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Action Taken Report (ATR) on the minutes of the 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

F.No.42/2/2014 – 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: 31st January, 2014


Subject: Action Taken Report (ATR) on the minutes of the 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA).

Please find enclosed herewith a copy of Action Taken Report (ATR) on the decisions of the 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 20th September, 2013 in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) for kind perusal.

Enclosure: As above.

(Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary (P)
Telefax: 24644637
1.       Director, NIC. 3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi for placing this office memorandum on this Department’s website – circulars – SCOVA.

2.       Pensioners Associations under SCOVA:

Standing Group ( 5 Associations)

(i)                  Secretary, Nationa Council (Staff Side) JCM, 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001.
(ii)                President, All India Retired Railwaymen's Federation, Block 303,Railway Colony High School, Chilkallguda, Secunderabad - 500025,Andhra Pradesh
(iii)               President, All India Federation of Pensioners Association, G-2,Soundarya, New No. 51, Old No. 22, Kavarai Street, Saidapet  West, Chennai - 600015, Tamilnadu.
(iv)               Secretary General, Bharat Pensioners' Samaj, Post Box No. 3303,Jangpura P.O. New Delhi - 110 014.
(v)                Vice President & Honorary Secretary, Air Force Association, Air Force Station, Race Course Camp, New Delhi - 110 003.

Rotating Group ( 10 Associations)

(i) President,Disabled War Veterans (India),
B6/6, DLF City, Phase I, Gurgaon, Haryana - 122002.

(ii) President, Association of Retired Officers of IA&ID,
H. No. 2154, Sector 38-C, Chandigarh.

(iii) Secretary General, All India Central Government Pensioners Association,
EP-233, Naya Bazar, Jalandhar City, Punjab.

(iv) Secretary, Karnataka Posts and Telecommunications Pensioners Association (R),
1397, 23rd Main, Banashankari II Stage, Bengaluru.

(v) President, Co-ordination Committee of Central Government Pensioners' Association,
68-B, K. G. Bhawan, Malanga Lane, Kolkata-12, West Bengal.

(vi) General Secretary, All India Central Government Pensioners' Association, 355, Ganga
Mandir, Cuttack, Orissa.

(vii) General Secretary, Central Government Pensioners' Association, Kerala, "Pension
Kendra", II Floor, Capital Towers, Patturaickal In., Thrissur - 680022, Kerala.

(viii) General Secretary, Central Government Pensioners Welfare Association, Jammu Olympic Association Building, Parade, Jammu (J&K).

(ix) Secretary General,AII India Organisation of Pensioners Kanpur,
 120/469, Lajpat Nagar, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

(x) President, All India Central Government Pensioners' Association,
1785, Sadashivpeth, Phadkeshankul, Near Pune, Vidyarthi Griha, Pune - 411030

Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare)


S. No
Issue raised in 23rd
SCOVA meeting
as per minutes
Gist of Decision taken in
the 23rd SCOVA meeting
Follow up Action
Sl.No 1 of ATR of para 5:
Status of issue of revised PPOs to pre-2006 pensioners.
CPAO informed that as on 08.08.2013, 71,334 cases (34,733 pre-1990 and 36,601 pre-2006), of Civil Ministries/Deptts, are pending for revision. Approximately 82% work of Civil Ministries/
Departments have been
completed. Efforts are
brinh made to approach
the pensioners through
advertisements,however,as pension has already
been revised by the banks,
response from pensioners
was not encouraging.

To strengthen the
monitoring at the level of
the Secretary of the
administrative Min/Deptt,
this item has been made a
part of the monthly D.O to
the Cabinet Secretary.

Target date:- 31st

b} Ministry of Railways
informed that they have
completed the revision of
5,87,035 out of 10,93,772
cases.. Hon'ble MOS (PP)
desired that the Ministry of Railways should give
advertisements in
MOS9PP) took up the issue with the Defence Minister & Railway Minister vide DO letters dated 14.10.2013.
The target date for completion of the work was 31.12.2013.
CPAO has given information on the basis of e-scroll received from banks. The numbers of cases has increased for revision. Since more and more case or pre-1990 has been added to CPAO data base. The major reason of non-revision of these cases in non-available of records of pensioners in ministries/Departments, Banks and even with pensioners,
Approximately, 83.55% work has been completed by the Civil Ministries/Departments.

