Central Government Employees to Get Free Health Checkup on 6th of September, 2015 in Delhi
7th Central Pay Commission is definitely something that every employee of Central Government is enthusiastic about. Who doesn’t like higher pay grades? To add a little more sugar to the already sweet cup of tea, a new announcement from government’s Personnel & Training Department’s Welfare Section is going to broaden the grins of the employees a little more. A free eye and health checkup camp will be organized on 6th of September, 2015 at Nation’s capital.
In association with Sharp Sight Centre and Rockland Hospital, New Delhi, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Ministry is organizing free camps at four different locations of New Delhi. These camps, which will operate for 5 hours starting from 10:30 AM till 2:30 PM will be located at Lodhi Colony, Grih Kalyan Kendra, Opposite of NDMC Bharat Ghar and Samaj Sadan.
Health checkup will include free Random Sugar Test, Weight and Height Measurement, Blood Pressure Measurement and free consultation with renowned Gynecologists, Orthopedics and Cardiologists. As far as eye checkup is concerned, no details have been published regarding the services that will be made available free of cost.
This circular was issued by Personnel & Training Department of the Ministry on 3rd of September, 2015. The signed circular can be found here at this link.
This is definitely good news because even OPD consultation at times can cost several hundreds to thousands of rupees. This free camp on Sunday will save at least one-time fee that can otherwise be used for purchasing medicines.
While this is definitely good news, the dark side is that such camps should be targeted towards the poorer sections of the society who can barely even afford treatments at government hospitals which are infamous for their poor treatment and for being under-equipped. This circular is kind of a stark reminder of the capitalist propaganda – ‘make the rich richer and the poor poorer’. Apologies for taking a hardliner stance on this but this is true no matter what argument is put forward in defense. We don’t see anything great in giving away something to some people for free when then can actually afford it. Those who cannot afford should be the beneficiaries.