Tuesday, May 31, 2016

DOPPW Bureaucrats need to be sensitized- 7th CPC latest

Latest Development on 7th CPC recommendations 

“Empowered Committee has made up their mind to recommend to the Government a slight increase in the Minimum Wage. No indication was however given as to the consequential revision of the Fitment Formula and Pay Matrix. There had also not been any hint about the need to restore the percentage of the HRA, which the 7th CPC has recommended for reduction.”

Latest Development on 7th CPC recommendations

NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
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No.NJCA/2016
Dated May 27, 2016
All Constituent Organisations,
National Council(JCM)

Dear Comrades,
As there had been no response from the Government to our communication dated 2nd May, 2016, we decided to seek an appointment with the Cabinet Secretary. Accordingly a delegation consisting of the following members of the NJCA met Cabinet Secretary, Shrl P.K. Sinha on 26. May 2016.

Com. Shiva Gopal Misra Com.
Guman Singh
Corn. K.K.N. Rutty

From the discussions, it appears that, the Empowered Committee has made up their mind to recommend to the Government a slight increase in the Minimum Wage. No indication was however given as to the consequential revision of the Fitment Formula and Pay Matrix. There had also not been any hint about the need to restore the percentage of the HRA, which the 7th CPC has recommended for reduction. On Advances and Allowances, abolished, the Government might be advised to setup a committee to go into the matter and make suggestions. In the matter of the New Contributory Pension Scheme also, the Government might refer the demand to a committee.

On the question of pension benefit to the retired personnel, who are covered by the defined benefit pension scheme, the Cabinet secretary indicated that, both the Department of Pension and Defence Ministry were of the firm view that the first option recommended by the 7th CPC to bring about the parity with the past pensioners being infeasible and impracticable (due to the non-availability of the requisite records) might not be accepted and acted upon.

Surprised over this development, the delegation requested for an official formal meeting of the Standing Committee so that the considered views of the Staff Side could be presented. The delegation informed to the Cabinet Secretary that, non-acceptance of the recommendation of the 7th CPC in the case of pensioners will be extremely disappointing for them and will give rise to avoidable discontent. The Cabinet Secretary suggested to the Staff Side to reach out to the Department of Pension and Ministry of Defence in’ the matter. So far he is concemed; he is an open minded on this subject, provided it is workable.

The National JCA will meet on 3rd June 2016 at New Delhi to consider these developments and take appropriate decision.

BPS comments:

DOPPW bureaucrat need to be sesitized.
BPS-Sarup Maheshwari ‏@RREWA 2m2 minutes ago
@DrJitendraSingh DOPPW did nt consult stake holders in deciding 2 oppose parity bet. pre & post retirees recommended by 7th cpc.intervene,
https://twitter.com/RREWA/status/737643797689962500

DOP & PW working against Pensioners




BPS-Sarup Maheshwari ‏@RREWA 56s57 seconds ago
@DrJitendraSingh @DOPPW_India @narendramodi
DOPPW harming pensnrs opposing100% pen parity recommended by 7CPC.Recrds can b reconstructed.
https://twitter.com/RREWA/status/737601203001925633

@DOPPW_India@DrJitendraSingh DOPPW opposing 7th CPC recommendation on 100% Parity in pension, will harm pensnrs.Recrds can b reconstructed

Balkrishan Agrawal Why the record is not available.There is excuse for not implementing the OROP for civilian.Defence personnel record is available. One can prove his/her own record of service.Every one preserve the their birth certificate issued by Panchayat/Munucipal Committees if that is preserved How the record can not be preserved. except a few.For the sake of a few why majority deprived with their rights.

Friday, May 27, 2016

7th Pay Commission – Cabinet Ready to Accept Secretaries Group Recommendations – The finance minister on the personnel side, will take care of higher take away better than the 7th Pay commission recommendations.

A 13 members secretary-level Empowered Committee or Secretaries group, led by cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was formed in January to review the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission before cabinet nod and the Secretaries group is likely to submit its report before June 30.

jaitley-sadThe 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur proposed the highest salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000. The commission also recommended 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, 23.55% overall increase in salary, allowances and pensions. The increase in allowances was recommended 63% while pension was proposed to rise 24%.
The move was the lowest increase in 70 years.
A Senior official in Finance Ministry, familiar with the 7th pay commission matter said in anonymous, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is sure that his Ministry will be able to find the money to back the cabinet the pay plan of central government employees.
“The finance minister on the personnel side,  will take care of higher take away better than the 7th Pay commission recommendations,” the reliable sources added.
The Secretaries group is likely to propose 30 percent basic pay raise instead of 14.27 per cent as a way to both boost central government employees’ take home pay and its efforts to fight inflation that year by year surges to a very high.
The central government employees pay raise is expected to be tied to the anticipated rise in private sector wages in the upcoming months.
The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the then government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
Sources said that the higher pay raise is needed for the central government employees to stay competitive in purchasing power and inflation.
“The central government employees, by practice are entitled to a 30% pay increase in their income and the ministry will take the proper step in ensuring that they do receive it,” reliable sources added.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has also been provisioned Rs 70,000 crore in the Union Budget 2016-17 to meet the demand for the 7th Pay commission award that is expected to be effective from January 2016.
The central government employees are expected to get their pay hike from July after cabinet nods to the recommendations.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA - MAN KI BAT 22.5.2016

