‘No Pension No Votes’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 3 January 2019

“It is unfair, when the lawmakers and those who implement it get benefits of old family pension scheme but not those who teach about the law,” added Waghmare.

PUNE: Professors under the banner of Maharashtra Rajya Pradhyapak Juni Pension Hakka Kruti Samitee (Action Committee of Professors Fighting for Old Pension Scheme for the Professors Recruited After 2005) have launched a protest - ‘No Pension No Vote.’ 

The professors have decided that if the government does not adhere to their demands, they will not vote in the upcoming elections.

Professors, who were recruited post-November 1, 2005, were denied benefits of State government family pension scheme. The scheme remained eligible for those in government service before 2004.

“Under the new provision, 10 per cent of the amount is deducted from salaries of professors as pension. Moreover, the new scheme doesn’t include any provision for financial support to the families after the concerned government employee’s death, unlike the old family pension scheme,” said Somnath Waghmare, professor of science faculty at Nowrosjee Wadia College.

“It is unfair, when the lawmakers and those who implement it get benefits of old family pension scheme but not those who teach about the law,” added Waghmare.

The protest organised in October 2018 by Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO) had also highlighted the issue. 

“The problem is related to all State government employees and not only professors. Therefore, if any changes are to be made, it will be done for all,” said Waghmare.

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