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BI MONTHLY GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, UDAIPUR BRANCH:Udaipur Branch of AIBSNLREA held its bi-monthly General Body meeting on 13-09-2014. Twenty eight (28) members attended the meeting. Branch President Shri J M Avsthi welcomed all the members. Branch Secretary Shri Gaffar Mohammed garlanded all the members whose date of birth was in the month of August and September. The members discussed about the reported proceedings of last SCOVA meeting held on 5.9.2014 and expressed their unhappiness over the way in which the Department is handling the of re-fixation of pension of pre 10-06-2013 retired BSNL employees. Demand was reiterated for restoration of payment of medical benefit without vouchers for outdoor treatment. The issue of inordinate delay in reimbursement of medical claims to the retired BSNL employees in Rajasthan Circle was raised by the members and it was resolved to take up the matter with CGMT, Rajasthan Circle. Meeting was then concluded after presentation of thanks by Branch Secretary Shri Gaffar Mohammad. This was followed by lunch in Natraj palace Hotel.
NON-EXTENSION OF BENEFIT OF DEFERED OPTION UNDER PARA 4 OF DOP&PW No. 4/18/87-P&PW(D) DATED 05.07.1989 TO THE ABSORBED GROUP C & D EMPLOYEES IN BSNL– DOT FORWARDS THE REPRESENTATION ON THE ABOVE ISSUE RECEIVED THROUGH PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE TO CMD, BSNL:Prime Minister’s Office had forwarded a representation on the above issue to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunication on 09.07.2014 for “action as appropriate”. Now Department of Telecommunication has forwarded the same to CMD, BSNL for “appropriate action in the matter” and communicate directly action taken on the petition to the petitioner under intimation to DOT. View the PMO's letter View the DoT's letter
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF VARANASI BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:Varanasi Branch of AIBSNLREA held its General Body Meeting at Buddha Hotel, Sarnath on 7-9-2014. The meeting was presided over by Shri B N Singh. In addition to the life members of the Branch, a large number of retired BSNL Executives from nearby areas like Gazipur, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Sonebhadra, Azamgarh and Chandauli attended the meeting. The participants mainly discussed about the inordinate delay in extending the fitment benefit of merger of 78.2% IDA for fixation of basic pension. Shri Yad Ali, Branch Secretary conducted the meeting and Shri R K Sinha, Finance Secretary of the Branch presented the vote of thanks to the members and others. View the Newspaper Report
E-JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE:September 2014 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
UNCLAIMED DEPOSITS IN PPF AND POST OFFICE SAVINGS SCHEMES – GOVERNMENT FORMS COMMITTEE TO ASSESS THE AMOUNT OF UNCLAIMED DEPOSIT AND SUGGEST STEPS FOR THEIR UTILIZATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF SENIOR CITZENS:In a welcome move the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely has formed a Committee under Shri H R Khan, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India to assess the amount of unclaimed deposits in PPF and Post Office Savings Schemes and also suggest steps for their utilization for the benefits of Senior Citizens. Other members of the Committee are Secretary, Department of Posts, Joint Secretary (Ministry of Law), Joint Secretary (Budget Division, Ministry of Finance), Deputy Managing Director, State Bank of India and Executive Director, Punjab National Bank. The Committee is to submit its report by 31.12.2014.
25th MEETING OF SCOVA ON 5th SEPTEMBER 2014 - ACTION TAKEN REPORT ISSUED BY DOP&PW INDICATES NO CHANGE IN THE PRESENT STATUS ON MERGER OF 78.2% IDA WITH BASIC PENSION AND REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN PENSION OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001:The 25th Meeting of SCOVA is taking place as scheduled on 05.09.2014. DOP&PW has now issued the Action Taken Report on the minutes of the last meeting of SCOVA in which two of the old items pertaining to the absorbed BSNL pensioners as discussed in the last meeting are also figuring. These issues are (1) Anomaly in the fixation of pension of DOT employees absorbed in BSNL, who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.7.2001 and (2) Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners which are appearing at Serial No. 9 and 10 respectively of the ATR. The ATR does not suggest any change in position on those two issues from that as were reported earlier in this website. View the ATR
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT ACTS ON AIBSNLREA’S REPRESENTATION ON NON-EXTENSION OF FITMENT BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR FIXATION OF PENSION:Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India has acted on AIBSNLREA’s representation vide No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/16 dated 10.07.2014 addressed to Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment on the above matter [To read this representation, posting dated 11.07.2014 in this website may be viewed]. The Ministry has since forwarded a copy of the said representation to DOT on 26.08.2014 “to take appropriate action in the matter immediately under intimation to this Ministry”. The letter is marked as URGENT, SENIOR CITIZEN’S ISSUE. View the letter of Ministry of SJ & E
31.08.2014: SAD DEMISE: Shri R.R.Joshi, Retd DGM and President of Hubli-Dharwad Branch (Karnataka) of AIBSNLREA passed away on 24.08.2014 after a sudden and brief illness at Mysore where he had gone to see an ailing friend. He was immediately got admitted in the hospital there, but could not survive. He was aged 70 years. He was a veteran trade union leader and also an very active leader in the then JETA and TESA. His cremation took place at his native place in Ranebennur which was attended by large number of the BSNL employees of Dahrwad-Hubli area. He was very popular among all sections of the employees and well respected by one and all. The members of AIBSNLREA Karnataka Hubli Branch later assembled at Hubli and as a mark of respect to the departed soul observed one minute’s silence. The members also passed a resolution conveying their heartfelt condolence and praying God for his soul to rest in peace and give strength to the bereaved family to overcome the grief.
