Friday, April 20, 2018

Digital civil registration is one powerful way of enabling every child to potentially have a unique medical record that follows them through life

  • Hinduatan times 20 Apr 2018
  • Delhi

India can lead the way to deliver health for all 

By Seth Berkley

By using digital identity systems, the lives of thousands of children under the healthcare radar can be changed

The recent revelation that 50 million social media profiles were misused to manipulate voters in the United States means we now have yet another reason to be vigilant about our online identities. However, rather than shunning technology, we need to embrace it. Because digital technology could hold the key to safeguarding the voting rights for millions of the most marginalised people, while improving their health and prospects at the same time. One in four children worldwide are born without their birth being registered. These vulnerable children grow up living under the radar with no access to education, healthcare and, later on in life, the right to vote. Digital identity technologies have the potential to leapfrog the often archaic, paper-based civil registration systems.
Aadhaar is a shining example of how access to government services can be transformed for vulnerable communities. For India this represents an opportunity to lead the way in helping some of the poorest countries in reaching their Sustainable Development Goals, by improving access to immunisation.
Currently around 80% of the world’s poorest children receive all three shots of a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-containing vaccine. But we need to find new ways to reach more children with vaccines, such as the pneumococcal conjugate and rotavirus vaccines.
Improving civil registration in poor countries can make this happen. Digital civil registration is one powerful way of enabling every child to potentially have a unique medical record that follows them through life.
In India this transformation is underway. India now has the ambitious goal of increasing from 62% to 90% the number of children completing the full immunisation schedule.
A new smartphone system that is linked to a digital identity system is enabling auxiliary nurse midwives to pull up medical records of patients in the field using biometric data. A similar approach could enable more children to be reached. It is innovations like these that will enable India to succeed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is meeting leaders in London at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, has set India on a course to become a world leader of solar energy. Now he has the chance to do the same with digital identity technology.
Provided privacy and security remain sacrosanct, the potential to empower hundreds of millions of vulnerable people is simply huge. India has already transformed the global vaccines industry and there’s now every reason to believe India can have as much success exporting its digital identity technology too, and, in doing so, help millions of vulnerable people protect their right to lead healthy lives. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
The views expressed are auther's personal
HT FILE
One in four children worldwide are born without their birth being registered. These vulnerable children grow up living under the radar with no access to education, healthcare and, later on in life, the right to vote. Digital identity technologies have the potential to leapfrog the often archaic, paper-based civil registration systems.
Aadhaar is a shining example of how access to government services can be transformed for vulnerable communities. For India this represents an opportunity to lead the way in helping some of the poorest countries in reaching their Sustainable Development Goals, by improving access to immunisation.
Currently around 80% of the world’s poorest children receive all three shots of a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-containing vaccine. But we need to find new ways to reach more children with vaccines, such as the pneumococcal conjugate and rotavirus vaccines.
Improving civil registration in poor countries can make this happen. Digital civil registration is one powerful way of enabling every child to potentially have a unique medical record that follows them through life.
In India this transformation is underway. India now has the ambitious goal of increasing from 62% to 90% the number of children completing the full immunisation schedule.
A new smartphone system that is linked to a digital identity system is enabling auxiliary nurse midwives to pull up medical records of patients in the field using biometric data. A similar approach could enable more children to be reached. It is innovations like these that will enable India to succeed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is meeting leaders in London at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, has set India on a course to become a world leader of solar energy. Now he has the chance to do the same with digital identity technology.
Provided privacy and security remain sacrosanct, the potential to empower hundreds of millions of vulnerable people is simply huge. India has already transformed the global vaccines industry and there’s now every reason to believe India can have as much success exporting its digital identity technology too, and, in doing so, help millions of vulnerable people protect their right to lead healthy lives. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
The views expressed are personal
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CGHS Wellness Centre Visakhapatnam

No BPS/SG/vizag/018/1                                                                                     Dated 17.4.18

To
Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda
Honourable Union Minister  H & FM GOI
Room No 348 A wing, Nirman Bhavan ,New Delhi-110011

