Assam: Retirement age of doctors in medical colleges raised to 70 years

Assam: The retirement age for doctors at medical colleges has been raised to 70

GUWAHATI: Assam’s government raised the retirement age for doctors working in state medical colleges to 70.

At Friday’s cabinet meeting, the Assam government took the decision to raise retirement age of doctors from Assam medical colleges.

“Retirement age of faculty members of government medical colleges to be raised from 65 years to 70 years to augment availability of experienced doctors for educational and medical service,” an official statement read.

Assam minister Pijush Hazarika said: “Although the number of medical colleges in the state have increased, the number of experienced doctors still remain less. So to cover up the shortage, the retirement age of the doctors, who are also faculty members, in government medical colleges have been raised.”  

Moreover, the Assam government has also sanctioned Rs 136.8 crore for implementation of “Free Drugs and Consumables including Tea Gardens” scheme for 2022-23.

“It will ensure uninterrupted availability of free essential drugs, surgicals, sutured, disinfectants-chemicals and consumables in government health facilities,” the official statement stated.