MYSURU CEC CONCLUDED SUCCESSFULLY AND DECIDES FOR PHASED PROGRAM OF AGITATION.

The beautiful Palace city of Mysuru in Karnataka witnessed  effective deliberations, active discussions and appropriate decisions. The occasion was the Central Executive Committee Meeting held at Com.M.P.Kunhanandan Nagar in Regional Telecom Training Centre on 23rd and 24th February, 2017. The CEC started with hoisting of National Flag by Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri , Advisor and AIBDPA flag by Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary. Thereafter the participants paid homage to the martyrs. The Open session at 11AM on 23-02-2017 was inaugurated by Com.K.K.N.Kutty, Secretary General, NCCPA. He narrated the developments in connection with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and the nefarious and treacherous game by the central government to deny the genuine modifications sought by the National Joint Action Council. He came down heavily on the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare for rejecting  Option 1, the only positive recommendations for the pensioners. In this context the decision of Confederation for a one day strike is most justified and the pensioners have to support it. Com.S.Mohandoss, Vice President presided. Delivering the Key note address, Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri while congratulating the comrades for the growth of AIBDPA as a mighty organisation of pensioners, he appealed to further strengthen it by enrolling more pensioners. He also explained the efforts of CHQ to achieve mandatory pension revision from 01-01-2017. Coms.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, C.K.Gundanna, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, H.V.Sudarshan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU CHQ and G.G.Patil, AGS addressed the open session. Com.N.Vijayakumar, Chairman, Reception Committee welcomed the gathering and Com.S.A.Bilagi, Circle Secretary, Karnataka proposed vote of thanks. The subject session started at 1430hrs on 23-02-2017 continued upto 1600hrs on 24-02-2017 with the usual breaks. Coms.S.Mohandoss, Supriya Mitra and S.V.Shrivastava, Vice Presidents jointly presided. Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary and Com.R.Aravindakshan Nair, Treasurer presented the report and accounts, respectively. 26 comrades participated in the discussion and raised various issues in a matured manner.Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri and K.G.Jayaraj replied  appropriately after which the report and accounts were adopted. The CEC decided to launch a phased program of agitation on the demands identified in the charter of demands, including Mandatory Pension Revision consequent on pay revision in BSNL from 01-01-2017, 50% IDA merger, Fixed Monthly Medical Allowance, implementation of Option 1 etc, as follows.

Campaign Week- Last week of March,

2017 Call Attention day_ 20 April, 2017 and

Mass Dharna at SSA level-  25 May, 2017

Resolutions were adopted on important issues. CEC congratulated the Recepetion Committee led by Com.N.Vijayakumar and Basavaraju and effectively guided by Coms.C.K.Gundanna and G.G.Patil for the excellent arrangements for the successful conduct of the CEC.

All Profit making PSUs to be listed

The Central government has taken decision to list all the PSUs making profit for the last three years in the market for disinvestment / strategic sale.The expected amount to the government through strategic sale /disinvestment for the next financial year is a whooping Rs. 72,500 crore. There are 71 PSUs making profit continuously.

The Modi government is aggressively continuing its ‘selling the family silver’ to benefit the private corporates and big business. Whatever disinvestment or strategic sale so far done has shown how the people’s wealth is being handed over to the corporates for paltry sums.

Not only the trade unions, but a massive movement by the people is needed to stop this anti-national move of disposing of the nation’s wealth.

PARLIAMENT MARCH BY BSNLCCWF ON 22-02-2017- AIBDPA FULLY SUPPORTS.

BSNL CCWF is organising a Parliament March demanding their important issues on 22-02-2017. It is known to all that the casual and contract workers are the worst exploited section in BSNL. BSNL CCWF could achieve some of their demands, including wages, and orders are also issued by BSNL. In spite of this, it is not  being implementd in most of the circles.  Therefore the Parliament March is fully justified and AIBDPA fully supports the program. 

AN INSPIRING TAMILNADU CIRCLE CONFERENCE.

