CIRCULAR No.4/2016 November 22, 2016
CHQ office bearers, Circle Secretaries,
District Secretaries and Affiliates.
ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENT FOR PENSION PAYMENT IN CASH DEMANDED.
CHQ has demanded DOT to make alternate arrangements for payment of pension in cash to DoT and BSNL pensioners in the wake of riotous situations in banks and post offices consequent on demonetization of Rs.1,000 and Rs.500 currencies. A detailed letter written in this regard to the Secretary, DoT and Member (Finance) were delivered personally by Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary on 18-11-2016. In the absence of Secretary, DoT the issue was discussed with Shri.Prahlad Singh, Member (Finance) who agreed to examine and do whatever is possible.
PENSIONARY BENEFITS TO BSNL PENSIONERS ON IMPLEMENTATION OF 7TH PAY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS.
General Secretary had a discussion with Member (Finance) and Director (Establishment), DoT on 18-11-2016 regarding extension of pensionary benefits to BSNL pensioners based on the amendments made in the CCA (Pension) Rules, 1972 consequent on implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. General Secretary pointed out that BSNL pensioners are covered under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 amended from time to time and accordingly pensionary benefits were extended to BSNL pensioners after implementation of 6th Pay Commission Recommendations. Therefore action has to be initiated for early issue of orders for extension of DCRG, Commutation, Leave encashment, additional pension etc at the new rates to BSNL pensioners. The Director (Establishment) agreed to process the issue.
ODISHA AND BIHAR CIRCLE BRANCHES FORMED.
AIBDPA Circle branches have been formed in two more important circles, Odisha and Bihar. Now, we have 26 circle branches and cover almost all the major circles.
The Circle Branch was formed in a well attended meeting of pensioners at Bhubaneswar on 14-10-2016. Veteran leader and Circle President of BSNLEU, Com. P.R.Das presided over the meeting. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, inaugurated the convention with an elaborate speech covering the important issues of the pensioners in general and DoT-BSNL pensioners in particular. He also stressed the necessity of formation of AIBDPA and appealed all to strengthen it to safeguard the interests of the pensioners. A host of leaders including Com.S.R.Das, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, addressed the meeting . Office bearers were elected unanimously with Com.P.R.Das (Patron), Com. A.C.Mohanty ( President) and Com.Sahdeb Biswal (Circle Secretary)
The meeting for formation of circle branch witnessed large delegation of pensioners from all the SSAs in Bihar at the Telecom Recreation Club Hall, Patna on 19-11-2016. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor inaugurated and narrated the issues confronting the pensioners. He also explained how 78.2% IDA merger and annulment of 60:40 condition were achieved through sustained struggles. The meeting was addressed by Com.B.P.Singh, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com.Suniti Chauhan, All India Organising Secretary, BSNLEU etc. A team of office bearers with Com.B.P.Singh (Patron), Com.R.N.Singh (President) and Com.N.K.Shrivatava (Circle Secretary) have been elected unanimously.
MADHYA PRADESH, KEARALA and NORTH EAST II CIRCLE CONFERENCES HELD.
MP Circle had its conference held on 23-10-2016 at Jabalpur under the presidentship of Com.S.C.Shrivastava, Circle President. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, inaugurated the conference and a host of leaders including Com.Prakssh Sharma, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, addressed. Com. S.C.Shrivastava and Com.H.S.Thakur were reelected as Circle Secretary and President, respectively.
Com.M.B.Rajesh M.P inaugurated the open session of the4th Biennial Kerala Circle Conference at Thrissur held on 1,2 November, 2016. Com.R.Aravindakshan Nair, Circle President controlled the proceedings. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor delivered the keynote address. Prominent leaders of sister organizations including Com.K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU addressed the open session. The subject Committee session was inaugurated by Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary. A seminar on ‘Globalisation and the Pension Community’ was inaugurated by Com.K.K.N.Kutty, Secretary General, NCCPA. Coms.R.Aravindakshan Nair and N.Guruprasad were reelected as President and Circle Secretary.
