The Punjab government’s decision to enhance the retirement age of its staff to 60 years has brought cheers to the employees of UT administration as they are also covered under the Punjab service rules.
The Punjab government on Tuesday decided to increase the retirement age from 59 to 60 from October 1. There are over 10,000 employees working in different departments of the administration who would benefit from the move.
According to a senior official of the Chandigarh administration, as the UT follows Punjab service rules, they will have to implement the enhanced retirement age on their employees also. However, he said the administration would make the move only after receiving Punjab government notification on the issue.
Earlier in December 2012, the administration had accorded extension to all its employees falling in Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D as an interim measure in pursuance of the Punjab government notification vide which the Punjab services rules were amended, enhancing the retirement age of state government employees from present 58 to 59 years.
The administration was forced to take this decision after three employees, who were superannuating on October 31, approached the Chandigarh bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) urging it for the implementation of enhancement of retirement age on the pattern of Punjab.
As per the rules, the employees concerned, who will seek extension, will have to give an option within seven days — on or before November 7 — to their respective department heads expressing their willingness to continue in service.
The extension will be applicable to only those employees who will seek extension in the service. Once submitted, the option will be final and will not be allowed to change. Those availing the extension shall be entitled to pay equal to the pay last drawn by him.
The Chandigarh Engineering Employees Union demanded that the Punjab service rules should be implemented in toto.
Union president Balwinder Singh, who is also vice-president of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), said the retirement age of employees should be enhanced on the pattern of Punjab.
Giving example of not following the Punjab pattern, Singh said the recruitment age in Punjab was 35 years while it was 25 years in Chandigarh. Unlike in Punjab, there was no provision of job on compassionate grounds for UT employees who die while on duty.