Patna, Feb. 14: The high court today increased the superannuating age of doctors having postgraduate degrees but retired on or after January 28, 2011 to 65 years from 62.
The court also ordered that all these doctors be taken back in service.
Allowing petitions moved by a group of aggrieved doctor, a bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi in its order said: “All the petitioners (doctors) shall be taken back in service if they have postgraduate degrees and have retired on and after January 28, 2011. They will be treated to be in service till the superannuating age, which has been fixed at 65 years. They will be entitled to all benefits of service, including salary.”
The court, however, did not give the same benefits to doctors having MBBS degree.
It passed the judgment on a petition filed by Radha Krishna Choudhary and some other analogous petitions seeking enhancement of superannuating age from 62 to 65 on the lines of Indira Gandhi Institute of Cardiology (IGIC) doctors.
The petitioners submitted that the IGIC doctors’ superannuating age was raised on January 28, 2011, whereas the retirement age for doctors of health services cadre had been enhanced on December 22 last year.
The state cabinet had on December 3, 2011 enhanced the superannuating age of doctors of Bihar Health Services cadre (allopathic) and medics practising ayurveda, homoeopathy and unani.
The cabinet’s decision had benefited about 2,500 allopathic doctors and about 800 practising ayurveda, homoeopathy and unani. The decision had come into effect from December 22 the same year.
There are 8,281 sanctioned posts of doctors in the state, against which only 25,00 doctors are at present working. Officials said the government needed to make the offer most attractive so that the vacant posts could be filled up.
Welcoming the court judgment, Bihar Health Services Association general secretary Dr Ajay Kumar urged the government to extend the benefit of 65 years of retirement age to medics with MBBS degree who have retired since January 28, 2011.