Friday, April 5, 2013
NOIP (Pensioners’ Union) Circular
1) NOIP’s efforts bore fruits –Pre-1986 Retirees’ Case- You are aware that NOIP had been consistently following up with LIC management to enhance the ex-gratia being given to pre-1986 retirees. Our tireless efforts bore fruits since the LIC issued the circular dtd.11th March 2013, which is reproduced overleaf. Rs.1000 pm for pre-86 retirees and Rs.500 pm for the spouses of such deceased retirees has been granted as medical allowance in addition to what they are already getting. Though the allowance is less, it gives some relief. We shall demand substantial amount in our next visit.
2) Cashless hospitalization- On NOIP’s continuous follow-up, LIC has finalized the list of 4,677 hospitals throughout the country for cashless hospitalization. Cashless is available only in respect of 5 surgeries viz, Cancer, Cardiac, Neuro, Renal failures and Accident-Trauma cases. The TPA is M/s Medi Assist India Pvt Ltd. NOIP has demanded cashless for all types of hospitalization, may be any type of surgery or any treatment whatsoever. For some diagnostic reports also reimbursement can be claimed though not hospitalized. The details are given in the excerpts printed overleaf.
3) Contempt case in SC- The Jaipur HC transferred the contempt case to SC. On 15-3-2013, SC heard the counsels and ordered the LIC’s counsel to file detailed replies to the objections raised by Mr.Aasthana, within 2 weeks and posted the case after 3 weeks. It is learnt that next hearing in SC is fixed on 15-4-2013. It is to be noted that LIC has deposited only difference of Dearness Relief to pre-8/1997 retirees at 100% neutralization, but has not deposited difference on account of up gradation of basic pension after every wage revision.
4) Computation of basic pension- We have been following up with LIC to undo the anomaly being suffered by those pensioners who retire within 10 months from the effective date of every wage revision. In this regard, in case of bank employees IBA has issued a circular (without referring to Finance Ministry) to all Signatory Banks to the Bipartite Agreement, to add DR portion to the old basic and then calculate the pension payable. We have written to CO enclosing the copy of IBA’s circular, reiterating our stand that this needs no Govt approval as it is an anomaly and can be undone by Chairman’s administrative instructions.
5) Obituary- We mourn the sad demise of Shri.Kumar N Deshpande of Nagpur who breathed his last on 7-3-2013, at the age of 72. May his soul rest in peace!