Published On: Sat, Oct 14th, 2017

Govt wants Group A officers’ retirement age raised to 62

New Delhi:The central government is likely to back a call to raise the retirement age of Group A officers to 62 to accommodate the increasing number of senior bureaucrats in administration.

At 62-years-old, bureaucrats still have the ability and cleverness to to maintain good governance.

At 62-years-old, bureaucrats still have the ability and cleverness to to maintain good governance.

A top official of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on condition of anonymity yesterday said that the government plans to extend the retirement age for Group A officers including to All India Service officers (IAS, IPS and IFS) by two years to 62-years-old to maintain good governance and new ways of improving governance.

“Government thinks that at 62-years-old, bureaucrats still have the ability and cleverness to to maintain good governance,” he said, so the kind of acumen the Group A officers achieve by the time they reach the age of 60 should be put to use for another two years.

“Amongst 48.85 lakh central government employees, 85% are holding Group-‘C’ posts and 12% are holding Group-‘B’ posts whereas employees holding Group –‘A’ posts are only about 3%,” he confirmed.

“So, government thinks approving amendments to the law to increase Group A officers’ retirement age will not be hampering the financial heath of the government as only 3 per cent regular Group A officers, who will get this facility,” he said. “The lack of the professional acumen of bureaucrats is a big problem.”

“The nation is still lacking professional acumen of bureaucrats because recruitment does not keep pace with such retirement,” he said.

The official said raising retirement age of Group A officers requires a detailed consultation with all stake holders and discussion with the Finance Ministry. Without the Finance Ministry’s nod, the matter cannot be processed, he said.

The retirement age for central government Group A officers is 60 years. However, the retirement age of teachers, teaching in universities and colleges, was recently increased from 60 to 65 years.

The age of superannuation varies in state governments with majority of them keeping it at 60 years.

The Centre had in 1998 raised the retirement age of central government employees including Group A officers to 60 from 58 years.

TST

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