Himachal Pradesh fourth state to restore old pension scheme | India News


SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh on Friday restored the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) for its 1.4 lakh government employees, fulfilling Congress‘s poll promise. Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, also governed by the party, and Punjab, where AAP is at the helm, have already rolled out the old pension scheme.
Himachal third Congress state to restore OPS
Himachal Pradesh became the fourth state to restore the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) for 1.36 lakh government employees on Friday, fulfilling Congress’s poll promise to them in the very first meeting of the new Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu cabinet.
Hundreds of employees shouted “Sukhu Zindabad” and danced to drum beats in the freezing cold as word got out that the cabinet meeting, which was still underway in the secretariat, had cleared the return of their pension scheme of choice after 20 years.
Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, both governed by Congress, and Punjab, where AAP is at the helm, have already rolled out OPS for their employees. In Himachal, employees will have the choice to choose between OPS and the contributory National Pensiom Scheme (NPS).
The clamour for a return to OPS was one of the primary election planks for Congress in HP, with the majority of state government employees believed to have played a crucial role in the party unseating BJP. NPS Employees Association’s state president Pradeep Thakur, who had spearheaded the movement for OPS, hailed the CM for keeping Congress’s word.

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