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7th Pay Commission Latest: Finally Discrimination Ends for LAKHS of Employees

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

As per Delhi high court order, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has ended the discriminatory policy and fixed the retirement age of all CAPF personnel at 60 years.  

Since years, the personnel of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) has been the victims of discriminatory practice on retirement policy where over 9 lakh personnel are involved across the country. 

Some of these were allowed to retire at 60, while the others were ordered to retire at the age of 57. The matter was debated in the Delhi high court since long, which finally had directed the central government end this anomaly soon.  

As per the report, the retirement age of all CAPFs' personnel will be made uniform at 60 as per the direction of the Delhi high court. This long-pending debate to remove the age anomaly in retirement has finally been implemented by the government this week. The Home Ministry had ordered the issue on Monday this week and fixed the retirement age of all CAPF personnel at 60 years.  

What will be the new Rule? 

As per the order of Home Ministry - the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Sashastra Seema Bal will superannuate at the age of 60, instead of 57 years for certain rank of officials. 

The ministry's order also directed all the forces to "comply with the court order and amend provisions of rules." 

In January, the Delhi high court had called the policy of different retiring ages for CAPFs personnel as "discriminatory and unconstitutional". The court had observed that such practice created two classes in the uniformed forces.  

The high court also noted that 7th Pay Commission, which has been examining the issue since long, has favored a hike in the retirement age of the commandant and below ranks in the three CAPFs. 

What was there in the previous policy? 

The personnel in the Central Industrial Security Force and the Assam Rifles were allowed to retire at the age of 60 as per the previous policy. However, in CRPF, BSF, ITBP, and SSB, personnel from the ranks of constable to commandant had to retire at the age of 57, while those above them could superannuate at the age of 60.  

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