Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Government to revise rates for CGHS empanelled hospitals

Government to revise rates for CGHS empanelled hospitals
 In a good news for lakhs of beneficiaries under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), the Government is in the process of revising the rates of medical procedures offered by empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centres and giving them early payment assurance to encourage more medical institutions join the scheme.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has floated e-tenders for empanelment of hospitals and decided that the rates of various medical procedures would be fixed by an average of rates quoted in e-tenders instead of the old system where the lowest quotation became the rate.

Rates of all medical procedure centres under CGHS would be revised by April next year.

Not just that, the Government is also revising its policy by providing empanelled hospitals assured upfront payment of 70 per cent of the total bill within five days of its presentation and balance admissible amount within a maximum period of 30 days.

The direction for a 10 per cent deduction in case of early/cash payment to hospitals under CGHS has also been done away with, highly-placed sources in the Ministry told PTI.

"These measures will put an end to the problems of delayed payments which discourage hospitals from getting empanelled under the scheme," a Health Ministry official said.

Under the new policy finalised by the Ministry, the category of super specialty hospitals empanelled under the CGHS has also been done away with.

"Now, hospitals, exclusive eye hospitals/centres, exclusive dental clinics and diagnostic centres shall be empanelled for all facilities available in the health care organisation as approved by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals/National Accreditation Board for Labs and the Quality Council of India and shall not be empanelled for selected specialities/facilities," the new policy says.

The changes will help rope in more hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres under the CGHS as many renowned and big hospitals were shying away from being empanelled under the scheme due to pending payments and low rates for medical procedures.

Sources said payments of bills amounting to around Rs 100 crore of private hospitals are pending with the government under CGHS alone, even though hospitals are crying hoarse that pending payments are to the tune of over Rs 400 crore.

Officials, however, say this huge amount is not pending under CGHS and it may include payments under ECHS, ESI and health bills of other big departments like Delhi Police and others.

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Bank Unions to go on two-day strike from January 20

UBFU to go on two-day strike from January 20

TNN | Jan 7, 2014 KANPUR

The United Forum of Bank Unions ( UBFU) have called a strike on January 20 and 21, 2014. Around two lakh employees of Rural Bank have also announced to extend their support in the two-day strike.

Scores of bank employees representing 30 bank unions staged a demonstration during the day in front of Punjab National Bank, Birhana Road branch on Monday. Addressing to the bank employees, secretary UP Bank Employees Union, Sudhir Sonkar claimed that the tenth wage revision was due since November 1, 2012 whereas UFBU and Indian Bank Association had convened six rounds of talks and only two points - effective date of wage revision and merger of dearness allowance with 444 consumer price index - were agreed upon.

Sudhir told the demonstrators that institutional expenses of banks amounted to Rs 56,292 crore on March 31, 2012 and that the Indian Bank Association had proposed to enhance the salary at the rate of 5 percent i.e to give Rs 1,575 crore before the December 18 strike.

The banks were under stress due to the rise in pension cost and bad debts therefore they could not propose for higher wage revision IBA had claimed. Sonkar claimed that bank's plea did not have any base for protest as they had earned a gross profit of Rs 1,16,458 crore and after deducting the bad debts they had cornered a net profit of Rs 48,780 crore. Therefore, pleas that banks were bearing the burden of rising inflation and pension service was wrong whereas, the real reason was bad debts in which industrial houses had abstained from repaying loans. Bank employees were not responsible for that. Banks had given around 17.5 percent benefit to its employees by releasing Rs 48.18 crore in the ninth wage revision. Thereafter, an enhancement of 5 percent in wage revision was not called for.

Rajneesh Gupta, president of union, stated that the Central government was busy in framing policies which were not in the interest of the banking industry. The government was proposing to pass the management in the hands of private sector, issuing licenses to industrial houses for opening banks, giving permission to foreign banks to over take Indian banks , giving more relief to debtors, and putting loans of corporate sectors in bad debts. He demanded that strict measures must be taken to recover bad debts and bring all the private and foreign banks under the ambit of public sector banking.


Dopt orders regarding personal details under RTI

Dopt orders regarding personal details under RTI

No. 1/31/2013-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 8th January, 2014

Subject: Order dated 20.11.2013 of the High Court of Kolkata in Writ Petition No 33290 of 2013 in the case of Mr Avishek Goenka Vs Union of India regarding personal details of RTI applicants circulation of.

In compliance of the directions of the Hon'ble High Court of Kolkata in its said order, a copy of the judgement (order) is enclosed here with for appropriate action.

2. This may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

(Sandeep Jain)

Postal Department Orders - Clarification on reckoning of period of “Dies non” while & granting ACP / MACP to officials.

Postal Department Orders - Clarification on reckoning of period of “Dies non” while & granting ACP / MACP to officials.

File No.4-7/ (MACPS)/ 2009-PCC
Ministry of Communications & IT
Government of India
Department of Posts
Pay Commission Cell
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001
Dated 24 Dec 2013.
All Head of Circles,
All Postmaster Generals,
All Directors of Accounts

Sub: – Clarification on reckoning of period of “Dies non” while & granting ACP / MACP to officials.

The issue of counting the period of “Dies non” for the purpose of ACP / MACP was raised in JCM (DC). The issue was examined in consultation with DoPT. The Nodal Department has clarified the issue vide DOFF ID NO. 78961/13/CR dated 14.11.13 as below:-

“Regular service for the purpose of grant of financial upgradations under MACPS includes all period spent, on deputation/foreign service, study leave and all other kind of leave, duly sanctioned by the competent authority. In terms of Government of India decisions relating to ” Treatment of willful absence from duty given under Rule 25 (leave) of CCS (Leave) Wes, 1973, the period of absence not covered by grant of leave shall have to be treated as “dies non” for all purpose, viz increment, leave and pension. Though the.period of dies non does not constitute break in service, but only the day (s) treated as dies non are not counted as duty for any purpose. Dies non is only a concession for permitting the beneficiary thereof to have subsequent service in continuation of the period of service before the beneficiary proceeded on unauthorized. absence.

“Accordingly, it is clarified that dies non period will not be counted as regular service for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under ACP/MACP Schemes”.

2. Contents of this letter may please be circulated to all concerned.
(Surinder Kumar)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)

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