Slammed by HC, Delhi govt seeks time over pending pension of municipal corporation employees

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Who will laugh last? Senior citizens drawing their pensions
Senior citizens drawing their pensions. File Photo

Coming down heavily on the government of Delhi, the High Court on Tuesday asked it about the steps being taken to ensure that pensions are paid to two lakh retired employees of the municipal corporations of Delhi who have not received their dues in the last three years.

The High court issued formal notices to the commissioner of three Municipal corporations and chief secretary of government of Delhi directing them to file an affidavit of compliance of an earlier order of the division of the high bench within two weeks time.

The council appearing for the MCD informed the court that they have provided the list of those drawing old age pensions from the corporation to the Social Welfare Department, Government of Delhi. The counsel also admitted that it had received the list of applicants but sought time citing that government was busy since there are elections.

Strongly objecting to it, advocate Ashok Agarwal appearing for the original petitioner Social jurist, said, “it seems that Delhi Govt. is not serious in the matter of payment of pension to 2 lakh old aged destitute who had not been paid pension for last 3 years”.

“Many old aged people waiting for their pension have already died and more would die if payment of pension is further delayed”, submitted Mr. Agarwal.

Justice J.R. Midha while listing matter for hearing on 01.06.2016 directed the Govt. of Delhi to take immediate steps to finalize the list of applicants and to make payment of pension to them and file an affidavit within 2 weeks as to what steps Delhi govt has taken to make payment of pensions to the old aged destitutes.

The above order came on the contempt petition filed by the petitioner Social Jurist through Advocate Ashok Agarwal complaining that the three Municipal Corporations and the Govt of Delhi have failed to comply with directions given in Division Bench order 20.01.2016.