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Retired Telecom Officers Welfare Association

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03/02/2016:

EC meeting was held today.
President and GS apprised the members about the successful Conference of Delhi RTOWA, meeting with Member Finance, meeting with Labour Commissioner, day long dharna with hunger strike on 29/01/2016, meeting with CCA on 27/01/2016, meeting with AOs of CCA Pension section and meeting with ED / GMF on 02/02/2016.

Steps to be taken up to speed up PPO issue, payment of arrears, and to strengthen RTOWA were discussed.

Decided to closely oversee the progress of PPO issue and arrears payment, to escalate the issue immediately if there is slackness.

Decided to form Joint Forum with Pensioners Union of Non Executives.

Decided to approach all retirees from July-2015 to join RTOWA.

02/02/2016:

Today the Office bearers (K. Jawahar, B.R.Pathak, M.R. Dixit, and J. B. Chilgar) went to Curry Road office and held detailed discussions with CAO, MTNL Pension cell and AOs of CCA Office.

Speeding up of PPO issue, and payment of Arrears were discussed. They wanted some specific staff and additional space. Target of 100 PPOs per week is now fixed for issue of PPOs to the retirees prior to 01/04/2014.

Payment of arrears will start very soon. The priority will be year of retirement/start of Family pension.  Cases up to 2003 will be taken up now.

Then the office bearers went to Telephone House and met ED and GM Finance. Requested ED to arrange for relief of staff already posted for Pension cell and to approve allotment of additional space. He readily agreed. GM Finance said that all the pension files of retirees upto 31/12/2006 will be sent to CCA by 29/02/2016.

01/02/2016:

                              RTOWA wishes all the officers who have retired on 31/01/2016 a very very HAPPY, HEALTHY and PEACEFUL retired life.

                         Retirement is your chance to be true to your own self. It is an opportunity to pick up forgotten hobbies and nurture the little kid within you. After all, it’s never too late to start living the life that you have always wanted to. Start living cheerfully !

29/01/2016:

                           The Day long Dharna and hunger strike today at Telephone House by United Forum was successful.

Office bearers of all the constituent Unions and Associations gave spirited speech.

Shri. Bhai Jagtap MLC addressed the gathering.

Every one emphasised the need for unity and to strengthen the United Forum to face the challenges.

    
27/01/2016: MEETING WITH CCA:

Today the Office Bearers (B.R.Pathak, M.R.Dixit, J.B.Chilgar, and Gangopadhyay) had a meeting with CCA at 2 PM at Curry Road office.

The following issues were discussed.

1. Position regarding issue of PPOs:-           
Year      Total.        PPO
              Cases      Issued
1998              4                0
1999            95                5
2000           296             48
2001           462             63
2002           567          128
2003           580          108
2004           682          141
2005         1981          398            
Total         4667       891

2006         1782             0

We expressed our displeasure in slow progress.

2. Pension arrears:- 

CCA said payment of arrears to  those whose PPOs are ready will start from the first week of February 2016.

Arrear payment cases will be updated on MTNL Pension Portal from time to time.

CCA left the meeting abruptly due to our remarks conveying dissatisfaction. The other Officers continued the meeting.

Our further course of action will be decided in our next EC meeting.

22/01/2016 :-
                           RTOWA DELHI Conference and Open Session :-   Our Office Bearers (K. Jawahar, B.R.Pathak, J.B.Chilgar, S.V. Gajam, M.R.Dixit, Gangopadhyay and V.K.Bhatia) participated in the Conference and in open Session. We could discuss with Shri Prahlad Rai GS AIBSNLEA and Shri A.K.Kaushik GS TEAM regarding 78.2% and future pension revision. We apprised Shri S.P. Purwar, Director (Fin) who was honourable guest, about delay in PPO issue and arrears  payment. Shri K. Jawahar and Shri B.R. Pathak addressed in the conference and in open Session.
                         After successful conclusion of Open House, election of office bearers was held. Shri M.K.Bagchi, Shri S.S. Nanda and P.S.Bhayanna were elected unanimously as President, GS, and Treasurer of RTOWA Delhi. The same body of office bearers and a few more EC members were elected unanimously. RTOWA Mumbai congratulates and wishes the new body to achieve success in all their endeavours.

