About Us ECHS Branch

BRIEF HISTORY: ECHS

  1. Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is a flagship welfare scheme of Govt of India, launched on 01 Apr 2003 in India. Accordingly, Government of India extended ECHS facilities in Nepal to our Nepal Domiciled Indian Defence Pensioners and their dependents for providing free medical treatment in Sep 2010.
  2. The scheme aims to provide quality medicare to Ex-servicemen (ESM) pensioners and their dependants through a network of ECHS polyclinics and Civil Empanelled / Govt hospitals spread across the country. The scheme has been structured to provide cashless treatment, as far as possible, to its beneficiaries. Treatment provided under ECHS is as per the Allopathic Medical System and is a Govt of India funded scheme.
  3. Benefits.
    1. Allopathic treatment for self and dependants.
    2. No contribution for pre 1996 retirees, Battle Casualties and war widows. Others can join by paying one time contribution as laid down.
    3. No age limit for joining ECHS.
    4. Medicines - lifelong for all diseases.
    5. All types of diseases covered.
    6. Patients can get treatment in Empanelled private hospitals in India too.
  4. Three polyclinics each at Kathmandu, Pokhara and Dharan have now been operationalised and are functional since Apr 2014 with hired contractual Medical, Para Medical and Non-Medical staff. The scheme is now compulsory to all new retirees and their ECHS application is filled at the time of retirement at their respective Records Offices. The contribution for the old retirees,is to be deposited within Nepal through Bank Drafts. The Smart Cards are now activated in Nepal itself. The facilities available in ECHS polyclinics are as follows :-
    1. Medical Officers and Medical Specialist
    2. Dental Section
    3. Dental X Ray
    4. Laboratory
    5. Pharmacy
    6. X-Ray
    7. Physiotherapy
  5. EMERGENCY TREATMENT CLAIM PROCEDURE FOR ECHS BENEFICIARIES(IN ENGLISH)

  6. EMERGENCY TREATMENT CLAIM PROCEDURE FOR ECHS BENEFICIARIES (IN NEPALI)