The All India Central Government Pensioner’ Association has urged the Union Government to bring more cities across the country under the Central Government Health Services (CGHS).
Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, association president W.S. Bhoume and secretary P.A. Karnikar said that CGHS was restricted to 22 cities across the country and those outside the purview of the CGHS had to pay hefty amounts to get medical treatment.
Mr. Karnikar said that the Union Government pensioners, who were not covered under the scheme, were getting a meagre medical allowance of Rs. 100 per month.
“Our main demand is medical reimbursement. It is usually the pensioners who require more medical attention and the Union Government pensioners do not get medical reimbursement. We want the medical allowance to be increased at least to Rs. 1,000 per month in cities which were not covered under CGHS,” he said.
He said that the association was against the introduction of any insurance-linked medical scheme for pensioners. “We want medical bills of pensioners residing in remote areas to be reimbursed,” he said.
Mr. Karnikar said that the association wanted the Government to give additional pension to pensioners after they crossed the age of 65 instead of giving additional pension after the pensioners completed 80.
He said that the maximum casualty occurred in the 65-80 age group and it was during this time that the pensioners required additional funds for medical emergencies.
He said that the two-day 62nd all-India conference of the association would be held in Dharwad from Saturday in association with the Railway Pensioners’ Association of Hubli-Dharwad, where problems of pensioners would be discussed and the next course of action decided.
S.K.Vaidya, president of the Dharwad unit of the association and co-chairman of the organising committee of the conference, said that 220 pensioners from across the country would participate in the conference.
Chairman of the organising committee V.G. Kulkarni and ex-officio chairman P.B. Sattur spoke.
They said that deliberations would be held on several issues concerning the pensioners during the conference.