AIBDPA has been pressing foe extending the date of submitting option for BSNLMRS to 30-09-2020 as also to exempt the persons from submitting options, who have already submitted option earlier, if they do not want to change the option. AIBDPA sent its letter to CMD on 13-06-2020. Now the BSNL management has issued clarifications on all the matters mentioned in the letter, extending the date as also exempting those who have given option earlier. It is also stated that the option for CGHS can be given at any time. The order is published in the AIBDPA website aibdpa.com
Employee who resigns on eve of retirement after rendering qualifying service does not forfeit his right to pension- Calcutta HC
Noting that the employee had resigned on account of mental depression, the Court observed that “This illness is serious and normally interferes with one’s ability to perform in the workplace.”
The Calcutta High Court recently directed a bank to constitute an authority to determine whether its employee, who had resigned four years before superannuation, could be treated as having voluntarily retired from service.
If found to have voluntarily retired, then an application made by him for availing the pension scheme should be processed by November 20, 2020, the Court further directed. (United Bank of India v Sri Swapan Kumar Mullick & Ors)
The Bench comprising of Justices IP Mukerji and Md. Nizamuddin relied on the Supreme Court judgment in the case of Shashikala Devi vs. Central Bank of India & Ors. wherein it was held that when an employee after rendering qualifying service resigned at a point when only a short time of service was left, a presumption had to be drawn that the employee did not intend to surrender the valuable right of receiving pension.
“Such resignation had to be treated as voluntary retirement. In the circumstances, the employee would be entitled to the pensionary benefits under the scheme. In that case, the employee had only a short period of service left as in our case.” Calcutta High Court
Noting that the employee had cited mental illness to design, and given that there was no aspersion cast against him with regard to his performance or his integrity, the Court opined that there was nothing on record to show that he expressly or impliedly relinquished or waived his right.
Furthermore, a circular of the Indian Banks Association dated June 30, 2015 was brought to the Court’s notice, which suggested that banks were to consider amendments to Regulation 22 of the Bank Employees (Pension Regulation), 1995 so that those employees who had rendered qualifying service, would not be divested of their pension by citing the said regulation.
The Board of Directors of the United Bank of India were, therefore, directed to consider amendment of Regulation 22 of the United Bank of India (Employees’) Pension Regulations, 1995 with or without retrospective effect within 3 months.
In the instant case, it was decided that if an employee resigns on the eve of his retirement after rendering qualifying service, citing mental depression as the cause, he does not forfeit his right to pension on the ground that he has resigned. Such a case would be treated as voluntary retirement, the Court said. (Courtesy: Vimala Vidya)
BSNL has issued orders on 2nd June 2020 allowing out door medical claims with the latest prescription available which are not older than 6 months, due to Covid 17 lock down. Concerned employees / pensioners can utilise the concession.
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
UNION MINISTER DR. JITENDRA SINGH LAUNCHES E-BOOKLET ON ONE YEAR ACHIEVEMENTS OF DOPPW UNDER MODI GOVERNMENT 2.0
PENSION REFORMS HUGELY BENEFITTED THE LIVES OF THE PENSIONERS: DR JITENDRA SINGH
Posted On: 04 JUN 2020 7:18PM by PIB Delhi
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today launched an e-Booklet on one year achievements of the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW)” through Video Conferencing (VC).
Dr. Jitendra Singh, while addressing all the officers of the Department congratulated the team for carrying out a series of reforms which not only high-lighted the sensitivity of the Modi Government but also the dedication of the team during the trying times of the Pandemic. He stated that the department went outside its call of duty to organize a webinar on Covid by bringing in leading doctors to address the anxiety and fears of the Pensioners. He stated that the Department is blessed with the unique opportunity of being able to serve the elderly and retired which no other department has
Among a series of reforms in Pension policy, the most notable was the Amendment of Rule 54 of CCS Pension Rules, 1972 to provide enhanced Family Pension in the event of unfortunate death of Government servant even before completion of 7 years of service.
Earlier only those families were eligible for enhanced family Pension (@50% of last pay drawn) wherein the deceased government servant had completed 7 years of service.
Another landmark OM in the recent year was extending the Old Pension scheme to those employees who joined on or after 01.01.2004 but whose result for recruitment had been declared before 01.01.2004. This was a long standing demand of employees covered under the National Pension System (NPS) and was the cause of several court cases and anxiety among such employees.
Soon after the formation of the new government a series of welfare measures for the Pensioners were also carried out such as opening of an “Integrated Grievance Cell & Call Centre with Toll free number 1800-11-1960 ” to facilitate elderly pensioners in registering their grievances and get information of pending grievances, holding of “All India Pension Adalat” wherein more than 50 locations were connected through live interactive video conferencing which resulted in resolution of more than 4000 grievances by a single event.
