Request to expedite decision for enhancing Fixed Medical Allowance for Pensioners from Rs. 1000 per month to Rs. 3000 per month. In a letter dated 5th October 2023, Bharat Pensioners’ Samaj, an All India Federation of Pensioners’ Associations, addressed Hon’ble Smt. Nirmala Sitaraman, Finance Minister of the Government of India, urging the expedited decision for enhancing the Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs. 1000 per month to Rs. 3000 per month.
The letter highlights that the Parliamentary committee on Pensioner’s Grievance had recommended this enhancement in its 110th report dated 10th December 2021. The recommendation was based on the understanding that many pensioners face health issues in their old age and struggle to manage with meager pensions, especially since CGHS hospital facilities are not available in every town.
The communication mentions that the recommendation was forwarded to the Ministry in January 2018 for a final decision. Subsequently, it was sent to the Finance Minister’s office in May 2023. The letter suggests that the Ministry was examining the matter and that the Finance Minister had given her approval.
The Bharat Pensioners’ Samaj expresses its anticipation that the Finance Minister’s office will provide clearance for the issuance of orders regarding the enhancement of the Fixed Medical Allowance. The letter is signed by D.D. MISTRY, Secretary of BSNL/PSU.
In essence, this letter is a formal request to expedite the decision-making process and implement the recommended enhancement of the Fixed Medical Allowance, which would greatly benefit pensioners facing health challenges in their retirement.
BHARAT PENSIONERS’ SAMAJ
(All India Federation of Pensioners’ Associations)
(Registered No, 2023 of 1962-62)
Member International Federation on Ageing. Montreal (Canada)
2/13-A – LGF Backside, Jangpura – ‘A’, New Delhi – 110 014
Dated 5th October 2023
Hon’ble Smt. Nirmala Sitaraman,
Finance Minister, Govt. of India,
15, Safdarjung Road,
Sub: A request to expedite decision for enhancing Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs. 1000/- Per Month to Rs. 3000/- PM.
1. In continuation of our letter of even No. Dated 26.04.2023, we write to remind you that the Parliamentary committee on Pensioner’s Grievance has submitted its 110th report on 10.12.2021; wherein it has been recommended the enhancement vide para3.14, sub Para (i) “Fixed Medical Allowance may be enhanced from Rs 1000 to Rs 3000 per month since most pensioners are suffering from different diseases at old age and are unable to manage with meager pension as CGHS hospital is not available in every town”.
2. As were given to understand, the same was forwarded to you ministry vide F. No. 4/34/2017-P&PW(D dated 31-01-2018 for final decision.
3. We were also informed that the same has been sent to your office vide No. सं.12(3)2/ई-V/2023 –dated 05.05.2023.
4. Madam Sir, since the issue was under examination in your ministry and we have come to know that you have given nod to the proposal.
We therefore look forward to your august office for its clearance for issuance of orders on the subject by the ministry.