National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 27 September 2017
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given approval to increase the age of superannuation of doctors of the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service (IOFHS) to 65 years.
Ordnance Factories Organization is a conglomerate of 41 Ordnance Factories, Training Institutions, Marketing Centers, Safety Directorates and other small Offices. Its medical services consist of 25 Hospitals, 39 Factory Health clinics and 42 Estate Health Clinics. Out of the 25 Hospitals, 9 are Specialist centers. Being industrial establishments’ round the clock medical coverage for the workers is a statutory requirement under the provisions of Health, Safety and Welfare of the Factories Act, 1948.
Like other Health cadres in the Government of India, IOFHS is also faced with a perennial shortage of Medical Officers, thereby hampering the effective delivery of healthcare services on a day to day basis and also compromising long term policy towards improving and standardizing the health care system across the organization.
Accordingly the matter was reviewed in its entirety by the Cabinet and considering the shortage of Doctors in the IOFHS and to retain skilled and experienced Doctors of Ordnance Factory Hospitals it has been decided to increase the retirement age of IOFHS Doctors to 65 years.