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07 Dec, 2014 6:34a.m.

The government will soon initiate steps to implement the wage revision of government employees, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. He was speaking after inaugurating the 40th state-level meeting of the NGO Association in Kochi on Saturday.

Chandy said that there was lack of clarity with regard to the pay revision of government employees. However, the government is committed to ensuring that the misgivings are removed as soon as possible.

According to the CM, the employees had been demanding wages at par with that of Central Government employees. He said that he was not against the demand, and termed the demand to maintain the special benefits of the State Employees as impractical, citing the precarious condition of the exchequer. Oommen Chandy further noted that the government was actively considering the proposal to increase the retirement age of employees, and that a decision on the matter would be taken after consulting the youth organisations.

He said that there was demand from certain quarters to raise the retirement age.

“The government is also planning to introduce a medical insurance scheme for all the government employees,” the CM said, adding that discussions on the matter would be held with service organisations.

The function was presided over by NGO Association state president Kottathala Mohanan.

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