A last-minute decision may have saved NDA Government from blowing away the legal cover available to authorities from the President and Supreme Court judges to ministers and MPs against any orders of attachment of their pensions from the courts, a report in ‘The Economic Times’ has said.
Centre had almost decided to cancel Pensions Act in its efforts to heed Prime Minister's call to scrap old laws.
However, at a meeting held on April 28, several ministries suggested that no other law defends government authorities from seizure or attachment of pension by process of any court at the instance of a creditor who raises a demand against pensioner, the paper added.
This led Centre to consider cancellation of some of the "irrelevant or redundant" provisions of the Pensions Act, 1871 instead of repealing it.
Prime Minister Modi, who heads the pensions department of the personnel ministry, will now take final decision. Centre has so far repealed 125 archaic laws.