My dear countrymen, namaskar!
Once again I have got an opportunity to talk to you about matters close to my heart, through ‘Mann Ki Baat’. For me, ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is not a matter of ritual; I myself am very eager to talk to you. And I am really happy that I am able to connect with you all in every corner of India, through this programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’. I am grateful to All India Radio that they have also been successfully broadcasting ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in regional languages at 8 pm. I am also very happy that the people who listen to me, later communicate their feelings to me through letters, telephone calls, the website MyGov.in and also through the NarendraModiApp. A lot of what you say is of great help to me in the functioning of the government. How active should the government be in terms of public service? How much priority should be given to public welfare activities? In terms of these matters, this dialogue, this link that I have with you all, is of great use. I hope that you will now be even more actively and enthusiastically involved in ensuring that our democracy should function with people’s participation.
The summer heat is increasing day by day. We were hoping for some respite, instead we are experiencing continual rise in temperature. And in the midst of this came the information that the monsoon will perhaps be delayed by a week, which has added to the worry. Almost the entire country is reeling under the scorching impact of severe heat. The mercury continues to soar. Be it animals, birds or humans…everyone is suffering. These problems have been getting increasingly worse due to environmental degradation. Forest cover has kept receding due to indiscriminate felling of trees. In a way, the human race itself has paved the way for self-annihilation by destroying the environment.
5th June is World Environment Day. On this day, discussions expressing concern on the issue are held all over the world for saving the environment. This time on the occasion of World Environment Day, the United Nations has given the theme “Zero Tolerance for Illegal Wildlife Trade”. This topic will, of course, be discussed, but we also must talk about saving our flora and fauna, conserving water, and how to expand our forest cover. You must have seen in the last few days how forest fires raged in the lap of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The main cause of these forest fires was dry leaf littering combined with carelessness, which led to the massive inferno. And so, it becomes the bounden duty of each one of us, to save forests and save water.
Recently, I convered at length with the Chief Ministers of eleven states, reeling under severe drought- Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and, Odisha.
As per the conventional Government precedent, I could have had a combined meeting with all the drought affected states, but I chose not to do so. I had a one-on-one meeting with each state, devoting about two to two and a half hours with each one. I carefully heard what each state had to say. Usually such talks do not go beyond discussion on how much money was granted by the Central Government state-wise, and how much money was actually spent by each state. Thus, it came as a surprise even to the officers of the Central Government that some states have indeed made some very commendable efforts related to water, environment, tackling drought, caring for animals as well as affected human beings. Based on inputs from all corners of the country, irrespective of the ruling party there, we found that we had to give a thought to finding not only permanent solutions but also devising practical ways and means to deal with this long-standing problem. In a way, It was a kind of a learning experience too for me. And I have told the Niti Aayog that they should work on how to incorporate the best practices across all the states.
Some states, especially Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have made full use of technology. I would like that in future, through the Niti Aayog, the exceptionally successful efforts of these states should be applied to other states also. People’s participation is a strong base for solving such problems. And for this, I believe that if there is a confluence of perfect planning, use of appropriate technology, and time-bound action, then we can achieve optimum results in drought management, for water conservation, to save every single drop of water. My faith is that water is a Gift from God. When we go to a temple, we are given an offering of Prasad and even if a small bit of that spills, we feel bad in our hearts. We not only pick it up but also pray five times for God’s forgiveness. Water is also an offering form the God. Even if a drop of water is wasted, then we should feel remorse and pain. And so water storage, water conservation and proper water irrigation are all of equal importance. And so there is need for implementing the maxim ‘Per Drop More Crop’ through Micro-Irrigation and cultivating crops that require minimal water intake. At present, it is indeed good news that in many states, even sugarcane farmers are using micro irrigation, some are using drip irrigation and some are using sprinklers. When I discussed with the eleven states, I noticed that even for cultivating paddy for production of rice, some of them had employed drip irrigation successfully and got higher yields, thereby also reducing the requirement for water as well as for labour. I also found that there were many states which had taken on very big targets, especially, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat- these three states have done massive work in the field of drip irrigation. And they are striving to bring every year 2 to 3 lakh hectares additional land under micro- irrigation. If this campaign gets underway in all the states, then not only will it benefit cultivation, but more water will also be conserved. Our farmer brothers in Telangana, through ‘Mission Bhagirathi’ have made a commendable effort to optimally use the waters of Godavari and Krishna rivers. In Andhra Pradesh, ‘Neeru Pragati Mission’ has been using technology for ground water recharging. People are devoting hard work and contributing financially as well to the mass movement that has been started in Maharashtra,. ‘Jal Yukt Shivir’ is one such people’s movement which is really going to be of great help in saving Maharashtra from water crisis in the future- this is what I feel. Chhattisgarh has started the ‘Lok-Suraj, Jal-Suraj’ campaign. Madhya Pradesh has started the ‘Balram Talaab Yojana’- and dug nearly 22,000 ponds, which is no small figure, work is also being carried out on their ‘Kapil Dhara Koop Yojana.’ In Uttar Pradesh there is ‘Mukhya Mantri Jal Bachao Abhiyaan’. In Karnataka water conservation efforts are in the form of ‘Kalyani Yojana’, under which they are trying to revive wells once again. In Rajasthan and Gujarat there are many ancient baodis – deep tanks or masonry wells with steps going down to the water. These states are making a very big effort to revive these as ‘water temples’. Rajasthan has started the Chief Minister’s Jal Swawalamban Abhiyan – Water Self Sufficiency Campaign. Jharkhand, although being a predominantly forest area, still has some parts which face water problem. They have launched a very big campaign for building ‘Check Dams’. They have started an exercise to check and stop the flow of water. Some states have started a campaign and made a number of small dams at distances of 10 to 20 kilometres in the rivers themselves to check the flow of water.
This is a wonderful experience. I urge the people of India that during this June, July, August September, we should resolve that we shall not let a single drop of water be wasted. We should decide right now upon the places where we can conserve water and where we can check the flow of water. The Almighty blesses us with water according to our needs, nature fulfils our needs. But if we become careless during the abundance of water and then during the lean water season land into trouble due to water scarcity, how can this be allowed? And the issue of water is not just for the farmers. This concerns everybody – the villages, the poor, the labourers, the farmers, the urban people, the country folk, the rich and the poor. And for this reason, now that the rainy season is approaching, saving water should be our priority. And when we celebrate Diwali this time, then we should also revel in how much water did we save; how much water we stopped from flowing out. You will see for yourselves that our joy will increase manifold. Water has this power, no matter how tired one is, just a bit of water splashed on the face makes one feel so refreshed. No matter how tired we are; when we see a large lake or an ocean, how magnificent that sight is. What a priceless treasure it is bestowed upon us by the Almighty! Just connect to it with your heart. Conserve it! We should harvest water. We should also store water. We should also modernise water irrigation. This I say as an earnest appeal. We should not let this season go waste. The coming four months should be transformed into a Save the Water Campaign, to save every drop of water. And this is not just for the governments, not just for the politicians, it is a work to be carried out by the people at large. Recently the Media reported about the water crisis in great detail. I hope that the Media will show the path to the people on how to save water, start a campaign, and also share the responsibility to free us from the water crisis forever; I invite then as well.
