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Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Armed Forces Pensioner/Family Pensions – Order 29.08.2017

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Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Armed Forces Pensioner/Family Pensions – Order 29.08.2017

No.1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare

New Delhi-110011
Dated: 29th August 2017

To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

SUB: GRANT OF FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) TO THE ARMED FORCES PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS IN SUCH CASES WHERE DATE OF RETIREMENT IS PRIOR TO 1.4.2003 AND WHO HAD OPTED NOT TO AVAIL MEDICAL FACILITIES AT OPD OF ARMED FORCES HOSPITALS/MI ROOMS AND ARE NOT MEMBERS OF ECHS.

Sir,

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.1(1)/98/D(Pen/Sers) dated 15th June 1998 and letter No. 1(10)/09-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12th January 2011 & No. 1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy) dated 5th May 2015 regarding grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) of Rs.500/- pm. with effect from 19.11.2014 to Armed Forces Pensioners/Family’ Pensioners for meeting expenditure on day to day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization unless the individual had opted for OPD treatment in Armed Forces Hospitals/ M.I. Rooms and convey the sanction of the President for enhancement of the amount of FMA from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000/-per month. The other conditions for grant of FMA shall continue to be in force.

2. Ex-Servicemen who retired on or after 01 Apr 2003 have to-become member of ECHS Compulsorily and are not eligible to draw Fixed Medical Allowance. These orders applicable only in such cases, where the date of retirement is prior to 1.4.2003 and who had opted not to avail medical facilities at OPD of Armed Forces Hospitals/ MI rooms and are not members of ECHS.

3. These orders will take effect from 01.07.2017.

4. All other conditions as laid down in Government of India letter No. 1(1)/98-D(Pen/Sers) dated 15th June 1998 will continue to apply.

5. This issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence(Finance/Pension) vide their ID No. 32(9)/2010/Fin/Pen dated 16 August 2017.

6. Hindi version will follow.

Yours faithfully
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(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: http://www.desw.gov.in/

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Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA)to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS

No.4/34/2017-P&PW(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare)

3rd Floor. Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003,
Dated the 19th July, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

The undersigned is directed to say that at present Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) is granted to the Central Government pensioners/family pensioners residing in areas not covered under Central Government Health Scheme administered by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and corresponding health schemes administered by other Ministries/Departments for their retired employees for meeting expenditure on their day-to-day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization. Orders were issued vide this Department’s O.M. No. 4/25/2008-P&PW(D) dated 19-11-2014 for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs. 300/- to Rs. 500/- per month w.e.f. 19.11.2014.

2. Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission on Allowances (with modifications), sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.500/- to Rs.1000/- per month. The other conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance shall continue to be as contained in this Department’s OMs No.45/57/97-P&PW(C) dated 19.12.1997, 24.8.1998, 30.12.1998, 18.8.1999 and OM No.4/25/2008-P&PW(D) dated 19.11.2014.

3. These orders will take effect from 01.07.2017.

4. In their application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India vide their UO No. 169-Staff (Rules)/A.R/Ol-2016 dated 18.07.2017.

5. These orders are issued with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) vide their OM No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 11.07.2017.

6. Hindi version will follow.

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(Sanjay Wadhawan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

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The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowance payment to Pensioners: revised Fixed Medical Allowance and Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement

The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowance payment to Pensioners: revised Fixed Medical Allowance and Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement 

CPAO/IT&Tech/Revision(7th CPC)/19.Vol-III/2017-l8/68

14/07/2017

Office Memorandum

Subject:- The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowance payment to Pensioners: revised Fixed Medical Allowance and Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement regarding.

Attention is invited to Ministry of Finance, Dcpartment of Expenditure Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC dated-6th July, 2017 on the above subject whereby it has been decided to revise the existing rates of following allowances for Pensioners:

Sl.No. Name of the Allowance Existing Rates  Revised Rates
1. Fixed Medical Allowance Rs.1000/- Rs.500/-
2. Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement Rs.4500/-  Rs.6750/-

These revised rates are payable w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

In view of the above, Heads of CPPCs/Government Business Departments of all the banks are requested to arrange to credit the pensions/family pensions to the bank accounts from the month of July, 2017 onwards, for the respective pensioners who are already being paid above allowances, with the revised rates without waiting for any specific/separate authority from CPAO for such Pensioners.

This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

sd/-
(Subhash Chandra)
(Controller of Accounts)

Authority: http://cpao.nic.in/

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Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts

Reimbursement of Medical Claims to Pensioners under CS(MA) Rules 1944 as directed by various CATs and Courts

No. 5.14025/23/2013-MS.EHSS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare

Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 29 September, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts – Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that various references are being received in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the above mentioned subject. it is hereby clarified that CS (MA) Rules, 1944 are not applicable to pensioners till date.

2. It is further informed that the following options to avail medical facilities are available to Central Government pensioners:

a) Pensioners residing in CGHS covered areas:

1) They can get themselves registered in CGHS dispensary after making requisite contribution and can avail both OPD and IPD facilities.

2). Pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot optout cf CGHS and avail anyother medical facility {i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical allowance in lieu of CGHS.

b) Pensioners residing in non – CGHS areas:

1). They can avail Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.500/- per month

2) They can also avail benefits of CGHS- [OPD and IPD] by registering themselves in the nearest CGHS “city after” making the required subscription.

3) They also have the option to avail FMA, for OPD treatment and CG HS for IPD treatments after making the required subscriptions as per CGHS guidelines.

3. In view. of the above, reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts, need not be referred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The respective Administrative Department/Ministry may take their own decision in this regard.

4. Further, all Departments/Ministries are requested to intimate their employees proceeding for retirement regarding the above options for medical facilities available to the Central Government pensioners.

