What kind of logic is this – People are unfit to be clerks in Government offices after 60 years (of age), but they can become MLA’s, MP’s, CM, President and Prime Minister at any age. Most of our politicians are aged over 60 years!
I am not here to argue that people should not become a politician after 60. But, as a leader of the people, don’t they have an obligation to set an example for others to follow?
- Introduce a retirement age for politicians, which is same as the retirement age of all Government employees (or)
- Take away the mandatory retirement age for people in Government/private offices
Making people retire compulsorily after a certain age is age-discrimination. I am not saying that people are fit to do any type of job at any age. But, how can a specific age be used to determine what one is able to do/not able to do?
Don’t we see people over 60 who are very much fit and can work for a few more years? Don’t we see people at 50 who are not able to work to their full potential? So, obviously age cannot be a factor in determining retirement. It has to be handled on an individual case-to-case basis.
In fact, the concept of compulsory retirement based on age is unlawful in many countries like the US, Australia (except for certain physically demanding positions like military), etc. Even countries like UK and Canada (where the retirement age is 65), are banning legislations that mandate retirement based on a specific age.
This mandatory retirement age is also present is private companies. I think it’s around 60 in most big companies, but it seems that private companies can set their own retirement age. Some employers keep people even after their official retirement age (sometimes on contract or sometimes with strange designations like Associate VP, etc), but this is not always the case.
I feel that retirement should be voluntary. People should themselves take the decision (based on their health conditions, financial stability, inability to work, etc). Maybe they can even be reallocated to some other department that is physically/mentally less taxing. But what’s the point of sending them out after 60? Will other companies hire anyone at that age (assuming people want to work for a few more years)?
Also, don’t you think 60 is too early? Shouldn’t the retirement age be at least 65(if there should be a mandatory retirement age), considering that average life expectancy keeps increasing with every passing generation?
What do you people think about the mandatory retirement age?