Tuesday, 14 August 2018

DoPT Orders Aug 2018: Change of Id-u-Zuha (Bakrid) Holiday on 23.8.2018

DoPT Orders Aug 2018: Change of Id-u-Zuha (Bakrid) Holiday on 23.8.2018
DoPT Orders Aug 2018: Change of Id-u-Zuha (Bakrid) Holiday on 23.8.2018
 Bakrid Holiday

F. No. 12/4/2018-JCA2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
JCA Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 14th August, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Change of date of holiday on account of Id-u-Zuha (Bakrid) during 2018 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi.

As per list of holidays circulated vide this Ministry's O.M.No.12/3/2017-JCA-2 dated the 14th June, 2017, the holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) falls on Wednesday the 22nd August, 2018. It has been brought to notice of this Ministry that in Delhi Id-ul-Zuha will be celebrated on 23rd August, 2018. Accordingly, it has been decided to shift the holiday to 23rd August, 2018 in place of 22nd August, 2018 as notified earlier, for all Central Government administrative offices at Delhi / New Delhi.

2. For Offices outside Delhi / New Delhi the Employees Coordination Committees or Head of Offices (where such Committees are not functioning) can decide the date depending upon the decision of the concerned State Government.

Hindi version will follow.
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(Jugal Singh)
Deputy Secretary Government of India
Source: http://dopt.gov.in/

New Railway Time Table Effective from 15.8.2018

New Railway Time Table Effective from 15.8.2018

Ministry of Railways will be releasing its new All India Railway Time Table known as “TRAINS AT A GLANCE (TAG)” effective from 15th August, 2018

Ministry of Railways

Ministry of Railways will be Releasing New All India Railway Time Table (Train at A Glance) With Effect From 15th August 2018

In addition to The "Trains at a Glance", All Zonal Railways will also be Releasing their respective Zonal Railway Time Tables

The Ministry of Railways will be releasing its new All India Railway Time Table known as "TRAINS AT A GLANCE (TAG)" effective from 15th August, 2018. In addition to the "Trains at a Glance", all the 17 Zonal Railways will also be releasing their respective Zonal Railway Time Tables (5 Zonal time tables in all, each Zonal Time Table comprising 3-4 Zonal Railways) which will also come into effect from 15th August, 2018. The new Trains at a Glance will also be available w.e.f. 15th August, 2018 on Indian Railways' official website i.e. www.indianrailways.gov.in.
Important highlights of the new time table are as follows:

Overview
Indian Railways runs about 3500 reserved trains which include Gatiman Express, Rajdhani Express, Humsaafar Express, Tejas Express, Duronto Express, Antyodaya Express, Garib Rath Express, Shatabdi Express, Sampark Kranti Express, YUVA Express, Janshatabdi Express and other types of Express trains. This is in addition to about 4600 Passenger and 5000 EMU trains. The volume of passengers carried daily is about 2.22 million.
In addition, more than 36000 Special train trips were run during 2017-18 to clear extra rush and meet passenger demand. About 500 coaches were permanently augmented in about 300 trains to increase the carrying capacity.

III. Proliferation of new train services:
In the year 2017-18, 90 number of new services was introduced, 43 number of services were extended and increase in frequency of 9 number of services was done. In the current year upto 15.08.2018, 35 number of services have already been introduced, 28 number of services have been extended and increase in frequency of 5 number of services have been effected.
Till date, 23 Humsafar Express trains, 10 Antyodaya Express trains, 1 Tejas Express, 1 Uday Express which have already been introduced have been incorporated in the new Time Table. In addition, 1 Antyodaya Express train, 2 Tejas Express, 2 Uday Express trains still to be introduced have also been included.

After a review of lie over periods of rakes at destinations it was noticed that rake utilization can be further improved. The review revealed that rakes of trains that were having lie overs at the terminals can be utilized for providing new services, extending existing services and increase the frequency of some trains. Accordingly 24 new trains, 66 extension of trains and 4 increase in frequency of trains which have already been started using the lie over rakes have been incorporated in the new Time Table w.e.f. 15.08.2018.

