of fund. A list as per entry in SAP has also been attached.  View the letter

26.12.2023:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 12.10.2023 ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Penalisation of a pensioner due to BSNL failing to deposit the TDS recovered – case of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee, Retd JTO, NSBTTC, Kalyani, Kolkata:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 12.10.2023 addressed to the Director (HR) BSNL regarding Penalisation of a pensioner due to BSNL failing to deposit the TDS recovered – case of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee, Retd JTO, NSBTTC, Kalyani, Kolkata, ALTTC Ghaziabad has furnished a letter from Principal, ZTTC, Kalyani addressed to the AGM (HR) ALTTC, Ghaziabad, conveying that "the case of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee relates to the period of FY 2008-09 (AY 2009-10) when NSCBTTC Kalyani was under the administrative control of Calcutta Telephones" and that "hence the case may be transferred to the present dealing officer for retired employee of CTD", along with a set of enclosures.  View the letter

22.12.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL again regarding Non-availability of facility to lodge grievances by BSNL pensioners under BSNL Pensioners’ Portal:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up with the Director (HR) BSNL, requesting him to get the issue examined and resolved so that BSNL pensioners can lodge their grievances directly with BSNL instead of seeking the help of CPENGRAMS.  View the letter

20.12.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE SECRETARY (PENSION) DOP&PW regarding Scant regard to the system of grievance redressal by those handling grievance redressal systems - defeating the spirit of the Government launching CPENGRAMS:

AIBSNLREA has again written to the Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW on the issue, this time pointing out that "While our experience during the past two years after the said observations has been no different and while we continue to struggle to get the grievances of our pensioner members settled, we have been greatly shocked, pained and dismayed by the manner in which a recent grievance has been closed and the appeal disposed of, repeating the earlier remarks during closure of the docket." AIBSNLREA has sought his personal attention to the matter and has requested him to ensure that i) suitable instructions are issued to all concerned to treat the grievances and appeals with empathy, not to close the docket without resolving the grievance and ii) to advise BSNL authorities to consider the contents of our letter dated 21.11.2023 with due importance and resolve the grievance.  View the letter

18.12.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CGCA DOT REGARDING Issue of Pensioner ID card to BSNL pensioners in revised format, suggesting to simplify the process:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up with the CGCA DOT, reiterating our suggestion regarding issue of Pensioner ID card to BSNL absorbed pensioners as per DoP&PW approved format. AIBSNLREA has suggested following the mechanism successfully implemented by CGHS wherein beneficiaries are able to download the CGHS card, get it printed and laminated on their own, which will save cost, labour and delay in issue of Pensioner ID card.  View the letter

15.12.2023:

BSNL RESPONSE TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 21.11.2023 REGARDING PORTAL FOR BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEES, which was launched in March 2023 as a comprehensive solution to problems faced by the retirees but remains dysfunctional:

In our recent Editorial of December 2023 E-Journal we had mentioned that our representations are closed with the remark ‘this is a suggestion’ although the drop down menu itself shows the option – suggestion. AIBSNLREA vide its letter dated 21.11.2023 had submitted the grievance that the PORTAL FOR BSNL RETIRED EMPLOYEES is lying dysfunctional, defeating the important purpose of ease of life of the BSNL retirees, for reasons not known. Our grievance has been closed by BSNL with the reply "Suggestions are not taken up in the portal." We have registered an appeal.  View the BSNL response

14.12.2023:

BSNL RESPONSE TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 18.10.2023 REGARDING Non-receipt of payment towards medical claim without voucher due to incorrect entry of Bank Account Number – case of Shri K. Thangavelu, Retd SDE, Coimbatore:

Responding to AIBSNLREA letter dated 18.10.2023 regarding non-receipt of payment towards medical claim without voucher due to incorrect entry of Bank Account Number in respect of of Shri K. Thangavelu, Retd SDE, Coimbatore, BSNL has replied that "Customer Bank Account number has been changed as per the Mantis raised by Coimbatore BA on 28.2.2023. The payment issue is still pending under process."  View the BSNL response

13.12.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Discontinuation of rent-free residential telephone connections provided to BSNL retired employees consequent to closure of telephone exchanges/discarding copper wire – Request to provide options to the BSNL pensioners:

AIBSNLREA has taken up with Director (HR) BSNL the matter of Discontinuation of rent-free residential telephone connections provided to BSNL retired employees consequent to closure of telephone exchanges/discarding copper wire – Request to provide options to the BSNL pensioners and has suggested that "those who are willing to take up FTTH connection now on closure of their rent free connection be offered a minimal Plan (similar to Plan-99 being allowed for GSM connection) with the already available 40% discount, instead of forcing them to take Plan 599, and extending the facility to have their old phone number for the voice portion. Those who are unable to make a decision now, may be given a Closure Certificate specifically stating the status as Concessional Rent free landline connection, which can be used later when they decide to take FTTH connection with the available discount, taking into account the fact that the 40% discount in FTTH connection is given in lieu of the rent free landline connection."  View the letter

12.12.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE SECRETARY (PERSONNEL) DoP&T REQUESTING ISSUE OF a common order to benefit all similarly placed pensioners IN RESPECT OF Grant of one notional increment for pensionary benefits to those employees whose increment falls due on the day following superannuation:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up the issue with Secretary (P), DoP&T with reference to DoP&T reply dated 15.11.2023 in response to our letter dated 9th August 2023, pointing out that "the reply falls short of our expectations and request" and reiterating that "unless a common order is issued, the affected pensioners will go on filing cases for similar relief, which is an unnecessary burden both on the pensioners concerned as well as the Ministry/Department/Organisation concerned. We believe that it is not the intention of the Government to force the poor pensioners to the courts at this old age. Also, the financial implication will be meagre considering the negligible number of beneficiaries." AIBSNLREA has requested him to consider the issue with compassion and cause issue of a common order extending the benefit allowed by the Supreme Court in several cases, to all the similarly placed pensioners and thus put an end to the anxiety and agony of the affected pensioners.  View the letter

11.12.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Non-payment of medical claims since the year 2019-20 in respect of Shri Gaffar Mohammed, Retd DE, Udaipur, Rajasthan:

AIBSNLREA has taken up with Director (HR) BSNL the matter of non-payment of medical claims since the year 2019-20 in respect of Shri Gaffar Mohammed, Retd DE, Udaipur, Rajasthan and has requested his intervention for early payment of all pending medical claims.  View the letter

08.12.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION) DOP&PW ON Weakening of trust placed on CPENGRAMS – case of denial of interest on late payment of gratuity in respect of Shri S B Mohare, Retd Accounts Officer, Karnataka Circle, BSNL:

Dismayed over the same incorrect response by DoT to our letter addressed to the Secretary (Pension) DOP&PW requesting his intervention in the matter, AIBSNLREA has again written to him, pointing out that there has been no effort from DoP&PW to intervene in the matter of gross violation of rules on the subject by CCA Karnataka. He has been again requested to advise DoT for immediate payment of interest on late payment of gratuity to Shri S B Mohare, Retd AO, Karnataka Circle of BSNL.  View the letter

07.12.2023:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 01.11.2023 ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) REGARDING Non-payment of medical claims with voucher since the year 2020-21 in respect of Shri A K Goyal, Retd DGM, BSNL CO, New Delhi:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 01.11.2023 regarding non-payment of medical claims with voucher since the year 2020-21 in respect of Shri A K Goyal, Retd DGM, BSNL CO, New Delhi, BSNL has replied that "As per SAP record an amount of Rs.68158/- has been cleared/paid to the applicant. In this regard SAP attachment is enclosed for your ready reference. However, in case payment is not made to the applicant, then the applicant is requested to take up the case with r&P Cell of BSNL CO New Delhi." But there is no attachment as stated. We have requested furnishing of the attachment.  View the BSNL response

06.12.2023:

CGCA REITERATES DOP&PW om DATED 04.08.2016 ON PAYMENT OF DEARNESS RELIEF ARREAR ON BASIC AND ADDITIONAL PENSION FOR PENSIONERS 80 YEARS AND ABOVE:

CGCA has issued a letter vide No.13-81/2020-21/BA&IT/10209-10238 dated 06.12.2023 reiterating DoP&PW OM dated 04.08.2016, specifying that Dearness Relief will also be admissible on the additional basic pension/additional family pension available to older pensioners/family pensioners based on their age.  View the CGCA letter

06.12.2023:

MoH&FW ISSUES O.M. ON GUIDELINES & CEILING RATES FOR LUNG TRANSPLANT, HEART TRANSPLANT SURGERY IN RESPECT OF CGHS/CS(MA) BENEFICIARIES:

MoH&FW has issued a O.M. vide File No.Z-42011/11/2021-MG/EHS dated 1st December 2023, specifying ceiling rates for Lungs Transplant, Heart Transplant and Heart&Lungs combined transplant and has constituted Standing Committees for consideration of requests for Lung/Heart transplants.  View the MoH&FW OM

06.12.2023:

E-JOURNAL DECEMBER 2023 ISSUE:

December 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "GRIEVANCES OVER GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL SYSTEMS" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal December 2023

04.12.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA THANJAVUR BA BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HELD:

The General Body Meeting of our AIBSNLREA ( Thanjavur BA _ Kumbakonam ) Branch was conducted in a grand mannar at Mayiladuthurai on 02.12.2023. Despite rough weather 26 members enthusiastically attended the meeting. Shri E.Rajasekaran, President, presided over the meeting. Shri S.Vivekanandan welcomed all. The services of our member (Late) M.Kuppuswamy were recalled by Shri K.Thangapazham and tributes were paid by observing two minutes silence. Shri R.Srinivasan, Secretary in his opening remarks asserted that our meetings inspire and relax all the pensioners. He narrated the activities of our Association. [View Tamilnadu page of State News section for full report]

01.12.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

The virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today evening under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President. All but one of the office bearers attended the meeting. As per the decision taken in the previous meetings, report on progress made in opening of WhatsApp groups in Branches where it did not exist, adding Organising Secretaries of the respective Zones in WhatsApp group of the branches in the zones and opening a WhatsApp Community with all the branch groups at State level were presented by all the office bearers. In the process, all the Branch Secretaries were contacted by the office bearers assigned for the work and this was said to be a pleasant experience for the office bearers with fruitful interactions. After the efforts of the office bearers and compilation of the list, it was found that 80% of the branches now had WhatsApp groups with respective Organising Secretaries added to the groups. Organising Secretaries reported that they were happy that they are able to understand the issues being discussed in the groups. Tamilnadu State has formed its Community with all the branch groups, Maharashtra State is on the job and UP State will follow. GS informed the meeting that some technical issues were faced in Tamilnadu creating discontent. It was decided that members be properly explained regarding the purpose of formation of community at State level. It was felt that membership will be convinced and all other States be requested to create Community at the earliest. All the office bearers felt that the entire effort to ensure flow of information to the members was worthy and they were happy in achieving the task to a great extent. Organising Secretaries will now ensure that the information from CHQ is fully shared in these groups, meetings are held periodically, grievances of members are reported to the State/CHQ for further action and thus will remain an active link between the branches and the CHQ. Issues related to non-payment of medical claims, excess claim on rent free telephones, common order on notional increment and court case on 78.2% fitment were also discussed. GS listed various activities of CHQ and the response from different authorities, highlighting the fact that AIBSNLREA was concentrating on real issues. The meeting ended with the participants thanking the President for excellent conduct of the meeting.

30.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA KOLHAPUR BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

Kolhapur Branch held its Quarterly meeting on 26th of November 2023 in the Conference Hall of Telephone Bhavan, Kolhapur under the Presidentship of Shri Y S Kulkarni. President in his opening address welcomed all the Members came from Kolhapur, Sangli. Then S/Shri S N Badaskar and D M Kengar Sr. Members of the Branch, who have completed 75 years were felicitated on behalf of the Branch Association. Both the Seniors recalled their past service in Kolhapur & Pune and expressed their sincere thanks for the affectionate felicitation and wished all the members the best & Association to progress in its working for the Members. [View Maharashtra Page of State News for full report]

30.11.2023:

VISIT TO BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE:

AGS CHQ Shri Rakesh Sethi visited BSNL CO yesterday. He met DGM (Legal Pers) and enquired about progress in release of retiral benefits in the case of Shri B M Nyamati consequent to dismissal of appeal filed by BSNL in Karnataka High Court against the CAT Bangalore orders quashing the chargesheet issued to him. He said that it has been decided to file appeal in the Supreme Court and Karnataka Circle will be taking necessary action in this regard.
AGS then met PGM CBB and discussed regarding non-payment of medical claims. PGM CBB informed that it has been decided that payment towards medical claims of BSNL retirees will be made quarterly and the next payment will be made in December 2023.

29.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DG CGHS regarding Extension of CGHS to Udaipur, Rajasthan:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of DG CGHS to the reported fact that the number of Central Government employees, Central Government pensioners and BSNL pensioners put together will be more than 6000, who are prospective card holders, thus meeting the norm fixed for extending CGHS facility to a new city and has requested to do the needful for extending CGHS to Udaipur city.  View the letter

27.11.2023:

DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 09.08.2023 REGARDING Grant of one notional increment for pensionary benefits to those employees whose increment falls due on the day following superannuation, TO DOP&PW:

AIBSNLREA letter dated 09.08.2023 regarding grant of one notional increment for pensionary benefits to those employees whose increment falls due on the day following superannuation, copy of which was marked to Secretary, Expenditure, DoE, has been forwarded by DoE to DoP&PW for appropriate action and informing the association suitably.  View the DoE letter

25.11.2023:

CGCA NEW DELHI RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 25.09.2023 SUBMITTED IN PERSON ON SAMPANN RELATED ISSUES:

We had submitted a letter on various issues related to migration to SAMPANN during our meeting with CGCA New Delhi on 25.09.2023 and had purposeful discussions for nearly two hours, which we had reported earlier. We have received a letter from CGCA New Delhi now stating that the problems/suggestions mentioned vide your letter are under consideration and all CCAs have been instructed for prompt resolution of such difficulties faced by the pensioners and that other detailed issues have been forwarded to concerned CCA Office and will be resolved at earliest on the basis of documentary proof received from the pensioner.  View the CGCA letter

24.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO THE CGM ITPC, PUNE REGARDING Discrepancies in billing of rent free Residential Telephone Connection provided to the BSNL absorbed pensioners:

AIBSNLREA had brought to the notice of CGM ITPC Pune vide its letter dated 07.11.2023 the above matter for early resolution. Our request was disposed of with the reply that we had not provided the telephone numbers and therefore our request could not be pursued. Since we believed that this was a common problem due to wrong categorization as DOT-R instead of BSNL-R, we had not provided specific telephone numbers. We have now provided some telephone numbers of Madhya Pradesh Circle pertaining to Indore and Maharashtra Circle pertaining to Pune, which are only sample cases. We have requested to look into the issue and if found to be a common problem related to wrong categorization, to get the issue rectified without requiring the pensioners to pass through the hassles of submitting individual representations supported by whatever document and following it up.  View the letter

23.11.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA UDAIPUR BRANCH (RAJASTHAN STATE) HELD:

AIBSNLREA Udaipur Branch conducted its General body meeting under the Presidentship of Shri M P Vyas on 18th November 2023 at Town hall garden. After paying tributes to late Shri S K Tiwari life time member of the Branch, other points viz Nonpayment of medical bills with voucher by the G M Bus nice area Udaipur, non-issue of Pensioner ID card by the CCA and non-receipt of CGHS card by a few optees were discussed. Members stressed opening of CGHS Hospital and wellness center facility in Udaipur. As G M Business Area consists of Banswara District, Dugarpur District, Prtapghar District, Rajsamand District, Salumber District, Sirohi District and Udaipur District, the population of all is more than one crore and central Govt. employees are more than eight thousand which justify for CGHS facility in Udaipur city. On this point Branch Secretary informed the members that the matter has been already sent to CHQ for action. Branch Secretary Shri Gaffar Mohammed explained about the PCAT judgment, the claims by some associations and the factual position. He cleared doubts raised by members and the members were convinced with his explanation. 20 members participated in the meeting. After address by the Branch President Shri M P Vyas, the meeting came to an end.

22.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CGCA NEW DELHI REQUESTING to ensure automatic updation of Life Certificate in SAMPANN on successful submission through Jeevan Pramaan:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of CGCA New Delhi to the fact that 'lack of auto-updation of Life Certificate in SAMPANN after submission through Jeevan Pramaan, has been the major difficulty reported by SAMPANN pensioners across the country. The need to download the Life Certificate from SAMPANN and send it to the CCA concerned through email, post or delivery in person is defeating the entire purpose of digitalization of the procedure for submission of Life Certificate' and has requested 'to have an urgent look into this matter and cause a permanent solution in order that the pensioners lead a peaceful life in the later years of their lives.'  View the letter

21.11.2023:

ONE MONTH EXTENSION IN LIFE CERTIFICATE EXPIRY DATE FALLING IN OCTOBER 2023 FOR ALL SAMPANN PENSIONERS:

CGCA New Delhi has issued orders extending the expiry date of Life Certificate for one month from October 2023 till November 2023 for all SAMPANN pensioners whose Life Certificate is expiring in October 2023.  View the CGCA letter

21.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD BSNL REQUESTING early Pan-India launch of Portal for BSNL Retired Employees:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of CMD BSNL to the Portal for BSNL Retired Employees, which remains dysfunctional, after it was launched initially for the pensioners of Kerala Circle and later extended to other Circles, with the aim to managing the Pensioners’ requests/complaints/queries through online mode and helping them to avoid reaching office for submitting their applications. AIBSNLREA has requested CMD BSNL to bestow his personal attention to the issue and ensure that the effort to launch the portal on Pan-India basis becomes successful and the work related to this matter is completed at the earliest, so as to benefit the nearly 2 lakhs BSNL pensioners.  View the letter

21.11.2023:

AIIMS MANGALAGIRI, ANDHRA PRADESH ALSO TO PROVIDE CASHLESS TREATMENT TO CGHS PENSIONERS AND OTHER BENEFICIARIES:

DG CGHS has issued an Office Order communicating the Agreement with AIIMS Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh for extending of credit facilities to CGHS beneficiaries.  View the Office Order

20.11.2023:

AIIMS GUWAHATI, RAJKOT AND BIBINAGAR TO PROVIDE CASHLESS TREATMENT TO CGHS PENSIONERS AND OTHER BENEFICIARIES:

MOA has been signed with AIIMS Guwahati, Assam, AIIMS Rajkot, Gujarat and AIIMS Bibinagar, Telengana for providing cashless treatment to CGHS pensioners and other beneficiaries like ex-MPs, ex-Governors, former Judges of Supreme Court of India, former Judges of High Courts, freedom Fighters etc holding a valid CGHS Card.  View the MoAs and Office Orders

18.11.2023:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 27.10.2023 ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Non-availability of facility to lodge grievances by BSNL pensioners under BSNL Pensioners’ Portal:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 27.10.2023 addressed to the Director (HR) BSNL regarding non-availability of facility to lodge grievances by BSNL pensioners under BSNL Pensioners’ Portal, BSNL has replied that "Please write email to cmdcomplaints@bsnl.co.in, it will automatically book complaints on BSNL internal portal PGRMS."  View the BSNL response

17.11.2023:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 13.10.2023 ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Non-payment of medical claims for 2018-19, 2019-20 in respect of emergency treatments undergone in non-empanelled hospital – case of Shri Bhagwan Das, Retd DE, Kurukshetra and his wife:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 13.10.2023 addressed to the Director (HR) BSNL regarding non-payment of medical claims for 2018-19, 2019-20 in respect of emergency treatments undergone in non-empanelled hospital – case of Shri Bhagwan Das, Retd DE, Kurukshetra and his wife, BSNL has furnished a letter dated 13.10.2023 from GMTD Karnal addressed to Shri Bhagawan Das, as Action Taken Report. The letter states that Indoor medical claim of Rs.21847 for treatment in an empanelled hospital has been approved and payment will be made on receipt of funds. In respect of the indoor medical claim for treatment taken in non-empanelled hospitals the Certificate submitted by Shri Bhagwan Das is not accepted by Circle office due to No Emergency Certificate submitted along with and the claim has been returned to Shri Bhagwan Das.  View the GMTD Karnal letter

16.11.2023:

DOP&T RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 09.08.2023 ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY (PENSION) REQUESTING ISSUE OF COMMON ORDERS FOR GRANT OF ONE NOTIONAL INCREMENT TO THOSE EMPLOYEES WHOSE INCREMENT FALLS DUE ON THE DAY FOLLOWING THEIR DATE OF SUPERANNUATION:

AIBSNLREA vide its letter dated 09.08.2023 addressed to the Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW had drawn his attention to the Hon’ble Delhi High court judgement in W.P.(C) 1731/2020 pronounced on 31st May 2023, wherein it had made it clear, quoting the the judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Civil Appeal No.2471 of 2023, that the respondents shall pass necessary orders not only in respect of the petitioners but also in respect of all similarly situated persons and had requested to impress upon DoP&T and DoE for issue of orders at the earliest for extension of the benefit of notional increment for pensionary benefits to all the similarly placed pensioners. Copy of the letter was marked to Secretary, DoE and Secretary (P), DoP&T. DoP&T has now replied mentioning the Supreme Court judgements in CA 2471 of 2023 and in SLP No.4722/2022 and further stating that "Thereafter several petitions filed before Honourable Supreme Court, High Courts and Tribunals were disposed of on similar lines." It goes on to add that "In light of specific orders regarding grant of notional increment on 1st July / 1st January to those Central Government employees who retired from service a day before on 30th June / 31st December respectively by the Apex Court, many Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations have taken an administrative decision on complying with Court orders on the subject matter. Where references are being received in this Department on the subject matter from the administrative Ministry/ Department/ Organisation concerned, it is being advised to take cognizance of the stated position for taking action as deemed appropriate in the matter." The reply does not meet our expectation regarding issue of a common order in respect of all similarly placed pensioners.  View the DoP&T response

15.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE MEMBER (SERVICES) DOT REGARDING Reluctance in issue of Vigilance Clearance by DoT for absorption in BSNL - case of Shri H S Sutaria, Retd JTO, Gujarat Telecom Circle, BSNL – Submission of precedents in similar situation:

AIBSNLREA has now sought the personal attention of Member (S) DoT, giving history of the case, efforts taken by this association till now with all supportive documents and has requested him to consider the case with empathy and ensure revisit of the matter by the Legal Advisor (DoT) and then the DoT Vigilance based on the two cases we have produced to show as precedents and thereby cause approval for his absorption in BSNL and consequent release of all pensionary benefits and regularisation of his suspension period so as to give relief to the hapless pensioner.  View the letter

14.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DG CGHS regarding Allowing cashless treatment for CGHS beneficiaries in AIIMS hospital Nagpur:

AIBSNLREA has drawn attention of the DG CGHS to the fact that "out of the remaining 12 AIIMS hospitals, Nagpur started providing In-Patient services in the year 2020 and has well-established medical and surgical departments with experienced doctors. It appears that AIIMS hospital Nagpur has been left out only because it had no NIRF ranking" and has requested her to take up the issue with all concerned including the Union Health Secretary, so that AIIMS hospital, Nagpur, which is fully functional, is included in the list of the institutions where CGHS beneficiaries can avail cashless treatment, as it will be particularly beneficial for the pensioners who can avail the services without the hassle of first making payments and then seeking reimbursements from CGHS.  View the letter

09.11.2023:

VISIT TO BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE:

1. AGS Shri Rakesh Sethi visited BSNL CO today and held discussions with concerned authorities regarding early release of final retirement order in the case of Shri B M Nyamati, consequent to dismissal of the appeal filed by BSNL against the CAT Bangalore orders quashing the chargesheet issued to him, since VC has been sent by Karnataka Circle a fortnight back. He was informed that the matter was being processed and orders will be issued at the earliest.
2. AGS Shri Rakesh Sethi was informed that the VRS 2019 retirees hereinafter need not submit the request for commutation on attaining the age of 60 years to the BSNL office concerned and that the request can be directly submitted to the CCA office concerned.

09.11.2023:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 19.10.2023 REGARDING Non-payment of medical claims for the year 2018-19 and claims without voucher for 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 in respect of Shri Rabindra Nath Bhunia, Retd EE (E), Kharagpur:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 19.10.2023 addressed to the Director (HR) BSNL regarding non-payment of medical claims for the year 2018-19 and claims without voucher for 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 in respect of Shri Rabindra Nath Bhunia, Retd EE (E), Kharagpur, BSNL has responded stating that "The matter has been examined from the field unit. Due to fund issue, the medical bill is still pending. Once fund is allotted, the payment will be made shortly. Keep in touch with the BSNL KGP authority."  View the BSNL response

08.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA VARANASI BRANCH (UP STATE) GENERAL BODY MEETING HELD:

AIBSNLREA Varanasi Branch conducted its General body meeting under the guidance of Shri R K Sinha Joint Secretary CHQ and under the Presidentship of Shri S P Tripathi on 7th November 2023 at CTX Building campus. The meeting was informed about the State Conference held at Lucknow and the newly elected State office bearers Shri S P Yadav and Shri L R Prasad were felicitated. Discussions were held on CGHS related issues. It was informed that the second wellness centre in Varanasi may start functioning soon. Branch Secretary Shri Yad Ali explained about the PCAT judgement, the claims by some associations and the factual position. He cleared doubts raised by members and the members were convinced with his explanation. 26 members participated in the meeting and one new member Shri B Ram Retd CAO participated in the meeting. After address by the Branch President Shri S P Tripathi, the meeting came to an end.  View the Photos

07.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE CGM ITPC, PUNE REGARDING Discrepancies in billing of rent free Residential Telephone Connection provided to the BSNL absorbed pensioners:

AIBSNLREA has brought to the notice of CGM ITPC Pune that the BSNL absorbed pensioners of Madhya Pradesh Circle who are having concessional rent free residential telephone connection provided to them as per BSNL letter No.2-7/2007-PHA dated 20.07.2007 with specified free local calls, have started receiving telephone bills claiming various amounts ranging from Rs.7000 to Rs.30000 as outstanding to be paid. It has been further stated that it is not known whether similar problem is faced by pensioners in other circles. AIBSNLREA has requested him to order remedial action as required and also cause cancellation of the wrongly issued bills in respect of all similar cases.  View the letter

06.11.2023:

E-JOURNAL NOVEMBER 2023 ISSUE:

November 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "KNOW THYSELF" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal November 2023

05.11.2023:

CGCA RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 10.10.2023 REGARDING Co-authorisation of permanently disabled child in PPO for Family Pension – need to add a Heading in the Personal Details of the pensioner under SAMPANN:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 10.10.2023 addressed to the CGCA New Delhi regarding co-authorisation of permanently disabled child in PPO for Family Pension – need to add a Heading in the Personal Details of the pensioner under SAMPANN, CGCA New Delhi has replied that "in SAMPANN, the functionality to co-authorise disabled children/sibling for family pension is available. Using this facility, the eligible disabled family member can be co-authorised. Further all CCA offices have been again instructed to use the utility for co-authorisation of permanently disabled child in SAMPANN. We thank you for your valuable suggestions."  View the CGCA response

03.11.2023:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 17.10.2023 REGARDING Non-issue of plastic cards for CGHS beneficiaries under CGHS Nagpur:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 17.10.2023 addressed to the DG CGHS regarding non-issue of plastic cards for CGHS beneficiaries under CGHS Nagpur, CGHS has replied that "The work of printing plastic cards has been outsourced by the CGHS Directorate to a private agency. As and when this office receives the plastic card, it is sent to the respective Wellness Centre and through it, it is distributed."  View the CGHS response

02.11.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD :

The virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President. All office bearers who had participated in the meeting spoke on the progress made on the decision taken in the last meeting, detailing the names of Branches which are already having WhatsApp groups, new groups formed on their efforts and branches which are yet to form WhatsApp groups. GS expressed satisfaction over so many branches already having WhatsApp groups. The meeting then reiterated the importance of completing the process at the earliest and adding Organising Secretaries of the Zones in all Branch groups in the respective Zones. It was also reiterated that State Secretaries are to take action for forming WhatsApp Communities by adding all Branch groups in their State. CHQ office bearers were requested to continue to monitor the progress in their respective areas. The issues regarding submission of Life Certificate, migration to SAMPANN in respect of left out pensioners, SAMPANN and CGHS relates issues and notice received by pensioners in MP State alleging outstanding dues towards rent free landline connection were raised by the participants. GS requested that specific cases with details be sent to the CHQ through email so that CHQ can take up the issues. After fruitful deliberations for more than two hours, the meeting came to close, with the President thanking the participants.