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, VARANASI BRANCH:Varanasi Branch (UP State) of AIBSNLREA is holding its General Body Meeting at 12 PM on 07-09-2014 at Budha Hotel near Chandra House at Sarnath. All members of the Branch are requested to attend the meeting being held at the above venue at Sarnath. Other retired BSNL Executives from Varanasi, Chandauli, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Azamgarh, Ghazipur, Mau, Balia and other nearby areas are also requested to attend the meeting and join the association. For further details, Shri Yad Ali, Branch Secretary, Varanasi may be contacted on Mobile number 9450964144.
AIBSNLREA, VARANASI BRANCH DISCUSSES THE ISSUE OF REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE AND POST 2007 BSNL PENSIONERS WITH THE BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% DA WITH THE SENIOR OFFICERS IN PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE (PMO) AT VARANASI:The representatives of Varanasi Branch of AIBSNLREA to-day met the Senior Officers in the Prime Minister’s Office at Varanasi and discussed at length on the issue of Revision of pension of pre and post 2007 BSNL pensioners, who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013, by extending the benefit of merger of 78.2% DA. The discussion lasted for about an hour and the representatives were given a patient hearing. The representatives also handed over a representation enclosing a copy of AIBSNLREA, CHQ letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/9 dated 27.5.2014 on the issue addressed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister (Posting dated 28.05.2014 in this website may be viewed to read the letter). The representation along with the CHQ letter was mailed by the PMO at Varanasi to New Delhi Office. S/Shri Yad Ali, Branch Secretary, Rakesh Kr Sinha, Financial Secretary, S P Tripathi, A S Gaur, K C Srivastava and R S Srivastava were in the delegation. View the News Report
PROPOSAL OF DOT FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE AND POST 2007 BSNL PENSIONERS- RESPONSE FROM DEPARTMEMNT OF EXPENDITURE IS STILL AWAITED:Department of Expenditure is yet to send its final response to DoT’s proposal for revision of pension of pre-2007 and also post 2007 BSNL pensioners who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 by extending the benefit of merger of 78.2% DA. It is learned that the Department of Expenditure is still examining the proposal following receipt of the clarifications, as asked for, from Department of Telecommunication. Meanwhile, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is also collecting latest status on the issue since it is an unsettled item in the agenda of the SCOVA meeting which is now scheduled to be held on 5.9.2014. DOP&PW/DOT are to at least provide the latest status on the issue in the said meeting.
BSNL RESPONDS TO OUR REPRESENTATION TO PRIME MINISTER FOR DEVISING A SPECIAL MECHANISM TO EXPEDITE SETTLEMENT OF DISCIPLINARY/VIGILANCE CASES AGAINST THE RETIRED/RETIRING OFFICERS:Earlier we had represented to Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India seeking for his kind intervention for devising a special mechanism to expedite disposal of vigilance/disciplinary cases against the retired/retiring officers. Copy of this representation was also endorsed to Minister of State (PP) and Secretary (T) (view posting dated 17.06.2014 in this website for the representation). We had also reported that Department of Personnel & Training had forwarded a copy of the said representation to the Department of Telecommunication for appropriate action (view posting dated 17.07.2014 in this website for the DoP&T’s letter). Now BSNL (Vigilance Branch) has issued a letter to all BSNL Circles advising them to pursue all such cases to settle them timely. View the BSNL letter
25th MEETING OF SCOVA:DOP&PW has since notified that the 25th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) will be held on 5th September 2014 in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Minister of State for (PP).
MEMORANDUM TO SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION BY AIBSNLREA - CPC ACKNOWLEDGES RECEIPT:AIBSNLREA had submitted a Memorandum to Seventh Central Pay Commission on pensionary benefits and related issues [view the “Second Innings”, the e-journal August issue of the Association or posting dated 31.07.2014 in this website]. The Pay Commission has since acknowledged the receipt of the same. View the CPC's Acknowledgment slip
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF EAST GODAVARY BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD:The General body meeting of East Godavari District branch of AIBSNLREA was held at Kakinada under the president ship of Shri S.Satyanarayana, President of this branch at the TRC of KAKINADA on 11.08.2014. The General body paid homage to the sad demises of two life members S/Shri K Maheswara Rao, Retd DE Amalapuram and M Krishna Murty, Retd SDE, Rajahmundry. The General body discussed the various issues including benefit of merger of 78.2% DA, progress in payment of arrears of commutation applying old commutation table who retired between 1-1-2007 to 2-9-2008, implementation of the freezing basic pay for the MRS card to the pre 2007 pensioners towards out door treatment as per the directions of the corporate office, acute delay in the settlement of medical bills of the retired executives. It is decided by general body to take up all the above issues with Senior GMTD Rajahmundy. S/Shri A Booriah, KS Prakasa Rao, A Kodanda Rao, KSS Bhavachari, P RamaKrishna addressed the General body. The GB has unanimously appreciated the efforts made by the GS and expresses its solidarity to the CHQ of AIBSNLREA. The members have participated in the campaign for individual Appeal to PM/MOC call given by the CHQ. The General body approved the accounts submitted by the Finance Secretary Shri KBS Naidu for the period 20-08-2011 to 10-08-2014. A New body was elected under the chairmanship of Sri KV Raghava Rao DGM (Retd). Six new life members joined the Association taking the total life membership of the Branch to 126. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Shri Vara Prasad GSVSS followed by lunch. View the list of new office bearers
ADDITIONAL INCREMENTS GRANTED TO MTNL EMPLOYEES AT THE TIME OF THEIR ABSORPTION IN MTNL NOT TO BE COUNTED FOR CALCULATING THE GOVERNMENT’S LIABILITY OF PENSION – CLARIFIES DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION:Department of Telecommunication has since clarified that the additional increments granted to the MTNL employees at the time of their absorption in MTNL shall not be counted for calculating the Government’s liability of pension. View the DoT's clarification
AIBSNLREA TAKES UP WITH CMD, BSNL TO ALLOW THE RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES OPTION TO HAVE MOBILE CONNECTION IN LIEU OF CONCESSIONAL RESIDENTIAL LANDLINE FACILITY:AIBSNLREA, citing the case of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, has requested Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to allow the retired BSNL Executives to opt for Mobile connection in place of concessional residential landline facility.
