JAMNAGAR DISTRICT CONFERENCE HELD BEFITTINGLY.

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Com. M B Chaniyara, Circle Secretary inaugurated the Jamnagar District Conference with a detailed speech on the current developments with regard to the issues of the pensioners.  The conference held on 22-09-2019 was presided over by  Com.I K Borkhataria, District President.Shri. K C Shethi, CAO, Shri. Dilipkumar Varma, AO, Coms. V D Dhamsania, Circle Vice President, R U Anjaria, Circle Treasurer, H D Jadeja and S S Dubey  District Secretary & President BSNLEU, respectively, addressed the conference. Com. N N Kaneria welcomed the gathering and presented the report. Com. J D Kacha, Treasurer presented the audited accounts and both were adopted after discussion.

New set of office bearers were elected unanimously including Com. I K Borkhataria (President), Com. N N Kaneria (District Secretary) and Com. J D Kacha (Treasurer)

BIHAR CIRCLE CONFERENCE HELD ENTHUSIASTICALLY.

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The 1st biennial circle conference of Bihar has been held most sucessfully at P&T Community Hall, Patna on 20-21 September, 2019 with good participation of Pensioners from all part of Bihar. Com. B P Singh, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU and Chairman, Reception Committee welcomed one and all. Com. R N Singh, Circle President controlled the proceedings. Delivering the inaugural address, Com. K G Jayaraj, General Secretary explained the formation of AIBDPA, the struggles waged and the acheivement of genuine demands by which it has grown as the biggest pensioners association in BSNL. General Secretary also explained our just and reasonable demand of pension revision from 01-01-2017 with 15% fitment, delinking wage revision and the crisis in BSNL which is part of the evil design of the central government to eliminate BSNL for the sake of private telecom companies, particularly Reliance Jio and AIBDPA is committed to join the struggle of AUAB to protect BSNL.

Participating as the Chief Guest, Shri. G C Shrivastava, CGMT, Bihar assured all possible help at his level for speedy settlement of pensioners isses and emphasised the necessity of continuation of BSNL in the public sector for the larger interests of the people. Com.Sanjib Banerjee, Asssistant General Secretary congratulated the circle branch for organising the conference in an effective manner reflecting the advancement of AIBDPA in Bihar.

Com. N K Shrivastava, Circle Secretary presented the report on activities covering almost all the developments and the audited accounts. All the District Secretaries and some of the delegates participated in the discussion and non payment of medical bills and quarterly medical allowance was raised seriously by the comrades. Circle Secretary, Com. N K Shrivastava summed up the discussion with appropriate clarifications after which the both the report and accounts were adopted.

Thereafter a 21 member Circle Office Bearers were elected unanimously including;

Com. S N Singh (Advisor) Com.B P Singh (Patron), Com. R N Singh (President) Com. N K Shrivastava (Circle Secretary) and Com. B N Rai (Treasurer)

Reception Committee consisting of bot BSNLEU and AIBDPA comrades made allout efforts which made the conference a historic success.

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51st Anniversary of of historic 19th September 1968 strike- V A N Namboodiri

 

51 years are over after the historical one day token strike of the Central Government employees which took place on 19th September 1968.

It was a strike which shook the government and the country. More than 30 lakhs of CG employees participated keeping the country to a standstill. The P and T workers with their strategical position in the Communication sector ensured that the entire machinery of the governments, both at central and states were paralysed.

It was a struggle for the dignity of labour, for the 15th ILC approved Need Based Minimum Wage, for full neutralisation in cost of living through Dearness Allowance and such other demands. The demands were well understood by the workers despite the false and anti- propaganda of the government.

The Indira Gandhi Government used the hated Essential Service Maintenance Ordinance(ESMO) and other anti-worker ordinances to suppress the struggle, instead of conceding the just demands of the workers. The workers did not flinch; they had the bitter experience of the 1960 strike which was treated as ‘Civil Rebellion’ and tried to be suppressed by then then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The workers had understood the policy of the government, which was only to support the rich and ignore the justified demands of the workers.

It is to the credit of the Communist Government in Kerala,  headed by Com.EMS Namboodiripad, who declared that his government will not use the ESMA against the striking government employees, despite the central government warned him that failure to implement ESMA may result in dismissal of his government.

