Friday, July 7, 2017

Cashless treatment Scheme in emergencies {CSTE} linked with 12 digit / 10 digit PPO Nos dt : 30.03.2017

Letter No BPS/SG/RELHS/017/02 dt : 30.3.2017, from S C Maheshwari SG, BPS to Member Staff (MS), Ministry of Railways, Railway Board.  (Kind attention : Shri Pradeep Kumar)
Sub: Cashless treatment Scheme in              emergencies  {CSTE}  linked  with 12 digit / 10 digit PPO Nos
I, undersigned, on  behalf  of  Bharat  Pensioners  Samaj  the largest & the oldest Federation  of  Pensioners  Associations   with  over 7 lac  members through  its  Affiliates  &  Associates  which  includes large number of Railway  Pensioners,  regrets  to  bring to your notice  that  to  join  CSTE 10 digit  PPO  Nos  are required  whereas  several   zones  such  as  Central &  Northern  Railways  have  not so far issued  PPOS  with 10 Digit  Nos  to all  the Pensioners.
Moreover, as per existing  orders of  Ministry  of Finance, on N.Rly good number of pre 1990 pensioners have  been  issued  12  digit  No  PPOs. Central  Railway  till-date has neither  issued  12 digit nor 10 digit PPOs to all the pensioners resulting  in  denial  of  CSTE membership  through no  fault  of  the  pensioners.
Sir, Annexure-4.1 to CSTE  policy letter provides facility of Online mode of CTSE I Card application  and  issues through M/S UTIITSL online  application, the said annexure- 4.1 states that  Link  to  this application is provided at all railway  websites. Undersigned  regrets  to inform you that this link does not exist on any of the Railway websites.
2. Amount to be deposited to join CSTE :- The corrigendum dated 24.1.2017 provides contribution as per ward entitlement of the applicant.  In  railway  hospitals.  All  gazette  officers are  entitled  to  private  ward  but in referral hospitals  ward entitlement  is  as  per CGHS. CGHS revised ward entitlement vide MOH&FW GOI, OM No. S.11011/11/2016- CGHS (P)/EHS dated  9.1.2016 is based on entry level indexed pay as per the level in the 7th CPC pay matrix. It may  kindly be clarified  if same will be  applicable to  Rly  Pensioners  also
3. Sir, BPS, further strongly urge that till all Railway dispensaries are authorized to refer the beneficiaries to railway em-paneled hospitals and diagnostic centres, the proposed Scheme CSTE will not be of much help to the retirees even after shelling out additional amount to join CSTE. Your honour can very well appreciate the logistics of traveling to Railway hospitals for day-to-day treatment  due to old age ailments (as many of them are located at far off places in suburbs of metropolitan cities), is rather scary due to meager support system available to the old  pensioners. On this account, many retired employees are not in a position to avail RELHS facilities of Railways and they are forced to visit private hospitals and incur substantial  expenditure on their treatment out of their pocket.
Sir, I would like to convey thanks for your candid  and benevolent efforts for retired employees made  till now. A little more,as requested above, will go a long way in resolving health  care  issues  of Railway retirees on long term basis.
Thanking you in anticipation.

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