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EDITOR: Com. PRAHLAD RAI, General Secretary; CHQ ADDRESS: C-8/230, Yamuna Vihar, Delhi-110053

 E-mail: airbsnlewa.gs@gmail.com......Registration of AIRBSNLEWA CHQ : Registration No. S/00108/NE-/2010

AIRBSNLEWA CHQ A/C no. 25650100 00 02904 : Indian Overseas bank: IFSC : IOBA0002565.......

Branch : SANCHAR BHAWAN NEW DELHI........BRANCH Code : 2565Letter to Secy Dot dated 9.11.21.pdf

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Com. Kishan Singh
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Com. Prahlad Rai

General Secretary

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20.02.2024 GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding Withholding of retirement benefits of about 200 ST category retired employees  of Maharashtra Circle on the pretext of pending Caste Validation  << click here for letter>>
19.02.2024 Status of pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners in DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Director Esst DoT regarding pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners status in DoT. Director Esst DoT informed that the draft proposal on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners has been sent to DoE in the last week itself for comments and it the reply is expected by the end of this month. It is understood that DoT has sent two- three proposals I.e. based on 7th CPC fitment formula, 3rd PRC fitment formula etc.After receiving the comments from DoE, the DoT will take necessary action to revise the pension of BSNL and MTNL pensioners.In our meeting held will Secretary Telecom on 13 th February-2024 and the assurance given by the Secretary the things are moving accordingly. Let us wait for the DoE comments and after seeing the the DoT proposal we will decide our further line of action.
17.02.2024 General Body meeting of Circle Office Branch of TS held today in a grand manner from 10.30 a.m.to 16.00 hours at AIBSNLEA Room, BSNL BHAWAN, Hyd ...And the newly elected CHQ OBs at AIC felicitated and discussed many Organizational activities of AIRBSNLEWA in the meeting ..Meeting ended with a happy note
13.02.2024 GENERAL BODY MEETING OF NEW DELHI:- A Grand General Body meeting of AIRBSNLEWA Delhi Circle was held successfully on 13/02/2024 at 14:00 to 16:00 PM in Kidwai Bhawan New Delhi Conference hall Room No 756 under the Chairmanship of Delhi Circle President Comrade A K Nandy.  A large members of association has joined in meeting.

Comrade Prahlad Rai Our beloved GS , Comrade Kishan Singh CHQ President, Comrade T.C.Jain AGS CHQ, Comrade A.K.Jain CHQ FS, Comrade Sandeep Ganjoo CHQ Advisor North, Comrade A.K Kaushik GS RTOWA , Comrade M.K.Bagchi President RTOWA were attended the meeting and updated our knowledge for further course of action on our long pending and burning issues of our Pension Revision Status due w.e.f. 01/01/2017. Circle Secretary Comrade A.J.Ram welcome all above CHQ office bearers elected in 4th AIC held at Kolkata belonging to Delhi Circle and all the Delhi Circle members participated in meeting. As per agenda of meeting the following activities were functioning in meeting as detailed as under:-

1. All the CHQ office bearers elected in 4th AIC held at Kolkata from Delhi Com. Prahlad Rai GS, Com. Kishan Singh CHQ President, Com. T.C.Jain AGS-III (New Delhi), Com. A.K.Jain CHQ FS, Comrade Sandeep Ganjoo CHQ Advisor -IV ( New Delhi), Com. A.K.Kaushik Legal Consultant and Com. M.K.Bagchi Chief Mentor were felicitated/welcomed with garland and shawl.Com. Kishan Singh CHQ President appraised the house about latest status of our long pending issue of Pension Revision in brief which was discussed before 13/02/2024 with Secretary (T), Members of Services, Director Establishment, CMD BSNL and other higher DOT and BSNL officers and 72.5% IDA merger case.

Com. Prahlad Rai Our beloved GS has appraised the house in full details about the current status of our burning issues Pending Pension Revision w.e.f. 01/01/2017. Which discussed and decided before 13/02/2024 are as under:-

Secretary (T) in course of discussion has ruled out the implementation of PBCAT judgement, because as per his opinion the implementation has "Wider Ramifications.
DOT is going to send soon some proposals to DoE for consultation purpose.
On our insistence to share the essence of the said proposals to as a stakeholder. Secretary T declined to reveal the details at this premature stage.
However he assure that proposal may be revealed on getting comments from DoE.
The other senior officers were apparently too cautious to reveal any thing about the proposals to us but indicated that matter is under serious discussion at top level .

After the meeting with DOT officers representative of all associations like AIRBSNLEWA, RTOWA Delhi and RTOWA Mumbai met to review the on going situation discussed and decided on following lines :-
(a). While it is very clear by now that DOT is not included to move proposals of implementation of PBCAT judgement in its letter and spirit, we are yet to know precisely what is the proposals with which DOT is moving to DoE.
(b). It is very essential to have inkling of the proposals to facilitate chalk out a proper further course of action.
(C). If it is considered opinion of all Associations that the prospect of pension revision accordingly to our demand is still in volatile consideration and we should monitor closely the movement of proposals at various stages.

(d). If at any point of time we find that DOT is moving towards very retrograde decision we must proposed to initiate immediate legal remedies against the respondent of our concern OAs.
(e). It is decided that we shall persuade the other link minded association of the concerned OAs
In the end of meeting Sweets, Biscuts, Cream role Namkeen and Jeera drink were enjoyed by all participants.
At last the meeting was concluded by Circle President Comrade A.K.Nandy extended with vote of thanks to all.

13.02.2024 Pension Revision Pursuit Today (12/02/24) the representatives of AIRBSNLEWA, RTOWA Delhi and RTOWA Mumbai met senior officers of DoT including Secretary (T), Member (S), and DDG (Estt). Through our threadbare discussions, we have gathered as follows:- 1. Secretary (T), in course of discussions has ruled out the implementation of the PCAT judgement, because, as per his opinion the implementation has “wider ramifications”. 2. DoT is going to send soon some proposals to DoE for consultation purposes. 3. On our insistence to share the essence of the said proposals to us as stakeholders, Secretary (T) declined to reveal the details at this “pre matured stage”. However he assured that the proposals may be revealed to us on getting comments from DoE. 4. Other senior officers were apparently too cautious to reveal any thing about the proposals to us, but they indicated that the matter is under serious discussions at top level. After the meetings with the DoT officers, the representatives of all above mentioned Associations met to review the ongoing situations and discussed and decided on the following lines. 1. While it is very clear by now that the DoT is not inclined to move with the proposal of implementation of PCAT judgement in its letter and spirit, we are yet to know precisely what is the proposals with which DoT is moving to DoE. 2. It is very essential to have the inkling of the proposals to facilitate to chalk out a proper further course of actions. 3. It is the considered opinion of all the above mentioned Associations that the prospect of pension revision, according to our demand is still in volatile condition and we should monitor closely the movement of the proposals at various stages. 4. If at any point of time, we find that DoT is moving towards a very retrograde decision we must be prepared to initiate immediate legal remedies against the respondents of our concerned OAs. 5. It is decided that we shall persuade the other like minded Associations particularly the applicant Associations of the concerned OAs to move in the same way, as they could not attend the today’s meeting. Com. Prahlad Rai GS, Com. Kishan Singh President and Com. T.C. Jain AGS from AIRBSNLEWA, Com. M.K. Bagchi President, Com.A.K.Kaushik GS and Com. K.R. Yadav from RTOWA Delhi and Com.K. Jawahar President, Com.J.S. Yadav GS, Com. Virendra Singh Jt.GS and Com. P.K.Kulkarni AGS from RTOWA Mumbai attended the meetings.  <<<< PHOTO >>>>>
13.02.2024 Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singhji President and Comrade TC Jain AGS, AIRBSNLEWA met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding ongoing situation in DoT on pension revision case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. We requested CMD BSNL to use his good office in getting implemented the Hon'ble PBCAT ND judgement on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. CMD BSNL mentioned that he has already discussed the matter with the Hon'ble MoC &IT and Member Services for its implementation more than that is beyond his purview. He advised to wait for the clearance of DoT proposal form DoE and he assured all possible help if get a chance to discuss the matter. (b) Online submission of medical claims of BSNL pensioners in BSNL portal:- We requested CMD BSNL to allow BSNL pensioners for submission of their medical claims through online instead of offline submission. CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter for its settlement. We extended thanks for granting the the meeting and his positive concern. CMD could not give more time due BSNL Board meeting as the Board member were waiting for him to start the meeting.

Meeting with Director HR BSNL Board ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singhji President and Comrade T C Jain AGS met and congratulated him on joining the High office of Director HR BSNL Board. Director HR also assured his full cooperation for the settlement of BSNL pensioners issues.We requested him for his kind intervention for the early settlement of SC/ST candidates cast verification issues .He assured to look into the matter. He was also in hurry to attend the BSNL Board meeting.

Meeting with PGM Pers BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS and Com T C Jain, AGS me PGM Pers BSNL CO and discussed regarding proper implementation of Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment on Rule-206 of SDEs seniority case. PGM Pers mentioned that he is yet to understand the matter, thus advised us to fix up the time for discussions during our next visit to Delhi. We also requested to intervene in Mr H H Patel Retd DE Surat Gujrat panalty case. PGM pers advanced to give a letter for necessary action.

Meeting with PGM Admn BSNL CO:- We requested PGM Admn BSNL CO for submission of online medical claims. PGM Admn mentioned that BSNL pensioners don't have HRMS no thus they are to be given some number for this purpose. He advised to write a letter in this regard. ( b) increase in FMA from 12 days to 15 days. PGM Admn mentioned that in view of BSNLs financial poor health it difficult to consider. However, we may give a letter for consideration which will be looked into.

Meeting with PGM Budget BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Kishan Singhji President, Comrade T C Jain AGS met PGM Budget BSNL CO and discussed regarding settlement of Mr Tapan Das Retd CAO Kolkatta court case Judgment. PGM BUDGET assured to look into the matter for its early settlement.

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11.02.2024 PENSION REVISION STATUS  Dear Comrades, the six BSNL/MTNL pensioners Associations applicants in the PBCAT ND on pension revision case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners are meeting on 12-02-2024 at Delhi to review the ongoing situation on implementation of pension revision case Judgment delivered by Hon'ble PBCAT ND.The further course of action will be decided to get expedite the matter. For the last six years DoT is dragging the case on one or the other pretext. Earlier DoT Officers were telling that pension revision will follow the pay revision of BSNL/MTNL employees. After the new Hon'ble MoC &IT Shri Ashwani Vaishnav Ji again case was reopened and he assured to delink pension revision from pay revision. Thus we expected that some positive decision wise taken by Hon'ble MoC &IT for pension revision. But no decision in this regard has been taken till now. Some pensioners Associations are updating on social media that DoT has decided for not filling appeal in the Hon'ble High court Delhi against PBCAT judgement. But DoT has never expressed such views in the informal meetings. Even now DoT has not taken any concrete decision on this issue. Now all these developments needs detail discussions and decision. The fact remains that there is no time for this Government now to decide the case for pension revision. In this situation proper decision is to be taken.
02.02.2024 " REVISION OF CGHS PACKAGE RATES FOR GENERAL SURGERY: CGHS in its Office Memorandum vide F.No Z15025/8/2023/DIR/CGHS dated 1st February 2024, has conveyed the approval of Competent Authority for revision of CGHS package rates for General Surgery, with a list of procedures and their rates.

View the CGHS O.M

31.01.2024 " RETIREES REUNION  AT TELANGANA".  yesterday all like minded VRS retires and retirees (immaterial of their Associations) met at Hyderabad in a good hotel on completion of 4 years VR period as titled with great concept to keep the employees together even after retirement..

It will boost the confidence in the retirees that we are not alone and have many friends, well wishers, helping hands in uncertain/emergency needs...

Yesterday's get together was the most successful, had a very good time with good fun and entertainment with friends and colleagues after a long long 4 years...The arrangements are highly appreciable and the food was very delicious...

Our humble request is to keep the Association members to arrange innovative programs like WB circle now and then, to keep away from routines .<<< photo>>>
31.01.2024  Meeting the CCA by Telangana AGS Com.K.Jayramji and ACS1 had a meeting with CCA authorities along with other Association representatives and discussed many issues related to pensioners in detail.      <<<photo>>
31.01.2024  PICNIC REPORT from West Bengal.
Circle H/Q Branch of AIRBSNLEWA WB, Annual Family Picnic event held in a grand way yesterday 30th.Jan.'24 at Mallick Bari Guesthouse, KMDA Pumping Station on the bank of sacred river Ganges.  Response from our members was so overwhelming & a total of 156 members & their families participated along with their kith and kin small children traveling long distances. Members started pouring in early from 8:00hrs. at site and were served hot tea with biscuits.


After assembling Breakfast with tea was served on our sitting arrangement on the big platform built upon the River Ganges.  Entertainment events inagurated by our veteran member Sri Bhagirath Sarkar by Stotrapath of Gayatri Mantra and recital of Devi Durga Vandana mesmerizing all of us. Then our members and their family members showcased their hidden spECIALl. talent by singing numerous songs, Poetry recitations and dance performances enthralled all of us for hours alongwith a beautiful view of Ganga river& all the time hot tea with different type of pakoras were served to all of us.


Two sport events for ladies were held namely musical chair &Handi breaking participated by almost of all the ladies. After that , a wholesome lunch was served in the dining halls with veg. and non-veg. items of chicken, fish and seasonal vegetables along with chutney and sweets.


After that sport event was held for all the gentlemen members.  After a full day of entertainment in evening members were so enthralled, demanding event to be continued in future also& all departed with a very happy note with serving of hot coffee and biscuits to all of them and closure was announced.

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30.01.2024  CGHS issues office memorandum regarding delivery of medicines through speed post.   <<<   copy of order >>>>
 
25.01.2024  CGHS issues circular regarding maintaining sincere behaviour with patients by CGHS staff <<<coy of order>>
20.01.2024  Health awareness Seminar organized by AIRBSNLEWA in coordination with Fortis Hospital Jaipur.  A Seminar on health awareness is organized by AIRBSNLEWA in coordination with the Fortis Hospital Jaipur on 20-01-2024 in Fortis Hospital Jaipur. Shri Lavjeet Pareek, Marketing manager Fortis Hospital welcomed all distinguished guests and the participants and apprised in detail about the Seminar. He mentioned that Senior Consultants and specialist of Fortis Hospital mainly Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Endocrinology and Senior Physician etc.will address the Seminar to create health awareness among the Senior citizens.Comrade M L Ostwal CS AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle on his behalf and on the behalf of AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle welcomed all the dignitaries on dias and Doctors team. He arranged felicitation by garlanding and putting Shawls to the Chief Guest Shri S L Meenaji CCA DoT, Rajasthan Circle, Presiding officer Shri Neerav Bansel Zonal Director Fortis Hospital Jaipur, Special Guest Shri Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Shri S S Rawat AFS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ and all the senior Doctors of Fortis Hospital Jaipur. In his welcome address he thanked to the Fortis Hospital Jaipur management and Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA efforts in organizing the Seminar in a befitting manner and wished that Seminar will be very Useful in taking our care. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA in his address extended sincere thanks to the Fortis Hospital management for arranging a nice Seminar to create health awareness among BSNL pensioners and also appreciated the efforts taken by AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle in coordinating and arranging Seminar. He explained the rule of the Association in safeguarding the Interest of BSNL/MTNL pensioners mainly for their Health and pension related issues. He apprised in detail the status of pension revision case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners in DoT and efforts of AIRBSNLEWA for its implementation. He also discussed the difficulties of BSNL pensioners in getting smooth medical facilities mainly on BSNL MRS and CGHS facility.He apprised that Association is making efforts to take proper treatment from empaneled hospitals and at the same time taking up the matter with the concern authorities of Health Ministry to ensure regular patients to the Empaneled hospitals against cashless treatment. Also persuaded for enhancing the consents fees and tests etc. He appreciated the Senior Doctors team of Fortis Hospital Jaipur who are giving best treatment to their patients. He assured all the cooperation to the Fortis Hospital and AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle team. Shri S L Meena Ji CCA Rajasthan in his address thanked to AIRBSNLEWA and Fortis Hospital management for inviting him as Chief Guest on the occasion. He mentioned that keeping health awareness is very important after retirement. He also explained the CCA Rajasthan Circle is taking full care of BSNL pensioners in Rajasthan Circle. About 16000 pensioners are their in Rajasthan Circle and their all due claims are being settled immediately in CCA. Identity cards of all the pensioners have prepared and distributed. The DLC camps have been organized in all major Districts and the facility is available in CCA office Jaipur also and he is always available to hear and sort out the problems of BSNL pensioners. Shri Neerv Bansel Zonal Director Fortis Hospital Jaipur in his Presidential address welcomed all all the guests and participants .He explained that Fortis Hospital with the help of their Senior Doctors team and staff are trying to give best treatment to the patients and taking full care of them irrespective of a CGHS beneficiary or a private patient. There is no discrimination in them. He thanked to the Association for taking care of their payments issues with the concern authorities. He assured all the cooperation to BSNL pensioners while taking treatment from Fortis Hospital Jaipur. Dr Neeraj Nagaich DM Gastroenterology, Dr Rahul Singhal, Cardiologist, Dr Arun Partani, Orthopedics Dr Manoj Khandelwal, Endocrinologist and Dr Praveen Kanojia, Senior Physician in their speeches apprised in detail to create health awareness in all respect by proper food and exercises. Comrade D K Kalyan Circle President AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle extended vote of thanks. A delicious lunch was served by Fortis Hospital Jaipur to all the participants. The Conference Hall was jam packed. The Seminar was a great success.   <<Photo-1>>     <<Photo-2>>
17.01.2024  Grand Special General Body meeting of AIRBSNLEWA UPE was held at Hotel Babian-Inn Lucknow:

Well-organized Special General Body Meeting & "Diamond jubilee ceremony" in honor of 75yrs aged BSNL Pensioners of AIRBSNLEWA UPE was held on 16th January 2024. Meeting lasted 6hrs from 10:30 hrs to 16:30 hrs.  More than 150 members participated in this meeting despite the chilled cold weather. 

Seven 75yrs aged esteemed members of our Association were felicitated in our "Diamond jubilee Ceremony" by Joint Advisor Trai who was also present in the meeting.

In conjunction with this celebratory event, a Consumer Outreach Programme (COP) organized by TRAI also took place. The COP shed light on telecom-related regulations, new services, and cyber frauds through informative presentations.

Officers of TRAI presented in detail about Cyber frauds, and Cyber crime and their remedies. Presentation of Sh Manish Rajput Joint Advisor TRAI, Sh P.S.Kaushal Joint Advisor TRAI & Sh Alok Srivastava Sr Research Officer TRAI was excellent and well received.

After delicious lunch, the 2nd session of the meeting started with "Diamond jubilee ceremony".   Comrade Pallab Bose CS congratulated all 75 yrs pensioners and promised them that AIRBSNLEWA will celebrate their 80 yrs as well.

Com Bose discussed in detail regarding present status of PBCAT pension revision Judgment, CHQ activities, Pending medical bills,
and social activities by our Association.  Sh Pallab Bose CS expressed gratitude to those who participated in the meeting despite the cold weather.

Comrade S.S.Shukla DS/CWC member Ayodhya participated in this meeting along with Org secy Ayodhya Comrade R.K.Gupta.

Meeting was addressed by Circle President, CS UP(E), Sh S.S.Shukla CWC member, Sh Pradeep Goel Mentor, Sh R.C.Rao GM Finance(retd), Sh Manish Rajput Joint Advisor TRAI , Sh P.S.Kaushal Joint Advisor TRAI & Sh Alok Srivastava Sr Research Officer TRAI, and senior members of the Association.

Association New Year Calender 2024 was also distributed to members present in the meeting. Lastly Sh S M Abbas Circle President delivered a vote of thanks to all respected members present. The session concluded with the National anthem, followed by evening tea.

 

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12.01.2024  Pension Revision:  Memorandum submitted to the Hon'ble MoC &IT Shri Ashwani Vaishnav Ji during his visit to Jaipur on 12-01-2024:-Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA along with Comrade M L Ostwal CS Rajasthan, Comrade D K Kalyan Circle President and Comrade K K Barser DS Jaipur &CWC Member met with Hon'ble MoC &IT Shri Ashwani Vaishnav Ji at Jaipur on 12-01-2024 during his visit to Jaipur and submitted a Memorandum requesting for the implementation of Hon'ble PBCAT ND judgement on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. We requested him that BSNL and MTNL pensioners are waiting for their pension revision for the last six years and now the Hon'ble PBCAT ND has also delivered a Judgement to revise their pension as per the 7th CPC fitment formula by giving 10 weeks time for it's implementation .The given ten weeks time is also over. Hon'ble MoC&IT mentioned that we are working on it. He assured an early action. We further requested that BSNL/MTNL pensioners are eagerly and anxiously waiting for your kind honor decision for pension revision. We extended our sincere gratitude and thanks for giving us this opportunity to meet him in person and giving patient hearing   <<click for memorandum>>
08.01.2024  DOP&PW ADDS AIBSNLREA TO THE LIST OF REGISTERED PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS UNDER "PENSIONERS PORTAL": AIBSNLREA had submitted an application for registration under "Pensioners Portal" in response to a DoP&PW circular dated 21.12.2022. We had earlier reported that "an Under Secretary from DoP&PW visited the residence of General Secretary, from where the CHQ is functioning, on 22.08.2023 in connection with our application for registration under Pensioners' Portal. The Under Secretary was impressed with our activities, paperless functioning, transparency, availability of information in our website since 2008, our letters to different authorities, our language and the style of presentation of issues." DoP&PW vide its letter No.4(4)/2021-P&PW(H)-7311 dated 04.01.2024 has now conveyed the approval of competent authority, registering AIBSNLREA for being associated with the implementation of "Pensioners Portal", a Mission Mode Project under National e-governance Plan of Government of India. AIBSNLREA will endeavour to make use of this opportunity, to further protect and promote the interests of the BSNL pensioners. View the DoP&PW letter

30.12.2023  GS writes to Secretary DoT, New Delhi regarding Revision of Pension of BSNL / MTNL Pensioners by immediate implementation of Judgment dated 20.09.2023 passed by the Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench in O.A. No. 1272/2020 at par with   Order No.F.No.38020/1/2019-FC-3 dated 13-12-2023 from Department of Food and Public Distribution.  << click here for letter >>

17.12.2023  GS writes to Secretary DoT, New Delhi seeking immediate compliance of Judgment dated 20.09.2023 passed by the Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench in O.A. No. 1272/2020 titled as “All lndia Retired Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Executive Welfare Association &Ors. vs. Union of India &Ors.”  <<click here for letter copy >>
24.11.2023  78.2% DA fitment case status:  Yesterday i. e. on 23.11.2023, the matter regarding 78.2% DA fitment was taken up by CAT CHANDIGARH CIRCUIT BENCH AT SHIMLA. The bench was annoyed why one of the respondent did not present himself before it. Their advocate moved an application to allow the absence this time. Moreover, it was stated that BSNL is filing a Review Petition before the Supreme Court and the matter may be adjourned to next CCT. date during Jan 2024 at Shimla but it was not agreed and 20.12.2023 at 14:30hrs. has been fixed now at Chandigarh (instead of Shimla during Jan. next.) and respondents have also been asked to be present physically there.
22.11.2023  Brief of 4th AIC of AIRBSNLEWA held at Kolkata on 19th & 20th November 2023

The  4th  All India Conference of AIRBSNLEWA was held on 19th & 20th November 2023

The AIC commenced with prayer and paying homage  to Late Com. Amit Gupta ji who left us for the heavenly abode.

Com. Sitanshu Sarkar, Circle Secretary, West  Bengal welcomed the delegates of AIC AIRBSNLEWA and other  leaders on the dias.  In his welcome address he has mentioned that all the possible arrangements have already been done to minimize the inconvenience to the senior citizens attending the conference from throughout the country and requested to co-operate the participants for shortfalls in any.After self introduction and two minutes silence in memory of the departed souls of our late comrades,  the meeting commenced as per Agenda items with some additions to it, as suggested by the house.

Shri Kisan Singh, President AIRBSNLEWA in his opening remark has welcomed one and all and expressed his happiness to meet all in large numbers from all over india in the age of senior citizens.  He extended his tribute to late Amit Kumar Gupta, Dy. G.S. and RTI activist due to whose efforts and awareness BSNL/MTNL pensioners are getting full pension from DoT by withdrawing the ratio of 60:40.   He mentioned that in the AIC participants will be discussing all the issues related to the pensioners and will certainly help the BSNL / MTNL pensioners.  He also mentioned that the AIRBSNLEWA with the supports of its members and well wishers had grown and established in more than 20 circles in a small period of 3-4 years.   He mentioned that due to the efforts of veteran leader Shri Pralhad Rai we could settle many issues to many extend and all the pending issues are also vigorously pursued by Shri Rai.  He extended his gratitude to West Bengal Circle for hoisting the AIC.  He also mentioned that he had privileged to attend Special General Body of UP East and appreciated the functioning of UP East Circle.   He also mentioned that he has also attended the Rajasthan Circle Conference and as same was well organized.  He appreciated all and requested to perform well for the welfare of pensioners.

All the Circle Secretaries submitted their details reports in the prescribed format about the activities of the Circles.

All the Organising Secretaries,  Assistant General Secretaries presented their report.

Shri Prahlad Rai, General Secretary submitted his report and after point wise discussions and deliberations, the report was unanimously passed.  In his report he has mentioned the complete details about the organizational activities ie. Membership, Contribution towards legal fund, Regular election of Branch/Circle Body of AIRBSNLEWA,  Websites maintenance, Welfare Schemes,    He also mentioned about the Status of Various issues of Pensioners like Pension Revision, Restoration of Commutation after 13 years, Increase of 5% pension after 65,70 & 75 years, Concessions to the Senior Citizens, IDA Fitment benefits of 78.2%, Income Notices under section 154 of IT Act, Notional increment benefit to the members who retired on 30th June, Pay fixation case of JAOs of 1966 batch, Online submission of  Life certificate through online for BSNL landline connections, Online submission of BSNL MRS Card renewal, JAO to AAO scales w.e.f. 1.1.1996, Withdrawal of 60:40 ratio provision from Rule 37-A, Restructuring of Civil / Electrical / Arch / Telecom Factory / PA – PS w.e.f. 1.10.2000 instead of later on.

GS also briefed about the Status of various Court Cases viz. Pension Revision, Case, IDA 78.2% Fitment case, Implementation of Rule 206 as per SC Judgment reg. TES Group B officers seniority and also about the BSNL MRS / Pending Medical Claims / CGHS facilities, Improper, Migration of pensioners front CPPCs to SAMPANN., Relationship with other Associations/Unions of BSNL, Relationship with other Associations of Retired officers/employees, Organisational Action plans/ Future strategies for further course of action, Conveyance facilities at New Delhi, Office Accommodation at New Delhi.   <<<click here for the complete report>>>

Shri A K Jain, Financial Secretary presented the receipt and payment accounts and the same was unanimously approved.

An Open Session was also held on 20.11.2023 at 14.30 hours.

The open session was attended by Shri Ashok Kumar Dey, Asstt. Controller, Pr. CCA Kolkata Telecom District as Chief Guest besides the leaders Shri Kisan Singh, President AIRBSNLEWA, Shri Prahlad Rai, General Secretary, AIRBSNLEWA, Shri M K Bagchi, President RTOWA, MTNL New Delhi and Chief Patron, AIRBSNLEWA, Shri A K Kaushik, GS RTOWA, MTNL New Delhi and Legal Consultant, AIRBSNLEWA, Shri J S Yadav, GS, RTOWA, MTNL, Mumbai and Shri Virendra Singh, Jt. GS, RTOWA, MTNL, Mumbai, Shri Amit Mukherjee CS, AIBSNLEA, Kolkata Telephones and Shri S Bhattacharya, President, AIBSNLEA West Bengal.

Com. Sitanshu Sarkar, Circle Secretary, West  Bengal welcomed  Chief Guest and all the dignitaries on the dias by presenting Flower bouquet and Shawl.

Shri Prahlad Rai, General Secretary in his key note address briefed about the formation of AIRBSNLEWA, its aims, objects and achievements.   He mentioned about the Pension Revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners, Why pension revision of the BSNL / MTNL retirees are fully justified, PBCAT judgement and its operative parts, Reduction in the commutation period from 15 years to 13 years, Increase in pension by 5% after 65 years, 10% after 70 years, 15% after 75 years and 20% after 80 years age, Implementation of DPE order for Payment of 78.2% wef 1.1.2007 to May -2013 which is pending since long, Income Tax Notices under section 154 of IT Act, BSNL MRS / Pending Medical Claims, CGHS facilities, Improper Implementation of Rule 206 as per Supreme Court Judgment: regarding TES Group B officers seniority, Issue of Identity Cards to BSNL Pensioners, Notional increment benefit to the members who retired on 30th June, Pay fixation case of JAOs of 1966 batch, Online submission of  Life certificate through online for BSNL landline connections, Online submission of BSNL MRS Card renewal, JAO to AAO scales w.e.f. 1.1.1996, Withdrawal of 60:40 ratio provision from Rule 37-A, Restructuring of Civil / Electrical / Arch / Telecom Factory / PA – PS w.e.f. 1.10.2000 instead of later on date,  Migration of pensioners from CPPCs to SAMPANN.

