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06/03

In continuation to the previous list dated 27-02-2019, our Office-bearers met the following Union Ministers and MPs at the Places shown below :

UNION MINISTERS

10) ARRAH - BIHAR - Sri Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State for Power/Renewable Energy

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

28) SRIPERUMBUDUR - TAMILNADU - Sri K N Ramachandran

29) KARUR - TAMILNADU - Sri M Tambidurai , Deputy Speaker Loksabha

30) PATIALA - PUNJAB - Sri Dharamvir Gandhi



27/02


1.Lucknow … Sh.Rajnath Singh, Home Minister

2.Meerut ..... Sh. Manoj Sinha, Communication Minister

3.Hyderabad ..... Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law Minister

4.New Delhi ..... Sh. Suresh Prabhu, Min for Commerce & Indusrtries

5.Jabalpur ...... Sh. Nitin Gadkari, Minister Surface Transport

6.Madurai ... ... Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law Minister

7.Sambalpur ...... Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum

8.Sambalpur ...... Sh. Jual Oran, Minister for Tribal Affairs

9.Patiala Smt. Harsimrat Kaur, Minister for Food Processing


1.Alathur Kerala ... ... Sh. P Biju MP

2.Attingal, Kerala .... ...Dr. A Sampath MP

3.Bhimavaram.... .... Smt. Thota seethavaramma MP

4.Calicut ..... Sh. M K Raghavan MP

5.Chalakkudi, Kerala .. .... Sh. A Innocent MP

6.Chennai ... ... Dr. P Venugopal MP

7.Chennai ... ... Dr. Jayavardhan MP

8.Chennai ... ... Sh. La Ganesan Ex MP and BJP leader

9.Chennai ... ... Sh. R S Bharathi MP

10.Chennai .... .... Sh. K N Ramachandran MP

11.Eluru .... .... Sh. Maganti Babu MP

12.Ernakulam ... ... Prof. K V Thoms MP

13.Erode,TN ... ... Sh. Selvakumarchinnayan MP

14.Jabalpur ... ... Sh. Prabhat Sahu MP

15.Kollam ... ... Sh. N K Premachndran MP

16.Krishnagiri TN ... ... Sh. K Ashokkumar MP

17.Narasapuram .... .... Sh. Gokaraju Gangaraju MP

18.Palakkad ... ... Sh. M B Rajesh MP

19.Patiala .... .... Sh. Dharam Vira Gandhi MP

20.Pondicherry ... ... Sh. R Radhakrishnan MP

21.Pondicherry ... ... Sh. N Gokulakrishnan MP

22.Salem ... ... Sh. V Panneerselvam MP

23.Sivaganga, TN... .... Sh. P R Senthinathan MP

24.Thanjavur ... ... Sh. K Parasuraman MP

25.Trivandrum ... ... Dr. Sasi Tharoor MP

26.Tuticorin ... ... Sh. Thiagaraj Natterjee MP

27.Udaipur …… Sh. Arjunlal Meena MP

[The new names, when received, will be given in List 2].... PSR

27/02

On 25-2-2019, Com. Mahatma Pathak, our Circle President of UPE and Com. J N Dubey, Circle Secretary met Shri Raj Nath Singh, Honourable Minister for Home Affairs in Lucknow and submitted a memorandum on our pension revision. The Minister assured necessary action.


Similarly, we have received reports from various places of our comrades meeting the Ministers or MPs and submitting memorandum on the above issue. I am giving a list hereunder. There may be some omissions as I was busy with some other works these days. Concerned comrades are requested to intimate me , if any report is missing the following list............. PSR

WE SHOULD CONTINUE THE WORK. TRY, TRY, TRY AND NOT TO STOP TILL WE WIN .

25/02

Com. G. Natarajan (our former GS and present Vice President) is leaving for USA on 27-2-2019 accompanied by his wife. They will be in USA for about six months with their son. We wish GN and his better-half nice stay in USA.


21/02

Decisions of the AUAB meeting held on 20-02-2019

A meeting of the AUAB was held today to review the 3 day strike and also to chalk out the future course of action. General Secretaries / Senior officer bearers of all the constituents of the AUAB participated. The meeting whole heartedly thanked the entire Executives and Non-Executives who made the 3 days strike a historic success. The meeting also congratulated the Circle and SSA level AUAB, for effectively organising the strike.

