Labour Bureau of India is the authority to compile the data received from various centres through the National Sample Survey Organization and prepare the Indices for various categories.NSSO people collect the price of several items from different shops in 78 cities and towns in India. The average index for 12 months in 2001 is taken as 100 points for fixing Index.
Based on the above Index of 2001=100 points the All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (AICPIW)
... ... ... for October was 278 points.
... ... ... for November was 277 points
... ... ... for December it is 275 points.
Labour Bureau has released the figures for all the 78 centres, as usual. When compared the figures for November and December 2016, it is seen that the Index has increased in few cases like:
Mysore, Karnataka: from 281 to 283 (November to December)
Ernakulam: from 269 to 272
Mundakayam (Kerala) from 282 to 285
Quilon in Kerala from 297 to 303.
The Index has come down in most of the centres. Few examples are given below (November to December):
Munger, .... 308 to 302
Bhilai ... ...... 313 to 308
Vadodara .... 267 to 258
Nagpur .... .... 311 to 303
Rourkela .... 300 to 290
Lucknow ....... 279 to 271
This has affected the rate of CDA. This will have impact on our IDA effective from April 2017 also.
There is no change in the Income Tax Slab. Those who are having annual tax payable income of Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, the rate of tax is reduced to 5% from the existing 10%. Relief is up to Rs 12500 per year. Same relief is given to those having annual income over Rs Five lakh also.
It is a welcome proposal.
WORDS AND DEEDS
THEY PROTESTED AGAINST PRICE HIKE OF LPG CYLINDER THEN. THEY WERE IN OPPOSITION.
NOW SAME PEOPLE HAVE HIKED THE PRICE OF LPG CYLINDER.
THIS IS POLITICS.....
IT IS REPORTED IN MEDIA THAT THE NET LOSS OF BSNL DURING THE NINE MONTHS (APRIL TO DECEMBER 2016) STANDS AT Rs 4890 CRORE.
EARLIER,THERE WAS A CLAIM OF OPERATIONAL PROFIT.
STILL THERE IS NET LOSS. IT MAY BE AROUND Rs 6000 CRORE FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.
Labour Bureau of India has released the All India Consumer Price Index (AICPI) for December 2016. It is 275 Points. 2 Points less than that of November 2016.
Based on the last 12 months AICPI, the Central DA shall be assessed as 4 % from January 2017. Many expected that it would be 5%.
Central Govt employees and Central Service pensioners (Like DoT Pensioners) will get 4% of their new revised Pay as CDA from January to June 2017.
VELLORE SSA UNIT OF OUR ASSOCIATION CONDUCTED A MEETING ON 28-1-2017 AT KATPADI. MORE THAN 175 COMRADES ATTENDED THE MEETING. Two photos:
TAMILNADU CIRCLE AND CHENNAI TD CIRCLE JOINTLY ORGANISED A SPECIAL MEETING ON 27-1-2017 AT CHROMEPET, CHENNAI . COM. P S RAMANKUTTY, COM. D GOPALAKRISHNAN, COM. G NATARAJAN, COM. K MUTHIYALU, COM. M GOVINDARAJAN, COM. V RAMA RAO COM. B MURTHY AND COM. PATTABHIRAMAN (NFTE) ADDRESSED THE GATHERING. MORE THAN 500 COMRADES ATTENDED THE SPEC IAL MEETING
ODISHA CIRCLE CONDUCTED ITS CIRCLE CONFERENCE AT BHUBANESHWAR ON 25-1-2017.
COMRADES P S RAMANKUTTY, G NATARAJAN ,VITTOBAN,J K TRIPATHY AND COM. R N SINGH (CS OF JHARKHAND CIRCLE) ATTENDED THE CONFERENCE.
