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Friday, May 12, 2017

Disappointing Pension Refixation Order! Option1 Rejected! Option 3 Distorted!!


Latest Goverment Order on Pension Refixation released by DoP&PW

A Great Disappointment to Pensioners!

Copy of Orders available in the following Pensioners Portal website:

http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWA_12052017.pdf


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Government Press Release on Pension Refixation - Let us await Government Order for full effect

GOVERNMENT PRESS RELEASE ON PENSION RE-FIXATION OPTION 3

Dear Comrades! We are in receipt of several phone calls enquiring about the latest press release of the Government on the decision of the Cabinet on pension refixation. We reproduce below the exact Press Release by the Government on Cabinet approval of modifications in 7th CPC recommendations on Pension Refixation. We wait for the Government Orders for understanding tha actual effect of the Government decision, and, just reproduce the Government Press Release hereunder: 

KKN SG NCCPA

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Cabinet
03-May-2017 20:27 IST

Cabinet approves modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, in June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs 84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).
The benefit of the proposed modifications will be available with effect from 1st January, 2016, i.e., the date of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. With the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs.1,76,071 crore.  Some of the important decisions of the Cabinet are mentioned below:
1.        Revision of pension of pre – 2016 pensioners and family pensioners
The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on suggestions made by the Committee chaired by Secretary (Pensions) constituted with the approval of the Cabinet.  The modified formulation of pension revision approved by the Cabinet will entail an additional benefit to the pensioners and an additional expenditure of approximately Rs.5031 crore for 2016-17 over and above the expenditure already incurred in revision of pension as per the second formulation based on fitment factor.  It will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners.
While approving the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations, subject to the feasibility of the first formulation which was to be examined by the Committee.
In terms of the Cabinet decision, pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a fitment factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of the two formulations as per the 7th CPC recommendations.
In order to provide the more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner.  The revised procedure of fixation of notional pay is more scientific, rational and implementable in all the cases.  The Committee reached its findings based on an analysis of hundreds of live pension cases.  The modified formulation will be beneficial to more pensioners than the first formulation recommended by the 7th CPC, which was not found to be feasible to implement on account of non-availability of records in a large number of cases and was also found to be prone to several anomalies.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

NCCPA latest Circular on News Letter!

NCCPA REMINDS ALL TO REMIT SUBSCRIPTION TOWARDS NEWS LETTER


NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS.
Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
13.c Feroze Shah Road,m
 New Delhi. 110 001
2nd May, 2017
President:                           Com. Shiv Gopal Misra.
Secretary General:          Com. K.KN. Kutty.

Dear Comrades,
                As you know we are now publishing our journal NCCPA news bulletin every month.  The journal is supposed to be the link between the CHQ and its affiliates and through them the members.  It is not possible to individually correspond to each comrade, though that is the most desirable mode of communication.  We have our website and the e mail address.   But I find a few uses this modern technology form of communication.  Our publishing of the journal has many difficulties.  We are tyring to overcome some of them.  To make it financially viable we should have sufficient readership.  In the last NE meeting of the NCCPA, we decided that each affiliate must try to have 25% of its membership subscribe the journal.  Unless the subscriber base is widened, the overhead cost will be prohibitive.  Some of our affiliates have done that.  But many have failed to increase the subscriber number even by one.   Perhaps this decision must not have been reached you.   Another reason seems to be that most of our affiliates have their own journals and some of their State Units do publish their journals too.  These are popular.  .  That is why we decided that 25% of the subscriber base atleast should subscribe the CHQ journal.   I hope you will bestow your personal attention to this aspect.
                Our Next NE meeting has become due.  We were to hold  it at Nagpur.   But due to the falling ill of our comrade, Dhakthod, that venue had to be abandoned.  We shall be grateful if some of our affiliates can come forward and host the National Executive Committee meeting.   Besides, the office bearers, the Chief executive of the affiliates are the members of the NE.  We require this wider meeting especially to plan for a combined effort to organize a programme of action in pursuance of some of the important demands of the pensioners. 

                As you are aware, we had taken the decision to organize a massive dharna programme at New Delhi to project our resentment over the rejection of Option No. 1. By the Government.  We were in consultation with the leadership of BPS.  No firm commitment has come from them so far.  We  are now to explore other possibilities.  Same is the case with the NPS convention.  We have now come to know that the Confederation and the All India State Govt. Employees Federation have jointly decided to hold the convention at New Delhi.  The Pensioners genuinely feel that the Government might invoke the provisions of PFRDA to cover the pre 2004 pensioners under the NPS.  These are some of the issues we are to discuss and the National Executive is the appropriate forum to do so.  We shall eagerly await for your response in the matter whether it would be possible for you to host the meeting of the National Executive.

