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20/12

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LETTER WRITTEN BY COM. GANGADHARA RAO, CONVENER OF COMMITTEE OF BSNL/MTNL PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.

cbmpa-letter-to-dopw.pdf

23/12

DEAR COMRADES,

WE ARE HAPPY TO NOTE THAT THIS TIME LARGE NUMBER OF OUR BRANCHES OBSERVED THE PENSIONERS DAY, EITHER ON 17-12-2018 ITSELF OR ANY OTHER CONVENIENT DAY, TO HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF THE LANDMARK JUDGEMENT GIVEN BY SUPREME COURT OF INDIA ON 17-12-1982 AND TO EXPRESS OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE PERSONS WHO GAVE THE GREAT SERVICE TO INDIAN PENSIONERS SOCIETY THROUGH THE SAID JUDGEMENT.

IN ANDHRA, OUR COMRADES OBSERVE THIS DAY IN A NOVEL WAY, ORGANIZING CHARITY SERVICE. THEY VISIT ORPHANAGES, POOR HOMES, OLD AGE HOMES, BLIND SCHOOLS ETC. AND DISTRIBUTE CLOTHES, UTENSILS, MEDICINES, FRUITS AND OTHER MATERIALS REQUIRED BY THE INMATES OF SUCH INSTITUTIONS.

Hereunder we are giving some photos received from branches:.......PSR

AGRA

AJMER

ANANTHAPUR AP

ARA BIHAR

BHUBANESHWAR

BHAVNAGAR

BHIMAVARAM AP

BILASPUR CGT

COIMBATORE.....GS SPEAKS

COM. NATARAJAN SPEAKS IN CHENNAI

CALICUT: GS SPEAKS

DHANBAD


ELURU

ERNAKULAM: PENSIONERS DAY AND RECEPTION TO ALL INDIA LEADERS

ERNAKULAM: GS SPEAKS. COMS. PSR, RADHAKRISHNA, SARASWATHY, PADANAIR etc ARE ON THE DAIS

HYDERABAD: COM. VARAPRASAD, DY GS SPEAKS

INDORE MP

JAMSHEDPUR

JABALPUR MP

KANCHEEPURAM: Coms Thangaraj, G Natarajan and V Rathna and others

KAVALI AP, MATHURA UP

KOTTAYAM: AGS COM. RADHAKRISHNA SPEAKS

KURNOOL AP

MANGALORE

NAVANSHHR PB

NAGERCOVIL

NAGPUR

PATNA

RAJAHMUNDRY AP

SALEM WEST

SAMBALPUR

TANUKU AP

TIRUPATHI AP

THANJAVUR

UJJAIN

VIJAYAWADA: DESPITE HEAVY RAINS...


VISAKHAPATNAM



WEST BENGAL

RETIRED, BUT NOT TIRED

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13/12

COMMITTEE OF BSNL/MTNL PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS HAS WRITTEN THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO THE NEW ADDITIONAL SECRETARY, TELECOM ON PENSION REVISION IN BSNL AND MTNL.

Click here to read the letter cbmpa-letter-to-a.s..pdf


12/12

PENSIONERS’ DAY: 2018

On 17.12.1982, the Supreme Court of India pronounced its landmark judgement in D S Nakara vs. GOI case. A Bench of SCI headed by the then Chief Justice Y V Chandrachud, J.D A Desai, J. O Chinnappa Reddy, J. V D Tulzapurkar and J. Bahrul Islam gave the classic judgement which is relevant even today. The judgement tells a lot beyond the particular issue,because Late Shri H D Shourie raised many basic issues concerning pension in their Affidavit.The Judgement said:

1) Pension is neither a bounty nor a grace
2) Pension is not an ex gratia payment
3) Pension is a social welfare measure
4) It creates a vested right subject to 1972 rules which is statutory in character
5) A pension scheme must enable the pensioner live from want and with decency and self respect…

EFFECT OF THE CASE:

a) Till then there was no pension revision in central services. From 1986 onwards the pension revision came into effect.

b) While Sri Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister (1984-89) a new Ministry of Personnel was created to take care of pensioners.
c) A new Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare was created

d) Standing Committing of Voluntary Agencies was introduced to discuss the pension related issues of central service staff. Now SCOVA is not effective.

e) Pension Adalat was introduced.

f) Administrative Tribunals were started to quickly hear and dispose the cases of central govt employees and pensioners, though it failed in recent time.

g) Fifth CPC gave ‘complete parity’ and ‘modified parity’ in pension fixation.

h) Sixth CPC and Seventh CPC also granted parity to the old pensioners.

