Punjab

RETIREMENT AGE LIMIT OF DOCTORS FROM 58 TO 65 UNDER CONSIDERATION: SIDHU

June 10, 2019 08:56 PM

Abohar/Fazilka (Face2News)

Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Health & Family Welfare and Labour Minister, Punjab today said that the Fazilka city would soon get a new bus stand. He said that this new bus stand would be constructed in front of Deputy Commissioner Office on Fazilka-Abohar road. He said that the construction work would soon be initiated as all the obstacles in the way of constructing this new bus stand have been resolved.

This announcement was made by the Minister, while chairing the District Grievance Redressal Committee meeting of district Fazilka. 

MINISTER'S PRIORITY 'RIGHT TREATMENT AT THE RIGHT TIME"

Sidhu issued strict instructions for all the officers participating in the meeting to work sincerely to implement the flagship programs of the Punjab Government in stipulated time period. During the meeting, the Minister also discussed the problems being faced by the farmers in the grain market of Tehsil Fazilka and Jalalabad. He asked the
officers of Mandi Board to check the feasibility of increasing the Fadis in these grain markets and also to resolve the stagnation of water.

Sidhu issued strict instructions for all the officers participating in the meeting to work sincerely to implement the flagship programs of the Punjab Government in stipulated time period. During the meeting, the Minister also discussed the problems being faced by the farmers in the grain market of Tehsil Fazilka and Jalalabad. He asked the
officers of Mandi Board to check the feasibility of increasing the Fadis in these grain markets and also to resolve the stagnation of water.

He told the officers to pay special attention for providing potable drinking water to the citizens and to resolve the perennial sewerage problem, Likewise, he also ask the officers to improve the road network. He asked the XEN Sewerage board and EO Abohar MC to complete the 85km long sewerage work till 30 September and road works till 31  December. He asked the DC Mr. Manpreet Singh Chhatwal to personally visit and monitor all the development works. 

After the meeting, the Minister also listened to the problems of the citizens and directed the officers on the spot to resolve the problems on priority basis.

Speaking to the, Sidhu said that the to meet the scarcity of specialist doctors in the state, the retirement age limit of doctors from 58 to 65 is being considered by the state government. He said  that during previous regime of SAD-BJP government, doctors had been recruited on the basic salary, which resulted in creating scarcity of specialist doctors. "Previous government's policies have created a gap  of 7 to 8 years to recruit doctors in the health department", he said, adding that under the able guidance of Punjab Chief Minister Captain  Amarinder Singh, the state government has again extended salary packages of doctors. And Now, doctors are returning to the government job.

He said that the objective behind the decision to raise retirement age limit from 58 to 65 years is that recruitment of young doctors will fill the gap of 7 years' scarcity. He announced that expert doctors at Fazilka would be sent soon. He would preside over maiden meeting of the health department on June 11, in which information of vacant posts of doctors in the hospitals, buildings of hospitals and medical equipments will be collected and after this, the border district would be provided the required doctors. He said that deployment of medical and paramedical staff willalso be done after the completion of the construction work of the district hospital and cancer hospital at Fazilka.
Divulging the new formula "Right Treatment at the Right Time", Sidhu said that this would be his priority. He said that he would work seriously to ensure the availability of doctors and medicines in the hospital so that the commitment of Congress government to provide cheaper and best treatment could be fulfilled. He said that he would also ensure availability of free life-saving 236 medicines in all  hospitals of the state.

Approval for One Stop Centre Mr. Sidhu gave approval for specialized one stop centre for victimized ladies and girls and directed civil surgeon to complete all the arrangements for this centre in new building of district hospital at
Fazilka and ensure deployment of the required staff. 

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