A group of IIT professors who retired before 2006 has been running from pillar to post pleading its case with top ministers,asking for payment of revised pension as per the 6th Pay Commissions recommendations.
The amount of pension given to retired IIT professors was revised after the 6th Pay Commissions recommendations came into effect for all Central government employees with effect from January 1,2006. But professors who retired before that,too,seek the enhanced pay,calling it injustice that those retiring in January 2006 are getting more pension than their colleagues who retired just a month earlier.
After several attempts,HRD Minister Kapil Sibal granted us an appointment and suggested we seek redressal from court. While we have served the IITs and generations of students and the country by imparting quality education,no one bothers to hear us out. All we ask for is revision of our pension as per the 6th Pay Commission as this is our right, said Prof A L Agarwal,convenor of All India IITs Retired Faculty Federation.
The HRD Ministry,however,says while they had moved a note on this subject to the Finance Ministry,it was conveyed that such a revision of pension was not possible as it involved re-fixing of the last salary drawn.
Incidentally,in July 2010,the UP government had revised the pension of retired government servants on the basis of the same criterion. The Army Tribunal had also,in 2010,decreed to fix the revised pension for Army officials who retired before 2006.
Professors (in Pay Band IV) who retired before 2006 are currently paid Rs 23,950 (50 per cent of the minimum basic pay of Rs 37,400 and the grade pay of Rs 10,500). The revised amount works out to Rs 29,250 on the basis of 50 per cent of Rs 58,580 (i.e. 50 per cent of Rs 48,000,the revised minimum starting pay of a professor,and Rs 10,500 grade pay for a professor in Pay Band IV) under the 6th Pay Commission.
We are losing out on Rs 8,000 per month… that makes a huge difference to retired people, said Agarwal.