The government has decided to extend the retirement age of the public service in order to extend the retirement age of Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunge and several ministry secretaries.
It is learnt that the retirement age of public servants is to be extended from the current age of 60 to 62.
A source from the Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry said the government was discussing the extension of the retirement age of public servants from 60 to 62 and have reasoned it by saying the retirement age has to be extended due to the increased life expectancy of people.
The source said a large number of young workers in ministries and state departments have objected to the move and the government’s move could therefore be a failure.
Public Administration Ministry Secretary P.B. Abeykoon said the retirement age is 60 and that the government had not made any decision to extend the retirement age. When asked as to the action that would be taken with regard to the ministry secretaries who have reached the age of 60, he said the government would take steps to send them on retirement.