With the view to carry forward the movement further to settle the charter of demands, the following programme of action is finalized.

1. March to Prime Ministers Office on 06.03.2019.

2. Memorandum to be submitted to all the MPs, latest by 28.02.2019 (common memorandum will be uploaded in the website).

3. To send messages to the Hon Prime Minister and Hon MoSC on Twitter (common message will be circulated).

4. Meeting the Hon Minister wherever possible by our comrades.

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Friends,

Some people are criticizing the AUAB leaders after the strike is over. We have seen such people several times in the past. The fact is that 90% of BSNL staff went on strike. It is true that it did not get media coverage. Since there are several private telecos in the mobile telephone world now the service was not affected as in the past due to use of high technology. The scenario has changed altogether. Fight is fight.

AIBSNLPWA does not join anyone to criticize the AUAB for taking decisions at the crucial time....PSR

15/02

IMPORTANT DECISIONS

CWC declared full support and solidarity to the serving staff and their unions in their efforts to get a reasonable and decent wage revision. CWC called upon branches to extend all possible help and support wherever possible.

Based on information received through whatsapp, CWC felt that the AUAB may be forced to make some understanding for pay revision with 0% or 5% fitment and such an understanding between BSNL company and the staff unions in no way is binding on pension revision which is entirely a different issue to be decided by the Department of Telecom. Hence, we shall continue vigorously our efforts to get pension revision with CPC fitment benefits. No benefit shall come to us automatically or as Grace.

CWC authorized the CHQ Secretariat to take appropriate action at the appropriate time to realize our just demand for pension revision. Though it is time consuming and costly, legal remedy also can be considered as the last resort.

CWC called upon branches to approach MPs and enlist their support to our efforts and demand. Efforts may be made to submit the memorandum on our demand to the Prime Minister wherever he visits different places during election campaign.

CWC directed the CHQ to hold a National Convention of BSNL/MTNL pensioners in New Delhi in consultation with CBMPA constituents. .Efforts should be made to ensure participation of leaders of all central trade unions in the Convention.

CWC expressed its anger and anguish over the most negative and recalcitrant attitude of bureaucrats in DoT explicitly expressed by not submitting concrete proposal on pension revision as required by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare.

[Decisions taken on organizational matters and the resolutions adopted by CWC on other issues like MRS, CGHS, CCA office staffing etc. will be circulated through the next Circular from CHQ.]

15/02

FEW PHOTOS



CWC MEMBERS

CWC MEMBERS

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY PRESIDENT

COM.HARIHARAN NAIR, CS OF DOT-BSNL PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION KERALA GREETS

15/02

Comrades,

BSNLEU CHQ has given some information about the latest position with regard to wage revision in BSNL. Neither NFTE nor the SNEA website shows anything till 1200 hours on today, 15-2-2019.

According to BSNLEU Website, the Management offers wage revision with ZERO Percent benefit immediately; thereafter Minister will go to cabinet for approval to grant 5%. Union now demands minimum benefit of 10% fitment.

Even if there is any agreement on 0% or 5% or 10% (I wish them the best) that has no impact on our pension revision. Nothing will come automatically to us. DoT will take time and go to cabinet for pension revision. If any understanding is reached with AUAB on fitment benefit in wage revision that will be used against us. Legally it is not binding on us. Pensioners are not party to the understanding on wage revision. A Company may give wage increase based on its affordability. Government cannot be led by that formula. The Govt is not under BSNL.

We are covered by CCS Pension Rule 1972. PRC report or any formula suggested by PRC is not applicable to those covered by CCS Pension Rule 1972.

So, as decided by Kanyakumari CWC, we shall continue our efforts more vigorously to realize our just demand for PENSION REVISION WITH CPC FITMENT BENEFIT as granted to all others covered by the CCS Pension Rule of 1972.

................................ PSR ............................

