Monday, April 27, 2015

Appeal

Donations may be deposited in Bharat Pensioners Samaj SB a/c No10825178380 IFSC code SBIN0001274 SBI JANGPURA-New Delhi 110014 & details be conveyed through e.mail: bharatpensioner@gmail.com

Appointment on compassionate grounds – Clarifications issued by Railway Board


G.I., Min. of Railways, O.M. No. E(NG)H/2015/RC-l/Genl./2, dated 23.04.2015

Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds – Clarifications – regarding.

Attention is invited to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 14.092012 issued under RBE No. 102/2012. Some of the Zonal Railways have sought clarification as regards to the allowances and benefits allowed to a trainee under Board’s letter dated 14.09.2012(RBE No. 102/2012) should be given to a trainee appointed against a working‘post where it is mandatory for persons being appointed to clear the entire training period before joining a working post.


The matter has been examined in Board’s office and it is clarified that in terms of one of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, as accepted by the Government of India, candidates not possessing the minimum qualifications of Matriccould not be recruited in the Government service. At the same time, Commission also recommended that in exceptional circumstances like appointment on compassionate grounds, Government might need to provide employment opportunities to certain classes of persons not immediately meeting the minimum educational standards and Government could recruit them as “trainees” who would be given a regular pay band and Grade Pay only on acquiring the minimum qualification prescribed under the Recruitment rules.

Thus, it is amply clear that Board’s instructions dated 14.09.2012 applies exclusively in cases, where candidate being considered for appointment on compassionate grounds are not meeting the minimum qualification for entry into the Government service that is, in Grade Pay 1800/- and the word ‘trainees’ have been coined only for this limited purpose. It has nothing to do with trainees (who get stipend and not salary) in various posts of Grade Pay 1900 & above, where it is mandatory for persons to complete the training successfully, before joining a working post.

AT LAST DR TO PENSIONERS ORDERS ARE OUT-Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.1.2015.



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Aid humanity

To express its solidarity with Indian & Nepalees Sisters/ Brothers in distress and Govt. effort for relief. Bharat Pensioners Samaj (BPS) on-behalf of Indian Pensioners in anticipation of financial support from its Affiliates, Associates, members & well wishers decides to DONATE a meager sum Rs 1lac for the relief of earthquake victims through NPMRF.Cheque will be handed over to Dr. Jitender Singh MOS (PP) as soon appointment is granted.

S.C.Maheshwari
Secy. Genl. BPS

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tax Relief To Family Members of Differently Abled, dt : 24.04.15

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
24-April-2015 17:39 IST
Tax Relief To Family Members of Differently Abled

Section 80DD of the Income Tax Act, 1961, inter alia, provides for a deduction to an individual or HUF, who is a resident in India, and
  • Incurs expenditure for the medical treatment (including nursing), training and rehabilitation of a dependant, being a person with disability; or
  • Pays any amount to LIC or any other insurer in respect of a scheme for the maintenance of a disabled dependant.

The section provides for a deduction of fifty thousand rupees if the dependant is suffering from disability and one hundred thousand rupees if the dependant is suffering from severe disability.

“Dependant” in the case of an individual, has been defined to mean the spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters of the individual or any of them, and in the case of a Hindu undivided family, a member of the Hindu undivided family, if such person is dependant wholly or mainly on such individual or Hindu undivided family for his support and maintenance.

In view of the rising cost of medical care and special needs of a differently abled person, Finance Bill, 2015 proposes to amend section 80DD of the Income-tax Act so as to raise the limit of deduction in respect of a person with disability from fifty thousand rupees to seventy five thousand rupees and in respect of a person with severe disability, from one hundred thousand rupees to one hundred and twenty five thousand rupees.

