More than 6700 pensioners of Himachal Pradesh state corporate sectors today got a blow from a verdict pronounced by Supreme Court as it allowed the Special leave petition filed by Mr. Vribhadra Singh government, depriving them the benefit of old pension schemes. Single judge bench (court number -2) comprising of Mr. Justice J.S. Kehar today pronounced judgment allowing the contention of SLP filed
by the State Government against a judgment passed by Justice Rajiv Sharma of Himachal Pradesh High Court.
Single Judge bench of Himachal Pradesh high court had upheld the petition filed by pensioners for awarding them old pension on the
analogy of state employees. Recently the State government had moved SC filing SLP in the matter against the High Court verdict. In the last hearing on April 19, 2016, after hearing the arguments of state attorney P. Rao and Mr. R. Venktaeshrum and counsel for the
respondent pensioners advocate Guru Kumar Krishanun, SC have reserved verdict which was listed for judgment today.
The leader of Corporate Pensioners Mr. Govind Chitranta told Himvani that the verdict to affect as many as 6730 corporate retired employees who were expecting to get major relief as state high court verdict justified rights of old pensions to them. The SC pronounced in the verdict today that ‘it set- aside the Justice Rajiv Sharma verdict’ in the matter ‘allowing the SLP of Himachal Pradesh Government. Mr. Chitranta said that they would consider next course of action after consulting their counsels whether to file curative or review petition in large bench of SC against the today’s verdict.
“Following the notification of new pension scheme by the union and government of Punjab on March 2004 onward, corporate pensioners
belonged to state electricity board, Himahcal Pradesh Forest Corporation, HRTC and Himachal Pradesh tourist development Corporation
etc would not be entitled under old pension scheme”.“As only 1000 corporate pensioners were entitled to get benefit of old pension forced them to move high court challenging cut off date of old pension of Jan 1, 2004.” Respondent said.