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06/01

Com. S Appa Rao, Treasurer, West Godvari of AP circle informs that today he has transferred a sum of Rs 42000 towards Chennai floods Relief fund. Earlier, Bhimavaram branch of the same District sent Rs 12000.

Hence the total donation from the District is Rs 54000.-

Bhimavaram Rs. 12,000/-

Eluru Rs. 12,000/-

Tadepalligudem Rs. 12,000/-

Tanuku Rs. 6,000/-

Palakollu Rs. 6,000/-

Nidadavole Rs. 5,000/-

Bhimadole Rs. 500/-

Jangareddygudem Rs. 500/-


Total Rs 54000.00

Note: West Godavari is the District branch of our Association with 100% Life Membership.


06/01

DPE ORDERS DATED 4-1-2016 ON IDA RATE FROM 1-1-2016

Please click on the links given below

ida-01012016-2007.pdf

ida-01012016-1997.pdf

06/01

RAJASTHAN CIRCLE UNIT OF AIBSNLPWA HAS DONATED Rs 15000

04/01

Com. R C Malhotra, AGS reports from Delhi:

The Cabinet Note has reached Secretary, Ministry Law on last Friday.

He has to record his views on the File. It is pending for his action.

04/01

In Central Services, the officials are confirmed only once in entire service.

But the PPO authorities in some cases insist on confirmation details at the time of granting Pension of such officials who got promotion not once but twice or thrice or even more. Because of this, the pension cases are delayed. Now, DoT has pointed out an old order to BSNL and said that pension should be granted to all officials without insisting on the confirmation details. There is no distinction between permanent and temporary officials in the matter of pension.

The letter from DoT to BSNL is given in the page: IMPORTANT ORDERS for the benefit of anyone affected.


04/01

IT was in first week of December 2015 that Chennai City and some other parts of Tamilnadu experienced the torrential rainfall of the century and subsequent floods. 15 lakh people were affected by the floods, as per official reports. Several parts were inundated. People jumped into immediate action to help their neighbours. Religion, Caste or Creed -nothing stood in their way in helping the victims.

Our Association also joined the efforts. There was no time to send an Appeal by post. Moreover, Com. Natarajan, GS was in Delhi those days. An appeal was issued through this Website only. Immediately, number of branches responded very positively.

Money came from all parts of India. It has crossed Rs Seven lakh. A committee was constituted to organize the relief work. The Committee identified meticulously the people really affected. More than 200 members of our Association are amongst them. Out of that, some people did not require any help as they themselves are able to face the aftermath of the calamity. The Committee provided some relief to the rest, who really needed it. Some schools and orphanages looking after the poor and destitute were identified. Relief was extended to them also. As reported earlier, Rupee One lakh is given to the family of Mr. Rajeshkumar, son of a member, who sacrificed his life in the rescue operations.

Our money has gone to the hands of those who were really affected and those who needed the help.

Details will be published soon.

Now, Chennai and other places are on the path of resilience. CHQ feels that we can stop collection of Fund for the above purpose. We have suggested the Committee to close the accounts by 10th January 2016.

Some branches have collected money but not sent the same to Chennai. Please do it before 8th January 2016. If not done, such branches may keep the money with them to utilize it in future for charity.

Hence, please stop further collection of donations towards Chennai Flood Relief Fund.

(G NATARAJAN)

General Secretary

03/01

A get-together of BSNL retirees was organised by the new branch of AIBSNLPWA in Mathura (UP West) yesterday. Shri G P Tripathy, GMTD, Mathura attended and graced the occasion. Shri Bhu Dev Prasad Sharma, the senior-most pensioner was honoured by the GM.

Photos given below show the GMTD speaking & honouring Sh Sharma

03/01

2-1-16: Relief work in Chennai

The NE District Unit of our Associaion in Chennai today held a meeting of our activists and victims of the recent floods. Smt Devaki (DGM) and Shri Rajendran (DE) of Kalmandapam, in addition to Com. Natarajan (GS), Govindarajan (CS), Murthy (Circle Pres.), Kannappan (Treasurer) etc, attended the function. Relief materials were distributed to 11 members who were badly affected by the floods.

