Bhubaneswar, December 17: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday wrote to Union Labour and ESI Minister Santosh Gangwar to address the grievances of EPF pensioners by recasting their pension structure.
The Chief Minister wrote that it will benefit EPF pensioners throughout India, including around 1.62 lakh pensioners in Odisha.
“I would like to draw your kind attention to the plight of around 1.62 lakh EPF pensioners all across my State, who with a paltry monthly pension after their retirement are facing much hardships in their advanced age. Time and again, these EPS-95 Pensioners’ Association are putting forth their grievances for revision of minimum pension by Government of India and giving their memorandum also at the State level for redressing their cause,” wrote Patnaik.
The grievance of these pensioners deserves sympathetic consideration at your end as they had contributed to the nation building at their prime age. And now they should be protected by the State with reasonable financial and social security. This can be ensured re-casting their pension structure for which they have been pursuing at every level, added Patnaik.