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Sir, Accord your approval of Granting CCS Old Pension 1972 GOI cum G P F Pension Scheme to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Employees

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 WeWe have been appealing to the Government implementation of oldPension GOI 1972Scheme for the employees of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti for nearly two decades. We have brought to the notice of your kind self the decimation committed to us in this respect. While 26 organisations under Govt of India established after Navodaya Vidyalaya samiti came into existence introduced or switched over from CPF to GPF cum Pension Scheme NVS employees have been unreasonably ignored.

 

The staff of Navodaya Vidyalayas numbering around 17000 and their family members numbering around 70,000 are living in desperation and anxiety as their future life is secured by any economic means.

 

 

 

Sir,Government is obliged to provide social and economic security to retired persons. Pension is every retiree’s  Fundamental right. State’s obligation to provide security in old age is recognized. The Senior Citizen needs to be treated with dignity, courtesy befitting their age especially after retiring from an institution like JNVs which strive hard for the educational needs of the talented children of rural India. When the staff of KVS,NIOS,Tibetan Schools,Sainik Schools etc enjoy GOI Pension it is bewildering to know why NVS staff are discriminated.Therefore implementation of NPS runs against the spirit of  Article 14,16 and 21 of Indian Constitution.

 

 

 

Sir.it is an undeniable fact that  Pension is not a bounty nor a matter of grace.  It is not an ex-gratia payment, but a payment for past service rendered. It is a social welfare measure rendering Socio-economic justice to those who in the hey days of their life, ceaselessly toiled for their employers on assurance that in their old age, they would not be left in lurch. Pension is therefore deferred wages. Pension is the  statutory, inalienable and legally enforcible right and it had been earned by the sweat of my brow during several years of service to the nation’s downtrodden rural children.

 

 

 

The claim for GPF cum Pension for the employees of Navodaya Vidyalayas  earn great significance due to the fact that they are the only educational institutions with such special objectives like national integration through the policy of migration, advanced technology aided  education to rural children to eliminate urban rural disparity in opportunity for education, all-round development of children etc.

 

The justifications we enlist hereinafter irrefutably corroborate that there is reason to deny our demand for GPF cum Pension

 

1.    Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti had introduced contributory pension scheme during 1991 without allowing the employees to opt for GOI Pension.  CPF is applicable to persons appointed on contract for a specified period, re-employed employees after retirement and those serving in scientific and technical organisation who enter service at a higher age and not for regular employees.

 

2.    Introduction of New Pension Scheme is against the Policy of Pension  as NPS cannot be introduced without substituting an existing Pension Scheme. As NVS does not have CCS pension introduction of NPS by substitution is against the established rules.

 

3.    The Union Cabinet in its meeting on 30.07.2008 had approved introduction of New Pension Scheme of Govt.of India to all regular NVS employees joining NVS after the date of notification.The meeting also approved the regular employees of NVS as on the date of notification of NPS to continue with the existing CPF scheme or to join NPS scheme Hence this decision is not binding on the part of those employees who had joined service before 1.1.2004 for whom GPF cum Pension Scheme is applicable. Hence  this decision is applicable to those who joined service during the period from 1.1,2004 and 1.4.2009 as the notification dated 04.08.2009 clearly states that only those who join service on after 1.4.2009 shall be the members of NPS.

 

4.    The parliamentary standing Committees 154,164,184 and 198 have strongly recommended the introduction  of GOI Pension to employees of NVS and recorded its surprise and vehemence in discriminating NVS staff while staff of KVS,NIOS,Central Tibetan Schools etc have been granted GOI Pension scheme.

 

5.    Expert Committee constituted under the chairmanship of Shri.Y.N. Chaturvedi in June 2001 also recommended implementation of GOI Pension to NVS staff considering the national importance of the job the employees discharge.

 

6.    Vide letter no.C-33011/10/81-vig. Dated May 19,1981 from Sri .M R Koolhatkar Joint Secretary, Ministry of     Education & Culture had urged NVS alongwith  all heads of Autonomous Organisations under Ministry of   Education & Culture introduce provisions  of the CCS(Pension)Rules 1972 in line with the Central Vigilance Commissions observation in order to curb currutpion and procecute corrupt employees after retirement.The same was reminded several times with a request to introduce GOI pension in NVS by August 31,1995.

 

7.    Ministers of HRD strongly supported our cause of implementation GOI Pension

 

8.    In the meetings held on 21st June and 15th November 2000 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (SE & HE) regarding extension of Pensionary benefits to the staff of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti & new IIT and IIMS NVS has been directed to implement GOI Pension to its employees.

 

9.    Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were established as per the National Policy on education 1986 which confirms the eligibility of retirement benefits like GOI pension Scheme .

 

10.  The Government of India has extended the pay structure and other service conditions to the employees of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti at par with other  central Government employees. Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has also adopted mutantis-mutandis; Government India rules and regulation on service matters for its employees.All Pay Commission recommendations and govt.rules and regulations are relevant to NVS staff at par with other Central Govt employees.Hence application of pension rules(1972) too.

 

11.  Since  the Samiti has been provided 100% fund in form of grant-in-aid by the ministry of HRD  the employees are eligible for pensionary benefits which are normally applicable to similar categories of employees in autonomous organisations of Government of India

 

12.  The IV Pay Commission had recommended one time switch over from CPF to Pension which was exercised by several autonomous organisations except NVS.

 

13.  As recently as in 2009 GPF cum Pension scheme has been implemented to the employees of 5 inter University Councils including NAAC who have joined prior to 01-01-2004

 

Sir, the employees of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti have represented the matter of implementation of GPF cum pension scheme to the governemnt several times during the past decades. It is matter of grave concern to the employees and their families numbering not less than one lakh which can hardly be left unnoticed. The staff of NVS especially teachers who spend their whole life time educating the poor talented children of remote rural villages of our country is not less an important task than soldiers guarding our boarders. Since the nation’s development largely depends on the devoted and selfless work of the teachers the government cannot hold back in ensuring their social and economic security and help them to live with decency and dignity respecting their valuable work during the service period.

Hence we request your kind self to implement GPF cum Pension scheme to the employees of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti   

                                                      -NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA Employees

 



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