Wednesday, 25 May 2022

India Post Mobile Banking App with NEFT - Download Link

 India Post Mobile Banking App with NEFT - Download Link

New version of mobile application for dop banking is available in play store for download. Issues in Android 11 &12 and NEFT interface is addressed

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Welcoming Cadre Review to Postal Accounts Will PO & RMS Accountants, SBCO Officials get justice?

 Welcoming Cadre Review to Postal Accounts Will PO & RMS Accountants, SBCO Officials get justice?

 

Video Link : https://youtu.be/8wVZXwaaLss

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Enhancement of Additional Pension – Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

 Enhancement of Additional Pension – Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

No. 42/05/2022-P&PW(D)
भारत सरकार/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel , Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003
Date:- 20th May 2022

Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 12.04.2022 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

(32.7) – Enhancement of Additional Pension

The Ex-Defence Employees Welfare Association, Balasore and All India Organisation of Pensioners (Civil & Military), Kerala mentioned that as per the existing system, for pensioners below the age of 80 years, basic pension does not change for at least 10 years, i.e. till next pay commission. The Association suggested to consider the increase in pension @ 1% every year, so that after 20 years of retirement he/she gets 20 per cent, if alive. Alternatively, after retirement at the age of 60 years, additional 5% of pension may be granted after every 5 years which will lead to 20% after attaining age of 80 years.
Discussion/Decision on the agenda item

JS (Pension), DoPPW informed that a proposal to grant additional pension of 5%, 10% and 15% on attaining the age of 65 years, 70 years and 75 years, respectively is under consideration in consultation with Department of Expenditure and Department of Economic Affairs (on the aspect of funds availability in the Budget).

(Action: DOPPW/Department of Expenditure/ Department of Economic Affairs)

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Holding of Pension Adalat meetings by Departments at national level: Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

 Holding of Pension Adalat meetings by Departments at national level: Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

No. 42/05/2022-P&PW(D)
भारत सरकार/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel , Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003
Date:- 20th May 2022

Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 12.04.2022 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

(32.5) Holding of Pension Adalat meetings by Departments at national level

The Central Government Pensioners Welfare Association, Jaipur raised the issue regarding holding of Pension Adalats by Departments at national level.

Discussion/Decision on the agenda item

It was informed that Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has decided, to convene an All India Pension Adalat on May 5, 2022. On that day, DoP&PW will also be conducting its own Pension Adalat, besides organising an All India Pension Adalat.

The following Ministries/Departments intimated the details regarding Pension Adalats held/being held by them

Ministry/DepartmentDetails of Pension Adalats
Department of Ex-servicemen WelfareA Pension Adalat will be held on 05.05.2022
Department of Telecom(i)   In 2021-22, total 73 Pension Adalats were organized in all field units on quarterly basis.

(ii)   A nation-wide Pension Adalat was held on 2303.2022 and 353 cases were received in this Adalat wherein about 90% cases were settled on same day of Adalat.

(iii)   Further, on 23.08.2019 and 24.11.2022, nation-wide Pension Adalats were conducted wherein about 90% cases were settled on the same day of Adalat.

Ministry of Health and Family WelfareNecessary instructions have been issued to Additional Directors, CGHS to hold Pension Adalats once in every 6 months in their respective area of administration
CGDADepartment has successfully organized 174 Pension Adalats across the country since 1987. On an average, 10 to 12 Adalats are held each year. Last physical Adalat was held at Barrackpore (West Bengal) in January, 2020.

2. Due to Covid-19 and subsequent restrictions on holding public gatherings, Pension Adalats for 2020 and 2021 were put on hold.

3. In the meantime, one virtual Pension Adalat was held in January, 2021 as per directions of DoPPW.

4.  Physical Pension Adalats would be resumed as and when State Governments allow public gatherings.

Ministry of Home AffairsPension Adalats are organized by the CAPFs to redress the grievances of pensioners.
Ministry of RailwaysPension Adalats on Indian Railways are conducted on 15th December each year on Production Units and quarterly at Divisional level. Nationwide Pensioners Adalats were conducted on 18.09.2018 and 23.08.2019.
In view of the above, item was closed.

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Non-acceptance of Nominations of pensioners for Life-Time Arrears by the Banks: Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

 Non-acceptance of Nominations of pensioners for Life-Time Arrears by the Banks: Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

No. 42/05/2022-P&PW(D)
भारत सरकार/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel , Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003
Date:- 20th May 2022

Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 12.04.2022 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

(32.4) -Non-acceptance of Nominations of pensioners for Life-Time Arrears by the Banks

The Railways Senior Citizens Welfare Society, Mohali mentioned that as per Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983, every pensioner has to nominate any person for receiving arrears of pension accruing after his death (on account of Pay Commissions, etc.) and to provide such nomination to their Pension Disbursing Authority (PDA). However, in many cases, when pensioners file their nominations with the PDA, there is a reluctance on the part of the bank staff to accept these nominations, as the staff is not quite conversant with the rules. Further, the pensioners are not sure about the safe storage of nominations in the Bank and about retrieval of these nominations when needed.

Discussion/Decision on the agenda item

Joint Secretary, (Pension) informed that instructions have been issued to Pension Disbursing Banks, Ministries/Departments etc. reiterating the provisions of the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983 vide letter no. 1/2(40)/2022-P&PW(E) on 31.03.2022. Pension Disbursing Banks have been advised to accept the nominations under acknowledgment and keep a proper record of the same in their systems. They have also been advised to review the availability of nominations in respect of all pensioners and to ask the pensioner to submit the nomination, if the same is not available with them. Banks have also been advised to indicate the status of availability of nominations in Pension Seva Portals/ Similar portals and also in the monthly pension slips.

