PENSIONERS OWN MEDIA-‘PENSIONERS DIGEST’ monthly publication January 2020 issue

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THE KARNATAKA
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION (REGD.)     
 ( Estd: 1974;                     Regn. S.No.143/1983-84 d/ 9th August 1983 )  
“Swarna”,120/1,2ndMain,GDParkExtn,Vyalikaval,Bengaluru560003                       (Affiliated to BPS New Delhi, AIFPA Chennai & KCCCGPAs Bengaluru)
Email  ID: cgpakarn@gmail.com                                                      Tel: 23468438/9591837011
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 President: Girish Kanagotagi            Vice-President:  Venugopalachar SV        Secretary: Hegde, Dr, MR
Tel: 9980021280                                 Tel: 9448743355                                          Tel: 9845958113
                                                       
Editor:  Ramanatha Rao SS              Treasurer: Murthy RSN                              Jt Secretary: Poddar BB
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Vol.XIIV : Issue 6 (Pps    )  JANUARY 2020     Subscription: Rs 125 p.a.
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CONTENTS:

1.     Wish Everyone Happy New Year, 2020.
2.     MHA Notification on J&K.
3.     CGHS : Empanelled hospitals threaten withdrawal owing to non-payment.
4.     Pensioners Assns observe ‘Pensioners Day’, Dec 17.
5.     BSNL finds a silver lining.
6.     Karnataka CGPA – New leadership takes over.
7.     An Obituary
8      A Quote.

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Karnataka CGPA wishes every member and every sister-organisation ‘A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year’ in 2020
                                      
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ಸರ್ವರಿಗೂ ನೂತನ 2020ನೇ ವರುಷದ ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಶುಭಾಷಯಗಳು.
ಸುಖ    ಸಂಪತ್ತು     ಆರೋಗ್ಯ     ಸದಾ     ಇರಲಿ.

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An MHA Notification

All 7th Pay Commission Allowances to UT of Jammu and Kashmir and UT of Ladakh Govt Employees with effect from 31.10.2019.
The Finance Department of Jammu and Kashmir already issued notification on 24th April 2018 regarding the Jammu & Kashmir Civil Services (Revised) Pay Rules, 2018.
After implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations to Central Government employees, many of State Government implement the same to its employees. Recently declared the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh also added in the list.
About 4.5 lakh employees will get the benefit of all allowances like Children Education Allowance (CEA), Transport Allowance (TA), Leave Travel Concession (LTC), Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) and Hostel Allowance. The employees who are working under the State of Jammu and Kashmir and will become the employees of J&K and Ladakh UT with effect from 31.10.2019.
The annual financial implication for implementation of 7th pay commission, Rs. 607 Crore for Children Education Allowance, Rs. 1823 Crore for Hostel Allowance, Rs. 1200 Crore for Transport Allowance, Rs. 1000 Crore for LTC, Rs. 108 Crore for Fixed Medical Allowance and for other allowances Rs. 62 Crores.
(Source: 7thPayCommission News website)
Who cares for senior citizens?

          The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act is in position having been enacted by the Parliament in 2007. Now, an Amendment Bill to the Act has been introduced in Lok Sabha on Dec 11, 2019. (‘Deccan Herald’ d/ Dec 12, p.1) This Amendment has provision for the elderly person to claim maintenance, and for the mandatory registration of senior citizens’ care homes. The Amendment defines ‘abuse’ as physical, verbal, emotional, abandonment, causing insult, injury and economic abuse, or even mental suffering.

            Responding to the Amendment, an impression is among the public that the Amendment is a little ill-conceived. Not many kith and kin abuse the elderly citizens. No serious complaint against senior citizens’ welfare homes has been heard. Infact, two of our Assn members are in such homes, though their children are in affluent position; and these elders are happy. No senior citizen would go to court against his children, unless there is physical assault. Epics have many diktats in favour of these children as well as the senior citizens.The Amendment could be deferred.

