Sunday, March 1, 2009
All Polyclinics have been advised to entertain add on cards issued for dependent parents accordingly
for details check http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/Treatment%20to%20parent%20on%20addon%20card.html
2. In such cases ESM must deposit their ECHS smart cards with Regional Centre ECHS alongwith all particulars of post retirement employment. The ECHS contribution is non-refundable.
3. The Regional Centres are to keep such ECHS smart cards in safe custody till such time ESM is employed with other Govt deptt. The same will be reactivated once the ESM chooses ECHS and does not take any benefit from any other Govt run medical scheme on final completion/retirement of his service with Central Govt/State Govt/PSUS/PMF. http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/voluntry%20suspension.htm
All uniformed Coast Guard pensioners drawing pension/disability pension / family pension as per Pension Pay Order (PPO) will be eligible for ECHS membership.
FOR FULL DETAILS CLICK ON http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page38.htm
EXTENSION OF EX-SERVICEMEN CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH SCHEME TO THE RETIRED PERSONNEL OF DEFENCE SECURITY CORPS
Introduction. Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme introduced vide Govt of India, Ministry of Defence letter No 22(1)01/US (WE)/D (Res) dated 30 Dec 2002 has further been extended to the retired personnel of Defence Security Corps, through a Corrigendum issued vide Govt of India, Ministry of Defence, Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare letter No 22(68)/2006/ US(WE)/D (Res) dt 22 Jan 08. With the issue of ibid corrigendum, all the facilities of ECHS as applicable to the ex-servicemen will be applicable mutatis mutandis to the retired personnel of Defence Security Corps.
Applicability. The scheme will be compulsory for all retired personnel of Defence Security Corps (including TA retirees who were not eligible earlier) who have been transferred to pension establishment on or after 22 Jan 2008. Those persons who retired earlier than 22 Jan 2008 may join ECHS as per their discretion.
DSC personnel who have already retired from DSC service prior to the issue of corrigendum under GOI, Min of Def, department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare letter No 22(68)/2006/4S(WE) D (Res) dt 22 Jan 2008, will approach their nearest Polyclinic /Stn HQ for obtaining ECHS applications and further processing of the same.
REVISED POLICY ON ECHS APPLICATION FORM/ISSUE OF DUPLICATE SMART CARD(S)/TEMPORARY RECEIPT FOR DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED FOR ECHS MEMBERSHIP DOCUMENTS
MP5-6 (for Army Officers)/Air HQ (for AF Officer)/AFRO (for AF PBOR)/ NHQ (for Naval Officers) / CABS (for Naval
PBOR)/ CGHQ (For Coast Guard Officers and PBOR). The application form duly vetted must then be sent by the concerned Record Office to concerned Regional Centre for manufacturing of ECHS Smart Cards. The receipt of the documents will be retained by them for further handing over to the individual in case Smart Card is not ready for handing over prior to retirement. Detailed procedure for filling up/handling of application forms are given at http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page40.htm
3. However it has been observed that the helplines are not doing their job efficiently resulting in inconvenience to the ESM. As a result ESM are contacting IHQ of MoD (Army) directly even for minor issues. Some stations have even given the telephone Nos of appointments at IHQ of MoD (Army) as helpline Nos.
It is observed that ECHS membership is refused to eligible ESM for their bonafide handicapped children who are unable to earn their livelihood on the grounds that necessary endorsement of grant of family pension in the PPOs is not made.
It should be appreciated that a bonafide handicapped child unable to earn his livelihood is eligible for ECHS membership for life. The only mandatory requirements are:-
(a) Publication of Part II Orders for inclusion of birth of child in Record of Service.
(b) Endorsement by civil Surgeon/Appropriate Service Medical Authorities for ascertaining the disability.
