Friday, November 28, 2014

S.C.Maheshwari Secy. Genl.. BPS writes to Prime Minister Of India:Will anyone in the Govt. help ?

93 year old defence civilian Pensioner A S Pereira superannuated in 1980 from the Garrison Engineer's office in Bangalore.. waiting on Death Bed for his revised PPO from P/CDA Allahabad CPENGRAMS : Regn No.MODEF/E/2014/00783 March 2014: Exiting PPO number is ENG/902/80 his 25461261(Benglore)
Will anyone in the Govt. help?
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Activity report of D.D. Mistry BPS Secy. for BSNL / PSUs

Junagadh 2nd District Conference:
On 22.11.2014, Shri D.D. Mistry, GS BDPA (INDIA) addressed Open Session of 2nd District Conference of Junagadh District, where more than 200 Pensioners/invitees were present. The Mayor of Junagadh City also addressed the session. Shri D.D. Mistry enlighten the audience on pending irriating issues of Pensioners including Anomalies, 78,.2% IDA Merger issue, Medical Allowance, 7th CPC and its relevancy for BSNL Pensioners etc. Shri D.V. Lavadia spoke on pending issues and submitted his annual report and accounts for previous year.
33rd Get to Gatjer “ Ahmedabad:
21.11.2014: The 33rd Get to Gather – Sneh Samelan – of BDPA (INDIA) was held on 20.11.2015 at 15.00 hours in Ahmedabad Medical Association Hall (Air-conditioned) under the Presidentship of Shri A.N. Patel.Shri J.B. Kumpavat anchored the event in his own meticulous and appreciable manner involving the entire audience. The hall was jam packed beyond its capacity and as such the pensioners were accommodated on dias and adjoining two rooms as more than 450 pensioners make it a point to attend it. Shri D.D. Mistry, GS was honoured with garland and banquet for his election as Secretary BSNL/PSUs in 59th AGM of Bharat Pensioner Samaj on 09.11.2014 at Agra. Shri D.D. Mistry enlightened the audience on pending burning issues of BSNL/DOT Pensioners, its present position and the efforts being made by the BDPA (INDIA) in collaboration BPS New Delhi. He stressed over the issue that legal struggle is imminent as the Government is contemplating to deprive the pensioners from their legal right of IDA Merger w.e.f. 10.06.2013 instead of 01.01.2007. It will also deprive the pensioners from their right of leave encashment, gratuity and computation.
 Shri Pandya enlightened the meeting over numerous provision of RTI to get the information and its proper usages by the Pensioners. The Doctors from SAL HOSPITAL Ahmedabad spoke on TKR and Cardiac Care and replied various queries of the members. It was decided by the audience that hereafter the meeting will be held by collecting contribution of Rs.100/- from each member attending it so as make the BDOPA (INDIA) comfortable. Shri A.N. Patel in his concluding speech thanked members and offered regret for inconvenience caused due to space problem. He also throw light how the BDPA (INDIA) office is functioning regularly and issuing journal uninterruptedly. The meeting was concluded with Dinner and exchanging pleasantries amongst pensioners

The 4th CWC of BDPA (INDIA):

It was held on 07.10.2014 at 11.00 hours in BDPA Office. Representatives from Valsad, Surat, Vadodara, Kheda, Mehsana, Rajkot and Ahmedabad participated. It was tentatively decided to hold 4th Gujarat Circle Conference and 2nd All India Conference in the month of June, 2015. It was also decided to publish ‘BSNL PENSIONERS HANDBOOK CUM TELEPHONE DIRECTORY 2015. A committee was also formed for the publication of the same. It was decided to accelerate membership enrolment programme to meet with targets. Issue of 78.2% IDA merger was also discussed threadbare and all shown their disappointment, agony and dissatisfaction towards the authorities for handling it with lukewarm response. The GS was asked to pressurize the issue with the help of all the concerned associations and move jointly in this direction. It was decided that now Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar District will held their get-to-gather separately as other districts are convening their own functions for the districts.

Second Get-to-Gather of Surat & Tapti Districts

It was held on 07.09.2014 at Surat. S/Shri D.D. Mistry, A.N. Patel and J,B, Kumpavat addressed. A Directory of Surat & Tapti Pensioners containing information of 245 members was also released. More than 200 Members attended and 17 new members were enrolled during the meeting.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Clarifications regarding e-tender 2014 for empanelment of HCOs and determination of rates under CGHS.

F. No. S-11045/36/2012 – CGHS (HEC)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS
Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108
Dated: 26th November, 2014

O F F I C E   O R D E R

Subject: Clarifications regarding e-tender 2014 for empanelment of HCOs and determination of rates under CGHS.

