Monday, May 9, 2016

Loss due to Non Neutralization of D.A for pensioners retired prior to 31-10-2002

Many bank pensioners  retired prior to 31-10-2002 are not aware of effect of 100% neutralisation of D.A  and how much they are losing per month due to non neutralization of D.A. There are queries from these pensioners regarding effect of 100% neutralization of D.A. on their monthly pension as majority  pensioners do not know / understand the implications of 100% D.A.  neutralisation.


 All pensioners in bank are not drawing uniform D.A. as in the case of Govt. employees. Pensioners retired prior to 31-10-2002 are getting tapered  percentage of D.A. because D.A. is not neutralized to 100%.

 D.A. rates for pensioners retired after 01-04-1998 upto 31-10-2002    (1115 Slabs over 1684 points)

Upto 3550    3551-5650    5651-6010    Abv 6010

267.60%          223%         133.80%          66.90%


One may notice that D.A.% gets tapered after Rs.3551 whereas under D.A neutralisation there is no tapering and pensioner is eligible for 267.60% DA on full basic pay. Suppose pensioner's basic is Rs 6200/- he should get 267.60% for the full amount under 100% DA neutralisation which would be Rs 16591.20, whereas now pensioner gets only Rs 14791.59, which means pensioner is losing Rs 1799.61 per month. Monthly loss of pension increases with increase in basic i.e. more the basic pension loss is more. For example a General Manager retired in March 2001, who is having basic pension Rs. 10680 is losing Rs.10797.70 per month due to non neutralization of D.A.

Following table gives exact  figure   of monthly  loss corresponding   to  the  basic (before commutation) of  the pensioners retired after 01-04-1998 upto 31-10-2002 . In the following table basic starts from 3550 and is stepped up by 10 upto 12000. One can view the  basic , present D.A, D.A after 100% neutralzation, Monthly loss due to non -neutralization. Table can be viewed / downloaded by clicking on the following link.

Table showing loss due to non-neutralization of D.A. 
For more precise calculation of loss due to non neutralization of D.A. an online calculator is provided . Pensioners  retired after 01-04-1998 upto 31-10-2002 can enter their exact basic pension (before commutation) in the calculator and get exact difference figure.
Click here for on line calculator for loss due to non neutralization of D.A
 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IBA refuses to discuss with Retiree Organisation

According to  IBA communication dated 13 April 2016 addressed to Dr. Natchiappan , Honorable MP & Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Grievances, wherein it states that
" the matter regarding holding the discussion with the Retirees Associations on the issue raised by them was put up to the Managing Committee of IBA in its meeting dated 02/03/2016. The Committee deliberated at length on the issues and felt that in absence of a mandate from Member Banks, it would not be appropriate for the IBA to discuss / negotiate the issue with the Retiree Associations. There are number of Retiree Associations and and there is no set prescribed procedure to verify their majority status / membership details."
With this stand of IBA, Hope CBPRO and AIBRF will adopt their action plan to Counter IBA in the matter.
Contributed by Shri R. K. Pathak

Saturday, April 30, 2016

CBPRO DELEGATION MEETS HON’BLE FINANCE MINISTER - MEETING OF CONSTITUENTS OF CBPRO AT DELHI ON 27.04.2016


We are reproducing hereunder circular no. 005/2016 dated 27.04.2016 issued by Joint Conveners of CBPRO and  the copy of memorandum submitted by leaders to Union Finance Minister for his kind consideration.
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Circular 005/2016 Dated: 27.04.2016
To all the Constituents of CBPRO
Dear Comrades,

