Uttar Pradesh government has announced screening of employees aged 50 years and above for “compulsory retirement” if they fail the performance test. Yogi Adityanath’s government will be evaluating the performance of its employees and will ask underperformers to retire. Over 4 lakh employees in various state government departments will qualify for the screening.
In an order, all additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries and secretaries have been asked to screen the performance of staff who are 50 and above and submit the list by July-end.
The screening test is mandatory for all government employees who have crossed the age of 50 years. Punctuality and timely disposal of work are some of the criteria the staff would be measured against. Based on the ratings, department heads would recommend names for compulsory retirement.
The decision to sack underperformers has not gone down well with the employees, as Yadavendra Mishra, president of UP Secretariat Employees’ Association says that such attempts are aimed at harassing employees.”It will not be tolerated,” he says.
The service handbook says a government employee above the age of 50 can be retired compulsorily after a three-month notice.