Criticism is being done by certain vested interests that the Recognised Unions are not demanding higher new pay scales. These vested interests are doing nothing for the settlement of wage revision of BSNL employees, but are only trying to confuse the workers and take advantage out of that. It may be recollected that both the Recognised Unions have demanded that the new pay scales should be created by multiplying the existing minimum of the pay scales by 2.52 multiplication factor. But the Management did not accept this. They citied that the 3rd PRC has created the new E-1 pay scale by multiplying the minimum of the existing E-1 pay scale only by 2.4 multiplication factor. With this, the minimum of pay in NE-I pay scale, proposed by the Management, was only Rs.18,600/-. However, both the Recognised Unions have demanded that 2.44 multiplication factor should be applied to determine the minimum of the new pay scales. Both the Recognised Union demanded that the minimum of NE-I pay scale should be Rs.19,000/-, which is more than 2.44 multiplication factor. This is likely to be accepted. We would like to remind the arm-chair critics that in the 2nd wage revision done w.e.f. 01.01.2007, the multiplication factor applied to determine the minimum of the new pay scales was only 1.91 (both in BSNL, as well as in all the PSUs). The arm-chair critics are telling much higher minimum pay scale has been given for the Port and Dock workers. We can only laugh at their ignorance. Port and Dock is a profit making PSU, which cannot be compared with BSNL which is running in loss from 2009 –10. Modi government has declared that BSNL is a loss making PSU, and hence is not eligible for wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017. Only through sustained united struggles of the BSNL employees, the DoT finally has given clearance for starting wage negotiations in respect of the Non-Executives of BSNL. Even today, we have not crossed all the hurdles in the settlement of wage revision. Under such circumstances, comparing BSNL with other profit making PSUs is nothing but laughable. Both the Recognised Unions are determined, as well as more interested, about protecting the interests of all the serving BSNL employees.