Merger of 50% IDA to the pre 2007 BSNL
pensioners and revision of pension/family pension in view of
impending revision of IDA pay scales: On receipt of the BSNL
Board’s approval on regarding liability of expenditure on pension,
DoT is processing the case. It is learnt that the matter is being
examined in DoT Finance. Meanwhile, Government has announced
revision of IDA pay scales for CPSE Executives. Each concerned
Ministry/Administrative Department has to issue Presidential
Directive for implementation of the scales in the CPSEs under their
respective control. In case of BSNL, the revised scales are first to
be discussed and approved by BSNL Board and then sent to DoT for
examination and approval through issue of Presidential Directive.
With the implementation of revised IDA Scale, there is absolute
necessity to revise the pension/family pension of those BSNL
Employees who retired before 1.1.2007. While we have requested
Secretary, Dept of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare to advise to settle
the DA merger issue expeditiously, Secretary, DoT has been requested
to cause issue of revised pension/family pension along with revised
pay scales through Presidential Directive. Please view the above
letters ….. No.1 and ……..
Benefit of merger of 50% IDA to the BSNL
employees retired between 1.10.2000 to 31.12.2006: We had earlier
reported that DoT, while processing the above issue, decided to get
a commitment from BSNL Board regarding bearing the liability of
expenditure on pension for these pensioners on the 60:40 formula in
the same line as was obtained before it gave clearance to the
proposal for merger of 50% IDA to the basic pay of the BSNL
Employees who were in service on or after 1.1.2007 and accordingly
had written a letter to BSNL. We had also reported that the proposal
was discussed in the meeting of the BSNL Board held on 12.11.2008
and the concerned section in BSNL is waiting for the extracts of the
said minutes of the meeting in order to enable it to send the reply
along with the approval. However, subsequently a news item appeared
in one of the BSNL Executives’ Association that the issue has been
discussed in one of the meeting of Management Committee of BSNL and
the minutes will be issued after confirmation in its next meeting.
This has created some confusion and doubts. Here it is clarified
that the proposal was discussed in the meeting of BSNL Board only
and not in Managing Committee as wrongly reported. We are now
further to report that concerned section in BSNL has sent the reply
along with Board’s approval to DoT on 24.11.2008. DoT is now likely
to consult Deptt of Public Enterprises and also Deptt of Pension &
Pensioners’ Welfare before deciding the issue. It may be recalled
that Deptt of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare had earlier responded to
our representation and advised both DoT and DPE to take appropriate
action on our representation in accordance with extant
rules/instructions on the subject and refer the matter to it along
with all documents/notes etc in case of any doubt. We are following
up the issue.
General Body Meeting of AIBSNLREA W.B. State Branch held: A
General Body meeting of newly formed West Bengal State Branch of
AIBSNLREA was held on 14.11.2008 in the club room of CGM West Bengal
Telecom Circle at Kolkata. Forty one members of the Association
were present in the meeting chaired by Shri Bijan Bikash Chowdhury,
State President. Shri Likhan Mukherjee, Joint Secretary (East) of
CHQ enlightened the house about the latest position of the problems
of the BSNL pensioners being dealt by the Central Headquarters. Shri
A.K.Basuroy spoke regarding constitutional provision of the
Association having no bar for dual membership with other
associations. Shri N.H.Siddique, State Secretary spoke on the
Organizational issues and various problems being faced by the
pensioners. Shri N.C.Maji spoke about the need for formation of
Association of BSNL retirees in West Bengal in the present juncture
in addition to other existing Associations of the pensioners
including that of DOT pensioners.
Benefit of merger of 50% IDA for the BSNL Employees retired between
1.10.2000 to 31.12.2006: BSNL Board in its meeting held on
12.11.2008 is learnt to have cleared the proposal in regard to
shouldering the pension liability for the BSNL pensioners on 60:40
formula as per the arrangement between the Government and BSNL.
Concerned section in BSNL Corporate Office now waits for the minutes
of the said Board meeting. It is likely to be early next week. Once
the minutes is received, the matter would be referred to DoT for
decision on extending the benefit of IDA merger to the past
pensioners of BSNL.
