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05/04

THE DEPT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES ORDER IS ATTACHED: ida-april-2018.pdf

THE OTHER TWO ORDERS FROM DPE ALSO ATTACHED HERE; ida-april-2018-old-1.pdf

ida-april-2018-old-2.pdf

04/04

Com. Barmeshwar Singh, Retd. TTA, Ex. All India Treasurer NFPTE and elder brother of Com. Chandeshwar Singh, G.S, expired ON 2/4/18 at about 14.45 hrs in Patna at the age of 69 yrs.

WE CONVEY OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES

31/03

Today, 31-3-2018, our Life membership has crossed 35000 .

Congratulations to our branches all over the country.

I expect that it will cross 40,000 when we meet in Puri AIC.

............................................................ P S Ramankutty

29/03


Com. M R S Prakasha Rao (Circle President, AP), Com. Varaprasad (CS, AP) Com. N Adinarayana (CHQ Org. Secretary) and Com. K S Koteswara Rao (CS Telangana) attended. Comrades N V Rama Rao, N Nageswara Rao and K Siva Kesava Rao are elected as District President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

28/03


The All India Consumer Price Index for February 2018 is 287, according to Labour Bureau. It was 286 for December 2017 and 288 for January 2018. Hence, the average for 3 months (December, January & February) is 287. Based on that rate of IDA effective from 1-4-2018 shall be 127.2%. Increase of 0.3%.

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28/03



I am happy to note that Calicut branch in Kerala has today transferred a sum of Rs. 30000 to AIC Fund.Calicut has 610 members.Out of them, 583 are life Members and 27 annual members.

The branch is always active. Every month it holds general body meeting in which 150-200 members regularly attend.In special meetings the attendance goes to 450-500. Every year the branch collects more than Rs. 2 lakh from its members and distributes the amount to the poor hapless people in orphanages, leprosy rehabilitation centres, adivasi Kendra etc.

Calicut branch has a cultural wing. More than 20-25 members, including ladies and retired senior officers, present very attractive musical fete etc.

It is an inspiring experience to attend the functions of Calicut branch.

…..P S Ramankutty

1. A monthly GB meeting of Calicut, 2. Another monthly meeting, 3. Spl GB meeting

27/03

Photo above: Com. G Babu (CHQ Vice President), Com. P Gangadhara Rao (Dy. GS, CHQ) and Com. R Changappa (CS Karnataka) with Shri Ananthkumar, Hon'ble Minister for parliamentary affairs, on the eve of Makarsamkranthi at Bangalore.

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27/03

FOR THE KIND ATTENTION OF CWC MEMBERS: PLEASE INTIMATE YOUR ARRIVAL DEPARTURE PARTICULARS TO

COMRADE MUTHIALU ON TELEPHONE 09444666646

COMRADE RAMA RAO ON TELEPHONE 09444296085

THIS IS REQUIRED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR RECEIVING AT RAILWAY STATIONS

G.NATARAJN G/S

25/03

MTNL retirees are also getting pension from government of India directly under rule 37. Hence, they too demand pension revision. A welcome feature is that all the leaders of MTNL staff Unions of Mumbai and Delhi and the Retired Officers Welfare Association of Delhi are united in demanding the pension revision with the fitment formula suggested by seventh Central Pay Commission.

On 22-3-2018, Sri Arvind Sawant MP of Shiv Sena, the founder leader of MTNL Kamgar Union of Mumbai, met Shri Manoj Sinha, Honourable minister for communications and discussed the issues of pay revision and pension revision in MTNL.

On 23-3-2018, on a directive from the minister, Smt. Aruna Sundararajan ITS, Secretary Telecom met leaders of MTNL staff union leaders of Mumbai and Delhi and the leaders of RTOWA Delhi. Of course, the main issue discussed was PAY revision in MTNL.

At the end, all the leaders unitedly raised the issue of Pension Revision, based on the report of Seventh CPC. According to Com. S S Nanda, GS of RTOWA Delhi, the Secretary was positive and assured favourable action in the matter.

We hail the correct stand taken by leaders of MTNL staff Unions of Mumbai and Delhi in demanding pension revision for MTNL retirees based on Seventh CPC report in unison with our demand. Our Shimoga comrades met the minister on 24-3-2018 and placed the same demand.

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24/03

Today, a team of Shimoga members of AIBSNLPWA, led by Com. K K Ganapathy (District President) and Com. G S Ajjappa (District Secretary) met Shri Manoj Sinhaji, Minister for Communications, at Shivmogga and submitted a memorandum reiterating our demand for pension revision with effect from 1-1-2017 with fitment benefits recommended by Seventh Central Pay Commission.

The Minister informed the delegation that he is quite aware of the issue and it is under active consideration of the DoT. He assured a positive approach towards the matter.

[In the photos above: Com. Ajjappa, DS with white shirt discussing the issue with the Minister)

We congratulate our Shimoga comrades and Karnataka leaders .... PSR

23/03

Observing that a plethora of instructions issued by the central government on granting pension created confusion among retired government officials, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked it to frame a law to regulate the retirement benefit. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said the government had no clarity on how to fix the pension amount and retired officials had to suffer. The apex court passed the remarks while deciding the plea of a retired railway employee who is fighting a legal battle 27 years after his retirement on fixation of his pension amount.

The Supreme Court finally decided against the retired official but asked the central government to take steps to prevent pension woes of retired officials.

“We recommend to the department of personnel and training of the government of India to try and make life after retirement easier for a government servant by having appropriate legislation enacted by Parliament or applicable pension rules rather than a ‘khichdi’ of instructions, office memoranda, clarifications, corrigenda and so on and so forth,” said the apex court bench.