While concluding, GS thanked all for giving him a patient hearing and at the same time he reaffirmed his resolve that he shall not be found wanting in discharging his responsibilities even in the new environment and will move forward alongwith all to make AIRBSNLEWA CHQ of the dreams of pensioners, a reality.  He also reassured the esteemed Pensioners and Family Pensioners that, he will do everything at his disposal to ensure the best possible services in terms of “Pension and Family Pension.”   

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Shri Amit Mukherjee CS, AIBSNLEA, Kolkata Telephones in his addressed briefed about the activities of AIBSNLEA and wished best wishes and support to the AIRBSNLEWA.

Shri S Bhattacharya, President, AIBSNLEA West Bengal in his addressed expressed his gratitude for inviting him and wishes best wishes to AIRBSNLEWA.

Shri J S Yadhav, GS  RTOWA MTNL Mumbai  in his address brief about the pension revision case, CGHS facilities. He informed the house to identify the real well wishers of the Pensioners and be cautious and away from the double standard leaders who are pleading 7th CPC legally and on the other side asking for 3rd PRC fitment with the DoT. He also requested all to come together to fight for the rights of the BSNL / MTNL Pensioners.

            Shri A K Kaushik, GS RTOWA, MTNL New Delhi and Legal Consultant, AIRBSNLEWA, in his address mentioned that Shri Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA has already explained very well  about the entire issues of the BSNL / MTNL pensioners.   He mentioned that the PBCAT judgement on the pension revision case is crystal clear and this judgement will be a land mark one and will fully justify and support our demand to win against the appeals of DoT in the High Court / Super Court.    In the case of 206, Shri Kaushik mentioned that the BSNL management has destroyed the Supreme Court judgement in this regard and as per the latest judgement in the case of MTNL, BSNL should straight away issue orders and the judgement is very much clear.  He also mentioned about the CGHS facilities at Mumbai and Delhi and demanded that the CGHS facilities be improved through out the country for the benefits of all the pensioners.

Shri M K Bagchi, President RTOWA, MTNL New Delhi and Chief Patron AIRBSNLEWA in his address thanked the AIRBSNLEWA CHQ for inviting him for the Conference.   He mentioned that Shri Prahlad Rai has elaborated all the issues of pensioners and precisely explained all the points in his address.   He mentioned that while we were in service we were fighting for our pay and promotion, now after retirement, we are fighting for our pension revision.  He also mentioned that Govt. has formed MTNL / BNSL for public /private partnership with a motive to windup the Govt. working to favour and hand over the telecom sector in the hands of private sector.  He mentioned that our pension is ensure, but its revision is not ensured.  Unless the pension is revised, the IDA neutralization will not take place.  Many pensioners associations are trying for pension revision, but at the same time committing many mistakes by them and requested all to be united and work together and support the leaders.     He also mentioned that Govt is not improving the working of CGHS facilities and Govt. Hospitals to favour the Private Hospitals.   He also mentioned that without the support of the members, leaders cannot achieve anything.

The following office bearers were unanimously elected as CHQ Body for the next 3 years.

 

S        S.No.

S/Shri

Post Held

Mob. No.

1

M K Bagchi

Chief Mentor

9818920225

2

Kishan Singh

President

99682 70611

3

Ravindran T

Vice President-I (Kerala)

9447815400

4

Manas Roy

Vice President-II (WB)

9434009002

5

Koteswara Rao

Vice President-II(AP)

94400 00505

6

Prahlad Rai

General Secretary

98682 78222

7

Sitanshu Sarkar

Dy. General Secretary

 79801 48428

8

Pallab Bose

AGS-I (UP East) 

94152 33344

9

Jayram K

AGS-II (Telangana)

94400 00212

10

T C Jain

AGS-III (New Delhi)

9868188748

11

M L Deore

AGS-IV (Maharashtra)

94222 50555

12

A K Jain

Financial Secretary

9868838466

13

S S Rawat

Asstt. Financial Secretary

9414001998

14

Prasanta Kumar Pyne

OS East (WB)

9434333394

15

A R Manani

OS West (Maharashtra)

9423991100

16

K Dakshina Murthy

OS South (Telangana)

9490115757

17

M L Ostwal

OS North (Rajasthan)

9828521000

18

Shrikant Deshpande

OS Central (MP)

9425800844

19

K P Nair

Editor

9422663434

20

Swapan Mukherji

Advisor-I (WB)

9433400210

21

Prasun Mukhopadhay

Advisor II (WB)

94320 00184

22

Amalendu Guha

Advisor-III (Gujarat)

9426643434

23

Sandeep Ganjoo

Advisor IV (Delhi)

9868122115

24

V V Rambabu

Auditor (Telangana)

9490140999

25

A K Kaushik

Legal Consultant

8368052466

 Meeting ended with vote of thanks to one and all.

06.11.2023  4th AIC  AIRBSNLEWA at Kolkata:-  All the Circle Secretaries are requested to submit the reports in the prescribed format.  <<click here for format>>
28.10.2023  4th AIC AIRBSNLEWA at Kolkata:- AIRBSNLEWA is holding its 4th All India Conference at Kolkata on 19th and 20th November-2023. Host Circle WB is trying to make good boarding and lodging arrangements for the delegates comfortable stay. Some Circles have paid special donations to AIC and delegates fees but many Circles are yet pay the same. As you know AIRBSNLEWA is holding this AIC independently first time and taking life time subscriptions once only. There is no regular subscription from members. Thus to conduct organizational meetings we depend on special donations only. We would therefore request all the Circle Secretaries to ensure Payment of special donations and delegation fees to host Circle at the earliest to avoid financial constraints.
15.10.2023  First Circle Conference of A.P.  Circle at Vijayawada:  1st AP Circle conference of our association was held on 14/10/2023 at Rotary Club Auditorium.Vijayawada -AP Conference was begined with flag hoisting by our beloved GS Com Prahlad Rai.

Com Koteswararao has welcomed all to the in 1st Circle conference. Com Keshavarao Circle President in his opening remarks mentioned that,subsequent up on the bifurcation of AP state how the AP circle organization was formed during 2019 on adhoc with the active initiation, support and guidance from our AGS Com Jairam, Com Pandurangarao CS & Laxmaiah treasurer of combined AP circle by their personal visits. Com Keshavarao , Com Koteswararao and Com Chandrasekhar were elected as President, CS and Treasurer. Com Srinivasarao was nominated as a auditor. Ever since the formation of Circle body ,entire team has made efforts to mobilize the membership and successfully enrolled around 150 members with forming district branches at Krishna,Rajamundary, Tirupathi , WG, Gunturu …. Happy to have our beloved GS’s presence on this 1st conference and will have a clarity on the recent PBCAT judgment on Pension revision issue etc.,

Com Koteswararao CS welcomed all and presented CS report covering all the activities undertaken during the period despite his sons untimely death and Covid environment. Treasurer presented audited financial statement . Bothe CS & Treasurers reports we’re adopted by the house.

Com Mahesh. CS TS Congratulated and conveyed best wishes to AP circle on holding its 1st Circle conference. He enlightened the TS circle activities including CCA &CGHS related .To strengthen the CHQ financially and membership wise. With this motive TS circle could increase the membership to around 800 and contributing required legal fund of around 2.5 lkhs as per chq call and also to forthcoming AIC at Kolkata. He thanked AP circle body for providing him an opportunity to be at circle conference. He also thanked beloved GS for his commendable achievement in legal battle on pension revision case. GS was felicitated by TS circle on the occasion.

Com N Koteswararao CP TS in his address congratulated AP circle on holding its 1st circle conference and thanked the circle team for inviting him to the conference. He briefed on TS circle activities and appreciated the functioning of CS and team on various issues like CCA & CGHS etc in association and support of AGS Jairam.

Com Jairam K AGS addressed the gathering and congratulated the AP circle for holding its 1st Circle conference and conveyed best wishes. Thanked the AP circle team for inviting him to the conference and extending good hospitality. Thanked Com Keshavarao for his out right support for our comfortable stay at his house. Briefed on association activities to strengthen CHQ by increasing membership and thanked GS for his guidance and encouragement to improve the functioning of association. He also briefed on CCA & CGHS issues and appealed AP circle to continue legal fund to chq.

Com Prahlad Rai beloved GS has congratulated and extended best wishes to AP circle for holding its 1st circle conference . He thanked the organizers for inviting him to grace the conference and glad to say that, his election to GS of AIBSNLEA and GS of AIRBSNLEWA was held in AP circle it is ever remembered.

He briefed the house on how the legal battle process at PBCAT on pension revision started and culminated in our favor . It is only our Association AIRBSNLEWA has first to moote the legal process and prepared the OA draft very carefully to ensure it’s submission. He emphasized on strengthening association by increasing membership. Also appealed to contribute to wards legal fund . He said a common letter of forum of MTNL and BSNL Rtd associations will be addressed to MOC & all concerned Departments for implementation of CAT judgment on pension revision. He reminded the gathering on forthcoming AIC at Kolkata and wished AP circle participation too to make it a grand success.

The old body dissolved and nominated Com Jairam as a election officer to conduct elections to elect new office bearers to AP circle.
The house unanimously elected the new office bearers Com Keshavarao, Com Koteswararao, Com Chandrasekhar Rao as President,Circle Secretary and Treasurer along with other office bearers.

Oath of office was administered to newly elected body by our GS Com Prahlad Rai.

Conference concluded with vote of thanks by Com Srinivasrao VP.

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11.10.2023  Status of pension revision case in DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Director Esst DoT regarding implementation of Hon'ble PBCAT ND judgement on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Director Esst DoT informed that DoT is waiting for the legal opinion of DoT layers. On receipt of the legal opinion it will immediately be put up to the competent authority for the decision. Thus, at present there is no movement in DoT on this issue. We are closely monitoring the developments in DoT. However, have filed Caveat in the Hon'ble High court Delhi in case DoT decides to appeal in the Hon'ble High court Delhi against PBCAT ND judgement.
28.09.2023  GS writes to Shri Ramcharan Bohra ji, requesting him for arranging a meeting with Hon. MoC to discuss about  implementation of Hon. PB CAT New Delhi Judgement regarding Revision of pension of BSNL and MTNL pensioners as per the 7th CPC fitment benefits   << Click for letter>>
27.09.2023  G S writes to the Hon. MoC & IT Rrquesting for Implementation of Hon. PBCAT New Delhi Judgement dated 24.9.2023 in O.A. No.1272/2020-Revision of pension of BSNL and MTNL pensioners as per the 7th CPC fitment benefits   << click here for letter>>
27.09.2023  Great appreciation by majority Union of BSNL ie BSNL EU to AIRBSNLEWA:- We are thankful to Comrade P. Abhimanyu GS BSNL EU majority Union of BSNL employees who called over phone and congratulated GS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ for the victory in PBCAT New Delhi on pension revision case. Also mentioned that he has read the Judgment twice wherein it is seen that Hon'ble PBCAT has recognized the OA filed by AIRBSNLEWA for discussions and on that basis the Judgment is delivered. He appreciated the efforts of AIRBSNLEWA CHQ for drafting the nice OA and continues efforts in pursuing with the Advocates and in the Hon'ble court. He categorically mentioned that these efforts should continue till the time the judgement is implemented in full. Assured his full co-operation. He also remembered the joint efforts of BSNL Unions and Associations in solving this issue but now it is becoming reality. We once again thank to Comrade P Abhimanyu GS BSNL EU for his concern and support.
26.09.2023  Dear Comrades, As per the decision of 3rd AIC of AIRBSNLEWA held at Vijaywada AP we decided to file the court case in PBCAT New Delhi. Extensive efforts were made by Comrade Amit Gupta Ji Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA in collecting all the relevant documents from DoT, DoP&W, DPE and DOP&T etc for drafting the OA. Every day we were discussing the matter to finalize the OA draft with proper and justified prayer. AIRBSNLEWA was the first Association to finalize the OA and contacted all the like minded Associations of BSNL/MTNL pensioners to file the OA in PBCAT New Delhi. After lot of discussions on prayer for 7th CPC fitment formula unanimity was made and filed the OA along with some BSNL/MTNL pensioners Associations in the year 2019 it self. We continuously persuaded to our Advocates. Due to Covid-2019 pandemic situation our case could not be heard physically for two and half years. After the Covid normalcy our Advocate tried for early hearing and finally got it.  Its an historical judgement for BSNL and MTNL pensioners. DoT Officers made their best efforts to stop pension revision with an indifferent and overzealous attitude. They will still continue their efforts to stop its implementation by filing appeal in the Hon'ble High court Delhi. We have already advised to our Advocate to file CAVIAT in the Hon'ble High court Delhi so that one sided judgement may not take place. However, we are vigilant and closely monitoring the developments. We will try to meet Hon'ble MoC&IT and Secretary Telecom and requesting for its implementation. Let us, hope for the better. 

We take this opportunity to Salute once again Our beloved Late Amit Dada for his total contribution and we feel it will be appropriate to dedicate this victory to Com Amit Gupta ji

25.09.2023  Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi delivered the judgement on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners :- Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi has delivered the judgement online available.......our Advocate Ms Gauri Puri has already applied for a certified copy which we may get within a week or 10 days time as informed by our Advocate. We have already advised to our Advocate to file a CAVIAT in the Hon'ble High court Delhi at the earliest as judgement has been delivered online. Our Advocate has assured an early action in this regard.  <<click here for the copy of Judgement>>
21.09.2023  Meeting with PGM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met PGM Esst BSNL CO ND and congratulated him for his promotion as CGM J&K circle. Also discussed regarding circulation of draft proposal of new pay scales for BSNL Executives and Non executives in some WhatsApp groups. PGM Esst mentioned that recently no such proposal have been sent by BSNL CO to DoT. It's a fake news only. He also expressed his happiness on pension revision court case Judgment and advised to pursue for its implementation in DoT.
21.09.2023  Meeting with PGM Budget BSNL CO New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met PGM Budget BSNL CO and discussed regarding implementation of the Hon'ble High court Kolkata Judgement in case of Shri Tapan Das Retd CAO Kolkata. PGM Budget immediately called the concern AGM SEA Mr Tomy and directed him for its early implementation. He assured for early settlement of the case. (b) Restructuring of JAO and AO cadres as it was not done by the Restructuring cell of BSNL CO and left for SEA cell to work on Restructuring. PGM Budget informed that the matter is under consideration in SEA cell and one AO SEA is doing this job. He assured an early action in this regard so that some Rule-8&9 transfers can be considered. We extended sincere thanks to him for his positive response to our issues.
21.09.2023  Meeting with PGM( Pers) BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met with PGM Pers and discussed regarding proper implementation of Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment on Rule-206 of SDEs Telecom seniority case wherein Adhoc DEs promotions have not been taken into account while holding the review CPCs. Regular DEs promotions have been considered as per BSNL RRs. Thus the anti-dating to seniors wrt to their Juniors have not been granted as per the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment. PGM Pers again mentioned that due to business he could not review the implementation of Rule-206. However, he further assured that in the first week of October-2023 he will re-examine the case. He advised to remind him after 30-09-2023. We further requested him to look into the matter positively as the assurance.

20.09.2023  Congratulations   We have won the Pension revision court case in Delhi PBCAT:

Ultimately, the pension revision petition was prepared by late Amit Gupta then dy GS AIRBSNLEWA under guidance of Prahalad Rai then GS AIBSNLEA and the arguments of our learned lawyers in the court made the pensioners win the pension revision court case.
Congratulations to all the pensioners of BSNL and MTNL.

Details of judgment will follow.

20.09.2023  We salute to Late Comrade Amit Dada ji for his untiring efforts in drafting the OA and collecting all the related papers from DoT, DoP&W, DPE and DOP&T etc. Wherein GS AIRBSNLEWA also played important role in all these departments in pursuing and collecting the information. Today it is a historical day for BSNL/MTNL pensioners wherein the DoT Officers made all out efforts to stop our pension revision and still they may file Writ petition in the Hon'ble High court Delhi for which we have requested our Advocate to file CAVIAT in the Hon'ble High court Delhi.
05.08.2023  NOTICE OF IV AIC of AIRBSNLEWA: lt is hereby notified that the 4th  All India Conference of All India Retired BSNL Executives' Welfare Association will be held at Amit Gupta Nagar, Swami Vivekananda Auditorium of State Youth Centre, Department of Youth Services, Govt. of West Bengal,  142/3, AJC Bose Road, Moulali, Kolkata-700014  from 19th  to 20th November, 2023 (Sunday and Monday).  <<CLICK HERE FOR NOTICE>>
05.08.2023  Notice of Pre-AIC CWC meeting of AIRBSNLEWA: It is hereby notified that, the Pre-AIC, Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the All India Retired Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Executives’ Welfare Association is scheduled to be held on Saturday 18.11.2023 from 16.00 hours to 20.00 hours at Amit Gupta Nagar, Swami Vivekananda Auditorium of State Youth Centre, Department of Youth Services, Govt. of West Bengal, , 142/3, AJC Bose Road, Moulali, Kolkata-700014.  <<Click here for Notice>>
25.07.2023 GS writes to Secretary DoT regarding True implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgement dated 14th December 2017 in the Civil Appeal No.(S).4389 of 2010 in the matter of restoration of TES Group B officers’ seniority list as per Rule 206 and grant of all consequential benefits of Pay fixation including the pensionary benefits, which will be payable in terms of implementation of judgement only w.e.f. 01.01.2018 and not for the past – our request for your kind intervention. <click here for letter>
25.07.2023 Pension Revision Case:  Proceedings of PBCAT, New Delhi  <<  click here>>
25.07.2023 Dear Comrades, 4th AIC of AIRBSNLEWA has been decided to be held on 19th and 20 th November-2023 at Kolkata. All the Circle-Branch Secretaries are requested to elect delegates immediately and to inform the Host Circle in time so that their boarding and lodging arrangements can be made properly. The arrival and departure schedule should also be informed to the host Circle Secretary WB Comrade Shitanshu Sarkar by mail or WhatsApp group. The delegate fees has been decided Rs 2500-00 from each delegate. The CWC members, Circle Secretary, Circle President, CHQ office bearers are need not to pay delegate fees. The delegate fees has to be deposited to the host Circle. The Circles may bring their Circle banners. The necessary notification of AIC will be issued shortly.
13.07.2023 Pension revision court case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners :- Today afternoon the pension revision case came for hearing in the Hon'ble PBCAT ND court no-5 at Sl no 27. Hon'ble Bench gave an opportunity to all the Advocates to give brief pleadings, if any they want to give .Our Advocates based on the Absorption terms & conditions and the assurances of Govt Pension scheme to the absorbed BSNL/MTNL employees explained in detail the justification of pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Respondents Advocates opposed the pension revision under the pretext that without the pay revision there will be anomalies in pension to the post retired pensioners after 01-01-2017 etc. They also referred some court Judgments of Ernakulam CAT, Bangaluru CAT and Hyderabad CAT judgements. Hon'ble Judge mentioned that applicants are referring the Cabinet decision, Govt orders on Pension based on Rule-37A etc but ( DoT) respondent is pleading anomalies etc. However the Hon'ble Bench recorded all the pleadings from both sides and decided to draft the Judgment within 15-20 days and after showing to all the Advocates of both the parties the Judgment will be delivered. Now the case has been posted for hearing and final judgment on 16th August-2023 .Today the arguments took place for 70 minutes. We may hope a better Judgment favoring us. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA and Comrade Kishan Singhji President AIRBSNLEWA were present during hearing in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi.
13.07.2023 Meeting with PGM Pers BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi met with PGM Pers and discussed regarding true implementation of Rule-206 on SDEs seniority court Judgment delivered in the year 2017.We again requested PGM Pers to review the wrong implementation of Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment on Rule-206 and its true implementation. PGM Pers mentioned that he is aware of the case but due to paucity of time he could not further examine the case. However, he assured that he will again discuss the matter with the concern staff members. He also advised to submit a letter in brief to re-look the matter. Shortly we will give a letter again on this issue.
13.07.2023 Meeting with PGM Esst BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi met with PGM Esst BSNL CO and discussed regarding releasing of all penssionary benefits to Sh H H Patel Retd AGM Surat, Gujarat Circle. PGM ESST BSNL CO mentioned that to provide a letter given by the Circle to BSNL CO. On that basis immediately funds will be released.
11.07.2023 Status of court case on pension revision in the PBCAT New Delhi:- As reported by our counselor that arguments took place on 10th July-2023 wherein our pleadings were noted by the Hon'ble Bench and during arguments bench was seems to be convinced with our prayer. Now the Hon'ble court may deliver the Judgment on 13th July-2023 by hearing all the parties for five- five minutes. We have requested our Advocate to engage Shri Rajshekher Rao Sr Advocate for pleadings. From our side Comrade GS and President will be present in the Hon'ble court.
14.06.2023 Pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade Kishan Singhji President AIRBSNLEWA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi met Member Services and discussed regarding pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Member (Services ) informed that Hon'ble MoC &IT is extremely busy in Railway Ministry due to Odisha train accident issue. Last week Hon'ble MoC &IT fixed up the meeting with DoT Officers to discuss the pension revision case but at the eleventh hour the meeting was canceled due to his business in Railway Ministry. Now at any time Hon'ble MoC &IT may hold the meeting to discuss the matter. From administration side the draft proposal is ready for discussions and decision of Hon'ble MoC &IT
14.06.2023Meeting with Member Services DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade Kishan Singhji President AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi met with Member Services DoT and discussed regarding wrong implementation of Rule-206 on SDEs seniority case by BSNL and now by MTNL:- We expressed our resentment against the wrong implementation of Rule-206 on SDEs seniority case by BSNL by conducting review CPCs on regular basis .Whereas the anti dating to seniors wrt to their juniors should have been given by BSNL. We requested Member Services to kindly intervene in the matter and issue necessary orders from DoT for giving anti dating to seniors to BSNL and MTNL as happened in the year 2008 while implementing the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment. Member Services collected all the relevant papers from us and assured to take necessary action in this regard. We extended thanks for giving patient hearing and understanding the case.
14.06.2023Meeting with CGM NTR ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi met with CGM NTR ND and requested him to release funds to UP EAST Circle to clear the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners for the last one and half year. CGM NTR appreciated our concern and mentioned that recently he had BSs meeting of NTR and found that NTR UP East office has kept pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and he immediately directed them to clear the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. CGM NTR assured that before 30-06-2023 all the pending medical claims will be cleared. We extended thanks to him.
14.06.2023Meeting wit CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi met with CMD BSNL and Congratulated him for getting third time financial package for BSNL for its revival and also discussed regarding- (a) Reopening of CGHS migration window for conversion from BSNL/MTNL MRS:- We requested CMD BSNL/MTNL for opening of CGHS migration window from BSNL/MTNL MRS to BSNL/MTNL pensioners to ensure that left out willing pensioners may also apply for CGHS facility. CMD BSNL/MTNL appreciated our concern and immediately agreed to open migration window for three months in BSNL but mentioned that MTNL pensioners in Mumbai are not supporting CGHS migration thus there is no use for MTNL. Comrade Kaushik GS RTOWA pleaded that earlier good empanelled hospitals in Mumbai were very less but now some new empanelled hospitals are there thus people will opt CGHS. CMD BSNL/MTNL after some discussions agreed to open the window of migration for three months in MTNL also. This action will be taken soon. (2) Non implementation of Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment on Rule-206 of SDEs seniority case in BSNL/MTNL:- We expressed our serious concern against the wrong implementation of Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment on Rule-206 of SDEs seniority case in BSNL and now in MTNL. CMD BSNL/MTNL patiently heard our pleadings and advised us to give him in writing so that he can get reexamined the case. CMD BSNL- MTNL heared our pleadings for 15 minutes and assured an early action in this regard. We extended our sincere thanks for giving patient hearing to our issues and positive response.
14.06.2023 Meeting with PGM Pers BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi met with PGM Pers BSNL CO in a schedule meeting and had detailed discussions on wrong implementation of Rule-206 on SDEs seniority case in BSNL and now in MTNL. We explained the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment on Rule-206 of SDEs seniority case in detail wherein holding of Review CPCs against the DEs sanctioned posts on regular basis is not at all justified. The Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment was to give benefit to all the seniors wrt to their Juniors on the basis of TES Grp B Officers seniority list number 1 to 17 on DQE grounds. We pleaded that cause of actions arises on revising one to seventeen lists by lists no 1 to 6 on the basis of year of Recruitment wherein Juniors were promoted as DEs in the years 2001,2002 and 2003 in BSNL-MTNL by DoT. Hon'ble Supreme court quashed the seniority list no 1 to 6 and made list number 1 to 17 as secrocent. But BSNL pers cell has conducted review CPCs against the Sanctioned DEs posts on regular basis which is not correct. BSNL has to give anti dating benefit to all seniors wrt to their Juniors with all the consequential benefits including Pensionary benefit wef 1-1-2018 as per the impugned judgement. After detailed discussions about 90 minutes PGM Pers mentioned that today first time he could understand the judgements and their implementation in BSNL. He assured that he will relook into the matter and in consultation with DoT further necessary action will be taken for it's TRUE implementation. We extended our sincere thanks to PGM Pers for granting us a schedule meeting and having detailed and elaborate discussions on the issue. PGM Pers assured that after one month again he will have discussions with us for the settlement of the issue.
29.05.2023 CBMPA leaders meeting with Member Services DoT: - As per the request of CBMPA leaders to Secretary Telecom for discussions on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners, Secretary Telecom directed Member Services to grant a meeting to CBMPA leaders. Accordingly Member Services DoT granted meeting to the CBMPA leaders today afternoon at 13.00 Hrs to discuss the pension revision case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. We the CBMPA leaders expressed our serious concern against the non settlement of long pending issue of pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners for the last Six years. Member Services appreciated our concern and mentioned that matter is under consideration at the top level wherein Hon'ble MoC &IT is to spare some time to discuss the matter. The draft proposal prepared by Esst cell of DoT and cleared by internal Finance of DoT is pending with Secretary Telecom office for the discussions and decision on fitment benefit on pension revision. He expected that shortly Hon'ble MoC &IT will grant a meeting to discuss and decide the issue. On our demand for the fitment benefit as per 7th CPC formula, Member Services advised us to again submit a proposal within a week's time in favour of 7th CPC fitment formula which he will certainly put up in the high level meeting for consideration. He assured an early decision on this issue. Shri A K Shahu, OSD designated Member Services was also present in the meeting and participated actively in the discussions. From CBMPA side Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade Kishan Singhji, President, AIRBSNLEWA , Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi, Comrade J S Dahiya Organising Secretary, AIBSNLPWA, Comrade K R Yadav, GS TEAM MTNL Delhi Comrade Kapoor (RTOWA MTNL Delhi) ,Comrade Zile Singh, Comrade N N Sharma, from AIBSNLPWA were present in the meeting. On behalf of CBMPA a letter in support of 7th CPC fitment has to be prepared immediately and to be given to Member Services DoT for consideration in the high level meeting which may take place shortly. About 45 minutes discussions continued in the meeting.
29.05.2023 Meeting with GM Pers BSNL CO New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met with GM Pers BSNL CO ND and discussed regarding true implementation of Rule-206 of SDEs(Telecom) seniority as per the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment. GM Pers mentioned that matter has been discussed in BSNL CO at higher levels and it is concluded that Pers cell has implemented the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment in consultation of ASG and DoT. Similarly in MTNL also action is being taken to revise the seniority and conduction of review CPCs in the same line as implemented in BSNL. We apprised him that we have filed a clarificatory application in the Hon'ble Supreme court on the Judgment.
22.05.2023 Pension Revision Case :   Bench has been constituted and the pension revision case has been listed for hearing on 22/5/2023 (Monday) Listed at Sl. no. 28 Court no 4
22.05.2023 GS writes to Secretary DoT seeking appointment for discussion on Pension Revision of BSNL / MTNL Pensioners  <<click for letter >>
20.05.2023 GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding Solidarity and support for the action programmes of the Joint Forum of the No-executive Unions and Association of BSNL  << click for letter>>
19.05.2023 Pension revision court case:- Bench has been constituted and the pension revision case has been listed for hearing on 22/5/2023 (Monday) Listed at Sl. no. 28 Court no 4
02.05.2023 GS writes to Secretary DoT & CMD BSNL regarding implementation of PB CAT New Delhi judgement for granting replacement scales on actual basis w.e.f. 1.1.1996 <<click here for judgement>>
01.05.2023 Validity of CGHS Cards  >> Click here for the orders<<
30.04.2023 Dear Comrades, the information sought by CHQ regarding number of delegates from their Circles for attending 4th AIC of AIRBSNLEWA at Kolkata in the 3rd week of November-2023 has not been received from Circles till now. Please provide required information regarding delegates to have proper boarding and lodging arrangements during AIC. All the Circle Secretaries are again requested to kindly ensure for sending the required information to host Circle and CHQ immediately.
29.04.2023 Status of pension revision case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners in DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA today morning discussed with Director Esst DoT regarding pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners wherein Director Esst DoT informed that still the file is pending in DoT internal Finance only. We explained that during the month of March-2023 Member Services mentioned that the matter is ready which will be put up to the Hon'ble MoC &IT for his approval and decision on fitment benefit probably in the first week of April-2023 and thereafter it will be sent to the DoE for clearance for preparing a Cabinet note. Director Esst DoT mentioned that perhaps the internal Finance of DoT could not finalize the proposal thus could not be sent to the Hon'ble MoC &IT. Now it seems that Finance wing has finalized the proposal which may be put up to the Hon'ble MoC &IT for approval at the earliest. In this manner even after the approval of Hon'ble MoC &IT and clearance from DoE.The Union Cabinet approval may take at least 3-4 months time in its approval. Please don't believe in the fake news
28.04.2023 CBDT New Circular: For TDS deduction, salaried taxpayers will have to opt for new or old tax regime.
 

