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27/09

PURI AIC NEWS

ODISHSA, a small circle in size, but high in spirit, hosted our big All India Conference at a small place, Puri.

Ø Red Alert warning about a cyclone on coastal Odisha gave added burden to the hosts. With that fear and apprehension only we started the conference.But, the cyclone simply crossed over Odisha and got weakened. here were some showers and strong wind on 20,September.

Ø 1228 Delegates from 22 circles registered and participated in the conference. In addition, about 450 comrades from Odisha branches also attended the AIC.

Ø The conference adopted the Report and accounts unanimously. 49 delegates and some of the Central officers participated in the debate.

MAIN CONCERN

The delegates from every circle expressed serious concern over non-allotment of funds by BSNL for paying medical allowance and reimbursement under BSNLMRS, practically negating the order for restoration of allowance for pensioners.

GENERAL APPROVAL

All the delegates who participated in the Debate approved and supported the right demand for Pension Revision with fitment factor suggested by seventh CPC.


MAIN DECISION OF AIC

... AIC decided to organize mass hunger strike for one day in October/November 2018, at all SSA headquarters demanding Pension Revision with CPC fitment factor.

... AIC decided to hold a national convention in New Delhi to draw attention of authorities on our major demand for pension revision with CPC fitment factor. We will approach other Pensioners’ organizations who agree with our demand.

... CHQ will announce the date and venue of the Convention in consultation with other organizations.

... Our members from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP East and UP West Circles should participate in the Delhi convention in largest number.Other Circles may send representatives.

... Cost for the participation will be borne by concerned SSA/Circle Units.

... CHQ will issue detailed instructions after finalizing the date, venue etc.


AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

CWC considered all proposals but recommended only two amendments.AIC approved those amendments about Branches and Quota thereon. After the amendments the position shall be as;

(i) Name of our association remains same as AIBSNLPWA. There is no change for the time being.

(ii) The District units are free to form branches below SSA Units for better and effective functioning.

(iii) If branches are formed as above, the SSA Unit shall decide jurisdiction of such branches, as already provided in the constitution.

(iv) District conference of such SSA Unit, having branches, shall comprise of delegates elected by the branches at the ratio of One Delegate for every Ten members or part thereof.

[for example: for 5-14 members one delegate to District conference, for 15-24 members 2 Delegates, for25-34 members 3 Delegates, for 35-44 members 4 Delegates, so on so forth.]

(v) The branch shall remit quota as

20% to CHQ

20% to Circle

20% to District and retain remaining 40%.

(vi) If there is no branch under a SSA Unit, the Quota will be as

20% to CHQ, 20% to Circle and 60% will be retained by the SSA Unit.

(vii) For AIC and Circle Conference, the SSA Unit shall remain as the Base unit, as now.



27/09

PURI AIC NEWS

Though the Conference ended on time as scheduled smoothly, unexpected problems were waiting for many Delegates.Due to some agitation at Kharagpur in West Bengal, 40 trains were cancelled.Hundreds of our delegates were stranded at Puri, Khurda Road or Bhubaneswar railway stations. Some had to catch flights.Some others like Ernakulam comrades had to spend 18 hours in railway platform for their trains.Some others had to travel in unreserved coaches, having no water, no toilet facility, and no food.It was a torture. We could not help them.Nobody could help them.Railways did not make any alternate arrangement.


SHOCKING DEATH OF A VETERAN IN AIC VENUE

On 21-9-2018, when we were in CWC meeting the shocking news reached us about sudden demise of Com. P C Moitra (72), our former All India Vice President and present Circle President of West Bengal. He had heart problem and has been moving with a pacemaker. But death came so unexpectedly. He came to Puri to attend the AIC. While sitting in front of the Conference hall he fell down on the lap of a comrade from Tamilnadu and expired on the spot.


Immediately he was taken to hospital and they declared brought dead. Some comrades console themselves that he could breathe last in the “holy land” of Puri. But, it was a shock for us. I and Com. Natarajan went to the hospital, terminating the CWC meeting and located the dead body kept behind the Puri District Hospital. I could take a shot of the dead body of my old comrade with 40 years friendship, under the light provided by Com. Natarajan’s mobile phone.