IV. Replacement of conventional Passenger trains with MEMU/DEMU: The short distance passenger trains especially having reversal enroute are being replaced by Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMUs) & Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs). In the year 2017-18, 57 number of conventional passenger services have been replaced by MEMUs/DEMUs thereby increasing the overall mobility of the system. In the current year, 50 conventional services have already been replaced by MEMU/DEMU upto 15.08.2018 and 50 more conventional services are planned to be replaced by 31.03.2019.

Corridor blocks: To provide sufficient time for the maintenance of the fixed infrastructure like track structure, signalling gears, overhead equipments, it has been planned to ensure provision of fixed corridor blocks. Zonal Railways have incorporated traffic corridor blocks of 2.5 to 3 hours duration in the new Working Time Table w.e.f. 15.08.2018. In the WTT 2018, the duration of corridor blocks is about 292 hours more than the corridor blocks available in WTT 2017.

VI. Mega blocks: In addition, 4 to 5 hours mega block has also been worked out in different sections of each Division on one day of the week (preferably Sunday) to carry out major maintenance works. In these mega blocks, all maintenance works including civil, over head traction (OHE), signal & telecommunication will be undertaken by pooling of resources to achieve maximum output. This will not only improve the reliability of the assets but also enhance the passenger safety. Mega blocks on more than 95% sections in all the Divisions of Indian Railways have been incorporated in the new time table. The intimation of mega block planned for Sunday is to be conveyed to Railway Board by Tuesday. In case mega block is availed, Zonal Railways may allow 2 hours corridor block on 3 alternate days in the week.

Charting at booked speed: The charting of trains having MPS of 110 Kmph has been carried out at 105 Kmph to the extent possible to reflect actual running. This will further help in improving the punctuality of the trains. The Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Tejas, Gatimaan, Humsafar, Garibrath, Duronto & Antyodaya Express trains having MPS of 130 Kmph have however been charted at 130 kmph.

Efforts to improve punctuality of late running trains: A careful analysis of the reasons for loss of punctuality has been carried out for trains regularly running late and necessary changes in the time table have been incorporated to improve punctuality.

IX. Replacement of conventional rakes by LHB rakes: To provide more safe and comfortable journey the conventional rakes are being replaced by LHB rakes. In the year 2017-18, 49 number of conventional rakes have been replaced by LHB rakes. In the current financial year, 48 rakes have already been replaced by LHB rakes upto 15.08.2018 and 66 more rakes are planned to be replaced by 31.03.2019.

Rationalization of terminals: To avoid criss-cross movement at important stations, the terminals of important trains have been changed. In the current financial year, terminals of 23 number of trains have been shifted. 12 trains in NR, 5 trains in NCR, 1 trains in ECR, 1 train in NWR & 4 trains in SCR have been shifted.

XI. Bye passing of terminals to avoid reversal: To streamline the operations by avoiding reversal, 20 trains have been shifted to adjacent terminals. In the current financial year, the terminals of 4 trains in SECR, 7 trains in WCR, 2 trains in ECoR, 5 trains in SER & 2 trains in NCR have been shifted.

Southern Zone
Railways Time Table

Amendment in essential qualification for Recruitment of Primary Teachers in KVS


Amendment in essential qualification for Recruitment of Primary Teachers in KVS

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan(Hqrs.)
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
New Delhi -110016

NOTICE
Dated: 14/08/2018
Subject: Amendment in essential qualification for Recruitment of Primary Teachers in KVS
In reference to NCTE notification dated 28.06.2018 regarding minimum qualification of Primary teacher, the following amendment has been made in the essential qualification for the post of Primary Teacher:
Essential:
1. Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 2-year Diploma in Elementary Education (by whatever name known)
OR
Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 4-year Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.)
OR
Senior Secondary (or its equivalent) with at least 50% marks and 2-year Diploma in Education (Special Education)
OR
Graduation with atleast 50% marks and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)
*who has acquired the qualification of Bachelor of Education from any NCTE recognized institution shall be considered for appointment as a teacher in class I-V provided the person so appointed as a teacher shall mandatorily undergo a six month Bridge Course in Elementary Education recognized by the NCTE within two years of such appointment as Primary Teacher.
2. Qualified in the Central Teacher Eligibility Test conducted by the Govt. of India.
3. Proficiency to teach through Hindi & English media.
Desirable:
Knowledge of working on Computer.
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Joint Commissioner (Admn)
Source: http://kvsangathan.nic.in

