LOWER DIR - Pensioners from Lower Dir have demanded of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government to announce at least 50 per cent increase in their pension, as 15 per cent increase announced by the federal government is not enough to meet the high inflation. They made this demand during a meeting of the All Pensioners Association Dir Lower held here at a local hotel with Haji Abdul Rahman in the chair, sources said Sunday. They said pensioners from different areas and different departments attended the meeting adding that it was addressed by the associations General Secretary Haji Muhammad Hafizullah, headmaster (Retd) Haji Gul Jamal, Qadir Khan, Muhammad Saeed Khan and others. The pensioners said the federal government totally ignored its retired civil servants in the budget and announced only 15 per cent raise in the pensions of those who retired after 2002 while 20 per cent for those who retired on or before 2002. They said the government decreased their gratuity amount to 35 per cent from 50 per cent, which the pensioners before 2002 had been receiving. The market value of Pakistani rupee, they said, has also been devalued and they were finding it difficult now to lead an honourable life. The meeting also demanded of the government to approve scholarships for their children out of the provincial benevolent fund. Similarly, they said the government should pay full pensions to its employees families if the pensioner died. During Musharraf regime, the government abolished restoration of pensions after each 10 years, said Haji Abdul Rahman, demanding that the government should restore pensions restoration after ten years as earlier. It was decided that all the pensioners in the district would again meet on July 3 to devise a strategy to seek resolution to the pensioners problems.