LDF nod to raise Medical Teachers’ Retirement Age

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LDF nod to raise Medical Teachers’ Retirement Age

State committee of LDF arrives at broad consensus.

The State committee of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala has arrived at a broad consensus on the proposal to raise the retirement age of government medical college teachers to 60 years.

The LDF committee, which met here on Thursday, was broadly of the view that the retirement age of government medical college teachers must be raised in view of the acute shortage of experienced hands being experienced now.

Although the Communist Party of India (CPI) representatives to the meeting expressed their reservations about the proposal, they too generally concurred with the arguments for raising the retirement age and promised to communicate their party’s stand to the front leadership within the coming few days.

The Health Department’s proposal was to peg the retirement age at 65 years, but this did not find favour with the committee.

The committee did not also accept the proposal for raising the retirement age of teachers in arts and science colleges as part of the implementation of the University Grants Commission scheme in the State.

The committee spent a fairly long time discussing the related proposals, but could not see any reason to accede to the government’s request for raising the teachers’ retirement age when a large number of persons were waiting for employment. Opposition to the proposal came mainly from the CPI and the Revolutionary Socialist Party representatives.

The LDF panel was also broadly in favour of the private bus operators’ demand for a hike in bus fares.