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04/03

AIBSNLPWA - Tamilnadu Circle filed this case. CAT (JUDGEMENT DT 17-02-2022) QUASHES DOT ORDER DATED 07-03-2017 ON WITHDRAWAL OF EXTRA INCREMENT GRANTED UNDER BCR FROM GRADE III TO GRADE IV

cat-mas-order-17-02-2022.pdf

04/03

MARCH - APRIL 2022 ISSUE POSTED ON 04-03-2022

25/02

Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare reiterates the provisions of CCS (Pension) Rules 2021 on payment of Provisional Pension DoPPW OM Dated 23-2-2022


14/02

There shall be no cut-off date for switching over to CGHS, and if they switch over to CGHS by 31-03-2022 , reimbursement of CGHS one-time subscription will be done within one month of submission of their claim.

09/02

Comrades,

Today (08-02-2022) Com Anupam Kaul, our AGS along with Com. G L Gogi GS, SNPWA met CMD, Dir(Hr) and Dir ( Finance)/ BSNL and discussed following issues.

1. MIGRATION TO CGHS.

On the issue of opening awindow for direct payment by BSNL to CGHS for migration from BSNL MRS to CGHS, CMD, in our presence, issued instructions to Dir( HR) to opena window immediately for payment of one time CGHS contribution directly by BSNL to CGHS to facilitate migration to CGHS and keep it open till 31st March, 22. This indeed is a very positive development and now our appeal to our Comrades is to immediately migrate to CGHS as theyneed notspend money and wait forreimbursement. Let us wait for the orders.

2. RELAXATION OF VRSCONDITIONS.

On the important issue of relaxation of VRS conditions to enable spouses of VRS optees payment of both gratuity and pension commutation in the event of unfortunate death of a VRS optee, CMD categorically and wholeheartedly assured that he will take up this issue personally with Secy/ DOT and even plead with him to get VRS conditions relaxed in such cases including going to Union Cabinet, ifneeded. CMD is fully convinced on this issue and will surely resolve it. In fact, he has already got some positive indications from DOT on this issue after we briefed him last time on this issue.

3. IT ISSUE

Regarding notices being received from income tax authorities for levying of tax on leave encashment of DOTperiod, CMD assured that BSNL will continue to pursue this issue with concerned authorities of income taxinformally even though he is not personally convinced on this account since the payment of leave encashment is made by BSNL, as an employer, not DOT, and tax has to be levied as per the provisions of tax applicable to CPSEs. Nonetheless,he assured that BSNL will continue to pursue the issue with concerned tax authorities.

4. ST CASES OF MH CIRCLE.

Regarding withholding of terminal benefits to ST Comrades of MH Circle,after a very detailed and prolonged discussion,CMD asked us to wait for just one month since he is personally in close touch with Secy/ DOT on this issue to sort it out at the earliest.

5. BSNL MRS REIMBURSEMENT

Regarding payment of pending medical bills with and without voucher, CMD assured that he will surely try to give some relief in the month of March/ April 22.

Let us hope for the best.

P Gangadhara Rao GS

04/02

Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare has called for required information to work out the financial implication on the recommendation of additional Quantum of pension on attaining the age of 65 years, 70 years and 75 years respectively.

camscanner-02-02-2022-10.40.49.pdf


02/02

Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare brochure (13 Pages) on CCS (Pension) Rules

rationalisation_ccs_p_rules_2021-1.pdf

27/01

DPE has issued orders - The revised IDA rate due from 01.01.2022 is 184.1% [4.8% increase ]

jan-2022-ida-order.pdf

26/01

AIBSNLPWA-CHQ

20/01

CGHS CARD IS VALID FOR REFERRAL TO EMPANELLED HCOs OF PENSIONER BENEFICIARIES THROUGH REFERRAL MODULE, IRRESPECTIVE OF CITY/WC WHERE THE CARD IS REGISTERED: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Clarification 18-1-2022

cghsreferral.pdf


10/01

HARD COPY DISPATCHED

03/01

During last 30 months, hundreds of our members and some leaders lost their lives due to covid pandemic and other reasons . Nation lost some of the brave soldiers including Chief of Defence Staff in helicopter crash in Tamilnadu. About 700 farmers in heroic struggle of an year, leaders from various fields like political, social, cultural, art etc have passed away during this period. Homage was paid to all of them.

1. ORGANIZATIONAL REVIEW Out of 34 CHQ office bearers, 26 have attended in the meeting. Two have informed their inability to attend. 6 were absent. Out of 21 Circles ,14 Circle Secretaries were present and 7 CSs were absent including major Circles like PUNJAB and TELENGANA.

Organizational discipline and minimum courtesy demands intimation in advance or at least after the meeting about their inability to CHQ. Total PAID (as per CHQ quota received) LIFE MEMBERSHIP stood at 61,395 as on 22-12-2021.

During this pandemic, our Branches/Districts could add about 18,000 mostly through online enrollment. But compared to VRS retirees of nearly 79,000, this addition is not upto the expectation. Tamilnadu is leading in the FIRST PLACE with 14,300 LIFE MEMBERS followed by AP with 9,246 and KARNATAKA with 7919 in second and third places respectively. Now we expect further increase as physical meetings started for the last 3/4 months. PUNJAB was the first Circle to hold the Circle Conference physically during November 2021. Kerala Circle conference is scheduled to be held in March 2022. Other Circle/ District/ Branch conferences have to be held before September 2022, of course, keeping the CAUTION of new variant in mind and following the COVID protocols. Our office bearers at various levels should concentrate mostly to enroll VRS retirees to reach our goal of crossing ONE LAKH membership.

2. Next AIC It was decided to hold next ALL INDIA CONFERENCE by AP CIRCLE at VISAKHAPATNAM during NOVEMBER 2022, if everything goes well .

As per existing practice, all Districts have to send Rs 50 per member to CHQ as AIC fees.

Keeping the huge expenses involved in the costliest city and to provide the required minimum facilities like cot, hot water, etc. to the delegates , CHQ expects to collect a sum of Rs 30 Lakhs as AIC fees and make over to the host circle.

Delegation Fee shall be Rs 1000 per delegate.

No visitors shall be allowed.

Host Branch/Circle shall initiate the necessary process accordingly.

3. COURT CASES :

a). PENSION ANOMALY CASE. As per DOT order dt. 7-10-2021, almost all CCAs have started issuing the revision orders of live cases. Circles like Tamilnadu ,Kerala, Karnataka, AP,MH , Rajasthan, Odisha have given the details. But other Circles were silent.

All Circle Secretaries have been requested to ensure that all the beneficiaries are paid their arrears.

Utilize this opportunity to enroll new members and also convince them to pay donations as already notified by CHQ since it is purely our victory. Some of the beneficiaries have already paid the donation. One beneficiary by name Com Warrior from Palghat (Kerala) paid a donation of Rs. one lakh.
b) PENSION REVISION CASE. Next hearing of the case is on 10-2-2022 in PB CAT New Delhi. We are hoping that final hearing will take place.

c). 78.2% IDA...ARREARS CASE. 78.2 % merger arrears from1-1-2007 to 9-6-2013 still pending in CAT, Ernakulam, Kerala.

d) LPD case of pre 1-1-2006 retirees. Case pending in High Court , Ernakulam, Kerala. Both cases in Ernakulam are pending due to pandemic situation in Kerala

4. NEXT CWC MEETING. Next virtual CWC meeting shall be held in March/ April 2022.

P Gangadhara Rao

General Secretary