All India BSNL Pensioners' Welfare Association.

AIBSNLPWA: THE ORGANIZATION OF COMMITTED AND EXPERIENCED

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REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE: registration-certificate.pdf

CONSTITUTION: pwa-constitution.pdf

REMITTANCES TO CHQ

After the recent merger of five subsidiary banks (including State Bank of Travancore,with whom our CHQ has the Accounts) in SBI, the Bank is levying unnecessary charges and putting unwanted restrictions. More than Rs 25000 can not be sent to a particular account per day. One branch transfers Rs. 25000 to CHQ account one day. Nobody else can transfer amounts on that day.If they transfer we have to pay unnecessary fines.

Use NEFT to transfer funds to CHQ account.First, deposit the amount in the account of the branch.Then using NEFT (National Electronic Fund Transfer system) you can transfer any amount without paying extra charges. Else, you can remit the amounts as DD or pan India Cheque.

DO NOT USE CHQ PAN NUMBER

Some Circle Units have opened bank account giving CHQ PAN. Now, the Tax is deducted for the total amount taking together all the deposits made by CHQ and Circles with the same PAN.We are made to pay huge amounts as Income Tax.So, Circle Units are requested to obtain separate PAN. It is urgent.

ONLINE REMITTANCE OF CHQ QUOTA, PATRIKA SUBSCRIPTION: BANK DETAILS

Name of recipient: AIBSNLPWA (CHQ),---------- SB A/c No 67100927818--------- Name of Bank: ... State Bank of India
Name of Branch: Chennai Anna Nagar West Extn, ------------------------ IFSC of the Branch: SBIN0070530.

Immediately after transferring any amount to CHQ, please drop a letter to our Treasurer (Address:

Shri T S Vittoban, Block-A, Flat- D4, Air View Apartments, (Near City Union Bank),
M G Road, Manappakkam, Mugalivakkam PO, Chennai 600125) intimating the break up figures:

Journal subscribers List: click on the page JOURNALS

IDA RATES from Oct 2000:Rate of IDA from 2000 to 2019

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Latest News

11/11

Circle Executive Committee of Andhra circle met at Kurnool on 10-11-2019. Com. K Muthiyalu, Dy GS attended on behalf of CHQ and spoke elaborately on various issues.



11/11

As all of you are aware, we have been collecting donations from our members all over the country towards Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, to help the victims of unprecedented rains and floods that affected lakhs of people in our country this year. We have done it in the past also when there were such natural calamities/disasters in Uthranchal, Andhra, Orissa, Chennai, Tamilnadu, Kodagu, Kerala etc.etc.

Our members from almost all circles responded positively to CHQ call and donated liberally. We could collect Rs. 37.94 lakhs from Circles. To make it Rs 40 lakhs, CHQ added a sum of Rs 2.05 lakh. We wanted to make over the fund to a central minister. Shri Pralhad Joshi, Minister for parliamentary affairs used to be in his constituency of Hubli on Saturdays and Sundays. We approached his office. They tentatively fixed the date as 9, November 2019. We announced our intension to organize the function on 9-11-2019 through our whasapp group.

As General Secretary was indisposed due to spondylosis, Com. P S Ramankutty and Com.D Gopalakrishnan were requested to go to Hubli. Com. DG could not go alone due to some health problem. Com. Vittoban also was indisposed. Finally Com. Rama Rao, Asst Treasurer accompanied DG, carried the Bank Cheque and attended the function. Com. Radhakrishna, AGS from Karnataka and Com.Changappa, CS Karnataka also went to Hubli. Com. G Babu, VP from Bangalore had to cancel his journey at the last moment. In view of Supreme Court verdict, Section 144 was imposed in Hubli town on 9-11-2019. Despite that, good number of comrades came from Hubli, Dharward, Belgavi, Bagalkot, Bijapur etc. Though the number of participants was less it was a lovely function, well organized.

Minister Shri Joshi came straight from the airport to the function organized in the conference hall of PGMT, Hubli. Com. S T Pawar, DS welcomed all. Com. P S Ramankutty, in his introductory speech mentioned briefly the welfare activities of AIBSNLPWA. Then he, along with other leaders, made over the Cheque for Rs 40 lakhs to the honourable minister.

Shri Pralhad Joshiji very much appreciated the efforts made by the Association. He commented that “ This shows that you are retired but not tired. While in service people may donate when the Boss donates. After retirement there is no such obligation. Even then you, the pensioners, have donated very good amount of Rs 40 lakhs. It is great efforts….”

After the function we had a brief discussion with Joshiji on our pension revision. He read our memorandum carefully, asked some specific clarifications trying to understand the issue. We clarified the points to his satisfaction .

Finally he assured us help to settle the matter and asked us to come to Delhi in first week of December 2019.

Cheque being handed over


Minister Sh. Joshiji speaks.


