Wednesday, August 14, 2013

President’s Address to the Nation on the Eve of India’s 67th Independence Day

President’s Address to the Nation on the Eve of India’s 67th Independence Day

 Presidents Secretariat

Following is the text of the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the Nation on the eve of the 67th Independence Day:

“Fellow citizens:

1. On the eve of the 66th anniversary of our Independence, I extend warm greetings to you and to all Indians around the world.

2. My thoughts turn first towards the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who shaped our liberation struggle and the martyrs who made supreme sacrifice for the freedom of our country and great patriots whose relentless struggle liberated our motherland from the colonial rule of nearly two hundred years. Gandhiji sought freedom from both foreign rule as well as the indigenous social chains that had imprisoned our society for long. He launched every Indian on a path of self-belief and hope for a better future. Gandhiji promised Swaraj- self-rule based on tolerance and self-restraint. He promised freedom from want and deprivation. For nearly seven decades now we have been masters of our destiny. This is then the moment to ask: are we heading in the right direction? Gandhiji`s vision cannot be turned into reality if we spurn the very values that were compulsory to his cause: sincerity of effort, honesty of purpose and sacrifice for the larger good.

3. Our founding fathers created the first oasis in the desert of a colonized world nourished by democracy. Democracy is much more than the right to vote every five years; its essence is the aspirations of the masses; its spirit must influence the responsibilities of the leaders and duties of the citizens every day. Democracy breathes through a vibrant Parliament, an independent judiciary, a responsible media, a vigilant civil society, and a bureaucracy committed to integrity and hard work. It survives through accountability, not profligacy. And yet we have allowed unbridled personal enrichment, self-indulgence, intolerance, discourtesy in behavior and disrespect for authority to erode our work culture. The biggest impact of the decay in the moral fiber of our society is on the hopes and aspirations of the young and the poor. Mahatma Gandhi had advised us to avoid, and I quote, “politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice”, (unquote). We have to pay heed to his advice as we work towards building a modern democracy. The ideals of patriotism, compassion, tolerance, self-restraint, honesty, discipline and respect for women have to be converted into a living force.

Fellow citizens:

4. Institutions are a mirror of national character. Today we see widespread cynicism and disillusionment with the governance and functioning of institutions in our country. Our legislatures look more like combat arenas, rather than fora that legislate. Corruption has become a major challenge. The precious resources of the nation are being wasted through indolence and indifference. It is sapping the dynamism of our society. We need to correct this regression.

5. Our Constitution provides a delicate balance of power between various institutions of the State. This balance has to be maintained. We need a Parliament that debates, discusses and decides. We need a judiciary that gives justice without delays. We need leadership that is committed to the nation and those values that made us a great civilization. We need a state that inspires confidence among people in its ability to surmount challenges before us. We need a media and citizens who, even as they claim their rights, are equally committed to their responsibilities.

Fellow citizens:

6. A re-ordering of the society can be brought about through the educational system. We cannot aspire to be a world class power without a single world class university. History records that we were the cynosure of the world once. Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri comprised the ancient university system that dominated the world for eighteen hundred years beginning Sixth Century BC. They were a magnet for the finest minds and scholars in the world. We must seek to regain that space. A university is the banyan tree whose roots lie in basic education, in a vast network of schools that build the intellectual prowess of our communities; we have to invest in every part of this knowledge tree, from seed, root and branch to the highest leaf.

Fellow Citizens:

7. There is a direct relationship between a successful democracy and a successful economy, for we are a people-driven nation. People serve their interests best when they participate in decision- making at the level of panchayat and other forms of local government. We have to rapidly empower the local bodies with functions, functionaries and finances to improve their performance. Faster growth has given us the resources, but larger outlays have not translated into better outcomes. Without inclusive governance, we cannot achieve inclusive growth.

8. For a developing country of more than 1.2 billion people, the debate between growth and redistribution is vital. While growth builds the scope for redistribution, redistribution sustains growth over time. Both are equally important. A disproportionate emphasis on any one, at the expense of the other, can have adverse consequences for the nation.

9. The last decade has seen India emerge as one of the fastest growing nations in the world. During this period, our economy grew annually at an average rate of 7.9 per cent. We are today self-sufficient in food grains production. We are the largest exporter of rice and second largest exporter of wheat in the world. The record production of 18.45 million tonne of pulses this year augurs well for our march towards self-sufficiency in pulses. This was unthinkable just a few years ago. This momentum has to be sustained. In a globalized world, with increasing economic complexities, we have to learn to cope better with adversities, both external and domestic.

