Monday, December 22, 2014

The continuous empanelment scheme would be in force initially upto 28th February, 2015 for all CGHS cities except Mumbai.

S. No. 11045/36/2012/CGHS/HEC
Central Government Health Scheme
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi

With a view to ensuring comprehensive health care to CGHS beneficiaries, CGHS has been, apart from the Government Hospitals, empanelling private hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, exclusive eye centres and dental clinics by floating tenders periodically. The last tender process in this context commenced in the January 2014 and through this process package rates for different treatment procedures and investigations have been notified in 2014. As a part of this process, certain hospitals and diagnostic laboratories exclusive eye centres and dental clinics which participated in e-tender process and accepted these rates and also signed MOAs with CGHS have been notified in all CGHS cities except Mumbai.

However, it has been noticed that the number of hospitals, diagnostic laboratories,exclusive eye centres and dental clinics notified in certain cities through the current tender process is not adequate to provide a satisfactory level of Healthcare to CGHS beneficiaries. Also, there has been little or no response in certain other cities, with the result a situation has arisen where CGHS is not in a position to provide to its beneficiaries the requisite healthcare due to lack of adequate number of hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and exclusive eye centres and dental clinics .

Accordingly, it has become necessary to introduce continuous empanelment scheme, under which more hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and imaging centres could be empanelled to take care of inadequacy. In this background, it is proposed to invite willing hospitals, diagnostic laboratories exclusive eye centres and dental clinics to apply for empanelment under CGHS if they fulfill the same eligibility conditions and accept the rates notified by CGHS in 2014.

Empanelment shall be for a period of 2 years or as applicable to other HCOs empanelled earlier through e-tender in 2014 whichever is earlier.

The continuous empanelment scheme would be in force initially upto 28th February, 2015 for all CGHS cities except Mumbai.


Alteration of date of birth of a Government Servant

F.No.19017/1/2014-Estt (A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated : 16th December, 2014
Subject : Alteration of date of birth of a Government Servant — reiteration of the instructions.
Rule 56 of Fundamental Rules states that except as otherwise provided in the rule, every Government servant will retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.
Provided that a Government servant whose date of birth is the first of a month shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month on attaining the age of sixty years.
2. As per Note 6 below the aforesaid Rule, the date of on which a Government servant attains the age of fifty-eight years or sixty years, as the case may be, shall be determined with reference to the date of birth declared by the Government servant at the time of appointment and accepted by the Appropriate Authority on production, as far as possible, of confirmatory documentary evidence such as High
School or Higher Secondary or Secondary School Certificate or extracts from Birth Register. The date of birth so declared by the Government servant and accepted by the Appropriate Authority shall not be subject to any alteration except as specified in this note. An alteration of date of birth of a Government servant can be made, with the sanction of a Ministry or Department of the Central Government, or the Comptroller and Auditor-General in regard to persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, or an Administrator of a Union Territory under which the Government servant is serving, if —
(a) a request in this regard is made within five years of his entry into Government service;
(b) it is clearly established that a genuine bona fide mistake has occurred; and
(c) the date of birth so altered would not make him ineligible to appear in any School or University of Union Public Service Commission examination in which he had appeared, or for entry into Government service on the date on which he first appeared at such examination or on the date on which he entered Government service.
3. The Supreme Court of India in Civil Appeal No.502 of 1993 — Union of India Vs. Harnam Singh — Judgement dated 9th February, 1993 had observed that :
“Inordinate and unexplained delay or laches on the part of the respondent to seek the necessary correction would in any case have justified the refusal of relief to him. His inaction for all this period of about thirty five years from the date of joining service, therefore precludes him from showing that the entry of his date of birth in service record was not correct”.
The observations of the Apex Court was also circulated to all Ministries and Departments of the Government of India vide OM No.19017/2/92-Estt.(A) dated 19-5-1993.
4. All the Ministries and Departments are requested to keep the above in view while processing cases of requests for changes of date of birth.
5. Hindi version follows.
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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PCDA Circular: Forwarding of revised LPC-cum-Data Sheets for Retiring and disability Pension Module (Commissioned Officers) of the Pension Sanction Software by incorporating Aadhaar Number, Mobile No. and E-mail ID.

