Scrapping of new pension scheme for employees demanded
Allahabad: The new pension scheme implemented by the Central and state governments violates the equal right provision of the constitution and therefore it should be scrapped. While a legislator or a member of parliament gets a large sum as a pension every month even if she or he is a member just for a day, a government employee gets it at retirement time and, that too, partially.
Clearly, there is a discrimination in this regard and violation of articles 14 and 21 of the constitution. The Allahabad high court which is hearing the case has found some merit in the case and, therefore, asked these governments, on Friday, to give their replies in six weeks. While article 14 has given equal rights to its citizens, article 21 the rights of life and liberty.
The petition heard by justice S N Shukla has been filed by a primary school teacher, Vivekanand. He has told the court that while a member gets 20,000 rupees a month as pension from next month even if he is a member just for day an employ has to wait for a very long period.
In his opinion the old pension scheme was much better and more employee-friendly. The rate of pension in the new scheme, like the LIC schemes, depends on the amount deposited. For instance, if an employee deposits 40 per cent of the total contribution under the scheme he is entitled to payment of 60 per cent of the pension amount. He can get the full pension only if 80 per cent of the total contribution has been deposited.
Challenging the orders in this regard, the petitioner has claimed that the governments at the Centre and the states have no right to frame policies like this. The case will be reheard after eight weeks. While the Centre implemented the scheme from January 2004 and Uttar Pradesh from April 2005.