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Monday, 5 October 2020

Fazilka pensioners seek treasury office

Fazilka, October 4

It's been a decade since the Fazilka subdivision was granted the status of a district, yet over 5,300 pensioners are at the receiving end, as the government has not set up a district treasury office (DTO) so far. As a result, the beneficiaries have to travel to Ferozepur to get their routine work done.

The district Pensioners' Association had shot off several letters to the authorities concerned, but to no avail.

Association's General Secretary Om Parkash Sharma even sought information from the Finance Department regarding introducing news posts for the setting up of the DTO in Fazilka in 2015, but nothing concrete ever came out of it.

Sharma said in the wake of "callous" attitude of officials and red tapism prevailing in the government departments, the association knocked on the door of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2017. Subsequently, the Finance Secretary assured the court to appoint officials in six months, and later the court disposed of the case.

The association has again filed a petition in the court after nothing was done on the ground.

The court has summoned the Finance Secretary to the Government of Punjab and the Fazilka Deputy Commissioner to present their views in the court in this regard on December 18.

The association's general secretary added senior citizen pensioners had to travel about 150 km to reach the Ferozepur DTO.

The pensioners have demanded the DTO to be set up immediately. — OC



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