Hassan: Members of Provident Fund Worker Pensioners’ Welfare Association staged a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office demanding fulfilment of various demands including payment of at least Rs. 7,500 monthly pension to employees’ provident fund pensioners.
All employees who have retired after serving for about 30 to 40 years in other Government boards, Corporations, Co-operatives and Autonomous Private Organisations are covered under the Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme and are covered under the Labour Pension Scheme, 1995.
All these retired employees, who are around 75 lakh across the Country and belong to the organisation, demanded that they be provided with the necessary pension system.
The Employees’ Provident Fund and its benefits are not known even after several years of their retirement, they said, adding that the EPS-95 Pension find is being given a monthly pension of just Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000, making it difficult for the elderly couple to survive on a daily basis.
We met almost all the MPs in this regard and submitted several representations, but to no avail. The leaders of our organisation have met the Prime Minister twice, who promised to look into the matter when the request is made, they said.
“Considering our difficulties, through the Central Government we are appealing to the Prime Minister making Deputy Commissioner a medium to draw attention to help the EPS-95 Pension Community by providing them with greater financial benefits and a health scheme,” they added .
Association President G.O. Mahanthappa and Office-bearers were present at the protest.