JAMMU, Feb 28: All J&K State Pensioners’ Association (AJKSPA), Jammu has expressed deep concern and anguish over the apathy of the State Government toward its pensioners.
Addressing a press conference, AJKSPA State general secretary, Madan Lal Abrol said that the State Government deferred the implementation of 7th Pay Commission Report till April 2018 without giving any valid and substantive reasons, thereby leaving the pensioners in hot water as the price of essential commodities is increasing day by day.
Alleging that pensioners in old age are suffering from various serious diseases, Abrol appealed the State Government to enhance the Medical Allowance from Rs 300 to Rs 3000 per month and make special arrangements and legal provisions for free medical treatment for pensioners.
Abrol also demanded 30% interim relief to the pensioners till the grant of benefit of 7th Pay Commission. He condemned present coalition Government for its failure to provide ration and sugar to the people and control prices of milk and milk products, which are rising day by day.
He also criticized the State Government for plundering of public resources by politicians and bureaucrats for their comfort and luxuries. Abrol said that pensioners should not be considered as dead wood, they deserve sympathetic and humane treatment, as they had played a role for the development and pristine glory of the Nation and society.
Abrol lambasted the Government for enhancing the salaries and other perks of the legislatures. He appealed Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu to hold a high level meeting to sort out for redressal of pensioners’ problems.