ALL INDIA RETIRED BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
EXECUTIVES' WELFARE ASSOCIATION
Central Headquarter, New Delhi

Registration no. is S/00/09/NE/2010  k

Edited by Sh. Rakesh Srivatava, President & Editor, AIRBSNLEWA
email id: ksingh.ragm@rediffmail.com, srivastava_rks@yahoo.com

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Updated on 05-02-2016:   21--00hrs AIBSNLEA CHQ CHQ Circulars Important Orders Pension Rules WEST BENGAL PAGE
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LATEST NEWS::::::  THE FILE WITH CABINET NOTE ON EXTENDING THE BENEFIT OF 78.2% IDA TO PRNSIONERS AND FOR REMOVAL OF 60:40 DECISION HAS COME BACK TO DOT FROM LEGAL MINISTRY WITH THEIR CONCURANCE. NOW IT IS BEING PROCESSED FOR SENDING TO CABINET::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

05-02.2016:    78.2% FILE IS STILL WITH SECRETARY (TELECOM) : Today evening it is lernt that the file is still with Secretary Telecom since yesterday. He could not see the file for other works. It is expected that Monday (8-2-16) he may clear the file.        
04-02.2016:    78.2% FILE SENT SECRETARY (TELECOM) : It is learnt from PS to Member (F) DOT that the final Cabinet Memo on 78.2% IDA merger and annulment  of 60% - 40% system has been sent to the Secretary Telecom this morning (04-02-16), After his approval the file will go to MOC and then to Cabinet Secretariet.
03-02.2016:    On receipt of "Notice" from AIRBSNLEWA West Bengal , GM (HR &Admn) CTD issued a letter to all DGMs enclosing the notice. "....It absolutely shows callousness and indifferent attitude and failure to monitor the work of the concerned executives and non executives...." Read full text 
02-02.2016:    It is 11th day, the file is still with Member Finance DOT   Today also our President enquired about the status of 78.2% IDA merger file. It is learnt that the file with the final Cabinet Note is still pending with Member (Finance) DOT. None can say when she will clear the file. In earlier occasions also she took long long time to clear the file.                        
02-02-2016:   FORMATION OF FEDERATION / COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS TO SPEARHEAD THE STRUGGLE FOR THE CAUSE OF PENSIONERS. Com Kishan Singh responds to the letter from Com G Natarajan GS AIBSNLPWA. READ THE LETTERS    
28.01.2016:   West Bengal Circle on Agitation. : AIRBSNLEWA WB has served notice today to the CGM CTD for agitational actions to end the stalemate on payment of Medical Bills. Earlier they issued two letters on 05-12-2015 and 15-1-2016 but no significant action has been taken to end the crisis. Outdoor Medical Claims of the pensioners are pending for more than one year and Indoor claims for 2-3 years. Due to such inaction more than 50% pensioners have stopped prefering their claims. The Demand Placed as below :

1)      Settlement of all outdoor and indoor claims submitted by 31st December 2015 within 15 th February 2016. Further the claims submitted by 31st January 2016 by 15 th March 2016 so on and so forth. (As per BSNL Order BSNL/Admn.I/30-6/15 dt 23-10-15)

2)      Supervision at every level to settle the disputed cases. For example the cases are pending at area level or the cases pending at CSC for final payment. There are many instances where the area has sent the approved bill for payment but payment is not made and the pensioner is shuttling between Hare Street and Area Office.

3)      Nominating one officer at every area as “Nodal Officer” to whom the pensioners will send their problems by SMS or Whatsapp. The Nodal Officer in turn will enquire the dispute and communicate back to the pensioner by SMS or Whatsapp. A second stage nodal officer be nominated at GM level to settle the disputes not settled at area. The name, designation and mobile numbers may be suitably notified.

4)      Suitable action by the management to bring back the confidence of the pensioners, so that they exercise their right and resume preferring medical claims.

Agitational Programme:

ü  “Sit in” before the chamber of CGM from 10 AM to 7 PM on 17-02-2016 for drawing the attention of the management.

ü   “Sit in Starvation” from 22-02-2016 before the chamber of CGM indefinitely till settlement of the demands.

