Thursday, May 27, 2010

199 polyclinics to be set up for ex-servicemen

New Delhi: In some relief to retired military personnel who are unhappy about the medical services being provided to them, the government on Wednesday approved a proposal to establish 199 new polyclinics across the country under the ex-servicemen contributory health scheme (ECHS). The Union Cabinet approved the 199 polyclinics, which will include 17 mobile medical facilities and 15 new regional centres, at a cost of Rs 141 crore. This comes after the ECHS was first introduced in 2003 by the setting up of 277 polyclinics at stations with ex-servicemen population over 2,500. "The Cabinet on Wednesday also approved reorganisation and strengthening of the central ECHS organisation by suitably increasing the manpower. It has authorised additional manpower, 2,263 in number on a contractual basis to man the additional 199 polyclinics, ''said an official. "It has also authorised 315 serving personnel for the proposed regional centres,'' he added.

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