STATE NEWS - UTTAR PRADESH
GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLREA, LUCKNOW BRANCH HELD:A General Body meeting of AIBSNLREA, Lucknow Branch was held on 23.12.2016 in the Recreation Club at Kaiserbagh Telephone Exchange under the President ship of Shri Jagdish Prasad. Forty nine members attended the meeting and three new retired executives were enrolled as Life members. Branch Secretary Shri S P Singh reported about the activities of the branch during the last four months. After the issue of order from BSNL Corporate office on 17.8.2016 for extending the fitment benefit by merger of 78.2℅ IDA, Branch Secretary, Branch President, Financial Secretary, Organising Secretary and other active members have repeatedly visited CGMT, PGMTD, GM MS,. GM NC, NTR, NTP and CCA offices and relentlessly pursued the matter. As a result, more than 30 members of Lucknow Branch have already received their revised PPOs and even one of the members of the Branch has received his revised pension also. In addition, members of the in remote SSAs viz., Barabanki, Bahraich, Lakhimpur, Shahjahanpur, Sultanpur, Raibarelly, Ballia have perused the cases with their respective SSAs. As a result, the revised pension papers for Pre-2007 and Post -2007 retirees are being received by the CCA Office and the work at CCA office is going on smoothly. State Secretary Shri R S Arora appreciated the activities of Lucknow Branch. He apprised the members about the development in CHQ regarding meeting held by General Secretary with GM(Admn). He also read out the views of General Secretary on court case issue. State Financial Secretary Shri Ambika Singh told that he pursued with Director, Postal Services, Lucknow for further endorsement of the orders of CCA to its Head Post offices so that the revised pension and arrears payment are not delayed to those pensioners who draw their pension from post offices. The meeting concluded with vote of thanks presented by the Branch President.
ALLAHABAD BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS GENERAL BODY MEETING:Allahabad Branch of AIBSNLREA held a General Body meeting in the premises of GMTD Office, Allahabad and elected new Office bearers against a few vacant posts. Shri R S Arora, UP State Secretary attended the meeting and briefed the members about the development on various issues. Shri Rajendra Prasad, who resigned from the post of Branch Secretary following his election as the Assistant State Secretary of the UP State Branch of AIBSNLREA, reported about the status of clearance of pending medical claims and progress of pension revision cases. He reported that payment of medical claim bills submitted upto September 2016 have already been made. In regard to pension revision cases, all the revised pension papers have been prepared and being scrutinized by the Accounts Branch. These are expected to be sent to CCA Office within a fortnight. Later the House unanimously elected following members against the vacant posts of some Office-Bearers:- (1) Branch Secretary: Shri Ram Lakhan, Retd SDE (9415017042), (2) Assistant Branch Secretary: Shri H L Yadav, Retd A.O. (9450968085), (3) Organizing Secretary: S/Shri Ramachandra, Retd SDE (9415108825) and Brahamdeen, Retd SDE (9415045179), (4) Executive Committee Members: S/Shri O C Gupta, Retd CAO (9415351981) and Y N Tripathi, Retd DE (9415662060).