5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

(SUNIL KUMAR GUPTA)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA

Source: [CGHS.GOV.IN]

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Brief of the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances held today under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance(Expenditure), Government of India

Brief of the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances held today under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance(Expenditure), Government of India

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

No.NC/JCM/2016

Dated: September 1, 2016

All Constituents of
National Council(JCM)

Dear Comrades!

Sub: Brief of the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances held today under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance(Expenditure), Government of India

To obtain the views of the National Council(Staff Side)(JCM) on the recommendations of 7th CPC relating to Allowances, the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances held today under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance(Expenditure), Government of India, with the National Council(Staff Side) JCM.

From the Official Side, Secretary(Defence), Home, DoP&T, Postal, Chairman Railway Board, J.S.(Estt.), J.S.(Pers.) and J.S.(IC), and from Staff Side(JCM), all the Standing Committee Members were present in the meeting.

At the outset, Secretary(Staff Side)(JCM) as well as Leader(Staff Side)(JCM) and other Standing Committee Member of the NC/JCM(Staff Side) expressed their anguish for non-formation of High Level Committee as was agreed to by the Group of Ministers(Government of India) for settling the issue of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor.

The Secretary, Finance(Expenditure) told that, the committee constituted under the chairmanship of Addl. Secretary(Exp.) with J.S.(Pers.), JS(Estt.) and JS(Imp.) as Members has been made only for this purpose. Let us believe that, after the meeting, report of the said committee would be sent to the Government of India for its acceptance.

The Secretary, Finance(Expenditure) asked the Staff Side(JCM) to give their viewpoint in a Note on the Common Demands to implement these, and the Departmental grievances to their respective departments, and after that, a meeting will again be called.

Staff Side(JCM) strongly demanded that, date of effect of Allowance should be 01.01.2016. The Staff Side(JCM) explained its position as well about its demand that, House Rent Allowance should be 10%, 20% and 30% and Transport Allowance must be rationalized and exempted from the Income Tax, Children Education Allowance should be Rs.3,000 and Hostel Subsidy should be Rs.10,000 and these should also be exempted from the Income Tax.

Staff Side demanded that, Post Graduate and Professional Courses should also be covered in Children Education Allowance. The issue of Special Duty Allowance was also raised for N.E. Region by the Standing Committee Members of JCM(Staff Side). Fixed Medical Allowance should be Rs.2,000 with Dearness Allowance Indexation, Over Time Allowance must be given, Small Family Allowance should be continued and Dress Allowance needs to be reviewed. Various Departmental Allowances, which have been abolished, should be allowed to continue, like Breakdown Allowance in the Railways and Fixed Conveyance Allowance to Postal Department employees. All the Standing Committee Members raised various issues related to Allowances.

This is for your information.

Comradely yours

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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary Staff Side

Source : ncjcmstaffside

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FMA News in 7cpc revisionist

FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) News in 7cpc revisionist

CGHS facility is meant for the serving Central Govt employees and pensioners residing in specified areas. Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to pensioners living in non-CGHS areas

Pensioners – Pension Policy – Central Civil Services – FAQ on Fixed Medical Allowance. CGHS facilities available for the Central Govt Employees.

 

Frequently asked questions on Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Central Civil Services Pensioners.

FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA)

1) What is the medical allowance for pensioners?

Fixed medical allowance @ Rs.500/- is granted to the pensioners residing in areas not covered by CGHS, if they are not using CGHS facility for OPD treatment from a CGHS dispensary in the nearest city. The pensioners living in cosmopolitan cities not covered by CGHS dispensary are also eligible on production of a certificate to that effect.

2) Are the Government Employees who have not applied for CGHS card in spite of residing in   areas covered by CGHS, also eligible for Fixed Medical Allowance?

The CGHS facility is meant for the serving Central Govt employees and pensioners residing in specified areas. Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to pensioners living in non-CGHS areas, for the CGHS facilities not available to them. The pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot opt out of CGHS and avail any other medical facility (i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Therefore, such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical Allowance in lieu of CGHS.

3) In the case of those Pensioners who are in receipt of two pensions viz., service pension and family pension OR military pension and another civil pension to which category of pension, medical allowance shall be allocated.

If any pensioner or family pensioner receives two pensions, only   single medical allowance is admissible, if he/she does not avail of the medical facilities provided by the respective organizations As regards, pensioner who gets both military pension and civil pension, if the pensioner avails of the medical facilities provided by one of the civil or military organisations, he is not entitled to medical allowance and if he does not avail medical facilities from any of the organizations, he is entitled to medical allowances for only one of the two pensions.

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Fixed medical allowance – FAQ

CGHS facility is meant for the serving Central Govt employees and pensioners residing in specified areas. Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to pensioners living in non-CGHS areas

Pensioners – Pension Policy – Central Civil Services – FAQ on Fixed Medical Allowance. CGHS facilities available for the Central Govt Employees.

Frequently asked questions on Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Central Civil Services Pensioners.

FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA)

 

1) What is the medical allowance for pensioners?

Fixed medical allowance @ Rs.500/- is granted to the pensioners residing in areas not covered by CGHS, if they are not using CGHS facility for OPD treatment from a CGHS dispensary in the nearest city. The pensioners living in cosmopolitan cities not covered by CGHS dispensary are also eligible on production of a certificate to that effect.

2) Are the Government Employees who have not applied for CGHS card in spite of residing in   areas covered by CGHS, also eligible for Fixed Medical Allowance?

The CGHS facility is meant for the serving Central Govt employees and pensioners residing in specified areas. Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to pensioners living in non-CGHS areas, for the CGHS facilities not available to them. The pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot opt out of CGHS and avail any other medical facility (i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Therefore, such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical Allowance in lieu of CGHS.

3) In the case of those Pensioners who are in receipt of two pensions viz., service pension and family pension OR military pension and another civil pension to which category of pension, medical allowance shall be allocated.

