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Dear Comrades,

We reproduce herein below the letter addressed by AIIPA to the Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of India, New Delhi, with regard to the issues of insurance pensioners, which is self-explanatory.


28th September 2013


Shri. P.Chidambaram,
Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Government Of India,
NEW DELHI.

Dear Sir,


Issues of Insurance Pensioners


We, from the ALL INDIA INSURANCE PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION (AIIPA), representing a major chunk of Pensioners from the Public Sector Insurance Industry, are happy to note that the Government has taken a timely decision to constitute the Seventh Central Pay Commission  for upward revision of wages for the Central Government employees that would benefit the Central Government Pensioners too.

Central Government Pensioners, who had retired prior to the year 1996, till then getting Basic Pension on the basis of their “Pay” at the time of retirement and Dearness Relief thereon with partial neutralisation, got updated Pension and Full Neutralisation thereon when the Government accepted of the Recommendations of Fifth Pay Commission,    with yourself, heading the Finance Ministry then also.

Our Organisation has been urging upon the Managements of LIC and Public Sector General Insurance Companies and the Government ever since that such a benefit be extended to Insurance Pensioners too and it has been our repeated refrain especially after acceptance of the Recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission effective from January 2006.

However, there has been no positive response and Insurance Pensioners continue to be paid pre-revised Basic Pension with a certain section still getting truncated Dearness Relief.

AIIPA firmly believes that the demand for ending this differential treatment is most justified and Insurance Pensioners, as part of the Senior Citizens of this country, deserve to be treated on par with the Central Government Pensioners.

Pensioners from LIC and Four Public Sector General Insurance Companies and their families constitute an important segment of the population and they had, while in service, contributed to the growth of these Institutions and to the growth of Indian Economy and we are sure the Government will readily acknowledge their role.

Our Organisation thinks that Insurance Pensioners and their kith and kin have been appreciative of the efforts of the Government in matters like  passing of RTI Act, Women’s Reservation Bill, MGREGA, Food Security Act etc.

The decision by the Government to grant increase in Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief to Central Government employees and pensioners to compensate for higher cost of living is a welcome step and though insurance pensioners too get periodic revision in Dearness Relief, the compensation they are entitled as per rules is much less as they get Dearness Relief on pre-revised Basic Pension and a truncated Dearness Relief by some.

The Government, by granting higher Family Pension at Uniform Rate to the spouses of Central Government employees and granting similar benefits to RBI pensioners, has done yeomen service to those who had lost their beloved ones and inspite of our representations, LIC and GIPSA are yet to come out with positive response.

We feel solutions to the issues of Insurance Pensioners brook no further delay and Government should   immediately initiate measures to grant Full Neutralisation to pre-August 1997 Retirees, grant uniform Family Pension at 30% for all those presently getting Family Pension and grant updated Pension to correspond to present wage levels to all  the Pensioners drawing Basic Pension at lower CPI levels prevalent at the time of their cessation of service.

Having put their toil for the growth of LIC and GIC and their contribution to the National Exchequer and being part of a conscious section of the Senior Citizens,  Pensioners from the Insurance Industry look forward to favourable decisions.  

All India Insurance Pensioners’ Association (AIIPA)  desires that the Hon’ble Finance Minister, taking into account the sentiments expressed herein and appreciating the merits of the issues  put forth, uses his good offices to ensure justice is done to the cause of Insurance Pensioners.

Thanking You,

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(K.NATARAJAN)
GENERAL SECRETARY


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To all the Zonal/Divisional/State/Regional Units:
Dear Comrades,

The Chairman of LICI was in Hyderabad on 3rd September 2013 in connection with certain official engagements.  AIIEA delegation consisting of Com. K. Venu Gopal, General Secretary and Com. V. Ramesh, Joint Secretary met him and discussed certain pending issues of the employees.

On the issue of one more option for pension, Chairman informed that LIC is making serious efforts with the Government to see that this issue is resolved early. AIIEA informed the Chairman that wage revision is also a subject which is agitating the minds of the employees and that in this context the issue of one more option for pension is to be clinched early.

On the issue of 100% neutralization for pre 1-8-97 retirees and the question of updation of pension, Chairman said that LIC has to await the outcome of the SLPs filed before the Supreme Court.

AIIEA also raised the issues relating to PLLI, recruitment, absorption of temporary employees working for a very long time in the Assistant’s cadre, and the issue relating to temporary Class IV employees of Asansol and Burdwan divisions.  

On 5th September, 2013, AIIEA delegation of Com. K. Venu Gopal and Com. V. Ramesh met the Executive Director (Personnel) and Chief (Personnel) who were in Hyderabad for a Conference. The pending issues of the employees including the issues represented to the Chairman were appraised to these officials.

On the issue of upgradation scheme of RPT employees, which was approved by the Board of LIC, The ED (P) informed that Government sought certain details which were provided and that the LIC is in constant follow up with the Government to implement the scheme early.

AIIEA delegation also reminded about the AIIEA’s letter to the management seeking restoration of increment postponed due to strike action on 20th/21st February 2013.  ED (P) said that the issue will be attended soon.

These were the brief details of our discussions with the officials of LIC.

With greetings,
Comradely yours,


General Secretary.


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Dear Comrades,

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.

With Greetings,

Yours Comradely,

(K.NATARAJAN)

General Secretary


 

Dear Sir,

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.

Thanking You,

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


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Dear Comrades,

We have been receiving queries from some units about placing a demand for linking the food coupons with price index.

We have already clarified on this issue in the year 2011.

