Copy of the letter sent by Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations to Communications Minister Shri Kapil Sibal is given below:
FORUM OF BSNL UNIONS/ASSOCIATIONS
D-7, TELEGRAPH PLACE, GOLE MARKET, NEW DELHI – 110001
Forum/GL 31st January 2014
Shri Kapil Sibal,
Member, EGoM on Revival of BSNL and MTNL
New Delhi – 110001
Sub: Revival of BSNL/MTNL – Pensionary Contribution from BSNL/MTNL to be on the basis of actual pay instead of maximum of the pay scale – requested
We are happy that the Government has considered the question of revival of BSNL and MTNL and an EGoM has been appointed of which you are also an important member which is examining the various aspects of reviving the two ailing PSUs. In this connection we would like to bring to your notice one most important issue, which if favourably considered, will give much financial relief to the PSUs, BSNL and MTNL.
The issue is about the payment of pensionary contribution that is to be paid to the government by the BSNL and MTNL for the DOT employees who have been absorbed in BSNL and MTNL. In the case of BSNL employees, it was part of the agreement that pension will be paid by the Government and that pension contribution for the employees will have to be paid by BSNL to Government. In the case of MTNL absorbed employees, the government has now decided the same formula.
But the pension contribution to be paid by the BSNL and MTNL is calculated in an unjust manner. The BSNL and MTNL are directed to pay on the basis of the maximum of the pay scale of the employee, instead of his/her actual pay. In the case of government employees on deputation, the government orders are that the pension contribution is to be paid on the basis of the actual pay. This should be the criteria for the payment of pension contribution by BSNL and MTNL also. By paying on the maximum of the pay scale, these loss making PSUs are compelled to pay many hundreds of crores of rupees extra
In order to reduce the loss of the companies and also to equalise the pension contributions in the case of deputation of government employees, we request that the EGoM/Government may kindly take a decision to reduce the pension contribution by directing that it should be paid on the basis of the actual pay instead of the maximum of the pay scale.
An early favourable decision in the matter will be highly appreciated.