This was stated by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
PIB

Friday, April 24, 2015

Rounding off of a fraction of a rupee in regulation of additional pension


BPS Pensioners Network : PENSIONERS OWN MEDIA- Quaterly activity report of BDPA Gujrat circle an affiliate of BPS -ALL IN COLOR

BPS Pensioners Network : PENSIONERS OWN MEDIA- Quaterly activity report of BDPA Gujrat circle an affiliate of BPS -ALL IN COLOR

Missing Magazines - 'BHARAT PENSONER'

Missing Magazine - 'BHARAT PENSONER'

M.M. Kapur  editor BPS along with  V K Taneja, MMC, BPS attended dak dalat on 16-04-2015 at 15.00 hrs in the office of Post Master General, Delhi at Meghdoot Bhawan, New Delhi -110001. Sh Rajender Kashyap, PMG,Delhi Circle could not come being held up in another meeting and instead ShAbhishek Singh, Director(operations) chaired the meeting assisted by Sh Ram Babu Sharma, Asstt Director(PG).
          
          Representatives of BPS apprised them of the number of missing magazines for the months of December,2014, January-February,2015 for Delhi/New Delhi and out stations.      . Director-oprns was surprised at missing percentage of February,2015 'Bharat Pensioner' for Delhi/New Delhi postal zone which stood at 14.21% . The o/o CPMG, Delhi circle has already shot a letter to all CPMs of  ,all circles and also to all SSPOs of circle. Their attention was also drawn to an earlier meeting sometimes in Feb - March, 2014 with Smt Raj Kishori, AD( PG)--PG) - since retired which resulted in improvement in delivery of magazines. Asstt Director(PG) assured to look into the matter afresh. He has also promised to give us at his earliest a list of mailing zones along-with  districts covered under each zone with postal pin codes under each zone to enable BPS to give indication of the postal zones on top right hand corner of the address slip which In turn would result in correct bundling of magazines by the Mailer. BPS informed the officers of the postal department that this practice is already in vogue and there may be stray cases where postal zones are missing. BPS team has been assured of cooperation from their  end. BPS will keep on sending communications to authorities with details of missing magazines starting from the May,2015 with data for March-2015. Asstt Director(PG), will be reminded next week.

S.C.Maheshwari

Secy. Genl. BPS

7th Pay Commission has proposed to visit North-eastern states between 7th to 15th May 2015.




Commission’s visit to North-Eastern States

The Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit North-eastern states in the second week of May, 2015.

The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of reference of the Commission to present their views.


Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.

The last date for receiving request for meeting is 6th May 2015 (1700 hours)

Source: 7cpc.india.gov.in

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cghs, CGHS BHUBANESWAR, cghs empanelment

LIST OF NEW HOSPITALS EMPANELLED UNDER CGHS-BHUBANESWAR
Sl. No.
Name of Hospital
Purpose
NABH/NON NABH
Whether already in the panel of CGHS
01
AMRI HOSPITAL LTD.
Plot No. -1, Besides Satyasai Enclave, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar-751030
Contact Person
l-Ms. Soma Chakraborty- 9937873631
2- Mr. Shivashish Misra- 9777452361
General
(All facilities available in the Hospital)
NON - NABH
Empanelled from 20th April, 2015
02
KALINGA HOSPITAL
Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar-7501023
Contact Person
1-Mr. Narendra ku. Satapathy- 0674-2300570
2-Mr. Sumeet Ku. Mangaraj- 0674-2300570
(All facilities available in the Hospital)
NON - NABH
Empanelled from 20th April, 2015
03
KANUNGO INSTITUTE OF DIABETES SPECIALITIES PVT. LTD. (KIDS)
Plot No.- 1120, Dumduma, Bhubaneswar-751019
Contact Person
1- Dr. P.K.Chhotray (M.S.)- 9238023812
2- Mr. Prabir Ku. Mohanty- 9238023805
(All facilities available in the Hospital)
NON - NABH
Empanelled from 20th April, 2015
04
SARA GASTRO LAPAROSCOPIC HOSPITAL
Plot No. 3564/4951, Gouri Nagar, Near Garage chhak, Bhubaneswar-751002
Contact Person
l-Dr. Ramji Khetri- 0674-6511191, 9438661603
(All facilities available in the Hospital)
NON - NABH
Empanelled from 20th April, 2015
05
SPARSH HOSPITAL CRITICAL CARE (P) LTD.
A/407, Sahid Nagar, Bhubaneswar-751007
Contact Person
1- Mr. Debi Prasad Panda (Manager Corp.)- 7894433849
2- Mr. Srinivas Rao, Sr. Manager (Corp. & Retail)- 7894433848
(All facilities available in the Hospital)
NON - NABH
Empanelled from 20th April, 2015

