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Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise
« on: September 26, 2010, 08:27:47 AM »
Punjab Cabinet says no to enhancing retirement age to 60

Chandigarh, Apr 3 : Setting to rest all speculations on the retirement age of government employees, the Punjab Cabinet today decided not to enhance the age of retirement to 60 from the existing 58 years.

A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Disclosing this here today an offiicial spokesman said that the age of retirement would remained unchanged at 58.

The Cabinet also gave in principle approval to increase the age for entry into government service from 35 to 37 years.

In another significant decision, the Cabinet also decided that all the departments should send comprehensive proposals to the government for recruitment of essential staff on priority.

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and number of other ministers had right from the onset been opposing the enhancement of the age as this would have deprived a large number of youths of employment opportunities.

The decision goes against the commitment made by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of brining the retirement age at par with Central Government employees

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Re: Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2010, 08:27:57 AM »
News Analysis: Retirement Age
Govt dithered on the issue
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
Now when the final word on the retirement age has been said, the Punjab government will have to activate both its Public Service Commission and the Subordinate Services Selection Board to start filling hundreds of vacancies in various departments.

The number of job seekers has been rising by the day and prospective job seekers had been waiting with bated breath for the final word on the retirement issue.

The prospective job seekers have more than one reason to feel elated. The foremost of these is the end of job freeze. The Council of Ministers decided to ask all departments to send comprehensive proposals for filling vacancies so that working of essential services continued unaffected.

For example, though Punjab may have the highest ratio of policemen to total population of the state, it still has decided to go ahead with fresh recruitments so as to infuse young and fresh blood in the force.

The forces also need to have a substantial number of techno and computer savvy people at all levels to combat the changing face of domestic, inter-state and international crime.

Now when the Council of Ministers took a unanimous decision not to alter the retirement age, all those aspiring for a year-long extension in service will have to look elsewhere for their rehabilitation.

The recommendation for raising the retirement age was made by the Sukhbir-Kalia Committee.

It had stated that as a part of fulfilment of the manifesto, the retirement age of all employees of the state government and its boards and corporations be enhanced from 58 years to 60 years as has been done in other all-India cadres.

The committee had also made two stipulations. The first one said that employees seeking two years' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''extension in service would continue to work on the last pay drawn at the otherwise retirement age of 58 years. The other stipulation was that those seeking extension would also be eligible for promotion but without any increase in their wages.

While the Council of Ministers at its earlier meeting held on January 22 accepted the rest of the recommendations of the Sukhbir-Kalia Committee, it opted for a middle path on the retirement issue, allowing employees retiring in 2010 an option to seek extension for one year.

This decision came under severe criticism as many expected the government to take a firm policy decision - either to retain 58 as retirement age or make it 59 or 60 for all employees across the board without any option. Questions were raised as how the state can let an employee decide when he wants to retire, at 58 or 59.

Subsequently the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the January 22 decision of the Council of Ministers last week.

An emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers was called on Saturday last, primarily to take a final decision on the retirement age. And it decided not to change the age of retirement to give the issue a quiet burial for the time being.

Will the new decision be applied to those PCS (Executive Branch) employees who have been re-employed by the state and given key field postings is still not known.

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Re: Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2010, 08:28:23 AM »

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Re: Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2010, 08:30:24 AM »
A bold decision
Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise

THE Punjab government has taken a bold decision by keeping the retirement age for its employees at 58 instead of raising it to 60 years. Though it runs contrary to its electoral promise, the decision would be welcomed by the youth. Over 18,000 employees, who would have benefited immediately from the enhanced retirement age, would, however, be disappointed. Had the government decided to raise the age of retirement, it would have, in the short-term, deferred payments to the tune of Rs 700 core this year and another Rs 762 crore during 2011-2012. However, in the long-term, it would have had serious financial implications for the state. The government would have had to pay two increments to employees who are already in the top bracket of their salaries. The burden of the government would also have increased because of a rise in the employees' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''pension and other emoluments over a period of two to three decades.

For those attaining the age of 58, extension of service by two years could be described as a bonus. But this was, certainly, not in the state' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s financial interest. It would have adversely affected the prospects of Punjab' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s youth as well. The government' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s refusal to buckle under pressure and decision to enhance the maximum age for recruitment from 35 to 37 years will help check, albeit marginally, the acute unemployment problem in the state. Significantly, 70,000 youth have applied for over a thousand vacancies of Food and Supply Inspectors. For about 600 posts of Excise and Taxation Inspectors, the government received as many as 30,000 applications from candidates that included MBAs, PhDs and scientists.

While the decision on retirement is expected to help the unemployed youth most, it is debatable whether the new recruits will help improve the quality of governance. Infusing fresh blood is welcome. At the same time, the government needs to save money by trimming the bloated bureaucracy and checking public spending and leakage of funds.

