Pensioners’ woes go unheeded

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 25: The J&K Pensioners Association has expressed strong resentment against the attitude of the Government which in its recent order has directed present themselves personally in the bank and then in the treasury.
In an emergency meeting of the Association held under the chairmanship of Ajit Singh Adyal, it was resolved to invite the pointed attention of the concerned higher authorities towards the sad plight of State pensioners, who are subjected to appear before bank authorities and then treasury and again in the bank to enable drawl of their pension from May 2012 and onwards. This decision has caused embarrassment and strong resentment against the elderly pensioners.
With this order even an old ailing pensioner will be made to be in line and wait for his / her turn to fill up form and get pension document from bank and then again to be in queue in the treasury to get verified from the Treasury officer and again in the bank for depositing the same. They said what will be the fate of ailing and bed ridden pensioners under such circumstances. How is it possible for outsiders who reside with their children in different parts of India and abroad to report to bank/ treasury at such short notice.
The Association urged the concerned higher officials in the Finance department to review this decision to the extent that they may produce life certificate in the bank once a year and also to extend the time limit of May 2012 for the purpose.


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