Nurpur, May 10
The New Pension Scheme (NPS) Employees Association, Himachal Pradesh, has urged the state government to administer vaccination doses to the government employees aging between 18 and 44 years before deploying them on Covid-19 duties.
Rajinder Minhas, president of the Kangra district unit, in a statement issued here today said a large number of government employees of this age group were discharging Covid duties without being vaccinated and were on the high risk of Covid infection.
He said so far 15 such employees across the state, including two in Kangra district, had lost their lives while discharging Covid duties.
The employees association president has also demanded that the state government should implement notification of the Central government issued in 2009.
“Under this notification, the Central government has provided the benefits of old pension scheme (OPS) to an NPA employee on his disability and if an NPA employee dies during his service period his family is entitled to all benefits,” he asserted.
Manhas said around one lakh NPS employees serving in the state were discharging their duty efficiently and following every government order amid the pandemic, but due to non-implementation of the Central government notification in the state, the NPS employees were feeling insecure about the future of themselves as well as of their families.