Saturday, 31 December 2016

Today our leaders Com.G.Natarajan, GS, Com. K.Muthiyalu,CS TN Circle, Com.M.Govindarajan CS ChTD, Com. Vittoban CHQ Treasurer and S.Ramakrishnan Asst.Circle Secy, TN Cicle met our CMD and presented a letter. He assured to do the needful at the earliest. The meeting with CMD was very congenial.

All India BSNL Pensioners’ Welfare Association (Regd. No.1833/09)
Central Headquarters
AH 189/61, 3rd Street, Aurovile Flats, Anna Nagar, Chennai-600040

President: P.S.Ramankutty                                                  General Secretary: G.Natarajan
Mobile – 09447551555                                                           Mobile – 09444929799
            Date: 31/12/2016
The Chairman cum Managing Director, BSNL,
Camp at Chennai.


On behalf of our Association we wish you a very happy New Year.  We also hope that BSNL under your stewardship would prosper in 2017.  We welcome you, sir, to the City of Chennai.

We would like to draw your kind personal attention on the following three important issues confronted by the Retired employees.
1)    Restoration of ‘without voucher’ facility under BSNLMRS to retired employees
You may be aware that most of the senior citizens are having health problems viz. BP, Sugar, Arthiritis etc.  Some are having heart problems.  All of them require constant medication.  More than 90% of retired employees on an average spend more than Rs.3000/- p.m. for medicines.  Due to cumbersome procedure many do not claim reimbursement.  They are not in a position to meet the expenditure out of their pension.  For the past 5 years they are suffering without the facility of ‘without voucher’.  Hence we seek your intervention for restoration of that facility atleast to the retired employees.
2)    Benefit of 78.2% IDA merger for those who retired prior to 10/6/2013
DoT issued orders on 18/7/2016 for extending the benefit of 50% DA merger (78.2% IDA merger) to those who retired prior to 10/6/2013.  Para 7 of that order clearly states “The exercise to extend benefit of these orders to the pensioners/family pensioners should be completed by 31/12/2016”.  The time-limit was part of Cabinet Note which was approved by the Cabinet.  BSNL corporate office endorsed the above order on 26/7/2016 and para 3 of that order reiterates the time-limit.  The said time-limit is already over but most of the BSNL units have not even forwarded the sanction to CCAs.  According to our information, some circles like Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Chatisgarh the progress is comparatively better.  But in other circles, the progress is very slow.  Even in Tamilnadu circle few SSAs like Cuddalore, Coimbatore, Coonoor etc. have not completed their job.  Not even 20% of pensioners/family pensioners got the benefit by this date.  We seek your kind immediate intervention in this regard.
3)    Concessional telephone to retired employees
On the above subject we wrote a letter on 19/9/2016 to CMD, BSNL.  On 25/11/2016 we met the concerned DGM in Corporate office and discussed the issue.  He assured to do the needful in this regard but till now it is not resolved.  The brief of the case is as follows:
The concession was given to retired/retiring employees w.e.f. 1/10/1998 vide DoT order No.2-79/94-PHA dated 25/9/1998 and the basic condition was that one is
eligible to this concession provided he/she has put in a minimum service of 20 years in DoT.  It was further clarified by DoT vide order No.2-79/94-PHA dated 20/3/2009 under point 3 “The employees who have completed 20 years of service in DoT irrespective of whether they retire from DoT or any other department/organization, are eligible for the concessional telephone facility applicable to Retired DoT employees.   

Para 4 of BSNL corporate office letter dated 20/7/2007 states “The telephone will be rent free with the following concessions in free calls over and above the free calls allowed to an ordinary subscriber”.  In the text it was mentioned only free calls but in the column, it is mentioned as free local calls (Monthly).
Para 6 of the same corporate office letter dated 20/7/2007 states “concessional telephones under Retired BSNL employee category as per these instructions shall be provided under One India tariff plan irrespective of exchange capacity”. 

