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04/06

Our Calicut district branch held its annual general body meeting on 2nd June 2016.

Com. P S Ramankutty inaugurated the meeting, addressed by Circle President Com. Pada Nair, Circle Secretary Com. T P George and others. Calicut branch has multifarious activities. Comrades of Calicut are engaged in number of charity work. They have distributed food and other articles worth of Rs 1.4 lakh last year alone to poor and destitute people. In the annual general body meeting the Branch donated some amounts to the Palliative Care Society, Vanavasi Welfare Society, Nanma Charitable Trust and Seva Bharati who are doing yeomon service to the society.

Two photos of the annual general body meeting are given below


01/06

Com. R L Kapoor reports from Delhi:

The file has reached Secretary, Telecom today for his signature.

31/05

Relevant portions from the Circular issued by National Joint Council of Action of Central Government employees organisations are reproduced hereunder:

" As there had been no response from the Government to our communication dated 2nd May, 2016, we decided to seek an appointment with the Cabinet Secretary. Accordingly a delegation consisting of the following members of the NJCA met Cabinet Secretary, Shrl P.K. Sinha on 26. May 2016.

Com. Shiva Gopal Misra Com., Guman Singh and Corn. K.K.N. Rutty

From the discussions, it appears that, the Empowered Committee has made up their mind to recommend to the Government a slight increase in the Minimum Wage. No indication was however given as to the consequential revision of the Fitment Formula and Pay Matrix. There had also not been any hint about the need to restore the percentage of the HRA, which the 7th CPC has recommended for reduction. On Advances and Allowances, abolished, the Government might be advised to set up a committee to go into the matter and make suggestions. In the matter of the New Contributory Pension Scheme also, the Government might refer the demand to a committee.

On the question of pension benefit to the retired personnel, who are covered by the defined benefit pension scheme, the Cabinet secretary indicated that, both the Department of Pension and Defence Ministry were of the firm view that the first option recommended by the 7th CPC to bring about the parity with the past pensioners being infeasible and impracticable (due to the non-availability of the requisite records) might not be accepted and acted upon."

31/05

The All India Consumer Price Index for April 2016 is 271 points.

It was 268 points in March 2016.

At this rate, we can expect a small increase in the IDA rate from July 2016.

For exact information we must wait till evening of 30th June 2016.

31/05

A NEW BRANCH HAS BEEN FORMED AT JULLANDAR, PUNJAB CIRCLE ON 28-5-16

FOLLOWING WERE ELECTED

PRESIDENT : shri BALBIRCHAND

SECRETARY: shri OM PRAKASH SYAL

TREASURER: shri RAMESH CHANDRA REKHI

CHQ CONGRATULATES ALL

27/05

Some organizations are spreading rumours or making announcement about the case of 78.2% almost on daily basis.

Some of them are contradictory and confuse the readers. Repeatedly we told that we shall post only confirmed information in this website.

The Cabinet Secretariat had returned the advance copy few days back asking the DoT to make some corrections. They were not of serious nature. But it takes time to correct and then prepare the forwarding letter etc. And the Final File requires signature of DDG, Members and Secretary, Telecom.

Today Com. R L. Kapoor has reported from Delhi that the Pension Section has resubmitted the Note with all corrections incorporated as suggested by cabinet secretariat. After obtaining the signature of DDG, Member(F), Member(S) etc. it will be submitted to Secretary, Telecom himself next week for his signature.

Thereafter it will be sent to Cabinet Secretariat. The file is moving in the right path.

No doubt, it is already delayed. We do hope that Secretary, Telecom will ensure speedy movement of the File and also we hope that the Cabinet will accord its approval to the proposal without further delay.

1.5 lakh families are waiting for the benefit anxiously

23/05

Jharkhand Circle Executive Committee meeting was held at Deoghar, Dumka District

on 22-5-2016

20/05


The case is again postponed to 28th July 2016. Many people are asking why it is postponed again and again.

It is because of the procedure adopted by Central Administrative Tribunal.

Petitions against dismissal, suspension etc. are given maximum priority. Then, the cases to be admitted are taken up. Cases pending for final hearing are taken up according to the seniority.

Our case is pending for hearing. It was No 29 out of 30 cases listed today. Therefore, according to the seniority, there is no chance of our case being heard in 2016. The process of listing and postponement may be repeated for some more time.

Once we enter the Court of Law it is difficult to get out of it. You are bound to go by the rules and procedures.

Precisely, this is the reason why we did not file any case in the matter of 78.2% even though many comrades suggested that.

18/05

The Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) in the Ministry of Finance informs that they are developing a single window system for all the central government pensioners in India. Through the Window any Pensioner can check and find out the status of his Pension, how it was calculated etc . etc.

Click on the following Link to see the Announcement of CPAO.

cpao-single-window.pdf

14/05

As already reported through this medium, an advance copy of the Cabinet Note on 78.2% has been submitted to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and five copies have been sent to Cabinet Secretariat simultaneously. It is for initial scrutiny. According to the rules, the PMO or Cabinet Secretariat should tell DoT within three working days if the Note requires any correction. So far, no instruction is received from them. Three working days are over. Normally, no Department will act on 4th day. Because it is PMO. They used to wait for a week or so. We can expect further action next week.