            C  G  H  S

          Empanelled hospitals threaten withdrawal:               Following news clipping appeared on the subject in ‘The Economic Times’ d/ Dec 19, 2019. It has appeared in certain other newspapers too. We have forwarded (Dec 23) the clipping to the Hon’ble MOS (PP) as well as Secretary DoP&PW, for needful immediate action. The forwarded mail is reproduced below :

Kindly see the following News item from 'Economic Times', Dec 19, 2019.

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Non-payment of CGHS, ECHS dues may force pvt hospitals to suspend cashless services: IMA
The healthcare industry is passing through a crisis and crores of rupees to be paid to private hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is pending for the past several months, the IMA claimed at a media briefing.
PTI  |  December 19, 2019,
New Delhi:             Private hospitals may be forced to suspend cashless services under CGHS and ECHS as their reimbursements under these government schemes, running into crores, are pending for several months, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said on Thursday. The healthcare industry is passing through a crisis and crores of rupees to be paid to private hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is pending for the past several months, the IMA claimed at a media briefing.

"Non-payment of legitimate dues by the government is taking a toll on the day-to-day functioning of the hospitals and is unable to pay salaries to the employees. Many hospitals have begun to cut down on operations by closing certain wards and beds, and are forced to lay off employees.

"If the situation is allowed to persist, it is feared that lakhs of hospital employees may lose jobs. Despite repeated attempts made by hospitals and associations, the situation has improved," IMA Secretary General Dr R V Asokan said.

The IMA claimed that financial crunch coupled with reduced number of staff are going to adversely affect patient safety, which in turn would lead to increased morbidity and mortality, without getting noticed.                                                                                                                                                                              """""""""

Appeal:                  These posers from the Empanelled hospitals have been almost an annual feature, for the last about 10 years. The Health Ministry improves its position and assuages the empanelled hospitals on the vexed tariff issue. Known it is, Health care is universal and any Govt/Employer should not shirk its responsibility in maintaining/continuing with Health care of its citizens. As stakeholders in regard to the care of the employees and the pensioners under the CGHS, we appeal to the Govt to carve out a compromise mechanism wherein the empanelled hospitals are in compassionate atmosphere in continuing the health-services to the citizens, who can ill afford to go to the speciality private hospitals charging prohibitive tariff and making the patients undergo avoidable tests. We would like to project to the Govt that these hospitals are under the administrative and financial care of the Govt through various agencies in getting their staff and medical requirements. They should hence be brought round to maintain the Health care of the Govt staff/pensioners coming to them through the CGHS - if necessary through a required legislation. Even the Supreme Court has stated more than once that the CGHS-beneficiaries may also go to the private/un-empanelled hospitals for immediate treatment, and the CGHS must find a way to pay up the expenses. Such is the gravity of Health care. Health is wealth.

          I n  r ep l y,   I have received the following mail. I reproduce:

Prisca Mathew dirpg-arpg@nic.in via nic.in 
Thu, Dec 26, 10:06 AM (1 day ago)
Please contact the concerned nodal officer of the concerned Ministry/Department/Organisation as per the details given in ‘nodal officers’ options in pgportal.gov.in.

On 12/24/19 11:05 AM, "Dr. C. Chandramouli" <secy-arpg@nic.in> wrote.

                                                                                               

(2)       Two empanelled hospitals:         Following Two hospitals have been empanelled recently by the CGHS:

(i)             Pan Nagarabhavi   Hospitals Ltd : No.611/612, Nagarabhaviu Main Road, Bengaluru 560072. Tel +91 8023011600
(ii)          Dr Solank Eye Hospital Pvt Ltd :  No.191/1, II cross link road, Malleswaram, Bengaluru 560003. Tel : 080-2355562211, 23562299.