Fellow citizens:

10. At the dawn of our Independence, we lit the glowing lamp of modernity and equitable economic growth. To keep this lamp aflame, our highest priority has to be the elimination of poverty. Though a declining trend in the poverty rate is clearly visible, our fight against this scourge is far from over. India has the talent, ability and the resources to overcome this challenge.

11. Reforms that have enabled us to come this far have to be pursued at all levels of governance. Favorable demographic changes over the next two decades can pay us handsome dividends. It requires industrial transformation and rapid creation of employment opportunities. It also requires an orderly urbanization process. Several initiatives taken by the Government in the recent past including the New Manufacturing Policy, the renewal of urban infrastructure and the ambitious skill training programme will need close monitoring in the coming years.

12. We have given our citizens entitlements backed by legal guarantees in terms of right to employment, education, food and information. We now have to ensure that these entitlements lead to real empowerment for the people. We need robust delivery mechanisms to make these legislations work. New benchmarks of efficient public service delivery and accountability have to be established. The Direct Benefits Transfer Scheme, launched earlier this year, will bring in greater transparency, enhance efficiency and eliminate wastage of precious resources.

Fellow citizens:

13. In our race for development, we must be careful not to disturb the balance between man and nature. The consequences of such imbalance can be disastrous. My heartfelt condolences to the many who lost their lives, and the innumerable who suffered in Uttarakhand; and my salutations to those brave personnel of our security and armed forces, government and NGOs who did so much to alleviate suffering. This tragedy owes as much to the avarice of human nature as to the rage of Mother Nature. This was nature’s wake-up call. And it is time to wake up.

Fellow citizens:

14. We have seen in the recent past grave challenges to our security, internal as well as external. The barbaric face of Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh led to a loss of many innocent lives. Despite India`s consistent efforts to build friendly relations with neighbours, there have been tensions on the border and repeated violations of the Ceasefire on the Line of Control, leading to tragic loss of lives. Our commitment to peace is unfailing but even our patience has limits. All steps necessary to ensure internal security and protect the territorial integrity of the nation will be taken. I applaud the courage and heroism of our security and armed forces who maintain eternal vigilance and pay homage to those who have made the supreme sacrifice of the most precious gift of life in the service of the motherland.

15. There will be a general election in our country before I have the privilege of addressing you again on the eve of our next independence day. This great festival of democracy, is an opportunity for us to elect a stable government which will ensure security and economic development. Every election must become a crucial milestone in our nation’s journey towards greater social harmony, peace and prosperity.

16. Democracy has given us an opportunity to re-create another golden age. Let us not squander this extraordinary opportunity. The journey ahead calls for wisdom, courage and determination. We must work on across-the-board revival of our values and institutions. We must realize that rights go with responsibilities. We must re-discover the virtue of self-scrutiny and self-restraint.

17. Let me conclude by quoting from the great classic Bhagvad Gita where the Teacher propounds his views and then says, and I quote, “ÿatha icchasi tatha kuru” “even as you choose, so you do. I do not wish to impose my views on you. I have presented to you what I think is right. Now it is for your conscience, for your judgment, for your mind to decide what is right.” (unquote)

On your decisions rests the future of our democracy.

"Jai Hind”


(Release ID :98292)
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Recognition of Aayush NRI LEPL Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh for treatment of Central Government employees under CS (MA) Rules, 1944.

Recognition of Aayush NRI LEPL Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh for treatment of Central Government employees under CS (MA) Rules, 1944.

No.S. 14021/07/2013-MS
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 08 August, 2013


Subject: Recognition of Aayush NRI LEPL Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh for treatment of Central Government employees under CS (MA) Rules, 1944.

            The undersigned is directed to say that the proposal received for recognition of Aayush NRI LEPL Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) for treatment of Central Government  Employees and their family members under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 was under consideration.

2.         In view of the hardship faced by CS (MA) beneficiaries for their own treatment and the treatment of their family members at Vijayawada, (Andhra Pradesh) the matter has been examined in the Ministry and it has been decided to empanel Aayush NRI LEPL Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944.

3.         The Schedule of charges for the treatment of Central Government Employees and the members of their family under the CS (MA) Rules, 1944, will be the rates fixed for CGHS, Hyderabad. The approved rates are available on the website of CGHS ( and may be downloaded/printed.

