Govt should discuss report on Contributory Pension Scheme with employees, says Kanam Rajendran


Joint Council rally against contributory pension scheme | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI Kerala state secretary Kanam Rajendran on Wednesday asked the government to discuss the report submitted by the committee constituted to re-examine the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) with the employees in Kerala. While inaugurating a march by Joint Council to state secretariat, Kanam Rajendran said that government should be willing to take the issue seriously.

Earlier, several states had taken measures to revive the statutory pension by revoking the CPS. The union government implemented CPS on January 1, 2004, and Kerala shifted to this scheme in April 2013. LDF had protested against it and promised to relook into it if it comes to power. The new scheme is applicable to employees who entered services on April 1, 2013. They should become members of the pension scheme within 30 days of joining the service.

"The review of CPS was one of the promises of LDF in our election manifesto. We are a government that keeps up with our promises. The commission report should be discussed with the employees," he said.

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He added that issues faced by employees and staff that support the LDF government should be resolved.

"In several states, the governments are revoking CPM and reviving statutory pension. The state government has the power to withdraw CPS. Therefore, the government should take measures to ensure that employees do not continue to hold protests in front of the secretariat," he said.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to move ahead with the implementation of a contributory pension scheme in the state. The Finance Department has directed to mandatorily enrol those who have not yet registered for the scheme by November 30.

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