Pensioners March to Parliament
A surging crowed of Pensioners & serving Central Govt. / State Govt. employees as also University & schoolteachers filled the Jantar Mantar Chowk on the Parliament Street N.Delhi at 10.00 A.M. on 25.11.2011.
Tens of thousands Superannuated persons & in-service employees gathered there to protest against anti pensioners policies of the Central & State Govt. all of them demanding withdrawal of Pension fund regulatory & development agency (PF &RDA ) Bill from the Parliament and scrapping of New Pension Scheme ( NPS ) introduced by NDA Govt. wef 01.01.2004 & continued by the UPA Govt. which deprives the new employees of their hard-won right to PENSION.
Leaders of BHARAT CENTRAL PENSIONERS CONFEDERATION, including S. S. Ramachandran, Chairman, Shyam Sunder Secy. Genl. And of the major Trade Unions of Central Government/State Govt. /University teachers / School Teachers were on the dais t he huge gathering was Chaired by com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, Genl. Secy. All India Railway men’s Federation ( AIRF )
The entire ground echoed with Slogan shouting not only of Pensioners, but especially also of the young workers whose right to Pension has been snatched by the cruel NPS which is now sought to be legalize by the Parliament.
Over 1000 Pensioners from all over India had joined them. The grand Rally Continued upto 3PM. A delegation of leaders, alongwith com.Bassudeo Acharya, M.P. met the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Explained the demands & handed over a Memorandum for withdrawal of PFRDA Bill from Parliament, scrapping off of NPS & also considering Pensioners demands like full parity between pre & post 2006 retirees and adequate Medicare for Pensioners.The Prime Minister gave Patient hearing but no promises
Shyam Sunder Secy. Genl, BCPC ( S.G. BPS ) addressed the grand rally, he gave a Clarion Call for the unity & joint struggle of Pensioners & in-service employees to achieve their demand. He emphasized:
“TODAY’S EMPLOYEES ARE TOMARROWS PENSIONERS”