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E-JOURNAL AUGUST 2014 ISSUE:August 2014 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
AIBSNLREA SUBMITS ITS MEMORANDUM ON PENSIONARY BENEFITS AND RELATED ISSUES TO THE SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION:AIBSNLREA has submitted a memorandum, vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/18 dated 25.07.2014, to the Seventh Central Pay Commission on some selected issues concerning the pensionary benefits and related issues. The Memorandum confines itself within the terms and reference of the VII CPC on pension related issues.
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PENSION LIABILITY IN RESPECT OF DOT EMPLOYEES RETIRED PRIOR TO 1.10.2000 IN CDA SCALE- UNJUST DECISION OF DOT TO TRANSFER THE LIABILITY ON THE SHOULDER OF BSNL – AIBSNLREA TAKES UP THE ISSUE WITH MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS:AIBSNLREA writes to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice on the unjust decision of Department of Telecommunication to transfer the pension liability in respect of DOT Employees retired prior to 1.10.2000 in CDA scale on the shoulder of BSNL while deciding arrangements for meeting the financial liabilities for payment of pension/family pension between the Government of India and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. AIBSNLREA cites the case of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited which seems to have been exempted from similar arrangement to shoulder the pension liability in respect of DOT Employees retired prior to 1.10.2000 even after the decision of the Government to pay pension/family pension to the retired Employees of MTNL. AIBSNLREA urges the Hon’ble Minister – “… we earnestly appeal to your kind self to intervene in the matter so that Department of Telecommunication review its existing order No. 1-45/2003-B dated 15.06.2006 and No. 40-12/2007-Pen(T) dated 05.01.2009 and exempt Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited from shouldering the pension liability of the DOT employees retired prior to 1.10.2000 in CDA scale as has been done in the case of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited”. View the letter
NON-PAYMENT OF PENSION AND OTHER PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO THE BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 10.06.2013 AND 31.12.2013 ON THEIR LAST PAY DRAWN FIXED WITH THE BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% DA BY PRINCIPAL CCA, MAHARASHTRA CIRCLE, MUMBAIAIBSNLREA takes up the above issue with Member (Finance), Telecom Commission since “the Principal CCA, Maharashtra Circle, Mumbai has not re-fixed the pension of the absorbed BSNL Pensioners who retired between 10.06.2013 and 31.12.2013 under his jurisdiction and who were wrongly and deliberately fixed their pension on the basis of presumed last pay drawn calculated with the benefit of effective merger of 68.8% DA, though all of them got the benefit of merger of 78.2% DA as per the Presidential Directive issued vide DOT OM No. 61-01/2012-SU dated 10.06.2013”. AIBSNLREA has further requested Member (Finance) “to kindly intervene in the matter so that the BSNL Pensioners under the jurisdiction of Principal CCA, Maharashtra Circle, Mumbai who retired between 10.06.2013 and 31.12.2013 get their pension re-fixed on the last pay drawn fixed with benefit of merger of 78.2% DA and also all the pension arrears for the above period including the differences in DCRG, Commutation Value of Pension are paid to them immediately. Interest on delayed payment of DCRG, as per rule, may also kindly be ensured”. View the letter
DOP&PW ISSUES GAZETTE NOTIFICATION AMENDING CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES (COMMUTATION OF PENSION) RULES 1981:Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has issued a Gazette Notification vide No. GSR 355(E) dated 26th May 2014 amending the Central Civil Services (Commutation of Pension) Rules 1981. The amended Rules is named as Central Civil Services (Commutation of Pension), Second Amendment Rules 2014. View the Gazette Notification
HOLDING OF PENSION AADALATS BY CONTROLLERS OF COMMUNICATION ACCOUNTS - AIBSNLREA WRITES TO MEMBER (FINANCE), TELECOM COMMISSION SUGGESTING FEW IMPROVEMENTS:AIBSNLREA has written a letter to Member (Finance), Telecom Commission suggesting to ensure some improvements in the matter of holding of Pension Aadalats by the Controllers of Communication Accounts, Department of Telecommunication. View the letter
REVISION OF PENSION/FAMILY PENSION OF PRE-2007 AND POST 2007 BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.1.2007 AND 9.6.2013 BY ALLOWING THE BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 50% DA EFFECTIVELY AMOUNTING TO 78.2%:It has already been reported that Department of Telecommunications, vide its OM No 40-13/2013-Pen(T) dated 11.07.2013, has sent a reply to the queries raised by Department of Expenditure vide OM No. 144/EV/2014 dated 11th March 2014 on the proposal of DOT on the above issue. The reply from DOT clearly indicates that they have treated the case of pre-2007 BSNL pensioners/family pensioners separate from those BSNL pensioners/family pensioners who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.06.2013. This is also the stand that this Association took since the Presidential Directive dated 10.06.2013 was issued for allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA