Convener PTCL Retired Officers Welfare Association, Attaur Rehman urged Chief Justice to take ‘Suo moto’ action against non-compliance of 15 percent increase in pension and 20 percent in medical allowance of about 39,000 retired PTCL officers and employees by the Pakistan Telecommunication Employees Trust (PTET).
In a statement, the pensioners of telecommunication are erstwhile Pakistan Telegraph and Telephone department employs whose services were transferred to PTC and PTCL under Telecom Reorganization Act 1996.
The provisions to safeguard their pensioners’ benefits were covered by formation of Pakistan Telecommunication Employees Trust (PTET) and the federal government was the guarantor of their rights. The PTET had been disbursing pensions and benefits like notified of increases by the government to its pensioners consistently since its formation to date.
The government has announced increase of 15 percent in pension and on top medical allowance by 20 percent of gross pension effective from July 1, 2010 in federal budget 2010-11. The government pensioners have started receiving the increase announced in federal budget since July 1, this year.
The telecommunication pensioners have not received any increase in the announced pension so far and more than 39,000 pensioner’s families are affected by this delay on the part of PTET.
It must be realized that the increase in pension by the government was done to ameliorate the hardships faced by the pensioners due to extreme inflation in prices.
Apparently, so far the PTET failed to issue notification for the announced increase in pension benefits as notified by the federal government. The telecommunication pensioners are feeling this lapse on the part of PTET as a deliberate attempt to sidestep increase in pension announced by the government. The PTCL Retired Officers Welfare Association urged that PTET and ministry of Telecom and Information Technology should take notice to issue notification as early as possible and Chief Justice take ‘Suo Moto’ action for the relief of PTCL pensioners, the statement concluded.