The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly today unanimously passed an amendment seeking to increase the retirement age from 58 to 60 years.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu moved the amendment to AP Public Employment (Regulation of Age of Superannuation) Act, 1984. The amendment became necessary in view of the significant improvement in the average life expectancy when compared to that of 1984, when the Act was framed. As per the World Health Organisation, the average Indian life expectancy is 65 years. The age of retirement of Central government employees was also raised from 58 to 60 years way back in 1998.
The government contended that the services of senior employees were needed for the new state in view of their experience and expertise.
In another significant decision, the AP government would treat as holiday the period when employees went on strike last year protesting the bifurcation of the state.