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Friday, December 19, 2014

V.GOPALAN
writes to MURTY


Dear Mr Sreenivasa Murty

Hats off to you for having secured a firm and final date for SC hearing of our pension and DA case !

You may remember, I wrote to you long back congratulating you on your first wonderful meaningful brief giving the background of our cases, the judgements delivered and the options open to us clinch the case in our favour. Since, your note was the first of its kind to give a clear
understanding of our case, I even circulated a summary of the same to many of our friends.

I am happy you took the lead amidst odds, braving all allegations and innuendos and steered our struggle to a meaningful and hopeful end. I am doubly happy that my good friend and batchmate Mr C H Mahadevan stood solidly with you by providing valuable inputs and insights to achieve the desired goal.

It is true, at one stage our leaders were rudderless. With your timely intervention, the silverline on the horizon of hope is clearly seen and the much awaited dawn for the pensioners is not far off. May your sincere efforts be crowned with success !

Regards
V.GOPALAN

AUSPICIOUS TO ALL !


Shri Krishnaswamy has stated with good intention that 14 TH JANUARY the day fixed for hearing in SC is good as on that day Sun enters the Northern hemisphere from the southern orbit and further that day is celebrated as the harvest day. 

Hypothetically this may also be auspicious to others who are opposing our petition ! 

This prompted me to consult my Internet Astrologer JENNA who predicted “ I can feel that you have some questions in your mind with regard to your financial situation which is bothering you ( So far true ! ). I can confirm you that I clearly see an inflow of money to you around the end of 2014 and in the beginning of 2015”. Could be true as I am one of the beneficiaries of MC Jain case.
To us the solace lies in the Apex court judgment and God forbid it should be in our favor.

R.K.Viswanathan

ALL BANK PENSIONERS

"Available Constitutional Remedies


·         Generally Speaking, Remedies to the Problems of the Retirees / Pensioners of the Public Sector Banks are "Constitutional Remedies Only", Which are also Known as "Writ Remedies". Here also, "Practical Approach to the Resolution of / for the Resolution of the Specific Problems of the Retirees / Pensioners of the Public Sector Banks is the Guiding Principle".
·         Writ Remedies can be Sought, by Filling Writ Petitions, Either in the High Courts, under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, or in Hon’ble the Supreme Court of India, Under Article 32 of the Constitution of India. There are in all 5 Kinds of Writs. They are :

(1) Habeas Corpus (2) Mandamus (3) Quo Warranto (4) Prohibition and (5) Certiorari

In Post-Retiral / Pension Related Matters, Generally, “the Prayer Will be for Issuance of Writ of Mandamus Only”. Writ of Mandamus, Will be Issued “to a / the Public Authority”, “Commanding it to Perform a Patent Public Duty”, “Enjoined on it”. All Post-Retiral / Pension Related Matters, “from the Stand Point of Constitutional Law”, Will be Discussed Under “this Head” / “Sub-Head”. As “Mentioned Under “the Head”/ Sub-Head”: (1) “Objective”, “Articles 14 & 21 of the Constitution Of India”, “are the Only 2 Articles of the Constitution of India”, “Which are Relevant / Applicable in All Post -Retiral / Pension Related Matters”.
·         By way of Illuminating Interpretative Analysis, Hon’ble the Supreme Court of India Gave a New and Lively Dimension to Articles 14 & 21 Of the Constitution of India. Under this “Head” / “Sub-Head”, all the Article 14 and 21 Related Judgments of Hon’ble the Supreme Court of India, Having Relation / Relationship to the Post-Retiral / Pension Related Matters of the Retirees / Pensioners of the Public Sector Banks will be Discussed thoroughly. There will Not be Much of Discussion on the Judgments of High Courts, Because, Judgments of the High Courts are Not Binding on Hon’ble the Supreme Court Of India, though, they are of Persuasive Value in Hon’ble the Supreme Court Of India. Of Course, there will be “Some Element of / Some Sort of Over-Lapping” Between “this Head” / “Sub-Head” and the “Head” “Sub-Head”, (3) “Articles” and “ to Some Extent”, in “the Head” / “Sub-Head” : (4) “News and Views” also.
(AllBankPensioners.com)"

M Sreenivasa Murty




Examining the scenario obtaining on the legal front, Shri Sreenivasa Murty says 
there is the unwelcome polarization even now where "one doesn't like to 

talk to the other". The "desirable possibility is we shed the 'I know everything' 
approach. We should brief our respective counsels fully on facts, provide 
inputs and leave "certain freedom to the Counsel to use his original skills arising 
from his erudition and experience."

