More ECHS polyclinics to be opened

Lt. Gen. R.K. Anand listening to grievances in Tiruchi on Sunday.

Lt. Gen. R.K. Anand listening to grievances in Tiruchi on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: M. Srinath

Heeding requests from retired defence personnel, more polyclinics under the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) are proposed to be opened in the southern part of the country, Lt. Gen. R.K. Anand, General Officer Commanding, Dakshin Bharat Area, said here on Sunday.

Addressing retired military personnel and their families at an ex-servicemen rally, he said the Ministry of Defence had accorded sanction for establishing nine more ECHS in south India. The yardstick was to establish an ECHS polyclinic within 50-km radius so that the retired military personnel could reach them easily and get treatment.

Some of the best empanelled hospitals with respect to ECHS were in Tamil Nadu, he pointed out and added that there were 88 ECHS clinics functioning in the southern area at present. The Ministry had brought in a lot of improvements in the functioning of the ECHS polyclinics under different categories and efforts were being taken to ensure that there was no shortage of doctors in the clinics. The fund limits for the officer-in-charge of such clinics to procure medicines had been increased to make local purchases.

Lt. Gen. Anand said an ESM App was proposed to be launched soon for the benefit of the ex-servicemen residing in the Dakshin Bharat Area. The app would be launched on January 15 — Army Day — and the ex-servicemen could make use of the mobile application to air their grievances, fix appointments in ECHS polyclinics and know about details regarding the ECHS clinics.

Appealing to ex-servicemen to remain connected with the defence authorities and convey their grievances, he assured them of necessary steps by the officers concerned to redress them at the earliest. Emphasis had been laid on the welfare of defence veterans.

He also appealed to the ex-servicemen to air their feedback on shortage of grocery items in CSD canteens, if any, in their respective places. Special camps were proposed to be organised for the welfare of disabled soldiers, he said adding that steps were also being taken to improve their skills and that of their dependants. A skill centre had been started at Secunderabad, he added.

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