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SCOVA : Minutes of the 30th SCOVA meeting held on 23rd March 2018

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SCOVA : Minutes of the 30th SCOVA meeting held on 23rd March 2018

F.No. 42/05/2018-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Date:- 25th April, 2018

To

All the Pensioners Associations included in the SCOVA
vide Resolution dated 31.01.2018

Sub:- Minutes of the 30th SCOVA meeting held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 23.03.2018, at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi-reg.

Please find enclosed herewith the minutes of the 30th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 23.03.2018, at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi for your kind perusal.

Encl: as above

S/d,
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Minutes of the 30th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 23.03.2018 under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi

The 30th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) was held under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 23.03.2018. List of participants is enclosed.

2. Joint Secretary (P) welcomed the representatives of Pensioners Associations and the participating officers from various Ministries/Departments

3. He mentioned that some issues of the last SCOVA meeting have been resolved. Two review meetings were held with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on 05.06.2017 and with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, CPAO, Ministry of Defence, Department of Telecom and Department of Financial Services on 09.01.2018 to resolve issues pending in SCOVA.

4. Thereafter, the Action Taken Report on the decisions of the 29th SCOVA meeting and Fresh Agenda Items of the 30th SCOVA meeting were taken up for discussion.

5. Discussion on the Action Taken Report of 29th SCOVA meeting:

(i) Revision of PPOs of pre-2006 pensioners.
(ii). Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing in Non CGHS area.
(iii). Special “Higher” Family Pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service.
(iv). Extension of CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners.
(v). Conversion of Postal Dispensary at Cantt. Road Cuttack to CGHS Wellness Centre.
(vi). Anomaly in fixation of pension of DoT employees who were absorbed in BSNL between 01.10.2000 and 30.07.2001.
(vii). Extension of benefit of upgraded Grade Pay to pre-2006 retirees of S-12 grade (Issue of grant of grade pay of Rs. 4600/- instead of Rs. 4200/-)
(viii). Merger of Survey of India Dispensary at Dehradun in CGHS on the same lines as P&T.
(ix). Stoppage of recovery of wrongful/excess payments from Railways Pensioners.
(x). Delay in commencement of family pension to spouse on death of pensioners.
(xi). Timely (i) Restoration of commuted pension and (ii) Commencement of Additional Pension on attaining the age of 80 years by the Banks.
(xii). Item wise details of payment made to be shown in the pass books of pensioners.
(xiii). Additional Pension for recipients of disability pension of age of 80 years and above.
(xiv). Upgradation of Polyclinic at Bajaj Nagar, Jaipur.
(xv). Setting up of CGHS Wellness Centre at Kochi.
(xvi). Empanelment of Hospitals/ Health Centre with CGHS in Ambernath/Dombivli.

The meeting ended with the vote of thanks to the Chair

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Year End review: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Year End review: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Following are the highlights of the activities of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions during the year 2017:

Prime Minister presents awards to civil servants on Civil Services Day; a record number of 2,345 entries were received to compete for the prestigious “Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration 2017″. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, presented awards for Excellence in Implementation of Priority Programmes and addressed Civil Servants on the occasion of the eleventh Civil Services Day on April 21, 2017. The Prime Minister presented a total of 12 awards, which included 10 under the five Priority Programmes (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, e-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM), Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, Start-Up India & Stand-Up India) and 2 under Innovation in Public Governance category.

A record number of 2,345 entries were received to compete for the prestigious “Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration 2017″. Of the 2,345 entries received for the awards, 1,515 have been received from 599 districts under the priority programmes category and 830 from various organizations and government agencies under innovation category.

PM addresses IAS Officers of the 2015 batch. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, addressed IAS Officers of the 2015 batch at the Inaugural Session of Assistant Secretaries on July 3, 2017. The Prime Minister advised young IAS officers to avoid getting into a mindset that resists change, and fill India’s administrative system with the energy of ‘New India.’ As part of their Valedictory Session as Assistant Secretaries, IAS officers of the 2015 batch on September 26, 2017 made presentations before the Prime Minister.

First ‘Pension Adalat’ by DoP&PW held on September 20, 2017. MoS (PP) Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the first ‘Pension Adalat’ on September 20, 2017 at the Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshop organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW). During the Pension Adalat, out of the 29 selected cases, 19 cases were resolved in the Adalat itself. 18 out of these 19 cases were resolved by accepting the claims of the Pensioners. As on November 30, 2017, out of 29 grievances raised in Adalat, 26 have been resolved.

The ‘Anubhav’ awards 2017 were presented to 16 pensioners for their contribution towards creating institutional memory for the departments. Till date, 4,406 write-ups have been published on Anubhav.

DARPG starts ‘DARPGSEVA’ to address issues related to public grievances and administrative reforms. The DARPG started its Twitter Seva on February 1, 2017. The Twitter Handle is ‘DARPGSEVA’. The Twitter Seva aims to address issues relating to the DARPG like Public Grievances and Administrative Reforms etc. The Twitter Seva enables the DARPG to reach out to the common public and various stakeholders for facilitating redress of grievances and other issues of importance relating to the department.

Prompt disposal of grievances by Government; DARPG writes to States Governments to link their Grievance Cells to Government’s CPGRAMS. The number of grievances lodged by the people have increased 7 fold since 2014, from about 2 lakh grievances to about 14 lakh this year. This is due to the prompt response given by the Department to their grievances. Now about 99% grievances are being disposed by the DARPG. The average response time to the grievances has been reduced, e.g. in Department of Revenue, it has reduced from 108 days in 2014 to 25 days this year and similarly in Department of Telecom, it has reduced from 19 days in 2014 to 12 days this year. The DARPG is also writing letters to the Chief Secretaries of the states to link their Grievance Cells to the CPGRAMS Portal of the Union Government. It will bring uniformity and ease of disposal. It will also provide a comprehensive view of the grievances.

DARPG Grievance Study Analysis of 20 Ministries released. The DARPG’s Grievance Study Analysis of 20 Ministries was released on August 25, 2017. The “Grievance Analysis & Systemic Reforms” Study was conducted for 20 ministries in the year 2015. As a result, 65 reforms have been introduced which has a positive impact on governance. Study has been undertaken for 20 more ministries in 2017 and 180 reforms have been suggested.  Steps have been taken to identify focus issues and arrive at the root cause of grievance so as to enable systemic reforms to be put in place to alleviate the root cause. A Project Management Unit has been set up for monitoring these reforms in consultation with concerned Ministries/Departments. A dedicated team has been engaged who conduct intensive deliberations with the concerned Ministries/Departments for identifying the reforms that have been implemented and draw up the monitoring metrics indicating impact of these reforms.

