France Pension Reform: The protest in France regarding the age of retirement is similar to the protest in India on the issue of Old Pension Scheme (OPS) vs New Pension Scheme (NPS).
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retirement age France is burning in the fire of the government pension bill By passing, the retirement age has been increased from 62 to 64. According to the report of France 24 ‘, new recruitments have not taken place, due to which the government had to take this step and a situation of protest has been created. This is a matter of France, it is believed that India’s condition may be similar. tell that French President Emmanuel Macron He is facing the most difficult time of his political life. On Monday, her government faced a no-confidence motion, though it survived. If it was successful, the President would have to hold new elections.
At present, if we talk about India, there is also a debate about the benefits of the new pension scheme in comparison to the old pension scheme. The protests over the retirement age in France are similar to the protests in India over the issue of Old Pension Scheme (OPS) versus New Pension Scheme (NPS). Let us tell you that in the year 2004, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had closed the old pension scheme and implemented the new pension scheme.
Pension 50 percent of the employee’s last pay
According to the old system, pension was 50 percent of the last salary of the employee and the entire amount was paid by the government. At the same time, in the new system, government employees have to give 10 percent of their salary and dearness allowance to the retirement fund. The government pays up to 14 per cent for the pension.
nps and pension bill same
According to some experts, India’s New Pension Scheme (NPS) and the proposed pension reform in France are similar in many ways. According to a report, the purpose of both is to deal with the financial stability of the pension system. Both governments argue that reforms are necessary to reduce the burden of pension payments.
Demand to restore old pension scheme
Government employees in many states of India are now demanding to restore the old pension scheme. The Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab has constituted a committee to implement the Old Pension Scheme (OPS). Other states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have already rejected the new pension scheme.
Formation of three member committee
In Maharashtra, government employees have called off their strike after the Eknath Shinde-led government announced the formation of a three-member committee to conduct a comparative study of the old and new pension schemes. State employees argue that how will they survive on the low pension after retirement under the new scheme. In Haryana also, the employees are demanding change in the old system.
Many posts are vacant in government departments
Apart from this, according to the report related to jobs, there are many vacancies in India too, but recruitment is not being done in that regard. In such a situation, the work load is increasing and its effect is also being felt on the employees. Lakhs of posts are lying vacant in government departments here. A large number of employees are retiring, most are about to happen, but recruitment is not being done. According to the information received from the media report, in the month of August 2022, the government had told in the Lok Sabha that about 9 lakh 79 thousand 327 posts are vacant across the country. These include 23,584 posts of Group-A, 118801 of Group B and 836936 of Group C.
More than 10 lakh posts vacant
Let us inform that last when this data was released in the Lok Sabha, at that time 8.72 lakh posts were vacant in the country till March 1, 2020. At the same time, by 2022, this number has increased to about 10 lakhs. Now by 2023, the number of these vacant posts is expected to increase further. It is believed that the low number of employees and high workload is also one of the reasons for opposing the pension bill in France.
Protests continue in France
According to the information, the demonstrations continued in France on Friday as well. This also affected the movement of trains. While taking action, the police arrested more than 450 protesters from Paris and surrounding areas on Thursday. In this regard, French Home Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Friday that about 441 policemen and officers were reported injured in the violence. Darmanin told that thousands of dustbins were burnt in Paris during the demonstration.