World Population to increase by 2 billion by 2050 – India will lead in population by 2027 : UN

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A journalist holds a copy of the World Population Prospects 2019:

UNITED NATIONS, June 17 — The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to a United Nations report released here on Monday.

The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights, published by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said that the world’s population could reach its peak around 2100, at a level of nearly 11 billion.

The report also confirmed that the world’s population is growing older due to increasing life expectancy and falling fertility levels.

The age group of 65 and over grows the fastest and by 2050, one in six people in the world will be over age 65, up from one in 11 in 2019.

The number of countries experiencing a reduction in population size is growing.

Populations are projected to decrease by 1 percent or more in 55 countries or areas, of which 26 may see a reduction of at least 10 percent.

China’s population is projected to decrease by 31.4 million, around 2.2 percent, between 2019 and 2050, the report said.

The report said that India is likely to overtake China as the world’s most populous country around 2027.

Red Salute to Com. Adinarayana, veteran leader of P and T TU Movement!

17th June 2019 is the 16th death anniversary of Comrade K.Adinarayana, veteran leader of the P and T Trade Union Movement. There have been many illustrious leaders of the Posts and Telegraphs Trade Union Movement in the past and present and will be some more in the future. But it is difficult to find another comrade like K. Adinarayana, who had come from the lowest strata and through sincerity, dedication and hard-work had reached the highest leadership both in the P and T and the of Central Government Employees’ movement.

His life has been a saga of struggle and sacrifice. Com.Adi, as he is affectionately called, was involved in mass movements from a very young age which resulted in his discontinuing formal education itself. He was jailed for three and half years during 1950-53 for participation in the great Telangana movement. He joined P and T Department in 1954 as ED. He retired in June 1986 as LSG clerk. From day one of joining the P and T he was in the thick of the movement. He was elected as the General Secretary of Postmen and Class IV Union in 1968 and continued till 1997. He was elected as Secretary General, NFPE in 1992 and vacated the position in 2001 due to ill health.

I had been fortunate to have the opportunity of working together with Com. Adi in the movement for many years, especially after I joined CHQ of All India Telecom Employees Union Class III New Delhi as its President in 1991 and later as its General Secretary from 1994. On all matters of importance I used to consult him and seek his advice. He was suffering from many ailments, but still used to be very active. His residence in the V.P.House was a centre for union leaders to go and discuss issues with him.

He was staying at his ancestral home in Hyderabad after leaving New Delhi. When the sad news of his death reached, along with Coms. C.C.Pillai, then SG NFPE, K.K.N.Kutty, Convener of Confederation and Des Raj Sharma, GS Postmen and Group D Employees, I also went to pay our respects to the departed leader. The body was taken for funeral after we reached there. Hundreds of CG employees, postal workers and others were there. We placed wreaths and paid our homage.

on his 16th death anniversary, I pay homage to Com. K.Adinarayana, whose life was completely dedicated to the cause of the working class.
Red Salute to Com. Adinarayana !

Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, President, NCCPA, bereaved

It is with great sorrow that we intimate the untimely accidental deaths of close family members of our NCCPA President comrade Shiv Gopal Misra. In a car accident near Bhopal Mrs.Prabhavathi Devi wife of comrade Shiv Gopal Misra; and Ms.Irisha Misra his Grand Daughter met with their demise on 11.06.2019. Shri.Gaurav Misra son of Comrade Shiv Gopal Misra also succumbed to his injuries and breathed his last at Apollo Hospital Delhi, where he was airlifted earlier. The tragedy struck on comrade Shiv Gopal Misra and the loss of so many near and dear kith and kin in an accident is unbearable. We are shocked and deeply saddened. Let nature give solace and strength to comrade Shiv Gopal Misra and his other family members to overcome this unbearable sorrow.

Former advisors of BSNL, Deloitte and KPMG are frauds- charges government.

It is interesting to note that the government is moving the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to debar two companies which are engaged by the BSNL Management in the past, for the revival of BSNL. One is Deloitte and the other is BSR, which is an arm of the KPMG. Both, Deloitte and BSR, had earlier acted as auditors of the Infrastructure leasing and Finance Services (IL& FS). A massive corruption of Rs.95,000 crore has taken place in IL&FS, as a result of which that company has collapsed now. The Corporate Affairs Ministry has alleged that both the Deloitte and BSR (KPMG) have helped in the commitment of Rs. 95,000 crore. Based on the recommendations of Deloitte and KPMG, BSNL Management had taken many steps for the revival of BSNL. Now, all can understand what sort of advise/ recommendations could have been given by these two companies, for the revival of BSNL. (BSNLEU Website)

Homage to Com. Moni Bose on his 9th death anniversary!

19th May 2019 is the 9th death anniversary of Com. Moni Bose, veteran leader of P and T employees and the first patron of BSNLEU. He left us on 19th May 2010.

Since his entry in the the P and T department in 1945, he has been fully engaged with the union activities along with his elder brother and historical figure Com. K.G.Bose. He was terminated in connection with the 1949 strike and was never taken back in service. But his life was fully dedicated to the service of the P and T workers and led the movement as Circle Secretary of E.III Union W.Bengal Circle. In 1991, he was elected as the General Secretary of E.III Union, defeating Com.O.P.Gupta, who has been the GS Of the union since its inception in 1954. Later he was elected as the President in 1994. Com. Moni fought for the correct policy and against revisionism.

