Thursday, August 27, 2015

25.08.2015: Joint session of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA(-inf by. M-94262-54999 ) A meeting of joint session of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA was held on 25th August 2015 at 19.00 hours at Phani Bhusan Vidya Vinod Manch at Kolkata Com. Baby Rani, Vice President CHQ AIBSNLEA presided over the meeting.

25.08.2015: Joint session of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA M-94262-54999
A meeting of joint session of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA was held on 25th August 2015 at 19.00 hours at  Phani Bhusan Vidya Vinod Manch at Kolkata

Com. Baby Rani, Vice President CHQ AIBSNLEA presided over the meeting.  She welcomed one and all for the meeting and requested to participate actively in the discussions.

Com. Prahlad Rai, GS AIBSNLEA  briefed about the circumstances under the decision was taken to join together with the AIGETOA  and detailed about the memorandum of understanding between both the associations.  He also briefed about the activities taken place after the coming together. He detailed about the resolutions passed in the Hyderabad joint meeting.  He also briefed about the issues taken up with the BSNL management in the joint forum, issues of common interest, approach of BSNL management towards the MT Recruitment, issue of agitation program notice,  proposals submitted jointly to the BSNL management for settling the interest of common interest, etc.  He also explained in detail the efforts of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA in resolving the important issues that is implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy, E2 E3 standard IDA pay scales to JTO & SDE equivalent executives, 30% superannuation benefit to the BSNL recruited employees and other HR issues related to all the cadre, that is CPCs to fill up group B and group A level vacant posts, PPS post creation, restructuring of AD (OL) cadre, regularization of officiating JTOs, anti dating of pay, etc.  He assured an early settlement of all these issues.

He requested all the delegates and Circle Secretaries to convene joint meetings at their circles and discuss the common issues. He has requested all the participants to propagate the joints efforts taken by the AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA amongst the executive of BSNL throughout the country.  He mentioned that unity is the strength and if stand united, BSNL management has to think twice before taking any action against the agitation.

He expressed that all the long pending HR issues will be sorted out very shortly. 

Com. R P Sahu, GS AIGETOA in his speech mentioned that after observing the progress on joining hands together, it is observed that there are members joining from SNEA due to the unity.   There is a strong unity within the organization irrespective of settling the issues after joining together.  He has briefed about the stand of BSNL management, actions taken by the one association and their approach towards the MT Recruitment, faith of the Direct Recruited executives in the BSNL after introduction of MT Recruitment.  The anti approach of the one association towards the MT Recruitment is known to every concerned executive.  He further mentioned that the experience of GS AIBSNLEA unbeatable and non-comparable with any other leader.  We should make efforts to enroll the Direct Recruited executives who are members of other associations and strengthen our organization before the referendum.  He has requested all participants to strengthen the organization by enrolling the members.

Com. Ravi Shil Verma, President, AIGETOA mentioned that it is nearing one year since our last joint meeting when we have signed MOU.  The faith and unity and understanding has already reached at CHQ level and expected that the same scenario is prevailing in the circles.  In case any circles do not reached a united platform so far, the same has to be attained immediately. He expected that the unity will continue and both associations may merge together and work as one for the betterment of the BSNL and its members.

Com. A.K. Kaushik, GS TEAM in his address stated that by demanding to stop MT Recruitment, we are not demanding anything new. In the erstwhile DoT, at the time of absorption we have given in writing that bound post based promotion upto the rank of Jt. G.M. our demand is due to the reasons that we deserve for it.  He also urge upon both the association to merge together and work as one for the betterment of the members. The experience and energy of both combined together is the unity of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA.

Com. Amit Gupta, veteran leader assured full support for any action for the betterment of the executives of BSNL and for the association.

Thereafter, a question answer session was held. Members asked various  questions regarding the matter in Kerala Courts and Chandigarh courts, etc.  Both GSs replied the queries of the members. GS, AIBSNLEA advised members to become party in the respective cases. GS, AIGETOA suggested that association may implead for vacation of the Stay on the promotion orders.

The following Resolutions were passed unanimously.

1.    1.It was resolved that the forum will consistently pursue all the issues as mentioned in notice and if need arise forum will not hesitate in launching struggle in short notice.

2.   2. Forum will strongly oppose the ongoing recruitment process of outside DGM/MT and demand for complete scrapping

3.   3. All the circle and district branch of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA will start drive for comeback of executives and join AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA.

4.   4. It is resolved that in CEC meeting of both the associations, the C.Ss of other association be invited to have interaction and share the views.  If possible a joint session of CEC be conducted to achieve the goal of membership drive.

5.   5. Any attack on the association either by management or by others be resisted jointly.

6.   6. Both the associations are in favour of promotions and any stay order taken by individual will be protested jointly and if need arises, both the association together will move towards legal battle.

Com. Bijoy Bhattacharya expressed vote of thanks to the chair.
25.08.2015: Joint Open Session of the AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA on the occasion of CWC meet of  AIBSNLEA & Annual G.B. Meeting of AIGETOA.