22/01/2016:
                            Yesterday (21/01/2016) meeting of United Forum Mumbai was held at Telephone house. Shri. N. K. Verma and Shri Bargaje, EC members represented RTOWA Mumbai.

                      Arrangements for the proposed Hunger Strike and day long Dharna on 29/01/2016 at Telephone House was discussed.

21/01/2016:
                 Today the Office Bearers (K. Jawahar, B.R. Pathak, J.B. Chilgar, S.V. Gajam, M.R. Dixit, V.K.Bhatia and Gangopadhyay) met Smt. Annie Moraes Member (Fin) at Sanchar Bhavan, DoT Office New Delhi.

                 We told her about non payment of pension revision arrears by CCA Mumbai. We brought to her notice about slow progress of PPO preparation work and CCA' s reluctance to send the new PPOs of pre 01/04/2014 pensioners by post to outstation pensioners.

              After lengthy discussions she declined to commit any target date for payment of arrears.  She also declined for interim payment of 90% of arrears.

However she assured the following: -
1. Member (Fin) will monitor the Payment of Arrears work and Preparation of PPO work on weekly basis.

2. Early payment of arrears on a staggered manner will be ensured. The modalities will be decided in consultation with CCA Mumbai.

3. Sending PPO to outstation pensioners by post will be considered.
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               Co-Ordination Committee Meeting of RTOWA Mumbai and RTOWA Delhi was held at Kidwai Bhavan Delhi today.

The present status of payment of arrears of Pension, and progress of PPO work at Mumbai and Delhi was discussed.

All options to exert pressure on CCA were discussed. RTOWA Mumbai will pursue these issues vigorously.

The present status of getting CGHS facility and 78.2% DA for revision of Pay/Pension was also discussed. Decided to make the United Forum's agitation of “Day long Dharna and Hunger-Strike on 29/01/2016" successful.

 

19/01/2016: LATEST POSITION

Retirement Pre 01/04/2014 :-

1. No. of PPOs issued upto 18/01/2016 : 930

2. Cases of wanting documents to be settled by MTNL: 1100 appx.

3. Files of 2006 retirees to be forwarded by MTNL: 900 appx.

Retirement on or after 01/04/2014 :-

Commutation and gratuity payments of retirees up to Nov'15 will

be paid this month.

Pension for Nov'15 retirees will start this month.

Med Save Insurance cards: Out of about 6600 applications about

4200 cards have been despatched.
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Yesterday (18/01/2016) Office Bearers of RTOWA (K. Jawahar,

B. R. Pathak and M.R. Dixit) met ED Mumbai.

RTOWA requested him to
1. spare some more staff and space to CCA, as requested by CCA, immediately, to speed up the PPO work at CCA office,

2. insist CCA to process arrears payment to all pre 01/01/2007

   retirees,

3. favourably respond in the Board Meetings to the demand of

78.2% DA in revision of Pay and Pension on 01/01/2007

ED heard us intently and agreed to all our requests.

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Then the Office Bearers of RTOWA (K. Jawahar, B. R. Pathak,

M.R. Dixit) met GM (Fin) MTNL Mumbai.

RTOWA requested him to

1. arrange for payment of arrears due to recalculation of pension

to 2006 retirees,

2. ensure forwarding of all the pension files of retirees up to

31/12/2006 within a target date,

3. arrange to clear back log of all the current year pension and

family pension cases.

GM (Fin) was very much positive. He assured that all the cases of

retirees up to 31/12/2006 will be sent to CCA by 10/02/2016.

G M (Fin) immediately directed the concerned section to ask for

funds of Rs.56 lakhs from Corporate Office to pay pension

recalculation arrears.

He also said that current year cases will be settled without delay.

 

 

 

 

 

EC Meeting was held on 18/01/2016:

Accounts of Nov'15 and Dec'15 were approved.

