The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann

The Punjab government on Friday approved the renewal of the Old Pension Scheme for state government employees.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann here.

The official announcement said that the employees will be given the option to adopt the Old Pension Scheme or the New Pension Scheme. OPS for employees was discontinued in 2004 and since then, government employees have been under NPS. However, the employees have been demanding the return of the Old Pension Scheme for a long time, the statement said.

“Implementation of the scheme is likely to give great relief to the employees of the state.” Realizing that employees are the backbone of government, the state government has taken this historic decision which is likely to benefit all state government employees,” it added.

A month ago, the chief minister announced that the AAP government was considering bringing back the old pension scheme for government employees and asked the chief secretary to study the feasibility and modalities of its implementation.

The Cabinet also gave its approval to amend Rule 17 of the Punjab Civil Services (General and Common Conditions of Service) Rules, 1994 and the Punjab State Service (Group D) Rules, 1963 to ensure that only those candidates would be appointed in Punjab Government who had deep knowledge of Punjabi language.



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