A lot has been written by KR Saini on up gradation of pension in this blog as a matter of expatiating the various intricacies involved to the benefit and knowledge of the readers being pensioners from State Bank of India. There are some who differed with his views on interpretation of various areas of the issue, the up gradation being the one. Such dialogues bring more clarity to the problem. Ramchandra Upadhyaya, an ex General Manager of State Bank itself, places his view point in the matter , quite lucidly and meaningfully, vide his message dated the 18th September’2015 addressed to KR Saini and the same is reproduced below:
You are trying to link up gradation of pension with normal pension. If you examine the matter, the basis for D.S.Nakara case is the writ petition filed by a group of Central Government pensioners. I agree that any right thinking, progressive organisation respecting law, should act as per the decision given in D.S.Nakara case by itself. The Central Government thinks otherwise. It feels that what is allowed as per the Pension regulation of each organisation should be followed. I am not awrae of the Pension rules in L.I.C and RBI. What I am stating is different. I am only stating that what is permissible’admissible as per our pension rules, framed by the Bank’s Central Board should not be referred to the Central Government whose task ends with the giving approval for the Rules as proposed by the Central Board. It should not meddle with the pension payment practice followed by the Bank. Autonomy does not mean whatever the organisation feels should be done. There should be uniformity in the practice followed by all public sector undertakings. I therefore disagree with Sri S.S.Tarapore’s view. Both LIC and RBI should have placed their proposals before the Central Government and if the latter do not agree, move the Courts to get sanction for their proposal. In the case of SBI, the management was so chicken hearted that it did not have courage to implement Supreme court order dated 23.2.89. I am not asserting that my efforts would succeed but I am interested in pensioners knowing that there is no truth in the Bank’s version that it is not getting Govt’s sanction.If the Bank realises its folly well and good. But unfortunately, there is already a propaganda that the Bank can’t do anything without the approval of the Govt. It is here that I would state that the Bank is not functioning as an autonomous body but as a department under the Central Government. What prevents it from applying the provisions of the Regulations and pay pension to the 7th bipartite retirees.