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Posted on Jan 23, 09:47AM | IANS
The recent employees and teachers stir in Kerala against the proposed contributory provident fund pension scheme spearheaded the pro-Left service organisation was a politically motivated propaganda stunt, the pro-Congress Non Gazetted Officers Association today said.
Talking to reporters here, NGO Association General Secretary K V Murali said this was evident from the Senior CPI (M) leader and former Minister Elamaram Kareem's revelation that he was not sure about his party reversing the decision if voted to power again.
In an interview to a private TV channel yesterday Mr Kareem, also Kerala unit General Secretary of the pro-CPI (M) Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) had said 'right now it cannot be assured whether the party would roll back the decision on assuming office again."
Stating the remark was contradictory to his promise on the issue earlier, he said Mr Kareem, who spearheaded the stir in the capacity of the convenor of the joint agitation committee, in fact deceived the employees and teachers in the State.
He said the Kerala government had taken an appropriate decision to do away with the statutory pension from the next fiscal year in view of negative burden on the exchequer dampening development projects.
About 25 state governments and the Centre had already implemented the contributory pension scheme for the employees except for the defence personnel.