15 years after NPS comes into effect, most UP teachers, staff still to draw benefit - education
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15 years after NPS comes into effect, most UP teachers, staff still to draw benefit – education

The state government has yet to deduct contributions from the salaries of most teachers and non-teaching staff in elementary and upper elementary schools run by the state government, towards the new pension plan (NPS), which was introduced ago 15 years.

In Prayagraj alone, of the 8,307 teachers and non-teaching staff who were appointed after 2005 and are covered by the NPS, deductions for 1,502 employees (18%) have started, putting the old age of others at risk, UP Prathmik said. Shikshak Sangh the district president, Devendra Kumar Srivastava.

So far, only 3,636 employees have been assigned the Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN), while applications for the PRAN assignment of the remaining 4,671 employees have yet to be submitted. Not only this, deductions for the pension of 266 teachers from 33 elementary schools attached to the district’s secondary schools with government help have also not started to date, he added.

The situation is the same for teachers in Sanskrit schools, where pension deductions have not yet started, the affected teachers said.

The result of the new pension plan not being implemented properly is that after retirement, teachers and employees are even struggling to receive treatment for their ailments, they add.

The condition of teachers and employees of 181 government-assisted secondary schools is comparatively better than that of government-run primary and upper primary schools. Here, 2,025 employees are eligible for NPS, including 1,486 teachers and 539 non-teaching staff members. From these, the deduction of contributions to pensions of 1,785 has begun.

The NPS was introduced in January 2004 for central government employees and was implemented in UP with effect from April 1, 2005 after the notice was issued on March 28, 2005.

Yet for 11 years nothing was done to ensure that NPS benefits covered high school teachers and staff with government help.

A government order was issued in May 2016 for the deduction of the pension contribution from wages, but to date, most staff have not yet been assigned a PRAN, the teachers said.

Although officials are reluctant to comment on the issue, as the matter is pending at the government level, they say the delay in completing the paperwork for the PRAN assignment is due to many district school inspectors (DIOS) not completing procedures.

However, this situation has led many teachers appointed after April 2005 into a difficult situation, where, despite having worked for years and being eligible for the NPS, they do not receive any pension.

With a salary of around Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000 per month while on duty, these teachers today are struggling to earn a living after retirement.

At Prayagraj itself, either Kalpana Sagar from KP Intermediate College, Asha Vyas and Anand Nidhan Singh from Mangla Prasad Intermediate College, Bampur; Rani Sharma of KVM Intermediate College, Kamla Nagar; Usha Srivastava of Firoz Gandhi Intermediate College, Garapur; or Ram Singh from Subhash Anglo Bengali Vedic Intermediate College, everyone is struggling to survive with dignity.

Take the example of Harish Chandra, an affected teacher. “I was appointed a professor at Gandhi Intermediate College-Patel Nagar in Jhunsi in 2007 and I retired on March 31, 2020. Despite salary deductions under NPS, after 13 years of service I do not receive any pension,” he said.

Kamlesh Parihar, another affected professor, said he was appointed an economics professor at Crosthwaite Girls Intermediate College in 2007 and retired in March 2018. “There was even a 22-month NPS deduction from my salary, but I don’t receive a pension. I already lost my husband and now I am worried about the marriage of my two daughters, ”she said.

When contacted by Deputy Minister Dinesh Sharma, who is also the state’s minister of secondary and higher education, he said the matter would be considered a priority. He said that those affected must formally send representations to the state government.

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