: The joint forum of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited / Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (BSNL / MTNL) Unions and association members staged a demonstration in front of telegram office on WGC road here on Tuesday in support of their demands.

I. Linga Bhaskar, president of the joint forum, said as per an agreement, 78.2 per cent of Industrial Dearness Allowance should be merged with payment benefits of all employees.

As per the agreement reached on June 12, 2012 with the BSNL management on implementation of the merger, the employees of BSNL should be entitled to receive payments with merger benefits but it had failed to implement it. The existing Industrial Dearness Allowance of 68. 8 per cent for the employees should be enhanced to 78. 2 per cent. The BSNL employees would stage dharna on February 15 insisting the management on implementing the merger, he said.