The Convention of the All Pensioners & Retired Persons Association, Hyderabad in its convention held at Hyderabad on 28th March 2011 has strongly protested against the presentation of the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development (PFRDA) Bill in the Parliament and demanded that it should be withdrawn. The Convention also demanded that the Employees Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS – 95), should be amended to the benefit o the pensioners. The convention adopted agitational programmes for settlement of the issues.
The convention attended by more than 700 Central, State, PSU pensioners was presided over by Com.Prabhakaran Nair. Inaugurating the convention Com. A.K.Padmanabhan, President CITU, lambasted the anti-worker policies of the government and demanded that the government should withdraw the PFRDA bill. Through the EPS-95 and New Pension Scheme, the Government is trying to reduce even the meagre social security measures given to the pensioners. S.K.Vyas(Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers), K.Venugopalan(AIIEA) M.N.Reddy (General Secretary) ,Veeriah(CITU)and other leaders addressed.
In my speech, I compared the pension schemes in the Central Government and the PSU and explained how the Government has been continuously eroding whatever social securities are there for the pensioners. I supported the agitational programmes being organised by the committee in this regard.
The Convention was a well planned programme to bring all the Central Government, State Government and PSU pensioners together.