Mallikarjun Kharge Minister of Labour & Employment Inaugurates ESIC’s Super-Speciality Hospital at Sanathnagar Hyderabad (A.P.)


Mallikarjun Kharge Minister of Labour & Employment Inaugurates ESIC’s Super-Speciality Hospital at Sanathnagar Hyderabad (A.P.)
Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Labour & Employment inaugurated ESIC’s 126 bedded Super-Speciality Hospital, at Sanathnagar, Hyderabad on Saturday 30th April, 2011. Shri N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh was the Chief Guest of the function.

The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is committed to work for the welfare of workers and improvement in their quality of life and for providing all possible social security to them. For providing the best Medical services to the Insured Persons and their families of Andhra Pradesh, the ESI Corporation’s 126 bedded ESIC Super Hospital at Sanathnagar, Hyderabad has come into reality now. At present, there are about 32899 Employers covering about 1567350 Employees and 4350969 Beneficiaries in the Hyderabad region. 

Inaugurating the Hospital, Shri Kharge told the gathering that many other similar projects of ESIC are under construction with an estimated cost Rs. 9,000 crores. He urged the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to implement the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) in Andhra Pradesh. Shri N. Kiran Kumar Reddy assured that the State Government is fully ready to co-operate with the Central Government in implementing the labour friendly Schemes in the state. 

The establishment of Super-Speciality Hospital at Sanathnagar, Hyderabad will immensely help the workers of Andhra Pradesh. The super-speciality hospital has been built up in 17241 sq. meter of land with an estimated cost of about Rs. 130 crores. The ESIC Hospital, Sanathnagar is centrally air conditioned with super-speciality facilities like Cardiology and Cardio thoracic surgery, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Nephrology and Urology and Paediatrics Surgery. The hospital will provide indoor, outdoor, emergency and diagnostic services to the Insured workers of Hyderabad in particular and of the State of Andhra Pradesh in general. 

ESI Corporation has been providing services to the insured persons through its upgraded and modified hospitals and has tie-up arrangements with many other hospitals on cashless basis. Corporation has added huge infrastructure and provides benefits through 148 Hospitals, 42 Hospitals Annexes, 1402 ESI Dispensaries, 1540 Panel Clinics, 797 Branch/Pay Offices and 52 Regional/Sub-Regional/Divisional Offices. 

Those present at the inaugural ceremony included Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D. Purandeshwari, Union Minister of State for Textiles Smt. Panabaka Lakshmi, Secretary Ministry of Labour & Employment Shri Prabhat C. Chaturvedi, Vice Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Shri Marri Shashidhar Reddy, Members of Parliament Shri V. Hanumantha Rao, Shri Chandrakant Khaire and Shri Anjan Kumar Yadav, and Mayor Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Smt. Banda Karthika Reddy. 
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Central govt employees’ retirement age to be extended from 60 to 62 years


The government is planning to extend the retirement age of all central government employees by two years  from the current 60 to 62 years. Sources said that an in-principle decision has been taken in this regard and the department of personnel and training (DoPT) has begun the work to implement the same. A formal announcement to this effect is expected this year itself.

The last time the government extended the retirement age of central government employees was in 1998. It was also a two-year extension from 58. This was preceded by the implementation of the 5th Pay Commission, which had put severe strain on government’s finances. Subsequently, all state governments followed the Centre’s policy by extending the retirement age by two years. Public sector undertakings followed suit too.

The decision to extend the retirement age is well-timed both politically and economically.

The UPA government reckons the move would be a masterstroke. At a time when it is buffeted by several corruption cases, it is felt that the extension of the retirement age will go down well with the middle classes. Economically also, the move makes sense because by deferring payment of lump sum retirement benefits for a large number of employees by two years, the government would be able to manage its finances better.
“An in-principle decision has been taken to increase the retirement age by two years within this year itself. This would reduce the burden on the fisc from one-time payment of retirement benefits for employees including defence and railways personnel,” an official involved in the discussion said. With the fiscal consolidation high on the government's agenda, this deferment would come handy.

There’s some flip side too if the retirement age is extended by two years. Those officials empanelled as secretaries and joint secretaries would have to wait.longer to actually get the posts. And of course, there is the issue of average age profile of the civil servants being turning north.
It is also felt that any extension is not being fair with a bulk of people who still look for jobs in the government.

However, officials point out that at least it prevents an influential section of the bureaucracy to hanker for post-retirement jobs with the government like chairmanship of regulatory bodies or tribunals.

