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25/02

A special general body meeting of Mumbai Telecom Factory Unit was held on 22-2-2016 in the Community hall, Telecom Factory, Deonar, Mumbai. Pensioners of the Telecom Factory staying at far away places like Nashik also attended. It was beyond the expectation of the organisers. All India President Com. P S Ramankutty spoke on the various pending issues. Com. R D Prabhu, the District Secretary and leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE, BTEF etc. also addressed the meeting.

25/02

GUJARAT CIRCLE CONFERENCE

Then Circle Conference of Gujarat was held on 21-2-2016 in the Government Circuit House, Ahmedabad under the presidentship of Com. B K Bhrahmbhatt. Com. B N Parmar Circle Secretary presented the report and Com. P L Hirpara, Treasurer presented the Accounts. Both were adopted by the conference unanimously.

Com P S Ramankutty, Com. G Natarajan, Com. K Muthiyalu and Com. T S Vittoban, from CHQ attended the conference and addressed the delegates. They spoke on the present stage of various issues like 78.2, Future pension revision, BSNLMRS, Pension anomaly etc.

Com. B N Parmar, the veteran leader stepped down from the post of Circle Secretary due to his failing health. Com. R R Varma , a seasoned leader of erstwhile E IV Union is the new Circle Secretary.

R R Varma.

Com. B K Brahmbhat and Com. P L Hirpara have been re-elected as Circle President and Circle Treasurer respectively


MEETING WITH BDPA LEADERS:

In the evening of 21-2-2016, Comrades Ramankutty, Natarajan and Muthiyalu met Shri D D Mistry and Shri A A Patel of BDPA Gujarat and talked about issue-based coordinated actions to settle the pending issues. It was decided to wait for few days to know the outcome of fresh efforts being made by our leaders in New Delhi now.

BDPA has responded positively to our call for united actions.

Shri Kishan Singh, General Secretary of All India Retired BSNL Executives Association also has responded very positively for the issue-based coordinated actions.

United action by all Pensioners organisations has become inevitable when the DoT authorities are delaying the cases.

17/02

The Supreme Court has ordered RBI to share information about cases where loans amounting to Rs 500 crore and above have been written off by public sector banks.

Taking suo motu cognizance of The Indian Express report that Rs 1.14 lakh crore of bad loans had been written off by state-owned banks between 2013 and 2015, the Supreme Court Tuesday ordered the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to share with it names of all defaulters who owe over Rs 500 crore and continue to lead “lavish lifestyle”.

NOTE: The banks will not write off a single rupee, the ordinary people have to repay. But, there is another rule for the big guns in the society....

Finance Ministry wants all types of data to sanction a small increase in the pension of about one lakh pensioners.

These banks who have written off Rs 1.14 LAKH CRORE are working under the same Finance Ministry.....


16/02

It is understood that the new Secretary, Telecom (Shri J S Deepak IAS) returned the file on 78.2% to Member(Services) asking the Member to discuss details of the case with the former.

Change of Secretary has created unexpected delay in the case.

The Cabinet Note finalized in December 2014 is pending in Sanchar Bhavan for about 14 long months.

11/02

Today morning, we sought intervention of Mr Saravanakumar IAS, Private Secretary to Minister for Communications in the case of 78.2%.

He immediately replied assuring his intervention.

11/02

A WEDDING CELEBRATION

Com. T S Vittoban, CHQ Treasurer, celebrated the wedding of his son Mr Ajay with Ms Shrilekha on 10-2-2016 in Chennai. Large number of our comrades including GS , attended the function.

We wish the couple a long ideal and happy wedded life.



10/02

78.2% IDR for Pension Revision

The final cabinet note is with the new Secretary, Telecom. Once Secretary clears the file, the note will be submitted to Minister of Communications and then to the Cabinet. All the points raised by the various Ministries have been addressed in the cabinet note. The cabinet note also addresses the issue of 'the arrangement' made between Government and BSNL as required under Sub Rule 22 of Rule 37A of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. However, the details of the new 'arrangement' proposed are not known.

