Still young at 60; new retirement benchmark set at 65 years for many in government services

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Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minter of Law & Justice and Minster of Electronics and Information Technology of India announced on Wednesday, that the retirement age of central government doctors has been raised to 65 years.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minter of Law & Justice and Minster of Electronics and Information Technology of India announced on Wednesday, that the retirement age of central government doctors has been raised to 65 years.

As reported by Express Web Desk, the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by the Prime Minister earlier during the day. However, this is not applicable to the Central Health Service doctors.

The current retirement age for central government doctors is 60 years. This move is apparently aimed at containing the shortage of doctors. Earlier this year in July, the government had raised the retirement age of medical officers working in central armed forces like the CRPF and BSF to 65 years.

The superannuation age of specialist medical officers of the central armed police forces and Assam Rifles had also been increased from 60 to 65 years.

Terming the decision as people-centric and pro-patient, Union health minister J P Nadda said the move will address the problem of shortage of doctors in the country.“The decision will help utilise the services of experienced doctors. It will also help in retaining the existing strength of experienced doctors, thereby providing better patient care. This will also help in improving doctor-patient ratio in the country,” he said.

Nadda further added that the decision may not have much financial implications as large numbers of posts are lying vacant and the present incumbents would only continue to work in their existing capacity against sanctioned posts.

He also informed that around 1,445 doctors of various ministries and departments of the central government would be benefited.

The superannuation age of doctors working under AYUSH ministry, department of Defence (civilian doctors under Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service), department of Defence Production (Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service Medical Officers), dental doctors under ministry of Health and Railways and of doctors working in higher education and technical institutions under Department of Higher Education has been enhanced to 65 years, as reported by the Hindustan Times.

The Union Cabinet has also approved ex-post facto, the increase in retirement age of doctors working in central universities and IITs (autonomous bodies) under Department of Higher Education to 65 years.

It also approved enhancement of superannuation age of doctors in major port trusts under Ministry of Shipping.As per the decision, doctors shall hold administrative posts till attaining the age of 62 and thereafter they will work in non-administrative positions.

 

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