PENSIONERS WANT ALL FACILITIES
The All India Central Government Pensioners Association (AICGPA) will conduct a meet on December 29 and 30 here to address various issues related to pensioners. The Association will seek inclusion of all those above the age of 60 as senior citizens.Mr. A. K. Palnitkar, president of Thane unit of the association today said the 61st annual meet of the pensioners will open with a Central Working Committee meet followed by an All India Conference.
The association, with 72 branches across the country, has total 47,000 members. The meet would discuss the issue of disparity in pension, which was not solved by the Sixth Pay Commission.
The other issues include an increase in pension from the age of 65, payment of pension in a single installment instead of the present two for those above 70 and the family of the deceased, immediate payment of medical allowance alongwith a hike from present Rs 100 to 500 and introduction of insurance based medical scheme.Giving thrust on their demand of classifying all those above the age of 60 as senior citizens, Mr Palnitkar said as per government norms the Income Tax benefit will be given only after 65.
However, the association demands it to be 60 years instead. "The Indian Railways considers people above 60 years of age as senior citizens. Other sectors provide the benefits only after 65 years. The association demands it to be 60," Mr Palnitkar said.
Source : UNI