The BSNL pensioners, who were recruited by DOT and absorbed in BSNL, are eligible for pay revision w.e.f. 01-01-2017. The last pension revision was from 01-01-2007, ten years back. The III Pay Revision Committee has recommended pay revision with 15% fitment for the employees, although with many objectionable conditions like affordability, profit etc. The BSNL workers are unitedly fighting for early wage revision, but the government has not agreed so far, citing affordability, profit etc. But the case of Pensioners is different. Pension is being fully paid by the GOI, and the latter is not bound by the affordability or profit clause of the III PRC.

These are pensioners who had been serving the DOT and BSNL for 35 to 40 years, and in their old age can not be denied their due pension and pension revision. The government should immediately act and ensure that the pension revision of BSNL retirees is implemented at the earliest.