Above all, Shri Murty says, in his view "it pays to facilitate 
a conference among all the Counsels to share their views and 
agree on how to go about to oppose the Appeals. Such a 
meeting can happen along with us, the clients."

Dear Pensioners,

The euphoria of successful 'mentioning' for early hearing is over. Hon'ble Supreme Court's Order copy has also been received and posted. This should give peace of mind to the doubting Thomases

We are firmly on board on Jan 14, 2015.

We will get an indication of our Sl No in the Advance Weekly List to be released on 9th January. And the exact position in the final daily list, only the previous evening i.e. 13 Jan 2015. In all probability, we will be in the top position, as specifically requested by Shri Jay Savla, so that we may expect LIC's arguments of the main Appeals to commence the same day. 

WHAT NEXT? We should now focus on FULL SCALE PREPARATION for opposing the Appeal/s. 

HOW? One unwelcome scenario is to continue as per the present polarization, where one doesn't like the other, one doesn't like to talk to the other - suggesting 'you mind your business and I mind mine'.

The other desirable possibility is we shed that 'I know everything' approach. We first brief our respective Counsel fully on facts from our angle as well as provide inputs to him to meet the Appellant's contentions comprehensively, We also certainly discuss with him the points of law and the overall strategy that may be adopted for opposing the Appeals. But there will be a point where we leave certain freedom to the Counsel to use his original skills arising from his erudition and experience.

Above all, in my view it pays to facilitate a conference among all the Counsel to share their views and agree on how to go about to oppose the Appeals. Such a meeting can happen along with us, the clients.

A certain point that bothers me is, even now some key players continue to talk and harp on imaginary hurdles for hearing and disposal of our matters and want others to believe the same. Unfortunately the issue is so presented to look like a complex legal procedure which they only know. And strangely these are also owned and adopted and vehemently put forth by some of the other office bearers. I wish to allude to the point here and share it for the information of all. 

The number of original Petitioners in the WP before P & C HC were 31. Six out of them, unfortunately expired at different points of time - some even before LIC's SLP was admitted and some subsequently (even recently). LIC got the Notices of its Appeal served (through Supreme Court Registry) on all the Petitioners (Respondents in the Appeals) at the addresses available in the records. Notices sent in the names of deceased Respondents might have been received and acknowledged by their kith and kin, or they might have been returned to the SC undelivered. 

The surviving petitioners had executed Vakalat Forms in favor of their Counsel which were all filed in and acknowledged by the SC Registry. 
Similar thing would have happened with reference to the Petitioners in Rajasthan HC also. (Delhi Petitioners NOT being individuals, non-delivery of Notices is a non-issue there. 

Now, some of our friends are making this so called non-delivery of Notices to some, a big issue and propagating the same as a likely hurdle for the Appeals to be heard by the Supreme Court. They give it a color to make it look like 'we only found it'. They even presented this as the reason against 'mentioning' for early hearing. There are gullible followers to believe and further spread this false alarm.

In all such matters, we should not claim 'we know everything' . Even if we think we know, we should check with the dealing Advocates - again not the half-baked Advocates who always tell you, you are correct but do check with seniors, especially when you come across a differing opinion. 

