Published On: Wed, Apr 25th, 2018

With eye on 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Centre likely to raise retirement age to 62 years

New Delhi: With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, central government is likely to announce to increase the retirement age of its employees from 60 to 62 years. The demand for extending the retirement age was pending since long.

The move to raise the superannuation age is expected to give the central BJP government a populist edge over its rivals ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

According to finance ministry sources, the increasing retirement age will apply to all central government employees from end of January, 2019.

“The central government has been planning to announce to raise retirement age to 62 years from 60, keeping in mind the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019,” the sources said.

“The central government faces an acute shortage of officers at the senior level, which it has been making up by giving extensions to superannuated officers and overburdening top officers with multiple charges. By retaining senior-level officials for two more years, the government hopes to cut these additional costs and add efficiency to government’s functioning,” added the sources.

At the political level, the move to raise the superannuation age is expected to give the central BJP government a populist edge over its rivals ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in 2019, the sources told us.

However, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh recently said in Parliament that there is no plan to increase the retirement age of central government employees from existing 60 years to 62 years.

Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh BJP governments have already extended retirement age from 60 to 62 in August, 2013 and March, 2018 respectively.

If the decision is finally taken by the central government, it will be the third time the government will have raised the retirement age. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister to have increased the age of superannuation from 55 to 58 following the 1962 war with China. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government did it a second time in 1998.

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