It is reliably understood from the letter of DOT to BSNL dated 06-11-2018, that the BSNL has proposed to reduce the retirement age of BSNL employees from 60 to 58 to in order to finance the wage revision of BSNL executives/employees. This is atrocious.

When the government increased the retirement age from 58 to 60, the CG employees (BSNL was not formed) strongly protested the extension stating that it will affect the new recruitment. However, the government increased and the workers are adjusted to it. A person arranges his family settlements, taking loans, investments etc. considering the period in service. Reducing the service by two years will be an attack on the lives of the existing workers. The government or the BSNL has no right to take arbitrary decisions. It is understood that BSNL has not even consulted any of the unions in this matter.

The government and the BSNL should immediately drop the proposal of reducing retirement age. There is no justification for the same.