MESSAGE UPDATE 10th DEC. 2017
We are Back!
Friends, due to some technical issues, DADWA was not able to renew this message board. We are aware that a large number of our readers have missed this blog since July and instead were getting it indirectly through WhatsApp Groups. We are grateful to those who were in touch and were instrumental in sharing the developments and initiatives of DADWA.
Well, the technical issues are not resolved and henceforth it would be our endeavor to keep you abreast with the latest on issues close to the hearts of Service Doctors and the developments thereof.
Benefits of Non-functional Upgradation (NFU) delayed and thus denied to all:
DADWA is concerned that benefits of NFU to next higher level still elude a large number of CHS/DHS Officers when it comes to SAG and/or HAG. This is despite the fact that GOI is facing contempt in Delhi High Court for its inaction and delay on this count. Members would recall that DADWA had filed this case in 2011 in CAT but it had to approach Delhi High Court in view of suffering of a service doctors vis-à-vis other group A services. Finally the Delhi High Court passed orders in our favor in 2014 but this is when MOHFW persisted in denying this benefit and DADWA bent upon seeking justice. It is a pity that the bureaucracy of MOHFW has continued to delay and deny this benefit that was granted by 6th PC. But DADWA supported by its members and well-wishers spread all over the country is committed to pursue the case till its logical conclusion. We hope that the better sense would prevail and the MOHFW would finally accept that the financial upgrade under NFU scheme would accrue to all service doctors, without prejudice, as and when their IAS counterparts (2 years younger) are promoted to next grade.
The fact that MOHFW has released several lists, some faulty, that too using a long convoluted process that delays and denies the benefit confirms that the contempt case filed by DADWA and JACSDO is justified. It would be in fitness of things that MOHFW plays a proactive role in releasing not-only the NFU but also the other allowances like TA, Conveyance and NPA etc. bringing an end to the un-necessary litigation as per call of Hon’be Prime Minister of India exhorting the government ministries to reduce the litigation with their own staff to the minimum.
Recovery of Transport Allowance and delay in release of higher TA:
The MOHFW has steadfastly resisted and blocked the release of higher TA to CHS/DHS Officers despite a decision to this effect by the Union Cabinet. A section of middle level bureaucracy continues to deny the benefits of higher TA to SAG and HAG Officers on flimsy and unsustainable grounds. Consequently Hon’ble Delhi High Court vide its order dated 30-5-2017 in WP(C) 4783/2017 had stayed recovery of TA when Hon’ble CAT declined to grant interim relief in the OA of DADWA challenging the OM dated 19-8-2016 reg. Transport Allowance (TA). The AIGDMO Association was the first to obtain the stay on recovery of TA. Later DADWA pitched in upon learning that there were some difficulties being faced by the AIGDMOA at the level of its executive committee.
Members are aware that on 7-7-2017 the MOHFW released another OM under the garb of implementing recommendations of 7CPC again denying higher TA to both present and future SAG/HAG grade doctors of CHS/DHS. DADWA wanted the JACSDO to take up this matter but as it is involved in other important issues including NPA and assault on service doctors, DADWA took up this cause once again and filed a fresh OA challenging the wires of this OM dated 7-7-2017 that has been admitted by Hon’ble CAT and notices have been issued to both GOI and GNCTD. Next date of hearing is in Jan 2018.
-Dr. Vijay Rai. Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PS: We are grateful for our well-wishers from CGHS Chennai and Hyderabad for appreciating work done by DADWA’s and for contributing to it financially.
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