Making it clear that the TRS government was stuck to the welfare of the Telangana employees, the Finance Minister Etela Rajender said that some employees have represented for restoration of the Old Pension Scheme, but there was no proposal to prevail upon the Central Government for getting approval for Old Pension Scheme.
During question hour in the Legislative Assembly here on Wednesday, Congress Members Challa Vamshichand Reddy, Dr G Chinna Reddy, SA Sampath Kumar and Tammannagari Ram Mohan Reddy raised this issue and wanted to know whether it is a fact that several government employees in the state are opposing the Contributory Pension Scheme and demanding the restoration of Old Pension Scheme. Responding to them, the Minister referred to the role of the employees in Telangana Movement. He urged the opposition parties members not to politicise the employees’ pension issue. The government has already given 43 percent fitment and paying Rs.10,800 crore to the employees in the form of pensions. The 2.64 lakh employees were under the Old Pension Policy, the Finance Minister added. (NSS)