20-yr-long legal battle: Govt sanctions pension for Kozhikode man after 5 months of his death


Aby P Joy

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Kozhikode: The state government has sanctioned pension for a Kozhikode man who had a 20-year-long legal battle for it, but only five months after his death.

The ‘posthumous plight’ is for Raveendran, a native of Kozhikode’s Olavanna and founding manager of evening tabloid 'Pradeepam'.

Raveendran

He was very active in social circles and fought for pension rights of non-journalist employees in the press.

In 1990, the government sanctioned pension for journalists. Raveendran campaigned for pension for non-journalist employees. He retired in 1992.

While in 1994, the government sanctioned pension for non-journalist employees. Raveendran approached Kerala High Court over the development. He batted that the policy should be imbibed with retrospective effect.

After a 20-year-long legal battle, the court approved the demand in 2014. However, the regime then pointed out that only employees under those newspapers which followed wage board mandates will be eligible.

Raveendran fought against this policy and also proved that 'Pradeepam' then had followed wage board mandates. He also brought the attention of the government to the plight of 54 others who were denied their pensions.

After years, government approved that demand too. The intimation regarding the approval reached his house on the day. Nevertheless, it has no benefit to Raveendran as he passed away five months ago, at the age of 90.

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