JAMMU, Apr 25: The voluntarily retired workers of J&K State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) held protest demonstration and dharna against the management of the Corporation and State Government at Exhibition Ground, near Press Club here today.
The VRS accorded workers of the 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. They were shouting slogans in support of their demands and also against the SRTC management and State Finance Department.
The Union leader while speaking on the occasion strongly criticized the SRTC authorities for not paying 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 said that the retired workers were struggling for their hard earned money for the last about seven years.
The speakers alleged that merely 50% arrears have been given to the workers while arrears of the 6th Pay Commission and COLA installments have been denied to them by the SRTC management. They pointed out that during last seven years of struggle, 38 VRS/GHS employees have died as they could not afford even the medical treatment.
They 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.
Prominent among those who joined protest included Balwinder Singh, Surinder Singh, Davinder Singh, B B Sharma, Prem nath, Gulshan Singh, Dwarka Nath and others.