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Public servants can opt to retire at 55 – Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon

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Any public servant who wishes to retire upon reaching 55 years, can do so from January 1, Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon told Parliament. He was responding to a question raised by Jathika Jana Balawegaya Gampaha District MP Vijitha Herath.

Herath requested a statement on the decision to raise the retirement age of public servants to 65 next month as there was uncertainty.

He also said that although it has been decided to increase the maximum retirement age for public servants to 65, there is information to suggest that steps are being taken to reduce it to sixty three.

Tennakoon also noted that that 53,000 graduates have been recruited into the public service as Development Officers and steps have been taken to confirm these graduates from January 1, 2022. The Minister pointed out that it was a victory for the government to be able to maintain the state machinery in the country in spite of the pandemic situation in 2021. He also pointed out that examinations for the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, the Accountancy Service and the Engineering Service were held to recruit new officers and the public sector was empowered by expanding the staff.

The Minister further stated that the rural development activities were able to be carried out in a manner similar to the developed countries in rescuing the country from the COVID plague due to the commitment of the officials.

“With regard to the current teacher crisis in the public service, action has been taken through the Budget to eliminate salary anomalies as well”, he said.

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