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21/02

13 DIGIT MOBILE NUMBERS

All these times, people were worried when they received calls from 13 digit mobile numbers. Many thought it was fake calls. Some countries had already introduced 13 digit mobile numbering system.

Now, DoT has decided, as reported, to introduce 13 digit mobile numbering in India from July 2018. I feel that some private companies like Reliance may get advantage. Such companies are taking policy decisions. Let us wait and see.

BSNL letter on 13 digit numbering

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17/02

BANGALORE EMERGING

BANGALORE DISTRICT BRANCH HAS MORE THAN 2000 LIFE MEMBERS NOW. THE DISTRICT UNIT HAS EMERGED AS THE BIGGEST DISTRICT UNIT OF OUR ASSOCIATION IN THE COUNTRY.

IT IS BECAUSE OF THE SYSTEMATIC, HOUSE-TO- HOUSE CAMPAIGN CONDUCTED BY OUR TEAM LEADERS IN BENGALURU.

CONGRATULATIONS.

14/02

Karnataka Circle Conference was held in RTTC auditorium, Mysore on 11-2-2018 in a grand manner. More than 400 comrades from all parts of the Circle attended it.

Comrades P S Ramankutty, D Gopalakrishnan, G Natarajan, T S Vittoban and V Rama Rao participated in the conference on behalf of CHQ in addition to Com. G Babu (VP), Com. P Gangadhara Rao (DGS) and Com. K G Deshpande (OS) who hail from Karnataka Circle. Com. Varaprasad, Circle Secretary of AP circle also attended it. Shri K L Jairam, PGMT, Mysore addressed the Open Session.




Com. P Gangadhara Rao and Com. R Changappa are re elected as

Circle President and Circle Secretary.

Com. S Ganeshan is the new Treasurer.

09/02

IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT COM R.K.SRIVASTAVA , PRESIDENT, AIRBSNLPWA

HAD PASSED AWAY ON 8-2-18 AT FARIDABAD. HE WAS OUR GOOD FRIEND

WE EXPRESS OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE LOST HIM

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08/02

FOR SOME TIME PAST, ALL UNIONS OF BSNL STAFF HAVE BEEN JOINTLY TRYING TO MEET THE MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS, SHRI MANOJ SINHA TO BRING THE SERIOUS ISSUE OF PAY REVISION TO HIS NOTICE. BUT, IT SEEMS THE MINISTER IS NOT INCLINED TO MEET THE STAFF LEADERS.

FINALLY, THE UNIONS WERE ASSURED A MEETING WITH SHRI MANOJ SINHA ON 5-2-2018 EVENING THROUGH SHRI JUAL ORA, THE MINISTER FOR TRIBAL AFFAIRS. UNFORTUNATELY, IT HAS NOT TAKEN PLACE.

08/02

The Chandigarh bench of CAT has ordered on 5-2-02018, that Extra Increment should be reckoned as pay for grant of Pension. Accordingly the Department of Telecom is directed to re-fix pension of those who were not given the benefit of said Ex Increment.

The Judgement is attached here.extra-incr.-chandigarh-cat.pdf

06/02

Our Ajmer District Secretary (Rajasthan) reports that Com. S L Azad, a devoted comrade of Ajmer expired on 3-2-2018. We convey our heartfelt condolence on his demise.

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06/02

Reacting to our posting of yesterday and day before, regarding life membership in Bangalore etc, Com. Narasimhan, District Secretary of Hyderabad intimated us that the life membership in Hyderabad District is now 1595 and it will cross 1600 very soon. It is another inspiring news. We have Madurai in Tamilnadu with the highest membership in the entire country. Madurai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ernakulam are the four major branches with more than 1500 membership.

It is not just competition. The growth reflects dedicated work by our active leaders and the confidence of BSNL pensioners in a vibrant organization, vigorously pursing the issues of pensioners.

05/02

Today, I have received a list of 64 life members from Bangalore. So far I received 1606 names of life Members from Bangalore city itself. Bangalore stands first in the country with highest number of Life members. Congratulations.

There is great improvement of Life membership in Bijapur, Hubli, Kolar, Mangalore, Shimoga and Tumkur Districts also.

... ... ... P S Ramankutty, 5-2-2018

04/02



I am quite excited to note very commendable increase in the life membership of some branches during the last 6-9 months. I have already mentioned few instances earlier. Now, I wish to mention the following also

Sambalpur: Nine months back, It was 220. Now it is increased to 300. 100% Life membership.

Pondicherry: It is increased from 140 to 266.

Meerut: It is increased from 193 to 353.

Hyderabad: There is wonderful increase from 733 to 1344.

UP West Circle has marked increase from 268 to 762.

Congratulations to the leaders

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.... ... P S Ramankutty

25/03

COM. C SURYANARAYANA, A LONG TIME LEADER OF TELECOM WORKERS IN ANDHRA, FORMER CIRCLE SECRETARY OF NFTE, EXPIRED ON 2-2-2018 AT 1900 HOURS. FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON 4-2-2018 IN HYDERABAD.

WE CONVEY OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCE ON THE DEMISE OF COM. CS.

02/02

With great grief we report sad demise of Com. D Hariharan, a very devoted comrade of Chennai on 1-2-2018 at 4 PM. Funeral will take place in Chennai on 2-2-2018. Com. Hariharan was a very close friend of our GS Com. Natarajan for many years. Hariharan was present in Patna CWC meeting, held in November 2017. There, immediately after Com. J K Tripathy presented an estimate for our ensuing AIC, Com. Hariharan announced his personal donation of Rs 5000 to the Reception Committee. But, Com. Hariharan will not attend the Puri AIC. Death has appeared as an uninvited clown and taken him away from our midst. We convey our heartfelt condolence to the comrades of Hariharan. Com. Hariharan was a chronic bachelor spent his life for the trade union movement and the pensioners movement..... P S Ramankutty


31/01

All India Consumer Price Index for December 2017 is announced today .

