LAHORE - FIdA HUSSNAIN -

The Punjab Ombudsman directed on Tuesday Finance Department to raise 50 percent pension for those pensioners crossing 75 years of their age, perusing order of the Supreme Court and Lahore High Court Lahore.  Punjab Ombudsman Javed Mehmood announced this order after hearing various applications filed by retired officers of Punjab Government. The Ombudsman also issued directions to Accountant General Punjab in this regard and disposed of all applications.

In its direction to both Finance Department Punjab and Accountant General, the Ombudsman observed that it is settled law that the judgments of superior judiciary and Service Tribunal be complied with letter and spirit and be extended even to the non-litigating parties.

Supreme Court on April 24, 2012, has decided a question of law that the petitioners were entitled to increase their commuted pension on completion of period of commuted pension.

Ombudsman categorically stated that if all equally placed pensioners of Punjab Government were not given the same relief, it shall tantamount to discrimination and shall create an anomalous situation attracting the well-settled principal of law that there could be no discrimination. It is pertinent to mention here that there were 430,000 pensioners in Punjab but all those pensioners who were crossing the age of 75 will be the beneficiaries of this direction issued by Punjab Ombudsman.