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22.09.2022 Status on Rule-206 of SDESs seniority case of MTNL came for hearing today in SC:-  Today MTNL case was listed in three judge bench comprising of Hon’ble judges DRD.Y.CHANDRACHUD HIMA KOHLI , PAMIDIGHANTAM SRI NARASIMHA as item no. 106 but on the request of applicants advocates case was heard just at the start of court assembly. Applicants advocates started arguments and told the court the history of whole of the case starting from 2009 PB CAT judgement. Court heard the arguments with all patience. Keeping in view the mood of court MTNL Advocate decided to withdraw but other side advocates insisted for an order. As told by applicants advocates the judgement of PB CAT of 2009 is upheld. PB CAT Judgement is already upheld by Punjab & High court in 2011. This judgement was further upheld by Supreme Court judgement of 2015 & 2017 which restored the seniority list no. 1-17 prepared on the basis of Rule 206.
Now as our other cases are pending in Delhi High Court waiting for SC decision on this transfer case, so after receiving the order today’s in TC -78/2015 , applicants advocates may file the same in Delhi HC. After receiving the Judgment of MTNL candidates our Advocate will plead through our Clarificatory application in the Hon'ble Supreme court for the same benefit for BSNL candidates.
21.09.2022 Implementation of Rule-206 on SDEs seniority as per the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment:- As per the discussions and decision of CWC meeting of AIRBSNLEWA CHQ ND held at New Delhi on 6th and 7th August-2022 Comrade GS along with our CHQ legal advisor Comrade A K Kaushik met Advocate Ms Gauri Puri and discussed the matter in detail, she opined that now on the basis of MTNL case outcome from Hon'ble Supreme court the matter can further be reviewed. As the earlier contempt petition filed by some aggrieved members in the Hon'ble Supreme court against the wrong implementation of its Judgement delivered on 14-12-2017 was dismissed. However, on this issue we met Advocate Rani Chabra who earlier filed an application in the year -2019 for clarification of the Judgment delivered on14-12-2017 on behalf of AIBSNLEA when Comrade Prahlad Rai was the General Secretary. We requested her for mentioning the case for an early hearing. Advocate Ms Rani Chabra clarified that Presently from AIBSNLEA no body is pursuing the case and not ready to pay Advocate fee and court charges. We further requested that the case can be retaken up and the Advocate fee and court Charges will be paid by us. Now if we agree to this decision then AIRBSNLEWA CHQ has to collect separate funds in separate account. The legal fund Rs.1000/- minimum from each affected and willing member has to be collected so that Association can legally fight the case.
20.09.2022 Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met CMD BSNL and extended sincere thanks for releasing funds to clear pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto 31-03-2022 as per the assurance given by him to this Association and requested for the reimbursement of CGHS one time Payment for migration from BSNL MRS to CGHS. We expressed our serious concern against the opposition of CMD BSNL for de-linking of pension revision from pay revision of BSNL employees. CMD BSNL was astonished to hear that ever he has opposed de-linking of Pension revision from pay revision rather he mentioned that in the meeting with Hon'ble MoC and DoT Officers he pleaded for pension revision and congratulated DoT Estt cell for the proposal of notional fixation of pension wef 1-1-2017 of the BSNL employees retiring after 1-1-2017 to avoid pension anomaly. He also mentioned that during the meeting of AIBSNLPWA with Hon'ble MoC I was called by Hon'ble MoC and I pleaded in support of pension revision. He also clarified that on pension revision he will be benefited by Rs.50000/- per month thus, how he can oppose pension revision? He categorically told that it is unfortunate that such mal propaganda is being spread which is not desirable from responsible people. At last we extended our sincere thanks and gratitude for his positive concern about the BSNL/MTNL pensioners.  <<click here for photo >>
19.09.2022 Formation of Forum of BSNL and MTNL Retired Associations:- In the CEC meeting of RTOWA MTNL Delhi held on 19-09-2022 a Forum of BSNL and MTNL Retired Associations was formed comprising six members from each Association. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singhji President, Comrade A K Jain FS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ, Comrade Nandi, President, Comrade AJ Ram, Circle Secretary and Comrade K M Goyal, FS, AIRBSNLEWA Delhi Circle attended and addressed the CEC meeting. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA apprised in detail, the status of Pension revision case and called upon to keep ready for struggle, in case DoT strict to 0% fitment benefit. Also requested to form a Joint Committee of BSNL/MTNL retired Associations as per the resolution passed in the CWC meeting of AIRBSNLEWA held in August-2022 at Delhi. RTOWA MTNL CEC appreciated and agreed to form the Joint Committee in the name of Forum of BSNL and MTNL Retired Associations. All the Associations gave five office bearers name in the Forum. Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi discussed in detail about the present status of pension revision case and told to keep organization ready for struggle. Comrade Shil Kumarji presided over the meeting.
19.09.2022 Meeting with Member (Services) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singhji, President AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL, Comrade, Sheel Kumarji President and Comrade K R Yadav, GS TEAM MTNL Delhi met Member (Services) DoT and discussed regarding pension revision issue of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners. DDG (Estt) and Director (Estt) DoT were also present in the meeting. We explained that DoT proposal for 0% fitment benefit is no way acceptable to us. The pension revision should be on the basis of 7th CPC recommendations on pension revision should be adopted since we are Govt pensioners and getting pension from Consolidated funds of Govt of India. Member Services while discussing the matter explained that even on 0% fitment benefit the pensioners will be benefited with 8% or 10% . We explained that no one is going to be benefited with this fitment in  long term. However, we explained that all the pensioners Associations has requested to withdraw this 0% fitment proposal and to constitute a Committee compromising DoT Officers and Association representatives heading by Member (Services) for discussing the matter in detail for agreeable solution. Member (Services) appreciated our concern and mentioned that shortly a Committee will be constituted to discuss and resolve the issue. All the Pensioners Associations representatives will be informed well in time to discuss the matter. He assured an early action in this regard. During discussions it is understood that pension revision file from DoP&W has been received in DoT Estt cell wherein DoP&W has not objected 0% fitment benefit, notional fixation may be considered and the Comittee may be constituted and headed by DoT not by DoP&W etc. We extended thanks for considering the request of all the pensioners Associations regarding  Constitution of a Committee comprising DoT Officers and Association representatives for discussions and decision on pension revision formula.

Meeting with our Advocate Ms Gauri Puri:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL and Comrade Karan Singh from Rajasthan met Ms Gauri Puri our Advocate to discuss regarding pension revision court case status & Rule 206 seniority case of SDEs Telecom. Madam apprised that pension revision case has been posted for hearing on 6th October-2022 in DB PB CAT ND wherein Mr Rajshekher Rao Sr Advocate may also be present for argument. Regarding Rule 206 SDEs seniority case she informed that tomorrow the case for MTNL applicants has been listed for hearing as TC-78/ 2015 at Sl no 107. The MTNL case Judgement may come tomorrow and on that basis further BSNL case will be reviewed.

15.09.2022 Status of Pension Revision case:- Com. Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed the matter of pension revision of BSNL pensioners with Director Estt. DoT and enquired about the comments of DoP&W on this issue. Director Estt. DoT mentioned that it is informed by DoP&W that pension revision file has been returned to DoT wherein DoP&W has not given any negative remarks. He assured that on receipt of the DoP&W reply immediate action will taken.
12.09.2022 BRIEF OF THE COMBINED MEETING OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS HELD ON 12.9.2022

An online meeting of various pensioners association was convened by Shri Gangadhara Rao, GS AIRBSNLPWA under the Chairmanship of Shri Ramankutty, President, AIRBSNLPWA on 12.9.2022 to discussed about the pension revision case. 

According to the convenor, all the pensioners associations of BSNL and MTNL were invited.  AIBDPA headed by Shri K G Jayaraj has rejected the invitation to join the meeting.  BDPA headed by Shri D D Mistry and AIBSNLREA headed by Shri S Basu did not responded to the requested and not joined the meeting.

The following Associations were participated in the meeting

1.       AIBSNLPWA – represented by Shri Gangadhara Rao, GS

2.       AIRBSNLEWA – represented by Shri Prahlad Rai, GS

3.       SNPWA – represented by Shri  G L Jogi, GS

4.       DoT-BSNL Pensioners’ Assn.Kerala – headed by Hariharan Nair GS

5.       RTOWA, Delhi – represented by Shri A K Kaushik, GS

6.       RTOWA, Mumbai – represented by Shri J S Jadhav GS

7.       MPWA, Mumbai – represented by Shri Jawahar, GS

A All the leaders had actively participated in the discussion and explained and elaborated their experience while dealing with the pension revision case with DoT. 

    Shri Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA briefed about the initiatives taken by the AIRBSNLEWA, various meetings with PMO, MoC, Other Ministers, Hon. M.Ps, Secretary DoT, Member (S), Member (F) and all other concerned officers of DoT, and the details of the discussions held with these officers.  He  suggested to stick to the original demand of Pension Revision at par with 7th CPC recommendations only.  In response to the suggestion of one of the participant to discuss /accept the 15% fitment on IDA instead of 7th CPC recommendations, GS AIRBSNLEWA opined that at no circumstances we should dilute / divert our demand of pension revision at par with 7th CPC.

    It is a fact that  CMD BSNL is playing vital role in keeping the Pay revision and Pension revision linked together for his vested interest.  However, Secretary DoT and MoC is in favour of de-linking the Pension revision from the pay revision, as the payment method of both these payments are different in all respects.

    All the participant associations was of the opinion that 0% fitment is not acceptable to any of the association, and a letter to this effect duly signed by all the participant associations be submitted to the Secretary DoT with a request to form a committee and discuss the matter with all the stake holders and decide it within one month.

   Further course of actions will be decided depending upon the response of DoT to the said letter.

12.09.2022Formation of Adhoc Circle Body of AIRBSNLEWA MP Circle:  In the presence of Com. Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA a special General body meeting was held on 11-09-2022 at Bhopal MP. In the Special GB meeting Com. Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA  apprised in detail the status of pension revision case,  DoT proposal for pension revision on 0% sent  to DoP&W for clearance and our demand for pension revision as per the 7th CPC report,  clearance of medical claims and CGHS facility etc.  Congratulations to the newly elected Circle Body.
06.09.2022News from UP (East) Circle:  Well organized historical Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA UP(East) held at "Apollo Auditorium" Lucknow on 3rd Sept.-2022:

Circle President Shri S.M.Abbas, AGS & CS, Shri Pallab Bose and senior leaders of our Association addressed the meeting at Lucknow on 3rd Sept 2022.

The Meeting was organised in a grand manner and lasted 5 hours from 11:00 AM to 4:00PM.

Circle Finance Secy. Shri R.N. Singh requested all members to clear their all pending dues before our Circle Conference.

Shri Pallab Bose, AGS/CS, apprised in detail the organisational activities of CHQ & UP East circle and explained on the following issue viz.  Meetings with CGM UPE, PGMTD Lucknow, for payment of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, Status of the Court cases on pension revision of BSNL pensioners, IDA increase as per 78.2 percentage basis from 1-1-2007 filed by AIRBSNLEWA in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi and Hon'ble High Court Delhi and also the issue of Pensioners ID card & development court case against Rule 206.
 

Shri Pallab Bose apprised the house that GS of our Association Shri Prahalad Rai ji has requested to Member services DoT to consider the pension revision at par with 7th CPC recommendations, as BSNL pensioners are also drawing the pension from the Govt. of India at par with other Central Govt. Pensioners, and there shall not be different methods of pension revision for the same Central Govt. Pensioners which will be illogical and also against the natural justice.

Shri Prahalad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA thereafter made a request to consider the pension revision at par with the recommendation of 7th CPC by de-linking the pay revision at the earliest to avoid litigation on the matter.

In the interactive session Sh Pallab Bose CS replied to all the queries raised by the members to their satisfaction.

With the consent of the house, it was decided that next CC of UP East Circle will be held in the month of November 2022 at Lucknow.

Com Pallab Bose also gave detailed speech about CHQ Headquarters' activities to the house present.

After the interactive session a special session of Health awareness was conducted by a team of Eminent Doctors of Apollomedics Hospital on topics like Cardiology and Orthopedic problems.

Shri S M Abbas, President, gave a vote of thanks to all respected members present and management of Apollo Hospital. Session was
concluded with National anthem and followed by lunch.   << for glimpsclick here>>

05.09.2022Status of Pension Revision - GS writes to Member (Services) DoT, New Delhi regarding: Revision of Pension of BSNL pensioners by de-linking the same from the Pay Revision of BSNL employees.  <<click here for letter with Annexures>>
31.08.2022Status of pending medical bills of Pensioners:  AIRBSNLEWA consistent efforts yielded result in getting cleared pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners for the last two and half years. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ continuously tried to get released the funds in the meetings and through written communications to CMD BSNL. CMD BSNL in all the meetings assured us to release the funds on availability of funds. But it was not being settled....in the month of March-2022 only some funds were released by BSNL CO in this account to clear the pending medical claims upto March-2019 only. Hereafter we continued our efforts and finally CMD BSNL has released the funds to clear all medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto March-2022. AIRBSNLEWA efforts will continue to ensure that BSNL pensioners medical claims should also be uploaded online at par with the BSNL serving employees. So that every month along with salary payment, BSNL pensioners medical claims are also paid. We extended our sincere thanks to CMD BSNL for honoring his commitment and giving relief to BSNL pensioners.
28.08.2022Status of pension revision & DoT proposal sent to DoP&W for clearance on notional pension fixation:-


AIRBSNLEWA consistent efforts yielded result in convincing the DoT Officers that to avoid pension anomalies of the BSNL pensioners who will be retiring after 1-1-2017 may draw less pension than the Pre-retired pensioners of 1-1-2017. By giving Notional Pension fixation wef 1-1-2017 and actual pension form the day of retirement. As per pension rules 37A or 37 of CCS Pension Rules 1972 or CCS Pension Rules 2021, there is rule that pension may be calculated and fixed up on the last pay drawn only. There is no provision for notional pension fixation in these rules. Thus DoT to avoid anomalies has prepared a proposal for notional pension fixation wef 1-1-2017 and has sent to DoP&W for clearance.


On 5th August-2022 GSs AIRBSNLEWA Comrade Prahlad Rai and TEAM MTNL Delhi Comrade A K Kaushik alongwith their other CHQ office bearers met Member [Finance] and Member [Services] and explained that earlier also DoT has given notional fixation on 78.2% fitment benefit wef 1-1-2007 and actual benefit from June-2013 only to the BSNL pensioners with the approval of Union Cabinet, Govt of India. Hence, now DoP&W cannot deny or disagree with the DoT proposal for notional fixation of pension. Thereafter, only the proposal was prepared on the direction of Member [Services] by Estt cell of DoT which got approval of internal Finance of DoT and Secretary Telecom and then it was sent to DoP&W for clearance.

Please recall earlier also DoT asked DoP&W for pension revision delinking with pay revision of BSNL employees and DoP&W put the queries that in what manner the pension anamoly of post retired or retiring 1-1-2017 pensioners will be sorted out. But DoT didn't reply
and kept silence. DoT Estt cell continued to move the proposal for pension revision linking with pay revision of BSNL employees and the internal Finance of DoT and PSU cell continued to comment that since the revised pay scales in BSNL and MTNL have not approved by DoT than how pension revision will take place.It will follow pay revision only to avoid anomaly. Our continuous persuasion with the Hon'ble MoC through various Hon'ble MPs, Secretary Telecom, Member [Services], Member [Finance], DDG [Estt], DDG [Accounts], Director [Estt], Jt Secy PSU, Director Accounts of DoT and CMD BSNL to use his good office etc. have yielded the results that today DoT has sent the proposal for notional pension fixation wef 1-1-12017 for the post retired BSNL pensioners.

As per the information given by Member Services that DoT proposal for 100% IDA neutralization with basic pay which will come 0% fitment benefit is not acceptable to us. We have been demanding our pension revision as per 7th CPC formula for pension revision. It is our prayer also in the Hon'ble PBCAT ND.

Some Association is nearing to Victory and some Association is claiming that their efforts only could bring the matter at this stage. It's not true.

In our opinion collective efforts only could create a situation wherein DoT has agreed to fixed up pension notionally to avoid anamoly. The struggle is not completed it has to continue till the time we achieve pension revision as per the 7thCPC recommendations only.

AIRBSNLEWA will continue its efforts to ensure that the pension revision is settled as per the 7thCPC pension revision formula.

Let us unite and struggle instead of celebrations at this stage. Still a long way is there to get the approval of Union Cabinet, Govt of India.

26.08.2022Status of pension revision case in DoT:-  Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA today discussed the issue of pension revision of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners with Member (Services) DoT and requested him for it's an early settlement. Member (Services) appreciated our concern and mentioned that in our last meeting held with him on 5th August-2022 assured that shortly he will work on this issue and will try to settle it. Accordingly he discussed the matter with all the concern Officers of DoT in Estt. cell and Finance wing. Finally as per the assurance given to us a proposal for pension revision has been prepared by Estt. cell and on getting the clearance from the Finance wing of DoT. Secretary Telecom approved the proposal and yesterday it has been sent to DoP&W for clearance. The main issue in the proposal is that in IDA pension revision on notional basis and to avoid pension anomalies for the pensioners retired or retiring after 1-1-2017 may draw less pension than the pensioners who retired prior to 1-1-2017. In this proposal DoT has suggested for notional pension fixation wef 1-1-2017 to those who are retiring after 1-1-2017 to avoid pension anomalies. As per the Rule 37A CCS pension rules pension is being decided on the basis of last pay drawn. Thus last pay drawn will be in the revised pay scales and accordingly the pension will be calculated. DoT has saught DoP&W approval for notional pension fixation. For this purpose the case has been sent to DoP&W and in case the approval is given by DoP&W then DoT with draft a Cabinet Memo will be sent to all the Nodal Ministries for comments eg. DoP&W, Law Ministry, DoE and DPE etc. After receiving the comments of all the concerned Ministries, the Cabinet Note will be sent to Union Cabinet, Govt. of India. Means DoT has proposed to revise pension revision on 0% fitment benefit only, which is not a Justice to BSNL/MTNL pensioners. However Member (Services) mentioned that the matter which was lingering on for the last five years, at least he has tried to settle the issue after his joining in a short time. We extended our sincere thanks to him for his kind consideration and taking efforts. Some retired Associations re- claiming that due to their efforts only pension revision case is settling and they are the Father of the settlement. Whereas, the fact remains that the OA filled in the PBCAT ND was drafted by Late Comrade Amit Gupta Ji our Dy GS and GS Comrade Prahlad Rai by collecting all the necessary documents form DoT, DoP&W, DPE and DoE etc. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ had meetings with the Hon'ble MoC, Secretary DoT, Adl Secretary, DOP&W, DoE and DPE. Also with Member Finance, Member Services, CMD BSNL, DDG Estt, Director Estt DoT etc. AIRBSNLEWA continues and persistent efforts has yield the results. But this will be not the end of the struggle, we have to achieve pension revision at par with our counter parts in DoT.
08.08.2022CWC Delhi of AIRBSNLEWA put on record the highest appreciation with respect to Late Com. Amit Gupta ji Dy. GS and Com. Darbara Singh Ji, CS Haryana Circle for their excellent contributions in forming and strengthening AIRBSNLEWA.

CWC appreciated and remembered the contributions of Late Com. Amit Gupta ji Dy. GS AIRBSNLEWA in forming and strengthening of AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA. It was because of the sincere efforts made by Late Shri Amit Gupta ji, Dy. GS AIRBSNLEWA the 60:40 ratio introducing in Rule 37-A by DoT arbitrarily in the year 2005 was withdrawn in the year 2016 with the result today, the BSNL Pensioners are getting the Pension without any hurdle. This was done by Com. Amit Gupta ji by getting the information under RTI Act and pursuing the issue through Com. Prahlad Rai, the then GS, AIBSNLEA in DoT/DPE/DoP&W at the appropriate levels and also his Excellent Contribution in finalising the OA filed in the PBCAT for the pension revision of the BSNL Pensioners. One day before of his death the OA was filed in PB CAT ND and with this development he was extremely happy & satisfied. CWC put on record that his Excellent Contributions will always be remembered by the AIBSNLEA, AIRBSNLEWA and BSNL pensioners.

CWC also remembered the contribution of Late Com. Darbara Singh of Haryana Circle, who was the Circle Secretary of AIBSNLEA & later on elected as CS, AIRBSNLEWA Haryana Circle immediately after his retirement from BSNL. He formed AIRBSNLEWA Circle body and strengthen it. His contributions in forming and strengthening AIRBSNLEWA in Haryana Circle will always be remembered.

CWC highly appreciated the contributions of both the departed Comrades Amit Gupta JI Dy. GS and Com. Darbara Singh, CS Haryana Circle. The detailed minutes of the CWC Delhi meeting will be placed in the next meeting for discussions and approval.

08.08.2022BRIEF REPORT OF THE CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING OF AIRBSNLEWA HELD AT 10.30 HOURS ON 6.8.2022  & 7.8.2022  AT HOTEL SPB 87, KAROL BAGH, NEW DELHI:

A Central Working Committee meeting of the AIRBNSLEWA was held at 10.30 hours on 6.8.2022 & 7.8.2022 at Hotel SPB 87, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.

Meeting commenced after hoisting the Flag of Association by Com. Kishan Singh, CHQ President & Com. Prahlad Rai, G.S., in the presence of all other CHQ office bearers,  Circle Presidents, Circle Secretaries, CWC Members. 

Com. K Jai Ram, AGS CHQ welcomed all the participants and invited President Com. Kishan Singh, Com. Prahlad Rai General Secretary, Com. A K Jain, Financial Secretary   Com. Ravindran V.P. and Com. Manas Roy, V.P.  to the Dias.

Com. Kishan Singh, President in his opening remarks, welcomed all the CHQ office bearers, Circle Presidents, Circle Secretaries and CWC members and briefed about the formation of AIRBSNLEWA and also on various activities of the association.  He also mentioned that lot of work is yet to be done by the Association, specially for the settlement of the issues like pension revision, CGHS facilities and medical re-imbursement, etc.

In his address he mentioned that, it gives him immense pleasure in welcoming all the participants in the 1st CWC meeting at New Delhi and that too at the age of 60+ years the presence in large numbers shows the keen interest of the participants and unity for the association. 

In brief he mentioned that after his retirement in May 2007, he started contacting his retired office colleagues just to remain in touch with each other. Firstly 5-6 colleagues started to meet monthly at BSNL Corporate Office. After  few months many other retired executives also started to join them. The number of participants in the monthly meetings were increased every month. Up to September 2009 the number of members became around 50. Then they thought to make a platform so that they may take up the issues of pensioners like medical and telephone bill reimbursement, pension revision, etc with the DoT and BSNL management.

For the said purpose they then approached Com. Prahlad Rai, the then GS of AIBSNLEA, for support and guidance for formation of an association of retired executives. He suggested to form it on all India basis. He also arranged a meeting of all retired executives in our contact on 10th March 2010 in Corporate Office Meeting Hall. This meeting was attended by more than 70 retired executives. Com. Prahlad Rai and Com. SS Nanda addressed the house and assured us to give full support to new association being formed.

Immediately an Adhoc Body was formed in which he was elected as GS, Shri ML Sharma as President and  Shri KN Mehra as Financial secretary.

Com. Prahlad Rai helped us in framing rules and regulations of association and its registration. In October 2010 documents for registration were submitted in Registrar Office and association was registered on 11th November 2010 by the name AIRBSNLEWA.

First AIC of association was held in Nashik along with 3rd AIC of AIBSNLEA with the help and support of Com. Prahlad Rai sincerely. 2nd& 3rd AICs were also held at Mysuru and Vijaywada with the active support of Com. Prahlad Rai. Up to 3rd AIC there were 8 Circle Bodies namely Delhi, UP (E), WB, Rajasthan, Kerela, TN, AP and KTK. In 3rd AIC at Vijaywada Com. Prahlad Rai was elected as GS, myself as President and Shri AK Jain as FS unanimously along with other CHQ Office bearers.

With the restless and sincere efforts of Com. Prahlad Rai now there are 25 Circle Bodies of AIRBSNLEWA.

He further mentioned that presently pensioners’ issues are pension revision, medical bill reimbursement, telephone bill reimbursement (for pensioners residing in Delhi and Mumbai MTNL areas). Com. Prahlad Rai is trying continuously for the last 5 years by writing letters and meeting personally with the Hon. MoC & IT, Hon. M.Ps, Secretary (T), Member (F), Member (S) in DOT, DOP & PW, Ministry of Finance etc. There is one more issue of CGHS Wellness Centres and denial for cashless treatment by empanelled hospitals.

He also mentioned that further, Com. GS will highlight his sincere efforts he has made on all the issues and further course of action to be taken by CHQ. He extended thanks to all Comrades for listening to him peacefully.

CWC Observed two minutes silence in the memory of the departed soul of Late Comrades Amit Gupta ji Dy. G.S., Darbara Singh, CS Hariyana and other departed comrades.

After self-introduction, All the circle secretaries submitted the report on the activities of the respective Circles along with the membership status, issued settled at Circle Level, Issues pending at CHQ level and requested the CHQ to vigorously pursue the pending issues with the DoT / BSNL on top priority.

During the CWC, the senior officers from BSNL Corporate office, General Secretaries of other working / pensioners association of MTNL and Advocate dealing with the Court cases of the Association were attended on invitation.

We welcomed Hon. Chief Guest Shri Saurabh Tyagi, Sr. GM (Estt.), Guest of Honour Shri S.N. Gupta, GM (Pers) BSNL Corporate office,  Com. AK Kaushik, GS MTNL RTOWA, Com.  K R Yadav, GS TEAM, MTNL New Delhi.  Ms. Gauri Puri madam, Advocate for the AIRBSNLEWA by garlanding.

