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Minutes of the 21st meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 27.9.2012

F. No. 42/45/2012-P&PW(G)
 Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public
Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension &
Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
 Date: 10th
October, 2012
Subject: 21st meeting of the Standing Committee
of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 27.09.2012 at Civil Services Officers’ Institute
(CSOI), Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi
Please find enclosed herewith a copy of minutes
of the 21st meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on
27.09.2012 presided over by Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Civil Services Officers’ Institute
(CSOI), Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, for your kind perusal.

(Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary (P)
Minutes of the 21st meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 27.9.2012 under the Chairmanship of Minister of State (PP) at Civil Services Officers Institute (CSOI), Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi.
Secretary (P&PW) at the outset welcomed Honble MOS(PP) as well as all representatives of PensionersAssociations
and the participating members of various Ministries/Departments. Thereafter, he enumerated the changes
in the pension rules and mentioned the fact that SCOVA has been able to achieve the objective for which it was started in 1986. Secretary (P&PW) further added that todays serving officers will eventually become
pensioners tomorrow. He praised the contributions made by the Pensioners as officers during their tenure in the Government and also applauded for their present contributions as Senior Citizens. Secretary expressed the hope that the Department would continue to get support from the pensioners’ Associations in future.
2. Honble MOS (PP) in his welcome address to the participants stated that representations relating to pensionary matters are increasing as different Ministries/Departments are interpreting pension rules in different ways. Thus, he stressed the need for uniform interpretation of pension rules so that the grievances of the pensioners relating to pensionary matters are reduced and settled without delay.
In order to have better cooperation between the Department and the pensioners
he agreed to the outstanding demand of holding the SCOVA meeting twice in a year.
(Action: DoP&PW)
3. The list of participants is at Appendix I.
4. Thereafter, the Action Taken Repot (ATR) of 20th SCOVA meeting (Annexure-I) and Agenda items of 21st SCOVA meeting (Annexure-II) were taken up for discussion.
5. Action Taken Report (ATR) on the points raised in the 20th meeting of SCOVA (Annexure-I)
Sl. No. 1 and 19 of ATR:
(1) Issue of Corrigendum PPO for Pre2006 retirees and also to communicate the amount of pension as well as Family Pension to be revised consequent to the 6th Central Pay Commission to Pre 1.1.2006 pensioners.
(19) Issue of Revised PPOs for pre and post 2006 retirees Status thereof
i) Central Pension Accounting Office has indicated that out of 6.67 lakhs cases of pre2006 pensioners/family pensioners revised PPOs in respect of 3.06 lakhs cases have been issued.
CPAO informed that they are sending escrolls of Pensioners to all Ministries/Departments, which will solve the problem of non receipt of Annexure-III.
ii) As final
figures were not
available, Department of Telecommunications and Department of Posts were asked to compile data for the cases of pensioners/family pensioners of pre2006 and take necessary action for their revision by 31st March, 2013.
iii) Ministry of Railways informed that they have requested pensioners to apply for revision of PPO by making all the data available to them. They informed that they have revised 4.7 lakhs PPOs on receipt of these applications and 6.00 lakhs are pending.
The Ministry has been asked to complete the task of issuing revised PPOs
by March,
where applications have been received.
Simultaneously they should ascertain a mechanism
of getting data of the remaining cases and revising PPOs of those who have not applied for revision of PPOs.
iv) Ministry of Defence informed that they have to cater to the requirement of more than 11 lakh pre2006 Pensioners. They have revised PPOs of about 5.7 lakh out of them. They also informed that in approximately 8.0 lakh cases, the revision has to be done manually and they have to take additional action for capturing all the data which is available only in physical
form. The Ministry was
to deploy
manpower for
capturing of data
the revision exercise by 30th September, 2013.
Secretary (P&PW) requested all the organizations/Departments/ Ministries to expedite the same without further delay and update the latest status with the Department of Pension & Pensioners
(Action: CPAO, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Defence, Department of Posts, Department of Telecom and DOP&PW)
Sl. No. 2 of ATR:
Expediting cases of sanction of secondary family pension with monitoring mechanism at various levels.
The necessary clarifications
as decided in the last SCOVA meeting had been circulated to all ministries/departments and associations on 8.12.2011 and the same has been reiterated in September, 2012.
Hence the item is treated as closed.
Sl. No. 3 & 12 of ATR:
(3) Same fitment
to Pre-2006 pensioners as recommended and implemented in respect of serving
by the VI CPC.
Parity between Past and Future Pensioners.
Stepping up of Pension and Family Pension to 50% and 30% respectively. Extension of new benefits granted to the past pensioner.
