Despite many months after the implementation of the VII CPC recommendations for the CG pensioners including gratuity, these have not been extended to BSNL pensioners. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA today, 24th January 2017, met Shri R.K.Mishra Member (Services) and discussed the matter and demanded for early issue of orders in the matter. He agreed to look in to the matter. The issue of extending 78.2% IDA Pension fixation for those retired from January to May 2007 was also raised on which a letter has already been given earlier. Member (Services) agreed to look in to.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA today went to Sanchar Bhawan and met top officers including Member (Finance) and enquired about the status of the Cabinet Note on 78.2% IDA Pension fixation for BSNL pre-2013 pensioners. Authentic information was received from the officers and the concerned Pension Section of the Estt. Branch that the Cabinet Note has been submitted duly approved by the Secretary DOT on 17th June 2016.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA, today, 31st March 2016, met Shri J.S.Deepak, Secretary DOT on the issue of 78.2% IDA Pension fixation for the pre- June 2013 BSNL pensioners. Com.Namboodiri pointed out the undue delay in submitting the case to the cabinet for approval. Secretary DOT assured that the the Cabinet Note is on his table and there will be no further delay in forwarding the same. Com.Namboodiri also demanded that the 60:40 condition for payment of pension should not be there which is creating difficulties in pension revision. He stressed the need for automatic pension revision, since pension revision is part of pension. He brought to the notice of the DOT the extra efforts made by the unions/associations in BSNL for improving the services which is showing results and the need for financial support from the government.
It is expected from the discussion that the file may be submitted to the Minister/Cabinet with out further delay. This is the second time that AIBDPA is meeting the Secretary DOT in this month, in addition to meeting the Minister Communications Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad on 09-03-2016, in which the entire issue was brought to his notice in detail for early decision.
Thousands of MTNL employees joined the demonstration programme at the MTNL C.O. premises in Eastern Court protesting against the delay in settling 78.2% IDA fixation, option for pro-rata pension, implementation of CGHS service etc. Com. Mange Ram Sharma, Chairman of the United Forum of MTNL Unions/Associations presided and Com. M.K.Bagchi, Convener welcomed all. The leaders of the Unions and Associations addressed.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, former Convener of the BSNL/MTNL Joint Forum of Unions/Associations addressed the rally, spoke about the united action of the workers and supported the struggle. He reminded about the workers about the united struggles organised by the United Forum earlier, including the Parliament March and strike. He fully supported the struggle of the MTNL workers. He also spoke about the need to improve the services.
As per the call of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, lunch hour demonstrations were held in Circles and SSAs of BSNL. The employees wore black badges protesting against the delay in issuing orders for the 78.2% IDA pension fixation for the BSNL pensioners.
In BSNL Corporate Office, protest demonstration was held during lunch time. Slogans were raised demanding implementation of 78.2% fixation and protesting against the delay. Com. C.Singh, GS NFTE and President Forum, presided. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, BSNLEU addressed and explained the demand in detail,the injustice meted out to the pensioners and demanded immediate settlement. All India leaders of unions, Coms. Swapan Chakroborty(BSNLEU), K.Sebastian (SNEA), Prahlad Rai (AIBSNLEA), R.S.Chauhan (BSNLEU) and others were present.
Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations has called upon the workers to organise massive demonstrations on 22nd December 2015 demanding immediate grant of 78.2% IDA Pension merger to the BSNL retired employees. The undue delay in settling the issue is causing much resentment among the pensioners. AIBDPA will fully participate in the programme.
It is understood from the DOT that most of the Departments have communicated their comments to the DOT on the 78.2% IDA Pension fixation. As soon as the approval from the DPE is also received, the Cabinet note will be submitted to the Cabinet.
AIBDPA is continuously pursuing the case.
The discussion of Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations in connection with the two days strike with the Secretary, DOT with all the Members and top level officers of DOT on 1st May 2015 had its effect. As assured by the Secretary, DOT, the file has started moving. The note prepared by Estt. is approved by the Finance and the final Cabinet note is being prepared. It may take a few days. The it will be sent to the other connected departments viz. Finance (Expenditure), Law, DPE, and pension. Once their approvals are received the file will go the Minister and then to the Cabinet.
AIBDPA and Forum are trying their best to speed up the matter so that the pensioners will get the 78.2% IDA pension fixation at the earliest.