News on BSNL/MTNL

In a bid to revamp state-owned telecom firms, the Union Cabinet Wednesday approved the merger of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MNTL) with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). “MTNL, BSNL are neither being closed nor divested,” Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi. The Cabinet also approved a revival package of Rs 29,937 crore for the two loss-making telecoms. The revival package includes raising of Rs 15,000 crore sovereign bonds and monetising Rs 38,000 crore of assets in next four years. To cut down on costs, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, an attractive voluntary retirement scheme would be offered for employees. Until the merger is complete, MTNL will act as a subsidiary of BSNL, Prasad added.
Today’ Cabinet announcement comes at a time when MTNL and BSNL have been posting successive loses in recent financial years amid stiff competition from private players.                                         (‘Indian Express’, Dec 30, 2019)


Union Minister on BSNL:  Due to the bad financial condition of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the Central Government could not acceptthe demand for a pay revision. Therefore, the issue of pension revision has not been agreed to as on date.
In Parliament on 12.12.2019, Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad replied in a written form to a question about the salary revision of BSNL employees as follows…
Pension revision of retired Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) employees gets linked to the pay-revision of the serving employees inasmuch as pension is calculated on the basic pay which the retired employee was earning at the time of retirement. Pension may be revised if the said basic pay is revised on account of pay revision of serving employees.
Since, Department of Telecommunications is the Administrative Department for BSNL, any pension revision proposal is to be piloted by the Department of Telecommunications for approval of the competent authority.
Due to poor financial condition of BSNL, it has not been possible for the Government to agree to the demand of pay revision. Hence, the issue of pension revision has also not been agreed to as on date.
                                                            (Source: 7Pay CommissionNews website)

            On VRS :       Reportedly, half the number of about 1,50,000 employees have opted for VRS, an d some have withdrawn since. Salary for November 2019 has been paid to the staff – which is around Rs 500 crores.

DA Increase in Jan 2020

AICPIN (CPI for Industrial Workers  - Base Year 2001=100) for the months of July, August, September and October released (319, 320, 322 and 325 respectively) by Labour Bureau. If the trend continues in another two months, the DA/DR from Jan 2020 for CG employees and pensioners may be increased to 21%.                                                    (Source: 7Pay CommissionNews website)

Karnataka CGPA

            A family pensioner helped:                  A pensioner at Bhubaneswar (Odisha) from the Ministry of Mines and Metals died. His daughter was married and employed. Her younger brother was mentally retarded and unemployed. Between them they ‘quarrelled’ for father’s family pension. Somehow, through the web, the brother or pensioner’s son, contacted me. I adjudged myself and wrote to the Ministry as well as the Dept at Bhubaneswar, for pension to the mentally retarded son. He was not being allowed inside the office at Bhubaneswar. That spoke of his mental condition. I told the Dept that was his mental status, and we should not reckon it.  He had earlier ‘blamed’ the Dept and our Assn for not helping.   We have not known or seen each other. About two months back, he sent me a photo of himself wriggling on the floor and  requested for his pension. When I sent the photo to the Dept and asked them to consider it as an SOS, the Dept was grateful to sanction the pension within 72 hours. Consultant Shri Yuggar Kishore Gosain liaised very well. This surviving family pensioner rang me on Dec 9 2019 to thank for the help. He spoke in a merciful, stammering and broken voice.

            Pensioners’ Day:                 Pensioners’ Day was celebrated at the KCGPA Office premises on 17 December.  All the Officer Bearers and about 15 members participated.  After welcome by the Secretary, Shri Girish Kanagotagi, President, gave brief account of significance of Pensioners Day.  Treasurer Shri RSN Murthy and members who interacted, gave their salutations to late  DS Nakara, because of whose legal battle the pensioners got the needed justice.  Secretary Dr MR Hegde solicited the members’ united help to continue the saga for the pensioners welfare and reminded their social obligations.  Joint Secretary Shri Poddar highlighted the contributions of founder members and the history of KCGPA.  Dr. MR Hegde, Secretary, also spoke on ‘City waste management problems, challenges and possibilities’.  Shri Chit Prakash proposed vote of thanks, followed by high tea.