CBPRO DELEGATION MEETS HON’BLE FINANCE MINISTER - MEETING OF  CONSTITUENTS OF CBPRO AT DELHI ON 27.04.2016

Principal Office Bearers of Constituents of CBPRO along with their other important Office Bearers assembled at YMCA Tourist Hostel, New Delhi today for the CBPRO meeting. Leaders from SBI Pensioners’ Federation, AIBPARC, RBONC, AIRBEA and Leaders from the newly joined Forum of Retired Bank Employees participated in the meeting. Com R.N. Banerjee, President of SBI Pensioners’ Federation presided over the meeting. The Joint Conveners Com A. Ramesh Babu and Com. K.V. Acharya presented the Joint Conveners report detailing various developments that have taken place after the last meeting at Kolkata. All the Leaders of various Constituents warmly welcomed the entry of Forum of Retired Bank employees (FORBE) into CBPRO. The FORBE was represented by Com. M.D. Deshpande, President, Com. A.N. MadhuSudan, Vice President and Com. S.V. Chaudhari, Vice President. Com R.N.Banerjee congratulated the CBPRO Constituents for making the Jantar Mantar Dharna on 11.12.2015 a memorable success and particularly complimented the Joint Conveners for organizing such a wonderful Dharna programme. Com. Shantha Raju, Vice President of SBI Pensioners’ Federation gave lot of inputs in regard to bringing larger unity of all the Retiree Organisations and the issues on which we have to focus and carry on the struggles at State and District levels by coordinating various organizations at the grass root level. His rich experience in the field of Bank Officers’ Movement as well as Convener of UFBU during his tenure as General Secretary of AIBOC benefited the course of the meeting.

1 The hall mark of the meeting is the culmination of a purposeful meeting with Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of India. Halfway the meeting CBPRO Delegation consisting of Com. R.N. Banerjee, Com. A.Ramesh Babu, Com. K.V. Acharya, Com. Shanta Raju and Com. M.D. Deshpande had to proceed to Parliament House to meet the Hon’ble Finance Minister. In spite of a very busy Parliament Session the Hon’ble Finance Minster gave the audience to the CBPRO Delegation who also submitted a representation detailing the Pensioners’ and Retirees long pending issues. The delegation had also the privilege of meeting and requesting Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Union Minister who happened to be present with the Hon’ble Finance Minister. Hon’ble Prakash Javadekar warmly recalled the requests made by us in our earlier meetings mainly regarding Pension Updation, Family Pension and Uniform 100% DA to all Retirees and endorsed ourrequest to Hon’ble Finance Minister. The Delegation also met Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Union Minister, who also assured the Delegation to help us. CBPRO is extremely thankful to Hon’ble Ministers not only for giving an  opportunity to meet them but also showing their warm response to our issues. We hope and wish that this development will make a far reaching favourable effect in respect of our issues.



The CBPRO met again after lunch and discussed the details about our meeting with the Hon’ble Finance Minister. It was also unanimously decided to further strengthen The CBPRO by calling upon all Retirees’ Organisations to come together under the umbrella of CBPRO and facilitate proper and meaningful dialogue with the IBA. The following action programmes were suggested and unanimously accepted:

1. Set up coordination bodies under CBPRO at State and District levels.
2. Hold meetings across various centers to involve Bank Pensioners and Retirees fully with the struggle to end discriminations against Bank Pensioners and Retirees.
3. Delegation of CBPRO to meet CEO of IBA again within a month.
4. To meet Chairman of IBA by CBPRO delegation.
5. To collect details about the structured meetings with the Retirees’ Organisations by all the Banks as per directions of IBA.
6. To urge upon IBA to hold structured meetings at Industry level with CBPRO on the same line and sprit of the communication sent by IBA to various Member Banks.
7. To further seek support from UFBU and its constituents.
8. To hold meetings of CBPRO thrice in a year and on urgent basis as and when necessary.
9. To hold the next meeting of the constituents of CBPRO at Chennai tentatively in the month of August.
10. To further highlight the issues of Bank Pensioners and Retirees at every level of power centers.

2 Comrades, it was a very purposeful meeting with active participation by leaders of various Constituents of CBPRO and we are confident that we are moving in the right direction and succeed in getting the Bank Pensioners issues resolved fully.

With warm regards,

Yours Comradely,

A.Ramesh Babu   K.V.Acharya

Joint Conveners

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Dated: 27.04.2016

Shri Arun Jaitley,
Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Government of India,
Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi 110001

Respected Sir,

SUB: REQUEST FOR RESOLUTION OF LONG PENDING ISSUES OF BANK PENSIONERS AND RETIREES.

We request your good self to kindly refer to our various representations in regard to the Bank Pensioners’ and Retirees issues. We have also represented to Indian Banks’ Association and submitted a memorandum when we met IBA in a delegation at Mumbai on 10.02.2016. We represent the Bank Retirees’ Organisations representing all the Bank Pensioners and Retirees. We hope and wish that this coordinated body i.e. Coordination of Bank Pensioners’ and Retirees Organisatons will facilitate dialogues with Bank Pensioners and Retirees as a body and help in resolving the issues with the urgency that is required. It is again with lots of hopes we are approaching your good self so that you can give necessary directions to IBA to resolve the issues at the earliest. We briefly mention here under the most urgent issues causing anxiety to
1. Uniform 100% DA Relief to Bank Pensioners, who retired before November 2002.

