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NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality

When one becomes a government servant, the most certain thing is tenure of service and retirement age. But today it has become the most uncertain thing albeit for the time being only. Changing rules of the game everywhere is the new normal. Making uncertain things certain (Demo & Article 370 are living examples) and certain things uncertain has been the hallmark of the NaMo Administration so far.

 

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees has been the most discussed issue of late. Several such versions are floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one. It has heavily pre-occupied the mind space of govt officials and medipersons alike and none of them having any clear version about the truth of this piece of information. Even most of the senior members of Indian bureaucracy are anxious and inquisitive about the authenticity of what have been doing rounds for the last 4-5 days.

 

Social media is flooded with different versions. One such message reads, “DoPT has finalized proposals for implementation of 33 years service or 60 years age whichever is early for retirement on superannuation for all government employees. File sent to finance ministry for implementation w. e. f. 1.4.2020.”

 

Surprisingly, a list of senior civil servants was also circulated on social-media on Sunday announcing their new date of retirement. But it was also interesting that the list was only about IRS officers as if someone was trying to make them jittery.

 

Another document also found prime space in social-media having caption “DoPT seeks service profile of central services”.


Information and documents as above mentioned, intended to underline that retirement age (60 yrs or 33 yrs of service) was just a matter of announcement. May be true but at the same time Govt must come up with its true version. When ambiguity dominates public space like in the case of ‘Ganesh ji drinking milk’, the government version is announced to put thing in perspective.

 

Indianmandarins spoke to several senior bureaucrats across services and batches but most of them were unsure of any such move finding themselves among mute-spectators. When people sitting in high offices become uncertain even about certain things it castes its shadow downward as well.

 

In fact, several theories, though none of them convincing, are also being attached to the retirement age galore.

 

One such theory suggests that it may have been the game-plan of opposition ahead of Delhi Assembly elections as a big chunk of voters are from service class with influence. Earlier, same set of rhetoric of  retirement age did rounds ahead of Delhi elections.

 

The other theory doing round suggests that it might be a part of design to distract public attention from gleaming economic parameters. It is also being said that receiving Rs 1.76 lakh crore from RBI and big tax cut in corporate tax to boost economy, the government might have firm plan to address unemployment issue. This theory, to an extent, makes some sense as the move of lowering the retirement age may add up lakhs of recruitment every year.  But the flip side is that the government would have to cough up huge money for PF and gratuity payments.

 

Moreover, in case it turns out to be true early age entrants (at 22-24 yrs) who once exhibited competence and promising career prospects may be at the receiving end than those ones who entered civil service quite late. 

 

Another version too sounds convincing enough. A very senior civil servant told Indianmandarins that the NaMo administration has great appetite for experiments in governance and administration like in the cases 360 degree method, lateral entry, aspirational districts, IAS probationers as Assistant Secretary in Govt of India and many more. It has bigg appetite for bigger risks as well (e.g. Demo, GST and Article 370). And this debate over retirement age galore too could be part of NaMo administration’s scheme of thing but it seems to be at the nascent stage. The officials told Indianmandarins that it appears that the move could have been initiated from the very top that’s why most of the senior level officials are still less exposed to information on any such initiative.

 

Another official told Indianmandarins that as far as the new civil list with revised retirement date might be part of some ongoing exercise to gauge number of vacancy and monetary implications and floating the list of IRS officers must have been made viral from some IT enthusiast.

 

It may be recalled that following a similar sustained rumours Dr Jitendra Singh (MoS Personnel & PMO) had, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, put to rest all speculations on retirement age reduction (In December 2015) by saying that "the retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58-60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the fifth Central Pay Commission," and that there was no such proposal "at present" to reduce the age from 60 to 58 years.

 

So will NaMo Govt come up with any such official statement approving or disapproving any such proposal on retirement age once again?

 

Obviously, speedy action on the provisions of 56J has added to the panic related to the retirement age.

 

Whatever be the truth the ongoing scenario has left various questions which may be answered in phases and they are: Has NaMo administration finalised a new retirement policy for govt employees adding new provisio of ’33 years of service or 60 years whichever earlier’ been added’? Has DoPT sent the policy decision to the Department of Expenditure for evaluation and assessment of cost of mass retirement? Will it pass judicial scrutiny? Will the move boost employment and economy? And lastly, will the policy, if already finalised, be effective w.e.f. 01.04.2020? A big question mark everywhere. And one may say that ‘the buck must stop’ somewhere.

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Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop?

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(By Rakesh Ranjan, Editor-in-chief)

23 Sep 2019
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Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop?

