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Govt firm on pension scheme but open for discussion, says CM

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Government is firm on its stand but is open for discussions regarding the State Government Employees’ strike called by Left organizations. They can approach the government at any time for discussion, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. He was talking to the media after briefing the cabinet decisions.

CM said that before the strike the Government had carried out discussion with the representatives of Left service organizations two times. To all their doubts raised in the meetings the Government had given very clear answers.

The main demand of the organizations that had called for the strike was withdrawal of the Government decision to introduce the National Pension Scheme to those who join government service from April 1, 2013. The State government will face a staggering commitment to the tune of Rs.8 lakh crore by 2040 unless the National pension scheme is implemented, said Chandy.

The government would be doing a great disservice to future generations if it failed to act now, as the cost would be more catastrophic than that of the anti-computer agitation years ago. The agitators in 1991 damaged the computers that were in fact purchased by the LDF Government. As a result a generation was deprived of its usage and we lagged very badly in IT exports.

CM said that owing to a combination of factors from high life expectancy to low pension age, the number of people in service and those retired hovered around a figure of five lakh. The number of pensioners would continue to go up, and end up as a huge liability for the government unless the pension system was reformed.

The Government had given a clear answer that the pay revision would be held once in every 5 years and has also given clear answer regarding the future Pay Commission.

He asked when 90 percent of the employees in India have accepted this National pension scheme then why unnecessary strike was called even after clearing all their doubts.

Chandy said that the employees had the option to choose between family pension and single pension.

The CM also said that the agitators even had the option to make investment of their choice. Minimum return is guaranteed if they invest in the places suggested by the Central Government.

Chandy further said that Government would not question the right of the organizations to protest but would ensure that all protection is given to the staffs, who report for duty.

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