TIME BOUND GRANT OF SPECIAL INCENTIVES TO OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONS IN DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts (Welfare & Sports Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
Dated 24 .08.2020
All Heads of Postal Circles
Sub: Time bound grant of special incentives to outstanding sports persons- reg
This is regarding time bound grant of below mentioned special incentives to outstanding sports persons/officials:
a. Increment (Personal Pay): Reference is invited to DOPT letter No l4034 01/2013-Estt (D) dated 3rd Oct 2013, Para B (I). The grant of increment may be done at the earliest; suitably within same financial year.
b. Out of Turn Promotion: Reference is invited to DOPT letter No 14034/01/2013- Estt (D) dated 3. Oct 2013, Para C. Wherein, it has been stated that: -The entitlement of a sportsperson for out of turn promotion may be processed within a period of three months from the date of occurrence of event which entitles him/her for out of turn promotion. It will be responsibility of the concerned administrative Ministry/Department to consider a sportsperson for out of turn promotion within the prescribed time limit". Accordingly, such cases may be processed within 3 months as per guidelines.
c. Cash Awards: Reference is invited to this office letter no. 8-01/2014- WI&Sports dated 20.06.2017 (read with letter 11-8/87-WL&Sp dated 18.05.1993). In this regard, since sports fund is allotted annually and audit for the same is conducted at end of financial year, it is best suited that all necessary claims of cash awards may be settled within the same financial year. It would also help this office to make budget estimates for next year.
2. This issues with approval of competent authority.
WAIVER OF RECOVERY OF WRONGFUL/EXCESS PAYMENTS MADE TO RETIRED GOVERNMENT SERVANTS – DOP&PW OM NO. 38/18/2018-P&PW (A) DATED 14.08.2020
No. 38/18/2018-P&PW (A) Government of India Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3 Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003Dated: 14.08.2020 OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub :- Waiver of recovery of wrongful/excess payments made to retired Government servants — regarding
The undersigned is directed to say that Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of State of Punjab and Others Vs. Rafiq Masih (White Washer), etc. in C.A. No. 11527 of 2014 summarised a few situations wherein recoveries by the employers would be impermissible in law. One of these situations relates to recovery from retired employees or employees who are due to retire within one year of the order of recovery.
2. Based on the above judgment, Department of Personnel & Training has issued instructions vide their OM No. 18/03/2015-Esst. (Pay-l) dated 02.03.2016 that the issue of wrongful/excess payment made to Government servants may be dealt with in accordance with the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the above mentioned case. The instructions further provide that wherever the waiver of recovery in the situations mentioned in that OM is considered, the same may be allowed with the express approval of Department of Expenditure in terms of DoPT’s OM No. 18/26/2014-Estt (Pay-l) dated 06.02.2014.
3. In order to examine the matter in its entirety, all Ministries/ Departments and Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to provide the following information regarding excess payment of pension and other retirement benefits to the retired Government employees:
1. No. of retired employees from whom recovery of excess payment of pension and other retirement benefits has been made or is sought to be made by the Ministry/Department as well as its attached offices and subordinate offices.
2. No. of pensioners from whom recovery of excess payment of pension and other retirement benefits has been made or is sought to be made by the Pension Disbursing Bank.
3. Period of excess payment in each case and the date on which excess payment was noticed.
4. Amount of excess payment in each case.
5. Whether any court/CAT order has been received for waiver of recovery of excess payment in the light of the judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Rafiq Masih’s case. If so, the details of such cases received in last three years (year-wise) and action taken on the order of court/CAT may be indicated
6. Whether any representation has been received for waiver of excess payment. If so the details of such representations received in last three years (year-wise) and action taken on the representations may be indicated.
4. All the Ministries/Departments are, therefore, requested to furnish the information sought in para 3 above to this Department by 15.09.2020 positively.
It is rather dismayed to note that the Directorate has issued unilateral and arbitrary orders for merging PSDs and CSDs and keeping only one PSDs in one Circle barring few exceptions.
All these PSDs and CSDs were formed to cater the needs of the Post Offices based on Geographical connections and decentralization was made in order to ensure quick supply of indents to the Post Offices. After merger it will adversely affect the efficiency in supply of Stamps/Stationery/Forms and other articles. It will also create problems in carrying the indents by mail and logistic to longer distance by incurring more expenditure.
The existing system has proved time tested and there is no need to modify.
The staff working in those PSDs and CSDs which have been merged to others will face difficulties in their posting and transfer. Their promotional avenues will also be disrupted.