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22/03

NEWS:The Supreme Court questioned the Centre on Wednesday (21-3-2018) about its decision to link Aadhaar with pensions, reasoning that it is not a subsidy but an entitlement of a person for years of service he or she has rendered to the government in discharge of official duties.

Referring to the argument of petitioners that many pensioners have been denied their only subsistence in old age due to technical and physical reasons, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan asked attorney general K K Venugopal whether the Centre was going to deny pension, a rightful entitlement, just for want of Aadhaar. Venugopal said Aadhaar has been instrumental in eliminating many bogus pensioners drawing post-retirement benefits for years.

22/03

IT IS A FRESH BRUTAL ATTACK ON WORKING CLASS BY THE GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT HAS NOTIFIED SIGNIFICANT AMENDMENTS TO THE INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT CENTRAL RULES 1946 EXTENDING THE SCHEME OF FIXED TERM EMPLOYMENT TO ALL SECTORS. CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS COULD STOP SUCH MOVES IN THE PAST THROUGH JOINT OPPOSITION. NOW THE GOVERNMENT, WITHOUT MINDING THE OPPOSITION, HAS COME OUT WITH THE CHANGES.

BMS HAS OPPOSED THE MOVE. (please see its statement given below).

BUT BMS, THOUGH IN SANGH PARIVAR, HAS NO ROLE IN POLICY MAKING. IT RAISES TEETHLESS OPPOSITION LIKE MAKING STATEMENTS. THE NET RESULT OF THESE CHANGES IS THAT THE WORKERS WHO WILL GET SOME JOB IN INDIAN INDUSTRY WILL BE DENIED PENSION AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS. AND FULL FREEDOM TO THE EMPLOYERS TO HIRE AND FIRE.

Statement by BMS leadership

RSS- affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) today criticised the government for extending fixed term employment to all sector, saying this will legalise hire and fire, while permanent jobs would vanish.

"Government should immediately withdraw the controversial new notification on 'fixed term employment' which extends it to all employments in the country," said Saji Narayanan C K, President, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh in a statement.

The BMS said that by this notification that amends the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules, 1946, permanent employment will vanish from the industrial sector and all jobs will be converted into temporary contract works for a fixed period only.

The union said, "It is also highly objectionable that a fixed term contract can be cancelled by the employer unilaterally by giving only two weeks' notice. None of the objections raised by the BMS was accepted by the Government. ..

21/03

AIBSNLPWA has written a letter to Director (HR) against the proposal to discontinue the Quarterly Medical Allowance to pensioners and to curtail the entitlement under BSNLMRS. See the letter:letter-to-dir-hr-on-mrs.pdf

21/03


We are going to Puri (Jagannath Puri) in Odisha for the next All India Conference. Odisha comrades have suggested 22-23 September 2018 as probable dates. Ensuing CWC meeting on 16-17, April in Chennai will finalize the dates. Before that, Odisha comrades will form Reception Committee and start the work. Odisha is comparatively a small circle unit with only 1500 members in total. Such a small circle has come forward to host the AIC of the largest organization of BSNL pensioners in India.

It is possible only with the willing involvement of all members in the country. Every member of our Association, Life member or annual member, is requested to donate Rs 50 towards AIC fund. It should be remitted to CHQ by branches. CHQ will hand over the amount so received to the Odisha Reception Committee. Some branches have already remitted the donation. List of donations received up to 20-3-2018 by CHQ is given below:

Gurgaon: Rs. 4000

Bhandara: Rs. 400.

Fatehpur:Rs. 600

Balaghat : Rs. 3900

West Godavari : Rs. 6000

Kurnool: Rs. 10000

Malappuram :Rs. 6000.00

Jhansi:Rs. 2600

Lakhimpur : Rs. 800

Varanasi: Rs. 2750

Lucknow: Rs. 1050

Pratapgargh: Rs. 1300

Salem East: Rs. 19100

Vellore: Rs. 20000

Late Com. Hariharan of Chennai: Rs. 5000

Smt. Akhilandeswari of Chennai: Rs 10000

All other branches are requested to collect it when the pension of March 2018 is disbursed and remit the amount to CHQ before 30, April 2018. If collection is not completed, please transfer the amount from District unit’s funds and then continue the collection.

Start preparation to meet at Puri and go ahead. PURI AIC will be another milestone in our path.

……P S Ramankutty, President.

20/03

THE ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF NFTE-BSNL HELD AT AMRITSAR FROM 16-3-2018 TO 19-3-2018 HAS RE-ELECTED COM. ISLAM AHMED AND COM. CHANDESHWAR SINGH AS THE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL SECRETARY.

OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW TEAM OF LEADERSHIP OF NFTE.

19/03

Jharkhand CWC meeting was held at Dhanbad on 18-3-2018.

19/03

CIRCLE CONFERENCE OF UP EAST WAS HELD ON 16-3-2018 IN GANDHI BHAVAN, LUCKNOW. COM. G NATARAJAN (GS) AND COM. T S VITTOBAN (TREASURER) PARTICIPATED IT ON BEHALF OF CHQ AND EXPLAINED VARIOUS ISSUES.

COMRADES MAHATMA PATHAK, J N DUBEY AND DHANI RAM ARE ELECTED AS CIRCLE PRESIDENT, CIRCLE SECRETARY AND TREASURER RESPECTIVELY.


16/03

District Executive Meeting of Krishna ,Vijayawada held on 14-03-2018. Com K.V.Subrahmanyam DGM Retired Vijayawada is elected as District Secretary. Com N.S.Sarma, the veteran leader and longtime district secretary of the SSA Unit has tendered his resignation due to his personal reasons. Com NRK Murthy District President presided. Circle President Com M.R.S.Prakasa Rao and Circle Secretary Com V Vara Prasad have attended. Com K K R N Purnachandra Rao and Com Mallisetti Janardhana Rao have also shared the dias.