Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bharat Pensioners Samaj(BPS) writes to PM,Minister for finance& the Minister of Law & Justice

No.BPS/SG/2014/3                                                            Dated : 30-05-2014

Shri Narendra Modi Jee
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
Prime Minister’s Office
New Delhi.

Esteemed Sir,

      I, on behalf of ‘Bharat Pensioner’s Samaj’, extend hearty greetings to you on your taking over as Prime Minister of India  following a land-slide victory in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections of the largest democracy in the world which had been facing a fractured mandate during the past decades. It is hoped that with your  vision  in cooperation with your learned and able cabinet colleagues, you will succeed in uplifting the stature of India in various fields especially removal of corruption and uncontrolled inflation, sexual abuse of women& eradication of poverty etc. Poverty anywhere is a source of danger to prosperity resulting the masses going astray and the youth resorting to anti-social activities. May God grant you a long, healthy & prosperous life to serve the Nation and  the Humanity at-large.
I am sorry to encroach upon your valuable time in the busy-schedules. However, your personal indulgence is sought in few problems of the pensioners. ‘Bharat Pensioner’s Samaj’ is pensioners Federation with over 550 Central Govt. Pensioners Associations including those of Railways, Deference Civilians, Telecommunications affiliated to it and 4000 individual members of Central Govt. , State Govts., PSUs etc., is the oldest Pensioners Federation in the country looking after the welfare of Pensioners since 1955. BPS has the distinction to have found a mention in UNFPA publication. By virtue of this, it is a stake holder in all activities of Pensioners.
Two problems of the Pensioners need your personal focus pending release of the recommendations of VII Central Pay Commission setup recently.( 1) to compensate the erosion of the financial position of the pensioners with rising cost of living,  Dearness Relief requires merger with pension wherever it goes beyond 50%.  Employees get automatic relief; by way of 25% increase in their allowances but pensioners do not get this advantage. To strike a balance, it is requested that Dearness relief be merged with Pension automatically whenever it crosses 50% mark. (2) Government often indirectly pressurizes Courts by appealing again & again to get judgments reversed in its favor. Vth CPC had recommended in Para 126.5 of their report that any Court Judgment involving a common policy matter of pay / pension to a group of employees / pensioners, should be extended automatically to similarly placed employees / pensioners without driving every affected individual to the Courts of Law. To help pensioners in the evening of their lives it is requested that Vth CPC afore quoted recommendation may kindly be implemented in letter & spirit.
 Sir, acceptance of these two requests would go a long way in giving Central Govt. pensioners & family pensioners a cheer and comparatively peaceful life. BPS sure you will endeavor to add life to the years of pensioners who in their hay days had ceaselessly toiled for the development of the country.
May I assure you, Sir, pensioners would not lag-behind in extending their whole hearted cooperation, whenever and wherever needed?

With warm regards,
Yours faithfully,

Sd/ 
(S.C. Maheshwari)
Secretary General

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No.BPS/SG/2014/4                                                                   Dated : 30-05-2014

Shri Arun Jaitley Jee
Hon’ble Minister of Finance,
Govt. of India
New Delhi.

Respected Sir,

            I, on behalf of ‘Bharat Pensioner’s Samaj’(BPS) greet you on assuming the charge of Ministry of Finance  at a time when the nation is facing problems of inflation, corruption and various other social-economic problems. I am sure that with your wisdom, out-standing ability and experience in various fields, you will tackle these effectively & efficiently. ‘Bharat Pensioner’s Samaj’ is confident that you will also be considerate enough in giving relief to Pensioners in the matter of income-tax etc. and in simplifying various tax returns much to the advantage of a common citizen with an eye to plug the loop holes and increase in Government revenues.
            ‘Bharat Pensioner’s Samaj’(BPS) is a Federation of over 550 affiliated Central Govt. Pensioners Associations including those of Defence , Railways &PSUs. BPS is in existence since 1955 and finds mention in the UNFPA publication. BPS seeks your intervention in meeting the just demands of the pensioners pending release and implementation of the recommendations of VII Central Pay Commission setup recently.
i)                    Dearness Relief – 100% neutralization with automatic merger with Pension whenever it goes to 50% : Pension undergoes revision only once in 10 years during which period the pension structure gets seriously disaligned as 50% increase in prices takes place in less than 5 years resulting in considerable erosion of the financial position of Pensioners. Working employees get automatic relief by way of 25% increase in their allowances. No such relief is available to pensioners. To strike a balance, it is requested that DR may automatically be merged with pension whenever it goes to 50%.
ii)                  Govt. should not indirectly pressurize Courts by appealing again and again to get judgments in its favors.  instead of implementing  Court Judgments in case of all similarly placed persons as recommended by V CPC in Para 126.5 of their report. Govt. inspite of losing in the highest Court is going in appeals again and again not only to harass helpless pensioners but also to waste public money & court’s valuable time. It is therefore requested that instead of forcing the Pensioners to approach legal forums again & again for the same relief in the evening of their lives. Court Judgment involving a common policy matter of pay / pension to a group of employees / pensioners should be extended automatically to similarly placed employees / pensioners.
I am sorry to have encroached upon your valuable time but I am sure your personal attention & directives will go a long way in giving solace to pensioners. May God grant you a long healthy, happy and prosperous life in the years to come.

With kindest regards,
Yours faithfully,

Sd/ 
(S.C. Maheshwari)
Secretary General


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No.BPS/SG/2014/5                                                             Dated : 30-05-2014

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad
Hon’ble Minister of Law & Justice,
Govt. of India
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

            I, on behalf of ‘Bharat Pensioner’s Samaj’ (BPS), convey to you the heartiest congratulations on taking over  charge of the Ministry of Law & Justice. I wish you a long and successful tenure.

            Fully realizing that you are busy in getting acquainted with various aspects of your ministry vis-a-vis working of the departments under your charge, I cannot restrain myself from bringing to your kind notice a burning problem of the Central Govt. Pensioners which, at present, is agitating their minds. To recall, a group of pre 1.1.2006 pensioners in the matter of incorrect implementation of modified parity recommended by VIth Central Pay Commission, had approached the honorable CAT New Delhi  vide OA No.655/2010 a favorable order was issued  on 01.11.2011and after great struggle up-to highest court got the final  compliance order on15/5/2014 in CP No.158/2012, OA No.655/2010 & MA No.1228/2014 refers (copy enclosed) from PCAT New Delhi. This final compliance order of 15-05-2014 has been delivered after dismissal of all Govt. Appeals, SLPs and Curative petition to the Honorable Apex Court.
            BPS earnestly appeals to your good- self to issue directive for implementation of orders dt. 15-05-2014 to all similarly placed pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners in tune with the recommendations of V CPC contained in Para 126.5 of their report without, driving every affected individual Pensioner/family pensioner to the Court of Law. 


With warm regards,
Yours faithfully,
Sd/ 

(S.C. Maheshwari)
Secretary General
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