Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Additional DA from Jan 2013 : AIRF writes to Finance Minister to declare immediately…

DA from Jan 2013 : AIRF writes to Finance Minister to declare immediately…

AIRF General Secretary Shri.Shiva Gopal Sharma writes a letter to Finance Minister to declare the additional DA from Jan 2013 immediately to avoid any confrontation of Railway employees…

The letter is reproduced and given below for your information…



Dated: April 9, 2013

Shri P.Chidambaram,
Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Ministry of Finance.
(Government of India)
North Block,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees and Pensioners

It is very unfortunate that the announcement for the payment of Dearness Allowance is being delayed badly and is creating lots of frustration among the Central Government Employees as well as Pensioners. Particularly Railway Employees, who are the prime mover of the wheel of the development and growth of the nation, they also feel frustrated because of inordinate delay in the announcement for the payment of Dearness by the Government of India (Ministry of Finance).

In this connection, it is worth-mentioning that, it has never happened ¡n the past so many years when payment of Dearness Allowance has not been announced before 31st March.

All India Railwaymen’s Federation, representing more than 13 lakh Railwaymen as well lakhs of Central Government Employees and Pensioners (through the NC/JCM), strongly protests against the delay in announcement of Dearness Allowance and demands that it should be announced immediately to avoid any confrontation.

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Member NC/JCM(Staff Side)

Source : AIRF

Let us hope the DA for January 2013 will be announced very shortly...!

Let us hope the DA for January 2013 will be announced very shortly..

and move on to Expected dearness allowance from July 2013

It is really unfortunate that at the time of discussing about the rate of dearness allowance from July 2013, expectation on dearness allowance from January 2013 is not fulfilled even now.

Actually the additional amount, that the central government employees may get, on account of hike in dearness allowance from January 2013 apart from their regular pay is not at all a matter for the people those who are dealing with lakhs and crores. But it is indeed a matter for 50 lakh central government employees and pensioners, In order to deal with abnormal price rise; they have no other option than expecting dearness allowance to be increased. It is expected that the central government has reached the saturation point and it has no other go than to announce it as soon as possible. Let us hope it will be announced very shortly.

At this juncture it is very hard to move on to the topic of dearness allowance from July 2013. But there is a saying.. “Sometimes It is very hard to move on, once you move on, you will realize it was the best decision you ever made” . So Let us move on to the topic of expected dearness allowance from July 2013.

As we all know that the Average AICPIN for Industrial Workers starting from the month of July 2012 to June 2013 determines the rate of dearness allowance to increased from 1st July 2013.

Let us see the All India consumer price Index numbers published by Labour Bureau website till date from July 2012

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Dearness Allowance is not only for Central Government employees..!

Dearness Allowance is not only for Central Government employees..!

It is a practice which has been followed till now that once in six months, according to the price index ,the rate of DA is being granted in the month of march and September for Government servants. It is not only now, the interest to know the rate of dearness allowance granted twice in a year has been there for the past several years.

Even before 20 years , the Government servants used to buy the monthly called ‘Swamy’s News’ eagerly and share the things they read in the book with others and debated on it.

Now it is quit natural that people forget the periodicals, monthly magazines that brings last month’s issues in this modern world in which information technology developed a lot and people have the facility to know the facts in and around the world immediately and share their thoughts through social media.

It is not right thinking that DA is a matter belongs to only the Central Government employees those who are around 80 Lakhs including Pensioners. Actually they are the reference points for entire state government employees and pensioners except very few states and their numerical strength may be beyond crores.

Whatever the rate of DA offered for central government employees, the state governments have no other go than to follow it.

The announcement on Dearness Allowance expected by central and state government employees and pensioners has been getting delayed is making unnecessary embracement. It is believed that not happened like this before.

Let us hope that there will not be further delay and it will be announced in next cabinet meeting positively.

Announcement of DA from Jan 2013: Speculation of reasons for delay

Announcement of DA from Jan 2013: Speculation of reasons for delay

After implementation of recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission the Govt. has accepted the calculation of standard formula for calculation of future DA and in para 4.1.19 Sixth Pay commission has recommended that DA may continue to be sanctioned twice a year as on 1st January and 1st July payable with the salary of March and September.

