Recently, after the hint by the Central Government over increasing the age of retirement of the central servants, by the Central Government, there was mixed response among the people. This decision was welcomed by many politicians as well as by the common people while others cordoned the government for this untoward act. In 1996, first time age of retirement was increased from 58 to 60 years. The second increment is expected after the 7th pay commission.
The rising population of elderly people is cause of concern for underdeveloped, developing and developed countries. During the beginning of new millennium, the elderly population constituted only 7.4% but now this percentage has increased significantly. There is a sharp increase in the dependency ratio in last ten years. Many schemes are being launched by the government for welfare of the elderly people.
For judging this decision of the central govt. we should look at the bright side as well as the black side of this decision.
Constitution:- Article 41 of the constitution provides that the state shall within the limits of its economic capacity and development, should made effective provisions for securing right to work for the elderly people. So, this step of the government will be constitutionally validated.
Prima facie this decision seems ridiculous but after looking at the positive and negative aspects, it becomes quite clear that this increment is going to help our country. We can easily remove these demerits. Generally, when employees are on the verge of retirement they are mostly on the top posts of their department. These posts require more experience, leadership qualities, problem predicting and solving quality and scrupulousness, which is present in them. These people should be encouraged to learn latest technology.
The concept of retirement at the age of 60 should be removed. It is good that government is increasing age of retirement by 2 years. But it will be best if government allows them to work till their body allows or if government finds that they are not enough productive in their jobs than government should provide alternative job or should be removed by their consensual. Since, they constitute major portion of population and after 10 years there number will be much significant, it will be good if they are involved in the working force. Otherwise a major portion of working force will remain camouflaged and apprehended in house. Our society should understand that it is not the age that determines efficiency but the enthusiasm to work.