Bihar: Nitish Kumar beats to increase the retirement age of government employees

PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar On Monday, he was strongly confronted with the increase in the retirement age of government employees. Currently, government employees retire at the age of 60.

Speaking as the main guest in the education department in Patna, CM said: Today people are physically fit to work even after they turn 60. The retirement age of employees should be increased. However, he did not specify the number of years to be increased.

Bihar CM also recalled how the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee the retirement age of central government employees had increased from 58 to 60 years when he (Nitish) was a minister in the Vajpayee cabinet.

Responding to a speaker's previous call and the retired income tax commissioner, Prem Verma, said all retired government officials, like him, should devote themselves to social work and devote their time to the cause of society; Nitish said he supports Verma's suggestions, since people today are generally physically fit for discharge, even at age 60.

Earlier, Verma, in his speech, said that today retired government officials get a considerable amount as a pension after the retirement of the state services center. As medical facilities have improved, most retired officers remain physically fit even after retirement. Verma asked all retired government officials to introduce themselves and dedicate part of their time and part of their pension money to provide education to poor children. After being fired from the position of income tax commissioner, Verma works for the education of poor children in Bihar.

Earlier Verma, along with the Patna Science College principal K C Sinha, was awarded with the ‘Shiksha Diwas’ award at the same venue by Nitish Kumar. Both were honored with check of Rs 1.25 lakh (to each), citation and shawl by the CM amidst clapping from the audience.

Since 2007, the Bihar government observes Shiksha Divas every year on November 11 on the anniversary of the birth of the country's prime minister of education and great freedom fighter, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

CM also recalled how the Union government began celebrating November 11 as National Education Day from 2008, one year after the Bihar government began observing Shiksha Divas that day. Nitish also said that the Center made the decision after he, when Bihar CM, wrote a letter to the then Manmohan Singh government for observing Azad's day as Shiksha Divas throughout the country.

CM deputy Sushil Kumar Modi He asked the education department to use technology and develop a system to guarantee regular attendance of teachers to educational institutions. He said that the Gujarat government recently used teacher facial recognition technology through an application-based system, but opposed the declaration of invasion of individual privacy. There must be a system to ensure teacher attendance, Modi said.

He also said that the state government was going to develop a teacher management information system in which the details of a teacher can be available with a mouse click.

The state education minister, Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma, the additional chief secretary (education), R K Mahajan, and the project director of the Bihar Education Project Council, Sanjay Kumar Singh, also addressed the event.