The Karnataka State Government NPS (New Pension Scheme) Employees’ Association and Akhila Karnataka State Government Employees’ Federation have urged the government to amend the Death-Cum-Retirement Gratuity (DCRG) scheme so as to extend it to all those employees who have been appointed since April 2006.
The office bearers of both the associations, in a press conference here on Tuesday, alleged that the government meted out injustice to employees who were recruited between April 2006 and April 2018 by applying the DCRG scheme to only those recruited after 2018. “OPS [Old Pension Scheme] was employee-friendly as the government took the responsibility of paying pension to all its employees after retirement. The scheme extended the pension benefits to the family of the employee even after his/her death. However, the government replaced the OPS with NPS [New Pension Scheme], which was anti-employee, and applied it to all those who were appointed after April 1, 2006.” Under the scheme, the government began to deduct 10% of basic pay from each employee and add its equal share for paying the pension. Under the scheme, the family is not entitled to get a pension after the death of the employee, they said.
Ambuja M.D., district secretary of the association, said that their struggle for abolishing NPS and replacing it with OPS would continue.
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