Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Free trade fair entry for physically challenged, senior citizens | Delhi

ummary: The India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2017, which commences from November 14, will have free entry for physically challenged people and senior citizens. Senior citizens above the age of 60 years will have free entry to IITF, according to a senior ITPO official. Weekend tickets are priced at a steep Rs 120 for adults and Rs 60 for kids under five years of age. The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), in collaboration with NGO HelpAge India, is planning to provide wheelchairs to physically challenged as well as old people to go around the exhibition, which will be held at Pragati Maidan. The exhibition will introduce visitors to various development schemes taken up by the government across the country.

The India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2017, which commences from November 14, will have free entry for physically challenged people and senior citizens. Also, various facilities will be provide to ensure a positive experience for these people. The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), in collaboration with NGO HelpAge India, is planning to provide wheelchairs to physically challenged as well as old people to go around the exhibition, which will be held at Pragati Maidan. Senior citizens above the age of 60 years will have free entry to IITF, according to a senior ITPO official. They will have to show their identity card at the entrance as age proof , As Reported By DNAIndia.

According to the Newspaper,The official clarified that in case these visitors were accompanied by relatives or friends, they will have to buy tickets for themselves. The ITPO also opened an online booking facility for tickets on November 11. Business tickets have been priced at Rs 500 each, while a general ticket on weekdays will cost Rs 60 for adults and Rs 40 for children. Weekend tickets are priced at a steep Rs 120 for adults and Rs 60 for kids under five years of age. The 37th edition of IITF will have indigenous start-ups as its main theme this year as well.

One rupee clinic at doorstep for senior citizens (Mumbai)

After taking an initiative to start 'one rupee clinic' at various railway stations in the Central and Harbour line, the initiative will soon be reaching out to patients at their doorstep.

With an aim to make cost effective medical facilities, 'One Rupee Clinic' has now decided to get the medical tests available at door steps for senior citizens across the city.

The initiative was started in the month of May this year at five railway stations and soon one clinic will be opened at Byculla station.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr Rahul Ghula, founder of One Rupee Clinic, said, "We are starting free home medical facilities for MRI, CT scan, USG booking for senior citizens.

While the service will be across the city, it will be open 24 X 7 for the senior citizens. This will reduce their cost of medical facilities while undergoing at different hospitals.

Through this initiative we are playing midway role between government and private hospitals to avail the affordable health."

The clinic was first opened at Ghatkopar railway station on May 10.

The initiative has benefited daily commuters during emergency situations on several occasions. Two childbirths were also conducted at Dadar and Ghatkopar stations.

Within five months of being set up, the one rupee clinics at Central and Harbour line railway stations have witnessed a footfall of over 25,000 visitors, and over 200 accidental cases have been attended to so far.

The one rupee clinic initiative aims to provide speedy medical treatment to the general public and during cases of emergency at crowded railway stations.

Highly concessional Medical diagnostic facility in Chennai

At Chennai , Jain medical centre Mahalingapuram  are offering most of the diagnostic services at a very affordable rates ( atleast at 1/3 Rd of other labs ) and  master health check up at less than RS 1000/-
This can be availed by anybody irrespective of income levels.
I myself had undergone carotid scan for RS 650/- ( other labs RS 2500/-) & master health check up at RS 850/- ( others RS 3500/-)  
Since this centre is maintained by charitable trust by a family of Jain's, the services are affordable.
Lalchand leelavathi Jain medical centre,  no. 8 Linwood lane,
Mahalingapuram , near Sri Iyyappan temple tel 044-28251122
I am satisfied & have no hesitation to recommend to other members at Chennai.

​As informed by RV Rao in sss-global​

Free med tests for senior citizens, pregnant women | Pune News - Times of India

​Good news. I Envy Pune Seniors. ​Free service Includes radiography - fantastic. To avail these free services, we can't get pregnant but without doing anything one can become a senior citizen.

Many of my teaser comments will be understood only after you read the text of the message forwarded. But that's the purpose of a teaser, don't you agree?

