Based on President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent proposal to reduce the retirement age of public servants to 60 through the interim budget appropriation bill, government employees who have completed the age of 60 by December 31 this year will have to retire.
Accordingly, the number of public servants set for retirement by the end of this year will exceed 20,000, revealed the Public Administration Ministry. The relevant circular will be issued within the next two weeks, said Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government M.M.P.K. Mayadunne.
He added that however, the 60-year age limit does not affect public servants of several essential professions, including doctors, nurses, engineers, who according to the Ministry will have the opportunity to remain in service up to 63 years based on their essential service. The relevant amendments will be submitted to the Cabinet, Mayadunne noted.
The government has initiated this redundancy plan in response to the huge economic crisis befallen the country.