As you all know, the next date of hearing in the Supreme Court is posted to 25th October 2021.
If everything runs as expected, the hearings will be taken up on that day.
So, the pensioners opting for the higher pension shall wait up to that day.
There is confusion among the other pensioners that the decision taken in the Supreme Court will be beneficial to the pensioners including the Minimum pensioners. It is not so.
The hike of Minimum Pension is only in the hands of the Central Government.
It is not the Supreme Court that decides the Minimum Pension.
It is the only higher pension case that is pending in Supreme Court In the Supreme Court till today.
None of the Minimum Pensioners have filed petitions in the Supreme Court for a hike of Minimum Pension.
It is the only one in the Kerala State by name of Sri Suresh Babu who has filed a case in the Ernakulam Court for a hike of Minimum Pension. In the entire country, it is the only case seeking justice in Minimum Pension.
It is said that the EPFO is paying the Minimum Pension as per the rules laid down in the Regulations in the capacity of a Trust.
But the many pensioners are asking about justice as per the Koshiyari Committee, which is recommended for a hike of Minimum Pension.
Had the Koshiyari Committee recommendations were timely approved, the Minimum Pension would have been Rs. 7500 in two years back itself.
The Government did not implement the Government appointed Committee recommendations at the cost of poor and aged pensioners.
At least partial implementation of the recommendations not taken up leaving the age-old pensioners to their fate.
There is a need of forming Associations, Committees with the Eps 95 pensioners for a hike of genuine Minimum Pension to the extent possible by the Government.
Also, there is a need of coming all the like-minded Associations, Committees under a uniform Flag to struggle for a genuine pension because poor Minimum pensioners are not in a position to spend lakhs of rupees for costly senior advocates to file cases in the Supreme Court.
The Central Government is requested by MPs, Ministers from the ruling and opposition for the genuine hike of minimum pension keeping in view the financial condition of the old age servants to the nation. It is time to take any favorable decision by the Government.