Saturday, November 29, 2014

BPS proposed Agenda for 26th of SCOVA

1.   Apex Court Judgements:  Supreme Court judgements should automatically be applied to all similarly placed Pensioners/family pensioners. DOP &PW, Ministry of Law & Justice & the Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure should abandon the policy of pushing every pensioner to the court of law on the matters already decided by the honourable Supreme Court.

2. Online Grievance redresses mechanism CPENGRAM : DOP & PW  should abandon the policy ‘Forward & Forget’ Department should ensure that the grievance is fully resolved in real time and is not closed by the concerned Department for the sake of closing it. There should be a provision to intimate aggrieved about the action taken on his feed back.

3.Right  to family pension of legally married spouse be made irrevocable : Increasing number of cases in   lower rung are coming to light where in knowingly or unknowingly name of legally married living spouse is not included in PPO & illiterate widows  are  denied family Pension. Following illustration  highlights  the seriousness of the issue. (Grievance Registration number DOPPW/E/2014/02841) Joseph Kha Kha a tribal retired on superannuation in 2009 as MCM from under SSE/AC; Northern Railway 'Varanasi' name of his living spouse Ms Anjala khakha though exits in Post Retirement Complimentary Pass authorization letter & medical ID card but does not appear  in PPO  No 0109070010.Consequently the widow  is not getting family Pension.  The illiterate Tribal lady is finding it hard to get herself a PPO issued. There may be hundreds of such cases in Triblal & hilly areas.DOP &PW is therefore requested to issue guide lines for including the names of the legitimate widows in such cases
4..Pension Adalats: Scope of Pension Adalats be expanded to :
(a) Cover grievance especially as CPENGRAM is not proving to be very effective . 
(b)  Enable representatives of SCOVA and identified Associations  to plead cases of Pensioners & Family Pensioners since  most of the pensioners/family pensioners are not aware of latest rules & regulations and are  thus unable to present their cases correctly
5. Nomination of SCOVA members  : At present no Ministry or Department other than the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension -DOP &PW is keeping track of pensioners Associations & their performance which has already identified over 40 Pensioners Associations. Thus seeking opinion of Ministries/Departments which have no system/procedure either to recognize/identify or monitor the wkg of Pensioners' Associations should be dispensed with & DOP & PW should take its own decision based on its system of monitoring identified Associations. This will avoid undue  political & subjective influence in the nomination of SCOVA members.
6. Minimum pension : As per the accepted recommendation of 6th CPC floor ceiling for minimum pension is Rs3500/  which means that minimum basic  Pension/Family pension shall not in any case be less than Rs 3500/- But in practice,  in case of those , whose qualifying service was less than thirty-three years, the amount of this minimum 3500/ pension floor ceiling is being violated & their pension is being reduced below it on pro-rata basis  .This violation of 6th CPC accepted recommendations need to be looked into & rectified  urgently. 

BPS suggestion to DOP &PW for promoting welfare of Pensioners'/Family Pensioners drawing pension / family pension from Central Government.

Dear madam Deepa Anand,

With reference to your No A/5/2014-P&PW (D) Dated the 18th November, 2014 regarding suggestions for promoting welfare of Pensioners'/Family Pensioners drawing pension / family pension from Central Government. Bharat Pensioners Samaj suggest: 

1. Pensioners/ family pensioners will be a much happier lot if DOP & PW abandon the policy ‘Forward & Forget’ and  ensures that the grievance registered  CPENGRAM is fully resolved in real time and is not closed by the concerned department for the sake of closing it. There should be a provision to intimate aggrieved about the action taken on his/her feedback.

2.  DOP & PW, Ministry of Law & Justice & the Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure should abandon the policy of pushing every pensioner to the court of law on the matters already decided by the honorable Supreme Court.  Supreme court judgments should automatically be applied to all similarly placed Pensioners/family pensioners.


Secy. General Bharat Pensioners Samaj

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


26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of January, 2015-BPS Invites Agenda items from its stake holders

F. No. 42/39/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 24th Nov, 2014


Subject : 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of January, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP).

