Gen.Secretary, Fedn. of Retd. LIC Class I Officers' Assns. 6th July 2016
A Personal Communication
It is a known fact that Pensioners' case survived, without being a total flop in the SC, only because of our Federation's point of the constitutional invalidity of the Pension Rules Appendix IV - Section 3 A, in our original Petition to Delhi HC. As already informed to you, we now had the opportunity to expand our plea and prayers in Delhi HC, for the benefit of all pensioners, irrespective of date of retirement. At this juncture, I am sharing with all the activists of our Federation, like you, certain continued disturbances faced by me in discharging my functions as your General Secretary. I have tried my best to shut myself out of any contest of views by not responding to innuendos, deliberately aimed against me from certain quarters
The context is, certain actions being taken by Mr. M Srinivasa Murty of Hyderabad. As you all know, he and Mr. C.H. Mahadevan were the Architects of a split in our organization by getting our erstwhile unit at Hyderabad disaffiliated. It is because they were not in sync with the policy of our Federation, and my functioning as General Secretary. They wanted to impose on us their own approach and dictate terms to me which I could not do for valid reasons. In any organization, individuals' views and options can be divergent, and could digress from the common approach. Despite this normal phenomenon, the above two chose a path that hurt the assiduously built and passionately grown organization, that stood as a proud entity for the Retired officers as a class. That is their way, and we (including our Past President Kaphahi Saab) could not help it. Since then, I have been observing maximum restraint, as not to directly or indirectly do anything to hinder their activities, despite their continuous provocations.
Mr. Murthy goes on endlessly, maligning me personally, and our Federation, as an organization. He has been visiting many places, and I do not know what he is canvassing for. Anyway it is his business. Mr. Murty has been recently posting a serialized material under the caption “An open Letter to GNS”. He did not believe in any unity when he chose to be a splitter of our hard built organization of 16 years' standing. For what? He says that it is in the interest of 50000 pensioners. As the matter is now in the Delhi HC, he basically calls for a unified approach in steering matters, by established organizations of pensioners like our Federation & AIRIEF. We shall certainly extend need based co-operation with other quarters, but we have constraints in going with him for obvious reasons. We are not aware of what Mr. Murty has sought for the pensioners in his much advertised writ petition before Delhi HC, which is yet to be admitted, though he claims otherwise. If he has sought anything over and above what our Federation and the Jaipur petitioners have prayed for, and if he succeeds, we will also be happy, as that would be in the larger interest of the pensioners’ community.
Mr. Murty promises nine steps, and seeks my one step in return. One wonders whether any one of his nine steps, or even all his nine steps put together, could redeem or undo the damage done to the Officers' entity in one center! He is now campaigning for unity. Not being one used to seeing others' point of view with an open mind, he now wants the closeness and patronage from the very organization he despised and walked out of. Unity is an attitude of leadership that looks at only the interests of the members it leads. It is not an opportunistic weapon for a volte face of convenience. The motive is left to readers to guess.
I am not reacting at all to any “overtures” for the time being. I am conscious I may not be the best General Secretary, but I intend taking the liberty of writing to you in detail about myself-perhaps after the Delhi HC hearing, to facilitate your arriving at an objective understanding of matters, in the face of all the mud that is sought to be thrown at me.
With best regards
With best regards