Showing posts from December, 2012

India washes hands of rights for the elderly-31 Dec 2012Hindustan Times (Delhi)Chetan Chauhan

Abstains from voting for an international legal instrument to protect older people, whose population is rising fastIndia, unlike its neighbours Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, remained undecided on a United Nations-sponsored international legal instrument to protect the “rights” and “dignity” of the older population — whose number is rapidly rising. Due to better health facilities, the number of older people in India will rise dramatically in the next four decades. According to advocacy group Agewell Foundation, the share of India's population aged 60 and older is projected to climb from about 100 million in 2010 to around 323 million by 2050 — higher than the total population of the US in 2012. “This profound shift in the very limited old-age income support brings with it a variety of social, economic, and health care policy challenges,” said Himanshu Rath of the foundation. As of now, the average life expectancy rate in India is 66.80 years. It was just 37 when India gained independence…

Poor healthcare and ailing India-HT Delhi 31.12.2012

THE WRAP: Rural India suffered, public healthcare flounderedDespite the best medical minds and hi-tech medical townships, India’s public healthcare delivery continues to flounder. World Health Statistics data 2012 showed that 39 million people in India are pushed into poverty each year and one of the reasons is expensive healthcare. Around 47% of all rural hospital admissions and 31% of admissions in urban India are financed by loans and sale of assets. Little wonder then that almost one in three people in rural India did not seek treatment because they couldn’t afford it. And yet India’s healthcare spending remains a shoe-string 4.2% of GDP, which means as many as 86.4% of medicals bills are mostly out-of-pocket spending or money people spend from their own savings. This makes India’s private spend among the highest in the world, comparing poorly not only with developed countries (US 23.4% and France 33.1%), and developing economies (Brazil 57.2% and Thailand 59.6%), but also neighbours…

Emergency Treatment in CGHS Hospitals

Emergency Treatment in CGHS Hospitals

CGHS Hospitals – Getting treatment in emergency conditions

Under emergency conditions, the empanelled hospitals are expected to provide treatment of CGHS beneficiaries in all available specialities…
Private hospitals have been empanelled under CGHS only for such specialities for which they are eligible as per the terms and conditions of empanelment. However under emergency conditions, the empanelled hospitals are expected to provide treatment of CGHS beneficiaries in all available specialities.

“Emergency” shall mean any condition or symptom resulting from any cause, arising suddenly and if not treated at the earliest opportunity would be detrimental to the health of the patient or shall jeopardize the life of the patient".

CGHS beneficiary attending hospital in emergency: In such a situation the Hospital shall intimate to BCA within 2 hours of admission and BCA shall respond in 4 hours (however treatment shall not be denied to any CGHS member and…

Eligibility of Unmarried Daughters of Armed Forces personnel for grant of Family Pension beyond 25 years of Age

Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

New Delhi the 14th Dec., 2012


The Chief of Army Staff

The Chief of Naval Staff

The Chief of Air Staff

Subject: Eligibility of Unmarried Daughters of Armed Forces personnel for grant of Family Pension beyond 25 years of Age.


The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s ID No.878/A/D(Pen/Sers)/04 dated 21.9.2004 extending the provisions of Department of P&PW OM No. 1/19/03-P&PW (E) dated 25.08.2004 and this Ministry’s letter No.I (3)/2007-D(Pen/Policy) dated 25.10.07 which makes unmarried / widowed / divorced daughter eligible for family pension beyond 25 years of age subject to fulfilment of other prescribed conditions, Attention is also invited to this Ministry’s ID No.9(6)/2007-D(Pen/Policy) dated 21.2.2008 under which it was clarified in consultation with Department of P&PW that liberalised family pension/special family pension (dependent pension) was not covered under the provisions of …

The God Project: Hinduism as Open-Source Faith

By Josh Schrei Strategist, Producer, Writer, Critic, Activist
Trying to explain the core beliefs of "Hinduism" to an interested observer can be challenging to say the least. Its often stated that the word "Hinduism" itself is a total misnomer, as it basically refers to the sum total of spiritual and religious thought and practice that has taken place on the Indian subcontinent over the past 5,000 years. And lets just say it's been a busy 5,000 years. The sheer volume of spiritual literature and doctrine, the number of distinct gods worshiped (over 30 million, according to some sources), the breadth of distinct philosophies and practices that have emerged, and the total transformation over time of many of the core Indic teachings and beliefs can be disconcerting to those raised in monotheistic cultures, as we are used to each faith bringing with it a defined set of beliefs that -- with the exception of some denominational rifts over the centuries -- stay pretty muc…

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Rank pay implementationorders issued by M/O Defence India

AT LAST THE  MOD backed by the Powers in the Govt have issued the much awaited RANK PAY IMPLEMENTATION ORDERS.
To read orders click the link:   Rank Pay implementation orders issued by the Ministry of Defence India

Reimbursement of expenses on Dental treatment for Rly medical beneficiaries


Madhya Pradesh sets up senior citizen panel


BHOPAL, DEC 22:  The Madhya Pradesh Government has set up a “Senior Citizen Commission” to look into the problems of the elderly in the State. The decision to set up the commission was taken during a Cabinet meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan yesterday, an official release said. Chouhan, at a meeting of old people at his house in April this year, had announced to set up a commission for them and the Cabinet had yesterday approved it. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra said the commission would comprise one Chairman and four members. He said the commission will after a look at the problems of the senior people of the State, and produce an ideal proforma for old persons’ policy for the welfare and solution of their problems.

