Published On: Sun, Nov 22nd, 2015

Seventh pay commission recommends no change in retirement age

New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission on Thursday recommended no change in retirement age of central government employees in its 900-page report, which was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by the commission, headed justice A K Mathur.

Seventh Pay Commission Chairman Justice A K Mathur

Seventh Pay Commission Chairman Justice A K Mathur

The central government employees’ bodies had pressed the Pay Commission to consider the possibility of enhancing the retirement age of central government employees.

The Pay Commission, after examining the issue and proposed a status quo on the retirement age of central government employees.

At present, the retirement age of central government employees is 60 years and the central government employees’ bodies were pressing hard to enhance it to 62 years.

The pay commission kept the retirement age of Central government employees unchanged based on many considerations including the large financial implications involved in implementing such a decision.

An official with the Commission said, “Raising the retirement age is a silly idea. if the elderly don’t retire, how will young people find job opportunities?”

“If we lower the age limit, the pension burden will bust the government’s medium-term fiscal targets,” he added.

The media had rumoured before submitting the pay panel report that the pay commission is planning to recommend the retirement age of Central government employees as the completion of 33 years of service, or at the age of 58, whichever comes first.

The age of retirement of Central government employees at the time of independence, 1947 was 55 years. It was made 58 years in 1962 after the Sino-Indian war and was again increased to 60 years in 1998, the BJP government led by Atal Bihari Bajpai, following implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission.

However, the panel recommended the retirement age of all paramilitary forces personnel should be 60 years. Earlier, those between the ranks of constable and commandant retired at 57 years while DIGs and above retired at 60 but
Vivek Rae, a former IAS officer and member of the Pay Commission, disagreed with this recommendation.

Citing view of Ministry of Home Affairs, Rae has differed, saying the age for superannuation cannot be raised from existing 57 years to 60 years for all ranks as force personnel up to the rank of Commandant have operational/combat roles in the field, which require higher physical fitness and efficiency than the higher ranks of DIG and above in paramilitary forces.

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