                Last but not the least, the affiliates are requested to remit the annual subscription to NCCPA without further loss of time.

                With greetings,
Yours fratrernally,
KKN. Kutty
Secretary Genera
To All affiliates by post and for immediate information to be placed in the website.







Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pensioners join Confederation for Dharna before Finance Minister's Office in North Block New Delhi on 23.05.2017

NCCPA extends Solidarity to Confederation

23.05.2017 Dharna before North Block in New Delhi

Pensioners in Delhi and around Delhi will join Confederation in the Programme

NORTH BLOCK NEW DELHI


NCCPA CIRCULAR 

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS.
Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
13.c Feroze Shah Road,m
 New Delhi. 110 001
24.4.2017

President:                           Com. Shiv Gopal Misra.
Secretary General:          Com. K.KN. Kutty.
Dear Comrade,
In pursuance of the 20 point charter of demands, and to continue with the struggles, Confederation of Central Government employees and workers have now embarked upon another series of programmes, the first phase of which will be a massive dharna programme on 23rd May, 2017  in front or the Finance Minister’s office, i.e. at North Block, New Delhi.
 
As you are aware, this Government had been setting up various committees to consider the demands of the staff side, but it now appears that the primary objective was to delay decision and consequently the benefit for the employees and pensioners.  The allowance committee has not submitted its report so far.  The Pension Committee had its own agenda.  It has submitted its report.  If newspaper is any indication, the NDA Government has succumbed the machination of the bureaucrats and rejected option No.1. The alternative suggestion put forth by the official side amounts to the revival of the 5th CPC formula, which was once rejected by the same bureaucracy on the ground of high financial outflow.  This has been done only because that option No.1. Would not be beneficial for the All India Services Personnel and the organised Group A Services, who are not to suffer any stagnation at any point of time in their service.  The option No.1. Would have benefitted all others including those Group A personnel who do not belong to the above two categories.  The mischievous machination was writ at large right from the day one, when the Pension department objected to the recommendation of the 7th CPC on pension fitment formula.  We must remember that the pension department and the department of expenditure together dragged lakhs of pensioners up to Supreme Court for getting the limited modified parity to be implemented.  It would be in the fitness of things, that we remember that at no previous occasion, any government has taken the decision to reject the recommendation of the Pay Commission in the case of pensioners.  Even our reasonable suggestion that the alternate suggestion of the official side could be treated as option No. 3 was not palatable.  Such an option would have benefitted all.  Even some of the feared anomalies in case of option No;1 being implemented would have vanished had the suggestion of the official side is treated as Option No. 3.  In every case, government documents in one form o the other is available.  Even according to the official side, the service books are available in the case of 82% of the pensioners.  The rejection is not only untenable but also absolutely mischieviuous to deny the benefit to a section of pensioners, since those in power does not get a benefit out of this.

We know that the 23rd May will be very hot in Delhi, unbearable for the aged comrades to register their protest.  However, it becomes incumbent upon us to join the struggle which is conceived to oppose the Government in power for the nugatory attitude towards the workers in general and the pensioners in particular.  We, therefore, request those comrades, who are residing in and around Delhi to take part in the dharna programme before the North Block on 23rd May, 2017.
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N.Kutty

Secretary General

Thursday, March 30, 2017

NCCPA Circular

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS.
 Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
E mail: nccpahq@gmail.com.

13.c Feroze Shah Road,m
 New Delhi. 110 001
28th March, 2017


Dear Comrades,

We send herewith a copy of the circular letter dated 20th March, 2017, which could not be placed on the website immediately.  The said circular is about the deliberations, the staff side had at the NPS committee meeting. The Committee on allowances  had their (last meeting- according to them) today but as per the report, they have not been able to finalise the issue and therefore, the report is likely to be further delayed.   In the light of the said development, the Staff side Secretary met the Cabinet secretary and urged upon him to expedite decision on minimum wage, fitment formula, NPS, Pension committee report etc.  The 16th March Strike under the auspices of the Confederation  of Central Government employees and workers had been a grand success.   We thank all comrades who  took the initiative to organise solidarity demonstrative actions in support of the striking workers.  Com. Tapan Sen,  M.P.Rajya Sabha (CPI-M) took up the issue in the Parliament on the day of strike and made a passionate plea to the Government to settle the strike demands.
 