(12)- The implementation of orders dated 01.09.2008 read with the orders dated 14.10.08 is not correct for fixation of pension.
With regard to the issue of same benefit to pre2006 pensioners as given to serving employees by 6th CPC and parity between past and future pensioners, the members were informed that CAT in its judgement on 1.11.2011 had dismissed the issue.
With regard to issue of stepping up of pension and family pension to 50% and 30% respectively of the minimum of pay in the payscale, the members were informed that appropriate action in this regard is being taken taken by the government.
In view of the above, it has been treated as closed.
Sl. No.
of ATR:
A suitable alternative to merger of DR after it reaches 50% in view of VI CPC recommendation against 50% DA/DR merger benefit
ensure revision at reasonable intervals.
It was informed that the issue was taken up with the concerned Ministry for consideration, but the same has not been agreed to by the Government. Therefore, this item may be treated as closed.
Sl. No. 5 of ATR:
Restoration of commuted pension after 12 years.
It was informed that the issue was taken up with the concerned Ministry for consideration, but the same has not been agreed to by the Government. Therefore, this item may be treated as closed.
Sl. No.
7 and 8 of ATR:
Revision of Ex-gratia rates in respect of pre-1986 CPF/SRPF retirees and their families.
(a) Revision of ex-gratia amount to CPF/SRPF retirees.
(b) Uniform rates of DR.
(c) FMA to ex gratia beneficiaries
(d) Ex gratia to those who voluntarily retired after 20 years of service.
(e) Exgratia
not be
than minimum
pension and the same should be effective from
(a), (b) and (e): It was informed that the proposal for increasing the exgratia for CPF pensioners so as to bring them at par with SRPF beneficiaries is under consideration.
(c): Since they are the CPF beneficiaries who are not eligible for CGHS benefits, hence, they are not eligible for FMA as well.
(d): As regards exgratia to those who took voluntary retirement, it was agreed to reexamine the matter in the light of various court judgments
(Action: Ministry of Railways and DOP&PW)
Sl. No. 9 of ATR:
of secondary
family pension to
In view of the decision of the Government not to grant family pension to a widowed daughterinlaw, the item was closed.
Sl. No. 10 of ATR:
Fixed Medical Allowance to be enhanced to Rs. 1000/ per month w.e.f.
The Government has not agreed to further enhance FMA beyond Rs. 300/-. Item may be Closed.
Sl. No.
of ATR:
Implementation of Web Based Pensioners Portal
The performance and facilities available under the Web based “Pensioner Portalwas appreciated by the SCOVA members.
The Secretary (P&PW) suggested that Ministries/Departments should adhere to the timelines in the redressal of grievances and they should also sensitize the subordinate functionaries to adhere to these timelines.
The item may be closed.
(Action: DoP&PW)
Sl. No.
of ATR
Merged with Sl. No. 3 above of ATR.
Sl. No. 13 and 16 of ATR:
(13) The Orders of Ministry of Health reiterating that all the pensioners are at liberty to opt themselves with any of the nearest CGHS hospital/dispensary may be
01/08/1996 and
01/09/1996 issued by Ministry of Health and Director of CGHS may be withdrawn and the benefit of CGHS facilities be allowed to the pensioners of Department
of Post and
Department of Telecom as specially provided in the order of the Department
Personnel and Pension.
(16) (i) The existing Pensioners of Department of Posts and Telecom covered by P& T Dispensaries are neither
for treatment of hospitalization facilities nor for Fixed Medical Allowance.
(ii) Pensioners falling within the limit of P& T Dispensaries
Hospitals may be allowed to opt for P&T Dispensaries or drawl of Fixed Medical Allowance.
It was informed that the issue was taken up with the concerned
ministries and the decision to merge 19 dispensaries in 12 cities have been taken in principle.
The concerned ministries will inform the exact timelines.
In this regard Honble MOS(PP) will take up the issue with the Health Minister. He will also take up the matter with the Health Minister regarding opening of one new CGHS dispensary at Mohali/Panchkula/Chandigarh.
(Action: Ministry of Health & FW, Department of Posts,Department of Telecom, DoP&PW)
Sl. No. 14 and 21 of ATR:
(14)Early commencement of meeting of National Anomalies Committee to settle all anomalies arising out of 6th central pay commission recommendations.
(21)Same as above.
In view of the fact that meeting was already conducted by National Anomaly Committee on 5th January, 2012 to 17th July, 2012, the item is closed.
Sl. No. 15 and 27 of ATR:
(15)Grant of concessional telephone facilities to retired P&T Employees.
(27) Same as above.
