Old Pension Scheme: The Shiden government of Maharashtra has given a big gift to the government employees of the state. Such government employees of the state who have joined the service after November 2005 can choose the option of Old Pension Scheme. Maharashtra Cabinet has approved this proposal on Thursday.
Government employees of the state were continuously protesting demanding restoration of the Old Pension Scheme. They also went on strike in support of their demand for the old pension scheme. After which the Maharashtra Government has decided that any government employee who has joined the services after November 2005 will have the option to choose the Old Pension Scheme.
Central government employees are also demanding reinstatement of the old pension scheme. Recently, government employees from all over the country have staged a protest at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi to increase pressure on the government. However, the government has said that there is no proposal before the government to reinstate the old pension scheme for central employees appointed on or after January 1, 2004.
However, the government has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Finance Secretary which is studying the issue of pension of central employees under the National Pension System. This committee is looking into the existing framework and structure of NPS. Also, it is seeing whether any changes need to be made in it. After Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand, Maharashtra has also restored the old pension scheme in its states.
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