Friday, December 30, 2011

Pensioners celebrate"29th PENSIONERS' DAY On 17TH DECEMBER 2011


Pensioners celebrate"29th PENSIONERS' DAY On 17TH DECEMBER 2011
Er.S.C. Maheshwari, Secy (Rly.).BPS
It was on the 17th December 1982, that the Supreme Court of India in a landmark judgment in the case of D.S. Nakara and others vs. Union of India, held that : Pension is neither a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer. It is not an ex gratia payment, but a payment for past services rendered.
Pensioners in India, therefore, celebrate this day as ‘Pensioners Day’ to salute and remember, with gratefulness, the late D.S. Nakra who fought for years to bring dignity and grace to the community, through this judgment.
On this day it is important to counter the contention: 1. That the pension of Government employee is a burden on the exchequer. 2. That the rapid growth observed in the pension payments is likely to pose a serious threat to fiscal sustainability & 3. That providing subsidy based pension program to a few people cannot be sustained in the long run.
Let the World Bank, the Government of India and the Indian Politicians understand that Indian Pension System is not subsidy based!  It is a deferred wage!
In the context of civil servant pension payments,  the principle guiding the fixation of pay package is one of intentionally spreading out the compensation over a long period of time, whereby the wages paid out during the course of work tenure is kept low by design, and the pension payments made during the retirement phase, compensate for the low working wages” ( Dr. K. Gayathri in a study sponsored by the Govt. of India).  The Fifth Pay Commission argued : “it needs to be averred emphatically that pension is not in the nature of alms being doled out to beggars. The senior citizens need to be treated with dignity and courtesy befitting their age. Pension is their statutory, inalienable, legally enforceable right and the sweat of their brow has earned it. As such it should be fixed, revised, modified and changed in ways not entirely dissimilar to the salaries granted to serving employees."
As reported by PTI (Press Trust of India) on 27.02.2008, Dr. Montek Singh Aluwalia,  Deputy Chairperson,  Planning Commission, speaking with reference to the then impending report of 6th Central Pay Commission said, “Pay commissions were constituted once in ten years, the Government, he said was made to effect a big increase in salaries of its employees at the end of 10 years, as Dearness allowance / Dearness relief does not adequately take care of inflation. So at the end of 10 years, the Government will be benefitting from squeeze in real payout because DA/DR was never enough” While accepting Central Pay Commission recommendations, the Govt. divides the Pensioners on the basis of their date of retirement to further enhance the squeezing benefit in its own favour.Thus, the pension and its revision burden is, in fact, not a burden. Truly speaking, it is the mismanagement and mis-governance which is causing the pinch.
                                         
 











Thursday, December 29, 2011

Petition Before the PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES, LAW AND JUSTICE With reference to Bill No. 131 of 2011(The Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011)


