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No pension review for 20 yrs,employee’s widow moves HC

Shalini Lele,a widow of an employee of the public sector unit Rashtriya Chemical Fertilizers who is presently drawing a pension of less than Rs 600 per month has moved the Bombay High Court,questioning how she can be granted such a small amount.

Shalini Lele,a widow of an employee of the public sector unit Rashtriya Chemical Fertilizers (RCF) who is presently drawing a pension of less than Rs 600 per month has moved the Bombay High Court,questioning how she can be granted such a small amount.

Lele’s husband worked with the undertaking for nearly 20 years from 1968 to 1987,when he passed away. After his death,his widow received an amount of Rs 450 per month till 1990. The amount was revised to Rs 585 in 1990,after which it has not been increased till now.

Lele’s counsel Ashish Kamat argued that pension for employees is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution and the Supreme Court has upheld this.

The division bench of Justices S A Bobde and Mridula Bhatkar noted,“You (RCF) must account for the present financial conditions and the rise in the cost of living. We are not saying that the pension must be increased to a specific amount,but at least some increase must be there. Can you turn a blind eye to such a case?”

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The RCF,however,pointed out that no amount towards pension had been deducted from the salary of the petitioner’s husband. Their lawyer also said that other benefits are being given to the petitioner. The court has now asked the RCF to state whether it proposes to make any increase in Lele’s pension and if yes,by what amount.

First published on: 12-04-2012 at 12:57:35 am
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