Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu moved the amendment Bill in the House and requested the members to adopt it unanimously.
    
"There is a significant improvement in the average life expectancy when compared to that of 1984 (when the Act was framed). As per the World Health Organisation, the average Indian life expectancy is 65 years. The age of retirement of Central government employees was also raised from 58 to 60 years in 1998," the Chief Minister pointed out, explaining the statement of objects and reasons for the amendment Bill.

"Consequent to the reorganization of Andhra Pradesh, the state government felt it necessary to utilize the services of senior employees in view of their experience and expertise. Accordingly, the government has decided to enhance the retirement age to 60 years," he added.
    
Naidu said the government and the employees should work hand-in-hand to develop the new state.

"Enhancement of retirement age is the first step. We will implement several other measures for the employees' welfare. We will provide them health insurance. Our government will be employee-friendly," he said.

The Chief Minister said that plans were afoot to build houses for retired employees.

Naidu further said the government would treat as ‘holiday’ the period when employees went on strike last year protesting the bifurcation of the state. "We will treat that period as holiday and ensure continuity in service," he said.

(Agencies)

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