Thousands of workers were arrested, jailed, terminated, suspended, dismissed and heavily victimised. NFPTE and other CGE unions were derecognised. For the first time after the formation of the united organisation, NFPTE in 1954, a fake union was floated, which later became FNPTO to serve the interests of the ruling political party.

I still remember the enthusiasm of the workers in preparing for the strike and participation despite threat of dismissal and victimisation. I was working at calicut at that time. Thousands of people and supporters of the strike had collected in front of the Telephone Exchange blocking the road for almost half a km. The strike was a big success. In Calicut alone, 44 temporary employees were terminated, 95 suspended in P and T and almost all the active workers charge-sheeted and punished. It was similar in other departments. I was out of service for about three years and was reinstated after transfer to another division. This was the case with many of the leaders and active workers and even ordinary members. 9 workers became martyrs after being shot dead.

Many years have passed since then. The workers are now getting DA automatically, whenever there is an increase in the cost of living. Strike victimisation has come down. Usually only dies-non is issued for participation in the strike, except in isolated cases. Recognition of the union is not withdrawn.

A similar situation of struggle is gathering storm. The Minimum Wage as per Dr. Akroyd formula which is around Rs.26,000 is not implemented. The VII CPC has recommended only Rs. 18,000. The struggle of the CG Employees will continue for justice. BSNL employees, who were part of the CG Employees earlier, always keeps close connection with the CG employees including very cordial relations of the unions/associations.

On this 51th anniversary of the historical strike, I pay homage to the martyrs of the 1968 September 19th Strike. The great leaders who led the strike, the workers who implemented the call – we remember all of them, some still in the movement, all of them retired and some already no more with us. I will always remember those comrades who were part of this great struggle and contributed for a better future for the working class. ( The history of the 1968 Strike is fully described in the book ” History of P and T Trade Union Movement” written by me and published by NFPE. Copies are available with NFPE Hqrs. Price: Rs.100)

Towards Struggle for a better world for the workers!

 

BSNLEU REATAINS FIRST POSITION 7TH TIME CONSECUTIVELY- HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS.

BSNL Employees Union , the champion of unity and struggle, has retained the first position in the 8th Membership verfication held on 16th September, 2019. It has secured 48,127 votes (43.44%) and will be the main recognised union. NFTE also will get the status of second recognised union with 39,132 votes (35.32%). All other unions got only nominal votes and insignificant percentage of votes.

The victory of BSNLEU is more significant that it has come out in flying colours overcoming the most difficult time resisting the slanderous campaign let loose by the vested interests , accusing it for the financial crisis of BSNL and non-achievement of wage revision etc. The result clearly shows that the BSNL workers have overwhemly rejected the ill motivated campaign and reposed their faith in BSNLEU.

AIBDPA heartily congratulate all the leaders and other comrades of BSNLEU fot their relentless efforts since the declaration of the membership verification and the BSNL employees for their continued support. We also congratulate AIBDPA comrades for the help and co-operation extended to BSNLEU for its victory.

October 1 – International Day of Pensioners

 

1stOctober every year is observed throughout the world as the International Day of Pensioners as per the call of the Trade Union International (Pensioners & Retirees). It is based on the decision of the United Nations to observe the day as International Day of Seniors / Elderly to focus on the issues of the elder people, whose number is increasing every year. In India also it is being observed and celebrated every year, both by the government and the organisations for the welfare of the pensioners / retirees.

After serving the nation and the people for many years, the pensioners are expected to live a dignified and respectable retired life. But the reality is different. They got health problems. They require companionship and assistance. But often, they are ignored even by their own families. They are not cared for. Their security is not ensured. Financially they are in difficulty.

The right for pension is being questioned and the pensioners are treated as a burden for the government. Pension and retirement benefits are being attacked globally in the name of austerity measures. In India, the defined statutory pension for retired government employees have been changed in to contributory pension, for those recruited from 2004. The National Pension Scheme (NPS) is nothing but a No Pension Scheme. The regular employment is being replaced by fixed tenure employment, for which there will neither be pension nor retirement benefits.

Many of the benefits ensured to the pensioners and retirees in the aftermath of the II World War are being taken away. Globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation process, with the single motive for profit has worsened the situation of the elderly and the pensioners.

