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.

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