Monday, 16 January 2017


தஞ்சாவூர் தோழர்கள் தீபாவளி ,பொங்கல் ,தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு போன்ற விசேஷ நாட்களில் தங்கள் வீடுகளில் திருநாளை கொண்டாடிவிட்டு தொலைக்காட்சி பெட்டி முன்பாக அமர்ந்து பொழுதை கழிப்பதை விடுத்து அநாதை ஆசிரமங்கள், மனவளர்ச்சி குன்றிய மக்கள்  காப்பகம்  இடங்களுக்கு சென்று அவர்களுக்கு உணவு , புத்தாடைகள், மத்தாப்பு ஆகிய மன மகிழ்வு தரக்கூடிய அரிய சேவைகளை ஆத்மார்த்தமாக செய்து வருகிறார்கள். மக்கள் சேவையே மகேசன் சேவை என்பதற்கு எடுத்துக்காட்டாக விளங்குகிறார்கள்.

இந்த பொங்கல் திருநாளினை 13-01-2017 அன்று தஞ்சையில் உள்ள " அன்பாலயம் " எனும் மன வளர்ச்சி குன்றிய மக்கள் ஆதரவு ஆலயத்திற்கு சுமார் 10 தோழர்கள் சென்று அங்குள்ள 45 மக்களுக்கு ( 40 ஆண்கள் + 5 பெண்கள்) + 5 பணியாளர்களுக்கு  பொங்கல்,, வெண்பொங்கல் வடை பாயாசத்துடன் அறுசுவை உணவளித்து ஒவ்வொருவருக்கும் தலா ஒரு கரும்பு  மற்றும் வாழைப்பழம் முதலியன அளித்து அவர்களுடன் ஒரு சில மணித்துளிகள் கழித்து அவர்களை மகிழ்வித்து வந்துள்ளனர்.
அன்பாலயம் மன நலம் காப்பகம் மட்டுமல்லாமல் தஞ்சை கடுவெளி வெங்கடேஸ்வரா ஆதரவற்றோர் ,முதியோர் இல்லம் (126 மக்கள் ) மற்றும் ஓசோனம் முதியோர் இல்லம் (94 மக்கள் ) ஆகிய மனித புனிதர்கள் வாழும் இடங்களுக்கும் மாதமிரு முறை அல்லது அதற்கு மேலும் சென்று உணவு,உடை போன்றவைகளை அளித்து வருவதை வாடிக்கையாக கொண்டுள்ளனர்.
தஞ்சை தோழர்கள் மிக மகத்தான சேவைகளை செய்து வருவது மிகுந்த பாராட்டுதலுக்குரியது.
தமிழ் மாநில சங்கம் தஞ்சை தோழர்களை . வெகுவாக பாராட்டுகிறது.
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Saturday, 14 January 2017


PENSION @ 50% OF LAST PAY DRAWN14/01
The Sixth Pay Commission did not do justice to the pensioners. A person in service drawing Rs 5000 as basic pay was granted increase in the form of Grade Pay of Rs 4200.It comes to 84% of the pay. Whereas, a pensioner drawing Rs 5000 as Basic Pension was granted increase of Rs 2000 (40%) only. This injustice, in every pay scale, is still continuing for eleven years.

Another major anomaly was about rate of pension. Those who retired on or after 1-1-2006 were granted pension at the rate of 50% Last Pay Drawn, provided they rendered a minimum of ten years qualifying service. Those who retired before 1-1-2006 continued to get pension at the rate of 50% of ten months average pay and that too on rendering qualifying service of 33 years. This disparity continues for the last eleven years.

