I received a message on date as from one of the activists Rakesh Kumar Saxena the contents of which are yet to be authenticated but the same is reproduced here for the information of the pensioners, the retirees and the readers in general. They may apply their own sources for securing the authenticity on the issue. We shall be releasing necessary message to you all after the news is finally confirmed or it is the other way round.
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Rakesh Kumar Saxena
October 13 at 12:28pm
This msg has been confirmed by Sri K P Rao ex GM . You can trust. A Writ Petition filed 22/08/2016 by a group of SBI Pensioners in Delhi HC. WP admitted on 14/09/2016, with No 8085/2016. Relief claimed: (1) uniformly to all 50% of avg of last 12 months pay as pension (2) DA at qly intervals as paid to serving employees (3) periodical revision of pension with every salary revision (4) family pension @ 30% (min). Grant of all these reliefs within powers of Bank’s Board & no sanction of GoI required. WP prepared on basis of various SC & HC judgments, consultation with Sr advocates & reference to Pension Fund Rules & Regulations. About Rs. 9 lacs contributed by several Pensioners (including former Chairmen/MDs). Rs. 4.75 lacs spent till admission of WP. Much more money required. Appeal to all Pensioners & serving employees to contribute as much as they can, BUT REQUEST FOR MINIMUM OF Rs. 1,000/-. Contributions be remitted to Current Account No. 3520438380854 opened in names of Rajesh Rai, MMK Sardana & Umesh Sharma at Jagriti Vihar Branch, Meerut: Code:16607. IFS Code: SBIN0016607. After remitting contributions please SMS Umesh Sharma on 8979199558 giving details of name of remitter, city residing in, amount remitted & branch from where remitted. Details could also be mailed firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of WP & references posted on Team Meerut’s Facebook page. WP initiated by PPR Upadhyaya, Retd GM of Bangalore Circle now settled in Mysore. This WP different from one filed by Pensioners’ Federation many years ago before same HC. Latter has asked for only 50% of pay as pension and they made GoI made a party by which is not required. Please confirm it’s genuineness”
As flies to wanton the boys
So are we to Gods
They kill us
For their sports
It was not for nothing that Shakespeare penned the above lines –he in fact gave a clear message that those who are saddling the power do suffer from the propensity of harming others –be they the common people, workforce or any group of persons engaged in various tasks, needless to say that they include the workforce in Banking Industry in the country and are now the retirees besides a big number of them in the pipeline. The topic warrants a big narrative in the matter but is not considered relevant at the moment. What is more important is the attitude of the Government of India and bully bankers who are not prepared to lend their ears to hear their grievances, nay agonies, even after an abnormal lapse of time. Surprisingly the Law Courts too belong to the same citadel. Long back the Supreme Court of India ordered consolidation of numerous cases and they asked them to clinch the employees/pensioners’ grievances peremptorily. Nothing tangible occurred, the time frame allotted for the purpose was just ignored with the petition roving from Bench to Bench. New Bench with different judges was formed giving it the color of priority by fixing the hearing on day today basis. Now the tremendous shock that is let loose is to the effect that the next hearing is fixed at the end of 1st week of November’2016. Historically people in the workforce have to remind themselves of Britishers ruling India when their forefathers were recognised just as their subjects (Ghulaams) and nothing beyond that.
Who bothers for them? Possibly none. They are the abandoned lot in the whole democracy with none around to offer them some succor allowing them to lead a normal life like others do in the country. The hardships are caused to them by none others but the Government of India itself and Banking Industry mainly including State Bank of India. I am referring to the plights of the retirees from giant Bank of the country State Bank where this issue is pending for the last two decades with the result that the pensioners are hankering for some relief as their pension amount is too low incapable of necessary sustentation of self and their family. The problem continues hovering around Government of India, the courts including Supreme Court and State Bank. Parliament of the country is all out preparing itself to raise the monthly emoluments of the so called less paid Members of the Parliament. The tearful face and a visibly a depressed look of the aggrieved man both can well be seen on the two pictures in the beginning of this post. These pictures are the real ones telling the whole world what could be the amount of their sufferings. Besides pension issue, the issue of compassionate appointment which was there in State Bank was abruptly withdrawn without any reason or rhyme at the end of the last century. Why such an onslaught let loose terribly against the bank employees. Why political leaders are seen stressing their throat boasting at the top of their voice that ‘ see how best we are doing for the development and welfare of the people’. Is it that pensioners of State Bank of India and the aggrieved ones on account of their bread earner’s death can’t claim their rights as a citizen of the country?. They only cry and weep in the absence of any relief from any side. Compassionate appointment is the dire need of the first order but the issue is callously side tracked. Our question to the Government of India is whether they aim at seeing the retirees particularly those in the wrong side of their age gasping to death. Look ye Government of India and top executives of State Bank, you have no right to gamble with the life of SBI pensioners and the aggrieved claimants for compassionate appoints. The workforce involved has strength enough to fight a do or die battle and you are not allowed to behave yourself the way you are doing.