When this issue was put in circulation, I did not go by my own view (though I was never uncertain) but discussed seriously with more than one Advocate, including Mr Jay Savla himself. The response I got fully corroborated what I am aware of viz., 1) Serving Notice of Appeal on ALL the Respondents is the legal responsibility of the Appellant (LIC in our case). It does not at any time shift to the Respondents who have received the Notices 2) Supreme Court decides the law on the issues before it and passes the Order. Such an Order when passed applies not only to those who are parties and are represented before it but also to others who are affected in the matter but not represented before it. 3) Then the practical question: who raises this issue before the Bench, if at all? LIC? It will not. Because if it failed to serve Notice on some for one and half years, does it hope to do so in another month or two? Will it be raised by any of the Respondents? Why would they? They only represent themselves and not any other. 

If any party still has any doubt on this aspect, he better check with his Advocate.

Then some Respondents still talk of their IAs and Interim Relief. When the cases are ready for final hearing, which Court would entertain requests for interim relief? 

Mr Savla proposed two rounds of detailed preparation with us preferably on Saturdays, well before 14th January. 3rd January will be one of them. It will greatly help if the respondent representatives could join on 10th and also facilitate a conference among ALL the Counsel to meet and exchange views. After strongly opposing the Appeals on facts and on legal grounds, our counsel should have a collective approach in securing an unambiguous Order from the SC granting 1) Revision of Pension with each pay revision, past and future (which automatically includes DR at the same rate as applicable to in-service employees) 2) Effective from the date of retirement or 1.11.1993 whichever later and 3) All the Counsels representing the Pensioners should be of the same mind in respect of the relief sought and should respond to any queries from the Bench in one voice instead of looking like a divided house. 

The Other part of the preparation is to keep our written arguments ready for submission to the Court if called upon to do so and to save the Court's time in delivery of the judgement. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shri Aggarwal has a view

THE CARTOON "ADVANTAGE PANCHKULA" IS NOT IN GOOD TASTE & SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LIC PENSIONERS CHRONICLE - AN ENLIGHTENED MOUTH PIECE OF RETIRED INSURANCE EMPLOYEES ABLY EDITED BY SH GANGADHARAN.

IS THE CARTOONIST  TRYING  TO CREATE A WEDGE IN AIRIEF UNITS OR HAS SOMETHING ELSE IN MIND. AIRIEF IS AN ALL INDIA ORGANISATION AND ALL MEMBERS AND FOR THAT MATTER ALL PENSIONERS STAND ON THE SAME FOOTING. 

WITH BEST WISHES AND REGARDS
H K AGGARWAL

(We do not subscribe to Shri Aggarwal's views but he has a right to have his own views and get his views published in the Chronicle. More and more people can come forward and criticise the Editor. We will be proud to publish dissenting views. At the same time, our right to defer may also be appreciated. These cartoon images are editorial cartoons.  -Ed.)

SUPREME COURT ORDERS LISTING OUR CASE ON 14TH JAN 2015

ITEM NO.801 COURT NO.6 SECTION IV

S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
Civil Appeal No.6995 of 2013
LIFE INSURANCE CORP. OF INDIA & ORS. Appellant(s)
VERSUS
MADAN LAL GANDHI (D) THR. LR. & ORS. Respondent(s)
WITH C.A. NOS.8959-8962 OF 2013
C.A. NO.9223 OF 2013
C.A. NOS.9409-9410 OF 2013

Date : 17/12/2014 These appeals were MENTIONED today.
CORAM : HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE DIPAK MISRA
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE UDAY UMESH LALIT
For Appellant(s) Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, AOR
For Respondent(s) Mr. Jay Savla, Adv. (Mentioned by)
Ms. Renuka Sahu, Adv.
CA 8959-62/13 Mr. R.K. Singh, Adv.
Mr. Gaurav Kumar, Adv.
Mr. Rameshwar Prasad Goyal, Adv.


NO SUPREME COURT ORDER SO FAR

DEAR EDITOR,

1. SUPREME COURT IS HAVING WINTER VACATIONS FROM 19TH DECEMBER, 2014 TO 1ST JANUARY 2015.

2. TILL TODAY ie.D EC 18 2014 AS PER CASE STATUS REPORT OF SC, THERE IS NO CONFIRMATION ABOUT THE DATE OF LISTING OF OUR CASE.

