Government employee unions organizing a ‘Pension Rights Maharally’ scheduled in Delhi today.

Employees from central and state government departments are set to gather at Ramlila Maidan on Thursday, united in their demand for the restoration of the Old Pension Scheme. A coalition of railway union leaders highlighted this initiative, stating that it will be organized as the ‘Pension Rights Maharally’ under the banner of the Joint Forum for Restoration of Old Pension Scheme (JFROPS)/National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), according to information shared on Tuesday.

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Addressing the media at a press conference, Shiv Gopal Mishra, the NJCA national convener and general secretary of the All India Railway Men’s Federation (AIRF), emphasized that employees who entered government service after January 1, 2004, vehemently oppose the New Pension Scheme (NPS). He expressed their concerns about the post-retirement future due to the shift from the Old Pension Scheme to the New Pension Scheme, which has left them anxious.

Mishra underlined the critical situation that millions of employees face due to this transition and underscored the reason behind the formation of the Joint Forum for Restoration of Old Pension Scheme (JFROPS)/NJCA. He revealed that on August 10 at 9:30 am, the ‘Pension Rights Maharally’ will take place at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, a gathering that will include Central, state, railway, and PSU employees, teachers, defense personnel, and ex-paramilitary personnel from across the country.

In addition to the rally, Mishra noted that the group has already organized a series of demonstrations, rallies, and torch processions, not only at the state level but also culminating at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. They have submitted memorandums addressing this issue to district officials, governors, cabinet secretaries, and even the prime minister. However, Mishra conveyed that the employees are now exhausted by what they perceive as the government’s “anti-employee policies.”

Mishra further emphasized that if leaders are entitled to the Old Pension Scheme, then employees dedicating their entire careers to an organization and the nation should not be denied similar support during their old age. He regarded this as their rightful entitlement, urging the government to swiftly reinstate the Old Pension Scheme.

As a last resort, Mishra conveyed that if the government continues to disregard their demands, a ‘Bharat Bandh’ (nationwide strike) would be announced, which could bring the entire nation to a standstill. He emphasized that the government alone would be held accountable for such a situation.

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