While presenting the budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that the new tax regime will be considered as the default tax regime from the new financial year.
Income Tax Regime: The financial year 2023-24 has started. Employers are going to seek information from their employees whether they will adopt the new income tax regime or the old tax regime. In such a situation, CBDT has issued a circular regarding the modalities of TDS deduction in 2023-24, in which it has been said that from the current financial year, the new income tax regime has become the default tax regime.

In such a situation, the CBDT has told the employer that he must ask his employees whether they want to opt for the new tax regime or the old tax regime. All employees will have to inform their employer at the beginning of every financial year whether they want to opt for the new tax regime or the old tax regime.

CBDT has said in its circular that it is necessary to choose the option of new income tax regime or old income tax regime because on the basis of that the employer will deduct TDS on the income of the employee. The Central Board of Trustees has clarified that if an employee does not inform this to his employer, then the default tax regime on that employee, which is the new tax regime, will be valid and TDS will be deducted from his income on the basis of that. In such cases, the employer will have to deduct TDS under section 192 on the income of the employee as per the tax rate of the new income regime.
Presenting the general budget for 2023-24, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that the new tax regime will be considered as the default tax regime from the new financial year. The tax rate in the new income tax regime is lower than the old tax regime. But in the new tax regime, no deduction is available on home loan interest and investment. Whereas in the old income tax regime, you can get tax exemption on Mediclaim by taking exemption on investment and home loan interest.

However, salaried taxpayers will have the option to choose either the new or the old tax regime while filing income tax returns, even if they have informed the employer to choose another option. Salaried taxpayers will have the option to choose either the new or old income tax regime every year. Whereas those who get income from business or profession can change the option of tax regime from one tax regime to another only once.

28.04.2023  RAILWAY CONCESSION TO SENIOR CITIZENS: The Supreme Court on 28th April 2023, turned down a petition seeking to reintroduce concession for senior citizens on railway tickets. Before the Covid lockdown, IRCTC used to grant concession in the fares of Male Senior Citizens of minimum of 60 years and Female Senior Citizen of minimum of 58 years. These concessions were valid for all trains including, Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Duronto Express, and others. A bench of Justices SK Kaul and Ahsanuddin Amanullah turned down the plea filed by MK Balakrishnan for restoration of the concessions that were discontinued during Covid in order to stem the spread of the disease. "It would not be appropriate for this court to issue a writ of mandamus in a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution. It is for the government to take a call on the issue keeping in mind the needs of the senior citizens and the fiscal repercussions. Dismissed," the bench said on Friday. Earlier this year, the Railways Ministry said that Indian Railways may soon restore senior citizen concession, which was discontinued due to Covid.
12.04.2023 Supreme court positive judgement on grant of notional increment who retired on 30th June, and normal increment falls on 1St July.  <<Click for copy>>
21.03.2023  Meeting with Member Services and Member Finance DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade Kishan Singhji President AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A J Ram CS AIRBSNLEWA Delhi Circle, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi, Comrade J S Yadav GS RTOWA MTNL Mumbai, Comrade K R Yadav , GS TEAM MTNL and Comrade Suresh Kumar GS BTEF Delhi met with Member Services DoT as per the advice of Secretary Telecom as we requested him for granting us meeting. We welcomed Shri U S Pandey Ji on resuming the High office of Member Services DoT and requested him to settle the pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners issue as per the 7th CPC fitment formula for a permanent solution. Member Services mentioned that the matter is under active consideration. Secretary Telecom has already conducted a meeting with all the concern Officers of DoT and the Draft proposal has been prepared to put before the Hon'ble MoC & IT. Hon'ble MoC &IT may hold a meeting shortly by the end of March-2023 or first week of April-2023 to approve the final draft for preparing a Cabinet Note on this issue. He also mentioned that DoT is also trying to evolve the formula for a permanent solution. He assured that this issue will be resolved shortly. We extended our sincere thanks to Member Services for his kind and helping attitude.

Meeting with Member Finance DoT:- We all the above office bearers of AIRBSNLEWA CHQ, RTOWA MTNL Delhi & Mumbai and BTEF met Member Finance DoT as per the direction of Secretary Telecom as we requested him to grant us a meeting. Member Finance DoT also mentioned that the issue is under active consideration and the comments of internal Finance of DoT has been given to the Esst cell. We requested him to consider the fitment benefit as per 7th CPC formula to have permanent solution. Member Finance assured to look into the matter and advised us to convince Member Services and their concern Officers. He also advised us to meet him again after some time to discuss the matter in detail. We extended thanks to him for his positive response.

Meeting with Director Esst DoT:- We all the above office bearers met Director Esst DoT and discussed regarding pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners issue. Director Esst mentioned that that shortly the matter will be sent to DoE for comments and after receiving the comments a Cabinet note will be prepared with approval of the Competent authority and after getting the Comments of all the Nodal Miniseries the Cabinet note will be sent to the Union Cabinet for approval.

Meeting with GM Pers BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade Kishan Singhji President and Comrade AJ Ram, CS Delhi met GM Pers BSNL CO and discussed regarding true implementation of Rule-206 on SDEs seniority as per the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment. We also protest against the conduction of review CPCs against the year to year vacancies basis. Requested for the consequential benefits wef 1-1-2018.GM Pers mentioned that due extreme business he couldn't spare time to steady the Hon'ble Court Judgments. However he further assured that by next week he will go through the Court Judgments on this issue and thereafter he will call us to discuss the matter. We expressed our serious concern and requested for true implementation. GM Pers assured an early action on this issue.

Meeting with our Advocate MS Gauri Puri:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade Kishan Singhji President, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi and Comrade J S Yadav GS RTOWA MTNL Mumbai met Ms Gauri Puri our Advocate dealing with Pension revision case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Ms Gauri Puri Advocate mentioned that tomorrow our case has been listed for hearing at Sl no.56 and there are chances that case may be heard in case the Hon'ble Bench take up the cases speedy. Comrade GS and President will also be attending the Hon'ble PB CAT ND tomorrow morning.

19.03.2023 Memorandum submitted to the Hon'ble MP Loksabha Jaipur Shri Ram Charan ji Bohra by AIRBSNLEWA CHQ ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade M L Ostwal CS Rajasthan and Comrade K K Barser DS Jaipur &CWC Member met today morning with Hon'ble MP Loksabha Shri Ramcharan Ji Bohra at Jaipur and submitted Memorandum to him for pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Requested him for pension revision as per 7th CPC fitment formula to have a permanent solution of the issue as BSNL and MTNL pensioners are governed with the Govt scheme of pension under CCA pension Rules-1972 and Rule 37Aand getting pension from CFI Govt of India. Hon'ble MP mentioned that he has earlier also discussed the matter with the Hon'ble MoC & IT in our presence at Jaipur and later on at Delhi wherein he has requested to the Hon'ble MoC to settle the issue at the earliest as per our demand. He further mentioned that Hon'ble MoC &IT has already directed to the DoT Officers to settle the issue at the earliest and it is confirmed that your pension revision case will be settled early as the Hon'ble MoC has assured him. He advised us now to perssue with the concern Officers of DoT to expedite the matter early with highest fitment benefit. He further mentioned that today Hon'ble MoC &IT is available in Jaipur and they will be meeting wherein he will again remind him on this issue for early settlement. We extended our sincere gratitude and thanks to him for his kind recommendations and concerns in the matter. We assured him our fullest support.
16.03.2023  Status of BSNL/MTNL pensioners pension revision case in DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Director Esst DoT regarding the status of pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Director Esst DoT informed that the the comments of DoT internal Finance has been received in Esst cell of DoT and now within 8-10 days the case will be sent to DoE for clearance. After the clearance from DoE the Cabinet note will be prepared by Esst cell of DoT and on getting approval from Secretary Telecom and Hon'ble MoC &IT the Cabinet note will be circulated to the concern Nodal Miniseries ie DPE, DoE ,DoP&T , DoP&W and Law Ministry for comments which may take one or two months time for comments.On receipt of comments from Nadal Ministries the after compilation will be sent to the Union Cabinet for approval. The fitment factor will be decided by Competant authority.
15.03.2023 GS writes to Secretary Telecom regarding Grant of meeting to discuss on Pension Revision of BSNL/MTNL Pensioner.  <<Click here for letter>>
15.03.2023 GS writes to Secretary Telecom regarding Constraints aced by BSNL Pensioners covered under EPF Pension Scheme while submission of   the   Joint option for EPF higher pension – requesting intervention from BSNL under the capacity of their Employer  <<Click here for letter>>
16.02.2023 GS writes to Secretary Telecom regarding Grant of meeting to discuss on Pension Revision of BSNL/MTNL Pensioner.  <<click for letter >>
15.02.2023 GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding True implementation of Hon. Supreme Court Judgement  regarding  Rule 206 for re-fixing seniority from  SDE to DE promotion <<click for letter>>
08.02.2023 Massive Rally on 8th February-2023:- Six BSNL/MTNL pensioners Associations conducted its 3rd phase of agitation program by Organising Massive Rally throughout the country very Successfully. All the Circles conducted Massive Rally and Submitted Memorandum to their respective CCAs after the Rally. At Delhi the Massive Rally could not be organized due the Parliament session and Imposition of -144 , Delhi Police didn't allow to to come on Roads but allowed Demonstration and meeting at Eastern Court, Janpath New Delhi. The Demonstration and meeting at Delhi was very successful due to whose participation of our members.The members from nearby Circles ie Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and UP west participated in large number. The meeting was conducted in the Chairmanship of Comrade M K Bagchi, President RTOWA. Comrade Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade Anupam Kaul Dy.GS AIBSNLPWA , Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi and Comrade Suresh etc explaining the status of Pension revision case in DoT and Hon'ble PBCAT ND. After the meeting a Memorandum was submitted to Secretary DoT by the representatives of all the Six Associations escorted by Delhi Police and CRPF officers. On behalf Secy Telecom,Jt Secretary Admn received the Memorandum and discussed the matter in detail. He assured to apprise about our agitation programs and discussions to the Secretary Telecom. We sincerely extend our thanks to all the members throughout the country for making the program a grand success.  <<Click here for Glimpses>>
02.02.2023 GS writes to Member (Services) welcoming him on assuming the charge of Member(S) and also regarding Pension revision of BSNL / MTNL Pensioners   <<click for letter>>
21.01.2023 Status of pension revision case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with CGCA DoT regarding pension revision case wherein Esst cell of DoT has asked to CGCA regarding financial implications on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Shri Dilip Padhey ji CGCA informed that Esst cell of DoT has asked information on financial implications in revising pension of BSNL and MTNL pensioners on 0%,5%,10% and 15% fitment benefit. CGCA informed that the required information from CGCA office will be sent to Esst cell of DoT within two-three days time. He assured an early action in this regard.

Discussions with Director Esst DoT on Pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed the matter with Director Esst DoT and enquired about the status of pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners case. Director Esst DoT informed that the matter has been sent to CGCA office for giving information regarding financial implications on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners on 0%,5%,10% and 15% fitment benefit. He also informed that as soon as the financial implications implementation are received from CGCA it will be put up to the competent authority for consideration and decision on fitment benefit. After the approval of the competent authority the Cabinet note will be prepared. He assured an early action in this regard.

23.12.2022 Felicitation of Shri Sandeep Govil, CGMT Rajasthan on getting appointment as OSD to CMD BSNL and getting designated as Dotector CM BSNL Board New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA Comrade M L Ostwal CS Rajasthan, Comrade K K Berser, DS Jaipur met with Shri Sandeep Govil CGMT Rajasthan and felicitated him on getting posting as OSD to CMD BSNL and getting designated as Director CM BSNL Board New Delhi. We extended our best wishes for all the success in his career and assured our fullest cooperation. He also reciprocated the same.
19.12.2022 Successfully implemented call attention day by holding Demonstration as per the call given by BSNL and MTNL pensioners Associations:- The call attention day is successfully implemented by holding Demonstration through out the country by the members of six BSNL/MTNL pensioners Associations. At Delhi the Demonstration was conducted at Eastern Court, Janpath. A large number of BSNL/MTNL pensioners gathered and made the Demonstration a great success. Comrade M K Bagchi President RTOWA presided over the meeting


Comrade Anupam Kaul, Dy GS AIBSNLPWA, Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A K Kaushik, GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi Comrade Dahia AGS, AIBSNLPWA , Comrade Suresh Kumar and other MTNL Associations leaders address the Demonstration and apprised in detail the compulsion for launching agitation programmes. The next Agitation programs are holding of Two days Dharna on 17-18 th January-2023 and Massive Rally on 8th February-2023 to Sanchar Bhawan will be conducted. All the BSNL/MTNL pensioners are requested to ensure their active participation to create impact. Comrade Kishan Singh , President AIRBSNLEWA extended Vote of thanks.

18.12.2022 Implementation of agitation programs call given by six BSNL and MTNL pensioners Associations :- Dear Comrades, today at 17.00 Hrs the representatives of Six BSNL and MTNL pensioners Associations had virtual meeting in response to the DoT letter given and the telephonic talk with GS AIRBSNLEWA to refrain from agitation programs. After detailed discussions it was decided that at the eleventh hour without any concrete written assurance the agitation call cannot be deferred or withdrawn.Thus, a common letter with the signatures of all the six General Secretaries is given to the Secretary Telecom in this regard. Therefore, all the BSNL and MTNL pensioners are requested to participate in the call attention day Demonstration actively. The successful implementation of the agitation programs will certainly divert the attention of Govt to settle the pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners as per 7th CPC fitment formula
14.12.2022 Message from GS Com. Prahlad Rai

Dear Comrades, Six pensioners Associations of BSNL/MTNL have given a call for Organisational action programs as mentioned in the Notice given to DoT. We all are aware that Bureaucrats sitting in DoT have been denying pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners on the pretext of non revision of pay revision of BSNL/MTNL employees since beginning but after the joining of New Hon'ble MoC Shri Ashwani Vaishnav Ji and Secretary Telecom Shri K Rajaraman ji situation changed and they directed DoT Officers to settle pension revision by de-linking from pay revision, there after these DoT Officers have tried to dilute the issue by sending a proposal for pension revision on 0% fitment benefit as per 3rd PRC. We have been demanding pension revision as per the 7th CPC fitment formula as we BSNL/MTNL pensioners are governed with Govt. Pension under Rule 37A of CCS pension rules-1972 and getting pension from CFI. The 9 recommendations of 7thCPC have been granted to us only Pension revision and revision of minimum pension to BSNL workers are not considered by DoT. Against this indifferent attitude of DoT we six pensioners Associations have now decided to launch active Organizational actions to defeat the ulterior motives of these indifferent officers. Thus, we call upon all the BSNL and MTNL pensioners  to come forward and participate actively in the agitation programs to make them it a grand success.  <<click here for copy of notice of Organisational Action Programme>>

30.11.2022 GS writes to Secretary DoT regarding Notice for Organisational Action Programms against the Proposal of Pension revision of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners <<click here for Notice>>
28.11.2022 GS writes to Secretary DoT regarding Proposal of Pension revision of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2017  <<click here for letter>>
20.11.2022 The 3rd Circle Conference of AIRBSNLEWA UP Circle held on 3rd Nov-2022 at Hotel Babian-Inn in a grand manner.

At 10.15AM, Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade S M Abbas Circle President, Comrade Pallab Bose Circle Secretary, Comrade Sitanshu Sarkar CS WB Circle in the presence of all the delegates of UP East Circle hoisted the Association flag by thundering the slogans eg AIRBSNLEWA Unity Zindabad, AIRBSNLEWA UP EAST Circle Conference Zindabad, BSNL pensioners Unity Zindabad etc.

After the flag hoisting all the delegates assembled in the Conference Hall of Hotel Babian- Inn, Lucknow.

Circle President Sh S. M. Abbas while welcoming the GS, CS WB Circle and all the delegates declared 3rd Circle Conference open for discussions.

Circle President in his welcome address requested all delegates to cooperate with the dias in completing agendas and meaningful discussions on important issues like Pension revision of BSNL pensioners and smooth medical facilities etc.

Two minutes silence was observed in memory of departed Comrades during the Corona pandemic and recent Morabi tragedy.

Late Sh Amit Gupta Ji Dy GS, Late Sh C.S.Verma FS and Sh A.K.Sarkar ACS of UP (East) Circle Services were remembered.

Sh Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA and Sh Sitanshu Sarkar CS WB Circle were welcomed with garlands in the delegates session.
All DSs placed their reports covering membership, PHQ quota, CHQ quota etc.

All the Circle Office bearers ACSs and Organising Secretaries also placed their reports. Sh Pallab Bose Circle Secretary summed up the reports and clarified all queries raised.

Sh Pallab Bose Circle Secretary placed Circle Secretary report covering mainly Organizational matters at District, Circle and CHQ level, and status of various issues of pensioners -Pension revision of BSNL pensioners and BSNL MRS and CGHS facilities.

He also apprised the status of various Court cases, Migration of pensioners from CPPCs to SAMPANN,Submission of LC/DLC, CCA laminated ID Cards, meeting with CGMT, CCA and Additional Director CGHS etc.

He also talked about Maintaining Circle website efficiently. After some discussions the Circle Secretary report was approved by the house.

Sh R.N.Singh FS placed Finance Secretary Report and after some discussions the account was adopted by the house.

Before lunch the Open Session started wherein Sh SM Abbas, welcomed all the dignitaries on dias and off the dias. Hon'ble Chief Guest Shri Anil Kr Vaish GM (HR) who represented CGMT UP EAST Circle was welcomed and felicitated.

Shri Sangeet Kumar, CCA UP Circle Lucknow, Shri Satish Joshi Regional Head and associate Vice President of ICICI Direct as Guest of Honour were also welcomed and felicitated. Sh Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Sh Sitanshu Sarkar, CS WB Circle as special Guest were welcomed and felicitated by garlanding and Mementos. All the members present in the conference were also given Mementos.

All members present in Conference heard the deliberations of our beloved GS. Sri Prahlad Rai Ji on status of pension revision and pending medical bills as a lot of progress has already been made but still much is to be done. Members appreciated Hon. GS's sincere efforts.

As elaborated by GS that de-linking order is already in pipeline & minutes will be issued very soon as Minister Communication has personally assured to look in pension revision in very near future. GS also apprised the house in detail regarding present status of rule 206 cases, pending court cases filed by our Associations in Delhi.

CS West Bengal Sh Sitanshu Sarkar appreciated our marvelous Circle Conference organised in a great manner. He appraised the house regarding our Association history and contributions of Late Sh Amit Gupta Dy GS & Sh Prahalad Rai GS towards our Associations and BSNL Pensioners.

Com Sarkar also invited members of UP East circle to attend our next AIC schedule to be held at Kolkata.

Sh Pallab Bose Circle Secy. UP (East) told the house that only AIRBSNLEWA is serious for welfare of BSNL Pensioners. He reminded that when we raised the 60:40 issue, revised cabinet note, at that time not a single union/Associations was ready to join with us except Com Prahalad Rai then GS of working association AIRBSNLEA.

Sh Bose told the house that he met with CGM UPE several times and lastly he requested to Hon'ble CGM Sh Rajiv Jouhary ji to set up a vigilance enquiry against the officers who are responsible for long pending medical bills of UP(E) BSNL pensioners. He also requested the GS to raise the issue at Corporate office regarding long pending medical bills of UP East Circle.

CCA Shri Sangeet Kumar ji congratulated Circle Secretary AIRBSNLEWA for his contribution towards pensioners and wished him well for the success of the conference. He informed the house in detail about the work being done related to pensioners. Specially regarding migration of pension from CPPCs to SAMPANN, Pensioners ID card, life certificate. They will start distributing the ID cards of the pensioners from the first week of December 2022.

Life certificate would now need to be submitted to the respective CCA office. The issue of life certificate has been done in the CCA office. And for those who are unwell, the CCA office will arrange to collect their Life Certificate from concerned pensioners' house on their request.
After migration, pensioners would need to submit their savings and investment declaration to respective CCA office for the purpose of Income Tax deduction.
Sh Anil Kumar Vaish ji attended our circle conference at Hotel Babian-In Lucknow in the absence of CGM UP (E). He appreciated the concern of Circle Secretary AIRBSNLEWA for the long pending medical bills of the pensioners. In this context, he told all the members present in the conference that many people in the entire circle have been paid recently, and vigorous work is being done to pay the rest. The General Manager (HR) UP (East) Circle has also informed that UP (East) Circle has made three crore more demands from the Corporate Office for further payment.

Approx 200 executive members of our Association participated in the 3rd Circle Conference of AIRBSNLEWA UP(E) at Hotel Babian- Inn Lucknow. Election Chairman Sh R.S.Pandey TDM (retd) announced the unanmiously newly elected Circle body of of AIRBSNLEWA UP(East) Circle.

Sh S.M.Abbas, Sh Pallab Bose, Sh R.N.Singh, Sh S.S.Shukla unanmiously elected as Circle President, Circle Secretary Circle Finance Secretary & CWC member of AIRBSNLEWA UP(East)Circle for next term.

Conference ended with Vote of thanks of Circle President and National Anthem.

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14.11.2022 GS writes to Secretary TC & Secretary Telecom regarding circulation of DoT Note sheet on Pension Revision of BSNL /MTNL Pensioners in the Social media & the views of AIRBSNLEWA on the note sheet and Pension Revision. 

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11.11.2022 Meeting with GM Pers BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met with GM Pers BSNL CO and discussed regarding true implementation of Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment on Rule-206 of SDEs seniority case. We also requested that Hon'ble Supreme court has upheld the Judgment of Hon'ble PBCAT ND judgement in MTNL case. GM Pers mentioned that due to financial implications the matter needs DoT clearance. We explained that already matter was sent to DoT by BSNL CO for clearance and DoT suggested to settle the issue at BSNL level. GM Pers mentioned that he will again go through all the relevant court orders and if required he will call us to further discuss the matter. We requested an early action in this regard.

Meeting with Sr GM Esst BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met Sr GM Esst BSNL CO and discussed regarding pension revision of BSNL pensioners issue. Sr GM Esst mentioned that DoT should decide fitment formula for pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners and may ask BSNL and MTNL to pay Pension Contributions to DoT on revised pension .For the payment of pension Contributions on revised pension BSNL is ready to pay. Regarding fitment formula DoT may decide for Executives and the same may be extended to non executives pensioners. Sr GM Esst BSNL further clarified that BSNL is always inrested for the settlement of pension revision of BSNL pensioners.

10.11.2022 Meeting with Member Services DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade Kishan Singhji President, AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi and Comrade K R Yadav, Advisor RTOWA MTNL Delhi met Member Services DoT and discussed regarding Pension Revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Member Services mentioned that recently some Association representatives met him told that DoT should clarify that DoT is considering only 3 PRC scales not 7th CPC recommendations. Member Services informed that the issue of 0% is not being benefited but some % fitment benefit is being discussed in DoT.  We clearly told that we are not going to accept nothing less than 7th CPC fitment formula.

He further mentioned that how the pension revision can be considered at present since the pay scales of non executives in BSNL/MTNL are not yet decided. In turn we pleaded that there is no need of pay scales of non executives because the pension is to be revised as per the 7th CPC fitment formula, thus there is no need to further delay the pension revision on the pretext of non availability of non executives pay scales.

The financial implications are to be informed to DoE and DoP&W which has to be calculated for all the pensioners of BSNL/MTNL. We informed the Member Services that earlier also during pension revision wef 1-1-2007 the financial implications were calculated by DoT Esst cell with the concurrence of internal Finance of DoT and were communicated to DoE. On the same pattern now also DoT may calculate the financial implications on 7th CPC fitment formula. We again requested to Member Services to expedite the matter at the earliest before his retirement on 31-01-2023. Member Services assured an early action in this regard.

Meeting with Director Esst DoT:- We all the representatives of AIRBSNLEWA and RTOWA met Director Esst DoT and discussed regarding pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners. Director Esst also re-afirm the information given by the Member Services. We also re-affirm our stand on pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners on the basis of 7th CPC fitment formula.

09.11.2022  GS writes to Secretary (Telecom), DoT regarding Pension Revision based on 7th CPC norms  <<click for letter>>
09.11.2022 GS writes to Member (S) regarding Record of Discussion on 17.10.22 regarding Pension Revision <<Click for letter>>
18.10.2022 Meeting with GM (Pers) BSNL CO ND:- Comrade GS Prahlad Rai met GM Pers BSNL CO and discussed regarding true implementation of Rule-206 on SDEs seniority case as per the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment and in view of recent Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment on MTNL case of Rule-206. GM Pers appreciated our concern and mentioned that due to extremely business in some other important issues he could not concentrate over this issue. However, he assured that shortly he will study the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment and will act accordingly. He further assured an early action in this regards.

18.10.2022 Meeting with Sr GM Esst BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met with Sr GM Esst BSNL CO and discussed regarding pension revision case wherein we Expressed our serious concern against the denial of payment of pension Contributions for revision of pension in the revised pension as informed by Member Services DoT in the meeting of BSNL/MTNL pensioners Associations held yesterday. Sr GM Esst mentioned that BSNL has never refused to DoT for the Payment of Pension Contributions on revised Pension of BSNL pensioners. He also mentioned that DoT has never asked BSNL to pay pension Contributions on revised pension. Thus it is not a correct statement of DoT. He clarified that as soon as DoT demands Payment of pension Contributions on revised pension, BSNL will immediately pay the demanded pension Contributions to DoT.

17.10.2022 Pension Revision Status - Member Services meeting with BSNL/MTNL pensioners Associations:-

As scheduled today meeting was held under the chairmanship of Member (Services). It was a pleasant, succesful meeting.

On behalf of 9 associations we presented a memorandum rejecting zero percent and insisted for 7th CPC fitment factor. That was appreciated by some other Pensioners Associations also.

Administration gave power point presentation. The benefit is 0.02% according to the presentation. BSNL is not willing to give additional contribution for Post-2017 retirees.

All Pensioners ' associations in one voice rejected zero percent.

Finally Chairman said that we will not go ahead with zero percent. But I can't right now tell what would be the percentage because we have to consult higher-ups including Hon MoC.

But delinking pension revision from pay revision is decided.

Stalemate is broken and we shall continue our efforts to achieve our objective.

