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

Registration no.  S/00108/NE-/2010 

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

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28.10.2018:  Proposed AUAB Meeting with Secy(T), DoT: Today morning at 10.30 AM Secy(T), DoT hold a meeting with CMD BSNL, Director(HR) & GM(SR) wherein Secy(T) wanted to discuss the demands of AUAB with General Secretaries of AUAB but all the GSs were not available at Delhi  thus the next meeting is fixed upon 2nd Nov., 2018 at 17.00Hrs in DoT with Secy(T), DoT.

In today’s meeting Secy(T) mentioned that DoT is seriously implementing all the assurances given by Hon’ble MOSC (l/C) to AYUB Leaders in the meeting held on 24th Feb., 2018. Secy(T) DoT further informed that before 2nd Nov., 2018 Cabinet Note on 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL and 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL will be ready for further necessary action.

DoT recommendations on payment of pension contributions on actual basic pay of BSNL employees will be send to DOE for clearance shortly. Pension revision of BSNL pensioners is also under active consideration. Secy(T) DoT  advised CMD BSNL &  Director(HR), BSNL Board to inform this status to all the leaders of AUAB. Secy(T) will be on tour from 29th Oct.,, 2018 to 1st Nov., 2018 thus the meeting is fixed up on 2nd Nov., 2018.  <<<<Click here for the appeal of GM(SR), BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi>>>>

28.10.2018:  Shree Ajay Nishad MP writes to MOSC(I/C) again on Pension Revision
As we have reported earlier on 26-07-2018 that DOT while replying RTI of our AGS mentioned that pension revision will follow pay revision only. DOT have also attached a DO letter written BY MOSC(I/C) to Sh Ajay Nishad MP wherein the said decision was communicated. <<Read >>
Our members of Muzaffarpur (Bihar), the constituency of Sh Ajay Nishad Ji,  subsequently met him and apprised him the actual position and submitted a memorandum explaining the justification of 7th CPC recommendation for BSNL Pensioners also.
We are thankful to Sh Ajay Nishad Ji who has written to MOSC(I/C) again requesting implementation of 7th CPC order for BSNL pensioners also. <<<Read>>>     

GB Meeting Of Delhi Circle

A well organized GB Meeting of Delhi Circle of AIRBSNLEWA was held on 24-10-2018 at Kidwai Bhawan under the chairmanship of Com. A K Nandi V. P. Com. Shiv Kumar President and Com. Prahlad Rai GS,  AIBSNLEA and our Chief Mentor were the guests. Com. Kishan Singh GS apprised the House about CHQ activities regarding:-

1.     1)Pension revision as per 7th CPC.

       2)Change in Pension Payment system of BSNL retirees by DOT.

3.     3)Delay in Medical Bill Reimbursement for the pensioners.

Com GS also informed the house that AIRBSNLEWA has written to other Pensioner Associations on above issues and requested them to join in a common platform of pensioners. AIBSNLPWA has responded and a joint meeting is being organized on 21st Nov at New Delhi. It is expected that other associations will also respond and join the meeting to have a broad based unity amongst pensioners. He also asked the members to join the Hunger Strike at BSNL CO on 22nd Nov being organized by AIBSNLPWA and RTOWA ND.

Com. Shiv Kumar in his address informed house that he along with Com. Prahlad Rai GS and Kishan Singh have met M (F), M(S), DDG(Estt.) and Dir(SU) for settlement of pay revision & pension revision. President & GS AIBSNLEA had also met MOSC for in connection with pay and pension revision and other related issues a few days Back. MOSC assured to look in to the case very soon. 

Com. Prahlad Rai addressed the house and informed in details how sincerely Pay & Pension revision issues are being perused in DoT by him. He also told the imitational program of AUAB from 30/10/2018 onward and appealed all members to join hands in these activities in maximum numbers and assured to continue his support in future.

Com Kishan Singh thanked Sh. Shiv Kumar & Sh. Prahlad Rai for their gracious presence in meeting and their sincere efforts and support in pensioner’s issues. He also thanked Sh. R.D. Arora CS Delhi and Sh. K.M Goyal treasurer for excellent arrangements for GB Meeting.

Meeting was Concluded by vote of thanks to all by Sh. A K Nandi V.P.   <<<Glimpses>>>

23.10.2018:  Meeting with Director (PSU) DOT:

GS & President AIBSNLEA met Director (PSU), DOT and discussed regarding

A) Implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL:  Director (PSU) confirmed that the BSNL proposal for 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefit is being returned to BSNL for re-examination on the basis of the queries made by the Internal Finance of DOT. He further mentioned that this proposal will be sent back to BSNL within this week only.

23.10.2018:   Meeting with DDG (Estt)   DOT:

GS & President AIBSNLEA met DDG (Estt), DOT and discussed regarding

A) Pension Revision: They requested the DDG (Estt), DOT for the Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners by delinking the Pay Revision as the Pension of BSNL Pensioners is also being paid under CCS (CCA) Pension Rules 1972 as Govt. Pension. DDG (Estt) mentioned that the BSNL Pensioners Pension is being paid as per the CCS (CCA) Pension Rules 1972 but there is no mention about the Pension Revision. Govt. Pensioners Pension is being revised along with the Pay Revision as the practice. Similarly the BSNL Pensioners Pension Revision was also made along with the Pay Revision of BSNL Employees on implementation of 2nd PRC. At present 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL is under consideration in DOT and after the Pay Revision only the Pension can be revised. This stand has been taken by the Establishment Cell of DOT.

B) Payment of Pension contribution on Actual basic pay instead of Maximum of the Pay:  DDG (Estt) informed that n the meeting held on 17.10.2018, Hon'ble MOSC(IC) has directed the Member (Finance) to look in to the matter. Thus some early decision is expected in this regard.

C) CGHS Medical Facilities to BSNL Pensioners: They appraised the DDG (Estt) that in some Circles where the BSNL Pensioners have applied to switch over to CGHS Medical facility from BSNL MRS are not being allowed by the respective Circle Medical Authorities on the pretext that the Head of Account has not been mentioned in the PPO. The same has been clarified by the respective Circle CCAs and the Head of Accounts is also given but the Medical Authorities wants a copy of the letter of DOT Budget Cell. We requested DDG (Estt) to settle the issue. DDG (Estt) advised us to give a letter in this regard for necessary action. We will submit the Letter shortly. 

22.10.2018  Com Prahlad Rai and his office bearers of AIBSNLEA met CMD and Dir HR BSNL on
Implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL, Pension Revision, Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic:
 
Meeting with CMD:
They apprised CMD regarding meeting with Hon'ble MOSC(I/C)  and meetings in DOT. They requested CMD BSNL to use his good office in DoT/MOSC office for getting implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL and settlement of other issues. CMD, BSNL mentioned that he will discuss the matter with Hon’ble MOSC(I/C) and will try to arrange a meeting on 29.10.2018
 
Meeting with Dir HR:
They requested DIR(HR) to use her good office in DOT for the settlement of 3rd PRC in BSNL, Pension Revision, Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic and Allotment of  4G Spectrum etc. *Dir (HR) informed that in last week i.e.on 17.10.2018 she attended a meeting with Hon’ble MOSC(IC) in the presence of Secretary (Telecom ), Member (Finance), SST and other Senior Officers of DOT  with reference to revival of BSNL wherein she pleaded that BSNL should be allowed to take Loan from Banks with the Letter of Comfort to meet the OPEX.During discussion DOT Officers informed that the 3rd PRC proposal approved by the BSNL Board will be returning back to BSNL for their own consideration. But without the settlement of excess payment towards the Pension contribution and allowing BSNL to take Loans from Banks how this issue can be settled by the BSNL.
 
Thus she advised to further take up the matter with the Hon’ble MOSC(IC) only to settle these issues at DOT level itself because these are under the purview of DOT only.

22.10.2018:  Meeting with PGM (Admn.) BSNL CO:  

Com Prahlad Rai and GS, FS of AIRBSNLEWA met PGM (Admn.) BSNL C.O. ND and discussed to issue correct eligibility criterion order of BSNL Pensioners for medical claim by considering April -2018 IDA instead of April -2016. After April -2016 the necessary order for eligibility of medical claim for BSNL Pensioners has not been issued by BSNL CO. As a result in ERP the limit for with voucher cases are calculated with April 2016 IDA only. PGM (Admn) after some discussions assured to look into the matter.

(b) Allotment of funds to settle the medical claims of BSNL serving employees and Pensioners:  We expressed our concern against the non- reimbursement   of medical claims of BSNL serving employees and BSNL Pensioners. PGM (Admn) mentioned that due to the financial constraints the funds have not been released. However, the matter is expected to  be resolved in the next month as Dir Finance is making all out effort to avail loan from Bank on the basis of Letter of Comfort to be obtained from DOT.

                                                                Report of G. B.Meeting Nasik
 The  G B meeting  was held on 9th Oct 2018 under the chairmanship of com S. N. Kulkarni, Com A. S. Khadbhane welcome the members. The invited guest members com. A. B. Jadhav , com. S. S. Kulkarni  ( Pune) , com. L. K. Magdum (Kolhapur) were present for our meeting. Two minutes silence was observed to pay homage to late S. Y. Vaidya (retd SDE). Our circle organiser com. S. S. Dhangar delivered his welcome speech. The invitees briefed their speech especially com. A. B. Jadhav very nicely told about 3rd PRC and other current issues that we are facing now a days. We congratulate com. A. B. Jadhav and com. S. S. Kulkarni as they have enrolled their basic membership at Nashik.  They also promised to work together. I  told the house regarding the present status of payment of with/without voucher medical bills and views of CHQ on 3rd PRC. The audited expenditure for the period 22/09/2017 to 08/10/2018 was placed before house by com. G. B. Jorvekar and it was unanimously passed by house with one voice. We have sent quota for 110 members (life membership) to CHQ Delhi and further it is decided to send 30 members quota. Our senior leader com S. S. Dhangar was nominated as election officer. The new body was unanimously elected as below.
 President* : Y. E. Saindane
 Vice-President : D. N. Gharde, K. A. Baviskar
 *Secretary :* M. L. Deore
 *Asst Sec* : N. B. Patole., B. B. Kendre.
 *Treasurer :* S. D. Kale.
  *Asst Treasurer :*  R. N.Dixit.
 *Organisation Sec* : P. B. Visput, S. M. Shaikh., A. M. Deshpande., R. W. Sonar.
 *Executive members :* 
                S. M. Chandorkar., S. N. Kulkarni.,P. C. Nemad ,S. S. Mahajan., R. S. Amrutkar, G. B. Jorvekar.
 *Auditor :* A. S. Kadbhane.
        More than 80 members attended the meeting and very nice sutra sanchalan was done by com. A. S. Kadbhane. The meeting was concluded with vote of thanx.<<Glimpses>>  

09.10.2018AIBSNLEA Meeting with Shri Manoj Sinha Ji, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications (I/C), Govt. Of India:  GS, President, AGS (Fin) and AGS(DR) met with  Hon'ble MOSC (IC) Shri Manoj Sinha Ji for early settlement of various issues viz. (i)   Implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL(ii) Revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners (iii) Payment of pension contribution on actual basic Pay (iv) Allocation of 4G spectrum to BSNL (v) Payment of pension through  existing Banking CPCs instead of CCA

Hon'ble Minister  mentioned that BSNL should have serious approach towards Its Revival. BSNL has to grab the opportunity through "BSNL Wings" and FTTH connections and increase its revenue as finally burden will come only on BSNL. BSNL should increase its CFA customer base from 1 crore to 1.5 crore during next 8 months to increase its revenue. In mobile segment there is stiff competition.   We insisted that about 20 lakhs people dependent on BSNL and are watching with hope towards Hon'ble Minister. We requested that Hon'ble Minister can only decide the fate of these 20 lakh people as approach of Bureaucracy is always as per line of rule book.

After detailed discussions, Hon'ble Minister assured that after arrival of Secretary (T) from US tour on 14.10.2018, he will hold a meeting with Secretary (T) and CMD, BSNL. Unions and Associations   may also be invited for aforesaid meeting and try to resolve issues at earliest. On our pleading Hon'ble Minister assured to give good news within this month itself.

We provided all  the letters addressed to Hon'ble MOSC (IC) on above issues which he marked to Shri Saket Kumar , PS, (IAS) to conduct above meeting .

01.10.2018  Com Kishan Singh writes to the Secretary DOT protesting against the proposed changes in the pension payment system which will cause immense hardship to the BSNL pensioners. Requested for immediate discussion on pensioner welfare issues.  <<Letter>>  
01.10.2018   Com Kishan Singh GS writes to :
                      1)
Com K G Jairaj   GS AIBDPA (aibdpa@gmail.com)
                      2) Com Gangadhar Rao GS AIBSNLPWA (bsnlpensioner@rediffmail.com)
                      3) Com D D Mistry  GS  BDPA INDIA  (didimistry@gmail.com)

             
on proposed changes in Pension Payment system causing harassment  <<Letter>>
21.09.2018              NEW SYSTEN OF PENSION PAYMENT
We were getting information from the circles that the CCAs are unofficially informing the pensioners that very soon they will start disbursing the pension directly to the pensioners bank account instead of present system in which Banks or Post Offices calculate and deposit pension to our accounts. We have met the officers of DOT to know the actual position but they avoided us by saying it is their internal matter and pensioners need not bother as they will continue to get the pension in their Bank Account.

Not satisfied with the reply our AGS submitted a RTI application on 9th July 2018. Following is the reply received after 2 months on 20-9-2018      <<RTI Reply>>

 

INFORMATION SOUGHT

REPLY
1 Whether DOT is proposing any change in the present system of pension disbursement ? YES
2 If the answer of question 1 is ‘yes’, then whether in the new system the pension will be disbursed directly by CCAs to pensioners account  through RTGS or NEFT or any other system . In that event where pensioner will submit their life certificates. What is the proposed date of launching the new system.

The disbursement shall be made using PFMS. However details shall be shared on finalization of software

Life certificate can be submitted on line in form of Digital Life Certificate. Also conventional Life certificate can also be sent by post to CCAs. Other modes to facilitate pensioners are also being explored. The date of launching of the new system is not yet finalized.

3 kindly furnish copies of all relevant papers describing the new scheme  and its roadmap for implementation The road map has not been finalized as of now. Once the CPMS is in final form, then further details will be put in public domain.

Thus it can be seen that DOT is in process of changing the pension payment system but not ready to disclose the information even under RTI. But from the reply it is clear that once the software PFMS or CPMS is implemented, pension will be disbursed by CCAs and life certificates are also to be submitted to CCAs. It is mentioned that the Life certificates may be sent by post but in our opinion this is a casual reply as we know very well that it can never be sent by post for authenticity. Further DOT has taken such decision without discussion with any of the pensioners Associations. In our opinion the pensioners will be put into following difficulties in the new system.

  • 1) All pensioners have to attend CCA offices or camp offices for submitting the life certificates. Presently we are submitting the same to the banks of our vicinity leisurely during whole month of November. Bank officers even visit our places where pensioners are bed ridden on our request. In the new system such convenience will surely be un available. The CCA offices are in the capital cities. what will happen to the pensioners settled in villages, districts etc.

2) Our experience about the behavior of the employees are not comfortable. They took months and years to settle the issues. Whereas in Banks we get prompt reply if posted to their customer cells. For 78.2 IDA fixation case even today cases are pending with CCA offices. Our IDA is being revised every quarterly. At present Banks are implementing it on the same month. But if CCAs disburse our pension, then it is sure that every time we have to struggle for implementation. Furthermore for all such persuasions, pensioners have to travel to the CCA offices and they will be attended if the concerned official is available and in a good mood to hear the problem.

Present system of Pension Payment is stable system and developed over the years. We don't find it necessary to change it. We shall protest the proposed change and request all to protest. Pensioners submitting KYP forms to CCAs must mention that they want pension from Banks or POs and not from CCAs.

21.09.2018        MEMORANDUM TO MP ON PENSION REVISION   
AIRBSNLEWA AP&Telengana Circle submitted memorandum to Hon'ble MP Lok Sabha Sh Bandaru Dattatreya Garu on Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners. Com Panduranga Rao CS and Com M N Rao represented the association. Sh. C N Rao Retd JTO presently in national executive of BJP arranged the meeting. Hon'ble MP took keen interest on the issue and agreed to write to Hon'ble MoS for Communication highlighting our problems.  <<Memorandum>>  <<Photos>>
20.09.2018  Com Kishan Singh GS writes to :
                      1)
Com K G Jairaj   GS AIBDPA (aibdpa@gmail.com)
                      2) Com G Natarajan GS AIBSNLPWA (bsnlpensioner@rediffmail.com)
                      3) Com D D Mistry  GS  BDPA  (didimistry@gmail.com)

             
for making a common approach on Medical Reimbursement issue  <<Letter>>
20.09.2018 BSNL issues order on custody of Service Books of IDA Pensioners <<READ>>            
19.09.2018                    Pension Arrear Court Case at PCAT New Delhi
Yesterday the Case (OA 2260/2017) came up for final hearing along with MA 202/2018 (filed by BSNL).
in court no 5 of Principal Bench CAT New Delhi. Advocate of DOT pleaded that this case cannot be heard in single bench court as it relates to pay revision, in his opinion it should be transferred to division bench. Our advocate protested and pointed out that this case is not a pay revision case but relates to date of effect of pension revision ony. The judge ruled that the case will be heard in single bench court only. Next date of hearing given as 26-11-2018. Com Kishan Singh GS, Com A K Jain FS and Com Pradeep Goel AGS were present in the court.
17.09.2018  Com Kishan Singh
             1) Meets OSD to MOC and submits letter on Pension Revision <<Read>>
             2) Writes to Spl. Secretary DOT Sh N Sivasailam on Pension Revision <<Read>>
             3) Writes to Secretary(Pension) DOP&PW on Pension Revision <<Read>>
14.09.2018  Com Kishan Singh GS writes to :
                      1) Com P S Ramankutty  President AIBSNLPWA (psramankutty@rediffmail.com)
                      2) Com D D Mistry  GS  BDPA  (didimistry@gmail.com)
                      3) Com K G Jairaj   GS AIBDPA
(aibdpa@gmail.com)
              for making a common approach on pension revision   <<Letter>> 
14.09.2018    Meeting with Smt Sujata T Roy Director (Fin & HR) at Kolkata.
 
Our AGS Com Amit Kumar Gupta met Director (HR & Fin) BSNL board and discussed the issue of abnormal delay in medical bill payment of pensioners. He mentioned that in all the circles huge no of bills are pending for want of fund. In some circles TDS have been deducted and paid to I Tax dept but the bills are not paid although in AS26 the bills are shown as paid. This may create serious problem while submitting TAX return.
 
Director madam informed that BSNL is undergoing serious fund problem. Govt has imposed restriction to take bank loan for OPEX (operational expeditie) purpose. If BSNL don't get Bank Loan for OPEX then our medical bills cannot be paid. She further suggested that the pensioners should immediately opt for CGHS by paying the requisite contribution. We pointed out other than few cities CGHS facility is not good and in many places it is practically non existant. She did not comment on that and expressed her helplessness. She said sorry to us and also advised to communicate the situation to all pensioners.
 
Therefore there is no possibility that our pending medical bills will be paid in near future.<<Glimpses>>

ORDERS FOR ENROLLMENT IN CGHS  <<CLICK>>

13.09.2018                    Pension Arrear Court Case at PCAT New Delhi
Today AGAIN the Case (OA 2260/2017) came up for final hearing along with MA 202/2018 (filed by BSNL).
in court no 6 of Principal Bench CAT New Delhi. But Argument did not take place as the advocate of DOT was absent. Next hearing will be on 18th September 2018. Com Kishan Singh GS & Com A K Jain FS was present in the court.
06.09.2018Status of 3rd PRC implementation with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL: GS, President, AGS(DR) AIBSNLEA met the concerned authorities in DoT and discussed regarding implementation of 3rd PRD in BSNL. It is learnt that the BSNL’s Board proposal is still pending in the Internal Finance of DoT for clearance. It is expected that proposal may be cleared by Member (Finance) DoT in the next week after her joining from leave. However, the nodal section of DoT has already prepared the Cabinet Note in this regard. After the clearance of Internal Finance wing & approval of the Hon’ble MOSC(I/C), it will be sent to Nodal Ministries for comments i.e. DoP&W, DPE, DOE, Law Ministry & DoP&T. It is also learnt that the comments of all these ministries are ready available in DoT on the earlier references made by DoT. Now, the whole matter depends on the approval of Internal Finance of DoT.
06.09.2018     Pension Revision as per 7th CPC for BSNL Pensioners
Com Kishan Singh GS AIRBSNLEWA writes to Secretary DOT on pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners as per 7th CPC. It is reminded in the letter that DOT has committed Govt SCHEME of Pension at the time of absorption. And now Pension revision as per CPC is being denied because BSNL Pensioners have retired from IDA scale. He placed the claim with a table to establish how all other recommendations of CPC are implemented on the IDA pension of BSNL Pensioners only Pay Revision is denied.   <<<Read the Letter and attachments>>  
06.09.2018  Com Kishan Singh writes to Dir(HR) BSNL on holding up of payment of medical claims of pensioners in all circles for shortage of fund. He requested to allot fund to clear the backlog,   <<LETTER>>    
06.09.2018                    Pension Arrear Court Case at PCAT New Delhi
Today the Case (OA 2260/2017) came up for final hearing along with MA 202/2018 (filed by BSNL).
in court no 4 of Principal Bench CAT New Delhi. But Argument did not take place as the Judge was not ready. Next hearing will be on 13th September 2018.
 05.09.2018       Com Prahlad Rai writes to Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Chairman TC & Secretary(T), DoT, New Dehli regarding  pension revision of BSNL IDA pensioners....<<<<Click here for letter>>>>
05.09.2018 GSAIBSNLEA writes to Shri N. Sivasailam, Special Secretary (Telecom), DoT  regarding request to grant a meeting on implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL and other related issues including allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL.....<<<<Click here for letter>>>

<<<<Click here for the reply received from Shri N Sivasailam, Special Secretary, DoT>>>>

05.09.2018 OPTION FORMS FOR WEST BENGAL TELECOM CIRCLE  <<CLICK>>     
30.08.2018    DENIAL OF IST TIME BOUND PROMOTION AFTER 5 YEARS.

Office of the Principal CCA Kolkata was denying all the pension cases where the pensioners got 1st time bound promotion after 5 years under EPP and was reducing one increment and also causing recovery. AIRBSNLEWA took up the case with Pr CCA Kolkata on 02-05-2018 <<READ>>.
Com Prahlad Rai also took up the issue with DOT  <<
Letter>>

Yesterday we reported that during meeting with Advisor Finance DOT the issue was again raised by him and the Advisor immediately spoken to Pr CCA Kolkata for remedial action.

Today we received following two emails from the office of Pr CCA Kolkata.

Pr.CCA Kolkata <pccakolkata@gmail.com>
To:Amit kumar Gupta
‎Aug‎ ‎30 at ‎16‎:‎22
With reference to your letter no. AIRBSNLEWA/Pr CCA/2018 dated 02.05.2018, it is stated that misinterpretation with regards to meaning of eligibility criteria of EPP from E1A to E2A 
as per BSNL/CO/ND dated 18.01.2007 (basic order of EPP) and clarificatory order thereof dated 18.03.2010 as revealed in your letter has been happened. 
However, further reviewing of the case after taking into the matter with the support of BSNL/CO/ND  clarificatory order dated 15.08.2012 is going on. Decision will be given later on.

Sr. AO (Pension Revision)
O/o Principal Controller of Communication Accounts
8, Hare Street, Kolkata -1
 
Pr.CCA Kolkata <pccakolkata@gmail.com>
To:Amit kumar Gupta
‎Aug‎ ‎30 at ‎16‎:‎41
The email dated 30.08.2018 at 16:22 wherein the second para the clarificatory order, the dated mentioned as 15.08.2012 therein, may be read as 15.05.2012.

Sr. AO (Pension)

O/o Principal Controller of Communication Accounts
8, Hare Street, Kolkata -1

Thus we can expect settlement of the cases at an early date.

29.08.2018 Meeting with Advisor Finance, DoT: Com Prahlad Rai met Advisor Finance DOT and discussed regarding denial of First time bound promotion received by BSNL executives of CTD after 5 years by office of Pr CCA, Kolkata causing reduction of pension and pensionary benefits of retired BSNL executives. After going through our letter advisor finance immediate spoke with Pr CCA Kolkata and advised her to consider the representation given by the association on the basis of EPP provisions. Pr CCA Kolkata assured an early action in this regard.

Implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% benefit, payment of pension contribution on actual basic and revisions of pension of BSNL pensioners. we also informed that BSNL Board's proposal on implementation of 3rd PRC is under consideration with DDG (Fin .), DoT.  Advisor Finance during discussions mentioned that he will discuss the matter with DDG (Fin) for an early clearance but there is feeling among the DOT officers that pension of BSNL pensioners should not be more than pension of DOT pension. Otherwise there was no use of absorption of DOT employees of BSNL. We pleaded that BSNL employees after technical resignation joined BSNL under the assurance of Govt. Pension under Rule 37 A.

29.08.2018 Meeting with Member ( Services) , DoT: Com Prahlad Rai met Shri Ravikant Member service on courtesy call and greeted him on assuming of the High Office of Member Services .

Member services has fixed up the meeting with AIBSNLEA on 4th September 2018 to discuss regarding payment of pension contribution on actual basic on BSNL pensioners and revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. 

29.08.2018 Meeting with Shri A N Rai Advisor to Hon'ble MOSC (I/C):  Com Prahlad Rai met Advisor to to Hon'ble MOSC(I/C) and requested to use his good office to support in resolution of issues of BSNL employees i.e. implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% benefit , payment of pension contribution on actual basic and revisions of pension of BSNL pensioners. After detailed discussions on these issues , Advisor to Hon'ble MOSC(I/C)   mentioned that tomorrow Hon'ble MOSC(I/C)   is holding review meeting of BSNL which was schedule today .In this meeting assured to extend his support . Regarding BSNL's viability advisor opined that BSNL should concentrate on giving more and more FTTH connections to retain and attract the customers.
 28.08.2018     NO DOCUMENT WITH DOT AND DOP&PW WHICH CAN PROVE
                                       DOP&PW MEMO DATED 04-08-2016(PENSION REVISION) IS FOR
                                       CDA PENSIONERS ONLY.
Both DOT and DOP&PW could not supply any note sheet/ order / document which can establish their claim that the pension revision memo F No 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04-08-2016 is only for those absorbee pensioners who retired from CDA scale and drawing pro-rata pension in reply to RTI applications made by Com Amit Kumar Gupta AGS.

DOT in its reply said that " it is self evident based upon the background material refereed thein" <<view the reply>>

And DOP&PW in its reply said "Obviously , these orders are not applicable to those pensioners who are drawing pension in the IDA pay scale"  <<view the reply>>

 27.08.2018       FORMATION OF GRIEVANCE CELL IN CIRCLES
Calcutta Telephones constituted Retired Employees Grievance cell for coordinating with the central cell of BSNL CO. Efforts may be made for formation of similar cells in other circles also. <<ORDER>>   
                         DONATE GENEROUSLY FOR KERALA DISASTER 
AIRBSNLEWA CHQ calls upon its members to donate generously to the Kerala Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund for extending help to the distressed. Serving Unions and Associations have already decided to donate one days basic pay. Our AP & Telengana Circle is already mobilizing  and collecting Rs 1000/- from each members. Our other circle organizations also may act similarly. Individual members and pensioners may also donate liberally to CM's DRF directly. The official website for the purpose is https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in Here you can pay directly on line or can pay through SBI also.
STATE BANK OF INDIA
PAYMENT GATEWAY SERVICES
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ACCOUNT DETAILS
A/c Number : 67319948232
A/c Name: Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund
Branch: City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFSC : SBIN0070028 | SWIFT CODE : SBININBBT08
Account Type: Savings | PAN: AAAGD0584M

 

 

24.08.2018 Admin. Section of BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi issued instructions regarding systematic improvement in medical claims of BSNLMRS beneficiaries....<<<Click here for order>>>
24.08.2018                              Pension Arrear Court Case at PCAT New Delhi
Today the Case (OA 2260/2017) came up for final hearing along with MA 202/2018 (filed by BSNL).
in court no 4 of Principal Bench CAT New Delhi. But Argument did not take place as the Judge has not studied the case. He proposed next hearing on 30 th August But BSNL advocate wanted on 1st week of September. Next hearing will be on 06th September 2018.
 10.08.2018                              Pension Arrear Court Case at PCAT New Delhi
Today the Case (OA 2260/2017) came up for final hearing along with MA 202/2018 (filed by BSNL).
BSNL argued for deletion of its name from the list. Our advocate protested as BSNL has to pay the arrears of leave encashment. Today argument took place mainly on the MA. Next hearing will be on 14th August when argument on OA will continue.
06.08.2018  DOP&PW had issued an order on Pension Revision of PSU abosorbees way back in 2003. We are uploading the order here and wish to get any information available with anyone about it. Whether this order was ever processed in DOT for BSNL pensioners if so what was the result ? kindly send the information to sdebhl@yahoo.co.in .   <<ORDER>>    
06.08.2018    Nationwide Pension Adalot on 18th September 2018. Cases are to be 
                                     registered with CCA within 15-08-2018
.  <<View>>
02.08.2018   DOP&PW could not provide documents establishing its order dated
                             
4-8-16 is only for CDA scale retirees.

