Over 100 retired employees from Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) alleged that they have not received pension and other retirement benefits for several years. The CCMC is the largest and highest revenue-generating municipal corporation in the state after the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).
Sivakumar (name changed), a retired employee, said, “After working for over 25 years for the CCMC, I retired in 2017. But I am yet to receive a pension or other retirement benefits. In the last six years, I submitted numerous petitions to officials, including the commissioner. The officials have been just tossing me around from ward office to zonal office, zonal office to head office, with no proper solution.”When contacted, CCMC Commissioner M Prathap admitted that the pension has not been paid yet, and said they are taking steps to address the problem at the earliest.
“Earlier, around 150 retired employees did not receive pension and other benefits. CCMC took steps and now, 60 people have started receiving the benefits, and only 90 are left out. A total of 130 employees of the CCMC retired in June. Of them, around 100 employees have started receiving a pension from this month. Currently, about 120 persons are awaiting pension. The lack of Service Records (SR) for a few retired workers has hindered the work. We will identify them, create new SR and provide them benefits at the earliest,” the commissioner told.
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