Arunachal Pradesh: Union Minister opens ECHS Polyclinic
TAWANG: Minister of State for Defense Subhash Bhamre inaugurated the first Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Polyclinic in the remote high altitude area of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.
Lt Gen GS Sangha, SM, VSM General Officer Commanding Gajraj Corps, along with Major General RK Jha, General Officer Commanding, Ball of Fire Division and Brigadier Zubin Bhatnagar, Commander of Tawang Garrison were also present at the event along with officials from District Administration and large number of Ex-Servicemen of Tawang and adjoining areas.
The ECHS Clinic in Tawang was a long pending dream of Ex-Servicemen in the district, which had witnessed fierce battles with China in the year 1962.
The scheme will provide quality medical care to all Ex-Servicemen, their widows and authorized dependants of Tawang who could not travel up to the nearest ECHS facilities located approximately 350 Km away at Tezpur and Guwahati.
This Polyclinic will also act as a nodal point for treatment of veterans in the empanelled super specialty hospitals in major cities of India.
Subhash also addressed the gathering and highlighted various welfare measures being undertaken by the Government for Ex-Servicemen. He highlighted the contribution of MoS for Home affairs Kiren Rijiju in expediting the opening of the clinics as well as other welfare projects for ESM in Arunachal Pradesh.
He also had a hearty and frank interaction with ESM later during a tea organized by Tawang Brigade for the complete gathering.
Tawang being located in a remote high altitude area along the sensitive Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China has limited medical facilities. It has one heavily subscribed District Hospital and 5 Primary Health Centers (PHC) in the entire district.
The medical and surgical specialists of the Army Hospital at Tawang and Tenga will also visit the Polyclinic regularly to provide specialist care to Ex- Servicemen.