We have convened a meeting tomorrow morning to widen our base beyond 9 Associations.   <<For Minutes click here>>

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11.10.2022 Status of Pension Revision Case:  Meeting with Member Services DoT is fixed up on 17 th October-2022 at 16.00 Hrs in Committee Room ,2nd floor, Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi with the representatives of BSNL/MTNL pensioners Associations to discuss regarding pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners.  <<click here for copy of letter for meeting>>
07.10.2022 GS writes to MoC regarding  Revision  of pension of BSNL & MTNL  pensioners w.e.f.1-1-2017 by  de-linking  from  pay  revision  of  BSNL/MTNL  employees   <Click here for letter>
07.10.2022 GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding Payment of Medical bills to retired employees    <Click here for letter>
07.10.2022 GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding Non Payment of Medical bills for the Treatment of COVID-19 taken in the Private Hospitals during the First wave.  <Click here for letter>
29.09.2022 Status of pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners in DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA today discussed with Director Esst DoT the matter of pension revision of BSNL and MTNL Pensioners and asked the present status in DoT. Director Esst DoT mentioned that as per the advice of DoP&W the proposal is being sent to internal Finance of DoT to take up the matter with the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of finance for clearance. On the issue of change in 0% fitment he was non committal but he mentioned that DoT may discuss the matter with the BSNL/MTNL pensioners Associations after Dashera and Puja Festivals.
22.09.2022 Status on Rule-206 of SDESs seniority case of MTNL came for hearing today in SC:-  Today MTNL case was listed in three judge bench comprising of Hon’ble judges DRD.Y.CHANDRACHUD HIMA KOHLI , PAMIDIGHANTAM SRI NARASIMHA as item no. 106 but on the request of applicants advocates case was heard just at the start of court assembly. Applicants advocates started arguments and told the court the history of whole of the case starting from 2009 PB CAT judgement. Court heard the arguments with all patience. Keeping in view the mood of court MTNL Advocate decided to withdraw but other side advocates insisted for an order. As told by applicants advocates the judgement of PB CAT of 2009 is upheld. PB CAT Judgement is already upheld by Punjab & High court in 2011. This judgement was further upheld by Supreme Court judgement of 2015 & 2017 which restored the seniority list no. 1-17 prepared on the basis of Rule 206.
Now as our other cases are pending in Delhi High Court waiting for SC decision on this transfer case, so after receiving the order today’s in TC -78/2015 , applicants advocates may file the same in Delhi HC. After receiving the Judgment of MTNL candidates our Advocate will plead through our Clarificatory application in the Hon'ble Supreme court for the same benefit for BSNL candidates.
21.09.2022 Implementation of Rule-206 on SDEs seniority as per the Hon'ble Supreme court Judgment:- As per the discussions and decision of CWC meeting of AIRBSNLEWA CHQ ND held at New Delhi on 6th and 7th August-2022 Comrade GS along with our CHQ legal advisor Comrade A K Kaushik met Advocate Ms Gauri Puri and discussed the matter in detail, she opined that now on the basis of MTNL case outcome from Hon'ble Supreme court the matter can further be reviewed. As the earlier contempt petition filed by some aggrieved members in the Hon'ble Supreme court against the wrong implementation of its Judgement delivered on 14-12-2017 was dismissed. However, on this issue we met Advocate Rani Chabra who earlier filed an application in the year -2019 for clarification of the Judgment delivered on14-12-2017 on behalf of AIBSNLEA when Comrade Prahlad Rai was the General Secretary. We requested her for mentioning the case for an early hearing. Advocate Ms Rani Chabra clarified that Presently from AIBSNLEA no body is pursuing the case and not ready to pay Advocate fee and court charges. We further requested that the case can be retaken up and the Advocate fee and court Charges will be paid by us. Now if we agree to this decision then AIRBSNLEWA CHQ has to collect separate funds in separate account. The legal fund Rs.1000/- minimum from each affected and willing member has to be collected so that Association can legally fight the case.
20.09.2022 Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met CMD BSNL and extended sincere thanks for releasing funds to clear pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto 31-03-2022 as per the assurance given by him to this Association and requested for the reimbursement of CGHS one time Payment for migration from BSNL MRS to CGHS. We expressed our serious concern against the opposition of CMD BSNL for de-linking of pension revision from pay revision of BSNL employees. CMD BSNL was astonished to hear that ever he has opposed de-linking of Pension revision from pay revision rather he mentioned that in the meeting with Hon'ble MoC and DoT Officers he pleaded for pension revision and congratulated DoT Estt cell for the proposal of notional fixation of pension wef 1-1-2017 of the BSNL employees retiring after 1-1-2017 to avoid pension anomaly. He also mentioned that during the meeting of AIBSNLPWA with Hon'ble MoC I was called by Hon'ble MoC and I pleaded in support of pension revision. He also clarified that on pension revision he will be benefited by Rs.50000/- per month thus, how he can oppose pension revision? He categorically told that it is unfortunate that such mal propaganda is being spread which is not desirable from responsible people. At last we extended our sincere thanks and gratitude for his positive concern about the BSNL/MTNL pensioners.  <<click here for photo >>
19.09.2022 Formation of Forum of BSNL and MTNL Retired Associations:- In the CEC meeting of RTOWA MTNL Delhi held on 19-09-2022 a Forum of BSNL and MTNL Retired Associations was formed comprising six members from each Association. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singhji President, Comrade A K Jain FS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ, Comrade Nandi, President, Comrade AJ Ram, Circle Secretary and Comrade K M Goyal, FS, AIRBSNLEWA Delhi Circle attended and addressed the CEC meeting. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA apprised in detail, the status of Pension revision case and called upon to keep ready for struggle, in case DoT strict to 0% fitment benefit. Also requested to form a Joint Committee of BSNL/MTNL retired Associations as per the resolution passed in the CWC meeting of AIRBSNLEWA held in August-2022 at Delhi. RTOWA MTNL CEC appreciated and agreed to form the Joint Committee in the name of Forum of BSNL and MTNL Retired Associations. All the Associations gave five office bearers name in the Forum. Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi discussed in detail about the present status of pension revision case and told to keep organization ready for struggle. Comrade Shil Kumarji presided over the meeting.
19.09.2022 Meeting with Member (Services) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singhji, President AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL, Comrade, Sheel Kumarji President and Comrade K R Yadav, GS TEAM MTNL Delhi met Member (Services) DoT and discussed regarding pension revision issue of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners. DDG (Estt) and Director (Estt) DoT were also present in the meeting. We explained that DoT proposal for 0% fitment benefit is no way acceptable to us. The pension revision should be on the basis of 7th CPC recommendations on pension revision should be adopted since we are Govt pensioners and getting pension from Consolidated funds of Govt of India. Member Services while discussing the matter explained that even on 0% fitment benefit the pensioners will be benefited with 8% or 10% . We explained that no one is going to be benefited with this fitment in  long term. However, we explained that all the pensioners Associations has requested to withdraw this 0% fitment proposal and to constitute a Committee compromising DoT Officers and Association representatives heading by Member (Services) for discussing the matter in detail for agreeable solution. Member (Services) appreciated our concern and mentioned that shortly a Committee will be constituted to discuss and resolve the issue. All the Pensioners Associations representatives will be informed well in time to discuss the matter. He assured an early action in this regard. During discussions it is understood that pension revision file from DoP&W has been received in DoT Estt cell wherein DoP&W has not objected 0% fitment benefit, notional fixation may be considered and the Comittee may be constituted and headed by DoT not by DoP&W etc. We extended thanks for considering the request of all the pensioners Associations regarding  Constitution of a Committee comprising DoT Officers and Association representatives for discussions and decision on pension revision formula.

Meeting with our Advocate Ms Gauri Puri:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL and Comrade Karan Singh from Rajasthan met Ms Gauri Puri our Advocate to discuss regarding pension revision court case status & Rule 206 seniority case of SDEs Telecom. Madam apprised that pension revision case has been posted for hearing on 6th October-2022 in DB PB CAT ND wherein Mr Rajshekher Rao Sr Advocate may also be present for argument. Regarding Rule 206 SDEs seniority case she informed that tomorrow the case for MTNL applicants has been listed for hearing as TC-78/ 2015 at Sl no 107. The MTNL case Judgement may come tomorrow and on that basis further BSNL case will be reviewed.

15.09.2022 Status of Pension Revision case:- Com. Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed the matter of pension revision of BSNL pensioners with Director Estt. DoT and enquired about the comments of DoP&W on this issue. Director Estt. DoT mentioned that it is informed by DoP&W that pension revision file has been returned to DoT wherein DoP&W has not given any negative remarks. He assured that on receipt of the DoP&W reply immediate action will taken.
12.09.2022 BRIEF OF THE COMBINED MEETING OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS HELD ON 12.9.2022

An online meeting of various pensioners association was convened by Shri Gangadhara Rao, GS AIRBSNLPWA under the Chairmanship of Shri Ramankutty, President, AIRBSNLPWA on 12.9.2022 to discussed about the pension revision case. 

According to the convenor, all the pensioners associations of BSNL and MTNL were invited.  AIBDPA headed by Shri K G Jayaraj has rejected the invitation to join the meeting.  BDPA headed by Shri D D Mistry and AIBSNLREA headed by Shri S Basu did not responded to the requested and not joined the meeting.

The following Associations were participated in the meeting

1.       AIBSNLPWA – represented by Shri Gangadhara Rao, GS

2.       AIRBSNLEWA – represented by Shri Prahlad Rai, GS

3.       SNPWA – represented by Shri  G L Jogi, GS

4.       DoT-BSNL Pensioners’ Assn.Kerala – headed by Hariharan Nair GS

5.       RTOWA, Delhi – represented by Shri A K Kaushik, GS

6.       RTOWA, Mumbai – represented by Shri J S Jadhav GS

7.       MPWA, Mumbai – represented by Shri Jawahar, GS

A All the leaders had actively participated in the discussion and explained and elaborated their experience while dealing with the pension revision case with DoT. 

    Shri Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA briefed about the initiatives taken by the AIRBSNLEWA, various meetings with PMO, MoC, Other Ministers, Hon. M.Ps, Secretary DoT, Member (S), Member (F) and all other concerned officers of DoT, and the details of the discussions held with these officers.  He  suggested to stick to the original demand of Pension Revision at par with 7th CPC recommendations only.  In response to the suggestion of one of the participant to discuss /accept the 15% fitment on IDA instead of 7th CPC recommendations, GS AIRBSNLEWA opined that at no circumstances we should dilute / divert our demand of pension revision at par with 7th CPC.

    It is a fact that  CMD BSNL is playing vital role in keeping the Pay revision and Pension revision linked together for his vested interest.  However, Secretary DoT and MoC is in favour of de-linking the Pension revision from the pay revision, as the payment method of both these payments are different in all respects.

    All the participant associations was of the opinion that 0% fitment is not acceptable to any of the association, and a letter to this effect duly signed by all the participant associations be submitted to the Secretary DoT with a request to form a committee and discuss the matter with all the stake holders and decide it within one month.

   Further course of actions will be decided depending upon the response of DoT to the said letter.

12.09.2022Formation of Adhoc Circle Body of AIRBSNLEWA MP Circle:  In the presence of Com. Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA a special General body meeting was held on 11-09-2022 at Bhopal MP. In the Special GB meeting Com. Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA  apprised in detail the status of pension revision case,  DoT proposal for pension revision on 0% sent  to DoP&W for clearance and our demand for pension revision as per the 7th CPC report,  clearance of medical claims and CGHS facility etc.  Congratulations to the newly elected Circle Body.
06.09.2022News from UP (East) Circle:  Well organized historical Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA UP(East) held at "Apollo Auditorium" Lucknow on 3rd Sept.-2022:

Circle President Shri S.M.Abbas, AGS & CS, Shri Pallab Bose and senior leaders of our Association addressed the meeting at Lucknow on 3rd Sept 2022.

The Meeting was organised in a grand manner and lasted 5 hours from 11:00 AM to 4:00PM.

Circle Finance Secy. Shri R.N. Singh requested all members to clear their all pending dues before our Circle Conference.

Shri Pallab Bose, AGS/CS, apprised in detail the organisational activities of CHQ & UP East circle and explained on the following issue viz.  Meetings with CGM UPE, PGMTD Lucknow, for payment of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, Status of the Court cases on pension revision of BSNL pensioners, IDA increase as per 78.2 percentage basis from 1-1-2007 filed by AIRBSNLEWA in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi and Hon'ble High Court Delhi and also the issue of Pensioners ID card & development court case against Rule 206.
 

Shri Pallab Bose apprised the house that GS of our Association Shri Prahalad Rai ji has requested to Member services DoT to consider the pension revision at par with 7th CPC recommendations, as BSNL pensioners are also drawing the pension from the Govt. of India at par with other Central Govt. Pensioners, and there shall not be different methods of pension revision for the same Central Govt. Pensioners which will be illogical and also against the natural justice.

Shri Prahalad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA thereafter made a request to consider the pension revision at par with the recommendation of 7th CPC by de-linking the pay revision at the earliest to avoid litigation on the matter.

In the interactive session Sh Pallab Bose CS replied to all the queries raised by the members to their satisfaction.

With the consent of the house, it was decided that next CC of UP East Circle will be held in the month of November 2022 at Lucknow.

Com Pallab Bose also gave detailed speech about CHQ Headquarters' activities to the house present.

After the interactive session a special session of Health awareness was conducted by a team of Eminent Doctors of Apollomedics Hospital on topics like Cardiology and Orthopedic problems.

Shri S M Abbas, President, gave a vote of thanks to all respected members present and management of Apollo Hospital. Session was
concluded with National anthem and followed by lunch.   << for glimpsclick here>>

05.09.2022Status of Pension Revision - GS writes to Member (Services) DoT, New Delhi regarding: Revision of Pension of BSNL pensioners by de-linking the same from the Pay Revision of BSNL employees.  <<click here for letter with Annexures>>
31.08.2022Status of pending medical bills of Pensioners:  AIRBSNLEWA consistent efforts yielded result in getting cleared pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners for the last two and half years. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ continuously tried to get released the funds in the meetings and through written communications to CMD BSNL. CMD BSNL in all the meetings assured us to release the funds on availability of funds. But it was not being settled....in the month of March-2022 only some funds were released by BSNL CO in this account to clear the pending medical claims upto March-2019 only. Hereafter we continued our efforts and finally CMD BSNL has released the funds to clear all medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto March-2022. AIRBSNLEWA efforts will continue to ensure that BSNL pensioners medical claims should also be uploaded online at par with the BSNL serving employees. So that every month along with salary payment, BSNL pensioners medical claims are also paid. We extended our sincere thanks to CMD BSNL for honoring his commitment and giving relief to BSNL pensioners.
28.08.2022Status of pension revision & DoT proposal sent to DoP&W for clearance on notional pension fixation:-


AIRBSNLEWA consistent efforts yielded result in convincing the DoT Officers that to avoid pension anomalies of the BSNL pensioners who will be retiring after 1-1-2017 may draw less pension than the Pre-retired pensioners of 1-1-2017. By giving Notional Pension fixation wef 1-1-2017 and actual pension form the day of retirement. As per pension rules 37A or 37 of CCS Pension Rules 1972 or CCS Pension Rules 2021, there is rule that pension may be calculated and fixed up on the last pay drawn only. There is no provision for notional pension fixation in these rules. Thus DoT to avoid anomalies has prepared a proposal for notional pension fixation wef 1-1-2017 and has sent to DoP&W for clearance.


On 5th August-2022 GSs AIRBSNLEWA Comrade Prahlad Rai and TEAM MTNL Delhi Comrade A K Kaushik alongwith their other CHQ office bearers met Member [Finance] and Member [Services] and explained that earlier also DoT has given notional fixation on 78.2% fitment benefit wef 1-1-2007 and actual benefit from June-2013 only to the BSNL pensioners with the approval of Union Cabinet, Govt of India. Hence, now DoP&W cannot deny or disagree with the DoT proposal for notional fixation of pension. Thereafter, only the proposal was prepared on the direction of Member [Services] by Estt cell of DoT which got approval of internal Finance of DoT and Secretary Telecom and then it was sent to DoP&W for clearance.

Please recall earlier also DoT asked DoP&W for pension revision delinking with pay revision of BSNL employees and DoP&W put the queries that in what manner the pension anamoly of post retired or retiring 1-1-2017 pensioners will be sorted out. But DoT didn't reply
and kept silence. DoT Estt cell continued to move the proposal for pension revision linking with pay revision of BSNL employees and the internal Finance of DoT and PSU cell continued to comment that since the revised pay scales in BSNL and MTNL have not approved by DoT than how pension revision will take place.It will follow pay revision only to avoid anomaly. Our continuous persuasion with the Hon'ble MoC through various Hon'ble MPs, Secretary Telecom, Member [Services], Member [Finance], DDG [Estt], DDG [Accounts], Director [Estt], Jt Secy PSU, Director Accounts of DoT and CMD BSNL to use his good office etc. have yielded the results that today DoT has sent the proposal for notional pension fixation wef 1-1-12017 for the post retired BSNL pensioners.

As per the information given by Member Services that DoT proposal for 100% IDA neutralization with basic pay which will come 0% fitment benefit is not acceptable to us. We have been demanding our pension revision as per 7th CPC formula for pension revision. It is our prayer also in the Hon'ble PBCAT ND.

Some Association is nearing to Victory and some Association is claiming that their efforts only could bring the matter at this stage. It's not true.

In our opinion collective efforts only could create a situation wherein DoT has agreed to fixed up pension notionally to avoid anamoly. The struggle is not completed it has to continue till the time we achieve pension revision as per the 7thCPC recommendations only.

AIRBSNLEWA will continue its efforts to ensure that the pension revision is settled as per the 7thCPC pension revision formula.

Let us unite and struggle instead of celebrations at this stage. Still a long way is there to get the approval of Union Cabinet, Govt of India.

26.08.2022Status of pension revision case in DoT:-  Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA today discussed the issue of pension revision of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners with Member (Services) DoT and requested him for it's an early settlement. Member (Services) appreciated our concern and mentioned that in our last meeting held with him on 5th August-2022 assured that shortly he will work on this issue and will try to settle it. Accordingly he discussed the matter with all the concern Officers of DoT in Estt. cell and Finance wing. Finally as per the assurance given to us a proposal for pension revision has been prepared by Estt. cell and on getting the clearance from the Finance wing of DoT. Secretary Telecom approved the proposal and yesterday it has been sent to DoP&W for clearance. The main issue in the proposal is that in IDA pension revision on notional basis and to avoid pension anomalies for the pensioners retired or retiring after 1-1-2017 may draw less pension than the pensioners who retired prior to 1-1-2017. In this proposal DoT has suggested for notional pension fixation wef 1-1-2017 to those who are retiring after 1-1-2017 to avoid pension anomalies. As per the Rule 37A CCS pension rules pension is being decided on the basis of last pay drawn. Thus last pay drawn will be in the revised pay scales and accordingly the pension will be calculated. DoT has saught DoP&W approval for notional pension fixation. For this purpose the case has been sent to DoP&W and in case the approval is given by DoP&W then DoT with draft a Cabinet Memo will be sent to all the Nodal Ministries for comments eg. DoP&W, Law Ministry, DoE and DPE etc. After receiving the comments of all the concerned Ministries, the Cabinet Note will be sent to Union Cabinet, Govt. of India. Means DoT has proposed to revise pension revision on 0% fitment benefit only, which is not a Justice to BSNL/MTNL pensioners. However Member (Services) mentioned that the matter which was lingering on for the last five years, at least he has tried to settle the issue after his joining in a short time. We extended our sincere thanks to him for his kind consideration and taking efforts. Some retired Associations re- claiming that due to their efforts only pension revision case is settling and they are the Father of the settlement. Whereas, the fact remains that the OA filled in the PBCAT ND was drafted by Late Comrade Amit Gupta Ji our Dy GS and GS Comrade Prahlad Rai by collecting all the necessary documents form DoT, DoP&W, DPE and DoE etc. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ had meetings with the Hon'ble MoC, Secretary DoT, Adl Secretary, DOP&W, DoE and DPE. Also with Member Finance, Member Services, CMD BSNL, DDG Estt, Director Estt DoT etc. AIRBSNLEWA continues and persistent efforts has yield the results. But this will be not the end of the struggle, we have to achieve pension revision at par with our counter parts in DoT.
08.08.2022CWC Delhi of AIRBSNLEWA put on record the highest appreciation with respect to Late Com. Amit Gupta ji Dy. GS and Com. Darbara Singh Ji, CS Haryana Circle for their excellent contributions in forming and strengthening AIRBSNLEWA.

CWC appreciated and remembered the contributions of Late Com. Amit Gupta ji Dy. GS AIRBSNLEWA in forming and strengthening of AIBSNLEA and AIRBSNLEWA. It was because of the sincere efforts made by Late Shri Amit Gupta ji, Dy. GS AIRBSNLEWA the 60:40 ratio introducing in Rule 37-A by DoT arbitrarily in the year 2005 was withdrawn in the year 2016 with the result today, the BSNL Pensioners are getting the Pension without any hurdle. This was done by Com. Amit Gupta ji by getting the information under RTI Act and pursuing the issue through Com. Prahlad Rai, the then GS, AIBSNLEA in DoT/DPE/DoP&W at the appropriate levels and also his Excellent Contribution in finalising the OA filed in the PBCAT for the pension revision of the BSNL Pensioners. One day before of his death the OA was filed in PB CAT ND and with this development he was extremely happy & satisfied. CWC put on record that his Excellent Contributions will always be remembered by the AIBSNLEA, AIRBSNLEWA and BSNL pensioners.

CWC also remembered the contribution of Late Com. Darbara Singh of Haryana Circle, who was the Circle Secretary of AIBSNLEA & later on elected as CS, AIRBSNLEWA Haryana Circle immediately after his retirement from BSNL. He formed AIRBSNLEWA Circle body and strengthen it. His contributions in forming and strengthening AIRBSNLEWA in Haryana Circle will always be remembered.

CWC highly appreciated the contributions of both the departed Comrades Amit Gupta JI Dy. GS and Com. Darbara Singh, CS Haryana Circle. The detailed minutes of the CWC Delhi meeting will be placed in the next meeting for discussions and approval.

08.08.2022BRIEF REPORT OF THE CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING OF AIRBSNLEWA HELD AT 10.30 HOURS ON 6.8.2022  & 7.8.2022  AT HOTEL SPB 87, KAROL BAGH, NEW DELHI:

A Central Working Committee meeting of the AIRBNSLEWA was held at 10.30 hours on 6.8.2022 & 7.8.2022 at Hotel SPB 87, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.

Meeting commenced after hoisting the Flag of Association by Com. Kishan Singh, CHQ President & Com. Prahlad Rai, G.S., in the presence of all other CHQ office bearers,  Circle Presidents, Circle Secretaries, CWC Members. 

Com. K Jai Ram, AGS CHQ welcomed all the participants and invited President Com. Kishan Singh, Com. Prahlad Rai General Secretary, Com. A K Jain, Financial Secretary   Com. Ravindran V.P. and Com. Manas Roy, V.P.  to the Dias.

Com. Kishan Singh, President in his opening remarks, welcomed all the CHQ office bearers, Circle Presidents, Circle Secretaries and CWC members and briefed about the formation of AIRBSNLEWA and also on various activities of the association.  He also mentioned that lot of work is yet to be done by the Association, specially for the settlement of the issues like pension revision, CGHS facilities and medical re-imbursement, etc.

In his address he mentioned that, it gives him immense pleasure in welcoming all the participants in the 1st CWC meeting at New Delhi and that too at the age of 60+ years the presence in large numbers shows the keen interest of the participants and unity for the association. 

In brief he mentioned that after his retirement in May 2007, he started contacting his retired office colleagues just to remain in touch with each other. Firstly 5-6 colleagues started to meet monthly at BSNL Corporate Office. After  few months many other retired executives also started to join them. The number of participants in the monthly meetings were increased every month. Up to September 2009 the number of members became around 50. Then they thought to make a platform so that they may take up the issues of pensioners like medical and telephone bill reimbursement, pension revision, etc with the DoT and BSNL management.

For the said purpose they then approached Com. Prahlad Rai, the then GS of AIBSNLEA, for support and guidance for formation of an association of retired executives. He suggested to form it on all India basis. He also arranged a meeting of all retired executives in our contact on 10th March 2010 in Corporate Office Meeting Hall. This meeting was attended by more than 70 retired executives. Com. Prahlad Rai and Com. SS Nanda addressed the house and assured us to give full support to new association being formed.

Immediately an Adhoc Body was formed in which he was elected as GS, Shri ML Sharma as President and  Shri KN Mehra as Financial secretary.

Com. Prahlad Rai helped us in framing rules and regulations of association and its registration. In October 2010 documents for registration were submitted in Registrar Office and association was registered on 11th November 2010 by the name AIRBSNLEWA.

First AIC of association was held in Nashik along with 3rd AIC of AIBSNLEA with the help and support of Com. Prahlad Rai sincerely. 2nd& 3rd AICs were also held at Mysuru and Vijaywada with the active support of Com. Prahlad Rai. Up to 3rd AIC there were 8 Circle Bodies namely Delhi, UP (E), WB, Rajasthan, Kerela, TN, AP and KTK. In 3rd AIC at Vijaywada Com. Prahlad Rai was elected as GS, myself as President and Shri AK Jain as FS unanimously along with other CHQ Office bearers.

With the restless and sincere efforts of Com. Prahlad Rai now there are 25 Circle Bodies of AIRBSNLEWA.

He further mentioned that presently pensioners’ issues are pension revision, medical bill reimbursement, telephone bill reimbursement (for pensioners residing in Delhi and Mumbai MTNL areas). Com. Prahlad Rai is trying continuously for the last 5 years by writing letters and meeting personally with the Hon. MoC & IT, Hon. M.Ps, Secretary (T), Member (F), Member (S) in DOT, DOP & PW, Ministry of Finance etc. There is one more issue of CGHS Wellness Centres and denial for cashless treatment by empanelled hospitals.

He also mentioned that further, Com. GS will highlight his sincere efforts he has made on all the issues and further course of action to be taken by CHQ. He extended thanks to all Comrades for listening to him peacefully.

CWC Observed two minutes silence in the memory of the departed soul of Late Comrades Amit Gupta ji Dy. G.S., Darbara Singh, CS Hariyana and other departed comrades.

After self-introduction, All the circle secretaries submitted the report on the activities of the respective Circles along with the membership status, issued settled at Circle Level, Issues pending at CHQ level and requested the CHQ to vigorously pursue the pending issues with the DoT / BSNL on top priority.

During the CWC, the senior officers from BSNL Corporate office, General Secretaries of other working / pensioners association of MTNL and Advocate dealing with the Court cases of the Association were attended on invitation.

We welcomed Hon. Chief Guest Shri Saurabh Tyagi, Sr. GM (Estt.), Guest of Honour Shri S.N. Gupta, GM (Pers) BSNL Corporate office,  Com. AK Kaushik, GS MTNL RTOWA, Com.  K R Yadav, GS TEAM, MTNL New Delhi.  Ms. Gauri Puri madam, Advocate for the AIRBSNLEWA by garlanding.

Com Kishan Singh President & Com. Prahlad Rai, General Secretary welcomed the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour and other Special Guest for honouring our request and attending the meeting despite of their busy schedule.

Com. Prahlad Rai, General Secretary welcomed all the dignitaries on the dias.    He mentioned that due to Covid-19 physical meeting could not be held during last 3 years. Now, since the AIC is to be conducted, holding of CWC was essential to decide the AIC.   He mentioned that the burning issues for the BSNL pensioners are Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners who are waiting for their pension revision w.e.f. 1.1.2017.  He stated that for the last three and half years, medical bills of BSNL pensioners are not settled and the medical claims of the working staff is being settled on monthly basis.  Pensioners are submitting the medical bills offline and working staff is submitting it online.  The issue is pending for want of funds from the BSNL Corporate office.  There are two important things for the pensioners like pension revision and medical facilities.  Both these issues are pending for the BSNL pensioners.  The pension revision is not being done due to the reason that the pay revision of the working staff is not revised.  We have been time and again insisting that the BSNL pensioners are having no role in the profit of the BSNL and anomaly if, any arising out of the Pension revision can be settled by giving notional fixation to such affected cases.  

GS informed that Shri Tyagi Sir is very kind enough to settle whatever grievances are brought to his notice and settled the same very well within the shortest possible time.  Shri Tyagi sir were pleading with the DoT for the BSNL Pensioners  and explained that there shall be anomaly in every case at every pay / pension revision and anomaly committee can be formed and such anomaly issues can be settled by the committees.

GS mentioned that it is the administrative ministry to suggest the formula to settle the anomaly to the DoP&T, but no such formula has been made by the DoT.   An administrative decision was taken by the then Secretary DoT which have compelled us to approach the court of law and  based on the decision taken in the last AIC an OA has been filed in the PBCAT.  However, due the Covid-19 pandemic, physical hearing could not be held and now regular hearing is likely to be commenced shortly.  During our service, as per the amendment of the Pension Rules, pension contribution was paid on the maximum of the pay scale to the DoT, as against the minimum of the pay scale.  Now linking the pension revision with the pay revision is not justified. 

GS also mentioned that due to the loss of BSNL, there is no pay revision taken place for the working employees and there is no scope of getting it in the near future due to the financial condition of the BSNL.  Hence, linking pension revision with pay revision of working employees is not justified and the same has been pleaded with Secretary Telecom and all the efforts are being taken administratively and politically by the Association, but there is no favourable result till date.

He also mentioned that all other retirement benefits like gratuity, leave encashment, etc has already been granted to the BSNL pensioners based on the 7th CPC recommendation.  It was also told to the Secretary DoT that the Class IV retired from BSNL is drawing the minimum pension of Rs.3500/- as against the Rs.9000/- pension of the other Class IV employees retired from other central Govt.  Unless there is political will, we cannot get the pension revision and appealed all the other pensioners associations through out the country to pursue the case through Honourable Member of Parliaments and Ministers of their areas.

He also informed that, Member (Services), DoT, CMD BSNL, Director (HR), BSNL & G.M. (Administration) could not attend the meeting due to their other urgent works and all of them have conveyed their best wishes to the CWC.  GS demanded to make the online system for the pensioners for submission of medical / other claims at par with that of the working staff, so that their medical / other bills re-imbursement can be made available easily.   He mentioned that in order to promote the CGHS facilities and to switch over to CGHS by the BSNL Pensioners, at many places, there is no CGHS wellness centres which is the reason many of the pensioners cannot switch over to CGHS facilities and mentioned that pensioners are being treated as step motherly treatment by the BSNL Management. 

GS requested Shri Tyagi Sir and Shri Gupta Sir to pursue with the CMD BSNL to clear all the pending medical bills of BSNL pensioners and not to put the aged pensioners into trouble.

As regards the Supreme Court judgement on the 206 cases, GS mentioned that the judgement has not been implemented properly by the BSNL management and requested the BSNL management to look into the judgement and implement it in its true spirit, which the judgement delivered after fighting the case for last 30 years. 

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Com. K R Yadav, GS TEAM, while addressing congratulated the AIRBSNLEWA and welcomed all the dignitaries and participants.  He mentioned that the GS AIRBSNLEWA has presented the grievances very clearly and the attitude of the management is not at all fare.  Unless there is a political will and the administrative ministry get convinced, the pension revision is impossible.  The formula suggested by the GS AIRBSNLEWA and the multiple factor recommended by the 7th CPC needs to be implemented.    He requested all the retired pensioners associations to form a co-ordination committee and go ahead with the trade union action at the BSNL corporate office / DoT Head Quarters.    He requested the BSNL officers to pursue with the Ministry to increase the CGHS wellness centres as many hospitals in Delhi are not entertaining the inward patients of CGHS beneficiaries.  He also mentioned that at this juncture unity is needed and unitedly we can fight till the issues are settled.

