CAG faulted us, but our interpretation was shown right: IIT Madras
On March 13 and March 14, 2013, the Hindustan Times published two news stories, titled Crores wasted as IIT-Madras pays illegal, excessive pensions and IIT-Madras admits to pension package 'interpretation' error respectively.delhi Updated: Mar 15, 2013 22:29 IST
On March 13 and March 14, 2013, the Hindustan Times published two news stories, titled Crores wasted as IIT-Madras pays illegal, excessive pensions and IIT-Madras admits to pension package 'interpretation' error respectively.
The stories pointed out that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) concluded that IIT Madras made excessive pension payments to employees who retired before 2006, and that the human resource development (HRD) ministry then asked the IIT to stop the extra payments. IIT Madras did stop the excess payments, the stories point out, but the Madras High Court stayed the government order.
In response to these stories, IIT Madras has said:
"IIT Madras was held by Audit to have made an error in interpreting the VI PC recommendations with regard to fitment for faculty pensioners. However, (IITM points out that) subsequent CAT rulings on this matter and a DoPT OM issued in 2012 have indicated that the fitment done by IITM for faculty pensioners was correct."
Replying to the IIT Madras statement to HT, Assistant Editor Charu Sudan Kasturi asserts that the stories were 100% accurate. The CAT rulings and the DoPT order that IIT-M cites are still open to interpretation. Till IIT-M receives a formal notification from the HRD ministry to the effect that the pension fitments it followed were accurate, the institute claims that the rulings and DoPT order hold their actions correct is merely the IIT administration's interpretation, not the position of the government that the IIT works under.
And more importantly, the DoPT order that the IIT cites very clearly states that the revised pension amounts it fixed are to be valid only from 24.9.2012 -- whereas the HT stories, the CAG report and the HRD ministry order to the IIT all refer to excess payments made till July 2011. Therefore, even if the IIT's interpretation of the DoPT order is correct, it in no way justifies the excess payments the stories are about.
First Published: Mar 15, 2013 22:26 IST