RIGHTS PANEL DIRECTIVE TO CGHS
08th July 2013 12:52 PM
The State Human Rights Commission has directed the Director of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) to include one hospital in each district in the panel of the scheme to enable all the retired employees to get the benefits of the government’s health insurance scheme.
He also directed the Director and the Central Secretary to submit the report in this regard on August 7. The direction was following a complaint filed by Leela George, a retired central government employee.
There is only one hospital in the state empanelled in the health insurance scheme, which is in the capital city. There are only three consulting centres under the scheme which are also situated here. This makes it difficult for the pensioners residing in other districts to avail the benefits of the scheme.
The retired employees became members of the scheme by paying from Rs 15,000 to 20,000. The members of the scheme also had given up their medical allowance of Rs 3,600. The Commission also directed that the facility for free treatment for the members of the health insurance scheme be made at the hospitals which are empanelled in the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme.
POST OFFICES IN CAPITAL RUNNING OUT OF STAMPS
06th July 2013 12:19 PM
Post offices across the state are suffering from the scarcity of stamps of smaller denominations, especially Rs 4 and Rs 10.
Despite attempts to sort out the crisis by the Department of Posts, a shortage of stamps that are much in demand has been felt across the post offices here for the last few months. Now, the demand is being met by issuing stamps of smaller denominations from the existing stock.
Post offices across the state are suffering from the scarcity of stamps of smaller denominations, especially Rs 4 and Rs 10. Now, the public demand is being met through the sale of stamps mostly of Rs 5 denomination. As a result, the post offices are swiftly running out of Rs 5 stamps.
According to the postal authorities, a shortage does exist, but it is yet to reach acute levels. “Stamps are there for public usage, but not for bulk demands. There are not enough stamps to satisfy bulk customers and for diversion purpose,” officials said.
The stamps have started coming from Nagpur according to the intents
sent to the Circle Stamp Depot (CSD). The postal department had earlier directed to divert stamps from Patna to the state, but this was not brought into effect.
The stamps of Rs 4 denomination will soon be available as the supplies have started coming, according to the officials. Stamps of Rs 10 are expected to arrive in the next supply, they added.
Each year, the list of stamps that are deficient in each postal circle is issued by the CSD following the intents sent to it.
The range of denominations of excess stamps is different for each circle. This time, when the estimate was made, the CSD had suggested to divert excess stamps from each circle to the circles where there was a deficit of stamps of that denomination. The complication of the process had caused much delay and had also affected the calculation of requirement after the diversion.
The post offices in the Kerala circle had experienced an acute shortage of the smaller denomination stamps earlier also. Then, the reason cited was the short supply of stamps from the India Security Press (ISP), Nasik.
PROPOSED ONE DAY STRIKE AT PONDICHERY DIVISION, TAMILNADU CIRCLE. SETTLEMENT OF 38 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS BY NFPE/FNPO P3 AND P4 UNIONS
A one day strike was announced on 09.07.2013 , by NFPE/FNPO P 3 & P4 unions, requesting for settlement of 38 point charter of demands at Pondichery Division , in Tamilnadu circle.
Main charter of demands are
1. Shortage of staff and requesting for utilization of short duty pensioners/eligible willing GDS/outsiders to manage the vacant posts of P.A.s.
2. Cash conveyance should be streamlined on day-to-day basis with full protection; conveyance of taxi/auto fare to be paid with/remuneration should be paid with for the staff engaged/escorted.
3. Actual auto fare with remuneration should be paid with for mail conveyance between S.O.s and while entrusted with , due to non plying of MMS.
4. Irregular transfer orders issued to six MACP officials to long distance S.O.s on the plea of seniority, to be withdrawn .
5. Revision of FSC/drawal of fresh Divisional gradation list.
6. Permitting outsiders and age barred GDS to work in Postmen/MTS vacancies on leaves/ vacant places.
7. Combination of beats should not be insisted upon.
1. First phase demonstration was conducted on 04.06.2013 in front of Pondichery HPO.
2. Strike notice was served to the administration and Labour Commissioner on 14.06.2013.
3. Discussions were held with the Divisional administration on 17.06.2013 and failed.
4. Second phase demonstration was conducted on 22.06.2013 in front of Pondichery HPO
5. Conciliatory talks were held before Asst. Labour Commissioner (Central) on 27.06.2013
6. Circle union intervened with the Regional administration on 29.06.2013 seeking for exclusive talks
Bilateral talks with the Regional administration and Circle Unions (involving Divisional union) held on 01.07.2013 and settlement made recording the minutes. Com. J. Ramamurthy, Circle Secretary, P3, NFPE and Com. G.P. Muthukrishnan, Circle Secretary, P3, FNPO lead the delegation. Copy of minutes are published in TN Circle Union web site.
Strike was officially announced as withdrawn on 04.07.2013 before the Asst. Labour Commissioner (Central), Pondy.
SDPAs/GDS permitted to work in vacant posts; age barred GDS are allowed to work in vacant/leave place of postmen/MTS; Suitable auto / taxi fare allowed for conveyance of cash and mail ; suitable remuneration allowed for that ; irregular transfer orders issued to 6 MACP officials cancelled/ modified; surplus staff working at Divisional office withdrawn; Combination of beats will not be insisted upon ETC.