WITH BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS FROM LORD BALAJI, THIS BLOG CARRIES NEWS THAT CONCERNS CLASS 1 PENSIONERS OF LIC. WE ADD A LITTLE PEPPER , A LITTLE MINT OR MIRCHI HERE AND THERE TO HELP US REJUVENATE , RECONCILE AND RELAX, AND LEARN TO LIVE IN PEACE

Thursday, June 30, 2016

3 A


यत्र योगेष्वर कृष्ण , ..तत्र पार्थो धनुर्धर 










    It is all Ok. ...but...

   My Lord !

    To fight , one needs  to understand bows and arrows.

    ( Let me have a look at it so that I may learn what they are. )


   So give me  first the 3 A.
   
   The Three Arrows I mean. 
      
   Vision, Insight and , Conviction
   



 

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   ( I  just quote BHAGAWAT GITA. nothing else is intended.. ! - From Editor )













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Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

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CIRCULAR ON ORGANISATIONAL MATTERS...FROM FEDERATION

FEDERATION OF RETIRED CLASS I OFFICERS' ASSOCIATIONS.


PRESIDENT: N.P.BALI.                                                   GEN.SECRETARY'S OFFICE
GEN.SECY.:   G.N.SRIDHARAN.                                   7/4  II CROSS ST.,
                                                                                           KARPAGAM GARDENS,                                                                                                            ADYAR,CHENNAI 600020



                                          CIRCULAR ON ORGANISATIONAL MATTERS.

It will be recalled that we have been repeatedly advising all our affiliated Units that the annual general body meetings should be held during mare onths of April, May and June for the sake of uniformity in our accounting procedures.  We are therefore happy to know that at least nine associations including those in metro centres have already held their annual meeting during the year so far.

We have therefore pleasure in sharing with all the units the highlights of the meetings held in these centres from 1.4.2016 till date.  In most of these cases, a new team of office bearers and committee members were elected and the details thereof are furnished in the table enclosed.

OUR DELHI UNIT FOR FIRST IN HOLDING THE AGM THIS YEAR ON 24.4.16 - A good number of members aattended despite scorching summer temperature = steps to be taken by Federation for filing amended writ in the Delhi High Court was discussed. Members wanted to know when 40% would be paid - members expressed anguish over increase inpremium under medi claim scheme - a new team of office bearers /EC members were elected.

DELHI: DATE OF MEETING: 24.4.16 
PRESIDENT: V.K. JAIN. 
VICE PRESIDENT: P.P.DHAMIJA 
SECRETARY: R.K.KHANNA
JT.SECRETARIES: J.G.AHUJA, H.R.GOYAL, R.N.BHARDWAJ.
TREASURER: B.R.GORAWARA.
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2.BENGALURU.
THE MEETING was held at Hotel Centaur on 30.4.16 - annual report and statement of accounts adopted - election to the posts of office bearers/EC members held:

Bengaluru.
Date of Meeting: 30.4.16
PRESIDENT: T.K.S.NARAYANAN.
VICE PRESIDENT: K.S.RAGHUNATH.
SECRETARY: T.K.RAVINDRAN.
JT.SECRETARIES: T.G.BHATT., SMT.G.V.RADHA, P.R.VENUGOPAL.
TREASURER:    GOVARDHAN. *
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CHENNAI;
THE 16TH AGM WAS HELD AT HOTEL KANCHI ON 22.5.16 SECRETARY'S REPORT AND AUDITED ACCOUNTS ADOPTED. ONLY A FEW SPEAKERS CAME FORWARD AND SOUGHT CLARIFICATION ON THE LITIGATION RELATING TO PENSIONERS' ISSUES . SRI D.KRISHNAN AND SHRI M.ARUNACHALAM, VICE PRESIDENTS GAVE NECESSARY CLARIFICATIONS - THOSE WHO SPOKE EXPRESSED SATISFACTION AT THE MANNER IN WHICH THE FEDERATION WAS STEERING MATTERS IN COURT. RICH COMPLIMENTS WERE PAID TO THE PRESIDENT G.N.SRIDHARAN FOR HIS UNTIRING EFFORTS IN HIS CAPACITY AS THE SECRETARY OF THE FEDERATION. SENIOR MEMBERS WHO HAD COMPLETED 75 WERE HONOURED. ELECTIONS WERE HELD WITH THREE NEW FACES SHRI V.R.KRISHNAN JOINT SECRETARY AND TWO EC MEMBERS.

