Saturday, 21 January 2017

ensioners Day Celebration in Coonor District
Pensioners Day  was celebrated in Pensioners rest Room Coonor, on 18-01-2017 in a grand manner.
Coimbatore District Secretary and Tamilnadu Circle Vice PresidentCom.B.Arunachalam was the chief Guest.
President Com.Viswanathan (Retd DE) presided over the meeting.
Secretary Com.Doss welcomed all and narrated the District Association's activities. 
He anoounced that 3 comrades have joined our association. He also told with pride that GM has agreed to allot one Room for our Pensioners in Ooty.
NFTE service union had well arrangedthe meeting with  Meals and other requirements and which was appreciated by all our comrades.
Com.Arunachalam spoke about the importance of the Pensioners Day, Glorious judgement of Court, our struggle to get 78.2% IDA merger and annulment of 60:40 formula, Our success in CAT for Pension anomaly Case, our further step to get 7th CPC recommendations implemented for BSNL pensioners also on IDA basis etc.
He impressed up on unity among us and more members should be brought to our association so thet the hands of our leaders would be strengthed to achieve more for the pensioners.
Nearly 40 members attended and made it a grand success.
In the picture our BSNL building is shown which is 150 years old, built in 1870 by the British Government. 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Coimbatore District AIBSNLPWA ,Executive Committee Meeting was conducted on 19-01-2017 in Our Association's Hall in CTO Campus.
President Com.Gurusamy presided over the meeting. Some doubts raised by some of our members about the recently conducted Office Bearers Election. The President clarified them well about the procedures followed strictly and which were accepted.
Com.SivakamaSundari , Circle Office Bearer in her inaugural speech narrated the events taken by our association to achieve these success and lauded selfless service of our leaders
Com.Dhanraj in his speech told that RTI service for about 152 times had been utilised by our association especially by Com.DG to get particulars of 78.2% IDA merger files. 6 times Draft had been redrafted. This is not a small task. But for our Leaders hard efforts  and Hon.Minister's help we would not have achieved it. The services rendered by Com.Sidhu singh was well appreciated in the meeting.
District secretary Com.B.Arunachalam made an elaborate narration of all events. He told that 8 members have joined in our association as Life Members. He Welcomed all of them.
He met PGM and deplored about the delay in 78.2% arrears calculation process. PGM immediately called DGM(Finance) and gave a dead line date within which all works should be completed. 
The 78.2% related works had been completed and 1230 Pension Revised orders are ready for distribution. Pensioners can come to Main Exchange building, meet Com. Satheesh in Pay Bill Section and get their revised pension orders. They can get arrears calculation through Com.Jagadeeswaran, Treasurer.
October 2000 to June 2001 retired BSNL pensioners were having Pension anomaly. We filed a case in the CAT Court and we have won the case  through CAT Judgement. Nearly 23 pensioners of Kovai District would be benefited. We had the addresses of 6 of them and the information has been sent to them. Other pensioners are requested to contact us at the earliest.
For those who are unable to come in person to get the 78.2% IDA merger pension refixation orders, we are about to request the PGM, whom we would meet on 23rd January Monday to make arrangements to deliver the orders through us. If it was not possible, let the administration send through post.

For speedy and effective execution of our activities, a sub committee consisting 3 members had been formed such as,
To Send SMS Messages : Com.S.Ramakrishnan,
For Pension Calculations: Com.Jagadeeswaran,
For Minutes preparations: Com.Perumal.

The out going District Secretary Com.R.Thiruvenkatasamy was flicitated for his excellent service to the association and Pensioners. He had been honoured with Shawl and a momento with a standing ovation. 

Com.S.Ramakrishnan, Asst District Secy, requested in a resolution that our association should do Social Services also to the needy people. This was accepted by all and the resolution was passed unanimously. Through this noble service, Food, Cloth, medicines etc would be offered collectively by all our members  on special occasions.
It has been decided to conduct the Circle Executive Meeting in Coimbatore for 2 days and on the 2nd day evening to convene our District Special Meeting. We are awaiting for the dates from the Circle association.
Almost all EB members and special invitees totally 35 to 40 members attended and made it a great event.
Com.K.Sivakumaran while in his Vote of Thanks thanked the PGM for his intervention to get 78.2, and informed that PGM had told that pensioners having any problem in their pension fixation, arrears calculation etc could meet him directly. He thanked all members who had attended and took active participation.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

BSNL Pensioners of Odisha Protest

BSNL Pensioners of Odisha protest against the unhelpful, negative attitude of CCA of Odisha circle in the matter of implementation of Cabinet decision on 78.2%. A protest dharna ws staged in front of office of the CCA on 18-1-2017 under the banner of AIBSNLPWA.




