The Pension Revision of DOT retirees was due from 01-01-2006 and it has been ordered by the government, though not as demanded by the National Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners Association and AIBDPA. The demand for implementation of Option I, as recommended by the VII CPC has not been accepted on flimsy grounds. However Option III as per V CPC recommendations have been accepted and ordered which is a relief to the Central / DOT Pensioners, though not equal to Option I.
The Pension Revision of BSNL retirees is due from 01-01-2017. Nine months have passed and there is no move on the issue from the government. The Pension Revision both w.e.f. from 01-10-2000
and 01-01-2007 was implemented after the wage revision of BSNL employees and based on the same, though continuous agitations had to be organised both by the unions/associations of employees and also AIBDPA. The BSNL pensioners got better pension and pension revision accordingly than that the DOT / Central pensioners.
This time the III PRC has recommended wage revision for the executives in PSUs based on affordability, profit etc. This is to be paid by the concerned management. As such serious struggle will become necessary for the wage revision of BSNL employees, which they have started already. The unions are demanding that the affordability clause should be removed and considering the improvement of services, productivity, operational profit etc. wage negotiation is to be started.
The payment of pension and Pension revision of BSNL retirees is the sole responsibility of the government, especially after the cancellation of the 60:40 condition. Though the government is paying pension and pension revision, it is based on the IDA scale, since the retirees, while in service in PSU, were in the IDA scale. Initially, the government was reluctant to grant pension on IDA scale, since it was higher, but due to the continuous pressure and struggle of Forum, BSNLEU etc. the government was compelled to accept the same and is paying based on IDA pay scale.
There may be delay in the wage revision of BSNL executives and non-executives due to the affordability clause etc. Pensioners can not wait the same way. Their cases need settlement urgently. The III PRC has recommended 15 % fitment for PSUs with affordability condition etc. Since pension is being fully paid by the Government in the case of BSNL retirees, there need not be any delay waiting for the settlement of the wage revision of the employees. While we fully support for the early wage revision for employees, it will take much time in the present circumstances. As such, the government should order pension revision of BSNL retirees with 15% fitment in IDA scale with out any further delay. A united demand by all the pension organisations in this respect will be appreciated.
The wage settlement of BSNL employees is crucial for the implementation of Option III. Further, if there is no wage revision, those retired after 01-01-2017 will not get increased pension like the employees who retired after 01-01-2007.
Both the wage revision of BSNL employees as also pension revision of BSNL retirees from 01-01-2017 is most urgent.