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ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR
LIST OF ALL HOSPITALS EMPANELLED UNDER CGHS-BHUBANESWAR
Name of Hospitals
Purpose
Whether accredited by NABH
1.
ADITYA CARE HOSPITAL (A unit of Quality care India Limited), Plot No-. 329/1929(p) Near Municipal Kalyan Mandap Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar-751014
General
(All facilities available)
NABH
2.
AMRI HOSPITAL LTD.
Plot No. -1, Besides Satyasai Enclave, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar-751030
Contact Person
l-Ms. Soma Chakraborty- 9937873631
2- Mr. Shivashish Misra- 9777452361
General
(All facilities available)
NON - NABH
3.
III-TECH MEDICAL COLLEGE & HOSPITAL,
Pandara, Bhubaneswar
General
(All facilities available)
NON - NABH
4.
INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES & SUM
HOSPITAL, Sector- K8, Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar-751003
General
(All facilities available)
NON - NABH
5.
KALINGA HOSPITAL
Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar-7501023
Contact Person
1-Mr. Narendra ku. Satapathy- 0674-2300570
2-Mr. Sumeet Ku. Mangaraj- 0674-2300570
General
(All facilities available)
NON - NABH
6.
KANUNGO INSTITUTE OF DIABETES SPECIALITIES PVT. LTD. (KIDS)
Plot No.- 1120, Dumduma, Bhubaneswar-751019
Contact Person
1- Dr. P.K.Chhotray (M.S.)- 9238023812
2- Mr. Prabir Ku. Mohanty- 9238023805
General
(All facilities available)
NON - NABH
7.
SARA GASTRO LAPAROSCOPIC HOSPITAL
Plot No. 3564/4951, Gouri Nagar, Near Garage chhak,
Bhubaneswar-751002
Contact Person
l-Dr. Ramji Khetri- 0674-6511191, 9438661603
General
(All facilities available)
NON - NABH
8.
SPARSH HOSPITAL CRITICAL CARE (P) LTD.
A/407, Sahid Nagar, Bhubaneswar-751007
Contact Person
1- Mr. Debi Prasad Panda (Manager Corp.)- 7894433849
2- Mr. Srinivas Rao, Sr. Manager (Corp. & Retail)- 7894433848
General
(All facilities available)
NON - NABH
9.
M/S PRADYUMNA BAL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL(KIMS),
KIIT Campus, Patia, Bhubaneswar
General
(All facilities available)
NON - NABH
10.
VIVEKANANDA HOSPITAL,
Plot No-A-54/1 & A-55/1, Dinalipi Bhawan, Near Fire Station Square, Baramunda, Bhubaneswar-751003, Dist-Khurda, Odisha
General
(All facilities available)
NON - NABH
11.
BIBHUTI BHUSAN MEMORIAL DENTAL HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH CENTRE,
Plot no-805, Jaydev Vihar, Near Mayfair Lagoon Hotel, Bhubaneswar-751013, Odisha
Dental Clinics
NON - NABH
12.
L V PRASAD EYE INSTITUTE,
347 P, Patia, Po-Kiit, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha
Eye Hospital
NABH

CGHS Forwarding letter
ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH & F.W.
DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF CGHS
OFFICE OF THE ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR, CENTRAL GOVT. HEALTH SCHEME
OLD A.G. COLONY, UNIT-IV, BHUBANESWAR-751001
TEL/FAX-0674-2500127

PRIVATE/HOSP/CGHS-BBSR/2015-138
Dt. 20.04.2015

OFFICE ORDER
Subiect: Continuous empanelment of Private Health Care organizations (HCO under CGHS, Bhubaneswar.