Centralised Pension Grievance Registration and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS). Concerted efforts are being made to bring down the pendency of old grievances while maintaining the quality in disposal for which regular review meetings were held with the Nodal Officers of various Ministries/Departments. As a result, 22,027 grievances were disposed off during the period 01.04.2017 to 24.11.17. The time limit to redress grievances is 60 days. During the same period, 84.2% grievances were disposed of within 60 days.

New training programme ‘COMMIT’ launched for State Government officials. MoS, Dr. Jitendra Singh launched a new training programme, ‘Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training’ (COMMIT) for State Government officials on June 29, 2017. The objective of this training programme is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on day-to-day basis.

7th edition of the Vigilance Manual released; online version also released for the first time. The 7th edition of the Vigilance Manual of CVC was released on September 7, 2017. The present edition of the Vigilance Manual is a public document accessible through CVC’s website www.cvc.nic.in. The online version has been released along with the printed version for the first time. The 2017 edition of the Vigilance Manual incorporates 567 Paras divided into 11 Chapters with appropriate citations.

CVC to develop Integrity Index of 25 Organizations. In line with the broader strategy and emphasis on preventive vigilance, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) announced in October that it believes that the next level of systemic change can be through the tool of Integrity Index. The CVC has therefore decided to go in for development of the Integrity Index-based on bench-marking of internal processes and controls within an organisation as well as management of relationships and expectations of outside stakeholders.

Online Software for Departmental Proceedings launched. The online software for Departmental Proceedings was launched on June 22, 2017. The online system will enable monitoring of the departmental cases more effectively to complete inquiries within stipulated timeframes and fix accountability at different stages. The online portal will initially be adopted in respect of IAS officers posted in the Central Government and will subsequently be extended to AIS officers in the Central Government as well as Central Group ‘A’ employees. The State Governments will also be involved in the subsequent phases for consideration of extension to AIS officers serving in the States.

Government lays down specific ‘timeline’ for completing enquiry against officers and members of All India Services (AIS). The AIS (D&A) Rules, 1969 have been amended to provide specific timelines at different stages of the enquiry, with a view to complete the disciplinary proceedings against the members of AIS in a time-bound manner.

MoU between LBSNAA, Mussoorie and Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM. In March, 2017 the Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie and Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), Namibia in the field of capacity building of public officials of Namibia and other training activities for the benefit of both the institutes.

Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad and Central University of Jammu sign MoU. Signed in New Delhi on February 10, 2017, the MoU facilitates joint activities and synergy in areas such as capacity building, evaluation studies, executive education and related areas. It included activities such as design, development and delivery of teaching and training programmes; reciprocal recognition of each other’s degrees, diplomas, certificates etc.

2,149 Public Authorities aligned with the RTI Online Portal. 2,149 Public Authorities have aligned with the RTI Online Portal. This portal is in line with the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India. The emphasis of the Government has always been on transparency and good governance. The government is persuading the States to implement the RTI Online portal. The RTI online portal will also curb delays in responding to the RTIs.

Mobile App for pensioners. Moving from e-governance to m-governance, various facilities for pensioners have been brought under Mobile App.  MoS-PP, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the Mobile App on September 20, 2017 that has been created to avail the services of Pensioners’ Portal. With the App, a superannuating central civil government official will be able to monitor the progress of his pension settlement, and retired officials will be able to self-assess their pension through the pension calculator and are also able to register their grievances, if any, and get updates on orders issued by the Department.

Scrapping of Interview by States and UTs. 18 States and 7 Union Territories have discontinued the practice of interview in recruitment for lower level posts. The objective of discontinuation of interview in selection process at lower level posts is to curb corruption, more objective selection in transparent manner and substantially easing the problems of poor aspirants.

Online Vigilance System of Board and below Board Level Executives of CPSEs and e-Service Book of the DoPT employees launched. The Online Vigilance System of Board and below Board Level Executives of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) was launched on March 30, 2017. The e-Service Book of the DoPT employees was also launched on the occasion. The Online Vigilance System is a technology based mechanism introduced to obtain vigilance status of 120-130 Board Level executive appointments made annually of CPSEs timely, accurately and objectively so that process of their appointment is expedited. The system would enable efficient vigilance clearance of officers on real time basis who apply for these senior level posts. The e-service book has been implemented by DoPT for its 661 employees and is taking concrete steps to roll out e-service book in respect of all Central Govt. employees in a time bound manner with the support of NIC and involvement of Cadre Controlling Authorities. In this regard a workshop of all Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) was organised in April, 2017 to discuss the roll out plan in all Ministries and Departments.

Liberalisation and simplification of GPF Rules. In a major relief for government employees, Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare in March, 2017 announced several relaxations in General Provident Fund Rules, with liberalization and simplification, particularly relating to advances and withdrawals by the subscriber/employee. As per the liberalised rules, limits for withdrawals have been raised and procedures simplified especially for activities of house building and education of children, where the costs have gone up manifold over the last two decades. In furtherance of the Government’s commitment towards self-certification, subscribers will be allowed to withdraw funds based on a simple declaration. No further documentary evidence will be required.

20th National Conference on e-Governance organised in Vishakhapatnam on January 9-10, 2017. Organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), in association with the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, and Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Conference was addressed by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu. National Awards for e-Governance 2016-17 were presented on the occasion.

Regional Conferences on “Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices” A two-day Regional Conference on “Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices” involving 12 States and 4 UTs of Northern, Western and Central Region of India held on July 7-8, 2017 in Nainital. Another Regional Conference on the subject was held in Goa on September 14-15, 2017. Delegates from 25 States/UTs (of Southern, Central, Eastern, North Eastern Regions and 5 other States/UTs) participated in the conference. On December 22-23, 2017 the Regional Conference on Good Governance was held in Guwahati, where delegates from 36 States and UTs participated.

The DARPG has so far organized 27 such regional conferences to share experiences in the formulation and successful implementation of Good Governance practices and to facilitate speedy and efficient delivery of public services.

Vice President inaugurated the Vigilance Awareness Week, 2017. The Vice-President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Vigilance Awareness Week, 2017 on October 30, 2017, organised by the Central Vigilance Commission. The theme of the week this year was “My Vision-Corruption-free India”.

12th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission held on December 6, 2017. Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 12th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) on December 06, 2017. While delivering the inaugural address, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the information has to be given in a language which is understandable to everyone, especially the one who applies for it.  The Commission had about 26,000 cases pending as on 31.03.2017 as compared to about 35,000 pending cases as on 01.04. 2016.  More than 3,500 queries have been answered by CIC through facilitation desk. In the year 2016-17, the CIC conducted about 15,000 video conferences. Prior to the Annual Convention, two seminars were held in May and July this year, to discuss ‘Implementation of the Right to Information Act 2005′ and ‘Land Records and RTI Act’ respectively.

29th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held in New Delhi on January 12, 2017. Organised by the DoP&PW, the SCOVA meeting was chaired by MoS (PP) Dr. Jitendra Singh. During the meeting, the Minister said that minimum pension has been increased to Rs. 9,000 per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs. 10-15 lakh to Rs. 25-35 lakh.

