Retired employees of the North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) staged a protest here on Tuesday against the delay in getting retirement benefits.
The retired employees gathered near the central office of the NWKRTC under the aegis of the Transport Corporations Employees and Retired Employees Welfare Associations’ Federation.
The protesters said they were not given leave encashment benefits and gratuity even after two years of retirement. The transport corporation had stopped paying gratuity to those who retired after June 2011. The employees were made to run from pillar to post for the benefits, they said.
Condemning the attitude of the authorities, the former employees raised slogans against them and sought immediate steps to meet their demands.
One of the retired employees, M.N. Prabhu, said the officials working in the central office were given the amount immediately. However, employees of lower categories were made to wait for two years.
Despite court order, the pending dearness allowance for four months in 2003 had not been paid. While other transport corporations had given the pending dearness allowances for January and July 2010, the NWKRTC had kept it pending, Mr. Prabhu said.
Chief Labour and Welfare Officer A.S.R. Namaji, who met the protesters, said steps would be taken to release the benefits.
He invited the office-bearers of the federation for a meeting with the Managing Director of the NWKRTC on Wednesday.
Subsequently, general secretary of the federation H.G. Koppad said they would withdraw their protest.
‘Despite court order, the dearness allowance for four months in 2003 has not been paid’ ‘The transport corporation has stopped paying gratuity to those who retired after June 2011’
‘Despite court order, the dearness allowance for four months in 2003 has not been paid’
‘The transport corporation has stopped paying gratuity to those who retired after June 2011’