State president of the Retired State Government Employees' Association D.N. Sampath said that the huge disparity that is there between the salaries of State and Central Government employees should be removed. Speaking at the State-level conference of the retired State Government employees here, he said dearness allowance that is due to the retired employees must be paid immediately. He sought for the amendment of the pension scheme. He added that retired employees who are above 60 years of age should be provided bus-pass and housing sites on concessional rates. — Staff Correspondent