Our Organisation is not only taking up the monetary issues but is also discharging our responsibility towards social cause and other welfare activities for retirees.
A number of lectures were arranged for the benefit of retirees covering various subjects like investment, health, post retirement activities (including social activities). The prominent speakers who guided the audiences include eminent persons like Prin. S. N. Navalgundkar, Dr. H. V. Sardesai, Journalist Vijay Kuvalekar, Journalist Anant Dixit, Prin. Aniruddha Deshpande, Smt. Sindhutai Sapkal, Shri. Sunil Deodhar, Smt Renutai Gavaskar, Shri.P.L.Gawade, Shri. Dajikaka Gadgil, Advocate Shri. Dadasaheb Bendre, Dr. Ajit Rawal, Dr. Ravindra Kolhe and Dr. Smita Kolhe, Shri.Prakash Javadekar (M.P), Shri Kshitij Patukale. Our active units at Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Dombivali, Kolhapur etc. are also convening meetings of members, arranging trips to nearby places.
Our another movement i.e. publication of quarterly news letter and sending it to all members is very much admired as activities and achievements of the organisation along with latest happenings in our beloved Bank, individual achievements of the members are reported there in. Latest position of various law suits filed by us and similar organisations of the retirees of other banks is given in a simple language is narrated. Lastly a list of new members enrolled during earlier quarter is also given for information of all. We are sending copy of this news letter to the members of Forum of Retired Bank Employees. The members keep waiting eagerly for our news letter.
Our actions do not end at arranging some lectures, solving problems, issuing a news letter etc. We have furthered our activities towards society at large. During last 7-8 years we have collected nearly Rs.28.70 lakh mainly from our members and by way of donations from some well wishers too and distributed them amongst following Institutions engaged in up liftment of down trodden, women, adivassis, and students of Northeast India.
|Sr No||Name of the Institution||Donations up to date(Rs)|
|1||Yamgarwadi Ashram Shala||830000|
|2||Meghalaya Girls Hostel Pune||180000|
|3||Nagaland Girls Hostel Chiplun||180000|
|5||Saraswati Pratisthan Ravadi||100000|
|6||Sant Narayanguru Library||10000|
|8||Vidya Bharati Pratisthan||20000|
|9||Samajik Samarasata Manch||110000|
|10||My Home India||10000|
|11||Flood / Tsunami Relief Fund||75000|
|12||Saptasindhu Mahila Adhar ||25000|
|13||Torana Rajgad Parisar Samajyonnati Nayas Velhe ||170000|
|14||Umed Priwar Pune||95000|
|15||Janbharati Nyas Kolhapur||45000|
|16||Vanwasi Kalyan Ashram Pune||75000|
|17||Dnyanprabhodini – Hrali(Osmanabad)||70000|
|18||Hearing Impaired’ Institute (Dr. Avinash Wachasundar)||50000|
|19||Sanskriti Samwardhan Mandal Sagroli, Nanded||30000|
|20||Bhatke Adivasi vikas Pratisthan, Karmala||25000|
|21||Sanjivani Balikashram, Talegaon Dabhade||30000|
|22||Swargiya Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti||25000|
We feel always gratifying that even without our appeal the members and well-wishers come forward with their donations resulting collection of increased nidhi each year. This Nidhi is used to meet the increasing needs of social organisations engaged in upliftment of weaker sections like Adivasis, Farmers, North East India and physically handicapped & mentally retarded persons. As an Organisation we are proud of having inculcated the habit in our members of donating on regular basis for discharging the social obligations. We have a list of 400 members who have offered to donate every year Rs.1000/- minimum. The number of members desirous of contributing to social commitment is increasing.
It will be worth mentioning here that the Yamgarwadi Ashramshala is run by Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Pratisthan for children of underprivileged class of society where Government grant is meager and most of its expenses depend on donations. Our activists from Solapur are involving themselves physically in the activities of the Ashramshala for cost effective administration. Shri. Anand Kale our Vice President is now one of the trustees of Yamgarwadi Ashramshala. Our members at Nagpur, Nasik. Ahmednagar. Aurangabad, Thane etc. also actively participate in similar social activities.
Looking to the great response from the members and well-wishers towards paying donations for the social cause, we had approached income tax authorities for granting exemption under 80-G. The same has been granted by the competent Authorities vide certificate No.PN/CIT-1/12-A(a)/80G/397/2008-09/4595 dated 30.01.2009 (Continued under S 80G (5) (VI)
We have started another activity “Waste in home – Best for others”. It was observed that many times we receive gifts in the form of Shirt piece, Pant piece, Dress Material, Saree etc. and the same lies unused in our wardrobe. We appealed the members to bring them to us. With the overwhelming response to our appeal we could distribute hundreds of such pieces and dress material in the hostels of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram.
Putting one step ahead with the help of various karyakartas, organisation has decided to set up one Vridhashram along with a Second Home Colony of the retirees. Accordingly a housing society named “Swami Vivekanandpuram Co. Op. Housing society” has been formed and nearly 20 acres of land has been purchased.
At every biennial meeting of our organisation we felicitate our senior colleagues having age 75 plus as a mark of gratitude towards their devoted service to our beloved institution Bank of Maharashtra. The regional units also arrange such functions at their level.
The Executive Committee meeting of the Organisation is held regularly once in six months where regional representatives actively participate in the deliberations and report various activities and meetings arranged by them. The minutes thereof are circulated amongst EC members. The books of accounts are audited every year and all statutory returns are filed with appropriate authorities regularly.
It is needless to mention here that after every two years biennial conference is held regularly.
Our Organization is affiliated to Forum of Retired Bank Employees, Pune. The Forum has initiated correspondence with Government of India, Ministry of Finance, as also with UFBU constituents urging them to undertake issue of revision in pension. This has become important because of glaring anomaly whereby an earlier retiree in senior grade is receiving less pension as compared to the pension received by an employee in junior grade retired at a later stage after wage revision. Besides FORBE has also undertaken the issue of increase in basic component of ex-gratia from Rs.300/- to Rs.600/- is long pending with Government / Ministry of Finance for their attention. The forum is also attending the same simultaneously.
It is now our earnest desire that every one of us should join hands in strengthening the movement of retirees’ organisation (BOMREWO).