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Mixed Reaction to Move to Raise Retirement Age
The Daily Star
July 27, 2003
Bangladesh - There has been a mixed reaction among the civil servants over
the government move to raise their retirement age from 57 to 60.
majority of the government officials are happy with the recommendation of
the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Private Members Bills to put an
end to contractual appointments in the administration. The committee also
recommended that the retirement age be raised from 57 to 60.
Talking to The Daily
Star yesterday, a number of officials -- currently holding joint secretary
and additional secretary level posts -- supported the idea of giving no
further contractual appointments.
contractual appointments have created a serious backlog of promotion in
About the government
move to raise the retirement age, the senior bureaucrats are happy, but
the junior officials of the rank of deputy secretary and below believe
that the decision would not solve the problem of promotion backlog.
Sources said the
secretaries and additional secretaries, who are now at the fag end of
their career, will be greatly benefited if the retirement age is raised
within the next two to three months, because many of them are due to go on
LPR by the year end.
Junior officers said
raising of the retirement age would serve their cause only if the decision
is implemented after removing the promotion backlog.
They alleged that a
section of top bureaucrats are making laws in their own interests and said
the new move might have been made to please some senior officers.
They blamed the
senior bureaucrats for impeding the progress of junior officers in various
ways including denying them promotion at the right time.
They said the senior
officers, mostly belonging to the erstwhile CSP (Civil Service of
Pakistan) cadre, never tried to build a "smart and efficient"
bureaucracy which would have ended their supremacy and eminence.
further said they would like to see the bill, approved by the
parliamentary standing committee last Saturday, before a final decision
was taken on it.