There is no assured return in CPS. Even gratuity is denied. If employees are dead, the families of the deceased are denied pension benefits (Photo: Representational Image)
Hyderabad: The state government machinery came to a halt on Friday as over one lakh employees went on mass leave, demanding scrapping of the contributory pension scheme (CPS).
All activities in government offices, including the Secretariat, were paralysed.
Telangana State CPS Employees’ Association president G. Sthita Prajna said the CPS came into force on September 1, 2004, and thousands of employees and their families who joined after that date, are facing hardships for the past 13 years.
"There is no assured return in CPS. Even gratuity is denied. If employees are dead, the families of the deceased are denied pension benefits. We want OPS in which there are assured returns and family members of employees are also taken care of," Mr Prajna said.
Government schools were also hit as teachers joined the strike.
The impact of the strike was felt in Osmania and Gandhi hospitals in the city and MGM hospital in Warangal.
JNTU’s teaching staff protested against CPS in the campus.