8 मार्च - अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला दिवस के मौके पर क्षेत्रीय कामकाजी महिला समन्वय समिति द्वारा जारी परिपत्र डाउनलोड करे।
8 मार्च - अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला दिवस के मौके पर क्षेत्रीय कामकाजी महिला समन्वय समिति द्वारा जारी परिपत्र डाउनलोड करे।
Please find a letter addressed to the Chairman, LICI in the attachment.
AIIPA delegation presses for immediate steps for solution of LIC Pensioners’ issues
Insurance pensioners, more particularly LIC pensioners, demand of the management of LIC and through them, the Government of India to shed their inhibitions, immediately initiate measures that would pave way for grant of increased ex-gratia to pre-1986 retirees and/or their spouses, grant of uniform rate of Dearness Relief to all pensioners irrespective of date of retirement and for settlement of other pending issues, was the crisp message conveyed to the officials of LIC, when a delegation of AIIPA met them on February 21, 2014.
As part of the continuing endeavours through letters by the organisation, through expression of their justified anger by pensioners channelised by local units and most notably, through periodic meetings with officials of LIC and GIPSA, AIIPA sought for and met the Executive Director (Personnel) Shri.M.R.Kumar and other officials.
The delegation consisting of Com.M.L.Setiya, President, Com.K.Natarajan, General Secretary and Com.M.J.Damle, Joint Secretary, AIIPA, utilised the occasion to reapprise the management of the consistent view point of the AIIPA, that the twin issues of hike in ex-gratia and grant of uniform rate of Dearness Relief, specially to pre-August 1997 pensioners, should not be allowed to be in limbo on the plea of matter being under judicial scrutiny.
The meeting had been fixed well before the renewed proceedings before the Hon’ble Jaipur High Court was to commence and immediately earlier to the meeting, AIIPA had written a letter to the Chairman of the LIC. The purpose of the communication was to urge upon LIC to speed up steps for implementation of its Board Resolution in the context of latest developments and pointing out to the ethical obligation that was cast upon the management of LIC.
The delegation referred to the latest letter and host of others from AIIPA and its units and insisted upon immediate solutions. It pointed out that the Civil Appeals before the Apex Court were for verdict on legal matters and the stand of the organisation for favourable decisions even before the matter was heard by the Court as merits were not under dispute and/or the issue was not under purview has become more relevant in the current situation.
The AIIPA delegation told the management, while taking steps for early hearing of Civil Appeals, they should pursue with the Government independently for early favourable response. Recollecting the earlier indication of favourable inclination of the Government and pointing out to the availability of correspondence between LIC and Government, dealing with cost aspects of the proposals among other things, AIIPA said these should help the management to get the earlier favourable inclination revived, should help the management carry conviction with the Government and ensure the elder pensioners and recipients of ex-gratia, get what is their legitimate due immediately.
AIIPA wanted to know from the officials, the rational of filing an Affidavit in the Supreme Court quoting from the Government’s affidivit before the Allahabad High Court when LIC employees and pensioners got full neutralisation from August 1, 1997, while LIC decided as early as in November 2001 on uniform rate of Dearness Relief, implying full neutralisation, while there was favourable inclination for grant of this benefit along with wage revision due then and all the more when bank employees and pensioners became entitled only from May 2005.
AIIPA delegation underscored the restlessness among the pensioners, not only over the delay in getting solutions but also over the way the LIC management looked upon their problems. AIIPA also stressed that LIC should not cite pendancy of Civil Appeals as a reason for not finding early solutions.
The organisation forcefully put its arguments for a breakthrough and the Executive Director(P) listened to them patiently and said the Chairman and other top officials well appreciated the need for solutions. The Executive Director(P) assured the organisation that Chairman himself would follow up with the Government and himself and other officials would also be part of that effort.
During the course of interaction, it appeared the E.D.(P) understood the sentiments expressed in person and in the last letter about the pressure, presumably to the extent of creating a feeling of annoyance, though they said they had no such feeling. As Chairman and Managing Director were not available on that day, the AIIPA will try for an earliest occasion to meet them also to convey its views.
Beside the above issues, other important issues were also raised by the delegation and the response ranged from negativity to passiveness, to serious consideration. There was no inclination for extending the benefit to similarly placed pensioners with first of the month as their date of birth. However AIIPA has urged for reconsideration.
For the demand of revised salary and pensionary benefits for officers who had retired between August 1992 and January 1994, the Executive Director agreed to revisit the issue with open mind.
The organisation wanted LIC to take steps for increased minimum monthly pension, uniform rate of family pension etc. The management, it seemed, was not for taking up more and more issues all at once with the Government. The officials informed that the issues would be pursued at the appropriate time. But AIIPA demanded for solutions forthwith.
On payment of monthly pension on the last day of the month and on recovery of mediclaim premium from pension, the Executive Director(P) assued to talk to the concerned department officials for early decision.
On Group Mediclaim, the focus was on increased cover (both basic and optional), floater cover, grant of ex-gratia for High Cost Treatment, speedy settlement of claims and Cash Medical Benefit for domiciliary hospitalisation.
Executive Director(P) was favourably disposed to consider grant of Cash Medical Benefit but was reluctant on ex-gratia.
The delegation was told that LIC was proposing to negotiate with the insurer for increased cover, both basic and optional, floater cover on the lines of Group Mediclaim Policy for GIC employees and pensioners. We were also assured that subsidy will continue to be 75% of the increased Basic Sum Insured.
When AIIPA demanded inclusion of more diseases for cashless facility, the management opined that insurer may charge for TPA services in such a case and LIC desired to avoid such a situation.
AIIPA felt, at this juncture, insistence on ex-gratia may be redundant as increased cover was in the offing.
The discussions were cordial and AIIPA felt satisfied that it could project issues in proper perspective, make the management understand, appreciate and in a way, reciprocate as expected.
AIIPA wants to assure its members that their interests will be protected and furthered both in LIC and GIC, given the confidence reposed by the members, given the steadfastness with which members responded to its calls and last but not the least, given the way the units keep the members abreast of the developments and weans them away from rumour mongering.
“Tum agar saath dene ka vada karo, main yonhe mast nagme lutatha rahoon;
tum mujhe dekhkar muskurathe raho, main tumhe dekhkar geet gaatha rahoon.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Please download the attached Circular)
Please download the attached Circular No.05/2014 dated 15 February 2014.
Please download the attached Circular No.04/2014 dated 13 February 2014.
Please download the attached Circular No.03/2014 dated 5 February 2014.
Please find a letter addressed to the management in the attachment.
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