Finance Minister of Telangana Etela Rajender ruled out any probability of increasing retirement age in the state. The announcement was made in the assembly on Thursday. The proposal was to increase the retirement age by two years, from 58 to 60, which has been ruled out now.
The retirement age was increased to 60 by the Andhra Pradesh government in August, which followed a huge pressure on the Telangana government by the government employees.
Citing the reasons for denying the proposal, Etela Rajender said that it would affect projection of fresh graduates and unemployed in securing government jobs.
Etela Rajender said, “Every year, around 8,000 to 9,000 employees retire in various departments. We want to offer these jobs to fresh graduates and the unemployed. If retirement age is increased, the youth and unemployed will be affected”.
Mr. Rajender said, 4,15,931 employees, including regular, contract and outsourcing staff, are working in the state as of now. Once the Centre completes the process of staff distribution, the exact idea of vacancies emerges, added Etela.