Saturday, June 25, 2011

VISIT To Delhi

Posted by Secretary General on 6/25/2011 06:13:00 PM with 5 comments
After assumption of new  body, the President and General Secretary paid their first visit to New Delhi on 20th to 22nd June, 2011.  They along with the Organising Secretary, met Member(P&V) and gave representations as follows:

1.  Speedy clearance for in-situ promotion scheme.
2.  Change of ratio before implementation of cadre restructuring proposal.
3.  New transfer policy of Gujarat Customs zone.
4.  Delay in conduct of DPC at Chennai zone.

During the 45 minute meeting, Madam gave a patient hearing and assured that the points raised by the Association would be looked into,  though madam raised some doubts on the long term  implications of the in situ scheme.   We however impressed upon madam that the pressing problems of our cadre on stagnation should be addressed before implementation of the CR proposal.

The President and SG later met JS(Admn.) and Director, DOPT and reiterated the demands.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Posted by Secretary General on 6/22/2011 08:13:00 AM with 1 comment

Sri Kausik Roy,
Secretary General,
All India Central Excise Inspectors Association, 
Customs House, Strand Road,
Kolkata- 700001.

                Sub: Invitation to be present in the panel discussion on State Fiscal Autonomy and GST.

Dear Sir,
COMMERCIAL TAXES DIRECTORATE OFFICERS’ SOCIETY for DEVELOPMENT (CTDOSD) feels proud to announce that we are holding a panel discussion, titled
“State Fiscal Autonomy and GST”
SPEAKERS:              Sri Sunil Mitra, Secretary Finance, Govt. of India
                                     Sri S. Dutta Mazumder, Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs.
                                     Sri Kalyan Sanyal, Prof. of Economics (C.U.)
                                     Dr. M.Govinda Rao, Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policies.
MODERATOR:        Prof. Sugata Marjit, Director, Centre for Studies in Social Studies.

You with all your members are cordially invited to attend this august gathering.

With regards
                                                                                                                Yours faithfully

                                                                                                Mousumi Chattaraj Choudhuri
Venue: Science City Auditorium, Main Hall, Kolkata.
Date: The 28TH of June, 2011.
Time: 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

F.No.B.12012/03/2010-CGHS (P)
Government of India,
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 6th June, 2011.

Subject: – Minutes of the meeting held on 14/7/2010 regarding proposed Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme – regarding.
The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy of the Minutes of the meeting of Staff Side Members of National Council (JCM) with Joint Secretary (Regulation), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare held on 14/07/2010 regarding proposed Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS) for information and further necessary action, if any.

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India.