In the political scenario that emerged after the general elections of five States, it is clear that settlement of demands based upon mere discussions will not fructify.  We had been requesting the Bharat Pensioners Samaj to take initiative in organising certain demonstrative programme at Delhi to highlight the Pensioner-specific issues, especially the denial of the Option No.1 recommended by the    7th CPC.  They were indicating of a probable date in the month of April, 2017. However, it looks bleak due to the changed weather conditions, whereby even April has become unbearably hot.  Even otherwise also, as no decision was taken so far, the possibility of some programme being undertaken in April is ruled out.

The NCCPA has been publishing its bulletin every month.  It was decided earlier that to make it financially viable, the subscription to the magazine must be widened.  Except, no affiliate has taken any initiative in the matter.  This apart, we have been informed by our Treasurer that the remittance in the form of annual subscription from the affiliates has not been received for the last two financial years. 

The Confederation along with the All India State Government employees Federation has mooted the idea of holding another convention on the need to exclude the Government employees from the purview of the NPS.  Their plan is to have a convention at Delhi in the month of June.  This has become necessary due to the anxiety exhibited by the employees, especially those recruited after 1.1.2004 and the official statements at the NPS Committee meetings.

To discuss these developments and the organisational issue, we have decided to convene the National executive Committee meeting of NCCPA in the month of August, 2017.  We are awaiting the confirmation of the date from the President and others.  The venue of the meeting will be at Nagpur as the COC of Pensioners organisations there have indicated that it would be possible for them to get the MLA hostel for the purpose in the month of  August, 2017. 

We are giving a list of items the Staff Side JCM National Council has proposed for discussion at the Standing committee meeting pertaining to health and pension problems of retired personnel.  Kindly go through the same.   If any more issues are to be included, please prepare a note with requisite documents and send the same to the CHQ to pursue the same through correspondence and later with the JCM, Staff Side.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.


NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS.
Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
E mail: nccpahq@gmail.com.

