A new lesson learned: RTI with Ministry of family and health welfare

I often receive phone calls from NGO's, caller usually claims that they need financial assistance for treatment of kid suffering from severe disease. Patient's family tested their full financial capacity and will be able to pay only 1/4 amount. Therefore, this case if referred to our NGO, in order to gather financial support for family for treatment.
When, I refer to google for such cases I found influx of such cases stated as fraudulent. Hence, I never find reason to believe on practices followed by NGO's calling to me and several fellow colleagues. But these phone calls left a hangover with several questions roaming around mind. From quite some time I was very curios to learn. What is health policy of our government??? What if a person incapable of paying money for treatment?? shall patient be left to die or how it will be handled?? who will provide money? To gather this information, I filed and RTI with "ministry of health and welfare" to fetch point to point information on my queries,  I experimented with the way RTI application is framed. RTI application hit back me like a boomerang, but offered new leanings. I prepared my RTI questions in way "aptitude test is prepared" and requested to provide answer in yes or No against the health policy or better to say security policy  of a Indian. But RTI application if now entertained as CPIO considered this as hypothetical question rather than factual. RTI is responded only on factual basis not on hypothetical questions :)
RTI-2005 with Ministry of family and health welfare
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1. A person fallen sick admitted at PGI/AIMS/ Government hospital and he is diagnosed with Blood Cancer, Total cost as estimated by panel of doctors is INR 10 Lacs. But attendant and guardian of sick person test their full capacity and inform to doctors that they are capable of paying only 3 Lac. Kindly answers below question in above mentioned context:

a) Doctors will be discharge the patient And request patient to leave hospital

b) If sick person will be treated for blood Cancer, till he gets well (assume that stage of blood cancer is treatable for this particular patient) In spite of the fact that he not is capable enough to pay complete expenditure of treatment i.e. INR 10 Lacs.

c) Doctors will continue with blood cancer preventive medicines to patient, and they would request patient attendant to arrange money for further treatment

d) If exhausted with money all his money i. e. 3 Lacs. Will patient be getting free medicines as he is not capable of paying for medicine bills.

2. Consider the case motioned in point 1( above) : What is course of action as per health policy for and Indian citizen

3. If patient belonging to BPL category, will be eligible for complete treatment ( as per case in point 1)

4. Assume person met with a severe accident, admitted at PGI/AIMS/Government hospital. His identity yet to be ascertained And it takes another 5 days to get identify that person. Kindly answer below question in context of case in point 4.

a) Victim will be treated for all alignment even if his identity is not ascertained

b) Undeterred form serious condition of patient, Doctors will wait for 5 days, as they do not no if his family will be able to bear the treatment expenditure or not

c) Person will be treated for all alignment considering his seriousness, even if family not arrived, even if he do not have sufficient money to pay

D) Is money a constraint for treatment No money no treatment?

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----Reply of CPIO of Ministry Health and family welfare ----
Reply :- Kindly refer to your online application dated 2.12.2013 under RTI Act, 2005. The present RTI application is more in nature of seeking clarification, rather than the request for information as defined in section 2(f) of the RTI Act. The CPIO, under RTI Act is supposed to provide only factual information available with him and not to answer the hypothetical questions.

2. If your wish to prefer an appeal, it is informed that the Appellate Authority in the matter is Shri Mahinder Singh, Deputy Secretary(Grants), Department of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Room No. 433-C, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi

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Conclusion: RTI is responded only on factual basis not on hypothetical questions :)