Com. A K Kaushik, GS MTNL RTOWA in his speech demanded Pension revision and better medical facilities.  He mentioned that after absorption in MTNL / BSNL, the pay scale of absorbees are higher than that of the DoT officers and even after retirement also, the pension of retirees of MTNL/ BSNL pensioners is higher than that of the DoT officers.  This is the reasons stating by the DoT officers to their higher level officers which is the route cause of not revising the pension.  There is a mis-concept by the BSNL / DoT / Govt that these pensioners cannot fight.  We have to change this mis-concept of the management and unitedly should fight on the streets, which will result in getting the issues settled.  In case the ‘0’ per cent fitment is done, the pension presently drawing by the BSNL Pensioners will be less than that of the pension after revision.  He mentioned that after revision of pension, the working employees pay can be upgraded notionally and fix the pension accordingly.  He mentioned that the 206 judgement has been implemented by the BSNL management very wrongly and some filed contempt got benefited properly and requested the BSNL management to study the 206 supreme court judgement and implement it in its true spirit.   He thanked GS AIRBSNLEWA for inviting him and giving the opportunity to address the meeting.

Ms. Gauri Puri, Advocate presented the status of the court cases on pension revision, DA arrears payment and Rule 206.  She mentioned that in the case of 206 cases, wonderful judgement could get from Hon. Supreme court and unfortunately the same could not be implemented properly by the BSNL management.  She mentioned that in contempt petition, the courts are not giving any direction to implement the judgement, it will only punish the culprit either by levying penalty or by imprisonment.  That is the reason Supreme court has directed to approach the PBCAT to get the direction.  She mentioned that the case is in the excellent bench and a favourable judgment in the case of MTNL 206 case which will impact the BSNL case also.

As regards the pension revision  case is concerned, the case is in the Good bench of the Principal Chairman of the PBCAT.  She mentioned that all the BSNL pensioners had opted the BSNL due to the reason that your status as Govt. servant will continue after your retirement also.  Now this is the real time, you need the same to be adhered and pension revision will take place favourably.    There are many number of Sr. Citizen matters in the PBCAT which is one of the reason for the delay. 

She further mentioned that the DA arrears case is coming up on 14.9.2022 and the matter will be heard on 14th September 2022.  Both the cases of pension revision and DA arrears are in the last stage and expecting that the cases will be settled by the judiciary in favour of the applicants.

She had replied to all the queries of the members present in the meeting.

Shri S.N. Gupta, GM (Pers) BSNL Corporate office, Guest of Honour in his address thanked the AIRBSNLEWA for inviting to the meeting.  In his speech he mentioned that, out of the speech in the meeting, the seriousness of the 206 case has been understood and will take all the possible steps to resolve the issue and has assured to settle it with the best possible and requested all the senior citizens to take care of the health taking into the aspect that problems will be there one after the other and assured to look into the case favourably.

Shri Saurabh Tyagi, Sr. GM (Estt.), BSNL Corporate office, Hon. Chief Guest in his address thanked one and all for inviting him for the meeting. He mentioned that as far as the pensioners are concerned, BSNL management has tried its level best to settle the pension payment after mass VRS.  The pension payment has been started as much early as possible after VRS.  The sampann software is very much good.  He has agreed that in the case of Medical bills, pensioners should get preference as compared to the working employees.  The same needs to be made online which will help the BSNL management also to ascertain the liability of the payments.  He suggested that all other grievances related to submission of certificates, nominations, etc may be discussed in the meeting and brought to his notice for its consideration and settlement.

As regards the pension revision, there was no clarity on the issue whether the pension revision will be related to pay revision or not.  He mentioned that the settlement of anomaly is not the responsibility of the pensioners and the same has to be settled by the Govt.   Due to the Covid Pandemic the cases could not be pursued vigorously, but, now the case has processed and it has taken the momentum and requested us to pursue the case vigorously.  He mentioned that the pension revision of BSNL pensioners are fully justified and the anomalies will be settled as and when it arises.  He has assured that the case of Pension revision of BSNL pensioners will be submitted to the DoT along with the methods of settlement of anomalies by the BSNL management.    There is a good possibility to get the pension revision approved by the Cabinet, in case the same is proposed and submitted in details with full justification by the DoT &DoP&T.  He once again re-iterated that Pension revision is fully justified to the BSNL pensioners.

As regards the Court Cases, he mentioned that the outcome of the court case is depending upon how we present the matter to the judiciary.  Hence he requested to prepare well and present the case well so that the judgement can get in your favour, as the judgement is always based on the submissions by the parties. 

As regards the issue of reversion of officiating JTOs at the time of retirement and pension drawn on the lower scale,  Shri Tyagi Sir has mentioned that the case was filed in the court by some of the affected persons and the case has been decided in favour of BSNL. 

Shri Tyagi Sir was very much kind enough to reply to all the queries raised by the participants.

Shri Kishan Singh, President expressed vote of thanks to all the Invitees and dignitaries for attending the meeting and requested that all are getting pension, hence be tension free.

GS while summing up the report of the CSs, O.Ss, AGSs and Advisors mentioned that wherever new CGHS Wellness centres are to be opened and New Director CGHS are to be posted  details may be supplied by respective Circle Secretaries to CHQ for taking up the issue with the concerned.

GS also mentioned that every circle has potential to increase the membership, as there are en-number of retirees not member of any association.  He also mentioned that there is no harm in taking dual membership being the retired welfare association.  However, the dual office bearer ship should be avoided and the same should not be entertained.

GS assured to discuss the matter of Income Tax on the reimbursement of CGHS charges with the concerned DoT/BSNL officers and with CMD BSNL also.

GS while summing up has replied the queries raised by the Circle Secretaries and also explained the status of the issues raised by the Circle Secretaries and assured to take up all pending issues of BSNL pensioners. 

General Secretary presented the Report of the General Secretary on the activities of AIRBSNLEWA.  On discussion of the report para-by para, the following decisions have been taken:-

 1.    All the Circle Secretaries to remit the legal fund according to the strength of membership before the next AIC.

 2.    All the Circle Secretaries are requested to open the Website of the association and link the same with the CHQ Website.

 3.    It was decided to form a co-ordination committee along with MTNLRTOW at New Delhi and Mumbai.  At Delhi, GS Com. Prahlad Rai and President  Com Kishan Singh will co-ordinate and at Mumbai Com. A R Manani, Com. K P Nair and Com. Ramamurthy will co-ordinate with MNTLRTOW.

 4.    The 4th AIC will be held at Kolkata tentatively in the month of February 2023

The report was discussed para by para and the same was unanimously approved by the CWC.

Com. A K Jain, Financial Secretary submitted the status of Accounts.

A resolution was moved by Circle Secretary, West Bengal Circle and supported by CS, UP (East) Circle, CS, Kerala Circle, CS, Maharashtra Circle, CS, Rajasthan Circle, etc. appreciating the boading and lodging arrangement made by the Host Circle at New Delhi and arranging CWC meeting in a grant manner.

Vote of thanks  was extended by Com A J Ram, CS AIRBSNLEWA, New Delhi Circle.

Com. Kishan Singh ji CHQ President declared closure of the CWC meeting, New Delhi at 17.00 hours by thundering the slogans AIRBSNLEWA Zindabad, BSNL Pensioners Unity Zindabad, BSNL/MTNL Pensioners Unity Zindabad, CWC Meet, Delhi Zindabad.

21.07.2022Meeting with Additional Director CGHS, Jaipur:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA and Comrade K K Barser, District Secretary, Jaipur today met with Additional Director, CGHS, Jaipur and discussed regarding non- implementation of Director CGHS Delhi orders in Rajasthan Circle and apprised her about our yesterday's meeting held with Additional Director CGHS Delhi and discussions took place in this regard. Additional Director CGHS Jaipur mentioned that yesterday Additional Director CGHS Delhi has spoken on this subject and thereafter she has issued instructions to all the empanelled hospitals of Rajasthan to implement the Director CGHS Delhi orders in totality. She advised us that in future for any problems we may directly contact her instead of going to Delhi. She also provided the copy of the instructions issued. Regarding opening of new CGHS Dispensary at Mansarover, Jaipur:- She informed the as per the demand raised by our Association and others the matter is under consideration and accordingly the rented building is being finalized in Mansarover, Colony, Jaipur shortly. We also apprised her the one Govt Dispensary Building constricted by RHB Jaipur is available in Sector-12 Mansarover Jaipur. This matter can be taken up with Chairman RHB Jaipur Rajasthan for its allotment to CGHS.We assured our fullest cooperation.
20.07.2022GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding Review of promotion orders from SDE to AGM as per Rule 206      <<<click here for copy of letter>>>
20.07.2022Meeting with Member (Services) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEA, Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL met with Member (Services) DoT today and discussed regarding (a) Pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners:- We requested Member (Services) to retake up the matter with Internal Finance of DoT for considering de-linking of pension revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners from pay revision of BSNL/MTNL employees. Linking pension revision with pay revision is not at all justified since the BSNL/MTNL pensioners are not playing any role in the profit or losses of BSNL/MTNL. During the service period of BSNL pensioners the pension contributions were paid to DoT on the maximum of the pay scales. Member Services mentioned that Estt cell view is that in case the pension revision is done w.e.f. 01-01-2017 there will be pension anomaly to the post retired BSNL/MTNL pensioners. We explained that we have already suggested to give notional pay fixation w.e.f. 01-01-2017 and actual fixation on the day of retirement and on the last pay drawn, pension may be fixed up wherein no anomalies will arise. Member Services again mentioned that pension cannot be fixed up notionally. We clarified that DoT has already given notionally 78.2% fitment benefit instead of 68.8% fitment w.e.f. 01-01-2007 and actual benefit form June-2013.Thus pension may also be fixed up notionally wef 01-01-2017. After detailed discussions Member Services assured that he will further discuss the matter on the basis of these inputs with the Estt cell team of DoT to reconsider the matter. We extended our sincere thanks for giving patient hearing to us. (b) 5% IDA fitment benefit against 78.2% fitment benefit to MTNL employees/pensioners. GS RTOWA submitted a brief note on 5% IDA fitment benefit against 78.2 fitment benefit and pension revision of MTNL pensioners to Member Services and requested for the early settlement of 5% IDA fitment benefit to MTNL employees and pensioners. Member Services assured to look into the matter for an early resolution of the issues.
20.07.2022Meeting with Aditional Director (CGHS) New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL Delhi today met Additional Director( CGHS) New Delhi and discussed regarding the problems being faced by CGHS beneficiaries at various places through out the country e.g. Non- implementation of Director CGHS ND regarding clarification on investigations at empanelled Diagnostic centres in respect of CGHS beneficiaries aged 75 years and above. In this letter dated 01-10-2021 it has been clarified that there is no provision to undergo investigations at CGHS without referral from CGHS and to clarify that there is no provision to undergo investigations at CGHS empanelled Diagnostic Laboratories and Imaging centers without advice for such investigations from Government Specialist/CGHS Medical officer/Specialists of empaneled hospitals. Adler Director CGHS immediately spoke with Adl Director CGHS Jaipur, Rajasthan over phone and asked her to implement the order in its true spirit. Similarly requested for opening of more CGHS Wellness Centres in various cities including Jaipur and Mumbai in the heavily populated areas. Adl Director CGHS mentioned that matter has been put up to the Ministry but it is being told that even to manage existing WCs the sufficient Doctors and specialized staff is not available, thus the sanctions are not being given for opening of new WCs. However, ministry will take appropriate action on the several representations pending on this demand. Empanelment of good hospitals by CGHS in all the cities. Adl. Director CGHS mentioned that it depends on the hospitals management to accept the terms and conditions of CGHS. Additional Directors of the states are fully empowered to empanel good hospitals in their jurisdiction. Many Hospitals are trying to get empanelled with CGHS but they should meet the conditions. Supply of indent medicines on the same day from agency directly to the beneficiary. Adl. Director CGHS mentioned that earlier such practice was there but there were complaints of misuse eg taking other items as replacements etc. Thus it was stopped. Adl. Director CGHS assured that for genuine problems we can always meet them for the redressal of the problems. We extended thanks to Adl. Director CGHS for granting us meeting and her positive attitude towards our problems.

We tried to take appointment with Director CGHS but due to his business he advised to meet with Adl Director CGHS.

20.07.2022Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met CMD BSNL today morning and congratulated him for giving a very effective presentation to the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji in the presence of Hon'ble MoC&IT and Secretary DoT on BSNL/MTNL turn around. CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and mentioned that we have to continue our efforts for turning around BSNL/MTNL. He expected our efforts will yield positive results. We also requested that long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners should be cleared. These are pending for the last two and half years. CMD BSNL mentioned that he has released some funds recently on this account. We clarified that Rs.65 lacks were given in the month of March-2022 and still more than Rs.350/- lakhs medical claims are pending. CMD assured to look into the matter for an early clearance. We also requested to kindly use his good office for the settlement of pension revision case of BSNL/MTNL pensioners in DoT. CMD BSNL mentioned that first I am concentrating on BSNL/MTNL turn around and when the situation is favorable he will be concentrating on pension revision case in DoT. We also extended him invitation as Chief Guest to attend and address our CWC meeting being held at New Delhi on 6-7 th August-2022. He assured that in case he is free he will grace the occasion.

CMD BSNL informed that meeting continued for two hours with Hon' ble Prime Minister. On our query for second VRS in BSNL/MTNL, CMD BSNL replied that at present there is no such proposal under consideration and he will concentrate for next two years for turn around of BSNL/MTNL.

19.07.2022GS writes to Member (IT&R), CBDT, New Delhi regarding deduction of Income Tax and Recovery Notices to Pensioners for payment of Income Tax on Leave Encashment.  <<CLICK HERE FOR LETTER)
19.07.2022Welcome and felicitation of new Member (Finance) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA , Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA MTNL, Comrade Kishan Singhji, President and Comrade A K Jain FS AIRBSNLEWA today met with new Member(Finance) DoT Shri Manish Sinha Ji and Welcomed & felicitated on assuming the high office of Member(Finance) DoT. On courtesy call we requested for the consideration of BSNL/MTNL pensioners pension revision wef 1.1.20217   <<Click here Photo>>
18.07.2022Meeting with CGM NTR/NTP New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai, AIRBSNLEWA met CGM NTR-NTP ND today  and Congratulated him on assuming the charge of CGM NTR-NTP on promotion from PGM Pers to CGM NTR-NTP. Also requested for settling the long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. CGM NTR-NTP mentioned that after his joining he has cleared about Rs 50/- Lacks pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and have demanded more funds from BSNL CO to clear pending bills. He assured that as soon as the funds are received from BSNL CO pending bills will be cleared. He expressed positive concern toward settlement of pensioners issues.
18.07.2022Meeting with Sr GM (Esst) BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEA and Comrade A K Kaushik GS RTOWA met Sr GM Estt BSNL today and discussed regarding the status of pension revision issue in DoT. Sr GM Estt mentioned that DoT Finance wing has returned the file to DoT Estt cell with a remarks that since the revised pay scales as per 3rd PRC for BSNL serving employees have not been notified then how pension revision of BSNL pensioners can be considered. Now DoT Estt cell has to take the necessary steps on this matter for this settlement. Comrade GS AIRBSNLEA and Comrade GS RTOWA MTNL also met GM Pers and GM Admn BSNL CO on courtesy call and discussed some individual problems of BSNL pensioners. Govt efforts to Turn around of BSNL :- it is relatively learned that today CMD BSNL has given a detailed presentation to the Hon'ble Prime Minister on turn around the BSNL. It is understood that in case the BSNL proposal is accepted by the PMO then BSNL may get a financial package of Rs 100000/- crores (one lac crore) wherein Rs 70000/- from BSNL assets monetization and Rs 30000/- Crores from Govt to pursue with 4G and 5G Services and to meet out other liabilities. Let us hope that Hon'ble Prime Minister will be kind enough to consider the BSNLs proposal.
12.07.2022GS writes to CMD, BSNL regarding Non Payment of Medical bills for the Treatment of COVID-19 taken in the Private Hospitals during the First wave.  <<Click here for letter>>
24.06.2022Status of pension revision case of BSNL pensioners in DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEA today discussed the matter with the concerned Officers of Estt. cell of DoT and found out the status of pension revision case. It is informed that the file from PSU cell of DoT has been received in Estt. cell with a comment that pay scales of BSNL- MTNL employees have not been notified due to affordability clause of 3rd PRC. Now Estt. cell will further send the matter to internal finance of DoT for consideration. Estt .cell has processed 4-5 proposals on pension revision eg. on CDA pay scales, IDA pay scales anomalies issues etc. Comrade GS will meet the DoT concerned Officers including Member (Services) and Member (Finance) after returning form Gujarat Circle conference and Udaipur District Conference Rajasthan Circle.
20.06.2022AIRBSNLEWA CHQ notified its CWC meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday, 6.8.2022 & Sunday 7.8.2022 at New Delhi.  <<click here for notice>>
18.06.2022Opening of CGHS migration window second time from BSNL MRS by BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA yesterday discussed with GM Admn BSNL CO regarding opening of CGHS migration window second time from BSNL MRS. We explained that BSNL CO is allotting funds to Circles for the one time payment of CGHS reimbursement but the Circles are not reimbursing the dues. GM Admn BSNL CO appreciated our concerns and mentioned that Admn cell of BSNL CO is moving a proposal to open migration window from BSNL MRS to CGHS second time wherein BSNL pensioners may give options to migrate from BSNL MRS to CGHS facility upto 31st July-2022 .After the approval of the competent authorities the necessary orders will be issued immediately. He advised that now remaining BSNL pensioners should give options to migrate from BSNL MRS to CGHS. The one time Payment paid will be reimbursed upto 31st August-2022 positively.
15.06.2022Meeting with Joint Secretary (Admn) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai along with Comrade M K Bagchi, Chief Patron and Comrade A K Kaushik Legal Adviser CHQ met with Jt Secy Admn,  DoT Shri S K Vermaji welcomed him on joining the high office of J S Admn DoT and requested him to reply the queries made by internal finance wing of DoT on pension revision of BSNL pensioners. We apprised him regarding finance queries wherein it has been asked from PSU wing that when the notification of 3rd PRC pay scales in BSNL and MTNL are being issued, without the notification of pay scales the pension contributions on revised pay scales can not be done.We explained that pension revision should be considered on the basis of 7th CPC pension revision formula since 3rd PRC donot have any pension revision formula. After detailed discussions J S Admn assured to look into the matter.
15.06.2022Meeting with Director (Esst) DoT:- Director Esst DoT informed that the queries made by Internal Finance of DoT has been sent PSU section to clarify. Director Esst mentioned that as soon the reply from PSU unit is received it will be sent Finance wing and thereafter to DoP&W for clearance of the proposal
15.06.2022Meeting with Director (HR) BSNL Board:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade M K Bagchi met Director (BSNL) Board and discussed regarding Pension revision of BSNL pensioners. Director HR informed that there were discussions in DoT with the Concern Officers wherein BSNL has suggested the formula to avoid anomalies in the pension of post retired employees after 01-01-2017 by fixing pay on notional basis wef 1-1-2017 and actual on the day of retirement. But DoT finance wing has agree with the proposal. (b) Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners: We expressed our serious concern against the non payment of long pending medical claims .Director HR appreciated our concerns and mentioned that in March-2022 Rs 56 carores were released on this account and the pending medical claims upto December-2019 were cleared. Now on receipt of more revenue efforts will be made to clear pending medical claims upto December-2021.At present the revenue collection position is not good in BSNL.
15.06.2022Meeting with PGM Budget BSNL CO and Sr G M Esst BSNL CO on the above issues wherein they also apprised the same position as discussed with th Director HR.
15.06.2022Meeting with GM Admn BSNL CO ND:- Comrade Prahlad Rai and Comrade M K Bagchi met GM Admn BSNL CO and requested for issuing the the same instructions like second wave of Covid -19 to clear the Covid treatment bills of first wave also. GM Admn mentioned that already CGMs have been empowered to clear such Bill's without the visit note of concern BSNL Officer on the same pattern of Second wave treatment bills. However, in case the cases are not resolved at Circle level then may be sent to BSNL CO for consideration.

15.06.2022Meeting with Member (Services)DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai along with Comrade M K Bagchi, Chief Mentor and Comrade A K Kaushik, Legal advisor CHQ met with Shri Nizamul Haq, Member Services and discussed regarding pension revision of BSNL pensioners. We requested for early reply to DoT finance wing queries on pension revision issue. Also explained the justification of pension revision by de-linking from pay revision of BSNL employees. Member Services have patient hearing to our pleadings and assured to discuss the matter with the concern Officers of DoT. We extended our sincere thanks to Members Services for sparing his valuable time to understand the issue and granting the meeting. Member Services mentioned that Mr Prahlad Rai as AGM and DGM NWP CFA in BSNL CO has worked under him and he is always available to hear our issues.  <<Photo->>       <<Photo-2>>

01.06.2022 GS Writes to Secretary DoT regarding : Appointment of Consultants by various field offices of DoT, TEC, TCIL, BBNL, etc.  <<Click here for letter>>

01.06.2022 A BRIEF OF SPECIAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIRBSNLEWA MH CIRCLE Held ON 28th MAY 2022 AT KALYAN

 A Special General Body meeting of All India Retired BSNL Executives Welfare Association was held on 28th May 2022 at 15.00 hours in the Kalabrahma Auditorium, Telephone Exchange Building, Kalatalav, Kalyan West, with an Open Session.

Com. R D Pimpalkar, DS MMR-Kalyan Branch in his welcome address briefly narrated about the history of formation of AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle body.

The meeting was attended and addressed by many distinguished guests including Three Great stalwart General Secretaries of Retired employees associations, addressing the CEC by 3 GS was one of the unique and rare attraction, members got their knowledge and information updated by great informative speeches by all stalwarts, prominent personalities who attended among  the huge gathering were:

Shri Hariom Solanki, Hon’ble GMT Kalyan (Chief Guest)

Com Prahlad Rai, General Secretary AIRBSNLEWA CHQ

Com J S Yadav, General Secretary  RTOWA MTNL. Mumbai

Com S L Sonavane, General Secretary BDSCTPWA.

Com M.L. Deore, Asst General Secretary AIRBSNLEWA CHQ

Com. S  Ramamurthy, Chief Patron AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle

Com C. M Saste, Circle President  AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle

Com K P Nair, Circle Vice President AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle

Com. A R Manani, Circle Secretary AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle

Com Virendra Singh, Jt General Secretary  RTOWA MTNL Mumbai

 

Besides the office bearers viz. Com R D Pimpalkarjee, DS, MMR, Com Y E Saindanejee, ACS, Com T S Gajakosh, ACS, Com Ganesh Nikam  AFS  Com D.N Gharde, OS, Com S R Dinkar  DS Pune, Com. M.B.Tongale, DS Jalgaon, Com  P B Mhaske, DP, Jalgaon,  Com  P T Sonavane, VP, MMR, Com  P K Dudhal, FS, Pune, Trade unions leaders Com  Mukesh Wadhwani, District Secretary SNEA Kalyan, Com  K S Baste, District Secretary BSNLEU Kalyan, Com  Ashok Ugale District Secretary NFTE Kalyan, Com  GulshanParyani, District Secretary AIBSNLEA Kalyan were also attended the meeting.

Session started with “Deep Prajawalan” and Ganesh Vandana by distinguished guests, thereafter observing 2 minute silence in the memory of our departed comrades.  All the distinguished guest on the dias were felicitated by presenting  with Flower bouquet and Shawls.   All the leaders of other union/associations and prominent senior comrades and senior officers were also felicitated by presenting the bouquet.

Keeping alive the glorious tradition of Kalyan alive, District secretaries of SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNLEU and NFTE who were prominently present in the meeting had also felicitated GS AIRBSNLEWA Com Prahlad Rai  and CS AIRBSNLEWA Com A R Manani.

In the opening remarks by Circle President Com C.M Saste highlighted about the pending issues of the retired Executives’/non executives of BSNL viz. revision of pension, issued of PPOs at Circle Level, settlement of Long pending Medical Bills, revision of CGHS rates etc.

Com A R Manani CS submitted his detailed report on organizational matters of Circle Branch of AIRBSLEWA along with district-wise membership details.

He in report has elaborated about his efforts in settlement of cases of discrepancies in pension.  He also mentioned about 216 individual cases were resolved amicably by this association mainly related with CCA MH such as:  individuals Pension mismatch, EPPO not generated, corrections in EPPO particulars, Family, Spouse, nomination related issues, correction in Bank account, change of branch, DLC related, Excessive Income tax deducted, delay in Gratuity payment delay in final payment of GPD accumulations, non issue of pension slips, form 16 etc.

He also mentioned about the issues raised with CGM MH circle reg: Quarter retention behind 8 months,  pending medical claims including payment of FMA of Rs 1000 since 2019, claims pending, TA bills, Furnishing allowance, etc pending since 2018.  CS also highlighted about pending vigilance case in MH, which are still not completed even after completion of more than 2 years,  most burning issue of the present pending issue of about 212 MH  retirees belonging to ST category  who had still not received their any of retirement benefits which are held up illegally on the pretext of getting validated their Caste certificate.  He mentioned that after lot of correspondence about 12 letters at CGM and at BSNL CO level where GS had also took his efforts by meeting almost every competent level and highlighting this issue, now  after 28 months long wait, ultimately this issue is on the verge of settlement, but still we are watchful as not a single division still had released payments.  He also mentioned about issue of Identity card for pensioners which still not released by many divisions citing short of funds and short of staff.   He mentioned that during the period Association had written total about 59 letters to CCA MH,CGM MH, GM HR,CGM WTR/WTP, PGM Kalyan, PGM Nashik, GM Jalgaon, A/D CGHS & to GS AIRBSNLEWA.,

CS also briefed about various meeting held  with A/D CGHS for opening of new wellness centre at Nashik, Aurangabad and  either at Kalyan/Dombivali/Panvel.  He appreciated the efforts taken by Com M.L.Deore, for getting the CGHS wellness centre at Nasik, which finally succeeded in last year and CGHS wellness centre has also been opened at Nashik and  now waiting to get it opened at Aurangabad and Thakurli ( in between Kalyan-Dombivali).

One of the most burning issue of today for pensioners is issue of PENSION REVISION: CS requested GS to  elaborate in detail about status of this case and negotiation going on in DoT, BSNL, DPE on this matter, CS also raised issue of increase in Medical reimbursement ceiling for OPD as recently BSNL instead of increasing this ceiling  had reduced it from 15 to 12 days , Exploring the possibility of making tie up with Mediclaim insurance companies for pensioners just like recently BSNL had launched  for its working employees, that may be for all BSNL MRS card holders or even for CGHS card holders. Empanelment of more & more Hospitals under BSNL MRS and CGHS too. Inordinate delay in clearing CGHS Payment  to PVT hospitals , because of which many reputed hospitals are not coming voluntarily for empanelment, beside there is short of supply of essential routine medicines, even quality of some medicines is very poor, expiry day is very near, means may expire within days of supply to the CGHS beneficiaries.

GS BDSCTPWA Com S.L Sonavane addressed the house in his unique style, he expressed satisfaction that association under Shri Prahlad Rai is doing good things for pensioners of all castes, creeds and  has great experience of so many years behind him, he requested GS to look into one recent letter from Ministry of Personnel, public grievances & Pension DoP & Pensioners welfare letter dated 20-05-2022 for granting some facilities and financial support to welfare associations of Pensioners.  He emphasized the need of coming all Associations of Pensioners into a common forum to achieve common interest of revision of pension & pay revision etc.

Com J S Yadav GS RTOWA MTNL Mumbai has informed that Smt. Vibha Govil Mishra has taken over the charge of CCA Maharashtra & Goa who is very positive and transparent approach in attending and settling the grievances of the pensioners and advised to take benefit of her positive approach and settle all the pending issues of pensioners of Maharashtra Circle.  He mentioned that in MTNL they had brought transparency in CCA working and all complaints booked are available on portal with status report.  He expressed his happiness that BSNL & MTNL are fighting unitedly for the common cause of revision of Pension and other related matters. 

Finally eagerness of everybody was over when name of Com.Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA was announced as next speaker, under thundering applauses he started his marathon speech expressing thanks to organizers by organizing such a  grand well attended meeting of pensioners he had rarely seen, he reminded everyone with the timing of formation of BSNL in 2000 and preconditions, he narrated each and every step right from the formation of BSNL days to present BSNL, He assured to take care of all the issues raised by MH comrades through CS report.

GS Comrade Prahlad Rai spoke elaborately regarding the formation of AIRBSNLEWA  association in 2010 and thereafter association’s continuous in perusing & settlement of issues of retired employees of BSNL. With regard to issue of Pension Revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017 he explained that the latest developments are being updated to all our members through website and whatsapp messages.  He reiterated that the DOT has to accept our demands, as the Govt has already clarified that the payment of pension to retired BSNL Employees is the liability of DOT and since DOT has already implemented the 2nd PRC recommendations by revising pension to BSNL pensioners retired between 1-10-2000 to 31-12-2006.

While interacting with the members Com Prahlad Rai clarified that:.

