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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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  • Veenu

    The idea of changing retirement age from 60 to 58 seems better then implementing that retiring at 33years of service or 60 years of age whichever comes earlier
    1 year ago reply
  • Veenu

    If our respected government wants to brimg changes in India
    1 year ago reply
  • Ramesh

    it is very good proposal and that reduce the volume of unemployment
    1 year ago reply
  • Veenu

    My daughter is only 8 years old. If it happens my husband will retire at 53. My daughter won't complete her 9th grade by that time. Our daughter's future depends on this. We planned everything according to my husband's retirement at 60years of his age. So this is not fair. I request our hon'ble government not to implement it. Where my husband will go at age 53 for new work?
    1 year ago reply
    • DALIP KUMAR

      politician age to be caped and those are repeatedly changing the parties and unnecessary government machinery functioning to stabilized
      10 months ago reply
  • Veenu

    Is it not an unemployement if a person retires at age of 53? What he will do after serving government for so many years and where he will go to work at this age? Its very unfair. It should mot be done?
    1 year ago reply
  • Abitha

    33 years planning....is Not good.. Waste......60 years is retirement good...... A person in the young age his retirement then how can get another job....in the young age....so this policy is not good ..so 60 years retirement is best policy for government servernt....
    1 year ago reply
  • sameer

    first politicians retirement age should be fixed to 58yrs or 20yrs of service than every one will get opportunity to serve the nation and political carrier opportunities
    1 year ago reply
  • sanjay jolaniya

    it is new india in which new comers will get the chance and benefits.........its a good proposal
    1 year ago reply
  • Gopinath Das

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

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

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

    It will be a great step
    1 year 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.
    1 year ago reply
  • Geetanjali Mathur

    Then this rule should be applicable on politicians too !
    1 year 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
    1 year 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.
    1 year ago reply
  • Geetanjali Mathur

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

    Excellent
    1 year ago reply
  • narayan murthy

    will this be applicable to banks and LIC since this establishments do not come 7th pay commission
    1 year ago reply
    • Ahutosh Rana

      SURE. They had implemented 60 years of Superannuation following 5th pay commission. Pay Commission's recommendation is always in totality. All PSBs
      1 year 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.
    1 year 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.
    1 year ago reply
  • Arun Kalita

    Whether the Central Govt. Employees will also include the Employees of the Central Public Sectors Units (CPSU)?
    1 year 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
    1 year 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?????
    1 year ago reply
  • Viswanath T

    Press brief on retirement age
    1 year ago reply
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