JNU Students’ big victor – Delhi HC restore old fees; No Late Fee.

“The Delhi High Court today allowed Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who are yet to register for the ongoing Winter Semester, to do so as per the old hostel manual within one week.

The Court has directed that no late fee shall be imposed on such students for late registration.

The Court has also clarified that for the purpose of room allocation, the reserved category students shall be dealt with as per the old Hostel Manual i.e. the one which existed prior to October 28, 2019 in case of any dispute.

The order was passed by a Single Judge Bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher in a petition by the members of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) challenging the introduction of University’s new Hostel Manual.

The Court today issued notice to the JNU Administration and directed it to file its response to the petition within two weeks.

It is the petitioner’s stance that the new Hostel Manual has resulted in increased hostel fee, affected rights of those in reserved categories vis a vis allocation of hostel rooms, and reduced the representation of the JNUSU in the Inter Hostel Administration (IHA).

In its petition filed through Advocates Abhik Chimni, Aman Shukla, Aarti and Mayank Goyal, JNUSU members assailed the Hostel Manual on the ground that that the entire decision-making process was malafide, arbitrary and illegal, and adversely affected the student community.

Appearing for the petitioners, Senior Advocate Akhil Sibal contended that the decision-making process was undertaken without any student representation. This defeated the mandate of the Hostel Manual of including the views of the stakeholders when changing its provisions, he argued.

The petitioners also took objection to the introduction of Below Poverty Line (BPL)/Economic Weaker Section (EWS) category in the Hostel Manual, calling it irrational and arbitrary. It is stated that there was no explanation as to how such category was to be made applicable or identified when “Merit-cum-Means Scholarships” category was already existing in the University.

It was thus pleaded that the acts ran contrary to the Delhi High Court’s order passed in March 2019, which acknowledged the importance of student representation in welfare committees.

Opposing the plea, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand submitted that 90% students had already registered as per the new Hostel Manual.To this Justice Shakdher replied,

“When you don’t have a choice, what do you do?”

Justice Rajiv Shakdher (Delhi High Court)

Urging the University administration to establish dialogue with the representatives, Justice Shakdher said,

“You cannot say that you will not engage… that’s my concern.”

Justice Rajiv Shakdher (Delhi High Court)

Anand also opposed Justice Shakdher’s suggestion to keep the increased hostel fee in abeyance for the time being in view of concerns regarding payment of salaries to the employees of the University. Justice Shakdher, however, remarked,

“Government cannot get out of education…Government has to fund public education…responsibility to pay salaries cannot be on the students… someone has to find the funds.”
Justice Rajiv Shakdher (Delhi High Court)
Anand further added that the new manual was introduced as per communications from the UGC and the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Further, the UGC was already in dialogue with the students, she claimed.

She also raised objections with regard to the election of the JNUSU and stated the matter was already pending before a grievance redressal cell as per the Lyndoh Committee guidelines.

The Court, however, clarified that this aspect will be examined at a later stage, if the need arises. The Court was also informed that utility and service charges had already been waived off.

In view of the above, the Court proceeded to direct that the remaining 10% students shall be allowed to register for the ongoing Winter Semester as per the old Hostel Manual and no late fee shall be imposed on them.

The Court also directed for the impleadment of the MHRD and the UGC as parties to the petition.” (Report by Adithi Singh )

-78569 – It is not a mere number.

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-78569 –
It is not a mere number.
It is a harsh reality, the number of BSNL employees who were compelled to take VRS, by threat of transfer, reduction in retirement age, 12 hours work, no salary and a sugar coated offer with many pitfalls.

The VRS offer with threats was a double edged weapon – to reduce manpower thus weakening service leading to privatisation and also deny full eligible pension to the VRS optees by not allowing them retirement on superannuation. Govt is expected to save lakhs of crores of rupees through reduced pension.

But AUAB / BSNLEU and All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association are there to defend BSNL and the VRS pensioners.

AUAB/BSNLEU have already given excellent suggestions to improve BSNL and make it profitable.

AIBDPA has met top officers of DOT to ensure that Pension is paid to all the
78569 VRS retirees by 29th February itself. In case, all these cases could not be completed in time, then at least provisional pension should be paid, which suggestion was accepted by DOT.

There are many pitfalls in VRS. AIBDPA, the biggest pensioners organisation in BSNL is committed to safeguard the interests of all BSNL DOT pensioners including VRS pensioners.