President K. Jawahar congratulated all EC Members for their efforts resulting in participation of large no. of our members in the Demonstration on 08/01/2006. He appealed to organise in similar way for the success of 29/01/2016 Dharna. List of 7 office bearers who will participate in the day long 'Fast' on 29/01/2016 was decided.

Sri. B. R. Pathak GS briefed about meetings with ED and GM (Fin).

The scheduled meeting with CCA on 07/01/2016 did not take place due to some genuine reasons on CCA side.

Members voiced their concern about abnormal delay in PPO work, backlog in current year pension cases and delay in payment of arrears.

After discussions it was decided to meet Member (Fin) at DoT and Director (Fin) at MTNL Corporate office, Delhi when office bearers go to Delhi to attend RTOWA Delhi conference.

 

14/01/2016:

                     RTOWA WISHES ALL THE MEMBERS A VERY HAPPY  MAKAR SANKRANTI AND HAPPY PONGAL.

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08/01/2016:

                        The lunch hour demonstration by United Forum at Telephone House Prabhadevi was successful.  RTOWA Members attended in large number.Office bearers of constituent Unions and Associations and  Shri. B. R. Pathak, GS RTOWA, and Shri. K. Jawahar President RTOWA spoke on the issues. Shri.J.S.Yadav CS TEAM concluded the demonstration with an appeal to all to participate in Dharna on 29/01/2016.

                     After the demonstration the UF leaders met ED and gave a copy of letter addressed to DoT.

 

02/01/2016:

In the meeting of United Forum of MTNL Unions and Associations Mumbai, participated by Shri. S.V. Gajam Vice President and M.R. Dixit AGS RTOWA, it was decided to issue notice for Protest Action insisting the following demands :-

1. Fixation of Pay and Pension as on 01/01/2007 merging IDA at 78.2%,

2. Providing an opportunity to the pro-rata pensioners for exercising a fresh option,

3. Extending benefit of medical facilities under CGHS to the absorbees---working in MTNL or since retired.

Decided to follow the programme of Protest Action as decided by United Forum Delhi.

Accordingly the Notice dated 23/12/2015  for Protest Action was issued:-

AGITATION PROGRAMME :-

08/01/2016 :- Lunch Hour Demonstration at Telephone House Prabhadevi

29/01/2016 :- Hunger Fast by Office Bearers and Dharna by All from 10 AM to 5 PM at Tel. House Prabhadevi.

All retired officers are requested to join the Agitations and make it a grand success.

To view the Notice please CLICK the following LINKS: 

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01/01/2016:

 

31/12/2015:

                                  RTOWA wishes all the officers retiring today a very very HAPPY, HEALTHY and PEACEFUL retired life.

                          The expected IDA rise w.e.f. 01/01/2016 is 4.5%. New IDA rate will be 112.4%.

28/12/2015:
Today the EC meeting was held.


1) It was decided to pursue the arrears matter with Member (F) for issuing necessary orders to the concerned authorities for payment of 95% of arrears immediately and balance after issue of PPO. Also the Member (F) may be met by the coordination committee during our visit to Delhi in connection with the AGB of RTOWA Delhi.


2) The unions of working employees have decided to hold a Full day Dharna on 8th Jan-2016 for refixation of pay on the basis of 78.2% DA w.e.f. 01/01/2007. It was decided to participate in it by our Association if invited by those unions.


3) It was decided that a letter may be written to DOT demanding that all MTNL retired officers should be treated on par with DOT officers in providing RSTC.

 

4) Also it was decided that the Member (F) may also be requested to issue letter to speed up the issue of PPOs to the retirees prior to 01/04/2014, during the visit to Delhi.

25/12/2015:

 

 

LIST OF PENSIONERS WHO HAVE NOT SUBMITTED LIFE CERTIFICATE UPTO 30/11/2015: 

The DoT Pension Cell has announced that pension for November-2015 has not been drawn for 1590 pensioners due to non submission of Life Certificate upto 30/11/2015. All those are requested to submit the Life Certificate immediately.

To view the list of pensioners who have not submitted Life Certificate please CLICK HERE.