4.         The undersigned is further directed to clarify as under:-

(a)       “Package Rate” shall mean and include lump sum cost of in-patient treatment//day care/diagnostic procedure for which a CS(MA) beneficiary has been permitted by the competent authority or for treatment under emergency from the time of admission to the time of discharge, including (but not limited to)-(i) Registration charges, (ii) Admission charges, (iii) Accommodation charges including patient’s diet, (iv) Operation charges, (v) Injection charges, (vi) Dressing charges, (vii) Doctor/consultant visit charges, (viii) ICU/ICCU charges, (ix) Monitoring charges, (x) Transfusion charges, (xi) Anesthesia charges, (xii) Operation theatre charges, (xiii) Procedural charges / Surgeon’s fee, (xiv) Cost of surgical disposables and all sundries used during hospitalization, (xv) Cost of medicines, (xvi) Related routine and essential investigations, (xvii) Physiotherapy charges etc, (xviii) Nursing care and charges for its services.

(b)       Cost of Implant is reimbursable in addition to package rates as per CGHS ceiling rates for implants or as per actual, in case there is no CGHS prescribed ceiling rates.

(c)       Treatment charges for new born baby are separately reimbursable in addition to delivery charges for mother.

(d)       Aayush NRI LEPL Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) shall not charge more than the package rates fixed for CGHS, Hyderabad.

(e)       Expenses on toiletries, cosmetics, telephone bills etc. are not reimbursable and are not included in package rates.

5.         Package rates envisage duration of indoor treatment as follows:

Upto 12 days: for Specialzied (Super Specialities) treatment

Upto 7 days: for other Major Surgeries

Upto 3 days: for Laparoscopic surgeries/normal Deliveries

1 day:             for day care/Minor (OPD) surgeries.

No additional charge on account of extended period of stay shall be allowed if that extension is due to infection on the consequences of surgical procedure or due to any improper procedure and is not justified.

In case, there are no CGHS prescribed rates for any test/procedure, then AIIMS rates are applicable. If there are no AIIMS rates, then reimbursement is to be arrived at by calculating admissible amount item-wise (e.g. room rent, investigations, cost of medicines, procedure charges etc) as per approved rates/actually, in case of investigations.

6.         (a) CS (MA) beneficiaries are entitled to facilities of private, semi-private or general ward depending on their basic pay. The entitlement is as follows:-

S.No. Pay drawn in pay band Ward Entitlement
1. Upto Rs. 13,950/- General Ward
2. Rs. 13,960/- to 19,530/- Semi-Private Ward
3. Rs. 19,540/- and above Private Ward

(b) The package rates given in rate list are for semi-private ward.

(c) The package rates prescribed are for semi-private ward. If the beneficiary is entitled for general ward there will be a decrease of 10% in the rates; for private ward entitlement there will be an increase of 15%. However, the rates shall be same for investigation irrespective of entitlement, whether the patient is admitted or not and the test, per-se, does not require admission.

7.         The hospital shall charge from the beneficiary as per the CGHS prescribed rates or its own rate list whichever is lower.


(a) The maximum room rent admissible for different categories would be:
General ward                                    Rs. 1000/- per day
Semi-private ward                Rs. 2000/- per day
Private ward                          Rs. 3000/- per day
Day care (6 to 8 Hrs.)          Rs. 500/- (same for all categories)

(b) Room rent mentioned above at (a) above is applicable only for treatment procedures for which there is no CGHS prescribed package rate.

Room rent will include charges for occupation of bed, diet for the patient, charges for water and electricity supply, linen charges, nursing charges and routing up keeping.

(c) During the treatment in ICCU/ICU, no separate room rent will be admissible.

(d) Private ward is defined as a hospital room where single patient is accommodated and which has an attached toilet (lavatory and bath). The room should have furnishings like wardrobe, dressing table, bed-side table, sofa set, etc. as well as bed for attendant. The room has to be air-conditioned.

(e) Semi Private ward is defined as a hospital room where two to three patients are accommodated and which has attached toilet facilities and necessary furnishings.

(f) General ward is defined as hall that accommodates four to ten patients.

(g) Normally the treatment in higher category of accommodation than the entitled category is not permissible. However, in case of an emergency when the entitled category accommodation is not available, admission in the immediate higher category may be allowed till the entitled category accommodation becomes available. However, if a particular hospital does not have the ward as per entitlement of beneficiary, then the hospital can only bill as per entitlement of the beneficiary even though the treatment was given in higher type of ward.

If, on the request of the beneficiary, treatment is provided in a higher category of ward, then the expenditure over and above entitlement will have to be borne by the beneficiary.

