GUWAHATI, Dec 19 - Members of the LIC Pensioners� Association (LICPA), Guwahati Division observed Pensioners� Day on December 17 at the call of the All India Insurance Pensioners Association (AIIPA), according to a press release here.
On the occasion the pensioners assembled for a meeting in front of the Guwahati Division office of the LIC. The meeting was presided over by Birendra Kumar Malakar, president, LICPA.
Addressing the meeting, Satanjib Das, president of Eastern Zone Insurance Employees� Association while explaining the significance of the day, said that on this day in 1982 the Supreme Court, in the DS Nakara vs Union of India case, gave an important verdict, terming pension an instrument of socio-economic justice and economic security during old age.
Das called upon all concerned to build a united struggle in unison with in-service employees and working class as a whole to reverse the neo-liveral economic policy and protect the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme.
Sankar Das, convenor, Coordination Committee of Pensioners� Association, MR Das from BSNL Pensioners Association and Sambhu Datta, general secretary, LICPA Guwahati Division also addressed the meeting.
Following the meeting, a delegation from LICPA Guwahati Division met the Sr Divisional Manager LICI, Guwahati Division and submitted a memorandum demanding minimum monthly pension of Rs 5,000, monthly medical allowance, upward revision of family pension, full neutralisation of dearness relief for pre-August 1, 1997 pensioners, etc.
Biennial conference: The eighth biennial conference of LICPA Guwahati Division was held recently in the DTC Hall of LIC Divisional office, Guwahati. The conference was presided over by a presidium consisting of Birendra Malakar, PC Barua and Paramananda Das.
The conference elected a 31-member new executive committee with Birendra Malakar as president and Sambhu Datta as general secretary.