Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has increased the retirement age for doctors to 65 years. Doctors retire from service at 62 currently. Rajasthan chief minister Vashundhara Raje gave her approval to a proposal in this regard on Friday.
A senior finance department officer said that an amendment will be made to Rajasthan Service Rules for the proposal to come into effect. Doctors aged above 62 years won’t be given any administrative post, according to the proposal. They would provide their specialist services to strengthen the medical and health facilities in the state.
The central government has already increased the retirement age to 65 years for doctors. The same proposal was under consideration of the Rajasthan government for a long time. The finance department had in fact submitted the proposal thrice to the chief minister office for approval in the past. It finally got the CM’s nod on Friday.
Once the proposal comes into effect, more experienced doctors will be available at government hospitals in the state. However, it may affect the career of newly graduated MBBS students. Nearly 1800 students graduate from various medical colleges in Rajasthan every year.
“It is indeed a good decision. The state is already grappling with the problem of the shortage of experienced and specialized doctors. The doctors were to retire at 62 will be able to provide their services at government hospitals for three more years,” said the officer.
First published: March 24, 2018