Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA met Shri N.K.Yadav, Member (Services) and Smt. Annie Moraes, Member (Finance) on the issue of 78.2% IDA fixation for BSNL Pensioners. Com.Namboodiri expressed serious unhappiness at the inordinate delay. Both agreed to speed up the preparation of the Cabinet Note. From the discussion it can be hoped that the Cabinet Note will be prepared by next week or so.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA today, 6th April 2015, met Shri S.S.Sirohi, Member(Technology) who is in charge of the Member (Services) also and discussed about the preparation of the Cabinet note on 78.2% IDA fixation. He patiently heard the issue and told that the new incumbent for Member (services) will join tomorrow and the issue will be brought to his notice. Com.Namboodiri met Ms. Annie Moraes, Member (Finance) and discussed the same issue. She assured that the cabinet Note will be finalised without further delay.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, AIBDPA today, 20th March 2015, met Shri A.K.Bhargava, Member (Technology) and discussed about the early finanlisation of the Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA pension fixation for the BSNL Pensioners, who retired before 10-06-2013. While the representatives of the AIBDPA met Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, Telecom, last week, he has stated that M(T) has been entrusted with the work.
Com. Namboodiri expressed his serious concern and unhappiness in the extreme delay in preparing the Cabinet Note and stated that already many pensioners have already expired without getting the fixation and more may die, if the issue is delayed further. He also pointed out that while the BSNL pensioners retired after 10-06-2013 had got the fixation, it is denied to all who retired, which is a big discrimination. He demanded for early preparation for the Cabinet Note.
M(T) assured that the matter is being examined and the Cabinet Note will be prepared at the earliest.
Com. K. G. Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA has met Shri. V. Umasankar, Joint Secretary, DOT, Ms. Annie Moreas, Member, ( FINANCE) and Shri. Rakessh Agarwal, Member (Services) on 23rd February, 2015 and seriously discussed the undue delay in settling the issue of merger of 78.2% IDA merger to BSNL pensioners. The Member (FINANCE) told that the file has been sent back to Establishment section with directive to include certain additional points in the draft cabinet note and resubmit. The Member (Services) has confirmed the receipt of the file and suitable instructions are given to DDG (Establishment) for early redrafting of the cabinet note. The Joint Secretary was in full sympathy for early settlement of the issue and promised to do what ever is required at his end.
However, the fact remains, that after redrafting the cabinet note ,it has to be submitted to all the higher-ups in DOT,including the Secretary for final approval. Then it has to go to the nodal departments for vetting and after getting it back will be submitted to the Minister for Communications for cabinet approval.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA, today met Ms. Annie Moraes, Member (Finance), DOT and discussed on the pensioners issue. He requested Member(F) to speed up the Cabinet Note on the 78.2% IDA pension fixation of pre-2007 as well as post-2007 BSNL pensioners to be prepared early and forwarded. Member (F) assured that there will be no delay in the matter.
Com. Namboodiri met Shri Rajeev Agrawal, Member (Services ) also on the same issue. He stated that the letter from Dept. Of Expenditure has been received last week only. He called DDG (Estt.) and asked him to prepare the note at the earliest.
Com. Namboodiri had met Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DOT on 24th and explained the necessity to send the Cabinet Note without delay, since the pensioners are waiting for the fixation for a long time.
The DOT has not so far replied to the queries raised by the Department of Expenditure, in connection with the grant of 78.2% IDA fixation for the BSNL Pensioners similar to the case of the BSNL employees. Despite many meetings with the DOT officers, including Secretary, the file has not moved. The AIBDPA and BSNLEU is pursuing the matter vigorously.
In the discussion with the Director (HR)BSNL today,27th June, the Joint Action Committee of the BSNL Non-Executive Unions demanded that the BSNL Management should strongly pursue the case with DOT for implementation of the agreement between the BSNL and Unions, so that the issue is settled early.
The long pending demand of the BSNL workers for 78.2% IDA fixation w.e.f. 01-01-2007, has been achieved after a long struggle. The BSNL Management has issued the orders on the same today, 11th June 2013.
Congratulations to all the workers for standing firm and determined behind the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations and implementing effectively all the action programmes called by the Forum. It is only under the threat of an indefinite strike, that the issue could be settled.
Thanks are also due to the DOT and BSNL for realising the serious situation and have fast-tracked for issuing the orders, even though at the last moment.