CELEBRATE THE 12TH FOUNDATION DAY BEFITTINGLY.

12th FOUNDATION DAY OF AIBDPA ON 21ST OCTOBER 2020.

The 11th Anniversary and 12th Foundation Day of All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) falls on 21st October 2020. The mighty organisation of the BSNL DOT Pensioners was formed on 21st October 2009 in a largely attended All India Convention of the BSNL and DOT Pensioners at New Delhi. BSNL Employees Union, the recognised union of the BSNL employees, took initiative in holding the convention. Veteran leaders Comrades A.K.Bhattacharjee, P.V.Chandrasekharan and J.N.Mishra presided.  Com.M.K.Pandhe, one of the tallest leaders of the world trade union movement and President, CITU inaugurated the convention. The main speaker was Com.S K Vyas, Secretary General, NCCPA. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, then General Secretary, BSNLEU, presented the back ground paper for the convention. After thorough discussion by the delegates, resolution forming AIBDPA was unanimously adopted in an enthusiastic atmosphere. Thus the AIBDPA was formed which was committed to safeguard the interests of the BSNL as well as DOT Pensioners.The resolution adopted on policy and programme highlighted the importance of supporting the struggles of the BSNL employees and the workers at large called by the Central Trade Unions. It was also declared that AIBDPA, unlike from other pensioners organisations, is committed to organise struggles for the settlement of the genuine issues of the pensioners.  A well-knit team of office-bearers with Comrades V.A.N.Namboodiri (Advisor), P.V.Chandrasekharan (Patron), A.K.Bhattacharjee (President), K.G.Jayaraj (General Secretary) and M.L.Tiwari (Treasurer) was elected to lead the organisation.

Within months, circle and district unions were formed all over the country. The Association started functioning in right earnest. All the issues of the BSNL DOT Pensioners were taken with the government. Pension Revision w.e.f. 01-01-2007, 78.2% IDA fixation, Scrapping of 60:40 condition, Medical issues, Quarters to BSNL and DoT retirees, Broadband concession to BSNL retirees etc. were taken and numerous struggles were launched for favourable settlement. It is pertinent to mention here that the struggles of BSNLEU and Joint Forum/AUAB was crucial in the settlement of important issues. In addition, many individual cases were also taken up and most of these were settled favourably.

AIBDPA has always functioned in co-ordination with BSNLEU, the biggest organisation of the BSNL employees and Joint Forum/ AUAB and gave full support and solidarity to the struggle of the employees. It is an affiliate of the National Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners Association (NCCPA), which is the umbrella organisation of the pensioners all over the country. It is also an affiliate of the Trade Union International (Pensioners and Retirees) (WFTU) and participated in its formation Congress as well as subsequent Congress last year. Com. K.G.Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA is an Executive Board Member of TUI(P and R).

AIBDPA activities are not only limited to the pensioners’ issues. It has taken keen interest in the problems of the senior citizens and connected matters. It collected donation from its   members and supported the struggles of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers. Whenever natural calamities hit the country,  donations were collected and sent to the  Prime Minister’s Relief Fund / Chief Minister’s Relief Fund etc. in a good way. AIBDPA leaders and members are very active in social activities.

After its formation Conference, three All India Conferences have been held at Kannur, Tirupati and Kolkata respectively with massive participation and taken important decisions including agitational programmes. On the issue of Pension revision w.e.f. 01-01-2017, the office bearers at the Circle/ district level met about 200 Members of Parliament  and submitted memorandums requesting the matter to be taken up with the government. Some of them raised the issue in the Parliament.

We have many important problems to be settled including Pension Revision, Medical reimbursement, special problems of the VRS Pensioners etc. These problems have arisen mainly due to the negative anti-pensioner policy of the Central government as also violation of the assurances given at the time of the formation of BSNL. United Struggle is the way to settle these issues.

Our mighty and beloved organization, All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association, is completing 11 years and the 12th Foundation Day on 21-10-2020 deserves to be celebrated in a befitting manner. Let us celebrate it with hoisting the AIBDPA flag, holding General Body meetings, distributing sweets, distributing food/clothes to the needy etc. In the meeting, the mounting attacks by the present Modi government against the farmers, workers, pensioners and the people at large even under the cover of Covid-19 pandemic, the achievements and the onward march of AIBDPA through the path of struggles, cordial relationship with the serving employees organizations and joining their struggles, our affiliation with NCCPA, the umbrella organization of pensioners organizations in India and TUI(P&R), the international pensioners organization and constituent of WFTU and the tasks ahead for pension revision and payment of medical benefits, revival of BSNL etc.are to be explained.

AIBDPA Zindabad!

NON-PAYMENT OF MEDICAL BILLS- DISCUSSION WITH CMD, BSNL.

Com. V A N Namboodiri, Advisor had a discussion with CMD, BSNL over telephone on 16-10-2020 on non-payment of medical bills, allowance and one time payment made to CGHS. Com. V A N reminded the CMD about his assurance last time that fund will be alloted after two months for payment to the retirees. But CMD replied that though it is correct that he had made such an assurance last time, the financial position of BSNL has not improved as expected and it may take another two, three months for payment of pending medical bills to the retirees. Com. VAN pointed out that BSNL is making payments to all others except the medical benefits of retirees to which CMD remained non-committal.

So it reveals the negative stand of the CMD towards the genuine issue of BSNL retirees even exposing the very credibility of the position he is holding. Now, we have no other alternative other than launching another phased programme of agitation.

COM. D GOPALAN, DISTRICT SECRETARY, TIRUNELVELI PASSES AWAY.

It is with heavy heart, CHQ is reporting the unexpected sad demise of Com. D. Gopalan, District Secretary, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu on 17-10-2020. Com. D. Gopalan was a sincere and committed leader who worked energetically for the advancement of our AIBDPA. He was also associated actively with NCCPA, CITU, CPI (M) etc. Com. D Goplan was admitted in the Government Hospital having been tested positive for Corona a few days ago. He was tested negative on 16-10-2020 and was expected to be dicharged on 17-10-2020. But his condition suddenly deteriorated in the morning of 17-10-2020 and breathed his last. CHQ pays respectful homage to the departed leader and conveys heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, Comrades and friends.

COM. S A TENDULKAR PASSED AWAY.

CHQ is saddened to report that Com.S A Tendulkar, Circle Advisor, Mumbai Telecom Factory has passed away on 16-10-2020. He was only 66 and was admitted in the Sion Hospital, Mumbai for Corona Virus infection. Com. Tendulkar was a matured and committed leader who has served in various capacities in BSNLEU including Circle Secretary, TF, Mumbai and CHQ Office Bearer . After retirement he took the initiative along with Com.S D Choudhary to form AIBDPA in Telecom Factory, Mumbai. The passing away of Com.S A Tendulkar is a great loss. AIBDPA pays respectful homage to the departed leader and conveys heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends and comrades. 

COM.R S SAGAR BEREAVED.

CHQ is very much saddened to report that Ms. Rekha Singh, loving wife of Com. R S Sagar, Circle Secretary, ALTTC, Gaziabad has passed away on 11-10-2020. It is a great loss to Com.R S Sagar and his family.We share the grief of the family and convey heartfelt condolences to Com.R S Sagar and other family members. 

KADAPA DISTRICT CONFERENCE HELD.

The District Conference of Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh was held on 01-10-2020 at the office premises of GMTD, BSNL, Kadapa. Com. V Basha, Vice President controlled the proceedings. After completion of the usual business, office bearers were elected unanimously and the following are the important functionaries;

President                            : Com.D. Dastagiri

District Secretary               : Com.Kalya Sudhakar

Treasurer                            : Com. B V Subhaiah