The Department of Telecom informed that the matter had been referred to a committee which is looking into the financial aspects. Secretary, (Pension) suggested
that the decision should be taken by December, 2012. Secretary (Pension), however, desired that the SCOVA members may take up such ministry specific issues separately with the concerned ministry which have no general policy requirements and does not concern all pensioners.
Sl. No. 16 of ATR:
Merged with Sl. No. 13 above of ATR.
Sl. No. 17 of ATR:
Inclusion of Representatives of A.I.R.R.F and SCOVA in Railway Hospital Advisory Committees.
The matter is
under examination in
consultation with
(Action: Ministry of Railways)
Sl. No. 18 of ATR:
Withdraw new pension scheme as also the PFRDA Bill from the Parliament.
As this item is beyond the scope
of the SCOVA objectives, the item is closed.
Sl. No. 19 of ATR:
Merged with Sl. No. 1 above of ATR.
Sl. No. 20 of ATR:
Revision of Pension/Family Pension of Vth CPC:
Instructions for the same has been issued. Hence, the item is treated as closed.
Sl. No. 21 of ATR:
Merged with Sl. No. 14 above of ATR.
Sl. No. 22 of ATR:
Sanction of House Rent for Association
Since necessary provision for providing subsidy towards rent for Office has been provided in the Grantinaid under the Scheme Pensioners Portal, item may be treated as closed.
Sl. No.
of ATR: Fixed Medical Allowance
(i) to be enhanced to Rs. 1000/per month
w.e.f. 1.1.2006.
Item has already been discussed in para 5.10 of ATR. Item was treated as closed.
(ii) to pensioner residing beyond 2.5 Kms. from dispensary.
It was informed that jurisdiction of a dispensary is decided by its admn. authorities. Department of Pension
and Pensioners’ Welfare instructions allow Fixed Medical Allowance to pensioners residing outside the jurisdiction of dispensary.
Ministry of Railways explained that the 2.5 Km.
limit is laid down by the decision of courts. The members thereafter raised specific issue of RELHS.
It was decided that the Ministry of Railways may discuss the issue with the members.
(Action: Ministry of Railways)
Sl. No. 24 of ATR:
CSD canteen
Defence Civilian Pensioners.
The Ministry of Defence had not agreed to the proposal, hence it is dropped.
(Action: Ministry of Defence)
Sl. No.
of ATR:
of the Government decision
on the
recommendations of the Cabinet Secretarys
– Revision
PBOR pension to pre-2006 retiree.
In view of the instructions issued by Ministry of Defence in March, 2012, the item was treated as closed.
Sl. No. 26 of ATR:
Anomaly in fixation of pension to DoT employees absorbed in BSNL, who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.7.2001.
Department of Telecom may reexamine the issue.
(Action: Department of Telecommunication)
Sl. No. 27 of ATR:
Merged with Sl. No. 15 above of ATR.
Sl. No. 28 of ATR:
pension to postal retirees through banks.
Department of Posts informed that proposal has been sent to the Reserve Bank of India for final clearance.
The Department was asked to finalize the issue by 31.12.2012.
(Action: Department of Posts)
Sl. No.
of ATR:
Revision of pension of pre 1996 Railway pensioners.
Railway Board was advised to sort
out this matter after hearing the representatives of the pensioners associations and the item was closed.
6. Agenda Items for 21st SCOVA meeting (Annexure-II)
6.1 Time bound
grievance redressal & real time
dissemination of information are the two main ingredients of this novel venture for the welfare of pensioners
The Department of Pensioners and Pensioners Welfare informed that all the Ministries have been issued instructions to redress the grievance as per
the timeline prescribed by
Department of Administrative Reforms (ARPG).
In cases it was not possible to give immediate reply, an interim reply should be given to the applicant. DOP&PW will
reiterate these
to all Ministries/
The Railway association pointed out that direct cases which goes to Ministry of Railways should give acknowledgement on the same lines as in respect of cases
coming through DoP&PW. This facility is available in the software CPENGRAMS which can be made use by all
(Action: Ministry of Railways, DOP&PW and other
6.2 Dissemination of information in real time:
All the Ministries were requested to
update the information available in the website and provide necessary linkage to the websites of Department of Pensioners and Pensioners’ Welfare.
Ministry of Railway have been asked to regularly update all the instructions for information of Pensioners association.