Subject : CGHS Wellness Centre Visakhapatnam

Respected Sir,

     Central  Govt Health Scheme has been sanctioned to Visakhapatnam and one Wellness Centre, under The Administrative control of ADDL Director CGHS  Hyderabad, has started functioning wef 9.1.2017. At Present one male Doctor and one Female Doctor are working in the Centre. Location of the Wellness Centre is in one corner of the city. Visakhapatnam City with over  20 Lakh Population spreads over vast area and Central Govt Pensioners availing CGHS facility are residing in Different corners of the city. For example Pensioners residing in areas link Pendurthy, Gajuwaka, Madhurawada have to travel a distance of 50 km (Both Ways) for getting prescription & medicines. To my knowledge on an average of two to three hundred card holders are visiting wellness centre daily. The two Doctors now available are not  able to cope up with the pressure. You may be surprised to know that many Pensioners are going to the centre at 4.00 AM and stand in the que for collecting tokens. Many are forced to wait for 4 to 5 hours for getting treatment and medicines. Posting of some more Doctors or opening of one more wellness centre, may ease the situation.

2. For inclusion of names of dependents of the Pensioner in the CGHS Card, CGHS authorities are insisting proof of dependency and demanding legal heir Certificate from revenue authorities. Sir, now when self-declaration & self-attestation are considered valid, demand of legal heir certificate from elderly persons is too arsh. Kindly help the elderly by resolving the issues brought out

Thanking you in anticipation
With warm regards
Yours truly,


S C Maheshwari
Secy Genl.
Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Revision of Pension of pre 2016 Pensioners dt : 18.04.2018


copy to : Shri A K Prasad, Financial Commissioner (Railway)  


2. Shri S N Mathur, Joint Secretary (Pension) 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Lakhs of PPOs pending with banks for payment for over 6 mnths

Check out @RREWA’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/RREWA/status/986094410835243009?s=09

@PMOIndia @RailMinIndia @DOPPW_India @FinMinIndia lakhs Of PPOs generated are pending fr payment with Banks fr over 6 mnths. No one is bothered only lip sympathy. No result of grievance on PG portal/ Nivaran portal https://t.co/PeXSW8i9l3

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ayushaman Bharat

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Friday, April 13, 2018

No fetters could be placed on th rights of a govt. employees during his life life time to get the best medical treatment.

INDIA • AMIT ANAND CHOUDHARY, TNN • UPDATED 3 HOURS AGO
• The SC said “no fetters” could be placed on the rights of a government employee during his lifetime to get the best medical treatment.
• It added that it was wrong to reimburse bills on the basis of rates fixed under CGHS in case the employee got treatment from a hospital which is not empanelled. 
NEW DELHI: In a relief to over 44 lakh current and retired government employees and their families covered under the Central Government Health Scheme, the Supreme Court said on Friday that reimbursement cannot be denied to them even if they received treatment in a hospital not empanelled under the plan.
The SC bench said “no fetters” could be placed on the rights of a government employee during his lifetime to get the best medical treatment and it was wrong to reimburse bills on the basis of rates fixed under CGHS in case the employee got treatment from a hospital which is not empanelled.
“The right to medical claim cannot be denied merely because the name of the hospital is not included in the government order,” the bench said.
“The real test must be the factum of treatment. Before any medical claim is honoured, the authorities are bound to ensure as to whether the claimant had actually taken treatment. Once it is established, the claim cannot be denied on technical grounds,” the bench said.
The court passed the order on a PIL filed by former Indian Revenue Service officer and advocate Shiva Kant Jha who was treated for a heart ailment at Fortis Escorts Hospital in Delhi and Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai in 2003. The total expenditure in the treatment was around Rs 13.8 lakh. The government initially refused to reimburse the bill on the ground that the hospitals were not empanelled and there was no need to implant CRT-D device.
After repeated representations made to the government, an amount of Rs 5.84 lakh was reimbursed to Jha on the basis of rates fixed under CGHS. He thereafter approached the Supreme Court for reimbursement of the rest of the amount.
Opposing his plea, the Centre said reimbursement must be done on the basis of fixed rates since private hospitals, not empanelled under the scheme, charge high amounts for treatment. The bench slammed the Centre for taking an “inhuman approach” by denying the benefits and directed reimbursement of the rest of the amount within a month.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