Therefore, this type of merger will create so many problems and difficulties to staff as well as official functioning which will adversely affect the Postal Services at field level.
It is therefore, requested to kindly look into the matter and reconsider the decision of merger and closure of PSDs and CSDs which is also against the agreement between Administration and Union as it was agreed in the JCM Departmental Council Meeting held in July-2011 that no office will be closed or merged without consultation with union.
If the same practice continues, the unions will be compelled to launch agitational programmes.
GUIDELINES ON SAFE OPHTHALMOLOGY PRACTICES IN COVID-19 SCENARIO
Dated 19th August-2020
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
GUIDELINES ON SAFE OPHTHALMOLOGY PRACTICES IN COVID-19 SCENARIO
The examination & procedures related to ophthalmology involves close interactions with the patient. This document outlines the preventive and response measures to be observed to minimize and avoid the spread of COVID-19 in eye care facilities. Also Read - Diabetic retinopathy linked to higher stroke risk in diabetics Advertisement
These guidelines are aimed to minimize the spread of Covid-19 infection among Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmic assistants/technicians, nurses, support staff, patients and their attendants. Eye care facilities in containment zones shall remain closed. Only those outside containment zones will be allowed to open up.
3. Basic preventive measures
ersons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years should be encouraged to stay at home, unless they are patients themselves. All eye care facilities may advise all visitors/staff/patients accordingly. The basic preventive measures include simple public health measures that are to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19. These measures need to be observed by all (patients, staff and visitors) in these places at all times. i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible. ii. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory. iii. Practice frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be made wherever feasible. Advertisement iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one's mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly. v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline.
4. All eye-care facilities shall also ensure the following:
i. Tele-counselling and teleconsultation should be encouraged to lessen patient visits and/or appointment system can be followed to call patients needing examination/eye investigations/procedures Advertisement
ii. The screening of patients for Cataract and other eye diseases in outreach areas may be undertaken only after duly following social distancing, hand hygiene and personal protective measures. Remote consultations by the NGOs in vision centres is also to be encouraged. The identified patients may be called to the base hospital by appointment for cataract surgery, so that backlog of cataract does not build up.
iii. No eye ball retrieval from homes to be undertaken, only Hospital Cornea Retrieval Program can be continued in non-Covid-19 cadavers, for utilization of corneas for therapeutic purposes only.
iv. Specific markings may be made with sufficient distance to manage the queue and ensure social distancing in the premises.
v. Entrance to hospital/clinic to have mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening provisions
vi. The staff manning these entry points should ensure appropriate personal protection as entailed in guidelines already issued. (available at:
vii. The patients should be queried about Covid-19 like symptoms and contact history.
viii. A daily list of all HCW, patients and their attendants & any hospital visitors with their mobile numbers and IDs should be maintained (for contact tracing if needed in future)
ix. For preliminary screening of patients, the flow chart as attached in Annexure-I should be followed and patient should be examined accordingly
x. Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19 to be displayed prominently
xi. Any shops, stalls, cafeteria etc., outside and within the premises shall follow social distancing norms at all times.
xii. Number of people in the elevators should be restricted, duly maintaining social distancing norms.
xiii. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which emphasizes that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30o C, relative humidity should be in the range of 40- 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate. xiv. Effective and frequent sanitation within the premises shall be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas.
xv. Proper disposal of face covers / masks / gloves left over by visitors and/or employees should be ensured in the premises, in accordance with the Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules.
xvi. Encourage app-based mobile phone check in & payment along with digital prescription of glasses and medicines to prevent long queues
Protocols for OPD Services
i. Promote digital or app-based registration system.
ii. Triaging by an ophthalmologist/ trained ophthalmic personnel may be done either through telephonic conversation to determine the emergency/non-emergency nature of the eye problem and Covid-19 status of the patient and an appointment given accordingly to avoid rush of patients.
iii. Emergency cases as listed at Annexure-II should be given priority.
iv. Only one Attendant is to be allowed with one patient.
v. Social distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed at all times as far as feasible in the queue or in doctor's chamber.
vi. Modify process flow (like unidirectional flow of patients) in OPD to minimize people's movement inside the premises and also to reduce time spent during the hospital visit
vii. Seating arrangement to be made in such a way that social distancing is maintained.
viii. OPD premises should be disinfected with 1% hypochlorite frequently and after all the patients have been seen.
ix. Cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched equipment such as Trial Frame, Trial Lenses, etc. used in the OPD must be ensured.
x. The chinrest/headrest/table top etc. of equipment must also be disinfected after each patient is seen.
