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10.12.2013: Meeting with Hon’ble Minister of State in PM (O) Shri V.Narayanasamy on 10-12-2013:
Shri K.Jayaprakash, General Secretary and Shri D.Chandrasekaran, AGS met Shri V.Narayanasamy, Hon’ble Minister of State in PM (O) and the Minister –in-charge of Dept of Pension and Pensioner Welfare at New Delhi today at 9.30 hrs and submitted a memorandum seeking merger of 78.2% IDA for Pensioners also with the benefit of arrears of Pension from 1-1-2007 for pre-2007 pensioners and arrears of Pension, Gratuity, Commutation etc for post 2007 retirees as well. The Hon’ble Minister assured to look into the matter sympathetically and favourably.
N.B. The Pension file was sent back by the DOT to the Dept of Pension & PW last week duly replying the queries raised by the Dept of P & PW.
10.12.2013: S/Shri M.R. Vashist, All India President BDPA (I), K. Jayaprakash GS FNTO and D. Chandrashekaran AGS; on 09.12.2013 met Shri S.C. Misra, Member Services DoT on the issue of merger of 78.2% IDA for BSNL Retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2007. It was revealed that file is sent back on 06.12.2013 to DOP & PW by answering the queries raised by them.
09.12.2013: “Excellent” Grade for BSNL Governance: The DPE, vide it's letter dated 27-11-2013, has awarded Excellent grade for BSNL. The DPE is awarding grades to Central Public Sector Enterprises, on the basis of their compliances with guidelines on corporate governance. For the year 2012-13 BSNL is awarded “Excellent” grade since it has scored 100%.
07.12.2013: 78.2% IDA Merger Issue : Recommending the merger, DoT had sent the file to DOP & PW and file was sent back with a query as to whether DoT had sought views of Department of Expenditure and it is replied in negative. DoT is waiting further DATA from BSNL HQ on the issue of Anomaly .Shri M.R. Vashist, All India President BDPA (I) and GS FNTO is pursuing the case with the concerned authorities.
07.12.2013: Obituary : South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 on 06.12.2013..Mr Mandela led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities. He had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital. The announcement of Mandela's death was made by President Jacob Zuma. We convey our heartfelt condolences to one and all who are bereaved due to his demise.
06.2.12.2013: Obituary: Shri A.H. Joshipura, retired from C.T.O. Rajkot expired on 05.12.2013 at Gandhinagar and his funeral took place at Gandhinagar in the evening. We convey our heartfelt condolences to bereaved family. Late Shri Joshipura was stalwart and very experienced hand in Trade Union activities in those days which were Telegraph Era. His services to Telegraph Fraternity will be glittering pages of Trade Union History.
05.12.2013: In our get-to-gather programme held on New Year Eve, we had made a request to our members to save rupee one per day and donate Rs.365/ on their birthday to the Association. We thank the members who are responding and hope flow will continue. This will help us to maintain our current flow of activities. We had also requested them to bring at least two new members and many have responded. We thank all of them and hope other will follow.
04.12.2013: A Meeting of Bonus Committee is scheduled to take place on 9th Dec, 2013to discuss formation of scheme of Bonus/PLI based on Performance Management System. Compassionate appointment cases up to 30.06.2013 are being taken up by Corporate Office.
03.12.2013: Information on BSNL financial position and its future plan and discussion with Unions/Association. Click.
03.12.2013: Pensioners Day Celebration: BDPA (INDIA) will celebrate it by sending them greetings to those +80 and also visit their residences on 17th December, 2013 in groups in Ahmedabad city and other districts subject to their convenience.
02.12.2013: S/Shri A.N. Patel, D.V. Limbachia & K.S. Modi attended farewell function given to the retirees by the PGM ATD Ahmedabad on 30.11.2013 and while wishing them happy retired life, accorded welcome to them in BDPA (INDIA).
01.12.2013: Tamilnadu Pension Adalat Meeting will be held on 20.12.13, Friday at 2 PM at Hall of Inspiration, Anna Road Telephone Exchange, CHENNAI - PENSIONERS belonging to TN CIRCLE, CHTD, STP, STR (including AP, Kerala, Karnataka STR & STP) are requested to send their grievances regarding change of address, non-drawal of pension or IDA to the following address as soon as possible with a copy to their associations.Clearly write "Pension Adalat Case" on the top of the cover and also on the top of the letter.
ADDRESS: Joint Controller of Communications,Tamilnadu Circle,No.60, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore,CHENNAI-60008.
01.12.2013: BSNL’s awareness session with unions and associations - An extensive session for revival of BSNL‘s awareness session with unions/Associations was held on 30th November. The CMD, Director (HR), Director (Enterprise), Director(F) and Director(CFA) and the PGMs, Sr. GMs, and GMs were present on the occasion. The session was specifically for the issues relating to growth of the BSNL. Initially Sr. GM(SR) welcomed and said that the buildup of staff relation in the PSU is excellent. Time has come when we should have faith on each other, mutual cooperation and team sprit for revival of BSNL. Director(HR) and (Enterprise) stated that it has been felt there has been communication gap and it should go to upgrade ourselves. Virtually all the Unions/Association participated.
01.12.2013: Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director Finance – Retirement Eve Message. Click.
01.12.2013: The C.D.A. increase w.e.f. 01.01.2014 is expected to be 7%.
01.12.2013: Both the files – Anomaly & 78.2% IDA Merger are in DoT Office for clarification. It is possible; DoT may seek for more Data from BSNL on anomaly issue. IDA Merger file may to Ministry of Expenditure, after nod from DoT & DOP & PW.
30.11.2013:Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Finance) retired : Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Finance) retires today on superannuation. Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai had been sympathetic towards the problems of the Pensioners He took a very positive stand on the issue of 78.2% IDA merger, which helped us to have incorporating the clause for agreement’s applicability to BSNL Pensioners while signing the agreement on 12.06.2012. He is a sincere and honest officer. BDPA conveys it’s hearty Greetings to Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai and wishes him a long, healthy, prosperous and happy retired life. His presence in our 1st All India Conference at Ahmedabad will cherish in golden memories of the Pensioners.
30.11.2013: Anticipated IDA increase w.e.f. 01.01.2014: The Consumer Price Index (IW) for the month of October 2013 is 241, an increase of 3 points. Even in case of no increase in CPI for the month of November 2013, the IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2014 will be 90 % - a 4.5% rise. A drop of 1 point will result in 4.2% increase, 1 point rise will lead to 4.7% increase and 2 point rise will lead 5% increase. Final figure can known only on 31.12.2013.
30.12.2013: BSNL HQ releases Welfare Grant for all CGMs for 2013-14 for Rs.492.50 lakh. Click.
30.11.2013: Pendency in respect of Provisional Pension cases: BSNL HQ letter to CGMs. Click.
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30.11.2013: New CGHS Hospital in Gujarat. Click.
28.11.2013: Sub: Jurisdiction of Postal Dispensaries located at Guntur, Rajamundry, Neilore, Vijayawara, Vishakhapatnam, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Chhapra, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Raipur, Vadodara, Ambala, Dhanbad, Behrampur, Cuttack, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Kota, Tirichirapapalli, Tirunelveli, Agra, Aligarh, Barilly, Gorakhpur, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Varansai, Jalpaiguri and Silguri with regard to FMA for pensioners.
Ref: No: 2-2/2012-Medical dated 16.08.2013 to the Chief Postmaster, AP, Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab Rajasthan, TN, UP 7 WB Circles.
I am directed to convey the approval of the competent authority the reduction in jurisdiction of the above cited postal dispensaries for the purpose of Fixed Medial Allowances to Pensioners fro 8 km to 2.5 km at par with the Railways.
