CPI(M) Parliamentary party leader Basudeba Acharya on Tuesday promised to take up the long-pending demand of pension retired employees for public sector undertakings at Delhi-level.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by president and secretary of Hindustan Shipyard Retired Employees' Welfare Association Y. Sankara Rao and S.V.R. Chiranjeevi during this visit to the city here, he said he would take up the matter with all the concerned and also discuss it with MP and INTUC president G. Sanjeeva Reddy.

“He also advised us to send a petition to the Speaker of Lok Sabha putting forth our grievances so that she may refer the same to the Petition Committee of the house for its consideration and recommendation,” the duo said.

Mr. Acharya also assured them that he would explore the possibility of raising the issue on the floor of the Parliament during zero hour, if necessary, they added.

In the memorandum, the association lamented that retired employees of many PSUs were singularly unfortunate and remained the only miserable class of citizens denied the benefit of pension, while all other classes of employees, both Central and State and even corporations, enjoyed the pension benefit.