Hyderabad: A post claiming that the Uttar Pradesh government will ask all employees aged 50 years and above to retire is being widely shared on social media. These guidelines have been issued to all the departments, it is being claimed.
The claim is misleading.
NewsMeter found that a news report posted by the Twitter handle of Awadhbhoomi news is being quoted by those making the claims. According to the report, the UP government will retire employees who have crossed the age of 50 years.
The report was published on Avadhbhumi's website on 8 September 2021.
We then performed a keyword search which led us to a report by Dainik Jagran published on 8 September. It said that the order pertains to the process of retrenchment of tainted and corrupt policemen.
The report was titled "UP Police: Retrenchment of tainted, corrupt policemen in UP, order to start screening" (translated). According to the report, the DGP headquarters has been directed to conduct screening of rejected policemen in all the districts. Orders have been given to start screening tainted policemen aged 50 years and above for compulsory retirement. Under the zero-tolerance policy of the Yogi government, tainted policemen have been shown the way out in the past. Earlier, three IPS officers were also given compulsory retirement. The details of the screening should be sent to the DGP headquarters by 30 November, the report said.
We found a similar report published by Navbharat Times on 9 September. It said that once again the UP police department has started the process of forcibly retiring tainted policemen aged 50 years and above. The DGP headquarters has directed the police in charge of all the districts, including the four commissionerates, and the in-charges of the units to prepare a list of such policemen and send them to the headquarters by 30 November.
A video report by ABP News published on 8 September also reported that the UP government is taking strict action against corrupt and tainted police officers who are above 50 years.
It is evident that the claim made through the viral post is misleading. The UP government has issued orders to screen tainted policemen aged 50 years and above for compulsory retirement.