Special Correspondent

SALEM: The General Council of Fraternity of Retired Diploma Engineers of Tamil Nadu, which met here recently, has urged the Chief Minister to merge the Dearness Allowance as per the Government Order No.371 for the pensioners retired from June 1, 1988 to Dec. 31, 1995.

Express train

The council also urged the Railway Ministry to introduce an express train to Chennai from Salem leaving at 5.30 a.m. and reaching Chennai at 10.30 a.m.

In the return direction, the train should leave Chennai at 5.30 p.m. and reach Salem at 10.30 p.m. A train to southern districts also should be introduced. It asked the Commissioner of Chennai Corporation to pay 25 per cent gratuity withheld for its pensioners.