2. Pension Updation: It is even held by the Hon’ble Supreme Court that Pay Revision and Pension Revision cannot be separated from one another. Moreover Pension Regulation 15 (1) also very clearly states that Bank Pension shall be updated but unfortunately no updation has been done since November 1989 and in the process those who retired earlier are drawing a very meager Pension as compared with a very junior subordinate who retired recently or retiring in future. A General Manager who retired in 1990 is drawing a Pension of about Rs. 24,000/-, which is much less than the Pension of a clerical staff, who retires now. This anomalous situation has arisen because of non updation of Basic Pension for nearly three decades though regularly wage revision is taking place with no benefit of salary revision being passed on to the Bank Retirees.

3. Improvement of Family Pension: Though the Government Employees and RBI Employees have received improved Family Pension to 30% of Pay to the spouse of the deceased retired Employees, in Banks for the retirees it is continuously 15% that too with ceiling.

4. Pension for Employees resigned after putting Pensionable Service: Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has already given the verdict in respect of writ petitions filed by Vijaya Bank Employees and upheld the judgment of Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka giving relief to all petitioners. But it is unfortunate that very unreasonably IBA directed the member Banks not to extend the relief of the Judgment to other similarly placed employees stating that whoever wants relief should again approach the courts. This is not only against the Seniors Citizen Litigation Policy as propounded by the Central Government but also against all legal ethics and also amounts to disregarding the highest body of the Judiciary. In fact this also tantamounts to going against the guidelines of Department of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India to all the Public Sector organizations that in case of Senior Citizens cases the Public Sector Organizations should not harass the Retirees by going on appeals against the favorable Judgments given by the Courts and also should not unnecessarily force the Senior Citizens to seek relief from the Courts. The number of such Resignees is very small and by extending Pension to them we will be only upholding the concept of Pension for all as a social security scheme.

The above are the major issues concerning the Bank Retirees for a very long time. The Bank Pension Scheme has been implemented in the Banks after the same was duly incorporated as Bank Employees Pension Regulations. Regulation 56 of Bank Employees Pension Regulations makes it clear that the Bank Pension Scheme is exactly in the lines of Central Government Employees Pension Scheme. It is also a fact that Bank Employees Pension Scheme is under DEFINED BENEIFT PENSION SCHEME for those who are recruited before 2010 which is also the case for Central Government Employees. Even the DA Relief is given to Bank Retirees once in six months as Central Government Employees whereas for serving Bank Employees it is in every three months. The punitive clauses of the Government Employees Pension Scheme are also automatically incorporated in the Bank Employees Pension scheme in regard to disciplinary actions after retirement and payment of pension subject to future good conduct. It is also a fact that the Consolidated Pension Fund of all the Public Sector Bank together with State Bank of India is about TWO LAC CRORES and hence the Pension Corpus is also sufficiently funded. Moreover the Pension Scheme being a Defined Benefit Pension Scheme it is obligatory on the part of Banks to pay the Pension as per the Pension regulations. Denying the payment of pension as per Regulations stating the cost as a factor is not legally tenable as the Pension scheme in Banks is under Defined Benefit Pension Scheme.

The Bank Employees and Officers have tirelessly contributed to the Massive growth of Banking to the nooks and corners of the country after nationalization from mere 8000 branches in 1969 to more than 2,20,000 branches presently. The imprints of Banking Service is very deeply rooted in Rural, Semi-urban, Urban or Metropolitan centers serving the poorest of the poor and also giant industries. It is our earnest request to your good selves to help the Bank Retirees, who are responsible for the phenomenal transformation in the development of the Nation. We sincerely hope the Bank Retirees will get a life of dignity and pride in the evening of their life as is given to Retired Central Government Employees in the matter of Pension and other welfare measures.

A.Ramesh Babu    K.V.Acharya

Joint Conveners 
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Source: AIBPARC Website

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Meeting of resignees at Chennai and Bangalore

A communique received from Shri R. K. Pathak, founder member RBEWA is reproduced below:
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Dear Resignees,
The meeting of the resignees at Chennai is scheduled as under:-
Date :- 30 April 2016 SATURDAY
Indian Bank Employees' Association(TN) Trust Building
(IBEA(TN) Guest House)
Ameerjan Street, (Off. Choolaimedu High Road),
Choolaimedu, Chennai 600094
Time : 4.30 pm.

Interested Resignees can attend the meeting and confirm their participation by sending mail to me (vinayak53.t@gmail.com) for necessary arrangements.

Another meeting is scheduled at Bangalore on 1st May 2016 at the following venue and time.
DATE: 1-5-2016. (Sunday)
TIME: 10.30 AM
Venue: Hotel FOOD CAMP (A unit of Asha Sweets).
Address: # 87, 10th cross, 1st Temple Street, Malleswaram, Bangalore 560003.
Hotel No: 080 23562357, 23562233.

All are welcome. We request a line of SMS from participants as we have to make arrangements for lunch followed by Meeting. PL SMS to Mr. N P Ramesh at his mobile number 94483 68145 or of Sri. Subodh, Mobile No, 98802 75533 Resignee of Vijaya Bank.

Regards
Pathak R K

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

UFBU meet with IBA on 13th April 2016 - Retirees' and other issues


The text of UFBU Circular No. 55 dt. 15-4-2016 on the details of discussions held with IBA on 13-4-2016 is furnished here under for information
It is very clear that IBA has moved not an inch forward from the Record Note and same arguments are repeated once again in this meet also.
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1. DISCUSSIONS WITH IBA:
In response to our letter to the IBA seeking discussions on follow-up actions on some of the issues raised by us, IBA had fixed up a meeting with UFBU on 13th April, 2016 and accordingly the meeting was held in IBA’s Office as scheduled. IBA was represented by Mr. M V Tanksale, Chief Executive, Mr. K. Unnikrishnan, Dy. Chief Executive, Mr. Visweshwar, Senior Advisor, Mr. K S Chauhan, Senior Vice-President – HR & IR and other officials of the HR-IR Department. UFBU was represented by representatives of all the 9 constituents.
a) Difficulties faced by employees/officers in implementation of Medical Insurance Scheme:
We pointed out the following:
While the Scheme covers reimbursement of Rs. 3 lacs and Rs. 4 Lacs for clerks/substaff and officers respectively plus additional coverage from Corporate Buffer, some of the managements are maintaining that the coverage is only restricted upto Rs. 3 lacs and R. 4 lacs. The correct position should be suitably clarified to all the Banks and in turn by all Banks to the employees at large.
An important advantage of the Scheme is the Cashless facility available for treatment in hospitals. But instances are coming to our attention that in many centres, many hospitals are not covered by tie-up and hence employees are asked to pay for the treatment and then seek reimbursement. IBA and Banks should take up with the TPAs to ensure that maximum hospitals are covered by tie-up so that employees are not put to difficulties to avail cashless treatment facility.
The Settlement and the Scheme clearly provide that employees would submit the Bills to the Banks as in the past and the Bank should submit the Bills to the TPA to get the reimbursement. But some of the managements are asking the employees to submit the Bills directly to the TPA. This should be stopped and suitable instructions should be given.
There are instances of death occurring during treatment in hospital and if it happens to be Sunday or holiday, the hospital/TPA do not come to the rescue and the family is facing problems in getting the body of the patient in time. Such things should not be allowed to happen.
Instances have also come to our attention where certain treatments like Dialysis, etc. are disallowed by the TPA though covered by the Scheme and the employees are forced to pay the cost to the hospital. Hence our scheme should be properly implemented by the TPAs and employees should not be put into such hardship.
In the case of Bills submitted to the Banks for domiciliary treatment, there are many complaints of undue delay by the TPAs and managements are not taking steps to liaise with them to expedite the claims. Special attention is required in this regard and necessary steps are to be taken.
Though Corporate Buffer facility is available for claims over Rs. 3 lacs/Rs. 4 lacs, many Banks are yet to issue guidelines for utilisation/claims under the buffer limit. This defeats the very purpose of the facility. IBA should advice all the Banks to issue proper instructions on utilisation of the corporate buffer amount.
SCHEME FOR RETIREES TO COVER DOMICILIARY TREATMENT :
Though the Settlement and the Scheme provides for reimbursement of domiciliary treatment for the retirees, this has been denied by UIIC in violation of the scheme and IBA should ensure its implementation. Otherwise UFBU will be constrained to agitate on this issue.
In response, IBA informed us as under:
By and large, the Scheme is working well.
37 Banks are covered by the Scheme relating to serving employees
6,50,000 employees/officers are covered by the Scheme.
Total premium of Rs. 379 crores has been paid for this year.
During the current policy year i.e. from October, 2015, upto March, 2016, total of 1,02,603 claims for Rs. 168 crores have been settled and paid.
So far 35 Banks have joined the scheme under retirees’ policy
2.05 retirees are covered by the scheme now
Total premium of Rs. 123 crores has been paid
Upto March, 2016, 7,069 claims for Rs. 45.50 crores have been paid.
On the problems brought to their attention as mentioned above, IBA informed that they will take up all these issues with the UIIC/TPAs and also with all the Banks to ensure smooth implementation of the Scheme.
Regarding coverage of domiciliary treatment under the scheme for the retirees, IBA informed us that they are fully seized of the issue and have taken up the matter with the top officials of UIIC and are awaiting a positive outcome and resolution of the issue.
b) Next Wage Revision for employees/officers:
IBA informed that in view of the Government guidelines, they would take up this issue, after the Balance Sheets of the Banks for the year ended 31-3-2016 are finalised.
c) Follow up of pension related issues as covered by Record Note dated 25-5-2015:
Revision in rate and quantum of Family Pension: IBA reiterated their standpoint that they are positively inclined to consider this demand by revising the rates and quantum of Family Pension.
IBA, however, pointed out that unless the exact additional outgo is worked out and additional corpus required for the same is ascertained based on actuarial calculations, it would not be possible for them to commit anything at this stage. It was further informed by them that the details have been called for from the Banks for this purpose.
We asked IBA to expedite the collection of the details so that the actuarial calculation exercise can be undertaken and expedited to take this issue forward.

