We had appealed to all pensioners to relax till the much awaited Delhi HC
judgement is out. It looks that at least one section of pensioners comprised in
the activists of our federation seem to believe that there can be no period of
hibernation for us!! I say so because we have received such a lot of very
useful suggestions from some of them on what we should be doing now. Based on
them we would like to inform all concerned as follows.
1. As any other petitioner(s) we have reasons to anticipate that most of the
reliefs we had prayed for will be granted. Our optimism stems from the fact that
we were one of the earliest parties to have raised our voice in the judiciary
against the discriminatory and draconian rules relied upon by LIC/Govt combine
for denying the pensioners of their legitimate dues. The fact that by the
historical order dt 31/3/2016 we could get the Interim relief adds strength and
logic to our expectations. We, at the same time, realise that at the moment we
cannot predict what exactly would come about. We have therefore decided that a
meeting of office bearers and legal committee members will be convened
immediately after the verdict is delivered by the Delhi HC.
2. A very strong suggestion has been made that we should draw up a road map for
our organisational expansion in unrepresented areas. The need for this
has now become more than ever as we would naturally like that no retired
officer anywhere in the country to be misled by other quarters
masquerading as the champions of retired Class I Officers .The fact is that for
over a decade now we have, by our dedication to their cause, been recognised as
the only representative body for them. We had at length discussed this
matter at the national EC meeting held at Thrissur in November last and I
am seriously in interaction with our office bearers across the country about
acting on our already chalked out programme on this score.
3. Both before and after the Delhi Judgement I have plans to visit a few
centres including Hyderabad for meeting retired officers.
4) It is hoped and expected by us that all the benefits will flow but we
cannot predict the final shape of the verdict. At any rate, there could
be bureaucratic delay and Governmental policy roadblocks handicapping LIC’s
implementation. A good deal of liaison work such as meeting with top
management, interaction at ministerial level, and possibly certain diplomatic
steps, will be the need of the hour
5) Details on this will be intimated in due course. Meanwhile,
we are keeping all options open and will look to suggestions from units as well
as individual members.
GN Sridharan Gen. Secy .Fedn of Retd.LIC Class I Officers' Associations