BSNL CO issued guidelines for processing of superannuation pension scheme for DR BSNL Recruits.
Call Attention Program Full 30% Superannuation Benefits w.e.f. 01.01.2007, Compensatory Ground Appointment (CGA) and immediate monetary relief to families of the deceased BR Employees
Late Sh. Vijay Kumar Bansal, SDE BSNL (Left for his heavenly abode on 06.05.2022)
AIGETOA CHQ pays its tribute to Late Shri Vijay Kumar Bansal SDE ITPC Chandigarh and vows to carry forward the fight of Proper Social Security Cover of BSNL Recruited Employees to the highest Echelons of Management and apprise the Desperate, Vulnerable and Hopeless situation of the Families of Deceased Employees Recruited by BSNL due to pathetic condition of the ‘Superannuation Benefit Pension Mechanism’ and absence of any other support like CGA/Monetary Support etc. This has lead to the precarious situation to many families of BSNL, after the sole bread winner met any eventuality during the service period. It’s the duty of all of us to Ask for Justice for such families and fulfills our obligation towards our colleagues and their families.
For understanding the issue, we can broadly classify the employees working in BSNL in three Major Categories as detailed:
- Employees absorbed from the DoT, Govt of India and working on regular roll of BSNL. These employees covered through government pension through a special provision of Rule-37A. In the event of superannuation/ retirement or unfortunate demise during the service, the family is entitled for the Govt Pension and well protected financially.
- Employees working on deputation in BSNL and not on regular roll. They can go to their parent government organisation at any point of time and fully covered through Government Pension and entitled benefits.
- The last sets of Employees are those recruited by BSNL both in Executives and Non-Executives categories. This set of Employees doesn’t have Govt Pension and their Social Security is covered through half cooked Superannuation Benefit (SAB) Scheme of 2nd PRC only. BSNL Gazette Notification states to create a Pension Mechanism for BSNL Recruited Employees and 2nd PRC recommended for 30% defined contribution under SAB w.e.f. 01.01.2007 comprising of EPF, Gratuity, PRMB and SAB Pension Fund. But despite of these provisions, BSNL Recruited Employees are getting only EPF-12%, 3% under SAB Pension Fund w.e.f 04.05.2016 which was enhanced to 5% w.e.f 01.04.2017 and 4.8% under Gratuity, which total for 21.8% defined contribution against 30%, a shortfall of 8.2% in quantum and 10 years in the period of implementation w.e.f. 01.01.2007. Whereas the BSNL Gazette Notification provision for Pension since the date of inception of BSNL remained a Non-Starter.
Even the existing 5% SAB Pension Fund, which is managed by LIC, has a backlog of payment causing recurring loss of interest for the delayed payment. As on date the SAB Pension Fund has been cleared only upto March-2021 and more than one year contribution of more than 150 Cr is pending at the end of BSNL.
The above reasons have created a completely insecure situation and acute hardship to the families in case of any eventuality to their sole bread winner and employee recruited by BSNL, a 100% Govt owned CPSE. The only recurring support is coming in the range of Rs 2000-2500 from the existing SAB Pension Fund and similar amount through EPS-1995 provision under EPF. One can understand the suffering of a family and the acute difficulty in managing the household, education and medical in such a peanut amount in case of any sad demise of the employees, when the whole responsibility is pending due to younger age. This is a complete discrimination among various sets of Employees in BSNL and must be raised to resolve the issue relates with humanity. In view of the said precarious situation of BSNL Recruited Executives and Employees, the association has decided to press for their issue by demanding full Social Security Cover and holding various programs to highlight the Cause. All are request to extend their full support.
- Extending Pensionary Benefits to all BSNL Recruits from the date of their joining of service in line with the provisions extended by Government of India while corporatizing the Telecom Operations Part of DoT in the name of BSNL.
- Extend Full 30% SAB as defined Contribution to BSNL Recruits in line with the DPE guidelines of 2nd PRC by enhancing Quantum of SAB w.e.f. 01.01.2007 (Presently Shortfall in SAB is 8.2%). Immediate deposit of full outstanding amount of the ongoing fund with interest.
- Restoring CGA appointments in BSNL and making necessary changes in the CGA policy to bring families of deceased BSNL Recruits in the ambit and make them eligible for CGA appointments.
- Extending immediate monetary relief to families of the deceased BSNL Recruited employees.
CALL ATTENTION PROGRAM
Submission of Memorandum to the Hon’ble Governors at state level by the Circle Team, Hon’ble Members of Parliament by CHQ/Circle/BA Team and to Hon’ble District Magistrates by BA Team across the Country with a request for kind intervention for ensuring Social Security to BSNL Recruited Employees and their Families – 10.06.2022 to 30.06.2022.
Submission of Memorandum to all CGMs/BA Heads across BSNL on – 30.06.2022
Pad Yatra Program to pay tribute to the departed soul of Late Shri Vijay Kumar Bansal Ji and raise the issue of Social Security to BSNL Recruited Employees under the aegis of Punjab Circle Team through Colleagues, Well Wishers and Family Members – Starting on 20th June’2022 from the Circle Office Campus, Chandigarh and reaching to BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi on 30th June’2022 and Submission of Memorandum to the Hon’ble CMD BSNL.
Twitter Campaign on Social Security to BSNL Recruited Employees – 07.07.2022
If the concerned authorities do not come forward and provide complete resolution of the issue by 30th September 2022, the AIGETOA CHQ will be forced to start the program of Hunger Fast till final Resolution of Superannuation Benefit Issue – Hunger Fast w.e.f. 01.10.2022.
