Kohima: Amid protests demanding an increase in the retirement age for medical doctors, the Nagaland government has agreed to the superannuation age, but with certain conditions. 

“The cabinet has carefully studied the matter and today, decision has been made that extension of services to 62 years will be given under one condition that they will be re-employed in the clinical sector,” government spokesperson Mmhonlumo Kikon told journalists in Kohima after the cabinet meeting. 

Though the interested doctors will hold no administrative posts, they will be allowed to work in the hospitals as re-employed doctors. 

After the state government failed to give a decision on the issue, a year after it gave a written offer to resolve the matter, the Nagaland In-Service Association (NIDA) went on a three-day mass casual leave on April 18. 

They had earlier threatened to cease work indefinitely if the state government failed to respond to their demands within the three-day period, but the agitation was withheld in view of the cabinet meeting. 

As for doctors willing to apply for the medical colleges, he said that the age limit has been increased to 65 years. 

“They will not get pension. However, they will be re-employed and the recruitment process will be very smoothly done without hiccups because of the experience they have,” he added. 

NIDA has been demanding that the retirement age of the medical doctors be raised to 62 years.

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