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18/12/2015:

Com. M.K. Bagchi, the Convenor of United forum of MTNL Unions and Associations, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS AIBSNLEA and Com. Kishan Chand GS AIRBSNLBWA met Chairman (TC) & Secretary (T) on 16/12/2015.

The following issues were discussed :-

1. Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners with 78.2% of DA with effect from 01/01/2007.
It is gathered that Cabinet Memo will be pushed through for Govt's approval as soon as revised reference is received back from Ministry of Law

2. Inclusion of BSNL/MTNL Pension in terms of reference of 3rd Pay Committee.

It was clarified that DoT's plea to include the pension of BSNL/MTNL in terms of reference of 3rd Pay Committee is not forwarded at the level of nodal ministries as "this pension is not for automatic revision"

(Information received from Com. M.K. Bagchi)

 

14/12/2015: LATEST NEWS FROM CCA OFFICE AT CURRY ROAD

Today the Office bearers Sri. S.V.Gajam, Sri.M.R.Dixit, Sri.J.B.Chilgar and Sri. P.Subramanian met officers of CCA Pension Section at Curry Road. It is ascertained that 763 more PPOs are ready for issue in respect of pre 01/04/2014 retirees. The list will be given on the portal soon.

Pensioners whose name appears in the list given on "pensioner.mtnl.in" portal can go to Curry Road office and collect the PPO without waiting for the letter from Pension section.

PPOs of pensioners, who cannot go to Curry Road due to ill health, can collect their PPO by authorising any one.

The office bearers insisted that PPOs should be sent by post to outstation pensioners and the list on the portal should be updated on weekly basis.

Post 01/04/2014 retirees: - PPOs for retirees up to 31/08/2015 have been issued and PPOs for Sep'15 retirees are under preparation. However pension is drawn from the next month of retirement.
The office bearers while appreciating the earnestness of CCA pension section, requested to speed up the work of PPOs issue.

Clarifications are expected from Member (Fin) regarding payment of arrears on account of revision of pension to all the pre 01/01/2007 retirees.

NEWS FROM MTNL PENSION CELL

Then the office bearers met SM (Pension) of MTNL at curry Road.

Out of 1441 files returned with objections by CCA unit in respect of pre 31/12/2005 retirees, 912 files have been returned after clearing objections.

Out of 1781 cases of 2006 retirees, 924 files have been sent to CCA pension section.
The office bearers appreciated the organised way of working and requested to speed up the work.

Arrears for the year 2006 to the VRS retirees will be drawn by MTNL on receipt of funds.

NEWS FROM MEDSAVE TPA :-
The office bearers met the officials of Medsave TPA. It is ascertained that 5437 pensioners only have applied to join the Scheme of insurance for indoor medical facility. The ID cards are being prepared and sent by post shortly.

RTOWA appeals to all members to submit application for the medical scheme to their respective SM (Admn), if they had not yet applied for.

 

09/12/2015 :-
RTOWA is in continuous pursuasion of the following

issues :-
1. Payment of Arrears.
2. 78.2% DA in revision of pay and pension
3. Early issue of New PPOs
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Shri. Arvind Sawant M.P. has written letter to PM

regarding 78.2% DA.
Please Click here to view the letter

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 Pension for Nov'15 for 465 pensioners who had

given life certificate after cut off date has been

drawn. RTOWA thanks CCA Pension cell.

 

 06/12/2015:

                                         The details about the ANNUAL GENERAL BODY Meeting dated 20/11/2015 have been uploaded including photo gallery. To view, please click the menu 'GB MEETINGS' available in the top row above.

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30/11/2015:

                              RTOWA WISHES ALL THOSE WHO RETIRE TODAY A VERY VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL RETIRED LIFE.

                       If you believe that achievement ends with retirement, you will slowly fade away. First of all, keeping the mind active is one way to prolong your life and to enjoy life to its fullest for as long as possible. So Keep the mind active and enjoy the life.

 

TO FIND YOUR NAME IN THE LIST OF LIFE CERTIFICATE UPDATED IN THE SYSTEM :-

Click the Link below in the last line.

