NEW DELHI: In view of the state service officers knocking the doors of higher judiciary on the age limit of 54 years for their induction into IAS, IPS and IFS, the Central Government has written to the state governments seeking their opinion on the issue.
At present, the age limit is 54 years as on January 1, 2015, after which induction into any of three services -- Indian Civil, Police and Forest Service--is not permissible.
Some of the state service officers had challenged the maximum age limit of 54 years before the Supreme Court mainly with the contention that the same should be increased as the retirement age in the Central Government was increased from 58 to 60 years.
“Therefore, considered views of all stakeholders viz. state governments, cadre controlling authorities, i.e. the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate, state civil service, non-state civil service, state police and forests services officers and their associations are invited latest by December 30,” the Department of Personnel and Training said in a notice on Friday.
The Supreme Court in an order on August 7, had directed that all the petitioners will be at liberty to move appropriate representations to the Central Government within four weeks from the date of issue of the order. The apex court also directed the Centre to take a call on the matter and take a final decision within four months. The letter seeking the State Governments’ view was sent in this context.