My dear Countrymen, we have to build a modern India. We have to make a transparent India. We have to make many services uniformly available across the entire country from one corner to another. So we will have to change some of our old habits as well. Today I want to touch upon one topic in which if you can be of help to me, then we can together achieve progress in that direction. We all know and we were taught about it in school that there was a time when there were no coins, no currency notes; there was a barter system. If you wanted vegetables you could give wheat in return. If you wanted salt, you could give vegetables in exchange. Business was carried out only through the barter system. Then gradually came currency, coins came, notes came. But now times have changed. The whole world is moving towards a cashless society. Through the facility of electronic technology, we can get money and also give money; we can buy things and pay our bills too. And with this there is no question of our wallets getting stolen from our pocket. We need not worry about keeping an account; the account will be maintained automatically. In the beginning it may appear to be a bit difficult, but once we get used to it, then this arrangement will seem very easy for us. And this possibility is there because under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana that we have started recently, nearly all the families in the country have had their bank accounts opened. On the other hand, they have also got their Aadhar numbers. And the mobile phone has reached the hands of almost every Indian. So Jan Dhan, Aadhar and Mobile – Jam – J. A. M. Synchronising these three, we can move ahead towards a cashless society. You must have seen that along with the Jan Dhan account people have been given a RuPay card. In the coming days this card is going to be useful as both- a credit and a debit card. And now-a-days a very small instrument has come which is called ‘point of sale’- P. O. S. – ‘Pos’. With the help of that, be it your Aadhar number or your RuPay card, if you have to pay money to someone, you can do it through that. There is no need to take out any money from your pocket and count it; there is no need to carry around any cash with you. One of the initiatives in this regard taken by the Government of India is about how to make payments through ‘Pos’, how to receive money. The second endeavour we have started is Bank on Mobile. The ‘Universal Payment Interface’ banking transaction- UPI will change the way things work. It will become very easy to do money transactions through your mobile phone. And I’m happy to tell you that the N.P.C.I. and banks are working together to launch this platform through a mobile app. If this happens, perhaps you may not even need to carry a RuPay card with you.
Across the country, nearly 1.25 lakh young people have been recruited as banking correspondents. In a way we have worked towards providing the bank at your door step. Post offices have also been geared up for banking services. If we learn and adapt ourselves to use these services, then we will not require the currency, we will not need notes, we will not need coins. Businesses will function automatically, resulting in a certain transparency. Under-hand dealings will stop; the influence of black money will be reduced. So I appeal to my countrymen, that we should at least make a beginning. Once we start, we will move ahead with great ease. Twenty years ago who would have thought that so many mobiles would be in our hands. Slowly we cultivated a habit and now we can’t do without those. Maybe this cashless society assumes a similar form. But the sooner this happens, the better it will be.
My dear countrymen, whenever the Olympic games come around, and when these begin, we sit and clutch our heads and sigh, “we were left so far behind in the tally of gold medals… did we get a silver or not… should we do with just a bronze or not…” This happens. It is true that in the field of sports we face a lot of challenges. But an atmosphere for sports should be created in the country.
To encourage the sportspersons who are leaving for the Rio Olympics, to boost their morale, everyone should try in one’s own way. Someone could write a song, someone could draw cartoons, someone could send messages with good wishes, somebody could cheer a particular sport, but on the whole a very positive environment should be created in the entire country for these sportspersons. Whatever may be the result, a game is a game, one can win or lose, medals are won sometimes and sometimes not; our spirits should always soar high. And as I speak, I would like to mention our Sports Minister Shri Sarbanand Sonowal for a gesture that has touched my heart. Last week all of us were busy in the ups & downs of Assam election results. Shri Sarbanandji himself was leading the campaign. He was the Chief Ministerial candidate; but he was also the Union Minister. And I was very happy when I came to know that one day before the Assam election results, he discreetly reached Patiala in Punjab. You must be aware of the Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports- N.I.S. – where the sportspersons going for the Olympics are trained. They all are there. He suddenly reached there, much to the surprise of the sportspersons. And it was a matter of surprise for the world of sports as well, that a Minister personally cares for our sportspersons. What are the arrangements for them? How is the food? Are they getting nutritious food according to their needs or not? Are the appropriate trainers for their body fitness present there? Are all the training machines functioning properly? He surveyed everything in great detail. He personally inspected each and every sportsperson’s room. He spoke to all the players in great detail. He had a word with the management and trainers; he himself ate with the sportspersons. With election results being due, with the distinct possibility of a new responsibility as a Chief Minister, and yet if one of my colleagues, in the capacity of a Sports Minister, displays such concern for his work, then it gives me great joy. And I am confident that like this, we should all realize the importance of sports, we should encourage the people in the world of sports, encourage our sportspersons. This becomes a source of strength in itself, when the sportsperson feels that his 125 crore countrymen are with him, his morale gets boosted.
Last time I spoke to you about the FIFA Under 17 World Cup and recently I got to see the suggestions that have come pouring in. And these days I have noticed that a conducive atmosphere for Football can be seen in the whole country. Many people are taking an initiative to form their own teams. I have received thousands of suggestions on the NarendraModi Mobile App. Maybe many people don’t play the game themselves, but hundreds of thousands of young Indians have displayed such keen interest in the sport, this by itself was a very delightful experience for me. We all know the bond that India has with Cricket, but I saw the same passion for Football as well, and this by itself heralds a very positive signal for the future. For all the selected candidates for the Rio Olympics, and for our favourite sportspersons, we should create a cheerful and positive atmosphere. We should not judge everything in terms of victory and defeat. India should be known in the world for its spirit of sportsmanship. I appeal to my countrymen to contribute their bit in creating an atmosphere that boosts the spirits and enthusiasm of our athletes.
In the last week or so, results have been pouring in from all over the country…. and I am not talking about election results… I am talking about those students who slogged for the entire year, those of 10th and 12th Class. It is clear that our daughters are marching ahead triumphantly. It is a matter of joy. To those who have succeeded in these exams, I extend my congratulations and felicitations. And those who were not able to succeed, I would like to tell them once again that there is a lot to do in life. Life does not get stuck if we do not get results according to our expectations. We should live with hope, we should move ahead with confidence.
