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Benefit of Merger of 50% DR effectively amounting to 78.2% for the purpose of revision of pensionary benefits of BSNL IDA pensioners/Family pensioners w.e.f. 10.6.2013

Benefit of Merger of 50% DR effectively amounting to 78.2% for the purpose of revision of pensionary benefits of BSNL IDA pensioners/Family pensioners w.e.f. 10.6.2013


BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LID
(A Government of India Enterprise)
CORPORATE OFFICE
PAT SECTION
Bharat Sanchar Bhawah
H.C.Mathur Lane, New Delhi-01
No.1-19/2012-PAT (BSNL)
Dated:   - June-2014
To Sh.K.S.Dahiya
Under Secretary to Govt. of India
Dept of Telecom,Sanchar Bhawan,
Ashok Road, New Delhi-01

Sub: Benefit of Merger of 50% DR effectively amounting to 78.2% for the purpose of revision of pensionary benefits of BSNL IDA pensioners/Family pensioners w.e.f. 10.6.2013 – reg.


Sir,
I am directed to refer to your office letter No. 40-13/2013-Pen(T) dated 26.09.2013 on the above cited subject and to state that the BSNL Board has approved the extension of benefit of merger of 50% DA effectively amounting to 78.2% w.e.f. the date of approval of competent authority. It was further decided that the issue of payment of arrears will be considered after the company's operations become profitable. However, the Presidential directives issued by DOT on 10.6.2013provide that no arrears will be paid. 


2.             W.r.t. the para (i) of your office letter dated 26.9.2013, BSNL Finance is of the opinion that ' as such BSNL has not issued any order for payment of arrears of pay and allowances on improvement of financial position of BSNL. Hence, the question of booking of liability on this account does not arise. However, contingent liability, in this regard, shall be accounted in the books of accounts of BSNL, provided BSNL issues any order for payment of arrears of pay and allowances on improvement of financial position of BSNL. In this regard, it is to be stated that as per the Presidential Directives issued by DOT on 10.6.2013, it has been provided that ‘No arrears will be paid and the revised fitment on the basis of DPE OM dated 02.04.2009 will be paid with prospectively effect only'. On this issue, a DO letter dated 21.10.2013 (copy enclosed) has been written by CMD BSNL to The Secretary(T), DOT wherein it has been requested that the decision of payment of arrears to the BSNL employees for the period 1.1.2007 to 9.6.2013 may be reconsidered. Accordingly, necessary action w.r.t para (i) of your letter will be taken by this office after the receipt of the instructions for payment of arrears from DOT.

W.r.t. the second issue i.e. the payment of arrear of LS & ,PC to DOT on account of aforesaid revision, it is stated that the proposal for revision of pay/pension is only admissible in respect of absorbed employees (drawing pay in IDA pattern). In respect of absorbed employees, the liability of payment of Leave Encashment on superannuation is solely on BSNL, therefore, payment of arrears of Leave salary contribution to DOT is not required in this case. Further, the Pension contribution in respect of absorbed employees is being paid on the maximum of the respective IDA pay scales. Due to the proposed pay revision, there shall be no change in the pay scale and hence, there shall be no accrual of arrear of Pension contribution.
Encl: As above.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(S.Sinha)
Assistant General Manager (Estt.l)
Tel: 011-23027477


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