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Dear Comrades,

Pending issues of LIC pensioners – AIIPA’s letter to the Chairman

As part of its organisational initiatives to pursue the issues of the LIC pensioners, AIIPA has written a letter on 19th February 2014 to the Chairman, LIC of India, urging for early solutions without waiting for culmination of the legal process, which is reproduced herein below.

With Greetings,

General Secretary


                                        
Dear Sir,


Long pending issues of LIC pensioners

It is common knowledge that All India Insurance Pensioners’ Association (AIIPA) has been pursuing with perseverence and with weighty arguments and if we can say so, pressurising, presumably to the extent of creating a feeling of annoyance, issues of grant of uniform rates of Dearness Relief, especially to the pre-August 1997 pensioners and enhanced  ex-gratia to pre-1986 retirees, both with the management of LIC and the Government of India.
However the management of LIC, probably at the instance of the government, has been going ahead with its legal pre-occupation and our pleadings to find solutions even before the culmination of judicial process - as not the merits of the issues are under dispute - have  gone unheeded.
We know, now the legal nuances of the issues are set to be decided at the Apex Court, with various SLPs of LIC getting converted into Civil Appeals and the proceedings in the Hon’ble Jaipur High Court having come to an end.
The repeated attempts of invoking contempt proceedings against LIC for non- implementation of the judgement dated January 12, 2010, of the Hon’ble Jaipur High Court,  we have reasons to believe, were some of the contributing factors that had hardened the attitude of the authorities and their deciding against initiating steps to find solutions after the indication of favourable inclination on the part of the Government earlier. However, we are of the firm view that such an attitude should not have been there on the part of the authorities, if it had been so.
With the Contempt Petition  allowed to be withdrawn by the petitioner by the Hon”ble Jaipur High Court, the matter now rests with the Apex Court to decide whether LIC Board Resolution can be implemented without formal amendment of Pension Rules under Section 48 of LIC Amendment Act,1981.
AIIPA has been stressing that LIC has a moral responsibility towards pre-August 1997 pensioners as LIC Board, as early as in November 2001, had decided on uniform rate of Dearness Relief  and LIC has also recognised that the eligibility  for uniform rate of Dearness Relief   is from August 1997 from when, post-August 1997 pensioners became entitled.
Our organisation has also been impressing upon for enhancement of ex-gratia for pre-1986 retirees with no legal implications involved  in the Civil Appeals before the judiciary.
The constant refrain of our organisation for immediate solutions has got fortified now. The methodology for grant of uniform rates of Dearness Relief  now under question  may have to be decided in judicial forum but LIC can immediately ensure that  justice is meted out to pre-August 1997 pensioners by granting the benefit and extending a similar benefit to other pensioners and by enhancement of ex-gratia to pre-1986 retirees.
We feel the management of LIC should not cite pendancy of Civil Appeals as a reason for postponing decisions.
It is an earnest and urgent request from the organisation that LIC respects its decision of the Board, takes steps immediately for its implementation, keeping in mind the deep sentiments and pent up feelings of the pensioners and its moral duty and pave way for immediate solutions of long pending demands.

Thanking You,

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-                                                
(K.NATARAJAN)
General Secretary


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Dear Comrade,

Pensioners splendidly respond and display determination to realise their just demands!

AIIPA heartily congratulates and sincerely thanks the pensioners for their overwhelming response by sending hundreds of postcards to the Finance Minister and exhibiting their firm determination to wrest their just demands. AIIPA also thanks the Pensioners’ Associations for their successfully implementing the Programme of of Action.

The reports reaching AIIPA shows that all the programmes have been successfully observed by the units of AIIPA with the involvement of the pensioners all over the country.

Postcard campaign

In the city of Chennai, utilising the assembly of hundreds of pensioners who had come to collect the mementoes at the Head Office of United India Insurance Company on 26.1.2014 – India’s Republic Day – Chennai Region General Insurance Pensioners’ Association approached every one of them and handed over more than 500 postcards and the text of the matter and requested the pensioners to send the postcard to the Finance Minister and the response from the pensioners was unimaginable. All of them assured to send the same. Similarly, before the LIC Building, Anna Salai, Chennai, a meeting of the LIC pensioners was organised, attended by hundreds of them and the postcards were distributed to them and they readily agreed to send the postcard to the Finance Minister. In the meeting, the letters, which the Pensioners’ Associations were to send to the Finance Minister/LIC/GIPSA, were also read out.