A view of audience


Com. DG speaks


Shri Pralhad Joshiji reads our memorandum on pension revision

to see the details of donations received please click here; pmnrf-upto-6-11-2019.pdf





06/11

Many comrades were asking our comments on VRS package etc. We did not want to jump into any hasty conclusion. So we waited. Our GS Com. Gangadhra Rao is not well. We could not consult each other and prepare any document.

Hence, I am giving my personal observations hereunder:

The scheme is formally announced now only. Our present members are not affected/benefitted by the VRS. Staff Unions have to react and give proper guidelines to remove the confusion. Some Staff unions, as usual, project the VRS as their historic achievement. Some others do not like it but they are helpless.

[They have not properly reacted to the ‘substandard’ speech of new CMD. Present CMD should understand that his predecessors only moved the BSNL to ventilator. It was total mismanagement all along. Can the new CMD take any action against them?]

VRS: There is no common formula to calculate the gains. Ex Gratia, in almost all cases of employees above 50 years of age, is limited to 125% of Pay (BP+IDA) of the balance service. Hence, it depends upon mainly on the length of service left. Pension, Gratuity and Pension Commutation are common retirement benefits. Over and above these normal retirement benefits the extra benefit is 25% of total pay of remaining service. HRA is lost till retirement date. Increments in future and increased rate of IDA are also lost. If one has more than 30 months of service left, the immediate monetary benefit is good. At the same time, they will be losing more in monthly pension for the rest of their life.


THE GAME UNDER THE CARPET

It is the government machinery assisted by vested interest social media that project Revival and VRS as great initiatives to uplift BSNL and MTNL.

MAKE IT LEAN AND CLEAN

Through VRS, one lakh workers will be sent out soon. BSNL will be LEAN.

By infusing some funds, government takes over the debt of BSNL and MTNL. They will be CLEAN. MTNL is made subsidiary of BSNL. So, only BSNL remains.

Airtel and Vodafone-Idea are in crisis. Supreme Court has directed them to pay Rs 93000 crore as fine to Govt. With the interest increasing daily, it is now Rs 1.4 lakh CRORE. Both the companies have approached the government for some relaxation. Mr. Mukesh Ambani has asked Minister, Communications to simply throw away their letter. Anytime Airtel and Vodafone may close their shops and exit, as done by Tata.

Then Reliance will be ready to take over BSNL, the LEAN and CLEAN baby. Once that is done, they will hike the tariff. Like LPG. Government will remain a silent spectator. Then people of India will understand the real impact. Till that time propaganda will be against workers, PSUs etc.

WAR is GOING ON. Wait and see who will survive and who will be eliminated.

.PSR



25/10

OUR CASE: ARGUEMENTS OVER

Today, CAT Ernakulam took up our OA 346/18 for arguments. All the Central government pensioners are getting pension @50% of their last pay drawn now irrespective of their date of retirement. But it is not applied in the case of BSNL staff retired before 2006 though all are covered by the same CCS Pension Rule 1972. As a test case, we filed an application against this injustice before CAT Ernakulam. We want that all BSNL pensioners retired before 2006 should also get their pension re-fixed at the rate of 50% of their last pay drawn with all consequential benefits. P S Ramankutty, All India President of AIBSNLPWA is the first applicant.

The case was listed and postponed again and again several times. Finally, today the case was taken up for arguements. Government pleader argued that the new orders are not applicable to IDA pensioners. Our lawyer Adv. Sreeraj countered the same effectively.

Finally, the Judge reserved the case for decision. While going through the arguments and orders, if he desires so he may ask some clarification from the advocates. Otherwise he may pronounce his judgment on a later date which is not declared.

Anyway, arguments are over. That is a progress.


25/10

The Business Today reports:

“The Supreme Court's decision on October 24 in favour of DoT (department of telecommunications) could be a death knell for the telecom sector…

The decision will have a far-reaching impact on the sector, which is already battling with prolonged tariff wars and high debt burden. The profitability of incumbents is seriously under duress. Airtel, for instance, posted net losses of Rs 2,392.2 crore in the quarter ended June 2019. Vodafone Idea recorded net loss of Rs 4,873.9 crore in the same quarter….”

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There is some indication that one company may file insolvency petition to escape from paying such a huge amount. That will lead to closure of that company.

A great opportunity awaits BSNL.

BSNL MANAGEMENT must rise with an aggressive marketing plan to grab the opportunity and flourish. It needs imagination, talent and professional management.Will it have?...PSR


25/10

PRIVATE TELECOM COMPANIES SHOULD PAY Rs. 92000 CRORE TO GOVT.

Finally, the cat is thrown out of the bag. In accordance with the migration plan of 1999, Telecom Operators have to pay a certain percentage of their revenue to the government as license fee etc. In 2005 a dispute arose between the government of India and the private Operators regarding the amount to be paid.

As usual, the private Operators showed less revenue deducting some expenditure towards rent, dividend etc. Government did not accept that calculation. Number of cases were filed in different courts at different levels. The legal battle continued for 14 years. In the meantime, some companies closed their shops and disappeared. Bharti Airtel had to pay to Rs. 21682.13 Crore and Vodafone Rs 28308 Crore originally. They did not pay pointing out the court cases on the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR).

