Paradise Lost and Not Regained - A Case Study on Pensioners of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (India)
9 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 8, 2011
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, a Government of India controlled Public Sector Unit was christened from the saddle of the Department of Telecommunication, a Central Government organ that was then a part of Posts and Telegraphs Department. When the government of India decided to convert this government department into a public sector unit under the surveillance of Indian Companies Act, 1956, it gave an assurance that the retired employees of Department of Telecommunications who chose to get migrated to BSNL as regular employees shall get pension and other retirement benefits that are due to them under the same pension rules prescribed for the central government employees, but the dearness allowance will be calculated as Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA) instead of Central Dearness Allowance (CDA). This was recorded as a specially amended Rule 37(A) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. In spite of this amendment, the pensioners faced a lot of difficulties in getting their pension settled and this could be achieved only through agitation programs. This article describes the HR and legal issues that are still un-resolved for the erstwhile pensioners of BSNL and also the future uncertainties they may be forced to face.
Keywords: BSNL, Pension, Dearness allowance Central and industrial, family pension, privatization
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