Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 29th SCOVA meeting held on 12.01.2017

 Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 29th SCOVA meeting held on 12.01.2017

SCOVA
R.No. 42/05/2018-P&P W(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:21st March, 2018
To
All the Pensioners Associations included in SCOVA
vide Resolution dated 31.01.2018
Subject: Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 29th SCOVA
meeting-reg
Please find enclosed herewith Action Taken Report on the minutes of the
29th SCOVA meeting held on 12.01.2017 for your kind perusal.
End: as above
Sd/-
(Charanjit aneja)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India 



Action Taken Report on the minutes of the 29th SCOVA meeting held
under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) on 12.01.2017 
S. no Issue
Gist of Discussion held during previous SCOVA meeting
Action Taken
1. Para 5(i) of the minutes:-




Revision of PPOs of pre-2006 pensioners
CPAO intimated that the issue of revision of the remaining
3200 PPOs for pre-2006 pensioners has been reviewed with
banks. The main reason for pendency is non- availability of
records. CPAO would prepare fresh list of live pending
cases on the basis on e-scrolls which would be provided to
the concerned Ministries/Deptts to review the pendency. The
Ministries/Deptts have been asked to give certificates of
non- availability of records. The banks have also been
asked to do KYC when the pensioners visit them for life
certificate. CPAO also informed that they have not received
any grievances in respect of non-revision of these
particular PPOs.

Since CPAO has expressed reservation about the pending
cases, it was decided that CPAO would examine these cases
under Audit and treat the pendency as Nil, subject to
outcome of Audit.
CPAO






CPAO vide their letter dated28.02.2018 has intimated Nil’
pendency.
Ministry of Defence intimated that 2368 (2470) PPOs of Air
Force pensioners have been revised. Some discrepancies have
been noted which will be resolved within a week. CGDA was
requested that the list of cases be shared with the
Directorate of Air Veterans (DAV) and with the Air Force
Association, New Delhi. DAV would tally the list with their
records and revert back with the list of pending cases.
Ministry of Defence






As per records available with the Pension Sanctioning
Agency (PSA),as on 01.01.2016, a total of 1,39,504 Air
Force pensioners were drawing pension. Out of these,76591
were identified as pre-2006 pensioners. Latest status of
revision of PPOs in respect of Air Force Pensioners is as
under:

Total Cases Revised authority Issued PPOs yet to be issued
76,591 69,595 6,996

The balance cases are pending due to non-matching of
records(PPOs numbers) provided by PDAs with Pension
Sanctioning Agencies. Banks are not able to intimate
correct PPO number in remaining 6996 cases, they are also
not able to provide copy of the PPOs.

Air Force Association were requested to share the data of
these cases so that action could be taken to reconcile the
same and issue necessary Corr. PPOs. The Association has
conveyed that they do not have any records.

On the issue of PPOs of Ordnance Factory, Ambamath, CGDA
committed that the pendency will be disposed of by first
week of February, 2017.
  • > In respect of two Ordnance Factories at Ambarnath,
    all the PPOs i.e. 1948 cases have been revised as per
    CPC orders.
Department of Telecom reported that one of the reasons for
pendency of 203 cases was that the Maharashtra Circle did
not have relevant records. The Department was asked to
dispose of the pendency within a week.


(Action:- CPAO, Ministry of Defence, Department of
Telecom, Directorate of Air Veterans)

Department of Telecom






All the case of pre-2006 pensioners have been revised.
2 Para5(ii) of minutes:-





Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those
residing in Non-CGHS area
Ministry of Health informed that the final EFC Memo is
under submission to the Secretary. The proposal covers
Central Government civil employees and pensioners only and
that too for indoor treatment. OPD and appliances would not
be covered under the proposed scheme.


(Action :- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)



Ministry of Health and Family Welfare



The final EFC Memo regarding finalisation of the Health
Insurance Scheme has been submitted more than a year back.
The matter is pending with Department of Expenditure.

3 Para 5 (iii) of the minutes:-


Special “Higher” Family Pension for dated widows of the
war disabled invalided out of service.

Ministry of Defence has stated that the comments of Service
Headquarters on the issue have been sought vide MOD ID Note
10.10.2016 which are still awaited.

The Disabled War Veterans (India) Association, stated that
the cases would cover Army personnel mostly and not Navy
and Air Force personnel.


(Action:- Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare)


Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare

The matter is under examination in consultation with CGDA.

4 Para 5 (iv) of the minutes




Extension of CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the
recommendation of 7th CPC in this regard is under
consideration of the “Allowances Committee” set up after
7th CPC. Department of Expenditure was requested to check
and confirm whether the issue is actually under the purview
of the “Allowances Committee”. DoPPW will independently
seek clarification from the Implementation Cell, Department
of Expenditure.


