JAMMU, Apr 23: Jammu and Kashmir State Pensioners’ Association today held one day sit-in-protest against Government’s apathy towards pensioners’ problems.
ID Soni, Director, Scouts and Guide, was the chief guest while Mukund Lal Sharma, president of the Association, presided over the occasion. Addressing the delegates and activists of the Association, Sharma strongly condemned the attitude of State Government towards the problems of the pensioners. He demanded that State Government shouuld provide free insurance to all pensioners and immediately settle their pension review cases pending in the office of AG J&K.
Madan Lal Abrol, general secretary of the Association regretted that State Government failed to enhance the medical allowance which pensioners have been getting for more than five years where as medical allowances has been provided to MLAs/MLCs/Ministers at the rate of Rs 10000 per month. He appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to raise the medical allowance of pensioners from Rs 300 to Rs 30000 per month.
Yash Paul Sanson demanded that all pensioners be exempted from Income Tax as they are not getting any income, their pension is a sort of compensation for the services they had given to nation. Jagdish Dogra stressed upon the Government to provide 50 % rebate in Government buses to the pensioners like neighbor states, besides providing free medical facilities and medical treatment cards to all pensioners.
A resolution was passed with one voice demanding immediate solution to the pensioners’ issues, which include transfer of pension review cases from AG office to treasuries, free Health Insurance policy, enhancement of medical allowance from Rs 300 to Rs 3000 per month and 50% rebate in bus fare.
A large number of pensioners from all parts of the State participated in the meeting.