Speech of Com.P.Udyasuriyan, OS(South), AIBSNLEA at Chennai Meeting on 5.12.2017
BSNL Board has recommended 3rd PRC with 15 % fitment benefits and forwarded to the Secretary, DOT on 13.11.2017 for approval and issuance of Presidential Orders.
But the Officers sitting in the helm of affairs in DOT are written so many queries and stating that the BSNL is becoming Sick and Loss making PSU. They also intimated our Leaders during discussion that the Revenue and Operating Profit of BSNL is in decline trend in the current Financial Year 2017-18 and no budgetary support will be given by the DOT to BSNL in this regard. “Our Leaders requested Additional Secretary DOT to consider payment of pension contribution on actual basic instead of maximum of the pay scales.
AST mentioned that the BSNL’s proposal in this regard was considered and decided that DoT can not recommend payment of pension contribution on actual basic instead of maximum of the pay scale to DoE in view of the fact the pension contribution paid by BSNL for their employees is on different substantive grade pay scales and thereafter the employee is being retired in higher scale. So initially the pension contribution was paid in lesser amount to DoT as per the lower scale. Our Leader further pleaded that the 6th CPC in the year 2006 had recommended Pension contribution to be taken on actual basic pay of the employee. In view of that, it should be considered on actual basic but AST was firm on his decision”
BSNL CMD and our Association Leaders have written so many letters in this regard to Secretary, Expenditure since our 3rd PRC commitment can be managed from the excess amount of Pension Contribution paid to DOT to the tune of Rs.2000 Cr. from 1.1.2017 on wards.
BSNL is not getting any financial support from the Govt. and regulating the tariffs in Telecom Sector of the country. BSNL has paid more than Rs. 2 lakh Crores to the Govt. in terms of license fee, taxes dividend etc after its inception. Against the notional loan of Rs. 7500 Crores, BSNL has paid Rs.14,000 Crores as interest @ 14.5% to DoT. After its formation, BSNL has never been given any financial support by the Govt. rather BSNL is implementing Govt. prestigious projects for example NOFN, NFS, LWE, etc. without getting much profit. In 3rd Pay Revision Committee report some relaxation in the affordability clause to some specific PSUs have been recommended.
Our demand is BSNL is also to be exempted from affordability clause since as per the Para 5 of the 3rd PRC committee recommendations and as per the Telecom Policy 1999, BSNL has been formed to meet out the specific agenda of Government of India. i.e. providing Telecom Services without any budgetary support and BSNL is paying License Fee, Spectrum charges, and other charges as per the order of the Government of India from time to time deviating to the agreed principles on 01/10/2000.
BSNL which was making profit earlier has gone at loss due to wrong policies of the Government of India and it now started turning around due to combined efforts of Employees and Management
Due to the Combined efforts of the Employees and Management BSNL Operating profit increased by six fold jump i.e., from Rs.672 crore in the preceding year to Rs.3855 crore in 2015-16. We urged our Members to take the responsibility of the journey. It is the time to remain all the Unions and Associations unite and make the BSNL to regain its original glory and continue to process of revival.
So as to impress upon and pressurise the DOT and Govt.of India, all the BSNL Unions and Associations come together and announced a Clarian Call for the Conduct of two days strike on 12th & 13th December’2017 to get implemented the 3rd PRC report in BSNL with 15% fitment benefit and to stop the formation subsidiary Tower Company . Hence I request all Comrades on behalf of AIBSNLEA to keep aside all the differences at this crucial juncture and to conduct the Strike with 100 % participation.