*"BANKS ARE SWALLOWING PENSION FUND"*
The most popular Malayalam newspaper The Mathrubhoomi has published an 8 column
news item titled
*"NO PENSION REVISION FOR BANK EMPLOYEES DURING PAST 26 YEARS".*
Tere are also sub tities such as
*"Pension of Chief General Manager is less than that of a clerk"*
*"The accumulated pension fund is Rs. 2.40 lakh crores".*
The news translated into English:
The accumulated idle fund in Bank Employees
Pension Corpus Fund started in 1993 is Rs.2.40 lakh crores.
The reason given by the banks for non-revision of pension is that there is insufficient balance in the fund. The fact that there will be sufficient amount in the pension fund even if employees pension is doubled now has come to
light when the
*All Kerala Bank Retirees Forum*
obtained facts from various public sector banks under RTL.
The Total amount disbursed as pension in the
year 2017-18 was Rs.14800 crores.
The interest earned in the corpus fund during the same period was Rs. 18400 crores.
75% af interest accumulation
in the pension fund is sufficient to disburse pension to all pensioners. There are 6.91 lakh pensioners as of now of which 1.20 lakh are family pensioners.
*Details were collected by Mr. K. T. Babu, Vice President of All Kerala Bank Retirees Forum.*
Bank managements have to transfer 10% of
employees salary to Pension Corpus Fund every
year. During the last two years six banks have not
transferred even a single rupee to the fund.
Not only that they have also not made any provision for
this in their balance sheets
Employees are facing a dangerous situation due
to non-revision of pension.
A chief General manager
retired in 2002 is receiving lesser pension than a
clerk retired in 2018.
It is the family pensioners
who are facing maximum difficulties.
In 1993 when pension was introduced the family pension was fixed at 1596 the salary at retirement Central government is paying farrily pension at 50% of the pension drawn by pensioners.
*RS. 3445 CRORES, FROM PENSION FUND SPENT FOR OTHER PURPOSES:*
Oriental Bank of Commerce spent Rs. 825 crores
in 2017 and another Rs. 2620 crores in 2018 from the pension fund for other purposes. Bank has admitted in their written reply that these amounts
were not withdrawn for pension payment. It is not
clear which are the Lother banks that have utilise pension fund for other purposes like this."
Even though salary of public sector bank employees had been revised five times since 1993, Pension has not been revised even once.