OPS vs NPS: Employees' action plan ready on the old pension scheme, will be known on November 21..
Employee organizations of central and state governments are moving towards a decisive fight on 'old pensions'. If the Central Government does not restore the old pension, trains will stop, tank/weapon-making machines will stop and government employees will leave their pens. The employees of the Center and the states are now planning to take such drastic steps. However, exact information about such drastic measures will be available only after November 21. C. Sreekumar, senior member of the steering committee of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) formed for OPS and general secretary of AIDEF, said, the government is adopting a stubborn attitude on this issue.
Employee organizations can go on nationwide indefinite strike for old pensions. For this, there will be a strike ballot across the country on 20th and 21st November. Opinions of employees will be taken. If the two-thirds majority is in favor of the strike, then government employees at the Center and in the states will go on an indefinite strike. In that situation, the railways will stop, and work in the armament factories, which have now been converted into corporations, will stop. Central and state government employees will leave their 'pen'.
On August 10, lakhs of employees gathered at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi demanding an old pension. After that, rallies of government employees have also taken place in October and November. After this, a rally of employees is also proposed at Ramlila Maidan on 10th December. A decision to go on an indefinite strike can also be taken in this rally. Despite all this, till now the Central Government has not given any assurance for implementing OPS. In the news coming from the Centre, it is being said that the government will not implement OPS. The government is ready to reform NPS.
According to C. Sreekumar, the government is adopting a stubborn attitude on this matter. Employee organizations can go on nationwide indefinite strike for old pensions. For this, there will be a strike ballot across the country on 20th and 21st November. Opinions of employees will be taken. If the majority is in favor of the strike, then government employees in the Center and the states will go on an indefinite strike. In that situation, if the trains stop, the employees of the Center and the states will leave their pens.
An indefinite strike is the only option
C. Sreekumar says the employees of the Center and the states have come together for the restoration of old pensions. Almost all the employee organizations in the country are unanimous on this issue. Various corporations and autonomous organizations of the Center and States have also said to join the fight for OPS. Talks are also going on with bank and insurance sector employees. The employees have appealed to the government in every way for the restoration of old pensions, but their views were not listened to. Now the only option left for them is an indefinite strike. On August 10, lakhs of personnel from all over the country raised slogans about 'OPS' at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. The employees had bluntly said that they would die only after getting the old pension restored in any case. The government will have to give up its stubbornness. The employees had said that they were ready to tell the government the formula in which the government will not suffer any loss by implementing OPS. Even after this, if the government does not implement the old pension, then many strict steps like 'Bharat Bandh' will be taken.
BJP will have to bear the brunt
Shivgopal Mishra, national convenor of the steering committee of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) formed for OPS and secretary of the staff side National Council 'JCM', had said, if the old pension is not implemented before the Lok Sabha elections, then the BJP will have to pay its dues. Will have to suffer the consequences. Including employees, pensioners and their relatives, this number crosses ten crores. This number is decisive to cause a major upset in the elections. Employees of all central ministries/departments, defense personnel (civil), railways, banks, posts, primary, secondary, college and university teachers, other departments and various corporations and autonomous organizations are agitating together on OPS. According to Mishra, there is no mention of 'OPS' in the committee formed by the Finance Ministry. There has been talk of improving NPS. This means that the Central Government is in no mood to implement OPS. Whatever reforms are made in NPS by the Central Government, it is not acceptable to the employees. The workers have only one objective, to abolish the unguaranteed 'NPS' scheme and restore the 'Old Pension Scheme' with defined and guaranteed.
An employee who retired after 18 years got this much pension
Shiv Gopal Mishra said, the pension that the employees are getting in NPS is only old age pension. Employees have said that including government employees, pensioners, their families and relatives in the country, that number reaches beyond ten crores. If OPS is not implemented, BJP will have to face political loss in the Lok Sabha elections. Congress party has included OPS in its election agenda. OPS has played a big role in the victory of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh. Employees included in NPS scheme are retiring after 18 years, what have they got? One employee has received a monthly pension of Rs 2417 in NPS, another has received a pension of Rs 2506 and the third employee has received a pension of Rs 4900 per month.