Issuance of Meal Vouchers-Sodexo-migration to electronic form

Sodexo Meal Vouchers (paper based) are being issued to RBI employees since January 01, 2012. In this context the Board for Regulation and Supervision of Payment and Settlement Systems (BPSS) has directed to stop issuance of paper based vouchers and migrate towards issuance of electronic cards.

2. Keeping in view the directions of BPSS, as indicated above, as well as the general
advantages associated with digitization such as ease of handling, security, etc. it has been decided to migrate, in a phased manner, towards electronic meal cards instead of the present meal vouchers in paper form.  Accordingly, electronic meal cards issued by MIs Sodexo (India) Ltd. will be issued to all the officers attached to the four metro centres viz. Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi with effect from April 01, 2017.

Suggestions made in Mediclaim policy to our leadership

The Changes that can be suggested to the management for Mediclaim

  1.  The basic sum assured should be increased from existing to Rs.8 lakhs, 9 lakhs and 10 lakhs for the existing categories. (the rationale being due to floater scheme SA being increased to 30 lakhs, the loading on HCPT funds has been considerably reduced and the accrued benefits should percolate down to the class three and four employees in the form of enhanced basic SA and subsidized premium on the increased SA.
  2. In view of our social practices, minor and /or “divyaang” siblings are the responsibility of their normal siblings, in case the parents have deceased. Similarly an unmarried sister is also the responsibility of her brother or sister. They should be treated as dependents of the employee and allowed cover under mediclaim policy. Moreover the premium of such other dependents (parents, 3rd child, parents-in-law) remains unsubsidized by LIC and is paid by the employee himself.
  3. The TPA appointed should be a single entity across LIC as it will ensure proper, timely and better coordination for Medi-claim settlement.
  4. The caps on individual items like room rent, nursing charges etc. should be removed and the claim settled should be considering the overall limit. Charges like Registration, Generator charges and other miscellaneous charges should be paid to the employee.
  5. There should be payment for dental treatment. For example “Root Canal” is a treatment for infected tooth and is not a cosmetic treatment.
  6. Bariatric surgery should be included in medi-claim policy.
  7. The mediclaim bill of an employee should preferably be settled in house and the final settlement should be between LIC and New India Assurance.
  8. The following diseases should come under domiciliary treatment
    a. Diarrhoea and all types of Dysentries
    b. Viral fever of more than 5 days duration
    c. Urinary Tract Infection.
  9. In case the second delivery of an employee is twins, the third child should be covered under subsidized premium.
  10. Mediclaim should not be disallowed for children till they get gainful employment after they complete their education.

SC to LIC: Pay 50% wages back to sacked employees

The Supreme Court has directed the LIC of India to pay 50% wages to administrative assistants and several other temporary workers which the corporation hired and fired them after availing their services for 84 days.

The apex court also directed the corporation to absorb all ex-employees who still have the age to render services. This practice of hiring temporary workers has been there in the LIC from 1985 onwards.

Following a three deca de old prolonged legal battle by All India Life Insurance Employees Association and also the Tamil Nadu terminated full time temporary LIC employees association, the apex court has now ruled unequivocally in the favour of the terminated employees.

The Supreme Court found fault with LIC’s ways of filling posts on temporary basis when there is a continuous need to have them. According to the Natio nal Federation’s general secretary Rajesh Nimbalkar, the SC order would help more than 8,000 employees of both class 3 and class 4 categories. A huge chunk of them are from AP and Telangana.

While the judgement was given by a bench headed by Justice Gopala Gowda, the review filed against it and the curative petition by LIC management seeking reversal of this order was dismissed by Supreme Court’s three judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar.