Friday, October 12, 2007

Space, atomic energy department chiefs retirement age increased to 66

The union cabinet Thursday gave the go-ahead for a four-year extension in service to the chairman of the Space Commission, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the secretary, Department of Space and Atomic Energy, from the present age of 62 to 66.The cabinet would make the necessary amendment soon, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters.The extension is in the interest of the public and would ensure effective implementation of the plans and programmes of vital national importance in the field of space application and atomic energy, he said.The cabinet also approved rewarding scientists and engineers for excellence, enhancing their housing facilities, and giving them the necessary promotions as a means to encourage them.'The approved career attractions will benefit the Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy to attract and thereafter retain scientists and engineers,' the cabinet said.