The new Secretary Mr. J S Deepak IAS is not new to Telecom. He was Joint Secretary, Telecom five years back. He only wrote some letters to BSNL then on 60:40 issue involved in the Pension liability in Telecom. Hence, he must be aware of the background of the case. Our CHQ has addressed a letter to Shri Deepak requesting immediate clearance of the file. We are trying to have a meeting with the Secretary.

10/02


One extra Increment was granted to Grade III officials who did not get promotion to Grade IV. CCAs in seven Circles refused to count this extra increment as pay while fixing pension. Their plea was that with this extra increment the pay crossed maximum of the pay scale and hence it can not be taken as pay.

Kerala circle Unit of our Association and four members filed a case in CAT, Ernakulam. On 15-3-2012 the CAT gave a judgement and asked DoT to re-fix pension counting the extra increment even if the pay exceeded the maximum of pay scales. Four months time was given to implement their order.It was not honoured.

As directed by the Directorate of DoT, the Kerala CCA filed an appeal in High Court. In July 2015, the High Court dismissed the appeal. Even after seven months, the Court order is not honoured. Directorate has not given any instruction to CCA, Kerala despite repeated requests.

Almost four years have passed since the CAT judgement. Directorate is not responding to various communications on the case. Finding no alternative, our Association has filed a ‘contempt of Court’ petition against the DoT and CCA etc. The CAT, Ernakulam has registered the petition.

07/02

Our Vijayawada District Unit organised a special meeting of the branch on 7-2-2016. Com. P Gangadhara Rao, Dy GS was the Special Guest on the occasion who spoke elaborately on 78.2% case, the future Pension Revision in BSNL, the Pension Anomaly etc. etc. He narrated the efforts made by our Assoiciiaon to settle these cases.

Com. V V S Murthy (AGS), Com. K S Koteswara Rao (Circle Secretary), Com. M R S Prakasa Rao (Circle President), Com. N R K Murthy (Dist President), and Com. N S Sarma also addressed the meeting, attended by more than 450 members.

06/02

On 4th February 2016, the workers of Greece, in Athens city, organised mammoth rallies demanding a proper pension system ensuring social security. It was part of a 24 hours general strike organised under the banner of PAME, a left wing Trade Union in Greece.

[Courtesy: Trade Union International P&R]

04/02

The Pension anomaly case came up before Principal bench of CAT on 3-2-2016. It was No 55 in the list of 66 cases to be taken up. But, the Double Bench sat for just 1 hour and 30 minutes and took up few cases. All other cases were simply postponed. Our case is posted to 15-3-2016.

It is said that JUSTICE DELAYED MEANS JUSTICE DENIED.


The wheels of justice, the saying goes, grind slowly but grind exceedingly fine. In the Indian context, it would be more true to say that they grind so exceedingly slowly that there can be nothing fine about the outcome.... [TOI report]

According to the report appeared in Times of India, 45 lakh cases were pending in 24 High Courts as in June, 2014. It is not known how many cases are pending in various benches of CAT.

CAT was created as a mechanism to ensure speedy re-dressal of grievances of employees and pensioners in service matter. But, the experience is other way round. Many of the Courts are over loaded. 30-35% posts of judges are lying vacant for years together.

Only when justice is denied people go to Court. Going to the Court itself is the first punishment. Hence, everybody wants to avoid it.

If the court fails to give them the remedy in time, where shall the people go?

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03/02

Our AGS Com. R C Malhotra reports at 4 PM :

"The File containing the Cabinet Note on 78.2% has just moved to Secretary, Telecom".




01/02

A sum of Rs 3575 has been credited in the accounts of CHQ by the bank on 29-1-2016.

We are waiting for details. The branch which has sent the amount may please contact the Treasurer and give details.

