Site updated on 28.05.2020

Name of Account holder: All India BSNL Officer's Association
Name of Bank : Indian Overseas Bank(IOB)
Address : Parliament street, New Delhi
Account Number: 076201000023791
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CHQ writes to CMD BSNL requesting immediate payment of GSLI amount to those who retired under BSNL VRS 2019:

'Unfortunately, it has been reported that most of the VRS retirees have not received payment from the Scheme, even after lapse of four months. It is learnt that in many Circles, BSNL has not raised claim with the LIC of India for payment of the amount at credit of the members.'   Read More


CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on allowing retention of quarters beyond 8 months in respect of recently retired BSNL employees:

'Due to the extra-ordinary situation of continuous lockdown due to COVID-19, no retired employee, retaining the quarters, could move out. Even if the lockdown is lifted, it may not be feasible for vacating the quarters and moving out in the near future due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, which is alarmingly increasing every day.'   Read More


Final seniority list in the grade of Executive Engineer (C) for executives absorbed in BSNL - post-VRS scenario:

BSNL CO has issued the updated, revised final seniority list in EE (C) grade as on 1.5.2020.   View list


DoT withdraws its OM dated 28.4.2020:

DoT virtually withdraws its OM dated 28.4.2020, wherein it had said that for those retiring in April 2020, retirement benefits be paid at old Dearness Relief as on 1.1.2020.   Read More


CHQ writes to CMD BSNL conveying disappointment and resentment of employees over non-payment of April salary:

The apathy of BSNL management in keeping its employees unpaid, even when BSNL employees have been rendering unfailing telecom services during the lockdown, risking their lives, is quite appalling.   Read More


CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Modifications in the procedure for the outdoor medical claim for BSNL employees (serving / Retired) and requesting withdrawal of instructions:

Reducing the ceiling to 15 days will adversely affect the serving employees as well as the retired employees, as the cost of outdoor treatment including cost of medicines growing alarmingly very high every year. Apart from this, the order itself appears to have been issued in a hurry, without considering the objective of rolling out the BSNL MRS and previous orders issued under the scheme and without any dialogue with the stakeholders.   Read More


CHQ writes to CMD requesting allowing outdoor claim with the latest prescription available, in view of lockdown due to COVID-19:

We therefore request you to cause issue of instructions to all circles/units that claims with the latest available prescription may be allowed for such chronic illnesses, till the country exits from the COVID-19 lockdown.   Read More


Procedure for outdoor medical claim for BSNL employees (serving/retired):

BSNL CO has issued modification in the procedure for outdoor medical reimbursement to BSNL employees (Serving/Retired).   View the letter


Extension of last date for submission of e-apar for 2019-20:

BSNL CO has issued orders extending last date of submission of self appraisal through ESS portal upto 15th June 2020.   View the letter


Brief on COVID-19 impact and VRS expenditure for financial closure 2019-20:

'The cash collection during March was lower than expected by about Rs. 500 cr; however, no significant reduction in revenue generation is anticipated in post paid segments of Mobile, Landline, Broadband, FTTH and Enterprise. On the other hand, cost savings have been achieved due to better Electricity Board Supply availability, and resulting into saving of Fuel (Diesel) expense.'   Read More


Payment of leave encashment in respect of VRS 2019 optees whose vigilance clearance is withheld:

BSNL CO has clarified that the competent authority for sanctioning encashment of leave is required to examine each case individually and withhold leave encashment only in such cases where the amount recoverable exceeds the amount of gratuity and ex-gratia withheld.   View the letter


Extension of validity of BSNL MRS card for BSNL retired employees :

BSNL CO has issued instructions to circles for extending the validity of BSNL MRS card of BSNL retired employees upto 30.6.2020 or till further orders.   View the letter


CHQ writes to CMD regarding : Non-compliance of the Ministry of Home Affairs Orders on Preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 - Consolidated revised guidelines for protection and safety of employees/officers required to come to office:

'In this regard, we want to draw your kind attention to the fact that in some places above mentioned guidelines are not being followed strictly in field units. This may lead to unnecessarily putting the employees and officers to the danger of infection.'   Read More


