All India BSNL Pensioners' Welfare Association.

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18/12

Com. R L Kapoor reports from Delhi through SMS:

"Today I visited Sanchar Bhavan and enquired about the Case.

The 78.2% case is being referred to Ministry of Law for wetting the Cabinet Note."


21/12

Many of our branches have observed the Pensioners Day with great enthusiasm.

Reports are pouring. We will give the gist after compiling all the reports.

Some photos are given below.

[Photos in JPG format only can be uploaded in this Website.]

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CALICUT- KERALA.

ELURU - AP

NAGERCOIL - TN

BHIMAVARAM - AP

TENKASI - TN

MANGALORE - KARNATAKA

VIJAYAWADA - AP

BHUBANESWAR - ODISHA

HUBLI - KARNATAKA


SALEM WEST - TN

BHOPAL - MP

BANGALORE - KARNATAKA

CHENNAI STR DN - TN

JABALPUR - MP

MADURAI - TN

HYDERABAD - AP






20/12

Tenkasi branch of Tirunelveli District has donated Rs 10,000.

Shri Narayanan Mangalassery of Calicut has transferred a sum of Rs 1000 to the fund.

Silchar, Assam has sent RS 5000

16/12

Indian pensioners’ community observe 17, December as PENSIONERS DAY. Because it was on 17, December 1982, the Supreme Court of India delivered its landmark judgement in the case filed by late Mr D S Nakara and others.

BACKGROUND IN BRIEF

The first Pay Commission (1946-47) recommended that pension should be 1/80 of each year of service completed. Maximum pension in central service was suggested as Rs. 8000 per year. Govt raised it to Rs 8100 per year; means Rs 675 per month. The Second CPC (1957-60) did not change it. III CPC (1970-73) also did not consider the plight of old pensioners.

On 25, May 1979 the Government introduced a ‘liberalised pension scheme”. The ceiling on maximum pension was raised from Rs 675 to Rs 1000 per month. But, the order said that the new scheme would be applicable only to those who were in service on 31st March 1979. Since Mr D S Nakara and Mr. Satyendra Singh, two officers, retired before 31-3-1979, they continued to get Rs 675 as monthly pension. They approached the Court of Law to remove this ‘cut off date” of 31-3-1979.

A five member bench of Supreme Court delivered a judgement on 17-12-1982 stating that such cut-off date is against the Constitution.

Not only that.

Supreme Court made very categorical statements about pension etc. Thus the Judgement in Nakara Case became a landmark judgement in the history of Indian judiciary. It has become the ‘magna carta’ for Indian pensioners. Many subsequent judgements, reports of IV CPC, V CPC, VI CPC and the VII CPC also quoted this judgement. Old pensioners get some benefit only because of this judgement.


VII CPC.

The seventh Pay Commission has recommended that pension of those who retired before 1-1-2016 should be multiplied by 2.57. Suppose a person was getting Rs 10,000 as monthly pension, then his new basic pension will be: Rs 25700.What is the real increase?

Basic Pension: ... Rs 10,000

DA as on 1-1-2016: ... Rs 12,500

Total recd: ... ... Rs 22,500

Increase will be ...........Rs 3,200

32 percent of existing basic pension or 14.2 percent of existing total pension.

THE FITMENT FORMULA

The fitment formula of 2.57 was arrived at because the VII CPC fixed new minimum pay in Central Govt. Services as Rs 18000. 2.57 times of Existing minimum pay of Rs 7000. This new minimum pay of Rs 18000 is most irrational and unscientific. Staff Side has demanded that it should be at least Rs 26,000. Government may consider it.

PENSIONERS’ DAY IN 2015

When we, BSNL/MTNL retirees, observe the Pensioners Day 2015, we are waiting for a government decision on the demand for revision of our pension with 78.2%. There should not be a cut-off date like 1-1-2007 or 10-6-2013.Those who were in service on 10-6-2013 and retired thereafter are getting pension with 78.2%. Those who retired before that cut off date are denied the benefit.This is against the judgement in Nakara case. This injustice should be ended immediately. Central government pensioners will get a pension revision from 1-1-2016, as recommended by CPC or as revised by the Government. We are also central government pensioners. There should not be any discrimination in this matter too. That is what Supreme Court declared on 17-12-1982.

Hence, Nakara Case Judgement is important to us.

Pensioners Day is important to us.

16/12

OUR COIMBATORE SSA UNIT HAS SENT Rs 10,000 inclusive of a personal donation of Rs 2000 from Shri Sundara Rajan, a member of Coimbatore unit, now living at Hubli, Karnataka.



