New Pension Scheme has been introduced by the Govt. at the teeth of opposition of AIRF and other organized labour. This scheme debars Railway workers appointed on or after 1st January, 2004 from pension and family pension. They are to part with 10% of their pay and Dearness Allowance monthly towards contribution to NPS.
Railwaymen are the second line of Defence. The Defence Personnel are covered by Pension and Family Pension, while the same has been denied to a section of railwaymen appointed on or after 01.01.2004.
It would be pertinent to mention, how Railwaymen stood fast in trying situations. During Chinese aggression in the year 1962 there was massive exodus of civil population near in Arunachal Pradesh and North Bank of Brahmaputra, currency notes were burnt at the order of Dy. Commissioner, Tezpur(Sonitpur), the jail birds were freed, but the Railwaymen did not leave their duty post. In this connection, extract from Special Gazette published by the Railway Board during Railway Week, 1963 is given below.