Free med tests for senior citizens, pregnant women

Umesh Isalkar | TNN | Updated: Nov 15, 2017, 00:12 IST

Pune: Senior citizens and pregnant women residing within the civic limits will be able to avail of diagnostic services free of cost at PMC-run hospitals within the next two months.
The benefits of the free-of-cost pathology and radiology services will be granted to all of them, irrespective of their socio-economic background.
"The only condition is that the individual has to be a resident of Pune city and has valid prescription from a medical practitioner, either practising at a public or private hospital or clinic," said Sanjeev Wavare, assistant medical officer of health, PMC.
The health department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has outsourced the diagnostic work to a private service provider and the work order will be issued in the next few days.
The project will roll out by the end of January 2018.
PMC officials said the civic body will provide space, water and electricity at the hospitals and the private laboratory will bear expenses of rest of the components, including installation of diagnostic machinery and subsequent operational costs.
Besides senior citizens and pregnant women, the rest of the citizens can enjoy the benefits rates lower than those offered under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).
"We have kept the rates 6% lower than the CGHS expenses. Our aim is to ensure that the maximum number of people can avail of the benefits of the diagnostic services. Prices of such services have over the years gone over the roof in the private sector," Wavare said.
Patients under the PMC's urban poor health scheme can avail of services at charges reduced further by 50%. The remaining 50% will be borne by the municipal corporation, for which a budgetary provision of Rs 2 crore has been proposed for the for 2017-18 financial year.
Health activists, however, said outsourcing of the diagnostic work to the private sector by the civic body was an inefficient way of providing services.
"There is an urgent need for standard treatment guidelines. Otherwise, the patients will be subjected to unnecessary tests to raise the number of cases, make more profits and pocket cuts," veteran health activist Anant Phadke said.
"Besides, it has to be seen how do they run the services on a long-term basis because there have been instances of charges of such services being raised at subsequent stages in the past," he added.
The city has an estimated 14 lakh people (around 40% of the city's population) living in slums. They are the people who are mostly deprived of basic medical facilities and the civic body is mainly responsible to cater to their healthcare.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fwd: [scf-email-group] Fwd: [sss-global] Provide doorstep banking to those above 70 by Dec 31: RBI : PTI feed, News - India Today

Provide doorstep banking to those above 70 by Dec 31: RBI

November 9, 2017 | UPDATED 22:10 IST

Mumbai, Nov 9 (PTI) Senior citizens of more than 70 years of age and the differently-abled can look forward to availing of basic banking services, right from the comfort of their home.
The RBI today asked banks to provide doorstep banking facilities to senior citizens of more than 70 years of age and differently-abled persons by December this year.
Banks have been directed that senior citizens and specially-abled persons, including the visually-impaired, should be provided basic services like pick-up and delivery of cash, chequebooks and demand drafts at their residence.
Issuing a notification in this regard, the RBI said "it has been observed" that there are occasions when banks discourage or turn away senior citizens and differently-abled persons from availing banking facilities in branches.
"... in view of the difficulties faced by senior citizens of more than 70 years of age and differently-abled or infirm persons (having medically certified chronic illness or disability) including those who are visually impaired, banks are advised to make concerted effort to provide basic banking facilities...," the RBI said in a communication to banks, including small finance and payments banks.
These facilities should include pick-up of cash and instruments against receipt, delivery of cash against withdrawal from accounts, delivery of demand drafts, submission of Know Your Customer (KYC) documents and Life Certificates at the premises or residence of such customers.
"Banks are advised to implement these instructions by December 31, 2017, in letter and spirit and give due publicity in their bank branches and websites," it said.
The RBI noted that notwithstanding the need to push digital transactions and use of ATMs, it is imperative to be sensitive to the requirements of senior citizens and the differently-abled.
The notification further said that in addition to the facility of Digital Life Certificate under Jeevan Praman Scheme, pensioners can submit physical Life Certificate form at any branch of the pension-paying bank.
"However, it is observed that often the same is not updated promptly by the receiving branch in the Core Banking Solution (CBS) system of the bank, resulting in avoidable hardship to the pensioners," it noted, asking banks to ensure that when a Life Certificate is submitted in any branch, including a non-home branch, the same should be updated and uploaded promptly in the CBS.
The RBI asked banks to provide a minimum of 25 cheque leaves every year for a savings bank account free of charge. They should not insist on physical presence of any customer, including senior citizens and differently-abled persons, for getting cheque books.
Banks have also been advised that a fully KYC compliant account should automatically be converted into a Senior Citizen Account based on the date of birth available in the banks records.
According to the apex bank, banks should provide senior citizens and differently-abled persons Form 15G/H (related to tax deduction at source) once a year (preferably in April). PTI NKD ARD


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fwd: Brahmin parishad to extend health cover to elderly members

rahmin parishad to extend health cover to elderly members

Special Correspondent
HYDERABAD, October 17, 2017 23:50 IST

Beneficiaries have to pay ₹1,000 as their share

The Telangana Brahmin Samkshema Parishad (TBSP) has announced its resolve to extend health insurance coverage to elderly Brahmins who cannot afford high cost of treatment.