The other welfare activities carried out in the last one year include facilitating doorstep service for submission of life certificate with the help of Pension Disbursing Banks, DLC from home campaign by involving Pensioners’ Associations in 24 cities, organizing the First Regional Adalat at Jammu, and issuance of consolidated instructions to banks in order to ensure ease of living for pensioners.
The Department also organized a tele-consultation for pensioners on Covid 19 with renowned Pulmonologist & Director AIIMS, Dr Randeep Guleria & Dr Prasun Chatterjee, Associate Professor AIIMS.
Dr Kshatrapati Shivaji, Secretary (P&PW), thanked the Union Minister for consistently guiding DoPPW to make Pension reforms which hugely affected the lives of the Pensioners. He stated that this is one of the few Departments which even prior to Covid pandemic was 100% on e-office and therefore the transition to work from home at the height of the pandemic was easy to implement. All officials have been provided with a VPN which enables them to work from wherever they are and therefore the working of this Department remained unaffected during the pandemic.
Joint Secretary, Shri Sanjiv Narain Mathur conducted the proceedings which were completely online with all senior officers of the Department present through VC. Shri Ruchir Mittal, DS gave the vote of thanks. (Press Release)
New Delhi: Banks are adopting different procedures while releasing pension or seeking certificates from pensioners at different periodicity, the Personnel Ministry has said.
The ministry has issued consolidated guidelines to chairman and managing directors (CMDs) of pension disbursing banks to create awareness among Central Pension Processing Centre (CPPC)/ bank branches on updated rules and instructions in this regard.
The move comes after an analysis of the grievances received by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare under the Personnel Ministry.
“It has been observed that updated and consolidated instructions will help improve the processing of pensioner’s requests by banks and others,” the department said in an order issued on Friday.
Hence, an attempt has been made herein, to consolidate relevant instructions issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare from time to time with regard to disbursement of pension, it said.
“These banks are adopting different procedures, while releasing pension/ family pension or seeking declarations/certificates from pensioners / family pensioners at different periodicity,” the department said while issuing the consolidated guidelines.
There are 65.26 lakh central government pensioners.
These integrated guidelines are on different matters, including the banks insisting spouses to open separate bank accounts for getting family pension, submissions of life certificate and disability certificate and on requirement of family pensioner to submit ‘form 14′ on death of a pensioner, among others.
All banks have been advised to comply with these consolidated guidelines and to give wide publicity by putting up these instructions on their websites and also on the notice boards of the branches of the bank, etc.
“On death of a pensioner, the spouse is not required to submit form 14, if he/she was having a joint account with the pensioner and authorisation for payment of family pension exists in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) in his/her favour,” the guidelines said.
“In such cases, a spouse will be required to provide only a copy of the death certificate to the pension paying branch in order to commence his/her family pension,” they said.
Pension disbursing bank will identify the family pensioners based on the information furnished in PPO and its own Know Your Customer procedure without insisting him/her to physically present himself/herself in the paying bank, the department said, citing its instructions issued in September 2013 in this regard.
Banks will not insist on opening a new account when the spouse already has a joint account with the pensioner and authorisation for payment of family pension exists in the PPO in his/her favour, the consolidated guidelines said.
Pension disbursing banks will also accept Aadhaar-enabled digital life certificate “Jeevan Pramaan”, according to the guidelines.
Pensioners who are 80 years and above can submit life certificates in the month of October also. Life certificate has to be submitted by every pensioner/family pensioners in the month of November every year.
“No fresh certificate of disability would be required in the case of a child with permanent disability,” the guidelines said.
A disabled child will also be required to self-certify every year that he/she has not started earning his/her livelihood, according to the instructions.
If family pension has been sanctioned to a disabled child and the disability is temporary, the guardian of such disabled child shall produce a disability certificate once in every five years to the effect that he/she continues to suffer from such disorder /disability in order to continue family pension, the guidelines said.
“If the spouse is a recipient of family pension, no certificate of remarriage is required to be furnished by him/her,” the consolidated guidelines said.
“At the time of commencement of family pension, an undertaking will be obtained from him/her to the effect that in the event of his/her re marriage, he/she will report the fact to the pension disbursing bank promptly,” they said.
However, childless widow of deceased government servant and disabled child of a pensioner/government servant will continue to get family pension even if they get married/remarried, as per the guidelines.
A family pensioner, other than spouse, has to submit a declaration of non-marriage/non re-marriage every six months. The family pension is discontinued if she/he gets married/re-married.
The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has issued directions to all the pension disbursing banks to send SMS/emails to all their pensioners on October 24, November 1, November 15 and November 25 every year reminding them to submit their annual life certificates by November 30.
“The department directed all pension disbursing banks to make an exception list as on 15 December every year of those pensioners who fail to submit their life certificate and issue another SMS/email to them for submitting the life certificate,” the guidelines said.
“The bank in addition will also ask such pensioners through SMS/email whether they are interested in submission of life certificate through a chargeable door-step service, on a nominal charge not exceeding ₹60,” they said.
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
Granting pension revision to BSNL retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017 is delayed for more than three years. There has been no increase in pension for last 13 years except increase of due DA. (It is also being denied to a section of pensioners).
Many pensioners have passed away since 2017 without getting their pension revision. Centre continuously speaks about the need to look after the aged people, especially during Covid 19. After meeting more than 200 Members of Parliament including Central Ministers by AIBDPA leaders, many of the concerned M.P.s have raised the matter in Parliament and also with Prime Minister.
It is unfortunate that the govt. is sitting tight on the issue without issuing orders. There is no other way but to continue our efforts as also struggles.
We demand the government to issue orders on Pension Revision with 15% fitment without any further delay. (AIBDPA website)
Press Statement dated 25-04-2020 by AIBDPA
AIBDPA oppose unjustified Dearness Relief cut by Central Government
All India BSNL – DOT Pensioners Association representing more than one lakh of pensioners retired from Department of Telecom and BSNL strongly opposes the drastic decision of the Central Government freezing Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief due from 1st January 2020, 1st July 2020 and 1st January 2021 to the central and BSNL pensioners, in the name of financing Covid 19 situation.
The BSNL – DOT Pensioners as per the call of the Association has already donated to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund or the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund according to their ability and about Rs. 50 lakh has already been paid through the Association or directly. In Kerala alone, Rs. 20 lakh has been paid to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
The Pensioners and family pensioners are dependent upon their meagre pension and they are completely at the mercy of others having been restricted at home during lock down period. Many of these pensioners draw minimum pension which is insufficient even for day to day expenses, leave alone for purchase of medicines etc. BSNL Management has stopped medical allowance and reimbursement of medical treatment expenses for the last two years on the plea of lack of funds. It is at this crucial time that the decision to freeze DR for 18 months has been issued. The DR cut will be about Rs. 17,000 or more for a pensioner getting about Rs. 10,000 monthly pension, ie. about double of his monthly pension. This amount will increase according to the increase in pension which will put the pensioners to extreme difficulty.
It is to be noted that the same government, which wants to freeze the DA and DR of the low paid employees and pensioners, has been giving unjustified reduction in tax, relaxation in payment of dues to the government, writing off of NPAs etc. to the big corporates, amounting to lakhs of crores of rupees.
Under these circumstances, AIBDPA expresses its strong protest and demand the government to withdraw the order and continue to grant eligible DA /DR in due time. The Association has appealed to the Honourable Prime Minister to concede our demand and withdraw the unjustified order.
Secretary General, AIBDPA
As per report from Com.N.Guruprasad, Circle, Secretary, AIBDPA members from Kerala donated Rs. 15,00,000 (Rs. Fifteen Lakh only) to the Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund as the first installment. Some comrades donated one month pension. The donation is made as per the call of Com.K.Jayaraj, General Secretary AIBDPA!. Congratulations to Kerala Comrades!
Extension of Validity of CGHS Card in view of the Corona Virus
Govt. of India
Min. of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS
545-A Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated the 1st April, 2020
Subject: Extension of Validity of CGHS Card in view of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) Infection.
In view of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) , all out efforts are made by the Government to contain its impact by instituting measures at community as well as at individual level. Guidelines for maintaining social distancing between individuals have already been issued by the Government.
In the spirit of above guidelines, the undersigned is directed to convey that the validity of CGHS Cards expiring on 31st March 2020 may be extended in respect of CGHS pensioner beneficiaries contributing on annual basis and Central Government serving employees superannuating on 31.03.2020 , as per the details given under:
(i) In case of CGHS pensioner beneficiaries, who contribute the subscription on annual basis and whose CGHS cards are valid till 31st March 2020, the validity period may be extended till 30th April 2020 in the Data Base, by Additional Directors City/ HQ (in Delhi) on the basis of request received over e-mail from such A paper print-out may be signed and scanned copy of the same shall be sent to the beneficiary by e-mail , with a direction to submit the relevant documents and subscription before 30th April 2020.
(ii) Similarly, if a request is received by e-mail from serving employees , who superannuated on 31.03.2020 and are not in receipt of PPO, the CGHS Card may be converted as pensioner CGHS Card and validity period extended to 30th April A paper print-out may be signed and scanned copy of the same shall be sent to the beneficiary by e-mail with a direction to submit the relevant documents and subscription before 30th April 2020 . Additional Director City/ HQ (in Delhi) will verify the date of superannuation from CGHS database before processing the request. If a Govt Servant superannuating on 31 .03.20 was not a member of CGHS during service then he will have to submit a proof of superannuation.
(iii) The period of extension will be included when the card validity is regularised on depositing the subscription.