All India Association of Coal Executives (AIACE) and All India Coal Pensioners Association (AICPA) have intensified activities for achieving demand of increase in pension of coal Pensioners. It is a fact that since the start of pension under CMPS1998, in spite of the provision of its review, no increase has been done in the past and many coal employees are getting pension as low as Rs 500/- per month.
Sri P K Singh Rathor, Convenor, AIACE/AICPA told that AIACE/AICPA members of Bhagalpur, Bihar branch met Sri Ajay Kr Mandal, MP, Bhagalpur. Sri A K Kinwar led the team accompanied by Sri O P Jha and Sri Gopal Poddar and handed over the representation to the MP on 12/1/2022. The team apprised him about the plight of coal pensioners and requested to take up the matter with the central govt for enhancement of pension.
Hon’ble Sri Mandal gave a patient hearing and understood the entire issue of how the pension has remained stagnant for the last 23 years. He promised his full support and agreed to interact at various platforms for getting this ailing issue solved amicably. He did not rule out the possibility of more such interactions in the future till the matter gets resolved.
Sri Rathor further informed that delegations from local branches of AIACE/AICPA from coalfield areas of coal-bearing states will be meeting local Members of Parliament (MP) to apprise them about the hardship of about 5 lakh coal pensioners and more than 50 lakh of their family members.