ISLAMABAD: In a move that will benefit hundreds of bureaucrats across the country, the federal government of Pakistan has announced a two-year increase in the retirement age of all civil servants.
The decision will be effective from Nov.1, 2012.
The change has been made through a presidential approval by amending the Civil Services Act 1973, instead of the usual parliamentary amendment.
According to a notification issued by the establishment division, civil servants would now retire a day before their 62nd birthday. Earlier the retirement age was 60 years.
“In pursuance to the recommendation of the Civil Services Reforms Committee, the president has been pleased to approve the following amendment in the Civil Services Act, 1973, which shall come into force w.e.f 01-11-2012 and shall apply to All regular civil employees: The age of retirement for a government employee shall henceforth be the last day of 62nd years counting from the date of birth,” reads the notification issued by the establishment division.”
Earlier, there was a proposal to increase the retirement age limit from 60 to 63 for men and from 55 to 60 years for women civil servants.
It is not clear why this proposal was dropped and why parliament was by-passed and a presidential nod was sought for implementing the move.
Since many key federal secretaries were about to retire in the next few months, the move would have political and financial benefits for the incumbent PPP government which is scheduled to go for the general elections early next year, according to sources.
Finance Secretary Abdul Wajid Rana was scheduled to retire on Nov.5, while Muhammad Javed Malick, secretary for the planning and development division, was to reach the age of superannuation on Jan.6, 2013.
There are a number of other federal secretaries and Grade 22 officers of different departments who would have retired in the coming year.
The government claims that by increasing the age of retirement it would not only benefit from these experienced officials but would also save millions of rupees that it would have to give them as retirement benefits besides pensions.
The government says its pension bill is going to explode by 2015 as bulk of the civil servants will touch their retirement age by that time.