To generate an additional Rs 1,000 crore,the Punjab government on Tuesday decided to offer an option of re-employment for a period of one year to all its retiring employees at the age of 58 years. Initially,the proposal was to increase the retirement age of government employees from 58 to 60 years.
This has been done to cope with the shortage of 35,000 employees whose recruitment will take about a years time. To ensure that the decision does not adversely affect the employment prospects of the youth,the maximum age limit for recruitment will be enhanced from 37 to 38 years.
This will save Rs 1,000 crore for the government. We will amend the service rules accordingly so that these cannot be challenged in courts, a senior government official said.
In 2010,the government had increased the retirement age for one time for the employees retiring between January 22 and December 31. The decision was challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,which quashed the government order pertaining to the extension in service.
Later,the government again filed a fresh plea to defer the implementation of the ruling. This was also declined by the court. Following this,the government directed all the heads of departments to immediately relieve employees who were given a one-year extension in service after the cabinet nod.
Soon,the government will issue a notification after amending the rules. Employees retiring a day after the notification will be eligible for re-employment for one year. Employees who are set to retire within one year of the notification will be employed, an official said.