OLD PENSION SCHEME: The demand for implementation of the old pension scheme across the country is gaining momentum before the upcoming elections. The joint platform of 10 labor organizations on Monday demanded Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to restore the old pension system (OPS), for which the organizations have sent an e-mail to the Finance Ministry.
The platform of trade unions demands that the government should re-implement the old pension system in place of NPS by giving contribution on its behalf. The general secretary of the Trade Union Coordination Center (TUCC), who attended the pre-budget consultation meeting, said that in the meeting, demands were made to replace NPS with OPS and increase the amount of minimum pension from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000.
Apart from this, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) said that it has demanded an increase in the amount of minimum pension and dearness allowance. Apart from this, there has also been a demand to increase the monthly honorarium for the workers associated with Anganwadi, Asha and mid-day meal schemes. However, on Monday, a joint platform of central trade unions boycotted the pre-budget consultations with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to be held digitally.
hence rising demand
Tell that the states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Punjab have announced re-implementation of OPS for government employees, since then the demand for implementation of OPS in the whole country is rising rapidly. During the tenure of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, the National Pension System (NPS) was implemented from January 2004 by abolishing the OPS. NPS is a contribution based pension scheme and there is no provision for dearness allowance.
Teachers union in UP submitted memorandum to PM
Here, the Moradabad unit of Uttar Pradesh Mahila Shikshak Sangh has raised the demand for restoration of old pension. The office bearers of the Sangh met Moradabad Lok Sabha MP Dr. ST Hasan in this regard and sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister through him. The Sangh explained in detail the shortcomings of the new pension policy to the MP and requested the MP to convey the demands of restoration of old pension to the Prime Minister.