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MPs should take Initiative to ensure justice to Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti employees
About three to four months back I had written about grievance of employees of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya that, their Pension demands under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 has not been met. As I felt their grievance was genuine, I took initiative and wrote to the Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modiji for a favorable solution.

I had posted the representation through GoI Public Grievance Portal and got the following reply from the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, headquartered in Noida.

'In this regard, it is to inform you that the matter of Pension under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 to employees of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti who joined before 1st January, 2004 was taken up with the Ministry of Finance but was not found feasible. However, approval has been accorded to extend the New Pension Scheme to all regular employees of NVS joining on or after 1st April, 2009. An option was also given to the regular employees of NVS who joined before 1st April, 2009 to continue with the existing CPF Scheme or to join the New Pension Scheme.'

As I found the representations have been made rounds through tables of the officials of various departments under Union Human Resources Development Ministry and as they have evaded replying clearly to my queries.

I submitted a representation petition to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat dt: 15/10/2016 on the issue. Again the Department of School Education & Literacy gave the same reply vide No. F.25-22/2016-UT-3, dt: Nov. 22, 2016, which was forwarded to me by Rajya Sabha Secretariat vide No RS. 7(41)/2016-Com.II, dt: Dec. 2, 2016, in which I was informed that, in case it does not meet my expectation, I can send further comments for suitable consideration.

I took the opportunity and placed before the Rajya Sabha Secretariat vide representation dt: Dec. 8, 2016, the following for suitable clarification and solution.

  1. After formation of the new government in 2014, did the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has once again placed before the Ministry of Human Resources Development the demands of the employees for grant of Pension Scheme Under CCS Pension Rules 1972? If placed details be provided.

  2. Did HRD Ministry forwarded recommending the demand for grant pension to Ministry of Finance or not? What were the comments of the both HRD & Finance Ministry?

  3. Was the issue of granting pension under CCS Pension Rules 1972 came up discussion in the cabinet meetings and was it the same response as mentioned in the Office Memorandum forwarded to me recently.

  4. As of now how many employees are on the rolls of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti and as per the NVS notification dt: 06.08.2009 how many have opted under each head option made available to the Employees as on date.

The Department of School Education & Literacy gave the same reply vide No. F.25-22/2016-UT-3, dt: Jan. 27, 2017, which was forwarded to me by Rajya Sabha Secretariat vide No. RS. 7(41)/2016-Com.II, dt: Feb. 6, 2017, which is as follows;

  1. No.

  2. In view of (1) above the question does not arise.

  3. No.

  4. Out of 18687 employees of NVS, 3124 are covered under New Pension Scheme (NPS) including 19 employees who opted for NPS from CPF.

As per the Department of School Education & Literacy's reply vide No. F.25-22/2016-UT-3, dt: Jan. 27, 2017, which was forwarded to me by Rajya Sabha Secretariat vide No RS. 7(41)/2016-Com.II, dt: Feb. 6, 2017, is clear that, the NVS headquarters has not placed any proposal to HRD ministry on behalf of the employees related to their Pension demands as per CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. It is surprising that, the NVS which had taken up the matter with the government in 2013, why it failed to do so now?

Recently, Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Kadiyam Srihari appraised the Union Minister of the recent decision on creation of new districts in the State and urged him to consider one Navodaya school and Central school in each of the newly created districts. The Minister informed Mr. Javadekar about the request of Chief Minister of Telangana State K. Chandrasekhar Rao for the sanction of 21 new Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas to cover each of the newly formed rural districts in the State and assured that the State government will provide suitable required land.

Separately, he also submitted a letter to the Minister on behalf of the State government seeking sanction of new Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. Against such circumstances, the elected representatives of Telangana State should take up the demands of the employees with the Government of India.

It is requested that, the elected Members of Parliament from both the houses from Telangana should write to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to send a fresh proposal of the employees demand of the Pension Scheme under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 as well as the Ministry of Human Resources Development and Finance to consider the demands of the employees, because less than 25% of the employees have opted for New Pension Scheme and CPF.

I hope that, any one of the elected representatives will take the lead in mobilizing the support of all others from both Houses of the Parliament and see that Justice is done to the employees of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya.

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