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Deepak Shenoy calls reverting to old pension scheme 'a terrible decision'

Capital Minds founder and CEO Deepak Shenoy's reaction comes after Punjab chief minister Bhagwat Mann on Monday said that the government is considering going back to the OPS, and was lauded by Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

September 29, 2022 / 02:15 PM IST
Deepak Shenoy said that by extending the scheme, the government will be spending Rs 44,000 crore

Deepak Shenoy said that by extending the scheme, the government will be spending Rs 44,000 crore "for what is unnecessary".


Deepak Shenoy, founder and CEO of CapitalMind, has reacted to chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwat Mann's comments on reverting to the Old Pension System (OPS), calling it a "very retrograde" and "terrible decision".

"This is a terrible decision. Taxpayers will be paying HUGE pensions going forward if this becomes the norm. Very retrograde. This is just another insane freebie that we will pay but these politicians will go out of power by then," Shenoy tweeted.

He added that OPS is a bad idea because state governments want the money that has been saved by govt employees in their PFRDA accounts so far. "That's a LOT of money they can spend immediately, since some other government has to take care of pensions later," Deepak Shenoy wrote.

When a Twitter user commented that the OPS was a social security and not a freebie for Indians, Shenoy said, "Social security only for govt employees? Why make everyone else pay for it, when we can hardly afford to. The NPS (National Pension Scheme) allows everyone to build a good solid retirement corpus, use it."

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The Capital Minds CEO's reaction comes after Punjab chief minister Bhagwat Mann on Monday said that the government is considering going back to the OPS and that he has asked his chief secretary to study the feasibility and modalities of its implementation. "We stand committed to the welfare of our employees," he tweeted.

Lauding him, Arvind Kejriwal wrote, "Wow! A great decision. All govt employees across India want Old pension scheme to be restored."

The old pension scheme was discontinued in 2004 and has been one of the major demands of state government employees.
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