BSNL DOT pensioners have created another golden chapter in the history of pensioners movement in the country. The Sanchar Bhawan March held today, the 20th November, 2014 was massive with about 1000 pensioners participating from all parts of the country, overwhelming the expectations of the organisers, impressive and disiciplined . The March started at 1030hrs from the Eastern Court and moved towards Sanchar Bhawan with almost all the participants carrying flag/banner/placard and shouting slogans on the important demands.The March was blocked by the police at the Parliament Street where the meeting was held.
Com. A. K. Bhattacharjee, President presided and Com.K. G. Jayaraj, General Secretary welcoming the participants explained the important issues , the present position in respect of 78.2% IDA merger and exposed the double standard being adopted by the government. Com. S. K. Vyas, Secretary General, BCPC anc NCCPA inaugurated with his brief but matter some speech,criticizing the government for not granting merger of DA and Interim Relief. Com. V. A. N. Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA came down heavily the central governments anti-PSU policies , the crisis being faced by BSNL and the indefinite strike proposed by the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations. Com. Balbir Singh, President,BSNLEU assured all the cooperation to achieve the pensioners issues. He also pointed out that the one day Strike on 27th November by the JAC of BSNL Non Executive Unions is also for the settlement of 78.2% IDA merger. Com.K.Sebastin, General Secretary, SNEA and Com.K.KN.Kutty, President, Confederation of Central Govt.Employees & Workers also addressed. The anchor role was effectively managed by Com. R.S.Chauhan, CHQ Organising Secretary, BSNLEU. Com.Saibal Sengupta, CHQ Treasurer,BSNLEU was present.
A delegation comprising, Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Com.A.K.Bhattacharjee and Com.K.G.Jayaraj meanwhile went to the Sanchar Bhawan and presented the memorandum to the Private Secretary to Secretary,DOT, as he was away with the minister. A copy of the memorandum was given to the Member(Finance) and also discussed the issues briefly who assured speedy action.