Circular No. 20
Date : 05.12.2014
1. The PCDA (O)
Golibar Maidan
Pune- 411001
2. The Adjutant General
Integrated H. Qrs of MOD (Army)
MP 5& 6, West Block- Ill,
R.K. Puram, New Delhi -110066
3. The Adjutant General
Integrated H. Qrs of MoD (Army)
MPRS (O), L Block,
New Delhi -110001

Subject: Forwarding of revised LPC-cum-Data Sheets for Retiring and disability Pension Module (Commissioned Officers) of the Pension Sanction Software by incorporating Aadhaar Number, Mobile No. and E-mail ID.
Reference: This office Section order Nos. 4 and 5 dated 19/9/2014

Please refer to this office above cited Section orders under which PHP based LPC-cum-Data Sheet along with instruction for filling of additional columns of Data Sheets for sanction of pensionary awards in r/o Commissioned officers retired/ invalided out from service have been circulated. 

2. As you may be aware, Aadhaar-Card Number-based biometric verification system for pensioners as an additional option has been introduced by Govt. of India from Nov 2014. Accordingly, this office issued circular No. 176, 177 dated 17.11.2014 & 19.11.2014 (copies enclosed for information) to all PDAs for accepting Life Certificate issued online by a Govt. agency as result of Aadhaar biometric authentication. It may be mentioned that <> is an official portal of Govt. of India for all activities relating to issue of this Aadhaar -based biometric authenticated Life Certificate.

3. In the backdrops of introduction of Aadhaar based -life certificate, a need has been felt to capture details of Aadhaar No., Mobile No., residential address and email ID in PPOs to facilitate improved sen/ices to pensioners. Accordingly, LPC-cum-Data Sheet in respect of Retiring Pension circulated earlier and LPC-cum Data Sheet for issue of Corrigendum of it have been replaced with new LPC-cum-Data Sheets under which new columns have been added to incorporate details of Aadhaar Card Number, Mobile No., residential address and E-mail-ID of the pensioners and Aadhaar No. of family members. The information of Aadhaar card is required to be received along with the pension claim from Nodal Agency(PCDA (O) Pune).Therefore, it is requested that the Aadhaar card information with photocopy of same in respect of pensioner, family pensioner and dependants may be obtained from Service H. Qrs or the Units/ offices where the individual has last served and provided to this office in LPC cum data sheet duly filled in with a photocopy of same in support for audit purpose. The Service H. Qrs. are requested to provide the details of Aadhaar Card of officer and family in family detail issued by them at the time of retirement or death for the purpose of notification of pensionary benefits. Revised LPC-cum-Data Sheets for sanction of Retiring Pension (original corrigendum) mentioned below are forwarded herewith for necessary action at your end. 

a) For original Retiring Pension claims- G-1/M/DS-1(2014)
b) For corrigendum to Retiring Pension claims- G-1/M/DS-1A(2014)

4. The field-wise instructions to fill the LPC-cum-data sheet are enclosed herewith as Annexure for information and necessary action by all concerned. It is requested that all Retiring pension claims may be initiated on revised LPC-cum-Data Sheet so that PPOs/ Corrigendum PPOs may be issued duly incorporating above information in PPOs/Corrigendum PPOs. This additional information will be helpful for Aadhar-based biometric verification system for pensioners.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(C.B. Yadav)
Asst. Controller (Pensions)
File No. : G-1/M/01/lCOs/ Computer Vol.-Vl/2014
Date: 05.12.2014


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

One Rank One Pension promise in peril? - Times of India Article

One Rank One Pension promise in peril?
Nalin Mehta,TNN | Dec 14, 2014, 06.18 AM IST

Military veterans claim babus are thwarting PM Modi's poll pledge of one-rank-one-pension by inflating its cost estimates

Roman emperor Augustus started the tradition of military pensions in 13 BC, when every legionary who had fought 20 years for Rome was guaranteed a pension for-life. It set the bar for modern armies, and independent India continued the British tradition of financially privileging military service until the mid-1970s, when soldiers were paid more than civilian bureaucrats, in service and after retirement. All that changed with the Third Pay Commission, which brought military salaries in line with civil services, and while soldiers have long complained about political control over the military in independent India mutating into bureaucratic control, a row over the NDA's promise for one-rank-one-pension (OROP) for military veterans is raising questions about the government's ability to translate its intent into action.

Fifteen months after Narendra Modi first demanded it immediately after being anointed the BJP's PM candidate, 10 months after the UPA government granted it, five months after NDA's finance minister Arun Jaitley confirmed it and almost two months after the PM told soldiers in Siachen that it was his "destiny that onerank-one pension has been fulfilled", military veterans are questioning why the promise has still not been implemented.