दिल्ली में राजनीति की फिज़ा बदली तो है ...पर जिम्मेदारियाँ भी कम नहीं हैं।

दिल्ली के विधानसभा चुनावों में "आम आदमी पार्टी" की शानदार सफलता ने देश में राजनीति की दशा और दिशा दोनों को एक नयी ऊर्जा से भर दिया है। स्थापित राजनीतिक दलों के समक्ष कड़ी चुनौती प्रस्तुत की है!! देश के आम आदमी के मन में ऐसा विश्वास पैदा कर दिया है कि देश में विकास, भ्रस्टाचार, ईमानदार छवि और नैतिक मानदण्डों को मुद्दा बना कर चुनाव लड़ा जा सकता है और जीत भी हासिल कि जा सकती है। लोग जाति, धर्मं से ऊपर उठ कर मतदान कर सकते है। यकायक देश में ऐसा माहौल सा बन गया को कि मानो वो लाल बहादुर शास्त्री जैसे महान नेताओं का जमाना लौट आया हो, जब राजनीति देश के लिए समाज के लिए कि जाती थी। आम से लगने वाले ख़ास मुद्दों पर जिनकों दशकों तक जानबूझ कर हाशिये पर रखा गया। आज चर्चा का विषय बन गए है। दिल्ली कि त्रिशंकु विधानसभा में कोई सरकार नहीं बनाना चाहता। जब इतिहास इसके इतर रहा है। आज के मौसम में कुछ ख़ास तो है कि हर कोई अपने आप को पाक साफ़ दिखाना चाहता है। वर्ना ये वही दल है जो कभी नैतिकता को ताक पर रख "साम दाम दंड भेद" से सरकारें बना लिया करते थे। कभी ६-६ महीने का फार्मूला लगा कर तो कभी खरीद फरोख्त कर के। नि:संदेह "आम आदमी पार्टी" ने राजनीति की  फ़िज़ा तो बदली है और इस बदलाव महत्तम श्रेय अरविन्द केजरीवाल और उनकी टीम को जाता है। साथ ही लोगो में वैचारिक क्रांति जगाने के लिए समाजसेवी अन्ना हज़ारे जी के प्रयास सबसे ऊपर है। आगे बढ़ते हुए आम आदमी पार्टी और आम आदमी दोनों को यह ध्यान रखना होगा कि ये केवल नीव है।  भवन निर्माण अभी बाकी है।  जो आगे आने वालें समय में बड़ी उम्मीदों और बहुत बड़ी चुनैतियों का श्रोत बनेगा। आम आदमी पार्टी को प्राथमिकता से इन उमीदों पर खरा उतरना होगा। आगे जाते हुए यदि आम आदमी पार्टी सरकार बनाती है तो आने वाले ५ वर्षों में कुछ महत्त्वपूर्ण बिन्दुयों पर खास तौर पर ध्यान देना होगा।
साभार http://www.aamaadmiparty.org/

- V I P संस्कृति के पराभाव के लिए प्रयासों को मूर्त रूप देना होगा। 
देश की सियाशत पर हावी हो चुकी V I P संस्कृति दिन प्रतिदिन के कार्यों तक में आम आदमी को उसके अधिकारों से वंचित करती आयी है।  वो यातायात में लाल बत्ती के इस्तेमाल से हो या फिर अपने जनप्रतिनिधि से मुलाकात करने की हो। स्थापित निकाय को बदलने के लिए अति विशिष्ट और दृढ इच्छा शक्ति कि जरूरत होगी। लाल-बत्ती संस्कृति पर पूर्णतया विराम लगाना होगा।

- अफसरशाही को नौकरशाही में बदलना होगा।
- बर्तानिया सरकारों के ज़माने के पुलिसिया कानून में परिवर्तन लाना होगा।
- लाइसेंस राज का खात्मे के प्रयास करने होगे।
- राजनीति में नैतिक मूल्यों को नियत रखना होगा।
- जनता कि मूलभूत आवश्कतायों से जुड़े मामलों में खास पारदर्शिता लाने के सभी सम्भव प्रयास करने होगे। 
- रोजगार के लिए नए मौकों सृजन करना होगा।
- सरकारी व्यवस्था खास कर सरकारी शिक्षा संस्थाओं पर मिट चुके भरोसे को कायम करना होगा।

इतिहास से सीख कर चलना होगा। 
१९७७ के आम चुनावो में कांग्रेस विरोधी लहर का इतिहास गवाह है। जय प्रकाश नारायण कि अगुवाई में समाजवाद कि अप्रत्याशित जीत हुई थी। किन्तु तत्कालीन सरकारे चुनौतियों पर खरी नहीं उतर सकी आपसी विवादों और सत्ता की चाह ऐसी परवान चढ़ी कि देश का विकास और समाजवाद दोनों हवा हो गए। बाकि रह एक दर्द जो आम आदमी को हुआ, परिवर्तन जो होते होते रह गया। यहाँ से एक सीख आम आदमी पार्टी को भी लेनी होगी। व्यक्ति विशेष से हटकर मूल्यों को प्राथमिकता देनी होगी और उद्देश्यों कि प्राप्ति के लिये मिलकर काम करना होगा। ये दीगर है कि देश और जनता के हित में अपने अहम् को ताक पर रखना होगा।

यहाँ अन्तत: ये कहना भी जरूरी है की लोग ( आम आदमी ) आने वालें समय में धैर्य के साथ बदलाव का इंतज़ार करे। क्यों भी स्थापित व्यवस्था में बदलाव समय लेता है, एक लम्बा समय। और भरोषा नीति नियंतायों को के मनोबल एक आत्म विश्वास देता है। लाजिमी है कि जनता कि एक सकारत्मक निंदक, आलोचक कि भूमिका एक बेहतर भारत के निर्माण में सहायक हो सकती है। पर यकीनन क्षण-भंगुर सोच को विराम देना होगा बात -२ नकारात्मक आलोचना सृजनात्मक नहीं हो सकती।

Eligibility Criteria and Documents requirement to withdraw Provident Fund

In various phases of life to meet various financial commitments, it is required to withdraw you retiral benefit funds. These commitment may when one is buying plot/flat, repaying your home loan, some medical emergency etc.

