Guided by the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2016, the Nagaland government decided to increase the retirement age of all medical doctors, including AYUSH and dental doctors, from 60 to 62 years of age through re-employment as a consultant, senior consultant and specialist to work in the hospitals and clinics, officials said here on Friday. After getting the pressure from the doctors agitating under the banner of the Nagaland Inservice Doctors Association, the Nagaland Cabinet decided to raise the retirement age to 62 from 60.
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Government have also decided to create 60 new posts, including one of director, one of medical superintendent, six of professors, 22 of associate professors and 25 of tutors or senior residents, for the medical college at Kohima.
The cabinet added that the medical officers who want to work in the Government Hospitals or teaching hospitals, will be allowed to do so up to 62 years and 70 years respectively.
An official of the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said that the state cabinet took the decision on Thursday guided by the pronouncement made by the Prime Minister at Saharanpur on May 26, 2016, and the decisions taken by the Central Government subsequently.
The cabinet added that the medical officers who want to work in the Government Hospitals or teaching hospitals, will be allowed to do so up to 62 years and 70 years respectivelyThe Central Government had issued an order on May 31, 2016 enhancing the age of superannuation of various categories of medical officers of the Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years, the official said.
The CMO official said that the willing superannuating medical officers opting for the extension will be allowed to join without interview but will be screened for physical fitness etc.
The Nagaland In-Service Doctors Association (NIDA) recently announced a three-day 'mass casual leave agitation from April 18 demanding an increase in superannuation age.
However, the stir was postponed following the meeting between Chief Secretary J. Alam and NIDA leaders and subsequent government's appeal.
The council of ministers in its meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, also decided to create 60 new posts, including one post of director, one post of medical superintendent, 6 posts of professor, 22 posts of Associate Professor and 25 posts of tutors and senior Residents for the Medical College at Kohima.