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JAN 2011

 

NAVY FOUNDATION KERALA CHARTER
Website: www.navyfoundationkeralacharter.in

1st Floor, INHS Sanjivini
Naval Base ,Kochi- 682004
Tel: 0484 2874453
Yahoo-group of Members: nfkc@yahoogroups.com
Email: nfkc@sify.com
NEWS LETTER - JAN 11


CURRENT ACTIVITIES

NFKC Outing 30 Jan 2011.
An Outing to INS Dronacharya is scheduled for Sunday 30 Jan 2011. The outing will be a travel down memory lane and history refreshing our old memories and seeing the vast changes and developments that have taken place on the western part of the old city before we settle down at Dronacharya Mess for a good get together, Sunday afternoon drinks, fun and lunch. All members are kindly requested to attend and make it a memorable outing trip. All members would be required to assemble at the NOI, Kochi by 1030 hrs. Buses will start at 1045 h and proceed to Fort Kochi beach area. Kindly register your attendance with details of number of persons attending with Hon. Secretary to enable making necessary arrangements and booking of buses. Kindly note to inform changes/ drop out if any at the earliest to avoid wasteful expenses. Contribution shall be Rs 200/- for Officers/ Guests and Rs 100/- for ladies/ Children above 10 yrs. Children below 10 yrs-Nil Some useful information compiled by our Public relations member Lt Cdr PKN Pillai regarding the places of visit are given below for you benefit.

Fort Kochi Beach Area.
For a small stroll and see the enchanting Chinese fishing net at the mouth of the harbour, the view of the sea, approaches to the harbour, the view of the Port and city area from seaward side, the new and fast changing landscape, the Val larpadam Transshipment Terminal coming up, the Puthu Vypin oil terminal and storage which has changed the silhoutte of Kochi from sea. You may visit the St Francis CSI Church nearby built about 497 years back by the Portuguese. The remains of the Vascoda- Gama was buried here and 14 yrs later his remains taken to Lisbon, Portugal. Presently this church is a National Heritage and there is a War Memorial here. INS Dronacharya conducts a wreath laying ceremony at the beginning of the Fort Kochi Carnival each year.

Naval Maritime Museum.
The museum is housed in two second World War magazines built by the British to support the Naval Coast Battery. The museum has rich coverage of the maritime heritage of India with all the artifacts, weapons and equipments on display. A light and sound show depicting the Navy in action from 1946 to Kargil conflict can also be seen.

INS Dronacharya.
We can see and experience for ourselves how the old small coast battery of the second World War which was there at our time has grown into a full fledged surface warfare specialist training institution and an independent Naval establishment.

The other historical monuments in this part of the City are :-
Dutch Cemetery. The cemetery has many graves of men and women who came down from Europe to play out their role in this part of the world in the colonial 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, an authentic reminder of their presence here and their influence.
Indo-Portuguese Museum. Located within the compound of the beautiful 1506 Bishop's House, the museum established in a separate building showcases artifacts like statues and coins left back by the Portuguese.

A talk on Cancer has been arranged by NFKC to be held at NOI, Kochi on Monday, 21 Feb 2011 at 6.30 PM. Eminent Oncologist Dr Gangadharan has kindly consented to give the talk. The talk shall be open to the entire officers community retired or serving and their family. All are welcome and requested to attend and there after enjoy the evening at NOI.

OUTREACH PROGRAM
An outreach program was inaugurated during the Onam Function. A Govt. Old Age Home at Thevara was selected for providing support through voluntary donations by our members for this charity work. Several officers have donated for the cause and we sincerely thank them for their kind gesture. We have gone ahead and met their request of providing an urgent hygiene requirement of a septic tank. We do need more donations to meet the expense. All members are kindly requested to participate more generously so that we do some thing for the needy community around us. Let us take on the great privilege to be givers.

VETERAN OFFICERS HOME PROJECT
NFKC has embarked upon a Veteran Officers Home project based on the request of our members. An opinion poll was taken and based on the interest shown, a special meeting was held at the NOI, Kochi on 20 Dec 2010 where in a self financed scheme to construct a Veteran Officers Home near Kalady was put forward. The information on the scheme has been given on our website and attention drawn through group sms. The registration for the project started immediately by our members by paying a commitment amount of Rs 20,000/-.

