Apropos of the news report “Govt okays pension, post-retirement medical services for FCI staff” (FE, August 11), it is nice to learn that the Cabinet has approved introduction of pension and post-retirement medical scheme for the 22,000 existing employees of Food Corporation of India (FCI), as per the guidelines of department of public enterprise.
Interestingly, this scheme covers all categories of employees who were in service as on December 1, 2008, or were appointed thereafter. The report also indicates that another 4,000 retired employees will also get the benefit of the pension scheme. However, one wishes that the government would be similarly considerate in respect of RBI employees who have relentlessly urged the government to accord its approval for a grant of pension to a small section of the left-out group. It may be added that several of surviving RBI retirees have migrated to the “super-senior citizens” category. But sadly, they will not get to see similar government munificence as their wait seems interminable.
It is really unfortunate that all possible ways were explored in the past but successive finance ministers, including the present one, have not shown any real interest. One fails to comprehend the real reasons behind the denial of the pension to the RBI employees, more so when the government has very recently approved the grant of the revised pension and pension update for retired central government employees as per the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. Why such double standards?
Vinayak G, Bengaluru
Brand guru Balki
Apropos of the edit ‘Brand Balki’ (FE, August 11), there can be no doubt that, in recent times, Balki has been a tall ad-man who has redefined brands for many MNCs. Unpalatable as the product is, Balki managed to impart some respectability to even Fair&Lovely. His films, including English Vinglish, which he produced, showcase his ability to depict everyday situations in a thoughtful manner. We look forward to a similar demonstration of excellence in movies as well.
Sumona Pal, Kolkata