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Four held for selling government scheme medicines on open market

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Four held for selling government scheme medicines on open market

Four persons, including a pharmacist, were arrested in New Delhi on charges of fraudulently procuring medicines worth Rs 18 lakh meant to be distributed under a government scheme and selling it in the open market, police said today.

The gang, led by the pharmacist, allegedly got documents of at least 47 beneficiaries from the database of 'Central Government Health Scheme' (CGHS) and fraudulently got medicines issued under their cards.

The arrested have been identified as Attar Singh, 46, a pharmacist in a CGHS dispensary in Nanak Pura, Satish Kumar, 40, Sanjeev Kumar, 40 and Manoj Kumar, 27, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand said.

"Medicines procured by the gang were then sold at 50 per cent of the prescribed rates. For more than 18 months, Singh has been running this racket. He has caused a loss over more than Rs 18 lakh to the exchequer," Chand said. "He himself claims to have made more than Rs 8-10 lakh which he says that he has invested in property."

Started in 1954, the CGHS provides comprehensive health care facilities for beneficiaries, including central government employees, pensioners and MPs, residing in 25 cities across the country.

Medicines with a stamp 'CGHS supply not for sale' worth Rs 1 lakh, 47 CGHS cards, seven stamps of doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospitals and 29 OPD cards of various specialist hospitals were recovered from them.

"They were arrested from Gole Market on Wednesday on a tip off," Chand said.

"Singh got access to CGHS data bank and found out the names of the card holders who had not used the card for over three years. He then procured a fresh card using these data.

Sanjeev then got OPD cards issued from various government hospitals in the name of the card holder.

Then on the OPD card, Singh allegedly filled in the medicines that he wanted to fraudulently procure from the dispensary and forged signatures of the doctors.

"He used to get the medicines issued in the name of the card holder. Manoj was tasked with selling it in the market. The sticker on the medicine stating 'CGHS supply Not for Sale' would be removed and if it was stamped, they would scrub it with the help of thinner," Chand said.

Source: DNA India

Eligibility of permanently disabled son of a CGHS beneficiary to avail CGHS facility

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Eligibility of permanently disabled son of a CGHS beneficiary to avail CGHS facility.

       The undersigned is directed to refer to the Office Memorandum, of even number, dated the 31st May, 2007 and 29th August, 2007, vide which the entitlement of the son of a CGHS beneficiary beyond the age of 25 years was conveyed. As per the two Office Memoranda under reference, it was indicated that a son of a CGHS beneficiary suffering from any permanent disability of any kind (physical or mental) will be entitled to CGHS beneficiary even after attaining the age of 25 years. It was clarified that the following will be the disabilities, 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)" to entitle a son of a CGHS beneficiary to avail CGHS facility irrespective of his age:-

(i) Blindness:
(ii) Low-vision
(iii) Leprosy-cured
(iv) hearing impairment
(v) locomotor disability
(vi) mental retardation: and
(vii) mental illness

2.        Subsequent to the issue of the Office Memoranda under reference, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been receiving requests for inclusion of ailments like renal failure, autism, etc., within the definition of "disability" so that sons of CGHS beneficiaries could avail CGHS facility irrespective of the age of the son.

3.       After careful examination of the matter, it has been decided that the definition of permanent disabilities, of sons of CGHS beneficiaries, to avail CGHS facility be expanded as below:-

(i) Blindness:
(ii) Low-vision
(iii) Leprosy-cured
(iv) hearing impairment
(v) locomotor disability
(vi) mental retardation: and
(vii) mental illness

(ii) Disabilities defined in Clause (i) of Section 2 of National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999 (No.44 of 1999), which presently covers a person suffering from any of the condition relating to autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation or a combination of any two or more of such conditions and includes a person suffering from several multiple disability.

it is clarified that Permanent Disability" means a person with eighty per cent or more of one or more disabilities. In order for the son of the CGHS with permanent disability to avail CGHS facility, the other normal condition of dependency and normally residing with the CGHS beneficiary will continue to apply.

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