Joint Open Session of the AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA on the occasion of CWC meet of AIBSNLEA & Annual G.B. Meeting of AIGETOA was held on 25.8.2015 at 15.00 hours in the at Phani Bhusan Vidya Vinod Manch at Kolkata The function was commenced with an inaugural song by the local members. 

Com. Prasunkumar Mukhopadhay on behalf of the Kolkata Telephone AIBSNLEA welcomed one and all and invited the dignitaries on the dias. 

The dignitaries on the dias Hon’ble Chief  Guest Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL, New Delhi, Guest of Honors, Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA), BSNL Board, New Delhi, Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr. GM (SR), BSNLCO, New Delhi.,    Shri Kishore Kumar, CGM, BSNL, West Bengal Telecom Circle, Shri Amit Kumar Bhattacharya, CGM, BSNL, Kolkata Telecom. District, Shri Murthy, CGM ETP,  Shri  Raj Hans, CGM Telecom. Store and Telecom Factory, Shri P. Venugopal, President, AIBSNLEA CHQ, Shri Prahlad Rai, General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, Shri Ravi Shil Verma, President, AIGETOA CHQ  Shri R.P. Shahu, General Secretary, AIGETOA,  Shri A.K. Kaushik, General Secretary, TEAM. Shri Saibal Sen Gupta, Convenor, Joint Forum, Kolkata,  Shri Amit Kumar Gupta, AGS, AIRBSNLEWA and  were felicitated by CS, Kolkata Telecom. District, by presenting with Bouquets and Mementos.

The function commenced by lighting the lamp by Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL, New Delhi and  Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) in the presence other dignitaries.

Com. P Venugopal, President CHQ AIBSNLEA  welcomed all the dignitaries on dias. In his speech he expressed that night free call and roaming free mobile services are the major gift by the present BSNL board to its valuable customers.  He mentioned that due to the shortage of time, he do not wish to elaborate the HR issues and expected that the present CMD will take care of all the HR issues.  He mentioned that few issues like CPSU cadre hierarchy, E2 and E3 pay scales,  seniority issue, 78.2% IDA merger and benefit to the pensioners, CPCs of various cadres, etc are the major burning issues of the executives.   He also mentioned that the looking after arrangement which do not have any power to the officers will have to be dispensed with and old system of officiating method during the short period vacancy be introduced.  He also stated that both AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA will safeguard the interest  of BSNL.

Com Prahlad Rai, GS AIBSNLEA CHQ thanked the dignitaries on the dias for attending the open session. GS in his speech informed that the Central Working Committee Meeting of  All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Executives’ Association being held here in Kolkata city of joy which is one of the historical city in India.  He mentioned that CMD BSNL was to attend a function of TRAI as nominated by the MoC today and in order to fulfill the commitment given by the CMD to attend the open session, CMD has requested the MoC to exempt him from attending the function and accordingly MoC has adhered to the request of the CMD and hence CMD is attending the function for which he expressed his gratitude.  GS also mentioned that Shri  N K Gupta, Director (CFA) was on tour in Kerala for last  two days and was busy and inspite of his busy schedule, he is attending the open session and expressed his gratitude. He also expressed his gratitude to Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr. GM (SR) New Delhi  who is the nodal officer between the unions and association for sparing his valuable time and attending the function. He also expressed his gratitude to all the Chief General Manager, General Managers, and other senior officers.  He also expressed his sincere thanks to Com. Kaushik, GS TEAM and Com. Amit Gupta, CS, AIRBSNLEWA, Kolkata. 

GS, AIBSNLEA mentioned the brief history of the BSNL from its formation, commitments given by the Govt, present condition of the BSNL, status of the Govt. assurances, financial crisis of BSNL, reason for the today’s scenario,  support expected from Govt., support received from the Govt., various HR issues of executives of various disciplines, etc.  << CLICK HERE FOR KEY NOTE ADDRESS OF COM. PRAHLAD RAI, GENERAL SECRETARY >> 

He has also mentioned that as a service association AIBSNLEA cannot remain silent spectator to the problems of the executives of various disciplines.  He narrated few of the following burning issues frustrating the members  due to its non-settlement  for a longer period. 

