It has been informed that the All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union, the mighty organisation of BSNL employees, will be held at Mysuru (Karnataka) from 17th to 20th December 2018. The Reception Committee at Mysuru led by Com. C.K.Gundanna, Circle Secretary Karnataka along with his team are working day and night to make the AIC a big success.
Though BSNL (absorbed from DOT) retirees are eligible for pension revision w.e.f. 01-01-2017, no orders have been issued so far. The III Pay Revision Committee has already submitted its report with 15% fitment, although with certain conditions like affordability clause. The pension is being paid by government and the government is taking pension contribution from the BSNL (for the maximum of the pay scale instead of the actual pay) which is much higher. Hence, there should be no delay in the pension revision. The BSNL employees are on struggle to get wage revision which is their due, waiving the unnecessary and unwanted conditions.
AIBDPA is on continuous struggle for getting the pension revision. Well attended dharna has been organised and thousands of Post Cards with the demand have reached the DOT from the AIBDPA members. We demand that the DOT / Government take immediate decision and pay the pension revision to the pensioners on the basis of 15% fitment as recommended by the III PRC on IDA scales.
The judgment of the Supreme Court allowing women in 10 to 50 age also has been welcomed by the all India leaders of all parties including BJP, Congress, CPI(M), CPI and others. RSS leaders also welcomed the judgment. It was thought that all the political parties in Kerala also will welcome the same. But what happened is something else. Leaders of BJP, Congress etc. opposed and utilised the situation to create tension in the state opposing the effort of the state government to implement the SC verdict. In the name of bhaktas, goondaism was created in Sabarimala precincts by the RSS and right Hindutwa forces.
The opposition parties in Kerala are worried about the whole support given by the people of Kerala to the LDF government led by Com. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, who have dealt with the Okhy situation, floods and landslide natural calamities etc. and saved the valuable lives of the people. The relief work in Kerala was supported by the entire people and the creation of a better Kerala, a New Kerala is going on despite short of funds and a non-sympathetic central government who stopped willing help from other countries. General elections are coming and the opposition parties have started playing the ‘bhakti’ card to confuse the people and divide them on the basis of believers and non-believers.
The state government is only implementing the SC judgment, which it is bound to implement. Further this is a progressive judgment removing the discrimination between man and woman in the matter of temple entry. The SC has upheld the constitution and its high values.
The people of Kerala will not allow the RSS and the extreme right wing to implement their communal and casteist agenda in Kerala.