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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Will the Class I Federation make the list public?‏


My telephonic interaction with a few pre-August 1997

retiree-members of the  affiliate Associations of  the Class I

retirees' Federation indicate that Mr G N Sridharan,

Gen, Secy has assured them that he proposes to furnish

the full list of pre-August 1997 retiree members to

LIC irrespective of their fulfilling the criteria laid down

by LIC in its letter dt 6/7/2015 to the Federation.



My information is that there is no official communication by way of a circular from the Federation in regard to the steps taken by the Federation for securing interim relief to its members as per the SC order dt 7/5/2015.
  • Will the Federation come out with the list furnished to LIC CO in public domain so that eligible members will satisfy themselves  that their names find a place in the list and any omissions can be brought to the notice of the Federation?
The more crucial point that emerges is that if the Federation  has furnished the  complete list of pre-August 1997 retiree members,whether LIC will act on the list. In all probability, they will not. To my knowledge at least one affiliated Association,viz,.Cuttack Association was formed in 2010 and if the names of members of that Association have been furnished,we can expect LIC not to consider them eligible for payment of interim relief.

The better course for the Federation would have been to reply to LIC that as the Delhi HC  judgment was  for payment of benefits in rem the Federation had no list to furnish and that LIC could act according to the judgment by reference to its own  pensioners' records.Instead it has walked into the trap laid by LIC to successfully escape from charges of contempt of Supreme Court orders.Ultimately the gap between the interim relief payment and the potential final relief is narrowing every day with pensioners' mortality taking its toll.

With greetings,
C H Mahadevan