DOP&PW vide its letter no 4/1/2018 -P&PW(D) dated 4-7-18 informed that its memo dated 4-8-2016 (order for pension revision) is for those C G Pensioners who retired on CDA scale and its para 2.1 & 7(A) is for those who are in PSU and drawing PRO-RATA pension. <<Read underlined lines in page 1 & 2>>

Com Amit Kumar Gupta our AGS in his RTI application dated 9-7-18 asked for the documents/orders/note sheets where Govt has decided that the memo dated 4-8-16 is applicable to only those absorbee pensioners who retired from CDA scale and drawing PRO-RATA pension.  <<<RTI dated 9-7-18>>

DOP&PW vide diary no 260/IFC/2018 dated 27-07-2018 transfered the RTI application to DOT for compliance. Which obviously proves that DOP&PW do not have any such document which can prove its pension revision order is only for CDA retirees and not for IDA retirees. Now let us see what DOT replies. << DOP&PW reply 27-7-18>>   

 30.07.2018        General Body meeting of UP (East) Circle:

Marvelous  and well organized General body meeting  of  “ALL INDIA RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION” UP(East)  Circle  was held on 27th July 2018  at “HOTEL  SILVETE” Lucknow  in presence of our AGS Com. Pradip Goyel & CHQ Organizing Secy. Com D.N.Verma,  Hundreds of BSNL pensioners  from Lucknow district has attended the meeting which lasted for more than four hours.

Meeting started with the opening remark of Com S.M.Abbas. Circle President and he welcomed all members of Association. Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary apprised the members that “AIRBSNLEWA” is the only Association who had sincerely pursued the 60:40 pensions sharing with BSNL, and 78.2% IDA merger issues of retired executives of BSNL at CHQ level. He told that only our Association AIRBSNLEWA had initially raised 60:40 pensions sharing issues. He mentioned that today many associations are claiming the credit of achieving the demands but in reality they did nothing about it.

After continuous struggle of AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA, the 60:40 sharing provision from pension Rule has also been withdrawn after great efforts. It has strengthened the way for future pension revision of BSNL Pensioners. It is a great achievement of AIBSNLEA & AIRBSNLEWA.

On behalf of AIRBSNLEWA UP (East) Circle we conveyed our gratitude to Com Kishan Singh GS & CHQ specially Com Amit Gupta AGS for his foresightedness and bringing into light the 60:40 cabinet decision through series of RTIs.

Com Bose further told that after the implementation of 78.2% fitment formula, not a single working employees association (including those of non-executives) protested for non-payment of pay arrears between 1st January, 2007 and 12th June, 2013, let alone seek for legal help.

AIRBSNLEWA, too, followed this principle and avoided this portion of pay arrears while seeking legal help through Principal CAT and 9th August 2018 has been fixed for Final Judgment hearing.

But, strangely, other retired executives association also included this in their plea for justice on non-payment of arrears. After being shown door by both Supreme Court and High Court, now they are dejected, perplexed and wandering aimlessly.

Com Bose informed that DOT has confirmed in writing to our AGS Com AMIT GUPTA in reference to his RTI enquiry that there will be no pension revision before 3RD PRC implementation in BSNL/MTNL. 

Circle Secretary told that after consistent persuasions by our CHQ , “Grievance Redressal Cell” for BSNL has been formed and he requested all PENSIONERS OF BSNL to avail the facility and  REGISTER all their GRIEVANCES FOR REDRESSAL. Success of this endeavor depends entirely on them. He further told that a link to this form is provided on the home page of www.intranet.bsnl.co.in  and our Association AIRBSNLEWA  has also provided a link at the top of our CHQ Web site page permanently in red color.

 Com S.M.Abbas Circle president explained the present status of the court cases and informed the house that the judgment of 1st case is expected by  9th August' 2018. He explained the present status of the court cases and informed the house that the judgment of 1st case is expected by August'18 and 2nd case by end of this year. He further told that we will celebrate the winning of this court case.

Com Pradip Goyel AGS AIRBSNLEWA addressed the house. All present developments related to pensioners were explained in detail by AGS.  Com Goyel. He apprised the house with details the collective efforts of AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA in settling the burning problems of BSNL Pensioners and assured the members that AIRBSNLEWA CHQ will take appropriate action for Pension Revision at the correct moment. He also clarified other issues like 3rd PRC, Medical issues , KYC issue in CCA, and explained the actions being taken by AIRBSNLEWA.

Meeting was addressed by Com D.N.Verma CHQ Org. Secy. Com C.S.Verma Circle Finance Secy., Com P.K.Raje Circle Org. Secy. Com R.J.Pandey Lw Dist. president, Com R.A.Tripathi Rtd. DGM(Finance), Com P.K.Dixit Rtd D.E. and Com S.K.Yadav Retd CAO.

At the end of the meeting AGS Com Goyel appreciated Circle President Com S.M.Abbas, Circle Secretary Com Pallab Bose and his team for organizing the successful meeting at 3-star “Hotel Silvete” Lucknow. Circle Secretary thanked his team especially Com S.M.Abbas Circle President, Com C.S.Verma Finance secretary, Com Praveen Kumar Raje, Com R.J.Pandey Com S.C.Yadav & Com Ravindra Babuta for organizing the meeting in a beautiful manner. Circle Secretary conveyed his sincere thanks to Com Pradeep goyel AGS, and Com D.N.Verma CHQ Organizing Secretary for sparing their valuable time and attended our meeting at Lucknow.

Ten new members joined our association in this meeting including Sh Anil Kumar Shukla Retd.AGM & PRO to CGMT UP East, Sh H.L.Rai Retd DGM, Sh H.D.Shukla Retd D.E., Sh Bharat Singh Retd DGMF, Sh Suresh Chand Gupta DGMF Sh Satrughan Singh CAO. The General body meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Circle President.

At the end of session all members of AIRBSNLEWA UP (E) had a delicious snacks & Tea with CHQ and Circle Leaders, at 3-star “Hotel Silvete” Lucknow.

>>>>>>>>>>>Click for the glimpses.  

26.07.2018  NO PENSION REVISION BEFORE 3RD PRC IMPLEMENTATION IN BSNL/MTNL
                                      ---- DOT INFORMS OFFICIALLY IN WRITING
While complying the order of Information Commissioner in respect of the RTI made by Com Amit Kumar Gupta our AGS, DOP&PW vide their no 4/1/2018-P&PW(D) dated 4th July2018, asked DOT to inform "the action taken, if any, for revision of pension of BSNL/MTNL absorbee pensioners after 7th Central Pay Commision".

In response DOT vide 47-35/2014-Pen(T) dated 13th July 2018 informs "..case of pension revision of the permanent absorbees to BSNL/MTNL will be taken up as and when 3rd PRC is implemented in BSNL/MTNL." DOT has expressed this opinion earlier verbally but this time they came out officially. (Earlier communication dated 21-02-2018 in this regard was subsequently cancelled). Further DOT has enclosed the DO letters of MOC written to two MPs with the present reply dated 13th July and thus made those letters also part of RTI document which can be produced before court as documents.

The fresh RTIs made by Com Gupta on 09-07-2018 asking the copies of the related documents/orders/note sheets which can establish the DOP&PW memo dated 04-08-2016 is applicable only to the pensioners retired from CDA pay scale and drawing Pro-Rata pension as being claimed by DOT and DOP&PW in their communications, is yet to be replied by DOT and DOP&PW.   <<< READ DOT Reply and Related DOP&PW letter >>>

24.07.2018 AIRBSNLEWA meeting at Hyderabad on 21.07.2018:
First General Body meeting of newly formed Hyderabad Branch
held on 21-07-18 at 10.00 hrs at Basavi Club Auditorium. Com Prahlad Rai our Chief Mentor  and GS AIBSNLEA was the chief guest. Com. Amit Kumar Gupta AGS, Com. Jairam, AGS, AIRBSNLEWA attended and addressed the Spl. G.B. Meeting. Com B S Reddy AGS (Engg) and Com E Saya Goud CS Telangana AIBSNLEA were also present. Com. E. Shivaramadu, District President, AIRBSNLEWA presided over the meeting Com. Panduranga Rao Circle Secretary , AIRBSNLEWA, Com. Koteswar Rao Circle President, Com. K. Dakhsinamurthy, Distt. Secy. HTD and Com. Shivcharan, District Secy. Circle office Branch, AIRBSNLEWA welcomed all the guests. Com. Amit Gupta and Com Prahlad Rai apprised the house in details the collective efforts of AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA in settling the burning problems of BSNL Pensioners and assured to continue the efforts for actual payment of 78.2% fitment benefit w.e.f. 01.01.2007 on actual basis, Pension revision of BSNL Pensioners, smoothening of medical claims etc. They explained in detail the efforts taken for the withdrawal of 60:40 provision in payment of pension etc. They explained the present status of the court cases and informed the house that the judgment of 1st case id expected by August'18 and 2nd case by end of this year. More than 200 members attended the meeting, 25 new members enrolled. The conference hall was jam packed. Lunch followed. <<GLIMPSES>>
19-07-2018  Court Orders of the Hearings held on 09-07-2018   
OA 2260/2017 (Ist case)  << Read>>      OA 1018/2018 (2nd Case)  <<Read>>   
19-07-2018 BSNL CO constitutes Wage Committee for negotiation of new pay structure from 1-1-2017 for Non Executive Employees. First meeting is scheduled tomorrow at 11-00 Hrs. <<ORDER>>     
19-07-2018   Kannur unit meeting held on 18/07/2018
About 70 persons were present. We discussed all issues including pay revision of employees, pension revision of all, spectrum allocation to BSNL, reduction of pension contribution, court cases for pension arrears, medical allowances and present financial position of BSNL and it's consequences. Updating of pensioners information sought by CCA were also collected and forwarded.
17-07-2018  AIRBSNLEWA writes to BSNL CO asking clarification on the medical orders issued.  << READ>>  
13-07-2018      Medical orders for pensioners 2018-2019

BSNL CO has issued orders for medical claims yearly limit for with and without voucher. The yearly limit will be 23days 78.2% IDA merged basic pay plus IDA of the current year for with voucher claims and 25% percent of the annual limit subject to minimum of Rs 12000 per annum for without voucher claims.

<<<With Voucher Limit>>>    <<<Without Voucher>>>

09-07-2018      Court Case for Pension Arrears

Both the cases (OA 2260/2017 and 1812/2018 came up for hearing today. Our advocate tried to combine both the cases for listing for final hearing. But since for OA 1812 DOT has not submitted reply court has not agreed to join both the cases. Now OA 2260/2017 is listed for final hearing on 9th August 2018 and OA 1812/2018 is listed for next hearing on 3rd October 2018.

We request the applicants of 2nd case (OA 1812) not to get disheartened as our attempt for joining the case with old case (OA 2260), which was filed in June 2017, failed. Before next hearing i.e. on 3rd October we shall get the judgment of old case which shall certainly help early decision of the 2nd case also.

09-07-2018    RTI on Applicability of 7th CPC for BSNL Pensioners

Kindly see the informations uploaded on 27-06-2018. As per the order of Information commisioner delivered on 19-06-2018, DOP&PW submitted a revised reply to the queries made by Com Amit Kumar Gupta our AGS. As supporting documents were not given Com Gupta made subsequent RTIs to DOT and DOP&PW. However DOP&PW asked DOT to reply com Gupta on action taken, if any, for revision of pension of BSNL/MTNL absorbee pensioners after 7th Central Pay commission

<<ICs Order>>  <<Revised reply by DOP&PW>>  <<Further RTIs to DOT & DOP&PW>>
<<Fresh Appeal to Information Commissioner>>
 

05-07-2018                    MEETING WITH DIR (Estt) DOT
Com Kishan Singh GS went to DOT to meet DDG(Estt) regarding our pension revision status but he was on leave. Then he along with sh.Abdul Majid  met Dir(Estt).It is informed that pension revision will be after pay revision of BSNL employees. I asked that it will be better if cabinet notes for both are moved together. He informed that pension revision will be as per pay revision fitment formula and Govt. decision on fitment formula is not yet known .hence cabinet note for pension revision can not be moved -along with pay revision.

Shri Ajay Nishad MP and Shri Gopal Shetty MP wrote DO letter to Hon'ble Manoj Sinha MOC on revision of pension in BSNL and MTNL respectively. Pl see the reply of MoC to them which clearly describes the mindset of DOT on this issue. These letters were collected by Com Kishan Ji GS AIRBSNLEWA during his visit to DoT on 5th July 2018<<Read the letters>>

27-06-2018       RTI on Applicability of 7th CPC for BSNL Pensioners

Readers may recollect that our AGS Com Amit Kumar Gupta submitted an application asking some information on applicability of DOP&PW order dated 04-08-2016 on 7th CPC implementation for pensioners  of BSNL/MTNL. DOP&PW has avoided to furnish the information and forwarded the case to DOT. Being aggrieved Com Gupta appealed to the Chief Information Commissioner on 14-03-2017. After a gap of more than one year the appeal came up for oral hearing through video conferencing on 19-06-2018. The Information Commissioner after the hearing ordered DOP&PW to submit proper reply within 15 days.

 View  <<All papers with DOT's reply and appeal etc till date of hearing>>   <<Order of Information Commissioner 19-06-2018>>

The news was uploaded earlier on 07-11-2016. It is again furnished below for ready reference.

               Reply from DoP & PW on RTI querry made by Com Amit Kumar Gupta AGS.   
Com Gupta has submitted a RTI querry to DOP&PW on 07-09-2016 asking applicability of the paragraphs 2.1 and 7(a) of its OM no DoP & PW vide O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016 on implementation of 7th CPC, which reads as below  <<<Read the Application>>>
para 2.1, These orders shall apply to all pensioners / family pensioners who were drawing pension / family pension before 01.01.2016 under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules 1972.
para 7(a) The cases of Central Government employees who have been permanently absorbed in public sector undertaking / autonomous bodies will be regulated as follows:-

When the Government servants on permanent absorption in public sector undertaking / autonomous bodies continue to draw pension separately from the Government, the pension of such absorbees will be updated in terms of these orders
The question and replies of DoP&PW is as below. It can be seen from the response that DOP&PW has deliberately avoided all the quarries.   <<<CLICK TO VIEW THE LETTER>>>

S No Quarry Response
1

1.    The pensioners of which departments /PSUs will be covered under the provision of above two paras 2.1 & 7(a). of  DoP & PW vide O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016.

The position regarding applicability of O M dated 4-8-2016 has been indicated in the O M itself. The CPIO has no further information to provide.
2

1.    Whether the absorbee pensioners of BSNL, who fulfil the conditions mentioned in para 2.1 & 7(a) of the said order are covered by the said order and their pension will be revised from 1-1-2016 in terms of the said order DoP & PW O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016.

In Respect of point nos 2 to 5 regarding absorbee pensioners of BSNL/MTNL who are getting pension under IDA pattern, Orders for revision of pension etc are issued by DOT. A copy of your RTI application is also being transferred to CPIO, DOT for providing the requisite information to you directly.
3 Whether the absorbee pensioners of MTNL, who fulfil the conditions mentioned in para 2.1 & 7(a) of the said order are covered by the said order and their pension will be revised from 1-1-2016 in terms of the said order dated 4-8-2016
4

1.    If the answer to the questions 2 above is negative, then kindly furnish the information on BSNL absorbees ineligibility of getting covered under the order dated 4-8-2016 in spite of fulfilling the conditions laid down in para 2.1 & 7(a) of the said order DoP & PW O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016

5 If the answer to the questions 3 above is negative, then kindly furnish the information on MTNL absorbees ineligibility of getting covered under the order dated 4-8-2016 in spite of fulfilling the conditions laid down in para 2.1 & 7(a)  of the said order DoP & PW O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016
24.06.2018   BSNL Staggers salary payment dates  <<ORDER>>  
24.06.2018  G.B. Meeting of Nasik Branch :  There was general body meeting of our Nashik branch on 18/06/2018. There were 80 members present for the meeting. The meeting was started with observing two minutes silence to give tribute to departed soul of late Shrotriya sir , late K. T. Pohare , late mother of com. N. B. Patil. The status of third PRC was discussed. The abnormal delay of payment of without voucher medical claim and with voucher medical claim was discussed. The data entry of DOT/BSNL pensioners for PDA (Pension Disbursing Authority ) was discussed.  Com. S. S. Dhangar briefed the issue in the house. It was decided not to hurry and wait for getting authentic communication from the concerned authority. The meeting was concluded with vote of thanks.  

G B Meeting of Kannur SSA Kerala : GB meeting held on 19-06-2018, About 60 members were present. All the issues related to pensioners discussed in the meeting. Members expressed their frustration for abnormal delay of payment of medical bills which is about 6 months.

24.06.2018    Com Kishan Singh writes to Dir(HR)  <<<CLICK>>
14.06.2018     MEETING WITH DIR (HR) BSNL AT KOLKATA

Smt Sujata Ray Director(HR) BSNL is on official tour to Kolkata. Today (14-06-2018) she granted a meeting with AIRBSNLEWA at 12-30 hours. From our side Com Amit Gupta AGS/CHQ and Com D Roy Org Secy WB represented. They felicitated her with flower bouquet and Bengali sweets. Following points were discussed:
1) Opening of Pensioners Grievance Cell: They thanked her on behalf of the entire BSNL pensioners community for this historic decision of opening the grievance cell accepting our suggestion and request. For further improvement of the system we requested to introduce acknowledging the grievances by sending SMS and to provide an arrangement to view the status of the grievance. A letter was also handed over to her. She highly appreciated the suggestions and assured to implement the same within short time.
2) Inordinate delay in settlement of medical claims of pensioners: They pointed out that in all circles of India average delay for settlement of outdoor claims is minimum 4 months and that for indoor claims it is one year and for maximum delay there is no limit. Director (HR) enquired whether it is pan India picture, We requested her to enquire in any circle of her choice. Everywhere pensioners are left to the mercy of the concerned officials and officers.She then informed that the preparation of "Bill Tracking Module" is now being done by ITPC unit and expected to be ready by next 2 months. We requested to have the field trial of the module at Kolkata and at Andhra Pradesh. Director agreed to consider the proposal.
3) Proposed meeting with all pensioner Associations: They reminded her that the proposed meeting has not been arranged although promised. There are small small problems which can be resolved through this meeting. Director (HR) mentioned that on the inauguration day of "Bill Tracking Module" the said meeting will be arranged/

Thereafter she opined that BSNL is planning to open a mentor group with retired executives who are conversant with the rules and regulations mainly on finance and accounts and HR administration. Their job will be to guide the new less experienced officers. Our representatives reacted positively and assured to help the management for any need including the proposed mentor group. They also offered to extend their help for sales and marketing jobs in the circles. The meeting lasted for about 20 minutes and in very cordial terms.  <<<LETTERS>>>   <<<Glimpses>>>

07.06.2018     MEETING WITH DOT OFFICERS
 

Meeting with Member (Finance), Telecom Commission:

GS AIBSNLEA and GS, AIRBSNLEWA met Member (F), Telecom Commission and discussed:

A Implementation of 3rd PRC report with 15% fitment benefits in BSNL: They requested Member (F) for giving her clearance to the BSNL Board approval on 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL and as per the reply received from DPE. Member (F) mentioned that she has not received any proposal in her office in this regard. We informed her that the file is pending with DDG (EF), DoT. She immediately spoke with DDG (EF) and inquired about the status of file. DDG (EF) informed that he has returned the file to the Director (PSU) for clarifying some queries. Member (F) directed him to submit the file to her after receiving the reply from the concerned section. Member (F) further mentioned that she is in favour of implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL.

B Revision of Pension: They requested for revising the pension of BSNL pensioners by de-linking from the pay revision of the serving employees. Member (F) mentioned that this matter is being dealt by Member (S) and on receipt of the case she will consider favourably.

 

Meeting with Member (S), Telecom Commission:

GS, President, OS (West) AIBSNLEA and GS AIRBSNLEWA met Member (S), Telecom Commission and discussed regarding pension revision of BSNL pensioners. Member (S) advised them to provide a brief note to DDG (Estt), DoT on the anomaly which may take place amongst the pensioners on revision of pension of the pensioners prior to 01.01.2017 and the pensioners who retired or retiring after 01.01.2017 with or without implementation of 3rd PRC.

07.06.2018   ON LINE GRIEVANCE REGISTRATION FORM   
As reported by us on 22-05-2018, after formation of Grievance Redressal Cell for BSNL pensioners, SE Cell has now introduced an on line Grievance Registration Form for on line entry of the Grivances. We have been negotiating on this issue with Director (HR) since last one year. We are extremely thankful to her for accepting our request for the benefit of the pensioners. We are thankful to GM(SR) also for nicely designing the form. Some improvement is required which we shall be communicating with him.

NOW ALL PENSIONERS OF BSNL ARE REQUESTED TO AVAIL THE FACILITY AND REGISTER ALL THEIR GRIEVANCES FOR REDRESSAL. SUCCESS OF THIS ENDEAVOR DEPENDS ENTIRELY  WITH THEM.

A link to this form is provided from the home page of www.intranet.bsnl.co.in also. We have also provided a link from top of this page permanently. <<Read the Order>>

01.06.2018          BLAME OTHER TO HIDE YOUR INEFFICIENCY

When AIRBSNLEWA was preparing for the court case and collecting signature from the pensioners to make each of them 'Applicant' for the case, one association criticized us bitterly and announced that they will move to appropriate court at the appropriate time on 'Representative Capacity' so that all pensioners get the benefit hence there is no need for individuals to become applicant.

Subsequently they moved to Supreme Court, where their petition was not accepted and disposed off with leave and liberty. Ironically there were 439 petitioners for the case contrary to the claim of becoming representative of all pensioners. Next they moved to Delhi High Court. There also the case is disposed off on first hearing. After that they issued a circular (see below) blaming AIRBSNLEWA. They tried to establish that as because we have filed case in Principal CAT New Delhi , Delhi HC did not accept their petition. Now pl go through the order of Delhi HC (see below). In the last para the court said

                          Since the JURISDICTION of such case is with Central Administrative Tribunals,
                          the case is relegated (downgraded) to CAT.

This we are aware since beginning. That is why we approached to Principal Bench CAT New Delhi and not misguided the pensioners saying loud words like Supreme Court, High Court etc.

They also mentioned several other points which according to them is our wrong action in handling the court case and will harm pensioner's interest. As because this may create confusion among pensioners we are explaining below our stand on the issues raised by them. 

1) We have not challenged the DOT order dated 10-06-2013 :  Yes we have not, because that order has got nothing to do with the pensioners retired prior to that date. That order was for the serving employees as on 10-6-13 only. The order for merger of 78.2% IDA for pensioners was issues on 18-07-2016, in our petition we asked only modification of the paragraph where with holding of pension arrears is mentioned. Therefore why should we challenge an order which is not related.

2)We have not asked for pay arrears for the pensioners retired after 1-1-2007 but before 10-6-2013 : Yes we have not asked. The pay arrears from 1-1-2007 to 10-06-2013 is denied not only to the pensioners but to all serving employees numbering more than 2.5 lakhs. We thought that raising the pay arrear issue will make the case complicated and longer time consuming, because all the serving employees are related and this has to be paid by BSNL. Moreover like pension arrears there is no protection from Supreme Court for pay arrears. Therefore we decided to separate out both the issues. After achieving pension arrears depending on the situation we shall fight for pay arrears also. We have to remember that there are many many instances where pay fixation is done from some date but paid from some other prospective date.

3)The Notional issue : We fail to understand why they are unnecessary harping over the word notional again and again. This word is used rightly by DOT in their order dated 18-7-16. There are two types of fixation Actual and Notional. As per dictionary when fixation is done from some date but payment is effected from a prospective date the fiction is notional. Therefore the fixation of 78.2% IDA merger from 1-1-2007 and actual payment from 10-6-13 is certainly notional which is rightly mentioned in DOT's order dated 18-7-16. The word 'Notional' is mentioned in DOT's order dated 18-07-16 three times to describe the fixation of both pay and pension.

Our case is progressing in right direction and we are confident of winning it. All such attempt to find loopholes in our petition is only an attempt to help DOT to damage our case and also a futile attempt to hide the inefficiency in filing their case in Supreme Court and Delhi High Court.

Most remarkable point is this association has now started a hush-hush campaign to malign us. In public domain they are silent on the court case issue but internally they are active. When someone avoids to be transparent, there is always some misdeed behind.

These people all along blamed us for going to PCAT and said they will show how to fight a case and bring justice to all the pensioners, but today see their pitiable condition. God is really Great. <<Circular>> << HC Order>> 

01.06.2018   SOME RECENT ORDERS RELATED TO PENSIONERS

1) Guidelines issued by CGHS probably in view of recent Judgement of Supreme court <<click>>
2) MTNL issues order to export it's absorbee staffs to other PSUs <<click>>
3) Recovery of excess pension by Banks <<click>>
4) Non issue of pension slips by Banks. <<click>>

22.05.2018 Grievance Redressal Cell for the Retired Employees.

As already reported AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA's combined efforts yielded results in getting opening of a Grievance Redressal Cell  (GRC) for the Retired Employees under the SR Cell of BSNL Corporate Office.

The Contact details of the Cell are as under:

Tel: 011 2376 6063

Fax: 011 2373 4338

email: bsnlretiredemp@gmail.com

We extend our sincere thanks to Director (HR), BSNL Board and GM (SR), BSNL Corporate Office for opening of the GRC on our request.

<<<Click here for the Office Order>>>>
We request all the pensioners to make full use of this Cell and post all their grievances to the email id given. Any type of grievances including pending medical bills, non/delay payment of leave encashment, wrong calculation of pension amount or any other grievances may be posted. This has been introduced after continuous effort by us and success of the scheme will depend on how pensioners use it

We have also requested to introduce an online form linked with an icon at BSNL portal (www.intranet.bsnl.co.in) , so that the pensioners can enter their grievances directly in the portal on line. This also being prepared and will be in operation shortly.

Pl share the information with all the BSNL pensioners,

16.05.2018   GREAT ACHIEVEMENT BY AIRBSNLEWA FOR PENSIONERS
Our Association has been requesting the BSNL management for opening of Pensioners Relation (PR) cell at Corporate and Circle level for the benefit of pensioners as at present there is no designated officer to look after the issues of pensioners. We have written number of letters and requested Dir HR many times. Finally during the inaugural function of AIBSNLEA CHQ office at BSNL CO, Com Kishan Singh in his deliberation requested Dir HR again to take decision on this issue which was reciprocated positively by the Dir HR. Accordingly the decision has been taken to open the PR Cell under GM (SR) at Corporate level. The necessary order is under issue. Today Com GS went to thank the Director HR and requested to open such cells in circles also. Dir HR agreed to that and instructed immediately to the concerned officers for taking action.

This will certainly extend benefit the pensioners for redressing their grievances. AIRBSNLEWA will continue to strive hard for the real welfare of the pensioners without any gimmick.

