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UDF walkout in Ker assembly over proposal to raise pension age

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Congress-led Opposition members in today staged a walkout in the assembly over the government proposal to raise the pension age of employees in state-run KSRTC even as said no decision in the matter has been taken.

The has not taken any decision on increasing the retirement age of State Road Transport Corporation employees, said while replying to a notice for an adjournment motion on the issue.

also rejected the Opposition charge that the move to fix pension age limit at 60 years from present 56 years in KSRTC was a 'cover up' to increase superannuation age in all government departments to 60 years.

for Transport A K Saseendhran pointed out that the proposal on pension age was one of the recommendations suggested by an expert committee to tide over the crisis faced by the public transport corporation.

The committee headed by Sushil Khanna of IIT-Kolkata, had suggested that if the pension age was increased to 60 years, the corporation could save an amount of Rs 450 crore, which the corporation otherwise would have to pay as compensation to retiring workers in the next few years.

"It is only a suggestion. Both the ruling LDF and Opposition parties have to debate on the matter," he said.

of Opposition in the assembly alleged that LDF, which came to power with the promise of jobs to youngsters was denying employment opportunities by increasing the pension age.

Chennithala also charged the with "imposing an indirect ban" on new recruitment in government sectors.

members led by Chennithala walked out when P Sreeramakrishan declined to allow a debate on the issue.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 14:10 IST