9.         In case of non-emergencies, the beneficiary shall have the option of availing specific treatment/investigation from any of the above mention hospitals of his/her choice (provide the hospital is recognized for that treatment procedure/test), after the specific treatment/investigation has been advised by Authorised Medical Attendant and on production of valid ID card and permission letter from his/her concerned Ministry/Department.

10.       The hospital shall honour permission letter issued by competent authority and provide treatment/investigation facilities as specified in the permission letter.

11.       The hospital shall also provide treatment/investigation facilities to the CGHS beneficiaries and their eligible dependent family members at their own rates or rates approved under CS (MA) Rules, whichever is lower. The hospital shall provide treatment to such pensioner CGHS beneficiaries after authentication through verification of valid CGHS Cards.

12.       However, pensioner CGHS beneficiaries would make payment for the medical treatment at approved rates as mentioned above and submit the medical reimbursement claim to the Addl. Director, CGHS through the CMO i/c of the CGHS Wellness Centre, where the CGHS Card of the beneficiary is registered.

13.       In case of emergencies, the beneficiary shall have the option of availing specific treatment/investigation from any of the above mentioned hospitals of his/her choice (provided the hospital is recognized for that treatment procedure/test), on production of valid ID card, issued by competent authority.

14.       During the in-patient treatment of the CS (MA) beneficiary, the Hospital will not ask the beneficiary or his attendant to purchase separately the medicines/sundries/equipment or accessories from outside and will provide the treatment within the package rate, fixed by the CGHS which includes the cost of all the items.

15.       In case of treatment taken in emergency in any non-recognised private hospitals, reimbursement shall be considered by competent authority at CGHS prescribed Package/rates only.

16.       If one or more minor procedures form part of a major treatment procedure, then package charges would be permissible for major procedure and only 50% of charges for minor procedure.

17.       Any legal liability arising out of such services shall be the sole responsibility and shall be dealt with by the concerned empanelled hospital. Services will be provided by the Hospital as per the terms given above.

18.       Ministry of Health & Family Welfare reserves the right to withdraw/cancel the above recognition without assigning any reason.

19.       The order takes effect from the date of issue of the O.M.

20.       The authorities of Aayush NRI LEPL Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) will have to enter into an agreement with the Government of India to the effect that the Hospital will charge from the Central Government employees at the rates fixed by the Government and they will have to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (2 copies enclosed only for Hospital) within a period of 3 months from the date of issue of the above mentioned OM failing which the Hospital will be derecognized. Subject to above, the Hospital can start treating Central Government employees covered under CS (MA) Rules, 1944.

(Arun Chowdhury)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

Tele: 23061436


Source: Govtempdiary

Department of Posts: Post Bank

Department of Posts: Post Bank

Department of Posts has proposed to set up a Post Bank of India. This will be an independent entity, separate from the current operations of Small savings Schemes being carried out by the Department on behalf of Ministry of Finance. The Department of Posts has accordingly submitted an application to the RBI on 28.06.2013 seeking a banking license subject to necessary Cabinet approvals.

The details of financial services offered by the Post offices at present are as below:-

(1)         Small Savings Schemes of Government of India (on behalf of Ministry of Finance)
(i)  Post Office Savings Account
(ii) Post Office Time Deposit Account
(iii) Post Office Recurring Deposit Account
(iv) Post Office Monthly Income Account
(v) Senior Citizens Savings Scheme Account
(vi) Public Provident Fund Account
(vii) National Savings Certificates (VIII)  and (IX) issue

(2)   Money Remittances
(i) Money Order-Domestic
(ii) Instant Money Order- Domestic (through selected post offices)
(iii) Western Union Money Remittances –International Inward (through selected post offices)
(iv) MoneyGram Money Remittances –International Inward (through selected post offices)
(v) Money Order Videsh- International Inward and Outward (through selected post offices)
(vi) Electronic International Money Order Service-Inward (through selected post offices)

This information was given by Dr. Smt. Killi Kruparani, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Source : PIB Release, 14 August, 2013

Conveyance Allowance admissible to CGHS Doctors

Conveyance Allowance admissible to CGHS Doctors

The doctors working in Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) are paid conveyance allowance for domiciliary visits and performing other official duties beyond office hours.