Pension Revision due from 01-01-2017 is yet to take place for BSNL retirees. Medical Allowance is not paid for months. There is no guarantee that the Modi government will take urgent action on these issues.

It is in this context that the TUI(P&R), affiliated to the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), has called upon the pensioners’ organisations throughout the world to observe 1st October 2019 as the International Day of Struggle for the Rights of Pensioners and Retired People with particular emphasis on dignified life including food, transport and housing.

AIBDPA calls upon all its units to observe the day, by holding meetings, demonstrations, seminars etc. with massive participation. The issues of the pensioners and the agitation and struggles being organised by AIBDPA are to be focussed. Reports of the observation of the day should be sent to the CHQ.

OBSERVE THE DAY OF STRUGGLE ON OCTOBER 1!

DUE TO THE ONEM HOLIDAYS, DEMONSTRATION ,AS PART OF CALL ATTENTION DAY ON 12-09-2019, WAS HELD IN KERALA CIRCLE ON 17-09-2019.

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ERNAKULAM- COM.P V CHANDRASEKHARAN, PATRON INAUGURATING

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM- COM.M KRISHNAN, SECRETARY GENERAL, CONFEDERATION OF CGE&WORKERS INAUGURATING.

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KOZHIKODE- COM. V A N NAMBOODIRI, ADVISOR INAUGURATING

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ALAPPUZHA- COM.K G JAYARAJ, GENERAL SECRETARY INAUGURATINGImage may contain: 9 people, including Thankachan John and Tatapati Ramu, people standing and outdoor

MAVELIKARA, ALAPPUZHA DISTRICT- COM. K P KESAVAN NAIR, DISTRICT PRESIDENT INAUGURATING.Image may contain: 13 people, including Suku VK, people smiling, people standing and outdoorKOLLAM- COM. R ARAVINDAKSHAN NAIR, TRASURER & CIRCLE PRESIDENT INAUGURATING.

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MALAPPURAM- COM.ABDULLA, DISTRICT SECRETARY, BSNLEU INAUGURATING

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KOTTAYAM- COM.P R MOHANAN, ASSISTANT CIRCLE SECRETARY INAUGURATED.

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PATHANAMTHITTA- COM.K.J.SANALKUMAR, CIRCLE TREASURER INAUGURATED.

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KANNUR- COM. P MANOHARAN, CIRCLE PRESIDENT, BSNLEU INAUGURATING.

 

 

Annual Health Check-up at Hospitals empanelled under CGHS in respect of CGHS Pensioner beneficiaries (Primary card holders) aged 75 years and above

 

Z.15025/36/2019/DIR/CGHS/CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated, the 19th August, 2019

Office Memorandum

Subject: Annual Health Check-up at Hospitals empanelled under CGHS in respect of CGHS Pensioner beneficiaries (Primary card holders) aged 75 years and above- regarding

With reference to the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to state that the matter relating to Annual Health Check-up at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS in respect of elderly CGHS beneficiaries was under consideration at this Ministry and it has now bean decided that hereinafter, CGHS Pensioner beneficiaries (Primary Card holders) aged 75 years and above shall be permitted to undergo ‘Annual Health Check-up’ at CGHS empanelled hospitals.

Permission in respect of CGHS Pensioner beneficiaries (Primary Card holders) aged 75 years and above shall be granted by CMO in charge of CGHS Wellness Centre.

The private hospitals empanelled under CGHS shall perform the Annual Health Check-up at CGHS rates and extend cashless facility for the same in respect of CGHS Pensioner beneficiaries (Primary Card holders) aged 75 years and above.

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(Rajeev Attri)
Under Secretary to Government of India

View the Order

FARIDABAD DISTRICT BRANCH FORMED.

In a well attended meeting of BSNL and DoT pensioners held on 13-09-2019 , a new District Branch has been formed at Faridabad in Haryana.  The meeting was presided over by Com.Jaldeep Singh Yadav. Inaugurating the meeting, Com. Kuldeep Singh, Circle Secretary gave a good account of the issues confronting the pensioners and the present crisis being faced by BSNL.

A sixteen memeber office bearers were elected unanimously including Com. Jaldeep Singh Yadav (President),  Com.Mahendra Singh Verma (District Secretary) and Com. Ram Kumar Sharma (Treasurer)