Today, 13th May 2015, along with Com. Sankar Prasad Datta, Member of Parliament, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA met Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communications Minister in his office in the Parliament House and discussed in detail about certain major issues of the BSNL/DOT Pensioners. Letters were handed over by MP as also AIBDPA on these demands.
With regard to 78.2% IDA pension fixation, the issue was explained and it was requested that the Cabinet Note and further actions be speeded up so that the pensioners will get the relief with out further delay. The background was also explained. It was also requested that Pension Revision should be automatic along with wage revision. Minister agreed to favourably consider both the points. Then he stated that he is getting a large number of SMS from pensioners on these issues and is it a planned action. We told that no such decision has been taken by our union, but it proves that the pensioners are restless and decision should be taken urgently.
With regard to restoration of Medical Allowance to BSNL pensioners and allotment of staff quarters at reduced rate instead of market rate, he agreed to consider the same. The Minister stated that he has got the letter from the Forum for a meeting with him and that such a meeting will be arranged along with the DOT officers. The Minister stated that government is making all out efforts to improve the financial position of BSNL and MTNL. We pointed out that the Forum is on a Save BSNL Campaign and the unions are taking all actions for the revival. Com.Namboodiri requested that such a meeting be held early. He agreed. The meeting was very cordial and the Minister patiently heard all our points. Thanks to Com. Sankar Prasad Datta, MP, for arranging the meeting.