Sunday, January 25, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Age limit of Retirement in Central Government Services – What says FR56..?





“All Government servants are to retire on the last day of the month in which they attain the age of 60 years, subject to the exceptions mentioned therein”.

The DoPT Minister informed in the Parliament as a written reply to a question to the subject above mentioned as follows…

As per Rule 56 of Fundamental Rules all Government servants are to retire on the last day of the month in which they attain the age of 60 years, subject to the exceptions mentioned therein. A copy of the relevant rule is annexed. Different age of retirement for certain categories has been fixed on functional requirements.


Employees of the Supreme Court retire on attaining the age of 60 years. The employees of Central Universities are not Central Government employees. However, the retirement age of the employees are as under:-

(i) Vice Chancellor – 70 years

(ii) Teachers – 65 years

(iii) Registrar – 62 years

(iv) Finance Officer – 62 years

(v) Controller of Examination – 62 years Different age of retirement is prescribed on functional requirements.

Extracts of Provisions in FR 56

F.R. 56(a) Except as otherwise provided in this rule, every Government servant shall 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. Provided further that a Government servant who has attained the age of fifty-eight years on or before the first day of May, 1998 and is on extension in service, shall retire from the service on expiry of his extended period of service. Or on the expiry of any further extension in service granted by the Central Government in public interest, provided that no such extension in service shall be granted beyond the age of 60 years.

(b) A workman who is governed by these rules shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.

(bb) The age of superannuation in respect of specialists included in the Teaching, Non-Teaching and Public Health Sub-cadres of Central Health Service shall be 62 years. “Provided that for the specialist included in the Teaching sub-cadres of the Central Health Service who are engaged only in teaching activities and not occupying administrative positions, the age of superannuation shall be sixty-five years: provided further that such specialist of the Teaching Sub-cadres of Central Health Service who are occupying administrative positions shall have the option of seeking appointment to the teaching positions in case they wish to continue in service up to sixty-five years.”

(bbb) The age of superannuation in respect of nursing teaching faculty with M.Sc in Nursing in the Central Government Nursing Institutions shall be 65 years subject to the condition that they continue to function as faculty members after the age of 60 years.

Removal of medicines from CGHS list – Life saving medicines – Reg.

Member of Parliament Shri.Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa asked some important questions in respect of CGHS beneficiaries regarding the life saving medicines and concerned minister has given reply on this issue as follows…

With a view to streamline the issue of medicines, an Office Memorandum was issued on 25.08.2014. Under the revised guidelines:


I. CGHS provides/ indents Medicines as per the CGHS formulary, which contains 622 branded medicines and 1447 generic medicines.

II. However, anti-Cancer and other related medicines also called Life-saving medicines, approved by Drug Controller General of India for use in India shall continue to be provided on a case to case basis.

(d) : The following measures have since been taken to overcome the inconvenience caused to the beneficiaries:

i) Since, many beneficiaries were undergoing treatment and were provided certain Insulin’s and Gliptins for anti-diabetic care, it has been decided to permit issue of such medicines to ensure continuity in treatment even though they are not included in the formulary (as an interim measure till the formulary is revised).

ii) The medicines included in the formularies of ESIC(Employees State Insurance Corporation)( 398 generic medicines) and ECHS( Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme) (517 Generic medicines) are also permitted under CGHS as an interim measure.

iii) Orders were also issued on 1.10.2014 delegating powers to CMOs i/c for providing essential medicines to CGHS beneficiaries. CMOs i/c can issue / indent medicines costing upto Rs1500 per week even though they are not included in any of the above formularies. However, in case the duration of treatment is for more than one week and the cost of medicines is more than Rs.1500/- approval of Additional Director of the concerned CGHS city must be obtained.

iv) Medicines are issued for upto three months at a time in case of chronic diseases and upto six months in case of a CGHS beneficiary going abroad. The revised Orders were issued in this regard on 21.10.2014.

Direct Benefit Transfer / Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) — payment of Commission to Banks


