Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Good news for applicants of PA / SA Recruitment 2011 & 2012. You can get it through Online.
Dte has requested the outsourced agency to print 10 lacs OMR kits for sale throughout India thro selected POs. Due to huge sale of forms, it is difficult to print within short period. Hence Dte is decided to upload the forms in www.indiapost.gov.in so as to download by the applicants.Online application kits will be available in www.indiapost.gov.in from 03.09.12 to25.09.12 only.Those applied thro OMR kits need not apply again.
Online Procedure :
Click “Register Online” link.
Enter the details like a. Name b.DoB c.e mail ID d. Alternative e mail ID.
Click Submit button.
The following forms will be sent to the provided e mail ID within 24 hrs.
a. Special instruction sheet.
b. Application form.
c. Instruction sheet / Information brochure (11 sheets).
Fees :
Cost of Application form - Rs.50
Exam fee – Rs.200. Female, SC, ST & PH applicants are exempted, however they should pay Rs.50.
Total Rs.250 should be paid under Unclassified Receipts thro any POs and attach Original alongwith the Application form. Applicants can keep Xerox copies.
Applications should forward thro either Speed Post of Regd Post (other meant not accepted)to the following address.
Direct Recruitment Cell,
New Delhi HO,
New Delhi 110 001
Applicants can check the status of receipt of Cell on www.indiapost.gov.in
For more details, pl refer the advertisement of the concerned Circles.
Dte Memo No : A-34012 / 5 /2011-DE Dt. 31.08.12.

A meeting was held on 281h August, 2012 at 11:30 AM in the Conference Room, 5th Floor, Sardar Patel Bhavan, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Shri Sanjay Kothari, Secretary (Pension, AR&PG) with the officials of 15 Departments/Ministries having maximum number of unrevised Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) pertaining to pre-2006 pensioners/Family pensioners. The objective of this meeting was to review the progress made by these Ministries/Departments in the revision of PPOs in respect of pre-2006 pensioners.
2.    The list of participants is at Annexure — I.
3.    Opening the discussion, Secretary (Pension, AR & PG) said that the areas of concern for this Department were the outstanding cases of pre-2006 pensioners. He felt the cases of pensioners should be dealt with sympathetically emphasizing the fact that all of us would be pensioners in future.. He stated Ministries where pendency was quite large and it .was not feasible to clear the pending cases with the existing staff, avenues. for appointment of Consultant may be explored so that the work of revision of pension for pre-2006 pensioners does not suffer.
4.    Secretary (Pension, AR & PG) then took up the Ministry-wise figures, starting with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which has the largest number of pending cases. The representative of MHA, informed that in pre-1990 cases there are limitations of availability of records and finding out the status whether pensioners are alive and non-receipt of Annexure III. The cases falling under Extraordinary Pension Rules and Liberalized Pension Awards have to be processed manually. Therefore, their clearance may take longer time. Ministry of Home Affairs informed that information contained in Annexure III may not be sufficient in the case of pre-1990 cases. Ministry of Home Affairs also stated that despite publishing an advertisement in the newspapers for getting the missing information with respect to pre-.2006 pensioners, they had not received adequate response to the same. It was further informed that information required for the purpose is not being provided by the _pensioners/family pensioners concerned either. Secretary (Pension, AR & PG) advised them to launch a drive to clear the pending cases.
5.    Secretary (Pension & AR &PG) suggested that all Departments should make one more effort to elicit response from pensioners. An advertisement may be posted on. the website of Department of Pension and PW indicating therein to contact DD0s/HOOs in the Departments who are willing to respond to the queries of the pensioners in this regards. Department of Personnel Sr. Training, Department of Financial Services, CBDT, CBEC and D/o Pension & PW were agreeable to putting up an advertisement on the web-site of Department of Pension & PW for the pensioners to provide the information specific to them which is required for revising the cases. In case other Ministries also desire they will also be included. (Action-Ministries desirous of putting up the advertisement)
6.    Some of the salient points emerged during the discussions are as under:-
i). CPAO. Informed that they had taken a meeting with the representatives of all Associations of Pensioners and requested them to help pensioners to send their information for revision of their PPOs. CPAO also informed that the Department- wise pendency was already available in the web-site which may be referred to by the Ministries/Departments while clearing the cases.
