New Delhi: In a landmark judgement, the Narendra Modi-led government met the long-standing demand of the government employees whose recruitment was finalised before January 1, 2004, but had joined the services on or after the aforesaid date. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge

Bringing relief to many government employees, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare said that all Central Government employees whose selection for appointment was finalized before 01.01.2004 but who joined service on or after 01.01.2004, can now opt to be covered under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 instead of the NPS (National Pension System). Also Read - Impose Complete Lockdown in India: Traders' Body Urges PM Modi Amid COVID Surge

This order will be a breather for several government employees as many of them are taking legal recourse in order to get covered under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Reacts After Twitter Suspends Her Account Over Her Tweet on Bengal Elections

As per a  press release published on PIB, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions minister Jitendra Singh said the order effectively gives those central government employees who were recruited before 2004 the option of either switch over to the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 or continue to be covered under the National Pension System.

It must be noted that the last date to exercise this option is May 31, 2020.