Change in Holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha


Change in Holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha

Bakrid

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Change in Holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)
All Central Government Administrative Offices located at Delhi/New Delhi shall remain closed on 23rd August, 2018 on account of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) holiday (in place of 22nd August, 2018).
Source: PIB

Income Tax Relaxation on NPS Maturity Value


Income Tax Relaxation on NPS Maturity Value
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION No. 3975
TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY, THE 10TH AUGUST, 2018

SHRI KONAKALLA NARAYANA RAO:
(a) whether the Government is contemplating to give tax rebate on the maturity value of the amount deposited under National Pension Scheme (NPS) like Public Provident Fund and if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether the Securities and Exchange Board of India has also recommended to this tax relaxation in the recently held Financial Stability and Development Council meeting and if so, the details thereof; and
(c) the stand of the Government in this regard?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI SHIV PRATAP SHUKLA)

(a) No Madam. Currently, Government is not contemplating to give any tax rebate on the maturity value of the amount deposited under National Pension Scheme (NPS) like Public Provident Fund. In this context, it may be noted that under the existing provisions of the Income tax Act, 1961 the following payments from the National Pension System Trust are exempt:
(i) up to 40% of the total amount payable to an assessee on closure of his account or on his opting out of a Pension Scheme; and
(ii) partial withdrawal by an employee from NPS up to 25% of own contribution.
(b) No.
(c) Does not arise.

Source: https://loksabha.nic.in/

Retirement Age of Doctors: Amendment in FR-56


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"Provided that the age of superannuation in respect of the doctors belonging to the General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles and Specialist Medical officers of Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles shall be sixty-five years."


Retirement Age of Doctors: Amendment in FR-56

The Gazette of India
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 11th August, 2018

G.S.R. 767(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Fundamental Rules, 1922, namely :-

1. Short title and commencement.- (1)These rules may be called the Fundamental (Second Amendment) Rules, 2018.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Fundamental Rules, 1922, in rule 56, for clause (bb), the following shall be substituted, namely: "(bb) (i) The age of superannuation in respect of the doctors belonging to -

(i) Central Health Service;
(ii) Indian Railways Medical Service;
(iii) AYUSH and working under the Ministry of AYUSH;
(iv) Civilian doctors under the Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service;
(v) Medical Officers of the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service;
(vi) Dental Doctors under the Department of Health and Family Welfare;
(vii) Dental doctors under the Ministry of Railways; and
(viii) General Duty Medical Officers, Specialist Grade doctors and Teaching Medical Faculty working in Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre,

shall be sixty-two years unless they exercise the option of posting to Teaching, Clinical, Patient Care, Implementation of Health programmes, Public Health programmes and functions including advisory and consultancy depending on their expertise and experience, as decided by the competent authority in the concerned Ministry or Department from time to time, in case they desire to continue in their service upto the age of sixty-five years:

Provided that the age of superannuation in respect of the doctors belonging to the General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles and Specialist Medical officers of Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles shall be sixty-five years.

(ii) The serving doctors belonging to the services referred to in sub-clause (i) who have either already attained the age of sixty-two years or attaining the age of sixty-two years within six months from the date of publication of these amendment rules in the Official Gazette, may exercise their option in regard to their posting to Teaching, Clinical, Patient Care, Implementation of Health programmes, Public Health programmes and functions including advisory and consultancy as specified in sub-clause (i), within a period of thirty days from the date of the commencement of the Fundamental (Second Amendment) Rules, 2018.

