The Supreme Court has asked the government to draft a single Act to regulate pension payments, so as to consolidate a 'hotchpotch' of instructions issued in relation to pension benefits.
The apex court said that the government lacked clarity on how to fix the pension amounts, and consequently, retired officials suffered, according to a report in Times of India.
“We recommend to the Department of Personnel and Training of the Government of India to try and make life after retirement easier for a government servant by having appropriate legislation enacted by Parliament or applicable pension rules rather than a ‘khichdi’ [hotchpotch] of instructions, office memoranda, clarifications, corrigenda and so on and so forth,” said the Court.
The bench passed the remarks while deciding the plea of a retired railwayemployee who was fighting a legal battle 27 years after his retirement on the amount of his pension entitlement, reports Times of India. The Court finally decided against the retired official but asked the central government to take steps to prevent pension woes of retired officials.