Muzaffarpur (Bihar) Branch formed: A
General Body meeting of the retired BSNL Executives were held on
23.09.2008 at Muzaffarpur under the chairmanship of Shri B Mishra,
Ex-DE for formation of the Branch of AIBSNLREA. The following
office bearers were elected unanimously:
President: Shri S S P Singh, Ex-DE
Vice Presidents: Shri B Mishra, Ex-DE
Branch Secretary: Shri B K Singh, Ex-SDE
Asst Branch Secretary: Shri G S Sharma, Ex-DE
Financial Secretary: Shri B N Singh, Ex-DE
Asst Financial Secretary: Shri K K Singh, Ex-AO
Organizing Secretary: Shri S S Saran, Ex-DE
Shri S D
Executives: S/Shri A K Verma, Ex-DE,
U S P Sinha, Ex-SDE,
K N Shukla, Ex-DE
of merger of 50% of IDA to the BSNL pensioners retired between
1.10.2000 to 31.12.2006:
The draft BSNL Board memo on pension liability for the BSNL
employees retired during the above stated period as asked for by DoT
to settle the matter is said to have been cleared by BSNL Finance.
It is expected to be received back in the concerned section in BSNL
Corporate Office at any moment. The concerned Section in BSNL is
making all out efforts to put up the Memo in the next meeting of
BSNL Board scheduled to be held on 12.11.2008.
of merger of 50% of IDA to the BSNL retirees prior to 1.1.2007: We
had already reported that DoT has since asked BSNL to furnish a
decision of BSNL Board in regard to liability for pension as was
furnished for the serving employees. This is to process and settle
the issue regarding extension of benefit of merger of 50% of IDA to
the BSNL retirees between 1.10.2000 to 31.12.2006. BSNL is yet to
finalize the Memo for consideration of BSNL Board. The draft memo,
as usual, is being examined by concerned sections before it could be
finalized. Meanwhile, we have reminded Secretary, DoT and others
providing a copy of the letter dated 22.08.2008 from Deptt of
Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare to process the case as per extant
rules/instructions and in case of any doubts to send a
self-contained note along with relevant documents/files to that
30.10.2008:Implementation of Deptt of Pension & Pensioners’
Welfare’s O.M dated 02.09.2008 for absorbed BSNL Employees: We have
requested Secretary, DoT vide our letter No. AIBSNLREA/CHQ/2008/8
dated 20.10.2008 to cause issue of instruction to all concerned DoT
Cells to implement the O.M. issued by Deptt of Pension & Pensioners’
Welfare vide their F.No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 02.09.2008 (already
available in this website) revising the pensionery benefits as
provided in CCS(Pension) rules 1972 following acceptance of
recommendations of VI CPC for the BSNL retirees also. We understand
that DoT is now processing the case and likely to issue the order
shortly. This will benefit the absorbed BSNL employees
retired/retiring on or after 1.1.2006 to get additional amount as
gratuity. Those retiring from September 2008 will get their pension
calculated based on the average of last ten months pay or the last
pay drawn which ever is more. Many other benefits as provided in the
Memo will be applicable to all BSNL retirees since 1.10.2008.
27.10.2008:Meeting of AIBSNLREA,
West Bengal State Body held:A meeting of All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam
Limited Retired Executives' Association, West Bengal State Body was
held on 23rd October at
O/o CGM, Kolkata, 3A, Chowringhee Place, Kolkatta-13
Shri Bijan Bikas Chowdhury, Retired CAO, CTD. The Office bearers of the
West Bengal State Body are
President : Shri
Bijan Bikas Chowdhury.
Vice President : Shri
Secretary : Shri
Asst..Secretary : Shri
Arun Kr Chatterjee
Org. Secretary : Shri
. K.P. Ghosh
Treasurer : Shri
23.10.2008: 6.2% increase in IDA: BSNL
has issued orders endorsing the DoT’s letter for further increase of
IDA w e f July 2008.
Click here for the letter…….
