All India BSNL DOT Pensioners Associations Punjab organised a massive convention at Bharat Nagar Chowk exchange building Ludhiana to brief the recently settled issues and to discuss further course of action for the settlement of remaining issues such as restoration of the fix medical allowance and LTC on Thursday.
More than 200 delegates from all corners of Punjab participated in this convention. The convention was addressed by veteran trade union leader and patron Namboodari who explained sustained struggle conducted by the working employees as well as the pensioners of BSNL for the settlement of long pending demand of 78.2% IDA, Industrial Dearness Allowance merger, hundred percent payment of pension by the government. He told that no doubt, that these long pending issues is settled but still short comings are there in the orders. He told that the benefit of arrears was to be paid from January 1, 2007 but the government is paying the arrears from June 10, 2013 that means the arrears of 6 years and half years will not be paid.
Hence, it will cause huge monetary losses to the pensioners. He told that this battle is won only by support of working employees unions and Associations. He thanked the leaders of unions and associations for their sustained struggles to settle these issues. He told that their main demands included 70% pension at time of retirement in place of present 50% of last pay. He demanded immediate settlement of other issues contained in the demand chart like restoration of the payment of medical allowance and leave travel allowance.
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