Petition
Before the PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES, LAW AND JUSTICE
With reference to Bill No. 131 of 2011(The Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and
Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011)
Sir,
       While Bharat Pensioners Samaj, the oldest & the largest body of Indian Pensioners and a stake holder in DOP &PW Grievance redress mechanism, congratulates, the Government of India for introducing in
Lok Sabha the ‘Citizens Charter Bill 2011’, it beg to convey the dismay of the retirees in the country for excluding their matters from the definition of “Complaints”
       Sir, serving public servants have definite negotiating instruments/ channels for redress of their issues.
However, Pensioners have no other channel except the grievance redress mechanism of DOP &PW, which too is almost defunct, as toothless DOP &PW in the absence of sufficient powers is functioning like a Post Office. The concerned Ministries/Departments to whom DOP & PW forwards Pensioners Grievances, do not take these grievances seriously with the result that the complaints are not resolved even after a year or more. The greatest irony is:
       1. That Pensioners/Family Pensioners are exploited, harassed & humiliated by their own counterparts in
chair, who at the sight of an old person adopt a wooden face & indifferent attitude.
       2.Pensioners do not have any representation even in Forums & Committees wherein pension policies &
connected matters are discussed. The forum of Pension Adalat too is not of much avail as it meets only once a year & takes up only retirement benefit settlement claim cases. It does not consider healthcare and family Pension related grievances. Similarly, SCOVA too meets only once a year & the Forum is meant for feedback on Government policies.
       DOP & PW though lacks direct Service Delivery Capability yet has been striving over the years for
redress of Pensioners grievance through ‘Sevottam’ model of the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public grievances, treating them to be ‘internal clients’ which they are not. Since they are no more the part of
administration & their matters exclude administrative control activities. Most of their complaints arise due to
misinterpretation/ non implementation or incorrect implementation of Polices & Rules pertaining to them. Thus in terms of Sevottam model, retirees are the combination of the two i.e. internal & external clients and therefore are necessarily the service recipients of ‘Citizens’ Charter’.
       Bharat Pensioners Samaj therefore, appeal that the definition of ‘Complaint’ in Chapter 1 Para2(f) may be modified to read:
(f) “complaint” means a complaint filed by a citizen regarding any grievance relating to, or arising out of,
any failure in the delivery of goods or rendering of service pursuant to the Citizens Charter, or in the functioning of a public authority, or any violation of any law, policy, programme, order or scheme but does not include grievance relating to the service matters of a serving public servant.
       Sir, Bharat Pensioners Samaj shall be highly obliged if a persoonel hearing too is granted.





Shyam Sunder
Secretary General Bharat Pensioners Samaj
2/13A LGF (Back side),Jangpura-A
New Delhi-110014

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Pensioners excluded from The Right of Citizens Charter Bill

Pensioners exccluded:
Read:  Definition of Complaint in  The Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011:
Complaint means a complaint filed by a citizen regarding any grievance relating to or arising out of ,any failure in the delivery of goods or rendering of service pursuant to the citizens charter, or in the functioning of a public authority,or any violation of any law, policy ,programme,order or scheme but does not include grievance relating to the service matter of a Public servant whether serving or retired.
 Er. S.C. Maheshwari

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pension Bill opposed across the board



 NAVTAN KUMAR  NEW DELHI | 11th Dec

The proposed Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill does not ensure guaranteed return to pensioners.
The bill, tabled in Parliament, puts a question mark on the assured return option to pensioners. Pensioners are concerned over the fate of their hard-earned money as the new bill proposes to invest the pension funds in the market. This lacks the social security ingredient as it is subjected to market risks.
The proposed module has been a failure in European countries, say pensioners, but the government appears to be hell-bent on implementing it in India. Suggestions from the Parliament standing committee on finance, headed by former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, have also been ignored.
The bill seeks to set up a statutory PFRDA to promote old age income security and to develop and regulate pension funds in the interest of the subscribers of the schemes and also allows for foreign investment.
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The bill will provide legal backing for putting pension funds into stock markets. This is being done despite the experience of 2008 financial crisis.
The two major concerns of the parliamentary committee — provide for an assured return option to new subscribers and a specified FDI cap — have been overlooked by the government.
The Pensioners' Network, which has 3.75 lakh ex-government employees associated with it, has strongly opposed the move. Pensioners' Network general secretary S.C. Maheshwari said that there has to be guarantee on minimum return, a provision which is missing in the bill. The government's proposal to invest the pension funds in market has been a matter of concern for the pensioners.
At present the minimum guaranteed pension is Rs 3,500. He said that the government should continue with the existing pension scheme, though it could be made much more effective. For new employees, the government has started New Pension Scheme (NPS) since 2004, which will come under the proposed regulator.
Maheshwari said that his organization recently conducted a survey that highlighted the pension scheme failed in European countries, which is similar to the proposed bill in Parliament. "Therefore, the government should take lessons from their failure and avoid implementing it in our country. The basic issue of minimum guarantee should have been incorporated in the bill. We feel that the government is acting at the behest of the World Bank," he said.
The group had organised a protest march on 25 November, in New Delhi, at Jantar Mantar and submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Meanwhile, the Left has strongly opposed the government move and has said the bill will deprive lakhs of government employees of their right to get an assured rate of pension at the time of retirement which they have been enjoying. The bill was tabled by UPA-I in 2004 itself, but it could not carry it forward due to stiff opposition from the Left, which was supporting the government at that point of time.
CPI-M's Prasenjit Sen said: "The bill will provide legal backing for putting the pension funds into the stock market. This is being done despite the experience of 2008 financial crisis, which badly hit the Western countries. A large number of employees there found the pension benefits curtailed sharply."
"We completely oppose the provision for 26% FDI in the pension sector. The government is not including this provision in the bill so that it can increase the FDI component in later years without amending the law," he said.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Secretary General BPS visit Vishakhapatnam


