Nagpur: In a big relief to over 3,000 doctors in the state’s public health department and the Employees State Insurance Scheme (ESIS), the government has increased the retirement age from 58 to 60 years for next five years till 2023.
A GR in this connection was issued on Thursday by the public health department (PHD). “The increase in age stands to benefit doctors drawing grade ‘A’ pay (Rs5,400). Doctors in both urban and rural sectors stand to benefit from this decision till 2023,” said Dr Sanjeev Kamble, who heads the directorate of health services in Maharashtra.
The scheme covers doctors ranging from the post of medical officer, district health officer, deputy director, medical superintendents, civil surgeons, assistant directors etc. This will also help to minimize the vacant posts in various cadres.
Till recently, doctors in health department and ESIS were very confused about their fate as some of them had crossed the retirement age in May this year. Some had received the continuation letters while many others had not. As per the earlier GR dated May 31, 2015, the retirement age was increased from 58 to 60 years temporarily for three years, up to May 31, 2018. But government had retired doctors between the age of 58 to 60 years leading to a big discontent among them. Some had decided to even approach the court.
Dr Rajesh Gaikwad, president of Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (Magmo) in state, welcomed the new decision by the government. “It was a much-needed and long-pending decision. We are happy that it will benefit thousands of doctors. Unfortunately, it has been restricted to 2023. The age limit should have been increased to 62,” he said.