01.11.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL regarding Non-payment of medical claims with voucher since the year 2020-21 in respect of Shri A K Goyal, Retd DGM, BSNL CO, New Delhi:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director (HR) BSNL to non-payment of medical claims with voucher since the year 2020-21 in respect of Shri A K Goyal, Retd DGM, BSNL CO, New Delhi and has requested him to direct early payment of these long pending medical claims without further delay.  View the letter

31.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA PUNE BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HOLDS ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA Pune Branch successfully conducted its Quarterly GB meeting cum Birth day celebrations covering July, August and September 2023. The meeting was held on 27th Oct 2023 Friday at Conference Hall, Bajirao Road, Telephone Bhavan, Pune. During the meeting 82 Executives were present. Conference Hall was full and all the members attended with full enthusiasm as they were meeting each other after a long period. Meeting was chaired by Dr S K Ramamurthy who heartily welcomed all the members present. Branch Secretary Shri S.C.Patil in his speech informed the august house stating that AIBSNLREA Pune branch strength has reached 200 members. He appreciated all individuals for making it possible. He set another target of 50 more members before the next quarterly meeting due in January 2024. He congratulated all the members whose DLC was due in October 2023 for successfully submitting life certificate. DLC camp was held on 25th October 2023 and maximum members availed the opportunity. More than 8 of our members had voluntarily involved them and assisted the pensioners while submitting DLC certificate both by Face authentication and Finger Scanner method. Due to the excellent response, Pune branch is planning to conduct workshop cum training on DLC submission topic. The workshop is likely to be held in First/second week of November 2023. [View Maharashtra page of State News section for full report]

30.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DG CGHS regarding an unfair situation wherein the pensioner or his authorized representative is compelled to be physically present for collecting sanction letter for purchasing hearing aid:

AIBSNLREA has brought to the notice of DG CGHS an incident wherein a pensioner was directed to be physically present or send his authorized representative to collect the sanction letter from the AD East Zone for purchase of hearing aid, thereby causing delay in issue of approval as well as mental agony to the pensioner and has requested issue of necessary instructions to all ADs that physical presence of the pensioner for issue of sanction letter for purchase of hearing aids should not be insisted upon and that the sanction letter should be issued without any delay.  View the letter

27.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Non-availability of facility to lodge grievances by BSNL pensioners under BSNL Pensioners’ Portal:

AIBSNLREA has taken up the issue of non-availability of facility to lodge grievances by BSNL pensioners under BSNL Pensioners’ Portal with Director (HR) BSNL, requesting him to ensure that the grievance portal is made available for lodging exclusively the grievances of the pensioners in order that the grievance can be lodged directly with BSNL and can be considered and resolved by BSNL, thus avoiding unnecessary delay.  View the letter

26.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE Member (S) DoT regarding implementation of orders of Supreme Court of India in CA No. 4389 of 2010 by holding of Review DPCs for promotion to DE grade based on the revised seniority lists of TES Group B in respect of DE promotions ordered by DoT prior to formation of BSNL and extending the consequential benefits :

In continuation of the discussions we had with Member (S) DoT on 26.09.2023, AIBSNLREA has requested him to bestow his personal attention to this issue with overriding priority, considering the advanced age of the beneficiaries and to direct BSNL to initiate the process of holding review DPCs in respect of the promotions ordered during DoT period so as to extend the consequential benefits as directed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.  View the letter

23.10.2023:

BI-MONTHLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHANDIGARH BRANCH HELD:

A bi-monthly meeting of Chandigarh Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 21-10-2023 at 11:00 Hrs at Hotel Pearl Industrial Area II Chandigarh. The Branch Secretary Shri M.K. Kalra welcomed the members for attending the meeting by sparing their valuable time. Our two respected members Shri OP Guglani and Shri Jaswant Chawla aged above 80 years also attended the meeting. 15 members attended the meeting. Shri M.D. Bhasin President of the Branch presided over the meeting. Our respected member and advisor of branch Shri Lokesh Chopra was invited to apprise the house of latest developments at BSNL and DOT level going on in view of PB CAT judgement on delinking of pension revision from the pay revision of working employees of BSNL and revising the pension according to 7th CPC. Shri Lokesh Chopra asked members to wait and watch till BSNL/DOT gives any reaction. Some others issues regarding CGHS working and CCA office issues regarding Life Certificate and issue of Identity cards for pensioners were also explained by the President. The suggestion given by Shri Ashok Goyal to visit our very old and ailing members at their respective homes was welcomed and Shri Ashok Goyal was asked to work out further formalities for this noble cause. The meeting ended with serving of snacks and tea.

22.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA JALANDHAR BRANCH (PUNJAB STATE) HOLDS ITS ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The Annual General body meeting of AIBSNLREA Jalandhar branch was held at Sagar Ratna, Jalandhar from 11.00 AM onwards on 21.10.2023. Following new office bearers were elected unanimously:
Shri Mohan Lal Sandi - President
Shri Paramjit Singh - Secretary
Shri Parmjit Singh - Finance Secretary
Shri Pritpal Singh - Executive Member
Shri Joginder Pal - Executive Member
Shri Nirmaljit Singh - Executive Member

19.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Non-payment of medical claims for the year 2018-19 and claims without voucher for 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 - case of Shri Rabindra Nath Bhunia, Retd EE (E), Kharagpur:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director (HR) BSNL to non-payment of medical claims for the year 2018-19 and claims without voucher for 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 in respect of Shri Rabindra Nath Bhunia, Retd EE (E), Kharagpur and has requested his intervention for early payment of the pending claims.  View the letter

19.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA East Vidarbha Branch (Nagpur) Branch conducted its Bi-Annual GB meeting on 14.10.2023 at 1530hrs. at Dr.Ambedkar hall, under the chairmanship of Shri B.D.Nikam President of the Branch. Former CHQ VP Shri P.R.Bhujbal was the special guest. Secretary Shri N R Rachakondawar welcomed all the dignitaries on dias as well as all the participants. The house congratulated the newly elected Maharashtra State office bearers from Nagpur, Shri S.S.Lonkar (Asst Secretary), Shri G.N.Adsule (Jt.Secretary), Shri K.W.More (Asst.FS), Shri M.G.Waradkar (Org.Secretary),Shri R.K.Patil (Org.Secretary). Then two minutes silence was observed for paying tributes to departed members, Shri N.B.Sharma retd.DE NP and Shri R.P.Singh DE.RTTC Nagpur. Secretary read out the minutes of last GB and it was approved. [View Maharashtra Page of State News section to read full report]

18.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE PGM (CA/ERP-FICO) BSNL CO regarding Non-receipt of payment towards medical claim without voucher due to incorrect entry of Bank Account Number by BSNL CO – case of Shri K. Thangavelu, Retd SDE, Coimbatore:

AIBSNLREA has taken up the issue of Non-receipt of payment towards medical claim without voucher due to incorrect entry of Bank Account Number by BSNL CO in respect of Shri K. Thangavelu, Retd SDE, Coimbatore, with PGM (CA/ERP-FICO) BSNL CO, requesting him to arrange for early payment of the amount.  View the letter

17.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, CGHS on Non-issue of plastic cards for CGHS beneficiaries under CGHS Nagpur:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of DG CGHS to the issue of non- issue of plastic cards for CGHS beneficiaries under CGHS Nagpur for more than two years now, reportedly due to delay in printing and supplying plastic cards owing to vendor related issues and has requested her intervention and suitable instructions to the concerned authorities for early issue of the plastic cards to the CGHS beneficiaries of Nagpur.  View the letter

13.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Non-payment of medical claims for 2018-19, 2019-20 in respect of emergency treatments undergone in non-empanelled hospital – case of Shri Bhagwan Das, Retd DE, Kurukshetra and his wife:

AIBSNLREA has written to the Director (HR) BSNL, regarding non-payment of medical claims for 2018-19, 2019-20 in respect of emergency treatments undergone in non-empanelled hospital – case of Shri Bhagwan Das, Retd DE, Kurukshetra and his wife and requesting his intervention and advice to the Haryana Circle administration to complete the process of approval by Circle Head, solely on the grounds of genuineness of the cases and to make payment of the medical claims without further delay.  View the letter

12.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING UNNECESSARY Penalisation of a pensioner due to BSNL failing to deposit the TDS recovered – case of Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee, Retd JTO, NSBTTC, Kalyani, Kolkata:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of the Direcor (HR) BSNL to the situation wherein BSNL had paid only Rs.1000/- to the IT department, out of Rs.30002/- recovered from Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee as TDS during the AY 2009-10. This has resulted in the deduction of Rs.49880/- by the IT department from the refunds due to him, after nearly 12 years, which includes the default tax and penalty. Thus, Shri Madhusudhan Mukherjee has been put into financial distress for no fault of his. AIBSNLREA has requested the Director (HR) to intervene and cause necessary remedial action by the CGM, ALTTC, Ghaziabad, so as to relieve Shri Madhushudhan Mukherjee of his unwanted sufferings.  View the letter

11.10.2023:

VISIT TO BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE BY AGS:

AGS Shri Rakesh Sethi visited BSNL CO today and discussed some individual grievances with concerned authorities in different sections. In respect of grant of Financial upgradation to E-6 IDA scale to Shri Rajpal Singh, Retd SE (Civil), Ambala, we have been categorically informed that the issue is closed as he has already availed promotion under BSNL MSRR and cannot claim promotion/time bound upgradation under EPP. In respect of Shri Mukund Chavda, we were told that VC has been requested from CGMT Gujarat Circle and VC is awaited. On the request for expeditious final decision in the disciplinary case initiated against Shri A.G. Kamalwar, Retired DE, Bhandara, we were informed that there is no communication on the matter with Vigilance section, except for a letter from AIBSNLREA forwarded by the PG section.

11.10.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA PALAKKAD BRANCH (KERALA STATE) HELD:

The General body meeting of Palakkad Branch was held on 9.10.2023 (Monday) at 11 AM at TOP In TOWN Auditorium,Palakkad. 43 members were present. As the President was unwell and could not attend the meeting, Shri K.Radhakrishnan, Vice President presided over the meeting. After silent prayer and obituary reference to the departed member Shri Chamiyar (JTO Retd), the Secretary Shri P Prabhakaran welcomed the participants. During the Presidential address,the President gave a brief account of the recent developments on all issues pertaining to the BSNL Pensioners. During discussions on organisational matters, there were active participation from the members and many doubts were raised regarding PCAT/NewDelhi judgement and the method of implementation there on. The Secretary clearly stated the stand of our CHQ on pension revision case and explained all matters in detail. The meeting ended at 2 PM after vote of thanks by Shri M.P.Komaladas, Asst Financial Secretary. Lunch was served after the meeting.

10.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CGCA REGARDING Co-authorisation of permanently disabled child in PPO for Family Pension – need to add a Heading in the Personal Details of the pensioner under SAMPANN :

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of the CGCA, New Delhi to the issue pointing out that "There was a provision in the earlier PPO issued physically, to mention such authorisation. After migration to SAMPANN, copy of ePPO is yet to be issued to the pensioners. Till such time, the information about co-authorisation can be added in the Personal details page under SAMPANN portal, so as to avoid unnecessary difficulties in the unfortunate event of the death of the pensioner and then the spouse in a short period of time." AIBSNLREA has therefore suggested that such co-authorisation details may be made available in the Personal Details page, suitably by adding one more title under 'Family Member Details'.  View the letter

09.10.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today evening. The meeting was Chaired by CHQ President Shri V Chinnapappiah. After reviewing the CHQ activities during last month, all the CHQ office bearers appreciated the assessment about post-PCAT judgement on pension revision issue as conveyed in our write-up, projected the concern of post-1.1.2007 pensioners about applicability of the judgement in their case and expressed doubts about implementability of the judgement in the absence of instructions to follow any specific rules. GS then explained in detail quoting from SC judgement in D S Nakara case on pensioners to be treated as homogenous class and they cannot be divided just by the date of retirement, the recommendations of V CPC on pension revision and the anomaly that will be created if pension revision is delinked from pay revision. He shared the details of discussions the CHQ office bearers had with CGCA on 25.09.2023 and the Member (S) DoT on 26.09.2023. Taking forward the decision taken in the last CHQ office bearer meeting regarding percolation of information upto the basic members, it was decided that the CHQ office bearers will guide branches in their area which have not yet opened WhatsApp group, to open one at the earliest. All Branch Secretaries shall add the CHQ OS of the region in their WhatsApp Groups. Wherever there is State formation, the State Secretaries shall create WhatsApp community including all Branch groups. Some individual cases were also brought up by some office bearers, which will be appropriately taken up by CHQ. The meeting concluded with the President thanking all the participants.

09.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO MEMBERS (S) DOT, IN CONTINUATION OF THE INFORMAL MEETING WITH HIM ON 26.09.2023, ON Unjustifiably forcing BSNL to pay Pension contribution on maximum of pay scale instead of existing pay in respect of the BSNL absorbed Employees:

In continuation of the informal discussions we had with Member (S), DoT on 26.09.2023, wherein we had drawn his attention to a major financial distress inflicted on BSNL by unjustly forcing it to pay Pension Contribution in respect of its absorbed employees on the basis of maximum of the pay scales under FR 116, while calculating pension contribution under FR 116 which has been modified w.e.f. 1.1.2006 as “on the basis of existing pay of the Government servants on deputation”, AIBSNLREA has written to him providing the history of the issue with all supporting documents, requesting his intervention in this matter for impressing upon the Department of Expenditure, so that BSNL is also allowed to pay pension contribution in respect of its absorbed employees on ‘existing pay’ w.e.f. 1.1.2006 and the excess amount paid by BSNL all these years is refunded. This will not only improve the financial finances but also remove the hurdles in revising the pay scales of BSNL employees.  View the letter

07.10.2023:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.10.2023:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 215.6% w.e.f 01.07.2023 in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2007.  View the DPE OM

07.10.2023:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.10.2023:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 432.8% w.e.f 01.10.2023, in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.1997.  View the DPE OM

06.10.2023:

E-JOURNAL OCTOBER 2023 ISSUE:

October 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "HAVING A LOT TO DO" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal October 2023

03.10.2023:

AIBSNLREA DELHI CIRCLE HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A general body meeting of Delhi Circle of AIBSNLREA was held on 26th September 2023 at Kidwai Bhawan New Delhi. The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Shri Rakesh Tiwari, President, Delhi Circle and addressed by All India President and GS who were on a private visit to Delhi. The meeting was also addressed by Shri Awadhesh Sharma CHQ FS, Shri Rakesh Sethi AGS, Shri Rakesh Chandra Branch Secretary Ghaziabad and Shri Devesh Kumar Circle Secretary Delhi Circle. Shri Devesh Kumar, Circle Secretary welcomed all the CHQ office Bearers and the members present in the meeting. Thereafter AGS Shri Rakesh Sethi briefed the members on various issues said that All India President and GS will enlighten the members about various activities of our Association and role of our Association in solving the various issues related to members and status of pension revision etc. Shri Chinnapappiah, All India President in his address explained about the formation of AIBSNLREA in the year 2008 and its various activities since then. Com President appealed to the members for increasing the membership of the AIBSNLREA and encourage the members to attend the meeting so that we can know about the welfare of each member and help them if required. After that Shri R R Balasubramanian, GS, AIBSNLREA addressed the gathering and explained the various issues related to Happiness, CGHS and Pension revision in detail. GS informed the gathering about the issues raised by the association with the CGHS and about the positive responses received from the CGHS HQ. In reference to the recent judgment on Pension Revision given by Hon'ble PB CAT New Delhi, GS explained about the judgements of various CATs on the same issue with one of them filed by the same Association in Ernakulam CAT all of which had been dismissed. He also explained about the Hon'ble SCI judgement based on which the concept of pension revision was introduced to remove anomaly in pension between past and future pensioners and explained how anomalies will arise if revision of pension takes place without revision of pay of BSNL employees. GS informed the members about the discussions in the meeting held with CGCA and Member(S), DOT. GS also replied to the queries raised by the members during the meeting. All participants were happy and satisfied with the reply by the GS. The meeting ended with vote of thanks, followed by High Tea.  View the photos

30.09.2023:

AIBSNLREA AMBALA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A general body meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 30th September 2023 at Clove 99 Restaurant. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Shri R K. Sharma and was attended by 41 members. Branch Secretary Shri S K Bindal welcomed all the members. At first two minutes silence was observed in the memory of one of our departed member Shri Ravinder Bhardwaj. Thereafter Organising Secretary North Shri S K Aggarwal briefed the members on various issues. He explained in details the recent judgment on Pension Revision given by Hon'ble PB CAT New Delhi in various OAs filed by other Associations. The judgement which is bound to create different anomalies, is also silent as to how this judgement is to be implemented for all BSNL pensioners irrespective of their date of retirement i.e pre 2017 and post 2017 without creating any anomalies. BSNL/DOT viewpoint is also not available yet. Our Association is of firm opinion that pension revision can be done only after pay revision of existing employees. Other issues such as migration to SAMPANN particularly regarding different dates of validity of life certificates were discussed. It was informed that the matter has already been taken up with CCA Haryana to make validity of life certificate universal in the month of November as is for all Central Govt employees. Members appreciated the working of CCA Haryana and their cooperation. Other issues relating to problems of members on CGHS were also discussed. The meeting ended with vote of thanks followed by Lunch.

30.09.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA PRAYAGRAJ BRANCH (UP STATE) HELD:

The general body meeting of AIBSNLREA Prayagraj Branch was held on dated 25th September 2023 in CTO compound at 1400 hrs.under the Chairmanship of President Shri R.S Gupta who welcomed the participants. The Branch Secretary Shri S.M.Tiwari initiated the discussions on Branch Secretary's report in the STATE CONFERENCE given by Branch Secretary. The house welcomed the newly elected State office bearers. The status of issue of Identity Card was shared. There were discussions on medical bills also. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by President.

29.09.2023:

IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.10.2023:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the months June, July and August 2023, the revised IDA rate due w.e.f. 01.10.2023 is 215.6%% [increase by 10%] for CPSEs where the last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and 432.9%% [increase by 16.9%] for CPSEs where the last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

29.09.2023:

PCAT NEW DELHI JUDGEMENT - WHAT IS IN STORE?:

As requested by our members and office bearers across the country, AIBSNLREA is publishing this write-up with the consciousness that "It is quite but natural that human beings tend to believe in what they want to believe and speaking out the truth will not be acceptable to them and even may attract adverse reaction from some of them. But sustained efforts to explain the facts is the need of the hour and we will honestly do it over and over, unequivocally, as we believe that Truth has always prevailed, despite all the obstacles it faced."  View the write-up

29.09.2023:

Facilitation of Digital Life Certificate through Face Authentication for Super Senior Pensioners aged 80 years and above from 1st October every year:

DoP&PW vide its O.M No.1(2)/2023-P&PW(H)-8869 dated 25th September 2023 has suggested that all Bankds may utilise the various platforms for creating awareness of the convenience of obtaining a Life Certificate by using the Face Authentication Technology and has provided the steps to be taken by the Banks in this regard and arrangements to be made for submission of LC by super senior pensioners and family pensioners aged 80 years and above from 1st October of every year.  View the DoP&PW O.M

29.09.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA GHAZIABAD BRANCH HELD:

A G.B.meeting of AIBSNLREA Ghaziabad was held on 17-09-2023 at ALTTC, Ghaziabad under the Chairmanship of Shri Naresh Chand. The meeting paid tribute to all our departed members. After discussing the various issues and addressing by Shri A.K.Sharma CHQ FS, election of new office bearers was held and the following have been elected unanimously.
President: Shri Naresh Chand
Vice Presidents: Shri M.K.Seth, Shri B.B.Raina
Secretary: Shri Rakesh Chandra
Asst. Secretaries: Shri Rishi Pal Singh, Shri Madan Lal
Financial Secretary: Shri Janardan
Executive Members: Shri U.C. Gupta, Shri T.C.Verma, Shri R.C.Singh

28.09.2023:

AIBSNLREA JUNAGADH BRANCH (GUJARAT STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

General body cum get together meeting of Junagadh Branch was held at GARDEN cafe restaurant, Bhavnath Road, Junagadh at 6.00 PM on 21.09.2023 under the chairmanship of Branch President Shri Kanabar. 75 members attended with their family members. State office bearers, Shri P B Parmar President, Shri S.L Sharma Secretary, Shri B.M.Bhavsar working President and Shri M T parmar were present and were welcomed with bouquets. Three senior members namely Shri K B Daraniya, Shri K J Kareliya and Shri D M Tilwani, above 70 years were honored with Shawls and bouquets. Smt. Ramaben Herbha wife of late Shri H N Herbha was honoured with bouquet and she was awarded appreciation letter honouring late Shri H N Herbha. Shri P B PARMAR and Shri S L Sharma delivered speeches covering pension revision including court judgment, Payment of Medical bills, problems under BSNL MRS, cash allowance under CGHS, life certificate after migration in SAMPANN, WTR issues. Health related useful tips were given by Shri B.M.Bhavsar. Religious tips were given by Shri M T parmar. This Function got success due to tireless efforts of Branch members- Shri Vadukul, Shri Kanabar, Shri K P DOBARIA, Shri R K Tank, Shri M T Makwana, Shri Khanpara and others. The members who could not attend the meeting had conveyed messages for success of this meeting with financial and moral support. Meeting concluded with delicious dinner and vote of thanks to all.

27.09.2023:

MEETING OF CHQ OFFICE BEARERS WITH SENIOR OFFICERS IN DOT AND CONCERNED AUTHORITIES IN BSNL:

CHQ President and General Secretary had been in New Delhi on a private visit on 25th and 26th September 2023. After attending to the purpose of their private visit, they were able to meet a few officers in BSNL and DoT, of course after taking prior appointment. AGS Shri Rakesh Sethi and CHQ Finance Secretary Shri Awadhesh Sharma were present during the meetings. Shri Rakesh Sethi, AGS had ensured getting the appointments.

Meeting with CGCA:

CHQ President, GS, AGS and CHQ FS had a meeting with CGCA in the afternoon of 25th September 2023. It turned out to be a purposeful meeting which went on for nearly two hours. CGCA was empathetic and listened to the grievances related to SAMPANN particularly those arising out of migration of pre-January 2019 pensioners showing genuine interest and willingness to understand and find a solution for each of them. We submitted a letter listing all sorts of difficulties arising out of migration and consequent change in date of submission of Life Certificate, absence of certain data and incorrect data in SAMPANN, primarily data related to mobile number which has resulted in the migration going unreported to the pensioner, inability to login in to SAMPANN portal and even stoppage of pension. CGCA rightly prioritised the issue stating that avoiding stoppage of pension and restoring stopped pension will be of foremost importance. We pointed out that paying arrears of pension after restoring the stopped pension is delayed. We suggested that the acknowledgement of the grievance submitted through any mode - by post, by email, through SAMPANN portal or in person - will go a long way in removing the agony and anxiety of the pensioner even if the grievance is resolved at a later date. CGCA has assured us that the mobile number issue will be resolved within one and a half months and the remaining omissions and errors in data will be set right in another month. Priority will be given to grievances related to stoppage of pension. Efforts to launch SAMPANN 2.0 by the year end are on, which is expected to do away with all the issues related to SAMPANN. Some methodology will be worked out to furnish acknowledgement through email or SMS. We submitted copies of email written by some of our Branch Secretaries to the respective CCAs and requested their resolution.  View the letter

Meeting with Member (Services), DoT:

CHQ President, GS, AGS and CHQ FS had a meeting with Member (S), DoT in the afternoon of 26th September 2023 as per a previously fixed appointment. Member (S) was kind enough to meet us amid his busy daily schedules and in between two official meetings. Even then he listened with intent to our submissions for half an hour on the need to allow BSNL to pay pension contribution on actual pay instead of maximum of pay scales as allowed to others w.e.f. 1.1.2006, as payment of pension contribution at the maximum of the pay scales is draining the BSNL resources hugely and also stands as an impediment to any proposal for pay revision of BSNL employees w.e.f. 1.1.2017. He was interested to know some more details about the issue which we will provide in the coming days along with history of the issue and necessary documentary support. We have requested him to pay special attention to this issue so that the issue gets resolved during his tenure. We also requested him to give clearance as is being expected by BSNL authorities for initiating the process of holding review DPCs in respect of those who were promoted as DE during DoT period prior to formation of BSNL based on the revised seniority lists of TES Group B in accordance with Rule 206 and payment of consequential benefits as per Supreme Court judgement. He agreed to consider this, taking into account the availability of necessary documents which would be more than several decades old.

Meeting with CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL did not happen as both of them were pre-occupied with other important assignments. We met the concerned authorities in the the case of Shr B M Nyamati, submitting a copy of the dismissal order by Karnataka High court of an appeal against quashing of chargesheet in his case by CAT Bangalore. We have requested early processing of release of his VC and his retiral benefits which includes ex-gratia payment and other related benefits. AGS Shri Rakesh Sethi will follow up the other pending individual grievances. On the issue of holding of review DPCs in respect of those who were promoted as DE during DoT period based on revised seniority lists as per Rule 206 and the Supreme Court Judgement, we were informed that though the files could be with BSNL, DoT will have to initiate the action.

GS and AGS met DDG (Rectt), DoT requesting to process the case of Shri H S Sutaria, taking into consideration the DoT letters for issue of PO for absorption in BSNL in two other similar cases. He said the matter was with CVO, DoT and he is helpless. We have resubmitted our letter on this matter along with the copies of POs issued in similar cases, to CVO DoT office.

