Stating this, an official spokesman said these instructions would be effective with immediate effect.

The decision to liberalise the delegation of powers for this purpose was taken because it was observed that the employees, pensioners and their dependents were finding difficulties in getting the medical advance and reimbursement of medical bills on time, he said.

He said that in case of reimbursement of medical claim and medical advance, head of office will have powers for medical reimbursement upto Rs one lakh, head of department's power would be upto Rs five lakh and administrative department would have full powers.

He said that as per the instructions for sanction of medical advance, in case of government hospital, an advance of 90 percent of the estimate will be allowed.     In case of government-approved private hospitals which are allowed at PGIMER, Chandigarh rates, an advance of 50 percent will be allowed, however, 90 per cent of the amount will be allowed as advance in case of identified package rates notified by the state government.

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