Number games

Put simply, OROP means that every pension-eligible soldier who retires in a particular rank deserves the same pension, irrespective of date of retirement. Currently, soldiers who left the armed forces more recently receive more than those who did earlier, because successive pay commissions hiked salaries. Two days after he was anointed BJP's PM-candidate in September 2013, Modi vehemently supported the OROP demand at a veterans' rally in Rewari. With roughly 12 lakh veterans also constituting a huge vote-bank, UPA government approved the demand in February 2014, and it was reaffirmed by NDA in July, when finance minister Arun Jaitley specifically provisioned Rs 1,000 crore in his 2014-15 budget (within an overall defence pensions budget of Rs 51,000 crore). Yet, it remains stuck in bureaucratic wrangling.

Until 1973
9 Sep 2009
May 2010
19 Dec 2011
15 Sep 2013
Armed forces had OROP and higher pay than civilian counterparts. Third Pay Commission reversed this and equated military pay with civilian pay
Supreme Court: “No Defence Personnel Senior in rank can get lesser pension than his junior irrespective of the date of retriement" and "Similarly placed officers of the same rank are to be given the same pension irrespective of the date of retirement
Standing Committee on Defence2009-10, 7th Report recommends holistic implementation of OROP
Rajya Sabha Committee on Petitions, 142ndReport, headed by BJP MP Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, recommends OROP implementation
Modi, at his first rally after being chosen BJP‘s PM candidate, demands 'white paper' on status of OROP, says Vajpayee would have implemented if he had returned to power in 2004

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Effect of BPS suggestion on PMO & DARPG to abandon 'Forward & forget policy' with respect to'Online Grievance redressal'. System being revamped to trek resolving of grievance to its logical end

  • 15 Dec 2014
  • Hindustan Times (Delhi)
  • Aloke Tikku

PMO query sparks overhaul of grievance redressal body

ZoomWhile analysing public grievances to identify policy gaps, PMO asks DARPG to upgrade system, classify and track complaints
NEW DELHI: In its first attempt to analyse public grievances to identify policy gaps and bottlenecks, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has ordered an overhaul of the system to not only improve tracking of grievances but also use them to point out gaps that lead to the grievances.
Nripendra Mishra, the principal secretary to the prime minister, ordered the detailed analysis of the grievances at a recent meeting convened to review the working of the PMO’s public wing that receives over 1,800 petitions from people every day.
Soon enough, Mishra figured the PMO’s grievance handling system was a bit of a farce on the lakhs of people that knock his doors annually.
Mishra wondered what purpose the PMO really served since most people — who knocked at their doors — had first approached the ministries concerned and came to the PMO as the last resort.
And all that the PMO had done for decades was to “essentially return these petitions to the very same agencies” and then, never checked to figure out what happened to them.
It was a common sense question but it had taken decades to come. But it triggered the decision of an overhaul, and a detailed analysis of the grievances received by the PMO as well as those received by other central public authorities.
Mishra told the department of administrative reforms and public grievances (DARPG) — which oper-ates a web-based monitoring system — to upgrade their systems to classify each grievance by various parameters, track follow-up action and provide complainants a tool that would enable them to track redressal.
The PMO also told the department of public g rievances to task an under-secretary level of ficer for detailed day to day supervision of the PMO complaints and get a joint secretary-level officer to prepare a monthly analysis report.
“DARPG will also flag sample cases for resolution and also suggestions for improvement in governance based on the above analysis,” according to minutes of the meeting accessed by Hindustan Times.
The Prime Minister’s Office also called for encouraging the poor to access the online grievance systems through the national network of citizen services centres that dot the country and come up with applications to enable people to access the grievance redressal portal using their mobile phones.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pensioners’ Day Message from Secy. Genl. Bharat Pensioners Samaj

SCOVA Agenda of AIFPA a MOU partner of BPS

CHENNAI-600 015

Items suggested for Inclusion in the Agenda for the 26th SCOVA Meeting-January 2015

1. Irregular Denial of Family pension for widowed daughters.
            (a) Family Pensioners who have become widows after the death of Both Pensioner/Family Pensioner (Wife of the Pensioner), have got their family pension terminated/not sanctioned in view of Government of India, MOP, PG & P.O.M No.1/13/09-P & PW(E) dated 11.09.2013 without due notice to the beneficiary . As the order under reference is contradictory to the Rule 54(6) (c) of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 and therefore merit withdrawal.
Refusal of benefits Conferred under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 by an executive order is irregular.  The CAT, Ernakulam Branch, vide their order OA No.180/01041/14 dated 26.05.14 had stayed the ‘said’ order dated 11.09.2013.  The operation of the ‘said’ order may be kept in abeyance till it is resolved by the Judiciary. The Family Pension already sanctioned cannot be denied, without a specific Presidential Order.

