Re­tire­ment age of em­ploy­ees in MP raised to 62

◗ Around five lakh em­ploy­ees of MP gov­ern­ment would ben­e­fit by the an­nounce­ment

The Asian Age - - Nation - RABINDRA NATH CHOUD­HURY

Af­ter show­er­ing sops on farm­ers, Mad­hya Pradesh chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Fri­day an­nounced a big bo­nanza for em­ploy­ees of his gov­ern­ment ahead of the year- end as­sem­bly polls in the state, by ex­tend­ing the re­tire­ment age for them by two years to 62.

He jus­ti­fied the de­ci­sion to in­crease the re­tire­ment age of the state gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees, say­ing, “The is­sue re­lat­ing to reser­va­tion in pro­mo­tion in gov­ern­ment sec­tor is pend­ing be­fore the Supreme Court for long deny­ing many em­ploy­ees to get pro­mo­tion. The re­tire­ment age has been in­creased to do jus­tice to them”. “Ev­ery em­ployee has the right to get pro­mo­tion”, he added. Around five lakh em­ploy­ees of MP gov­ern­ment would ben­e­fit by the an­nounce­ment.

The state gov­ern­ment has ear­lier made a pro­vi­sion of reser­va­tion for SC/ ST em­ploy­ees in pro­mo­tion, which has been set aside by the MP high court.

This has forced the state gov­ern­ment to move the Supreme Court to chal­lenge the high court’s or­der. How­ever, the apex court has di­rected to main­tain sta­tus quo till dis­posal of the case. Many em­ploy­ees could not avail the chance of get­ting pro­mo­tions due to this. “I hope, the is­sue will be set­tled in the court within two years”, Mr Chouhan said. Op­po­si­tion Congress how­ever crit­i­cised the de­ci­sion. “This will de­prive the younger of­fi­cials, em­ploy­ees from get­ting pro­mo­tion,” Congress Leg­is­la­ture Party leader Ajay Singh said.

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