Staff Reporter

Says payment of one rank, one pension being delayed

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Service Pensioners' Aikyavedi has charged the State Government with having done grave injustice to the pensioners by delaying the payment of one rank, one pension to those who retired from service prior to July 1, 2004. The Eighth Pay Commission had recommended the payment.

The vedi said commission submitted its report on February 22 this year and it was accepted in toto by the then Government. Many pensioners, both individually and through organisations, had represented to the Government, pointing out the difficulties in implementing revised pension for its old pensioners as per the stipulations in a Government Order, dated April 18, 2006. The stipulations included obtaining a certificate from the respective pension sanctioning authority regarding service details of the pensioners such as pay scale, last drawn basic pay, designation and qualifying service. Consequently, the Government issued another order, dated June 8, 2006, which, instead of removing the impediments in the earlier order, ordered the payment of revised provisional pension immediately and one rank, one pension recommended by the commission later after going through cumbersome procedures, which would result in inordinate delay in the payment of revised pension. The Aikyavedi described as reprehensible the Government's alleged `apathy' in implementing the revision recommended by the Pay Commission. It was tantamount to denying the benefits of pension revision to the more than 3.5 lakh old service pensioners. By its action, the Government was resorting to discrimination not only between its present employees and the old pensioners but also between pensioners who retired prior to July 1, 2004 and those after that.