effectively amounting to 78.2% in the revised IDA scales. In the case of the pre-2007 pensioners, who were not the recipient of benefit of revised pay scale w.e.f. 1.1.2007, their pension only has to be re-fixed with effective merger of 78.2% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2007. But in case of those who received the benefit of revised IDA pay scale with benefit of effective merger of 68.8% DA w.e.f 1.1.2007 and retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.20013, their pay has first to be re-fixed in revised IDA pay scale with benefit of merger of 78.2% DA and thereafter their pension will have to be revised based on their revised last pay drawn. The DOT’s reply to DOE at least vindicates our stand. Unfortunately, a few associations have expressed their reservation on this stand of DOT and even protested against this. Some of our members also seem to be confused on the matter and are asking for some clarifications on the matter. A point has also been raised by many why the case for pre-2007 pensioners needs cabinet approval and not for those who retired between 1.1.2007 and 6.9.2013. We had reported long back that the Department of Telecommunication had recorded in file that this case will be required to be taken up with cabinet for approval (Refer our posting dated 09.09.2013 in this website). But we still believe that since Cabinet had given approval for applying the same fitment formula for revision of pension of pre-2007 pensioners/family pensioners that was applied for fixation of pay of the serving BSNL employees on 1.1.2007, now there is hardly any need for another cabinet approval for this. As regards post 2007 retirees are concerned, since their pension will have to be re-fixed based on their last revised pay drawn, the existing Orders for fixation of pension under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 is sufficient to revise their pension without referring the matter to any agency. But by proposing to calculate pensionary benefits of the employees who retired between 1.1.2007 and 9.6.2013 on the basis of stated “notional” pay fixation order, DOT is clandestinely trying to get the seal of approval of even Ministry of Finance to call the pay-fixation Order with benefit of effective merger of 78.2% DA as NOTIONAL. This is with the sole intention to permanently close the case for payment of arrears of pay to the serving employees for the period between 1.1.2007 to 9.6.2013. We would further like to state categorically that in case the DOE accepts DOT’s clarifications and clears its proposal, Orders may first be issued for post 2007 retirees. The pre-2007 BSNL pensioners may have to wait for few more months till cabinet approval is available. However, cabinet note may not take much time to prepare, since the views of DOP&PW is already available with DOT and DOE’s view will also be known now.
ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, DHARWAD DISTRICT (HUBLI) BRANCH:The Annual General Body Meeting of All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Retired Executives’ Association, Dharwad District (Hubli) Branch was held on Sunday the 20th July, 2014 at the Conference Hall, BSNL Sadan in the premises of GMTD, Hubli. Shri R R Joshi, President and Shri K K Kulkarni, Vice President chaired the meeting. Shri A. S. Parwatikar, Branch Secretary welcomed the members and addressed the gathering. There were discussions mainly on merger of 50% of DA effectively amounting to 78.2% for fitment benefit in the revised IDA pay scales and other issues. He highlighted the current issues taken up by CHQ in the interest of pensioners. Various correspondences made by GS, CHQ AIBSNLREA Shri Basu on pension/family pension revision and medical facilities, etc were mainly highlighted and appreciated by all the members. All the members expressed that General Secretary AIBSNLREA should take up the matter of 78.2% on war footing so that at this stage it will not be delayed for any kind of reasons by the authorities. Also a resolution was passed to communicate to the GMTD HUBLI and also CGMT Bangalore as to empanelment of good and reputed hospitals for the purpose of BSNLMRS facility at Hubli-Dharwad. About 45 members participated in the meeting. Shri V.V.Katti, Financial Secretary read out the finance statement. Shri R.R.Joshi, President addressed the members and highlighted the recent developments as regards to the retired BSNL officers. The election of office bearers for the period 2014-16 was on the agenda. The house unanimously passed the resolution that the existing body should continue. The same was adopted. Five new retired officers were enrolled in the meeting and were extended warm welcome by all other members of the association, Hubli Branch. Shri U.S.Hegde, who retired as DGM, Hubli last month, joined our association and enlightened members regarding latest developments in BSNL. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair and members by Shri A.D.PAI, Executive member.
CHANDIGARH BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD GB MEETING:A General Body Meeting of All India BSNL Retired Executives' Association, Chandigarh Branch will be held on Saturday, the 19th July 2014 at 02:30 PM in the Canteen Hall of General Post Office at Sector-17, Chandigarh to discuss progress and status of 78.2% IDA merger and other issues. Branch Secretary has invited all members and other retired BSNL Executives to attend the meeting.
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION INSTRUCTS BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED FOR ENSURING TIMELY AND EXPEDITIOUS DISPOSAL OF PENSION CASES:Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, in a DO letter to CMD, BSNL, has asked for ensuring timely and expeditious settlement of the pension cases of the BSNL retirees. BSNL Corporate Office has circulated this DO letter to all concerned advising them to ensure timely action. View the letters
UNENDING DELAY IN SETTLEMENT OF PENDING DISCIPLINARY/VIGILANCE CASES AGAINST THE PENSIONERS - CREATION OF AN EFFECTIVE MECHANISM FOR SPEEDY AND TIME BOUND DISPOSAL THEREOF:Department of Personnel & Training sends the copy of our representation that was endorsed to the Minister of State for Personnel, PG & Pensions on the above subject to the Chief Vigilance Officer, Department of Telecommunication for ‘action as appropriate’. The representation was addressed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India vide our No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/15 dated 16.06.2014 (refer posting dated 17.06.2014 in this website). View the DoP&T letter
BENEFIT OF MERGER OF 78.2% IDA FOR FITMENT OF BASIC PENSION OF PENSIONERS - DEPT OF TELECOM SENDS ITS REPLY TO THE QUERIES RAISED BY DEPT OF EXPENDITURE:At last, the Department of Telecommunication has responded to the queries raised by Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) on the proposal that was sent earlier by DOT on the above issue. The reply has since been sent.
EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH, NAGPUR OF AIBSNLREA CROSSES 300 LIFE MEMBERSHIP – HIGHEST AMONG ALL THE BRANCHES:East Vidarbha Branch, Nagpur of Maharashtra has now registered 304 Life Membership. This is highest among all the individual Branches of AIBSNLREA in the country. Congratulations !
DOT’S PLAN TO REPLY TO THE QUERIES RAISED BY DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE ON ITS PROPOSAL ON THE ISSUE OF MERGER OF 78.2% DA AS FITMENT BENEFIT FOR REVISION OF PENSION:We have been receiving some queries from the affected absorbed BSNL pensioners whether DOT is sending new proposals to the Department of Expenditure on the above issue, since the news appearing in a few websites give the same indication. We are to state that there is no scope to send any new proposal at this stage without withdrawing the existing one which already stands approved by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare and is also under discussion in the meeting of SCOVA. All that DOT had been trying these days was to send a point-wise reply to the queries raised a few months back by Department of Expenditure. As we reported through the editorial in our E-Journal (July 2014 issue) that there had been spate of activities in DoT Headquarters after the pressure that was built on DOT after formation of new Government to send the reply to the queries raised by DOE, now it is reported that DoT has completed its internal exercises and may send the reply to DOE very shortly.
INJUSTICE AND NEGLIGENCE TOWARDS THE GENUINE CAUSES OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS - CASE OF THE ABSORBED BSNL PENSIONERS OF BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED:AIBSNLREA writes to Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India with copies endorsed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Minister of Communications & IT on the above issue citing the case of non-settlement of the revision of basic pay/pension with the benefit of merger of 78.2% DA as fitment benefit to point out “how the absorbed BSNL pensioners are being badly treated by Department of Telecommunication in the matter of their lawful rights”. The Association further makes appeal to the Hon’ble Minister “to kindly intervene in the above issue so that a section of the senior citizens who retired from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and are at their old age get the justice without further delay.” View the letter
BREAKING NEWS - INCOME TAX EXEMPTIONS IN BUDGET:Government has proposed in its Budget presented to-day in the Parliament, following important concessions for direct Tax Payers: (1) Exemption limit for Personal Tax for individuals below 60 years of age raised from existing Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 2.5 lakhs, (2) Exemption limit for Personal Tax for Senior Citizens raised from existing Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Rs 3 lakhs, (3) Investment limit in PPF raised from existing Rs. 1 lakhs to 1.5 lakhs, (4) Exemption limit under Section 80C raised from existing Rs 1 lakhs to Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF EAST VIDARBHA BRANCH, NAGPUR OF AIBSNLREA HELD:The Annual General body meeting of All India BSNL Retired Executives’ Association, East Vidarbha Branch, Nagpur (Maharashtra State) was held on 6th July, 2014 at Amenity Block, CTO Compound Nagpur under the chairmanship of Shri N.G.Talewar President of the Branch. After paying tribute to the departed members and their family members by the house, the president welcomed all life members and other retired BSNL officers present in the meeting. Shri P.R.Bhujbal, Secretary placed the annual report before the house and highlighted all the important major current pension related issues to the members. The key issues discussed were (i) abnormal delay in issue of orders to extend the benefit of merger of 78.2% IDA for fixation of basic pension of absorbed BSNL pensioners, (ii) Non settlement of the case for removal of anomaly in the fixation of pension to DOT employees absorbed in BSNL who retired between 1-10-2000 to 31-7-2001 and (iii) speedy disposal of pending disciplinary/vigilance cases against the pensioners. The correspondences made by GS CHQ on these issues were briefed to the house. Local issues like delay in payment of medical bills of pensioners, payment of recalculation of CVP in respect of BSNL employees retired during 1-1-2007 to 2-9-2008, timely payment of earned leave encashment on superannuation, posting of adequate staff in CCA office Nagpur etc, which were discussed with PGMT Nagpur on 25-6-2014, were also highlighted. Shri B P Majumdar Finance Secretary submitted the audited the statement of Accounts for 2013-2014. The House passed the account. The meeting was attended by 111 members. 7 new life members enrolled on the day, thereby the total of life members of Nagpur Branch has reached from 297 to 304. The present body was dissolved since it completed three years term. The house also unanimously elected a new Executive Body with S/Shri N.G. Talewar as the President, P R Bhujbal as Branch Secretary and B P Majumder as the Financial Secretary. The election conducted under the guidance of Shri V S Ashtikar, Retd DGM MH CO Mumbai. Shri N R Rachkondawar Asst Secretary extended vote of thanks to one and all before conclusion of the meeting. View the list of newly elected office-bearers of the Branch
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2014:DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.7.2014 from 218.1% to 223% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997. Click Here for the orders
REVISION OF IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2014:DPE has issued orders revising IDA w.e.f 1.7.2014 from 88.4% to 91.3% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007. Click Here for the orders
E-JOURNAL JULY 2014 ISSUE:July 2014 issue of AIBSNLREA E-journal has been uploaded and is available under the link "E-Journal" in the left column.
