I refer to the post of Mr G N Sridharan on the above subject.
All of us are aware that for about two years, LIC has been evading extending the benefits of the M C Jain case judgment to .similarly placed retiree Class I Officers .Even Mr M C Jain has not been paid the correct amount but was paid about Rs 12000/- plus only against his entitlement of more than Rs 2lks.Now there is a very strong link between the MC Jain case benefits and the issues arising in the cases to be taken up for hearing by the Delhi High Court. As there is a mandate by Supreme Court that the writ petitions should be decided by Delhi HC latest by 31/8/2016,is it not expedient for the Federation to take up this case legally as a representative body of a large number of retired Class I Officers? .This becomes all the more pertinent especially considering that the MC Jain case judgment has implications of revision of pension from 1/11/1993 for this group of retiree officers even though the others will –if the Delhi HC gives the verdict in favour of the pensioners- benefit by way of revision only in respect of DR anomaly removal and 100% DR neutralization and if more lucky ,by upgradation of pension from 1/8/1997 only.
All the dialogues with LIC Management, with whatever cordiality, is not likely to yield any positive results for pensioners as past experience indicates. Although there has been no valid point made out by the management on why they cannot extend the benefit to the eligible pensioners, there has been no assurance from the management that they will. There is every possibility that LIC will wait till at least 31/8/2016 before taking a decision in the matter. The last option to go to the court should not become the lost option as it is already a case decided in favour of Mr M C Jain in the Apex Court about two years ago. We should also remember that all the MC Jain category retired Officers are octogenarians and the General Secretary himself being an octogenarian will be able to fully appreciate that there is no time to lose in moving legally in the matter.
It can also be explored whether all the Associations/Federations with retired Class I Officers as members can move a single application before the Supreme Court for justice to this category of pensioners by collecting the contribution to the legal fund for the purpose and one Federation/Association managing this fund.
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