It is gathered that as of now a list consisting of 1266 pre-August 1997 retiree members of the Federation has been submitted to the Central Office by the Federation. From the above circular it is clear that the Federation is not quite hopeful of a positive response from LIC .
It is gratifying to note that “Should LIC fail to implement fairly and appropriately, we will be vigilant and bring matters to the attention of Hon'ble Supreme Court at the right time.”
But I am sure that the Federation is aware that that the right time should be the earliest time before 23/9/2015 which is now hardly 22 days away.
The best opportunity for the Federation to expose before the Supreme Court the arbitrary approach adopted by LIC to avoid complying with the Supreme Court’s order of 7/5/2015 will be available on 7/9/2015 when the IA filed by Chandigarh petitioners comes up for hearing. The Federation’s counsel should also vehemently submit before the Supreme Court the audacity of LIC in not only not complying with the SC order of 7/5/2015 within the deadline of 6 weeks, but also its high- handedness of adding its own arbitrary conditions for the Federation submitting the list of eligible members over the head of the Supreme Court order. If the Federation’s counsel does not use this golden opportunity to drive home our points forcefully in this regard, ‘the right time’ will not arrive in time and the Federation’s having submitted the list would turn out to be a wasteful exercise.
Let us hope that the Federation would definitely not like its eagerly waiting members to suffer by default.
C H Mahadevan