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

Registration no.  S/00108/NE-/2010 

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

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Updated on 16-05-2018:   18-00hrs AIBSNLEA CHQ CHQ Circulars Important Orders Pension Rules WEST BENGAL PAGE
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16.05.2018   GREAT ACHIEVEMENT BY AIRBSNLEWA FOR PENSIONERS
Our Association has been requesting the BSNL management for opening of Pensioners Relation (PR) cell at Corporate and Circle level for the benefit of pensioners as at present there is no designated officer to look after the issues of pensioners. We have written number of letters and requested Dir HR many times. Finally during the inaugural function of AIBSNLEA CHQ office at BSNL CO, Com Kishan Singh in his deliberation requested Dir HR again to take decision on this issue which was reciprocated positively by the Dir HR. Accordingly the decision has been taken to open the PR Cell under GM (SR) at Corporate level. The necessary order is under issue. Today Com GS went to thank the Director HR and requested to open such cells in circles also. Dir HR agreed to that and instructed immediately to the concerned officers for taking action.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11.05.2018 Com Prahlad Rai GS AIBSNLEA writes to:

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

<<<<Click here for the Letter>>>> 

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

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

08.05.2018     SECOND CASE FOR PENSION ARREARS ADMITTED IN PCAT NEW DELHI

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

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

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

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

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

25.04.2018  Extension of without voucher facility to retired employees:

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

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

 

GS AIBSNLEA writes:

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

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

 21.04.2018            REPORT FROM GS Com KISHAN SINGH

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

<<<<Click here for letter>>>> 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

21.03.2018  Meeting with DDG (Estt)

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

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

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

 

2) Meeting with Director (PSU), DoT

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

 

3)Meeting with Joint Secretary (Admn):

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

 

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

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

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

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

13.03.2018  Meeting with CMD BSNL:
 

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

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

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

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

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

 

(1)               3rd Pay Revision.

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

 

(2)               Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

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

 

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

 

(3)               Pension Revision.

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

 

(4)               Calculation of Pension Contribution.

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

 

(5)               Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

<<<Click here for the letter >>>>>> 

                                                    

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

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

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

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

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

Diary No.- 40225 - 2017

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

Case Details

Diary No.

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

DISPOSED

   [SECTION: X]

Case No.

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

Present/Last Listed On

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

Status/Stage

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

Disp.Type

Dismissed as withdrawn

Category

0601-Service Matters : Retiral benefits

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

- Dakshinamurthy, Secretary HYD Branch.
 

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

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

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

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

         

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12.10.2017 Update on BSNL Board meeting held on 12.10.2017

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

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

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

Dinesh Mistry <didimistry@gmail.com>

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

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

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

Further, the discussion was held on the following issues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>>>>> Click here for letter

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

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

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

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

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

06.09.2017: Meeting with CMD BSNL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24.08.2017: GS AIBSNLEA also Writes to

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

<<<Click here for the letter>>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Affordability to certain types of CPSEs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

<<<Click here for the OM>>>

04.08.2017: Meeting with CMD, BSNL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further the discussion was held on the following issues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

17.08.2016:   Yesterday Our CS West Bengal Com Sitanshu Sarkar, ACS Com K C Samaddar and com S N Das visited CGM ETP office for early implementation of 78.2% IDA merger issue of Pensioners. They met GM (HQ) and DGM (Fin). both has assured early action. They also met DGM (Alipore) CTD, who is located in the same office  and requested to complete the 78.2% related job quickly.
11.08.2016:   As a follow up of our meeting with Director (HR) & GM (Admn) of BSNL Corporate Office,
1)  order issued to empanel Hospitals at CGHS rate on Cash Payment Basis if Hospitals disagree on cashless treatment for retired employees of BSNL
<<<<Click here for the letter >>>>

2) BSNL Corporate Office writes CGM, ITPC regarding development of a web-based program for monitoring medical claims of retired employees of BSNL <<<<Click here for the letter >>>>
09.08.2016:   Com Prahlad Rai GS/AIBSNLEA & Chief Mentor /AIRBSNLEWA writes to Shri J S Deepak, Chairman TC and Secretary (T) regarding revision of pension of pre-2016 BSNL pensioners / family pensioners on implementation of 7th CPC recommendations  <<<Click here for letter to Secretary (T) >>>  <<<Click here for the DOP&PW order>>>

02.08.2016:  Meeting with GM (A), BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi:

Com Prahlad Rai and GS, President AIRBSNLEWA met GM (A) BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi and discussed regarding:

1 Corporate office should send instructions to CGMs to empanel CGHS approved hospitals and make agreement with them so that they-
a) Offer treatment to BSNL pensioners at CGHS rate on cash payment basis.
b) At the time of discharge they certify on the bills that the treatment is made as per CGHS prescribed rates and also supply the necessary documents required for reimbursement like ‘bed head ticket’ etc.
c) On submission of the bills the reimbursement be strictly made within one month. A system should be there in ERP to monitor the pendency of the cases. This system should be introduced over and above the cashless system which gets defunct after sometime for non-payment of Hospital Bills.

On the above issues GM(Admn.) assured to issue instructions to CGMs from Corporate Office within this week time.

2. Corporate office should specifically issue fresh instructions to all concerned including zonal ITPCs for following provisions of the order of 2007 on free calls to concessional Telephones. We have approached the GMs of ITPC but they want clarification from Corporate Office.

In this regard GM(Admn.) appreciated our concern and assured to send a letter to CGM ITPC with respect to their discussions to issue clarification from Corporate Office shortly.

3. For preparation of the package for tracking outdoor medical bills, only 5% of the work done in ITPC Pune in last 3 months. Unless a strict instruction is issued they may take more time. The job should be completed by August 2016. Before implementation, a demo may be given to us for any modification for more usefulness of the pensioners.

GM(Admn.) inform that he has already discussed the matter with CGM ITPC Pune and the work for preparation of the package for tracking outdoor medical bills is in progress and CGM ITPC has assured to complete the package within 2-3 months time. However, GM(Admn) further assured to discuss the matter with CGM ITPC for an early action.

GM(Admn.) also apprised about the correspondence with respect to CGHS as under-

·         BSNL Corporate Office vide letter no. BSNL/ADMN.I/14-15/09(pt) dated July 29th 2016 writes to all CGMs regarding extension of CGHS medical facility to retired BSNL employees-  <<<Click here for letter>>>

·         BSNL Corporate Office vide letter no. BSNL/ADMN.I/14-15/09(pt) dated July 29th 2016 writes to Director (Estt.) DOT New Delhi regarding extension of Central Govt. Health Scheme  (CGHS) facilities to retired BSNL/ MTNL employees.  <<<Click here for letter>>>

·         Minutes of the meeting held on 13th June 2016 at 11.00 AM under the Chairmanship of Director, CGHS to discuss the difficulties being faced by CGHS during enrolling pensioners of BSNL/ MTNL getting pension from Central Civil estimate issued vide F.N.1-40/2016-CGHS/C&P dated 16.06.2016 by O/o the Additional Director (HQ) CGHS Sector-12, R.K Puram New Delhi. <<<<Click here for letter>>>

02.08.2016:   BSNL Corporate Office on 29.07.2016 writes:

1. All CGMS regarding extension of CGHS facility to retired BSNL employees

 <<<Click here for letter>>>

2. The Director (Estt), DoT requesting to direct the concerned to indicate the equivalent basic pay and grade pay for the retired employees who have already been issued PPOs also, if they approach the concerned authorities.

 <<<Click here for letter>>>  <<<Click here for Minutes of Meeting>>>

31.07.2016:  West Bengal Circle of AIRBSNLEWA has prepared the list of the pensioners (both Executive and Non Executive), who retired between 1-1-2007 to 9-06-2013, and submitted to administration for immediate initiation of pay fixation work by the Areas. As a responsible organisation AIRBSNLEWA always worked  for the entire community of BSNL pensioners, now also they prepared the list of both Executives and Non Executives. the lists are placed at the top of the website. Pensioners may verify their names and other details, This circle is also trying to prepare similar lists for other CGMs of West Bengal.  If any other circle has taken similar initiative, they may intimate for uploading in the website.
31.07.2016:   FAIZABAD District Branch of AIRBSNLEWA Formed
A well organized General Body meeting of “ALL INDIA RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION” Faizabad District UP(East) Circle was held on 28-07-2016 at "HOTEL PANCHAVATI" near Deokali bypass, Faizabad under the chairmanship of Shri R.S.Rawat (Retd. DGM) in the presence of Shri Pallab Bose Circle secretary & Shri C.S.Verma Finance Secretary AIRBSNLEWA UP(East) Circle.. Number of pensioners attended the meeting which lasted for more than two hours.
Shri S.S.Shukla Retd.DE.Faizabad welcome the hon'ble members including CS, Finance Secretary & addressed the house.
After that guest and senior pensioners were felicitated by the Faizabad dist. body
meeting was addressed by Circle secretary, Finance treasurer, AIRBSNLEWA, Sh S.S.shukla DS , Sh R.S.Rawat retd. DGM, Sh P.N.Verma retd. DE Sh R.P.Singh Dist. President and many other retd. BSNL executives. Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary apprised members of Faizabad in detail about the approval of long pending Cabinet notes on 5th July 2016 by Govt. of India. He has congratulated the CHQ for these remarkable achievements of 78.2% IDA merger and abolition of 60:40 pensions sharing with BSNL. He told that 60:40 pensions sharing with BSNL is more important than 78.2% IDA merger benefit. Through written communication, frequent personal meetings with the senior officers and series of RTI applications which unveils the hidden facts forced DOT to move proposal for annulment of this anti BSNL pensioner’s clause.
Com Bose also apprised the members that our Association AIRBSNLEWA had initially raised 60:40 pensions sharing issue since long time. He mentioned that today many association' is claiming the credit of achieving the demands but in reality they did nothing about it. If their websites are surfed for old news, it will be very well seen that they never spent a single word on 60:40 issue.He assured the members that AIRBSNLEWA will take appropriate action at the correct moment. He also clarified other issues like 3rd PRC, Medical issues discussed with Director (HR) BSNL etc and explained the actions being taken by our General Secretary AIRBSNLEWA. There was a nice interactive session and Circle Secretary Com Bose answered every question raised by members & cleared many doubts.
A useful Journal “AIRBSNLEWA VOICE” distributed to all new members of Faizabad branch presence in the house .
Circle Secretary narrate in detail the gains and losses of Pre-2007 pensioners, Post- 2007 pensioners, and handsome amounts due but not being paid by DOT.
Finance Secretary Com C.S.Verma in his address described in details regarding fixation of pay on promotion in respect of BSNL executives under 2nd PRC w.e.f. 01-01-2007. Further he told that the amount pensioners are not getting is much more than what they are getting. He also clarified other issues like Medical payment, arrear payment of 78.2 % IDA.

At the end of the meeting the following members were elected unanimously as AIRBSNLEWA Faizabad district : (1) President : Sh R.P.Singh retd CAO, (2) Vice President : Sh V.S.Seth retd. DE (3) District Secretary: Sh S.S.Shukla retd DE (4) ADS:Sh V.K.Gupta retd SDE (4) Treasurer Sh A.P. Verma retd SDE. 35 new life members enrolled in the meeting.
Circle Secretary Com Pallab Bose congratulate the newly elected body of Faizabad district.
The General body meeting ended with vote of thanks by Sh R.S.Rawat followed by Delicious snacks.

