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Dear Comrades,


Please download the attached AIIPA Circular No.06/2014 dated 12th March 2014.


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Dear Comrades,


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AIIPA OFFICE BEARERS' MEETING

As scheduled, the Office-bearers of AIIPA met in the city of Ahmedabad on 22nd February 2014, to review the implementation of programme of action, as decided in the Central Committee meeting held in December 2013 @ Hyderabad and also to decide on the venue and the dates of the 6th All India Confeence of AIIPA. The meeting presided over by Com.M.L.Setiya, President, was also attended by Special Invitees, Com.H.I.Bhat, Joint Secretary, AIIEA and others. AIIPA thanks Com.Bhat for his atttending the meeting and guiding its proceedings.

Expressing satisfaction over the enthusiastic response of the pensioners to the Postcard Campaign and also the successful implementation of other programmes by the Pensioners' Associations all over the country, the meeting noted that the protest lodged by the pensioners was loud and clear and the authorities would take notice of the restive mood and the strong feelings of the seniors. The meeting was also informed that AIIPA's letters addressed to all national political parties were all handed over to impress upon them to intervene in the matter and to take up with the concerned for early solution of the insurance pensioners issues.

Endorsing and appreciating the organisational steps continuously taken by the AIIPA for resolution of the issues, the meeting was of the view that the tactical line pursued by the organisation has proved to be a proper one in the light of latest developments. The meeting was also informed on the details of the meeting AIIPA had with the Executive Director (Personnel), LIC on 21.2.2014 at Mumbai. The meeting also felt that the process of dialogue with the managements should continue and that every effort should be made to break the present stalemate at the earliest. AIIPA also wrote a communication on 17th February 2014 to the Chairman, LIC, urging him to implement the LIC Board Resolution of 24.11.2001 without waiting for the legal process to end as ‘not the merits of issues are under dispute', as a follow-up after the Jaipur High Court developments, the meeting was told.

The meeting further expressed that these organisational initiatives shall be continued to bring forth desired results.

6th All India Conference of AIIPA

Accepting the invitation of Insurance Pensioners' Association, Kanpur to host and organise the 6th All India Conference of AIIPA in North Central Zone at Kanpur in the month of October 2014, the meeting decided to hold the Conference at Kanpur from 7 to 9, October 2014.
 
The meeting also received a report from Kanpur comrades on their plans for successfully organising the Conference and noted with appreciation their initiatives. The meeting also welcomed the keen interest shown by the leaders and rank and file of North Central Zone Insurance Employees' Federation under the leadership of its General Secretary, Com.Ashok Tewari, to organise the All India Conference at Kanpur and sincerely thanked them for the same. AIIPA confidently expects that this All India Conference will be one other milestone in the annals of AIIPA.

As the All India Conference is to be held in the city of Kanpur, the meeting decided to
call upon the pensioners of Kanpur to liberally contribute with minimum of Rs.500 and as the Conference is to be jointly organised by the pensioners of North Central Zone, they would contribute liberally with minimum of Rs.250 for the Conference.

The meeting also called upon the insurance pensioners in the rest of the country to contribute liberally with minimum of Rs.100 to defray the expenses of the Conference as was decided by the Central Committee of AIIPA and heartily thanked and congratulated the Pensioners’ Associations which have already remitted their contributions; Nagpur Rs.76,700 (full), partial - Hyderabad Rs.50,000, Chennai Rs.40,000 and Surat Rs.25,000.
 
The meeting was also sure that others would be remitting their share of contributions at their earliest, out of their funds, without waiting for the collection of contributions from the pensioners to be completed.
 
Our Insurance Pensioners' Association, Ahmedabad, organised a 'well-attended' meetingof the pensioners on 23.2.2014, which was addressed, among others, by Com.H.I.Bhat, General Secretary, WZIEA, Com.M.L.Setiya, President and Com.K.Natarajan, General Secretary, AIIPA.

AIIPA wishes to thank and congratulate our IPA, Ahmedabad for the excellent arrangements made for the AIIPA Office-bearers' meeting.

With Greetings,

Yours Comradely,
(K.NATARAJAN)
General Secretary


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8 मार्च - अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला दिवस  के मौके पर क्षेत्रीय कामकाजी महिला समन्वय समिति द्वारा जारी परिपत्र डाउनलोड करे।


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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.”

With Greetings,

Yours Comradely,
(K.NATARAJAN)
General Secretary


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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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Dear Comrade,

Successful implementation of Programme of Action

This is further to our Circular No.20/2013 dated 24.12.2013 detailing the deliberations and decisions of the Central Committee meeting of AIIPA held on 14th & 15th December 2013 at Hyderabad. We are now sending herewith the drafts of the post card, letters etc.

(i) Post card campaign by pensioners:
     
The text for post card to be written and sent by the pensioners is sent herewith. Pensioners’ Associations are to carry out this programme between 16th & 31st January 2014.

(ii) Pensioners’ Associations are requested to write to Finance Minister, Government of India, New Delhi, as per the draft enclosed. This has to be done by 25th January 2014.

(iii) All Pensioners’ Associations are advised to write to both LIC & GIPSA, for which the text is annexed herewith. These may be sent by 20th January 2014.

(Pensioners’ Associations may call for a meeting of the pensioners and read out the texts of the letters and then send them.)

