Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Dated: May 5, 2017
All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side)
Sub: Proceedings of the meeting of the Standing Committee meeting of the National Council(JCM held on 03.05.2017 under the Chairmanship of Secretary(DoP&T)
Immediately after Introductory Remark of the Secretary(DoP&T), the Staff Side raised the following issues:-
1. For more than 7 years now the National Council(JCM) has not met. Functioning of the JCM is completely diluted by the Government Departments are also not holding meeting. The grievances on service matter of the employees are getting accumulated. The JCM Machinery needs to be strengthened and meeting with the Staff Side should take place regularly.
2. It is now more than 10 months after proposed “Indefinite Strike” was deferred by the Central Government Employees; based on the assurance given by the Group of Ministers. None of the demands is settled. “The Staff Side is in dark about the recommendations of the Allowance Committee”. “While Pay Commission’s report is put on the Public Domain after its submission to the government, why these reports are kept secret”, the Staff Side asked. Since Allowances Committee report is considerably delayed the date of effect of the revised allowances should be w.e.f. 01.01.2016. The Staff Side has demanded that, Minimum Wage should be raised, Pay Matrix should also be revised, to recommend at least Minimum Guaranteed Pension of 50% of the last pay drawn, Family Pension, and Disability Pension and GPF to all the Central Government Employees. It is unfortunate that, Option No.1, recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-01.01.2016 Pensioners, is also rejected. The Central Government Employees are very much agitated and there is going to be an uncontrollable unrest, hence the Chairman is requested to convey our feelings to the government to avoid a confrontation
(Chairman intervened and assured that he would convey the feelings of the Staff Side to the government).
3. In spite of the Government orders many autonomous bodies have not revised the pay scale of the employees as per 7th CPC and no order is yet issued for revising the pension of the pensioners who retired from these autonomous bodies. These issues needs to be settled by the government.
4. Staff Side demanded to fill-up all the vacant posts and also to sanction additional posts to man additional assets and additional workload without insisting on Matching Saving.
Thereafter, Action Taken Report on the progress/decisions taken on the Agenda Points discussed during last Standing Committee Meeting was taken for discussion. Details are given below-
DISCUSSION ON ACTION TAKEN REPORT
1. No privatization PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishment
The issue will be separately discussed by the Railways and Defence Ministry with the Recognized Federations
2. No Corporatization of Postal Services
Department of Post informed that there is no proposal of Corporatization / privatization at this juncture.
3. Scrap PFRDA Act and reintroduce the Defined Benefit Statutory Pension Scheme
The Chairman stated that, we have to wait for the report of the NPS Committee. However, the Staff Side insisted that, there should be at least Guaranteed Minimum Pension of 50% of the last pay drawn, Family Pension, and Disability Pension.
4. Regularize the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers, and absorb trained apprentices. No labour reforms should be carried out which are not in the interest of workers.
After discussion it was decided that, specific cases, if referred to the DoP&T by the Department/ Staff Side, may be considered. The issue of Gun and Shell Factory Casual Employees would be considered in consultation with the MoD.
5. Revive JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of demands of the central government employees.
It was assured that JCM Machinery would be activated
6. Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.
The Staff Side demanded the following:-
a. The arbitrary and artificial 5% ceiling may be removed.
b. Pending the same the 5% vacancies should be calculated on the overall vacancies and not in the vacancies of the particular year.
c. For calculation of vacancies Group B posts also should be taken into account.
d. In the Defence Ministry wards of service personnel are given Compassionate Appointment in the 5% of Civilian Vacancies. However while calculating 5% vacancies, the vacancies of service personnel are not taken in to account. This anomaly may be rectified.
e. Defence Ministry has proposed a onetime relaxation of 5% ceiling considering the large number of pending applications. TheDoP&T has rejected the same. The issue may be reconsidered by the DoP&T
After discussion on the above issues SecretaryDoP&T assured that he would reconsider the whole matter.
