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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2015 – Birthday of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar

Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2015 – Birthday of Dr.B.R. Ambedkar.

F. No.12/6/2015-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 19th March, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2015 – Birthday of Dr.B.R. Ambedkar.

It has been decided to declare Tuesday, the 14th April 2015, as a Closed Holiday on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments throughout India.

2. The above holiday is also being notified in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (26 of 1881).

3. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned.
(Mrs. K. Kipgen)
Director (JCA)
24623711
1 All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.

2. UPSC / CVC/C&AG/ National Commission for Linguistic Minorities /National Commission for Scheduled Castes/National Commission for Scheduled Tribes/National Commission for Minorities/ President’s Secretariat /Vice President’s Secretariat/Supreme Court/High Court /Central Administrative Tribunal/Central Information Commission/ Prime Minister’s Office/ Cabinet Secretariat/ Election Commission of India/National Human Rights Commission/National Commission for Women/National Commission for Backward Classes/ Planning Commission/Lok Sabha Secretariat/Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

3. All Sections/Officers in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions

4. All attached Offices/Subordinate Offices/Autonomous bodies of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions.

5. Secretary, Staff Side, National Council (JCM), 13-C Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi (with 10 spare copies)

6. Reserve Bank of India, Parliament Street, New Delhi.

7. Chairman/Secretaries, Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees.

8. PIO, PIB, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi, with the request that necessary publicity may be given in this regard.

9. Facilitation Centre, DOP&T (20 copies)

10.NIC (DOP&T) with the request to place this O.M. on the Website of DOPT. (www.persmin.nic.in)

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_6_2015_JCA-2-19032015.pdf
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Reimbursement of expenditure on account of acquiring driving license for Motor cars to Dispatch Rider / MTS – Dopt Orders

Reimbursement of expenditure on account of acquiring driving license for Motor cars to Dispatch Rider / MTS
G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.35011/1/2014-Estt.(D), dated 19.03.2015

Subject: Reimbursement of expenditure on account of acquiring driving license for Motor cars to Dispatch Rider / MTS.

The undersigned is directed to say that a revised Model Recruitment Rules (RRs) for the post of staff car driver has been issued vide this Department OM No. AB-14017/10/2014-Estt (RR) dated 4.7.2014. Accordingly Ministries / Departments have been advised to review the existing rules to bring them in conformity with the model RRs. It may be observed from column 10 of the model RRs that the method of recruitment prescribed for filling up the post of staff car driver (ordinary grade) is “Deputation/absorption failing which by direct recruitment”. With regard to Deputation / Absorption following criteria has been prescribed:-

“From amongst the regular Dispatch Rider (Group C) and Group C employees in Pay Band I Rs. 5200-20200 Grade pay Rs. 1800 in the same Ministry / Department who possess valid Driving License for Motor Cars on the basis of a Driving Test to assess the competence to drive Motor Cars failing which from officials holding the post of Dispatch Rider on regular basis or regular Group C employees in Pay Band 1 Rs. 5200-20200 Grade Pay Rs. 1800 in other Ministries / Department of the Central Government who fulfil the necessary qualifications as mentioned in column 7/’

2. To encourage filling up of the post of Staff Car Driver through the method of Deputation/Absorption of Despatch Rider and Group ‘C’ employees in Pay Band I with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-, it has been decided to reimburse the expenditure incurred on account of acquiring Driving Licence for Motor Cars to Despatch Riders (DR)/MTS subject to the condition that reimbursement is allowed to only such DRs/MTS who otherwise fulfil the criteria laid down in the RRs for appointment as Staff Car Drivers.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide their OM FTS No. 16056/E.Coord-2015 dated 13th February, 2015.

Source: www.persmin.gov.in
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Anubhav showcasing outstanding work done during service submission of details by the retiring employees regarding

“Anubhav”- showcasing outstanding work done during service submission of details by the retiring employees regarding
No.21/4/2015-CS.I(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
CS.I Division
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated the 19th March 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: “Anubhav”- showcasing outstanding work done during service submission of details by the retiring employees regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to the interactive session chaired by Secretary (P) oh 18.3.2015 with the officers of CSS and CSSS retiring in the month of March and April, 2015 on the subject mentioned above.

