SC to examine if allopathic doctors, AYUSH practitioners can have different retirement age – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Agreed on Friday to examine a complex question of whether there could be different retirement ages allopathic doctor Compared to the practitioners of Ayurveda and others working in it government hospital And clinics. Keeping in mind the shortage of allopathic doctors Rajasthan Government promoted them retirement age age from 60 to 62 years from March 31, 2016, resulting in litigation by government AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) doctors.

Rajasthan High Court gave its verdict on 28th February accepting their complaints. ayurvedic doctor And it will be considered that if his date of superannuation falls after March 31, 2016, he will be considered in service till the age of 62 years.

The High Court further said, “Those who have retired on attaining the age of 60 years but have not completed the age of 62 years, be immediately reinstated in service.”

The state government appealed to the apex court and urged a bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Mishra to stay the order.

“Why should we interfere in this,” the CJI initially said.

However, the bench agreed to consider the state government’s appeal after taking into consideration the arguments of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

The law officer said that with the effect of the High Court decision, about 1,000 such doctors will be back in service.

“We will issue a notice,” the bench said.

The High Court had accepted the plea of ​​AYUSH doctors that different age of retirement is discriminatory as it violates Article 14.right to equality) of the Constitution.

It was submitted by the AYUSH doctors that they are performing the same function of treating and treating their patients and hence, the classification is discriminatory and unfair.

On the other hand, the state government had submitted before the High Court that since there is a shortage of allopathic doctors serving under it, the decision to increase the salaries has been taken. retirement age Allopathic doctor from 60 years to 62 years.

However, since the state government has a large number of serving AYUSH doctors, it was not considered necessary by the government to increase the retirement age for AYUSH doctors, the state government had said.

  • Published on May 4, 2024 at 02:07 PM IST

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