Wonder ! Where is Anna, Ramdeo, Kiaran Bedi & Kajeriwal. Why they hiding one of them shld hv come fwd to lead

Delhi gang rape case: Teargas, water cannons used against protesters
Girl protesters alleged that policemen hit them with lathis and declared they will launch a sit-in in the area.

Wonder ! Where is Anna, Ramdeo, Kiaran Bedi  & Kajeriwal. Why they hiding one of them shld hv come fwd to lead

FMA to Rly Pensioners-Rly Board orders


Government Orders on Cabinet Decision on Pensionary Benefits to Ex-Servicemen to be Issued Next Month

Government Orders on Cabinet Decision on Pensionary Benefits to Ex-Servicemen to be Issued Next MonthDescribing the twin tasks of improving the pensionary and medical benefits for ex-servicemen as ‘subjects of prime concern’ and ‘as an ongoing process’, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today announced that the orders authorizing payment to ex-servicemen and their families accruing from the recent cabinet decisions, hiking pension and other benefits amounting to nearly Rs.2300 crores per annum, would be issued next month.

Addressing a meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, here, Shri Antony said this is the third time in the last four years that the Government have systematically improved the post-retirement benefits for ex-servicemen.

Outlining the slew of measures taken by the MoD for improving the health care benefits of ex-servicemen, Shri Antony said the Government has been trying to expand the delivery mechanism and simplify procedures so that the ex-ser…

Peanuts’ pension plan


‘ Peanuts’ pension plan for armymen By Jugal Purohit THE CENTRAL government has set aside ` 2,300 crore to meet the demands of ex- servicemen, fighting for increment in their pension and other retirement benefits. Of this sumptuous amount, however, the share of an ex- army havaldar with a service of 24 years ( and equivalents in the navy & air force) will be a measly ` 461 per month. This arithmetic was revealed after this correspondent accessed the current internal working sheets of the ministry of defence. The government, without revealing the precise calculations in its announcement on September 24, 2012, had claimed that it was setting aside ` 2,300 crore to meet the demands of the ex- defence personnel. The break- up of this big promise, however, has been a shocker for ex- servicemen who were hoping for remarkable improvement in their pension and other benefits. What’s more distressing …

Now, pay Rs 500 fine if caught littering on stations, trains

NEW DELHI: You will now have to pay afineof up to Rs 500 if caughtlitteringonrailwaysstations or in trains.

After the failure of several awareness campaigns, requests and sign boards to convince travellers to keep platforms and trains clean, the Railway Board has decided to prosecute offenders with a fine of up to Rs 500.

Throwinggarbage, urinating, bathing, defecating, washing utensils and clothes, feeding animals or birds on railway premises — station buildings, platforms, rail tracks and trains -- will be punishable according to a circular issued by the Railway Board to its zonal heads on Friday.

Putting up posters or writing in train compartments or railway premises will be treated as an offence according to the notification issued under Railways Act, 1989. Any one caught defacing railway property will also be penalized, a senior railway official said.

According to the new rules, authorized vendors and hawkers will have to make arrangements to keep waste baskets or containers for coll…

Have you made nomination for your bank account?

- Balwant Jain, CFO, I recently read a news item on the  referring to the answer given in the Parliament on the question of  unclaimed moneyis lying with the Indian Banks as on December, 2011.  It amounted to whopping sum of approx. Rs. I could not stop myself relating to the death of my friend’s family member who had missed on making nomination in his salary account. . The said  report stated  that  a major portion of thisunclaimed moneybelongs to Individuals, mainly attributing to the death of account holder. Probably they were not conscious about availing the nomination facility, or postponed it to laterdate onlyto meet the untimely death later. This has not only deprived their legal heirs but also posed a problem for the banks to manage theseunclaimed funds. To combat this double edged problem, the Government of India amended thebanking lawsin 1983 to provide for nomination facilities in respect of  allbanking accounts. Still many of us are not aware of th…

Large gains in life expectancy indicate inclusive impact of economic reforms

Oct 3, 2012, 12.00AM ISTTOI rage life expectancy in India jumped up by 4.6 years in the decade up to 2008, according to the latest data released by the Registrar General of India. Since this was also the period when economic reforms had the maximum impact, it gives the lie to an idea that's pervasive in the political domain - that reforms benefited only a tiny elite, leaving the rest of India's population untouched (or even worse off than before, going by some highly excitable accounts). The steady improvement in life expectancy at birth of the average Indian to 66.1 years by 2008 highlights steady improvement in overall living conditions and the general success of reforms. What makes these gains more impressive are their inclusive character, with women and the rural population making more substantial gains. While women's life expectancy improved faster to 67.7 years that of men rose more slowly to 64.6 years. This is especially significant given that life expectancy of wome…

Indians now live longer, but in poor health in old age: Study

By Kounteya Sinha, TNN | Dec 14, 2012, 01.12 AM IST
An average Indian man can expect to live for as long as 63 years, while an Indian woman can live 4.5 years longer than her male counterpart. RELATED ·Large gains in life expectancy indicate inclusive impact of economic ... NEW DELHI: First the good news: Indians are living much longer than they did 40 years ago.

Thelife expectancy(LE) at birth of an average Indian male has gone up by 15 years between 1970 and 2010, while that of an Indian woman by 18 years.

An average Indian man can expect to live for as long as 63 years, while an Indian woman can live 4.5 years longer than her male counterpart.

However, the number of years they stay healthy is much lesser.

An Indian male can claim to be in good health till he reaches the age of 54.6 years, and is expected to spend the last nine years of his life suffering from various ailments.

On the other hand, when it comes to an average Indian woman, though she is expected to live till 67.5 years, s…