 
If any pensioner or family pensioner receives two pensions, only   single medical allowance is admissible, if he/she does not avail of the medical facilities provided by the respective organizations As regards, pensioner who gets both military pension and civil pension, if the pensioner avails of the medical facilities provided by one of the civil or military organisations, he is not entitled to medical allowance and if he does not avail medical facilities from any of the organizations, he is entitled to medical allowances for only one of the two pensions.

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IRTSA requested to grant of Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.2000 pm to all Pensioners

IRTSA requested to grant of Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.2000 pm to all Pensioners

 

IRTSA requested to grant of Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.2000 pm to all retired employees & Pensioners in its memorandum submitted to the Joint Secretary of Implementation Cell, 7th Central Pay Commission as follows…

 

“Fixed Medical Allowance (Para 8.17.51)

 

FMA: Grant of Medical Allowance of Rs.2000 pm to all retired employees & Pensioners

i) The cost had exorbitantly increased for the Medicines, Consultation Fee and cost of Pathological Test required for day to day medical treatment since 1997 (when the FMA was initially granted) and this had risen at a much steeper rate the Price Index.

 

ii) A large proportion of Pensioners were residing in remote areas or villages having no excess to CGHS Dispensaries & Railway Hospitals and are as such, are wholly dependent on the paltry amount of FMA for day to day treatment of self & spouse.

 

It is, therefore, requested that the FMA may please be revised to atleast Rs.2000 p.m.”

 

Authority : IRTSA Memorandum

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Fixed Medical Allowance to Pre April, 2003 retired Ex-Servicemen: PCDA Circular No. 544

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Armed Forces Pensioners/ Family Pensioners in such cases where date of retirement is prior to 01.04.2003

THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADIGHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014

Circular No. 544

Dated: 04.06.2015

Subject: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Armed Forces Pensioners/ Family Pensioners in such cases where date of retirement is prior to 01.04.2003 and who had opted not to avail medical facilities at OPD of Armed Forces Hospitals/ MI Rooms and are not member of ECHS.

Reference: This Office Circular NO.451 dated 21.02.2011 and Circular NO. 208 dated 27.07.1998.

A copy of GOI, MOD letter NO. 1(10)/2009-D(Pen/ Policy) dated 5th May 2015 is forwarded herewith for immediate implementation. The same has also been uploaded on this Office website www.pcdapension.nic.in and may please be downloaded at your end without waiting for the hard copy Of the order and action may be taken accordingly.

2. The fixed medical allowance has been enhanced from Rs. 300/- PM to Rs. 500/- PM with effect from 19.11.2014. Ex Servicemen who retired after 01.04.2003 have to become member of ECHS compulsorily and are not eligible to draw Fixed Medical Allowance. However, all Pre 01.04.2003 retirees have the Option of either joining the Scheme or draw Fixed Medical Allowance as per the extant rates.

3. The other conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance as mentioned in this Office Circular No. 208 quoted under reference shall continue to be in force. PDAS are requested to please review the cases and revise the Fixed Medical Allowance in the affected cases accordingly.

(G K Baranwal)
Dy. Controller (Pensions)
No. Gt/Tech/0164/III,
Dated: 04.06.2015

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/6cpc/Circular-181.pdf

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Fixed Medical Allowance to CG Pensioner residing non-CGHS area: PCDA Circular

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS: PCDA Circular

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014

 Circular No. 130

No.G1/C/0197/Vol-II/Tech
O/o the Pr. C.D.A. (Pensions)
Draupadighat Allahabad -211014

Dated: – 07.01.2015

Subject: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

Reference: This office Circular No. 78 dated 08.07.2010.

Attention is invited to this office circulars no. 78 dated 08.07.2010,

under which a copy of Govt. of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, OM No. 4/25/2008-P & PW (D), dated 26.05.2010 regarding grant of Fixed Medical Allowance @ Rs. 3ooI- PM to Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners residing in area not covered under CGHS was circulated to all Pension Disbursing Authorities (PDAs).

2. As per Govt. of India, Min. of PPG & P, Deptt. of P & PW OM No.4/25/2008-P & PW (D), dated 19.11.2014, Govt. has decided to enhance the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.300/- to Rs. 500/- per month. The other conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance shall continue to be in force. These orders will take effect from 19.11.2014.

3. A copy of Govt. of India, Min. of PPG & P, Deptt. of P & PW OM No.4/25/2008-P & PW (D), dated 19.11.2014 is enclosed for immediate implementation and the payment of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to be regulated accordingly wef 19.11.2014. Other conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance circulated in previous circulars will remain unchanged.

4. It is requested that suitable instructions alongwith a copy of this Circular may please be issued to all sub offices under your administrative control for implementation of the above Government order.

(C.B. Yadav)
ACDA (P)

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/6cpc/Circular-130.pdf

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Proposal for reimbursement of in-patient medical expenses in addition to Fixed Medical Allowance(FMA) to serving Government employees in remote areas

Proposal for reimbursement of in-patient medical expenses in addition to Fixed Medical Allowance(FMA) to serving Government employees in remote areas

No.9(1)/2010/D(Civ-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

B Wing, Sena Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated 15th December, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

 

Subject: Proposal for reimbursement of in-patient medical expenses in addition to Fixed Medical Allowance(FMA) to serving Government employees in remote areas.

 

The undersigned is directed to refer to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’ ID No. S.14025/9/2011-MS dated 14.08.2014 on the above mentioned
subject.

 

2. This Ministry agrees with the proposal of MoH&FW that the “FMA being granted to CS(MA) beneficiaries be stopped and they should be governed by the provisions of CS(MA) Rules, 1944 under which medical reimbursement for outdoor treatment as well as indoor treatment is permissible as per rules.”

