Meeting for finalization of Terms & Conditions for GTI on 01.02.2023

Instructions & Guidelines for exercising the EPF Higher Pension option

BSNL CO issued the instructions & guidelines for exercising the EPF higher pension option. As the Hon’ble Supreme Court has given timeline of 4 months for submitting the option form and in anticipation of further affirmative guidelines from EPFO, the following instructions are hereby issued :

A] For employees who have retired before 01.09.2014

1] An indicative list of BSNL recruited employees(from SAP/ERP) who have retired before 01.09.2014 is attached. The eligible employees have to visit the EPFO portal for necessary validation https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.govin/memberinterface/.

2] The eligible employees have to give explicit consent in the application form for adjustment from Provident Fund to Pension Fund and if any, to re deposit the amount to the pension fund.

3] The following documents are to be provided for processing of the case:

(a) Proof of Joint option under Para 26(6) of the EPF scheme duly verified by the employer; and

(b) Proof of Joint Option under the proviso to erstwhile Para 11(3) duly verified by the employer; and

(c) Proof of remittance in Provident Fund on higher wages exceeding the prevalent wage ceiling of Rs. 5000/Rs.6500; and

(d) Proof of remittance in Pension Fund on higher wages exceeding the prevalent wage ceiling of Rs. 5000/Rs.. 6500, if any; and

(e) Written refusal of APFC or any other higher authority of EPFO to such requests/remittance.

B] As regards employees who have retired after 01.09.2014 or are still working

1] In anticipation of affirmative guidelines in a manner similar to the employees retired before 01.09.2014 and in keeping with Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment in CA nos. 8658-8659, all eligible serving employees/Retired employees are requested to submit the option for higher pension scheme in the form annexed to this letter.

2] The following points are to be noted by the employees :

(a) The option form in triplicate duly signed in original (hard copies) shall be submitted to the Payroll DDOs of the Concerned BAs.

(b) The joint option form shall be subject to acceptance by EPFO, as per rules.

(c) Every employee/ex-employee who had joined BSNL from any other organization in which he/she was member of EPS’ 1995 should provide complete details for each previous organization. These employees who had joined BSNL from any other organization in which he/she was member of EPS’ 1995 should add their service, in previous organization in current EPS number by filling Form 13.

(d) The option once accepted by EPFO is irrevocable at later date and no change of option will be entertained under any circumstances.

(e) The joint option form duly filled in every manner should be submitted by concerned employee/ex-employees latest by 10th February, 2023.

(f) These instructions are subject to directions/instructions of EPFO and/or decision of any court of law issued from time to time in this regard.

(g) The necessary Employer Declaration will follow.

(h) The Employees shall submit the joint option forms at the earliest without waiting for its availability in ESS. The same will be notified.

Click here for Joint Option Form along with the instructions/guidelines

Update on postponement of Motivational training scheduled for LICE JTO Trainees :

BSNL CO has conveyed to CGM Training Centre that it is decided not to conduct Karmayogi training for JTO trainees as of now.

The matter was strongly putup by AIGETOA CHQ Team before management and it is understood that the request of AIGETOA has been considered by management. The letter in this regard is expected today evening or maximum by tomorrow. We advise all the trainees to concentrate on their exams and not to panic on account of this. We are following up on the issue.

Letter being issued.

AIGETOA writes for Postponement of motivational training scheduled for LICE JTO Trainees w.e.f. 04.02.2023 to 07.02.2023 :

All India Chairman AIGETOA and AGS Shri Sunil Gautam on behalf of AIGETOA took up the issue of relieving the LICE JTOs for field training on 3rd February 2023 with Training Cell of BSNL CO and Director HR. We have raised the issue with Director HR and GM Recruitment/Training and have categorically informed about the complexities arising out of this untimely order.

Candidates at different training centers have come from far away places including the pre basic candidates who have come from all Circles to ALTTC Ghaziabad. All the candidates have made their return travel arrangements as per the earlier schedule in which phase 1 training was supposed to end on 03.02.2023.

Now at this last moment of time this kind of intimation has resulted in panic amongst the candidates as it will not only result in financial loss to candidates in case they have to cancel their Flight/Train tickets but also it is unrealistic that they will get confirm tickets to travel for 08.02.2023 in such a short duration. Also this training will result in delaying the appointment date in JTO cadre , and completing the training mid week will simply mean that candidates of different Circles will join in their respective Circles on different dates, as joining on 08.02.2023 for field training in not practically possible for most of the candidates if this motivational training ends on 07.02.2023.

And the whole exercise done by management to start the training on same date to complete it on same date will not happen if candidates are not able to join for field training.

So we have requested to get the training rescheduled for later and preferably in respective Circles for all candidates.

AIGETOA has also submitted one representation in this regard.

Click here for letter

The matter is beings discussed in recruitment cell BSNL CO and we hope for a positive consideration of the request by AIGETOA.

We request all the trainees to concentrate on their training. AIGETOA remains committed to protect the interests of all the trainees and will take all further efforts for the resolution of the same.

Sad demise of father of Sh Ansal Mohammad (CHQ Legal Committee & Convener AIGETOA Kerala)

With extreme grief, we bring to you the sad news of the demise of father of Sh Ansal Mohammad (CHQ Legal Committee & Convener AIGETOA Kerala) today at Patla, Kasaragod Kerala.

AIGETOA CHQ prays to the almighty to provide his family with sufficient strength and courage to tide over the crisis and for bearing this irreparable loss. We also pray so that the eternal soul rests in peace.