Monday, 27 February 2017

அன்புள்ள தோழர்களே/ தோழியர்களே 
வணக்கம் .
பிப்ரவரி மாதம் சில பல நல்ல நிகழ்வுகளுடன் நிறைவடைகிறது. 01-01-2007 க்கு முன்பாக ஓய்வுபெற்ற ஓய்வூதியர்களுக்கு 78.2 சத IDA நிலுவை தொகை பல மாவட்டங்களில் வரவு வைக்கப்படுவதாக செய்திகள் வருகின்றன. மார்ச் 31க்கு முன்பாக அனைத்து Pre 2007 ஓய்வூதியர்களுக்கான நிலுவைத்தொகை  அளிக்கப் பட்ட பின் Post  2007 கேஸ்கள் தீர்க்கப்பட்டு நிலுவைத்தொகைகள் வழங்கப்பட உள்ளது.
நம் தலைவர்கள் 16ம்  தேதி வாக்கில் டில்லி சென்று 8 நாட்கள் வரை தங்கி இருந்து DOT மற்றும் BSNL உயர் அதிகாரிகளை பார்த்துப் பேசி நடைமுறை சிக்கல்களை எடுத்துரைத்து வந்துள்ளனர். இதன் விபரங்கள் 27-02-2017 அன்று Com PSR Speaks எனும் தலைப்பில் வெளியாகி உள்ளது. எனினும் நமக்கு மத்திய அரசு சம்பள கமிஷன் அடிப்படையில் ஓய்வூதிய மாறியமைப்பு என்பது சற்று கால தாமதமாகும் என்று தெரிகிறது.
நாமும் சற்று அழுத்தம் கொடுத்தால்தான் காரியம் நடைபெறும் எனும் நிலைமை நிலவுகிறது. இதற்கு அனைத்து ஓய்வூதியர் அமைப்புகளுடன் பேசி ஒரு ஒருங்கிணைப்பு கான தொடக்கப்பணி நடந்துள்ளது.BSNL மற்றும் MTNL ஓய்வூதியர் அமைப்புகள் அனைத்து ஓய்வூதியர்களுடன் ஒன்று சேர்ந்து போராடவும் தேவைப்பட்டால் சில அரசியல் சக்திகளின் ஆதரவுடன் இந்தியாவின் அனைத்து பகுதிகளிலும் போராடி நம் ஓய்வூதியங்களை 7th மத்திய சம்பளக்கமிஷன் அடிப்படையில் மாற்றிவிட்டால்,   பின் வரும் காலங்களில் மத்திய அரசுசம்பளக்கமிஷன் அமைத்தால் அதன் பலன்கள் நமக்கும் வந்து சேரும்.
மத்திய அரசு ஓய்வூதியர்களை கண்காணிக்கும் CCS RULES  1972 பிரகாரம் தான் நமக்கும் ஓய்வூதியங்கள் வழங்கப்படுகின்றன  மற்றும் மத்திய அரசின் லீவ் rules , கிராஜுவிட்டி rules , Basic Pension Fixation என எல்லாம் நமக்கும்  அனுசரிக்கப் படுகின்றன. எனவே  நாம் கோரும் 7th ஓய்வூதிய மாற்றமும் நியாயமானதும்,சரியான தீர்வும் ஆகும். இதனையே நம்தலைவர்கள் Telecom Secretary  யிடம் வலியுறுத்தியுள்ளனர். அவரும் "உங்கள் கருத்துக்களை  நான் புரிந்து கொண்டுள்ளேன் ஆனால் முடிவெடுக்க சற்று  காலம் பிடிக்கும் " என்று கூறியுள்ளார். தேசிய அளவில் பென்சன் அதாலத் நடத்த கூறியுள்ளோம்.அதற்கான ஏற்பாடுகளை செய்வதாக உறுதி கொடுத்துள்ளனர்.
01-01-2016 க்குப்பின்  ஒய்வு பெரும் ஓய்வூதியர்கள் கிராஜூடி தொகையின் உச்ச வரம்பு ரூபாய் பத்து லட்சத்திலிருந்து இருபது  லட்சமாக உயர்த்தப்பட்டுள்ளது. இதற்கான உத்தரவினை  விரைவில் DOT வழங்கும்.
தோழர்களே நாம் அனைத்து கோரிக்கையையும் பெற நம்மிடம் அதிக,மிக அதிகமான உறுப்பினர் எண்ணிக்கை தேவை. ஓய்வுபெறும் அலுவலர்களை முன்னதாகவே பார்த்து நம் சாதனைகளை எடுத்துக்கூறி நம் அமைப்பில் இணைக்க வேண்டும். எந்த அமைப்பையும் சாராமல் இருக்கும் ஓய்வூதியர்கள் குறிப்பாக குடும்ப ஓய்வூதியர்களைக் கண்டறிந்து நம் சங்கத்தில் இணைக்க வேண்டும். மாவட்ட/கிளை நிர்வாகிகள் சற்று கூடுதல் கவனம் செலுத்த வேண்டும்.
78.2 சத நிலுவைத்தொகை பெறுபவர்களிடம் நம் மத்திய சங்கம் நிர்ணயித்துள்ளபடி குறைந்த பட்சமாக ரூ 1000/- பெற வேண்டும். அதன் பகுதிப்பணத்தை மத்திய,மாநில  சங்கங்களுக்கு அனுப்பிவிட வேண்டும்.
ஆண்டு சந்தா செலுத்தும் உறுப்பினர்களிடம் ரூ 1000/- கூடுதலாகப் பெற்று ஆயுள்கால உறுப்பினர்களாக ஆக்க வேண்டும்.
நமக்காக நம் சங்க செய்திகளை அழகிய வடிவில் எளிய ஆங்கிலத்தில் வெளி வரும் "பென்ஷனர் பத்திரிக்கா " இரு மாதங்களுக்கு ஒரு முறை வெளிவரும் இதழுக்கு ரூ 500/- செலுத்தி ஆயுள்கால சந்தா தாரராக ஆக்க முற்சிக்க வேண்டும்.
கண் துஞ்சா பணிமுடித்து காரியம் கைக்கூட உறுதியேற்போம் 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

