NCCPA Emails to Honourable Minister of Communications & IT, New Delhi
Secretary Department of Telecommunications, New Delhi
On Up dation of Pension from 01.01.2017
NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS
(Registered undder the T.U. Act.No. RTU01/2021.Dated.7.01.2021
PAN NO: AAEAN8586F
13C – Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi -110 001
Shiva Gopal Mishra , President K.Ragavendran, Secretary General
NCCPA / BSNL Pension / 2023 Dated 19th January, 2023
Minister of Communications & IT
New Delhi – 110001
2. Shri. K.Rajaraman
New Delhi – 110001
Sub: Pension Revision of BSNL absorbed pensioners from 01.01.2017 – regarding.
The All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) is our affiliate and hence the NCCPA is writing this letter on behalf of BSNL absorbed Pensioners requesting their updation of pension which is overdue from 01.01.2017.
The BSNL absorbed Pensioners should get their pension revision from 01.01.2017 irrespective of the wage revision from the same date for the serving employees of BSNL. This is clear from the agreement entered by the Government that the old arrangement of 60:40 sharing the expenditure of quantum of pension between the BSNL and the Central Government was replaced by full expenditure to be borne by the Consolidated Fund of India under the Central Government. As the total expenditure of pension head is to be granted by the Government, neither the profit loss account of the BSNL nor the wage agreement allowing enhancement for the serving employees shall come in the way of postponing the pension revision for the Pensioners. Moreover, the pension contribution of these absorbed pensioners has been paid at the maximum of their respective pay scales for the combined service. Since the date of revision of pension happens to be 01.01.2017 (i.e., 10 years from the earlier pension revision), any up dation of pension should be from that date only. Therefore, the pension revision has to be delinked from the wage revision, and this factor was agreed by the Department of Telecommunications also but it is only a question of fitment percentage of revision that has to be decided.
The third PRC has recommended a maximum fitment of 15% and the BSNL pensioners fully deserved to get the same fitment as the last pension revision was implemented with 30% fitment, the maximum recommended by 2nd PRC from 01.01.2007. Further, their counterparts, the central Government pensioners have got their pension revision with 2.57 multiple factor from 01-01-2016. So, any other percentage of fitment lower than 15% will be mockery of pension updation.
The absorbed Pensioners of BSNL are much anguished over the inordinate delay of pension revision for the past six years and there was a big march of BSNL Pensioners in New Delhi on 24-08.2022 at the call of the affiliate of our NCCPA viz., All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Association, in which thousands of Pensioners participated to show their resolve. It is a fact that after that only the DoT started to move the files for pension revision of absorbed BSNL Pensioners.
The National Coordination Committee comprising of many Central Government All India Associations and State level CGPA affiliates as well as the Public Sector Pensioners Associations including the AIBDPA expects that the issue of upward revision of pension to the absorbed pensioners of BSNL will be taken up by Telecom Ministry without any further loss of time, without forcing this Apex Body of Pensioners Association to resort to big agitations along with the AIBDPA.
A line in reply will receive our high appreciation.
( K Ragavendran)