The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Teachers’ Association and the Andhra Pradesh Contributory Pension System Employees Association (APCPSEA) came together to organise a protest at the Vizianagaram Collector’s office on 25 September 2023. The associations have demanded that the government reinstate the previous or old pension system (OPS), which was in effect until 2003.
Led by the leader of the APCPSEA, the association claimed that the government was attempting to confuse the employees with unnecessary proposals. The employees have stated that the old pension scheme has been reinstated in several states, including Rajasthan.
The workers chanted slogans criticising the government for failing to reintroduce the OPS, a promise that Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had made during his padayatra before the 2019 general elections. Furthermore, they pledged to persist in their struggle until the government provided justice to over two lakh state employees.
The old pension scheme is a government-provided retirement plan where employees, including teachers and government workers, are entitled to receive a fixed pension amount after retirement. The pension is typically based on factors such as the employees’ years of service and the average salary earned during their tenure.
The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Teachers’ Association primarily represents the concerns and interests of teachers in Andhra Pradesh. They advocate for the rights and welfare of teachers, including issues related to pay, working conditions and pension benefits.
The Andhra Pradesh Contributory Pension System Employees Association (APCPSEA), on the other hand, focuses specifically on employees who are part of the Contributory Pension System in Andhra Pradesh. The System is a retirement benefit programme where employees and employers make regular contributions to a pension fund, and the pension amount is determined by the fund’s performance. APCPSEA is likely to advocate for changes or improvements to this pension system on behalf of its members.