Demand for restoration of Old Pension Scheme


Members of the Tamil Nadu Rural Development Pensioners Association are holding a demonstration in Ramanathapuram on Tuesday.

Members of the Tamil Nadu Rural Development Pensioners Association are holding a demonstration in Ramanathapuram on Tuesday. | Photo: L. BALACHANDAR

Members of the Tamil Nadu Rural Development Pensioners Association will hold a demonstration at Dindigul Collectorate on Tuesday.

Members of the Tamil Nadu Rural Development Pensioners Association will hold a demonstration at Dindigul Collectorate on Tuesday. | Photo: G. KARTHIKEYAN

Members of the Tamil Nadu Rural Development Pensioners Association staged a demonstration at the Collectorate’s premises on Tuesday, demanding a letter of demands.

Led by District President V. Manickam, the protesters raised slogans asking the State to provide pension to the employees who joined the service after April 4, 2003, restoring the Old Pension Scheme as per DMK’s election manifesto.

They also wanted the State to immediately sanction health insurance for retired employees of the Department of Rural Development. “Officials have to follow the guidelines laid down by the State to settle the charges made to the employees, and it extends even after retirement. This deprives the employees of their right to enjoy retirement benefits like pension and gratuity,” said Mr. Manickam.

They demanded the state to hold grievance redressal meetings for pensioners every three months under the chairmanship of the secretary and commissioner of the Rural Development Department. And to hold similar meetings led by Bildu every two months, to solve long-standing problems and demands.

They also wanted the State to abandon the practice of placing workers on suspension on the last day of service. On the basis of equal pay for equal work, the State wanted to give equal pay to junior engineers and assistants.

Association Secretary S. Subramaniam, Treasurer M. Veeramani and others were present.

Ramanathapuram

Society members from Ramanathapuram also staged a protest. It was presided over by its district president, R. Gurunathan.

The protesters said pending disciplinary action and complaints from surveillance and anti-corruption inquiries should be completed within the time frame set by the Government.

The association also sought regular meetings to be held by the Chief Rural Development Commissioner and Collector to redress the grievances of the pensioners.

Those who were allowed to retire pending disciplinary proceedings and those suspended on the date of retirement should be given pension benefits as per the Government Order or court order, the association said.

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