Following are the clarifications regarding e-tender 2014 regarding fixation of rates:-

1. Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai rates of 2012: These rates are applicable for Cancer surgeries in CGHS empanelled hospitals. A detailed order regarding applicable rates for Cancer surgeries in CGHS empanelled hospitals is available on CGHS website.

2. Annual Health Check-up for group ‘A’ Central Government Officers Aged ‘40’ and above and for other categories of CGHS beneficiaries as specified by Government: It is clarified that annual Health checkup would henceforth be conducted by all CGHS empanelled hospitals. The relevant clause of MoA signed by empanelled hospitals is reproduced below:-


The Hospital shall agree for conducting all investigations / diagnostic tests / consultations etc. of the Central Civil Services Group ‘A’ officers of above 40 years of age and other categories of CGHS beneficiaries as specified by government from time to time as per the prescribed protocol, subject to the condition that the hospital shall not charge more than Rs.2000/- for conducting the prescribed medical examination of the male officers and Rs.2200/- for female officers of Central Government who come to the hospital/ institution with the requisite permission letter from their Department/ Ministry / competent authority.”

3. Beneficiaries undergoing IOL implantation: It is clarified that the cost of lens (IOL) would be reimbursable in addition to package charges for treatment procedures (sr. No. 154 to 159). With respect to order dated 21.8.2014 regarding IOL, it is clarified that if a beneficiary had been implanted Hydrophilic IOL in one eye earlier and now requires IOL in other eye, then in such a case Hydrophilic IOL would be permitted as per old rates of 2008. In all such cases prior permission by competent authority permitting use of Hydrophilic IOL based on advice of specialist would be required.

4. Package rates as mentioned in CGHS approved rate list for various treatment procedure are for semi-private ward. If the beneficiary is entitled for general ward there will be a decrease of 10% in theses rates; for private ward entitlement there will be an increase of 15%. However, for investigations the rates as mentioned in CGHS list would apply irrespective of entitlement of the beneficiary

5. The rates of whole Blood/Blood Components would be as follows:-

Sr. No.Blood ComponentsRates
1Whole Blood1450/- Per Unit
2Packed Red Cell1450/- Per Unit
3Fresh Forzen Plasma400/- Per Unit
4Platelet Concentrate (RDP)400/- Per Unit
5Cryoprecipitate200/- Per Unit
6Platelet Concentrate – ApheresisShould not exceed 11000/- Per Unit

  1. Following are also approved investigations and rates
Sr. No.InvestigationsNon- NABL RatesNABL Rates
1Dengue Serology510600
4Widal Test6070

Dr. (Mrs.) Sharda Verma
Director (CGHS)


Aadhaar based authentication of Life Certificate for pensioners.

Review of pensioners' data submitted by various pension disbursing banks - meeting held on 21st November, 2014 - reg.

Secy. Genl. S.C.Maheshwari's message to BPS stake holders (COMMUNICATE, COORDINATE & CONSOLIDATE)

Communication is a basic tool for the promotion, management & progress of an organization. While word of mouth , print  & electronic media remain to be effective methods. Social media is emerging to be the strongest of all mass communication medium.  Need of the hour for a pensioners' organization with a vast base like BPS,  is to communicate freely & frequently with all its stake holders using  conventional as well as modern resources. So communicate to spread awareness, knowledge & information among  pensioner /family pensioners , affiliated/ associated associations, MOU partners, civil society, leaders both of National & Local level, MEDIA and last but not the least those retiring in the near future. We have to exert to spread awareness about pensioners contribution to the nation and the society, their service conditions & entitlement for pension, which never has been a defined benefit in this country . Even after retirement, their rich experiences /knowledge & talents guide and assist the younger generation. A good number of serving Personnel  are not aware of their service conditions and post-retirement entitlements as guaranteed by the constitution, service contracts & by the Supreme Court pronouncements .Majority of pensioners, especially those living in remote areas or retired from lower rungs remain in dark about latest developments benefitting them. Social media and modern technology have made it easier to interact. Large section of Civil  society considers exiting pension system for pre 2004  employees to be a defined benefit & a burden on exchequer which is infact is not so. May be this is a result of misconception created by Governments to cover their  own  mis-governance . Projection of real facts can remove these ill-feelings and change  their attitude towards   pensioners/family pensioners.  Small groups of thoughtful  committed pensioners spread over the country can bring a change in the attitudes of the  society and the Govt.  Most of the times counseling is required to motivate the would-be retirees to understand the issues and join hands with old pensioners.   Let us then through our affiliates & associates  launch a communication drive.  
CO-ORDINATION: Collective existence is the present-day Global scenario. Pensioners are no exception to this .We must strive to develop systems which enable everyone to act as one family with mutual confidence, support and growing interdependence. Share information, technology and resources with Affiliates/Associates MOU partners/sister organizations &members .Coordinate and provide support to members, affiliates and associate associations in resolving grievances.  stand shoulder to shoulder with the administration & fellow citizens during National emergencies & natural calamities .Participate in  welfare activities for the good of civil society. Coordination will bring us together and will help in consolidation.
CONSOLIDATION:  Inspire more and more pensioners/Assns/Federations  to join  BPS , its affiliate & associates . Sincere efforts and perseverance can bring all CG, State govt, PSUs, EPS95 pensioners/family pensioners under one banner. Proper guidance and benefits accrued to affiliates will go a long way to make them join BPS (Fed) and sister organizations to sign MOU to jointly & severally struggle for resolving  common issues. A joint family  kitchen is always better than small  individual kitchens. Pensioners are intelligent lot packed with knowledge & experience they very well can be the opinion former.  Digital India is not an elite concept or a domain of younger generation any more, elderly too are now enjoying it in a big way. Interaction & conversation through social media will afford opportunity to elderly people to come together to join each other and improve interpersonal relations. It is preferable to walk with a stick than not to walk at all. Traditional methods like Dharnas, demonstrations  are losing sheen & may not be very effective for elderly issues in times to come. In future  elderly agitations will revolve around their ' vote power'. Advance technological methods of social media are easier, less-time consuming and have lasting effects. In recent National & international happenings and  events we have witnessed its strength. In very near future more & more  ordinary literate individual  will have increasing  access to  websites, Blogs, Groups, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube etc. Why then crawl when we are gifted with wings to fly. The contacts and visitors on BPS website, Blog, Face book, twitter, yahoo group & You Tube   presently stand around 7 lac. and are increasing day by day.
            Use of modern technology is bound to consolidate “elderly vote power” and is the only ultimate weapon and panacea for all our ills. BPS affiliates & associates should  aims at promoting organizational activities to further increase stake-holder base and to empower them through knowledge,  information & experience.
Jai Hind

