Com. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister led Kerala LDF government has appointed a high level committee to look in to the restoration of the defined statutory pension for its employees, which was converted to New Pension Scheme (NPS) by the UDF government in 2013. The committee with Shri. Sathish Chandrababu, former District Judge (Chairman) and Shri.P.Marapandian, Former Additional Chief Secretary and Shri. D.Narayana, Director, Gulathi Institute of Finance and Taxation as members is asked to submit its report within six months. Though the Central Government passed the PFRDA Act and implemented NPS for its employees, the then Left Front Governments in Kerala, W.Bengal and Tripura did not implement the anti-worker-pensioner Scheme. However, the UDF government in Kerala implemented NPS, despite strong opposition from the employees and their organisations.
The central and state government employees under the leadership of the Confederation of CG Employees, and All India State Government Employees Federation have declared two days strike on 8-9 January 2019 demanding cancellation of PFRDA and restoration of defined statutory pension. The entire central trade unions are in support of the demand.
The LDF in Kerala has given election assurance that it will restore defined statutory pension. It is as part of this fulfilling of the promise that LDF government has appointed the committee.
Hearty Congratulations to the Pinarayi Government for this pro-worker decision!