Minutes of the meeting held on 10.03.2016 .with the representatives of JCM (Staff Side) on pensionary matters under the Chairmanship of Secretary(P&PW)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary, JCM(Staff Side)
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi
Subject: Minutes of the meeting held on 10.03.2016 with representatives of JCM (Staff Side) on pensionary matters under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P&PW).
Kindly find enclosed herewith the minutes of the meeting held on 10.03.2016 with representatives of JCM (Staff Side) on pensionary matters under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P&PW) for kind perusal.
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Under Secretary to the Government of India
DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’WELFARE
Minutes of the JCM meeting on the pensionary matters under the Chairmanship of Secretary(P&PW) held on 10.03.2016 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.
The list of the participants is at Annexure I
Secretary (P&PW) welcomed the participants and appreciated the contributions of the pensioners and the JCM towards welfare of the pensioners. Secretary (P&PW) informed he has been taking regular review meetings to expedite issues which are long pending in SCOVA. He urged JCM members to encourage pensioners to get their Aadhaar number embedded with their Bank Accounts.
2.The meeting started with a discussion on the Action Taken Report on the minutes of the last JCM meeting held on 26.02.2015.
(i)Abnormal delay in the issue of revised PPO to Pre-2006 retirees, pensioners/family pensioners.
(a) CPAO informed that as on date 5520 cases of pre-2006 areto be revised,out of which 4027 cases belong to pre-1990 and details of these cases are not available with the administrative Ministry/Department. It was decided that the CPAO will contact all Banks to obtain phone numbers/addresses of such pensioners. Secretary(P&PW) directed CPAO to contact all concerned Ministries/Departments/Banks to sort out issues and prepare a Bank-wise and Branch-wise details of such pensioners in Excel software and upload it on pensioners portal for general information. Secretary(P&PW) may also take up matter with the CMDs of all Banks in next video conferencing. After a month, a review meeting of CPAO,DFS and concerned Ministries/Departments be called by the CPAO under the chairpersonship of Jt.Secretary(Pension)to assess the pendency.
(b) Ministry of Railways reported ‘Nil’ Pendency. However,JCM members contested that there are some cases especially in Ajmer and Kota Division where PPOs have not been revised. Further,JCM members requested Ministry of Railways to provide Zone-wise figures of revised PPOs. Ministry of Railways agreed to provide the Zone-wise figures within 15days to the JCM members and DoPPW.
(c)Department of Posts reported ‘Nil’ Pendency.
(d)Department of Telecom intimated that 159 cases are pending for revision, details of which will be given to DoPPW for providing the same to the JCM members.
(Action:-CPAO , M/o Railways and D/o Telecom)
(ii) Cashless Treatment to CGHS beneficiaries by empanelled private hospitals to serving employees.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that provision of benefits of Cashless Treatment to the Central Govt. Pensioners availing CGHS facilities is already in place. Secretary(P&PW) stated that the matter pertains to serving employess and is out of the ambit of JCM meeting,hence the matter may be closed.
(iii) Finalisation of family pension cases within a specified period in respect of MP Postal Circle.
Department of Posts informed that the instructions in this regard have been issued by the MP Postal Circle to its subordinate authorities. JCM members were requested to inform the Department of Posts regarding specific pendency, if any.
(Action:- Department of Posts)
3. Discussion on Fresh Agenda Items.
(i) Grant of Gratuity on retirement/death of a Central Govt.NPS Subscriber.
Jt.Secretary (P) informed that Department of Expenditure has concurred the proposal in principle and as per advise of Department of Expenditure, the proposal was circulated to concerned Departments i.e Department of Financial Services, DoPT and Department of Legal Affairs have been obtained and the file will be processed after receiving the comments from other Departments.
(ii) Extension of the benefits of DoPPW OM No 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 28.01.2013 read with OM dated 30.07.2015 to pre-2006 pensioners with less than 33years of service and more than 20years service for full pension.
Jt.Secretary(P) informed that the DoPPW is consulting with the Department of Expenditure so that finality on the issue would be reached at the earliest.
(Action:DoPPW and Department of Expenditure)
(iii) Delay in finalizing the Family Pension case of Widow/Unmarried daughters and Physically Handicapped candidates by PCDA(Pension)Allahabad in respect of civilian defence employees specially from ordnance factories.
Ministry of Defense informed that only 27 cases are pending and these have all been received after 08.02.2016. In this regard,PCDA(P),Allahabad, have already issued Circular No. 131 & 143 highlighting the correct procedure. Secretary (P&PW) directed that these circulars which are available on PCDA Portal be uploaded on Pensioners Portal website. Further he directed to check the grievances received by PG Portal in this regard.
(Action: Ministry of Defence/CGDA)
(iv) Grant of modified parity to all those who retired prior to 01.01.2006 with refrence to the upgraded post.
It was informed to the JCM members, that the benefit of upgraded post cannot be extended to pensioners after retirement as per instructions of DoPPW. It is clearly mentioned in the order that the pension can be calculated with reference to corresponding pay of pre-revised scale. Hon’ble Court has also upheld the order. However, on the request of JCM members, Secretary (P&PW) assured to look at the issue separately.
4. JCM members informed that the Pension Adalats are not conducted as per laid down policy. Further, they informed that the Pensioners Associations may be allowed to represent the cases of the individual pensioners. The concerned Ministries/Departments clarified that the members of Pensioners’Associations could accompany and represent the case of the pensioner in individual capacity and not as representatives of Pensioners’Associations. Further, Secretary(P&PW) directed that the instructions in this regard may be reiterated.
The meeting end with the vote of thanks to the Chair