New Delhi: Congress on Friday demanded that the central government should implement the old pension scheme in the country for government employees.
Addressing a press conference here at party headquarters, Congress General Secretary Ajay Mekan said, after independence it was first time in 2003, NDA government did not set up pay commission but UPA gave sixth pay commission to the employees after coming to power and which was one of the best pay commissions so far.
“Even the seventh pay commission was set up by the UPA for the welfare of government employees and I am assured that in future the congress party will always stand for the welfare of employees”.
Lauding the Rajasthan government’s recent decision in implementing the old pension scheme, Maken said, “This step has a far reaching impact on the people and we demanded that this measure will be implemented in the entire country as well. On Wednesday, the chief Minister Ashoke Gehlot announced the restoration of the old pension scheme for the state government employees appointed on and after 1 January 2004.
Maken said the Rajasthan government will also implement the Indira Gandhi Urban Employment Guarantee scheme to provide 100 days of employment on lines of the Rural employment guarantee scheme with a total outlay of Rs 800 crore.
We demanded that center should implement Indira Gandhi Urban Employment Guarantee, scheme in Urban areas also to provide job security for youth, particularly at a time the population growth has reached almost 40 percent in cities.” Former chief Minister of Haryana Bhupendra Singh Hooda also demanded that the state government should also implement the old pension scheme for their employees.
“If the present government did not do this for the people of the state, congress will provide the benefit of the old pensions scheme, if the party came into power” he said in a function at Panipat. U