Pre 1990
Pre 2006
Yet to be revised
Civil Min/Deptts

1,50,373 cases have also been revised
in terms of DoPPW order no 1/20/2011-
P&PW(E) dated 28.01.2013 for enhancement of pension of Pre-2006 pensioner w.e.f24.09.2012.

Ministry of Railways.

Target date was 31st Dec, 2013. Approximately 90% PPOs have been revised till 31.12.2013.

Status of Corrigendum PPOs revised till 31st Dec,2013 is as under:

Issue raised in 23rd SCOVA meeting as per minutes
Gist of Decision taken in
 the 23rd SCOVA meeting
Follow up Action

Concerned regional language. MOS(PP) will take up the issue with the Railway Minister, demi-officially

Target date :31st Dec, 2013.
C) Department of posts informed that the after re-verification the number of pre-2006 pensioners have come down to 1,96,000 and now the DOP has completed 84.78% of the work. 29,855 cases are pending. The DOP are going through a transition from non-digitisation to digitisation form, and the Department has already started has already started ERP solution, by putting all the legacy data into ERP solution.

Target date: 30th Nov, 2013.

d) Department of Telecommunication informed that as on date 53,000 cases remain to be revised. The main problem was that DOT has to depend on BSNL for the records. The Secretary of DOT will address all heads of circles of BSNL to expedite the cases by constituting a coordination Committee at each CCA.. 31st December, 2013 has been kept as a target date for BSNL to provide all the documents relating to it.

Target date : 31st March, 2014.

Total PPOS
PPOs revised
PPOs yet to be revised
10.02 lakh
8.95 lakh
1.07 lakh

The remaining 1.07 lakh cases are very old cases and due to want of records their revision could not completed before 31.12.2013.

Department of Posts

Target Date was 30th Nov, 2013. 94.83% revision of pre-2006 has been accomplished. Status of Corrigendum PPOs revised till 31st Dec, 2013 is as under.

Total PPOs
PPOs revised
PPOs yet to be revised

D/o Telecommunications
Necessary instructions have been issued by Secretary (T) to BSNL and CCA Offices to expedite settlement of pending pension cases. A coordination committee has also constituted at each of the circles.
Fortnightly Monitoring of pendency of pre-2006 cases is being done at DOT(HQ) level, 29985 cases are pending as per report for fortnight ending 15.01.2014.

Issue raised in 23rd SCOVA meeting as per minutes
Gist of Decision taken in the 23rd SCOVA meeting
Follow up Action

e) 4.5 lakh cases (approx..) of post-2006 pensioners have been computerised. Digital records of 5.88 lakh pensioners have also been created in respect of pre-2006 cases under project SANGAM.

Digitisation of pension data will be completed by 31st March, 2014, the revision exercise for all cases is proposed to be completed by September, 2014.

(Action: CPAO,M/o Railways, D/o Poss, D/o Telecom, M/o Defence & D/oP&PW)
CGDA(M/o Defence)

Status of Corrigendum PPOs revised till 31st Dec, 2013

Total PPOs
PPOs revised
PPOs yet to be revised
18 lakh
10.5 lakh
7.5 lakh

Some banks have yet to furnish their
database. Intervention of Ministry of
Defence/Deptt. Financial Services have also been sought for Pr.CDA(Pensions) Allahabad have also made a advertisement vide their Circular No. 114 for eliciting information for
left out Defence Civilian pensioner/family pensioners. All out efforts are being made for issue of revised PPOs to pre-2006 retiree
pensioners/family pensioners within the time frame stipulated by the Ministry.

D/o Ex Servicemen Welfare

By 31st March, 2014, 17.5 lakh
Corr.PPOs would be ready in respect of armed forces pensioners.