Periodical updation of Pension :
We took up the demand of periodical updation/revision of pension along with every wage revision settlement. IBA informed that this was a major issue and huge additional corpus fund has to be provided for meeting this demand which is not feasible in the present circumstances when the financial condition of the Banks are not good. We insisted that this issue cannot be left like this and a way has to be found out to resolve the matter amicably.
We suggested that pending the exercise of ascertaining the cost, some adhoc increase in existing pension of the retirees can be considered and requested IBA to examine the same. IBA replied that any revision in pension amount would have cost implications and hence cannot react on our suggestion without proper working out.
Uniform DA formula for Pre-Nov. 2002 Retirees: To this demand, IBA informed us that firstly, the issue is subjudice to be discussed as court cases are involved in the mater and secondly, the cost impact is to be worked out and if at all any consideration can be given, it can only be on a prospective basis.

2. UFBU MEEETING:
Thereafter, UFBU meeting was held under the Presidentship of Com K K Nair, Chairman of UFBU.
INCREASING ATTACKS ON PUBLIC SECTOR BANKING:
The meeting took a review of the developments taking place in the banking sector on account of the various policy decisions of the Government like appointment of Banks Board Bureau, appointment of private sector Executives to head PSBs, proposals of consolidation and mergers, reduction in Government’s capital in PSBs, selective capitalisation of Banks, encouragement to private sector banking, allowing Small Banks and Payments to private corporates, privatisatioin of IDBI Bank, increasing bad loans in the Banks and concessions being given to defaulters, huge provisions towards NPAs and showing PSBs in poor light, privatisation of RRBs, etc.
The meeting unanimously felt that these are anti-public sector banking measures to suit their agenda of privatisation of Banks and hence will have to be resisted and fought back. It was decided that agitational programmes are to be undertaken to campaign amongst the people and to convey our opposition to these moves.
ANTI-BANK PRIVATISATION DAY on 1st MAY, 2016:
To begin with, it has been decided that the ensuing May Day on 1st May, 2016 should be observed as Anti-Bank Privatisation Day through posters, meetings, rallies, processions, etc. under the common banner of UFBU at all centres.
It was also decided to address a letter to the Finance Minister drawing his attention to our viewpoints on these measures and urging upon him not to proceed with the same.
Further programmes including strike actions will be decided in due course.
CALL FOR NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2016 BY CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS:
In the recent Trade Union Convention held on 30th March, 2016 by the Central Trade Unions, the call has been given to observe National General Strike on 2nd September, 2016 against the continued anti-labour policies of the Central Government and their proposals of anti-worker labour reforms. The meeting took note of this strike call. It was decided to discuss the matter further in the next meeting of the UFBU.
NEXT MEETING OF UFBU ON 11th May, 2016:
It has been decided to hold the next meeting of the UFBU at Hyderabad on 11th May, 2016 to chalk out further agitational programmes
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IBA agrees to look into pension revision for retirees