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BHANDARA DISTRICT CONFERENCE.

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Bhandara District in Maharashtra has held its biennial conference with good participation on 05-05-2022. Com.D J Zanzal presided over the conference. The report and accounts presented by Com. I S Chandel, District Secretary were adopted after discussion. Office bearers were elected unanimously with the following important functionaries; Com. I S Chandel (President) Com. Madhukar Parasram Fande (District Secretary) Com. Idris Khan.

UP (WEST) CIRCLE CONFERENCE HELD BEFITTINGLY.

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The 4th Circle Conference of Uttar Pradesh (West) Circle was held enthusiastically at Meerut on 05-05-2022. Com.Mohmad Israel, Circle President presided over the conference. Com.Nareshpal welcomed one and all. Com. S S Maurya, Circle Secretary presented the biennial report and Com. R V Singh, Treasurer submitted the audited accounts. District Secretaries and some of the delegates actively participated in the discussion that followed. The comrades highlighted the plight of the pensioners due to the unusual and unjustified delay in payment of medical benefits and delay in pension revision.

Com.K G Jayaraj, General Secretary spoke elaborately and explained the efforts and struggles being held on the important issues of denial of medical benefits and pension revision. Apart from the struggles oragnised by AIBDPA, several struggles were held jointly with NCCPA and Coordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNL CCWF. The Central Executive Committee meeting held on 05-03-2022 has decided for another phased programme of agitation which will be formulated shortly. He reminded the comrades , these are all related to the anti-worker, anti-pensioner and anti-PSU policies of the central government. Com.R S Chouhan, AGS and Com. Ansar Ali, Circel President, BSNLEU also addressed the conference.

The conference elected a 25 member office bearers unanimously and the following are the important functionaries; Com. Mohmad Israel (President) Com. Naresh Pal (Circle Secretary) Com.Ganga Singh (Treasurer).

MEETING WITH PGM(ESTT), BSNL.

Com.K G Jayaraj, General Secretary met Shri. Saurab Tyagi, PGM(Estt), BSNL Corporate Office on 04-05-2022 and discussed the following issues.

(1) Anomaly in Pension due to point to point fixation during the first pay revision in BSNL.

General Secretary handed over a reminder of the detailed letter dated 28-10-2021 along with the copy of that letter and requested early action for settlement of the long pending issue. The PGM stated that BSNL has only little to do in this regard and DoT has to take a decision. general Secretary told him that the issue has already been taken up DoT also and a reminder also given recently and discussion had with DDG(Estt). He then agreed to look into it.

2. Mishandling of missing case and resultant denial of family pension- case of Shri. A Joga Rao, Regular Mazdoor, Visakhapatanam.

A detailed letter with copy of all necessary documents on the issue was handed over to the PGM. General Secretary explained the issue and stressed that it is a clear case of missing employee and mishandled by BSNL Visakhapatnam authorities. He requested necessary action for reconsideration and grant of family pension to his widow, Smt. A Rajeswari. PGM had a patient hearing and assured to do the needful.

NTR DELHI CIRCLE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD.

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Com. V A N Nambbodiri, Advisor inaugurated the Circle Executive Committee meeting of NTR, Delhi at Union office, Eastern Court on 02-05-2022. Com. R C Malhotra, Circle President presided over the meeting. Com. D P S Shishodia, Circle Secretary welcomed all and presented the report. Com. K G Jayaraj, General Secretary addressed and explained the issues in detail. Com. R S Chauhan, AGS, Com. Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, BSNLMS and Com. R S Sagar, Circle Secretary, ALTTC also addressed.

KUTCH BHUJ DISTRICT CONFERENCE .

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The 3rd biennial conference of Kutch Bhuj was held at Bhuj on 29-04-2022. Com. M B Chaniyara, Circle Secretary and CHQ Organising Secretary inaugurated the conference and explained the issues confronting the pensioners. Shri. R P Marvada, GM, Bhuj was the Chief Guest and greeted the conference. Shri. Rajesh Panchal,IFA also participated and greeted. Coms. R U Anjariya, Circle Treasurer, V D Dhamsaniya, Asst. Circle Treasurer and N N Kaneriya, District Secretary, Jamnagar addressed the conference. Com.M M Vaidya welcomed one and all. The report and accounts presented by Com.J T Sanghvi were adopted after discussion.

Office bearers were elected unanimously with Com. J T Sanghvi (President) Com. M M Vaidya (District Secretary) and Com. Akshay S Pathak (Treasurer).

MEETING WITH DOP&PW.

**Com.V A N Namboodiri Advisor and Com.K G Jayaraj General Secretary visited both offices of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, at Loknayak Bhawan,Khan Market, New Delhi and at Janpath Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi on 29-04-2022.

The delegation first discussed the issue of pension revision of BSNL absorbed pensioners with the concerned officers. They pointed out that certain officers at DoT have told that the approval of DOP&PW is necessary for processing the issue of Pension Revision. Shri. Charanjit Tanej, Under Secretary stated that a clear and definite proposal has to come from DoT, being the administrative department. They should also evolve/ formulate a formula to avoid anomaly, if any, for the post 2017 pensioners. The delegation replied that anomaly is nothing new and a common phenomenon and could be settled with one or another formula.

Thereafter the delegation met Shri. Naresh Bharadwaj, Deputy Secretary and brought to his notice the detailed letter sent earlier to him on the poor functioning of CPENGRAMS with scant regard to the guidelines issued by the DOP&PW. The delegation pointed out two glaring cases of closure of the grievances based on irrelevant rather absurd replies received from the lowest level of officers of the concerned department. Another case was closed by giving the contact address of the concerned officer. The guidelines issued clearly reiterates that no grievance should be closed until it’s final resolution. He assured to examine and do the needful.