Pensioners stage sit-in protest in Imphal

The pensioners had been demanding enhancement of Dearness Allowance and Dearness relief (DA/DR) rate to 18 per cent.

Demanding enhancement of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief and completion of concordance table for fixation of basic pension, the Manipur State Pensioners Union on Monday staged a sit in protest at Singjamei Chingamakhong.

Speaking to the media, general secretary of the Union, Laishram Tombi Singh said Manipur Secretariat Service Association, Manipur Government Service Federation and Manipur State Pensioners Union had been demanding enhancement of Dearness Allowance and Dearness relief (DA/DR) rate to 18 per cent.

Since the price of essential items has increased, the DR and DA of the pensioners should also be enhanced so that they do not face difficulties in buying the items.  

Regarding the pensioners, who retired from the service before January 1, 2016, he also said that the process of preparation of a concordance table for fixation of basic pension for the pensioners should also be completed.

He further said that the state government had agreed to complete preparation of a concordance table by January, 2020 but it has failed to do so. Further protests will also be organised in other districts of the State, said Tombi.

First Published:July 13, 2020, 11:31 p.m.

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