Enhance upper age limit of APST candidates to 37 years: AAPSU

Enhance upper age limit of APST candidates to 37 years: AAPSU


ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has demanded for enhancement of upper age limit for APST candidates applying for any government job, from existing 35 years to 37 years “in consequence with the enhancement of government employees’ retirement age from 58 to 60 years.

Addressing a hurriedly convened press conference here this afternoon, AAPSU general secretary Tobom Dai said, “This (enhancement of upper age limit) will give a semblance of rationality even if not fully considering the emerging increase of educated unemployed youths in the State.”

“Due to increase of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, many educated unemployed youths will be phasing out and will not be able to qualify for sitting in the competitive examinations due to age factors after attaining the age of 35 years and above. Therefore, the upper age limit for qualifying in every competitive examination should be increased from 35 to 37 years of age,” the AAPSU maintained.

The union also appealed for implementation of Fundamental Rules 56 (j) in letter and spirit whereby the appropriate authority shall have the absolute right to retire any government servant(s) in the interest of public.

“It should be implemented on the following categories of employees: If he is, in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ or Group ‘C’ or Group ‘D’ service or post in a substantive post, quasi-permanent or temporary capacity and had entered government service before attaining the age of 37 years, after he has attained the age of 45 years,” and, “in any other case he has attained the age of fifty years of age. The government servants who are inefficient – mentally and physically or who are involved in dereliction of duty owing to gross misconduct involving in corruption and moral turpitude should be given compulsory retirement subject to three months of prior notice.”

In this regard, Dai said the union had a meeting with Chief Secretary recently where he (CS) assured to look into the matter positively.

Regarding the vexed Chakma-Hajong issue, the AAPSU general secretary informed that the apex student organization shall participate in the meeting with State and Central Govts on January 4 at New Delhi.

“We want this issue to be solved through talks and dialogue,” he said.

Dai also requested the State Govt to immediately constitute the State Level Committee so that there is no communication gap among them.

“Everyone should equally raise the voice against Chakma & Hajongs but it should be in coordinated effort and not by denouncing each other,” he said while referring to press statements given by various DSUs on the issue.

Meanwhile, the union informed that they are in close coordination with the State Govt to streamline the education and health sectors.

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