In continuation to the OM No. -S.l1045/36/2012/CGHS/HEC of the Directorate of CGHS, Ministry of Health of F.W., Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi dt. 10th Dec., 2014 the following Private Hospitals (HCOs) are empanelled under CGHS, Bhubaneswar with immediate effect.

The approved list of the HCOs for empanelment under CGHS, Bhubaneswar as per terms and conditions of empanelment and MOA signed between CGHS and HCO as per CGHS rate of 2014 is enclosed herewith.

A copy of this office order along with a list of empanelled HCOs are placed on the website at http://mohfw.nic. in/cghsnew/index. asp.

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(Dr. M.M.Dash)
Additional Director
Bhubaneswar

Click here to download Original Order from CGHS


Procedure for reimbursement of Medical expenses under ECHS – Reimbursement limited to 23 days in case 7 days medicines issued by empanelled hospitals

Procedure for reimbursement of Medical expenses under ECHS – Reimbursement limited to 23 days in case 7 days medicines issued by empanelled hospitals

No.22 D(07)/2014/ (WE)/D(Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi

Dated : 22nd April, 2015.
 To,
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Naval Staff
The Chief of Air Staff

ADDENDUM
Subject: Procedure for payment and reimbursement of medical expenses under ECHS
Sir,

With reference to Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.24(8)/03/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 19th December 2003, I am directed to convey the sanction of Competent Authority for following addition to Para 7 of the letter.

2. The reimbursement shall be limited to 23 days in case 7 days medicines have been issued by empanelled hospital for conditions mentioned in para 6 of Govt. of India letter under reference in terms of GOI/MoD letter No.22D(07)/2014/US(WE)/D(Res) dated

3. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their U.O. No 33(207)/2014.Fin/Pen elated 8-4-2015.

Yours faithfully,

H.K Mallick
Under secretary to the Govt. of India
Click here for Original ECHS Order



BPS Pensioners Network : PENSIONERS OWN MEDIA-'PENSIONERS RAIL SAMPARK' Quaterly news letter of RSCWS Chandigarh an affiliate of BPS

BPS Pensioners Network : PENSIONERS OWN MEDIA-'PENSIONERS RAIL SAMPARK' Quaterly news letter of RSCWS Chandigarh an affiliate of BPS

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BREAKING NEWS

Breaking News:
Petition allowed for Full pension to pre 2006 Pensioners for 20 years or more of service :
CAT Delhi has allowed the Petition for grant of Full pension for pre 2006 Pensioners for 20 years or more of service (i.e.less than 33 years of service). Orders were passed by PB CAT on 21-4-2015, in the OA filed by Sh Partap Narayan & others. Detailed judgement is awaited.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Remove legal unfairness, demand ex-servicemen

Remove legal unfairness, demand ex-servicemen: Article by Moneylife.in

Ex-servicemen demand right to appeal to High Courts as fundamental right exercised by other citizens, against an order of SC making Armed Forces Tribunal the first and last forum for them

The Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM), which is Federation of Military Veterans' Movement, has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to abrogate Sections 30 and 31 of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) Act. Abrogation of these sections will help challenge orders of the AFT on the lines of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and make justice accessible and practical for defence personnel, ex-servicemen, widows and their families, IESM said.

The letter sent by IESM refers to a decision on 11 March 2015 by the Supreme Court, which effectively ensures that the AFT becomes the first and the last forum for litigants, including defence personnel, veterans and their families.

