A month after he mentioned the Sena-BJP authorities in Maharashtra has no plans to revive the Previous Pension Scheme, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the moment spoke of a attainable rethink.
“Let me be clear, we aren’t detrimental about it (OPS). We’ll talk about it with finance and different departments. However no matter be the answer, it must be long-term, not short-term,” the BJP chief mentioned, mirroring the relatively ambiguous place taken by his get together in different states as effectively.
The Congress and different Opposition events have not too long ago reverted to the OPS — phased out in early 2004 — in states they govern, equivalent to Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. The BJP has been towards it, citing enormous monetary burden on governments, however its leaders have added a may-consider-it caveat.
The OPS gave workers with 20 years of service at the very least 50 per cent of their final wage as pension, however the burden was fully on the federal government and there was no corpus collected from the workers. Beneath the New Pension Scheme (NPS), authorities and workers each contribute — 10 and 14 per cent of the wage, respectively — in the direction of a fund from which the pension is later drawn.
Mr Fadnavis was talking at a rally forward of the January 30 Legislative Council polls, in search of votes for BJP’s Kiran Patil from Aurangabad Division Academics’ Constituency. Mr Patil is hoping to unseat the NCP’s Vikram Kale, who has raised the OPS demand.
“These individuals solely discuss (about OPS),” Mr Fadnavis mentioned in a reference to the NCP, “But when there may be going to be a change within the current pension scheme to the outdated one, solely we (BJP) have the braveness to do this; not these individuals.”
His remark comes lower than two weeks after Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, too, mentioned the his authorities is “constructive” on this situation. He, too, was talking at an election rally in help of a BJP candidate in a lecturers’ constituency.
In December, nonetheless, responding to a BJP MLA’s query within the meeting, Mr Fadnavis had mentioned, “The federal government is not going to revive the outdated pension scheme. It’ll put a further burden of Rs 1.1 lakh crore on the state exchequer.”
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