After 6th CPC implementation order of DA from January of respective years was issued/declared as follows:-

15/3/2007- 6% – Thursday
07/3/2008 -6% – Monday
26/2/2009- 6% – Thursday
19/3/2010 – 8% – Friday
22/3/2011- 6% – Tuesday
23/3/2012 -7% – Friday

DA from January, 2013 is yet to be announced.  No any reason for delay is stated from any reliable sources and no exact reason can be constitute for it.  Now everyone to speculate the reason for delay in announcement.  The following main facts are presented to inspect the reasons:

1. Merger of DA with Basic Pay:  This is the first reason is everyone’s mind.

Positive points are for this reason:-
(a).  Unexpected delay in announcement -  Traditionally DA for January should be announced in the Month of March.  There is no complicated formula for calculation of expected DA.  Only formal announcement was to made by Govt.

(b).  2014 General Election – Next General Election is in near future.  All are expecting that Govt. may consider about merger of DA in view of the inflation and vote bank.

(c).  Union Minister Ajay Maken’s letter to PM about inflation -  This letter showing that some part of Govt. is also in favour of enhancement of pay and allowances of Central Government Employees. [click here to see]

(d).  Employee Unions are pressing hard for merger of DA.

(e).  In press clip for expectation of announcement of DA on 2th April mostly news article added that confederation has demanded the merger of DA and in practice govt. merged the DA when it reach 50% cap.

Negative points of this reason:-

(a) 6th CPC has not recommended for merger of DA.  In Para 4.1.18 of recommendation of 6th CPC :

4.1.18 ……This conversion, however, is not necessary in the revised structure being recommended where increments are payable as a percentage of the pay in the pay band and grade pay thereon and provision has been made for all allowances/benefits to be revised periodically linked to the increase in the price index. The Commission is, therefore, not recommending merger of dearness allowance with basic pay at any stage.

(b)  Recently Govt. already denied any possibility of merger of DA.

2.  Delay in announcement due to administrative reasons:-

  Finance Minister, who is the main authority to approve the DA was on tour in past.  In practice decision of approval of enhancement in DA can be taken in Cabinet Meeting [meeting of Economic Affairs].  On the constitution of meeting of economic affairs on 2nd affairs the media had expected on 1st April that enhancement in DA will be approved by Govt.  But in absence of Finance Minister the meeting which was chaired by PM deferred the hike in DA including other major decision related to Finance Ministry.

The next meeting of Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs was also placed on 4th April but there was no any indication about approval of DA, however govt  decontrolled the lavy on sugar.

The decision on hike in DA by CCEA is based on some calculation about impact of enhancement of DA in govt. budget.  The administrative reason for delay may be insufficient calculation or any mis-calculation of impact of enhancement of DA.

In the conclusion even after the seventh day of the month of April, the enhancement in DA from January, 2013 is yet to be declared by the Government.  On Tuesday or Thursday [traditionally the meeting day of cabinet] decision may be taken by Govt.  This time if formal announcement not made by Govt. and any written approval was got by authority to hike in DA, we expect the direct formal order from Department of Expenditure.  All knows the announcement of DA hike can be delayed but not denied.


Continuance of ad-hoc appointments in PS Grade of CSSS-reg

Continuance of ad-hoc appointments in PS Grade of CSSS-reg

No. 5/8/2006-CS.II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhavan New Delhi,
Dated the 4th April, 2013


Subject: – Continuance of ad-hoc appointments in PS Grade of CSSS-reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 17.10.2012 on the subject mentioned above and to say that further continuance of these ad-hoc appointments has been reviewed in this Department. Since availability of regular PS of CSSS through normal modes of recruitment prescribed under the CSSS Rules may take some more time, it has been decided that the term of adhoc appointments made in the PS grade of CSSS vide Department’s OM dated 17.10.2012 may be extended for a further period of six months i.e. upto 30.09.2013 or till regular PS of CSSS become available, whichever is earlier.

2.    Other terms and conditions mentioned in the O.M. of even number dated 31.05.2006 will remain unchanged.


Treatment from CGHS Empanelled Hospitals

Treatment from CGHS Empanelled Hospitals

The below information was given by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri.Ghulam Nabi Azad in Parliament on 15th March, 2013.

"The private hospitals under CGHS are primarily empanelled for providing inpatient medical treatment to a CGHS beneficiary. However, CGHS allows follow-up treatment from these hospitals in Post-Operative cases in six major categories namely, Cardio-Vascular Disease, Renal Disease, Neurological Disease, Joint Replacement, Accident cases and Cancer Disease.

Accordingly, the medicines prescribed by the treating specialists of the private empanelled hospital are issued directly from the dispensary. In other post operative cases, medicines are issued upto one month to a patient as per the advice on discharge.

