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Govt moots proposal to enhance educational standards

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Govt moots proposal to enhance educational standards

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) Government today mooted a proposal for an "institutional framework" to strengthen Centre-state collaboration in raising educational standards under the RTE regime with the involvement of key education regulators.

Such a framework would include educational bodies like NCERT, State Councils of Educational Research and Trainings (SCERT), CBSE, Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) and National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

The proposal was mooted by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal at the meeting of central and state education regulatory bodies with an aim to ensure "constant coordination, continuous flow of information and dialogues between them", said an HRD Ministry official.

Sibal also said that the institutional mechanism between NCERT and SCERTs should also work towards developing question banks which could be used by states for their Teacher Eligibility Test.

Source: PTI

Old-age pension to go into bank accounts only

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Old-age pension to go into bank accounts only

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) In an effort to streamline the old-age pension disbursal system, Delhi Government today decided to completely do away with paying the monthly emolument through post offices and instead it will be given through banks only.

Out of over three lakh old-age pensioners, 80,677 people have been drawing the amount of Rs 1,000 every month through post offices and they now have to open bank accounts within six months.

At a meeting of the Delhi Cabinet presided by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit it was decided to pay the old-age pension through bank accounts only, said Social Welfare Minister Mangat Ram Singhal.

The city government pays the old-age pension to poor people aged 60 years or above.

"We have decided to pay only through banks as it will help in smooth transfer of pension money. More than 2,13,000 beneficiaries have already been receiving their pension through banks," said an official.

Source: PTI

Clarification regarding reimbursement of Ambulance charges to CGHS beneficiaries...

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No: S.4924/2010/CGHS(R&H)/CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Maulana Azad, Nirman Bhawan.
New Delhi 110 108 dated the 17th2011
Subject:    Clarification regarding reimbursement of Ambulance charges to CGHS beneficiaries-

      The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to state that this Ministry has been receiving several representations seeking clarifications regarding Ambulance charges to CGHS beneficiaries.

2.       It is accordingly clarified that expenditure incurred on engagement of Ambulance by CGHS beneficiaries, comprising both serving Govt. employees and pensioners is reimbursable provided that:

      (i)       The doctor treating the patient certifies in writing that conveyance of patient by any other mode would definitely endanger the patient’s life or would grossly aggravate his / her condition and

      (ii)       That the journey is undertaken within the same city.

3.       This issues with the concurrence of IED vide Dy. No. 4888/Dt.11.O1.2011 of the office of the AS&FA, Min., of Health &Family Welfare.

[Jai Prakash]
Under Secretary to Government of India

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