29 Jul 2019

NUZVID Branch formed

New Branch at NUZVID , Krishna District is formed in a meeting held on 28-07-2019. 
Com Prabhakara Rao, Com Gopala Rao and com Sankaraiah have been elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. 

26 Jul 2019


The Chrompet branch in Chennai TD Circle held its general body meeting on 25-7-2019 in a spacious marriage hall at Chrompet, Chennai. All India leaders who were in the city on the same day for attending the CHQ Secretariat meeting and number of circle and local leaders of Chennai addressed the meeting. It was a great successful meeting. .. few photos

24 Jul 2019

New Branches in Guntur Local

The general body meeting of AIBSNL PWA Kothapet branch Guntur was held on 24-07-2019 at Guntur. Com.K.S.Koteswararao Circle President explained about pension revision and National pension Adalat to be held on 23-08-2019 at Vijayawada. 
Detailed discussion was held on pensioners problems. Com.C.Krupalani ACS, Com.C.V.Koteswarudu Circle Vice-president and Com.M.Lakshminarayana District president addressed the meeting. 
For organisational  convenience the Kothapet branch Guntur was bifurcated. 
Newly Elected Office-bearers 
Chandramoulinagar Branch
President     : Com.D.Rajulareddy
Secretary     : Com.G.Sidhaiah  
Treasurer     : Com.V.V.Subbarao 
Aurandalpet Branch
President     : Com.Kumba Venkateswarlu
Secretary     : Com.K.Satyanarayana 
Treasurer     : Com.B.K.Sydulu 
Congratulations  to office bearers of newly formed branches and to Com P Rambabu present B S of combined Kothapet branch and his team for bringing it's membership to 300.

17 Jul 2019


Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has sent a letter to all Departments to hold Pension Adalat, on the same day of 23-8-2019 to settle maximum number of grievances of pensioners. 
See the letter from Secretary, DoP&PW: pension-adalat-in-all-depts.pdf

14 Jul 2019


State of Manipur adopted the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, as amended from time to time. As per Rule 49 of the Central Civil Services Rules, 1972, a case of a government employee retired in accordance with the provisions of the rules after completing qualifying service of not less than 30 years, the amount of pension shall be calculated at 50% of the average emoluments subject to a maximum of Rs.4500/per month (at that time). Considering the increase in the cost of living, the Government of Manipur decided to increase the quantum of pension as well as the pay of the employees. Government of Manipur issued an office memorandum on 21.4.1999 revising the quantum of pension. However, provided that those Manipur Government employees who retired on or after 1.1.1996 only shall be entitled to the revised pension at a higher percentage and those who retired before 1.1.1996 shall be entitled at a lower percentage. The pensioners who retired before the said cutoff date approached the Court. A single bench of Manipur High Court at Imphal delivered a judgement on 24-3-2005 striking the above OM pointing out the decision of Supreme Court in Nakara Case. But, Govt. of Manipur appealed against it. After eleven years, on 1-3-2016, the Division Bench of same High Court delivered a different judgement which went against the pensioners. The Pensioners Association approached Supreme Court of India. Now, the Division Bench of Supreme Court, consisting of Justice M R Shah and justice B P Boppanna, pronounced yet another good judgement on 11-7-2019 upholding the historic judgement in Nakara Case. Once again it is declared that pensioners cannot be divided on the basis of their date of retirement. Hereunder we reproduce the relevant Para 9 of the said SC judgement dated 11-7-2019. …. Editor]
9. In view of the above and for the reasons stated above, we are of the opinion that the controversy/issue in the present appeal is squarely covered by the decision of this Court in the case of D.S. Nakara (supra). The decision of this Court in the case of D.S. Nakara (supra) shall be applicable with full force to the facts of the case on hand. The Division Bench of the High Court has clearly erred in not following the decision of this Court in the case of D.S. Nakara (supra) and has clearly erred in reversing the judgment and order of the learned Single Judge. The impugned judgment and order passed by the Division Bench is not sustainable and the same deserves to be quashed and set aside and is accordingly quashed and set aside. The judgment and order passed by the learned Single Judge is hereby restored and it is held that all the pensioners, irrespective of their date of retirement, viz. pre1996 retirees shall be entitled to revision in pension at par with those pensioners who retired post1996. The arrears be paid to the respective pensioners within a period of three months from today.
Click here to see the Judgement sc-judgement-manipur.pdf


The rates of monthly CGHS subscription under CGHS with effect from 01-01-2017. DOT issued the letter for revision. 

General Body meeting at Visakhapatnam

AIBSNLPWA, Visakhapatnam District General Body Meeting held on 13-07-2019 at Visakhapatnam. Felicitations to the members who have completed 75 years of age are done. Some of the photos: 

General Body Meeting at Tanuku

Branch Conference of Tanuku is held on 13-07-2019 under the presidentship of Com K M Manilal. Circle Chief Adviosr Com M R S Prakasa Rao and Com V Vara Prasad have addressed . Senior Veterans Com Ramachandra Rao, Com N Adinarayana ,District Secretary Com N Nageswara Rao have also addressed. CEC Members Com Purnacharyulu, Com Swamydas, Branch Secretaries of  Bhimavaram, Palakole, Nidadavole and several members of the branch have also spoken.  Members lauded the services of Com N Surya Narayana Murthy (outgoing Branch Secretary). The new office bearers elected are :
Branch President : Com K.M.Manilal
Branch Secretary : Com M.Appalacharyulu
Branch Treasurer : Com Y.V.R.K.Murthy

11 Jul 2019

Special Circle Executive Committee meeting - Odisha

Special Circle Executive Committee meeting is held on 10-07-2019 at Bhubaneswar. VP Com JK Tripathy, AGS Bhaskar Nayak, Dy GS Vara Prasad (as observer) are on the dias. Discussed on the complaint filed by Chairman Food Committee Com Prusty - of last AIC - Puri- Sept-2018 and the Report Submitted by CS Com Behera is adopted.

7 Jul 2019

District Conference of vizianagaram on 07-07-2019

District Conference of Vizianagaram is held on 07-07-2019 under the presidentship of Com K Savara Raju. Circle President Com K S Koteswara Rao and Com V Vara Prasad have addressed . Sri Prabha Rama Rao GM(Retd) Com K Somasundara Rao DS Visakhapatnam, Com K Kameswara Rao DS Srikakulam , District Secretaries of NFTE, SNEA, Com Ch.Satya Rao senior leader have also addressed. Com TS Prakasa Rao DS expressed happiness on the growth of the membership upto 415 as on date. Members who have attained 75 years of age have been felicitated.  Around 170 members have attended. The new office bearers elected are :
District President : Com B Venkateswarlu
District Secretary : Com Ch.Rama Sekhar
District Treasurer : Com T S Krishna Murthy

6 Jul 2019

General body meeting at Srikakulam

The General Body Meeting of Srikakulam District is held on 06-07-2019. Com S Purnandam Presided. Circle President and Circle Secretary have addressed. Com M Papa Rao Circle Vice President, Com K Kameswara Rao , District Secretary have  also addressed. Recent Development on pension revision with reference to the meetings Of our CHQ leaders with Central Minister for Parliament affairs, Minister of State for Communications and Minister for Communications on 01-7-2019 and 02-07-2019 are informed in detail to the members in attendance.

5 Jul 2019

IDA from July 2019 : DPE order

DPE order is given here. 
146.7%. An increase of 5.3% from 141.4 to 146.7%.
Please click on the link below : 

4 Jul 2019


Com. J K Tripathy (CHQ Vice President), hands over a DD for Rs Two Lakh to Shri Navin Patnaik, Honourable Chief MInister of Odisha at Bhubaneshwar on 3-7-2019, being the first instalment of our contribution to the CMDRF of Odisha. Com. B N Behera (CS Odisha), Com. Bhaskar Nayak (CHQ Org. Secretary) are also seen in the picture. Circle Assn. has received the official Receipt.

Letter to MOC


Procedure for CGHS option

Circle Office AP Vijayawada has issued guidelines to SSAs for migration from MRS to CGHS  Guidelines for CGHS - 

3 Jul 2019



As reported earlier, our GS Com. Gangadhara Rao, along with Com Changappa (CS, KTK Circle) and leaders of Hubli met Shri Pralhad Joshi, the fourth time MP from Hubli-Dharwad on 22-6-2019 and sought his help to settle our demand for pension revision. Comrades Radhakrishna (AGS CHQ), Gandigawad (VP HB), Shivananda (VP KTK), S T Pawar (DS HB), S L Purjar (OS HB) were also present.
Shri Pralhad Joshiji is now Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, succeeding his close friend late Sh. Ananthkumar.
IN DELHI ON 1-7-2019:
On the instruction from Sh. Pralhad Joshiji, Com. Gangadhara Rao, Com. Changappa and our senior Vice President Com. D Gopalakrishnan reached Delhi on 30-6-2019. They, along with Com. Anupam Kaul (AGS CHQ), Com. M K Bagchi (Veteran leader of MTNL Pensioners) and Com. S S Nanda (Convener of RTOWA Delhi) met Shri Joshiji in his official residence at 10 AM.…..
Shri Joshi was very effective as Ananthkumarji.He arranged a meeting with Minister of State for Communications, Shri Dhotre Shyamlal Shamrao.

