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Friday, 25 November 2011

March to Parliament on PFRDA :

Thousands of Employees from different parts of country  marched to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 25th November 2011 to protest against PFRDA bill. They demanded withdrawal of PFRDA bill in Parliament. The participants included State Government Employes, Teachers, Pensioners ,Railways(AIRF), Defence(AIDEF) and other Central Government   Employees under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees which includes Postal, Income Tax, CSS, AG's Ground Water, Postal Accounts,etc lakhs of signatures collected from employees was presented   to the Hon'ble Prime Minster.

 Overall   the performance of the participation of AICGWBEA was commendable almost all branches participated, The quota allocated by Confederation   was achieved, Red salute to all comrades who participated in the March to Parliament on PFRDA.  .    

A seven member delegation consisting of Coms. S K Vyas, (Convenor, Steering Committee) Shiv Gopal Mishra, (General Secretary, AIRF), KKN Kutty, (Secy. General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers)   S.N. Pathak, (President, AIDEF) P. Abhimanyu (General Secretary, BSNLEU) Rajendran (General Secretary, STFI) and Sukomal Sen (Sr. Vice President, AISGEF) met the Hon'ble Prime Minister today along with Com Basudeb Acharya, MP and Com.  Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary of CITU. The delegation appealed to the Prime Minister to reconsider the government's policy of privatisation of pension funds and withdraw the PFRDA bill which seeks to replace the existing defined benefit Pension Scheme of government employees. The concern and anxiety of the government employees over the financial security in the evening of their life was also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister.

The petition to the Prime minister elaborated the various reasons as to why the present bill will be neither in the interest of the employees nor will benefit the Government Exchequer (Copy enclosed).

The Hon'ble Prime Minister assured the delegation of the consideration of the petition and the feasibility of providing a guarantee for a minimum pension which the Standing Committee had recommended but unfortunately not found approval of the Cabinet.  The Prime Minister informed the delegation that his Government would not do anything to harm the interest of the employees.

The rally was concluded at 2.30 PM. On behalf of the Steering Committee, Com. Vyas announced that the employees will organize two hour walk out on the next day the Parliament takes up the PFRDA Bill for consideration

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