I had been closely connected with Com. Moni Bose for more than four decades. After death of Com.K.G.Bose in 1974, the leadership of the progressive section in the union fell upon Com. Moni and he led the movement for years. We were elected All India President and General Secretary in the Bhopal Conference in 1991 and had a close relation in our fight for the right of the workers. Com. Moni returned to Calcutta in 1996 after vacating the post of All India President, but continued his activities there. He was appointed as a member in the Pay Commission appointed by W.Bengal government for the state employees. (Life history of Com. Moni Bose and his activities are narrated in the book ‘Great Leaders of P and T TU Movement’ authored by me).

Moni Bose Day is being observed all over India as per the call of BSNLEU by organisisng meetings, seminars, trade union class etc.

On his 9th death anniversary, we remember him and pay our respects. Red Salute to Com. Moni Bose.

EUROPEAN DOCUMENT AGAINST the PePP: “EUROPEAN PLAN OF PARTICULAR PENSIONS”

THE FIRMING DOWN ORGANIZATIONS ARE POSITIONED AGAINST THE RESULT OF THE VOTE PERFORMED IN THE PLENARY OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (the one that approved the PEPP) DONE ON APRIL 4, 2019.

It is clear that the PEPP approval (English acronym for Pan-European Personal Pension Product), by the European Parliament, expresses total social cruelty and total evidence of the capitalist interests of the European Union. The European bourgeoisie bets firmly and harshly in defence of their economic interests, of their class interests. They have voted for the privatization of pensions, which will be marketed by banks, insurance companies, fund management and / or investment managers, i.e., the creme de la creme of European financial capitalism.
The vote this morning is clearly expresses what the European Parliament is, what class interests defends and what political role it has. The vote has faithfully reflected the “social” character of the EU. Only the naive, the uninformed and those who, with treachery and premeditation, deceive the citizens of EU countries, can defend the social character of the EU. Today’s vote historically reflexes that the EU was created to defend the interests of the European and that only it represents that bourgeoisie. It was not intended to defend decent public pensions, nor to fight for wage and social equality: it was born to exploit workers and whatever social sectors that are necessary.
The approval by 338 votes in favour, 143 against, and 139 abstentions is a true reflection of the fact that the EU and its Parliament is an institution that only defends, to the extreme, the interests of the powerful. With the approved tax breaks, which is public money, private pensions or retirement plans will be financed, leading to the perversion that public money will not only contribute in a decisive way to finance private pensions, but will also contribute to blow up public pensions, generating more inequality, more poverty and more social misery.
That EU they say was born to increase rights, social improvements and to increase individual and collective opportunities, has been clearly portrayed as the Europe of capital and merchants, completely alienated from the people’s interests and clearly in the service of oligarchic interests.
What class unions call robbery, depletion of public money, exploitation and consequent popular misery, the EU and its instruments call it financial products, which according to them would have “advantages”, such as choosing a pension plan for retirement while contributing, as in an “Austrian backpack”, even when changing residence, or such as providers both nationally and internationally after having contributed for a minimum of five years, etc., all with the strategic objective of channelling savings, i.e. investments, so that the banks and financial institutions are guaranteed an economic pillar that allows them to speculate long term.
To whom is the “PEPP product” preferentially addressed? According to the European Commission, it will be a product suitable for any savings profile, from workers to unemployed or students. It is clear that the recently approved PEPP Regulation has the strategic objective of substituting public pensions by private ones.
Given this evidence, the struggle in defence of public pensions should be increased. We must add the vast majority of society to these struggles. It is clear that only a unified and consistent struggle for clear class interests can be the determining instrument for the defeat of the perfidious and criminal plans of European capitalism against the working class and the popular sectors.

In Europe, May 2019

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CPI(M) condemns Pragya Singh’s statement on Nathuram Godse

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the outrageous statement of BJP candidate from Bhopal Parliamentary Constituency, Pragya Singh Thakur, describing the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi Nathuram Godse: “was a patriot, is a patriot and will remain a patriot….”. Pragya Thakur is a terror accused out on bail on medical grounds.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described her as “a symbol of India’s civilizational heritage”. By fielding her, the RSS-BJP were seeking to whip up communal polarization and consolidate the ‘Hindutva communal vote bank’. This reflects the RSS-BJP attitude towards terrorism, a terror accused and the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. The apology she has made, at the behest of the BJP, is an eyewash confirming that she adheres to her position.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) refrains from approaching the Election Commission of India, on this score, given its recent track record. The Polit Bureau calls upon the Indian people to defeat and reject the BJP in order to safeguard and strengthen the Indian Constitutional Republic.

No payment of ex-gratia for the employees who go on VRS – surplus employees in BSNL can be taken back by the DoT – says the DoP&PW.

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW) has rejected the proposal for making ex-gratia payment for the BSNL employees who opt for VRS. The DoP&PW has stated that the BSNL employees are eligible for payment of government pension after retirement. As such, payment of ex-gratia for those who go on VRS is not permissible, said the DoP&PW. It has also stated that payment of ex-gratia under VRS is eligible only for the Public Sector employees who are not eligible for government pension. An important observation of the DoP&PW is that, surplus employees in BSNL if any, can be taken back by the DoT. (BSNLEU website)

BSNL increase market share to 12.58%

The total telephone connections in India has reached 120.54 crores as  on 28-02-2019. BSNL connections are 12.75 crore and market share 10.58%. Vodafone Idea combine stands first with 40.96 crore connections and 33.99% market share. Though small increase,BSNL is moving upward, despite all obstructions created by the government.