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MASSIVE DHARNA AT CORPORATE OFFICE AND CIRCLE OFFICES BY CASUAL CONTRACT WORKERS- PENSIONERS ALSO PARTICIPATED.

The Dharna on 16-07-2019 called by BSNL CCWF and BSNLEU against retrenchment of contract workers, nonpayment of wages  for the last six months and immediate action on revival of BSNL was held at Corporate office, New Delhi and all Circle offices with massive participation. Pensioners also participated at all places as per the call of AIBDPA.

At BSNL Corporate office, New Delhi the Dharna was addressed by Coms.P Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, V A N Namboodiri, President, BSNL CCWF, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNL CCWF, K G Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy General Secretary, BSNLEU, Gokul Borah, Treasurer, BSNLEU, R S Chouhan, Vice President,BSNLEU & AGS,AIBDPA and a host of leaders.

CONDOLENCE MEETING HELD ON THE SAD DEMISE OF COM. NAREN MAJUMDER

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A Condolence meeting was held at Kolkata on 15-07-2019 jointly by AIBDPA and CORTO on the sad demise of Com. Naren Majumder, veteran leader who was the Organising Secretary of CORTO and Circle Auditor of AIBDPA Kolkata Telephones. , . The meeting was presided Jointly by Com. Byomkesh Chakraborty and Com. Supriya Mitra and  addressed by com. Ananta Bhattacharjee, com. D. Basu, com. Sanjib Banerjee, com.Swastika Dasgupta, com. Supriya Mitra, com.Saibal Sengupta, com. Lakshmi Bhattacherjee ,com. Sunil Datta, com. Nilay Roy ,com.Gouri Halder and com..Mihir Dasgupta.

PENSION REVISION- MEETING WITH DOT OFFICERS.

Com.V A N Namboodiri and Com.K G Jayaraj, General Secretary visited Sanchar Bhawan on 15-07-2019 to meet the top buerocrats of DoT to ascertain the actual position of pension revision. Firstly they wanted to meet Ms.Arunasundararajan, Secretary, DoT , but she happened to be in a meeting and was asked to wait a little. However, they could not meet her as she was summoned by the Minister.

Then they met Shri. Debatosh Manna, Member(Service) who stated that though he is ready to help, the file has not come to him as it is routed through the Additional Secretary. The representatives thereafter met Ms.Anuradha Mitra, Member (Finance). According to her a policy decision has to be taken by the government to revise the pension before wage revision. The representatives then pointed out that the former Minister of State for Communications had assured the AUAB leaders to delink wage revision for pension revision and a concrete proposal in this regard has to be sent to the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare. 

MEETING WITH CMD, BSNL

  • Com. V A N Namboodiri, Advisor and Com. K G Jayaraj, General Secretary have met Shri. P K Purwar, the new CMD, BSNL on 15-07-2019. 

They congratulated the CMD for his appointment and wished him all success.

The represetatives brought to his notice about the miserable plight of the retirees due to non payment of medical claims both indoor and outdoor and the quarterly medical allowance without voucher for the last 10 to 12 months. A letter in this regard was handed over to him.

The CMD stated that he is sympathetic on the issue but drew the attention to the acute financial situation of BSNL incurring a deficit of Rs. 1000 crore every month. He also pointed out that BSNL cannot afford to the BSNL MRS in the wake of severe financial crisis and may have to evolve another affordable scheme. He requested the represetatives to advise the retirees to switch over to CGHS where ever possible.

However efforts will be made to allot some funds for clearing the pending claims both with voucher and without voucher subject to the improvement of the financial position.

PROTEST DAY OBSERVED IN TAMIL NADU AGAINST UNDUE DELAY IN PAYMENT OF MEDICAL ALLOWANCE AND MEDICAL BILLS TO THE RETIREES, AS DECIDED BY THE 5TH CIRCLE CONFERENCE.. DEMONSTRATIONS WERE HELD AT ALL DISTRICTS AND EMAIL SENT TO CGM, TAMIL NADU. .

CHENNAI CGMT OFFICE- COM.C K NARASIMHAN , CIRCLE PRESIDENT ADDRESSING.

