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31/03

Letter addressed to Secretary, Telecom, DOT Delhi : Sub : Authorisation of pension of Telecom Mechanic cadre in accordance with Statutory rules - verification of the correctness of emoluments only for the period of 24 months prior to the date of retirement. Regarding.

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Letter addressed to Sri Uma Shankar Pandey, Member ( Services ) DOT. Sub : Non-grant of 78.2% merger benefit to nearly 600 pensioners by PCCA, TN despite judgement by CAT, Madras bench, regarding.

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copy of our letter dated 27-5-22 addressed to The Secretary Telecom DOT on reduction of Pennsion fixed on LPD including officiating pay. Reduction effected at the time of subsequent revision of pension on the basis of clarification in 2017.

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31/03

From Bhopal , we came to Delhi to meet the concerned authorities to pursue our pension revision demand and other pending issues.

Meeting with DDG (Est) : General Secretary Com V Vara Prasad and Vice-President Com P Gangadhara Rao met Smt Roshni Sohni DDG (Estt) DOT on 28-03-2023 and had a detailed discussion on pension revision issue.

Meeting with Member (Services) : Com V Vara Prasad GS, Com P Gangadhara Rao Vice-President, Com Anupam Kaul Dy GS met Member (Services) on 29-03-2023. When sought the appointment with Secretary Telecom, we were directed to meet the Member (Services).


We requested him for early settlement of our pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners as per 7th CPC which would give a permanent solution. He mentioned that Final note would be ready early next month for the decision of Hon’ble MOC to forward to concerned departments before a cabinet note is submitted. We insisted for a clause/provision for future revision to be made which Member(services) agreed to examine.

We have also discussed the following issues :

  • 1.Reduction of LPD in the case of Telecom Mechanics.
  • 2.Implementation of CAT judgement of Madras CAT on Extra increment
  • 3.Regularisation of officiating pay to be taken into account case of Sri Balasubrahmanyam etc.

We have submitted the letters on the above issues and Member (Services) assured that all these cases will be examined and suitable action will be taken.

Meeting with Director (Est) : We met Director (Est) Shri Raj Kumar and informed him that all the above mentioned cases are discussed with Member (Services) and requested him to process all the cases as these are pending for a long time. He promised to look into these issues.

Even though all the officers have assured us that our demand gets due examination , we are sceptical about the current status.

We understood that the officers who have to make a proposal for consideration by the top officers and Hon MoC are totally prejudiced. There is no change in their mindset. We witnessed the same when they convinced the Hon’ble MOC about zero percent fitment by presenting a selective power point presentation.

Even now, they are projecting that even without pension revision, BSNL/MTNL pensioners are getting nearly 140% more than C.G. pensioners who got 7th CPC benefit. We had to buttress this argument with certain facts. They have ignored the fact that before absorption, Executives were assured of a minimum monthly benefit of Rs.2500/- and Non-executives with a minimum monthly benefit of Rs.1500/- over & above CDA pay.

We understood that DoT may propose pension revision with 5 or 10% and try to get the approval of the top in the near future.

We are not very much particular about the quantum but we are particular about two aspects:

  • 1)It should ensure solution for periodical pension revision every ten years.But we have an apprehension whether it can be ensured if 5 or 10% is approved.
  • 2)There should not be any pension anomaly between pre & post-2017 retirees because pay revision is a mirage.

We have ensured that our concern about the justification of our demand are conveyed to the Secretary Telecom and we are hopeful that our demand will be considered with an open mind, and without prejudice. We shall wait and watch the developments. Next two/three months are crucial. Let us try our best till the end.

29/03

As informed by our Advocate Shri Gowtam Narayan, Our matter was taken up today and arguments were addressed by Mr Ghose Learned Senior Advocate. The bench was in agreement with the submissions made and observed as such as much to the respondents. However, since counsel for the DoT was unavailable, owing to some personal difficulty, the matter has been kept as ' part heard ' on 17 May 2023.

29/03

Dear Comrades,

Last CIRCLE CONFERENCE of MADHYA PRADESH CIRCLE was held at Bhopal on 25th and 26th June 2022. CHQ received two lists of office-bearers claiming that they got elected in the said conference.

Prior to that, some dispute arose in Jabalpur District branch also. District Secretary moved a resolution to suspend the District President on the charges of financial irregularities in the District Accounts which was passed by the circle conference. District President has ceased the bank account. Both the groups have started functioning parallely.