North East II Circle Conference was held successfully at Imphal on 09-11-2016. Com.M.B.Singh, Circle President was in the chair. An open session also was held in which Com. Shanta, General Secretary, CITU, Manipur was the Chief Guest. Coms.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, Prabir Dutta, CHQ Vice President and other leaders spoke. Com.M.B.Singh and Com.M.Kulla Singh were reelected as Circle President and Circle Secretary respectively.
West Bengal Circle conference is scheduled to be held on 11,12 February, 2017 at Midnapore and Karnataka on 25,26 February, 2017 at Mysuru. Tamil Nadu also has decided to hold the conference in March, 2017 at Tirunelveli.
CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AT MYSURU ON 23, 24 FEBRUARY, 2017.
Karnataka Circle has agreed to host the next Central Executive Committee meeting at RTTC, Mysuru on 23 & 24 February, 2017. The meeting will start at 10AM on 23-02-2017 and conclude in the afternoon of 24-02-2017. Circle Secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to reserve their to and fro tickets in advance to ensure the participation of all. The official notice will be issued in due course.
PARLIAMENT MARCH OF CONFEDERATION ON 15-12-2016.
Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers is conducting a phased programme of struggle culminating in a strike against refusal of modifications sought in the unilateral implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations by the government. The demands also include implementation of Option 1, ie parity in pension, the only positive recommendation of the pay commission for the pensioners. CHQ has decided to support the agitation of the Confederation demanding genuine issues. The third phase of agitation is the Parliament March on 15-12-2016 at Jantar Mantar at 10AM. So Circle Branches of NTR, UP (E), UP (W), Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab are requested to arrange participation of maximum pensioners from their circles in the Parliament March.
SUPPORT THE AGITATION AGAINST FORMATION OF SUBSIDIARY TOWER COMPANY.
All the unions and associations, both executive and non-executive, have decided to unitedly fight against the move of the central government to form a separate tower company with the ulterior motive of weakening the BSNL and subvert the revival efforts. The meeting of all unions held on 16-11-2016 at New Delhi has decided to conduct Mass Dharna on 25-11-2016 at SSA,Circle and Corporate office level and one day STRIKE on 15-12-2016. AIBDPA is committed to support the struggle and calls upon all its units to participate en masse in the Dharna on 25-11-2016 and extend solidarity to the strike on 15-12-2016.
BSNLEU ALL INDIA CONFERENCE AT CHENNAI FROM 31st DECEMBER 2016 TO 3rd JANUARY, 2017.
The 7th All India Conference will be held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016 to 3rd January, 2017. AIBDPA circle branches of Tamil Nadu and Chennai Telephones are closely associating with the Reception Committee to make the conference a grand success.
ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF TUI (P&R) AT KATHMANDU.
The Asia Pacific Regional Conference of Trade Unions International (Pensioners & Retirees) is being held at Kathmandu, Nepal on 03-12-2016. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, will participate representing AIBDPA.
GENERAL SECRETARY AT CHQ
Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, has joined CHQ on 12-11-2016 and will be available in New Delhi up to 16-12-2016.
78.2% IDA MERGER- CIRCLE ASSOCIATIONS SHOULD INTERVENE FOR EARLY PAYMENT OF ARREARS.
As per directive contained in the order issued by DoT on 18-07-2016, the arrears are to be paid latest by 31-12-2016. CHQ had directed all circle branches to effectively intervene to ensure that arrears are paid to the eligible pensioners well before the last date. According to reports received so far while good progress is visible in a few circles, most of the circles are very slow making it doubtful to pay before the target date. So Circle Secretaries and CHQ office bearers are again requested to take it seriously and exert pressure wherever required for early payment of the arrears.
DONATION OF Rs.1000 TO BE COLLECTED.
As already intimated in the last circular, earnest efforts be made to collect donation from all members at a minimum Rs.1,000 and distributed at the same rate of quota, viz District 40%, Circle and CHQ-30% each.
E MAIL ADDRESS AND BANK BRANCH CHANGED.
The email address of CHQ is changed to “ firstname.lastname@example.org.”
So also the bank branch is transferred to State Bank of India, Chanderlok Building Branch, New Delhi-110001. There is no change in our SB Account No.31211446886 but IFSC changed as SBIN0001639.
Comrades, please ensure that the above decisions are implemented successfully and let us strengthen our beloved organization, AIBDPA in all respects.