Monday, March 13, 2017

CGHS facilities are not provided to persons working on contractual and co-terminus basis

CGHS facilities are not provided to persons working on contractual and co-terminus basis
Loksabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1742
ANSWERED ON: 10.03.2017

CGHS Facility
Adhikari Dibyendu Will the Minister of

HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government issues CGHS cards to all Central Government employees including the persons working on contractual and or co-terminus basis and if so, the details thereof; (b) whether the Government is not giving CGHS pensioner facilities to the person or families at the end of contract and termination of employment therefor;

(c) if not, the reasons behind thereof;

(d) the total number of cards that have been issued to the contractual and the coterminous employees drawing salary from the central exchequer during the last three years therein; and

(e) the proposal of the Government to facilitate them with one time/whole life CGHS pensioner cards therefor?


ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI FAGGAN SINGH KULASTE)

(a): CGHS Cards are issued to Central Government employees and employees on co-terminus basis who are residing in CGHS covered areas. CGHS facilities are not provided to persons working on contractual basis.

(b) & (c): CGHS facilities are not provided to the employees on the termination of employment on co-terminus basis since CGHS facilities are primarily meant for Central Government Employees/Pensioners drawing salary/pension from Central Civil Estimates.

(d): No separate category is maintained regarding co-terminus employees and therefore, this information cannot be provided.

(e): There is no such proposal.

Loksabha Q&A

Chief of Defence Staff

Chief of Defence Staff

Creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was recommended by Group of Ministers in 2001. A decision in this regard was to be taken after consultation with political parties. The consultation process however is not yet complete as all political parties have not responded. Subsequently, Naresh Chandra Task Force on National Security recommended creation of the post of Permanent Chairman Chief of Staff Committee in 2012. Both the proposals are simultaneously under consideration of the Government.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Ravneet Singh in Lok Sabha today.

PIB

No Limits on Cash Withdrawal from Savings Accounts from Today

No Limits on Cash Withdrawal from Savings Accounts from Today

"Effective March 13, 2017, there will be no limits on cash withdrawals from Savings Bank accounts - RBI"

Keeping up with the pace of re-monetisation, Reserve Bank of India has lifted all the limitations that were placed on cash withdrawals that were placed since November 8th last year.

This means the state of pre-demonetisation in the banks is restored.

Removal of limits on withdrawal of cash from Saving Bank Accounts

In the wake of withdrawal of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) since November 09, 2016 Reserve Bank had placed certain limits on cash withdrawals from Savings / Current / Cash credit /Overdraft accounts and withdrawals through ATMs. On a review of the pace of remonetisation, Reserve Bank partially restored status quo ante by removing the restrictions on cash withdrawals from Current / Cash credit / Overdraft accounts and ATMs effective January 31, 2017 and February 01, 2017 respectively. However, the limits on cash withdrawal from Savings Bank accounts continued to be in place.

In line with the pace of remonetisation, it has now been decided to remove the restrictions on cash withdrawals from Saving Bank accounts (including accounts opened under PMJDY) in a two step process as under:

Effective February 20, 2017, the limits on cash withdrawals from the Savings Bank accounts will be enhanced to Rs.50,000 per week (from the current limit of  Rs.24,000 per week); and Effective March 13, 2017, there will be no limits on cash withdrawals from Savings Bank accounts.

President accepts Parrikar's resignation, Jaitley gets additional charge of Defence

President accepts Parrikar's resignation, Jaitley gets additional charge of Defence

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted Manohar Parrikar’s resignation from the Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution.

As advised by Prime Minister Modi, the President has directed that Arun Jaitley, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Defence, in addition to his existing portfolios.

This development as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form the government in Goa under the leadership of Parrikar, who will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister tomorrow.

Governor Mridula Sinha invited Parrikar to form the next government in the coastal state last night after he submitted a letter of support of 21 legislators. Three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party, three of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents have pledged support to Parrikar.
The BJP, which won 13 seats in the 40-member Goa Assembly, managed to garner support from other parties and Independents to attain majority under Parrikar.

The Congress got 17 seats in the recently concluded polls.

ANI

7th Pay Commission: Central govt employees wait for higher allowances more than for Holi

7th Pay Commission: Central govt employees wait for higher allowances more than for Holi

New Delhi: Just one day remains to Holi and more than 48 lakh serving central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners have not received higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from August last year due to Union cabinet hasn’t still approved the higher allowances.

The central government employees received higher basic pay in August 2016 with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission but the hike in allowances other than dearness allowance has yet to materialize.

The sources in the Finance Ministry told us on condition of anonymity, "in June last year, the cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations but the allowances referred to the 'Committee on Allowances' headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa for examination as the pay commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

"The Cabinet is likely to approve the higher allowances in the next week as the Assembly election results in five states were declared yesterday and the model code of conduct enforced ahead of the elections ceased to be in operation with immediate effect.

The employees can't receive the higher allowances without the Cabinet approval. In contrast, the higher allowances might not impact employees much but since Holi is round the corner, they will feel the pinch."

The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, however, has managed to disburse the higher allowances to its employees including pensioners. "FM Jaitley is making all possible efforts to pay them the higher allowances with April salaries", said the sources.

However, the employees now get allowances according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

TST

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