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Friday, April 08, 2016


Dear Editor,

The much awaited Judgement delivered on 31 March 2016 by Justice Dipak Misra is now available in black & white. 

While we can expect dozens of interpretations, scores of comments and hundreds of opinions on the implications of the Order, I hasten to congratulate the entire LIC Pensioner community for the UNPRECEDENTED Order handed down by Justice Misra, at a time and under such circumstances when we could have been languishing for ever, having gone down the drain, irretrievably. 

I am flooded with calls and queries by all categories of Pensioners. Well, the written Order is fully on expected lines as far as I am concerned and as reported by me on 31 March 2016. The other versions by or on behalf of, the other stakeholders have been proved wrong wholly or partly. 

I have been discussing with Sri Mahadevan and we both analysed the Order jointly. The following points emerge clearly.

1. The Jaipur Judgement (and the other two along with it) has been set aside. 

2. I wonder if there is a precedent in the annals of judicial pronouncements, when certain relief is granted to the 'losing petitioners' after setting aside the Judgement - a relief which is not appealable.

3. Interim relief is granted to the most deserving section of the Pensioners. They stand to gain in two ways - the amount ordered earlier has been doubled and it now covers ALL, who are  ‘similarly placed’. Obviously the Apex Court came to their rescue in a big way while on both the counts, these pensioners were badly disowned or let down by their own leaders

4. The post- Aug 97 retirees are genuinely aggrieved (that the up-gradation has not been conceded) but they should realize that they now got a fresh lease of life, to plead their case afresh in a fool-proof manner.     
  
When everything could have been lost,
virtually nothing is lost.
The little time gap could be used to pool all resources,
human & intellectual, if not financial.
Let us grab the opportunity provided to us to work and ensure that the final victory is ours.