NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has increased the retirement age of city government services doctors to 65 with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung giving his approval in this regard.
A senior government official said this is good news for Delhi government's doctors as it will enable the city administration to retain experienced doctors for a longer period.
"Good news for Delhi Govt Doctors. Enhancement of retirement to 65 yrs done (sic)," Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted.
"The Health Department of the government had recently sent a proposal to the Lt Governor to seek his approval. The LG has given his approval to government's proposal to increase the retirement age of doctors to 65," a government spokesperson said.
At Delhi government-run hospitals, the retirement age of doctors was 62. There are nearly 36 hospitals run by Delhi government in the national capital.
Another official said the move will provide better services in government-run public health facilities, particularly to the poorest, who are entirely dependent on public facilities.
In May this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced raising the age of retirement of government doctors to 65 years.