PRTC pensioners start indefinite hunger strike against non-payment of pension

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Sep 21, 2014 00:00 IST

Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) pensioners on Saturday started a hunger-strike against the non-payment of monthly pensions.

They held a protest rally before going an indefinite hunger strike in the bus stand premises.
The pensioners have been protesting against the PRTC management and the state government for their pension due for three months now.

The PRTC has failed to clear dues, including retirement benefits for the past four years.

PRTC Pensioners Association general secretary Hari Singh Chamak said, "The decision to go hunger strike was taken after repeated representations to authorities fell on deaf ears."

Accusing the PRTC of not keeping its promises, Chamak, said, "There is total chaos within the PRTC as senior authorities seem to have lost interest. They are hardly ever available in their offices. Even the state is not serious about providing funds to clear our dues."

"Disbursing pension is a top priority of every organisation. But, neither the state nor the PRTC is serious about it," he added.

According to available information, the pensioners are waiting for medical bills, pay commission arrears, commutation of pension and GPF balance to be cleared.

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