The Coordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA & BSNLCCWF, in its meeting held on 04-06-2022 had decided to organise Human Chain program against National Monetisation Pipeline and Privatisation spree of the central government. The program stands postponed due to the trade union class of BSNLEU being held on 6-7, July, 2022. The next date of human chain will be decided in due course and intimated. The inconvenience caused in this regard is regretted.
National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Associations
Thursday, June 23, 2022
NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS
(Registrd under the Trade Union Act,RTU/01/2021 DATED 7.01.2021.PAN No. AAEAN8586F)
13-c Feroze Shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001.
The NCCPA CHQ had been receiving innumerable messages, communications and phone calls over the functioning of CGHS in many towns and Cities. Most of the Pensioners had been complaining of the non-availability of cashless treatment from the hospitals empanelled by CGHS. The hospitals had stopped these facilities because of the huge arrear dues accumulated on account of the non-payment of their bills by the Government. The other constant complaint had been the exclusion of reputed hospitals from the empanelled list as the Government through the tendering system has gone in for cheap hospitals which had no facilities worth the name. Since the deteriorating set up of CGHS had been giving room for similar complaints amongst the working employees, it was decided that the Secretary Generals of Confederation and NCCPA must call on the Additional Secretary, CGHS in the Health Ministry. Accordingly Com. R.N. Parashar, Secretary General, Confederation and Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Secretary General NCCPA met Shri Alok Saxena, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health on 21.06.2022. The following issues were brought to his notice.
(a) Delay in payment due to empanelled hospitals, consequent upon which the withdrawal of these hospitals from the CGHS.
(b) The need to revise the rates of procedures, which was fixed in 2014;
(c) The non-availability of reputed hospitals in many towns in the list of empanelled hospitals of CGHS.
(d) The need to have an expeditious decision over the health insurance scheme especially for the pensioners who stay in non-CGHS areas;
(e) Extension of CCS(MA) Rules to pensioners who are not covered by CGHS.
(f) Need to increase FMA.
(g) Delay in the reimbursement of expenses incurred by the pensioners in private hospitals on emergency.
(h) Holding meeting of the National Council JCM committee on health related demands.
Shri Saxena said that the delay in the payment to hospitals empanelled had been due to a hitch in the system that has come about on account of the change in the vendors. The issue is being addressed and the same would be sorted out in a month’s time, he added. He also said that instructions have been issued to the CGHS authorities, (spread over the country) to settle the bills of the private hospitals where the beneficiaries have gone for treatment on emergency restricting the entitlement to CGHS rates. He said that the beneficiaries’ complaints are over the restriction on rates. He explained that some of the rates charged by the Private Hospitals are exorbitant and would be difficult to accept. Regarding revision of rates, the technical committee of Health Ministry had been periodically reviewing these rates and wherever they had suggested for revisions, the same had been done. In respect of other issues discussed, he assured the delegation that on receipt of the request from the secretary Staff Side the meeting of the committee would be convened as quickly as possible.
The last meeting of the Committee of NC JCM was held in 2019 and even in that meeting, eleven items included in the agenda could not be discussed. This apart, several agenda items had been sent to the Health Ministry by the Staff Side. In 2020, a meeting was held only to discuss the corona related issues. Thereafter no meeting had been held and the issues remain unresolved. The NCCPA National Executive is expected to meet by the end of the month. Most of the affiliates are of the opinion that unless programmes of actions are mounted the resolution would not come about. The National Executive of Confederation which met on 14th has also come to the conclusion. However, the Secretary, Staff Side National Council , who is also our President will make efforts to have another round of discussion with the health Ministry authorities.
20 Jun 2022
The World Federation of Trade Union, which represents 105 million members in 135 countries, expresses its support for the strike action by almost all British rail companies for 3 days from 21 June, the first time this has happened since the privatisation of British rail in 1994.
We stand in solidarity with the struggle of the WFTU-affiliated RMT, which has succeeded in building this historic strike through a months-long internal democratic process among its affiliates in each company.
The WFTU supports the legitimate demands of British railway workers for more public service jobs, better wages and pensions, and better collective agreements for railway workers, as well as the re-nationalisation of British railways to serve the needs of users before the profits of private companies.
Long live the British rail workers’ strike, Victory to the RMT!
CHQ is very saddened to report the untimely and unexpected demise of Com. Rajkumar Raut on 22-06-2022. He was a very active and influential leader who took up the responsibility of the District Secretary, AIBDPA and made it a vibrant and strong unit within a short time. He was also functioning as the District President of BSNL Employees Union, Amravati.
AIBDPA pays respectful Homage to the departed leader and conveys heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends
The declaration of the three phased agitation for settlement of pension revision, immediate payment of pending medical claims, payment of frozen IDA instalments, implementation of Parliamentary standing committee recommendations etc by AIBDPA has created great enthusiasm among the BSNL pensioners. This has reflected in the first program,Demands Day on 22-06-2022, there has been massive response throughout the country. CHQ heartily congratulate all the participants. Some of the photos of the program are given hereunder;
The day long Dharna called by AUAB on 21-06-2022 has been held successfully all over the country. The demands put forward were upgradation of certain pay scales, 30% superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees, timely holding of promotional tests etc. The Dharna held at Eastern Court , New Delhi a large number of employees participated and addressed by AUAB leaders including Coms. P Abhimanyu, Convenor, AUAB and General Secretary, BSNLEU, Chandeswar Singh, Chairman, AUAB and General Secretary, NFTE.
AIBDPA members participated in the Dharna in almost all the places as directed by CHQ and also as per the decision of COC.
The first AGITATION of the three phased agitational programmes demanding pension revision, clear all medical claims, payment of frozen IDA instalments, ensure effective CGHS services, immediate payment of pension and retirement benefits to VRS retirees of Maharashtra belonging to ST category and restore the LPD arbitrarily cut by certain CCAs, falls on 22-06-2022. The day is to be observed by holding powerful demonstrations at all levels (maximum centers in each district) with good participation of pensioners so that the message of agitation reaches all pensioners and authorities, as well. Please take care to give wide publicity of the program.
MAKE THE AUAB DHARNA ON 21-06-2022 A GRAND SUCCESS.
As already been intimated AUAB has given a call for a daylong Dharna on 21-06-2022 demanding upgradation of certain pay scales, 30% superannuation benefits to the BSNL recruited employees and some other issues. All AIBDPA units are requested to extend everything needed to hold the Dharna successfully.
Com. P Ellaiah was an active social worker and always ready to help the needy people. He was a retired SDE and took up the responsibility of District Secretary after retirement He was under treatment for the last one month at CMC, Vellore and the end came on 16th June,2022.
AIBDPA pays respectful Homage to the departed Comrade and conveys heartfelt Condolences to the bereaved family and friends.