Pensioners’ rights will be protected - Chief Govt Whip
The Government has no intention to terminate the associations formed
by pensioners’ or curtail their rights, the Chief Government whip Urban
Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardene
The Minister speaking in Parliament yesterday said there are over
450,000 pensioners. They have formed various associations to safeguard
their rights. Therefore, these pensioners’ associations also possess
legal powers to perform their duties.
The Pensions Department is willing to reimburse Rs. 50 which had been
deducted from the pensions paid to all pensioners for February, 2009, he
The amount had been deducted from the pensions as a contribution to
establish a holiday resort for pensioners near the Ramboda water fall in
the Nuwara Eliya district by the Pensions Department. If pensioners are
urging for the reimbursement, the Department would pay them back, the
The Minister said this Rs. 50 deduction has been made with the
approval of the Pensioners’ Association. The Minister was responding to
an question raised by JVP MP Jinadasa Kitulegoda.
When asked whether the consent of pensioners was obtained before
deducting the aforesaid amount, the Minister said the Pensioners’
Associations functioning at national level had given their consent for
the move. However, action to refund Rs. 50 to those pensioners who urge
for the said amount will be taken in due course, the Minister added.