DATE OF MEETING: 22.5.16
PRESIDENT:    G.N.SRIDHARAN.
VICE PRESIDENTS:  M.ARUNACHALAM, D.KRISHNAN.
SECRETARY:               P.A.SIVAKUMARAN.
JT.SECRETARIES.      MRS.SATHI THOMAS, V.R.KRISHNAN.
TREASURER :             T.N.KRISHNAMURTHY.

( thanks for your patience. 
being continued...)

A NEW BLOG  www.licofficerspensionersnews.blogspot.in has been in operation since the first week of this month for dissemniation of information on matters of interest to the Retired Class I Officers of LIC . The author is S.Suryanarayanan.- "sury"for short can be accessed.
His email id: meenasury@gmail.com

                                                                                            Sd.G.N.Sridharan General Secretary.

Friday, June 24, 2016

LIC HAS NOT SETTLED THE CORRECT AMOUNT TO SHRI MC.JAIN AND SIMILAR OTHERS.

Date:  21.6.2016

GN SRIDHARAN WRITES: 


 As already informed, we are constantly pursuing this issue with the Central Office.

 A delegation led by our President Shri Bali had stressed the need for doing justice to the small group of affected pensioners (only Class I retirees )

. We would like to inform that as a follow up our Jt.Secy at Mumbai Shri D M Pathak has submitted a memorandum on our behalf on the subject to to the E.D. (Per) on 21/7/2016 reiterating that it is not fair to deny this small group the extension of the benefit arising out of the Jaipur HC judgement in MC Jain's case. 

 Copies of the same are being sent to the units who had sent to us in the past the list of their members falling under this category. Others are requested to send their list to us immediately.

 We are aware that LIC has not settled the correct amount to Shri MC Jain himself as is being repeatedly pointed out by others.

 Our members will appreciate that we are now on the job of getting a commitment for applying the verdict in MC Jain's case to all similarly placed pensioners without necessitating our going to the court again on the same issue.

We shall intimate the reaction to our latest communication in due course.

 GN Sridharan

 Gen Secy. Federation of Retd LIC Class I Officers' Assns.





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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A NEW LIGHT ON RETIRAL BENEFITS. ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT JUDGEMENT DATED 18.5.2016

RETIRAL BENEFITS. 

Dear Sri.Sridharan,

I thank you for your email dated 5.5.2016

A few pensioners and I have decided to file a writ in Delhi High Court against the Bank listing out the irregularities it has committed ignoring, 

a) the rights of the pensioners as per the SBI Employees' Pension Fund Rules,

 b) the Supreme Court order issued to the Bank on 23.2.1989, 

 c) the observations in V.Kasturi vs SBI, d) its own Board resolution dated 26.7.2000 and f)several Supreme Court judgments, such as Nakara, U.P.Raghavendra  Acharya vs the State of Karnataka, the State of Jharkhand &ors vs Jitendra Kumar Srivastava etc.

.I  am also using the ruling delivered on 4.5.1971 by a Constitutional Banch of the Supreme Court  in Deokinandan Prasad vs the State of Bihar that Pension is a property and under Art 300A of the Constitution of India, none has the right to withhold the property with the authority of LAW.


I have requested my advocate to ensure that the Central Government is kept above of the fray as it is in no way concerned with payment of pension by SBI to its employees.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

P.P.R.Upadhyaya             

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Dear Sri.Sridharan,

I forgot to attach the Allahabad High court judgment dated 18.5.2016 with my earlier email. I now attach the judgment as desired.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

P.P.R.Upadhyaya                                                           7.6.2016


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18.5.2016


Monday, June 20, 2016

GN SRIDHARAN SPEAKS.