F.No.32 (07)/PF-II/2011(VoI.II)
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
(PF-II Division)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: the 16th of January, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Direct Benefit Transfer / Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) — payment of Commission to Banks.
The issues relating to the payment of appropriate commission with respect to payments made under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)/Direct Benefit Transfer in LPG (DBTL) schemes of the Government have been under active consideration of the Government for some time. The matter has been examined in detail, and in supersession of earlier OMs issued in this regard, it has been decided that:
(i) For urban based DBT schemes like DBTL, the transaction cost may be paid at the NEFT rate as per the extant RBI circular or the APB rate as per the extant NPCI circular (as applicable). The ‘on us and “off-us distinction, wherever it exists, should be maintained on the basis of actuals.
(ii) For rural based DBT schemes like pensions, NREGA, pre-matric scholarship, maternity benefits etc. where a large number of transactions are likely to be through the Banking Correspondents, the transaction charges may be paid @ 1% subject to an upper limit of Rs.10 per transaction, in addition to what is required to be paid vide (I) above.
(iii) The transaction cost may be paid at the time of credit of benefit transfer into the accounts of beneficiaries from the same budget line from which the respective scheme funds / benefits are being transferred.
(iv) This OM will come into immediate effect and may be reviewed from time to time.
2. This issues with the approval of the Finance Minister.
sd/-
(Chittaranj Dash)
Director (PF. II)
Launch of scheme for Girl Child named “Sukanya Samridhhi Account’ by Hon’ble Prime Minister — rate of interest reg.
IMMEDIATE
F. No.2/3/2014.NS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Departn├Čent of Economic Affairs
236, North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated the 20th January, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Launch of scheme for Girl Child named “Sukanya Samridhhi Account’ by Hon’ble Prime Minister — rate of interest reg.
In compliance of announcement by Finance Minister in his Budget Speech 2014-15 the Government of India has introduced a new scheme named “Sukanya Samriddhi Account” vide Notification No.GSR No.863 (E) dated 2nd December, 2014. It has been decided to allow 9.1% rate of interest on investments in the scheme during the financial year 2014-15.
This has the approval of Union Finance Minister.
sd/-
Under Secretary to the Govt of India

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shortlisting of HCOs under continuous Empanelment scheme in Delhi/NCR

Shortlisting of HCOs under continuous Empanelment scheme in Delhi/NCR

Shortlisting of HCOs under continuous empanelment scheme in Delhi/NCR.
F. No: S.11045/36/2012-CGHS (HEC)
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Government Health Scheme
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated the 22nd January, 2015

Shortlisting of HCOs under continuous empanelment scheme in Delhi/NCR.

Continuous empanelment scheme had been started in all CGHS cities except Mumbai w.e.f. 10.12.2014. In Delhi/NCR applications received till 19.01.2015 has been scrutinized by screening committee regarding their technical eligibility and names of the qualified HCOs is given below.

Now all qualified HCOs are required to submit letter of acceptance of rates, MoA & Performance Bank Guarantee of requisite amount (from those HCOs which are either freshly empanelled new HCOs or earlier empanelled HCOs where PBG already submitted had expired) for consideration of their empanelment with CGHS within a period of 10 days but not later than 30 days from issuance of this order.

Sr. No.
Name of the HCOs
1.
Jeevan Anmol Hospital, Mayur Vihar, N.D.
2.
Gupta Multispeciality Hospital, Vivek Vihar
3.
Yatharth Wellness Hospital & Trauma Centre, Greater Noida.
4.
Yatharth Wellness Super Speciality Hospital & Heart Centre, Sector-110, Noida.
5.
Surbhi Hospital, Sector-35, Noida
6.
QRG Central Hospital & Research Centre, Mathura Road, Faridabad.
7.
Green City Hospital, Delta-I, Greater Noida
8.
Satyabhama Hospitals Pvt. Ltd., Near Pani Tanki, Nangloi.
9.
Navjeevan Hospital, Pitampura, New Delhi.
10.
Sharda Hospital, lot No. 32&34, Knowledge Park-3, Greater Noida.
11.
Rescue Hospital, Vishwas Park, Dwarka, New Delhi.
12.
Shreya Hospital, 837, Shalimar Garden, Extn.-I, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad.
13.
Noble Diagnostic Centre, Janak Park, Hari Nagar, New Delhi.
14.
Gagan Pathology Centre, Near Ayodhya Chowk, Rohini, Delhi
15.
Balaji Dental Care, Old Anaj Mandi, Narela, Delhi.
16.
Muskan Dental Care, West Patel Nagar, New Delhi
17.
White Field Dental Clinic, IE/4, Jhandewalan Extension, New Delhi.
18.
Suraksha Eye Surgery Centre, B-15, Ground Floor, Rana Pratap Bagh, Delhi.
Sd/-
Sr. CMO(HEC)
 Room No. 524-A,Wing
 Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi

ECHS Order: Unlisted Cardiac Implants - MRI Safe Pacemaker and ICDs

Integrated Headquarters
Ministry of Defence (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt-110010
B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy
20 Jan 2015

UNLISTED CARDIAC IMPLANTS: MRI SAFE PACEMAKER AND ICDs
1. Cardiac implant rates were revised by ECHS vide their letter No B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy dt 06 Aug 2014. Many empanelled hospitals have now resorted to filling up appx ‘A’ for MRI safe pacemaker and ICDs as unlisted implants at rates many times higher than the listed cardiac implants.


