TVM: The government's decision to implement contributory pension scheme for those who join service after April 1, 2013 has come in for severe criticism from Left parties and trade unions.
The NGO union, the largest service organization in the state, has warned of strong protests if the government does not withdraw the order immediately.
It has protested the government's decision to implement the scheme without consulting service organizations. Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan has said the government's decision to scrap the statutory pension scheme and introduce contributory pension was nothing but a step towards implementing recruitment ban.
In a statement issued here, VS said the chief minister had assured the assembly that the decision on contributory pension would be taken only after holding talks with service organizations and all political parties.The CPM state secretariat has criticised that arguments put forth by the government for introducing the contributory pension scheme are non-realistic and inhuman.
"One argument is about the longevity of life of pensioners. It was a reflection of our progress in education and healthcare sectors and we all should be proud of it. But, this government takes it as a curse," a statement issued by the secretariat said. "It is a challenge to youngsters and new employees," said the statement.
Pro-Congress SETO also came down heavily against the government decision. "It was a decision without consulting with representatives of state employees or service organisations. It may be noted that the Indian Parliament hasn't yet approved the PFRDA bill," said SETO chairman Kottathala Mohanan. SETO will organize protest marches in all taluk and district headquarters on Friday against the move.
"The chief minister has betrayed the youth by taking a unilateral decision," he said. The government should immediately withdraw the order, said VS.
The chief minister said the decision would not affect the present government employees. "The decision was inevitable. In the long run, the state will have to implement this. There is no other way," said Chandy.