Eligibility to withdraw PF:
  • PF membership should be of minimum 5 years. 
  • Should have not availed any advance earlier in previous employment(includes complete duration of previous employment).  
  • Property should be in the name of Self/Spouse/Joint ownership with Spouse.
  • Advance amount required should always be less than Minimum amount eligibility condition.
  • Most of the conditions are NULL and VOID in case medical exigency

There are various circumstances when you may need to withdraw PF.

  1. For Purpose of Flat purchase (fisrt sale)
  2. For House purchase/Flat purchase (second sale)
  3. Housing loan repayment
  4. Marriage of sister/daughter
  5. Education of dependants 
  6. Medical exigencies 
For Purpose of flat purchase (New one)

One copy of each below listed docs:
1. Sale & Construction agreement signed by you with the developer
2. Approved/sanctioned building plan
3. Upto date encumbrance certificates - for 13 years, this is also called Bhaarmukt
4. Sale deed registered in the name of developer/joint development agreement entered by the developers with landowners

For House purchase/Flat purchase (second sale)

One copy of each below listed docs:
1. Sale agreement entered with the present owner
2. Sale deed registered in the name of the seller
3. Khata certificate in the name of seller, this also known as fard,Intekhaab
4. Upto date encumbrance certificate - for past 13 years
5. Property tax paid receipt - latest one
6. Approved/sanctioned plan
7. 13 Years land record in some cases. this is also called 13 saali


Housing loan repayment:
1. Minimum 10 years of PF membership.
2. Should have not availed advance for any House or Flat purchase/site purchase/House renovation/Housing construction/Repayment of housing loan advance earlier in previous employment.
3.The advance can be taken only for the property for which advance was taken previously.
4.Property should be in the name of Self/Spouse/Joint ownership with spouse.
5.Advance amount required should always be less than Minimum amount eligibility condition.

Post will be updated for point 4, 5 6 withdrawal case soon.

Working at Chandigarh, Want to Vote at Delhi, you are Eligible for special leave


I just came to know that if a person living at Chandigarh or some other nearby place, and your vote is in the voter-list of Delhi. If willing to vote, you can exercise your vote at Delhi by availing special leave( Read out Point 6 In below Compendium of instruction published by ECI.
Also worth to note that this is valid in-case voting date falls is in some working day only!!

 

 
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General Election to Lok Sabha or Legislative Assembly- Local Holiday(s) on the polling day(s) by the State Governments and Central Government- Request for declaring holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

Election Commission's letter No. 78/84, dt. 9th November, 1984 to Chief Secretaries/Chief Electoral Officers and Ministry of Law and Justice.
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Subject : General Election to Lok Sabha or Legislative Assembly Local Holiday (S) on the polling day (S) by the State Government and Central Government Request for declaring holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

I am directed to state that in connection with elections, it has been the practice of both the Central and State Governments to declare the polling day or days as holidays under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. Such a course is necessary to make it convenient for every voter to exercise his right of franchise in the election. The Ministry of Home Affairs (Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms), Government of India, has also been taking similar action in respect of the offices under the administrative control of the Government of India located in the States.

2. In cases, the day of the poll does not fall on a Sunday or a public holiday, already declared as such under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, the working classes may not get sufficient opportunity to exercise their franchise. In such cases, it is requested that the State Governments should declare the day of the poll as a public holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

As regards Commercial and Industrial establishments and shops to which the public holidays under the Negotiable Instruments Act do not apply, it is suggested that the State Governments should direct their Labour Commissioners to issue instructions to Commercial and Industrial establishments in the private sector to declare a paid holiday for their workers on the day or days of the poll.

3. The Municipal Corporations, Municipal Committees and other local bodies may also be asked to take action likewise.

4. It may also be considered whether under the Shops And Commercial Establishments Act, the day or days of the poll in any constituency may be declared as a closed holiday for all shops and commercial establishments in the constituency instead of the usual day/days observed by them as closed holidays during the week.

5. Again under section 52 of the Factories Act, 1948, factories may be asked to declare the weekly holiday on the day of the poll in the constituency in which establishments are situated instead of the first day of the week as provided in the section.

6. There may be appreciable number of electors ordinarily resident in one area but having the place of work in another area. For example, persons may be commuting daily long distance to reach places of their occupation or work in cities like Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras and the date of poll may be different in respect of their place of residence and the place of their work. In such cases, such voters should be given special leave or maximum facilities to exercise their right to vote.

The Commission desires that action on the above lines may be taken and a copy of each of the orders issued by the State Government may be endorsed to it for its information and record.

8. The Commission's communication in its letter No. 78/79, dated 24th November, 1979, may be treated as cancelled.

9. The receipt of this letter may kindly be acknowledged immediately.

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