No.AIRF/101 Dated: January 4, 2021

The D.G.(R.H.S.),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Reimbursement of cost of OPD Medicines: Special Sanction in view of COVID-19 – Till 28th
February, 2021 – Regarding

Ref.: MoH&FW’s O.M. No.Z 15025/12/2020/DIR/CGHS dated 29.12.2020

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide their OMs dated 27.03.2020, 29.04.2020, 29.05.2020, 24.08.2020 and 30.09.2020 had issued instructions in regard to options to CGHS beneficiaries getting medicines for Chronic Diseases to purchase medicines prescribed by authorised Medical Authorities from the market till 31.12.2020 due COVID-19 Pandemic. The said Ministry, vide their O.M. dated 29.12.2020 has further extended the currency of option up to 28th February, 2021.

A large number of Railway Medical Beneficiaries, in general and RELHS Cardholders, in particular, are also having Chronic Ailments, for which they have to take regular medicines prescribed by the Railway Medical Authorities.

Since it is not desirable to move around for getting these medicines from Railway Dispensaries/Hospitals due to spread of COVID-19 Pandemic, they should also be permitted to purchase medicines, already prescribed by the Railway Medical Authorities, from nearby market, and the cost of the same be reimbursed to them as has been done by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in case of CGHS Beneficiaries.

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.

√Copy to: GSs, All Affiliated Unions – for information.