Effective use of 'aarogyasetu' app for breaking the chain of transmission of COVID-19 :

BSNL CO has issued instructions for downloading 'Aarogyasetu' App on their mobile phones immediately and to follow the directions listed.   View the letter


BSNL endorses DoP&T OM on Preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 – Guidelines for protection and safety of Persons with Disabilities:

BSNL CO has endorsed DoP&T OM on Preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 – Guidelines for protection and safety of Persons with Disabilities.   View the letter


Freezing of dearness allowance to employees drawing CDA pay scales at current rates till July 2021:

DPE has endorsed the DoE OM dated 23.4.2020, to the administrative ministries for necessary action.   View DPE OM


CHQ writes to CMD regarding Preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 – Guidelines for protection and safety of Persons with Disabilities:

'We, therefore, request you to kindly cause endorsement of this DoP&T Order to the BSNL Circles/Units for information and necessary action as required.'   Read More


DoT issues instructions in respect of IDR increase w.e.f.1.4.2020 for BSNL pensioners:

DoT issues instructions for payment of increase in IDR w.e.f. 1.4.2020 for BSNL pensioners who retired prior to 1.4.2020. Those retiring in April will be paid at the old rates.   View the DoT letter


CHQ writes to Secretary DoT requesting extending the benefit of payment of compensation of Rs.10 lakhs to all employees of BSNL to cover death due to Covid -19 while discharging official duties:

'We draw your kind attention to the Department of Posts letter cited under reference, wherein provision has been made for payment of compensation of Rs.10 lakhs to all Departmental employees of Department of Posts and all categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) succumbing to the disease while brought on duty.'   Read More


Centralised TR activities post-VRS:

BSNL CO has centralised/reorganised TR activities of all verticals for optimum utilisation of available manpower after VRS.   View the letter


Option for old/new tax regime for the purpose of TDS recovery:

BSNL CO has extended the last date for submission of option to 31st May 2020.   View the letter


Disclosure of below benchmark grading in ACR prior to the reporting period 2008-09:

DoP&T has reiterated that only such below benchmark ACRs prior to the reporting period 2008-09 need to be disclosed to the officer reported upon for his representation, as are reckonable for assessment of fitness in future DPCs.   View the DoP&T letter


TBP becoming due during tenure of deputation to other organisations/DoT:

BSNL CO has clarified that the service rendered under deputation with due approval of competent quthority qualifies for all service benefits in the parent cadre/organisation.   View the letter


Calling of option for new tax regime for the purpose of TDS recovery:

BSNL CO has called for option under Section 115 BAC of Income Tax Act 1961 for the purpose of TDS from salary, making it clear on the basis of CBDT circular dated 13.4.2020 [already published in this website] that the option can be changed by the employee at the time of filing of return of income and that if such intimation is not made, TDS will be made without considering the provisions of Section 115 BAC of the Act, [that is to say TDS will be made on the basis of old tax regime].   View the letter


Extension of revalidation of BSNLMRS card for BSNL retired employees:

BSNL CO has extended revalidation of BSNLMRS card for BSNL retired employees of BSNL CO till 30.6.2020 or till further order, whichever is earlier.   View the letter


Revision of IDA w.e.f. 1.4.2020:

BSNL CO has endorsed DPE orders revising IDA w.e.f. 1.4.2020 to 160.7%.   View the letter


Extension of validity of BSNL MRS card:

GS today spoke to Director (HR) and requested him that a common order may be issued for extending the validity of BSNL MRS cards beyond 30.4.2020, in view of the lockdown due to COVID-19. Director (HR) has agreed to consider our request.


