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IAS, IPS and IFS officers to get abroad treatment reimbursement without ceiling + airfare including for attendant


07 Sep, 2013 7:45p.m.

The Central Government has decided to reimburse the entire cost of treatment abroad IAS, IPS and IFS officers. The officers will also receive return airfare for himself and also for on accompanying assistant.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has informed the chief secretaries of all states on September 2 through a letter that the government will bear the actual cost of treatment abroad for two months.

The current rules holding that was framed in 1983 1983 did not include airfares and the reimbursement amount was limited to the extent what the same treatment would cost in a private ward at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The entitlement for the airfare as well as the medical treatment will now be the same as that of an IFS officer of the corresponding grade stationed abroad.

"Given the high entitlement of an IFS officer overseas, every bureaucrat can easily claim the actual medical expenses abroad. Government officers were facing a lot of financial hardship due to the earlier rules," said a DoPT official, who did not wish to be named, describing the modifications as "progressive" while admitting that the new rules might end up burning a hole in the government's pocket given the high cost of medical treatment abroad.

Officers are entitled to free medical treatment for self and immediate family members in all government hospitals and some private hospitals across India.

Former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian said the new provisions had high potential for abuse and pointed out that many patients from abroad, including the US, were coming to India for medical treatment. "I fear even routine cases of bypass surgery for bureaucrats will now end up abroad," Subramanian told adding, "I have my sympathies with the genuine cases, but harsh as it may seem, I think this is an impractical decision.

Source : Economic Times

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