MoS inaugurates state’s first ECHS polyclinic at Tawang

TAWANG, Oct 16: Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre on Tuesday inaugurated the state’s first Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) polyclinic here, fulfilling a long pending dream of the ex-servicemen.
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 350km away at Tezpur and Guwahati in Assam.
This polyclinic will also act as a nodal point for treatment of veterans in the empanelled super specialty hospitals in major cities of India.
The minister also addressed the gathering and highlighted various welfare measures being undertaken by the government for ex-servicemen.
Tawang, located in a remote high altitude area along the sensitive Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, has limited medical facilities in form of one heavily subscribed district hospital and five primary health centres 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 the ex-servicemen.
Lt Gen GS Sangha, General Officer Commanding Gajraj Corps, 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 the district administration and large number of ex-servicemen of Tawang and adjoining areas.