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PMK for implementing old pension scheme in TN

Chennai, May 9 (BPNS)

Founder leader of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), Dr. S. Ramadoss has called upon the Tamil Nadu government to re-implement the old pension scheme in the state as promised in the election manifesto of the ruling DMK.

In a statement on Monday, the senior leader said that the contention of the Tamil Nadu Finance minister, that re-implementing the old pension scheme was not possible is a classic example of ‘dereliction of duties on his part.

He called upon the Tamil Nadu government to immediately implement the old pension scheme like Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, and West Bengal.

The PMK leader said that the new pension scheme was not implemented in the Armed forces and Indian judiciary as it was not socially protective as the old scheme. Ramadoss said,” The scheme that has been rejected by the Armed forces and Indian judiciary must not be implemented on government employees of the state.”

He said that the Tamil Nadu finance minister’s theory that legal wrangles exist in transferring the funds deposited with the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) and that re-implementing the scheme would bring financial burden to the state does not hold water.

The PMK founder leader said that the legal wrangles that the Tamil Nadu finance minister was talking about could be resolved by talking to the Central government and said that the minister should take efforts to solve this and not shy away from his responsibilities as a state minister.

It is to be noted that the PMK has been at the forefront of re-implementing the old pension scheme in Tamil Nadu and the statement by the finance minister that it was not possible due to legal wrangles and bringing financial burden to the state has led to the senior leader coming out with the statement.