Punjab govt decides not to give extension in retirement age of state employees
CHANDIGARH: Acting on a Punjab and Haryana High court verdict, Punjab government today put on hold increasing retirement age to 60 years and directed all heads of departments to immediately relieve all those employees given a one-year extension in service after a cabinet nod.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today declined to accept Punjab government's fresh plea to defer implementation of the March 29 ruling wherein the executive order pertaining to extension in service up to 59 years was quashed.
As the effort of the government failed, the government also put on hold its move to increase the retirement age to 60 years. The move to enhance retirement age was withdrawn late in the evening at the intervention of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Cerain SAD and BJP ministers opposed the move, it is learnt.
After the cabinet nod, the state government had on January 27 issued an order enhancing the retirement age to 59 years of those employees retiring between January 22 and December 31, 2010. The controversial decision was challenged in the High Court.