Tuesday, September 18, 2012



PROVISION OF ECHS FACILITIES TO EX-SERVICEMEN OF ARMY POSTAL SERVICE (APS) WHO WERE REPATRIATED TO THEIR PARENT DEPARTMENT OF POSTS AFTER COMPLETION OF AGE LIMIT/PENSIONABLE SERVICE/ON COMPLETION OF INITIAL TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT.

Tele: 23336735                                                        Central Orgonisation ECHS
ASCON: 36735                                                         Adjutant General’s Branch
                                                                               Integrated HQ og MoD(Army)
                                                                                     Maude Lines
                                                                                                Delhi Cantt-10
                                                                                                                                   
B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS/                                                                                         20 Mar 2012

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PROVISION OF ECHS FACILITIES TO EX-SERVICEMEN OF ARMY POSTAL SERVICE (APS) WHO WERE REPATRIATED TO THEIR PARENT DEPARTMENT OF POST AFTER COMPLETION OF AGE LIMIT/PENSIONABLE SERVICE/ON COMPLETION OF INITIAL TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT.

1.         Ref Hon’ble Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), Regional Branch, Chandigarh Order dt.  26 Mar 2010 in TA No. 110 of 2009 (arising out of CWP No. 15237 of 2009, TA No. 52 of 2009 (arising of CWP No. 14112 of 2009 and GOI, MoD OM No. 1(a)/2010/D (Res-1) dt. 20/21 Jul 2011 (Copies enclosed)

2.         Ex-Servicemen status has been granted to personnel of Army Postal Service (APS) who were on deputation in Army for more than six months prior to 14 Apr 1987 vide GOI, MoD OM No under ref with all consequential  benefits. List of the affected personal is attached as APPX A. Consequent to AFT Orders and MoD OM the above personal can now approach various Stn. HQ / Regional Centres for grant of ECHS membership.

3.         All concerned are requested to scrutinize the  documents mutinously and accept applications for ECHS membership only from individuals who full fill the twin conditions of being an ex-servicemen and a Govt. pensioners.
(Gulshan Chadha}   
Lt. Col.
                                                                                                Jt. Director(Pers)
                                                                                          For MD ECHS

Copy to :
Addl. Director General of APS   : for information please.
PIN-908700 C/O 56 APO

 GRANT OF EX-SERVICEMEN STATUS TO ARMY POSTAL SERVICE PERSONNEL.


1(9)2010/D(Res-I)
Governmen of India
Ministry of Defence
(Deptt. Of Ex-Servicemen Welfare)

New Delhi, the 20th /21st  July,2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Ex-servicemen status to Army Postal Service Personnel.

            The undersigned is desired to refer to this Ministry’s OM No. 523/1/2006/D (Res) dated 26.07.2006 on the above subject and to state that as per Order dated 26.03.2010 passed by Hon’ble AFT Chandigarh in connection with TA No. 110 of 2009 (arising out of CWP No 15237/2009) filed by JC-105931 Ex-Sub Atma Sngh & others Vs UOI & others, personnel who were on deputation in Army Postal Service for more than 6(Six) months prior to 14th April 1987 would also be considered as Ex-servicemen with all consequential benefits.

2.         This is in supersession of the O.M. of even number dated 14.07.2011 issued in this regard. The said O.M. dated 14.07.2011 may be treated as cancelled/withdrawn.

3.         This has the approval of the competent authority.

     Sd/-
     (Supriyo Mukherjee)
     Under Secretary to the Government of India

To
1.         Director General Resettlement
2.         Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board.
3.         Addl. DG (postal Services) , Army HQ, RK Puram, New Delhi.
4.         Zonal Directors of Resettlement (through KSB)
 Copy to also for information to:
1.         Adjutant General, Army HQrs.
2.         A.O.A. , Air HQrs.
3.         C.O.P. Naval HQrs
4.         All Rajya Sainik  Board/Zila Sainik Board (through KSB)
5.         DOP&T (Estt. SCT) Division , North Block, New Delhi..

GRANT OF EX-SERVICEMEN STATUS TO ARMY POSTAL SERVICE PERSONNEL.

1(9)2010/D(Res-I)
Governmen of India
Ministry of Defence
(Deptt. Of Ex-Servicemen Welfare)

New Delhi, the 14th July,2011
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Ex-servicemen status to Army Postal Service Personnel.

