Alleging inaction by the central government,members of the Retired Milk Plant Employees Association,Bathinda,on Monday demanded their monthly pensions under the Employees Pension Scheme,1995 be constantly reviewed and enhanced accordingly.
As per the scheme,introduced by the central government for members of Employees Provident Fund Scheme,1952,the pension received by retired employees is required to be reviewed on an annual basis and be linked to the DA.
However,the aggrieved pensioners alleged the central government had neither reviewed the pension,nor linked the amount to the DA.
It has been 13 years since the government reviewed the pension scheme, said P K Bansal,general secretary of the association.
According to Bansal,a total of 35 lakh pensioners receive pensions under the scheme. Of these,around 15 lakh pensioners get pensions in the range of Rs 200-500 per month. Expressing resentment over the governments attitude,Bansal said,The maximum pension received by an employee does not exceed Rs 2100. This is completely uncalled for keeping the present time in mind. We have been raising this issue in front of the Ministry of Labour and Employment since many years,but in vain.
He added the government had also instituted a number of committees to look into the matter,but no concrete step had been taken.
The members demanded the central government review the scheme and enhance the pension amount to a minimum of Rs 5,000 per month.