A delegation of employees of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), which functions under the auspices of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here yesterday. The delegation was led by Members of Parliament, Shri C.P. Joshi and Shri Om Birla. The delegation sought Dr Jitendra Singh’s intervention for rationalising the pension benefits available to them.
In a memorandum submitted to the Minister by Shri Nirmal Kumar Jain, General Secretary, Rajasthan Atomic Power Labour Union and other members of delegation, it was stated that though the NPCIL was established in 1987 and currently has over 11,583 employees working under it, yet many of the benefits available to employees in other departments of the Government and other Public Sector Units (PSUs) are not available to them. In this regard, they particularly referred to the absence of any proper pension scheme for them. It recalled that as a follow-up to their repeated representations, a Pension Committee was constituted in 2004 but till date, no definite outcome is visible.
The memorandum demanded that the National Pension Scheme (NPS) introduced by DoPT is quite useful and this scheme should be made available to employees of NPCIL as well. They stressed that NPS Corporate Sector model will not only ensure social security for the NPCIL officials, but will also motivate them to perform better.