Published On: Sun, Dec 21st, 2014

No Proposal To Reduce Retirement Age From 60 To 58 Yrs: Centre

New Delhi: There is no proposal to reduce the age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years, the government announced Thursday.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh

“Attention of the government has been drawn to some news items appearing in a section of the press regarding proposal of the central government to reduce the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years,” an official statement said.
“It is clarified that government has no proposal to reduce the age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years,” it added.

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh also said, “The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58-60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the fifth Central Pay Commission,” and that there is no such proposal “at present” to reduce the age.

To a query whether the Centre’s was aware of the Haryana government’s move to reduce the retirement age of its employees, Singh replied in affirmative saying, “The various state governments are having their own service conditions for their employees.”

He also ruled out that there was any proposal to fix single retirement age limit policy in all state government’s and PSU in the country.

“There is no such proposal at present. Retirement age in state governments/PSUs is decided by respective state governments and board of PSUs etc depending on their requirements,” Singh said.

The Minister also said that the total wage bill of central government employees in 2012-13 was Rs 1.04 lakh crore whereas in 2011-12 it was Rs 92,264.88 crore and in 2010-11 it was Rs 85,963.50 crore.

The details in the reply showed the highest wage bill was that of the railways which incurred Rs 38,560 crore (almost 38 per cent of total wage bill) in 2012-13, Rs 35,097.08 crore in 2011-12 and Rs 33,580.41 crore in 2010-11.

Followed by the railways, the home department had the next highest wage bill of Rs 25,113.14 crore in 2012-13, Rs 20,036.76 crore in 2011-12 and Rs 17,809.16 crore in 2010-12, he said.

The Minister said defence (civil) had the third highest wage bill with Rs 14,502 crore incurred in 2012-13, Rs 13,102.38 crore in 2011-12 and Rs 12,127.92 crore in 2010-11.

The cumulative wage bill for three departments was Rs 78,175 crore which comes to about 78 per cent of the total wage bill of over Rs one lakh crore incurred in 2012-13.

Inputs with PTI

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