Seventh CPC gave two options to undo this injustice and bring parity in pension of old pensioners and new pensioners. While Government accepted both the options, Option No 2 was implemented. Pension was multiplied by 2.57. Net benefit got is 32% of the existing basic pension. Though government accepted Option 1, subject to feasibility, it was not implemented. Instead, the Allowance Committee was asked to examine the ‘feasibility. It is understood that the Committee has almost rejected Option 1. They have suggested a new method to bring parity in pension. It is not yet announced officially. It is presumed that pay of the retirees will also be revised notionally in the new pay matrix. Then pension will be granted at 50% of the notionally fixed pay. It will remove the disparity to some extent. There is some indication as gained in the SCOVA meeting on 12-1-2017. [Please see the second Email received from Com. Krishna Rao, GS of Karnataka P&T Pensioners Association, given below.]
Question is about date of effect. If the new proposal is implemented with effect from 1-1-2016, then the senior pensioners will be losing arrears for ten full years.

We wrote to all organisations participating in SCOVA requesting them to demand pension at 50% of Last Pay Drawn to all who retired prior to 1-1-2006. Com. Krishna Rao only took up the item. But, it was not included in the Agenda by Government Side.



Email from Com. K B Krishna Rao, GS Karnataka P&T Pensioners Association, Bangalore:

DoP&PW this time did not include any item in the "Fresh Items" of the Agenda which has financial implications or requires amendement to pension Rules. In fact the Agenda was given to us in the meeting.We pointed out this and told them that the Agenda could have been atleast emailed to all SCOVA Members in advance for which the Secretary agreed.
Fresh items of the Agenda were of general nature.
Items suggested by KP&TPA (mailed to you earlier)which wolud benefit a large number of pre-2006 pensioners Viz. pension at 50 % of LPD, Stepping up of pro rata pension consolidated as per para 4.1 of OM dated 1-9-2008 to 50 % of the LPD , Grant of Family pension to unmarrried sisters, Increase in ex gratia to CPF beneficiaries were not included in the Agenda.
However, the Secretary DoP&PW who was the Chairman of the High Power Committee constituted to examine the feasibility of implementation of Option-1 recommended by the 7th CPC informed us that the Committee has submitted its report to the Govt and the Cabinet has to take decision in the matter. When we wanted to know about the nature of the "REPORT" the Secretary remarked that it is "Positive". When asked further , he said " it is as per your suggestion" . We understand that the report is about granting of parity in pension as recommended by the 5th CPC extended up to 7th CPC. .............................
........ If the report of the Committee on parity in pension is accepted by the Govt , then all pre 2016 pensioners will have their pension revised at 50 % of the Notional pay under 7th CPC and our demand regarding grant of pension at 50% of LPD will be met though may be from 1-1-2016 instead of from 1-1-2006, provided the amount of pension revised as per option-2 (application of multiplication factor 2.57) is lower than 50 % of the notional pay under 7th CPC.

Let us hope that the orders would be issued early


           CGHS SUBSCRIPTION RATES DOUBLED

Government has issued orders doubling the rate of subscription to be paid by the CGHS beneficiaries
(central government employees and pensioners) to avail the CGHS facilities.
Present Rates ... ... ... New rates from 1-1-2017
Rs 50 p.m. ... ... ... ...    Rs 250 p.m.
Rs 125 p.m. ... ... ... ... Rs 250 p.m.
Rs 225 p.m. ... ... ... ... Rs 450 p.m.
Rs 325 p.m. ... ... ... ... Rs 650 p.m.
Rs 500 p.m. ... ... ... Rs 1000 p.m.

Friday, 13 January 2017


LATEST NEWS


[The meeting of SCOVA (Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies) was held yesterday, presided over by Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister for Personnel.The Karnataka P and T Pensioners Association is a participating organisation in SCOVA.On our request, Com. Krishna Rao, GS of the Association raised two issues concerning BSNL retirees in the meeting.About the discussion in the said meeting Com. Krishna Rao sent an Email to us.We are thankful to Com. Krishna Rao.Please read the message from Com. Krishna Rao below:]
“ When the item regarding the Anomaly case was taken up for discussion in the 29th SCOVA meeting held on 12-1-2017, I mentioned about the judgment dated 16-12-2016 of CAT Principal Bench, Delhi which has allowed the Application of AIBSNLPWA & Others and requested that the Order may be implemented and the Govt must not file a writ petition in the High Court of Delhi since the demand for correction of the anomaly has been pending unresolved for more than 16 years. I also requested that the CAT Order must be made applicable generally to all DoT/BSNL Pensioners who retired within 10 months of formation of BSNL. The Official side responded well to the request.
Continuing with my submission, I drew their attention to the National Litigation Policy and said that since the numbers of Pensioners that will benefit is around 4000 + only and the expenditure may not be quite huge, the Order may be implemented without appealing against it in the High Court. The Secretary DoP&PW and the Additional secretary responded by asking DoT to examine the request and take a decision in the matter. However, the Official representative of DoT did not say anything in the matter.
On revision of pension of pre June 2013 pensioners after merger of 78.2 % of IDA, I brought it to their notice that much progress has not been seen in payment of arrears and as per the information available with us revision of pension has reportedly been done only in about 15-20 percent of the cases and the time frame fixed for revision has already ended. The Additional Secretary asked the DoT to look into this to ensure expeditious revision.
With regards
Yours comradely
Krishna Rao


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

THIS IS SCOVA

ALL DETAILS FURNISHED IN COURT.

COURT DECIDED THE CASE.

STILL IN SCOVA THEY ARE COLLECTING DETAILS…..

The Pension anomaly of 4230 BSNL staff who retired before completing ten months in BSNL has been pending for more than ten years. This issue was taken up under item No.16 in 20th SCOVA meeting held on 21/9/2011 and it was discussed in every subsequent meetings. After Dr Jitendra Singh took over as the Minister for Personnel and Pension, the matter was discussed several times. Minister asked the officers to take a decision. The decision of the meeting held on 19/2/2013 was that DoT would take final decision in the matter by 31/3/2013. Three years have passed since then. But SCOVA did not take any decision.
In the meantime, the case was heard and decided by the Honourable Principal Bench of Central Adm. Tribunal on 16-12-2016. DoT furnished all details in the Court.
Alas! The Official Side has stated in the Action Taken Report to be presented in SCOVA meeting tomorrow that DoT has sought details from BSNL vide a letter dated 14-12-2016 and a reminder has been issued to BSNL on 4-1-2017.
THIS IS SCOVA. MEETINGS ARE HELD FREQUENTLY. DISCUSSIONS TAKE PLACE. MINISTER DESIRES DECISION. BUT OFFICERS WILL NOT TAKE ANY DECISION. THEY ARE STILL COLLECTING DETAILS……………………….
SCOVA: Standing Committee Of Voluntary Agencies. (Officially)
SCOVA: Standing Committee Of Very Aged?
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017


S

ome inside stories
It took more than 3 years to get the benefit of 78.2% to the BSNL retirees. Some comrades ask " why so much delay?". Getting Finance Ministry's approval for a benefit of rs 500 to 600 crores is not that much easy.Officers in telecom did a lot of work to get the decision by the Cabinet.The Cabinet note was drafted and re - drafted for atleast 6 times. It is very very rare.Many discussions were held between officers at high level. References were made to other ministries.References were received back from them.
Ministers intervened . More than 30 MPs intervened. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Intervened. It all happened only because of our efforts. Some people claim that everything started moving after they met the Secretary Telecom on 01-05-2015. It is totally false. The process started in 2013 itself.
our vice president Com.D.Gopalakrishnan obtained all the details from the Department of Telecom officially utilising Right To Information Act. The documents run in to 150 pages with many more Data. Based on the inputs from the documents 
After issuance of 'Presindential Directive' on 10-06-2013 by DOT for giving the benefits of 50% IDA merger to serving employees, we wrote to Secretary Telecom immediately on 11-06-2013 and pursued continiously. Though many other associations also took up that issue later, our approach was concrete and result oriented. 
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