PM last hope for retired Central Govt employees

THOUSANDS OF retired Central Government employees settled in large numbers in Indore and surrounding areas are agitated over the lack of post retirement medical facilities to them by the Central Government.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 19:16 IST

THOUSANDS OF retired Central Government employees settled in large numbers in Indore and surrounding areas are agitated over the lack of post retirement medical facilities to them by the Central Government.

As their relentless efforts in this regard for the last several years have not produced the desired results, the senior citizens have as a last resort knocked on the doors of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

The Income Tax (Retd) Gazetted Officers Welfare Association general secretary SS Goyal said that thousands of Central Government employees’ families, who have settled in and around the City, are faced with a lot of problems due to the absence of medical facilities to them, thanks to the unconcern shown so far by the Central Government in this regard.

“In fact, this facility is denied to the retired employees when it is needed the most,” he said. The Income Tax (Retd) Gazetted Officers Welfare Association has been spearheading the efforts for the post retirement medical facilities in Indore for the last several years.

In fact, the Association has been running from pillar to post to get these facilities to the retired Central Government employees in and around the City. They have been writing letters to the Union Health Ministry and the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare. But nothing has moved for the benefit of the Central Government pensioners so far leaving them to bear the medical bills by themselves.

Goyal argued that Indore deserves to get the CGHS facility as it is the biggest industrial, commercial as well as educational centre of this big State. And there are highest number of serving as well as retired Central Government employees settled in Indore than any other City in the whole of Madhya Pradesh. More than 45,000 pensioners’ families constituting more than one lakh members have settled in Indore, Goyal said.

The serving Central government employees have also been crying coarse for the last more than a decade for the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) facility in Indore. But in the case of serving Central Government employees, at least the Government has notified some hospitals in the City in which the employees and their families can undergo treatment at government expense.

In her visit to the City some two years back, the then Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj had promised that the CGHS facility would be implemented in the City for the benefit of pensioners. But, that promise has proved to be just lip service so far.

As a last resort, the pensioners have knocked on the doors of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. A delegation of Central Government employees led by SS Goyal and Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary, Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association MP & Chhattisgarh, had met Dr Singh during his recent visit to the City and submitted a memorandum in this regard.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 19:16 IST