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Chennai: A man moves to safe place from flooded Kotturpuram during heavy rains in Chennai on Wednesday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar(PTI12_2_2015_000148A)


MILK @ Rs 100 PER LITRE !

DRINKING WATER @ Rs. 150 PER LITRE !!


04/12

In the inundated Chennai city, some shops are opened after remaining closed for the last three days. People rushed out to buy essential items. But many had to return home disappointed as the prices of food and drinking water had skyrocketed in several parts of Chennai.

For instance, a packet of milk, which normally costs Rs 20-22, was being sold for Rs 100 while drinking water bottles were being sold for Rs 150 against the original price of Rs 15-20. With ATMs not functioning, many ran out of money.

04/12

Our leaders are returning today from Delhi after the successful mission.

Com. Natarajan and Com. Gopalakrishnan will be going to Bangalore first

as all trains and flights to Chennai are cancelled.

They have to join their families in distress due to the disastrous floods in Chennai city.

Going to Chennai from Bangalore is also a problem.

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03/12

3-12-2015 6 PM

As reported earlier, our leaders met Mr Pracheesh Khanna, Director (Estt) of Department of Telecom and discussed in detail the case of 78.2%. Mr. Khanna informed that the Department of Expenditure of Ministry of Finance had raised number of queries on the Cabinet Note. To prepare reply to those queries, the Establishment Section wanted information from various Sections of DoT. Now, the information has been received from Sections. Establishment Section is compiling them now. The reply to DOE may be sent within a week’s time.

03/12

3-12-2015 2 PM

Today noon, our leaders met Shri Ananthakumar, Hon’ble Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and apprised him of their meetings with Shri Nripendra Mishra (Principal Secretary to Prime Minister) and Additional Secretary, Telecom. Shri Ananthakumar assured that he would pursue the case further.

AT 3 PM, OUR LEADERS ARE MEETING THE DIRECTOR (EST.) TO ASCERTAIN FURTHER MOVEMENT OF THE FILE IN THE CASE OF 78.2%.


PENSION ANOMALY CASE

The Pension anomaly case came up today before Principal Bench of CAT . We expected that arguments would take place today. It did not happen. Since some of the Departments have not yet filed their counter affidavits, the Judge told that he is giving them the “last chance.The departments should submit their counter within 15 days” and then posted the Case to Third February 2016.

The delay is disgusting, no doubt. But once we are in the court we have no other choice but to follow the procedures.

One good development is that the Department of Pension did not admit the anomaly earlier; now, they admit that there is an anomaly. But they have no proper satisfactory proposal to remove it. We have to go with the court case only.

CHENNAI FLOODS

TRAINS AND FLIGHTS CANCELLED. AIRPORT SHUT TILL 6-12-2015?

RAIN MAY CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER WEEK !!

NO ELECTRICITY, NO DRINKING WATER, NO FOOD FOR THOUSANDS......

MISERY CONTINUES

03/12

GLOBAL CLIMATE WARMING

Many of us in India ignored the warning on global climate change.

We are paying for the reckless development, illegal constructions,

It was Himalayan floods two years ago. Now Chennai floods.....


Chennai Rains.

Saidapet bridge....

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03/12


Once again, the Chennai city is flooded due to very unusual heavy rains.

Families of our leaders Comrades G Natarajan, D Gopalakrishnan, K Muthiyalu, V Rama Rao all are affected. Com. Natarajan and Com. DG are in Delhi now. They are stranded there as many trains and flights are cancelled


02/12

We congratulate our leaders Com. G Natarajan (GS), D Gopalakrishnan (Vice President),P Gangadhara Rao (Dy GS), R C Malhotra (AGS.. photo not given) and Com. R Changappa (CS, Karnataka circle) for their successful efforts made in New Delhi during the last three days.
They met Shri Ananthakumar (Minister for Chemicals & Fertilisers), Shri Nripendra Mishra (Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India), Shri Shivsailam (Addl Secretary, Telecom), Shri Narendra Yadav (Member Services), Smt. Annie Moraes (Member Finance) etc. and took up the case of 78.2% IDA for pensioner revision, removal of 60:40 on pension liability and other cases.

01/12

As scheduled in Bangalore AIC, our General Secretary Com. G Natarajan, Dy General Secretary Com. P Gangadhara Rao, AGS Com. R C Malhotra and Karnataka Circle Secretary Com. R Changappa met Shri Ananthakumar, Minister for Chemicals& Fertilizers, in his office in New Delhi yesterday, 30--11- 2015.

Shri Ananthakumar arranged meeting with Additional Secretary, Telecom and Shri Nripendra Mishra, Principal Secretary to Shri Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India.

Today at 11.30, Com. Natarajan, Com. Gangadhara Rao, R C Malhotra and Com. Changappa met Shri N Shivasailam (Additional Secretary, Telecom) and discussed about the 78.2%. It was told that the PSU section has given their comments two days back and the file has come back to the Establishment Section. The Additional Secretary assured that the case would be expedited to send the Note to the Cabinet at the earliest.

