As much as 40000 Pensioners of PTCL are facing great problems by Denial of Increase in Pension and grant of Medical Allowance announced by Government of Pakistan. You are requested to please give a few lines space in your column to highlight the issue of these old, sick FOURTY Thousand people including widows and orphans throughout the country.
Following are few points to understand our problems:
1-PT&T employees retired as government servants from Pakistan Telegraph and Telephone Department.
2-T&T employees were retired as government employees from Telegraph and Telephone Department.
3-During the transition to PTC, the employees of T&T were transferred to PTC as “Regular Employees”.
4-While PTCL was formed, the “Regular Employees” were retransferred to PTCL on same conditions.Regular Employees had the status of Government Employees and their status could not be changed.
5-The pension increase announced by the Government of Pakistan time to time was applied to all the pensioners irrespective of PT&T,T&T,PTC and PTCL employees till 2009.Every time Government of Pakistan announced annual budget, the increases announced applied on pensioners and there never had been any hindrance to this effect.
6-In 2010 annual budget, GoP announced 15% to 20% increase in pensions and introduced 20% to 25% Medical Allowance to all the pensioners throughout Pakistan .
7-All the departments including Pakistan Railways which is in sheer loss, has implemented these announcement made by the GoP.
8- Ministry of IT& Telecom responsible for its implementation to the PT&T, T&T, PTC and PTCL retired employees failed to do so.
9-After 7-months protests, rallies and correspondence, only 8% pension increase has been made and still the pensioners are deprived of their right to increase in pension and Medical allowance.
10-There are more than 39000 pensioners scattered throughout Pakistan including thousands of Widows and Orphans who are unable to purchase medicine in case of any disease and are bound to even die without any medical treatment.
11-A lot of efforts have been made to highlight this issue before Secretary IT, MD PTET and other government representatives but nothing positive has emerged out of it.
It is therefore requested that please highlight problems of these helpless people. ALLAH will give you more than you even think of as a reward of it INSHA ALLAH.
Thanks in advance,
PTCL Pensioners Action Committee