But I have been confronted with a new type of question, about which earlier I had never given a thought. I’ve received one email on MyGov.in site, which drew my attention. One Mr. Gaurav, Gaurav Patel of Madhya Pradesh writes that in the M.P. Board exam he has secured 89.33% marks. Reading this I felt elated. But in his continued narration, he tells us his tale of woes. Gaurav Patel says that Sir, afte securing 89.33% marks when I reached home, I was thinking that I would be congratulated by my family and friends, I would be applauded. But I was amazed when everybody in the house, friends and my teachers said the same thing, “Oh Dear, if your had secured just 4 more marks, you would have made it to 90%”. So it seems that my family, my friends, my teachers, nobody was pleased with my 89.33% marks. Everyone was lamenting that I missed my 90% by four marks. Now I’m perplexed and don’t know how to handle the situation. Is this all to life. Was what I did not good enough? Did I not prove myself? I don’t know but I feel a burden on my heart and mind.
Gaurav, I have read your letter very carefully. And I feel that perhaps this pain is not just yours; like you there are many lakhs and crores of other students who share the same pain. Because nowadays there is a trend that instead of finding satisfaction in what we have achieved, we tend to express our dissatisfaction in not achieving unrealistic goals. This is another form of negativity. We can never guide society towards the path of satisfaction if we always find dissatisfaction in everything. It would have been better if your family members, your class mates and your friends had appreciated your 89.33%. Then you would have felt motivated enough to do a lot more. I would like to urge guardians, parents and people all around, to please accept, welcome and express your satisfaction over your children’s results, and motivate them to surge ahead in life. Else, it might happen that a day will come when he brings 100% marks and you will say that, “you have got 100 percent! But still, had you done something more, it would have been better!” There is a limit to everything and that should be accepted.
Santosh Giri Goswami has written to me from Jodhpur something similar, almost along the same lines. He says that the people around him just don’t accept the results. They say that you should have done something better. There was a poem I had read long ago. I don’t remember the complete poem. The poet had written something like this – “I painted a picture of my anguish on the canvas of life. And when it was exhibited, almost all the visiting people commented that it needed some touching up. Someone said, ‘yellow here would have been better in place of blue.’ Someone said, ‘This line would have been better situated there instead of here.’ I wish some odd visitor had also shed a tear or two over the picture of my anguish.” I don’t remember if these were the exact words of the poem, as I read this poem way back. But nobody was able to grasp the pain depicted in that picture; everyone just spoke of touching it up.
Santosh Giriji, you have the same problem that Gaurav has. And there must be crores of students like you. You have the burden on yourself of fulfilling the expectations of millions of others. All that I would like to say to you is that in such a situation, don’t lose your balance. Everyone expresses their expectations; just keep listening, but stick to your point and make an effort to do something even better. But if you are not satisfied over what you have got, you will never be able to create something new. The strong foundation of one success becomes the foundation for another greater success. The dissatisfaction arising out of success never becomes a ladder to success; it guarantees failure. And so I would like to appeal that you should sing in celebration of the success that you have achieved. Possibilities of newer successes will arise out of success achieved earlier. I would like to appeal to parents, friends and neighbours that please don’t impose your expectations upon your children. And friends, does our life come to a standstill if we meet with failure sometimes. Sometimes one is not able to score good marks in exams, but he or she surges ahead in sports, or does well in music, or excels in the fine arts, or forges ahead in business. God has gifted each one of us with a unique talent. Please recognize your internal strength, build upon it and you will be able to march ahead. And this happens everywhere in life.
You must have heard of the musical instrument called santoor. There was a time when the santoor was associated with the folk music of the Kashmir valley. But it was Pandit Shiv Kumar (Sharma) whose magical touch transformed it into one of the prime musical instruments of the world. Shehnai once had a limited space in the world of music. It was mostly played at the threshold of the courts of emperors and kings. But Ustad Bismillah Khan’s mastery over the Shehnai made it one of the finest musical instruments in the world; it has now carved an identity of its own. And so you should stop worrying about what you have and how is that. Just concentrate on what you have and devote your utmost with that you are sure to reap handsome rewards.
My dear countrymen, sometimes I notice that the money that our poor families have to spend on their healthcare, throws their life off the track. It is true that while one has to spend little on preventing illness, the expenditure incurred on regaining health after you have fallen ill, is a lot more. Why can’t we lead life in such a way that we don’t ever fall sick and no financial burden falls upon the family. Cleanliness is one of the strongest protections from disease. The greatest service that can be rendered to the poor is by maintaining cleanliness. And the second thing that I constantly urge you to do is Yog. Some people also call it Yoga. 21st June is the International Day for Yog. People are not only attracted to Yog the world over, they have implicit faith in it and the whole world has embraced it. This is a priceless gift handed over to us by our ancestors, which we have given to the world. To the world which is filled with stress, Yog gives the power to lead a balanced life. Prevention is better than cure. A person practicing Yog, can easily have the achievements of staying healthy, maintaining balance, being richly endowed with a strong will power, nurturing supreme self confidence and to have concentration in every task one does. 21st June, International Yog Day is not just a mere event. It should spread wide, it should find a place in every person’s life. Each person should take 20-25-30 minutes out from his daily routine and spend it on practicing Yog. And for this, the International Yog day on 21st June gives us the inspiration. These collective occasions do become a reason for effecting positive change in an individual’s life. I do hope that on 21st June, wherever you may be, please take the initiative; you have a month with you. If you visit the website of the Government of India, the syllabus for this time, which ‘asanas’ you have to do, how one has to do them, all that has been described in it. Have a look at it. Do get these followed in your village, in your mohallas, in your city, in your school, in your institution, even in offices. Start it from now, one month in advance and you will be a participating partner on 21st June. I have read it several times that there are offices where on a regular basis, when they first meet in the morning, they begin with Yog and Pranayam and the efficiency of the entire office increases. The whole culture of the office gets transformed and the environment also undergoes a positive change. Can we make use of 21st June to bring Yog into our lives? Can we use it to bring Yog into our social life? Can we use it to bring Yog into our surroundings? I will be going this time to Chandigarh to participate in the programme on 21st June. I shall be doing Yog with the people of Chandigarh. You too must connect yourself with it when the whole world will be doing Yog on that day. I urge you all not to get left behind. Your staying healthy is very important to make India healthy.
My dear country men, through Mann Ki Baat, I connect with you regularly. I had given all of you a mobile number earlier, which you could use for listening to ‘Mann Ki Baat’ by giving a missed call on that number. But now we have made it a lot simpler. Now, to be able to listen to this programme, all you have to do is to dial just four digits. That four digit number is 1-9-2-2 . I repeat …One- Nine- Two -Two. By giving a missed call on this number, you will be able to listen to ‘Mann Ki Baat’ at any time, wherever you are and in any language of your choice.
My dear countrymen, Namaskar to all of you once again! Please don’t forget what I had said about water. You will remember it, won’t you? Okay! Thank You. Namaste!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Income Tax – New disclosure Norms in IT Return