Now, on 24-10-2019, the Supreme Court bench, consisting of Justice Arun Mishra, Justice Abdul Nazeer and Justice M R Shah rejected the pleas of private companies and ordered that they should pay the dues with interest and penalty. Net result is that Bharti Airtel and Vodafone together have to pay Rs 92000 crore to the government.

Government has enough money to meet all expenses for the Revival plans. Good.

24/10


Today, 23-10-2019, the cabinet has approved the Revival plan for BSNL and MTNL.
Announcing the decisions, MoC Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad stated :


1. BSNL and MTNL are strategic assets of the Nation. During natural calamities, military actions and for army communication network, banking communication networks etc. only BSNL has given proper help.


2. BSNL and MTNL shall not be closed down. There shall be no disinvestment also.


3. Both the companies will be made competitive. Funds will be raised by issuing bonds, 4 G spectrum will be allotted to BSNL and during the next four years lands of BSNL will be monetized.

4. ATTRACTIVE VRS is offered to reduce the salary expenditure. Rs 17169 cr will be used for giving ex-gratia benefits and Rs 12000 needed for giving pensionary benefits, which is government responsibility.


5. For the time being, MTNL will be made a subsidiary company of BSNL. MTNL cannot be straight away merged now because some of its shares are already disinvested. Such issues will be sorted out on fast tract method.


PSR , 23-10-2019 1720 hrs.


The Press release is attached:

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for revival of BSNL and MTNL by administrative allotment of spectrum for 4G services, debt restructuring by raising of bonds with sovereign guarantee, reducing employee costs, monetisation of assets and in-principle approval of merger of BSNL & MTNL.


The following was approved by the cabinet:-
1. Administrative allotment of spectrum for 4G services to BSNL and MTNL so as to enable these PSUs to provide broadband and other data services. The said Spectrum will be funded by the Government of India by capital infusion in these PSUs at a value of Rs 20,140 Cr in addition; the GST amount of Rs 3,674 Cr to this spectrum value will also be borne by the Government of India through Budgetary resources. By using this spectrum allotment, BSNL and MTNL will be able to deliver 4G services, compete in the market and provide high speed data using their vast network including in rural areas.
2. BSNL and MTNL will also raise long-term bonds of Rs 15,000 Cr for which sovereign guarantee will be provided by the Government of India (GoI). With the said resources, BSNL and MTNL will restructure their existing debt and also partly meet CAPEX, OPEX and other requirements.
3. BSNL and MTNL will also offer Voluntary Retirement to their employees, aged 50 years and above through attractive Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), the cost of which will be borne by the Government of India through budgetary support. The
ex-gratia component of VRS will require Rs. 17,169 Cr in addition, GoI will be meeting the cost towards Pension, Gratuity and Commutation. Details of the scheme will be finalised by BSNL/MTNL.
4. BSNL and MTNL will monetise their assets so as to raise resources for retiring debt, servicing of bonds, network upgradation, expansion and meeting the operational fund requirements.
5. In-principle merger of BSNL and MTNL

It is expected that with the implementation of said revival plan, BSNL and MTNL will be able to provide reliable and quality services through its robust telecommunication network throughout the country including rural and remote areas.
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PRESS Release ID :193957)

23/10

CASE AGAIN POSTPONED

Our Case before Ernakulam CAT for pension at the rate of 50% of Last Pay Drawn for all pre-2006 retirees was posted for final disposal today. Our lawyer was ready to argue the case. The bench took up the case also. The government pleader was not present. A junior lady lawyer appeared for the government side informed that she was not prepared for arguement. So the case is posted for 25-10-2019 for final disposal.


17/10

"Justice delayed is justice denied" is a legal maxim meaning that if legal redress is available for a party that has suffered some injury, but is not forthcoming in a timely fashion, it is effectively the same as having no redress at all. Time and again the above maxim was quoted by judges after judges and advocates after advocates. But, the situation is not changed, at least in our country.

On 27,June, 2019, the Honourable Law Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that; “43.55 lakh cases are pending in the 25 high courts in the country and over 8 lakh of these are over a decade old”

58669 cases are pending in our Supreme Court alone as on 1-6-2019.

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MANIPUR PENSIONERS CASE:

While pension was revised by Manipur State Govt. with effect from 1-1-1996, some injustice was done to those retired before that day. The All Manipur State Pensioners Association approached the High Court. The Single Bench in HC gave a verdict in 1999 in favour pensioners. Govt of Manipur filed appeal against that. Legal fight continued.

Finally, the case went to the Supreme Court. Two months back, the Supreme Court gave its verdict in favour of Pensioners.

Pensioners won their case after 20 years of legal battle.

Still order is not issued by the Government.

By this time, most of the affected pensioners expired.


SO, COURT CASE IS THE LAST RESORT;

AFTER ALL OTHER OPTIONS FAIL,

AFTER EVERY OTHER ATTEMPT FAILS.

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