: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Saturday that a decision to raise the pension age would be made only after taking into confidence the younger generation as the State had large numbers of educated unemployed.

Inaugurating a public meeting in connection with the State meet of the Non-Gazetted Officers Association, he said there were 40 lakh people in the unemployment list.

Workers’ rights

The government was committed to protecting the rights of the employed, he said adding that on November 1, the Right to Service Act would come into force in the State. Modernisation and computerisation of government offices were done with the aim of reducing the work load of the employees and timely delivery of services to the people.

Mr. Chandy said the Union government and several States had already implemented the contributory pension scheme. New schemes were introduced by the government with the aim of helping the public and those categories for whom it was meant, he said.

The Chief Minister delivered the inaugural address through video-conferencing. Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan formally inaugurated the function.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said the government would not stand against the decisions taken by the NGO Association for the welfare of officers.

The State meet will conclude on Sunday.