Tuesday, December 24, 2013

BPMS published DOP&PW order regarding Fixed Medical Advance to the employees working in interior where AMA not available...

BPMS published DOP&PW order regarding Fixed Medical Advance to the employees working in interior where AMA not available...

No.4/4/2013 -P&PW-(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi,
Dated the 6th December, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Reimbursement of medical expenses where payment of FMA is allowed to staff working in the interior where AMA not available - request of Shri Mukesh Singh.

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a representation dated 27/6/2013 of Shri Mukesh Singh in original received through Deptt. of Expenditure vide letter No.164/EV/2013- Hindi dated 7.10.2013 for considering the grievances raised therein expeditiously in accordance with the extant rules/instructions under intimation to the representationist to whom a copy of this communication is also being endorsed.

Encl: As above.
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(Deepa Anand)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH

Ref: BPMS / CSMA / 156 (8/1/L)
Dated: 27.06.2013
To,
Smt. Sudha Krishnan,
Joint Secretary (Pers),
Govt of India, Min of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
Room No. 39-A, North Block,
New Delhi – 110001

Subject: Reimbursement of Medical Expenses where Payment of Fixed Medical Allowance is allowed to staff working in the interior where AMA not available.

Respected Madam,
 With due regards, it is submitted that this Federation has raised the subject matter before the Secretary, MOH&FW and Min of Defence on 05.07.2011 and reminded from time to time that Fourth Central Pay Commission (04th CPC) recommended in Para 16.9 as under;

“We recognize that employees covered by Medical Reimbursement Scheme (MRS) under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 are experiencing difficulties as regards the treatment and reimbursement of expenses incurred by them. There is also considerable administrative and accounting work involved in the settlement of claims. Various kinds of malpractices in the scheme have also brought to our notice. We, therefore, recommend grant of a Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 25/- per month for outdoor treatment to all employees covered by MRS. The expenses incurred on special diseases (cancer, diabetes, mental diseases, poliomyelitis, tubercular diseases and leprosy) and hospitalization may continue to be reimbursed to all employees as at present under the scheme”.

Thereupon Govt issued instructions vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 17th  July, 1990, 28th  Sep, 1991, that quantum of medical allowance of Rs. 25/- per month per employee working in interior may be granted where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 05 km, and if available, he is not willing to be appointed as AMA.

It is worth to mention here that the reimbursement of medical expenses for indoor treatment were allowed by the concerned authorities though the employee was drawing Rs. 25/- per month FMA.

Subsequently, Fifth Central Pay Commission (5thCPC) also recommended in Para 114.24 on the subject matter as under;

“We are in favour of a greater freedom of choice in obtaining medical aid and advice, where Central Government is unable to organize its own facilities for employees. Such a freedom, while aiming at development of employees within their own responsibilities, will reduce much of clerical work involved in medical reimbursement claims for day-to-day need. For serious ailments and hospitalizations, however, we still do not see any justification for removal of restrictions. Accordingly, we recommend that in areas presently covered by Medical reimbursement Scheme for outpatient purposes a medical allowance of Rs. 100/- per month per employee may be granted only for outpatient facilities, not provided by either CGHS or any departmental medical facilities.”

Thereupon Govt issued instructions to enhance the quantum of FMA to Rs. 100/- from Rs. 25/- per month per employee vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th  Jan, 1999, for employee working in interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 05 km, and if available, he is not willing to be appointed as AMA.

But this O.M. does not prohibit for reimbursing the medical expenses in case the Government Employee or his dependant is being treated as ‘indoor patient’ because the employee is being granted the Fixed Medical Allowance for the reimbursement of consultation fees paid to any doctor available in the interior areas. Even the employee has to bear the cost of medicines prescribed by such doctors and in such circumstances he is authorized for reimbursement of cost of medicines, any pathological test etc. as ‘Out Door Patient’.

Simultaneously, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, Govt introduced Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/- per month from 01.12.1997 to Central Government Pensioners/family Pensioners not covered under CGHS vide DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997. According to this scheme, a pensioner/family pensioner may opt either CGHS facility or Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/ which has been enhanced to Rs. 300/- vide your O.M. No. 390/2010-MS, Dated 14th  July, 2010. Since the issuance of the O.M. dated 19.12.1997 the medical reimbursement of the Govt employee and their family members has been discontinued.