13.c Feroze Shah Road,m
 New Delhi. 110 001
20th March. 2017

Dear Comrades,
As you are aware, the Govt. had set up a committee as per recommendations of the 7th CPC to streamline the procedure and functioning of the NPS. The Staff Side of NC JCM was asked to present their views in the matter. The meeting was on 20th January, 2017,. The Staff side made a written presentation to the committee on the subject. (The note was placed on the website).However, it also took the stand that the consultation with staff side could not be held in the manner of a Raj durbar as quite a number of Associations especially representing the organised Group A services and the all India Service officers were also invited to the said meeting.  The staff side was assured of an independent hearing.  Subsequently the sub-committee III ( The Pension Committee had set up three sub committees to interact with various stake holders on different subjects)  under the Chairmanship of Ms. Vandana Sharma, Addl. Secretary of the Department of  Pension and Pensioners Welfare convened  a meeting on 10th February, 2017. The Sub- Committee was more concerned about the applicability of various provisions of the present rules to the NPS subscribers especially those which are punitive in character.  In the event of a Government servant being found guilty under the CCS(CCA) Rules, the Government is empowered to restrict, reduce or reject the Pension and other retirement benefits. Prior to the meeting, the sub Committee had asked for views on various issues to be discussed at the meeting. The official Side wanted similar rules in the case of NPS subscribers. The Staff Side had submitted a written Note in this regard.  The said Note has also been placed on the website.  In the meeting, the Staff Side had made it categorically clear that no such rules could be imposed on the NPS subscriber as the annuity which he purchases on the basis of the contribution made at the end of his service is the product of a financial transaction and cannot be unilaterally altered at the whims of the employer.   Once the contributions of the employee and the employer is remitted to the investing agency, the employer ceases to be a stake holder any more in the scheme.  
The third meeting was held on 17th March, 2017.  The meeting was chaired by the Secretary Pension.  The said meeting was to specifically interact with the members of the Staff Side.  On behalf of the Staff side, the following comrades took part in the meeting.
1.     Com. M.Raghavaiah (Leader, Staff Side)
2.     Com. Sivgopal Misra(Secretary Staff Side)
3.     Com. KKN.Kutty(Confederation)
4.     Com. C. Sreekumar(AIDEF)
5.     Com. Guman Singh and (NFIR)
6.     Com. Sreenivasan (INDWF)
 As indicated earlier, several Associations of Group A Officers had made their presentations.  Some of the important points mentioned by them during the discussions were:
1)     Discrimination between pre and post 2004 officials-
2)     While Govt. determines the quantum of pension subscription   and makes it mandatory it refuses to guarantee a minimum return.
3)     Atal Pension Yojana offers better and guaranteed benefit to the Subscribers.
4)      The Government’s assurance that the employees under NPS will get annuity not less than the minimum pension under the defined benefit scheme and might even be more was  made on wrong assumption in as much as
a)     100% of the corpus was taken for  computation of annuity  whereas as per the  scheme only  40%  of the pension wealth alone would be available. .
b)    Fund expenses are exorbitantly under- valued.
c)     No benefit for the family the case of a Pensioner, who dies at an early age under NPS.
d)    Annuity is not cost-indexed.
5)     Two officers at the level of the Secretary to GOI retiring on the same day in 2037( former recruited in 2003 and latter in 2004 )will have a huge differential in pension. The  2003 recruitee will have pension 3.25 times  of the annuity of the 2004 recruitee. Over a period of next 10 years i.e in 2047,(due to cost indexation) the 2003 recruitee will have pension 7.4 times of what  the 2004 NPS official receives as annuity.
6)     In most of the countries where contributory pension scheme is in vogue, the Govt’s (employer) contribution is 25% of the salary while that of the employee is 10%
7)     The NPS Contribution do not enjoy the Tax benefits like PPF, EPF, GPF etc.
The Secretary Pension informed the members that the Committee’s mandate is only to make suggestions to streamline the NPS procedures and make the rules simple and transparent. The basic features will not therefore undergo any change. He concluded that neither the scheme would be  replaced or discarded , nor any guaranteed minimum pension  would be offered. as in both cases Govt. will have to  undertake financial obligations.  He clarified that the Sub Committees have been set up to expedite the work.
 The staff Side in their presentation made out inter alia the following points:
a)     The number of employees covered under NPS in increasing day by day and in a decade’s time, they might become significant segment of the Government personnel.
b)    All those who are covered by the scheme are extremely critical and resent that their savings are channelled into private hands to help the corporate bodies to make enormous profits.
c)     There is no likelihood either now or in any time in future that NPS subscribers will be able to   purchase an annuity equivalent to what the pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme is entitled. The Government must honour its commitment made to this effect to the staff side in the National Council, when the NPS was introduced.
d)    The Committee in its report must at least   bring it to the notice of Government that the Staff Side of the JCM is of the firm view that the cosmetic changes in the scheme will not bring about any tangible benefit to the subscribers and the Government must as an interim measure guarantee the pension to NPS subscribers equivalent to what is provided for the personnel covered under the defined benefit scheme.
e)      The  Staff Side opined that the committee  will be well  within its term of reference to suggest.
(i)             Cost-indexation of annuity as  the Contribution made by the subscribers and the Government as employer  is 10% of the salary-salary for this purpose being Basic Pay and Dearness allowance. In other words, in every six months contribution increases and therefore it is logical that the annuity is also raised every six months to keep  pace   with the rate of inflation.
(ii)            Minimum guarantee is assured by many countries even under the contributory system of pension and the provision to the contrary in the PFRDA Act must be recommended to be removed.
(iii)           It is a welcome step that the Govt. has now decided to extend the benefit of family pension in the case of all NPS subscribers who die in harness. The family pension can therefore be assured at the prevailing rate  for all NPS subscribers, if necessary by appropriating a one-time  deduction from their pension wealth,  at their option, at the time of retirement.
(iv)          To introduce the GPF again as a voluntary option.
(v)           All NPS subscribers must be provided with a payment slip by the heads of offices  indicating the amount deducted, the amount contributed by the Govt. and the date on which the     sum has been made over the to the fund managers, irrespective of the communication the subscriber is entitled to get from the   PFRDA registry.
(vi)          No rules to be framed to link the pension benefit with disciplinary proceedings.
(vii)         The present investment pattern prescribed must be reviewed for its viability periodically.
(viii)        The Sub Committee which goes into the issue concerning framing rules may be asked to interact with the Staff Side once the draft rules are ready.
(ix)          In so far as customer friendly procedures are concerned, the committee may look at the best international practices with a view to adopt and incorporate them.
It could be seen from the deliberations in the committee that nothing short of replacing NPS with Statutory   defined     Benefit Pension Scheme will bring about anything good for new recruitees.Our endeavour must be in that direction whereby sanctions are generated and compulsions  are felt by the Govt as early as possible.   
K.K.N. Kutty
Member, Standing Committee
National  Council, JCM.
.
Item No.1
Central Government health Scheme. Empanelling of hospitals – streamlining the procedure to provide in-patient treatment to the beneficiaries.
The demand placed by the Staff Side earlier to set up CGHS hospitals at all CGHS centres could not be acceded to by the Government due to the prohibitive cost involved. The alternate method of empanelling and recognizing private hospitals for the benefit of CGHS subscribers, who require in-patient treatment, received the appreciation from all concerned.  However, the tendering procedure evolved and due to many other reasons, the number of such hospitals in almost all centers except Delhi came down very heavily and in certain places it was reduced to one or two at the maximum.  This apart, some of the  recognized and empanelled hospitals do not have even basic facilities to treat the patients.  In certain other cases, the hospitals which were recognized and were functioning well and catering to the requirement of the CGHS beneficiaries  refused to entertain the patients as there had been huge pending bills, the payment of which had not been received by them.  To illustrate the point further, we  send along with this a Note we have received from the Central Government Pensioners Association , Kerala.   We, therefore, request you to
(a)        Ensure that each CGHS Centre five private reputed hospitals are recognized for the purpose of general treatment; The Government may hold bilateral negotiations on the basis of a pre-determined norms. 
(b)        Recognize at least three super specialty hospitals in each centre so that the patients who suffer from chronic diseases, Cardiac problems and cancer related illness could get immediate treatment without hassles.
(c)        Some mechanism is evolved that the bills are not allowed to pile up and the recognized hospitals are made the payment within a fixed time frame.