            The undersigned is desired to refer to this Ministry’s OM No. 523/1/2006/D (Res) dated 26.07.2006 on the above subject and to state that as per Order dated 26.03.2010 passed by Hon’ble AFT Chandigarh in connection with MA No. 66/2010 in TA No. 110 of 2009 (CWP No 15237/2009) filed by JC-105931 Ex-Sub Atma Sngh & others Vs UOI & others, APS personnel who retired prior to 19th July 1989, after having served for  6(Six) months  with APS , whether from APS directly , or from their parent department (D/O Post & Telegraph)  would also be considered as Ex-servicemen.

2.         This has the approval of the competent authority.
         Sd/-
        (Supriyo Mukherjee)
     Under Secretary to the Government of India

         “  With reference to Swamy's compilation on Re-Employment of pensioners (Civilians & Ex-servicemen). Page 7 Government of India Orders regarding Army Postal Service personnel:
           Personnel who were on deputation in Army Postal Service for more than 6(six) months prior to 14th April 1987 are also Ex-servicemen vide Government of India Ministry of Defence ( Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare) OM No. 1(9)/2010/D(Res-1) dated 20/21 July , 2011. (Copy placed above).
          In compliance of above orders ECHS facilities to above EX APS personnel have been extended by Central Organisation ECHS Adjutant General's Branch, Integrated HQ of MOD (Army), Maud Lines, Delhi Cantt-110010 letter No. B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dated 20 Mar 2012. (Copy placed above)”
(Note : For further queries please  contact : The General Secretary (Ex- Sub Atma Singh, Mobile No. 09813709401) of National Ex. Servicemen (Army Postal Service) Welfare Association , CHQ, 139, Dayal Bagh , Ambala Cantt-133001 (Haryana) (Registered under No. 217 of 2005).

REIMBURSE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FOR PRIVATE TREATMENT

A central government servant is entitled for reimbursement even if he takes treatment in a private hospital under emergent situation, the TN Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal has held.

M Mohamed Salia, Deputy Chief Engineer, Southern Railway, while returning home, suffered a heart attack on November 20, 2008. Due to the urgency of the matter, his wife admitted him in the nearest private hospital Frontier Lifeline, as the Railway Hospital was 10 km away from her residence. After a by-pass surgery and necessary treatment, he was discharged on December 12, 2008. He paid Rs.3.10 lakh towards hospital bills.

When he applied for reimbursement of Rs.2 lakh to which he was entitled, the railway authorities rejected his claim on the ground that treatment in a non-recognised private hospital without referral by the railway authorised medical officer was not admissible. Hence, the present application.

Rejecting the contentions, CAT judicial member G Santhappa said that in this case, the applicant had produced the emergency certificate and that had not been considered by the railways. The Personnel Branches Circular (PBC) dated May 4, 1994 listed under what circumstances reimbursement of medical expenses could be made. It included that if a patient falls ill at a place where there was no government or railway hospital and that if transporting the patient to the nearest government hospital would result in loss of life, the servant could be admitted in a private hospital. The rejection was against the law laid down by the SC, the tribunal said, set aside the order and directed the railways to sanction the amount in a month.

Source : www.newindianexpress.com


CHANGE IN DATE OF BIRTH/AGE OF FAMILY PENSIONERS REGARDING

No.1/23/2012-P&PW( E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 11th September, 2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Change in date of birth/age of family pensioners- regarding.

In accordance with the instructions issued vide this Departments OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 21.5.2009, 11.8.2009, 25.6.2010 & 28.9.2010 and OM No.1/19/11-P&PW(E) dated 3.8.2011, additional pension/family pension to old pensioners/family pensioners is allowed on the basis of the date of birth/age recorded in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) or other office records. Only in case the details regarding date of birth/age are not available in the PPO/office records, additional pension/family pension to old pensioners/family pensioners has been allowed on the basis of certain documents i.e. PAN Card, Matriculation certificate, Passport, CGHS Card, Driving licence, Voter’s ID Card and Aadhaar Number issued by UIDAI.

2. During his service and at the time of retirement, a Government servant is required to give details of his family, including date of birth of its members, in Form 3. Date of birth/age of the members of family mentioned by the Government servant in Form 3 was not mandatory to be verified by the Head of Office. It is felt that in some case, the date of birth/age of a family pensioner, as recorded in the PPO/office records might be incorrect.