      All members are requested to attend the programme punctually. This is a fight to establish the right of the pensioners. Inform all pensioners executive and non executive and solicit their support.
         NOTICE SUBMITTED  ANNEXURE I    ANNEXURE II           EARLIER LETTER 1   LETTER 2

28.01.2016:   Meeting with Senior Officers of DoP&PW:

Com Prahlad Rai GS  AIBSNLEA and representatives of United Forum of MTNL unions & Associations Com. M.K. Bagchi and Com. A.K. Kaushik met the Senior Officers of DoP&PW today to discuss the future provisions of MTNL/BSNL pension revision. A Joint representation is also submitted. It is assured that DoP&PW is fully aware that DoP&PW is fully aware of this issue and necessary step will be taken with DoT . Read the Joint Representation.

28.01.2016:   Status of Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA merger from 1/1/2007: Com Rakesh Srivastava President enquired the status. It is learnt that the file is pending with Member(Finance) DOT since last 5 days. It may get cleared today.
22.01.2016: Chief Patron Com Prahlad Rai and GS AIRBSNLEWA Com. Kishan Singh, Convener Forum of MTNL Unions & Associations Com. M K Bagchi met concern officers of DPE ( Department of Public Enterprise) and discussed regarding inclusion of IDA pension revision provision of BSNL & MTNL pensioners in 3rd PRC. It was confirmed that DPE has received a letter from DOT & our letter from Jt. Secretary (Cabinet) for taking up the issue with 3rd PRC as term and reference for BSNL/MTNL pensioners IDA pension revision. All it could happen due to our continuous persuasion with Secy. (T), Addl. Secy. (T) DOT, JT. Secretary (Cabinet) and DPE officers. DPE has now decided to take up the matter of BSNL/MTNL pensioners, IDA pension revision with 3rd PRC after its constitution. The 3rd PRC constitution proposal sent by DPE is pending in PMO for approval.
 

Further they also met senior officers of DOT and discussed regarding-

a)  78.2% IDA pay fixation case of BSNL pensioners- It is informed that legal opinion of law ministry has been received in DOT on Cabinet Note for 78.2% IDA pay fixation case of BSNL pensioners. Now DOT pension cell has moved the cabinet note to the competent authority for approval. It is understood that after the vetting of internal finance of DOT, the cabinet note will be approved by the Hon'ble MOC & IT and then it may be sent to cabinet for approval.

b)   IDA pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners- It is informed that Admn. cell of DOT is taking up the case of IDA pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners with implementation committee of secretaries of 7th CPC for consideration.

c)    CGHS medical facility to BSNL/MTNL pensioners- It was informed that Ministry of Medical & Health is yet to consider the case. Decision is awaited, though in principal Ministry of Medical & Health has agreed to extend the CGHS medical facility to BSNL/MTNL pensioners. 

21.01.2016:   Status of Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA merger from 1/1/2007: Com Rakesh Srivastava President enquired the status. The file has come back from Law ministry to DOT. They have given their concurrence subject to the approval of DOP&PW and  DOE.

14.01.2016:  Com Prahlad Rai Chief Patron, Com Kishan Singh GS, AIRBSNLEWA, Com M.K. Bagchi, Convener Forum of MTNL Unions and Associations met Senior Officer in DoT and discussed regarding

A. 78.2% IDA Pay fixation of BSNL Pensioners:

It was informed that the comments of Secretary (Law), Ministry of Law on the Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA Pay fixation benefit to BSNL Pensioners are still awaited. After receiving the comments of Secretary (Law), the Cabinet Note will be sent to Cabinet Secretariat for consideration.

B. IDA Pension revision of BSNL / MTNL Pensioners:

They requested for taking up of the case of IDA Pension revision of BSNL / MTNL Pensioners with the Empowered Committee of 7th CPC for consideration. It is informed that DoT has already sent a letter to DPE for including as term of reference on this issue in 3rd PRC and they assured that shortly a letter will also be sent to the nodal officer of the Empowered Committee of 7th CPC for consideration of IDA Pension revision of BSNL / MTNL Pensioners.

It is understood that the matter has also to be taken up with DoP&PW to take-up the matter with Empowered Committee of 7th CPC for consideration of IDA Pension revision of BSNL / MTNL Pensioners who are governed under the Pension Rule 37-A which was notified by the DoP&PW. We will take-up the case with DoP&PW also shortly.