 

3. In addition to above, the following provisions for inclusion in the proposal, are also submitted for consideration of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare:

(a) FMA at enhanced rates @ Rs.300/-p.m. may be paid w.e.f. 1.9.2008 till the provisions of CS(MA) Rules at para 2 above is made applicable;
(b) Procedure for appointment of AMA may be simplified and HoD may be authorised to nominate a RMP as AMA in case there is no Govt. doctor available within the radius of 5 kms;
(c) Provision of credit facilities may be made for serving & retired employees and dependent in emergency in Govt. approved hospitals;
(d) Provision for medical advance for Non-approved hospitals;
(e) There may be some isolated areas where no AMA/Govt doctor or RMP is available within the radius of 5 kms. In these areas, FMA @ Rs. 300/- p.m. may be continued to be paid to civilians in terms of Min of H&FW OM dated 17.07.1990 as the same is in lieu of OPD treatment only. The reimbursement of medical expenses for the indoor treatment, in respect employees posted in these areas, may also be allowed under the CS(MA) Rules.

 

3. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary.

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(Gurdeep Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: BPMS

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Fixed Medical Allowance to Railway Pensioners and Family Pensioners

Fixed Medical Allowance to Railway Pensioners and Family Pensioners – Enhanced FMA payable with effect from 19th November, 2014

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S.No. PC-VI/348

No. PC-V/2010/A/Med/1

RBE No.146/2014

New Delhi. dated 19.12.2014

The General Managers/ CAO(R).
All Indian Railways & PUs
(As per standard mailing list)

Subject- Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Railway pensioners/family pensioners-regarding.

At present Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to the Railway pensioners/family pensioners residing in areas beyond 2.5 Kms of Railway Hospital/Health Unit for meeting expenditure on their day-to-day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization. Orders were issued Vide Board’s letter of even number dated (RBE No.92/2010) for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical from Rs.100/- to Rs.300/-p.m. w.e.f. 01.09.2008.

2. In this connection, Department of Pension Welfare (DoP&PW). the nodal department on the subject, have advised vide their O.M. No. 4/25/2008-P&PW(D), dated 19.11.2014 that the demand for enhancement of Fixed Medical Allowance has been under consideration of the Government for some time past and the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance has been enhanced from Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- per month, subject to the fulfilment of the conditions (i) pensioner should be residing beyond 2.5 kms from the nearest health unit and (ii) the pensioner should not be availing OPD facility (except in case of chronic disease).  The other conditions for grant of fixed Medical Allowance shall continue to be as contained in Board’s letter No. PC-V/98/I/7/1/1, dt. 19.05.1999 (RBE No.109/99) read with Board’s instructions dt. 01.03.2004.

3.  These orders will take effect from 19th November, 2014 i.e. the date of issue of DOP&PW’S OM on the subject.

4. This issue with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways

5. Hindi version is enclosed.

(N.P. Singh)
Dy.Director, Pay Commission – V
Railway Board

Download Railway Board Order RBE No.146/2014 dated 19.12.2014

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Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Pensioners enhanced from Rs.300 to Rs.500: Pensioners Portal Order

Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Pensioners enhanced from Rs.300 to Rs.500: Pensioners Portal Order

No.4/25/2008-P&PW(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare)

 

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110 003, Dated the 19th November, 2014.

 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

 

Subject: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

 

The undersigned is directed to say that at present Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to the Central Government pensioners/family pensioners residing in areas not covered under Central Government Health Scheme administered by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and corresponding health schemes administered by other Ministries/Departments for their retired employees for meeting expenditure on their day-to-day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization. Orders were issued vide this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated 26.05.2010 for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs. 100/- to Rs. 300/-p.m. w.e.f. 1.092008.

2. The demand for further enhancement of FMA has been under consideration of the Government for some time past. Sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- per month. The other conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance shall continue to be as contained in this Departments’ OMs No.45/57/97-P&PW(C) dated 19.12.97, 24.8.98, 30.12.98 and 18.8.99.

3. These orders will take effect from date of issue of this OM.

4. These orders are issued with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) vide their ID. Note No 588l/E.V/2014 dated 22.10.2014 and in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India vide their UO No. 174 Staff(Rules)/02-2011 dated 12.11.2014.

5. Hindi version will follow.

(Harjit Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: http://persmin.gov.in/dopt.asp

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Reimbursement of Medical claim pertaining to in-patient treatment to the Defence Civilians who are getting Fixed Medical Allowance: BPMS writes to MoD

Reimbursement of Medical claim pertaining to in-patient treatment to the Defence Civilians who are getting Fixed Medical Allowance: BPMS writes to MoD
BHARTIYA PRTIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)
Ref: BPMS / CSMA / 156 (8/1/L)
Dated: 25.10.2014

To,
The Under Secretary, D(Civ-II),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
‘B’ Wing, Sena Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110011

Subject: Reimbursement of Medical claim pertaining to in-patient treatment to the Defence Civilians who are getting Fixed Medical Allowance.

Reference: MOD ID No. 9(1)/2010/D(Civ-II), Dated 09.09.2014

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that this Federation has raised the subject matter before the Secretary, MOH&FW and Min of Defence on 05.07.2011and reminded from time to time that Fourth Central Pay Commission (04th CPC) recommended in Para 16.9 as under;
We  recognize  that  employees  covered  by  Medical  Reimbursement Scheme (MRS) under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 are experiencing difficulties as regards the treatment and reimbursement of expenses incurred by them. There is also considerable administrative and accounting work involved in the settlement of claims. Various kinds of malpractices in the scheme have also brought to our notice. We, therefore, recommend grant of a Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 25/- per month for outdoor treatment to all employees covered by MRS. The expenses incurred on special diseases (cancer, diabetes, mental diseases, poliomyelitis, tubercular diseases and leprosy) and hospitalization may continue to be reimbursed to all employees as at present under the scheme”.