2. Denial of Family Pension  for the Spouse/the dependents of Post 2004 recruits and discrimination between pre and post 2004 recruits as the Family Pension is neither based on  contribution nor linked to the pension Schemes.
Copy of letter addressed to the Secretary, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension dated14.06.2014   and copy of letter addressed to the Hon’ble Minister of Railways are enclosed as self explanatory supporting document with enclosures.    
Compelling Beneficiaries under CGHS, to obtain opinion from the Government Hospital in respect of medicine prescribed by the specialist Medical Officer of the CGHS contradicts CGHS Charter “ Comprehensive Medicare”.

4. Extending the benefit conferred by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, CPAO O.M.No.CPAO/Tech/Simplifiction/2013-14/252 dated -6.02.2014 to Defence, Railway and Postal/Telegraph Department of the Government of India and ordering the Suo- Moto revision of ‘Such’ PPO including the name and other details of  disabled Son/parents/Siblings as other departmental  officials hesitates to extend the benefit conferred by the ‘said’ order of the CPAO in their Ministries.Copy of letter addressed to the CPMO, Tamil Nadu Circle, Chennai-2 is enclosed for ready reference.

5. Treating the Pensioners’ Associations/Federations as” Welfare Institutions” instead of categorizing them as “ Common Public” and either disallowing or charging exorbitant rates for the use of ‘Government Auditorium’ on holidays, without disturbing Office Work.Copy of letter addressed to Hon’ble Minister Shri Nitin Gadkariji is enclosed for ready reference.

6.         Replacement of Computer/Scanner/Printers supplied to the accredited Association/Federations of the Pensioners in the year 2008-09. The Licensed software’s such as windows 8 and MS Office latest version also be provided.Hon’ble Minister of State for PMO and Chair person SCOVA has already sympathized with this request

7. Merger of 50% of DR with Pension/Family pension with effect from 1.1.2011 and 100% of DR from 1.1.14 by revising the Index as recommended by the VI Central Pay Commission
8. C & AG and Central Civil/Railway/Defence/ P & T accounts Service-Grant of 4 Advance increments to those who have passed Departmental confirmatory examination between 01.01.1973 to 31.05.1981. The C & AG of India and Departmental Accounts Services approved

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the revision of Pay, based on the Court orders, allowing 4 advance increment in respect of persons who are in service as well as retired Government Servant.  But the stepping up of Pay based on ‘such’ Junior getting more pay has not been ordered to the Government servant retired, ‘Suo-moto’ identifying the ‘Junior’ causing such stepping up of pay.  Departmental Authorities may be advised to order the stepping up pay early.

9. Provision for Pensioners’ Grievances on line in Railways, P & T, I A & AD, and BSNL etc, similar to the existing arrangement under CPAO has to be ensured.

10. Extension of Complex Medical treatment abroad to the Central  Government employees and their dependent Family Members may be considered by under Rule 11 (i) of CS Medical Attendance Rules read with Ministry of H & FW Notification No.S. 14025/26/85-MS dated 10.09.1986.  On par with the Officers belonging to the IAS, IFS, IPS and their dependent family Members.

11.  Kindly refer to O.M No.4-12(07)/2013-PAT dated 7.1.2014, (Government of India, Ministry of Communication & IT) which had extended FMA Benefit beyond 2.5 K.M radius in respect of Postal dispensaries merged with CGHS, citing the benefits conferred by the Ministry of Railways. When it is 2.5 KMs for Postal Dispensaries merged under CGHS, why it should be 8 KM under CGHS for others to avail benefit of FMA ?  End the discrimination.


                                                                                                                    General  Secretary
                                                                                                                     AIFPA, Chennai-15

Karnataka CGPA, Bangalore an affiliate of BPS writes to Deepa Anand Under Secretary GOI M/O Personnel, PG & Pensions-DOP & PW

       Dear Madam --

In response to your OM sent out recently on the subject of Items for the Agenda for    the SCOVA  scheduled to meet in January 2015, I have prepared a Note. It is Attached.