Know the new disclosure norms in income tax return forms

Amendments in the ITR forms are a move towards creating an environment of greater disclosure and tax transparency

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has released new return forms to be used for filing tax returns (ITR). The amendments brought in the ITR forms are a move towards creating an environment of greater disclosure and tax transparency, although this may be viewed as an additional compliance burden by some.

The amendments in tax return forms are largely similar and simultaneous with changes being brought about in tax reporting across the globe. In 2015, Russia, for example, introduced additional tax reporting for tax residents, who have to notify Russian tax authorities about companies in which they hold more than 10% and about “structures” (trusts, foundations) where they participate in the role of founder, beneficiary, guardian, or others, as well as about the holding structure. The UK was the first to sign an enhanced automatic tax information exchange agreement in September 2012, together with the US, to accomplish the reporting required under US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca). Fatca has now been signed or agreed in substance by about 119 countries, including India. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, supported by the G20 nations, released a 15-point action plan against base erosion and profit sharing, to protect international economic system and facilitate an equitable tax architecture.

In India, ITRs for financial year 2015-16 (FY16) are due to be filed by 31 July 2016 (except those liable to tax audit or transfer pricing for whom due date is 30 September 2016 or 30 November 2016). Significant changes have been brought in the forms applicable for FY16. This is clearly indicative of the government’s focussed strategy on tax reporting. These are some of the changes.

Introduction of Schedule PTI: This is to be used to report details of pass through income received by investors from business trusts or investment funds. This schedule has been inserted in all ITR forms except ITR-1 (which is used by individuals with salary, one house property and income from other sources). The schedule intends to capture details of income from different sources under the pass through mechanism received by investors in funds such as venture capital funds or real estate investment trusts.

Under the pass through mechanism, income distributed by such funds is taxable directly in the hands of investors and not in the hands of the funds. The funds are required to report to the tax authority, details of investors and income distributed. Reporting by investors in their tax returns will help the tax authority reconcile the data and track defaulters.

Reporting of assets in Schedule AL for taxpayers with income above Rs.50 lakh: Schedule AL and also instructions to ITR form do not expressly provide that only India assets have to be reported in this Schedule. But where a taxpayer holds foreign assets, either as a legal or beneficial owner, he has to file his tax return in ITR-2 and report his foreign assets in Schedule FA. Since foreign assets and income are separately reported in Schedule FA, it appears that Schedule AL will capture details of those assets that are not captured under Schedule FA, i.e., India assets.

Assets to be reported include immovable assets, cash in hand, jewellery, bullion, vehicles, yachts, boats and aircraft at cost. Financial assets like stocks or funds are not included. There is no need to get a valuation report. If an asset was acquired by inheritance or gift, it would be required to be reported at cost to the previous owner of the asset, increased by the cost of improvement.

Since wealth tax has been done away with, the need to disclose details of assets and liabilities as part of ITR may help the tax department monitor an individual’s assets and corresponding sources of investment. What is different from wealth tax reporting is that there is no threshold for cash reporting, so even small amounts might have to be reported. At the same time, reporting assets would also help cross check taxation of corresponding incomes.

Taxpayers should be careful in declaring foreign incomes and assets. A default can attract Black Money Act’s stringent provisions.

Additional reporting in Schedule IF for partnership firms:This Schedule in ITR-4 requires information about the partnership firm in which taxpayer is a partner. The taxpayer (in addition to details such as name of the firm, profit sharing ratio, capital balance, and others) is now required to report whether the firm had entered into any international transaction or specified domestic transaction during the year and whether the same has been reported by the firm in prescribed report.

Details of tax collected at source (TCS) under Schedule TCS: TCS constitutes tax paid on behalf of the taxpayer. This inclusion would help the taxpayer take credit of these taxes in his tax return. For example, if A buys jewellery worth Rs.6 lakh in cash in a single transaction, she has to pay TCS of 1% to the seller over and above purchase price. She can claim credit for this in her ITR. She will also have to offer the income from which cash was generated to tax and also report the jewellery in Schedule AL.

This change is all the more relevant because from 1 June 2016, the scope of TCS is proposed to be expanded to cash purchase of all goods and services in excess of Rs.2 lakh (except where buyer has deducted tax on such payments).

The government is focussing on non-traditional methods of garnering tax revenue and is adopting an active strategy to tap wealth stashed in illegitimate investments or parked abroad illegally. Media reports on Liechtenstein, HSBC accounts and Panama Papers, and the wave of tax activism are clearly adding to the political pressure on governments to better track income and ensure tax payment. The Supreme Court of India is also active on this front and has set up a Special Investigation Team on black money. Digitisation and increasing connect between tax authorities worldwide have come in as handy to improve tax enforcement.

However, some of these changes may pose difficulty to taxpayers. For instance, if assets were acquired many years back and records are not easily traceable or the taxpayer has received assets by way of gift or inheritance.

It also needs to be clarified whether cash reporting includes reporting of foreign currency held in India within the permissible limits of exchange control legislation. Foreign currency has traditionally been seen as a ‘commodity’ in judicial precedents, so a view may be that the intention of this amendment is to keep such foreign currency outside the purview of reporting under Schedule AL. Also, it is uncertain how these challenges will go down with assessing officers, and whether estimated values will be acceptable at the lower tax authority level.

This fast paced environment of tax reform also mandates the taxpayer to be better prepared for compliance. A tax scrutiny poses not only a risk of penalties, but also public naming and shaming.

With time, I am hopeful, that the government will clarify on such ambiguities. The success of these steps will lie in ‘balance’ between appropriate tax reporting by the tax payer and display of maturity and security by the government in handling information so that the taxpayer is not harassed.

Source: Livemint

Friday, May 20, 2016

Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners of All India Services — delinking the pension from qualifying service of 33 years

Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners of All India Services — delinking the pension from qualifying service of 33 years: DoPT Order
F.No.25014/1/2013-AIS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated the 12th May, 2016

All the Chief Secretaries of State Governments/UTs.

Subject: Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners of All India Services — delinking the pension from qualifying service of 33 years.


