Brahm Mohindra slams AAP on old pension scheme

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DW BUREAU / Chandigarh Senior Congress leader and former minister Brahm Mohindra today blasted the Aam Aadmi Party government's claims about restoring the old pension scheme for employees, saying it had already been restored by the previous Congress government. "It is not even the old wine, but the stolen wine in new bottles, so typical of the AAP government to steal credit for the schemes already implemented by the Congress government earlier", Mohindra said in a statement in reaction to the AAP's claims of restoring the old pension scheme for government employees. Mohindra said, it was after a cabinet sub-committee headed by him held detailed consultations with all stakeholders that a consensus was reached and the old pension scheme was implemented in Punjab. The veteran Congress leader said, like other promises, the AAP government was claiming to implement the old pension scheme for Punjab government employees, just with an eye on the elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat by trying to conceal the fact that it had already been implemented here. Giving details, Mohindra said, during the tenure of the last Congress Government in Punjab, out of four components of the old pension scheme, three components, namely, family pension, death-cum- retirement gratuity and ex-gratia payment to the employees covered under the new Contributory Pension Scheme were not only cleared but implemented. However, he said, the decision about the payment of pension under the old General Provident Fund scheme only, could not be given the go-ahead. Thus, it was the last component on which the decision rolled over to the lot of the present AAP Government in Punjab, which it is trying to claim credit for like over other Congress government schemes, he added. (editor@dailyworld.in)




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