Considering the above though an ESM may be advised to get necessary endorsement made in the PPO which is in his own interest and that of the child but it will not be a mandary requirement for grant of ECHS membership. http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page36.htm
ECHS is not a stand alone Scheme. It is an extension of Armed Forces Medical Services. As per Govt policy all ECHS members are to first fully utilise Armed Forces Medical Services facilities available in the station before being referred to empanelled facilities.
In view of the above following fresh guidelines will apply in case of re-employed officers, both pre and post 01 Apr 03 retirees chekc link http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/Amplificationon%20ECHS%20Membership.htm
Add Para 12 as under
I understand that the contribution I am making is a one time token amount and is non-refundable even if I do not make use of any ECHS facilities.
The following will be treated as Senior Citizens :-
(a) Males - 75 Yrs & above.
(b) Females - 70 Yrs & above.
Consequent to receipt of Office Memorandum from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it has been decided to re-fix the age limit of dependent son (s) as following:-
“ Till he starts earning or attaining the age of 25 years whichever is earlier.”
check link http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page34.htm
Broad guidelines for timings of ECHS Polyclinics have been laid in the referred letter. It is reiterated that OPD registration in all polyclinics be stopped at 1430h daily. This would enable referrals to be generated upto 1500h. Thereafter the polyclinic would have one hour (i.e from 1500h to 1600h) dedicated for its interior economy which includes data entry and processing of reimbursement bills submitted by hospitals and individuals. However all emergency cases will be handled till 1600h or till the polyclinic closes, whichever is later.
The timings are reqd to be strictly followed for local patients. At the same time due consideration should be given to patients, who have come from far distance and be attended to accordingly.
Submission of photocopy of the ECHS Smart Card alongwith application for issue of Duplicate Card henceforth will not be a must though it will still be desirable for speedy issue of duplicate Smart Cards. However the applicant should give details of old lost cards for early processing. If he cannot provide the details he be told that issue of New Smart Cards will take longer time.
(a) Certificate from current/last employer clearly stating that his previous pension (from service in Armed Forces) has been merged with current pension.
(b) Copy of PPO, if available or Pension Book/Discharge Book in respect of PBOR.
(c) Service Particulars Retired/Released Officer’s (Booklet) in respect of officers.
Check link http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page32.htm
MOD has been requested for instructions on refund of contribution in respect of those pre 01 Jan 1996 retirees who have already joined ECHS. Decision and procedure for the same will be intimated as and when received from the Government. pLEASE CHEKC THE LINK
To obviate the avoidable delay and speedy clearance of the issues, it is suggested that a wide publicity be given to the Armed Forces Veteren and various Ex-Services Leagues/ Association that all suggestions/queries/complaints be directly addressed to concerned Station HQ/Regional Centre for resolving the issues. Matters pertaining to policies could be referred to Central Organisation ECHS directly.
check the link http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page30.htm
check the link http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page28.htm
Mentally/Handicapped Children are permitted to be member of ECHS for life. Eligibility conditions for grant of ECHS membership in respect of such children have been stipulated vide Para 3(e) (i) to (iii) of our letter under reference. However, few ESM are finding it difficult to get the disability certified by a Service Classified Specialist especially those who retired prior to inception of ECHS.
Click the link for details of new certificate that is required to be submitted.http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page27.htm
Keeping in view the convenience of ECHS members, with immediate the procedure enumerated in http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page24.htm
include names of his/her wholly dependent children for grant of ECHS membership. However, names of such children should be found recorded in the service records of the ESM pensioner. For children born after retirement or for some other reasons if the names of children are not endorsed in the Service Records during the service; an ESM is required to approach his Record Office for endorsement of names of his children through publication of Non Effective Series of part II Orders. Provisions exists for publication of Record Office NE Part II Orders within three years ie up to Aug 2007 for getting necessary Part II Orders published by affected ESM has been granted by the competent authority.
