Here’s what’s on offer for employees seeking VRS at BPCL

  • The scheme, which opened on July 23, will close on August 13 and employees will be able to withdraw their VRS application on or before August 20

  • The overall VRS grant shall be limited to a certain overall number of employees through adequate proportionality among cadres and age bands

New Delhi: Ahead of its privatisation, oil major BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd) has offered a VRS (voluntary retirement scheme) to employees above the age of 45 years “with a view to enable employees, who are not in a position to continue in service of the Corporation due to various personal reasons,” the VRS offer document accessed by PSU Watch showed. The scheme, which opened on July 23, will close on August 13 and employees will be able to withdraw their VRS application on or before August 20.

Criteria for seeking VRS for BPCL employees

The criteria for deciding on the applications would comprise of three main factors — age, academic qualifications and performance, as reflected in PMS/Annual Performance Appraisal in case of workmen, the document said. The document, however, added that the VRS applications will be approved in a way so that adequate manpower is maintained across all cadres and grades for the smooth running of the Corporation. The overall VRS grant shall be limited to a certain overall number of employees through adequate proportionality among cadres and age bands of applicants, along with applying the VRS index, the VRS scheme said.

“Employees of all cadres above the age of 45 who do not secure the minimum eligibility score of 5 (five) for VRS approval and who are facing any severely grave personal circumstances related to Self or Spouse/children which hamper him/ her from effectively discharging their duties, etc. will be provided an additional consideration, subject to a maximum of twenty five persons all India,” the document stated.

The VRS compensation

The BPCL employees opting for VRS would receive a compensation payment equivalent to two months’ salary for each completed year of service or the monthly salary at the time of voluntary retirement, multiplied by the balance months of service left before normal date of retirement on superannuation, whichever is less. “Compensation for any part period served in a year will be worked out on pro-rata basis. The salary drawn as on date of release shall be reckoned for this purpose,” the document said.

The VRS scheme also said that employees will be eligible for a notice pay of 30 days if the due notice is not given. In addition, repatriation expenses will also be paid in case of retirement. BPCL employees who opt for VRS will also be eligible for medical benefits under Post Retirement Medical Benefit Scheme, if they are not gainfully employed anywhere else.

Provident Fund, gratuity and benefits under Group Saving Linked Insurance Scheme would be paid as per rules of the respective schemes. However, those seeking VRS will not be eligible for Monthly Ex-Gratia payment under ‘Monthly Ex-Gratia Scheme’ (MEGS), as well as Scheme for Felicitation of retired employees.

The backdrop

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the sale of BPCL in November last year. Initially, the last date for EoI submission was May 2, but it was extended to June 13 and then to July 31. The number of shares that the government is looking to sell off stands at 1,14,91,83,592, DIPAM had recently said in a clarification to queries raised by bidders. The disinvestment of Numaligarh Refinery Ltd will be completed before the closing of BPCL privatisation process, DIPAM has said.

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