“As it is, a sizeable section of senior civil servants work for three to five years after the retirement in some capacity or the other in the government,” said a senior government official. The retirement age of college teachers and judges are also beyond 60.

As per a study, the future pension outgo for the existing Central and State government employees is estimated at a staggering R1,735,527 crore or 55.88% of GDP at market..

source:The Financial Express

Medical Facilities for inpatient treatment and post-operative follow-up treatment to CGHS Beneficiaries in Non-CGHS areas


Government of India 
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 
Department of Health & Family Welfare 
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 108

No: S.11011/7/99-CGHS (P)

Dated, the 27th April, 2011

O F F I C E     M E M O R A N D U M

Subject: Medical Facilities for inpatient treatment and post-operative follow-up treatment to CGHS Beneficiaries in Non-CGHS areas.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to the Office Memorandum of even number dated 30th September, 1999, issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on the above subject and to state that keeping in view the difficulties being faced by the pensioner CGHS beneficiaries residing in non-CGHS covered areas, it has now been decided to liberalise the CGHS Rules with regard to pensioner CGHS beneficiaries and serving employees, as below, to enable them to avail medical facilities for in-patient treatment and post-operative follow-up treatment:

a) (i) CGHS pensioner beneficiaries (and their dependant and eligible family members), who are holding a valid CGHS Card and are residing in a non-CGHS areas shall be eligible to obtain treatment from Government hospitals (Central Government / State Government / Local self Government / hospitals recognised under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 / hospitals and clinics empanelled under Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) and submit the medical reimbursement claim to the Additional Director / Joint Director of CGHS of the CMO in charge of CGHS Wellness Centre, where the CGHS is registered.

(ii)    In case of non-emergency treatment from hospitals approved under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 and Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), it is necessary to obtain prior approval from CMO in charge of concerned Wellness Centre where the CGHS card is registered.

(iii)    In case of medical emergency, treatment may be obtained from any hospital and medical claim shall be submitted to Additional Director / Joint Director, CGHS of the concerned city through CMO in charge of the Wellness Centre, where the CGHS card is registered.

(iv)    Reimbursement shall be limited to the CGHS rates of the city where the card is registered and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals, whichever is lower.

(v)    CGHS pensioner beneficiaries / serving Central Government employees (and their dependant and eligible family members) and holding a valid CGHS Card and on a visit to non CGHS covered area may obtain treatment under emergency from Government hospitals (Central Government / State Government / Local self Government / hospitals recognised under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 / hospitals and clinics empanelled under Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) and the medical claim shall be submitted to Additional Director / Joint Director, CGHS of the concerned city through CMO in charge of the Wellness Centre, where the CGHS card is registered, in case of pensioners , etc., and to the concerned Ministry / Department / office in case of serving employees.

(vi) Reimbursement shall be limited to the CGHS rates of the city nearest to the place, where treatment is obtained and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals, whichever may be less.

b) (i) CGHS pensioner beneficiaries (and their dependant and eligible family members) , who are holding a valid CGHS Card and residing in a non-CGHS areas shall be eligible to obtain post operative follow-up treatment from Government hospitals (Central Government / State Government / Local self Government / hospitals approved under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 / hospitals and clinics empanelled under Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) in follow up cases of Renal Transplant surgery, Knee and Hip Joint Replacement, Cancer treatment , Neuro-surgery and cardiac surgery. However, prior permission is to be obtained from the CMO in charge of the concerned Wellness Centre, where the CGHS card is registered.

(ii) Permission shall be issued for 3 to 6 months at a time and may be extended based on medical requirement. Reimbursement for consultation, procedures and investigations shall be limited to CGHS rates of the city, where the card is registered and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals, whichever may be lower. OPD medicines shall be obtained from the concerned Wellness centre for a maximum period of 3 months at a time.

c)    Wherever treatment is obtained from a hospitals approved under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 / ECHS approved hospital, the beneficiaries (as in (a), (b) & (c) above) shall submit a certificate from the hospital that they have not charged more than the approved applicable hospitals approved under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944 / ECHS rates.

d)    This Office Memorandum supersedes the earlier OM of even number dated 30th September 1999.

e)    This arrangement is provisional and would be in place till such time the proposed Health Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees & pensioners is brought into effect.

f) These orders will come into effect from the date of issue.

[R.Ravi] 
Director
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