Raising pension age is not government policy, says Chandy

Published: 18th December 2012 09:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2012 11:08 AM   |  A+A-


Raising retirement age of government employees from the existing one is not the policy of the UDF Government, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the Assembly on Monday.

 Also denying the charge that there was ban on new appointments in the state, Chandy underscored that the government was the one which had set a record of creating 13,000 new posts and appointing 10,033 teachers.

 He said this while replying to a calling attention motion moved by T V Rajesh of the CPM.

 The Chief Minister said the government is also credited with clearing off the backlog in the appointment of handicapped persons in a big way. ‘’1188 handicapped persons have been already posted,’’ he said. ‘’Contrary to facts such as the present government is one which has facilitated the maximum number of appointments within a short period, especially in the Home and Health Departments, a consistent attempt is being made to create a smoke screen on pension age and appointments,’’ he said.

 The Chief Minister said that if at all the government takes a decision on raising the pension age of employees, it will be only after holding discussions with various youth organisations.

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