The conveyance allowance admissible to doctors including specialists, are as under:-

Sr.No.Mode of conveyance
Maximum per month (Rs)
Minimum per month (Rs)
1.Own Car
2.Own Scooter/ Motor cycle
3.No Own Conveyance

The Conveyance allowance is payable only if the number of visits is not less than six and for claiming the maximum amount of conveyance allowance, the number of visits should not be less than twenty per month on an average, counted on a quarterly basis. The conveyance allowance is reduced proportionately in case the total number of visits is less than twenty per month.

No record is currently being maintained at the dispensary level. The Conveyance allowance is paid to Specialists/Medical Officers who maintain their own vehicle on the basis of a certificate that the conveyance allowance is being drawn in fulfillment of conditions stipulated for grant of conveyance allowance and in case of others, who do not maintain their own vehicle, on the basis of a certificate that the amount of conveyance allowance claimed is not more than the actual expenditure.

Instructions have been issued recently requiring the doctors to furnish the details of visits made in a prescribed format on a quarterly basis while claiming the conveyance allowance.

More Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools in Railway premises

More Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools in Railway premises

ANSWERED ON-05.08.2013

Setting up of Kendriya Vidyalayas on railway premises


(a) whether Government proposes to set up 50 Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) on railway premises across the country;
(b) whether the sites of all the 50 KVs have been indentified; and
(c) if so, the details thereof?



(a) Yes, Sir. The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 16.02.2010 wherein it was agreed that around 50 Kendriya Vidyalayas in the Civil Sector will be opened on Railways-owned land identified by the Ministry of Railways.
(b) & (c) To execute the MoU, a High Powered Working Group consisting of senior officials and experts has been constituted. So far 43 locations for the new KVs, as per the details in Annexure, have been identified.



    1. Ballarshah, Nagpur Division, Maharashtra.
    2. Bhusaval, Bhusaval Division, Maharashtra
    3. Daund, Sholapur Dvision, Maharashtra.
    4. Bandel, Howarh Dvision, West Bengal.
    5. New Jalpaigudi, Katihar Division, West Bengal.
    6. New Coochbeehar, Alipurdar Division, West Bengal
    7. Jhajha, Danapur Division, Bihar
    8. Narkatiyaganj, Samastipur Division, Bihar.
    9. Angul, Khurda Road Division, Odisha.
    10. Titlagadh, Sambalpur Division, Odisha.
    11. Dangoaposi, Chakradhar Division, Jharkhand
    12. Hatia, Ranchi Division Jharkhand
    13. Jammu Tavi, Firozpur Division, J&K
    14. Kuldip Nagar, Ambala, Ambala Division, Haryana
    15. Jagadhari, Jagadhari workshop, Haryana
    16. Sultanpur, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
    17. Pratapgarh, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
    18. Lucknow, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
    19. Tundla, Allahabad Division, Uttar Pradesh
    20. Allahabad/Subedarganj, Allahabad Division, Uttar Pradesh
    21. Jhansi, Jhansi Division, Uttar Pradesh
    22. Agra Division, Uttar Pradesh
    23. Mailani, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
    24. Sitapur, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
    25. Mau, Varanasi Division, Uttar Pradesh
    26. Varanasi, Varanasi Division, Uttar Pradesh
    27. Raebareilly Coach Factory, Uttar Pradesh
    28. Fatehgarh, Izzatnagar Division, Uttar Pradesh
    29. Sakurbasti, Delhi Division, Delhi
    30. Rangapara,Rangia division, Assam`
    31. North Lakhimpur, Rangiya Division, Assam
    32. Lalgarh, Bikaner Division, Rajasthan
    33. Bandikui, station, Jaipur Division, Rajasthan
    34. Container Depot, Jodhpur Division, Rajasthan
    35. Bhagat Ki Kothi Diesel Shed Jodhpur Division, Rajasthan
    36. Goldenrock workshop, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu
    37. Salem, Salem Division, T.N.
    38. Trivendrum, Trivendrum Division, Kerala
    39. Palghat, Palghat Division, Kerala
    40. Castle Rock, Hubli Division, Karnatka
    41. Arisekere, Mysore Division, Karnatka
    42. Yesvantpur, Bangalore Division, Karnatka
    43. Dharmapuri, Bangalore Division, Karnatka Bangalore Division, Karnatka

Source: Rajya Sabha Q&A

Retirement Age 62 - Prime Minister likely to declare on his Independence Day speech

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According to the media report, important and controversial announcement may be declared on 15th August, 2013 by the Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech. As reported in the media, the nodal department of Central Government, Dopt has finalized the draft proposal in this matter last week.

All central government employees including the employees of state government are expecting the announcement eagerly..!


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