SecretaRy General’s visit to visakhapatnam
                                                                                                                                                                                              
                        As part of Bharat Pensioners Samaj  programme to interact with Pensioners at grassroots.
Shyam Sunder Secretary General, accompanied by M. Somashekhara Rao Vice President South,
M. Chandramowli Secretary, Postal & S.C.Maheshwari Secretary (Railways) visited Vishakhapatnam on 21st Nov.2011. DAN Sarma Member E.C joined at Vizag.
                      Same evening a meeting of Central Govt. and Railway Pensioners was jointly organised by Railway Pensioners' Federation, P&T Pensioners' Welfare Association and All Central Govt. Pensioners' Association of Visakhapatnam in Railway Pensioners' Federation Office, behind, DRM's Office, East Coast Railway,  Visakhapatnam.
 B. James David, President of the Federation presided.  T. Krishna Murthy, working president of the Federation while welcoming the gathering requested the B.P.S. leaders to appraise the gathering of the latest position on various pending demands.
                Addressing the gathering,  Shyam Sunder, Secretary General, BPS hoped that the 'March to Parliament' being organised by Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners together on 25th November 2011 at New Delhi would compel the Govt. of India  to concede our just demands such as same fitment benefit to pensioners, parity, 50% DA/DR merger, etc. He also hoped that the govt. would implement CAT/New Delhi Principal Bench order dt. 1-11-2011 on 'Modified Parity' without prolonging the litigation.
                     S.C. Maheshwari, Secretary, BPS explained the various steps being taken by Bharat Pensioners' Samaj to bring all pensioners organisations on one platform to further the cause of pensioners and retirees in all sectors in the country.  He also explained the progress in respect of re-opening of RELHS-97, enhancement of fixed Medical allowance to Rs. 1000/- P.M., 50% DR merger for pensioners’ w.e.f. 1-1-2011 etc. He appealed to all pensioners to strengthen the senior citizens movement in the country by extending support to All India Senior Citizens Confederation (AISCCON).
                M. Somasekhara Rao, Vice-President, BPS explained about 'modified parity' covered by CAT/Principal Bench's common order               
   Krishna Devarayalu, Secretary of All Central Govt. Pensioners' Association Visakhapatnam also spoke, Shri D.A.N. Sarma, Secretary, P&T Pensioners Welfare Association, Visakhapatnam proposed a vote of thanks. S.K Krishna Rao, Asst-General Secretary of Railway Pensioners' Federation thanked one and all for gathering in large numbers in their office to hear BPS National leaders.
    On 22.11.2011 As a special invitee, Secretary General BPS led a 50 strong delegation to the 11th annual Conference of All India Senior Citizens Confederation (AISCCON) at Vizag in Kalavani Auditorium wherein, he Chaired ‘ National Seminar On Pensioners’ .
Following resolutions related to the retirees were unanimously passed by this largely attended 11th Conference of AISCCON.
            11.11A) With respect to pension to retirees, this Conference unanimously resolves and requests the Government of India, the following:
Ø  “One Rank – One Pension” to be adopted for Defense Personnel without delay.
Ø  To bring parity among Central government pensioners and pensioners from Central government Undertakings / PSUs.
Ø  Health care schemes like CGHS, ECHS,RELHS & ESI may be integrated into one uniform standardized scheme so that it is applicable to all government retirees from State / Central / PSUs/ Local bodies etc bringing parity among pensioners.
Ø  To apply the principle of minimum Pension of Rs3500 plus DA to all ex –gratia & EPS 1995 beneficiaries.
Ø  Not to divide Pensioners into categories on the basis of their dates of retirement.