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Re: Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010, 11:04:29 AM »
A bold decision
Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise

THE Punjab government has taken a bold decision by keeping the retirement age for its employees at 58 instead of raising it to 60 years. Though it runs contrary to its electoral promise, the decision would be welcomed by the youth. Over 18,000 employees, who would have benefited immediately from the enhanced retirement age, would, however, be disappointed. Had the government decided to raise the age of retirement, it would have, in the short-term, deferred payments to the tune of Rs 700 core this year and another Rs 762 crore during 2011-2012. However, in the long-term, it would have had serious financial implications for the state. The government would have had to pay two increments to employees who are already in the top bracket of their salaries. The burden of the government would also have increased because of a rise in the employees' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''pension and other emoluments over a period of two to three decades.

For those attaining the age of 58, extension of service by two years could be described as a bonus. But this was, certainly, not in the state' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s financial interest. It would have adversely affected the prospects of Punjab' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s youth as well. The government' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s refusal to buckle under pressure and decision to enhance the maximum age for recruitment from 35 to 37 years will help check, albeit marginally, the acute unemployment problem in the state. Significantly, 70,000 youth have applied for over a thousand vacancies of Food and Supply Inspectors. For about 600 posts of Excise and Taxation Inspectors, the government received as many as 30,000 applications from candidates that included MBAs, PhDs and scientists.

While the decision on retirement is expected to help the unemployed youth most, it is debatable whether the new recruits will help improve the quality of governance. Infusing fresh blood is welcome. At the same time, the government needs to save money by trimming the bloated bureaucracy and checking public spending and leakage of funds.

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Re: Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010, 11:33:56 AM »
Punjab Cabinet says no to enhancing retirement age to 60

Chandigarh, Apr 3 : Setting to rest all speculations on the retirement age of government employees, the Punjab Cabinet today decided not to enhance the age of retirement to 60 from the existing 58 years.

A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Disclosing this here today an offiicial spokesman said that the age of retirement would remained unchanged at 58.

The Cabinet also gave in principle approval to increase the age for entry into government service from 35 to 37 years.

In another significant decision, the Cabinet also decided that all the departments should send comprehensive proposals to the government for recruitment of essential staff on priority.

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and number of other ministers had right from the onset been opposing the enhancement of the age as this would have deprived a large number of youths of employment opportunities.

The decision goes against the commitment made by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of brining the retirement age at par with Central Government employees

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Re: Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2010, 11:34:39 AM »
News Analysis: Retirement Age
Govt dithered on the issue
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
Now when the final word on the retirement age has been said, the Punjab government will have to activate both its Public Service Commission and the Subordinate Services Selection Board to start filling hundreds of vacancies in various departments.

The number of job seekers has been rising by the day and prospective job seekers had been waiting with bated breath for the final word on the retirement issue.

The prospective job seekers have more than one reason to feel elated. The foremost of these is the end of job freeze. The Council of Ministers decided to ask all departments to send comprehensive proposals for filling vacancies so that working of essential services continued unaffected.

For example, though Punjab may have the highest ratio of policemen to total population of the state, it still has decided to go ahead with fresh recruitments so as to infuse young and fresh blood in the force.

The forces also need to have a substantial number of techno and computer savvy people at all levels to combat the changing face of domestic, inter-state and international crime.

Now when the Council of Ministers took a unanimous decision not to alter the retirement age, all those aspiring for a year-long extension in service will have to look elsewhere for their rehabilitation.

The recommendation for raising the retirement age was made by the Sukhbir-Kalia Committee.

It had stated that as a part of fulfilment of the manifesto, the retirement age of all employees of the state government and its boards and corporations be enhanced from 58 years to 60 years as has been done in other all-India cadres.

The committee had also made two stipulations. The first one said that employees seeking two years' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''extension in service would continue to work on the last pay drawn at the otherwise retirement age of 58 years. The other stipulation was that those seeking extension would also be eligible for promotion but without any increase in their wages.

While the Council of Ministers at its earlier meeting held on January 22 accepted the rest of the recommendations of the Sukhbir-Kalia Committee, it opted for a middle path on the retirement issue, allowing employees retiring in 2010 an option to seek extension for one year.

This decision came under severe criticism as many expected the government to take a firm policy decision - either to retain 58 as retirement age or make it 59 or 60 for all employees across the board without any option. Questions were raised as how the state can let an employee decide when he wants to retire, at 58 or 59.

Subsequently the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the January 22 decision of the Council of Ministers last week.

An emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers was called on Saturday last, primarily to take a final decision on the retirement age. And it decided not to change the age of retirement to give the issue a quiet burial for the time being.