16.05.2018 Meeting with CMD BSNL: GS, President, AGS (HQ), AGS (Finance) and AGS (DR) AIBSNLEA met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding.
Implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit: They apprised CMD BSNL regarding our discussions held with Secy. Telecom. & Member (Finance) DoT in the informal meeting held on 11.05.2018 regarding implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL, payment of pension contribution on actual basis instead of maximum of the pay scale and pension revision. CMD confirmed that now there is a move in DoT to draft the Cabinet Note on relaxation in the affordability clause of 3rd PRC report w.r.t. BSNL. CMD also mentioned that we will strict for 15% fitment benefits. He further mentioned that our efforts are yielding the results now.
16.05.2018 Meeting with Dir (HR) BSNL Board: Com Prahlad Rai with President, AGS(HQ), AGS(Finance) AIBSNLEA and  Com Kishan Singh GS AIRBSNLEWA met Dir (HR) BSNL Board and discussed regarding.

a) Creation of separate cell for BSNL pensioners under the control of GM (SR): We extended our sincere thanks for creation of a separate cell exclusively for BSNL Pensioners under the control of GM (SR) as a single window service and requested to open such single window service to BSNL pensioners at Circle level also. Dir (HR) mentioned that this issue was raised by AIBSNLEA & AIRBSNLEWA  in the inaugural function of AIBSNLEA CHQ office wherein she had assured an early action. Accordingly, this step has been taken and she directed GM (SR) to take similar action at all Circle levels also as requested by us.

b) Extension of BSNL MRS facility to the BSNL pensioners after 01.04.2018: We requested to issue necessary orders for extending BSNL MRS facility to the BSNL pensioners after 01.04.2018 w.r.t. their outdoor treatment. Dir (HR) directed GM (SR) to issue necessary directions to PGM (Admn) for issuing necessary orders in this regard at the earliest.

c) Implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit: We apprised Dir (HR) BSNL Board regarding our discussions held on 11.05.2018 with Secretary (Telecom) & Member (Finance) DoT regarding implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL, payment of pension contribution on actual basis instead of maximum of the pay scale and pension revision of BSNL Pensioners. Dir (HR) mentioned that yesterday Member (Finance) DoT has called her over telephone and advised her to have discussions on preparation of the Cabinet Note on 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL. Accordingly, she will be going to DoT to discuss the matter with Member (Finance). She confirmed that now there is a move in DoT to draft the cabinet note on relaxation in the affordability clause of 3rd PRC report w.r.t. BSNL. Director (HR) further mentioned that it is a good sign for implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL since the  DoT has allowed BSNL to start Wage Negotiation with Non-Executive Unions.

Regarding payment of pension contribution on actual basis, Director (HR) mentioned that she has also spoken with the senior officers of DoT Finance who informed that no such case has been put up to them from Establishment Cell of DoT. In view of this, she directed GM (SR) to discuss the matter with DDG (Estt), DoT for submitting the case to the Internal Finance of DoT for comments as desired by DoE.

On the issue pension revision of BSNL Pensioners, Director (HR) mentioned that she has also discussed the matter with Member (Finance) and the Member (Finance) is also of the opinion that Pension revision will take place after the revision of pay scales of BSNL serving employees.

 16.05.2018    REPORT FROM COM KISHAN SINGH GS
Today a delegation of AIRBSNLEWA DELHI CIRCLE members consisting of myself ,sh.A K Jain Fin.Secy CHQ , A K Madan ex.vice President , A K Nandy president Delhi ,-R D Arora circle Secy,  N K Dewan ,Hardas Singh Rajender Kumar , Bhattacharjee, S P Singh , S K Awasthi , M L Agrawal , Harish Chandra went to meet smt. Aruna Sundararajan Secy. Telecom to give her a representation for pension revision of BSNL Retirees drawing pension from DOT under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 .Due to her busy schedule we could not meet her.The attached letter was given in her office.LETTER  PAGE 1   PAGE 2
I am thankful to members to accompany me.
 
2) I alongwith our chief mentor sh.Prahlad Rai GS AIBSNLEA CHQ met Dir (HR) to thank her for quick action taken by her on following 
a) Release of 2 quarters (fy2017-18) pending medical bills of without vouchers scheme,
b) orders are being issued very soon for opening PR cells under GM(SR)    in corporate office & Circles,
These could be possible only when I raised these issues with Dir(HR) on 20/4/2014 at the time of inaugural function of AIBSNLEA CHQ OFFICE.

11.05.2018 Com Prahlad Rai GS AIBSNLEA writes to:

1 The DDG (Estt), DoT, regarding denial of first time bound promotion received by BSNL Executives of Calcutta Telephones by office of Pr. CCA Kolkata causing reduction of Pension and pensionary benefits.

<<<<Click here for the Letter>>>> 

10.05.2018 Meeting with Dir(PSU) DoT:- GS, President, AGS (DR) AIBSNLEA met Dir(PSU) DoT and discussed regarding.
 Implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit: They requested Dir(PSU) for the implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit as recommended by BSNL Board. They also pleaded that administrative ministry can consider implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL as per its recommendations on affordability clause. However, the reply from DPE in this regard has also been received in DoT long before. Dir(PSU) mentioned that the DPE reply has been given cognizance by all the Sr. Officers in DoT but further action is yet to be taken. It seems that the work regarding preparation of Cabinet note for relaxation in the affordability clause has not yet started in DoT. This a serious situation and all the Unions and Associations of BSNL Should immediately decide their strategies to impress upon DoT for the settlement of this issue otherwise the issue will linger on in DoT.

10.05.2018Meeting with DDG (Estt.) DoT:- GS, President, AGS(DR) met DDG(Estt.) DoT and discussed regarding.
Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners: They requested DDG(Estt.) DoT to take necessary steps to revise the pension of BSNL pensioners after 3rd PRC report. DDG (Estt.) mentioned that the matter has been examined and DoT administration is of the opinion that pension revision of BSNL pensioners will take place only after their pay revision. They further pleaded that BSNL pensioners are not playing any role in the affordability of BSNL, thus their pension revision should be delinked with the pay revision and as per the BSNL reply to DoT that at present the pension liability of BSNL pensioners is about Rs. 4200 Crores and after the revision of pension with 15% fitment benefit it will increase Rs. 4800 Crores. DDG (Estt.) lastly told that he will further discuss the matter with the concern officers of Estt. Cell of DoT.

08.05.2018     SECOND CASE FOR PENSION ARREARS ADMITTED IN PCAT NEW DELHI

The second court case prepared by AIRBSNLEWA was filed in Principal Bench CAT New Delhi on 16-04-2018. This time 500 members signed the Vakalatnama as applicants. As because the first petition was filed by the Association as first petitioner along with 1199 other applicants , this case is filed by individual pensioners only and Com Subhash Chander of Delhi is the first petitioner. First petition was filed on 01-06-2017 i.e. almost one year back. By this time the case came up for hearing  7 times and finally DOT has submitted its reply sometimes back. We are now preparing for a befitting rejoinder of DOT'S reply and the case is listed for next hearing on 9 th July 2018.

Therefore it was our endeavor to make good the delay and tag the second case with the first one so that both are heard together and  and final judgment is given for both the cases simultaneously. The petition for second case prepared in that way and finally we are successful in our planning. Today the second case (OA/1812/2018) came up for admission hearing and after admission it is listed for next hearing on 9th July 2018 along with First case (OA/2260/2017). Both the MAs for condonation of delay and considering 500 applicants as single case are also allowed. Thanks to our learned Advocate Madam.

We are very transparent and clear in our functioning and handling the court case. When we appealed to our members to contribute a meager amount towards the cost of the expenditure for the court case, we have been bitterly and unethically criticised by other pensioner associations. Some called us cheat and asked pensioners to be aware, some criticised for going to PCAT instead of higher courts and commented about our prudence. They said that there is no need for individuals to sign the papers and they will show how to bring justice for all.

Today let us see the status. The Armchair Man is successful in collecting more than 19 lakh for fighting the case but the case is rejected by Supreme Court and now it is learnt that Delhi high court also refused to accept the case under 226 of the constitution. Their website and e journal is silent over the issue since last 2 months. The fate of Rs 19 lakh collected is going to be same as of the old Association's money and Building they are still holding illegally. Another Association has taken a long root. Although they have collected lakhs from their huge members but they filed the case at Ernakulam CAT with some applicants only with a promise to others that they will be accommodated when the case will finally reach to Supreme Court !!!!. If it is so then money from them could have been collected that time only, Remaining two Associations although collected thousands from each of their members have no plan to fight in the court for denied pension arrears.

AIRBSNLEWA with its limited capacity is determined to bring justice for the BSNL pensioners and moving firmly towards that direction. It is committed to ensure the rights of the BSNL pensioners i.e. Pension and Medical.
STATUS OF THE CASES  MA2021    MA2022   OA 1812  OA 2260

25.04.2018  Extension of without voucher facility to retired employees:

AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA's consistent efforts yielded results in getting released the order for extension of without voucher facility to retired employees and head of circles have been directed to release two instalments for the 3rd and 4th quarters. This is the follow up action of the meeting our GS had with PGM(A) yesterday and the letter addressed to Dir(HR)

<<<<Click here for Order>>>>   <<<Click for letter to Dir (HR)>>>

 

GS AIBSNLEA writes:

To Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL regarding our concern on reduction in the eligibility criterion for the Out Door medical treatments - amendments in the BSNL MRS facility.

<<<<Click here for letter>>>>

 21.04.2018            REPORT FROM GS Com KISHAN SINGH

A spacious Office accommodation was allotted to AIBSNLEA CHQ at BSNL Corporate Office. Dir (HR) Smt. Sujata Ray along with GM(SR) & OSD to Dir HR inaugurated the New CHQ office of AIBSNLEA in IR Hall. on 20/04/2018. Com Prahlad Rai invited AIRBSNLEWA along with all other Unions and Associations. It was a well managed programme attended by all BSNL unions and Associations and also MTNL Association. During my deliberation I highlight the following problems of BSNL absorbed retirees in the notice of Dir(HR), following is the gist of my deliberation.—

1.     Without Voucher medical Reimbursement for Outdoor treatment to BSNL pensioners--  This option was given to pensioners during 2017-18 for six months and payment has also been made up to Sept. 2017. After that orders has not been issued for continuation/discontinuation of this without Voucher Facility. Although financial year 2017-18 is over. Our pensioners are in doubt whether payment of medical bill reimbursement will be made for last two quarters or not. Financial year 2018-19 is already started but nothing is clear about the without voucher medical bill reimbursement facility. I request you Madam to issue necessary orders whatsoever may be BSNL Managements decision.

2.     I reminded Dir(HR) about her discussion with our A.G.S Shri. Amit kumar gupta on 22/09/2017 while she was on tour to Kolkata. Madam, you assured our AGS to call for a meeting of all pensioner Association and unions representatives to redresses the pensioners grievances. I also wrote a letter to you on 27/09/2017 giving reference of Kolkata discussion for early date of meeting with pensioner’s representatives. But we are still awaiting, Madam we are not having any opportunity to meet and tell you the difficulties being faced by pensioners in getting medical bill reimbursement etc.

3.     I have also requested in writing in Aug 2017 to open a PR cell (Pensioners relation) cell under GM(SR) in corporate office and Circle offices so that pensioners may approach at one officer instead of roaming from one officer/section to other officer/section. But that decision is still awaited.

4.     Lastly I requested Dir(HR) and sh. Prahlad Rai our mentor to allow us to sit in their new CHQ office room of AIBSNLEA and do some Association work whenever we happen to be in BSNL corporate office.

5.     Dir (HR) appreciated our concern on all the above 3 points relating to pensioner. She asked GM(SR) to note down these points and remind her in her office.

 

19.04.2018  DPE replies DoT on 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL:

 GS and President AIBSNLEA met DPE officers and extended thanks for replying DoT with respect to the proposal of BSNL for implementation of 3rd PRC by relaxing affordability criteria. DPE in their letter has replied that “BSNL does not fall under the category mentioned in para 5 of DPE’s OM dated 03.08.2017 on 2017 pay revision. Further, it is mentioned that DPE has issued guidelines for 2017 pay revision which, inter-alia, includes an affordability clause, based on the recommendations of Committee of Secretaries (CoS) on the report of 3rd PRC. Any relaxation in the extant guidelines would require the approval of the Cabinet for which DoT may examine the issue at its end for necessary action.”

<<<<Click here for letter>>>> 

Now, we have to pursue the matter in DoT for the preparation of the Cabinet Note.

19.04.2018  Meeting with JS (Admn) DoT and the Govt. nominee Director in BSNL Board:

GS, President and AGS (HQ) met JS (Admn) DoT and the Govt. nominee Director in BSNL Board and discussed regarding:

 Implementation of 3rd PRC report in BSNL: We requested JS (Admn) that since the DPE has replied the DoT for taking approval of the Union Cabinet to relax the affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC report, DoT should take immediate necessary actions in this regard. JS (Admn) mentioned that this reply was expected from DPE and now necessary action will be taken in this regard.

15.04.2018  Supreme Court Judgement on Reimbursement of Medical Claims <Judgment>>
13.04.2018  Pension Arrear Case (OA/2260) could not be heard on 11-04-2017. Next date of hearing 9th July 2018. Court is closed for holidays from 2nd June to 1st July 2018 <<Order>>    
13.04.2018     Registrar Principal CAT issues order for quick disposal of cases related to senior citizens  <<Read>>
13.04.2018   Latest status of 78.2% IDA implementation in various circles <<Read>>   
28.03.2018    Meeting with the officers of DPE:

Com Prahlad Rai along with the GS/FNTO Shri Jai Prakash and AGS/SNEA Shri Dahia met Joint Secretary (DPE), Director (DPE) and Assistant Director (DPE). We requested Jt. Secretary (DPE) to reply DoT regarding the relaxation in the affordability Clause of 3rd PRC recommendations to BSNL as the relaxation has been granted to some PSUs like FCI & others. We also requested to consider the recommendations of the BSNL Board for implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefits in BSNL. Jt. Secretary (DPE) after detailed discussions assured to reply DoT at the earliest.

 

He also mentioned that DoT being the Administrative Ministry of BSNL should take up the matter with Union Cabinet for relaxation based on the recommendations given by the BSNL Board for relaxation in the affordability clause.

 

He assured that the reply will be given to DoT with the approval of Hon’ble Minister of Heavy Industries so that he may be aware of the issue when it is taken up in the Union Cabinet.

 

28.03.2018   Com Prahlad Rai writes to Shri S.K. Jain, DDG (Estt), DoT, Govt. of India regarding submission of the estimated expenditure if Pension of BSNL Pensioners is revised with 15% fitment method as proposed by 3rd PRC and approved by Union Cabinet.

<<<Click here for the letter>>> <<<Click here for the Annexure>>>

21.03.2018  Meeting with DDG (Estt)

Com Prahlad Rai GS AIBSNLEA and Chief Mentor AIRBSNLEWA held series of meeting with DOT officers today

1)  DDG (Estt), DoT and discussed regarding:

 Pension revision of BSNL pensioners:  He requested DDG (Estt) to initiate the proposal of pension revision of BSNL pensioners as assured by the Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) in the meeting held with All Unions and Associations of BSNL on 24.02.2018. In this connection DDG (Estt) appreciated the letter dated 16.03.2018. However, he mentioned that the financial implications to Govt. on revision of pension need to be worked out by DoT before initiating the proposal as directed by the Secretary (T). He advised us to submit some concrete information about executives and non-executives with examples in the higher scale i.e. E3, E4, E5 and NE9 to NE12 and % increase on revision of pension by minimum and maximum fixation. He assured him to provide the same with examples.

 

2) Meeting with Director (PSU), DoT

3rd PRC implementation in BSNL: On his query regarding DoT efforts for implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL as assured by Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) in the meeting held with All Unions and Associations of BSNL on 24.02.2018. Director (PSU) informed that Secretary (T) has already discussed the matter with Secretary (DPE) and the recommendations of DoT on BSNL’s proposal has been sent to DPE to seek the opinion for further action in this regard.

 

3)Meeting with Joint Secretary (Admn):

3rd PRC implementation in BSNL: On his query regarding DoT efforts for implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL as assured by Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) in the meeting held with All Unions and Associations of BSNL on 24.02.2018. JS (Admn) confirmed that the recommendations of DoT on BSNL’s proposal has been sent to DPE to seek the opinion for further action in this regard. He opined that DPE will advise to go to the Union Cabinet for getting the relaxation in the affordability Clause of 3rd PRC for BSNL. Thereafter, further action will be taken.

 

20.03.2018    BSNL issued clarification on implementation of Supreme Court Order on Recovery due to wrong fixation at the time of retirement.  <<ORDER>>
16.03.2018    The list of Applicants in the 2nd case for pension arrears is uploaded. The applicants are requested to view their Name and other bio deta in the draft OA. If any error is found the same may be send by SMS from the recorded mobile to 9433000088 immediately. The serial no, error and correction may be clearly mentioned. This may be done by next Monday (19-3-18).<<VIEW THE OA>>  
13.03.2018  Meeting with DDG (Estt), DoT, New Delhi
 

GS, President AIBSNLEA and the GS AIRBSNLEWA met DDG (Estt), DoT and discussed regarding:
 

A Pension revision of BSNL Pensioners: We requested DDG (Estt) to initiate the proposal of Pension revision of BSNL Pensioners. DDG (Estt) mentioned that after the meeting held with Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) Secretary (T) has asked to provide the information on the financial implementation on the revision of Pension, if any. Now, the efforts are being made to collect the required information in DoT. He further mentioned that in the year 2016-17 the total Pension liability for BSNL Pensioners was around 8,000 Crore. Now it has to be seen that after revision of the pension of BSNL Pensioners the total amount will increase 10% or 15%. We explained that total financial implication will not be more than 10%. He advised us to submit some information regarding the existing pension being drawn and % increase on revision of the Pension. We assured him to provide the same with examples within the next week.

B Implementation of Hon’ble PB CAT New Delhi judgment related to the DoT order dated 05.07.2017: We requested DDG (Estt) to issue necessary orders to withdraw the DoT order dated 05.07.2017 by implementing the Hon’ble PB CAT New Delhi judgment related to the additional increment being given in the same scale on post based promotion under the EPP. DDG (Estt) mentioned that the PBCAT judgment has been submitted to the Secretary (T) through the Internal Finance of DoT. After, the decision further action will be taken to file an appeal or not.

13.03.2018  Meeting with CMD BSNL:
 

GS, President and AGS (HQ) AIBSNLEA met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding:

A Implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL: We extended our sincere thanks to CMD BSNL for arranging a meeting of all the Unions and Associations of BSNL with Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) on 24.02.2018. CMD appreciated our concern and mentioned that the meeting was very good and beyond the expectations wherein Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) has shown his positive response on the demands. He explained that now Secretary (T) has to take up the matter with Secretary (DPE) to process the proposal to the Cabinet and Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) will take up the matter for favourable settlement. Payment of pension contribution on the actual basic pay as per the Govt. orders, which was agreed by the Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) was a very good achievement for BSNL. He assured to continuously pursue the matter.

B Implementation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court orders on TES Gr “B” seniority issues: We requested for early implementation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court judgments on TES Gr “B” seniority cases. CMD assured to look into the matter.

08.03.2018  COURT CASE FOR PENSION ARREARS  
The case OA 2260/2017 came for hearing on 7-3-2017 (7th hearing). The arguement took place on BSNL application  (MA 202/2018) to remove its name from list of Respondents. Our Advocate objected to it for which affidavit was already filed. Advocate for DOT also objected and asked two weeks time for filing the objection. Court allowed 2 weeks as a last opportunity. Next hearing on 17-04-2018 <<ORDER>>
 05.03.2018   GS Com Kishan Singh Writes to BSNL :-
1) To Smt Sujata Roy Director (HR) on proposed changes in BSNLMRS curtailing the exiting facilities. Requested to consider the wows of pensioners while changing the existing facilities. <<<READ THE LETTER>>>
2) To Sri Anupam Srivastava CMD BSNL on formation of PR (Pensioners Relation) cell at circle and corporate level for better attention to pensioners problems. <<< READ THE LETTER>>>
02.03.2018   BSNL PROPOSAL TO CURTAIL MEDICAL FACILITIES
BSNL Corporate Office proposed to reduce annual reimbursement limit for out door treatment from present 23 days to 12 days last basic pay and DA and also to discontinue without voucher system from 1-4-2018. <<Letter>>
02.03.2018   GOOD RESPONSES FOR THE 2ND COURT CASE FOR PENSION ARREARS  
We are getting good response from the pensioners of many places across India. Hyderabad, Pune, Nasik, Dharmsala, Kerala, Kolkata are the leading places. Last date of submission of papers is 10 th March. Any papers received after the date cannot be entertained. Interested pensioners may therefore hurry to avail the last opportunity for becoming applicant for the 2nd court case for pension arrears from 1-1-2007 to 9-6-2013 to be filed by AIRBSNLEWA. Highest turnout is from Hyderabad. <<View our Comrades in action>>
27.02.2018   ORDER of PCAT ON PENSION ARREAR CASE. 6TH HEARING ON 13-02-2018 . OA NO 2260/2017    <<<VIEW>>>  
24.02.2018  Meeting between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL - A historical meeting:

A meeting is held at the Sanchar Bhawan today the 24.02.2018, between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB). Together with the Minister, Secretary, DoT, Special Secretary, DoT, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, DDG (Esst), DoT, Shri Anand Kumar, OSD to the Hon’ble Minister, CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL were present. From the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, Com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com. Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS and Com. S.D. Sharma, GS, BSNL ATM, participated in the discussions. The representatives of the AUAB heartily thanked the Hon’ble Minister for taking out time to meet them. Detailed discussions took place on the memorandum submitted to the Hon’ble Minister, the details of which are as follows:-

 

(1)               3rd Pay Revision.

So far, the DoT has been maintaining that BSNL employees are not eligible for 3rd Pay Revision. In today’s meeting the Hon’ble Minister agreed that the issue of 3rd Pay Revision of BSNL employees would be processed and would be taken for the approval of the DPE and the Cabinet. This is a great achievement. We have broken the stalemate that prevailed in the Pay Revision issue. At the same time we have to be vigilant, till the final approval is given by the Cabinet.

 

(2)               Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

The AUAB representatives expressed their apprehension that in the name of formation of the Tower Company, the 66,000 mobile towers of BSNL are being snatched away from BSNL. They also pointed out that the decision of the Cabinet that, the Subsidiary Tower Company would remain under the control of BSNL Management, has been violated, through the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of Subsidiary Tower Company. They further pointed out that even BSNL Management was not taken in to confidence in the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, which clearly shows that the Subsidiary Tower Company would not be under the control of BSNL Management. The reply given by the Hon’ble Minister in this regard is not satisfactory. The AUAB has to find ways and means to ensure the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company.

 

During the discussions on the issue, GS AIBSNLEA raised the issue of additional increment on post based promotions under the provisions of executive promotion policy provisions which has been denounced by DoT vide letter dated 05.07.2017 and lakhs of rupees recoveries are taking place of BSNL executives and BSNL pensioners. He instantly submitted Hon’ble PB CAT judgment copy to Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) wherein the DoT order dated 05.07.2017 has been quashed. Hon’ble MOSC (I/C) immediately directed DoT administration to look into the matter.  Now, we can expect that DoT may not go for appeal against the PBCAT order in this regard after this meeting.

 

(3)               Pension Revision.

The representatives of AUAB strongly argued that pension revision should be done to the BSNL pensioners. It was pointed out that the BSNL pensioners and the Central Government pensioners are covered by the same rules. They argued that when pension revision is settled for the Central Government pensioners, the same should not be denied to the BSNL pensioners. The Hon’ble Minister assured that needful action would be taken to settle this issue. 

 

(4)               Calculation of Pension Contribution.

It was strongly argued that pension contribution in respect of BSNL employees cannot be calculated on the basis of maximum of the pay scale, when the same is calculated on the basis of actual basic pay, in the case of Central Government employees. It was pointed out that as per the DoP&T order issued in 2006, pension contribution of the Central Government employees is being deducted on the basis of actual pay only. The Hon’ble Minister directed the Secretary, DoT, that this issue should be settled as per Government orders.

 

(5)               Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL.

The AUAB representatives pointed out that it will be extremely difficult for BSNL to compete with the private operators, without providing 4G service. They strongly argued that the proposal of the BSNL Management, for the allotment of 4G spectrum by the Government, should be accepted. The Hon’ble Minister replied in the positive and assured that needful action would be taken.

 

(6)               Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58.

The AUAB representatives strongly argued that the retirement age of the BSNL employees should not be reduced from 60 to 58, as a measure for the revival of BSNL. The Hon’ble Minister told that the government is not having any proposal to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.

 

(7)               Left out issues of the 2nd PRC.

The AUAB representatives pointed out that this issue is lingering on very long time and needs to be settled. The Hon’ble Minister stated that this issue would be looked into by the Secretary, DoT.

 

At the end of the meeting, the Hon’ble Minister stated that the representatives of AUAB could meet him again, as well as the Secretary, DoT, in continuation of today’s meeting. The representatives of AUAB heartily thanked the Minister for his positive response to most of the issues.

 

After the meeting with the Hon’ble Minister, a meeting of the AUAB was held in the FNTO’s office. All the General Secretaries expressed their satisfaction with regards to the progress in the issues. They also expressed the view that all these have happened only because of the united struggles and massive mobilization by the entire Non-Executives and Executives, for which they deserve appreciation

23.02.2018  DoT today withdrawn its earlier letter No. 24-1/2018-SR dated 21.02.2018 vide which latest status on the charter of demands of Unions and Associations was intimated denying all the demands.

<<<Click here for the letter >>>>>>

21.02.2018   MEDICAL ALLOWENCE FOR PENSIONERS     
Order for Continuation of Medical Allowance Without Voucher for remaining 2 quarter of this financial year is held up in Budget Section of BSNL CO for allotment of necessary fund. It is reliably learnt that the Budget Section may propose reduction of annual limit from present 23 days to 15 days and also may recommend discontinuation of  without voucher system.

21.02.2018    DOT REJECTS ALL DEMANDS FOR PAY AND PENSION REVISION
DoT vide letter number 24-1/2018/SR  DATED 21-02-2018 communicated CMD, BSNL with respect to the agitation notice by All Unions and Associations of BSNL - Massive March to Sanchar Bhawan on 23.02.2018. Through this letter DoT has apprised the status of demands wherein all the demands have been denied which is the most frustrating situation. DoT instead of settling the issues in the interest of BSNL's viability and its employees denying the settlement of the legitimate demands.

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  08-02-18       OUR PRESIDENT COM RAKESH SRIVASTAVA JI IS NO MORE

With profound grief we are informing the sad demise of our CHQ President Rakesh Srivastava Ji. Today suddenly he was sick and expired on way to Hospital at 12.30 Hours. This is a great loss to all BSNL pensioners in general and AIRBSNLEWA in particular. He was a great inspiration behind all our activities for welfare of pensioners. May his holy soul rest in peace at heavenly abode.

