Beigh supports enhancement in retirement age

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Srinagar: The senior Peoples Democratic Party leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh said demands of the state employees are genuine and the state government has compelled the employees to strike and protest for the fulfillment of their pending demands.

Beigh however, maintained that the health department, PHE and power department should be kept away from strikes as it may cause inconvenience to the people.

“The state government should have taken appropriate measures so that such situations could not have arisen,” Beigh said adding that the government made ‘false promises’ with the employees, compelling them to strike and protest. 

“The demand of employees about the enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 is genuine,” said Beigh adding that is was in view of life expectancy (60 years) in the country that policy makers had kept 58 years as retirement age. But since life expectancy in the country has increased to 70, the retirement age should be 60 years, he added.   “There are IAS and IPS officers working here in this state and  their retirement age is 60. The supreme court judges retire at the age of 65 and the high court judges at 62,” said Beigh.

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