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Sunday, August 23, 2015

OUR PENSION CASES AT CROSS ROADS - CAN WE NOT MEET AND TALK?‏


Dear Sirs,

I have been trying to convince our pensioner-colleagues that ALL OF US, (including the pre-Aug 97 retirees) are victims of sustained raw-deal meted out by LIC & the Government, whatever may be the reasons. While we know the issues involved so well and while we hardly need to convince each other about our respective views and how and where we may differ, I am genuinely surprised that the Corporation is trying to get away without implementing even the well-meant interim Order dated 7 May of the Supreme Court. 

That the Pensioners are a divided house is the only reason that enables the Corporation to deny/delay/avoid mischievously the 20% payment so graciously awarded by the Apex Court. It is indeed unfortunate but true.

It would be a wishful thinking to expect the final hearing scheduled for 23 Sept to lead to some finality of the matters for several more months to come. Imagine the impact on account of UoI's SLPs against the Jaipur Judgement and what toll it can take on the time frame for disposal. The interim directions that the Corporation shall release 20% of the amount as per the impugned judgments pertaining to the High Court, would be as justified and necessary on on 23 Sept as it was on 7 May 2015.

I am visiting Chennai on Wednesday 26th August and hope to meet as many Pensioners as possible. The visit is solely to exchange views on all things relevant and going on currently and to find out if anything can be done that would help the Pensioners at large, before it is too late. I must emphasize that I have no intention, enthusiasm or mental strength to oppose any individual, leader or Organization at this point of time. My efforts are to explore the avenues still left for us, the Pensioners in general, to serve our common cause.

Mr R K Viswanathan who lives at 

Y Block, 81, (Old No 11), 
5th Main Road, Anna Nagar 
CHENNAI 600040 
(Land Line: 044 26210452 
Mobile: +919840652262)

has kindly offered that I can conveniently meet whoever is available and interested, at his place. I will reach there on Wednesday 26th Aug by 10.15 AM. This is to request that you may kindly make it convenient to give me your time and your valuable advice say from 10.30 AM to 1.00 PM. I have my return ticket to leave Chennai at 17.15 Hrs. 

Will be obliged, if you could pass on this request from me to anybody else you may think appropriate. 

M. Sreenivasa Murty