Item No.2
Include unmarried/widow /divorcee sister in the definition of family for family pension.
The scope of Family pension under Rule 52 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 was extended to the dependent disabled siblings (brother and sister) of Central Government servants/pensioners vide DOP & PW O.M. No. 1/15/2008-P&PW (E) dated 17th August, 2009. There are cases wherein an employee/pensioner remains unmarried and leaves behind dependent unmarried/widow /divorcee sister/sisters. Though cases of such types may be few and far between, nonetheless, such hapless ladies need  to be taken care by the Government  lest they should be left to fend for themselves, after the death of Government Servant/pensioner on whom they were fully dependent  before his/her death.  We request to include dependent unmarried /widow /divorcee sister/sisters in the definition of family for the purpose of family pension .
Item No.3
Counting full service of Temporary causal labourers for pensionery and retirement
benefits in Railways-reg.

The Staff Side had discussed its demand for counting full service of temporary status of casual
labourers for pensionary and retirement benefits at the level of Railway Ministry. Consequently, the Railway Ministry had agreed and accordingly proposal was sent to the Ministry of Finance and DoP&T Seeking clearance. Unfortunately, the MoF/DoP&T have not accorded approval:-
In this connection, the Staff Side brings following key points for consideration.
(a)        The Casual Labourers in Railways had attained temporary status on completion of           prescribed days of continuous working and got the benefits admissible to temporary           Railway/Government employees such as regular Pay Scale, Medical facility etc.,
(b)        The Railway Administrations have however taken abnormally long periods to absorb       them as regular staff although regular posts were vacant.

(c)        The status of casual labourers in railways after acquiring temporary status (termed as      Temporary employee) is exactly similar to the substitutes in whose case, the total            service from the date of attainment of temporary status is counted for reckoning   qualifying service for pensionery benefits.
(d)        Various CATs, High Courts and even the Apex Court have given decisions against the
            differential treatment between the casual labour and substitutes particularly when both     attained temporary status and directed to treat them at par so far as reckoning the             service from the date of temporary status till the date of regularization for pensionary      benefits etc.,
(e)        The SLPs filed by the Union of India before the Apex Court in a few cases of casual       labourers were dismissed and the Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed the Union of           India to calculate Pension and other retiral benefits payable to the retiring/retired      employees, taking into account the 100% temporary status service.
The Staff Side, therefore, requests to consider the above valid points and accord approval for
counting total temporary status service of Casual Labourers for pensionary benefits in Railways.

