News have been spread that the serving employees of BSNL will be getting another reimbursement of medical bills up to March, 2020 along with their salary of August, 2020. Earlier they were paid the medical bills upto September, 2019 along with the salary of May, 2020. AIBDPA had to launch countrywide Standing Dharna on 19-08-2020 against the apathy and discrimination to the BSNL retirees by the BSNL management which was a huge success. But the BSNL management is again indulging in their discriminatory action by repeatedly ignoring the more deserving BSNL pensioners in payment of medical bills and allowance, pending for more than 18 months.
In this backdrop, Com.V A N Namboodiri , Advisor had a detailed discussion with Shri.P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL on 31-08-2020 over telephone. Com. V A N brought to the notice of the CMD, the distress and difficulties being faced by the BSNL pensioners due to the non-payment of pending medical bills and allowance. He also pointed out that discriminatory action of BSNL management by making payment to the serving employees, ignoring the retirees, has caused much resentment among the BSNL pensioners and urged the CMD to initiate urgent steps for early payment of pending medical bills and allowance to the BSNL pensioners. The CMD stated that BSNL is still in finacial difficulties and unable to make payment immediately and will consider the issue within two months, when the revenue income is expected to improve.
The response of the CMD, BSNL on this vital issue of BSNL pensioners is disappointing and condemnable. CHQ will definetly decide on future course of action without much delay.