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SURENDRANAGAR DISTRICT CONFERENCE HELD WITH HUGE PARTICIPATION.

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Com.N.N.Patel, Circle President inaugurated the Surendranagar District Conference on 06-01-2019 and explained the current issues of pensioners. Com.J.V.Dhaneesha, District Patron presided over the conference. Com.Mohd Attaulla, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Com.V.K.Prajapati, ACS, Com.H.N.Pancholi, Circle Organising Secretary and Com.C.P.Sabhani, District President addressed. Com. M.K.Parejiya, District Secretary welcomed all and presented  the report. Com.H.N.Pancholi, Treasurer presented the audited accounts and were adopted after discussion. More than 150 delegates participated enthusiastically. 

Office bearers with Com.C.P.Sabhani (President), M.K.Parejiya (District Secretary) and Com.H.N.Pancholi(Treasurer) have been elected unanimously.

RECEPTION COMMITTEE COMMUNIQUE

Reception Committee

3rd All India Conference

All India BSNL  DOT Pensioners Association

56, Metcalfe Street, Room No. – 1H,

Kolkata – 700013, E-mail: aibdpa.3rdaic@gmail.com

 

K O L K A T A   C A L L I N G !

News Letter – dated 1st January, 2019

To

All CEC Members & District Secretaries of AIBDPA

 

Dear Comrades,

On behalf of the Reception Committee as well as three Circle Branches of AIBDPA working in West Bengal viz. Kolkata Telephones Circle, West Bengal Telecom Circle, Telecom Factory & Stores Circle and the affiliate Centre of Retired Telecom Officers (CORTO), we cordially welcome you along with your Delegates in the forthcoming 3rd Triennial All India Conference of AIBDPA scheduled to be held in Kolkata on 23-24 February, 2019. We are on the work along with the active support of BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF and with the valuable advice of the CHQ President Com. A. K. Bhattacharjee to make the AIC a resounding success. Com. K.G. Jayaraj, General Secretary, had encouraged us with his presence and speech in one meeting of the Reception Committee as also his visit of both the Auditorium and Camp. We sincerely hope and trust that successful conduct of the Conference will further strengthen the Pensioners’ movement at the state and all India level.        

You have already come to know various information regarding the Conference, through CHQ Journal, Website and Circulars. However, please note the following information. We will communicate latest information through the CHQ Website in future. We request you to keep constant watch on the CHQ Website.

The Conference will be held on 23rd and 24th February, 2019 at Purbashree Auditorium, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC), IB-201, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700106. This is a very high standard auditorium.

Accommodation for all Delegates and Observers is arranged in a single place – the State Youth Hostel inside the sprawling Salt Lake Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Stadium, which is within walking distance from the conference hall. The entrance is through Ramp No. 24, Gate No.-3 of the Stadium, opposite to AMRI Hospital (Salt Lake) or Gate No. 5 on Eastern Metropolitan By-pass Road. We have booked the accommodation from 22nd February (9 AM) to 25th February morning (8-30 AM). All these are two-tier cots. Considering the number of delegates and observers, we seek your kind co-operation to adjust with it. Food will also be served in this premises.

There will be Reception Camps at Howrah and Sealdah Railway Stations on 22nd and 23rd February to assist the incoming Delegates. The distance of both the venue and camp from Howrah and Sealdah Railway Stations is 10 KM and 5 KM respectively. From Airport, it is 12 KM.

The climate will be most pleasant in Kolkata during this period of the year – the season Basanta. However, considering any sudden fluctuation, comrades are requested to keep with them light warm clothing and one single-sized bed-sheet. All comrades are requested to keep valid Photo Identity Card with them without fail. They are also requested to bring one small lock and key for use in the dormitory locker.

Delegate Fee will be Rs. 1000 including Rs. 200 as CHQ Levy. All Delegates, Observers and Visitors shall have to pay this amount. CHQ has already allocated the number of Delegates entitled by the Circles.

We earnestly request the Circle Secretaries to send the full list of CEC Members, District-wise Delegates and Observers from their Circles to the Reception Committee by e-mail with the following details (for each and everyone) by 31st January’19. District Secretaries and other comrades are requested to send their particulars through the Circle Secretaries. (1) Name; (2) Individual Contact No.; (3) Age; (4) Female/ Male; (5) Date & Time of Arrival; (6) Mode of Travel (Rail/ Road/ Air); (7) Arriving Railway Station & Train Name/ Number; (8) Date & Time of Departure.

We are very much encouraged to note that the Jalgaon CEC meeting has called upon all Circle and District bodies to collect AIC Fund @ Rs. 100 from members and remit half of the collected amount to the Reception Committee. We are thankful that it has started coming.

There are many places of interest – historical, cultural, educational and religious – in Kolkata and the State of West Bengal. Places of excellent natural beauty including hill, forest and sea beach are also there. We hope, you will not miss the opportunity to visit some of those places and refresh yourselves, of course, before and after the Conference schedule.

With these few words, we seek comradely cooperation from all of you to make the Conference successful and memorable.

With warm greetings.

Reception Committee, 3rd AIC, AIBDPA

Chairman:

Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya

Eminent Lawyer, Former Mayor of Kolkata

Working Presidium:

Debabrata Basu, Susanta Ghosh, Supriya Mitra

Joint General Secretaries:

Pijush Chakraborty, Sanjib Banerjee

Treasurer:

Adhir Kumar Sen

Bank Account Details:

A/c Name: Reception Committee 3rd AIC AIBDPA

Bank Branch: Allahabad Bank, JL Nehru Road Branch, Kolkata

SB A/c No. – 50450962359;  IFSC Code: ALLA0211708

MICR Code: 700010085;  Branch Code: 211708

Contact Numbers:

Joint General Secretaries:

Sanjib Banerjee – 09477305005, Pijush Chakraborty – 09432455222,

Treasurer: Adhir Kr. Sen – 09433345317,

Joint Convenors (Office & Souvenir Sub-committee):

Mihir Dasgupta – 09433008989, Asis Das – 09433003645.

DHENKANAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE HELD SUCCESSFULLY.

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Com.A.C.Mohanty, Circle President inaugurated the Dhenkanal District Conference on 06-01-2019 with a detailed speech on the current issues confronting the pensioners. Com.Gopabandhu Ray, District President presided. Com.Dambarudhar Behera, District Secretary welcomed all and presented the report. Com.Benu Dhar Behera, Treasurer submitted the audited accounts. Com.S.R.Das , Circle Secretary was the guest of honour and delivered a special address. Com. A.Dhupal, Circle Patron also addressed and dealt on organisational issues. The problems of the pensioners raised by the delegates were appropriately replied by the leaders.

Office bearers with Com.Gopabandhu Ray (President), Com.Rabi Narayan Sahoo (District Secretary) and Com.Benu Dhar Behera (Treasurer) were elected unanimously.

Revision of pension w.e.f 1.1.2006 to 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500

 

No.38/33/12-P&PW (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

 

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003
Dated the 4th January, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of pension w.e.f 1.1.2006 of Pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500/-.

The undersigned is directed to say that as per Para 4.2 of this Department’s OM of even number dated 01.09.2008 relating to revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2006, the revised pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006, in no case, shall be lower than 50% of the sum of the minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay thereon corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired.

  1. Instructions were issued vide this Department’s OM of even number dated 28.1.2013 for stepping up of pension of pre-2006 pensioners w.e.f. 24.9.2012 to 50% of the sum of the minimum of pay in the pay band and the grade pay thereon corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008. A concordance table indicating the revised pension/family pension of pre-2006 pensioners in terms of instructions contained in para 4.2 of OM dated 1.9.2008 read with the OM dated 28.1.2013 was also annexed to the OM dated 28.1.2013. Subsequently, orders were issued vide this Department’s OM of even number dated 30.7.2015 that the pension/family pension of all pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners may be revised in accordance with this Department’s OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013 with effect from 1.1.2006 instead of 24.9.2012.
  2. In the aforesaid OM dated 28.1.2013 of Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 was shown as Rs. 4200/- and the minimum pension in terms of para 4.2 of the OM dated 1.9.2008 was shown as Rs. 8145/- (50% of minimum pay of Rs. 16,290/- as per fitment table for the pre-revised scale of pay of Rs. 6500-10500, annexed to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008).
  3. Order were issued vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM No.1.2008-IC dated 13.11.2009 that the posts which were in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 6500-­10500 as on 1.1.2006 and which were granted the normal replacement pay structure of grade pay of Rs. 4200/- in the pay band P13-2, will be granted grade pay of Rs. 4600/- in the pay band PI3-2 corresponding to the pre-revised scale of Rs. 7450-11,500 w.e.f 1.1.2006.
  4. Representations have been received in this Department for extending the benefit of grade pay of Rs. 46001- for revision of pension/family pension, w.e.f. 1.1.2006, in respect of Pre-2006 pensioners who retired/died in the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods. The matter regarding the amount of minimum pension/family pension in terms of para 4.2 of the O.M. dated 1.9.2008 in their case has been re-examined in the light of the orders issued by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their OM No. 1/1/08-IC dated 13.11.2009 and decisions of courts in certain cases. It has been observed that pay of all serving employees in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- has been fixed w.e.f. 1.2006 in the grade pay of Rs. 4600/-. Therefore, the grade pay of Rs. 4600/- can be considered as the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500/,
  5. Accordingly, it has been decided that, for the purpose of revision of pension/family pension e.f. 1.1.2006 under para 4.2 of the 0.M. dated 1.9.2008, the Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- may be considered as the corresponding Grade pay in the case of pre-2006 pensioners who retired/died in the 5th CPC scale of Rs. 6500-105001- or equivalent pay scale in the earlier Pay Commission periods,
  6. In accordance with the provisions of Rule 7 of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, the pay corresponding to the pay of Rs. 6500/- in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- would be 12090/- in the PB-2. After adding the grade pay of Rs. 4600/- , the pay in the Pay Band I Grade Pay corresponding to the pay of Rs. 6500/- in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 would he Rs. 16690/- (12090+4600). Accordingly, the revised pension w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in terms of para 4.2 of OM dated 1.9.2008, for the pre-2006 pensioners who retired from the pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500/- in the 5th CPC or equivalent pay scales in the earlier Pay Commissions would be Rs. 8345/, Accordingly the entries at serial number 13 in the annexure of this Department’s OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013 may be substituted by the entries shown in the statement annexed to this O.M.
  7. As provided in this Department’s OM dated 28.1.2013, in case the consolidated pension/family pension calculated as per para 4.1 of this Department’s OM No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008 is higher than the pension/family pension calculated in the manner indicated above, the same (higher consolidated pension/family pension) will continue to be treated as basic pension/family pension.
  8. In their application to the persons belonging to the India Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued in consultation with the controller and Auditor General of India. All the Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring the contents of these orders to the notice of Controller of Accounts/Pay and Accounts Officers and Attached and subordinate Offices under them. They are also requested to revise the pension of the affected pre-2006 pensioners in accordance with the instructions contained in this O.M. on a top priority basis.
  9. Hindi version will follow.

(Harjit Singh)
Director

WFTU SUPPORT FOR THE TWO DAY STRIKE ON 8-9 JANUARY, 2019

The World Federation of Trade Unions on behalf of its more than 95 million in 130 countries of the 5 continents expresses its internationalist solidarity and support to All India general strike on 8-9 January 2019.  The WFTU affiliates are taking a leading role in the preparations of the strike which is called by the joint platform of the 10 central trade unions and dozens of independent federations.

The forthcoming “All India General Strike” will be the third and biggest countrywide strike against the neo-liberal policy of Modi’s governance which is aligned with the World Trade Organization norms and is variously affecting the working class of India worsening its living and working conditions.

During the last years, the Indian working class has been resisting, undertaking struggles at local, sectoral and national level. The two-day general strike is the continuing and escalation of the previous struggles against the policy which creates a country of unemployment and stagnancy of wages in combination with rising prices, relentless attacks against the worker’s rights and unparalleled privatization policy of public sector.

In front of this situation the Trade Unions are rising up, fighting for dignified minimum wages and pension to all, creation of new dignified jobs, curbing of rising prices of essential commodities, universal, social security coverage to all, stoppage of privatization policy, end to the infraction of the labor and trade unions rights, end to contractualisation.

The World Federation of Trade Unions joints its voice with the call of the class-oriented trade unions for militant and massive participation of all the workers of the country regardless their sector or region.  The WFTU supports the fair demands of the declared strike, given that the class-oriented struggle for a dignified life and work is the only way out from the capitalist barbarity.

CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS OPPOSE TU ACT 1926 (AMENDMENT BILL)

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions denounced the unilateral move of the Govt of India to amend the Trade Union Act 1926 in the name of bringing about so called “transparency” and avoiding “duplicacy” as noted the press briefing by Union Cabinet.

But the text of the amendment, as available with the Central Trade Unions reveals the dubious intent of the Govt to usurp wide discretionary power with the Govt in the matter of recognition to central trade unions in total departure from existing mutually agreed practices being followed for last couple of decades, based on which verification of membership of central trade unions have been conducted number of times during last three decades. All the ten central trade unions jointly conveyed their opposition to the said Bill and also conveyed specific suggestions for changes on 10th August 2018. But none of the suggestions of the central trade unions has been accepted.

Central Trade Unions are confederations of the enterprise based registered trade union entities, which represent the workers in various tripartite or bipartite forums. Definition of the Central Trade Unions or eligibility of being considered as Central Trade Unions had already been unanimously formulated in joint meeting of the Central Trade Unions and the Union Labour Ministry on the basis of a minimum membership (to be jointly decided from time to time by similar joint meeting between the CTUOs and the Ministry of Labour & Employment) and spread over in four states. The proposed Amendment Bill has not deliberately incorporated this unanimously agreed formulation being followed from the very beginning and instead proposed “as may be prescribed” thereby usurping discretionary power with the Govt in the matter of procedure of recognition of central trade unions. Instead of so called “transparency” the Govt has been trying to retain arbitrary power in their hands in order to interfere in the trade union functioning. Already the dubious intent of the Govt stood thoroughly exposed in the manner the Govt has arbitrarily debarred the biggest central trade union in the country, Indian National Trade Union Congress(INTUC) representation in the tripartite committees including the Indian Labour Conference. All the ten central trade unions in the country opposed such proposal of the Govt.

Secondly, while the BJP Govt has been showing keenness in re-writing the procedure of recognizing central trade unions, they remain absolutely negative in making the employer mandatorily recognizing the trade unions at the enterprise level. As a result in many workplaces throughout the country, particularly in private sector, workers are being victimized only for forming their trade unions as had happened in Maruti-Suzuki in Manesar, Haryana and the latest of such incident has been in Yamaha in Tamilnadu. Numerous struggles are going on only on the demand of recognition of trade unions in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Rajasthan and other states. Existing law empowers the employer not to deal, if they like, with the trade union at the enterprise/workplace level, even if there is a single union. The entire trade union movement has been demanding since long the statutory provision of mandatory recognition of the trade unions at the enterprise level. But the proposed amendment bill totally ignored said long standing demands of the trade union movement thereby allowing their corporate masters to play ducks and drakes with the basic trade union rights of the workers.

The proposed Trade Union (Amendment) Bill 2018 as cleared by the Cabinet of Narendra Modi is the integral part of its package of so called “Labor Law Reforms” including the four code Bills repealing existing 44 labour laws, which is thoroughly designed with dubious articulation to impose conditions of slavery on the working people and totally abrogate trade union rights. All the trade unions in the country, barring the Govt-sponsored one led by RSS, rejected the proposed Bill with contempt it deserves and are determined to resist the pro-corporate changes in labour laws through united action. The working people of the country are going to demonstrate their contempt through the forth coming countrywide two days general strike on 8-9 January 2019 in a massive way.(Courtesy: Ganashakti)

SOME BENEFITS OF OLD PENSION SCHEME EXTENDED TO NPS- REPLY BY MINISTER IN PARLIAMENT.

Benefits of Old Pension Scheme to NPS

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Withdrawal of Pension Facility

Information regarding the number of Central Government employees in the country is not maintained centrally in this Ministry. As per information provided by Department of Expenditure, the total number of Central Government civilian employees, as on 01.03.2016, was 32, 21,183

Total number of Central Government civil pensioners, as on 31.03.2018, is 37, 02,882.

Central Government employees (except Armed Forces personnel) appointed on or after 01.01.2004 are covered under the National Pension System (NPS) notified vide Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affair’s) Notification No. 5/7/2003-ECB & PR dated 22.12.2003 and Section 20 of PFRDA Act, 2013. Such employees are, therefore, not covered by the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rule, 1972, which are allocable to Central Government civil employees appointed on or before 31.12.2003.

Under NPS a monthly contribution of 10 percent of basic pay plus dearness allowance is required to be made by the employees and a matching contribution is made by the Government. It has since been decided to increase the Government contribution to 14 percent of basic pay and dearness allowance.

On superannuation/retirement, at least 40% of the accumulated pension wealth of such subscriber is mandatorily utilized for purchase of annuity providing for a monthly or any other periodical pension and the balance of the accumulated pension wealth after such utilization is paid to the subscriber in lump sum.

In the event of death of a Government servant of his discharge from service on account of disability or invalidation on medical grounds, the benefit of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 are available to the Government employees of his family members.

Central Government employees covered under NPS are eligible for the benefit of retirement gratuity and death gratuity on the same terms and conditions as are applicable under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.

NPS employees are also eligible for other post-retirement benefits such as leave encashment, group insurance, medical facility, etc., as are applicable to employees appointed before 01.01.2014.

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