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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Central Government has prohibited / suspended manufacture, sale and distribution of drugs

Central Government has prohibited / suspended manufacture, sale and distribution of drugs

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

List of Prohibited Medicines

A drug banned / restricted in one country may continue to be marketed in other countries as the respective governments examine the usage, doses, indications permitted etc. and overall risk benefits ratio and take decisions on the continued marketing of any drug in these countries.

Safety issues of drug formulations, as and when reported, are assessed in consultation with the Expert Committees / Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB). Based on the recommendations of the Expert Committees / DTAB, the Central Government prohibits manufacture, sale and distribution of such drugs in the country through Gazette Notification.

The Central Government has prohibited / suspended manufacture, sale and distribution of following drugs during the last three years and in the current year in the country through Notifications in the Gazette of India:

1.     Rosiglitazone.
2.     Nimesulide formulations in children below 12 years of age.
3.     Cisapride and its formulations for human use.
4.     Phenylpropanolamine and its formulations forhuman use.
5.     Human Placental Extract and its formulations for    human use except its
            (i)  Topical application for wound healing, and
            (ii) Injection for pelvic inflammatory disease.
6.    Sibutramine and its formulations for human use.
7.    R-Sibutramine and its formulations for human use.
8.    Gatifloxacin formulation for systemic use in human by any route including oral and injectable
9.    Tegaserod and its formulations
10.  Letrozole for induction of ovulation in anovulatory infertility.
11.  Serodiagnostic test kits for diagnosis of tuberculosis
12.  Dextropropoxyphene and formulations containing Dextropropoxyphene for human use.
13.  Fixed dose combination of Flupenthixol + Melitracen for human use
14.  Analgin and all formulations containing analgin for human use.

This information was given by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Guidelines on Mercy Killings

Guidelines on Mercy Killings

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The Law Commission had sent 196th Report titled “Medical Treatment to Terminally Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) in this regard.

The view of the Ministry was conveyed to Ministry of Law & Justice that Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is not in favour of enacting the Bill due to following reasons:

1.    Hippocratic oath is against intentional/voluntary killing of the patient.

2.    Progression of medical science to relieve pain, suffering, rehabilitation and treatment of so-called incurable diseases will suffer a setback.

3.    An individual may wish to die at a certain point of time, his/her wish may not be persistent and only a fleeting desire out of transient depression.

4.    Suffering is a state of mind and a perception, which varies from individual to individual and depends on various environmental and social factors.

5.    Continuous advancement in medical science has made possible good pain management in patients of cancer and other terminal illnesses. Similarly, rehabilitation helps many spinal injury patients in leading near normal life and withdrawal of life support may not be required.

6.    Wish of withdrawal of life support by a mentally ill patient/in depression may be treatable by good psychiatric care.

7.    It will be difficult to quantify suffering which may always be subject to changing social pressures and norms.

8.    Can doctors claim to have knowledge and experience to say that the disease is incurable and patient is permanently invalid?

9.    Defining of bed-ridden and requiring regular assistance is not always medically possible.

10.    There might be psychological pressure and trauma to the medical officers who would be required to conduct withdrawal of life support.

Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in its judgement dated 7.3.2011, dismissing the plea for mercy killings of a Mumbai nurse, Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug, who has been reduced to vegetative state in King Edward Memorial Hospital for past 37 years, laid down comprehensive guidelines to process “passive euthanasia” till Parliament passes a law, while making a clear distinction between “active euthanasia”, which means ending of life of a patient by injecting medication and “passive euthanasia” permitting to withdraw life support to a terminally ill patient.

Thereafter, the matter of mercy killing has been examined further in consultation with Ministry of Law & Justice and it has been held that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has already laid down guidelines in this respect through its judgement delivered in Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug’s case which are to be followed in such cases and should, therefore, be treated as law. There is no proposal under consideration at this stage for making law on this subject.

This information was given by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:  Rajya Sabha News

More Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools in Railway premises

More Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools in Railway premises

ANSWERED ON-05.08.2013

Setting up of Kendriya Vidyalayas on railway premises


(a) whether Government proposes to set up 50 Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) on railway premises across the country;
(b) whether the sites of all the 50 KVs have been indentified; and
(c) if so, the details thereof?



(a) Yes, Sir. The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 16.02.2010 wherein it was agreed that around 50 Kendriya Vidyalayas in the Civil Sector will be opened on Railways-owned land identified by the Ministry of Railways.
(b) & (c) To execute the MoU, a High Powered Working Group consisting of senior officials and experts has been constituted. So far 43 locations for the new KVs, as per the details in Annexure, have been identified.