As this campaign has been decided taking into account the strong feelings of the insurance pensioners and to give vent to their resentment over the delay in settlement of their issues, we are sure all our Pensioners’ Associations will take every effort to involve the pensioners and make it a successful one. Pensioners’ Associations are advised to send us a report on the observance of the programme.

With Greetings,

 

Yours Comradely,

(K.NATARAJAN)
General Secretary


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Dear Comrades,

We reproduce herein below the letter addressed by AIIPA to the Chairman, LIC of India, Mumbai, urging him to implement the LIC Board Resolution of November 2001 at the earliest.


Dear Sir,

AIIPA urges for immediate solution

We had written to you earlier when the SLP against the Order under the Review Petition by the Hon’ble Jaipur High Court was pending in Supreme Court and the High Court had passed an Order keeping in abeyance, the Civil Contempt Petition till disposal of SLP by the Supreme Court. We had, in that letter, urged upon for immediate solution on the issue of full neutralisation in Dearness Relief payable to pre-1.8.1997 pensioners. Time and again, we have been impressing upon LIC not to wait for the culmination of legal process, as not the merits of the issue of full neutralisation in Dearness Relief to pre-1.8.1997 pensioners but only the procedural aspects of implementation of LIC Board Resolution of November 2001 were the issues at stake.

After the dismissal of SLPs, LIC has filed fresh SLPs and we are sure, in these petitions too, only legal nuances have been raised. To reinforce our sustained stand on this issue, we would like to point out that LIC had raised the scope and applicability of Section(48) of LIC Act, had raised questions whether the Hon’ble Jaipur High Court was right in rejecting the Review Petition, as these do not call for interference in its Review Jurisdiction, whether the High Court was right in asking LIC to implement its Board Resolution, seeking amendment of Pension Rules without actual amendment of Rules, whether LIC can be asked to do a particular thing, which if done, will act contrary to Law, whether oral submission of the Government Counsel can over-ride the provisions of statute, whether the High Court can decide that there cannot be a cut-off date for a benefit when there are judgements upholding cut-off dates etc. These and other points in the affidavit, but not mentioned here for purpose of brevity, clearly show that LIC never intended to raise the merits of the issue but was only concerned on proper manner to give effect to its Board Resolution of November 2001.

Now, we understand the SLPs against judgements of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Jaipur High Court and Delhi High Court have been converted into Civil Appeals and Civil Appeals in relation to Jaipur High Court and Delhi High Court have been tagged. Already LIC has already deposited certain amount in Jaipur High Court in respect of the eligible pensioners as per its understanding and AIIPA holds the view that having recognised the eligibility criteria in respect of the eligible petitioners, LIC can as well initiate suitable measures to get its Board Resolution implemented in respect of all pensioners on rolls as on August 1 1997. Our organisation, AIIPA, is of the firm opinion and feels the best course open to LIC, is to act on the above lines immediately even before proceedings in the Supreme Court are expected to be resumed to give concrete shape to the LIC Board Resolution by grant of uniform rate of Dearness Relief to pre-August 1997 pensioners retrospectively from August 1, 1997, with equivalent benefits to other post-August 1997 pensioners.

LIC pensioners and their families, especially those who had been waiting for long to get their legitimate due, fervently hope LIC would move in correct direction all at once.

Eventhough AIIPA has persistently argued for early favourable decisions in the matter of grant of uniform Dearness Relief for all pensioners, LIC has been oblivious to the merits and pursuing on legal matters.

All India Insurance Pensioners’ Association (AIIPA) holds a valid view that further delay can be avoided and the resentment among the pensioners redressed only if and when LIC heed to our representations and moves in the direction of immediate solution for this important issue that had its lows and highs in the past and which had seen vicissitudes and dragged on for no fault of the majority of the pensioners.

Thanking You,,

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


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Dear Comrades,

We reproduce herein below the letter addressed by AIIPA to the Chairman and the Chief Executive, GIPSA, seeking to extend an option to join/rejoin the Group Mediclaim Scheme for General Insurance pensioners, which is self-explanatory.


Dear Sir,

Option to join/rejoin Group Mediclaim Scheme for Public Sector General Insurance Companies’ Pensioners

We thank you for your acceding to our request for grant of subsidy of 75% in premium for Group Mediclaim for Public Sector General Insurance Companies’ pensioners. We would also like to thank you for the improvements brought about in the Group Mediclaim Scheme, like marginal reduction in premium, increased Sum Insured (both eligible and optional), Floater policy and to cover the parents and parents-in-law for the pensioners. We are glad that one more option to join/rejoin the Group Mediclaim Scheme has been provided for the in-service employees but the facility has not been extended to the pensioners. You may be aware, due to some genuine reasons like unaffordability or financial strain in paying the premium, some of the pensioners would have not joined or opted out of the Group Mediclaim Scheme. Now that the provision of subsidy in premium for the Group Mediclaim Scheme as also some improvements have been introduced, it is but needed that the pensioners are also extended the option to join/rejoin the Group Mediclaim Scheme. Similarly, pensioners may also be extended option to include their dependent parents for coverage in the revised Group Mediclaim Scheme.

We do hope that the need and necessity of mediclaim coverage at advanced age is appreciated by the management and our request for an option to the pensioners to join/rejoin the Group Mediclaim Scheme is considered favourably.

Thanking you in advance,

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


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