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Published on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 20:00
Although civil servants are required to retire at the age of 60, the government will continue to keep some on because of a skills shortage in the country, but it will categorise them as technicians rather than advisors, President’s Office Minister Soe Maung told the parliament yesterday.
Soe Maung was responding to a question from MP Aye Mauk (Mahlaing constituency, Mandalay Region) who asked if the government planned to retire officials who had reached 60 years of age and hire new staff to fill the vacant positions.
Soe Maung said that although some government staff who had reached 60 had been reassigned as advisors this was only done after a request was submitted to the President’s Office and it was approved by the Cabinet. Civil servants over 60 are kept on because they could not be replaced or were necessary for other reasons, the minister said.
“In some ministries, a government official is trained to do the duties of the next two higher levels as well as the two levels below,” Soe Maung explained.
“The government will promote [candidates] from the younger generation if they are qualified,” he added.
He did not, however, say when the government would announce vacant positions or when it would recategorise advisors as technicians.
Although the law stipulates that government staff retire at the age of 60, some have been reassigned as advisors if a replacement with the proper education cannot be found, MP Htay U told a press at parliament.