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29.07.2016:   Meeting with Director (DPE):

Com Prahlad Rai along with Com M K Bagchi Convener / United Forum (MTNL), GS, TEA MTNL, GS MTNL Staff Union and GS AIRBSNLEWA met with Shri S. Meekshisundram, Director, DPE and submitted a letter regarding revision of Pension of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners to make the terms and reference of 3rd PRC. Director (DPE) assured to put up the matter to the concerned authorities. He adviced to meet the Member Secretary of 3rd PRC Shri Madhukar Gupta, Addl. Secretary, DPE to apprise him the case. They tried to meet Addl. Secretary, DPE also but he not was available, hence, shortly they will meet all the concerned officers of 3rd PRC to discuss the matter of revision of pension of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners and also to discuss the questionnaire submitted by AIBSNLEA.

29.07.2016:   Meeting with Secretary (T):

Com Prahalad Rai along with Com M K Bagchi Convener / United Forum (MTNL), GS, TEA MTNL, GS MTNL Staff Union and GS AIRBSNLEWA met with Secretary (Telecom), DoT and submitted a joint representation for taking initiative to include the issue of pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners immediately in the terms and reference of 3rd PRC as the pension in BSNL/MTNL is the Govt. Pension payable by DoT under the statutory provisions of Rule 37-A of Central Civil Services (Pension Rules), 1972. Secretary (T) appreciated our concern and told that this matter has to be addressed by 3rd PRC, however, he assured to look into.

<<<Click here for the Joint Representation>>>

28.07.2016:   Meeting with GM (A), BSNL Corporate Office:

Com Prahalad Rai along with the GS, President and FS of AIRBSNLEWA met with GM (A), BSNL Corporate Office. Earlier this meeting was scheduled to be held with Director (HR), BSNL Board as a follow up of the meeting held with her on 25.07.2016 regarding the pending issues of BSNL Pensioners. Director (HR) due to her business in the Management Committee directed GM (A) to discuss the issues. Accordingly following issues have been discussed:

A Outdoor medical bills reimbursement: They mentioned that the pensioners are kept out of scope the ERP. Their claims are still manually processed and entered in the system only at the last stage before payment. It is true that the payment is now deposited to their bank accounts but they are not informed the payments vis a vis the pending bills. They are also not informed about the receipt of the bill or the progress of the bill. We requested to bring the pensioner also in the scope of ERP. GM (A) appraised that he has spoken to CGM (ITPC) in this regard who has informed that a web based application like ERP is being developed at ITPC through which the pensioners will be informed regarding the progress of the payment of their medical bills. The application would be ready within next two-three months.

B Indoor medical treatment:  They mentioned that other than Delhi, almost in all circles the number of empaneled hospitals for treatment on cashless basis is bare minimum. In some circles for month together no empaneled hospitals are there. TPA system as is available in other corporate or linking with LIC as done by CGHS may be introduced. The committee constituted for reviewing the BSNLMRS should hear the voice of pensioners also as their need is different than the serving employees to some extent. GM (A) appreciated our concern and mentioned that he has already instructed field units to empanel as many as hospital who are ready to give medical facilities at the rates decided by CGHS for treatment of BSNL employees/pensioners. Regarding Delhi NCR region, he categorically mentioned that if any hospital is ready to give medical facilities at the rates decided by CGHS then it should be impressed upon to give a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) to him so that he can process this case for its empanelment in BSNL.   

C Free calls as per BSNL order in concessional telephones: We mentioned that the free calls allowed in the concessional telephones are 500+50 calls which should be 500+220 calls to BSNL as per order of BSNL dated 20-07-2007. GM (A) mentioned that there are clear direction on the Circular dated 20.07.2007 that the free call limit on concessional telephones is over and above the limit available in general. They pointed out that the order is not being implemented by the field units including ITPC. GM agreed to issue necessary instructions.

D Allowing night calling facility in concessional telephones: We mentioned that the free Night Calling Facility as introduced in land line phones has not been extended so far to the concessional land line phones for pensioners. GM (A) informed that a proposal in this regard is already in pipe line as soon will be finalized and the orders will be issued.

27.07.2016:   2ND CIRCLE CONFERENCE OF DELHI CIRCLE : A huge gathering of BSNL pensioners stationed at New Delhi has attended the CONFERENCE of Delhi Circle of AIRBSNLEWA at CTO Auditorium, Eastern Court, New Delhi.Com Prahlad Rai Chief Mentor was the special guest. All present developments related to pensioners have been explained in detail by Com Kishan Singh GS. Com Rakesh Srivastava President in his address informed the house that this is the only Pensioners Associations who is genuinely fighting for all the issues of pensioners irrespective of executive or non executive. He explained in details the policy of this Association and future plan of action. Com Rai In his address appraised in detail the efforts in the formation of AIRBSNLEWA to protect the interest of BSNL pensioners and for the settlement of their medical, pension and other personal claims etc. In true sense AIRBSNLEWA is safeguarding the interest of BSNL pensioners by settling their day to day problems of medical claims, Telephone bills/ BB facility and issues related to pension revision etc. Recently DOT issued 78.2% IDA pay fixation order for BSNL pensioners after continues struggle of AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA. The 60:40 sharing provision from pension Rule has also withdrawn after great efforts. It has strengthen the way for future pension revision of BSNL Pensioners. It is a great achievement of AIBSNLEA & AIRBSNLEWA.
Director (HR) is holding meeting with AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA representatives tomorrow at 15.30 hrs. to discuss the issues related to BSNL pensioners Telephone/BB facilities, payment of medical bills through ERP etc. In this manner AIBSNLEA & AIRBSNLEWA are making sincere efforts for the settlement of the grievances of BSNL pensioners.
In many circles the AIRBSNLEWA circle body have been formed but still some circles the circle bodies are to be formed. He assured full co- operation in this regard. He also informed that CGHS Medical facility orders from DOT to BSNL/MTNL pensioners are expected shortly. He further assured fullest support to AIRBSNLEWA. The conference hall was jam packed. View glimpses
26.07.2016:   As reported by us yesterday, BSNL today endorsed the 78.2% order issued by DOT. All Circle Secretaries / Branch Secretaries may initiate action with their counterparts in BSNL/CCAs for early implementation of the order, View the endorsement  
25.07.2016:   Com Prahlad and Com Kishan Singh GS AIRBSNLEWA met Director (HR) and discussed regarding:
a.) Issues related to BSNL Pensioners i.e free night calling, increase in B/B uses, Payment of Medical bills through ERP etc.: They requested for early settlement of all these issues. Director (HR) decided to hold a separate meeting to discuss all these issues on 28/7/2016 at 15.00 hrs. with AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA.
b) Endorsement of 78.2% IDA Pay fixation case of BSNL Pensioners: They requested Dir (HR) for the endorsement of DOT order on 78.2 IDA Pay fixation of BSNL pensioners. Director (HR) spoke with GM(Estt) and directed to endorse the DOT order immediately. Dir (HR) assured that by tomorrow the order will be endorsed.
c) Pay fixation and settlement of Pension of BSNL employees: They requested for the early settlement of the pension cases of BSNL pensioners in CCAs. Director (HR) assured to look in to the matter.
25.07.2016:   CIRCLE BODY OF GUJRAT AIRBSNLEWA FORMED : A meeting was organised at Western Rly. Mazdur Sangh Hall, Ahmedabad on 24/07/2016 where the pensioners of Ahmedabad participated. Com R S Parihar presided over the meeting. The present scenario of the BSNL pensioners was discussed at length. Adhoc Circle Body of Gujrat Circle AIRBSNLEWA is formed with the following office bearers.
Circle President : Com R B Goswami
Circle Secretary: Com Amalendu Guha
Circle Fin Secy. : Com M C Merraiya
Asst Circle Secy: Com K B Passi
Circle org Secy:     Com D L Kakadiya.
Com J K Patel CS/ AIBSNLEA Gujrat is nominated as Mentor.

22.07.2016:   Removal of 60:40 Clause towards the payment of pensionary benefits to the retires employees: DOT ultimately modified the liability of BSNL towards the payment of pensionary benefits to the retired employees vide letter number 40-13/2013-Pen(T) dated 20.07.2016 <<<Click here for letter>>>.
Now-

a. The pension liability in respect of employees of DOT/DTS/DTO who retired prior to 01.10.2000 is solely borne by Government of India and the BSNL will have no liability in respect of these employees.

b. The liability towards pensionary benefits including family pension to the BSNL employees (excepting those recruited after 01.10.2000), as per sub-rule 22 of Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 lies with the Government of India. The condition that the annual pension liability of the government shall not exceed 60% of the annual receipts to Government from the item specified in the O.M. dated 15.06.2006, is hereby rescinded.

c. BSNL will continue to discharge pension liability by way of pension contribution in accordance with FR 116.

This is an another feather in the cap of AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA,  who fought and persuaded from bottom to top to get a rid from this arbitrarily imposed provision on BSNL and thus ensures bright future of DOT/DTS/DTO employees aborbed in BSNL.

21.07.2016:        General Body meeting of UP (East) Circle

Marvelous  and well organized General body meeting  of  “ALL INDIA RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION” UP(East)  Circle  was held on 18th July 2016 at “Jai Shankar Prasad Hall” Kaiserbagh  Lucknow  in presence of our CHQ President Com. Rakesh Srivastava. Hundreds of pensioners attended the meeting which lasted for more than three hours.

After observance of two minutes silence in memory of departed members the meeting started with the opening remark of Circle President Com S.M.Abbas. After that newly elected CHQ Office Bearers Com Rakesh Srivastava CHQ President and Com D.N.Verma CHQ Organizing Secretary were felicitated by the circle body.  Com Pradeep goyel AGS could not be felicitated as he could not attend the meeting due to his personal problem. Com Rakesh Srivastava CHQ President was especially welcome by Circle Secretary, Circle President and Com C.S.Verma Finance Secretary.

Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary apprised members of UP (E) circle in detail about the approval of long pending Cabinet notes on 5th July 2016 by Govt. of India. He has congratulated the CHQ for these remarkable achievements of 78.2% IDA merger and abolition of 60:40 pensions sharing with BSNL. He told that 60:40 pensions sharing with BSNL is more important than 78.2% IDA merger benefit. Well thought tactical pressure applied on DOT through written communication, frequent personal meetings with the senior officers and series of RTI applications which unveils the hidden facts forced DOT to move proposal for annulment of this anti BSNL pensioner’s clause.

Com Bose also apprised the members that “AIRBSNLEWA” is an only Association who was sincerely perusing the 60:40 pensions sharing with BSNL, and 78.2% IDA merger issues of Retired Executives of BSNL at CHQ level. He told that only our Association AIRBSNLEWA had initially raised 60:40 pensions sharing issue since long time. He mentioned that today many association' is claiming the credit of achieving the demands but in reality they did nothing about it. If their websites are surfed for old news, it will be very well seen that they never spent a single word on 60:40 issue.

 A useful Journal “AIRBSNLEWA VOICE” Circulated by West Bengal State Branch have distributed to all members in house including CHQ President Com Rakesh srivastava.

Com Bose narrate in detail the gains and losses of Pre-2007 pensioners, Post- 2007 pensioners, and handsome amounts due but not being paid by DOT. He further advice the members to go through the “AIRBSNLEWA VOICE” which will clear all doubts.

CHQ President Com Rakesh srivastava in his address described in details the development of 60:40 issue, how it was mischievously kept secret from all and how it was unveiled through RTI. He mentioned that AIRBSNLEWA was always informed that the 78.2% IDA merger and 60:40 issues are interlinked and cannot be settled in isolation. The same thing happened now. Even the method of 78.2% IDA merger as was informed by us even two  years back has taken place today in exactly in same manner He specially  congratulated Sh Amit Gupta for his foresightedness and brining into light the draconian 60:40 cabinet decision through series of RTIs.