(iii) The serving doctors who fail to exercise the option in regard to their posting to Teaching, Clinical, Patient Care, Implementation of Health programmes, Public Health programmes and functions including advisory and consultancy as specified in sub-clause (i), within the period specified in sub- clause (ii), shall be superannuated form their service on attaining the age of sixty-two years or on expiry of a period of thirty days from the date of the commencement of the Fundamental (Second Amendment) Rules, 2018, whichever is later."

[F. No. 25012/4/2016-Estt.(A-IV)]
GYANENDRA DEV TRIPATHI, Jt. Secy.

Note : The Fundamental Rules were published in the Gazette of India on the 1st day of January, 1922 and were last amended vide notification number G.S.R. 27(E), dated the 5th January, 2018.

Source: http://egazette.nic.in/

Centralized online GPF Module roll out - Pre-requisites for on boarding the online GPF Module


Centralized online GPF Module roll out - Pre-requisites for on boarding the online GPF Module
MF-CGA/ITD/GPF-IMS/2017/PE-3/1028-39
Government of India
M/o Finance, Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts
Mahalekha Niyantrak Bawan
GPO Complex, 'E' Block
INA, New Delhi-110023
Dated 01st Aug, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub:- Centralized online GPF Module roll out - regarding

Reference is invited to this office OM. No. ITO-CGA/07/11/GF-MIDS/Pt. FileNol.2/163 dated 09 May 2017 regarding complete roll out of Centralized online GPF module. The module can be implemented in PAOs whose all DDOs are using Employees Information System (EIS) for generation of Salary Bills.

2. For migrating to the online GPF module on PFMS, PAOs have to complete some activities in "COMPACT" as per the annexure-I before exporting the GPF data from COMPACT to PFMS portal.

3. The merged DDOs of the PAOs are also required to upload the current year GPF data on the PFMS Portal. Merged DDOs have been provided with an offline utility with in EIS to enter data for uploading.

4. In view of the above, all Pr. CCAs, CCAs, CAs (with independent charge) are requested to direct the PAOs under their control to complete the activities mentioned in Annexure-I in COMPACT at the earliest possible.
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(Anupam Raj)
Asstt. Controller General of Accounts
Annexure-I
Pre-requisites for on boarding the online GPF Module

1. General/Basic Information like Name, Date of Birth, Date of Joining Government Service, PAN Number of all GPF subscribers may be verified and updated

2. GPF Accounts of subscribers may be made up to date with posting of GPF credit/debit data.

3. May be ensured that noGPF bill is pending for pass and payment.

4. Voucher Incorporation from PFMS to COMPACT may be done for all Bills.

5. Opening Balances of current F.Y. may be verified and interest calculation and finalization of interest of previous year may be completed and data is transferred to F.Y.2018-19.

6. It may be ensured that any discrepancy, if noticed has been removed before shifting to PFMS.

7. May be ensured that GPF Advance recoveries data is correct.

8. It may be ensured to register Digital signature Certificate (DSC) in COMPACT.

9. Before creating final file, PAO should take backup of the data base.

10. GPF Accounts which are transferred out or final payment made may be closed at DH level through the option "Account Closing".

Source: cga.nic.in

Increase of fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68 under 7th CPC - Latest official statement before PM's Independence Day speech


Increase of fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68 under 7th CPC - Latest official statement before PM's Independence Day speech

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-2273
ANSWERED ON-07.08.2018

Increase of fitment factor under 7th CPC

2273 . Shri Ravi Prakash Verma
Shri Neeraj Shekhar
(a) whether Government is contemplating to increase fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68 under 7th CPC to all pay levels, as demanded by employees associations;
(b) if so, the details thereof and by when it would be announced; and
(c) if not, the reasons for betrayal from assurances given by Home Minister and Railway Minister etc. to employees associations in 2016?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN)
(a) to (c): The Minimum Pay of Rs. 18,000 p.m. and Fitment Factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration.

