About 68,000 pensioners who have been continuously holding protests against the non-payment of their pensions for the last six months have finally been heard.
The state government has decided to disburse all the pensions by September 10.
The problem started when the Haryana government decided to get rid of manual disbursement of pensions in order to streamline the system. The government decided to open bank accounts for the pensioners so that the money could be transferred to the accounts directly.
“They first stopped our pensions and after that started opening bank accounts, the process which is yet to be completed”, said one of the agitating pensioners. “The data of the pensioners is being prepared at war footings and we hope to start disbursing the pensions by September 10,” said Ashok Khemka, state director general of Social Justice and Empowerment.