I was shocked, to say the least, when I read the latest circular from JPA saying that for all those approved for optional retirement as of 1 February 2010 (that includes me) will only be paid 20% of the gratuity they are supposed to get on retirement.
It is unfair! Why should we be treated this way so suddenly? I have made plans to effectively use the money on my retirement.
My HQ has sent my application for optional retirement on 18 January 2010 as it is according to JPA's SOP to only send the letter 6 months before the date, not more.
I hope and pray that my application will be approved before 1 February! They told me that they have gone through my application.
I will not change my mind though.