Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | July 19, 2014

No fare concession for Senior Citizens under Tatkal

Senior citizens have urged railway minister to end discrimination in fare concession to them for Tatkal tickets. Though senior citizens get 50% concession of tickets for female passengers and 40% for male, the same sops are not granted in basic fares while buying a Tatkal ticket.

The argument put by a section of senior passengers is that Tatkal is not a fare but a charge levied by the railways for additional berth quota it makes available. “The railways levy Tatkal charge for special quota but why senior citizens are not granted concession in basic fare,” asked Sharadchandra Kulkarni (68) from Akola.

Senior citizen concession can be availed even on premium trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto for all classes but when it comes to tickets under Tatkal, they have to pay full fare.

Take for example Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express, senior citizens pay around Rs526 extra per ticket for journey under Tatkal between Nagpur and Mumbai.

For travel between Nagpur and Mumbai (AC-III) ticket, general passengers pay Rs1,165. Under Tatkal, they pay Rs1,490, which includes Rs312 Tatkal charge. As per railway reservation rules, if a senior citizen is granted fare concession, the same ticket will cost him Rs964. However, they are paying same as general passengers.

Another senior citizen Vijaya Dalvi (74) says Tatkal charge may be justified for extra quota but why there should be discrimination in basic fare concession. “While booking e-tickets under Tatkal the reservation system has disabled the column of concession to senior citizens,” she said.

Central Railway public relations officer (PRO) P D Patil says, “It is true that full fare is charged from senior citizens, but it is policy decision being implemented across the Indian Railways. If fare concession is granted under Tatkal to senior citizens, its purpose will be defeated.”

However, Kulkarni questioned the railways move, saying Tatkal levy is already paid by senior citizens then why fare concession cannot be granted. “All senior citizens are not well off,” he said.

Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | May 29, 2014

Com. Suprasanna Passes Away

    Coch Behar, May 29, 2014: Com. Suprasanna Chakraborty (80), one of the vice-presidents of Jalpaiguri Division LIC Pensioners’ Association passes away this morning at his Coch Behar (WB) residence. He was suffering from Brain cancer for more than a year. He joined his service in LIC at the age of 24 years and was retired on 31.12.1993. suprasanna_chakraborty_1a    From the very beginning he was drawn to the trade union activities and soon became the Base Secretary of Coch Behar base of Divisional Insurance Employees’ Association, Jalpaiguri. Gradually he was interested in TU activities outside his own office and became office-bearer of 12th July Committee, a joint forum of teachers, workers of both central & state govts., employees of LIC, Bank, etc. Under his competent leadership Coch Behar Base won many a laurel. He also served as vice president of DIEA for many years. His life was a glorius example of dedication to the cause of the toiling masses in many fields other than his own industry.

    All the retired & present employees of Jalpaiguri Division pay tribute to this departed personality.

Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | March 8, 2014

AIIPA Office Bearers’ Meeting

6th Annual General Conference Venue Announced

As Scheduled, the Office-bearers of AIIPA met in the city of Ahmedabad on February 22, 2014 to decide on the venue and the dates of the 6th All India Conference of AIIPA and to review the implementation of programme of actions. The following decisions have been made on the Conference.

                 6th All India Conference of AIIPA

Accepting the invitation of Insurance Pensioners’ Association, Kanpur to host and organise the 6th All India Conference of AIIPA in North Central Zone at Kanpur in the month of October 2014, the meeting decided to hold the Conference at Kanpur from 7 to 9, October 2014.

The meeting also received a report from Kanpur comrades on their plans for successfully organising the Conference and noted with appreciation their initiatives. The meeting also welcomed the keen interest shown by the leaders and rank and file of North Central Zone Insurance Employees’ Federation under the leadership of its General Secretary, Com. Ashok Tewari, to organise the All India Conference at Kanpur and sincerely thanked them for the same. AIIPA confidently expects that this All India Conference will be another milestone in the annals of AIIPA.

As the All India Conference is to be held in the city of Kanpur, the meeting decided to call upon the pensioners of Kanpur to liberally contribute with minimum of Rs.500 and as the Conference is to be jointly organised by the pensioners of North Central Zone, they would contribute liberally with minimum of Rs.250 for the Conference.

The meeting also called upon the insurance pensioners in the rest of the country to contribute liberally with minimum of Rs.100 to defray the expenses of the Conference as was decided by the Central Committee of AIIPA and heartily thanked and congratulated the Pensioners’ Associations which have already remitted their contributions – Nagpur Rs.76,700 (full), Hyderabad Rs.50,000, Chennai Rs.40,000 and Surat Rs.25,000 (all partials).

The meeting was also sure that others would be remitting their share of contributions at their earliest, out of their funds, without waiting for the collection of contributions from the pensioners to be completed.