1. Ballarshah, Nagpur Division, Maharashtra.
2. Bhusaval, Bhusaval Division, Maharashtra
3. Daund, Sholapur Dvision, Maharashtra.
4. Bandel, Howarh Dvision, West Bengal.
5. New Jalpaigudi, Katihar Division, West Bengal.
6. New Coochbeehar, Alipurdar Division, West Bengal
7. Jhajha, Danapur Division, Bihar
8. Narkatiyaganj, Samastipur Division, Bihar.
9. Angul, Khurda Road Division, Odisha.
10. Titlagadh, Sambalpur Division, Odisha.
11. Dangoaposi, Chakradhar Division, Jharkhand
12. Hatia, Ranchi Division Jharkhand
13. Jammu Tavi, Firozpur Division, J&K
14. Kuldip Nagar, Ambala, Ambala Division, Haryana
15. Jagadhari, Jagadhari workshop, Haryana
16. Sultanpur, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
17. Pratapgarh, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
18. Lucknow, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
19. Tundla, Allahabad Division, Uttar Pradesh
20. Allahabad/Subedarganj, Allahabad Division, Uttar Pradesh
21. Jhansi, Jhansi Division, Uttar Pradesh
22. Agra Division, Uttar Pradesh
23. Mailani, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
24. Sitapur, Lucknow Division, Uttar Pradesh
25. Mau, Varanasi Division, Uttar Pradesh
26. Varanasi, Varanasi Division, Uttar Pradesh
27. Raebareilly Coach Factory, Uttar Pradesh
28. Fatehgarh, Izzatnagar Division, Uttar Pradesh
29. Sakurbasti, Delhi Division, Delhi
30. Rangapara,Rangia division, Assam`
31. North Lakhimpur, Rangiya Division, Assam
32. Lalgarh, Bikaner Division, Rajasthan
33. Bandikui, station, Jaipur Division, Rajasthan
34. Container Depot, Jodhpur Division, Rajasthan
35. Bhagat Ki Kothi Diesel Shed Jodhpur Division, Rajasthan
36. Goldenrock workshop, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu
37. Salem, Salem Division, T.N.
38. Trivendrum, Trivendrum Division, Kerala
39. Palghat, Palghat Division, Kerala
40. Castle Rock, Hubli Division, Karnatka
41. Arisekere, Mysore Division, Karnatka
42. Yesvantpur, Bangalore Division, Karnatka
43. Dharmapuri, Bangalore Division, Karnatka Bangalore Division, Karnatka

Source: Rajya Sabha Q&A

Payment of statutory dues, salary and wages in sick / loss making CPSEs

Payment of statutory dues, salary and wages in sick / loss making CPSEs

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the proposal for providing non-plan budgetary support of Rs. 128.26 crore for liquidation of statutory dues (Provident Fund, Gratuity, Pension, Employees State Insurance and Bonus) and salary and wages from 01-10-2012 to 31-03-2013 in respect of ten Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the Department of Heavy Industry, namely Hindustan Cables Ltd., HMT Ltd., HMT (Watches) Ltd., HMT (Chinar Watches) Ltd., Nagaland Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd., Triveni Structurals Ltd., Tungbhadra Steel Products Ltd., Nepa Ltd., HMT Bearings Ltd. and Hindustan Photo Films Limited.

Revival/closure plans of Hindustan Cables Limited, Triveni Structurals Ltd., HMT (Watches) Ltd., HMT (Chinar Watches) Ltd. and Hindustan Photo Films Limited are yet to be finalized; revival plans of Nepa Ltd. and HMT Ltd. have recently been approved; and revival plans of HMT Bearings Ltd., Nagaland Pulp & Paper Company Ltd. and Tungbhadra Steel Products Ltd. are yet to materialize. It was, therefore, considered essential that the interim financial support from the Government be provided so that the operation of these companies may not be affected. Non-settlement of these liabilities has been causing serious hardship not only to the employees of the companies but also adversely affecting the day-to¬day operation of the companies resulting in further deterioration of their performance.

Payment of outstanding dues of salary and wages would mitigate the hardships of the employees thereby motivating them for better output and prepare them to achieve the goal of revival/re-structuring of the companies. In addition, clearance of outstanding statutory dues (Provident Fund, Gratuity, Pension, Employees State Insurance) would result in fulfillment of statutory obligations.

Source from PIB News

Freedom Fighters Pension

Freedom Fighters Pension

The data of the freedom fighters and their eligible dependents drawing Central Samman pension, provided by various Public Sector banks, was scrutinized by Internal Audit Wing of Ministry of Home Affairs. The audit made observations regarding discrepancies observed by them in disbursal of pension to the freedom fighters/dependents. The data indicated a number of identical names of the pensioners/eligible dependents.