7. Ensuring Five Promotions in the Service Career
The Staff Side insisted that MACP should be in the promotional hierarchy and the condition of “Very Good” grading should be removed for granting of MACP
8. Non-implementation of the decision taken in the 46th National Council (JCM) Meeting held on 15t May 2010 with regard to Item No. 20.
The Staff Side stated that in spite of the DoP&T’s direction not to recognize Associations of “Workers”, the Defence Ministry is not implementing the same. After discussion Secretary DoP&T assured that he would discuss the matter with the Defence Secretary and settle the same.
9. Reduction of one day Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) to the employees of OFB & DGQA under
Department of Defence Production against Cabinet decision and Government orders. Staff Side protested against the arbitrary recovery of PLB days in the case of employees of Ordnance Factories, DGQA, DGAQA and EME. After discussion Secretary DoP&T directed the Department of Expenditure to reconsider the matter and if necessary to put up the case to the Finance Minister for his consideration.
10. Grant of one time relaxation to the Central Government employees who have availed LTC-80 and travelled by air by purchasing Ticket from other than authorized agent.
The Staff Side insisted that the employees who are otherwise not eligible for entitlement of air traveling, have purchased flight tickets from other than authorized agents due to their ignorance of rule position should not be punished by imposing recovery of the entire LTC amount etc. Therefore to settle the matter once for all a onetime relaxation may be given to such employees. After discussion it was decided that DoP&T may reconsider the whole matter.
11. Grant of House Rent Allowance to the employees who have vacated government quarters.
The Staff Side insisted that NAC should not be a pre condition for grant of HRA to those employees who vacate the government quarters. After discussion it was decided that the Directorate of Estate and Department of Expenditure would consider the matter.
12. Restoration of interest-free advances withdrawn by the Government based on 7th CPC recommendations.
The Official Side assured that, the demand of the Staff Side would be conveyed to the government.
13. Grant of entry pay recommended by 6th CPC to the promotees under the provisions of CCS(RP) Rules- 2008.
The Staff Side stated that the decision taken in the National Anomaly Committee meeting in this regard was not accepted by the finance ministry and at present the Principle Bench CAT New Delhi and the CAT Madras Bench has given judgment in favour of the employees and hence the Department of Expenditure may reconsider the matter. After discussion it was decided that the Department of Expenditure would reconsider the matter.
14. Grant of 3rd MACP in GP Rs.4600 to the Master Craftsmen (MCM) of Defence Ministry who were holding the post of MCM in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.4500- 7000 as on 31/12/2005.
After discussion it was decided that DoP&T will refer the matter to Department of Expenditure recommending to reconsider their earlier decision of rejection since the demand is in conformity with the rules on ACP/MACP.
15. Carrying forward of Earned Leave by Defence Industrial Employees on transfer/ appointment from non Industrial to Industrial Establishment.
DOPT has agreed with the demand and their decision would be conveyed to MOD after receipt of the proposal from Defence Ministry in this regard.
16. Reimbursement of actual medical expenditure incurred by the employees in recognized hospitals.
CGHS rates are under revision and the same would be issued soon.
17. Dental Treatment in private hospitals recognized under CGHS / CS(MA) Rules, 1944 for CS(MA) beneficiaries.
CGHS vide their OM dated 5th April 2017 has informed that the requirement of no objection certificate has been dispensed with vide OM No. S.14025/41/2015-MS dated 7.12.2016.
18. Removal of ambiguity in fixation of pay of re-employed Ex-Servicemen and grant of the same benefit extended to Commissioned officers to personnel below officers rank also
The demand is under consideration ofDoP&T in consultation with the Department of Expenditure
19. Permission to opt for pay fixation in the revised pay structure on a date after the date of issue of CCS(RP) rules 2016 notification (25.7.2016) in case of employees whose promotion becomes due after 25.7.2006.
The issue is under consideration of Department of Expenditure and a decision would be taken soon.
20. Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner.
DOPT is framing a fresh calendar for holding DPC and effecting promotions which will enable to fill up the promotional Posts in a time bound manner. Instructions will be issued very soon.
21. Abolish and upgrade all posts of Lower Division Clerks (LDCs) to Upper Division Clerks(UDCs)
The Staff Side demanded that the LDC post may be merged with UDC and MTS may be promoted directly to UDC. DoP&T agreed to consider the demand.
Due to paucity of time, new agenda points, given by the Staff Side, was not taken up for discussion. It was decided that the Action Taken on the New Agenda Points would be communicated to the Staff Side and a meeting would be thereafter convened to discuss these items.
Cabinet approves revision of pension to pre 2016 pensioners
The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to method of revision of pension of pre-2016 Pensioners and Family Pensioners based on the suggestions made by the Committee, chaired by Secretary(Pensions), constituted with the approval of the Cabinet. While approving 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 more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on the information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner. 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.
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
Secretary (Staff Side)
National Council (JCM)
Friday, 5 May 2017
2)CGHS – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HEALTH SCHEME – MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE ISSUES A LATEST COMPILATION OF FAQ ON CGHS
1. WHO ARE ENTITLED FOR CGHS FACILITIES
2. IN HOW MANY CITIES CGHS IS PRESENTLY OPERATIVE?
3. FOR CGHS CARDS , AS DEPENDENT , WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE WORD “FAMILY “
4. WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO REGISTER WITH THE CGHS?
5. ARE CGHS FACILITIES FREE OF COST?
|Grad Pay||w.e.f 1st June 2009 Contribution|
|Upto Rs.1650 /-||Rs. 50/-|
|Rs.1800/-, Rs1900/-, Rs.2000/- , Rs.2400/- and Rs.2800/-||Rs.125/-|
|Rs.4600/-,Rs.4800/-, Rs.5400/- Rs.6600/- Rs.325/- and Rs. 7600/- and above||Rs. 500/-|
6. WHAT IS THE SYSTEM FOR THE SERVICES OF SPECIALISTS IN DISPENSARIES?
7. IS THERE ANY INTERACTIVE MECHANISM AT DISPENSARY LEVEL?
8. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE CGHS CARDS?
9. WHOM SHOULD I APPROACH IN CASE THE CGHS CARD IS NOT ISSUED TO ME IN THE PRESCRIBED TIME?
10. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I LOSE MY CGHS CARDS ?
11. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE DETAILS ON THE CARD VIZ. NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, ENTITLEMENT, ETC. ARE WRONG?
12. IS THERE A COLOUR SCHEME FOR PLASTIC CARDS? WHAT ARE THE DETAILS?
13. I RETIRED IN 1998 FROM CENTRAL GOVT. BUT, I NEVER MADE A CGHS CARD. CAN I GET A CARD NOW?
15. MY HUSBAND / WIFE RETIRED IN 2002. HE /SHE WAS PAYING CGHS SUBSCRIPTION EVERY YEAR. AFTER HIS DEATH CAN I GET CARD ON MY NAME. DO HAVE I TO PAY EXTRA. SHALL I GET LIFE TIME VALID CARD ?
16. HOW TO TRANSFER CGHS CARD FROM ONE WC TO OTHER IN THE SAME CITY?
17. I AM CGHS BENEFICIARY AT KANPUR. VISITING MUMBAI FOR 6 MONTHS. CAN I GET CGHS FACILITIES AT MUMBAI .CAN SAME CARD OF KANPUR CONTINUE OR A SEPARATE CARD TO BE MADE. FROM WHERE TO GET PERMISSION FOR THE SAME?
19. AFTER RETIREMENT IN 2007 I GOT A LIFE TIME PENSIONER CGHS CARD MADE IN DELHI. NOW I AM SHIFTING TO DEHRADUN. CAN I USE THE SAME CARD. DO I PAY AGAIN?