It is 286 points. 2 Points down from November Index of 288 points.

CDA may increase by 2% from existing 5% to 7% from January 2018.

In the past, on many occasions, the Index had reduced in December.


30/01

Today, all Unions and Associations of BSNL staff start their 5 days programme of Satyagraha.

BSNL, Management, in return, has absolved itself from all responsibilities to settle the issues raised by staff.

1) Regarding the demand for PAY Revision: BSNL says it has sent its recommendations. Means BSNL can not do anything further.

2) Regarding demand for Pension Revision: BSNL says DoT has to take a decision on pension revision with third PRC formula. It is easy now for DOT to reject the demand because Third PRC has not suggested any pension revision. There is no PRC formula for Pension Revision.

3) Subsidiary Tower Company: BSNL says that it is Government decision.

4) Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58: BSNL says that at present there is no such proposal before it.

30/01

70 YEARS AGO.....

On 30-1-1948, in the evening Mr. Nathuram Vinayak Godse went to Gandhiji with folded hands. Not for taking blessings from the great man. But, to fix the distance as directed. Then he pulled out his pistol and fired three shots. One of the finest human beings, mankind ever seen, fell down. Thus, Independent India started its journey with the most heinous crime committed by a fanatic.

Many noble men had fallen in our country. Their supreme sacrifice never go in vain.

Let us pay homage to the martyrs ..

28/01

Guntur branch in AP conducted its annual general body meeting today, 28-1-2018. Com. M R S Prakasa Rao (AP Circle President), Com. Varaprasad (CS, AP) and other leaders addressed the meeting. More than 110 members participated. The branch has 450 members now marking a notable improvement recently.


25/03

IT IS REPORTED THAT COM. PRAHLAD MOHANTY, DISTRICT SECRETARY, ROURKELA (ODISHA) EXPIRED ON 22-01-2018. WE CONVEY OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY MEMBERS AND COMRADES OF ROURKELA.

26/01

LET US BE PROUD INDIANS.

THE PEOPLE'S POWER IS SUPREME; NOT INDIVIDUALS.

REPUBLIC DAY GREETINGS TO ALL OUR VIEWERS.

Sone ke kafan me



25/01


COURT CASES:

This is regarding our yesterday’s posting, regarding the two cases we propose to file before CAT, Ernakulam.I have received number of anxious calls from our comrades of different stations.

..1.. .Nobody has any doubt about the first case.Our pension was revised with 78.2% IDR. It is done notionally from 1-1-2007 to 9-6-1013. And actual payment was made from 10-6-2013. Why 10-6-2013? Because of the DoT order consequent upon the agreement made by BSNL staff unions and BSNL management in 2013.Pensioners are not party to the agreement. We want that the date of actual Pension revision with 78.2 should be 01-01-2007, not 10-6-2013. Financial condition of BSNL is not relevant to our Pension Revision. One case is already filed by another Association before Principal bench of CAT, New Delhi. Another case is being filed before Supreme Court directly.If the Supreme Court rejects the case on MERIT, then that is the end of their fight.Let us hope that Supreme Court will not reject the application.Pensioners have raised a just demand. Judges with judicious mind will not reject.The principal bench and different benches of CAT have equal status.Only difference is that anybody from any part of India can approach Principal bench.But those who are staying within its jurisdiction only can approach a particular bench of CAT in states. There is no difference between CAT Chennai or CAT Ernakulam or CAT Chandigarh. So, only those who reside in Kerala can approach CAT Ernakulam.If others are there as applicants, then the case can be rejected at admission stage itself. At first stage, we will try to get a favourable verdict from CAT Ernakulam and then try to get it extended to others. The legal fight in this matter is just begun. We should keep the lists of all other Circles ready.So. Continue the data collection.Hardly 25% branches have sent the list to CHQ.We cannot wait till 100% lists reach CHQ.


2 The other case is for getting pension at 50% of LPD.After the sixth CPC report, the pension is granted at 50% of Last Pay Drawn for those who retired on or after 1-1-2006 on completion of ten years of service. But, those who retired before 1-1-2006, pension was granted 50% of last 10 months’ average pay and that too after completion of 33 years of service.Otherwise it is pro rata pension. Recently Central government granted a new formulation for pension revision of CDA pensioners.Even a person retired in 1982, gets his last pay drawn revised again and again notionally based on fitment formulae suggested by IV CPC, V CPC, VI CPC and VII CPC. Then his pension is re-fixed at 50% of the notionally revised Basic Pay from 1-1-2016.In other sense, all the central pensioners, retired before 2006 also get the benefit of Last Pay Drawn in pension.But it is not extended to BSNL retirees. Department of Telecom is not prepared to look into our demand.Court Case is the last resort.It is time consuming, no doubt.But, situation in Kerala CAT is bit better.

Hence we have decided to approach CAT Ernakulam first.The Advocate Mr Sreeraj is sympathetic to pensioners. We have a Legal committee at Ernakulam to help our Association in legal matters also.Let us hope the best.Let us try. TRY, TRY and TRY….. ... ... P S Ramankutty


24/01

BHOPAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE

Bhopal district conference was conducted today. Shri M N Singh (EX GMT), GM TD Bhopal, Com. V C Thakur (AI Org. Secretary) M C Sharma (CS MP) and others addressed it. The conference elected S K Lade, S R Bagri and H S Patel as the District President, Dist. Secretary and Dist Treasurer respectively.