Sanjay Singh of AAP to address the Old Pension Scheme issue in Parliament while discussing Kejriwal’s slogan.

Government employees from across the country congregated at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Sunday to voice their discontent with the New Pension Scheme (NPS) and demand the reinstatement of the Old Pension Scheme (OPS). The ‘Pension Shankhanaad Rally,’ organized by the National Movement for Old Pension Scheme (NMOPS), drew participation from PSU workers representing more than 20 states.

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AAP leader Sanjay Singh expressed his intention to address the Old Pension Scheme issue in Parliament after his membership in the Rajya Sabha is revoked. He raised questions about a system in which MLAs and MPs receive lifelong pensions for minimal service, contrasting this with employees who have dedicated 40 years to their work but are denied similar benefits. He asserted Arvind Kejriwal’s slogan: “Where AAP rules, there is an old pension.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal affirmed his party’s strong support for OPS, labeling the New Pension Scheme as unjust to employees. Several states, including Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh, have announced plans to reinstate OPS.

Opposition parties have thrown their weight behind the protesters’ demand, urging the BJP-led central government to revive OPS. The Congress party stressed that old-age pensions are the rightful entitlement of employees, emphasizing that the government should restore the old pension scheme to honor the service of workers who serve the nation.

Under the old pension scheme, government employees receive a monthly pension after retirement, typically amounting to half of their last drawn salary. The new pension scheme involves employee contributions to a pension fund, resulting in a one-time lump sum payment upon superannuation. The old pension scheme was discontinued in December 2003, with the new pension scheme taking effect on April 1, 2004.

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