Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations and
Patron AIBDPAalong with
Com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary AIBDPA met Shri R.K.Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and
discussed the issues of pensioners as well as the viability of BSNL etc.
The representatives pointed out the undue delay in issue of orders on
78.2% IDA for pensioners. They also stated that the Department of Expenditure
has sought some clarifications from DOT and further delay may take place.They urged the CMD to take necessary steps to
ensure that the pensioners'78.2% IDA
issue is settled at the earliest.
The union leaders also demanded that the medical allowance without
voucher be restored to the pensioners who are put to much difficulties due to
the withdrawal of the same. It was also demanded that DOT Pensioners also be
given the concession on Broad band connections.
Com. Namboodiri suggested certain measures to reduce the expenditure on
electricity, diesel, petrol etc. and as per the decision of the Forum meeting,
proposed that a "Save Electricity / Fuel Month" be observed with
clear instructions to reduce the consumption through effective methods.CMD agreed to consider the same and suggested
that it can be a continued process.
CMD informed that cabinet has taken decision taken to waive the
Notional Loanof Rs.7,500 crore of BSNL,
which will benefit BSNL.The various
efforts being made by the BSNL to improve its financial viability was also
stated by CMD.
The union representatives expressed their strong protest against the
proposed formation of new companies like tower, optical fiber cable, land
assets etc. and demanded that these should be abandoned. CMD BSNL stated that
it is only about the tower company that proposal has been made and that it is
beneficial for BSNL. The staff side did not agree.
The unions also stated that the Welfare Committee and Sports Committee
had not met for more thanone year and
that they should be convened early. CMD stated that this will be convened