Following is the letter written by AIBDPA to CMD BSNL on Revalidation of Medical Card etc.
AIBDPA/BSNL RS/2020 dated 23rd June,2020
Shri P.K. Purwar
CMD BSNL, Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
Janpath, New Delhi – 110 001
Sub: – Revalidation of Medical card – extension of date and other issues – reg.
Ref: – (1) BSNL CO letter No.BSNL/Admin/2020/Medical dated 04-05-2020
(2) This Association letter No. AIBDPA/ BSNL MRS dated 13-06-2020
(3) BSNL CO Letter No BSNL/Admn-1/15/12/ dated 19-06-2020
First of all, we express our sincere gratitude to your goodself for issuing the clarification order mentioned (2) above in response to our letter dated 13-06-2020. This has addressed most of the issues. However, it is really heart breaking that the most burning issue of the Pensioners, Non-payment of medical bills both indoor and outdoor, one-time payment paid to CGHS and the medical allowance, continues to be neglected. A humanely approach is overdue on this vital issue and request you to kindly cause necessary action to allot sufficient funds for the same.
BSNL CO vide letter dated 04-05-2020 (referred 1 above) have extended the date of revalidation of Medical card upto 30-06-2020 or till further orders. But it has created some confusion at the lower level as some of the Circles insisting BSNL retirees to submit it before 30-06-2020 and some other Circles like Kerala and Chennai Telephones extending the date upto 30-09-2020 and 31-08-2020, respectively. Hence, we request your kind intervention so that a Pan India extension order upto 30-09-2020 is issued by the Corporate Office at the earliest as in the case of Option for outdoor medical facilities. This will have the advantage of fulfilling both by one go by the pensioners.
We also wish to bring to your kind notice the following genuine issues for your kind consideration and early favourable action.
Discrimination against Family Pensioners.
As per the existing rules, family pensioners are not eligible to submit option for outdoor medical facilities. The option submitted by his/ her spouse is absolute and final. This is a gross injustice and discrimination meted out to the family pensioners. So, a review is very much required in the changed situation.
In cases where both husband and wife are BSNL retirees, only one is eligible for medical allowance. This rule also is discriminatory as in some cases the couple are separated and in some other cases staying in different places. Therefore, a review on the issue is necessary so that both the couple are granted the medical allowance.
Awaiting your early positive response and
K G Jayaraj
Copy to: (1) Shri Aravind Vadnerkar, Director ( HR), BSNL.
(2) Shri Gupta, Director (Finance), BSNL.
(3) Shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM(Admin), BSNL CO.