Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said members who were retiring from the Rajya Sabha should continue working in the fields that interested them the most and for the nation.

Modi made the remarks at a function in honour of the retiring members of the Rajya Sabha, according to a PMO release.

The prime minister observed that "people with such experience and capabilities can never retire and should always continue to work in the field which interests them the most, for the benefit of the nation".

He gave the examples of late former president APJ Abdul Kalam and former British prime minister John Major.

Twelve elected and five nominated members are retiring in March and April. Two nominated members HK Dua and Ashok S Ganguly retired in November last year.

The nominated members who will retire this month are Mani Shankar Aiyar, Javed Akhtar, B. Jayashree, Mrinal Miri and Bhalchandra Mungekar.