(a) Filling up of the vacant SAG/JAG, STS Group ‘A’ posts in BSNL of all streams.
(b) Regular Promotion from JTO (T) to SDE (Telecom) and JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) of seniority and LDCE  quota.
(c) Serious irregularities in the TES Gr. B officer’s seniority lists:Finalization of TES-‘B’ seniority list on the basis of recent Hon’ble Supreme Court verdict.
(d) Early CPCs from JAO to AO , AO to CAO and  CAO to DGM.(F)
(e) CPC from SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E).
(f)  Withdrawal of the system/practice of Local Officiating Arrangement or Local Officiating Promotion in
 BSNL and Introduction of Look After arrangement by Executives- request for restoration of Local
 Officiating Arrangement.
(g) Early settlement of Pay anomaly cases wherein senior Executives are drawing less pay than their
(h) Regularization of offg. JTOs and pay fixation under FR 22(I)a(i)
(i)  Special drive for recruitment of JTO’s/ JAO’s for tenure/deficit circles.
(j)  Implementation of the Administrative Order to allow all existing SDEs (C/E) promotion upto EE level.
(k) Implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy- Change of designations on each Time Bound upgradation
 on functional basis up to SG- JAG level as assured at the time of absorption in BSNL.
(l)   Implementation of E-2, E-3 standard IDA Pay scales to JTO and SDE equivalent executives in BSNL.
(m) 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees as per DPE guidelines.
(n)  Date of effect of Implementation of revised IDA Pay Scales for the Executives (C/E/Arch.,   PAs/PSSs)
 w.e.f. 01.10.2000 on notional basis.
(o) One time placement of SDE to Sr. SDE Grade.
(p) Restructuring of Assistant Directors (OL) cadre.
(q) EPF Statement &Superannuation benefits to directly recruited employees as per DPE guidelines.
(r)  Sanction/creation of new posts of PPS in the field offices.
(s)  Inordinate delay in settlement of disciplinary cases
(t)  Distribution /review of SAG level officers in Telecom Operations Stream in Territorial Circles and SSAs.
(u) Improvement in the revised policy for service GSM, RSTC & Broadband to serving Executives and
 BSNL Pensioners:
(1)       Enhancement of 200 free calls limit per month on RSTC, & enhancement of free call limit on
            (2)       GSM Telephone connection to STS level officer from 500 calls to 800 calls.
(3)       Rent free Broadband service connection to all Executives with BSNL 750 plan. 
(4)       All Executives’ should be allowed CUG facility on RSTC at circle level.
(5)       3G Mobile service with Data facility to all Executives.
(v)                   (6)     Implementation of DPE OM dated 02.04.2009 on 78.2% IDA Pay fixation for pensioners,   withdrawal of 60:40 provision and IDA Pension revision of BSNL pensioners in 3rd PRC.

While concluding, GS thanked  all for giving him a patient hearing and at the same time he reaffirmed and resolved that AIBSNLEA shall not be found wanting in discharging our responsibilities even in the new environment and will move forward along with all to make India of our dreams, a reality.  AIBSNLEA also reassure our esteemed customers that these Associations AIBSNLEA& AIGETOA will do everything at its disposal to ensure the best possible telecom services in terms of “affordability, quality and transparency”.
Shri R.P. Shahu, General Secretary in his addressed mentioned that due to the decision of the present BSNL board to  introduce  the free roaming and night free calling, the feeling of the general public is overwhelming and expressed his gratitude to the CMD and Board members of BSNL.  He stated that It is also noticed that the present CMD is taking confidence of the associations and unions for the decisions he is taking and feels like participating management. BSNL’s present management has started recognizing the internal talent of the executives, which will help the BSNL in its growth.  He has pointed that in order to compete with the private operators, level playing is must which is not available with the BSNL.  There is no flexibility with the BSNL as compared to the private operators.  He mentioned that though the Indian population is in need to  keep and use the BSNL mobile services, the acute shortage of GSM materials which is directly affecting the services, does not permit BSNL to meet the requirement of the customer.    BSNL instead of waiting for the customer to attend the CSC, should commence visiting the customers in the name of customer driven centre.  He also pointed that unless the problems of the employees are sorted out, their mind will not be free to serve the customers.  He also opined that best employees of the cadre should be posted in the CSCs after interview, if needed.  Employees grievance cell will have to be formed at circle level and head quarter level.  There is a heavy misuse of diesel / petrol expenses which needs to be controlled by stringent monitoring and action to save the revenue leakage. He pointed out that the retirement benefit is the integral part of the service conditions and benefits.  In any PSU there is no different pay scale for the direct recruited executives, except BSNL and MTNL.  He pointed out that BSNL executives are not allowed to appear for the DGM exam is absolute injustice against the executives just because, they have joined in BSNL. 

Shri A.K. Kaushik, General Secretary, TEAM in his speech mentioned that the presence of the CMD BSNL has changed the scenario and all are comfortable.  If the management start understanding its employees and their problems, there is no need for BSNL to appoint any experts in any field.  The strong confidence of CMD BSNL and CMD MTNL on its work force is tremendous and overwhelming.   He mentioned that the executives of MTNL and BSNL were the erstwhile DoT employees and were separated by the policy of the Govt.  we should not be afraid of the competition. We should concentrate on the quality of service.  No person recruited from outside can give any output which the internal executives with experience cannot do.  The private operators has come to such a situation with the support and work of the ex-executives of BSNL / MTNL only.  He requested Director (CFA) to take up the case of merger of BSNL  & MTNL to get the PAN India status for the Govt. service provider.  He expressed his sincere gratitude for giving an opportunity to address the gathering and to meet the old friends of DoT era.
Shri Saibal Sen Gupta, Convenor, Joint Forum, Kolkata expressed his gratitude for inviting him and giving an opportunity to address the gathering.   He has mentioned that the CMD BSNL has mentioned in the earlier CWC of AIBSNLEA at Hyderabad that the 2.5 Lakh work force is quite enough to revive the BSNL and the same CMD is now confident that within 6 to 7 months, BSNL can improve a lot.  He wished the conference a very success.
Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr. GM (SR), BSNLCO, New Delhi in his speech extended gratitude for inviting him for the meeting.  He mentioned that as the regular  Director (HR) was not available, many HR issues could not be settled.  Now since the new Director (HR) has joined, under the guidance of the present dynamic CMD, many of the issues will be settled at the earliest.  He has presented a poem on BSNL services in the name …. Jai Bharat Sanchar Nigam ….. and also another poem viz. ek aur parivatan kar lo….., customer ko kush kar lo….. , ek aur parivarthan kar lo………

