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Clarification on age limit for dependent children of Government servants and pensioners for availing medical facilities under CGHS

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Age limit for dependent children of Government servants and pensioners for availing medical facilities under CGHS and Central Services (MA) Rules, 1944 – Clarification regarding disability

The age limit for dependent sons and daughters were refixed by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, after the Delhi High Court dismissed Civil Miscellaneous Petition, No: 115/97 in Civil Writ Petition, No: 2542 of 1996 in Shri Madan Mohan Sharma Vs Union of India, by its order on 29th November, 2006. In terms of the Office Memorandum of 30th May, 2007, referred to above, a son who is dependent on his father / mother can avail CGHS facilities upto the time he attains the age of 25 years or till he starts earning, whichever is earlier. The age limit of 25 years would not be applicable in respect of the son of a CGHS beneficiary, in case he was suffering from any permanent disability of any kind (physical or mental).

Subsequent to the issuing of the Office Memorandum of 30th May, 2007, referred to above, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been receiving requests for clarification from, many sources, as to whether renal failure constitutes a permanent disability. After examination of the matter in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, it is hereby clarified that disability that are covered by the above mentioned Office Memorandum of 30th May, 2007, are “disability” as defined in Section 2(i) of ‘THE PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES, PROTECTION OF RIGHTS AND FULL PARTICIPATION) ACT, 1995 (No: 1 of 1996)”, which is reproduced below:

“(i) “disability” means –
(i) Blindness;
(ii) low vision;
(iii) leprosy-cured;
(iv) hearing impairment;
(v) locomotor disability;
(vi) mental retardation;
(vii) mental illness; “

3. The other conditions of dependency and normally residing with the Government servant / pensioner will remain the same.

Source Document : www.mohfw.nic.in

The Armed Forces are unhappy over the dilly dallying tactics of the government

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From Today's News Papers - 8.Feb.09 Ex-servicemen protest over pension parity; return medals

New Delhi, Feb 08: A large number of ex-servicemen, including General rank officers, today returned their medals to the Government protesting the non-implementation of their demand for "one rank, one pension" (OROP) principle.

Alleging that a "raw deal" was given to the armed forces by the Sixth Pay Commission, the ex-servicemen, who also included Colonels, held a demonstration here and sent their medals to President Pratibha Patil, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. They also threatened to emerge as a "potential votebank" and contest elections to teach the "politicians and bureaucrats" a fitting lesson.

"We handed over all the medals of the ex-servicemen who participated in today's protest to an official of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The medals were in thousands," Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, said. He termed the protest by the ex-servicemen as an "unparallelled" and "unfortunate" development in the country.

"A soldier devotes the best years of his life to the country. When he retires, his medals are his most prized possession. These are a proud record of his contribution to keeping the country safe and united," Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, who is set to return his Param Vhishst Seva Medal (PVSM) and other medals, said.

The former military-men said they were "forced" to come out to the streets by the successive governments to meet their demands and get justice. Apart from the 'one rank one pension', their demands include constitution of 'Services Commission' with due representation from the armed forces.

"Our other demand is that when problems related to ex-servicemen are discussed, the defence people should have a bigger say. The bureaucrats do not know anything about the Army," said Col (Retd) M S Krishna Moorthy, who had served in the World War-II, Burma and Indian mission to Nepal and Congo. Col Chaturvedi, who had served the country in many wars, said pension is a deferred wage and it is a payment for services already rendered.

"Therefore, logic and equity demand that two individuals rendering equal service, both in terms of quantum and quality, must receive equal pension," he said. The former army men and officers accused the Congress-led UPA of not implementing the legitimate demand of 'one rank one pension' despite having included in the Congress manifesto during the last Parliamentary elections. "Not only the Congress Government, even the BJP-led NDA Government failed to solve our problems.

The successive governments have forced the army men to come to the streets," Col Kanwar Bhardwaj, who will return his 'Sena' medal to the President, said.

Courtesy: Zee News

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