Once case of pension for the pensioners retired upto 31-12-2016 is settled, Govt has to accept the revision of pension for the employees retired on or after 1.1.2017 and on the basis of notional pay (as per 2ndPRC) pension at par with the pensioners retired upto 31.12.2016 ( i.e. 50%of notional pay + fitment benefit  at  par with the pensioners retired upto 31-12-2016) he told as per 7th CPC now  there is  PRC to settle our pension revision case, association along with other likeminded  associations is fighting this case legally at Delhi PBCAT for which we require legal funds.  Hence an appeal was made to all to contribute at least Rs.1000/- as Legal fund to fight the case to its logical end and simultaneously pressurize Govt to agree on delinking of Pension revision of retired employees with  grant of Pay fixation of working employees, there should not be any affordability clause for retired employees as BSNL had already paid the pension contribution on highest of pay scale to the Govt..

Regarding payment of pending medical bills and other TA related bills by BSNL he  assured that, he will strongly pursue the cases of  payments by Ministry of Health to CGHS-Empanelled hospitals, revision of CGHS rates etc, vigorously with the senior officers of  health ministry

Com.  Prahlad Rai praised the efforts of AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle in settlement of cases of pension discrepancies and other related matters. He appealed all the members for increasing the membership and supporting the CHQ by raising funds for legal expenses for the pending court cases. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to MH Circle of AIRBSNLEWA for inviting him and conducting the function in a befitting manner.

Finally Chief guest Hon’ble GMT Kalyan Shri Hariom Solanki, praised the AIRBSNLEWA MH Circle for its efforts in welfare of retired employees of BSNL. He told that he never kept any retired employee or members of Association waiting in front of his office and always ready to meet them at any point of time. He expressed his readiness to solve our pending issues at the earliest. He mentioned how the issues given by association through its CS were resolved immediately, even service book of 6 employees has been brought back from CCA and their pay will be fixed now as per new guidelines. Regarding ID card he told already his AGM Admn applied for advance to get ID cards printed at SSA level in phased manner. He asked help from retired employees to  support BSNL by becoming its channel partner, DSA, franchisee and brand ambassador and to increase its revenue. 

The meeting ended at 1900 hours with vote of thanks by Com. S Rama Murthy followed by singing of National Anthem

 

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21.05.2022 Meeting with Member ((Finance) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade A K Kaushik, Legal Advisor CHQ and Comrade K M Goyal, FS Delhi Circle AIRBSNLEWA met with Shri Dilip Padheyji, Member(Finance ) DoT and requested to Member Finance to kindly give early Clearance to the proposals send by DoT Establishment on pension revision of BSNL pensioners. Member Finance DoT mentioned that the matter is being examined by the DDG Account DoT and today he is on leave otherwise he could have find out the status. He also mentioned that at present they are extremely busy in 5G spectrum allocation business. However he assured that within 8-10 days Finance wing opinion will be given to the Establishment cell of DoT. We further requested to settle long pending pension revision case of BSNL pensioners. Member Finance DoT assured to look into the matter personally.

(b) Payment of pension to BSNL pensioners through SAMPAN software. We extended thanks for bringing all the BSNL pensioners under SAMPAN for pension payments but explained some difficulties in completing KYP demanded by respective CCAs to verify the details. It has become difficult for all the senior Citizens to visit CCA offices to long distances. We explained that since all the required information are available in the PPO book then why this exercise is being done again. Member Finance DoT explained that it  a very good software through which 95000 VRS optees retirement benefits were immediately paid and pension payments were made by next month itself. Now all the pensioners are being brought under this software for pension payments. Regarding difficulties being faced by pensioners in its implementation he will find out the status and will try to ease the system so that pensioners need not to run the CCA offices. He assured an early action in this regard.

21.05.2022 Meeting with Member (Services) DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade A K Kaushik, Legal Advisor CHQ and Comrade K M Goyal, FS Delhi Circle AIRBSNLEWA met with Shri Nizamul Haq , Member(Services) DoT Congratulated and welcomed him on assuming the high office of Member(Services) DoT. We requested to Member Services to kindly settle long pending pension revision case of BSNL pensioners wef 01-01-2017. Member Services assured to look into the matter and advice us to further discuss the matter when he is free. At present he was busy in some meeting with DoT senior officers.
21.05.2022 Meeting with our Senior Advocate on pension revision case:-- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Com A K Kaushik, Legal Advisor CHQ , Comrade K M Goyal, FS AIRBSNLEWA, Delhi Circle, Comrade G L Jogi, GS SNPWA and Comrade Mudgil, AGS RTWOA MTNL Delhi met Shri Rajshekher Rao, Senior Advocate wherein our Advocate on record Ms Gauri Puri was also present in the meeting. We expressed our serious concern regarding non hearing of Pension Revision case in the PBCAT New Delhi for the last two years. Every time case is being listed at the last and due to not hearing being deferred on the next dates. Senior Advocate explained that for the last two years only Virtual hearings were taking place and only 10-12 cases of urgent nature were being heard. Now the physical hearings have started but the cases pending for the year-2012 and thereafter are being heard. Even today we can't expect hearing before October or Nov-2022. After detail discussions our Advocate on record Ms Gauri Puri suggested to file an application for early hearing. On this Senior Advocate opined that even after this hearing it may not take place but effort can be taken up. Now our advocate will file an application for an early hearing. Senior counselor also opined that if the matter is resolved through negotiations will be time saving and best approach. In this direction AIRBSNLEWA CHQ is already making best efforts to get resolved the issue through Political and administrative channel.

20.05.2022 GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding Payment of pending medical Claims/ FMA of Rs 1000 PM against BSNL MRS without Voucher option / LTC/Transfer TA/Furnishing allowance /Messing allowance/Per Diem Allowance to BSNL Pensioners lying pending since 2018.  <<click here for letter>>

14.05.2022  AIRBSNLEWA Faizabad District Secretary Comrade S S Shuklaji Submitted a Memorandum duly signed by GS for pension revision of BSNL pensioners, along with Shri P N Varma DE Retd (who is also our mentor & patron), to Faizabad MP Shri Lalloo Singhji on 14-05-22.  He was kind enough to accept our Memorandum & immediately forwarded the same to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India. We are extremely thankful the Hon'ble MP Faizabad (Ayodhya) for his kind concern and immediate action.

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14.05.2022  Status of IDA Arrears Court Case:  The above captioned matter was listed on 12.05.2022 as item no. 25 in Division Bench -VII comprising HMJ. Najmi Waziri and HMJ Swarana Kanta Sharma at Delhi High Court for arguments.

Due to paucity of time, the matter could not be taken up and was adjourned to 05.07.2022 for arguments.
13.05.2022 AIRBSNLEWA submitted Memorandum to Hon'ble Prime Minister  regarding Pension Revision:-

A delegation of AIRBSNLEWA UP(East) Circle led by Shri D.K. Biswzas District Vice President Varanasi and Shri L.B.Tripathi D S Varanasi on the behalf of Comrade GS and CS Shri Pallab Bose, met Respected Shri Neelkanth Tiwary PRO/MLA UP assembly Varanasi south earlier today on 13-05-2022 at Prime Minister Parliamentary Office Varanasi (Jansampark Karyalay Varanasi). They submitted the memorandum addressed to
Shri Narendra Modi ji Hon"ble Prime Minister of India, address by AIRBSNLEWA GS Shri Prahalad Rai for pension revision. The memorandum was regarding Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners having combined service of DoT & BSNL w.e.f. 01-01-2017.


Hon'ble Shri Neelkanth Tiwary ji PRO/MLA Uttar Pradesh assembly has given a positive response and has assured for affirmative action.

We are thankful to Respected Shri Neelkanth Tiwary ji for his positive response.


 
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13.05.2022 Felicitation of Shri Sandeep Govil, CGMT Rajasthan circle on getting selected as Director (CM) BSNL Board New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Com M L Ostwal, Circle Secretary, Rajasthan Circle and Shri K K Barsar District Secretary, JPTD, AIRBSNLEWA Congratulated and felicitated to Shri Sandeep Govil, CGMT Rajasthan circle on getting selected as Director (CM) BSNL Board New Delhi and requested him to use his good office to help the BSNL pensioners in settling their long pending medical claims and pension revision of BSNL pensioners. Shri Sandeep Govil Ji assured to look into the matter when he gets the opportunity. AIRBSNLEWA gave best wishes for his success as Director CM BSNL Board New Delhi. He appreciated our concern and assured his co-operation.  <<Click for Photo>>

05.05.2022 Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM Budget BSNL CO New Delhi regarding payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and requested for early payment. Sr GM Budget BSNL CO Shri P C Bhatt Ji mentioned that as per the assurances given by CMD BSNL to our Association Rs 65 Crores were released in the month of March-2022 on this account and the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto December- 2019 have been cleared. At present funds collections are not that much, thus immediately funds cannot be released. However efforts will be made to release some funds in the month of August or September-2022.The present liability towards pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners is about Rs 350/- Crores. He appreciated our concern and assured to release some funds in case funds position permits.

05.05.2022 Discussions with Member(Finance) DOT on the issue of Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Member (Finance), DoT regarding Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners and requested for its early settlement. Shri Dilip Padhey Ji, Member Finance DoT informed that recently DoT Establishment cell has sent four proposals in the Finance wing of DoT which are being examined by internal Finance of DoT. He assured that within one or two weeks the proposals will be examined and cleared. He gave a positive assurance in this regard and further assured that he will immediately inform us after its clearance. Comrade GS extended sincere gratitude and thanks to Member (Finance), DoT for his positive attitude and response towards the settlement of this important long pending issue.

20.04.2022Due to unavoidable circumstances, the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of AIRBSNLEWA scheduled to be held virtually on Sunday, the 24.4.2022 from 10.30 hours to 18.00 hours is postponed till further notice  <<click here for notice >>
16.04.2022 Very sad news..........Late Comrade Darbara Singh Ji is the Circle Secretary of our AIRBSNLEWA Haryana Circle and Circle Secretary of AIBSNLEA. We worked to gather more than 12 years.....Comrade Darbara Singh Ji was a dedicated and true leader of our Associations......his contributions in Harryana circle will always be remembered........I have lost a well wisher and committed solder of our Associations...........we convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Late Comrade Darbara Singh Ji on his sad demise........we pray almighty God to rest soul in peace............Om Shanti

16.04.2022 AIRBSNLEWA, Jaipur Rajasthan circle meeting held on 16th April-2022:- AIRBSNLEWA Jaipur, Rajasthan Circle Get together programme was arranged on 16th April 2022 at Jaipur in Vimal Villas, Jaipur. Comrade T R Nanda District President welcomed the guests on dias and esteemed members. Comrade K K Barser, District Secretary in his address apprised the local problems mainly non payment of medical claims of BSNL pensioners by BSNL and pension revision case etc. He assured to increase the members. Comrade M L Ostwal CS Rajasthan Circle in his address explained the status of Organisational activities and assoured to open New branches at all District Headquarters. Comrade D K Kalyan Sr Vice President empress upon increasing organisational activities since the Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA in his address explained the status of the All India level issues e.g. reimbursement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, Problems being faced by BSNL pensioners in CGHS health centres and their settlement through Association. The Court case on pension revision of BSNL pensioners and the efforts through administrative/ ministerial channel for its settlement etc. He advised CS to open branches at all the District Headquarters before AIC. Comrade K G Arora, Circle President assured to to strengthen the organisation in Rajasthan Circle. During interactive session Comrade GS replied all the quarries raised by the members to their satisfaction. Comrade D K Kalyan, Sr Vice President extended Vote of thanks. The meeting was arranged in a Nice manner. Lunch followed.

13.04.2022 Extended CEC Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA UP(East) held at Lucknow on 13th April-2022:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS and Comrade Pallab Bose AGS &CS attended and address the Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA UP East circle at Lucknow on 13th April-2022 organised in Apollo Hospital Auditorium, Lucknow. The CEC Meeting was organised in a grand manner. Comrade Abbash Circle President welcomed all the members and guests on the dias. Comrade GS Prahlad Rai was welcomed and felicitated on the occasion. Comrade Pallab Bose AGS/CS apprised in detail the organisational activities of UP East circle and discussed the problems being faced by the members due to non payment of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, non empanelment of important hospitals of Lucknow under CGHS and revision of pension of BSNL pensioners etc. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA in his address explained the status of the Court cases on pension revision of BSNL pensioners, IDA increase as per 78.2 percentage basis from 1-1-2007 filed by AIRBSNLEWA in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi and Hon'ble High Court Delhi. He apprised that pension revision case in PBCAT New Delhi has been listed for hearing on 19th May-2022 and 78.2 fitment benefit case Writ Petition on 12-5-2022. Since the physical hearings have started, We may expect hearings on these dates. He explained that despite the assurances given by CMD BSNL the required funds have not been released by BSNL CO to clear long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. We will further discuss the matter with CMD BSNL and Director HR BSNL Board New Delhi to settle the long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. He assured to discuss the matter of granting notional increment to the employees who completed one year service on the day of their retirement as the Judgement of Hon'ble High Court in our CWC meeting for taking further legal course of action. He requested to propose for conducting CWC meeting or AIC at Lucknow etc. In the interactive session comrade GS replied all the quarries raised by the members to their satisfaction. He appreciated the functioning of UP East circle and advised to enroll more members. After the interactive session a special session of medical awareness was conducted by the team of Eminent Doctors of Apollo Hospital on Cardiology and Orthopaedic problems. The veteran members of the age of 75-Years were felicitated by the CEC Meeting. The Auditorium and food arrangements were sponsored by the Apolo Hospital, Lucknow. The Auditorium was jam packed. CHQ congratulate the UP Circle for the successful CEC Meeting.    <<<click here for glimpses >>>

23.03.2022 AIRBSNLEWA District Conference of Jodhpur(Rajasthan) Telecom District branch held on 23rd March 2022:- The District Conference of AIRBSNLEWA Jodhpur District branch, Rajasthan circle held on 23rd March 2022. Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA, Comrade A K Tiwari, Organisation Secretary (West) Rajasthan circle attended and addressed the conference as special guests. Comrade M K Meena, District Secretary of Adhoc District body welcome the special guests and apprised the local problems being faced by BSNL pensioners e.g. TA/DA payment on retirement to home town are pending, CGHS dispensary is situated at first floor thus Senior Citizens are finding difficulty in climbing stairs and opening of two more dispensary in Jodhpur town etc. Com Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA apprised the status of All India issues mainly the Court cases on pension revision, DA arrear court case, payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure etc. Comrade GS requested to open the branches at all the District Head Quarters. He also replied the queries of Members. Comrade A K Tiwari OS West requested to regularise the District Adhoc body and accordingly the District Body was regularised. OS West also told that Dist rict body at Bikaner and Pali Marwar Districts will be opened shortly. Comrade Kishore Dadhich extended Vote of thanks.
23.03.2022  CWC MEETING:- Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the All India Retired Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Executives’ Welfare Association (AIRBSNLEWA) is scheduled to be held virtually on Sunday, the 24th April, 2022 from 10.30 hours to 18.00 hours. 

All the CHQ Office Bearers, Advisors, Circle Secretaries,  Circle Presidents & CWC members are requested to attend the meeting

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23.03.2022  AIRBSNLEWA District Conference of Jodhpur(Rajasthan) Telecom District branch held on 23rd March2022:- The District Conference of AIRBSNLEWA Jodhpur District branch, Rajasthan circle held on 23rd April-2022.Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA ,Comrade A K Tiwari, Organisation Secretary (West) Rajasthan circle attended and address the conference as special guests. Comrade M K Meena, Disrict Secretary of Adohc Disrict body welcome the special guests and apprised the local problems being faced by BSNL pensioners e.g. TA/DA payment on retirement to home town are pending, CGHS dispensary is situated at first floor thus Senior Citizens are finding difficulty in climbing stairs and opening of two more dispensary in Jodhpur town etc. Com Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA apprised the status of All India issues mainly the Court cases on pension revision, DA arrear court case , payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure etc. Comrade GS requested to open the branches at all the District Head quarters. He also replied the queries of Members. Comrade A K Tiwari OS West requested to regularise the District Adhoc body and accordingly the District Body was regularised. OS West also told that District body at Bikaner and Pali Marwar Districts will be opened shortly. Comrade Kishore Dadhich extended Vote of thanks.   <<< click for photo >>>
12.03.2022  OPEN SESSION OF 7TH AIC OF AIBSNLEA:-

Com. Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBENLEWA addressed the Open Session of AIBSNLEA on 12th March 2022 at RGM TTC, Chennai on the eve of its 7th AIC. Shri Shanmugham, Hon. MP was the Chief Guest.

As Chairman of AIBSNLEA, he welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and other prominent Trade union leader for the Open Session. As GS AIRBSNLEWA, he has expressed his gratitude to GS & President of AIBSNLEA for inviting him as GS AIRBSNLEWA for the open session of the 7th AIC of AIBSNLEA and giving him an opportunity to address the gathering.

He has explained how the BSNL was killed by the management in a calculated way slowly slowly put in losses. He mentioned that the present financial condition of the BSNL is not due to any lapse on the part of its employees, but is due to the wrong policies of the Govt. of India and the failure on the part of the BSNL management.

In the year of 2004-05 BSNL had made a profit of more than 10000 crores and the strength of the employees were more than 3 to 3.25 lakhs. Slowly the profit was reduced and in the year of 2008-09 it came to 400 crores and subsequently it started making losses. BSNL was being paid ADC charges of 4000 to 5000 crores as compensation towards the service rendered in the rural areas on reduced rental. But, later, on the basis of the recommendation of the TRAI, Govt. of India stopped paying the ADC charges and BSNL was forced to continue to serve the rural areas with reduced rental.

It is evident from the fact that after introduction of revival package and VRS of about 78600 employees, the financial position has not been improved which clearly indicates that the employees are not responsible for the loss of BSNL. Even now, the salaries are not paid in time to the remaining employees. Only VRS has been implemented and other assurances of revival package like 4G, Land monetization, etc has not been given inspite of the lapse of 2 and half years after announcing the revival package. He has also detailed about the land and properties arbitrarily taken over by the DoT from the BSNL. He also mentioned that at the time of formation of BSNL, assets and liabilities were given and only assets are being taken over by the DoT and liabilities are left to the BSNL and its employees.

As per the recommendation the pay of BSNL employees are to be revised, whereas on the pretext of loss, the pay revision and arbitrarily stopped by the Govt. and the pension revision of the retired pensioners are also held up.

He mentioned that AIRBSNLEWA is fighting the pension revision in the court of law against the pension revision, as 5 years had already been passed from the date of last pension revision. The pension revision was due as on 1.1.2017 on completion of 10 years and the same has not been done by linking the pension revision of the retired pensioners with the pay revision of the working employees.

He also mentioned about the recent meeting he had with Secretary Telecom, wherein he has submitted a memorandum citing the detailed report with full justification for the pension revision and the indifferent attitude of DoT Officers dealing with the cases. He also mentioned that the BSNL pensioners are drawing the pension from the consolidated fund of Govt. of India and the pension contribution of these pensioners have already been paid on the maximum of the scale as against the minimum of the scale, as per the provision of Rule 37-A of pension Rules 1972.


He mentioned that the pension revision of BSNL pensioners and the pay revision of the BSNL employees have no relation whatsoever in so far as the combined service of BSNL pensioners are concerned, since these pensioners have no role in the financial status of the BSNL, since they do not and cannot contribute to the financial growth of BSNL. He mentioned that it is a conspiracy against the BSNL employees those who have retired and those who are retiring by the DoT officers.

He also mentioned that the employees of BSNL are at the execution level and the policy decisions are being taken by the ITS officers arbitrarily occupied the posts in the BSNL without owning any responsibility of the organization. But, these ITS officers working on deputation in BSNL are enjoying all the benefits of 7th CPC.

He also stated that after the pension revision, the minimum pension of a Group D employees retired from Govt. service is Rs.9000/-, whereas, the minimum pension of a Group D employee retired from BSNL is Rs.3500/-, due to non-implementation of pension revision of BSNL pensioners.

He also mentioned about an another long pending issue of BSNL pensioners where, as per the order of DPE regarding 78.2% IDA fitment benefits is due to BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2007. but, it has been paid to the BSNL pensioners from June 2013 onwards only.

He also pointed out that BSNL pensioners are getting notice under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961 from Income Tax department having combined service in DoT and BSNL for the leave encashment payment received by the against the leave earned during their service in DoT period.

He also mentioned that E1A and E2A pay scale has been arbitrarily downgraded in BSNL to E1 and E2, whereas in MTNL equivalent cadre employees are getting E2 and E3. He also mentioned that 30% superannuation benefits should be given to the Director Recruit JTOs and JAOs of BSNL, whereas as per the 2nd PRC recommendation, it is not available. He also mentioned that after 2nd PRC 2007 and 2010 batch parallel recruited JAOs pay scale is 10000 less than that of the others. This was not settled intentionally which shows the attitude of the BSNL management. Now, there is no promotions happening and our executives are being de-motivated in all levels by the BSNL management.

He also mentioned that agreement is being signed by the unions and associations with BSNL management and pensioners have not signed any agreement and why the pensioners should suffer. The medical bills of BSNL pensioners are pending for more than 3 years for re-imbursement. CGHS are not available in all the cities.

He appealed the serving unions and associations to extend their support and help in resolving the heart burning issues of BSNL pensioners who are all senior citizens. He also mentioned that we pensioners have worked together with all of you and requested to understand the problems and difficulties faced by the pensioners and support to resolve the same.

He extended all sorts of support to the associations and unions for any call given for the viability of BSNL and assured their personal presence at any given time.

He thanked one and all for patient hearing and wished the AIC of AIBSNLEA become a great success.

08.03.2022  Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA with Secretary( Telecom ):- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singh Ji,  President CHQ and Comrade  A J Ram, CS Delhi Circle met Secretary DoT and while submitting the Memorandum discussed the following;-

Pension revision of BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2017. While welcoming the Secretary Telecom, we discussed the memorandum in detail mainly the pension revision of BSNL pensioners with effect from 1.1.2017. we explained that before 1.10.2000, we were DoT employees and after formation of BSNL w.e.f. 1.10.2000, we exercised our option for absorption in BSNL with the assurance of Govt. of India for the Government pension after incorporating the 37-A in the CCS Pension Rules 1972. Accordingly BSNL pensioners are drawing pension from DoT/ consolidated fund of Govt. of India. Earlier, the Pension revision of BSNL pensioners was done wef 01-01-2007 and was further due for revision w.e.f. 1.1.2017 after 10 years. Whereas the counterpart pensioners of DoT, are getting revised pension as per 7th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2016 after 10 years from 1.1.2006. But for BSNL pensioners, the pension has not been revised even after 15 years on the pretext of non-revision of Pay of the working employees of BSNL due to its continuous loss making.

We further explained to Secretary Telecom that we BSNL pensioners are not playing any role in the profit and loss of BSNL.  Our pension contribution has already been paid to the DoT on the maximum of pay scale during our services, as per Rule 37-A CCS Pension Rule 1972 provisions.  Thus, the linking of Pension revision of retired persons with the pay revision of working employees is not at all justified.   It is experienced that some DoT officers dealing with the pension revision issue are quite indifferent with the absorbed employees of BSNL and with their over jealous attitude, they are linking pension revision with pay revision to avoid the revision and settle their score with the absorbed employees of BSNL.  Whereas these DoT officers are serving in BSNL /MTNL on deputation and are enjoying the pay revision with all other benefits of 7th CPC at par with their counter parts in the DoT and they are also enjoying revised pension  after their retirement from BSNL as per 7th CPC.  We further explained that a group ‘D’ employees of BSNL is drawing Rs.3500/- per month pension after their retirement from BSNL, whereas a group ‘D’ retired from  DoT  is drawing Rs.9000/- per month pension.  But this fact has never been appreciated by the establishment section of DoT.   We also explained that 9 recommendations of the 7th CPC has already been implemented for the BSNL pensioners by the DoT, except the Pension revision of BSNL pensioners on flimsy ground.

We also discussed about payment of arrears of 78.2% IDA fitment benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 instead of June 2013 as per DPE order to BSNL Pensioners &  also regarding the notices  under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961  being received by many BSNL pensioners from Income Tax department having combined service in DoT and BSNL for payment of income tax for the leave encashment received for the service rendered in DoT.

The Secretary Telecom patiently heard our submissions and after some discussions on the above issues assured that he will get it examined shortly.

We extended our sincere gratitude and thanks to the Secretary Telecom for giving us a patient hearing for more than half an hour and his kind consideration and  for the assurance for examining issues raised by us.

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08.03.2022 AIRBSNLEWA meeting with Member (Finance) DoT :- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singh Ji, President CHQ and Comrade A J Ram, CS Delhi Circle met with Member Finance DoT and discussed the Memorandum submitted to the Secretary DoT. We apprised him in detail our discussions with Secretary Telecom and his concern to understand the matter mainly regarding the pension revision of BSNL pensioners wef 01-01-2017.

We also discussed about payment of arrears of 78.2% IDA fitment benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 instead of June 2013 as per DPE order to BSNL Pensioners and  also regarding the notices  under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961  being received by many BSNL pensioners from Income Tax department having combined service in DoT and BSNL for payment of income tax for the leave encashment received for the service rendered in DoT.


The Member Finance DoT patiently heard our submissions and after some discussions on the above issues assured that he is aware of the issues and will certainly discuss at the appropriate level and time.
We extended our sincere thanks to the Member Finance DoT for giving us a patient hearing and positive response .

26.02.2022Meeting with Secretary (Telecom) is rescheduled:- PPS to Secretary (T) today informed that due Maha Shivaratri holiday on 1st March-2022 the meeting is rescheduled on 3rd March-2022 at 4.30 PM

25.02.2022Meeting with our Advocate Ms Gauri Puri at New Delhi on 22nd February-2022:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met and discussed with Ms Gauri Puri our Advocate at New Delhi on 22nd February 2022.(a) Regarding Pension Revision case we requested to our Advocate for making efforts for early listing of the case. Advocate explained that I virtual hearings only 7-8 cases are being heard in a day and listing of the case is being done in the Registrar Office where no body can influence. Now the physical hearings are expected shortly then only we may expect our case hearing. (b) Regarding DA arrear court case in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi the rejoinder has been filed by DoT. Now the case has been posted for hearing on 28-02-2022 (c) Income tax department notices for TDS deduction on Leave Encashment amount of DoT period was discussed and after detailed discussions our Advocate suggested that the individuals should first try through administrative channel thereafter they may go for appeal in the Income tax Tribunal locally. Even after the matter is not resolved then Association may file Writ Petition in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi seeking All India relief.

24.02.2022Meeting with Member Finance DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met Member Finance DoT and discussed regarding Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. Member Finance DoT mentioned that matter is under consideration to DoT but final view is yet to be taken.

24.02.2022Meeting with  DDG Esst DoT, DDG Pers and DDG PM DoT :- Discussed regarding Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners wherein DDG Esst. DoT continue to mention that Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners can't take place without the pay revision of BSNL employees. In case the pension revision of BSNL pensioners is considered without the pay revision then an anamoly will be created to the post retiring employees after 01-01-2017.We further mentioned that as per the 7th CPC pension revision formula our Pension Revision may be considered notionally wef 01-01-2017 and actual on the last pay drawn which will avoid anomaly and BSNL need not pay the arrears. DDG Esst DoT after detailed discussions assured to look into the matter . Our suggestion was appreciated by other senior officers of DoT. However, AIRBSNLEWA will discuss the matter with Secretary Telecom and Hon'ble MOC shortly. Regarding BSNLs viability it was confirmed by DoT officers that Govt is considering to give a financial package of amounting more than one lac Carores for its revival.
24.02.2022Meeting with PGM Pers BSNL CO;- we requested PGM Pers BSNL CO for true implementation of the Hon'ble Supreme court judgement on Rule206. PGM Pers further mentioned that court judgement on Rule206 has been implemented and review DPCs have been conducted. However, he mentioned that existing Ers of SDEs are going to be revised wherein JTO to SDE promotion will be there after 12 years on functional basis not depending on availability of SDE posts.
21.02.2022Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners pending for the last two years. We requested CMD BSNL for the clearance of all the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners before 31-03-2022 as assured by him to our Association also extended thanks to him for releasing Rs 50 Crores to clear pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners in the month of December-2021 as assured by him to our Association. CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and mentioned that in December-2021 he has released Rs 50 Crores on this account and will further try to release some funds in the month of March-2022 in case the sufficient funds are collected.

(b) Reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure:- We extended sincere thanks to CMD BSNL for releasing orders to clear all the claims of reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure within one month time for those BSNL pensioners who have opted for CGHS facility by 31-03-2022.

21.02.2022Meeting with Sr GM Budget BSNL CO :- Regarding Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- We requested Sr GM Budget BSNL CO regarding Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners by 31-03-2022 as assured by CMD BSNL. Sr GM Budget BSNL CO mentioned that Rs 50 Crores were released in the month of December-2021 on this account and will further release some funds in the month of March- 2022 depending on the revenue collections. We extended thanks to him for his positive response.
21.02.2022Meeting with GM Admn BSNL CO ND :- Regarding reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure. G.M Admn mentioned that there were several Complaints for delay in reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure in some Circles. In view of this CMD has directed to issue the order for reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure within one month time thus now BSNL pensioners should switch over to CGHS immediately since BSNL is finding difficulty in releasing funds.

 21.02.2022Meeting with Sr GM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi:- Com. Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM Esst. BSNL CO New Delhi regarding Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. Sr GM ESST. BSNL CO informed that DoT has conducted some internal meetings on this issue for its resolution and try to evolve some formula on this account but matter can be resolved only with the willingness of senior level administration.

