The government will not increase the retirement age for public servants before the next general election, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said.
“I had a plan to increase (the retirement age limit). I think there will be no change before the election,” he told reporters at the secretariat after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
The Election Commission is preparing to hold the 11th parliamentary election in December.
Earlier, the parliamentary standing committee on the public administration ministry recommended increasing the age limit for entering public services to 35 years from 30 years now and the retirement age to 65 years from 59 years now.
The government last raised the age limit for job seekers and the public servants’ retirement age in 2011.
In the light of the committee’s recommendations, the government was working to increase age ceilings for both entry and retirement in the public services, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told earlier.
On Nov 21 last year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the extension of retirement age for freedom fighters in government services to 60 years.
Government job aspirants then demanded increasing the age limit for entry to public services.
Besides, students and jobseekers demonstrated for weeks demanding the government raise the age limit for the public services, apart from reforms to the quota system.
Private banks did not want to recruit a candidate with more than 30 years of age in accordance with government rules, squeezing their job opportunities, they argued.