Former nurses blame clerical staff for delay in pension

Six retired nurses,who were working with the state-run St George Hospital,have claimed that they have not been getting their pension for the past many months.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 23, 2012 4:59 am

Six retired nurses,who were working with the state-run St George Hospital,have claimed that they have not been getting their pension for the past many months. They said that despite several trips to the clerical department,which deals with the paper work in the hospital,their pension has been blocked.

“It has been seven months since I retired and I haven’t received my pension money since then. I have made at least five trips and numerous calls to the clerical staff,who are yet to send my papers to the office of the Accountants General. However,every time I go,the staff tell me they will send it in few days,” said Madhushree Sonalkar,who claimed she is yet to receive a pension amount of Rs 98,000. She added that she has been borrowing money from a friend to run the household.

Latika Diwarkar (62) has also not been receiving her monthly allowance as per the Sixth Pay Commission since 2006. “Around Rs 2.5 lakh has been blocked because of the laziness of the clerical staff,” Diwarkar alleged.

Nurses at the St.George have complained that this is not the first time the hospital has been lax about its employees’ money. “Until a few weeks ago,we had not received our salaries for the past four months. The management gave us excuses like incomplete records for the delay. They finally started disbursing the money after we threatened to go on a strike,” said Kalpana Sonawane,union leader at St. George.

The retired nurses,however,have not filed a formal complaint regarding their pension fearing it would further delay the disbursement. “There has been no complaint in this regard. However,if such an issue is brought to my notice,I will definitely look into it,” said Dr D R Kulkarni,medical superintendent of the hospital.

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