Let us remember these while observing Pensioners Day on 17-12-2018. Let us pay our homage to late Shri D S Nakara (some people write as Nakra, which is not correct) and late Shri H D Shourie and also to the eminent Judges.

….. PSR

10/12

Belgaum, Hublid-Dharwad and Raichur branches of our association in Karnataka accorded very affectionate reception to Com. Gangadhara Rao (GS) and to Com. Radhakrishna (AGS) last week. Com. R Changappa, CS KTK also attended these meetings.

Few photos:

10/12

It is quite heartening to note that Chandigarh SSA Unit in Punjab has added 141 life members.

Congratulations to Chandigarh comrades,

Congratulations to Punjab circle comrades.

06/12

OUR HYDERABAD DISTRICT SECRETARY INFORMS THAT THE DISTRICT UNIT HAS CROSSED LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF 1900.

THERE IS NO ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP. 100% LIFE MEMBERSHIP. CONGRATULATIONS TO COMRADES OF HYDERABAD.

04/12

Dept of Telecom issued the official minutes on the talks held between the Minister Shri Manoj Sinha and the AUAB leaders on 3-12-2018. Regarding Pension Revision to BSNL retirees w.e.f 1-1-2017 the Minutes says:

“Minister emphasized that follow up action should be expeditiously taken…”

There is no commitment on the fitment formula or anything related to that. However,

  • We can confidently say that there is a positive shift in the attitude of Minister and DOT towards our pension revision. This is most welcome.

Pay Revision in BSNL may take some more time. But, before that, the DoT may move the file for pension revision. So, DoT admits that pension revision can be done without Pay Revision. In effect, Pension revision is delinked from Pay revision. This is the victory of pensioners.

I have no doubt that it is the result of mass FAST all over the country on 22-11-2018 and the unity of BSNL/MTNL pensioners and formation of Committee of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners’ Associations (CBMPA).

Even if DoT proposes delinking pension revision from pay revision the DoPW has to approve it. Then the proposal has to be approved by other nodal ministries/departments also. Then only the DOT will prepare the cabinet note and submit to the Cabinet. These procedures cannot be avoided. It should happen before Lok Sabha elections are announced.

Elections are in May 2019. Code of Conduct may be imposed in March or April 2019. Code of conduct should not come in our way.

We must continue our efforts to get Pension revision with CPC fitment benefits; not only for BSNL but for the MTNL pensioners also.

We should not criticize anybody for posting their views/understandings in the whatsapp groups. Understanding may differ sometimes. We are all human beings.

We are thankful to AUAB for raising the issue of de-linking of pension revision from Pay Revision.

Same time, we should strengthen our unity and organize further programmes under the banner of the new united forum- CBMPA.

We have placed a new unique demand. It is a new concept; it is a new path. It is not that easy to get something new approved by the authorities.

We have to cross many a hurdles. We have to cross many bridges.

Who started first and who joined later is not an issue. Destination is important.

We want a permanent solution to the problem. Most significant is that the File has started moving. We shall get pension revision. That will be the VICTORY of all BSNL/MTNL pensioners.

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













03/12

On the eve of indefinite strike by BSNL staff and officers from today, there were series of meetings yesterday between All Unions and Associations of BSNL on one side and the BSNL Management as well as Dept of Telecom on the other side. Though the main issue of PAY REVISION could not be clinched, there is a chance of meeting the Minister of State for Communication today. Hence, the AUAB postponed the strike to 10-12-2018.

After the announcement of postponement, the DoT has invited the leaders of AUAB for meeting with Minister today.