 

The above recommendation of 04th CPC was discussed in National Council (JCM) in length and official side concluded the matter, thereupon Govt decided & issued instructions vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 11.07.1990 published as Govt of India’s Decisions No. (9) below Rule 2 of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 which reads as under:
Subject: CS (MA) Rules, 1944 – Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to the staff working in the interior.
In the National Council of J.C. M., the Staff Side has demanded for grant of Medical Allowance to the staff working in the interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 5 kms.
2. This matter has been considered by the Government and now it has been decided that quantum of medical allowance of Rs. 25/- (Rupees twenty five only) per month per employee working in the interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 5kms, may be granted on the condition,

 

(i) The Head of the Department should obtain a Certificate from an appropriate District Authority that there is no State Government/Local Body Hospital/Dispensary available within a radius of 5 kms. and also there is no qualified medical practitioner available and if available he is not willing to be appointed as Authorized Medical Attendant.
(ii) The position will be reviewed every three years and a fresh certificate is to be obtained by the Head of Department.
This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure and the Department of Personnel and Training.”
It is worth to mention here that it was not introduced as optional / replacement of CS (MA) Rules but it was supplement or additional benefit for the employees residing in interiors. Hence, the reimbursement of medical expenses for indoor treatment were allowed by the Govt of India though the employee was drawing Rs. 25/- per month FMA.
It is also to be noted that the matters concluded by the Official side at meeting of the National Council (JCM) will not be reversed by later decision of the Govt as per instructions issued by Govt of India on Joint Consultative Machinery & Compulsory Arbitration.
Subsequently, Fifth Central Pay Commission (5thCPC) also recommended in Para 114.24 on the subject matter as under;

“We are in favour of a greater freedom of choice in obtaining medical aid and advice, where Central Government is unable to organize its own facilities for employees. Such a freedom, while aiming at development of employees within their own responsibilities, will reduce much of clerical work involved in medical reimbursement claims for day-to-day need. For serious ailments and hospitalizations, however, we still do not see any justification for removal of restrictions. Accordingly, we recommend that in areas presently covered by Medical reimbursement Scheme for outpatient purposes a medical allowance of Rs. 100/- per month per employee may be granted only for outpatient facilities, not provided by either CGHS or any departmental medical facilities.”

Thereupon Govt issued instructions to enhance the quantum of FMA to Rs. 100/- from Rs. 25/- per month per employee vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th Jan, 1999, for employee working in interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 05 km, and if available, he is not willing to be appointed as AMA.
But this O.M. does not prohibit for reimbursing the medical expenses in case the Government Employee or his dependant is being treated as ‘indoor patient’ because the employee is being granted the Fixed Medical Allowance for the reimbursement of consultation fees paid to any doctor available in the interior areas. Even the employee has to bear the cost of medicines prescribed by such doctors and in such circumstances he is authorized for reimbursement of cost of medicines, any pathological test etc. as ‘Out Door Patient’.
Simultaneously, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, Govt introduced Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/- per month from 01.12.1997 to Central Government Pensioners/family Pensioners not covered under CGHS vide DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997. According to this scheme, a pensioner/family pensioner may opt either CGHS facility or Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/ which has been enhanced to Rs. 300/- vide your O.M. No. 390/2010-MS, Dated 14th July, 2010. Since the issuance of the O.M. dated 19.12.1997 the medical reimbursement of the Govt employee and their family members has been discontinued.
It is to be kept in the mind that the DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997 is concerned with the payment of Fixed Medical Allowance to the pensioners/family pensioners, where CGHS facility is not available, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, whereas this federation is raising the issue of Fixed Medical Allowance being granted to serving employees residing in the interior area and who are under the purview of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 and have been granted Rs. 25/ per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 17th July, 1990, 28th Sep, 1991 and the quantum enhanced to Rs. 100/- per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th Jan, 1999.
The employee residing in the interior area has no option to avail outpatient medical facility from any source of Central Government/State Government/Local Municipality/Private Medical practitioner appointed as Authorized Medical within a radius 05 km, hence he has been compelled/granted by Central Government to accept Rs. 25/- or 100/- as FMA and whenever such medical facility will be provided to him, this FMA will be discontinued forthwith.
Further, this federation has raised the issue through online Public Grievance Redressal System before Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India (Grievance Registration No. DHLTH/E/2014/00820) & Department of Expenditure, Min of Finance (Grievance Registration No. DOEXP/E/2014/00164). Dept of Exp, Min of Finance has intimated that the proposal sent by MoHFW for reimbursement of in-patient medical expenses to serving Govt. employees in remote areas, is being considered by them.
Therefore, you are requested to liaise with the concerned authorities of Min of Finance, Dept of Expenditure (SO E.V) so that genuine grievances of the serving employees who are getting FMA Rs. 100/- per month may be resolved without further delay by reimbursement of the medical expenses for indoor treatment.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)
PORTAL FOR
PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances
Government of India

Status as on 25 Oct 2014

Registration Number  :DOEXP/E/2014/00164
Name Of Complainant : Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh
Date of Receipt: 06 Sep 2014
Received by: Department of Expenditure
Forwarded to: SO E.V
Contact Address: 28, North Block, New Delhi 110001
Contact Number: 23092604
Grievance Description : Reimbursement of Medical Expenses where Payment of Fixed Medical Allowance is allowed to staff working in the interior (mostly Defence Civilians) where AMA not available. The employee residing in the interior area has no option to avail outpatient medical facility from any source of Central Government or State Government or Local Municipality or Private Medical practitioner appointed as Authorized Medical within a radius 05 km, hence he has been compelled or granted by Central Government to accept Rs. 100 per month as FMA. This issue is being considered by Department of Health and Family Welfare under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which states (grievance Regn no. DHLTH/E/2014/00820) that the matter is already under consideration in the Ministry and the views/comments have been sought from Dept. of Expenditure, DoPT and Ministry of Defence. It is requested to issue necessary directives to the authorities to reimburse the medical claims for indoor treatment where the serving employees are getting FMA Rs. 100/- per month.
Current Status: CASE CLOSED
Date of Action: 08 Oct 2014
Details: The proposal sent by MoHFW for reimbursement of inpatient medical expenses to serving Govt. employees in remote areas, is being examined in this Department.

Source: http://bpms.org.in/documents/fma-51g7.pdf

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Action taken on Reimbursement of Medical Expenses with FMA @ Rs. 100/- per month – BPMS

Action taken on Reimbursement of Medical Expenses with FMA @ Rs. 100/- per month

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH

Ministry of Defence
D(Civ-II) Section

Subject: Reimbursement of medical claim pertaining to in-patient treatment to the Defencc Civilians who are getting Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA).

The proposal for (Reimbursement of medical claim pertaining to in-patient treatment to the Defence Civilians who are getting Fixed Medical Allowance) was taken up by the Ministry of Defence with Ministry of health & Family Welfare.

2. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide their ID No 14025/9/2011-MS dated 14th August, 2014 has proposed that ‘FMA being granted to CS(MA) beneficiaries be stopped and they should be governed by the provisions of CS(MA) Rules, 1944 under which medical reimbursement for outdoor treatment as well as indoor treatment is permissible as per the rules”.

3. It has been stated by the M/o H&FW that stopping of FMA for serving employees in question, will facilitate their family in getting comprehensive medical care under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 including outdoor and indoor treatment., even in emergency conditions. Accordingly. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has sought comments of this Ministry so that the anomaly in the matter can be removed at the earliest.

4. All lower formations/Employees Federations/Associations are therefore requested to furnish their comments to this Ministry within 15 days i.e. by 24.09.2014 for processing the matter further by this Ministry with the M/o H&FW.

sd/-
(Gurdeep Singh)
Under Secretary

Source: BPMS

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Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to Widowed/Divorced/Unmarried daughter in receipt of family pension- clarification by Railway Board

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to Widowed/Divorced/Unmarried daughter in receipt of family pension- clarification by Railway Board vide RBE No. 69/2014 dated 7-07-2014

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAY
(Railway Board)

S.No. PC-V/507
No. PC-V/2011/A/Med/1

RBE No. 69/2014
New Delhi dated 7-07-2014

The General Manager
All Indian Railways & PUs
(As per mailing list)

Sub:- Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to Widowed/Divorced/Unmarried daughter in receipt of family pension- clarification reg.

Some references pointing out doubts regarding admissibility of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Widowed/Divorced/Unmarried daughter in receipt of family pension has been received in Board’s office. In this context, attention is invited to Board’s letter No. PC-V/98/I/7/1/1 dt. 21-4-1999 and 01-03-2004 whereby sanction of the President has been accorded to grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to Railway pensioners/ family pensioners residing beyond 2.5 Kms from a Railway hospital/Health Units subject to fulfillment of conditions laid down therein.
From the above, it is evident that Widowed/divorced/unmarried daughters in receipt of family pension being family pensioner are already covered by relevant instructions and may be extended benefit of grant of FMA provided they fulfill all other terms and conditions in this regard.

As regard the date of eligibility for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance to Family Pensioners, it is clarified that in cases where the existing pensioner/family pensioner was in receipt of Fixed Medical Allowance, the family pensioner next-in-line may be allowed Fixed Medical Allowance from the same date from which he/she becomes eligible for family pension, if he/she otherwise fulfills the conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance.

This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

sd/-
(N.P. Singh)
Dy. Director, Pay Commission-V
Railway Board.

(Authority : DoP&PW’s O.M. No. 4/6/2011-P&PW(D) dated 26. 8.2011 and No. 4/250008 P&PW(D) dated 2.5.2014)

Source: AIRF
[http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/RBE%20No.69%20of%202014.pdf]

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Fixed medical allowance payable to the serving as well as retired employees of the EPFO for outdoor treatment-Clarification.

Fixed medical allowance payable to the serving as well as retired employees of the EPFO for outdoor treatment-Clarification.

Employees Provident Fund Organisation
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. Of India)

Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan,
14-Bhikaiji Cama Place,
New Delhi-110 066

No. HRM-8/V/12/1/2003/FMA/Vol-II/26632

Dated: – 14th March 2014

To,
All Addl. Central P.F. Commissioner (Zones)/Director (NATRSS)
All RPFCs-In-Charge of the Region (including RPFC (ASD)
All Officer-In-Charge of SROs

Subject: Fixed medical allowance payable to the serving as well as retired employees of the EPFO for outdoor treatment-Clarification.

Reference: HRM-8/V/12(1)2003/FMA/Vo1.-II/6160 dated 13.06.2013

Sir/Madam,
The Employees & Pensioners of the EPFO, who are not covered under Central Government Health Scheme, (CGHS) are paid Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) per month to cater to the cost of medicines/treatment etc. where hospitalization is not involved. At present, FMA is being given to employees/pensioners @ Rs. 2000 p.m.

Several references have been received regarding admissibility of Fixed Medical Allowance to both the spouse ,who are working or retired. In this regard it is clarified as under:-

a) In the following cases, only one of the spouse will be eligible for the facility of Fixed Medical Allowance

i) If both husband and wife are working in the EPF Organisation or both of them have retired from EPFO & are in same station.

ii) In case where one is EPFO employee & the spouse is EPFO pensioner & are in same station.

iii) In case where one is serving/retired official of EPFO and spouse is serving/retired Government or any other organization (including private Firm/Office).