2. These orders shall supersede all earlier orders on the subject and shall come into force with effect from 1.9.2013.
3. All pensioners residing beyond 2.5 km radius of the above cited dispensaries and desirous of availing Fixed Medical Allowance shall give an undertaking to this effect and surrender their Postal Dispensary cards to the in charge of their respecter dispensaries, who shall endorse the same on the said undertaking for submission to the Pension paying authority.
4. The Pension Paying Authority shall made necessary entries on the PPO of the pensioner concerned and disburse FMA along with the pension as lper prevailing rates(at present it is Rs.300/- per month).
SD/ Pawan Kumar, Assistant Director General,(Medical).
27.11.2013: We receive number of querries on eligibility of unemployed dependent son/daughter for Pension. A clarification on “Simplification of pension process for permanently disabled children/siblings and dependent parents - instructions regarding. This Department's O.M. No.l/19/11-P&PW (E), dated 3.8.2011, O.M. NO.l/6/2008-P&PW (E), dated 22.6.2010 and O.M. No.1/21/91-P&PW (E), dated 20.1.93 refer.” is once again placed here. View Letter Click
26.11.2013:Encashment of earned leave to the employees appointed In BSNL after technical resignation from Government: BSNL Co vide No: 1-39/2012-PAT (BSNL)/Pt dated 22.11.2013 says Approval has been conveyed from the competent authority that all lsuch cases may be decided in terms of DOP&T clarification communicted by DOT vide letter No: 7-26(1)/2013-PAT dated 21.01.2013 and encloses copy of said letter. View Letter - Click
25.11.2013: For Membership enrolment in Andhra Pradesh Circle: Contact Shri T. Karuna Prasad, Circle Secretary, BDPA (INDIA), F-2, Sai Plaza Apartents, Plot No.20, Road No.1, Geetha Nagar, R.K. Puram Post, Hyderabad-5000001. Phone R. 040-27222524, Cell: 9490307700.
24.11.2013: BSNL NEWS IN BRIEF: BSNL CO vide No: BSNL/20-10/sr/2013 Dated 14.11.2013 convene All Unions Meeting with Management on 30.11.2013 at 10.00 hours as due to dissemination of details of strategic needs to be done among all the associations/unins in order not only to seek cooperation and support, but to generate a deep; sense of involvement of all employees.
Revision of Recruitment Rules of TTA-2001: BSNL CO vide letter No: 250-7/2013-Pers.III dated 18.11.2013 circulates proposal to revise old RR of TTS issued on 27.07.2001 and calls for comments from BSNLEU/NFTE.
New Scheme of Bonus/PLI based on performance of Management System: BSNL CO vide No: 1-5/2012-Restg dated 20.11.2013 includes names of Secretary & Leader Staff Side where Smt. Madhu Arora GM (Restg) is Member-Convener.
Selection for the Post of CMD – Mahanagar Nigam-TD(MTNL): BSNL CO vide No:414-06/2013-Pers.I Dated 18.11.2013 informs Shri ParveenVarshney Sr.CH(Engg) and Shri A.K. Jain, PGM (BB) BSNL CO informs them that the meeting is rescheduled on 28.11.2013.
Holding of 29th Meeting of National Council: BSNL CO vides No: BSNL/39-3/SR/2013 dated 22.11.2013 notifies the meeting at 11.00 AM on 23.12.2013.
Extension of CGHS facilities to absorbed BSNL Employees: BSNL CO vide No: BSNL/Admn.i/14-15/09(pt) dated 6.11.2013 addressed to NFTE writes saying before pursuing the case with the CGHS authorities Staff Unions and Associations views are called for. A case is under deliberation to request CGHS authorities to extend its facilities to absorbed retired and serving employees of BSNL as it will save expenditure for reimbursement and there is no limit in CGHS in providing medicines required for sufferers from chronic diseases.
Revision of pay of Board level and below Board level executives w.e.f. 01.01.2007 – BSNL CO vide No: 1-29/2010-PAT(BSNL) dated 11.11.2013 issues clarification on reduction of emoluments of directly recruited JTOs of 2007 and 2008 Batch & directly recruited JAOs in respect of whom result was declared in April-10.JTO (Telecom) Induction Training Structure & Syllabus-regarding; BSNL CO vide No. 4-1/2013-Trg Dated: 13/11/2013 writes “ 2. In this regard, it is to convey that Departmental qualified candidates who possess qualification viz. B.Tech, B.E, AMIE or equivalent qualification in any disciplines viz. (i) Telecommunication, (ii) Electronics, (iii) Radio, (iv) Computer, (v) Electrical, (vi) Information Technology, (viii) Instrumentation plus M.Sc(Electronics) shall be allowed to undergo directly Phase-I training, at par with DR JTOs, so far as JTO induction training is concerned.
3. Further it is also informed that the officials who have already undergone existing Pre-Basic-I & II -2006 (revised) JTO(T) training syllabus, such officials may also be allowed to undergo directly Phase-I training, so far as induction training is concerned.
4. In all other cases not covered under Para 2&3 above, Pre-Basic-I and Pre-Basic-II training as prescribed prior to Phase-I training, shall be imparted as per existing JTO(Telecom) Induction Training Structure and syllabus.”
23.11.2013:The file on 78.2% IDA Merger, which was sent to DOP & PW, has been returned back to DoT, raising some query.This was expected in view of the proposal not in tune with prevailing provisions of Rule. We are pursuing with authorities for expeditious disposal.
23.11.2013: View A.P. Circle Conference Report. Click
20.11.2013: 78.2% IDA Merger issue is receiving attention of DOP & PW, whereas it has raised certain queries over Pension Anomaly issue.
17.11.2013: S/Shri J..B. Kumpavat, Executive President, D.D. Mistry, G.S. and A.N. Patel, Circle President, BDPA (INDIA) attended 58th Annual General Body Meeting of BHARAT PENSIONER SAMAJ on 17.11.2013 at Keyes School, Secunderabad. More than 800 delegates/members participated. A beautifully designed colourful Souvenir was released to mark the event. It contains important information on pension rules. +80 and +90 pensioners were felicitated in the meeting. Annual Report and Accounts presented by Shri S.C. Maheshwari, SG BPS were unanimously approved. Important resolutions relating to 7th CPC were also passed. Reception Committee Donated Rs.1,00,000 to BPS on the occasion.
16.11.2013: Shri J.B. Kumpavat, D.D. Mistry & A.N. Patel addressed well attended Meeting of BSNL Pensioners at Murshidabad BSNL Telephone Exchange, Hyderabad. Shri K. Jayaprakash, GS FNTO also addressed meeting and said that Member Finance has assured that the IDA merger issue willl be resolved by end of this month. Adhoc Body of BDPA (INDIA) A.P.circle was also formed.
14.11.2013: Request for removal of alleged discrimination in the matter of payment of arrears of terminal benefits to the retired BSNL employees, consequent on the merger of 78.2% IDA merger – reg. Click .
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14.11.2013:14.11.2013: S/Shri J.B. Kumpavat, D.D. Mistry and A.N. Patel, Executive All India President, General Secretary and Circle President BDPA (INDIA) will leave for Hyderabad to-day morning. A Pensioners meeting will be held on 16.11.2013. They will also participate in Annual General Body Meeting of Bharat Pensioner Samaj on 17.11.2013.
13.11.2013:The CCA Gujarat is holding Pension Adalat on 13th November, 2013 for Ahmedabad, Himatnagar, Palanpur, Mehsana and Nadiad Districts at 15.00 hours in CCA Conference Hall.. All concerned are requested to remain present in time.
12.11.2013: 2nd Gujarat Circle Working Committee Meeting was held at 11.00 hours on 11.11.2013 in Association Office. Shri A.N. Patel presided. District Secretaries and Office Bearers from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Kheda, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Junagadh Districts were present. While deliberating over agenda, it was decided to celebrate Pensioners Day on 17th December, 2013 by visiting residences of those above 80 years on date instead of convening a meeting .It was also decided to make a request for Donation of Rupee One per day and send Rs,365/ on Member’s birthday as goodwill gesture towards the Association to make it financially strong and to maintain our present activities.