Com Kishan Singh President & Com. Prahlad Rai, General Secretary welcomed the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour and other Special Guest for honouring our request and attending the meeting despite of their busy schedule.

Com. Prahlad Rai, General Secretary welcomed all the dignitaries on the dias.    He mentioned that due to Covid-19 physical meeting could not be held during last 3 years. Now, since the AIC is to be conducted, holding of CWC was essential to decide the AIC.   He mentioned that the burning issues for the BSNL pensioners are Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners who are waiting for their pension revision w.e.f. 1.1.2017.  He stated that for the last three and half years, medical bills of BSNL pensioners are not settled and the medical claims of the working staff is being settled on monthly basis.  Pensioners are submitting the medical bills offline and working staff is submitting it online.  The issue is pending for want of funds from the BSNL Corporate office.  There are two important things for the pensioners like pension revision and medical facilities.  Both these issues are pending for the BSNL pensioners.  The pension revision is not being done due to the reason that the pay revision of the working staff is not revised.  We have been time and again insisting that the BSNL pensioners are having no role in the profit of the BSNL and anomaly if, any arising out of the Pension revision can be settled by giving notional fixation to such affected cases.  

GS informed that Shri Tyagi Sir is very kind enough to settle whatever grievances are brought to his notice and settled the same very well within the shortest possible time.  Shri Tyagi sir were pleading with the DoT for the BSNL Pensioners  and explained that there shall be anomaly in every case at every pay / pension revision and anomaly committee can be formed and such anomaly issues can be settled by the committees.

GS mentioned that it is the administrative ministry to suggest the formula to settle the anomaly to the DoP&T, but no such formula has been made by the DoT.   An administrative decision was taken by the then Secretary DoT which have compelled us to approach the court of law and  based on the decision taken in the last AIC an OA has been filed in the PBCAT.  However, due the Covid-19 pandemic, physical hearing could not be held and now regular hearing is likely to be commenced shortly.  During our service, as per the amendment of the Pension Rules, pension contribution was paid on the maximum of the pay scale to the DoT, as against the minimum of the pay scale.  Now linking the pension revision with the pay revision is not justified. 

GS also mentioned that due to the loss of BSNL, there is no pay revision taken place for the working employees and there is no scope of getting it in the near future due to the financial condition of the BSNL.  Hence, linking pension revision with pay revision of working employees is not justified and the same has been pleaded with Secretary Telecom and all the efforts are being taken administratively and politically by the Association, but there is no favourable result till date.

He also mentioned that all other retirement benefits like gratuity, leave encashment, etc has already been granted to the BSNL pensioners based on the 7th CPC recommendation.  It was also told to the Secretary DoT that the Class IV retired from BSNL is drawing the minimum pension of Rs.3500/- as against the Rs.9000/- pension of the other Class IV employees retired from other central Govt.  Unless there is political will, we cannot get the pension revision and appealed all the other pensioners associations through out the country to pursue the case through Honourable Member of Parliaments and Ministers of their areas.

He also informed that, Member (Services), DoT, CMD BSNL, Director (HR), BSNL & G.M. (Administration) could not attend the meeting due to their other urgent works and all of them have conveyed their best wishes to the CWC.  GS demanded to make the online system for the pensioners for submission of medical / other claims at par with that of the working staff, so that their medical / other bills re-imbursement can be made available easily.   He mentioned that in order to promote the CGHS facilities and to switch over to CGHS by the BSNL Pensioners, at many places, there is no CGHS wellness centres which is the reason many of the pensioners cannot switch over to CGHS facilities and mentioned that pensioners are being treated as step motherly treatment by the BSNL Management. 

GS requested Shri Tyagi Sir and Shri Gupta Sir to pursue with the CMD BSNL to clear all the pending medical bills of BSNL pensioners and not to put the aged pensioners into trouble.

As regards the Supreme Court judgement on the 206 cases, GS mentioned that the judgement has not been implemented properly by the BSNL management and requested the BSNL management to look into the judgement and implement it in its true spirit, which the judgement delivered after fighting the case for last 30 years. 

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Com. K R Yadav, GS TEAM, while addressing congratulated the AIRBSNLEWA and welcomed all the dignitaries and participants.  He mentioned that the GS AIRBSNLEWA has presented the grievances very clearly and the attitude of the management is not at all fare.  Unless there is a political will and the administrative ministry get convinced, the pension revision is impossible.  The formula suggested by the GS AIRBSNLEWA and the multiple factor recommended by the 7th CPC needs to be implemented.    He requested all the retired pensioners associations to form a co-ordination committee and go ahead with the trade union action at the BSNL corporate office / DoT Head Quarters.    He requested the BSNL officers to pursue with the Ministry to increase the CGHS wellness centres as many hospitals in Delhi are not entertaining the inward patients of CGHS beneficiaries.  He also mentioned that at this juncture unity is needed and unitedly we can fight till the issues are settled.

Com. A K Kaushik, GS MTNL RTOWA in his speech demanded Pension revision and better medical facilities.  He mentioned that after absorption in MTNL / BSNL, the pay scale of absorbees are higher than that of the DoT officers and even after retirement also, the pension of retirees of MTNL/ BSNL pensioners is higher than that of the DoT officers.  This is the reasons stating by the DoT officers to their higher level officers which is the route cause of not revising the pension.  There is a mis-concept by the BSNL / DoT / Govt that these pensioners cannot fight.  We have to change this mis-concept of the management and unitedly should fight on the streets, which will result in getting the issues settled.  In case the ‘0’ per cent fitment is done, the pension presently drawing by the BSNL Pensioners will be less than that of the pension after revision.  He mentioned that after revision of pension, the working employees pay can be upgraded notionally and fix the pension accordingly.  He mentioned that the 206 judgement has been implemented by the BSNL management very wrongly and some filed contempt got benefited properly and requested the BSNL management to study the 206 supreme court judgement and implement it in its true spirit.   He thanked GS AIRBSNLEWA for inviting him and giving the opportunity to address the meeting.

Ms. Gauri Puri, Advocate presented the status of the court cases on pension revision, DA arrears payment and Rule 206.  She mentioned that in the case of 206 cases, wonderful judgement could get from Hon. Supreme court and unfortunately the same could not be implemented properly by the BSNL management.  She mentioned that in contempt petition, the courts are not giving any direction to implement the judgement, it will only punish the culprit either by levying penalty or by imprisonment.  That is the reason Supreme court has directed to approach the PBCAT to get the direction.  She mentioned that the case is in the excellent bench and a favourable judgment in the case of MTNL 206 case which will impact the BSNL case also.

As regards the pension revision  case is concerned, the case is in the Good bench of the Principal Chairman of the PBCAT.  She mentioned that all the BSNL pensioners had opted the BSNL due to the reason that your status as Govt. servant will continue after your retirement also.  Now this is the real time, you need the same to be adhered and pension revision will take place favourably.    There are many number of Sr. Citizen matters in the PBCAT which is one of the reason for the delay. 

She further mentioned that the DA arrears case is coming up on 14.9.2022 and the matter will be heard on 14th September 2022.  Both the cases of pension revision and DA arrears are in the last stage and expecting that the cases will be settled by the judiciary in favour of the applicants.

She had replied to all the queries of the members present in the meeting.

Shri S.N. Gupta, GM (Pers) BSNL Corporate office, Guest of Honour in his address thanked the AIRBSNLEWA for inviting to the meeting.  In his speech he mentioned that, out of the speech in the meeting, the seriousness of the 206 case has been understood and will take all the possible steps to resolve the issue and has assured to settle it with the best possible and requested all the senior citizens to take care of the health taking into the aspect that problems will be there one after the other and assured to look into the case favourably.

Shri Saurabh Tyagi, Sr. GM (Estt.), BSNL Corporate office, Hon. Chief Guest in his address thanked one and all for inviting him for the meeting. He mentioned that as far as the pensioners are concerned, BSNL management has tried its level best to settle the pension payment after mass VRS.  The pension payment has been started as much early as possible after VRS.  The sampann software is very much good.  He has agreed that in the case of Medical bills, pensioners should get preference as compared to the working employees.  The same needs to be made online which will help the BSNL management also to ascertain the liability of the payments.  He suggested that all other grievances related to submission of certificates, nominations, etc may be discussed in the meeting and brought to his notice for its consideration and settlement.

As regards the pension revision, there was no clarity on the issue whether the pension revision will be related to pay revision or not.  He mentioned that the settlement of anomaly is not the responsibility of the pensioners and the same has to be settled by the Govt.   Due to the Covid Pandemic the cases could not be pursued vigorously, but, now the case has processed and it has taken the momentum and requested us to pursue the case vigorously.  He mentioned that the pension revision of BSNL pensioners are fully justified and the anomalies will be settled as and when it arises.  He has assured that the case of Pension revision of BSNL pensioners will be submitted to the DoT along with the methods of settlement of anomalies by the BSNL management.    There is a good possibility to get the pension revision approved by the Cabinet, in case the same is proposed and submitted in details with full justification by the DoT &DoP&T.  He once again re-iterated that Pension revision is fully justified to the BSNL pensioners.

As regards the Court Cases, he mentioned that the outcome of the court case is depending upon how we present the matter to the judiciary.  Hence he requested to prepare well and present the case well so that the judgement can get in your favour, as the judgement is always based on the submissions by the parties. 

As regards the issue of reversion of officiating JTOs at the time of retirement and pension drawn on the lower scale,  Shri Tyagi Sir has mentioned that the case was filed in the court by some of the affected persons and the case has been decided in favour of BSNL. 

Shri Tyagi Sir was very much kind enough to reply to all the queries raised by the participants.

Shri Kishan Singh, President expressed vote of thanks to all the Invitees and dignitaries for attending the meeting and requested that all are getting pension, hence be tension free.

GS while summing up the report of the CSs, O.Ss, AGSs and Advisors mentioned that wherever new CGHS Wellness centres are to be opened and New Director CGHS are to be posted  details may be supplied by respective Circle Secretaries to CHQ for taking up the issue with the concerned.

GS also mentioned that every circle has potential to increase the membership, as there are en-number of retirees not member of any association.  He also mentioned that there is no harm in taking dual membership being the retired welfare association.  However, the dual office bearer ship should be avoided and the same should not be entertained.

GS assured to discuss the matter of Income Tax on the reimbursement of CGHS charges with the concerned DoT/BSNL officers and with CMD BSNL also.

GS while summing up has replied the queries raised by the Circle Secretaries and also explained the status of the issues raised by the Circle Secretaries and assured to take up all pending issues of BSNL pensioners. 

General Secretary presented the Report of the General Secretary on the activities of AIRBSNLEWA.  On discussion of the report para-by para, the following decisions have been taken:-

 1.    All the Circle Secretaries to remit the legal fund according to the strength of membership before the next AIC.

 2.    All the Circle Secretaries are requested to open the Website of the association and link the same with the CHQ Website.

 3.    It was decided to form a co-ordination committee along with MTNLRTOW at New Delhi and Mumbai.  At Delhi, GS Com. Prahlad Rai and President  Com Kishan Singh will co-ordinate and at Mumbai Com. A R Manani, Com. K P Nair and Com. Ramamurthy will co-ordinate with MNTLRTOW.

 4.    The 4th AIC will be held at Kolkata tentatively in the month of February 2023

The report was discussed para by para and the same was unanimously approved by the CWC.

Com. A K Jain, Financial Secretary submitted the status of Accounts.

A resolution was moved by Circle Secretary, West Bengal Circle and supported by CS, UP (East) Circle, CS, Kerala Circle, CS, Maharashtra Circle, CS, Rajasthan Circle, etc. appreciating the boading and lodging arrangement made by the Host Circle at New Delhi and arranging CWC meeting in a grant manner.

Vote of thanks  was extended by Com A J Ram, CS AIRBSNLEWA, New Delhi Circle.

Com. Kishan Singh ji CHQ President declared closure of the CWC meeting, New Delhi at 17.00 hours by thundering the slogans AIRBSNLEWA Zindabad, BSNL Pensioners Unity Zindabad, BSNL/MTNL Pensioners Unity Zindabad, CWC Meet, Delhi Zindabad.

21.07.2022Meeting with Additional Director CGHS, Jaipur:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA and Comrade K K Barser, District Secretary, Jaipur today met with Additional Director, CGHS, Jaipur and discussed regarding non- implementation of Director CGHS Delhi orders in Rajasthan Circle and apprised her about our yesterday's meeting held with Additional Director CGHS Delhi and discussions took place in this regard. Additional Director CGHS Jaipur mentioned that yesterday Additional Director CGHS Delhi has spoken on this subject and thereafter she has issued instructions to all the empanelled hospitals of Rajasthan to implement the Director CGHS Delhi orders in totality. She advised us that in future for any problems we may directly contact her instead of going to Delhi. She also provided the copy of the instructions issued. Regarding opening of new CGHS Dispensary at Mansarover, Jaipur:- She informed the as per the demand raised by our Association and others the matter is under consideration and accordingly the rented building is being finalized in Mansarover, Colony, Jaipur shortly. We also apprised her the one Govt Dispensary Building constricted by RHB Jaipur is available in Sector-12 Mansarover Jaipur. This matter can be taken up with Chairman RHB Jaipur Rajasthan for its allotment to CGHS.We assured our fullest cooperation.
20.07.2022GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding Review of promotion orders from SDE to AGM as per Rule 206      <<<click here for copy of letter>>>
20.07.2022Meeting with Member (Services) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEA, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL met with Member (Services) DoT today and discussed regarding (a) Pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners:- We requested Member (Services) to retake up the matter with Internal Finance of DoT for considering de-linking of pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners from pay revision of BSNL/MTNL employees. Linking pension revision with pay revision is not at all justified since the BSNL/MTNL pensioners are not playing any role in the profit or losses of BSNL/MTNL. During the service period of BSNL pensioners the pension contributions were paid to DoT on the maximum of the pay scales. Member Services mentioned that Estt cell view is that in case the pension revision is done w.e.f. 01-01-2017 there will be pension anomaly to the post retired BSNL/MTNL pensioners. We explained that we have already suggested to give notional pay fixation w.e.f. 01-01-2017 and actual fixation on the day of retirement and on the last pay drawn, pension may be fixed up wherein no anomalies will arise. Member Services again mentioned that pension cannot be fixed up notionally. We clarified that DoT has already given notionally 78.2% fitment benefit instead of 68.8% fitment w.e.f. 01-01-2007 and actual benefit form June-2013.Thus pension may also be fixed up notionally wef 01-01-2017. After detailed discussions Member Services assured that he will further discuss the matter on the basis of these inputs with the Estt cell team of DoT to reconsider the matter. We extended our sincere thanks for giving patient hearing to us. (b) 5% IDA fitment benefit against 78.2% fitment benefit to MTNL employees/pensioners. GS RTOWA submitted a brief note on 5% IDA fitment benefit against 78.2 fitment benefit and pension revision of MTNL pensioners to Member Services and requested for the early settlement of 5% IDA fitment benefit to MTNL employees and pensioners. Member Services assured to look into the matter for an early resolution of the issues.
20.07.2022Meeting with Aditional Director (CGHS) New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi today met Additional Director( CGHS) New Delhi and discussed regarding the problems being faced by CGHS beneficiaries at various places through out the country e.g. Non- implementation of Director CGHS ND regarding clarification on investigations at empanelled Diagnostic centres in respect of CGHS beneficiaries aged 75 years and above. In this letter dated 01-10-2021 it has been clarified that there is no provision to undergo investigations at CGHS without referral from CGHS and to clarify that there is no provision to undergo investigations at CGHS empanelled Diagnostic Laboratories and Imaging centers without advice for such investigations from Government Specialist/CGHS Medical officer/Specialists of empaneled hospitals. Adler Director CGHS immediately spoke with Adl Director CGHS Jaipur, Rajasthan over phone and asked her to implement the order in its true spirit. Similarly requested for opening of more CGHS Wellness Centres in various cities including Jaipur and Mumbai in the heavily populated areas. Adl Director CGHS mentioned that matter has been put up to the Ministry but it is being told that even to manage existing WCs the sufficient Doctors and specialized staff is not available, thus the sanctions are not being given for opening of new WCs. However, ministry will take appropriate action on the several representations pending on this demand. Empanelment of good hospitals by CGHS in all the cities. Adl. Director CGHS mentioned that it depends on the hospitals management to accept the terms and conditions of CGHS. Additional Directors of the states are fully empowered to empanel good hospitals in their jurisdiction. Many Hospitals are trying to get empanelled with CGHS but they should meet the conditions. Supply of indent medicines on the same day from agency directly to the beneficiary. Adl. Director CGHS mentioned that earlier such practice was there but there were complaints of misuse eg taking other items as replacements etc. Thus it was stopped. Adl. Director CGHS assured that for genuine problems we can always meet them for the redressal of the problems. We extended thanks to Adl. Director CGHS for granting us meeting and her positive attitude towards our problems.

We tried to take appointment with Director CGHS but due to his business he advised to meet with Adl Director CGHS.

20.07.2022Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met CMD BSNL today morning and congratulated him for giving a very effective presentation to the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji in the presence of Hon'ble MoC&IT and Secretary DoT on BSNL/MTNL turn around. CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and mentioned that we have to continue our efforts for turning around BSNL/MTNL. He expected our efforts will yield positive results. We also requested that long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners should be cleared. These are pending for the last two and half years. CMD BSNL mentioned that he has released some funds recently on this account. We clarified that Rs.65 lacks were given in the month of March-2022 and still more than Rs.350/- lakhs medical claims are pending. CMD assured to look into the matter for an early clearance. We also requested to kindly use his good office for the settlement of pension revision case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners in DoT. CMD BSNL mentioned that first I am concentrating on BSNL/MTNL turn around and when the situation is favorable he will be concentrating on pension revision case in DoT. We also extended him invitation as Chief Guest to attend and address our CWC meeting being held at New Delhi on 6-7 th August-2022. He assured that in case he is free he will grace the occasion.

CMD BSNL informed that meeting continued for two hours with Hon' ble Prime Minister. On our query for second VRS in BSNL/MTNL, CMD BSNL replied that at present there is no such proposal under consideration and he will concentrate for next two years for turn around of BSNL/MTNL.

19.07.2022GS writes to Member (IT&R), CBDT, New Delhi regarding deduction of Income Tax and Recovery Notices to Pensioners for payment of Income Tax on Leave Encashment.  <<CLICK HERE FOR LETTER)
19.07.2022Welcome and felicitation of new Member (Finance) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA , Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL, Comrade Kishan Singhji, President and Comrade A K Jain FS AIRBSNLEWA today met with new Member(Finance) DoT Shri Manish Sinha Ji and Welcomed & felicitated on assuming the high office of Member(Finance) DoT. On courtesy call we requested for the consideration of BSNL/MTNL pensioners pension revision wef 1.1.20217   <<Click here Photo>>
18.07.2022Meeting with CGM NTR/NTP New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai, AIRBSNLEWA met CGM NTR-NTP ND today  and Congratulated him on assuming the charge of CGM NTR-NTP on promotion from PGM Pers to CGM NTR-NTP. Also requested for settling the long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. CGM NTR-NTP mentioned that after his joining he has cleared about Rs 50/- Lacks pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and have demanded more funds from BSNL CO to clear pending bills. He assured that as soon as the funds are received from BSNL CO pending bills will be cleared. He expressed positive concern toward settlement of pensioners issues.
18.07.2022Meeting with Sr GM (Esst) BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA met Sr GM Estt BSNL today and discussed regarding the status of pension revision issue in DoT. Sr GM Estt mentioned that DoT Finance wing has returned the file to DoT Estt cell with a remarks that since the revised pay scales as per 3rd PRC for BSNL serving employees have not been notified then how pension revision of BSNL pensioners can be considered. Now DoT Estt cell has to take the necessary steps on this matter for this settlement. Comrade GS AIRBSNLEA and Comrade GS RTOWA MTNL also met GM Pers and GM Admn BSNL CO on courtesy call and discussed some individual problems of BSNL pensioners. Govt efforts to Turn around of BSNL :- it is relatively learned that today CMD BSNL has given a detailed presentation to the Hon'ble Prime Minister on turn around the BSNL. It is understood that in case the BSNL proposal is accepted by the PMO then BSNL may get a financial package of Rs 100000/- crores (one lac crore) wherein Rs 70000/- from BSNL assets monetization and Rs 30000/- Crores from Govt to pursue with 4G and 5G Services and to meet out other liabilities. Let us hope that Hon'ble Prime Minister will be kind enough to consider the BSNLs proposal.
12.07.2022GS writes to CMD, BSNL regarding Non Payment of Medical bills for the Treatment of COVID-19 taken in the Private Hospitals during the First wave.  <<Click here for letter>>
24.06.2022Status of pension revision case of BSNL pensioners in DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEA today discussed the matter with the concerned Officers of Estt. cell of DoT and found out the status of pension revision case. It is informed that the file from PSU cell of DoT has been received in Estt. cell with a comment that pay scales of BSNL- MTNL employees have not been notified due to affordability clause of 3rd PRC. Now Estt. cell will further send the matter to internal finance of DoT for consideration. Estt .cell has processed 4-5 proposals on pension revision eg. on CDA pay scales, IDA pay scales anomalies issues etc. Comrade GS will meet the DoT concerned Officers including Member (Services) and Member (Finance) after returning form Gujarat Circle conference and Udaipur District Conference Rajasthan Circle.
20.06.2022AIRBSNLEWA CHQ notified its CWC meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday, 6.8.2022 & Sunday 7.8.2022 at New Delhi.  <<click here for notice>>
18.06.2022Opening of CGHS migration window second time from BSNL MRS by BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA yesterday discussed with GM Admn BSNL CO regarding opening of CGHS migration window second time from BSNL MRS. We explained that BSNL CO is allotting funds to Circles for the one time payment of CGHS reimbursement but the Circles are not reimbursing the dues. GM Admn BSNL CO appreciated our concerns and mentioned that Admn cell of BSNL CO is moving a proposal to open migration window from BSNL MRS to CGHS second time wherein BSNL pensioners may give options to migrate from BSNL MRS to CGHS facility upto 31st July-2022 .After the approval of the competent authorities the necessary orders will be issued immediately. He advised that now remaining BSNL pensioners should give options to migrate from BSNL MRS to CGHS. The one time Payment paid will be reimbursed upto 31st August-2022 positively.
15.06.2022Meeting with Joint Secretary (Admn) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai along with Comrade M K Bagchi, Chief Patron and Comrade A K Kaushik Legal Adviser CHQ met with Jt Secy Admn,  DoT Shri S K Vermaji welcomed him on joining the high office of J S Admn DoT and requested him to reply the queries made by internal finance wing of DoT on pension revision of BSNL pensioners. We apprised him regarding finance queries wherein it has been asked from PSU wing that when the notification of 3rd PRC pay scales in BSNL and MTNL are being issued, without the notification of pay scales the pension contributions on revised pay scales can not be done.We explained that pension revision should be considered on the basis of 7th CPC pension revision formula since 3rd PRC donot have any pension revision formula. After detailed discussions J S Admn assured to look into the matter.
15.06.2022Meeting with Director (Esst) DoT:- Director Esst DoT informed that the queries made by Internal Finance of DoT has been sent PSU section to clarify. Director Esst mentioned that as soon the reply from PSU unit is received it will be sent Finance wing and thereafter to DoP&W for clearance of the proposal
15.06.2022Meeting with Director (HR) BSNL Board:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade M K Bagchi met Director (BSNL) Board and discussed regarding Pension revision of BSNL pensioners. Director HR informed that there were discussions in DoT with the Concern Officers wherein BSNL has suggested the formula to avoid anomalies in the pension of post retired employees after 01-01-2017 by fixing pay on notional basis wef 1-1-2017 and actual on the day of retirement. But DoT finance wing has agree with the proposal. (b) Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners: We expressed our serious concern against the non payment of long pending medical claims .Director HR appreciated our concerns and mentioned that in March-2022 Rs 56 carores were released on this account and the pending medical claims upto December-2019 were cleared. Now on receipt of more revenue efforts will be made to clear pending medical claims upto December-2021.At present the revenue collection position is not good in BSNL.
15.06.2022Meeting with PGM Budget BSNL CO and Sr G M Esst BSNL CO on the above issues wherein they also apprised the same position as discussed with th Director HR.
15.06.2022Meeting with GM Admn BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai and Comrade M K Bagchi met GM Admn BSNL CO and requested for issuing the the same instructions like second wave of Covid -19 to clear the Covid treatment bills of first wave also. GM Admn mentioned that already CGMs have been empowered to clear such Bill's without the visit note of concern BSNL Officer on the same pattern of Second wave treatment bills. However, in case the cases are not resolved at Circle level then may be sent to BSNL CO for consideration.

15.06.2022Meeting with Member (Services)DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai along with Comrade M K Bagchi, Chief Mentor and Comrade A K Kaushik, Legal advisor CHQ met with Shri Nizamul Haq, Member Services and discussed regarding pension revision of BSNL pensioners. We requested for early reply to DoT finance wing queries on pension revision issue. Also explained the justification of pension revision by de-linking from pay revision of BSNL employees. Member Services have patient hearing to our pleadings and assured to discuss the matter with the concern Officers of DoT. We extended our sincere thanks to Members Services for sparing his valuable time to understand the issue and granting the meeting. Member Services mentioned that Mr Prahlad Rai as AGM and DGM NWP CFA in BSNL CO has worked under him and he is always available to hear our issues.  <<Photo->>       <<Photo-2>>

01.06.2022 GS Writes to Secretary DoT regarding : Appointment of Consultants by various field offices of DoT, TEC, TCIL, BBNL, etc.  <<Click here for letter>>

01.06.2022 A BRIEF OF SPECIAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIRBSNLEWA MH CIRCLE Held ON 28th MAY 2022 AT KALYAN

 A Special General Body meeting of All India Retired BSNL Executives Welfare Association was held on 28th May 2022 at 15.00 hours in the Kalabrahma Auditorium, Telephone Exchange Building, Kalatalav, Kalyan West, with an Open Session.

