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Governor to take up pensioners' grievances

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Governor of Tamil Nadu Surjit Singh Barnala has said that he would take up the pending grievances of pensioners with the Centre and State Governments.

"I received a memorandum and I found that the demands were genuine," said Mr. Barnala after inaugurating the 26th annual general body meeting of All India Federation of Pensioners' Association on Friday.

He said he would take "every effort" to bring the demands, including restoration of rank pension to armed forces retirees and providing medicare, to the attention of the authorities. Other demands include exgratia for SRPF/CPF voluntary retirees, constitution of VI CPC, restoration of commuted portion of pension in 12 years, additional pension for service over 33 years and sanction of DA/DR by state Governments.

Earlier, the Governor traced the formation of world's first universal and compulsory pension system in Sweden in 1889. He reminded policy makers to have clear-cut policies for the aged in the light of the increasing number of old persons in a society where the traditional family support system was on the downhill. However, developing countries such as India face "resource constraints in providing for universal coverage."

He said the pensioners' grievances merit the "highest consideration and need to be addressed in a very decent and dignified way."

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