Punjab cabinet approves old pension scheme
Earlier, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand too went back to the Old Pension Scheme and quashed the new pension scheme.
The Punjab cabinet has approved the restoration of Old Pension Scheme. The decision has been taken in a cabinet meeting on Friday. An official notification would be put out subsequently.
Faced with several demands from government employees, the Punjab government took the decision to restore the Old Pension Scheme. Earlier, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand too went back to the Old Pension Scheme and quashed the new pension scheme.
Under the old pension scheme, a government employee is entitled to a monthly pension after retirement. The monthly pension is typically half of the last drawn salary of the person. Under the new pension scheme, employees contribute a portion of their salaries to the pension fund. Based on that, they are entitled to a one-time lump sum amount on superannuation.
For the record, the old pension scheme was discontinued in December 2003, and the new pension scheme came into effect on April 1, 2004.
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