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FFs' retirement age extension proposal goes to Cabinet today
Staff Correspondent
Published :Monday, 18 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 24
The proposal of increasing the retirement age of freedom fighter officers' is likely to be placed in Monday's Cabinet meeting after getting clearance from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
Though the Public Administration Ministry has sent a final proposal to the Cabinet Division three weeks back for placing it in the Cabinet meeting for approval, it remained stuck due to non-clearance from the PMO.
The Ministry sources said on Sunday that the Cabinet Division will place the proposal of increasing the retirement age of the freedom fighter officials in Monday's Cabinet meeting.
Senior Secretary of the Ministry, Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, confirmed on Sunday that the proposal will be tabled at Monday's Cabinet meeting.
The Ministry has prepared the proposal following the instruction of the High Court, he added.
The initiative of increasing the service age was taken as per the directives of the High Court that asked the government to place a proposal before the Cabinet for raising the retirement age of the freedom fighter officers by five more years.
The sources said that the PMO acted negatively about the initiative initially as the Ministry recommended the government to set the retirement age of the freedom fighter officers at 62 years from existing 60 years.
It also recommended increasing the age for general government employees to 60 years from existing 59 years. The civil servants have also taken the advantage of the HC order.
According to the officials, the Prime Minister asked the Public Administration Ministry to extend the entry level age of the probationary officers and employees to 32 years for the general quota and 34 years for the freedom fighters and ethnic community quota.
Finally the proposal was amended according to the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and will be placed in the Monday's Cabinet meeting, sources said.
The Cabinet meeting will decide finally about the hike of retirement age of the freedom fighter officials and employees.
In the meantime, the government has also taken a decision not to accept the freedom fighters certificates that were issued temporarily for extending the service age of the existing officers.
The Prime Minister's office recently issued a circular in this connection.
According to the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs Ministry, the PMO circular was issued to control the pressure of the government officials who want to extend their job showing the freedom fighters certificate.
The authorities concerned - the Ministry and Jatiya Muktijoddha Council (Jamuka) - are under tremendous pressure from the officials, who did not submit freedom fighters certificates while entering the job.
They want to extend the job limit submitting the certificate before retirement, the officials said.
The Ministry has decided to seek cancellation of the decision explaining the merits and demerits of the circular issued from the PMO.

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