Railway Pensioners' Welfare Association held a protest rally and dharna against the medical authorities of railway for not fulfilling their long pending demands, in front of Railway Hospital on Monday. Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union (URMU) also supported the pensioners on their demands.
Association general secretary Hardip Singh said, “Our demands were pending since long. We had approached the authorities so many times, but to no avail.”
The demands of the association included, a tie up with a private hospital to provide medical aid in case of emergencies, to provide a claim if a pension is admitted in a private hospital, to make smart cards for pensioners as well as employees, to provide exact quantity and quality of medicine as prescribed by the private doctor, to have permanent specialist doctors in the hospital and to make arrangements at the hospital better.
Association chairman Bhajneek Singh said if the railway authorities would not wake up and take action on their demands, they would be compelled to intensify the stir.
Ferozepur division URMU vice-president ML Parashar said, “A railway employee gives all his life to the service, but when he gets retired he is not entitled to even better medical facilities. We support the pensioners in their demand so that every employee gets good healthcare facilities.”