IN VIEW OF THE HOLIDAYS WE MAY HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE DAWN OF NEW YEAR.

HK AGGARWAL

Advantage: Panchkula




I knew Shri Mahadevan is a top notch statistician. Now I know he is a poet too. We are all privileged.

M. Sreenivasa Murty

CH MAHADEVAN


AN IMAGINARY CONVERSATION


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SUPREME COURT HEARING DATE FIXED AS 14TH JANUARY 2015 AS SHRI SREENIVASA MURTY INFORMS

Thanks to Mr. Sreenivasa Murty

S.R. Krishna
Bengaluru

LIC PAYS 'SHARE OF SURPLUS' TO GOVT.

NEW DELHI: State-run behemoth Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has transferred Rs 1,643.89 crore from its surplus account to the government, after distributing 95 per cent of the total surplus as bonus to the policyholders. 

The amount was presented to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by LIC Chairman S K Roy here today as the government's share of the surplus arising out of actuarial valuation as on March 31, 2014, the insurer said. 


LIC generated a total surplus at Rs 32,685.21 crore during FY14, up 13.8 per cent from Rs 28,727.64 crore in the previous fiscal. After distributing 95 per cent of its surplus to poLICyholders as bonus, the balance of five per cent amounting to Rs 1,634.89 crore was given to the government as its share.


LIC could transfer a higher surplus to the government after two favourable income-tax refund judgements in the recent past. 
  • The Mumbai bench of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) had ruled in favour of the LIC on April 3, 2013, helping it get a tax refund of Rs 4,190.19 crore for assessment years 2008 and 2010. 
  • LIC had also received a refund of Rs 7,500 crore for assessment year 2009 sometime ago. 

Meanwhile, sources said that LIC has paid an advance tax of Rs 1,760 crore in the third quarter, which is up from Rs 1,536 crore a year ago. This has taken its cumulative tax payout to Rs 4,410 crore so far this fiscal, up from Rs 3,840 crore in the previous year.

(courtesy: rb kishore)

We have a good case, deserve early hearing

Dear Editor,

All the experts dealing with L.I.C. Pensioners cases say one thing in common that we have a very strong case. My simple question to all of them is what is the use of having a good case unless it is not heard by Supreme Court.

Again, our case could not be heard till an exercise for making an attempt for early hearing was completed jointly by all the three stake-holders.

Panchkula AIRIEF Unit was lucky to have Sh. Sreenivasa Murty with us as our chief guest on 14th December Sunday here during our 4th Anniversary Celebration Function where he was able to convince Petitioners at Chandigarh Court attending said meeting that making an attempt in Supreme Court for early hearing is the need of hour. He said that half the battle will be won in case our prayer for early hearing is granted and in reverse situation we are not going to lose any thing as we will continue to have an endless wait for turn of our case for final hearing.

Immediately after close of meeting, Legal Committee of Chandigarh High Court submitted its consent in writing to Sh. Murty and he switched into action after his return to Delhi same evening. Next two days Monday/Tuesday 15/16th December were utilised in serving notices to all parties and today i.e. 17th December, matter was heard by Justice Deepak Mishra and Thanks to Almighty our prayer has been accepted and now it is official that 14th January, 2015 Wednesday has been fixed for final hearing of our case.

The legal advice given to Chandigarh Petitioners and Panchkula AIRIEF Unit by Sh. Sreenivasa Murty has proved to be perfectly correct and we say Our Big 'THANK YOU' to Sh. Murty.

Let us hope and pray for our collective victory in real battle ahead for which lot of efforts and preparations are needed by all the three stake holders jointly in complete understanding and cooperation.

With greetings and regards for all,

B.R.Mehta
Vice President
Panchkula AIRIEF Unit

Heartening to note Hon. judges have considered plea of MS Murty

Thank you Mr. Sreenivasa Murty

KML ASTHANA: THE DATE HAS BEEN FIXED AS 14TH AND 15TH JANUARY, 2015

WE WILL HAVE APPEALS POSTED IN JANUARY 2015

As publicized already the 'mentioning ' exercise took place today in Supreme Court. Our Federation's counsel was present.

