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Haryana govt lowers employees’ retirement age by two years

The Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana on Tuesday decided to roll back the erstwhile Congress regime’s decision to enhance the retirement age of state employees by two years, evoking sharp reaction from the opposition.

At a Cabinet meeting here, the BJP government decided to lower the retirement age from 60 to 58 years and to hike VAT on diesel from the present 9.24 pc to 12.07 pc. Shortly before the 15 October Assembly polls, the Congress government led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda had increased the retirement age of state government employees by two years to 60. It was enhanced to 62 years for Class IV employees and persons with disabilities.

The decision to roll back the retirement age will be implemented immediately, the CM told reporters after the Cabinet meeting this evening.

‘All employees who had completed 58 or 60 years in their respective categories and are still serving would be retired on 30 November, 2014.The upper age limit for fresh recruitment would remain (unchanged at) 42 years. This decision had been taken to ensure maximum employment opportunity to the youth,’ he said.

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