   AIIPA’s Bank Account details

Corporation Bank, Anna Salai Branch, Chennai 600 002.

A/C No. 067500101002537

IFSC Code: CORP0000675  P.Code: 003272

Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | March 8, 2014

Revision in Limits of Cover under Group Mediclaim Scheme

The Central Office has issued circular on March 4, 2014 on the above subject which is self-explanatory. Two pages of the circular are given below for the benefit of all LIC pensioners.

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Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | December 7, 2013

Com. Sudhir Dhar Passes Away at 77

Jalpaiguri, December 7, 2013: Com. Sudhir Dhar, former President & General Secretary of Divisional Insurance Employees’ Association, Jalpaiguri died of heart attack this evening in a private nursing home at Siliguri. He was 77. He left behind his wife, a son & a daughter. He was also a party member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) since 1958.

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Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | October 3, 2013

Improvements in Mediclaim Scheme for the GIC Pensioners

Further improvements in Group Mediclaim Scheme for the GIC pensioners – AIIPA has already achieved 75% subsidy in premium – Now effective from

November 1, 2013

1. Revised terms to come into effect from November 1, 2013; Group Mediclaim Scheme policy to be from November – October every year; only pensioners who are already covered under the Group Mediclaim Scheme are eligible (AIIPA is pursuing for option to all pensioners to join/rejoin the scheme).

2. Increase in sum insured (both eligible/optional) (choice of optional sum insured) Two lakhs slab;

3. Further reduction of 12% (approx) in premium;

4. Floater type policy introduced;

5. Cost of TPA charges to be borne by the companies.

    Pensioners (eligible) are advised to submit the options and pay the difference in premium before 31st October 2013 and not miss the opportunity !

Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | July 5, 2013

Com. Suhrit Dutta Passes Away at age 84

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Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | February 26, 2013

AIIPA Circular No. 05/2013 dated 25/02/2013

To all State/Regional/Divisional Units:

Dear Comrades,

We are reproducing here-in-below the text of the letter addressed by AIIPA, to the Chairman, LIC which is self-explanatory.

With Greetings,

Yours Comradely,

(K. NATARAJAN)

 General Secretary


Shri.D.K.Mehrotra, Chairman, LIC of India,                         19th February, 2013

Central Office, Mumbai.

Dear Sir,

RE: RETIREMENT DATE – JAIPUR HIGH COURT JUDGEMENT

We have come across a communication from LIC, Jaipur D.O. to one Mr. Muralidhar Gupta resulting from a judgement of Jaipur High Court granting a month’s salary and also granting refund of a portion of interest collected as his date of retirement had been deferred by a month on the basis of that judgement.

Earlier, employees used to retire on the date when they completed 58 or 60 years of age and in the year 1987, LIC decided to allow employees to retire on the last day of the month in which they attained the age of superannuation. When this decision was taken, it was specifically stated by LIC that employees with first of a month as their date of birth will have to retire on the last day of the earlier month on attaining superannuation age.

The present Jaipur High Court judgement has allowed employees with first as their date of birth to retire on the last day of that month as against last day of the earlier month. This confers the benefit of one month extra service and consequential benefits.

Such employees, who had retired prior to November 1, 1993, will get a month’s salary, get increments – normal or stagnation if due – get the benefit of revised wages if revised date of retirement falls after effective date of wage revision with new scale taken into account for purpose of average emoluments.

Such employees who had retired after November 1,1993 will also be entitled to all these benefits and some such employees may get the benefit of  increased Gratuity in case the revised date of retirement falls after amendments to Gratuity Act came into force.

Though date of retirement gets changed, there will be no change in commutation unless there is change in basic pay because of entitlement of increment as age next birth day for purpose of commutation would have been reckoned as 59 or 61 as the case may be.

We request the management of LIC to implement the Jaipur High Court judgement in letter and spirit, re-open all such past cases and grant the benefits to eligible pensioners and or their legal heirs by issuance of suitable instructions to all offices.

Thanking You,

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-

K. NATARAJAN)

General Secretary

Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | February 1, 2013

Dearness Relief from 01/02/2013

To All LIC Pensioners

Our General Secretary has issued the following breaking news for us all:

“CPI FOR DECEMBER,2012 IS 219 AND HENCE INSURANCE PENIONERS ARE TO GET D.R. INCREASE OF 67 SLABS FROM FEB.2013 PENSION.

K.  NATARAJAN”

Posted by: P.Ch.Roy | March 18, 2012

Com. Amalendu Sen is No More

    Siliguri: March 18, 2012:- Comrade Amalendu Sen, our ex-treasurer breathed his last in a nursing home in Siliguri yesterday. He was 78. Com. Sukhendu Narayan Biswas & others expressed deep respect & heartfelt sorrow to the departed leader of the Association.

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