30/11


Our Tamil Nadu circle Unit has taken the initiative to help the Gaja cyclone victims and collected more than 6.5 lakhs so far. It is still pouring. We have decided to distribute 2 lungies, 2 towels, 2 sarees, 2 inskirts, 1 mat, 1 mosquito net, 10kg rice, match box, candle, noodles and rusk to 400 families. It may be distributed in Pattukottai exchange (Thanjavur District). The requirements were assessed by Thanjavur District secretary Com Swaminathan. Chennai telephones contributed Rs. One lakh.

CHQ sent a sum of Rs 20,000 as its contribution.

Our leaders Ramarao, Muthiyalu, RV, M.Kannappan, Ratna and Eswaran of Erode are actively involved in arranging the materials. With the help of com Swaminathan and his team, the materials will be distributed positively on 4/12/2018.

30/11

On 29th November 2018, the Madurai branch in Tamilnadu has crossed the Life membership of 1000.

With 800 annual membership,total membership is 1800 now.

Congratulations to Madurai team.

29/11

BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ, ONE OF THE OLDEST FEDERATIONS OF CENTRAL GOVT PENSIONERS IN INDIA IS HOLDING ITS 63rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT VISAKHAPATNAM TODAY, 29-11-2018.

COM. P GANGADHARA RAO, OUR GENERAL SECRETARY, ADDRESSED THE CONFERENCE. COM. VARAPRASAD AND LEADERS OF VISAKHAPATNAM DISTRICT WERE ALSO PRESENT ON THE OCCASION.

AIBSNLPWA HAS BEEN AFFILIATED WITH BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ.

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UNITED, WE MARCH AHEAD

WITH SINGLE VOICE

28/11

On 21-11-2018 in New Delhi, leaders of various organizations of

BSNL and MTNL pensioners

discuss issues and programme of action to achieve our demands.

28/11

Comrades,

Normally I do not easily admit defeat. I would try, try and try. But, here I admit defeat. I expected some 100 photos of the dharna programme on 22-11-2018. But before 12 noon, about 150 photos reached my phone. By 1.30 PM 438 photos came. Then it was increasing every minute. After inaugurating the dharna at Kochi I had to go to my village for a wedding function. There was no wifi. There were no signals. And photos were coming. By 7.30 PM it reached around 900. By night 11 PM the number became 1600. Some branches sent 25-30 photos. Such was the enthusiasm. Such was the spirit. It was an astounding success. In every circle. In MP police denied permission due to election. In Chennai it was raining heavily. Nothing stopped our comrades. After reaching my home at Trivandrum today I have to select few photos for the website and Patrika. Here I faced the defeat. I deleted those photos repeated. Finally there are about 400 photos. Since my phone got jammed on 22-11-2018 I am unable to identify the places. So I have no way but to upload the photos without naming the station. I admit defeat before the amazing enthusiasm of our comrades.


27/11

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CIRCULAR No 2 FROM OUR CHQ

chq-circular-2.pdf


21/11

Ramankutty P S:

Both BSNL serving staff and BSNL retirees face a very tough time. DoT is taking negative attitude towards Pay Revision and Pension Revision.

Tomorrow Pensioners should express their strong emphatic protest by participating in the programme enmasse.

Now there is no Cabinet Minister for Communications.

Govt. is not ready to bail out BSNL or MTNL.

On the other hand Reliance get all patronage.

It is time for us to move unitedly.

20/11

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL (BSNL) WAS HELD ON 20-11-2018 . SMT. SUJATA RAY, DIRECTOR (HR) PRESIDED OVER. THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM GIVEN BY STAFF WIDE WAS PAY REVISION OF STAFF IN BSNL.

BSNLEU website reports about the discussion on the above most important issue as:

"Wage negotiation of the Non-Executives.

Staff Side pointed out that the wage revision of Non-Executives have come to a halt, due to the reason that the Management Side is insisting for freezing of the HRA. The Staff Side have not accepted it. In today’s meeting, Staff Side forcefully demanded that, the wage revision talks should once again start and agreement should be signed without delay, by considering HRA revision. The Chairperson replied that, she has not seen the file and assured to do the needful...."

We can understand the attitude of BSNL management when the chairperson of National Council comes without seeing the files on the most crucial issue.

18/11

The furious nature blows from Bay of Bengal in the form of GAJA Cyclone today. Few pictures from Vedaranyam, about 100 Km away from Thanjavur in Tamilnadu.