Pensioners’ plight – Letter to the editor daily TheNews
Lahore (Friday, October 5, 2012) – The retired officials of the Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank Ltd have been waiting for four long years to receive the increased amount of pension. Their pension has been revised annually in every budget from 2009 to 2012. The 900 retired officials, and widows and orphans in the case of deceased officials, have been receiving the same amount which was fixed in 2009.
Deciding the matter, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had termed the reports of the chief secretary of Punjab and the president of the PPCBL unsatisfactory and ordered them to consider the case of pensioners favourably. Consequential to the above said orders, the Human Rights Cell of the Supreme Court had notify the chief secretary and the president of the PPCBL that ‘they are required to ensure compliance with the above said order and submit a report positively to the court before August 24, 2012.
The deadline has long passed and the Supreme Court’s order is yet to be implemented. The president of the PPCBL is the main hindrance and has been keeping the pensioners deprived of their legitimate right while defying the Supreme Court orders. The president is reportedly misinforming the higher government officials about the case by concealing facts regarding the status of the bank-balance sheet and profit-loss account for the years 2011 and 2012. The PPCBL president apprised the Supreme Court that the bank has been facing a loss whereas the fact is that the bank earned a profit of Rs500 million each year. Depriving the pensioners of the annual increase in their pension is an injustice which should be stopped.
Bashir Ahmed Lodhi