21.09.2023:

AIBSNLREA NOW WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL requesting early issue of final retirement orders in view of dismissal of appeal by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka filed by BSNL against quashing of chargesheet by Hon'ble CAT Bangalore - Case of Shri B M Nyamati, Retd CAO, Bangalore Telecom District:

AIBSNLREA has been taking up the matter of issue of final retirement order in respect of Shri B M Nyamati, Retd CAO Bangalore TD, who was issued with a Charge sheet just a day prior to his retirement under VRS 2019. Though the chargesheet was subsequently quashed by CAT Bangalore, BSNL CO refused to release his retiral benefits on the plea of pending appeal by CGMT Karnataka against the CAT orders. In spite of our repeatedly drawing attention to the DoT letter on releasing final retirement benefits while appeal is pending, Personnel Section was unconvinced. Finally, relief has come through High Court of Karnataka dismissing the appeal by BSNL. AIBSNLREA has therefore requested early issue of his final retirement orders so as to enable release of withheld ex-gratia, Gratuity, other retiral benefits and grant of Time Bound Upgradation from E4 to E5 and from E5 to E6 scales.  View the letter

20.09.2023:

CCA TAMILNADU RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 16TH AUGUST 2023 ADDRESSED TO THE CGCA NEW DELHI regarding Difficulties faced by pensioners migrated to SAMPANN due to wrong entry of personal data, particularly mobile number:

AIBSNLREA had drawn the attention of CGCA New Delhi again vide its letter dated 16th August 2023 to the fact that ever since migration of pre- January 2019 pensioners to SAMPANN commenced last year, there have been quite a lot of complaints from the pensioners that their personal data entered in SAMPANN are wrong, with incorrect date of birth, mis-spelt names, blanks in spouse’s name, mobile number, incorrect bank account number, PAN, IFSC and so on. Requests for corrections still remain unattended, except in a very few cases. This is causing delayed payment of pension, non-payment of pension due to wrong bank details, delay in ordering family pension and restoration of commutation of pension after 15 years. AIBSNLREA had requested that "As the sufferings of the pensioners are adding up every day, it is high time that a report is called from all the CCAs regarding number of complaints received on incorrect data, complaints resolved and complaints pending. Specific time limit may also be prescribed for resolving the complaints and the progress be monitored." Now, CCA Tamilnadu has sent a reply stating that "grievances submitted by the migrated pensioners through various modes viz physical mode/e-mail/SAMPANN portal and PG Portal are being settled within 10 working days on the basis of receipt of grievances in this office along with documentary proof(s) subject to technical feasibility."  View the response

20.09.2023:

AIBSNLREA UTTAR PRADESH STATE CONFERENCE HELD:

The Second State Conference of AIBSNLREA U.P. State was held on 17-09-2023 in the Conference Hall of Indira Nagar Telephone Exchange building Lucknow. The conference started with hoisting of Association Flag by the State Secretary Shri R S Arora and then the house assembled. House paid deep tribute to departed souls - office bearers, members and their kith and kin by observing 1 minute silence. The State President delivered Presidential address. Secretary, Lucknow Branch welcomed all participants and garlanded State President. State Secretary welcomed and garlanded Sh R K Sinha Joint Secretary CHQ and welcomed all delegates by applying CHANDAN TEEKA, presenting Thought of the Day (Aaj ka Suvichaar) Desk Calendar Ever green. In pride presence of Shri R K Sinha Jt.Secretary CHQ total 07 branches comprising 27 delegates including State office bearers participated in the conference. Branch secretaries or their representatives presented the branch report significantly mentioning branch strength, State/CHQ quota and the year when last election was held. The State financial report and State secretary report were considered and passed by the house. New office bearers were elected unanimously by the house. Shri R S Arora has handed over the mantle to a relatively younger activist. He had served as UP State Secretary from the date of its formation on 9th April 2009 to 16th September 2023. In his address in the Open Session, he thanked the members for their support and affection. Shri R K Sinha Jt.Secretary CHQ, the new State Secretary V P Singh delivered Special address. The meeting was closed by the President after photo session and snacks/tea was served to all.  View the list of office bearers  View the Conference photos

19.09.2023:

AIBSNLREA NOW TAKES UP WITH SECRETARY (PENSION), DoP&PW, REQUESTING HIS intervention and appropriate action to end the unabated harassment of a pensioner, denying interest on late payment of gratuity - case of Shri S B Mohare, Retd AO Karnataka Circle:

Disappointed with the reply by CCA Karnataka that “The Vigilance Clearance of Shri S B Mohare was received on 19.10.2020 and gratuity was paid on 22.10.2020. As such no delay has occurred from O/o CCA Karnataka Circle, Bangalore”, AIBSNLREA has now written to the Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW pointing out that DoT and its units cannot escape responsibility for paying interest, since Rule 65 (5)(c) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021 categorically accounts for the delay “from the date following the date of expiry of a period of three months from the date of retirement up to the date of payment of arrears of pension and gratuity" and does not give any leeway for counting only a specific period in between. Also, the pensioner, in no way, is responsible for the delay in issue of vigilance clearance by BSNL. AIBSNLREA has sought the intervention and advice to DoT for immediate payment of interest on late payment of gratuity, to Shri S B Mohare, Retd AO, Karnataka Circle of BSNL without resorting to blame game, as DoT is the authority to pay gratuity.  View the letter

18.09.2023:

CCA KARNATAKA RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 25TH AUGUST 2023 ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, DOT REQUESTING intervention and appropriate action to end the unabated harassment of a pensioner, denying interest on late payment of gratuity - case of Shri S B Mohare, Retd AO Karnataka Circle:

AIBSNLREA had drawn the attention of Secretary DoT to Rule 65 (5)(c) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021 and requested early payment of interest on gratuity. CCA Karnataka has now replied that “The Vigilance Clearance of Shri S B Mohare was received on 19.10.2020 and gratuity was paid on 22.10.2020. As such no delay has occurred from O/o CCA Karnataka Circle, Bangalore”.  View the response

17.09.2023:

AIBSNLREA VADODARA BRANCH (GUJARAT STATE) QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING HELD:

The Quarterly General Body Meeting of Vadodara Branch (Gujarat State)) was held at 10.30 hrs. of 15-09-2023 at Hotel Utsav, Vadodara. 70 members attended the meeting. Shri K A Modi Branch President welcomed the members. Shri Shah R T, Branch Secretary spoke briefly on the issues raised by members and noted the points for further persuasion. The meeting concluded with delicious Lunch.  View the QGB photos

16.09.2023:

AIBSNLREA KURUKSHETRA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA Kurukshetra branch of Haryana was held on 13th September 2023 at 11 AM in Haryana tourism’s Neelkanth Yatri Niwas. The meeting in which about 30 members were present was presided over by the Branch President Shri SK Verma. Branch secretary Shri Rajveer Choudhary welcomed the members present. Shri D S Sandhu a senior member and former CHQ OS (N) briefed the house about status of various issues such as notional increment, CGHS related issues, cases taken up with DoP&PWA, problems arising after migration to SAMPAN and digital life certificate etc. Regarding pension revision case he said that it was satisfying to note that stand of our Association has been vindicated when DOT had debunked the false claim of leaders of some other associations categorically stating that pension revision follows pay revision. He added that the representation of Shri Bhagwan Das regarding non payment of medical bills for heart surgeries of himself and his wife are being forwarded to the General Secretary for taking up with appropriate authorities as the reimbursement is delayed for more than five years. Three members S/Shri Inder Sain Sethi, O P Anand and Birender Singh who had completed 80 years of age were congratulated, honored and felicitated by offering ‘angvasteram’(stole)and rose bouquets to them. Thanking the association for this honour all the three recipients donated Rs 1000 to Rs2000 each for promotion of the practice in future too. Thereafter the members were entertained with melodious songs by Shri Yogesh Sharma and Shri JN Verma. The meeting ended with Vote of Thanks, followed by sumptuous lunch.

14.09.2023:

CGHS Directorate issues guidelines regarding purchase of medicines by Post-organ Transplant Surgery Patients under CGHS:

CGHS Directorate in its O.M vide F.No.Z15025/27/2023/DIR/CGHS dated 12th September 2023 has issued guidelines regarding purchase of medicines by Post-organ Transplant Surgery Patients under CGHS. According to the O.M., CGHS beneficiaries, who are recovering from Organ Transplant surgery shall be permitted to purchase OPD medicines, based on the advice of the treating Specialist for up to a period of six months if they are not in a position to visit CGHS wellness centre or sent an authorised representative and the reimbursement of such medicines would be considered subject to certain conditions.  View the CGHS Directorate O.M

13.09.2023:

NATIONWIDE DLC CAMPAIGN 2.0 - NOVEMBER 2023, POWERPOINT PRESENTATION:

AIBSNLREA had published DoP&PW O.M. No.1(2)/2023-P&PW(H) dated 9th August 2023, issuing comprehensive guidelines for Nation-wide DLC campaign-2.0 from November 1st to 30th of this year, with particular emphasis on Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) regarding the technique of issuing DLC through Face Authentication. DoP&PW had proposed to obtain the support of Pensioners' Associations for conduct of the campaign. A Gist of the said O.M. has been circulated as powerpoint slides by DoP&PW. SOP regarding Face Authentication has also been circulated. The cities where the campaign will be held is available in the powerpoint. Branch Secretaries in those cities and State Secretaries should plan to take part in the campaign, in order to help our members willing to use the campaign for getting their DLC. Home/hospital visits for pensioners who are unable to move to campaign locations can also be arranged.  View the slides of DLC campaign
 View the slides of SOP for face authentication

12.09.2023:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO DG CGHS requesting early re-opening of the second CGHS Wellness Centre in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up the issue with DG CGHS, requesting early re-opening of the second CGHS Wellness Centre in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, which was closed in September 2021 and was said to be temporary closure. AIBSNLREA has enclosed the response from CGHS four months back that “we are still in search of suitable building for reopening of 2nd Wellness Center at Varanasi. As soon as, the accommodation is finalized, the functioning of the Wellness center will be started.”  View the letter

11.09.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CGCA NEW DELHI regarding Non-drawal of pension subsequent to transfer from CCA Maharashtra & Goa to CCA, Madhya Pradesh – case of Shri Diwakar Kotwal, Retd SDE WTR Bhopal:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of CGCA New Delhi regarding Non-drawal of pension subsequent to transfer from CCA Maharashtra & Goa to CCA, Madhya Pradesh – case of Shri Diwakar Kotwal, Retd SDE WTR Bhopal and requesting appropriate direction to CCA Madhya Pradesh for immediate release of his pension for August 2023.  View the letter

06.09.2023:

E-JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2023 ISSUE:

September 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "OLD AGE IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A CURSE" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal September 2023

03.09.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD :

The virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President. A few office bearers could not attend the meeting due to pre-occupation with personal work involving tour/travel and being out of station. President welcomed the participants and gave a brief speech on the need to find out more effective ways for sharing information upto the common member, although CHQ has been sharing information through website and WhatsApp groups. General Secretary, then listed out the activities during August 2023. He highlighted important developments, wherein officers from different departments were reaching out to our Association on the basis of our representations. He mentioned about a call from an Under Secretary, DoT, requesting a clarification on our letter on an individual grievance. He narrated about the visit of an Under Secretary from DoP&PW to his residence from where the CHQ is presently functioning, in connection with our application for registration under Pensioners' Portal and how the Under Secretary was impressed with our acitivities, paperless functioning, transparency, availability of information in our website since 2008, our letters to different authorities, our language and the style of presentation of issues. He is said to have submitted his report, which we hope will be considered favourably. GS then wanted suggestions from the other office bearers on improving the communication and sharing of information as still there is some lacking in free flow of information to every member. All the CHQ office bearers gave valuable inputs on this. It was felt that presence of CHQ office bearers in State/Branch conferences will facilitate effective sharing of information and clarifying issues and that States/Branches should avail their services by inviting them. Issues regarding SAMPANN, Rule 206, FMA and empaneling of more hospitals under CGHS figured in the discussions. Some of the participants were concerned about lack of sufficient funds with CHQ and suggested raising of funds through donations from members. Vice President even suggested that West Bengal could come to help by contributing from its funds. It was decided that a decision on raising funds through donations can be taken at the appropriate time, since apart from legal expenses, all other expenses have been kept to the utmost minimum since several years in the past. After summing up of the discussions by the General Secretary, the two and a half hours meeting ended with the President thanking all the participants.

01.09.2023:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 27.07.2023 REGARDING Non-availability of even a single empanelled private hospital under CGHS in Indore to avail cashless treatment:

In response to our letter dated 27.07.2023 addressed to DG CGHS seeking his attention to the distressing situation the CGHS beneficiaries of Indore are in today, due to non-availability of even a single empanelled private hospital which is providing cashless treatment at Indore, CGHS has given a detailed reply that "Total Number of HCOs empanelled under CGHS Indore as on date are 17 (General and Multispecialty Hospital – 04, Eye hospital – 10, Dental clinic – 02, Path Lab – 01) and it is to inform that the pendency of bill at DDO CGHS Bhopal level always become nil in one to two days of receiving of bill from NHA (there is continuous flow of payment to the empanelled HCOs and the office have been made the payment of about Rupees Nine crores till date in this financial year). There was a period when some empanelled HCOs were not providing cash less facility but as on date, after explaining them that there is continuous flow of payment, they have resumed the cashless facility. Recently, one new hospital (VOne hospital) has been empanelled under CGHS Indore and it is submitted that this office is making all the possible efforts by approaching personally and providing all the details for empanelment as well as by taking the help of LAC/ZAC/Pensioners Associations to approach willing HCOs come forward for getting empanelled under CGHS."  View the CGHS response

31.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA GORAKHPUR BRANCH (UP STATE) HOLDS ITS ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The Annual General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Gorakhpur Branch (UP State) was held on 29.08.23 at the residence of Shri Khazanchi Prasad. Shri R.S.Arora U.P. State Secretary graced the occasion. Shri Arora addressed the meeting and discussed various problems of the members and informed the status of court case and regarding Pension revision. Election of delegates to attend the State Conference to be held on 17.09.2023 was held unanimously. The election of the New Body also took place under the Chairmanship of Shri D.P.Uppadhyay. The following office bearers were elected unanimously for the next Tenure (2023-2026) for three years. The house applauded the services rendered by the Ex Secretary Shri Khazanchi Prasad.  View the list of office bearers

30.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA THANJAVUR BA BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The General Body Meeting of Thanjavur BA Branch (Tamilnadu State) was conducted at Kumbakonam under the Presidentship of Shri E.Rajasekaran on 27.08.2023. Shri R.Srinivasan welcomed all to the meeting. Twenty three members attended the meeting and almost all members participated in the discussions and offered their valuable suggestions. Valuable tips for maintenance of good health were given by some senior members. The present day issues viz, payment of Medical bill / without voucher allowances by BSNL, delay in payment of CGHS FMA, SAMPANN Issues, DLC issues and the status of pay/pension revision were raised by the members. Shri M.S.Radhakrishnan State Secretary delivered Special Address, covering all these subjects. Shri R.Srinivasan was unanimously co-opted as Branch Secretary in place of indisposed Shri R.J.Christopher. Shri S.Arockiasamy delivered Vote of thanks.

29.08.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA FARIDABAD BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HELD:

The General Body meeting of Faridabad Branch (Haryana State) was held on 26.08.2023 from 11 Hrs in Haldiram Parswnath City Mall sector under the Presidentship of Shri V C Sharma. As per the earlier Branch decision to honour members who have attained the Golden Age of 75 years, Shri V K Seth was honoured with a shawl. There were discussions on various issues concerning the pensioners and on the issue of pension revision. Branch Secretary Shri V K Kataria requested the members to make efforts to increase the membership. A few members felt that the pensioners' issues were delayed due to multiplicity of pensioners' associtions. The meeting ended with lunch.

27.08.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA PRAYAGRAJ BRANCH (UP STATE) HELD:

The General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA PRAYAGRAJ Branch UP (EAST) was held on 18.08.2023 at 1400 hrs in CTO COMPOUND under the chairmanship of President Shri R.S.Gupta. The details regarding ensuing UP State Conference were given by the Branch Secretary Shri S.M.Tiwari and the house elected two delegates for the State conference. Branch Secretary spoke about issuance of Pensioner ID Card and migration to SAMPANN, the latest information regarding our court case on 78.2% fitment. He further informed that CHQ updates are shared through WhatsApp group of Prayagraj branch. The meeting ended with Vote of Thanks by the President.

26.08.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA LUCKNOW BRANCH (UP STATE) HELD:

The general body meeting of AIBSNLREA Lucknow Branch of U.P. State was held on 24-8-2023, from 02.30 PM in the Conference Hall of Door Sanchar Sadan at Laplace under the Chairmanship of Shri B.L. Mishra Branch President. Inspite of continuous rains 30 members attended the meeting. Shri Ram Manohar was elected as Finance Secretary as Shri Ashok Kumar Srivastava had resigned as Finance Secretary on health grounds. The meeting decided to honour remaining members in phases during the General Body meeting itself instead of next conference. Shri Radhey Shyam Branch O.S. spoke in details about the present status of Pension Revision, Notional Increment to BSNL retirees on 30th June and 31st December whose date of increment had fallen due on the day next to date of retirement and also discussed the prevailing orders to prescribe Generic medicine in Wellness centres. Shri R S Arora, State Secretary, spoke about coming State Conference on 17-9-2023, election of delegates and pending Medical bills reimbursement. The meeting requested State Secretary to ensure a fool proof policy at Circle level in payment of BSNL medical reimbursement claims in view of complaints of non credit of balance amount to retirees for several years even after reflecting TDS in their ITR. The Branch also elected 4 delegates to attend the State conference in addition to the existing & willing members of State executive body. Branch Secretary emphasized to increase branch membership and participation in further meetings. At last snacks and coffee were served to the members. The meeting dispersed with Vote of thanks by the President at about 5.00 pm.

25.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY DOT REQUESTING HIS intervention and appropriate action to end the unabated harassment of a pensioner, denying interest on late payment of gratuity - case of Shri S B Mohare, Retd Accounts Officer, Karnataka Circle, BSNL.

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Secretary DoT, in the matter of undue harassment of the pensioner, whereby interest on late payment of gratuity remains unpaid despite the pensioner repeatedly representing for the same for the past three years. Refering to Rule 65 (5)(c) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021 and Rule 65 (1) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021, AIBSNLREA has requested appropriate action for payment of interest on late payment of gratuity, to Shri S B Mohare, Retd AO, Karnataka Circle of BSNL and thus bringing peace to his mind.  View the letter

24.08.2023:

CGHS DISPOSES OF AIBSNLREA APPEAL AGAINST CLOSURE OF ITS REPRESENTATION SUGGESTING accessible medical care for CGHS beneficiaries residing in non-CGHS areas:

AD CGHS Chennai had closed the suggestions submitted by AIBSNLREA on the above subject to DG CGHS (which included drawing up and implementing a plan for opening CGHS wellness centres atleast one in every District Headquarters), stating that "since the issue is related to policy matter will be taken up with the directorate for necessary action." AIBSNLREA had submitted an appeal against the closure to the Directorate. Now CGHS Directorate has disposed of the appeal with the remarks "your inputs will be considered for improvement of services in CGHS. However, you have to follow the guidelines as per present O.Ms."  View the CGHS response

21.08.2023:

CGHS DISPOSES OF AIBSNLREA APPEAL AGAINST CLOSURE OF ITS REPRESENTATION SUGGESTING ISSUE OF ORDERS REGARDING TREATING THE INTERVENING PERIOD BETWEEN A BSNL PENSIONER SURRENDERING BSNL MRS CARD AND OBTAINING CGHS CARD AND FALLING ILL IN BETWEEN REQUIRING INDOOR TREATMENT:

CGHS had closed the suggestion submitted by AIBSNLREA on the above subject, stating that "it is a policy matter." AIBSNLREA had submitted an appeal against the closure with the remarks "Our suggestion was only a change in policy, considering the grave difficulties faced by the BSNL Pensioner during the intervening period of surrendering BSNL Medical card and obtaining CGHS Card, in line with the already existing orders for treating the intervening period of a Government servant's retirement and date of obtaining CGHS card. We shall be thankful, if a policy decision is taken and orders are issued, as instances of hospitalisation during the intervening period will be rare and the Government/CGHS will not stand to lose anything." Now CGHS has disposed of the appeal stating that "Any change in the policy will be intimated accordingly."  View the CGHS response

19.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA MADURAI BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) holds its General Body Meeting:

The General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA Madurai Branch was held on 17.08.23 at Tallakulam Exchange premises, Madurai. Majority of the members attended the meeting. The meeting was presided over by the Branch President Shri B.Rethinavelu. Shri R.Ramachandran Secretary welcomed all to the meeting and briefed the activities of Madurai branch. After self introduction, the members spoke about various issues and sought some clarifications. The clarifications pertained to MRS Scheme, non-payment of bills, MRS FMA, CGHS scheme and the issues being faced by the pensioners in SAMPANN, the Income Tax rules and functioning of all pensioners associations. Tamilnadu State Secretary Shri M.S.Radhakrishnan in his address clarified all the points and elaborated on the subjects. He explained about the present status of Pay revision / pension revision. Shri M.Balasubramanian State Finance Secretay contributed to the discussions, expressing his views on the points discussed. One new member Shri S.K.Ramakode attended the meeting. The Meeting concluded with Shri B.Gopi Branch Finance Secretary offering Vote of thanks.

18.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION), DoP&PW REGARDING Redundancy of Format 9 under CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021, consequent to withdrawal of RBI Circular dated 17th March 2016:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW to the Format 9 specified in CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021, which is an undertaking to be furnished by a Pensioner to the pension drawing bank, agreeing to indemnify the bank against any loss due to excess payment and irrevocably authorizing the bank to recover the amount from said account or any other account/deposit in the possession of the bank, which has become redundant following withdrawal of RBI Circular dated 17.03.2016 and has requested that Format 9 be deleted in order to ensure that the pensioners are not harassed unnecessarily by forcing them to furnish the undertaking in Format 9.  View the letter

17.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA NADIAD BRANCH (GUJARAT STATE) GENERAL BODY MEETING HELD:

The General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, NADIAD Branch was held under the chairmanship of Shri B.M. Patel at VISHWAKARMA MANDIR, NEAR TELEPHONE EXCHANGE at DAKOR at 10:00 AM on 11.08.2023. 35 members attended the meeting. Shri A H Malek, Asst. Secretary, Nadiad Branch, conducted the proceedings. Three senior members were honoured with Shawl. Five State Executive Committee members were also honoured by the Branch. State President appraised the gathering with latest status of Pension Revision and benefits of CGHS in comparison with BSNL MRS. State President and State Secretary answered the queries raised by the members. Vote of thanks was proposed by Shri B.M.Patel and the meeting concluded with lunch.  View the Photos

16.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO CGCA, DOT, REGARDING Difficulties faced by pensioners migrated to SAMPANN due to wrong entry of personal data, particularly mobile number:

AIBSNLREA has again drawn the attention of CGCA, DoT, regarding difficulties faced by pensioners migrated to SAMPANN due to wrong entry of personal data, particularly mobile number and complaints submitted by the affected pensioners remaining unattended. AIBSNLREA has specifically mentioned that "no time limit has been prescribed for attending to such complaints, made through email/post/online in SAMPANN, by the concerned CCAs. As the sufferings of the pensioners are adding up every day, it is high time that a report is called from all the CCAs regarding number of complaints received on incorrect data, complaints resolved and complaints pending. Specific time limit may also be prescribed for resolving the complaints and the progress be monitored."  View the letter

15.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA BALLIA BRANCH (UTTAR PRADESH STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Ballia branch was held on 13.08.2023 in the campus of Arvan GEM Parasia under the Presidentship of Shri A K Singh, primarily for election of delegates for UP State Conference to be held on 17.09.2023 at Lucknow. Shri PN Chaudhari & Shri Hare Ram Chaurasi were unanimously elected as delegates to attend the State conference. One new member Shri Ram Nath Gupta attended the meeting.

14.08.2023:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 22nd JUNE 2023 SUBMITTING Suggestions to alleviate the sufferings of CGHS beneficiaries of Agra:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 22nd June 2023, addressed to the DG CGHS, it has been informed that the contractual appointment of medical practitioner has been completed and one CMP has been posted in CGHS WC Agra apart from 2 regular doctors; with respect to shortage of staff, the dossiers are awaited from the ministry and as soon as the dossiers are received posting of additional staff will be made accordingly and ALC has been appointed. It has also been informed that currently there are 4 HCOs viz Nidhi eye and Multi-speciality Hospital, Ujala Signus Rainbow Hospital, Pankaj Pathology, Shantived Institute of Medical Sciences, empanelled under CGHS Agra. It further says that opening up of WC is a policy matter and hence pertains to Ministry.  View the CGHS response

10.08.2023:

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDELINES FOR NATION-WIDE DIGITAL LIFE CERTIFICATE CAMPAIGN 2.9, NOVEMBER 1-30, 2023:

DoP&PW vide its O.M. No.1(2)/2023-P&PW(H) dated 9th August 2023, has issued comprehensive guidelines for Nation-wide DLC campaign-2.0 from November 1st to 30th of this year, with particular emphasis on Standard Operating Procedure regarding the technique of issuing DLC through Face Authentication. DoP&PW proposes to obtain the support of Pensioners' Associations for conduct of the campaign.  View the DoP&PW O.M

10.08.2023:

CONSTITUTION OF A COMMITTEE FOR ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION OF GUIDELINES FOR PENSIONERS WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS:

DoP&PW vide its O.M. No.4(5)/2023-P&PW(H)-9002 dated 7th August 2023 has constituted a Committee for assessment, re-evaluation and suggestions for PWAs, with the terms of reference: Assessment of existing structure, functioning, effectiveness of PWAs; Best practices followed by some PWAs which could be replicated among all PWAs; Grant-in-Aid restructuring, usage guidelines and justification of amount of grant required; Formulation of common template of BY-laws and Role/Activities to be undertaken by PWAs.  View the DoP&PW O.M

09.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO Secretary, Pension, DoP&PW on Grant of one notional increment for pensionary benefits to those employees whose increment falls due on the day following superannuation:

AIBSNLREA has now sought the attention of Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW to a recent judgement by Delhi High Court, wherein it has made it clear, quoting the above judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, that the respondents shall pass necessary orders not only in respect of the petitioners but also in respect of all similarly situated persons. AIBSNLREA has conveyed that the delay in issue of a common order is causing anxiety and concern among the affected pensioners and has requested him to impress upon DoP&T and DoE, citing the latest judgement by Hon’ble Delhi High Court on the subject and get orders issued at the earliest for extension of the benefit of notional increment for pensionary benefits to all the similarly placed pensioners.  View the letter

08.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL requesting approval for treatment taken in non-empanelled hospital in emergency - case of Shri K Arunachalam II, Retd JTO, Telecom Project Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu:

AIBSNLREA has sought the attention of Director (HR) BSNL to the mental agony of a BSNL pensioner, struggling to get his indoor medical claim settled for the past two years and has requested his intervention for early payment of the claim.  View the letter

07.08.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL AGAIN ON THE ISSUE OF final retirement orders in view of grant of VC by CVO BSNL after quashing of chargesheet by Hon'ble CAT Bangalore - Case of Shri B M Nyamati, Retd CAO, Bangalore Telecom District:

AIBSNLREA has been pursuing this case for a very long time. Though we could get VC issued, the issue of final retirement orders has been delayed for months, even after personal visits by our AGSs. There appears to be some reluctance in deciding the matter on the question of action to be taken in case the appeal, pending against quashing of chargeshet isued to him, is decided against Shri B M Nyamati. AIBSNLREA has again written to the Director (HR) BSNL, attaching a handful of similar cases which have been decided earlier and final retirement orders issued, with a condition for submission of an undertaking in a few cases.  View the letter

06.08.2023:

E-JOURNAL AUGUST 2023 ISSUE:

August 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "LET'S TAKE PRIDE IN OURSELVES" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal August 2023

01.08.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnnapappiah, CHQ President. After a brief welcome speech by CHQ President, General Secretary detailed the CHQ activities during July 2023. The Organising Secretaries briefed the meeting about the GB Meetings held, addition of new members and efforts to open new branches in their respective zones. They themselves fixed specific targets for August 2023. All the other office bearers participated in the discussions, speaking about organisational activities and issues to be pursued. General discussions were held on SAMPANN related issues. The meeting has decided that in the coming weeks, both AGSs at Headquarters will actively plan and execute pursuing of individual as well as common issues with concerned authorities in BSNL CO, DoT HQ, CGHS Directorate and CGCA office, with GS listing out the issues to be taken up and providing the supportive documents. This was yet another happy occasion of the CHQ office bearers coming together towards effective co-ordination of CHQ activities.

