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posting of husband and wife at the same station Instructions in respect of Group 'C' and 'D' employees

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RBE No.170 / 2009
dated 31.08.2009

No. E(NG)I-2009/I/TR/22
The General Managers(P),
All Indian Railways and Production Units.
(As per Mailing lists)

        Subject : posting of husband and wife at the same station Instructions in respect of Group 'C' and 'D' Railway employees.
Detailed instructions regarding posting of husband and wife at the same station, issued pursuant to recommendations of Fifth Central Pay Commission, are contained in this Ministry's letter No. E(NG)I-97/TR/28 dated 5.11.97. One of the provisions incorporated in this letter viz 5.11.97 is that a separate register may be maintained at each Divisional and Zonal Headquarters of the Railways for registering requests for transfers from railway servants for posting at the place of posting of their spouses, which may be reviewed from time to time. These instructions were again reiterated vide Board's letter No. E(NG)I-2005/TR/7 dated 10.5.2005.

2. It has however, come to notice that Ministry of Railway's above directives to keep husband and wife at the same station are not being followed in the Railways at the Divisional/Zonal Headquarters. It is therefore, desired that extant instructions on the subject as referred to in the preceding para may be followed scrupulously.

NABH / NABL accreditation of Hospitals / Diagnostic Centres recognised under Medical Attendance Rules

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Government of India

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Department of Health & Family Welfare


Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi 110 108
Dated the 1st October, 2009

Subject:- NABH / NABL accreditation of Hospitals / Diagnostic Centres recognised under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944.

The undersigned is directed to state that it has now been decided that NABH accreditation is compulsory for Hospitals for empanelment under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944. Henceforth, only such private hospitals that have obtained accreditation from NABH or equivalent would be eligible for empanelment under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944.

2. The hospitals that are already empanelled under Central Services(Medical Attendance)Rules,1944 and which are not accredited by NABH shall apply for NABH accreditation within two months of receipt of this communication, if they have not applied for the same till date. In addition, the empanelled hospitals having in-house laboratories shall also apply for NABL Certification of the laboratory. Any hospital which does not apply for NABH accreditation shall be de-empanelled under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944.

3. Those hospitals / diagnostic centres apply for / accreditation under NABH / NABL must inform the office of the undersigned with supportive documents, failing which their names shall stand removed from the panel.

4. The hospitals that apply for accreditation should qualify and obtain certificate offull accreditation from NABH within twelve months, failing which they shall be de-panelled.

Bank unions, IBA nearing pact on wage hike

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The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and United Forum of Bank Unions are close to reaching an agreement on wage hike for employees of state-owned banks, a senior finance ministry official said on Wednesday.

“As per the understanding between unions and IBA, bank employees are likely to get another option for pension and wage hike of 17.5 per cent,” the official said. The hike would come into effect from November 2007 for a period of five years. Nearly 1 million bank employees are likely to benefit from the wage revision which is likely to cost the banks nearly Rs 4,800 crore annually.

“Employees opting for the pension now will have to share 30 per cent of the burden, while remaining 70 per cent will be borne by the banks,” the official said. The total outgo on account of a fresh option for pension is likely to be Rs 6,000 crore on annualised basis.

“Of this, Rs 1800 crore will be shared by the employees while the remaining Rs 4,200 crore will fall on banks,” the official said. Nearly 250,000 bank employees will benefit from the fresh option for pension.

“Some ground has been covered. It’s difficult to say how close we are to reaching an agreement.

There are still some hurdles,” CH Venkatachalam, said convenor, United Forum of Bank Unions.

United Forum of Bank Unions, an umbrella organisation representing nine major banking trade unions, represents about 1 millon bank employees and officers from across the country.
Source: Business Standard

Shortage of doctors hits Avadi CGHS dispensary

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Endless wait: Patients at the CGHS dispensary at Avadi.

The CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) dispensary in suburban Avadi is a busy place, catering to nearly 350 patients every day. But, it is in dire need of an upgrade, senior citizens and residents say, complaining that long queues and the time taken for reimbursements are causing great hardships.

As thousands of serving and retired Central government employees stay in and around Avadi, the dispensary was established in 2006.

Consumer activist T. Sadagopan says there aren’t enough doctors and paramedical staff to handle the large flow of patients. “In reply to my RTI [Right to Information] petition, the Public Information Officer said that four to five doctors had been appointed for “busy” CGHS dispensaries such as those in Avadi and Perambur. But, only three doctors are currently working in Avadi.”

On an average, it takes a month for the patients to consult the specialist of internal medicine after they register, he adds.

Over 9,000 patients availed the services offered by the dispensary in each of the last two years, the reply to the petition states. One doctor was drafted for duty at the airport for A(H1N1) influenza screening, while another left for higher studies this year, according to Mr. Sadagopan.

K. Sampath, president, Ordnance Factories and Allied Establishments Pensioners’ Association, Avadi, says: “The doctors are struggling to serve the patients.” Referring to the reply to the RTI petition, he adds: “While other dispensaries in the city at Guindy, Nandambakkam and R.A. Puram treat less than 100 patients a day, here they have to handle 350.”

He says there are also no diabetologists and ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialists. “We have been representing for a polyclinic to be opened here. Now, we have to go to Anna Nagar or K.K. Nagar for those services.”

STS Murthy, vice-president of the association, says computerisation of the facilities introduced a month ago has compounded the problem.

“The doctors do not seem to know how to use the new system and this is causing delays.”

He adds that delay in payment for medicines has resulted in suppliers stopping medicines to the dispensary. “Now we have to buy medicines outside and wait for over three or four months to get the bills reimbursed.”

Nearly 20 per cent of the patients in the city going to CGHS dispensaries use the Avadi facility.

The residents feel that there could be re-direction of resources from other dispensaries in the city.

Mr. Sampath suggests that an insurance scheme for the CGHS beneficiaries will be preferable.
Source:The Hindu

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