Shri Kishore Kumar, CGM, BSNL, West Bengal Telecom. Circle in his speech  mentioned that the concept of I with We is better for the welfare of the organization.  We creates the feeling of togetherness. The ‘man’ managing the machines are behind the growth of the organization and not the machines.  The level of attachment with the organization by the workforce will improve the organization.  The present  situation is that, we have to manage and market and every individual has to work as marketing executives.  The customer interface officer / staff is the best marketing manager.  Every employee has immense capacity and only will have to channelize the power for the benefit of the organization.    He requested everyone to Involve fully in their work with devotion so that they can given more output.  He extended gratitude to AIBSLEA and AIGETOA for extending invitation. 

Shri K.C. Ghosh, G.M Kolkata telephone on behalf of Shri Amit Bhatacharjee, CGM, Kolkata Telephones addressed the gathering.  In his address he has extended thanks for inviting him in the function.  He mentioned that the ERP has been fully implemented in the country and everybody is taking benefit of it which was the innovation of the present Director (CFA).  Every area, Kolkata telephones  is facing problem and the newly introduced plan of night free call has started getting back the customers.  Kolkata telephone has the potential and there is a need of dedication and shouldering more responsibilities. Wished best wishes for the conference.
Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA), BSNL Board, New Delhi in his speech appreciated the G.S. AIBSNLEA and mentioned that even when there is a difference of opinion, GS AIBSNLEA  always prefer to sit together and talk.  As per MoC, Govt. is expecting efficiency in the service. He also mentioned that the present CMD is taking everybody into confidence and he is one of the best editor. The free call offer by the BSNL to the Nepal during its crisis was appreciated by one and all.  Free incoming and free night call has been introduced and is much beneficial for the BSNL and highly appreciated at highest level.  We have to en-cash these schemes for the benefit of BSNL.  These schemes were introduced with full unity amongst all the senior officers of various disciplines without any hurdle which was the need of the hour accordingly to everyone.   These schemes can confess to earn the revenue.   WIFI hotspot between two BTSs is one of the scheme being introduced very shortly.  This will give increase in data traffic.  Phase I of the NGN has already been implemented and phase II tender is under process to float the same. NGN will be convergent system with both benefit of landline and mobile.   Convergent billing is one another system being proposed and introduced shortly.  Conversions of 512 kbps customers to 2 Mbps is one of  the another proposal in pipeline to introduce.

He pointed out that the quality of service is very low as low as 30% in some of the circles.   The present customer base does not bother about the tariff which is much less and they expect to get the service when they are in need of it for which, we need to improve in service quality.  He extended thanks to both AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA.  He also mentioned that some of the suggestions given by both the General Secretaries are very excellent and will have some more round of discussion with them and will try to implement it.

Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL, New Delhi – CMD termed the unity of AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA as Youth and energy on the one side and wisdom and experience on the other side.   He mentioned that the language of affection and respect communicated by the leaders brought him in the meeting.    He mentioned that he was to attend the meeting with the MoC and due to the commitment, he requested the MoC who has agreed to spare him to attend this meeting.  He mentioned that as on today also BSNL is not depended upon any govt. loan.  The salary expenses of 15000 cr of BSNL  is total expenses of Air India and many other companies.  

CMD mentioned that despite of losses which is mainly due to depreciation, BSNL is able to meet our operational and salary expenses by our own without depending on the Govt.  Next two years are most important for our country because many things are depends on the performance and unless we improve we cannot get salary revise by PRC when other govt. organizations will get such benefit.  We have already started discussing many things with associations / unions and want to get the benefit of the schemes already introduced recently by way of night call free and roaming free.   The decision to introduce this scheme was taken in the right time when the IUC was coming in our favour.  The only solution is to improve the customer base is that the Officers and associations and unions should join hands together.  With the introduction of free night calling in landline and free all India roaming in mobile services, turn around has already started in BSNL.  In the month of July 15 BSNL got maximum connections in the mobile sector among all the operators and the number of connections just doubled.  CMD requested that now its’ the turn of the executives and non-executives to give momentum to this turn around by maximizing the connections by organizing Melas and Shivirs.  We have to encash these schemes before they lose their shelf life.  Earlier the numbers of customers joining were less than that of the customers leaving the BSNL.  The people’s perception of service providers are same  amongst all the service providers as on to today.  He stated that  within the next 7 to 8 months, if we can improve the BSNL revenue. He mentioned that earlier the companies like ITIL and Air India could not get benefits of the pay revision.  But he expressed confidence that with support of entire work force, we will work with full dedication and God willing, we will all get the benefit of 3rd PRC.