The first meeting of the NFKC Management Committee with the registerd members of the Veteran Officers Home Project was held on 17 Jan 2011 at NFKC Office. A Stearing Committe was constituted with undermentioned members for the project.
a) President- VAdm. R P Suthan
b) Secretary- Capt Rajan George
c) Treasurer- Cdr M Ravindran
Co-opted Members
d) Cmde Koshy Varghese
e) Cdr MI Jose
f) Cdr Jacob Kuriakose
g) Cdr K G Skaria
h) Cdr PN Mathew
The project envisages a 40 dwelling unit (Studio type) with common facility complex at a place called Thotuva on the banks of Periyar River near Kalady, Ernakulam District. One acre of suitable land is being acquired together with the Art of Living Village Project coming up at the same place. The entire project is estimated to cost Rs 6.1 Crore and completed by Dec 2012. The approx investment required of each member is Rs 15.25 Lakh. The project details are available on our Web site. The scheme is also open to members of other Charter of the Navy Foundation, Serving Officers of the Navy and Veterans of Army/ Air Force / Coast Guard.
The entire property will be owned by NFKC and managed and run by a special committee under NFKC to maintain the sanctity. It is well understood that though many of our members may need such a facility but are not in a position to invest such an amount.

All members who envisage the requirement of such a facility are requested to contact the Hon, Secretary NFKC and register their requirement for consideration. This facility would definitely be a useful asset to our community in different ways in the coming days.

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
NFKC Outstation Tour
An out station tour to Naval Academy, Ezhimala has been out standing. Members desirous of participating in such a trip of leaving on a Saturday and returning by Sunday night during the month of March/ April 2011 on expense sharing basis are requested to register their desire to enable plan the tour.

New NFKC Directory. Efforts are on to update and publish a new NFKC telephone directory. All are requested to provide their updated details and fresh photographs by 30 Mar 2011.

NFKC Magazine.It is intended to bring out a NFKC Magazine by 31 Mar 2011, which would enable our members and family to share their talents, ideas and information. All are requested to contribute material for publication and also sponsored advertisements at the earliest to Cdr Jose Varghese/ NFKC Office. We can be proud of having our very own web site which provides useful and timely information to all those who access it. It is heartening to learn from many veteran officers of other states that they use our web site for keeping themselves abreast of useful news/ information and are very much aware of all our activities. Our members are also requested to make use of our website and help us in making it a very vibrant site. We appreciate the dedication of all our Webmasters who have worked for it.

Sharing of Information. All NFKC members are kindly requested to share / inform NFKC management any happening/useful information so that necessary action could be taken by the management committee. It would be nice if information about some one not keeping well/ admitted in hospital be brought to the knowledge so that the management could enquire /visit/ render any help.

Lt Cdr J K George, our member who is a patient is staying in an old age home called Aaram Presentation near Kalavoor, Alleppy Dist.

GENERAL INFORMATION 4TH PAY COMMISSION ANAMOLY CASE. Although the case was won by our members the Govt has appealed against the verdict and the case is still with the Supreme Court. We hope a favourable decision would come at the earliest. A sum of Rs 2100/- has been refunded to the members who had contributed towards fighting the legal battle. There are still some members who have not collected or contacted the Secretary for obtaining the refund. They are once again requested to do so at the earliest.

ONE RANK ONE PAY Govt had given the case for study by a group of Secretaries. This group did not recommend the case for grant of one rank one pension to the Officers.

Lumpsum Grant on Death. The lump sum grant-in-aid to next-of-kin on death of a pensioner after retirement is as follows:-
(i) Officers: Rs 20,000/-
(ii) Sailors: Rs 10,000/-
Grant for Marriage of Daughters. Next-of- Kin of Naval personnel who die in harness and as a pensioner are given grant as under per child up to max of two daughters:-
(i) Officer - Rs 25,000/-
(ii) Sailor - Rs 12,500/-
Note. Application forms for all above schemes are hosted on IRFC Website www.irfc-nausena.nic.in .

ECHS

Improvements in the scheme being actively pursued with the Govt. are:-
(a) Enhancement of powers of competent financial authorities to enable early consideration of Medicare bills.
(b) Improving supply of medicines and consumables through two means.

