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Govt has no proposal to raise Retirement age – Says Minister DOPT

Central Government Employees Retirement Age – Minister of Personnel says “Government has no proposal as such to raise the Retirement Age”

In the background of recent Government’s approval for setting up of 7th Pay Commission to look in to pay and allowances of Central Government Employees, rumours were spreading along corridors to the extent that Government would raise the retirement age to 62 to manage the expenditure on account of implementation of 7th Commission.

However, Shri.Narayanasamy Minister of State for Personnel and Training has informed in a media Conference has informed that Central Government has no plans as such to raise the retirement age of Central Government Employees to 62 years.

News reported in Times of India in this issue says as follows

 The government on Friday made it “very clear” that there is no plan to raise retirement age of Central government employees to 62 years from the existing 60.

“At present, there is no thinking in the government for increasing the retirement age. That I would like to make it very clear,” minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy told reporters during a press conference.

There are about 50 lakh central government employees in various departments across the country.

Recent media reports had claimed that the ministry of personnel was working on a proposal to increase the age of service by two years as part of government’s plan to defer payouts in the form of pensions and other payments to check fiscal deficit.

It was also speculated that the move may be timed ahead of Lok Sabha elections due next year.

The retirement age for a majority of central government employees is 60 years. However, the age for retirement in case of teachers and scientists is 62 years.

The age of superannuation varies in state governments with majority of them keeping it at 60 years.

The Centre had in 1998 raised the retirement age of its employees to 60 from 58 years.

Source : Times of India

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