Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Narayan Bhat (name changed), 80, dreads the days ahead. Now on, he has to shell out a minimum of Rs 20,000 every month for his treatment. Bhat worked in the accounts' wing of the defence department and his chronic renal illness was covered under the cashless facility of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). 

It hasn't been the same since March 7. With private hospitals refusing to offer treatment under the CGHS cashless facility, the ones affected are retired, working central government employees and their families across the nation.

"My father has to undergo dialysis three days a week. Imagine the plight of patients whose surgeries are scheduled. CGHS beneficiaries who served the nation in various capacities are now caught between the government and private hospitals. My father's treatment will cost a minimum of Rs 20,000 a month from now on. It's not easy," Bhat's daughter told TOI. He undergoes dialysis in one of the city's multi-specialty hospitals.

Source: TOI

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


The Cabinet is likely to set the terms of reference of the 7th Pay Commission this week, paving the way for salary revision of over 50 lakh  central government employees.

The matter will be finalised at the proposed meeting as the government wants to settle the matter before model code of conducts are notified ahead of the general election, scheduled in April-May this year.The government has already approved the composition of the commission for revision of salaries of central government employees, including Railways and Defence. It would also revise the remuneration for 30 lakh pensioners.

Former Supreme Court Judge Ashok Kumar Mathur, who also headed the Armed Forces Tribunal, will head the 7th Pay Commission. It has been mandated to submit its report in two years and its recommendations are to be implemented from January 1, 2016. The other members of the Commission include Oil Secretary Vivek Rae (full time Member), NIPFP Director Rathin Roy (part- time Member) and OSD in Expenditure Department Meena Agarwal (Secretary).

Source: PTI