Hike In Pension: BMS To Hold Nationwide Protest Outside EPFO Offices
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) will organise dharnas at EPFO offices across India today, demanding that the minimal pension be increased from 1000 to 5000 rupees per month.
“During the Covid-19 days also those who have worked lifelong got only a paltry amount of minimum pension of ₹1,000, which is less than a destitute pension. Hence, the minimum pension under EPS, 1995, should be hiked to ₹5,000 per month from the existing ₹1,000 per month,” BMS said in the statement.
“Since in-principle acceptance was given by the labour ministry, EPS pensioners should be covered under Ayushman Bharat medical scheme as these old age pensioners with a low pension were unable to get treatment at super speciality hospitals,” it further added.
“The government should formulate a universal pension scheme so that pension should be 50% of last drawn salary,” it said.
According to the BMS, a trade union connected with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), any increase in the minimum pension will help these 65 lakh pensioners.
These issues were highlighted earlier, according to the BMS, at the finance minister’s pre-budget consultation meeting with central trade unions on December 18, 2021, in New Delhi, in the august presence of the Hon’ble Finance Minister, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman.
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