Govt assures to address demands of BSNL staff

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New Delhi: The Centre on Sunday assured the employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to address their various demands.

The move came after the All India Unions and Associations of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (AUAB) called for a three-day strike starting tomorrow.

The Government (Department of Telecommunications) and BSNL management held discussions with representatives of AUAB to address the various demands raised by the unions and associations.

The Department of Telecommunications continuously emphasised that government recognises the inherent strength and strategic position of BSNL in the Telecom sector in the country, a statement said.

All efforts are being made and will continue to be made, to make BSNL robust and financially viable, it added.

The main demands of AUAB include benefits to executives under the 3rd Pay Revision Committee(PRC) with 15% fitment and to non-executives as per the 8th wage negotiations w.e.f. 01.01.2017, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, revision of pension for BSNL retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017 and delinking of same with pay revision for PRC implementation, and deduction of payment of pension contribution by BSNL on actual basic pay instead of on the highest level of the pay scale.

DoT reiterates that positive steps are being taken by the Department in respect of each of these demands. In fact, for allotment of 4G spectrum, pursuant to decision taken in Digital Communications Commission (DCC) meeting held on 05.02.2019, the issue of spectrum allotment for providing 4G services to BSNL is being referred to TRAI to recommend on the issue of administrative allocation, quantum, price and appropriate frequency band. Further action will be taken on receipt of the said recommendation.

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