Staff Reporter

`To inspire them to work more vigorously'

NEW DELHI: On the eve of Teachers' Day, the Delhi Cabinet on Monday decided to enhance the retirement age of teachers in Government schools from 60 years to 62. It also approved the recommendations of the Justice A.S. Qureshi Committee constituted to review the free patient treatment facility extended by charitable and other hospitals that had been allotted land at concessional rates.

The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the Chief Minister said the Cabinet had taken the decision to raise the retirement age of Government school teachers in Delhi from 60 to 62 subject to their fitness and vigilance clearance.

This, she added, would go a long way in inspiring the teachers to work more vigorously to further improve the standards of education in Delhi.

Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said this was a gift to the teaching community from the Congress Government and hoped that teachers would also respond positively to this step and ensure academic excellence in future.

Ms. Dikshit further said that her Government had in principle accepted the recommendations of the Justice A.S. Qureshi Committee that has proposed 10 per cent free beds for poor patients in hospitals and nursing homes that had been given land on liberal terms.

The free treatment will cover domiciliary charges, food charges, cost of curative procedures and all kinds of consumables. Every hospital/nursing home would also ensure constitution of a poor patient advisory committee for the purpose of screening and inspection of complaints of the poor.