A note from the CM to pep up retirees
Retirement is not the end of the road for anyone who pursues an active career. A more exciting life and a world of opportunities await the post-retirement life of a government employee, reminds Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Mr. Vijayan sent letters to 20,000 employees who retired in June, stricking a personal chord by exhorting them to be part of the reconstruction activities initiated by the government — perhaps a first-of-its-kind attempt by a Chief Minister to deploy the talent and experience pool that would otherwise turn indolent for want of opportunities. The letter opens with an acknowledgement for the service the employee had rendered, admitting that the tenure could have been an amalgam of sweet and sour experiences. “You might have earned accolades and also drawn flak from your boss and also from the public. These are integral to a democracy, but by and large the people value your contributions,” the letter says. Mr. Vijayan reminds them that the highlight of their post-retirement life is the esteem earned while serving the people, which would be the foundation for a new life. The camaraderie that was in show at the time of last year’s deluge had taken the world by surprise. Government officials, labourers, youth, and children joined hands to rescue the marooned risking their lives, he says.
“Your experience, talent, and participation will become imperative when the State launches similar mass initiatives. Retirement is not the end, but only a start,” the letter says. Mr. Vijayan calls upon the retirees to look around and help build a new Kerala to improve the living conditions of people, giving importance to social welfare and ecological conservation. The letter concludes with a warm inquiry about the family members of the employee and an invitation to revert to the government with creative inputs.