Minutes of the meeting of Staff Side Members of National Council (JCM) with Joint Secretary (Regulation) held on 14/07/2010 at 11: 00 AM in the Committee Room of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi on the proposed Health Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees and pensioners.
   Shri Vineet Chawdhry, Joint Secretary (Regulation) M/o Health and Family Welfare held a meeting with staff side members of National Council (JCM) on 14th July. 2010. List of the participants in the meeting is at Annexure.
   At the outset, Chairman welcomed the Staff Side members of National Council (JCM) to the meeting to discuss the proposed Central Government Employees & Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS), to be rolled out in compliance of the recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission and to directions of Committee of Secretaries (COS). He informed the members about the salient features of the Scheme which had already been circulated, and said that:
   • The proposed scheme shall be compulsory for new appointees and new retirees and would be voluntary for existing pensioners and employees.
   • Government may bear upto 75% of the insurance premium share as a subsidy depending upon the eligible categories of the employee. The remaining portion of the premium will be borne by the members as is being done for CGHS.
   • Scheme will have no age limit, therefore member of any age can join the scheme.
   • All pre existing diseases will be covered from day one.
   • He further stated that OPD benefit is not available under the Insurance scheme due to various constraints, however, free OPD consultation will be provided by the networked hospitals and also they will charge the discounted CGHS rates for diagnostics procedures if prescribed during OPD consultation. However, cost of medicines will not be covered in such cases.
   • The scheme will operate on cashless basis on the lines of existing CGHS packages for the treatment taken in the networked hospitals by pensioners beneficiaries and no money is to be paid by the members to the hospitals.
   • The ‘family’ under CGEPHIS has been defined as self, spouse two dependent children and two dependent parents. Dependency criteria will remain same as applicable under CGHS. For including any additional member as a beneficiary under the scheme, the beneficiary would have to bear the entire premium on the additional member without it being subsidized by the Government.
   • The Insurance cover for the family will be Rs. 5 lakh and it will operate on family floater basis. In addition to this, a provision has also been made to create a corporate buffer of Rs. 25 Crore to take care of eventualities in cases where the above limited is exhausted fully and the member/ beneficiary is still undergoing treatment. In other words, although a monetary limit of Rs 5 Iakh has been kept as insurance cover for the family but it is only to decide the insurance premium with the Insurer. In fact, the members will enjoy an unlimited cover for their medical treatment under this Health Insurance Scheme too. Anything over and above Rs. 5 lakh will be borne by the Government.
   • Pre and post hospitalization benefits would also be available to the members.
   • Insurance premium to be paid would be deducted from the salary of the serving employees and pensioners would authorize their banks to deduct the applicable premium.
   • There will be a provision in the scheme for the beneficiaries to opt out of the scheme after three years.
   Shri V. P. Singh, Deputy Secretary (Medical services) informed the members that the Ministry conducted a ‘Demand Survey’ and gave wide publicity through newspaper advertisements all over India and invited response from the target population i.e., employees and pensioners who are willing to join the Scheme when it becomes operational. It was hosted on the website of the Ministry and CGHS website and willingness was invited through email too. The response have been quite encouraging and around 16,000 responses have been received which are being compiled for analysis. Majority of the response were from Non CGHS area and people have shown their willingness to join the scheme. The staff side requested that the outcome of the ‘Demand Survey’ may also be shared with them on its completion, which was agreed to.
   He also informed that as per the information made available by IRDA, 97% of the claims settled by the Insurance companies involved amount of less than Rs 3 lakh annually. Only 0.35 % of the claims were for amount exceeding Rs. 5 lakh annually, the balance falling between the Rs 3 to 5 lakh. Hence the proposed insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh would be adequate for the beneficiaries.
   DR. S. P. Goswamy, National Consultant (Health Insurance), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed the members that most of the benefits available under CGHS have been made a part of the CGEPHIS. The CGEPHIS is almost a replica of CGHS. Most of the defined day-care procedures which are covered in CGHS under OPD have been made part of the scheme. Further, in such cases where patients require hospitalization, but the condition of the patient is such that he cannot be shifted to hospital or bed is not available, CGEPHIS shall provide for such medical treatment under domiciliary hospitalization. These cases are part of OPD in CGHS
   Chairman further informed the Staff Side that all possible efforts have been made to make the Scheme suitable for the employees and pensioners retaining in it all the important features of CGHS and CS(MA)Rules, 1944, so that it attracts the target group and provide a freedom of choice in the hands of employees and pensioners, to select the best suitable scheme for them. He sought the views of the Staff Side members of JCM on the Scheme.
   Opening the discussion from the Staff Side, Shri S.K.Vyas Member(Staff side) JCM informed the meeting of their collective view on the scheme and stated that they have been opposing the Health Insurance Scheme all along and they still hold the view that CS(MA) Rules, 1944 is more suitable and it may be extended to all non CGHS areas and should provide cover to the pensioners who have been deprived of this medical facility since long. He further opined that the proposed scheme will also deprive the existing benefits available to the employees and pensioners viz. OPD facilities, coverage to all dependent family members etc. Extension of CS(MA) Rules, 1944, to all pensioners living in Non CGHS areas is their long pending demand. The Staff side unanimously stated that if the Government has already made up its mind to introduce Insurance Scheme, it should be implemented with the following points given due consideration before introduction of the scheme, so that it attracts the prospective members to join the scheme:
   • The Scheme should not be made compulsory for the future employees and pensioners. A voluntary option for joining the scheme must be given to all future employees and pensioners. The choice must be left to them. Especially the future retirees should not be deprived of the CGHS benefits that they have been availing during their service period as per the present scheme.
   • All eligible dependent members of the family may be allowed to join the scheme without any additional financial burden on members. This is being done in the existing CGHS and no financial burden is being imposed on members. Whatever the liability of premium for additional members is worked out; the same may be borne by the Government.
   • As the OPD consultation will be free in networked hospital, the cost of medicines on the prevailing guidelines of the CGHS may be reimbursed to the members. Else, an amount to Rs. 1000 +DA per month as Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) be paid to them on the analogy of the Transport Allowance. The revised amount of Rs. 300/- per month as FMA is inadequate, considering the ever increasing cost of the medical treatment under the present inflationary conditions.
   • The annual contribution to be made by the employee as his share of the Insurance premium for the Health Insurance policy should not in any case be more than the CGHS contribution applicable for him.
   • Life time contribution in respect of insurance premium may be taken from the pensioners as per the present CGHS provisions (for ten years for life time benefit) and rest may be borne by the government.
   Staff side raised the point about the implementation process of the scheme and enquired about the number of Insurance companies that may be involved in this scheme, as insurers to cover the entire country. Chairman informed the members that it will depend upon the future scenario as it emerges in due course.
   Shri S.K. Vyas President, Confederation of Central Government employees and workers reiterated his opinion that the extension of CS(MA) Rules, 1944, to the pensioners living in non CGHS areas would be more economical and cost effective way of addressing their health related issues in comparison to the proposed Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS).
   Shri C. Srikumar raised the issue of revision of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to those employees who are posted in remote areas where AMA is not available. Since the Government has already issued order for revising the FMA for pensioners, necessary order for serving employees may also be issued.
   Chairman assured the Staff Side members of the National Council(JCM) that the Ministry will look into the points raised by them seriously and the concerns expressed by them and suggestions made by them will be given due consideration while finalising the Scheme.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the chair.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

XVIth Convention of AICEIA was held in Bengaluru from 10th to 11th of June,2011.