To simplify the pension sanction and
issue of PPOs, a 0.0 reply has been sent to MoS(PP) from Raksha Mantri on 03.11.2013. A Committee headed by Secretary (ESW) is looking into the matter for developing an Integrated Pension Management System for
armed forces pensioners.
iii) Sl.No.3 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 widely
circulated. Arbitrary
orders dated
01/08/1996 and
01/09/1996 issued by Ministry of Health and Director of CGHS may
In respect of point
13 & 16(i) the
representative of Ministry
of Health & FW informed
that the matter regarding
withdrawal of OMs dated
01.08.1996 and 01.09.1996 (which provide that the P&T pensioners not participating in CGHS while in service may not be extended this facility) is sub-judice.
(Action: M/o Health &
M/O Health & FW

As regards (13) and 16 (i) : the matter is still sub-judice.

Issue raised in 23rd SCOVA meeting as per minutes
Gist of Decision taken in the 23rd SCOVA meeting
Follow up Action

be withdrawn and the benefit of CGHS facilities be allowed to the pensioners of
Department of Post and Department of

16(i) Medical
facilities for existing P&T pensioners.

(iii) S.No 6 of ATR
Regarding additional dispensaries.

Ministry of Health & FW informed that due to the financial and logistic constraints it is not possible to open more dispensaries. Ministry is however mooting a proposal to open CGHS dispensaries at all State Capital not yet covered by CGHS. MOS (pp) said that for opening of dispensary at Panchkula, the matter from his level will be taken up again.
M/o Health & FW informed that with the merger of 19 P&T dispensaries with CGHS, the problem of non-availability of hospitalisation facility has been mitigated to a large extent.

Regarding empanelment of hospitals, the Ministry of Health & FW informed that in smaller cities, the empanelment of hospitals has been done only in those places where CGHS dispensaries are available. This is because the number of patients in such cities is sizeable.

On the question of computerisation of CGHS

D/o P&PW & M/O Health & FW

Honble MOS (pp) addressed a D.O letter dated 10.10.2013 to Honble M/o health & FW for opening a dispensary at Panchkula.

*. CGHS empanels Pvt. Hospitals only in the cities where it is in operation, as a matter of policy.

*. Regarding Jammu, the process in sin advances stage

Issue raised in 23rd SCOVA meeting as per minutes
Gist of Decision taken in the 23rd SCOVA meeting
Follow up action

dispensary at Jammu, the Ministry of Health & FW informed that the matter is under process.
(Action: M/o Health &

Vi) of para 5 Sl. No 7 of ATR
Nomination facility for reimbursement of expenses incurred under CGHS.

In D/o P&PW letter
dated 30.07.2013, Ministry
of Health was informed
that seeking Affidavits/NOC etc. on stamp paper from the legal heirs/family members may cause avoidable inconvenience to them. The feasibility of
reimbursing the hospitalization expenses in
respect of the deceased
employee/pensioner to the
nominee for the purpose of
GPF, gratuity, CGEGIS,
etc. could, therefore, be
examined. M/o Health &
FW was again requested to
re-consider the matter.
Ministry of Health &FW
informed that in the light
of the observations of
D/oP&PW, the issue is
being re-examined.
D/o P&PW & M/o Health & FW

*. M/o of Health & FW have issued an
OM no S-1l01l/12/2013-CGHS(P) dated
25.09.2013 providing the facility of
Nomination for re-imbursement of medical expenses in the event of death of Principal CGHS card holder.
ix) SI. No 10 of
Anomaly in fixation of pension to
DoT employees
absorbed in BSNL,
who retired between
1.10.2000 and
The representative of
D/o Telecomm. informed
that the matter has been
re-examined by them and
a fresh proposal will be
sent to D/o P&PW' for
consideration before 
(Action : D/o
Telecommunications &
ot« P&PW)
D/o P&PW & D/o Telecomm.

A proposal was received from
Department of Telecom on 19.11.2013.