12.11.2013: 31st Get-to-Gather was held at 15.00 hours in Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad. Shri A.N. Patel presided. More than 400 Pensioners were present and make a hall jam packed creating history. Pensioners from Ahmedabad, Kheda, Vadodara, Himatnagar, Godhra, Bharuch, Surat, Rajkot, Junagadh and Mehsana District were present.S/Shri A.N. Patel, J.B Kumpavat and D.D. Mistry spoke detailing History of the Association, present activities and functioning of office. Members were requested to donate Rs.1000/- when 78.2% IDA Merger issue is finalized. The amount will be used for Building fund and Donation in ratio of 89:20. Shri D.D. Mistry, while speaking on latest development on 78.2% IDA Merger issue said that it will not be easy cake and there is long way to go, as the present proposal send to DOP is not in Pensioners’ interest and also it will be difficult for the DOP to accept the same as in involves change/modification in Pension Rules. He said that we will continue our struggle and not rest until our demand is fully achieved. He also spoke on other issues of Anomalies, Medical Payment in Cash and 7th CPC issue. 23 New Members were enrolled during the meeting. Click
An informative Seminar was also conducted by Dr. Shaileen Parikh, M.S. D.O. FMRF, Third Eye, Ahmedabad with slide show and lecture and Pensioners also took advantage by advancing their query on the subject.
Shri D.D. Mistry gave banquet to Dr. Sahileen Parikh and thanked for giving such valuable guidance and assistance to Pensioners. Shri R.K. Parmar, Junagadh gave vote of thanks.
11.11.2013: 31st Get-to-Gather – It will be held on 11.11.2013, Monday, at 15.00 hours in Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall (Air-conditioned), near Natraj Cinema, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad to celebrate New Year and greet all the members. A Seminar on “Disease of Vitreous & Retina” will be conducted by Dr. Shri Shaileen Parikh (3rd Eye Clinic) and he will also interact with Pensioners queries on the subject. All are invited co-cordially to attend the same in time. It will be followed with SURICHI BHOJAN.
11.11.2013: 2nd Circle Working Committee Meeting of BDPA (India), Gujarat will be held at 11.00 hours on 11.11.2013 in Association Office. All the District Secretaries and C.W.C. Members are requested to attend the same in time. Notice has already posted to all.
08.11.201308.11.2013: Better late than never - Extension of the benefit of 78.2% IDA merger for the 100% IDA neutralization as on 01.01.2007 for the retired BSNL Employees – SNEA also takes up the issue with DoT Secretary. Click :
08.11.2013: Promotion can not be declined as a matter of right. Click
06.11.2013:Excess Payment : If the applicant is in know of excess payment, he has to pay back : Court judgment Operative portion. Click
05.11.2013:Ex-Staff can not represent Union.Madras High Court. Click
05.11.2013:Department of Pension Proposes to Introduce Common Nomination Forms for Pensioners : With a view to simplifying the procedure, the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare proposes to introduce Common Nomination Forms for the benefits of Gratuity, General Provident Fund, Commutation, Arrears and CGEGIS. Comments and Suggestions are invited from all concerned, including pensioners and pensioners' associations on the use of these Forms in place of the existing Forms. Click
05.11.2013: A file on Pension Anomaly, July 2001 Retirees is sent to DoP & PW by DOT.
04.11.2013: WISH YOU ALL HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
03.11.2013: WISH YOU ALL HAPPY AND HEALTHY DEEPAVALI.
02.11.2013: CMD BSNL MESSAGE ON DEEPAWALI. Click
01.11.2013:Settlement of revision of pension cases (Pre-2006 CDA cases) – The CMD BSNL writes a D.O. Letter on 29.10.2013 to all CGMs to expedite the same. Click
For Gujarat Telecom Circle there was 3530 such cases and all have been revised. Congrats to Shri Gopal Joshi, CCA Gujarat for prompt action.
31.10.2013: The CGM Gujarat, Ahmedabad on 26.10.2013 forwards letter of CCA Gujarat dated 10.10.2013 holding Pension Adalat on 13th November, 2013 at Ahmedabad for Ahmedabad, Himatnagar, Palanpur, Mehsana and Nadiad to SSA Heads to display and circulate the notice for information of all concerned where last date of submission of grievance was 22.10.2013? Click
31.10.2013: Wage Revision for Port & Dock Workers: A settlement was signed by the leaders of the five federations and the Chairman, Bipartite Wage Negotiating Committee Paul Antony on behalf of the management of the major ports in presence of Chief Labour Commissioner. The Union includes the Water Transport Workers’ Federation of India, All India Port & Dock Workers’ Federation, All India Port & Dock Workers’ Federation (workers), Indian National Port & Dock Workers’ Federation, and Port, Dock & Waterfront Workers’ Federation of India. The settlement would come into force with effect from January 1, 2012. It will give 10.5 per cent fitment on basic pay plus DA. Overall the lowest paid employee will get Rs 4,000 and the maximum will be Rs 8,000-9,000. Nearly 48,000 of port and dock workers will be benefitted out of this settlement. The information was given by Mr.T. Narendra Rao, General Secretary of the Water Transport Workers Federation of India on 26th Oct.2013.
30.10.2013: 78.2% IDA Merger issue – DoT has send proposal for approval to DoP&PW. As we understand, it contains the following proposal.
Pre-2007 Pensioners: Pension and Family Pension of all those who retired prior to 1-1-2007 shall be revised applying 78.2 % IDA (instead of 68.8%) plus 30% Fitment benefit, with effect from 1-1-2007 notionally. Arrears will be paid from 10-6-2013 only.
Post-2007 Pensioners: Their pension also will be revised notionally with benefit of IDA merger. Arrears will be paid from 10-6-2013 only.
If permission is granted by Dept of Pension, Gratuity and Commutation will be re-calculated and paid on revised pension with IDA merger. The proposal runs into nine pages.
Since the reported proposal is negative in nature and disadvantageous to pensioners violating the statutory rules on the subject, we are sending our protest note. GS BDPA (INDIA).
30.10.2013: Snaps of Junagadh District Conference. Click
29.10.2013: Encashment of Earned Leave should not be delayed. Click DOPT Letter
29.10.2013: ACP to Senior Accountants:
The issue of cancellation of ACP given to the Senior Accountants, by the BSNL has been reopened by FNTO with the corporate office. The case is now referred to the DOPT through the DOT for a clarification whether the upgradation of SGTACs as Senior Accountants is to be considered as promotion under ACP or otherwise.
It may be noted that the DOT in consultation with the DOPT has already issued clarification on 11.02.2012 vide its letter No:19-24/2001-SEA “that the fixation benefit of pay allowed to the officials on upgradation of pay scale should not be interpreted as promotion”. In fact the DOPT has issued this clarification on 26.09.2000 itself on a reference from DOT (para 4 of note sheet 25/N of DOT file No:19-24/2001-SEA I refers).
Now the BSNL has once again sent necessary documents / informations to the DOPT through the DOT on 09.09.2013 with a request to get the necessary clarification issued at an early date.
We hope that the DOPT will reaffirm its earlier clarification so that the affected Senior Accountants will get justice finally.
(Note Below : Many SAs who are affected by the action of the BSNL have already retired and their pay was reduced consequent on the cancellation of ACP given on the basis of clarification given by the DOT in consultation with the DOPT. Thus there is recurring loss of pension to these categories of Sr. Accountants).
BDPA (INDIA) thanks to FNTO for taking up the case of Sr. Accounants, which was long pending virtually all concerned have been retired. The concern may represent, if not done so far. Click BSNL Letter Click Enclosure.
