Pensioners all over Kerala expressed their anguish and anger against the undue delay in the 78.2% IDA fixation process and drawal of arrears thereof. Pensioners from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta held a massive and powerful Dharna in front of the CCA office, Thiruvananthapuram. Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary inaugurated the Dharna participated by about 500 pensioners. Com.R.Aravindakshan Nair, Circle President and CHQ Treasurer presided. Coms. K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, P.K.Muraleedharan, Circle Convenor, NFPE, M.C.Nair, Circle Prsident, AIPRPA, Jacob Thomas, Circle President, P-III(NFPE), Benny, District Secretary, BSNLEU addressed the dharan. Com.N.Guruprasad, Circle Secretary welcomed all and Com.N.Vikraman Nair proposed vote of thanks.
After the Dharna, a delegation consisting Coms.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, R.Aravindakshan Nair, Circle President and N.Guruprasad, Circle Secretary met the CCA, Shri. Manoj and discussed the issue of early completion of the work related to 78.2% IDA fixation and calculation of one extra increment for pension. They demanded that at least by 31-03-2017,everything in this regard should be completed.The CCA stated that the works could not be completed within the stipulated period due to shortage of staff and though now additional staff are posted, still,it is not sufficient.The delegation immediately offered the services of retired staff which was accepted by the CCA. Initially, two retired Section Supervisors, Coms.M.Balachandran Nair and M. Salauddin are being made available from 11-01-2017 itself.
Similar Dharnas were also held at Kannur, Kozhikode, Palakad, Malappuram, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Kottayam by the respective district branches.