GS AIGETOA served a Call Attention Program to the CMD BSNL to extend Full 30% Superannuation Benefits w.e.f. 01.01.2007, Compensatory Ground Appointment (CGA) and immediate monetary relief to families of the deceased BSNL Recruited employees.
GS AIGETOA has reached out to the CMD BSNL and demanded to honour the commitment given to deposit Pending SAB Pension Fund Amount of the period Sep’2020 to March’2022 and make the Fund up-to-date latest by March’2022. In his communication, he reminded that Employees are continuously playing their part by exploring all possible means to maximize the collection despite of all constraints with the association constructive role and accordingly we are getting news of good collection in this month. But now it’s the turn of BSNL Management to look into one of our most sensitive demands dealing with the Social Security of 40000 plus BSNL Recruited Employees (Executives and Non-Executives) and their dependent Families. We also demanded to recoup the interest of lost period to compensate the losses.
Even though late, the changes of AIGETOA as Recognised Representative Executive Association is visible on each and every front. On Continuous persuasion and various efforts , finally the SAB pension settlement started to run for the eligible employees. Click here for the list circulated to circles on the same. The dues of SAB contribution affected the lower emoluments. if the Scheme got started as per Clause 23 Rule-37A from date of joining of each BSNL recruit employee, at the time BSNL was in profit conditions the contribution and emoluments would have been different. Anyway AIGETOA believe practical results and once the same started rolling, further improvements and additions are possible. We thank our respected CMD, Dir HR and entire management for starting the same as committed in various meetings with AIGETOA.
The OA for demanding the full SAB dues wef date of joining filed by AIGETOA in the name of Association, also admitted at Hon CAT Ernakulam. The earlier case was filed by members of AIGETOA as individuals to avoid complexity in case of rejection as SAB can be termed as individual benefit also and it was required to be done before 3rd PRC implementation. That case was admitted and DPE as well as BSNL submitted its reply. Now after becoming majority recognised association, AIGETOA filed a fresh application also at Ernakulam to expedite the process and to cover all the BSNL Recruits irrespective of association or grade as beneficiary.
After initial admission, The case was posted on 01.07.2021.
Today BSNL Standing counsel admitted that there are definite dues towards SAB contribution and due to paucity of funds, the same has not been extended. Hon’ble Tribunal has directed BSNL to submit a statement showing the amounts due as per the existing scheme in two weeks time. During hearing Hon Court also observed that the said amount cannot be denied or delayed and needs to be paid without any delay.
Dear friends, in the membership change window season, long long writeups are coming from various groups containing CR of AIGETOA association in the last 10 months of being majority. Though it’s laughable and ridiculous that people who were in the helm of the affairs for more than two decades are writing CR of AIGETOA and its leadership for the last 10 months. We also wish to inform that some splinter groups are also in quest for defaming AIGETOA.
However, we once again reiterate that we will reply all these people and splinter groups through action and results. Things have been delayed because of reasons beyond our control and not because of lack of intent or initiative.
We once again leave it to people to exercise their conscience and recognise what is good and what is bad..
Our legal team is on Job for replacement of E1 Pay Scale by E2 pay scales as entry level JTO/JAO scales. We already have obtained an stay on degradation of Pay Scales in JTO RR and very soon we will be apprising you about some good news on that part also.
We extend our special accolades to AIGETOA Kerala Legal Team who are taking this issue from front under the guidance of AIGETOA CHQ.
Team AIGETOA CHQ continuously monitor the SAB contribution and it’s timely deposit with various authorities in the management and LIC for updation. Now the last contribution made in Dec-2020 by the BSNL has been updated in the SAB account. All BSNL recruited employees are requested to go though the portal and verify their SAB account updated contribution.
Flash News: The pending contribution of SAB payment upto Nov, 2019 has been deposited to LIC with the efforts of AIGETOA. This payment was pending since August-2019 but now cleared upto Nov-2019. It has been assured that the remaining payment will also be deposited in phased manner. We are working on it and we will get it upto date very soon.
Facts check on Missed Chances of E2/E3 Pay Scales and the role of proclaimed SENA in denying the E2 scales for JTOs/JAOs
Dear Friends , Request Your patient reading/ hearing on the actual matters on the justied demand for E2/E3 standard Pay scales of BSNL Executives.
Decide Yourself Who are the Villains Behind the curtains. Click here
Fact Check on LICE Residency period reduction and MSRR clause which discriminated BSNL Diploma holder JEs who became JTO through LICE
Dear Colleagues, Please spare few minutes to hear some facts about some facts on LICE Residency period reduction and MSRR clause which discriminated BSNL Diploma holder JEs who became JTO through LICE.
Decide Yourself Who are the Villains Behind the scenes. Click here
Fact check on how legacy associations denied 30% SAB for BSNL Recruits
Dear Colleagues, Please spare few minutes to hear some facts about actual status of SAB for BSNL recruits. A sheet with factual Documents also shared along with an excel calculator to findout the loss of each JE/JTO/JAO from their date of Joining and wef 01-01-2007 separately (Open in MS excel enable macros & input your cadre/date of joining)
SAB Document. Click here
SAB Loss Calculator. Click here
Fact check on who has eaten away your promotional avenues with false hope of implementing CPSU hierarchy Policy:
Proclaimed SENA is giving false impression that all is well with CPSU but the fact remains that BSNL itself has submitted in an affidavit in court that CPSU is still in proposal stage and has not yet been finalised for implementation. One side they ate away posts in the name of CPSU policy and on the other side policy itself is not final.
So see and decide who ate away your promotions.