Sir,

I am directed to refer to the above mention subject and to say that in compliance of the judicial pronouncement, the Department of Pension & Pensioners vide its O.M.No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 06/04/2016 has decided that the pension of pre-2006 pensioners, in no case, shall be lower than 50% of corresponding scale in the fitment table delinking the pension from qualifying service of 33 years and the same is to be revised w.e.f. 01.01.2006. The applicability of the provisions of the aforesaid O.M. dated 06/04/2016 to All India Services pensioners of pre-2006 has been considered by this Department and it is decided that provisions of the aforesaid O.M. of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare shall be applicable mutatis-mutandis to All India Service pensioners of pre-2006.

Yours faithfully,

(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to the Government Of India

GOOD NEW FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Implementation of 7th CPC and Enhancement of Minimum Wage/Multiplying Factor – NJCA

A Cabinet Note is being prepared and is likely to be submitted to the Cabinet, Government of India, very shortly. We are not very sure that, the demands raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM have been incorporated in that Cabinet Note”. – NJCA
NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi-110055
Ph: 011-23365912, 23343493, Fax: 23363167
NO.NJCA/2016
Dated: May 17, 2016
All Constituent Organisations,
National Council (JCM)
Dear Comrades,
Sub: Meeting with the Cabinet Secretary
On 5th May, 2016 I met the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, and once again draw his attention towards my letter NO.NC/JCM/2016 dated: May 2, 2016, a copy of the said letter was also handed over to him.
During discussion I also mentioned about the anguish of the Central Government employees because of inordinate delay in implementation of VII CPC recommendations and also their anxiety about enhancement in Minimum Wage as well as Multiplying Factor etc.
I also demanded a meeting with the Staff Side, NC/JCM on all the issues raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM and demanded that, views of the Official Side should also be made known to the Staff Side.
The Cabinet Secretary agreed to hold a meeting with some of the Secretaries, particularly with the Secretary(Exp.), Secretary, DoP&T and whosoever is required, particularly for discussion.
It has been assumed that, a Cabinet Note is being prepared and is likely to be submitted to the Cabinet, Government of India, very shortly. We are not very sure that, the demands raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM have been incorporated in that Cabinet Note.
In these circumstances I believe that, we should call a meeting of the NJCA and discuss about the strategy and future course of action, particularly in regard to Strike Notice on 9th June, 2016 and “Indefinite Strike” from 11th July, 2016.
The meeting of the NJCA will be held on 3rd June, 2016 at 16:00 hrs. in JCM Office, 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi.
Hope, all members of the NJCA will make it convenient to attend the meeting.
Comradely yours,
Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener
Source: Confederation Blog

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Secy Genl. BPS speech at Lumding on 2.4.2016 on 02.04.2016
Respected Guests, office bearers Govt pensioners welfare organization  ,NFRPA, Brothers & Sisters,
I thank you all to have invited me and to be with you this day at Lumding.
Ladies & gentlemen we are all eagerly waiting for the notification implementing 7th CPC recommendations. Presently Implementation cell of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries is examining the grievances of employees and the Pensioners. After giving final touch to report, Empowered Committee will send recommendations to PMO for its nod. Once PMO go through the report, it will be placed before the Cabinet for final approval. The whole process maystill take another about one months or so. We are getting information through print media that PMO has forwarded our representations/demands to the Empowered Committee of Secretaries with instructions to adjust genuine demands as far as possible.
Comrades, 7th CPC invited & listened patiently to Bharat Pensioners Samaj more than once. I, as Secy Genl Bharat Pensioners Samaj, got the chance to interact with the comm.3 times..7thCPC hasaccepted few of our demands in Principle.
So let us today examine what we asked for, what CPC recommended, and the Grievances as well as discrepancies we have referred to ECOS for redressal and the genuineness of our demands &grievances.
1.Stating that pension is always related to Salary, we represented to the pay commission to calculate need base minimum wage ensuring that wide gulf between haves & have lots is reasonably reduced. Pay Comm. after discussion did agree to calculate need base minimum wage for a family of 4 i.e. Husband wife & Two children. However, Pay Comm. without updating the criteria evolved by ILO in 1957 which in turn was based on age old Dr. Wallace Aykroyd formula for an average Indian family of four involved in   moderate physical activity considering it as three consumption units -- husband: one unit, wife: 0.8 unit and two children below 14 yrs of age: 0.6 units each, calculated the minimum Salary.
Considering the changes which have taken place since 1957 BPS has raised three major issues in this reference .1 Considering wife of the employee as 0.8 unit as compared to husband as 1 unit is gender bias. Today physical & and intellectual activities of the lady of the house are in no way less than her male counterpart. She needs the same rather more nutrients, calories and clothing.  No 2. That growing children below 14 yrs. age for their healthy intellectual & physical growth needs much more and better nutrients, Calories, education & clothing compared to 1957. Then how they can betaken as 0.6 unit compared to head of the family. And No3 that Prices of commodities/facilities taken by the pay commission are on lower side compared to actual market prices. Also instead of reducing minimum -maximum paid ratio CPC has increased it.
These factors put together have resulted in calculation of Minimum Salary on lower side and is responsible for increased min-max ratio & lower common multiplication factor, thus minimum Salary needs upward revision.
If this is done common multiplication factor 2.57 which resulted in much less the rise than given by earlier Pay commissions will automatically go up.
2 OROP for all While asking for One Rank One Pension  i.e persons retired from same rank, same seniority & equal length of service should get equal pension irrespective of date of retirement. We explained to the 7thCPC that ‘Justice must be equal for all, otherwise, it breeds contempt, discontent, inefficiency, corruption & finally the insurgency. Vast inequality of income and wealth between lowest & the highest paid, violates Article 14of the Constitution, has already induced contempt, discontent, inefficiency & corruption in Civil services.

Govt. granted One Rank One Pension (OROP) to Armed forces. Judges granted it to themselves. Even aperiod of private practice of lawyer judges is to be counted towards qualifying service. Higher bureaucracy got it through modified parity. All other Central Govt. Pensioners are definitely not the 2nd grade citizens! One Rank One Pension to all retirees is now a constitutional requirement to ensure equality.