Hon Justice Misra is reported to have pointed out that tomorrow (18th) is the last working day before Winter vacation. The Court Master was then directed to check up the possible dates. We will have the
appeals are posted in Jan 2015.

We shall communicate if there is any further news from our counsel.


GN Sridharan Gen. Secy Fedn of Retd. Lic Class 1 officers' Assns.

Significant development



SHRI SAVLA CONFIRMED THAT THE DATE OF HEARING IS 14TH JANUARY 2015, AS SHRI SREENIVASA MURTY INFORMS.


***SUPREME COURT ALLOWS OUR REQUEST FOR EARLY HEARING***

'MENTION' -  MORE DETAILS FROM SHRI SREENIVASA MURTY


Dear Editor, 
Here are some highlights of what transpired today in the Supreme court


After a couple of others' matters were raised and decided very quickly (including a request for early hearing rejected with a direction to mention after 4th January) Mr Savla's turn came. He submitted to the Bench that he is appearing for LIC Pensioners who are Respondents in tagged Appeals already ordered by the Court for Final Hearing. That the cases were at Sl No 120 (it is virtually Sl No 20) briefly but disappeared from the list in later weeks. Justice Misra expressed surprise (body language) and asked the Bench Officer what was the reason? The officer had no clue. Then Justice Misra consulted his Brother Judge, Justice Uday Lalit and instructed the Bench Officer to take Note and list for early hearing. 

After instructing the Bench Officer, there was another round of consultation between the Judges. In between, Mr Savla, having acknowledged the directions to the Bench Officer, requested to put the matters on 'top of the Board'. Judge looked at the Bench Officer who (as per my reading) is supposed to have noted the request. 

The exact date (which shall be soon after the vacation, as directed) will be given by the Registry. Mr Savla's Associate is meeting the Bench Officer during lunch to follow up and elicit more details. 
  • One Note and a request to all Pensioners personally from me. Please do not give any credit to me for anything. I took a calculated risk in pushing this today. If we did not get what we got, we could have been languishing for several more weeks and months. After all we all know, unless the matters are listed and heard, where is the question of success? To me first things first. 

THE REAL EFFORT IS STILL TO BE MADE. IT ONLY STARTED NOW. LET US MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER. 
 



M. Sreenivasa Murty

Justice Misra sought reasons why our case delayed.


                              Regards, BRMehtaPanchkula
(news break at 10.49 edited & posted)

IF FAVOURABLY DECIDED, HEARING ADVANCED - DECLINED, WE LOSE NOTHING...


We thank Shri Murty for the great initiative on behalf of Panchkula AIRIEF unit. We pray to
A critic enjoys his questions...
almighty for the success in this mission so that entire LIC Pensioners community is benefitted.

I recollect Shri Murty's words while addressing AIRIEF members of Chandigarh and Panchkula Units during 4th Anniversary Celebration Meeting of Panchkula Unit last Sunday

BRMehta
Panchkula

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MC Jain case vs Gratuity case‏


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BENEFICIARIES OF M C JAIN CASE JUDGMENT AND GRATUITY CASE 
JUDGMENT OF 12 TH FEBRUARY, 2008



















Greetings,
C H Mahadevan


Feeling younger at older age increases well-being in later life


Washington: A new study has demonstrated that older people who felt three or more years younger than their age had a lower death rate as compared to those who felt their
age or who felt more than one year older than their actual age.
The study found out that self-perceived age can reflect assessments of health, physical limitation and well-being in later life, and many older people feel younger than their actual age.
(excerpts. the deccan chronicle)

Monday, December 15, 2014

'Mention' again - mention to take place on 17th Wednesday

Dear Editor,

The Notices meant to be served on the Counsel of All Parties today were ready but could not be served due to minor logistics issue. These Notices will be served as required, in the first hour tomorrow, Dec 16th. Actual 'mention' takes place at 10.30 AM on 17 Dec before Justice Dipak Misra's Bench.