The Updated List will appear,

Press Ctrl+f, (holding control key press F),

A small box  will appear in any of the corners,

Enter your staff no. or name in that window,

You will find the line of your name in the list, if updated.

Please CLICK HERE for displaying the list of L.Cs updated.

 

 

LIFE CERTIFICATE, NON/RE EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATE, NON/RE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE AND I.T. DECLARATION

AFTER GETTING THE L.C. DULY SIGNED BY AUTHORISED AUTHORITIES MAY BE SENT BY POST OR BE HANDED OVER TO AO (PDA), DoT PENSION CELL, 3RD FLOOR, MTNL TELEPHONE EXCHANGE BUILDING, CURREY ROAD, MUMBAI - 400012 PREFERABLY UPTO 21/11/2015 ON ALL WORKING DAYS BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 4 P.M.

NOW THE LIFE CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY AUTHORISED AUTHORITIES WILL BE ACCEPTED ALSO BY AREA SM(WORKS) OF MTNL IN ADDITION TO AO PDA OFFICE.

THE LIFE CERTIFICATES ARE ALSO SIGNED BY AO (PDA) AT O/O CCA, CURREY ROAD. ELABORATE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN DONE BY CCA AT SECOND FLOOR OF CURREY ROAD TELEPHONE EXCHANGE.

THE LIFE CERTIFICATE FORMS HAVE BEEN SLIGHTLY MODIFIED AND A NEW CIRCULAR BEEN ISSUED BY MTNL.

 -- CLICK HERE FOR NEW CIRCULAR AND LATEST FORM.

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 20/11/2015 :-

Today Seventh AGB of our Association was held at Chabildas High School Hall Dadar West. More than 210 members participated in the meeting. The meeting started at 11.15 AM. Annual Report and Audited Accounts were adopted. Com.S.S. Nanda Convenor of Co-Ordination Committee and GS RTOWA Delhi extensively covered all the issues viz., New PPOs for pre 01/04/2014 retirees, Payment of arrears for 69 months  to those retired prior to 01/01/2007 due to revision of pension from 01/01/2007, Medical  facilities, 78.2% DA in revision of pension on 01/01/2007 etc. The Session concluded at 12.30.

 

OPEN HOUSE SESSION :-

 

 Session started at 12.30. Shri. Arvindji Sawant M.P. LokSabha was the Chief Guest.

 

 Com. M.K. Bagchi President of RTOWA Delhi, Com.S.S.Nanda  GS RTOWA Delhi, Shri.S.P. Rai ED MTNL Mumbai, Shri.A.P.Singh G.M.(Fin), Shri.P.K. Adhikari G.M. (A ), Shri.Ankur Kumar Jt.CCA, Shri.Bhalerao DGM (IR), Shri.V.Padmanathan DGM (Pen), Shri.A.C.Kumar CAO (Pen), Shri.Panchal Sr.AO (Pen), Shri. Ramasundaram AO (Pen),

 

And Office bearers of RTOWA Delhi viz., Com.Shilkumar, Com. R.K. Mudgal, Com.S.N. Pande, and Com.S.K. Bhatia,  Office bearers of local Unions and Associations viz., Com.J.S.Yadav, Com.G.N. Haragabal, Com.Virendra Singh, Com.S.S. Singh, Com. Raghavan, Com. T.L.Gaikwad, Com. S.G. Pawar, and Com. C.Mendonca  were our Hon’ble guests.    

 

 Our President  Shri. K. Jawahar  welcomed the guests, bouquets were offered to the guests by our GS Shri. Badri R. Pathak, and by Shri. M.R.Dixit AGS. Key Note address was delivered by Shri. Badri R.Pathak GS.

 

 Shri.A.P.Singh GM (Fin), Shri.AnkurKumar Jt.CCA, spoke about  the steps taken by MTNL and CCA to issue PPOs, arrangement for Life Certificate etc.

