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Dear Friends, Bharat Pensioners Samaj the largest & oldest organization of Indian Pensioners with441 affiliated Associations works to be the nodal point for highlighting difficulties faced by pensioners and Sr. Citizens & is now a global point of connection for experts and expertise in the field of Pension, Pensioners grievances and elderly issues, it is for this reason I am writing to you about our social media.  The BPS is present on Facebook , Twitter, blog & bps1955yahoo group & is also available on video conferencing  to  promote the latest initiatives, to raise awareness on current and emerging  issues and to keep the stake holder  up-to-date on our growing activities. Promoting organizational activities and informing stakeholders is our job so we encourage sharing                    our  Facebook page and following us on Twitter! as well as video conference  with Secy.Genl. If you have any question or concerns, and/or would like to share information through our soc…

Age is not just a figure

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29 Mar 2013Hindustan Times (Delhi)Lalita.panicker@hindustantimes.com Age is not just a figure Our respect and caring for the elderly is very much a part of our collective hypocrisy. Geriatric care is a very grey area in India, writes LALITA PANICKER In the disturbing movie, The Ballad of Narayama directed by Shohei Imamura, the elderly are the victims of a supposedly ancient Japanese tradition. Having outlived their utility at the age of 70, they are taken by their kinsfolk to a desolate and remote place and left to die of exposure to the elements or starvation. Now this may be an imaginary place but in an extreme manner it raises the plight of the elderly in societies that do not have any safety net for them. In India, we have been happy to deceive ourselves that ours is a caring society where the family will take care of its elderly, paying them back for the sacrifices that they have made to strengthen and nurture the family unit. Indeed, in many Hindi movies, the older generation i…

PENSION -Not a burden on the Government

PENSION
Not a burden on the Government Pension is described in section 60 of the CPC and section 11 of the Pension Act There are three important features of ‘pension’. Firstly, pension is a compensation for past service. Secondly, it owes its original to a past employer-employee or master-servant relationship. Thirdly, it is paid on the basis of earlier relationship of an agreement of service as opposed to an agreement for service. This relationship terminates only on the death of the concerned employee. Scheme of payment of pension was introduced: as it was greatly advantageous to the government.           (i)Government saved thousands of million by stopping matching contribution to provident fund.           (ii)One third the commuted part of pension was permanently retained by the government, till 1986 . Even after 1986 in restoring the commuted portion after 15years, Govt. retains the substantial balance with itself ( As per calculations the amount commuted would be got back by the gov…

Nainital HC Judgment, which is has settled a very favourable legal issue of date of implementation of SCPC Report. It has been clearly stated in this Judgment that any other date, other than 1.1.2006, is discriminatory.

Nainital HC Judgment, which is has settled a very favourable legal issue of  date of implementation of SCPC Report. It has been clearly stated in this Judgment that any other date, other than 1.1.2006, is discriminatory.

You can access the file at the URL: http://in.groups.yahoo.com/group/BPS1955/files/Nainital%20HCJ%2015.3.13%20for%201.1.2006.pdf

Click here to download &read the judgement.

ACPA VIZAG - Annual conference

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ACPA VIZAG First Anniversary function of All Central pensioner's Association, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (an affiliate of Bharat Pensioners Samaj) was held on 05-01-2013 at ,,MANAS| AUDITORIUM" Naval Science & Technological Laboratory. Shri S. V. Rangarajan, outstanding Scientist, Director N.S,T.L. was the Chief Guest and Shri E.A.S.Sarma l.A.S (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Govt.. of India was the Guest of Honour. About 400 Central Govt. Pensioners retired from various Central Govt. Departments and members of our Association were present.15 senior citizens of 80 plus were honoured by Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, and the President of our Association Shri. O. V. Subbiah. The Following resolutions were adopted by the General body. a) Same Fitment benefit to all Pre-2006 Central Govt, Pensioners as given to working employees b) Parity in pension between Pre & Post - 2006 Central Govt. Pensioners. c) Merger of 50% dearness relief with Basic Pension with ef…

Revision of Provisional Pension DOPPW order dated18.03.2013

Truth of Generic medicines

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Drugs still being approved without clinical trials By Dinesh C. Sharma in New Delhi IT’S ‘ business as usual’ at the drug controller general’s office despite the criticism it was subjected to in the report of the parliamentary standing committee on health last year. The drug controller is still approving new drugs without clinical trials using its undefined discretionary powers — the very practice for which it was reprimanded by lawmakers. As many as 15 new drugs have been recommended for approval without any clinical trial and nine of them have been approved since the committee’s recommendation came in May 2012. Drugs can be approved without clinical trials on Indian patients only in case of medical emergencies or when there is no alternative available. The drug controller general works through a set of 12 drug advisory committees which screen applications from drug companies. Between May and November 2012, these committees approved 15 new drugs without asking for clinical trials and…

