Dibrugarh, Dec. 4: The Dibrugarh branch of Northeast Frontier Railway Pensioners’ Association today said it would work to create awareness among the pensioners about various schemes introduced by the government for their benefit.
There are 33 branches of the pensioners’ association in the NF Railway, which are functioning under the aegis of the Delhi-based Bharat Pensioners’ Samaj. Pensioners’ association of other public sector units, including the BSNL, Post and Telegraph, defence, are also working under the banner of the Samaj.
K.C. Nirmalia, working president of NF Railway Pensioners’ Association, Dibrugarh branch, today told reporters that most of their demands, which were put before the Sixth Central Pay Commission, have been accepted by the government.
According to him, the most important among their demands was lifetime family pension for unmarried daughters, widows and divorcee daughters, fixed medical allowance for pensioners and 20 per cent additional pension on attainment of 80 years.
Nirmalia said to redress the grievances of railway pensioners, pension adalats are being held twice a year in railway headquarters and once in railway divisions. There was also a proposal to hold quarterly pension adalats, he added.
“Many of these facts are unknown to the pensioners, so our association will work towards making the pensioners aware of these schemes,” Nirmalia said.
M.C. Khaklari, branch president of pensioners’ association, said according to the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill passed this year, those who joined service after 2004 will not get any pension.
“We opposed the bill and urge the Centre to amend the bill since under the new pension scheme there will be no social security for the employees,” he said.