Com. D Gopalakrishnan (Vice President) inaugurated the Rally and explained the cases of 78.2% and Pension Anomaly.Com. P S Ramankutty (President), Com. R N Pada Nair (Circle President), Com. T P George (Circle Secretary) and Com. G Madhusoodhanan Nair (Postal) addressed the Rally. 

A Grand meeting
 has been arranged by 
Tamilnadu Telecom Circle & 
Chennai Telephones District  
  27-01-2017, Friday 
1500 hours 
Ananda Kalyana Mandapam, 
GST Road, Chromepet,
Chennai 44. 
Com. P.S. Raman Kutty,   
Com. G.Natarajan,
Com. V.Ramarao,
Com. K.Muthiyalu,
Com. D.Gopalakrishnan,
will speak on 
all are requested 
attend the meeting. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

அன்பு தோழர்களே/தோழியர்களே  
கோவை மாவட்ட AIBSNLPWA சார்பாக வணக்கத்தையும் ,புத்தாண்டு,பொங்கல் வாழ்த்துக்களையும் தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறேன் .
78.2% IDA நிலுவைத் தொடர்பான உத்தரவுகள் நம் மாவட்ட அலுவலகத்திற்கு 
வர த்துவங்கியுள்ளன. உங்கள் ஓய்வூதிய அடிப்படை ஊதிய நிர்ணய உத்தரவினை  ( Pay Revised Order )கோவை மாவட்டம் Main Exchange அலுவலக Pay Bill பகுதியில் பணிபுரியும் தோழர் சதிஷ் அவர்களிடமிருந்து பெற்றுக்கொள்ளலாம் . உங்கள் PPO எண் மற்றும் ஒய்வு பெற்ற மாதம் /வருடம் போன்ற விபரங்களை எடுத்துச் செல்லவும் .
31-12-2016 வரை உங்களுக்கு வர வேண்டிய நிலுவைத் தொகையினை நீங்களே கணக்கிடலாம்.
Revised Pension Basic /2 X 4.68.

மாற்றப்பட்ட ஓய்வூதியம் தெரியவில்லை என்றால் , உங்கள் PPO -வில் உள்ள 
Pension Basic  X  1.0553 = இதுதான் உங்களின் புதிய Pension Basic (Revised Pension Basic) ஆகும்.
புதிய Pension Basic X  4.68 = உங்கள் நிலுவைத்தொகை upto December 2016.

உங்கள் பழைய Pension Basic ரூ 13720 எனில் ,
புதிய Pension Basic    = 13720 X 1.0553  = ரூ 14480/-
31-12-2016 வரை உங்கள் நிலுவைத்தொகை   =   14480 X 4.68 = ரூ 67766/-
உங்கள் நிலுவைத்தொகை விபரங்கள் உங்கள் கையில்.

78.2% IDA இணைப்பிற்காக நம் சங்கம் முயன்று போராடியதை நினைவுகூர்ந்து,  நம் சங்கத்தில் இன்னமும் சேராத தோழர்களுக்கு எடுத்துரைத்து நம் சங்கத்தில் சேர தோழமையுடன் முயற்சி செய்யவும். இன்னும் பல சாதனைகளை புரிய நம் சங்கத்திற்கு இன்னும் அதிகப்படியான உறுப்பினர்கள் தேவை.

தோழமை வாழ்த்துக்களுடன் 
B .அருணாசலம் 
மாவட்ட செயலர்.
AIBSNLPWA  கோவை மாவட்டம் 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Sixth Pay Commission did not do justice to the pensioners. A person in service drawing Rs 5000 as basic pay was granted increase in the form of Grade Pay of Rs 4200.It comes to 84% of the pay. Whereas, a pensioner drawing Rs 5000 as Basic Pension was granted increase of Rs 2000 (40%) only. This injustice, in every pay scale, is still continuing for eleven years.

Another major anomaly was about rate of pension. Those who retired on or after 1-1-2006 were granted pension at the rate of 50% Last Pay Drawn, provided they rendered a minimum of ten years qualifying service. Those who retired before 1-1-2006 continued to get pension at the rate of 50% of ten months average pay and that too on rendering qualifying service of 33 years. This disparity continues for the last eleven years.

Seventh CPC gave two options to undo this injustice and bring parity in pension of old pensioners and new pensioners. While Government accepted both the options, Option No 2 was implemented. Pension was multiplied by 2.57. Net benefit got is 32% of the existing basic pension. Though government accepted Option 1, subject to feasibility, it was not implemented. Instead, the Allowance Committee was asked to examine the ‘feasibility. It is understood that the Committee has almost rejected Option 1. They have suggested a new method to bring parity in pension. It is not yet announced officially. It is presumed that pay of the retirees will also be revised notionally in the new pay matrix. Then pension will be granted at 50% of the notionally fixed pay. It will remove the disparity to some extent. There is some indication as gained in the SCOVA meeting on 12-1-2017. [Please see the second Email received from Com. Krishna Rao, GS of Karnataka P&T Pensioners Association, given below.]
Question is about date of effect. If the new proposal is implemented with effect from 1-1-2016, then the senior pensioners will be losing arrears for ten full years.