Some people have suggested that we should approach Shri Ananthakumar again. We understand and appreciate their anxiety. But they forget that this issue is not very important for others except BSNL retirees. For Shri Narendra Modi or Shri Ananthakumar, there are more important issues like Assembly elections, Helicopter, Sonia Gandhi etc. etc.

"BAKING STARTED. WAIT TILL THE BREAD GETS COOLED."

13/05

The results of 7th Membership Verification for Non-Executives in BSNL are announced. Both BSNLEU and NFTE-BSNL will continue to enjoy the facilities of recognition. We congratulate the leaders of both the organizations.

BSNLEU could not get 50% though it increased the vote share marginally. That helped NFTE to retain recognition as the second recognized union. There is an erosion of 1.5% vote share of FNTO.

One fact is revealed: during the last three years there is a reduction of 40648 voters amongst the non-Executives. In other words, more than 40,000 Non-Executive staff retired from BSNL during the three years.

10/05

FULL PENSION FOR THOSE RETIRED WITH

LESS THAN 33 YEARS OF QUALIFYING SERVICE

As reported earlier, the Department of Pension issued an OM on 6th April 2016 stating that all those who retired before 1-1-2006 with less than 33 years of qualifying service are also entitled to get full pension, at par with post-2006 pensioners. The said Office Memorandum is now endorsed by Department of Telecom on 5-5-2016. The DoT order dated 5-5-2016 is given in our Page: IMPORTANT ORDERS.

Same can be seen by clicking on the link given below also.

full-pension-dot-endorsement.pdf

09/05

MESSAGE IS CLEAR

" ...Sri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister wanted that all obsolete laws should be scrapped. Taking advantage of the direction some officers moved to scrap the very important Indian Pension Act 1871 which gave the workers the Statutory Pension and protection against attachment of pension by some court cases etc.

The government had almost decided to axe the 145-year-old Pension Act. But at a meeting held on April 28, several ministries disagreed with the move. This led the government to consider doing away with some of the “irrelevant or redundant” provisions of the Pensions Act, 1871 instead of repealing it. The final decision will now be made by Prime Minister Modi, who heads the pensions department of the personnel ministry. The government has so far repealed 125 archaic laws.

It has proposed to scrap over 1,000 more such laws. The representative of the Department of Financial Services (DoFS) said at the meeting that the Pensions Act is applicable to pensions under a large number of rules and Acts of Parliament. “He specifically mentioned that pensions of the President, Vice President, Ministers and MPs are regulated by Acts of Parliament.

Similarly, pensions of Supreme Court/high court judges, central vigilance commissioners, central information commissioners and members of UPSC are also granted under Acts regulating their service conditions. These Acts of Parliament do not contain provisions securing the pension against attachment,” the minutes recorded.

Only Section 11 of the Pensions Act provides this protection to the constitutional authorities. When the pensions department proposed that the rules regulating various types of pension be amended to secure the pension and hence facilitate repealing of the Pensions Act, all ministries raised objections.

The home ministry “expressed apprehension” that the protection against attachment by courts, if provided in rules, “may not be as effective” as that provided in an Act of Parliament.

The rural development department concurred, saying all social security pensions administered by it are through executive orders and any provisions for security against attachment by court “may not be effective” as the provisions will not have any statutory backing.

The ministries of environment, culture and external affairs, and the departments of telecom, expenditure and posts said they do not even administer any separate pension rules.

ANYWAY THE PENSION ACT MAY NOT BE SCRAPPED IMMEDIATELY. BUT THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR. THERE CAN BE AN ATTACK ON THE STATUTORY PENSION. THE MANMOHAN SINGH GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED NEW PENSION SCHEME BUT DID NOT SCRAP THE EXISTING ACT.

NOW THE QUESTIONS ARE:

1. WILL THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT SCRAP THE INDIAN PENSION ACT?

2. IF THEY DO IT HOW IT WILL BE DONE?

3. WHAT WILL BE THE PROTECTION OF PENSION?

WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE THE DEVELOPMENTS.

06/05

CABINET NOTE: Please click on the link given below to see the rules.

cabinet-note.docx


06/05

It is understood that DoT is sending an Advance copy of the Cabinet Note on 78.2% to the Cabinet Secretariat today. Another Copy is being sent to the Prime Minister's Office also.

04/05

Com. R L Kapoor has confirmed today that the file on 78.2%, signed by Secretary Telecom, is with DDG (Estt.).

It means that the Member(S) has sent it down to DDG for preparing the Bundles to be sent to Cabinet Secretariat.

The road is clear now. It will go to Cabinet soon.

But we can not expect any decision by cabinet before the assembly elections in some states are over.

04/05

2-5-2016 5.30 PM

Com. R L Kapoor reports from New Delhi.

"Secretary, Telecom has signed the File and the same is sent to Member (S) for forwarding it to the Cabinet Secretariat. It is confirmed by PS to Secretary."


04/05

MAY DAY GREETINGS TO OUR VIEWERS.

04/05

Salem West district branch held a conference on 27-4-2016. Com. P S Ramankutty (CHQ President) and Com. V Ram Rao (CHQ Asst Treasurer as well as the Tamilnadu Circle Secretary) participated and spoke on major issues. Com. Amruthalingam (Dist. President) presided over the meeting. Com. Ramani and his team conducted the conference in a most systematic manner. More than 300 comrades attended it.

Two photos are given below.