In a letter, IESM, said, "The judgement was passed on an appeal filed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and perhaps also the Army Head Quarter (HQ) during the time of the last Government. We also have reasonable information to believe that one of the grounds raised by the MoD/Army in the appeal for denying the right of judicial remedy like other citizens of India, was that Fundamental Rights can be restricted/abrogated under Article 33 of the Constitution for defence personnel and hence a judicial remedy under writ jurisdiction of High Court would not be available."

"If it is true that this argument was raised by the MoD/Army, then it is the most unfortunate that the system itself is pleading for placing defence personnel on a lower pedestal than other citizens and pleading before the SC that the military community does not deserve the enjoyment of fundamental rights like others. It is a well known fact that Article 33 only operates during performance of duties to maintain discipline and has no connection with right to access of justice," the letter says. 

It is also well known that the majority of cases in the AFT pertain to retired personnel, military widows and their families and hence Article 33 even otherwise has no applicability. This is also against the spirit of Article 39A of the Constitution, which underlines equal justice for all citizens, IESM said.

According to the letter, there was an attempt to convince military community that the decision will lead to ‘quicker’ justice to defence personnel. However, it says, on closer and deeper examination of the issue, the following real facts and fallouts emerge:
  1. There is actually no right of appeal to the Supreme Court from AFT orders as per the AFT Act since an appeal only lies in exceptional cases involving ‘point of law of general public importance’ vide Section 31 of AFT Act. Hence what has been pleaded before the SC is that AFT should become the court of first instance as well as the court of last instance, leaving defence personnel, veterans and widows remediless since it is well known that 99.9% of cases can never involve ‘public importance’ questions. The decision will not lead to ‘quicker’ justice but in reality remove all chances and channels of challenge/appeal against AFT decisions. Can this bogey of ‘quicker’ justice be raised at the price of fundamental rights of accessible justice and remedy to citizens? 
  2. It is well known that almost all such litigants cannot afford litigation in SC due to its prohibitive cost and the aura itself of being the highest court of the country. It is not understood how the defence ministry expects poor litigants including disabled soldiers and widows from all over the country to travel to Delhi and engage lawyers in SC to fight their cases. Most of the cases in the AFT involve issues such as disability benefits, pension, minor allowances, pay fixation, ACRs etc and litigants would now be expected to suffer in silence if they feel that they have not got justice from AFT. 
  3. Defence personnel, veterans, widows and families have been deprived of their basic right of access to justice due to the plea raised by the MoD/Army wherein while all citizens of the country would have access to multiple tiers of justice, not even one tier would be available to us. Even civil government employees aggrieved by orders of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) can approach the HC if they are dissatisfied and then further the SC, whereas similar access has been denied to us and after an order of the AFT even the SC cannot be approached as a matter of vested right unless there is involvement of a point of general public importance. 
  4. We hereby express our dismay on the attempt of the official system to convey to the SC that fundamental rights of the military community should be restricted or abrogated. We are disappointed that the system itself by raising the plea of Article 33 is attempting to prove that defence personnel, ex-servicemen and their families are lower than the ordinary person on the street. This will have disastrous consequences in the years to come. If the MoD/Army makes such averments pleading for taking away the fundamental rights of their own members and former members and their families, then it is extremely unfortunate.
  5. It is well known that the AFT functions under the control of the MoD and even Members of AFT are appointed by the MoD and selected by a selection committee, which has the Defence Secretary as its member. AFT has also not been given civil contempt powers to ensure compliance of its orders. In other words, an ineffectual body has been created which functions under the MoD and then now on the plea of the MoD it has been assured that there is no effective appeal making it an all supreme body.
Maj Gen Satbir Singh (Retd), Chairman of IESM says, "We express dissatisfaction at the stand and damaging stance of the MoD and the Army in the said case, which has led to such a situation. We request the PM to kindly abrogate Sections 30 and 31 of the AFT Act so that AFT orders can be challenged on the lines of the CAT thereby making justice accessible and practical for defence personnel, ex-servicemen, widows and their families. 