27.10.2013: BDPA (INDIA). Junagadh Telecom District hold its 1st District Conference on 27.10.2013 at 10.30 hours. S/Shri D.V. Lavadia, D.S. B.K. Parmar, J.D. Halvadia, V.P. Patolia, C.O. Dhandhukia, Braminbhai,Purohit, Harsora and other worked hard to make it grand success. More than 180 Pensioners attended the Open Session of the Conference in Bilnath Mahadev Hall, Junagadh. S/Shri J.B. Kumpavat, A.N. Patel, D.D. Mistry, H.C. Bhatia & R.C. Sharma attended. S/Shri P.J. Tailor, DS Surat, M.G. Dhebar, Rajkot and other also attended. Shri .D.D. Mistry, GS presided over the function. Shri S.M. BHATAMBRE, General Manager, Junagadh Telecom District, inaugurated the conference. In his speech, he assured his best cooperation in settlement of genuine grievances with his personal attention. He also assured to look into the cases pointed out by the District Secretary in Open Session. He said that the BDPA (INDIA) is playing key role in educating the pensioners on latest development on Pension related rules and appreciated the contribution being paid by the Association. Shri D.D. Mistry spoke at length on latest irritating issues alike 78.2% IDA Merger, Pension Anomaly, Payment of quarterly medical allowance in cash and other prevailing issues. He urged the pensioners to contribute freely to make the Association sound and strong. The senior pensioners were also honoured during the function. It was followed with banquet.
25.10.2013:Clarification on forwarding Compassionate Cases. Click
25.10.2013:Clarification regarding calculation of commuted Value of pension old or new by applying commutation table in respect of BSNL IDA scale, post 2007 pensioners – regarding. Click
25.10.2013: Now, the CMD BSNL has written to Secretary, DoT, ON 78.2% IDA Merger issue recommending payment of arrears when the financial position of the Company improves, and also revision of pension based on 78.2% IDA merger as well as revision of pension based on that to boost morale of employees for efficient working of Company. Click
25.10.2013: S/Shri A.N. Patel, J.B. Kumpavat, D.D. Mistry, A.A. Patel, H.C. Bhatia and R.C. Sharma will attend 1st Grand Gala District Conference of BDPA (INDIA) Junagadh District on 27.10.2013.
25.10.2013: One of Bollywood music’s biggest the stalwart, Manna Dey, was battling illness for quite some time. Manna Dey breathed his last in Bangalore on 24.010.2013. We pay our heartfelt tribute to him
23.10.2013:78.2% IDA Merger issue - the file is cleared by the Secretary,DoT and will be processed further with DOP PP & W. Pension Anomaly file is yet to be cleared by the Secretar DoT.
23.10.2013:So far we have despatched October 2013 issue magazine as follows: Through GPO Ahmedabad 3785, Courrier: Ranchi 120, Solan 25, Jammu 161, Srinagar 86, Kottayam 82, Total 474 and 135 copies to the District Secretaries for enrolment of new members.Total Despatach 4394.
22.10.2013: Exemption from producing Visit Certificate in Certain Case - CGM Authorised. Old Order. Click
21.10.2013: On 19.10.2013, we have posted 900 copies of BSNL PENSIONERS NEWS GUJARAT - OCTOBER 2013 - issue and 700 copies will be posted to-day morning from G.P.O.Ahmedabad. Click for P-113 to 124
21.10.2013:The Member (F) sent file Pension Anomaly to Secretary, Telecom on 18.10.2013. Reading between lines make us to presume that issue for 78.2% IDA Merger may take some more time as there are some churning issues to be finalized with unanimity. So we will have to continue our efforts to built up pressure on concerned competent authorities and monitor the process uninterruptedly.
20.10.2013: Proposed Strike for 25.10.2013 by United Forum is postponed citing the fruitful out come of the talks with the Management by the United Forum. Know some Salient fetures of the out come of the talks. Click
19.10.2013: 78.2% I.D.A. Merger Issue Latest: Now, the file after the comments of AST and JST and Member Services; it has reached to Member (Finance) office and reportedly finalized comments thereon are as under:
(a) Pre 01.01.2007 Retired BSNL Pensioners: Their pension will be consolidated pension with reference to 78.2% IDA fitment benefit, 30% IDA pay fixation on 01.01.2007.
(b) Post 01.01.2007 retired BSNL Pensioners: In the Draft it is mentioned that BSNL Pensioners retired after 01.01.2007 & before 10.06.2013, pension will be notionally fixed up on the day of his retirement and this proposal is being sent to Department of Expenditure, DOP&PW & DPE for clearance as at present no rule permits pension revision on notional pay fixation. The commutation DCRG & other pensioner's benefits will be consolidated w.e.f. 01.01.2007 itself. The actual payment on 78.2% IDA fitment benefit will be paid after 10.06.2013 only. No arrears will be paid to BSNL pensioners before 10.06.2013 since the BSNL serving employees will also not get arrears as per DoT order.
We strongly feel that Pension arrears to Retires cannot be denied as the BSNL Corporate office has already paid the Pension Contribution on maximum of pay scale and there will be no burden to DoT on this score and it will be violation of Apex Court judgments. We are addressing to Member Services once again citing our earlier representation dated 24.09.2013 addressed to Shri Sanjay Kothari,Secretary with a copy to Shri S.C. Misra, Member Services, DoT, where we had protested against imposition of incorrect cut-off date 10.06.2013 instead of 01.01.2007 in issuing IDA Merger Orders by DOT. Click
19.10.2013: We had issued a Circular on 28.08.2013 requesting all the Pensioners to join Post Card Campaign to strengthen our movement for achieving our goal of 78.2% IDA Merger benefit to Pre-Post 2007 Pensioners. Number of Pensioners has responded. We once again request all the BSNL Pensioners, irrespective of their membership in any Association to join the movement and strengthen our case which is common and beneficial to one and all. Unit is strength. Click for Text.
17.10.2013: BSNL PENSIONERS NEWS GUJARAT - OCTOBER 2013 ISSUE. cOLOUR pAGES. Click P-1-4 Click _-5 Click P-6 Click P-7-8 Click P-9-12
17.10.2013: D.D. Mistry & His family remembers their beloved TUFFY who expired one year ago. Click
16.10.2013: BSNL HQ Vide Circular No.41 dated 15.10.2013 endorsed DPE order on I.D.A. W.E.F. 01.10.2013. Click.
15.10.2013: BSNL PENSIONERS NEWS GUJARAT - OCTOBER 2013 ISSUE IS READY. It contains 124 Pages and will be posted on 22.10.2013. Click
14.10.2013: 78.2% IDA Merger Issue & Anomaly issue, file is moving reportedly with positive angle and may go to DOP&PW by next week as we expect its clearance by this week end by DoT. We have already addressed letter to DOP & PW sometime back inviting their intervention to intervene.
13.10.2013: Wish you all A HAPPY DUSSERA
11.10.2013: The CCA Gujarat notifies holding of Pension Adalat on 13th November, 2013 for Ahmedabad, Himatnagar, Palanpur, Mehsana and Nadiad Districts and calls for representation upto 22.10.2013. All concerned to take note of it and act accordinglty. Click
10.10.2013:Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare, 3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003, F. No. 42/6/2013-P&PW(G), Date: 07th October, 2013 on Subject: Forwarding of minutes of the 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA).
ix) 51. No 1.0 of ATR:
Anomaly in fixation of pension to DoT employees absorbed in BSNL, who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.7.2001 : The representative of Department of Telecommunications informed that the matter has been re-examined by them and a fresh proposal will be sent to % P&PW for consideration before 30.09.2013.
(Action: D/o Telecommunications & D/o P&PW)
x) 51. No 1.1. of ATR:
Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners:- The representative of Department of Telecommunications informed that the matter has been re-examined by them and a fresh proposal will be sent to % P&PW for consideration before 30.09.2013.