Shri Krishna Byre Gowda, MLA, Bangalore City was the Chief Guest. Shri D.P.Nagendra Kumar, Commissioner, Bangalore was the Special Guest. Shri K.K.N.Kutty, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees was the  Guest of Honour.
Shri Krishna Byre Gowda,  a young,  highly educated and qualified and rising star in Karnataka,  while appreciating the key role played by us in mopping up revenue also exhorted us to collect more revenue so that the additional revenue can be spent on rural employment, poverty alleviation and overall economic development. Shri D.P.Nagendra Kumar, Commissioner, Bangalore and member in the study group for CR in CBEC,  in his eloquent speech has informed that the Government has understood the pains of stagnation in Group-B Cadre of CBEC and promised that the CR will be implemented very soon and that all infrastructural facilities will be improved.
The morning session on 10th was an inaugural affair. The afternoon session was an important affair with the discussion on the minutes of EC meeting held in New Delhi. SG report was thoroughly discussed and wherever required SG and President gave a patient hearing with suitable clarifications. Accounts for the outgoing body period were discussed and passed. Returning Officer was appointed and he has conducted elections to the new Body for the term 2011-2013.
Shri Kousik Roy,  has been relected as the Secretary General. Shri K.P.Manoj, (Trivandrum) has been elected as the President  Sri Venkatakrishnan (Chennai) has been elected as W.President, Sri Ajit K.G. (Bhilai) has been  elected as Assistant Secretary General .  Sri Shibaji Charan Nayak (Bhubaneshwar) &  Sri Ajay Saini (New Delhi) have been elected as Liason Secretary & Organising Secretary respectively. The outgoing President, Shri Arun Zachariah.P has been appointed as the advisor to the Association.
The name of other elected leadership of the association is placed underneath:

Vice President (NZ):Malkit Singh (Chandigarh)              Vice President (SZ): B.P.K. Reddy (Hyderabad)
   Vice President (WZ): R.K.Meena (Gujrat)                      Vice President (EZ): Sanjay Singh (Asansol)
                                            Vice President (CZ): Samir.K.Sinha (Patna)

Jt. Secretary (NZ): Aabhay Singh Shekhawat ( Jaipur)                          Jt. Secretary (SZ): C.G.Prabhu ( Bengaluru)

Jt. Secretary (WZ): Sanjay Sriniwasan(PUNE)                               Jt. Secretary (EZ): Rajashish Dutta (Guwahati)
                                        Jt. Secretary (CZ): H.K.Ghoshal
Office secretary: A.Satish                                            Treasurer : Suman Chakraborty

Various resolutions were taken in the Convention detail of which will be published very soon, Unanimously the convention opined to fight against acute stagnation and to remove the skewed ratio between the Apraisers, Superintendent Customs ans Superintendent Central Excise, before enactment of  restructuring.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Hooligans attacked CPWD workers union office on2nd of June at Nizam Palace, Kolkata and on 3rd June a peaceful meeting conducted by Co-ordination Committee of Central Government Employees and workers was brutally attacked by some reactionary forces in the same place, who don’t want to allow Central Government Employees to raise their voice. These hoodlums beaten up aged leader Goutam Pramanick ( who has two times cardiac Surgery) of AUDIT, General Secretary Pijush Roy and manty other prominent leaders od Co-ordination Committee of Central Government Employees and workers, CPWD state Secretary Swaraj Kar was brutally beaten up who is struggling with his life at Bangur Institute of Neurology, KOlkata. At the end police Arrested Goutam Pramanick and Sisir Roy who went to see Comrade Swaraj Kar At Bangur Institute of Neurology, this is the real face of Change in Bengal politics, this is the real show of neutrality of police in Bengal. The change in political scenario in Bengal increased the level of intolerance and fanaticism amongst the ruling party in Bengal to a quite extent. Hence the Central Government Empoloyees and workers of West Bengal shall organize a protest rally in every office in the lunch hour. Readers of our blog requested to propagate the message to make it a grand success. In Central Excise Kolkata it will be organized in Custom House at 13.00 hours.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

FM cleared Cadre Restructuring file

Posted by Secretary General on 6/01/2011 10:08:00 PM with 12 comments
F.M. cleared Cadre Restructuring file this evening, Now the file is lying with Member (P&V) for preparation of cabinet note, after which it will go to different formations for clearance

                              From New Delhi 1st June, 2011..