The mighty organisation of the BSNL and DOT pensioners, All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association is completing nine years on 21-10-2018. It was eventful and plenty of struggles since its inception on 21-10-2009; whether for the pension revision of pre 2007 BSNL retirees, timely payment of IDA, broadband concession, free night call facility, 78.2% IDA merger, quarters for the retirees, restoration of quarterly medical allowance and settlement of so many individual issues which were pending for years together. Yes, all these achievements were through various struggles not only by AIBDPA but also by the serving unions of BSNL under the leadership of BSNLEU. It is also a constitutional obligation that AIBDPA should move closer with the service unions in BSNL.
Our struggles did not confine to our own issues, but we actively participated in the struggles for the protection of BSNL called by All Unions and Associations of BSNL. We did not hesitate to participate in the struggles called by Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers and are in the forefront in the agitations of NCCPA to which we are affiliated. And also the struggles waged by the Central Trade Unions demanding settlement of genuine issues of the workers and the people at large.
When we celebrate the 10th Foundation Day, we are facing more serious challenges, viz attack on pension, crisis of BSNLdue to the anti-PSU policy of the government, pension revision and wage revision from 01-01-2017, non-payment of medical allowances and medical bills, rejection of Option 1 recommended by the 7th Pay Commission etc. We are continuing our onward March through further struggles for resolution of the vital issues. And that is the reason why AIBDPA has grown as the biggest pensioners organisation in BSNL.
CHQ requests all its units to celebrate the 10th Foundation Day befittingly by hoisting the Red Flag, Holding meetings, distribution of sweets and visits to the old age homes and orphanages for supply of food/ clothes to the needy. Let us pledge and reaffirm to continue our fight for reasonable settlement of the genuine issues of the pensioners , workers and people at large and to safeguard the country from the communal and divisive forces.