The amount pensioners are not getting is much more than what they are getting. He assured the members that AIRBSNLEWA CHQ will take appropriate action at the correct moment. He also clarified other issues like 3rd PRC, Medical issues discussed with Director (HR) BSNL etc and explained the actions being taken by AIRBSNLEWA.

There was a nice interactive session and CHQ President Com Rakesh Srivastava. He answered each and every question raise by members   & cleared many doubts.

With the efforts of Com S.S.Shukla Retd DE and Com V.S.Seth Retd. DE of Faizabad, 13 new pensioners of Faizabad district took enrollment as Life Members and adhoc body of Faizabad district have been formed.

Com S.M.Abbas Circle President conveyed his sincere thanks to Com Rakesh Srivastava CHQ President for accept our invitation.

Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary thanked Com C.S.Verma Finance secretary, Com Praveen Kumar Raje, Com D.N.Verma Org Secretary, Com A.K. Tripathi, and ACS for organizing the meeting.  He also conveyed his sincere thanks to Com Sitanshu Sarkar Circle Secretary West Bengal & Com Amit Gupta our AGS for his cooperation specially for providing us their beautiful Journal “AIRBSNLEWA VOICE”.

The General body meeting    ended with vote of thanks followed by National Anthem

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20.07.2016:  Withdrawal of 60:40 Pension sharing provision of BSNL Pensioners:
Com Prahlad Rai Chief Mentor met DOT Officers regarding withdrawal of 60:40 pension sharing provision of BSNL Pensioners.  It is informed that a separate order w.r.to 60:40 provision withdrawal is under process to Secy. (T) for approval and the necessary order in this regard is expected shortly. (Most probably by tomorrow 21/7).

20.07.2016:                    EMPTY VESSEL SOUND MUCH

Ever since the Cabinet has decided to annul the 60:40 clause, the  Minister Dependent Association in their website started claiming that only due to them the draconian clause has been annulled. In support of their claim they published a long list of their activities. Recently they arranged a special celebration at Bangalore where a ex GS of an executive association who has retired with all benefits of 78.2% IDA, but never written a line protesting 60:40 while he was GS, declared that “ But for the efforts of AIBSNLPWA these cases could have been delayed further by years ; notwithstanding the claims of others. He specially lauded the significant achievement of annulment of 60:40 condition after 12 years”. Being curious to know the reality we surfed the entire website of this Association including the archives. Following is the result :

  • In the archive (news section) total 23 pages are available. The oldest news available is from 18-04-2015. Page 1 is the current page. There is no mention of the word 60:40 in all the pages from 2 to 23 except in page 19 , dated 24-7-15 ,where it is mentioned while reporting 78.2% case “ It seems the delay is due to divergent views on removal of 60:40 condition on sharing of pension liability”. The next time the word 60:40 appeared in their website is on 5-7-2016 after the cabinet decision and since then their had been many mentions claiming the credit.
  • In between they had their All India Conference at Bangalore in Nov 2015. We searched the proceedings uploaded in the website. There is no mention of 60:40 anywhere. Pensioners may go through aic_bg_brief  and keynote address presented in the open session. Even in the open Invitation to the pensioners they mention the two important issues as 1) 78.2% IDA merger 2) Pension revision of IDA pensioners. No mention of 60:40 anywhere during their AIC.
  • During the period of last one year this Association met ministers, DoT officers etc several times and submitted memorandum. Here again no mention of 60:40 anywhere.

    While placing the above information as collected from their website, we gracefully acknowledge their efforts for the case of 78.2% IDA merger, evidence of which is available in every page of their news archive, but for 60:40 this association had no role whatsoever.

    NB: As reported in the website, the GS of this Association met Secretary DOT and other senior officers of DOT yesterday. They also published the points they discussed. There is no protest against the deprivation caused to the 1.50 lakh pensioners denying their arrears of pension and pensionary benefits from 1-1-2007 to 9-6-2013. Also they forgot to mention that in the order issued by DOT there is no mention of the Cabinet decision on 60:40. They did not discuss the important issue of pension revision of IDA pensioners also.

 18.07.2016:                   78.2% ORDER ISSUED BY DOT             CLICK

The 78.2% IDA merger order did not mention anything about annulment of 60:40 and related cabinet decision. Whereas in the earlier pension revision order issued on 15-3-2011 the restrictions of 60:40 was mentioned. Govt may say as because now there is no restrictions on funding, hence nothing is indicated in the order. But the cabinet decisions which are general in nature should be followed by an executive order for the knowledge of all concerned. The necessary paragraph mentioned below of the Cabinet Decision as circulated by PIB should have been included in the order as was done in case of the pension revision order dated 15-3-2011.

"The pension liability in respect of employees of Department of Telecommunications (DOT) / Department of Telecom Services (DTS) / Department of Telecom Operations (DTO) who retired prior to 01.10.2000 is solely borne by Government of India and the BSNL will have no liability in respect of these employees. In respect of employees who are absorbed in BSNL, the liability on account of pensionary benefits shall be fully borne by Government while BSNL will continue to discharge pension liability by way of pension contribution in accordance with FR-116 for the period they so work/worked"

 AIRBSNLEWA shall be taking up the issue with DOT soon. Pensioners may note that the Associations claiming the credit of 60:40 annulment has not mentioned anything about this in their websites while reporting the issue of order by DOT till now. They are busy in celebration.

When we talk about the celebration, let us analyse  the order issued by DOT .
The pension of the pensioners retired between 1-1-07 & 9-6-13 will be revised from date of retirement by merging 78.2% IDA but will be paid from 10-6-13.
Thus they are being deprived of the 1) Pension Arrears from date of retirement to 9-6-13. 2) Additional Gratuity 3) Additional leave encashment 4) Additional pension commutation plus 5) Pay arrears from 1-1-07 to date of retirement like the serving employees pay arrears from 1-1-07 to 9-6-13. The employees retired after 10-6-13 is getting his all pensionary benefits on the pay/pension after merging 78.2% IDA but pensioners retired before 10-6-13 are being denied the above pensionary benefits.
Calculation shows that a person retired as SDE in July 2007 will get 78000 plus as arrears but will be denied of 2.25 lakh plus arrears on above four accounts.
Pl see the model calculations 
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For pensioners retired before 2007, they will be denied pension arrears from 1-1-07 to 9-6-13 which is also calculated to the tune of 1 to 1.5 lakhs depending on date of retirement. 
Pl see the model calculation  Also Check your loss and gain in the AUTO CALCULATOR
These all denials are due to the fact that serving employees did not get pay arrears for 78.2% IDA merging from 1-1-07 to 9-6-13 which was to be paid by BSNL but could not be paid due to bad financial position of BSNL. Why pensioners whose dues are to paid by DOT should suffer for that ? Serving employees did not get pay arrears, similarly don't pay the pay arrears to the pensioners retired after 1-1-07, which is to be paid by BSNL,  but why their pension and pensionary benefits are being snatched ?
The no of such pensioners are about 1.60 lakhs and now they can get justice only through legal battle which will not be possible to 95% of these pensioners and family pensioners.
The serving employees Association and Unions can only bring justice to these pensioners if they want so. But till now none of them are vocal on this deprivation.
Everyone is talking of big achievement and claiming credit but are silent about the injustice done to the pensioners/family pensioners who's days are numbered.

The Minister dependent Association are still busy in their never ending celebrations and yet to realise that there is nothing much to cheer about in the order issued.
The Armchair Association , who are all along projecting wrong picture to the pensioners now realise the deprivation and tried to be vocal. But their actions are limited in writing some articles blaming others.

AIRBSNLEWA now shall concentrate in implementation of the order issued and at the appropriate time shall take suitable action which will bring justice to all pensioners.
 

15.07.2016:   78.2 % ORDER MAY BE ISSUED TODAY: After clearance of Member (F) DOT the file has reached back to Member (S) yesterday evening. Today the file will reach Director (Establishment) and therefore it is expected that the order may be issued by today evening. 
14.07.2016:    ORDER IS YET TO BE ISSUED: Com Rakesh Srivastava President enquired today morning. The file containing the draft order on 78.2% IDA merger and annulment of 60:40 is now pending with Director (Accounts), therefore one or two more days may be required to get the draft order approved.
14.07.2016:    LET SOME SANITY PREVAIL OVER THE CREDIT FOR RESOLVING 50%  IDA Merger Issue and withdrawal of 60:40 condition through Cabinet Decision
 
Game of ONE UP MANSHIP has gone too far and lot of mudslinging between some  pensioner organizations in BSNL  have take place over a period of last one week or so, which needs to end soon, sooner the better..
All the Unions/Associations have made their contribution in  their own ways in resolvig78.2% IDA issue and withdrawal of 60:40 condition through Cabinet Decision. We, on our part have uncovered the mystery of Cabinet Decision dated 27/1/2005, which was all along kept secret by Govt. of India and many others involved with the issue for more than nine years,. We, on our part,  analyzed the issue threadbare through perusal of responses received  from DoT under various  RTIs, published them for everyone's consumption and prepared write ups to educate our members and logically and forcefully presented our case to the Government of India highlighting the injustice and coordinated with various Ministries to expedite the settlement of this  issue.
Combined efforts of all the Associations/ Unions have yielded the desired result. Some Unions/ Associations may deserve somewhat greater credit as compared to others but it can neither be defined or proved in concrete terms with hard evidence. So it may be more prudent to observe discretion in our comments and not go for free for all.
Let us galvanize our forces for future regarding  assured Pension Revision in BSNL in future and also proper   implementation of proposed Parity of Pay and  scales between Executive and Non-Executives of  BSNL and MTNL w.e.f. 1/1/2017 as promised through the Cabinet Decision.
-- Rakesh Srivastava, President, AIRBSNLEWA
14.07.2016:   As scheduled a mammoth GB meeting of WB Circle of AIRBSNLEWA was held yesterday at CTO Auditorium Kolkata. More than 400 pensioners attended the meeting which lasted for more than 3 hours. 29 new members enrolled as life member. Newly elected CHQ Office Bearers Shri Swapan Mukherjee OS (East) and Shri Amit Kumar Gupta AGS, Sh Prasun Mukhopadhayay CS AIBSNLEA were felicitated by the circle body. Com Sitansu Sarkar in his address has congratulated the CHQ for this remarkable achievements of 78.2% IDA merger and abolition of 60:40 pension sharing system. He particularly congratulated Sh Amit Gupta for his foresightedness and brining into light the draconian 60:40 cabinet decision through series of RTIs. He mentioned that today many including the 'armchair association' is claiming the credit of achieving the demands but in reality they did nothing about it. If their websites are surfed for old news, it will be very well seen that they never spent a single word on 60:40 issue. He expressed his extreme happiness for the settlement which he described as the best reward of his life.
Com Amit Gupta in his address described in details the development of 60:40 issue, how it was mischievously kept secret from all and how it was unveiled through RTI. He mentioned that AIRBSNLEWA was always informed that the 78.2% IDA merger and 60:450 issues are interlinked and cannot be settled in isolation. The same thing happened now. Even the method of 78.2% IDA merger as was informed by us even 2 years back has taken place today in exactly in same manner. The '
armchair association' and 'the minister dependent association' had been giving various misleading information causing harassment to the pensioners during the period and now claiming credit in such a manner that the success has come only due to them and all other are useless. This attitude is called One Up Manship.
Sri Gupta further elaborated the loss being caused to the pensioners due to non payment of pension and pensionary benefit arrears up to 9-6-2013. The amount pensioners are not getting is much more than what they are getting. He explained the situation by citing two sample cases one of Pre 2007 and other of Post 2007 and assured the members that AIRBSNLEWA CHQ will take appropriate action at the correct moment. Now let us concentrate for implementation of the order under issue by DOT. He also clarified other issues like 3rd PRC, Medical etc and explained the actions being taken by AIRBSNLEWA. Click for the glimpses.  