7th CPC re-iterating the famous D.S.Nakra case   agreed in principle & did recommend 100% parity but the method of implementation & the pay matrix evolved defeats the purpose. Not only that it will not provide full parity for lower & middle level retirees, it will result in juniors drawing more pension than their seniors& give more benefit to direct group ‘A’retirees. Moreover, there are errors in the matrix designed. For example, entry pay for 4800GP in PB 2 is calculated as Rs18175 instead of Rs18750.
We have therefore sought rectification of such discrepancies in pay matrix ensuring that persons retired from same rank, same seniority & equal length of service get equal pension irrespective of date of retirement.
Common Multiplication factor: We had pleaded before the pay comm.to provide a common multiplication factor applicable to all, so that everyone get equal % rise.
Pay comm. while positively reacting, recommended 2.57 as common multiplication factor by dividing revised minimum Salary by existing min.Salary but in the first place since minimum salary calculated wrongly to keep it on lower side, this factor remained to be low to provide only .32% benefit which is lower than .40% provided by earlier pay panels. And secondly 7th CPC provided from back door a factor of 2.81 to higher ups through the jugglery of Pay matrix. We have therefore sought from the ECOS a common multiplication factor of 2.81 for all.
Downward revision of 100yrs age for additional pension i.e. additional pension to start from the age of 65 yrs. BPS pleaded before the Pay Panel that in the present scenario of climatic changes, incidence of pesticides in food articles and rising pollution, old age disabilities/diseases set in by the time an employee retires and go on manifesting very fast, needing additional finances to take care of these disabilities and diseases, especially as the cost of health care has gone very high.  Grant of 100% additional Pension after 100 years of age is rather illusionary in view of chances of survival up to or beyond age of 100 years being rare.
It is therefore, requested that 10% Additional Pension should be granted every 5 years from the age of 65 to 75 years & thereafter 20% every 5 years from 80 years onwards and 100% at the age of 90yrs. After discussions pay comm. Had agreed to consider granting additional age related Pension from the age of 75 yrs.& above. But alas! Issue was rejected merely because defence ministry did not accept it. We have requested ECOS to revisit the issue stating that in case defence ministry does not agree let the defence pensioners not have it. Why make all others to suffer for the sake of one section?

Fixed medical allowance (FMA): BPS represented that:

 M/O Health & Family Welfare spent per card Rs.1369 per month in 2007-2008 for OPD. Adding to it inflation, the figure today is well over Rs 2000/- PM. Ministry of Labour& Employment, Govt. of India vide its letter no. G-25012/2/2011-SSI dated 07.06.2013 has already enhanced FMA to Rs 2000/- PM for EPFO beneficiaries. Thus, to help elderly pensioners to look after their health minimum of Rs 2000/- FMA be granted. Adequate raise in FMA will encourage a good number of pensioners to opt out of OPD facility which will reduce overcrowding in hospitals. OPD through Insurance will cost much more to the Govt.
We suggested that FMA for all C.G. Pensioners be raised to at least Rs 2000/- PM linking it to Dearness Relief for automatic further increase and without any distance restriction as distance restriction is discriminatory to those who do not choose Govt. schemes/hospitals. We further suggested that FMA be exempted from INCOME TAX. Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) is a compensatory allowance to meet day today medical expenses. As Medical Reimbursement is not taxable, FMA should also be exempted from Income Tax.
This demand has been rejected by the Pay Panel on the ground that FMA was recently hiked from Rs 300 to Rs500PM.
We have represented to ECOS to revisit the issue & to accept the demand to raise FMA to Rs 2000/ PM. NCJCM is supporting our demand & we expect some positive result

Medical facilities/Health care:BPS represented That “Health is not a luxury” and “not be the sole possession of a privileged few”.
It is a Fundamental Right of all present & past Employees!
To ensure hassle free health care facility to Pensioners/family pensioners, Smart Cards be issued irrespective of departments, to all Pensioners/Family Pensioners and their Dependents for cashless medical facilities across the country. These smart cards should be valid in  :
• all Govt. hospitals
• all NABH accredited Multi Super Specialty hospitals across the country which have been allotted land at concessional rate or are given any aid or concession by the Central or the State govt.
• all CGHS, RELHS & ECHS empaneled hospitals across the country.
Reimbursement of bills for treatment & for hospitalization:
No referral should be insisted in case of medical emergencies. For the purpose of reference for hospitalization & reimbursement of expenditure thereon in other than emergency cases, doctors/Medical officers working in different Central/State Govt. department dispensaries/health units should be recognized as Authorized medical attendant.
The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is recognized as a fundamental right of all workers in terms of Article 21 read with Article 39 A, 41, 43, 48A and all related Articles as pronounced by the Supreme Court in Consumer Education and Research Centre & Others vs Union of India (AIR 1995 Supreme Court 922)
We suggested that, all the pensioners, irrespective of pre-retiral class and status, be treated as same category of citizens and the same homogeneous group. There should be no class or category based discrimination and all must be provided Health care services at par. We also requested the commission to recommend to govt. to make preventive health care an essential ingredient of all health care schemes for retired Persons. And that CGHS,RELHS, ECHS&ESI should be pooled together to provide a strong network of health care with lager coverage area
Hospital Regulatory Authority: To ensure that the hospitals do not avoid providing reasonable care to smart card holders and other poor citizens, a Hospital Regulatory Authority should be created to bring all NABH-accredited hospitals and NABL-accredited diagnostic Labs under its constant monitoring of quality, rates for different procedures & timely bill payments by Govt. agencies and Insurance companies. CGHS rates may be revisedperiodically keeping in mind the workability as per market conditions.

The7th pay comm. recommends Medical Insurance for all. This of course will be beneficialto all those who are presently not covered by any of the present schemes. But the major issues with Insurance scheme for pensioners' i.e. (1) Coverage of existing disease (2) OPD facilities (3) Amount of coverage for a family (4) Amountof Premium and its yrly payment need to be resolved before introduction. On pooling of different existing schemes to increase coverage & easy accessibility, Pay Comm. did agree that it will create a very strong network of health carebut has left it to the Govt. to look into.  On the issue of Smart card for cashless treatment for all pensioners in all empaneled hospitals 7th pay comm. has not come out with anyrecommendation.
The Pay Panel recommendation regarding withdrawal of discriminatory orders of MOH &FW regarding Postal Pensioners & merging of all postal dispensaries with CGHS is welcomed.

