Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to consider a long-pending demand of Railways employees to exempt them from the National Pension Scheme just like the defence forces.
“May I request you to kindly have a re-look into the case sympathetically and consider favourably the demand of the Railway Federations to exempt Railway employees from the purview of NPS,” the minister wrote in a letter last month, adding there was strong merit in the case.
Mr. Prabhu said railway unions had been drawing a parallel with the nature of duties performed by the armed forces, which are exempt from the NPS at present.
Mr. Prabhu informed the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) about his submission to the Finance Minister at a meeting on Wednesday.
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