A lot of reports are coming in the news papers about certain proposal of the Central Government to reduce the retirement age of its employees from 60 to 58. The same kind of news are spread about the retirement age of BSNL Employees also.
It is stated that this will increase employment chances to young generation. It is also mentioned that it will reduce government expenditure. Some other justifications are also spelt out.
We are not in a position to state what exactly is the present position of the government’s proposal. But as far as the employees are concerned, they are completely against the reduction of retirement age from the present 60 to 58. It is to be remembered that when the government increased the retirement age from 58 to 60, it was not the demand of the employees or their unions. It was a decision purely by the Government. In fact, the Confederation of the Central Government Employees and Workers opposed it, stating that it will adversely affect the employment opportunities. Despite the opposition, the government implemented it.
Now, again to restore the 58 as retirement is not practicable. The employees and the unions are opposed to it. The reasons are simple. All the employees,at least those who are going to retire within 5-10 years, have planned the retirement at 60th age and also financial adjustments. They have taken advances, they have planned construction of houses, marriage for their children etc. etc. based on the present retirement age. How all these can be changed in one stroke of the pen? You can reduce the retirement age, if the government is very particular, to only those who are being recruited now. The Pension rules were changed only for the new recruits.
But, if the government proposes to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58, despite all these, the employees are going to resist it. As far as the BSNL employees are concerned there will be serious opposition from the employees and their unions. This attack on the employees will not be tolerated and struggles will be launched.
Madhukar Khandagle said:
Sh V.A N. Sahab. Hariyana BJP rule govt.has also reduce age 60 to 58 and state govt.employee went to court of law.we will appreciated the move of working class of Hariyana..Red SALUTE to them.m.khandagle,GMTD,Indore.MP. DT.12/12/2014. Mob.09406617317
We shall also strongly oppose and do every thing to defeat the move to reduce the retiring age.
it must be 55 in BSNL…
It is difficult to reduce the retirement age. We opposed at the time of increasing the age from 58 to 60, but once it is increased, it is very difficult to reduce.
Rajeev Kumar Mandal JTO BSNL Chandigarh Punjab said:
The retirement of an individual from active service from any department whether Public Sector or Private Sector depends on the main criteria of life span of an individual and his or her working capacity. Over the years, not only the life span of an individual had increased but also their physical well being. The retirement age of 58 years was fixed years back on the above cited grounds only. However, in the present situation the retirement age can be very well increased to 62 years fro 60 years without any adverse effect on the performance criteria. Reducing the age of retirement on the plea that it will increase employment is is whimsical, arbitrary and against natural justice to the already employed employees. Increase in employment opportunities for the fresh graduates can be done by rapid industrialization of the country and making India a manufacturing bug just like China. India is a young country and produces employable individuals in crores every year. The Public Sector cannot cater to crores of employable youths, so the justification of increasing the employment opportunities of the youths is totally an eye wash rather the Government of India wants to steal from its employees who had served the Government of India for 30 to 35 years the next Pay Commission benefits. All the working class employees must stand firm on its feet to defeat the ulterior motives of the present government.
A red salute to all for the upcoming struggle!!
Your views are well taken. At the same time increasing the retiring age also has another side. In the developed countries, where the pensioners and retirees were being treated as a privileged section ( it is being changed with the attack on employment, pension etc after the recession of 2007-08), the demand was for reducing the retirement age so that the workers can have rest and peace after an early retirement. But in the Indian condition this has got no validity.
G SUMANTH KUMAR said:
In my opinion it is better to accept reduction of retirement age with commitment from the govt – ” guaranteed pension and tax benefit irrespective of the BSNL economical status ” not like 60 : 40 DOT order. Hence, it is very helpful for the financial position of BSNL and retired collegues. -G sumanth kumar, TTA
Debi Roy said:
Retirement age should be 60 instead 58
VAN NAMBOODIRI said:
Certainly. It should continue as 60