Trade Union Agitations & Pension Scheme Restoration
The Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, addressed concerns regarding recent agitations by railway trade unions regarding the reported privatization of Railways and the restoration of the Old Pension Scheme for employees. The Minister clarified that there is no proposal for privatizing railway operations and assured that all matters related to employee benefits are governed by existing policies.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
STARRED QUESTION NO. 73
TO BE ANSWERED ON 07.02.2024
RESTORATION OF OLD PENSION SCHEME
*73. SHRI A. RAJA:
SHRI A. GANESHAMURTHI:
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:
(a) whether some railway trade unions have recently staged agitations by going on fast against the reported move to gradually privatise Railways and for restoration of Old Pension Scheme to its employees;
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) the steps taken by the Government to restore Old Pension Scheme to railway employees and to assure them regarding non-privatisation of operation of existing trains or the trains that are likely to be introduced in future?
MINISTER OF RAILWAYS, COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (SHRI ASHWINI VAISHNAW)
(a) to (c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF STARRED QUESTION NO. 73 BY SHRI A. RAJA AND SHRI A. GANESHAMURTHI TO BE ANSWERED IN LOK SABHA ON 07.02.2024 REGARDING RESTORATION OF OLD PENSION SCHEME.
(a) to (c) : Railways continue to function as a Ministry of Government of India. There is no proposal of privatizing operations of Railways. All matters related to salary, emoluments, pension, leave, retirement etc. are governed by various policies from time to time.
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