The Yogi Adityanath government in UP is planning 'compulsory retirement' for employees aged 50 years and above if they are found neglecting their duty. An an order to this effect has not gone down well with the workforce, as around four lakh employees of a total of 16 lakh, would come under the ambit of the screening. A detailed report of their work and performance would have to be submitted by department heads by July 31, said a senior official.
The departmental heads should complete screening of employees over 50 years for compulsory retirement by July 31, the order said. For this the cutoff date will be March 31, 2018, a government order issued by the Additional Chief Secretary said. This also means, according to rules, any government employee, whether temporary or permanent, can opt for retirement.
The order has not gone down well with the employees. The the president of the UP Secretariat Employees’ Association, Yadavendra Mishra, said this is an attempt aimed at harassing government servants and it would no be tolerated.
Though similar orders have been in vogue since 1986, these were not being implemented by several departments, officials said. Now to make sure that this is implemented, all departments have been asked to complete screening of employees for compulsory retirement by July 31, the order said.
The order of July 6 has been marked to the additional chief secretary, the principal secretaries and the secretaries in the government. Quoting original Rule 56 of the Finance Handbook, it said that the appointing authority can retire temporary or permanent government employees by giving notice after attainment of 50 years of age. The time period of this notice will be three months.
It also quoted the order issued by the state personnel department on October 26, 1986, which defined in detail the structure of the screening committee. Following this, orders were passed in 1989, 2000 and 2007 as well for their implementation. (UNI)