15.02.2022GS writes to MoC & IT requesting for granting of meeting to AIRBSNLWEA.  <<click for letter >>
15.02.2022GS writes to Director CGHS regarding Non-implementation of Clarifications regarding investigations at Empanelled Diagnostic Centres in respect of CGHS beneficiaries aged 75 years and above by Fortis Hospital, Jaipur.  <click for letter>
14.02.2022GS writes to Secretary DoT, Govt. of India, New Delhi requesting for granting appointment  to discuss the pension revision of BSNL retirees.  <<click for letter>>
14.02.2022GS writes to Director CGHS regarding Suggestions for simplification of procedure for treatment in CGHS Empanelled Hospitals/HCO after referral by CGHS WC.  <<Click for letter>>
14.02.2022GS writes to Director CGHS regarding Opening of new CGHS WC in Mansarovar area of Jaipur City (Rajasthan)  <<Click for letter>>

14.02.2022Reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with GM Admn BSNL CO ND regarding reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure on early basis:-GM Admn BSNL CO ND informed that matter has been discussed with CMD BSNL and he has directed to issue an order that BSNL pensioners may apply for CGHS facility by 31-03-2022 and their parents will be reimbursed within one month time. The necessary order in this regard will be issued today itself. Thus BSNL pensioners should switch over to CGHS immediately and their reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners is ensured within one month time. Earlier also CMD BSNL assured that CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure will be cleared on priority and he fulfilled his commitment.

20.01.2022GS writes to Shri Narendra Modiji, Hon. Prime Minister of India, New Delhi regarding revision of pension of BSNL Retirees as per the provision of CCS Pension Rules 2021. <<click here for copy of letter>>

17.01.2022GS writes to Secretary DoT, New Delhi regarding revision of pension of BSNL Retirees as per the provision of CCS Pension Rules 2021.  <<<click here for letter  >>>

17.12.2021Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with CMD BSNL regarding

(a) Settlement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- We expressed our serious concern  against the non payment of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners for the last three  years.CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and assured that in this Financial year all the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners will be cleared. He also mentioned that the problem is genuine but due to shortage of funds the medical claims of BSNL pensioners couldn't be cleared.

(b) Pension Revision of BSNL pensioners:- We requested CMD BSNL to use his good office in the Settlement of pension revision of BSNL pensioners by explaining to Secretary DoT and Hon'ble MOC. CMD BSNL mentioned that matter is under consideration in DoT but we people should also convince the DoT administration and Hon'ble MOC.  

Meeting with Sr GM Budget BSNL CO:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr. GM Budget BSNL CO regarding Payment of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. We expressed our concern against the non payment of medical claims of BSNL pensioners for the last three  years where as the medical claims of BSNL employees are being paid regularly. Sr. GM Budget confirmed  and mentioned that about Rs 200/- Crores liability is there in this regard and at present the funds collection condition is  not good but in the month of March-2022 revenue collection will be more and funds will be allotted on this account thus all the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners will be cleared.              

Meeting with Sr. GM Estt. BSNL CO New Delhi:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr. GM Estt. BSNL CO regarding

(1) Notional increment benefit to the employees who retired on superannuation on 31st May as per the Judgement of Hon'ble Supreme court. Sr. GM Estt. BSNL CO further mentioned that DoP&T  has already clarified that the  Hon'ble Supreme court judgement is applicable only for the individual and can't be generalized. Against this DoP&T order many employees have further filed the SLP in the Hon'ble Supreme court and after the outcome of the court case it may be generalized.

(2) Pay fixation to officiating JTOs under FR 22(1) a (i) in all the Circles:- We requested Sr. GM Esst. BSNL CO for issuing a general order for the implementation of FR 22 (1) a(i) in the Circles. Sr. GM Esst. BSNL CO mentioned that some Offg. JTOs of Kerala circle has filed SLP in the Hon'ble Supreme court on this issue and after the out of the Judgement of Hon'ble Supreme court the decision will be taken in this regard. Regarding recovery of offg JTOs due to BSNL CO pay fixation order,  Sr. GM Estt. BSNL mentioned that Head of the Circle are empowered to wave of the recovery of circle cadres. The matter may be taken up with the concern CGMs.                    

Meeting with Member Finance DoT:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA along with Comrade Kishan Singh Ji, President and Comrade A K Jain FS met Member Finance DoT and Felicitated him assuming   the high office of Member Finance DoT.

(1) We requested him to help the BSNL pensioners for their pension revision case. We explained the justification for the pension revision of BSNL pensioners by delinking from pay revision of BSNL employees. Member Finance DoT after some discussions assoured that he will discuss the matter with Member  Services DoT for the settlement of this issue.

(2)   Portability of  PPO from one Circle to another Circle after change of station on retirement.  We requested Member Finance DoT to consider the request for allowing portability of PPO from one Circle to another Circle on change of station on retirement. Member Finance DoT mentioned that matter is under consideration and one time option will be given to such pensioners. This decision may take two or three months  time.                             

Meeting with DDG Esst. DoT:-  Comrade GS, President and FS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ met DDG Estt.  DoT and discussed regarding Pension Revision  of BSNL pensioners:- We explained to DDG Estt. DoT the justification of pension revision of BSNL pensioners by delinking from pay revision of BSNL employees. DDG Estt. DoT mentioned regarding anomaly in the  pension of post retiring employees after 1-1-2017 in case it is implemented without the pay revision of BSNL employees. We explained that we have already provided the formula to avoid pension anomaly. DDG Estt. DoT advised us to further submit the proposal. We will further provide the proposal.                               

Meeting with DDG PM DoT:- Comrade GS,  President and FS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ met DDG PM DoT and discussed regarding Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners:- DDG PM informed that matter is under consideration to Secretary DoT. Already one meeting in this regard has taken place and further meeting will be held shortly to discuss the matter for its solution.

16.12.2021Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Director HR BSNL Board  regarding

(1) Settlement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- We expressed our concern against the non payment of long pending  medical claims of BSNL pensioners and requested for early payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. Director HR advised to discuss the matter with CMD BSNL.

(2) Pension Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners:- We requested Director HR for using his good office in the Settlement of pension revision of BSNL pensioners in DoT. Director HR informed that DoT administration is discussing the matter and trying to evolve the method for pension revision. The pension revision from IDA to CDA pay scale is being discussed in DoT wef 1-1-2016 .                     

Meeting with PGM Pers. BSNL CO:- Implementation of Rule 206 as per the Hon'ble Supreme court judgement for SDEs seniority:-We requested to PGM Pers for the correct implementation of Rule 206 as per the Judgement of Hon'ble Supreme court for SDEs seniority. PGM Pers. BSNL CO mentioned that BSNL CO has contacted review DPCs and re-casted the  SDEs seniority .We explained that re-casted SDE seniority is not in the true sprite of Hon'ble Supreme court judgement.

14.12.2021GS writes to CMD regarding Non-payment/delay in payment of retirement benefits on account of delay in verification of caste certificate in respect of retiring employee.  <<Click here for letter>>
09.12.2021Status of Our OAs on Pension Revision ( Combined Services ) issue pending in PB CAT, Delhi :-


OAs were listed for Final Hearing at Sl. No. 33 & 34 but could not reach upto Hearing stage. Our OAs could not be taken up to start Hearing due to paucity of time and adjourned to 08/02/2022.

23.11.2021G.S. writes to Sr. GM (Esttt), regarding Pay fixation case of Officiating JTOs under FR 22 (1) a (i)- Regarding  <<click here for letter >>
20.11.2021G.S. writes to Director(HR) BSNL CO regarding submission of life certificate by pensioners for land line services.  <<<click here for copy of letter>>>
18.11.2021G.S. writes to Director CGHS regarding Cashless treatment to CGHS beneficiaries by CGHS empanelled hospitals   <<click here for copy of letter>>
14.11.2021G.S. writes to Member (Finance) DoT, New Delhi regarding provision of facility in SAMPAN for transfer of pension from one circle(state) to another circle(state) <<click here for letter>>
13.11.2021G.S. writes to Chairman CBDT, New Delhi regarding Income Tax exemption on Leave encashment w.r.t. notice under section to 154 to BSNL Pensioners.   << click here for letter>>
10.11.2021G.S. writes to CMD BSNL regarding Payment of Medical Bills of Pensioners  <<click here for letter>>
09.11.2021G.S. writes to Secretary DoT, regarding Pension Revision of BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 01-01-2017. <<click here for letter>>
06.10.20212nd Disrict Conference of AIRBSNLEWA Jaipur, Rajasthan:- 2nd District Conference of AIRBSNLEWA Jaipur, Rajasthan Circle held at Federation Hall, PGMTD campus Jaipur on 6th October- 2021.Shri Sanjay Kumarji PGMTD Jaipur attended as Chief Guest, Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA Comrade S S Rawat, Organising Secretary (North), Comrade M L Ostwal CS AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle, Comrade K G Arora, Circle President attended and address the conference as special guests. Comrade T R Nanda, District President presided over the conference, Comrade D K Kalyan in his Key Note address while welcoming discussed the burning issues of BSNL pensioners. Comrade GS Prahlad Rai in his address explained the states of BSNL pensioners issues e.g. reimbursement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, Court cases in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi and PBCAT New Delhi on 78.2 ./. fitment benefit wef 01-01-2007, Pension Revision case, undue deduction of IT on Leave encashment of DoT period, insurance health scheme for BSNL pensioners etc.New District Body was elected Unanimously. Comrade T R Nanda, Comrade D K Kalyan, Comrade K K Berser and Comrade Gandi Lal were elected as District President, Sr Vice President, District Secretary and Financial Secretary respectively . Comrade T R Nanda District President extended Vote of thanks. A good number of members attended and made the conference memorable.

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08.09.2021Meeting with Sr GM Estt BSNL CO New Delhi:-

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Com A G Ramji CS Delhi Circle and Comrade Mishraji CP Gujarat circle met with Sr GM Estt BSNL CO New Delhi and discussed regarding

(a) FR 22 (1) a (i) pay fixation to officiating JTOs and recovery:-

We expressed our concern against the recovery being made by Gujarat circle of Officiating JTOs against the FR 22(1) a(i) pay fixation on their regular promotion. Sr GM Estt after some discussions mentioned that no instructions have been issued from BSNL CO New Delhi for any recovery. However such case can be taken up in BSNL CO for clarification. We advise our CP Gujarat circle for sending a letter by enumerating the facts.

(b) Notional increment benefit to the employees who retired on superannuation on 31st July on completion of 365 days service.

Sr GM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi informed that DoP&T has already clarified that no benefit of one increment will be granted in such cases. The court judgement on this issue has been implemented for an individual case but not generalise. Thus the matter can be taken up with DoP&T for clarification .

08.09.2021Meeting with CGM NTR ND:-

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Comrade AJ Ram CS DELHI CIRCLE met with CGM NTR ND and requested to clear the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners by creating liability .CGM NTR mentioned that due to non receipt of funds from BSNL CO the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners couldn't be cleared. He assured to ensure immediate creation of liability for pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners.

08.09.2021Meeting with GM Admn BSNL CO ND:-

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Com A G Ramji CS Delhi Circle and Comrade Mishraji CP Gujarat circle and discussed with GM Admn. BSNL CO ND regarding issuing instructions to clear the medical claims of BSNL pensioners during the first Covid-19 pandemic situation like the instructions issued during 2nd wave of Covid-19 pandemic situation.... GM Admn BSNL CO ND

10.08.2021BRIEF OF MEETING OF CHQ OBs, CSs OF AIRBSNLEWA HELD ON 8.8.2021:-
A meeting of the CHQ Office Bearers and Circle Secretaries of AIRBSNLEWA was held through Google Meet on Sunday, 8.8.2021 at 19.00 hours to discuss about various matters related to the Pensioners and the organization activities. Over all 39 participants attended the meeting.Comrade Kishan Singhji, President in his welcome address explained the status of our pending issues and the efforts taken by the association for their settlement. He requested all the members to discuss the issues and organisational matters in brief due to shortage of time and coprate.
G.S. Com. Prahlad Rai briefed the grievances of the pensioners like Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners, reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure by BSNL, health insurance scheme for BSNL pensioners, Reimbursement of BSNL pensioners residential telephone bills of Delhi and Mumbai area, Rejoinder submitted by BSNL on pension revision case in the PBCAT New Delhi for delition of their name, Status of pension revision of BSNL pensioners court case in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi , Court case on 78.2 -/. IDA pension arear payment wef 1-1-2007 instead of 1-6-12013 in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi and regarding other court cases and its present status, IDA restoration, etc. He categorically mentioned that the decision on the court cases are expected only after resuming the physical hearing and the delay in the final outcome of the court cases are only due to the absence of physical hearing and due to pandemic only online hearings of the cases are taken place. The final decisions are delivered by the judiciary only in the cases of urgent nature and the service matters are not treated as urgent. He also mentioned that there is no lapse in pursuing the court cases from the Association Side.
GS also mentioned that there are already instructions from BSNL CO for creating liability of the pending payments of the medical bills by the SSAs / Circles. He has requested all the Circle Secretaries to taken up the matter with the respective circles with the said order copy and he assured that once the liability is created against the pending bills, the payment of such bills are rest assured, even if it gets delayed also.
All the Circle Secretaries had briefed about the organizational matters in their respective circles, status of the remittance of legal funds, pending issues with a request to pursue the same at CHQ level. GS assured to pursue all the issues raised by the Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office Bearers.
Participants has requested the GS to further pursue the matters of pending payment of TA bills of the VRS 2019 optees, enhancement of concession on the FTTH connections to the retirees, Health insurance to all the retirees, Non issuance of Form-16 by the BSNL as well as DoT for the Pensions as well as for the ex-gratia payment, displaying the pending medical and telephone bills in the portal by the Circles / SSA to avoid corruption in clearing the pending medical / telephone bills of the retirees by favoritism, final issue of PPO in the cases of Provisional pension cases, issue of Caste verification of ST candidates of VRS optees and settlement of their pension, payment of interest for the delayed GPF payments, Pay fixation case of Officiating JTOs who has taken VRS, notional increment case,

Various difficulties faced by the CGHS card holders in the day to day activities while taking treatment from CGHS like repeated visits to CGHS for references and signatures at multiple times were also brought to the notice of the GS and requested to take up with the Director of CGHS, New Delhi,
Com. Prahlad Rai requested all the participants to concentrate on forming the circle and branches at District level, wherever it does not exist and strengthen the organization by increasing the membership. He also requested all to concentrate on collection of legal fund and its timely remittance to ensure that the payments to the advocates are not delayed for want of fund to ensure smooth pursuance of the multiple court cases and for its final outcome in our favour.
Com. Bagchi, veteran leader of MTNL Retired Association and our Chief Pateron also attended the meeting as a special guest and addressed the meeting. He has appreciated the G.S. Com. Prahlad Rai in keeping the enthusiasm and team spirit continuing after retirement also and expressed his happiness to see all the old friends and leaders.
It was also decided to hold such meetings with an interval of 2 months till the pandemic is ended and physical CWC is held by the CHQ.
The meeting concluded at 21.15 hours with vote of thanks by Com. K. P. Nair.

Prahlad Rai
GS AIRBSNLEWA CHQ.
06.08.2021Meeting with CMD BSNL: -Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Comrade A G Ram CS AIRBSNLEWA Delhi Circle discussed with CMD BSNL regarding:-

 (a) Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:- we expressed our serious concern against the non payment of medical claims of BSNL pensioners for the last two years and requested to release funds to settle the long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners .As the medical claims of BSNL employees are being cleared regularly. CMD mentioned that about 70 Carores were released on this account.We clarified that this amount was paid to clear the dues of empenalled hospitals and the pending online medical claims of BSNL pensioners retired on VRS 2019 scheme but the other offline payment of pensioners are still pending. CMD appreciated our concern and assured to look into the matter to release some funds on this account.

(b) Medical health insurance scheme for BSNL pensioners also;- We requested CMD BSNL to consider the medical health scheme for BSNL pensioners also. CMD mentioned that the premium for BSNL pensioners will be high and how the premium will be paid.we clarified that scheme will be optional and optees will make the payment through online. After some discussions CMD assured that he will direct BSNL CO concern officers team to negotiate with the insurance company and finalise a medical insurance scheme for BSNL pensioners also. (c) Reimbursement of BSNL pensioners residential telephone bills of Delhi and Mumbai area;- we requested to direct the concern officers of BSNL to settle the pending telephone bills of Delhi and Mumbai area. CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter. (d)Rejoinder submitted by BSNL and on pension revision case in the PBCAT New Delhi:- We requested CMD BSNL to kindly clarify the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi that pension contributions of BSNL employees has been paid on the maximum of the pay scale.Now DoT has to revise the pension. CMD was non committal on this issue.

06.08.2021Meeting with Director (HR) BSNL Board- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA along with Com A.G. Ram, CS AIRBSNLEA  Delhi Circle met Director (HR) BSNL Board New Delhi and discussed regarding 


(a) Non- Payment of Medical claims of BSNL Pensioners:- We expressed our serious  concern against the non-payment  of long pending medical claims of BSNL Pensioners whereas the BSNL serving employees medical claims are being cleared regularly.  Director (HR) appreciated our concern and during discussions we mentioned that even the Income Tax  is being deducted against the non- paid medical claims and shown as income in the Form 26 AS. Director (HR) mentioned that  he will discuss the matter with the concern officers  in BSNL C.O. and will ensure that the medical claims are uploaded online by BSNL Pensioners like BSNL employees and their medical claims are paid online regularly along with the BSNL employees medical claims. He assured that he will discuss the matter with Director (F) to clear the pending medical claims by releasing funds on this accounts.

 

(b) Health Insurance policy for BSNL Pensioner: - We appreciated the decision of BSNL Management for a bringing Health Insurance policy for BSNL employees and requested to bring the similar policy for the BSNL Pensioners also. Director (HR) appreciated our concern and explained some difficulties in bringing this policy for BSNL Pensioners due to payment   of Premium amount and its mechanism etc. we clarified that decided premium will be paid to BSNL by the pensioners who opt this policy and BSNL will remit to Insurance Company. This policy will be optional only. Director (HR) assured that a Committee will be formed to negotiate with the Insurance Company and to have discussions with BSNL Pensioners Associations. This actions will be taken shortly. We extended our sincere thanks for his kind consideration.

 

 

06.08.2021 Meeting with our Advocate to discuss the court Cases - Comrade Prahlad Rai  GS AIRBSNLEWA along with Com G.L. Jogi GS SNPWA, Com Sebastin  GS SNEA, Com M.K. Bagchi, President RTWOA (MTNL) Com. S.S. Nanda  GS RTOWA (MTNL) and Com A.K. Kaushik our legal advisor met with  Mr. Rajshekhar Rao and Ms. Gauri Puri our counselors to discuss  the pension revision Court case and other pending court cases- They apprised that pension revision Case for BSNL is coming on hearing on 9th August 2021 wherein BSNL’s rejoinder to detach may be decide and it will be linked  with MTNL case to be heard jointly on 22nd October 2021. Mr. Rajshekhar Rao mentioned that due to Covid -19 , Pandemic  situation the virtual hearings  are taking place and these cases may be properly heard in the  physical hearings only.

 

Rule- 206 Contempt Case:-    our Advocate apprised that against the mis- interpretation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgement on Rules 206 contempt case has been filled in the Hon’ble Supreme Court where in the notices have been issued but the urgent cases are only being heard at present . However, effects are being made for early hearing on contempt petition.

 

78.2% IDA fitment Benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 instead of 1.6.2013 to BSNL Pensioners: - The writ petition filed by AIRBSNLEWA in the Hon’ble High Court Delhi against the Hon’ble PB CAT ND Judgement   is being heard on 10th August 2021 and may be further posted for next date.

 

06.08.2021Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO New Delhi - Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA  met with  PGM (Pers.) and discussed regarding  wrong implementation Rule -206  Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgement for SDEs  seniority  by BSNL C.O. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that BSNL C.O. has released two review DPC lists and 3rd is being issued shortly. We mentioned that against these review DPCs only contempt case has been filed in the Hon’ble Supreme Court but due to Covid -19 situation it is not being heard. He didn’t comment over it.

06.08.2021Meeting with GM (SR) and GM (Admin) BSNL CO New Delhi - Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA met on courtesy call to the New GM (SR) and GM (Admin) and discussed the pending issues of BSNL Pensioners i.e. non-settlement of long pending medical claims, revalidation of BSNL MRS Card and extension of its date, introduction Health insurance policy for BSNL Pensioners etc.  They assured to look into the pending matters.

 

22.07.2021Status of our pension revision court case filed in PB CAT, New Delhi :-
MTNL already filed an Application in PB CAT,praying for removing MTNL from the list of Respondents on the same line as BSNL
did earlier. Naturally it will be opposed by our Advocate stating that MTNL can not be removed as one of the Respondents on the same grounds as was advocated in case of similar prayer from BSNL earlier. It was notified earlier for this matter to come before PB CAT, New Delhi on 21/07/2021. But this was not happened so as the matter was adjourned. Further date is still expected to be notified. Earlier we were told earlier for the OA to come before PB CAT on 08/08/2021. That is also now uncertain as per our Advocate as the hearing of all such cases in PB CAT, are being rescheduled.
This is as per latest status obtained from our Advocate over telephone. Delayed response to intimate you all is due to delayed authenticated feedback obtained from our Advocate - Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA
22.07.2021GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding

a. Regarding permission to join another CPSE on contractual basis after retiring Voluntarily under BSNL VRS-2019. <<letter>>

b. Regarding corrections in the BSNL MRS declaration form<<letter>>

 05.07.2021 Admin Cell of BSNL CO issued instructions regarding policy for provision of concessional FTTH connections for serving /Retired employees of BSNL....<<Click here for policy>>
 15.06.2021GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding

a.Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners-reg<<letter>>

b.Health Insurance for BSNL Serving and Retired Employees- Reg <<letter>>

 

 17.05.2021Status of court cases-

a.O.A 1271/2020- Retired Telecom Officers' Welfare Association vs. UOI & Ors:

Principal Bench CAT issued notice dated 27.04.2021 , wherein the captioned matters stand adjourned to 15.06.2021. In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Ld. CAT is hearing matters which are urgent, and both the parties have given their willingness. Pleadings in the MTNL matter are yet to be completed and in so far as BSNL is concerned, the MA for deletion of BSNL is yet to be decided. Therefore, there is no urgency in the matters and the request for hearing may not be accepted. We will wait for the hearing on 15.06.2021 to decide the further course of action.

b.WP (C)- 13202/2019- All India Retired BSNL Executives Welfare Association Vs Union of India & Ors.

The captioned matter is listed on 27.05.2021.However, in view of the surge of COVID-19 cases, the High Court of Delhi has issued a circular dated 15.05.2021 wherein, matters of the year 2020 and previous years have been adjourned en bloc on the dates notified and only extremely urgent matters filed in the year 2021 are being taken up by the Court. Accordingly, the captioned matter stands adjourned to 10.08.2021.

 08.04.2021Meeting with CGMT Rajasthan circle at Jaipur on 8th April 2021:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Comrade M L Ostwal CS AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle met with CGMT Rajasthan circle at Jaipur  discussed regarding some pending issues of BSNL pensioners e.g. section of Special leave for LTC to Mansarover Yarra- Case of Mr Chhaperwal Retd AO BSNL , Pay fixation under FR 22 (1) a(i) to offg JTOs and reimbursement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners as the funds has been released from BSNL CO New Delhi. After some discussions  CGMT Rajasthan circle at Jaipur assured to look into the issues for early settlement.
08.04.2021Meeting with PGMTD Jaipur on 8th April2021 :- GS Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA alongwith Comrade M L Ostwal CS Rajasthan Circle  AIRBSNLEWA met Shri Sanjay Kumarji PGMTD Jaipur and greeted him on assuming the new assignment as PGMTD Jaipur from PGM BSNL CO New Delhi. Shri Sanjay Kumarji PGMTD Jaipur assured to help the BSNL pensioners in solving their problems .We also assured him our fullest cooperation<<photo>>
  08.04.2021GS AIRBSNLEWA  write to Director (CGHS) regarding Permission to allow CGHS Pensioners for purchase of medicines from market during peak Covid period .<<letter>>
08.04.2021 Reimbursement of medical claims of BSNL pensioners:-* Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with PGM Budget BSNL CO New Delhi regarding reimbursement of long pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and PGM Budget informed that he has already issued instructions to PGM ERP  Gaziabad to update all pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and PGM ERP has informed that he has already adviced Circles to send the information of pending medical claims for reimbursement .PGM Budget informed that Rs 60 Carores have been released for the reimbursement of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners and last weak Rs 42 Carores have been paid to empenalled hospital dues.He assured that within two- three days medical claims of BSNL pensioners will be reimbursed. We extended thanks to the BSNL management.
 

18.03.2021 Status of court cases-O.A 1271/2020- Retired Telecom Officers' Welfare Association vs. UOI & Ors.:The captioned matters were listed today as Item No. 9 & 10 at 02.30 PM before the Hon'ble Member Ms. Aradhana Johri through virtual hearing at the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi.

Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate appeared on the behalf of the Applicants. Mr. Manjeet Singh Reen appeared for the Respondents No. 1, 3 & 4 and Mr. Mohd. Faizal appeared for the MTNL i.e. Respondent No. 2. Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate apprised the Hon'ble Tribunal that the Rejoinder has been filed to the Counter Affidavit of Respondent no. 1,3 & 4. Counsel for the Respondent affirmed service of the same. Counsel for the Respondent No. 2 (MTNL) sought some time to file the Counter Affidavit. On this, the Hon'ble Tribunal gives two weeks time to the Respondent No. 2 to file Reply and  2 weeks time thereafter to the Applicants to file their Rejoinder. Accordingly, the matter stands adjourned to 18.05.2021.

Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate appeared on the behalf of the Applicants. Mr. R. K Sharma appeared for the Respondents No. 1, 3 & 4. Mr. R V Sinha appeared for the Respondent No.2 (BSNL).


Mr. R.V Sinha apprised the Hon'ble Tribunal that MA No. 76/2021 was filed for deletion of name of BSNL from the O.A as BSNL may be a proper party but not a necessary party since no relief has been sought against them.

On this, Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate apprised the Hon'ble Tribunal that the Reply to the M.A has been filed along with the objections and submitted that the BSNL is a proper party in the proceedings as all the Applicants were have retired from BSNL and further presence of BSNL is necessary for proper adjudication of the subject matter. Further, Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate submitted that the DOT has denied the revision of pension on the ground that the same cannot be done as the Pay has not been revised by the BSNL. Further, Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate submitted that as per Rule 37 of CCS Pension Rules, 1972, BSNL has been paying pension contributions to the DOT. Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate also placed reliance on a Judgment of the Hon'ble Supreme Court wherein the Hon'ble Court held that a proper party against whom no relief is sought may be necessary for effective adjudication to determine the real controversy in the matter. Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate submitted that while prayer is sought against DOT for revision of pension, the stand taken by DOPW which is yet to be examined by DOT is that no pay revision has taken place so far in BSNL and therefore, pension cannot be revised. Ms Gauri Puri Our Advocate submitted that in the event the Tribunal holds this to be correct, then necessarily BSNL will have to be present to determine the controversy as to why pay revision has not been done so far. Moreover, the pension if fixed will be on the last pay drawn for which BSNL's presence is essential. After hearing the parties, the Hon'ble Member directed the parties to file copies of the Judgments they sought to rely upon and adjourned the matter for hearing on 18.05.2021.

18.03.2021 Reply given by Hon'ble MOSC&IT Shri SANJAY DHOTRE Ji in RAJYA SABHA today on 'WAGE REVISION FOR BSNL EMPLOYEES'.....<<<<Click here for reply>>>>
09-03-2021:AIRBSNLEWA Tamilnadu Circle hold its 1st Circle Conference at Trichi.Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA Could not attend the Circle Conference due continuous increase in Covid-19 cases, Comrade S Shivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA attended and address the conference. Circle Conference was conducted in a decent manner. Comrade S Kamraj along with Comrade Kurpaiha and others made nice arrangements for successful conduction of the Circle Conference. A large number of delegates from Tamilnadu Circle and local members actively participated in the Conference. New circle body elections were conducted unanimously. Circle President Comrade M.Chandarasekaran, Circle Secretary Comrade S.Kamaraj, Circle Finance secretary Comrade R.Guruprasath are unanimously elected, remaining Circle Office bearers list will follow. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ congratulate the newly elected Circle Officers bearers and and assure fullest cooperation. GS AIRBSNLEWA

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05-03-2021:BSNL CO isued instruction regarding  Ex-gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL <Click here>
02-03-2021:Ex-gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM( Esst ) BSNL CO New Delhi regarding final instalment payment of Ex- gratia to VRS optees of BSNL .Sr GM(Esst) informed that today DoT accounts cell has confirmed that by tomarrow Ex-gratia final instalment amount will be transferred to BSNL account and BSNL will release Ex- gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL in the next week positively.Last week DDG (PM ) DoT informed to Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA to release the Ex- gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL in the first weak of March-2021.AIRBSNLEWA CHQ continuously pursueded the matter with DoT and BSNL officers and now being settelled.
16-02-2021:Income Tax on leave Encashment paid by BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with GM Taxation BSNL CO on the issue of Income Tax notices/ demand note received by BSNL pensioners for the payment of Income Tax on leave Encashment paid by BSNL on combined leave of DoT and BSNL. Against this AIRBSNLEWA has written to CMD BSNL for taking up the matter with Income Tax department. BSNL vide its letter issued in th year 2012 categorically mentioned that DoT period leaves Encashment is exempted from Income Tax payment
,accordingly the IT was not deducted from leave encasement. Now IT department has issued notices/ demand note for IT payment to BSNL pensioners. AIRBSNLEWA has protested against these notices. GM Taxation BSNL CO New Delhi today informed that our letter has been discussed with the competent authority and it is decided that a letter will be sent to DoT to take up the matter with Ministery of Finance, Govt of India for the withdrawal of notice/ demand note.
08-02-2021:Final payment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi regarding final payment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL. Sr GM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi informed that DoT has directed to all the CCAs to verify the claims raised by BSNL .Accordingly CCAs are verifying the claims raised by BSNL and about 450 cases are still pending for verification. He expected that this verification process will be completed by next week and thereafter Ex gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL may be made by the end of this month. BSNL concern circles are immediately clarifying the CCAs queries. He also informed that DoT has already received funds from DoE on this account.
02-02-2021: Meeting with CGMT Rajasthan circle:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS and Comrade M L Ostwal, CS Rajasthan AIRBSNLEWA met CGMT Rajasthan circle and discussed regarding

(a) Payment of pending medical claims upto March- 2019 as per the BSNL CO decision. CGMT Rajasthan Circle mentioned the funds received from BSNL Corporate office were fully utilised. However, remaining medical claims will be cleared on receipt of the funds.

