TS Teachers’ organisations, including TSUT F, TPTF and DTFDI on Saturday staged a massive dharna at Indira Park here on Saturday demanding scrapping of contributory pension system and continuation of the old system protecting their pension rights. Addressing the protestors, Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) chairman Prof M Kodandaram expressed happiness over all teachers’ organisations coming onto a common platform to press the demand. He accused both the State and the Central governments of shirking their responsibility to pay pension to their employees as part of the liberalised economic policy.
Prof Kodandaram hit out at the Centre for imposing a ten per cent cut in the salaries of its employees and handing over the amount to private companies for investing in shares. Describing share market as gambling, which could collapse any time, he questioned the government why it wanted to sacrifice its employees to the volatile share market. He expressed concern over the lack of social and economic stability to the employees in the absence of retirement benefits. “They face a deplorable situation without being able to meet even the medical expenses,” he pointed out, while calling for pressurising the Telangana government to implement the old pension policy, which is being continued in Tripura and West Bengal.Addressing the participants, former MLC Prof K Nageshwar described the new policy as no pension, which caused loss to 44 lakh employees in Andhra Pradesh and three lakh in Telangana.