C. CGHS medical facility to BSNL / MTNL Pensioners:

It is informed that the Ministry of Medical and Health in principle has agreed to extend the CGHS medical facility to BSNL / MTNL Pensioners but on the issue of mapping of IDA Pay scales with CDA Pay scales, Ministry of Medical and Health wanted some clarifications from DoT which was also sent two months before and a reminder was also sent on 28.12.2015 in this regard. It is expected that Ministry of Medical and Health will issue the orders for extending CGHS medical facility to BSNL / MTNL Pensioners shortly.

14.01.2016:  "Family Picnic" organised by West Bengal Circle. On 13-1-2016 our West Bengal circle organised a family picnic at a picnic spot at Kolkata. Total 167 pensioners and their family members participated including 40 ladies. Sports events and Singing sessions were the added attraction. Delicious mouth watering breakfast and lunch was appreciated by all. Total programme was well organized. As a trend here also 5 pensioners are enrolled as life members of AIRBSNLEWA. View the Glimpses.    
14.01.2016:  ABNORMAL DELAY IN SETTLEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS OF THE PENSIONERS :On 4/1/2016 three representative namely kishan singh G.S, K.N. Mehra AGS(HQ)& Shri hardas singh batia met (GMA), BSNL Corporate office & give him the Letter regarding settlement of outdoor medical claim of pensioners. G.M(A) assured to issue a strong letter to all the Circles. click   
Our West Bengal Circle has also issued a letter addressed to CGM CTD and copy to GM(F) CTD again requesting him to clear all medical bills of the pensioners within one month. Click 
07.01.2016:  DPE issued order for 112.4% IDA from 1-1-2016. (107.9+4.5) = 112.4%    
07.01.2016:  We  congratulate CMD for his untiring efforts and proper presentation to ITAT(Income Tax Arbitration Tribunal) for refund of Rs.11,000 crores wrongly charged from BSNL  by IT department and to get rid of Rs.6000 crores IT liability further  imposed by IT Department on BSNL. WE also congratulate Dir(Fin), GM (bgt.) and their team who has played an important role which has to be appreciated by all.  It will help BSNL to refund  the bank  loan payments and some CAPEX,  it will also help BSNL  to get rid of the interest liability.     
05.01.2016:   Status of Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA merger from 1/1/2007:   The file has been sent to Department of Law on 28-12-2015, It is expected that the file will be returned with their comment within 7 to 10 days.
05.01.2016:  Yesterday the office bearers of West Bengal Circle met with the senior officers of Calcutta Telephones and DoT Cell. They handed over the one page calendar of 2016 and set of writing pads brought out by them for the New Year 2016. Principal CCA and Joint CCA has taken keen interest to listen the problems mainly the 78.2% IDA merger issue and assured their support.
05.01.2016:  FAMILY PICNIC organised by West Bengal Circle. Details in West Bengal Page

AIRBSNLEWA WISHES

A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS

NEW YEAR -2016

TO ONE & ALL

 

31.12.2015:   Our West Bengal Circle had earlier submitted a letter to CGM CTD highlighting the difficulties faced by the pensioners in getting settlement of their medical claims. It is also intimated that the pensioners will sit for hunger strike before the chamber of CGM if the issues are not resolved in a months time. Read the letter. In response to the said letter no of instructions have been issued.  one    two   three   four   five.   Unfortunately we are not finding any improvement and the suffering of the pensioners in spite of so many orders. Perhaps we are left with no other alternatives than to go for the agitation.    

30.12.2015:  PERSONS GUILTY OF CONCEALMENT OF FACTS FROM THEIR MEMBERS COUPLED WITH TOTAL INACTION AND OSTRICH LIKE  RESPONSE TO THE VITAL ISSUES OF PENSIONERS  WRONGLY  ACCUSE  OUR ORGANISATION/ OFFICE BEARERS OF SPREADING DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN UNDER ARTICLE “ IS OUR PENSION SECURE?” AS PUBLISHED ON THEIR WEBSITE  ON 21/12/2015.

After HOLD-UP and delay in DoT in extending the benefit of 50% IDA Merger amounting to  78.2% IDA as on 01/01/2007, our AGS filed several RTI applications to DOT establishment and DOT finance to explore the cause of delay and expedite settlement of this issue. Based on the information received and supplied documents our CHQ Office bearers i.e. President / AGS   prepared several  write-ups which were  uploaded on  our website and these were very well received and appreciated by our colleagues/ comrades all over India.