31.07.2023:

AIBSNLREA AGRA BRANCH (UP STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING & CULTURAL MEET:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Agra Branch was held in Hotel Bhawna Clarks Inn on 30th July 2023, with participation of members along with their families. Most members met after a very long time and shared their views appreciating the Association's stand on pension revision and pointing out that the claim by other pensioners' associations that pension revision has been delinked from pay revision has been proved to be false. Then games like Tambola, Kanafusi etc were played, the family members recited poems and performed dances. After that delicious lunch was enjoyed by all. After lunch, special gifts were given to the members, who celebrated their birth day in the month of July. Dr Shalini Dubey anchored the cultural meet held along with the GB meeting. Dr A K Dubey, Secretary gave vote of thanks.

27.07.2023:

REVISED MAPPING FOR DETERMINING CGHS SUBSCRIPTION AND WARD ENTITLEMENT:

DoT vide its OM No.4-12(12)/2018-PAT-Part (1) dated 21st July 2023 has modified Annexure-B to its OM dated 01.07.2019, revising the mapping of IDA and CDA pay scales for deciding the rate of monthly CGHS contribution and entitlement of wards in private hospitals empanelled under CGHS in respect of retired BSNL/MTNL employees who receive pension from Central Civil Estimates and avail CGHS facilities. The O.M and mapping is not applicabe for pro-rata pensioners who retired from DoT under CDA pay scale.  View the DoT O.M

26.07.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DG CGHS ON Non-availability of even a single empanelled private hospital under CGHS in Indore to avail cashless treatment:

AIBSNLREA has taken up with DG CGHS the issue of non-availability of even a single empanelled private hospital under CGHS in Indore to avail cashless treatment, as all the three HCOs empanelled under CGHS scheme in Indore have stopped providing cashless treatment since May 2023, allegedly due to huge amount of hospital bills pending and has requested that the issues be sorted out with the empanelled hospitals and more hospitals willing to provide cashless treatment be empanelled at the earliest in order to ensure timely medical care to the CGHS beneficiaries of Indore.  View the letter

26.07.2023:

CGHS EXTENDS OPTION TO INCLUDE EITHER PARENTS OR PARENTS-IN-LAW FOR AVAILING THE BENEFITS UNDER CGHS TO MALE EMPLOYEES:

Hitherto the option to include either parents or parents-in-law for availing the benefits under CGHS was available only to Female Government employees. CGHS in a O.M. vide F.No.H.11020/2/2023-EHS dated 26.07.2023, has now extended this facility to male employees, subject to the conditions of dependence and residence etc being satisfied.  View the CGHS O.M

25.07.2023:

ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING CUM GET TOGETHER OF AIBSNLREA GUJARAT STATE HELD:

Annual General Body –cum- Get together meeting of Gujarat state Body was held on 20th July 2023 at Gujarat Chamber of Commerce Hall, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad at 03.00 PM. It was presided by Shri P. B. Parmar, State President. 221 members attended the meeting inspite of heavy rain in Gujarat. President welcomed the members and other dignitaries present in the meeting. He also extended special welcome for new members who joined AIBSNLREA. 2 minutes silence was observed in memory of the departed members and their family members. State Secretary Shri S.L. Sharma presented his report and addressed the house regarding details about meeting with CGMT Ahmedabad, CCA Ahmedabad and AD CGHS Ahmedabad.[View Gujarat Page of State News Section for full report]

24.07.2023:

AIBSNLREA APPEALS AGAINST CLOSURE OF ITS REPRESENTATION SUGGESTING ISSUE OF ORDERS REGARDING TREATING THE INTERVENING PERIOD BETWEEN A BSNL PENSIONER SURRENDERING BSNL MRS CARD AND OBTAINING CGHS CARD AND FALLING ILL IN BETWEEN REQUIRING INDOOR TREATMENT:

CGHS has closed the suggestion submitted by AIBSNLREA on the above subject, stating that "it is a policy matter." AIBSNLREA has submitted an appeal against the closure with the remarks "Our suggestion was only a change in policy, considering the grave difficulties faced by the BSNL Pensioner during the intervening period of surrendering BSNL Medical card and obtaining CGHS Card, in line with the already existing orders for treating the intervening period of a Government servant's retirement and date of obtaining CGHS card. We shall be thankful, if a policy decision is taken and orders are issued, as instances of hospitalisation during the intervening period will be rare and the Government/CGHS will not stand to lose anything."  View the appeal

19.07.2023:

AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 24.05.2023 REGARDING EARLY FINAL DECISION ON THE DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST Shri G KAMALWAR RETD DE, FORWARDED TO BSNL PERSONNEL SECTION FOR FURTHER NECESSARY ACTION:

AIBSNLREA letter dated 24.05.2023 addressed to Director (HR) on the above issue, had been forwarded to Personnel Section of BSNL Corporate Office for further necessary action at their end. Once decision is taken, the case will be settled.  View the GM CDN BSNL CO response

18.07.2023:

AIBSNLREA YET AGAIN WRITES TO SECRETARY, DOT REGARDING Delay in issue of Vigilance Clearance by DoT for absorption in BSNL - case of Shri H S Sutaria, Retd JTO, Gujarat Telecom Circle, BSNL AND SUBMITTING DOCUMENTS SHOWING precedence in similar situation:

In order to break the reluctance on the part of DoT Vigilance to provide Vigilance Clearance for permanent absorption in BSNL in the above case, AIBSNLREA has yet again written to the Secretary, DoT, providing documentary evidence wherein DoT has conveyed approval for absorption in exactly similar cases, subject to an undertaking and has requested him to consider the case with empathy.  View the letter

17.07.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL AGAIN ON THE ISSUE OF Grant of Financial upgradation to E-6 IDA scale to Shri Rajpal Singh, Retd SE (Civil), Ambala:

In view of the response from CGMT Haryana on the issue, attaching the same letter it had sent to BSNL CO a year back, AIBSNLREA has again drawn the attention of Director (HR) BSNL to an atypical case of denial of financial upgradation to E6 IDA pay scale to Shri Rajpal Singh, now Retd SE (Civil), Ambala, citing clarifications issued by BSNL that those in Regular DE/EE grade are not eligible for upgradation to E6 pay scale under EPP 2007, although he has completed 5 years’ service in E5 pay scale. This has resulted in an anomaly whereby his juniors who did not get regular promotion to EE grade got financial upgradation to E6 scale while Shri Rajpal Singh continued in E5 pay scale. AIBSNLREA has requested him to get the issue examined specially and specifically, without rejecting it in a routine manner and to render justice to Shri Rajpal Singh by granting him the upgradation to E6 pay scale on his completing 5 years in E5 pay scale.  View the letter

17.07.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF BHOPAL BRANCH (MADHYA PRADESH STATE) HELD:

A monthly General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Bhopal Branch was held on 16/07/2023 Sunday at ICH New Market TT Nagar Bhopal, with 51 members attending the meeting. Shri Nagragan President welcomed the members. Dr.H S Saxena Branch Secretary enlightened about various activities of the Association. Shri O P Sharma, Vice president of the Branch and Shri B S Rajput OS (central) ware present in the meeting. Three new members were enrolled. Members who completed 75 years were felicitated with shawl, Shri fal and pushp guchh. Birthday celebration of members for July month was done. Members also enjoyed beautiful songs presented by some members and breakfast followed by tea and coffee.

15.07.2023:

CGM HARYANA RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 08.05.2023 addressed to Director (HR) regarding Grant of Financial upgradation to E-6 IDA scale to Shri Rajpal Singh, Retd SE (Civil), Ambala:

AIBSNLREA letter dated 08.05.2023 addressed to Director (HR) on the above issue, had been forwarded to CGMT Haryana Circle, who has now responded that the case of Shri Rajpal Singh had already been forwarded to BSNL CO New Delhi for further necessary action and the reply in the matter is still awaited from BSNL CO New Delhi.  View the CGM Haryana response

14.07.2023:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 08.03.2023 addressed to Director (HR) regarding Non-reimbursement of medical claims for emergency admission and bypass surgery – case of O N Chaubey, Retd DE (Enquiry) O/o CGMT UP East:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 08.03.2023 addressed to Director (HR) on the above issue, BSNL had earlier responded stating "reply attached" but without attachment. The attachment has now been received, which shows that the case which was already rejected, has been submitted for reconsideration by the competent authority.  View the BSNL response

14.07.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF PUNE BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HELD:

General Body Meeting of Pune branch was held on 9th July 2023 in Udyaan Karyalay presided by Shri M. B. Ghadge Branch President. 111 members attended the meeting. President welcomed the members present in the meeting & extended special welcome for new members to join AIBSNLREA Pune branch. 2 minutes silence was observed in memory of the departed members. Branch secretary Shri S.C.Patil presented his report and addressed the house. State Secretary Shri S P Varma addressed the house and informed in details about the meetings with CCA, CGM CNTX(W) & CGM MH Circle and also letters written to these officers. Problems faced by the pensioners after migration from banks, post office to Sampann were discussed. Many cases have been solved in informal meetings but still many cases are pending to be taken in the next meetings. Vice president MH state Shri D. K. Joshi addressed the house and informed in detail about our court cases, 3rd PRC & Pension Revision. Assistant State secretary AIBSNLREA MH state also addressed the house & informed the grievances of the members to be taken in the meeting with CCA & CGMs. Lodging and boarding arrangements were excellent. Branch Secretary reported that 30 retired BSNL Executives who had attended the meeting, will become member very soon.

13.07.2023:

QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF KOLHAPUR BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HELD:

Kolhapur Branch held its Quarterly GB meeting on 2nd July 2023 in Hotel Zorba Gavat Mandi, Kolhapur under the Presidentship of Shri P S Kulkarni. Meeting started with the usual Prayer. President welcomed all the Members who had come from Kolhapur and Sangli. Silence was observed in memory of Late Shri PBRasam who was an active member. Then new Members S/Shri Suryakant D Athawale AO and Kavatekar AM Sangli were welcomed by the Secretary Shri L M Godi & President with Bouquet, who then introduced themselves to the House. Then Shri Joshi DK, Shri Kulkarni PS, Shri Kulkarni AK, Shri Mahajan SG, Shri Nanjangud and Shri Nirwani SD who had completed 75 years of age were honoured with Shawl, Sripal and bouquet. Secretary also spoke about the second Maharashtra State Conference held at Amaravati and the points discussed in the meeting. Shri Rajan Rajopadye CHQ OS (W) informed about CHQ developments and virtual meetings of CHQ office bearers held regularly. Shri Paranjape senior CA explained about Income Tax and answered all the queries raised by members. Discrepancies in payment of medical bills were also discussed. The meeting ended with Vote of Thanks by the Secretary, followed by lunch.

13.07.2023:

GM DHANBAD REPLIES TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 15TH FEBRUARY 2023 ADDRESSED TO PGM (ESTT) BSNL CO, REQUESTING TO RELEASE WITHHELD DCRG OF Shri PREM SHANKAR PRASAD RETD SDE DHANBAD:

BSNL CO has forwarded AIBSNLREA letter to General Manager, Dhanbad and GM Dhanbad has intimated that since judicial proceedings are still pending against him, as per GOI decision under Rule 8 of CCS Pension Rules, 1972 as well as under the provision of Rule 69(i)(c) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, DCRG cannot be released unti the conclusion of the judicial proceedings and issue of final order thereon.  View the GM Dhanbad reply

09.07.2023

PROBLEMS AFTER MIGRATION


Ever since migration of pre- January 2019 pensioners to SAMPANN commenced last year, there have been quite a lot of complaints from the pensioners that their personal data entered in SAMPANN are wrong, with incorrect date of birth, mis-spelt names, blanks in spouse’s name, mobile number, incorrect bank account number, IFSC and so on. Requests for corrections still remain unattended, except in a few cases. It is said that the corrections are to be done centrally and the CCA offices have no role. This has resulted in delayed payment of pension, non-payment of pension due to wrong bank details, delay in ordering family pension and restoration of commutation of pension after 15 years. In the CHQ Office bearers meeting held virtually on 01.07.2023, this issue was discussed at length and it was decided to collect details with specific cases from the Branches. CHQ will then write to the concerned authorities seeking early redressal of the issues. As a first step, CHQ has written to the CGCA regarding wrong or absence of mobile number and its resultant difficulties and has sought his urgent intervention. State/Branch Secretarires are requested to send the details to CHQ email: gensecaibsnlrea@yahoo.com

09.07.2023:

DG CGHS ISSUES O.M. REVISING ROOM RENT FOR CGHS EMPANELLED AYUSH HEALTH CARE ORGANISATIONS AND empanelment of IPD AYUSH HOSPITALS:

DG CGHS has issued a O.M vide F.No.S-11011/90/20160CGHS/(HEC)/AYUSH/PT-II/255-282 dated 5th July 2023, revising room rent of private AYUSH hospitals empanelled under CGHS and empanel Unani and Siddha systems also in addition to the Hospitals under Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy.  View the DG CGHS OM

07.07.2023:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.07.2023:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 205.6% w.e.f 01.07.2023 in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2007.  View the DPE OM

07.07.2023:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.07.2023:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 416% w.e.f 01.07.2023, in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.1997.  View the DPE OM

06.07.2023:

E-JOURNAL JULY 2023 ISSUE:

July 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "MIGRATION HEADACHES" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal July 2023

05.07.2023:

AMRAVATI BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA , Amravati Branch was held under the Chairmanship of Shri Y.Deshmukh, Vice-President of the Branch, & Vice-President, AIBSNLREA Maharashtra State on 28th June 2023 at the Conference hall of G.M.Telecom (B.A.), BSNL, Amravati. The meeting was attended by 21 members along with Shri R.K.Patil, Organising Secretary AIBSNLREA, Maharashtra State. Two new members joined in the meeting and the House greeted them. The Branch Secretary, Shri D. V. Rokade, informed the house about the developments after the Branch Conference which was held on 20-02-2023. He said due to AIBSNLREA's efforts all the pending medical claims have been settled for most of the members. The issue of non-payment of FMA was taken up with GM Amravati but without success. Hence it was decided to request the State Secretary to take up the issue. Shri R. Y. Deshmukh , Vice-President, AIBSNLREA, Maharashtra State spoke about problems after migration from existing Post office/Bank to SAMPANN and the latest position of the Court case. The queries raised by the members were duly replied by him. The meeting was concluded with the vote of thanks by Shri M.Z.Shinde, Finance Secretary.

04.07.2023:

DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE FORWARDS AIBSNLREA LETTER ON grant of higher pay scales for officers belonging to Organised Accounts Departments actually w.e.f 1.1.1996 instead of 19.2.2003, to DoT for taking necessary action at its end:

AIBSNLREA had addressed a letter to Secretary (Expenditure) on 11th May 2023, requesting issue of common order extending the benefit to all eligible employees in view of PCAT New Delhi observation that "the competent authority shall on its own extend the benefit of upgraded pay scales to all eligible employees w.e.f.01.01.1996 irrespective of the fact whether they have approached an appropriate judicial forum for the same or not, so that unnecessary litigation is avoided." DoE has forwarded the letter to DoT for taking necessary action at its end, stating that "DoE does not consider the representations received directly by it from individuals or associations".  View the DoE letter

03.07.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CGCA regarding Difficulties faced by pensioners migrated to SAMPANN due to wrong input of personal data, particularly mobile number:

AIBSNLREA has written to the Controller General of Communication Accounts drawing his attention to the difficulties faced by pensioners migrated to SAMPANN due to wrong input of personal data, particularly mobile number and these pensioners are not even aware that they have been migrated to SAMPANN, as no SMS is received and they cannot log in to check the data and register a complaint. AIBSNLREA has requested his urgent attention to the issue so that not only the pensioners are relieved of the unwarranted mental stress but also the CCA infra-structure does not crumble due to overload.  View the letter

03.07.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF JABALPUR BRANCH (MADHYA PRADESH STATE) HELD:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Jabalpur branch was held on 29th June 2023 at ICH Sadar, Jabalpur. 24 members attended the meeting. Two minutes silence was observed in memory of sad demise of senior member Shri S.K. Rangari. Secretary Shri A N Bhargava welcomed all the members present & minutes of the last meeting held on 3/3/23 were read & confirmed. Secretary also enlightened about various activities of the association. The grivience of members is that outdoor & indoor medical bills are still pending since 2018. Birthday celebration of members born in the month of June month was held. Shri Bhanu Prakash informed about the financial position of the branch & the balance sheet. A Laughter dose by Shri R D Tiwari, Shri M S Vijay, Shri M K Pandey made the atmosphere relaxed. Mouth organ was played by Shri Helkar. Recital of MADHUR songs by Shri A N Bhargava, Shri C D Khadse, Shri M K Pandey & Shri K N Bahrani was part of entertainment programme. Meeting ended with love & peace and vote of thanx by Shri C D Khadse. Election of office bearers was unanimous.
President: Shri C.D.Khadse
Vice President: Shri K.N. Behrani
Secretary: Shri M.S.Vijay
Finance Secretary: Shri Bhanu Parkash

01.07.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

The monthly virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today evening under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President. President welcomed the CHQ office bearers who had joined the virtual meeting. GS briefly listed the important activities of CHQ during June 2023 and said there was less than normal activities by the CHQ office bearers which was later attributed by the participants to the unusually hot weather across the country. Organising Secretaries, however had worked consistently during this period and reported the progress made. All the CHQ office bearers were present except one AGS and one OS. All the office bearers gave their valuable opinion on the activities of CHQ and made some important suggestions. After discussions on the issues arising out of migration to SAMPANN, the meeting decided to call for details from Branches for taking up with DoT Headquarters. The meeting ended with General Secretary thanking the CHQ office bearers for the collective working since the AIC.

30.06.2023:

IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.07.2023:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the months March, April and May 2023, the revised IDA rate due w.e.f. 01.07.2023 is 205.6%% [increase by 3.3%] for CPSEs where the last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and 415.9%% [increase by 5.5%] for CPSEs where the last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

30.06.2023:

DOT DEBUNKS CLAIMS BY SOME PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS THAT PENSION REVISION HAS BEEN DELINKED FROM PAY REVISION:

During the last several months, some of the pensioners associations were making a false claim that DoT has delinked pension revision from pay revision. We had clearly explained in the Editorial of May 2023 E-Journal, as to how even in DoT's August 2022 proposal, pension revision was still linked with pay revision. DoT, today has debunked the false claim, in response to a representation from one of those associations, categorically stating that "pension revision is intrinsically linked with pay revision of serving employees to avoid anomaly of pension amount between present and future retirees of the same status & grade and pension revision follows pay revision of serving employees. Earlier also, pension of permanent absorbees in BSNL/MTNL drawing pension in IDA pattern has been revised on implementation of 2nd PRC in 2007 for serving employees."  View the DoT response

28.06.2023:

CASHLESS TREATMENT FOR CGHS BENEFICIARIES NOW AVAILABLE AT THREE MORE INSTITUTES OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE:

In addition to the 6 AIIMS located at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh, which have been already approved for providing cashless treatment to CGHS beneficiaries, MoU will be signed now for cashless treatment at AIIMS New Delhi, PGIMER Chandigarh and JIPMER Puducherry.  View the PIB Press Release

26.06.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'Role of Homoeopathy in management of Renal stones':

CGHS has been holding webinars, as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, on different subjects periodically. AIBSNLREA has been receiving the information through its CHQ email. CGHS card holders are also informed through SMS. In order that all pensioners, other than those who have migrated to CGHS, have an opportunity to participate in these webinars, we have been publishing the information as and when we receive the information. CGHS is now holding a webinar on ‘Role of Homoeopathy in management of Renal stones’ at 4 PM on 27.06.2023. One can join the same by using the link: https://tinyurl.com/43dz3d3s

24.06.2023:

AIBSNLREA COIMBATORE BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Coimbatore Branch was held on 23-6-2023 at Sri Krishna Vilas Hotel, Coimbatore from 11.00 am to 1.45 pm under the Presidentship of Shri K. Thangavel, Retired SDE & Vice President of the Branch. 32 members participated in the meeting. Shri R. Damodaran, Branch Secretary, welcomed all the members and the guests. In his welcome address itself he listed the issues taken up by the Association viz. Non-payment Medical Reimbursement without voucher due to the failure of submission option within the stipulated time, payment of medical claim of Shri D. Subramaniam, Retd AGM, Erode. [View Tamilnadu section of State News for full report]

23.06.2023:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 05.05.2023 SUBMITTING SUGGESTIONS FOR PROVIDING ACCESSIBLE MEDICAL CARE FOR CGHS BENEFICIARIES RESIDING IN NON-CGHS AREAS:

AIBSNLREA vide its letter dated 5th May 2023 has submitted suggestions to DG CGHS for providing accessible medical care for CGHS beneficiaries residing in non-CGHS areas, which included opening of CGHS wellness centres at least one in every District Headquarters. CGHS has responded to the letter stating that "This is a suggestion in r/o policy matter pertaining to applicability of CGHS facility and is therefore noted for future reference, whenever the policy is revisited."  View the CGHS Response

22.06.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DG CGHS submitting Suggestions to alleviate the sufferings of CGHS beneficiaries of Agra:

AIBSNLREA has taken up with DG CGHS the difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries of Agra in availing quality health services through CGHS, causing avoidable sufferings to the pensioner beneficiaries and suggesting opening of more wellness centres and empanelling of more private hospitals in Agra.  View the letter

19.06.2023:

Revision of CGHS rates for 36 Radiological / Imaging investigations:

Directorate of CGHS in an OM vide F.No.Z15025/8/2023/DIR/CGHS dated 19th June 2023 has revised CGHS rates for 36 Radiological / Imaging investigations w.e.f. 19.06.2023.  View the DG CGHS OM

14.06.2023:

AIBSNLREA PALAKKAD BRANCH (KERALA STATE) EXTENDS HELPING HAND TO THE FAMILY OF DECEASED CASUAL WORKER:

The general body meeting of Palakkad branch held on 6.6.2023 had decided to raise a fund towards the family relief of Shri Subash, BSNL casual driver of Palakkad, who had died at younger age, with out other source of regular income to support his family. It was proposed to give Rs one lakh in this regard to the bereaved family. As per the decision taken in the GB meeting, the Relief fund of Rs. 1.31 Lakhs was handed over to Smt. Siji Subhash on 12th June 2023 at Top In Town, Palakkad by Shri N. Bhaskaran, DGM (Retd), Former President of Palakkad Branch.

12.06.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'Hypertension- how to prevent it or live with minimal complications ':

CGHS has been holding webinars, as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, on different subjects periodically. AIBSNLREA has been receiving the information through its CHQ email. CGHS card holders are also informed through SMS. In order that all pensioners, other than those who have migrated to CGHS, have an opportunity to participate in these webinars, we have been publishing the information as and when we receive the information. CGHS is now holding a webinar on ‘Hypertension- how to prevent it or live with minimal complications’ at 4 PM on 13.06.2023. One can join the same by using the link: https://tinyurl.com/ycxf75vc

11.06.2023:

QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA VADODARA BRANCH (GUJARAT STATE) HELD :

The Quarterly General Body Meeting of Vadodara Branch (Gujarat State) was held at 18.00 hrs. of 02-05-2023 at Hotel Utsav, Vadodara. 77 members attended the meeting. Six new members joined. Gujarat State Branch representatives, new members & existing members were welcomed by President, Shri Modi K A, in his welcome speech. Shri Bhavsar B M, President & Shri Sharma S L, Secretary Gujarat State Branch have covered mostly all issues in their speech. The meeting is conducted by Shri Shah R T, Branch Secretary. The issues raised by members were replied & noted for further persuasion. The meeting ended after enjoying delicious Dinner.

10.06.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA PALAKKAD BRANCH (KERALA STATE) HELD :

A general body meeting of Palakkad branch was held on 6.6.2023 at Top In Town Auditorium, Palakkad at 11 AM. After silent prayer, the Branch Secretary Shri Prabhakaran welcomed the gathering. 54 members including the members from far off places of the district attended the meeting. During Presidential address, the President Shri Ramanathan, emphasized the need to add more new members to the association and requested all to work unitedly to achieve the goal. During the discussions on organisational matters, the Secretary and President touched on all matters viz pension revision, BSNL MRS and CGHS and gave latest information on these issues. Shri Gopinathan, Organising Secretary (South) CHQ, briefed the recent activities being carried out by General Secretary including conducting of monthly virtual meetings to apprise latest developments to all the office bearers. The GB decided to raise a fund towards the family relief of Shri Subash, BSNL casual driver of Palakkad, who had died at younger age, with out other source of regular income to support his family. It was proposed to give Rs one lakh in this regard to the bereaved family. The meeting was concluded at 1 PM after vote of thanks by Shri P.P.Krishnanunni, Asst Secretary. Lunch was served after the meeting.