(b) Pay fixation under FR 22(1)(a)(i) to Officiating JTOs:- We requested CGMT Raj to consider the pay fixation of Officiating JTOs under FR 22(1) (a)( i). CGMT called GM(HR) and directed him to examine the case and an early action.

(c) Payment of pending personal claims of VRS retirees:- We apprised CGMT Raj for the early settlement of pending personal claims viz TA/DA claims, leave encasement etc with some examples of Bhilwara District branch. CGMT Rajasthan directed to GM( HR) for the settlement the pending cases. He mentioned that pensioners issues should be settelled on priority and the ePPOs, leave encasement etc should be given to BSNL pensioners on the day of their retirement. We extended thanks for his concern towards pensioners.

31-01-2021: AIRBSNLEWA District Branch Conference :- AIRBSNLEWA Bhilwara District branch, Rajasthan Circle hold its District Conference at Kyara ke Balalaji, Comrade GS Prahlad Rai and Comrade M L Ostwal CS , Comrade Devi Lal ,OS( South) attended and address the meeting.

Comrade M D Ram Disrict President welcomed all the members and guests. Comrade M P Dhanopia, District Secretary in his report apprised that at present 50 regular Paid members are there and some more will be enrolled shortly.

Com Devi Lal , OS (S) explained that in South Area Udaipur and Bhilwara branches are functioning well and shortly Ajmer, Banswara, Chittoregarh and Sirohi branches will be formed.

Comrade GS Prahlad Rai and Comrade M L Ostwal CS , Comrade Devi Lal ,OS(South) attended and address the meeting. Comrade M D Ram Circle President welcomed all the members and guests.

Comrade M P Dhanopia, District Secretary in his report apprised that at present 50 regular Paid members are there and some more will be enrolled shortly. Comrade Devi lal OS (S) informed that Udaipur and Bhilwara branches are functioning well and shortly Ajmer, Banswara Chittoregarh Sirohi branches will be firmed.

Comrade M L Ostwal Circle Secretary in his address explained that AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle is functioning well and shortly in all the Districts Branches will be opened. He apprised the activities of Circle level and assured For the early settlement of some problems raised during discussions.

Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA in his address congratulated the AIRBSNLEWA Bhilwara District branch Rajasthan Circle for arranging a good meeting. He explained the status of the all India issues ie settlement of pending medical claims, Payment of final instalment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL , IT department notices for TDS deduction on Leave Encasement amount, JTOs offg pay fixation under FR 22(1)(a) (i), status of Court cases on pension related issues, 78.2% IDA pay fixation from 1-1-2007 etce.

Comrade M D Ram, District President extended Vote of thanks.

Meeting followed with delicious Lunch.

29-01-2021: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding

a.Notice under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961   received by many pensioners from Income tax department regarding Taxation on leave Encashment.<<letter>>

b. Issues being faced by BSNL pensioners of CTD Circle.<<letter>>

23-01-2021: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding Notice under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961   received by many pensioners from Income tax department regarding Taxation on leave Encashment.<<letter>>
23-01-2021: The matter WP (C)- 13202/2019- All India Retired BSNL Executives Welfare Association Vs Union of India & Ors. was listed on 18.01.2021 as Item No. 13 before the Hon'ble Registrar H.K Arora in Delhi High Court through video conferencing.
My Chamber colleague, Ms. Amrita Singh appeared for Petitioners and apprised the Court that Counter Affidavit has not been filed by the Respondent No. 1 and 2 despite taking sufficient time.
Mr. Jitesh Srivastava appeared for the Respondent No. 1 and sought time for filing the Reply. Mr. R.V. Sinha Counsel for the Respondent No. 2 apprised the Court that the Respondent No. 2 has filed their Counter Affidavit.
On this, the Hon'ble Registrar gives 4 weeks time to the Respondent No. 1 to file their Counter Affidavit. Accordingly, the matter is listed on 15.03.2021.
20-01-2021: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding release of retirement benefits to ST category employees whose caste certificate is pending for verification-cases of ST category employees of MH telecom circle retired under BSNL VRS 2019.....<<<Click here for letter>>>>
12-01-2021: BSNL CO  issued Order regarding Ex-gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL<<order>>
12-01-2021: Meeting with CMD BSNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with CMD BSNL regarding-         

(a) Non reimbursement of long pending medical claims to BSNL pensioners:- we extended our sincere thanks to CMD BSNL for clearing medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto March- 2019 and requested for early payment of all the pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners. CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and mentioned that pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners liability is about Rs 125/- Crores and on availability of funds these medical claims will be cleared in parts. He assured an early action in this regard.

(b) Reimbursement of CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure: CMD BSNL informed that all the CGHS contribution paid by BSNL pensioners as one time measure are being paid by circles regularly. BSNL CO New Delhi has already issued instructions to circles. We apprised CMD BSNL regarding non payment of Rs 1000/- PM to CGHS beneficiaries in the areas/Districts where CGHS wellness health centres are not available .CMD BSNL immediately spoke with PGM (Esst) BSNL CO and directed him to provide us the copy of the orders issued by DoT in this regard. On receipt of the order copy the same will be circulated. 

(c) Reimbursement of residential telephone bills of Delhi/Mumbai area: We requested CMD BSNL for the reimbursement of long pending residential telephone bills of Delhi and Mumbai area. CMD assured to look into the matter and settle the issue.                         

(d) Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners- court case status: we appraised CMD BSNL regarding the Court case status on revision of pension of BSNL pensioners filed by AIRBSNLEWA and others in PB CAT ND and requested him to his good office in convincing Hon'ble Minister of Communications and Secretary DoT for delinking of pension revision from pay revision of BSNL employees. CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter and to discuss with concern DoT officers.                 

2. Meeting with PGM(Esst) BSNL CO: Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with PGM Esst BSNL CO regarding:-

(a) Ex - gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL: PGM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi informed that today Ex- gratia amount about Rs 1050 Crores will received from DoT and it will be paid within this month itself. MTNL has already received Rs 214 Crores Ex gratia amount from DoT.                         

(b) Implementation of Court orders for FR 22(1)a(i) pay fixation to  officiating JTOs uniformly: PGM Esst BSNL CO New Delhi informed FR22(1)a (i) has to be given to all the officiating It is through out the country. In case there is   problem in any Circle they may seek codification from BSNL CO New Delhi.

06-01-2021: view Govt./BSNL Orders:

1. DOT order regarding LC/DLC<<Click  Here >>

2 DPE order regarding Freezing of IDA<<Click  Here >>

3. BSNL order regarding  immovable property return<<Click  Here >>

27-12-2020: Ex-gratia final installment payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT and regarding final instalment payment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL. DDG(PM) informed that Member (Finance ) DoT has written to Ministry of Finance for the allotment of funds in this head. Ministry of Finance after the approval of the Parliament in its winter session will allow the payment. Hence it is expected that during Parliament winter session in January-2021 the Ex gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL will be released.Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT and regarding final instalment payment of Ex gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL. DDG(PM) informed that Member (Finance ) DoT has written to Ministry of Finance for the allotment of funds in this head.Ministry of Finance after the approval of the Parliament in its winter session will allow the payment. Hence it is expected that during Parliament winter session in January-2021 the Ex gratia payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL will be released.
23-12-2020: Status of Pension revision case :-
The captioned matters were listed today at 02.30 PM before the Ld. Single Bench of Mr. Pardeep Kumar through virtual hearing at the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench.Ms. Gauri Puri appeared on behalf of the Applicants in both matters. The Hon’ble Tribunal was informed by the Counsel for Respondents No. 1, 3 & 4, Mr. Manjeet Singh Reen, that the Reply has been filed. The Counsel for Respondent No. 2 (MTNL), Mohd. Faisal further sought 3 weeks time to file their Reply. On this, the Hon'ble Tribunal granted 3 weeks time to file their Reply to Respondent No. 2 and further 2 weeks time to file Rejoinder to the Applicants if required. In the BSNL matter, the Hon’ble Tribunal was informed by the Counsel for Respondents No. 1,3 & 4, Mr. R. K Sharma that the Reply has been filed. The Counsel for Respondent No. 2 (BSNL), Mr. R. V Sinha submitted that it is the matter of policy and Respondent No. 2 has no role to play in it and sought further 2 weeks time to file their Reply. On this, the Hon'ble Tribunal gave 2 weeks time to file their Reply to Respondent No. 2 and further 2 weeks time to file Rejoinder to the Applicant's if required.
Accordingly, the matters are now listed on 08.03.2021

03-12-2020: GS writes to Shri Prakash Javadekarji, Hon'ble minister for heavy industries and public enterprises, Govt Of India , New Delhi regarding Appeal to withdraw OM on Freezing of DA to employees of central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) drawing pay as per 2017,2007, 1997,1992 & 1987 IDA pay revision guidelines at current rates till 30th June 2021  .....<<<Click here for letter>>>>

03-12-2020: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar Ji, CMD, BSNL regarding payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners.....<<<Click Here for letter>>>
03-12-2020: Payment of pending medical claims of BSNL pensioners:-BSNL CO New Delhi has released some funds to clear the medical claims of BSNL pensioners upto March -2019.Still medical claims are pending for the last 21-months,whereas the medical claims of BSNL serving employees are cleared upto March-2020. BSNL CO should  avide discrimination. GS AIRBSNLEWA<<<Click here for letter>>>
02-12-2020:  AIRBSNLEWA MH members met  Hon'ble CGMT MH Circle on 01.12.2020 <<<Click here for report>>
01-12-2020: GS writes to Shri Prakash Javedker ji , Hon'ble Minister for Heavy industries and Public Enterprises, Govt. of India, New Delhi regarding increase of Dearness Allowance from 17%% to 31% wef 30th June 2021-<<<Click here for letter>>>

27-11-2020: Ex-gratia final instalment payment to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM(Esst) BSNL CO ND and expressed our serious concern against non payment of final instalment of gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL .Sr G M (Esst) informed that there is delay fromCircles in providing final requirement of Ex- gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL, still 25000 to 26000 VRS optees of BSNL information of Ex gratia is awaited from Circles .Director (HR) BSNL Board is sending a reminder DO to all the CGHS for sending immediate requirement to BSNL CO fixing personnel responsibility. He assured an early action in this regard. (b) Corrections in the PPOs of VRS optees of BSNL mentioning payment of pension under Rule-37A insteed of ' BSNL VRS-2019 sheme' SR GM Esst mentioned that after our association meeting with Director(HR) a DO was sent to DoT by Director(HR) for necessary corrections but still no order from DoT is received in this regard. Further a reminder will be sent to DoT.

27-11-2020: DoT issued order regarding Extension of period for submission of Life Certificate by Central Government pensioners till February 28, 2021<<<Click here for letter>>>
06-11-2020: GS writes to Shri P.K.Purwar Ji, CMD BSNL regarding extension of entitlement of service telephone connection renewal date up to 31st March-2021 for BSNL pensioners- request thereof. ...<<<Click here for letter>>>
03-11-2020: Pension Revision court case : The OA filed by AIRBSNLEWA, SNPWA and three MTNL Executives Associations ie RTOWA Delhi, RTWA Mumbai and MPWA Mumbai came for hearing today 2.30 PM in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi but DoT/BSNL didn't file reply and sought time.......our Advocate insisted for giving a short time to file the reply by DoT/BSNL........Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi posted the case for hearing on 23rd December-2020 ( by giving 6 week's time).....<<<Click here for our advocate message>>>
02-11-2020: IDA increase order yet to be issued by DPE:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT Shri Sanjeev Gupta ji and Dirctor PSU DoT Shri Ravinderan Prasad ji and enquired about the DPE orders for IDA increase wef 01-10-2020 for PSU employees and pensioners. DDG PM and Director PSU informed that till date DPE orders for IDA increase has not been received. However they assured to enquire the status from concern DPE officers. We will further contact them within two three days.
21-10-2020: GS writes to Shri P. K. Purwar ji, CMD BSNL regarding payment of long pending medical claims of Pensioners-request for....<<<Click here for letter>>>
21-10-2020: GS writes to The CGMT, BSNL Odisha Circle, Bhubneshwer  regarding election of AIRBSNLEWA Odisha Circle Office bearers-<<<Click here for letter>>>

03-10-2020:Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA congratulated Sh R K Goyal ji, PGM EB NTR ND on assuming the high office of PGM(Pers) BSNL CO. We requested him for the settlement of pending issues of the retired BSNL Executives. He assured to look into the matter. We assure him our fullest cooperation.

03-10-2020:Comrade GS Prahlad Rai along with Comrade M .L Ostwal CS , and Comrade K K Vyas FS, AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan Circle Felicitated to Shri Sandeep Govil, CGMT on assuming the charge of CGMT Rajasthan circle on 30th September 2020 afternoon .We assured him our fullest cooperation and requested for the settlement of genuine problems of BSNL pensioners. CGMT Rajasthan Circle responded positive and assured For full cooperation.

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02-10-2020:Ex gratia final instalment payment:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with DDG PM DoT and discussed regarding payment of Ex gratia final instalment to VRS optees of BSNL. DDG PM mentioned that DoT has sent letters to DOE for the allocation of funds to release Ex gratia final instalment payment but the funds have not been allotted in this connection. However, it is expected that funds allotment will be there in the first week of November 2020 and Ex gratia payment can be made before Dipawali.  

01-10-2020:Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners- Court case:

Dear Comrades,

As you are aware that AIRBSNLEWA CHQ has filed the Court case in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi for revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. Pension Revision of BSNL pensioners is due from 01-01-2017 but DoT waited for 3rd PRC recommendations for the pay revision of BSNL employees which was notified in the month of August 2017. On the basis of 3rd PRC report BSNL Board recommended for Pay Revision of BSNL employees to DOT with 15% fitment benefit in October 17. But DoT administration raised many quarries regarding affordability and finally kept pending pay revision of BSNL employees due continuous losses in BSNL .The pension revision of BSNL pensioners is not considered on the pretext of non-revision of pay of BSNL serving employees.

AIRBSNLEWA CHQ continuously tried to convince the Hon'ble MOC, Secretary DoT, Secretary DPE and the concern officers of DoP&W but the DoT administration categorically told that since the pay revision of BSNL employees has not taken place the pension revision of BSNL pensioners cannot take place other wise pension anomaly will cause i.e.the pre 2017 pensioners will get higher pension then to those who will retire after 01-01-2017.The anomaly issue was referred to DoP&W for comments wherein DoP&W replied to DoT to provide the formula to avoid pension anamoly. But DoT did not reply to DoP&W and kept pending the issue unresolved. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ continued its efforts to convince the DoT/ DPE/DoP&W officers to delink the pension revision of BSNL pensioners from pay revision of BSNL employees since their pension contribution was regularly paid by BSNL to DoT on the maximum of the pay scale as serving employees. Hon'ble MOC on the Parliament floor and DoT administration categorically told that pension revision of BSNL pensioners will follow pay revision of BSNL employees.

All these developments were discussed in detail in the 3rd AIC of AIRBSNLEWA held at Vijaywada and decided to file a court case in PBCAT New Delhi for revision of pension of BSNL pensioners. Accordingly sincere efforts were made by our CHQ and in particular by our Dy GS Late Comrade Amit Gupta ji to collect the necessary documents under RTI from DoT/DPE/DoP&W etc .The draft of OA was prepared by Comrade Amit Guptaji Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA and after several discussions among CHQ Office bearers. The draft was finalised by AIRBSNLEWA CHQ and later on it was shared with the leaders of other BSNL/ MTNL pensioners Associations wherein their suggestions were also incorporated. For BSNL pensioners AIRBSNLEWA and SNPWA came to gather to file the case In the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi along with MTNL pensioner's three Associations .For MTNL pensioners Associations Comrade M K Bagchi, President RTWOA MTNL took the lead in coordinating and finalising the OA draft for MTNL pensioners. Comrade GS, President CHQ, Dy.GS and some comrades of Delhi Circle along with other Association leaders of BSNL/MTNL met our Advocates on many occasions to finalise the OA. After detailed discussions wit some additions and deletions the draft OA was finalised. Finally our Advocates Sh Rajshekher Rao and Madam Gauri Puri filed two OAs one for BSNL and other for MTNL pensioner Associations on 09.09.2020, which was admitted and posted for hearing on 3rd November 2020 for hearings. For BSNL pensioners AIRBSNLEWA and SNPWA has filed the OA and for MTNL pensioners RTWOA with two other Associations has filed the case in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi.

To contest the case regular persuasion and pleadings are required through our Advocates for which legal expenses will be there. To meet the legal expenses AIRBSNLEWA in its Extended Central Executive Committee virtual Meeting held on 19th September 2020 has unanimously decided to collect Rs 1000/- per member from the branches/ circles and to be deposited in AIRBSNLEWA CHQ Account through RTGS or NEFT at the earliest. Thus we earnestly appeal to all our members to deposit Rs 1000/- per head in CHQ Account through their respective branches please. GS, AIRBSNLEWA

30-09-2020: Felicitation of CGMT Rajasthan on his retirement on superannuation Comrade GS Prahlad Rai along with Comrade M L Ostwal CS AIRBSNLEWA Rajasthan circle and other comrades felicitated Shri O P Gupta Ji CGMT Rajasthan circle on his retirement on superannuation on 30th September 2020 at Jaipur. Shri O P Gupta Ji was very helping officer to AIRBSNLEWA members<<photos>>

28-09-2020:AIRBSNLEWA consistent efforts yielded result in getting extention of Validity of BSNL MRS card upto 31-03-2021 from 30-09-2020 in veiw of on going Covid-19 situation.....we are thankful to Dirctor(HR) BSNL Board and GM(Admn) BSNL CO New Delhi for their kind consideration. GS,AIRBSNLEWA<<Read>>
25-09-2020:Extension of medical card validity up to 31-03-2021 from 30-09-2020 :-Comrade GS Prahlad Rai requested Director(HR) BSNL Board and GM Admn BSNL CO ND for the extension of BSNL MRS card for BSNL pensioners upto 31-03-2021 from 30-09-2020 in view of on going Covid-19 situation .Director (HR) considered our request and issued instructions for extending the date of BSNL MRS card .We are extremely thankful to them for considering our request favorably. GS,AIRBSNLEWA
19-09-2020:AIRBSNLEWA conducted its Extendeded Central Executive Committee meeting on 19th September-2020 successfully:- Dear Comrades, Yesterday on 19th September 2020 Extended (CEC) Central Executive Committee Meeting was conducted on Google meet commenced sharply at 7 pm and ended by 10.15 pm. Before commencement of the meeting Comrade President Kishan Singh Ji in his opening remarks welcomed all the participants and requested to observe two minutes silence in the memory of our beloved late Comrade Amit Gupta Ji Dy GS on his sad demise. After this Comrade President requested all the participants to discuss the agenda in time limit to give chance to every body .He also apprised the status of various court cases filed by AIRBSNLEWA. Comrade GS while welcoming all the esteemed participants emphasized on the following points and interacted with all very actively as usual.
1.To immediately form the Circle bodies/District branches in the Circles and BAs wherever not yet done.
2.Augment our membership base by enrolling more members.
3.Last installment of exgratia of VRS retirees is expected to be paid by this month end.
4.Delay in reimbursement of long pending MR Claims has been very strongly taken up with CMD and favorable actions are anticipated.    

5.CGHS payment reimbursement is being done regularly in all the Circles as assoured by CMD to this Association.

 6. Retention of staff quarters to VRS optees has been taken up but the BSNL management has increased the rent on high cost which we have further taken up and will discuss with Dir HR and CMD BSNL further for reconsideration.

7.Unjustified deduction of income tax on the unpaid medical claims has been protested on the basis of information received from In come tax department under RTI.

 8.The individual issues of some comrades are being taken up regularly. The ePPOs not released in Maharastra Circle has also been discussed in BSNL CO for an early settlement.

9, Discrepancies in the ePPOs regarding mentioning of 'BSNL VRS SCHEME 2019' is to be corrected as pension under Rule 37A CCS 1972 rules has been taken up with DoT Member Finance and Director HR BSNL.
10.Court cases filed by AIRBSNLEWA CHQ for the payment of 78.2% IDA fitment benefit to BSNL pensioners wef 01-01-2007 instead of June 2013 pending in the Hon'ble High Court Delhi and PBCAT New Delhi 6.Our Pension Revision case of BSNL and MTNL pensioners filed by AIRBSNLEWA , SNPWA and MTNL pensioners Associations respectively in the PBCAT New Delhi are closely being monitored and follow up ensured. GS says, DOT may go upto the apex court for which we have to be ready and geared up fully.It is unanimously decided to collect Rs 1000/- per head as legal fund to plead the case.Since the case has been filled in the name of the Association the judgement will be applicable to all the members of the Association.

11. Venue of the next CWC has been fixed as Hyderabad after lifting of all the prevailing COVID Restrictions.
Issues brought to the notice of GS.
1. Non Mentioning of Commutation details in the EPPO issued to VRS Retirees.
2. Retirees to be permitted to work as exclusive LCOs, if desires, for the provisioning of FTTH.
3.Immediate releasing of CGHS payments.                                                                                                    4.Retention of staff quarters to VRS optees of BSNL.
GS agreed to look into the above issues etc.

Generally the virtual meeting was very good with quality audio and video. Abuot 100 participants attended and interacted in the virtual Extended CEC Meeting.Most of the Circles representatives I.e. Assam, Bihar,Jharkhand,West Bengal, Odissa, Punjab, Haryana Rajasthan, Utterakhand ,Himmachal Predesh,Delhi UP East, UP West, MP, Gujarat, Maharstra,Andhra Pradesh, Telengana,Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu Circles very actively participated in the meeting. Vote of thanks was extended by Comrade Pallab Bose, AGS. Comrade GS also extended thanks to all the comrades for their active participation and assured that their issues will be taken up immediately at ' appropriate levels. Meeting was concluded with full satisfaction to all the participants. AIRBSNLEWA- ZINDABAD

18-09-2020:GS Writes to CGM Bihar Circle & CCA Bihar on formation of Circle Body  <<READ>>
17-09-2020:AIRBSNLEWA Bihar Circle Body is constituted as under :-
President : Sh. D.K. Jha,Retd AGM,
Vice President : Sh . Ajay Tlwari
Circle Secretary: Sh. Krishna Kumar,Retd CAO
ACS-I: Sh. Sunil Kr. Sinha
ACS-II: Sh. S. Banerjee
ACS-III: Sh. R.B. Yadav
Financial Secretary: Sh. J.P. Sharma,
Asstt. Financial Secy.: Sh. S.K.Agrawal
Org. Secy.: Sh. P.K. Saha
Org. Secy.: Sh. R.B. Manto
Org. Secy.: Sh. S.P.Yadav
Org. Secy.: Sh. Vijay Krumar
Patron: Sh. Kaushalendra Prasad
Patron: Sh. D.N.Choudhary & Sh. Balbir Singh

All the Circle office bearers have concerned and elected unanimously. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ congratulate newly elected Circle Office bearers and assure them our fullest cooperation.

17-09-2020:Congratulations! The OA filed by AIRBSNLEWA & Others for BSNL pensioners along with MTNL Associations for MTNL pensioners was heared today morning in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi after virtual hearing Hon'ble PBCAT admitted the case and issued notice to the respondents to file reply......now the case is posted for hearing on 3rd November-2020.Mr Rajshekher Rao and Ms Gauri Puri advocates appeared on our side.
14-09-2020:AIRBSNLEWA CEC meeting: Dear comrades, ALL INDIA RETIRED BSNL EXECUTIVES WELFARE ASSOCIATION (AIRBSNLEWA) is holding its All India Extended Central Executive committee meeting comprising CHQ office bearers/ Circle office bearers/District office bearers on virtual basis on Saturday19th September 2020 at 19.00 Hrs .All the CHQ office bearers, Circle Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting by clicking the above Google link. Also send/ forward the link to all the concern office bearers for attending the meeting. Please make it a grand success by your active participation to discuss and decisions on organizational matters..........With best wishes......Prahlad Rai

Meeting URL: https://meet.google.com/syc-frhf-bij

11-09-2020:GS Writes to CMD BSNL on revalidation of BSNLMRS Cards  <<READ>>
09-09-2020:Status of Court case on pension revision of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners :- OA for Pension Revision of BSNL pensioners has been filed by All India Retried BSNL Executives Welfare Association (AIRBSNLEWA) and otheers in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi on Tuesday and posted for admission hearing on 17th September 2020 . Our Advocates Mr Rajshekher Rao and Ms Gauri Puri will plead the case.<<Click here for  OA>>
08-09-2020:Status of Court case on pension revision of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners :- Today our Advocates Mr Rajshekher Rao and Ms Gauri Puri on behalf of AIRBSNLEWA and SNPWA for BSNL pensioners and RTOWA with two other Associations for MTNL pensioners i.e. RTOWA, Delhi/RTOWA, Mumbai &MPWA, Mumbai filed two separate OAs in the Hon'ble PBCAT New Delhi for Pension Revision of BSNL/MTNL pensioners .This could be done with the hard work done by our beloved Veteran leader Late Comrade Amit Guptaji Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA for the last two years and all other constituent Associations leaders. It is true homase to our beloved late comrade Amit Guptaji Dy GS AIRBSNLEWA.
08-09-2020:Clarification on the recognition of BSNL pensioners Association:- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with GM(SR) and expressed our concern against the letter given to our Circle Secretary Maharashtra Circle by AGM Maharashtra Circle office mentioning that only recognized Associations can make the correspondence with the Management. In this regards GM(SR) categorically told that this provision is not applicable for the pensioners Associations, it is applicable for the serving Executives Associations only. He assured that he will speak with the GM HR Maharashtra Circle and will clarify the provisions.
08-09-2020:Settlement of pensionery benefits with respect to the VRS Optees of BSNL :-Comrade Prahlad Rai, GS AIRBSNLEWA discussed with Sr GM(Esst) BSNL CO New Delhi regarding settlement of pensionery benefits with respect to the VRS optees of BSNL in Maharashtra Circle. Sr GM(Esst) mentioned that he is aware of the matter and has directed that all the VRS optees of SC/ST category have apply online to the special committee for verification there after on clearance the cases will be settled.  He mentioned that about 54 candidates have applied on line and their cases are clear for them pensionery benefits are being released. He advised that remaining people should also apply and take clearance so that their pensionery benefits are also released.

Corrections in the ePPOs by CCAs:- We told him that in his presence only the matter was discussed with Director(HR) and then and there only Director(HR) spoke over phone with DDG(Acconts) DoT and explained him that in ePPOs pension rule should be written under 37A of CCS rule 1972 insteed of BSNL VRS 2019 scheme. Sr GM(Esst) mentioned that after this meeting immediately a DO letter was sent to DoT for necessary corrections. He assured for sending a reminder to DOT on this issue for an early action.

07-09-2020: Final Payment of Ex- gratia to BSNL and MTNL VRS optees: Comrade GS Prahlad Rai discussed with Member(Finance), DOT regarding final payment of Ex-gratia to VRS optees of BSNL and MTNL. Member(Finance) told that BSNL has to submit the actual requirements to DoT there after immediately funds will be released. He further mentioned that BSNL is preparing requirement after during all the dues adjustment as this is the final instalment payment. He advised to pursue in BSNL for sending the requirement to DoT as early as possible. Releasing of required funds will not be the problem from DoT.

(2) Corrections in ePPOs of VRS optees of BSNL : We requested Member(Finance) to issue necessary instructions to CCAs for making correction in SAMPAN Software for mentioning pension payment under 'Rule 37A" of CCA pension rule 1972 instead of 'BSNL VRS scheme'. Member(Finance) told that necessary corrections have been made in SAMPAN Software however regarding problems of Kolkatta CCA he assured that he will speak with CCA Kolkatta for necessary corrections.

07-09-2020