Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, made an announcement that the government is going to increase the retirement age for university and college teachers to 62 years and their names will also be included within the health scheme. She also announced that a new university would come up near Visva Bharathi University which is located in Shantiniketan. The name of the university will be Biswa Bangla University.
She also said that besides increasing the retirement age for teachers of colleges and universities, the government would also include their names in West Bengal Health Scheme. Not only teachers but also their family members can also avail the benefits of the health scheme.
She further added that the government would provide up to Rs. 5 lakh health insurance to part-time and contractual staff working in various government-aided colleges and universities. These teachers will provide health insurance under Swasthya Sathi scheme.
In the year 2015, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandra Babu Naidu also increased the retirement age of all the school teachers to 60 years from the earlier 58 years. His decision was criticised by most of the teachers as they claimed that it is hard to work for 8-9 hours per day. The government also cancelled pensions for government teachers and other job holders after the retirement. However, all the teachers continued to get medical benefits after the retirement.