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Arunachal Govt raises docs� retirement age

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, July 15 - Arunachal Pradesh Government has raised the retirement age of government doctors including medical specialists and general duty medical officers (GDMOs) to 62 years from existing 58 years.

�Pursuant to the decision of the Cabinet on June 30, Arunachal Governor is pleased to enhance the age of superannuation of Specialists and General Duty Medical Officers of Arunachal Pradesh Health Services to 62 years with immediate effect,� said an official order.

�This (raising of superannuation age of doctors) has been done in keeping with the PM�s special announcement for enhancing the age of superannuation of all doctors of the Central Health Services to 65 years with effect from May 31 last,� said a communique from CM�s Office.

It is widely understood that the learning curve of the doctors increases with age and their knowledge and experience keeps growing as they grow older. Also with the coming up of the Medical College in the State, there would be a need for experienced doctors.

With the enhancement of doctors� retirement age, it would have no impact on the intake of doctors and the question of blockage at entry grade does not arise. Moreover, it would not in the least affect employment in the State or pose any problem to unemployed doctors, the communique added, citing that there is huge shortfall of doctors all over the State.

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