Problems in relation to pension issues in State Bank of India continued accumulating one after the other for a long time and this accumulation has resulted into several plights for retirees from the Bank. There is no point in repeating them as a series but some of them being glaring ones need to form the knowledge base of the pensioners and also the readers taking due interest in the matter. The veteran in the field K.R. Saini has come out with certain salient aspects by way of his valuable comment in this connection and the same is reproduced for the information and use by the readers:
THE PLIGHT OF OLD S.B.I PENSIONERS
IN STATE BANK OF INDIA THE PLIGHT OF THOSE PENSIONERS WHO ARE ABOVE 70 YEARS TO 87 YEARS OLD IS NOT UP TO THE MARK.IN STATE BANK OF INDIA THE HIGHEST POST IS DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR AND WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.11.1987 TO 31.10.1992 IS DRAWING MAXIMUM PENSION OF RS 19029/ PER MONTH WHAT TO TALK OF OTHER OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES WHO RETIRED DURING THIS PERIOD.SIMILARLY DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR WHO RETIRED BETWEEN 1.11.1992 TO 31.10.2002 IS GETTING MAXIMUM PENSION OF RS 22129/ PER MONTH WHAT TO TALK OF OTHER OFFICERS WHO RETIRED DURING THIS PERIOD, THOUGH THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY PRONOUNCEMENTS HAVE NO POLICY PRESCRIPTION FOR THE AGED WE TRUST IT IS NOT AN OMISSION BUT THE BELIEF OF THE RULING DISPENSATION THAT CARING FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS IS NOT AN OPTION BUT A DUTY.THE TASK BEFORE THE NEW GOVERNMENT IS NOT EASY.UNFINISHED AGENDA IS ITSELF HEAVY AND ADDED TO THAT IS THE HIGH EXPECTATIONS THE NEW GOVERNMENT HAS GENERATED.ALL THESE ARE GOING TO KEEP THE NEW GOVERNMENT ON ITS TOE EVEN TO FULFILL HALF OF WHAT PEOPLE EXPECT OF IT.,WE ARE CONSCIOUS OF THE CONSTRAINTS AND LIMITATIONS WHICH IS WHY THE BANK RETIREES HIGHLY PRAGMATIC IN THEIR DEMANDS..ALL THAT WE WANT IS A LIFE OF DIGNITY,,STATUS AND HARMONY WITH NO ANXIETY ALL OUT THE AUTUMN YEARS OF OUR LIFE.PENSION HAS TRANSCENDED FROM BEING A MERE ASSURANCE OF SUBSTENANCE TO AN ASSURANCE OF DIGNITY,STATUS AND HARMONY TO RETIREES.
WE WISH NOT TO BUT WE ARE CONSTRAINED TO BELIEVE THAT IT IS NOT DEARTH OF MONEY AND DEARTH OF EMPATHY AND COMPASSION THAT PREVENTS THE OFFICIALS OF THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE.MINISTERS OF THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT AS OPPOSITION PARTY LEADERS EXTENDED THEIR SUPPORT TO OUR JUST CAUSE MORE THAN ONCE AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SYMPATHETIC. TO THE ISSUES CONCERNING BANK RETIREES.
WE DO NOT WANT TO FLY HIGH BUT WE WANT ONLY TO WALK WITH DIGNITY.THE GOVERNMENT THAT SETS STORE ON THE PRIDE OF BEING INDIAN MAY PLEASE ENSURE THAT WE,THE SENIOR CITIZENS ARE ABLE TO LIVE IN N PRIDE.BEFORE SIGNING OFF,WE EXTEND OUR WISHES AND CO-OPERATION TO THE GOVERNMENT TO DO THEIR BEST TO OUR NATION AND OUR PEOPLE.” K.R SAINI