    11B) With respect to the grievances of retirees, While AISCCON appreciates the Govt.  of  India, for its intention to introduce ‘Citizens Right to Grievance redress Bill 2011’, which if passed, would be the most revolutionary reform in public interest, this conference appeals, that the definition of ‘complaint’ in Chapter I under the heading Definitions 2 . (f)  of the proposed Bill may be amended to specifically include the grievances of superannuated persons/Pensioners as they are not Public servants.

The revised definition of “Complaint may be amended to read:
 (f) “Complaint” means a complaint filed by a citizen including a superannuated Person/Pensioner regarding any grievance relating to or arising out of any failure in the delivery of goods or rendering of service pursuant to the Citizens Charter, or in the functioning of a public authority, or any violation of any law, policy, programme, order or scheme but does not include grievance relating to the service matters of a public servant.
          11C) With special reference to retirees in private and public sector industries, Employees Family Pension Scheme was introduced in 1995. Under this scheme, retired industrial workers are still getting a maximum of Rs 1000 per month as pension. This amount has not been revised despite several representations since starting the scheme. Considering the plight of senior citizens in this segment, this conference unanimously resolves and requests the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Labour to look into this specific issue and suitably revise the amount, commensurate with present cost of living and inflation.


               12.Widows in India are victims of financial abuse by their own relatives and are left without any heath care, even if they belong to APL category. Therefore, this Conference unanimously resolves and requests the Government of India that ALL widow senior citizens, irrespective of the fact whether they belong to BPL or APL Category, must be provided with monthly pension and subsidized health care.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

BPS in International News

News letter 04.12.2011



Greetings,
Important Notice:
Nothing without struggle
“Rail Pensioners march to New Jalpaiguri”
When to avert  ‘Mahabharat’ Lord Krishna wanted to make a compromise between Pandvas  and Kauravas with merely 5 villages under Pandava’s control and rest entire estate with Kauravas but Kaurvas replied “Can’t give a piece of land even equal to the top of needle without a war. Same situate before us today, Govt. of India is rejecting every just demand of Pensioners.
N.F. Railway  Pensioners Association invites you to IIIrd National Convention of Railway Pensioners Associations under the aegis of BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ  at New Jalpaiguri (WB) On 29th March 2012
Contact
Bimalendu Chakraborty,Mob.08016135182,Tel: 0353 2592331,2562545
Postal address: Bimalendu Chakraborty,working chairman,Office of the N.F. Railway Pensioners Association; NJP Gate bazar, P.O. Bhaktinagar, (West Bengal)  Pin-734007
Note: Delegation fee Rs 150/- per person inclusive of one night stay, one Dinner  on 28th & Lunch on29th.