Surprisingly a write-up has been uploaded in a website maintained by some persons, who claim to be the sole savior of BSNL pensioners but who never visited DoT Head Quarters or other concerned Offices/ Ministries to meet the concerned officers, over a period of last several years (no such news in their website),but  who still claim to be  dealing with  the present issues related to pensioners. As a result they are frequently not aware of the current status and only provide speculative/ hypothetical and many times incorrect information on their website just to impress their members and assure them that their interests are being looked after and protected. Incidentally these people were at the helm of the affairs at New Delhi as office bearers of TESA & AIBSNLEA when vital developments took place in DOT between 2000 & 2006 and they made all efforts to convince the members of TESA / AIBSNLEA with various arguments in most of their meetings to opt for absorption in BSNL without any reservations...............(Read the full write-up)   (Earlier write ups by our President  AGS)

23.12.2015:    PENSION REVISION IN BSNL & MTNL

A delegation comprising of S/Shri PrahladRai, GS/AIBSNLEA, Kishan Singh,GS/AIRBSNLEWA, Chandeshwar Singh, GS/NFTE(BSNL), Mange Ram Sharma, President / U.F, M.K.Bagchi, Convener/U.F, A.K.Kaushik, GS/TEAM and S.S. Nanda, GS/RTOWA,Delhi have met Shri N. Sivasailam, additional Secretary (T)/DOT to discuss the prospects of taking up the issue of the pension revision of the pensioners of BSNL and MTNL with the Empowered Committee constituted in connection with the recommendations of the 7th CPC. They have pointed out that even though 7th.CPC failed to make any reference of this issue in their recommendations, still there is a scope to take up this issue with the Empowered Committee through the Implementation Cell which DOT is supposed to constitute. This is apparent from the DO No.1-4/2015-EIII(A) dated 21.11.2015 of Ms Annie George Mathew, Jt. Secretary (Pers.), Min. of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure.

 

Shri Sivasailam informs that DOT has already constituted its Implementation Cell with Shri S.C.Sharma, DDG/CA as the Nodal Officer. He has assured us of taking up this issue appropriately with the Implementation Cell of DOT.

 

We have immediately submitted our representation on this to Shri S.C. Sharma, Nodal Officer also

<<<Click here for letter to Secretary (T)>>>  <<<Click here for Jt. representation>>>

23-12-2015:   Status of Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA merger from 1/1/2007: Required note for sending the file to the Law Ministry has been prepared by the Esablishment Cell of DOT and now approval of Member(S), Member (F) & Secretary DOT will be taken. After that the file will come back to Establishment section for sending it to Law Ministry.     

19.12.2015:  Meeting with Shri N Sivasailam, Addl. Secretary (T), DoT:

Com Prahlad Rai and Com. M.K. Bagechi, Convener, United Forum of MTNL Unions & Associations  met Shri N Sivasailam, Addl. Secretary (T), DoT and handed over a joint representation for inclusion of pension and related issues of BSNL & MTNL in the terms and reference of 3rd PRC   <<<Click here for letter>>> and requested him to send a letter to the Cabinet Secretary with a copy to Secretary, DPE in this regard.

AST appreciated their concern and immediately directed on the letter itself to the concerned cell of DOT to send a letter to the Cabinet Secretary / Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Shri Alok Chaturvedi and Secretary, DPE in this regard and mentioned that the work is done.

They extended sincere thanks for his immediate action.

 

Yesterday evening at 15.30 Hrs;  the representatives of AIBSNLEA and United Forum of MTNL Unions & Associations also met  the concern officers of Cabinet Secretariat in this regard.
 

The delegation of BSNL and MTNL comprising of S/Shri Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSNEA & Chief Advisor AIRBSNLEWA, M.K Baghci, convenor /united Forum of MTNL Unions & Associations , A.K Kaushik, GS/Team and Rajeev Kumar, AGS/TEAM have met Shr  Alok Chaturvedi , Jt Secretary, Cabinet Secretariats  on 18-12-2015 and handed over a Jt. representation  for inclusion  of the pension and related issues of BSNL and MTNL in the Terms and reference of 3rd PRC. They have also informed him that D.O.T has also forwarded a note to DPE and cabinet secretariats in this favour.<<<Click here for Jt. representation>>>

17.12.2015:   West Bengal Circle has published 2nd issue of their House Journal AIRBSNLEWA VOICE. As the main article is in Bengali read its English Version  along with other items of the Journal.   

