We are in the crucial phase of our legal struggle to protect our pensions from erosion of rupee value. The authors or the case managers of the legal battle are literally fighting for posterity than for themselves considering their ages. But what is unfortunately missing is the direction of the struggle for lack of unanimity; understanding and appreciation of vital legal points. Instead they are being carried away by a temperament of ‘I KNOW ALL‘ stand taken. The attitude on the part of the LIC CL.I OFFICERS FEDERATION (G N SRIDHARAN), AIREF (Jaipur) not to talk of champions of class 3 employees AIIPA who are blissfully silent in the entire struggle may be perhaps because of their dogmatic principle that legal recourse is not the solution to the problem and has to be taken up across the table with LIC Management is appalling. Because in the process Govt. gets upper hand to deny what is legitimately due to the pensioners. Now in the horizon, SC willy-nilly threw open an opportunity for most of the pensioners in their twilight of most of their lives, without summarily dismissing all petitions and judgments. It is now up to the prudence of grey haired and nil haired to rise to the occasion and strengthen the hands of those who ever one feels fairly competent to take us to shore even though the group or leadership entered the fray in the very last moment.
Prolonging the battle by filing review petitions in the SC may endanger the sympathy already gained in the corridors of SC and not in the larger interests of vast majority of pensioners. It may be suicidal in the circumstances and limiting the relief to 40% DR arrears to pre 1997 retirees only. I therefore appeal to the conscience and wisdom of the leaders of all organizations to sit together, share fundamentally strong legal points, pool together all resources financial and otherwise and come to a consensus to engage the best in the business of law practice, meet all expenses from a common fund to be created at once by pooling together whatever is collected/to be collected. Ego should have long left all septuagenarians' minds to come together than any other sections of people. Recently formed Hyderabad class1 officers Association has also done commendable job to keep the legal issue live when Supreme Court is inclined to set aside but actually set aside all previous judgments should be the front runner of the platform to be launched. Highly resourceful organization, AIIPA (AIIEA) should join the fray instead of indoctrinating the aged and senile on world economic and domestic intolerance (so called).
G K VISWANATHAM
[Shri G K Viswanatham, Retd. from Vijayawada as Manager (Admn)]