The executive committee of the parishad said eligible Brahmins should register themselves under the scheme, paying ₹ 1,000 as their share for health insurance cover through National Insurance Corporation while the parishad would pay ₹ 3,000 as its share. The enrolled beneficiaries would be extended coverage up to ₹ 2 lakh under the scheme and the parishad would consider extending cover up to ₹ 5 lakh for treatment of long-term illnesses.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, parishad chairman K.V. Ramanachary said the parishad had so far extended assistance ranging from ₹ 7,500 to ₹ 35,000 for 252 meritorious students who secured prescribed percentage in the respective courses under the Saraswati Vidya Prasasthati scheme. A total of 68 candidates were given assistance amounting to ₹ 1.16 crore to pursue overseas education under the Vivekananda Overseas Education Scheme.

The parishad had decided to provide one-time financial assistance to students hailing from BPL families, enabling them to continue their education through fee reimbursement and a total of six applications had been approved in this regard. It was decided to provide ₹ 2,500 as honorarium to Vedic scholars above 70 years and incentives to Brahmins pursuing Vedic studies. Under the Brahmin Entrepreneurial Development Scheme of Telangana, the parishad had approved 56 applications involving an estimated ₹ 3.29 crore towards self-employment schemes. "We want to make sure that ₹ 20 crore out of the ₹ 100 crore budget allocated is spent on entrepreneurs," Mr. Ramanachary said.

This was in addition to the requests approved for extending financial assistance to take coaching for competitive examinations including GRE/TOEFL. He wanted the district educational officers to take the initiative and spread awareness about the schemes launched by the Government for the welfare of the community.


Bogulkunta, Tilak road,
Hyderabad. Telangana, India – 500001
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040-27846631 / 09490804278


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Senior citizens to get 50% concession in city bus fare | Nagpur News - Times of India

Senior citizens to get 50% concession in city bus fare

Proshun Chakraborty | TNN | Updated: Sep 14, 2017, 12:56 IST

NAGPUR: Come October 2, senior c
itizens (above the age of 60 years) will get 50% concession in bus fares in city. This move will cost NMC Rs50 lakh per annum. The civic body has already given concession to freedom fighters.
The decision was taken in transport committee's meeting held on Wednesday headed by Jitendra Kukde. He told TOI that the transport department has already made a provision of Rs50 lakh each for concessions to school students and senior citizens in its budget.
"Currently, senior citizens are charged full fare in city buses whereas they are getting concession in state-run buses," Kukde said and hence the NMC has decided to give 50% concession to senior citizens in city buses.
After getting poor response from commuters due to very high fares, the meeting also decided to bring down tariff of green buses. Kukde said the NMC is planning to cut the fare by almost 40%. "We will try to keep the difference of both red and green buses fares by Rs2 to Rs3," the transport Kukde said.
Citing an example, he said the minimum fare of a red bus is Rs10, whereas the fare of same distance for Green bus is Rs16. So passengers prefer to travel in red buses, he said.
Presently, NMC's transport department is plying only five green buses though five more ethanol-run buses have joined the fleet. These five buses are plying on six different routes from Sitabuldi to Pipla Phata, J N Hospital (Kanhan), Hingna Rural hospital, Mihan, Khapri Phata, Defence and Butibori.
The department has also decided to ply special buses for Koradi temple during 10 days of Navratri festival. The NMC will ply 38 buses which will make 278 trips from five different areas like Sitabuldi, Kamptee, Hudkeshwar, Gorewada and Ayachit Mandir to Koradi temple.
Similarly, the civic body will provide city bus service for Deekshabhoomi during Dhammachakra Pravartan Din from 12 different destinations to Deekshabhoomi. It will operate 95 buses which will make 730 trips from September 29 and October 1.
Drawing a lesson from recent strike by conductors and drivers, the committee has given its nod to hire daily wagers from health department to work for city bus service during afternoon hours, said Kukde. The committee also approved formation of a flying squad to keep watch on ticket checkers of DIMTS. "We also approved a proposal to move scrapped buses parked in Hingna depot to pave way for rolling buses," Kukde said.