It has been clarified that the Centre is at present not considering any move to increase the retirement age of the employees from the existing 60.
A senior official in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, which acts as nodal department for personnel matters, said there was no such proposal to increase the age for superannuation of government employees.
There were lot of media reports recently claiming that the DoPT has written to Prime Minister's Office for raising the retirement age after finance ministry's approval and sought the Union Cabinet's nod for the purpose. It had even suggested that the matter will be taken up in the next cabinet meeting
The Officials in the Ministry also added that the increasing retirement age requires a detailed consultation with all stake holders and discussion with the Finance Ministry. Without the Finance Ministry's permission, the matter cannot not be processed, they said.
The retirement age for a majority of central government employees is 60 years. However, the age for retirement in case of teachers and scientists is 62 years.
In a related news, the government has decided to further increase the retirement age of specialists in scientific and medical fields (scientists) to 64 years.
"A Committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the purpose," said another Personnel Ministry official.
Source : Business Standard
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