Hyderabad: Over 3.5 lakh state government employees have threatened to go on leave en masse on September 1 demanding scrapping of the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS). Employees want the state government to restore the Old Pension Scheme. Various employees associations have been holding agitation programmes against the CPS since February this year.
With no response from the state government, they have threatened to boycott duties on September 1.
All those who were appointed after September 1, 2004, are covered under the CPS. Out of the total 3.50 lakh employees in Telangana, about 1.10 lakh are covered under the CPS.
Though majority of the 2.40 lakh employees are covered under the OPS, they have extended support to 1.10 lakh employees fighting against CPS.
“We already went on 19 days strike during the past 13 years. Still there is no response from consecutive governments. We organised 10-day agitation programmes at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to press our demand in March this year. We also organised a huge rally before Parliament in March. Despite all this, neither the Centre nor the state government has responded positively on our demand. We are left with no option but to boycott duties on September 1 to bring pressure on government,” said K. Ravinder Reddy, president, TNGOs Association and chairman of Telangana Employees JAC....