23.10.2008: Government to pay pension
to the absorbed BSNL pensioners – Reaffirms DoT: In a D.O. letter
addressed to CMD, BSNL, the Department of Telecommunication has
again reaffirmed that it is responsibility of the Government to make
payment of pension to the absorbed BSNL pensioners. The letter is on
a different context, but has got the special significance since
often doubts are raised about payment of pension is assured.
Click here for the letter………
22.10.2008: Meeting of AIBSNLREA,
Nagpur Branch held: A meeting of All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam
Limited Retired Executives” Association, East Vidarbha Branch,
Nagpur was held from 12.00 hours to 16.15 hours on 11th October at "Ravi
Bhawan " (the Circuit House of Maharashtra Government ) under the
chairmanship of Shri B.S.Nimje, Retired Dy. General Manager. S/Shri
N.G.Talewar,Branch President, S.L.Dravekar, Central Organising
Secretay ( West), N.K.Zam, Retired D.E. and P.R.Bhujbal, Branch
Secretary were on the Dias. Encouraging response was received from
the retired Executives for becoming Life Members of AIBSNLREA.
Thirty six (36) retired executives of BSNL have already taken Life
Membership of the Association. The Office bearers of the Branch are
President : Shri
N G Talewar, retired Dy GM.
Vice President : Shri
C.S.Satpute, Retd Superintending Engineer (Civil).
: Shri B.S.Aklurwar, Retd Chief Accounts Officer.
Branch Secretary : Shri P R Bhujbal, Retd DE.
Org.Secretary : Shri N.K.Zam,
V.W.Patil, Retd D.E.
Asst Secretary : Shri R.R.Gadhpal, Retd D.E.
: Shri P.S.Shembekar, Retd D.E
: Shri S.N.Kulkarni, Retd D.E.
Exec. Members : Shri Rashid Khan, Retd D.E.
: Shri G.P.Sahu, Retd D.E.
14.10.2008: Merger of 50% of IDA for
the BSNL pensioners who retired between 1.10.2000 to 31.12.2006:- DoT has since written a letter to BSNL to get the approval of BSNL
Board regarding pension liability for the pensioners in question in
the back ground of the DoT’s Order No. 1-45/2003/13 dated 15.6.2006
which restricts Govt’s liability for payment of pension to 60% of
all prescribed fees/charges payable to Government by BSNL and
forward the same to it. This is a similar exercise as was followed
for the serving employees of BSNL. The Board memo is now under
preparation and needs to be first approved by the Management
Committee and thereafter put up for BSNL Board to take the decision
Merger of 50% IDA to the BSNL Pensioners
retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.12.2006 - Deptt of Pension &
Pensioners’ Welfare intervenes : It may be recalled that
this Association had made a representation on 04.07.2008to Shri
Santosh Mohan Dev, Hon’ble Minister of Public Enterprises and Heavy
Industries regarding extension of benefit of merger of 50% IDA to
the BSNL pensioners who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.12.2006 and
also sought for the intervention of Secretary, Deptt of Pension &
Pensioners’ Welfare. Full context of this representation is
available along with the news item published in this website on
14.07.2008. Now Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has
forwarded our representation to Deptt of Public Enterprises and
Deptt of Telecommunication vide their No. 4/5/2008-P&PW(D)-2 dated
22nd August 2008 with the following advice “
The undersigned is directed to forward
herewith a representation dated 4.7.2008 in original received from
All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Retired Executives
Association to Department of Public Enterprises, New Delhi for
consideration of the grievances raised therein expeditiously in
accordance with the extant rules/instructions under intimation to
the representationist to whom a copy of this communication is also
being endorsed. In case of any doubts regarding extent rules/policy
on the subject a self-contained note mentioning the points of doubt
with regard to policy/extant rules along with all relevant
documents/files may be referred to this Department as per extant
Orders for implementation of revised pension rules: Department of
Pension & Pensioners' Welfare has since issued orders revising the
CCS (CCA) Pension Rules 1972 and their implementation in respect of
post 2006 retirees following acceptance of 6th CPC recommendations.