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

LATEST NEWS FROM GN SRIDHARAN


YOU ARE LISTENING TO A
MESSAGE
FROM

SRI G N SRIDHARAN

GENERAL SECRETARY OF
FEDERATION OF LIC CLASS I RETIRED OFFICERS' ASSOCIATIONS.




Seated by the side of Sri G.N.Sridharan is Sri M.Arunachalam, Vice President of
Retired LIC Class I Officers Association, Chennai.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

No clash with eminent legal experts

Why hype on a procedural matter !!


When a new petition comes up before the court the first step as per procedural laws is for the court to order notice returnable on or before a specified date.

When the Hyderabad  Petition was moved in the Delhi High court , the court decided to tag it on to the three WPs remanded to it by the supreme court for which the hearing date was already fixed as 12/7/2016

 As the counsels for the Respondents were readily available in the court they had taken notice on the spot and the court asked them to file their counter within 3 weeks

There is nothing extraordinary about this.I would therefore reiterate that I had stated only the correct procedure I had expected and that is what actually happened. 

I wonder whether an average pensioner will be interested at all on such procedural niceties. 

Any reporting on such matters so long as what the reporter states is not contradicted , can be clearly seen only as an action to create a hype among the gullible.

 Let me stop with this as a few of our pensioners have turned eminent legal experts and no clash with them please! 

G N Sridharan.








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REFIXATION OF PENSION FOR RETIREES FROM AUG 92 TO AP 93




Re: Re- fixation of pensions for retirees of the period 1/8/92 to 1/4/93. 

We have been of late receiving several enquirers in regard to this issue and we assure that the same is being taken up with the Central Office at every opportunity. Even at the meeting our delegation led by our President Shri. Bali had with Dir (Per)  on 18/5/2016 the issue was discussed, and there has been no valid point made out by the management on why they cannot extend the benefit conferred by the Rajasthan HC in MC Jain's case. We would also like to keep going to court as the last option, not because the number of affected Class 1 pensioners is not large but because of the time involved in litigation. I spoke to Shri S Srivastav Dir (p)  on the subject again yesterday, and our office bearers at Mumbai M/S Nerurkat and Pathak will be following up the matter. Meantime we appeal to the concerned members to await the result of our current initiative after which we shall take a final call on approaching the judiciary.

With Greetings 

GN Sridharan 
Gen. Secy Fedn of Retd. LIC Class I Officers Assns.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Doubts that are not cleared spread fast like fire.

A tete-tete between two colleagues (birds of the same feather)

My friend !

Doubts that are not cleared  spread fast  like fire. 
It is time the fire gets extinguished .

Yes.My friend. You go ahead. 

"You said You were surprised when I started this blog. To be honest, I was also surprised when I hit the idea of starting this blog."

Please bring me your ear a little closer."
 'My stand has always been that GNS stands for ALL, i repeat ALL class I officers.  
But, as  I heard that he presented only a list of members of his association only, for the purpose of obtaining that 20% of Interim Relief , I was pained.  But that feeling happened to be part of a passing cloud. 

 No sooner, did I realise that did not make a difference  in my appreciation for him and his efforts to reach his goal of justice to class 1 community in general and to those who are mostly affected to begin with. 

Unluckly, GNS does not have a blog to  focus  his stand when other colleagues of him jettisoned  him.

At this point, let me add that I am a post 97 retiree and do not stand to benefit in anyway by his prepositions in the SC Case.

When I attended the AGB meeting also, last month, when there were great deliberations on the aftermath of the SC Judgment, it was just a  hope that the revised petition of Federation would be so modified as to envelope  the interests of post 97 , POST -2002, POST -2007  TO post 2012 RETIREES IN FUTURE....

I mean the issue of UPDATION.

THE AUTHENTIC NEWS IS THAT IT DOES. AND IN NO SMALL MEASURE.  

NOW, FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE, 
We may win the case 
or 
God unwilling  LOSE ALSO.  ? 
ALL PREDICTIONS ARE BUT SPECULATIONS. 

But  I am looking at what happens around in a different perspective. 
it is different. You may not believe. 
But it is WHAT I BELIEVE.

 No doubt I need money.just as everyone. 
 For my wife's illness alone, i spend more than Rs.7000 p.m. regular medicines no reimbursement possible.

At the same time, I also realise that there are  things in the world where  money has little value.

My admiration for my friend GNS is one such. Five decades old. 

 I cant measure his contribution to the welfare of Class I community  in terms of what I am going to get when I get it at all. 

The Reason for this new blog is  simply this.

I could not just bear the offending hurting words against GNS .
Why need a person who always stood for GOOD, GREAT AND MAGNIFICENT things, should be hurt
unceremoniously by his own colleagues  who did/do so without   verifying the facts ?

That made me think why not I start a blog exclusively to protect the interests of class I officers (Retired) in general and GNS in particular. 

To me, GNS is not an individual. He is an institution. He carries out the collective wisdom of the Body he is to carry along.  Let us wish him well.

Apart from that, from  a macro level, this new blog  will further lead to better liaison , co-operation and co-ordination amongst all pensioners-here the retired class 1 officers. 

This blog will therefore have the sole and single objective of bringing back the sense of unity amongst us all. 

And that is all. 

My good Friend! R U hearing? 
I have been your fan right through these forty years ? 
How do you feel?"

"Wait .......     U made the case.....

Listen to me .Listening is part of empathy, you yourself said at the class room. 
And Empathy is not Sympathy. Empathy is understanding the other man from his perspective. "

"My good friend !  U always remember your HRD days.!

I now recollect that our MD and Chairman said  the same  in the class room.".

"Let me finish."

"That is fine."

"You have also been saying READ RUSSEL BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE HIM. 

Now listen:



Two points around GNS you made brought me back to this key-board. You say you were pained when GNS supplied the list of members to  CO. There were many who felt like you did. But the inside story you may not know. Before submitting the List GNS took appointment with the MD of LIC who was on visit and spoke to her  pleading fervently that the narrow interpretation of giving the benefit of 20 percent to only members was terribly faulty and that the Delhi HC verdict was won for all similarly placed officers. The MD simply took the position that she had not applied mind to the issue, and had left the matter to the legal people who had taken the directions of the Solicitor General on this. Later when internally we discussed, it came about that this could be LIC's ploy to get back to Court and say the List was not provided and so they could not make the payment as had been ordered. GNS for one stood for not providing a handle to LIC to get away with not paying. So it was decided that we shall take this matter further ithe next  stage of our fight and not give LIC an excuse to stay away from paying. GNS believed that getting something for some ,was better than standing rigid on a principle and  not taking what was offered. He said let us take what is given and launch our next salvo thereafter. That stand made a lot of sense ,and now, as he expected, the SC itself has clearly spelt out that all similarly placed pensioners will get the 40 percent interim benefit!

Now on to the next point about the fighting for the post 97 pensioners. GNS has been portrayed very unfairly by some of his less principled detractors that he stood only for the benefit of pre97 pensioners. 

I have been listening to GNS all along, and can assure you  that he was being extremely sensible about how he took forward our matter in the appeal before the SC. Many who were caught in a fit of emotion could not easily follow why GNS insisted on not adding a Prayer at Appeal stage in the SC about Up-gradation. 

He knew that his 2006 case filed in Delhi HC was only on Discrimination in the DA principle applied to Pre 97 pensioners, as that was the pre-dominant concern at that time. It was only later in 2007 that Asthana  himself added to his 1999 case thro an affidavit filed in 2007 making additional Prayers which included the Up-gradation point.

 It became a live issue once the Jaipur judgement in 2010 allowed Asthana's original Petition along with the additional Affidavit of 2007. 