Item No.4. 
Direct consultation with Specialists in CGHS/Central Government/State Government
Hospitals /Polyclinics. Continuation of the facility to those CGHS beneficiaries who were
eligible for direct consultation before revision of the Monetary Ceiling
i) The monetary  Ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in CGHS/Central/State Government Hospitals/ Polyclinics was revised to Pay/Pension/Family Pension of Rs.33, 480/- per month and above with effect from 1-6-2009 vide MoH &FW O.M. No.S.11011/2/2008-cghs (P) dated 20-5-2009    on account of implementation of recommendations of 6th Central Pay Commission. However, para 5 (iii) of the OM states that “entitlement of Pensioners/Family Pensioners who have already deposited their contribution for life time CGHS facility, will not be changed”

ii) Pre-2006 Pensioners who were eligible for direct consultation on the basis of the then existing/pre-revised monetary ceiling of Pay/Pension/Family Pension, but whose Pay/Pension/Family Pension is below the revised monetary ceiling of Rs.33, 480, are not being allowed direct consultation facility on the plea that they do not satisfy the requirement of minimum Pay/Pension/Family pension for eligibility for direct consultation.

iii) Absence of the entry regarding entitlement of the beneficiary for direct consultation in the Plastic Card is adding to the woes of the Beneficiaries since they will have to establish their claim for the facility on each and every occasion of direct consultation with Specialist. It is to be noted that the paper cards issued earlier did carry an entry on the eligibility of the Beneficiary for direct consultation.

 iii) Hence it is requested that:
§  Instructions may please be caused to be issued to all Directors/Additional Directors; CGHS to continue to provide the facility of direct consultation to such of those Beneficiaries who were eligible for the same prior to revision of the monitory ceiling vide O.M. dated 20-5-2009, in as much as para (5) (iii) of the said O. M. states that entitlement of a Beneficiary who holds a life time card will not change with the changes brought about w.e.f 1-6-2009.

§   Entry regarding the eligibility for direct consultation with the Specialist must  be made in the plastic cards issued to such Beneficiaries who were eligible for it before 1-6-2009

·         Entry regarding the eligibility for direct consultation with the Specialist must be made in the plastic cards issued to Beneficiaries who are eligible for it as per the revised monetary ceiling.

·          On-line appointment with the Specialist

For taking on-line appointment with the Specialist, there are two fields to be                          filled up in the prescribed format.

(1)   Date of reference from the Wellness centre                                                                                                                             
(2)   Basic Pay/Pension/Family Pension.
In the case of (2) above, If the amount of Pay/Pension/FP, entered is less than the revised monetary Ceiling of Rs.33, 480, the request gets rejected and a message stating that”you are not eligible to take an on-line appointment” appears on the screen, thereby preventing the Beneficiary who was eligible for direct consultation before 1-6-2009 from availing the facility of on-line direct consultation. Hence, the format prescribed for taking direct on-line consultation needs to be suitably modified to include such of those beneficiaries who were eligible for the same as per pre-1-6-2009 monetary Ceiling of Rs.18,000/- & pre- 31-3-2004  monetary Ceiling of Rs. 12,000/-.

Item No.5 
Revision of monetary Ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in CGHS/Central
Government/State Government Hospitals /Polyclinics in respect of Pensioners and Family
Pensioners.
Vide Para (F) of MoH &FW O.M. No.S.11011/2/2008-CGHS (P) dated 20-5-2009, the Monitory Ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in CGHS/Central Government/State Government Hospitals /Polyclinics in respect all CGHS Beneficiaries has been fixed as Pay/Pension/Family pension  of Rs. 33,480/- per month and above. Equating Pension and Family pension with Pay for the purpose of direct consultation with Specialists, has not only created a wide disparity in facilities admissible under CGHS between serving and retired employees, but also has resulted in restriction of the facility of direct consultation with Specialists  only  to the officers retiring from Grade S-30 & above  who only are entitled for  a pension of 33,500/- and above                              and in absolute denial of the facility to all Family pensioners since the  maximum amount  of Family Pension  admissible under CCS(Pension)Rules is Rs. 27,000/- only.

Hence, the monetary ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in respect of Pensioners must be revised to 50% of Rs.33, 480 ie. Rs.16,740 and to 30% in respect of Family Pensioners ie., Rs.10.044, on the analogy of grant of Pension and Family pension under CCS(Pension) Rules.,1972. 



Item No.6
Plastic Cards
The process of issue of plastic cards is still not complete, though it started about 2 years ago. In Bangalore, only about 40% of the Beneficiaries have got the plastic card so far. Hence, an Agency in Bangalore City may be identified for the purpose, which would quicken the process.