Jeevan PramaanLaunched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in November, 2014, more than 11 lakh pensioners availed this Aadhar-based scheme for online submission of digital life certificate through banks during the month November, 2017. The scheme benefits pensioners specially the old and infirm who can submit life certificate from the comfort of their homes anywhere in the country or abroad. Till date about 93% of the pension bank accounts of Central Government pensioners drawing pension through banks have been seeded with Aadhaar Numbers.

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88% of pension accounts have been linked to Aadhaar: Dr Jitendra Singh

88 percent of pension accounts have been linked to Aadhaar: Dr Jitendra Singh

Dr. Jitendra Singh chairs 29th meeting of SCOVA

Make Pensioners part of nation building process, says Minister

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired the 29th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here today. The SCOVA meeting is organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and the last such meeting was held on June 27, 2016.

During the meeting, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that today’s interaction was very meaningful and stimulating, thus reflecting on the working of DoP&PW. The Minister said that there are about 50-55 lakh pensioners in the country and almost 88 percent of pension accounts have been seeded to Aadhaar. He further said that minimum pension has been increased to Rs. 9000 per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs. 10-15 lakh to Rs. 25-35 lakh.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that we need to put in place an institutionalized mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience, he added. The Minister also said that the DoP&PW should be reoriented in such a way that pensioners become a part of nation building process.

In the meeting, discussions were held on the action taken report of the 28th SCOVA meeting. Further many issues related to pensioners were discussed threadbare, such as revision of PPOs of pre-2006 pensioners, Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-CGHS area, Special “Higher” Family Pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service, Extension of CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners, issue relating to CGHS Wellness Centre, Dehradun etc. The Minister directed for the prompt and time bound redressal of the grievances of the pensioners and said that we should have sympathetic attitude towards them.

The Secretary, DoP&PW, Shri C. Viswanath and other senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion. The meeting was also attended by the member Pensioners Associations and senior officers of the important Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

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Extension CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners

Extension CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners

29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) – Action Taken Report on the Minutes of the 28th SCOV A meeting held under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 27.06.2016

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare)

Para 4(iv) of the minutes: Extension CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners

The representatives of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the 7th CPC has recommended that all Postal Dispensaries should be covered with CGHS. It was decided to await the decision of the Government within a month.

(Action: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The decision of the Government on the recommendations of 7th CPC is still awaited.

DoPPW
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to indicate latest status during the meeting a to where the matter is pending. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also been reminded on the same vide DoPPW OM dated 04.01.2017 to expedite the matter.

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29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) – Intimation regarding Date, Time and Venue of the Meeting

29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) – Intimation regarding Date, Time and Venue of the Meeting

F.No. 42/16/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Date: 06th Jan, 2017

To
All the Pensioners Associations included in the SCOVA vide Resolution dated 25.08.2015

Subject: 29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) – Intimation regarding Date, Time and Venue of the Meeting.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even no. dated 26th Dec,2016. The date, time and venue of the 29th SCOVA meeting is as under:

Date : 12th January, 2017 (Thursday)

Time : 11:00 am

Venue : Committee Room-A

Vigyan Bhawan Annexe
Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi

2. It is requested that the name and telephone no. of the member nominated for the meeting may kindly be sent to the undersigned. It is further requested to bring copy of PPO and also duly Idled Mandate Form (copy enclosed) so that TA/DA reimbursement would be made through e-payment mode afterwards.

3. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

(Sujasha Choudhur)
Director(P)

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Latest Guidelines for nomination in SCOVA

Latest Guidelines for nomination in SCOVA

The Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) is a forum for holding consultation with the stakeholders, i.e., the pensioners through their Associations and various Ministries/Departments of the Government of India to get feedback on implementation of pension related policies, to discuss and critically examine the policy initiatives and to mobilise voluntary efforts to supplement the Government action.

A mechanism has been put in place for nomination of a Standing Group comprising of 5 Associations and a Rotating Group comprising of 10 Associations through a Resolution issued from time to time. As per the existing mechanism the Standing Group serves for 3 terms of 2 years each or till the pleasure of the Chairman of SCOVA whichever is earlier and Rotating Group serves for 1 term of 2 years and is eligible for re-nomination for one more term. These Associations represent various categories of Central Government pensioners from various Regions/States.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Dr Jitendra Singh says all Central Ministries & Departments to be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System Bhavishya soon

Dr Jitendra Singh says all Central Ministries & Departments to be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ soon

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS (IC) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said all Central Ministries and Departments will be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ very soon. Chairing the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here today, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that with this step, the pension release to the retired employees will be expedited and it will also help quick resolution of pending issues.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said we need to put in place an institutionalized mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. India has a large number of pensioners today and to make best use of them is a challenge, he added. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience, he added. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Government has started ‘Anubhav’ scheme for the retiring employees to write an account of their experiences which can be helpful in improving the system. He also said that a focused approach and emphatic attitude needs to be developed towards the pensioners.

Earlier, the Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare and Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Shri C. Viswanath directed that all the Pension Payment Order (PPOs) should be digitized. The 28th SCOVA meeting was attended by the member Pensioners Associations and senior officers of the important Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has taken various initiatives for the welfare of the pensioners. The online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ has introduced transparency and accountability into the pension sanction and payment process, thereby helping eliminate delays and bring satisfaction to the retiring employees and pensioners. The system keeps retiring employees and administration informed of the progress of pension sanction process through SMS/e-mail. In the year 2015-16, the scheme has been scaled up and will eventually cover all 9,000 Drawing & Disbursal Offices (DDOs) in the country.

‘Sankalp’ is an initiative for motivating retiring employees and pensioners to take up voluntary work after retirement so as to channelize their experience and skill towards productive work for society and nation building. The Department has so far registered 1,812 Pensioners, 16 Organisations and 19 Pensioners Associations under this project. Some Pensioners Associations have done exemplary work under the initiative.

‘Anubhav’ was launched in February, 2015 on the direction of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. This initiative is to showcase the outstanding work done by retiring employee that contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness in Government functioning. It is envisaged that over a period of time this will create a wealth of information, institutional memory and innovative ideas and will motivate employees.

‘Jeevan Pramaan’ is a facility created for submission of Aadhaar based digital life certificate. This scheme was initiated by the Prime Minister on November 10, 2014. This scheme provides an excellent facility for the benefit of pensioners to submit their digital life certificate from the comfort of their homes. The Pensioners Associations are actively involved in motivating their fellow pensioners to get their pension accounts seeded with Aadhaar Number. Due to continuous efforts, as on date around 34 lakh i.e 71% of Central Government pensioners have seeded their bank accounts with Aadhaar Numbers.