Notwithstanding anything said above, if any one of the spouse is posted outside station (working), residing separately and need medical facilities as per entitlement without spouse, then both of them will be eligible for FMA.

b) As per the aforementioned circular dated 13.06.2013, if two or more members of ‘family’ are working in the EPFO, only one of them will be eligible for the facility of Fixed Medical Allowance. In this regard, it is further clarified that besides the spouse, other members of the ‘family’ as defined in CS (MA) Rules, 1944, who are working in EPFO & who are not dependent and also not residing with govt. servant shall be considered as a separate entity.

c) In the case of an EPFO employee whose wife/husband is an employee of a Government or any other organization (including private Firm/Office) he/she will be required to give an undertaking that his/her spouse is not availing of medical facilities in cash, if any, granted by their respective employers, so as to be eligible to receive FMA in EPFO.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(UDAY BAXI )
REGIONAL P.F. COMMISSIONER-I (HRM)

Source: http://www.epfindia.com/Circulars/Y2013-14/HRM8_FMA_26632.pdf

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Fixed Medical Allowance: Reduction of jurisdiction of Postal Dispensaries from 8 km. to 2.5 km at par with the Railways

Fixed Medical Allowance: Reduction of jurisdiction of Postal Dispensaries from 8 km. to 2.5 km at par with the Railways

Reduction of jurisdiction of Postal Dispensaries for the purpose of Fixed Medical Allowance to pensioners from 8 km. to 2.5 km at par with the Railways- DoT Order:-

No. 4-12(07)/2013-PAT
Government of India
Ministry of Communications &1.T.
Department of Telecommunications
Sanchar Bhavan, 20-Ashoka Road

New Delhi 110001
Dated : 7-01-2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Jurisdiction of Postal Dispensaries located at Guntur, Rajamundry, Net lore, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Chhapra, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Raipur, Vadodara, Ambala, Dhanbad, Behrampur, Cuttack, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ajmer, jodhpur, kota, Tirchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Varanasi, Jalpaigiri and Siliguri with regard to FMA for pensioners.

In pursuance to that Deptt. of Post order No.2-2/2012-Medical dated 16.8.2013, I am directed to convey the instructions with regard to P&T dispensaries located at above mentioned places and FMA to pensioners are as below:-

1.    The reduction in jurisdiction of the above mentioned postal dispensaries for the purpose of Fixed Medical Allowance to pensioners from 8 km. to 2.5 km at par with the Railways.

2.    These order shall supercede all earlier orders on the subject and shall come into force w.e.f 01.09.2013.

3.    All pensioners residing beyond 2.5 km. radius of the above cited dispensaries and desirous of availing Fixed Medical Allowance shall give an undertaking to this effect and surrender their Postal Dispensary cards to the Incharge of their respective dispensaries, who shall endorse the same on the said undertaking for submission to the Pension Paying Authority.

4.    The Pension Paying Authority shall make necessary entries on the PPO of the Pensioner concerned and disburse FMA along with the pension as per prevailing rates (at present it is Rs.300/- per month).

sd/-
(Sanjay Agrawal)
Asstt Director General to the Govt. of India

Source: http://dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/DOC090114-002.pdf
via: karnmk.blogspot.in

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BPMS published DOP&PW order regarding Fixed Medical Advance to the employees working in interior where AMA not available…

BPMS published DOP&PW order regarding Fixed Medical Advance to the employees working in interior where AMA not available…

No.4/4/2013 -P&PW-(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi,
Dated the 6th December, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Reimbursement of medical expenses where payment of FMA is allowed to staff working in the interior where AMA not available – request of Shri Mukesh Singh.

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a representation dated 27/6/2013 of Shri Mukesh Singh in original received through Deptt. of Expenditure vide letter No.164/EV/2013- Hindi dated 7.10.2013 for considering the grievances raised therein expeditiously in accordance with the extant rules/instructions under intimation to the representationist to whom a copy of this communication is also being endorsed.

Encl: As above.

sd/-
(Deepa Anand)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH

Ref: BPMS / CSMA / 156 (8/1/L)

Dated: 27.06.2013

To,
Smt. Sudha Krishnan,
Joint Secretary (Pers),
Govt of India, Min of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
Room No. 39-A, North Block,
New Delhi – 110001

Subject: Reimbursement of Medical Expenses where Payment of Fixed Medical Allowance is allowed to staff working in the interior where AMA not available.

Respected Madam,
With due regards, it is submitted that this Federation has raised the subject matter before the Secretary, MOH&FW and Min of Defence on 05.07.2011 and reminded from time to time that Fourth Central Pay Commission (04th CPC) recommended in Para 16.9 as under;

“We recognize that employees covered by Medical Reimbursement Scheme (MRS) under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 are experiencing difficulties as regards the treatment and reimbursement of expenses incurred by them. There is also considerable administrative and accounting work involved in the settlement of claims. Various kinds of malpractices in the scheme have also brought to our notice. We, therefore, recommend grant of a Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 25/- per month for outdoor treatment to all employees covered by MRS. The expenses incurred on special diseases (cancer, diabetes, mental diseases, poliomyelitis, tubercular diseases and leprosy) and hospitalization may continue to be reimbursed to all employees as at present under the scheme”.

Thereupon Govt issued instructions vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 17th  July, 1990, 28th  Sep, 1991, that quantum of medical allowance of Rs. 25/- per month per employee working in interior may be granted where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 05 km, and if available, he is not willing to be appointed as AMA.

It is worth to mention here that the reimbursement of medical expenses for indoor treatment were allowed by the concerned authorities though the employee was drawing Rs. 25/- per month FMA.

