An article published by The Sen Times, an Indian English online newspaper recently carried news stating that the Indian government amidst the COVID-19 crisis has reduced retirement age to 50. This move, according the article, is because of the extreme economical pressure the pandemic has put on the country due to which the government is “mulling significant change to retirement age to central government employees”. The original article can be found here. A screenshot of the article is as follows:
The archived article can be found here.
Reducing DA and retirement age of government employees to 50 years is a self defeating proposal which Govt if it has already implemented must withdraw before being forced to withdraw by a revolt
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 26, 2020
The news is not true and no such decisions has been made by the government. The Press Information Bureau confirmed in a tweet that the government has made no such movie in light of the pandemic. Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office also dismissed the article and the existence of this move by the government.
Claim: A web news portal claims Centre is likely to reduce retirement age of Central Government employees to 50 In #Coronavirus Crisis#PIBFactCheck: The claim made within the report is false. Centre is neither planning nor discussing any such move#COVID19 #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/d9jaWnUwxs
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) April 26, 2020
“There is no such move to reduce retirement age nor has such a proposal been discussed or contemplated. While the entire world is praising PM Sh Narendra Modi for his proactive handling of #COVID pandemic, certain vested elements trying to underplay the good work done by Govt”. pic.twitter.com/RAYp6j7qJD
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) April 26, 2020
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