Click here to view the order ........
Merger of 50%
IDA for BSNL Pensioners: The issue is still being examined in DoT.
The DoT finance and DoT Establishment Branch are yet to take uniform
decision for further processing of the case. We have again drawn the
personal attention of Secretary, DoT on this matter for expeditious
decision to extend the benefit to the BSNL pensioners who retired
prior to 1.1.2007 and also on the insensitive attitude of DoT
towards the genuine grievances of the pensioners.
of Government decision on pensionery benefits to the BSNL
Pensioners: We have requested CMD, BSNL to take up the issue of
implementation of the Government decision on pensionery benefits as
recommended by 6th CPC for the BSNL pensioners. Request
also made to arrange recalculation of pension, gratuity etc and
early payment of the same.
A write up by Com.S.Ratnasubramanian,
DGM (Retd) & formerly organising Secretary of TESA (I) CHQ(modifying
the earlier one) taking into account the Govt. decision on 6th CPC
recommendations and its inpact on pensioners BSNL absorbed DoT
employees , and not absorbed/ Central Govt. employees.
Gazette Notification on 6th CPC recommendations on Pension:- The
Central Government has since issued Gazette Notification on the
various recommendations made by the 6th CPC on Pensions for the C G
Employees. Almost all the recommendations have been accepted. The
important decisions include (1) enhancement of limit of gratuity to Rs 10 lakhs from existing limit of Rs 3.5 lakhs, (2) calculation of
pension either on average of last 10 months pay or the pay of last
month whichever is more, (3) increase of pension on attaining age of
80 years, 85 years, 90 years, 95 years and 100 years etc. To know
the impact of the recommendations of 6th CPC on pension, now
accepted by the Government, on BSNL retirees, please read the
Article written by Com S Ratnasubramanian, Org Secretary, AIBSNLREA
which is available in this website.
here for the Gazette Notification
Branch of AIBSNLREA has been formed in a meeting held on August 31st
2008 at Telecom Hall, Telecom Nagar, Nagpur. Com. G.N.Marghade retired
DE was in the chair. Com.S.L.Dravekar, in his inaugural address
narrated the Salient Features of the Constitution, present situation
regarding merger of 50% IDA as "Dearness Pension" to the BSNL
pensioners and other related problems. Com. P.R.Bhujbal
explained the changes incorporated in the pension rules of BSNL
employees from time to time and benefits to be extended in medical
allowance and LTC to the retired employees. Com.N.G.Talewar retired
DGM , Com P.R.Bhujbal retired SDE and Com.B.P.Mujumdar retired SDE
have been elected unanimously as President, Secretary and Treasurer
respectively. All members present have become Life Members of
behalf of the COORDINATION COMMITTEE OF TAMILNADU BSNL PENSIONERS
WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS (including AIBSNLREA,TAMILNADU) Sri G. NATARAJAN,
President of the COMMITTEE, Sri D. GOPALA KRISHNAN, Secretary,
S/SRI MUTHIYALU, RAMARAO, NARASIMHAN( representing TAMILNADU) MOORTHI,
CHINNA PAPPIAH (representing CHENNAI TELEPHONES) met HON
MINISTER for COMMUNICATION, SRI A. RAJA on 24 –08-2008 at
CHENNAI. A MEMORANDUM requesting Hon. Minister's intervention in
the issue of 50% IDA MERGER for Pensioners was submitted. During
Discussion it was pointed out that the issue is pending in DOT. Hon
Minister marked the letter to MEMBER( FINANCE) of BSNL. He also
assured that he will discuss with DOT & BSNL for immediate settlement
of the issue.
MP State Branch of AIBSNLREA formed :- Madhya Pradesh State Branch of AIBSNLREA was formed in a General Body meeting held at Bhopal on
09.07.2008 with S/Shri Gurdeep Singh and K Nagarajan as the State
President and State Secretary respectively.