(ii) In cases of family pension, date of birth of the spouse is a mandatory figure. it is informed that in cases where no information is available, instruction about treatment of date of birth as circulated vide Department of Pension & Pensioner Welfare OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A), dated 21/05/2009 and No. 1/19/2011- P&PW(E), dated 03/08/2011 (copies enclosed) may he followed. CPAO had raised some queries in this regard recently. A copy of this Department’s ID Note, dated 15/05/2012 in response thereto is also enclosed for information.
A special drive may be undertaken by all Departments to liquidate the pending cases. Efforts should be made to liquidate pre-2006 cases by 31sE December, 2012 and pre-1990 cases by 31st March, 2013. (Action-All Ministries/Departments)
In respect of pre-2006 pensioners, Ministry of Home Affairs agreed to reduce the pendency to less than 5000 by the end of December, 2012. Ministry of Urban Development agreed to reduce the number to 1000 by this period. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting agreed to bring down the pendency to 50%. Other Ministries agreed that pendency figures will be reduced to less than 500 by the end of December, 2012. (Action – all Ministries/Departments)
(v) It was felt that since the pensioners were in direct contact with the Banks, the system of nodal officers in various Banks may be strengthened. In this regard necessary action may be taken by Department of Financial Services. The banks could provide guidelines to the pensioners to approach the concerned Pay & Accounts Officer/HODs concerned for getting their PPOs revised, in such cases which are not yet revised. As the Banks were continuously sending Annexure III in duplicate and at times in triplicate also, it was felt that the Ministries in coordination with PAOs and with the help of CPAO may send pensioners’ specific information to the Banks for the remaining pending cases so that information received from the Banks can be used more fruitfully. The Department of Pension & PW will also place the link of the nodal officers of various banks in their website for the benefit of pensioners. (Action – all Ministries/Departments, CPAO, Department of P&PW, Department of Financial Services)
7.    In view of the huge pendency of pre-2006 revision of pension cases, Secretary (Pension, AR & PG) stated that he would be writing to all the Secretaries concerned- asking them to review the pendency regularly. He also asked that various Ministries may include this as an agenda item for the senior officers meeting being held regularly in various Ministries so that the pendency can be reduced to zero.
8.    The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
We all know Sixth Pay Commission recommended for New Health Insurance Scheme in lieu of present CGHS. Though employees covered under CGHS have apprehensions whether this proposed new scheme would be better than existing CGHS, in respect of employees residing in Non-CGHS area this scheme is definitely a boon.
The present CS Medical Attendance Rules under which employees residing under non-CGHS area are covered has no real intention to provide for proper medical treatment be it In-Patient or Out-Patient treatment as the cost reimbursed under CS Medical Attendance Rules would be a paltry sum compared to the actual cost of medical treatment in non-CGHS areas.
In the case of Pensioners too residing in non-CGHS areas, the fixed medical Allowance of Rs.300 per month provided to them may not be even sufficient to meet out the cost for one visit to a nearby Doctor for cold.
Under these circumstances, Central Government Employees and Pensioners residing in non-CGHS are really in need of good medical treatment at par with their colleagues in CGHS Areas. When New Medical Insurance Scheme was proposed by Government in the year 2008 as per the recommendations of 6CPC, it was believed that it would come as a relief for employees and pensioners in non-CGHS area.
But this scheme is still not a reality as in spite of repeated promises in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha that the scheme would be implemented soon, it it yet to take off.
Now, on 28.08.2012, there was another query regarding implementation of this Scheme for which Health Ministry has replied as follows
a) whether it is a fact that in the year 2010, Government mooted a plan to provide health insurance scheme to its serving and retired employees;
(b) if so, the present status of that scheme;
(c) whether it is also a fact that beneficiaries including Members of Parliament are not getting required medicines from dispensaries specially Ayurvedic dispensary of North Avenue and elsewhere; and
(d) if so, by when Government would seriously consider providing health insurance cover to CGHS beneficiaries in order to provide better healthcare?
ANSWERED ON-28.08.2012
(a) & (b): There is a proposal for introduction of a health insurance scheme for central government employees and pensioners on pan-India basis with special focus on pensioners living in non-CGHS areas. As per the directions of the ‘Committee of Secretaries’, a proposal for inclusion of this scheme in the 12th Five Year Plan has been sent for consideration of the Steering Committee of the Planning Commission, before placing the same for approval of the competent authority.
(c) : No.
(d): No specific time frame can be given for introduction of the proposed health insurance scheme.