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Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader and MP Aparajita Sarangi today met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and apprised her about the problems being faced by the Odisha EPF pensioners.

Informing about her meeting with the Finance Minister, Sarangi said that she 'discussed about the grievances of Odisha EPF Pensioners Association, Bank Retirees Federation and Ex-servicemen who have retired before 1.1.2006 and re-employed thereafter in SBI/ PSBs'.

The Bhubaneswar MP further said that Sitharaman assured her to extend all support in this regard. "I am grateful to her (Nirmala Sitharaman) for her assurance to extend all support," she said.

Earlier, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had urged Centre to hike the monthly pension of EPF pensioners who are running from pillar to post to get their grievances redressed.

In a letter to Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar, Patnaik had requested to take necessary steps to protect EPF Pensioners with reasonable financial and social security.

"Around 1.62 lakh EPF pensioners of Odisha, who with a paltry monthly pension after their retirement are facing much hardship in their advanced age. Time and again these EPS-95 Pensioners’ Association are putting forth their grievances for revision of minimum pension by the Government of India and giving their memorandum also at the state level for redressing their cause,” Patnaik had written in the letter.

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