02/01

COM. A B BARDHAN, VETERAN COMMUNIST AND TRADE UNION LEADER PASSED AWAY TODAY IN DELHI. HE WAS 92.

WE CONVEY OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES.

From his early days Com. Ardhendhu Bhushan Bardhan was a committed trade union activist and fiery orator in Nagpur. He moved to Delhi to become General Secretary of CPI for 16 years. A leader who belonged to the "old generation communists", who was in jail for more than 20 times, Com. Bardhan will be remembered for his great contributions to the trade union movement in India.

RED SALUTE, COMRADE.

02/01

Madurai Dist has Rs 4500 more. Their Total contribution is Rs 63200.

Bhimavaram (AP) has sent a sum of Rs 12000.

01/01

In a landmark judgment, the Himachal Pradesh High Court Wednesday directed the central government to provide full medical benefits, including reimbursements of medical emergencies, to employees post-retirement.

A Division Bench comprising Justices Rajiv Sharma and Sureshwar Thakur passed the orders while dismissing an appeal filed by the central government, challenging an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in favour of Shankar Lal Sharma who underwent heart surgery post-retirment and incurred an expenditure of Rs 1.80 lakh – which the government declined to reimburse.

In a 101-page order handed down by Justice Sharma, the court ruled that right to health is a human right and questioned as how could the government, a principal employer, abdicate the responsibility of taking care of the health of its retired employees.

Denial of reimbursements of medical expenses amounts to violation of rights of the employee, the court added. The order observed that “a socialist state, as the Preamble depicts, is the basic structure of the Constitution of India “.
“Similarly, the welfare state is the basic feature of the Constitution. There is a difference between basic structure and basic features of the Constitution. The action of the Union of India not to reimburse the medical bills to the respondent (Shankar Lal Sharma) and also not giving option to him and similarly situate persons residing in a city not covered under CGHS is illegal, arbitrary, capricious, discriminatory, thus, violative of Articles 14, 16 and 21 of the Constitution of India.”

Using the legal maxim Salus populi suprema lex esto, the bench said “the health of the people should be supreme law.” The order further reads: “A serving employee, who enjoys benefits under the CS(MA) Rules, 1944, cannot be left high and dry immediately after retirement for want of medical care. His medical issues are required to be looked into with more sensitivity, compassion and sympathy. His genuine requirements for medical treatment cannot be permitted to be buried in the labyrinth of red tapism.

The court further held that it was the prime responsibility of the state to protect the health and vigour of retired government officials, this being their fundamental right under Article 21, read with Articles 39(3), 41, 43, 48-A of the Constitution.

[From INDIAN EXPRESS 31-12-2015]


31/12

Our Cuddalore District (in TN Circle) comrades have done a noble work. They visited two poor homes in the town, badly affected by the recent floods.

(1) The Service Home accommodates 160 poor inmates aged between 14 and 45 years.

(2) The Government Orphanage with 102 poor kids.

As suggested by the management of the two institutions, our people purchased buckets, mugs and scarf for the inmates and supplied to each individual. Comrades P Jayaraman, Chandramohan, Thirugnanam, K Ravindran, K Ilankovan, G Asokan and Haja Kamaludeen representing AIBSNLPWA visited the Poor Homes and handed over the materials officially.

Two photos are given below

31/12

IDA FROM JANUARY 2016 MAY BE 112.4%.

Labour Bureau of India has released the All India Consumer Price Index for November 2015. It is 270 points. It was 266 points for September and 269 points for October. With the above data, it can be assessed that the rate of IDA from January 2016 will be 112.4%. An increase of 4.5% from existing 107.9% effective from October 2015.

Rate of IDA was 102.6% in July 2015. So the total increase during the last six months will be 9.8%. The Central DA may increase by 6% during the same six months period.

31/12

Director (Estt), DoT informs our Vice President Com. DG that Department of Telecom has already forwarded the final Cabinet Note to Law Ministry for their views.