Proposed Items for the Agenda to SCOVA Meet in January 2015

1.    Gains from SCOVA

What is coming up in January 2015 is the 26th meeting of SCOVA, instituted by late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, then Prime Minister.
(Incidentally, when he alighted from the aircraft at Stuttgart on June 8, 1988, there was a sudden pour. I had an umbrella and held it over him. Later, his Chief Security Officer Shri Defender Singh, known to me, came down the aircraft ladder, called me up by name, and took over the umbrella. I got fully drenched with my suit on. I had wished the Prime Minister, and his small smile is still in my memory. I was a junior diplomat attached to the Indian Embassy then at Bonn, and was on duty.)
That is to say, the SCOVA has met over 20 years. It is time some ‘retrospection’ is done. The Department should not find it difficult to review how many decisions the SCOVA has taken in the past years, and conveyed to the different Departments of the Government.It may be made known how many GOs/OMs are issued on these recommendations/decisions. This becomes necessary, as good funds are spent in the name of SCOVA meets, and both the stake-holders involved in the SCOVA tasks should know whether there are corresponding results.  The position may be intimated to the forthcoming SCOVA meet in January 2015.
2.    Exercise on Revision of PPOs
The Exercise has been on,after the Recommendations of the 6th CPC have been accepted by the Government in late 2008. Since then, the Ministry of Pensions has held several rounds of meetings with the Departments and Ministries to check up the progress, to hasten the progress, and the present mandatory direction is to complete the task by December 2014. At every succeeding, the SCOVA is given certain number of PPOs revised; but yet the task is not complete as many many PPOs remain to be revised. That is to say, numbers do not answer the exercise, but the completion. Even while giving these numbers, the stake-holders would prefer to see it in a table-format, indicating number of PPOs on hand, number of PPOs revised, number remaining with remarks on reasons. This would be clearer.
A glaring instance that is dogging the Karnataka CGPA Bangalore is that of Shri A S Pereira, on 93rd year. He was hospitalised for UTI. He was back home, but remained on wheel chair. His voice has gone down. He is now on sick bed. The CGPA has taken up his case on the CPENGRAMS portal in March 2014; nothing has come through, with the lapse of eight months.  On behalf of the CGPA, giant-strength BPS Secretary-General took it up through his Blog and by writing to all the concerned officers, the MP and the Minister; but yet the stone has not moved. How, repeat how, can the Depatments or the P/CDA Allahabad  remain rigidly silent so long. The SCOVA should be told, and the pensioner should get the Revised PPO fast.
(PS: Yes, the subject of Revision of PPOs has been discussed and debated almost in every SCOVA meeting. But what is projected should be cleared at the SCOVA meet. Sometimes, ‘inconvenient’ subjects are set aside. It should not happen, here.)
3.    The IR and the Merger
The Government/Ministry is aware that the earlier Pay Commissions had recommended the Interim Relief, as the monetary relief would come years later. The 6th Commission remained defiant. But, the 7th Commission has made it clear that on a Reference by the Government, they would consider it. Various unions and organisations including the pensioners associations have written to the Govt to make such a Reference to the Commission. This has not been considered favourably by the Government, as yet. Can the SCOVA hear the views of the Representatives at the January meet, and convey it to the Government, for consideration and action thereon? There is clear meaning in the Grant of IR; for, today’s rupee is tomorrow’s ten rupees!
Similar is the case with the Merger of 50% of DA/DR with pay/pension. Can the SCOVA express an opinion in this regard?

4.    Court cases           
On the Question of parity, many cases are in different courts. In respect of the Judgement of May 15, 2014, by the CAT-PB New Delhi, the Government, on the reported advice of the Dept of Law, has agreed to give the arrears to the petitioners of the S-29 Grade Pensioners Assn w.e.f. 1.1.2006.  This is at great variance with the Nakhra Judgement. What should the pensioners community do in this inconsistent situation? Should they all join together, and go to the court, as and when possible? Many of them are quite aged, and they would not be alive to see the judgement – let alone get the results to their hands. What is the considered view of SCOVA?
5.    Commendatory Awards
The Bharat Pensioners Samaj, New Delhi, has instituted Awards for ‘outstanding performance’ by the Pensioners Associations on year to year basis. It has two Trophies, and Commendation certificates. The Karnataka CGPA had proposed to the DoP&PW to consider the institution of such Awards/Certificates, in addition to the Grants-in-Aid. The SCOVA should favourably consider this item.


From:                                          Karnataka CGPA, Bangalore