Will the new decision be applied to those PCS (Executive Branch) employees who have been re-employed by the state and given key field postings is still not known.

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Re: Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2010, 11:37:16 AM »
Finally, the right to education
Ahead, a bumpy road to implementation
by Aditi Tandon

Not often does a nation demonstrate the kind of resolve India showed this April 1. After 63 years of dithering, the government guaranteed free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school to every child aged 6 to 14 years, no matter
For the first time, India has a law that lets a child demand education as a right.

who is he, where he is and from what class.
For the first time, India has a law that lets a child demand education as a right.


The promise is of educating 194 million children in the target age group at an initial cost of Rs 1.78 lakh crore for the first five years of the law. There' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s also a commitment to trace every invisible child trapped in difficult circumstances including trafficking. Some 35 million children in India are in need of protection; 30 million are in child labour and one crore are out of school.

That explains why the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2010 is so ambitious. The UNICEF has already hailed it as unmatched in the world in terms of targets it sets on access and quality of education and teachers' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''qualifications. For the first time, India has a law that lets a child demand education as a right. Every state, local authority, school and parent must deliver or face penalty.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal likes to say it differently: ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "Water has been released from its source. It has no place to go but forward,' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    '' Asked what he thinks of stakeholders' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''fears of delivering, the minister says, ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "There' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s no escape now. This has to be done. In any case, only difficult things are worth doing.' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    ''

It' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s this firmness of government resolve that' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s bothering many, especially the private, unaided schools which must reserve 25 per cent seats in Class I from the next year for disadvantaged children from SCs, STs, Dalit, minorities and disabled categories. In return, they' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' ll get the per child expenditure, which states incur. Under the Act, this expenditure would be calculated by dividing state' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s total expenditure on elementary education in all schools with the number of students enrolled.

Private schools however feel this reimbursement is too meagre for the quality they offer. ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "We spend around Rs 25,000 per child every year. We support the Act but we must know where the money to teach 25 per cent students will come from?' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    '' says Ameeta Wattal of Springdales School, Delhi.

Some legal experts argue that reserving 25 per cent seats would amount to discriminating against the 75 per cent kids who don' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' t make it to high quality public schools. ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "This is state-sponsored privatisation. Education must be offered through neighbourhood schools,' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    '' says Niranjan Aradhya, Fellow, National Law School, adding, ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "We can' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' t look at the law romantically. It is discriminatory and leaves out children in 0 to 6 and 15 to 18 year category.' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    ''

One of the strongest criticisms of RTE Act, which requires state governments to set up neighbourhood schools in three years from April 1, is its blacking out of 170 million children in pre-primary and secondary school level.

' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "India has signed the UN Convention on Rights of the Child which defines a child as someone up to 18 years. But the law is restrictive and says nothing on the education of 0 to 6 year category. It assumes children will be ready for class I. That' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s improbable when millions suffer malnutrition and anganwaris are not universal,' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    '' educationist Vinod Raina, who helped draft the RTE Law, says.

The government admits it could have done better had finances not been an issue. ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "Funding delayed RTE for children aged 6 to 14 years. Even for this, we need private public partnership,' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    '' Sibal says.

But private schools are anxious; some have already moved the Supreme Court against the 25 per cent quota norm, saying it infringes upon their right to self govern. They are also concerned that the law bars them from screening children. ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "How are schools to admit these kids, who will come from disadvantaged settings? Would they feel comfortable among peers who are educationally ahead of them? The government should have increased spending on education from 3 to 6 per cent of GDP and not depended on private schools,' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    '' says Pooja Marwaha of CRY.

Another grudge is being voiced by the minorities who feel the Act goes against Article 30 of the Constitution which guarantees them the right to establish and administer institutions. But Sibal rejects the argument. School management committees (to be constituted within six months from April 1) which will monitor teachers' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''performance and make school development plans in government neighbourhood schools will only have an advisory role in minority schools.

The law' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' s public enforcement remains a huge challenge, given its mighty provisions ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''  '  ''' '    '' teachers must reach a standard qualification in five years or they can' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' t teach; schools must create basic infrastructure in three years or close down; states must finish school mapping in one year to find every child who must get to school. ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "States have limited capacity. Most are ill prepared,' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    '' says Raina, who participated in 12 state consultations on RTE.

Moreover, though the Act requires State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights to monitor the implementation, hear complaints and appeals, 30 states/UTs don' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' t have a commission yet. Until the systems are created, RTE would remain a dream. Sibal himself admits RTE will get real only after five years. It will be worth the wait for millions of disadvantaged children.

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Re: Keeping retirement age at 58 is wise
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2010, 01:28:55 PM »

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Ki Retirement di age 60 Years di honi chahidi hai?

 

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