Army Chief Inaugurates New Building of ECHS Polyclinic at Gurgaon

           Shaping the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme infrastructure and procedures to meet the aspirations of the ex-servicemen, Army Chief General VK Singh inaugurated the new building of ECHS polyclinic at the military station Dundahera, Gurgaon today. The polyclinic constructed at the cost of 49.07 lakh will provide quality OPD services to 22000 ECHS beneficiaries dependent on the polyclinic.

           The government had recently approved establishment of 199 additional new Polyclinics alongwith 15 New Regional Centres. The National Capital Region which at present has six polyclinics functional will see the addition of eight more polyclinics under this expansion plan. In addition to the present polyclinic at Dundahera, Gurgaon, one additional polyclinic at Sohna Road, Gurgaon will be operationalised soon.

          The ECHS was started in Apr 2003 to meet long standing demand of the Armed Forces Veterans for a comprehensive medical scheme covering all diseases modeled on the lines of CGHS. The ECHS endeavours to provide best Medicare available in the country to the Armed Forces Veterans. Today approx 11 lakh veterans have joined the scheme. Together with their dependents the beneficiary base of the scheme has crossed 34 lakhs. A total of 1355 hospitals and diagnostic centres are empanelled in the country for providing cashless treatment to the ECHS beneficiaries

Grade Pay Rs.4200/- for MCM in Ministry of Defence

           A decade long demand of the Defence Civilians, granting Grade Pay Rs.4200/- for MCM at par with railway artisans, come to an end yesterday. Ministry of Defence issued an order granting Grade pay 4200 to the MCM, with the approval of DOP&T U.O.No.5358/10/CR dated 25.2.2010,and Ministry of Finance I.D.No.2(16)E.III Desk/2008 dated 10.06.2010 and concurrence of Ministry of Defence(AG/08) vide their U.O.No 164/AG/PB dated 14.06.2010.

         According to this, here after, there will be four grade structures for Industrial Employees in Ministry of Defence.

2. The Four Grade Structure will be as follows

i) Grade pay Rs.1900 to Skilled Workers

ii) Grade pay Rs.2400 to Highly Skilled –II Workers

iii) Grade pay Rs.2800 to Highly Skilled –I Workers

iv) Grade pay Rs.4200 to Master Craftsman

3. (a) Wherever the grade structure in the Industrial as well as Non Industrial trades is already existing in the ratio of 45:55,the erstwhile Skilled, and 25% of Highly Skilled in the grade of Master Craftsman the following will apply:

* 45% of the posts may be granted the pay scale of Skilled Worker (Grade pay of Rs.1900 in the Pay Band PB-I)
* 25% of the remaining 55% may be granted the pay scale of MCM(Grade pay of Rs.4200 in the Pay Band PB-2)
* The remaining posts may be divided in a ratio of 50:50 and re designated as Highly Skilled Worker Grade-II(Grade pay of Rs.2400 in the Pay Band PB-I)and Highly Skilled Worker Grade-I(Grade pay of Rs.2800 in the Pay Band PB-I)

(b) The placement of the individuals in the posts resulting from the restructuring shall be made w.e.f.1.1.2006, in relaxation of the conditions, if any,i.e,trade test etc, as one time measure.

(c) Highly Skilled Grade-I shall be en-bloc senior to Highly Skilled Grade-II

4 (i) The post of Master Craftsman Shall be part of the hierarchy and the placement of Highly Skilled Grade-I in the grade of Master Craftsman will be treated as promotion.

(ii) In the case of Defence Establishment where there is no category of Skilled Workers and direct recruitment is made 100% at the level of Highly Skilled, the posts of Master craftsman existing as on 1.1.2006 will be placed in PB-2+GP-4200 and the remaining posts of Highly Skilled Workers may be bifurcated in HS-I and HS-II in the ratio of 50:50

(iii) In view of the above restructuring the artisan staff may be allowed to give revised option for pay fixation w.e.f.1.1.2006 with in three months from the date of issue of orders in this regard.

(iv) The existing recruitment rules for the Tradesman may be amended and RRs for the post of MCM may be framed accordingly
SOURCE:gservants.com

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