Tuesday, November 29, 2022

NIDA urges State govt to review ‘re-employment’ envisaged in notification

In view of various reasons cited in the recent past, Nagaland In-service Doctors Association (NIDA)through the media cell, has renewed its demand on the state government to immediately review the “re-employment” envisaged by the notification dated July 15,2022 and in its place, translate it into “enhanced superannuation age of 62 years” for doctors without any condition or criteria.
Further NIDA has also urged upon the government of fill all vacant and sanctioned posts and to regularize contract appointments made during the covid-19 pandemic in order to run the health care delivery system smoothly.
In a statement, NIDA explained that its intention was not to confront the government on any issue but instead to contribute towards healthcare delivery system and to contribute towards advancement of medical science in the state.
NIDA also said it was also expected of the state government to take advantage of the opportunity offered and to utilise the technical expertise and human resources of NIDA for the best interest of the government.
NIDA said it was unfortunate that superannuation has become an issue between itself and the government since policy makers failed to understand the finer points of the matter.
In this regard, NIDA said that instead of building a better relation between the two sides, the policy makers were using “deceptive methods to mislead both the association and the general public of Nagaland” on demand for enhancement of superannuation.
In justifying its demand, NIDA cited the announcement by prime minister Narendra Modi on May 26,2016 that retirement age of government doctors would be enhanced to 65 in order to mitigate the problem of acute shortage of doctors in the country.
Subsequently, NIDA said the central government amended the Fundamental (Second Amendment) Rules 2018 for doctors vide order dated August 11,2018. Accordingly, states across India including some north eastern states did likewise.
NIDA pointed out that while the recommended Doctor to Population ratio as per World Health Organisation (WHO) is 1:1000, the national average was 1:1445 (economic survey 2019-2020) while in the case of Nagaland it was 1:4056 (projected population 2020).

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