3. Some representations have been received in this Department regarding the hardship being caused to old family pensioners in getting the additional pension on account of incorrect recording of the date of birth/age in the PPO. They have been requesting for allowing the change of date of birth in the PPO on the basis of the documents prescribed in the various OMs mentioned in Para I above.

4. The matter has been considered in this Department in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure and the following decisions have been made:

i. Since the date of birth of the Government servant is recorded in the PPO on the basis of the service records and the date of superannuation etc. also is determined on the basis of this date of birth, there is no question of allowing change in the date of birth of the retired/deceased pensioner in the PPO.

ii. The request for change of date of birth/age of the Family pensioner (parents and spouse) in the PPO may be submitted by a pensioner/family pensioner to the Head of the Department of the organisation where the Government servant had last served along with at least one of the documents mentioned in Para I above and a declaration on a non-judicial stamp paper regarding the correct date of birth of the family pensioner. The Head of the Department may allow the change in the date of birth of the family pensioner if he is satisfied that the conditions indicated in this Department’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 21.5.2009 have been fulfilled and that a bona-fide mistake has been made in recording the date of birth in the PPO.

iii. No other document will be accepted for allowing the change in date birth/age of the family pensioner in the PPO.

iv. In order to avoid any possibility of recording an incorrect date of birth in the PPO, in future, the Government servant may be required to submit one of the documents indicated in Para I above as proof of date of birth of spouse or parents along with the details of family in Form 3. In the case of children certificate of birth from the Municipal authorities or from the local panchayat or from the head of a recognised school if the child is studying in such a school or from a Board of Education may be accepted.

5. As regards pensioners/family pensioners belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Departments, these Orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

6. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their ID. No 428/E.V/2012, dated 27/8/2012.

7. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary

Source : www.pensionersportal.gov.in


GOVT CONSIDERING UNIQUE NUMBER FOR ALL PF ACCOUNT HOLDERS

The Government is considering a proposal to give unique numbers to all provident fund account holders with life-time validity, a Regional PF commissioner said today. Regional PF Commissioner-I, Bangalore, Kamma Narayana said the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation headquarters has recently sought feedback on the proposal from PF commissioners in the country.
"The proposal is under consideration," he told reporters on the sidelines of an interactive session hosted by the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) here.
The proposal, if implemented, would see an employee will have the same unique number despite changing jobs and having new employers.
"All through his life, that will be the permanent account number for him," Narayana said. Asked if he expected the proposal to be implemented from the current financial year, he said "hopefully" but added that it's only at the proposal stage now.
Source : The Financial Express, Sept 11, 2012

SOON, THE POSTMAN WILL KNOCK, TABLET IN HAND

Very soon, your friendly neighbourhood postman will bring along a tablet computer when he knocks at your door, to carry out all transactions related to delivery of cash, banking activities and a few more.
Infosys’ Vice-President and Head for India Business Raghu Cavale told Business Line that India Post is in talks with the IT major to source hardware and software for the next phase of its computerisation. This project will involve sourcing of low-cost 7-inch and 10-inch tablets and the development of apps for them. Infosys will also develop intellectual property (IP) out of its Bangalore office for these apps.
While the tablets will be used by the postman to enter data such as digital signatures and a delivery challan, the apps will be used by India Post to update its backend database in real time, helping it cut down on errors and fraud. India Post covers about 200 million customers across India and offers small savings schemes, postal life insurance, rural postal life insurance, pension payments and wage disbursements.
The postal department is looking at these solutions as a part of its modernisation drive and to increase operational effectiveness.
Growth forecast
On its part, Infosys sees its India business growing to about $1 billion in the next four years. It recently bagged a key IT outsourcing and consulting deal with India Post and another deal from the Income-Tax Department for its electronic TDS division.
At present, the India operations of Infosys contribute 2 per cent of its $7-billion revenues but the software major considers India one of its key emerging markets. This importance can be gauged from the fact that Infosys’ India business is one of the four verticals within Infosys that reports to the board directly.
The India Post project, which Infosys bagged recently, is worth Rs 700 crore. This project is aimed at spreading financial services across 1.5 lakh post offices in the country. As part of the project, Infosys will also install 1,000 ATMs for India Post to increase the effectiveness of its delivery channel.
The Hindu Business Line, Sept 12, 2012

'DAKIYA' BACK IN 'KHAKI'
Once the ubiquitous postman, whose uniform was changed from 'khaki' to blue to give him a corporate look, has been longing to go back to his original dress code. In fact, after the switch from 'khaki' uniform with a matching 'Netaji' cap, postmen feel that they had lost their 'friendly' image and wish to regain the image a 'dakiya' (popular name in Hindi for postman) through the 'khaki.'