 It is to be kept in the mind that the DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997 is concerned with the payment of Fixed Medical Allowance to the pensioners/family pensioners, where CGHS facility is not available, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, whereas this federation is raising the issue of Fixed Medical Allowance being granted to serving employees residing in the interior area and who are under the purview of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 and have been granted Rs. 25/ per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 17th July, 1990, 28th Sep, 1991 and the quantum enhanced to Rs. 100/- per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th Jan, 1999.

The employee residing in the interior area has no option to avail outpatient medical facility from any source of Central Government/State Government/Local Municipality/Private Medical practitioner appointed as Authorized Medical within a radius 05 km, hence he has been compelled/granted by Central Government to accept Rs. 25/- or 100/- as FMA and whenever such medical facility will be provided to him, this FMA will be discontinued forthwith.

 Therefore you are requested to issue necessary directives to the authorities to reimburse the medical claims for indoor treatment where the serving employees are getting FMA Rs. 100/- per month. Further, you are requested to make an arrangement for meeting with the reps of this federation and concerned authorities of MOH&FW according to your own convenient.

 Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
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(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary
BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH

Ref: BPMS / CSMA / 156 (8/1/L)

Dated: 15.10.2013
To,
Smt. Sudha Krishnan,
Joint Secretary (Pers),
Govt of India, Min of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
Room No. 39-A, North Block,
New Delhi – 110001

Subject: Reimbursement of Medical Expenses where Payment of Fixed Medical Allowance is allowed to staff working in the interior where AMA not available.

Reference: 1. Your letter No. 164 / E V / 2013, dated 07.10.2013
2. This Federation’s letter of even no. dated 27.06.2013

Respected Madam,
Kindly accept our thanks for initiating the action on the subject matter and communicating the same to this recognized Federation vide letter cited under reference (1).

But, it is worth to mention here that the ‘Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’ has nothing to do with the matter because the issue is not related to the pensioners.

 It is a matter of reimbursement of medical expenses where payment of Fixed Medical Allowance is allowed @ Rs.100/ per month to the staff working in the interior where AMA is not available.

Therefore, you are requested to issue necessary directives to the authorities of ‘Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India’ to redress the genuine grievances of serving employees (not pensioners), which is pending since long.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
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(MUKESH SINGH)
 Secretary
Source : www.bpms.org.in
[http://bpms.org.in/documents/fma-2-7w3v.pdf]

Mobile Seva aims to provide government services to the people through mobile phones and tablets...

Mobile Seva aims to provide government services to the people through mobile phones and tablets...
IT Signals the Beginning of a Nationwide Initiative Aimed at Providing Government Services Through Mobile Devices

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
23-December-2013 19:03 IST

‘Mobile Seva’ Launched

IT Signals the Beginning of a Nationwide Initiative Aimed at Providing Government Services Through Mobile Devices

The ‘Mobile Seva’ (the national mobile-governance initiative of DeitY) was dedicated to the citizens here today by Shri J. Satyanarayana, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), at a function organized at DeitY, Electronics Niketan. The logo for ‘Mobile Seva’ too was unveiled at the function.

Mobile Seva aims to provide government services to the people through mobile phones and tablets. It has been developed as the core infrastructure for enabling the availability of public services through mobile devices. Mobile Seva enables the integration of the mobile platform with the common e-Governance infrastructure consisting of State Data Centers (SDCs), State Wide Area Networks (SWANs), State and National Service Delivery Gateways (SSDGs/NSDG). It enables a government department to integrate both web and mobile based services seamlessly and enhances the access to electronic services tremendously leveraging the very high penetration of mobile phones, especially in rural areas. Availability of government‐wide shared infrastructure and services enables rapid development and reduced costs for the departments in rolling out mobile based services.