Tamil Nadu-based Welfare Service of Ex-Servicemen/Families and Others, also supported the demand made by IESM. "We fully support the ex-servicemen associations from Punjab and Chandigarh. We request you to kindly initiate steps to abrogate and repeal Sections 30 and 31 of the AFT Act in order to make justice accessible to defence personnel on the lines of CAT so that aggrieved parties are able to approach the High Courts, which are independent court unlike the Tribunals, which operate under the control of Ministry of Defence and which do not inspire the confidence of litigants, " the letter sent by the association to PM Modi says.

Read at Moneylife

6th Central Pay Commission (2006 – 2015) – Why was it special?

6th Central Pay Commission (2006 – 2015) – Why was it special?

Six Pay Commissions were formulated by the Central Government until now. The 6th Pay Commission had some salient features that were never seen before. Let’s find out why this particular Pay Commission was so monumental.

The recommendations made by the previous five Pay Commissions were interrelated to each other. People who had studied these would know that despite the similarities, the recommendations were not exactly generous.

“Weightage” was the most-frequently used terminology in all previous pay commissions. New employees wouldn’t be aware of this. Weightage was all about calculating a certain percentage of the basic pay and adding it to the new basic pay (Basic Pay Weightage, Fitment Weightage or Fitment Benefit). This was the method prescribed by the five Pay Commissions before.


Even more pathetic was “Increment Weightage”. Particularly the 5th Pay Commission didn’t consider all the increments that the employee had received. According to the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission, it was given on the basis of one out of three increments.

As well, those were the days when promotions were rare. For years, employees were getting meager amount as annual increment. Only disappointment remained because the employees felt as if their ten years’ progress was unfairly evaluated.

Since no significant changes were made in the calculation of DA in the 5th Pay Commission, for the entire ten years, percentage of Dearness Allowance had increased by only 74%.

Until the 5th Pay Commission, House Rent Allowance was given in four categories – 5%, 7.5%, 15%, and 30% or as consolidated amount.

Lack of generosity was also obvious in areas like Tuition Fees, Transport Allowance, and Leave Travel Concession.

The 6th Central Pay Commission was special because it was radically different from its predecessors.

    “Grade Pay was introduced, and, although there were MACP confusions due to the new Hierarchy system, since its pluses outnumbered its minuses, we feel that there is nothing wrong in recollecting the good points that the Commission had recommended. This article will help the next generation employees understand why the 6th Pay Commission was so unique.”

Multiplication Factor : This is considered by many as a transparent approach.
[Read  6th CPC’s Multiplication Factor of 1.86 ]

Children’s Education Allowance : From a meager Rs.40 per month, it was raised to Rs.1000. This reflected genuine interest and concern about the future generation. [Click to read more about this]

3% Increment : The decision to calculate the annual increment at 3% of the current basic pay continues to be applauded even now. [Click to read Annual Increment – Comparison table between 5th & 6th CPC]

Transport Allowance : Although Convenience Allowance was clubbed with this, it was a good decision to have made the revision of transport allowance dependent on the dearness allowance.

Leave Travel Concession : Which was until then, given only for Class II travel, was elevated to AC- Tier III, and Tier II.

Child Care Leave : It was a blessing for female employees.

Military Service Pay : First time recommendation for the Armed Forces Personnel by 6th Pay Commission.

DA Calculation : The Dearness Allowance was calculated based on the All India Consumer Price Index published by Labour Bureau. Calculation method for arriving the percentage of additional Dearness Allowance was recommended by 6th CPC with important average index factor of 115.76 instead of 306.33. Dearness Allowance went up as high as 10% and earned an increase of about 120% in its ten years’ tenure. 

    Finally, All Central Government Employees Unions and Federations played a very important role in the revolutionary changes and liberal recommendations that were being offered to the employees. Let us not forget that it was our unified voice and determination that made it all possible.

Read at CGen.in