Documents Uploaded on website www.rrewa.org     ,  www.bharatpensioner.org


Other information :
Free healthcare to all! Govt. to foot your bills
By Dinesh C. Sharma in New Delhi
RADICAL changes in the health system aimed at reducing private expenditure on healthcare, which is driving the poor to poverty, are on the cards in the 12th Five Year Plan. The overall objective of the exercise is to provide free healthcare to all citizens.
The idea of universal health coverage ( UHC) was discussed by national and international health experts at the Planning Commission in a twoday meeting which concluded on Tuesday. The issue will be discussed in the steering committee on health in the Commission, which is in the process of finalising the next plan.
The government had set up a high level expert group ( HLEG) in October last year to prepare a blueprint for UHC and spell out a strategy for its implementation.
China and Mexico are close to achieving 100 per cent universal health coverage, while Thailand has already done so.
After the employment guarantee scheme and right to education and food security Bill, UHC could be the next big social sector trump card of the ruling UPA. At present, most of the healthcare expenditure in India is “ out of pocket” or money spent by people on their own. The central and state governments together spend about 1.4 per cent of the GDP on healthcare, while the money people spend amounts to over 3 per cent of the GDP. In order to provide a minimum package of health services universally, the HLEG has recommended that the government should increase public expenditure on health from the current level to at least 2.5 per cent of the GDP by the end of the 12th plan, and to at least 3 per cent by 2022. This would result in a sharp decline in the proportion of private spending on health — from 67 per cent currently to 33 per cent by 2020.
The UHC has been defined as “ ensuring equitable access for all Indian citizens, regardless of income level, social status, gender, caste or religion, to affordable, accountable and appropriate, assured quality health services, with the government being the guarantor and enabler, although not necessarily the only provider, of health and related services”. A national health package of essential primary, secondary and selected tertiary healthcare services funded by the government has been suggested. It can have some state specific variations and will be periodically defined by experts.
No user fee would be charged for these services and no insurance companies would be involved.
“ We must be able to provide access to good healthcare without involving insurance companies or other intermediaries because independent agents fragment the nature of care being provided and this, over time, leads to high healthcare costs and lower levels of wellness,” explained Dr K . Srinath Reddy, chairman, Public Health Foundation of India and head of HLEG. Necessary steps to overcome shortage of healthcare personnel in rural areas and of essential drugs and to utilise existing private sector infrastructure have also been suggested. These include appointing two village health workers or ASHAs for a population of 1,000 people instead of one and starting a three- year Bachelor of Rural Healthcare course.
SICK SYSTEM...
18% of all illness episodes in rural areas & 10% in urban areas get no healthcare
12% of people living in rural areas & 1% in urban areas have no access to health facility
28% of rural residents & 20% of urban residents have no funds for healthcare
Over 35% of those hospitalised are pushed below poverty line because of the expenses
Over 2.2% of population may be impoverished because of hospital expenses
India has 0.9 bed per 1,000 people ( China has 3 beds per 1000 people
80% of doctors, 75% of dispensaries and 60% of hospitals are in cities
... PRESCRIPTION
Universal healthcare for all, funded through increase in public expenditure from 1.4% to 3% of GDP
Strengthen public services at primary health centres and district hospital level
Contract private providers ( as per need and availability) with defined deliverables
Streamline medical education, create new cadres for rural healthcare
Govt should procure all essential medicines, ensure quality control, transparent procurement and prompt payment
Set up National Health Regulatory and Development Authority and state authorities

S.C.Maheshwari

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nothing without struggle “Rail Pensioners march to New Jalpaiguri (W.B.)”


Nothing without struggle
“Rail Pensioners march to New Jalpaiguri”
When to avert  ‘Mahabharat’ Lord Krishna wanted to make a compromise between Pandvas  and Kauravas with merely 5 villages under Pandava’s control and rest entire estate with Kauravas but Kaurvas replied “Can’t give a piece of land even equal to the top of needle without a war. Same situate before us today, Govt. of India is rejecting every just demand of Pensioners.
N.F. Railway  Pensioners Association invites you to IIIrd National Convention of Railway Pensioners Associations under the aegis of BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ  at New Jalpaiguri (WB) On 29th March 2012
Contact
Bimalendu Chakraborty,Mob.08016135182,Tel: 0353 2592331,2562545
e.mail: bimalendu1947@gmail.com 
 Postal address: 
Bimalendu Chakraborty,working chairman,Office of the N.F. Railway Pensioners Association; NJP Gate bazar, P.O. Bhaktinagar, (West Bengal)  Pin-734007 

Note: Delegation fee Rs 150/- per person inclusive of one night stay, one Dinner  on 28th & Lunch on29th.