EXECUTIVE BODY OF AIBSNLREA, EAST GODAVARI BRANCH (AP STATE) MEETS SENIOR GMTD EAST GODAVARY, RAJAHMUNDRY:The Executive body of AIBSNLREA, East Godavari Branch met Senior General Manager Telecom District, Rajahmundry on 4.7.2014. Shri S.Satyanarayana, President of the Branch led the delegation. The representatives of the Association expressed their deep concern on the slow progress of the representations submitted to Senior GMTD EGDT on 18-03-2014 regarding payment of differences of arrears of commutation for about 79 retirees who retired between 1-1-2007 and 2-9-2009 (both Executives and non-executives) as per the latest order for application of old commutation table. It was informed that 30 cases have already been sent to CCA, AP Circle Hyderabad. Senior GMTD assured that the balance of the cases will also be sent to the CCA by the end of July 2014. The representatives of the Association also requested the Senior GMTD to implement the Order on freezing of basic pay for the MRS card in respect of the pre-2007 pensioners towards outdoor treatment as per the directions of the corporate office. The meeting was held in a very cordial manner and the Senior GMTD expressed his happiness to meet the seniors BSNL officers.
PERSONAL INCOME TAX RELIEF FOR COMMON CITIZENS/SENIOR CITIZENS IN THE ENSUING GENERAL BUDGET 2014-15:In our posting dated 08.06.2014, we had informed that AIBSNLREA has submitted, vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/11 dated 04.06.2014, a detailed proposal for consideration of the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley suggesting to bring about some measures to provide some real relief to the individual tax payers and also the senior citizens. In fact, BJP’s Election Manifesto 2014 had assured for providing a non-adversarial and conducive tax environment and rationalized and simplified tax regime. With respect to Senior Citizens, the BJP Manifesto 2014 has further focused on taking care of Senior citizens by proposing to explore ideas like additional tax benefits and higher interest rates. Citing the same and other points, AIBSNLREA had prepared its detailed proposal which was also endorsed to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. We now give the details of the same. View the letter and the suggestions
EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA TO HOLD GENERAL BODY MEETING:East Vidarbha Branch (Nagpur) of AIBSNLREA is holding its General Body Meeting on Sunday, the 6th July 2014 at 16.00 Hours at the Amenity Hall in the CTO Compound, Nagpur. The General Body will also elect a new Branch Executive Committee while transacting other agenda items. Branch Secretary has requested all the members of the Branch/retired BSNL Executives to attend the GB Meeting.
INCREASE IN IDA W.E.F. 1.7.2014:According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index, IDA is to be increased w.e.f. 1.7.2014 by 2.9% for CPSEs where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2007 and by 4.9% where last pay revision was implemented w.e.f. 1.1.1997.
EAST VIDARBHA (NAGPUR) BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA MEETS SR. GENERAL MANAGER TELECOM, NAGPUR:The representatives of East Vidarbha (Nagpur) Branch of AIBSNLREA comprising of S/Shri N G Talewar, P R Bhujbal, Arun Deshpande, N R Rachkondawar and B M Majumdar met Shri R N Patel, Sr. GMT Nagpur on 24-6-2014. Important issues like inordinate delay in payment of medical bills of BSNL pensioners, recalculation of additional commuted value of pension in respect of the BSNL pensioners retired during 1-1-2007 to 2-9-2008 as per clarification issued by DOT on 10-6-2013, issue of pensioners identity cards in view of guide lines issued by BSNL on 13-05-2013, delay in payment of leave encashment on retirement, posting of dealing assistant in the office of CCA Nagpur were discussed in the meeting. The Association requested Sr. GMT to look into these grievances which are pending for a long time. SR. GMT assured to look into all the issues raised during the discussions for early settlement. He further assured that adequate staff in CCA office, Nagpur will be posted very shortly.
AKOLA BRANCH HELD GB MEETING:Akola Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA held its General Body Meeting on 01.06.2014. The members discussed on the ongoing developments pertaining to the BSNL pensioners. The issue of submitting individual appeal to the Prime Minister and Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice on merger of 78.2% IDA for fixation of pay/pension also came up for discussions. The Branch Secretary Shri Ashok Nema reported that the Branch has now registered additional 14 new life members – thus raising the life membership strength of the Branch to 35.