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Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 27th SCOVA meeting held on 13.10.2015 and Fresh Agenda Items to be discussed in 28th SCOVA meeting

Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 27th SCOVA meeting held on 13.10.2015 and Fresh Agenda Items to be discussed in 28th SCOVA meeting

F.No. 42/05/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
********

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Date:- 22nd June, 2016

 

All the Pensioners Association included in SCOVA vide Resolution dated 25.08.2015

 

Subject:- Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 27th SCOVA meeting held on 13.10.2015 and Fresh Agenda Items to be discussed in 28th SCOVA meeting.

 

Please find enclosed herewith copies of ATR on the decision of the 27th SCOVA meeting held on 13.10.2015 and a list of Fresh Agenda Items to be discussed in the 28th SCOVA meeting to be held on 27.06.2016 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP).

 

(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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28th SCOVA Intimation regarding Date and Time

28th SCOVA Intimation regarding Date and Time

F. No. 42/05/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

 

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi -110003
Date: 4th April, 2016

To
All the Pensioners Associations included in SCOVA vide Resolution dated 25.08.2015

 

Subject:-28th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP)

 

Intimation regarding Date and Time

Sir/Madam,

In continuation to this Department OM of even no. dated 22.02.2016 regarding holding of 28th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies(SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP), the date and time of the meeting is indicated below:-

Date:- 16th May, 2016 (Monday) Time:- 11 am

2. Venue of the meeting will be intimated soon. Because of the constraint of space only one representative may attend the above said meeting. It is requested that that the name of the member nominated to attend the said meeting may kindly be sent to the undersigned.

3. Only one outstation member will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with rules/instructions. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA as per their last entitlement on retirement. Therefore, members are requested to bring copy of their PPOs for determining the entitlement of TA/DA claims. However, for journey above 1000 kms, TA/DA to non-official members will be regulated as per this Department’s OM no. 42/11/2014-P&PW(G) dated 19.05.2014.

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

Yours faithfully

(Sujasha Choudhary)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

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Year End Review: Highlights of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare during 2015

Year End Review: Highlights of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare during 2015 

Following are the highlights of the achievements of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare during the year 2015:

Anubhav

‘Anubhav’ is a platform for retiring government employees to share their experience of working the Government and for showcasing commendable work done during service. It is envisaged that this would provide satisfaction to the retiring employees and also act as motivator for serving employees. Over time this will build up a wealth of useful suggestions. This would also provide an excellent opportunity to harness the resource of retiring employees for voluntary contribution to nation building post retirement.

The retiring employees may, voluntary, submit write-up along with the pension application form. Necessary amendments have been made to the checklist attached to Form 5 under Rule 59 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. A webpage has been created which can be accessed from the website of the Department of Pension (persmin.nic.in/pension.asp).

The software application was demonstrated on 23.02.2015 and tested on the first lot of retirees during the pre-retirement counselling workshop (PRC) organized by the Department on 26.2.2015. To sensitize the Ministries /Departments, Awareness Workshops on ‘Anubhav’ have been organized by this Department on 24th March, 2015 and on 24th April, 2015 in New Delhi.

Bhavishya

Bhavishya is an online tracking system for pension sanction and payment. By keeping track of the progress of each pension case, it introduces transparency and accountability into the system thereby plugging delays. This benefits the retiring employees, pensioners and the administration equally.

The system allows online filing of application of pension by the retiring employees, encapsulates the Pension Rules required for processing pension cases and generates all forms and reports necessary for finalizing pension cases as well as needed for monitoring by the Departments.

Bhavishya is being implemented in main secretariat of 83 Ministries/Departments and 22 attached offices involving 792 Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDO) till December 30, 2015, which are in various stages of processing pension cases of 4759 retiring employees. This is being scaled up to cover all 9000 DDOs spread across the country.

In order to spread awareness of Bhavishya application the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare conducted an Awareness Workshop on ‘Bhavishya’ under the auspices of Hon’ble MOS (PP) on 26th November, 2015 in Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The workshop was designed for Heads of Office/Drawing and Disbursing Officers of all ministries/departments including those of attached and subordinate offices located in Delhi. Around 1200 participant attended the Workshop.

Pensioners’ Portal

Pensioners’ Portal is the one stop solution for all information needs of the pensioners. The Portal also provides for registration of pensioners’ grievances through the Centralized Pension Grievance Registration and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS). During the year (upto 15.12.2015) 16683 grievances were received and 14354 were disposed, leaving a balance of 2329.

Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

A Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) functions under the Chairmanship of MOS (PP) to provide feedback on the implementation of policies/ programmes of this Department besides mobilizing voluntary effort to supplement the Government action. SCOVA meeting was held in October, 2015 which was attended by representatives of various Pensioners’ Associations and the Ministries/Departments.

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Minutes of the 27th SCOVA meeting held on 13th October, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP)

Minutes of the 27th SCOVA meeting held on 13th October, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP)

F.No.42/07/2015-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003
Date:- 5th Nov, 2015

To
All the Pensioners Associations included in SCOVA
vide Resolution dated 25.08.2015

Subject: Minutes of the 27th SCOVA meeting held on 13th October, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP)

Please find enclosed herewith a copy of minutes of the 27’h meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies(SCOVA) held on 13th October, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi for your king perusal and necessary action.

Encl: as above

(Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/

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27th Meeting of SCOVA: Items/Issues suggested for inclusion in the Agenda of the meeting – Illegal recovery of over payment pension, Smart Card to RELHS, Life time family pension, Pension Revision as PCAT Order etc

27th Meeting of SCOVA: Items/Issues suggested for inclusion in the Agenda of the meeting – Illegal recovery of over payment pension, Smart Card to RELHS, Life time family pension, Pension Revision as PCAT Order etc.
N F RAILWAY PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION
Registered No. 1464
Standing Group Member. SCOVA
Identified by Ministry of Pension , Govt of India
Affiliated to Bharat Pensioner Samaj, New Delhi
Head Office : Pension Bhavan , Rest Camp, Pandu,
Guwahati – 781012, Assam

No. NFRPA/SCOVA/2015

Date :01-09-2015

To
Under Secretary
Govt of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
New Delhi – 110003

Sir,

Sub : 27th Meeting of SCOVA

Ref : Your letter No. 42(0712015-P&PW(G) dt. 25th Aug 2015
In confirming our participation In the meeting of SCOVA. I on behalf of the organization extend thanks for including the name of our Association in the Standing Group of Non Official Members of SCOVA the requisite information as asked for is furnished below.
1. Items/Issues suggested for inclusion in the Agenda of the meeting
The items are attached below.
2. Name of the representative of the Association to attend the meeting:-
Name : Shri Sakti May Kanjilal. General secretary
Contact No. +919954499382, Email : nfrp32010@gmail.com
Alternate Representative
Shri Bimalendu Chakrabortv, It.GenI.Secy
Contact No. 08016135 , Email : bimalendu1947@gmail.com
With regards.
Yours Sincerely,
537W
(s M KANJILAL)
General Secretary