We wrote to all organisations participating in SCOVA requesting them to demand pension at 50% of Last Pay Drawn to all who retired prior to 1-1-2006. Com. Krishna Rao only took up the item. But, it was not included in the Agenda by Government Side.

Email from Com. K B Krishna Rao, GS Karnataka P&T Pensioners Association, Bangalore:

DoP&PW this time did not include any item in the "Fresh Items" of the Agenda which has financial implications or requires amendement to pension Rules. In fact the Agenda was given to us in the meeting.We pointed out this and told them that the Agenda could have been atleast emailed to all SCOVA Members in advance for which the Secretary agreed.
Fresh items of the Agenda were of general nature.
Items suggested by KP&TPA (mailed to you earlier)which wolud benefit a large number of pre-2006 pensioners Viz. pension at 50 % of LPD, Stepping up of pro rata pension consolidated as per para 4.1 of OM dated 1-9-2008 to 50 % of the LPD , Grant of Family pension to unmarrried sisters, Increase in ex gratia to CPF beneficiaries were not included in the Agenda.
However, the Secretary DoP&PW who was the Chairman of the High Power Committee constituted to examine the feasibility of implementation of Option-1 recommended by the 7th CPC informed us that the Committee has submitted its report to the Govt and the Cabinet has to take decision in the matter. When we wanted to know about the nature of the "REPORT" the Secretary remarked that it is "Positive". When asked further , he said " it is as per your suggestion" . We understand that the report is about granting of parity in pension as recommended by the 5th CPC extended up to 7th CPC. .............................
........ If the report of the Committee on parity in pension is accepted by the Govt , then all pre 2016 pensioners will have their pension revised at 50 % of the Notional pay under 7th CPC and our demand regarding grant of pension at 50% of LPD will be met though may be from 1-1-2016 instead of from 1-1-2006, provided the amount of pension revised as per option-2 (application of multiplication factor 2.57) is lower than 50 % of the notional pay under 7th CPC.

Let us hope that the orders would be issued early


Government has issued orders doubling the rate of subscription to be paid by the CGHS beneficiaries
(central government employees and pensioners) to avail the CGHS facilities.
Present Rates ... ... ... New rates from 1-1-2017
Rs 50 p.m. ... ... ... ...    Rs 250 p.m.
Rs 125 p.m. ... ... ... ... Rs 250 p.m.
Rs 225 p.m. ... ... ... ... Rs 450 p.m.
Rs 325 p.m. ... ... ... ... Rs 650 p.m.
Rs 500 p.m. ... ... ... Rs 1000 p.m.

Friday, 13 January 2017


[The meeting of SCOVA (Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies) was held yesterday, presided over by Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister for Personnel.The Karnataka P and T Pensioners Association is a participating organisation in SCOVA.On our request, Com. Krishna Rao, GS of the Association raised two issues concerning BSNL retirees in the meeting.About the discussion in the said meeting Com. Krishna Rao sent an Email to us.We are thankful to Com. Krishna Rao.Please read the message from Com. Krishna Rao below:]
“ When the item regarding the Anomaly case was taken up for discussion in the 29th SCOVA meeting held on 12-1-2017, I mentioned about the judgment dated 16-12-2016 of CAT Principal Bench, Delhi which has allowed the Application of AIBSNLPWA & Others and requested that the Order may be implemented and the Govt must not file a writ petition in the High Court of Delhi since the demand for correction of the anomaly has been pending unresolved for more than 16 years. I also requested that the CAT Order must be made applicable generally to all DoT/BSNL Pensioners who retired within 10 months of formation of BSNL. The Official side responded well to the request.
Continuing with my submission, I drew their attention to the National Litigation Policy and said that since the numbers of Pensioners that will benefit is around 4000 + only and the expenditure may not be quite huge, the Order may be implemented without appealing against it in the High Court. The Secretary DoP&PW and the Additional secretary responded by asking DoT to examine the request and take a decision in the matter. However, the Official representative of DoT did not say anything in the matter.
On revision of pension of pre June 2013 pensioners after merger of 78.2 % of IDA, I brought it to their notice that much progress has not been seen in payment of arrears and as per the information available with us revision of pension has reportedly been done only in about 15-20 percent of the cases and the time frame fixed for revision has already ended. The Additional Secretary asked the DoT to look into this to ensure expeditious revision.
With regards
Yours comradely
Krishna Rao