Sreenivasa Murty M.
Camp: Delhi

Infosys employee held hostage - LATE REPORTS SAY TWO INDIAN HOSTAGES SAFE






BANGALORE: An Infosys employee is among the hostages at a Sydney cafe, the IT company said on Monday.
"We can confirm that one Infosys employee is among the hostages at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney," the Bengaluru- headquartered company said.
Our Hyderabad correspondent says the techie, Viswanakth Ankireddy, is a is native of Guntur district of AndhraPradesh.
(the new indian express)

State Bank of India looking into work from home option for women employees

MUMBAI: State Bank of India is studying the technological feasibility of allowing women employees to work out of home for some functions. The bank's IT department will advise the management whether it is possible to have systems in place for monitoring and supervising work being done remotely.

Arundhati Bhattacharya, the first woman to head the bank in 208 years, had said that she would be looking at ways to increase retention of women staff. After she took charge, bank announced that it would allow women to take a two-year sabbatical from work in case they want it for children's education or taking care of parents.

(the economic times) 

Inflation hits a zero, lowest in over 5 years


NEW DELHI: Wholesale price inflation hit a zero level in November, the lowest in about five and half years, on account of decline in prices of food, fuel and manufactured items.

The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation was at 1.77 per cent in October and 7.52 per cent in November 2013.

As per data released by the government on Monday, the food inflation fell to nearly three year low of 0.63 per cent. Food inflation is on decline since May.

(the times of india)

Our cases in Supreme Court. Fresh initiatives‏

Dear Editor,  

Thank you for promptly withdrawing the wrong news (that our cases are on top of the list for hearing on 16th Dec) from 
courtesy: deccan chronicle
the Blog. The faux pas was a typical example of over enthusiasm and rank immaturity and is the result of anxiety to claim/attribute credit where none is due. That I had to answer scores of calls till past midnight and lull the callers back in to their disturbed sleep is another matter. 
On an evaluation of the present status of our cases and the few options open, it was decided by the Panchkula Unit and the available Petitioners in the Chandigarh matter to attempt a 'Fresh Mention' before the Bench for early hearing. 


Action is being initiated accordingly by Shri Jay Savla, Advocate, which includes Notices being issued to ALL parties TODAY. Mention will be made on Wednesday, 17th Dec (which is a designated Final Hearing day. LIC is expected to support. 


If the plea is accepted by the Bench (a matter of pure discretion) we can hope to have the cases listed fairly on top on a Wednesday following the Court re opening viz., 7th or 14th Jan 2015 to commence the hearing. If NOT, there is no harm but the status quo continues which is 'wait for several more weeks' watching the lists. 


In the mean time, let's pray and not spread rumors and wrong news warranting withdrawals and corrections 

M. Sreenivasa Murty 
Camp: New Delhi

Ahmedabad, Mumbai proposed bullet train travel time less than 2 hours!



Despite adverse feedbacks, the Indian Railway may approve the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project any time soon. 

The 543-km route is likely to have elevated tracks along the existing rail lines. Important stations on it will include Surat, Bharuch and Vadodara. The travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be reduced to less than two hours from the current duration of over six hours.

Railway Board officials too were opposed to the project. The cost, Rs 63,000 crore, is really inhibitive. The money would be quite enough to purchase a few aeroplanes,” an official told Deccan Herald.

(excerpts, the Deccan Hearld).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In view of information received from some sources, we realized there was mistake in the news received from Shri HK Aggarwal that our case in SC tops list as flashed in our columns. Accordingly we had withdrawn the news item on our own. Now Shri Aggarwal informs "OUR CASE WILL TAKE MORE TIME TO BE TAKEN UP". -Ed.

Useful and purposeful existence


Congratulations Mr Gangadharan.  When I opened the LICPC to-day I was visitor No. 
  • It is a great achievement and a fitting testimonial as to how popular and useful is the Chronicle for all LIC pensioners and also Bank pensioners.  Keep it up.  God Bless you.
  • Shri M S Murthy deserves appreciation for his analysis of the outcome of his meeting with Chairman.  It looks the Chairman was not speaking from his heart lest he may be seen as not supporting GOI.  One can guess from his statement that LIC will not oppose plea for early hearing in SC and he would welcome a quick decision and his final words ALL THE BEST to Murthy's parting remark of meeting him after a successful SC order indicates his dilemma.
T SAMPATH IYENGAR
BANGALORE
7th Biennial General Body meeting of RETD. LIC EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION (affiliated to AIRIEF) Hyderabad.

