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West Bengal Circle has held its Executive Committee meeting at CTO Office, Kolkata on 08-01-2021. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Circle President presided over the meeting. Com.Dipak Mitra, Vice President presented the condolence resolution. Com.K G Jayaraj, General Secretary was scheduled to inaugurate the CEC meeting through video conference but could not be materialised due to some technical problem. Though General Secretary tried to send a recorded speech, that also failed due to net problem at both end.

Com.Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary presented the report for the intervening period which covered almost all the issues of the pensioners including pension revision, non-payment of medical claims, Non-payment of IDA due from 01-10-2020. Serious discussion took place and all the district secretaries attended and some of the circle office bearers participated.

Com.Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary and CHQ President , BSNLEU addressed the meeting and explained how the Modi government is trying to eliminate BSNL, creating roadblocks in starting the 4G services by BSNL.

Revised Procedure for Compassionate appointment merit points and tie breaking formula

F.No.A.12012/ 8/ 2020-Ad.III.B
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs

Gr. Floor, Hudco Vishal Building,
Bhikaji Cama Place, RK Puram, New Delhi-66,

Dated: 14.12.2020

The All Cadre Controlling Authorities
Under CBIC (through CBIC’s website)

Subject: – Scheme for compassionate appointment – Relative merit point & revised procedure for selection/Tie breaking formula -reg.

Sir/ Madam,
Please refer to Board’s letter F.No.A.12012/52/2018-Ad.III B dated 15th May 2019 wherein a standard operating procedure based on a 100-point scale was circulated for compassionate appointment to ensure transparency and maintain uniformity and to avoid litigation in the selection process.

2.It has been reported to the Board by one CCA that while applying 100 points scale parameters, as mentioned in SOP, some candidates have equal marks in merit and Cadre Controlling Authority is unable to decide the merit of such the matter of tie of marks secured by some candidates has been deliberated in the Board to resolve such situation.

3.After examination the issue in detail, it has been decided that the tie-breaking factor can be per dependent available income i.e. total of first three financial parameters prescribed in SOP (Pension­ annualized, total terminal benefits and annual income of earning members and income from property) divided by a total number of dependents (spouse, parents, dependent married / unmarried/widowed/divorced daughters, dependent minor children of deceased Government Servant OR dependent sister(s)/ brother(s) of an unmarried deceased Government Servant, unmarried major son below 25 years & dependant major sons who are physically / mentally challenged) . The lesser the per dependent available income, the higher the rank amongst the applicants whose scores had a tie.

4.In case of tie even after applying the factor of per dependent available income, then the left-over service of Government Servant can be This is suggested as it is felt that longer the left-over service of the deceased, the more is the impact on the family. Applicants related to Government servants with higher left-over service would be considered over the one with lesser left-over service. In case of tie even then, the next factor can be No. of physically /mentally challenged dependents & unmarried /divorced daughter(s). In case of tie even then, the next factor can be age of the applicant, with elder applicants given preference.

5.The tie-breaking factor(s) in the order indicated above, should be used only to decide relative merit of the applicants scoring same points on a 100-point scale and only if the applicants scoring same points cannot be accommodated against available All the above details are already included in the SOP and hence would be readily available with CCAs in case of a tie.

6.Apart from this while deciding the tie-breaking factors as mentioned in the preceding paras, based on suggestions received from some Cadre Controlling Authorities, the entries made at point N 7 & 8 in 100-point scale of SOP issued vide letter No. A.12012 / 52/ 2018- Ad.IIIB dated 15.09.2019 shall be substituted by the following entries;

(7)”Dependent married/unmarried – widowed/divorced daughters of deceased Government Servant”

(8). “Dependent minor children of deceased Government Servant OR dependent sister(s) / brother(s) of an unmarried deceased Government Servant”

Compassionate appointment merit points and tie breaking formula

7.The other contents mentioned in original SOP issued vide letter A.12012 / 52 / 2018-Ad.IIIB dated 15.05.2019 will remain unchanged. Henceforth, all the concerned are advised to strictly follow weightage points system keeping in view instructions of DoPT & Board issued from time to time.

8.This issued with the approval of Chairman (CBIC).

Yours faithfully,
(Mohammad Ashif)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


Z 15025/12/2020/DIR/CGHS
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS

Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi Dated the 29th December, 2020.


Sub: Reimbursement of cost of OPD Medicines: Special Sanction in view of COVID-19 till 28th February 2021-regarding

In view of the Corona Virus Disease(COVID-19), all out efforts are made by the Government to contain its impact by instituting measures at community as well as at individual level.

2.In this regard the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the OM of even number dated 27.03.2020, 29.04.2020 , 29.05.2020, 24th August 2020 and 30th September 2020 vide which an option has been provided to CGHS beneficiaries getting medicines for Chronic diseases, to purchase medicines based on the prescription held (prescribed by CGHS Medical Officers/CGHS Specialists /other Govt. Specialists/ Specialist of empanelled hospital) till 31st December 2020, irrespective of Non-Availability certificate from CGHS or otherwise. However, several representations are received in the Ministry seeking extension of the period in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

3.The matter has been reviewed by the Ministry and it is now decided, in continuation of the earlier OM on the subject, that CGHS beneficiaries getting medicines for Chronic diseases shall be permitted to purchase medicines based on the prescription held (prescribed by CGHS Medical Officers/CGHS Specialists /other Govt. Specialists/ Specialist of empanelled hospital) till 28th February, 2021 on the same conditions as per the earlier OM dated 27.03.2020. It is also clarified that the CGHS Wellness Centres are functional and CGHS beneficiaries also have the option to collect medicines through CGHS Wellness Centres as per normal practice, instead of purchasing from market.

4 Issued with the approval of Integrated Finance Division, MOHFW vide CD No 2255 dated 29.12.2020.

(Dr. Arvind Kumar)
Addl. Director(HQ), CGHS

Additional 6.1% IDA fallen due w.e.f. 01/01/2021 and Total Frozen Amount reaches 11.6%.

As per latest AICPI(IW) numbers released by the Labour Bureau on 31.12.2020, total IDA admissible on 2007- pay scale as on 1st January 2021 becomes 171.5%.
IDA is frozen at 159.9% by DPE (Govt. of India) to Executives and Non. Unionised Staff of CPSE.

Hence, additional frozen amount due is 6.1% and total frozen amount stands at 5.5% (Oct.’20) + 6.1% (Jan.’21) = 11.6% w.e.f. 01/01/2021.


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AIBDPA Team led by Com.Tejpal, District Secretary, Karnal, Haryana visited the farmers on struggle for the last 33 days at Singhu border on 28-12-2020. They met the leaders of the farmers and expressed the support and solidarity to the struggle against the three anti- farmer laws and Elecrticity (Amendment) Act, 2020.