Mandi, September 13
The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) pensioner welfare association has announced to protest against the state government in Mandi town regarding their long-pending demands on September 15.
Brij Lal Dhiman, president of association, said that “due to apathy of the state government, the pensioners of HRTC were suffering across the state. We are not getting our pension in time like pensioners of other departments. The pensioners of other departments get their pension on the very first day of every month, while our pension gets delayed for months.”
“We are getting 30 per cent less pension from the state government as compared to the pensioners of other departments. We are not getting our medical reimbursement in time,” he pointed out. “We are getting 140 per cent DA and 4 per cent IR, while the government pensioners are receiving 153 per cent DA and 21 per cent IR. We urge the state government to end this discrimination,” he demanded.
“The state government is planning to purchase more buses, while buses are lying idle at several places across the state due to lack of adequate staff. The government has sufficient money to purchase buses but is reluctant to clear our dues,” said Dhiman.
“We tried to raise our issues with the HRTC minister but he paid no heed. We also met the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur over this issue but he did nothing,” he said. “Now we have decided to stage a massive protest in Mandi town on September 15,” he said. — TNS
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