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Local media reported on Friday, ISLAMABAD, June 14 Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Ministry of Finance to find ways to revise the service structure of civil servants by increasing the retirement age of competent officials and early retirement of dead wood.

According to the current service structure, the superannuation age of Pakistani civil servants is 60 years old, and it is believed that there is room for enhancing the retirement age by at least three years with an average life expectancy of 69 years in the country.

All civil servants retire at 60 regardless of their performance in their respective departments, unlike the country’s armed forces where an officer or soldier has to retire if he fails to get a promotion, based on performance.

He wants the ministry to evaluate legal, financial and administrative implications of increasing the age of retirement and early retirement after due consultation with concerned departments.

Hence, the finance ministry has asked for more time from the PM Office to review the proposal that will bring drastic financial and administrative implications.

“The prime minister has been pleased to desire that the finance secretary will hold consultations with the Establishment Division and the finance departments of the governments of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to evaluate legal, financial, and administrative implications of increasing the age of retirement and early retirement,”.

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Notably, any change in the retirement age limit would be possible only after amendment in the Civil Service Act of 1973, The government lacks a majority in the Senate to get any bill passed.

The idea of restructuring the civil service was initially floated by the Task Force on Institutional Reforms, working under the prime minister, as they believe that there is a need to increase the superannuation age as the minimum age to enter civil service has been increased from 28 years to 30 years by the previous government.

The opponents of the increase in superannuation age said that the move would increase unemployment in the country due to the growing young population.

It is not for the first time that a government has proposed increasing the retirement age in the country. Earlier, the Pakistan Peoples Party government also reviewed the possibility but eventually dropped the plan.