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Govt. employees under NPS reaffirm rolling back to Old Pension Scheme

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, APRIL 27: The Central and State Government employees under the New Pension Scheme (NPS) today said they would not wait much longer for fulfilling their demand to roll back the scheme to the Old Pension Scheme (OPS).
“We will not wait much for rolling back of NPS to OPS as it is already more than 18 years that the NPS was implemented and this is our peak time before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. If we don’t get justice we will definitely try to change the Government by supporting whichever party(s) supports the OPS”, said National Movement for Old Pension Scheme (NMOPS) president and in-charge of Northeast, Dr Manjeet Singh Patel during a press conference here.
Since the implementation of NPS on January 1, 2004, there are 84 lakh families and not just the employees which accounts to approximately 8 crore people who would go support any party which accepts to roll back NPS, he said.
He also informed that the respective State chapter of NMOPS would take up ‘March to Parliament’ in September 2023 demanding roll back of the new pension scheme.
“We want restoration of the old pension scheme in place of the new scheme introduced for all Central Government employees and subsequently adopted by the States”, he said.
Confederation of All Nagaland State Service Employees Association (CANSSEA) president Dr Ilang said they support the demand as Nagaland also implemented the NPS from 2010 and till now there are 32,111 Government employees under the NPS having permanent retirement account number (PRAN).
“Pension is not a bounty but a right of the Government employee for old age social security post retirement”, he said.
He said CANSSEA joins with the NPS Association Nagaland Chapter to roll back to the old pension system which is a guaranteed pension for a retired Government servant.
“We have come to learn that as on April 15, 2023 only 32,111 employees have generated PRAN cards of which only around Rs 1,300 crore have been uploaded into the Government portal”, he said.
Wondering where the other money of the employees amounting to around Rs 3000 crore is, he said the Government has said that it is in the safe hands in a dedicated account. Nonetheless, he feared that it is now virtual money and therefore the Government should not let the employees suffer.
In this, Dr Ilang appealed to the Government to roll back to the old pension scheme saying that the Government should not let the employees suffer or the employees should not be allowed to protest against the Government because of the issue.
NMOPS Convenor Sudheer Rupjee, CANSSEA vice president Zubemo Lotha Tsanglao and Nagaland National Pension Scheme Government Service Employees Forum president Moanungsang Jamir with his officials and members were present during the press conference.
(Page News Service)