Com. V.A. N Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA and President BSNLEU has met Shri. Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DOT on today, the 24th October, 2014 and discussed the issue of extending the benefit of 78.2% IDA merger to the BSNL pensioners. Com. Namboodiri pointed out that undue delay has already been occurred and the file is now received back at DOT from the Department of Expenditure with the directive to seek cabinet approval for both the pre 2007 and post 2007 pensioners. He urged the Secretary DOT to cause early action to prepare the cabinet note and circulate simultaneously to other departments and get it back for submitting to the cabinet. The Secretary DOT had a patient hearing and assured to do the needful with minimum procedural delay.
But our experience is that such assurances are implemented rarely; only when further pressure is exerted.Therefore let us conduct the Sanchar Bhawan March with maximum participation on 20th November,2014.
A national convention of central government employees is proposed to be held in New Delhi on 11-12-2014. The decision to this effect was taken by the Staff side of JCM, including Railways, Defence and Confederation. The convention will seriously discuss the issues of DA merger, Interim Relief, inclusion of GDS in 7th Pay Commission, Scrapping of PFRDA Act etc and take appropriate decisions on future course of action.
The 7th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union is being held at Kolkata from 6th to 9th November, 2014. Both Circle Units of AIBDPA, Kolkata Telephones and West Bengal are actively associating in the functioning of the Reception Committee formed for the successful conduct of the AIC. Our Kolkata Circle Branch has already donated Rs. I,50,000 to the Reception Committee. CHQ heartily congratulates Kolkata comrades for this ideal gesture and solidarity.
Foundation Day was celebrated by Jamnagar District Branch in Gujarat on 21-10-2014. Most of the members participated in the meeting held in this regard at the Union Office, K.V. Road, Jamnagar. Com. R. B. Patel presided over the meetng. Com. M. B. Chaniyara, Circle Secretary spoke elaborately on the achievements and growth of the organisation.
Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Assistant Circle Secretary, West Bengal reports- All the districts observed the foundation day by flag hoisting, offering homage to martyrs and holding meetings. Kolkata district and Circle jointly celebrated the Foundation Day on 21-10-2014.
BIJAPUR, KARNATAKA : The meeting was held at the union office under the presidentship of Com C. S Sajjan and was addressed by Com.M. M. M. Bhavikatti, District Secretary, Com. S. L. Hiremath and Com. G. B. Salakki. Sweets were distributed.