For the past few years the ghost of retirement age has been haunting civil servants over and over again. It not only makes them apprehensive but keeps them on tenterhooks as well leaving them clueless that who’s and what purpose does it serve? And at what cost?

 

Sometime it is about lowering the retirement from 60 to 58 and sometime it is about increasing it from 60 to 62. The rumours keep oscilating between 58 to 62. Both ways the only certainty about retirement age is that there is uncertainty. Is this the response to clarion call made on employment generation?

 

This doesn’t seem to be the answer rather it is keeping bureaucracy in flux making their work hamper especially those who are at important positions. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the government of the day to clarify on issues like this traveling in public domain. But if the government wants to keep its officials at tenterhooks by such ambiguity, its prudence will be questioned for sure!

21 Sep 2019
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NaMo Administration and retirement age: Rumours Vs reality

By IndianMandarins 23 Sep 2019

When one becomes a government servant, the most certain thing is tenure of service and retirement age. But today it has become the most uncertain thing albeit for the time being only. Changing rules of the game everywhere is the new normal. Making uncertain things certain (Demo & Article 370 are living examples) and certain things uncertain has been the hallmark of the NaMo Administration so far.

 

Lowering the retirement age of the Central Govt employees has been the most discussed issue of late. Several such versions are floating across media claiming each of them to be authentic one. It has heavily pre-occupied the mind space of govt officials and medipersons alike and none of them having any clear version about the truth of this piece of information. Even most of the senior members of Indian bureaucracy are anxious and inquisitive about the authenticity of what have been doing rounds for the last 4-5 days.

 

Social media is flooded with different versions. One such message reads, “DoPT has finalized proposals for implementation of 33 years service or 60 years age whichever is early for retirement on superannuation for all government employees. File sent to finance ministry for implementation w. e. f. 1.4.2020.”

 

Surprisingly, a list of senior civil servants was also circulated on social-media on Sunday announcing their new date of retirement. But it was also interesting that the list was only about IRS officers as if someone was trying to make them jittery.

 

Another document also found prime space in social-media having caption “DoPT seeks service profile of central services”.


Information and documents as above mentioned, intended to underline that retirement age (60 yrs or 33 yrs of service) was just a matter of announcement. May be true but at the same time Govt must come up with its true version. When ambiguity dominates public space like in the case of ‘Ganesh ji drinking milk’, the government version is announced to put thing in perspective.

 

Indianmandarins spoke to several senior bureaucrats across services and batches but most of them were unsure of any such move finding themselves among mute-spectators. When people sitting in high offices become uncertain even about certain things it castes its shadow downward as well.

 

In fact, several theories, though none of them convincing, are also being attached to the retirement age galore.

 

One such theory suggests that it may have been the game-plan of opposition ahead of Delhi Assembly elections as a big chunk of voters are from service class with influence. Earlier, same set of rhetoric of  retirement age did rounds ahead of Delhi elections.

 

The other theory doing round suggests that it might be a part of design to distract public attention from gleaming economic parameters. It is also being said that receiving Rs 1.76 lakh crore from RBI and big tax cut in corporate tax to boost economy, the government might have firm plan to address unemployment issue. This theory, to an extent, makes some sense as the move of lowering the retirement age may add up lakhs of recruitment every year.  But the flip side is that the government would have to cough up huge money for PF and gratuity payments.

 

Moreover, in case it turns out to be true early age entrants (at 22-24 yrs) who once exhibited competence and promising career prospects may be at the receiving end than those ones who entered civil service quite late. 

 

Another version too sounds convincing enough. A very senior civil servant told Indianmandarins that the NaMo administration has great appetite for experiments in governance and administration like in the cases 360 degree method, lateral entry, aspirational districts, IAS probationers as Assistant Secretary in Govt of India and many more. It has bigg appetite for bigger risks as well (e.g. Demo, GST and Article 370). And this debate over retirement age galore too could be part of NaMo administration’s scheme of thing but it seems to be at the nascent stage. The officials told Indianmandarins that it appears that the move could have been initiated from the very top that’s why most of the senior level officials are still less exposed to information on any such initiative.

 

Another official told Indianmandarins that as far as the new civil list with revised retirement date might be part of some ongoing exercise to gauge number of vacancy and monetary implications and floating the list of IRS officers must have been made viral from some IT enthusiast.

 

It may be recalled that following a similar sustained rumours Dr Jitendra Singh (MoS Personnel & PMO) had, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, put to rest all speculations on retirement age reduction (In December 2015) by saying that "the retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58-60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the fifth Central Pay Commission," and that there was no such proposal "at present" to reduce the age from 60 to 58 years.

