Srinagar: Amid reports that ruling alliance partners have decided to increase retirement age of government employees, finance minister and senior National Conference leader Abdul Rahim Rather Saturday said that decision in this regard will be taken by the cabinet.
“The decision on enhancement of retirement age is to be taken by the state cabinet,” Rather was quoted as saying by a local news agency.
However, he said, there will be deliberations and pros and cons would be discussed before taking any decision on enhancement of retirement age.
Even as government is all set to increase the retirement age, it was not immediately known whether it will be increased by two or one year, as was done by neighboring Punjab state recently,
Simultaneously, the Government would increase by two or one year the qualifying age for the Government jobs from 37 years to 38 or 39 for general category youths and from 40 years to 41 or 42 years for certain category youths including Scheduled Castes (SCs).
Sources said the Government was now likely to overrule all objections, raised repeatedly against increase in retirement age of the employees from some quarters within the Government and go ahead with its decision to raise the retirement age by one or two years.
Meanwhile, senior NC leader and minister for Panchayat Raj and Urban Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar said that government never wanted a confrontation with the demands put forth by the government employees.
“However, there are many factors that are to be taken into consideration,” Sagar told the news agency.
Meanwhile, Abdul Qayoom Wani, president Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) said that the government is deliberating over the issue but has not reached any conclusion so far.
“What I know is that the demand of enhancement in retirement age is under active consideration of government but I they should not waste any more time. We have already chalked out a (protest) programme as we cannot remain silent,” Wani said.
The decision to enhance the retirement age is believed to be a step towards wooing the 4.5 lakh employees by the ruling alliance.
After the recent drubbing in the parliamentary polls, Omar Abdullah led coalition has already scrapped New Job Policy and has revoked ban on SMS service in pre-paid mobile telephones.