GUJARAT STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA REGAINS ITS NUMBER ONE POSITION IN LIFE MEMBERSHIP STRENGTH:Gujarat State Branch of AIBSNLREA has now registered a total Life Membership strength of six hundred (600) and in the process regains its number one position on the basis of the strength of total life membership compared to other State Branches. Maharashtra State Branch now occupies the second position.
NON SETTLEMENT OF THE CASE FOR REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN THE FIXATION OF PENSION TO DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001 – DOT/BSNL NOW GET UP FROM THEIR SLEEP:We had reported in this website vide posting dated 15.06.2014 that DoP&PW had asked Department of Telecommunication to send some additional information as back as on 28.02.2014 to further examine the above issue. We also reported that Department of Telecommunication did not respond to the request of the DoP&PW and accordingly we solicited the kind intervention of Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice vide our letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/14 dated 14.06.2014. Now BSNL has issued one circular quoting from the official note of the DoP&PW to the field units vide its No. 40-27/2011-Pen(B)/(Misc) dated 18.06.2014 and enclosing a letter received on 07.05.2014 from Department of Telecommunication on the subject and has asked the field units to supply the requisite information. The Note from DoP&PW was received in DoT on 28.02.2014 and it took two and half months for DoT just to write a letter to BSNL to supply the required information. BSNL, on its part, took more than five weeks thereafter just to call for the information from the field units. This is how the issues related to the pensioners are dealt both in DoT and BSNL. However, it satisfies us that our suggestion to consider the CDA pay drawn earlier to absorption period be treated notionally as IDA pay to resolve the anomaly is being considered in the proposal. View BSNL circular letter
DEPARTMENT OF TELECCOMUNICATION CIRCULATES REVISED UPDATED FORMS FOR SUBMISSIOIN BY THE RETIRING GOVERNMENT SERVANTS AT THE TIME OF FINALISING THEIR PENSION:Department of Telecommunication has since circulated, vide its No. 40-20/2011-Pen(T) dated 12.06.2014, the revised and updated relevant forms to be submitted by the retiring Government servants before eight months of their retirement at the time of finalizing their pension. View the Order
CREATION OF AN EFFECTIVE MECHANISM FOR SPEEDY AND TIME BOUND DISPOSAL OF PENDING DISCIPLINARY/VIGILANCE CASES AGAINST THE PENSIONERS:Highlighting the agonizing problems of a section of the pensioners who continuously suffer for years due the prolonging disciplinary/vigilance cases against them, AIBSNLREA urges Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to kindly advise the concerned Ministry/Ministries to devise a special mechanism and a monitoring system for time-bound disposal of disciplinary/vigilance cases against the retiring/retired employees. It also pleads that in no case, the settlement of the cases be delayed for more than a year. View the letter
NON SETTLEMENT OF THE CASE FOR REMOVAL OF ANOMALY IN THE FIXATION OF PENSION TO DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 01.10.2000 AND 31.07.2001:The above issue was last discussed in the 24th Meeting of SCOVA wherein it was informed that a proposal on the matter received from Department of Telecommunication was under examination in Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare. It was also informed that “response of D/o P&PW will be communicated to Deptt. of Telecommunications at the earliest”. It has now been confirmed that DoP&PW had asked for some additional information from Department of Telecommunications on 28.02.2014 to examine the case further. But DoT has so far not provided the same. In this background, AIBSNLREA now takes up the matter with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice urging him for his kind intervention “so that Department of Telecommunication send the requisite information to Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare without any further delay and get the issue settled at the earliest”. View the letter
FRESH AGENDA ITEM PERTAINING TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATION FOR DISCUSSION IN THE PROPOSED 25th MEETING OF SCOVA TO BE HELD IN JULY 2014:AIBSNLREA requests Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare for inclusion of “Non-extension of benefit of pay/pension fixation to the absorbed Group C Employees in BSNL in terms of Para 4 of DOP&PW OM No. 4/18/87-P&PW(D) dated 5.7.1989 to retain CDA pay scale till promotion of retirement whichever is earlier as a fresh agenda item for discussion in the proposed 25th Meeting of SCOVA. View the letter
KOLHAPUR BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HOLDS QUARTERLY GB MEETING:Kolhapur Branch (Maharashtra State) of AIBSNLREA held its quarterly General Body meeting on 8th June 2014 in the Conference Hall at Kolhapur Telephone Bhavan with Vice-President Shri Nanjagud and later on with Shri L M Godi on the Chair. Forty eight (48) members attended the meeting and two (2) more new life members joined the Association. The President welcomed all. The House expressed happiness and voiced congratulatory notes on Shri Narendra Modiji becoming the Prime Minister of India. The house also condoled the sad demise of Maharashtra Leader Shri Gopinathi Munde, Union Minister for Rural Development and observed two minutes silence in memory of the departed Leader. Then Branch Secretary Shri D K Joshi informed the House that our Association has launched e-House Journal.”SECOND INNINGS” for the use of the members to get all the information at one place. Members welcomed the contents of the Journal and expressed thanks to the GS. He also informed the House about the recent actions taken by the Association for early settlement of 78.2% IDA merger issue and revision of pension of both categories of affected pensioners. Other information on option for CGHS benefit for BSNL Pensioners, DOP&PW’s recent communication for settling the grievance of pensioners within two months etc reported and discussed. The members raised the issue regarding fixation of pension for those who retired between 10-6-2013 to 31-12-2013, it was informed that CCA MBI is to settle the issue at the earliest with reference to the assurance given by PCCA in the Pension Adaalat held in Nagpur. Shri Vinayak Paluskar, a Retired IDBI Bank Officer was invited to give a lecture on “Science of STARS and their effect on the Human beings”. Shri P S Kulkarni, Asst Secretary, introduced him to the House and then Shri Paluskar presented a very informative lecture on the subject. He gave in depth information in relation to the Cosmology, Astrology and Astronomy. Then Shri Ashok Kulkarni, a Social Worker gave information on the Tour and Travel to Andaman-Nicobar for groups of persons. Shri Paluskar was also felicitated with presentation of a bouquet and a book. Shri O H Chillal from Sangli, who joined the Association as a new life member on the day, donated Rs.10000/- to the Branch apart from normal the charges of Rs. 1550/- being taken at the time of admission. The meeting was followed by a Lunch sponsored by Shri V K Bokil, a Life Member of the Branch in connection with the marriage of his daughter solemnized in Pune.