Com. R D Pimpalkar, DS MMR-Kalyan Branch in his welcome address briefly narrated about the history of formation of AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle body.

The meeting was attended and addressed by many distinguished guests including Three Great stalwart General Secretaries of Retired employees associations, addressing the CEC by 3 GS was one of the unique and rare attraction, members got their knowledge and information updated by great informative speeches by all stalwarts, prominent personalities who attended among  the huge gathering were:

Shri Hariom Solanki, Hon’ble GMT Kalyan (Chief Guest)

Com Prahlad Rai, General Secretary AIRBSNLEWA CHQ

Com J S Yadav, General Secretary  RTOWA MTNL. Mumbai

Com S L Sonavane, General Secretary BDSCTPWA.

Com M.L. Deore, Asst General Secretary AIRBSNLEWA CHQ

Com. S  Ramamurthy, Chief Patron AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle

Com C. M Saste, Circle President  AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle

Com K P Nair, Circle Vice President AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle

Com. A R Manani, Circle Secretary AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle

Com Virendra Singh, Jt General Secretary  RTOWA MTNL Mumbai

 

Besides the office bearers viz. Com R D Pimpalkarjee, DS, MMR, Com Y E Saindanejee, ACS, Com T S Gajakosh, ACS, Com Ganesh Nikam  AFS  Com D.N Gharde, OS, Com S R Dinkar  DS Pune, Com. M.B.Tongale, DS Jalgaon, Com  P B Mhaske, DP, Jalgaon,  Com  P T Sonavane, VP, MMR, Com  P K Dudhal, FS, Pune, Trade unions leaders Com  Mukesh Wadhwani, District Secretary SNEA Kalyan, Com  K S Baste, District Secretary BSNLEU Kalyan, Com  Ashok Ugale District Secretary NFTE Kalyan, Com  GulshanParyani, District Secretary AIBSNLEA Kalyan were also attended the meeting.

Session started with “Deep Prajawalan” and Ganesh Vandana by distinguished guests, thereafter observing 2 minute silence in the memory of our departed comrades.  All the distinguished guest on the dias were felicitated by presenting  with Flower bouquet and Shawls.   All the leaders of other union/associations and prominent senior comrades and senior officers were also felicitated by presenting the bouquet.

Keeping alive the glorious tradition of Kalyan alive, District secretaries of SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNLEU and NFTE who were prominently present in the meeting had also felicitated GS AIRBSNLEWA Com Prahlad Rai  and CS AIRBSNLEWA Com A R Manani.

In the opening remarks by Circle President Com C.M Saste highlighted about the pending issues of the retired Executives’/non executives of BSNL viz. revision of pension, issued of PPOs at Circle Level, settlement of Long pending Medical Bills, revision of CGHS rates etc.

Com A R Manani CS submitted his detailed report on organizational matters of Circle Branch of AIRBSLEWA along with district-wise membership details.

He in report has elaborated about his efforts in settlement of cases of discrepancies in pension.  He also mentioned about 216 individual cases were resolved amicably by this association mainly related with CCA MH such as:  individuals Pension mismatch, EPPO not generated, corrections in EPPO particulars, Family, Spouse, nomination related issues, correction in Bank account, change of branch, DLC related, Excessive Income tax deducted, delay in Gratuity payment delay in final payment of GPD accumulations, non issue of pension slips, form 16 etc.

He also mentioned about the issues raised with CGM MH circle reg: Quarter retention behind 8 months,  pending medical claims including payment of FMA of Rs 1000 since 2019, claims pending, TA bills, Furnishing allowance, etc pending since 2018.  CS also highlighted about pending vigilance case in MH, which are still not completed even after completion of more than 2 years,  most burning issue of the present pending issue of about 212 MH  retirees belonging to ST category  who had still not received their any of retirement benefits which are held up illegally on the pretext of getting validated their Caste certificate.  He mentioned that after lot of correspondence about 12 letters at CGM and at BSNL CO level where GS had also took his efforts by meeting almost every competent level and highlighting this issue, now  after 28 months long wait, ultimately this issue is on the verge of settlement, but still we are watchful as not a single division still had released payments.  He also mentioned about issue of Identity card for pensioners which still not released by many divisions citing short of funds and short of staff.   He mentioned that during the period Association had written total about 59 letters to CCA MH,CGM MH, GM HR,CGM WTR/WTP, PGM Kalyan, PGM Nashik, GM Jalgaon, A/D CGHS & to GS AIRBSNLEWA.,

CS also briefed about various meeting held  with A/D CGHS for opening of new wellness centre at Nashik, Aurangabad and  either at Kalyan/Dombivali/Panvel.  He appreciated the efforts taken by Com M.L.Deore, for getting the CGHS wellness centre at Nasik, which finally succeeded in last year and CGHS wellness centre has also been opened at Nashik and  now waiting to get it opened at Aurangabad and Thakurli ( in between Kalyan-Dombivali).

One of the most burning issue of today for pensioners is issue of PENSION REVISION: CS requested GS to  elaborate in detail about status of this case and negotiation going on in DoT, BSNL, DPE on this matter, CS also raised issue of increase in Medical reimbursement ceiling for OPD as recently BSNL instead of increasing this ceiling  had reduced it from 15 to 12 days , Exploring the possibility of making tie up with Mediclaim insurance companies for pensioners just like recently BSNL had launched  for its working employees, that may be for all BSNL MRS card holders or even for CGHS card holders. Empanelment of more & more Hospitals under BSNL MRS and CGHS too. Inordinate delay in clearing CGHS Payment  to PVT hospitals , because of which many reputed hospitals are not coming voluntarily for empanelment, beside there is short of supply of essential routine medicines, even quality of some medicines is very poor, expiry day is very near, means may expire within days of supply to the CGHS beneficiaries.

GS BDSCTPWA Com S.L Sonavane addressed the house in his unique style, he expressed satisfaction that association under Shri Prahlad Rai is doing good things for pensioners of all castes, creeds and  has great experience of so many years behind him, he requested GS to look into one recent letter from Ministry of Personnel, public grievances & Pension DoP & Pensioners welfare letter dated 20-05-2022 for granting some facilities and financial support to welfare associations of Pensioners.  He emphasized the need of coming all Associations of Pensioners into a common forum to achieve common interest of revision of pension & pay revision etc.

Com J S Yadav GS RTOWA MTNL Mumbai has informed that Smt. Vibha Govil Mishra has taken over the charge of CCA Maharashtra & Goa who is very positive and transparent approach in attending and settling the grievances of the pensioners and advised to take benefit of her positive approach and settle all the pending issues of pensioners of Maharashtra Circle.  He mentioned that in MTNL they had brought transparency in CCA working and all complaints booked are available on portal with status report.  He expressed his happiness that BSNL & MTNL are fighting unitedly for the common cause of revision of Pension and other related matters. 

Finally eagerness of everybody was over when name of Com.Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA was announced as next speaker, under thundering applauses he started his marathon speech expressing thanks to organizers by organizing such a  grand well attended meeting of pensioners he had rarely seen, he reminded everyone with the timing of formation of BSNL in 2000 and preconditions, he narrated each and every step right from the formation of BSNL days to present BSNL, He assured to take care of all the issues raised by MH comrades through CS report.

GS Comrade Prahlad Rai spoke elaborately regarding the formation of AIRBSNLEWA  association in 2010 and thereafter association’s continuous in perusing & settlement of issues of retired employees of BSNL. With regard to issue of Pension Revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017 he explained that the latest developments are being updated to all our members through website and whatsapp messages.  He reiterated that the DOT has to accept our demands, as the Govt has already clarified that the payment of pension to retired BSNL Employees is the liability of DOT and since DOT has already implemented the 2nd PRC recommendations by revising pension to BSNL pensioners retired between 1-10-2000 to 31-12-2006.

While interacting with the members Com Prahlad Rai clarified that:.

Once case of pension for the pensioners retired upto 31-12-2016 is settled, Govt has to accept the revision of pension for the employees retired on or after 1.1.2017 and on the basis of notional pay (as per 2ndPRC) pension at par with the pensioners retired upto 31.12.2016 ( i.e. 50%of notional pay + fitment benefit  at  par with the pensioners retired upto 31-12-2016) he told as per 7th CPC now  there is  PRC to settle our pension revision case, association along with other likeminded  associations is fighting this case legally at Delhi PBCAT for which we require legal funds.  Hence an appeal was made to all to contribute at least Rs.1000/- as Legal fund to fight the case to its logical end and simultaneously pressurize Govt to agree on delinking of Pension revision of retired employees with  grant of Pay fixation of working employees, there should not be any affordability clause for retired employees as BSNL had already paid the pension contribution on highest of pay scale to the Govt..

Regarding payment of pending medical bills and other TA related bills by BSNL he  assured that, he will strongly pursue the cases of  payments by Ministry of Health to CGHS-Empanelled hospitals, revision of CGHS rates etc, vigorously with the senior officers of  health ministry

Com.  Prahlad Rai praised the efforts of AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle in settlement of cases of pension discrepancies and other related matters. He appealed all the members for increasing the membership and supporting the CHQ by raising funds for legal expenses for the pending court cases. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to MH Circle of AIRBSNLEWA for inviting him and conducting the function in a befitting manner.

Finally Chief guest Hon’ble GMT Kalyan Shri Hariom Solanki, praised the AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle for its efforts in welfare of retired employees of BSNL. He told that he never kept any retired employee or members of Association waiting in front of his office and always ready to meet them at any point of time. He expressed his readiness to solve our pending issues at the earliest. He mentioned how the issues given by association through its CS were resolved immediately, even service book of 6 employees has been brought back from CCA and their pay will be fixed now as per new guidelines. Regarding ID card he told already his AGM Admn applied for advance to get ID cards printed at SSA level in phased manner. He asked help from retired employees to  support BSNL by becoming its channel partner, DSA, franchisee and brand ambassador and to increase its revenue. 

The meeting ended at 1900 hours with vote of thanks by Com. S Rama Murthy followed by singing of National Anthem

 

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21.05.2022 Meeting with Member ((Finance) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade A K Kaushik, Legal Advisor CHQ and Comrade K M Goyal, FS Delhi Circle AIRBSNLEWA met with Shri Dilip Padheyji, Member(Finance ) DoT and requested to Member Finance to kindly give early Clearance to the proposals send by DoT Establishment on pension revision of BSNL pensioners. Member Finance DoT mentioned that the matter is being examined by the DDG Account DoT and today he is on leave otherwise he could have find out the status. He also mentioned that at present they are extremely busy in 5G spectrum allocation business. However he assured that within 8-10 days Finance wing opinion will be given to the Establishment cell of DoT. We further requested to settle long pending pension revision case of BSNL pensioners. Member Finance DoT assured to look into the matter personally.

(b) Payment of pension to BSNL pensioners through SAMPAN software. We extended thanks for bringing all the BSNL pensioners under SAMPAN for pension payments but explained some difficulties in completing KYP demanded by respective CCAs to verify the details. It has become difficult for all the senior Citizens to visit CCA offices to long distances. We explained that since all the required information are available in the PPO book then why this exercise is being done again. Member Finance DoT explained that it  a very good software through which 95000 VRS optees retirement benefits were immediately paid and pension payments were made by next month itself. Now all the pensioners are being brought under this software for pension payments. Regarding difficulties being faced by pensioners in its implementation he will find out the status and will try to ease the system so that pensioners need not to run the CCA offices. He assured an early action in this regard.

21.05.2022 Meeting with Member (Services) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade A K Kaushik, Legal Advisor CHQ and Comrade K M Goyal, FS Delhi Circle AIRBSNLEWA met with Shri Nizamul Haq , Member(Services) DoT Congratulated and welcomed him on assuming the high office of Member(Services) DoT. We requested to Member Services to kindly settle long pending pension revision case of BSNL pensioners wef 01-01-2017. Member Services assured to look into the matter and advice us to further discuss the matter when he is free. At present he was busy in some meeting with DoT senior officers.
21.05.2022 Meeting with our Senior Advocate on pension revision case:-- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Com A K Kaushik, Legal Advisor CHQ , Comrade K M Goyal, FS AIRBSNLEWA, Delhi Circle, Comrade G L Jogi, GS SNPWA and Comrade Mudgil, AGS RTWOA MTNL Delhi met Shri Rajshekher Rao, Senior Advocate wherein our Advocate on record Ms Gauri Puri was also present in the meeting. We expressed our serious concern regarding non hearing of Pension Revision case in the PBCAT New Delhi for the last two years. Every time case is being listed at the last and due to not hearing being deferred on the next dates. Senior Advocate explained that for the last two years only Virtual hearings were taking place and only 10-12 cases of urgent nature were being heard. Now the physical hearings have started but the cases pending for the year-2012 and thereafter are being heard. Even today we can't expect hearing before October or Nov-2022. After detail discussions our Advocate on record Ms Gauri Puri suggested to file an application for early hearing. On this Senior Advocate opined that even after this hearing it may not take place but effort can be taken up. Now our advocate will file an application for an early hearing. Senior counselor also opined that if the matter is resolved through negotiations will be time saving and best approach. In this direction AIRBSNLEWA CHQ is already making best efforts to get resolved the issue through Political and administrative channel.

20.05.2022 GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding Payment of pending medical Claims/ FMA of Rs 1000 PM against BSNL MRS without Voucher option / LTC/Transfer TA/Furnishing allowance /Messing allowance/Per Diem Allowance to BSNL Pensioners lying pending since 2018.  <<click here for letter>>

14.05.2022  AIRBSNLEWA Faizabad District Secretary Comrade S S Shuklaji Submitted a Memorandum duly signed by GS for pension revision of BSNL pensioners, along with Shri P N Varma DE Retd (who is also our mentor & patron), to Faizabad MP Shri Lalloo Singhji on 14-05-22.  He was kind enough to accept our Memorandum & immediately forwarded the same to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India. We are extremely thankful the Hon'ble MP Faizabad (Ayodhya) for his kind concern and immediate action.

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14.05.2022  Status of IDA Arrears Court Case:  The above captioned matter was listed on 12.05.2022 as item no. 25 in Division Bench -VII comprising HMJ. Najmi Waziri and HMJ Swarana Kanta Sharma at Delhi High Court for arguments.

Due to paucity of time, the matter could not be taken up and was adjourned to 05.07.2022 for arguments.
13.05.2022 AIRBSNLEWA submitted Memorandum to Hon'ble Prime Minister  regarding Pension Revision:-

A delegation of AIRBSNLEWA UP(East) Circle led by Shri D.K. Biswzas District Vice President Varanasi and Shri L.B.Tripathi D S Varanasi on the behalf of Comrade GS and CS Shri Pallab Bose, met Respected Shri Neelkanth Tiwary PRO/MLA UP assembly Varanasi south earlier today on 13-05-2022 at Prime Minister Parliamentary Office Varanasi (Jansampark Karyalay Varanasi). They submitted the memorandum addressed to
Shri Narendra Modi ji Hon"ble Prime Minister of India, address by AIRBSNLEWA GS Shri Prahalad Rai for pension revision. The memorandum was regarding Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners having combined service of DoT & BSNL w.e.f. 01-01-2017.


Hon'ble Shri Neelkanth Tiwary ji PRO/MLA Uttar Pradesh assembly has given a positive response and has assured for affirmative action.

We are thankful to Respected Shri Neelkanth Tiwary ji for his positive response.


 
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13.05.2022 Felicitation of Shri Sandeep Govil, CGMT Rajasthan circle on getting selected as Director (CM) BSNL Board New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Com M L Ostwal, Circle Secretary, Rajasthan Circle and Shri K K Barsar District Secretary, JPTD, AIRBSNLEWA Congratulated and felicitated to Shri Sandeep Govil, CGMT Rajasthan circle on getting selected as Director (CM) BSNL Board New Delhi and requested him to use his good office to help the BSNL pensioners in settling their long pending medical claims and pension revision of BSNL pensioners. Shri Sandeep Govil Ji assured to look into the matter when he gets the opportunity. AIRBSNLEWA gave best wishes for his success as Director CM BSNL Board New Delhi. He appreciated our concern and assured his co-operation.  <<Click for Photo>>

05.05.2022 Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM Budget BSNL CO New Delhi regarding payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and requested for early payment. Sr GM Budget BSNL CO Shri P C Bhatt Ji mentioned that as per the assurances given by CMD BSNL to our Association Rs 65 Crores were released in the month of March-2022 on this account and the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto December- 2019 have been cleared. At present funds collections are not that much, thus immediately funds cannot be released. However efforts will be made to release some funds in the month of August or September-2022.The present liability towards pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners is about Rs 350/- Crores. He appreciated our concern and assured to release some funds in case funds position permits.

05.05.2022 Discussions with Member(Finance) DOT on the issue of Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Member (Finance), DoT regarding Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners and requested for its early settlement. Shri Dilip Padhey Ji, Member Finance DoT informed that recently DoT Establishment cell has sent four proposals in the Finance wing of DoT which are being examined by internal Finance of DoT. He assured that within one or two weeks the proposals will be examined and cleared. He gave a positive assurance in this regard and further assured that he will immediately inform us after its clearance. Comrade GS extended sincere gratitude and thanks to Member (Finance), DoT for his positive attitude and response towards the settlement of this important long pending issue.

20.04.2022Due to unavoidable circumstances, the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of AIRBSNLEWA scheduled to be held virtually on Sunday, the 24.4.2022 from 10.30 hours to 18.00 hours is postponed till further notice  <<click here for notice >>
16.04.2022 Very sad news..........Late Comrade Darbara Singh Ji is the Circle Secretary of our AIRBSNLEWA Haryana Circle and Circle Secretary of AIBSNLEA. We worked to gather more than 12 years.....Comrade Darbara Singh Ji was a dedicated and true leader of our Associations......his contributions in Harryana circle will always be remembered........I have lost a well wisher and committed solder of our Associations...........we convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Late Comrade Darbara Singh Ji on his sad demise........we pray almighty God to rest soul in peace............Om Shanti

16.04.2022 AIRBSNLEWA, Jaipur Rajasthan circle meeting held on 16th April-2022:- AIRBSNLEWA Jaipur, Rajasthan Circle Get together programme was arranged on 16th April 2022 at Jaipur in Vimal Villas, Jaipur. Comrade T R Nanda District President welcomed the guests on dias and esteemed members. Comrade K K Barser, District Secretary in his address apprised the local problems mainly non payment of medical claims of BSNL pensioners by BSNL and pension revision case etc. He assured to increase the members. Comrade M L Ostwal CS Rajasthan Circle in his address explained the status of Organisational activities and assoured to open New branches at all District Headquarters. Comrade D K Kalyan Sr Vice President empress upon increasing organisational activities since the Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA in his address explained the status of the All India level issues e.g. reimbursement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, Problems being faced by BSNL pensioners in CGHS health centres and their settlement through Association. The Court case on pension revision of BSNL pensioners and the efforts through administrative/ ministerial channel for its settlement etc. He advised CS to open branches at all the District Headquarters before AIC. Comrade K G Arora, Circle President assured to to strengthen the organisation in Rajasthan Circle. During interactive session Comrade GS replied all the quarries raised by the members to their satisfaction. Comrade D K Kalyan, Sr Vice President extended Vote of thanks. The meeting was arranged in a Nice manner. Lunch followed.

13.04.2022 Extended CEC Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA UP(East) held at Lucknow on 13th April-2022:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS and Comrade Pallab Bose AGS &CS attended and address the Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA UP East circle at Lucknow on 13th April-2022 organised in Apollo Hospital Auditorium, Lucknow. The CEC Meeting was organised in a grand manner. Comrade Abbash Circle President welcomed all the members and guests on the dias. Comrade GS Prahlad Rai was welcomed and felicitated on the occasion. Comrade Pallab Bose AGS/CS apprised in detail the organisational activities of UP East circle and discussed the problems being faced by the members due to non payment of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, non empanelment of important hospitals of Lucknow under CGHS and revision of pension of BSNL pensioners etc. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA in his address explained the status of the Court cases on pension revision of BSNL pensioners, IDA increase as per 78.2 percentage basis from 1-1-2007 filed by AIRBSNLEWA in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi and Hon'ble High Court Delhi. He apprised that pension revision case in PBCAT New Delhi has been listed for hearing on 19th May-2022 and 78.2 fitment benefit case Writ Petition on 12-5-2022. Since the physical hearings have started, We may expect hearings on these dates. He explained that despite the assurances given by CMD BSNL the required funds have not been released by BSNL CO to clear long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. We will further discuss the matter with CMD BSNL and Director HR BSNL Board New Delhi to settle the long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. He assured to discuss the matter of granting notional increment to the employees who completed one year service on the day of their retirement as the Judgement of Hon'ble High Court in our CWC meeting for taking further legal course of action. He requested to propose for conducting CWC meeting or AIC at Lucknow etc. In the interactive session comrade GS replied all the quarries raised by the members to their satisfaction. He appreciated the functioning of UP East circle and advised to enroll more members. After the interactive session a special session of medical awareness was conducted by the team of Eminent Doctors of Apollo Hospital on Cardiology and Orthopaedic problems. The veteran members of the age of 75-Years were felicitated by the CEC Meeting. The Auditorium and food arrangements were sponsored by the Apolo Hospital, Lucknow. The Auditorium was jam packed. CHQ congratulate the UP Circle for the successful CEC Meeting.    <<<click here for glimpses >>>

23.03.2022 AIRBSNLEWA District Conference of Jodhpur(Rajasthan) Telecom District branch held on 23rd March 2022:- The District Conference of AIRBSNLEWA Jodhpur District branch, Rajasthan circle held on 23rd March 2022. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A K Tiwari, Organisation Secretary (West) Rajasthan circle attended and addressed the conference as special guests. Comrade M K Meena, District Secretary of Adhoc District body welcome the special guests and apprised the local problems being faced by BSNL pensioners e.g. TA/DA payment on retirement to home town are pending, CGHS dispensary is situated at first floor thus Senior Citizens are finding difficulty in climbing stairs and opening of two more dispensary in Jodhpur town etc. Com Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA apprised the status of All India issues mainly the Court cases on pension revision, DA arrear court case, payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure etc. Comrade GS requested to open the branches at all the District Head Quarters. He also replied the queries of Members. Comrade A K Tiwari OS West requested to regularise the District Adhoc body and accordingly the District Body was regularised. OS West also told that Dist rict body at Bikaner and Pali Marwar Districts will be opened shortly. Comrade Kishore Dadhich extended Vote of thanks.
23.03.2022  CWC MEETING:- Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the All India Retired Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Executives’ Welfare Association (AIRBSNLEWA) is scheduled to be held virtually on Sunday, the 24th April, 2022 from 10.30 hours to 18.00 hours. 

All the CHQ Office Bearers, Advisors, Circle Secretaries,  Circle Presidents & CWC members are requested to attend the meeting

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23.03.2022  AIRBSNLEWA District Conference of Jodhpur(Rajasthan) Telecom District branch held on 23rd March2022:- The District Conference of AIRBSNLEWA Jodhpur District branch, Rajasthan circle held on 23rd April-2022.Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA ,Comrade A K Tiwari, Organisation Secretary (West) Rajasthan circle attended and address the conference as special guests. Comrade M K Meena, Disrict Secretary of Adohc Disrict body welcome the special guests and apprised the local problems being faced by BSNL pensioners e.g. TA/DA payment on retirement to home town are pending, CGHS dispensary is situated at first floor thus Senior Citizens are finding difficulty in climbing stairs and opening of two more dispensary in Jodhpur town etc. Com Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA apprised the status of All India issues mainly the Court cases on pension revision, DA arrear court case , payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure etc. Comrade GS requested to open the branches at all the District Head quarters. He also replied the queries of Members. Comrade A K Tiwari OS West requested to regularise the District Adhoc body and accordingly the District Body was regularised. OS West also told that District body at Bikaner and Pali Marwar Districts will be opened shortly. Comrade Kishore Dadhich extended Vote of thanks.   <<< click for photo >>>
12.03.2022  OPEN SESSION OF 7TH AIC OF AIBSNLEA:-

Com. Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBENLEWA addressed the Open Session of AIBSNLEA on 12th March 2022 at RGM TTC, Chennai on the eve of its 7th AIC. Shri Shanmugham, Hon. MP was the Chief Guest.

As Chairman of AIBSNLEA, he welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and other prominent Trade union leader for the Open Session. As GS AIRBSNLEWA, he has expressed his gratitude to GS & President of AIBSNLEA for inviting him as GS AIRBSNLEWA for the open session of the 7th AIC of AIBSNLEA and giving him an opportunity to address the gathering.

He has explained how the BSNL was killed by the management in a calculated way slowly slowly put in losses. He mentioned that the present financial condition of the BSNL is not due to any lapse on the part of its employees, but is due to the wrong policies of the Govt. of India and the failure on the part of the BSNL management.

In the year of 2004-05 BSNL had made a profit of more than 10000 crores and the strength of the employees were more than 3 to 3.25 lakhs. Slowly the profit was reduced and in the year of 2008-09 it came to 400 crores and subsequently it started making losses. BSNL was being paid ADC charges of 4000 to 5000 crores as compensation towards the service rendered in the rural areas on reduced rental. But, later, on the basis of the recommendation of the TRAI, Govt. of India stopped paying the ADC charges and BSNL was forced to continue to serve the rural areas with reduced rental.

