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Plan to raise retirement age draws flak

Punjab government's plan to increase the retirement age from 58 to 60 years has drawn a barrage of criticism not only from student bodies, but also government employees. The cash-strapped state government has drawn up this plan to save money for two years.

punjab Updated: Aug 26, 2012 23:36 IST
HT Correspondent

Punjab government's plan to increase the retirement age from 58 to 60 years has drawn a barrage of criticism not only from student bodies, but also government employees.


The cash-strapped state government has drawn up this plan to save money for two years.

In a press release, Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers' Association general secretary Sanjeev Sood has opposed the government's move, on the grounds that a mix of experience and youth was required to deal with the rigorous demands of the power sector.

"Moreover, the cost incurred on the employee is recovered through tariff and as such is not a burden on the state exchequer," Sood said. "Besides, youth will be denied employment opportunities."

The Muncipal Corporation Employees' Union too has criticised the move as it would hamper the chances of promotion of several employees.

The Opposition Congress had already said it was against the plan as it would push up unemployment levels in the state.

"The state already has 45 lakh unemployed youth," Dhuri MLA and Congress general secretary Arvind Khanna said. "Raising the retirement age will block their chances of getting jobs for two more years."