11/02

SINCE I AM GOING TO KANYAKUMARI TODAY, FOR CWC MEETING AND RETURNING ONLY ON 15TH, I AM NOT ABLE TO UPDATE THIS WEBSITE TILL 15TH EVENING. A SHORT BREAK......PSR

11/02

As per the feedback received from Circles our branches have sent thousands of Post Cards to Hon'ble Prime Minister demanding pension revision with CPC fitment benefits.

Circlewise figures are as:

ANDHRA: 4376

BIHAR: 537

CHHATISGARH: 75

CHENNAI TD: 2800

DELHI: 232

GUJARAT: 830

KERALA: 4050

KARNATAKA: 4472

MAHARASTRA: 860

MADHYPRADESH: 1466

MTNL DELHI: 350

ORISSA: 1100

PUNJAB: 815

RAJSTHAN: 503

TELANGANA: 1932

UP WEST: 944

UTTRANCHAL: 32

WEST BENGAL: 50

TOTAL: 25424


FINAL FIGURES ARE NOT YET RECEIVED FROM TAMILNADU FROM WHERE MORE THAN 8000 CARDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE DESPATCHED. SIMILARLY MTNL MUMBAI HAS NOT COMPLETED THE WORK DUE TO SOME INCONVENIENCES. IT IS STILL GOING ON.

CONSOLIDATED FIGURES HAVE NOT YET BEEN RECEIVED FROM ASSAM, HARYANA, JHARKHAND, KOLKATA AND UP EAST CIRCLES.


11/02

AS CALLED BY CBMPA, OUR COMRADES AT DIFFERENT CENTRES ARE MEETING MPs TO MOBILIZE THEIR SUPPORT FOR OUR DEMAND

FOR PENSION REVISION WITH CPC FITMENT BENEFITS.



AIRBSNLEWA COMRADES OF HYDERABAD MET MINISTER SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD AND SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM.


THANJAVUR COMRADES MET SHRI K PARASURAMAN MP AND SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM

PONDICHERRY COMRADES MET SHRI R RADHAKRISHNAN MP AND SUBMITTED A MEMORANDUM


SALEM WEST BRANCH LEADERS MET SHRI V PANNEERSELVAM M P AND SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM.


COM K MUTHIYALU (Dy GS), V RAMARAO (ASST \TREASURER) AND VICTOR RAJ, ACS MET DR JAYAVARDHAN MP AND SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM

COM. R N PADANAIR (AGS) AND COM. K V KURIAKOSE MET SHRI INNOCENT MP ND SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM


COM. T P GEORGE AND OTHERS MET SHRI K V THOMAS MP AND SUBMITTED MEMORANDUM

ALL THE ABOVE POLITICAL LEADERS ASSURED SUPPORT .

WE SHOULD CONTINUE THE EFFORTS ALL OVER INDIA.





09/02


The Rally of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners from Khurshid Lal Bhavan to Sanchar Bhavan held yesterday, 8-2-2019, was a historic one. Pensioners have exhibited their anger and anguish.Some of our leaders were forced to state that The ruling party should not expect our votes, if the negative attitude continues …”

Yes, they were forced to state so.

We are not controlled by any political party. We are not against any political party. But, our members will take political decision when election comes.

Some senior officers in Sanchar Bhavan are against pensioners.They must understand that when these pensioners were in service, the Telecom Department flourished. When we were in service the BSNL earned profit of Rs 10,000 Crore even. Such people are given the worst treatment by the present officers.I hope that the GOD will not allow these officers retire from service. Otherwise, they will get worse treatment from their juniors. There is a saying in English that “Every Dog has his Day”.

The Fast on 22-11-2018 was a great success. The Post Card campaign shows that more than 30,000 pensioners expressed their concern. The Rally on 8-2-2019 has shown that the Pensioners are retired but not tired. There is fire in our heart still to fight for rights.We shall continue our struggle. We keep the powder dry.

Now, I personally feel that we should keep the memorandum ready always and submit to the PM Shri. Modiji wherever he goes. The PM will be visiting maximum places before election. Please catch hold of some leader of BJP and try to submit a copy of the memorandum (already uploaded in our website and whatsapp) to Shri. Modiji..

…. P S Ramankutty ….