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

One Rank-One Pension (OROP

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state

(a) whether Government’s decision to grant pension to the retired personnel of the Defence Forces as per “One Rank-One Pension (OROP)” formula has since been implemented; if so, the details thereof;

(b) if not, the reasons for the delay; and

(c) by when this scheme is likely to be implemented?


(a) to (c) : A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

Public Grievances

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
26-November-2014 14:53 IST
Public Grievances

On an average, around 42000 grievances are received every month on Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) and in the Prime Minister’s Office.  Besides, some grievances are also received directly by the Ministries/Departments, other Central Government Offices, and State Governments, for which  centralised data base is not available.

As per CPGRAMS, the disposal and pendency for the last three years, related to Central Ministries/Departments/Organisations and State Governments is given below:-

2014 (till 24.11.2014)254180192140

The grievances pertaining to states are forwarded to them for further necessary action.   

Pending for less than 2 months-28389
Pending between 2-6 months-27695
Pending between 6 months-1 year-22145
Pending more than one year-113911

This was stated by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Sadashiv Lokhande in the Lok Sabha today.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Secy. General BPS gets an invitation a two-day conference on India’s Elderly: Dignity, Health and Security being organized by UNFPA and its partner institutions – IEG (Delhi), TISS (Mumbai) and ISEC (Bangalore) – Will like to have suggestions from Pensioners fraternity regarding points to be raised.

Shortage of Specialists and Consultants in CGHS: Rajya Sabha Q&A

ANSWERED ON  25.11.2014
Shortage of Specialists and Consultants in CGHS


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

(a) whether it is a fact that there is a shortage of Specialists and Consultants in CGHS;

(b) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; and

(c) the steps taken or being taken to ensure adequate availability of Specialists and Consultants in CGHS?

(a) & (b): Yes. Details are at Annexed.

The recruitment of specialists is done at the level of Union Public Service Commission & Posting is done by Central Health Service. It has been noted that after appointment, very few specialists actually join the CGHS. Cases of taking voluntary retirement to join private institutions are also increasing. Some of the specialists also opt for joining other Government Institutions in the Teaching Cadre. These factors render the vacancy position more acute.

(c): In order to meet the requirement against the vacancies, the posts of Specialists /Consultants are filled on contract basis. Keeping in view the acute shortage, a proposal to engage private specialists on part time basis at dispensary level has also been approved.



S.No.CGHS UnitSanctionedFilledVacant
1.CGHS, Delhi11410509
2.CGHS, Lucknow080701
3.CGHS, Kanpur070304
4.CGHS Nagpur080305
5.CGHS, Kolkata080305
6.CGHS, Chennai130706
7.CGHS, Allahabad090306
8.CGHS, Hyderabad160412
9.CGHS, Jaipur080503
10.CGHS, Bangalore060501
11.CGHS, Patna060006
12.CGHS, Pune060402
13.CGHS Ahmedabad020101
14.CGHS, Meerut010001
15.CGHS Mumbai130508