New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the retirement age for central and state government doctors will be increased to 65 years. Addressing a huge rally at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, as part of 2-year celebrations of his government, PM Modi supposed that the Cabinet will soon endorse the decision. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday accepted raising of the retirement age of central government doctors to 65 years, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad conveyed on Wednesday. The retirement age of non-teaching and public health specialists of the Central Government Health Services will also be 65 years. ‘Keeping in mind the lack of doctors, a decision has been taken to increase the retirement age of doctors from 62 years to 65 years,’ Prasad said. An official statement later said that: ‘The decision will help in better patient care, proper academic activities in government medical colleges and effective completion of the National Health Programmes for delivery of healthcare services.
The government claimed there will be no financial implication of the increase in retirement age. The Cabinet decision comes in the stir of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s declaration in this regard at a rally in Uttar Pradesh last month. A statement from the Health Ministry on May 31 conveyed the proposal had been accepted and would be valid from May 31. The retirement age with respect to all four sub-cadres of Central Health Services was 60 years prior to 2006. In 2006, the age of retirement for three specialists sub-cadres (teaching, non-teaching and public health), apart from general duty medical officer sub-cadre, was improved from 60 to 62 years. The retirement age of teaching sub-cadre was further amplified to 65 years in 2008 in vision of a huge shortfall of teaching specialists. The approval was incomplete to teaching specialists engaged in teaching activities only and not occupying administrative positions.