Since complete details such as father’s/husband’s names, addresses, correct Pension Payment Orders’ numbers in many cases had not been provided by the banks, they were advised to reconcile and update the data after verification. Some of the banks have reported discrepancies in disbursal of pension to the freedom fighters/dependents in a few cases which include disbursal of dependent family pension to the pensioners’ widows who themselves are Central Samman Pensioners, disbursal of full family pension to each of two widows of a deceased freedom fighter, crediting of pension to the accounts of the Central samman pensioners even after their death, and disbursal of State Pension from Central Government account. The concerned banks have been advised to disburse family pension to eligible dependents of Central samman pensioners in accordance with the instructions issued in this regard and to recover excess payments from the concerned pensioners/dependents.

The banks who have disbursed State freedom fighters pension from the Central Government account have been advised to refund such payments along with penal interest. The Public Sector banks have taken steps to rectify the discrepancies in disbursal of Central samman pension. As per the information furnished by the banks, approximately Rs.76 lakh has been recovered by them and remitted to Central Government account. RBI and office of C&AG have been advised to conduct comprehensive audit of disbursal of pension by the banks and State Treasuries respectively.

This was stated by Shri R.P.N.Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs in written reply to a question by Shri Uday Singh, Shri Asaduddin Owaisi in the Lok Sabha today.

(Release ID :98170)

Source from PIB News.

Central Government official websites should be updated in Hindi also

Central Government official websites should be updated in Hindi also

Official Websites

According to the information available, websites of 38 Ministries/Departments have not been fully updated in Hindi. Yes Madam, in the Annual Programme issued by the Department of Official Language, for the usage of Hindi in Central Government Offices; a cent-per-cent target has been fixed for updating of Hindi websites for all Ministries/Departments. Instructions have also been issued from time to time that the Ministries/Departments should ensure that all the materials/documents in English available on their websites and on their subordinate/attached offices and public sector undertakings should be updated in Hindi also. Latest instructions have been issued on 17th February, 2012. The progress in this regard is also monitored through Quarterly Progress Report received from the Ministries/Departments.

This was stated by Shri R.P.N.Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs in written reply to a question by Shri Devji M. Patel, Shri Kameshwar Baitha in the Lok Sabha today.

PIB News

Select List of Section Officers’ Grade for the year 2009 against Examination Quota on the basis of Combined Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2009, 2010 and 2011 held by the Union Public Service Commission

 Select List of Section Officers’ Grade for the year 2009 against Examination Quota on the basis of Combined Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2009, 2010 and 2011 held by the Union Public Service Commission 

No 6/112012-CS I(S)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Lok Nayak Bhavan
2nd Floor, Khan Market
New Delhi-110 003 13th August 2013


Sub : Select List of Section Officers’ Grade for the year 2009 against Examination Quota on the basis of Combined Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2009, 2010 and 2011 held by the Union Public Service Commission.

The undersigned is directed to say that the Department of Personnel & Training had reported 396 (Genl – 274, SC – 58 & ST – 64 ) vacancies for the year 2009 to be filled up in the Section Officers grade of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) on the basis of the results of the Combined SOs/Stenographers(Gr B /Gr ‘B’) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 2009, 2010 and 2011 conducted by UPSC. UPSC has since declared the final result of LDCE 2009, 2010 & 2011 on 24th July, 2013. The details of qualified candidates for the year 2009 are as under :-

Categoy I -Section Officer
Genl SC ST Total
274 58 44 376

Out of the 376 candidates recommended by the UPSC only 374 (Gen-273, SC-57, ST-44) candidates are effectively available for consideration for appointment as Section Officers in the Select List of the year 2009 Allocation of candidates has been made having regard to the vacancies in the various cadre units and Rotational Transfer Policy for CSS personnel. The list of candidates is annexed Dossiers of the candidates included in the Select List will be sent in due course.

2. The candidates included in the Select List of 2009 of the Section Officers Grade of the respective cadre units as in the Annexure to this O.M. may be appointed to the Grade immediately subject to being clear from vigilance angle as per available relevant instructions on the subject.

3. The cadre unit authorities are requested to initiate the process of appointment of the candidates immediately. It may be ensured that the officers concerned are relieved within 45 days from the date of issue of this 0M to take up the new posting in the cadre unit allocated, failing which their appointment/promotion shall be cancelled and the dossier(s) of the candidate(s) concerned returned to the UPSC.