Subsequently, Fifth Central Pay Commission (5thCPC) also recommended in Para 114.24 on the subject matter as under;

“We are in favour of a greater freedom of choice in obtaining medical aid and advice, where Central Government is unable to organize its own facilities for employees. Such a freedom, while aiming at development of employees within their own responsibilities, will reduce much of clerical work involved in medical reimbursement claims for day-to-day need. For serious ailments and hospitalizations, however, we still do not see any justification for removal of restrictions. Accordingly, we recommend that in areas presently covered by Medical reimbursement Scheme for outpatient purposes a medical allowance of Rs. 100/- per month per employee may be granted only for outpatient facilities, not provided by either CGHS or any departmental medical facilities.”

 

Thereupon Govt issued instructions to enhance the quantum of FMA to Rs. 100/- from Rs. 25/- per month per employee vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th  Jan, 1999, for employee working in interior where no Authorized Medical Attendant is available within a radius of 05 km, and if available, he is not willing to be appointed as AMA.

But this O.M. does not prohibit for reimbursing the medical expenses in case the Government Employee or his dependant is being treated as ‘indoor patient’ because the employee is being granted the Fixed Medical Allowance for the reimbursement of consultation fees paid to any doctor available in the interior areas. Even the employee has to bear the cost of medicines prescribed by such doctors and in such circumstances he is authorized for reimbursement of cost of medicines, any pathological test etc. as ‘Out Door Patient’.

Simultaneously, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, Govt introduced Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/- per month from 01.12.1997 to Central Government Pensioners/family Pensioners not covered under CGHS vide DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997. According to this scheme, a pensioner/family pensioner may opt either CGHS facility or Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs. 100/ which has been enhanced to Rs. 300/- vide your O.M. No. 390/2010-MS, Dated 14th  July, 2010. Since the issuance of the O.M. dated 19.12.1997 the medical reimbursement of the Govt employee and their family members has been discontinued.

It is to be kept in the mind that the DOP&PW, O.M. No. 45/57/97-P&PW, dated 19.12.1997 is concerned with the payment of Fixed Medical Allowance to the pensioners/family pensioners, where CGHS facility is not available, on the recommendation of 5th CPC, whereas this federation is raising the issue of Fixed Medical Allowance being granted to serving employees residing in the interior area and who are under the purview of CS (MA) Rules, 1944 and have been granted Rs. 25/ per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 17th July, 1990, 28th Sep, 1991 and the quantum enhanced to Rs. 100/- per month vide G.O.I., M.H., O.M. No. S-14020/1/88-MS, dated 18th Jan, 1999.

The employee residing in the interior area has no option to avail outpatient medical facility from any source of Central Government/State Government/Local Municipality/Private Medical practitioner appointed as Authorized Medical within a radius 05 km, hence he has been compelled/granted by Central Government to accept Rs. 25/- or 100/- as FMA and whenever such medical facility will be provided to him, this FMA will be discontinued forthwith.

Therefore you are requested to issue necessary directives to the authorities to reimburse the medical claims for indoor treatment where the serving employees are getting FMA Rs. 100/- per month. Further, you are requested to make an arrangement for meeting with the reps of this federation and concerned authorities of MOH&FW according to your own convenient.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH

Ref: BPMS / CSMA / 156 (8/1/L)

Dated: 15.10.2013

To,
Smt. Sudha Krishnan,
Joint Secretary (Pers),
Govt of India, Min of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
Room No. 39-A, North Block,
New Delhi – 110001

Subject: Reimbursement of Medical Expenses where Payment of Fixed Medical Allowance is allowed to staff working in the interior where AMA not available.

Reference: 1. Your letter No. 164 / E V / 2013, dated 07.10.2013
2. This Federation’s letter of even no. dated 27.06.2013

Respected Madam,
Kindly accept our thanks for initiating the action on the subject matter and communicating the same to this recognized Federation vide letter cited under reference (1).

But, it is worth to mention here that the ‘Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare’ has nothing to do with the matter because the issue is not related to the pensioners.

It is a matter of reimbursement of medical expenses where payment of Fixed Medical Allowance is allowed @ Rs.100/ per month to the staff working in the interior where AMA is not available.

Therefore, you are requested to issue necessary directives to the authorities of ‘Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India’ to redress the genuine grievances of serving employees (not pensioners), which is pending since long.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary

Source : www.bpms.org.in
[http://bpms.org.in/documents/fma-2-7w3v.pdf]

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Appeal for revision of fixed medical allowance for the Central Govt. Pensioners

Appeal for revision of fixed medical allowance for the Central Govt. Pensioners

No.4/4/2013-P&PW (D)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE)

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
New Delhi-110 003.
Dated the 8th July, 2013

To

Shri Harchandan Singh, Secretary General,
32, Phase-6,
Mohali-160055.

Sub:- Appeal for revision of fixed medical allowance for the Central Govt. Pensioners.

Sir,

Please refer to your letter dated 23/6/13 on the above mentioned subject. Comments item concerning this Desk is as under

2. The Govt. had on the recommendation of the 5th Central Pay Commission sanctioned Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.100 p.m. as in the year 1997. After 6th Central Pay Commission this amount was raised to Rs.300 p.m. w.e,f. 1/9/2008. The demand for further enhancement of FMA was raised during the meeting with representatives of staff side (JCM) on pensionary matters held on 18/5/11. The demand has been examined in great detail. In view of the fact that the FMA was increased three-fold from Rs.100 to Rs.300 p.m. in May, 2010 (effective from 1stSeptember 2008) at a substantial cost to the exchequer, any further upgraded increase in FMA at this stage may not be appropriate given the constraint on the fiscal side. Govt. is in the interim, also contemplating introduction of Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme to meet the health care requirement of Central Govt. employees and pensioners. Therefore, the demand for any enhancement of FMA cannot be accepted at this juncture.

Yours faithfully,
(Deepa Anand)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
# 24644636

Source: http://www.rscws.com/pdfdocs/Govt_rejects_demand_for_higher_FMA_to_Pensioners.pdf

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