To retain the talent pool of health specialists in Central Health Service (CHS), the Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to raise the retirement age of doctors from 62 to 65 years.
During a recent rally to mark the two years of the NDA government in Saharanpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the retirement age of doctors would be raised.
The move will help improve patient care and academic activities, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the Cabinet meeting. There are about 4,000 doctors under the CHS.
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“The Union Cabinet has given its approval for enhancement of the age of superannuation of non-teaching and public health specialists of CHS from 62 years to 65 years and doctors of General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of CHS to 65 years,” an official statement said.
The government said this move would not have any financial implication as the vacant posts had to be filled up quickly to ensure continuity of patient care.
The age of superannuation in respect of all four sub-cadres of CHS — teaching, non-teaching, public health and GDMO — was 60 years prior to 2006.