            We like to highlight the points made by Dr Hegde, a Doctorate in Agronomy, in his Talk on ‘Holistic Waste Management’.   Generation of waste is inevitable in every habitation, however big or small.  In India,  there is fast growth in urbanization.  Nearly 45 percent   people live in urban and peri-urban areas, with the total population of India being 137 crores.  Annually about 70 million tonnes  of waste is generated.  In Bengaluru City alone every day, about 4000 tonnes of waste is accumulated. Waste generated has transversal effects creating many problems.  They are environmental, air, soil  and water pollution.  The green house gases generated by waste raises the atmospheric temperature  resulting in global warming.  Waste in dumping yard is habitated   by rodents, pigs and vultures.  It becomes main source for growth of harmful micro-organisms resulting in health problems.  Waste in cities are also a cause for drainage blockage.  Plastic degradation releases diethyl hydroxyl amino gas, which is highly carcinogenic waste in a required manner.    There is shortage of dumping yards or landfills for disposing waste.  There is difficulty in segregation, proper collection, proper supervision and timely transportation.  Fund crunch, poor infrastructure, non availability of viable technology  of waste utilization add to the problem. Integrated  and efficient waste management models are available either from other Countries or from Indore and Kanpur Corporations.  There is need for efficient land fill management with compacting of waste, odour and parasitic animal and birds management.  Segregation needs to be done at individual house levels and collection done daily. Composting, Bio-methonation and Electricity generation are value added options for waste.  One tonne of waste can generate about 300 Kg of compost, 500 KWh of electricity and 20 cubic meters of Bio-gas.  In Bengaluru, there is Karnataka Compost Development Corporation, which needs to be strengthened and similar units must be established in several places. Plastic can be made to decompose in  environmentally friendly way by using idonella bacteria and  wax-worms.  We should create civic sense among the dwellers to avoid littering of waste and  carry out  segregation.  Every civilian must adopt four practices of refuse, reduce, re-use and  re-cycle. The repugnant attitude towards waste and garbage to go “out of sight”, should be overcome.  All should join hands in a Movement towards economically viable and socially acceptable waste management.  This can only help in maintaining our nature “green and clean”, and save “nature for future”.

( PS : The pictures below are from the meeting ‘held in the Assn office’, Dec 17)











            Traditionally, more Associations observed the Day. The Co-ordination Committee of CGPA(K), the Karnataka IA&ADPA and the Karnataka ITPA also held meetings on different dates.

Payments received:           Following payments have been received during  December  2019.  We thank them all, including the three members who have donated  Rs.1000 each.

Name  (Smt/Shri)
M.
No.
Receipt No.
D0na-
tion
Others
M Fee
       PD Subs.                      Rs.             Year 
Remarks
Andrews MA
1367
2362


500
500
19-23
New Member
Chenniappan PL
1365
2360


500
125
19-20
New Member
Leela Sahij Ram
1363
2358


500
500
19-23
New Member
Mahendrakar Sreenivasa Rao
1368
2363


500
500
19-23
New Member
Murthy PNR
1087
2370
  500


500
22-26

Murugan CS
  727
2369
1000





Neelamani Bose
  710
2368



250
19-21

Pious Thomas Dr.
1362
2356


500
500
19-23
New Member
Raja Rao YS
1204
2365
1000


500
19-23

Rajashekar AC
1341
2364



500
19-23

Ravi Prasad BS
1366
2361


500
500
19-23
New Member
Soni MS
1364
2367
    50

500
250
19-21
New Member
Subbarayan Bhat
1092
2359



500
19-23

Vaidyanath Prabhakar
  492
2357
1000





Veeraraghavulu A
1148
2366
  500


500
20-24

                                                                                                                                           
New members enrolled : Following SEVEN  new members have been enrolled during  December 2019.  We welcome them and wish them well.
Sl
.No.
Name (Smt/Shri)
Age/DOB
Department
Email/Telephone
Mobile No.
M.No.
01
Pious Thomas Dr.
No.313,1st Main,
Talacauvery Layout,
Armruthahalli,
BENGALURU 560 092