(Action: D/o Telecommunications & D/o P&PW) Click Here For SCOVA MINUTES
09.10.2013: Status of 78.2% IDA Fixation as on 01.01.2007 for pre 10.06.2013 pensioners: The case is being moved through File No: 40-13/2013-Pen(T) and it was cleared by AS (T), DoT on 01.10.2013. The Association Members who met the Member Services, DoT on 08.10.2013 were asked to clarify whether the payment from 10.06.2013 can be forgo the due arrears from 01.01.2007 onwards? It was pointed out that the cutoff date imposed by DoT was illegal and beyond jurisdiction of DoT. It was observed that BSNL’s response to DoT’s letter seeking their reply/clarification regarding its implementation has created present scenario. Pension can be revised with 78.2% IDA only when BSNL proposal is agreed upon in full by DOT as proposed by BSNL Board. While tracing further, it was found that the file No.40-13/2013-Pen(T).with proposal to pay revised pension w.e.f. 10/6/2013 did not go to Secretary(T) on 01/10/2013 instead it was sent by AS(T) to Dir(PSU-I) on 3/10/2013. When they met Dir (PSU-I) he informed us that the file is in his office for a relook at the draft letter to be sent to DOP for concurrence. He told us that JS was on leave and he did not want to complicate matters by involving looking after JS. So he shall clear / return the file with his comments by next Monday after consulting with regular JS. Thus, we should not expect a miracle to happen in near future.
09.10.2013:Expected C.D.A. increase w.e.f. January 2014, 11%
08.10.2013: The DPE issues orders for I.D.A. W.E.F. 01.10.2013. Click.
07.10.2013: Govt. files another SLP in Supreme Court against HC decision in 3 other cases on Modified Parity; Enlisted to be heard on 7th October, 2013.
06.10.2013: Result of Direcruit Recruitment in the Cadre of TTA – Gujarat Circle, for the Recruitment year 2012 held on 14.07.2013 is declared on 27.09.2013 by the CGM Gujarat. Click Here
05.10.2013: Railway non-gazetted employees will get 78 days bonus with limit of Rs.3500/ and thus maximum will be 8975, involving total estimated expenditure of Rs.1043.43 crore.The Postal Employees will get 60 days Bonus which will be approximately Rs.6910/-
04.10.2013 : It is learnt that file for 78.2% IDA Merger is cleared by the Additional Secretary, Telecom and sent to the Secretary, DoT for further clearance.
04/10/2013: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,Department of PensionIt Pensioners' Welfare, New Delhi No: 42/13/2012-P&PW(G) DATED 03.10.2013 for Revised C.D.A. w.e.f. 01.07.2013 for Pensioners. Click Here
03.10.2013: Railway Employees Bonus – Railways likely to grant 78 days wages as bonus for the year 2012-13. The Cabinet to take decision to-day. PTI.
02.10.2013: We convey our hearty thanks to all our members who have joined our postcard campaign to expedite the process of 78.2% IDA Merger issue. We also thank those who are not the members but joined our movement in order to support our just and genuine demand in a most democratic manner. We convey our special thanks to Shri Manmohan Singh, President, BSNL Pensioners Association who had joined our movement by providing printed postcards to their members and ensuring the posting by their members in large numbers We also thank our Kerala, Tamilnadu, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, J& K, NTR & Gujarat Circle for their appreciable support to strengthen our movement.
02.102.13: On Mahatma gandhi's Birthday, let us dedicate our self to
“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises,
He is not dependent upon us, We are dependent upon him,
He is not a interruption in our work, he is the purpose of it,
He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it.
We are not doing him a favour by serving him,
He is doing favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.”
- MahatmaGandhi -
01.10.2013: 78.2% IDA fixation for BSNL pensioners: It is emerged from the information given by DDG (TPF) in one meeting that the matter has been referred to DoP & PW for concurrence of necessary relaxation to fix up pay notionally for BSNL pensioners on last pay drawn and paid. Hence the pension arrears can be paid from the date of retirement of BSNL pensioners retired after 1-1-2007 and before 10-06-2013. He mentioned that DoP&PW concurrence is expected within 15-20 days and thereafter the order from DoT will be issued. He also clarified that it doesn't need approval of cabinet since DPE OM dated 2-4-2009 was issued after cabinet approval only.
01.10.2013: On 01.10.2000 BSNL was formed and to-day we celebrate 13th Birthday of the Company, Let us swear to work for betterment of BSNL.
01.10.2013: During the Month of September 2013, total 39,300 viewers visited our web. We thank all of them for their regular visit. We assure that we will endeavour to give you latest news for Pensioners and workers as well.
01.10.2013: BSNL HQ endorsed C.D.A. orders w.e.f. 01.07.2013 for DoT Employees in BSNL. Click Here
30.09.2013: I.D.A. INCREASE W.E.F. 01.10.2013, NET INCREASE 6.6. MAKING TOTAL 85.5%
29.09.2013: DOP&PW has issued Order, vide its OM No. 1/27/2011-P&PW(E) dated 20.09.2013, dispensing with the need to apply family pension in Form-14 in the cases where the pensioner and his/her spouse are holding a joint Bank Account in which the pension is being credited. Click.
28.09.2013: Govt. of India, Ministry of Finance issued orders on 27th September, 2013 to pay Bonus for 30 days to those C.G. Employees who are not covered under Productivity Link Bonus for the year 2012-13.
27.09.2013:The Chairman Telecom returns to-day to New Delhi, i.e. on 27th. As the issue was taken forcefully in SCOVA Meeting, the files are moving fast and proposal on both counts appears to have been finalized and it may to DoP&PW, whom we requested for early settlement vide our letter dated 24.09.2013. We have to be vigilant and alert watching the movement.
26.09.2013: Shri Gopal Joshi, CCA Gujarat vide his D.O. letter dated 2nd September, 2013 addressed to Shri B.K. Sinha, CGM Gujarat, says despite sending list to all SSA Heads, 189 SB are not received six months in advance for verification are cases are received without SB. He simultaneously asks to take up the cases with concerned SSAs.
25.09.2013: 7th Central Pay Commission: PM Manmohan Singh Okays to setup 7th Pay Commission as told by P. Chidambaram, the Finance Minister of India today. It is one of the most important demands by the Central Government Employees of India. Today, P. Chidambaram has also told that 7th Pay Commission will be allowed about two years to submit its report. It is expected that report will be come in 2016 and implemented from 1st January, 2016.It is widely known that pay commission will take almost two years to submit its reports. Six pay Commission was effective from 1st June, 2006.
25.09.2013: GS BDPA (INDIA), Writes to Shri Sanjay Kothari,Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare,New Delhi 110003, on 24.09.2013 prtesting against imposition of incorrect cut-off date 10.06.2013 instead of 01.01.2007 in issuing IDA Merger Orders by DOT. Click
24.09.2013: GS BDPA (I) writes to BSNL HQ on Stagnation & TTA Promotional Fixation issue. Click
23.09.2013: Read extracts from Discussion of SCOVA Meeting on 20.0.2013. Click
23.09.2013: Vishisht Sanchar Seva Padak Gujarat 2013 Click
22.09.2013: Obituary: Shri M.S. Sharma, Retired Telegraphist, C.T.O. Ahmedabad & Mrs. Sitaben R. Mcwan, Retired L.A. C.T.O. Expired in this week. We convey our heartfelt condolences to bereaved families.
21.09.2013: Information received from SCOVA Meeting of 20th Sepember,2013 reveals that both the issues are settled and orders will be issued by 30th September, 2013. First issue is merger of 78.2% IDA Merger & Second issue relates to Anomaly of pay fixation.
21.09.2013: I.D.A. Increase from 01.10.2013 likely to touch 6.9%. The GOI increased C.D.A. for CG Employees/Pensioners by 10%.
20.09.2013: To-day, we expect some information from SCOVA Meeting on 78.2% IDA Merger issue. We are not expecting miracle. But Govt. thinking may be revealed.