Item No.7 
 Indication of Ward entitlement in plastic cards of pre-1-6-2009 Beneficiaries
O .M No.S-11011-6/98-CGHS (P) dated 26-10-2005 issued in connection with revision of ward entitlement consequent upon merger of DA/DR with Pay/Pension w.e.f 1-4-2004 states that

For the existing CGHS card holders both serving and pensioners, there will be no change in their ward entitlements consequent upon the grant of D P /D R  w.e.f. 1-4-2004”
                                                            &
O .M. No. S 1011/2/2008-CGHS (P), dated 20-5-2009 issued in connection with revision of ward entitlement consequent upon implementation of 6th CPC recommendations states that Entitlement of pensioners /family pensioners who have already deposited their contribution for life time CGHS facility, will not be changed

But in some cases, the Ward entitlement is indicated as per the revised rates in the plastic cards issued to pre-1-6-2009 Beneficiaries, which has resulted in indication of a ward which is below their actual ward entitlement determined with reference to the pay drawn at the time of retirement. This anomaly needs to be set right by making necessary correction in the plastic cards, if a Beneficiary submits representation requesting corrections in the plastic card issued to him/her. Necessary instructions must be issued to all concerned.

Item No.8 
Grant of one time option to CGHS Beneficiaries to opt for ward entitlement as per their
revised Pay in Pay Band.
Some  CGHS Beneficiaries who had opted for payment of CGHS contribution on the basis of their pension at the time of their retirement and whose ward entitlement was determined on their pension, got ward entitlement which was below their entitlement  determined as per the pay last drawn. Since they are eligible for higher ward entitlement facility determined on their pay, say  from general ward to semi-private ward/ semi-private ward to private ward, they may be given a onetime option  to opt for determination of their ward entitlement on the basis of their notional “Pat in Pay Band”  in terms of  MoH &FW O.M. No.S.11011/2/2008-cghs (P) dated 20-5-2009.It has  been clarified in the O.M. ibid that Pay in Pay Band means the corresponding Pay in Pay Band that the Pensioner would have drawn had he/she continued in service.                      

Item No. 9 
Provision of CGHS facility for life time to dependent disabled/mentally retarded children of Central Government Employees/Pensioners

i) In the “Definition of Family”  under CGHS, furnished in  Ministry of Health & FW O.M. No. 3T-1/2009-C&P/CGHS (P) dated 23-2-2011, daughter as indicated at Sl No.( 5) (ii) can avail the benefits till she starts earning or gets married irrespective of the age-limit, where as son indicated at Sl. No. 5(iii) of the list, suffering from any permanent Physical/Mental disability is entitled to avail the facility “irrespective of age- limit”, and son’s marital status may not result in denial of CGHS facility to him ,in as much as there is no mention of marital status in the definition, unlike the definition at Sl.5 (i)  On the other hand, daughter suffering from any permanent disability (physical disability or mental retardation) loses the facility if she gets married as per the definition at Sl. (5)(ii).    
                                                                                   
