Kathmandu,21 March 2015: Retired government employees have demanded the government rise in their pension amount in par with the increment in the salary of incumbent employees.
As per the existing provision, government pensioners are entitled toÂ only 66 per cent of the amount increased for incumbent employees.
Taking part in an interaction organised on the occasion of fifth general assembly of Nepal National Pensioners’ Association (NNPA) in the capital Saturday, they demanded the government provide dearer allowance as well.
The Civil Service Act lacks clear provisions regarding the facilities to its servants after office, they said, calling on the government to set up elderly homes and welfare centers for their well-being, and utilise their skills.
Association Chair Nar Bahadur Karki stressed the government should announce Retired Employees’ Day and allocate medical allowance to them.
Association member Puspamuni Bajracharya shared the government pensioners have been hit hard due to the provision of 25 per cent annual tax on their income.
Secretary at the Ministry of General Administration Rajan Khanal pledged to draw attention of bodies concerned to address the demands of retired employees. There are presently 250,000 pensioners (civil service, Nepal Army and Nepal Police) in the country.