20. I LIVE IN GURGAON BUT MY OFFICE IS IN SAKET. CAN I AVAIL FACILITIES FROM BOTH THE PLACES BECAUSE IT IS CONVENIENT FOR ME.
21. IS THERE ANY AGE LIMIT FOR SONS / DAUGHTERS AS DEPENDENT IN CGHS CARD ?
22. ARE STEP-CHILDREN ALLOWED CGHS FACILITIES?
23. CAN DEPENDENT IN-LAWS BE INCLUDED UNDER FAMILY MEMBERS FOR CGHS FACILITIES?
24. ME AND MY WIFE ARE BOTH CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES AND HAVE DEPENDENT BROTHERS / SISTERS AND PARENTS. CAN WE MAKE SEPARATE CARDS AND INCLUDE FAMILY MEMBERS?
25. CAN THE CMO OR THE PHARMACIST GIVE A DIFFERENT BRAND THAN THE ONE PRESCRIBED BY THE SPECIALIST?
26. WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR GETTING LIFE SAVING DRUGS ?
27. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE WELLNESS CENTRE/DISPENSARY DOES NOT GIVE ALL THE MEDICINES?
29. ARE THE PRESCRIPTION OF SPECIALISTS OF EMPANELLED HOSPITALS BINDING ON THE DISPENSARY ?
30. WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM PERIOD FOR WHICH MEDICINES CAN BE GIVEN IN ONE GO ?
31. IF SOME MEDICINES LIKE ANTIBIOTICS ARE URGENTLY REQUIRED AND ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT CGHS WELLNESS CENTRE WHAT CAN BE DONE?
32. HOW TO GET A DRUG IF SAME IS NOT AVAILABLE IN WC & ALSO NOT SUPPLIED BY CHEMIST(ALC)?
34. MY FATHER IS A CANCER PATIENT AND AFTER OPERATION IS BED RIDDEN. DOCTORS HAVE ADVISED PROTEIN POWDER. CAN I GET FROM CGHS?
35. IS PEN FILL INJECTION PROVIDED UNDER CGHS ?
36. WHAT DO I DO IF I AM UNWELL AT ODD HOURS, SAY LATE IN NIGHT?
37. WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF THE DOCTORS ARE NOT PRESENT IN THE WELLNESS CENTRE / DISPENSARY?
38. IN EMERGENCY WHO ARE ALL ENTITLED TO GET TREATMENT AT PVT EMPANELLED HOSPITAL ?
39. WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CASE OF EMERGENCY?
40. WHAT ARE THE PAPERS TO BE SUBMITTED FOR ANY INVESTIGATION BY AN EMPANELLED DIAGNOSTIC CENTRE?
42. WHICH ARE THE CATEGORIES ELIGIBLE FOR CASHLESS TREATMENT?
43. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE EMPANELLED HOSPITAL REFUSES TO ENTERTAIN OR GIVE A STEP-MOTHERLY TREATMENT?
44. I AM A SERVING EMPLOYEE OF AN AUTONOMOUS BODY, HOLDING CGHS CARD. WHO WILL GIVE ME PERMISSION FOR TREATMENT ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF GOVT. SPECIALIST?
45. WHAT IS THE TIME WITHIN WHICH MY MEDICAL CLAIM IS TO BE REIMBURSED?
46. WHAT CAN I DO IF MY CLAIM IS UNNECESSARILY DELAYED?
47. I AM A CGHS PENSIONER.MY WIFE WAS ADMITTED IN PVT HOSPITAL IN EMERGENCY STATE. HOW TO GET REIMBURSEMENT OF MONEY SPENT ON HER TREATMENT?
