Controversial order on pension on hold till Diwali

LUCKNOW: Protests by the state government employees has forced the district magistrate of Varanasi to retract an order issued earlier this week under which employees who did not have a permanent retirement account number (PRAN) would not get their salaries.

The controversial order has, however, been put on hold till Diwali. Employees are objecting to the push for allocation of PRAN as the pension scheme itself is under review on orders of chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

“State employees have been against the existing pension scheme which has been in place for the past 13 years. We met the CM last week and he promised to set up a committee to review our demands and submit a report within two months. When the review is ongoing, what is the need to link salaries with the pension number?” asked Hari Kishore Tiwari of the Pension Bahali Manch.

Not satisfied with the order being put on hold till Diwali, the employees’ unions have sought a meeting with Varanasi DM Surendra Singh on November 2 to ask for a full roll back of the decision. At present, the order will be applicable only to employees working in the Varanasi district. In his order dated October 22, the DM said that the order would also be applicable to new joinees or those transferred to Varanasi from other districts.

Tiwari explained that while some employees, especially the older ones, had been allocated PRANs, the government had not allocated numbers to several others, including new recruits. “This is the government’s responsibility. What has it been doing for the past 13 years? It cannot link employees’ salaries with its own incapability,” Tiwari said.

The Pension Bahali Manch has also written to the chief secretary, complaining about the DM’s order and asking for his intervention. They have threatened to protest if similar orders are passed in other districts as well.

Source TOI
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