MEETING WITH NRIPENDRA MISHRA

Then, at 1400 hours the leaders along with Vice President Com. D Gopalakrishnan, met Shri Nripendra Mishra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India (who is also former Chairman of Telecom Commission). Main point discussed was the issue of 60:40. Shri Mishraji knows the case well. However, he gave a very patient hearing to our arguments and assured that he would sort out the issue.

Our leaders will be meeting Shri Ananthakumar again this evening, if possible.

We do hope that our efforts will bear the desired fruits...

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29/11

As suggested by Shri Ananthkumar, Honourable Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers, while addressing our AIC on 22-11-2015, our leaders have reached New Delhi to pursue the important cases like 78.2% IDA etc. Com. G Natarajan (GS) Com. P Gangadhara Rao (Dy General Secretary) and Com. R Changappa (CS, Karnataka) have already reached Delhi today. Com. D Goplakrishnan (VP) will be joining them tomorrow.


27/11

7th CPC made many exercises to find out the expenditure for a family of four members:

The Employee, his wife or her husband, and their two children.

The experts assessed that a 4 members-family should take only 600 ml milk every day. 18 Litre in a month.

So, the expenditure for milk is limited. This is one of the exercises.....

Hence, minimum pay for a central government employee was fixed at Rs 18000 per month.

Minimum Pension was fixed at Rs 9000 per month.

Does it mean a family of a pensioner should take only 300 ml milk every day?


Earthy colours applied to village houses of mud finishing are an inspiration for modern city architects. Khiching, Orissa..

Rs 524.07 for Housing for a family of 4 members India ! Where ?

26/11

The 7th CPC has prescribed Rs 18000 as the minimum pay taking into account various expenses of a family with Employee, his wife and two children. According to the CPC, the average expenditure for housing a family in India is only Rs 524.07 per month.

Where in India you will get a house for rent of Rs 524.07 per month? Even in a village ?
We wonder who gave this 'wonderful' information to the CPC!

BSNL has prescribed Rs 1155 for a Type I Quarter in unclassified towns, Rs 2310 in B class cities and Rs 3465 in A1 class cities.

26/11

Karnataka Circle Conference of AIBSNLPWA was held on 23-11-2015 in Bengaluru, one day after the AIC. Delegates from all the SSA Units participated. Representing the CHQ, Comrades P S Ramankutty (President), D Gopalakrishnan (Vice President), K R G Durga Prasada Rao (VP) , G Babu (VP), G Natarajan (GS), P Gangadhara Rao (Dy. GS), S Arunachalam (AGS), K G Deshpande (Org. Secretary), K Muthiyalu (Org. Secretary), and AP Circle Secretary Com. K S Koteswara Rao greeted the Conference.

The report presented by Com. Changappa (CS) and accounts presented by Com. Guru Rajan (Treasurer) were adopted after a lively discussion.

The Conference unanimously elected the new team of Circle Office Bearers with Com. P Gangadhara Rao as President, Com. G Babu as Vice President, Com. R Changappa as Circle Secretary and Com. Gururajan as the Treasurer.

25/11


7th CPC RECOMMENDATIONS ON PENSION AND PENSIONARY BENEFITS

The Commission has not recommended any change on many issues concerning pensioners. Few examples are:

1.Additional pension on attaining age of 80 years: NO CHANGE

2.Enhanced family pension from 7 years to 10 years: NO CHANGE

3.Commutation at 40%: NO CHANGE

4.Restoration of commuted value after 15 years only: NO CHANGE

5.Earned Leave accumulation up to 300 days: NO CHANGE

6.Fixed medical allowance to pensioners living in non-CGHS areas:NO CHANGE

7.DA Formula for central pensioners: NO CHANGE

SOME CHANGES:

The ceiling of Gratuity and Death gratuity has been enhanced. It will benefit only retiring senior officers.

One Rank One Pension principle is recommended to some extent in the formula for revising pension of existing pensioners.

MULTIPLICATION FACTOR

2.57 is recommended for all – employees and pensioners. There is no discrimination in it. Assuming that the Central DA will be 125% as on 1-1-2016, the net benefit will be an increase of 32 percent of existing basic pension.

Two options are available for re-fixation of pension. Immediately apply the MULTIPLICATION formula of 2.57 and fix the pension. Later on, re-fix the pay at the minimum of the newly proposed Pay Matrix and then add number of increments earned by the pensioner in the old scale when he/she retired and then fix the pension at 50% of the total amount including the increments so added.

MEDICAL INSURANCE

Medical Insurance scheme is recommended while, on the other side, suggested expansion of CGHS to some more cities.

NO MENTION OF BSNL RETIREES.

25/11

Shri Ananthakumar is being received by Com. Changappa, Com. Gangadhara Rao and Com. G Babu

25/11

Shri Ananthkumar, Hon'ble Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers addressing our AIC In Bangalore on 22-11-2015.