15/12


R C Malhotra, AGS reports from New Delhi as:

" Establish Section prepared the revised Cabinet Note with the data asked for by Department of Expenditure. The same was submitted to Member (Services) for forward transmission. But, in the meanwhile, the Legal Section raised some doubts and wanted some corrections. So Establishment Section is making necessary corrections to the Cabinet Note as Legal section wants...."

In short, the file is still in Sanchar Bhavan


14/12

Sh. B L Sharma, Retd JTO, Sagwara Rajasthan has sent Rs 1000 to the Fund.

The Kolkata Traffic branch has sent Rs 5000 to the Fund today.

Sh. V S Muthukumaran, Retd DGM,.... informs that he has transferred Rs 5000.


13/12

A VIEW OF THE AUDIENCE

13/12

COM. K MUTHIYALU SPEAKS

[COMS. NATARAJAN, DG, A K DHANABALAN, T S VITTOBAN, S ARUNACHALAM ARE SEEN IN THE PHOTO.]

13/12

VIRUDHUNAGAR (TN)

Today, Virudhunagar branch has sent a sum of Rs 15300 to the Relief Fund


VISKHAPATNAM

Visakhapatnam branch (AP) has sent a sum of Rs 10,000 to the Fund.


Thanjavur:

On 12-12-2015, in the general body meeting held at Thanjavur to observe PENSIONERS DAY, a call was given for donation towards Chennai Flood Relief Fund. Rs 22000 was donated by the pensioners present on the spot. Added the amount from District Association, a total sum of Rs 37000 was donated by Thanjavur Comrades. CHQ Leaders Com. G Natarajan, D Gopalakrishnan, T S Vittoban, K Muthiyalu, S Arunachalam, V Rama Rao and Com. S Gunasekaran (former CHQ Treasurer) addressed the meeting.

TIRUCHIRAPALLY

In the evening a meeting was held at Tiruchirapally. There also a sum of Rs 16400 was collected on the spot from the participants towards the Relief Fund. Com. DG and Com. Rama Rao addressed the meeting

13/12

10—12—2015 6 PM

Today, the CHQ leaders available in Chennai, Circle Secretaries of Tamilnadu and Chennai TD and other active workers of our Association in Chennai met and discussed the situation after the Floods. It was decided:

1. CHQ will donate a sum of Rs 20,000

2. Chennai TD Circle Unit will donate Rs 25,000

3 Tamilnadu Circle also will donate Rs 25,000.

4. A sum of Rs 50,000 will be earmarked for purchasing Notebooks and distributing to the poor students in Chennai Corporation schools and Government schools of Cuddalore and Pondicherry. [Government of Tamilnadu decided to distribute Text books, not Notebooks.]

5. Remaining amount will be utilized to help our own members and BSNL pensioners who are really affected by the rain and floods.

6. According to the information already received, ten comrades are worst affected.There may be some more people. We are searching. Such people will be given the relief in kind/materials – not in cash.

7. A committee of eight comrades has been constituted to contact BSNL pensioners living in areas greatly affected by the floods and assess the situation. The Four CHQ Office Bearers in Chennai will supervise these relief activities.

09/12

Com. V Rama Rao, our All India Asst. Treasurer and Tamilnadu Circle Secretary and a known social worker takes lead to collect relief materials and distribute the same to the deserving victims of recent floods in Chennai.


09/12

TIRUNELVELI DIST BRANCH HAS SENT Rs 10,000

TRICHUR (KERALA) HAS SENT Rs 10,000

SHRI T SRINIVASAN AND S SANKARESWARI OF MADURAI HAVE SENT Rs 3,000

SHRI RAGHAVAN POTTI OF BALARAMAPURAM (TVM) SENT Rs 1000

08/12

Large number of people and organizations all over India have risen to the occasion and extended all types help they can give to victims of recent floods in Chennai.

Relief came in cash and kind. It is alleged that some petty politicians of Tamilnadu, belonging to the ruling party, simply printed stickers with the photo of 'Amma' and pasted on the packets sent by the relief workers. Some body else works. These fellows take credit of it. Important newspapers have published pictures of the game.

We will take care of such games.

08/12

KARNATAKA CIRCLE ASSOCIATION HAS SENT Rs 25,000 TODAY

PALAKAD (KERALA) DISTRICT UNIT HAS SENT Rs 20,000

TRICHUR (KERALA) DISTRICT UNIT HAS SENT Rs 10,000

SAMBALPUR (ODISHA) DISTRICT UNIT HAS SENT Rs 5,000

COM. M C SHARMA (CIRCLE SECRETARY OF MP CIRCLE) HAS SENT PERSONAL DONATION OF Rs 2,000

07/12

7—12—2015 1 PM

CHENNAI FLOOD RELIEF FUND

According to the information received by me so far,

following remittances have been made to the CHENNAI FLOOD RELIEF FUND:

1. Kerala Circle ...................Rs 25,000

2.Andhra Circle....................Rs 25,000

3.Ernakulam Dist (Kerala.)..Rs 20,000

4.Malappuram (Kerala)...... Rs 20,000

5.Kottayam (Kerala) ...........Rs 10,000

6.Trivandrum (Kerala).........Rs 10,000

7. Calicut (Kerala) ............. Rs 10,000

8. Kannur (Kerala) .............. Rs 8,500

9. Mathura (UPE), New branch ..... Rs 500.00

[Others who remit the amount may please inform me so that I can upload the matter in this Website.]