2. As Ministries/ Departments are aware, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has laiunched an online platform viz. “Anubhav” for the retiring Central Government employees to showcase commendable work done by them during their service. It is envisaged that this would provide satisfaction to the retiring employee and also act as a motivator for serving employees. This would also be a wonderful opportunity to garner the resource of retiring employees for voluntary contribution to nation building post retirement.

3. The link to the “Anubhav” is at http://pensionersportal.gov.in/anubhav/CSS/CSSS Officers retiring within six months are requested to submit the write up not more than 5000 words along with appropriate attachments where need be in the online portal. For detailed instructions they may refer to the circulars issued by Department of Pension & Pensioners welfare in this regard.

4. All Ministries/Departments may request CSS/CSSS Officers retiring within six months to submit a write up providing details of their work that has contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness in government functioning or / and any innovation which led to improved work culture or any other contribution considered significant by the retiring employee.

5. Ministry/Department wise list of employees of CSS and CSSS retiring within the next six months as per web based cadre management system is attached. Mistakes if any in the list may also be brought to the notice of this Department.
(V. Srinivasaragavan)
Under Secretary to the vernment of India
Tele.: 24629412
All Ministries/ Departments
All Officers of CSS and CSSS retiring up to August 2015
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Promotion of Grade-I (Under Secretary) officers of CSS to the Selection Grade(Deputy Secretary)on ad-hoc basis and posting of DS/Director of CSS on their return from leave etc. – Furnishing of personal information thereof.

Promotion of Grade-I (Under Secretary) officers of CSS to the Selection Grade(Deputy Secretary)on ad-hoc basis and posting of DS/Director of CSS on their return from leave etc. – Furnishing of personal information thereof.

No.4/2/2015-CS-I(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi -110003
Dated the 18 March, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Promotion of Grade-I (Under Secretary) officers of CSS to the Selection Grade (Deputy Secretary) on ad-hoc basis and posting of DS/Director of CSS on their return from leave etc. – Furnishing of personal information thereof.

The undersigned is directed to say that ad-hoc promotions of officers of Grade-I (Under Secretary) of CSS to the Selection Grade (Deputy Secretary) are likely to be made shortly along with posting of some Deputy Secretaries/Directors of CSS on their return from leave etc.

2. As Officers are aware, this Department has proposed a revised rotational transfer policy in respect of CSS Offtcers. It has, therefore, been considered appropriate to decide posting of officers henceforth on transfer and on promotion as per the proposed policy, on the following parameters:
(i) Ministries /Departments are categorized into Group A and Group B for posting/ transfer;

(ii) The proposed RTP provides a tenure of five years for DS in a Ministry/Departrpent, including continuous tenure rendered in any other designation in the same Ministry/ Department;

(iii) In Group A, certain Ministries qualify for a reduced tenure by one year;

(iv) An officer on transferl promotion shall ordinarily be posted from Group A –> Group B and Group B–> Group A as the case may be, if they have completed the prescribed tenure for the promotional post. Further, the officers presently posted in Group ‘A’ Ministries/Departments may opt for posting in the same Group. However, on posting to a Ministry/Department in Group ‘A’ the tenure will be counted afresh for five/four years as the case may be. However, this option will not be available to officers currently posted in Group ‘B’ to remain in Group ‘B’

(v) Officers who are within two years of superannuation will be retained in the same Ministry/ Department if a vacancy in the promotional grade is available; In the absence’ of a vacancy such officer will be transferred out;

(vi) Officers within six months of superannuation will not be posted out on promotion; In the absence of a vacancy of the promotional post, such officer will be adjusted in the same Ministry / Department by personal upgradation of the post;

(vii) For calculation of residency in a Ministry/Department, 2 yearsl six months for superannuation as the case may be, the last date of the month in which promotion order/ posting order is issued will be taken as the cut-off date; accordingly, for posting/ promotion in this round, the cut-off date has been taken as 31.3.2015.

