NMOPS to launch ‘No old pension, No vote’ stir

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 06: Arunachal Pradesh unit of National Movement For Old Pension Scheme (NMOPS) has decided to launch ‘No OPS, No vote’ movement across the state.

Reiterating demand to scrap new pension scheme (NPS) and restoration of old pension scheme (OPS), NMOPS member Dakme Abo told media persons in Arunachal Press Club here on Tuesday that they have been demanding this for one year but none responded to it.

Why the NPS forced only Govt employees only but not on MLAs, ministers & MPs? Why the NPS should be imposed only on us while MLAs, ministers & MPs are entitled to OPS,” Abo questioned?

“We are opposing implementation of NPS due its many drawbacks. Thus, Govt employees right from group A to MTS have decided not to negotiate till the demand is met”, he said.

“Ten percent of each employee’s salary is mandatorily deducted in NPS which is a demerit and the Mumbai-based National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) is controlled by the corporate sector without any link with affairs of this state and its employees”, another NMOPS member said, adding under the General Provident Fund (GPF) is as per wish of the employees under the OPS and controlled by the state Govt.

They claimed that the NPS is like investment of contributions of state Govt employees in share market and rued that their and their families’ fate depends on the market growth.

It may be mentioned here that the NPS came into force w.e.f. 01.01.24 and is applicable to all new Govt. employees except to Armed Forces joining Govt. But, with the state getting ready for conducting assembly and Lok Sabha elections, such agitation could pose a challenge for the state Govt.

 

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