Opposing doctors’ retirement age of 65, JDAA demands fresh recruitment

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: The Junior Doctors’ Association of Arunachal (JDAA), in a letter, has sought of chief minister on three genuine issues raised by them, including opposition to increase superannuation age of Govt doctors from 62 to 65 years.

They advocated retirement of administrative doctors (non-clinicians) working under Arunachal Pradesh Health Service at 60 years, demanded retirement at age applicable now and fresh recruitment of medical officers (MOs) and junior specialists (JSs)  against existing vacancies.

Increasing the superannuation age will lead to job stagnation in the department to deny opportunities to junior and young doctors, the JDAA said to justify its demand.

“There are many MBBS and post graduate doctors in the state who are more than willing to join GoAP service, but there has been no recruitment of MOs and HSs since long. Thus, the move to increase retirement age will definitely delay recruitment process and create a backlog for creation of new posts,” it said, adding the doctors on the verge of retirement should not be posted on COVID-19 duty as per guidelines for which there is no justification to raise retirement age.

The doctors who are in administrative jobs and not involved in treatment in hospitals should be retired at 60 year like other GoAP employee, the JDAA said and urged the GoAP to rethink over the issue in greater interest of the state.


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