Revision of rates and guidelines for reimbursement of expenses on purchase of Hearing Aids under CS(MA) Rules. 1944 and CGHS

No: S..14025/10/2002/MS
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 108
Dated the 21st March, 2012.
Subject:Revision of rates and guidelines for reimbursement of expenses on purchase of Hearing Aids under CS(MA) Rules. 1944 and CGHS- regarding
With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to refer to the Office memoranda of even No. dated 17.11.2006 and 28.10.2002 and OM Nos. S.14025/36/93/MS dated 26.03.94 and 17.08.1999 and to state that on the basis of recommendations of an Expert Committee, it has been decided to revise the rates and guidelines for hearing aids to be reimbursed under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 and CGHS.
2. The revised ceiling rates fixed for various types of Hearing Aids (for one ear) are as under:
Body worn / Pocket type
Rs. 2,500/-
Analogue BTE
Rs. 7,000/-
Digital BTE
Rs. 20.000/-
Rs. 25,000/-
The cost of hearing aid shall include all Taxes including VAT and shall carry 3’ year Warranty.
The cost of Analogue BTE /Digital BTE / ITC / CIC type hearing aid shall also include the cost of ear mould.
3. Beneficiaries covered under CS(MA) Rules. 1944 JCGHS shall be eligible to obtain hearing aid after the same has been recommended by a Government E.N.T. Specialist on the basis of audiometric and audiological assessment. ENT Specialist shall specify the type of hearing aid most suited for the beneficiary.
4. The permission to procure hearing aid shall be granted by Chief Medical Officer in- charge of CGHS Wellness Centre in case of CGHS pensioner beneficiaries and by the Head of Department /Office in case of serving employees and CGHS beneficiaries of Autonomous Bodies on the basis of recommendation of a Government Specialist and an undertaking that the beneficiary has not been reimbursed the cost of hearing aid in the preceding Five years.
5. Reimbursement claim shall be submitted to CGHS through CMO i/c of concerned dispensary by CGHS Pensioner beneficiary in the prescribed medical reimbursement claim form along with a photo copy of CGHS card, original bill of the Hearing aid and original copy of the permission letter. In case of other beneficiaries, the medical claim shall be submitted to the concerned Ministry/Department / Office. Reimbursement shall be limited to the ceiling rate or actual cost of the hearing aid, whichever is less.
6. Record of permissions granted for procurement of hearing aids shall be maintained by CGHS in respect of pensioner CGHS beneficiaries and by concerned Ministry / Department/Office in respect of other beneficiaries.
7. Replacement of hearing aid may be permitted after 5 years on the basis of
condemnation certificate issued by a technical expert and on approval of a Government ENT Surgeon. Maintenance and repair wilt be the responsibility of the beneficiary.
8. These orders shall supercede all the earlier orders issued on the subject.
9. The revised rates and guidelines shall come into force from the date of issue and shall be valid for a period of two years or till further revision, whichever is earlier.
10. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division vide Dy.No. 5894 dated 19.03.2012 of the office of AS&FA, Min. of Health &Family Welfare.
(V.P. Singh)

Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Union cabinet approved 7% dearness allowance hike for central government employees

Union cabinet approved 7% dearness allowance hike for central government employees

The union cabinet today decided to release an additional installment of dearness allowance (da) to central government employees and dearness relief (dr) to pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2012 representing an increase of 7% over the existing rate of 58% of the basic pay/pension, to compensate for price rise.

The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th central pay commission

Letters from GS to Secretary (Posts) All India Association of IPs/ASPs

Letters from GS to Secretary (Posts)  All India Association of IPs/ASPs

1. Recruitment Rules for the post of Assistant Manager in MMS.
To see details, CLICK HERE.

2. Quota of General Line in PS Group "B" Examination.
To see details, CLICK HERE.

3. Up-gradation of 141 posts of HSG-I IP Line as PS Group B cadre.
To see details, CLICK HERE.

4. LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Sr. Postmaster (Gzetted).
To see details, CLICK HERE.

5. Issue of combined All India Seniority List of Inspectors, Posts from the year 1999.
To see details, CLICK HERE.

6. Supply of Laptop to all IPs/ASPs.
To see details, CLICK HERE.



Click the below links to see the memorandum

Secretary Generals of FNPO & NFPE met Secretary(P) along with general Secretaries Of PIII,RIV (affiliated with NFPE) and discussed following

  1. Issues arising out of implementation of L1, L2 concept in RMS: Secretary agreed to hold a meeting with Secretary general and General Secretaries of RMS union shortly.
  2. Undue delay In settlement of agreed items on charter of Demands: Secretary agreed to give a details of the follow up action on the charter of Demands
  3. Revision of wages to casual laborers and absorption: Secretary agreed to consider this issue as early as possible.
  4. A memorandum submitted to secretary on the above subjects by the federations will be posted in our web shortly.
  5. Results of IPO Examinations: Probably Department will declare the results on Monday Evening.
courtesy :fnpo blog