CHQ sent a Fact Finding Team consisting of Com. R H Mitkary, the then Vice President and Com. J S Dahiya, Asst. General Secretary to enquire into the allegations. After verifying the records made available to it, the Team reported about financial irregularities committed by the then Circle Secretary and about admission of delegates to Circle Conference and on election of office bearers. Based on the report of the fact finding team, the circle conference of June 2022 has been declared null and void.

Some of the comrades from Jabalpur brought this matter to the venue of last AIC at Visakhapatanam also. The AIC decided that CHQ will conduct the election of MP Circle with the participation of same circle office-bearers/District Secretaries and delegates who attended the last dissolved conference under its direct supervision and also to hold general body meeting of Jabalpur to resolve the dispute there.

Accordingly, a general body meeting of Jabalpur was held on 25-3-2023. Com. P Gangadhara Rao (Vice President) has conducted the proceedings in the presence of Com. Varaprasad (GS) and Com. Anupam Kaul (Dy GS). Two sections led by Com. K S Jat (Former District President) and Com. Saket Shukla (DS) raised allegations and counter allegations. However election was conducted by secret ballot. The panel led by Com. Saket Shukla got 115 votes out of 201 polled and the other panel led by Com. Jat got 61 votes. 25 votes were found invalid. After the elections Com. Jat and some of his friends walked out.

CIRCLE CONFERENCE:

Then the Circle Conference was held at Bhopal on 27-3-2023, as notified. All those district branches who attended the previous Circle conference of 26-06-2022 and newly elected delegates from Jabalpur in their District Conference on 25-03-2023 have participated in the present Circle conference. Conference was presided over by Com. Gangadhara Rao in the presence of General Secretary and Dy. GS. A heated debate took place on the organizational activities in the Circle. Finally, at the time of election of office bearers, some delegates from Districts like Gwalior, Indore, Morena, Guna and Shivpuri boycotted it alleging that entire proceedings are illegal and unconstitutional. The election process was continued and the following office-bearers were elected unanimously:

Circle President : R K Tiwari

Circle Secretary : V S Thakur

Circle Treasurer : J P Karve

Com Saket Shukla has been elected unanimously as Org Secretary, CHQ, the post which was kept vacant for MP Circle in the AIC.

29/03

District Conference of JABALPUR was held on 25-3-2023 under the Presidentship of Com . P Gangadhara Rao, Vice President , CHQ and in the presence of Com. V Varaprasad, GS and Com. Anupamkaul, Dy. GS.

Election was inevitable. Secret Ballot voting was conducted .

ELECTION RESULTS.

Total votes polled..... 201

Votes polled for the Panel of Com. K S Jat. 61

Votes polled for the Panel of Com. R K Tiwari. 115

Invalid votes.. . 25

Total. .... ... 201

President. Com. R K Tiwari

Secretary. Com. Saket Shukla.

Treasurer. Com. N D Paraswani.

23/03

Message from our lawyer

As you are aware, our matter was listed as Item 59 before Bench 5 today comprising of Ms.Pratima Gupta and Dr. Chhabilendra Roul.

Our Senior Counsel requested that the matter was of extreme urgency and required to be heard on priority since the issue involved was pertaining to the non-implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC in the BSNL qua the applicants who were absorbed from the erstwhile DoT into the BSNL upon corporatisation of the former and consequent formation of the latter. It was submitted that several thousand pensioners have been waiting for their lawful retiral benefits for several years. However, the lawyer appearing for the respondents was in some difficulty.

Keeping in view the urgency expressed by Senior Counsel , the bench was pleased to accept the request made by him and post the matter on the shortest possible date i.e. 29th March 2023- next Wednesday.

17/03

CGHS issues revised guidelines for setting up Local Advisory Committees for all Wellness Centres / Zonal Advisory committees at the level of AD CGHS throughout the country to ensure prompt redressal of grievances within the CGHS system.

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16/03

Pensioners Patrika, March 2023 issue, has been returned from the following subscribers by Postal Department with various remarks. The concerned comrades are requested to check the address and intimate if there is any change. Else they may take up with their respective post offices,

District Secretaries are also requested to look into the matter .

The List The List

14/03

Pension Revision Issue :

Dear comrades

Today (13/3/23) Com M K Bagchi, President, RTOWA and self met Member (Services) and discussed the issue of pension revision in detail.

Before that, Member (S) had a discussion with DDG (Estt) and Director (Estt) for nearly 45 minutes when we were waiting outside.