The concept of One India tariff is ‘ one rupee call charge for anywhere in India’.  In such an eventuality, allowing the concession only to local calls in the name of loss of revenue is not understandable.  Further all the absorbees have completed more than 20 years service in DoT and hence they are entitled for free calls (and not free local calls) asper DoT clarificatory order dated 20/3/2009.  The absorbees have not only served in DoT but also in BSNL and those BSNL retirees should be made eligible for concession atleast on par with DoT retirees, if not, more.

We request for immediate action in this regard.

                                                                             Yours faithfully,

                                                                           General Secretary.
Copy to:
Director (HR), BSNL,
Camp at Chennai

Friday, 30 December 2016

IDA from 01-01-2017 has been Reduced by 0.8%
The IDA from 1st Jan 2017 will be 119.5% 
instead of 120.3%

The following Officials of BSNL of Coimbatore SSA are retiring on 31-12-2016.
We wish them a Peaceful Retired Life.


INDRANI K                          SSS


NATARAJAN R                  STS(OP)

PALANISAMY R                RM

PANDIAN A                        TM

RAJENDRAN M                RM

SARASWATHI A              STS(OP)

SRIRANGAN M               TM



Dear Comrades,

AIBSNLPWA, the association which fights and protects the rights of retired pensioners of BSNL, welcomes you all with folded hands.
Let be united and work tirelessly for the welfare of our pensioners.

With Fraternal Greetings.

District secretary,
AIBSNLPWA,  Kovai District
944 30 590 11.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Dear comrades,
I spoke to Director (Pension) Shri.Harjeetsingh and told him that DoT had made a reference to DoP PW regarding extending 7th CPC benefits like gratuity, minimum pension etc to BSNL IDA pensioners. 

He told that why they wanted clarification every time and they should do it as per CCS pension Rules. Any way he  had not seen the file . He wanted the reference of DoT so that he could pick up the file and clear it.

I tried to get Director ( Estt) , but she was busy. Then I talked to SO Pension to get the reference. He told that it was yet to go to DoP PW and at present it was with the Director (Estt). This is the state of affairs. 

Our Vice President Com. D Gopalakrishnan spoke to Shri S K Jain, DDG(EST) of Department of Telecom yesterday.
78.2%   Revision:
Com. DG pointed out undue delay in processing the cases in most of the Circles. The target date is fast approaching but the work is very sluggish. DDG told that he checked up with UP East Circle. There, more than 50% of he cases are settled. Com. DG pointed out that it is not the case with other Circles. For example; in Tamilnadu Circle hardly 20% cases have been settled. Then DDG informed that Directorate has issued two reminders to all CCAS. It will be followed up.
Benefits of seventh CPC:

Com. DG reminded the DDG of our discussion last month regarding issuance of orders extending the benefit of Seventh CPC report on upper limit of Gratuity, new Commutation, Minimum Pension etc. to the BSNL IDA pensioners. DDG informed that DoT has sought guidance from Department of Pension in this regard. As soon as the guidance is received from DOPW necessary orders will be issued.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

BSNL has constituted a Committee of five officers with Smt. Anuadha Panda, PGM (PF) as chair person to examine the wage structure of serving Non Executive staff of BSNL. 
There is no representative of BSNLEU or NFTE-BSNL, two recognized unions. 
The Committee will not start functioning immediately. It will start the work after getting parameters from Department of Public Enterprises. The Terms of Reference of the Committee is also no finalized.
Just, a committee is constituted.
The Wage Revision of serving officers (Executives) depends upon the Report of third Pay Revision Committee. There is no definite information about the PRC report, even though the time limit is over.
Wage Revision of Non Executives depends upon the negotiations between BSNL Management and the Recognized Unions. Rather, it depends upon the bargaining capacity of the Unions.
BSNL will not discuss Pension Revision, as the Pension is being paid to BSNL retirees by Government of India, not by the Company.

Next meeting of SCOVA (Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies) is notified to be held on 12-01-2017 at 11 AM.
The Agenda Items are not yet confirmed. We hope that the Item given by Karnataka P&T Pensioners Association demanding pension @ 50% of Last Pay Drawn for all the pensioners - those who retired before 1-1-2006 - will find a place in the agenda. We are waiting for official notification.
Karnataka comrades have prepared CDs containing the the entire programme of our Special Conference held in Palace Grounds, Bengaluru on 12-11-2016 where all Circles felicitated Shri Ananthakumarji.
The Two CDs cost Rs 50.00.
Those who want the CDs may contact Circle Secretary Com. R Changappa over 09448353132.
.... P S Ramankutty

Monday, 26 December 2016


On 4th August 2016, Department of Pension issued Office Memoranda implementing some of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission. 