Hence, the case of a physically disabled/mentally retarded daughter needs to be considered for extension of CGHS facility “irrespective of age-limit, even after her marriage”.
ii) It is to be noted that under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, by an amendment to explanations 1 and 3 after Sub-rule 6 of Rule 54, as communicated vide Department of Pension & PW O .M. No. 1/33/2012-P&PW (E) dated 16-1-2013, mentally /physically disabled children have been allowed to continue to draw family pension even after their marriage thereby removing the condition of marital status for continued drawal of family pension.
iii) It is requested that on the analogy of pension rules, mentally/physically disabled children (both son and daughter) of Central Government Employees/Pensioners may be allowed to continue to avail CGHS facilities even after their marriage by removing the condition of marital status now existing in respect of daughters only. The “definition of family” under CGHS may please be modified suitably.
Item No.10 
Extension of CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees - follow up action by the Ministry of Health and family Welfare & fixation of rates of contribution & ward entitlement.
Department of Telecommunications vide their OM No 4-12(11)2012-PAT dated 20/2/2014 have extended CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees who are in receipt of Central Civil pension/Pro-rata pension from Central Civil Estimates in consultation with the Ministry of Health& Family Welfare. BSNL retirees have been given an option to choose either CGHS or BSNL–MRS as per their convenience.
BSNL also vide its letter no. BSN/Admn/ 14-15/09 (pt) dated 2nd April, 2014 addressed to all the Chief General Managers, has asked them to give wide publicity and to assist the willing retired employees by forwarding their applications to the respective CGHS units for admission to CGHS.
But, the letter No. Z-5025/36/2006-CGHS-III Pt. Dated 9-1-2014 stated to have been issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare extending CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees,   does not seem to have been uploaded to its website or to the website of CGHS which has resulted in a large number of BSNL pensioners remaining unaware of the CGHS facility extended to them even after a lapse of 14 months .Hence, immediate action for wide circulation of the said O.M. needs to be taken.
Further, since the DoT O.M. dated 20/2/2014 stipulates that the retired BSNL employees who opt for CGHS “would have to pay the requisite fee to CGHS as applicable to Government retirees”, the rate of monthly contribution payable by BSNL pensioner has to be fixed. It is to be noted that the contribution payable by the Government retirees is fixed on the basis of the Grade Pay that they would have drawn had they been in service whereas in BSNL there is no element of Grade Pay to fix the rate of contribution on par with Government retirees. The ward entitlement of Government retirees is also determined on the ‘notional Pay in Pay Band’. Hence, a new criterion on contribution and ward entitlement in respect of BSNL retirees must now be evolved, which must be in conformity with the rates applicable to CGHS Beneficiaries.
Item No.11
Extending the benefit of pension revision to the employees and officials who are absorbed in the Central Public Sector undertakings.
In the case of Civil Servants who are initially on deputation to Central Public sector undertaking but later absorbed in those organsiations  and who had drawn lump sum payment by commutation of their central pension, orders are yet to be issued by the Government extending the benefit of pension revision of 7th CPC recommendation to them.  We request that the requisite orders may please be issued without further loss of time.
Revision of Ex-gratia to CPF/SRPF (C)retirees.
In acceptance of the demand of the Staff side at the National Council, JCM, ex-gratia payments were made to the CPF/SRPF© retirees.  These rates fixed in 1988 was revised on 1.11. 1997  and again from 2006.  Presently the rates are as under:           
                     Group A.              Rs. 3000
                     Group B.              Rs. 1000
                     Group C.              Rs. 750
                     Group D.             Rs. 650.
Taking  into account the fact that pay and pension were revised on the basis of the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendation a revision of rates of the ex gratia to the CPF/SRPF© retirees  whose number is dwindling every day is warranted. We, therefore, request that the rates may be appropriately revised applying the very same rationale adopted in the case of civil pensioners.
Dispense with the practice of ignoring the fraction while computing the Dearness allowance.
For the sake of easy computation of  DA the practice of ignoring the fraction was initiated.  The quantum loss to the beneficiaries in the beginning was meager.  Now that the administrative difficulties which promoted for ignoring the fraction has been greatly eased due to computerization and taking into account the loss for six months is no more meagre, it is necessary that the practice is dispensed with.  For example, the next installment of DA is likely to be 2.95%whereas the orders would be issued for grant of only 2%. In the case of an employee, whose basic pay is Rs. 50,000, the loss per month  in that case would be Rs. 475/-.  It is pertinent to mention in this connection that in the case of Bank employees, the practice of ignoring the fraction is not followed.  We, therefore, request that the DA hereafter be computed without ignoring the fraction.
Item No.12
Opening of CGHS Dispensaries in AGRA, Barrackpore (Kolkata) and Kochi
A large number of Central Government employees and pensioners are concentrated in and around Agra, Barrackpore and Kochi. The employees and pensioners of these cities are to travel a long distance for taking treatment since CGHS dispensaries are not available in these cities. It is, therefore requested that CGHS dispensaries may be established in these cities
Item No.13
Revision of the benefit of Deposit Linked Insurance Coverage from GPF.
As per Rule 33-B of GPF Rules on the death of a Subscriber an additional amount not exceeding Rs. 60,000/- payable under Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme of GPF to the dependents of a deceased employee. This rate has not been enhanced for so many years. Similar benefit for a depositor in EPF covered under the Employees Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme 1976 is enhanced to Rs. 6,00,000/-. It is therefore requested that Government may consider to enhance the limit of Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme from GPF.

Item No.14.
MACP to the employees who have completed 10 years or 20/30 years on the date of their retirement
Employees who have completed 10 years in the same grade / pay level or those who have completed 20/30 years on the last working day of the month which happens to be the superannuation/ retirement day of the concerned employee is denied MACP benefits on the plea that they are eligible for MACP only on the next working day. Since the concerned employee retired one day before he is denied the benefit. Due to this the employee is subjected to huge loss in pension and other terminal benefits. Therefore it is requested that employees who are completing ten years in the same grade / same pay level and 20/30 years on the date of their retirement i. e. last working day of the month may be granted MACP benefits by relaxing the relevant provisions in the MACP scheme