MEETING WITH DIRECTOR (HR), OF BSNL
There was a meeting with Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) of BSNL on 21st February 2017. GM (Admn) and GM (SR) were also present. We expressed our sincere thanks for the meeting and courtesy shown by Smt. Sujata Ray.Before the formal discussions started, she asked us about the future pension revision of BSNL retirees. We told her that we had demanded pension revision with fitment benefit granted by Seventh Pay Commission and not PRC. She appreciated our stand. It was also indicated by her that BSNL is yet to take a formal decision on the third PRC report. She told also that the financial position of BSNL is in bad shape.
Restoration of Quarterly Medical Allowance
We pointed out that this matter is pending for many years. Director indicated that it is very difficult to restore medical allowance. We mentioned about the PRC recommendation to grant Rs 1000 per month. Again, she indicated difficulty in implementing that PRC recommendation in BSNL.
Delay in settling MRS Claims by Pensioners:
We told the Director frankly that even though she had instructed all to settle the medical claims from retirees within one month, no Circle is honouring the same. She assured that the matter would be looked into and directed the GMs to check up with some circles.
Change of Software
We pointed out that Medical claims are being processed now in ERP.Recently, the Corporate Office of BSNL has introduced a new system.Data of all the employees and retirees has to be fed in the new software which will take lot of time and delay the process. Director (HR) was inclined to accept our suggestion to allow the Circle Units to process pending cases up to 31-3-2017 in the existing system and then migrate to the new one.
Income Tax on MRS amount
Some SSA offices are deducting the income tax at source taking into account the medical reimbursement amount exclusively. As a result, some pensioners whose total income including the medical reimbursement amount they received is within the exemption limit of Rs Three lakh, are forced to pay income tax on the MRS amount in excess of Rs 15000. Director assured that the matter will be examined. She wanted a separate letter on it and next day we submitted the same to her office.
Denial of CGHS Card to BSNL pensioners:
When some BSNL pensioners approached the CGHS, the CGHS card was denied to them on the plea that they have not yet received any instruction from CGHS Headquarters. The GM (Admn) told that his office had already taken up the matter with CGHS authorities and got settled.He assured that CGHS orders could be given to us.When P S Ramankutty and Com. Anupam Kaul (Secretary of Delhi Headquarter branch) went to his room later, the situation was different. No doubt that his office had taken up the matter with CGHS authorities, but no specific instruction was issued by CGHS Head Quarters to their units so far!. GM told that they are pursuing the matter with CGHS.
Unnecessary restriction of calls on rent-free telephone connections:
This is also an old item pending. Certain number of free calls are allowed to the Rent-free telephone connections given to BSNL retirees.But, some Circles restrict these free calls to LOCAL CALLS making all calls made to out of SSA chargeable. When taken up earlier, It was told that Management Committee of BSNL was reconsidering the issue.GM (Admn) told that a decision is taken to remove that restriction and also that the modified order would be issued soon. 
Withdrawal of CDMA Phones:
We brought to the notice of Director (HR) that in some places the pensioners were provided with CDMA Phones instead of rent-free land phones on the plea of technically not feasible. Now the BSNL has withdrawn CDMA. We requested the Director to provide mobile phones to the concerned pensioners.She assured that it would be considered.
Few Individual cases:
Individual cases of some retirees not getting pension as presidential order for their absorption was not issued etc.were taken up.Director assured to examine it and wanted separate letter on it.We handed over the letters. 