There are 3,129 postmen in Madhya Pradesh who would now don back the khaki with the new India Post red logo. The team includes 119 women who would be supplied with khaki sarees replacing the existing blue ones. For men, the reverted khaki uniform, however, would not have the old Netaji cap.
It was in 2004 when the Union government changed the uniform of postmen from khaki to sky-blue shirts and deep-blue trousers. For women, the sky-blue sarees has a dark-blue border. The department of post personnel had been long demanding reverting the dress code.
"The blue uniform had not only nudged us out of market, but even made us look strangers," said president of postal employees association Prahlad Jaiswal, who has been spear-heading the fight to win back the almost lost-craze for the postman. "A crucial meeting on 'khaki uniform' with senior officials of the Madhya Pradesh circle will be held on September 13 at Bhopal, and we have been asking the Union government to reconsider our demand of going back to khaki," he said.
"The change from khaki to blue aimed to give a corporate touch from the drab-sounding and dull-looking khaki. However, no one realized that the change in uniform will make the postmen invisible," said the secretary of the association, Raju Yadav.
"The khaki uniform had given us the look of a government employee and made us look something different from run of the mill. Look at the uniform of forest officials and policemen, they are still the same and make them stand out from the rest of security agencies and other uniforms worn by the government employees," said Yadav.
"The decision to return back to khaki has already been taken," said a senior official of the postal department preferring anonymity. "It is a matter of time when postmen would be distributed the khaki uniform," he said.

Source : The Times of India, Sept 12, 2012

FIVE FOREIGN CONSULTANTS IN RACE FOR ‘POST BANK OF INDIA’ PROJECT

The Department of Posts has issued request for proposals (RFP) to five top notch foreign consultancy firms for the proposed Post Bank of India project.

The five short-listed firms are Accenture Services, Boston Consulting Group, Ernst & Young, KPMG Advisory Services and McKinsey & Co.

The Department of Posts (DoP) is looking to set up a bank — Post Bank of India (PBI) — to provide banking services with special focus on rural areas.

Besides providing a platform for financial inclusion, the Post Bank of India will provide means of additional revenue generation for the DoP.

The consultancy firms chosen, out of the five short-listed ones, will as part of the assignment focus on Detailed Project Report (DPR) on creation of PBI, financial viability of PBI, proposed organisational structure of PBI in the light of RBI regulations, and relationship between PBI and Post Office Savings Bank.

Source : http://www.thehindubusinessline.com

DETERMINATION OF SENIORITY OF EMPLOYEES WHEN POSTS/GRADES MERGED AS PER 6TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS

No. 20020/4/2010-Estt. (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 13th September, 2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Seniority of officers holding posts/grades in grades merged in pursuance of recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to para 2 (i) of this Department’s O.M. No.AB-14017/66/2008-Estt. (RR) dated 9th March, 2009, which provides that where all the posts in one or more pre-revised scales are merged with a higher pre-revised scale and given a common replacement scale/grade pay / pay scale, the suitability of the incumbents need not be assessed for granting them the higher replacement scale / grade pay / pay scale, there is also no need for the incumbents to complete any minimum eligibility service in the earlier scale of pay. There will be no change in the inter se seniority of the incumbents in the merged scale which shall be decided based on the general instructions on the subject.

2.         The 6th CPC in its recommendation contained in sub para (vi) of Para 2.2.13 has stated that the seniority of government servant will depend on the grade pay drawn. This will invariably be more for a higher level post. References have been received from Ministry of Railways/Ministry of Defence etc. regarding fixation of seniority of officers after merger of pay scales in pursuance to recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission. The recommendation of 6th CPC has been accepted on 29.08.2008 and the merger of pay scale(s) of the post has been made effective w.e.f. 01.01.2006. The issue of seniority has been further examined and it has been decided in consultation with UPSC and Department of Legal Affair that seniority of officers holding post in grades which have been merged in pursuance to recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission will be determined as follows :-

I.          The status of a government servant as on 29.08.2008 including those who have earned promotion between 01.01.2006 to 29.08.2008 will be protected as appointment/promotions are made as per the provisions of statutory recruitment rules applicable to the post/grade. The merger of the pay scale(s) of the post(s) as recommended by 6th CPC have been made effective w.e.f. 01.01.2006; the seniority of government servant which existed on 29.08.2008 (date of acceptance of recommendation of 6th CPC) will be maintained i.e. the holder of post having higher pay scale or post which constituted promotion post for the posts in the feeder grade, will rank en-bloc senior to those holding post having lower pay scale or the posts in feeder grade.