DoP&PW has sought some more
information/clarifications on the proposal on 19.11.2013. D/o Telecomm. has sent the requisite information which is under examination in D/oP&PW.

Issue raised in 23rd SCOVA meeting as per minutes
Gist of Decision taken in the 23rd SCOVA meeting
Follow up Action
x) SI. No 11 of
ATR Merger of
78.2% lDA with basic pension benefit to the
absorbed BSNL
The representative of
Department of Telecommunications
informed that the matter
has been re-examined by
them and a fresh proposal
will be sent to % P&PW
for consideration before
(Action: 0/0 Telecom &
0/0 P&PW)
D/o P&PW & D/o Telecomm.

A proposal was sent by % Telecom on
20.12.2013. D/o P&PW has communicated its 'No Objection' to the proposal subject to the approval of Deptt. Of Expenditure. D/o Telecomm. has referred the proposal to D/o
Expenditure on 08.01.2014. Approval of D/o Expenditure is awaited by D/o Telecomm.
(23.2) Extension of benefit of upgraded Grade Pay to pre- 2006 retirees of 5-12
Ministry of Finance has
informed that the grade
pay of Rs.4600 is not the
corresponding grade pay in
respect of the pre-revised
pay scale of Rs.6500- 10,500. This grade pay is the corresponding grade
pay of the upgraded post
in the pay scale of 7,450-
11,500. The corresponding grade pay for pre-revised pay scale of 6,500-10,500 is Rs.4200, since the benefit of
upgraded pay scale is not
to be given to the pre-
2006 pensioners, the
pension of pre-2006
pensioners who retired in
the pay scale of 6500-
10,500 cannot be fixed
with reference to the
minimum of fitment table
With grade pay of Rs.4600. Pensioners Associations informed that there are some CAT orders allowing benefit of grade pay of Rs.4600 to the pre-2006 pensioners who retired in the pay scale of 6,500 -10,500. It was decided that since the matter is sub -judice, the final decision would be taken subsequent to court decisions.
(Action: Department of
Expenditure/o P&PW)
Action Awaited from D/o Empenditure

Issue raised in 23rd SCOVA meeting as per minutes
Gist of Decision taken in the 23rd SCOVA meeting
Follow up Action
(23.4) Broad Banding of Disability Element for pre-1996 cases.
The matter was
processed and referred to
MoD(Fin) for concurrence.
But MoD (Fin) returned the
matter back for knowing
the financial implications
involved. CGDA, expressed
its difficult in furnishing
the requisite information.
MoD(Fin) was persuaded
to process the matter without the financial
implications. The case has
been referred to M/o
Finance by MoD(Fin) in
March,2013. The DESW
has been in constant touch
with the D/o Expenditure
to get the case finalized.
Secretary (Pension)
requested the Ministry of
Finance to expedite the
disposal of cases.
( Action: Mlo Finance,
ot« Expenditure &
DI0 Ex-Servicemen
Action Awaited from:-

1)      D/o Expenditure

D/o Ex Servicemen Welfare
The case is being pursued vigorously with Department of Expenditure. A D.O letter has also been sent to Secretary (Exp) from Secretary(ESW) in Dec,2013. However, concurrence is awaited
(23.7) Extension of benefit of OM dt. 28.1.2013 w.e.f 1.1.2006 instead of 24.9.2012.
It was stated that a
SLP filed by the D/o P&PW
has been dismissed by the
Hon'ble Supreme Court on
29.07.2013. The Department was considering further course of action in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Law.
(Action:D/o P&PW)
D/o P&PW
D/oP&PW issued OM dtd. 28.1.2013 as
per the decision of the Cabinet while
considering pensionary matters of Defence personnel as proposed by MoD.
 Review petition against the order dtd. 29.7.2013 of Hon'ble Supreme Court was dismissed. Hence, a Curative Petition is also being filed in the Hon'ble Supreme Court

An SLP filed against order dtd 29.4.2013 in Delhi High Court has been tagged with Civil Appeal of 2011 file by MoD. Next date of hearing is 4th Feb,2014.

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