Items and Issues for SCOVA Agenda

1. Illegal recovery of over payment of Pension

The O M no 45/10/98-P&PW(A}dated 17-12-1998 reads “The President is now pleased to decide that w.e.f 1.1.96, pension of all pensioners irrespective of their date w.e.f 1.1.96. pension of all pensioners irrespective of their date of retirement shall not be less than 50% of the minimum pay in the revised scale of pay introduced w.e.f. 1.1.96 of the post last held by the pensioner.” This stipulate that at the time of revision of pension w.e.f. 01-01-1996 , the minimum pension is to be fixed at 50 96 of the Minimum of the revised pay scale corresponding to the pre revised pay-scale introduced to the post from which the employee had retired. in other words, the consolidated revised pension as on 01-01-1996 has to be stepped up to 50 96. of the minimum of revised pay scale corresponding to the pay in the pre-revised pay scale of the post held by the pensioner in case the revised pension falls short of 50% of Minimum Pay in the revised Pay Scale. All affected pensioners were being paid accordingly w.e.f. 01-01-1996.
Later in pursuance to O.M. No. 38/37/08-P&PWIA) dated 2801-2013 of Deptt of Pension & Pensioner‘s Welfare, Govt of India. Pension of pre-2006 pensioners were revised upwards subject to the minimum calculated and indicated in column 9 of the table attached to the O M dated 28.01.2013. Unfortunately while implementing orders of O M dated 28.01.2013, Pre-2006 pensioners of Indian Railways suffered a setback as their pension was revised to their disadvantage and recovery ordered/commenced for no fault of the pensioner. Following example is placed to further clarify the issue:
The particulars furnished based on PPO issued after respective Pay Commissions.
Name: Shri INDRA NARAYAN WADADER.
Date of birth :01-06-1933, Date of retirement : 31-05-1991, Qualifying Service : 33years,
PPO No. Pno/Pen/Engg/14OS
(a) At the time of retirement in the Scale of 4th CPC
Pay scale at the time of retirement : Rs. 1400 – 2300, Pension: Rs.791
 
(b) At the time of 5th CPC scale w.e.f 1.1.96
Revised scale to the post as on 1.1.96 : Rs. 5000 – 8000
Consolidated Pension : Rs. 2409
Minimum Pension : Rs. 2500
(50% of the Minimum revised pay introduced to the Post as per Circular)
 
(c) Pension revised at 6th cpc w.e.f 01-01-2006
Revised scale in 1.1.1996 : Rs. 5000 – 8000
Consolidated pension : Rs. 5446
Corresponding scale to the post : PB Rs. 9300 -34800 GP Rs. 4200
Minimum Pension : Rs. 6750
[Fitment policy of fixation: Minimum Pay x 1.86 + PB]
Pension stepped up to the Minimum : Rs. 6750 w.e.f 1.1.2006
Pension re-revised vide OM dated 28-01-13 w.e.f 01.01.2006 and 24.09.2012
Pension wef 1-1-2006 – Rs. 5446
Pension wef 24-09-2012 – Rs. 5585
 
Recovery of overpayment started @ Rs 5000/ – PM s by PDA
From the above it is observed that in re~revising the pension revision of pension has been done by misinterpreting the Concordance Table. it is evident that. Concordance Table so attached to facilitate revision of Minimum Pension, is a post based Concordance Table which was interpreted by the authority as Scale based.
This downward revision in VI CPC when no clerical error is involved, is in violation of Rule 90 of Railway Services Pension) Rules. 1993. correspond to the Rule 70(i) of CCS (Pension Rules 1972.(Ref: DOP&PW No. 45/86/97-P&PWIA)-Part-III dt 24 July.1998).The association submits that effecting recovery from pensions after 14 years and that too when the pensioner is not at fault for over payment is not only unjustified but against all cannons of justice judicial pronouncements .Besides, The re-revision of Pension as above needs to be reviewed in its proper perspective and the recovery ordered should be stopped forthwith and amount recovered from the pensioners/ Family Pensioners may be refunded.

 

2 Non issue of Medical SMART CARD to RELHS Card holders of Railway Pensioners.

This has been brought to our notice that the Railway Medical Authority has not issued Medical Smart Card in most of the Railways. The condition of Railway Medical Service is not in its desired level so far the regular treatment of Pensioners is concerned. Requested to take

necessary steps

3. introduction of simplified procedure for application of grant of life time family pension to unmarried/widow/divorce daughter

Since the introduction of grant of family pension to the unmarried /widow/divorce daughter of the pensioner, no proper guide line has been issued to the different railways in respect of the documents to be submitted and procedure to be followed. neither is there any common format to be filled in by the applicants , and as a result .such pensioners are facing immense troubles. Hence, it is requested to formulate a common format of applications and the procedure to be followed for the convenience of the applicant.

In the greater interest of the poorer section of Widow/Divorced daughter of the pensioner the criteria for grant of life time family pension introduced in the recent past may please be modified so that genuine distressed daughters get the facility.

4. Incorrect implementation of PCAT order dated 01.11.2011 in OA 655/2010, which quashed DOP & PW OMs of 3.10.2008, 14.10.2008 & 11.02.2009

Ref:- OM 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dtd 30.07.2015,38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 Reg revision of pension of pre~2006 pensioners & the recommendations of Committee on the issue related to Defence Service personnel and Ex- Servicemen-2012 Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners Sir, I wish to point out that OM 38/37/08-P8PW(A) dtd 30.07.2015 is not implementation of Hon’ble PCAT order dated 01.11.2011 in OA 655/2010 in letter 8: spirit. It is in fact extension of OM 38/37/ 08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 issued prior to final confirmation of PCAT order by the Honorable supreme court which happened on 17.3.2015 on dismissal of Govt. SLPS. On 28.1.2013 the issue was subjudice & the OM dated 28.1.2013 had no linkage with PCAT judgment in OA 655/2010 OM dated 28.01.2013 had a linkage with PCDA(pension) Circular No.500 Dated: 17th January 2013. which was based on recommendations of Committee on the issue related to Defense Service personnel and Ex. Servicemen. PCAT order dated 01.11.2011 in OA 655/2010 quashed DOP & PW OMs Of 3.10.2008 , 14.10 2008 & 11.02.2009. Directing the Govt. to revised pension of all pre 2006 pensioners w.e.f 01.01.2006 as per OM 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 01-09-2008 which does not provide reduction of minimum guaranteed Pension on pro-rata to qualifying service. Thus Para 5 of OM dated 28.01.2013 was in contradiction to PCAT judgment dated 01.11.2011 under reference, its continuation vide even No OM dated 30.7.2015 Para 4 amounts to contempt of Hon’ble PCAT which needs to be set right w/o any delay. Under signed therefore, on-behalf of Bharat Pensioners Samaj, the largest Federation of Indian Pensioners, request you to review OM 38/37/08-P8PW(A) dtd 30.07.2015 to rectify the discrepancy pointed out.

