Centre may lower retirement age of government employees, fix years of service

It could also reduce stagnation and expedite promotions of officials, but facilitate reducing government expenditure in the long run.

Published: 24th September 2019 02:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2019 11:10 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A proposal to lower the retirement age of Central government employees is in the works. The idea is to retire employees who have completed 33 years of service or on reaching 60 years of age, whichever is earlier.

Suggested by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the proposal is currently with the Department of Expenditure, which is looking into its financial implications, sources said.

At present, the retirement age in most of the services is 60 years, though it is 65 for professors in all Central universities as also for Central government doctors.

Officials said the proposal if implemented, could help address the problem of unemployment to an extent.

It could also reduce stagnation and expedite promotions of officials, but facilitate reducing government expenditure in the long run. If the plan gets the green light, it would be implemented in phases and involve all Central services.

Meanwhile, in order to streamline manpower planning and policies, the government has asked all the ministries to furnish a complete list of cadre-wise and grade-wise posts, total strength and vacancies in various departments by September 30.

The DoPT has also sought information on educational qualifications and training received by the officials.

The total number of sanctioned posts among all the grades was over 38 lakh as on March 1, 2018. Of them, 33.47 lakh posts belong to Grade C. About 31.18 lakh of the total of 38 lakh posts are occupied.

Curiously, Economic Survey 2018-19 had made a strong case for increasing the retirement age in the wake of the rising life expectancy rate in India.

It said given that life expectancy for both males and females in India is likely to continue rising, increasing the retirement age for both men and women going forward could be considered in line with the experience of other countries.

The retirement age of Central government officials were last increased from 58 years to 60 years in 1998. Many state governments have raised the retirement age from 60 to 62 years.

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  • Gopinath Das

    33 years services or 60 years age is the best proposal for the new commer into govt services
    1 day ago reply
  • Bipuldutta

    Government given general people oldage pensionat 60years politician will works about age 80
    26 days ago reply
  • Jony

    Good proposal to limit the Government service of an employee to Max 33 years
    28 days ago reply
  • Sujit kr das

    It will be a great step
    28 days ago reply
  • Satish Kumar

    An unplanned and unceremonious exit of the employees in the age group of full of responsibilities is like to have hard hitting effect on the people who chose to serve the nation instead of opting for their own business.
    28 days ago reply
  • Geetanjali Mathur

    Then this rule should be applicable on politicians too !
    28 days ago reply
  • Raj

    Whatever implemented its goes to country development and also eradicate the unemployment of younger generation. I also Central Govt employee but welcomes retire employees who have completed 33 years of service or on reaching 60 years of age
    28 days ago reply
  • Sumanta Barman

    Great move. Infusion of young blood with out of box thinking will be overwhelmingly appriciated. Manipulation of date of birth will be arrested. Quality manpower will be effectively utilised. Demotivation of efficient people will be mitigated.
    29 days ago reply
  • Geetanjali Mathur

    These conditions of years of service should be applied on politicians too.They enjoy too many privileges and benefits.
    29 days ago reply
  • Prcreddy

    Excellent
    29 days ago reply
  • narayan murthy

    will this be applicable to banks and LIC since this establishments do not come 7th pay commission
    29 days ago reply
  • sunil singh

    Will this applicable to all the ministers..MPs ...MLAs..MLCs...corporators and village heads??? Under this policy who all are getting salary from center gov should fall in the same category. I am. happy if it is implemented honestly. and very first PM HM DM should retire.
    29 days ago reply
  • raghavendra

    what central govt will give the benifit for those whom is getting retirement now means he complited 33 years service and still his age is 57.
    29 days ago reply
  • Arun Kalita

    Whether the Central Govt. Employees will also include the Employees of the Central Public Sectors Units (CPSU)?
    29 days ago reply
  • Dayanand Bharti

    this will be injustice for nps employee because pensioners got benefit of pension after retirement 33 years but what benefit to nps staff
    29 days ago reply
  • Rohit

    Will this applicable on all central govt employees or there will be some condition like people retire only who have joined after particular year?????
    29 days ago reply
  • Viswanath T

    Press brief on retirement age
    29 days ago reply
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