10.06.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA KALYAN BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HELD :

A General body meeting of AIBSNLREA Kalyaan branch (Maharashtra State) was held on 3rd June 2023 in Kalabramha Hall, Kalyaan Telephone Exchange KalaTalao, Kalyaan (w). President of the branch Shri Patil presided over the meeting. He welcomed all members.The house observed 2 minutes silence in memory of departed comrades. After his Presidential address, Secretary of Kalyaan Branch Shri B. M. Hatwar thanked the members for attending the meeting in short notice. There was a good gathering & meeting was a quality meeting. [View Maharashtra Page of State News for full report]

09.06.2023:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON Unjustifiably forcing BSNL to pay Pension contribution on maximum of pay scale instead of existing pay in respect of the BSNL absorbed Employees and Requesting his intervention:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up with the Prime Minister of India, while expressing gratefulness for the Revival Package for BSNL, the third one in the last few years, this time amounting to Rs.89047 crore, in view of the strategic importance of BSNL as a 100% Government PSU, discharging the social obligations of the Government of India despite incurring huge losses due to the unviable services provided by it in rural and remote areas and drawing his attention to the fact that Cabinet has not been apprised of another financial distress inflicted on BSNL by unjustly forcing it to pay Pension Contribution in respect of its absorbed employees on the basis of maximum of the pay scales under FR 116, while calculating pension contribution under FR 116 has been modified w.e.f. 1.1.2006 as “on the basis of existing pay of the Government servants on deputation.” Pointing out that "Even during the recent tragic train accident in Odisha it was only BSNL which had immediately set up an Emergency mobile tower and had offered free connectivity to the traumatized passengers and their families", AIBSNLREA has sought his personal intervention in this matter for impressing upon the Minister of Finance and the Department of Expenditure, so that BSNL is also allowed to pay pension contribution in respect of its absorbed employees on ‘existing pay’ w.e.f. 1.1.2006 and the excess amount paid by BSNL all these years is refunded."  View the letter

08.06.2023:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO CMD BSNL ON Pension contribution by BSNL in respect of its absorbed employees – Clarifications required by DoE yet to be supplied by BSNL:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up with CMD BSNL drawing his attention to our earlier letter on the subject and the response from BSNL that “BEING POLICY MATTER ONCE DECISION TAKEN SAME SHALL BE CONVEYED. THANKS FOR TAKING UP THE ISSUE.” Since we are not aware of any decision taken afterwards, AIBSNLREA has requested his personal and urgent attention to the issue, clearing any miscommunication between BSNL and DoT on the issue and immediate submission of the required clarifications, if not already submitted.  View the letter

07.06.2023:

UNION CABINET APPROVES THIRD REVIVAL PACKAGE FOR BSNL:

In a significant move, as part of the revival strategy, the Union Cabinet today approved a third revival package for BSNL with the total outlay of Rs.89,047 crore, which includes allotment of 4G/5G spectrum for BSNL through equity infusion. The authorised capital of BSNL will be increased from 1,50,000 crore to Rs.2,10,000 crore.  View the PIB Press Release

07.06.2023:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 16.03.2023 ADDRESSED TO CMD BSNL REGARDING Display of default/seizure notice by Greater Chennai Corporation in Chennai BSNL exchanges – Damaging the reputation of the Government owned PSU – Request intervention to avoid such instances in the future:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 16.03.2023 expressing immense mental pain and humiliation felt by the BSNL pensioners over the disheartening event of display of default/seizure notice by Greater Chennai Corporation on the main gates of three BSNL Telephone Exchanges and requesting to cause some mechanism to be put in place, to avoid such situations in the future, BSNL CO has informed us about the details of efforts taken to avert the situation and also the meeting with Deputy Commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation on 16.03.2023 after which the Deputy Commissioner agreed to remove the posters and accept the request for reconciliation as per an earlier direction of Madras High Court.  View the BSNL letter

06.06.2023:

E-JOURNAL JUNE 2023 ISSUE:

June 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "TIME TO PUSH HARD" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal June 2023

02.06.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA CHQ office bearers was held today evening under the Presidentship of Shri V.Chinnappapiah, CHQ President. After President welcomed the participants, GS briefly explained the CHQ activities during the last month, the issues taken up by CHQ, the responses received from concerned authorities and how BSNL pensioners are inclined to agree with our correct understanding that pension revision is inseperable from pay revision. Organising Secretaries provided details of their efforts taken on holding of Branch meetings in their area, increase in membership and other organisational measures. All the office bearers expressed happiness over the CHQ activities during the last month and gave inputs regarding their own efforts made on the organisational front. It was decided to get the Editorial in AIBSNLREA Ejournal of May 2023 circulated by all CHQ office bearers to their contacts/groups and subsequently by the Branch Secretaries to reach maximum number of BSNL Pensioners. All CHQ office bearers except one AGS who was preocuppied in some social scheme in his village participated in the virtual meeting and shared their views. With happy faces and purposeful discussions, the meeting went on for more than 105 minutes, providing more impetus to the functioning of the CHQ.

01.06.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CGCA, DOT on Harassment of SAMPANN Pensioners by the office of CCA Tamilnadu by unwarrantedly recovering TDS even before expiry of deadline for ‘proposed investment declaration’:

AIBSNLREA has taken up with Controller General of Communication Accounts, the above issue, pointing out that bulk of BSNL absorbed SAMPANN pensioners under CCA Tamilnadu were in for a rude shock on receiving their pension for the month of May 2023. TDS has been recovered from their pension, although the time-schedule prescribed by the office of CCA Tamilnadu itself for submission of option form for Old Tax regime and for ‘Proposed investment Declaration’ under Old Tax Regime was 31st May 2023. More seriously TDS has been recovered even in respect of those pensioners who had duly submitted actual investment declaration along with requisite documents. Even those who would have remained in default New Tax regime due to their cumulative pension not exceeding Rs.7 lakhs, have not been spared. AIBSNLREA has requested CGCA, DoT for immediate intervention and instructions to CCA Tamilnadu for corrective measures and for speedy refund of the TDS recovered, without pushing the pensioners to the ordeal of waiting for one more year for getting refund from Income Tax authorities.  View the letter

29.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SR.GENERAL MANAGER (ADMIN) BSNL CO ON Empanelment of hospitals under BSNLMRS:

Referring to BSNL letter dated 26.04.2023 on the subject urging the Circles/SSAs/BAs to take lead and pursue with sales team/representatives of the hospitals in their locality to maximise number of empanelled hospitals under BSNL MRS, with the aim to empanel at least one reputed hospital in every BA on cashless/credit basis, AIBSNLREA has written to the Sr.GM (Admin) BSNL CO requesting that the instructions issued be reiterated and enforced with all seriousness without allowing the Circles to sit on the instructions, so that the plight of BSNL pensioners availing medical services under BSNL MRS is halted once for all.  View the letter

25.05.2023:

CBDT NOTIFIES RAISING OF EXEMPTION LIMIT ON LEAVE ENCASHMENT ON RETIREMENT:

CBDT vide its Gazette Notification dated 24th May 2023 has raised the exemption limit on leave encashment at the time of retirement, whether superannuation or otherwise, to Rs.25,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five lakhs) under sub-clause (ii) of clause (10AA) of Section 10 of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The notification shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from 1st day of April 2023.  View the Notification

24.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA again writes to the CVO BSNL requesting expeditious final decision in the disciplinary case initiated against Shri A.G. Kamalwar, Retired DE, Bhandara (HRMS No. 197506943) under BA Chandrapur of Maharashtra Telecom Circle, BSNL:

Citing a DoT response on 10.01.2023 to our earlier letter on the issue informing us that "REQUEST HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO CVO BSNL FOR FINAL DECISION IN THE CASE”, AIBSNLREA has again to take the final decision in this particular long pending disciplinary case at the earliest and convey the same to all concerned for further action.  View the letter

22.05.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AMBALA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HELD:

A general body meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 20th May 2023 in Mini Party Hall of Central Phoenix Club Ambala under the Chairmanship of Shri K L Gakhar. 28 members of the Branch attended the meeting. After the welcome address by Shri K L Gakhar, Shri S. K Bindal, Branch Secretary briefed the members on the various issues concerning the BSNL pensioners. Shri S K Aggarwal CHQ Organising Secy (North) also spoke and briefed the members on status of Pension revision as per 3rd PRC and shifting of Ambala CGHS wellness centre from its present inaccessible location to some other suitable building. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks and all the members enjoyed the lunch.

22.05.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'Diabetes - Importance of good control in prevention of complications':

CGHS has been holding webinars, as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, on different subjects periodically. AIBSNLREA has been receiving the information through its CHQ email. CGHS card holders are also informed through SMS. In order that all pensioners, other than those who have migrated to CGHS, have an opportunity to participate in these webinars, we have been publishing the information as and when we receive the information. CGHS is now holding a webinar on ‘Diabetes - Importance of good control in prevention of complications’ at 4 PM on 23.05.2023. One can join the same by using the link: https://tinyurl.com/3uc37fb4

21.05.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF THANJAVUR BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HELD:

A General body meeting of AIBSNLREA Thanjavur BA Branch was conducted under the Presidentship of Shri E.Rajasekaran, Branch President on 20.05.2023. Shri S.Arockiasamy welcomed all to the meeting. Around 20 members attended the meeting. Almost all the members offered their valuable suggestions and comments on issues faced by the pensioners. Suggestions on Health care, importance of minimum health checkups, Yoga, Tips to have a healthy and happy retired life were the highlights-enjoyed by one and all. Of course, the present status of Pay / Pension revision, problems being faced in SAMPANN, Inordinate delay in sanction of CGHS FMA, difficulties in updating DLC, correction of errors in SAMPANN, pending BSNL payments were also discussed. State Secretary Shri M.S.Radhakrishnan in his speech covered all the issues discussed. It was decided to strengthen our organisation by adding new members with the efforts of all members. Shri Susai Michael and Shri R.Ramanathan donated liberally to the branch. Shri P.R.Sethuraman thanked all for making the GB a successful one.

21.05.2023:

TIRUNELVELI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA (TAMILNADU STATE) HELD ITS ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The AGB meeting of AIBSNLREA, Tirunelveli Branch was conducted on 18.05.2023 at Tirunelveli under the Presidentship of Shri SSA Samsu Mohideen, Branch President. Shri S Ganapathy paid homage to the departed member Smt Gnanajothy and other state and central leaders and dignitaries. Shri S. Arumugam District Secretary welcomed the gathering. The District President in his presidential address spoke about the key issues concerning the pensioners. Shri M S Radhakrishnan, State Secretary in his special address explained about the resolutions passed in AIC Kolkata. He also spoke on present status of pension revision to BSNL / MTNL pensioners, the history behind pension revision from 5th CPC onwards, difficulties faced by the BSNL pensioners on Sampaan migration and also on available facilities at CGHS wellness centers. He appealed all members to visit our CHQ website periodically and read e journal without fail to enhance our knowledge on present issues of BSNL pensioners. He concluded his address with an appeal to increase the membership of the branch. His comprehensive speech on all important subjects was appreciated by all members.  View the list of new office bearers

20.05.2023:

CASHLESS TREATMENT FOR CGHS BENEFICIARIES NOW AVAILABLE AT 6 AIIMS:

Cashless treatment facilities will now be available to all CGHS beneficiaries (serving and pensioners) at 6 AIIMS located at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh. This significant decision was taken today, as Memorandum of Agreement were signed between these six AIIMS and CGHS, Union Health Ministry in the presence of Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary. In the near future the AIIMS institutions established in New Delhi, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry will be incorporated in this agreement. It may be recalled that AIBSNLREA had taken up the issue with DG CGHS vide its letter dated 15th March 2023, while drawing his attention to the difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, suggesting that the matter be taken up with the Ministry to extend cashless treatment facility by AIIMS Jaipur for CGHS beneficiaries of Rajasthan.  View the PIB Press Release

19.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA writes to the CGCA, New Delhi on Issue of Pensioners ID card to BSNL pensioners in revised format, suggesting to simplify the process:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Controller General of Communication Accounts to the abnormal delay in the process of issuing ID card in revised format due to shortage of staff and infrastructure in CCAs offices and the process of printing, laminating and despatching the Pensioner ID cards to the concerned pensioners and has suggested following the mechanism successfully implemented by CGHS wherein the beneficiaries are able to download the CGHS card, get it printed and laminated on their own.  View the letter

16.05.2023:

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare issues Guidelines regarding reimbursement of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) Pump Therapy under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules, 1944:

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide its OM No.S11030/120/2022-EHS dated 16.05.2023 has issued Guidelines regarding reimbursement of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) Pump Therapy under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules, 1944, to patients with Type-I Diabetes for more than 2 years, prescribing pre-requisites and the composition of a committee for examining requests on case to case basis. Regular 3 month follow ups, regular self-monitoring of blood glucose and HbA1C test every 3 months will be criteria for extension of the facility after initial approval for one year. Ceiling rate for basic version of insulin pump will be Rs.2 lakhs and for sensor-augmented insulin pump it will be Rs.3 Lakhs.  View the MoH&FW OM

15.05.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'A walk-through of CGHS website':

CGHS has informed us through email that as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, it is holding a webinar on ‘A walk-through of CGHS website’ at 4 PM on 16.05.2023. One can join the same by using the link: https://tinyurl.com/4mn3hr22

12.05.2023:

VISIT TO BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE:

AGSs AIBSNLREA Shri V P Arya and Shri Rakesh Sethi visited BSNL Corporate Office yesterday and met officers/officials in Personnel, SEA and Establishment Sections to follow up some individual grievances. In case of Shri B M Nyamati and Shri P S Prasad, files are being putup for consideration. In case of Shri H S Sutaria we are told that we have to wait for some time. We will have to discuss the case further with DoT. The grievance of Shri Rajpal Singh was discussed and a copy of AIBSNLREA letter has been provided for examination. The issue of conducting of Review DPCs in respect of DE promotions ordered during DoT period based on revised seniority of TES Grooup B as per Supreme Court Judgement was also discussed. In respect of wrongly showing the amount reimbursed towards one-time contribution to CGHS as taxable income, we were told that inputs from our latest letter on the subject will be duly considered.

11.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY, EXPENDITURE, DOE REQUESTING issue of common order extending the benefit to all eligible employees IN VIEW OF PCAT orders allowing the benefit of higher pay scales on actual basis w.e.f. 1.1.1996 for the staff belonging to the Organised Accounts Departments:

AIBSNLREA has drawn attention of Secretary (Expenditure), Government of India to the recent PCAT New Delhi orders dated 21st March 2023 in OA No.2544/2015, wherein it has held that "all the applicants are held to be entitled to the benefit of replacement/upgraded scale of pay on actual basis w.e.f. 01.01.1996 as against 19.02.2003. Pursuant to this they are also held to be entitled to the payment of arrears which would have accrued in their favour from this date." PCAT New Delhi has further observed that "Before parting we would also express a hope that the competent authority shall on its own extend the benefit of upgraded pay scales to all eligible employees w.e.r.01.01.1996 irrespective of the fact whether they have approached an appropriate judicial forum for the same or not, so that unnecessary litigation is avoided." AIBSNLREA has since requested him to take a compassionate view on this issue and cause issue of common orders extending the actual benefit of upgraded scale of pay to all the organised accounts cadres w.e.f. 01.01.1996 itself, with consequent arrears, so that the affected employees, now mostly retired, are not forced into an arduous task of seeking legal remedy.  View the letter

10.05.2023:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 07.04.2023 SUGGESTING re-opening of the second CGHS Wellness Centre in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh:

AIBSNLREA vide its letter dated 07.04.2023 addressed to the DG CGHS had suggested re-opening of the second CGHS Wellness Centre in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh located at the heart of the city which was closed following resignation of the Medical Officer in September 2021. The staff members were transferred to other places and the building was vacated. The closure was said to be temporary, till alternate building is located. AD CGHS Allahabad has now replied that "It is to bring to your notice the we are still in search of suitable building for reopening of 2nd Wellness Center at Varanasi. As soon as, the accommodation is finalized, the functioning of the Wellness center will be started"  View the CGHS response

09.05.2023:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 22.03.2023 SUGGESTING increasing facility of Ayurvedic/Homeopathic/Unani and other such traditional/holistic medicine in CGHS Wellness Centres:

AIBSNLREA vide its letter dated 22.03.2023 addressed to the DG CGHS had suggested increasing facility of Ayurvedic/Homeopathic/Unani and other such traditional/holistic medicine in CGHS Wellness Centres. Facility of ayurvedic and other traditional form of medicines and Homeopathic treatment may be provided on rotating basis once or twice a week and even during fixed hours in more Wellness Centres by utilising the available medical practitioners in the system. Pointing out to DG CGHS OM vide F.No.25-01/2018/CGHS/JD AYUSH dated 20th November 2020 which had conveyed the decision to start empanelment of private Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy Day Care Therapy Centres on pilot basis for a period ofone year in Delhi/NCR Region, along with conditions for such treatment and that subsequently 16 Hospitals/Centres were notified as CGHS empanelled Day Care Therapy Hospital/Centeres till 30.03.2022, AIBSNLREA had requested that "As more than 2 years have passed, CGHS Directorate will have by now analysed the utility of the arrangement. Based on the study, similar facility of empanelled private Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy Day Care Therapy Centres may be extended to other metropolitan cities viz Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, as next step." In response, CGHS has stated that "Necessary analysis / study regarding utility of AYUSH Private Day Care Centres has been completed and the empanelment of these centres is under process."  View the CGHS response

08.05.2023:

SUBMISSION OF MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT CLAIMS BY CGHS PENSIONERS IN THE CITY WHERE TREATMENT WAS TAKEN:

DG CGHS vide its OM No.Z 15025/2/2023/DIR/CGHS dated 8th May 2023 has stated that CGHS pensioner beneficiaries (principal card holders) are now permitted to submit Medical Reimbursement Claims to the CGHS of the city where treatment was taken. However the option to submit the MRC at the CGHS Wellness Centre where the card is registered shall remain unchanged.  View the DG CGHS letter

08.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL ON THE ISSUE OF Grant of Financial upgradation to E-6 IDA scale to Shri Rajpal Singh, Retd SE (Civil), Ambala:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director (HR) BSNL to an atypical case of denial of financial upgradation to E6 IDA pay scale to Shri Rajpal Singh, now Retd SE (Civil), Ambala, citing clarifications issued by BSNL that those in Regular DE/EE grade are not eligible for upgradation to E6 pay scale under EPP 2007, although he has completed 5 years’ service in E5 pay scale. This has resulted in an anomaly whereby his juniors who did not get regular promotion to EE grade got financial upgradation to E6 scale while Shri Rajpal Singh continued in E5 pay scale. AIBSNLREA has requested him to get the issue examined specially and specifically, without rejecting it in a routine manner and to render justice to Shri Rajpal Singh by granting him the upgradation to E6 pay scale on his completing 5 years in E5 pay scale.  View the letter

06.05.2023:

E-JOURNAL MAY 2023 ISSUE:

May 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "DAWN OF WISDOM IN SIGHT?" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal May 2023

05.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO GENERAL MANAGER (TAXATION) BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE REQUESTING HIM TO REVISIT THE POINTS ADVANCED BY HIM FOR TREATING REIMBURSMENT OF ONE-TIME CONTRIBUTION TO CGHS AS TAXABLE:

While thanking the Sr.GM (Txn) for his prompt response, AIBSNLREA has written to him that "We are sorry to say that there appears to be still some confusion with the justification advanced for the decision to treat the amount reimbursed towards one-time contribution made to CGHS as taxable income" and requesting him "to appreciate the fact that several Medical Insurance companies provide options for one-time subscription too, along with the yearly premium. CGHS too provides for two options, one with yearly contribution and the other one with life-time contribution. Just because of the provision of one-time contribution, CGHS contribution cannot be differently treated from insurance premium." AIBSNLREA has again requested him to get the matter re-examined and orders passed for treating the reimbursement of one-time CGHS contribution as tax free perquisite.  View the letter

05.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DG CGHS submitting Suggestions for providing accessible medical care for CGHS beneficiaries residing in non-CGHS areas:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of DG CGHS to the fact that a huge number of BSNL retirees have migrated to CGHS in the recent past, including those residing in non-CGHS areas. Though the option for availing Fixed Medical Allowance is available to the CGHS beneficiaries residing in non-CGHS areas, they are still in a fix when indoor treatment becomes unavoidable. Many of them would opt for outdoor treatment in lieu of FMA, in CGHS approved hospitals. AIBSNLREA has therefore submitted suggestions including opening of CGHS Wellness Centres in every District Headquarters, though it will be a long-drawn process.  View the letter

03.05.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA STATE SECRETARIES HELD:

AIBSNLREA CHQ had arranged for a virtual meeting with the State Secretaries today at 4 PM, in order to listen to their views and suggestions regarding functioning of CHQ. CHQ President Shri V Chinnapappiah presided over the meeting and welcomed the participants. State Secretaries or their representatives from most of the State organisations participated in the meeting. GS explained that this was an informal meeting intended to have interactions with State Secretaries in order to strengthen the organisation and improve the way of working of CHQ. CHQ Organising Secretaries and AGS at Delhi were present. All the State Secretaries expressed satisfaction over the functioning of the CHQ and a few suggestions were made for improvement. A detailed discussion on efforts to increase membership and formation of new branches, issues to be taken up at CHQ level and status of some common issues took place. GS then summed up the discussions and said such meetings will be conducted in future too, as and when required. The meeting went on for 100 minutes and was concluded after the CHQ President conveyed his appreciation and thankfulness to the participants.

03.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO SR.GENERAL MANAGER (PERS) BSNL CO REGARDING THE ISSUE OF Implementation of orders of Supreme Court of India in CA No. 4389 of 2010 - Holding of Review DPCs for promotion to DE grade based on the revised seniority lists of TES Group B in respect of DE promotions ordered by DoT prior to formation of BSNL and extending the consequential benefits:

AIBSNLREA has again written to Sr. General Manager (Pers) pointing out that our request in the earlier letter was specifically about conducting of review DPCs in respect of all the DPCs for promotion to DE grade held during DoT period. Whenever we take up the matter with DoT, we are told that all records/files had been handed over to BSNL after its formation and are available with BSNL and hence BSNL only needs to take action on this matter. We understand that searching through the voluminous documents to locate the DE promotion orders issued during DoT period will be difficult, but it is not an impossible task. AIBSNLREA has requested again requested that action may be caused to be initiated for conducting of review DPCs in respect of all the DPCs for promotion to DE grade held during DoT period.  View the letter

02.05.2023:

BSNL ISSUES CLARIFICATION ON SUBMISSION OF OPTION BY RETIRED BSNL EMPLOYEE FOR OUTDOOR CLAIM:

BSNL vide its letter No.BSNLCO-ADMN/45/1/2021-ADMN dated 02.05.2023 has clarified again that the retired employees need not give option every year and the option once given shall remain valid for subsequent years till it is changed by the retired employee.  View the BSNL letter

02.05.2023:

DG CGHS REITERATES ITS EARLIER ORDERS ON VALIDITY OF CGHS CARD IN ANY WELLNESS CENTRE IN INDIA:

DG CGHS vide its OM No.Z 15025/1/2023/DIR/CGHS dated 1st May 2023 has reiterated the contents of its earlier order dated 17th December 2012 that CGHS card is valid in any Wellness Centre in India, medicines shall be issued for upto 3 months in case of chronic illnesses and referral for treatment from private empanelled hospitals shall be issued from any CGHS Wellness Centre.  View the DG CGHS OM

01.05.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of CHQ Office bearers was held today evening, under the Presidentship of CHQ President Shri V.Chinnapappiah. All the CHQ office bearers briefed about the progress made by them in the organisational task assigned and expressed their determination to continue their efforts. GS appreciated the office bearers for their involvement and commitment. He briefed about the planned State Secretaries' meet on 03.05.2023. Some useful suggestions from the CHQ office bearers were duly agreed upon by the meeting. As requested by some office bearers, GS briefed the present status of pension revision and said our clear understanding of the issue that pension revision follows pay revision will be finally proved to be correct. President expressed satisfaction over the meeting having been productive, thanked the participants and closed the meeting.

01.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA KURUKSHETRA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) GENERAL BODY MEETING HELD:

A General Body Meeting of Kurukshetra branch (Haryana State) was held on 26th April 2023 at 11 AM in Haryana Tourism Yatri Niwas Kurukshetra. 35 members were present including 7 from Kaithal. At the outset, the branch secretary Shri Rajvir Singh Chaudhary welcomed the members and informed that the younger brother of our president Shri S K Verma, had expired a few days back. The House condoled the untimely death by observing two minutes' silence and expressed their sympathy with Shri Verma's family. In the absence of the President, Shri S P Gupta presided over the meeting. Shri JOGI RAM State Secretary who is away in Canada attended the meeting online. Shri D S Sandhu senior member of the branch briefed the house in detail about various issues delt by the Association at CHQ level . The members appreciated the dedication and zeal with which the new General Secretary Shri RRB is pursuing the issues which former GS Shri Basuji had initiated. Shri Bhagwan Dass and Shri J N Vema informed that their medical reimbursement bills are not paid by BSNL for more than four years inspite of their best efforts even after having personal meeting the GMTD Karnal. The branch secretary Shri Rajvir Chaudhary said that he would soon take up the case with GS CHQ for its early resolution. Shri Yogesh Sharma gave useful tips to the members for maintaining good health and fitness. He particularly emphasized about having positive attitude, nutritious diet and regular exercise among other things. Shri Yogesh Sharma, Shri ML Arya and Shri J N Verma entertained the audience with sweet songs. The meeting ended with vote of thanks followed by sumptuous lunch. .

01.05.2023:

AIBSNLREA YAMUNANAGAR BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) GENERAL BODY MEETING HELD:

A general body meeting of AIBSNLREA Yamunanagar (Haryana State) branch was held on 26.04.2023 at Gopal Restaurant Yamunanagar. Shri MCK Mittal, Branch President, presided over the meeting. At the very outset, the house observed two minutes' silence in memory of our departed comrade Late Shri Amar Singh, retired DGM who expired during this period. The branch activities, status of medical bills/FMA, issues of CGHS, many issues related to migration to SAMPANN, the latest status of pension revision were discussed. The queries raised by members were answered by branch secretary Shri S L Purey. It was also informed that a WhatsApp group has been created to keep all the members informed about all developments and circulars received from the General Secretary CHQ are circulated amongst members. All members were requested to enroll new members.

