COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS.
Feroze Shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001
Shiv Gopal Misra.
meeting of JCM National Council, with the Secretary Pension was held today at
the the Conference hall of the Department of Personnel and Administrative
Reforms, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi today i.e. 10.3.2016. On behalf of the Staff Side the following
representatives were present:
Com. Shiv Gopal Misra, Com.Guman Singh, Com.
K.K.N. Kutty, Com. M.S. Raja and Com. Srikumar.
The official side had the representatives
from the Department of Pension, Personnel, Railways, Defence, Expenditure, health,
Posts and Telecom. The meeting was presided over by the Secretary Pension.
After the initial comments from the Secretary
Pension and the Secretary Staff Side, the items which had been subjected to
discussion in the earlier meeting and the action taken statement thereon were
taken up. The following were the issues that came up for discussion in the
Action Taken Statement.
Abnormal delay in the issue of
revised PPO to pre 2006 retirees pensioners/family pensioners. (as per the minutes of the JCM held on
The following information was given at the
Ministry/Deptt. Total cases. Revised
authority issued. PPOs yet to be revised.
Civil Ministries 431,172 425599. 5573
Railways: 984260 984260 nil
Posts. 159675 159675 nil
Telecom. 53126 52284 272
Cashless treatment to CGHS
beneficiaries by empanelled private hospitals. The health Ministry officials
stated that since the budgetary provisions are made separately for each
Ministry it was not possible to ensure cashless treatment to serving
employees. The concerned Department or
Ministry has to enter into agreement with the hospitals.
Finalisation of Family pension
cases within a specified period.
It was stated by the official side that the
instructions have already been issued.
Regarding the complaint from the M.P. Circle of the Postal Department,
the matter has been taken up with the concerned authorities on 6.2.2015. The representative of the Postal Department
said that the complaint has been attended to and the matter has been settled.
Agenda Items for the meeting:
Grant of Gratuity on
retirement/death of a Central Govt. NPS subscriber. The representatives of the
Pension department said that the Department of Expenditure has given their
concurrence for the grant of Gratuity for the NPS subscribers on 8.1.2016. The requisite amendment to the rules, they
added were being processed and the consultation with the Law Ministry and the
Labour Ministry have already been made.
They said that they would expedite the issuance of orders in the
Extension of the benefits of
full pension to pre-2006 pensioners who had completed more than 20 years of
service but less than 33 years. The
Staff side said that despite series of judgements in favour of the pensioners,
the Government has not yet issued the orders.
Recently the Nagpur Tribunal has issued a contempt notice to the
Government. They also alleged that the
pensioners are being dragged to litigation.
The Representatives of the Pension Department informed that the
Department of Expenditure had not agreed to extend the benefit generally to all
which has resulted in filing appeal. The
representative of the Department of Expenditure stated that in the light of the
view of the Department of legal affairs, the matter would be re-examined.
Delay in the finalisation of
Family pension cases by the PCDA (Pension) Allahabad. In response to the complaint the
representative of the Defence Ministry
informed that only in a few cases, the finalisation has been delayed due to the
documentation difficulties. They assured
to sort out the matter.
Grant of modified parity to all
those who retired prior to 1.1.2006 with reference to the upgraded post. The Staff Side stated that the Department of
Pension has taken a very narrow view of the matter and the cases are dragged to
the courts of law. The very spirit of
the recommendation of the 5th CPC to bring about atleast modified
parity if not full parity has not been appreciated by the Govt. The issue was discussed at length. The official side pointed out the decisions
of the Court in favour of the position taken by the Government in the case of
K.S. Krishnaswany in CANO. 3174/3006, which has been upheld by the Honourable
Gujarat High Court. In reply the Staff
Side pointed out that the said decisions quoted by the official side had come
about due to the phrase employed while issuing the original order viz.
corresponding replacement scale. After
some discussions, the Chairman agreed to look into the matter afresh and
revisit the order of the Department of Pension in the matter.
The meeting also discussed the
difficulties of Pensioners during the hearing of Pension Adalats. The Staff Side pointed out the need to engage
some knowledgeable person to assistant the complainants. The official side said that there had been no
prohibition in the matter. The
Petitioners are entitled to seek the assistance of another pensioner in
presenting his case. If specific
complaint of denial of this facility is brought to their notice, the Pension
Department will issue the necessary
instruction in the matter.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to