Meeting with Smt Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary DoT on 20.02.2018:

GSs of SNEA, BSNLEU and AIBSNLEA met Secretary DoT and held discussions on the 3rd PRC with 15% fitment. BSNL Board after taking all the aspects into consideration recommended 3rdPRC with 15% fitment, freezing the revision of all allowances. The BSNL proposal is pending in DoT for the last three months but no steps are taken for its implementation. The employees are very much agitated over this. We requested that DoT should take necessary steps to get the affordability clause exempted for BSNL. Financial condition of BSNL is nothing to do with the employees as the entire telecom sector is facing problem. The employees are working with full commitment for the revival of BSNL and to implement the Govt projects. Pay revision is a must to keep the employees motivated.

GS/BSNLEU specifically pleaded that 3rd PRC is for the Executives but the pay revision for the Non-executives are based on negotiated settlement. Surprisingly the negotiation itself is not started as DoT didnot given clearance for that. As per the DPE guidelines, for the wage negotiation, there is no affordability clause.

Regarding pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL, we apprised Secretary that DoT Pension Cell is linking the pension revision with the pay revision of BSNL serving employees which is not at all correct as BSNL pensioners are not related with the profitability or paying capacity of BSNL. Their pension is paid by the Govt from the consolidated fund of India as per CCS pension Rules, 1972, not by BSNL. Last time also DoT moved a Cabinet note to get the pension revised for the BSNL pensioners with 30% fitment. Present situation also, DoT has to get the Cabinet approval for pension revision with 15% fitment as 15% is already approved by Union Cabinet as fitment formula for 3rd PRC. Their pension contribution has already been paid to DoT. DoT(Estt) always takes the stand that  pension revision is to be done for BSNL pensioners after the pay revision of BSNL serving employees, otherwise anomalies will be created. This is not the justification to deny the pension revision to the Pensioners, we categorically told the Secretary and sought her kind intervention for resolving the issue.

Secretary given a patient hearing and assured an early action in this regard and mentioned that Hon MOSC also telling in all the meetings that we will consider the case.

Since there is no concrete assurance from the Secretary other that the normal gestures, the March to Sanchar Bhavan on 23.02.2018 will to continue with more intensity.