Our leaders met Shri Dhotre, MOS© at 4.30 PM and handed over a letter explaining our demand. He was very friendly and positive. After going through our letter he desired that we should meet senior minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad also.

Once again, Shri Pralhad Joshi helped.He arranged a meeting Communication Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasadji. Comrades Gangadhara Rao, DG, M K Bagchi, Changappa and Nanda met the minister at 6.35 PM on 2-7-2019. The meeting lasted for 15 minutes. Initially, the minister was very angry with performance of BSNL.Our leaders explained our case slowly. He heard it very keenly and understood the matter. We told him
1.We are asking for pension revision after ten years.
2.There is no liability for BSNL on Pension Revision.
3.The financial liability lies with Government only.
Shri Ravishankar Prasad asked some questions too and our leaders explained that
a) All staff unions have demanded delinking of pension revision from pay revision in BSNL.
b )We have addressed (in our letter handed over to him) the issue of probable anomaly in the pension of post-2017 retirees.
c) The financial liability may be around Rs 650-700 crore.
We further informed him that
(1)DoT sent a letter to Dept of Pension in November 2018 for which DOP&PW asked DoT to submit concrete proposal about pension Revision. DoT did not submit it. We approached the DoP&PW.On 8-3-2019, DoP&PW again asked DoT to submit the concrete proposal. Depite of it, the DoT has not done it.
(2) Entire BSNL/MTNL pensioners await an intervention by the Honourable Minister.