(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)


Ministry of Health and Family Welfare







In respect of (iv), the CGHS facility has been extended to
all retired employees of P&T Department vide Ministry
of Health & Family Welfare OM dated 19.07.2017.
Para5 (ix) of the minutes


Conversion of Postal Dispensary at Cantt. Road Cuttack
to CGHS Wellness Centre

In respect of (ix), the matter is under examination in this
Ministry in consultation with Department of Posts alongwith
the proposal for merger of other P&T Dispensaries with
CGHS.
5 Para 5 (v) of the minutes:-


Anomaly in fixation of pension of DoT employees who
were absorbed in BSNL between 01.10.2000 and
30.06.2001.

Department of Telecom informed that, as desired by the
Department of Expenditure, financial implications on the
formula suggested by DoPPW was being worked out in
consultation with BSNL. Meanwhile, CAT Principal Bench has
allowed a petition filed by the BSNL absorbee pensioners
for fixing their pension only on the basis of IDA pay drawn
after absorption in BSNL. Department of Telecom was
requested to examine the judgement of CAT.

(Action:- Department of Telecom)

Department of Telecom

DOT has challenged the CAT(PB), Delhi order in Delhi High
Court. The matter is pending in the High Court. Next date
of hearing is 22.10.2018.

6 Para 5 (vii) of the minutes:-


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/-)

Department of Expenditure has observed that the upgraded
Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- was given subsequently outside the
recommendation of the 6th CPC. Since this up-gradation is
post

6th CPC decision, it is not applicable to those who are
holding the pre- revised scale of Rs. 6500-10,5001- and
retired before 01.01.2006. Department of Telecom informed
that the benefit of Grade pay of Rs. 4600/- to pre-2006
pensioners in pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 6500- 10,500/-
is sub-judice.


(Action:- Department of Telecom and Department of
Expenditure)

Department of Expenditure and Department of Telecom The
order of the CAT, Bangalore Bench and High Court of
Karnataka have been implemented in respect of petitioners
to avoid contempt of court. However, the issue is being
contested in some other cases pending in the courts.
Department of Expenditure has not agreedto the proposal of
DoPPW for extension of the benefit of the orders of CAT
Bangalore, Bench in the case of other similarly placed
pre-2006 pensioners who retired from pay scale of
Rs.6500-10500/-. The matter has again been referred to
Department of Expenditure on 22.02.2018.
7 Para 5(vii) of the minutes:


Issues relating to CGHS Wellness Centre, Dehradun-
Merger of Survey of India Dispensary in CGHS on the
same lines as P&T.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the O/o
Surveyor General of India has conveyed that Survey of India
dispensaries were established as per the obligations under
Factories Act. Therefore, their merger with CGHS on the
same lines as in the case of P&T dispensaries is not
possible. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was
requested to examine as to how the provisions of the Act
come in the way of merger of these dispensaries with CGHS,
particularly when the doctors in these dispensaries are
also provided by Ministry of Health under CGHS. Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare has stated that they have taken a
decision to post 2 more contractual doctors in the CGHS
Wellness Centre, Dehradun. Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare was requested to post doctors expeditiously.


(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)



Ministry of Health and Family Welfare



The proposal regarding merger of Survey of India Dispensary
under CGHS in Dehradun has been agreed to by Surveyor
General of India & the matter is being examined in
consultation with M/o Science & Technology. A local
committee has been formed comprising officers from Survey
of India and Directorate General of CGHS to sort out the
issue regarding merger of Survey of India Dispensary in
CGHS.

8 Para 5(x) of the minutes:-

Stoppage of Recovery of wrongful/excess payments from
Railways Pensioners.

Ministry of Railways informed that the matter regarding
waiver of recovery and withdrawal of the petition filed in
the Court was submitted for the approval of Railway Board
and a decision was likely to be taken in 3-4 days.


Ministry of Railways



Ministry of Railway vide OM dated 16.03.2018 has informed
that vide Railway Boards’s letter dated 04.05.2017,
instructions have been issued to provisionally stop
recovery from the pensioners till further advice from the
Railway Board which will be issued on receipt of
instructions from Department of Expenditure. The Department
of Expenditure desired certain information. The information
is being collected from all Zonal Railways and Production
Units. Subsequently, the same will be submitted for
Department of Expenditure for approval.

9 Para 5 (xi) of the minutes:-




Delay in commencement of family pension to spouse on
death of pensioners.
CPAO intimated that the relevant instructions have been
issued on 02.06.2016 12 Banks have reported timely
commencement of family pension. However, CPAO will revert
to the banks based on the reports of the e-scrolls. Also
internal audit of the banks at CPPCs are conducted to check
the delay. Secretary (P&PW) directed to circulate the
copies of instruction issued by CPAO. CPAO will send a
report on the delayed cases within a month and DoPPW will
take up the issue with the Department of Financial
Services.

(Action:- CPAO, DoPPW and Department of Financial
Services)

CPAO

The issue is being regularly taken up with the Banks and
vide CPAO’s OM dated 30.01.2018, instructions have been
issued to start the family pension within one month from
the receipt of the death certificate from the family
pensioners so that they may not face any financial
hardship.

