Message Update: Nov. 30, 2013
1. The MOHFW still seeking time to respond to DADWA’S SLP in Supreme Court:
On 29-11-2013 DADWA’s SLP came up for hearing in Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. This was the date by which the MOHFW was to file its response to the notice of the Court w.r.t. our SLP having failed to do so within a month earlier. DADWA hopes that MOHFW has appreciated the genuine nature of the contents of the SLP and is in the process of resolving the issue once and for all so that the SLP achieves its objectives and thus rendered useless. CHS is one service and having different retirement ages in same service is discriminatory and unfair. We hope that additional time sought by MOHFW on 29-11-13 is for a positive reason.
2. Does increase in retirement age hurt the interest of younger CHS/DHS Officers?
Some vested interests are spreading rumours that DADWA takes care of interest of its senior members only and ignores that of the younger lot. This is not true and DADWA appeals all its members to referain from such divisive thoughts. Aging and seniority are expected outcomes of every service doctor. No one can remain young and junior forever. Retirement age is linked to career earning of every one who enters the service and is linked direclty to the position one can reach during service that they belong. Generally one\\\\\\\'s salary is highest when one retires. At the fag-end of their career, C2C (Cost to the Company in MBA parlance) is around 50 lakhs per annum for each service doctors as was mentioned in one our earlier message updates a few months back.
3. There is progress in promotions of CHS doctors to SAG level as part of DACP and list of the next batch is getting ready. DADWA’s win in CAT that led to removal of ‘Notional’ clause from such promotions would ensure that they do not suffer financially. Our best wishes are with them and we hope that new year 2014 will give them this bonanza. We learn that GNCTD has also started an exercise to provide time-bound promotions to the DHS doctors on same lines as CHS. DADWA hopes that the exercise itself will be time-bound and issues regarding seniority and creation of civil list will be sorted out well in time.
4. The Seventh PAY COMMISSION:
Govt. of India on 29-9-13 announced its decision about 7th Pay Commission but with elections round the corner, and government facing high spending, rising fiscal deficit and inflation it will be interesting to watch that service doctors do not just get wages in terms of falling Rupee. It is important that all our members get increase in their purchasing power with time and emoluments are insulated from inflation through suitable mechanism. All associations have to join hands and make a case for the basic MBBS Doctor and his/her career progression in service. If an MBBS doctor gets his/her dues, the rest will get the benefits automatically. The MBBS have to compare themselves with MBAS (the MBA’s). Even though there is a difference of just an ‘A’ their career earnings are higher despite a lower job responsibility. No doubt, the brightest among our youngsters avoid getting into the medical profession. Hope the watchdogs of the professions are watching. Wake up IMA, MCI and the mandarins in MOHFW!
5. In our fight to get HAG under NFU Scheme of 6PC Hon’ble CAT on 4-10-13 delivered an order that has disappointed us as well as our lawyers equally. Even though Hon’ble CAT had quashed the letter of DOPT, the order contradicts itself and goes on to say that ‘the issues involved need to be deliberated upon by a Joint Secretary level officer’. On advice of our advocates DADWA is of the view that this order is weak in law and should be challenged in Delhi High Court subject to ratification by our executive committee. We are likely to file a case in this regard in Delhi High Court depending on our fiscal situation as one expenditure is already in hand in form of SLP in Supreme Court.
6. The time and money spent by DADWA in various courts so far, you all might agree, is an investment into the future. The legal corpus however needs to be replenished as it gets depleted in the Supreme Court faster than any other court. DADWA appeals again to all those who are yet to contribute to pay at least Rs.5000/- by those who have completed 20 years of service and rest Rs.1000/- by cheque. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by all our members so far and those who exceeded our expectations and sent cheques of Rs.10,000 or more.
-Dr. Vijay Rai, Secretary DADWA
PS: *Members may contribute to DADWA’s legal corpus by cheque payable to “Delhi Admn. Doctors’ Welfare Association” and send it to the treasurer “Dr. B.K. Dey, 45, Harit Niketan, West Enclave, Pitampura, Delhi -110034” (Mobile-9999882644)