Close on the heels of the orders for enhancement of pensions issued for defence retirees, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) has issued similar orders for civilian pensioners today.
The pension for civilian pensioners would now not be less than 50% of the minimum of pay within the pay band (minimum of fitment table) rather than the minimum of the pay band itself, plus of course the applicable Grade Pay.
Though the orders have been issued in pursuance of the cabinet approval granted to the report of the committee of secretaries, it is actually in line with the judgement of the Central Administrative Tribunal for civilian pensioners and the Armed Forces Tribunal for defence pensioners.
Of course while the above judgements have granted the financial benefit with effect from 01 January 2006, the government has granted it from 24 Sep 2012, which is prima facie illogical since when an anomaly is rectified, it is to be rectified from the date of the inception of the particular anomaly and not from a future artificial date.
Much credit goes to Mr V Natarajan, President Pensioner’ Forum, Chennai, for continuing the fight for civilian pensioners. I’m sure in light of the fact that we’ve reached till here, justice to the fullest extent should not now be too far.