Representative of the Posts & Telcom Pensioner Association stated that when the circular about enhancement of Dearness relief (DR) for pensioners/family pensioners is issued by Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW) and subsequently pasted
on the Pensioner portal Website, the post offices dont take cognizance of it, until a separate
circular is issued by the Department of Post on the basis of DoP&PW Dearness Relief
This double exercise tantamounts to delay in getting the dearness relief
by the pensioners/family pensioners through post offices. During the discussions, Honble MOS(PP) mentioned that, circular on enhancement of Dearness Relief (DR) issued by DoP&PW should be applicable to all offices of the Government of India. In this regard Secretary (P&PW) will
take up
the issue with Department of Post and Department of Telecommunication
(Action:Ministry of Railways/Ministry of Health & Family Welfare/Ministry of Defence/Department
Personnel & Training/Department
Expenditure/ Department of Financial Services/Department of Telecommunication/ Department of Posts/ CGA/CPAO and DoP&PW)
6.3 Simplification of submission of Life Certificate
The issue of submission of life certificate in any branch of Banks other than the Bank in which the pensioners had their accounts has not been found feasible.
However, CPAO was asked to look into the feasibility of submission of life certificate in any of the branches of the same
(Action: CPAO/Department of Posts/ Department of Telecommunication)
6.4 Simplification for payment of Family Pension in case of illiterate Family Pension.
In view of the number of documents available to the pensioners and also in view of the financial/legal implications of the proposal, the same was not agreed to. The item is closed.
(Action: DoP&PW)
6.5 Nomination facility for Family Pensioners drawing Life Time Arrears:
The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare agreed to further examine the proposal.
(Action: Department
Expenditure/ Department of Financial Services/ CGA/CPAO and DOP&PW)
6.6 Review of DCRGLimit.
The matter has not been agreed to by the Government, hence the item is treated as closed.
6.7 Medical Insurance coverage to Pensioners
The Representatives of Ministry
of Health & Family Welfare informed that the proposal has been sent to Planning Commission in 12th Plan and the scheme will be started for obtaining the requisite information.
(Action: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare)
6.8 a) Grievances Committees at the Additional Director (CGHS) Level at Delhi:
Advisory Committees have been constituted at Wellness Centre level which meets regularly to settle the issues at local level itself. Claim day once in a month and Claim Adalat from time to time are held in each zone to settle outstanding reimbursement claims.
Detailed instructions to streamline and expedite disposal of Medical Reimbursement Claims have also been issued and the position is being monitored at all levels regularly.
As a result of the initiatives taken by the Ministry in this regard, the pendency has been brought down drastically. MOHFW intends to further bring it down through computerization and administrative actions. It was decided that a fix date and time may be prescribed for meeting the pensioners and the same should be put on the website.
b) A similar grievance committee at national level may also be constituted
c) Central Government
Scheme: Issues at Wellness Centers
d) CGHS Dispensary/Wellness Centre at Jammu
e) Opening of three more CGHS Dispensaries, one at Mohali, second at Panchkula and “one more at Chandigarh.
Honble MOS (PP) directed Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to take appropriate action and he will take the matter with Minister of Health & Family Welfare also for empanelment of hospitals to be made better.
(Action: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare)
6.9 Two family pension to widows of reemployed ex servicemen:
The representatives of the Ministry of Defence informed that the same has been approved by the government.
Thus, the item is treated as closed.
6.10 Refusal to sanction
Family pension
to dependent
In view of the fact that legal heir certificate issued by court has been accepted by Ministry of Defence, the item may be dropped.
(Action: Ministry of Defence)
6.11 Widen scope of pension Adalat to include all payment cases & to allow SCOVA members/representative as well as representative
of identified Associations
to actively participate
It was stated that as the guidelines on Pension Adalats are very clear with clear provisions for participation by SCOVA members, as such the item may be treated as closed.
6.12, 6.13 and 6.14: 6.12 – RELHS facilities to family pensioners, other than spouse, and to the kids of Divorced & widowed dependent daughters.:
i) RELHS facilities
dependent parents ;
On 24th February 2010 during the budget speech
for Railways
iii) Separate nominated days
for Pensioners/family
in Rly hospital.
iv) Inclusion of representatives of identified Associations
& SCOVA members
in Rly Hospital
grievance committees.
v) Smart Card Facility for RELHS beneficiaries
vi) RELHS to be open ended scheme
vii) Streamlining of functioning of Railway Hospitals
6.13 Welfare Measures for Railway Pensioners:
Include Pensioners
in various Committees
Provision of office accommodation to PENSIONERS Associations
Dealing with the Pensioners Associations
Allow dependents in Widow passes:
Provision of passes to family pensioners other than the widow
6.14 Implementation
the MACP
Ministry of Railways agreed to examine issues on merit in consultation with pensioners associations. In case they have any other grievance they may approach railway authorities.