59
01.12.1960
ICAR, IIHR,
DARE
Min of Agri
94805 14820
1362
02
Leela Sahijram, Dr.
No.42/1, Deepak Appts
(Ground Floor), 4th Main,
Anand Nagar, Hebbal,
BENGALURU 560 024
63
12.04.1956
ICAR, IIHR
Min of Agri
080 2343 1821
93428 90380
1363
03
SONI MS,
No.J371, Raghunath Vihar,
Sector 14, Opp. Daily Bazzar, Kharghar,
NAVI MUMBAI 410 210
72
06.12.1947
MHA/IB
91 97687 68396
1364
04
CHENNIAPPAN PL,
No.309, CQAL Layout,
Sahakara Nagar,
BENGALURU 560 092





76
15.07.1943
CQAR, DGQA,
Min of Def
080 2363 6805
94497 65410
1365
05
RAVIPRASAD BS,
No.307, “AKSHYA”,
16th Cross, 4th Main,
CQAL Layout,
Sahakara Nagar,
BENGALURU 560 092
67
06.10.1952
Min of Labour & Employment
97399 89149

1366
06
ANDREWS MA,
No.187, CQAL Layout,
Sahakara Nagar,
BENGALURU 560 092


73
12.09.1946
CQAL,
Min of Def
7760375637
1367
07
MAHENDRAKAR SREENIVASS RAO,
No.623, First Floor,
19th Main, 20th Cross,
A-Block, Sahakara Nagar,
BENGALURU 560 092
59
02.10.1960
ICAR,IIHR,
Min of Agri
9480607571
94826003614
1368

                                Donations:               We made the following Appeal last month. We repeat it this month too. Please bear with us, and help generously.

  Donations:             We have not approached you for sometime for ‘liberal’
donations. We would like to state this. The cost towards the production of issues
of PD has increased. Recently, the EC (Nov 25) has taken a forced decision to
pay ‘almost double the rent’ to the Assn office, at the insistence of the owner. We
had to accept this situation, as we are unable to find an alternate premises at a
lesser rent. We sent a cheque for Rs 50,000 to the Chief Minister’s Flood Relief
Fund; and not many contributed on this account. Please be sympathetic enough
to donate more liberally, ‘month by month’, so that the Assn runs on strong rails.”

How much safe is your money in Bank ‘Fixed Deposits’?  

            No, not that much safe as we assume. Here is the new position. The Govt has the tendency to ‘bail out’ public sector bank, whenever there is a ‘run’ on a bank. The Govt infuses its money, and normalizes the bank. Now, according to a  recent proposal with the Govt, it has brought out a Money Bill, which has been referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC). This Bill proposes that whenever there is a ‘run’ on a  public sector bank, that bank is being given the provision to ‘bail in’ (as against ‘bail out’ by the Govt) and get 10 or 20% of the money from the Fixed Deposits holders, and put the remaining money in Equity. It is not clear whether this Equity amount would get interest or not, and how the depositor can withdraw his money. We all know well how dear are these Fixed Deposits. Please watch for this development carefully, and protest. (This information was given out by a working/retired person from the Banking sector. I have no corroboration, at present.)





An Obituary

Shri B D Bhandari, 85 years, a VRS retiree from the Intelligence Bureau, remained sick for long at Koteswar, Mangalore. He shifted to Bengaluru a year ago, and remained with his wife at his daughter’s place. He breathed his last on Dec 2, 2019. According to his Wish, his body was donated to the MS Ramaiah hospital, Bengaluru. Authorities have been requested to pay ‘family pension’ to the surviving spouse. We pray peace to his soul and strength to all the bereaved.

A Quote

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count.
It's the life in your years.
-       Abraham Lincoln




























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