AIBDPA is already on the struggle path. On Pension Revision issue it is approaching all M.P.s in the country to take up the matter with Prime Minister. Already more than 30 M.P.s have been met, who assured to take the matter with govt. Tens of thousands of signatures are being collected in Memorandum to be submitted to Prime Minister. Thousands will participate in Hunger Strike in front of CCAs on 12 February.

Tens of thousands of BSNL DOT pensioners will March to Parliament on 12 March on these demands.

AIBDPA welcomes all VRS retirees to its fold to unite and fight for the demands of pensioners.

AIBDPA leaders have met more than 50 M.P.s in connection with Pension Revision – Congratulations!

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Excellent efforts have been made by the AIBDPA leaders at the circle and district levels by meeting the local M.P.s and submitting memorandum along with the Memorandum to the Prime Minister requesting Pension Revision of BSNL retirees from 2017. More than 50 M.P.s all over the country have been met. All of them assured the AIBDPA delegations that they will take up the case with the government for early settlement.

Hearty Congratulations to all the concerned comrades! Other circle/district secretaries are requested to meet their M.P.s and present the memorandum.

Richest 1% Indians hold 4 times more wealth than bottom 70%.

Richest 1% Indians hold 4 times more wealth than bottom 70%.
The Oxfam International has released it’s report on 20th January, 2020, in the sideline of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. This time the title of the report was “Time to Care”.

The report stated “Economic inequality is out of control. In 2019, the world’s billionaires, only 2,153 people, had more wealth than 4.6 billion people.”

It further mentioned that India’s richest 1% hold more than four times the wealth held by 953 million people who make up for the bottom 70% of the country’s population. Regarding India, Oxfam further said that the combined total wealth of 63 Indian billionaires i.e., Mukesh Ambani, Azim Premji, Sunil Mittal etc., is higher than the total Union Budget of India for the fiscal year 2018-19 which was at Rs.24,42,200 crore. (BSNLEU Website)

AIBDPA meets Shri K.Muralidharan, M.P. on Pension revision.

Com.PV Chandrasekaran, Dist. Secretary, AIBDPA Kozhikode along with Comrades KV Balakrishnan, Area Secretary Vadagara, K Kunhikrishnan District W/C Member, KP Prakasan, TP Vasu (W/C Members) met Honbl’e MP Sri.K Muraleedharan
at his office on today the 17th January and submitted the memorandum to be forwarded to the Honbl’e Prime Minister.
The delegation explained the matter briefly and he patiently heard the issue and assured that this will be brought to the notice of the Government.

AIBDPA meets Shri M.K.Raghavan M.P. on Pension revision.

 

AIBDPA delegation met Shri M.K.Raghavan M.P.Kozhikode on 17.01.2020 at his office and submitted Memorandum on Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners wef 01.01.2017 along with the Memorandum submitted to Prime Minister by CHQ. He patiently heard the delegation and assured that he will take up the matter with govt. The delegation consisted of Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Balan Punnassery, K.G.Sanjeevan and M.K.Prabhakaran.

Supreme Court rejects the appeal of Vodafone Idea, Airtel and Tata Teleservices on the AGR issue.

Supreme Court rejects the appeal of Vodafone Idea, Airtel and Tata Teleservices on the AGR issue.
The Supreme Court rejected yesterday, the petitions of Vodafone Idea, Airtel and Tata Teleservices, for a review of the judgement of the Apex Court delivered on 24.10.2019. By this judgement, the Supreme Court widened the definition of the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR), based on which licence fee and spectrum usage charges are being calculated. As a result of this judgement, Vodafone Idea, Airtel and Tata Teleservices have to pay Rs.53,000 crore, Rs.35,000 crore and Rs.19,000 crore respectively, more to the government. Vodafone Idea has already announced that it would shut down it’s operations in India, if it did not get relief from the Supreme Court judgement.
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British used ‘Divide and Rule’ – Modi govt on the same path.

Despite very strong opposition and agitation in all parts of the country against the CAA, the Centre is proceeding for implementation of the same. This is not only in violation of the Constitution, but also is a reintroduction of the ‘Divide and Rule’ policy of the British.

There is no surprise in this. The RSS which controls the central government, did not participate in any struggle for independence of the country, but supported the British rule.