16.02.2018                 SIGNING COURT PAPERS   
                Hyderabad : 20-02-2018  11 AM to 5 PM BSNL BHAWAN Gr Flr. Adarsh Nagar.
                Additionally Pensioners residing around Kukatpally, Miyapur areas may get
                in touch with Com P Raghukumar 9440000867. Pensioners residing around
                Dilsukhnagar area may contact Com Y Padma Reddy 9440033335.
                Pensioners of Malkajgiri/Sainikpuri/A S Rao Nagar may contact  Com M N
                Rao 9440745544 or Com Panduranga Rao 9440000844.
                Delhi :   Kidwai Bhavan Recreation Club on 23rd Feb 14.00 Hrs 23-02-2018
                Nasik : Pensioners of Nashik area may contact Com M S Deore Secretary 9422250555
                        Meeting at TRC Hall, Canada Corner, Nashik 21-2-18 5 PM
                UP(E) :Pensioners of UP(E) area may contact Com Pallab Bose C/S 9415233344
                Gujrat : Pensioners of Ahmedabad area may contact Com Amalendu Guha Secretary 9426643434
                Assam :
Pensioners of Assam State may contact Com Himadri Sinha Secretary 9435000252
                Kolkata : Pensioners of Kolkata area may visit Association Office Room 74 2nd Flr
                        Ranigaunge Coal House (near Roxy Cinema) Esplanade on 21st & 28th Feb 2018 3 PM
                Kerala  :  Pensioners of Kerala State may contact Com T Ravindran President 9447815400
13.02.2018                    COURT CASE FOR PENSION ARREARS   
The Court Case for Pension Arrears from 1-1-2007 to 9-6-2013 and pensionary benefit Arrears (OA 2260/2017) came up for hearing today at court no 4 of PCAT New Delhi. This was the sixth hearing. After some arguments on the MA filed by BSNL asking BSNL to remove from the list of Respondents the case is adjourned for 7th March 2018.    <<<<ORDER>>>>
11-02-2018: Followed by our post on 6th Feb, the retired association has come out with a six page explanation which is a useless attempt aimed mainly to convince their members and save their faces as the misdeeds are exposed. They alleged us about misquoting the judgment by not publishing a part of it. We updated on 6 th Feb Morning from Supremecourtofindia.nic.in ->case satatus -> case number. Even now the same information is available today as we uploaded on 6th, not a word more. the full order which is now available at Supremecourtofindia.nic.in ->case status -> free text -> is uploaded two days after the judgment. As we wanted to upload the list of the applicants which they were hiding we uploaded the relevant area. The Full Order is as follows
                                                
O R D E R
We are not inclined to entertain the writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution of India. Learned counsel for the petitioner seeks leave to withdraw the writ petition and approach the appropriate High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution of India.
Leave and liberty granted. The writ petition is dismissed as withdrawn.
Yes, there may be exchange of 2 or 3 sentences but the ultimate status as we uploaded remains same. And in spite of emphatic attempt to cover the misdeeds by a long six page write up but the following questions still remain unanswered:                                                                                                                                                             1) They uploaded on 5th Feb
"The Court felt that the Petitioner may move High Court first and accordingly has given liberty to the Petitioner to do so." Now in the above order where is the feeling of the court ? It is also not clear what made the lawyer  "seek leave to withdraw the writ petition" immediately on mention of the case ? the court granted the leave to withdraw as asked and also liberty legal meaning of which is :  liberty - Legal Definition. n. Freedom from government or private interference or constraints. The ability to exercise the rights enumerated by a constitution or available or under natural law. : Then why there is an attempt to give different meaning to a standard legal phrase "Leave and Liberty" used for any such case where the petition is withdrawn ?
2) A long explanation is given to cover the secret action of including 339 special pensioners as applicants leaving behind thousand of other pensioners who also contributed. One explanation is that it is done to include 3 diff group of pensioners. Has it been so then 3 other pensioners would have been sufficient, why 339 ? The other alibi given is to cover all parts of India even then why more than one from one state ? and what about the pensioner of those states from where there is not even one name? Most importantly why they have not disclosed it earlier in their website. Does the pensioners who contributed not deserve the right to know everything?
3) Now they are planning to go to Delhi High Court whose jurisdiction is Delhi NCR only. What will happen to these existing 339 pensioners many of whom are out of Delhi region?
However we extend our sincere good wishes to their attempt and pray almighty that their case be admitted in Delhi HC under article 226 and again they need not step one stage down to PCAT.
PS: We thought it unnecessary to reply the other bullshits they uttered against us in the write up.
 
06.02.2018              LERAN FROM THEM HOW TO CHEAT THE PENSIONERS
 When AIRBSNLEWA was preparing for the court case for pension arrears and was collecting signatures from individual pensioners, they have been bitterly criticised by one of the Pensioners Association. They claimed that there is no need for individual pensioners to sign the petition and they shall move to court as representative of all pensioners. They also named AIRBSNLEWA as cheat for collecting Rs 200/- as court fee and called upon the pensioners not to fall on their "pray".
Subsequently they started collecting Rs 500/ or more from the pensioners and collected more than 10 lakh rupees. There after they managed to file a writ petition in Supreme Court which has been disposed off yesterday. After that they posted following in their website.

"The Writ Petition filed by AIBSNLREA in Supreme Court on pay and pension arrears issue came up for hearing for admission to-day in the bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta. The Court felt that the Petitioner may move High Court first and accordingly has given liberty to the Petitioner to do so. The Association will take the Petition to Delhi High Court shortly"

As if the case was heard in the court and the Honble Supreme Court advised them to go to Delhi high court first and given them liberty to do so. Now Read below what is uploaded in Supreme court website.

Diary No.- 40225 - 2017

ALL INDIA BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED RETIRED EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION vs. UNION OF INDIA

Case Details

Diary No.

40225/2017 Filed on 08-12-2017 04:08 PM

DISPOSED

   [SECTION: X]

Case No.

W.P.(C) No. 000032 - / 2018  Registered on 16-01-2018

Present/Last Listed On

05-02-2018 [HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE MADAN B. LOKUR and HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE DEEPAK GUPTA]

Status/Stage

DISPOSED (Motion Hearing
[FRESH (FOR ADMISSION) - CIVIL CASES]) Dismissed as withdrawn-Ord dt:05-02-2018 (Disposal Date: 05-02-2018, Month: 2, Year: 2018)
JUDGES: HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE MADAN B. LOKUR, HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE DEEPAK GUPTA

Disp.Type

Dismissed as withdrawn

Category

0601-Service Matters : Retiral benefits

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 


Actual status of the case is  simple  "DISMISSED AS WITHDRAWN". No expression of any feeling or no liberty or nothing. Why to fool and cheat the the pensioners ??  Further the petitioner of the case is 439 other pensioners apart from the GS of the Association. If the case was to be filed on representative capacity why 439 other applicants? how are they selected? why the names of others who contributed not included in the case? <<View the list>>

We feel this is the most heinous act of treachery ever happened to the pensioners.

05.02.2018   The Writ Petition Filed by AIBSNLREA in Supreme Court for pension arrears is not 
                        admitted and disposed today*
 
The case came up for admission hearing today in court no 4. The case is not admitted and disposed off. We produce below an extract from supreme court site. It may be interesting to note that inspite of claiming to file the case on representative capacity, there are so many applicants perhaps only the leaders and their close associates.. It is known to all that the Judgements of such cases are coming in favour of applicants only. And here the leaders and associates have secured their position leaving behind the mass from whom they collected more than 10 lakhs of rupees.*
 
*It is therefore established that the legal path taken by AIRBSNLEWA is the correct one where they have made every Pensioners , who contributed , an applicant.*

Extract from Supreme Court website
6W.P.(C) No. 000032 - 000032/2018
16-01-2018
Disposed
 
40225/2017
Petitioner ALL INDIA BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED RETIRED EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION GENERAL SECRETARY, B.C. DAS,S.P. DEY, D.N. ADHIKARI,D. MATHEW, HARI RAM,P. SURYA PRAKASAM,K.V. SUBBARAO, M.V.S. SARMA, L.S. RAO, . K. SUBBARAYUDU, K. DURGA PRASAD, R. MURALIDHARAN,GAFFAR MOHAMMED,JAGMOHAN AWASTHI,JAGTAR SINGH,PARSOTAM DASS,RADHEY SHYAM ARORA,HIRA LAL, R.M. CHOPRA,. B.L. MISHRA, R.D. SINGH, AMBIKA SINGH,M.K. SHUKLA, JAGDISH SHARAN SRIVASTAVA,RAM NATH RAO,VIRENDRA KUMAR GUPTA, PARMANAND PRASAD MISHRA, RAVI SHANKAR BAJPAI, SITA RAM GUPTA, RAM DAS,ARJUN LAL GIANANI,M.N. GAJBHIYE, SHAIKH IZRAIL, M.S. BAGADE,R.P. HIWARKAR, B.P. MAZUMDAR, N.G. TALEWAR, S.L. KARDAM,L.C. DUDHE, A.R. PALSULE, RAMBHAU WAMANRAO TIDKE,MURLIDHAR NARAYANRAO DABHADE, RAMBHAU PANDURANG JAWADE,PRABHAKAR KESHAV VARTAK, VEDPRAKASH BAPURAM AGARWAL,VIJAY GOVINDRAO DAKHODE, ASHOK ANANTRAO GHIKE,MOHD. HABIB, AMAR NATH MISHRA,ALAUDDIN SHAHI,KHAJANCHI PRASAD,BIRENDRA SINGH, L.N. SINGH, B.D. TRIPATHI,R.R. MANI, LAL SINGH,S.C. AGNIHOTRI, 

 
Pet. Advocates. C. K. SUCHARITA,
 
J.L0601-Service Matters : Retiral benefits
 
RespondantsUNION OF INDIA SECRETARY (TELECOM) DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GOVT. OF INDIA, UNION OF INDIA SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRICES MINISTRY OF HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND PUBLIC ENTERPRICES BHAWAN UNION OF INDIA UNION OF INDIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRICES MINISTRY OF H, UNION OF INDIA SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF PENSION AND PENSIONERS WELFARE MINISTRY OF PERSONEL , PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS, UNION OF INDIA SECRETARY. DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE MINISTRY OF FINANCE,BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LTD CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LTD
05.02.2018                  *Meeting with CGM WBTC on Medical issues*
Today afternoon we met on a pre scheduled meeting with Sh Shyam Narayan CGM WBTC. PGM (Fin) & GM (HR) were also present. The problem of medical facilities to Pensioners were discussed. 
We pointed out that payment of without voucher cases are pending in almost all SSAs for the Pensioners retired before August 2014 i.e. implementation date of ERP in WBTC. With voucher cases are pending for last one year throughout the circle. The main problem is entering personal data of Pensioners in ERP system. 
CGM after detail discussion has instructed to issue necessary office order to expedite the job in all SSAs. We requested to fix up a target date for disposal of the pending load. CGM agreed to examine it.
We further discussed the issue of empanelment of Hospitals for cash basis treatment as per CGHS rates in all SSAs in accordance with BSNL CO order. CGM informed that in kolkata DESUN and IRIS has been Empanelled for treatment at CGHS rate on Cash Basis and effort being made to empanel more Hospitals. The order of BSNL CO will be endorsed to all SSAs with the instructions to empanel Hospitals there.
                                    : *Meeting with GM HR Calcutta Telephones*
We also met GM(HR) CTD and requested him to complete the empanelment work of 55 more Hospitals in the list of 233 Hospitals. We requested to take a drive to empanel as many as Hospitals possible for cash basis treatment at CGHS rates. We request to issue suitable letters for both the cases and assured our co operation for the same. GM called the SDE HCU and instructed him accordingly
31.01.2018    FIRST MEETING OF HYDERABAD DISTRICT BODY 

Good evening Friends Today  we have successfully conducted our first E. C meeting of HYD branch at BSNL Bhavan. Our meeting addressed by Circle president, Secretary& AGS. we have compelled to co-opt Sri V.Divakara Rao as Treasurer&Y.v.b SuryaprakashRao as Assistant Treasurer due to back out of Elected office bearers. Sri P.Satyanarayana co-optd as Organising Secretary. E.c formd  Sri M.N.Rao as convener, Y.v.b Suryaprakash &K.L.N NageswaraRao  to. co-ordinate  Court cases. New body also met PGM HTD, GM Finance &H.R of HTD as courtesy call. Regarding Medical bills I.T matter under persuasion by circle Secretary. 19 members along with circle body attended. All participated actively. Opening of bank account &Streamlining membership is primary task for new body. We have got strong backup from CHQ .pl try to bring back all Executives to our Assn. Which only can serve better in the prevailing circumstances. I once again Seek all your co-operation to Strengthen our Assn.Thank you All..

- Dakshinamurthy, Secretary HYD Branch.
 

26.01.2018      MERGER MEETING AT HYDERABAD  
The biannual conference of Retired Excutives’ Welfare Association (REWA) BSNL HYD was held on 08/01/2018 at Vasavi Club, Lakdika pool, Hyderabad- TS under the president ship of Com.N Koteswara Rao. REWA   is a  registered body has no CHQ/CIRCLE bodies and was functioning  at Hyderabad with around 250 members from all disciplines of BSNL executives . The meeting was attended in large number and on the invitation to CHQ Com. Amit Kumar Gupta AGS AIRBSNLEWA and Com Jairam K   AGS who is also VP in REWA have attended and addressed the gathering. Conveyed  congratulations  and  best wishes to the conference. Secretary Com Pandurangarao presented secretaries report briefing the activities carried out during the period. In his report he has mentioned the necessity of merger of REWA BSNL HYD with AIRBSNLEWA and thanked the General Members for having decided to aligen with all india association and with AIRBSNLEWA in particular. He also thanked the Com. Kishan Singh and his team for readily accepting our proposal. Com. Padma Reddy VP also addressed the GB.
Com. Jairam K   AGS(S) has covered various issues tackled by the REWA sply the 78.2 DA merger for pensioners and medical bills etc., He also elaborated on the merger of REWA with AIRBSNLEWA and thanked all members for taking a constructive decision in the interest of welfare of the members. Com. Amit Kumar Gupta AGS has congratulated the office bearers of REWA for deciding to merge with AIRBSNLEWA and thanked for inviting to be at the historic conference of REWA and also welcomed members of REWA to AIRBSNLEWA which is lead  by GS Com. Kishan Singh under the guidance of chief mentor & GS AIBSNLEA Com. Prahalad Rai. Com. Amit K Guopta has enlightened the house on important issues like pending court case on getting pensionnary benefits based on 78.2 DA merger, 3rd PRC,medical reimbursement etc., he had interactive session with the members and clarified the doubts expressed by the members on various issues. 
The meeting started with self introduction, paying tributes to the departed com's, opening remarks of president com. N Koteswararao, Secretary Com.Pandurangarao's report, Treasurer's report, address by Com Jairam as a AGS & Com.Amit Kumar Gupta AGS of AIRBSNLEWA, felicitations to Sr com's who are at 75 or going to be 75 years by this year end among these com's veteran com's  Thanareddy & Padmareddy were also there. Reassembled the house after lunch break and completed leftover agenda. The important point was merger of REWA BSNL HYD with the AIl India Retired BSNL Executive's Welfare Association (AIRBSNLEWA)  which was approved by the GB. The merger was announced by AGS Com Gupta on behalf of CHQ and declared as a  Adhoch Circle Body of both the States. The GB unanimously approved the continuance of the existing REWA office bearers till the new body is elected through its circle conference at later date. The GB also elected HYD Branch with Com Sivaramudu as a President, Com K Dakshina Murthy as Secretary & Com Mdm. Bharati as Treasurer along with other office bearers. The GB had interaction with Com.Amit Kumar Gupta on various pension related issues. On behalf of CHQ Com Jairam and Com Amit Kumar Gupta have congratulated the members and informed the CHQ quota formalities to be followed by the new circle. Later oath was administered to the office bearers of  HYD Branch .
Vote of thanks was done by Com K Dakshina Murthy  Secretary.
The meeting was concluded at 1530 hrs.
Com's we thank all for attending the meeting and made it a grand success. The hall was full and there was no seat to occupy further. Our special thanks to all the new com's who retired recently and lady com's have further strengthened the association by not only attending the meeting but, have fully handled the subscription/member ship collections in the absence of Com Laxmaiah Treasurer who was on his unavoidable personal work.  <<<GLIMPSES>>
23.01.2018                             Meeting With PGM(Fin) WBTC  
Today PGM{Fin) WBTC called all Pensioners Association for a meeting to discuss the ways means to recover the outstanding amount. Apart from our Association representative of AIBDPA and AIBSNLREA represented. We suggested that the database of the defaulters may be indexed addresswise and then may be assigned to the employees of that area to convince the customers to make payment. If the Pensioners of those areas are asked to assist they shall certainly extend help to recover the outstanding. It was pointed by all Associations that organizing collection drive exclusively by Pensioners is difficult without involvement of serving employees.
 We took this opportunity to discuss the ongoing burning medical issue of the Pensioners. GM appreciated the problem and decided to take remedial action.
 
 21.01.2018                           Special General Body meeting of UP (East) Circle*
 
A well organized General body meeting  of  “ALL INDIA RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION” UP(East)  Circle  was held on 20th January 2018 at Laplace Hazratganj, Lucknow in the presence of our AGS & CHQ Organizing Secy. Hundreds of pensioners attended the meeting which lasted more than three hours.
The meeting started with the opening remark of Circle President Com S.M.Abbas. Following that, 10 new members were introduced by the Dist. body Lucknow.
Com Pallab Bose, Circle Secretary, in his address informed the house this is the only Pensioners Association which is actually fighting for all issues of pensioners irrespective of their executive or non executive status.. He further informed the members regarding the latest development of our court case pending in Principal CAT. 
He mentioned that 78.2% IDA payment & medical payment (without voucher) has been provided by the dept. to all pensioners in UP (E) till now. 
He further mentioned that the without voucher system will be continued and necessary orders will be issued next week. Those who want to change their opinions may do it in March every year.
He told that the association will try to protect the rights of pensioners at any cost.
Circle Secy. Bose told that he has learned through reliable inside sources that the MTNL board has sent their consent to DoT for merger of MTNL with BSNL. Our MOC has also been interested in merging MTNL with BSNL. He further told that Govt. of India is not favouring BSNL by all means. They are favouring certain PVT operators indirectly. The formation of tower company and appointment of an IAS officer as CMD is an alarming signal for BSNL & MTNL employees alike. 
*Com Prahlad Rai GS AIBSNLEA and chief mentor AIRBSNLEWA (connected through Audio Conference) thanked AIRBSNLEWA UP East Circle. He mentioned that our association AIRBSNLEWA is the strength of BSNL Executives Pensioners.* He appreciated the AIRBSNLEWA UPE team for their consistent working & devotion towards pensioners specially Com Kishan Singh GS, Com Amit Gupta AGS, Com Pradeep Goyel AGS, Com D.N.Verma Org. Secy, Com Pallab Bose Circle Secy. , Com S.M.Abbas Circle President and Com C.S.Verma Finance Secretary.
   
*Chief Mentor AIRBSNLEWA Com Prahalad Rai in his address apprised the efforts in the formation of AIRBSNLEWA to protect the interest of BSNL pensioners and appreciated our efforts for pension revision, medical and other personal claims, etc. He also remarked that in true sense AIRBSNLEWA is safeguarding the interest of BSNL pensioners, by settling day to day problems related to BSNL pensioner
He told that, he along with General Secy. AIRBSNLEWA, Com Kishan Singh have discussed the issue regarding revision of pension for BSNL pensioners with concerned officers of DoT. He has requested to consider revision of BSNL pensioners and de-link it with the revision of pay scale of BSNL Employees, since, BSNL pensioners are in no way related with the profit and losses of the BSNL. The pension contribution has already been paid to DoT during their service, so now there is no justification of linking revision of pension with pay revision. He explained the reason behind the pension revision of BSNL pensioners before 3rd PRC implementation.  

 
*Com Prahalad Rai assured that his Association AIBSNLEWA will provide constant support to AIRBSNLEWA with all their issues related to pensioners, specially pension revision. He remarked, “3rd PRC ke pehle, pension revision jaroor hoga”.* 

 
The meeting was addressed by Circle President, Circle Secy, Finance Secy. C.S.Verma, AGS Pradeep Goyel, Dist. President R.J Pandey, Dist. Secy. Lucknow S.C Yadav.

 
 The General body meeting ended with vote of thanks followed by National Anthem.  <<glimpses>>

         

 11.01.2018  *Meeting with DDG (Estt.) DoT AND Shri A.N. Rai OSD to Hon'ble MOSC (I/C) on 10-1-18:*
 
Com Prahlad Rai GS AIBSNLEA and chief mentor AIRBSNLEWA with  President AIBSNLEA met DDG (Estt.) DoT and

 
A) discussed regarding revision of pension for BSNL pensioners. They requested to consider revision of BSNL pensioners de-linking with the revision of pay scale of BSNL Employees since, BSNL pensioners are no way related with the profit and losses of the BSNL. The pension contribution has already been paid to DoT during their service, so now there is no justification of linking revision of pension with pay revision. DDG (Estt.) mentioned that they are waiting for the decision on pay revision of BSNL executives and thereafter pension revision of BSNL pensioners will be processed. He explained the reason that incase the pension of the BSNL pensioners is revised before 3rd PRC implementation  then the pension of the  pensioners retired after 01.01.2017 will be lesser which will create anomaly. We explained that some formula has to be evolve by DOT to revise the pension and to avoid such anomalies. DDG (Estt.) assured to look into the matter.

 
B) Delay in settlement of pensionary benefits of BSNL pensioners who retired after July-2017 on the pretext of DoT letter dated 05.07.2017. We explained that against DoT letter dated 05.07.2017 stay order has been granted by Hon'ble CAT Jaipur in favor of 28 applicants and Hon'ble PB CAT New Delhi has also allowed the OA filed by AIBSNLEA requesting to quash the said order of DoT dated 05.07.2017. DDG (Estt.) mentioned that a clarification is being issued to BSNL and CCAs to settle all the pension cases on the basis of DoT letter dated 05.07.2017 immediately and the cases of the applicants in the court may be decided subject to outcome of the court cases. He assured to issue this instruction in next week itself. The 28 applicants in Jaipur CAT Bench has filed contempt of Court which will be heard in the next week and the judgement in Hon'ble PB CAT New Delhi is expected to be delivered in the next week.

 
Afterwards they met Shri A.N. Rai OSD to Hon'ble MOSC (I/C) and discussed regarding implementation of 3rdPRC in BSNL and revision of pension. OSD to Hon'ble MOSC (I/C) after detailed discussions appreciated our concern and mentioned that he will discuss the matter with the concern officers in DoT for an early decision in the matter and will bring in the kind notice of Hon'ble MOSC (I/C).
08.01.2018  COURT CASE FOR PENSION ARREARS  
 
Court case no.2260/2017 for pension arrears came up In register court of Pr CAT. Resp no.1 DOT asked for more time. Our Advocate objected strongly that sufficient opportunity has been already given and further time not to be given. Resp 2 BSNL informed that MA is ready for deletion of its name from respondent list and will filed in a week. Register Court didn't allowe any time to respondent no 1 DOT. BSNL is given 1week time for submission of MA. The is now forwarded to regular Court in Pr.CAT for further hearing on13/02/2018. BSNL wanted to eliminate its name from respondents list as according to them they are not related to this case. We shall object to it in due time as the responsibility of paying leave encashment arrears lies with them only.

The procedure in Pr CAT New Delhi is, once a case is filed it is taken up in a regular bench and after admission it is transferred to Register Court for filing reply counter reply etc. Once that procedure is completed the case is transferred back to main bench for further hearing and direction.
 
Similarly our cases was also heard by court no 3 on the first day. In fact we have filed two cases. MA 2424/2017 and OA 2260/2017. First One for allowing all 1199 applicants as one application and second one for pension arrears. First application was allowed on first hearing and second one was sent to register court. Now the second case is transferred back to main bench and most likely it will heard by court no 3 on 13-2-18.
 
ORDER of court on 13-7-2017  <<Read>>
ORDER of court on 29-8-2017  <<Read>>
ORDER of court on 10-10-2017 <<Read>>
ORDER of court on 27-11-2017 <<Read>>
ORDER of court on 08-01-2018 <<Read>>
06.01.2018     YEARLY  FAMILY  PICNIC  OF WEST  BENGAL  CIRCLE     
As scheduled the yearly family Picnic of West Bengal Circle was arranged on 06-01-2018 at the bank of River Ganges. It was an old heritage building taken over by KMC and now used as pumping station. Total 255 members with their family participated out of which 90 were lady members. there was a day long fun , sports events, singing, recitation, music. All enjoyed the picnic. <<Glimpses>>
04.01.2018 GENERAL BODY MEETING OF NASHIK BRANCH   
The general body meeting of AIRBSNLEWA was held on 28/12/2017 in Hotel Gokul  under the president ship of com. S. N. Kulkarni. The meeting was started with giving tribute to departed members late A. B. Gadkari , A. K. Pathak , Shaikh AGM circle office. The branch secretary com. M. L. Deore welcomed the members and new members. The branch secretary briefed the house the status of 3rd PRC. The issue of 78.2 % IDA revised PPO. Very few cases i. e. 3-4 are pending and follow up is taken. The issue of without voucher medical claim was discussed. There is abnormal delay for the payment of without voucher medical claim. The issue was discussed with GMT Nashik in the last meeting and he issued necessary instructions to the concerned. Our WTR members also complained for non receipt of payment of w/o medical claim. Case will be taken with appropriate authority.
                Total 30 new members added in the last month. Our circle organiser com. S. S. Dhangar played very important role to increase the membership. We appreciate his concerned to work hard to  increase the strength of our association. The com president S. N. Kulkarni addressed the house. The branch secretary gave New Year wishes to the members
               The Sutra sanchalan was done by com. Deelip Shah. There after the meeting was concluded with presentation of vote of thanks given by com. Y. H. Lilhare. <<Glimpses>>
04.01.2018  IDA INCREASE FROM JANUARY 2018 2.6%    <<ORDER>>  
14.12.2017                   WAIVER CASES  
The Representations received so par by this Association to refund the deducted money at the time of retirement as per  Supreme Courts Order has been submitted to PGM(Estt) BSNL CO and also to respective CGMs for taking immediate action. <<LETTER>>
14.12.2017   Status update on the Rule 206 seniority issue of TES Gr. B Officers pending in the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India:

The captioned matter C.A. No. 4389/2010 and connected matters  were listed today as Item No. 101 in Court No. 11 before Hon'ble Justice A.K. Goel and Hon'ble Justice U.U. Lalit at the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. This was consequent upon implementation of Hon'ble Supreme Court Order dated 21.01.2015 and recommendations of the Expert Committee and after hearing all the parties Hon'ble Supreme Court passed orders that no further orders are required after the recommendations of the expert committee.

However, the Hon'ble Court allowed the prayer of BSNL with regard to payment of arrears that nop arrears be paid but pay finalization with their seniority be re-fixed and be paid same from 01.01,.2018. It will also include pensionary benefits.

So far 45 SDEs promoted in 1993 are concerned, out of them 3 are in BSNL and 11 are in MTNL,  their promotions will not be disturbed since their promotions is already protected in earlier judgment.
<<CLICK FOR JUDGEMENT>>

14.12.2017                 *Meeting with Director (HR) at Kolkata.*
 
Sitanshu Sarkar our Circle Secretary West Bengal had a meeting with Smt Sujata Ray Director HR BSNL who is on official tour at Kolkata. He joined the AIBSNLEA team in the meeting and placed the problems of Pensioners.
Director HR was very anxious on the issue of 3rd PRC still he heard the problems of Pensioners and assured to do the best.
She met all the unions in phases and requested not to go on strike rather do something to make BSNL profitable so that 3rd PRC can be implemented.
It is understood that DOT has given two condition for 3rd PRC implementation. *Lower the retirement age to 58 or make the company profitable*. BSNL is not ready to lower the retirement age and going for the other option all-out.
13.12.2017    *Medical Allowance Without Voucher*
 
Today GS AIRBSNLEWA Com Kishan Singh Met GM(A) BSNL CO and discussed about continuation of without voucher system. GM (A) mentioned that the without voucher system will be continued and necessary orders will be issued next week. Those who want to change their opinions may do it in March every year.
 
[:                      *Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners*
 
Today GS AIRBSNLEWA Com Kishan Singh Met DDG(Est) DOT and discussed about Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners. DDG (ESTT) opined that unless pay is revised for BSNL employees , Pensioners pension will not be revised. Com GS stressed that BSNL Pensioners are getting all benefits as per CPC recommendation then why their pension will not be revised as per CPC formula. DDG (Est) mentioned that in that case there will be anamoly between the Pensioners retired before and after 2017. Therefore there is total uncertainty on our pension revision.
10.12.2017  Annual FAMILY PICNIC of West Bengal Circle on 06-1-2018. Details in West Bengal Page.  
 07.12.2017    *Meeting with GM HR CTD on Medical and Hospital empanelment.*
Our office bearers OF West Bengal met and discussed the issues in details with GM HR today afternoon. We enlightened him about the harassment caused to the Pensioners. GM mentioned that he is aware about the harassment caused by some areas and in yesterday's CGM's meeting with areas , CGM has issued strict instructions to stop this harassment to the Pensioners and settle their dues immediately. However following are decided in the meeting.
 
1) GM HR will ask for detailed report from Areas on pending cases both with or without voucher. Names of the Pensioners with details and reasons also will be asked for with voucher cases. 
Newspaper notification will be issued to inform all Pensioners to submit KYC details as required in ERP system. Also Areas will be instructed to contact all the Pensioners for submission of the form.
 
2) 66 more Hospitals will be added in the list of 233 Empanelled Hospitals after verification. Private renowned Hospitals will be approached for extending treatment at CGHS rate and agreement will be made with willing Hospitals.
 