30/12

Our member in STR Branch, Chennai Com Elumalai (Retired Driver) lost his son Rajesh Kumar. He was working as Auto Driver. He is one among the 13 members of the Rescue Team. That Team rescued near about 10 families in Urapakkam. While doing that service, suddenly flash flood came and washed away all the thirteen. Out of 13, five could catch some hold on the building or tree but eight lives including Rajeshkumar were lost. His body was found hanging in a building under construction in Mannivakkam (6 KMs away from Urapakkam) after three days. His father had to spend Rs.15,000/- to take the body for post-mortem and another Rs.15,000/- for taking back. The Cremation ground was also full of water and he had to spend another Rs.15,000/- for cremation. There are many people who were working selflessly with humanity but there are some people who loot, taking advantage of the situation. That is two sides of the society. Rajeshkumar, aged 35 left his wife 24 years old, two children aged 6 years and 3-1/2 years. Tamilnadu Government has paid Rs.4 lakhs for the family.

The sub-committee has decided to deposit Rupees One lakh (Rs.50,000/- each child) in the name of the children from the Relief Fund. The sub-committee decided to identify two/three schools which were affected very badly and which give education to poor and destitute children and extend help to them with the remaining balance. It was also decided to finish the entire process within a week's time. Out of 8 sub-committee members, 7 attended. From CHQ, DG, GN & Vittoban attended.

(eMail from com. D Gopalakrishnan, Vice President.)

30/12

Flood Relief sub committee met today and took stock of the situation. The total collection (already received and also which is on the pipeline) crosses Rs. 7 lakhs (All District Units in Tamilnadu except two and some individuals have contributed more than 3.5 lakhs). Nearly 4 lakhs worth of articles (including to be disbursed) were disbursed to affected BSNL pensioners (our members). The beneficiaries are 77 from Chennai Telephones, 16 from Chennai Traffic and 2 from STR

30/12

We are very happy to announce that our new branch in Mathura (UP West) district has launched their own Website. It is the first branch in entire northern India to have own website. We congratulate Com. Krishnakant Verma for the unique achievement.


26/12







ON BEHALF OF AIBSNLPWA TAMIL NADU CIRCLE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF OUR ASSOCIATION MET TODAY SRI. RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD, HONOURABLE MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT MADURAI DURING HIS VISIT TO THE CITY AND SUBMITTED A MEMORANDUM REQUESTING HIS INTERVENTION IN SETTLING OUR LONG PENDING DEMANDS.

Sri. Srinivasan, of Madurai
Sri. Sankara pandiyan, of Aruppukottai,
Sri. Sankaran ACS, TN
Sri. Vairamani Circle Org Secretary
Sri. Shunmugam Dist. President, Virudhunagar,
Sri. Raveendran Dist President, Madurai,
Sri. Dharmarajan , Dist. Secretary, Madurai.
Sri. Sivasubramainan Org Secretary, Madurai.

Sri S Arunachalam, Asst. General Secretary


FOLLOWING ISSUES WERE RAISED IN THE MEMORANDUM:
78.2% IDA MERGER; It was informed that the Minister had already approved the Draft Cabinet Note. Now, the final Cabinet Note has to be submitted to the Cabinet Secretariat for including the item in the agenda for Cabinet Meeting. There is no problem in the case. Minister assured that it would be expedited.
FUTURE PENSION REVISION WITH THE FITMENT FORMULA SUGGESTED BY CPC: The Minister assured that he would look into the matter and discuss the matter with the concerned officers.


26/12

OUR MADURAI COMRADES G.R.DHARMARAJAN D/S,RAVEENDRAN PRESIDENT,SIVASUBRAMANIAN ORG.SECY AND SRINIVASAN ACTIVE MEMBER ALONG WITH A.G.S ARUNACHALAM MET

SRI. PON RADHAKRISHNAN,

HON. MINISTER OF STATE FOR ROAD TRANSPORT,HIGHWAYS AND SHIPPING

AT MADURAI AND SUBMITTED A MEMORANDUM SEEKING HIS HELP IN EARLY SETTLEMENT OF 78.2% TO BSNL PENSIONERS AND

IMPLEMENTING THE 7TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS TO BSNL PENSIONERS

THE MINISTER ASSURED HIS HELP.

WE THANK THE MINISTER AND MADURAI COMRADES FOR THE INITIATIVE