 

Shri.Arvindji  Sawant released the directory of Members of RTOWA Mumbai and RTOWA Delhi. Members cheered while honouring  Shri. M.K.Bagchi and Shri. S.S. Nanda for their life long dedicated services to employees and pensioners with shawl and nariyal by Shri. Arvindji Sawant. Shri.S.S. Nanda gave a brief about the Directory and Shri.M.K. Bagchi gave a brief about his long innings of service to Associations.

 

 Shri.Arvindji Sawant spoke elaborately, informatively and inspiringly on all the issues. He emphasised on achieving 78.2% DA for fixation of pay and pension on 01/01/2007. Com.M.K. Bagchi gave the concluding speech emphasising the freedom and strength of the Associations to identify the issues, and to pursue the issues by all means at right time to safeguard the interests of employees and pensioners.

 

The meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Shri. M.R. Dixit AGS

 

06/11/2015:

                                     ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING of RTOWA will be held on 20/11/2015 at 11 am, at second floor, Chhabildas High School Hall Dadar West followed by Open Session at 12.30.  Shri Arvind Sawant MP, Dir(Fin), ED, CCA, Com. Bagchi, Com. Nanda and other leaders will address the Open Session. All members and retired executives though non members are requested to attend the meeting.

 

05/11/2015:

List of LIFE CERTIFICATES received and updated in the system, is daily updated in the portal "pensioner.mtnl.in". Welcome initiative by CCA Pension cell.

The following lists also are available in the portal "pensioner.mtnl.in"

List of PPOs issued:-

1. Pre 01/04/2014 retirees.
2. Superannuation retirees from 01/04/2014
3. Retirees on VR from 01/04/2014
4. Family pension cases from 01/04/2014.
It is said that these lists will be updated periodically.

This was the demand of RTOWA.

This is one more pensioner friendly initiative by CCA. It reflects the transparency in the functions of CCA Office.

RTOWA Conveys its thanks to CCA and his officers/staff.

 

02/11/2015:

                              RTOWA WISHES ALL THE OFFICERS WHO HAVE RETIRED ON 31/10/2015 A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL RETIRED LIFE.

                    The arrangements at Curry Road CCA office to give / accept Life Certificate is very good. The whole staff at CCA office and MTNL Pension Cell at Curry Road are geared up to this task.

                    One more welcome initiative by AO (PDA) is.... SMS Confirmation of updation of Life Certificate in the system is given within a couple of days of receipt of Certificate at Curry Road office.

RTOWA RECORDS ITS APPRECIATION TO THE TEAM OF OFFICERS AND STAFF WHO ARE DEDICATED TO THIS TASK.

 

25/10/2015:

                                  As a result of the meeting between the Jt. CCA and the office bearers of RTOWA on 20/10/2015, a circular has been issued by the SM (pension) on 24/10/2015. A combined format for Life Certificate, Non Employment Certificate and Non/Remarriage Certificate also has been prescribed by CCA. Further an extract of Rule 343 of Central Treasury Rules also has been sent by the CCA for circulation.

TO VIEW THE CIRCULAR AND COMBINED FORMAT PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

22/10/2015:

 

LET THE GOOD SOAR OVER EVIL.

Wishing you a Happy Dussehra!

     NEWS:

As a result of our letters dated 14/10/2015 to Member (Fin), Jt.CCA invited RTOWA for a meeting on 20/10/2015. Accordingly Mr. B.R.Pathak, Mr. J. B.Chilgar and Mr. P.Subramanian met Jt. CCA.
Jt. CCA clarified that as per Central Treasury Rules, all Public Sector Banks from where Pension is drawn are authorised to sign life certificate. It was an inadvertent omission in Annexure V of the circular.
He reiterated that MTNL/BSNL absorbed officers are not authorised to sign the life certificate.

Regarding payment of arrears, he did not accept our demand of payment of 95% of arrears to all eligible pensioners and payment of balance 5% on issue of PPO. However he said the issue will be further examined.
He informed that 790 PPOs of pre 01/04/2014 pensioners have been printed so far and another 1003 PPOs are ready for printing.

In respect of post 01/04/2014 retirees, PPOs have been issued up to June'2015.
After meeting Jt. CCA the Office Bearers m