U-turn over flak: Kerala govt to freeze decision on retirement age of PSU employees


Thiruvananthapuram: The CPM-led Kerala government on Wednesday decided to revoke its order to raise the retirement age of employees in state-run Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to 60.

The state cabinet held on Wednesday took the decision as Opposition and youth organizations including DYFI affiliated to CPM expressed strong protest against the move.

Even a section of CPM loyalists termed the move to raise the retirement age as anti-youth and anti-thetical to the Left front's policy.

Reports said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan himself put forward the suggestion to temporarily freeze the order.

It was on Monday that the government issued an order enacting a slew of measures pertaining to PSUs including raising the retirement age and grading of employees based on performance.

Different PSUs had different retirement ages so far. The decision was to unify them by fixing it at 60. The move was a part of the recommendations of an expert committee constituted for the performance of PSUs in the state.

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