Status of pension revision case in DoT
updated on 26 August, 2022
Status of pension revision case in DoT:-
Comrade Prahlad Rai GS AIRBSNLEWA today discussed the issue of pension revision of BSNL/ MTNL pensioners with Member (Services) DoT and requested him for it’s an early settlement. Member (Services) appreciated our concern and mentioned that in our last meeting held with him on 5th August-2022 assured that shortly he will work on this issue and will try to settle it. Accordingly he discussed the matter with all the concern Officers of DoT in Estt. cell and Finance wing. Finally as per the assurance given to us a proposal for pension revision has been prepared by Estt. cell and on getting the clearance from the Finance wing of DoT. Secretary Telecom approved the proposal and yesterday it has been sent to DoP&W for clearance. The main issue in the proposal is that in IDA pension revision on notional basis and to avoid pension anomalies for the pensioners retired or retiring after 1-1-2017 may draw less pension than the pensioners who retired prior to 1-1-2017. In this proposal DoT has suggested for notional pension fixation wef 1-1-2017 to those who are retiring after 1-1-2017 to avoid pension anomalies. As per the Rule 37A CCS pension rules pension is being decided on the basis of last pay drawn. Thus last pay drawn will be in the revised pay scales and accordingly the pension will be calculated. DoT has saught DoP&W approval for notional pension fixation. For this purpose the case has been sent to DoP&W and in case the approval is given by DoP&W then DoT with draft a Cabinet Memo will be sent to all the Nodal Ministries for comments eg. DoP&W, Law Ministry, DoE and DPE etc. After receiving the comments of all the concerned Ministries, the Cabinet Note will be sent to Union Cabinet, Govt. of India. Means DoT has proposed to revise pension revision on 0% fitment benefit only, which is not a Justice to BSNL/MTNL pensioners. However Member (Services) mentioned that the matter which was lingering on for the last five years, at least he has tried to settle the issue after his joining in a short time. We extended our sincere thanks to him for his kind consideration and taking efforts. Some retired Associations re- claiming that due to their efforts only pension revision case is settling and they are the Father of the settlement. Whereas, the fact remains that the OA filled in the PBCAT ND was drafted by Late Comrade Amit Gupta Ji our Dy GS and GS Comrade Prahlad Rai by collecting all the necessary documents form DoT, DoP&W, DPE and DoE etc. AIRBSNLEWA CHQ had meetings with the Hon’ble MoC, Secretary DoT, Adl Secretary, DOP&W, DoE and DPE. Also with Member Finance, Member Services, CMD BSNL, DDG Estt, Director Estt DoT etc. AIRBSNLEWA continues and persistent efforts has yield the results. But this will be not the end of the struggle, we have to achieve pension revision at par with our counter parts in DoT.