Shri C.H.Mahadevan is consistent and eloquent in exposing the management’s reluctance to implement the verdict in M C Jain case to similarly placed pensioners who were in active service on 1-8-1992 when the revised pay scales came into force. These pensioners at one time were 100 in number and who were eligible but due to deaths the number has shrunk to around 80.
There has been enough parleys between the management and Officers union on this issue and the management’s dodging and ducking indicate that they are insensitive to what is legitimately due to this small number of aggrieved pensioners who are in the twilight of their lives and they are pursuing their own philosophy, let them go to the court and we will see them there. In this scenario it is felt by our leaders that knowing that the wheels of the judiciary is grinding slow rushing to legal remedy should be the last resort and one wonders how many more parleys are needed to get the management to act amicably and in good spirit especially when the financial outlay involved is a pittance to the mammoth gigantic financial institution. Incidentally the aggrieved pensioners are helpless due to their advanced age and age related incapacities to fight for their right individually thus leaving the option for the leaders to think of a legal solution and should any finance is required this small number of aggrieved pensioners would not hesitate to gang up and come forward if a call is given. In the present context this appears to be the one and only solution left to wriggle out of the situation.
I am constrained to quote here although reluctantly what the National litigation policy says as it has become now hocus pocus :Government is not an ordinary litigant and that a litigation does not have to be won at any cost. The philosophy that matters should be left to the courts for ultimate decision has to be discarded.