Voluntary contribution by the employees of BSNL to PM CARES fund:

BSNL CO has requested contribution of one day salary (basic plus DA) by all executives and non-executives, towards PM CARES FUND. The contribution is purely voluntary and those employees who do not wish to contribute may intimate their unwillingness to the respective DDOs in writing before 25.4.2020.   View the letter


Interest rate for GPF accumulation drastically reduced:

Department of Economic Affairs has issued orders reducing the interest rate for GPF accumulations to 7.1% w.e.f. 1.4.2020.   View CBDT letter


Modifications in FTTH policy:

BSNL CO has circulated addition/alteration in the Open Policy for providing FTTH service the customers.   View the letter


Interest rate for GPF accumulation drastically reduced:

Department of Economic Affairs has issued orders reducing the interest rate for GPF accumulations to 7.1% w.e.f. 1.4.2020.   View DoEA letter


Postponement of relieving of executives/officers under transfer:

BSNL CO has issued instructions that no employee/officer under transfer should be relieved during the lockdown period.   View the letter


Increase in IDA w.e.f. 1.4.2020:

DPE has issued orders increase in IDA w.e.f. 1.4.2020 from 157.3% to 160.7%.   View DPE letter


Increase in IDA w.e.f. 1.4.2020:

According to calculations based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers for December 2019 (330), January 2020 (330) and February 2020 (328), IDA will increase w.e.f. 1.4.2020 by 3.4% from 157.3% to 160.7%.


Extesnion of timelines for recording APAR of Group A, B and C officers of Central Civil Services:

DOP&T has issued fresh time schedule, as a one time measure, for reporting/reviewing APARs of the year 2019-20, in view of COVID-19 lockdown.   View DOP&Tletter


Counting of the limitation period for the diverse purposes under CCS (CCA) Rules 1965, CCS (Pension) Rules 1972:

DOP&T has conveyed the decision not to count the period of lockdown due to COVID-19, for the purposes of adherence to the prescribed timelines under these rules.   View DOP&Tletter


Retirement of Government servants on 31st March 2020:

DoP&T has clarified that the Government employees attaining the age of superannuation on 31.3.2020 shall retire from service on 31.3.2020 irrespective of whether they are working from home or office.   View DOP&T letter


Instructions regarding payment of ex-gratia:

BSNL CO has issued instructions to circles/units regarding payment of ex-gratia, explaining how calculations have been made keeping in view the funds allotted by the Government.   View letter


Welfare measures for workers of Central public sector enterprises during outbreak of covid-19:

DPE has asked all CPSEs to comply with the instructions contained in DO letter of Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment on the subject.   View DPE letter


Instructions regarding payment of VRS dues:

BSNL CO has issued instructions regarding payment of VRS dues, which includes "The amount that will be paid to the VRS optees shall be 31.3% of the gross provisional amount of ex-gratia."   View letter


BSNL employees Gratuity trust rules:

BSNL CO has issued instructions to ensure that the Gratuity is paid in the month of March 2020 in respect of employees who have retired under BSNL VRS 2019 and are eligible for Gratuity as per BSNL Employees Gratuity Trust Rules.   View letter


Emergency instructions in view of COVID 19:

BSNL CO has issued detailed instructions valid till 31st March 2020 unless until conveyed otherwise, while endorsing DPE OM dated 22.3.2020 on the subject.   View letter


Posting on promotion in the grade of DGM (T) - modification:

BSNL CO has issued revised posting orders in respect of 18 executives promoted to the grade of DGM (T) vide its orders dated 20.2.2020.   View letter


Preventive measures to achieve social distancing to contain spread of COVID-19 - relaxation in CCS (Leave) Rules 1972:

DoP&T has conveyed the approval of the competent authority to grant commuted leave without production of medical certificate to those officials who are above 50 years of age and have underlying conditions i.e. Diabetes, Respiratory problems, Renal diseases and other life-threatening illness, for a period upto 4th April 2020 so as to avoid unnecessary burden on the health care system.   View DoP&T letter


Policy for provision of GSM in lieu of residential service telephone connections/concessional telephone facilities to serving/retired employees of BSNL in areas declared :

BSNL CO has issued certain clarifications on the above subject.   View letter


Preventive measures to be taken to contain the spread of COVID19 by the Central Public Sector Enterprises:

DPE has circulated the DoP&T OM on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID19.   View letter


Post based roster in the grade of SDE (Arch) / AE (Arch):

BSNL CO has circulated post based roster in the grade of SDE (Arch) / AE (Arch) for the year 2019, duly inspected by the CLO (SCT), BSNL CO.   View letter


Provisional seniority list in JTO (Arch) grade as on 1.2.2020:

BSNL CO has circulated provisional seniority list in JTO (Arch) grade as on 1.2.2020.   View letter


