Thoubal: The Thoubal District Pensioners Union under the aegis of Manipur State Pensioners Union staged a sit-in-protest at Thoubal Melagaround Community Hall on Tuesday.
The pensioners staged the sit-in demanding full implementation of the recommendations of the “7th Pay Commission” by enhancing the DA/ DR rate at par with that of the Central Government employees from April 1, 2020 onwards as per the MoU signed on june 8 ,2018.
Taking part at the protest, the President of Manipur State Pensioners Union M. Rajendro said that Manipur Government Service Federation, Manipur Secretariat Service Association and Manipur State Pensioners Union had been demanding enhancement of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief (DA/DR) rate to 18 percent.
He added that since the price of essential items has increased, the DA and DR of the pensioners should also be enhanced so that they don’t face any difficulties in buying the items.
Regarding the pensioners who retired from the service before January 1, 2016, Rajendro demanded that the process of preparation of a concordance table for fixation of basic pension of the pensioners should also be completed at the earliest.
He further said that the State Government had agreed to complete preparation of the concordance table by January 2020, but it has failed to do so.
Keeping the agreement in abeyance for a long time can’t be tolerated, he added.