New Delhi: Over one lakh former Indian army
soldiers from Gorkha community, who reside in Nepal, and their dependents will now get benefit of a health scheme for ex-servicemen in the neighbouring country also.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Union Cabinet
"The Cabinet has approved extension of Ex-Servicemen
Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to Nepal Domiciled Gorkhas
(NDGs) pensioners ex-service men (ESM). The scheme will be
optional for retired ex-servicemen NDG Pensioners. Only NDG
ex-servicemen pensioner are eligible for ECHS membership," a
Government official said.
The facilities availed by the Nepalese Gorkha ex-soldiers would be on the same pattern as provided to their Indian counterparts here.
There are about one lakh ex-servicemen and 2.17 lakh
dependents domiciled in Nepal who will benefit from the ECHS.
They were till now entitled for medical treatment under
the scheme at polyclinics, and empanelled civil hospitals in
India. However, officials said considering the practical
difficulties being faced by ex-servicemen in availing
treatment, "government decided to provide medical facilities
to them in Nepal itself."
To avail the facilities, ex-servicemen have to make
one-time monetary contribution at the time of their retirement
and same procedure would be followed for the Nepalese soldiers
"Persons retiring after the issue of this order will also
exercise the option of deduction of contribution by the
pension payment authority," the official said.
The officials said the forms in this regard can be
downloaded from Indian Army website.