Hyderabad: With the increase in the retirement age announced by the Telangana state government as many as 21000 government employees who were going to retire in the next three years are set to be benefitted.
After the announcement made by the Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao in the state assembly, around 610 government employees were in a cheerful mood as they were going to retire in a week time on 31st March and the announcement of the extension of 3 more years is a welcome gift for them which was celebrated in their families as well.
It has to be mentioned that by the end of the year 2021, 5910 government employees were to be retired, 7850 employees in 2022 and 7331 employees in 2023.
KCR has not only fulfilled his election promise by increasing the fitment charges by 30% but also increased the retirement age by 3 years and Telangana has become the only state where the retirement age is fixed at 61 years.
In the year 1956 in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, the retirement age was fixed at 58 years while other states retirement age was 58-60 years and the central government employees retirement age was at 60 years.
In the year 1985, the then Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao reduced the retirement age to 56 years from 58 years after which the government employees staged protests and filed a petition against the order in the high court which was ruled in favour of the government employees reinstating the retirement age at 58 years.
After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the neighbouring state kept the retirement age at 60 years.
In the 2018 assembly elections, KCR had promised to increase the retirement age by two years. However, he increased it by 3 years.