Friday, November 25, 2011

UFBU 's delegation to IBA

All the representatives of Constituent Unions/Associations of UFBU met the Chairman, Indian Bank’s Association on 16.11.2011 in a delegation. All the current issues and demands of Officers/Employees in the Banking Industry were explained in a threadbare manner and IBA was urged upon to resolve the same expeditiously
In this connection, UFBU submitted a letter to the Chairman, IBA covering all the issues taken up with them. Along with the issues of serving employees pensioners' issues were also taken up. Para 8 of the said letter which has covered pension  scheme issues is reproduced below.

  Pension Scheme :- Bank employees’ Pension Scheme was agreed upon and introduced in 1993 exactly on the lines and basis of the Central Government Pension Scheme.  Even the New Pension Scheme that has been introduced for the Government employees has been made applicable to banking industry.  But the various improvements that have been made in the Government scheme as per the 5th & 6th Pay Commission Report have not yet been extended to the banking sector. Hence, issues like periodical updation of Pension Scheme along with wage revision for serving employees, 100% DA compensation for all pensioners, improvement in Pension, Commutation, Family Pension, etc. are very genuine demands that need to be resolved expeditiously.  Even the Ex-Gratia Pension of Rs.300 per month being paid to the pre – 1986 retirees remained the same.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

LIC to revise pension in four weeks : Rajasthan HC

Rajasthan High Court today (i.e. 02/11/11)granted four weeks time to LIC to comply with its earlier order directing the company to implement a November 2001 board decision to revise pension and dearness allowance of its retired employees.
Hearing a contempt petition, the single bench of Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma directed the LIC to revise the pension and DA payable to its retired employees corresponding to the successive revisions of pay scales that took place in 1986, 1993, 1997, 2002 and 2007.

Counsel for LIC Ajay Tyagi prayed before the court to grant four weeks time to comply the order. The court, however, directed A K Das Gupta, Managing Director LIC and D Vijaylaxmi, Executive Director (personal) to remain present before it on December 1 in case the order is not complied with. The order came on a contempt petition filed by petitioner Krishan Murari Lal Asthan. The board resolution was passed to meet the demand of parity in pension raised by the All India Retired Insurance Employee's Association. Retired employees of LIC across the country are drawing pension based on the last pay at the time of their retirement. The "inaction" of the the LIC in implementing the board decision was challenged by Krishan Murari Lal Asthan, General Secretary of Retired Insurance Employees' Association of LIC. The LIC board did not implement the resolution on the ground that the Finance Ministry has not given its approval. Disposing of the writ petition filed by Asthana, single judge bench of Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari in its order dated January 12, 2010 had asked LIC to take immediate steps to implement the resolution of LIC board and held, "In the present matter, there was no reason to seek approval of the central government". The SLP filed by the LIC was also dismissed by the Supreme Court and subsequently the division bench has also dismissed a review petition filed by LIC but still the order of High Court was not complied with.
Source : PTI