Congress Party has released its manifesto for the Rajasthan Assembly elections. On Tuesday, Congress Party National President Mallikarjun Kharge, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, State President Govind Singh Dotasara released the election manifesto. Manifesto Committee Chairman CP Joshi has focused on government employees along with other issues. He has talked about making a law for the Old Pension Scheme (OPS). Political experts say that ‘OPS’ is the ‘B’ plan of Congress in Rajasthan elections. That is, if there is a close contest between Congress and BJP in the elections, then in that situation Congress has expressed confidence in the government booster ‘OPS’. OPS has been implemented in Rajasthan. Now in the election manifesto it has been said to give it legal status. In such a situation, Congress leaders hope that the issue of old pension will become a profitable deal for them. Earlier, the Congress party had also promised OPS in the elections of Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka. Congress Party government has been formed in both the states.
The Congress Party has said many things in its election manifesto. These include increasing the amount of Chiranjeevi Health Insurance from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 50 lakh. Apart from this, caste based calculation, 4 lakh government jobs, 10 lakh new employment, interest free loan to farmers up to Rs 2 lakh, making law for MSP and gas cylinder for Rs 400, all these things were also included in the election manifesto. Has gone. Congress Party General Secretary and star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi has mentioned ‘OPS’ a lot in her rallies. Current Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot seems completely confident about ‘old pension’ in Rajasthan elections. He hopes that if the electoral contest between Congress and BJP turns into a close contest, then in that situation the votes of government employees and their family members will be no less than a booster for the Congress party.
Tej Singh Rathore, senior vice president of All Rajasthan State Employees Joint Federation, also believes that the Congress party has tried to bring the employees to its side by implementing OPS and now by talking about making a law for it. The inclusion of ‘Legal Status to OPS’ in the election manifesto of the Congress Party means that Congress has not limited ‘OPS’ to just an electoral guarantee. The Congress party can say that OPS was implemented first and now it has been assured of providing legal status. However, there is not much concrete in this matter. If another party’s government comes to power, then this legal status may also be lost. The government of the other party can make changes in the law as per its own. Nothing has been said about ‘OPS’ in the election manifesto of BJP. The money deposited by the employees in NPS is under the control of the Government of India. The money deposited in ‘Pension Fund and Regulatory Authority’ (PFRDA) cannot be given to the states without the consent of the Centre. The central government has already denied this.
The effect of OPS will be visible in Rajasthan elections. National Movement for Old Pension Scheme (NMOPS) National President Vijay Kumar Bandhu says, the results of the assembly elections of five states including Rajasthan will be shocking. In Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the votes of government employees are enough to spoil the power equation. If government employees in Rajasthan vote completely in support of OPS, it will not take long to change the political equations. There are approximately ten lakh serving/retired employees in Rajasthan. Along with them are their families also. This number is enough to make or break the equation of power in the assembly elections. ‘Vote for OPS’ campaign and voter awareness campaign has been launched under the banner of NMOPS in election-bound states. If government employees and their families are included, then about 25 thousand votes in each assembly constituency can become the reason for profit and loss.