JOINT FORUM OF BSNL MTNL PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.
Joint Forum leaders had fruitful meetings with Member (Finance) and Member( Services) on today,the 21st March, 2023.
Meeting with Shri. Manish Sinha, Member (Finance)
The representatives of Joint Forum met M( F) and handed over a letter justifying 15% fitment, the concern about the huge delay in processing the issue of pension revision and pleaded with him very strongly to consider incorporating a mechanism in the present Cabinet note that ensures haslefree Pension Revision in future. On our part, we suggested that in the Cabibet note it may kindly be mentioned that as a special dispensation for BSNL/ MTNL Pensioners, a provision may kindly be incorporated in the Cabinet note that future pension Revision of BSNL/ MTNL Pensioners should be contained in the terms of referenceof next PRC.
M (F) advised us to send a note on this stating that under provisions of Rule 37(A), since provision for Payment of pension to BSNL/ MTNL by the Govt., as a special dispensation, exists already, referring future Pension Revision to next PRC for CPSUs may be incorporated in this Cabinet note
Joint Forum shall be submitting note to Secy/ DOT exclusively for future Pension Revision within a couple of days on these lines and thereby will vigorously pursue it.
Regarding the current status of the pension revision, M( F) mentioned that the file with calculations regarding financial implications has already been sent to the Establishment section.
The delegation asked about the pay scales of the Non- Executives and Member ( Finance) replied that the calculations are made with the new pay scales. Finally the delegation requested him to recommend for 15% fitment and he responded positively and stated that the final decision has to be taken by the MOC and that he is personally trying his level best. The meeting was extremely cordial and lasted for about 45 minutes.
BDPA (INDIA) was represented by Thomas John K, A.N. Patel & D.D. Mistry. Copy of of January 2023 issue of quarterly magazine and BSNL Pensioners Directory 2022 was also presented to Member Finance.
Meeting with Shri. Uma Shankar Pandey, Member (Services)
The copy of letter also was handed over to the Member ( Services). He assured that effective and assertive efforts are being taken to settle the issue at the earliest He further stated that already three meetings have been held with Secretary, DoT, by Member( Finance) and Member (Services) and now the Hon MoC has to take final decision on fitment. M( S) informed that Hon MOC is extremely preoccupied till 1st April and that a meeting with Hon MOC is expected in the first week of April, 2023. The meeting with M(S) lasted for about half an hour.
BDPA (INDIA) was represented by Thomas John K, A.N. Patel & D.D. Mistry. Copy of of January 2023 issue of quarterly magazine and BSNL Pensioners Directory 2022 was also presented to Member Services.
The Joint Forum met briefly after the discussion and felt satisfaction on the outcome of the discussions.