Friday, May 14, 2010

ECHS trailing CGHS

Dear Satbir,
Nice to see an article other than OROP. Well written. click here
As one who was associated with the finalisation of the scheme at various meetings chaired by the AG, I had warned that we were modelling on the CGHS which was not the best of schemes. I happened to know about the CGHS as my wife worked in various dispensaries all over the country moving to be the Executive Assitant to the DGHS and finally to the Ministry of Health. The CGHS like us recovers one month pay at time of pension. As a pensioner ESM I am covered by both the Schemes, ECHS refused to concede that I should be exempted from two schemes covered by the same GOI.
When we formed our scheme, CGHS was approved for winding up. The Govt as usual changed its mind and introduced sweeping changes which made it a very much more attractive. It is neccessary to have a look at these changes and incorporate modifactions as required.
There is a sound feeling that ECHS caters for senior army officers. Rules seem to bent. One has to just visit R&R hospital to see.
My one and only experience with ECHS has been very sad. Today for check ups and medication we find it satisfying to have them at private hospitals and Gurgaon has some of the best.
Vice Admiral Barin Ghose (Retired)
Head Pension Division
Indian Ex Servicemen Movement

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