VIJAYAWADA: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed three Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) filed by the employees of AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) seeking an increase in the retirement age from 58 years to 60 years, in accordance with the G.O.Ms. No. 138, issued by the State government on August 8, 2017. As per the GO, the government approved to raise the retirement age of APSRTC.
Following the Corporation’s rejection of the plea of employees to enhance their retirement age to 60 years, employees knocked the doors of the Supreme Court in June. It may be recalled that the State government had, in 2014, increased the retirement age of government employees to 60 years.
However, the APSRTC rejected the suggestion citing financial crisis and high level of physical fitness required for the employees performing strenuous duties in the transport field.
Speaking to TNIE, National Mazdoor Union (NMU) State president Ch Chandraiah said that employees were playing a vital role in running the Corporation successfully.
“How can the RTC board scrap the decision taken by the government in favour of employees,’’ he questioned. “A representation will be submitted to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Transport Minister K Atchannaidu over the retirement age limit to protect the interests of the employees,” he said.
“Those willing to work should be allowed to retire at 60 years and those opting for retirement should be provided all the necessary benefits like pension etc,” Chandraiah added.