VRS given SRTC workers protest, demand arrears

VRS given JKRTC employees protesting in Jammu on Wednesday.
VRS given JKRTC employees protesting in Jammu on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 2: The voluntarily retired workers of J&K Road Transport Corporation (JKRTC) held protest demonstration against the management of the Corporation and UT Administration at Exhibition Ground, near Press Club here today.
The VRS given workers of the J&K Transport Corporation led by Dev Raj Bali, president All J&K SRTC Voluntarily Retired Employees Association, assembled at Exhibition Ground here in the morning and started protest demonstration. The protesting retired workers were shouting slogans in support of their demands and also against SRTC management and Finance department.
Bali while speaking on the occasion strongly criticized the SRTC authorities for not paying pending 50 % arrears of the VRS given SRTC employees. He alleged that nearly 700 VRS given workers of the Corporation are feeling cheated as they have been deprived of their arrears by the management of the Corporation.
He alleged that merely 50% arrears have been given to the workers while arrears of the 6th Pay Commission and COLA installments have been denied by the SRTC management. He demanded 6th Pay Commission arrears from January Ist, 2006 and COLA arrears since 1999 besides pension benefits and 8.33 % bonus on the basic pay.
Bali said they were struggling for the last seven years now. About 40 retirees have expired so far during struggle and could not manage good treatment but unfortunately, Government was adamant to release their dues. He sought intervention of Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha into the matter.
Surinder Singh, Shiv Kumar, D N Sharma, Surinder Kumar, Dhian Singh, Surjeet Singh and others also accompanied.