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Annual health check-up now mandatory for all Delhi govt employees over 40 yrs

Annual health check-up now mandatory for all Delhi govt employees over 40 yrs

New Delhi: All Delhi government employees of 40 years of age and above will have to undergo a mandatory annual health check-up, according to a memorandum issued by the Director General of Health Services regarding the 'Annual Health Check-up Scheme'. The scheme has been approved by the Delhi Lieutenant Governor.

The fees for the annual check-up for a male employee has been kept at Rs 2,000 while for a woman, it is Rs 2,200. All Delhi government departments have been directed to make necessary provisions in their budget under 'Medical Treatment'.

The scheme can be availed at all government-run and private hospitals across the national capital. Post check-up, the hospital will have to hand over a complete health report along with a summary to the employee.

The summary of the health report will be a part of the Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR). The check-up fees will be reimbursed by the government once the bills are submitted by the employees to their respective departments.

An administrative official of Guru Nanak Eye Centre, Dayanand Singh said, "We want this process to become cashless. If the Head of the Department issues a letter stating that a particular person should undergo a check-up then all that person needs is an ID card and the letter. The entire process should be cashless because a lot of the lower level employees do not have that kind of money to spend in a go. They would have to borrow from their friends and relatives and the government pays for the check-up anyway so why not make it cashless?"

Singh added: "Stress and pollution are the two main reasons why people fall sick and cannot perform efficiently. Thus, they take leaves. I will write to the Delhi CM and request him to make this process cashless."

Free health check-ups have been in place for senior officials in the Delhi government, but now the facility has also been extended to lower level employees.

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