MEETING WITH MEMBER (SERVICES)
On our request, a meeting with Shri J S Deepak IAS, Secretary, Telecom was fixed at 4 PM on 22-2-2017.We had sent a list of items to be discussed also. But, when we reached his office in time, Secretary was busy in a video conference with Prime Minister. Hence, he authorized the Member (Services) to discuss the issues with us and then go to him, as soon as he is free.
Shri S K Jain (DDG,Estt), Smt Vandana Seth (Director, Estt) and Shri Tiwari (Director, Accounts) were also present in our meeting with Shri R K Misra (Member, Services).
From our Association the following participated:
(1) P S Ramankutty, President
(2) D Gopalakrishnan, Vice President
(3) G Natarajan , General Secretary
(4) P Gangadhara Rao, Dy GS
(5) T S Vittoban, Treasurer
Some issues discussed are:
(a)Extra Increment for fixing Pension
We brought to the notice of Member that some Circles are seeking unnecessary clarifications on the matter and Directorate is not giving the clarifications resulting in denial of the benefits to pensioners. When we started explaining the details the Member(S) said that he is fully aware of OTBP/BCR Etc. He further informed that only on the previous day, DoT received a report on the matter from BSNL Corporate Office. Suitable clarifications will be issued shortly. [Later, we could get a copy of the 4 pages report from BSNL CO. It was totally negative. Next day itself we gave our reaction in writing to DDG(Estt) and Director(Estt). 
(b) CAT Judgement on 
Extra Increment case:
We wanted extension of the benefit of CAT Ernakulam judgement in the case filed by our Circle Association to all the affected pensioners in all circles. Member(S)told that since case pertains to Kerala Circle only, a general instruction can not be issued.However, CCA Kerala will be suitably advised.
© Denial of 78.2 benefit to those who retired in 2006 and got full pension:
Full pension was granted to BSNL IDA pensioners retired after 1-1-2006, based on clear orders from DoT Directorate as per recommendations of sixth CPC.After eight years, the Kerala CCA questions the wisdom of Directorate in issuing such an order itself.He has withheld the revision orders with 78.2%in favour of such pensioners who got the full pension as mentioned above. The plea is that a clarification is sought from Directorate. We requested that such tendency of seeking unwanted clarifications on settled cases should be discouraged.Director (Estt) told that no letter was received by her office from Kerala on the matter. She categorically told that those who retired after 1-1-2006 are entitled to full pension and also that 78.2% can not be denied to such pensioners.
(d)Delinking of 33 years service for full pension:
We told that we are aware of the DOT order dated 15-2-2017 on the subject. After 6th CPC report, CCS Pension Rules 1972 was amended to the effect that ‘linking of 33 years of qualifying service was dispensed with”. DOT issued specific order that it is applicable to BSNL IDA pensioners who retired after 1-1-2006. We conveyed our concern over any probable confusion in field units that can be created by the latest clarification. Member(S) said that there can not be any confusion in the matter. When we pointed out the contradiction about the minimum pension in BSNL after 1-1-2006 because the order dated 15-3-2011 of DoT states it as Rs 3500 in the body text and Rs 3880 in the Annexure,Member(S) did not relish it and simply said that there is no contradiction.
(e)Ceiling of Gratuity etc.
It was informed that DoT has sought approval of Department of Pension for issuing orders raising the ceiling of gratuity, commutation etc. as suggested by seventh CPC.Pension Department wanted some particulars and it was supplied. The approval from DoP&PW is expected any time.
[Later, we got it confirmed from DoP&PW that they have approved it on the previous day. Now, DoT has to issue the formal order.]
MEETING WITH SECRETARY, TELECOM
After the discussions with Member (S), we were taken to Shri J S Deepak, Secretary (Telecom) and Chairman of Telecom Commission. Member(S), DDG (Estt), and Director (Estt) were also present in the meeting. Shri Prahlad Singh (Member-Finance) and Ms. Linda (DDG-Accounts) too joined. Discussions with Member, Services were reported to him.Secretary was in a jovial mood,
We expressed our sincere thanks to the Secretary for granting the benefit of 50% DA Merger.
(i) Delay in settling 78.2% revision cases:
Lot of discussion took place on the subject. Secretary was very emphatic for fixing a target date. We pointed out acute shortage of staff in CCA offices. Specific cases were also given.DDG Accounts agreed with us. We wanted a specific date by which entire work of revision with 78.2% should be completed. Secretary admitted that it is already delayed and directed Member (F) and DDG (E) to sit and decide the date which should be practical but not to be stretched too far. Member (F) agreed to fix the next target date.
(ii)Common Server:
We suggested that a common server should be introduced with all particulars of BSNL retirees so that both DoT and BSNL can use it for any further processing of cases related to BSNL retirees. DDG (Accounts) said that she is on the job in consultation with BSNL Corporate Office. She informed that it may take 8 months if everything goes as per plan. Secretary said that that project is a long-term one and need not be linked with 78.2 revision.
(III)Pension Adalat at national level:
Secretary understood the problem.Other officers pointed practical difficulties. Secretary wanted some mechanism to settle Pensioners’ Grievances. He suggested some representatives from Directorate can attend circle adalats in one or two circles and then decide the matter for holding adalat at national level. DDG (Accounts) later on assured that she will explore the possibility of holding Adalat at national level at least once in an year. She also told that previous Member(F) was very much favourable on this issue.
(iv) Future Pension Revision:
Secretary, Telecom told that Cabinet Secretary has recently conducted a high level meeting to study the third PRC report and as he could not attend Member(S) attended and ‘vehemently” pleaded for pension revision in BSNL.
We told Secretary, Telecom that we are not demanding Pension revision as per PRC recommendations. We want pension revision with the fitment benefit suggested by seventh CPC, as we are pensioners covered by CCS Pension Rules 1972.He told that he understood our view points. It will take more time to take a decision.
[We are of the opinion that more pressure is required to be mounted in this regard.]
(v) Pension anomaly case
We requested Secretary (T) to implement the order from Principal bench of CAT delivered on 16-12-2016 granting the benefit to all the 4230 pensioners affected by the anomaly as our Association is the applicant in the case. It was told that the matter is already referred to Legal Section for their opinion.Then the matter has to be taken up with Department of Pension and Department of Expenditure too before taking a final view.
{We handed over separate detailed letter on every item discussed.}
ORGANIZATIONAL
MEETING OF HEADQUARTER BRANCH OF NTR
On 20-2-2017 Comrades Ramankutty, Natarajan and Vittoban reached New Delhi.Com. Gangadhara Rao, Dy GS also joined them on the day. In the afternoon, a general body of New Delhi NTR Head Quarter branch was held in Kidwai Bhavan under the presidentship of Com. R L Kapoor.PSR, GN, TSV, Gangadhara Rao and Com. G L Jogi (Chairman of SNEA and our member) addressed the meeting and explained status of various issues concerning BSNL pensioners.
Organizational matter of NTR circle
During this visit to New Delhi we discussed the organizational matter of NTR Circle with all concerned.It was decided to hold the NTR Circle Conference on 12-4-2017 and Com. P S Ramankutty will attend the conference on behalf of CHQ.

