J&K State Pensioners Association Submit Memorandum of Demands – According to Krishan Singh, president of the Pensioners Association, the hardships of the pensioners, most of whom are aged and infirm, suffering from multiple problems, more particularly in view of sky rocketing prices of essential commodities.
J&K State Pensioners Association (SPA) has appealed the State Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu for immediate release of six percent DA installment from July 2015 in cash in favour of State pensioners and the employees.
In a memorandum, submitted to the Finance Minister, the Pensioners Association has also demanded immediate payment of arrears for six percent DA installment pertaining to the period from January 2009 to pre-2006 pensioners, enhancement in monthly Medical Allowance, revise pension by 20 to 100 percent after 80 to 100 years of age and expedite clarification sought by the Accountant General for revision of some pensions, retired between the period from 1-1-1996 to 19-2-2003.
According to Krishan Singh, the association also reiterated demand for immediate release of 10% DA installment from January 2014 and payment of balance amount of 6th CPC arrears to State employees and pensioners who are reeling under the onslaught of sky rocketing prices of almost all essential goods of daily consumption.
The other demands of raising pension by 80% and above of age on Central pattern, revision of pension of SOs and some categories of employees of Accounts, Statistics, Sheep/Animal Husbandry Department upgraded notionally from 1-1-1996 and monetarily from 19-2-2003 who retired during the period from 1-1-1996 and to 19-2-2003 as those who retired therefore were given the effect of pension revision by the Accountant General but instruction are awaited from the Government about the applicability of up-gradation order in respect of left over pensioners.
Enhancement of medical allowance to Rs 1000 was also demanded by the association.
He further added “We people need preferential care and compassion but in J&K State, the pensioners are unfortunate being ignored and deprived from their due benefits by the successive Government,” and laid stress for speedy redressal of their grievances.
Source: Daily Excelsior