Sunday, November 27, 2011

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

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

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

India-Pensioners March to Parliament

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



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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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

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

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

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

Shyam Sunder Secy. Genl. Bharat Pensions Samaj being honoured

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

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


BPS delegates at Vizag -22.11.2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A right approach to rights

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

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

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

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


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

International Federation on Ageing

awarded Daya Maheshwari 
Memorial Trophy

BPS News letter 05.11.2011

Documents uploaded on website :


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


Other information  

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

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

3.    These documents are placed in the public domain for inviting comments and suggestions which can be forwarded at the following email address by 23.11.2011:


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

 Er.S C Maheshwari
Former DEN C.Rly.
Secretary (Railway)
Bharat Pensioners Samaj (Member SCOVA)
490A/16 Gurudwara Road;Civil Lines .Gurgaon-122001
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