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BSNL Employees Oppose Government Decision to Freeze DA Hike

File photo of the BSNL office.

File picture of the BSNL workplace.

All India BSNL-DOT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA), representing multiple lakh of pensioners retired from Department of Telecom and BSNL.

  • PTI
  • Last Updated: April 25, 2020, 11:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Current and retired staff of BSNL have opposed the federal government’s determination to freeze dearness allowance (DA) for 18 months, beginning January 1, 2020.

All India BSNL-DOT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA), representing multiple lakh of pensioners retired from Department of Telecom and BSNL, on Saturday mentioned that their members have already contributed to the Prime Minister and Chief Minister’s reduction funds based on their capability and deduction will put pensioners to excessive issue.

The BSNL Employees’ Union (BSNL EU) referred to as the transfer a retrograde motion and a “big attack on the livelihood of the central government employees and pensioners” whereas denouncing the motion of the federal government.

Both our bodies alleged the federal government of favouring corporates by means of giving mortgage waivers, tax rebates, and so on and questioned the choice of DA freeze which adversely impacts many low revenue staff.

“Government has waived bad loans worth Rs 5.5 lakh crore. An overwhelming portion of these bad loans were defaulted by the big corporates. By waiving the bad loans so massively, the government had only facilitated the big corporates to loot people’s money. In view of the foregoing, BSNL EU wishes to state that the DA freeze imposed on the central government employees and pensioners is most unjustified,” BSNL EU mentioned.

AIBDPA mentioned that the government-run BSNL has stopped medical allowance and reimbursement of medical remedy bills for the final two years on the plea of lack of funds and the pensioners are dependent upon their meagre pension.

“Many of these pensioners draw minimum pension which is insufficient even for day to day expenses. It is at this crucial time that the decision to freeze DR (dearness relief) for 18 months has been issued. This amount will increase according to the increase in pension which will put the pensioners to extreme difficulty,” the retired staff’ physique mentioned.

According to AIBDPA, the DR lower can be about Rs 17,000 (for the 18-month interval) or extra for a pensioner getting about Rs 10,000 month-to-month pension.

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