Missing the wood for Trees
(Issue of Pay and Pension Revision)
AS I also came from an organizational background having a minimum of 40 years service- so well trenched in organizational life, I should agree that no organization can tolerate people making it a debating society after some decisions taken. The grammar that prevails there is, if endless debate then it will be a sure way to disunity. But decisions are subject to change, when leadership is open to hear the strong views that are coming even from microscopic minority.
This Piece is with good intention to strengthen the hands of leaders of BSNL both Unions and Associations, not to question their wisdom or their best efforts.
Almost all the Unions and Associations are having near unanimity for delinking Pension revision from Pay revision. Some Associations and some individuals in some organizations are for both pay and thereby pension revision.
It is reported by most of the Associations that DOT has sent its proposals for Pension revision with IDA merger on 1-1-2017 and with no fitment benefit. Though CMD of BSNL pleaded for both Pay and Pension Revision, his views were not considered as on date. Also reports are coming that DOPPW was not rejected the Proposal.
Though thankful for DOT sending its proposal, some associations expressed their disappointment on hearing zero percent fitments benefit which according to them no benefit. It is also reported that DOT addressed their apprehension saying that there will be some benefit even in this zero fitment because the pension revision will be atleast having 50 % 0f the minimum of respective pay scales- I repeat here ‘minimum of the Pay scales ‘. The Pay scales they mention here is 3rd PRC scales only. This means DOT have to approve/take the 3rd PRC scales for BSNL Executives for their pension revision- that is applicability of 3rd PRC scales to BSNL also.
Though all are happy to see that some said proposal for Pension revision is gone without linking it with pay revision, they differ in their demand regarding the issue of fitment- some for 7th CPC 2.515 multiples and some other for 3rd PRC 15 % fitment.
7th CPC has its own lower pension ceiling 9000 and Upper Pension ceiling ( 50 % of 2.5 lakh) which will be made applicable to BSNL absorbed pensioners also when Pension revision takes place for them.
How then DOT is assuring a different minimum other than the spelt 9000- that is the minimum of the pension revision (even with zero %) will not be less than corresponding 50 % of the minimum of the new 3rd PRC scales. There is a basis for this and precedence for this. This means for Pension revision we need some new pay scales and that pay scales are 3rd PRC scales – that is pension revision proposal is linked with the Known new Pay scales.
For NE pensioners unless the corresponding Pay scales are not prescribed well before Pension revision, then how they can get the same benefit of Executives – that is the benefit of getting pension after revision, not less than the 50 % of the minimum of the corresponding new scales.
For prescribing NE new pay scales, BSNL management should seek some agreement with the recognized unions and Unions may press that their pay scales should address the same yardstick as that of Executive pay scales and to avoid stagnations - that is they should reflect subsuming 15 % fitment.
So unless NE wage agreement is there and approval of DOT the administrative ministry for that scales is there, pension revision for them is not possible. It is nothing but wage revision agreement. So without wage revision agreement- that is without their new pay scales, it is difficult to have pension revision for them.
Otherwise NE pensioners should satisfy with the 7 th CPC Lower 9000 ceilings and should lose the different minimums connecting the new pay scales.
My appeal is let us not miss what is specially given to us in the 15-3-2011 Pension revision order for BSNL absorbed pensioners during 2nd PRC.
I quote the para which one need to be taken care of apart from 7th CPC ceilings. This was not the case of CG pensioners for their pension revision
DOT OM dt 15-3-2011
Sub :Revision of Pension of Pre 2007 pensioners/ FP of BSNL
4.2 The fixation of pension will be subject to the provision in no case shall be lower than 50 % of the minimum of the in the pay scale corresponding to the pre revised pay scale from which the BSNL pensioner had retired
4.4 The lower and upper ceiling on pension shall be Rs 3500 and 45000 respectively
In the Annexure
It speaks specific minimum pension for the respective corresponding specific pay scales.
They have given for NE 1 to NE 11 and for Executives E1A to E9 A
Minimum revised Pension for NE
NE 1 – 3880, NE 2 3920, for 3 - 3950, for 4- 4075, 5- 4350, 6- 4510, 7- 5450, 8-6260, 9- 6800, 10- 7450, 11- 8185 ( This is apart from the 6th CPC minimum lower ceiling 3500)
E1A-8200, E2A- 10300, E3-12450, E4- 14550, E5-16450, E6-18300, E7- 21600, E9 and E9A -31000
The Unions and Associations should not miss that para 4.2 of DOT OM 15-3-2011 for this time also to get specific minimum pension after revision as per specific new scale.
As per the DOT assurance the Executives may get if pension revision order issued, their minimum revised pension will be as that of
E1 20000, E2- 25000, E3- 30000, E4- 35000, E5-40000, E6-45000, E7- 50000, E8 60000, E9 -75000 for CMD- 1,00,000
For NE we need new scales to have this benefit.
I hope leaders of both Unions and Associations will take this piece in proper sense to get things clarified, when they again approach DOT officers
21-09-2022 10 hrs
- R Pattabiraman TN