New Delhi: The Maharashtra Government finally approved a woman medical officer’s plea for voluntary retirement on December 4, six months after her death. The 49-year-old woman was subject to extreme criticism by the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT).

When the woman’s husband, who is a doctor, filed a petition on the same grounds, the government had stated its approval. However, the women’s plea to avail voluntary retirement was declined due to flimsy technical reasons, a report by The Times of India stated.

Pushpa Wamanrao Salunke was posted as a medical officer at the sub-district hospital at Basmat in Hingoli district. In the year 2016, which marked 20 years of her service, the woman applied for a voluntary retirement as she was suffering from breast cancer. The authorities, on the other hand, stated that she had not completed her 20 years of service and dismissed her application.

As per the norm, Salunke was appointed on an ad hoc basis. With a technical gap of one day, the woman’s services were resumed and her appointment was regularised by Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC).

The report by Times of India quoted Salunke’s lawyer Shamsunder B Patil as saying, “The government has itself condoned the one-day gap and considered the whole length of service as an uninterrupted one.” Salunke approached the tribunal through Patil to ensure that the government considered her plea. After fighting a tough battle with the government, Salunke eventually died of her illness in June.