(viii) The Placement Committee will decide posting of officers on the basis of seniority, preference, past postings etc.
 3. The list of brief details of officers who are likely to be considered for promotion/posting is at Annexure-I. Information relating to vacancies in DS/Director grade of CSS as on 01.04.2015 is at Annexure-II.

4. The officers excluding those who are to be retained as per revised policy are requested to exercise their option for posting in the Ministries/ Departments in the other Group latest by 20.03.2015 in the format at Annexure-III to Under Secretary, CS-I (D), Department of Personnel and Training through e-mail (uscsoned@gmail.com) or through fax number given below. Hard copies of the same may also be furnished immediately. The officers on deputation may also indicate their willingness to avail the ad-hoc promotion. Maximum of three choices within the available vacancies may be exercised. If option is not received by 20.3.2015, it will be presumed that the officer has no specific choice and posting will be decided by the Placement Committee accordingly.
( Biswajit Banerjee )
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Telefax: 24629413
24629414
To
1. Officers listed at Annex.1
Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/promo18032015.pdf
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Periodic analysis of database to maintain accuracy and integrity of AADHAAR

Periodic analysis of database to maintain accuracy and integrity of AADHAAR

Press Information Bureau,
Government of India,
Ministry of Planning
19-March, 2015
Periodic analysis of database to maintain accuracy and integrity of AADHAAR

The methodology for generation of unique identity number (AADHAAR) for residents of India, involves usage of certain basic demographic (name, age, gender and address) and biometric information (ten finger prints, two iris images) with a photograph to uniquely identify a resident after a process of biometric de-duplication. The process of biometric de-duplication helps in ensuring uniqueness to a high degree of accuracy, exceeding 99%. The data collected during enrolment process is immediately encrypted and transmitted to Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) of UIDAI for further processing. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that after a series of validation/quality checks, the residents’ biometrics are matched against the existing database of UIDAI, on a 1:N matching basis, to determine if the resident has previously enrolled. Currently, over 700 trillion matches are carried out each day to ensure exhaustive de-duplication. The process involves various stages such as automated data validation, manual quality checks, demographic de-duplication, and biometric de-duplication. More than 9 crore enrollment packets have been rejected so far, that did not meet the quality and de-duplication criteria. Government is fully alive to the need of constantly monitoring and observing quality and veracity of Aadhaar database, and a dedicated Fraud Investigation and Analytics team has been deployed to ensure compliance with various fraud detection rules. Further, periodic exploratory data analysis of UIDAI database is undertaken to detect any fraudulent patterns in the system.

PIB
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FinMin restricts Internet access for director-level officers

FinMin restricts Internet access for director-level officers

New Delhi: Amid a CBI probe into leakage of secret documents, Finance Ministry has clamped down on the use of Internet and private emails by those up to the director level in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), restricting the access only to official mails and government websites.

“The DEA officers of the level of directors and below will not have access of Internet on their office computers, except for government websites and email services managed by state-run National Informatics Centre (NIC),” a senior Finance Ministry official said.

They can also access government websites such as pib.nic.in, finmin.nic.in, which are managed by NIC. Following the latest direction, only officers in the rank of joint secretary and above in the DEA will have access of Internet.

However, there are no such restrictions in the Revenue and Expenditure Departments, among others. The DEA is an important wing of the Finance Ministry which deals with policy matters including Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and capital markets.

The restrictions follow the CBI probe into the corporate espionage case, wherein it was found that the government staff members were leaking confidential information relating to foreign investment and other policy matters for further sale to the corporates.

The probe has indicated that “first and second” levels of decision making in the Ministries of Finance and Commerce relating to foreign investments were allegedly “compromised”.

One of the persons arrested by CBI in this case was handling key matters related to foreign investment policy and he was allegedly using two email accounts for sending information to a Mumbai-based Chartered Accountant.