*Today we have observed a change in attitude of the CTD management. In earlier meetings, we were asked to site the examples of harassments but today we felt that the realisation of the Management on Pensioners issues.*
05.12.2017  DOT ISSUED ORDER ON MTCE OF SERVICE BOOKS OF IDA PENSIONERS BY CCAs  <<READ>>   
05.12.2017  AIRBSNLEWA EXTENDS ITS WHOLE HEARTED SUPPORT TO THE STRIKE CALL GIVEN BY BSNL UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS ON 12 & 13 DEC 2017. <<READ>>
27.11.2017  PENSION ARREAR COURT CASE   
As scheduled the case came up for hearing today at Register's Court of Principal Bench CAT New Delhi. DOT has failed to submit the reply for the third time. Court has given last chance to submit. Next date of hearing is 08-01-2018.  view the order  <<click>>
"23.11.2017     Meeting with Addl. Secretary (Telecom), DoT on 22/11/2017
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GS Com Kishan Singh and President Com Rakesh Srivastava along with the GS and President of AIBSNLEA met Addl. Secretary (T), DoT and discussed regarding Revision of the Pension of BSNL Pensioners.
 
 We submitted a memorandum for  Revision of Pension w.e.f. 01/01/2017,  of  around 2 lakh  EX-DOT Employees, who opted for absorption in BSNL  w.e.f. 1/1/2000 &  retired as BSNL Pensioners  and are drawing pension on IDA scales based on 7th CPC recommendations/ fitment formula.
 
We requested AST to get the issue of  pension revision of BSNL Pensioners delinked  from the pay revision of BSNL Employees because we are in no way governed by affordability clause applicable to  BSNL.
 
AST understood and appreciated our point of view that Pension revision of Ex-DOT Employees retiring as BSNL Pensioners should be carried out and he shall get the modalities for the same examined and expedited. The view of DDG(Estt.), DOT was also discussed, who opined that   the revision of pension of BSNL pensioners shall be considered after the pay revision of BSNL serving employees on implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations otherwise, there will be a disparity in the pension of the BSNL pensioners who will retire later on. AST after giving patient hearing   marked our Memorandum  immediately to the concerned section for taking an early action to resolve this issue.   <<CLICK FOR MEMORANDUM>>
 
  17.11.2017    Meeting with Sh. A.N. Rai, Advisor to Hon'ble MOSC(I/C)*
 
GS, President AIBSNLEA & GS AIRBSNLEWA met Sh. A.N. Rai, Advisor to Hon'ble MOSC(I/C) on 16-11-17 & discussed regarding implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL & revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners. They requested to use his good office in resolving these issues in DoT. Advisor to Hon'ble MOSC(I/C) immediately spoke to DDG(Estt.) DoT & discussed the matter that why there is a delay in revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners.
 
DDG(Estt.) DoT explained him that 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL is under consideration & till their is a decision in this regard, the pension revision is kept pending. Advisor to Hon'ble MOSC(I/C) assured him to atleast process the case. Advisor to Hon'ble MOSC(I/C) assured to arrange our meeting with Hon'ble MOSC(I/C) at the earliest to discuss the matter.
 
Then they met Sr. PPS to Secy(T), DoT & Addl. Secy(T), DoT & requested for grant of meeting to our Associations. *The Addl. Secy.(T) meeting time is fixed up on 22nd Nov., 2017 at 14.30 hrs. & with Secy(T), DoT at 17.00 Hrs. to discuss the pressing issues.*
 
Afterwards they also met with *Sh. Prabhas Kumar, Member (S), Telecom Commission, DoT* and discussed regarding implementation of 3rd PRC & revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. Member(S) after discussions assured to discuss the matter with DDG(Estt.) for an early action.
14.11.2017  DIGITAL LIFE CERTIFICATE   
The November Month is the month of submission of Life Certificates for the pensioners. This year in many Banks /CCA offices there is camp for collecting Digital Life Certificate (DLC). We have noted that there is a confusion amongst the pensioners on the method of functioning of the system and many pensioners are submitting both DLC and conventional life certificates. we are uploading following FAQs from the official portal https://jeevanpraman.gov.in and hope that the doubts of the pensioners will be cleared to a great extent and they will get a clear picture on the system.
FAQ for the Pensioners <<Read>>
FAQ for
Jeevan Pramman Application and RD Service <<Read>>
FAQ for Pension Sanctioning Authority /Pension Disbursing Authority <<Read>>
02.11.2017  EMPANELMENT OF HOSPITAL FOR CASH BASIS TREATMENT AT CGHS RATE:
Due to consistent effort by AIRBSNLEWA ,Calcutta Telephones has finally notified one hospital (Desun Hospital) for Cash Basis Treatments at CGHS rate. After the treatment the beneficiary has to take a certificate from the Hospital that all rates taken are as per CGHS rates and also a certificate that the treatment was conservative or package indicating package name no as per CGHS list. This will ensure smooth reimbursement. This has marked the beginning of a new system where medical facilities will be extended to employees and pensioners without any hustle.
Our West Bengal Circle is negotiating on this issue since last one year. As in this system the expenditure incurred will be much less and will be fully reimbursable. They were expecting empanelment of more hospitals in this system. But due to some problem at present agreement is signed by Desun only. They are expecting that B M Birla Heart and Charnok Hospital will also be empanelled in this system very soon. R N Tagore has denied at the last moment as they want CGHS NABH rate although their NABH certificate has been expired. They are trying to agree some more private hospitals for extending treatment on cash basis at CGHS rates.  <<<ORDER>>>
02.11.2017  PENSION ADALAT FOR PENSIONERS OF CALCUTTA TELEPHONES:   
Principal CCA Kolkata has invited application from pensioners of Calcutta Telephones having any grievance on pension related issues. The grievances is to be submitted within 29-11-2017. Pensioners having any problem on Pension may avail the oppertunity. <<<View Notification>>
Status on implementation of 3rd PRC report in BSNL:

Com Prahlad Rai discussed with concerned officers in BSNL Corporate Office and confirmed that BSNL Board in its meeting held on 24.10.2017 has cleared the BSNL’s proposal approved by the Management Committee of BSNL Board for implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations with 15% fitment benefits in BSNL. It is understood that Govt. may put an embargo on the pretext of the affordability clause of PRC report. DoT has now to take the clearance from Cabinet Secretariat / PMO for relaxation in the affordability clause. Thereafter only, the presidential orders will be issued by DoT.

14.10.2017  CONTINUATION OF WITHOUT VOUCHER FACILITY  : It has been informed by GM(Admn) BSNL CO that the proposal for continuation of Medical Reimbursement Without Voucher for pensioner beyond 6 months has been submitted to the Management Committee for consideration with all financial details. Now it is left to the MC to decide for the continuation or to revert back to with voucher. We have to wait for the decision.

12.10.2017 Update on BSNL Board meeting held on 12.10.2017

BSNL Board Meeting held today as per the schedule wherein the implementation of 3rd PRC report in BSNL was one of the agenda item. It is understood that 3rd PRC report was discussed for one hour. Addl. Secretary (T), DoT, the Govt. nominee in the Board however, did not agree to discuss the agenda since sufficient time is not given to study the agenda.

So the matter is postponed to be discussed in the next Board meeting scheduled to be held after Diwali tentatively 23rd or 24th October 2017. It seems that Addl. Secretary (T), DoT, the Govt. nominee in the Board is not in the favour of implementation of 3rd PRC report in BSNL.

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.10.2017 
  COURT CASE ON PENSION ARREAR 
The case came for hearing in registrar's court at Principal CAT New Delhi. DOT advocate prayed for more time for filing the reply. BSNL advocate pleaded that he has not received copy of the OA. Our advocate strongly pleaded against granting of more time and also informed that copy of OA has already been served to BSNL advocate. However court has granted time and fixed next date as 27-11-2017
ORDER of court on 13-7-2017  <<Read>>
ORDER of court on 29-8-2017  <<Read>>
ORDER of court on 10-10-2017 <<Read>>
07.10.2017   
 AIRBSNLEWA PARTICIPATED IN CANDLE LIGHT MARCH AND DEMONSTRATION  
AIBSNLEA has given a call for Candle Light March and Demonstration for implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL with 15% fixation on 04-10-2017. Our GS Com Kishan Singh with his office bearers have participated in the Candle Light March at New Delhi. In Circles also Our Cicle Secretaries have joined the demonstration with large no of members.
 
07.10.2017   
Historical Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA UPE with PGMTD Lucknow  on 29-09-2017 ;
As scheduled, a delegate of AIRBSNLEWA UP (East) under the leadership of Com. Pallab Bose Circle Secretary, Com S.M.Abbas Circle president & Com C.S.Verma Circle Finance Secretary again met with Shri Devendra Singh PGMTD Lucknow Telephones UP East on 28th Sept. 2017 in his chamber. A number of pensioners aged 65 – 74 years were present this meeting.
The meeting was attended by the PGMTD LW Telephones, Sh Abhai Raj DGM(Admn.), Sh Vinay Kumar Verma DGM Finance, Sh U.K. Misra AGM(Admin), Sh Dhan Pat Lal SDE(Admn.),  and from Association side Com Pallab Bose Circle Secy., Com S.M.Abas Circle president,  Com C.S.Verma Circle Finance Secy. Com R.N.Singh Auditor Com D.N.Verma CHQ Organizing Secy. AIRBSNLEWA., Com L.K.Misra executive member Lw TD , Com R Talukdar, Com K.P.Singh, Com S.K Awasthi, Com G.R.Verma Com Chandra Shekhar Singh, Com Ram Dhani,Ram Das and number of Lucknow BSNL pensioner.
 
Com Bose, Circle Secy. AIRBSNLEWA expressed his strong resentment against the delay tactic of LW TD Finance wing in case of long pending medical bills of BSNL Pensioners since Sept- 2016. We reminded PGMTD Lw of our last meeting where it was decided to Register/Record medical bill database to maintain transparency in the future so that pick and choose policy adopted by finance wing can be checked. However, due to negligent attitude, DGM Finance Sh Vinay Verma has not implemented this issue in his office till date only due his vested interests. Since the past one year, he has been making excuses regarding the case of pensioners’ medical payment. All the while medical payments of working employees and close retd colleagues have been passed easily. He is not interested in maintaining any receiving record of medical claims-bill.
We apprised to PGMTD on how finance wing of LWTD are harassing the pensioners in case of long pending medical bills since Sept. 2016 and DGM(Finance) Lw TD  is not taking any efforts for this payment and blames his staff for inadequate action. We warned the PGMTD of an indispensable hunger strike in case our humble appeals were not heard.
Further, we informed PGMTD about the Payments of pensioners’ medical claims within one month time as per BSNL CO order: Regarding the medical claims, we informed that Corporate Office orders are not being followed in the Lucknow Telephones District.  In this context, we have informed about the delay that has been occurring due to unhelpful, unprofessional & harassing attitude of the Finance Wing of Lucknow TD. Even though our members have completed all the necessary formalities, their medical bills have been pending since September 2016. It should be noted that the administration is following pick-and-choose policy for a select few retired pensioners.
We further pointed out to PGMTD Lucknow, the following few serious irregularities happening in Lucknow TD:
1. Payment of medical bills has been pending since September, 2016.
2. ‘Without voucher’  400 medical payments have been pending since April, 2017.
3. Unfortunately in spite of instruction of PGMTD Lw and our persuasion, no progress has been made so far to maintain any record/Register of received medical bills (even digitally).
4. Tracking of Medicals bills; The delay in paying the medical bills could have been avoided if the Tracking System is      introduced as instructed by Director (HR) BSNL board. But unfortunately in spite of instruction of Director (HR) and our persuasion no progress is made so far.
5. Mgt of Finance Wing has no control on their concerned staff.
6. Unhelpful & harassing attitude of the Finance Wing of Lw TD.
 
PGMTD again instructed DGM Finance to clear all all 900 pending medical bills of Pensioners within one month and also advised DGM(F) to contact him if he needs any further resources to complete the task at hand as soon as possible. He also instructed DGM(Admin.) Sh Abhai Raj to deploy one extra office assistant immediately for the duration of 3 month to speed up the work in this regard. PGMTD also  asked Pallab Bose  CS  AIRBSNLEWA to contact him every week for feedback of development.  In this regard, PGMTD Lucknow appreciated our concern and assured prompt action. 
The Meeting lasted for 2.5 hours in a very congenial atmosphere and assurance of Hon’ble PGMTD Lucknow Telephones Shri Devendra Singh was very encouraging.  
We conveyed our sincere thanks to Hon’ble PGMTD Lw Sh Devendra Singh for taking pain in case of Pensioners issue.
04.10.2017:
  IDA FROM 1-10-2017 
The All India Consumer Price Index (Ind. Workers) for the month of August 2017 is announced. It is 285 points. For the previous month of July also it was 285.Based on the above, the rate of IDA from 1-10-2017 can be assessed as 124.27%. We can expect 124.3%. An increase of 5.3% from the existing rate of 119%
04.10.2017:
 REPORT FROM DISTRICT SECRETARY NASHIK   
Details of Meeting with Pr CCA Mumbai.
Yesterday there was meeting with Pr CCA Mumbai in her chamber between 12.00 to 14.15 hrs. The Pr CCA Monika Dhakate , Jt CCA Ankur sir , myself , Circle organiser com Dhangar , President com S. N. Kulkarni , Vice president com S. S. Mahajan were present in the meeting. The meeting was started with the burning issue of 78.2 IDA pension revision. The Pr CCA madam was very positive and shown very deep concerned to the woes of the pensioners. In spite of her problems she deployed our retd CAOs , AOs,  AAOs  for this work and completed total 4463 cases in the last 15 days. Remaining 1595 cases will be completed in the next coming seven days. We  seen the various groups working for this targeted work. They are working on Sundays and holidays also. The Pr CCA madam assured to complete all the cases (except query cases) in the next seven days. We are really thankful to carry out this work on priority basis. Our Second  demand was to sent PPOs by registered AD / speed post and madam immediately agree our demand. Our third demand was to maintain the website for the day to day update of pensioners cases. She told that it is already under process and will be completed in coming few days. 
               The case of change of nominee of com. Magdum  retd DE Kolhapur and com. P. K. Kotkar A. O. Nashik was also discussed. They assured to look in to. The problem  regarding the space and acute shortage of staff  was told by Pr CCA Mumbai. We will ask our G.S. to take up the issue with the concerned  authority. The meeting was carried out in very pleasant and positive environment. Our association is very much  thankful to Pr CCA and Joint CCA for their action taken to resolve the issue  of revise PPOs. I also thanks to our comrades who participated in meeting in spite of heavy rains in Mumbai.
Thanx
M. L. Deore.
DS AIRBSNLEWA NASHIK.
28.09.2017:
 Com Kishan Sing GS writes to Dir HR on holding the meeting of all Pensioner Association at an early date and also to provide link in BSNL Portal for registering Pensioner's Grievances. <<Read>>   
25.09.2017:  Sh D D Mistry  GS BDPA also replied to our President.     

Dinesh Mistry <didimistry@gmail.com>

To:Rakesh Srivastava
Cc:Kishan Singh,sdebhl@yahoo.co.in,bsnlpensioner@gmail.com
 
24 Sep at 6:47 AM
Dear Shri Rakesh Ji
The reply of Shri K. Jay Raj, General Secretary is on similar lines on what we have submitted to MOC on 06.08.2017. He also prefers to wait and we have asked as under:
"We, therefore, request you to kindly ensure that now when 3rd P.R.C. Recommendations are accepted by the Cabinet and the BSNL Management is entering is to negotiate for Pay Revision for its employees simultaneously the DoT should move the file for pension revision for BSNL Retirees as well."
So it will be in the fitness of things to wait.
However, I am sending you shortly the modification in your draft for keeping it revised.
23.09.2017:   Com K G Joyraj GS AIBDPA replied to our President. "....  In view of the above factors, All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association cannot be a party to the demand in the memorandum. However we always welcome the joint efforts of the pensioners’ associations and is open for further discussions if it would help to reach a consensus on the demand"   <<<Read Full Text>>>
23.09.2017:   AIRBSNLEWA MAKES AN EFFORT FOR COMMON APPROACH ON PENSION REVISION  
Com Rakesh Srivastava President writes to the General Secretaries of AIBDPA, BSNLPWA and BDPA to have a common approach on pension revision of BSNL pensioners. Along with the letter a draft memorandum is also sent to them for consideration. If agreed by all then the same will be signed and submitted to MOC/Secretary DOT and also a meeting will be sought to meet them jointly on this issue<<<Letter>>>  <<<Draft Memorandum>>>
23.09.2017:   MEETING WITH DIRECTOR (FIN & HR) AT KOLKATA
Com Amit Gupta AGS/CHQ and S.K.Sarkar CS West Bengal met Smt Sujata Ray Director (HR&Fin) on 22-9-2017 at Kolkata. Sri K C Ghosh PGM CTD was also presented. She was felicitated by a flower boque and was briefed by a memorandum. Mainly the problem of Health Care facilities which is to be extended by BSNL to its pensioners were discussed. We informed her that there is an abnormal delay in paying medical bills through out the country. We requested to open a link in the BSNL PORTAL where pensioners can enter their problems coming under BSNL's jurisdiction. We also requested to open Pensioners Relation (PR) cell at HQ and in all circles. She gave a patient hearing and informed that she will arrange a meeting at New Delhi where all Pensioners Associations will be invited and all the issues will be discussed for permanent solution . She also agreed to issue necessary instructions for early payment of all medical bills. <<<Glimpses>>>  <<<Memorandum>>>
23.09.2017:    G B MEETING OF NASHIK BRANCH
General body meeting of AIRBSNLEWA Nashik branch was held on 22/09/2017. in TRC hall , canada corner Nashik under the president ship of com S. N. Kulkarni and about 70 members were present. After paying tribute to the departed member late A. T. Lohar , the branch sec com M. L. Deore welcomed the members and new members. Com R. S. Amrutkar DGM(F) was congratulated for his success of passing MBA(F) with 88% marks. Branch sec briefed the house regarding the efforts being  taken by our branch to resolve the issue of pending revised cases in Pr CCA Mumbai and also  extended special thanks to our G. S. CHQ  for his persistence efforts for solving the problem in very efficient manner. The status of 3rd PRC recommendations were also briefed in the house. Com S. S. Dhangar circle coordinator briefed regarding the issue of medical claim w/o voucher facility.
             Com G. B. Jorvekar , treasurer placed the audited expenditure before the house and it was passed with one voice. Thereafter the meeting was concluded with presentation of vote of thanks by com. S. S. Mahajan vice president of our branch
23.09.2017:     Meeting with PGMTD Lucknow.

AIRBSNLEWA UP (East) had a meeting with Shri Devendra Singh PGMTD Lucknow Telephones UP East on 21st Sept. 2017 in his chamber. The meeting was attended by the PGMTD LW Telephones, Sh Abhai Raj DGM(Admn.), Sh Vinay Kumar Verma DGM Finance, Sh Dhan Pat Lal SDE(Admn.), Sh A.S. Chauhan AO, Sh Kesav Prasad AO, Sh Raj Mahesh Misra AO & from Association side Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary, Com C.S.Verma Circle Finance Secretary and Com D.N.Verma CHQ Organizing Secretary AIRBSNLEWA.

Com Pallab Bose, CS AIRBSNLEWA apprised to PGMTD Lw regarding the issues raised by our Association at Circle level. He expressed that AIRBSNLEWA is considerably serious about the welfare and issues of Pensioners. He further appealed that the BSNL retired Executives are concerned about BSNL services and organizational growth. PGMTD Lucknow Telephones appreciated the role of our Association and offered a meeting with retired BSNL executives in the foreseeable future. He desired that Pensioners should come forward to join BSNL as DSA to facilitate increased revenue of BSNL.

Further, the discussion was held on the following issues:

 (1) Payments of pensioners’ medical claims within one month time as per BSNL CO order: - Regarding the medical claims, we informed that the BSNL Corporate Office orders are not being followed in the Lucknow Telephones District.  In this context, we have informed about the  the delay that has been occurring due to unhelpful, unprofessional & harassing attitude of the Finance Wing of Lucknow TD. Even though our members have completed all the necessary formalities, their medical bills have been pending since September 2016. It should be noted that the administration is following pick-and-choose policy for a select few retired pensioners.         

We further pointed out to PGMTD Lucknow, the following few serious irregularities happening in Lucknow TD:

1.     Payment of medical bills has been pending since September, 2016.

2.     ‘Without voucher’ medical payments have been pending since April, 2017.

3.     There is no provision to maintain any record/Register of received medical bills (even digitally). On the contrary, the D/A refused to give receiving of bills, even upon request.

4.     Tracking of Medicals bills; the delay in paying the medical bills could have been avoided if the Tracking System is introduced as

instructed by Director (HR) BSNL board. But unfortunately in spite of instruction of Director (HR) and our persuasion no progress is made so far.

5.     Mgt of Finance Wing has no control on their concerned staff.

6.     Unhelpful & harassing attitude of the Finance Wing of Lucknow TD.                                         

(2) Implementation of DOPT memo no 18/3/2015-ESTT (Pay-I) Dated 2.3-2016 issued on recovery of excess/wrongful payment  made to employees at the time of retirements:

 In this context we have quoted the case of Sh D.N.Verma and conveyed that his case is being intentionally delayed by Finance wing of Lw TD since the last one year. Furthermore they have not forwarded his case to corporate Office ND even after repeated instructions from PGMT UPE Circle. We have requested PGMTD Lw to instruct the concerned officer to implement this order immediately at his District level.

PGMTD firstly heard our complaints (regarding pensioners’ medical issues) in a peaceful and calm manner, he then asked DGM(F) to come to his chamber along with his all AOs immediately. After interrogation of PGMTD Lw, they accepted the claim that medical claims are pending since Sept-2016. It came out to about 900 cases. Out of 900 pending bills, 215 bills are under process for payment. Regarding payment of ‘without-voucher medical payment’ they said that they need help of Admn. Lw TD and Circle Office.

PGMTD instructed his Finance wing to review all pending cases with detail and asked *CS AIRBSNLEWA to contact him latest by September 27, 2017*. In this regard PGMTD Lucknow appreciated our concern and assured prompt action.

The Meeting lasted for two hours in a very congenial atmosphere and assurance of Hon’ble PGMTD Lucknow Telephones Shri Devendra Singh  was very encouraging.         

We also met with CGMT UP(E) regarding the delay in medical payment of Retired Executives in UP(E) circle especially in Lucknow TD, RTTC Lucknow, TDM Mau and TDM Raebarelly . We were also assured of swift action in this regard by him.

>>>>> Click here for letter

21.09.2017:  3rd PRC APPROVED BY BSNL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE  :
GS,  AGS (HQ) and AGS (F) AIBSNLEA met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding implementation of 3rd PRC report with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL. CMD confirmed that the proposal regarding 3rd PRC report implementation with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL has been approved by the Management Committee of BSNL Board yesterday. Now, it will be sent to NRC & BSNL Board for approval shortly and thereafter to DoT for issuance of Presidential Directives.

It is understood that BSNL Management Committee has recommended implementation of 3rd PRC report with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL and suggested to revise the allowances/perks by BSNL after the approval of DoT on pay scale revision.

21.09.2017:  AIRBSNLEWA extends active support to AIBSNLEA's agitational programme for implementation of 3rd PRC. All our members are requested to join the agitation along with AIBSNLEA members as below  . <<<Read the letter>>
4-10-2017: Lunch/Closing hour demonstration and "Candle Light March"

06.09.2017:  Meeting with Director (HR), BSNL Board, New Delhi

GS, President and AGS (F) AIBSNLEA met Director (HR) yesterday and discussed regarding:
Settlement of some pending issues of BSNL pensioners viz. Non-payment of medical reimbursement (Without Voucher), Abnormal delay in payment of medical reimbursement (With Voucher), Tracking of Medical bills and formation of Pensioners Relation (PR) Cell: They requested for the settlement of above issues. Director (HR) assured to discuss the matter with GM (Admn) and also advised us to have a meeting with GM (Admn) to discuss these issues immediately. She also mentioned to open PR Cell under the control of GM (EF), BSNL Corporate Office. They also handed over a letter from GS AIRBSNLEWA on the issues. <<<READ>>>

06.09.2017: Meeting with CMD BSNL:

GS, President and AGS (F) AIBSNLEA met CMD, BSNL yesterday and discussed regarding:

(i) Implementation of 3rd PRC report in BSNL: They requested to implement 3rd PRC recommendations with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL by getting an early approval from BSNL MC and BSNL Board. Also requested to use his good office in DOT to get approved 3rd PRC recommendations with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL. CMD, BSNL mentioned that shortly the matter will be discussed in the Management Committee of BSNL Board and thereafter in BSNL Board for its approval. He further mentioned that first DOT should allow implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL. The fitment benefit 5%, 10% or 15% may be left with BSNL Board to implement in 2nd phase. They requested that BSNL Board should recommend 15% fitment benefit in its approval. It should not be left pending for 2nd phase. But CMD remained non-committal on this issue and mentioned that let us wait and watch the approval of BSNL MC/ BSNL Board.

It is understood that the BSNL Management is refraining to recommend 15% fitment benefit. In view of this all BSNL Unions/Associations should immediately mount pressure on BSNL Management for implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefit only.

  • " WE HAVE NOT CHANGED OUR LINE DEAR FRIENDS:-
    (in response to the comments of AIBSNLPWA in their website)

We have never been dogmatic about PRC fitment formula/ CPC fitment formula for Pension Revision. Our Association has always  insisted upon a proper mechanism for Pension Revision for BSNL Pensioners, who were neither covered under the terms of reference of 6th CPC/ 7th CPC or that of 2nd PRC/3rd PRC.  DOP has extended almost all the recommendations of 6th CPC/ 7th CPC to BSNL Pensioners, who  draw their  pension from Government of lndia on combined service rendered in DOT and BSNL under Rule 37-A of CCS Pension Rules 1972 except the fitment formula for Pension Revision given by the CPC.

All the Supreme Court judgments regarding Pension Revision have insisted upon early and timely revision of Pension whenever/ wherever the pay scales of the Employees get revised.

Our demand for pension revision   w.e.f. 01.01.2017 is based on 7th CPC fitment formula only. But it shall become infructous / redundant, in case DOT/ Govt. of India agrees to waive the affordability clause for BSNL, as demanded by several Associations/ Unions,  and grants pay revision to BSNL Executives with 15% benefit based on 3rdPRC recommendations, which shall definitely be followed by Pension revision for BSNL Pensioners by DOT/ Govt. of India as per the procedure followed after 2nd PRC. In that case our demand for pension revision  as per  seventh  CPC fitment formula shall get ignored by DOT/ DOP for another 10 years or so and may  be considered by  the 8th CPC in case our Associations remain strong and  active enough to persue the issue till that time.  We have to be cautious enough and pursue the matter with DOT/ DOP/ PMO expeditiously.

Govt. of India/ DOP need to look into the matter and provide a proper mechanism in the current scenario wherein Pay revision of BSNL Employees is handicapped being dependent upon affordability clause of BSNL, while this should not be the case with the Pensioners of BSNL. An appropriate Fitment Formula needs to be provided for their Pension Revision and the Fitment Formula given be 7thCPC becomes a good and reasonable choice in this case."

31.08.2017:COM KISHAN SINGH GS WRITES TO:
1)
Sri Manoj Sinha Hon'ble  MOC on relaxation of affordability clause for 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL.  <<Read>>
2)
Sri Manoj Sinha Hon'ble MOC on Revision of Pension for BSNL pensioners <<Read>>
3) CCA New Delhi on 78.2% Pension Revision  <<Read>>
29.08.2017: PENSION ARREAR COURT CASE: The case came up for hearing today at PCAT New Delhi. DOT has not submitted the reply and NTR representing BSNL also prayed for extension of time. Next hearing will be on 10-10-2017 . 
29.08.2017:   Meeting with CMD BSNL : GS AIBSNLEA met CMD BSNL yesterday and discussed regarding implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL. He explained him that there are some rumors that BSNL management is delaying the approval of BSNL Board and may propose 0% fitment benefit on 3rd PRC implementation. CMD BSNL clarified that the committee has prepared the report and shortly proposal will be put up to the BSNL Management committee and thereafter to the BSNL Board for its approval. CMD assured to recommend 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit only and he will make sincere efforts to get approved from DOT. He further mentioned that at this juncture  all should concentrate to increase the revenue of BSNL to get the positive result from DOT in this regard.

