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There are approximately 100000 Central Govt Employees retiring every year

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

MoS (Personnel) Dr. Jitendra Singh addresses Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshop “Sankalp

Superannuating employees can be inducted into advisory bodies in their respective offices.

Addressing the Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) Workshop ‘Sankalp’ for the retiring employees of Ministries/Departments, organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW) here today, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the superannuating employees can be inducted into advisory bodies of their respective offices and also to dispose of grievances. Due to increasing life expectancy, an active life lies ahead of an employee at sixty years of age and the individual is at his prime capacity and energetic. Retirement should rather be viewed as the beginning of a new innings, he said. Such interactive workshops should come out with ideas on how best the services of retired employees can be utilized, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh said for the first time this Government has cared for Pensioners as much as for the working employees. Minimum pension has been raised to Rs.1,000, Jeevan Pramaan biometrics introduced for submitting digital Life Certificate, more than 1,500 obsolete rules scrapped and the Anubhav platform introduced for the first time for retiring employees to share their experience.

In his address, Shri KV Eapen, Secretary, DOP&PW and Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), said the DOP&PW has so far registered more than 2,000 pensioners and conducted Pre-Retirement Counselling for more than 3,300 employees under the Sankalp project. The Department has registered 19 Pensioners’ Associations and 16 NGOs to involve Central Government Pensioners in social activities.

The PRC workshops target retiring personnel two to two-and-a-half years before the retirement date. Topics covered are (i) Formalities to be covered for timely payment of retirement dues (ii) Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement (iii) Preparation of Will (iv) CGHS facilities after retirement and (v) Post-retirement opportunities through Sankalp.

The “Sankalp’ programme has been initiated by the Department towards this end and a web portal of the same name has also been launched. Pensioners, Pensioner Associations and NGOs can register on the website http//www.pensionersportal.gov.in/sankalp.

There are approximately 40,000 fresh retirees every year from the Central Government Civil establishments alone. This number could be close to 1,00,000 including defence, railways, posts and telecom. In addition there is a pool of around 50 lakh existing pensioners.

The central government should post sufficient staff in CCAs

The payment of pensionary benefits, including revision of pension etc. are unduly delayed for the DOT and BSNL pensioners. When the issue is taken with the CCA, they are telling that there is acute shortage of staff and they are not able to cope up with the large number of cases of pensioners, increasing every year.

AIBDPA has already demanded that sufficient staff should be posted for dealing with the issues of the pensioners and there should be no difficulty and delay in getting pension and connected benefits to the senior citizens

General Strike in Greece on January 12, 2018

PAME, the central union of Greece has called upon the entire workers to organise a strike on 12th January 2018 against the anti-workers decisions of the government, cutting the wages etc. The Circular issued by PAME is given below: AIBDPA support and extend solidarity to the strike.

“PAME Calls the Unions, the National Federations, the Regional Trade Union Centers to join the Strike action all over Greece against the new antiworkers’ bill forwarded by the Government on Friday January12.
Against this new attack PAME has called for General Strike on Friday, January 12. Dozens of
National Workers’ Federations, Regional Trade Union Centers and Trade Unions have already
responded to the call.
The GSEE-ADEDY (members of ETUC in Greece) and their unions have refused to call for Strike, so as to give time to the Government to abolish workers’ basic rights.
The new bill includes a series of antiworkers’ measures (abolition of any protection of
workers’ homes so as to be auctioned by the banks, new taxes, etc) as well as imposition of new
laws on trade union action and organization aiming to ban our right to go on strike.
The class trade unions are organizing a series of actions to strengthen workers’ response to the new attack and prepare massive participation to the strike under the Slogan “Hands off! From our Right to Go On Strike”
On Tuesday January 9 the class unions of Athens held a militant demonstration and protest to
the Ministry of Labour. When the Minister of Labor refused to meet with delegation of the class unions the workers entered the Ministry with force, hanged banners to the building, naming it “Ministry of Employers-European Union and IMF” and not of the labor. The protest forced the Minister to meet with delegation of the Unions, who demanded the cancellation of the bill that bans workers’ right to go on strike. The Minister refused to withdraw the bill and slandered the class unions.”

NEW DISTRICT BRANCH FORMED IN JUNAGADH SSA, GUJARAT.

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Com.M.B.Chaniyara, CHQ Organising Secretary and Circle Secretary inaugurated the largely attended meeting held at Junagadh on 07-01-2018 for the formation of new district Branch. The meeting heldAIM hall was presided over by Com.J.S.Bhatt, District President, BSNLEU. Com.D.K.Bautra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU was the Chief Guest. Coms.Ashaben Dave, Circle Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, Maru, Dist Secretary,SEWA BSNL, Gandhi, President SNATTA, Vaghasia, Dist Secretary, FNTO and a host of leaders greeted. Earlier, Com.A.H.Rathod, District Secretary, BSNLEU welcomed all the participants.

