VRS employees stage protest demanding pending dues

Excelsior Correspondent

VRS employees staging protest dharna in front of Press Club Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
VRS employees staging protest dharna in front of Press Club Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

JAMMU, Apr 6: All J&K SRTC Volunteer Retired Employees Association today staged a protest demonstration here in front of Press Club, against State SRTC for not clearing their pending dues.
Addressing the protesting employees, union president, Dev Raj Bali and general secretary, Surinder Singh, strongly criticized the discriminative attitude of SRTC department and higher authorities of Transport Department towards VRS and GHS employees of State SRTC.
“We took VRS/GHS on the assurances that our dues will be released within 60 days but it is sorry to state that we are struggling for the same for last five years. Our miseries can be well gauged from the fact that nine VRS employees died during this period as they could not afford the funds for their treatment”, they said.
They alleged that their case for pending dues like COLA arrears, leave salary, gratuity, ex-gratia grant and pending bills was misrepresented before the Finance Department due to which the bills amounting to Rs 30,16,10, 673 have been lying for last three years in the Finance Department.
Reiterating the demands of the Association, which included clearing 126 slabs of COLA with effect from January 1, 2006, pending arrears since 1999 and 6th Pay Commission arrears with effect from January 1, 2006, Surinder Singh appealed the Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed to intervene personally to release their pending dues.

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