Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA) for Central Government employees working in hospitals: 48th NC JCM Meeting
Minutes of the 48th Meeting of the National Council (JCM) held on 26.06.2021 vide DoP&T OM No.3/4/2021-JCA dated 14th July, 2021
5.4. Item No. NC-47/27/19: Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA) for Central Government employees working in hospitals.
The demand in brief is that besides the existing staff covered , HPCA may also be given to junior physiotherapists, junior dieticians, Carpenters, painters, Tailors, Mazdoors, Mali, Chowkidars, LDC, UDC, Stenographers, Accountants and messengers etc. In the previous Meeting, it was informed by MoHFW that the matter is under examination in consultation with the DoE.
Secretary (Health) stated that in this regard, a preliminary exercise has already been done. As per this exercise, about 11,000 employees would be added for grant of HPCA, in case the demand is accepted . He further stated that this figure would be shared with DoE shortly.
Secretary, Staff Side requested that three further additional categories, i.e., AC Maintenance Staff, Electrician and Civil Engineering categories may be included for grant of HPCA.
Shri C. Srikumar, Member, Staff Side, stated that in spite of MoHFW instructions, Defence Paramedical Staff are not being paid HPCA. Shri R.S. Reddy, Member , Staff Side, informed that earlier decision of the concerned ministry used to be applicable to the respective categories of employees suo-motu. However, now the Accounts Division in MoD has asked for MoD orders in this regard.
Decision: Chairman asked MoD to address this issue of non-payment of HPCA to paramedical staff, and that MoHFW may resolve the issue regarding inclusion of additional categories of staff expeditiously.
Previous: 5.3. Item No. NC-47/ 17/ 19: Reimbursement of additional charges paid on account of overstay in the hospitals.