29.04.2023:

BSNL RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 28TH MARCH 2023 ON Incorrectness of the clarification issued by BSNL on taxability of reimbursement of CGHS contribution to BSNL absorbed pensioners:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the issue of incorrectness of the clarification issued by BSNL on taxability of reimbursement of CGHS contribution to BSNL absorbed pensioners, citing the information available in the Income Tax India website which has equated ‘Payment for medical insurance premium (mode other than cash)’ to ‘contribution to CGHS’ in the form meant for calculating deduction under section 80D.' BSNL has now replied that "such one-time contribution cannot be regarded as insurance premium' and that 'contribution to CGHS is not specifically exempt under the ACT and it is allowed as deduction under section 80D of the Act.'  View the BSNL letter

28.04.2023:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 15TH MARCH 2023 ADDRESSED TO DG CGHS SUBMITTING SUGGESTIONS FOR REDUCING DIFFICULTIES FACED BY CGHS BENEFICIARIES OF JODHPUR DISTRICT, RAJASTHAN:

AIBSNLREA had taken up the issue of difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries of Jodhpur District, Rajasthan, suggesting various measures to be taken to minimise the sufferings. AD CGHS Jaipur has sent a reply detailing action taken/being taken on the suggestions. He has categorically said that BSNL building situated at Manji ka Hatha Jodhpur has been earmarked to shift the Jodhpur WC to the ground floor and hopefully the work will be completed shortly. He has also stated that A doctor who was given the monitoring work of NHA bills has also started seeing patients and a letter will be written to the Ministry to remove her from the NHA work.  View the AD CGHS Jaipur letter

28.04.2023:

AIBSNLREA CHQ FOUNDER PRESIDENT Shri P D SHUKLA NO MORE:

With profound grief we announce the demise of Shri P D Shukla, Founder President of AIBSNLREA CHQ yesterday. His demise is a great loss to the association and to his family. We convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

27.04.2023:

ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA MUMBAI BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HELD:

Annual General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA Mumbai branch was held on 19th April,2023. State President Shri Vasudeva delivered special address and spoke about the deliberations that took place at State Conference at Amravati, about delegates' active participation, discipline, decorum and quality of the meeting. Participation of CHQ GS and his speech was very impressive particularly on Pay revision and Pension revision and clarified all queries raised by members. He narrated the unanimous election of new state body, consisting of retirees from all categories viz. Telecom. Finance, Civil and Secretariate (PS/PA).[View Maharashtra State page under State News for full report]

26.04.2023:

DoT replies to AIBSNLREA SUBMISSION TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA ON SIDELINING OF ONE OF THE IIM AHMEDABAD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SURVIVAL OF BSNL VIZ. "the top leader (CMD) should be a professional who has had experience of running business rather than a government servant who is appointed on a fixed tenure by the government":

AIBSNLREA had submitted to Prime Minister of India, a copy of AIC Resolution on "Survival of BSNL vis-a-vis Revival Packages 2019 and 2022 as announced by the Government– Vital recommendations of IIM, Ahmedabad on the core issue ignored", drawing his attention to the IIM Ahmedabad recommendation, that "The Board of Directors should also include professional who have had experience of running large businesses. The board should not have only civil servants and academicians as Independent Directors who have not been associated with running of business. Academicians for top-ranked Indian Management institutes or foreign institutes may be offered for board positions". IIM Ahmedabad further specifically recommended that "The top leadership of BSNL should be evaluated by DoT and should be made accountable for the profits and health of the organisation. We even suggest that the top leader (CMD) should be a professional who has had experience of running business rather than a government servant who is appointed on a fixed tenure by the government” and that "But it is a matter of great concern that these recommendations have been completely side-lined, which seems to be intentional, and not included in the Memo proposing Cabinet approval for revival packages" and had requested that the recommendations of IIM Ahmedabad be implemented in full. DoT has now sent a reply vide F.No.59-08/2023-SU-IV dated 20th April 2023, stating that "the selection to the Board level positions (including CMD, BSNL) are made by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), a body under the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) as per the laid down procedures. The Job Description which includes the eligibility and experience criteria are finalised in consultation with PESB. The Board positions are open for professionals working in the Government, PSUs as well as Private Sector having the requisite qualification and experience in the domain sector. The selection is done by PESB having regard to the job description, suitability of the candidates, service profile and the specific qualifications/experience required for the post."  View the DoT letter

26.04.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA UTTAR PRADESH STATE EXECUTIVE HELD:

A Virtual meeting of AIBSNLREA UP State Executive Body was held on 24.04.2023 at 11:00 A.M. Shri M.K.Shukla State President Chaired the meeting. Being the first such meeting there were some technical glitches, but overall the meeting was successful. The meeting decided to conduct State Conference during September 2023 with a Delegate fee of Rs.1000/- as against 500/- during last State Conference. It was also decided that all Branches should contribute Rs.5000/- towards the conference expenditure. State Secretary Shri R.S.Arora and the Branch Secretaries placed their report. State Secretary requested the Branches which have completed 3 years term to conduct their Annual General Body meetings. The Branches Agra, Ballia, Varanasi, Prayag Raj, Lucknow and Kanpur have already conducted their AGB meetings. The virtual meeting was attended by the participants with great zeal and enthusiasm. Shri R.K.Sinha J.S.(North) had provided the motivation and guidance to conduct virtual meeting. The meeting was closed at 12:15 pm after Shri M K Shukla State President extended Vote of Thanks.

25.04.2023:

AIBSNLREA MAHARASHTRA STATE CONFERENCE HELD:

Second State conference of ALL INDIA BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED RETIRED EXECUTIVES’ ASSOCIATION (AIBSNLREA) Maharashtra state was held at AMRAVATI on 10th and 11th of April,2023. Amravati branch had made excellent arrangements for comfortable stay in AC rooms with delicious food for the delegates and AC hall for meeting. The first day of the meeting started with self-introduction of delegates and welcome address by the host. On behalf of CHQ, Organizing Secretary (West Zone) Shri Rajan Rajopadhye was present. Shri Vasudeva, State president in his opening remarks mentioned that due to Covid Pandemic and other unavoidable circumstances State conference was being held after 5 years. Due to various reasons some branches expressed their inability to send delegates. He appealed to the delegates to make it a quality meeting by raising various issues related to association including general and individual grievances of members. [View Maharashtra State page under State News for full report]

25.04.2023:

CGCA ROLLS OUT UTILITY FOR SUBMISSION OF OPTION FOR TAX REGIME IN SAMPANN:

CGCA vide its letter No.13-6/2020-21/BA&IT/5733-5764 dated 24.04.2023 has issued a letter regarding roll out of utility for submission of option for Tax regime for usage of all SAMPANN pensioners.  View the CGCA letter

24.04.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'Translating Ayurveda Principles and Practice - Clinical Success Stories':

CGHS has informed us through email that as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, it is holding a webinar on ‘Translating Ayurveda Principles and Practice - Clinical Success Stories’ at 4 PM on 25.04.2023. One can join the same by using the link: https://tinyurl.com/ycfxhvu4

24.04.2023:

BSNL replies to AIBSNLREA LETTER ON IMPLEMENTATION of orders of Supreme Court of India in CA No. 4389 of 2010 - Holding of Review DPCs for promotion to DE grade based on the revised seniority lists of TES Group B in respect of DE promotions ordered by DoT prior to formation of BSNL and extending the consequential benefits:

BSNL Corporate Office has sent a reply through email detailing the action taken by it to implement the Supreme Court judgement in respect of DE regular promotions issued after 01.10.2000 by BSNL. AIBSNLREA has duly sent a reply that our letter pertains to DE promotions ordered during DoT period and not BSNL period as we are aware that action has been taken for BSNL period and has requested suitable action in respect of DoT period.  View the BSNL letter & AIBSNLREA reply

21.04.2023:

BSNL ISSUES INSTRUCTIONS TO CIRCLES WITH REFERENCE TO AIBSNLREA LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA SUBMITTING AIC RESOLUTION ON NON-PAYMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS SINCE 2018-19:

BSNL Corporate Office has issued instructions once again to Circles to clear all pending medical reimbursement liability in consultation with the Finance wing of Corporate Office at the earliest, with reference to AIBSNLREA letter dated 6th February 2023 addressed to the Prime Minister of India, submitting the AIC resolution on non-payment of medical claims indoor and outdoor including without voucher claims under BSNLMRS pending since the financial year 2018-19 to the BSNL retirees.  View the BSNL letter

20.04.2023:

AIBSNLREA AGAIN WRITES TO THE SECRETARY, DOT ON Non-regularisation of the suspension period despite acquittal in a CBI case, in addition to non-payment of Gratuity, Commutation of pension and non-settlement of regular pension case of Shri H S Sutaria, Retd JTO, Gujarat Telecom Circle, BSNL:

AIBSNLREA has now drawn attention to the fact that "we were shocked to see the status of the appeal and find that the appeal has not been listed for hearing even once after regular admission on 25.02.2011. Thus Shri Sutaria has been left to suffer for more than 11 years now, although he had been acquitted by the trial court nearly 13 years back." We have requested that "in view of the above facts and the DoT Order clarifying that if the pensioner is acquitted by a trial court, notwithstanding the appeal filed against the acquittal, the department may take action and issue orders accordingly, the process of granting vigilance clearance, issue of regular retirement orders etc may please be expedited since Shri H S Sutaria, Retd JTO, BSNL, Gujarat Telecom Circle has already crossed the age of 70 years and justice needs to be delivered to him without further delay."  View the letter

19.04.2023:

IMPLEMENTATION of orders of Supreme Court of India in CA No. 4389 of 2010 - Holding of Review DPCs for promotion to DE grade based on the revised seniority lists of TES Group B in respect of DE promotions ordered by DoT prior to formation of BSNL and extending the consequential benefits:

AIBSNLREA letter dated 28th February 2023 on implementation of orders of Supreme Court of India in CA No. 4389 of 2010 - Holding of Review DPCs for promotion to DE grade based on the revised seniority lists of TES Group B in respect of DE promotions ordered by DoT prior to formation of BSNL and extending the consequential benefits, has been forwarded by GM (CDN) BSNL CO to GM (Pers) for immediate necessary action.  View the GM CDN BSNL CO remarks

17.04.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO SECRETARY (PENSION), DOP&PW on Grant of one notional increment for pensionary benefits to those employees whose increment falls due on the day following superannuation:

Refering to the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India judgement in Civil Appeal No.2471 of 2023 has, on 11th April 2023, dismissing the appeal against a decision of Division Bench of High court of Karnataka directing grant of notional increment, where the Supreme Court has observed categorically that "Merely because, the government servant has retired on the very next day, how can he be denied the annual increment which he has earned and/or is entitled to for rendering the service with good conduct and efficiently in the preceding one year", AIBSNLREA has written to the Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW that After this decisive judgement by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, there can’t be any iota of justification for the Government to continue to deny this benefit to all similarly placed pensioners. DoP&PW which has been assigned with the larger duty of ensuring and safeguarding Pensioners’ Welfare needs to act fast now to ensure issue of a common order for allowing the benefit of one notional increment in similar cases for the purpose of pensionary benefits, as the issue has been dragging on for long with many of the affected pensioners breathing their last during the period and also because the number of such beneficiaries is negligibly limited and the expenditure on this count will be inconsequential. AIBSNLREA has requested him to have the matter re-examined with compassion and get orders issued for extension of the benefit of notional increment for pensionary benefits to all the similarly placed pensioners.  View the letter

13.04.2023:

Minister of Defence forwards AIBSNLREA UP State letter to Minister of Communications for appropriate action:

A delegation of AIBSNLREA Uttar Pradesh State led by Shri R S Arora, State Secretary had met Shri Rajnath Singh, Honourable Defence Minister in Lucknow on 19.03.2023 and submitted a memorandum for revision of payscale of working BSNL Executives and consequent pension revision of retired BSNL Executives, requesting him to impress upon the Minister of Communications for early resolution of the issue. OSD to MoD has forwarded the memorandum to the PS to MoC for taking appropriate action on this regard.  View the letter of OSD to MoD

14.04.2023:

VISIT TO BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE TO PURSUE PENDING ISSUES:

AGS Shri V P Arya visited BSNL CO on 13.04.2023 for pursuing some pending issues. Director (HR) and some GMs were busy and were unavailable. AGS met Sr GM (Txn) and discussed the issue of Incorrect recovery of TDS from the amount reimbursed towards hospital treatment for COVID-19 in Rajasthan Circle. Sr GM (Txn) immediately agreed that recovery was incorrect and requested the DGM to put up our letter to him for necessary action. AGS then met General Manager (SEA) and discussed regarding early issue of final retirement orders in view of grant of VC by CVO BSNL after quashing of chargesheet by Hon'ble CAT Bangalore - Case of Shri B M Nyamati, Retd CAO, Bangalore Telecom District. Similar cases settled by BSNL CO were also pointed out. The matter will now be sent to legal section for legal advice.

14.04.2023:

NON-REGULARISATION OF THE SUSPENSION PERIOD DESPITE ACQUITTAL IN A CBI CASE, IN ADDITION TO NON-PAYMENT OF GRATUITY, COMMUTATION OF PENSION AND NON-SETTLEMENT OF REGULAR PENSION CASE OF Shri H S SUTARIA, RETD JTO, GUJARAT TELECOM CIRCLE, BSNL:

On our query, it has been informed that the file has been received from Legal Advisor and has been sent to DoT Vigilance for consideration and grant of VC.

13.04.2023:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.04.2023:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 202.3% w.e.f 01.04.2023 in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2007.  View the DPE OM

13.04.2023:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.04.2023:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 410.4% w.e.f 01.04.2023, in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.1997.  View the DPE OM

13.04.2023:

UNION HEALTH MINISTRY REVISES CGHS PACKAGE RATES FOR THE BENEFIT OF CGHS BENEFICIARIES:

After due examination of demands from stakeholders and taking into consideration the increase in costs of various components of health care, the Union Health Ministry has proposed to initially revise the CGHS package rates of consultation fees, ICU charges and room rent. The referral process under CGHS has also been simplified. Earlier the CGHS beneficiary had to visit the CGHS Wellness Center himself and take referral to the hospital. But now, if the CGHS beneficiary is unable to go, he can send someone on his behalf with his documents to the wellness center. The medical officer can refer the beneficiary to go to the hospital after checking the documents. Apart from this, CGHS beneficiary can also take referral through video call.  View the PIB Press Release

10.04.2023:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH SR.GENERAL MANAGER (TAXATION) BSNL CO THE ISSUE OF Incorrect recovery of TDS from the amount reimbursed towards hospital treatment for COVID-19 in Rajasthan Circle:

Refering to CBDT Press Release dated 25th June, 2021 wherein uder Para A I it has been clearly mentioned that "Many taxpayers have received financial help from their employers and wellwishers for meeting their expenses incurred for treatment of Covid-19. In order to ensure that no income tax liability arises on this account, it has been decided to provide income-tax exemption to the amount received by a taxpayer for medical treatment from employer or from any person for treatment of Covid-19 during FY 2019-20 and subsequent years," AIBSNLREA has sought the intervention and advice of Sr.GM (Txn) BSNL CO to Rajasthan Circle to follow CBDT provisions, not to harass the pensioner unnecessarily and to refund the incorrectly recovered TDS.  View the letter

10.04.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) REGARDING early issue of final retirement orders in view of grant of VC by CVO BSNL after quashing of chargesheet by Hon'ble CAT Bangalore - Case of Shri B M Nyamati, Retd CAO, Bangalore Telecom District:

AIBSNLREA has again taken up the issue with Director (HR) BSNL, stating that "It is now learnt that CVO BSNL has granted the necessary Vigilance Clearance but the matter is pending with Personnel Section for a few months now, which has to issue the final retirement order" and requesting his personal intervention for early issue of his final retirement orders so as to enable release of withheld ex-gratia, Gratuity, other retiral benefits and grant of Time Bound Upgradation from E4 to E5 and from E5 to E6 scales.  View the letter

07.04.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DG CGHS SUGGESTING RE-OPENING OF THE SECOND WELLNESS CENTRE IN VARANASI:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of DG CGHS to the matter of closure of the Second Wellness Centre which was situated in the centre of City of Varanasi, which was said to be temporary but remains closed till now and has requested early re-opening of the Varanasi Wellness Centre closed in September 2021, keeping in view the difficulties faced by the pensioner beneficiaries in travelling to the outskirts of the city.  View the letter

06.04.2023:

CBDT ISSUES CLARIFICATION REGARDING DEDUCTION OF TDS IN VIEW OF SUB-SECTION (1A) INSERTED IN SECTION 115BAC OF THE INCOME TAX ACT:

Vide Finance Act, 2023, sub-section (1A) has been inserted in section 115BAC of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to provide for a new tax regime w.e.f the assessment year beginning on or after 1st day of April, 2024. This new tax regime is the default tax regime and a person may exercise an option to opt out of this tax regime. The circular directs that a deductor, being an employer, shall seek information from each of its employees having income under section 192 of the Act regarding their intended tax regime and each such employee shall intimate the same to the deductor, regarding his intended tax regime for each year. If intimation is not made by the employee, it shall be presumed that the employee continues in the default tax regime and TDS will be calculated accordingly. The circular further clarifies that the intimation would not amount to exercising option under sub-section (6) of section 115BAC of the Act and the person shall be required to do so separately in accordance with the provisions of the sub-section.  View the CBDT circular

06.04.2023:

E-JOURNAL APRIL 2023 ISSUE:

April 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "ANNOYANCES OF GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL SYSTEMS" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal April 2023

03.04.2023:

ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHENNAI BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HELD:

The Annual General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA,Chennai Branch was conducted on 29th March 2023 at Hotel.B.R.Mathsya,T.Nagar Chennai from 10 am onwards. As many as 53 members participated in the AGB. The meeting commenced with a prayer song by Smt.P.Anandhi. Shri V.Dakshinamurthy President welcomed all and highlighted how the branch has been consistently performing to the best of its ability. After self- introduction of members, one minute silence was observed in memory of our comrades who lost their lives due to Corona and age related and health related issues.[View Tamilnadu Page of State News for full report]

31.03.2023:

Wrong deduction of TDS without actual payment of medical claim in Rajasthan Circle despite instructions issued by BSNL CO to the Circles - :

Following a communication to AIBSNLREA from BSNL CO that "The matter will be discussed with the union within 15 days and appropriate action will be taken after the discussion", in all such cases of wrong recovery of TDS before actual payment in Rajasthan Circle, payment of medical claims has been made today, as reported by our Rajasthan State body.

31.03.2023:

IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.04.2023:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the months December 2022, January and February 2023, the revised IDA rate due w.e.f. 01.04.2023 is 202.3%% [increase by 1.1%] for CPSEs where the last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and 410.3%% [increase by 1.9%] for CPSEs where the last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.

31.03.2023:

BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 03.03.2023 ON Wrong deduction of TDS without actual payment of medical claim despite instructions issued by BSNL CO to the Circles:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 03.03.2023 addressed to General Manager (Txn) BSNL CO drawing his attention to a grievance that Rajasthan Circle has recently deducted TDS without making actual payment of medical claims which show in the Form 26AS of the retirees, which is against the contents of BSNL CO letter dated 26.08.2021 addressed to GS AIBSNLREA. The grievance has been closed with a reply that "The matter will be taken with the union within 15 days". Separately an email has been received from Taxation (TDS) section of BSNL Corporate Office stating that "The matter will be discussed with the union within 15 days and appropriate action will be taken after the discussion."  View the BSNL response

30.03.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of CHQ Office bearers of AIBSNLREA was held today evening. Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President presided over the meeting. Activities of CHQ since the last meeting in February 2023 and action taken by the individual office bearers on the decisions taken in the last meeting were discussed threadbare. All the CHQ office bearers briefed the meeting about the progress in the specific assignments given to them on the organisational front. GS appreciated the determination shown by all the office bearers which has brought good results. All the office bearers assured to continue the efforts. GS informed that as per the decision taken in the last meeting, Branches were requested to send specific cases of discrepancies and shortcomings in functioning of CGHS as experienced by Branch members. All such issues received from the Branches have been duly taken up with CGHS Directorate. Recently received issues and any more issues related to CGHS received in the future will also be duly taken up and pursued for resolution. There were interruptions in video streaming although audio was clear throughout the meeting. In view of the slow internet at the end of the month probably due to exhaustion of the data limit, which caused disturbances in video, it was decided to hold the Virtual Meetings in the first week of every month.

29.03.2023:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE DG CGHS suggesting shifting of Ambala Wellness Centre to a spacious, easily accessible place:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter addressed to the DG CGHS requesting to examine the proposal for shifting Ambala Wellness Centre to a spacious, easily accessible location, particularly to a BSNL building newly constructed and conveniently located or some other building, in view of the present wellness centre is difficult to reach, requiring to cross two railways subways which remain waterlogged for most of the time, AD CGHS Chandigarh has replied that "The matter was discussed with the pensioners association and they have asked to continue the CGHS working from the same building and the building has been recently renovated also. CGHS Building will be shifted once a suitable spacious alternative option is made available."  View the CGHS response

28.03.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'Prolonged cough - could it be Tuberculosis':

CGHS has informed us through email that as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, it is holding a webinar on ‘Prolonged cough - could it be Tuberculosis’ at 4 PM on 28.03.2023. One can join the same by using the link: https://tinyurl.com/ycfxhvu4

28.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO GENERAL MANAGER (TAXATION) BSNL CO ON Incorrectness of the clarification issued by BSNL on taxability of reimbursement of CGHS contribution to BSNL absorbed pensioners AND RequestING withdrawal of the clarification.:

AIBSNLREA has now written to the General Manager (Txn) BSNL CO, pointing out that BSNL has been treating the reimbursement of CGHS contribution as 'Income' "in the absence of clarity on whether reimbursement to BSNL absorbed retired employees on account of CGHS subscription is an insurance premium or not" as per its letter dated 22.09.2021. BSNL should get the required clarity by visiting Income Tax India website Page https://incometaxindia.gov.in/Pages/tools/deduction-under-section-80d.aspx which has equated ‘Payment for medical insurance premium (mode other than cash)’ to ‘contribution to CGHS’ in the form meant for calculating deduction under section 80D. AIBSNLREA has reiterated that there is no rationale and justification in BSNL treating the reimbursement of onetime payment of subscription to CGHS in respect of BSNL absorbed IDA pensioner as taxable income and therefore has again requested that the said clarification be withdrawn immediately and the practice of showing the amount as ‘income’ may be stopped forthwith.  View the letter

28.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA CHENNAI BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) TO HOLD ITS ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AGB of AIBSNLREA, Chennai Branch will be held on 29th March 2023 ( Wednesday) from 10am at Hotel b.R.Mathsya,Thanikachalam road, T.Nagar, Chennai-17. All members and interest BSNL Retired Executives are invited to attend.

27.03.2023:

Non-regularisation of the suspension period despite acquittal in a CBI case, in addition to non-payment of Gratuity, Commutation of pension and non-settlement of regular pension case of Shri H S Sutaria, Retd JTO, Gujarat Telecom Circle, BSNL:

AGS Shri V P Arya met the concerned official in DoT today to inform that the ACB Gujarat has sent the Status Report of the Appeal as required by DoT. He was then apprised of the DoT's efforts, by contacting the Gujarat Government Advocate, which resulted in receipt of status report from ACB Gujarat. The file has been put up to Legal Advisor. AGS requested to expedite the process since not a single hearing had taken place after 2011, in the appeal filed by ACB Gujarat and the pensioner has been left to suffer excessively. It was agreed that as soon as the file is received from Legal Advisor, it will be putup to DoT Vigilance for a decision.

25.03.2023:

CGHS RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA SUBMITTING AIC RESOLUTION ON Inadequate availability of Ayurvedic and Homeopathy medical facilities in the wellness centres under CGHS:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter addressed to the Prime Minister of India submitting Inadequate availability of Ayurvedic and Homeopathy medical facilities in the wellness centres under CGHS, CGHS has now replied that "As far as the expansion of wellness centres of Ayurveda & Homeopathy in CGHS is concerned, you are informed that in the year 2021 there were 30 Ayurvedic Wellness Centres & 32 Homoeopathic wellness centres. You would be happy to know that the number of Ayurvedic & Homoeopathic wellness centres has been increased to 39 & 47 respectively till date. Further opening of new CGHS Ayurvedic & Homoeopathic Units is under process."  View the CGHS response

23.03.2023:

INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES A MOBILE APP NAMELY 'AIS FOR TAXPAYER':

Income Tax department has launched a mobile App viz. 'AIS for Taxpayer', available on Google Play & Apple Store, which provides information related to TDS/TCS, interest, dividends, share transaction, tax payments, Income Tax refunds etc. To access the mobile app, the taxpayer needs to register on the app by providing PAN number, authenticate with OTP sent on mobile number & email registered on the e-filing portal.  View the Press Release

22.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DG CGHS suggesting to increase the facility of Ayurvedic/Homeopathic/Unani and other such traditional/holistic medicine in CGHS Wellness Centres:

AIBSNLREA has written to DG CGHS pointing out that people have become increasingly aware of the benefits of these traditional medicine and also Homeopathy which are believed to provide natural cure without side effects and suggesting to increase the facility of Ayurvedic/Homeopathic/Unani and other such traditional/holistic medicine in CGHS Wellness Centres, providing two specific suggestions.  View the letter

21.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DG CGHS on Dismal state of affairs in Ichapur CGHS Wellness Centre, Kolkata and suggesting improvement of staff strength and opening of more Wellness Centres:

AIBSNLREA has written to DG CGHS on dismal state of affairs in Ichapur CGHS Wellness Centre, Kolkata and suggesting improvement of staff strength and opening of more Wellness Centres at Kalyani, Sodepur and Barrakpore.  View the letter

20.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA BALLIA BRANCH (UP STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA BALLIA Branch conducted its GB meeting on 19/03/2023 under the Presidentship of Shri D.S.Rai. Some issues were discussed which included unjustified requirement for submission of Medical option forms every year. The following new office bearers have been elected unanimously.
1.President: Shri A.K.Singh 9044064699
2.Branch Secretary: Shri P. N.Chaudhari 9451402929
3.Financial Secretary: Shri R. Y. Sharma 9415248973
4.Org.Secretary: Shri H.R.Chaurasia 9415243639
5.Auditor: Shri P.S.Srivastav 9415244451
Executive members: 1.Shri S.Khan; 2.Shri S.N.Singh; 3.Shri K.N.Ram; 4.Shri R.S.Gupta; 5.Shri S.K.Sinha

20.03.2023:

DELEGATION OF AIBSNLREA UTTAR PRADESH STATE BODY MEETS DEFENCE MINISTER:

A delegation of AIBSNLREA Uttar Pradesh State comprising S/Shri Ambika Singh, V.P.Singh, A.K Sharma, C.L.Sharma and Radheyshyam led by Shri R S Arora, State Secretary met Shri Rajnath Singh, Honourable Defence Minister in Lucknow on 19.03.2023 and submitted a memorandum for revision of payscale of working BSNL Executives and consequent pension revision of retired BSNL Executives. Shri Ambika Singh, State Financial Secretary had arranged for the meeting. The delegation explained to the MoD the justifications for relaxing affordability clause for BSNL and requested him to impress upon the Minister of Communications the need to resolve the long pending pay revision which will lead to pension revision, giving relief to the BSNL pensioners. MoD was very receptive and directed his Personal Secretary to put up our submission for forwarding to MoC for due consideration. CHQ congratulates and appreciates the efforts taken by AIBSNLREA U.P. State and the excellent presentation of the issue.  View the letter submitted by the AIBSNLREA U.P. delegation

17.03.2023:

Moh&FW issues modified guidelines on setting up of Local Advisory Committees for all CGHS dispensaries:

MoH&FW vide its F.No.S.11030/19/2023-EHS dated 17th March 2023 has issued revised guidelines for setting up of Grievance/Advisory Committees for all Health and Wellness Centres across the country and Zonal Advisory Committee (ZAC) at the level of Additional Director of the concerned Zone to facilitate seemless delivery of health care services and prompt redressal of grievances within CGHS System.  View the MoH&FW letter

17.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DG CGHS suggesting shifting of Ambala Wellness Centre to a spacious, easily accessible place:

AIBSNLREA has written to DG CGHS calling his attention that Ambala Wellness Centre is located at a difficult-to-reach location where the beneficiaries need to cross two railways subways which remain waterlogged for most of the time and that it does not have a separate injection room and dressing room. AIBSNLREA has requested him to get the earlier proposal of shifting it to a BSNL building which is newly constructed and conveniently located, re-examined.  View the letter

17.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA EAST GODAVARI BRANCH HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA EAST Godavari Branch held its GB Meeting at Hotel RL Grand, Kakinada on 14.03.2023 under the Presidentship of Sri GV Rama Krishna, Branch President. The meeting started at 10.30 hours with prayer. Sri GV Rama Krishna, Branch president, Sri G.S.V.S.S.Vara Prasad, Branch Secretary, Shri M Venkateswara Rao, CHQ Vice President and Finance Secretary Sri KBS Naidu were on the dais. The meeting paid homage to all the departed members by observing two minutes silence. President welcomed all the 90 members who attended the meeting. He briefed the house regrding unique feature of our District branch as its members were hailing from AP, Telangana States, MTNL, STR and Civil wings. The present strength of the branch raised to 329 with joining of nine new members during 25.06.2022 to 14.03.2023 and 4 members unfortunately passed away during this period. He also briefed the house regarding the election of new CHQ office bearers during 3rd All India Conference at Kolkata during January 2023. Sri M Venkateswara Rao, newly elected Vice President, CHQ in his maiden speech elaborated his experiences in all the three AICs of our Association at Bhubaneshwar, Madurai and Kolkata and election process taken place and his election as Vice President. Secretary Shri GSVSS Varaprasad praised the Services of Comrade Basu and shared the Memorable moments with him and wished him long life. He also informed the house about the new office bearers elected to CHQ.  View the Photos

16.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO CMD BSNL REGARDING Display of default/seizure notice by Greater Chennai Corporation in Chennai BSNL exchanges – Damaging the reputation of the Government owned PSU – Request intervention to avoid such instances in the future:

AIBSNLREA has written to CMD BSNL conveying "the immense mental pain and humiliation felt by the BSNL Pensioners over the disheartening event of display of default/seizure notice by Greater Chennai Corporation on the main gates of three BSNL Telephone Exchanges two days back allegedly for non-payment of arrears of property tax dues. Having put in 30-40 years of service in DoT and then in BSNL, shedding their blood, sweat and tears for the growth and glory of the organisations, the BSNL pensioners are extremely shocked to hear about the news which shows BSNL in bad light and damages its reputation." AIBSNLREA has requested CMD BSNL to look into the matter personally and to cause some mechanism to be put in place, to avoid such situations in the future.  View the letter

15.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DG CGHS submitting Suggestions for reducing difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries of Jodhpur District, Rajasthan:

AIBSNLREA has written to DG CGHS drawing his attention towards untold difficulties faced by CGHS beneficiaries of Jodhpur District, Rajasthan along with suggestions for removing the difficulties faced by them in availing CGHS benefits, detailing the deficiencies and improvement required.  View the letter

13.03.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'STRESS - HOW TO COPE UP WITH IT':

CGHS has informed us through email that as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, it is holding a webinar on ‘Stress - How to cope up with it’ at 4 PM on 14.03.2023. One can join the same by using the link: https://tinyurl.com/3jzsevuk

10.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA EAST GODAVARI BRANCH TO HOLD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA East Godavari Branch will be held at Hotel RL Grand (Back side of BSNL Telephone Exchange) KAKINADA on 14-03-2023 between 1000 hrs and 1600 hrs. All members and interested BSNL Retired Executives are are requested to attend.