19.09.2013:C.D.A. increase of 10% will be decided by Cabinet on Friday.
18.09.2013: We thank all the members who have joined our postcard campaign and posted letters to all. This will help us in building up pressure on authorities. Further, though all the Officers in DoT, when approached show their sympathy and say file is moving fast for 78.2% IDA Merger for BSNL pre/Post 01.01.2007 retirees but none is specific to present status of the issue. We are in contact with our counterparts in the field and also in contact with SCOVA Members to pressurize our issue in 20th September, 2013 meeting.
16.09.2013: Wish you HAPPY ONAM.
15.09.2013: On receipt of Action taken Report given to all the SCOVA Members on 12.09.2013. GS BDPA immediately on 13.09.2013 addressed to all the SCOVA Members by SPEED POST requesting them to take care of 78.2% Merger issue, as reading between lines on the action taken report does not sound well. Click Here
15.09.2013: In the month of August 2013, 28,220 viewers visited our web. We thank all of them for their regular visit.
14.09.2013: DOP & PW, New Delhi No: No.1/13/09-P&PW (E) dated 11th September, 2013 on “Eligibility of widowed/divorced daughters for grant of family pension – clarification regarding.” Click Here
13.09.2013: Subject: Action Taken Report (ATR) on the minutes of the 22nd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) dated 12th September, 2013. Extracts:Telecom.
Sr.No.11.: Issue raised in 22nd SCOVAmeeting as per minutes: 9. Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners:
Decision taken in 22nd SCOVA Meeting: DoT informed that the decision to merge 68.8% IDA with pension was in line with the decision taken for revision of pay in respect of serving employees of BSNL. They informed that if at any stage the benefit of merger of 78.2% IDA with pay of serving employees is given, this benefit would also be extended to absorbee pensioners of BSNL.
Follow up action: DoT informed that the matter is under examination in that Department.(Action: 0/0 Telecom, D/O& PW).
D/o P&.PW:- DOT has been requested on 14.03.2013; 18.07.2013 & 13.08.2013 seeking information regarding the decision taken by them in the matter.
D/0 Telecommunications:- DOT has issued the benefit of merger of 78.2% IDA with pay of serving employees w.e.f. 10.06.2013. For mooting the proposal in respect of pensioners, some inputs were required from BSNL. The inputs had been received from BSNL. The proposal for revision of pension/ family pension of pre-2007 and post-2007 BSNL IDA pensioners/family pensioners by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% of DA/DR effectively amounting to 78.2% as on 01.01.2007 w.e.f 10.06.2013 based on the pay revision of BSNL serving employees w.e.f. 10.06.2013 is under consideration. Click Here for complete report.
13.09.2013: GoM approves refund for BSNL, MTNL for returning BWA spectrum: A Group of Ministers (GoM) on revival of BSNL and MTNL ON 12.09.2013 decided to refund the money paid by the state-run players for surrendering BWA spectrum worth more than Rs 11,000 crore. The GoM, headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, also took a decision on providing pension to MTNL employees, which is likely to cost about Rs 570 crore a year.
12.09.2013: Know your Tamilnadu Circle Office Bearers. Click Here
10.09.2013: GS FNTO Takes up case on " Mode of fixation of pay in IDA Pay Scale in respect of absorbed officials of BSNL who were promoted prior to 01.10.2000 but opted under FR22 1 (a) (i) for fixation of their pay in promoted scale on the date of their next increment in the lower grade which falls after 01.10.2000." Click
09.09.2013: LIST OF TAMILNADU CIRCLE BDPA (INDIA) OFFICE BEARERS. Click Here
08.09.2013:In Kerala State, Central Govt Employees & C.G. Pensioners will be paid salary/pension on 13th September, 2013. Click Here for Order.
07.09.2013: Read clarifications issued by BSNL HQ on 24.07.2013 & 19.08.2013 on drawal of Provisional Pension. 24.07.2013 Click Here 19.08.2013 Click Here
05.09.2013: Dear viewers, Since GS BDPA (I) is indisposed and beridden, we could not update web. We will resume it shorttly, as he is responding to treatment. We thank to one and all who made personal inquiries for speedy recovery of his health.
31.08.2013: IDA increase w.e.f October 2013: The CPI (IW) for June and July 2013 stands at 231 & 235 points. Even if there is no increase in points for August which will be released on 27.9.2013, the IDA increase w.e.f October 2013 will be 6.1%. One point increase in CPI (IW) for the month of August 2013 will lead to 6.3% jump and a two point increase will lead to 6.6 % jump in IDA from October 2013.
31.08.2013: The CGM Gujarat asks SSA Heads to expedite Provisional Pension. Click Here
30.08.2013: Shri Guru Das Gupta, MP Rajya Sabha writes to MOC on Pension Provision in BSNL. Click Here
29.08.2013: GS BDPA (INDIA) issues Circular on 28.08.2013 requesting all the Pensioners to join Post Card Campaign to strengthen our movement for achieving our goal of 78.2% IDA Merger benefit to Pre-Post 2007 Pensioners. The SCOVA meeting will be held on 20.09.2013. We therefore request to join our movement with full spirit and enthusiasm. Click Here Circular 2013 Click Here Circular 2012
28.08.2013: WISH YOU ALL "HAPPY JANMASTAMI".
28.08.2013: We are issuing a special circular to-day and post to all the members on 30.08.2013 for necessary action by them at the earliest. Please read it and post three post cards to all concern. Text is also supplied therewith.
27.08.2013: On 28.08.2013, BDPA (INDIA) Ahmedabad Office will observe Holiday on account of “JANMASHTAMI”.
27.08.2013: In a letter dated 27.08.2013 addressed to GS AIBSNLREA, BSNL HQ has turned down proposal for providing concessional Telephone Connection to BSNL Employees who retire under suspension on the ground that “PPO is an important document which helps as an aid to check misuse of concessional telephone facility”.
26.08.2013: MINISTER OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ANSWERS UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1606 ON 23.08.2013 IN RAJYA SABHA on Setting up of Telecom Finance Corporation saying that the Government is considering to set up Telecom Finance Corporation (TFC) which would be registered as Non-Banking financial Company Non-Deposit Infrastructure Finance (NBFC-ND-IFC). The Telecom Finance Corporation would be a Public Sector Unit under the administrative control of Department of Telecom. The main sources of funds for TFC shall be through issue of taxable and tax-free bonds. The other sources of funds will interalia include;• Term loans from banks/financial institutions • Off-shore borrowings and borrowings from multilateral agencies such as Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and other sovereign funds.
24.08.2013:EXTRACT of meachq.on:
Assurance given by Hon’ble MOC&IT on the floor of parliament in a reply to the starred question on our agitation in 2003 helped a lot to GOM to reach to the conclusion of pension in MTNL at par with BSNL. GOM has agreed as:
1-payment of Pension to MTNL absorbed employees by Govt as in BSNL subject to the condition that Unions/Associations will make agreement for the parity of scales in next pay revision e.i in 2017 and
2-Govt will be liable for pension to MTNL employees on BSNL scales and difference of pension payment will be borne by MTNL,
3-MTNL will make pension contribution to the govt according to FR116 on last drawn pay.
4-Govt will return/adjust the amount paid by MTNL towards pension owing the govt liability since 2001 with 8% interest.
He said that minutes of the GOM will be issued by DOT in a day or so, which will be circulated in all concerned Ministries/ Departments and MTNL for agreement with Associations/Unions. After the Agreement, case will be processed for amendment in Rule 37A to include MTNL in the clause which ensures the govt liability to pay pension to BSNL employees and also to change the date of effect of rule 37A from Sep 2000 to Nov 1998, the date of absorption of MTNL Gr C & D employees.
He asked Association/Union representatives to make agreement at the earliest after the minutes of GOM meeting are issued by DOT, so that case may be processed well in time in DOT for amendment in rule 37A. Click Here
23.08.2013: Apex Court set aside High Court Judgement on Compassionate Appointment. Click Here for Judgement.
