LUDHIANA : The retired scientists and the supporting staff of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana who devoted the prime of their age to make the country self-sufficient in food are themselves virtually facing the threat of starvation due to irregular disbursement of Pension every month. This was stated in a letter addressed to Dr. B.S. Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU by Dr Sarjit Singh Gill, President, Confederation of PAU Pensioners Associations. The pension for the month of December 2013 has not been credited to the accounts of PAU pensioners even till today. This has resulted in great financial hardship to the pensioners/family pensioners particularly those in advanced age, and those who have to other source of income. Those suffering from chronic/old age diseases require regular intake of medicines. Late disbursal of pension causes break in this essential necessity thereby causing health problems and mental stress which may lead to serious consequences like depression resulting in suicidal tendencies. If any untoward incident happens it will be one of the darkest point in the history of Punjab.
Dr. Gill and Sh Jaswant Singh Zirakh, General Secretary of Confederation of PAU Pensioners Associations have urged the Vice-Chancellor, PAU to bring the plight of the saviors of nation from virtual famine to the notice of Punjab Government.