Our ICREA, Hyderabad, distributed hundreds of postcards to the pensioners at their homes and confirmed that more than 500 postcards have been sent by the pensioners.

Our Madurai LIC Pensioners’ Association has reported that they have been able to ensure more than 500 pensioners sent the postcards to the Finance Minster. Our Thanjavur comrades reported that, despite the problem of getting postcards, they have been able to make hundreds of pensioners sent the same. In Dindigul Town, a meeting attended by more than fifty pensioners was organised and Com.R.Narayanan, Veteran Unionist addressed. Similar reports have also been received about the enthusiastic participation of the pensioners in the meetings and also about their active involvement in the programmes.

Pensioners’ Associations write to Finance Minister/LICI/GIPSA

All our Pensioners’ Associations have addressed letters to the Finance Minster/LIC/GIPSA, conveying the strong feelings and the restiveness among the pensioners, urging for immediate resolution of the long pending issues of the insurance pensioners.

AIIPA writes to political parties

AIIPA has also sent a detailed letter to all the political parties at National level like INC, BJP, CPI(M), CPI,NCP, SP, BSP, RJD, DMK, AIADMK, TDP, BJD, JD(S), JD(U), NC, TMC etc., giving the background of the insurance pensioners’ issues and imploring upon them to take up with the concerned authorities for early resolution of the same.

The successful implementation of the programme and the overwhelming response of the pensioners with their active participation and total involvement show the resolve of the pensioners to realise their just demands. We thank the AIIEA and its units for their support and help extended.
 
When the AIIPA meets the LIC officials on 21st February 2014 at Mumbai, the strong and pent up feelings of the pensioners over the inordinate delay of resolution of their issues would be conveyed to them to impress upon them to immediately initiate all measures for early settlement of the issues.


With Greetings,

 

Yours Comradely,

(K.NATARAJAN)
General Secretary

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AIIEA Circular

Dear Comrades,


Please download the attached Circular No.05/2014 dated 15 February 2014.


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AIIEA Circular

Dear Comrades,


Please download the attached Circular No.04/2014 dated 13 February 2014.


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AIIEA Circular

Dear Comrades,


Please download the attached Circular No.03/2014 dated 5 February 2014.


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News

Dear Comrades,


Please find a letter addressed to the management in the attachment.


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AIIEA Circular

Dear Comrades,


Please find Cir No.02/2014 in the attachment.


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AIIEA Circular

LIC Central Office issued guidelines for deputing the LIC employees for election duties.

CO circular no. CO/Per/ER-A/054/2014 dated 15th January 2014 is available on the website of the Personnel Department of Jeevan Sanchar.

These instructions quote the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India which inter alia state that employees of Banks and LIC may be drafted on election duty to the minimum extent possible, and that care should be taken to ensure that the business of these institutions is not hampered.

Please go through the circular of Central Office which places the whole issue in a detailed manner.


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AIIEA Circular

Dear Comrades,


Please find Cir No.01/2014 in the attachment.


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A delegation of AIIEA consisting of Com. Ramesh, Joint Secretary, AIIEA  and Clement Xavier Das, General Secretary of SCZIEF met Shri M.R. Kumar, ED (Personnel) who was on  an official  visit to Hyderabad on 8th January 2014.

The delegation discussed the issues of Wage Revision, One more option for Pension, Recruitment, Improvements in Mediclaim policy (including a floater policy and cashless treatment) and other issues including the residual RPTs issue.

ED (P) informed that LIC management is making all efforts with the Government to clinch the issue of one more option for Pension including the latest effort a week ago.

He also informed that recruitment process for Assistants is being worked out and the legal issues are being sorted out in this area.

He also informed that improvements in Mediclaim policy are being addressed and that the CO would be discussing with the insurer on this issue.

On the issue of wage revision, he said that LIC is  in touch with government on this issue for starting the discussion.

On the issue of residual RPTs, he informed that the issue will be reviewed further.

The issue relating to Asansol/Burdwan temporary employees was also discussed and the delegation also stressed upon the need for Class IV recruitment in the Northern Zone.

This is for your information.

V. Ramesh
Joint Secretary
AIIEA


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