Declaring the decision increasing the retirement age of freedom fighters in government jobs to 60 illegal, the High Court on Wednesday said the age limit should have been 61.
Following a writ petition filed challenging the legality of fixing 60 years as the retirement age of freedom fighters in public service, an HC bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq also thinks that the government will provide all the facilities to freedom fighter government servants till 61.
In its observation, the court said when the retirement age of all public servants was 57, the freedom fighters were honoured by increasing the age limit to 59.
However, when the retirement age limit of all employees was increased to 59, that of freedom fighters was increased by only one year which actually defamed them.
In 2009, the government amended the Public Servants (Retirement) Act raising the retirement age limit of the freedom fighters in government jobs from 57 to 59 years.
In 2012, another amendment was brought to the law increasing the retirement age limit of all public servants from 57 to 59 years and later the freedom fighters’ retirement age was increased to 60 years from 59.unb