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SABKA SAATH SABKA VIKAS - Do Award Pension Scheme To Navodaya Vidyalaya Samithi Employees
TR. Madhavan | 29 Aug 2016

In these columns my article "Union Government Should Provide Pension Scheme For Navodaya Vidyalaya Employees To Make Their Future Fearless", in June 2016.


I forwarded the publication to Hon'ble Prime Minister in July 2016, details as follows;

 

PMOPG/E/2016/0259010, dt: July, 24, 2016, related to pension scheme for the employees of Navodaya Vidyalaya. The above representation was forwarded from your office, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samithi headquarters, in its reply dt: Aug. 5, 2016, states that, '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 it was not a satisfactory one again in Aug 2016, I wrote to PMO, details given below;

 

Registration Number:PMOPG/E/2016/0282206
Name Of Complainant:TR Madhavan

Date of Receipt:08 Aug 2016
Received by:Prime Minister's Office
Forwarded to:NVS HQ Admn Wing,

Contact Address:Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, NOIDA 201307


Grievance Description:

 

Respected Prime Minister Sir, This is in continuation to my representation Ref. No. PMOPG/E/2016/0259010, dt: July, 24, 2016, related to pension scheme for the employees of Navodaya Vidyalaya. The above representation was forwarded from your office, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samithi headquarters, in its reply dt: Aug. 5, 2016, states that, '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.' Sir, The National Policy on Education-1986 envisaged the setting up of residential schools, to be called Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas that would bring out the best of rural talent. The education would enable students from rural areas to compete with their urban counterparts on an equal footing. Though  the  new  pension  scheme  is  implemented  to  the  employees  appointed  after  2004,  the  staff  who  have  been appointed  between  1986  and  2004  are  not  extended  pension. Is it not a clear discrimination tactics adopted by the previous government by not extending to older recruits? Your government, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has notified acceptance of pay panel's recommendations for the pensioners. Retired central government employees will now get a minimum pension of Rs 9,000, up 157.14 per cent from the current Rs 3,500. Because of which 58 lakhs pensioners are benefitted. When the NVS employees have performed their  duties  and  are  still  performing  with  utmost  responsibility  though  they  knew  well  that  there  are  no retiring  benefits  awaiting  them  at  the  time  of  retirement. The previous governments should not have denied the benefits given to the older recruits, who are in negligible in number. When quite number  of  Members  of  Parliament  had written  letters  to  the  previous governments several times  praying  for  the implementation  of  pension  to  the  staff  recruited  between  1986  and  2004. It  is  grossly  unjust  on  the  part  of  the previous governments to  deny  pension  facility  to  the  12,000  employees  citing  technical reasons.  It  is  not  proper  to  punish  the  employees  for  the  mistakes  committed someone who prepared earlier rules. Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas, be adopted in this matter also. Hope for a favourable communication from you Sir.

Date of Action:24 Aug 2016

Details:CCS (Pension) has not been extended to the NVS employees. However, for NVS employees there is a provision of NPS or CPF.

Current Status:CASE CLOSED.

Your Feedback:
Poor.

 

As per the reply it is clear that, it has not forwarded to concerned Ministries, like HRD, Personnel and Finance, I have once again posted the grievance to PMO, details as follows;


Registration Number:PMOPG/E/2016/0313104
Name Of Complainant:TR Madhavan

Date of Receipt:27 Aug 2016
Received by:Prime Minister's Office
Officer name:Shri Ambuj Sharma

Officer Designation:Under Secretary (Public)

Grievance Description:

 

Hon'ble Prime Minister, On the Pension extension matter of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samithi Employees who were recruited earlier to 2004, I wrote your good offices for the resolution, vide PMOPG/E/2016/0259010, July. 24, 2016. Got a reply from the officials level the erstwhile government's decision. Again I have  placed before your good office vide PMOPG/E/2016/0282206, Aug. 4, 2016, the reply is once again the same.

 

I am saddened to note that, again it went through the officials convened and got the same reply. I am surprised as well as sad to note that, the Ministry of Personnel has issued a Office Memo No. 7/5/2012-P PW(F)/B, dt. Aug. 26, 2016, on the Pension issue, it has not considered the plea of the recruits of prior to 2004.


Respected Sir, I do expect yourself take up the issue with Finance Ministry and see that justice is done to earlier (1986 - 2004) recruits of Navodaya Vidyalaya Employees, then there will real meaning for SABKA SAATH SABKA VIKAS. Hope for an early decision and a reply from your good offices.

I do hope that, the readers of Merinews as well as from the publishers will forward the matter to PMO and see that, the employees who are denied the benefits by erstwhile government will get their due benefits.