CMD has mentioned that next two years are very important for survival of BSNL and has instructed all the Circle Heads to take employees unions / associations in full confidence and push ahead for more and more connections so that benefits of roll out of two major schemes can be reaped.

He also stated that the intra circle roaming facility with other operators has to be taken care of.   Till 2006 BSNL was number one company in both mobile and fixed line.  From 2006 to 2012 the market was penetrating, we were coming down in customer base.  When other operators are adding new sites every month BSNL is unable to do so due to lack of capital.    Still we have to make many investment in the way of towers which cannot be done  with the present financial condition and therefore, we may be going ahead with the tie up with other service providers for roaming.  A new company in the form of tower subsidiary will be in full control of BSNL and said that asset depreciation loss can be passed to new company and profit of new company can be reaped to BSNL  by saving taxes.  Only we have to see that company structure is such that it remains under BSNL control and with active support of all unions and associations, he will try his best to ensure that.

He mentioned that Shri N. K. Gupta, Director (CFA) is an asset to the BSNL management.  The recently introduced scheme of night free calling is the brain child of Shri N.K. Gupta and we should appreciate his efforts.  CMD mentioned that has been appointed as CMD by the Govt.  for a period of one year.  In case the performance of the  BSNL  is not improved, he  will have to leave the BSNL.   He has also mentioned that in turn similarly a half year performance review is going to take place in September 2015 and where there is no performance improvement, the head of Circles / SSA will have to move to the place where they do not like to go.  He also mentioned that many circles like Rajasthan and M.P. circles along with southern circles have started improving.

He mentioned that corruption affects the working.  Pure corruption is corruption of money and not working is also a corruption (work chori) from which, we have to run away,  then only we can improve. 

As regards the HR issues, CMD mentioned that  he is fully convinced and the executives  are entitled to get their eligible dues  and assured to settle all the  HR issues in time bound manner.  The management is fully convinced of the HR issues and the next 2 years are most important.  He requested the work force to put best efforts for increasing the revenue for the next two years, as if the BSNL comes in profit, many issues will be automatically resolves.  All should take care of BSNL so that my people and employees should get 3rd PRC benefits.

CMD before concluding his speech requested every one to take the following pledge.

Dhan ki Chori Nahi Karengie
Kam ki Chori Nahi Karengie
BSNL ko Aage Badayengie.
3rd PRC Benefit Leke Rahenge

Shri Ravi Shil Verma, President, AIGETOA CHQ in his vote of thanks on behalf of both the associations assured the Director (CFA) tha the executives will meet the expectations of the CMD and Director (CFA).  He also requested Director (CFA) to make use of his good office to pass and get the approval of  the pay revision of young executives from DoT and Govt..  He opined to commence a  Death relief scheme in BSNL which is available in many PSUs which will benefit the  employees and executives of BSNL.   He extended thanks to CMD and Director (CFA), All the CGMs, GM (SR) and G.Ms and other officers, Veteran leaders for being present and addressing the gathering.  He also extended thanks to one and all  for participating and making the function a grant success. .