48. MY ORIGINAL PAPERS HAVING BILLS, RECEIPTS OF HOSPITAL TREATMENT ARE LOST. CAN I CLAIM ON DUPLICATE PAPERS?
49. MY HUSBAND/WIFE WAS A CGHS CARD HOLDER. HE/SHE WAS SICK AND DIED WHILE IN HOSPITAL. HOW DO I GET MRC?
50. I RETIRED IN DEC 2011. DUE TO CERTAIN REASONS I HAD TO GO TO MY NATIVE PLACE IN UTTRANCHAL AND COULD NOT MAKE PENSIONER’S CGHS CARD. IN MAY 2012 I CAME TO DELHI AND HAD HEART ATTACK. IN EMERGENCY I WAS TREATED IN PVT HOSPITAL. I GOT CGHS CARD MADE AFTER DISCHARGE BUT I HAVE BEEN REFUSED REIMBURSEMENT OF THE EXPENDITURE INCURRED.
51. I WENT TO HYDERABAD TO VISIT MY SON AND HAD FRACTURE OF LEG BONE. I RECEIVED TREATMENT FROM A PVT HOSPITAL. SHALL I GET FULL REIMBURSEMENT?
52. IS TREATMENT FOR IVF REIMBURSABLE?
53. ARE AMBULANCE CHARGES REIMBURSABLE?
55. I SUBMITTED MRC FOR RS. 1 LAC 20 THOUSAND BUT I WAS REIMBURSED ONLY RS. 45,800/-. WHY TOTAL AMOUNT WAS NOT REIMBURSED?
56. I WANT TO GET MY CATARACT SURGERY DONE AT PVT EMPANELLED HOSPITAL ?
57. IS IT NECESSARY THAT THE GOVT SPECIALIST SHOULD WRITE ‘REFERRED TO CGHS EMPANELLED HOSPITAL’ FOR OBTAINING PERMISSION?
58. CMO INCHARGE DOES NOT REFER ME TO PVT. HOSPITALS ON MY REQUEST?
59. I AM AN ACCREDITED JOURNALIST WITH CGHS CARD CAN I SEEK TREATMENT IN PVT. EMPANELLED HOSPITALS IN EMERGENCY AND GET CREDIT FACILITY?
60. WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO ME IF I AM A PENSIONER IN A NON CGHS AREA ?
61. I AM A SERVING EMPLOYEE RESIDING IN A PLACE CLOSE TO A CITY COVERED UNDER CGHS. CAN I GET CGHS CARD ISSUED FROM THE NEAREST CGHS CITY?
62. I HAVE RETIRED FROM DELHI. NOW I WANT TO SETTLE IN A CITY WHERE NO CGHS FACILITY IS AVAILABLE . HOW TO COVER MY FAMILY FOR MEDICAL CARE?
The government has assured that the demand for the arrears on higher allowances as per the 7th Pay Commission would be met soon. The assurance was given by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha after a meeting with the National Joint Council of Action or NJCA the consolidated body of employee unions.
The NJCA which has been leading the negotiations relating to the 7th Pay Commission met with Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and reiterated the demand of arrears on higher allowances from January 2016 onwards. The body also demanded the implementation of the report by the Committee on Allowances under the 7th Pay Commission.
Demands will be met soon
The report was submitted to the finance ministry. It is still under examination. The Cabinet Secretary during the meeting assured that the same would be implemented soon. The concerns would be considered and it may take some time. The report is currently ebing examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by P K Siinha.
What are the demands?
During the meeting the NJAC spoke about the arrears and said that the employees should be given the amount pending from January 2016 onwards. Further they also demanded that the government resolve the anomalies related to the minimum wages, fitment factor and family pension under the 7th Pay Commission. A demand for upgradation of the fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.16 for minimum wage revision was also made. However this is negotiable they said.
There are a few modifications that have been suggested in some allownaces applicable to all central government employees and other allowances which are applicable to specific employee categories. The 7th Pay Commission had suggested the abolition of 52 out of the 196 existing allowances, apart from subsuming 36 smaller allowances. Further it had also reduced the HRA from the existing 10, 20 and 30 per cent to 8, 24 and 16 respectively.