Thursday, August, 18,2022

‘Take a call on retirement age limit of state govt employees’

Gandhinagar: A long-pending proposal to extend the age limit of state government employees from 58 years to 60 years has once again become the talk of the state secretariat in Gandhinagar.

A decision is yet to be taken on this issue, which has been overdue since the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission.  

After a recent meeting between office-bearers of the Gujarat State Employees Coordination Committee and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, representations were made to increase the age limit. Citing this proposal, the general administration department (GAD) of the state government has written to the finance department, requesting it to take a call.

As per official data, the state incurs an expense of Rs4,000 crore for salaries and pensions of employees. With number of pensioners increasing, the state’s pension bill is rising with every passing year. In order to control the huge pension bill, the state has taken to reappointing retired officers and employees.

It is not likely that the state will accept employees’ demand to increase the age limit, said Alkesh Bhatt, president of Mehsul Karmachari Varg-3 Mahamandal, adding that this demand was made by government employees, back when Prime Minister

Narendra Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister. “Though discussed at length, the age limit increment never happened. If it is indeed implemented, but then it will benefit the employees,” he said.

“The decision will be a win-win situation for the government as well as employees. Government will get experienced employees and officers for two more years. And, if any employee or officer is physically unfit, they can avail of the Voluntary Retirement Scheme.

Those physically fit can serve the state for two more years, thereby reducing the pension bills long-term,” he opined.

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