Retirement Age: With hardly a day to go for the end of January, there is a sense of fear and confusion among many people who are on the verge of attaining retirement at the end of this month. People who have touched 60 years and are due to retire from services on January 31 are not yet clear if they have demit the office or continue till they attain the age of 62 years.
The confusion started with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy recently making announcement that he has raised the age of retirement from 60 to 62 years. This announcement was along with salary hike announced through 23% fitment. But unfortunately the AP Employees’ Associations have not accepted 23% fitment and wanted the state government to implement the Pay Revision Commission (PRC) recommendations.
The question of doubt for the employees is whether the unions have even rejected the retirement age enhancement? If yes, will the government implement it or not consider it? Since the differences between the government and the unions are not sorted out, what is the status of retirement? This is the billion dollar question that the employees, especially those who have to retire by end of this month, are posing at the government.
It is not just the employees and their respective departments which are seeking clarity on the issue, even treasury and pay and accounts departments are waiting for orders on the issue since retired people have to be given settle pay check. With the confusion prevailing in all departments, the state government has to come out clean on the issue immediately.
On the other hand, today many departments have organised farewell functions for the people who are to retire on this month end. The employees are confused whether to attend such events or not.
But the unions are claiming that the enhancement of retirement age is applicable as the government as issued an amendment and also GO on this. “So the retirement age will be 62 years, but about the salaries, we have not accepted the present salary scales of the government and our demand for implementation of PRC will continue,” a senior union leader said.