New Delhi: The Finance Ministry on Sunday said there will be no cut in pensions to central government employees.
The ministry clarified its position after reports that the government is planning to cut pensions.
“It is being reported that a 20 per cent cut in central government pensions is being planned. This news is false. There will be no cut in pension disbursements. It is clarified that salaries and pensions will not be affected by government cash management instructions,” the ministry said in a tweet.
The tweet came in response to a question by a social media user who said he has come across a central government circular showing 20% cut in pension disbursement on social media and TV channels. “A central govt circular showing 20% cut in pension disbursement is doing rounds in social media and TV channels creating panic among defence pensioners. Is the truth in it? Please clarify urgently,” a social media user asked the finance minister.
It is being reported that a 20% cut in Central Government Pensions is being planned.This news is FALSE. There will be no cut in pension disbursements. It is clarified that salaries and pensions will not be affected by Government Cash Management instructions.@PIBFactCheck https://t.co/hlZpnbxnJx
— Ministry of Finance 🇮🇳 #StayHome #StaySafe (@FinMinIndia) April 19, 2020
The ministry’s tweet was also shared by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
“Thanks for approaching seeking a clarification. There is no cut in pension,” finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said replying to his tweet.
Thanks for approaching seeking a clarification.
There is no cut in pension.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) April 19, 2020
However, the Finance Minister said nothing about salary cut to central government employees.