DoPPW


A Report dated 15.01.2018 received from CPAO confirms that
there has been considerable delay by banks in commencement
of family pension on death of pension. The report has been
forwarded to DFS vide DoPPW’s DO letter dated 07.02.2018
for issuing the necessary instructions to the Banks so that
the issues related to pensioners may be settled within one
month. Department of Financial Services Information is yet
to be received.

10.
Para 5 (xii) of the minutes:-



Payment of (i) Restoration of commutation amount and

(ii) Additional Pension on attaining the age of 80
years should be streamlined by the Banks.

CPAO intimated that the relevant instructions have been
issued on 02.06.2016 Secretary(P&PW) directed to
circulated the copies of instruction issued by CPAO. CPAO
will send a detailed report on the delayed cases within a
month and DoPPW will take up the issue with the Department
of Financial Services based on the report received from
CPAO.


(Action:- CPAO, DoPPW and Department of Financial
Services)



CPAO



In this regard, instructions are being issued from time to
time to all the CPPCs of the banks and this was also
discussed in the meeting held on 31.01.2018 with the banks.
Banks were instructed to make necessary flagging of dates
in software for timely restoration of commutation and
commencement of additional pension.



DoPPW



A Report dated 15.01.2018 received from CPAO confirms that
there has been considerable delay by banks in restoration
of commutation of pension and grant of additional pension
to old pensioners. The report has been forwarded to DFS
vide DoPPW’s DO letter dated 07.02.2018 for issuing the
necessary instructions to the Banks so that the issues
related to pensioners may be settled within one month.
Department of Financial Services Information is yet to be
received.

11
Para 6, Item (29.1) of the minutes:-


Item wise details of payment made to be shown in Pass
Books of Pensioners.

CPAO intimated that instructions are in place to indicate
the break-up of various payments to the pensioners at the
time of payment of pension. All heads of CPPCs and
Government Accounts Departments of the banks have been
instructed to streamline their internal system to enforce
the existing guidelines. A “Web responsive Pensioners
Service” (WRPS) was launched by CPAO which enables the
pensioners/family pensioners to see details of pension like
monthly pension, DR, Medical Allowance, DA arrears,
Commission/Other arrears, recoveries etc. Secretary
(P&PW) directed to send copies of relevant CPAO
instructions to the various Pensioners Associations and
also to take up the matter with Department of Financial
Services.


(Action:- CPAO, Department of Financial Services and
DoPPW)


CPAO


As per CPPCs guideline, all paying branches are responsible
for providing pension slip and details of all the payments
made to pensions. In the meeting with banks held on
31.01.2018, CPPCs were instructed to create their
website/web page with facility to know the PPO status as
registration of the pensioners grievances. Banks were also
instructed to follow CPPCs guidelines and provide pension
slip, breakup of pension and arrear payments and other
required information to the pensioners.



Department of Financial Services



Department of Financial Services vide its letter dated
02.03.2017 has asked the Public Sector Banks (PSBs) to take
necessary action in the matter.

12 Para 6 (29.3) of the minutes:-



Additional Pension for recipients of disability pension
of age 80 years and above.
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare(DESW) intimated that
the issue is under examination. Secretary(P&PW) asked
DESW to expedite the matter.


(Action:- Department of Ex- servicemen Welfare)


Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare


The orders in this regard has been issued vide letter dated
05.09.2017.

13

Para 6 Item (29.4) of the minutes:




Upgradation of Polyclinic at Bajaj Nagar, Jaipur.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the
instructions have been issued to Addl. Director(CGHS),
Jaipur to make necessary arrangements for repairing the
instruments and machinery lying unused and for procurement
of equipment for diagnostic facilities like X Ray, Dental
X-Ray, Auto Analysers etc. Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare stated that up-gradation of facilities will be
completed by 31.012017.


(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)


Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Computerisation of CGHS polyclinic, Jaipur is under
process. Addl Director, CGHS, Jaipur is taking up the
matter of generating online reports with NIC.

14

Para 6, Item (29.5) of the minutes:-





Setting up of CGHS Wellness Centre at Kochi.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare intimated that
the proposal regarding opening of CGHS Wellness Centre at
Kochi is under active consideration.


(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)



Ministry of Health & Family Welfare



The proposal is under consideration in consultation with
Department of Expenditure.

15
Para 6, Item (29.6) of the minutes:-


Empanelment of Hospitals/Health Centre with CGHS in
Ambarnath/ Dombivli

Ministry of Health stated that there are 9 empanelled
hospitals in Ambernath/Dombivli. The 14 enlisted hospitals
in the fresh agenda do not satisfy the criteria of minimum
40 beds for empanelment. The pensioners association
requested if the above condition may be relaxed for the
empanelment of these hospitals.


(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)



Ministry of Health & Family Welfare



Action has been initiated for new empanelment process and
revision of rates. However, the guidelines regarding
empanelment of Hospitals/Health Centres under CGHS cannot
be in isolation and shall be common to all cities.

Source: Click here to view/download the PDF

[http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/22032018.pdf]


Read also :  Purchase of Air Ticket from Authorized Agents only - DoE guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours

COMMENTS