General Body meeting of Hyderabad Unit of AIRIEF was held today the 14th Dec. 2014. Shri N. Raja Gopal, General Secretary submitted his report of activities for the period under review. The report highlighted the decisions taken at Bengaluru Conference. This was adopted unanimously.


About Pensioners' Chronicle, the report said " In matters concerning our pensioners and in legal matters before the Supreme Court, the Pensioners' Chronicle is rendering excellent service by throwing open its pages to all pensioners with divergent opinions and belonging to all organisations. The chronicle is available to all those with a PC and internet connection. This population of tech-savvy pensioners has to grow as it gives instantaneous information on all topics. Let us congratulate Shri P.G. Gangadharan for the wonderful service he is doing for the cause of the Pensioners."

Com. N. Narayana. General Secretary of AIRIEF gave his message. The meeting was presided by Shri A. Satchidananda Rao. 2 leaders of Bank Retirees Organisations, Shri Anantha Krishna Rao ( SBH) and Shri B.V. Narayana Rao ( Indian Bank.) also addressed the meeting as special invitees.

A new team was elected unanimously. The President -- Shri A. Satchidananda Rao Vice-President: Shri N. Raja Gopal, General Secretary: Smt. G. Subbalakshmi. Joint Secretary: Shri M. Chiranjeevulu and Treasurer : Shri N. Srihari.

The meeting paid homage to Shri V.R.Krishna Iyer eminent jurist who passed away recently and to all the members who are no more.

( reported by B. Ganga Raju, Hyderabad.)

Panchkula Unit anniversary celebrations...


Dear Editor
I am really very happy to share with you that 4th Anniversary Celebration Meeting of Panchkula AIRIEF unit held here today was a great success. Sh. Sreenivasa Murty was our Chief Guest today who specially travelled from Hyderabad to attend the function.

Our Meeting was today attended by approx 40 members despite a very unfavourable weather here since it was raining heavily since yesterday morning continuously.

We started with reading of a message sent to us by AIRIEF President Sh.S.S.Saxena from Bhopal.
Next, our Chief Guest Sh. Sreenivasa Murty addressed our members for more than 90 minutes narrating full details of our case in Supreme court giving past history, current scenario and possibilities in near future. 

He told members that our first priority is how to secure an early hearing by seeking serial nnumber amongst top five on Wednesday/Thursday when cases meant for final hearing are listed whereas with current serial number being 20 means no chance of our turn coming so soon.
Sh.Murty told our members today that he is trying to be in touch with Sh. GN Sreedharan and Sh. KML Asthana for moving a joint application on 17th December before bench of Justice Deepak Mishra with prayer to seek an early hearing of our case. In case it is granted, half the battle is won. Even if not granted, we do not lose anything. Questions from our members were also answered by Sh.Murty. 

The meeting was also addressed by Sh. R K Sharma President Chandigarh AIRIEF unit, Sh.C.M Bhargav our Patron and Sh.Brij Jit Singh, ex Chief Legal LIC looking after our contempt case at Chandigarh High Court. We express our special thanks to Sh. I.K.Thakural and Sh. RK Sharma Secretary/President of Chandigarh AIRIEF unit for joining our meeting today along with five more members from their place.

The meeting came to close with a formal vote of thanks for our Chief Guest Sh.Murty and all participants by Sh.R.C.Sodhi our Patron.

BRMehta
Vice President
Panchkula Unit

WhatsApp and internet-based spam on the rise


India might be winning the battle but losing the war on spam calls. While data shows that unsolicited phone calls and texts from telemarketers are on the decline, WhatsApp and Internet-based spam is on the rise, industry experts say.

