MP: Bonanza to government employees in election year, retirement age raised to 62 years
BHOPAL: In a major decision, the state goverment has decided to raise the retirement age of the government employees to 62.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the existing age of retirement, which was 60 years, is being raised by two more years.
Chouhan made the announcement during interaction with journalists in Bhopal.
The decision will benefit lakhs of government employees across Madhya Pradesh. The year 2018 is the election year--Assembly polls are slated later this year.
Hence, the government will also get the goodwill of the employees who play an important role in shaping public opinion as well playing a crucial role during the elections.
Chouhan said that employees will also get promotions (nobody will retire without getting promotion). This will also have a positive effect on employees of general category who were up in arms against promotion of employees of reserved category.
There has been no direct recruitments in government for a long time. As employees keep retiring, often people are appointed on contract but that is not possible for all the posts. There are around 4.25 lakh government employees in the state.
Congress has meanwhile criticised the move. Party chief spokesperson KK Mishra said that Chouhan has made an announcement just like numerous other annoucements that are just made and never see the light of the day.
The Berozgar Sena has attacked the BJP government and said that it will affect the youth, especially, the unemployed youngsters in Madhya Pradesh, who are not getting job opportunities. The Sena will take to the streets against the government.