Taipei--The Legislative Yuan on Tuesday passed a law that will grab what the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration considers to be "overpaid pensions" from retired public servants who have worked for the Kuomintang (KMT) and its affiliated organizations and have received pensions for those work years.
At present, hundreds of retired public servants who at one point in their careers worked for the KMT or its affiliated organizations have had those political party work years counted toward their pensionable years of service.
Under the new law, pensions paid to these public servants should be re-calculated and any pension they received for their service for the party or affiliated organizations should be taken from them.
The new law stipulates that any such money should be returned to the government within a year, either by the retirees themselves, the KMT or the KMT-affiliated organizations that employed them.
The Legislative Yuan has responded to the people's demands and has taken steps to achieve transitional justice and bring an end to Taiwan's past party-state system, DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (???) said.
The new law is expected to affect 381 public servants and save the government NT$400 million (US$13.27 million) per year in pension payments, according to Chen.
Lee Chun-yi (???), a legislative caucus whip of the DPP, said former Examination Yuan President John Kuan (??), Former Vice President and former KMT Chairman Lien Chan (??), along with Former Foreign Minister and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (???) are among the retirees affected by the new law.
Kuan, Lien and Hu are expected to return around NT$10 million, NT$9.83 million and NT$8.65 million, respectively, in pension benefits to the government, Lee said.
The KMT-affiliated organizations listed in the law include the China Youth Corps, the General Association of the Scouts of China, the Chinese Association for Relief and Ensuing Services and various other institutions.
The law also includes an article aimed at protecting disadvantaged retirees, which stipulates that if, after re-calculation, the pension payments given to a retiree falls below NT$25,000 per month, then the retiree shall still receive NT$25,000 in payment.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel