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A letter of Mr Chiefy printed in Dawn about pension increase

KARACHI, March 20, 2013: [Report: Mohammad Khan Sial] A leading English daily Dawn has 
printed a letter to the editor by Syed Tahir Hasan Chiefy, President, PIA Retired Employees 
Association (PIAREA) (Registered) dated March 20, 2013 headlined: "Hapless retirees of 
PIA" which reads as under:

Hapless retirees of PIA 
THIS is further to the meeting of the delegation of the PIA Retired Employees Association 
(PIAREA) with the chairman of PIA and the defence secretary on Nov 16, 2012 at PIA 
Head Office, Karachi, on the subject of our outstanding issues with special emphasis on 
the pension increase.

It is appropriate to mention that the warm response, with a promise of substantial increase, 
from the chairman enthused us all beyond our imaginations. The meeting lent us a hope to 
find the increase just on hand because the pension increase would have been from the 
readily available Pension Trust Fund without affecting PIA revenues.

Subsequent to the aforesaid meeting, the PIA chairman has been in communication, 
through his address to various sections of employees of all pay groups/cadres, about his 
resolve to give a handsome increase to the retirees in order to make the amount of 
pension meaningful.

Contrary to the impression gathered so far from the chairman’s chat, the pension increase 
is not in sight, though the increase is needed all the more by this hapless segment of PIA 
society to offset some pressure of the cost of living. Needless to say that increase in the 
pension of PIA retirees/widows has been granted only once during past 10 years.

To add further, the hapless retirees also renew their request for restoration of the 50 per 
cent commuted amount of pension to those who have completed 10 years of their 
retirement, as well as payment of the group insurance amount on the maturity of policy 
for all fairness of things. Moreover, the attitude of discrimination and of denying the lawful 
rights of the retired employees of PIA should be changed and they should be given their 
legal rights.

Recently, a general body meeting of PIAREA, attended by a large number of members, 
inclusive of representatives from all over Pakistan and abroad, was held at Karachi 
wherein the pension issue was vigorously pursued as presented above.

As promised repeatedly by the PIA chairman, action is awaited anxiously.

SYED TAHIR HASAN, President, PIA Retired Employees Association, Karachi
http://dawn.com/2013/03/20/hapless-retirees-of-pia/comment-page-1/


Some Letters written by Mohammad Khan Sial for increase of pension, in press

Looking after your pensioners [PIA]

KARACHI: A leading English daily " The Daily Times" has printed letter to the editor by Mohammad Khan Sial headlined: Looking after your pensioners" dated August 26, 2015.
The Letter reads as under:-

Sir: On behalf of PIA’s retired employees, I would like to draw the attention of the federal government as well as PIA’s board of directors towards the outstanding issues faced by PIA’s retired employees. Despite repeated efforts, no one seems ready to help them. If PIA’s management increases the prevailing meagre amount of pensions substantially, it would not affect PIA’s revenues as it would be increased from the readily available pension trust fund. Therefore, there seems to be no justification for using delaying tactics in the increase of pensions. Nonetheless, the policy of denying retired employees their legal rights on the part of the PIA management should now be abandoned. It may be pointed out that the increase in pensions of PIA retirees/widows was granted only once during the past 10 years, which was still insufficient in view of the meagre amount of the original pensions, which is not enough to even pay a single utility bill for a family.

 

The main issues of PIA’s retired employees include increase in pensions, payment of group insurance amount on maturity and restoration of the 50 percent commuted amount of pensions to those who have completed 10 years of their retirement in addition to ensuring the payment of minimum pension already fixed by the government.

 

MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL, Via Email
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/26-Aug-2015/looking-after-your-pensioners

 PIA pensioners' misery 
The Nation, Saturday, June 30, 2012

It is sad that the PIA management did not raise the pension even though the government made the announcement. Subsequently, PIA employees are getting a meager amount as monthly pension that is insufficient to pay even one month’s utility bill of their homes. Recently, a delegation of PIA Retired Employees Association met 
with the new chairman of PIA Rao Qamar Suleman and drew his attention towards the chicken feed that they were getting.

The employees were assured that their demands would be met but it remains to be 
seen if the decision is actually implemented. And even for that the credit goes to the dedicated retired PIA employees. One can only recall with sadness that the Airline was once regarded as one of the best in the world. On behalf of the PIAREA, I appeal to chairman, PIA to look into genuine problems and demands of retired employees by granting them a fair increase in pension.

MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL, 
Karachi, 

http://www.nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2012-06-30/page-7

  Low pension of PIA retirees        
The Pakistan Today, Monday, June 04, 2012

It is sad whenever the government has announced increase in pension, PIA management did not implement. The PIA management did not even implement its own decision to increase pension whenever there was increase in salaries of PIA’s serving employees.

