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Monday, March 07, 2016

Agnihotri's statement not the whole truth


I have seen Shri Agnihotri's statement just published in Chronicle. His statement inter alia mentions "AIRIEF has been demanding for the ‘Pensioners Portal’ on the lines as it is provided for others viz. employees, Developments Officers, Agents, etc. where the pensioner may have access to the details like address, nomination, amount of pension paid, commuted value availed, date of restoration of commuted pension, etc.; in addition to other particulars like various forms and group mediclaim policy, etc. What you have referred to is the part of ‘Down Load Forms’ where pensioner’s page is provided, which contains forms etc. for the use of pensioners and that is not the ‘Pensioners Portal’.

I am just able to locate certain information from Chronicle archives, precisely, Shri Angurajan's report on the Federation's meeting with the Chairman of LIC of India Shri DK Mehrotra published on 28th March 2013 in PC. This statement mentions the following details:-

" Pensioners Portal - Chairman gladly agreed to the same. It is believed, portal will serve several purposes and will be helpful to Office, pensioners and pensioner organizations.

Pensioners List with address. - Pensioners Portal will take care and efforts are taken to introduce and operate soon.

Central Office Circulars pertaining to pensioners - will be posted to Web site or E mail ID." 
TO READ SHRI ANGURAJAN'S REPORT, PLEASE CLICK HERE ) 

LIC's PENSIONERS' PAGE appeared on LIC's portal sometime after this development. Perhaps AIRIEF didn't notice that Shri DK Mehrotra kept his word and introduced a page for the pensioners which has many deficiencies but it is a fact a page for the pensioners exists. It was possible to show this to the present Chairman and ask for improvements. Introducing some links and additional features could have been discussed.

And the AIRIEF I repeat cut a sorry figure when they could not tell the present Chairman past history and improvement sought to be introduced.  

Instead of doing this, the present Circular says AIRIEF 'demanded' a Pensioners Portal and  LIC said "Good suggestion". 

Really a sorry state of affairs, I must say now.

SALIM RAJ KK