Source: Rajya Sabha

Implement the MACP Scheme from 01.01.2006: NCJCM writes to DoPT


Implement the MACP Scheme from 01.01.2006: NCJCM writes to DoPT
Dated: August 7, 2018
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New delhi-110001
No.NC-JCM-2017/MACP
The Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training,
North Block, New Delhi

Sub:- Item No.2,10 and 48 of the Joint Committee of MACP - Agenda items of the Standing Committee
Ref:- 1. This office letter of even number dated 16/01/2018 and 27/03/2018
2. MOD letter No.14(1)/99-D(AG) dated 25th July 2018

Dear Sir,
This office vide Letters referred at 1 above dated 16/01/2018 and 27/03/2018 has represented to your good self to make the MACP scheme effective from 1/1/2006 since the Hon'ble Supreme Court in its order in WP 3744 of 2016 dated 08/12/2017 in the matter of UOI Vs Shri Balbir Singh Turn & Anr has directed the Govt. of India to implement the MACP Scheme retro respectively from 1/112006. Till date we have not received any positive response from the DOPT. However the MOD vide letter referred at 2 above (copy enclosed) have now issued instructions to implement the MACP Scheme w.e.f. 1/1/2006 to the Armed Force Personnel by implementing the Hon'ble Supreme Court judgment. Having implemented the judgment to one set of employees and denying the same to the similarly placed employees is discriminatory and unjustified.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that judicial decisions in matter of a general nature should be extended to all similarly placed employees. In the case of Inderpal Yadav Vs Union of India (1985) SCC 648, the Apex court has held as Under:-

"Those who could not come to the court need not be at a comparative disadvantage position to those who rushed in here, if they are otherwise similarly situated, they are entitled to similar treatment"
In view of the above to avoid multiplicity of litigations on the matter and since the item is also before the Joint Committee on MACP, it is requested that Govt. orders may please be issued for implementing the MACP Scheme w.e.f 1/1/2006. While issuing such an order, it may also be clarified that the employees who were granted the benefit of ACP between 1.1.2006 to 31.08.2008 are not adversely affected and no recovery is ordered from them in this connection.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Revision of ceiling rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AlCD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft for beneficiaries of CGHS/CS(MA) Rules


Revision of ceiling rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AlCD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft for beneficiaries of CGHS/CS(MA) Rules.

Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS
Office of the Director, CGHS

No: S-11011/29/2018-CGHS(HEC)/ DIR/CGHS
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 6th August, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Revision of ceiling rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AlCD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft for beneficiaries of CGHS/CS(MA) Rules.

With reference to the above subject attention is drawn to the OM No 12034/02/2014/Misc./- CGHS D.lll dated 22nd July 2014 vide which ceiling rates for reimbursement of the cost of Cardiac pacemaker, AICD, Combo-device, Rotablator and Aortic Stent Graft for beneficiaries of CGHS/CS (MA) Rules were prescribed and to state that the matter has been reviewed by the Ministry and it is decided to revise the ceiling rates as per the details given under:

Sl.No. Cardiac Device Ceiling Rate
1Single Chamber Cardiac Pacemaker without Rate ResponseRs.34,840/- + GST
2Single Chamber Cardiac Pacemaker with Rate ResponseRs. 44,9281-+ GST
3Dual Chamber Cardiac PacemakerRs.83,200/-+ GST
4Bi-Ventricular Cardiac PacemakerRs.1,95,000/-+ GST
5Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (Single Chamber) (ICD/AICD-Single Chamber)Rs.1,75 786/-4+ GST
6Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (Dual Chamber) (ICD/AICD-Single Chamber)Rs. 3,75,000/-+ GST
7Combo Device (CRT-D)Rs, 4.90,000/-+ GST
8Aortic Stent Graft (expandable, bifurcated and including delivery system)Rs. 4,40.960/- + GST
9Rotablator with AdvancerRs.49,920/-+ GST
10Rotablator BurrRs.23,920/-+ GST

2. Other terms and conditions prescribed under OM No 12034/02/2014/Misc./-CGHS D.III dated 22nd July 2014 shall remain unchanged.

3. These rates shall remain valid till the rates for the above devices are notified by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).

