NPS to OPS: Proceeding on adoption of Resolution on Abolishing NPS by Delhi Assembly

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Proceeding on adoption of Resolution on Abolishing NPS

Proceeding on adoption of Resolution on Abolishing NPS by Delhi Assembly- एन.पी.एस को समाप्त करने के संकल्प पर दिल्ली विधान सभा की कार्यवाही

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
NATIONAL CAPITAL TERRITORY OF DELHI

Bulletin Part-I
(Brief summary of proceedings)
Monday, 26 November 2018 / 05 Margshirsha 1940 (Saka)

No. 91

10. 6.51 PM Calling Attention (Rule-54) :

Shri Ajay Dutt called the attention of the Government towards “Abolishing National Pension System (NPS) and reinstate the old Pension System in the interest of lakhs of Government Servants”.

Sh. Arvind Kejriwal, Hon’ble Chief Minister made a brief statement.

The following Resolution moved by Sh. Ajay Dutt was put to vote and adopted by voice-vote :

“The Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, having its sitting on 26 November 2018 :

Taking note of the negative consequences of the anti-employee National Pension System (NPS) that is imposed on the Government Servants by the then NDA Government in 2004 and sustained by the UPA-I, UPA-II and NDA-II Governments,

Given the fact that, unlike the old pension scheme, the NPS :
does not give any guarantee to the employees either for assured returns on investments or for minimum pension.
does not provide for family pension or social security,
does not provide for loan facility when in dire need,
does not provide for annual increments and hike in DA,
does not allow the employees to withdraw enough money from their own pension fund to meet the medical emergencies,
leaves the employees at the mercy of volatile markets and the forces that have notoriously been manipulating the markets,
imposes draconian restrictions on withdrawals from pension fund,
allows the insurance companies to exploit employees by way of forcing them to buy annuity for a minimum of ten years even after retirement, and
runs contrary to the spirit of welfare state as enshrined in the Constitution,

Given the fact that the pro-people and welfare oriented Government of NCT of Delhi is strongly in favour of restoring the rights and privileges of its employees by way of replacing the NPS with the time tested old pension scheme,

Resolves to urge upon the Government of India to scrap the NPS with immediate effect and bring at once all the Government Servants working under the Government of NCT of Delhi under the old pension scheme and restore to them all the benefits of the old pension scheme wherein the fair and legitimate pensions’ benefits are disbursed through the Consolidated Fund of India, so that the dedicated work force of the Government of NCT of Delhi and their families will be able to lead their lives with sense of security and dignity, and

Further resolves to urge upon the Government of India to restore t he old pension scheme in place of NPS or the benefit of all the Government Servants working under the Government of India and also to actively encourage other States to follow this true welfare measure”

Source: Delhi Assembly

Old Pension Scheme to Railway Employees

Grant of Old Pension Scheme to Young Employees Working in Railways

The Railway Board replied to the President of Akhil Bhartiya Railway Mazdoor Sangathan on 6th September, 2018

Government of India (Bharat Sarkar)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

No.D-43/19/2017-F(E)III

Dated: 06.09.2018

Sh.Mangat Ram Saini,
National President,
Akhil Bharitya Railway Mazdoor Sangathan,
125/R, Ram Nagar,
Pathankot – 145001,
Mob: 9464000303

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of Old Pension to the Young Employees Working in the Railway

Please refer to your letter dated 12.07.2018 on the above cited subject.

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2. In this regard it is stated that the decision to implement the National Pension System (NPS) w.e.f.01.01.2014 for all recruits, is of the Government of India. The Ministry of Railways being an administrative Ministry in respect of Pensionery matters is bound to adhere to the decision taken by the Nodal Department, i.e., Department of Financial Services (Ministry of Finance).

The Ministry of Railways is not empowered to take any unilateral decision.

sd/-
(G.Priya Sudarsani)
Diector, Finance (Estt.)
Railway Board

Source: Confederation

Reversion to Old Pension Scheme for Personnel of Ministries

Reversion to old pension scheme for personnel of Ministries

Rajya Sabha Unstarred Question No.2665 – Answered on 9.8.2018

Shri K. Bhabananda Singh

(a) whether a decision has been taken for hundreds of paramilitary forces whose recruitment process commenced/done before 2004 but joined in 2004 or after due to administrative delays, to revert to the old pension scheme as per a Delhi HC order and if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether the Ministry, on similar lines of CAPFs, would identify such personnel in all the Ministries and extend the benefit of old pension scheme; and
(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

(a) to (c): In accordance with the scheme for National Pension System (NPS), as notified vide Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs)’s Notification No. 5/7/2003-ECB & PR dated 22.12.2003, the System is mandatory for all new recruits to the Central Government service (except armed forces) from 01.01.2004. Accordingly, as per Rule 2 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, as amended on 30.12.2003, these rules are applicable to Government servants appointed to civil posts on or before 31.12.2003. The year of commencement/completion of the recruitment process is not relevant for deciding the applicability of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.

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ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

In the specific cases relating to appointments as Sub-Inspector in various Central Para Military Forces after selection in August, 2003 on the basis of an Examination conducted in 2002, appointments were made in Central Reserve Police Force in 2003 and the candidates appointed were covered by the pension scheme under Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1972. However, in the Border Security Force, offers of appointment on the basis of the same examination/selection were issued in January, 2004. On a petition filed by some personnel appointed in the Border Security Force on the basis of that examination, Hon’ble High Court of Delhi directed to cover the petitioners under the Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1972 on the grounds of administrative delay on the part of Border Security Force in making appointments. The order of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi was implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs/Border Security Force in view of the peculiar circumstances of that case and the administrative delay in making appointments in that case. The decision taken in the aforesaid case is not relevant for deciding applicability of Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules in other cases where recruitment process was commenced or completed before 01.01.2004.

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