3. Notwithstanding the above, cases have come to light wherein an ESM has expired and the names of children are not found recorded in the service records of the deceased soldier. The names of such dependent children can not be recorded in the service records of the deceased soldier as per rules on the subject. As result some widows whose husbands or orphan children whose parents did not get the necessary Part II Orders published, are facing difficulties in seeking ECHS membership. To ameliorate the difficulties of affected widows and such orphans children, the procedure as mentioned in http://www.indianarmy.gov.in/echs/policy/ops/op_page26.htm
2. It has been decided that in future patients above 75 yrs of age, will be treated as senior citizens in the ECHS Polyclinics and will be given priority. The senior citizens will be attended out of turn at reception, examination by doctors and issue of medicines.
In view of the above the ECHS Application Form in respect of pre-1986 retirees may be accepted without a copy of PPO provided membership applied by Armed Forces Veteran pensioner is only for himself/herself and his/her spouse (the status of being a pensioner could be ascertained from DPDO/Banker's Certificate). for details chekc link
ECHS has been launched to provide comprehensive medicare to all ESM in receipt of pension or disability pension, as also to his/her dependents, which includes wife/husband, legitimate children and wholly dependent parents. The Scheme is also applicable to NOKs of deceased pensioners who are drawing family/special family /liberalised family pension.
3. Eligibility Status of dependents has been amplified earlier and is reiterated in the link
2. It is clarified that a Recruit who is in receipt of medical/disability pension is alone eligible to join the ECHS. The following dependents of the recruit are NOT permitted to be included for ECHS benefits :-
3. The recruit who was already married prior to joining the training at the Regimental Centre would be permitted to have his wife and children, if any, included as his dependents. This fact would be checked from the Part II Order published. However, the parents of such a recruit would not be entitled to be shown as dependents.
4. The cases of Recruits who have already joined ECHS will be reviewed accordingly and names of dependents, if any, will be deleted immediately.
5. All instructions on the above subject issued earlier are hereby superseded.
Authority: Central Organisation ECHS letter No B/49708-RECT/AG/ECHS dt 22 May 2006.
2. We had taken up the case with the MOD and clarifications have been issued vide MOD letter No 22(20)05/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 10 Feb 2006(copy attached). In brief it contains the following clarifications:-
(a) When Both Husband and Wife are Defence Pensioners
(i) Only one has to give ECHS contribution.
(ii) Both can cover their respective parents by making two ECHS contributions.
(b) When one is a defence person and other is a Central Govt employee, the latter has the choice to withdraw from CGHS when
the spouse becomes a member of the ECHS.
Authority: Central Organisation ECHS DO letter No B/49701-MOD/AG/ECHS dt 24 Feb 2006
2. The member is to submit the following to Stn HQs nearest to the new address:-
(a) An application on plain paper giving reasons for change.
(b) A fresh application form with relevant columns filled and superscribed ‘CHANGE OF ADRESS’ on top.
(c) Affidavit as per format endorsed on Rs. 10 non judicial stamp paper duly notarized.
(d) Enclose the old cards duly cut into 2 pieces.
(e) Deposit Cash/DD @ Rs. 90/- per card requested.
For Rest of the details please click the link.
ESM Pensioners Who Have Retired On or After 01 Apr 2003. ESM pensioners of Armed Forces who have retired from Armed Forces on or after 01 Apr 2003 are compulsory ECHS members and are in possession of ECHS Smart Cards. DSC Records will retrieve ECHS Smart Cards of such Ex-Servicemen and will dispatch the same by courier to Central Organisation ECHS for cancellation of their membership. These personnel will apply for fresh ECHS membership three months prior to their discharge from DSC Service.
(b) ESM Pensioners Who Have Retired On or Before 31 Mar 2003. ESM pensioners of Armed Forces who have retired from Armed Forces on or before 31 Mar 2003 are permitted to join ECHS on a voluntary basis. However, these ESM pensioners are also NOT permitted to utilize medical facilities of two Govt Schemes simultaneously ie Service Hospital facilities and ECHS facilities. DSC Records would ascertain details of persons who are ESM pensioners and are serving in DSC and have joined ECHS and would recover ECHS Smart Cards from them. Smart Card colleted from such DSC persons would be forwarded to Central Organisation ECHS for cancellation. These persons will also apply afresh for grant of ECHS membership without making fresh ECHS Contribution six months prior to their discharge from DSC Service.
