7th Pay Commission Latest News: As the agitation for the restoration of the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) grows larger day-by-day, the Delhi government, in a welcome move promised to repeal the New Pension Scheme (NPS). The Arvind Kejriwal-led government has also urged the other friendly states to do so. Protests demanding suspension of NPS has been reported from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu from quite a long time now. However, the state governments have not taken any steps in this regard yet. The development comes amid the long lasting wait of the 50 lakh Central government employees for a hike in the minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
As far as the Delhi government is concerned, an announcement regarding the passing of resolution for the restoration of the Old Pension Scheme has been made. The resolution is likely to be passed in a special session of Legislative Assembly, a report in ZeeBiz.com said.
Furthermore, Delhi CM has also promised to write to the governments of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka to restore the OPS. The move will certainly pressurise the BJP-ruled states, like Uttar Pradesh, to take a step in this regard.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is at a stage when it cannot afford to take risks as Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are just around the corner.
Meanwhile, there has been no word on whether the 50 lakh CG employees, who are waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission or 7th CPC, will get to hear a good news or not.
Earlier in March this year, Minister of Finance (MoS) P Radhakrishnan had declared that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.