7th Pay Commission recommends the lowering of retirement age for Central Government employees?

“The unconfirmed information says that the 7th Pay Commission is planning to bring about a dramatic change in the retirement age of Central Government employees”.

Yet another news story about the retirement age of Central Government employees surfaced yesterday. The reputed English news website of India Today featured a special article yesterday about the 7th Central Pay Commission. In the article, the 7th Pay Commission is likely to reduce the retirement age to 55 or on the completion of 33 years, whichever comes first.

This has raised the question in the minds of many if the Pay Commission has the authority to recommend the reducing of retirement age.

The Pay Commission has all the authority to present its explanations and recommendations about changes in the retirement age of Central Government employees. But, the Centre has the discretionary powers to either accept or reject the recommendations.

The fifth Pay Commission recommended that the retirement age be increased. Based on the recommendation, the government increased the retirement age from 58 to 60, in May 1998(Click to view the Dopt Order). The Third Pay Commission also recommended the date of retirement of Central Government employees. The commission recommended that the retirement effect from the afternoon of the last day of the month in which the employee concerned attains the age of superannuation instead of the afternoon of the actual date of his superannuation. But,  there’s no confirmed news about the recommendation of reduction in retirement age.

Earlier this year rumours were in circulation that 60 years of age or 33 years of service, then it changed as 58 or 33 years service and now it becomes as 55/33 years. Though many are ready to even accept the changes in retirement age, what is unpalatable for them is the idea of linking the years of service with their age. If a talented employee joins the Central Government services at a very young age, then he is likely to lose up to seven years of service tenure.

All the government employees, especially those above the age of 40, are vehemently opposing the idea.

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4 thoughts on “7th Pay Commission recommends the lowering of retirement age for Central Government employees?”

  1. There should be the only criteria of retirement, and it’z 60 years of age.
    Because an average efficiency level is achieved very often UPTO 60,and he gives his best combination of matured knowledge and experience also at 55 to 60. In that span his guidance is most valuable too

  2. Ravikumar achanta

    It is unfortunate to understand that government employees have become soft targets for all. Why should any one have to play with retirement age? Retirement age specified at the time of joining the service should be untouched. The children of the employees will the terribly affected and the planning & life of employees will come to standstill. Generally, employees will welcome & await for pay commission reports & early implementation . But this the only report giving employees sleepless nights. By the way,what is the age of pay commission chairman & members? Is it 55years of age or 33 years of service, whichever is earlist?

  3. Average every spell-of 16 years there may be changes in all fields.In coming New generation while mingle with 32 years served people is quite different. Because of that who completed 32 years of service they should be adviser to young only, then society will developed fast and correct in my opinion. Thanking you.

  4. If the age is reduced to 55/33 or 58/33 as per the statements in publication, the biggest beneficiaries are going to be the ones , who were recruited against reserved vacancies in higher age bracket or the weaklings who could pass competitions in the last attempt. They will rule the Govt. The bright students who entered in the first attempts will perish , all their ambition to be on the top echelon will be faded away. All their aspirations after a good work will not blossom. The employees will adjust anyway with little pinch & adjustment, but certainly their children will suffer, since it disturbs the life time planning of an employee. May be Govt thinks positive with some other reason.

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