II.         Where posts having different pay scales prior to 6th CPC recommendation and now after merger have come to lie in the same Pay Band with same Grade Pay, the inter-se seniority of all the employees will be fully maintained with employee in a higher pre-revised pay scale being placed higher vis-a-vis an employee in a lower pay scale. Within the same pre-revised pay scale, seniority which existed prior to revision would continue.

III.        Where recruitment for the posts in different per-revised pay scale(s) was initiated separately for each posts, prior to acceptance of recommendation of 6th CPC i.e. prior to 29.08.2008 but selected individual joined duty on or after 30.08.2008 in the revised pay scale(s) against the posts which have been granted same Grade pay, such officers will be assigned seniority en-bloc below those officers who were in position as on 29.08.2008.

IV.        The availability of officers nominated on the basis of panel of promotion given by DPC or selection list given by selecting Authority will be decided as on 29,08.2008. In case a officer from the panel given by DPC or selection list given by selecting Authority has joined on or prior to 29.08.2008, then status of all the officers included in panel given by DPC or selection list will be protected and all officer will be considered available and their seniority determined by following the basic principle of seniority i.e. order of panel given by DPC or merit list given by selecting Authority. in case all the officers included in the panel given by DPC or selection list given by selecting Authority joins after 29.08.2008, then the seniority of such officers within a grade, will be determined by placing them below all available officers as on 29.08.2008 but maintaining their inter-se seniority in order of panel of DPC or merit list given by selecting authority.

3.         All the cases of determination of seniority except merged MTS posts will be decided accordingly. The issue of determination of seniority of merged MTS (erstwhile Group D) posts would be taken up separately.

4. Hindi version will follow. 
                                                                                                                sd/-
(Virender Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
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SUSPENSION OF EMPANELMENT OF ‘BAPU NATURE CURE HOSPITAL & YOGASHRAM, MAYUR VIHAR, NEW DELHI’ FROM THE LIST OF AYUSH HOSPITALS/CENTRES EMPANELLED UNDER CGHS GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare,
Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road,
New Delhi 110 001
 No. S 11045/7/2012-CGHS/HEC                                         Dated the 12th September, 2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:    Suspension of empanelment of ‘Bapu Nature Cure Hospital & Yogashram, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi’ from the list of AYUSH Hospitals/Centres empanelled under CGHS reg

CGHS vide its 0.M No. Z 28015/01/2006-HD Ce11/CGFIS (P) dated 1 st January, 2008 issued a list of Ayurvedic, Yoga Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) Hospitals I Centers empanelled under CGHS and CS(MA) Rules wherein Bapu Nature Cure Hospital Yogashram was empanelled for Naturopathy system of medicine for providing healthcare facilities to CGHS beneficiaries.

2.         An inspection of Bapu Nature Cure Hospital & Yogashram was conducted on 8th June, 2012 by a team led by Director, CGHS. After a thorough inspection, it was found that the Hospital was committing gross violation of various CGHS norms and guidelines in respect of its facilities and services. The Inspection team concluded that with the existing infrastructure and manpower in position, the hospital is not in a position to provide quality healthcare services to CGHS beneficiaries. A ‘Show Cause Notice’ was issued to Bapu Nature Cure Hospital on 25th July, 2012 seeking clarifications on the deficiencies pointed out by the inspection team. However, the reply received from Bapu Nature Cure Hospital has not been found satisfactory.

3.         It has, therefore been decided to suspend the CGHS empanelment of Bapu Nature Cure Hospital & Yogashram with immediate effect till further orders. The hospital shall no longer be a part of the CGHS/CS (MA) Rules empanelled list of hospitals/centers for AYUSH.  However, patients, if any, already admitted prior to the issue of this OM, shall be provided the treatment and discharged within seven days from the date of issue of this OM.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sd/-
(Jai Prakash)
Under Secretary to the Government of India