Pepsu Road Transport Corporation pensioners to protest on Dec 17
Pensioners of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) and their family members decided on Sunday to protest against non-payment of their pensions since the past four months, at Patiala bus stand on December 17.punjab Updated: Dec 15, 2014 00:05 IST
Pensioners of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) and their family members decided on Sunday to protest against non-payment of their pensions since the past four months, at Patiala bus stand on December 17.
State president of the PRTC pensioners' association Bhagwant Singh said the superannuated employees of the PRTC across the state would participate in the protest as the PRTC and the state government had failed to release the monthly pensions of more than 3,500 of its pensioners for the past four months.
"The authorities have turned insensitive towards our demands and completely ignored the plight of the senior residents, who are protesting since the past three months for their basic right," he said.
Besides monthly pensions, the pensioners have been deprived of installments of dearness allowance, arrears of pay commissions, pension benefits and payments of medical bills. The PRTC owes more than RS 250 crore to its employees and the pensioners have been made to run from pillar to post to get their dues.
General secretary of the association Hari Singh Chamak said it was unfortunate that retired employees had to take to the streets for their basic rights. Saying that it was a sorry state of affairs that the pensioners, who rely entirely on the amount for their livelihood, did not receive their dues on time, he added, "This attitude of the PRTC authorities has been posing problems for the pensioners, who are unable to undertake any medical treatment or carryout other routines."
He also said the PRTC management was neglecting high court's orders with respect to payment of the pension. The pensioners rued that even the government had failed to come to rescue of the PRTC and didn't provide financial assistance to the PRTC as promised in the high court.
In an affidavit filed in October, the government promised to give Rs 4.5 crore every month for 18 months, besides providing additional grant of Rs 42 crore in two installments to be paid in November and December, but it failed to release a single penny.