In addition, there is also a provision for issue of Chemotherapy drugs to patients undergoing treatment at empanelled hospitals. The above system is working properly".

List of Private Hospitals Removed from Empanelled under CGHS

List of Private Hospitals Removed from Empanelled under CGHS 

While answering a question in Lok Sabha, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri.Ghulam Nabi Azad said that some private hospitals in Delhi NCR are no longer on the list of CGHS empanelled private hospitals.

The details are as under:

1. The following hospitals have opted not to renew their empanelment with CGHS after completion of two years of empanelment. Accordingly they have been removed from CGHS panel w.e.f. 13.02.2013:

(i) Escort’s Heart Institute & Research Centre, New Delhi

(ii) Max Super Specialty Hospital , New Delhi

2. Empanelment of following two hospitals have been suspended:

(i) Max Devki Devi Heart & Vascular Institute, New Delhi (w.e.f. 13.02.2013) as the hospital stopped credit facility to eligible CGHS beneficiaries;

(ii) Bapu Nature Cure Hospital, New Delhi (w.e.f.12.09.2013) on account of deficiency in services.

In addition, the following hospitals in Delhi NCR have been removed w.e.f. 18.12.2012 from the CGHS panel for non-compliance of the terms and conditions of their empanelment with CGHS.

(i) Garg Multispecialty Dental & Research Centre, Ghaziabad

(ii) Jain Hospital, Jagriti enclave, New Delhi

(iii) Kalra Hospital, New Delhi

(iv) Orthonova Hospital, New Delhi

GHS beneficiaries already admitted and undergoing inpatient treatment with prior permission at the time of removal are permitted to complete their treatment at those hospitals.

There is no provision for allowing regular treatment from any private non empanelled hospitals under normal circumstances.

Government has revived continuous empanelment scheme on 14.2.2013 for empanelment of more number of eligible hospitals under CGHS.

CGHS: Inclusion of Autonomous Bodies in Central Government Health Scheme

Inclusion of Autonomous Bodies in Central Government Health Scheme

Whether the Government has received proposals from the various institutions including Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan regarding inclusion of their employees under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS)..?

The question has been raised by the Member of Parliament Shri.Tufani Saroj on 22nd March this year. The Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri.Ghulam Nabi Azad replied as follows...

"This Ministry has been receiving proposals from various Institutions/ Autonomous bodies/Statuary bodies under Central Government for extending CGHS facilities to their employees/pensioners. A list of such institutions / organizations is annexed. A request from Commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan was also received in the month of May 2012 in this regard.

M/o Health and Family Welfare has expressed its inability to extend CGHS facilities to them on account of resource constraints, especially the shortage of medical and paramedical staff besides the financial and other logistic constraints.

CGHS is a healthcare scheme primarily for the Central Government employees and pensioners. CGHS is currently available in only 25 cities across the country and a large section of Central Govt. employees and pensioners are out of CGHS coverage".

Moreover, it is primarily the responsibility of the autonomous institutions to devise their own health schemes for their employees keeping in view their ways and means.

S.No.Name of Institutions/Organisations
1Employees Provident Fund Organization
2Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh
3Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha
4Kendriya Vidalaya Sangathan
5Press Council of India
6Delhi Public Library
7National School of Drama
8National Human Rights Commission
9Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rastriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth
10National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development
11Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts
12National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur
13Inland Waterways Authority of India
14Institute of Hotel Management
15Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun
16Sahitya Akademi
17National Green Tribunal
18National Council of Rural Institutes
19Central Detective Training School, Jaipur
20Clinical Research Unit (Unani), Meerut
21National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research, Chandigarh.

CGHS: Cost of CD records of Coronary Angiography and Coronary Angioplasty in CGHS package rates

CGHS: Cost of CD records of Coronary Angiography and Coronary Angioplasty in CGHS package rates

The below information was givne as written reply to a question by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri.Ghulam Nabi Azad in Parliament on 22nd March, 2013. 
Cardio Hospitals on CGHS Panel
There was no specific mention about inclusion of the cost of CD records of Coronary Angiography and Coronary Angioplasty in the CGHS package rates for the above procedures. 
The matter has since been clarified vide Office Memorandum No. S-11045/ 13/2013/ HEC/CGHS(P) dated 04.03.2013 that the package rates for Coronary Angiography and Coronary Angioplasty also include the cost of CD record and the medical report for the procedures performed.

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