01/02

Com. W Seshagiri Rao, veteran leader of JTOs and Executives in Telecom/BSNL expired today morning at 1 AM in Bangalore after a cardiac arrest. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.

30/01

Maximum of 6 tickets can be booked by an individual user in a month through IRCTC

Railway Ministry introduces new checks on booking of e-ticket/i-ticket through IRCTC website with a view to further prevent possible misuse. Under the new provisions a maximum of 6 tickets can be booked online by an individual user in a month on IRCTC website.

This new provision will come into effect w.e.f. 15th February, 2016. The move aims to deter touts and to facilitate genuine users

Other restrictions are:

1. Individuals are allowed only 2 tickets per user-ID in a day (for ARP booking) from 08:00 hours to 10.00 hours.
2. Individuals are allowed only 2 tickets per user-ID in a day (for Tatkal booking) from 10:00 hours to 12:00 hours.
3. Quick Book Option is disabled from 08:00 to 12:00 hours
4. All types of ticketing agents (YTSK, RTSA, IRCTC agents etc.) have been debarred from booking tickets during the first thirty minutes of opening of booking i.e. from 08:00 to 08:30 hours for general bookings, and from 10:00 to 10:30 hours and 11:00 to 11:30 hours for Tatkal booking in AC and non-AC classes respectively.
5. Booking is not allowed through e-wallet and cash cards from 08:00 to 12:00 hours.
6. There is only one booking in one user login session except for return/onward journey between 08:00 to 12:00 hours.

30/01


On January 30, 1948, three gun shots rent the air. These shots changed the course of history and shocked the world.

It was a little past 5 p.m. in Delhi, on January 30, 1948. What followed that fateful day, plunged our country in gloom, and you could say it changed the course of our history. It certainly shocked the whole world.

29/01

Shri J S Deepak IAS (57) is appointed as the new Secretary, Telecom. Earlier, he had worked as Joint Secretary in Telecom from 2008 to 2010.

Shri Rakesh Garg has been shifted from Telecom to Minority Affairs Department in a reshuffle of senior officers, taken place today.

29/01

The Consumer price Index for December 2015 is declared.

It is 269 Points.

It is One Point less than the Index of November 2015.

With this Index the rate of CDA from 1-1-2016 can be calculated as under:

Average for the 12 months (January-December 2015): 261.33

Increase over 115.76 points merged w.e.f.1-1-2006: 145.57

Percentage of increase over 115.76 points:125.8%

[Normally fraction is ignored while fixing rate of CDA.]

Expected CDA from 1-1-2016 is 125%.

6% increase from 119%, effective from July 2015.

29/01

CMD of BSNL told on 28-1-2016:

“There will not be any wage revision in BSNL next year unless the Company is profitable…..unless we are profitable the salary is not going to be revised," Shrivastava said speaking after launching BSNL Mobile Data Offload service in Karnataka.

…Pointing out that in the past Air India and ITI couldn't revise their salaries.......BSNL after about four years of reporting losses posted an operating profit of Rs 672 crore for the financial year 2014-15 compared to an operating loss of Rs 691 crore in the previous fiscal. Calling 2014-15 as the turnaround year for BSNL as it came back to operational profit of Rs 672 crore, Shrivastava said with the support of all the officers and employees the company will increase the profit and within another two to three years (2018-19) it will achieve net profit also.” [News in Economic Times]

It is not made clear if the CMD wants net profit or operating profit to revise the salary.

Accounts pandits can debate on it.

Anyhow, it is a clear warning.It should open the eyes of those who want pension revision along with wage revision in BSNL.

28/01

TODAY AT 1245 HOURS, COM. D GOPALAKRISHNAN SPOKE TO MEMBER (FINANCE), TELECOM COMMISSION.

MEMBER INFORMED THAT THE CABINET NOTE IS BEING MOVED TO CABINET SECRETARIAT.