India-Pensioners March to Parliament


Pensioners March to Parliament
A surging crowed of Pensioners & serving Central Govt. / State Govt. employees as also University & schoolteachers filled the Jantar Mantar Chowk on the Parliament Street  N.Delhi at 10.00 A.M. on 25.11.2011.
            Tens of thousands Superannuated persons & in-service employees gathered there to protest against anti pensioners policies of the Central & State Govt. all of them demanding withdrawal of Pension fund regulatory & development agency (PF &RDA ) Bill from the Parliament and scrapping of New Pension Scheme ( NPS ) introduced by NDA Govt. wef 01.01.2004 & continued by the UPA Govt. which deprives the new employees of their hard-won right to PENSION.
            Leaders of BHARAT CENTRAL PENSIONERS CONFEDERATION, including S. S. Ramachandran, Chairman,  Shyam Sunder Secy. Genl. And of the major Trade Unions of Central Government/State Govt. /University teachers / School Teachers were on the dais t he huge gathering was Chaired by com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, Genl. Secy. All India Railway men’s Federation ( AIRF )
            The entire ground echoed with Slogan shouting not only of Pensioners, but especially also of the young workers whose right to Pension has been snatched by the cruel NPS which is now sought to be legalize by the Parliament.
            Over 1000 Pensioners from all over India had joined them. The grand Rally Continued upto 3PM. A delegation of leaders, alongwith com.Bassudeo Acharya, M.P. met the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Explained the demands & handed over  a Memorandum for withdrawal of PFRDA Bill from Parliament, scrapping off of NPS & also considering Pensioners demands like full parity between pre & post 2006 retirees and adequate Medicare for Pensioners.The Prime Minister gave Patient hearing but no promises
            Shyam Sunder Secy. Genl, BCPC ( S.G. BPS ) addressed the grand rally, he gave a Clarion Call for the unity & joint struggle of Pensioners & in-service employees to achieve their demand. He emphasized:  

“TODAY’S EMPLOYEES ARE TOMARROWS PENSIONERS” 

Er.S.C.Maheshwari

All India Senior Citizens Confederation (AISCCON honour Shyam Sunder Secy. Genl. & S.C.Maheshwari Secy.B.P.S


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ honored by AISCCON in its 11th annual Conference at Vizag on 21st & 22nd.





BPS & AISCCON herein after, will work hand in hand for the betterment of Superannuated Persons & the Elderly- Declared  Shyam Sunder Secy. Genl. BPS



Bharat Pensioners Samaj is here at Vizag, to  add a new Chapter in the history of Pensioners movement in India i.e.  An era  of  co-operation & co-ordination between two great organizations BPS & AISSCCON-Said S.C.Maheshwari




Two sections of  3000 strong
Audience at AISCCON 11th annual Conference at Vizag  on 21st &22nd Nov.2011









Shyam Sunder Secy. Genl. Bharat Pensions Samaj being honoured



ER. S.C.Maheshwari ,  Secy. BPS being led to Dias at 11th annual Conference
of AISCCON  at Vizag on 22nd Nov.2011                
       

Er.S.C.Maheshwari being honoured  at AISCCON 11th annual conference at Vizag




 BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ DELEGATES AT
AISCCON 11th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
AT VIZAG



BPS delegates at Vizag -22.11.2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A right approach to rights


A right approach to rights
Citizens’ Right to Grievance Redress draft Bill 2011in Parliament
If Govt. Records have anything to say, it was on the 16th August 1968 that  BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ had an audience with the then Prime Minister of India to represent the problems of Pensioners and requested for constitution of a statutory body for resolving pensioners’ grievances in consultation with pensioners’ representatives.  
Since then, the BPS has been tirelessly pursuing the issue and pleading with the Government for a strong Grievance redress mechanism inclusive of time frame, punitive clause & multitier monitoring along with a system of information dissemination.  Over the years its efforts were rewarded through creation of a separate Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (1985), SCOVA (1986)  RTI Act (2005), Govt. of India Pensioners Portal (2006), Online grievance redress Mechanism CPENGRAMS(2007). But severe glitches in delivery system were found to be defeating the very purpose. If everything goes well, this lacunae would now be largely removed with the  proposed passing of  the Citizens’ Right to Grievance Redress Bill 2011 which has now all the elements that  BPS has been suggesting over a period of time, except that instead of being under a statuary body it would  be under the complete control of Govt. of India but with punitive jurisdiction.
Citizens’ Right to Grievance Redress draft Bill 2011