VELLORE- COM.B JOTHI, DISTRICT SECRETARY ADDRESSED

COIMBATORE- COM.V.VENKITARAMAN, DISTRICT SECRETARY ADDRESSING

TIRUPPUR BRANCH

ERODE- COM.N KUPPUSAMY, CIRCLE SECRETARY ADDDRESSED

TUTICORIN- COM.S MOHANDOSS, CHQ VICE PRESIDENT ADDRESSING.

KOVILPATTI

TIRUNELVELI-COM.D GOPALAN, DISTRICT SECRETARY ADDRESSING

NAGERCOIL- COM. A MEENAKSHISUNDRARAM, DISTRICT SECRETARY ADDRESSING

CUDDALORE- COM.I M MATHIASHAKAN, DISTRICT SECRETARY ADDRESSING

PONDICHERRY- COM.RAMAKRISHNAN, DISTRICT SECRETARY ADDRESSING

 

 

 

EDITORIAL OF TELE PENSIONER, APRIL-JUNE 2019.

Editorial.

BUDGET REFLECTS PRO-CORPORATE AND ANTI-PEOPLE POLICY OF NDA GOVERNMENT.

Concessions for the Rich and Burden for the Common people.

Narendra Modi government has again been voted to power with an increased  majority,BJP alone secured 303 seats and 353 with the alliance parties. BJP made it possible by stitching alliance in almost all states even sacrificing sitting seats. What about the opposition parties?  Congress, being the main opposition party, miserably failed to bring the opposition parties together and showed lack of leadership capability. BJP, in its election campaign cleverly avoided the burning issues of the people like record unemployment, farmer suicides,labour law reforms to the disadvantage of workers, attack on PSUs etc. On the contrary they succeeded in arousing fake nationalism in the wake of terrorist attacks at Fulwama in Kashmir and the counter attack . They also utilized religious and caste sentiments wherever possible. Most of the  print and visual media were made to propagate BJP campaign with muscle power and money. Election commission and EVMs are also reported to have played a crucial role in BJP victory. Still BJP could not secure a single seat from the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Congress could just improve its tally of 44 to 52, still short of 3 seats to get the position of Leader of Opposition. Left parties also suffered severe setback securing just 5 seats, 4 from Tamil Nadu and 1 from Kerala. DMK in Tamil Nadu took the initiative to forge unity of all democratic and left parties which proved to be formidable. 

Now, Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister has presented her maiden budget in the Parliament on 5th July, 2019. The budget proposals clearly indicate how aggressively Modi government would implement the neo-liberal policies in its second term also. Concessions are given lavishly to the corporate to the extent of Rs.8.9 lakh crore, corporate tax limit for 25% is changed from Rs.200 cr to Rs.400 crore. Acting upon the proposals of Niti Ayog, the budget envisages to garner Rs.1,05,000 crore from the sale of PSU shares. Air India sell off is back on the agenda, 100% FDI is allowed in intermediatory firms of insurance sector, aggressive privatization of Railway, Petrol,diesel levies hiked by Rs.2 per litre which would cause price hike of essential commodities too, Allotment for Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Scheme cut by Rs.1000 crore.  Agricultural sector is neglected; Nothing new for the farmers in distress other than proposed in the interim budget. The proposal to commercialise the social security schemes is a matter of concern.

There is no change in the income tax slabs and the income limit for no tax is retained to Rs.5 lakh , as proposed in the interim budget. The government seems to be  firm in reforming the  labour laws, by proposing in the budget to limit the labour laws to just 4 codes.  It is very clear that the budget proposals are a real challenge to workers, farmers and the common people. So, there is no other way other than to fight against the possible onslaught of the government.

COM.NARENDRA NATH MAJUMDER PASSED AWAY.

Com.D Basu, AGS and Secretary CORTO has reported that Com.Narendra Nath Majumder, Organising Secretary of CORTO has passed away on 05-07-2019. He was a good organiser and successfully organised many struggles of P&T employees including the glorious 19th September, 1968 strike. After retirement he played an active role in organising the pensioners and waging many struggles for the cause of pensioners.

AIBDPA express deep sorrow on the sad demise of Com.Narendra Nath Majumder and convey heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and comrades.