As on date, 833 Central and State Govt. Departments are using Mobile Seva for providing SMS-based services, and over 55.25 Crore SMS notifications have been sent to citizens for various mobile based services. Citizens can now directly interact with Government Departments through SMS. As on date, 254 public services have been made available to the citizens. A Mobile Applications Store (m-App Store) has also been developed by DeitY as part of Mobile Seva. The Mobile Governance Portal and the m-App Store can be accessed at http://mgov.gov.in/. The m-Appstore currently hosts over 240 live mobile applications. The live applications can be downloaded and installed free of cost on a mobile phone by any person.

A Mobile Applications Store (m-App Store) has also been developed by DeitY as part of Mobile Seva. The Mobile Governance Portal and the m-App Store can be accessed at http://mgov.gov.in/. The m-Appstore currently hosts over 240 live mobile applications. The live applications can be downloaded and installed free of cost on a mobile phone by any person. Citizens can visit http://mgov.gov.in/ for more information.

Source: PIB News

Central has no proposal to introduce 'Parents Care Leave' on line of 'Child Care Leave'..!

Central has no proposal to introduce 'Parents Care Leave' on line of 'Child Care Leave'..!
Central has no proposal to introduce 'Parents Care Leave' on line of 'Child Care Leave'..!

In Rajya Sabha the Minister of Personnel, Public Grivances and Pensions Shri.V.Narayanasamy said in written reply to a question that there is no proposal to provide for Parent Care Leave on the lines of Child Care Leave (CCL).

And also he replied, "Global Age Watch Index is a measure of quality of life and well-being of older people around the world. It measures the economic, social and political elements. India is ranked 73rd out of 91 countries selected for the index.

The Government has no proposal to provide for Parent Care Leave on the lines of Child Care Leave (CCL). CCL is allowed to female Central Government employees with a specific purpose of improving participation of more females in Government service. The Central Government employees are already entitled to various kinds of leave which can be availed for appropriate purposes".

Via: http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2013/12/central-has-no-proposal-to-introduce.html

Eye tests in CGHS empanelled hospitals labs

Eye tests in CGHS empanelled hospitals labs
While answering to a question about the issue of visiting Eye Specilists in CGHS dispensaries in the Rajya Sabha on 17th December 2013 by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad as follows...

The Eye specialists refer CGHS beneficiary patients for eye tests to CGHS empanelled private hospitals / eye clinics for getting the prescribed tests done. The beneficiary is at liberty to go to any empanelled centre of his choice for getting the prescribed tests done without any prior permission from Department / CGHS Wellness Centre provided the tests are as per CGHS approved list and for which a CGHS approved rate is available. The list of empanelled hospitals / eye clinics are available at the CGHS website http://msotransparent.nic.in .

Eye Specialist do advise for Fundus Photo Tests. However, since these particular tests are not included in the existing approved list of CGHS, pensioners are required to obtain prior permission from the Competent Authority as per the financial powers to undergo these tests at empanelled private hospital / eye clinic. They are also entitled facility at the empanelled centres on the basis of permission letter issued by CMO- In charge of CGHS Wellness Centre.

Fundus Photo tests have been included in revised list of CGHS treatment procedures prepared for the next empanelment process.

Source: http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2013/12/eye-tests-in-cghs-empanelled-hospitals.html

Merger of 100% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2014 and Merger of 50% DA w.e.f. 1.1.2011 demanded by Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers’ Organisation

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Central gazetted officers finalise demands


A workshop organised by the Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers’ Organisations, Tamil Nadu region, has finalised the common minimum demands to be placed before the 7 Central Pay Commission, including a just and equitable pay at the entry level of Group ‘B’ officers.

It was also agreed upon at the workshop here on Saturday to demand a joint consultative machinery to redress their grievances and a minimum of five promotions during their tenure — from entry to Group ‘B’ level either by promotion or direct recruitment.

The workshop for the constituents of the Confederation sought merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance for all purposes with effect from January 1, 2011 or 100 per cent DA with effect from January 1, 2014 for the serving officers. Other demands included free and hassle-free medical facilities to Group ‘B’ officers and adequate travel entitlements.

