03 Feb, 2023 08:00 AM

SC judge surprised to hear that retirement age in Kerala is 56, terms it unfair

SC judge surprised to hear that retirement age in Kerala is 56, terms it unfair

Supreme Court judge Ajay Rastogi was surprised to hear that a majority of employees in the government service in Kerala would retire at the age of 56. "In no other state will you have to retire at the age of 56," he added. Justice Ajay Rastogi said it was not fair.

He has sought promotion to the rank of Professor/Associate Professor in the Medical Education Service. Justice Ajay Rastogi made the observation while hearing a petition filed by Boney Natesh. Senior advocate V. Sreenivasan, appearing for Boney Natesan. It was Chidambaresh who told the court that most of the government employees in Kerala would retire at the age of 56. This surprised Justice Ajay Rastogi, who headed the bench.

He was previously married at the age of 23. Justice Rastogi, however, pointed out that the average age of marriage is now 27 and 28 years. When the students reach the college, there will be a situation where they will retire from the government service. Justice Rastogi said it was not fair to have to retire without completing family responsibilities, including the education of the children.

However, every year, a large number of young people come as job seekers after graduation and post-graduation, said senior advocate V Muraleedharan, who was present in the court. Giri pointed out. He said that if the retirement age is raised, their employment opportunities will be reduced. Justice Rastogi, however, said the government should strike a balance between the two.

Whenever there is a proposal to increase the pension age in Kerala, student and youth organisations will come out in protest against it, said Justice C Sreedharan, a member of the bench. T. Ravikumar pointed out. He pointed out that the Supreme Court has dismissed various petitions seeking to increase the pension age. Senior advocate V Muraleedharan said raising the pension age is a policy decision and it is for the government to take a decision on it. Chidambaram also pointed out in the court. 

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