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03/08

TOTAL UNITY AMONG ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING PENSIONERS IS A MUST TO GET A DECISION FROM THE GOVERNMENT ON PENSION REVISION.

PLACING DIFFERENT OR CONFLICTING DEMANDS WILL SPOIL ALL EFFORTS. SO, CBMPA HAS MADE AN APPEAL TO THREE ORGANIZATIONS, KEEPING ALOOF FROM THE UMBELLA ORGANIZATION.


Copy of the letter sent by Email on 3-8-2019 to Shri K G Jayaraj(GS, AIBDPA), Sh. D D Mistry (GS, BDPA) and Shri S Basu (GS, AIBSNLREA)

Dear comrade,

On behalf of the above umbrella organization which comprises eight pensioners’ organizations a letter was submitted to Secretary (T) on 02/08/2019. The same letter along with five annexures are herewith attached for your perusal and study.
We request you to give your feedback in a week’s time. If you are in agreement with the proposal we can jointly send a letter to Secretary (T). In the interest of pensioners, we want a united approach on the issue of pension revision which should be a permanent solution for the future retirees also. Keeping that in mind, we have submitted that proposal.

May we expect a positive feedback from you at the earliest.

With regards

Yours sincerely,

Sd/-
(P.Gangadhara Rao)
Convenor, CBMPA

02/08

THE LETTER FROM CBMPA ON NEW PROPOSAL FOR PENSION REVISION

cbmpa-letter.pdf


02/08

On 2-8-2019, Com. Anupam Kaul (AGS, AIBSNLPWA) and Com. Munshi Lal (Delhi Circle President of AIBSNLPWA), visited Shri Anshu Prakash IAS, who has assumed charge as the new Secretary Telecom and Chairman of DCC and congratulated him. On the occasion, our leaders handed over a letter from Convener of CBMPA containing a new proposal on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL retirees, seeking a permanent solution to the long pending problem.

Shri Anshu Prakash assured consideration of the proposal.



01/08

Today, Shri Anshu Prakash has taken over charge as Secretary, Telecom and chairman of Digital Communications Commission (DCC: new name for Telecom Commission)



01/08

All India consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers is 316 for the month of June, 2019.

There is an increase of 2 points from the 314 of May 2019.



30/07

Our Bangalore SSA Unit is the biggest district unit in the country now, with more than 2500 members. To ensure better and more effective functioning, it was decided to form branches under the SSA Unit. Accordingly Bangalore South-East and South-West Branches have been formed today, 30-7-2019 in a massive meeting held in G N R Kalyana Mandap.

On the occasion, Com. P Gangadhara Rao (GS), Com. R Changappa (CS), Com. R Janardhana Rao (DS) and other leaders addressed the gathering of more than 600 members and explained the latest developments.

Public leaders like Shri Ramalinga Reddy MLA, Smt. Sowmya Reddy MLA and Shri G N R Babu (Ex. Corporator and owner of the G N R Kalyana Mandap) greeted the meeting. Shri Babu gave the spacious Kalyana Mandap free of rent (Rs. One lakh !) for our meeting.

Few photos:




Shri Ramalinga Reddy MLA


Smt. Sowmya Reddy MLA


Com. P Gangadhara Rao


Shri G N R Babu being honoured



27/07

With great sorrow, we report sad demise of Com. Ramesh Chandra Dauka, former Circle Secretary of our Association in Assam on 25-7-2019. He met with a fatal accident on 21-6-2019. He remained in the hospital unconscious all these days. Com. R C Dauka was a bold leader.

CHQ conveys its heartfelt condolences on the demise of Com. Dauka.



26/07

The Chrompet branch in Chennai TD Circle held its general body meeting on 25-7-2019 in a spacious marriage hall at Chrompet, Chennai. All India leaders who were in the city on the same day for attending the CHQ Secretariat meeting and number of circle and local leaders of Chennai addressed the meeting. It was a great successful meeting. .. few photos



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22/07

Just before the Bihar Circle Conference on 21-7-2019, a delegation of Bihar comrades led by our GS Com. Gangadhara Rao went to the residence of Shri Ravishankar Prasad, The Honourable Minister for Communications who was in the city and submitted a memorandum on our pension revision.



