By Y.S. Rana :
CHANDIGARH—Employees of Chandigarh Administration will continue to govern by the Punjab Service Rules as usual as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed the Chandigarh Administration to retire its employees at the age of 58 years. The official of the Administration has admitted that a communiqué to this effect was received by the Chandigarh Administration on Sunday.
Earlier Chandigarh Administration to save its employees those are to retire this year the Administration was in process to implement Central Rules in Chandigarh. Some unions of employees had written to the Administration to implement central service rules in Chandigarh so that the retirement age of its employees will be 60 years.
In the second week of March the Administration had sought option from its employees and the sources in the Administration revealed that the majority of the employees preferred to be governed under the Punjab Service Rules.
Feedback received from the employees revealed that they were satisfied with the Punjab Service Rules and pay scales as these were better over Central Service Rules. Last week the Administrator UT Chandigarh had sent a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs for its accord.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had made it clear that Punjab Service Rules would continue to apply in Chandigarh. The official further stated that however those have already been given a one-year extension were allowed to complete their tenure and added that under Punjab Service Rules applicable to Chandigarh, employees who attain the age of 58years were given two extensions of one year each. But recently Punjab Government had withdrawn this facility. With this direction of MHA, around 240 employees would retire on March 31 and 340 employees retire in September next.
While talking to senior officials of the Administration of the view that a two-year extension did not serve the desired objective. In some cases even such employees were given extension those were facing charges of corruption or extend this ‘helping hand’ to one near and dear. Welcoming the MHA decision, the employees said that local residents would get preference in government jobs of Chandigarh Administration.
Some opined that it would raise the career progression of employees and better employment opportunities for local youth. They also demanded 85 percent job reservation of Administration jobs for local youth