It is evident from the fact that after introduction of revival package and VRS of about 78600 employees, the financial position has not been improved which clearly indicates that the employees are not responsible for the loss of BSNL. Even now, the salaries are not paid in time to the remaining employees. Only VRS has been implemented and other assurances of revival package like 4G, Land monetization, etc has not been given inspite of the lapse of 2 and half years after announcing the revival package. He has also detailed about the land and properties arbitrarily taken over by the DoT from the BSNL. He also mentioned that at the time of formation of BSNL, assets and liabilities were given and only assets are being taken over by the DoT and liabilities are left to the BSNL and its employees.

As per the recommendation the pay of BSNL employees are to be revised, whereas on the pretext of loss, the pay revision and arbitrarily stopped by the Govt. and the pension revision of the retired pensioners are also held up.

He mentioned that AIRBSNLEWA is fighting the pension revision in the court of law against the pension revision, as 5 years had already been passed from the date of last pension revision. The pension revision was due as on 1.1.2017 on completion of 10 years and the same has not been done by linking the pension revision of the retired pensioners with the pay revision of the working employees.

He also mentioned about the recent meeting he had with Secretary Telecom, wherein he has submitted a memorandum citing the detailed report with full justification for the pension revision and the indifferent attitude of DoT Officers dealing with the cases. He also mentioned that the BSNL pensioners are drawing the pension from the consolidated fund of Govt. of India and the pension contribution of these pensioners have already been paid on the maximum of the scale as against the minimum of the scale, as per the provision of Rule 37-A of pension Rules 1972.


He mentioned that the pension revision of BSNL pensioners and the pay revision of the BSNL employees have no relation whatsoever in so far as the combined service of BSNL pensioners are concerned, since these pensioners have no role in the financial status of the BSNL, since they do not and cannot contribute to the financial growth of BSNL. He mentioned that it is a conspiracy against the BSNL employees those who have retired and those who are retiring by the DoT officers.

He also mentioned that the employees of BSNL are at the execution level and the policy decisions are being taken by the ITS officers arbitrarily occupied the posts in the BSNL without owning any responsibility of the organization. But, these ITS officers working on deputation in BSNL are enjoying all the benefits of 7th CPC.

He also stated that after the pension revision, the minimum pension of a Group D employees retired from Govt. service is Rs.9000/-, whereas, the minimum pension of a Group D employee retired from BSNL is Rs.3500/-, due to non-implementation of pension revision of BSNL pensioners.

He also mentioned about an another long pending issue of BSNL pensioners where, as per the order of DPE regarding 78.2% IDA fitment benefits is due to BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2007. but, it has been paid to the BSNL pensioners from June 2013 onwards only.

He also pointed out that BSNL pensioners are getting notice under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961 from Income Tax department having combined service in DoT and BSNL for the leave encashment payment received by the against the leave earned during their service in DoT period.

He also mentioned that E1A and E2A pay scale has been arbitrarily downgraded in BSNL to E1 and E2, whereas in MTNL equivalent cadre employees are getting E2 and E3. He also mentioned that 30% superannuation benefits should be given to the Director Recruit JTOs and JAOs of BSNL, whereas as per the 2nd PRC recommendation, it is not available. He also mentioned that after 2nd PRC 2007 and 2010 batch parallel recruited JAOs pay scale is 10000 less than that of the others. This was not settled intentionally which shows the attitude of the BSNL management. Now, there is no promotions happening and our executives are being de-motivated in all levels by the BSNL management.

He also mentioned that agreement is being signed by the unions and associations with BSNL management and pensioners have not signed any agreement and why the pensioners should suffer. The medical bills of BSNL pensioners are pending for more than 3 years for re-imbursement. CGHS are not available in all the cities.

He appealed the serving unions and associations to extend their support and help in resolving the heart burning issues of BSNL pensioners who are all senior citizens. He also mentioned that we pensioners have worked together with all of you and requested to understand the problems and difficulties faced by the pensioners and support to resolve the same.

He extended all sorts of support to the associations and unions for any call given for the viability of BSNL and assured their personal presence at any given time.

He thanked one and all for patient hearing and wished the AIC of AIBSNLEA become a great success.

08.03.2022  Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA with Secretary( Telecom ):- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singh Ji,  President CHQ and Comrade  A J Ram, CS Delhi Circle met Secretary DoT and while submitting the Memorandum discussed the following;-

Pension revision of BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2017. While welcoming the Secretary Telecom, we discussed the memorandum in detail mainly the pension revision of BSNL pensioners with effect from 1.1.2017. we explained that before 1.10.2000, we were DoT employees and after formation of BSNL w.e.f. 1.10.2000, we exercised our option for absorption in BSNL with the assurance of Govt. of India for the Government pension after incorporating the 37-A in the CCS Pension Rules 1972. Accordingly BSNL pensioners are drawing pension from DoT/ consolidated fund of Govt. of India. Earlier, the Pension revision of BSNL pensioners was done wef 01-01-2007 and was further due for revision w.e.f. 1.1.2017 after 10 years. Whereas the counterpart pensioners of DoT, are getting revised pension as per 7th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2016 after 10 years from 1.1.2006. But for BSNL pensioners, the pension has not been revised even after 15 years on the pretext of non-revision of Pay of the working employees of BSNL due to its continuous loss making.

We further explained to Secretary Telecom that we BSNL pensioners are not playing any role in the profit and loss of BSNL.  Our pension contribution has already been paid to the DoT on the maximum of pay scale during our services, as per Rule 37-A CCS Pension Rule 1972 provisions.  Thus, the linking of Pension revision of retired persons with the pay revision of working employees is not at all justified.   It is experienced that some DoT officers dealing with the pension revision issue are quite indifferent with the absorbed employees of BSNL and with their over jealous attitude, they are linking pension revision with pay revision to avoid the revision and settle their score with the absorbed employees of BSNL.  Whereas these DoT officers are serving in BSNL /MTNL on deputation and are enjoying the pay revision with all other benefits of 7th CPC at par with their counter parts in the DoT and they are also enjoying revised pension  after their retirement from BSNL as per 7th CPC.  We further explained that a group ‘D’ employees of BSNL is drawing Rs.3500/- per month pension after their retirement from BSNL, whereas a group ‘D’ retired from  DoT  is drawing Rs.9000/- per month pension.  But this fact has never been appreciated by the establishment section of DoT.   We also explained that 9 recommendations of the 7th CPC has already been implemented for the BSNL pensioners by the DoT, except the Pension revision of BSNL pensioners on flimsy ground.

We also discussed about payment of arrears of 78.2% IDA fitment benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 instead of June 2013 as per DPE order to BSNL Pensioners &  also regarding the notices  under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961  being received by many BSNL pensioners from Income Tax department having combined service in DoT and BSNL for payment of income tax for the leave encashment received for the service rendered in DoT.

The Secretary Telecom patiently heard our submissions and after some discussions on the above issues assured that he will get it examined shortly.

We extended our sincere gratitude and thanks to the Secretary Telecom for giving us a patient hearing for more than half an hour and his kind consideration and  for the assurance for examining issues raised by us.

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08.03.2022 AIRBSNLEWA meeting with Member (Finance) DoT :- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singh Ji, President CHQ and Comrade A J Ram, CS Delhi Circle met with Member Finance DoT and discussed the Memorandum submitted to the Secretary DoT. We apprised him in detail our discussions with Secretary Telecom and his concern to understand the matter mainly regarding the pension revision of BSNL pensioners wef 01-01-2017.

We also discussed about payment of arrears of 78.2% IDA fitment benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 instead of June 2013 as per DPE order to BSNL Pensioners and  also regarding the notices  under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961  being received by many BSNL pensioners from Income Tax department having combined service in DoT and BSNL for payment of income tax for the leave encashment received for the service rendered in DoT.


The Member Finance DoT patiently heard our submissions and after some discussions on the above issues assured that he is aware of the issues and will certainly discuss at the appropriate level and time.
We extended our sincere thanks to the Member Finance DoT for giving us a patient hearing and positive response .

26.02.2022Meeting with Secretary (Telecom) is rescheduled:- PPS to Secretary (T) today informed that due Maha Shivaratri holiday on 1st March-2022 the meeting is rescheduled on 3rd March-2022 at 4.30 PM

25.02.2022Meeting with our Advocate Ms Gauri Puri at New Delhi on 22nd February-2022:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met and discussed with Ms Gauri Puri our Advocate at New Delhi on 22nd February 2022.(a) Regarding Pension Revision case we requested to our Advocate for making efforts for early listing of the case. Advocate explained that I virtual hearings only 7-8 cases are being heard in a day and listing of the case is being done in the Registrar Office where no body can influence. Now the physical hearings are expected shortly then only we may expect our case hearing. (b) Regarding DA arrear court case in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi the rejoinder has been filed by DoT. Now the case has been posted for hearing on 28-02-2022 (c) Income tax department notices for TDS deduction on Leave Encashment amount of DoT period was discussed and after detailed discussions our Advocate suggested that the individuals should first try through administrative channel thereafter they may go for appeal in the Income tax Tribunal locally. Even after the matter is not resolved then Association may file Writ Petition in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi seeking All India relief.

24.02.2022Meeting with Member Finance DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met Member Finance DoT and discussed regarding Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. Member Finance DoT mentioned that matter is under consideration to DoT but final view is yet to be taken.

24.02.2022Meeting with  DDG Esst DoT, DDG Pers and DDG PM DoT :- Discussed regarding Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners wherein DDG Esst. DoT continue to mention that Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners can't take place without the pay revision of BSNL employees. In case the pension revision of BSNL pensioners is considered without the pay revision then an anamoly will be created to the post retiring employees after 01-01-2017.We further mentioned that as per the 7th CPC pension revision formula our Pension Revision may be considered notionally wef 01-01-2017 and actual on the last pay drawn which will avoid anomaly and BSNL need not pay the arrears. DDG Esst DoT after detailed discussions assured to look into the matter . Our suggestion was appreciated by other senior officers of DoT. However, AIRBSNLEWA will discuss the matter with Secretary Telecom and Hon'ble MOC shortly. Regarding BSNLs viability it was confirmed by DoT officers that Govt is considering to give a financial package of amounting more than one lac Carores for its revival.
24.02.2022Meeting with PGM Pers BSNL CO;- we requested PGM Pers BSNL CO for true implementation of the Hon'ble Supreme court judgement on Rule206. PGM Pers further mentioned that court judgement on Rule206 has been implemented and review DPCs have been conducted. However, he mentioned that existing Ers of SDEs are going to be revised wherein JTO to SDE promotion will be there after 12 years on functional basis not depending on availability of SDE posts.
21.02.2022Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners pending for the last two years. We requested CMD BSNL for the clearance of all the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners before 31-03-2022 as assured by him to our Association also extended thanks to him for releasing Rs 50 Crores to clear pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners in the month of December-2021 as assured by him to our Association. CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and mentioned that in December-2021 he has released Rs 50 Crores on this account and will further try to release some funds in the month of March-2022 in case the sufficient funds are collected.

(b) Reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure:- We extended sincere thanks to CMD BSNL for releasing orders to clear all the claims of reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure within one month time for those BSNL pensioners who have opted for CGHS facility by 31-03-2022.

21.02.2022Meeting with Sr GM Budget BSNL CO :- Regarding Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- We requested Sr GM Budget BSNL CO regarding Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners by 31-03-2022 as assured by CMD BSNL. Sr GM Budget BSNL CO mentioned that Rs 50 Crores were released in the month of December-2021 on this account and will further release some funds in the month of March- 2022 depending on the revenue collections. We extended thanks to him for his positive response.
21.02.2022Meeting with GM Admn BSNL CO ND :- Regarding reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure. G.M Admn mentioned that there were several Complaints for delay in reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure in some Circles. In view of this CMD has directed to issue the order for reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure within one month time thus now BSNL pensioners should switch over to CGHS immediately since BSNL is finding difficulty in releasing funds.

 21.02.2022Meeting with Sr GM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi:- Com. Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM Esst. BSNL CO New Delhi regarding Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. Sr GM ESST. BSNL CO informed that DoT has conducted some internal meetings on this issue for its resolution and try to evolve some formula on this account but matter can be resolved only with the willingness of senior level administration.

15.02.2022GS writes to MoC & IT requesting for granting of meeting to AIRBSNLWEA.  <<click for letter >>
15.02.2022GS writes to Director CGHS regarding Non-implementation of Clarifications regarding investigations at Empanelled Diagnostic Centres in respect of CGHS beneficiaries aged 75 years and above by Fortis Hospital, Jaipur.  <click for letter>
14.02.2022GS writes to Secretary DoT, Govt. of India, New Delhi requesting for granting appointment  to discuss the pension revision of BSNL retirees.  <<click for letter>>
14.02.2022GS writes to Director CGHS regarding Suggestions for simplification of procedure for treatment in CGHS Empanelled Hospitals/HCO after referral by CGHS WC.  <<Click for letter>>
14.02.2022GS writes to Director CGHS regarding Opening of new CGHS WC in Mansarovar area of Jaipur City (Rajasthan)  <<Click for letter>>

14.02.2022Reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with GM Admn BSNL CO ND regarding reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure on early basis:-GM Admn BSNL CO ND informed that matter has been discussed with CMD BSNL and he has directed to issue an order that BSNL pensioners may apply for CGHS facility by 31-03-2022 and their parents will be reimbursed within one month time. The necessary order in this regard will be issued today itself. Thus BSNL pensioners should switch over to CGHS immediately and their reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners is ensured within one month time. Earlier also CMD BSNL assured that CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure will be cleared on priority and he fulfilled his commitment.

20.01.2022GS writes to Shri Narendra Modiji, Hon. Prime Minister of India, New Delhi regarding revision of pension of BSNL Retirees as per the provision of CCS Pension Rules 2021. <<click here for copy of letter>>

17.01.2022GS writes to Secretary DoT, New Delhi regarding revision of pension of BSNL Retirees as per the provision of CCS Pension Rules 2021.  <<<click here for letter  >>>

17.12.2021Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with CMD BSNL regarding

(a) Settlement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- We expressed our serious concern  against the non payment of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners for the last three  years.CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and assured that in this Financial year all the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners will be cleared. He also mentioned that the problem is genuine but due to shortage of funds the medical claims of BSNL pensioners couldn't be cleared.

(b) Pension Revision of BSNL pensioners:- We requested CMD BSNL to use his good office in the Settlement of pension revision of BSNL pensioners by explaining to Secretary DoT and Hon'ble MOC. CMD BSNL mentioned that matter is under consideration in DoT but we people should also convince the DoT administration and Hon'ble MOC.  

Meeting with Sr GM Budget BSNL CO:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr. GM Budget BSNL CO regarding Payment of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. We expressed our concern against the non payment of medical claims of BSNL pensioners for the last three  years where as the medical claims of BSNL employees are being paid regularly. Sr. GM Budget confirmed  and mentioned that about Rs 200/- Crores liability is there in this regard and at present the funds collection condition is  not good but in the month of March-2022 revenue collection will be more and funds will be allotted on this account thus all the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners will be cleared.              

Meeting with Sr. GM Estt. BSNL CO New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr. GM Estt. BSNL CO regarding

(1) Notional increment benefit to the employees who retired on superannuation on 31st May as per the Judgement of Hon'ble Supreme court. Sr. GM Estt. BSNL CO further mentioned that DoP&T  has already clarified that the  Hon'ble Supreme court judgement is applicable only for the individual and can't be generalized. Against this DoP&T order many employees have further filed the SLP in the Hon'ble Supreme court and after the outcome of the court case it may be generalized.

(2) Pay fixation to officiating JTOs under FR 22(1) a (i) in all the Circles:- We requested Sr. GM Esst. BSNL CO for issuing a general order for the implementation of FR 22 (1) a(i) in the Circles. Sr. GM Esst. BSNL CO mentioned that some Offg. JTOs of Kerala circle has filed SLP in the Hon'ble Supreme court on this issue and after the out of the Judgement of Hon'ble Supreme court the decision will be taken in this regard. Regarding recovery of offg JTOs due to BSNL CO pay fixation order,  Sr. GM Estt. BSNL mentioned that Head of the Circle are empowered to wave of the recovery of circle cadres. The matter may be taken up with the concern CGMs.                    

Meeting with Member Finance DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA along with Comrade Kishan Singh Ji, President and Comrade A K Jain FS met Member Finance DoT and Felicitated him assuming   the high office of Member Finance DoT.

(1) We requested him to help the BSNL pensioners for their pension revision case. We explained the justification for the pension revision of BSNL pensioners by delinking from pay revision of BSNL employees. Member Finance DoT after some discussions assoured that he will discuss the matter with Member  Services DoT for the settlement of this issue.

(2)   Portability of  PPO from one Circle to another Circle after change of station on retirement.  We requested Member Finance DoT to consider the request for allowing portability of PPO from one Circle to another Circle on change of station on retirement. Member Finance DoT mentioned that matter is under consideration and one time option will be given to such pensioners. This decision may take two or three months  time.                             

Meeting with DDG Esst. DoT:-  Comrade GS, President and FS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ met DDG Estt.  DoT and discussed regarding Pension Revision  of BSNL pensioners:- We explained to DDG Estt. DoT the justification of pension revision of BSNL pensioners by delinking from pay revision of BSNL employees. DDG Estt. DoT mentioned regarding anomaly in the  pension of post retiring employees after 1-1-2017 in case it is implemented without the pay revision of BSNL employees. We explained that we have already provided the formula to avoid pension anomaly. DDG Estt. DoT advised us to further submit the proposal. We will further provide the proposal.                               

Meeting with DDG PM DoT:- Comrade GS,  President and FS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ met DDG PM DoT and discussed regarding Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners:- DDG PM informed that matter is under consideration to Secretary DoT. Already one meeting in this regard has taken place and further meeting will be held shortly to discuss the matter for its solution.

16.12.2021Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Director HR BSNL Board  regarding

(1) Settlement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- We expressed our concern against the non payment of long pending  medical claims of BSNL pensioners and requested for early payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. Director HR advised to discuss the matter with CMD BSNL.

(2) Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners:- We requested Director HR for using his good office in the Settlement of pension revision of BSNL pensioners in DoT. Director HR informed that DoT administration is discussing the matter and trying to evolve the method for pension revision. The pension revision from IDA to CDA pay scale is being discussed in DoT wef 1-1-2016 .                     

Meeting with PGM Pers. BSNL CO:- Implementation of Rule 206 as per the Hon'ble Supreme court judgement for SDEs seniority:-We requested to PGM Pers for the correct implementation of Rule 206 as per the Judgement of Hon'ble Supreme court for SDEs seniority. PGM Pers. BSNL CO mentioned that BSNL CO has contacted review DPCs and re-casted the  SDEs seniority .We explained that re-casted SDE seniority is not in the true sprite of Hon'ble Supreme court judgement.

14.12.2021GS writes to CMD regarding Non-payment/delay in payment of retirement benefits on account of delay in verification of caste certificate in respect of retiring employee.  <<Click here for letter>>
09.12.2021Status of Our OAs on Pension Revision ( Combined Services ) issue pending in PB CAT, Delhi :-


OAs were listed for Final Hearing at Sl. No. 33 & 34 but could not reach upto Hearing stage. Our OAs could not be taken up to start Hearing due to paucity of time and adjourned to 08/02/2022.

23.11.2021G.S. writes to Sr. GM (Esttt), regarding Pay fixation case of Officiating JTOs under FR 22 (1) a (i)- Regarding  <<click here for letter >>
20.11.2021G.S. writes to Director(HR) BSNL CO regarding submission of life certificate by pensioners for land line services.  <<<click here for copy of letter>>>
18.11.2021G.S. writes to Director CGHS regarding Cashless treatment to CGHS beneficiaries by CGHS empanelled hospitals   <<click here for copy of letter>>
14.11.2021G.S. writes to Member (Finance) DoT, New Delhi regarding provision of facility in SAMPAN for transfer of pension from one circle(state) to another circle(state) <<click here for letter>>
13.11.2021G.S. writes to Chairman CBDT, New Delhi regarding Income Tax exemption on Leave encashment w.r.t. notice under section to 154 to BSNL Pensioners.   << click here for letter>>
10.11.2021G.S. writes to CMD BSNL regarding Payment of Medical Bills of Pensioners  <<click here for letter>>
09.11.2021G.S. writes to Secretary DoT, regarding Pension Revision of BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 01-01-2017. <<click here for letter>>
06.10.20212nd Disrict Conference of AIRBSNLEWA Jaipur, Rajasthan:- 2nd District Conference of AIRBSNLEWA Jaipur, Rajasthan Circle held at Federation Hall, PGMTD campus Jaipur on 6th October- 2021.Shri Sanjay Kumarji PGMTD Jaipur attended as Chief Guest, Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA Comrade S S Rawat, Organising Secretary (North), Comrade M L Ostwal CS AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle, Comrade K G Arora, Circle President attended and address the conference as special guests. Comrade T R Nanda, District President presided over the conference, Comrade D K Kalyan in his Key Note address while welcoming discussed the burning issues of BSNL pensioners. Comrade GS Prahlad Rai in his address explained the states of BSNL pensioners issues e.g. reimbursement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, Court cases in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi and PBCAT New Delhi on 78.2 ./. fitment benefit wef 01-01-2007, Pension Revision case, undue deduction of IT on Leave encashment of DoT period, insurance health scheme for BSNL pensioners etc.New District Body was elected Unanimously. Comrade T R Nanda, Comrade D K Kalyan, Comrade K K Berser and Comrade Gandi Lal were elected as District President, Sr Vice President, District Secretary and Financial Secretary respectively . Comrade T R Nanda District President extended Vote of thanks. A good number of members attended and made the conference memorable.

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08.09.2021Meeting with Sr GM Estt BSNL CO New Delhi:-

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Com A G Ramji CS Delhi Circle and Comrade Mishraji CP Gujarat circle met with Sr GM Estt BSNL CO New Delhi and discussed regarding

(a) FR 22 (1) a (i) pay fixation to officiating JTOs and recovery:-

We expressed our concern against the recovery being made by Gujarat circle of Officiating JTOs against the FR 22(1) a(i) pay fixation on their regular promotion. Sr GM Estt after some discussions mentioned that no instructions have been issued from BSNL CO New Delhi for any recovery. However such case can be taken up in BSNL CO for clarification. We advise our CP Gujarat circle for sending a letter by enumerating the facts.

(b) Notional increment benefit to the employees who retired on superannuation on 31st July on completion of 365 days service.

Sr GM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi informed that DoP&T has already clarified that no benefit of one increment will be granted in such cases. The court judgement on this issue has been implemented for an individual case but not generalise. Thus the matter can be taken up with DoP&T for clarification .

08.09.2021Meeting with CGM NTR ND:-

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Comrade AJ Ram CS DELHI CIRCLE met with CGM NTR ND and requested to clear the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners by creating liability .CGM NTR mentioned that due to non receipt of funds from BSNL CO the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners couldn't be cleared. He assured to ensure immediate creation of liability for pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners.

08.09.2021Meeting with GM Admn BSNL CO ND:-

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Com A G Ramji CS Delhi Circle and Comrade Mishraji CP Gujarat circle and discussed with GM Admn. BSNL CO ND regarding issuing instructions to clear the medical claims of BSNL pensioners during the first Covid-19 pandemic situation like the instructions issued during 2nd wave of Covid-19 pandemic situation.... GM Admn BSNL CO ND

10.08.2021BRIEF OF MEETING OF CHQ OBs, CSs OF AIRBSNLEWA HELD ON 8.8.2021:-
A meeting of the CHQ Office Bearers and Circle Secretaries of AIRBSNLEWA was held through Google Meet on Sunday, 8.8.2021 at 19.00 hours to discuss about various matters related to the Pensioners and the organization activities. Over all 39 participants attended the meeting.Comrade Kishan Singhji, President in his welcome address explained the status of our pending issues and the efforts taken by the association for their settlement. He requested all the members to discuss the issues and organisational matters in brief due to shortage of time and coprate.
G.S. Com. Prahlad Rai briefed the grievances of the pensioners like Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure by BSNL, health insurance scheme for BSNL pensioners, Reimbursement of BSNL pensioners residential telephone bills of Delhi and Mumbai area, Rejoinder submitted by BSNL on pension revision case in the PBCAT New Delhi for delition of their name, Status of pension revision of BSNL pensioners court case in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi , Court case on 78.2 -/. IDA pension arear payment wef 1-1-2007 instead of 1-6-12013 in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi and regarding other court cases and its present status, IDA restoration, etc. He categorically mentioned that the decision on the court cases are expected only after resuming the physical hearing and the delay in the final outcome of the court cases are only due to the absence of physical hearing and due to pandemic only online hearings of the cases are taken place. The final decisions are delivered by the judiciary only in the cases of urgent nature and the service matters are not treated as urgent. He also mentioned that there is no lapse in pursuing the court cases from the Association Side.
GS also mentioned that there are already instructions from BSNL CO for creating liability of the pending payments of the medical bills by the SSAs / Circles. He has requested all the Circle Secretaries to taken up the matter with the respective circles with the said order copy and he assured that once the liability is created against the pending bills, the payment of such bills are rest assured, even if it gets delayed also.
All the Circle Secretaries had briefed about the organizational matters in their respective circles, status of the remittance of legal funds, pending issues with a request to pursue the same at CHQ level. GS assured to pursue all the issues raised by the Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers.
Participants has requested the GS to further pursue the matters of pending payment of TA bills of the VRS 2019 optees, enhancement of concession on the FTTH connections to the retirees, Health insurance to all the retirees, Non issuance of Form-16 by the BSNL as well as DoT for the Pensions as well as for the ex-gratia payment, displaying the pending medical and telephone bills in the portal by the Circles / SSA to avoid corruption in clearing the pending medical / telephone bills of the retirees by favoritism, final issue of PPO in the cases of Provisional pension cases, issue of Caste verification of ST candidates of VRS optees and settlement of their pension, payment of interest for the delayed GPF payments, Pay fixation case of Officiating JTOs who has taken VRS, notional increment case,

Various difficulties faced by the CGHS card holders in the day to day activities while taking treatment from CGHS like repeated visits to CGHS for references and signatures at multiple times were also brought to the notice of the GS and requested to take up with the Director of CGHS, New Delhi,
Com. Prahlad Rai requested all the participants to concentrate on forming the circle and branches at District level, wherever it does not exist and strengthen the organization by increasing the membership. He also requested all to concentrate on collection of legal fund and its timely remittance to ensure that the payments to the advocates are not delayed for want of fund to ensure smooth pursuance of the multiple court cases and for its final outcome in our favour.
Com. Bagchi, veteran leader of MTNL Retired Association and our Chief Pateron also attended the meeting as a special guest and addressed the meeting. He has appreciated the G.S. Com. Prahlad Rai in keeping the enthusiasm and team spirit continuing after retirement also and expressed his happiness to see all the old friends and leaders.
It was also decided to hold such meetings with an interval of 2 months till the pandemic is ended and physical CWC is held by the CHQ.
The meeting concluded at 21.15 hours with vote of thanks by Com. K. P. Nair.

