Restore old pension scheme, Assam govt employees call for outcry

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Restore old pension scheme, Assam govt employees call for outcry

Guwahati: Lakhs of government employees in Assam have decided to intensify their protest demanding the restoration of the old Pension Scheme (OPS).

Leaders of opposition political parties in the state have also supported the demand of government employees and said that adequate pension is the right of employees.
The All Assam Government NPS Employees Association (AAGNPSEA) took the decision at a meeting in Guwahati on Monday.

The meeting was organized by AAGNPSEA in collaboration with Joint Coordination Committee for OPS Assam and Joint Forum for Rehabilitation of OPS Assam.

The AAGNPSEA, along with other workers’ bodies and unions, have been carrying out agitations for the restoration of OPS in the state in a phased manner.

Among the resolutions adopted at the meeting was the demand to cancel the National Pension System (NPS) and to provide pensions to all workers, employees and teachers of the state government under the OPS.

The meeting also demanded the repeal of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act (PFRDA) Act, 2013, immediately.

The Act seeks the establishment of an authority to promote old age income security by establishing, developing and regulating pension funds to protect the interests of subscribers to schemes of pension funds.

The agitators said that clauses of NPS are included in the PFRDA Act, 2013, and without the repeal of this legislation, employees will face problems even if any state government reverts to OPS.

The organization in a statement said the conference also decided to intensify the struggle for the benefit of the working class if the state and central governments do not take a positive stance to their demands.

Speaking at the meeting, author and professor of Gauhati University Akhil Ranjan Dutta said that the economic and social reins of a country should never be handed to those at the top of the income bracket.

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