10.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DG CGHS suggesting stringent terms and conditions in MOA for empanelment of Health Care Organisation (HCO) under CGHS to protect beneficiaries from harassment by private hospitals:

Pointing to numerous complaints against private empanelled hospitals regarding refusal of admission, denial of credit facility, non-honouring the permission letter issued by CMO in-charge of CGHS Wellness Centres, denial of admission even in emergency on the plea of non-availability of beds, refusal for conducting investigations as advised by Government Specialist and misbehaviour by the treating doctor and that a few of these complaints had been considered and acted upon by the Government by imposing 15% PBG as Liquidated Damages on the erring hospitals, AIBSNLREA has written to DG CGHS that "Issuing a warning letter or imposing 15% PBG as Liquidated Damage which normally amounts to Rs.1,50,000/- or Rs.75,000/- will never have the effect of mending the erring hospitals. While there is pressing need for adding more empanelled hospitals, care needs to be taken to ensure that the hospitals do not harass the CGHS beneficiaries. Erring hospitals can be made to behave only if stringent terms and conditions are included in the MOA, providing for foregoing of full PBG, additional penalty, termination of MOA and reporting every such case to the Human Rights Commission."  View the letter

08.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL ON Non-reimbursement of medical claims for emergency admission and bypass surgery – case of O N Chaubey, Retd DE (Enquiry) O/o CGMT UP East:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director (HR) BSNL to the long pending grievance of Shri O N Chaubey, Retd DE (Enquiry) O/o CGMT UP East on Non-payment of indoor medical claim for emergency admission and heart surgery he had at Gurgaon, Haryana in December 2014, which had been rejected by CGMT UP East Circle and has requested Director (HR) to advise UP East Circle to get the claim reviewed and approved for payment, taking into account the emergency admission and treatment to save his life, the due intimation given by FAX and the financial burden on the pensioner.  View the letter

06.03.2023:

E-JOURNAL MARCH 2023 ISSUE:

March 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "INCOME TAX WOES" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal March 2023

03.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA PURSUES PENDING ISSUES WITH AUTHORITIES IN BSNL CORPORATE OFFICE:

AGSs AIBSNLREA, Shri V P Arya and Shri Rakesh Sethi visited BSNL Corporate Office today to follow up pending issues. GM (Pers), PGM (Estt) and Director (HR) were away for a lecture in ALTTC Ghaziabad. We met Sr GM (Taxation) and DGM (Pers) and pursued the issues. In respect of wrong deduction of TDS without actual payment of medical claims of BSNL retired Executives of Rajasthan Circle, Sr GM (Taxation) said he was aware that instructions had been earlier issued to the Circles and will take up the matter with Rajasthan Circle. In respect of release of pensionary benefits of Shri B M Nyamati, we were informed that the Karnataka High Court had refused early hearing of the appeal and that there was some confusion about release of the pensionary benefits in case the appeal goes against the pensioner later. The matter will be further pursued with PGM (FP) citing release of pensionary benefits of some retirees of Karnataka circle when a CBI appeal is pending, after AIBSNLREA's efforts quoting a DoT letter. Regarding hodling of Review DPCs on the basis of revised seniority of TES Group B based on Supreme Court verdict, in respect of those who were promoted as DE during DoT period, there is said to be doubts about how to proceed with and the matter requires further discussions.

03.03.2023:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH SR.GENERAL MANAGER (TAXATION) BSNL CO THE ISSUE OF Wrong deduction of TDS without actual payment of medical claim despite instructions issued by BSNL CO to the Circles:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Sr. General Manager (Taxation) to the fact that "After prolonged persuasion from this Association, BSNL vide its letter No.BSNLCO-TAXN/11(15)/4/2021-Taxation/4315 dated 26.08.2021 addressed to GS AIBSNLREA had intimated us that "the matter has been examined and instruction has been issued to the Circles vide letter dated 3.02.2021 to discontinue the existing practice of deducting TDS at the time of posting of medical bill in the SAP and instead of that TDS to be deducted on Retirees Medicals Bills at the time of payment with effect from January 2021 (i.e. Q4 of F.Y. 2020-21) onwards. But to our shock, Rajasthan Circle has recently deducted TDS without making actual payment of medical claims which show in the Form 26AS of the retirees." AIBSNLREA has therefore requested him to look into the issue and cause remedial action by stopping such wrong recovery immediately by Rajasthan Circle and by issuing a general instruction to all the Circles in this regard.  View the letter

03.03.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA LUCKNOW BRANCH (UP STATE) HELD:

The General Body meeting of Lucknow Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 02-03-2023 in Door Sanchar Sadan Conference Hall at Laplace Lucknow under the Chairmanship of Shri B L Mishra Branch President. 30 members attended the meeting. Two were new members. Since the last meeting & biennial Conference on 28-12-2022, there has been increase of 12 members. The meeting appreciated that this was possible due to the dynamic leadership of Shri V P Singh. The resolutions passed by All India Conference at Kolkata were read by Shri S P Singh former Branch Secretary who had attended the AIC as delegate. The stand of the CHQ on Pension Revision was appreciated by the general body. Discussions were held on other resolutions also. Organising Secretary Shri Radhe Shyam briefed on our branch organisation activities with regard to local issues and other matters. State Secretary Shri R S Arora present in the meeting put up his opinion on different issues taken up in AIC Kolkata. He also spoke about a draft representation to be submitted to Honorable Defence Minister and MP from Lucknow Shri Raj Nath Singh to seek the approval of Cabinet for relaxing Affordability Clause as advised by DPE in matter of Pay Revision of BSNL Executives. Shri A K Sharma Asst Branch Secretary spoke about CGHS issues being faced by the members. Branch Secretary Shri V.P. Singh summarised the steps taken by the Branch for payment of Medical bills in Lucknow District. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by the Branch President.

03.03.2023:

ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA AMRAVATI BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HELD:

The 2nd Conference of AIBSNLREA Amravati Branch was held on Monday , the 20th February 2023 at Hotel Grace Inn , near Rajapeeth Police station Amravati , under the Chairmanship of Shri R. W. Tidake President of the Branch. The Conference was attended by 39 members along with Shri V.G. Dakhode, State Secretary, Maharashtra Circle. On the Day of Conference, 2 new members have joined the Association. [View Maharashtra State page of State News for full report]

02.03.2023:

DOT CLOSES THE APPEAL AGAINST DISPOSAL OF GRIEVANCE OF Shri A K DUBEY:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter addressed to Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW on the issue of regularization of the period of interruption in excess of joining time, due to the training and regular appointment being at different stations, DoT had replied that "Case has resolved', without mentioning how and by whom it has been resolved and without attaching any order resolving the issue. An appeal had been registered by AIBSNLREA seeking how and by whom the case has been resolved. Now DoT has closed the appeal stating that 'Appropriately replied. Copy attached,' attaching an earlier letter from AGM (HR) to AGM (Legal) both under CGMT UP West Circle.  View the attached letter

01.03.2023:

PGM LUCKNOW RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER ADDRESSED TO DIRECTOR (HR) BSNL REGARDING Non-reimbursement of medical claims for treatment of chronic illness – spouse of Shri Ambika Singh, Retd CAO, O/o PGM TD, Lucknow:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter addressed to the Director (HR) BSNL, requesting him to advise UP East Circle to process and pay the pending bills at the earliest, so as to give relief to the exhausted pensioner, PGM Lucknow has now replied that "All the bills of retiree which were as per rules have already ben paid and no medical limit pending unutilized for payment as per his medical outdoor limit eligibility. If any bills is left for payment, detailed information of the same is required. As far as extension of outdoor limit is concerned, the matter is not related to this section."  View the PGM Lucknow response

28.02.2023:

Increase of CGHS charges on the cards:

According to media reports, the health ministry has constituted a committee that is evaluating the charges applicable to users—mostly serving and retired central government employees as well as their families. The new fees may be announced next month. “We are revising the CGSH rates for empanelled private hospitals. Definitely, rates are going to get increased and this will attract more bigger private hospitals to join CGHS. The committee is reviewing the rate right now. After that, it will go to the finance division for approval and later it will be submitted before the health minister. Within one month, the entire process should be completed," said an official aware of the matter.  View the Media Report

28.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH SR.GENERAL MANAGER (PERS) BSNL CO THE ISSUE OF Implementation of orders of Supreme Court of India in CA No. 4389 of 2010 - Holding of Review DPCs for promotion to DE grade based on the revised seniority lists of TES Group B in respect of DE promotions ordered by DoT prior to formation of BSNL and extending the consequential benefits:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Sr. General Manager (Pers) to the fact that "Although BSNL has conducted Five Review DPCs in respect of earlier DPCs conducted by BSNL for regular promotion to DE/AGM grade, no Review DPC has been held till date in respect of DPCs for promotion to DE grade held during DoT period prior to formation of BSNL. When we took up the matter with DoT, we are told that all records/files had been handed over to BSNL after its formation and are available with BSNL and hence BSNL only needs to take action on this matter. Non-conduct of review DPCs in respect of those who were promoted as DE during DoT period and extending consequential benefits to them amounts to discrimination against them and also non-implementation of orders of Supreme Court of India in full." AIBSNLREA has requested him that action may be caused to be initiated for conducting of review DPCs in respect of all the DPCs for promotion to DE grade held during DoT period and issue of revised promotion orders, in order to remove the discrimination.  View the letter

27.02.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'THE ROLE OF SIDDHA MEDICINE TO LEAD A HEALTHY LIFE':

CGHS has informed us through email that as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, it is holding a webinar on ‘The role of Siddha medicine to lead a healthy life’ at 4 PM on 28.02.2023. One can join the same by using the link: https://tinyurl.com/4jufzm28

27.02.2023:

DOT RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 26TH DECEMBER 2022 regarding regularization of the period of interruption in excess of joining time, due to the training and regular appointment being at different stations, by grant of leave of the kind due or if no such leave is due, by grant of extraordinary leave – Case of Shri Ajay Kumar Dubey, Retd AGM, Agra Telecom district:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter addressed to Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW on the subject, DoT has replied that "Case has resolved', without mentioning how and by whom it has been resolved and without attaching any order resolving the issue. An appeal has been registered by AIBSNLREA seeking how and by whom the case has been resolved.  View the DoT response

26.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA VARANASI BRANCH (UP STATE) HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Varanasi Branch was held on 25th February 2023 from 10.30 AM to 2 PM at Angeethi Restaurant near Assi Ghat Varanasi. Sri P M Ansari President of Varanasi Branch Presided over the meeting. 29 members attended the meeting. The meeting passed resolution congratulating all the CHQ office bearers elected in AIC Kolkata on 7th and 8th January 2023. Sri R K Sinha CHQ Joint Secretary briefed about the AIC proceedings and the deliberations in the two virtual meetings of CHQ office bearers. Members appreciated the functioning of CHQ. The meeting passed another resolution for reopening of second CGHS Wellness Center in Varanasi. Sri P M Ansari President thanked all members for participating in the meeting.  View the Photos

25.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA VADODARA BRANCH (GUJARAT STATE) HOLDS ITS QUARTERLY GENERAL BODY MEETING:

The Quarterly General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA Vadodara branch (Gujarat State) was held on 1100 hrs. of 17-02-2023 at Hotel Utsav, Vadodara. 74 out of 153 members attended the meeting. The new members were welcomed by President, Shri Modi K A, in his welcome speech. The report of AIC Kolkata in details was presented by Shri Patel H V, a delegate of AIC Kolkata. The meeting was conducted by Shri Shah R T, Branch Secretary. He had covered all current issues, like Pension Revision latest condition, benefits & difficulties after migration to CCA from Banks, CGHS issues, pending medical bills of BSNL, etc. The issues raised by members were replied & noted for further persuasion. The members were disappointed by knowing, Gujarat has not got good posts in CHQ even though Gujarat is having more than 1300 members out of 6731 total members of AIBSNLREA. The vote of Thanks was given by Shri Joshi A B. The meeting was followed by delicious Lunch.  View the Photos

24.02.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of CHQ Office bearers of AIBSNLREA was held today evening. Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President presided over the meeting. GS detailed the important activities of the CHQ since the last meeting. He explained that the DoT order, finally ending discrimination against those who retired from July 2017 to April 2018 by denying them the benefit of extra increment on regular promotion to DE/AGM grade, is a significant achievement of AIBSNLREA, after lengthy and consistent efforts. Then, the progress in the decisions taken in the last meeting was reviewed. All the CHQ office bearers briefed the meeting about the progess made. All of them expressed satisfaction towards the activities of CHQ during the last one month. There were elaborate discussions on the problems faced in availing CGHS benefits and the need for increase in number of Wellness Centres and staffing. The meeting decided to collect specific cases of discrepancies and shortcomings in functioning of CGHS as experienced by Branch members and to take up those issues with CGHS Directorate with unrelenting determination. All CHQ office bearers will co-ordinate with the Branches to compile the required details. Branches will be requested to communicate specific cases to the CHQ. The 90 minutes-long virtual meeting was positive and purposeful.

24.02.2023:

DOP&PW RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 27th JANUARY 2023, ADDRESSED TO PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, SUBMITTING AIC RESOLUTION ON Grant of notional increment for Pensionary benefits in the cases where annual increment is due on the next day of retirement:

AIBSNLREA had submitted Kolkata AIC Resolution on Grant of notional increment for Pensionary benefits in the cases where annual increment is due on the next day of retirement, to the Prime Minister of India, requesting him to advise DoP&T to resolve the issue immediately. The letter had been forwarded to DoP&PW which has now replied that "In the matter of granting notional increment for pensionary benefits to those Central government servants who have retired on 30thJune/ 31st December of a year, DoPT vide  OM No.19/2/2018-Estt (Pay-I) dated 03.02.2021 and  F. No. 1453545/2021-Estt (Pay-I)dated 24.06.2021 has issued instructions."  View the DoP&PW reply

23.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, CGHS, suggesting facilitating indoor/hospital cashless treatment of CGHS beneficiaries residing in non-CGHS areas, through State Government Health Schemes like Rajasthan Government Health Scheme:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director General, CGHS, to some State Government Schemes wherein the employees and retired employees have the option to get cashless treatment in hundreds of empanelled Speciality/Multi-speciality private hospitals and has requested him that Department of Health & Family Welfare workout some Understanding/Agreement with these State Governments to facilitate CGHS card holders avail cashless inpatient treatment in hospitals empanelled under State Government Health Scheme in order to give relief to the CGHS beneficiaries residing in non-CGHS areas.  View the letter

21.02.2023:

DOP&PW RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 7TH AUGUST 2022 ON GRANT OF NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THOSE EMPLOYEES WHO HAD RETIRED ONE DAY BEFORE THEIR ANNUAL INCREMENT:

AIBSNLREA had requested Secretary (Pension) DoP&PW, to have the grievance re-examined with compassion and order extension of the benefit of notional increment for pensionary benefits to all the similarly placed pensioners. The grievance was wrongly forwarded to BSNL which was sitting on it for four months and then closed it stating that the case issubjudice, while BSNL has no role to play on this matter. The grievance was resubmitted and DoP&PW has now closed the docket stating that "This is not a grievance. The matter pertains to demand/suggestion for change in govt policy."  View the DoP&PW reply

20.02.2023:

DOT FINALLY ISSUES ORDERS REMOVING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THOSE WHO RETIRED DURING THE PERIOD FROM JULY 2017 TO APRIL 2018:

AIBSNLREA's prolonged and continuous efforts have finally succeeded with DoT issuing orders vide its OM No.40-12/2004-Pen(T)(Pt) dated 20th February 2023, extending the benefit of DoT order No.40-12/2004-Pen(T)(Pt) dated 17.05.2018 to absorbed BSNL employees who have retired between 05.07.2017 and 17.05.2018, after obtaining an undertaking that in the event of the court orders are in favour of DoT, the over paid amount due to grant of an extra increment in the post based promotion under EPP will be refunded.  View the DoT letter

20.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA WRITES TO THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, CGHS, ON Miserable situation where a BSNL Pensioner or his family member falls ill and requires indoor treatment after surrendering his BSNLMRS card but before getting a CGHS card:

AIBSNLREA has drawn the attention of Director General, CGHS, to a miserable and tragic situation wherein a BSNL Pensioner or his family member falls ill and requires indoor treatment after surrendering his BSNLMRS card but before getting a CGHS card and has requested him to get suitable guidelines issued, similar to the one on reimbursement when Central Government Pensioners take treatment immediately after retirement before getting CGHS cards, issued vide F.No.12011/64/98-CGHS Desk-I/CGHS(P) dated 15.09.2011.  View the letter

17.02.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA PALAKKAD BRANCH (KERALA STATE) HELD:

A GB meeting of Palakkad Branch was held on Tuesday the 14.2.2023 at TOP IN TOWN Auditorium, Palakkad. The meeting started at 11AM with a silent prayer.50 members attended the meeting. The Secretary welcomed the gathering.During the welcome speech the Secretary reported the election of Mr. K. Gopinathan as the new CHQ Organising Secretary (South) in the recently held All India Conference at Kolkata. All members felicitated Mr. Gopinathan on his unanimous election as Organising Secretary (South) and congratulated him and wished him all success in his new assignment. Mr. Gopinathan and Mr .A.L.Viswanathan, the delegates to the above conference shared their experience in the conference and reported that the conference was a perfectly held event with no room for any complaints and congratulated the Organisers and the All India Committee. During the discussion on organisational matters, the President Mr.Ramanathan and the secretary Mr. Prabhakaran spoke in detail on all matters regarding payment of medical bills, migration to Sampann and CGHS and pension revision. As the Financial Secretary Mr. K.C.Venkitachalam informed that he will not be in a position to continue due to personal reasons, Mr. P. Swaminathan, Retd SDE was elected as Financial Secretary.The meeting concluded at 1-30 PM after vote of thanks by Asst Secretary Mr.P.P.Krishnanunni. Lunch was served after concluding the meeting.

16.02.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA MUMBAI BRANCH (MAHARASHTRA STATE) HELD:

General body meeting of Mumbai Branch was held on 14. 02.2023 at 1300 hrs sharp in conference Hall, BSNL administrative building, 1st floor, B wing, Juhu road, Santa Cruz (w), Mumbai 400054. Comrade Vasudeva presided over the meeting. He welcomed all members for attending the meeting at a very short notice. The house then observed 2 minutes silence in memory of our departed comrades during this period. Secretary of Mumbai branch read out the Minutes of last General body meeting which was passed by the house without any modifications. State President of Maharashtra Comrade Vasudeva in his address informed the house about all developments at CHQ & Circle level and briefed about all Deliberations of AIC KOLKATA and resolutions passed there in detail. Branch Secretary appreciated the work of comrade Vasudeva & efforts taken by him for Association, his guidance, and incomparable initiative at the age of 83 years. Then the Secretary informed about the amendment to Constitution approved by the AIC, enhancing the membership fee from Rs 500 to Rs 1000 & enrollment fee from Rs 50 to Rs 100 effective from 1st April 2023. He requested the members to enroll new members. He gave vote of thanks & meeting was declared as over at 1500 hrs.

15.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA writes to PGM (Estt) BSNL CO requesting release of withheld DCRG – case of Shri Prem Shankar Prasad, Retd SDE, Dhanbad:

AIBSNLREA has addressed PGM (Estt) BSNL seeking his attention towards the grievance of Shri Prem Shankar Prasad, Retd SDE, Dhanbad, who has been denied payment of his DCRG on his retirement due to pending CBI case which has been prolonging for more than 18 years now.  View the letter

14.02.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA THANJAVUR/KUMBAKONAM BRANCH (TAMILNADU STATE) HELD:

A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA Thanjavur/Kumbakonam branch was conducted at Kumbakonam on 12.02.2023. Shri E.Rajasekaran Branch President presided over the meeting. Smt.R.Jayalakshmi welcomed all and requested all to participate in the discussions. Shri E.Rajasekaran Branch President, Shri R.J.Christopher, Branch Secretary and Shri M.S.Radhakrishnan, State Secretary, spoke on various subjects. The well organised All India Conference, participation of a good number of delegates / guests from Tamilnadu, the important points in our General Secretary's report, the resolutions and decisions of the AIC, the election of new office bearers were elaborately reported. The Branch activities, the approach of the administration, status of payment of Medical bills / FMA, issues of CGHS, issues related to migration to SAMPANN, the present status of pay revision of BSNL staff and Pension revision were discussed in details. The queries raised by the members were answered. Three new members have joined our association in the meeting. The meeting was very purposeful and effective. Members donated liberally to the Branch.

14.02.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA AMBALA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HELD:

14.02.2023: GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA AMBALA BRANCH (HARYANA STATE) HELD: The general body meeting of Ambala Branch of AIBSNLREA was held on 11th February 2023 at Dilli Durbar Restaurant. 32 Members attended the meeting which was presided over by Shri R K Sharma Branch President. At the outset the President welcomed all the participants. Then condolences were paid to our member Shri CM Handa Retired SE from Electrical wing who expired since our last meeting. Shri Yogesh Sharma a member from Kurukshetra Branch also joined our meeting as guest. Then Shri S K Aggarwal Branch Secretary briefed the members in detail on the various issues that were discussed in our AIC at Kolkata. The members were briefed on the issue of pension revision status vis-a-vis the stand of other Associations which is changing from time to time, medical payments for BSNL retirees, Income tax deductions on one time reimbursement of CGHS contributions, enhancement of pension on attaining the age of 65, 70 and 75 years and all other issues in GS report discussed in the AIC. Election of new Branch Secretary was also conducted due to present BS being elected in CHQ body. Shri S K Bindal was unanimously elected as new Branch Secy. Shri Yogesh Sharma and Sh K.L Gakhar enthralled the members with their songs. The meeting ended with vote of thanks and was followed by Lunch.

13.02.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'HEALTHCARE FOR THE ELDERLY':

CGHS has informed us through email that as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, it is holding a webinar on ‘Healthcare for the elderly’ at 4 PM on 14.02.2023. One can join the same by using the link: http://tinyurl.com/33ny3hrj

13.02.2023:

DOP&PW RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 12.10.2022 REQUESTING ISSUE OF EARLY ORDERS FOR ADDITIONAL QUANTUM OF PENSION ON ATTAINING THE AGE OF 65 YEARS, 70 YEARS AND 75 YEARS:

AIBSNLREA vide its letter No.AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2022/42 dated 11th October 2022 had drawn the attention of Secretary (Pension), DoP&PW to a Himachal Pradesh Government order facilitating Additional quantum of Pension on attaining the age of 65 years, 70 years and 75 Years and requested him to issue early orders based on recommendations of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice. DoP&PW has now replied that "As recommended by the Parliamentary Committee, the matter was pursued with the Ministry of Finance. However the same was not agreed to. Accordingly, a report was submitted to the Parliamentary Committee for their perusal which has been noted by the committee."  View the DoP&PW reply

11.02.2023:

GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA KURUKSHETRA BRANCH HELD:

A general body meeting of AIBSNLREA Kurukshetra branch was held on 8.02.2023 at 11.00 in Haryana Tourism Neelkanthi resort. Shri S K Verma Branch President presided over the well attended meeting. Shri R.S.Sandhu Joint Secretary CHQ and Shri Balbir Singh Branch Secretary Patiala were also present . At the very outset Branch Secretary Shri Rajvir Choudhary welcomed the Joint Secretary and the members and requested Shri Jogi Ram State Secretary to brief the members about the deliberations of the AIC which he had attended recently at Kolkatta. Shri Jogi Ram explained in detail about important features of GS report containing complete account of activities of the Association over the previous three years. It was informed that detailed discussions were held on Pay/pension revision and the stand of AIBSNREA was appreciated and approved by the AIC. Before ending the meeting a resolution was unanimously passed to place on record the appreciation for the long and valuable services rendered by Com S Basu the outgoing General Secretary of this great association which he founded and served tirelessly. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks followed by lunch.

