Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Supreme Court notice to Governmet on PNB employees demand of medical benefits after retirement

New Delhi, Sep 13 : The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Union Government and four other respondents on a petition filed by a PNB bank employee seeking medical aid to the retired employees of the country.

A bench comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma issued showcause notice to the Union of India, the Punjab National Bank Chairman, Indian Banks Associations and United Forum of Bank Union on a special leave petition, filed by All India PNB Workers Federation general secretary J K Sawhney against the Delhi High Court order which had dismissed the bank employees demand. 
The High Court had on March 14 this year dismissed the bank employees' petition saying, "It will be for the bank employees and the management of the banks to sit together and decide as to how best such medical facilities can be extended to the retired employees." The petitioner has raised the question of constitutional validity of the state's duty under Article 21 of the Constitution to safeguard the right to life of every person and demanded medical facilities not be denied to the employees after retirement as grant of medical facilities to a person is a fundamental right. 
The petitioner said when the medical bills of full-time directors of the banks can be reimbursed then why there is parity between the retired employees of the bank.
Demanding their fundamental right of life to healthcare, the petitioner said it is the obligation of the state to look after the health of the employees who have served the banks for 60 long years. 


  1. At last, SC recognised the genuine fundamental rights of an employee. After all, governments are taking care of neglected sectors of the society by providing so many welfare measures, why not the banks to its own employees ?


  2. The apex court direction to IBA and the Tade Unions is appriciated by the senior citizens of the country who have contributed a lot to the motherland. It is hightime for both IBA and the union leaders to formulate a comprahensive Medical facililty to the seniors awithout any ambiguity while implimentation. The CEOs of the IBA member banks need not show cooked profit to the govt for their survivel after retirement.the notice to the IBA from the apex court indicates the CEOs and Trade Union Leaders have no eyes and brain for development of the society and also they are selfish for theoir survivel. CICIRAO

  3. What is the response to SC notice by the respondents ? The time is running and poor bank retirees are dying. As 50 days were lapsed from the date of notice, is there any positive developments and when it become reality ?

  4. The last hearing at SCourt was on 17 09 2013 - Can anyone brief on the hearing details on Tuesday - The Next date of hearing is fixed on 30 09 2013.

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