Pensioners struggle for 6th Pay Commission installment

Srinagar: Pensioners in Kashmir have been moving from pillar to post for their third installment of the Sixth Pay Commission which was due to them in April 2013.
The government had in 2011-‘12 agreed to clear the arrears of the Sixth Pay Commission due to its employees and pensioners in five installments of 20 per cent each spread over a period of five years.
While the installments for the serving employees are being debited to their GP Fund account, the pensioners are provided in cash. Though the government already released the third installment to the in-service employees in July 213, the pensioners, who have retired before 2006 (the year Sixth Pay Commission was implemented) have so far received only two installments.
“The government has been feeding the pensioners with promises only,” said Syed Nazir Ahmad, a former teacher.
“On approaching the treasuries, we are told that the government has not issued orders in this behalf,” said another pensioner, Mushtaq Ahmad of Shopian, who retired as a supervisor in the CAPD Department.
“I don’t understand why government is now backtracking from its commitments when it previously announced that there has been a provision for the installment in the budget.
“The Finance Department has probably diverted the amount kept for it to some other budget head, making the pensioners suffer in these hard times,” Mushtaq added.
Pensioners also lament that 10 percent DA, which was due to them from July 2013, has not been released so far.