The postmortem was done and the dead body was brought to the AIC venue at 1315 hours on 22-9-2018.Hundreds of Delegates paid homage and the body was sent to Calcutta in an ambulance van.Com. AK Ghosh and Com. S R Dutta who came with late Com. Moitra accompanied the dead body.CHQ met all expenses for sending the body. Red salute to com. P C Moitra. ….PSR

26/09



SOME PHOTOS

INAUGURAL SESSION: P S RAMANKUTTY AT THE MIKE


A VIEW OF DELEGATES


ANOTHER VIEW OF AUDIENCE


COM. GANGADHARA RAO, COM. RAMANKUTTY, COM. NATARAJAN ...


FELICITATING A MEMBER OF 98 YEARS OLD, SHRI CHAITAN BEHERA OF CUTTACK


Delegates before the Dining Hall


Com. DG Presenting resolution on future course of action

Odissi dancer performing the art

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17/09

NOW, WE ARE MOVING TO PURI, THE CITY OF LORD JAGANNATH TO MEET IN OUR AIC. WE SHALL MAKE ALL EFFORTS TO MOVE TOGETHER WITH ALL OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AGREEING TO OUR DEMAND FOR PENSION REVISION WITH CPC FITMENT FORMULA.

WE ARE HAPPY THAT SOME MORE ORGANIZATIONS WHO WERE DEMANDING PRC FORMULA EARLIER HAVE CHANGED THEIR ATTITUDE, RECOGNISING THE REALITY, AND NOW DEMAND PENSION REVISION WITH CPC FITMENT BENEFITS. IT IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR TO UNITE AND FIGHT FOR OUR DEMAND.

WE DO NOT MIND WHO TOOK WHAT STAND IN THE PAST ETC.

WE ARE HAPPY THAT MORE AND MORE ARE COMING ON THE RIGHT PATH.

THERE IS NO QUESTION OF OUR PATH OR THEIR PAGTH. IT IS RIGHT PATH.

REVISE OUR PENSION WITH CPC FITMENT BENEFITS.

REVISE OUR PENSION IN IDA PATTERN ITSELF.

DELINK OUR PENSION REVISION FROM PAY REVISION IN BSNL.

DELINK OUR PENSION REVISION FROM THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF BSNL COMPANY.

DELINK OUR PENSION REVISION FROM PRC REPORT.

GOVERNMENT NEED NOT WAIT FOR THE DECISION OF BSNL COMPANY WITH REGARD REVISION.

............ PURI AIC WILL DECIDE OUR FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION ...........





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17/09

THE KERALA CEC MEETING HELD AT ERNAKULAM ON 14-9-2018 DECIDED TO DONATE RUPEES ONE LAKH TO KARNATAKA CHIEF MINISTER'S DISTRESS RELIEF FUND TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF KODAGU AFFECTED BY THE RECENT FLOODS THERE.




17/09

Responding very positively and promptly to the Call from our CHQ for liberal donation for Flood Relief work in Kerala and Kodagu district of Karnataka, our members have donated more than Rs 33 Lakhs till 13-9-2018.

A sum of Rs. 25.79 Lakh is received by Kerala Circle association.

A sum of Rs 7.62 Lakh is sent directly by branches and members to Kerala Chief Ministers Distress Relief fund, according to intimations received. Some people have not yet intimated. They prefer to remain anonymous.

As already informed through this Website, we made over a Cheque for Rs 7 lakh to Finance Minister of Kerala on 26-8-2018. Again, on 15-9-2018, we handed over a DD for Rs 16 lakh to ADM, as District Collector could not come to the meeting held at Ernakulam.

The photo below shows Com. T P George, Circle Secretary handing over the DD to ADM on 15-9-2018. Comrades Padanair, C G Daniel (Circle Tr.), P S Ramankutty, K A Augustine (DS EKM), P Naraynan Moosad (CP, Kerala ) and K M Joseph (VP EKM ) are seen in the photo.


Below: a view of members present in the meeting


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11/09

Kottayam was one of the districts of Kerala, badly affected by the recent floods. The Kottayam town was inundated for days together. No train, no bus, no vehicle. No shops. Incessant rains and water everywhere. Some of our members were also affected.

Our vibrant district branch in Kottayam could not hold its general body meeting on 20th August as usual to celebrate the Formation Day of AIBSNLPWA. The meeting was held today, 11-9-2018. The members who attended today's meeting donated a sum of R,2,27,850 for the Flood Relief work in Kerala. Affected people feel better the pain and know the aftermath of mahapralay. They acted so effectively.

Kudos to our Kottayam comrades.