PTI
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Over 62,000 corruption complaints received in Central Vigilance Commission last year

Over 62,000 corruption complaints received in Central Vigilance Commission last year

New Delhi: Over 62,000 complaints of alleged corruption in various government departments were received by the Central Vigilance Commission last year, the government said today.

A total of 62,362 complaints were received in 2014.

Necessary action was taken on 24,047 of them and investigation reports were sought in 1,176 complaints, Union Minister Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Of the total complaints, 36,876 were filed as no action was required by the Commission on them. A total of 2,311 complaints were pending, he said.

The Central Vigilance Commission has received a total of 4,309 complaints between January and February this year, said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

Of these, necessary action was taken in 3,085 complaints and investigation report was sought in 36 cases. A total of 2,107 complaints were filed by the probity watchdog, he said.

The Commission received 926 complaints exposing corruption under the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI), also known as whistleblowers resolution, in 2014 and necessary action was taken in 841 of them.

It has received 173 such complaints between January and February this year and necessary action has been taken in 98 of them, the Minister said.

PTI
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Family Identity Cards to retiring/retired railway employees will now be for lifetime instead of 7 years: Railway Board Order

Family Identity Cards to retiring/retired railway employees will now be for lifetime instead of 7 years: Railway Board Order
RBE No. 19/2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No.E(W) 2003/PS 5-8/1
Date 16.03.2015
The General Manager(P)
&
The General Manager(Comml.),
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Family Identity Cards to retiring/retired railway employees.

In terms of Board’s letter of even number dated 24.08.2006 on the above subject, Family Identity Cards Issued to retiring/retired railway employees are renewed after every 7 years.

2. The issue regarding enhancing the validity of such Family Identity Cards from present 7 years has been under consideration in Board’s Office. The matter has been considered by Board and it has now been decided that validity of Family Identity Cards issued to retiring/retired railway employees and widows of railway employees will now be for lifetime instead of 7 years. Other terms and conditions as laid down in Board’s letter of even number dated 04.06.2003 will remain the same.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

 4. Please acknowledge receipt.
(Debasis Mazumdar)
Director Estt.(Welfare)
Railway Board
Source: www.indianrailways.gov.in

[http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E%28W%29/2015/RBE_19_2015.pdf]
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Bank Employees Wage Revision – Feedback of meeting with IBA on 17.3.2015

Bank Employees Wage Revision – Feedback of meeting with IBA on 17.3.2015

All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) published the discussion points in the meeting with Indian Banks Association held on 17th March 2015.

Nearly 26 points were discussed in the meeting and more important issues like construction of Revised Pay Scales, revised DA formula, HRA rates, Transport Pay, introduction of Grade Pay, revision of Special Pay, LFC, revision in other allowances, retirees’ issues, etc. and other issues/ demands would be taken up for discussions in the subsequent rounds of meetings.

DETAILS OF DISCUSSION WITH IBA ON 17.03.2015
Discussions with IBA on 17-03-2015

Units and members are aware that our charter of demands includes demands on improvement in various service conditions apart from increase in wages. Prior to the signing of the Minutes of Discussion on 23-2-2015, there were two rounds of discussions with the IBA on these issues. Yesterday i.e., on 17.03.2015, one more round of discussions took place, during which understandings have been reached on the following issues:
1) ENCASHMENT OF LEAVE: The benefit of encashment of Privilege Leave will be available even in the cases of resignations from the Bank after 20 years of service as well on loss of job due to punishments (other than cases of punishment of Dismissal and cases where there is loss to the Bank).

2) LEAVE: The present stipulation that Casual Leave (CL) upto 4 days can be availed continuously provided the total absence including Sundays and holidays does not exceed more than 6 days would be deleted.

3) Presently Unavailed Casual Leave (UCL) can be availed for a day without production of medical certificate. In addition UCL may be availed without production of medical certificate for 4 days at a time once in a year or 2 days at a time twice in a year.

4) Privilege Leave (PL) can be availed on 4 occasions in a year (as against 3 occasions at present).

5) 15 days’ Notice would be sufficient to avail Privilege Leave (as against 30 days’ notice at present).