So if you see the historical perspective you will understand that the point about Up-gradation came up after GNS had gone up with his 2006 case before Delhi HC. 

For the same reason he could not later artificially contrive to somehow bring it in at the Appeal stage in SC when his Appeal would really have to press home the only point on which he had a favourable verdict from the Delhi HC. He was at times too solidly practical for others to understand that what he meant was to consolidate on gains already won and then take up the issue of up-gradation as a separate and full fledged case to the Court.

It was that monumental original case with it's very specific 

Prayers which stated clearly  the rule 3 of Appendix 4 to Pension Rules as offending the article 14 of the Constitution and was Discriminatory that really gave us a last minute oxygen in the SC, which otherwise was in a mood to set aside all the Appeals to enable a closure to our hopes even on the simple matter of DA discrimination! 

It was that Prayer of ours in the Delhi HC that has given us this extended super over of a chance.
And now GNS , the clever legal Brain he is, says we can go full blast asking for the principle of up-gradation thro the principle of Parity so beautifully documented in the 7th Pay comn. Report, which says that in order to keep the parity of Retired pensioners with the market conditions, an exercise of notionally re-fixing the Pensions by the merger of Basic with DA, as is done for in-service employees, should be done as and when there is a re-fixation due to Revision carried out for them. Now this comes in handy when the SC had virtually narrowed down the scope of reference to only the DA discrimination as applicable to pension Rule 3. So the post 97 pensioners' matter also can come under the scope of discrimination as applicable to Pension Rules 3 and 4. Now, this is the artful method in which GNS steers his action. He is both very practical and knowledgeable in how Courts go about cases. The Amendment Petition filed in Delhi HC by the Federation. Has been drafted on these lines and I think we stand a good chance with this approach.
So judging GNS from a little distance carries dangers of misgivings. While he appears rigid at times, he really knows what he is doing. But for him we wouldn't be in with this extended chance. 

In fact he was the one who quickly briefed our Senior Advocate sitting by his side in the SC to stand up to point out that we had indeed agitated the discriminatory aspect of Pension Rule 3 which was being projected as not done. 

GNS
And mind you he was within 15 days of the Hospitalization and was hardly able to carry himself when he still chose not to take a chance by not going to Delhi for the Hearing on the 31st of March.

I have been working closely with him and I know how he works. He is quite democratic too in that he would wait for views of others before taking a position.

 He is a phenomenal worker at his age and stage and one of his kind.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

FLASH NEWS FROM CHENNAI. WRIT PETITION FILED IN DELHI HC.

  N e w s  as at the moment.
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Amended WP filed in Delhi High Court
 We are happy to inform all members that our amended WP was filed yesterday (3/6) in the Delhi High Court. We were particular to lodge our papers before the court closes for vacation from today, and we are thankful to our counsel at Delhi Shri. RK Garg for taking necessary action promptly.

 The preparation of the petition called for considerable efforts on our part and every member of our Legal committee comprising of myself and M/s R Rajagopalan, VK Jain, Basudeb Das & M Arunachalam deserve our compliments.

 Irrespective of the prayers that are in the petitions already filed or expected to be filed by organizations other than those involved in the matters remanded to Delhi HC by the Supreme Court, and with our having almost succeeded in having the anomaly in DR removed affecting the pre 1997 category of pensioners, our aim is to secure the benefits for all pensioners. Further there is a crying need for putting in place a permanent system for automatic upgradation of pension in sync with every periodical wage revision. Even in our original WP, we had made hints of the anomalies in the pension structure. We assure that keeping these objectives in mind, we have made the petition very comprehensive. 

 We appeal to all pensioners to relax till 
 12 TH JULY 2016 and not allow their peace to be disturbed in the midst of what is happening elsewhere. 

 With Greetings to all,

 G.N.SRIDHARAN. 
Gen. Secy. Fedn. of Retd LIC Class I Officers' Assns.

4/6/2016