22.08.2013:The gratuity and pension are hard earned benefits of an employee and right to receive pension is in the nature of “property”, the Supreme Court has held that this right cannot be taken away from a government employee pending departmental or criminal proceedings. Click Here
20.08.2013: Wish you all a HAPPY RAKSHA BANDHAN DAY.
20.08.2013; Obituary: Wife of Bro. K. Ramamurthy, former Secretary General of FNPTO expired at her Ashok Nagar house, in Chennai on 17.08.2013. BDPA convey heartfelt condolences to her bereaved family members.
19.08.2013: BDPA Ahmedabad office will remain close on 20.08.2013 being "RAKSHA BANDHAN DAY"
19.08.2013: sHRI P.V. Bhatt, Clerk in CTO Ahmedabad Credit Society lost his mother on 18.08.2013. We convey our heartfelt codolances to the bereaved family.
17.08.2013:GS BDPA writes to Shri Kapil Sibal, MOC to consider 78.2% IDA merger for all Pensioners. Click Here
18.08.2013: (Extracts from AIBSNLREA WEB): AIBSNLREA is determined to take the necessary recourses to get the case settled favourably as it did in the case of revision of pension in IDA scale of the pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners against the joint action by a number of Unions/Executives’ Associations of BSNL and MTNL who had been collectively pleading revision of pension in CDA pay scale. Unfortunately for us, we find that now also one Association in BSNL has given long rope to DOT to delay and deny the pay fixation benefit with 78.2% DA to the absorbed BSNL employees who retired between 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013 by proposing to give them this fitment benefit one month before their retirement or at least on the last day of their retirement. They are unmindful of the fact that the employees who retired between 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013 cannot allow BSNL and DOT to deny their right to get their pay re-fixed in the revised IDA pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007 with fitment benefit of 78.2% DA as per DPE OM dated 02.04.2009 which would automatically settle the question of their revision of pension, payment of additional commutation, benefit of additional DCRG and leave encashment etc. This issue has also got a relevance to the case of revision of pension of pre-2007 absorbed BSNL pensioners. These people are, therefore, only creating hurdles in our way.(14.08.2013)
16.08.2013: Pensioners are requested not to get disappointed on reading clarification from BSNL HQ to DoT. We are making representation to concerned authorities.
15.08.2013: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY.
14.08.2013. Read reply given by BSNL to DoT on 78.2% IDA MERGER. Click Here
13.08.2013: If you have not read the letters of DoT to BSNL Click Here for Copies of Both the letters of DoT to BSNL HQ on Pension Revision.
13.08.2013: As was expected to, the BSNL CO has on 8th August, 2013, sent a reply to DoT on 78.2% IDA Merger issue which may temp DoT to seek further clarification. It is likely that the struggle will continue as DoT & BSNL are on opposite end on the issue??
13.08.2013: BDPA.IN crossed 8,00,000 viewership mark on 12.08.2013 evening. We thank all our valued viewers and assure that we will try to provide you latest news and views.
12.08.2013: ONGC Floats VRS scheme for its Employees, who are above 40 years age and completed 15 years continuous service vide order dated 06.06.2013.
11.08.2013 : BDPA (INDIA) expand its horizon in Tamilnadu Circle, Karaikudi SSA on 11.08.2013 with 50 members joining.Shri D. Chandrasekharan, C/S FNTO was present. Details follows.
10.08.2013: I-T refund, drop in costs may help BSNL cut losses : The company is likely to have cut its yearly losses, helped by a near Rs 900-crore income tax refund and a 5% reduction in operation & maintenance and administration costs, a company director told ET, declining to reveal specifics since the board is yet to approve the annual financial numbers. BSNL, which offers services in all regions except Mumbai and Delhi, had registered a loss of Rs 8,851 crore in 2011-12 on revenue of Rs 27,944 crore.( By Kalyan Parbat, ET Bureau | 10 Aug, 2013, 10.39AM IST).
09.08.2013: ID MUBARAK
08.08.2013: GS reached to Ahmedabad to-day noon. The web could not be updated for want of Infrastructure. Further, since my cell is stolen from 5th August Morning, number of person could not contact me, for which I express my regret. It may take some time to restore Cell. Please bear with me.
08.08.2013: Meeting with Shri Neeraj Varma, G.M.(SR) : S/Shri D.D. Mistry, GS BDPA (I), Thomas John K, Adviser BDPA (I), K. Jayaprakash GS FNTO met DDG SR at BSNL HQ on 6th August, 2013 and discussed the Pensioners irritating issues. The issue of extending formal meeting was also discussed. Issue of CGM J&K was also brought to his notice. It was pointed out number of cases transferred to BSNL Offices by the CCAs through Pension Adalat remain unattended for years to gather and none is responding. Even for cases pertaining to Medical Reimbursement, Pensioners have to wait for indefinite period and no response is coming unless the Association intervenes. It was pointed out that in Gujarat Telecom Circle, 65 Disciplinary cases are pending since last more than 14 years and retirees are given provisional pension and their terminal retirement benefits are wrongfully withheld. The DDG (SR) gave patient hearing and expressed his sympathy towards issues and assured to extend his best possible help. S/Shri D. Chandrasekharan and V.N. Rathod were also present in the meeting.
08.08.2013: Meeting with Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director Finance, BSNL : S/Shri D.D. Mistry, GS BDPA (I), Thomas John K, Adviser BDPA (I), K. Jayaprakash GS FNTO met Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director Finance on 6th August, 2013 and discussed the following issues.
1. To expedite reply to DoT’s letter on Pension Revision after merging 78.2% IDA. Two letters have been sent to BSNL HQ by DoT seeking some information on pointed issues. The Director Finance assured to expedite the reply.
2. Restoration of Quarterly Medical Allowance without vouchers. The Director Finance said that he has full sympathy for the Pensioners and feel their pain but shown his inability as Servicing Associations may not permit it, for pensioners.
3. To refund Recoveries effected from the BSNL Pensioners who were given FMA in absence of BSNLMRS Rules during the period from October, 2000 to April, 2003 and onwards, as they were not given a change to opt. It was explained by us that the Pensioners are entitled for FMA till such time they are given a chance to opt for BSNLMRS and recoveries should not be insisted upon. The cases of Mehsana Districts were specifically pointed out. It was also pointed out that discontinuing Medical Reimbursement without voucher DOES not discontinue facility to get payment through ECS which was available till date. Further, cases of insisting upon to fill up check list for out/indoor treatment by pensioners was also pointed out as it the work of accounts official and guiding factor for pensioners while submitting their claims. The Director Finance sympathized with our discussion and asked to represent the same.
08.08.2013: S/Shri D.D. Mistry, J.B. Kumpavat & A.N. Patel also participated in National Convention on 3rd August, 2013 at Mavlankar Hall on ‘REVIVAL OF BSNL” convened by Forum of all Unions/Associations and addressed by prominent T.U. Leaders and all G.Ss of forum. They also attended C.W.C. of FNTO on 3rd & 4th August, 2013 and met the leaders of different circles to pave way formation of our Branches in their Circle. The Andra Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra and Punjab Circle assured to open our Circle Branches at the earliest.
08.08.2013: Click Here for Copies of Both the letters of DoT to BSNL HQ on Pension Revision.
06.08.2013: Meeting with Member Services DoT :
S/Shri D.D. Mistry, GS BDPA (INDIA), Thomas John K, Advisor BDPA (INDIA), K. Jayparakash GS FNTO, met member services Telecom Commission, accompanied with S/Shri D. Chandrasekharan, AGS FNTO, R.P. Sinha, CS FNTO Bihar and C.D. Prasad. CS Jharkhand and discussed about revision of Pay and Pension in respect of pre 01.01.2007 retirees and post 01.01.2007 retirees. Member Services said for pre 01.01.2007 retirees, pension can be revised by adding 78.2% IDA instead of 68.8% and for post 01.01.2007 retirees the issue may require some time as DoT is awaiting BSNL Reply. The Services further told that fixation for pensioners is being processed in DoT on priority basis.
