49th Get to Gather – Ahmedabad – Gandhinagar – Districts – 11.11.2019
On 11.11.2019, 49th Get to gather – cum – Seminar on Eye Care – Oath taking on “Say to NO to Plastic Use” was held in Ahmedabad Medical Association Ahmedabad, where more than 250 pensioners were present.
A prayer was sung by Shri H.J. Bhatt, who anchored the entire event.
Two minutes silence was observed for all those who left for their heavenly journey during this quarter.
The Pensioners took oath to follow national policy of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendrabhai and to avoid the use of Plastic.
First, a Seminar on Eye-Care was arranged by Center for Sight Superspeciality Hospital, Ahmedabad. Dr. Ruchi Kabra Spoke on Cataract Surgery and Dr. Falguni Chudasama spoke on Ratina Surgery and interacted with the Pensioners various queries.
Shri Kamal Kapoor, C.C.A. Ahmedabad spoke on various aspects required to be taken care if while forwarding their application forms for VRS procedure and to ensure personally their Service Book Verification is complete in all respects. This will avoid the delay in processing the case. He also asked the present Pensioners for their problem for time being as the office will accord priority on processing VRS cases which may cross figure of 6000.
Shri A.A. Patel spoke on the present scenario of BSNL Survival and also the working pattern of the present working employees. He said that present pensioners should not worry so long as it relates to their pension as it is exclusively drawn from the Government consolidated fund.
Shri A.N. Patel gave brief history of the Association covering multifarious activities undertaken by it. He said that Pensioners should join hand and make the Association stronger by enrolling more members when there is no scope for more retirees joining our Association. He asked the members to enroll their name if interested to attend 7th Gujarat Circle to be held on 17th and 18th December, 2019 in Surat. He also advised to purchase the 5th edition of BSNL Pensioners Director 2019 which contains many useful forms and Pension Rules. It also contains the Editorial published by the Association since its inception.
Shri D.D. Mistry said that we are now passing through very crucial time facing challenge to get implementation of 3rd P.R.C. for BSNL Pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2017 and elaborated as to why it is preferable placing aside the negative demands of other Pensioners Association. He said that the Working Employees should take precise care to safeguard rights of VRS Optee. They should prevail upon the BSNL to adopt the relevant rules on Pension for BSNL as well.
Our demand for BSNL Pensioners Pension Revision as per 3rd P.R.C. with 15% fitment will be processed firmly knowing full well that at present first priority of BSNL/DoT and Government is implementation of VRS scheme and Revival of BSNL. The demand of time is to make our Association numerically strong to have our voice heard.
On C.G.H.S. issue, he said that we have represented to the authorities to directly transfer the amount to CGHS authorities by the BSNL on getting all the papers complete. This will save the Pensioners from financial burden from their Pension and waiting indefinitely to get the refund of their paid amount.
The programme concluded with National Anthem, followed with Dinner.