The first, through the proposal of outsourcing the pharmacy services to reputed manufacturers and suppliers and the second through enhancing the financial limit of local purchase of medicines by Officer-in-charge of the Polyclinics.

Provision is also being sought for reimbursement of purchase of non- available medicine to the members.

(c) Improving quality of OPD services at the Polyclinics by seeking authorization of deficient category of essential staff like radiologists, radiographers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, dental assistants / hygienists and clerks. Presently the Armed Forces are spending approx Rs 5 Crore annually for this purpose.

(d) There are about 6.5 Lakh ECHS hospitalizations each year. Hospital bill clearance takes much longer than the stipulated period of 60 days in absence of dedicated staff /organization for this purpose. Therefore bill processing by Third Party Administrators is intended to replace the present adhoc processing system. This would not only reduce load from the Station HQs but also enable the hospitals to receive reimbursements within three weeks of bill submission.

(e) Empanelment of private hospitals for providing cashless treatment to ECHS beneficiaries is an ongoing process. However, this process takes unduly long due to delayed submission of completed proceedings of Board of Officers convened for this purpose. In some cases, this process takes nearly two years. Govt. is now considering utilizing the services of National Board of Accreditation for Hospitals and Healthcare providers (NABH). This step is expected to reduce the empanelment period to approx a month.

While the formal Govt. nod for much needed improvements in ECHS is awaited, certain other steps have been taken by the Armed Forces for meeting the enhanced aspirations of the beneficiaries.

a) Providing telephonic appointments with the Polyclinic doctors in afternoons is a small step, which has added to clientele satisfaction. ECHS staff at various high-pressure stations has also been advised to set up extension counters in localities with high member density so that ECHS benefits, especially medicines are available in their neighborhood. This step would also help in decongesting the Polyclinics.

(b) It has been realized that such a large health scheme cannot be effectively managed without using technology. Therefore, automation of Polyclinic processes and networking of all Polyclinics is underway on Public Private Partnership model.

(c) Recently a study on ECHS and CGHS was conducted by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations. The survey undertaken under this study revealed the members preference for ECHS as against offered health insurance scheme. 93% beneficiaries preferred ECHS to health insurance.

(d) ECHS is a flagship welfare scheme of the Govt. for the welfare of ex-servicemen. Approximately Rs 1000 Crore is being spent by the Govt. for meeting the health care needs of the veteran soldiers and their families of the three services and the Indian Coast Guard. The Armed Forces are continuously endeavoring to improve the quality and reach of this scheme, which is now on the threshold of a major expansion.

e) Ten ECHS hospitals are planned at Delhi Cantt, Chandigarh/Panchkula, Jalandhar Cantt, Lucknow, Kolkata, Jaipur/Jodhpur, Secundrabad, Pune, Kochi and Bangalore. ECHS hospital at Delhi Cantt will be established first followed by other cities. These hospitals will be of are 500 beds facility in 25 acre area with a capital and revenue budget of 250 Crore and 135 Crore respectively.

ECHS Website. www.indianarmy.nic.in/arechs.htm.
E-mail ID. echs_navy@yahoo.co.in mdechs@yahoo.com
Contact Tele Nos. MDECHS - 011-25684846

PAST ACTIVITIES

Veterans Nite
A veterans Nite was arranged at the NOI on 18 Oct 2010. A one man live band provided the music. The NOI made special lighting and menu for the occasion. A fair number of members attended with guests. The intention is to have more such opportunity for all of us to meet and spend some special time together away from our routine life. We look forward to better response and participation in future.

Navy Foundation AGM 2010.
The National level AGM was held at Vizag on 23 Oct. 2010. The Approved minutes of the Meeting with all points raised and discussed are given on our Web Site for your information.
Navy Week 2010
C-in- C's Lunch. The Flag Officer Commandingin- Chief V Adm K N Sushil, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC hosted a Lunch for all members of NFKC at the SNC Officers Mess on 29 Nov 2010. The Lunch was well attended and gave an excellent opportunity for our members to interact with the serving officers and their wives. Our President presented a NFKC crest to the C-in-C on the occasion.
Navy Day.
Our President layed a wreath at the Naval War memorial during the wreath laying ceremony and several of our members were invited to attend the Beating the Retreat ceremony at the Command Parade Ground followed by an At Home reception at the Navy House.