Issue of stagnation of Group D & Other cadres:
in respect of stagnation of pay of Group C & Group D Employees, he expressed his anguish and he said the only way to come out of this crisis is to revise the pay scales. Regarding the proposal of merger of BSNL & MTNL, the pension issue is likely to be settled to pave way for merger in near future. S/Shri J.B. Kumpavat, Executive President and A.N. Patel are accompanying GS in New Delhi.
02.08.2013: BDPA (INDIA) donated Rs.5555/- to Bharat Pensioner Samaj, New Delhi in responce to appeal for helping the Uttarakhand victims. 02.08.2013: In July 2013, 30379 visied our web. We thank all of them for regular visit trusting our site and news. 02.08.2013: S/Shri J.B. KUMPAVAT,Executive President, D.D. Mistry, GS and A.N. Patel Circle President will start for New Delhi to-day evening and will be staying there up to 7th Night. They will also attend National Convention of BSNL Unions on for 03.08.2013 at Mavlankar Hall. They also attend FNTO CWC Meeting on 4th August, and meet officers during the period from 04.08.2013 to 07.08.2013 for Pensioners issues. 01.08.2013: S/Shri A.N. Patel, D.V. Limbachia, K.S. Modi and N.G. Parmar attended Farewel Functions arranged by the PGM ATD Ahmedabaad & CGM Ahmedabad on the eve of retirement and wel come them to theBDPA (INDIA)and distributed July, 2013 issue of BSNL Pensioners News Gujarat. 31.07.2013:Supreme Courts dismisses SLP of Union Govt. against Delhi High Court Judgment on modified parity. Pre 2006 pensioners will get arrears from 1-1-2006 if their revised pension had been fixed at less than 50% of minimum of pay in the pay band plus grade pay of Sixth CPC scale. Supreme Court has “Dismissed” SLP(C) 23055 of 2013 the Government in UOI-Vs-CG S29 (SAG) Pensioners Association against the judgement dated 29.04.2013 of the High Court of Delhi in Writ Petition No (WP) 1535 of 2012 - upholding the judgement dated 1-11-2011 of PB CAT New Delhi and directing re-fixation of pension from 1-1-2006 of all pre-2006 pensioners on the principle of modified parity. The above said SLP came up for hearing 29.7.2013 and Hon’ble Supreme Court has dismissed it. Pre 2006 pensioners will get arrears from 1-1-2006 their revised pension had been fixed less than 50% of minimum of pay in the pay band plus grade pay of fifth CPC scale - thanks to the S 29 (SAG) Pensioners Association - who have led the cause of Pensioners.
30.07.2013: BDPA (INDIA) writes to Hon'ble MOC to expedite 78.2% IDA issue for pre-01-01-2007 Pension revision and pay arrear. Pensionary benefits for post 01.01.2007 Pensioners also demanded.Click. 29.07.2013: S/Shri J.B. KUMPAVAT, A.N. PATEL & D.D. MISTRY, Executive President, Circe President & GS BDPA (I) addressed 3rd get-to-gather om 28.07.2013 at Navsari. More than 250 Pensioners from Navsar, Valsad and Dang District were present. Shri D.D. Mistry released Telephone Directory of Valsad containing useful information of members. Shri Shivpujanram Prajapati, District Secretary, Valsad SSA welcome guests and BDPA (I) Office bears. He said that on date there are 247 members. Shri I.N. Dhimar, Bilimora gave donation of R.1000/- to BDPA (I). Shri D.M. Tailor, D.S. Surat District spoke on bank related issues.Shri S.P. Contractor, D.P. Patel, also spoke, Shri M.M.Patel gave thanks. Detailed report follows.
26.07.2013: BSNL PENSIONERS NEWS GUJARAT – JULY 2013 EDITION: WE have dispatched 3,000 magazines through G.P.O. Ahmedabad. Rests are under dispatch. For Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, we have dispatched the magazine through courier. We have dispatched the magazine to all the members enrolled up to 25.07.2013 and who have cleared their administrative charges up to 31.03.2013.
26.07.2013: Valsad SSA is holding its get-to-gather at Navsari on 28.07.2013, Sunday at 10.00 hours. Pensioners Directory of Valsad SSA will be released on date. S/Shri A.N. Patel, J.B. Kumpavat & D.D. Mistry will address the gathering. Other Office Bearers will also attend the function.
26.07.2013: 78.2% IDA Merger Issue: The DoT is awaiting clarification sought for from the BSN HQ and then it will move further. Pensioners should not become panic hearing confusing news and statements. The BSNL HQ has no declined to give Arrear to Employees but deferred till such time it becomes financially viable. So question of notional fixation for Pensioners does not arise. For Pensioners it is paid by the DoT which cannot be said in running a loss, as heavy accumulation of funds is at its disposal received as Pension Contribution from BSNL HQ. We are monitoring the movement and also approaching the concerned authorities.
25.07.2013: BSNL PENSIONERS NEWS GUJARAT JULY 2013 EDITION.Title Page & Editorial. Click.
21.07.2013: BSNL PENSIONERS NEWS GUJARAT - JULY 2013 Edition is ready containing 80 pages. It will be despatched on 22.07.2013. 19.07.2013:BSNL PENSIONERS NEWS GUJARAT 2013 _ jULY ISSUE. Click.
14.07.2013: Telegraph Office Closure – A function was organized in Central Telegraph Office, Instrument Room, at Ahmedabad on 13,07,2013 at 17.00 hours. Large number of retired employees from BSNL participated and renewed their golden memories. Shri D.D. Mistry GS BDPA (India) said that in view of the introduction of latest technologies and inactiveness on part of service unions when ITR was amended three times after corporatization which empowered the DoT take decision. He suggested keeping the names of premises/building as CTO Building irrespective of the various sections functioning in the premises. Further he suggested co-memorizing the event; a postal stamp may be released. He further suggested to retain facility of telegrams exclusively for social/documentary purpose as no alterative arrangement have been made to accept any proof against telegram in judicial working.
Shri Kumpavat J.B. Executive President urged for continuance of telegraph service to cater services to lower strata of society as social service. He said that the BSNL has flourished as Telegraph has given space and scope for developments of Telegraph Services providing for Telephone, ST.D. Mobile and valued added devices. Though the telegraph services are discontinued from 14.07.2013, other services alike FAX, STD. Email have been discontinued long back without any order. He suggested for proper maintenance of this glorious building as it has now converted in to GHOST HOUSE since last five years. He also suggested use of the building for housing C.C.A. Gujarat Offices which will be useful to the pensioners.
S/Shri A.N. Patel President BDPA (I), N.S. Shah Retired AGM, V.H. Kapopara Retired CS, R.K. Patel last C.S. C.T.O. also spoke on the occasion.
Shri Bal Raj, Pr. G.M. A.T.D. Ahmedabad who also attended the function said that it was a decision taken by the BSNL HQ considering all relevant factors. He appreciated services provided by the telegraph service to the needy people. He said that BSNL has bright future as the work force is emanating from highly qualified strata of the society. The ITS should not be blamed as it is one of the prominent service available at the time of their joining and they are contributing their best for development of the BSNL. He is happy to see participation in such large number from the pensioners’ community, he added.
Shri M.S. Dave, thanked the participators and speakers on behalf of the working employees. The function was sponsored by BDPA (INDIA) under the banner of Telegraph Family. The media gave befitting coverage. Click for Photos.
12.07.2013: BSNL HQ issues consolidated instructio for allotment of vacant quarters to BSN/DoT Retirees.Click.
12.07.2013: BSNL HQ endorses IDA Orders for July, 2013. Click.
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