RETIREMENT AGE for doctors in Haryana has been increased to 65 years, but with certain conditions. The state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Tuesday approved the revised retirement age and re-employment norms for the doctors. The decision was taken on the recommendations made by the committee of officers headed by Chief Secretary D S Dhesi.
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For doctors who are still in service, their retirement age will be increased from 58 years at present to 65 years for performing “only clinical duties.” The decision will be notified in the coming days.
On attaining the age of 58 years, “they will cease to hold administrative posts of Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Director, Additional Director-General, Director -General or any other equivalent post”.
Two months prior to attaining the age of 58 years, doctors shall be asked to apply for extension beyond 58 years and also indicate three hospitals of their choice in the order of preference for working in clinical capacity. The condition of two months will be applicable with effect from February 1, 2017. Doctors retiring on December 31 and January 31 may apply within three weeks of coming into force of this policy and the doctors retiring on November 30, 2016 may apply immediately on coming into force of this policy. The condition of two months will be relaxed by the government for “justifiable reasons.”
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In terms of re-employment, an offer will be made to the doctors who have already retired from Haryana Civil Medical Service (HCMS) and are below 65 years of age. The offer shall be “on the principle of last pay drawn minus pension for discharging only clinical duties in a hospital of their choice”.
Only those doctors, who are below 65 years of age and have at least one year remaining to attain 65 years on the date of filing application will be eligible for re-employment against vacancy.
Their pay would be notionally fixed in the revised pay scales after January 1,2016 and on that basis, their revised pension would be deducted from the revised pay and the remaining would be given to them as the salary. They would also get the benefit of DA as announced by the government from time to time. It would be admissible towards pension and revised salary. The Non Practicing Allowance will also be admissible on the revised pay.
On re-employment, such doctors shall suitably be redesignated such as Medical Consultants, Senior Consultants and Consultant Specialists, depending upon the educational degree one possesses.
In case a doctor does not wish to work in clinical capacity upon attaining the age of 58 years, he or she will have the option to seek voluntarily retirement at the age of 58 years with full pension.
In case a doctor expresses desire to continue beyond 58 years for performing clinical duties, their application will be examined by the office along with their service record and conduct of last 10 years. Extension beyond 58 years will be granted only if the service record of these years has been satisfactory, no chargesheet for major penalty is pending and integrity has never been doubtful. However, if a chargesheet for a major penalty is pending, the extension in service may be granted subject to outcome of the pending disciplinary proceedings.