07/02

Committee of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners’ Associations

H.No. 6, G No. 12th Street, Jogupalya, Halasuru, Bangalore 560008


MEMORANDUM

No.CBMPA/ Pen-Rev/2018-19 Dated at New Delhi, the Feb 4, 2019

To Shri Narendra Modiji, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Government of India

South BlockNew Delhi -110001

Subject :-Pension Revision for BSNL/MTNL pensioners ( combined service ) from 1/1/2017 on the basis of seventh CPC fitment factor

Hon’ble Sir,

At the outset, we beg apology for encroaching upon your valuable time meant for most important issues of national interest. But we are constrained to approach you, sir, as head of the establishment and sympathetic towards pensioners/senior citizens, as we don’t have any other option left.

We represent the erstwhile DOT employees who were absorbed in BSNL and MTNL on their formation and since retired from the service of BSNL/MTNL and entitled to Government pension (combined service) under Rule 37 A of CCS Pension Rules, 1972, as amended from time.

Our pension is derived on the basis of last pay drawn on our IDA Pay Scales as per Rule 33 of the said rule.Though the chairman of seventh CPC Justice A.K.Mathur was very considerate during the oral evidence and he even told that there is a prima-facie in the demand.But it could not be incorporated in the recommendations because DoT delayed its reply to seventh CPC for 8 months on this demand (December 14 to August 15).

The third PRC (for that matter no PRC) did not have ‘pension revision’ in terms of reference.Though DoT tried its best to include, DPE refused to agree based on policy decision.Thus our pension has not yet been revised whereas more than 60 lakhs Govt. Pensioners got pension revision w.e.f. 1/1/2016.

We got pension revision in 2007 and after 10 years we are asking for revision.We have taken up this matter with DOT. The senior officers of DOT are of the opinion that unless pay revision takes place in BSNL/MTNL, pension revision is not possible. The pay revision is not being done in BSNL/MTNL due to restrictions imposed by the affordability Clause of 3rd PRC recommendations as accepted and notified by the Govt. of India.

100% liability of paying pension/family pension lies with GoI and BSNL/MTNL do not have any role in this matter.Therefore, we have pleaded to delink the issue of pension revision from pay revision. Hon’ble Minister of State ( C ),I/C was kind enough to assure that this matter will be sorted out in consultation with DOP&PW.

But assurance of Hon’ble MOSC was made futile by the DOT officials by sending an inappropriate, half-baked proposal to DOP&PW. We call the DOT’s reference to DOP&PW on this matter as inappropriate because, DOT’s proposal is made deliberately short of compliance with the requirements of DOP&PW. DOP&PW has clearly stated that let DOT state how do they carry out pension revision after delinking from pay revision so that DOP&PW can examine the proposal in its entirety. DOT refuses to do so and sticks to its earlier position that pension revision is possible only after pay revision. Thus the assurance of Hon’ble MOSC has been made frustrated without even consulting DOP&PW appropriately and effectively.

Hon’ble Sir,

Our humble submission in this respect is as follows :-

1) The pension (combined service) of BSNL/MTNL pensioners are paid by DOT (CCA) from central civil estimates. This is governed by CCS Pension Rules, 1972. The pension contributions calculated on IDA Pay Scales have already been paid to DOT. This is not subjected to the “loss & profit” situation of BSNL/MTNL. Thus the pension revision cannot be affected directly or indirectly by the restrictions of “affordability clause.”

2) The BSNL/MTNL pensioners (combined service) are presently getting all pensionary benefits as per seventh CPC recommendations, accepted and notified by Govt. of India. Only pension revision is left to be done.

Hon’ble sir,

Thus you may kindly see that even the assurance of Hon’ble MOSC has been made futile, Therefore, having no other option left, we appeal to you, sir for your kind intervention in this matter and ensure that this lot of senior citizens get due justice by way of ensuring the revision of their pension.

With thanks & regards
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(P.Gangadhara Rao
Convenor / CBMPA

Copy to :

  1. Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State ( C ) I/C
  2. Smt ArunaSundararajan, Secretary (T), Ministry of Communication.

06/02

THOUGH BELATED, TODAY WE HAVE RECEIVED THE SAD NEWS ABOUT DEMISE OF SMT. RAJASHREE CHAUHAN, WIFE OF COM. B P S CHAUHAN, CIRCLE SECRETARY, CHHATISGARH AT BILASPUR AT 10.30 PM ON 31-1-2019. SHE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR ABOUT 40 DAYS.