5.Inclusion of Pension Federations in Standing Groups of SCOVA

The SCOVA functions to promote the following objectives
(i) To provide a feed back on implementation of policies/programme of the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare. (ii) To discuss and critically examine the policy initiatives; and (iii) To mobilize Voluntaryefforts to supplement the Government action.
Exclusion of major “Federations of Pensioners” like Bharat Pensioners Samaj would reduce the representative character of the SCOVA
More over, resolution circulated vide F. No. 42/8/2013-P&PW(G) Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare) Date: 18 July,2013 clearly states that the Standing Group would serve for three terms of two years each that means tenure of Standing Group was upto2019. The resolution dated 18.7.2013 does not mention that Terms & conditions of resolution circulated vide 41/22/2008-P&PW(G)29/OS/20092009 Will continue to apply.
In the light of the above submissions. SCOVA reconstitution may be reviewed.

Source: http://scm-bps.blogspot.in

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Dearness Allowances: Issue taken as agenda by DPPW in the SCOVA meeting

Simultaneous issue of orders for the release of Dearness Allowances: Issue taken as agenda by DPPW in the SCOVA meeting

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions published an order yesterday regarding the four new agenda items will be discussed in the meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOCA) under the Chairmanship on 3.2.2015.

The four fresh agenda points are given below…

1. Simultaneous issue of orders for the release of Dearness Allowances:
Based on the rise in Consumer Price Index, Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief are granted to serving employees and pensioners respectively with effect from 1st January and 1st July each year. The orders sanctioning DA are issued by the Finance Ministry and the orders sanctioning DR are issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after the same. While serving employees get the increase in cash after a couple of days from the date of issue of Office Memorandum, the pensioners get it after some days since the issue of O.M, for DR needs to be further approved by Department of Expenditure and CAG. As the payment of DA and DR is being made from the Consolidated Fund of India, the issuance of separate orders for the grant of DA and DR could be unnecessary.

2. Co-authorisation of Family Pension of permanently disabled children/dependent parents and permanently disabled siblings
As a policy initiative of DoPPW, the CPAO vide its O.M no. CPAO/Tech/Simplification/2013-14/252 dated 06.02.2014 allowed co-authorisation
of family pension of permanently disabled’ children/dependent parents and permanently disabled siblings. A similar benefit may be considered by Department of Defence and Ministry of Railways to its pensioners.

 3. Non-adherence of extant rules with regard to submission of life certificate
Despite clear instructions from the Ministry of Finance,vide CPAO/Tech/Grievances/2010-11/531 dated 30.06.2011, it has been reported that some’ banks branches are insisting on personal appearance of pensioners for submission of life certificates along with PPOs. The extant rules now exempt personal appearance and the prescribed form is to be signed by any of the persons specified therein.The pensioners thus got put to untoward hardship in addition to stress and strain which could have been avoided. As such, Department of Financial Services is requested to take necessary steps to get the instructions complied with strictly without fail.

4. Provision of CGHS facility for life time to dependent disabled/mentally retarded children of Central Government Employees/Pensioners

a) In the “Definition of Family” under CGH_S,furnished in Ministry of Health & FW O.M. No. 3T-1/2009-C&P/CGHS (P) dated 23-2-2011, daughter as indicated at 51 No.5(ii) can avail the benefits till she starts earning or gets married irrespective of the age-limit, where as son indicated at 51. No. 5(iii) of the list, suffering from any permanent Physical/Mental disability is entitled to avail the facility “irrespective of age- limit”, and son’s marital status may not result in denial of CGHS facility to him ,in as much as there is no mention of marital status in the definition, unlike the definition at 51.5 (i) On the other hand, daughter suffering from any permanent disability (physical disability or mental retardation) loses the facility if she gets married as per the definition at 51. (5)(ii). Hence, the case of a physically disabled/mentally retarded daughter needs to be considered for extension of CGHS facility “irrespective of age-limit, even after her marriage” .

b) Further under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, by an amendment to explanations 1 and 3 after Sub-rule 6 of Rule 54, as communicated vide Department of Pension & PW’O.M. No. 1/33/2012-P&PW(E) dated 16-1-2013, mentally /physically disabled children have been allowed to continue to draw family pension even after their marriage thereby removing the condition of marital status for continued drawal of family pension.

c) Thus on the analogy of pension rules, mentally/physically disabled children (both son and daughter) of Central Government Employees/Pensioners may be allowed to continue to avail CGHS facilities even after their marriage by removing the condition of marital status now existing in respect of daughters only. The “definition of family” under CGHS would need to modified suitably.

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DR Orders for CG Pensioners – Issue taken as agenda by DPPW

Simultaneous issue of orders for the release of Dearness Allowances: Issue taken as agenda by DPPW in the SCOVA meeting

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions published an order yesterday regarding the four new agenda items will be discussed in the meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOCA) under the Chairmanship on 3.2.2015.

The four fresh agenda points are given below…

1. Simultaneous issue of orders for the release of Dearness Allowances:

Based on the rise in Consumer Price Index, Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief are granted to serving employees and pensioners respectively with effect from 1st January and 1st July each year. The orders sanctioning DA are issued by the Finance Ministry and the orders sanctioning DR are issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after the same. While serving employees get the increase in cash after a couple of days from the date of issue of Office Memorandum, the pensioners get it after some days since the issue of O.M, for DR needs to be further approved by Department of Expenditure and CAG. As the payment of DA and DR is being made from the Consolidated Fund of India, the issuance of separate orders for the grant of DA and DR could be unnecessary.

2. Co-authorisation of Family Pension of permanently disabled children/dependent parents and permanently disabled siblings

As a policy initiative of DoPPW, the CPAO vide its O.M no. CPAO/Tech/Simplification/2013-14/252 dated 06.02.2014 allowed co-authorisation
of family pension of permanently disabled’ children/dependent parents and permanently disabled siblings. A similar benefit may be considered by Department of Defence and Ministry of Railways to its pensioners.

3. Non-adherence of extant rules with regard to submission of life certificate

Despite clear instructions from the Ministry of Finance,vide CPAO/Tech/Grievances/2010-11/531 dated 30.06.2011, it has been reported that some’ banks branches are insisting on personal appearance of pensioners for submission of life certificates along with PPOs. The extant rules now exempt personal appearance and the prescribed form is to be signed by any of the persons specified therein.The pensioners thus got put to untoward hardship in addition to stress and strain which could have been avoided. As such, Department of Financial Services is requested to take necessary steps to get the instructions complied with strictly without fail.