………P S Ramankutty, President

06/12

6.12.2015 ... ... .... 4 PM

Com. G Natarajan, GS and Com. DG, Vice President have, at last, reached their home today after noon at 3.30 PM. As there are no flights or trains to Chennai they had to go to Bangalore from Delhi first and from there to Chennai by car. Thanks to the help rendered by Com. G Babu (our new Vice President from Bangalore) and Com. Seshadri, Circle Secretary of NFTE-BSNL of Karnataka Circle, they could join their families today after a gap of one week. Once again, I appreciate the cooperation from their family members.Natarajan’s wife is not well. There are children in the family. DG too has grandchildren, including an infant. Those days of floods they could not go out for any vegetable or milk or drinking water. There was no current. There was no communications as land phones and mobile phones were down. It was a situation of “water water everywhere, not a drop to drink.”

Above all, the Head of the Family was away for our cause! The family members withstood the crisis bravely. Kudos to them.

.... ………P S Ramankutty, President

05/12

ERNAKULAM DISTRICT UNIT SENT Rs. 20,000 TODAY TO CHENNAI

KERALA CIRCLE ASSOCIATION WILL SEND Rs. 25,000 ON MONDAY

ANDHRA CIRCLE ASSOCIATION ALSO HAS SENT Rs 25,000 TODAY

SRI NAMBUNARAYANAN, RETD SDE, RAMESHWARAM INFORMS THAT HE HAS SENT Rs 3000 TO THE CHENNAI RELIEF FUND.


ANDHRA CIRCLE SECRETARY AND KERALA CIRCLE SECRETARY HAVE INSTRUCTED ALL THEIR DISTRICTS TO SEND DONATIONS TO CHENNAI RELIEF FUND IMMEDIATELY.

05/12

5.12.2015 .... .... 9.45 AM

WE ARE WAITING WITH HOPE

Shri Ananthakumar, Honourable Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers has assured our leaders that he would intervene in the cases. Similarly, Shri Nripendra Mishra, Principal Secretary to Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Ministeralso assured that he would intervene and sort out the issue of 60:40. Director and Member (Services) assured that the reply to DOE would be sent within a week. We are waiting with Hope.

5-12-2015 ... ... .. 9.30 AM

COM. NATARAJAN AND COM. GOPALAKRISHNAN IN BANGALORE

Finally, Com. G Natarajan (GS) and Com. DG (VP) reached Bangalore yesterday late night from New Delhi. Com. G Babu, our Vice President in Bangalore has made arrangement to send them to Chennai by car tomorrow. Trains are not going up to Chennai central station. Some Passenger trains are running up to another station outside the city. These trains are overcrowded and have no reservation.

Water has receded from the residence of Com. Natarajan and Com. DG. But, still there is a chance of heavy rains within few days. Their family members are safe.We are thankful to these leaders and their family members for withstanding the tremendous strain and tension during the crisis.

HELP OUR COMRADES IN CHENNAI

Chennai Floods

DO IT IMMEDIATELY PLEASE

04/12

The century's heaviest rains have inundated Chennai city and some parts of Tamil Nadu as well as Pondicherry. Roads are flooded. Many houses are under water. No electricity, No communications. Thousands lost their belongings. More than 200 people have died. Now, worst of all, 18 patients in a famous 'five star' hospital have died as oxygen could not be given to them probably due to power failure.

CHQ of AIBSNLPWA calls upon our members all over India to extend all possible help to our comrades in Chennai. We should send some money - maximum possible - to our Chennai Telephone District Circle Unit. It should be done immediately. Our Chennai TD and Tamilnadu Circles may take suitable decision how best the fund can be utilized.

Please rush your donation by transferring the amount online from your bank account to the bank account of Chennai TD Circle Unit of our Association. Their account details are:

Name of account holder: AIBSNLPWA Chennai Telephone Dist.

Name of Bank: Indian Bank

Name of Branch: Nungambakkam, Chennai

IFSC No: IDIB 000N033

SB Account Number: 705544076

I am issuing this Special Appeal in consultation with our leaders who are on their way back from New Delhi.

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... P S Ramankutty, President.

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