    Gudhi Padwa WISHES

    On Gudhi Padwa, a gudhi is found sticking out of a window or otherwise prominently displayed in traditional Maharashtrian households. Bright green or yellow cloth adorned with brocade (zari) tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gaathi (sugar crystals), neem leavestwig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it. Altogether, it is called as Gudhi. It is hoisted outside the house, in a window, terrace or a high place so that everybody can see it.
    Some of the significances attributed to raising a Gudhi are as follows:
    • Gudhi symbolizes the Brahmadhvaj (translation: Brahma’s flag) mentioned in the Brahma Purana, because Lord Brahma created the universe on this day. It may also represent Indradhvaj (translation: the flag of Indra).[Mythologically, the Gudhi symbolizes Lord Rama’s victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya after slaying Ravan. Since a symbol of victory is always held high, so is the gudi (flag). It is believed that this festival is celebrated to commemorate the coronation of Rama post his return to Ayodhya after completing 14 years of exile
    • Maharashtrians also see the Gudhi as a symbol of victory associated with the conquests of the Maratha forces led by Chhatrapati Shivaji. It also symbolizes the victory of King Shalivahana over Sakas and was hoisted by his people when he returned to Paithan.[
    • Gudhi is believed to ward off evil, invite prosperity and good luck into the house.
    The Gudhi is positioned on the right side of the main entrance of the house. The right side symbolizes active state of the soul


    On the festive day, courtyards in village houses will be swept clean and plastered with fresh cow-dung. Even in the city, people take the time out to do some spring cleaning. Women and children work on intricate rangoli designs on their doorsteps, the vibrant colours mirroring the burst of colour associated with spring. Everyone dresses up in new clothes and it is a time for family gatherings.
    Traditionally, families are supposed to begin the festivities by eating the bittersweet leaves of the neem tree. Sometimes, a paste of neem leaves is prepared and mixed with dhane, gul/gur (known as jaggery in English), and tamarind. All the members of the family consume this paste, which is believed to purify the blood and strengthen the body’s immune system against diseases.
    Maharashtrian families also make shrikhand and Poori or Puran Poli on this day. Konkanis make Kanangachi Kheer, a variety of Kheer made of sweet potato, coconut milk, jaggery, rice flour, etc. and Sannas.

    Incentive to Mailoverseers for procuring RPLI Business

    Incentive to Mailoverseers for procuring RPLI Business.

    Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications &
    Information Technology, Government of India
    Chanakyapuri Post Office Complex, New Delhi -110 021.

    No.30-1/2010-LI Dated : 21-02-2012.

    Ms. Karuna Pillai,
    Chief Postmaster-General,
    Andhra Pradesh Circle,
    Hyderabad-500 001.


    This is regarding clarification on the following item proposed for discussion in the JCM.

    Item : Incentive to Mailoverseers for procuring RPLI Business.

    Clarification : Rule 5(22) of Post Office Insurance Rules, 2011 defines that “marketing staff” is an official or person who is authorized by the Postsmaster-General or Head of Division to procure Postal Lie Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance business. The marketing staff includes IPOs, ASPOs, ASRMs, Ex.DO(PLI), PRI(P), Postmasters, Selected Postal Assistant, Postman, Retired GDS BPM, DO(PLI), Field Officer(PLI), SRM (Rural S.O), GDS staff and also includes Direct Agents such as Anganwadi worker, Mahila Mandal worker, Ex-Serviceman, Retired school teacher, SHGs, Gram Pradhkan & Member Gram Panchayat and any other official/persons as considered suitable by the Head of Postal Division. As such, if Mailoverseer is engaged- depending upon suitability in procuring RPLI business/policies, he also entitled for incentive as par with other Departmental officials.

    (R. Santhakumar)
    Dy.Divisinal Manager.

    Source :

    Railway minister Mukul Roy announces rollback in rail fare hike | Hike in first, second AC fare to stay

    Railway minister Mukul Roy announces rollback in rail fare hike | Hike in first, second AC fare to stay

    New Delhi, Mar 22, 2012(PTI): Newly elected Railway Minister Mukul Roy Thursday replied to the questions raised by MPs on Rail Budget 2012 proposals.
    New Railway Minster Mukul Roy rolled back fares for 2nd class, sleeper, AC chair car and Ac 3-tier. PTI Photo
    Roy announced rollback in Rail fare hike in Sleeper class, Chair car and 3rd AC while fares in 1st and 2nd AC will remain unchanged.
    Earlier Ex-Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi during his Rail budget speech had proposed to hike Rail fares by 2 paise per km in ordinary second class and suburban services; by 3 paise in mail/express second class; 5 paise per km in sleeper class; 10 paise per km in AC 3-tier, AC chair car, and non-AC First Class; 15 paise per km in AC two-tier; and 30 paise per km in AC first class.
    This was supposed to be the first hike in passenger fares in 10 years.

