Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Government raised the retirement age of state government employees to 62 years from the current 60 years.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today made the announcement while speaking to reporters here. He, however, did not disclose details of this decision.
There are about five lakh regular government employees in the state.
As a case related to ‘reservation in promotion’ pending with the SC, several state government employees are not able to get promotion due to the apex court’s order. We will not allow any employee to retire without him getting his due promotion. This is why we have decided to increase the retirement age from 60 to 62 years, said Chouhan replying to a media question.
The state government had made a provision for reservation for SC/ST employees in promotion, which was set aside by the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
The state’s appeal against the order is pending in the SC with the latter ordering a status quo. This, officials said, has kept on hold promotions of state government employees.
Chouhan expressed hope that SC would take a decision on it within next two years.
Attacking the government, the opposition Congress said the decision was not going to help employees.
“This decision is not going to benefit employees. On the contrary, this would deprive younger officials and employees from getting a promotion,” said Ajay Singh, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.