The session ended with National Anthem.
The Central Working Committee meeting of the AIBSNLEA scheduled from 25th  to 26th August 2015 at Kolkata has commenced at 9.30 hours  on 25.8.2015 at Phani Bhusan Vidya Vinod Manch at Kolkata with hoisting of Association flag in the presence of Central Head Quarters office bearers, Circle Presidents, Circle Secretaries, Special invitees and CWC members from all over the country.  After hoisting of the Association flag by Comrade President, Comrade  Prahlad Rai, GS and with slogans like “BSNL, Zindabad”, “AIBSNLEA' Zindabad”, “CWC Meet  Kolkata Zindabad” etc  in the pleasant weather & warmth of unity, Com. P. Venugopal, President requested everyone to assemble in the Conference hall to commence the meeting and requested everyone to participate calmly and  actively in the discussions and co-operate with the dias and host circle to conduct the meeting fruitfully and resolve various issues.
Com. P. Venugopal, President of AIBSNLEA presided over the meeting. President in his opening remarks briefed the agenda and programme of two days.  He also informed that there will be a joint CWC meeting of AIBSLNEA and AIGETOA in the evening of 25.8.2015 and Open Session on 25th afternoon, wherein senior officers from BSNL Head Quarter are expected to address the gathering.  He requested everyone to co-operate with the dias in completing the agenda points and various important issues in the crucial period of proposed membership verification. He welcomed all the CHQ Office bearers, Circle Secretaries, Circle Presidents, CWC members, special invitees and requested all to fully participate in the deliberations and make the CWC a grand success.  He appreciated the efforts taken by the Kolkata Telephones Circle Secretary and his team for wonderful arrangement. 
Com. Prasunkumar Mukhopadhay, CS, Kolkata Telephones on behalf of the host circle and reception committee, welcomed all the participants and invited all the CHQ office bearers to the dias.  All the CHQ office bearers were felicitated by presenting Bouquets. Com Saibaba, Com. Prasunkumar Mukhopadhay,  CS, Kolkata Telephones  in his welcome speech mentioned that this is the great opportunity for the Kolkata Telephones to host the CWC. He thanked CWC for giving a chance to host the CWC at Kolkata.  He also expressed his gratitude to the President, Com. V. Venugopal and Com. Prahalad Rai for their special guidance and presence.  He also appealed the members to report any short coming to the reception committee, which is expected at any such huge function, inspite of maximum efforts by the circle leaders and members.
Agenda circulated was unanimously approved by the CWC with minor changes
Two minutes silence was observed in memory of the departed comrades.
After Self introduction, the agenda items were discussed
The minutes of the CWC meeting held on 21st to 23rd August 2014 at Hyderabad were confirmed unanimously.
Reporting by the Circle Secretaries continues……..
24.08.2015: GS, President CHQ of AIBSNLEA attended the General Body meeting of AIRBSNLEWA, West Bengal at CTO hall, Kolkata. About 60 pensioners attended the meeting which lasted for more than 3 hours.  The vital issues like 78.2% IDA fixation, Pension Revision of IDA pensioners, Medical facilities, etc. was discussed.  Com. Prahlad Rai who is also Chief Patron of AIRBSNLEWA has explained the recent development.  Com. P. Venugopal also addressed the gathering and stressed on the need of unity of pensioners to achieve the various issues.  Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS SNEA, Prasun Mukhopadhay ,CS AIBSNLEA also addressed the gathers. 
24.08.2015:   CEC OF WEST BENGAL TELECOM CIRCLE: GS AIBSNLEA attended the CEC of AIBSNLEA West Bengal Telecom Circle held on 23.8.2015 and  24.8.2015 in the conference hall of circle Telecom. Training Centre, Salt Lake, Kolkata.  The meeting started with a very good attendance of most of the branch secretaries followed by CEC members.  Long deliberations in most of the burning issues were made by the delegates.  The deliberations were appreciated by the C. S. Com. B.K. Bhattacharjee and point to point summing up of the issues and reply to the queries were done upto the maximum satisfaction of the members.
On the second day of CEC meeting on 24th August 2015 Com. Prahlad Rai, made the house most colourful by addressing the house.  The hall was jam packed by the members and the executives from some other associations and the D.R. JAOs trainees attended and listened the speech by our beloved G.S.  Apartment his speech respected G.S. replied to the queries of the house. 
At the evening our veteran retired  leader Com. Amit Gupta addressed the house with latest information regarding forthcoming burning problems for pensioners’ benefits of the retired persons of BSNL employees / executives. 
Numerous resolution have been accepted by the house and passed for necessary proceedings.  The meeting ended with vote of thanks by the president Com. Swapan Basu and special thanks to the Branch Secretary, City I branch Com. Sanat Sen.
 A pre-CWC CHQ office bearers meeting was held on Monday, the 24.08.2015 at 19.00 hours in the 6th floor, Moulali Rajya Yuba Kendra, Kolkata.
Com. P. Venugopal, President CHQ welcomed all the office bearers.  The agenda for the CWC meeting was presented and the same was approved.
G.S.  read out his report and the same was discussed in point by point and para by para.  After lot of discussions and deliberations by point by point, the same was approved for presenting it in the CWC. 
All the organizing secretaries presented the organization report.
Meeting concluded at 10.00 hours with dinner.

Retirement Benefits-in BSNL- Govt.Departments inf. by AShok Hindocha M-94262 54999

Retirement Benefits-in BSNL- Govt.Departments
inf. by AShok Hindocha M-94262 54999

Commutation of Pension
Death-cum-retirement Gratuity
General Provident Fund and Incentives
Contributory Provident Fund
Leave Encashment
Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS)
TA for settlement at a station after Retirement

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The minimum eligibility period for receipt of pension is 10 years. A Central Government servant retiring in accordance with the Pension Rules is entitled to receive superannuation pension on completion of at least 10 years of qualifying service.
In the case of Family Pension the widow is eligible to receive pension on death of her spouse after completion of one year of continuous service or before even completion of one year if the Government servant had been examined by the appropriate Medical Authority and declared fit for Government service.

W.e.f 1.1.2006, Pension is calculated with reference to average emoluments namely, the average of the basic pay drawn during the last 10 months of the service or last basic pay drawn whichever is beneficial. Full pension with 10/20 years of qualifying service is 50% of the average emoluments or last basic pay drawn whichever is beneficial. Before 1.1.2006, for qualifying service of less than 33 years, amount of pension was proportionate to the actual qualifying service broken into completed half-year periods. For example, if total qualifying service is 30 years and 4 months (i.e. 61 half-year periods), pension will be calculated as under:-

Pension amount = R/2(X)61/66
where R represents average reckonable emoluments for last 10 months of qualifying service or the last pay drawn as opted by the govt servant.

Minimum pension presently is Rs. 3500 per month. Maximum limit on pension is 50% of the highest pay in the Government of India (presently Rs. 45,000) per month. Pension is payable up to and including the date of death.
Commutation of Pension

A Central Government servant has an option to commute a portion of pension, not exceeding 40% of it, into a lump sum payment with effect from 1.1.1996. No medical examination is required if the option is exercised within one year of retirement. If the option is exercised after expiry of one year, he/she will have to under go medical examination by the specified competent authority.

