P’ment approves retirement age of 70 on special aptitude

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By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent Parliament gave the green light to extend the retirement age of government officers from 60 to 70 years for those who have special aptitude, as requested by Opposition lawmaker Ravi Karunanayake in his private member motion moved yesterday. Karunanayake believes such changes will help develop the country using the experience and expertise of those who are capable. However, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs W.D.J. Senewiratne stated that the current system allows the officers to stay in service until the age of 60. “If the retirement age is extended, it will not allow the younger generation to have opportunities. During the past two years we have employed over 65,000 persons in my Ministry for various departments. Along with the other ministries and departments we have taken in over 100,000 people.” “Regardless of the regulations of retirement, we have continued to obtain services of certain Government officers who are well over 65 years now. Such a move to make it official will not be a good move in the longer term,” the Minister added. However, the motion received unopposed approval.