Prahlad Rai
GS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ.
06.08.2021Meeting with CMD BSNL: -Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Comrade A G Ram CS AIRBSNLEWA Delhi Circle discussed with CMD BSNL regarding:-

 (a) Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- we expressed our serious concern against the non payment of medical claims of BSNL pensioners for the last two years and requested to release funds to settle the long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners .As the medical claims of BSNL employees are being cleared regularly. CMD mentioned that about 70 Carores were released on this account.We clarified that this amount was paid to clear the dues of empenalled hospitals and the pending online medical claims of BSNL pensioners retired on VRS 2019 scheme but the other offline payment of pensioners are still pending. CMD appreciated our concern and assured to look into the matter to release some funds on this account.

(b) Medical health insurance scheme for BSNL pensioners also;- We requested CMD BSNL to consider the medical health scheme for BSNL pensioners also. CMD mentioned that the premium for BSNL pensioners will be high and how the premium will be paid.we clarified that scheme will be optional and optees will make the payment through online. After some discussions CMD assured that he will direct BSNL CO concern officers team to negotiate with the insurance company and finalise a medical insurance scheme for BSNL pensioners also. (c) Reimbursement of BSNL pensioners residential telephone bills of Delhi and Mumbai area;- we requested to direct the concern officers of BSNL to settle the pending telephone bills of Delhi and Mumbai area. CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter. (d)Rejoinder submitted by BSNL and on pension revision case in the PBCAT New Delhi:- We requested CMD BSNL to kindly clarify the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi that pension contributions of BSNL employees has been paid on the maximum of the pay scale.Now DoT has to revise the pension. CMD was non committal on this issue.

06.08.2021Meeting with Director (HR) BSNL Board- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA along with Com A.G. Ram, CS AIRBSNLEA  Delhi Circle met Director (HR) BSNL Board New Delhi and discussed regarding 


(a) Non- Payment of Medical claims of BSNL Pensioners:- We expressed our serious  concern against the non-payment  of long pending medical claims of BSNL Pensioners whereas the BSNL serving employees medical claims are being cleared regularly.  Director (HR) appreciated our concern and during discussions we mentioned that even the Income Tax  is being deducted against the non- paid medical claims and shown as income in the Form 26 AS. Director (HR) mentioned that  he will discuss the matter with the concern officers  in BSNL C.O. and will ensure that the medical claims are uploaded online by BSNL Pensioners like BSNL employees and their medical claims are paid online regularly along with the BSNL employees medical claims. He assured that he will discuss the matter with Director (F) to clear the pending medical claims by releasing funds on this accounts.

 

(b) Health Insurance policy for BSNL Pensioner: - We appreciated the decision of BSNL Management for a bringing Health Insurance policy for BSNL employees and requested to bring the similar policy for the BSNL Pensioners also. Director (HR) appreciated our concern and explained some difficulties in bringing this policy for BSNL Pensioners due to payment   of Premium amount and its mechanism etc. we clarified that decided premium will be paid to BSNL by the pensioners who opt this policy and BSNL will remit to Insurance Company. This policy will be optional only. Director (HR) assured that a Committee will be formed to negotiate with the Insurance Company and to have discussions with BSNL Pensioners Associations. This actions will be taken shortly. We extended our sincere thanks for his kind consideration.

 

 

06.08.2021 Meeting with our Advocate to discuss the court Cases - Comrade Prahlad Rai  GS AIRBSNLEWA along with Com G.L. Jogi GS SNPWA, Com Sebastin  GS SNEA, Com M.K. Bagchi, President RTWOA (MTNL) Com. S.S. Nanda  GS RTOWA (MTNL) and Com A.K. Kaushik our legal advisor met with  Mr. Rajshekhar Rao and Ms. Gauri Puri our counselors to discuss  the pension revision Court case and other pending court cases- They apprised that pension revision Case for BSNL is coming on hearing on 9th August 2021 wherein BSNL’s rejoinder to detach may be decide and it will be linked  with MTNL case to be heard jointly on 22nd October 2021. Mr. Rajshekhar Rao mentioned that due to Covid -19 , Pandemic  situation the virtual hearings  are taking place and these cases may be properly heard in the  physical hearings only.

 

Rule- 206 Contempt Case:-    our Advocate apprised that against the mis- interpretation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgement on Rules 206 contempt case has been filled in the Hon’ble Supreme Court where in the notices have been issued but the urgent cases are only being heard at present . However, effects are being made for early hearing on contempt petition.

 

78.2% IDA fitment Benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 instead of 1.6.2013 to BSNL Pensioners: - The writ petition filed by AIRBSNLEWA in the Hon’ble High Court Delhi against the Hon’ble PB CAT ND Judgement   is being heard on 10th August 2021 and may be further posted for next date.

 

06.08.2021Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO New Delhi - Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA  met with  PGM (Pers.) and discussed regarding  wrong implementation Rule -206  Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgement for SDEs  seniority  by BSNL C.O. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that BSNL C.O. has released two review DPC lists and 3rd is being issued shortly. We mentioned that against these review DPCs only contempt case has been filed in the Hon’ble Supreme Court but due to Covid -19 situation it is not being heard. He didn’t comment over it.

06.08.2021Meeting with GM (SR) and GM (Admin) BSNL CO New Delhi - Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met on courtesy call to the New GM (SR) and GM (Admin) and discussed the pending issues of BSNL Pensioners i.e. non-settlement of long pending medical claims, revalidation of BSNL MRS Card and extension of its date, introduction Health insurance policy for BSNL Pensioners etc.  They assured to look into the pending matters.

 

22.07.2021Status of our pension revision court case filed in PB CAT, New Delhi :-
MTNL already filed an Application in PB CAT,praying for removing MTNL from the list of Respondents on the same line as BSNL
did earlier. Naturally it will be opposed by our Advocate stating that MTNL can not be removed as one of the Respondents on the same grounds as was advocated in case of similar prayer from BSNL earlier. It was notified earlier for this matter to come before PB CAT, New Delhi on 21/07/2021. But this was not happened so as the matter was adjourned. Further date is still expected to be notified. Earlier we were told earlier for the OA to come before PB CAT on 08/08/2021. That is also now uncertain as per our Advocate as the hearing of all such cases in PB CAT, are being rescheduled.
This is as per latest status obtained from our Advocate over telephone. Delayed response to intimate you all is due to delayed authenticated feedback obtained from our Advocate - Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA
22.07.2021GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding

a. Regarding permission to join another CPSE on contractual basis after retiring Voluntarily under BSNL VRS-2019. <<letter>>

b. Regarding corrections in the BSNL MRS declaration form<<letter>>

 05.07.2021 Admin Cell of BSNL CO issued instructions regarding policy for provision of concessional FTTH connections for serving /Retired employees of BSNL....<<Click here for policy>>
 15.06.2021GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding

a.Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners-reg<<letter>>

b.Health Insurance for BSNL Serving and Retired Employees- Reg <<letter>>

 

 17.05.2021Status of court cases-

a.O.A 1271/2020- Retired Telecom Officers' Welfare Association vs. UOI & Ors:

Principal Bench CAT issued notice dated 27.04.2021 , wherein the captioned matters stand adjourned to 15.06.2021. In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Ld. CAT is hearing matters which are urgent, and both the parties have given their willingness. Pleadings in the MTNL matter are yet to be completed and in so far as BSNL is concerned, the MA for deletion of BSNL is yet to be decided. Therefore, there is no urgency in the matters and the request for hearing may not be accepted. We will wait for the hearing on 15.06.2021 to decide the further course of action.

b.WP (C)- 13202/2019- All India Retired BSNL Executives Welfare Association Vs Union of India & Ors.

The captioned matter is listed on 27.05.2021.However, in view of the surge of COVID-19 cases, the High Court of Delhi has issued a circular dated 15.05.2021 wherein, matters of the year 2020 and previous years have been adjourned en bloc on the dates notified and only extremely urgent matters filed in the year 2021 are being taken up by the Court. Accordingly, the captioned matter stands adjourned to 10.08.2021.

 08.04.2021Meeting with CGMT Rajasthan circle at Jaipur on 8th April 2021:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Comrade M L Ostwal CS AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle met with CGMT Rajasthan circle at Jaipur  discussed regarding some pending issues of BSNL pensioners e.g. section of Special leave for LTC to Mansarover Yarra- Case of Mr Chhaperwal Retd AO BSNL , Pay fixation under FR 22 (1) a(i) to offg JTOs and reimbursement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners as the funds has been released from BSNL CO New Delhi. After some discussions  CGMT Rajasthan circle at Jaipur assured to look into the issues for early settlement.
08.04.2021Meeting with PGMTD Jaipur on 8th April2021 :- GS Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Comrade M L Ostwal CS Rajasthan Circle  AIRBSNLEWA met Shri Sanjay Kumarji PGMTD Jaipur and greeted him on assuming the new assignment as PGMTD Jaipur from PGM BSNL CO New Delhi. Shri Sanjay Kumarji PGMTD Jaipur assured to help the BSNL pensioners in solving their problems .We also assured him our fullest cooperation<<photo>>
  08.04.2021GS AIRBSNLEWA  write to Director (CGHS) regarding Permission to allow CGHS Pensioners for purchase of medicines from market during peak Covid period .<<letter>>
08.04.2021 Reimbursement of medical claims of BSNL pensioners:-* Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with PGM Budget BSNL CO New Delhi regarding reimbursement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and PGM Budget informed that he has already issued instructions to PGM ERP  Gaziabad to update all pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and PGM ERP has informed that he has already adviced Circles to send the information of pending medical claims for reimbursement .PGM Budget informed that Rs 60 Carores have been released for the reimbursement of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and last weak Rs 42 Carores have been paid to empenalled hospital dues.He assured that within two- three days medical claims of BSNL pensioners will be reimbursed. We extended thanks to the BSNL management.
 

18.03.2021 Status of court cases-O.A 1271/2020- Retired Telecom Officers' Welfare Association vs. UOI & Ors.:The captioned matters were listed today as Item No. 9 & 10 at 02.30 PM before the Hon'ble Member Ms. Aradhana Johri through virtual hearing at the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi.

Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate appeared on the behalf of the Applicants. Mr. Manjeet Singh Reen appeared for the Respondents No. 1, 3 & 4 and Mr. Mohd. Faizal appeared for the MTNL i.e. Respondent No. 2. Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate apprised the Hon'ble Tribunal that the Rejoinder has been filed to the Counter Affidavit of Respondent no. 1,3 & 4. Counsel for the Respondent affirmed service of the same. Counsel for the Respondent No. 2 (MTNL) sought some time to file the Counter Affidavit. On this, the Hon'ble Tribunal gives two weeks time to the Respondent No. 2 to file Reply and  2 weeks time thereafter to the Applicants to file their Rejoinder. Accordingly, the matter stands adjourned to 18.05.2021.

Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate appeared on the behalf of the Applicants. Mr. R. K Sharma appeared for the Respondents No. 1, 3 & 4. Mr. R V Sinha appeared for the Respondent No.2 (BSNL).


Mr. R.V Sinha apprised the Hon'ble Tribunal that MA No. 76/2021 was filed for deletion of name of BSNL from the O.A as BSNL may be a proper party but not a necessary party since no relief has been sought against them.

On this, Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate apprised the Hon'ble Tribunal that the Reply to the M.A has been filed along with the objections and submitted that the BSNL is a proper party in the proceedings as all the Applicants were have retired from BSNL and further presence of BSNL is necessary for proper adjudication of the subject matter. Further, Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate submitted that the DOT has denied the revision of pension on the ground that the same cannot be done as the Pay has not been revised by the BSNL. Further, Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate submitted that as per Rule 37 of CCS Pension Rules, 1972, BSNL has been paying pension contributions to the DOT. Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate also placed reliance on a Judgment of the Hon'ble Supreme Court wherein the Hon'ble Court held that a proper party against whom no relief is sought may be necessary for effective adjudication to determine the real controversy in the matter. Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate submitted that while prayer is sought against DOT for revision of pension, the stand taken by DOPW which is yet to be examined by DOT is that no pay revision has taken place so far in BSNL and therefore, pension cannot be revised. Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate submitted that in the event the Tribunal holds this to be correct, then necessarily BSNL will have to be present to determine the controversy as to why pay revision has not been done so far. Moreover, the pension if fixed will be on the last pay drawn for which BSNL's presence is essential. After hearing the parties, the Hon'ble Member directed the parties to file copies of the Judgments they sought to rely upon and adjourned the matter for hearing on 18.05.2021.

18.03.2021 Reply given by Hon'ble MOSC&IT Shri SANJAY DHOTRE Ji in RAJYA SABHA today on 'WAGE REVISION FOR BSNL EMPLOYEES'.....<<<<Click here for reply>>>>
09-03-2021:AIRBSNLEWA Tamilnadu Circle hold its 1st Circle Conference at Trichi.Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA Could not attend the Circle Conference due continuous increase in Covid-19 cases, Comrade S Shivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA attended and address the conference. Circle Conference was conducted in a decent manner. Comrade S Kamraj along with Comrade Kurpaiha and others made nice arrangements for successful conduction of the Circle Conference. A large number of delegates from Tamilnadu Circle and local members actively participated in the Conference. New circle body elections were conducted unanimously. Circle President Comrade M.Chandarasekaran, Circle Secretary Comrade S.Kamaraj, Circle Finance secretary Comrade R.Guruprasath are unanimously elected, remaining Circle Office bearers list will follow. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ congratulate the newly elected Circle Officers bearers and and assure fullest cooperation. GS AIRBSNLEWA

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05-03-2021:BSNL CO isued instruction regarding  Ex-gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL <Click here>
02-03-2021:Ex-gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM( Esst ) BSNL CO New Delhi regarding final instalment payment of Ex- gratia to VRS optees of BSNL .Sr GM(Esst) informed that today DoT accounts cell has confirmed that by tomarrow Ex-gratia final instalment amount will be transferred to BSNL account and BSNL will release Ex- gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL in the next week positively.Last week DDG (PM ) DoT informed to Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA to release the Ex- gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL in the first weak of March-2021.AIRBSNLEWA CHQ continuously pursueded the matter with DoT and BSNL officers and now being settelled.
16-02-2021:Income Tax on leave Encashment paid by BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with GM Taxation BSNL CO on the issue of Income Tax notices/ demand note received by BSNL pensioners for the payment of Income Tax on leave Encashment paid by BSNL on combined leave of DoT and BSNL. Against this AIRBSNLEWA has written to CMD BSNL for taking up the matter with Income Tax department. BSNL vide its letter issued in th year 2012 categorically mentioned that DoT period leaves Encashment is exempted from Income Tax payment
,accordingly the IT was not deducted from leave encasement. Now IT department has issued notices/ demand note for IT payment to BSNL pensioners. AIRBSNLEWA has protested against these notices. GM Taxation BSNL CO New Delhi today informed that our letter has been discussed with the competent authority and it is decided that a letter will be sent to DoT to take up the matter with Ministery of Finance, Govt of India for the withdrawal of notice/ demand note.
08-02-2021:Final payment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi regarding final payment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL. Sr GM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi informed that DoT has directed to all the CCAs to verify the claims raised by BSNL .Accordingly CCAs are verifying the claims raised by BSNL and about 450 cases are still pending for verification. He expected that this verification process will be completed by next week and thereafter Ex gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL may be made by the end of this month. BSNL concern circles are immediately clarifying the CCAs queries. He also informed that DoT has already received funds from DoE on this account.
02-02-2021: Meeting with CGMT Rajasthan circle:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS and Comrade M L Ostwal, CS Rajasthan AIRBSNLEWA met CGMT Rajasthan circle and discussed regarding

(a) Payment of pending medical claims upto March- 2019 as per the BSNL CO decision. CGMT Rajasthan Circle mentioned the funds received from BSNL Corporate office were fully utilised. However, remaining medical claims will be cleared on receipt of the funds.

(b) Pay fixation under FR 22(1)(a)(i) to Officiating JTOs:- We requested CGMT Raj to consider the pay fixation of Officiating JTOs under FR 22(1) (a)( i). CGMT called GM(HR) and directed him to examine the case and an early action.

(c) Payment of pending personal claims of VRS retirees:- We apprised CGMT Raj for the early settlement of pending personal claims viz TA/DA claims, leave encasement etc with some examples of Bhilwara District branch. CGMT Rajasthan directed to GM( HR) for the settlement the pending cases. He mentioned that pensioners issues should be settelled on priority and the ePPOs, leave encasement etc should be given to BSNL pensioners on the day of their retirement. We extended thanks for his concern towards pensioners.

31-01-2021: AIRBSNLEWA District Branch Conference :- AIRBSNLEWA Bhilwara District branch, Rajasthan Circle hold its District Conference at Kyara ke Balalaji, Comrade GS Prahlad Rai and Comrade M L Ostwal CS , Comrade Devi Lal ,OS( South) attended and address the meeting.

Comrade M D Ram Disrict President welcomed all the members and guests. Comrade M P Dhanopia, District Secretary in his report apprised that at present 50 regular Paid members are there and some more will be enrolled shortly.

Com Devi Lal , OS (S) explained that in South Area Udaipur and Bhilwara branches are functioning well and shortly Ajmer, Banswara, Chittoregarh and Sirohi branches will be formed.

Comrade GS Prahlad Rai and Comrade M L Ostwal CS , Comrade Devi Lal ,OS(South) attended and address the meeting. Comrade M D Ram Circle President welcomed all the members and guests.

Comrade M P Dhanopia, District Secretary in his report apprised that at present 50 regular Paid members are there and some more will be enrolled shortly. Comrade Devi lal OS (S) informed that Udaipur and Bhilwara branches are functioning well and shortly Ajmer, Banswara Chittoregarh Sirohi branches will be firmed.

Comrade M L Ostwal Circle Secretary in his address explained that AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle is functioning well and shortly in all the Districts Branches will be opened. He apprised the activities of Circle level and assured For the early settlement of some problems raised during discussions.

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA in his address congratulated the AIRBSNLEWA Bhilwara District branch Rajasthan Circle for arranging a good meeting. He explained the status of the all India issues ie settlement of pending medical claims, Payment of final instalment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL , IT department notices for TDS deduction on Leave Encasement amount, JTOs offg pay fixation under FR 22(1)(a) (i), status of Court cases on pension related issues, 78.2% IDA pay fixation from 1-1-2007 etce.

Comrade M D Ram, District President extended Vote of thanks.

Meeting followed with delicious Lunch.

29-01-2021: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding

a.Notice under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961   received by many pensioners from Income tax department regarding Taxation on leave Encashment.<<letter>>

b. Issues being faced by BSNL pensioners of CTD Circle.<<letter>>

23-01-2021: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding Notice under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961   received by many pensioners from Income tax department regarding Taxation on leave Encashment.<<letter>>
23-01-2021: The matter WP (C)- 13202/2019- All India Retired BSNL Executives Welfare Association Vs Union of India & Ors. was listed on 18.01.2021 as Item No. 13 before the Hon'ble Registrar H.K Arora in Delhi High Court through video conferencing.
My Chamber colleague, Ms. Amrita Singh appeared for Petitioners and apprised the Court that Counter Affidavit has not been filed by the Respondent No. 1 and 2 despite taking sufficient time.
Mr. Jitesh Srivastava appeared for the Respondent No. 1 and sought time for filing the Reply. Mr. R.V. Sinha Counsel for the Respondent No. 2 apprised the Court that the Respondent No. 2 has filed their Counter Affidavit.
On this, the Hon'ble Registrar gives 4 weeks time to the Respondent No. 1 to file their Counter Affidavit. Accordingly, the matter is listed on 15.03.2021.
20-01-2021: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding release of retirement benefits to ST category employees whose caste certificate is pending for verification-cases of ST category employees of MH telecom circle retired under BSNL VRS 2019.....<<<Click here for letter>>>>
12-01-2021: BSNL CO  issued Order regarding Ex-gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL<<order>>
12-01-2021: Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with CMD BSNL regarding-         

(a) Non reimbursement of long pending medical claims to BSNL pensioners:- we extended our sincere thanks to CMD BSNL for clearing medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto March- 2019 and requested for early payment of all the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and mentioned that pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners liability is about Rs 125/- Crores and on availability of funds these medical claims will be cleared in parts. He assured an early action in this regard.

(b) Reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure: CMD BSNL informed that all the CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure are being paid by circles regularly. BSNL CO New Delhi has already issued instructions to circles. We apprised CMD BSNL regarding non payment of Rs 1000/- PM to CGHS beneficiaries in the areas/Districts where CGHS wellness health centres are not available .CMD BSNL immediately spoke with PGM (Esst) BSNL CO and directed him to provide us the copy of the orders issued by DoT in this regard. On receipt of the order copy the same will be circulated. 

(c) Reimbursement of residential telephone bills of Delhi/Mumbai area: We requested CMD BSNL for the reimbursement of long pending residential telephone bills of Delhi and Mumbai area. CMD assured to look into the matter and settle the issue.                         

(d) Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners- court case status: we appraised CMD BSNL regarding the Court case status on revision of pension of BSNL pensioners filed by AIRBSNLEWA and others in PB CAT ND and requested him to his good office in convincing Hon'ble Minister of Communications and Secretary DoT for delinking of pension revision from pay revision of BSNL employees. CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter and to discuss with concern DoT officers.                 

2. Meeting with PGM(Esst) BSNL CO: Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with PGM Esst BSNL CO regarding:-

(a) Ex - gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL: PGM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi informed that today Ex- gratia amount about Rs 1050 Crores will received from DoT and it will be paid within this month itself. MTNL has already received Rs 214 Crores Ex gratia amount from DoT.                         

(b) Implementation of Court orders for FR 22(1)a(i) pay fixation to  officiating JTOs uniformly: PGM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi informed FR22(1)a (i) has to be given to all the officiating It is through out the country. In case there is   problem in any Circle they may seek codification from BSNL CO New Delhi.

06-01-2021: view Govt./BSNL Orders:

1. DOT order regarding LC/DLC<<Click  Here >>

2 DPE order regarding Freezing of IDA<<Click  Here >>

3. BSNL order regarding  immovable property return<<Click  Here >>

27-12-2020: Ex-gratia final installment payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT and regarding final instalment payment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL. DDG(PM) informed that Member (Finance ) DoT has written to Ministry of Finance for the allotment of funds in this head. Ministry of Finance after the approval of the Parliament in its winter session will allow the payment. Hence it is expected that during Parliament winter session in January-2021 the Ex gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL will be released.Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT and regarding final instalment payment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL. DDG(PM) informed that Member (Finance ) DoT has written to Ministry of Finance for the allotment of funds in this head.Ministry of Finance after the approval of the Parliament in its winter session will allow the payment. Hence it is expected that during Parliament winter session in January-2021 the Ex gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL will be released.
23-12-2020: Status of Pension revision case :-
The captioned matters were listed today at 02.30 PM before the Ld. Single Bench of Mr. Pardeep Kumar through virtual hearing at the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench.Ms. Gauri Puri appeared on behalf of the Applicants in both matters. The Hon’ble Tribunal was informed by the Counsel for Respondents No. 1, 3 & 4, Mr. Manjeet Singh Reen, that the Reply has been filed. The Counsel for Respondent No. 2 (MTNL), Mohd. Faisal further sought 3 weeks time to file their Reply. On this, the Hon'ble Tribunal granted 3 weeks time to file their Reply to Respondent No. 2 and further 2 weeks time to file Rejoinder to the Applicants if required. In the BSNL matter, the Hon’ble Tribunal was informed by the Counsel for Respondents No. 1,3 & 4, Mr. R. K Sharma that the Reply has been filed. The Counsel for Respondent No. 2 (BSNL), Mr. R. V Sinha submitted that it is the matter of policy and Respondent No. 2 has no role to play in it and sought further 2 weeks time to file their Reply. On this, the Hon'ble Tribunal gave 2 weeks time to file their Reply to Respondent No. 2 and further 2 weeks time to file Rejoinder to the Applicant's if required.
Accordingly, the matters are now listed on 08.03.2021

03-12-2020: GS writes to Shri Prakash Javadekarji, Hon'ble minister for heavy industries and public enterprises, Govt Of India , New Delhi regarding Appeal to withdraw OM on Freezing of DA to employees of central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) drawing pay as per 2017,2007, 1997,1992 & 1987 IDA pay revision guidelines at current rates till 30th June 2021  .....<<<Click here for letter>>>>

03-12-2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar Ji, CMD, BSNL regarding payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners.....<<<Click Here for letter>>>
03-12-2020: Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:-BSNL CO New Delhi has released some funds to clear the medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto March -2019.Still medical claims are pending for the last 21-months,whereas the medical claims of BSNL serving employees are cleared upto March-2020. BSNL CO should  avide discrimination. GS AIRBSNLEWA<<<Click here for letter>>>
02-12-2020:  AIRBSNLEWA MH members met  Hon'ble CGMT MH Circle on 01.12.2020 <<<Click here for report>>
01-12-2020: GS writes to Shri Prakash Javedker ji , Hon'ble Minister for Heavy industries and Public Enterprises, Govt. of India, New Delhi regarding increase of Dearness Allowance from 17%% to 31% wef 30th June 2021-<<<Click here for letter>>>

27-11-2020: Ex-gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM(Esst) BSNL CO ND and expressed our serious concern against non payment of final instalment of gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL .Sr G M (Esst) informed that there is delay fromCircles in providing final requirement of Ex- gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL, still 25000 to 26000 VRS optees of BSNL information of Ex gratia is awaited from Circles .Director (HR) BSNL Board is sending a reminder DO to all the CGHS for sending immediate requirement to BSNL CO fixing personnel responsibility. He assured an early action in this regard. (b) Corrections in the PPOs of VRS optees of BSNL mentioning payment of pension under Rule-37A insteed of ' BSNL VRS-2019 sheme' SR GM Esst mentioned that after our association meeting with Director(HR) a DO was sent to DoT by Director(HR) for necessary corrections but still no order from DoT is received in this regard. Further a reminder will be sent to DoT.