Subsequently, PIA employees are getting meagre amount as monthly pension that is 
insufficient to pay even one monthly utility bill of their homes. Recently, a delegation 
of PIA Retired Employees Association met with the new chairman of PIA Rao Qamar Suleman and among others, and drew his attention towards very low amount of PIA pension they are receiving who assured them to consider their genuine problems.

Needless to mention here, it was the result of dedicated efforts of PIA employees, now 
retired, the airlines was once known as one of the best airlines of the world.

On behalf of the PIAREA, I appeal to Chairman PIA to look into genuine problems of 
retired employees by granting them all increases due in PIA pension so far.

MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL, 
Karachi

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/06/03/comment/editors-mail/low-pension-of-pia-retirees/

  Low pension of PIA retirees 
The Frontier Post, Monday, June 04, 2012    

Posted on June 4, 2012

It is sad whenever the government has announced increase in pension, PIA management did not implement, even the PIA Management did not implement its own decision to increase pension whenever there is an increase in salaries of PIA's serving employees.

Subsequently, PIA employees are getting meager amount as monthly pension that is 
insufficient to pay even one month's utility bill of their homes. Recently, a delegation 
of PIA Retired Employees Association (Registered) met with the new chairman of PIA Rao Qamar Suleman and among others, drew his attention towards very low amount 
of PIA pension they are receiving who assured them to consider their genuine problems.

Needless to mention here, it was result of dedicated efforts of PIA employees, now retired, the Airlines was once known as one of the best Airlines of the world.

On behalf of the PIAREA, I appeal to chairman of PIA to look into genuine problems 
of retired employees by granting them all increases due in PIA pension so far.

Muhammad Khan Sial, 
Karachi

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/article/165009/


Letter: PIA pensioners

This is to draw the government’s attention to the injustice the retired employees of PIA have been made to face for a long time. PIA gives its employees 32 percent of their ‘total salary’ as pension but the pension formula – adopted in 2003 – calculates the rate of pensions on the basic pay. This is unfair. As per rules all other government organisations give their retired employees 50 percent of their salaries as pensions. This was also in practice at PIA until 2003. Now, the management should resort to that practice. The retired employees have been demanding since long that the airline should either give them 50 percent pension on the basic pay or make the 32 percent pension to be given on their total salaries without the said formula. Pensioners have been given a raise only once – in 2013. Also, the management should increase the pension of retired employees as per its circular No 21/2003 dated July 21, 2003. The circular clearly mentioned that ‘in future revision and suitable increase in pension shall be linked with salary revision of serving employees’.

In July last year, the airline increased the salaries of its employees twice (October 2015 and January 2017) through admin order No 21/2016 (dated July 26, 2016) but no increase in pensions was made. The management should increase the pensions with the same ratio. It should be noted that the federal and provincial governments increase pensions around budget time. Recently, a delegation of retired employees of PIA met with the CEO of the airline who assured them of increase in pensions through an approval of the board of directors last month but nothing happened. Now, there is another board of directors’ meeting in February so the management of the airline is requested to consider this issue. BA. Karachi
(The News, February 08, 2017 / https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/184678-PIA-pensioners)


Letter: PIA pensioners woes

I WOULD like to draw the government’s attention to the injustice PIA’s retired employees have been
made to face for a long time.

The national airline gives its employees 32pc of their total salary as pension but the formula (which
was adopted in 2003) it applies in the end makes the pension calculated on their basic pays. This is
not fair. According to rules, all other government organisations give their retired employees 50pc of
their salaries as pensions. This was also in practice at PIA till the end of 2003. Now, the management should revert to the practice.

The retired employees have been demanding that the airline should either give them 50pc pension
on the basic pay or make the 32pc pension to be given on their total salaries without the said formula.

Similarly, the payment of commuted amount and Matured Group Insurance should be given to retired
employees at the time of their retirement. According to current practices, the group insurance amount
is paid to the family of an employee on his death during his service up to the age of 60 years. This 
was extended after retirement but restricted up to the age of 65 years.

This means if the employee wants his own amount back, he should either die or heirs should arrange
their death before 65 years of age.

This is ridiculous. The management should pay the group insurance to the employees at the time of
their retirement or upon their death at any age.

Another issue is of commuted pension. It must be refunded to a retired employee after he attains
the age of 70/75 years or to his heirs as in practice in all government departments because it is a
part of pensionable amount mortgaged/sold to the employer by the employee for a period of 10
to 15 years.

The money should never be taken away from retired employees or from their heirs because it is
like a deposit with the employer for an agreed/stipulated period.

Also, the management should increase the pension of retired employees according to its circular 
No. 21/2003 dated July 21, 2003. The ground reality is that almost every year there is a plausible
increase in the pensions of federal and provincial government employees at the time of budgets. But 
it doesn’t happen in PIA. B. A, Karachi
(Dawn, April 02, 2014). https://www.dawn.com/news/1097123/pia-pensioners-woes