It has been realized that policy issued vide our ibid letter has NOT been taken in correct spirit and few persons are taking undue advantage for instance, a case has been reported than an ESM pensioner showed his dependant parents as per the policy quoted in the ibid letter and availed facilities for his points on the basing ECHS Application receipt issued by Stn HQ. However, on verification by the Regional Centre ECHS from the concerned Record Office, it was revealed that the applicants parents names were not existing in his record of service which is an attempt of falsification of documents. Necessary action is being taken against the ESM pensioner.
In view of the above our letter reference may please be treated as cancelled.
Hence forth NO repeat NO ECHS Application will be accepted without verification/Part II Order dependents from respective Service Headquarters (Army HQ(MP5/6, MPRS(O)), NHQ(PDOP), Air HQ (DPS) for Officers and Record offices/CABS/AFRO for PBOR for verification.
Authority: Central Organisation ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dt 28 Jun 2005.
2. Addition of Dependent A newly born child/parents becoming dependant on the ECHS member subsequent to retirement, will require the member to submit a Part II order published by the respective Record Office. In the case of divorced/widowed daughter becoming dependant on the ECHS member, the divorce paper or death certificate respectively will have to be submitted. In all these cases the ESM has to submit a fresh application along with the documents and master card for issue of new cards.
3. Deletion of dependent In the event, wherein the ECHS member dies, his/her spouse can continue to the use the Master card, however the option lies with the spouse to get a new card made by filling up a fresh application form in order to get a smart card on his/her name. However in the case of demise of dependant the deletion can be made at any polyclinic, but if an add on card has been issued to that dependent, it will have to be returned to the Stn HQ from where the card was initially issued for cancellation.
4. Deletion of Ineligible Members. Deletions can be done at the Polyclinic level itself. Sons above 25 years of age will be automatically deleted from dependency. Married/employed daughter is to be intimated by the member to the polyclinic.
5. It is requested that the contents of this letter be disseminated to the environment.
Authority: Central Organisation ECHS letter No B/49701/AG/ECHS dt 09 Mar 2005.
Keeping the above in view it is ruled that such officer cadets are NOT eligible for ECHS.
Authority: Central Organisation ECHS DO letter No B/49708-RECT/AG/ECHS dt 16 Feb 2005.
Keeping the above in view it is ruled that such officer cadets are NOT eligible for ECHS.
Authority: Central Organisation ECHS DO letter No B/49708-RECT/AG/ECHS dt 16 Feb 2005.
2. The criteria for granting eligibility on the basis of permanent disability are as under :-
(a) Onset of disability should be prior to attainment of 25 years of age.
(b) Permanent disability should be certified by Service Classified Specialist as per format of certificate enclosed at Appendix A.
(c) The condition of disability should be mentioned in the records of pensioner and the disabled dependent son should be eligible for family pension.
gO THROUGH THE LINK FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
2. It is a indisputable fact that Part II order/personal occurrence is the sole means to authenticate all casualties viz, birth, marriages etc therefore this document should remain to verify the dependents. While proceeding on discharge all the relevant entries of the retiree are recorded on the discharge book with Part II order No. This gives the details of dependents of the pensioner, while he was in service.
3. However, if any personal occurrence is required to be published in case where there is a birth/marriage after the retirement of an individual, there exists a provision where in Part II Orders are published by Record Offices even for the retired personnel. This has been again confirmed by the Record Offices recently, on the contrary it has been observed that retired personnel do not keep their respective Record offices posted with any such personal occurrence.