16.12.2015:  Meeting with Shri Rakesh Garg, Chairman (TC) and the Secretary (T), DoT on Revision of Pension in BSNL & MTNL:  Com Prahalad Rai Chief Patron, Com. Kishan Singh, GS, AIRBSNLEWA and Com. M.K. Bagechi, Convener, United Forum of MTNL Unions & Associations,  met Shri Rakesh Garg, Chairman (TC) and the Secretary (T), DoT and discussed regarding implementation of 78.2% IDA fitment benefit to BSNL Pensioners, withdrawal of 60:40 provision, and to take up with DPE to include the issue of Pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners immediately in the terms and reference of 3rd PRC. Secretary (T) appreciated the concern and mentioned that the Cabinet Note on 78.2 % IDA fitment benefit to BSNL Pensioners has been finalized in DoT and now being sent to the Ministry of Law for legal clearance since earlier on the Cabinet Note the legal opinion / comments were given at lower level and now since the Cabinet Note will go to cabinet, Secretary (Law) comments are necessarily required. He assured as soon as the legal clearance is received, the Cabinet Note will be sent to cabinet for approval. On 60:40 withdrawal issue Secretary (T) categorically told that DoT will get removed this provision through this Cabinet Note from cabinet. Regarding the issue of Pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners Secretary (T) appreciated the concern and advised to give a letter in this regard. They immediately drafted a letter signed by them and handed over to Secretary (T) in person which he immediately marked to Addl Secretary (T), DoT to take up the matter with DPE for inclusion of this issue in the terms and reference of 3rd PRC   <<<Click here for letter>>>

14-12-2015:   Status of Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA merger from 1/1/2007:  Com Rakesh Srivastava President enquired the status today morning. It is learnt that the file, which was sent upwards by Director (Esablishment) DOT for onward transmission to DOE or Cabinet, has come back to him with some notes of the legal advisor DOT.
13.12.2015: The Status of 206 Seniority case in Hon'ble Supreme Court: The 206 seniority case along with the experts committee report came up before Hon'ble Supreme Court 0n 11-12-2015. The case is now posted for hearing to 16.02.2016 along with 147 case.
04-12-2015:   Status of Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA merger from 1/1/2007:  Com Rakesh Srivastava President enquired the status today. It is learnt that DOT Establishment has prepared the reply to the points raised by Department of Expenditure for sending it to DOE. They have also modified the draft Cabinet Note accommodating the questions of DOE and the replies. Both are now put up to Member (Services) DOT for approval. As per the decision either the reply will be sent to DOE or modified Cabinet Note will be sent to the Cabinet. Actual Status will be known by middle of next week.

Yesterday Com Kishen Singh GS and Com Prahlad Rai Chief Patron met  GM (CIT) and GM (Admn) BSNL regarding enhancement of free call limit and linking with ERP of BSNL Pensioners medical claims.  GM(CIT) further assured to examine the case and favorable action to link with ERP and GM (Admn) informed the proposal to enhance the free call limit has been sent to Sr.GM(Legal) to get approval from BSNL Management Committee. They assured an early action in this regard. Earlier they also met Director (Staff) DOT and discussed 78.2% IDA and CGHS facility to BSNL Pensioners issue.
 03-12-2015:   ANNUAL MEET (BIJOYA SANMILANI) OF WEST BENGAL CIRCLE : On 2-12-2015 our West Bengal State Branch held their annual get together cum Bijoya Sanmiloni at CTO Hall Kolkata. 400+ pensioners attended the meeting including 57 non members. Amongst the non members 41 pensioners immediately enrolled themselves as Life Members and remaining pensioners assured to take the membership later. Com K K Das CS Assam Circle AIRBSNLEWA was present in the meeting and gave his address. Com Prasun Mukhopadhayay CS AIBSNLEA CTD  was also present , In his address he assured his support to settle the medical bill problem of pensioners and also the 60:40 issue. Com D Basu Circle Secretary CORTO also attended and deliberated. Com Sitansu Sarkar State Secretary gave a brief account of activity of this Association. Com Amit Gupta explained the pension issue in detail before the house. There after a cultaral programme was followed with songs recitations etc. The meeting continued from 2 PM to 6 PM. House Journal AIRBSNLEWA VOICE, Issue 2 and Calendar for 2016 distributed to all. The members who could not attend are requested to attend the Association Office on Wednesdays and collect the same.    view the glimpses          

 
 

  Com. Kishan Singh, GS, AIRBSNLEWA
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