DADWA message update 28th May, 2016
THE PM RAISES RETIREMENT AGE OF DOCTORS UNIFORMLY TO 65 YEARS!
Hon’ble Prime Minister announced in a public gathering in UP on 26th May that his government would remove all anomalies in retirement age of service doctors who were being made to retire at different ages of 60, 62, 64, 65, 67 and 70 in various parts of the country. He announced that his cabinet would take a decision to fix it uniformly at 65 years for all doctors without prejudice. DADWA and all service doctors are indebted to him for doing so. It would not be proper not to mention the name of Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Tourism and Culture for batting for the doctors and making his colleagues aware of the implications.
This is notwithstanding the fact that DADWA’s SLP in Supreme Court had sought the same relief that the retirement age of doctors should be same and differential ages are discriminatory. We would try to seek relief for those who have retired while waiting for the verdict of Hon’ble Court in this regard in whatever way possible.
The announcement is victory of justice, victory of fairness and victory of doctors. The fact that the PM Modi announced it before the nation has given respect to the service doctors and we are grateful to him for this honor. We hope that his government would also remove the retrograde step of reduction of NPA of doctors by the 7th Pay Commission and its delinking from the basis even if for HRA and TA on transfer.
SERVICE DOCTORS RISE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR N.P.A.:
Non-practicing Pay erroneously called as Non-practicing Allowance has been the right of service doctors for ages and also a sore point for the bureaucracy. The latter refuses to acknowledge that doctors have to undergo far more rigorous training for a longer duration as compared to other services and hence deserve this as a recognition of the profession as well as to compensate.
7th Pay Commission had the mandate to upwardly revise the pay of all civil servants to ward off the effect of inflation and decreasing purchasing power of money in India. But it has acted strangely by reducing the NPA from earlier 25% to 20% and delinking it for purpose of calculation of House Rent Allowance and TA on Transfer etc. to put the doctors at a relative disadvantage. This discriminatory step has reduced the relative increase of salary of doctors vis-à-vis other group A services.
DADWA along with other service doctors’ organizations spearheaded by the JACSDO had filed its objections with the Union Secretary Health, MOHFW who took a long meeting last month and assured that MOHFW would recommend necessary corrective steps in the light of presentations made but nothing has happened. One of the Directors of the Implementation Committee informed a two-member delegation of JACSDO about this development.
Such a negative move has infuriated all service doctors across the country to the extent that the Resident Doctors under the banner of Federation of Resident Doctors Associations (FORDA) decided to observe a ‘one-day’ token strike on Thursday 26th May 2016 in all Delhi Hospitals.
The JACSDO, apex organizations of all service doctors held an emergency meeting with its constituent organizations like AIGDMO, DADWA, Railways, ESIC, MSD, NDMC last Sunday in the IMA (HQ) to decide a plan of action. It decided to issue an appeal to all service doctor organizations of Central as well as the State Government to start protest against the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission regarding NPA starting from 26-5-2016 by wearing black badge/ribbon and by displaying information of the general public and the media for the injustice meted out to the service doctors and need for increase of NPA to 30% of the basic pay and its inclusion in basic for all purposes.
All service doctors are requested to take note of this call and to apprise all their friends to observe this protest regularly in a manner that all doctors stand united for their justified cause.
The members of DADWA would be happy to note that the GOI MOHFW has blinked after the contempt case filed jointly by DADWA and JACSDO and finally issued an OM notifying that the Non-functional Up-gradation (NFU) scheme of the 6th Pay Commission, denied earlier to doctors would be implemented for all service doctors up to HAG. Similarly there appears to be a serious move on the part of PMO to enhance the retirement age of doctors in view of dwindling number of doctors in central services. Many State Governments have already increased the retirement age. Details would follow on this blog.
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