Two photos of the conference;
Com. Natarajan inaugurates the conference
a view of delegates in Odisha conferenece
Consequent upon bifurcation of Andhra in to two separate states as Andhra and Telengana, BSNL also bifurcated the circle in to two. A new CCA office was formed at Vijayawada. Hyderabad and Secunderabad are in Telengana Circle. Vijayawada, West Godavari and Visakhapatnam are in Andhra circle.
In view of the above changes, our Andhra circle Unit decided to change the organizational set up. A Circle conference of AP held at Vijayawada on 22-1-2017 took the final decision. New sets of office bearers for Telengana and Andhra were elected unanimously, giving birth of a new circle Unit for AIBSNLPWA.
More than 650 comrades attended the Open session held at 10 AM on 22-1-2017. The Hall could not accommodate all the participants and hence seating arrangement was made outside the hall and proceedings had to be shown on a wide screen for the participants. Few photos are given below:
GS, COM. NATARAJAN INAUGURATES THE AP CONFERENCE.
A VIEW OF THE AUDIENCE INSIDE THE HALL
COM. P S RAMANKUTTY SPEAKS
COM. R CHANGAPPA, CS OF KARNATAKA GREETS
ON THE DAIS: COMs. KONDAIAH, VITTOBAN, NATARAJAN, GM(HR),
M R S PRAKASA RAO, V V S MUYRTHY, P S RAMANKUTTY, K S K RAO
NEW OFFICE BEARERS OF TELENGANA WITH CHQ LEADERS
NEW OFFICE BEARERS OF ANDHRA WITH CHQ LEADERS
Both Com. Natarajan (GS) and myself are leaving our stations on 20-1-2017 to attend the Circle Conferences of Andhra and Odisha. We will be coming back only after a week. Hence, during the period, up to 29th instant, there shall not be any new posting in this website. If there is anything urgent and very important, we shall post the matter during our tour.
.... P S Ramankutty
ODISHA BSNL PENSIONERS PROTEST
BSNL Pensioners of Odisha protest against the unhelpful, negative attitude of CCA of Odisha circle in the matter of implementation of Cabinet decision on 78.2%. A protest dharna ws staged in front of office of the CCA on 18-1-2017 under the banner of AIBSNLPWA.
KERALA CIRCLE UNIT OF AIBSNLPWA ORGANISED A MASSIVE RALLY IN THE OFFICES OF CGMT AND CCA, KERALA CIRCLE
ON 18-1-2017 PROTESTING AGAINST (1) THE DELAY IN SETTLING 78.2% CASES.
(2) DELAY IN SETTLING MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT CLAIMS BY PENSIONERS.
Com. D Gopalakrishnan (Vice President) inaugurated the Rally and explained the cases of 78.2% and Pension Anomaly.
Com. P S Ramankutty (President), Com. R N Pada Nair (Circle President), Com. T P George (Circle Secretary) and Com. G Madhusoodhanan Nair (Postal) addressed the Rally.
It is further clarified that the new rate of subscription to avail CGHS facilities shall take affect from 1-2-2017 instead of 1-1-2017 as stated earlier.
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 Rate ... ... ... New rate from 1-2-2017
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.
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.
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
[ 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.
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 meeting. 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 DoT will 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?
The Department of Public Enterprises has not yet uploaded the orders on IDA rate applicable from 1-1-2017. However I received a copy of the order dated 5-1-2017 sent by a comrade.
It is given in the Page DA, above the photo at the top of this Website.
Till 19-8-2009, most of the affected BSNL Pensioners were not aware of the fact that they were facing a serious anomaly in their pension. In the Chennai Tambaram conference held on 20-8-2009 to form AIBSNLPWA we told the pensioners about he Pension anomaly. Of course, our foremost demand was Pension Revision. We achieved it in 2011. Simultaneously we took up other cases also. We struggled a lot to fight the case. Details will be published in the next issue of our Patrika.
Below, Please see the scanned copy of Page No 8 of the very first issue our journal published in May 2010. [First it was released with the title of BSNL PENSIONERS VOICE].