The Centre is likely to clear the proposal of allowing
states to decide the retirement age (Maximum 65 years) of lecturers in state
run colleges and universities. Earlier, the UPA government was insistent that
states should enhance the lecturers' retirement to 65 years to enable them to
get 80% of the arrears burden of state governments.
The arrears — at
least Rs 9,000 crore —went up since the Centre had asked the states in 2008 to
follow the Sixth Pay Commission scales that centrally- funded institutes
introduced in the same year, with retrospective effect from January 1, 2006.
The Central government has committed to bear 80% of the
increased arrears for the first four-year period — between April 1, 2006, and
March 31, 2010 — if states followed its order. Now, the government plans to
foot this sum only in the form of reimbursements in "two-three"
installments. This is likely to benefit around four lakh teachers across the
The ministry cleared this proposal after a committee of
secretaries, headed by cabinet secretary, supported the state governments'
Sources said that there could be political reasons for
states to push the need for greater autonomy as far as fixing the retirement
age is concerned. "Some states might want to fix 60 or 62 years for
retirement so that fresh batch of qualified people can apply for jobs, and this
will also increase the scope of promotion for many lecturers," said a
senior government official.
The sixth pay package for teachers, based on which the
scales of centrally-funded institutes were revised, has a provision that
requires increasing the retirement age to 65 years. Presently, the retirement
age of teachers varies across states - from 58 to 60 years.
[Source: Times of India]