6) Privilege Leave can be accumulated upto 270 days (as against the existing ceiling of 240 days). However, encashment upto 240 days would continue as at present.

7) Special Sick Leave with Salary for a maximum period of 30 days would be sanctioned to an employee while on hospitalisation for donation of kidney or any organ.

8) Maternity Leave, within the overall entitlement, would be granted for 60 days (now 45 days) in the case of hysterectomy.

9) Maternity Leave for legal adoption of a child would be 6 months (now 2 months)

10) The above facility of Maternity Leave would also be available to a biological mother in cases where the child is born through surrogacy.

11) Part time employees would also be entitled to Maternity Leave under (9) and (10) above.

12) Paternity Leave would be extended on the lines of Government employees i.e. 15 days at a time on 2 occasions.
13) Study Leave upto 2 years would be sanctioned to workmen employees as available to officers.

14) Sabbatical Leave for women employees would continue to be extended on the lines of government guidelines.

15) Sabbatical Leave for male employees would be referred to the Government for consideration.

16) Extraordinary Leave (without Pay) would be sanctioned upto a max. of 720 days during the entire service (as against the existing ceiling of 12 months).

17) Special Casual Leave for absence due to curfew would include exigencies like riots, prohibitory orders, natural calamities.

18) Special Leave for Sports activities, trekking, mountaineering, etc, would be dealt with at each Bank level.

19) INTRODUCTION OF LEAVE BANK: System of Leave Bank would be introduced by which employees can voluntarily donate a part of their entitled leave to a common pool from out of which leave with salary would be sanctioned to employees who are compelled to be on prolonged leave due to treatment of major diseases/accidents and other contingencies beyond their control and where such employees have exhausted all their leave.

20) Diem Allowance: Diem Allowance payable while on travel on duty would be revised upwardly and quantum would be finalised in the next meeting.

21) When employees travel on duty to another station and stay in a hotel, the room rent would be reimbursed; the eligible rates would be finalised in the next meeting.

22) Transportation of goods while on transfer: An employee while on transfer from one station to another can transport his personal effects by train or road (even if the places are connected by train) upto the stipulated weights by an IBA approved Transport Operator.

23) Compensation for Breakages: Compensation for losses due to breakages or damage to goods while transporting would be reimbursed as under:
Existing amount on production of receipts for Clerks – Rs.1120 to be revised as Rs.1500
Existing amount on production of receipts for Substaff – Rs.745 to be revised as Rs.1000
Existing amount without production of receipts for Clerks – Rs.745 to be revised as Rs.1000
Existing amount without production of receipts for Substaff – Rs.560 to be revised as Rs.750

24) Travel on Duty/on transfer:
Existing for Non-Subordinate employees 1st Class to be revised as AC 2 Tier
Existing for Subordinate employees 2nd Class to be revised as AC 3 Tier

25) Dependents’ Income Criteria: Income limit to define a dependent would be Rs. 10,000/- per month (as against the existing Rs.3,500/- p.m.)

26) Pension for part time employees: The entire service period would be taken for arriving at eligible pension instead of pro-rata service.
Important issues like construction of revised Pay Scales, revised DA formula, HRA rates, Transport Pay, introduction of Grade Pay, revision of Special Pay, LFC, revision in other allowances, retirees’ issues, etc. and other issues/ demands would be taken up for discussions in the subsequent rounds of meetings.

Further development on these issues will be informed to members in due course.

Source: AIBEA
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National Mediclaim Plus Policy

National Mediclaim Plus Policy

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) to (e) OF RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. *199 FOR 17TH MARCH, 2015 REGARDING “NATIONAL MEDICLAIM PLUS POLICY” TABLED BY SHRI VIVEK GUPTA , M.P.

