Pensioners highlight demands

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 7: All J&K State Pensioners Association (AJKSPA) held a meeting to highlight their demands, under the leadership of Convenor, Mukund Lal Sharma, here today.
Addressing the meeting, Madan Lal Abrol, general secretary of the Association criticized the indifferent attitude of the State Government regarding their demands.
He reiterated their genuine demands, which included payment of arrears of the revised pension with effect from 1-1-2006 to 30-6-2009 in one installment, additional quantum of the pension after attaining the age of 80, 85, 90, 100 years and above at the rate of 20%, 30%, 40%, 50% and 100%, enhancement of medical allowance from Rs 300 to Rs 1000, release of 6% DA arrears from January 2009 to June 2009, payment of 6% DA from January 2012 onwards to the employees and pensioners and withdrawal of 13.5% VAT imposed on the sale of canteen goods to be purchased by Ex-servicemen.
Besides, in order to elevate the social status of different categories of working class in the society, the meeting demanded that honorarium of Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers, Anganwadi workers, Home Guards and Safai Karamchari be increased to Rs 5000 per month, honorarium of Agriculture Technocrats be increased to Rs 10,000 per month and newly elected sarpanches and panches be given a salary of Rs 10,000 and Rs 6000 per month respectively.
Mukand Lal Sharma warned the Government and ruling party to fulfill their demands or be ready to face the defeat in the local body elections.
S D Verma, Jagdish Dogra, K K Sharma, Suraj Singh, Madan Lal Sharma and many others attended the meeting.