A VERY SIGNIFICANT ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
In the afternoon of 23-2-2017, a meeting of leaders from various BSNL/MTNL Pensioners organizations took place in Kidwai Bhavan, New Delhi. P S Ramankutty, D Gopalakrishnan, G Natarajan, P Gangadhara Rao, T S Vittoban, R L Kapoor and Anupam Kaul represented our Association. Stalwarts like M K Bagchi, S S Nanda, R K Mudgal andA K Kapoor from Retired Telecom Officers Welfare Association of Delhi, K Jawahar, Badri Pathak and M R Dixit from Retired Telecom Officers Welfare Association of Mumbai,Kishan Singh, Rakesh Srivastava and Jain from All India Retired BSNL Executives Association of Delhi attended the meeting;

A purposeful and serious analysis of the emerging scenario took place. Seventh CPC has not suggested any pension revision for BSNL/MTNL retirees. Third PRC has not suggested any pension revision for anybody in PSE.Acceptance of PRC report by BSNL itself is doubtful. Everybody agreed on this approach and they wanted our brief on this issue and immediately we supplied the same to all.In this situation, the organizations representing BSNL pensioners and MTNL pensioners should move together.We should demand a stable system for periodical revision of pension in BSNL/MTNL, based on CPC reports along with other central government pensioners, delinking from the pay revision of BSNL or MTNL. It was also agreed upon that sufficient pressure is required to be mounted on DoT to send a proposal with sufficient justification for such a pension revision now. Then, at the appropriate time, we should all jointly mobilize political support for our demand. We should be ready to mobilize our members all over the country for a joint movement in this regard.
Hats off to you Comrades

Thursday, 23 February 2017


Today, a meeting of leaders of various Associations of BSNL/MTNL  from Delhi and Mumbai was held in New Delhi. 
Following comrades representing  BSNL/MTNL Pensioners organisations participated in todays meeting.