(a): “National Mediclaim Plus” Policy is a new Health product of National Insurance Co. Ltd. launched on 15th August, 2014 as per the File and Use guidelines of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). This is not pre-existing product and thus the question of increase in premium does not arise. Under the approved product there are 13 covers, Medical Second Opinion and 2 optional covers, namely Critical illnesses (8 Nos.) and Outpatient Treatment. The Sum Insured under the product varies from Rs.2 Lakh to Rs.50 Lakh. The premium amount chargeable under the policy would depend on the options chosen. Premium rates are fixed based on the loss ratio and various other factors and are filed with the Authority as part of the File and Use procedure. The National Insurance Co. Ltd.’s other products like National Mediclaim Policy, Parivar Mediclaim for Family, Varistha Mediclaim for Senior citizens, Baroda Health Policy, BOI National Swasthya Bima Policy and Universal Health Insurance Scheme address the requirements of all strata of society. The Insurer has not replaced the “National Mediclaim Policy” with this policy. They are still selling, the “National Mediclaim Policy”. Thus the “National Mediclaim Plus Policy” is a completely different and new product with altogether new features, options etc.

(b): “National Mediclaim plus Policy” is a recently approved one and the review of premium rates is envisaged to be done by the Appointed Actuary of the National Insurance Co. Ltd. as deemed necessary as per Regulation No.7, related to Principles of Pricing of Health Insurance Products under the IRDA (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2013.

(c ):There are several other health Insurance products of this Company as well as other Insurance Companies to meet the needs of different sections of people at appropriate premium rates. The Policyholders may also migrate to other policies of the same Company or other Company’s under portability enabled by IRDAI regulations without losing the accrued benefits in terms of waiting period for the purpose of pre exiting disease. There are several products meant for poor people, where the Sum Insured and the premium are lower; i.e., Micro Insurance Products, Universal Health Insurance Policy etc. Further, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) is a Government run scheme which provides health insurance to unorganized Workers belonging to BPL category and their families. During the course of its implementation, apart from BPL families, RSBY coverage has been extended to other categories of Unorganized workers viz. Building & Other Construction Workers, Licensed Railway Porters, Street Vendors, MGNREGA workers (who have worked for more than fifteen days during preceding financial year), Beedi workers, Domestic workers, Sanitation Workers, Mine Workers, Rickshaw pullers, Rag pickers and Auto/Taxi drivers. Under the scheme, the eligible families in the unorganized sector are provided smart card based cashless health insurance cover of Rs.30,000/- per annum.

(d): Any product sold in the market has to be filed with the IRDAI by the Insurance Company under File & Use Procedures complying with the Health Insurance Regulations 2013. As far as the premium is concerned, the Insurer takes various factors such as loss ratio, claims experience, inflation rate, further assumptions and other actuarial parameters into account while finalizing the premium rates. It is required that the Appointed Actuary of the Company examines and certifies the premium rates. Further, the pricing is also examined by the Actuarial Department of IRDAI and on confirmation by the Actuarial Department the final premium is approved by IRDAI.

(e):The question of increase or revisions in the rates of National Mediclaim Plus Policy at the moment does not arise because it is a new product. However, the review of the product “National Mediclaim Plus Policy” may be done in the future as per the relevant provision of the Health Insurance Regulations 2013 by the Appointed Actuary keeping in view financial sustainability and viability of the product with respect to the premium rates. Changes in rates, if any, are applicable from the date of approval by the IRDAI and are applied prospectively.

The above statement was submitted in reply of undermentioned Rajya Sabha Question:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 199
ANSWERED ON 17.03.2015
National Mediclaim Plus Policy

199 Shri Vivek Gupta
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to satate :-

(a) whether Government is aware that the increase in premium payable in the National Mediclaim Plus Policy is very high and causing distress to the many, especially, for lower income groups, economically weaker sections and to the senior citizens alike;
(b) if so, whether Government proposes to review the recently revised premium;
(c) if not, the manner in which Government plans on providing similar medical facilities and insurance cover to these sections of the society;
(d) whether there is an existing mechanism that caps the amount increased in the premium; and
(e) the rationale behind such an increment in the revised rates of the Mediclaim Plus Policy?

ANSWER
THE FINANCE MINISTER
(SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)
(a) to (e): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

*****
Source: RajyaSabha.nic.in
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