12.07.2016:  Com Prahlad Rai Chief mentor, Com Kishan Singh GS AIRBSNLEWA met the DOT  Officers ie. Member (Services), Member (Finance), DDG(Estt), DDG (FEB), Director (Estt) and Director (PSU) and extended  sincere gratitude and thanks to them with "Sweets" for getting cleared the proposal of 78.2% IDA Pay fixation to BSNL Pensioners and withdrawal of 60:40 provision of Pension Rule-37 A from Cabinet, Govt. of India.  They also got cleared the file from DDG (FEB) Sh. Rajeev Kumar for issuing the order in this regard. Director (Estt) assured to issue order by tomorrow (13-07-2014) on this issue.

DDG (Estt) and DDG (FEB) mentioned that even on 4-7-2016 during Cabinet Meeting a certificate from DOT was asked to submit assuring that on implementation of 78.2% IDA Pay fixation to BSNL Pensioners and withdrawal of 60:40 pension will not cause  any previous financial liability on Govt. And the certificate was immediately given by DDG (FEB) to cabinet secretariat in this regard then the cabinet approved the above proposal.  Necessary orders in this regard are expected tomorrow (13-7-16).

11.07.2016:  The necessary orders on implementation of 78.2% IDA merger from 2007 for pensioners is under issue at DOT. The related file has gone to Member (F) from Member (S) DOT today.   
11.07.2016:                          General Body Meetings

West Bengal Circle is holding its GB meeting on 13-7-2016 at CTO Hall Kolkata at 2 PM sharp

UP(East) Circle is holding their GB meeting on 18-7-2016 at Jaishanker Prasad Hall, Rai Uma nath wali Auditorium near Baeadaei, Kaiserbagh Lucknow.

Both the circle has requested all the pensioners including their members to attend and discuss the issues of 78.2% IDA merger and abolition of 60:40 pension sharing system.

07.07.2016:                CABINET DECISION ON 5-7-2016

MOST REMARKABLE PART OF THE RECENT CABINET DECISION IS THAT HENCE FORTH COMPLETE LIABILITY FOR PAYMENT OF PENSION FOR ALL THE DOT PENSIONERS  RETIRING BEFORE 1/10/2000, AND  ALL THE  EX-DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL W.E.F. 1/10/2000 AND RETIRING AS BSNL PENSIONERS RESTS WITH  THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA.
BSNL’S LIABILITY TOWARDS PAYMENT OF PENSIONARY BENEFITS IS NOW LIMITED TO ONLY PAYMENT OF PENSION CONTRIBUTION AS PER FR116 FOR ALL DOT EMPLOYEES  / EX-DOT EMPLOYEES ABSORBED IN BSNL OR  WORKING ON DEEMED DEPUTATION IN BSNL TILL THEIR RETIREMENT. AFTER RETIREMENT ALL RESPONSIBILITIES OF PENSION AND PENSIONARY BENEFITS ARE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT OF INDIA EXCEPT LEAVE ENCASHMENT WHICH WILL CONTINUED TO BE PAID BY BSNL.

This nullifies the earlier provision of pension payment dependency on BSNL’s payment to DOT. Only AIRBSNLEWA unveiled this draconian decision approved earlier by the Cabinet in January  2005 which was kept secret from the employees of BSNL. Since then we have been fighting against this along with AIBSNLEA. Many laughed at us but they  never wrote a single  letter against such decision but today these very persons  are more vocal than anybody  else claiming the decision of annulment of 60:40 condition as their ‘Big Victory’ in their websites. Some are claiming that they  were fighting this issue since 2009, but can they furnish any document in support of their claim. Fact remains that almost all were silent over the 60:40 issue all the years and now making tall claims. If you scroll through their websites you will understand the truth. Anyway let them rejoice and  be happy.

The decision of annulment of 60:40 provision defining / reducing pension liability of Govt. f India  is really a bigger achievement than 78.2% IDA merger. It will permanently eliminate any financial hurdle for all future pensionary  payments and revisions  to all present and future BSNL pensioners. This great achievement needs to be attributed to efficient and active persuasion of our CHQ along with AIBSNLEA and our Chief Mentor Com Prahlad Ji and the tactical pressure generated on DOT by uncovering the hidden story of 60:40 RULE through series of applications under RTIs by Com Amit Kumar Gupta our AGS AND HIGHLIGHTING THE SAME THROUGH OUR WEBSITE. Official communications condemning such decision has been continuously made by us and AIBSNLEA apart from various personal interactions with DOT officers from time to time during last 3 years.

The outcome of this Cabinet Decision has been informed to our members long back through this website. If you scroll back our old news, you will find that we have correctly intimated you all the happenings. We never deviated from one point to other like other Associations. From day one we said that there will be NOTIONAL fixation on both pay and pension before 10-6-2013 and other pensionery benefits will not be paid. We also said that unless 60:40 is not settled, pension revision is not possible as question of funding is coming in the way. Today the same points are approved by the cabinet. Anybody can verify these from our website’s series of old postings since last 2/3 years.

Since the decision of the cabinet, we are receiving many calls requesting to highlight the actual gains as per the cabinet decision. The cabinet while approving 78.2% IDA merger from 1-1-2007 denied actual payment till 9-6-2013. It also denied addition payment of other pensionery benefits like gratuity, leave encashment etc. We are trying to narrate the gains and losses below:

PRE 2007 Pensioners:
 Their pension was refixed merging 68.8% IDA earlier. The fixation already done was as below:
A = Old pension as on 31-12-2006 (including commuted amount)
B = DR @ 68.8% of A
C= 30% of A+B
D=  A+B+C  New Pension by Merging 68.8% IDA. (Including commuted amount)
P= Actual take home pension (i.e.   D - Commuted Amount) + 0% DA as on 1-1-2007

Now after 78.2% IDA Merger the refixation will be done as below:
A = Old pension as on 31-12-2006 (including commuted amount)
B1 = DR @ 78.2%% of A
C1= 30% of (A+B1)
D1=  A+B1+C1=  New Pension by Merging 78.2% IDA. (Including commuted amount)
P1= Actual new take home pension (i.e.   D1-Commuted Amount) + DA 0% as on 1-1-2007

Increase in Pension = P1 – P which will be from 1-1-2007 notionally and actually from 10-06-2013. That means these pensioners will get increased pension from the date of fixation by concerned CCA with arrears from 10-06-2013 to that day of fixation by CCA.

But as per the decision these pensioners will not get  Arrears of Pension from 1-1-2007 to 9-6-2013. (77.3 months). Total loss = (P1-P) x 77.3 + DA of the increased amount.  This Arrear is payable by DOT.
 
The pensioners of this category can now calculate the actual individual amounts from the above formula for both gains and lose
.

Post 2007 Pensioners:
Their Basic Pay was refixed merging 68.8% IDA earlier in 2009. The fixation was as below:
A = Old Basic Pay as on 31-12-2006
B = DA @ 68.8% of A
C= 30% of (A+B)
D=  A+B+C = New Basic Pay on 1-1-2007  (by Merging 68.8% IDA. DA on 1-1-2007 ) + 0% DA

Now after 78.2% IDA Merger :
A =  Old Basic Pay as on 31-12-2006
B1 = DA   @ 78.2% of A
C1= 30% of (A+B1)
D1=  A+B1+C1   (New Basic Pay by Merging 78.2 % IDA on 1-1-2007 Notionally fixed.)
This New Basic Pay ,fixed notionally from 1-1-2007, will be calculated accordingly till date of Retirement taking into account the promotion, annual increment etc. New Notional Pension will be calculated as 50% of the new notional last basic pay drawn.
Therefore Increase in pension will be New Notional Pension – Pension already fixed with commuted amount. This increased amount will be paid actually from 10-06-2013. Arrears from 10-6-2013 to the date of fixation along with the DA for the increased portion will also be paid actually.

The Dues not paid to the Post 2007 Pensioners are on many counts as shown below:-

1) Increased Pension with DA from Date of Retirement to 9-6-2013             --- To be Paid By DOT
2) Leave encashment difference due to new Last Pay Drawn                       --- To be Paid By BSNL
3) Increase in Commutation of Pension as per new fixed Pension.             --- To be Paid By DOT
4) Increase in Gratuity Amount as per New Last Pay Drawn.                         --- To be Paid By DOT
5) Increase of Basic Pay from 1-1-2007 to Date of Retirement with DA.       ---To be Paid By BSNL     (This however has not been paid to serving employees also by BSNL).

The pensioners of this category can now calculate the actual individual amounts from the above formula for both gains and losses.

Thus you can see that our struggle has not ended. There is a long way to go to end the deprivation. Most of the pensioners think that there is nothing wrong in the decision of the Government for paying  the increased pension only from 10-6-2013 as for serving employees also the benefit was paid from 10-06-2013. This is a generous thinking. The service employees who got the benefit of 78.2%, when retiring is getting his pension and pensionary benefits as per pay fixed by merging 78.2% IDA from his date of retirement, then why the same should not be paid to the pensioners retired before 10-06-2013? What the serving employees did not get is their pay arrears from 1-1-07 to 9-6-2013, the same (as mentioned in (5) above) may also be kept with held for post 2007 pensioners till such time it is paid to serving employees but the pensionary benefits as mentioned in (1) to (4) above for post 2007 pensioners and pension arrears from 1-1-07 to 9-6-2013 for pre 2007 pensioners also should be paid immediately in accordance with letter and spirit of various judgments delivered by Hon'ble Supreme Court regarding payment of pensionary benefits.

This deprivation to the pensioners has not been protested so far by any other Associations except AIRBSNLEWA and AIBSNLEA. We wrote repeated letters citing supreme court judgments but DOT overlooked them. We assure our members that we along with the help of AIBSNLEA are committed to settle the issue. Pl keep a watch on the developments and cooperate with us as always.

Finally we extend our thanks to huge no of pensioners who send SMS, emails, Whatsapp messages , phone calls congratulating us and our actions. Your support is our strength for the future struggle.

05.07.2016:  17:45 HRS        FLASH FLASH FLASH  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL


                           
CABINET APPROVES 78.2% IDA MERGER FOR PENSIONERS TODAY

                             INFORMATION FROM PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU  RELEASE
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              PROPOSAL ON ANNULMENT OF 60:40 PENSION SHARING  ALSO APPROVED

05.07.2016:     CABINET NOTE ON 78.2% IDA MERGER FOR PENSIONERS:
Our President Com Rakeshji spoke to DDG(Estt.), DoT today over telephone in the morning as to what queries/ clarifications were sought from Cabinet Secretariat, as per the note sent by Cabinet Secretariat to Hon’ble MOC(IT) on 29/6/2016 and the same was forwarded to the office of DDG(EStt.) on 29/6/2016 and a meeting was reportedly held in his office on 04/07/2016  for resolution of the matter.  DDG(EStt) deemed it inadvisable to discuss this issue over phone and hence  our President along with Com Kishanji GS met  DDG (Estt) at Sanchar Bhavan.
 