Lump sum payable is calculated with reference to the Commutation Table constructed on an actuarial basis.  The monthly pension will stand reduced by the portion commuted and the commuted portion will be restored on the expiry of 15 years from the date of receipt of the commuted value of pension. Dearness Relief, however, will continue to be calculated on the basis of the original pension (i.e. without reduction of commuted portion).

The formula for arriving for commuted value of Pension (CVP) is
CVP = 40 % (X) Commutation factor* (X)12

* The commutation factor will be with reference to age next birthday on the date on which commutation becomes absolute as per the New Table as Annexure to this Deptt's O.M. No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) dated 2.9.2008
Death/Retirement Gratuity

Retirement Gratuity
This is payable to the retiring Government servant. A minimum of 5 years qualifying service and eligibility to receive service gratuity/pension is essential to get this one time lump sum benefit. Retirement gratuity is calculated @ 1/4th of a month�s Basic Pay plus Dearness Allowance drawn before retirement for each completed six monthly period of qualifying service. There is no minimum limit for the amount of gratuity. The retirement gratuity payable is 16� times the Basic Pay, subject to a maximum of Rs. 10 lakhs.

Death Gratuity
This is a one-time lump sum benefit payable to the widow/widower or the nominee of a permanent or a quasi-permanent or a temporary Government servant, including CPF beneficiaries, dying in harness. There is no stipulation in regard to any minimum length of service rendered by the deceased employee. Entitlement of death gratuity is regulated as under:
Qualifying ServiceRate
Less than one year2 times of basic pay
One year or more but less than 5 years6 times of basic pay
5 years or more but less than 20 years12 times of basic pay
20 years of moreHalf of emoluments for every completed 6 monthly period of qualifying service subject to a maximum of 33 times of emoluments.

Maximum amount of Death Gratuity admissible is Rs. 10 lakhs w.e.f. 1.1.2006
Service Gratuity
A retiring Government servant will be entitled to receive service gratuity (and not pension) if total qualifying service is less than 10 years. Admissible amount is half month�s basic pay last drawn for each completed 6 monthly period of qualifying service. There is no minimum or maximum monetary limit on the quantum. This one time lump sum payment is distinct from and is paid over and above the retirement gratuity.

Issue of No Demand Certificate
Dues owed by the retiring employees on account of Licence Fee for Government accommodation, advances, over payment of pay and allowances are required to be assessed by the Head of Office and intimated to the Accounts Officer two months in advance of the date of retirement so that these are recovered from retirement gratuity before payment. For this purpose the Licence Fee for those in occupation of Government accommodation is taken into account up to the end of the permissible period for which accommodation can be retained after retirement under the Rules on normal rent. The recovery of Licence Fee beyond that period is the responsibility of the Directorate of Estates. If, for any reason final dues cannot be assessed on time, then 10% of gratuity is withheld from gratuity
General Provident Fund and Incentives

As per General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960, all temporary Government servants after a continuous service of one year, all re-employed pensioners (Other than those eligible for admission to the Contributory Provident Fund) and all permanent Government servants are eligible to subscribe to the Fund. A subscriber, at the time of joining the fund is required to make a nomination, in the prescribed form, conferring on one or more persons the right to receive the amount that may stand to his credit in the fund in the event of his death, before that amount has become payable or having become payable has not been paid. A subscriber shall subscribe monthly to the Fund except during the period when he is under suspension. Subscriptions to the Provident Fund are stopped 3 months prior to the date of superannuation. Rates of subscription shall not be less than 6% of subscriber�s emoluments and not more than his total emoluments. Rate of interest on GPF accumulations with effect from 1.4.2009 is 8% compounded annually and the rate of interest will vary according to notifications of the Government. The Rules provide for drawal of advances/ withdrawals from the Fund for specific purposes.

Deposit Linked Insurance Revised Scheme

Under the GPF Rules, on the death of subscriber, the person entitled to receive the amount standing to the credit of the subscriber shall be paid an additional amount equal to the average balance in the account during the 3 years immediately preceding the death of the subscriber subject to certain conditions provided in the relevant Rule. The additional amount payable under that Rule shall not exceed Rs. 60,000/-. To get this benefit, the subscriber should have put in at least 5 years service at the time of his/her death.
Contributory Provident Fund

The Contributory Provident Fund Rules (India), ,1962 are applicable to every non-pensionable servant of the Government belonging to any of the services under the control of the President. A subscriber, at the time of joining the Fund is required to make a nomination in the prescribed Form conferring on one or more persons the right to receive the amount that may stand to his credit in the Fund in the event of his death, before that amount has become payable or having become payable has not been paid.

