GUWAHATI CEC DECIDES FOR A PHASED PROGRAMME OF AGITATION FOR PENSION REVISION.

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Image may contain: 13 people, people smiling, crowdThe Central Executive Committee Meeting held at the BSNL Multi Purpose Hall, Guwahati on 24-25, November, 2019 has been significat that it took serious decisions on issues and oraganisation.

The CEC started with flag hoistings at 10AM on 24th November, 2019, National Flag by Com.P C Das, Chairman, Reception Committee, NCCPA flag by Com.S Rehman, Vice President, NCCPA and AIBDPA Flag by Com.Ananta Kr Bhattacharjee, President. Thereafter floral tributes were paid to the martyrs.

Open session started at 1030 AM and was presided over by Com.Ananta Kr Bhattacharjee, President. All the leaders and guests were honoured by the Reception Committee i typical Assam style. Com.P C Das welcomed the gathering highlighting the importance of Guwahati.

Com.Akhil Ranjan Dutta, Head of the Department of Political Science, Gauhati University inaugurated the conference with a educative and enthusiastic speech. He came down heavily on Modi government, acting like a subsidiary of American imperialism and resorting to fascist measures. Com.K G Jayaraj, General Secretary in his address remembered that 24th November is the foundation day of the great organisation, NFPTE in 1954 and recalled the glorious strikes waged. He also spoke on the issues of Pension revision, nonpayment of medical bills/allowance, BSNL revival and VRS. Coms.Satanjib Das, Ex Convenor, Joint Council of Trade Unions, Assam,S.Rahman, Vice President, NCCPA, Shri.M K Gogoi, CGMT, Com.Sankar Kr Das,, General Secretary, Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners Associations, Assam also addressed. Com.S N Sarma, General Secretary, Reception Committee proposed vote of thanks.

The subject session started at 3.30PM was inaugurated by Com.V A N Namboodiri, Advisor covering the current issues of pension revision, nonpayment of medical bills and VRS in the name of BSNL Revival. Com.K G Jayaraj, General Secretary presented the report on activities and Com.R A Nair submitted the unaudited account for 2018-19. Initiating the discussion, Com.K G Jayaraj narratted the present position on the important issues of pension revision and nonpayment of medical bills and allowances. He also readout a letter received from Com.P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU conveying the decision of their CEC meeting to seek legal remedy, in coordination with AIBDPA for pension revision of BSNL absorbed retirees with 15% fitment from 01-01-2017 and asked the CEC members to give their opinion on it. All theĀ  20 circle secretaries and 12 CHQ office bearersĀ  attended the CEC participated in the discussion. It emerged unanmously that we should wait for the post VRS scenario, considering the pros and cons of approaching the court. Meanwhile we should continue our agitatio on a phased manner.

On pension revision, it was felt that we should explore the possibility of a joint agitation with other pensioners organisations, and subject to modifications if required, the following phased programme was decided.

  1. Exhaustive campaign among the pensioners and signature campaign in the memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister- December, 2019
  2. . Meeting the Members of Parliament, irrespective of party affiliation, by District/Circle Secretaries and to seek their help in the settlement.- January, 2020.
  3. Mass Hunger Strike before the CCA offices – First week of February,2020
  4. . Parliament March during the Budget Session,2020.

On Non-Payment of Medical Bills and Quarterly Medical Allowance , the CEC decided to launch a Mass Dharna at SSA levels on 17-12-2019, and the importance of National Pensioners Day also to be highlighted.

The resolutions on important issues presented by Com.Saibal Sengupta, Organising Secretary on behalf of Resolution Committee were adopted.

The proposal of General Secretary to assign charges to the CHQ office bearers for circle branches was approved by the CEC.

The performance of the Reception Committee with Coms.P K Das (Chairman) M R Das (Working Chairman) and S N Sarma (General Secretary) came in for the allout praise of all the participants and the Cultural Programpresented in the night of 24th November, worth mentioning.