 

So will NaMo Govt come up with any such official statement approving or disapproving any such proposal on retirement age once again?

 

Obviously, speedy action on the provisions of 56J has added to the panic related to the retirement age.

 

Whatever be the truth the ongoing scenario has left various questions which may be answered in phases and they are: Has NaMo administration finalised a new retirement policy for govt employees adding new provisio of ’33 years of service or 60 years whichever earlier’ been added’? Has DoPT sent the policy decision to the Department of Expenditure for evaluation and assessment of cost of mass retirement? Will it pass judicial scrutiny? Will the move boost employment and economy? And lastly, will the policy, if already finalised, be effective w.e.f. 01.04.2020? A big question mark everywhere. And one may say that ‘the buck must stop’ somewhere.

(CLICK to read related story)

Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop?

https://www.indianmandarins.com/news/uncertainty-over-retirement-age-galore:-buck-must-stop-/19128

(By Rakesh Ranjan, Editor-in-chief)

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Uncertainty over retirement age galore: Buck must stop?

By IndianMandarins 21 Sep 2019

For the past few years the ghost of retirement age has been haunting civil servants over and over again. It not only makes them apprehensive but keeps them on tenterhooks as well leaving them clueless that who’s and what purpose does it serve? And at what cost?

 

Sometime it is about lowering the retirement from 60 to 58 and sometime it is about increasing it from 60 to 62. The rumours keep oscilating between 58 to 62. Both ways the only certainty about retirement age is that there is uncertainty. Is this the response to clarion call made on employment generation?

 

This doesn’t seem to be the answer rather it is keeping bureaucracy in flux making their work hamper especially those who are at important positions. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the government of the day to clarify on issues like this traveling in public domain. But if the government wants to keep its officials at tenterhooks by such ambiguity, its prudence will be questioned for sure!

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Is Niti Aayog becoming a 'parking slot'

By IndianMandarins 07 Mar 2019

Dr Ashok Kumar Jain (Retired IFoS:1983:TG) is counted among the few lucky officers who have secured attractive post-retirement assignments in the Govt of India.


After his retirement on 28 February 2019 from the post of PCCF and Vice Chairman & MD of Telangana Forest Development Corporation, Dr Jain was on Tuesday was recommended for the appointment as the Principal Adviser (Apex scale) of the NITI Aayog for a period of three years.


Reportedly, his appointment was justified by his prior experience and substantial contribution in NITI Aayog. He is considered an expert on sustainable development in the Indian Himalayan Region. During his prior stint with NITI, Dr Jain worked on rural development, drinking water and sanitation, housing and sustainable urban development, etc. 


But there has been murmuring over several such appointments as the NITI Aayog, like its previous Avatar Planning Commission, is seen becoming a 'parking slot' for retired officers or serving officers who don't wish to repatriate to their state cadres.


In power corridors, it is being said that NITI Members and Vice Chairman are favoring the appointment of retired officers even though NITI already has a battery of full-time officers serving as Advisers and Principal Advisers. There are already one Special Secretary, one Principal Consultant, one Additional Secretary, two Senior Advisers, and nine Advisers — who are full-time Govt of India appointees. Yet retired officers are being inducted on the ground of experience and contribution.


It may be mentioned that earlier C K Murali and U K Sharma were taken on board of the NITI as members post-retirement.

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Head you lose and tail I win: Justice Sikri pull outs from London assignment

By IndianMandarins 14 Jan 2019

Supreme Court judge, Justice AK Sikri, retiring on 06 March this year, has reportedly withdrawn his consent for appointment to the post of president/member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT).

 

Reportedly, Justice Sikri informed the authorities not to process the matter further in view of insinuations made against him for siding with the Government decision on former CBI director Alok Verma.

 

It is further learned that the Justice Sikri's oral consent for appointment to CSAT was taken in the first week of December 2018.

 

Therefore, it had nothing to do with the CBI matter since he was appointed as the nominee of the CJI in the Alok Verma issue only in January 2019.

 

However, a section of the media that always play the game of "head you lose and tail I win" insinuated that Justice Sikri's stand against Alok Verma in the three-member search committee was a sort of "quid pro quo".

 

This is said to have pained Justice Sikri who immediately informed the authorities not to process the matter further. It is also understood that he will not be accepting any post-retirement job.

 

Indianmandarins has further learned that the CSAT job is not a regular assignment nor is there any monthly remuneration since there are only a few hearings a year.

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Chinoy appointed DG, IDSA

By IndianMandarins 03 Jan 2019

The NaMo administration, on Wednesday, appointed Sujan R Chinoy (Retd IFS:1981) to the post of Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) for a period of three years. 

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