Yes, this was most unusual a gap in publishing necessary posts on this blog for too big a gap of three week’s time after I started it in 2007 for the reason that I got confronted with certain eye related problems coupled with some seasonal ailments. It appears as if some one like my friend, philosopher and a guide has gone awry against me. It’s easy to have some compromise with other ailments but not those related to eyes, more so when it concerns the people who are computer maniacs like me too with ten hours a day on my laptop incessantly. I express my regrets to my readers on this count. I am somewhat better now and taking a plunge against odds to resume my routine tasks to secure release of posts on this blog every alternate day in the usual manner. I feel enriched with the warmth of love and affection showered on me in plenty by my beloved readers with the message of ‘Get well soon’ in a sumptuous measure. Spring up as it does from the very core of my heart, I offer them all my humble thanks in most sincere a measure.
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:
“KESHAV RAI SAINI
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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
Things change and so are the names of varying issues and this is done most often by political circles to make their approach saleable with the consumers in the market. Take soaring prices for instance, a consequence erupting inter-alia out of governmental decisions, which have since been given a tag of hard decisions in the interest of the Nation by the present government in the saddle led by BJP. Possibly the previous government fell short of the strategy to coin this excuse and they might be repenting on this count. The moot question, however, is whether giving some name with a national denotation to a gigantic problem renders necessary acceptability to it at the level of the consumers, the common people of the country. Obviously not. No terminology of an excuse evidently sans any tangible delivery of goods is ever supposed to be received well by the people. They want solution to the problem and simply a change in its name doesn’t suffice. No doubt that the Modi Government has been able to fully stabilise itself by working hard with their integrity intact coupled with a sound agenda on developmental projects within a very short time, people of the country are more keen to see an improvement on the burning issues like soaring prices where the previous government was a total flop and this is an area where real results matter and not the barren vocabulary of some words or the other forming a lame excuse. More so, the present party in power BJP stands committed to their voters in the last elections to fully overcome the crisis if voted to power and they have no reason to cover up their inability with unproductive words after they were able to form their government.