It was mentioned that the above instructions will again be highlighted in the next meeting of DoPPW with the Pension Disbursing Banks. MoS (PP) directed that the instructions may also be shared with Pensioners’ Associations.

In view of the above, item was closed.

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Enhancement of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA): Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

 Enhancement of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA): Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

No. 42/05/2022-P&PW(D)
भारत सरकार/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel , Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003
Date:- 20th May 2022

Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 12.04.2022 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

(32.8) – Enhancement of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA)

The Ex-Defence Employees Welfare Association, Balasore mentioned that Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) of Rs. 1000/- p.m. to pensioners residing in Non-CGHS areas is insufficient for purchase of medicines every month as the cost of medicines has increased manifold after Covid-19. A request was made to increase the amount of FMA.

Discussion/Decision on the agenda item

JS (Pension), DoPPW informed that a proposal to increase the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance is under consideration. Based on the data received from the concerned Departments, financial implications on the proposal are being worked out and a reference will be made to Department of Expenditure shortly.

(Action: DoPPW)

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Payment of DA/DR arrears for 18 months from 1.1.2020 to 30.06.2021-Issue raised in SCOVA Meeting

 Payment of DA/DR arrears for 18 months from 1.1.2020 to 30.06.2021-Issue raised in SCOVA Meeting

The Issue of Payments of DA/DR arrears frozen for 18 months from 1.1.2020 to 30.06.2021 was raised in SCOVA meeting held on 12.4.2022.

The Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance has stated that the rates of DA/DR have been restored prospectively and subsumed in the cumulative revised rates effective from 01.07.2021 vide OM dated 20.07.2021.

DA/DR arrears for 18 months

The Central Government Pensioners Welfare Association, Jaipur and Ex-Defence Employees Welfare Association, Balasore mentioned that although the Central Government has granted the DA/DR rise of 11% from 01.07.2021, the arrears for 18 months have not been released. The Association requested for releasing the DA/DR Arrears for 18 months to Central Government employees and pensioners / family pensioners.

Discussion/Decision on the agenda item

Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure stated that this issue was raised in the last meeting of JCM chaired by Cabinet Secretary also and the JCM was informed that the decision to freeze DA and DR due from 01.01.2020, 01.07.2020 & 01.01.2021 was taken in the context of Covid-19 pandemic, so as to ease pressure on Government finances. The rates of DA/DR have been restored prospectively and subsumed in the
cumulative revised rates effective from 01.07.2021 vide OM dated 20.07.2021.

In view of the above, item was closed

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Shortage of Doctors, Specialists and Para-Medical Staff in CGHS: Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

 Shortage of Doctors, Specialists and Para-Medical Staff in CGHS: Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

No. 42/05/2022-P&PW(D)
भारत सरकार/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel , Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003
Date:- 20th May 2022

Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 12.04.2022 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

(32.1) Shortage of Doctors, Specialists and Para-Medical Staff in CGHS posts due to increase in number of patients consequent on merger of Postal Dispensaries and need for creation / sanction of new posts to maintain patient and Doctor/ Para- medical staff ratio

The Central Government Pensioners Welfare Association, Jaipur mentioned that there is a shortage of Doctors, Specialists and Para-medical staff in many CGHS Wellness Centres in the country which is affecting smooth functioning of CGHS. Recruitment of staff on contract basis was resorted to but that has not sorted out the problem. Also, consequent on merger of P&T Dispensaries in CGHS and increase in the strength of beneficiaries, the strength of staff and infrastructure needs to be augmented.

Discussion/Decision on the agenda item

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that in 2019, Postal Dispensaries in 33 cities were taken over and all the dispensaries are functional. These postal dispensaries had the requisite manpower when they were taken over by CGHS. However, the infrastructure in these dispensaries needed improvement for which CGHS is taking necessary action.

As regards shortage of doctors and paramedical staff at CGHS Wellness Centres, out of sanctioned strength of 1516 General Duty Medical Officers, 1227 are in position. There is some time lag between offer of appointment by CGHS Division and actual joining of the candidates. In order to ensure uninterrupted medical services to the beneficiaries, retired doctors are engaged on contractual basis against the posts of Medical Officers, as an interim measure. Presently, a total of 219 retired doctors have been engaged on contract basis in various CGHS Wellness Centres all over India. As regards other staff, recruitment is being done through Staff Selection Commission.

Hon’ble MoS(PP) directed that selection against the vacancies may be finalized early and the Pensioners’ Association may be kept informed of the progress of filling up of the vacancies.

(Action: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare)


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Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 12.04.2022 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

 Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 12.04.2022 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

(32.2) Periodical Health check-up of pensioners

The Central Government Pensioners Welfare Association, Jaipur suggested that a periodical health checkup for pensioners may be conducted at least once in six months or one year, on all health parameters.

Discussion/Decision on the agenda item

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that Pensioners aged 75 years and above are permitted to undergo annual health check-up. However, those pensioners who are less than 75 years of age and desirous of a medical check-up can also have annual health check up on a referral from CGHS Medical Officer. Since, cashless services are rendered to pensioners, once a referral for Medical Check-up is given, no cash payment would be required to be made at the empanelled hospitals. It was stated that the guidelines already exist for medical officers at Wellness Centres for referring the pensioners for periodical medical checkup. MoS (PP) directed that since the Pensioners’ Associations have complained that CGHS Wellness Centres are not adhering to these guidelines, the guidelines in this respect may be reiterated to all Wellness Centres for strict compliance.

(Action: Ministry of Health & FW)

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