MARGAO: All Goa government pensioners association (AGGPA), on Wednesday, gave the government 15 days’ time for resolving their increment and pension issue, failing which they threatened to come out on the streets to protest.
Addressing the media, the head of the association said that they were affected due to the government’s decision of lowering the retirement age to 58 from 60.
“Former chief minister Manohar Parrikar had assured us of giving two increments and compensating for the financial loss with the revision in pension by April 1, 2013. But till date nothing has happened. We demand that the promise be fulfilled while we are alive,” said Walter Colaco and six other prematurely retired government servants.
Asked whether they have approached the present chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar over the matter, they replied in positive and said that the chief minister has said that the matter is under consideration.
“Most of us have crossed 70 years of age. We, therefore, demand that the government take up the issue immediately and give us justice within15 days, failing which we will be compelled to come out on the streets,” said V Vernekar, Dr Hari Nagvekar, Walter Colaco, Pedro Coelho, I S Bhende, Mayesh Bhangui and Ganesh Verlekar.