The 4th biennial circle conference of Tamil Nadu has been held successfully at Com.Parvathinathan Nagar, (Monkeys Restaurant) Elanji, near Courtalam on 19th and 20th February, 2017. Com.S.Mohandoss, Circle President presided over the open session at 10 AM on 19th inst. Com.R.Karumalaiyan, State Joint General Secretary, CITU inaugurated the conference with an effective and educative speech. Com.K.G.Jayaraj delivered the keynote address and explained in detail the recent developments particularly, the twin achievements of 78.2% IDA merger and annulment of 60:40 condition through sustained struggle. He also exhorted to strengthen AIBDPA for the settlement of the pending issues and pension revision from 01-01-2017. Coms.K.Raghavendran, General Secretary, AIPRPA, K.Arumugam, ACS, Chennai Telephones and BSNLEU leaders Coms.S.Chellappa, AGS, Babu Radhakrishnan, Circle Secretary, P.Indira, ACS and Susai Antony, District Secretary, Tirunelveli addressed. Coms.Ponraj, Chairman ,Reception Committee and C.K.Narasimhan, Circle Secretary welcomed and Com. S.Nataraja proposed vote of thanks.

In the subject session, Coms. C.K.Narasimhan, Circle Secretary and B.S.Geetha, Treasurer presented the report and audited accounts, respectively. 18 comrades participated in the discussion after which both report and accounts were adopted. Resolutions were adopted on important issues. 293 delegates participated in the conference out of which 26 were lady comrades.

Following are the important office bearers elected unanimously.

President : Com.P.Manickamoorthy, Circle Secretary : Com.C.K.Narasimhan and Treasurer : Com.S.Nataraja.

With vote of thanks by Com.P.Ramasamy, Circle Vice President and thunderous slogan shouting, the inspiring circle conference came to an end at 1530hrs on 20-02-2017.

The Reception Committee made excellent arrangements for the successful conduct of the conference.

TWO NEW BRANCHES FORMED IN NALGONDA SSA.

Com.N.Sudarshan Reddy, District Secretary, Nalgonda has reported that new two branches have been formed at Nalgonda and Suryapeta. The meeting of pensioners held at both places was attended and addressed by Com.N.Sudarshan Reddy. Office bearers were elected unanimously with the following important functionaries.

NALGONDA.

President : Com.S.Maraiah, Secretary : Com. V.Chandra Reddy and Treasurer : Com.K.Ramachandran.

SURYAPETA.

Patron  : Com.V.Krishnamoorthy, Rtd SDE, President: Com.T.Satyanarayana, Retd ADD, Secretary : Com.V.Subash

 

 

 

Ministry of Tourism partners with BSNL to offer free SIM cards to foreign tourists.

 

To promote tourism in India and to encourage e-visa, Ministry of Tourism partners with BSNL to offer free SIM cards to foreign tourists with e-visa. Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma launched this scheme on Wednesday to help foreign tourists to communicate in India. On arriving in India, foreign tourists will get free BSNL SIM cards from the government, which would be loaded with Rs 50 talk time and 50 MB data.

(courtesy: BSNLEU website)

A Pleasant Get-Together- V.A.N.NAMBOODIRI

It was a pleasant ‘get together’ held at T-12, Atul Grove Road (Office of BSNLEU NTR), New Delhi in the after noon of 16th February in connection with the shifting of Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Founder General Secretary of BSNLEU from Delhi to Calicut (Kerala). Almost all the leaders of the various Unions/Associations in BSNL, MTNL and NFPE and also CGE participated. Leaders of BSNLEU from Uttarakhand, Haryana and nearby stations attended.They shared tea and snacks and exchanged pleasantries and union matters sitting in the warm sunshine.

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri and wife Smt. Pankajam were garlanded and honourd with shawls etc. Comrades P.Abhimanyu, GS BSNLEU, Bagchi, Convener, Joint Forum of MTNL Unions/Associations, C.Singh, GS NFTE, S.S.Nanda, MTNL Pensioners Assn., R.N.Parashar, SG NFPE, Mohinder Singh FNTO, Balbir Singh, President BSNLEU, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS BSNLEU, Rasheed Khan, TEPU and other leaders spoke. Comrades Suresh Kumar GS BSNLMS and R.S.Chauhan, CS NTR BSNLEU conducted the proceedings and spoke. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri and Smt. Pankajam spoke expressing thanks and mentioned the united struggles that have been waged for defending BSNL and MTNL, the call of the CG employees for the strike on 16th March 2017 and other important issues. He assured the house that he will continue the ties with all and will be part of the ensuing struggles in the CGE sector and PSUs.

It was indeed a pleasant evening to be remembered.

MYSORE GEARING UP TO HOST THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING.

 

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THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF ALL INDIA BSNL DOT PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION IS BEING HELD AT COM.M.P.KUNHANANDAN NAGAR (REGIONAL TELECOM TRAINING CENTRE) MYSURU ON 23,24 FEBRUARY, 2017.