24.08.2017: GS AIBSNLEA also Writes to

1. Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL, regarding formation of PR (Pensioners Relation) cell in BSNL – our suggestion regarding

<<<Click here for the letter>>>

22.08.2017:  BSNLREWA Hyderabad gets Merged with AIRBSNLEWA
BSNLREWA Hyderabad
, a registered pensioners association
had decided to merge with AIRBSNLEWA and sent the proposal to us. Our CHQ has gracefully accepted there proposal and communicated the same to Sri Panduranga Rao Secretary. Com K Jairam was instrumental behind the merger. We welcome all the pensioner members and assure all assistance from our side. Letters One Two
22.08.2017:  Com Kishan Singh GS writes to :-

1) CMD BSNL : On formation of Pensioners Relation (PR) cell in BSNL.
                          On Delay in settling 78.2% pension revision cases.
                          On TDS deduction @ 5% in place of 10% from Pensioners. <<Letter
s>>

2) Secretary DOT: On Delay in settling 78.2% pension revision cases.  <<Letters>>

17.08.2017: CONGRATULATIONS: THE FREE CALL PROBLEM TO THE PENSIONERS SETTLED:
Consequent to The issue of Night Free Calling Orders by BSNL for pensioners, the STD calls made during day hours were made chargeable and were not getting adjusted against the free calls allowed to the concessional phones of BSNL pensioners. The issue was taken up only by AIRBSNLEWA with BSNL management on 23-3-2017 <<Read the Letter>> in the meeting with GM(Admn) BSNL CO. It was informed to us that the problem is because in the concessional telephone order the free calls are mentioned as "free local calls". In the meeting itself we requested to take corrective action.
Today BSNL has issued necessary order which says " In partial modification to the table of 'para 4' of the circular no 11/2007-PHA dated 20-7-2007, the competent authority has reviewed and approved that the "Free Local Calls(Monthly)" shall now be read as "Free Calls (Monthly)". Thus the problem is solved
<<<ORDER>>>

The issue of extension of Night Free Calling to the Pensioners and action to correct the subsequent problem was taken up only by AIRBSNLEWA with active support of its chief mentor Sh Prahlad Rai. No body else had any contribution in achieving this important benefit for pensioners although as usual now we may find many claimants of the success. 

17.08.2017:   Constitution of a Committee to explore the modalities for implementation of revision of pay under 3rd PRC:

BSNL Corporate Office issues orders regarding constitution of a committee to explore the modalities for implementation of revision of pay under 3rd PRC. As per the suggestion given by the Comrade GS,  AIBSNLEA in the core committee of BSNL Unions and Associations with CMD, BSNL held on 09.08.2017 for constitution of a committee to explore the modalities for implementation of revision of pay under 3rd PRC. CMD BSNL constituted the committee immediately and the committee meeting was held yesterday wherein the committee has recommended 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL with 15% fitment benefits for its executives. The committee report will be discussed in the next week in BSNL Management Committee and thereafter in BSNL Board. After the approval of BSNL Board, it will be sent to DoT for consideration and issuance of presidential directives.  <<<Click here for the order for constitution of committee>>>

13.08.2017: Com Kishan Singh writes to Director (HR) BSNL on non payment of medical bills.  <<< LETTER>>> 
13.08.2017: STATUS OF PENSION REVISION CASES IN ALL CIRCLES AS PER FINANCE WING OF DOT. THERE ARE STILL MANY CASES PENDING WITH BSNL AS PER THE LIST. ALL CIRCLES MAY TAKE A NOTE OF THIS<<<THE LIST AS ON 31-07-2017>>> 
 13.08.2017:  AIBSNLEA HELD ITS 2 CWC AT TRIVUNDRUM ON 11 & 12 AUGUST 2017. COM AMIT GUPTA OUR AGS ATTENDED THE CWC AS INVITEE. THE OPEN SESSION WAS ADDRESSED BY CMD BSNL THROUGH VIDEO CONFERENCE AND ALSO BY GM SR AS REPRESENTATIVE OF BSNL MANAGEMENT: WE REPRODUCE BELOW THEIR SPEECH IN OPEN SESSION:

Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL (through Video Conference)  thanked   he mentioned that the strength of the BSNL is the executives and non-executives.   There are positive signs of improvement.  BSNL was number 1 once and due to various reasons, its positions had come down.  All the new technologies like NOFN, etc is helping BSNL to improve.  All of you are making party of the organization and be a part of the BSNL revival.  With such a aggressive market and competition, the market share of BSNL as gone up.  He also told that the revenue from operation has been increased.  Please stay together and work hard to increase the revenue of BSNL.  There are virtual turn around going on in the organization.  He congratulated the profit making circles, like Kerala, Maharashtra and Odissa, etc.  He mentioned that the journey has to be continue and the responsibility shown by the AIBSNLEA in reviving the BSNL is commendable and appreciable.  As regards 3rd PRC, we are working together and the Hon. MoC is also in favour of the BSNL and implement the 3rd PRC.  He also stated that the Hon. MoC is of the opinion that the efforts and hard work should continue and ensure that the turn around continue.  He mentioned that BSNL should get 3rd PRC and urged every one to take the responsibility of the journey.  He also mentioned that GST implementation has also taken place and all the processed needs to be made accordingly to take care of the GST.  He also mentioned that Finance wing of Corporate office in consultation with Circle IFA, the cash flow problems will be resolved and the problem will be eased out.  He mentioned that this is the time to remain unite and make the BSNL over above every and continue to process of revival.   He thanked everyone and expected that the gathering will take many decisions which will benefit in the  turn around of BSNL. He mentioned that he missed the mammoth gathering and apologized for not making it personally to attend the session due to his busy schedule and appointment with various Ministers. <<<Click here for the Address of CMD, BSNL>>>>

Shri A M Gupta, GM (SR), BSNL Corporate Office, Guest of Honour   He thanked the AIBSNLEA for inviting him and ensuring his presence in the meeting.  He mentioned that the meeting is being held at a crucial juncture and BSNL management is eager to know the outcome of the meeting.  We have to find out the solution for 3rd PRC.  He also stated that the two days discussion is important not only for the association it is for the BSNL management also.  He mentioned that CMD never miss the opportunity to attend the meeting and address the gathering.  But due to his constraint he could not attend the session in person and hence he addressed through video conferencing.    BSNL management has already submitted resources management plan to the DoT for implementation of 3rd PRC.    He also mentioned that Director (HR) was also keen to attend and address the session, but could not make it due to the important assignment.  He has conveyed and read out the message of the Director (HR).    Through her message he has conveyed that to implement the 3rd PRC, efforts are taken by the management under the leadership of CMD and requested every one to come together forgetting the difference and support the BSNL.  He mentioned that the efforts of the GS Com. Prahlad Rai in pursuing the 3rd PRC with various levels and ministers are commendable and due to his efforts, the BSNL management were called by the MoC and the entire BSNL Broad has explained the details to the MoC.  While some associations creates the doubts in the minds and making  fear amongst the members, the approach of Com. Prahlad Rai is in fully in positive direction and thanked Com. Rai in understanding the situation and being in support of the BSNL management.   BSNL management has already explained the source of income to meet the financial burden of BSNL on implementation of 3rd PRC to the Secretary Telecom. The case of payment of pension contribution on the maximum has already been taken up and the amount paid will be received back for which the file is in process with positive remark from all the points.    He assured that implementation of 2nd PRC to the pensioners before the implementation of 3rd PRC.    He also mentioned that the revision of pension of the pensioners is not connected with the profit and loss of the BSNL.  He assured that he will take up the issue with DoT.  As regards the special casual leave to the office bearers of AIBSNLEA, there is a provision in the guidelines of DoP&T and DoT, whereas by oversight or due to other reasons, provision has not been made in the MV.  He assured that fair treatment will be given to both the association.   The issue of Pension contribution of BSNL recruitees, additional 2% is under process and very shortly a favourable decision will be taken by the BSNL MC.  The cadre hierarchy issue is also being considered.    As regards the notional benefit, he mentioned that this issue is of AIBSNLEA only and the issue has already approved by the MC and board approval is awaited.  As regards the issue of donation collection by the association, the matter will be reviewed.  He also mentioned that the HR plan of BSNL is also in the final stage and all the small issued will be resolved.   He assured that any issue will be looked into by sitting together.  Requested everyone to forget the difference and support the BSNL management.  He thanked everyone for the support and having the leader like Com Prahlad Rai.


Com. Amit Gupta, AGS, AIRBSNLEWA:  He mentioned that as on today, there are around 2 lakh pensions those who retired after formation of BSNL.  The pension for the pensioners are paid by the DoT, whereas the medical facilities are given by the BSNL.  There are no one to help the issues of pensions, there is no one to listen to their problems.  When people talk about 3rd PRC, there are many pensioners who has so far not got the 2nd PRC benefit, 78.2 % fitment, etc.  There are no records, in Kerala alone more than 3000 cases are pending.  He mentioned that as per the information received from DoT under RTI, the pension revision of DoT pensioners will be done only if BSNL employees get 3rd PRC benefit.  He personally requested the GM (SR), to take care of the Pensioners’ issue. He requested to develop a cell for Pensioner Relation (PR) like Staff Relation (SR) in BSNL for welfare of the pensioners. <<Photo>>

Implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL-     Process in this regard…….

DPE has issued OM W-02/0028/2017-DPE (WC)-GL-XIII/17 dated 3rd August, 2017 regarding Pay Revision of Board Level and below Board Level executives and Non-Unionised Supervisors of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) w.e.f. 01.01/2017.

As per the presentation submitted by AIBSNLEA CHQ and consistent efforts taken with the Hon’ble MOC , Secretary Telecom, Secretary DPE, and CMD BSNL  for the dispension  in the  affordability clause for BSNL  and extension of 3rd  PRC to BSNL Employees has now been reflected in DPE OM dated 03.08.2017.

In this regard, AIBSNLEA CHQ has written so many letters to Hon’ble MOC/Secretary  DOT/DPE  /CMD BSNL and met them personally stating that as per the Para 5 of the 3 PRC committee recommendations as per the Telecom Policy 1999,  BSNL has been formed to meet out the specific agenda  of Government of India. i.e. providing Telecom Services without any budgetary support and BSNL is paying License Fee, Spectrum charges, and other charges  as per the order of the Government of India from time to time deviating to the agreed principles on 01/10/2000.

A letter written by GS CHQ to Honorable MOC Shri Manoj Sinha Ji  on 08.06.2017 <<<Click here for GS AIBSNLEA Letter>>>>  has been furnished for the reference of our members.  The DPE OM dated 03/08/2017 vide Annexure-II Para II of Page No 19 which is reproduced below.

Affordability to certain types of CPSEs:

b)  The affordability condition shall also be applicable to the CPSEs registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, or under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 (which by the very nature of their business are not-for profit companies) for implementation of the revised compensation structure (including Performance Related Pay) as being recommended for other CPSEs.

c)  There are also certain CPSEs which have been formed as independent Government companies under a statute to perform a specific agenda / regulatory functions. The revenue stream of such CPSEs are not linked to profits from the open market in a competitive scenario but are governed through the fees & charges, as prescribed and amended from time to time by the Government. There is no budgetary support provided by the Government to such CPSEs. In consideration that the impact of the revised compensation structure (including Performance Related Pay) would supposedly form the part of revenue stream for such CPSEs, the affordability condition shall not be applicable to these CPSEs; however the implementation of same shall be subject to the approval of Administrative Ministry upon agreeing and ensuring to incorporate the impact of the revised compensation structure into the revenue stream.

On the basis of the above recommendations now BSNL Board has to recommend implementation of 3rd PRC report with 15% fitment benefit in BSNL and thereafter it has to be sent to DoT for the approval and issuance of the Presidential Directives. We have to impress upon BSNL Management in this regard for an early Board approval and sending to DoT thereafter we have to pursue in DoT for the approval of BSNL Board proposal and early issuance of presidential directives.  

Comrades, as assured by CMD BSNL, the 3rd PRC recommendations has to be approved by BSNL Board for its implementation in BSNL and thereafter to get the approval of DoT for issuance of Presidential Directives.   We are confident that CMD BSNL will fulfill his commitment in this regard. Let us,  concentrate on this issue and pursue vigorously for 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL. Once it is implemented for BSNL Executives it will be implemented for BSNL Pensioners also after that.

04.08.2017: Office Memorandum for implementation of Pay revision in CPSEs.

Department of Public Enterprises issues Office Memorandum for Pay Revision of Board level and below Board level Executives and Non-Unionised Supervisors of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

<<<Click here for the OM>>>

04.08.2017: Meeting with CMD, BSNL:

Com Prahlad Rai  met CMD BSNL on 2-8-17 and discussed regarding:

Implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations with 15% fitment benefits in BSNL: He requested CMD BSNL to use his good office in getting implemented the 3rd PRC recommendations with 15% fitment benefits in BSNL. CMD mentioned that he is already in touch with the concerned DoT officer and MOSC office on this issue. Also waiting for the DPE notification on 3rd PRC implementations wherein it has to be find out that whether the respective Board of PSUs or the Administrative Ministry have been empowered for any type of dispension in the affordability clause of 3rd PRC report. He confidently told that 99% the PRC report will be implemented in BSNL. He assured that the 3rd PRC report implementation in BSNL will be approved by BSNL Board positively. He further advised us to wait for some time and preserve the energy for future actions.

04.08.2017: AIRBSNLEWA West Bengal writes to CCA West Bengal <<Read>>  

21.07.2017: Meeting with PS to Hon'ble MOSC(IC) Shri Niteshwer Kumar :

Com Prahlad Rai met PS to Hon'ble MOSC(IC) Shri Niteshwer Kumar IAS yesterday and discussed ,
Implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL: He requested for the implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit. PS to Hon'ble MOSC(IC) mentioned that yesterday Cabinet has approved 3rd PRC recommendations for PSU's Executives pay hike. DPE will issue notification in this regard shortly and thereafter BSNL (PSU) will send its recommendations for implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL to the DOT (Administrative Ministry) for approval and notification of the Presidential directive. Thus, at the time of DOT consideration period we should meet them. However, he assured Ministry's support for 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL. In view of this, now we have to pursue with the BSNL Board to recommend 3rd PRC implementation with 15% fitment benefits in BSNL. Thereafter only we will pursue in DOT/Ministry for favorable decision. Once the decision is taken for the serving employees of BSNL the same will naturally be extended to pensioners as a precedence. However this time we have to pursue more vigorously for early implementation.  Let us closely monitor and pursue the matter at the appropriate level and appropriate time.

20.07.2017:Courtesy of PTI News......
  • Cabinet clears pay hike for CPSE employees

  • The Cabinet today cleared a 15 per cent hike in salaries for public sector company employees.........Details follows... <<<Click here for The Hindu - Business Line news>>>>

  • Whether it will be implemented for BSNL is not clear. We have to wait for the decision of the administrative ministry's (DOT) decision.

20.07.2017:  Meeting with Secretary (Telecom), DoT, Govt. of India

Com Prahlad Rai Chief Mentor met Secretary (T) DoT yesterday morning and discussed regarding:
Implementation of 3rd PRC recommendation with 15 % fitment benefit to BSNL Executive: He requested for the implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL and pleaded that 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL is must to keep motivated its executives and in the interest of BSNL's viability. Secretary (T) during discussions mentioned that she is aware that BSNL employees are trying their best to turn around BSNL and she is interested that 3rd PRC should be implemented in BSNL but she also have some constraints. We apprised her about our meeting with the Hon'ble MOSC (I/C) and his positive response on 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL but the support of Secretary (T) is also required. Secretary (T) assured to get implemented 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL. We also handed over our letter dated 7.6.2017 addressed to her and a copy of the BSNL's recommendation letter in this regard.is also required.

20.07.2017: Meeting with GM (Admin), BSNL CO:
Com Prahlad Rai Chief Mentor met GM (Admin) yesterday and discussed regarding

a) Inclusion of STD calls in the free calls -
He requested the GM(Admin) to issue revised order by removing the word "Local"from free local calls in the table so that the STD calls can be included in the free calls made by the BSNL pensioners in the similar way of DOT pensioners. GM(Admin) mentioned that the matter has been discussed with GM(Finance)- CFA, who has advise to put up a revised MC Note to correct the error made in the earlier order. GM (Admin) further discussed the matter with GM (Finance)-CFA for it's an early settlement.
b) On line tracking of BSNL Pensioner's Medical vouchers and their status:
He requested to launch a software to facilitate the BSNL pensioners to have on line tracking of their Medical vouchers and their payment status. GM (Admin) mentioned that the matter is under active consideration wherein CGM (ITPC) Pune has been requested to send a expenditure proposal of software and the hard ware systems and its implementation. GM (Admin) further mentioned that he is waiting the reply of CGM (ITPC), Pune in this regard. He assured an early action in this regard.
18.07.2017: THEY BLAMED AIRBSNLEWA AND NOW TRYING TO WALK ON SAME FOOTPRINTS   
 
During preparation of the court case against denial of  pension arrears related to 78.2% IDA fitment w.e.f. 1/1/2007,  AIRBSNLEWA was  bitterly criticized by some pensioner associations for alleged misleading the Members through incorrect information/ false propaganda. They also accused us of  profiteering because we requested our Members, who intended to become co-applicants in the case, to contribute  a meager sum of Rs 200/-  as donation to meet the legal/ associated  expenses related to Court case. As a special gesture, we did not take any contribution from family pensioners  and included their names in the Court Case without any charges.   The Armchair  Association  even branded us as anti-socials for exploiting the senior citizens for individual interest /profiteering.
 
Surprisingly the same Armchair people now have given a call for collection of donation for Rs 500/- from their members for filling the same case in the court. But they are simply collecting the money without making any commitment to the donors regarding  enlisting them as applicants/ co-applicants in the proposed Court Case.
 
It is an established fact now that in 99% of  similar court cases the judgment comes in favor of applicants only because the order of the Court is applicable to Applicants only and contempt petition can also be moved only by the Applicants. That is why as a part of commitment , and to ensure that all  the donor Members  get the benefit,  AIRBSNLEWA insisted that  all the Members/ pensioners who contributed were made co-applicants to the Court case and for that our Advocate filed another  petition simultaneously to allow filing of a common/ joint OA by all the Applicants along with AIRBSNLEWA. But the armchair people are simply collecting the money and the donor pensioners are bound to repent in due course unless all of them are made co-applicants in the Court case.
 
The act of  another Association is even more wonderful. They have asked for a normal donation of Rs 2000/-  from their Members with alternate option of a   Minimum donation of Rs.1000/- from the arrears of  pension  received presently on account of 78.2% IDA revision. They further declared that they are also going to file the court case against denial of  pension arrears related to 78.2% IDA fitment w.e.f. 1/1/2007 without collecting any legal expenses but they will include only those members who paid the donation. But they are also not making the donor pensioners applicant/co-applicant but only submit a list of  such Members/ pensioners along with the petition for the court case. Hence they are also not making the pensioners applicant/co-applicant although collecting money in a different way.
 
We therefore appeal to all the pensioners that  if they wish, they may donate to the respective Associations for perusing the Court Case, but it would be prudent on their part to ensure that they are being made applicants/ co-applicants  of the respective Court Cases otherwise the money they are donating to respective Associations  may not bear the desired result . When they are paying money why they will not be made applicant/co-applicant to ensure the benefit without anybodies gesture or goodwill ???
 16.07.2017:No pay commission, govt to mull raises each year. Read the media Report.
13.07.2017:  PENSION ARREAR CASE ADMITTED IN Pr. CAT DELHI: Our Pension Arrear case for the period 01-01-2007 to 09-06-2013 came up for hearing today. Honble PCAT has admitted the case and asked DOT lawyer to submit reply by 29th August  2017. DOT lawyer asked copies of the verification sheets which our lawyer agreed to supply.

05.07.2017: Meeting Director (HR), BSNL Board, New Delhi:

GS, President AIBSNLEA and GS, AGS of AIRBSNLEWA met Director (HR) and discussed regarding:

A Wrong implementation of Night Free Calling order for the Pensioner: We informed that along with the Implementation of Free Night Calling to the BSNL Pensioners, the STD calls made during day hours are made chargeable and not being adjusted against allowable 550 free calls. The tariff table issued by ITPC Pune was shown to Director (HR). It was also pointed out that although BSNL Pensioners are being charged for those STD calls but for DoT Pensioners it is continued to be free. Director (HR) agreed that such type of discrepancy should not be there and assured to look into.

B Non-implementation of the tracking system for Medical claims of the Pensioners: We pointed out that although it was assured for immediate implementation about one year back but till date no action has been taken so far. Director (HR) immediately instructed GM (Admn.) to take proper action without further delay.  She also requested us to keep her informed about the development.

C Elimination of the present role of BSNL for Pension Revision Work of BSNL Pensioners: We pointed out that at present the responsibility of payment of Pension to BSNL Pensioners lies entirely with Govt. of India. Even then BSNL continued to take the burden of preparing the sanction memes and the calculation sheets. This involves huge man power which is practically wastages. We requested to take up with DoT for revision of the present system and the Pension revision job of the BSNL Pensioner should be done as was done for the Govt. pensioners after 7th CPC. Director (HR) advised to take up the matter with Member (F), DoT for necessary instructions to the CCAs in this regard. However, she assured that she will also take up the matter with Member (F), DoT.

<<<Click here for the letter>>>  <<<Photo>>>

05.07.2017: Meeting with GM (Admn), BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi

GS, President and AGS AIRBSNLEWA met GM (Admn.) and discussed regarding the above issues discussed with Director (HR). GM (Admn) confirmed that Director (HR) has already directed him to take necessary action for the resolution of Item No. A and B above. He assured to discuss the Item No. A with Sr. GM (F-CFA), BSNL Corporate Office for its resolution and for the Item No. B he will discuss with CGM ITPC Pune / GM ITPC Hyderabad for an early solution.

05.07.2017: Meeting with PGM (Estt), BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi

GS and AGS AIRBSNLEWA met PGM (Estt) and discussed regarding

A Elimination of the present role of BSNL for Pension Revision Work of BSNL Pensioners: We pointed out that at present the responsibility of payment of Pension to BSNL Pensioners lies entirely with Govt. of India. Even then BSNL continued to take the burden of preparing the sanction memes and the calculation sheets. This involves huge man power which is practically wastages. We requested to take up with DoT for revision of the present system and the Pension revision job of the BSNL Pensioner should be done as was done for the Govt. pensioners after 7th CPC. PGM (Estt) assured to take up the matter with CCA, DoT.
<<<Click here for the letter>>>

03-07-2017 Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners...How To ??? <<Read the write up>> 
03-07-2017 State Secretary West Bengal Writes to Pr CCA & CGM CTD on mismatch in figures of pending cases on 78.2% pension revision.  <<<LETTERS>>  
01-07-2017 BSNL  SR cell issues letter on status of implementation of 3rd PRC in BSNL. <<Read>>  
01-07-2017 IDA from 1-7-2017  is 119% i.e.  increase of 1.9%     
30-06-2017 MEETING WITH PR. CCA Kolkata  A delegation of AIRBSNLEWA WB met Pr CCA Kolkata Smt. Zaheer in a scheduled meeting at 12.00 hrs today. Sh D Turwar CCA and Sh D Pramanik Dy CCA were also present. The meeting was held in a very congenial atmosphere and AIRBSNLEWA was able to convince the principal CCA about the problems and harassments faced by the pensioners. Following are the gist of the discussions:

78.2% Issue: Pr CCA informed that as on date out of total 7675 cases 6327 cases are settled. Out of remaining 1448 cases about 350 cases are pending for revision and about 550 cases are sent back to BSNL with objections. Remaining about 448 cases CCA is yet to receive the service books from CTD. We pointed out that as per GM HR CTD hardly 100 cases are pending with CTD hence the Names and other details of these 448 cases may be published by CCA. We also requested to publish the detaiils of the 550 cases which has been returned with objections. Pr CCA opined that at this stage the details cannot be given as it will harm the ongoing process of pension revision. However such details may be published at a later stage when the revision work of the pensioners for whom  service books are available will be over. We expressed our dissatisfaction on the progress even after one year of issuance of the order by DOT.

Redressing grivances of the pensioners: We mentioned the harassment faced by the pensioners whose pension has not been revised or received wrong letters and other various problems. Pr CCA opined that she does not want any body to come to his office personally as it may invite some other vices. She wants all pensioners to highlight their problems through e mails to pccakolkata@gmail.com. She assured that all the grievances received on this email will be properly replied within a short period. Those pensioners who doesn't have access on emails may lodge their problems to pension cell phone no 22138500. Their problems will be registered there and redresses will be communicated. If the no 22138500 remain un answered, or not available, or not answered properly, or there is a case of misbehavior the  same may be informed to her PA on 22138821. She assured for proper action. We also pointed out that the toll free helpline is presently not available. She immediately instructed the CCA to find out why it is not working.
Finally at the end we shared with the Pr CCA the harassment faced by the pensioners on every stage related to their pension revision and requested her to explore the possibilities to remove the BSNL's role in this process as now 100% of our pension is paid by DOT.  <<<Minutes Of The Meeting>>

We therefore request all the pensioners of CTD who are having any problem to send email to pccakolkata@gmail.com or to call 22138500. If 22138500 do not extend proper help then don't hesitate to call 22138821 where help will definitely be extended as assured by Pr CCA Kolkata. Share your experience good or bad with sdebhl@yahoo.co.in for further followup.

 30-06-2017 MEETING WITH PR. CCA MUMBAI  The report of the meeting as send by Sh M L Deore DS Nashik is reproduced below:
There was meeting with Pr CCA Mumbai on 28/06/2017. Our delegation consisting of myself , Circle organiser com. S. S. Dhangar , President com. S. N. Kulkarni , Vice President S. S. Mahajan were present. The Pr CCA Monali Dhakate , Joint CCA Ankur sir were present. The issue of 78.2 IDA revised PPO was discussed. The Pr CCA and Joint CCA were very positive and Pr CCA told that the target is already given to complete the work up to 07/07/17. Total 4463 cases are already completed in the last 15 days. The remaining 1595 cases will be completed within 7 days. The other demands were also discussed and she agreed all the demands. The reason of delay of revised PPO work was told the acute shortage of staff and space. In spite of her continuous  follow up , the problem was not solved. Our G. S. is requested to take up the case to solve the problem. 
19-06-2017 OPENING OF NEW BRANCH AT NASHIK: A new branch of AIRBSNLEWA with 80 members is opened at Nashik Maharastra. The GB meeting was held on 17-06-2017 in which the burning issues were discussed like abnormal delay in issuing revised PPOs and Without voucher medical claims. Sh M L Deore Retd DE is the Branch Secretary. Mob 9422250555           
22-06-2017 AIRBSNLEWA writes to Sh Narendra Modi PM on pension revision of BSNL Pensioners.  <<<Letter>>    
22-06-2017 AIRBSNLEWA write to Director (HR) requesting to grant a meeting <<Letter>>             
18-06-2017 All India Status of Different Circles on 78.2% Pension Revision as on 13-06-2017. <<VIEW>>  
14-06-2017  CMD BSNL along with all the BSNL Board members are meeting with Hon'ble MOS (C)  on 16.06.2017 at 2:30 PM demanding 3rd PRC implementation with 15% fitment benefits in BSNL.

Earlier In the meeting conducted by CMD BSNL with the representatives of BSNL Unions/ Associations on 03.06.2017, CMD BSNL categorically told that he will make his best efforts for the implementations of 3rd PRC in BSNL and in case he fails in getting implemented 3rd PRC in BSNL he will resign from the post of CMD BSNL owning the responsibility. It is really appreciable stand of CMD BSNL. We hope that his efforts will be successful and extend our fullest support to him in his endeavor.

If 3rd PRC is implemented in BSNL with 15% fixation, the pensioners retired before 1-1-2017 may naturally expect that their pension revision will also be smooth one at least for this time.

