Political war starts over retirement age

New Delhi: Just before the announcement of the Delhi Polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday sounded the poll bugle in Delhi as he refuted rumours that a BJP government would bring down the retirement age of central government employees to 58 from 60.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Without naming anybody, the Prime Minister said a “factory of lies” has come up in the city and rumours are being spread that if BJP comes to power, the retirement age of central government employees will be reduced from the current 60 to 58 years.

“A lie was spread on retirement age of central government employees being reduced to 58. I wonder who is thinking about this when government has not thought about it or issued a statement on it,” PM said.

Appealing the electorate to vote for the BJP, the prime minister said, “In Delhi, there are “masters” of lies who will be defeated by public only. People have been spreading lies that after BJP comes to power, retirement age would be 58 instead of 60.

The prime minister also made sure that the youth was not left out in his speech. “Today the youth of the nation is waiting for their future with immense hopes and aspirations,” Modi said.

Rubbishing Modi’s claim that there was no proposal to reduce the retirement age of the central government employees to 58 from 60, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the Centre was planning such a move, but was waiting for the Delhi Assembly polls.

He added that the BJP government in Haryana has already done this.

“Haryana government has reduced the retirement age of employees to 58 years from 60 years. BJP will do same in Delhi once polls are over,” Kejriwal said.

“They (the Central government employees) should understand that after becoming the chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal will fight for them,” he added.