    DA of Central govt. staff may rise 7%, will be declared on Mar 23, 2012

    DA of Central govt. staff may rise 7%, will be declared on Mar 23, 2012

    New Delhi, Mar 23, 2012: We expected the same that didn’t happen today but the Union cabinet may discuss the proposal to raise the DA of central government employees by seven per cent, from 58 per cent of the basic and grade pay to 65 per cent, at cabinet meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
    D.A. hike upto 65%
    The increase is on account of the proportionate rise in the 12-month average of the consumer price index for industrial workers, as in December. Senior ministry officials said the cabinet could also discuss a proposal to release a part of the funds earmarked as additional compensation for Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims.
    Inputs Business Standard

    E-Tickets through Mobile Phone

    E-Tickets through Mobile Phone
    Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways, has launched the scheme for booking Railway e-tickets through mobile phone through its website i.e. The broad features of the schemes are as follow:-

    o Users can use their existing IRCTC user ID and password.

    o After booking tickets through the mobile phones, users receive a reservation message with the ticket details.

    o The service charges of IRCTC are similar to e-tickets i.e. Rs.

    10/- per ticket for second/sleeper class and Rs. 20/- per ticket for all other classes.

    This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri K. H. Muniyappa in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

    (Release ID :81516)

    Decentralisation Of PLI/RPLI

    Decentralisation Of PLI/RPLI

    Expansion of Postal Services

    Expansion of Postal Services
    The Government has formulated comprehensive working plan for the development, expansion and modernization of postal services. Under this, major activities , as laid out in XII Five Year Plan, include opening of branch Post Offices, setting up of Automatic Mail Processing Centers, development and deployment of Rural ICT solution, deployment of Core Banking, increasing insurance cover, establishment of Parcel and Logistics Post Hubs, up gradation of Speed Post Centers, Human Resource Training to Personnel, construction of Post offices/administrative offices, installation of Solar Power Packs and setting up of Postal Training Centers.

    The proposed financial allocation for the XII Five Year Plan, in this regard is Rs. 12,000 crore.

    As for setting up of Speed Post Centres, the erstwhile Centres have been reconstructed in the form of Speed Post Sorting Hubs for operational purposes. Sorting hubs have been set up taking into account the following factors:-

    (i) Speed Post Mail handled by a city/town

    (ii) Connectivity of city/town in terms of air, rail and road.

    (iii) Distance of a city proposed for sorting hub from post offices and other hubs; and

    (iv) Mail generations potential of the city/town under consideration.
    No new Speed Post Sorting Hubs are proposed for opening in the next two years.

    The total number of complaints received for speed post articles in 2011 are 1,48,381 out of which 67,420 were for late delivery and 80,961 for non-delivery. A mechanism has been set up in the Department of Posts for prompt disposal of complaints through Customer Care Centre in all Postal Divisions. Instructions are issued to Divisions for cent-percent handling and settlement of web-based complaints. While specific instances are resolved individually, system defects that come to notice are rectified to avoid recurrence of such instances.

    This information was given in Lok Sabha today by Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State, Communication and Information Technology in response to a question.


    (Release ID :81431)


    Hardships Due to Rallies and Dharnas in Delhi

    Hardships Due to Rallies and Dharnas in Delhi
    The Common man of Delhi has to face a lot of hardships due to the increasing number of rallies, dharnas and demonstrations. Details of dharnas, demonstrations etc. held in Delhi during the last three years and current year i.e. 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (up to 29.02.2012) are given below:
    2012 (up to 29.02.2012)
    Supreme Court of India and High Court of Delhi have issued detailed guidelines regarding the conduct of rallies, processions, demonstrations, protests etc. Delhi Police issues guidelines/circulars from time to time for regulating rallies, dharnas, demonstrations etc.
    This was stated by Shri MullappallyRamachandran, Minister of State of Home Affairs in written reply in the Rajya Sabhatoday.
    RS/PT/Rallies& Dharnas

    Anti-Corruption Law For Private Sector

    Anti-Corruption Law For Private Sector
    There is a proposal in the Ministry of Home Affairs to amend the Indian Penal Code, 1860 to make bribery in private sector a criminal offence. Since Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure fall in the Concurrent List of Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India, taking a view on the proposal is subject to receipt of comments from all the State Governments.

    As on 16th March, 2012, comments have been received from the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, NCT of Delhi and Lakshadweep.

    19 State Governments and 5 UTs have agreed with the proposal where 2 states have suggested amendments in the proposal/amplification of the ambit. One state and one UT have conveyed their disagreement with the proposal.

    This was stated by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and PMO in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.


    (Release ID :81419)

    Delivery of Money Order

    Delivery of Money Order
    The number of users of money order service during the last three years and the current year is as given below:-
    Financial year
    Number of users
    2011-2012 (up to January -2012
    The number of complaints received for non-delivery of Money Order during the last three years and the current year is furnished below:-
    Financial year
    Number of users
    2011-2012(up to June -2011
    Enquiries are conducted in all cases of complaints and action is taken depending on the nature of the shortcomings/faults.
    During the last three years 172 officials were found guilty for which punishment has been imposed as per rules.
    To upgrade the money order delivery system and to ensure timely delivery of money order, the department has introduced Electronic Money Order across the country.
    This information was given in LokSabha today by Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State, Communication and Information Technology in response to a question.

    (Release ID :81418)