All India BSNL Pensioners' Welfare Association.



Today, Com. R C Malhotra (our NTR Circle President) and Com. D P S Sisodia (Circle Secretary) met the Director (Estt) and Joint Secretary, Telecom and conveyed our serious concern over the undue delay in processing the Cabinet Note. The officers say that they tried their best to get the views from four nodal ministries. Department of Pension has given their views. Views of the Department of Expenditure (DOE) is important and essential. Jt Secretary assured that the would take up the matter again with DOE to avoid further delay.

It seems the delay is due to divergent views on removal of the 60:40 condition on sharing of Pension Liability.


100 ITS officers are repatriated to Department of Telecom today by BSNL.

It is another drama.

On 17-4-2012, Delhi High court asked the BSNL/MTNL to send back all the ITS officers working on deputation basis if they have not opted for BSNL or MTNL.
BSNL Management did not honour the Court Order.Instead, the Management sought more time.
Again on 15-2-2013, Delhi High Court asked the BSNL/MTNL to comply its earlier order.
But, the BSNL Management managed to get a decision from Cabinet to retain the ITS officers in BSNL.
At that stage a wonderful order was issued. 988 ITS officers were transferred back to Department of Telecom.Within few minutes, all those 988 officers were brought back to BSNL for ten years on year-to-year diminishing basis. In effect an ITS officer will be in Central Government Service technically but will practically work in BSNL till he/she retires.
Not satisfied with all these, the ITS association filed another case and the High court has now decided that case.
Finding no alternative, the DOT asked BSNL to repatriate 100 ITS officers immediately.
Accordingly, the BSNL has issued an order today, 24th July 2015, asking 100 ITS officers to report to the Pr CCA or CCA of the Circle.
Tomorrow, or even today night, another order can be expected bringing back these 100 ITS officers to their respective posts and chairs.
BSNL management, inefficient in all other matters, are very efficient in doing this gimmicks.


The Government have issued fresh instructions yesterday, fixing time frame for processing the pension cases in Central Services. These guidelines, if adhered strictly by the controlling offices, will definitely help the retiring employees,

The said order is given in IMPORTANT ORDERS page of this Website.


Com. R. L. Kapoor met the Director (Estt) today and discussed the status of 78.2% case. It is understood that only Department of Pension has conveyed their comments on the Cabinet Note. Department of Expenditure (Finance ministry) had asked for some feedback. Their report is expected within a week. No comments have so far been received from Law ministry or Department of Public Enterprises.

The time limit is over now. We appeal to the Department of Telecom to submit the Cabinet Note to Cabinet Secretariat without waiting further for the comments from these nodal ministries.



It is a matter of interest for central government pensioners, including BSNL Retirees, what the 10th State Pay Commission of Kerala has recommended for Kerala government service pensioners and teachers. Hence, some more information.

Minimum Pension: It was Rs 150 in 1985, Rs 285 in 1988,Rs 375 in 1993, and Rs 1275 in 1997.

Now the 10th SPC has recommended a minimum pension of Rs 8500 from 1-7-2014.As in central service, minimum pension shall not be less than 50% of the new revised minimum pay. [ 50% of the pay scale or the post from which retired, whichever is beneficial.] Commission feels that One Rank One Pension scheme cannot be practically implemented in Kerala.Maximum pension shall be Rs 60,000.

Family Pension: Minimum shall be Rs 8500 and maximum Rs 36000 from 1-7-2014.

Date of Effect: Revision is from 1-7-2014.

Rate of Pension: 50% of last ten months average basic pay.Demand for 50% Last Pay Drawn not accepted.

Qualifying service for full pension: 30 years reduced to 25 years.Old pensioners are also eligible. But, no arrears for the period prior to 1-7-2014.

Fixation: 80% DA is merged and then 18% of existing basic pension/family pension is given as fitment benefit.

[For the Serving employees and teachers, the fitment benefit is only 12%.]

DCRG: Ceiling is raised from Rs 7 lakhs to Rs 14 lakhs.

Commutation: It is restored after 12 years in Kerala.No change proposed.

Additional pension to senior pensioners: . Not recommended.

Medical allowance: Rs 300 per month, no change suggested as medical Insurance is under consideration of the Government.

Superannuation: Retirement age was 56 years. Recommended to raise it to 58 years.


A new SSA Unit of our Association has been formed in Hazaribagh SSA in Jharkhand Circle with Shri M K Sinha as President, Shri R P Srivastava as Dist Secretary and Shri Sushilkumar as Treasurer. CHQ welcome the new District Unit.


The West Godavari SSA unit has opened two new branches recently.

Jangareddygudem branch has elected S/s P N Prabhakara Rao, S V Ranga Rao and T D Babu Rao as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Bhimadole branch has elected S/s P M P Chandrsekhara Rao, S Durga Rao and Kolli Venkata Rao as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.


The 10th Pay Commission appointed by Kerala State Government has submitted its report to the Government yesterday.
The Commission has doubled the minimum in each pay scale.
But, the net increase will be Rs 2000 – Rs 12000.
Minimum Pay recommended for a Group D is Rs 17000 and the maximum pay will be Rs. 1, 20, 000.
Fitment benefit will be 12 percent to serving staff and 18 percent to pensioners.
Date of effect will be 1st, July 2014.
Retirement age is raised from 56 years to 58 years.Many youth organizations have opposed the proposal.
Pay revision and pension revision take place in Kerala once in 5 year till now.The 10th Pay Commission has recommended next pay/pension revision only after ten yars.This proposal has invited strong opposition from staff Unions.


