Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA, who was at New Delhi in connection with the National Executive Committee Meeting of NCCPA, met officers of DOT and BSNL on 29th June 2022 and discussed important issues, including Pension Revision, Payment of Medical Reimbursement, Fixed Medical Allowance etc.

Meeting with CMD BSNL: Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA, along with Comrades R.S.Chauhan, AGS, AIBDPA and D P S Shisodiya, Circle Secretary, NTR Delhi met Shri P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL on 29.06.2022 and discussed about the extreme delay in payment of Medical Reimbursement and Fixed Medical Allowance. They pointed out that the amount allotted as per the assurance given in the last meeting was insufficient, including Delhi and more funds are required to be allotted. CMD stated that it will be difficult to immediately allot funds but the same will be done when funds will become available. CMD further suggested that employees be encouraged to shift to CGHS. Association leaders stated that many have already converted to CGHS. But they also pointed out that CGHS hospitals / Wellness Centres are available only in very few cities as also that empannelled hospitals are very less. The migration will depend on these and other relevant issues.

Meeting with Shri Saurab Thyagi, PGM (Estt), BSNL: The AIBDPA representatives brought to the notice of the PGM that despite bringing to his notice earlier and assurance to that effect, the pension cases and denial of retirement benefits of VRS retirees of ST Maharashtra Circle have not been settled so far. The concerned pensioners and their families are suffering without getting pension and other benefits. There is absolutely no justification in dragging the issue indefinitely and expressed strong protest against the continuing injustice being meted out to these retirees. PGM stated that necessary instructions have already been issued for immediate settlement. The delay in sanction of family pension to the widow of Shri Joga Rao, RM, Visakhapatnam, who is missing for last 13 years or so was also pointed out. He assured necessary action to settle the issue.

Meeting with Additional Secretary, DOT and Joint Secretary, DOT. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA met Shri Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary DOT and discussed about the delay in Pension Revision to BSNL pensioners wef 01.01.2017. He explained in detail about full justification of the case. Joint Secretary stated that DOT is fully aware of the case and two proposals in this connection are being considered. What exactly are the proposals were not elaborated.Meeting with Additional Secretary, DOT: In continuation of the discussion held last time, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA, met Shri V.L.Kantha Rao, Additional Secretary, DOT and brought to his notice about the great dissatisfaction and unrest due to the non- implemntation of Pension Revision. He mentioned that two proposals are being considered. He also did not elaborate.When it was pointed out about extreme delay in sanction of pension to widow of Shri Joga Rao, RM Vizakhapatanam, he stated that he has already directed for immediate settlement of the case.In all the above meetings Com. Pankajam N.Namboodiri was also present.