DDG(EStt) informed us  in response to our queries  that Cabinet Note Could not be  taken up for consideration on 29/6/2016. Regarding queries/ clarifications  sought by Cabinet Sceretariat, he was not very specific but he stated that they have answered to all the queries that they could answer (presumably relating to previous Cabinet Decision on 60:40 issue and reasons for its reversal.) Some queries, which could not be answered have been left unanswered. He also added that "We have done our best to explain our viewpoint and we are  keeping  our fingers crossed and we are  hopeful  for a positive resolution." (Reply to queries was reportedly  sent to Cabinet Secretariat on 04/072016 A/N ).
 
After reply to queries from cabinet Secretariat, the concerned file/ part file was lying with Establishment Wing. Director(Estt.) was tight lipped about the contents and context of the query, which was quite understandable. These details shall be communicated  in  a day or two after due verification.
04.07.2016:     CABINET NOTE ON 78.2% IDA MERGER FOR PENSIONERS: Com Rakeshji, our president enquired the status today. It is gathered that the file has been returned on 29th June to MOC and then to Secretary (T), Member (S), DDG (Estb) on same day. Since then the file is with DDG (Establishment) DOT. It is also gathered that today some meeting is being held in his chamber on this issue. It is therefore presumed that the file might not have been placed to the Central Cabinet and some objections/clarifications are raised by the Cabinet Secretary / his Secretariat , which is presently being processed by DDG (Estb).
We are trying to get more details and shall intimate as soon as available.   
01.07.2016:     IDA INCREASE 2.4% FROM JULY 2016.    
 30.06.2016:     CABINET NOTE ON 78.2% IDA MERGER FOR PENSIONERS: The Cabinet Memo has been submitted to Cabinet Secretariat on 17-06-2016 for consideration of the cabinet. The Central Cabinet meets every Wednesday to discuss such issues. Yesterday they cleared the proposal of implementation of 7th CPC but perhaps 78.2% issue was not on agenda. We expect that in the next meeting on 6th July the issue may be discussed. Let us hope that the Cabinet will clear the issue soon favorably.

30.06.2016:     Com Prahlad Rai Chief Mentor, AGS(Fin)/AIBSNLEA, CS AIBSNLEA Haryana Circle and Kishan Singh GS with FS, AIRBSNLEWA met Director (HR) on 28-06-2016 and felicitated on behalf of 2nd AIC of AIRBSNLEWA since she could not  visit Mysore.  Director (HR) explained that she was to attend the conference at Mysore but due to some unavoidable reason she could not attend  the conferences.  However, while appreciating the problems of BSNL pensioners,  she informed that for submission of medical bills through ERP of BNSL Pensioners was examined but it is not possible  through ERP, hence CGM ITPC, Pune has been asked to develop a module for BSNL Pensioners for feeding their medical claims online and to know the status of bills payments.  ITPC, Pune has assured to develop the module within two months time.

Earlier During the open session of AIBSNLEA at Mysuru on 17-6-2016, CMD, Director(CFA) and GM(SR) BSNL was felicitated by AIRBSNLEWA.

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30.06.2016:     7th CPC Report cleared by Union Cabinet:

The countdown for the implementation of  7th Pay Commission recommendations is over as the Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the final report made by the secretaries panel on Pay Commission recommendations

Highlights of the Cabinet approval on 7th CPC Report:

- Financial impact of pay hike: Rs 73,650 crore to be accommodated in the general budget and Rs 28,450 core by railway budget.

-The rate of annual increment retained at 3 percent.

-24 percent hike in pensions.

- The 7th Pay Commission report on revised pay will be effective from January 1.

- The Indian Army will benefit the highest with the cabinet approving hike in its salary from Rs 21,000 to Rs 31,500.

- Gratuity ceiling of employees will be doubled from Rs 10 lakh to 20 lakh.

- The cabinet cleared 23.55 percent hike in salary as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

- The entry level pay recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month has also been accepted.

 

Details are awaited.........

24.06.2016:  NEWLY ELECTED OFFICE BEARERS CHQ ON 18-06-2016     
 
CHIEF MENTOR  PRAHLAD RAI  09868278222
 PRESIDENT  RAKESH SRIVASTAVA  (DELHI)  09868876677
 VICE PRESIDENT I  MANAS ROY   (WEST BENGAL)  09434009002
 VICE PRESIDENT II  T RAVINDRAN (KERALA)  09447815400
 GENERAL SECRETARY  KISHAN SINGH (DELHI)  09968270611
 ASST, GENERAL SECRETARY I  AMIT KUMAR GUPTA (KOLKATA)  09433000088
ASST, GENERAL SECRETARY II  K JAIRAM (HYDERABAD)  09440000212
ASST, GENERAL SECRETARY III  PRADEEP GOYAL (UP EAST)  09415315111
ASST, GENERAL SECRETARY IV  P MUKHERJEE (ASSAM)  09435000680
ORGANISING SECRETARY (EAST)  SWAPAN MUKHERJEE (KOLKATA)  09433400210
ORGANISING SECRETARY (WEST)  AMALENDU GUHA (AHMEDABAD)  09426643434
ORGANISING SECRETARY (NORTH)  D N VERMA (UP EAST)  09415339696
ORGANISING SECRETARY (SOUTH)  R B ATHANI (KARNATAKA)  09449858299
FINANCIAL SECRETARY  A K JAIN (DELHI)  09868838466
ASST FINANCIAL SECRETARY  P CHANDRASEKHAR (TAMIL NADU)  09486100045
 EDITOR  J SAIBABA (ANDHRA PRADESH)  09490667899
13.06.2016:  SECRETARY (T) CLEARED THE FILE: Reported by Com Srivastava at 17.00 hrs that the 78.2% File has been cleared by Secretary (T) and presently it is with Director (Estb). The revised cabinet memo is likely to be sent to the cabinet secretariat tomorrow.     

All India Retired BSNL Executive Welfare Association
CHQ New Delhi

            2nd All India Conference at University of Mysuru in Karnataka on 18 June 2016

Detailed Agenda

10.00 Hrs             Opening remarks and Welcome Address by President
10.20 Hrs             Vandematram Song by Sh. Manas Roy
10.25 Hrs             2 Minutes Silence in memory of President Late Sh. M.L.                                              Sharma and other deceased members.
10.30          Hrs             Self introduction
10.45          Hrs             Reports of Circle Secretaries, Branch Secretaries,                                                         Organizing Secretaries and AGSs.

12.30 Hrs             Lunch Break

13.30 Hrs             Address by Sh. Prahlad Rai Chief Mentors & GS,  AIBSNLEA.
14.00 Hrs             Pending Items of earlier session if any
14.30 Hrs             Summing up by GS and Report of GS
15.15 Hrs             Report of Finance Secretary
15.45 Hrs             Resolutions.
16.30 Hrs             Election of Chairman Election
16.35 Hrs             Dissolution of CHQ body and Election of new CHQ body
16.45 Hrs             Oath by New CHQ Body

17.00 Hrs             Closure of AIC

10.06.2016:     Congratulations!

Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Department of Public Enterprises), Govt. of India

published an extraordinary edition of the Gazette of India on dated 09.06.2016 notifying the constitution of 3rd Pay Revision Committee (3rd PRC) comprising of the following:

Chairman: Justice Satish Chandra (Retd.)

Members: (1) Shri Jugal Mohapatra, Ex-IAS Officer (2) Prof. Manoj Panda, Director, Institute for Economic Growth, Delhi and (3) Shri Shailendra Pal SIngh, Ex. Director (HR), NTPC Ltd. Secretary, DPE shall be the Ex-Officio Member and Jt. Secretary/Addl. Secretary, DPE shall be the Member Secretary.

The Committee will make its recommendations to the Government within a period of six months from the date of its constitution and have headquarters in Delhi. Pension revision not included in terms of references although DOT wrote to DPE for inclusion <<<<Click here for the copy of the Gazette of India  dated 09.06.2016 >>>

10.06.2016:     Faridabad Branch of AIRBSNLEWA formed. In a meeting held today, Faridabad Branch is formed with 20 Life Members. Com President and Com G S attended the meeting. 
08.06.2016:  SECRETARY (T) IS OUT OF STATION: There is no development. The 78.2% IDA file is still in Secretary (T) 's chamber. He is out of station and expected to be back on next Monday (13-06-16). On 23-05-16 we reported that there will be approximately a time delay of one month for sending it again to cabinet secretariat and some Association passed oblique comments on our estimation. Now one more week and one month will be completed.   
07.06.2016:THE FILE IS STUCK UP WITH SECRETARY (T) : Com Rakesh Srivastava President AIRBSNLEWA enquired at 17.00 hrs today and learnt that the file with revised cabinet memo on 78.2% issue is still in the chamber of Secretary (T). The file is waiting for his signature since 1-6-2016.
01.06.2016: STATUS OF 78.2% ISSUE : Today morning the file is with Secretary(T). If he signs the file today then it may go to the Cabinet secretariat tomorrow.   

01.06.2016:  Meeting with GM (Admn) BSNL CO New Delhi:

Com Prahalad Rai Chief Mentor and GS AIRBSNLEWA Shri Kishan Singh met GM (Admn) BSNL CO and discussed regarding long pending problems of pensioners:

 

A. OUTDOOR MEDICAL BILLS REIMBURSEMENT: We requested to streamline the payments of BSNL pensioners medical claims through ERP or web provision wherein pensioners may submit his medical outdoor claims online and can monitor the status of their medical claims.  GM (Admn) appreciated our concern and mentioned that recently Director (HR) has also directed to settle the pending issues of BSNL pensioners as raised by AIRBSNLEWA.  He assured to discuss the matter with ED (CA)/Sr.GM (IT) for creating a software in this regard so that BSNL pensioners can feed online and monitor the status of their medical claims

 

B. INDOOR MEDICAL TREATMENT BILLS: In this regard we requested that the committee constituted should hear the voice of BSNL Pensioners also. The places where the empanelled hospitals are not available, TPA system like other PSUs linking with LIC as done by CGHS may be introduced.  GM (Admn) assured to look in to the matter

 

C. ALLOWING FREE CALLS AS PER BSNL ORDER IN CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONES: Free calls allowed in the concessional telephones are 500+50 calls which should be 500+220calls to BSNL as per order of BSNL dated 12-07-2007. We requested that the orders to this effect may kindly be issued immediately. Further, the free calls allowed should be the call made in local and national networks.  GM (Admn) informed that the matter is under consideration and shortly necessary orders will be issued

 

D. ALLOWING NIGHT CALLING FACILITY IN CONCESSIONAL TELEPHONES: The free Night Calling Facility as introduced in land phones has not been extended to concessional land phones for pensioners which are not coming under service telephone category. We requested that this may kindly be introduced for the concessional land phones for pensioners also. GM (Admn) informed that matter is under consideration and shortly necessary orders will be issued

 

E. TRANSFER OF SERVICE BOOKS OF BSNL PENSIONERS TO DOT CELLS AFTER RETIREMENT: After retirement all BSNL pensioners draw their pension from DOT. All further pension revision etc. are to be carried out by DOT cells of respective CCAs. Hence it will be appropriate to transfer the custody of the Service Books to DOT for proper maintenance. It may be noted that DOT cells are maintaining the service books electronically for safety and security. GM (Admn) informed that matter is under consideration in the Establishment Cell of BSNL C.O.

 

ABOVE ISSUES WERE TAKEN UP BY AIRBSNLEWA SOMETIMES BACK AND ARE BEING CONSTANTLY PURSUED. NOW AS THE ISSUES ARE COMING TO THE MATURITY, SOME OTHER UNIONS/ASSOCIATIONS ARE BECOMING VOCAL AND UPLOADING NEWS IN THEIR WEBSITES ON THESE ISSUES. THEY ARE WELCOME AS WHATEVER THEY DID WILL COME TO THE BENEFIT OF PENSIONERS ONLY.

