Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday announced that Central Civil Service Rules will be implemented for all employees under Chandigarh Administration.
This decision invited sharp criticism from Punjab leaders who, cutting across party lines, termed it “an encroachment on Punjab’s rights”.
So far, the UT employees were covered under Punjab Civil services rules. Shah said that the decision will be notified Monday. With this announcement, not only all employees will get the pay scale under the Central service rules but also this will enhance the retirement age from 58 to 60 years.
Also, as per the new rules, now all women employees will get child care leave of two years instead of one year.
Shah said, “I want to give this piece of good news to employees of Chandigarh Administration. It has been decided that from today itself, their services will be aligned with Central civil service rules. This will benefit a lot, like the increase in the retirement age from 58 to 60. Those with education department, their retirement age will enhance to 65. Also, the child care leave will be enhanced to two years instead of existing one year for women employees.”
He added, “This demand had been raised for a long time and this decision has been taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The notification of the same will come on Monday.”
The decision will come into force from the new financial year, that is April 1.
Shah was in the city to inaugurate several projects when he made this announcement.