Member (S) informed us

1) After several corrections in the calculation DoT finance wing has sent the file to Establishment section.

2) Discussion may be held with Member (F) and Telecom secretary during this week.

3) After getting their opinion/clearance it would be discussed with Hon MoC depending upon his convenience and quantum will be decided as directed by him.

4) We told him that since there should be a mechanism for future pension revision and hence reiterated our demand of 7th CPC fitment factor.

5) He noted down the point of hassle free future pension revision.

This is for your information and at last file has come out of DoT finance. Let us hope for the best.

Anupam Kaul , Dy.GS

24/02

Denial of benefit of fixation under FR22© for those executives who retired between July 2017 and May 2018.

Between 22nd& 25th March 2022 we visited Delhi and we discussed this issue with Director (Estt) and explained as follows:-

The Executives who retired prior to July 2017 and those who retired after May 2018 got the benefit of increment one for lateral promotion and another for vertical promotion in the same scale of pay under FR22©.There was objection by audit and through court intervention got the benefit by giving an undertaking that it is subject to final verdict from the court.But the same benefit was denied to those retired in the in-between period of 10 months.This issue was discussed with Director (Estt.).He told that there should be uniformity and either all should get or all should not get.We told him that DoT cannot go against the judgement and the officials who retired during this 10 months period also should get it by giving a similar undertaking.He said that it is getting examined.

On 26/07/2022 again we discussed this issue with Director (Estt) during our visit.

He said that will be looked into.

DoT has issued the order on 20th February 2023 vide No.40-12/2004-Pen(ST)(pt) conceding our request. DoT took one year to issue this order. Anyway we thank DoT for removing the discrimination.

DOT's order pension_dot-om-dated-20th-feb-2023.pdf

16/02

Nation wide agitation by BSNL/MTNL Pensioners: Joint action Program by six major BSNL/MTNL Pensioner's associations including ours was given demanding pension revision as per 7th CPC fitment formula. All of us have witnessed that the Call attention day on 19th December 2022 and two days dharna on 17th, 18th Jan 2023 was successfully observed throughout the country . Rally on February 8th to Sanachar Bhavan in Delhi and to CCA offices in Circles was also implemented successfully by these associations. Rally program was suitably modified depending upon local requirements.

Though Hon MOC was positive , because of negative attitude of authorities in Sanchar Bhan , we had resorted to the agitational approach demanding the immediate pension revision with effect from 1-01-2007 for pre 2017 retirees as per 7th CPC and the same benefit to be extended to Post2017 retirees also. More than 3.5 lakh pensioners are awaiting the settlement very eagerly. The enthusiastic response vindicated the anger of the pensioners against the inordinate delay and large majority of pensioners are convinced about the justification of our demand.

We congratulate all the leaders of these associations at all levels for the spectacular success of the 3 phase program of agitations.

Let us closely monitor the further developments on the issue and hope to jointly pursue for final settlement as per our demand.

Rally on 8th February Pictures - below.

Chennai

Bhopal

Ahmedabad

Salem

Lucknow

Nagpur

Kolkata

Patna

Delhi

Mumbai

Bhubaneswar

Trivandrum

Hyderabad

Bangalore

Vijayawada



Bharatpur

Punjab

AJMER

Ranchi

Indore

Virudunagar

Thanjavur

06/02

Our Pension revision case in PB CAT Delhi has been adjourned to 21-03-2023.

06/02

Audio of Com D Gopalakrishnan Our CHQ President narrates the case of Pension Revision in a chronological way.

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30/01

GS / AIBSNLPWA spoke to Dr Mahesh Shukla, Member (Services), DOT, over phone today. Enquired about the status of our pension revision issue. Member (S) confirmedthe receipt ofcalculations from CGCA, on probable expenditure. Member(S)further told he has an appointment to meet Hon Minister for Communicationstoday in the evening. Member (S) told that he will inform the minister that pension revision is one of important pending point which is to be decided as the entire liability of cost of pension revision lies with Govt of India. He says he is hopeful for a favourable decision by MOC on fitment factor. On our behalf, we extended our greetings to him who is retiring on superannuation tommorrow .


23/01

2nd day dharna on 18-01-2023 was also held at all SSA/Circle headquarters throughout the country successfully as per joint call of 6 BSNL/MTNL associations demanding pension revision as per 7th CPC fitment formula w.e.f from 01-01-2017. Few of the photos received are given in the attached file. 18th-program.pdf