On 22-8-2016 the Department of Telecom endorsed the above OMs without specifying whether they are applicable to BSNL IDA pensioners. 
Now, after four months, on 21-12-2016, the Corporate Office of BSNL has endorsed the DoT Orders and the OM from Department of Pension. BSNL also has not stated anything about BSNL pensioners.
These days, one order will cause number of clarifications. One clarification results in number of confusion....
To see the memoranda pls click the link 

Monday, 19 December 2016

Meeting with CCA. Tn
On 16-12-2016 we had a meeting with the CCA Tamilnadu.
Com.G.Natarajan Gen.Secy,  Com V.Ramarao TN Circle president, Com. K.Muthiyalu TN Circle Secretary, Com.Murthy Chennai Telephone District President, Com.M.Govindarajan Circle President ChTD, Anandan, ChTD represented our side.
Shri Dr.Niranjana CCA, TN,    shri. Anbalagan, Jt.CCA TN, Shri.Sundarapandian Dy.CCA occupied the official side.
Com.K.Muthiyalu welcomed all for the meeting.
CCA Tamilnadu told that total files to be received from TN Circle, Chennai Telephone District, STR ,STP are 20,000.(Both pre 2007 and post 2007 cases)
Upto so far 9000 files all in total have been received and 2500 files have been cleared and sent for payment.
Remaining 11,000 files are yet to come from many SSAs of TN Cirlc and ChTD, 
Pressure that might have been given by our Dharna letter given on 07-12-2016 , CCA has called for retired SAs/JAs with literacy of Computer knowledge to work in their office.
He thanked ChTD volunteers for their excellent work and they have been assigned with pre 2007 files work.
Six retired volunteers from ChTD are rendering  honourary service in CCA office and the Circle secretary assured to send two more volunteers if the situation needs.
The meeting was a congenial and we assured to offer our full support for quick disposals.
We learn that CGM Tamilnadu has issued instruction to all SSAs to expedite the sending process.
we request all District Secretaries and other Office bearers  to contact their respective Accounts Officers in charge of this work and expedite the process of sending the files to CCA Tamilnadu at the earliest.

with Fraternal Greetings,
Circle secretary.
TN Circle.

  Mupperum vizha concluding portion

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Some of the Photos taken in the function are posted here.
                       Still more to come

Com. R L Kapoor reports from Delhi that 
CAT Principal Bench took up the case filed
 by our Association  regarding
 anomaly faced by those BSNL employees 
who retired without completing
 ten months in BSNL.
 Government advocate wanted 
postponement of the case;
 but the judge did not allow that.
Arguments are over today. 
Judgement is reserved.
It can be expected soon. 
Let us hope the best.