..... P S Ramankutty

11/09

AIBSNLPWA members have donated a sum of Rs 1,57,100 to the Karnataka Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund to help the people of Kodagu (South Karnataka) who are in total distress due to unprecedented rain and flood there. CHQ sent Rs 10000. Rest came from our Karnataka members only. In fact, we do not have any branch in Kodagu district .

06/09

RESPONSE: PROMPT AND POSITIVE


RESPONDING VERY PROMPTLY TO THE CALL ISSUED BY OUR CHQ, OUR BRANCHES ALL OVER INDIA DONATED LIBERALLY TO THE KERALA FLOOD RELIEF FUND. AS NOW, ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION RECEIVED, FOLLOWING ARE THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

West Godavari District, AP: : Rs 1,90,000

Vijayawada (Krishna Dist): : Rs. 1,65,000

Bangalore District : : Rs. 1,00,000

Chennai STR District, TN: : Rs. 61,250

Madurai District, TN : : Rs 60,000

Hubli-Dharwad, Karnataka: : RS. 50,000

Chennai TFC District, TN: : Rs. 35,000

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DIRECTLY REMITTED TO KERALA CMDRF:

Salem West District, TN: : Rs 1,18,050

Chennai TD Circle : : Rs 1,13,000

Com. Sivakamasundari: : Rs. 1,00,000


TOTAL CONTRIIBUTION OF AIBSNLPWA SHALL BE

RUPEES TWENTY SEVEN LAKHS, INCLUDING THE DIRECT PAYMENT.

Exact amount shall be announced shortly, after reconciling the accounts.......PSR






05/09





Once it was a beautiful village in God"s own Country, Kerala

TODAY, BANGALORE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION HAS SENT A SUM OF RUPEES ONE LAKH TO KERALA ASSOCIATION. ANOTHER SUM OF MORE THAN RS 60,000 (INCLUDING RS 10000 SENT BY CHQ) WILL BE MADE OVER TO THE KARNATAKA STATE GOVT. FOR FLOOD RELIEF WORK IN KODAGU DISTRICT OF SOUTH KARNATAKA.



04/09

Kerala circle association has received little more than Rs. 10 lakh as donations from our members all over India as on 3-9-2018 evening. Similarly, as per intimations received by us,our embers have remitted little more than Rs 5 lakh to Chief Ministers Distress Relief fund directly also. So our total donation has crossed Rs 15 lakh.

We are expecting more as meeting of some Kerala branches are scheduled to be held next week.

Volunteers use umbrellas to protect from rain as they cross Pampa river to reach to flood-affected areas to clean houses and public places following floods in Kuttanad in Alappuzha district in the southern state of Kerala, India. The base camp at Pampa for Sabarimala (Ayyappa) Temple is getting ready for the next pilgrimage season, to be begun next month.

The compound of famous Chakkulath Kavu Devi Temple in Alappuzha disrict is

being cleaned by volunteers.

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30/08

Dr. P T Mathew, CGMT, Kerala circle BSNL, hands over a cheque for Rupees 2.15 crore being the donation from BSNL officers and staff in Kerala to Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala towards the flood Relief Fund. Officers and leaders of various staff unions are also seen in the picture.

30/08

Shri H N Dwivedi from new Delhi has informed that Shri Ajit Singh (63) , an active member of our association in Delhi expired on 25-8-2018.

28/08

The corporate office has clarified that BSNL staff retired from other circles (Not from Corporate Office) can avail the facility from any Circle in Delhi, if they wish.

The Order:mrs-di.pdf

28/08

BENGALURU COMRADES DONATE MORE THAN Rs.1.25 LAKH

Our members in Bengaluru have taken up the challenge. Though away from the flood affected areas of Kerala and Kodagu in South Karnataka, they understood the grave situation. On a call from our Circle Association, comrades who attended the meeting on 27-8-2018 in Bangalore donated liberally to the Relief fund. The collection has reached more than Rs 1.25 lakh. More offers are there also. In first week of September, contribution of our comrades in Bengaluru city may cross Rupees One and a half Lakh.

It is not only Kerala. The beautiful tourist destination of Kodagu hills (Old name is Coorg) was also badly affected by the recent rains and floods. More than 20 people died in Medikeri, Kodagu. Thousands are in Relief Camps. Houses were damaged or lost completely. Government and non Government organizations are engaged in relief activities there. Naturally, our comrades of Karnataka will reach out their helping hands to people of Kodagu also.

