AIBDPA has written to Com.K.K.N.Kutty, Secretary General, NCCPA to take up the following two issues in National Concil (JCM) for early settlement.
NOTES ON ITEMS TO BE TAKEN UP IN JCM(NATIONAL COUNCIL)
(1).Pension be 50% of last pay drawn to the pre 2006 pensioners.
The central government vide OM No.38/86/03-P & PW (A) dated 29-08-2008, as recommended by the 6th Pay Commission, had extended full pension, ie 50% of the last pay drawn or 50% of the average of last ten months pay, whichever is beneficial to the retiring employee. And in the same para of the said order, the condition of 33 years service was reduced to 20 years, for those retired after 01-01-2006. Later the government, based on judgments of the courts, issued orders delinking of 33 years service to the pre 2006 pensioners also, but arbitrarily limited the pension as 50% of the MINIMUM of the pay to the pre 2006 pensioners. This has created a serious anomaly that one who retired after 01-01-2006 with a qualifying service of ten years is granted 50% of last pay as his pension where as another retired before 01-01-2006,even with 40 years of service, is denied the same benefit. This is a great injustice and against the verdict of the supreme court in Nakara case, wherein, the apex court has stated that pensioner cannot be discriminated on the basis of date of retirement.
(2). Restore CGHS facilities to the pensioners retired from Department of Telecom.
Central government pensioners, residing out side the CGHS areas, are eligible to avail the CGHS facilities. But, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued an order in August, 1996 denying P&T retirees from availing the CGHS facilities, quite arbitrarily. Pensioners organizations and many individuals approached the courts of law against this unjustified order and also got favourable judgments. But the order in question was not revised or cancelled. Now, the 7th Pay Commission has recommended that “ All Postal pensioners , irrespective of their participation in CGHS, while in service, should be covered under CGHS, like all other central government retirees”. (Para 9.5.18 of 7th CPC). However the Pay Commission has missed to include the pensioners of the Department of Telecom, presumably with the understanding that telecom was converted to BSNL on 01-10-2000. But the fact remains that there are thousands of pensioners retired prior to formation of BSNL. And these pensioners should not be discriminated, any more.