Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fresh Agenda Items for 28th Meeting of SCOVA to be held on 27th June, 2016



                                          Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare)

FRESH AGENDA ITEMS FOR 28th MEETING OF STANDING COMMITTEE OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES (SCOVA) TO BE HELD UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF HON’BLE MOS(PP)

S.No.Fresh Agenda Items
(28.1)One time option to CCHS Beneficiaries to choose their ward entitlement based on their Pay in Pay band.

Prior to revision ofthe rates of subscription and entitlement of wards under CGHS with effect from 1st June 2009 vide MoH&FW O.M.No.S-11011/2/2008-CGHS(P) dated 20/5/2009. Pensioners had an option to choose payment of CGHS Contribution / ward entitlement based either on last pay drawn or their pension. Pensioners who had opted for payment of subscription based on their pension got lower entitlement of ward than the entitlement based on their last basic pay. Consequent upon implementation of revised pay bands under 6th CPC, the rate of CGHS subscription was revised to be based on the grade pay and the ward entitlement on the pay in pay band that the pensioner would have drawn but for retirement. The revised rates were introduced w.e.l‘ 1-6-2009. Pensioners entitled for higher wards based on their notional pay in pay band continue to be eligible for lower ward entitlement since they
had opted for determination of their entitlement based on their pension at the time of their retirement/admission to Co1 18. It is therefore. requested that a onetime option may be allowed to pre-1-6-2009 pensioners to opt for redetermination of their ward entitlement based on their notional pay in pay band. which would make them eligible for higher wards in Private Hospitals empanelled under CGHS.

(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
(28.2)Issues relating to CGHS Wellness Centre, Dehradun

(A) Posting of two Doctors at CGHS Millan Vihar, Dehradun:-


Posting of two Doctors at CGHS Milan Vihar. Dehradun against the vacancies on account of retirement of one doctor on 30.01.2016 and posting ol‘CMO l/C against the post of Additional Director. CGHS. Dehradun(Addl. Charge).

(B) Appointment of specialist/super specialist i.e. Cardiologist. E.N.T.. Eye. and Gynecologist for a limited hours two days a week.

(C) Action taken on recommendations of Committee of Official of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and DoPPW which visited Dehradun on 28.08.2014 is not known.

(D) Merger of Survey of India Dispensary in CGHS on the same line as P&T dispensary.


The Survey of India has two dispensaries with 8 doctors and the average daily beneficiaries are 200. Whereas the CGHS cardholders are 7917 and total beneficiaries are 18796. If the Survey of India Dispensary is merged with CGHS. Dehradun. then the services of available doctors could be better utilised
(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
(28.3)Issues related to CGHS Wellness Centre, Noida

(A) The Computers. printers. water coolers. generator etc. are not in proper workable condition. Also there is no AMC for any item.

(B) The funds for maintenance CGHS Wellness Centre Building are allotted late to CPWD. The maintenance of dispensary starts in October/November whereas the fund are allotted for the whole financial year.

(C) There are vacant posts at every level. It is requested fill these vacant posts soon.

(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
(28.4)Conversion of Postal Dispensary at Cantt. Road, Cuttack to CGHS Wellness Centre.

It is been requested to the Ministry to convert present Postal dispensary located at Cantonment Road. Cuttack to CGHS Wellness Centre. Out of 52 such dispensaries only 19 have been merged with CGHS dispensary. The CGHS Wellness Center located in Kharavela Nagar. Bhubaneswar is overflowing with patients belonging to Cuttack (30 kms away). Therefore, conversion of Postal Dispensary situated at Cantonment Road. Cuttack may be prioritized.
(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
(28.5)Stoppage of Recover of wrongful/excess payments from Railway pensioners.

In the light of the judgment of the Hon‘ble Supreme Court DoPT vide their OM No. 18/26/2011-Estt(Pay-I) dated 6th February, 2014 advised to the Ministries/Departments to deal with the issue of wrongful/excess payments on specific guidelines. The N.F. Railway authorities are denying to carry out the said order with the plea of non-availability of any such order from the Railway Board.


(Action: Ministry of Railways)
(28.6)Full pension to Pre-2006 pensioners with less than 33 years of service:-

The minimum pension as ordered in OM No. 38/37/08 P&PW(A) dated 28-01-2013 read with the OM of even No. dated 30-07-2015 envisages a proportionate reduction if the service is less than 33 years. This proportionate reduction has been struck down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and a judicial finality is reached with the decrees in RP(C) No. 2565/2015 in SLP(C) No. 6567/2015. But formal OM based on orders of the Supreme Court have not been issued so far. As per the minutes of last SCOVA meeting held on 13-10-2015 (Item 27.2). it was under process. But. even after a lapse of 5 months the formal orders are to come.
(Action:- DoPPW)
(28.7)Delay in commencement of family pension to spouse on death of pensioner.

"Joint Account with spouse" system was introduced with a View among other things, to avoid delay in commencement of payment of family pension after the death of pensioner even after having joint account. It has been observed that in most of the cases commencement of payment of family pension takes 4/5 months after submission of death certificate of pension to the bank. Moreover. recovery for excess credit of pension and adjustment of family pension for the intervening period are done by the Banks in a cryptic manner and not in a transparent way. CPAO may be requested to suitably advise the Banks to arrange payment of family pension within a month of submission of death certificate and indicating details of transaction for the intervening period.

(Action:-CPAO, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Defence)
(28.8)Payment of (i) Restoration of commutation amount and (ii) Additional Pension on attaining the age of 80 years should be streamlined by the Banks:
As a practice the disbursing banks pay these amounts months after submission of claim by the pensioner. It is pointed out that the date of restoration of commuted amount normally indicated in the PPO. In exceptional cases. where it is not mentioned. the same should be restored after 15 years of retirement or date of payment of commutation value.

In respect of payment of additional pension. it depends on the date of birth of the pensioner. which is available in the PPO. In cases of payment of additional pension to family pensioner where the same is not recorded in the PPO. the family pensioner has to submit the documentary evidence in support of date of birth when required.

When required information are available in the PPO. the disbursing Bank should take action suo-moto for payment without waiting for the pensioner to apply except in the case of family pensioners as pointed out earlier. Therefore, those payments should be arranged by the Banks as and when due without requiring the pensioners to submit application as is the present practice of the Banks.

(Action:-CPAO,Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Defence)

Forwarding letter of Fresh Agenda Items to be discussed in the 28th SCOVA meeting

No. 42/05/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor. Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market. New Delhi-110003
Date:- 22nd June 2016

All the Pensioners Association included in SCOVA
vide Resolution dated 25.08.2015
Subject:- Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 27th SCOVA meeting held on 13.10.2015 and Fresh Agenda Items to be discussed in 28th SCOVA meeting.

Please find enclosed herewith copies of ATR on the decision of the 27th SCOVA meeting held on 13.10.2015 and a list of Fresh Agenda Items to be discussed in the 28th SCOVA meeting to be held on 27.06.2016 under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS(PP).

Encl: as above


(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: Pensioners Portal


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