Staff shortage in AG offices to hit pension distribution for newly retired employees

Deepa Das

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Thrissur: The distribution of benefits to 11,000 people who retired from government service on May 31 is likely to get affected due to the shortage of staff in centre managed Accountant General (Accounts and Entitlement) or AG(AE) offices.

It is learnt that the number of employees in AG(AE)s in the state is just 46 per cent of the allocated staff. By July, it will further reduce to 38 per cent. Number of sanctioned vacancies is 1,519 while the number of employees is only 702. Since 2019, the promotions to the vacancies created by retirements of senior accounts-audit offices remain stalled.

Meanwhile, the state government had intervened to avoid the delay in determining pension due to resource constraints. Following this, temporary measures were initiated to address the issue. AG(AE)s employees retired on May 31 are directed to continue in the service. Similarly, seven officials from Thrissur and five officials from Kozhikode have been transferred to Thiruvananthapuram. Apart from this, pension revision related procedures are temporally stalled to prioritize pension determination.

Apparently, expecting raise of pension age many employees delayed application submission which was supposed be done six months ago. This in turn has constricted operations of AG(AE)s as applications are submitted now.

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