COM. ANUPAM KAUL, Our AGS, reports from New Delhi:
I visited BSNL CO today and met officers to pursue our pending issues
1. SENIOR DDG SR -
I apprised him that our Association had received requests from different circles for allowing VRS 19 retirees to retain their quarters in view of COVID 19 pandemic. I explained that it is impossible for them to vacate their quarters during this pandemic . Handed over letter written by our GS on the subject.
He appreciated our concern and assured that action would be taken on our letter on humanitarian grounds. I requested him to expedite the matter so that the anxiety of our members is removed at the earliest
CAUTION......I Saw many representations in his Dak pad where the allottees have requested retention of quarters and written that they are ready to pay HRA at the time of retirement plus licence fee. Such representations have a negative impact on our bargaining power.
2 . GM budget
I met G M Budget BSNL CO Mr . Bhatt and conveyed our dismay on reported development in which retirees have not been paid pending Medical bills . He conveyed that henceforth a substantial amount of funds have been/will be assigned for pending Medical bills of employees and the whole back log will be completed in a few months . He told me that pending Medical bills of empanelled hospitals will also be paid so that indoor cash less facility is restarted. He informed that the reimbursement of CGHS fees for retirees is being augmented and many of them have been reimbursed the CGHS charges. I Requested him not to ignore the interests of retired employees .
3 DGM Admin BSNL CO.
Since GM Admin was on leave today, I met DGM Admin and enquired him the status of orders from BSNL CO regarding treatment of Covid 19 patients in BSNL empanelled hospitals . He intimated though the matter has been discussed , but no orders have been issued so far by BSNL CO. He was personally handed over a letter written by our GS on the subject. We explained that CGHS authorities have issued several letters on the subject in addition to guide lines from all state Govts.
He informed that he will take necessary action Immediately.
This is a difficult situation .All empanelled hospitals are pressing BSNL management for payment of pending bills worth crores of Rupees. It is learnt that BSNL will make payments to these hospitals so that some cordial relations are ensured Then only BSNL will be able to issue covid Guidelines .....is my assessment
We appreciate the efforts made by our AGS Com. Anupam Kaul today. He is staying in Noida ,UP W and in Containment Area. He had to engage a car exclusively , get it sanitized in his presence and go to Corporate Office due to repeated enquiries from all parts of the country. He could thus bring some cases to the notice of senior officers. We are thankful to Com. KAUL for his services taking lot of risk. Let us wait and see the results.
P Gangadhara Rao GS