The number of complaints lodged by consumers on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) portal (www.nccptrai.gov.in) about spam calls first rose after the passage of the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations (2010) and has now begun to decline, Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said in the Rajya Sabha.

The government has fined service operators who failed to take action to the tune of Rs.7.13 crore, disconnected 12.6 lakh phone connections of spam callers, blacklisted 19 telemarketers permanently and blacklisted another 2.4 lakh for two years, the Minister said.

But these steps may not be enough, industry experts warn. The government’s regulation that curbed spam calls and texts does not apply to WhatsApp. “Spam sent over WhatsApp, Internet-based spam calls and spam messages — the current regulations do not cover it, and this is a major new front for unsolicited calls and messages,” Rajan Mathews, Director-General of the Cellular Operators Association of India, told

The Hindu. 14/12/2014

Congratulations

SN (a 1992 pensioner)

Meeting with Chairman - we are better off





Dear Editor, 

I fully understand and appreciate Mr SN's reaction (which is natural) to Chairman's 'conclusion'. However, I wish to convey my own response which is as follows: 

In a way we stand benefitted to know the mind of LIC (officially and directly from the horse's mouth). We may be disappointed but I am not surprised. We all know that LIC is always opposed to Revision of Pension with wage Revision and the reasons are many. Government is greatly concerned with ripple effect in Banking sector and LIC owned that argument and never attempted to differ. Governor Reserve Bank has been of a different mettle and Chairman LIC is of a different mettle. It is a matter of organizational culture. Autonomy in LIC has been a myth. We better reconcile to it. 

Coming to the issues of immediate concern before us, we are lucky that our Pension Revision demand remained live and active thanks to the Jaipur Judgement and the two others that followed. We are also lucky that LIC is irrelevant in the final decision making thanks again because the issue is before the Apex Court. We are also lucky because 
Government has changed and the new Government (Political Authority) is not ready or interested to be hauled up by the Supreme Court unlike its predecessor outfit. We are lucky because Supreme Court laid the law governing Pensions so clearly in the recent years and it can't be different for LIC Pensioners. Our Jaipur Judgement was neither the first nor the last on the subject. DS Nakara and a host of other decided cases are already in our favor. And the Government is fully aware of it. These are our strong points and we should not fail in capitalizing on them by not playing our role correctly and carefully. 

We all know that a SLP against a HC Order is entertained by the Supreme Court only if it sees in the SLP a POINT OF LAW that needs to be decided. Obviously SC saw one in the SLPs and so it found it necessary to admit the SLPs condoning a delay of 2 years 3 months and 24 days. A rare thing indeed and LIC succeeded in making out a case in its favor (that there is a point of law to be decided by the SC). 

The Point of Law seen by the SC is the one Chairman LIC is now so confidently banking on. We 
cannot just wish it away. We have to meet it and we shall, when we get a chance to oppose the CAs. Our immediate task is to get the matters on board. Let's see how best and how soon we can. No time to waste or indulge in petty squabbles and become enemies of our own cause.  We are lucky because there is one more critical point in our favor. The Civil Appeals are filed by LIC with all the strength at its command. It says Government only can decide on amendment of Pension Rules. Right. What has the Government said in the present Appeals? It is SILENT. It's not an omission. It is deliberate. Union of India did not file any Affidavit supporting LIC's Appeals. Why? It is going to tell SC "we go by your Lordship's Orders". Government knows that the wind in Pension cases is against it as far as Supreme Court is concerned. This point figured in our discussions with the Chairman. He said Government filed its Affidavit in Allahabad Writ Petition. (The WP has not yet been heard). I said 'I know Sir. But why it did not do so in the present Appeals? Chairman didn't answer.  Our success lies in converting the case as between us and the Government with Supreme Court taking control. Let LIC watch and take orders.  We parted in the meeting on 10th Dec with the Chairman. The parting words from us were: 'We shall meet again Sir to celebrate Pensioners' success in Supreme Court'. To be fair to him, he said 'All the best'. 
M.Sreenivasa Murty 
Camp: New Delhi