Com A. Sugumaran presided the meeting. Two minutes were observed for Selvi J. Jayalalitha, TN Chief Minister, Sri Cho Ramaswamy, Sri Ko.Si. Mani, Sri Balamuralikrishna, our member Com G. Devarajan and Com S. Sivasankaran’s mother who passed away during this period. Com S. Sridharan read out the minutes of the last meeting and got approval from the members.
Com S. Narasimhan conveyed birthday greetings to our members whose birthdays are coming in this month. He introduced the 8 new members to the General Body. He conveyed STR Division family welfare news. He said that IDA from January may stay at the present level of 120.3% or even may decrease 1%. He said that some of STR Circle pensioners started getting arrears from bank. He requested our members to give donations liberally to our association. He said that the arguments in the anomaly case filed by our All India Association is over and the judgement is expected soon in favour of us. He said that STP Circle has completed processing of all 78.2% pension revision cases and sent to DOT CELL. He informed that CHTD Circle has also completed all pre 2007 & Post 2007 pension revision cases and sent to DOT CELL. CTO & EX CPT SSA (merged with CHTD LATER) cases are only pending.
Com D.S. Ramalingam welcomed all the Chief Guests. He said that the pension revision work in TN Circle office was almost completed. He said that he is taking serious efforts to enroll old members in our Association. He said that STR Division is going to honour our members who were crossed 70 years in this meeting. He said we are ready to honour any member who corssed 70 years and whose name is missing in the list.
Then our members who crossed 70 years in this year were honoured with shawl.
Com A. Sugumaran spoke about pensioners day importance. He said that upto 1979 the maximum pension is 675/- only. It is Rs.1000/- in 3rd pay commission. The supreme court judgement on 17-12-11982 in Nakara case is a landmark judgement about pension. Central Govt pension for BSNL pensioners was ensured by Govt. because of the sincere efforts of Com Om.P Guptha and Com Vallinayagam and by the employees 3 days strike.
Sri Periasamy, DGM (F) TN Circle during his speech that there was lot of misunderstanding between CCA Office and CGM Office in processing pension cases. He cited 3 cases like, 3% increment case, officiating increment, Phone Mechanic cases. He said that Karaikudi and Salem SSAs have completed all the cases and sent to DOT CELL. In bonus issue he said that his office has credited the amount in bank for all eligible pensioners and some cases were returned from bank for want of incorrect particulars. He requested the pensioners to give correct bank account details. He said almost all the 78.2% pension revision work is over.
Com Vallinayagam said that he is very proud to be one of the two signatories along with Com Guptha for signing the Pension agreement for BSNL. He said that BSNL is the only first public sector unit getting Govt pension. He explained in detail about the 3 days strike for that period. He said that 99.9% of the employees took part in that strike. Because of the united fight by the employees, Govt. has come down and agreed for the Pension for BSNL.
Com K. Muthiyalu told the history of Nakara case and explained the importance of PENSIONERS DAY. He said that BSNL pensioners are now getting Govt. Pension because Com Vallinayagam & Com Om. P. Guptha’s serious talks with the Govt. during pension strike. He also explained about the 3 days strike by the employees for that. He said that BSNL workers and Pensioners are now enjoying all the benefits of Central Govt. employees. When the 78.2% pension revision case was kept in cold storage by Finance Ministry we sought the help from Cabinet Minister Sri Ananthakumar. Now we have settled the 78.2% IDA Pension revision issue. Similarly we are demanding pension revision at par with Central Govt. Pensioners. He said that we will also achieve this goal very soon.
Com Sundarakrishnan conveyed vote of thanks. 127 members attended the meeting.
OUR MEMBERS HONOURED: