Saturday, August 19, 2017

Serving employee /Pensioners of Union Territories are not entitled to CGHS facilities



Government of India

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Department of Health & Family Welfare

Directorate Genaral of CGHS



 

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110011

Dated the 21st July, 2017


No: Z 15025/58/2017/DIR/CGHS/Pt


OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject: Serving employee /Pensioners of Union Territories are not entitled to CGHS facilities’.


With reference to the above mentioned subject it has come to the notice that some CGHS cards were inadvertently issued to Pensioners of Union Territories in some cities, In this regard it is clarified that Serving employees/Pensioners of Union Territories are not entitled to CGHS facilities care must be taken to ensure that CGHS Cards are not issued to such individuals, in such cases, where CGHS cards were issued inadvertently the individuals concerned may be informed of the mistake and cancel such with a notice of one month’s grace period and the balance CGHS subscription for the remaining years may be returned to such individuals.


S/d,

(Dr.D.C.Joshi)

Director, CGHS


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Appeal to make pension accounts as zero balance accounts


Government caps price of knee implants, surgeries to cost nearly 70% less

                                                                       

                                            

 | Updated: Aug 16, 2017, 09:36 PM IST   


MRP of most widely used complete knee implant (Cobalt-Chromium) has been fixed at Rs 54,720 plus GST from earlier average MRP of Rs 1,58,324 MRP of special metal titanium and oxidised zirconium has been fixed at Rs 76,600 plus GST,      NEW DELHI: After coronary stents, the government on Wednesday fixed a price range for knee implants from Rs 54,000 to Rs 1.14 lakh, nearly 70 per cent lower than most surgeries currently cost.With private hospitals reportedly charging exorbitant rates, the government capped the maximum retail price of the knee implants, a move that will save patients an estimated Rs 1,500 crore annually."Government will not remain a mute spectator and will not allow this illegal and unethical profiteering," Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar told a news briefing. The price in case of specialised implants for cancer and tumour has been sharply cut to Rs 1,13,950 from the current prices of Rs 4-9 lakh. There are 1.5 crore to 2 crore patients who require knee implant surgery. Every year 1.2 lakh to 1.5 lakh knee surgeries takes place in India, according to the government. It is estimated by World Health Organization (WHO) that by 2020, osteoarthritis is going to be the fourth largest cause of immobility globally, Kumar informed.

The government had in February slashed the maximum price of life-saving heart stents implants by up to 85 per cent by capping them at Rs 7,260 for bare metal ones and Rs 29,600 for drug eluting variety.

Earlier, the average maximum retail price (MRP) for BMS was Rs 45,000 and for DES, it was Rs 1.21 lakh.Ananth Kumar said today's decision comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced from the Red Fort on the Independence Day that prices of knee surgery would be brought down.Earlier this month, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority had stated that the average trade margin on orthopaedic knee implants were found to be as high as 313 per cent.

"After cardiac stents, we have now decided to bring all kinds of knee implants under price control. In our country 1.5 to 2 crore people suffer from knee problems, who need health assistance," Kumar said."The government will not be a mute spectator to illegal and unethical profiteering," he added.

"Today across the country, private hospitals have increased prices of knee implant surgeries. They are indulging in unethical profiteering. To stop this and give relief to patients, we have taken this decision," he said. The decision has been taken keeping people's interest and health security of the nation into consideration, Kumar said.

The minister warned of stringent action against hospitals, importers, retailers if they charged in excess of the MRP saying that the government would recover excess profit from such knee implants with 18 per cent interest and may also cancel licences of hospitals.

Asked whether industry would be able to recover their costs under the new prices, the minister said: "The MRP has been fixed after taking into account the landed cost and there will be comfortable margins for the industry."

Reacting to the development, medical device industry body MTaI said MTaI is reviewing the order from NPPA.

Under the new price regime, the MRP of most widely used complete knee implant (Cobalt-Chromium) has been fixed at Rs 54,720 plus GST, a reduction of 65 per cent from earlier average MRP of Rs 1,58,324. This particular type of knee implant has around 80 per cent market share.

The new MRP of special metal titanium and oxidised zirconium has been fixed at Rs 76,600 plus GST, down 69 per cent from an average rate of Rs 2,49,251 earlier.


High flexibility implant will now cost Rs 56,490 plus GST, down 69 per cent from average MRP of Rs 1,81,728 earlier.


Special metal and high flexibility knee implants account for another 17 per cent of the market.


Revision implants for second surgery, which patients normally need after 10 years, will now cost Rs 1,13,950 plus, lower by 59 per cent from average MRP of Rs 2,76,869.


Lastly, the MRP of specialised implants for cancer and tumour has been fixed at Rs 1,13,950 which used to be priced around Rs 4-9 lakh.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

10.08.2017 Recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission- bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016

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No. A-60015/1/2016/MF.CGA(A)/NGE/7th CPC/480
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Controller General of Accounts
Mahalelkha Niyantrak Bhawan
E Block, GPO Complex, INA
New Delhi-110023
Dated: 10th August, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub: Recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission- bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.
Attention is hereby invited to this Office OM of even number dated 23 rd February, 2017 on the subject cited above vide which the pay details of Shri Babu Balram Jee, AAO, CPWD, lBBZ-l, Malda M/o Urban Development were made available so that benefit of  bunching may be extended to eligible AAOs in adherence to the Department of  Expenditure OM No. 1-6/2016-IC dated 7thSeptember, 2016.  

Further, Implementation Cell, 7th CPC, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance has issued clarifications in this regard vide OM No.1-6/2016-IC dated 3rd August,  2017 (copy enclosed)

All respective accounting units of Ministries/ Departments concerned are advised to  review all cases wherein benefit on account of bunching has been extended in terms of this  office OM dated 23rd February, 2017 and in adherence to DoE OM No. 1-6/2016-lC dated  7th September, 2016 and to re-fix the pay in terms of Implementation Cell, 7th CPC,  Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance OM No.1-6/2016-lC dated 3 rd August,  2017

Accordingly, clarifications sought in this regard from various accounting units of  Ministries/Departments concerned may be treated as disposed of.  

This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

Encl: As above.
(S. K. Gupta)
Sr. Accounts Officer
To
1. All Pr. CCAs/CCAs/CAs of the Ministries/ Departments concerned
2. The Dy. Controller General of Accounts (Admn.), O/o CGA, New Delhi.
3. ITD Section is requested to upload the aforesaid OM. on the official website of the CGA.

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Source : MoF/CGA