The teaching and non-teaching employees of the government-aided colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh have opposed the Punjab government move in trying to repeal the Pension and Gratuity Act of 1999. Union representative Iqbal Preet Kaur on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the Punjab government requesting it not to give sanction to the repealed pension act.
PS Gill, co-president, said: "By the withdrawal of the pension scheme, Punjab has betrayed the cause of teachers. I appeal to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to see reason and grant pension as college teachers are the only category without pension."
Kuldip Singh, general secretary of the union, said: "The PCCTU will hold statewide protests and fasts to prevail upon the Punjab government to implement the pension scheme for employees of aided colleges on the pattern of government-aided school teachers. We condemn the government action as the case was in the court and in the final stage of decision."
Prof Pawan said: "The retirees are facing acute hardships, leading a life of intense suffering and have been pleading for justice by way of grant of pensionary benefits as social security is already available to other employees, including those of aided schools. By withdrawing the pension bill of 1999 approved by the Vidhan Sabha for employees of aided colleges, the state government has played havoc with their lives."