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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Parity in Pension between Pre and Post 7th CPC Retirees - Ref. Para No.10.1.53 to 10.1.71


The captioned matter has been dealt with in detail by the Commission in the Para Nos. of its Report given above.

In order to avoid any confusion or hardship to the beneficiaries (Pensioners) the Commission has  also given two worked out Examples as to how the Option 1 and 2 are to be applied to two different cases. In short it is a SPEAKING RECOMMENDATION giving no scope for different interpretations by different parties to the issue as happened in the SC Order for our IR of 20%.

Anticipating delay in collecting relevant data for computing the revised Pension under Option 1, the Commission has also recommended that initially Option 2 may be applied to all Pensioners and the resultant benefit be passed on to them post haste.  Later on wherever necessary Option 1 can be extended on the basis of necessary data collected in due course and the difference paid to them as arrears.

I have no words to express my appreciation of the Commission's Great Humanitarian and Egalitarian  Approach to the Pensioners lot.  How much sympathy and empathy they have shown in their dispensation to the pensioners issue?  Simply Hats off to them.

The  Commission has dealt with the CG Pension subject by retracing the history of CPC right from CPC 1 to CPC 6.   Upto 3rd CPC, the past Commissions' view were  that there was no need to revise the Pension of Past Retirees.  This unjustified and illogical policy was thrown to dust by the 4th CPC and they made a small beginning  to ameliorate the hardships faced by the CG Pensioners with the galloping inflation in the country. This step was further improved by the 5th CPC and followed by the 6th CPC which has gone to the extent of giving quantum jump in the Pension to the very senior pensioners of 80 plus.  These rational thinking of the 4th, 5th and 6th CPC and the recent sanction of OROP to the Veterans  by the GOI have paved the way for the 7th CPC to recommend  the perfection in the Upgradation of pension almost on stage to stage basis to the CG Pensioners.

It is heartening to know from the newspapers that GOI is going to accept the 7th CPC recommendations in toto.   If this news is correct, the GOI has no rhyme or reason to oppose the similar demand of the LIC Pensioners in the SC for we are also the pensioners of the GOI's own Business venture.  Our Counsels have now a more strong case against our opponents in the SC hearing on probably 26th inst for wresting a favourable order from the Hon. Judges.

J.M. ABOOBUCKER