Govt should decide on pension age of doctors in AYUSH Department: High Court

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Kochi: The High Court instructed the government to review the facts in the petition filed to raise the pension age of doctors in the Department of AYUSH to 60, and to take a decision on the matter within three months.

The order was passed by the division bench including Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar and Justice Mohammed Nias CP.

The order by the division bench dismissed the order passed by the Kerala Administrative Tribunal as the government did not take a political decision on raising the pension age of doctors in the Department of AYUSH to 60.

After including Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy in the AYUSH department, the pension age of Allopathy doctors in the government’s health department was changed from 56 to 60.

The doctors of the AYUSH department approached the Kerala Administrative Tribunal twice seeking to raise the pension age. Though the tribunal ordered to take a decision based on the petition, the government said that there is no political decision to be taken on the matter and denied the request put forward by doctors. The doctors then approached the tribunal again, for the third time.

The Supreme Court has passed an order in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation case raising the pension age of doctors in the AYUSH department to 60.

The tribunal, after taking this into account, passed an order raising the pension age of doctors who turned 56 after the SC verdict was passed on August 3, 2021. The government then approached the High Court against this.

The High Court also noted that since the government has not yet taken a decision on making the retirement age 60, the tribunal should not have passed an order in the matter.

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