13-06-2017 Com Kishan Singh GS writes to Secretary DOT on abnormal delay in settlement of pending 78.2% IDA Pension Revision cases in various circles.  <<<LETTER>>> 
08-06-2017 BSNL Unions/ Associations leaders meeting with CMD BSNL:  Leaders of BSNL Unions/ Associations met CMD BSNL on 4-6-2017 and discussed regarding implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations with 15% fitment benefits, withdrawal of BSNL orders banning agitation Programme in BSNL premises and vindictive actions taken against Executives Associations General Sectaries. CMD BSNL appreciated their concern and mentioned that his top most priority is to get implemented the 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL. He feels that in case it is not implemented today then it will never be implemented in BSNL. It is the issue of 2 Lacs serving employees Pay revision and 1.5Lacs BSNL pensioner's pension revision. He categorically told that he will leave no stone unturned in ensuring to get implemented 3 rd PRC report in BSNL. He further mentioned that in case he fails to get implemented to 3rd PRC report in BSNL then he will resign from the post of CMD BSNL. On the issue of BSNL unions/ associations strike decision he mentioned that unions / associations should adopt some other methods to impress upon the Govt. for 3rd PRC implementations by organizing "Candle March" "Post Card campaign" etc. rather than conventional method of organizing "Strike" because at this stage BSNL will heavily loose even on one day strike.

DO Letter of CMD to Secretary DoT & DPE  <<Click>>

01-06-2017 Sh Kishan Singh GS AIRBSNLEWA writes to Director (HR) BSNL on how the Night Free Calling Order of BSNL Pensioners has became a bane in place of boon for wrong implementation.   <<Read the Letter>>
21-05-.2017:  BSNL issued order for empanelment of Non-CGHS renowned Hospitals for treatment of BSNL beneficiaries on cash basis at CGHS rate. We have taken up this issue with BSNL in the month of march and accordingly BSNL has issued the order now. <<our letter>>   <<order>> . This will help the pensioners who are now compelled to get the treatment at exorbitant rates from Privete Hospitals on emergency. Circles may now negotiate with the CGMs and also with the Hospitals to make the scheme effective.
21-05-.2017:  BSNL issued order detaling the procedure to migrate to CGHS <<<Read>>>  
18-05-.2017:    Meeting with Addl. Secretary (T), DoT:

Com Prahlad Rai Chief Mentor met with Addl. Secretary (T) and discussed regarding Implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit: He inquired about the outcome of the Group of Secretaries meeting held in Cabinet Secretariat on 12.05.2017 which was attended by Addl. Secretary (T). AST informed that earlier 3rd PRC matter was being dealt by Member (S) but he himself has wrote in the file and transferred the matter to his section to deal the matter. Hence, in the same line of DoT which was earlier presented by Member (S) in the previous meeting of Group of Secretaries. He has also represented the same views of DoT based on the proposal submitted by BSNL and approved from Hon’ble MOS (C).

During the presentation Cabinet Secretary asked to the Group of Secretaries and Secretary DPE that is there any opposition / suggestion / modification in the 3rd PRC Report by the respective Ministries representing various PSUs. Secretary DPE clarified that there is no opposition / suggestion / modification in the 3rd PRC Report but there are some proposals for relaxation in the 3rd PRC recommendations for which Cabinet Secretary mentioned that major deviations from PRC report are not acceptable but some minor deviations / relaxations may be considered by DPE. AST further informed that specific case of BSNL was not discussed in the meeting.

It is under stood that DPE will finalize the 3rd PRC recommendations shortly and there after will submit to Cabinet for approval.

Issue related to IDA Pension revision of BSNL Pensioners was also discussed but Cabinet Secretary categorically told that since Pension revision is not the issue related to PRC hence cannot be discussed in this meeting and may be dealt separately by the concerned Ministry.

09-05-.2017:  Letter addressed to PMO on casual disposal of CPENGRAMS & CPGRAMS cases registered by pensioners at www.pgportal.gov.in to redress their problems. The letter is registered in PMO and waiting for action to be taken. <<< READ>>>  All pensioners having grievances on Pension and Medical issues may continue to post the cases in the portal.  
09-05-.2017:  BSNL CO issues guideline on Medical Reimbursement. <<READ>>  
09-05-.2017:   MEETING WITH CCA NEW DELHI :  Yesterday GS Sh Kishan Singh alongwith Sh. Pallab Bose C.S. U.P(E) circle met Sh. Manish Pathak  CCA in % Pr. C.C.A. Prasad Nagar New Delhi regarding abnormal delay in issuing revised P.P.O.s of BSNL retirees of NTR, NTP & QA Circles in Principal CCA office. CCA informed that the he is already keeping track and sending weekly report to DOT. He assured to expedite the process. They requested him to upload it on Pr. CCA site for information of Pensioners. They had given him representation as attached.
They
also discussed about delay in payment of pension arearers by Post offices for those who are receiving pension through post office. He told them  to take this issue with competent Authority in Deptt. Of Post. They also requested CCA to take up with the nationalised banks about abnormal delay in paying the revised arrears after issue of revised PPO.
 03-05-.2017:    Meeting with Director Postal Accounts  ;
Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary, Com C.S.Verma Circle Finance Secretary AIRBSNL EWA UP (E) met Director Postal Accounts on  2nd May 2017. We expressed  our resentment on delay in payment by Post offices while BSNL Pensioners have received their revised PPO's from CCA UP Lucknow three month back.
Circle Secretary Pallab Bose  told that the after lapse of three  months of the issue of revised PPO's  numbers of pensioners of UPE  are still waiting for their payment from the Post offices of different dist of UPE.
We expressed our serious concern for delay tactice. We have further reminded to DPA  that  Member Finance  dot have already  instructed to all concerned officers to complete this work latest by 18.4.2017.
He assured that within 15 days everyone will get their revised arears as he has deputed special team for this work. 
< <<< Click here for Detail list of revised PPOs issued by CCA UP till date>>>
02-05-.2017:     MEETING WITH DOT OFFICERS
Com Kishan Singh GS today met Sh N. Sivasailam Addl Secretary DOT and expressed our serious concern about the inordinate delay in revising the pension by merging 78.2% IDA from 1-1-2007. He pointed out that it is almost 10 months after issuance of the order and still in many circles even 50% work is not done. AST appreciated his concern and agreed to do the needful. He also advised to meet Member (Finance) and discuss the issue.

Accordingly Com Kishan Singh met Mrs Anuradha Mitra Member (F) DOT . She mentioned that the delay is mainly due to the lapse of BSNL as they are sending wrong calculations and it is a problem for CCAs to correct them. Com GS pointed out that the information is not correct. Number of wrong calculations are very limited. Most of the cases where no such mistakes are there are simply lying in the office of CCAs for months together. He requested to instruct the CCAs to publish the list of pending cases along with target date to have some mental relief to the pensioners who are now suffering from mental agony due to uncertainty. Member (F) agreed to examine the proposal.

Com Singh also met Sh R K Misra Member (S) DOT and appraised him the situation and requested to extend help of his good offices to settle the problem.

A letter Addressed to Sh P. K. Pujari Secretary (T) & Sh. N. Sivasailam Addl Secretary (T) with copy to Member(F), Member(S) and CMD BSNL was handed over to all the officers he met.  <<LETTER>>

25-04-.2017:     BSNL issues instruction for quick disposal of pension cases in CPGRAMS  <<CLICK>>
24-04-.2017:   OPTION FORM FOR WITH/WITHOUT VOUCHER REIMBURSEMENT <<<CLICK>>>    
16-04-.2017:     Pensioners from whom money was deducted at the time of retirement for wrong fixation etc. by DOT Cell and paid less pension, are eligible to get the deducted money back as per Supreme Court , DOT & BSNL orders. AIRBSNLEWA is making effort to organize such pensioners to guide them to get the justice. Pl contact S Banerjee 9433030306 for details.
16-04-.2017:   List of completed 78.2 Fixation cases by CCA CTD in March 2017. <<<List>>>   
11-04-.2017:   OUTDOOR MEDICAL ALLOWANCE WITHOUT VOUCHER RESTORED FOR PENSIONERS   
As already informed to the pensioners by AIRBSNLEWA through Whatsapp a week ago, today BSNL CO has issued the orders allowing pensioners for payment of fixed medical allowances limited to 50% of the annual eligibility and payable in 4 quarterly installments. This payment will be taxable and BSNL will review the order after 6 months. Pensioners willing to have the facility may apply immediately quoting the order. <<ORDER>>
26.03.2017:    DOT & BSNL issued letter indicating status of 78.2% fixation Pan India and instructs to complete the work by 10-04-2017 . click for letters       DOT      BSNL    

23.03.2017:   Meeting with GM (Admn) BSNL CO: Com Prahlad Rai Chief Mentor and AGS (AIRBSNLEWA) Com Amit Gupta met GM (Admn) BSNL C.O. and discussed regarding-

(a) Night free calling facility to BSNL Pensioners on Sunday also:   We requested GM (Admn) to clarify to CGM ITPC to provide night free facility to BSNL pensioners on Sunday also and thanked him for extending this facility on other days on our request.

(b) 500 free calls in addition to general free calls to BSNL pensioners:  We requested to issue order for 500 free calls+ General calls available to BSNL pensioners instead of 500+50 free calls.  GM (Admn) assured to   look in to the matter.

(c) Empanelment of good/big hospitals also on cash payment basis on CGHS rates in case they do not agree  for cashless medical facility  GM(Admn) mentioned that already instructions are there to circles to empanel the good/big hospitals also on CGHS rates.  However he assured to reiterate the order.

(d)  Residential telephone connection to BSNL employees to their native place in place of their service station on their request:  We requested to allow to have residential telephone at the native station to BSNL employees on their request instead of their service station.  GM (Admn) assured to look in to the matter.

(e) BSNL mobile telephone to BSNL executives in Delhi NCR and Mumbai: We requested to provide BSNL mobile telephone connection to BSNL executives in the Delhi NCR and Mumbai area instead of MTNL to avoid disconnections.    Click for the letter submitted   << Letter>>

16.03.2017:  Increase of Gratuity to 20 Lakhs from 1-1-2016. Order issued by DOT. <<Click>>    
16.03.2017:   List of 78.2% IDA cases completed by CCA CTD in Feb 2017   <<Click>>  

10.03.2017:   Meeting with CGM, ITPC Pune and GM (Admn), BSNL CO, New Delhi

Com Prahlad Rai our Chief Mentor met with CGM, ITPC Pune and GM (Admn), BSNL CO and discussed regarding:

A) Creating software for online submission of medical vouchers: He requested CGM, ITPC Pune who was on tour to BSNL CO in the presence GM (Admn) BSNL CO to create a software for online submission of medical vouchers.  CGMT ITPC mentioned that he has already submitted an estimate in this regard to the Admn. Cell of BSNL CO and after its approval the desired software will be prepared. GM (Admn) informed that some queries regarding expenditure has been made to CGM ITPC office. CGM ITPC assured to reply next week itself.

B) Free calls (500+220 calls) instead of (500+50 calls) to BSNL pensioners: He requested to revise the order in terms of 500+220 calls instead of 500+50 calls to BSNL pensioners to facilitate them. GM Admn assured to look into the matter.

09.03.2017:   Night Free Calling facility to BSNL Pensioners Order Issued by BSNL. <click

07.03.2017:   Night Free Calling facility to BSNL Pensioners approved by BSNL.

Com Prahlad Rai our Chief Mentor met with GM (Admn) and discussed regarding BSNL Management Committee approval on Night Free Calling facility to BSNL Pensioners. GM (Admn) informed that the competent authority has approved this proposal and necessary orders will be issued shortly. Consistent efforts only by AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA thus yielded result in getting the proposal approved which was moved from Admn Section after the Directions given by Director (HR) in the informal meeting held with AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA on April 2016. This issue has been constantly pursued by AIRBSNLEWA and AIBSNLEA only since last 11 months.

07.03.2017:   Meeting with Member (S), Telecom Commission, DoT, New Delhi.

Com Prahlad Rai our Chief Mentor along with others, met with Member (S) and discussed regarding:

A Implementation of 3rd PRC Recommendations in BSNL: They requested for the implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL with full fitment benefits. Member (S) informed that already a presentation was made to the group of Secretaries last month on this issue wherein DoT has pleaded for the pension revision of BSNL Pensioners just after the implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations for BSNL serving employees. Also pleaded for enhancement of gratuity of BSNL Pensioners from Rs. 10 Lakh to Rs. 20 Lakhs etc. However, on 10th March 2017 DoT is conducting its internal meeting wherein associated PSUs including BSNL will be giving their presentations in this regard wherein they have to justify that incase 3rd PRC recommendations are implemented with full fitment benefit in what manner the PSU will be meeting its losses. He further mentioned that  BSNL’s presentation is awaited but MTNL has already submitted its proposal. He assured that DoT will try to support the BSNL’s proposal in the Cabinet Secretariat.

B Enhancement of gratuity from Rs. 10 Lakh to Rs. 20 Lakhs for BSNL Pensioners: They requested for issuing the orders for enhancement of gratuity from Rs. 10 Lakh to Rs. 20 Lakhs for BSNL Pensioners from 01.01.2016. Member (S) informed that matter is under active consideration and shortly necessary orders will be issued in this regard.

  17-02-2017:  LIST OF COMPLETED CASES UP TO 15-02-2017 BY CCA WEST BENGAL <<CLICK>>   
  17-02-2017:AIRBSNLEWA UPE expressed serious concern on delay in revision of PPOs ;
 
Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary, Com C.S.Verma Circle Finance Secretary AIRBSNLEWA UP (E) met jt.CCA UP on 23rd Feb 2017.They expressed  our concern  on delay in Revision of PPO’s and consequent HOLD-UP regarding payment of arrears of pension to around 9539 UP(East) BSNL Pensioners / Family Pensioners, who retired from BSNL between Ist October 2000 and 9th June 2013.
Circle Secretary Pallab Bose  told that the  after lapse of eight months of the issue of orders dated 18-7-16 , CCA Lucknow have received only  7216 cases out of 9539  case from different SSA’s of UP East Circle till 23.02.2017 as details given below;
1.Total  Pensioners in UPE :      9539
2. CCA received :                          7216
3. Yet to be receive from different SSAs: 2323 
4. Out of 7216 cases   4873 PPO's issued.
5. 2343 cases are under process.
6. 612 cases is in final stage & 151 PPOs are ready to dispatch as on 23.2.2017
17-02-2017:   Com Kishan Singh GS writes to DIR(HR)    <<CLICK>>
16-02-2017:                           Meeting with GM (A), BSNL Corporate Office.

GS, AGS (HQ) AIBSNLEA and GS AIRBSNLEWA met GM (Admn.) BSNL Corporate Office and discussed regarding:

A Night Free Calling facility for BSNL Pensioners.: They requested GM (A) for issuance of orders in this regard. GM (A) informed that the proposal of allowing Night Free Calling facility for BSNL Pensioners is under consideration of Management Committee of the BSNL Board. The MC has asked some queries which are being replied and shortly some decision will be taken in this regard.

B Online Tracking facility for payment of medical bills of the BSNL Pensioners: GM (A) informed that in this matter CGM, ITPC has been asked to send a revised proposal to prepare a software in view of its financial implications for approval from the competent authority. We requested for an early action in this regard.    

09-02-2017:   LIST OF COMPLETED CASES IN JANUARY 2017 BY CCA CTD    <<CLICK>>
                         LIST OF COMPLETED CASES IN JANUARY 2017 BY CCA WBTC <<CLICK>>
                          (
This list also contains some cases where CBS bank details
                            are required and wrong calculations are done. Pl see at the end
)
27-01-2017:  Mandate Form to be submitted by BSNLMRS Beneficiaries of WBTC <<Click>>
24-01-2017:  SSA WISE ALPHABETICAL LIST OF THE PRE AND POST 2007 PENSIONERS FOR WHOM 78.2% WORK COMPLETED BY CCA WEST BENGAL AND SANCTION MEMOS SENT TO BANK/PO AND TO SSA HEADS FOR DISTRIBUTION TO PENSIONERS   <<<CLICK>>>
19-01-2017:  BSNL CO ISSUED ORDER OVER DELAY IN FIXATION WORK   <<CLICK>> 
16-01-2017:  Pr.CCA Kolkata replies our letter dated 16-12-2016. <<Letter>>     <<Reply>>  
12-01-2017:  LIST OF 421 PRE 2007 CASES SETTLED BY CCA KOLKATA IN NOV 2016  

                        LIST OF 621 PRE & POST 2007 CASES SETTLED BY CCA KOLKATA IN DEC 2016
07-01-2017  Com Kishan Singh GS writes to CMD BSNL for extention of preventive health checking facility grated to serving employees to pensioners also. <<<Read>>>  
03-01-2017  THE BENEFIT OF PENSION ANOMALY CASE IS EXTENDED TO THE APPLICANTS ONLY  
The Principal Bench of CAT New Delhi in its Judgment Dated 16-12-2016 on the Pension Anomaly Case of the BSNL Pensioners retired between 1-10-2000 and 30-06-2001 (OA 2173/2014) extended the benefit only to the 12 applicants although the case was filed by AIBSNLPWA on behalf of 4230 affected pensioners on representative capacity.
<<<Read the Judgment>>>
We have been criticised for involving each and every pensioners as applicants of the present "denial of pension and pensionary benefit cases" by the self styled experts. This Judgment shows that we are in right track, and for ensuring the benefit the pensioners have to be the applicants of the case individually.
Therefore we again request all, not to be misguided but become party of the case being prepared by this Association.
16-02-2017   LIST OF CASES SENT FROM CTD/HQ AREA TO CCA KOLKATA        <<CLICK>>
                    2nd list from HQ area                                              <<click>>
                    LIST OF CASES SENT FROM CTD/PLG AREA TO CCA KOLKATA       <<CLICK>>
                    2ND LIST FROM PLG AREA                                        <<CLICK>>
                    3rd  LIST OF PLG AREA                                           <<CLICK>>
                    LIST OF CASES SENT FROM CTD/SOUTH AREA TO CCA KOLKATA     <<CLICK>>
                    LIST OF CASES SENT FROM CTD/Jadavpur AREA TO CCA /HQ         <<CLICK>>
                    LIST OF CASES SENT FROM CTD/Alipur AREA TO CCA                <<CLICK>>
                    LIST OF CASES SENT FROM CTD/CENTRAL AREA TO CCA             <<CLICK>>
                    LIST OF CASES SENT FROM CTD/CS AREA TO CCA                   <<CLICK>>
                    LIST OF CASES SENT FROM CTD/CS (2nd list) AREA TO CCA           <<CLICK>>
                   

                    PENDING CASES OF PLG AREA. PENSIONERS ARE REQUESTED
                    TO MEET SDE/STAFF/PLG WITH PPO AND REVISED PPO 
            <<CLICK>>

  27.12.2016:    Circle Executive body of UP (East) met with CGMT

Our Circle Executive body of UP (East) Circle had a meeting with Shri T.N.Shukla CGM UP East on 27th December 2016 in his chamber. The meeting was attended by the CGM, & GM (NWP-CFA).& from Association side Com S.M.Abbas Circle President, Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary, Com C.S.Verma Circle Finance Secretary AIRBSNLEWA UP (E).  .

Discussion was held on delay in Revision of PPO’s and consequent HOLD-UP regarding payment of arrears of pension to around 8524 UP(East) BSNL Pensioners / Family Pensioners, who retired from BSNL between Ist October 2000 and 9th June 2013

Circle Secretary Pallab Bose told the Hon’ble CGM that total 8525 BSNL pensioners retired between October 2000 to 9th June 2013 out of which approx.1800 are Executives. In UP (East) Circle is waiting for revision their pension after 78.2% IDA merger. Further he told that the  after lapse of five months of the issue of orders dated 18-7-16 , CCA Lucknow have received only  4210  cases out of  8525  case from different SSA’s of UP East Circle till 20.12.2016. This is approximately 50% of total Pensioners of BSNL UP (East) Circle.

We further informed to CGM UP East that work progress of some SSA’s are worse due to their ignorance towards BSNL Pensioners. These include GMTD Varanasi, PGMTD Lucknow, CTSD Lucknow, GMTD Kanpur, GM Mobile Lucknow, GMTD Sultanpur, GMTD Jhansi, GMTD Lakhimpur, GMTD Mirzapur, GMTD Deoria, TDM Pratapgarh, TDM Ghazipur, Gonda, Raibareily, Bahraich, Banda, Fatehpur, Hamirpur, Jaunpur, Mau, Sitapur, Ballia, Unnao, Farrukhabad etc. We have provided the Detail list of worse SSA’s along with our protest letter address to CGM Up East Circle.

Lastly we have requested to Hon’ble CGM to look into the matter and arrange for expeditors and timely revision of PPO’s for payment of revised Pensioner / Family Pension before 31-12-2016 as targeted/proposed by DOT in OM dated 16th July 2016.

<<< Click for letter >>>  <<< Detail list of SSA wise work progress>>>  

24.12.2016:           Meeting with Dy CCA UP(East) Circle Lucknow.:
Com Pallab Bose CS , Com C.S.Verma Finance Secretary & Com R.N.Singh Auditor of AIRBSNLEWA UP East Circle met Dy.CCA Uttar Pradesh Lucknow on 21.12.2016 for finding the progress of 78.2% IDA merger issue and consequent pension revision It has been learnt that only about 4218 pay fixation memos & pension sanction memos out of 8524 have been received by them from different SSAs, which is approx 50% of the total figure. We further learnt that Out of 4218 cases , 2550 cases have been disposed by CCA UP East as on 19.12.16 and their revised PPO letter is being posted by speed post.
Progress of some SSAs is worse due to their negligence towards BSNL Pensioners. These include: GMTD Varanasi, PGMTD Lucknow, GMTD Kanpur Sultanpur, Jhansi, Mirzapur, Deoria, Pratapgarh, Ghazipur, Gonda, Raiberily, Bharaich, Banda, Fatehpur, Hamirpur, Mau, Jaunpur, Ballia, Unnao.

On this issue they had met with CGMT UP(East), PGMTD Lucknow, DGM(Finance) Lucknow TD, several times in the past and had pointed out the provision of the DOT/BSNL order that the 78.2% IDA merger issue has to be completed by 31-12-2016.Insider sources have speculated that CCA have been reportedly asking for a date extension from D.o.T on this issue and want it extended to March, 2017 as SSAs are not co-operating. All Pensioners/District Secretaries AIRBSNLEWA of above SSAs are requested to pursue their 78.2% IDA merger issue at SSA label.immediately.
24.12.2016:  LIST OF PRE 2007 CASES SETTLED BY CCA KOLKATA IN NOV 2016  
21.12.2016:      CAMP FOR SIGNING COURT PAPERS AT NEW DELHI   
DELHI CIRCLE HAS ARRANGED A CAMP AT CTO AUDITORIUM (DORMITORY) EASTERN COURT ON 22-12-2016 FROM 2 PM FOR SIGNING THE COURT PAPERS. ALL INTERESTED PENSIONERS ARE REQUESTED TO ATTEND THE SAME. PL CONTACT COM KISHAN SINGH 09968270611 FOR DETAILS.
20.12.2016:   YEARLY FAMILY PICNIC OF WEST BENGAL PENSIONERS       
This year the Picnic is arranged at "SEN BAGAN" Pakhiralaya, Shalimar Rathtala Stoppage. The place is 3rd culvert after Kamal Gazi Flyover. From Kabi Subhash Metro by Auto to Pakhiralaya. Date 11th January Wednesday. Pl Contact Animesh Mitra for details 9433098823. Last date of application 4th January 2017
  20.12.2016:     Pensioners of West Bengal Telecom Circle Pl Note that CCA WB Circle has decided to send sanction memo of pension revision cases to the units concerned (wherefrom the cases were received) alongwith the copy of pensioners (since PINCode of all the pensioners are not available). Pensioners are therefore requested to collect their revision of pension sanction memo from the units wherefrom the cases were forwarded to CCA office.
07.12.2016:  Com Kishan Singh writes to Secretary DoT on abnormal delay in implementation of 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners. <<Read>>   
30.11.2016:   About 30 cases are returned by CCA West Bengal for improper bank details. <<<list>>> . All are pre 2007 cases. Concerned pensioners may kindly meet DGM(F) Circle Office. Post 2007 cases received by CCA WB are ok and being processed. About 120 cases are already settled for which sanction memos are issued. 
25.11.2016:        SHAME     SHAME    SHAME  
The ARMCHAIR people have again awaken from their long nap. This time they alleged that in the name of Court Case we are trying to cheat the pensioners for making money for ourselves. They also alleged that  earlier we have congratulated and welcome the order and now we are going against it. Pensioners may see our old news and find that only this Association has written a letter on 13-06-2013 i.e 3rd day of the issue of order to secretary (T) for taking action for the pensioners. <<<view the letter>>>. As regards collecting money for ourselves, such heinous allegation at this stage of life is possible only by those who have mustered the art of swallowing not only Association money but also the three storied building worth 3 crores. By making such statement they are only demonstrating their class to the pensioners. We feel pity for these people.
22.11.2016:   It is most unfortunate that some of our pensioner friends are propagating against the proposed court case saying it will stop the present process of implementation of 78.2% IDA merger
Although it is mentioned in the circular, still it is again reiterated that

THE SAID CASE WILL BE FILED ON SOME DATE ONLY AFTER 15 JANUARY 2017.

It may also be noted that the official last date of implementation is 31st Dec 2016 after which the order stands officially implemented.
What is being done now is only preparatory work, which require considerable time.
Kindly circulate this message to your pensioner friends to clear the confusion if any
  

14.11.2016:   LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF LIFE CERTIFICATE EXTENDED :The last date for submission of the annual life certificate for the government pensioners which is to be submitted in November every year has been extended up to January 15, 2017. <<order>>
10.11.2016:  Com Kishan Singh GS Met GM(Admn) BSNL CO and Discussed :
1) Extension of Night Calling Facility To Concessional Telephones: As proposed by our Association the issue is now in Final stage and will be put up before the management committee next week and after the approval order will be issued.
2)
Tracking Module for medical Bills : As per our proposal the module is finalized and will be launched by CMD BSNL shortly.
  
07.11.2016:  Reply from DoP & PW on RTI querry made by Com Amit Kumar Gupta AGS.   
Com Gupta has submitted a RTI querry to DOP&PW on 07-09-2016 asking applicability of the paragraphs 2.1 and 7(a) of its OM no DoP & PW vide O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016 on implementation of 7th CPC, which reads as below  <<<Read the Application>>>
para 2.1, These orders shall apply to all pensioners / family pensioners who were drawing pension / family pension before 01.01.2016 under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules 1972.
para 7(a) The cases of Central Government employees who have been permanently absorbed in public sector undertaking / autonomous bodies will be regulated as follows:-

When the Government servants on permanent absorption in public sector undertaking / autonomous bodies continue to draw pension separately from the Government, the pension of such absorbees will be updated in terms of these orders
The question and replies of DoP&PW is as below. It can be seen from the response that DOP&PW has deliberately avoided all the quarries.   <<<CLICK TO VIEW THE LETTER>>>

S No Quarry Response
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1.    The pensioners of which departments /PSUs will be covered under the provision of above two paras 2.1 & 7(a). of  DoP & PW vide O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016.

The position regarding applicability of O M dated 4-8-2016 has been indicated in the O M itself. The CPIO has no further information to provide.
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1.    Whether the absorbee pensioners of BSNL, who fulfil the conditions mentioned in para 2.1 & 7(a) of the said order are covered by the said order and their pension will be revised from 1-1-2016 in terms of the said order DoP & PW O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016.

In Respect of point nos 2 to 5 regarding absorbee pensioners of BSNL/MTNL who are getting pension under IDA pattern, Orders for revision of pension etc are issued by DOT. A copy of your RTI application is also being transferred to CPIO, DOT for providing the requisite information to you directly.
3 Whether the absorbee pensioners of MTNL, who fulfil the conditions mentioned in para 2.1 & 7(a) of the said order are covered by the said order and their pension will be revised from 1-1-2016 in terms of the said order dated 4-8-2016
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1.    If the answer to the questions 2 above is negative, then kindly furnish the information on BSNL absorbees ineligibility of getting covered under the order dated 4-8-2016 in spite of fulfilling the conditions laid down in para 2.1 & 7(a) of the said order DoP & PW O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016

5 If the answer to the questions 3 above is negative, then kindly furnish the information on MTNL absorbees ineligibility of getting covered under the order dated 4-8-2016 in spite of fulfilling the conditions laid down in para 2.1 & 7(a)  of the said order DoP & PW O.M. F.No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016
05.11.2016:  Various Circulars issued by Finance Ministry/Reserve Bank on Pension issue.