The original scheme of food coupons announced in September 2010 provided for linkage of the food coupon amount with price index and to revise the amount every year subject to costing of the scheme.

That is how, in the year 2011 and 2012 the food coupon amount was revised.

So, this year also in the month of September 2013 the circular on revision of food coupon is expected. You may inform this to the divisional units.

 

Comradely yours,

(K. Venu Gopal)
General Secretary


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Group Savings Linked Insurance Scheme (GSLI) for LIC Employees. Please download Circular No.CO/Per/ER-A/038/2013 Dated 13/08/2013 for more details.


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दिनांक ३० जुलाई २०१३ को मध्य क्षेत्रीय प्रबंधन के साथ सूचना सहभागिता सत्र में CZIEA की पूर्ण वार्ता समिति की मध्य क्षेत्र के कर्मचारियों से संबंधित विभिन्न मुद्दों पर विस्तृत चर्चा संपन्न हुई। इस चर्चा में CZIEA की ओर से उठाये गये विभिन्न मुद्दों पर चर्चा का सार पढने के लिये सर्कूलर डाउनलोड करें।


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निर्धारित कार्यक्रम के अनुसार CZIEA सचिव मंडल की बैठक २९ जुलाई २०१३ को CZIEA के उपाध्यक्ष का. एन. चक्रवर्ती की अध्यक्षता में भोपाल में संपन्न हुई।
बैठक में आगामी दिनों के लिये निम्न कार्यक्रम तय किये गये -

  • बीमा कानून संशोधन विधेयक के खिलाफ जारी रखो अभियान
  • क्षेत्रीय महिला सम्मेलन
  • CZIEA का आगामी अधिवेशन
  • AIIEA का आगामी अधिवेशन
  • भारत के लिये लोग मंच
  • अंशकालिन कर्मचारियों का अपग्रेडेशन
  • CZIEA का वेबसाईट

विस्तृत जानकारी के लिये सर्कूलर डाउनलोड करें।


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A massive National convention of all Central Trade Unions, Central and State Government Employees & Teachers Federations and Public Sector employees Unons etc was held at Mavlankar Hall New Delhi on 6th August 2013. The convention was addressed by the leaders of BMS, INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC, LPF. Presidium consisted of the leaders of all the above Central Trade Unions. The resolution adopted by the National convention called upon the workers to organize following.
1. Demonstration/Rallies/Satyagraha at all state capitals with respective statewide mobilization on 25th September 2013.
2. Massive Demonstration before Parliament with main mobilization from neighbouring states on 12th December, 2013.
3. On the same day of Demonstration before Parliament (12th December 2013), District-level Demonstrations at all District Headquarters all over the country.
4. Sectoral programme of joint actions for effectively opposing Restructuring, Outsourcing etc. and on sector-specific issues/demands and against Divestment of shares in Pubic Sector Enterprises.
5.  Exclusive Joint Action Programmes on the demand of Minimum Wage and Contract Workers related other demands.

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The 4th General Conference of BIMA KARAMCHARI PENSIONERS' ASSOCIATION, RAIPUR(AIIPA), was held at Raipur on 3rd August, 2013, which elected a new committee with Comrades T.R.Narang, A.K.Lal and H.L.Wadher as President, General Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

(View Photo of Conference)


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c) Employees of banks, LIC may be drafted on election duty to the minimum extent possible, only in a constituency where sufficient numbers of govt. employees are not available or in emergent circumstances such as strike etc. by the Govt. employees. Care should be taken to ensure that normal functioning of banks, LIC are not interrupted. Care should further be taken to ensure that minimum numbers of employees of such institutions is requisitioned so that the business of these institutions is not hampered.

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Appeal to Candidates

We wish you all success in your written examinations.

All India Insurance Employees’ Association (AIIEA) is a largest & the oldest Trade Union in Insurance Industry & LIC. After you join the LIC and become a Member of this wonderful Association AIIEA, you will be knowing much more about the History and achievements of AIIEA in detail. Please feel free to contact us for any clarifications and help.


AIIEA President's Message

Dear Friends,
Warmest Greetings

The LIC of India is the finest financial institution in the country. It is the largest life insurance company in the world in terms of the number of policies it serves and claims it settles. LIC is the single largest investor in the Indian economy. Though it currently serves over 42 crore policyholders, it has touched the life of every Indian Citizen through its contribution to the nation building activities. It is therefore a matter of pride to work for such a Premier Public Sector Institution.

The LIC has announced 8000 vacancies for recruitment to the Post of Assistant throughout the country. This is a significant step in the background of unprecedented unemployment situation in India. The All India Insurance Employees’ Association (AIIEA) which is the oldest and largest trade union of insurance employees had invested lot of energy in agitating for recruitment. This struggle has now succeeded with LIC announcing to recruit 8000 persons for the post of Assistant. The AIIEA since its birth in 1951 has been working for the improvement of the wage and service conditions of the LIC employees. It is the result of these struggles that today the Pay, Service Conditions and Opportunities for career advancement in LIC are comparable to the best in the country. The AIIEA is also committed to the noblest values of mankind and therefore it engages itself in several social activities to provide relief and support to those affected by natural calamities and suffer from economic and social disadvantages.

It is with this commitment that AIIEA helps the candidates aspiring for job in LIC with free study material and free coaching classes. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and prepare well to face this competitive examination.

I wish you success in your endeavour and hope for your joining the great fraternity of insurance employees.

Greetings again,

Sincerely yours,
Amanulla Khan
President, AIIEA