27-11-2020: DoT issued order regarding Extension of period for submission of Life Certificate by Central Government pensioners till February 28, 2021<<<Click here for letter>>>
06-11-2020: GS writes to Shri P.K.Purwar Ji, CMD BSNL regarding extension of entitlement of service telephone connection renewal date up to 31st March-2021 for BSNL pensioners- request thereof. ...<<<Click here for letter>>>
03-11-2020: Pension Revision court case : The OA filed by AIRBSNLEWA, SNPWA and three MTNL Executives Associations ie RTOWA Delhi, RTWA Mumbai and MPWA Mumbai came for hearing today 2.30 PM in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi but DoT/BSNL didn't file reply and sought time.......our Advocate insisted for giving a short time to file the reply by DoT/BSNL........Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi posted the case for hearing on 23rd December-2020 ( by giving 6 week's time).....<<<Click here for our advocate message>>>
02-11-2020: IDA increase order yet to be issued by DPE:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT Shri Sanjeev Gupta ji and Dirctor PSU DoT Shri Ravinderan Prasad ji and enquired about the DPE orders for IDA increase wef 01-10-2020 for PSU employees and pensioners. DDG PM and Director PSU informed that till date DPE orders for IDA increase has not been received. However they assured to enquire the status from concern DPE officers. We will further contact them within two three days.
21-10-2020: GS writes to Shri P. K. Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding payment of long pending medical claims of Pensioners-request for....<<<Click here for letter>>>
21-10-2020: GS writes to The CGMT, BSNL Odisha Circle, Bhubneshwer  regarding election of AIRBSNLEWA Odisha Circle Office bearers-<<<Click here for letter>>>

03-10-2020:Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA congratulated Sh R K Goyal ji, PGM EB NTR ND on assuming the high office of PGM(Pers) BSNL CO. We requested him for the settlement of pending issues of the retired BSNL Executives. He assured to look into the matter. We assure him our fullest cooperation.

03-10-2020:Comrade GS Prahlad Rai along with Comrade M .L Ostwal CS , and Comrade K K Vyas FS, AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle Felicitated to Shri Sandeep Govil, CGMT on assuming the charge of CGMT Rajasthan circle on 30th September 2020 afternoon .We assured him our fullest cooperation and requested for the settlement of genuine problems of BSNL pensioners. CGMT Rajasthan Circle responded positive and assured For full cooperation.

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02-10-2020:Ex gratia final instalment payment:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT and discussed regarding payment of Ex gratia final instalment to VRS optees of BSNL. DDG PM mentioned that DoT has sent letters to DOE for the allocation of funds to release Ex gratia final instalment payment but the funds have not been allotted in this connection. However, it is expected that funds allotment will be there in the first week of November 2020 and Ex gratia payment can be made before Dipawali.  

01-10-2020:Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners- Court case:

Dear Comrades,

As you are aware that AIRBSNLEWA CHQ has filed the Court case in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi for revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. Pension Revision of BSNL pensioners is due from 01-01-2017 but DoT waited for 3rd PRC recommendations for the pay revision of BSNL employees which was notified in the month of August 2017. On the basis of 3rd PRC report BSNL Board recommended for Pay Revision of BSNL employees to DOT with 15% fitment benefit in October 17. But DoT administration raised many quarries regarding affordability and finally kept pending pay revision of BSNL employees due continuous losses in BSNL .The pension revision of BSNL pensioners is not considered on the pretext of non-revision of pay of BSNL serving employees.

AIRBSNLEWA CHQ continuously tried to convince the Hon'ble MOC, Secretary DoT, Secretary DPE and the concern officers of DoP&W but the DoT administration categorically told that since the pay revision of BSNL employees has not taken place the pension revision of BSNL pensioners cannot take place other wise pension anomaly will cause i.e.the pre 2017 pensioners will get higher pension then to those who will retire after 01-01-2017.The anomaly issue was referred to DoP&W for comments wherein DoP&W replied to DoT to provide the formula to avoid pension anamoly. But DoT did not reply to DoP&W and kept pending the issue unresolved. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ continued its efforts to convince the DoT/ DPE/DoP&W officers to delink the pension revision of BSNL pensioners from pay revision of BSNL employees since their pension contribution was regularly paid by BSNL to DoT on the maximum of the pay scale as serving employees. Hon'ble MOC on the Parliament floor and DoT administration categorically told that pension revision of BSNL pensioners will follow pay revision of BSNL employees.

All these developments were discussed in detail in the 3rd AIC of AIRBSNLEWA held at Vijaywada and decided to file a court case in PBCAT New Delhi for revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. Accordingly sincere efforts were made by our CHQ and in particular by our Dy GS Late Comrade Amit Gupta ji to collect the necessary documents under RTI from DoT/DPE/DoP&W etc .The draft of OA was prepared by Comrade Amit Guptaji Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA and after several discussions among CHQ Office bearers. The draft was finalised by AIRBSNLEWA CHQ and later on it was shared with the leaders of other BSNL/ MTNL pensioners Associations wherein their suggestions were also incorporated. For BSNL pensioners AIRBSNLEWA and SNPWA came to gather to file the case In the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi along with MTNL pensioner's three Associations .For MTNL pensioners Associations Comrade M K Bagchi, President RTWOA MTNL took the lead in coordinating and finalising the OA draft for MTNL pensioners. Comrade GS, President CHQ, Dy.GS and some comrades of Delhi Circle along with other Association leaders of BSNL/MTNL met our Advocates on many occasions to finalise the OA. After detailed discussions wit some additions and deletions the draft OA was finalised. Finally our Advocates Sh Rajshekher Rao and Madam Gauri Puri filed two OAs one for BSNL and other for MTNL pensioner Associations on 09.09.2020, which was admitted and posted for hearing on 3rd November 2020 for hearings. For BSNL pensioners AIRBSNLEWA and SNPWA has filed the OA and for MTNL pensioners RTWOA with two other Associations has filed the case in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi.

To contest the case regular persuasion and pleadings are required through our Advocates for which legal expenses will be there. To meet the legal expenses AIRBSNLEWA in its Extended Central Executive Committee virtual Meeting held on 19th September 2020 has unanimously decided to collect Rs 1000/- per member from the branches/ circles and to be deposited in AIRBSNLEWA CHQ Account through RTGS or NEFT at the earliest. Thus we earnestly appeal to all our members to deposit Rs 1000/- per head in CHQ Account through their respective branches please. GS, AIRBSNLEWA

30-09-2020: Felicitation of CGMT Rajasthan on his retirement on superannuation Comrade GS Prahlad Rai along with Comrade M L Ostwal CS AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle and other comrades felicitated Shri O P Gupta Ji CGMT Rajasthan circle on his retirement on superannuation on 30th September 2020 at Jaipur. Shri O P Gupta Ji was very helping officer to AIRBSNLEWA members<<photos>>

28-09-2020:AIRBSNLEWA consistent efforts yielded result in getting extention of Validity of BSNL MRS card upto 31-03-2021 from 30-09-2020 in veiw of on going Covid-19 situation.....we are thankful to Dirctor(HR) BSNL Board and GM(Admn) BSNL CO New Delhi for their kind consideration. GS,AIRBSNLEWA<<Read>>
25-09-2020:Extension of medical card validity up to 31-03-2021 from 30-09-2020 :-Comrade GS Prahlad Rai requested Director(HR) BSNL Board and GM Admn BSNL CO ND for the extension of BSNL MRS card for BSNL pensioners upto 31-03-2021 from 30-09-2020 in view of on going Covid-19 situation .Director (HR) considered our request and issued instructions for extending the date of BSNL MRS card .We are extremely thankful to them for considering our request favorably. GS,AIRBSNLEWA
19-09-2020:AIRBSNLEWA conducted its Extendeded Central Executive Committee meeting on 19th September-2020 successfully:- Dear Comrades, Yesterday on 19th September 2020 Extended (CEC) Central Executive Committee Meeting was conducted on Google meet commenced sharply at 7 pm and ended by 10.15 pm. Before commencement of the meeting Comrade President Kishan Singh Ji in his opening remarks welcomed all the participants and requested to observe two minutes silence in the memory of our beloved late Comrade Amit Gupta Ji Dy GS on his sad demise. After this Comrade President requested all the participants to discuss the agenda in time limit to give chance to every body .He also apprised the status of various court cases filed by AIRBSNLEWA. Comrade GS while welcoming all the esteemed participants emphasized on the following points and interacted with all very actively as usual.
1.To immediately form the Circle bodies/District branches in the Circles and BAs wherever not yet done.
2.Augment our membership base by enrolling more members.
3.Last installment of exgratia of VRS retirees is expected to be paid by this month end.
4.Delay in reimbursement of long pending MR Claims has been very strongly taken up with CMD and favorable actions are anticipated.    

5.CGHS payment reimbursement is being done regularly in all the Circles as assoured by CMD to this Association.

 6. Retention of staff quarters to VRS optees has been taken up but the BSNL management has increased the rent on high cost which we have further taken up and will discuss with Dir HR and CMD BSNL further for reconsideration.

7.Unjustified deduction of income tax on the unpaid medical claims has been protested on the basis of information received from In come tax department under RTI.

 8.The individual issues of some comrades are being taken up regularly. The ePPOs not released in Maharastra Circle has also been discussed in BSNL CO for an early settlement.

9, Discrepancies in the ePPOs regarding mentioning of 'BSNL VRS SCHEME 2019' is to be corrected as pension under Rule 37A CCS 1972 rules has been taken up with DoT Member Finance and Director HR BSNL.
10.Court cases filed by AIRBSNLEWA CHQ for the payment of 78.2% IDA fitment benefit to BSNL pensioners wef 01-01-2007 instead of June 2013 pending in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi and PBCAT New Delhi 6.Our Pension Revision case of BSNL and MTNL pensioners filed by AIRBSNLEWA , SNPWA and MTNL pensioners Associations respectively in the PBCAT New Delhi are closely being monitored and follow up ensured. GS says, DOT may go upto the apex court for which we have to be ready and geared up fully.It is unanimously decided to collect Rs 1000/- per head as legal fund to plead the case.Since the case has been filled in the name of the Association the judgement will be applicable to all the members of the Association.

11. Venue of the next CWC has been fixed as Hyderabad after lifting of all the prevailing COVID Restrictions.
Issues brought to the notice of GS.
1. Non Mentioning of Commutation details in the EPPO issued to VRS Retirees.
2. Retirees to be permitted to work as exclusive LCOs, if desires, for the provisioning of FTTH.
3.Immediate releasing of CGHS payments.                                                                                                    4.Retention of staff quarters to VRS optees of BSNL.
GS agreed to look into the above issues etc.

Generally the virtual meeting was very good with quality audio and video. Abuot 100 participants attended and interacted in the virtual Extended CEC Meeting.Most of the Circles representatives I.e. Assam, Bihar,Jharkhand,West Bengal, Odissa, Punjab, Haryana Rajasthan, Utterakhand ,Himmachal Predesh,Delhi UP East, UP West, MP, Gujarat, Maharstra,Andhra Pradesh, Telengana,Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu Circles very actively participated in the meeting. Vote of thanks was extended by Comrade Pallab Bose, AGS. Comrade GS also extended thanks to all the comrades for their active participation and assured that their issues will be taken up immediately at ' appropriate levels. Meeting was concluded with full satisfaction to all the participants. AIRBSNLEWA- ZINDABAD

18-09-2020:GS Writes to CGM Bihar Circle & CCA Bihar on formation of Circle Body  <<READ>>
17-09-2020:AIRBSNLEWA Bihar Circle Body is constituted as under :-
President : Sh. D.K. Jha,Retd AGM,
Vice President : Sh . Ajay Tlwari
Circle Secretary: Sh. Krishna Kumar,Retd CAO
ACS-I: Sh. Sunil Kr. Sinha
ACS-II: Sh. S. Banerjee
ACS-III: Sh. R.B. Yadav
Financial Secretary: Sh. J.P. Sharma,
Asstt. Financial Secy.: Sh. S.K.Agrawal
Org. Secy.: Sh. P.K. Saha
Org. Secy.: Sh. R.B. Manto
Org. Secy.: Sh. S.P.Yadav
Org. Secy.: Sh. Vijay Krumar
Patron: Sh. Kaushalendra Prasad
Patron: Sh. D.N.Choudhary & Sh. Balbir Singh

All the Circle office bearers have concerned and elected unanimously. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ congratulate newly elected Circle Office bearers and assure them our fullest cooperation.

17-09-2020:Congratulations! The OA filed by AIRBSNLEWA & Others for BSNL pensioners along with MTNL Associations for MTNL pensioners was heared today morning in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi after virtual hearing Hon'ble PBCAT admitted the case and issued notice to the respondents to file reply......now the case is posted for hearing on 3rd November-2020.Mr Rajshekher Rao and Ms Gauri Puri advocates appeared on our side.
14-09-2020:AIRBSNLEWA CEC meeting: Dear comrades, ALL INDIA RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES WELFARE ASSOCIATION (AIRBSNLEWA) is holding its All India Extended Central Executive committee meeting comprising CHQ office bearers/ Circle office bearers/District office bearers on virtual basis on Saturday19th September 2020 at 19.00 Hrs .All the CHQ office bearers, Circle Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting by clicking the above Google link. Also send/ forward the link to all the concern office bearers for attending the meeting. Please make it a grand success by your active participation to discuss and decisions on organizational matters..........With best wishes......Prahlad Rai

Meeting URL: https://meet.google.com/syc-frhf-bij

11-09-2020:GS Writes to CMD BSNL on revalidation of BSNLMRS Cards  <<READ>>
09-09-2020:Status of Court case on pension revision of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners :- OA for Pension Revision of BSNL pensioners has been filed by All India Retried BSNL Executives Welfare Association (AIRBSNLEWA) and otheers in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi on Tuesday and posted for admission hearing on 17th September 2020 . Our Advocates Mr Rajshekher Rao and Ms Gauri Puri will plead the case.<<Click here for  OA>>
08-09-2020:Status of Court case on pension revision of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners :- Today our Advocates Mr Rajshekher Rao and Ms Gauri Puri on behalf of AIRBSNLEWA and SNPWA for BSNL pensioners and RTOWA with two other Associations for MTNL pensioners i.e. RTOWA, Delhi/RTOWA, Mumbai &MPWA, Mumbai filed two separate OAs in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi for Pension Revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners .This could be done with the hard work done by our beloved Veteran leader Late Comrade Amit Guptaji Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA for the last two years and all other constituent Associations leaders. It is true homase to our beloved late comrade Amit Guptaji Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA.
08-09-2020:Clarification on the recognition of BSNL pensioners Association:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with GM(SR) and expressed our concern against the letter given to our Circle Secretary Maharashtra Circle by AGM Maharashtra Circle office mentioning that only recognized Associations can make the correspondence with the Management. In this regards GM(SR) categorically told that this provision is not applicable for the pensioners Associations, it is applicable for the serving Executives Associations only. He assured that he will speak with the GM HR Maharashtra Circle and will clarify the provisions.
08-09-2020:Settlement of pensionery benefits with respect to the VRS Optees of BSNL :-Comrade Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM(Esst) BSNL CO New Delhi regarding settlement of pensionery benefits with respect to the VRS optees of BSNL in Maharashtra Circle. Sr GM(Esst) mentioned that he is aware of the matter and has directed that all the VRS optees of SC/ST category have apply online to the special committee for verification there after on clearance the cases will be settled.  He mentioned that about 54 candidates have applied on line and their cases are clear for them pensionery benefits are being released. He advised that remaining people should also apply and take clearance so that their pensionery benefits are also released.

Corrections in the ePPOs by CCAs:- We told him that in his presence only the matter was discussed with Director(HR) and then and there only Director(HR) spoke over phone with DDG(Acconts) DoT and explained him that in ePPOs pension rule should be written under 37A of CCS rule 1972 insteed of BSNL VRS 2019 scheme. Sr GM(Esst) mentioned that after this meeting immediately a DO letter was sent to DoT for necessary corrections. He assured for sending a reminder to DOT on this issue for an early action.

07-09-2020: Final Payment of Ex- gratia to BSNL and MTNL VRS optees: Comrade GS Prahlad Rai discussed with Member(Finance), DOT regarding final payment of Ex-gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL. Member(Finance) told that BSNL has to submit the actual requirements to DoT there after immediately funds will be released. He further mentioned that BSNL is preparing requirement after during all the dues adjustment as this is the final instalment payment. He advised to pursue in BSNL for sending the requirement to DoT as early as possible. Releasing of required funds will not be the problem from DoT.

(2) Corrections in ePPOs of VRS optees of BSNL : We requested Member(Finance) to issue necessary instructions to CCAs for making correction in SAMPAN Software for mentioning pension payment under 'Rule 37A" of CCA pension rule 1972 instead of 'BSNL VRS scheme'. Member(Finance) told that necessary corrections have been made in SAMPAN Software however regarding problems of Kolkatta CCA he assured that he will speak with CCA Kolkatta for necessary corrections.

07-09-2020:Reimbursement of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners: Disbursements Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Director (Finance) BSNL Board and discussed regarding payment of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners which are not paid for the last two years. Director (Finance) appreciated our concern and mentioned that due non availability of funds these medical claims could not be paid however he assured that some funds will be released on this account to settle pending medical claims.
07-09-2020: Status of Court case to be filed in the PBCAT New Delhi on pension revision of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners : The OA for Pension Revision of BSNL and MTNL pensioners is ready to be filed in the PBCAT New Delhi. Some documents by MTNL Associations will be submitted by tomorrow to our Advocate. We are expecting filing of OA in this weak only. AIRBSNLEWA,, SNPWA and some MTNL pensioners Associations are filing the case together with two separate OAs for BSNL and MTNL.

Our beloved Veteran leader Comrade Amit Guptaji, Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA passed away on 05.09.2020: Our beloved Veteran leader Comrade Amit Guptaji, Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA today passed away. He was the founder member of AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA....his contribution to built these Associations was excellent...........due to his hard work for the last two years we could finalise the OA for Pension Revision of pension of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners yesterday only which is being filed in the PBCAT New Delhi on Monday .........We are extremely shocked due to sudden death of Comrade Amit Guptaji our Veteran leader .........We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Comrade Amit Guptaji and pray Almighty God to rest soul in peace................Om Shanti....Om Shanti....

05-09-2020: Our beloved Veteran leader Comrade Amit Gupta ji, Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA passed away on 05.09.2020: We lost our beloved Veteran Comrade Amit Gupat Ji,  he last breathed today night at 12.30 Hrs and expired with massive heart attack .Untimely death of Comrade Amit Guptaji Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA is great loss to his family and AIRBSNLEWA. First time I met Comrade Amit Ji in Delhi R K Puram in the Earstwhile JETA being led by Comrade M K Bagchi Ji as GS.

Comrade Amit Dada was CWC member of JETA from West Bengal Circle and I was  also CWC member from Rajasthan Circle in the year 1983.........I was highly impressed with his deliberations and got motivated.......in the year 1986 Comrade Amit Dada was Circle Secretary,  JETA WB Circle and that time our burning issue was revision of pay scale of JE Telecome and JETA launched active trade union actions in terms of Work Accordingly to Rule which was treamondus success.....during this struggle Comrade Amit Guptaji was closely associated with Comrade M K Bagchi GS JETA and played very important role in achieving JE pay scale revision. During this agitation period only he very successfully conducted historical CWC meeting at Binani Bhawan Kolkata where the strategies were finalised for the success of agitation and settlement of the demand. Like we continued to work in JTOA as Circle Secretaries till our promotion as SDE in the year 1993-94...July 1994 I was elected CS TESA and Amit Dada as CWC WB Circle and then CS. After the formation of BSNL CCC Central Coordination committee of DOT recognised Associations was formed and  the first Convention of CCC was convened  at Kolkatta Binani Bhawan wherein the decision of merging 10 DoT recognised Associations was taken and formation of AIBSNLEA. Comrade Amit Ji was the Circle Secretary, EarstwhileTESA WB C 7ircle and was instrumental in the formation of AIBSNLEA. Comrade Amit Guptaji worked as CS AIBSNLEA till AIC Kolkatta held in 2010-11 and then worked as OS East, AIBSNLEA till AIC Nasik and Coseltant till AIC Vijaywada held in July-2019. Comrade Amit Guptaji was elected as Dy GS,  AIRBSNLEWA in its AIC at Vijaywada and he was continuously working for the issues of pensioners mainly drafting the OA for Pension Revision of pension of BSNL/MTNL  pensioners.

He was very much concern for the pension revision and pursued me to Comrade Jogi,  GS SNPWA and Comrade M K Bagchi to file the court case since DoT is denying pension revision without the pay revision of BSNL employees and with his hard work he collected all the necessary documents   under RTI from DoT, DoP&W and DPE etc.Finally yesterday the draft OA was finalised by our Advocate Mr Rajshekher Rao and being filed on Monday or Tuesday in PB CAT ND. Yesterday evening we had discussions on the pension revision court case wherein Comrade Amit Guptaji expressed his happiness that OA is has been finalised and being filed in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi on Monday or Tuesday......I told him that whole credit goes to him only who has made sincere efforts in collecting all relevant documents for the last two years and drafting the OA........this was my last with him yesterday..........I lost my personal friend, family friend,  well-wisher,  guiding factor, he only inspired me to become GS AIBSNLEA and GS AIRBSNLEWA.....he was only doing our day to day work of the Association. It is irreparably lose to the BSNL and MTNL pensioners and Employees............we convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Comrade Amit Guptaji Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA on his sad demise.....we pray almighty God to rest soul in peace........Prahlad Rai, GS AIBSNLEA

26-08-2020: BSNL issued Comprehensive Renting Out Policy (CROP 2020) for renting out its unused assets including Residential Accomodations. This will solve the issue of accomodation to pensioners who are still residing in departmental quarters. AIRBSNLEWA has been pursuing with DOT and BSNL for settlement of this issue since long. <<READ>>   
27-07-2020: GS Writes to:
                    
1) To Secretary DOT on Commutation of Pension to VRS pensioners. <<Read>>
                     2) To CMD BSNL on excess deduction of TDS from exgratia  <<Read>>
                     3) To CMD BSNL on FTTH connection to pensioners  <<Read>>
            
 27-07-2020:  Further VRS in BSNL and payment of 4th Ex-gratia instalment to VRS optees of BSNL:
Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT regarding the information being spread on whatsapp groups on 2nd VRS in BSNL from September-2020. DDG (PM) DoT clarified that there is no such proposal pending or in process in DoT to bring 2nd VRS in BSNL. At present 65000 employees are there in BSNL and are required to run BSNL. These are rumors only.
2. Payment of Ex gratia 4th installment in BSNL. On this issue DDG(PM) informed that DoT has send a proposal to DOE for the allocation of Budget of Rs 1200/- Crores to release the payment of 4th installment to VRS optees of BSNL. And either on receipt of budget allocation or the direction to release Ex gratia payment from the DoT funds is available by 31-07-2020, the Ex- gratia will immediately be paid.
25-07-2020:  Jalgaon District Branch of AIRBSNLEWA formed : 
A Report by Com Manani CS Maharastra :          
Congratulations to all....
I find it my pleasure to share with you that today with the blessings of all seniors, we with the great efforts from our Jalgaon comrades, succeeded to form AIRBSNLEWA Jalgaon district branch... List is attached above, same is also emailed to GMT Jalgaon, GS and all MH circle office bearers.... Best of Luck to Jalgaon comrades in a very short period of about 15 days they have enrolled 41 members.. Salute to all Jalgaon comrades... We are with you always
<<<Jalgaon Dist Body >>>
 17-07-2020:    GS Writes to CMD BSNL on Retention of Staff Qtr <<<Read>>>    
 10-07-2020:      Ex - gratia 3rd instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL:                
Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT today 10th July 2020 regarding payment of Ex gratia 3rd installment to VRS optees of BSNL.  DDG PM DoT informed that DoT is releasing 3rd installment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL today about  38%. Thus total 92% Ex - gratia amount is paid against the comlete Budget allotment of Rs 9988/- Crores.Now DOT will further ask Budget allotment of Rs 1200/- Carores from Ministery of Economic Affairs for the remaining 8% Ex-gratia amount payment to VRS optees of BSNL .He also mentioned that in case Ministry of Economic Affairs allow DoT to make the Ex gratia payment from DoT fund than immediately remaining 8% extra gratia amount will be paid before 31st July-2020 itself. DDG PM assured that Final Ex gratia payment will be made in the month of August 2020 .He also informed that still about 1800 PPOs are to be issued and their Ex gratia payment has to be made available.
06-07-2020:    GOOD NEWS :Maharastra Circle Body of AIRBSNLEWA formed. President Com C M Saste, Vice President Com K P Nair, Circle Secretary Com A R Manani, Financial Secretary Com Rajesh Parulekar. CHQ extends greetings to the elected Office Bearers and communicates to CGM and Pr CCA Maharastra Circle.  <<Full Body>>
06-07-2020:  Chaotic situation in getting CGHS medical card from Assistant Director CGHS, Kolkatta : Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Aditional DDG(CGHS), New Delhi and apprised him about the Chaotic situation in getting CGHS medical card from Assistant Director CGHS, Kolkata office. We explained him that Assistant Director CGHS Kolkata office is issuing only 25 CGHS medical cards per day.....5000 BSNL pensioners who wants to opt CGHS facility instead of BSNLMRS are finding difficulty.......this process may take lot of time in availing CGHS facility by BSNL pensioners....... Additional DDG CGHS New Delhi appreciated our concern and assured to discuss the matter with concern Assistant Director CGHS Kolkata to resolve the problem........he advice that our representative can meet with AD Kolkata to discuss and resolve the issue with reference to our discussions...
06-07-2020:   GS Writes to the Secretary DOT on gross discrepancies in the ePPOs issued from SAMPANN package. All Pensioners in receipt of ePPO may kindly note the discrepancies. Even the pension payment rule is incorrect and may cause future complications.  <<Letter>> 
Annexures:
<<<Normal PPO>>>   <<<Sh.Sujit Kumar VRS ePPO>>     
<<Smt. Uma Biswas superannuated ePPO>>>
04-07-2020:   GS Writes to Joint Secretary Ministry of Health on chaotic condition at Addl Director CGHS office at Kolkata  <<Read>>
29-06-2020:   GS Writes to:
              
1. CMD BSNL on discrimination to pensioners    <<READ>>
              
1. CMD BSNL on revalidation of BSNLMRS Cards  <<READ>>
               2. CMD BSNL on extension for submission of Medical Bill <<READ>>
               3. CGM UP West Circle on formation of Circle Body  <<READ>>
22-06-2020:   Exercising of options for CGHS, with vouchers and without vouchers: In response to our letter dated 11-06-2020 BSNL CO has issued a clarification on exercising option for medical.  <<ORDER>>

Now only clarification on extension of date for Revalidation of BSNLMRS Cards are pending. GS informed GM Admn BSNL about this. Order is expected shortly.