The donations received will be suitably apportioned and made over for Kerala and Kodagu relief work.

CHQ Congratulate our Bengaluru Comrades..... PSR

27/08

BANGALORE BRANCH HELD A MASS MEETING TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE NINTH ANNIVERSARY OF FORMATION DAY OF OUR ASSOCIATION. COM. P GANGADHARA RAO, CIRCLE PRESIDENT PRESIDED OVER THE MEETING, SHRI R MANI (CGM KARNATAKA CIRCLE), SHRI A K AGARWAL (SR GM) AND SMT K GEETHANJALI (GM FINANCE), COM. G BABU (ALL INDIA VICE PRESIDENT) AND COM. R CHANGAPPPA (CS, KARNATAKA) ETC. ADDRESSED THE MEETING. PARTICIPATION OF MORE THAN 450 MEMBERS WAS THE HALLMARK OF THE FUNCTION.

Some Photos:


Audience

Shri R Mani, CGM

Shri A K Agarwal, Sr GM

Smt. K Geethanjali, GM (F)

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27/08

On 26-8-2018, Sunday, Com. P S Ramankutty ( AI President of AIBSNLPWA), Com. T P George (CS of Kerala) and Com. K A Augustine (DS of Ernakulam) along with Com. K M Pushkaran and Com. P N Sukumaran of Ernakulam branch went to Alleppey and handed over a bank cheque for Rupees 7 lakh to Dr T M Thomas Isaac, Honourable finance minister of Kerala. It is the first instalment of donations from AIBSNLPWA, collected from members all over India, they told the minister. The minister appreciated our efforts made countrywide. Over and above the said 7 lakh, our members and branches have already remitted another sum of Rupees 4 lakh online, directly to the CMDRF. Thus the total donation from AIBSNLPWA has crossed Rs. ELEVEN LAKH.

We shall make over the remaining amount by 15th September, before leaving for Puri .


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25/08

Dear Comrades,


Up to 2 pm on 23-8-2018, a sum of Rupees 4,97,145 has been received in the Vijaya Bank account of AIBSNLPWA Kerala circle Unit towards flood relief from Circles other than Kerala. From Kerala branches a sum of Rs 1,93,000 also is received. Total Rs 6,90,751.

Our comrades/branches have transferred the amount using different money transfer systems like RTGS, NEFT, IMPS, UPI, Bhim, PayTM, Tez etc.etc. So, the amount came to the payees account quickly.

Problem is that the Bank is not able to give names of remitters. Based on messages I received over my phone, many of the remittances could be identified except few. Hence, circle association can not issue receipts in some cases.

I am giving hereunder list of such cases (WHERE DETAILS ARE NOT AVAILABLE) with the date of credit, name shown and amount in the Bank statement as up to 2 PM on 23-8-2018. Concerned comrades/branches may please intimate me over phone or whatsapp or through email giving details so that we can issue receipt to them. Else, we have to show as “Unknown” only. The list is:

14, August Nakul Rajni:Rs. 1000

14, August Syamalakumari:Rs. 500

16, August Shashikant:Rs. 1000

16, August Subramanian:Rs. 1000

16, August Thomas:Rs. 1000

18, August Nandagop:Rs. 1000

18, ,August Tej Kishen:Rs. 1000

18, ,August Vijayakumar:Rs. 1000

21, August Addanki:Rs. 2000

21, August Archana Vasu:Rs. 1000

21, August Chandras:Rs. 1000

21, August Vedprakash:Rs. 1000

23, August PNB IMP:Rs. 1000

Please help us to be transparent.

Yours fraternally,

P S Ramankutty

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23/08

According to the messages I received till 3 PM today, a sum of Rs 4.6 lakh has been sent to Kerala circle Unit by our branches in other Circles. Another sum of Rs 3.7 lakh has been sent directly to the Chief Minister's fund also. So, Total amount sent by our branches in circles other than Kerala comes to Rs 8.3 Lakh.

Collections by some branches still continue. It should not be an indefinite affair. We should complete task with a time tag. Hence I suggest that:

Branches in circles other than Kerala may finish the task by 5th September and transfer the amount to Kerala circle association. In turn, Kerala circle association may finalize that account by 8th September 2018. As many members can not attend meetings these days, Kerala branches may continue collection till 12th September 2018.

Then, all the amount may be made over to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund on a convenient date, before 15th September 2018.

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