Employees of Govt. of Nagaland were retired at the superannuation age of 57 till 14th Nov. 2007. The age limit for entrance into Govt. service was 30 years of age by then. Student's body desired to extent the entrance age limit to 35, as many students complete their further studies late while acquiring M.Phil./Ph.D etc. After much negotiation the Govt. settled the age limit for entrance to Govt. service at 35 and extended the superannuation age to 60, and the qualifying service for full pension was also extended from 31 to 33 years of service. Cabinet approval, publication in Nagaland Gazette had been done to that effect. This was acceptable to both the students and the Govt.
However the student's body still demands that the length of service for a Govt. employee to go on pension before 33 years which is not possible unless it is included in the service rules after approval of the Govt.
If the demand of the students is fulfilled, it will be a great blunder for the future youngsters who will enter into Govt. service because these days students graduate at the age of 21 or so, so some may enter the Govt. service even before graduation only with class 10 or 12+, around the age of 20. If their length of service will be only 33 years then they will be going on pension around the age of 53/54 leaving several years before the age of superannuation, where the human mind is at its peak, professionally trained in his field free from domestic problems and its a period where he can contribute his whole energy to the fullest for the society and the department which is universally accepted. At present those who will go on pension on superannuation age will be phased out within a few years from now and new recruits will go on pension before reaching 60 years of age with the completion of 33 years of service. Superannuation age of 60 will be applied only those who are at the verge of retirement at present and not to the new young recruits.
1. Let there be no limit in the length of service for the benefit of the young recruits, moreover in trying to set a limit in service there are many technical hurdles which may not be easily overcome. .
2. Let the superannuation age be 58. Then those who had to retire on 14th Nov. 2007 will go on 14th Nov. 2008. There will be about 2500 resultant vacancies of posts by December 2008. The same may follow every year. If 60 years of age is maintained then no one will go on pension till 2010 and there will be no vacancies of post till then.
I would like to appeal to the student body to give a second thought to their present demand for the benefit of the youngsters who may enter into Govt. service in the future, and view the whole scenario realistically considering all the implications from all angles.
S. Medem, under secretary (PHED) to the Government of Nagaland.