UP STATE BRANCH OF AIBSNLREA HELD ITS FIRST STATE CONFERENCE:Uttar Pradesh State Branch of AIBSNLREA held its First State Conference at Rai Uma Nath Bali Prekshegrih, Kaiser Bagh, Lucknow on 25.07.2016. The Conference started with hoisting of the flag of the Association by State President S.N. Shukla. State Secretary R.S. Arora, Lucknow Branch President Jagdish Prasad and S P Singh, Branch Secretary, Lucknow joined him. Shri Singh then welcomed the delegates and other members. State President Shri S.N. Shukla in his opening address sought the cooperation of the house for smooth conduct of the business. This was followed by one minute silence in memory of departed colleagues who passed away during the period. After the self introduction, the Branch Secretary of different Branches placed their reports. At this stage Shri S Basu, General Secretary and R K Sinha, Joint Secretary joined the Conference. General Secretary, in his address, stated that as per the historic SC Order in D S Nakara case and subsequent V CPC recommendation, the past pensioners started receiving pension revision with same fitment benefit whenever pay revision is ordered for serving employees with a well defined fitment benefit. He told the house that after accepting absorption in BSNL, we are no more Government employees i.e. we ceased to be the Government employees as per provision of Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. Thus, neither we can have pension revision in CDA scale nor have the fitment benefit as granted to the Central Government employees since it would be violation of the principle laid down by SC that the pension of the past and present pensioners must be balanced. Our pension revision is directly linked with the pay revision of the serving BSNL Executives. He added that those pensioners’ associations who had been talking of application of same fitment benefit as granted by VII CPC to the Government employees to be applied to the BSNL pensioners has now received their reply. Neither VII CPC nor the Experts Committee could agree with them. He recalled the days when AIBSNLREA alone stood firm against the proposal for pension revision in CDA scale when all the serving employees unions and Executives associations of BSNL and MTNL strongly backed the demand of ITS Association on the issue and held several meetings with Secretary(T). He told that the pensioners’ associations are neither covered by any recognition rules nor any channel of communication is prescribed for them. The position of pensioners is such that here numerical strength of any association does not help in any way to settle any issue. Here one’s capability to analyze the rules and presentation of the cases forcefully with facts and strong justifications and often backed by rules help to clinch the issues. This being the reality, the VII CPC not only accepted the submission of AIBSNLREA to raise the limit of DCRG but also agreed for its periodical revision linking the same with rise in DA. He lamented that some pensioners’ associations are celebrating the recent decision of the Government on revision of pension of BSNL employees with fitment benefit by merger of 78.2% DA calling the fixation as “notional” and denying the pay/pension arrears, DCRG, Leave encashment and Commutation of Pension. These Associations which took the lead in trying the establish that the DOT’s Presidential Directive dated 10.6.2013 was “notional” were now found to compete with each other to claim this as their victory despite heavy loss inflicted on the affected BSNL pensioners. He said that irony is that neither DPE order on pay scale revision and its order on 78.2% fitment benefit nor the DOT’s Presidential Directive called this benefit as “notional”. He announced that the AIC of AIBSNLREA held in Bhubaneswar has approved the proposal to challenge this decision in the court of law and the Association will seriously follow up the case. General Secretary called upon all the retired Executives to join AIBSNLREA and strengthen it. He also replied to the queries raised by the members including those mentioned by Branch Secretary Kanpur in his letter.
After the address by General Secretary, the State Secretary R.S. Arora placed his report which was passed by the house. The State Financial Secretary Ambika Singh then placed his report which was also passed. State President S.N. Shukla thanked the host Branch Lucknow, management of the Hall, media and all others.
At 16.00 hours, the Open Session of the Conference started. Shri Praveen Varshney, PGM (HR/Admin), BSNL, UP (East) Circle graced this occasion as the Chief Guest. He was welcomed by Shri S P Singh, Branch Secretary, Lucknow and was also garlanded. The key note address was presented by State Secretary R.S. Arora raising all the important issues. Other Office Bearers on the dais also addressed the House. Chief Guest Shri Praveen Varshney PMG(HR Admn), in his address, assured the house to extend full support in solving the problems of retirees including the medical reimbursement cases. He also assured to look into the issue of not allowing the facility to use the meeting Hall/C.H. to the retirees Associations. Memento was then presented to the dignitaries on the dais. The open session ended with vote of thanks by State Secretary R.S. Arora. At 18:30 hours, the House reassembled and Shri R.K. Sinha Joint Secretary (CHQ) was nominated as Chairman to conduct the election and a new set of Office-bearers was then elected unanimously. After the oath taking ceremony, the Conference was declared closed at 20.00 hours. View the list of office bearers View some photos and the press coverage