Pensioners to gherao Assembly on Feb 13

Demand release of DA with arrears

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 10

The state government’s announcement to give six per cent dearness allowance (DA) to pensioners seems to have been failed to impress them. There are over 3 lakh pensioners in the state.

Some of the pensioners here flayed the government for not releasing full DA of previous fiscals with arrears.

Surjit Singh Goraya, president, Pensioners’ Welfare Association, condemning the government, said on a call by the Punjab Government Pensioners’ Joint Front, they would gather in Mohali on February 13 and proceed to gherao the Assembly during the Budget session.

He said the government was releasing only six per cent DA against their pending 16 per cent DA for the past two years.

There are four instalments of the DA for 2017 and 2018 are pending. He said the pending DA, along with arrears, must be released to give justice to the pensioners.

He added that the government had not released three instalments of the DA for the past 22 months.

Sukhdev Singh Pannu, general secretary of the association, said there was a high need that the government must rectify the mistakes of the cash-less health scheme and increase the medical allowance to Rs2,000 per month.

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