22/07

Bihar Circle Conference was held on 21-7-2019 at Patna. Com. P Gangadhara Rao, GS and Com. C. Singh, SG of NFTE were the chief guests.

The Conference elected Comrades Shamshad Ali, A K Singh and Rameshwar Prasad as Circle President, Circle Secretary and Circle Treasurer respectively.


Com. Gangadhara Rao speaks


Com. C Singh addressing


Delegates



20/07

Government has taken a good decision to help the senior pensioners above the age of 80 years.

TO AVOID HARDSHIP OF THE SENIOR PENSIONERS WAITING IN THE QUEUE FOR LONG TIME TO FILE THEIR LIFE CERTIFICATES IN NOVEMBER EVERY YEAR THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL HAS ISSUED AN ORDER THAT SENIOR PENSIONERS ABOVE THE AGE OF 80 YEARS CAN FILE THEIR LIFE CERTIFICATE (JEEVAN PRAMAAN) IN OCTOBER ITSELF. IT WILL BE VALID TILL LAST OF DAY NOVEMBER NEXT YEAR.

OTHER PENSIONERS, BELOW THE AGE OF 80 YEARS, HAVE TO FILE LIFE CERTIFICATE IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER ITSELF AS AT PRESENT.

Click here to see the order oct-and-nov-lc.jpg



18/07

Today, 18-7-2019, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minsiter for Communications told in Rajya Sabha that "To ensure stability in Telecom Sector, one PSU is very important."

Well said. We await follow up action.



18/07


The Prime Minister himself launched SAMPANN on 29-12-2018 to ensure speedy payment of pension and quick redressal of grievances from pensioners. As part of it the Dept. of Telecom, through CCA offices, introduced the Direct Pension Payment System for the new retirees. Almost all CCA offices have started it.

CGCA:

A new post of Controller General of Communication Accounts was created in 2018. CCAs and Pr.CCAs have to report to CGCA.Awebsite –www.cgca.gov.in – was also launched. It is linked to websites of all the 28 CCAs in the country. This is also a welcome step.

SOME TEETHING TROUBLES:

Now, pension and pensionary benefits are being credited every month in the account of new pensioners from the month of March in most of the circles. Final settlement of GPF is not part of SAMPANN. However, during the last two months the BSNL failed to remit the amount and hence the final settlement of those retiring in the month of August 2019 may be affected.

MIGRATION OF EARLIER PENSIONERS:

The intention was to migrate all existing (earlier) DoT/BSNL pensioners to SAMPANN. It has not yet taken place completely. In Kerala circle 67% of pensioners draw pension through bank and 33% through post office.In other circles it is just opposite as many pensioners live in rural areas where banking facility is poor. The banks maintain data of their pension accounts. Still, in this era of digitization, many banks have not shared the data with DoT. Of late, the DoT has started the work with one bank. It may take few more months to complete the work related to all pensioners drawing pension through banks. Cases of those receiving pension through post offices will further be delayed as IndiaPost does not have full data.

DELAY IN POST OFFICES:

At many places pensioners did not get their pension from post offices on the last working days in May and June 2019. The Staff in Post offices told pensioners that “pension was not credited by the Centralized Pension Processing Centre at Mysore”. In fact, there is no such CPPC at Mysore for all Post offices in the country. The work is centralized in DAP offices, Director of Accounts, Posts in each circle. The Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) provides technical support, from their office at Mysore. In the software being used by CCAs and some banks there is a provision “not to pay before…th”. So they can credit the pension amount on any date conveniently which will be released only on the specified date. But, in the soft ware supplied by TCS to India post this provision is not available. So the staff in DAP offices (at some places only) came at 2 AM on the last working day in June 2019 and started crediting the pension. In those circles people got the pension on that day itself. In other Circles where the work was started at 9 AM they could not enter the network system as it was jammed! That caused delay in May and June. It is reported that India post is updating the system with the help of TCS. Let us hope that it will be improved. When some changes are effected in procedure there will be some problems.

17/07

Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has sent a letter to all Departments to hold Pension Adalat, on the same day of 23-8-2019 to settle maximum number of grievances of pensioners. We welcome this good initiative.