4. Provision of CGHS facility for life time to dependent disabled/mentally retarded children of Central Government Employees/Pensioners

a) In the “Definition of Family” under CGH_S,furnished in Ministry of Health & FW O.M. No. 3T-1/2009-C&P/CGHS (P) dated 23-2-2011, daughter as indicated at 51 No.5(ii) can avail the benefits till she starts earning or gets married irrespective of the age-limit, where as son indicated at 51. No. 5(iii) of the list, suffering from any permanent Physical/Mental disability is entitled to avail the facility “irrespective of age- limit”, and son’s marital status may not result in denial of CGHS facility to him ,in as much as there is no mention of marital status in the definition, unlike the definition at

51.5 (i) On the other hand, daughter suffering from any permanent disability (physical disability or mental retardation) loses the facility if she gets married as per the definition at 51. (5)(ii). Hence, the case of a physically disabled/mentally retarded daughter needs to be considered for extension of CGHS facility “irrespective of age-limit, even after her marriage” .

b) Further under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, by an amendment to explanations 1 and 3 after Sub-rule 6 of Rule 54, as communicated vide Department of Pension & PW’O.M. No. 1/33/2012-P&PW(E) dated 16-1-2013, mentally /physically disabled children have been allowed to continue to draw family pension even after their marriage thereby removing the condition of marital status for continued drawal of family pension.

c) Thus on the analogy of pension rules, mentally/physically disabled children (both son and daughter) of Central Government Employees/Pensioners may be allowed to continue to avail CGHS facilities even after their marriage by removing the condition of marital status now existing in respect of daughters only. The “definition of family” under CGHS would need to modified suitably.

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26th meeting of SCOVA to be held on 3rd February, 2015

26th meeting of SCOVA to be held on 3rd February, 2015

26th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 03rd February, 2015 in New Delhi: Pensioners Portal Order

SCOVA Meeting
F. No. 42/39/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New’Delhi – 110003
Date: Dec, 2014

To,

Subject: 26th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 03rd February, 2015 in New Delhi.

Sir/Madam,
In continuation to this Department’s OM of even no dated 24th Nov, 2014 regarding holding of the 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies(SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP), the date and time of the meeting is indicated below:

Date:- 03rd February,2015

Time:- 11.00 AM.

2. The Venue of the meeting will soon be intimated. Because of the consideration of space, only one representative may attend the above said meeting. It is requested that the name of the member nominated for the meeting may kindly be sent to this Department to the undersigned through fax/email (Fax/Email address given below) and also in the hard copy.

3. Only one outstation member will be paid TA/DA and charges local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA as per their last entitlement on retirement. Therefore, members are requested to bring copy of PPO for determining the entitlement of TA/DA claims. However, outstation members arriving from a station more than 1000 kms are entitled to get reimbursement for travel as per this Department’s letter no F.No 42/11/2014-P&PW(G) dated 19th May, 2014

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

Yours faithfully
sd/-
(Sujasha Choudhury
Dy. Secretary (P)
Telephone : 24635979

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/SCOVA_311214.pdf

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SCOVA meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM

Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) meeting with Standing Groups including National Council (Staff Side) JCM will be scheduled to be held in the January, 2015.

 

F. No. 42/39/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

 

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 24th Nov, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

 

Subject : 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of January, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP).

 

The 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is scheduled to be held in the January, 2015. The details of the date, time and venue of the meeting will follow. The meeting will be chaired by the Hon’ble Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Pubic Grievances & Pensions.

 

2. All the Pensioners Associations under SCOVA are requested to kindly provide the following requisite information through fax as well as E-mail :

(a) Suggest fresh items/issues, if any, for inclusion in the agenda to be discussed for the proposed meeting. Kindly do not send those agenda items which have already been discussed in the previous SCOVA meetings and on which final decision/action has already been taken. Your response in this regard may please be sent to this Department so as to reach the undersigned latest by 10th December, 2014 to enable us to finalize the agenda items. Minutes of the meetings and Action Taken Reports of the previous SCOVA meetings are available on the website of this Department – www.pensionersportal.gov.in

(b) Because of the consideration of space, only one representative of your organization may attend the above said meeting. Confirmation of participation and the name of the participant may kindly be intimated in advance to the undersigned by fax/e-mail.

3. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions.

 

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

sd/-

(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary

Source: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/

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Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners…

SCOVA 25th Standing Committee meeting minutes

Pensioners Portal uploded the detailed minutes of the 25th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 05th Sept, 2014 under the Chairmanship of Honourable MOS(PP) on its portal yesterday.

Some important issues taken in the meeting…

  • Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners…
  • Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing at non-CGHS areas…
  • Special Family Pension for the widows of disabled War Veterans…
  • Stepping up of Disability Element on the basis of Fitment Tables…
  • Income Certificate to be produced by the Family Pensioner…
  • Extension of CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees…

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Agenda for 25th SCOVA Meeting porposed by Bharat Pensioner Samaj

Agenda for 25th SCOVA Meeting porposed by Bharat Pensioner Samaj

Proposed agenda 25th SCOVA:-

MS Sujasha Choudhury
Dy. Secretary (P) DOP &PW
3rd floor,Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market New Delhi -11003
E-mail: sujasha_choudhury@yahoo.co.in /c.taneja@nic.in

Ref : F. No. 42/29/2014-P&PW(G) Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare 3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003 Date: 5 th June, 2014

Regarding: 25th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of July, 2014 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP).

Madam,

Bharat Pensioners Samaj forward hereunder the Agenda items for inclusion in the final Agenda of 25th SCOVA meeting:

1.Implementation of Pricipal CAT judgement dated 01.11.2011 in OA 0655/2010 No.0655/2010 : 
Now since all appeals & even curative petition filed by the Govt. against the said judgment have been disposed off by the Apex Court & the part judgment indirectly stand implemented vide DOP &PWP OM 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28/01/2013 Regarding Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners – reg. (Revised concordance table) DOP & PW should implement the said judgment (which is in REM) in TOTO in case of all pre 2006 Pensioners.

2.Difficulties of BSNL pensioners

a) The BSNL Pensioner has to depend upon two authorities’ i.e. District Head, i.e. SSA and Pension Head, i.e. CCA. The SSA comes into picture for payment of Medical Reimbursement for which a scheme known as BSNLMRS is in force. The payment is made quarterly. In number of cases Pensioners are kept waiting and are not informed about the status of their claims. Though there are clear orders from the BSNL Corporate office to effect payment through ECS, it is not being done.

b) In the number of cases, the Pensioners have pending grievance relating to pay-fixation, promotion etc and has to approach the authorities. There is no machinery for the Pensioner or Pensioners Association to approach the BSNL Authorities and as such they have to struggle indefinitely for settlement of their grievance.

c)The CCA’s are holding Pension Adalat for DOT/BSNL pensioners’ at Circle Level dividing the Circle in few parts and each part has Pension Adalat only once in a year.  In such Adalats, for cases related to BSNL which constitute 80% of the total cases one Officers from BSNL attends the Adalat . All the cases related to BSNL are made over to him for further disposal which never happens & Pensioners have to suffer making the exercise futile.

