Cabinet rejected proposal to increase retirement age of FF govt employees to 65

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Dhaka, Jan 18: The cabinet on Monday turned down a proposal of the liberation war affairs ministry which recommended for increasing the retirement age of freedom fighters (FF), who are in government service, to 65 years.

The move meant that the retirement age for the freedom fighters, who are in government service, is at 60 years.

The proposal was rejected at a regular cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in chair.

Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed media after the meeting.

Following a writ petition, the High Court on January 14 ordered the secretaries to the ministries of public administration, liberation war affairs, and law to place before the cabinet the proposal in 60 days for increasing the freedom fighters` retirement age from 57 to 65.

The government challenged the HC verdict, which the Supreme Court upheld on January 17.

The apex court, however, said the government can take any decision for increasing retirement age of the freedom fighters. The government has already increased freedom fighters` retirement age to 60 years.

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