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Will restore old pension scheme for govt employees if SP comes to power: Akhilesh

Lucknow, Jan 21 (PTI) Making an important announcement, Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said if his party comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, it will restore the old pension scheme, benefitting lakhs of state government employees who have been agitating for the same for long.

“On coming to power, the Samajwadi Party will restore the old pension scheme, which will benefit the teachers, employees and officers of the state government. I have already held discussions with the employees and economic experts and have found out that we will be able to arrange funds for it by creating a corpus,” he told reporters here.

“We will seek the support of the state government employees in the upcoming Assembly election on the issue of pension,” the SP chief said.

The leaders of the employees’ union have met several times and made a demand to this effect. The BJP government had brought a new manual through which the employees appointed after April 2005 were denied this support and security on retirement, Yadav said, adding that restoring the pension scheme will be part of his party’s poll manifesto.

The employees have held agitations demanding the restoration of the old pension scheme. They have alleged that the new pension scheme depends on the share market and therefore, has uncertainty attached to it.

According to Rajya Karamchari Sanyukt Parishad president J N Tiwari, the number of employees appointed after 2005 is around 10 lakh and most of them are teachers.

Later, in a tweet, the SP chief said on coming to power, his party will also restore the Yash Bharti awards.

“The old pension scheme and the Yash Bharti samman will be restored on the SP and its allies coming to power and ‘Nagar Bharti’ awards will be given to outstanding social workers, litterateurs, journalists, artists, sportspersons and entrepreneurs, professionals who create jobs. Bicycle in 22,” he said in the tweet in Hindi.

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls are scheduled to be held in seven phases from February 10 to March 7 and the counting of votes will be taken up on March 10.

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by The Sen Times staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds.
Source: PTI


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