The 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is scheduled to be held in the January, 2015. The details of the date, time and venue of the meeting will follow. The meeting will be chaired by the Hon’ble Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Pubic Grievances & Pensions.

2. All the Pensioners Associations under SCOVA are requested to kindly provide the following requisite information through fax as well as E-mail :

(a) Suggest fresh items/issues, if any, for inclusion in the agenda to be discussed for the proposed meeting. Kindly do not send those agenda items which have already been discussed in the previous SCOVA meetings and on which final decision/action has already been taken. Your response in this regard may please be sent to this Department so as to reach the undersigned latest by 10th December, 2014 to enable us to finalize the agenda items. Minutes of the meetings and Action Taken Reports of the previous SCOVA meetings are available on the website of this Department –

(b) Because of the consideration of space, only one representative of your organization may attend the above said meeting. Confirmation of participation and the name of the participant may kindly be intimated in advance to the undersigned by fax/e-mail.

3. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions.

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary
Telephone : 24635979
Telefax : 24644637
E-mail: c.taneja(


Rates of existing Minimum Wages fixed for the Skilled, Semi –skilled and Un-skilled workers effective from 01.10.2014

d, Semi –skilled and Un-skilled workers for the Central Sphere under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 effective from 01.10.2014:-
As on 01.10.2014
Name of Scheduled Employment
Category of Worker
Rates of wages including V.D.A per day (in Rs.)
Area AArea BArea C
1. AgricultureUnskilled217197195
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisory237219200
Highly Skilled286265237
2. Workers engaged in Stone Mines for Stone Breaking and Stone Crushing1. Excavation & removal of over burden with 50 meters lead/1.5 meters lift:
(a) Soft Soil221.4
(b) Soft Soil with Rock334.57
(c) Rock443.86
2. Removal and Staking of rejected stones with 50 metres lead 1.5 metres lift176.73
Stone breaking or Stone Crushing for the stone size
(a) 1.0 inch to 1.5 inches1377.35
(b) Above 1.5 Inches to 3.0 Inches1176.92
(c) Above 3.0 Inches to 5 Inches688.13
(d) Above 5.0 Inches565.08
3. Sweeping and CleaningUnskilled332276222
4. Watch and WardWithout Arms367312259
With Arms404367312
5. Loading and UnloadingUnskilled332276222
6. ConstructionUnskilled332276222
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisory367312259
Highly Skilled439404367
7. Non-Coal MinesAbove GroundBelow Ground
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisory276332
Highly Skilled386439

Name of Schedulded EmploymentNomenclature
1. AgricultureAgriculture
2. Workers engaged in Stone Mines for Stone Breaking and Stone CrushingWorkers engaged in Stone Mines for Stone Breaking and Stone Crushing
3. Sweeping and CleaningEmployment of Sweeping and Cleaning excluding Activities prohibited under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993
4. Watch and WardEmployment of Watch and Ward
5. Loading and UnloadingEmployment in Loading and Unloading in (i) Goods Sheds, Parcel Offices of Railways; (ii) Other Goodssheds, Godowns, Warehouses etc. and;  (iii) Docks and Ports
6. ConstructionConstruction or maintenance of Roads or Runways or in Building Operations including laying down Underground Electric, Wireless, Radio, Television, Telephone, Telegraph and Overseas Communication Cables and similar other Underground Cabling Work, Electric Lines, Water Supply Lines and Sewerage Pipe Lines
7. Non-Coal MinesEmployees engaged in the employment of  Gypsum, Barytes, Bauxite, Manganese, China Clay, Kyanite, Copper,Clay, Magnesite, White Clay, Stone, Steatite (including the mines producing Soap Stones and Talc), Orchre, Asbestos, Fire Clay, Chromite, Quartzite, Quartz, Silica, Graphite, Felspar, Laterite, Dolomite, Red Oxide, Wolfram, Iron Ore, Granite, Rock Phosphate, Hematite, Marble and Calcite, Uranium, Mica, Lignite, Grave, Slate and Magnetite Mines

AREA – “A”
Ahmedabad(UA)Hyderabad(UA)Faridabad complex
Greater Mumbai(UA)Nagpur(UA)Secunderabad
Navi Mumbai
AREA – “B”
BikanerMoradabad(UA)Durg-Bhilai Nagar(UA)
Guwahati CitySrinagar(UA)Tiruchirappalli(UA)

Area ‘C’ will comprise all areas not mentioned in this list.
NB: U.A. stands for Urban Agglomeration.