 

31.05.2016: STATUS OF 78.2% ISSUE : Yesterday the file has gone to Member(F). Till today 12:30 PM it is with Member(F).      
27.05.2016: STATUS OF 78.2% ISSUE : As directed by Cabinet Secretariat, Attachments to the cabinet note i.e old cabinet memos, orders etc have been removed and a gist of them now attached and was send to Dir (Est) by pension cell yesterday. Today the file is with Member(S) who is on leave. This has to be signed by the Member (F) and Secretary (T) before sending to cabinet secretariat. If everything goes fine the shortened Cabinet Memo may go to the cabinet secretariat next week.     
27.05.2016: Raising the free limit of concessional Telephones: The issue is under active consideration. GM (Admn) BSNL  asked for some information from ITPC   READ  
 23.05.2016:  CABINET SECRETARIAT WANTS THE CABINET NOTE TO BE CRISPY AND SHORT:  Com Rakesh Srivastava President AIRBSNLEWA reports AFTER enquiring that The Cabinet Secretariat wants the Cabinet note on 78.2% IDA merger to be crisp and short in place of the existing voluminous one. Therefore the said cabinet note has to be redrafted with fresh hindi translation and again to be signed by all bureaucrats before sending it to the cabinet. That means wait for at least one more month.
 23.05.2016:   Our AGS Comrade Amit Kumar Gupta, who had earlier submitted number of RTI queries on our Pension issue, had submitted another RTI six month ago (21-12-2015) asking some more questions based on the information received out of his earlier queries. DOT vide 13-1/2016-PSF dt 16-5-2016 has replied the queries. The questions and answers are placed below in a tabular form for better understanding.  Click for     The Application      The Reply 
                       QUESTIONS ASKED   REPLY BY DOT (13-1/2016-PSF DT 16-5- 2016)

1. Vide note sheet N-4 of File no 1-45/2003-B (pt.-1) dated 6-9-2006,(copy received through RTI enclosed) Secretary, DOT gave approval for creation of a Rolling Fund from the 60% of the receipts from BSNL on Dividend Income, License Fee and Corporate Tax/Excise duty etc. for exclusive use of payment of pension.

      a) Whether the said Rolling Fund has been created accordingly ?
      b) What is the present nomenclature of the fund ?

 

     NO ROLLING FUND HAS BEEN 
                    CREATED

 

2. Considering the reply of 1(a) above is ‘yes’  kindly inform :

                 a) Whether the pension of the pensioners retired after taking absorption is paid from this rolling fund.?

                 b) Whether the pension of the pensioners retired before 1-10-2000 from DOT is paid from this rolling fund.?

                 c) Whether the pension of the pensioners retired from BSNL while serving BSNL as ‘deemed deputation’  is paid from this rolling fund.?

                 d) Whether the pensionary benefits like Gratuity etc is also paid from this rolling fund to above pensioners at 2(a),(b) and (c) ?

 

  a) Pension pf the pensioners retired after taking absorption in BSNL is paid from Consolidated Fund Of India as per Rule 37-A

 

b) From Consolidated Fund of India

 

c) From Consolidated Fund of India

 

d) Does not arise in view of reply to para 1 & 2 above

  

3. Considering the reply of 1(a) above is ‘no’ kindly inform :

               a) From which fund the pension of the pensioners retired after taking absorption in BSNL is paid ?

                 b) From which fund the pension of the pensioners retired before 1-10-2000 from DOT is paid.?

                 c) From which fund the pension of the pensioners retired from BSNL while serving BSNL as ‘deemed deputation’ is paid?

                 d) From which fund the pensionary benefits like Gratuity etc is paid to above pensioners at 2(a),(b) and (c).

 

  From Consolidated Fund of India

3. From which fund the pension and pensionary benefits of the pensioners retired from DOT after 1-10-2000, who never served in BSNL, is paid? Kindly inform.

 

  From Consolidated Fund of India

4. If the said rolling fund is created, kindly inform :

                a) What is the present balance of the fund?

                 b) Kindly furnish the year wise balance from year 2009 with year wise credit and debit amounts.

 In view of rteply to para 1 , information is 'NIL'

5. Kindly inform in details the utilisation of the “Pension Contribution” paid by BSNL for each of its serving employees under FR 116 and deposited to DOT. How the collected money is spend ?

 Pension Contribution collected from BSNL serving employees is deposited in Consolidated Fund of India as per extant rules.
After this reply the question which comes to everybody's mind:-

1) Then why Hon'ble MOC while replying the question raised in lok sabha did not mention that the pension is paid from the Consolidated Fund of India ?

2) Why then there is so much of correspondence on question of fund provision for granting 78.2% IDA for pensioners ?

3) Why DOT has asked for annulment of 60:40 provision in the Cabinet Memo ?

4) If the pension funding is from Consolidated Fund, then why 78.2% IDA is not given to pensioners even after 3 years?

5) While replying the DOE's querry in the tear 2014, why it was not pointed out to DOE that the pension is paid from consolidated fund of India. (No 40-13/2013 Pen(T) dt 11-7-2014)

19.05.2016:  MOC COFIRMS 60:40 PROVISION OF OUR PENSION IN LOKSABHA                    

                                                              GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
                        MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

                                               DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

                                        LOK SABHA  UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1751
                                                     TO BE ANSWERED ON 4
TH MAY, 2016

                                                                        PENSION RULES

1751. SHRI M.B. RAJESH:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
(a) the existing rules/guidelines for the pension and revision of pension of the DoT employees absorbed in BSNL;
(b) whether any restriction is placed on the pension payment of these officials; and
(c) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor?

                                                                           ANSWER

                             THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
                                                  (SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)

(a) Pension of BSNL employees is regulated under sub-rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. The Department of Public Enterprises issues instructions/orders for revision of pay of employees in Central Public Sector Enterprises which are extended to the working employees of BSNL from time to time. On the basis of the pay revision orders issued by Department of Public Enterprises, pension/family pension of DOT employees absorbed in BSNL are revised with the approval of Cabinet from time to time.

(b) &(c) As stipulated in sub-rules 22 & 23 of Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, in the case of BSNL, the pensionary benefits including the family pension shall be paid by the Government and the Government shall specify the arrangement and manner including the rate of pensionary contribution to be made by BSNL and the manner in which financial liabilities on this account shall be met. As per sub-rule 24 Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, the arrangement thus worked out shall also be applicable to the existing pensioners and the employees who are deemed to have retired from Government service for absorption in BSNL. Cabinet in its meeting dated 27-01-2005, approved (Cabinet Note dated 14.01.2005) the payment of pension by the Government in respect of employees of DoT/DTS/DTO who retired prior to 1.10.2000 and those who have worked/are working in BSNL on deemed deputation and those who are absorbed in BSNL subject to the following conditions:
(i) The annual pension liability of the government shall not exceed 60% of the annual receipts to Government from the following items:
a. Dividend income from MTNL/BSNL.
b. License fee from MTNL/BSNL.
c. Corporate Tax/excise duty/service tax paid by BSNL.
(ii) Any amount exceeding (i) above shall be borne by BSNL.
(iii) Existing system of payment of pension would continue
(iv) Pensionary contribution from BSNL would be made to Government as per FR-116.
(v) Employees recruited directly by the BSNL on or after 01-10-2000 shall not be covered under this decision.

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17.05.2016:  IT IS LEARNT FROM MOST RELIABLE SOURCES THAT THE CABINET MEMO ON 78.2% IDA FIXATION FOR PENSIONERS IS BEING RETURNED BY CABINET SECRETARIAT WITH SOME COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS
12.05.2016:   Meeting with Director (HR), BSNL Board, New Delhi ON 10-5-2016

Com Prahlad Rai Chief Mentor and GS AIRBSNLEWA Sh. Kishan Singh met Director (HR) and discussed regarding settlement of the genuine pending issues of BSNL Pensioners already discussed in the meeting held on 11-4-2016 with Director (HR):

(a) For Outdoor medical Bills Reimbursement:- They requested that after introduction of ERP, the medical claims for serving employees has been streamlined, but the BSNL Pensioners are kept out of the ERP, hence their claims are still manually processed which is causing delay and the progress of claim settlement is concern to the Pensioners.

(b) Cash less Indoor treatment: For indoor medical treatment other than Delhi in most of the cities, empanelled hospitals for treatment on cashless basis are very few.  TPA system as is available in other PSUs or linking with LIC as done by CGHS may be introduced.

(c) Free Call limits on concessional telephones to retired DoT/BSNL employees: Allowing free calls as per BSNL order dated 12.7.2007 in concessional Telephones should be 500+220 calls instead of 500+50 calls.  Also the free calls allowed should be the call made in local and national networks.

(d) Allowing Night calling facility in concessional telephones- The free Night calling facility as introduced in landline phones has to be extended to concessional land line phones for BSNL Pensioners.

(e) Transfer of Service Books of BSNL Pensioners to DOT Cells after Retirement as the Pension is being paid by DOT.  All further pension revision etc. has to be done by CCA units of DOT only.

 

After detail discussions Director (HR) assured for early settlement of all above issues.

 

09.05.2016: CABINET MEMO ON 78.2% IDA MERGER FOR PENSIONERS HAS BEEN SENT TO THE CABINET: It is learnt today that on Friday (6-05-2016) it self the much waited Cabinet Memo has been sent to the Cabinet Secretariat and PMO by the Pension cell of DOT. It is also learnt that the memo contains the following proposal for approval of Union Cabinet. 

1)      For Pre 2007 Pensioners: Their pension will be notionally revised by merging 78.2% IDA as on 1-1-2007 but the revised pension will be actually paid from 10-06-2013

2)      For Post 2007 Pensioners: Their pay will be notionally revised from 1-1-2007, which will also revise their last pay drawn notionally. The pension will be revised accordingly from their date of retirement but will be actually paid from 10-06-2013.

3)  Annulment of following provision which was earlier approved in 2005 by the Cabinet:

"the annual pension liability of the government in respect of employees of DoT/DTS/DTO who retired prior to 1.10.2000 and those who have worked or working in BSNL on deemed deputation and for those who are absorbed in BSNL, shall not exceed 60% of annual receipts to the Government from (i) Dividend income from MTNL/BSNL, (ii) Licence fee from MTNL/BSNL, and (iii) Corporate Tax/Excise Duty/Service tax paid by BSNL. If the annual pension liability exceeds the figure 60%, the balance amount is to be paid by BSNL.”

09.05.2016: Appeal by GS Com Kishan Singh for holding the AIC smoothly.  READ     
05.05.2016:17-45 hrs    CABINET MEMO ON 78.2% IDA MERGER FINALLY GOING TO CABINET : As reported earlier, after signature the file has come back to Establishment/Pension Cell for Secretary (T) office at 17-30 hrs. Tomorrow it will be sent to Cabinet Secretariat/PMO for further consideration of the Cabinet Memo on 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners from 1-1-2007 but actual effect from 10-06-2013 and annulment of 60:40 pension sharing system. It may be noted that instead of replying the queries of DOE to DOE, it is included in the cabinet memo and being sent to Union Cabinet for their consideration
05.05.2016:   Com Prahlad Rai Chief Mentor met today with Director (Estt), DoT and discussed regarding:

A. Status of 78.2% IDA Pay fixation benefit to BSNL Pensioners: He requested for early sending of the Cabinet Note to the Union Cabinet for approval as it has already been approved by Hon'ble MoC & IT. Director (Estt) informed that the Cabinet Note has been send to the Secretary (T) for his signature and shortly it will be sent to Union Cabinet for approval. He further met in the Secretary (T) office and inquired about the Cabinet Note status. It was confirmed that the Cabinet Note is available in their office for Secretary (T) signature and possibly today it may be sent to the Pension Cell for further necessary action.

