Punjabi University Teachers' Coordination Committee (PUTCC), in its full house meeting on Sunday, took a strong exception to the decision taken in the assembly pertaining to the termination of the Pension-cum-Gratuity Scheme for government aided and privately managed colleges, 1996, on December 21, 2012.
As per the new law, the teaching and non-teaching staff of the government-aided private colleges would not get the benefits of gratuity and pension.
"Repealing of the pension scheme is the worst ever onslaught on the genuine and legitimate rights of the employees waiting for the implementation of pension scheme since 1996. It's surprising how the Congress legislators became a party to the decision. It is very astonishing that such a draconian decision was taken without any discussion and debate on the issue," PUTCC convener Jaswinder Brar said.
"It is ironical that the Punjab government has repealed a scheme which has already been implemented in over 20 states," said Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu another PUTCC leader.
The members appealed to the state government to reconsider the decision, while requesting the governor not to accord his assent to the proposed bill.
The committee also appealed to the Punjab and Haryana high court to take a serious note of the termination of the pension scheme by the state government.