Office bearers were elected with Com.Rampal (President) and Com.J.S.Doshi (District Secretary)

WAGE REVISION AND PENSION REVISION- ALL UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS DECIDE FOR CONTINUOUS STRUGGLE- AIBDPA TO JOIN

The All Unions and Associations of BSNL in its meeting held on 08-01-2018 has decided to go on programme of action on the major issue of the workers and pensioners.The demands and the programme are given below:

Struggle programme:

 

  1. Whole day satyagraha for 5 days from 30.01.2018. The starting of the satyagraha will be marked by the paying of ‘shradhanjali’ at Gandhi Samadi at New Delhi on 30.01.2018, by the leaders of the “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL”.
  2. ‘Indefinite Work According to Rule’ from 30.01.2018.
  3. Massive “March to Sanchar Bhawan” on 28.02.2018.
  4. Leaders of “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL” will take all out efforts to meet Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, the Secretary DoT and CMD BSNL, within a week’s time.
  5. The meeting entrusted to Com. G.L. Jogi, Leader, SNEA, and to Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, with the responsibility of exploring possibilities to take legal action to roll back the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company.
  6. A Steering Committee consisting of the General Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA is formed to monitor the struggles.
  7. Meeting the leaders of political parties and Central Trade Unions, by 30.01.2018, to mobilise support in favour of the demands of “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL”.

Charter of Demands

Settle:-

  1. 3rdPay Revision with 15% fitment from 01.01.2017.
  2. Settle pension revision.
  3. Settle left-out issues of the II Pay Revision
  4. Roll back the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company.
  5. No reduction in the retirement age from 60 to 58 and no VRS.

AIBDPA fully supports the programme and extends all solidarity to the struggle, which is fully justified. They will participate in all the programmes as earlier. AIBDPA thanks the All Unions and Associations of BSNL for including the demands of the Pensioners also.

AIBDPA MEMBERS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED IN THE PROTEST DEMONSTRATION CALLED BY ALL UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF BSNL.

There was unprecedented huge participation in the lunch hour demonstration called by All Unions and Associations of BSNL on 08-01-2018 throughout the country. The protest action was against the formation of separate tower company and appointment of an IAS officer as CMD. Pensioners also participated in the demonstration as per the call of AIBDPA.

Director (HR) assures to positively review the reduction of the ceiling, for medical reimbursement with voucher, from 25 days to 23 days.

Recently, Management arbitrarily issued letter reducing the ceiling for medical reimbursement with voucher, from 25 days to 23 days. BSNLEU has already strongly protested this arbitrary reduction. In today’s meeting with the Director (HR), the GS and Dy.GS raised this issue and expressed their bitter opposition to the arbitrary action of the Management. The Director (HR) agreed to the view of BSNLEU and assured that the reduction of the ceiling would be positively reviewed. 

(BSNLEU website)

WFTU STATEMENT ON HUNGER DATA IN LATIN AMERICA.

At the end of 2017 and while imperialists and their international organizations boast about a globalized economy which, step by step, overcomes global capitalist crisis, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) figures refute the statements of imperialists and multinationals’ representatives, especially in the Latin America region.

However, the figures concerning hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean are revealing. According to the FAO Regional Office, hunger is on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean. The number of people suffering from hunger increased by 2,4 million from 2015 to 2016, reaching a total of 42,5 millions, according to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017.

As the FAO publications affirm: “The new data set shows that hunger in 2013 affected 39,1 million people (6,3 percent of the regional population), rising to 40,1 million in 2015 (6,3 percent) and reaching 42,5 million in 2016, 6,6 percent of the regional population.”

For the international class-oriented trade union movement it is not acceptable, as we advance into the 21st Century, for people to die from hunger or not being able to cover their basic needs. At the same time as the technological and scientific achievements could guarantee the well-being of the peoples of this region, imperialist forces, multinationals and monopolies keep plundering and depriving the workers of the region from their natural wealth and resources.

Therefore, the WFTU reaffirms that the only way out for the working class of the whole region is found in the struggles for a more just world, without capitalist barbarity; for a world where those who produce the wealth will be the owners of national resources. Only in this way the criminal phenomena of hunger, malnutrition, poverty and widespread misery will be eliminated. The WFTU, on its part, is committed to keep fighting until man by man exploitation is finally abolished.

PAYMENT OF PENSION SHOULD NOT BE STOPPED FOR NON LINKING OF AAFHAR WITH PENSION ACCOUNT.

Non linking of Aadhaar with Pension Account and Payment of Pension

In a reply to a question the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance has stated  in the Parliament that payment of Pension should not be stopped due to non-linking of the pension account with the Aadhaar number. And it is informed that in case if  it is not possible to have Digital Life Certificate either through finger prints or through Iris scanning, the physical life certificate submitted by the pensioner may be accepted to avoid any harassment to the pensioner.

PENSION RELATED GRIEVANCES ARE TO BE REDRESSED WITHIN 2 MONTHS- SAYS THE MINISTER; BUT WHO CARES….?

Pension related complaints

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Public and pension matter grievances received are generally related to various service issues. Pension grievances relate to non-payment/delay in payment of pensionary benefits, delay in revision of pension/family pension etc. All such grievances are required to be redressed in a decentralized manner by the Ministries/ Departments concerned as per work allocation under the Allocation of Business Rules, 1961. Grievances relating to State Governments are forwarded to them for appropriate action.

As per the guidelines issued by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, any grievance, including a pension grievance, is required to be redressed within a period of 2 months by the concerned Ministry/Department/Organization to which it pertains and in case it is not possible, an interim reply with reasons for delay is required to be provided.

Grievance disposal is monitored through review meetings with the representatives of Central Ministry/Department/Organisation. Reviews of grievances of Ministries/Departments are also undertaken every month during meetings conducted on PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation) platform. An Electronic Dashboard for Secretaries has been created showing the consolidated status of grievances disposed and pending on CPGRAMS. Weekly reminders through SMS are also sent for pending grievances.

When an official is allocated the work of redress of grievances, it is part of his/her responsibility, and action, if required, can be taken against the erring officials for dereliction of duties as per the relevant Service Rules.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question in the Lok Sabha today.