2. Opinion of service cardiologist was sought in this regard which is as under:-

MRI safe cardiac implants specially pacemaker and ICDs have a place in modern cardiology practice, however two facts merit consideration:-

(a) Significant cost difference between conventional system and MRI safe devices.

(b) Globally overwhelming majority of patients are still getting conventional systems and only a small minority, the MRI safe devices. There are proven technical solutions to aquire MRI images in a patient with conventional pacemaker hence the decision to use MRI safe devises must be individualized, keeping in mind the real time requirements of MRI in a given patient, possibility of using other imaging modalities like CT scan and the expected life span of the patient.

3. It is requested that all the concerned authorities in the chain of command and empanelled hospitals be appraised of the judicious use of these unlisted devices.

(Vijay Anand)
Col
Dir (Med)
for MD ECHS

Source: http://echs.gov.in/images/pdf/med/med126.pdf


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Eligibility Criteria for ECHS Membership: Important clarifications by ECHS



Central Organisation ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
IHQ of MOD (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt - 110 010
B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS/2015 
09 Jan 2015

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA : ECHS MEMBERSHIP
1. Refer Central Org ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dated 13 Nov 2014 (copy att).



2. ECHS membership is compulsory for all retirees post 01 Apr 2003. It is very important that units processing pension documents should be clear about eligibility criteria for becoming an ECHS member. It is clarified once again that it is mandatory to meet the following conditions to be eligible for ECHS membership
(a) Indl should have an EX-serviceman status.
(b) Indl should be in receipt of Pension / Family Pension /Disability Pension.
3. Certain cases have come to notice, where non eligible members have been granted ECHS membership, While proceeding on pre mature release (i.e. W/o pension). Necessary directions be issued to all concerned to ensure only eligible ESMs are extended ECHS benefits.

(Sanjeev Saroch)
Co
Dir (Ops & Coord)
for MD ECHS
Encls : As above.



Central Organisation ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
IHQ of MoD (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt - 110 010
 B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS
13 Nov 2014
ENTITLEMENT FOR ECHS MEMBERSHIP
1. Refer to Central Org ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dated 07 Dec 20 l 2.

2. A No of clarifications are being solicited at Central Org ECHS regarding eligibility criteria for ECHS membership in respect of dependents of ESM. The subject matter has been examined at this HQ and It is clarified that ECHS facilities are being extended to dependents of ECHS members, as applicable in CGHS, in accordance with GoI, MOD letter No 18(17)/2011/US(WE) dated 31 Oct 2012(copy encl).

3. Pl visit ECHS website for any clarification/updation on the subject.

(Sanjeev Saroch)
Col
Dir (Ops & Coord)
for MD ECHS
Enclosure, As above-


No 18(17)/2011/US(WE) 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
(Department of EX Servicemen)
New Delhi the 31st Oct, 2012

To
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Air Staff
CORRIGENDUM
Sir,
With reference to GoI, MOD letter Nos. 22(01)/01/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 30th Dec 2002 and 22(01)/01/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 1st April, 2003, l am directed to convey the sanction of the Government to amend Para 2 as follows:.-

For
The scheme would cater for medicare-of all Ex Servicemen in receipt of including disability pension and family pensioners, as also ‘dependents' to include wife/husband, legitimate children and wholly dependent parents. The son with permanent disability of any kind (physical or mental).of entitled category of ECHS would be eligible for life long facility ofmedical treatment; The scheme will comprise as follows (Rest no change).

Read
The scheme would cater for medicare for all Ex-servicemen in pension including disability pension and family pensioner, as also dependents as applicable in CGHS.  The scheme will comprise as follows (Rest no change).

2. This issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) U.O. No. 3974/2012.Fin/Pen. Dated 30th Oct 2012.

Yours faithfully
sd/-
(HK Mallick)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: http://echs.gov.in/images/pdf/ops/ops109.pdf


Saturday, January 17, 2015

BPS-Tweeted

Govt employees pension not defined benefit. Deprived matching contribution 8.33%of salary pm to PF Salaries were kept low to cater fr pension-BPS to 7thCPC

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BPS Tweets

Defense personnel shd be the highest paid in India-BPS pleaded before 7th pay comm.

BPS & 7th CPC

Pension of pre & post retired SC,HC judges,CAGs,Cab.Secy.& Secy at par. R others 2nd grade citizens ?-BPS questions 7th CPC in its memo.