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TUI (P and R) Asia Pacific Conference at Kathmandu

The First Asian Regional Conference of the Trade Union International (Pensioners & Retirees) will be held on 3rd December 2016 at Kathmandu, Nepal. After the formation of the TUI(P&R) in the Congress held at Barcelona in 2014, this is the first Regional Conference of Asia-Pacific Region. It is expected that  delegates from about 20 countries will attend including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka etc.

From India, Comrades K.K.N.Kutty (NCCPA), K,Raghavendran (AIPRPA) and V.A.N.Namboodiri (AIBDPA) will be participating.

In the entire capitalist countries not only the rights of the workers are being attacked, but the  pensionary benefits and other concessions granted to the pensioners are being withdrawn. In the name of austerity, attack on the toiling masses continues. It is in this context that the Regional Conference is being held. The Nepal Comrades under the leadership of Com. Mohan Bahadur, Vice-President, TUI(P&R) are making all arrangements for the comfortable stay and holding of the Conference. WFTU and TUI(P&R) leaders also will be attending.

WFTU statement for the health and safety protective measures in Asia – Pacific region

The WFTU expresses its strong condemnation for the serial “accidents” at the workplaces, particularly to many countries in Asia – Pacific region. On an almost daily basis we learn about a new work accident that took the lives of more workers who die while struggling to make a living in miserable working conditions. In the vast majority, the industrial accidents are caused by the criminal negligence and the lack of health and safety protective measures at the workplaces.

There is no doubt that the employers and the owners of the industries and plants know very well the lack of safety measures. They also know the dangers that exist in their enterprises because of the lack of the safety protective measures. According to this fact we can easily conclude that the “accidents” are nothing else than conscious murders.

The protection of the life of the working class is a main task of the trade union movement. Orientated by the resolution “platform 2016 – 2020” of the 17th World Trade Union Congress we demand the implementation immediate and adequate measures that would actually protect the workers lives. In this direction the WFTU and its affiliated members in Philippines and in Indonesia had already plan 2 joint events that will include discussion on that topic. The WFTU calls the class oriented trade unions to take initiatives for continuing and strengthening of our action and struggles:

– for health and safety measures in the workplace that will protect the short and long term health of the workers.

– we fight so that no workers life is sacrificed for profit, and for full reparation of workers or their families in the case of work related incident or illness.

– Adequate and sufficient leaves towards health issues. Under the responsibility of the special committee of Health and Safety:

– We should prepare special materials in various languages that will inform workers on health and safety.

– Organize seminars in cooperation with other WFTU affiliates for informing and educating the workers and union leaders.

– Organize International Conference on the role of the trade unions on issues of “Health and Safety”

– Strengthen international outcry against employers’ unaccountability and strengthen international solidarity for achieving goals in this sector.

The Secretariat


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On receipt of numerous complaints from both BSNL and DoT pensioners regarding non-payment/ meagre payment of pension to those drawing pension from the post offices, Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor and Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary rushed to the Dak Bhawan, New Delhi ,on 01-12-2016 with a detailed letter to the Secretary, Department of Posts. In the letter CHQ brought to the notice of the Secretary, Posts the hardships and distress being experienced by the pensioners, particularly in Assam and Bihar circles and sought his immediate intervention to mitigate the sufferings of the pensioners by arranging pension in cash by the post offices.

Unfortunately, the Secretary happened to be in a meeting and the representatives were asked to meet Shri. Manish Sinha, DDG (PFP) who is in charge of the pension matters. In the discussion that followed, the DDG took a very positive response and immediately called some of the CPMGs to ascertain the exact position. He assured that whatever possible will be done in the matter with all the seriousness it deserves.

The representatives also pointed out the inordinate delay in disbursement of Quarterly IDAs to BSNL pensioners drawing pension from post offices, insisting to get the hard copy of the IDA order, despite clear instruction to disburse after downloading the order from the website. They pointed out that in the case of certain sub post offices which are not connected with computer network,the concerned Head Post Office should be directed to provide the copy of IDA orders to such sub post offices. The DDG readily agreed to do the needful in the matter.<<view letter>>

Processing of Pension cases mandatorily through Bhavishya from 1.1.2017

DoPPW has issued an important OM on 29th November 2016. In which it is informed that Processing of Pension cases must be done through Bhavishya – Online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System- with effect from 1.1.2017


Government Of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3″ Floor. Lok Nayak Bhawan,

Khan Market.

New Delhi 29-11-2016


Sub: Processing of Pension cases mandatorily through Bhavishya (Online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System) wef 01/01/2017 — reg,

Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare is responsible for formulation of policy and coordination of matters relating to pension policy and welfare of Central Government pensioners. It has been seen that despite detailed guidelines and instructions to the contrary a large proportion of retiring employees do not get their retirement benefits and the Pension Payment Order(PPO) in time It is likely that such retired employees find it difficult to get the process completed after retirement. The sanction process starts more than a year before the date of retirement and requires cooperation amongst various agencies. This department has, therefore, launched Bhavishya — an online pension sanction and payment tracking system, The system by keeping track of the progress Of each case introduces transparency and accountability. Both the retiring employees as well as administrative authorities can monitor progress at each stage.

2. The system has been running successfully in the main Secretariat of all ministries/departments for the last one year, It has since been extended to cover over 3000 Drawing and Disbursing Officers and Pay and Accounts Offices from various ministries/departments and their attached offices

3.It has now been decided that all Heads of Offices will henceforth mandatorily process all pension cases only through Bhavishya. In this, where necessary, they will assist the retiring employee to submit the online application form. The Pay and Accounts Offices will process cases generated through Bhavishya through the pension module in
COMPACT till the Public Financial Management System(PFMS) is made operational and integrated with Bhavishya.

4.It is to be noted that al’ authorities will strictly follow the timelines prescribed under the CCS(Pension) Rules and in no case will the pension case be delayed on account of electronic processing through Shavishya,

5.These instructions take effect trom January, 2017.

This issues with the approval of competent authority.

(Seema Gupta)

Strategic Sale of Subsidiary Companies of SAIL

Central Government will shortly hold auction for strategic sale of Bhadravati, Salem and Durgapur Subsidiary Companies of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

The government is bifurcating units in to subsidiary companies and then making strategic sale to private companies. This is another form of privatisation.

It is for this that Tower Subsidiary Company is being formed from BSNL. BSNL workers are going on strike against this move on 15 December 2016.

Make the strike 100% success and defeat the anti-PSU move of the Government