B. CGHS medical facility to BSNL/MTNL Pensioners: Director (Estt) informed that still the matter is pending in the Ministry of Health for decision in this regard. He assured to further contact the concerned officers in the Ministry of Health for early decision and making CGHS Cards to BSNL/MTNL Pensioners.

03.05.2016:     WHERE IS THE FILE ??   Com Rakesh Srivastava again enquired at 16.30 hrs (03-05-16). As per Sr PPS to Secretary (Telecom) the file is still with secretary as fer file tracking system, but the file is not located physically in his office. The file has not gone to Member(S) either. Then where it is ? As per our source it is with Secretary (T) only.    
03.05.2016:     The Final Cabinet Memo is yet to be signed by Secretary(T) : Today (3-5-16) Com Rakesh Srivastava President AIRBSNLEWA enquired with the office of Secretary(T) at 10-30 Hrs and learnt that the file is still in the chamber of Secretary awaiting his signature. The news given by some association that the file is already signed ia a premature one and not correct.     
02.05.2016:      Com Rakesh Srivastava President enquired the status of 78.2% IDA merger case with Establishment section of DOT. It is learnt that the final Cabinet Memo has been sent to Secretary DOT on 28-04-2016. It is yet to be signed by him. After his signature the file with the proposal of extending the benefit of 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners from 1-1-2007 but effecting from 10-06-2013 and also annulment of 60:40 pension sharing will go to cabinet secretariat for consideration of union cabinet .   
28.04.2016:     LODGE YOUR GRIEVANCES ON MEDICAL BILL AND OTHER PENSION RELATED ISSUES WITH CPGRAMS (Centralised Public Grievances Redress And Monitoring System) at www.pgportal.gov.in  :  CPGRAMS is a powerful mechanism where any individual can focus their grievances which will be immediately forwarded to concerned department and is being monitored by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances regularly till settlement of the issue. Let the Pensioners use this tool to redress their grievances related to delay payment of medical bills and any other pension related issues including gratuity and leave encashment.
For Pending Medical Bills (Indoor and Outdoor)    : Log on to www.pgportal.gov.in -> go to "lodge your grievance" -> public grievance -> check "i agree" and then submit. The Grievance form will appear in the screen. Select  Department as "Telecommunication" , then select "Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited" then type of grievance as "harassment". There after fill in your name with designation as "Retd ...../ name of circle" (eg Retd AO / Maharastra Circle, Pune). Fill up address and phone nos as directed and then in the Grievances Box mention details of the case. Your HR NO, Circle SSA/Area, No of bills pending, From which date they are pending, Total pending amount etc in details. Pl do not use spl characters as mentioned. Fill up the check box and submit. your grievance will be registered and you will be given a registration no with which you can monitor progress of your grievance in www.pgportal.gov.in .
For Pension and Pensionary Grievances : Log on to www.pgportal.gov.in , select pension, fill up the form with details
25.04.2016:      The Final Cabinet Memo on 78.2% IDA Merger and removal of 60:40 pension sharing provision, is under preparation at the Establishment Section of DOT after its approval by MOC. The work is however delayed as the concerned officers are on leave till this month end .       
19.04.2016:     Meeting with  DDG (Estt), DoT :

Com Prahalad Rai along with Shri M.L. Ostwal, CS, AIRBSNLWA met Shri S.K. Jain, DDG (Estt), DoT regarding the progress of the case of 78.2% IDA fitment to BSNL Pensioners. DDG (Estt) informed that the Cabinet Note regarding 78.2% IDA fitment to BSNL Pensioners has been approved by Hon’ble MoC &IT and Secretary (T) and the file containing the note has been reached to the Pension Cell of DoT for sending the Cabinet Note to the Union Cabinet for approval.

13.04.2016:   10.30 AM : Hon'bl MOC HAS SIGNED THE 78.2% FILE WITH CABINET NOTE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND SEND IT TO SECRETARY (T). THE FILE IS NOW IN THE CHAMBER OF Secy (T) who is on leave today. Remaining days of this week are holidays hence next movement expected only on next Monday.

12.04.2016:  It is learnt that till lunch hours the file of 78.2% IDA fitment has reached to the office of Hon'ble MOC&IT and also put on the table of Hon'ble MOC&IT............................

11.04.2016:   Meeting with Director (HR) on various issues related to BSNL pensioners:As scheduled, the meeting took place today at the chamber of Director (HR), wherein GM (A) and G.M. (Estt) were also present.  From the association side President, General Secretary, AGS (Engg), AGS (C/E/Ar/TF) from AIBSNLEA and President, General Secretary, AGS –I and AGS – II of AIRBSNLEWA represented.

The discussions took place on the agenda submitted earlier.  The brief of the discussion is as follows:

1.     For outdoor medical bill re-imbursement:  The Association  pointed out that many circles are making the re-imbursement of medical bills of the retired employees abnormally delayed, more over in the recently developed  ERP system the entry of the medical bills of the pensioners are made only at the last stage before the payment. Otherwise it is being done manually as was done in earlier situation.  Therefore, the pensioners are not in a position to track the medical bills online which is available to the serving employees. The condition of the pensioners suffering from acute diseases like cancer, dialysis, etc. are pathetic. The association suggested the following measures to be implemented.

·    Pensioners will prefer their claims in usual way and submit it personally or by speed post / courier as per their convenience.

·    On receipt of the claim the Accounts office shall immediately enter the claim details in the ERP system on the same day.  After entry the system will generate “a claim no. and intimate the same to the concerned pensioner by SMS”.

·    The pensioner can view the progress of the claim in the portal with help of the claim no.

·    Additionally system will generate SMS whenever the claim processed at each stage of settlement.

·    Finally the payment details against the claim numbers to be intimated to the pensioners so that he/she understand which claim is paid.  The information to be provided in the portal also and claims are to be settled within a specified time limit as in the case of serving employees.

·    The ERP package and BSNL intranet to be suitably modified to cater the above provisions.

Director (HR) and the G.Ms present in the meeting highly appreciated the suggestions and decided to implement the same at the earliest.  Director (HR) asked ED (CN) whether such provisions can be made in the ERP.  ED (CN) informed that the same can be discussed with ITPC wing.  Director (HR) requested to have the discussions immediately, wherein our representatives from the associations will also be present.

2.  For Indoor Medical Treatment:  Association pointed out that other than New Delhi, empanelled hospitals for treatment on cashless basis is practically non-existence  in most of the circles.  

Director (HR) pointed out that, she is aware of the problems and proposal to introduce medi-insurance is under scrutiny and is under active consideration of the BSNL management.  She asked G.M. (A) to decide the issue as quickly as possible.  Association further pointed out that in the committee formed, there is no representative either from the executive association or from the pensioners.   Director (HR) immediately instructed to include both the G.Ss of the executive associations in the committee.

3.  Allowing free calls as per BSNL order in concessional telephones:  Free calls allowed in the concessional telephones for the retired executives are 500 + 50 calls , which should be 500 + 220 calls to BSNL as per BSNL order dated 12.7.2007.  Association pointed out that this could be implemented straight away as the provision already exists in the BSNL’s own order.

Director (HR) asked G.M. (A) to examine and settle the issue immediately.

4.  Allowing night free calls in the concessional telephones: Free night calling facility as introduced in the landline phones has not been extended to the concessional telephones of the pensioners which are not coming under service telephone category. 

Director (HR) asked G.M. (A) to examine and put up the issue immediately. 

5.    Transfer of service books of BSNL pensioners to DoT Cells after retirement:  It was pointed out that after retirement, the service books of the CDA pensioners are transferred to concerned CCAs, but for IDA pensioners, it is kept with BSNL only.  For proper upkeepment of the service books, the same may be transferred to the concerned CCAs, who are presently maintaining it electronically for safety and security and also to ensure timely settlement of the future pension revision / family pension settlement, etc.

Director (HR) instructed G.M. (Estt) to examine the issue and find out the present rule position on the subject.

The meeting was held in a  very much co-ordial atmosphere.  Director (HR) categorically mentioned that she personally does not like that the pensioners after their retirement should visit the offices for their claim settlement.  She assured to settle all the issues and expected that in the next meeting she will find smiling faces of the pensioners.  She also requested Com. Prahlad Rai to regularly follow up the issues with her till the issues are settled.

11-04-.2016:    Good News....... It is learnt that Secy(T) has cleared 78.2% file along with Cabinet Memo. The file will now go to MOC&IT and after his approval will be sent to Cabinet for approval.
05-04-.2016:   IN VIEW OF THE ASSURANCES BY SECRETARY (T) PROPOSED AGITATION BY AIRBSNLEWA DEFFERED.   CLICK    

02-04-.2016: Status of Cabinet Note regarding 50% IDA Merger amounting to 78.2% IDA as on 1/1/2007 for BSNL Pensioners retiring between 1/10/2000 and 09/06/2013:-
After clarifying the queries raised by Secretary(T) on MTNL issue, regarding grant of 50% IDA  merger  amounting to 78.2% IDA as on 1/1/2007  the Cabinet Note on this issue was submitted to Secretary(T) on 23/3/2016, but the same is still awaiting approval/ concurrence from Secretary(T) for further approval from Hon’ble MOC & IT and the UNION Cabinet.
G.S.  and President  AIRBSNLEWA along with GS, AIBSNLEA sought personal meeting with Secretary(T) on 14th March 2016 on this very issue, wherein Secretary(T) advised our Office Bearers to seek a proper appointment through a written request. Immediately G.S., AIRBSNLEWA submitted  a written request in office of Secretary(T). This was  followed by two reminders to Secretary(T)  by our President through e-mail on 28th March and 31st March 2016 with no positive response from the office of Secretary(T).
Today on 1st April 2016, GS and President AIRBSNLEWA went to Sanchar Bhavan and again  sought a personall meeting / appointment with Secretary(T), which was deferred to next week by Secretary(T). But we insisted upon meeting Secretary(T) today itself and waited to meet him in his  office.
We met Secretary(T) in the visitor’s lobby and told  Secretary(T)  that we have been seeking meeting/ appointment  with him over a period of  last three weeks with no avail. The pensioners are getting restive and the issue of 50% DA Merger amounting to 78.2% IDA as on 1/1/2007 needs early resolution, for which a duly prepared cabinet Note was awaiting his approval.
Secretary(T) replied that he was fully aware of our problem and was trying to look into the matter  and resolve it at an early date. We pointed out that the issue was awaiting settlement over a priod of last three years. Secretary) in turn responded that we could not apportion entire blame of three years delay over his head. Very true, we replied but we expected him to resolve the issue at the earliest. Secretary(T) replied in the affirmative with assurance to approve the Cabinet Note and get this issue resolved at the earliest.  
---
Rakesh Srivastava, President, AIRBSNLEWA

30.03.2016:  MEETING WITH DIR(HR) BSNL : Com Prahlad Rai met the Director (HR) BSNL Smt Sujata Roy yesterday and handed over a letter containing various problems of the BSNL Pensioners including Health Care Facilities. He requested to grant a meeting to discuss the issues. Dir (HR) immediately fixed a meeting at 3.30 PM on 11-04-2016 where GM(Admn) & GM(Estb) will also attend.  Read the Letter   
28.03.2016:  78.2% FILE REACHED SECRETARY (T) : Com Rakesh Srivastava President AIRBSNLEWA enquired the status today afternoon. It is learnt that the flie with draft Cabinet Memo has reached Secretary (T) on 23-3-2014 after clearnce from Member (S) and Member (F) DOT. Let ws hope that this time it will get the nod of the Secretary (T) and the file will reach MOC without any further trouble            
24.03.2016: Status of Cabinet Note regarding 50% IDA Merger amounting to 78.2% IDA as on 1/1/2007 for BSNL Pensioners retiring between 1/10/2000 and 09/06/2013:-

Benefit of 50% IDA merger w.e.f. 1/1/2007 to all Employees of BSNL vide DOT Memo no.61-01/2012-SU dated 10th June 2013 was granted by  Govt. of India w.e.f. 10th June 2013.