DON’T BE IMPATIENT WHEN INTRODUCING OLD PEOPLE TO NEW TECHNOLOGY

  • Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)
  • Vijai Pant
  • Some days back I saw a young boy in a restaurant shouting at his mother when, despite his best efforts, she could not understand how to send an audio message. “Mom, you need not try to be all savvy. Just leave it and make a normal call,” was his unwelcome suggestion.
    I didn’t like what he said, but, at the same time, his rude tone made me feel guilty as on many occasions I too have lost my patience while helping my parents understand new technologies.
    The point here is that if we intentionally or unintentionally fuel insecurity and lack of confidence in an elderly person about the use of new technologies we must remember that soon we’ll too reach that stage ourselves. While handling new technology comes easily to us because of our constant use, the elderly have to start from scratch. Consequently, they find it tough and intimidating, often struggling with the basics.
    It’s the same when in our pre-primary days they would teach us the letters of the alphabet. Did they ever shout at us because we couldn’t frame sentences? Now, when the roles are reversed, we should also treat them with the same love and patience they showed us in our childhood.
    Remember, holding a smartphone in your hand does not make you ‘smart’. Being able to give back to someone, who patiently taught you everything in life, does. (Inner Voice comprises contributions from our readers The views expressed are personal)

    Demarcation of coverage area under CGHS Wellness Centre

    Demarcation of coverage area under CGHS Wellness Centre

    It is now decided that hereinafter the Coverage of CGHS shall be limited to the areas within 5 km (approx.) radius of the CGHS Wellness Centres in all CGHS covered Cities where such demarcations were not specified.

    Government of India

    Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

    Department of Health & Family Welfare

    Directorate General of CGHS

    Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road

    New Delhi 110 011

    No. C 14012/02/2018/CGHS-111/DIR

    Dated: the 6th April , 2018

    OFFICE MEMORANDUM

    Subject: – Clarification regarding demarcation of CGHS covered areas under CGHS Wellness Centre

    With reference to the above subject the undersigned is directed to state that in some of the CGHS Cities the areas covered under CGHS were not specified resulting in inconvenience to the beneficiaries. The matter has been reviewed and it is now decided that hereinafter the Coverage of CGHS shall be limited to the areas within 5 km (approx.) radius of the CGHS Wellness Centres. in all CGHS covered Cities. where such demarcations were not specified. The Additional Director, CGHS concerned City shall notify such areas covered under CGHS Wellness Centres.

    The serving Central government employees residing outside the CGHS covered areas shall be covered under CS(MA) Rules. However. in all CGHS covered cities the serving Central government employees residing within the Municipal Limits Of the city, shall be given a onetime choice to opt for CGHS (instead of CS(MA) Rules) from the nearest CGHS Wellness Centre.

    (Dr.C.Joshi)

    Director, CGHS

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    Demarcation of coverage area under CGHS Wellness Centre

    Demarcation of coverage area under CGHS Wellness Centre

    It is now decided that hereinafter the Coverage of CGHS shall be limited to the areas within 5 km (approx.) radius of the CGHS Wellness Centres in all CGHS covered Cities where such demarcations were not specified.

    Government of India

    Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

    Department of Health & Family Welfare

    Directorate General of CGHS

    Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road

    New Delhi 110 011

    No. C 14012/02/2018/CGHS-111/DIR

    Dated: the 6th April , 2018

    OFFICE MEMORANDUM

    Subject: – Clarification regarding demarcation of CGHS covered areas under CGHS Wellness Centre

    With reference to the above subject the undersigned is directed to state that in some of the CGHS Cities the areas covered under CGHS were not specified resulting in inconvenience to the beneficiaries. The matter has been reviewed and it is now decided that hereinafter the Coverage of CGHS shall be limited to the areas within 5 km (approx.) radius of the CGHS Wellness Centres. in all CGHS covered Cities. where such demarcations were not specified. The Additional Director, CGHS concerned City shall notify such areas covered under CGHS Wellness Centres.

    The serving Central government employees residing outside the CGHS covered areas shall be covered under CS(MA) Rules. However. in all CGHS covered cities the serving Central government employees residing within the Municipal Limits Of the city, shall be given a onetime choice to opt for CGHS (instead of CS(MA) Rules) from the nearest CGHS Wellness Centre.

    (Dr.C.Joshi)

    Director, CGHS

    Click to View the Order