16-06-2020:  Revalidation of BSNL MRS card and exercises of options for CGHS, with vouchers and without vouchers: Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with GM(Admn) BSNL CO New Delhi regarding extension of Medical Card date upto 31st March 2021 from 30-06-2020    and allowing options to avail medical facility through CGHS, With vouchers and without vouchers upto 30-06-2020 only. We expressed our concern against the order and requested to clarify that wether BSNL pensioners will not be allowed to exercise options to opt CGHS facility after 30-06-2020.......due to Covid-19 no local buses, Metro and trains are available which is causing difficulty to Senior Citizens to attend the office and complete the formalies.Also difficult for them to apply through online since they are not fully equipped or computer friendly. We requested to extend with voucher/ without voucher option upto 31st August 2020 and not to fix any date for CGHS migration. After detail discussions GM Admn assured to look into the matter.
14-06-2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding Serious discrimination and deprivation caused to the aged pensioners by the new medical policy notified...<<<Click here for letter>>
11-06-2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding confusion created on implication of order no BSNL/Admn.1/15-12.  Dated 10-6-2020- <<<Click here for letter>>>

11-06-2020: GS writes to Sh. S.C. Sharma ji, CGMT, Uttrakhand Telecom Circle regarding intimation regarding formation of AIRBSNLEWA Uttarakhand Circle body-<<<Click here for letter>>>

05-06-2020: Payment of Ex- gratia to VRS Optees in BSNL.
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Comrade, Prahlad Rai ,GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed today (5-6-2020) with DDG(PM) DoT regarding payment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL. DDG(PM) informed that govt has already allocated the budget amounting about Rs 9000/- Crores for the payment Ex-gratia to VRS optees .Member (Finance) has personally gone to Ministry of Economic Affairs for relaxation in the capping of expenditures. Secy(T) has also given letter to Secy DoE in this regard. DDG(PM) mentioned that they are confident that about 60% Ex-gratia payment will be made before 30th June 2020. He further mentioned that about 62000 ePPOs have been issued by most of the CCAs all over the country.

(b) Regarding retention of residential quarters to VRS optees for next two years on nominal rental charges. DDG(PM) assured that after 30thJune 2020 this matter will be examined and necessary action will be taken.
04-06-2020: GS writes to Shri Anshu Prakash Ji,  IAS Secretary to Govt. of India, Deptt. of Telecom., Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi regarding retention of staff quarters to BSNL employees who opted VRS in the backdrop of Corona Pandemic (COVID-19) all over the country – request thereof....<<<Click here for letter>>>

The above letter has since been acknowledged by Secretary DOT by SMS on 19-06-2020 (correspondence no 461769/2020)

03-06-2020: Adhoc Body for AIRBSNLEWA UP West formed......
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Adhoc body AIRBSNLEWA

Sh Vijendra Singh
President
Mob no.9412085050

Sh Pradeep Kumar Singhal
Circle Secretary
Mob No. 9412201010

Sh G.S Teotia
Treasurer
Mob no.9412205550

02-06-2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding extension of validity of BSNLMRS Card for pensioners -<<<Click here for letter>>>
30-05-2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding non-reimbursement of Telephone bill Claims and Medical claims of BSNL CO employees -<<<Click here for letter>>>

29-05-2020: Status of WP 13202/2019 in Delhi HC ( Appeal petition of 1st pension arrear case)
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Report from AOR:

As you are aware, due to the lockdown prevailing in view of the outbreak of COVID-19, Courts have remained closed and continue to remain closed until further Orders. The captioned matter that was listed on 12.04.2020 and 26.05.2020, stands adjourned to 21.07.2020.

29-05-2020: Ex -gratia Payment to VRS optees:-
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Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Member (Finance) DoT and DDG(PM) regarding payment of Ex- gratia to VRS optees in BSNL today 29th May 2020. Member(Finance) informed that letters have been sent to Ministry of Economic Affairs for relaxation in the capping of expenditures.

In view of Covid-19 government has directed to spent 5% of the allotted funds in every month. Meetings in this regards have also taken place in DoE. They assured that efforts are being made to make the Ex- gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL before 30-06-2020. They were confident that Ex- gratia payment will be made before 30-06-2020.

22-05-2020: Ex-gratia payment to VRS optees by BSNL: Com. Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Senior officers of DoT and enquired about the payment of Ex-gratia to the VRS optees as per the Govt. decision. It was informed that the budget allocation has been received in DoT for the payment of remaining 18.7% of 1st installment and 50 % of the 2nd installment which will be paid immediately before 30th June-2020. Secy(T), DoT will be meeting Secy(DoE) shortly for the relaxation in capping imposed on payments due to Covid-19. They also informed that till date about 53000- 54000 PPOs have been issued by the respective CCAs out of about 90000 retirees. DoT is making sincere efforts to ensure release of all the PPOs before 30-06-2020 so that the Ex- gratia payment is made to all VRS optees.
17-05-2020: Online Zoom meeting of AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle conducted on 17-05-2020 at 18.00Hrs for one Hour:-

AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle today evening at 18.00Hrs hold on line Zoom meeting along with their circle/Disrict office bearers .Comrade GS Prahlad Rai, GS, Comrade Kishan Singh Ji CHQ President, Comrade Amit Gupta, Dy GS and OS(N) Com. S S Rawat participated and addressed the online meeting. Comrade Kishan Singh ji, President presided over the meeting. Comrade K G Arora Circle President and Comrade M L Ostwal, Circle Secretary welcomed all the CHQ, Circle/District office bearers participated in the meeting. Participants discussed the burning issues related to pending medical claims, CGHS reimbursement, pension revision of BSNL pensioners and issues related to VRS optees etc.

Comrade GS apprised in detail the status of all issues raised in the meeting, he explained that CGHS contribution reimbursement has been made with efforts of AIRBSNLEWA. CHQ has requested to CMD BSNL for early payment of pending medical claims and after opening of lock down our GS will meet personally CMD, BSNL in this regard, he also apprised the status of the Court cases on 72.8% fitment benefit wef 1-01-2007 and explained that since DoT is not revising the Pension of BSNL pensioners on the pretext that Pay revision of BSNL employees has not taken place, in view of this after waiting for the last three years now legal action is the only way to get resolved the issue. Comrade Amit Gupta Dy GS in his address impress upon to growth of the Association by enrolling more members to strengthen the Association. He also explained the need of filing a court case in PBCAT ND on pension revision case. Comrade Kishan Singh Ji, President requested all the members to contribute for court case on pension revision of BSNL pensioners court case. After detail discussions for one hour Comrade M L Ostwal Circle Secretary and Comrade K G Arora extended Vote of thanks.

Com. M L Ostwal CS and Comrade Devi Lal, Organising Secretary, (West Zone) Rajasthan Circle organised the successful online meeting on Zoom.

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14-05-2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding procedure for Outdoor Medical Claims for BSNL employees (Serving /retired) and reimbursement of medical claims of BSNL Pensioners -<<<Click here for letter>>>

14-05-2020:DoP&PW has started a Call Center with a Toll Free Number 1800-11-1960 where pensioners can lodge their grievances on Centralised Pension Grievance Redress and Monitoring System  ...<<<Click here for Do-letter of Jt.Secy, DoP&PW>>>

12-05-2020: Admin. Cell of BSNL CO issued order regarding procedure for outdoor medical claim for BSNL employees (Serving /Retired)....<<<Click here for order>>>
12-05-2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding extension of time limit for submission of Medical Claims due to lockdown...<<<Click here for letter>>>
09-05-2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding extension of RSTC of retired employees upto 30-6-2020.....<<<Click here for letter>>>

<<<Ref: Our earlier letter dated 31-3-2020>>>
05-05-2020: BSNL CO has issued order extending validity of BSNLMRS card of all pensioners upto 30-06-2020 in response to our letter dated 22-04-2020 and 16-04-2020 also discussion on the issue twice with Sr GM (Admn). <<ORDER>>  
05-05-2020:160.7% IDA fixation to the BSNL pensioners in the month of April 2020 pension: Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with CCA Jaipur and expressed our concern that CCA Jaipur has not given IDA fixation @160.7% in the April2020 pension to BSNL pensioners. CCA Jaipur appreciated our concern and mentioned that due to confusion on the basis of Govt decision to freez the CDA for Central Govt Employyees and pensioners the pension was prepared before 28-04-2020 i.e. before issuance of the DoT order in this regard. He  confirmed that Advisor(Finance) DOT has also discussed the matter with him.  However CCA Jaipur assured that IDA arreare will be paid as per DoT order soon.
29.04.2020:With holding of IDA of BSNL / MTNL Pensioners in the month of April 2020: Comrade Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Advisor (Finance) DOT today and expressed our concern against with holding of IDA of BSNL and MTNL pensioners for the month of April 2020 and giving IDA fixation 157.3% to the BSNL and MTNL pensioners wef 01-01-2020 instead of 160.7% (on present rate) by respective CCAs.

Advisor(Finance) DoT appreciated our concern and assured to discuss the matter with concern officers of CCAs to make the payment of IDA @ 160.7% in April Pension as per DPE orders. Regarding DoT order to fix up the pension wef 01-01-2020 @ 157.3% to the employees retiring in April 2020, he informed that it is done in view of the probability that in case DPE endorses the DOE order dated 23-04-2020 then recoveries may be avoided from the pensionery benefits.

We requested to withdraw DoT letter dated 28-04-2020 in this regard. Advisor(Finance) informed that matter is under discussions in Ministery and shortly some final decision will be taken.

28.04.2020: GS writes to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad ji, Hon'ble Minister of Communications, Govt. of India, New Delhi regarding withholding of IDA approved from 1-4-2020 to BSNL / MTNL employees retiring on 30.04.2020  our concern thereof......<<<<Click here for letter>>>>
27.04.2020DoT, New Delhi instructions regarding implementation of Income Tax Module in SAMPANN......<<<Click Here for instructions>>>

24.04.2020: Extension of medical card of BSNL pensioners in Rajasthan Circle up to 30-06-2020:

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with CGMT Rajasthan Circle regarding extension of Medical Card of BSNL pensioners up to 30-06-2020 as the BSNL CO, New Delhi has already extended the validity up to 30-06-2020 in view of on going Covid-19.

Our Circle Secretary, AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle has already given a letter in this regard. CGMT Rajasthan Circle assured an early action in this regard.

(b) Also requested to arrange provisional pension payment to the employees retired in February 2020 and their pension papers could not be sent to CCA due to Covid-19. CGMT Rajasthan Circle assured to look into the matter.

24.04.2020: Freezing of DA of Central Govt employees and pensioners wef 01-01-2020 to 31st July-2021- impact on IDA:-
Comrade Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM(Esst) BSNL CO and discussed regarding freezing of DA of Central Govt. employees and pensioners wef 01-01-2020 to 31st July-2021 and it's impact on IDA of CPSU employees and pensioners. Sr GM Esst BSNL CO mentioned that he has discussed the matter with concern DoT officers and it was informed that till the time DPE issue the orders DoT/ BSNL can't issue any order in this regard. We also discussed that IDA for the last quarter January 20 to March20 has been implemented in BSNL. VRS optees pensionery benefits e.g. leave encasement and Ex gratia etc have been paid on the last pay drawn including IDA effecting from January 2020, thus any order can't be implemented retrospectively. He further mentioned that let the DPE issue order in this regard than only any action will be taken by DoT/ BSNL .
It is to be mentioned that till today evening DPE has not issued any order on IDA freezing.
23.04.2020: MOF issued order regarding freezing of DA of Central Govt. employees and Dearness Relief to Central Govt. pensioners at current rates till July, 2021 .....<<<<Click here for letter>>>>
22.04.2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding extension of BSNLMRS due to lockdown- [Ref: BSNL/Admn.I/2020/Medical. Dated 21-4-2020].....<<<<Click here for letter>>>>

22.04.2020: Extension of BSNL MRS Card validity upto 30.06.2020 for BSNL Pensioners: GS Com. Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with GM(Admin), BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi regarding our earlier request for extension of BSNL MRS Card validity upto 30.06.2020 for BSNL Pensioners.

As we have requested earlier vide  letter dated 16.04.2020, and now BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi vide its letter no. BSNL/Admn.l /2020/Medical Dated: 21.04.2020 has issued order for extending the validity of BSNL MRS card of BSNL Corporate Office pensioners only upto 30.06.2020. In this connection, it was requested to issue common order for all the circles on All India basis. GM(Admin) assured to look into the matter.

21.04.2020: Admin Cell of BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi issued order regarding Extension of Revalidation of BSNLMRS Medical Card for BSNL Retired Employees of BSNL Corporate Office.....<<<Click here for Order>>>

16.04.2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding renewal of the validity of BSNLMRS cards for Pensioners-<<<Click here for letter>>>

 Ref: AIRBSNEWA's earlier Appeal to pensioners to donate in PM CARES Fund
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We are receiving suggestions from our members that we should donate either in PMNRF or in the relief funds of different CMs instead of PM Cares as there are some controversial reports.

In view of this we appeal to our members either to donate in PM Cares or in PMNRF (Prime Minister's National Relief Fund) or in the CM's relief funds of the States as they may desire.

APPEAL TO OUR MEMBERS AND TO ALL BSNL PENSIONERS.
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The present hour crisis need not be explained to our members and other BSNL pensioners. It is our duty to help the Government to fight out this deadly battle. In response to the call given by the PM of India, we request all BSNL Pensioners including our members to donate at least one day's pension (minimum Rs.1000) to PM CARES fund details of which are given below.
Details of PM CARES Fund:-

Name of the Account : PM CARES
Account Number:
2121PM20202
IFSC Code:
SBIN0000691
SWIFT Code:
SBININBB104
Name of Bank and Branch:
State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch
UPI ID:
pmcares@sbi

Here is how you can donate through the government's official website:  

1. Visit the official website -- pmindia.gov.in

2. Click on the link 'CLICK HERE FOR DONATION DETAILS'
3. Scan the QR code popped on the screen through BHIM and UPI app on your mobile phone.
4. Enter the donation amount on your phone. 

Following modes of payments are available on the website pmindia.gov.in -

Debit Cards and Credit Cards
Internet Banking
UPI (BHIM, PhonePe, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, PayTM, Mobikwik, etc.)
RTGS/NEFT

Let us also do our minimum duty at this hour of crisis.

Members may send details of such donation to following email id:
airbsnlewa.gs@gmail.com.

31.03.2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding

(i) Payment of medical claims of Pensioners........<<<Click here for letter>>>

(ii) Extension of Residential Service  Telephone connection to  VRS optees up to 30.06.2020........<<<Click here for letter>>>

27.03.2020: Director (CGHS), DoT issued special sanction order in view of COVID-19 order w.r.t  reimbursement of OPD medicines .....<<<Click here for order>>>>
26.03.2020: Director (Projects), DoT conveyed the sanction of the competent authority for ex-gratia payment to BSNL VRS Optee employees....<<<Click here for order>>>
25.03.2020:AIRBSNLEWA Haryana Circle Formed:
First meeting of AIRBSNLEWA Haryana was held at Gymkhana club Karnal on 6/3/2020 to elect the circle body. Sh O P Kamboj RETD DGM(F), Sh Darbara Singh AGM RETD, Sh O. P VERMA CAO RETD were elected unanimously as CP, CS and FS respectively. The Circle started its Journey with 22 members, who attended the meeting. Very soon Branch Committees will be formed in all SSAs.

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13.03.2020: Meeting with DDG(PM) DoT 13.03.2020:-
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Comrade GS Prahlad Rai met DDG (PM) DoT and discussed regarding

1)Discrepancies in the ePPO issued by CCAs to the employees retired on VRS:
DDG(PM) appreciated our concern and advise us to meet Member(Fin) DoT for necessary corrections. Accordingly we tried to meet Member (Fin) but due to his business in some meetings we could not meet him today but submitted our letter on discrepancies in ePPOs
(<<<Click here for letter>>). However we will meet Member (Fin) shortly to resolve the issues.

(b) Payment of Ex gratia, leave encasement to the employees retired on VRS:
DDG(PM) mentioned that leave encasement is being paid by BSNL shortly and regarding payment of Ex-gratia Rs 5000 crores funds have allotted by Govt against the requirement of Rs 8200 crores for 50% payment of Ex-gratia.Through this fund about 40% ex-gratia payment of first installment will be paid before 31st March 2020 and remaining 60% ex- gratia amount will be paid in the next financial year.

(c) Regarding rumers on social media on next VRS in BSNL:DDG( PM) categorically told that in DoT there is no such proposal is under consideration at all. This is falls propaganda only....need not be believed.

13.03.2020: Meeting with Director (HR) BSNL Board 13-03.2020:

Comrade GS Prahlad Rai met Director (HR) BSNL Board and discussed regarding
1) Discrepancies in the ePPO issued by CCAs to the employees retired on VRS as mentioned in our letter serial nos 1 to 10:
Director (HR) appreciated our concern and immediately spoke with DDG Accounts DOT and discussed the discrepancies in ePPO as raised by us(
<<<Click here for letter>>). He expressed his concern and asked him to correct the discrepancies in ePPOs of VRS optees. DDG Account DoT assured him to look into the matter and meet him in person today evening to discuss the matter. Director (HR) also marked our letter dated 09.03.2020 to Sr. GM(Esst) BSNL CO to put up for necessary action. Sr. GM(Esst) and GM(SR) were present in the meeting. Director (HR) assured an early action in this regard.

(b) Payments of Ex-gratia, Leave encasement to the retirees on VRS:
Director ( HR) mentioned that Leave encasement payment will be made shortly and Ex-gratia payment will also be paid before 31st March 2020.

(C) Reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure in all the Circles:
We requested Director (HR) to release funds to all the Circles to clear the pending claims of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure. In some Circles it has been paid as assured by CMD BSNL but in many circles viz Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and NTR/NTP circles no claims are settled till due to non availability of funds. Director (HR) assured to look in the matter for early settlement of the claims.

12.03.2020: WP 13202/2019 Appeal petition at Delhi High Court

Report from Advocate on record.

The captioned matter was listed before Hon'ble High Court yesterday as item No. 15 before a bench comprising of Hon'ble Justice Siddharth Mridul and Hon'ble Justice i in Court No. 37.

Mr. Rajshekhar Rao appeared on behalf of the Petitioner, instructed by me. Counsel for the Respondents were also present.

Pursuant to the previous Order, the matter was listed for preliminary hearing. Due to paucity of time, the matter was not taken up and the same was mentioned by Mr. Rao at about 4:30 PM seeking an early hearing. Mr. Rao apprised the Court that a short date maybe given in as much as the matter pertained to retired BSNL officers seeking increased pension.

Accordingly, the matter has been placed before the Ld. Joint Registrar on 12.04.2020 for completion of pleadings, and on 26.05.2020 for hearing before the Court.
12.03.2020: Meeting with PGM (Pers) on 12.03.2020:-
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Comrade GS Prahlad Rai met PGM pers BSNL CO and discussed regarding implementation of Rule206 for the eligible executives. PGM (pers) mentioned that some executives have filed the contempt petition in this regard in the Hon'ble Supreme court which was recently heard wherein BSNL Sr Advocate Shri RD Aggarawala further asked to Submit the rejoinder which was considered by the Hon'ble Supreme court and now the case has been posted for hearings on 28th April 2020.He explained that let now the Hon'ble Supreme court clarify the judgement thereafter only further action will be taken by BSNL.
09.03.2020: GS writes to Shri Anshu Prakash Ji,  IAS Secretary to Govt. of India, Deptt. of Telecom., Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi regarding discrepancy in the ePPOs issued to superannuated and VRS retired employees-

<<<Click here for letter>>  

<<<Normal PPO>>>  

<<<Sh.Sujit Kumar ePPO>>  <<Sh. Subirmoy Roy ePPO>>>   <<Smt. Uma Biswas ePPO>>>

09.03.2020: GS writes to Sh. P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL regarding deduction of TDS on Medical Bills-<<<Click here for letter>>>    <<<Click here for Annexure-A>>>

04.03.2020: U.P.(East) Telecom Circle notified its 2nd Circle Conference of  “All India Retired BSNL Executives' Welfare Association” at “Hotel Babian -Inn” A-24 Indira Nagar  near Nilgiri Cross Road Faizabad Road, Lucknow   on 4th April 2020  from 09: 00 hrs to 17:00 hrs. <<<Click here for notice>>>
03.03.2020: AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle hold its First Circle Executive Commitee Meeting at Jaiselmer on 29th February 2020:

AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle hold its First Circle Executive Meeting at Jaiselmer on 29th February2020. In the opening remarks Comrade K G Arora Circle President welcomed all the members and requested to cooperate the dias in completing the agenda. Comrade M L Ostwal Circle Secretary in his welcome address explained the status of BSNL pensioners and requested for strengthening AIRBSNLEWA. After the self introduction comrade R C Vyash TDM Jaiselmer welcome the CEC Members in Jaiselmer The 'Golden City of India'. He assured full cooperation in conduction of the CEC Meeting. All the Distrct secretaries submitted their reports. The District Secretaries Barmer, Bhilwara, Jaipur, Jaiselmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur and Udaipur District branches gave their reports. Asst Circle Secretaries and Organising Secretaries also gave their report. Comrade Circle Secretary sum up the report and placed his report wherein he explained that in true sense AIRBSNLEWA is settling the issues of BSNL pensioners and requested to strengthen AIRBSNLEWA by doing hard work. He informed that in Rajasthan Circle the CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure has now been reimbursed with the help of AIRBSNLEWA CHQ. He informed that in Rajasthan circle all the branches at all SSAs are being formed shortly. Sriganganagar DS could not attend the CEC Meeting due to his personal work. He assured full cooperation to CHQ.

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA in his address extended thanks to Rajasthan circle for organising First Circle Executive Meeting at Jaiselmer on 29th February in a befitting manner. He appreciated the efforts of Rajasthan circle body in growing AIRBSNLEWA in all the District HQs. He assured full cooperation and support of CHQ. Comrade GS in his address explained the status of the issues related to BSNL pensioners ie Reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure in lieu of BSNL MRS, efforts for the settlement of pending medical claims, payment of GPF, Ex gratia, leave encasement, protested against the wrong mention of Pension rule in the PPOs of VRS optees instead of Rule-37A under CCS 1972 rules, provisional pension to VRS Optees and filing of court case on 78.2% fitment benefit and revision of pension of BSNL pensioners since the Govt is linking pension revision of BSNL pensioners with the pay revision of BSNL employees. He informed that in all the Circles AIRBSNLEWA Circle and District Bodies are being formed shortly. CEC Jaiselmer co opted Comrade AK Tiwari Retd DE as Organizing Secretary West Zone, Comrade Devi Lal Retd CAO as Organizing Secretary South Zone and Comrade P C Khandelwal Retd. DGM finance as Circle Vice President and Comrade R C Vyash as CWC member.. Jaiselmer, Barmer and Nagaur Districts Branches were formed. Both the Organising Secretaries and Secretaries assured to form the branches in all the Districts to increase the members.

After passing the resolutions comrade R C Vyash TDM Jaiselmer extended Vote of thanks. Comrade K G Arora Circle President declare the CEC closed. All the CEC Members attended and felicitated to Comrade R C Vyash TDM Jaiselmer on his retirement on superannuation on 29th February 2020 Comrade GS in his address appreciated the contribution of Comrade R C Vyash in JTOA, TESA and AIBSNLEA. The CEC Meeting was organised in a nice manner.