A subscriber shall subscribe monthly to the Fund when on duty or Foreign Service but not during the period of suspension. Rates of subscription shall not be less than 10% of the emoluments and not more than his emoluments. The employer�s contribution at that percentage prescribed by the Government will be credited to the subscriber�s account and this is 10%. Rate of interest with effect from 1.4.2009 is 8% compounded annually. The Rules provide for drawal of advances/ withdrawals from the CPF for specific purposes. As in GPF Rules, the CPF Rules also provide for Deposit Linked Insurance Revised Scheme.
Leave Encashment

Encashment of leave is a benefit granted under the CCS (Leave) Rules and not a pensionary benefit. Encashment of Earned Leave/Half Pay Leave standing at the credit of the retiring Government servant is admissible on the date of retirement subject to a maximum of 300 days. There is no provision under the Rule for payment of interest on delayed payment of Leave Encashment.
Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme

A portion of monthly contributions paid while in service is credited in a Saving Fund, on which interest accrues. A Government servant while entering service has to apply in Form No. 4 of the above Scheme to the Head of Office, who shall issue a sanction for the payment of subscriber�s accumulation in the Savings Fund segment together with interest and arrange for its disbursement, soon after retirement. Payments under this Scheme are made in accordance with the Table of Benefit which takes in to account interest up to the date of cessation of service. Insurance cover benefit under this Scheme is available to the family in the event of death of the subscriber. No interest is payable on account of delayed payments under this Scheme.

Classes of Pension-in - BSNL- Govt.Department-inf. by Ashok Hindocha M- 94262 54999

Classes of Pension-in - BSNL- Govt.Department-inf. by Ashok Hindocha M- 94262 54999

Classes of Pension

A superannuation pension shall be granted to a Government servant who is retired on his attaining the age of 60 years.
Retiring Pension:
A retiring pension shall be granted to a Government servant who retires, or is retired before attaining the age of Superannuation or to a Government servant who, on being declared surplus opts, for voluntary retirement.
Voluntary Retirement:
Any Government servant can apply for voluntary retirement, three months in advance, only after the completion of twenty years of his qualifying service, provided there is no vigilance or Departmental Enquiry pending /initiated against him/her.
Invalid Pension:
Invalid Pension may be granted if a Government servant applies for retirement from the service on account of any bodily or mental infirmity which permanently incapacitates him/her for the service. The request for invalid pension has to be supported by medical report from the competent medical board.
Compensation Pension:
If a Government servant is selected for discharge owing to the abolition of a permanent post, he shall, unless he is appointed to another post the conditions of which are deemed by the authority competent to discharge him/her to be at least equal to those of his own, have the option � 
(a) of taking compensation pension to which he may be entitled for the service he had rendered, or 
(b) of accepting another appointment on such pay as may be offered and continuing to count his previous service for pension.
Compulsory Retirement Pension:
A Government servant compulsorily retired from service as a penalty may be granted, by the authority competent to impose such penalty, pension or gratuity, or both at a rate not less than two-thirds and not more than full compensation pension or gratuity, or both admissible to him on the date of his compulsory retirement. The pension granted or allowed shall not be less than Rs. 3500/- p.m.
Compassionate Allowance:
(i) A Government servant who is dismissed or removed from service shall forfeit his pension and gratuity:
Provided that the authority competent to dismiss or remove him from service may, if the case is deserving of special consideration, sanction a compassionate allowance not exceeding two-thirds of pension or gratuity or both which would have been admissible to him if he had retired on compensation pension.
(ii) A compassionate allowance sanctioned under the proviso to sub-rule (i) shall not be less than the amount of Rupees one thousand nine hundred and thirteen per mensem.
Extraordinary Pension:
Extraordinary Pension in the form of Disability pension/extraordinary family pension may be paid to the Government servant/his family if disablement/death (or the aggravation of disablement/death)of the Government servant, during his service, are attributed to the Government service. For the award of extraordinary pension, there should thus be a casual connection between disablement and Government service; and death and Government service, for attributability or aggravation to be conceded. The quantum of the pension, however,depends upon the category of the disablement/death.
Government servants appointed on or after 1.1.2004 are not covered by the CCS(Extraordinary Pension) Rules.
Family Pension:
Family pension is granted to the widow / widower and where there is no widow / widower to the children of a Government servant who entered in service in a pensionable establishment on or after 01/01/1964 but on or before 31.12.2003 or having entered service prior to that date came to be governed by the provisions of the Family Pension Scheme for Central Government Employees, 1964 if such a Government servant-
(i) dies while in service on or after 01/01/1964 or 
(ii) retired/died before 31.12.1963 or 
(iii) retires on or after 01/01/1964
and at the time of his death was in receipt of pension. 
Family pension is payable to the children up to 25 years of their age, or marriage or till they start earning a monthly income exceeding Rs.3,500/- +  DA admissible from time to time p.m. whichever is earlier. 
Widow daughter / divorced daughter/ unmarried daughter of deceased Government servant is also entitled for the family pension till her remarriage or up to life time or starts earning a monthly income exceeding Rs.3,500/- +  DA admissible from time to time p.m. whichever is earlier. 
Family pension is also payable to the dependent parents of deceased Government servants w.e.f. 01/01/98, where there is no claimant i.e. spouse or child for family pension, alive. 
If the son or daughter, of a Government servant is suffering from any disorder or disability of mind or is physically crippled or disabled so as to render him or her unable to earn a living even after attaining the age of 25 years, the family pension can continue to be paid for life time subject to  conditions.
Classes of Pension-in - BSNL- Govt.Department-inf. by Ashok Hindocha M- 94262 54999