Early resolution of issues of insurance pensioners
In the aftermath of the latest developments in the legal front, AIIPA has addressed a letter to the Chairman, LIC, on August 13, 2013 and the same is reproduced herein below. As can be seen, the communication has urged upon LIC Management to initiate measures for granting uniform rate of Dearness Relief to all Pensioners and for granting higher Ex-gratia for pre-1986 Retirees.
Insurance Pensioners are well aware of the principled stand of the AIIPA to get solutions through process of dialogue and time and again this has proved to be correct and if and when LIC contemplates to engage itself afresh in judicial process, there is bound to be further delay, though AIIPA has been representing for early favourable solutions independent of extraneous factors. We had been trying to impress upon LIC Management not to defer taking decisions and our latest letter underscores this point and refers to the background of LIC Board Resolution of November 2001, the willingness on the part of the Government, as told to our Delegation in 2008 before the Authorities hardened their stance.
Had not the Pensioners outside our sphere of influence engaged themselves in filing multiple IAs, may be the duration of the whole process could have been shorter.
Insurance Pensioners are aware that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has dismissed the SLPs on the ground that SLP has not challenged the judgement of the Division Bench of Hon’ble Jaipur High Court and LIC has failed to show apparent error on the face of record in the Order dismissing the Review Petition filed by LIC before the Hon’ble Jaipur High Court. This order has also stated that LIC is not precluded from filing another SLP challenging the Division Bench Order and Application for condonation of delay, if and when fresh SLP is filed, will be decided on merits and LIC cannot claim it as a matter of right. This order also states that the interim order passed shall automatically stand vacated.
The relevant portion of the Hon’ble Supreme Court Order of 8.8.2013 is reproduced below for the information of the pensioners:
“In our view, in the absence of challenge to the judgment of the Division Bench of the High Court vide which the special appeals filed by the petitioner were dismissed, the special leave petitions filed against the order passed in the review petitions do not merit acceptance, more so, because the learned senior counsel for the petitioner could not show that the order under challenge is vitiated by an error apparent on the face of the record.
With the above observations, I.A.Nos.12-13 of 2013 are allowed and the special leave petitions are dismissed. The interim order passed by this Court stands automatically vacated.
However, it is made clear that this order shall not preclude the SLP petitioner from filing special leave petitions against the judgment of the Division Bench of the High Court by which the special appeals were dismissed. It is also made clear that this order shall not entitle the SLP petitioner to claim condonation of delay as a matter of right and the application, if any, filed for this purpose will be decided on its own merits.”
It shall be the earnest attempt of AIIPA once again to bring about solutions and to safeguard and further the interests of Insurance Pensioners by pursuing with LIC/GIPSA and the Government.
Early resolution of LIC pensioners’ issues
All India Insurance Pensioners’ Association (AIIPA) has been consistently impressing upon LIC Management, the need to redress the grievances of pre-August 1997 pensioners and recipients of Ex-gratia (pre-1.1.1986 retirees) and has been stressing that these issues should get settled without waiting for culmination of the legal process.
AIIPA has also been pointing out that the Management of LIC has a moral responsibility to get its Board Resolution of November 2001 implemented and grant uniform rate of Dearness Relief for all pensioners.
Now in the context of litigation proceedings having come to an end, the Organisation feels, LIC should, without any let up, initiate steps to ensure that the decision of LIC taken in its Board way back in 2001 and for implementation of which, there was favourable inclination as also the issue of increase in Ex-gratia, gets concretised.
AIIPA desires that solutions of these issues should not again get delayed and the LIC should carry through the understanding that was signaled to us when we met in the year 2008.
In fine, we urge upon the Management of LIC to grant uniform rate of Dearness Relief to pre-August 1997 pensioners from August 1, 1997 and extend benefit to post-July 1997 pensioners and also sanction the much needed increase in Ex-gratia to pre-1986 retirees.
We are hopeful of immediate positive response and that solutions will be forthcoming at the earliest.