See the letter from Secretary, DoP&PW: pension-adalat-in-all-depts.pdf


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17/07

Media reports say that the Group of Ministers (GoM) led by Home Minister Shri Amit Shah met on 16-7-2019 to discuss various proposals for revival of BSNL and MTNL. But the GoM has not taken a final call.

STAFF FORCE IS THE ONLY PROBLEM? Stress of the entire exercise is on reduction of staff. The outside Think Tanks advising the government forget the fact that 10 years ago, with more staff BSNL could earn profit. GoM discussed a VRS package for staff. The package will cost BSNL Rs. 6365 Crore and MTNL Rs. 2120 Crore. Earlier the Finance ministry officials had opposed the scheme. The High Level Committee of Secretaries also could not take a decision in the matter.

4G SPECTRUM: The media reports say that administrative charges for 4G spectrum business will be Rs 14000 CR. for the BSNL and RS 6000 Cr. for the MTNL.

NO FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE GOVT: Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications had requested budgetary allocation of Rs 1000 Crore immediately for BSNL. But Finance Minister did not mention anything about it in her budget speech.

In addition to Sh. Amtishah, Ravishankar Prasad and Nirmala Sitaraman are also members of the GoM.

15/07

UP West Circle Conference was held at Meerut on 14-7-2019. Comrades P Gangdhara Rao (GS), Com. Anupam Kaul (AGS), Com. J S Dahiya (AGS) and Jadhir Singh (OS) attended it on behalf of CHQ and explained the status of various issues and our efforts thereon.

Com. Anupam Kaul speaks.


A view of the Delegates.

Comrades R C Sharma, Kailash Gautam and J K Sharma are unanimously elected as Circle President, Circle Secretary, and Circle Treasurer respectively.




12/07

State of Manipur adopted the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, as amended from time to time. As per Rule 49 of the Central Civil Services Rules, 1972, a case of a government employee retired in accordance with the provisions of the rules after completing qualifying service of not less than 30 years, the amount of pension shall be calculated at 50% of the average emoluments subject to a maximum of Rs.4500/per month (at that time). Considering the increase in the cost of living, the Government of Manipur decided to increase the quantum of pension as well as the pay of the employees. Government of Manipur issued an office memorandum on 21.4.1999 revising the quantum of pension. However, provided that those Manipur Government employees who retired on or after 1.1.1996 only shall be entitled to the revised pension at a higher percentage and those who retired before 1.1.1996 shall be entitled at a lower percentage. The pensioners who retired before the said cutoff date approached the Court. A single bench of Manipur High Court at Imphal delivered a judgement on 24-3-2005 striking the above OM pointing out the decision of Supreme Court in Nakara Case. But, Govt. of Manipur appealed against it. After eleven years, on 1-3-2016, the Division Bench of same High Court delivered a different judgement which went against the pensioners. The Pensioners Association approached Supreme Court of India. Now, the Division Bench of Supreme Court, consisting of Justice M R Shah and justice B P Boppanna, pronounced yet another good judgement on 11-7-2019 upholding the historic judgement in Nakara Case. Once again it is declared that pensioners cannot be divided on the basis of their date of retirement. Hereunder we reproduce the relevant Para 9 of the said SC judgement dated 11-7-2019. …. Editor]

9. In view of the above and for the reasons stated above, we are of the opinion that the controversy/issue in the present appeal is squarely covered by the decision of this Court in the case of D.S. Nakara (supra). The decision of this Court in the case of D.S. Nakara (supra) shall be applicable with full force to the facts of the case on hand. The Division Bench of the High Court has clearly erred in not following the decision of this Court in the case of D.S. Nakara (supra) and has clearly erred in reversing the judgment and order of the learned Single Judge. The impugned judgment and order passed by the Division Bench is not sustainable and the same deserves to be quashed and set aside and is accordingly quashed and set aside. The judgment and order passed by the learned Single Judge is hereby restored and it is held that all the pensioners, irrespective of their date of retirement, viz. pre1996 retirees shall be entitled to revision in pension at par with those pensioners who retired post1996. The arrears be paid to the respective pensioners within a period of three months from today.

Click here to see the Judgement sc-judgement-manipur.pdf