Com. R L Kapoor, our Legal committee member reports from New Delhi:

So far, none of the four Nodal Ministries (Finance, Pension, Law and Heavy Industries) has conveyed comments on the Draft Cabinet Note on 78.2% sent by Department of Telecom.

The prescribed time limit has exhausted.

DoT has sent reminders to all the four Nodal Ministries.


Department of Public Enterprises has issued orders on 3-7-2015 raising the rate of IDA effective from 1-7-2015 to 102.6%.
The DPE order is given in Page IDA.
We have forwarded the said order to all the Centralised Pension Processing Centres of 23 nationalised banks.


Com. R L Kapoor, our Legal Committee member reports from New Delhi:
Our Advocate has filed Rejoinders today.
The pleadings recorded as completed.
Next Date is 31st July 2015.


New Delhi: 3rd July 2015:

A parliamentary committee headed by firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has recommended 100 percent hike in the salary of parliamentarians, a newspaper report said on Thursday.
Besides proposing a 100 percent hike in salary, the panel has also recommended increasing the pension of elected representatives from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000.
The Yogi Adityanath-led panel has suggested to bring in a pay revision mechanism on the lines of pay commission, which is at present only meant for government employees.
As per the report, at least 60 recommendations have been put forward by the Adityanath-led panel.The panel has also advocated for raising the daily allowance of Rs 2,000 for MPs, which they get during Parliament sittings. Besides proposing 20-25 free air travels in a year, the panel has also said that an additional free AC first class ticket should be provided for their companion, such as their personal secretary. As per the report, the panel has also recommended extending the health benefits given to the MPs to their children and grandchildren as well.

The last revision of salaries of MPs took place in 2010.

The Parliamentary Affairs Ministry has rejected some of the proposals.

But, the proposals to double the salary and increase the pension are not rejected.

[Zee News]

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Today, the Kerala High Court has dismissed the appeal petition filed by Department of Telecom against the CAT (Ernakulam) verdict on counting of extra increment for fixation of pension. Judgement is awaited within a week. Details will be given then. Adv. Sreeraj appeared for the four BSNL Retirees and Kerala circle Unit of AIBSNLPWA who had filed the case in CAT.


The Pensioners in Greece are in the street, protesting the cuts on pensions and austerity measures imposed on the people by the Government.


Athens, July 1st 2015

Protest of Pensioners’ Federation for the Payment of Pensions

The Pensioners’ Federation organized a protest at the Ministry of Finance and to the Bank of Greece to demand the immediate payment of the total amount of their pensions.

In his statement outside the Ministry, the President of the Federation of Pensioners and Member of the Executive Secretariat of PAME, cde Dimos Koubouris said:

“We demand the immediate payment of our pensions. Our pensions are our money and not of the banks. The pensions are not capital, to have Capital Control. The pensions are money we need for our medicines, for our families”

The Ministry of Finance and the Banks Union have imposed Capital Control to all withdrawals and especially for pensioners, whose pensions have frozen, and are only allowed the withdrawal of an extremely small sum.

The Pensioners’ Federation demanded the immediate payment of all pensions, in their whole amount.


You can retain your mobile number while changing cities with the national mobile number portability (MNP) becoming a reality. The much-awaited proposal will enable you to keep your existing phone number while shifting cities— say from Delhi to Mumbai or Chennai to Kolkata. Operators have already started rolling out full MNP plans and these include Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, R-Com and state-run BSNL and MTNL.

Currently, you have to pay roaming charges if you use your number outside your home city, except for BSNL. Also, you will be billed on STD rates for the calls. A full MNP will help you do away with these charges as your new city becomes your home base without any change in the phone number.

India, which currently has 22 circles or telecom zones, had allowed intra-circle number portability till now which meant that you could retain your number even if you shifted your mobile operator within the same city. Now this is allowed on a pan-India basis.


Central DA is granted once in six months, based on the average Index for the preceding 12 months.CDA from July 2015 will be determined calculating the average Index for the 12 months from July 2014 to June 2015. Index for June 2015 will be officially announced on 31st July 2015 only.
Eleven months Index is available. Based on that, it can be presumed that CDA will increase by a minimum of 6% from July 2015: From 113% to 119%. Increase of 1 point or 2 points in the Index for June will not change the position.
Same Index is taken for CDA and IDA. But, average is taken for 12 months and 3 months respectively. That is reflected in the rate of CDA and IDA.


The Labour Bureau of India has released the All India Consumer Price Index for May 2015.

It is 258 points. (March: 254 points&April: 256 points)

With the above, the IDA from July 2015 can be assessed as 102.6%

IDA from January 2015: 100.5%

Increase: 2.1%

DA rate from July 2015: 102.6%



It is like the 3000 years old story told by AESOP which said that "Then, slowly, and with hardly a whisper of sound... out of the huge cleft in the mountain peak there slowly emerged... a tiny little mouse."

"As ex-servicemen steadfastly press for the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP), top Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources have said that the main reason behind the delay is not funds, but the minuscule increase that jawans may get if OROP is implemented in its present form. Sources said that the concern within the government is that the jawans may get an increase of just about “few hundred” rupees per month — a raise that may not justify the decade long OROP agitation." ...Media report