'Unilateral decision': CPM, CITU express concern over lack of discussion in retirement age issue

MV Govindan | Photo: Ridhin Damu/ Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: CPM and CITU leadership in Kerala reportedly expressed their dissatisfaction over the controversy surrounding the retirement age of employees of public service undertakings.

State government on Tuesday ordered unifying the retirement age of employees of PSUs. It was revoked on Wednesday after opposition and organisations affiliated to the ruling dispensation protested that the decision would let down job-seeking youth.

CPM state secretary MV Govindan said that the decision to unify the retirement age to 60 years was repealed since it was a unilateral decision made without consulting the party.

The proposal was accepted by the cabinet. Later, the same cabinet with the intervention of the chief minister decided to freeze it. It should be examined where the decision came from without the knowledge of the party, said MV Govindan.

The recommendation was part of the report that studied how to improve the performance of PSUs. The press release of the decision to accept the report did not carry the information on retirement age. Sources said the recommendation came to the notice of the ministers only at a later stage.

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