Friday, 16 December 2016

15-12-2016 அன்று காலை 10-00 மணிக்கு AIBSNLPWA சங்கத்தின்  சார்பில் கோவை மாவட்ட ஆண்டு பொதுக்கூட்டம் , தமிழ் மாநில மாநாட்டில் சிறப்பாக பணியாற்றிய செயல் மறவர்களுக்கு பாராட்டு மற்றும் ஓய்வூதியர் தினம் என " முப்பெரும் விழா " THOMAS HALL - ல் மிக சிறப்பாக நடைபெற்றது.
எத்தடை வந்தாலும் அத்தடையை தாண்டி நம் சங்கம் வெற்றிநடை போடும்  என்ற கோட்பாட்டிற்கேற்ப    விழா துவக்கத்தில் சிறிது நேரம் மின்தடை ஏற்பட்டபோதிலும் ,  மைக் இல்லாமலேயே பல பேச்சாளர்கள் பேசினார்கள் 
சுமார் 165 உறுப்பினர்களுக்கு மேல் கலந்து கொண்டு சிறப்புச்செய்த விழாவாக மிளிர்ந்தது.
தலைவர் தோழர் குருசாமி தலைமை தாங்கினார்.மாவட்ட செயலாளர் தோழர் R .திருவேங்கடசாமி விழாவை துவக்கி வைத்து அனைவரையும் வரவேற்று ஆண்டறிக்கையை சமர்ப்பித்தார் .
மாவட்ட பொருளாளர் சார்பில் சமர்ப்பிக்கப்பட்ட பொருள் வரவு செலவு அறிக்கையும் ஒருமனதாக ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளப்பட்டது 
அனைத்திந்திய போஸ்டல் ஓய்வூதியர் சங்க பொதுசசெயலாளர் தோழர் சுதாகரன் பாராட்டி பேசினார்.
தமிழ்மாநில AIBSNLPWA சங்க துணைத்தலைவர் தோழர் C பழனிசாமி , கோவை இணையதள நிர்வகிப்பாளர் தோழர் N .மோஹன் , தோழர் நாகராஜன் கோவை மாவட்ட BSNL கணக்கு தலைமை அதிகாரி,NFTE அகில இந்திய துணைப்பொது செயலாளர் தோழர் SS கோபாலகிருஷ்ணன் , ஈரோடு மாவட்ட செயலாளர் தோழர் ஈஸ்வரன் ,தோழர் சுந்தர் ஒய்வு பெற்ற காவல் துணை கண்காணிப்பாளர் ஆகியோர் பாராட்டி பேசினார்கள் 
தோழர் அர்ச்சுனன் ஓய்வூதியர் தினம் குறித்த தகவல்களை எடுத்துரைத்தார். 
எழுபது ஆண்டுகளைக் கடந்த நம் தோழர்கள் / தோழியர்கள்  கைத்தறி துண்டுகள் அணிவிக்கப்பட்டு பாராட்டப்பட்டார்கள் .அகவையில் முதிர்ந்தாலும் செயல் ஆற்றலில் இளமைத் துள்ளல் உள்ளவர்கள் .வாழ்க ! வாழ்க!!  
மாவட்ட சங்க நிர்வாகிகள் கைத்தறி துண்டு போர்த்தி கௌரவிக்கப்பட்டார்கள் .
ஐந்தாம் தமிழ் மாநில மாநாடு சிறப்பாக நடைபெற கண்துஞ்சாப்பணி ஆற்றிய அனைத்து தோழர்களும், தோழியர்களும் பாராட்டப்பட்டு கைத்தறி துண்டு போர்த்தி கௌரவிக்கப்பட்டார்கள்
ஆர்டி என்று அனைவராலும் அன்புடன் அழைக்கப்படும் மாவட்ட செயலாளர் தோழர் R .திருவேங்கடசாமி , தன் உடல்நிலை காரணாமாக மீண்டும் அப்பணியில் தொடர இயலாமையை கூறினார். அவர் ஆற்றிய பணி ,சங்கத்தை கட்டிக்காத்த விதம் அனைவராலும் பாராட்டப்பட்டது .பின்னர் நடைபெற்ற நிர்வாகிகள் தேர்வில் கீழ்க்கண்ட தோழர்கள் ஒருமனதாக தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்டனர்.
மாவட்ட தலைவர்           :-      தோழர் குருசாமி ,
மாவட்ட செயலாளர்      :-       தோழர் அருணாச்சலம் 
மாவட்ட பொருளாளர்   :-        தோழர்  ஜெகதீஸ்வரன் .
தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட மாவட்ட செயலர் நன்றியுரை நவில விழா இனிதாக முடிவுற்றது.
விழாவில் படமாக்கப்பட்ட போட்டோக்கள் சில உங்கள் பார்வைக்கு அளிக்கிறோம். விழாவில் பேசியவற்றின் விபரங்கள் அடுத்து வரும் பதிவுகளில் வெளிவரும்.
தங்கத்திற்கு இணை ஏதும் உலோகமுண்டோ? -- எங்கள் 
கொங்கு நாடு சங்கத்திற்கு இணைதான் ஏதும் உண்டோ?

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