The core committee members of Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations Com.P.Abhimayu, Convenor, Com.Chandeswar Singh, President, Com.K.Sebastian, General Secretary, SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, General Secretary, AIBSNLEA met Shri.Rakesh Garg,Secretary,DoT today,7th October,2015. The leaders conveyed dissatisfaction to the inordinate delay in the settlement of 78.2% IDA merger to BSNL pensioners despite assurance in the discussion on 1st May, 2015. The Secretary,DoT assured the delegation to do the needful. The leaders also met Shri.N.Sivasailam, Addl Secretary also and discussed the issue.
BSNL-DOT Pensioners, as per the call of the All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association, (AIBDPA) will be organising two days Hunger Strike in front of CCAs all over the country on 21-22 July 2015 protesting against the non-settlement of 78.2% IDA pension fixation for the BSNL pensioners and other demands included in the Charter of Demands presented by the AIBDPA to the BSNL Management and the government. In the Parliament March organised by the AIBDPA and participated by more than one thousand pensioners, the Charter of Demands was presented to the Secretary, DOT. Thousands of Post Cards were sent to the Prime Minister demanding settlement of the genuine demands of the pensioners who have loyally and efficiently served the nation. The government can not withdraw from its responsibility of meting out justice to the senior citizens.
AIBDPA has called upon all the BSNL-DOT Pensioners to massively participate in the Hunger Strike on 21-22 July and make it a complete success! We call upon the BSNL employees to extend solidarity and support to the fully justified struggle.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU and Advisor AIBDPA along with Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary AIBDPA met Shri M.F.Farooqui, Secretary DOT on 30th May 2014 on the issue of 78.2% IDA fixation to the BSNL Pensioners. It was pointed out to the Secretary DOT that the file is pending for months in the DOT without replying to the queries raised by the Department of Expenditure and requested for furnishing of early reply to the DoE so that decision could be taken. It was also pointed out that the discrimination of keeping the pensioners who retired before June 2013 from the benefit of 78.2% IDA fixation has already created severe heart-burning among these senior citizens.
Secretary, DOT assured that he will see that the issue is not further delayed.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations and Patron AIBDPA along with Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary AIBDPA met Shri R.K.Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and discussed the issues of pensioners as well as the viability of BSNL etc.
The representatives pointed out the undue delay in issue of orders on 78.2% IDA for pensioners. They also stated that the Department of Expenditure has sought some clarifications from DOT and further delay may take place. They urged the CMD to take necessary steps to ensure that the pensioners’ 78.2% IDA issue is settled at the earliest.
The union leaders also demanded that the medical allowance with out voucher be restored to the pensioners who are put to much difficulties due to the withdrawal of the same. It was also demanded that DOT Pensioners also be given the concession on Broad band connections.
Com. Namboodiri suggested certain measures to reduce the expenditure on electricity, diesel, petrol etc. and as per the decision of the Forum meeting, proposed that a “Save Electricity / Fuel Month” be observed with clear instructions to reduce the consumption through effective methods. CMD agreed to consider the same and suggested that it can be a continued process.
CMD informed that cabinet has taken decision taken to waive the Notional Loan of Rs.7,500 crore of BSNL, which will benefit BSNL. The various efforts being made by the BSNL to improve its financial viability was also stated by CMD.
The union representatives expressed their strong protest against the proposed formation of new companies like tower, optical fibre cable, land assets etc. and demanded that these should be abandoned. CMD BSNL stated that it is only about the tower company that proposal has been made and that it is beneficial for BSNL. The staff side did not agree.
The unions also stated that the Welfare Committee and Sports Committee had not met for more than one year and that they should be convened early. CMD stated that this will be convened with out delay.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and Advisor,AIBDPA met Smt. Annie Moraes, Member (Finance), DOT and discussed the issues of the pensioners.
1. 78.2% IDA for Pensioners: The resentment and restiveness of the pensioners due to the delay in issuing orders for 78.2% IDA was brought to the notice of the Member (Finance).She was requested to take up the matter at Secretary level so that early approval is received from the Department of Expenditure. She agreed to do the same and make efforts for early clearance from DoE.
2. Delay in payment of pension revision cases of pre-2007 and post-2007 pensioners: Advisor AIBDPA brought to the notice of the M(F), the undue delay taken place in fixation and payment of pension arrears and requested for early settlement. Member (F) stated that the matter is being monitored on weekly basis and the CCAs have been instructed for clearance of these settlements at the earliest. BSNL Management also have been directed for suitable action in the matter.
3. The views of the union in connection with the revival of BSNL, Merger proposal of BSNL and MTNL were also discussed.
Today, 2nd December, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor AIBDPA & President, BSNLEU, Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. General Secretary, BSNLEU met Mrs. Annie Moraes,Member (Finance), DOT and discussed the issues of 78.2% IDA Merger and Anomaly of those who retired within 10 months of formation of BSNL. The representatives expressed their displeasure over the delay being caused for one or other reasons. The Member (F) assured that as the file has been received from the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare with a query, it will be replied with minimum delay as far as possible despite the usual official procedure.
Regarding anomaly also, further delay is caused due to some more details required by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare.
Representatives also met Shri Prachish Khanna Director (Estt.), who stated that the draft of reply of 78.2% IDA to the Dept of P&PW is finalised and will be sent as early as possible after ratification by the higher officers. As for the anomaly issue, BSNL is being addressed for furnishing the required particulars.
Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, had a talk with Shri Prachish Khanna, Director (Estt.), DOT on 25th November. Regarding 78.2% IDA, he stated that the file is yet to be sent back to DOT by the Department of Pension & Pensions Grievances.
The file on the Pay Anomaly of 2000 conversion of CDA to IDA is returned to DOT seeking certain clarifications by the Dept. of P& PG.
AIBDPA and BSNLEU are pursuing the case effectively.
The Department of Telecom (DOT) approved the 78.2% IDA fixation for BSNL Employees which has been pending for about one year even after an agreement was reached between the Unions and the BSNL Management last June. The government had already taken decision earlier for this corrective step much earlier. This will be applicable to pensioners also, for which another order will be issued. BSNL is expected to issue the order today or tomorrow.
It is only because of the strike notice given by the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations as also the continued pressure from the unions that this could be achieved. BSNL Management and DOT was helpful. Congratulations to all!
The leaders of the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations met the Secretary, DOT and presented the copy of the Memorandum submitted to the Finance Minister, Chairman of the Group of Ministers ‘On Revival of BSNL & MTNL’ and demanded for favourable consideration of the points raised by the Forum.
The leaders also raised the issue of 78.2% IDA fitment and requested for issue of early approval and orders.
Secretary, DOT agreed to look in to the matter expeditiously. His attitude was positive. He stated that he may be contacted again by tomorrow.
BSNL workers are requested to fully prepare for the Indefinite strike from 12th June 2013. If the issue is not settled before 12th, the management and DOT will have to face the wrath of the 2,55,000 BSNL workers who are going to hit back.