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27.02.2020: GS writes to Shri Anshu Prakash, IAS, Secretary to Govt. of India, Deptt. of Telecom.,  Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi regarding discrepancy in PPOs issued to Superannuated and VRS Retirees of BSNL from Sampann Package.....<<<Click here for letter>>>    <<<Click here for Annexure>>   
 25.02.2020: GRANT OF ONE NOTIONAL INCREMENT FOR THOSE RETIRED ONE DAY EARLIER TO INCREMENT :Supreme Court of India has allowed the petition of  Sh. P Ayyamperumal of Tamil Nadu for granting one notional increment for his retrial benefit as he retired one day earlier to his increment day. Subsequently MP High court also allowed similar benefit to Sh Rajendra Prasad Tiwari. For finding out the final decision of Govt in P Ayyamperumal case, our Deputy GS Com Amit Gupta filed a RTI to Finance Ministry as below:
 
1) whether the subject matter as refered in your letter no F no A 26017/16/2019 -AD.IIA dt 18-3-2019 regarding grant of one notional increment to those who are retiring earlier day of his next increment has reached to a finality.
2) if not then what is the present status of the case.
3) If yes then kindly provide a copy of the final order.
 
In reply the Ministry of finance has furnished a copy of their final decision. They have allowed such benefit only to Sh P Ayyamperumal as according to them the court decision is in personam not in rem. 
 
Now the similarly placed pensioners also may take legal action for extending such benefit to them. Before that they have to represent along with the documents for creating the ground for legal action. All papers are placed below for their ready reference.
 
17.02.2020: GS Writes to Shri Anshu Prakash, IAS, Secretary to Govt. of India,  Deptt. of Telecom. regarding extension of CGHS facility to recently retired employees under VRS 2019 scheme <<<Click here for letter>>>
17.02.2020: Today we met Pr. CCA Kolkata and enquired about payment of provisional pension to VRS retirees. Pr CCA confirmed that as per order issued by DOT they are all set to pay provisional pension on 29th February, 2020 provided the information as mentioned in Annexure- A & B from BSNL in excel sheet is received. Therefore, all are requested to ensure that information as per annexure A&B are sent by BSNL offices to concerned CCA offices in time. <<<Click here for Complete order with annexure>>>>

RTI on Income Tax Deductions on Medical Reimbursement:  Com Amit Gupta Our Deputy GS file a RTI applications asking some information on TDS deductions on medical reimbursements. Income Tax authorities have finally replied the queries as below. As per reply of Question No 3, the practice of BSNL to deposit TDS without actual specified payment is not as per rule. We shall be taking up the issue with BSNL CMD soon.

Question 1)   Information on the actual rules of Income Tax for paying Tax and deducting TDS on:
a)
    For reimbursing actual expenses for outdoor Medical treatment to senior citizens

b)    For reimbursing actual expenses for Indoor Medical Treatment to senior citizens

c)   Are such reimbursements as a & b above to the Senior Citizens  is considered as taxable income and for which TDS are to be deducted and I Tax is to be paid ?

Reply : Yes according to Union Budget 2018, reimbursement on actual expence for outdoor & Indoor medical treatment to senior citizens is considered as taxable income in respect of employees other than Government employees and for which TDS is to be deducted and Income Tax is to be paid.

 

Question 2)   CGHS is not deducting any TDS. Kindly inform whether the reimbursement received by CGHS beneficiaries on account of 1a & 1b above is a taxable income? Pl note that CGHS is supposed to   extend free treatment to its beneficiaries. Question of reimbursement comes only for some specialised treatment or medicines which CGHS cannot provide in house.

Reply: Reimbursement received by CGHS beneficiaries on account of 1(a) & 1(b) above is not a taxable income.

Question 3)  BSNL is deducting TDS on the medical reimbursement claims of the pensioners which are ready  for payment but not actually paid (only liabilities are created in their system).   

a)    Kindly inform the rule of I Tax for such TDS deductions of actually unpaid claims.         

b)    How long such claims for which TDS is deducted can be kept pending.

Reply : 3(a) TDS on medical reimbursement claim is deducted on actual payment u/s 192 of IT Act 1961  & Rule 3 of Income Tax Rules, 1962

3(b) Any person making specified payment mentioned under Income Tax Act are required to  deduct TDS at the time of making such specified payment which is to be deposited to the Government by 7th of Subsequent month.         

Since this issue relates to the internal practice of the BSNL, Hence this office is unable to give any specific reply.

Question 4)  BSNL is deducting TDS for the reimbursement of lifetime contribution paid to CGHS by the pensioners who are migrated to CGHS. Kindly inform the I Tax rule for such TDS deduction.

Reply:   Same as mentioned in point 3

<<View the original Question and replies>>

15.02.2020: Special General Body meeting of AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle at Jaipur:-

AIRBSNLEWA, Rajasthan circle hold its special GB meeting on 15th Feburary 2020 in Federation Hall, PGMTD, Campus, Jaipur to welcome the new members retired on VRS and superannuation. Comrade K.G. Arora Circle President welcomed all the members and guests and requested all the members to strengthen AIRBSNLEWA by enrolling more members.

Comrade M L Ostwal, Circle Secretary in his welcome address explained in detail the organisational activities and welcome all the new members retired on VRS and superannuation he explained that in true sance AIRBSNLEWA is settling the issues of BSNL pensioners e.g. reimbursement CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure, filed court cases on pension arrear payment of 78.2% wef 1-1-2007 and filing court case on pension revision of BSNL pensioners etc.

Comrade TR Nanda, District President, AIRBSNLEWA in his address requested all the members to strengthen the hands of Comrade GS Prahlad Rai by strengthening AIRBSNLEWA.

Comrade Bhagwan Singh, AGS(HQ) AIBSNLEA explained the contribution of Com Prahlad Rai as GS AIBSNLEA and assured that under the leadership of Comrade GS Prahlad Rai AIRBSNLEWA will flourish. He appealed all the newly retired executives to join AIRBSNLEWA.

Comrade K K Barser, District Secretary, AIBSNLEA JPTD in his address explained in detail the contribution of Com Prahlad Rai GS AIBSNLEA and that majority newly retired executives will join AIRBSNLEWA. Many executives are out of station today due their personal work and marriage function, However, maximum retired executives on VRS and superannuation are present today in this meeting and taking life long membership. He assured to strengthen AIRBSNLEWA by bringing more members.

Comrade K K Vyash, FS Circle body appreciated the efforts of Comrade GS Prahlad Rai for settling the issues of BSNL pensioners and strengthening AIRBSNLEWA.

Comrade GS Prahlad Rai in his address congratulated the AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle body for organising a nice meeting to welcome the new members retired on VRS and superannuation and welcome the new members. He explained that AIRBSNLEWA was formed in the year 2009 with help of AIBSNLEA CHQ and functioning very well through out the country. More than 5000 members are there which will further increase on joining of new members retired on VRS and superannuation. Thus the membership will grow many folds. Rajasthan circle will also have District Bodies in all the districts at the earliest before CEC Meeting at Jaiselmer on 29th February 2020. He explained the achievements of AIBSNLEA during his tenure as GS AIBSNLEA and assured that he will continue his efforts for the settlement of BSNL pensioners issues manly Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. He explained that with the efforts of AIRBSNLEWA CHQ the 60:40 provisions in pension payment was withdrawn, CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure has been reimbursed. He explained the status of court case on pension arrear payment of 78.8% fitment benefit wef 1-1-2007 in the Hon'ble PBCAT ND and Hon'ble High Court Delhi. Also explained that DoT is not revising the Pension of BSNL pensioners on the pretext that Pay revision of BSNL employees has not taken place which is not justified. Now AIRBSNLEWA CHQ has decided to file a court case in PBCAT ND for revision of pension of BSNL pensioners shortly.

He requested all the members to contribute for court case as and when it is requested. At last he thanked AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle for arranging a excellent meeting. In the interactive session Comrade GS explained that there is no difference between normal retirement on superannuation and retirement on VRS. Both are getting pension under Rule 37A CCS 1972. The half ex-gratia payment to VRS optees will paid before 31st March 2020. Leave encasement payment will be released after the NOC. GPF payments are being made. December 2019 salary is released today and CGHS contribution will be paid to BSNL pensioners as one time measure along with this etc.

Comrade RC Bansal, Retd DGM BSNL while extending Vote of thanks appreciated the vision of Comrade GS Prahlad Rai to get registered AIRBSNLEWA in the year 2009 itself. He requested all the members to strengthen AIRBSNLEWA.

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14.02.2020: Hon'ble MOC&IT launched BSNL'sRural Broadband initiative "Bharat Air Fiber" by having a Video Conferencing from BSNL's Corporate Office to Gauri Chak Village in Patna District....<<<Click here for details>>>

14.02.2020: Director(Accounts-I), DoT issued instructions regarding provisional pension order to BSNL/MTNL VRS -2019 retirees...<<<Click here for letter>>>
14.02.2020:

Special G B Meeting at Pune
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G B Meeting of all retired executives of Pune is decided to be held on 18/02/2020 at 16.30 hrs. in conference hall, Bajirao Rd telephone exchange, Pune. Organised by AIRBSNLEWA lead by Com Prahlad Rai GS.

Pl Contact C M Saste Ex DGM 9422300555, B. D. Gaikar Ex AGM 9422254999, S R Dinkar Ex AGM 9423891010

14.02.2020:Today our Second Pension Arrear Case OA 1018/2018 along with MA 2021/2018 for condonation of delay came up for hearing in court no 2 PCAT New Delhi. BSNL advocate pleaded for dismissal as similar OA 2260 is already dismissed. Our advocate protested and cited judgement of Chandigarh CAT which went in favour of pensioners. DOT advocate mentioned that he has not received MA for condonation of delay. Our advocate mentioned that it is available with OA only. Court has adjourned the case to 13th April 2020.
11.02.2020:Special General Body meeting of AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle at Jaipur on 15th February 2020: All India Retired BSNL Executives Welfare Association (AIRBSNLEWA) Lead by Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle is holding special GB meeting on 15th February 2020 at 14.00 Hrs in Federation Hall, PGMTD campus Jaipur to welcome the new members retired on VRS and superannuation. All the members along with retirees on VRS and superannuation are requested to attend the meeting in time to make its a successful. Request by M L Ostwal, CS, AIRBSNLEWA, Rajasthan Circle
10.02.2020:Status of Rule 206 court case in the Hon'ble Supreme court : The contempt petition filed by Comrade Karan Singh and others in the Hon'ble Supreme court on wrong implementation of Rule206 by BSNL. The Hon'ble Supreme court judgment was delivered on16th December 2016 . Today Shri Rajshekher Rao Advocate pleaded the case and asked time to file the rejoinder. Hon'ble Supreme court posted the case for hearing on 2nd March2020.

07.02.2020:Special General Body meeting of Varanasi Dist. UP (East) Circle on 28th Jan 2020:

A well organized special General Body meeting of “ALL INDIA RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES' WELFARE ASSOCIATION” Varanasi, District UP(East) Circle was held on 28th Jan 2020 at Hotel The AMAYA in Varanasi in the presence of Sr. Com Rameshwar Lal, Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary & Circle Finance Secy Com C.S.Verma.

BSNL pensioners from Varanasi, Mau, Gazipur & Jaunpur district attended the meeting, which lasted more than 4 hours. The meeting started with opening remarks from Com Preetum Chandra Varanasi Dist. President and he welcomed all members of Association.  

Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary apprised the members about “AIRBSNLEWA” being the only association which is seriously working for the welfare of Rtd BSNL executives for a very long time. He expressed his concerns regarding BSNL's current financial situation.

All the present developments related to pensioners were explained in detail. He also discussed other critical issues such as the Pension revision, medical issues, CGHS scheme, VRS and explained the actions being taken by AIRBSNLEWA. Com Bose CS informed the house regarding our associations organisational activities in detail such as how we repealed the 60:40 clause of pension formula by which our pension is secured today. He requested all attending VRS executives to become member of this Association.

Dist Secretary Com D.K.Biswas and his team wished & honoured Com R.J.S.Yadav on the occasion of his birthday with flowers.

Meeting was addressed by Com C.S.Verma Circle Finance Secy. Com B.R.Singh DS Mau ACS, Com Preetum Chandra dist President Varanasi, Com D.K.Biswas DS Varanasi, Com B.N.Singh and Com L.B.Tripathi dist. Finance Secretary.

Com L.B.Tripathi impressed everyone with an eloquent delivery of heart-touching beautiful poems during his anchoring.

05 new members also joined our association at this meeting.

Circle Secretary Com Bose thanked all Varanasi Dist office bearers, specially Com Preetum Chandra (Dist President), Com D.K.Biswas (Dist. Secretary) for organizing the meeting in an excellent way at a 5-Star hotel Varanasi.

Comrade Pallab Bose also urged members to bring NEW MEMBERS FROM RECENT VRS taking executives in our Association..

Com D.K.Biswas Dist. Secretary conveyed his special gratitude to all participating members who spared their time to attend the meeting.

General body meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Dist. President Preetum Chandra.

At the end of session all members of AIRBSNLEWA along with circle and CHQ leaders were served snacks & tea.

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07.02.2020:Special GB meeting of AIRBSNLEWA Delhi Circle was organised on 7th February 2020in Kidwai Bhawan, New Delhi: Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade Kishan Singh Ji, President CHQ ,Comrade M K Bagchi, Chief Mentre and Comrade A K Kaushik, Legal Advisor, attended and address the meeting. Comrade Nandi, Circle President welcomed all the members and guests. Comrade A G Ram ji, CS Delhi Circle explained the activities of Delhi Circle. Comrade GS in his address explained the status of organisational matters e.g. pension revision of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners, CGHS facility instead of BSNL MRS and viability of BSNL and MTNL etc.

Comrade GS also explained the status of the Court cases on pension related issues i.e. 78.2 % fitment benefit to BSNL pensioners wef 1-1-2007 , rule 206 contempt case, pension revision case to be filed. Writ Petition filed by AIRBSNLEWA on 78.2% fitment benefit was heared in Hon'ble High Court Delhi on 24th January 2020 and posted for hearing on 11th March2020. Our advocate Shri Rajshekher Rao pleaded for delinking of our case from other Association case due to difference in prayer which was also not protested by the other Association advocate. 78.2% fitment benefit 2nd case filed by AIRBSNLEWA in PB CAT ND is coming for hearing on 11th February 2020. Contempt case filed by some individuals is coming for hearing on 10th February 2020 in the Hon'ble Supreme court in court no 6 .The application filed by AIBSNLEA in the Hon'ble Supreme court for clarification on Rule206 judgement delivered on16th December 2016 is being pursued for an early hearing. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ alongwith other sister Associations has consulted some advocates to file a case for Pension Revision of pension of BSNL/MTNL pensioners and now decided to file the court case at the earliest.

On the issue of CGHS contribution payments, GS apprised that it was the only efforts of AIRBSNLEWA to get released the payments. He requested for arranging a meeting to welcome the new members at the earliest.

Comrade M K Bagchi and Comrade A K Kaushik explained in detail the need of filling the court case on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Comrade Circle President Nandi extended Vote of thanks.

Status of Pension Settlement of VRS optees in various circles

07.02.2020:Meeting with DDG (Estt.)  DoT:-
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Comrade Prahlad Rai,GS AIRBSNLEWA along with Comrade Shiva Kumar, GS AIBSNLEA and Comrade M K Bagchi, President RTWOA MTNL met DDG (Estt.)  DoT today (7th Feb) and discussed regarding

(a) First-time bound promotion after 5 years of service under EPP:
We requested DDG (Estt.)  DoT to issue clarification to CCA Kolkatta regarding first-time bound promotion after years of service after 5 years of service under EPP. DDG (Estt.)  DoT mentioned that a letter has been sent to CCA Kolkatta seeking some clarification and on receiving the reply necessary instructions will be issued to CCA Kolkatta in this regard. He assured an early action in this regard.

(b) Withdrawal of Additional increment in the same scale twice on time bound promotion and on functional promotion.
DDG (Estt.)  DoT informed that court case in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi is coming for hearing on 10th February 2020 and after the judgement only necessary action will be taken. AIBSNLEA has filed the contempt petition in this regard.

07.02.2020:Meeting with Member (Finance) DoT:

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GS AIRBSNLEWA, GS AIBSNLEA and President RTWOA MTNL discussed with Member (Finance) DoT today 7th February.....


a) Regarding first-time bound promotion after 5 years of service under EPP :
Member (Finance) immediately spoke with CCA Kolkatta and directed him to resolve the issue immediately.

(b) Payment of salary to the BSNL and MTNL employees:
Member (Finance) informed that one month salary i.e. December 2019 will be paid before 15th Feburary 2020 to BSNL employees but for MTNL he was non committal.

(c) Ex gratia payment to VRS optees:
Member (Finance) informed that half amount of Ex gratia will be paid before 31st March 2020 to BSNL VRS optees. GPF payments are being made.

07.02.2020:SPL. meeting arranged by AIRBSNLEWA West Bengal Circle exclusively for VRS optee Executive's of BSNL at Institute Hall on 6th Feb' 2020 from 1300 hours.
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A welcome meeting for all VRS optee Executive's of Calcutta Telephones, West Bengal Circle, ETR, ETP, Telecom factory by W.B.Circle AIRBSNLEWA today.

Circle President Shri Dhananjay Biswas presided over the meeting and gave briefing regarding our associational activities.

C.H.Q. Organising Secretary Shri Prasun Mukherjee & C.H.Q.Vice President Sri Manas Roy informed our associations organisational activities in detail such as how we repealed the 60:40 clause of pension formula by which our pension is secured today. Both of the leaders requested all attending VRS executives to become member of this Association.

Circle Secretary, WB Circle presented a brief description about formation of our circle body with 7 members ten years ago and our journey till date having 1200 members and still growing having full confidence of the members as we are working towards pension revision and medical benefit issues earnestly.

Then C.H.Q.President of AIBSNLEA Shri Subhasish Mitra kindly addressed the house bringing in notice how on compulsion VRS to be accepted by BSNL employees and apprehending further risky journey for BSNL in future.

As everybody was eager to hear from CHQ Deputy G.S. Sri Amit Gupta, he discussed in detail the present scenario of BSNL and future of BSNL VRS retirees as well as the steps we are going to take for Court Proceedings for our pension revision along with VRS optee's by 7th. C.P.C. He also gave a suggestion for opting for CGHS Medical Scheme as BSNL MRS is becoming insecure due to paucity of fund allotment. He clarified regarding apprehensions raised by attending VRS optees in detail in question, answer session afterwards.

It is heartening that around 159 VRS optee executive's attended the meeting and 79 responded by taking membership there itself, another 50 attending optees took Admission form to be filled and submitted later as assured by them.

Circle Secretary, WB Circle  gave a vote of thanks to all attending optee executive's assuring them that this Association is their own association and we will fight for all their claims .

The meeting lasted for about 4 hours, during which their was pin drop silence in the hall and all were very attentive, which exhibits their mental agony about future.

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07.02.2020:AIRBSNLEWA G. B. MEETING at Nasik on 05.02.2020:
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The G. B. Meeting of our Nashik branch was held on 05.02.2020 at 11.00 hrs in Samarth Banquet Hall, Canada corner, Nashik under the president ship of Shri Y. E. Saindane. The meeting was started with welcome of members especially new members by giving flowers. Shri B. P. Kulkarni was felicitated with bukey , shawl and book for completion of 75 years of his age.

 

Shri S. S. Dhangar circle organiser elaborated the importance of association and opening of new CGHS wellness centre at Nashik. Shri V. P. Kulkarni, Ex CS MH told the house regarding present bsnl situation and appealed new members for enrollment of membership. Shri M. L. Deore, DS explained the house the necessity of legal action for pension revision and the present position of pension arrears case. Total 120 members attended the meeting. And 40 new members enrolled their membership in the meeting Shri P. B. Vispute , Shri D. N. Gharde , Shri S. N. Sonawane , Shri K. A. Baviskar , Shri N. B. Patole, Shri S. D. kale , Shri G. B. Jorvekar , Shri D. G. Ghate , Shri R. N. Dixit , Shri P. C. Nemade , Shri S. M. Shaikh. took active part for the grand success of the meeting. Remaining VRS optees will be contacted for enrolment of membership.

 

We are thankful to our CHQ leaders Shri Prahlad Rai ji , Kishan singh ji and Amit Guptaji for their giving a valuable guidance for organisational activities. The meeting was ended with giving votes of thanks by Shri T. C. Ghatote.

 

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06.02.2020: Status of Court Case regarding 78.2% fitment arrear payments w.e.f. 01.01.2007 instead of June'2013 to BSNL Pensioners: The captioned matter was listed before Hon'ble High Court on 24.01.2020 before a bench comprising of Hon'ble Justice G.S. Sistani and Hon'ble Justice Anup Jairam Bhambani in Court No. 37 as Item No. 4.

Mr. Rajshekhar Rao appeared on behalf of the Petitioner, instructed by me. Counsel for the Respondents were also present.

Mr. Rajshekhar Rao appeared on behalf of the Petitioners, and apprised the Hon'ble Court at the outset, that the other Petition at Item 3, although was filed against the same Impugned Order, but the grounds raised therein were entirely different and in fact, even the relief sought was different. The Counsel appearing for the Petitioners in the other appeal agreed to the aforementioned submission advanced by Mr. Rao.

After hearing the submissions briefly, the Hon'ble Court was pleased to issue notice in the matter returnable for 11.03.2020, with liberty to the Respondents to file a response.

..........AIRBSNLEWA Welcomes to all BSNL's VRS Optee executives retiring on 31st Jan., 2020............

Congratulations to all VRS optees retiring on 31.01.2020 and Welcome to AIRBSNLEWA. ...............With best wishes.................Prahlad Rai, Chairman, AIBSNLEA and GS,AIRBSNLEWA

24.01.2020: WP in Delhi court on Pension Arrear Case :
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Comrade GS and Comrade President were present in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi court no37 where our case was listed as item no 4. Our advocate pleaded for delinking of our case from other Association case due to difference in the appeal contents and arguments. Hon'ble High Court Delhi has posted Our case WP(C) 13202/2019 on11th March 2020 along with other case WP(C)12231/19.
24.01.2020: Meeting with CMD BSNL: Comrade GS Prahlad Rai along with Comrade Kishan Singh Ji, CHQ President met CMD BSNL Shri Purwar Ji and discussed regarding

(a) Reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure in lieu of BSNL MRS : we extended our sincere thanks to CMD BSNL for the reimbursement of CGHS contribution to BSNL pensioners and requested him to release funds for the settlement of pending medical claims also. We also apprised about the difficulty being faced in uploading pending medical claims ERP incurred prior to opting CGHS. Also apprised CMD BSNL regarding wrong deductions of Income Tax 30% from CGHS contribution reimbursement claims and not settling these claims with November 2020 salary by GM(Finance) NTR.

After detailed discussions CMD appreciated our concern and assured that all the CGHS contribution payments will be immediately paid by BSNL. He immediately spoke with CGM NTR and directed him to resolve the issue immediately. Regarding other issues of Kolkatta circle non reimbursement etc, he advised us to give him in writing for necessary action.

24.01.2020: Meeting with Director (Finance) BSNL: Comrade GS and President met Shri S.K. Gupta Ji, Director(Finance), BSNL Board and discussed regarding non reimbursement of CGHS contribution in CGM NTR and CGMT Kolkatta Circles on one or the other pretexts. We requested him for his kind intervention and direct these Circles for immediate reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure in lieu of BSNL MRS as assured by CMD BSNL. Director (Finance) assured to look into the matter and early settlement of the issue.

24.01.2020: Meeting with PGM(Pers), BSNL CO: Comrade GS and President met PGM(Pers) and discussed regarding implementation of the Hon'ble Supreme court judgment on judgment delivered on14-12-2016 on implementation of Rule206 for TES Group B officers seniority fixation. PGM(Pers) mentioned that a committee has been formed to ensure implementation of the Hon'ble Supreme court judgment after 31-01-2020. He further mentioned that implementation will take place as per the advice given by ASG.

It is understood that Pers Cell is holding review CPCs on year to year basis vacancies wherein reversion of juniors will take place as per the Rule206 seniority fixation thus the seniors can't claim benefits wrt their juniors ie retrospective promotions, pay upgradation, and other pensionery consequential benefits. He further mentioned that in manner the Hon'ble Supreme court judgment on judgment is being implemented to avoid contempt of court case.

23.01.2020: Meeting with DDG(Estt) DoT:- Comrade GS Prahlad Rai along with Comrade M K Bagchi, President RTWOA(MTNL) met DDG(Estt) DoT and discussed regarding

(a) Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners: DDG(Estt) clearly mentioned that after the reply given by Hon'ble MOC in the parliament on this issue further no action is being taken by DOT. DoT stand is very clear that pension revision of BSNL and MTNL pensioners can take place after the pay revision of BSNL employees. Thus in this situation the legal action is the only way to get resolved the issue. AIRBSNLEWA along with other Associations has taken the legal opinion and feels that its a fit case for legal action.

AIRBSNLEWA has prepared a draft and has circulated to to all the like minded associations to have the common approach and most of them have appreciated our draft and has also given their suggestions for its finalization. AIRBSNLEWA along with some like minded associations will shortly file the court case in this regard.

(b) First-time bound promotion after 5 years of service under EPP instead of 6years of service who touch minimum of the pay scale of next pay scale: CCA Kolkatta has raised objections and made recovery of BSNL pensioners. We requested DDG(Estt) to issue clarification to CCA Kolkatta in this regard. DDG Esst informed that the matter is under consideration in DOT and shortly reply will be given to CCA Kolkatta. He wanted to have some more discussions with us on the provision of the EPP which we will shortly discuss.

22.01.2020: