Massive meeting of AIBDPA and CORTO Calcutta Telephones
Hundreds of BSNL Pensioners under the leadership of AIBDPA and CORTO attended the meeting on 26th July 2016 at Calcutta CTO organized to celebrate the achievement of 78.2% IDA Pension fixation and rescinding of 60% condition on payment of pension by the government. The large CTO hall was fully packed with the pensioners with almost as much pensioners sitting outside the hall.
The meeting was presided over by Coms. Suprya Mitra and B.Chakraborty, Presidents of AIBDPA and CORTO respectively. Coms. Ananta Bhattacharjee, senior leader and all India President AIBDPA, D.Basu, AGS and Secretary CORTO, Swastika Das Gupta, Org. Secretary AIBDPA, Sanjeeb Banerjee, Circle secretary, Calcutta Telephones, Prabir Dutta, Dilip Das, Mihir Das Gupta, Gouri Haldar, Adhir Kumar Sen, Sisir Kr. Roy, Subhashis Roy and other leaders of BSNLEU and AIBDPA were present in the dias / addressed.
Cos. VAN Namboodiri, Advisor and Ananta Bhattacharjee All India President AIBDPA were honoured with flower bouquet and shawls for the great achievement of the pensioners.
Com. VAN Namboodiri in his speech mentioned about the various struggles conducted by AIBDPA and Forum of BSNL Unions and Workers, including the Parliament March by AIBDPA, the 2 days strike called by the Forum, meeting the Minister and Secretary DOT and other agiational programmes for settlement of the issue. Not only the 78.2% IDA pension fixation is settled but also the retrograde order on only 60% liability of government for payment of pension was rescinded. He also spoke about the 2nd September Strike called by Central Trade Unions. AIBDPA has decided to extend support and solidarity to the strike and will organize demonstration on the day along with the striking BSNLEU comrades. He severely criticized the NITI Ayog recommendations for strategic sale of BSNL and MTNL and called for united struggle by the BSNL and MTNL Unions. The need to improve BSNL services was stressed. He touched on VII CPC recommendations, strike given notice of by NJAC of CG Employees, deferment on the assurance of government and connected matters. If issues are not settled and NJAC reiterates the strike call, AIBDPA will extend full solidarity and support. Com. Namboodiri also spoke about other issues of the pensioners.
Other speakers spoke and assured that AIBDPA will be further strengthened in the circle and more subscribers to Telepensioner will be enrolled.

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