1. P S Ramankutty.                   AIBSNLPWA
2. G Natarajan,                         AIBSNLPWA
3. D. GOPALAKRISHNAN    AIBSNLPWA
4. GANGADHARARAO         AIBSNLPWA
5. T S VITTOBAN,                  AIBSNLPWA
6.  ANUPAM KAUL,              AIBSNLPWA
7. R L KAPOOR,                     AIBSNLPWA
 8. COM.M.K.BAGCHI,        President RTOWA,DELHI
9. S.S.NANDA                       GS RTOWA,Delhi
10.Sharma.R .K MUDGAL    AHS RTOWA,DELHI
11. Sh.A.K.KAPOOR             Ex member RTOWA,DELHI
12. Sh.K.Jawahar                    President RTOWA,Mumbai
13.  Sh.Badri Pathak               GS RTOWA,Mumbai
14.  Sh.M.R.Dixit                   AGS RTOWA,Mumbai
15.  Sh.Krishan Singh            GS AIBSNLREA
16. SH RakeshShrivastva       President AIBSNLREA
17. Sh.Jain                       Treasurer AIBSNLREA

A purposeful and serious analysis took place about the emerging scenario and common issues of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners.  
It was unanimously agreed that unitedly we should demand a stable system for periodical revision of our pension,  delinked from BSNL/MTNL Pay Revision and based on Pension Revision of Central Service Pensioners.  Enough pressure is required  to be mounted on DOT to send a proposal to nodal ministries.  
Then, at the appropriate time, we should jointly move to mobilise political support to achieve our goal.
UNITED MOVEMENT IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR. 

MARCH AHEAD AS A SINGLE FORCE.

This inspiring message of unity should reach all pensioners.....


NEWS. 
Dept of Pension 
has approved 
the request 
from DoT 
to issue orders 
raising the 
ceiling of Gratuity
 amount to Rs 20 Lakh.... 

Now it is for DoT 
to issue 
formal orders.






Wednesday, 22 February 2017



MEETINGS IN NEW DELHI.

CHQ Office bearers P  S Ramankutty,  D Gopalakrishnan, 
G Natarajan,  Gangadhara Rao and Vittoban had some meetings today.

 Since Secretary was busy in a video conference with Prime Minister he could give 25 Minutes only. 
Detailed discussion took place with Member(S). 
Secretary asked Member F to ensure settlement  of 78. 2 Cases soon, fixing  a target date.
Pension Anomaly case judgement  is referred to Legal section.  Final decision will be taken in consulation with Pension dept and Expenditure  dept.
Approval from Pension department is awaited for    raising the ceiling on Gratuity, as reccomended by seventh CPC.

We placed our views on future pension revision as per pay commission reports.  PRC has not given any suggestion on pension revision.)
  Secretary assured to look into our demand and told that it will take some time.

Other details will be given in CHQ website on 25th on  return to our stations.



FREE MEDICAL CAMP AT ROYAPURAM AREA:
 
All India BSNL Pensioners Welfare Association Kalmandapam North East Branch will conduct a FREE Medical Camp in co-ordination with A.J. Colony Welfare Association at A.J. Colony Main Road on 24.02.2017 from 08.30AM to 03.00 PM in front of THENI AMMAN KOIL. 
 
The Doctors from Chennai National Hospital, Rajaji Salai, Chennai-600001 will be conducting the camp.
 
All our members are requested to utilize this Medical Camp and make use of this opportunity.

Our Leaders, 
Com.P.S.Raman kutty,  
 Com.G.Natarajan, 
Com.D.Gopalakrishnan, 
Com.Vittoban, 
Com.Chengappa 
and others meet the
 Secretary, DOT 
today in Newdelhi 
at 1630 hrs
to discuss about 
extending
 7thCPC recommendations 
to the BSNL Pensioners
 in IDA pay scale.
We wish the meeting every success.