Dept of Telecom
issued the official minutes on the talks held between the Minister Shri Manoj
Sinha and the AUAB leaders on 3-12-2018. Regarding Pension Revision to BSNL
retirees w.e.f 1-1-2017 the Minutes says:
emphasized that follow up action should be expeditiously taken…”
There is no commitment on the fitment
formula or anything related to that. However,
·We can confidently say that there is a positive
shift in the attitude of Minister and DOT towards our pension revision. This is
Pay Revision in BSNL may take some more
time. But, before that, the DoT may move the file for pension revision. So, DoT
admits that pension revision can be done without Pay Revision. In effect,
Pension revision is delinked from Pay revision. This is the victory of
I have no doubt that it is the result
of mass FAST all over the country on 22-11-2018 and the unity of BSNL/MTNL
pensioners and formation of Committee of BSNL/MTNL Pensioners’ Associations
Even if DoT proposes delinking pension
revision from pay revision the DoPW has to approve it. Then the proposal has to
be approved by other nodal ministries/departments also. Then only the DOT will
prepare the cabinet note and submit to the Cabinet. These procedures cannot be
avoided. It should happen before Lok Sabha elections are announced.
Elections are in May 2019. Code of
Conduct may be imposed in March or April 2019. Code of conduct should not come
in our way.
We must continue our efforts to get
Pension revision with CPC fitment benefits; not only for BSNL but for the MTNL
We should not criticize anybody for
posting their views/understandings in the whatsapp groups. Understanding may
differ sometimes. We are all human beings.
We are thankful to AUAB for raising the
issue of de-linking of pension revision from Pay Revision.
Same time, we should strengthen our
unity and organize further programmes under the banner of the new united forum-
We have placed a new unique demand. It
is a new concept; it is a new path. It is not that easy to get something new
approved by the authorities.
We have to cross many a hurdles. We
have to cross many bridges.
Who started first and who joined later
is not an issue. Destination is important.
We want a permanent solution to the
problem. Most significant is that the File has started moving. We shall get
pension revision. That will be the VICTORY of all BSNL/MTNL pensioners.