Amidst the ultimatum served by Nagaland In-Service Doctors Association (NIDA) to launch three-day mass casual leave from April 18, Health & Family Welfare principal secretary Amardeep Bhatia said the cabinet during its last meeting had considered the association’s demand, adding that the committee headed by chief secretary would hold another consultative meeting with the stakeholders.
Stating that the Naga Students’ Federation and other bodies were not in favour of the NIDA’s demand to extend the age of superannuation, he said wider consultations would be held in this regard.
Bhatia informed this to the media during the post-budget press conference held at NLA committee room when asked about the status of the NIDA demand.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio supplemented to Bhatia’s statement by claiming that though Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced increasing the age-limit of service, there was no standing order. Hence, he said some States had implemented this, while some did not.
Citing the instance of Kerala where the retirement age was 58 years, he clarified that while he was aware that there was a need for doctors in Nagaland, especially specialists and super specialists, the State government was willing to extend their services if they were willing to work in the hospitals or medical college. He claimed that even the junior doctors were against increasing the age limit of doctors.
Meanwhile, on the issue of delay in releasing salaries to Covid doctors recruited in 2020, Bhatia explained that there were some glitches in the extension order. But, now that everything had been cleared, he said directive had been issued to release their salaries soon.