4. It may also be brought to the notice of all the officers who figure in the Annexure that their appointments shall be subject to the outcome of the following Court cases and also as per any other order by any competent court in any of the connected matters
(i) CA No. 4135/2012 MA No 3477/2012 filed by Shri Rajeev R & Ors Vs UOl in CAT. New Delhi,
(ii) CA No. 4082/2012 & MA No 3448/2012 filed by Shri M R Meena & Ors Vs UOl in CAT New Delhi
(iii) CA No 4141/2012 filed by Shri Shanti Lal Bourasi & Ors Vs U0l in CAT New Delhi.
5. A copy of the appointment order may be endorsed to this Department for record.
6. The receipt of the 0M along with enclosures may please be acknowledged.
7. With the issue of this 0M all requests from individuals Ministries/Departments on the subject are disposed off.

(Hindi version will follow)
End As above
(G.C. Rout)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source : www.persmin.gov.in

Conveyance Allowance admissible to CGHS Doctors

Conveyance Allowance admissible to CGHS Doctors

The doctors working in Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) are paid conveyance allowance for domiciliary visits and performing other official duties beyond office hours.

The conveyance allowance admissible to doctors including specialists, are as under:-

Sr.No. Mode of conveyance
Maximum per month (Rs)
Minimum per month (Rs)
1. Own Car
2. Own Scooter/ Motor cycle
3. No Own Conveyance

The Conveyance allowance is payable only if the number of visits is not less than six and for claiming the maximum amount of conveyance allowance, the number of visits should not be less than twenty per month on an average, counted on a quarterly basis. The conveyance allowance is reduced proportionately in case the total number of visits is less than twenty per month.

No record is currently being maintained at the dispensary level. The Conveyance allowance is paid to Specialists/Medical Officers who maintain their own vehicle on the basis of a certificate that the conveyance allowance is being drawn in fulfillment of conditions stipulated for grant of conveyance allowance and in case of others, who do not maintain their own vehicle, on the basis of a certificate that the amount of conveyance allowance claimed is not more than the actual expenditure.

Instructions have been issued recently requiring the doctors to furnish the details of visits made in a prescribed format on a quarterly basis while claiming the conveyance allowance. 

Expected DA: Expected announcement of DA of 10% in September 2013

Expected DA: Expected announcement of DA of 10% in September 2013

Generally, Central Government announces DA for the employees twice in a year, effecting on January and July. But the last announcement for DA, came only in April and it was 8% and the total DA was 80% of the basic pay. As per the AICPIN calculations for the last six months, (from January to June 2013) DA is to be fixed at 10%. Employees are eagerly awaiting for the announcement of the same in September itself without any delay from the government. This is the second time that the DA will be 10% after the 6th CPC came into effect. This clearly shows the price rise for essential commodities in India. The state government employees also awaits for the announcement. Let us hope that the government announces the DA in second week of September after their cabinet meeting and discussions.

Source: http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/expected-da-expected-announcement-of-da-of-10-in-september-2013/

DA reached 80% – what will happen, if DA crosses 100%

DA reached 80% – what will happen, if DA crosses 100%

What will happen DA reaches 100%..!

At present DA is getting ready to touch 80% level. We can expect that it will reach to 100% level near future.

Dearness Allowance Vs Price Rise

The central government employee’s confederation opined that The Dearness allowance which the cg employees are receiving now is not enough to meet the price rise of essential commodities. (see here)

The retail price of those commodities which go into making of minimum wage have risen by about 160% between 1.1.2006 to 2011 in comparison to D.A. compensation, which on the date had been just 51%

The effect of 50% Dearness allowance on our Pay

The sixth pay commission recommended that Whenever the DA reaches 50% level , Some allowances have to be increased by 25 % . Where as in Fifth CPC , it had been recommended when the DA reaches 50 % it should be merged with Basic Pay. It has been implemented with effect from 2004. And the fifth cpc also recommended that the Pay and Allowance should be revised after every five years. But it was not accepted by the Government.

The objectives of increasing Allowances by 25% as per the 6 CPC or merging DA with Basic pay as in the case of 5CPC, when ever DA reaches 50%, is to make the central government employees to balance the financial burden caused by Price Rise through increasing their pay package.

The impact of DA Reaches 100%

According to fifth CPC the 50 % DA had been merged with Basic Pay and in 6CPC , some allowances have been increased by 25%. But 5CPC didn’t say anything about what should be done when DA touch 100% level. Because the govt servants receiving their pay as per pre revised pay were not granted merging of another 50% of DA in 5CPC scale.

7th Pay commission (7CPC)

Even after the rate of DA is increased to 50% level it is not enough to increase some allowance by 25% as it will not help to handle the expenses caused by inflation. So The central government employees are expecting that government should constitute 7th pay commission immediately.

Source: Central Government News

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