(Action: Ministry of Railways)
7. Secretary (Pension & PW) also requested the representatives of various Ministries/Departments that nonpensionary issues raised by the Pensioners Associations would be better handled by the concerned ministries/department itself by giving them patient hearing on regular basis.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
21st meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies
held on 27.9.2012 at Civil Services Officers
Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi.
Sl. No.
Shri V.
Minster of State
(Personnel, P.G. & Pensions)
as Chairman SCOVA
Shri Sanjay Kothari,
Secretary (P&PW)
as Convener &
Member Secretary,
Representatives from Pensioners Associations
Sl. No.
Name and designation
Shri Umraomal Purohit, Secretary
Shri S.
K. Vyas, Member
National Council (Staff Side) JCM,
New Delhi.
Shri Y. N. Sastry,President
Shri V.
General Secretary
All India Retired Railwaymens
Federation, Chilkallguda, Secunderabad
Shri M. S. Narasimhan
Shri M.
R. V. Nath.
All India Federation of Pensioners’
Association, Chennai
Shri Shyam Sunder, General Secretary
ensioners’ Samaj, New
Wg. Cdr.
Shri R. S. Johar
Air Force Association, New Delhi.
Shri S.
C. Maheshwari,General Secretary
Retired Railway Employees
Association, Gurgaon.
Shri Raj Pal Sharma, President
P&T Pensioners’
Association, Chandigarh
Shri Gurudas S.,
Shri Ramanatha Rao S. S.,
Vice President
Karnataka Central Government
Association, Bangalore
Shri Basudeb Sengupta,
Shri R. N. Samanta
Federation of Central Government
Pensioners’ Organization, Kolkata
Shri J.
K. Vaid, General Secretary
Government Pensioners
Association, Jammu
Shri M. C. Sahu,General Secretary
Government Pensioners’ Association, Bhubaneswar
Shri M. A. Karlekar, General Secretary
Shri Shreepad Deshpande
All India Central Government
Association, Pune
Shri Ganesh
sad, President
Jharkhand Pensioners
Samaj, Ranchi
Representatives from other Ministries/Departments
1. Shri Suresh Kumar
Seth,Adviser (IR)
Ministry of Railways
Ministry of Railways
2. Dr. D. P. Pande,
Exe. Dir. Health(P)
Ministry of Railways
3. Shri P.
P. Sharma
Exe. Dir.
Ministry of Railways
4. Sh. Sanjay Lavania, Exe.
Dir. Fin.
Ministry of Railways
5. Shri Prashant Mishra, Exe.Dir.(PC)
Ministry of Railways
6. Rajiv Kishore
Ministry of Railways
7. S. Banerjee,
Ministry of Railways
8. Ashutosh Garg, DDE(W)III
Ministry of Railways
1. Ms. A. S. Laxmi, JS (ESW)
Ministry of Defence
2. Shri Harbans
Ministry of Defence
3. Shri Upendra Sah, Jt.
Ministry of Defence
1. Dr. M. Lal,
Ministry of Health & Family
Ministry of Health & Family
2. Shri V. P.
Dy. Secy.
Ministry of Health & Family
3. Shri Jai Prakash,
er Secretary
Ministry of Health & Family
1. Shri L.
K. Meena, Director
Department of Financial Services
2. Smt. Surinder Kaur, Under Secretary
Department of Financial Services
1. Shri V. K.
Singh, Director
Department of Expenditure
2. Jitendra R. Gaikwad,
Section Officer
Department of Expenditure
1. Ashok Kumar,
Dy. Secretary
Department of Personnel &
1. Shri P.
Ahilan, ADG(Pension)
Department of Posts
Shri S.
S. Singh,
Department of Telecommunication
1. Smt. Vandana
Sharma, Chief Controller
2. Dr. Dilip Kumar, CA
3. Dalish Jadhav,
Dy. CA
1. Shri S. K.
Jana, Addl. CGA
2. Shri Manmohan,
of Department
of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
Shri Sanjay Kothari,
Smt. Tripti P. Ghosh, Director (PP)
Shri K. K.
Director (PW)
Smt. Sujasha Choudhury,
Deputy Secretary
Shri Amitabh Dwivedi,Under
Shri N.
Ranganathan, Under
Secretary B
Shri S.
P. Kakkar,
Under Secretary
Smt. Deepa Anand,
er Secretary -C
Shri D.
K. Solanki,
Under Secretary
E and
Shri S.
K. Makkar,Under
Shri T, C. Varghese,
Section OfficerF
Shri P.S.Ray, Section
Shri Surender Kymar, Section Officer
Smt. Harjeet Kaur, Section

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