1) Circular BY Reserve bank of India on Excess Payment Made tp Pensioners <<< Read>>>

2) Circular By Finance Ministry to Banks on Automatic Restoration of Commuted and Additional  Pension    <<< Read>>

3)Clarification issued By Finance Ministry to Banks on various points raised by Prnsioners Associations <<<One>>>
   <<<Two>>>    
23.10.2016:   West Bengal Telecom Circle Issued a fresh letter to AIRBSNLEWA canceling the earlier communication, which was full of mistakes.  <<< View The Fresh Letter>>> 
22.10.2016:   AIRBSNLEWA UP(E) meets Addl GM UP(East) :On 19th October 2016 Com Pallab bose CS along with Com C.S.Verma Finance secretary & Com R.N.Singh Auditor met Sh H.R.Choudhary Addl. G.M UP(East) Circle on 18-10-2016 at his chamber and discussed the issue of 78.2% IDA merger from 1-1-2007 and consequent pension revision. We pointed out the provision of the order that the Job has to be completed by 31-12-2016. We requested him to issue a letter to all SSA heads for early sending of pension cases with the service books of their pensioners and fixation memos along with prescribed Performa with a time limit so that the time frame given by DOT materializes. Circle Secretary Com Pallab Bose mention that, procedure of working in our Circle is not satisfactory. We have clearly told that delay tactice of Circle pension cell will not be be tolerate by our Association. Shri H.R.Choudhary Addl G.M.(Admn) appreciates our concern for pension arrear of BSNL pensioners & assured to take necessary action and also said that he himself and PGM (Admn) will speak to CCA UPE regarding this issue. He immediately instructed to his his pension cell to issue a letter to CCA UPE & all concern with necessary instruction.
The whole issue was discussed in detail with at length for about one hour in a very congenial atmosphere and assurance of Addl G.M.(Admn) was very positive.
22.10.2016:    INCREASE OF GRATUITY FROM 10 LAKHS TO 20 LAKHS. Com Kishan Singh GS met DDG(ESTT) DOT yesterday and discussed about raising the gratuity limit to 20Lakhs as per 7th CPC recommendations TO BSNL pensioners retired after 1-1-2016. DDG (Estt) Sri S K Jain informed that the issue is under consideration.

He also Met in PFP section DOT for entry in PPO as per DOT order No4-12/1/2012 – PAT (pt) Dt. 18.10.2016 for C.G.H.S card it was informed that work will be started soon.

Then he met GM (A) in BSNL C.O about s/w developed by ITPC Pune for medical reimbursement of pensioners for it's date of inauguration. It is told that this may be done before Diwali and information of date will be given.

About night free calls facility to pensioner on concessional telephone, some queries have been raised which will be replied soon.

22.10.2016:  DOT issues further clarification on Extension of CGHS facilities to MTNL/BSNL pensioners for determining Grade Pay and Ward entitlement.  <<<< ORDER>>>>
22.10.2016:  Yesterday Circle office Bearers of West Bengal Circle Met CCA & Deputy CCA CTD for finding the progress of 78.2% IDA merger issue. It is learnt that only about 700 service books are received by them which is only 12% of the total figure. They requested to issue a reminder to CGM CTD for expediting the work. It is also learnt that the cases received will be settled in FIFO basis. Copy of the revised PPO issued to the BANK will also be send to the concerned pensioners simultaneously.

Next they had a meeting with PGM CTD and discussed
 1 ) Empanelment of Hospitals on Cash Basis Treatment at CGHS rate as per BSNL CO order.
 2)  Inclusion of 17 more hospitals in the approved list of 233 Hospitals.
 3)  Issuing guidelines to the areas for following uniformity of rules on various points.

PGM agreed on all the points and instructed to process the issues. 

19.10.2016:   ORDERS ARE ISSUED BY West Bengal Telecom Circle : As reported by us yesterday, as a follow up action of our yesterdays SIT IN STARVATION and the decisions taken in the subsequent meeting with the CGM, WBTC today issued two letters one addressed to our Association and other to All SSA heads. The decision of stopping of collecting written information from pensioners has not mentioned in the letters. We have pointed out the same and expect  a corrective letter tomorrow. <<<<<< Click for the letters>>>>>
18.10.2016:  ANOTHER GREAT VICTORY FOR AIRBSNLEWA TO THE CAUSE OF PENSIONERS  :
As notified the SIT IN STARVATION program started before CGM WBTC sharp at 10 AM today to protest against  inaction to implement 78.2% IDA merger work and non payment of Medical Bills since February 2016. As We just started the SIT IN program, Senior GM (F) Mrs Rupa Paul Chaudhury came to the corridor and requested us not to sit in the corridor as she fell ashamed to see the seniors in this condition. She requested to come and sit us in her chamber instead. We politely refused and said that we shall observe the program as scheduled. She went to her chamber and send water bottles for us.

Next, CGM entered in his chamber and immediately called us for discussion as he will be leaving for another meeting with the Chief Secretary West bengal at 11 AM. Sh Amit Gupta on behalf of the Association went to his chamber and informed that our discussion cannot be held in a hurried way. Let him complete the meeting with the Chief Secretary, we may hold our meeting afterwards. CGM expressed his sorrow and requested not to sit in the corridor, instead we may sit in some room. We said that we are comfortable in the corridor and wait for his return.

On his return the meeting took place at 3 PM. From our Side Coms D Biswas, S Sarkar, P M Chattaopadhayay, M Roy, S Mukherjee, A Gupta, T Mukherjee, P.Ghosh, P K Samanta, S Chatterjee, and from Management side, CGM, GM (HR), Sr GM(F), DGM(F), AGM(HR), AO(Cash) etc participated. At the outset CGM expressed his sorrow again for this developments which led us to stage this SIT IN STARVATION and said that he never knew that such frustration has developed in the mind of the pensioners, He requested the officers on management side to behave polite and gentle to the elders and to the ladies even if they speak irrelevant. He further said quoting in Sanskrit that whatever is due to anybody has to be paid in due time otherwise it loose its importance. He also mentioned that such inefficiency he has inherited due to legacy but he shall try to improve the situation.

In reply we pointed out that we are also not happy to stage such demonstration at this old age and sitting in the floor for so many hours in starvation, but the situation has compelled us to do so. The situation could have been avoided if management held the discussion one day early. We pointed out the stereo typed letter send to us by email yesterday signed by DGM(F). In the said letter it was claimed that " West Bengal Telecom Circle is well aware of its responsibility on both reimbursement of medical bill as well as work related to 78.2% IDA merger". <<<Click for letter>>> But the fact is that after issue of the 78.2% IDA order by BSNL, 3 months have elapsed but circle office could not send even 3 service books to CCA office. Also on medical issue bills are pending for nine months and now it is mentioned in the same letter that 60 more days are required. Under this situation how the management can put a tall claim that it is well aware of its responsibility. We mentioned that as per corporate office guidelines medical bills are to be paid within 30 days of claim but here it is being officially said that the period will be of one year.
On 78.2% issue we pointed out that unless the fixation is done by 31st October and the service books are send to the CCA office, we cannot get the payment by 31st December as notified by DOT since further works are involved in CCA office and in respective banks.. Further the practice introduced by WBTC to fill up a form mentioning personal details of the pensioners should immediately be stopped. Because it will never be possible to contact all pensioners particularly family pensioners and gr D pensioners who are now away to their native places in Bihar and UP and therefore their particulars cant be obtained from them and as a result their pension will remain unrevised. We demanded suitable time bound action so that we get the payment as scheduled.

In reply Sr GM(F) has fully appreciated our points and appealed us to give some time to rectify the work procedure of circle. She also while recalling her old experience with many of us expressed her sorrow for the harassments caused to us and assured that she will take care so that similar situation do not repeat again. Ultimately the following decisions are taken as per our suggestion and demand.

1) Hence forth the format of the claim form for medical bill will have two more items:

  • The HR No or Vendor Code : For those pensioners who had HR NO at the time of retirement shall mention the same and those who did not have will leave the item blank for the first bill. Circle Office will issue a Vendor Code from the pool and fill it up in the blank and simultaneously intimate the pensioner on his mobile. From next bill onwards the pensioner will have to mention the same in the claim form.
  • There won't be any TDS for the medical bills for pensioners hence fourth. For this at the end of the form a declaration will be there stating that the TDS may not be done and the required I Tax will be paid by the pensioner.
    The revised claim form will be issued by the circle shortly. We shall upload the same in our website in due course.

2) The present practice of filling up the format by the pensioners will be stopped by all SSAs. Necessary fixation work for 50% of Pre 2007 cases and 50% of post 2007 cases are to be completed by all SSAs by 31st October and sent to the CCA. Remaining 50% work to be completed by 15th Nov 2016 by all SSAs.

3) Sr GM (F) Mentioned that as per her knowledge no medical bills are pending before April 2016. If any such cases are there the Association may submit those directly to her. However all Pending bills from April to Sept 2016 will be paid by 15th Nov 2016 positively. We request all pensioners to submit the details of the pending bills submitted before April 2016 by SMS to 9433000088 mentioning Name, Designation, HR no, Office, Date, Amount etc immediately for further submission to Sr GM(F).

4) One Form for ERP to be submitted by all pensioners who did not have HR NO. The Form will be issued by AGM (HR) soon. We shall upload the same when received.

The meeting ended with a happy note and with CGM's comment that "we will meet again on 1st December to review the situation".

Necessary executive order mentioning the above points will be issued tommorow(19/10). We shall upload them as and when received.

Thus today's SIT IN STARVATION program is a great success. It will extend required benefit to all the pensioners. About 80 members of AIRBSNLEWA took part in the program. We salute them. As committed by AIRBSNLEWA to protect the pensioners right of pension and medical, this is another victory for all pensioners executive or non executive. <<<<click to view glimpses>>>>

05.10.2016:   AIRBSNLEWA served notice for "Sit In Starvation" before CGM WBTC's chamber on 18-10-2016 to protest aginst indifferent attitude in solving the issues of pensioners. <<VIEW THE NOTICE>>
03.10.2016:   CIRCLE CONFERENCE OF WEST BENGAL STATE BRANCH  
3rd Circle conference of West Bengal State held on 1-10-2016 at CTO auditorium Kolkata. From CHQ New Delhi Com GS & Com President has attended the conference. CHQ office bearers from Kolkata VP, AGS-1 & OS (E) also attended. It was also attended by 300+ members. 11 new life  members were enrolled and 58 life members have cleared their donation. The meeting started at 2.15 PM with president's address and observation of 2 mins silence in memory of departed pensioners. Circle Secretary Com Sitanshu Sarkar placed his report , which was unanimously accepted by the house. <<REPORT>>. Financial audited report for last 3 years placed by Com Prasun Madhab Chattopadhyay was also accepted. <<<FIN Reort>>> President CHQ Com Rakesh Srivastava and GS Com Kishan Singh in their deliberations covered all the achievements of this Association and also present developments of various issues. Com P Mukhopadhyay CS/CTD and Com A Bose acting CS/WBTC also graced the occasion. New committee was formed at the end of the meeting, The house nominated two Absorbee Ex GMs Sh P K Chakrabarty & Sh S K Koyal as Advisors to the State Committee.
<<<<< Glimpses>>>>    <<<<< New State Committee>>>>>
 28.09.2016:   GS AIRBSNLEWA, Com Kishan Singh writes to the Secretary DOPT for issuing further clarification to the memo no 18/03/2015- ESTT. (Pay-I) Dt 2-3-16 issued on Recovery of Excess / wrongful payment made to the employees at the time of retirements. CLICK
He also wrote to Com S C Maheswari SG BPS for taking up the issue in SCOVA meeting . CLICK   
  18.09.2016:                                  3rd CIRCLE CONFERENCE of West Bengal    
AIRBSNLEWA West Bengal has notified its 3rd Circle conference at CTO Auditorium on 1st October 2016 at 13-00 Hrs. President and GS CHQ will attend the occation. click for the Notice
15.09.2016:  BSNL Corporate office issues Guidelines regarding recovery of excess/ wrongful payments made to employees of BSNL at the time of Retirement. In this regard it has been requested that wherever, waiver of recovery is considered necessary in the light of the decision of Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case of State of Punjab & Others vs Rafiq Masih (White Washer) etc. in CA No. 11527 04 2014 (arising out of SLP (C) No. 11684 of 2012), the proposal may be sent to DoT through the concerned cadre controlling branch in BSNL Corporate Office giving full justification and expenditure involved along with recommendations of HOC and IFA. <<<Click here for the letter>>>  <<<< Supreme Court Order>>>   <<<<<<DOPT Order 18/03/2015-Estt. (Pay-I) DT 2-3-16>>>

ALL PENSIONERS WHO'S PAY & PENSION WAS REDUCED BY THE CONCERNED CCA UNITS AND RECOVERY WAS MADE AT THE TIME OF RETIREMENT MAY NOW APPLY TO THE CGMs FOR WAIVER OF THE AMOUNT RECOVERED AND RE FIXATION OF PENSION AND PENSIONARY BENEFITS WITH COPY TO CONCERNED CCAs.

AIRBSNLEWA is the only Retired Association who uploaded the Judgment on 26-12-2014 and wrote to Secretary(DOT) for implementation of the Judgment in BSNL <<Click for the letter>>

15.09.2016:  BSNL Corporate Office issue orders regarding 60:40 annulment.  Click
15.09.2016:     As a Follow up action of our meeting with GM(HR) Calcutta Telephones on 24-08-2016, the CTD management has issued orders on
1) On Time Bound Programme for 78.2% Fixation Work    CLICK FOR ORDER
2) On Submission of monthly report on Medical Bills          CLICK FOR ORDER

08.09.2016:   Meeting with GM (Admn.), BSNL Corporate Office:

Com Prahalad Rai along with the GS AIRBSNLEWA Com Kishan Singh met with GM (Admn.), BSNL Corporate Office.

A Outdoor medical bills reimbursement: We expressed our anxiety regarding delay in the preparation of the   web based application to monitor the progress of the payment of the medical bills. GM (A) informed that he has spoken to CGM ITPC today itself who has informed that the said application is ready and asked to depute some officer from BSNL CO. GM (A) mentioned that he is deputing one DGM level officer to ITPC in the next week. CGM ITPC has assured to commission the said web based application for the use of our pensioners within this month.

B Free calls as per BSNL order in concessional telephones: They mentioned that the free calls allowed in the concessional telephones are 500+50 calls which should be 500+220 calls to BSNL as per order of BSNL dated 20-07-2007.  We again reiterated that we are not asking to enhance the ceiling limit on concessional telephones to BSNL pensioners. We are demanding just to allow the free calls allowed to the General Subscribers over and above the calls allowed for the pensioners and again submitted a letter in this regard. <<<<Click here for copy of the letter >>>  GM (A) appreciated our concern and assured to look into.

C Allowing night calling facility in concessional telephones: They mentioned that the free Night Calling Facility as introduced in land line phones has not been extended so far to the concessional land line phones for pensioners. GM (A) informed that a proposal in this regard is in pipe line wherein competent authority has asked him to discuss the issue with Finance Wing. GM (A) assured for an early action in this regard.

GM (A) further mentioned that recently BSNL entered into an MoU with Apollo Pharmacy wherein Apollo Pharmacy unit of Apollo Hospital Enterprises Limited has offered (a) 12% discount on Pharma Products, (b) 5% discount on FMCG products (daily used items e.g. soaps, shampoos etc.) and (c) 15% on PL (Aplollo Pharmacy products). However, this offer would not be valid for (i) Apollo Pharmacies based in a Hospital premises and (ii) DPCO medicines.  <<<<Click here for copy of the letter >>>. Any BSNL employee/pensioner can avail this discount just by showing his/her Identity Card on the counter of Apollo Pharmacy. We welcome the move of BSNL Management for the benefit of BSNL employees/pensioners

08.09.2016:  SPECIAL GB MEETING OF UP(E) CIRCLE      
Well organized historical General body meeting  of  “ALL INDIA RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION” UP(East)  Circle  was held on 3rd September 2016 at “HOTEL  SAPNA  CLARKS  INN” Ring road  Lucknow  in presence of our General Secretary Com. Kishan Singh,  A huge gathering of BSNL pensioners  from Lucknow and different district of Utter Pradesh has attended the meeting which lasted for more than four hours. The meeting hall was jam packed. CLICK FOR FULL REPORT
CLICK FOR GLIMPSES

MEETING WITH CCA UP :
Today(7-9-16) morning at 11:00 hrs. Com Pallab Bose CS & Com C.S.Verma Finance Secretary met Shri Uday Bhan Tewari CCA Uttar Pradesh in his chamber and discussed the issue of 78.2% IDA merger from 1-1-2007 and consequent pension revision. We pointed out the provision of the order that the Job has to be completed by 31-12-2016. We requested him to issue a letter to CGM UP (East) for early sending of pension cases with the service books of their pensioners and fixation memos along with prescribed Performa with a time limit so that the time frame given by DOT materializes. Dy CCA Mr. Angad Singh was also present in this meeting. Circle Secretary Com Pallab Bose mention that , CCA WB has issued a letter along with required Performa to concerned officers, but unfortunately no such letter has been issued in our Circle till date.
Shri Uday Bhan Tewari CCA appreciates our concern regarding pension arrear of BSNL pensioners & assured to take necessary action within two days. He has immediately instructed to his Dy CCA Mr. Angad Singh to issue a letter along with prescribe Performa to all concern with necessary instruction.
The whole issue was discussed in detail with at length for about one hour in a very congenial atmosphere and assurance of CCA Uttar Pradesh was very positive.

07.09.2016:   Meeting with CGM UP(East) Circle Lucknow.:

Our UP (East) Circle had a meeting with Shri T.N.Shukla CGM UP East on 2nd Sept. 2016 in his chamber. The meeting was attended by the CGM, & GM (NWP-CFA).& from Association side Com Kishan Singh GS, Com A.K.Jain CHQ Finance Secretary, Com Pradip Goyel AGS, and Com S.M.Abbas Circle President, Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary, Com C.S.Verma Circle Finance Secretary AIRBSNLEWA UP (E).  .

Com Kishan Singh GS AIRBSNLEWA apprised to CGM regarding the issues raised by our Association at CHQ Delhi level. He told that he is very much serious about the welfare and issues of our retired executives. He appreciated the role of our Chief mentor Com Prahalad Rai in our Association.

Further the discussion was held on the following issues:

 (1) 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners: - Circle Secretary Pallab Bose told the Hon’ble CGM that total 8000 BSNL pensioners retired between October 2000 to 9th June 2013 out of which 1800 are Executives. In UP (east) Circle is waiting for revision their pension after 78.2% IDA merger.Further he told that the present practice which is followed for revision of pension of BSNL pensioners in that BSNL offices have to issue individual pay fixation memos & pension sanction memos send it to the concerned CCA  offices along with the service books and only thereafter CCAs take action to notify the banks for payment order .  Such process requires considerable manpower and time, and pensioners had to wait indefinitely for completion of the process with anxiety and worry.  

Circle Secretary requested to CGM that without his interference, pensioners could not get their pension arrears well in time.  In this regard CGM appreciated our concern and assured for early action.However, CGM further assured to discuss the matter with CCA Utter Pradesh for an early action.

 (2) Payments of pensioner’s medical claims within one month time as per BSNL CO order: -  Regarding medical claims we told that although the overall situation is better now still in some areas the delay is prevailing specially in  some SSA’s.

(3) Stepping up case of Sh B.R.Singh retd DE Mau.:  We requested to instruct the concern officer to recheck the stepping up case of Shri B.R. Singh as per JTO training mark sheet, (because as per marks, Sh B.R.Singh is senior then Sh C.P.Singh) and issue the order accordingly.

(4) Maintenance of Land line & broad band connection: - CS told that retired executives of our Association are very much depressed as their service telephone connection as well as broad band connection are not properly maintaining in some area. We have intimated some Tel. no to the CGM which is faulty since last one year.

The Meeting lasted for one hour in a very congenial atmosphere and assurance of Hon’ble CGMT was very positive.         

05.09.2016:(13-00 hrs)    MEETING WITH CCA WEST BENGAL: Com Amit Gupta, Sadhan Chatterjee and Manas Roy met Shri Abhoy Singh CCA West Bengal today morning. Sh Joydeep Guha Jt CCA was also present. Two CAOs were also in the meeting. Our discussion was centered on the letter submitted on 31-08-2016. <<CLICK>> We highlighted the difficulties if ADHAR is linked with pension revision. CCA informed that they had already taken decision on last Friday and necessary order delinking ADHAR will be issued today. It was further clarified by him that for pre 2007 pensioners Service Book need not be sent by the SSAs, the same has to be sent for post 2007 pensioners. Single service book should not be sent, it has to be sent in batches of 10 service books or more. He also informed that 3 consultants are being appointed from pensioners by interview to complete the Pension Revision work within scheduled date.  
The order is issued in the afternoon. <<<<Click>>>>

Further the CCA discussed some issues of pensioners which are being planned by DOT/CCA Office.
1) Holding of Pensioners Meet in SSAs on Regular Basis : On 23rd Sept '16 One Pensioners Meeting will be arranged at Asansol. About 20 PPOs will be handed over to the pensioners retired recently. The problem and suggestion from  the pensioners/ pensioner Association also will be heard. Similarly another meeting will be arranged in Siliguri in November. The Ultimate plan of the CCA office is to hold monthly (First week of the month)  pensioner meets at Five SSAs which are Buisness Heads. In these meeting PPOs of the pensioners of nearby SSAs who retired in previous month will be handed over. Thus present delay caused by the banks will be avoided.
2) Functioning of CCA office as Pension Disbursement Office (PDO) : Along with the present method of pension disbursement through Banks and Post Offices, CCA office will disburse the pension directly to the account of the pensioners. This system will be optional and pensioner can choose this method if he desires. We pointed out that the system is good but there may be difficulty in submission of life certificate which presently done in banks or Post Offices near to pensioners address. CCA appreciated the point and assured to find out a solution of this difficulty in the proposed system.
The Meeting lasted for 45 Mins. in a very congenial atmosphere.
31.08.2016:   DOT issues order mentioning the rate of contribution to be paid and entitlement of wards by BSNL/MTNL pensioners who are willing to have medical facilities under CGHS . This is an achievement of AIRBSNLEWA who were in constant negotiation with DOT & BSNL since last 2 years. Click for the Order

Now as usual the credit is claimed by the "Armchair Association", who claims that this has been issued as a result of their letter to Dir (HR) BSNL only on 4-8-2016. This is an old game being played by them. "Watch the developments of the issues taken up by others sitting in the armchair. When the issue is about to be matured write a letter creating the ground and then claim the credit when the issue matures". In the same way this association has created ground for the issues of Free Night Calling Facility to Concessional Telephone and Medical Bill Tracking Module for pensioners as the issues are near settlement after continuous negotiation by AIRBSNLEWA since last 10 months.  

31.08.2016:   Meeting with Different officers: Com Amit Gupta & Com Sadhan Chatterjee met various officers on pensioners issue on 31-08-2016:
1) Sr GM(Fin) West Bengal Circle : They met Smt Rupa Pal Choudhuri Sr GM(F) and discussed the problem developed due to the letter of CCA WB making ADHAR as mandatory item for pension revision work. Copy of our letter to CCA was given to her for necessary action. She appreciated the problem and assured to discuss with CCA WB. She also requested us to inform the outcome of our meeting with CCA WB next week.  
2) CGM West Bengal Telecom Circle: They met CGM WBTC Sri R N Jha and appraised him also the problem developed. CGM was of the opinion that since linking of ADHAR is a policy of present central Govt. there is nothing wrong to link it with pension revision work. ADHAR No and PAN no has to be entered in the service book. They informed him about the KYP drive undertaken by Pr. CCA last year and almost information of 9000 pensioners are already available with Pr CCA which can easily be shared by CCA WB instead of repeating the whole process by the SSA heads of WBTC. CGM appreciated our view and assured to initiate necessary action in consultation with his management.
3) CCA Calcutta Telephones: They met Sri Dekhu Turwar CCA Kolkata in the afternoon and discussed the issue of 78.2% IDA merger from 1-1-2007and consequent pension revision. They pointed out the provision of the order that the Job has to be completed by 31-12-2016. They requested him to issue a letter to Calcutta Telephones for early sending of the service books and fixation memos with a time limit so that the time frame given by DOT materializes. The whole issue was discussed at length for about 30 minutes and it was explained to him that this issue is a different one than the implementation of 7th CPC order. Sri Turwar assured to take necessary action within next Monday.

4) They also met DGM (S&M) CTD, DE (HCU) CTD regarding empanelment of CGHS approved Hospitals on cash basis at CGHS rates and on disposing the cases registered in CPGRAMS with vague remarks. Both has assured for early action on respective issues.

29.08.2016:   Com Kishan Singh writes to Member(Services) DOT protesting action of CCA West Bengal on linking of ADHAR with pension revision.  CLICK     
27.08.2016:   CCA West Bengal issues order for implementation of 78.2% IDA merger from 1-1-2007. In the proforma to be submitted by the SSA heads , ADHAR NUMBER is made mandatory also PAN NO and CONTACT NO to be mentioned. CLICK FOR THE ORDER 
25.08.2016:   Meeting With GM (HR) Calcutta Telephones. As scheduled and with GM (F) West Bengal Telecom Circle.on 24-08-2016: For detail report pl visit West Bengal Page

24.08.2016:   Meeting with Member (Services), Department of Telecommunication, New Delhi

Com Prahlad Rai along with GS of AIRBSNLEWA met with Member (Services), Department of Telecommunication, New Delhi and apprised him  about the present practice which is followed for revision of pension of BSNL pensioners is that BSNL offices have to issue individual sanction memos and send it to the concerned CCA offices along with the service books and only thereafter CCA s take action to notify the banks for payment order. Each time when there is a pension revision, BSNL has to undertake this workload although it has got no relation with the process of pension revision. In 2011 BSNL thus issued revised pension memo for about 1 lakh pensioners and this time again it has to repeat the process for 78.2% IDA merger from 1-1-2007 for same no of pensioners retired before 1-1-2007. After implementation of ongoing 3rd PRC recommendation, BSNL has to issue similar sanction memos for about 2 lakh pensioners retired till 1-1-2017.

 

They mentioned that the such process requires considerable manpower and time. And the pensioners had to wait indefinitely for completion of the process with anxiety and worry. This process can be made simplified and the role of BSNL in this process may completely be eliminated as BSNL has got no responsibility now regarding payment and revision of pension.

 

While implementing the VII CPC recommendations, the DOP&PW has ordered vide Para 9 of its OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016 for adoption of the  procedure for revision of pension of the existing pensioners/family Pensioners by authorizing the disbursing authorities including the public sector banks to disburse revised pension without waiting for further authorization from Accounts Officers/ CCAs  concerned. Similar procedure was followed while implementing VIth CPC recommendations by Govt. of India in the year 2006.

 

They requested Member (S) to follow the same principle for the BSNL pensioners also for the pension revision, which  has been laid down by DOP&PW for Central Govt. Pensioners. This will reduce the volume of work in BSNL Offices for the pensioners already retired before the date of effect of such pension revision. However where the question of pension revision requires pay revision also as the case of implementation of 78.2% IDA for the present pensioners retired between 1/1/2007 1and 9/6/2013, BSNL offices will have  to prepare the revised pension papers/ calculation sheets.

 

Member (S) gave a patient hearing and assured to look into. <<<Click here for the letter given to Member (S)>>>>

18.08.2016:   Estt. Cell of BSNL Corporate Office issued order regarding detail process for revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners/ family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/ DR with Basic Pay /Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/ DR for the purpose of fitment.  <<<<Click here for Letter and Annexure-I>>>>    <<<Annexure-II & III>>>   <<<Annexure-IV & V>>>
17.08.2016:   GS AIRBSNLEWA Com Kishan Singh writes to Member (Services) DOT and Director (HR) BSNL for removal of existing practice of issuing sanction memos by BSNL for pension revision cases and to follow the instructions contained in the DOP&PW  order vide Para 9 of  OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016 for adoption of the  procedure for revision of pension of the existing pensioners/family Pensioners by authorizing the disbursing authorities including the public sector banks to disburse revised pension without waiting for further authorization from Accounts Officers/ CCAs  concerned . <<< Click for the letter>>>

2) He also writes to GM (Admn I) BSNL to issue order to have the trial run of the demo module being developed by ITPC for tracking the medical bill of the pensioners at Calcutta Telephones, as the problem is maximum in that circle. <<< Click for the letter (3rd page)>>>

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