VRS given SRTC workers stage protest dharna

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 26: Voluntarily Retired Workers  of  J&K State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC)  held protest dharna against the management of the Corporation and the  State Administration at Exhibition Ground, near Press Club  here today.
The VRS given workers of the J&K State Road 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.
The trade union leaders while speaking on the occasion strongly criticized the SRTC authorities for not paying arrears of the VRS  given SRTC employees. They  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.  They 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, many 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,  BB Sharma,  Siv Kumar, Gulshan Singh,  Mohinder Singh, Dwarka Nath and others.