Ex-gratia payment for BSNL VRS 2019 retirees:

BSNL CO has circulated DoT letter dated 16.1.2020 regarding Standard Operating Procedure for payment of ex-gratia to all BSNL VRS 2019 retirees for necessary action.   View letter


Attendance with I-card only:

BSNL CO has issued instructions for biometric attendance with I-card only, i.e without thumb impression for three months.   View letter


Tenure transfers in DE/AGM grade:

BSNL CO has issued orders of tenure transfers in DE/AGM grade.   View letter


Exemption to employees to mark biometrict attendance in Aadhar Based Biometric Attendance System:

DoP&T has requested all Ministries/Departments to exempt their employees from marking biometrict attendance in Aadhar Based Biometric Attendance System till 31st March 2020. However all the employees are required to mark their attendance in Attendance Register.   View DoP&T letter


Handing over the assets of CTTC, Kolkata:

BSNL CO has directed CGM WB circle to hand over assets of CTTC, Kolkata to CGM Kolkata, who will take necessary action to monetize the same.   View letter


Concept of RED policy 2020 under CM-S&D policy 2018:

BSNL CO has circulated the Retired Employee Distributor Policy 2020, to address the shortage of direct selling agent/sales persons and to make use of experienced BSNL VRS optees.   View letter


Recovery of over/excess payment due to wrong pay fixation of VRS optees:

BSNL CO has clarified that only such cases where the normal date of retirement on superannuation of the employee who has availed retirement under BSNL VRS falls within one year of the order of recovery, may be considered at par with the situation viz Recovery from retired employees, or employees who are due to retire within one year of the order of recovery mentioned in DoPT OM dated 2.3.2016.   View letter


Monetisation/retention of land parcel in BSNL:

BSNL CO has circulated the list of all properties and has requested the circles to check the property list and inform details of properties to be retained and any error or duplicity in the data.   View letter


GTI - Verification of options received for annual renewal of the scheme w.e.f.1.3.2020:

BSNL CO has circulated the details of online options received for annual renewal for information and verification by the individual optees. Executives who could not withdraw from the scheme during the online option due to personal reasons, may submit written representation to their DDOs and get themselves withdrawn from the scheme by contacting the ERP Core Team before 5 PM on 25.2.2020.   View letter


Promotion and postings in DGM (T) grade on adhoc basis:

BSNL CO has issued orders of promotion and postings in DGM (T) grade, for 195 executives.   View orders


Provisional Pension to VRS 2019 retirees:

BSNL CO has endorsed DoT orders on provisional pension to VRS 2019 retirees, along with ERP tool.   View letter


Requirement of APAR:

BSNL CO has requested APARs of 40 executives working in AGM (T) grade for the missing periods.   View letter


Retention of staff quarters by vrs retirees:

BSNL CO has clarified that requirement for submission of certificate for educational/medical ground may be disbursed with in respect of VRS 2019 retirees, for retention of quarters for the normal period of eight months.   View letter


Grant of vigilance clearance for obtaining passport:

DoP&T has clarified that Vigilance Clearance for obtaining passport can be withheld only under two circumstances, viz. the officer is under suspension; Chargesheet has been filed in a Court by the Investigating Agency in a criminal case or after grant of sanction by the Competent Authority under PC Act or any other criminal matter and taken cognizance of by the Court of Law.   View DoP&T OM


Special General Body Meeting of UP West Circle:

A Special General Body meeting of UP West Circle was held on 15.2.2020 under the Presidentship of Com.J.D.Sharma. Com.Janardan Yadav, Circle Secretary welcomed the gathering. GS Com.Rakesh Sethi, AGS Com.Sanjay Vishnoi, AGS Com.Nitin Kumar, CHQ Finance Secretary Com.V.K.Sharma, CHQ Editor Com.S.K.Bansal and Advisor Com.A.K.Sharma attended the meeting on behalf of CHQ. Members raised HR as well as organisational issues post-VRS and concerns about the future of BSNL and AIBSNLOA. In his elaborate speech, GS expressed hope that BSNL will successfully face the post-VRS situation and it will need some time to settle down. He emphasized continuation of AIBSNLOA with the same uniqueness as now and that the present CHQ setup will continue for the next six months and alternate arrangements will be made before that. AIBSNLOA has received support from its retired members in the past and all the office bearers and activists at all levels who have taken VRS will extend full support for functioning of AIBSNLOA effectively. All the associations have lost half of their membership and some sort of realignment will become unavoidable in the near future. Till such time, all of us can work together to increase the membership, he said. All the members present were in agreement with his views. Other HR issues were discussed in detail. The meeting ended with a note of new hope.