Navy Ball.
A separate enclosure was arranged for our members at the Navy Ball venue by Commanding Officer INS Garuda on our request. We wish to place on record our sincere thanks to the C-in-C and the Southern Naval Command for all the invitations extended to our members in connection with Navy Week Celebrations

ONAM CELEBRATIONS-2010

Introduction.
NFKC Onam celebrations were held on 26 September 2010 at the NWWA Kala Kendra (Old Sailing Club), Katari Bagh Naval Base Kochi. V Adm. K N Sushil PVSM AVSM NM ADC, Flag officer Commanding -in-Chief Southern Naval Command and Mrs. Letha Sushil, President NWWA Southern Region were the chief Guests for the day. The function was reasonably well attended by our Foundation members, invited guests from the Navy and Civilian fraternity.
Pookalams. The function started at 1100 hrs with all the ladies participating in making pookalams while the veterans used the time to meet each other and the invited guests. Two beautiful pookalams were made by the ladies. Once the pookalams were ready all moved inside the hall and were seated.
Welcome. The MC, Mrs. Priya Singh, W/O Cdr. R P Singh gave a brief introduction. VAdm. R P Suthan, President, Navy Foundation Kerala Charter welcomed the Chief guest, Senior Naval officers, Commanding Officers and other officers of the Command, ECHS Doctors and the special invitees from the Civilian Fraternity and all their ladies/spouses. The President NFKC also used this opportunity to inform the gathering about the actions at hand. He also introduced the NFKC Out Reach Program to the needy, starting with the Govt Old Age Home at Thevara with the donations from members / well wishers. He inaugurated the donation by personally donating a sum into the donation Box for it.
Inauguration. The Chief Guest, V Adm. K N Sushil inaugurated the function by traditional lighting of the lamp. V Adm. R P Suthan and the three past President's of NFKC, R Adm. B R Menon, R Adm. C P George and R Adm. George Kuruvilla joined in lighting the lamps. Onam Fun and Games. Hon. Secretary, Capt. Rajan George briefed the gathering about the days proceedings and requested every one attending to participate and make it a memorable occasion. A game of passing the parcel was played to the music by the live Jazz band. Two parcels went around, one amoung the gents and the other amoung the ladies. All gents who had the parcel with them when the music stopped, were invited to crown the Mahabali, blind folded, by Cmde JP Abraham while all enjoyed the fun in it. The Ladies had to do some act or answer some question that came their way through draw of chit conducted by Mrs. Priya Singh. All such ladies and gents were rewarded with a befitting gift in return for their effort of entertaining others.

Onam Lucky Draw. Two Lucky draws were held. One draw was for all the participants and another draw for all the NFKC Non participating members. This was to express to all the Non participants that they were also remembered on the Occasion. The winners were Mrs. Betty Mathews, W/O Cdr. Geo Mathews. She won a Gift Hamper. The lucky one amoung the nonparticipating NFKC members, was Lt Cdr. MK Vasudevan of Mallapuram who wins a cash prize. Onam Fun and Music. After the Lucky draw there was the fun and music session in which many talents came forward from members and guests. It was a very lively session and we thank the Naval Jazz band, Cdr. HP Varghese the leader and all the participants who entertained us. Onam Sadya. The music session had to be very reluctantly cut short as the Sadya was awaiting one and all. All participated in the Sadya in three sitting.
Onam Best Dressed. Finally the surprise event of the day, the Best Kerala Traditional dressed male and female were voted by the participant and chose, 86 yrs old Cdr. N. GeeVarghese AVSM (Retd) as the best dressed male and Mrs. Beena Suthan as the best dressed female. They were given their prizes.
All guest and members departed by 1415 hrs after an enjoyable day together of participation. We now await the next years Onam.
Capt. Rajan George (Retd.)
Hon. Secretary
Mob: 9495736656
Obituary
Our member and Southern Coordinator, Late Cmde R U Nair passed away at his residence in Trivandrum on 23 Sep 2010. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Prabha Nair, son Rajiv Nair and daughter Dr Radhika.
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