4. Issued with the concurrence of SS&FA, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide CD - No.1295 dated 25.07.2018.
(Dr. Atul Prakash)
Director, CGHS

DoP&T Clarification on CEA, OTA, Honorarium, Leave etc

DoP&T Clarification on CEA, OTA, Honorarium, Leave etc

No.I-I 1020/1/2014-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Establishment (Allowance) Section
QuestionsAnswer

Children Education Allowance

1   Whether reimbursement of Children Education Allowance is admissible for the:
(a)  Nursery/LKG/UKG as there is no provision of recognition of these classes in most of the States/UTs;Reimbursement is permissible only if the child is studying in a recognised educational institution. 
(b) Third child if either of the first two children is disabled to the extent that he/she cannot go to school;Reimbursement is allowed to only the two eldest surviving children of the Government servant except when the rd child birth results in multiple births or the 34 child is born due to failure of sterilization operation.
(c)The children borne out of second marriage or the children of second wife/husband in additions to children from first marriage;  Reimbursement is allowed to only the two eldest surviving children of the Government servant.
(d)Entitlement of number of Note Books.Reimbursement is permissible for any number of note books as may be prescribed by the recognised educational institution.
OTA/NDA
2The reasons for not enhancing rates of OTA/NDAThe 5th and the 6m Central pay Commission did not recommend enhancement of rates of OTAJNDA.

Honorarium/Fee

3Whether honorarium is payable to the Chairperson/members of the DPC and also such other /departmental Committees, viz., Committee on Sexual Harassments at work place, etc.?In terms of the provisions of FR46 (b), the central government may grant or permit a government servant to receive an honorarium as remuneration for work performed which is occasional or intermittent in character and either so laborious or of such special merit as to justify a special reward. Except when special reasons, which should be recorded in writing, exist for a departure    from   this  provision,
sanction to the grant or acceptance of an honorarium should not be given unless the work has been undertaken with the prior consent of the Central Government and its account has been settled in advance.
Guidelines    for     payment   of Honorarium under FR 46 (b) have already been laid down inter alia vide this Department's OM No. 17011/9/85- Est. (AL), dated 23.12.1985     and   OMNo.
17020/1/91-  Estt.   (AL), dated 18.11.1991.  It has also  been clarified that no honorarium should be granted for temporary increases in work.
4Whether retention of "Fee" for delivering lectures in Government/private bodies is permissible?As per para 6 of DoP&T's O.M.
No.16013/1/79-Estl(AL)  datedI lth February, 1980, payments received by Government servants as income from books, articles, papers and lectures on literary, cultural, artistic, technological and scientific subjects including management sciences; will not be subject to crediting one-third of the amount to the general revenues
5.Establishment (Leave) Section:
Whether male Government servant, who is single parent, can be allowed Child Care Leave?No. CCL can be granted to female employees only.
6.   Whether Bond on Study Leave can be transferred from Central Government to State Government?No.  Bond    executed by the Government  servant  while proceeding on study leave cannot be transferred on  his/her appointment in State Government / PSU/ Autonomous bodies.
7.   What is the limit of leave encashment while availing LTC by dependents or spouse within the same block year?The Government  Servants governed by the CSS (Leave) Rules, 1972 and entitled to avail LTC may en-cash earned leave up to 10 days at the time of availing both types of LTCs., i.e., 'Hometown' and 'Anywhere in India'. However, when the one and the same LTC is being availed of by the Government Servant and his family members separately in a block year, encashment of leave would be restricted to one occasion only.

(Narendra Gautam)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India

Veteran Patient Care and Assistance (VPCA) Teams - A vigilance Mechanism in ECHS


Veteran Patient Care and Assistance (VPCA) Teams - A vigilance Mechanism in ECHS

DG (DC & W)
Adjutant General's Branch
Integrated HQ of MoD (Army)
South Block
New Delhi - 110 011
B/49717-C(VIG)/AG/ECHS
12 Jul 2018
VETERAN PATIENT CARE AND ASSISTANCE (VPCA) TEAMS -A VIGILANCE MECHANISM IN ECHS
Gen

1. Ex Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is a welfare oriented scheme providing effective healthcare to Ex Servicemen and their dependents. Since in 2003, the scheme has expanded exponentially and has nearly 52 lakh beneficiaries today throughout the length and breadth of the country.