I received a telephone call the other day from one of the readers of this blog asking me as to what has happened in regard to –
- Pension issues in State Bank of India and
- Compassionate appointments in Banking industry
I explained to him in detail as to why there is no requisite outcome in regard to both the problems and that what are the reasons of delay. Initially he was polite and soft in his talks but he lost his cool when I told him that like others he too may have to wait till the anomalies and the problems in the matter are sorted out by the top channels in the Government and the banks through IBA (Indian Banks Association) besides Delhi High Court who have since transferred the issues relating to Pension to a new bench of judges. About compassionate appointment too I explained to him the scenario in detail including the very history of it right from Bank of Bengal days. Highly annoyed with what I told him politely, he got badly annoyed replying to me saying ‘I have nothing to do with all that you have said. I want results only and not false assurances. You leaders give assurances only like our Prime Minister Modi ji does. I think we should have a Morcha platform against our leaders and not the Government nor State Bank. Talks ended at this point and I felt aghast on how the people rate our efforts made indefatigably. The very question that still haunts my mind is after all there is a limit for every thing and so applies to patience on the part of the leaders too.
Mirza Ghalib was, like Keats in English, a poet of romance and had nothing to do with politics or governance but what he wrote impliedly or otherwise applies quite much to the people in general in their life on this earth. An unending wait for the verdict on grievance used to be a valid ground for punishment for delay so caused at the level of the Qazees, the then magistrates in olden times. Much above Paleolithic age, we are greatly civilised a society today claiming to be ultra modern but certain practices like those in Law appear to be not only outmoded but utterly out of date with thousands and thousands of the victims groaning with pain for an awful delay in timely delivering the requisite judgment –for example Pensioners case in State Bank of India where nothing could be done by the courts even after a lapse of decades. This is all brutally callous. Wait and wait till eternity is the scenario. The pangs of pain like Ghalib said as quoted below equally apply to the victim pensioners knowing no end. Possibly a maga revolution is the need:
आह को चाहिए एक उम्र असर होने तक
कौन जीता है तेरी ज़ुल्फ़ के सर होने तक।
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Law is blind as is the common saying and this version is mostly used to (1) emphasise that it doesn’t favour any body and that (2) it turns a blind eye even to the otherwise most genuine cases irrespective of the merit. Pension issues in State Bank of India are pending disposal by different courts of the country, currently with Delhi High Court, besides the Government of India but even date after date being listed, the outcome was zero. It too looks like a hoax that different dates were fixed up on day to day basis but hearing wise it came out as a barren result. Now that the relative Bench is changed tentatively listing the next date of hearing and the concerned petitioners feel frustrated realising that, like till now, nothing tangible is to emerge. KR Saini’s message released for our NEWSPAGE is reproduced here:
krsaini commented on NewsPage:
AS PER WEB SITE OF DELHI HIGH COURT,THE ORDER DATED 28.07.2016 IN RESPECT OF OUR COURT CASE NO W.P(C)1875/2013 IS AS UNDER————
”THE HON’BLE DIVISION BENCH DID NOT ASSEMBLE AS HON’BLE MS JUSTICE GITA MITTAL IS ON LEAVE TODAY.
RENOTIFY ON 12TH AUGUST,2016
JULY28,2016 BY ORDER
THIS MEANS DELHI HIGH COURT HAS NOT CHANGED YET THE DATE OF HEARING AS 26.08.2016 OF THE ABOVE NOTED COURT CASE..