4. Keeping the a/m in view, it is directed that Part II orders should be checked for any dependent and if details are not in discharge book then it must be authenticated by the concerned Record office. In case no such Part II orders has been published the ESM should be advised to get the part II order published through their Record office.
Authority: Central Organisation ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dt 13 Oct 2004.
1. ECHS members and their dependents have been approaching this office for policy letters on issue of medical certificates. Type of medical certificates being asked for are at appendix attached.
2. It is clarified that ECHS authorities are NOT empowered to issue any medical certificate except as provided for in the GOI/MOD policy letter.
3. In case any ECHS member requests for such certificates he/she should be directed to approach other authorised departments/Service Hospitals. ECHS Polyclinics are akin to MI Rooms and are NOT authorised to issue any certificate.
Authority: Central Organisation ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dt 04 Aug 2004.
3. The above would cover:-
(a) “War Widow”
(b) “Spouse/Husband” of a deceased woman Officer/PBOR covered by actions in category “D” or “E”.
(c) “Parents, ie, mother & father” of unmarried deceased soldier, provided they are in receipt of Liberalised Family Pension.
(d) In case parents at 4 (c) above are deceased, then “NOK” of unmarried deceased soldier, provided he/she are in receipt of Liberalised Family Pension.
(a) That he/she should be an Ex-Serviceman, i.e, have served in the Armed Forces of India, as a combatant or non-combatant ,
in any rank.
(b) That he/she should be in receipt of pension/family pension/disability
pension from CDA authorities through a PPO.
3. Since all ranks retiring on or after 01 Apr 2003 become compulsory members of the Scheme, deduction of their contribution will take place at source, and will be reflected in their PPO, irrespective of whether they plan to take up re-employment or not. The entire procedure for submitting application forms for issue of ECHS cards will commence between 4-12 months in advance of date of retirement, and this schedule also does not take into account whether an individual is seeking re-employment or not. Such retiring personnel are, in any case, required to attach copy of their PPO in proof of their ECHS contribution having been deducted at source. SMART CARDS will be issued to reach their units 7-15 days before their retirement, as & when the system stabilizes. Till such time this time schedule is achieved, HQs/units receiving the Cards will be responsible for delivery to concerned personnel at their address of retirement.
4. Therefore, for the purposes of the Scheme , all ranks of the services who seek re-employment after retirement are deemed to be members of ECHS and can use the issued SMART CARD and ECHS facilities, alongwith their dependents who are eligible as per ECHS rules.
2. A “War Widow” is one whose spouse has died due to any of the actions listed at Appendix to this letter.
(Ref Central Org ECHS letter No B/49701-WW/
AG/ECHS dt 24 May 04)
(a) Since the Govt rules prohibit an individual from taking benefit from two schemes, a certificate to this effect/entry at new Para 10 of Affidavit will be mandatory, where it must be stated that “I certify that I am not a member of any other Govt/PSUs medical health scheme”.
(b) The calculable pension slab for determining contribution will be based on the pension entitled to the rank held by the individuals at the time of release, and NOT on his restored pension amount. In other words, they will be required to pay an amount similar to the current pension of the rank held at the time of retirement. For example, Wg Cdr ‘A’ joined Pawan Hans in 1989 and was granted fully commuted pension. He shall have to contribute as per the current authorised pension of a Wg Cdr, ie Rs 9190/- and hence, the contribution amount shall be Rs 18,000/- in the case of Wg Cdr ‘A’.
2. All widows are initially paid ‘Enhanced Family Pension’ in cases where the death of the Service Personnel is attributable to Military Service. However, this enhanced family pension is subsequently reduced to ‘Basic Family Pension’ which is much lesser than the enhanced family pension.
3. The matter has been examined and it has been decided that contribution for ECHS, by such affected widows, will be based on the amount of “Basic Pension” which will be subsequently drawn by them, and NOT on the ‘Enhanced Family Pension’.
Authority: Central Organisation ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS dt 30 Sep 2003.