Reeling under acute shortage of doctors, the Haryana government has decided to increase their retirement age in the state from 58 to 65 years. The decision was taken after a meeting between Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Health Minister Anil Vij along with officials of the health department.
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The state government, earlier this year, had sent a proposal to the Centre for enhancing the retirement age of doctors to 62. However, after the Centre decided to increase the retirement age of doctors to 65 years, a similar proposal was mooted by Haryana. The demand was also raised by the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association(HCMSA). The members even went on a strike to press for their demand and had even threatened to go on a stir again if the government does not take a decision.
Talking to The Indian Express, Vij said, “The state government has decided to increase the retirement age of doctors to 65 keeping in view the shortage. The doctors working on administrative positions will retire at 58 years. If they want to continue with their service, they will be given the option of joining a health institution so that more doctors are available to the public. It has been further decided that the ACRs of these senior doctors will be written by the Health Minister and Additional Chief Secretary, Health.”
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Vij further said that in the past five years around 270 doctors have retired. “They would also be given a chance to apply for re-employment. The financial implications of the proposal will be worked out,” Vij added.
Amid this development, the doctors association has decided to go ahead with their call for a mass casual leave on October 25 and an indefinite strike from October 26 onwards if all their demands are not met.
“We welcome the decision of the government to increase the retirement age. The benefits will be known only after the government issues a notification. There are other demands as well that we had raised with the government and want them fulfilled.”