Chandigarh: The retirement age of about nine lakh industrial workers in Haryana may be raised to 60 years as against 58 years at present, an official said.

"We have invited objections from employers running factories in Haryana with regard to raising retirement age to 60 years against the 58 years of retirement age which is a standard practice being followed by the companies in the state," a senior official of Haryana Labour department said here on Tuesday.

The industry will have to file their objections to retirement age provision within 60 days and thereafter the final decision on this proposal will be taken, official said.

The department has also decided to incorporate retirement age provision by amending rules in Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules 2012.

Haryana state minister for Labour and Employment Shiv Charan Sharma said as per notified rules, age of retirement or superannuation of workmen might be 60 years or such other age as may be agreed upon between employer and workman under any agreement settled or awarded, which may be binding on employer and workman under any law for the time being in force.

Majority of companies operating in Haryana are retiring their workforce at 58 years of age.

"However, there is no bar on keeping a worker beyond 58 years of age as per the arrangement between employer and worker," official informed.

Official informed that there are several companies like JCB which have taken an initiative and engaged workers with retirement age of 60 years.

Last month, the Haryana Labour and Employment Minister had even asked entrepreneurs to raise age of retirement of labourers in their respective companies to 60 years.  He had said that most of the entrepreneurs in Yamunanagar and Faridabad had decided to raise the retirement age by two years from 58 years.

Haryana has a massive industrial base in which 1,347 large and medium industries and about 80,000 small scale units are operational.


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