Com. V A N Namboodiri, Advisor and Com.K G Jayaraj, General Secretary have met Shri. K Rajaraman, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications on 27-04-2022 on pension revision. We presented the issue. The Secretary was busy with some important issue and preparing something in his personal computer. So he authorised the Additional Secretary to have a detailed discussion and report back to him. Accordingly, we met Shri. V L Kantha Rao, Additional Secretary and made a detailed presentation on the justification of pension revision with 15% fitment recommended by the 3rd PRC from 01-01-2017, delinking wage revision. The queries raised by the Additional Secretary were adequately clarified by the delegation and thereafter he agreed to give the reply in due course. The delegation also brought to his notice a very genuine issue of denial of family pension to the wife of the missing Regular Mazdoor, Shri. Jog Rao by the BSNL, Visakhapatanam administration by mishandling the issue. Another issue of denial of family pension to the widow of the late DoT employee, Shri. Laxman Sitaram Neware of BSNL Nagpur also was brought to the notice of the Additional Secretary. The most pitiable condition of the family and the sad demise of the eligible family pensioner, Smt. Urmila Laxman Neware were narrated to him. He responded positively and assured necessary action on both the cases.
The delegation, then met Shri. Dileep Pandhye, Member (Finanace) and discussed the issue of Pension Revision. He stated that the issue is being examined and whatever is required from his side , he was always ready to extend. The Member (Finance) having additional charge of Controller General of Communication Accounts, the delegation brought to his notice the delay in payment of provisional pension to VRS retirees of Maharashtra by the CCA, Mumbai. Member (Finance) asked the delegation why it is being delayed and the delegation clarified that there is a blame game between the CGM office Maharashtra and CCA, Maharashtra. The delegation also urged the Member (Finance) to give necessary instruction to grant regular pension and issue PPOs to the VRS retirees as per rules. The Member (Finance) assured necessary action. The delegation also met Shri. Ashok Kumar Mittal, Member (services) and discussed the issue of pension revision. He stated that DOP&PW has raised some objection of anomaly in the case of pension revision without wage revision and the delegation replied that anomaly is nothing new but could be settled with suitable formula.