Click Here for list of office
24.08.2008:Merger of 50% IDA for the BSNL
pensioners: DoT is yet to send the letter to BSNL asking for
the approval of BSNL Board regarding pension liability for the BSNL
employees who retired prior to 1.1.2007 in the same way as was
accorded for the serving employees. The matter is under persuasion and
it appears that DoT is not against the proposal.
of benefit of merger of IDA as "Dearness Pension" to the pensioners of BSNL
(retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.12.2006) as allowed to CG Employees:
The issue is still under the consideration of
the DoT. DoT is reported to be waiting for a BSNL Board decision
in line with DoT order 1-45/2003/13 dated 15.6.2006 which restricts
Govt's liability to 60% of whatever fee/charges payable to Govt. by
BSNL. The item figures in the Agenda of National Council also.
We are also following up the case continuously.
19.07.2008:BSNL has issued orders for increase of IDA by 5%
w.e.f.1.7.08. Click Here for the
written to Shri.Santosh Mohan Dev, Ministry of Public Enterprises &
Industries urging extension of benefit of merger of IDA as "Dearness
Pension" to the pensioners of BSNL (retired between 1.10.2000 and
31.12.2006) as allowed to CG Employees.
Tamilnadu State Branch of AIBSNLREA formed: In a meeting held at
on 27th June 2008, Tamilnadu State Branch of AIBSNLREA was formed.
Com.M.Sankarasubbu was in the Chair. COM. BASU in his
inaugural address explained the objectives of AIBSNLREA. He paid
tributes to late Com.Sreekumaran Nair of Kerala who initiated and
took steps for formation of AIBSNLREA. He urged the
members to strive hard for the welfare of retired employees of BSNL by
maintaining unity with NON-EXECUTIVES. He expressed his
happiness on inaugurating the Tamilnadu State Branch of AIBSNLREA.
COM V.R.KRISHNAN, COM.A.GANESAN and COM.N.DEVANNA were elected as
President, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.
had been invited to attend the COORDINATION COMMITTEE meeting of BSNL
PENSIONERS WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS OF CHENNAI TELEPHONES & TAMILNADU
CIRCLE at CHENNAI. Com.Basu attended and addressed the meeting.
COM BASU explained that after retirement there can be no division on
any grounds among the NON-EXECUTIVES & EXECUTIVES and stressed the
need for coordinated efforts on common issues.
He also emphasized the need for uniting under a common platform in due
course. Com.G.Natarajan, Com.D.Gopalakrishnan, Com.K.Muthiyalu
were some of the other leaders who addressed the meeting.
Com.V.Chinnapappiah has been nominated as the member of the
co-ordination committee on behalf of Chennai Telephones.
Bihar State Branch of AIBSNLREA formed: In a meeting held at Patna
on 23rd June 2008, Bihar State Branch of AIBSNLREA was formed with S/Shri
B P Singh and R B P Singh as State President and State Secretary
respectively. Shri Gangadhar Singh was elected as the State Treasurer.
The news was widely circulated in local News papers.
To view the
complete list of Office Bearers click here…….
01.07.2008: GS writes to Secretary, DoT,
regarding merger of IDA for BSNL
Click Here for the letter.
14.06.2008: IMPACT OF IDA MERGER ON BSNL RETIREES: Order
issued by BSNL for merger of 50% of IDA has no mention about its
application on the BSNL retirees. Since Pension is being paid by DoT
and the pension related issues are to be decided only by DoT, BSNL has
limited role in this regard. It is reported that DoT is processing the
issue and decision is awaited.
BSNL issues the order for merger of 50% of IDA
(read for the order……….)
It is reliably learnt that Secretary, DoT
agreed to revise the earlier DoT order dated 15th June 2006, which
pension contribution to 60% of the charges/fees (spectrum charges, taxes and other fees)
payable by BSNL to Govt. of India. It is also learnt that a cabinet note in this regard is
Recommendations of 6th CPC on
Pension and terminal benefits and its impact on BSNL absorbed
pensioners. An article by Com.S.Ratnasubramanian, DGM (Retd) &
formerly organising Secretary of TESA (I) CHQ
Orders issued for enhancement of IDA by 0.8% w.e.f.1.4.08.