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Sunday, December 27, 2015

CHAT-n-CHAT COLUMN COMMENTS - Flood advance to pensioners


27 Dec 15, 07:06 PM


M S RAO: Subbu sir, I can understand ur anguish. I think somewhere in the line some of us have failed in upbringing our children. So today they r not taking care of us properly in our twilight years. Don't U think we should have created a Pensioner's Dept. with an ED heading it & prepared a Pensioner's manual also while we were in power. Let us curse lack of our foresight. In the organisation's dictionary P stands for only Policyholder, not for Pensioner. May I gently remind U PS dept means Policy(holder) Servicing dept. not Pensioners servicing dept.

Ideally in any country / organisation Elders should be taken care of with Hearts not Heads. Alas the current generation has neither Hearts nor Heads. Damn the robotic generation!

27 Dec 15, 07:23 PM

B Ganga Raju: Unable to understand the objection of Shri M S Rao for flood advance to pensioners. Flood is a natural calamity and pensioners in Tamilnadu faced its fury and consequential loss. When I wrote to LICPC I had in mind the plight of pensioners in Tamilnadu only. Shri M S Rao did not approve the idea of any kind of advance to Pensioners. 

The point I raised was about staff getting advance for flood and pensioners not getting the same though they are in the same group of sufferers due to natural calamity.

Some experts may think about the difficulty for LIC to recover the advance in case the pensioner ceases to be a pensioner and if none in the family are entitled to family pension. That contingency can be taken care of by obtaining surety ( as is done in the case of probationers.) The idea that demands for other kinds of advances would flow from pensioners need not scare LIC from helping the flood affected families of pensioners.

In case LIC cannot give flood advance, I came with the idea of helping them from LIC Chairman's Relief Fund, which does not require repayment. No need to think of help from Chairman's Relief Fund as  a " donation." If there is a will to help those in difficulty, a method can always be found.