xi. Equipment like slit lamp should have a Plexiglas/breath shield to avoid contact with droplets from patient's breath. This sheet should also be disinfected after seeing any patient.
xii. While performing any contact procedure like Tonometry, Gonioscopy, Keratometry, A- Scan, B-Scan, UBM, OCT, FFA etc., the instruments should be cleaned with 70% alcohol swab, before and after every new case.
xiii. Eye drops should be put in the patient's eye by a nursing/paramedical staff with a no touch technique (ask the patient to pull down his/her lower lid or pull it down with a swab stick)
Protocols for Ward
i. Patients and attendants should be screened before entering the wards.
ii. Only one attendant per patient can be allowed.
ii. Patients to be kept in the ward duly maintaining adequate distancing.
iv. Regular sanitization of ward (with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution) should be done frequently at least twice in a shift. Instrument sterilization after seeing each patient needs to be done as per the manufacturer's protocol.
v. In case a Covid-19 patient with Eye condition is to be admitted, a separate room or an isolation ward should be used
Protocols for OT Services
i.Pre-surgical Covid-19 test on patients is not mandatory, but a thorough history taking & examination must be done to ensure that patient has minimal probability of having COVID infection.
ii.No routine procedure/surgery to be done in a Covid-19 suspect/confirmed case
iii.Appropriate PPE as per MOHFW guideline should be worn by OT staff.
iv.The OT tables, floor and equipment should be properly disinfected after each use.
Protocols for Hospital Staff
i. The duty roster of all HCWs including doctors, nurses and paramedical workers should ensure effective social distancing.
ii. Inform your immediate superior if you develop any symptoms/signs of COVID like infection.
5. In case of a suspect or confirmed case in the premises, the protocols for attending to suspect or confirmed case and disinfection available at:https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/GuidelinesonpreventivemeasurestocontainspreadofCOVID19inworkplacesettings.pdf shall be followed. These include:
i. Place the ill person in a room or area where they are isolated from others.
ii. Provide a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor.
iii. Immediately inform on premise nodal officer and the state or district helpline.
iv. A risk assessment will be undertaken by the designated public health authority (district RRT/treating physician) and accordingly further action be initiated regarding management of case, his/her contacts and need for disinfection.
v. Disinfection of the premises to be taken up if the person is found positive.
Emergencies in Ophthalmology Practice
Urgency in eye cases is determined by the potential risk to vision, Eye & life and impact on the quality of life if left untreated. Based on these criteria the Ocular Emergencies are listed below:
• Injury to the eye (chemical, thermal, mechanical) • Sudden loss of vision
• Acute pain in the eye
• Acute red eye
• Acute onset of eyelid lesions
• Acute onset of double vision or sudden onset of drooping of the eyelid
• Acute onset of coloured halos, photophobia, floaters or flashes of light
• Acute onset of discharge from the eye/eyes
• Acute or subacute (days to weeks) onset of bulging of the eye
• Retinal Detachment, Retinal Tear, Fresh CNVM, Viral Retinitis, intraocular Infection, Non traumatic perforation of Eyeball even in absence of vision loss.
NON GRANT OF TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE TO CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES IN CERTAIN DEPARTMENTS – REG
No. Confd./ Covid-19-2020 Dated: 23.08.2020
1. The Secretary,
Government of India,
Department of Personnel and Training,
North Block, New Delhi.11000
2. The Secretary,
Government of India,
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance, New Delhi-110001
Sub: Non grant of transport allowance to Central Govt. Employees in certain
Departments – reg
It has been brought to our notice by various affiliates that many departments have denied payment of transport allowance for April and May, 2020 on the specious ground that the concerned employees had not attended the office even for a day in those months. While we do not question their action, being in consonance with the extant instructions on the subject, their decision is certainly without appreciation of the ground reality.
As you are aware the entire country was under a lock down due to the pandemic as per the directive of the Honorable Prime Minister in the month of April and May, 2020. Except those organizations which had been specifically exempted from the operation of the directive being essential services, no office functioned during that period and the employees could not have attended the office. What is surprising is as to how the Departmental heads expect the employees to be present in the office during this period. The denial was, therefore, purely technical and without appreciation of the situation obtaining at the relevant point of time.
We, therefore, request you to kindly cause an order to be issued exempting the abiding of the specific condition of attendance of at least for a day for the month of April and May, 2020 as a special case and direct all the departments to grant the transport allowance to the employees who were actually prevented from attending the office by the Governmental directive.