Source : www.thehindu.com
[http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/central-gazetted-officers-finalise-demands/article5490705.ece]

Minimum qualifications for recruitment / promotion of teachers for classes I to VIII in Railway Schools - Railway Board Orders

Minimum qualifications for recruitment / promotion of teachers for classes I to VIII in Railway Schools - Railway Board Orders
Amendments in the norms of minimum qualifications for recruitment / promotion of teachers for classes I to VIII in Railway Schools (Primary and Trained Graduate Teachers) - Railway Board Orders

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 127/2013
No.E(P&A)I-2012/PS-5/PE-3
Dated 09.12.2013
The General Manager,
All Indian Railways,
Including C.L.W., D.L.W., I.C.F. and
Director General / R.D.S.O.

Sub: Amendments in the norms of minimum qualifications for recruitment / promotion of teachers for classes I to VIII in Railway Schools (Primary and Trained Graduate Teachers).

Ref: Para No.178 of IREM, Vol-l (Revised Edition 1989)

The minimum qualifications for recruitment / promotion of Primary School Teachers,Trained Graduate Teachers and Post Graduate Teachers working in Railway Schools have been laid down in Boards letter No. E(P&A)I-87/PS-5/PE-9 dated 04.10.1989, which are in line with those laid down by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Delhi Administration for these categories of teachers.

2. National Teachers Education Council (NTEC) vide the Gazette Notification dated 23.08.2010, which was further amended vide its Gazette Notification dated 29.07.2011 has laid down the minimum qualifications for recruitment/promotion of teachers for classes I to VIII under the Right of Children to free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

3. The issue of updating the existing qualifications at par with those laid down by NCTE for recruitment/promotion of teachers for classes I to Viii has been examined by Ministry of Railways. It has been decided that the qualifications as indicated in the Annexure to this letter will be applicable for recruitment / promotion of Primary School Teachers and Trained Graduate Teachers working in railway schools including Oak Grove School, Jharipani. These revised norms of minimum qualifications will be applicable for future promotion / recruitment of Railways Primary School Teachers and Trained Graduate Teachers only. The qualifications prescribed are the same for both direct recruitment as well as promotion. As per the existing instructions, preference may be given, in case of direct recruitment to candidates possessing qualifications higher than those prescribed for the post.

4. There is no change in the existing minimum qualification for PGT as laid down in Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-87/PS-5/PE-9 dated 04.10.1989.

5. The above orders will take effect from the date of issue of this letter. Any selections already initiated would be conducted and finalized based on the notifications already issued.

6. The receipt of this letter may kindly be acknowledged.

DA: As above
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(K. Shankar)
Director Estt.(P&A),
Railway Board
Source: AIRF

NPS was implemented in respect of Delhi Cantonment Board employees from 01.04.2011

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Pending amount under NPS with Delhi Cantt. Board

94 employees joined service in Delhi Cantonment Board on or after 01.01.2004 and are covered under New Pension Scheme (NPS). However, NPS was implemented in respect of Cantonment Board employees from 01.04.2011 after obtaining approval of the Central Government.

All employees have been covered under Tier-I scheme. Tier-II scheme is optional and no employee of the Board has opted for Tier-II. The Cantonment Board has deposited the due amount of 85 employees (both employee’s and employer’s share). In the case of 9 employees who have not subscribed part of their share for the period from the date of their joining to 31.03.2011 amount to the extent subscribed along with the contribution of the employer has been deposited with the NSDL.

No loss will accrue to any employee as full amount received from them along with the contribution of employer has been deposited with NSDL.

The above information was submitted in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on 18th December, 2013 by the Minister of Defence Shri A.K.Antony.
Via: http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2013/12/nps-was-implemented-in-respect-of-delhi.html

EPFO to decide PF interest rate on January 14

EPFO to decide PF interest rate on January 14

Retirement fund body Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will announce the interest rate on provident fund (PF) deposits for the current financial year on January 14 and may offer its over 5 crore subscribers a little more than 8.5 per cent provided in 2012-13.

"The decision on interest rate on PF deposits for this fiscal is pending for long and a decision would be taken by the board in the next meeting," said Central Provident Fund Commissioner KK Jalan. A decision on the interest rate could not be taken as the Central Board of Trustees has not met after it was reconstituted in May.

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com
[http://www.indianexpress.com/news/epfo-to-decide-pf-interest-rate-on-january-14/1210386/]

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