Highlights of SCOVA 21st meeting held on 27.09.2012

Highlights of SCOVA 21st meeting held on 27.09.2012

SCOVA 21st meeting 27.09.2012 : Highlights
SCOVA-21st meeting started on 27.09.2012 at New Delhi, in a healthy atmosphere with positive attitude expressed by the Honouarable MOS Shri V. Narayanasamy.
1. MOS Shri V. Narayanasamy announced that henceforth SCOVA will be held twice a year & that he will ensure minimum pension of `1000/- PM to EPS 95 beneficiaries. Minister also took note of the difficulties of CGHS beneficiaries at Banglore, Mohali & J&K and also of the difficulties being faced by Pensioners at Ranchi due to there being no Central Pension Processing centre of SBI in the State of Jharkhand.
2. In response  to  appeal by  S.C. Maheshwari  to the Honorable  Minister,  to apply to all the pre 2006 pensioners the cabinet  decision of 24.9.2012 taken  in case of defence Pensioners Secy. AR, PG. & Pension replied : “Some decision being taken which will be communicated within a few days”.
3. It is finally decided that 19 P&T dispensaries will be merged with CGHS
4. In case there is no record/documents available to prove genuineness of the person(other than spouse) claiming family pension, legal  heir  certificate issued by the competent court shall be accepted.
5. Issue of revised PPO shall  be expedited. Pensioners/Family pensioners should apply for revised PPO if not already applied.
6.Case of pre 1996 Pensioners who retired from the 4th  CPC scale of 1400-2300  will be discussed with Railway Board officers on 28.09.2012
7. RELHS facilities to divorced & widowed daughter: Director Health (Plg)Railway Board will do the needful to relax eligibility criteria.
8. Online grievance redressal through CPENGRAM 5/dissemination of information in real time :All departments assured of action to improve the situation.
 9. Two family pensions to widows of re-employed ex servicemen (lonf standing demand of BPS) accepted by the Cabinet on 24.09.12 as recommended by the Secretaries Committee.

10. Widening the Scope of Pension Adalat: As per DOP&PW, all matters relating to the Pensioners/family Pensioners can be taken up by the Pension Adalat except cases involving purely legal points and grievances involving Policy matters.

11.Smart Cards issued to RELHS beneficiaries in Delhi/NCR will continue and will be revalidated. Smart Cards will be introduced also at Rly Zonal Hqs, State capitals and Metro cities.

12. Seperate OPD services for senoir citizens are now available in Zonal Raliway Hospitals.

13. Zonal Railways are being advised by the Rly Board to provide  to pensioners and Family pensioners specialised services on priority on nominated days.

by Er. S C Maheshwari
Source: Bharat Pensioners

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