10.02.2023:

DOT RESPONDS TO AIBSNLREA LETTER DATED 12.10.2022 REQUESTING TO ACHIEVE PAY SCALE PARITY BETWEEN BSNL AND MTNL EXECUTIVES:

AIBSNLREA vide its letter No.AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2022/42 dated 12th October 2022 had pointed out to DoT OM dated 28.04.2014 which had stated that the arrangement as specified in para (c ) of the OM shall continue till next wage revision by which time MTNL and BSNL shall achieve pay scale parity by bringing down the pay scales of MTNL to the level of BSNL pay scales. The Association had requested that “Now that 3rd PRC recommendations for the Executives are not getting implemented for BSNL Executives for one reason or the other, the Pay Scales of BSNL Executives be raised at the level of MTNL Executives w.e.f. 01.01.2017, in the light of the above decisions of the Government”. DoT has now replied that "Any such proposal as demanded for enhancing the pay scales of BSNL to the level of MTNL would be against the decision of Cabinet."  View the DoT reply

09.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS RESOLUTION regarding Stopping of continuous harassment of BSNL pensioners by categorizing the reimbursement of one-time contribution paid to CGHS as taxable by BSNL and reflecting in the Form 26AS, PASSED IN THE THIRD AIC HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

Kolkata AIC Resolution on Stopping of continuous harassment of BSNL pensioners by categorizing the reimbursement of one-time contribution paid to CGHS as taxable by BSNL and reflecting in the Form 26AS, has been submitted by AIBSNLREA to the Prime Minister of India requesting him to advise BSNL to stop harassing the pensioners by showing the reimbursed amount as taxable income.  View the letter

08.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA SEEKS INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA IN THE MATTER OF "Inadequate availability of Ayurvedic and Homeopathy medical facilities in the wellness centres under CGHS":

AIBSNLREA has submitted AIC Kolkata resolution on "Inadequate availability of Ayurvedic and Homeopathy medical facilities in the wellness centres under CGHS" to Prime Minister of India and sought his intervention and advice to DoH&FW to resolve the issue at the earliest.  View the letter

06.02.2023:

E-JOURNAL FEBRUARY 2023 ISSUE:

February 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "CHANGE, BUT NO CHANGE" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal February 2023

06.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS RESOLUTION regarding Non-payment of medical claims, indoor and outdoor including without voucher claims under BSNLMRS, pending since the financial year 2018-19, to the BSNL Retirees by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, PASSED IN THE THIRD AIC HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

Kolkata AIC Resolution on Non-payment of medical claims, indoor and outdoor including without voucher claims under BSNLMRS, pending since the financial year 2018-19, to the BSNL Retirees by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, has been submitted by AIBSNLREA to the Prime Minister of India requesting him to advise BSNL to monitor the implementation of its instructions closely and ensure that not a single claim is left unpaid.  View the letter

03.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA SEEKS INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA IN THE MATTER OF "Improvements required in CGHS functioning – Increasing number of empanelled hospitals, number of wellness centres, online CMO approval of investigation advised by empanelled hospitals":

AIBSNLREA has submitted AIC Kolkata resolution on "Improvements required in CGHS functioning – Increasing number of empanelled hospitals, number of wellness centres, online CMO approval of investigation advised by empanelled hospitals" to Prime Minister of India and sought his intervention and advice to DoH&FW to resolve the issue at the earliest.  View the letter

02.02.2023:

BSNL CO plans to launch web based portal for retired employees for submitting and checking the status of medical claims w.e.f. 1st March 2023:

Director (HR) BSNL has requested all Heads of Circles to bestow their personal attention in the matter so that the portal "Goes Live" w.e.f. 1st March 2023, asserting that this portal will be a great asset to the retired employees and to the organisation as a whole.  View the letter from Director (HR) BSNL

02.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA AMRAVATI BRANCH HELD ITS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING:

The Executive Committee Meeting of AIBSNLREA, Amravati Branch was held under the Chairmanship of Shri V. G. Dakhode , State Secretary , at about 1400 hrs of 29th January 2023 in the Hotel “ GRACE INN “ Amravati. The meeting was attended by all the Executive Members of the Branch. The Branch Secretaryinformed the house about the developments taken place after the last meeting. He elaborated account of the developments in respect of payment of pending medical claims. It was understood that most of the pending medical claims, with and without vouchers are settled & payments are received by most of the members. Then he discussed in detail about the latest position of the Court Case developments and highlighted the important key issues of the BSNL being processed at State & All India level. The queries raised by the members were duly replied by him. The main discussion in the meeting was holding of the Divisional Conference of AIBSNLREA Branch Amravati on 20th of February 2023. The Venue was confirmed as the “ HOTEL GRACEE INN “ opp. Rajapeth Police Station Amravati. After address by the State Secretary, the meeting was concluded with the vote of thanks by Shri M.Z.Shinde , Finance Secretary of AIBSNLREA Amravati Branch.

02.02.2023:

QUARTERLY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA PUNE BRANCH HELD:

Pune Branch conducted its quarterly meeting on 28th January 2023 at Conference Hall, Bajirao Road Telephone Bhavan, Pune. During the meeting there were 72 young retired officers including ladies comrades present. Conference Hall was full jam packed and healthy pleasant atmosphere was noticed by one and all. Meeting was chaired under the dynamic Presidentship of Dr S.K.RAMAMURTHY who welcomed all the existing executives and New members and Briefed the meeting Agenda and directed Branch Secretary to proceed accordingly. Pune Branch Secretary S.C.Patil once again welcomed all the executives on behalf of Pune Branchanch. Ten new members were added on the same day. As a customary practice, President & Branch Secretary welcomed new members by offering Rose flowers and distributed Makarasankrant/Pongal festival sweets in the meeting to all. Nearly 20 members who completed their birthday in the quarter were present and AIBSNLREA Pune Branch celebrated their birthday by lighting lamps and cutting cake. Felicitation programme was also arranged for those who completed 75 years of age but not attended due to personal issue.[View Maharashtra State page of State News for full text]

02.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS RESOLUTION regarding Sudden dropping of the agenda to Introduce Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing in Non-CGHS area from the meetings of SCOVA, PASSED IN THE THIRD AIC HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

Kolkata AIC Resolution on Grant of Sudden dropping of the agenda to Introduce Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing in Non-CGHS area from the meetings of SCOVA, has been submitted by AIBSNLREA to the Prime Minister of India requesting him to advise DoP&PW to resolve the issue immediately.  View the letter

01.02.2023:

UNION BUDGET 2023-24 - ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING INCOME TAX & SAVINGS:


No change in tax slabs of old income tax regime.
New income tax regime will now be the default regime but taxpayers have an option to choose old regime. Standard deduction of Rs.50000 to salaried individual will now be allowed under the new income tax regime also.
Rebate limit under the new tax regime to be increased from Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 7 lakhs.
Encashment of earned leave up to 10 months of average salary at the time of retirement in case of an employee other than an employee of the Central Government or State Government is exempt under sub clause (ii) of clause (10AA) of section 10 of the Income Tax Act to the extent notified. The maximum amount which can be exempted is Rs 3 lakhs at present. It is proposed to issue a notification to extend this limit to Rs 25 lakhs.
Under the senior citizen savings scheme, the maximum investment limit has been increased from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 30 lakh. This has been a long time demand from AIBSNLREA.

01.02.2023:

AIBSNLREA SEEKS INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA IN THE MATTER OF "Non-implementation of assurance to extend the benefit of option to retain CDA pay scale till their promotion or retirement whichever is earlier offered in the General Terms and Conditions of Service for absorption to the Group C & D employees by the Department of Telecommunications":

AIBSNLREA has submitted AIC Kolkata resolution on "Non-implementation of assurance to extend the benefit of option to retain CDA pay scale till their promotion or retirement whichever is earlier offered in the General Terms and Conditions of Service for absorption to the Group C & D employees by the Department of Telecommunications" to Prime Minister of India and sought his intervention and advice to DoT to resolve the issue at the earliest.  View the letter

31.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS RESOLUTION ON Increase of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) from Rs.1000 per month to Rs.3000 per month as recommended by the Parliamentary Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, PASSED IN THE THIRD AIC HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

Kolkata AIC Resolution on Increase of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) from Rs.1000 per month to Rs.3000 per month as recommended by the Parliamentary Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, has been submitted by AIBSNLREA to the Prime Minister of India requesting him to advise DoE/DoP&PW to resolve the issue immediately.  View the letter

31.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA PURSUES ISSUES PENDING, WITH AUTHORITIES IN DOT HEADQUARTERS:

AGSs AIBSNLREA Shri V P Arya and Shri Rakesh Sethi visited DoT Headquarters yesterday (30.01.2023) for pursuing some pending issues. They met Member (S) and greeted him on the eve of his retirement. When asked about the status of DoT proposal on pension revision, he said that it is still under process as it involves multiple departments and also BSNL. He then introduced both the AGSs to DDG (Pers) and the new Advisor (Operations) who were present. Later, we discussed with DDG (Pers) about initiating the process of holding review DPCs, in respect of DE DPCs held during DoT period prior to formation of BSNL, as per revised seniority of TES Group B in order to implement Supreme Court orders and for extension of consequential benefits. He said all files had been handed over to BSNL after its formation and only BSNL has to act. We told him that BSNL has put the ball in DoT's court stating that DoT has to act on it. He said that BSNL was not able to handover files even in other subjects when required. We have requested him to get the issue sorted out.

Officials in SEA section in DoT expressed ignorance of any letter from CCA Tamilnadu seeking clarification on BSNL guidelines dated 30.01.2020 in respect of Employees who were permitted to go on BSNL VRS 2019, when punishment was in currency, with particular reference to the case of Shri Sampathkumar Retd AO, Tamilnadu. We have been requested to get the reference from CCA Tamilnadu so that the letter could be traced and necessary clarification can be issued.

In the case of issue of Vigilance clearance for absorption in BSNL consequent on acquittal in a CBI case, for Shri Sutaria, Retd JTO Gujarat Circle, we were informed that in accordance with advice by Legal Advisor (DoT), letters/mails have been addressed to ACB CBI Gujarat requesting to convey the present status of appeal. When it was pointed out that DoT had already issued instructions regarding action to be taken in cases of appeal pending against acquittal and therefore there is no need to know the status of the appeal, we were informed that advice from Legal Advisor has to be complied with and once reply is received from ACB CBI Gujarat, the case will be processed accordingly.

30.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA NAGPUR BRANCH HOLDS ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:

General body meeting of AIBSNLREA Nagpur Branch was conducted on 23.01.2023 at Dr.B.Ambedkar hall opp. Sai Mandir,Warda road Nagpur to apprise all members about the deliberations AIC held at Kolkatta on 7th 8th Jan 2023. After all officer bearers took their seat on the dias,they have lighted the divine lamp as a start of meeting & garlanded the photos of Samrat Ashok, Mahatma Jyotiba Fule, Shri Sahuji Maharaj and Dr.B.Ambedkar. The Branch Secretary Shri N.R.Rachakondawar welcomed all. One minute silence was observed by all as a mark of condolence to departed members, G.S.Kriplani & B.J.Narayan.[View Maharashtra State page of State News for full text]

30.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA SEEKS INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA IN THE MATTER OF "Restoration of Commuted Value of Pension after 7 years from the date of commutation in view of the fact that the interests on loans given by the banks have drastically come down and commuted value of pension gets recovered fully within 7 years":

AIBSNLREA has forwarded AIC Kolkata resolution on "Restoration of Commuted Value of Pension after 7 years from the date of commutation in view of the fact that the interests on loans given by the banks have drastically come down and commuted value of pension gets recovered fully within 7 years" to Prime Minister of India and sought his intervention and advice to DoE to resolve the issue at the earliest.  View the letter

29.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA KOLHAPUR BRANCH HOLDS ITS QUARTERLY MEETING:

AIBSNLREA Kolhapur Branch held its Quarterly meeting on 22nd of January 2023 in the Conference Hall Of Telephone Bhavan, Kolhapur under the Prsidentship of Shri P S Kulkarni. Meeting started with the usual Prayer. Then President in his opening address welcomed all the Members who had come from Kolhapur, Sangli, and spoke on some developments in respect of our issues viz.Medical Bill Payments, Pension revision etc. Then New Members Shri Athavale, from Sangli Shri B. M. Kolki were welcomed by the Secretary & President with Bouquet, who then introduced themself to the House. Then Secretary, Shri L M Godi, spoke on the issues of status of payment Medical Bill claims and Medical Allowance, Developments in respect of Pension Revision, Court Cases etc.[View Maharastra State page of State News for full text]

27.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS RESOLUTION ON Grant of notional increment for Pensionary benefits in the cases where annual increment is due on the next day of retirement, PASSED IN THE THIRD AIC HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

Kolkata AIC Resolution on Grant of notional increment for Pensionary benefits in the cases where annual increment is due on the next day of retirement, has been submitted by AIBSNLREA to the Prime Minister of India requesting him to advise DoP&T to resolve the issue immediately.  View the letter

27.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA takes up with Director (HR) BSNL, the issue of Non-reimbursement of medical claims for treatment of chronic illness – spouse of Shri Ambika Singh, Retd CAO, O/o PGM TD, Lucknow:

AIBSNLREA has written to Director (HR) BSNL regarding Non-reimbursement of medical claims for treatment of chronic illness – spouse of Shri Ambika Singh, Retd CAO, O/o PGM TD, Lucknow, requesting him to advise UP East Circle administration to process and pay the pending bills at the earliest, so as to give relief to the exhausted pensioner.  View the letter

25.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS RESOLUTION ON Non-restoration of grant of extra-increment on their post-based promotion under “BSNL Executive Promotion Policy” to the BSNL Executives retired between July 2017 and April 2018 by the Department of Telecommunications and denial of their consequent pension revision by the Controllers of Communication Accounts, PASSED IN THE THIRD AIC HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

Kolkata AIC Resolution on Non-restoration of grant of extra-increment on their post-based promotion under “BSNL Executive Promotion Policy” to the BSNL Executives retired between July 2017 and April 2018 by the Department of Telecommunications and denial of their consequent pension revision by the Controllers of Communication Accounts, has been submitted by AIBSNLREA to the Prime Minister of India requesting him to advise DoT to resolve the issue immediately.  View the letter

24.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS RESOLUTION ON Payment of consequential benefits to the former TES Group B Officers of Department of Telecommunication since absorbed in BSNL and MTNL, following revision of their seniority, as ordered by Hon’ble Supreme Court in its final judgment delivered on 14.12.2017 in CA No(s) 4389 of 2010, PASSED IN THE THIRD AIC HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA:

Kolkata AIC Resolution on Payment of consequential benefits to the former TES Group B Officers of Department of Telecommunication since absorbed in BSNL and MTNL, following revision of their seniority, as ordered by Hon’ble Supreme Court in its final judgment delivered on 14.12.2017 in CA No(s) 4389 of 2010, has been submitted by AIBSNLREA to the Prime Minister of India requesting him to advise DoT to implement the said Supreme Court judgment in letter and spirit.  View the letter

23.01.2023:

CGHS TO HOLD WEBINAR ON 'NEWER CGHS INITIATIVES FOR THE BENEFICIARIES':

CGHS has informed us through email that as a step further towards the issue ‘Your Health Our Goal’, it is holding a webinar on ‘Newer CGHS initiatives for the beneficiaries’ at 4 PM on 24.01.2023. One can join the same by using the link: http://tinyurl.com/4cymur2m

23.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA SEEKS INTERVENTION OF PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA IN THE MATTER OF "Survival of BSNL vis-a-vis Revival Packages 2019 and 2022 as announced by the Government– Vital recommendations of IIM, Ahmedabad on the core issue ignored":

AIBSNLREA has forwarded AIC Kolkata resolution on "Survival of BSNL vis-a-vis Revival Packages 2019 and 2022 as announced by the Government– Vital recommendations of IIM, Ahmedabad on the core issue ignored" to Prime Minister of India and sought his intervention and advice to DoT to implement IIM Ahmedabad recommendation in full.  View the letter

21.01.2023:

VIRTUAL MEETING OF AIBSNLREA CHQ OFFICE BEARERS HELD:

A virtual meeting of newly elected CHQ Office bearers of AIBSNLREA was held today evening. Shri V.Chinnapappiah, CHQ President presided over the meeting. Sharing of responsibilities as provided in the Constitution was discussed and assigned to each office bearer. The methodology of co-ordination with State and Branch Secretarires was discussed and finalised. It was decided to impress upon Branch Secretaries the need to hold GB meetings as frequently as possible to allow percolation of important information related to BSNL Pensioners on various issues, down to every member. General Secretary briefed all about the issues to be followed up at BSNL Corporate Office and DoT levels. It was decided that the CHQ Office bearers will meet virtually every month to review the activities.

20.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS RESOLUTION ON Increase in quantum of pension by 5%, 10% & 15% on attaining the age of 65 years, 70 years & 75 years respectively as recommended by the Parliamentary Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, PASSED IN THE THIRD AIC HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, REQUESTING TO ADVISE DoP&PW/DoE TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS AT THE EARLIEST:

Kolkata AIC Resolution on Increase in quantum of pension by 5%, 10% & 15% on attaining the age of 65 years, 70 years & 75 years respectively as recommended by the Parliamentary Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has been now submitted by AIBSNLREA to the Prime Minister of India requesting him to advise DoP&PW/DoE to implement the recommendations at the earliest.  View the letter

19.01.2023:

KOLLKATA AIC RESOLUTION ON Implementation of Government’s decision, as conveyed in DoT OM No. 42-4/2012-Pen(T) dated 28.04.2014, to achieve pay scale parity of MTNL and BSNL by bringing down the pay scales of MTNL to the level of BSNL pay scales at the time of next wage revision, AS ADOPTED IN ITS ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT KOLKATA, is submitted TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, REQUESTING TO ADVISE DOT TO SETTLE THIS LONG PENDING ISSUE IMMEDIATELY:

Kolkata AIC Resolution on Implementation of Government’s decision, as conveyed in DoT OM No. 42-4/2012-Pen(T) dated 28.04.2014, to achieve pay scale parity of MTNL and BSNL by bringing down the pay scales of MTNL to the level of BSNL pay scales at the time of next wage revision has been now submitted by AIBSNLREA has now submitted to the Prime Minister of India requesting him to advise DoT to resolve the issue at the earliest. The resolution notes that the above decision at Para (d) of the DoT OM dated 28.04.2012 implies that at the time of 3rd PRC implementation, BSNL pay scales will have to be at least brought up to the level of MTNL. since MTNL-Pay scales cannot be brought down from their existing levels.  View the letter

18.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS THE RESOLUTION ON Unjustifiably forcing BSNL to pay Pension contribution on maximum of pay scale instead of actual pay in respect of the BSNL Employees, AS ADOPTED IN ITS ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, REQUESTING TO ADVISE DOT/DOE TO SETTLE THIS LONG PENDING ISSUE IMMEDIATELY:

AIBSNLREA has now submitted the resolution which was passed in its Third All India Conference held at Kolkata on 7th and 8th January 2023 in regard to Unjustifiably forcing BSNL to pay Pension contribution on maximum of pay scale instead of actual pay in respect of the BSNL Employees, to the Prime Minister of India requesting his intervention for immediate settlement of the long pending issue.  View the letter

17.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA SUBMITS THE RESOLUTION ON PAY REVISION OF BSNL EXECUTIVES BY RELAXING AFFORDABILITY CLAUSE AS CLARIFIED BY DPE, AS ADOPTED IN ITS ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT KOLKATA, TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, REQUESTING TO ADVISE DOT TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO SEEK APPROVAL OF THE CABINET FOR RELAXING AFFORDABILITY CLAUSE:

AIBSNLREA has since submitted the resolution which was passed in its Third All India Conference held at Kolkata on 7th and 8th January 2023 in regard to Pay revision of BSNL Executives w.e.f. 1.1.2017 as per DPE Order No. W/2/0028/2017-DPE(WC)-GL-XIII/17 dated 03.08.2017 by relaxation of its “affordability” clause in pursuance to the clarification communicated to DoT by DPE vide its No. W-02/0004/2018-DPE-WC dated 18.04.2018.  View the letter

14.01.2023:

Delhi High Court rules that DoT directive dated 25.06.2021 interpreting the definition of employment/re-employment to include engagement on contractual/consultant basis is contrary to the terms and conditions of BSNL VRS-2019 :

DoT vide its OM No.19-I/2019/SU-I dated 25.06.2021 with reference to clarification sought by BSNL Corporate Office dated 02.03.2021 had clarified that engagement in a CPSE/Government on contractual/consultancy basis would also qualify as re-employment/employment under the DPE guidelines. Hon'ble Delhi High Court in a writ petition WP (C) 5511/2022 filed against this clarification by DoT, has ruled that DoT directive dated 25.06.2021 interpreting the definition of employment/re-employment to include engagement on contractual/consultant basis is contrary to the terms and conditions of BSNL VRS-2019.  View the Delhi High Court Judgement

12.01.2023:

THIRD ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF AIBSNLREA HELD AT KOLKATA ON 7TH AND 8TH JANUARY 2023 - ANOTHER DECISIVE MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF AIBSNLREA:

The Third All India Conference of AIBSNLREA at Kolkata on 7th and 8th January was grand, dignified and purposeful, conducted in a jubilant and comradely atmosphere. The meticulously prepared General Secretary’s Report formed the core of the discussions in the Conference. After discussions, the Conference reiterated the perspective of the Association decided in the Madurai AIC, that pension revision follows pay revision. There were comprehensive discussions on issues like non-payment of medical bills and the efforts taken by the Association, issues faced by the CGHS beneficiaries and problems arising out of migration to SAMPANN. The Conference unanimously passed resolutions on various issues. Constitutional amendment increasing the Life-time subscription from Rs.500 plus Rs.50 admission fee to Rs.1000 plus Rs.100 admission fee was passed unanimously. The subscription will be shared by CHQ, State and Branch @ 30%, 30% and 40% respectively. Rs.100 admission fee will be retained by the Branch. The new rate of subscription will take effect from 01.04.2023. After the present body was dissolved, election of office bearers for the ensuing period was conducted by Shri L.Sundararaman assisted by Shri GSVSS Varaprasad and Shri Anand Prakash Sharma. While most of the office bearers, including President, General Secretary and Finance Secretary were elected unanimously, there was a friendly contest for the posts of Vice-President, Asst. General Secretary and Joint Secretary. Shri V.Chinnapappiah, Shri R.R.Balasubramanian and Shri Awadesh Sharma have been unanimously elected as President, General Secretary and Finance Secretary respectively. Shri S.Basu, the founder General Secretary and Leading Light of Telecom Executives expressed satisfaction and happiness in passing the mantle to the next generation.
 View the list of new Office bearers
  View the GS Report
  View the Resolutions
  View the Photos

10.01.2023:

Sr. General Manager (CA/EROP-FICO) writes to AIBSNLREA in response to its letter on early allotment of funds for payment of pending medical bills:

In response to AIBSNLREA letter dated 03.01.2023 addressed to PGM CBB BSNL CO, Sr.GM (CA/EROP-FICO), has addressed a letter to AIBSNLREA stating that "CBB section has already requested the Circles to provide the list of the medical liability document numbers of retired employees which are pending for payment. Also this office has issued letter to all the Circles on 04.01.2023 to provide the updated list to CBB section." The letter further states that "it will be helpful if the association can also request its members to furnish the correct bank particulars to respective units for smooth payment of the bills/allowance. While it is likely, considering such a distributed set up that some bills will remain unpaid, it is assured that the matter is regularly monitored from Corporate Office, such that retirees are not faced with difficulties in this regard."  View the BSNL letter

10.01.2023:

DoT forwards our letter requesting to complete disciplinary proceedings in the case of Shri A G Kamalwar, DE Maharashtra Circle, to CVO BSNL:

DoT has forwarded our letter dated 28.11.2022 to CVO BSNL for final decision in the case of Shri A G Kamalwar, DE Maharashtra Circle.  View the DoT response

10.01.2023:

CGMT Gujarat Circle responds to AIBSNLREA letter dated 12th December 2022:

AIBSNLREA had addressed a second letter to the Secretary, DoT on non-regularisation of the suspension period despite acquittal in a CBI case, in addition to non-payment of Gratuity, Commutation of pension and non-settlement of regular pension in respect of Shri H S Sutaria, Retd JTO, Gujarat Circle. CGMT, Gujarat has now responded by stating that VC for issuance of Presidential Order for absorption in BSNL has been resubmitted to VO, Gujarat Circle and that the case for regularisation of suspension period has already been submitted to BSNL CO for further submission to DoT, along with relevant documents.  View the CGMT Gujarat letter

10.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA Udaipur Branch to hold GB meeting on 14.01.2023:

Udaipur Branch of AIBSNLREA will hold its General Body Meeting on 14.01.2023 at 11.00 AM in Townhall Garden, Udaipur. All members and interested BSNL retired executives are requested to attend the meeting.

06.01.2023:

E-JOURNAL JANUARY 2023 ISSUE:

January 2023 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal with the Editorial "NEW YEAR - RESOLVE TO BE HAPPY" has been uploaded. All the issues of the E-Journal can be downloaded from the drop down menu "EJournal Archives" at the top of the website.  View the E-journal January 2023

05.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA RAJASTHAN STATE ORGANISATION FORMED:

A group of retired BSNL Executives met today and discussed about issues related to BSNL pensioners and uniqueness of AIBSNLREA which stands tall among various BSNL pensioners associations. After detailed discussions, it was decided to form AIBSNLREA Rajasthan State organisation. The following were elected as office bearers of AIBSNLREA Rajasthan State.
President: Shri A K Ravat
Vice President: Shri M K Morodia
State Secretary: Shri O P Jat
Asst. State Secretary: Shri R L Agrawal
Organising Secretaries: Shri S P Jain
Shri C S Sharma
Finance Secretary: Shri S P Gupta

05.01.2023:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.01.2023:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 201.2% w.e.f 01.01.2023 in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2007.  View the DPE OM

05.01.2023:

DPE ISSUES ORDERS ON REVISED IDA RATES DUE FROM 01.10.2022:

DPE has issued orders revising IDA rate to 408.4% w.e.f 01.01.2023, in respect of CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 01.01.1997.  View the DPE OM

03.01.2023:

AIBSNLREA writes to Director (Finance) BSNL regarding Non-Payment of medical claims of retired BSNL employees despite Sr.GM (CA/ERP-FICO) efforts to resolve the issue, for want of additional funds:

AIBSNLREA now takes up the issue with Director (Finance) BSNL, requesting him to intervene and ensure that the necessary funds requested by the Circles on this count are allotted by the Budget Cell at the earliest, so that the agony of the BSNL retired employees finally comes to an end.  View the letter

01.01.2023:

DPE forwards AIBSNLREA letter on serious factual error in DoT proposal for pension revision with NIL fitment, to DoT for appropriate action:

AIBSNLREA had written to Secretary, DoT on 14.10.2022 with a copy marked to Secretary, DPE pointing out a major factual error in DoT proposal for pension revision, for taking corrective measures. DPE has now forwarded the letter to DoT which is the administrative department of BSNL, for appropriate action.  View the DPE letter