The above statement was annexed with the answers of undermentioned Lok Sabha Question:-

ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014
158 . Naik Prof. Seetaram Ajmeera
Singh Shri Dushyant, Birla Shri Om

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a)the details of minimum wages fixed for the skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers in the country, State/UT-wise; 

(b)whether the Government proposes to introduce a uniform system by linking inflation index for fixing wage rates for the workers of unorganised sector throughout the country; 

(c)if so, the details thereof along with the status of families living on minimum wages and below poverty line in the country; and 

(d)the action taken by the Government in this regard so far?



(a): A statement showing the rates of existing Minimum Wages fixed for the Skilled, Semi –skilled and Un-skilled workers for the Central Sphere under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 effective from 01.10.2014 is at Annexure. 

(b) to (d): In order to protect the minimum wages against inflation, Central Government has already adopted the Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) as a component of minimum wage and which is revised twice a year taking into account the rise in the Consumer Price Indices. In the Central sphere, the minimum rates of wages are revised effective from 1st April and 1st October every year. 

The details of the status of families living on minimum wages and below poverty line are not maintained by the Ministry. 


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Measures taken by the Govt to overcome the Inconvinence caused to Beneficiaries due to Shift in Treatment Policy of CGHS -PIB

With a view to plug the loopholes in the system, the Government decided on 25.8.2014 that only CGHS formulary medicines and those approved by Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) in India would be provided to beneficiaries under CGHS. The maximum period of issued medicines was also curtailed to one month instead of three months. It was decided ibid that only listed investigations/treatments at prescribed CGHS rates would be allowed.

The following measures have since been taken to overcome the inconvenience caused to the beneficiaries due to this shift in policy:

(i) The Government decided to adopt formularies of Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) and Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) also in addition to the existing CGHS formulary.

(ii) A technical committee under Chairmanship of Special DG has been constituted to consider inclusion/exclusion of medicines/ investigation/treatment/procedures /implant etc.

(iii) A Group of experts has been constituted on 25.9.2014 to review CGHS formulary to avoid denial of essential medicines to CGHS beneficiaries and revising the formulary.

(iv) Instructions have also been issued to CMOs In-charge vide Office Memorandum No. 2-2/2014/CGHS/PPT/CGHS-P dated 1.10.2014 to use their discretion to supply essential medicines to CGHS beneficiaries even though they do not figure in the formularies of CGHS/ECHS/ESIC.

(v) The Government also extended further relaxation to the beneficiaries by switching back to the previous arrangement regarding time period of issued medicines i.e. 3 months for chronic disease and 6 months in case of visit abroad.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.


(Release ID :111758)

Amendment to Minimum Wages Act: Govt. statement in Lok Sabha

ANSWERED ON 24.11.2014

6 . Sampath Shri AnirudhanWill the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-


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


(a) to (c): Yes, Madam. Major Central Trade Unions had raised demands to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs.10,000/- linked with cost price index on 04.09.2012. Further, the demand to fix minimum wages not less than Rs.15,000/- per month was placed before the Government by these trade unions on 06.06.2014 and 24.06.2014. 

Proposals for amendment to the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 were put on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on 17.06.2014 for public consultation. The proposals inter-alia include universal coverage to all the employments by removing the restriction of 1000 or more workers for an employment to come within the purview of Minimum Wages Act, making National Floor Level Minimum Wage (NFLMW) statutory and enhancement of penal provisions by increasing the fine prescribed for contravention of certain provision of the Act from Rs.500/- to Rs.5,000/- on first conviction and with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine of not less than Rs.5,000/- extending up to Rs.10,000/- in the case of second or subsequent conviction under the Act. 

Source: Lok