Our proposal

i.  Impress upon BSNL Authorities, at all Levels to be accessible to Pensioners Associations.
ii.  BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi may be requested to entertain/respond letters from Pensioners Association, regarding the issues which warrant its intervention .
iii.  BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi may be requested issue instructions to the Chief General Manager Telecom at Circle/District i.e. SSA level to entertain and respond to correspondence from Pensioners Associations.
iv.  The Associations should be given time for the meetings to raise pensioners issues at Circle/SSA Head.
v.  For BSNL Pensioners Separate Pension Adalats should be held quarterly as is being done by the Controller of Communication Accounts, in each Circle for DOT Pensioners.
vi.  Nodal officer for Pensioner should be appointed in SSA/CCA to settle the Pensioners issues.
vii.  Like Central Government Pensioners, Pension of BSNL Pensioners should also be revised simultaneously whenever revision takes place The BSNL Pensioners association should be given opportunity to submit their Memorandum on Pension related issues and should also be heard by Wage Revision Committee of BSNL, whenever it takes place.

3.RELHS :Railway administration should disclose to SCOVA members the progress on compliance of following items:

2(i) Smart Card facility to RELHS beneficiaries :
Instruction in this regard were issued vide Boards letter Nos 2007/H/28/1/RELHS/Smart card dated 18.07.2012& 27.8.2012 But the said orders have not been implemented on all the Zones even after Two years. Rly Board is requested to disclose to SCOVA members Zone wise progress with cause of delay if any.

2(ii) On 24th February 2010 during the budget speech Minister for Railways, vide para 51, announced that Rly. outpatient Departments (OPD) and diagnostic centers will be set up at Gurgaon & other cities.

2(iii) RELHS facilities to dependent parents ; The then Rly Minister in her budget speech on25th February 2011 vide para 56 announced extension of medical facilities to both dependent father and mother of railway employees..

2(iv) Minister of Railways in his Budget speech in parliament on 26.02.2013 vide Para48 iv announced extending the treatment facility in case of medical emergency to RELHS beneficiaries to all cities where hospitals are empanelled either with CGHS or with Railways.

Announcement in budget speech is commitment to Parliament thus warrants time bound action for implementation. So far there is no visible action in this regard. Rly Board should disclose zone wise status to SCOVA members.

4.CGHS: Health care & Medical aid is not a luxury to be possessed by a privileged few .keeping this in view following issue need to be resolved with out delay.

4(i) Discrimination to P&T Pensioners: The Central Government Pensioners, whether they were beneficiaries or not while in service, are permitted to join CGHS on retirement. However the Ministry of Health & FW issued an order dated 1.8.1996 according to which all P&T Pensioners who were not participating in CGHS while in service have been debarred. This order is discriminatory & should be withdrawn forth with.

4(ii) P&T Dispensaries: Following the recommendations of the V CPC and VI CPC, 19 P&T Dispensaries in 12 CGHS Cities have been merged with the CGHS. Instead of now allowing all P&T pensioners irrespective of the station they live, only those who are living in these 12 Cities have been allowed to participate in the CGHS. These instructions are discriminative as all other Central Pensioners are permitted to join CGHS irrespective of the fact where they are living. These instructions too be withdrawn and all P&T Pensioners may be allowed to avail CGHS fecilities.

4(iii) CSMA Rules 1944: The CSMA Rules, 1944 should be extended to pensioners living in non-CGHS areas and stations, which are at present not covered by CGHS.

S.C. Maheshwari,
Secretary General,Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Source: http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/06/bps-proposed-agenda-for-25th-scova.html

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Grant of TA to Non-official members attending the SCOVA meetings Permission to perform AIR Journey for journey above 1000 kms.

Grant of TA to Non-official members attending the SCOVA meetings Permission to perform AIR Journey for journey above 1000 kms.
F. No. 42/11/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date:- 19th May, 2014
To
All the Pensioners Associations
under present SCOVA
Sub:- Grant of TA to Non-official members attending the SCOVA meetings Permission to perform AIR Journey for journey above 1000 kms.
I am directed to refer to the subject noted above which was one of the Agenda items for the 24th Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies and was referred to the Department of Expenditure for the further consideration.
2. The Department of Expenditure has given its approval in the matter and has stated that the DoPPW may regulate the entitlement of TA in respect of Non-official Members as per the entitlement of officials presently holding the posts from which these Non-officials (who are retired Government employees) had retired as per provisions of Revised Travelling Allowance Rules vide Department of Expenditure’s OM no 19030/3/2008-EIV dtd 23.09.2008 subject to the conditions that where the distance to be travelled is more than 1000 kms, the Non-officials, if they are otherwise not entitled to air travel in terms of the OM dtd 23.09.2008, may travel by Air by Air India only and that the cheapest economy class airfare of Air India would be reimbursed. Whereas, if the distance to be travelled is more than 1000 kms, but the locations are not connected by Air India, the Non-official Members would have to travel by other authorised mode of transport (e.g rail).
4. This issues with the approval of Department of Expenditure vide M/o Finance ID Note no.23389/2014 dt 07.02.2014 (F.No 19020/1/2014-E-IV).
sd/-
(Sujasha Choudhury)
Dy. Secretary (P)
Source: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWG_190514.pdf]

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Government mechanism available for redressal of pensioners grievances

Government mechanism available for redressal of pensioners grievances

The pensioners grievances are registered and monitored through online Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS), a web based application taken up under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). To help pensioners lodge their grievances and to provide related information the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOPPW) has identified 30 pensioner associations across the country. The pendency of the grievances is monitored by holding review meetings with nodal officers of Ministries/Departments and 7 such meetings have been held during the current financial year. This has resulted in redressal of about 22000 out of 29,000 grievances during the current calendar year (upto 12/12/2013).

These pensioners’ associations have been functioning as facilitators between the pensioners on the one hand and the pension sanctioning authorities on the other. The meetings of Standing Committee of Voluntary Associations (SCOVA), of which some Associations are the members, are held twice a year under the Chairmanship of Minister of State also to discuss the various issues pertaining to the pensioners.

Above information was given by Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension in reply of undermentioned Lok Sabha Question:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2169

ANSWERED ON 18.12.2013

PENSIONERS GRIEVANCES

2169 . Shri P.R. NATARAJAN

Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether there is any Government mechanism available for redressal of pensioners` grievances;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the pensioners` associations, if any, have been accorded any legal authority to represent the grievances of pensioners; and

(d) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE (SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY)

(a) to (d):  ** see above **

Source: Lok Sabha Q&A
via: Karnmk.blogspot.in

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