Meeting with Director (F):

GS and other CHQ office bearers met Director (F) today and expressed serious concern over delay in payment of Leave Encashment, GPF accumulation and GSLI amount to the VRS retirees. We also brought to his notice that GPF and GSLI amounts have been paid by a few circles while other circles including BSNL CO have not disbursed the amount. GS explained that four steps are required to be taken, two by BSNL and two by the concerned CCA for release of GPF amount and in most cases the third step by BSNL for raising the bill is pending. Director (F) spoke to GM (CA) and directed him to take necessary action for release of GPF amount without further delay. He also assured that action will be taken for payment of GSLI amount at the earliest. In respect of Leave encashment it was said that LIC will be releasing the required funds only in March First week. We requested that all the pre-requisites for LIC releasing the fund should be completed by February end, so that there is no delay after release of fund by LIC.

We also requested completion of all action by BSNL for payment of provisional pension without delay by the CCAs. Director (F) spoke to GM (Estt) and directed endorsing of the DoT OM immediately to all Circles for further action without delay.

GS also met GM (Estt) and GM (CA) separately and requested immediate action on these issues so that the suffering of the VRS retirees is mitigated.


Payment of provisional pension to VRS optees:

DoT has issued orders for payment of provisional pension for all BSNL and MTNL VRS 2019 retirees for a period of five months or till issue of PPO whichever is earlier.   View letter


Post office savings bank schemes and current interest rates:

BSNL CO has circulated the letter from Secretary, Department of Posts suggesting to DoT if a part of the retirement benefits can be invested in the POSB schemes instead of disbursing the whole amount to the retired officials.   View letter


BSNL VRS 2019 - Quantum of tax exemption available to VRS optee:

BSNL CO has circulated the relevant sections from Income Tax Rules and has reiterated that the VRS optee can claim exemption under section 10(10C) or relief uncer section 89, but not both.   View letter


BSNL VRS 2019 - Issue of last pay certificate:

DoT has issued instructions that Loans and advances mentioned in the Last Pay Certificate will have to be adjusted against Leave Encashment & Ex-gratia payable by BSNL and no dues would be recovered from Gratuity in respect of VRS 2019 optees.   View orders


Merger of Non-territorial circles:

BSNL CO has issued orders merging BRBRAITT Jabalput and Telecom Factories, Mumbai, Kolkata and Jabalpur with ALTTC, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh Circles respectively.   View orders


Group Term Insurance for BSNL Executives - guidelines for annual renewal of the scheme w.e.f. 1.3.2020:

The scheme is auto-renewable for the existing members with the same rate of premium. However the existing members can withdraw from the scheme by exercising their option to withdraw through ERP/ESS Portal.   View orders


Calling back to BSNL CO - PS/PA/Steno 'D' of erstwhile CSS cadre in BSNL CO on temporary transfer to circles:

BSNL CO has issued orders calling back erstwhile CSS cadre in BSNL CO on temporary transfer to circles.   View orders


Transfer and postings of Telecom Finance Executives:

BSNL CO has issued orders of transfer and postings in the grade of SAG/JAG/STS in Telecom Finance Stream.   View orders


Contingency plan for maintenance of network:

BSNL CO has conveyed approval of competent authority for fund allocation to meet the urgent requirement of expenditure on maintenance of BTS, CFA and OFC/Transmission networks till finalisation of outsourcing agency.   View letter


New tax regime will save hassle; not money:

FM Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday proposed to introduce new tax slabs with reduced rates for an annual income of upto Rs. 15 lakhs for those foregoing exemptions and deductions under a "simplified tax regime". The new system is however optional and will co-exist with the old one with three slabs and various exemptions and deductions.   Read More