2. There is a need to institute a vigilance framework with a nominated nodal officer at each echelon of the scheme to introduce checks and balances in the system to ensure its efficient and effective functioning . The vigilance frame work so instituted will pay attention to the following aspects with a mechanism to detect, analyse and take corrective and preferably pre-emptive :-

(a) Ensure ECHS benefits are not availed by unauthorized persons.
(b) Check unethical practices I exploitation of ESMs by empanelled facilities.
(c) Monitor referral to empanelled facilities and carry out checks to negate unauthorized treatments/or claims.

Handling of ECHS Issues/Subject/Tasks

3. Tech issues relating to billing, claims and MoA with empanelled hospitals are dealt by Regional Centres of ECHS. All adm issues of Polyclinics are handled by Stn HQ.

4. Regional Centres (RC) ECHS. Comments/ assistance/inv/vigilance on following issues are carried out through RCs:-
(a) MoA with empanelled hospitals therefore complaints regarding empanelled hospitals/Harassment in empanelled hospitals.
(b) Claims/Billing issues of empanelled hospitals.
(c) Indl reimbursement claims received by RC from Polyclinics.

5. Stn HQs. Stn HQs handle the following issues:-
(a) Adm of Polyclinics.
(b) Card making of beneficiaries.
(c) Contractual employment.
(d) Medicine availability through SEMO.
(e) C of I / detailed inv in empanelled hosp or service hosp.

Vigilance Cells

6. A feedback on the satisfactory functioning of Pilot Project at three stations has been obtained. It is now planned to institute the vigilance framework in 14 other major ECHS stations, to include Ambala, Bareilly, Channai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Jammu,Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, Patna, Pune and Ranchi.

7. Composition of Vigilance Cell. The ECHS Vigilance Cell will function under the Stn Cdr and will incorporate a contractual Doctor/serving AMC officer for On-Spot verification of cases of alleged medical negligence/ violation of MoA. It will be composed as under:-
(a) OIC Team. Medical Offr (when accompanying) CMP JCO/NCO.
(b) CMP Team. Two CMP pers (JCO/NCO) in a light vehicle/MC.
(c) Medical Team. One Medical Offr (serving/contractual from ECHS) to be co-opted for all investigations related to hospitals/having examination of medical aspects. Serving offr may be also co-opted under arngs of Stn Cdr.

8. Tasks of Vigilance Cell. While not exhaustive, some of the tasks will be:-

(a) At Polyclinics.
(i) Investigate irregularities I fraudulence by contractual staff.
(ii) Physical verification of ESM and dependents (card and self attested proforma)
(iii) Review adm functioning of Polyclinics when so detailed by Stn I Sub Area I Area HQs on specific instructions
(iv) Surprise physical check of Medicines I Dispensary.
(v) Surprise physical verification of ESM/dependents.
(vi) Check use of ambulance/equipment with Polyclinic.
(vii) Avlb of complaint/Grievance Book and redressal/Comments.

(b) At Regional Centres.
(i) Check BPA verifiers at Regional Centres and any wrong practices by Hospital reps.
(ii) Check process of receipt of bills.
(iii) Ensure process of First in First Out (FIFO) in billing/ as specified by Central Org.
(iv) Monitor hospital representatives visiting for empanelment process.
(v) Security procedure of Regional Centre premises.

(c) At Hospitals/Diagnostic Centres/Labs.
(i) Periodic/Surprise Checks of Empanelled Facilities and patients admitted.
(ii) Physical verification of patients at non-empanelled facilities when so directed.
(iii) Investigate individual cases of fraudulence by beneficiaries .
(iv) Carry out preliminary investigation wrt complaints received at Regional Centre, if so directed by Director Regional Centre. These will be fwd to Stn Cdr being the nodal agency for check.
(v) Assist in medical audits if ordered by Regional Centres / Higher Headquarters .