After hearing the leaders, Shri Ravishankar Prasad, the Minister for Communications assured categorically; “I will take care of it”
We are Hopeful.We thank Shri Pralhad Joshiji, his personal staff, the comrades of Hubli and Karnataka for the great work done.
The letter we handed over to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and Shri Dhotre is given below:
Central Head Quarters [ Regd. No. T 1833/09 ]
H. No 6, G No 12th Street, Jogupalya, Halasuru, Bangalore 560008
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasadji,
Hon. Minister for Communications and Information Technology,
Government of India, Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi 110001.
Respected Sir,
Sub: Pension Revision from 1/1/2017 for BSNL/MTNL IDA pensioners
We are constrained to seek your kind help on the above issue sir.
1.When the Govt. proposed corporatisation of DoT in 2000, there were protests from the employees.The Govt. appointed a GoM under the chairmanship of Shri Ram Vilas Paswanji, then Communication Minister, to look into the demands of the employees.After several rounds of discussions GoM had with leaders of unions, Govt. issued a gazette notification on 30/9/2000, one day prior to formation of BSNL, amending CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 by incorporating Rule 37-A.
2. Sub-rule 22 of Rule 37-A states “Nothig contained in sub-rules (13) to (21) shall apply in the case of conversion of the Departments of Telecom Services and Telecom Operations into Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Mahanagar Telephones Nigam limited in which case the pensionary benefits including family pension shall be paid by the Govt.”
3. Sub-rule 23 states “The Govt. shall specify the arrangement and the manner including the rate of pensionary contributions to be made by BSNL & MTNL to the Govt. and the manner in which financial liabilities on this account shall be met”.
4.Accordingly the absorbees who retired from BSNL/MTNL got their pension including family pension from GoI.
5. In CPSEs, pay of the executives is revised in accordance with Pay Revision Committee (PRC) recommendations.The terms of reference did not include ‘pension revision’ in any of the three PRCs.The pay of the non-executives are revised as per the agreement between the management and the recognised unions.BSNL revised the pay in accordance with 2nd PRC recommendations (with 30% weightage of pay + DA) w.e.f. 1/1/2007.But simultaneously the pension was not revised for those who retired prior to 1/1/2007.
6. After several struggles and negotiations, DoT issued an order on 15/3/2011 based on Cabinet decision, for revision of pension from 1/1/2007 for those who retired before 1/1/2007.The revision was on the same formula that was given to employees to avoid any anomaly in pension for those who retired prior to 1/1/2007 and those who retired after 1/1/2007.
Changed situation
7. There is a change in the situation now with regard to sub-rule 23 of Rule 37-A of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.Before 20/7/2016, the Government’s liability for payment of pension/family pension was limited to 60% of revenue received from BSNL/MTNL by way of various taxes.But, by a decision of the Cabinet, DoT issued order on 20/7/2016 annuling that condition which means that it is not linked to the revenue of these two CPSEs.Now 100% liability lies with GoI.However pension contribution is being paid by BSNL/MTNL to the Govt.
8. Conditions mentioned in 3rd PRC recommendations do not permit these two CPSEs, which are facing serious financial crunch to revise the pay of the employees as per 3rd PRC recommendations.
9. Now, the pension revision has nothing to do with the financial position of these two CPSEs as explained in para 7.Hence pension revision need not be linked to pay revision.
Our Demand
10. Pension revision from 1/1/2017 i.e. after 10 years of last revision, by applying 32% weightage as recommended by 7th CPC and implemented to more than 56 lakh C.G. pensioners w.e.f. 1/1/2016.We request for application of a multiplying factor of 2.515 (100 + 119.5 + 32 = 251.5).Beneficiaries may be around 2 lakh pensioners.
11. C.G pensioners and BSNL/MTNL pensioners (combined service optees) are covered under the same CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 and all the retirement benefits including gratuity are similar to both of them.
12. Both C.G pensioners and BSNL/MTNL pensioners are getting their pension/family pension from Central Civil Estimate. The CGHS facilitiesare available only to BSNL/MTNL pensioners as they are drawing pension from Central Civil Estimates whereas the employees of BSNL/MTNL are not eligible for the CGHS facilities.
13. Almost all the recommendations of CPC like pension formula, enhanced family pension, age-related additional pension, commutation table etc. are made applicable not only to C.G CDA pensioners but also to BSNL/MTNL IDA pensioners.
14. The minimum & maximum pension of BSNL/MTNL IDA pensioners are not linked to the minimum/maximum pay of BSNL/MTNL but to that of Central Government.
Doubts and our clarifications
15. Pension is related to pay and whether pension can be revised without pay revision is one doubt.It is true that pension is related to pay at the time of initial fixation of pension but pension revision was based on ‘existing pension’.Further, minimum/maximum pension of BSNL/MTNL IDA pensioners are not related to their minimum/maximum pay in BSNL/MTNL but that of C.G. employees’ minimum/maximum pay.Hence that doubt is not valid.
16. The C.G. pensioners are getting pension on CDA pay and Dearness Relief under that formula but BSNL/MTNL IDA pensioners are getting pension on IDA pay and DR under that formula is another doubt.It is the legal requirement that any CPSE started after 1/1/1989 should only have IDA pay as per Apex Court judgement dated 03/05/1990.Rule 33 & 34 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 statesthat pension should be determined on the basis of emoluments or average emoluments drawn at the time of retirement.So, the argument of CDA & IDA pattern is not a valid one.
17. If CPC fitment factor has to be applied to these IDA pensioners, then their pay has to be notionally revised from IDA to CDA on the basis of 19/9/2003 OM of DoP&PW according to concerned officers in Sanchar Bhawan.When the DoT proposed this during the last pension revision, DoP&PW which issued that OM did not agree and it was a settled matter at that point of time itself.Re-opening of an already settled matter shall not stand legal scrutiny.
18. If 32% fitment factor is given to those who retired prior to 1/1/2017 and if there is no pay revision for employees from 1/1/2017, then an anomaly will arise between those who retired prior to 1/1/2017 and retired after 1/1/2017.It would be a real issue and to solve this issue, we suggest that for those who retire after 1/1/2017 may be given 32% of basic pay at the time of retirement notionally and their pension can be fixed, taking into account the notional pay.There are precedences to fix the pension on the basis of notional pay.That would avoid any financial burden on the part of BSNL/MTNL. When 50% DA merger order was issued to pensioners on 18/7/2016, it was fixed on notional basis from 1/1/2007 to 9/6/2013.So, there is a solution to this problem also.
19.Nothing defies a solution provided there is a will. We are conscious that our demand requires a policy decision and it can’t be conceded by the officers in a routine way. We earnestly request the Hon. Minister for Communication to direct the concerned officers to send a concrete proposal, with justification quoted above, as a reply to their communication including their letter dated 8/3/2019 (copy enclosed). When we had discussions with concerned officers in DoP&PW, they informed us that they are willing to consider the demand provided DoT sends a concrete proposal with due justification.
Thanking you
Yours faithfully,
(P.Gangadhara Rao)
General Secretary.
Encl:DoP&PW letter dated 8-3-2019
.... (Identical letter was addressed to Shri Dhotre, MOS(C) also)...