We are at the crossroads. And it is the one decision that we take now, that will determine the course of our future as pensioners of BSNL/MTNL/DOT. A ‘for sale board’ has been stuck on BSNL/MTNL. Huge numbers of working employees have been forced out of the Companies they have so proudly and brilliantly served for decades. Our future is at stake. You might recollect that it is we, and we alone, who intensely struggled for getting informed choice comprehensively about our basic and legitimate service conditions like payscales, pay fixation, weightage for past service, both time-bound policy and BSNLMSRR for functional promotion etc. And of course, assured pension under 37-A. It was at one such stage that we had to take the decisive action to form BSNLEA and then the mighty SNEA. When all others wagged their tails to the tune of the masters, we took up the challenge and ensured a more or less safe passage into the new entities. When all others formed Pensioners’ Associations, we hesitated because we did not feel the necessity to form our own pensioners’ Association just to boast of one or to occupy positions of power.
But it is now or never. Like the one which compelled us to plunge into the formation of SNEA, we are aware that it is once again time to take up the cudgels and stage the fight that is called for at the moment. Lest, posterity condemns us for our inaction and inertia. Today thousands are coming out as pensioners and it is our duty to protect their rights and privileges, before everything is lost.
We have total faith in your loyalty. And most of us will never feel at home in any other place other than what we have considered our own home for some time now. Yes, we are greatly privileged to serve you as humble servants of Sanchar Nigam Pensioners’ Welfare Association which will cater to all retirees of BSNL/MTNL/DOT. We welcome everyone to our fold. But we are greatly honoured to have the full support and confidence of the working and retiring members of the SNEA. Our organizing Comrades have swung into full action in most Circles in the country. In others, units are coming up at a fast pace. The huge response all over the country provides great impetus and additional springs to our feet. Yes, Comrades, we are agile. We shall not sleep. But fight to the end. On behalf of our deserving members. History is behind us and this time too it will repeat. Because we will work ‘HAND IN HAND, SHOULDER TO SHOULDER’. We will come together and work for the welfare of our members, at a time when it is most wanted. We will go further and defeat the forces of disruption and put in every effort to protect our beloved BSNL/MTNL.
I am extremely happy that today we are commissioning our website www.snpwachq.com with the latest technology and the most modern features. This will be the organ of communications with our members. This will also be a tool for your response and suggestions.