Investigations and Reporting

9. Investigations. All complaints/reports are to be forwarded to Stn HQ in confidence irrespective of the subject being dealt by any agency. The Stn Cdr will brief the team and allocate the task to them in confidence. No prior info will be made available to vigilance cell members for surprise checks to avoid confidentiality being compromised. Routine and planned checks can be pre-decided.

10. Reporting. Reports will be of two types, viz/Incident/Info Report and Monthly Report. Reports of Vigilance Cell will be forwarded through Stn HQ SO (ECHS) to Area/Sub Area HQ (Dir ECHS/Dir Veteran) to Command HQ (SO ECHS) to Central Org ECHS (Dir C & L). All cases of misuse, fraud and harassment will be reported.

(a) Incident/Info Report. This report will be initiated by the Stn HQ to imdt higher HQ in chain of command within seven days of investigation being completed, with copy to all echelons of Comd till Comd HQ and Central Organisation ECHS (Dir C & L) for prompt action. Report should be passed immediately on telephone depending on gravity of input, to all concerned and followed up by return report so that corrective measures are not delayed. The format is as per Appendix A (in cases where delinquency in respect of serving pers come to notice, it will also be info to HQ Comd (DV) and DV Dte/AG's Br by Comd (SO ECHS) and Central Organisation ECHS respectively.)

(b) Monthly Report. A monthly report on surprise checks carried out during the month by the Vigilance Team will be forwarded to Central Org ECHS as per format on Appendix B by 20th of next month by the Comd HQ (SO ECHS).

11. Report. The report by the Vigilance Team for various est will be rendered as per u/m formats:-
(a) Empanelled Hospital - Appendix C.
(b) Regional Centre - Appendix D.
(c) Polyclinic - Appendix E.

12. Check list. A suggested check list for the Vigilance Team is at Appendix F.

13. The Stn Cdr will compile the activities of the vigilance team and render a ground report after three months to Central Org ECHS through comd channel with recommendations/inputs to refine the vigilance mechanism.
(Yogendra Dimri)
Lt Gen
DG (DC&W)
Source: echs.gov.in

Non-disclosure to draw penal provisions


Ministry of Women and Child Development

Disclosure of compliance under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act in the Annual Reports of Private companies now made Mandatory: Ministry of Corporate Affairs amends the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014.
"A major step towards making the workplace safe for the women in the private sector": Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Non-disclosure to draw penal provisions
13 AUG 2018
In order to ensure safe workplaces for Women in the private sector, the Ministry of Women and Child had requested Hon’ble Minister for Corporate Affairs to mandate the disclosure regarding implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act in the Directors Report of every company. Vide its notification dated 31.07.2018,the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has amended the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014, issued under Section-134 of the Companies Act, by inserting clause(X) as follows:-

"A statement that the Company has complied with provisions relating to the constitution of Internal Complaints Committee under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013".

While thanking Hon'ble Minister for Corporate Affairs, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi stated that, "this is a major step towards making the workplace safe for the women in the private sector". Smt. Gandhi also stated that she will be requesting SEBI to suitably incorporate this disclosure in the Corporate Governance reports of the listed Companies. This will cast as ever higher responsibility on the Directors of these Companies for implementation of the Act.

It may be noted that Section-134 of the Companies Act, 2013 provides the disclosure framework which the Directors of every company are required to comply with in the Annual Reports. This section also includes the penal provisions for non-disclosure. The inclusion of the compliance under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act in the non-financial disclosures will ensure that the issue gets into the focus into Board of Directors of the companies

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has been making continuous efforts to mainstream the implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013. Detailed Rules under the Act were issued. It was ensured that all the ministries/ departments under the central government as well as the organizations working directly under them constitute the Internal Complaints Committee as mandated under them Act. A number of instructions have been issued by the DoPT on the request of the ministry to provide immediate relief to the women working in central government against sexual harassment at workplace. The ministry has also empanelled a number of entities who can provide training to any organization on effective implementation of the provisions of the Act. The ministry has provided a facility to all working women to file complaints under this Act directly with the ministry through the SHE-Box.

Please, click here, for the complete notification by the Ministry of Corporate affairs.

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