Jairam Ramesh the union Minister for rural development writes:
The Citizens' Right to Grievance Redress Bill complements the RTI Act he Citizens' Right to Grievance Redress Bill, 2011, marks the next Tmilestone in the UPA's mission to enact a series of rights-based legislation. Drawing on the framework of the Right to Information Act, the Bill seeks to ensure that the common man receives efficient delivery of goods and services that he is entitled to -which may have been delayed. The Bill will empower citizens to take action against the person(s) responsible for the delays.
The Bill directs public authorities to draft and publish a `Citizens Charter', which will contain a list of obligations that the authority can be reasonably expected to fulfil. In addition, the names and addresses of individuals responsible for the delivery of goods or services es will be provided. This Charter will be updated annually.
The Bill establishes new authorities iat the block, district, state and central ) levels. A citizen can file a complaint with the `Grievance Redressal Officer' at the level of the concerned department and within 15 days he will receive the public good or service that was denied to him earlier. If his complaint is not addressed s within the stipulated time, it will be autoe matically escalated to the level of the head of department along with an `Action Taken Report' detailing the reason for the delay. The department head has to resolve the complaint within 30 days.
The Bill also envisions the setting up of appellate bodies at the state and central levels. These bodies will hear appeals from the departmental heads. If an official is found to have denied a service unfairly, then he could be penalised.
In addition, a new body called the `Information and Facilitation Centre' will be established within each public
authority to provide aid to any individual who wishes to file a complaint. Criminal proceedings can be initiated against erring officials. The Bill has been formulated because the existing mechanisms have proved to be inadequate when it comes to redressing the grievances of citizens.
Most of them are housed within the premises of public authorities, thereby leading to a conflict of interest.
This Bill significantly strengthens the ability of the common man to demand delivery of public goods and services.
It further promises to ensure greater transparency and accountability in the system by eliminating avenues for bureaucratic delays.
Jairam Ramesh is Union minister for rural development The views expressed by the author are personal

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Daya Maheshwari Memorial Trophy awarded to BSNL & DOT Pensioners Association GUJRAT Circle


Dr.K.R.Gangadharan


Delegates at BPS AGM
 November 4th, 2011 will be written in golden words in the History of BSNL & DOT Pensioners Association, Ahmedabad as it got recognition of the services rendered to Pensioners Fraternity by the Bharat Pensioner Samaj New Delhi. 
Dr.K.R.Gangadharan, Vice President, Asia Board of Directors  

International Federation on Ageing

awarded Daya Maheshwari 
Memorial Trophy


BPS News letter 05.11.2011


Greeting,
Documents uploaded on website :  www.bharatpensioner.org


 

Judgement in OA 655/2010 of S29 Pensioners case, been pronounced.DOP & PW clarifactoryOMs Of 3.10.2008 , 14.10 2008 &11.02.2009  struck down & Govt has been asked to revise the pension as per original notification 







 

Other information  


Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances has prepared a Draft Bill called “Citizens Right to Grievance Redress Bill, 2011”. This is a comprehensive rights based bill for the citizens of the country, providing statutory backing for getting timely services and goods specified in citizens charters of public authorities from Gram Panchayat, Block, District, State up to Central Level. Any violation of the citizens charter will be dealt as a grievance and institutional mechanism has been provided for time-bound grievance redressal and malafide action on the part of responsible officers will lead to penalty / disciplinary action.

2.    An Overview of the provisions contained in the Draft Bill, along with the proposed Draft Bill is provided in the links below:

3.    These documents are placed in the public domain for inviting comments and suggestions which can be forwarded at the following email address by 23.11.2011:
•    pk.jha@nic.in
•    satish@arpg.nic.in

 Request    

  Please do send your "Comments & Suggestions" on Draft Citizens Right to Grievance Redress Bill, 2011 by the due date

 Er.S C Maheshwari
Former DEN C.Rly.
Secretary (Railway)
Bharat Pensioners Samaj (Member SCOVA)
490A/16 Gurudwara Road;Civil Lines .Gurgaon-122001
Website :         http://www.bharatpensioner.org
Blog :              http://scm-bps.blogspot.com/