Bill Com­mit­tee ad­vises more flex­i­bil­ity for civil ser­vants’ re­tire­ment

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

THE Pyithu Hlut­taw Bill Com­mit­tee has weighed in on on­go­ing ef­forts to amend the Civil Ser­vice Law, sub­mit­ting a re­port to the lower house that rec­om­mends low­er­ing the bar for gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees’ re­tire­ment.

The pro­posal would al­low civil ser­vants to re­tire af­ter com­plet­ing 30 years of ser­vice, a change to cur­rent leg­is­la­tion re­quir­ing em­ploy­ees of the state to be at least 55 years of age be­fore call­ing it quits.

The Bill Com­mit­tee sub­mit­ted its re­port to the Pyithu Hlut­taw yes­ter­day, af­ter par­lia­ment’s up­per cham­ber ap­proved amend­ments to the draft law last week.

“If a per­son started a ca­reer at the age of 18, he or she will at­tain 30 years of ser­vice at the age of 48, so he or she can re­tire from his or her ca­reer [at that time],” Pyithu Hlut­taw Bill Com­mit­tee chair U Tun Tun Hein (NLD; Nawng­cho) told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day.

“Un­der ex­ist­ing law, civil ser­vants can only re­tire at the age of at least 55 and it also re­quires them to com­plete 30 years of ser­vice. This amend­ment law will al­low civil ser­vants to re­tire at any age as long as they have com­pleted 30 years of ser­vice,” he ex­plained.

Lower house Speaker U Win Myint (NLD; Tarmwe) an­nounced yes­ter­day that law­mak­ers wish­ing to dis­cuss the Civil Ser­vice Law must reg­is­ter be­fore Septem­ber 28.

The 2014 cen­sus found that more than 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple were em­ployed by the gov­ern­ment.

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