MAKEN BACKS DEMAND FOR 7th PAY PANEL

17 Mar 2013Hindustan Times (Delhi)Aloke Tikku atikku@hindustantimes.comMAKEN BACKS DEMAND FOR 7th PAY PANELIn a move aimed at putting the demand for the 7th Pay Commission on the government’s drawing board, Union minister Ajay Maken has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set it up this year to neutralise the effect of soaring inflation. His demand this week is the first voice in support of the panel from within Singh’s cabinet. “Erosion of real wages owing to the degree of inflation... is hurting employees,” he wrote in a letter accessed by HT. Retail prices rose 160% during 20062011 but dearness allowance went up only 51%. Besides, Maken argued, it was time to rework the principles on which public sector wages were fixed in order to attract and retain talent. He said it was no longer enough to pay employees to simply meet minimum needs. The finance ministry, struggling to bring fiscal deficit under control, has rejected demands from government employees to set up the panel — generall…

Comparison in the returns between Employees Provident Fund and New Pension Scheme

Comparison in the returns between Employees Provident Fund and New Pension Scheme
Returns on EPFO fund is difficult to compare with return on other Pension Schemes like New Pension Scheme.
With an important message, a written reply was submitted in Lok Sabha 4th March, 2013 by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shri. Kodikunnil Suresh about the returns on NPS as follows...
"The wage ceiling for mandatory provident fund contributions under the Employees’ Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 is Rs. 6,500/-. 
Data of workers outside the wage limit is not maintained by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization. 
EPF money is invested as per the investment pattern of 2003 notified by Government of India which allows investment in Central Government Securities, State Government Securities, Bonds of Public Sector Undertakings and Private sectors. Returns on EPFO fund is difficult to compare with return on other Pension Schemes like New Pension Scheme. 
Th…

BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ MONTHLY MAGAZINE:Mach 2013

Protest against incorrect recording of SCOVA 22 minutes

SCOVA Minutes: Protest noteNo : BPS/SG/013/                                                                                       Dated :07-03-2013
Shri Sanjay Kothari, IAS,  Secretary, Deptt of Pension & PW Shri Vinay Mittal, Chairman Railway Board Smt Tripti  Ghosh, Director(P) DOP&PW
Reference : Minutes of 22nd SCOVA meeting held on 19.02.2013- ATR item xiv 6.12 & 6.13                   Para 6:6.12 i)T0 vii & para 6.13 ii),iv) & v)
1. It can be verified from records that these items were raised by Bharat Pensioners Samaj N. Delhi & The Retired Railway Employees Welfare Association Gurgaon which happens to be an affiliated association of Bharat Pensioners Samaj which is the largest & oldest Federation of Indian Pensioners' Since Bharat pensioners Samaj & The Retired Railway Employees Welfare Association Gurgaon did not discuss these issues with the Ministry of Railways before SCOVA meeting Minutes recorded are incorrect & may be amended keeping the relat…

Something for everyone in new policy

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Something for everyone in new policy Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, March 08, 2013
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First Published: 02:06 IST(8/3/2013)
Last Updated: 02:07 IST(8/3/2013) Children of single mothers, who are divorced, widowed or estranged, may no longer have to mention their father's name on school and college forms.

Institutes will need to make changes to their forms to accept the mother's name as the head of family, says one of the many provisions in the new women's policy to be presented by women and child minister Varsha Gaikwad to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan at a Women's Day function to be held at Pune on Saturday. Other proposed provisions include construction of toilets on highways at every 50 kilometres or a distance of one hour. Also, considering the large number of women who are over 65 years old and live alone - either unmarried, widowed or divorced - the state plans to bring in a special pension scheme for them. In addition to these, largely-ignor…

Govt to hike old age pension

Govt to hike old age pension HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 08, 2013

In what comes as a minor relief to the senior citizens, the government on Thursday stated that it would enhance the old age pension toRs. 300 from the presentRs. 200 per month.

However, the pensions could be indexed to inflation, on the pattern of MG-NREGA wages, thus allowing increase in amount with price rise. The statement from rural development minister Jairam Ramesh in the Rajya Sabha comes as elderly people from across the country stage protests at Jantar Mantar demanding higher pensions. National Advisory Council member Aruna Roy is leading the protest under the banner Pension Parishad. The government further stated that it is mulling universalisation of pensions by removing the BPL and APL distinction, as applicable now.  Changes could also be brought in widow pensions to cover widows above 18 years instead of present 40 years. People with 40 percent disability would qualify for disability pension…

No 7th Pay Commission

Taking into consideration Govt's negative reply appended here under. BPS is actively considering to file a court case claiming equal % rise in pension of all pre 2006 pensioners who constitute one homogeneous group of Pensioners and for raising Fixed medical allowance to Rs 1200/-
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF  FINANCE RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-191 ANSWERED ON-09.08.2012 Seventh Pay Commission for Central Government employees 191 . SARDAR BALWINDER SINGH BHUNDAR (a) whether Government intends to constitute the Seventh Pay Commission for the Central Government employees; (b) if so, by when; (c) whether the Thirteenth Finance Commission has also recommended for an increase in pay of Central Government employees from the future date; and (d) if so, the details thereof? ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA) (a)&(b): Government has not taken any decision on the constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission. (c)&(d): The 13th Finance…