Pensioners get raw deal

Kashmir Times. Dated: 4/24/2019 10:21:51 PM

Dear Editor,
India's nearly 150 million 60 plus old population is reportedly the country's most neglected by the society and the government. However, elderly pensioners have somehow been getting preferential treatment on account of pension which makes their living a bit comfortable as old age is accompanied by multiple physical, social and other problems. In J&K state, however, the pensioners are being meted out a shabby treatment by the successive state governments.
The J&K State Pensioners Association with the the cooperation and support extended by all J&K Low Paid Employees Federation headed by Comrade Abdul Majid Khan, was able to secure parity with their counter-parts in central government and many other states with the increase in pension by 20, 30, 40, 50 and 100 per cent after the age of 80, 85, 90, 95 & 100 years. Apart from that, the state governments, in general and concerned authorities, in particular, have been simply overlooking many other grievances of pensioners.
The posts of section officers and certain categories of employees of the account statistics, Sheep/Animal and other departments were upgraded notionally from 1-1-1996 and monetarily from 19-2-2003. Those who retired after February 19, 2003 and are still in-service were given the benefit of up-gradation while those who retired between the period from January 1, 1996 to February 19, 2003 were not benefitted by way of revision of their pension for the reasons best known to the authorities, notwithstanding that several representations were sent to the concerned authorities by the Pensioners Association and all J&K Low Paid Employees Federation.
6 percent DA installment arrears pertaining to the period from January to June 2009 have long back been paid to the employees and post-2006 pensioners while pre-2006 pensioners have not been paid the same so far.
7th pay commission arrears were long back paid to the central government employees and pensioners in one go in cash but the state government ordered to pay the same in three six monthly installments barring pensioners above 80 years of age who were paid the same in one go;
Under formulation II of government order No. 222-F of 2018 the pension of a number of pensioners was required to be revised again in lieu of 7th CPC's recommendations by the office of Accountant General A&E, J&K. The pensioners, thus, submitted their cases under prescribed format through proper channel more than nine months back. The AG's office appeared to be taking up these cases not under certain criteria but on pick & choose basis and especially the cases of older pensioners were are being handled at a very slow pace for the reason best known to the concerned authorities dealing these cases.
This is causing lost of anguish and anger among the employees. The association wrote a number of letters to the AG's office drawing the attention of higher-ups. After a lot of efforts and persuasions, the Accountant General this month setup new pension revision sections at Srinagar and Jammu to deal with such cases exclusively.
Let us now hope these cases will get priority attention.
Krishan Singh,
J&K State Pensioners Association, Jammu



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