7th pay commission has either rejected for left unaddressed the issues like:
1. Ratio between min & max. paid to be brought back to 1:8.
 2. Upward revision ofpension to 67/65% of last drawn.& Family pension 50%of LPD
3 Removal of discrimination with those who retire on 31.12 & 30.06
4.  Modification of NPS to ensure Family Pension as per pre 2004 rules & that min pension shall not be less than 50% of last drawn
5. DR merger with pension whenever it goes above 50%

In a scenario wherein Corporates are swallowing 5.3 lac crore through unpaid loans and Legislators are in a spree to hike their own Salaries & Perks.What if our genuine demands/grievance are not addressed?:
Prepare for long drawn struggle?–  What are the options?:
1.Legal remedy: it is not a viable solution for pensioners as it takes years & need huge money.
2. Print & Electronic media:  Does not high light our issues. Most of the times it involves substantial payments for paid news /Press conferences.
3.Representations/correspondence & meetings with Ministers & Govt.officials are of little use except for resolving individual grievances.
4. Demonstrations Rallies: Will be affective if we are able to pool few thousand pensioners. This will need months of advance preparations, strong contacts, communication and money.
5. Mustering support of Politicians: Will be helpful. However, this will come if we have large following & good contacts as they always eyeyour vote strength.
6. Social media: Is very strong & effective platform we already have a large audience of over 22 lac consisting of Elderly, younger people, politicians, Ministers, MPs, Govt. officers& professionals. In short persons from all walks of life. Over 12 lacs of pensioners are computer savvy who can play very important role.
7.Pensioners Own media:i.ePeriodical magazines/newsletters, websites blogs, Facebook Pages,Twitter handles.You Tube Channels: Can prove to be very effective for creating awareness, dissemination of information and motivation.
8. Join hands with Trade unions /confederations /Associations of employees: For them Pensioners issues are the last priority for them. Recently while trimming down their demands,they have dropped down all the issues of Pensioners except that of FMA

Ladies & Gentlemen,
As far back as 1955 Retired Justice late Sh.Shankar Saran of Allahabad high court, dreamed of  giving a strong voice to pensioners community through consolidation. He dreamed of developing systems to enable pensioners of the country to act as one family with mutual confidence, support and growing interdependence. With this dream he founded Bharat Pensioners Samaj in 1955 which has today grown into the largest Federation of Pensioners Associations with over 7 lac members through over 650 Affiliates & Associates.
Moving forward through the decades with this dream of the founder, BPS took on its shoulders the responsibility of Welfare of Pensioners Community.
After years of welfare work for the Pensioners community BPS evolved 4 ‘C’ action plan for the final fulfillment of the dream i.e

4 C action plan, The prerequisites for 4C action plan
1) Collection of Pensioners Contact details i.e. Mob. Phone Nos &email addresses,2) Identification of issues 3). Motivation 4). Designing & launching a campaign

The four "C" action Plan

1. Communicate: World has changed & is constantly changing we too need to change ourselves. Even developed countries have realized that moving alone is not possibleanymore and have started communicating with other countries. Same is true for pensioner’s organizations instead of wasting time & energy in raising new or reviving dormant organizations we need to form strong conglomerate of existing live Federations and Associations. As main aspirations i.e. Financial, Social security &healthcare are common, this is possible. To achieve it communication is the basic tool. So communicate amongst yourself, with your members, affiliates, associates, MOU partners, with Civil Society, National / local leaders, with Media and with the employees retiring in next six months. Spread awareness about, what pensioners did for the country & are still doing for the civil Society. Apprise Civil Society about their service conditions, entitlements as per Constitution, Supreme court pronouncements. Empower Pensioners & Pensioners to be with information, knowledge & network to interconnect. Aggressively use Social Media & modern digital technology to interact among yourself & with the civil society to enable them to understand pensioner’s/family pensioner’s issues& the deficient areas.

2. Coordinate: Coordinate not only to seek govt. support in deficient areas but to develop systems which may enable all of us to act as one family with mutual confidence, support and growing interdependence. Comrades, if we have to survive with dignity then such should be our system of mutual confidence, interdependence & coordination that none of us feel lonely &helpless.
 Share information, technology and resources with Affiliates/Associates MOU partners/sister organizations &members. Coordinate and provide support to members, affiliates and associate associations. Coordinate & stand shoulder to shoulder with the administration & fellow citizens during National emergencies and natural calamities. Launch and participate in welfare activities such as organ donation for the good of civil society.


3.Consolidate:  Inspire more & more pensioners/Associations/Federations to come together. Strive to bring all C.G; State, PSU, EPS95 &statuary body pensioners/family pensioners together.  Inspire sister organizations sign MOUs to jointly & severally struggle for resolving common issues. BPS, AIFPA, NFRPPalghat& AISCCON have been successfully wkg with such an agreement. I inviteother likeminded pensioner’s organizations to join. BPS today has over 22 lac audience on Social media platform, let us utilize the facility for pensioners' cause. We have thrown it open to all likeminded organizations. Add more & more, friends, viewers &followers on Social media pages. Share pensioner's related posts as much as possible. Twit & retweet pensioners/ sr citizen issues issue
Due to age &ailments, traditionalagitational   methods like Dharnas, Demonstrations etc are losing sheen for pensioners. Let us blend old & new techniques, strengthen presence to highlight pensioner’s issues & deficient areas. Streamline & inter- link available resources like publications, websites, Blogs, Groups, Face book, Twitter, You Tube etc. BPS has launched a pilot project 'PENSIONERS OWN MEDIA' under which publications of likeminded Pensioners organizations who willingly provide us their publications in pdf format up-to 5MB are being uploaded on BPS website, Blog, Face book, Twitter & BPS 1955 yahoo group.BPS 'Bharat Pensioner'(monthly publication) has circulation ofover 64000 pdf copies through Social media &email.

4.Contribute: Contribute whatever you can, your ideas, knowledge,experiences, efforts & of course money to make the project succeed.


 Let us make best use of modern technology /opportunities combined with traditional methods to consolidate ‘Elderly Vote Power’, the ultimate weapon & panacea for all our ills.

Comrades, we are not a helpless, useless or a tired lot. Neither we are a liability to the society or a burden on the exchequer. We are an asset for the civil society & the Govt.

We can still turn the TIDES. With ‘elderly vote power' we have the ability to change Govt. Even in our death we have the capacity to give life to 5 persons (by organ donation)
We may not live to see the end results but it is our responsibility to give correct direction & a road map to pensioners of tomorrow.

Today I call upon the entire fraternity of Sr Citizens to unite& move forward.

Jai hind, Jai Bharat.
Er. S.C. Maheswari
Secy. Genl. Bharat Pensioners Samaj