Pension crisis... By Arbab
08 January, 2014
Consequent upon the decision of the request made by a few pensioners regarding grant of increase on their commuted portion of pension, the federal service tribunal accepted their appeal which was upheld by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The apex court directed that the pension of the appellants should be determined from the date of restoration of the commuted pension at the rate at which they were drawing 50 percent remaining pension. However, the arrears for the period prior to restoration of their commuted portion was not allowed.
Since the finance division intends to file a constitutional petition before the apex court to revisit its judgement, the government allowed the amount of increase in pension on the restored portion with the condition that the beneficiaries would submit a legal undertaking that if the constitutional petition is accepted, the amount would be recovered. The provincial bureaucracy, on its part, is playing delaying tactics in implementing the order of the apex court. It is sad that the usual bureaucratic mindset is adding to the plight of those who have spent the major portion of their lives in serving the public and are presently going through a terrible financial crisis.