REQUEST TO REVIEW THE TWO OLD ITEMS PERTAINING TO DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN THE PROPOSED 25th MEETING OF SCOVA:AIBSNLREA writes to Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare for a review of the two old items discussed in the 24th Meeting of SCOVA held in February 2014 and get them settled in the forthcoming meeting to be held in July 2014. Click Here for the letter
PERSONAL INCOME TAX RELIEF FOR COMMON CITIZENS/SENIOR CITIZENS IN THE ENSUING GENERAL BUDGET 2014-15:AIBSNLREA has submitted, vide its No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/11 dated 04.06.2014, a detailed proposal for consideration of the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely suggesting to bring about some measures to provide some real relief to the individual tax payers and also the senior citizens. The letter and detailed proposals will be circulated later on.
"SECOND INNINGS" - MONTHLY E-JOURNAL OF AIBSNLREA LAUNCHED:Some members had been suggesting for some time past to publish and circulate one monthly house journal on behalf of AIBSNLREA. However, because of limited developments taking place and the huge cost and man power involved in the process, the publication of a regular journal was not found justifiable. Moreover, all important developments are regularly appearing in our website. Thus the House journal would have been just a compilation of all those news at one place. Anyhow, after a careful thinking on the issue, we have now decided to bring out an e-journal every month instead of going for printed journal. Those who intend to have hard copies of the same, can take print-outs and preserve them. Otherwise, these will be available in its original form in a special page called “e-journal”. This journal is named as “Second Innings” and we hope to add new features to it in the coming months. Click Here for the FIRST issue of e-journal
This e-journal is also available in a permanent link in the left column.
NON EXTENSION OF THE BENEFIT OF FIXATION OF PAY AND PENSION TO THE GROUP “C” DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL WHO OPTED TO RETAIN CDA PAY SCALE TILL THEIR PROMOTION OR RETIREMENT WHICHEVER IS EARLIER AS OFFERED IN THE GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR ABSORPTION BY THE DEPT OF TELECOMMUNICATION:AIBSNLREA takes up the above issue with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice vide its letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2014/10 dated 02.06.2014 with copy endorsed to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The Association writes “Since we have failed to get justice from Department of Telecommunication despite our repeated representations for over the years, we now seek for your kind personal intervention so that the above stated provision in the General Terms and Conditions for Service for absorption, offering “an option to retain Government Pay Scale i.e. CDA pay scale till their promotion or retirement whichever is earlier”, is allowed even to the absorbed retired Group C & D Employees for giving them their due pay and pensionary benefits”. Click Here for the letter
GB MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, BARIELLY BRANCH:General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Bareilly Branch was held on 10.05.2014. State Secretary of U.P.State Branch Shri R.S Arora attended the meeting. The members expressed their concern over the delay in settling the issue regarding merger of 78.2% IDA for fixation of basic pension, payment of medical claim without voucher, granting medical advance etc. Three new members were enrolled in the branch.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF PRE-2007 BSNL PENSIONERS AND THE BSNL PENSIONERS WHO RETIRED AFTER 01.01.2007 BUT BEFORE 10.06.2013:AIBSNLREA requests all the BSNL Pensioners in general and members of this Association in particular who retired before 1.1.2007 and between 1.1.2007 and 09.06.2013 to send a personal appeal to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India with a copy endorsed to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Law & Justice requesting his personal intervention in resolving the re-fixation of their basic pension with the benefit of merger 78.2% IDA. The draft appeals for these two distinct categories of pensioners are enclosed herewith. We are to keep in mind that the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners are to get their pension re-fixed with 78.2% IDA with effect from 01.01.2007. But those who retired between 1.1.2007 and 09.06.2013 are eligible to get their basic pay fixed with 78.2% IDA in revised IDA pay scale w.e.f. 01.01.2007 which ensures re-fixation of their basic pension on the date of their retirement. Print out of these appeals can be taken and sent directly by ordinary post to the Hon’ble PM and Minister of Communications at the given address on 03.06.2014. However, those who cannot send this on 03.06.2014 may send the same within next couple of days. Branch/State Secretaries and other activists of the Association are requested to contact the members and ensure that the appeal is sent in time.
Format of appeal for pre-2007 BSNL pensioners.
Format of appeal for BSNL pensioners in service on 1.1.2007 but retired before 10.6.2013.