The proposal to extend the benefit of 50% IDA merger to BSNL Pensioners, (retiring between 1/10/2000 and 9/6/2013),   amounting to 78.2% IDA (as on 1/1/2007) was moved by DOT in January 2014 for approval from DOP/DPE/  Dept. of Expenditure. After several rounds of consultations / clarifications  the proposal moved by DoT was approved and concurred by Hon’bel MOF  vide DOE OM No. 582/EV/2014 dated 15/10/2014 with a caveat that DOT should seek Cabinet Approval as well  for granting benefit of 50% IDA merger w.e.f. 1/1/2007 to all BSNL Pensioners retiring between 1/10/2000 and 09/06/2013 as granted to working Employees of BSNL vide DOT Memo no.61-01/2012-SU dated 10th June 2013.

Cabinet Note was duly prepared by DoT and sent to DOP/ DPE/ Deptt. Of Expenditue and Ministry of Law in F.Y. 2015-16, incorporating one additional issue of insufficient funds for payment  of BSNL Pension under cabinet Decision dated 27/1/2005, which limited Govt. liability to 60% of Revenue Receipts from BSNL, and  seeking waiver/ annulment of Cabinet decision dated 27/1/2005. The  issue of funding of BSNL Pension should not have been combined with issue of 50% IDA Merger as granted vide OM dated 10th June 2013. It should have been dealt separately by DoT at a later date. This caused further delay and Deptt. Of Expenditure raised many queries in August 2015, which have already been elaborated in one of our earlier WRITE Ups on our web site..

DoT took another one  year or so in finalizing the reply to queries raised by Deptt. Of Expenditure, but in their wisdom,   did not consider  it appropriate to send the  reply to queries to Deptt, of Expendityure for further action.. Instead DoT thought that a better strategy would be   to send the Cabinet Note over this issue  directly to Union Cabinet for their consideration and clearance.

This Issue was apparenrly resolved internally between Member(F)  and Secretary(T)  in DoT and the Cabinet Note was already submitted in the month  of January 2016  to Secretary(T) / MoC  for their approval and further decision  by the Union Cabinet.  But  a change of guard took place  in DoT. Sri Rakesh Garg,  then Secretary(T) was transferred to another Ministry  and  Sri J.S.Deepak, I.A.S.,  new Telecom. Secretary  took charge on 1st February 2016 as new Telecom. Secretary,   

In response to some representations regarding  grant of  50% IDA Merger, wherein  some   MTNL Associations/ Unions have demanded parity with BSNL, which is mandated  to be granted to them by leveling down MTNL scales  under 3rd PRC w.e.f. 1/1/2017 in accordance with Cabinet Decision on Govt.  Pension to MTNL Employees at par with BSNL. Secretary(T) has raised some queries on 12/02/2016  regarding admissibility of 78.2% IDA to MTNL Employees/ Pensioners based on representations of MTNL Associations/ Unions forwarded by MTNL to DoT.  

Establishment Wing of DoT has already clarified to Dett. Of Expenditure  that benefit of 50% IDA Merger to BSNL Pensioners can become an issue  only after the same benefit is  granted by MTNL to its existing Employees in MTNL. Because  MTNL Employees have not yet been  extended the benfit of 50% IDA Merger, amounting to 78.2% IDA as on 1/1/2007,  the same can not be given to MTNL Pensioners at this stage, because entitlement to pension is based on the quantum of last pay drawn.

The file was doing rounds in Establishment/ Finance/ PSU Wings in DoT and after six weeks of deliberations the opinion  rendered by Establishment Wing is supported by PSU Wing and Finance Wing. Curretly file has returned to Pension Cell of DoT snd is under submission to DDG(Estt.)/ Member(S)/ Secretray(T).

Hopefully all doubts/ queries  raised by Secretary(T) have been answered during six weeks of internal deliberation and the Cabinet Note is expected to be approved by Secretary(T)/ MOC & IT in last week of March 2016 for onward journey to Union Cabinete   ----  Rakesh Srivastava, President, AIRBSNLEWA

Com Kishan Singh GS writes to MOC requesting to grant a meeting.  LETTER

18.03.2016:  AIRBSNLEWA  SERVED NOTICE FOR DEMONSTRATION TO THE SECRETARY DOT FOR DELIBERTE DELAY IN SETTLING 78.2% IDA MERGER ISSUE          

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08.03.2016:  78.2% ISSUE ---  THE FILE FURTHER SENT TO ESTABLISHMENT:  The status has been enquired by our President Rakesh Ji today afternoon. It is learnt that since the question of inclusion MTNL is a policy decision, Member (F) DOT is sending the file to Establishment section for the clarification. Therefore more and more delay to this issue.
0403.2016:               OUR PENSION IS PART OF UNION BUDGET    
           
PROVISION FOR FUNDING OF PENSION FOR DEEMED DOT RETIREES /  BSNL ABSORBEES  FINDS SPECIFIC  MENTION IN ALL THE UNION BUDGETS FROM 2006-2007 ONWARDS TO 2016-17

We have been informing our members about the developments happening  on our pension issue since 2003 . Through different write-ups we have been  constantly educating our members about the developments and happenings. Our members are aware now, how due to constant pressure of the Finance Ministry/Dept. of Expenditure  the 60:40 pensionary  
load shairng clause was introduced and how our pension was got   linked by DoT/ Deptt. of Expenditure with the deposits made by BSNL under different accounts. The 50% IDA merger issue amounting to 78,2 % IDA as on 1/1/2007 is still struck up on the funding issue and presently the cabinet memo is under submission along with proposal of annulment of 60:40 load sharing clause .
 
Now after placement of the union budget 2016-2017, when we went through the budgetary documents we found that Department of Telecommunications has placed a demand for grants required for various expenses till 31st march 2017. In the said statement Rs 8932.00 crores has been asked for discharge of the responsibility of pension and pensionary benefits. Further in the explanatory note it is also specifically mentioned that this includes pensionary benefits of the employees of the department Telecommunications together with employees absorbed in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (`8,932crore).
 
Out of curiosity  we searched the budget proposals of earlier years. And found that from 2006-2007 onwards similar provisions existed  in every years budget  under Telecom. Budgetary grants. However after FY 2000-2001 and prior to FY 2006-07 this item was not mentioned under Telecom. Budgetary grants.
 
Now the question rises that when there is a budgetary provision for payment of pension of BSNL absorbees why so much file processing is being done?  Why Department of expenditure is asking so many queries about the fund provisioning ? Why there is a need of annulment of 60:40 ? Why such provisions are mentioned in the cabinet memos,  and why the issue 78.2 % is  delayed so much ?
 
These are the questions DOT should answer. We are placing the information to all pensioners as a responsible association. They may exercise their channels to get the mystery solved.

READ THE EXTRACTS FROM THE UNION BUDGET OF VARIOUS YEARS
 
(As per our analysis, the Cabinet Decision of 27th January 2005, which was kept  as a closely guarded secret and under wraps for around ten years is proving to be a thorn in the flesh for DOT/ BSNL and BSNL Pensioners, which people refused to acknowledge and resolve r in spite of clear Advice for annulment of Cabinet Decision dated 27/1/2005 (regarding pensionary  load shairng clause by BSNL)  from Sri R.Ashok, then member(F) in the year 2005-2006.)
03-03.2016:  78.2% ISSUE ---  SECRETARY (T) RETURNED THE FILE: Com Rakesh Srivastava, our President  has enquired the status of the file containing the cabinet note today morning. It is learnt that yesterday the file was sent back to Member (F) DOT who  sent  the file to DDG(B&PF) today morning.  It is also learnt that the query this time is whether to include MTNL in this proposal and subsequent implications thereof.
03-03.2016:  AGITATION BY WB CIRCLE AIRBSNLEWA:   As a follow up action of the Agitation, which was deferred after firm  commitment of CTD management , two reminders were issued yesterday. As there is a little contradiction between the letters, we requested them to correct it. Read the orders   One   Two 

1.     26-02.2016:   AIRBSNLEWA  NOTIFIES ITS 2ND AIC AT MYSURU   It is hereby notified that the 2nd All India  Conference of All India Retired BSNL Executive’ Welfare Association will be held at  RTTC, Campus MYSURU, KARNATAKA STATE from 18th to 19th JUNE 2016

         i.            The boarding and lodging arrangement to the participants have been made with effect from 17/06/2016 to 20/06/2016.

       ii.            For Departure & Arrival details of delegates – It is requested to E-mail the information on ID No : ksingh.ragm@rediffmail.com

      iii.            Please intimate CHQ Quota sent so far. It is requested that balance CHQ Quota may be directly deposited in A/C No. 1120000100163522, IFSC Code PUNB 0112000, Punjab National Bank, ECE House, K.G. Marg, New Delhi -110001, A/C name  All India Retired BSNL Executive Welfare Associations. 

     iv.            One delegate on 50 members in the Branch (or minimum one delegate) may be Deputed for conference  and their names may sent to General Secretary at the following address : Sh.  Kishan Singh, C-8/230, Yamuna Vihar, Delhi – 110053 or on above E-mail ID.

       v.            Both side journey fare and delegation fee of Rs 1000/- is to be paid by Circle Branches or by individuals attending the conference.

     vi.            This information may be given by 15/03/2016 on E-mail ID ksing.ragm@rediffmail.com  so that further Programme may be prepared and necessary arrangements are made. 

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26-02.2016:  Special General Body meeting of UP (East) Circle  
Marvelous  and well organized General body meeting of  “ALL INDIA RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION” UP(East) Circle  was held on 23rd February 2016 at “Essence Banquet Hall” ARYAN RESTAURENT , Opposite Governor House, Hazratganj Lucknow .
After observance of two minutes silence in memory of departed members the meeting started with the opening remark of Circle President. After that all PHQ Leaders, members and Guest specially Shri Satish Joshi, Area head along with his team ICICI Securities were welcome by Circle Secretary Com Pallab Bose.
Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary apprised members of UP(E) circle in detail about the latest development on Status of the Cabinet Note like 78.2% IDA merger, 60-40 issue, Medical issues were explained to the pensioners. There was nice interaction with them after the deliberation which further cleared many doubts.
Com Bose also apprised the members that “AIRBSNLEWA” is an only Association who is sincerely perusing the issues of Retired Executives of BSNL at CHQ level as well as Circle level. He conveyed his sincere thanks to CHQ Leader Com Rakesh Srivastava President, Com Kishan Singh GS, Com Amit Gupta, AGS for their sincere pursuance of our pending issues.
On this occasion , an Open session on “Financial Planning “ with team ICICI Securities Ltd. was also organized in the interest of retired executives.
Open session  was attended by hundreds of retired  executives and addressed by Com S.M.Abbas, Circle President, Com Pallab Bose Circle Secretary, Com C.S.Verma, Finance Secretary, Com S.K.Awasthi Circle Vice president & Com R.J.Pandey Dist.President AIBSNLEWA Lucknow. 10 new pensioners took enrollment as Life Members
 Circle secretary also appealed to each and every member to increase the membership