Lucknow, July 8: Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government is planning to give a “compulsory retirement” to employees aged 50 years and above if they are found neglecting their duties. “You all (departmental heads) should complete screening of all employees above 50 years of age for compulsory retirement by July 31. For considering 50 years of age, the cut-off date will be March 31, 2018,” a government order issued by additional chief secretary Mukul Singhal read. It also said that according to rules, any government employee — whether temporary or permanent — can opt for retirement. Also Read - Flight Services From Ayodhya International Airport Expected to Start Early Next Year

However, the order has not gone down well with around 16 lakh state employees, with the president of UP Secretariat Employees’ Association Yadavendra Mishra saying that such attempts are aimed at harassing employees. “It will not be tolerated,” he said, adding that a meeting would be held in Lucknow on Monday to discuss the order and decide the future course of action. It is expected that over 4 lakh such employees working in various state government departments would qualify for such screening and a detailed report of their work and performance would be submitted by July 31. Also Read - In Poll-Bound Bengal, Yogi Raises Love Jihad and Cow Slaughter Issues, Attacks Mamata Banerjee

While such orders have been in vogue since 1986, the same was not being implemented in its spirit by several departments, said officials. Also Read - He Shot My Father in Chest & Back: Video Shows Hathras Sexual Assault Victim Begging For Justice After Dad Killed by Harasser

The order, dated July 6, has been marked to the additional chief secretary, principal secretaries and secretaries in the government. Quoting original Rule 56 of the Finance Handbook, the order stated that the appointing authority, at any given time, can give retirement to temporary or permanent government employees by giving him notice after he attains 50 years of age. The time period of this notice will be three months.

It also quoted the order issued by the state personnel department on October 26, 1986, which while giving guidelines for the same, defined in detail the structure of the screening committee.

Following this, orders were passed in 1989, 2000 and 2007 as well for the implementation of the same. However, officials said the order was not being implemented by several departments and the screening committees were not meeting annually, as was the norm.

(With agency inputs)