"The order was issued recently by the under-secretary of the Labour Department. Doctors working in ESI hospitals, Goa Medical College and Hospital besides various other government institutions would benefit from the order," said state Labour Commissioner Jayant Tari. Among those who will benefit reportedly is the brother of deputy chief minister Manohar Ajgaonkar.
The Dy CM's brother, Dr Shrikant, is employed in the ESI hospital in South Goa. "We have taken cognisance of media reports that the extension will benefit the minister's brother. We have asked for details of the case. We are against the government extending retirement age in any of its services," said Prashant Devidas, president of the Goa Government Employees Association (GGEA).
(With inputs from agencies.)