Jamshedur: The retired employees of National Institute of Technology (NIT) has started a relay hunger strike to press for the demand of disbursement of pensions.
The employees, comprising faculties and the staff, who had retired before December 6, 1999 said that they were not receiving pensions. They sat on an indefinite hunger strike at the gate of administrative building this morning.
The agitating former employees threatened of a fast-unto-death agitation from February 10 if their demands are not met.
Those sat on the agitation include Bhagirathi Mahato, Raghunath Mahato, NC Rishi, Narayan Chandra Santr, Ambika Chandra Sharma, NP Choudhury, RP Verma, Suresh Mahato, Rama Bhagat and Mahabir Modi and others.
The retired employees said that in 1972 the government had passed an order for triple benefit schemes for regional institute of technology.
The employees were asked to choose either from the CCPF or family pension schemes. The employees then had given their option for new family pension scheme.
The then RIT management sent employees’ option for consent to then Bihar Government. At last the pension scheme was sanctioned on September 6, 1999.
However the benefit of the pension scheme was extended only to the employees retired after September 6, 1999 while those had retired before the date did not get the pension, the agitators said.
There was a confrontation between students of the institute and the media persons at the agitation site. The students prevented the media persons to cover the agitation and tried to snatch the cameras.
The retired employees protested the misbehavior by the students. The students later apologized to the media persons.
The students of NIT had confronted the media persons also on earlier occasions stating the media persons did not have the permission for coverage.