WE CONVEY OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO CHAUHAN FAMILY.

06/02

A new branch of AIBSNLPWA has been opened in Saharsa SSA of Bihar on 4-2-2019:

Following are elected unanimously:

President: Com. B Jha

Dist Secretary: Com. B K Singh

Treasurer: Com. R N Sah


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Another new branch of AIBSNLPWA has been opened in Samastipur SSA of Bihar on 4-2-2019:

Following are elected unanimously:

President: G R Mochi

Dist Secretary: Com. H P Singh

Treasurer: Com. H C DAS.

Comrades A K Singh (CS), S R Sinha (ACS), and H N Singh (DS Patna) attended the formation meeting at Samastipur,.

CHQ WELCOMES THE NEW BRANCHES.

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06/02

This is about arrangements for CWC.

Yesterday, on 5-2-2019, I visited Kanyakumari.Com. Chellaih, DS of our Nagercoil and 6 other comrades were also there.

NO MORE ROOMs: We have booked 20 double-bed rooms for 12-2-2019 and 29 double-bed rooms from 13, February morning to 16, February morning, in Vivekananda Kendra. All are same type and Non AC rooms. Vivekananda Kendra is just 10 minutes walk from Kanyakumari Railway Station. As you know, Kanyakumari is the south end (last) station of Indian railways. It is a small station with big compound.

Prime Minister is visiting Kanyakumari on 19-2-19 and some other conferences are also there in Vivekananda Kendra. Hence there are no more rooms available. Any one (other than CWC members and spouses, already intimated) coming has to make his/her own arrangement for stay and food.

The check in time in Vivekananda Kendra is 8 AM. As such, rooms are available only from 8 AM on 12, February. Some 13 or 14 comrades are reaching Kanyakumari at 6.15 AM on 12..2.2019. They have to wait up to 8 AM or they can go to P S R Bhavan, run by PSR Anjaneyulu Memorial Trust, take bath etc. and then shift to Vivekananda Kendra after 8 AM. It is 1.5 KMs away from the Railway Station. Few volunteer comrades will be available at Railway Station from 6 AM on 12, FEbruary.

GUJARART COMRADES

Gujarat comrades (2) are reaching at 4 AM on 12-2-2019. They may please take a three wheeler and go to PSR Bhavan or wait in railway station up to 6 AM so that some volunteers can assist them. I will be in PSR Bhavan. They can contact me over phone on reaching Kanyakumari.

THOSE REACHING 13-2-2019:

Since our comrades are staying in 20 rooms from 12-2-2019, those who reach 13-2-2019 morning can come to Vivekananda Kendra straight, use those rooms for fresh up and then shift to their own rooms after 8 AM

Regards,

P S Ramankutty, 6-2-2019.

02/02

During our Services, we had seen that officers come to the negotiation tables with clear understanding of the issues and with clear decisions. If they offered something it was authoritative.


Now situation is changed.


On 30th January 2019, the DoT officers offered pay revision to BSNL staff with 5% fitment benefit. Very next day same officers told that even 5% is difficult.


Ultimately, forced to the wall, the Staff Unions have served notice for three days strike from 18-2-2019.

Demands

(1)Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment.

(2)Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, as per the proposals submitted by the BSNL Management.(3)Implement assurance of the Hon Minister of State for Communications for delinking pension revision from pay revision. Revise pension of BSNL retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

(4)Payment of pension contribution by BSNL as per the Government rule.

(5)Settlement of the left out issues of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee.

(6) a) Approval for BSNL’s Land Management Policy without any delay.

b) Expeditiously complete the mutation and the process of transferring of all assets to BSNL, as per the Cabinet decision taken on the eve of the formation of BSNL.

(7) (a) Ensure financial viability of BSNL, as per the decision taken by the Group of Ministers, at the time of formation of BSNL.

(b) Issue letter of comfort for BSNL’s proposals for taking bank loans.

(c) Expeditiously fill up all vacant post of BSNL Board of Directors.

(8)Scrap BSNLs outsourcing for the operation and maintenance of its mobile towers.