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New Delhi: The Supreme Court listed the petition relating to the EPS (Employee Pension Scheme) before the same bench that considered the case earlier, on January 29.
A three-member bench headed by Justice UU Lalit had directed on January 18 to list the cases before another suitable bench. However, the case has been listed before the same bench now.
Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Anirudh Bose had considered the pleas earlier. So, Justice UU Lalit had pointed out that it would be better to list the petitions before the bench that includes either Justice Sanjiv Khanna or Justice Anirudh Bose.
This matter was left to the consideration of the Chief Justice. But the Chief Justice decided that the bench headed by Justice UU Lalit itself should consider the case.
The Kerala high court pronounced the verdict that ensures pension in accordance to the salary on October 12, 2018. The salary limit of Rs 15,000 on the basis of which the share of the employee to the EPS (Employees’ Pension Scheme) was calculated, was revoked. With this, pension was allowed in accordance to the salary of the staff.
The Supreme Court also upheld the Kerala High Court verdict on monthly pension from the Employees’ Pension Scheme on April 1, 2019. Following this, the EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund organisation) filed a review petition and the Ministry of Labour filed an appeal against the high court verdict.
In the new appeal filed by the Centre, it has been pointed out that the limit of Rs 15,000 was determined targeting the financially and socially backward people. If the verdict revoking the limit was implemented, there will be a shortage of Rs 15,28,519.47 crore in the EPS. The EPFO had to give Rs 839.76 crore after the high court verdict.