Comrades D Gopalakrishnan, Gangadhara Rao, G Babu, Muthiyalu and G Natarajan are seen in the photo.

25/11

" I AM WITH YOU", says Shri Ananthkumar

24/11

Com. P S Ramankutty, President unfurls the association Flag.


DAIS: Comrades D Balasubramanian (AIFPA CHennai), Lekhnath Gautam (REAN Nepal), Ram Saran Wagle (REAN Nepal), Mohan Bahadur KC (Vice President, Trade Union International P&R), PSR, DG, GN, Gunasekaran and G Babu are in the picture.

A view of the Delegates

Com DG with leaders of Pensioners movement from Nepal and Com. D Balasubramanian of AIFPA, Chennai


23/11

23-11-15: SUCCESSFULL AIC AT BANGALORE:

Sri Ananthakumar, Honourable Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers attended our 2nd All India Conference at Bangalore on 22-11-15 evening. Com. P S Ramankutty Speaks

Com D. Gopalakrishnan gave a brief speech explaining mainly two of our major demands of 78.2% IDA Pension Revision and future pension revision in front of him.

Honourable Minister Sri Ananthakumar speaks

He asked our leaders to meet him in New Delhi on 30-11-15. He assured that he would again intervene to settle our cases.


Com. G Natarajan, GS speaks

A view of the delegates, at the fag end of the conference when Shri Ananthkumarji came.

[More photos will be uploaded soon.]

Com.P S Ramankutty and Com. G. Natarajan re-elected as President and General Secretary.

Other office bearers are:

Vice Presidents:

Com. D Gopalakrishnan, Tamilnadu
Com. K R G Durgaprasad Rao, AP
Com. S R Sinha, Bihar,
Com. (Mrs) T S Pillai, Jharkhand
Com. G Babu, Karnataka
Com. (Mrs) A P Saraswathy
Com. J K Tripathy, Odisha
Com. R H Mitkary, Nagpur, Mah
Com. M R Das, Silchar, Asam


Dy. GS

Com. P Gangadhara Rao, Karnataka

Treasurer:

Com. T S Vittoban, Chennai

Asst. Treasurer:

Com. V Rama Rao, Tamilnadu

Asst. General Secretaries:

Com. V V S Murthy, AP
Com. S K Jain, Chhatisgarh
Com. R C Malhotra, Delhi
Com. J S Dahya, Haryana
Com. K S Jt, MP
Com. Gyan Singh, Rajasthan
Com. S Arunachalam, Tamilnadu
Com. M D Saraf, UP East
Com. Sher Singh, UP West


Organising Secretaries:

Com. N Adinarayana, AP
Com. B K Brahmbhatt, Gujarat
Com. Chandrika singh, Jharkhand
Com. K G Deshpande, Karnataka
Com. V S Thakur, MP
Com. Atma Ram Verma, Punjab
Com. K Muthiyalu, Tamilnadu
Com. Ranjit Mukherjee, West Bengal

Legal Committee members are: Com. D Gopalakrishnan, R H MItkary and R L Kapoor.







18/11

OPEN SESSION PROGRAMME

Time: 11 AM Date: 21-11-2015

VENUE: Dr. Ambedkar Bhavana, Vasant Nagar, Begaluru 52

(NEAR BANGALORE CANTT RLY. STATION)

Inauguration:

Sh. ANANTHKUMAR

[HON’BLE CENTRAL MINISTER FOR CHEMICALS & FERTILIZERS]


KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

COM. D GOPALAKRISHNAN

[SECRETARY ASIA, TRADE UNION INTERNATIONAL (P&R)]


GREETINGS:

SHRI P. NAGARAJU

[CGMT BSNL, KARNATAKA]

SHRI A GNANASEKARAN

[CCA, KARNATAKA CIRCLE]

COM. MOHAN BAHADUR KC

[VICE PRESIDENT, TUI (P&R), NEPAL]

COM. RAM SARAN WAGLE

[GS, RETIRED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION, NEPAL]

COM. Engr. S C MAHESWARI

[SG, BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ, NEW DELHI]

COM. D BALASUBRAMANIAN

[GS, AIFPA, CHENNAI]

COM. G NATARAJAN

[GS, AIBSNLPWA, CHENNAI]

COM. S RADHAKRISHNA

[SG, CCCGPA, KARNATAKA]

COM. K B KRISHNA RAO

[GS, P&T PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION, KARNATAKA]

COM. P S RAMANKUTTY

[PRESIDENT, AIBSNLPWA WILL PRESIDE OVER]

The discussion will be on two main issues concerning all the BSNL Pensioners of India, viz. (i) Extension of 78.2% benefit for pension revision and (ii) a permanent system to revise our pension periodically along with other central government pensioners, at least once in 10 years (In 2017, 2027 and so on….).

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED. PLEASE DO COME.

[LUNCH WILL BE SERVED AFTER THE OPEN SESSION.]


G BABU [President] and
R CHANGAPPA [Genl. Secretary)

RECEPTION COMMITTEE FOR THE AIC.