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Zoramthanga promises to look into Old Pension Scheme demand

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Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Wednesday has agreed to constitute a study team to look into the possibilities of implementation of Old Pension Scheme for the state government employees who are subscribing new pension scheme.

Zoramthanga made the announcement after government employees subscribing New Pension Scheme congregated near the Chief Minister’s Office and holding talks with representatives of the ‘Mizoram Movement for Old Pension Scheme’ (MIMOPS).

The protest rally dispersed after the Chief Minister informed leaders of the MIMOPS that a Study team will be formed to study the demands of the employees.

The New Pension Scheme (NPS) came into force in 2004 depriving the Old Pension Scheme to those recruited in government jobs from January 1, 2004 and they were compelled to subscribe to the NPS by contributing from their monthly salaries.

People participating in the rally were shouting slogans demanding that there should be only one pension scheme for all the government employees and that the implementation of two pension schemes amounted to discrimination.

The people dispersed peacefully after their representatives were promised by Zoramthanga that the state government will form a Study Team. 

Meanwhile, the Congress party has promised to reintroduce the Old Pension Scheme if elected to power in the upcoming state assembly elections.

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