Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday raised the retirement age of all its employees from 58 to 59.
A press release issued by the state’s chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said the order comes into effect immediately but gave no other details.
The spin given to the story was that this is a move aimed at giving continuity to the state’s effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
The higher retirement age is now applicable to all employees of the Tamil Nadu government including teachers of government and aided schools and colleges, besides all state public sector undertakings and local bodies.
Back in March and April, a similar extension, of two months, was given to retiring doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff so as not to disrupt the Covid-19 effort.
It’s not clear what teachers, lecturers and PSU staff and such like have anything to do with the Covid-19 campaign, but that’s the spin being spun....