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Railway pensioners in Mysore seek benefits


The Railway Pensioners' Association has urged the Government to provide employment to the wards of retired railway employees.

It also sought an extension of the deadline to enrol for the Railway Employees Liberalised Health Scheme, as some members, especially those in semi-urban or rural areas, were unaware of the last date for doing so.

The association passed 12 resolutions at its recent general body meeting attended by 680 members here on Sunday, a press note said on Tuesday.

The members urged the authorities to sanction an annual festival bonus to pensioners.

There were more than 6,000 retired railway employees in Mysore, but they did not have a place to meet, they said, and urged the State Government to sanction a site near the city railway station to construct the association's office.

Benefits for spouse

The spouse of a deceased pensioner, who had put in at least 10 years of service was eligible for family pension. However, only spouses of those who had put in at least 20 years of service were eligible for complimentary passes. Hence, the association urged the government to relax the conditions for providing passes.

Drawing attention to the plight of employees with physical disabilities, the association claimed they had not been granted any special compensation to meet their daily expenses. It urged the authorities to sanction special funds for them.

Companion

The meet also renewed a plea seeking that a companion be allowed to travel with senior pensioners holding first class passes, at least for those above 80 years. Presently, they are allowed to travel in a lower category.





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