Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 26:
The Opposition Congress and BJP today cried foul over the Odisha government’s announcement on raising the retirement age of its employees from 58 to 60 without taking the state Assembly into confidence.
Both the parties, which welcomed the decision, said the government should honour the fact that the Assembly is in session and respect both law and good practices
“The state government has insulted the Odisha Assembly by making such announcement outside the House. As per the practice, the government should make announcement of any policy decision in the House when it is in session,” Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said in a statement.
“The government has violated the rules by announcing the raise in the retirement age of government employees. The government should take the Assembly, which is in session, into confidence,” said BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma in a release. He also questioned the ‘hurried’ move of government, which has been done without amending the service code.
Sharma said that while the poll code is in force for the municipal elections, the announcement has dragged the matter into controversy.