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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Confederation published the feedback of meeting with Secretary, Pension AR & PG on Pensionary Matters

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Confederation published the feedback of meeting held on 28.5.13 with Secretary, Pension AR & PG on Pensionary Matters...

MEETING OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF STAFF SIDE NATIONAL COUNCIL WITH SECRETARY, PENSION AR & PG ON PENSIONARY MATTERS.

Increase retirement age of government employees to 62

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Increase retirement age of government employees to 62

On 21st March 2013, there was an unstarred question in Rajya Sabha, about whether there was a proposal to increase the retirement age of Central government employees. The relevant MOS answered there was no such proposal. That’s not quite true, because there is such a proposal floating around and it went to Cabinet sub-committee and an in principle decision to implement was taken by Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT). One should not mix up existence of a proposal with a decision about implementing it. Evidently, a decision has now been taken to increase the age from 60 to 62 years, the last time such an increase took place was in 1998, when there was an increase from 58 to 60 years. Whenever such a decision is taken, debates centre on the big picture. What are arguments for? First, life expectancies are increasing. There is a shortage of good people within government. Let’s tap this expertise. Second, in any case there are extensions in “exceptional circumstances”. But that’s arbitrary and can be shot down by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC). Why not formalize the system by allowing extensions to everyone? The trouble with this argument is that there will be no finality about 62 either and there will be “exceptional circumstances” beyond 62.



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