COM.K.K.N.KUTTY, SECRETARY GENERAL, NCCPA  WILL INAUGURATE THE OPEN SESSION AT 10 AM ON 23-02-2017. COM.A.K.BHATTACHARJEE, PRESIDENT WILL PRESIDE. COMS.V.A.N.NAMBOODIRI, VETERAN LEADER AND ADVISOR, AIBDPA, P.ABHIMANYU, GENERAL SECRETARY, BSNLEU AND OTHER LEADERS WILL ADDRESS.

THE MEETING WILL DISCUSS THE DEVELOPMENTS SINCE THE HISTORIC 2ND TRIENNIAL ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT TIRUPATI ON 2-3 FEBRUARY, 2016. THE ISSUES CONFRONTING PENSIONERS, ALREADY IDENTIFIED AND INCLUDED IN THE AGENDA, WILL BE DISCUSSED SERIOUSLY AND SUITABLE DECISIONS TAKEN.

AIBDPA HAS ALREADY DEMANDED MANDATORY PENSION REVISION FROM 01-01-2017 WHEN PAY REVISION IS IMPLEMENTED TO THE BSNL EMPLOYEES. LETTER IN THIS REGARD WAS GIVEN TO THE MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND SECRETARY, DOT AND A PRELIMINARY DISCUSSION ALSO HELD WITH BOTH. AT LEAST 50% IDA SHOULD BE MERGED WITH PAY/PENSION PRELUDE TO THE PAY REVISION.

DESPITE REPEATED ASSURANCES BY THE CMD, BSNL, THE QUARTERLY MEDICAL ALLOWANCE, STOPPED UNILATERALLY,  HAS NOT BEEN RESTORED.

THE TWO ANOMALIES CONSEQUENT ON 1ST PAY REVISION IN BSNL FROM 01-10-2000, ARE UNNECESSARILY BEING DRAGGED. THE FIRST ANOMALY FOR THOSE RETIRED WITHIN TEN MONTHS OF FORMATION OF BSNL, IN SPITE OF ASSURANCES BY DOT AND IN SCOVA IS TO BE SETTLED BY DOT WHEREAS THE SECOND ANOMALY, SENIORS GETTING LESS THAN JUNIORS DUE TO POINT TO POINT FIXATION , COULD BE SETTLED BY THE BSNL.

THOUGH WE COULD ACHIEVE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEMANDS OF 78.2% IDA MERGER AND ANNULMENT OF 60:40 CONDITION THROUGH SUSTAINED STRUGGLE, TWO ISSUES; ARREARS FROM 01-01-2007 AND ANOMALY CREATED DUE TO DENIAL OF PENSION, GRATUITY, COMMUTATION  AND LEAVE ENCASHMENT BASED ON 78.2% IDA TO THOSE RETIRED BETWEEN 01-01-2007 AND 09-06-2013,  ARE REMAINING TO BE RESOLVED. AIBDPA HAS ALREADY TAKEN UP THESE ISSUES WITH THE DOT AND ALSO BROUGHT TO THE NOTICE OF FORUM OF BSNL UNIONS.

AIBDPA HAS FULLY PARTICIPATED IN THE PROTEST DAY ON 15-02-2017 CALLED BY NCCPA AGAINST REJECTION OF OPTION 1 (PENSION PARITY), RECOMMENDED BY THE 7TH PAY COMMISSION AND “ACCEPTED” BY THE GOVERNMENT,  ON FLIMSY GROUND. WE ARE ALSO SUPPORTING THE AGITATIONAL PROGRAM OF CONFEDERATION INCLUDING ONE DAY STRIKE ON 16-03-2017 DEMANDING MODIFICATIONS ON UNILATERAL IMPLEMENTATION OF PAY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS , AS ASSURED BY THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE.

AIBDPA IS COMMITTED TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR PROTECTION OF BSNL ALONG WITH ALL THE UNIONS/ASSOCIATIONS IN BSNL. WE HAVE ALSO TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR SCRAPPING THE PFRDA ACT WHICH IS A REAL THREAT TO PENSION SECURITY.

AIBDPA, THE MIGHTY ORGANISATION OF BSNL AND DOT PENSIONERS IS NOT FOR ANY LIP SERVICES BUT WILL FORMULATE AN ACTION PLAN AND RESOLVE TO FIGHT AND ACHIEVE.