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New ECHS building opened

india Updated: Dec 18, 2006 23:07 IST

THE NEW Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Polyclinic building was inaugurated at Sultania Infantry Lines, Bhopal by Brig KP Pande, MVC. Senior serving officer Maj Gen VK Dutta, VSM, Chief of staff Sudarshan Chakra Corps, Brig SV Bhide, VSM, Station Commander, Bhopal and others were also present on the occasion.

The Polyclinic is located on the main axis within the Sultania Infantry Lines. It is approximately 5 km from Lalghati Chauraha, 1 km from Shahjehanabad and approx 2 km from DIG Bungalow.

ECHS Polyclinic Bhopal Officer in Charge Col SA Faruqui said ECHS had been launched by the Government of India Ministry of Defence since April 2003 to provide advance medical care to ex-servicemen of the three services and their dependents through a network of 227 such Polyclinics, Service Hospitals and selected Civil Hospitals. The Scheme will provide quality medical care to all ESM pensioners, their widows and authorised dependants, and is within easy reach.

It covers a complete spectrum of ESM settled in far-flung areas, through a network of polyclinics in military and non-military stations. There are civil empanelled hospitals, diagnostic centres and consultants to provide in patient treatment/consultancy, in addition to service hospitals. This arrangement has reduced load on service hospitals, as there is an exclusive facility located along side service hospitals. It covers all diseases.

An ECHS member who possesses an ECHS Smart Card can avail immediate treatment at any ECHS Polyclinic anywhere in India. Col Faruqui further elaborated that presently the polyclinic has facilities like Dental surgery, X-ray and lab facilities. Medical and Surgical Specialists of the Military Hospital Bhopal visit the polyclinic every Wednesday for the convenience of ex-servicemen.

Art of Living camp
A SIX-day ‘Art of Living’ camp, through which Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has made accessible profound knowledge through simple and effective course points, was organised at the Selection Centre Officer’s Mess, from December 5 to 10. Instructors Dr Renu Rawal and Jhanvi spoke about the power and cleansing aspects of Sudarshan Kriya. During the course they also discussed knowledge of life’s deepest secrets in a language that was easily understood.

Did you know?
DURING AURANGZEB’S rule the mansabdari system was fully stretched by an outstanding leader and military genius - the Maratha chieftain, Chhatrapati Shivaji. He had thoroughly studied, the strengths of the Mughals as well as their weaknesses, and tempered his diplomacy, military doctrine, organisation and tactics to capitalise on the latter. The rugged terrain of the Western Ghats, where he operated, could be counted on to slow down large conventional columns. His cavalry,
swift and decisive in battle, had great stamina, dedication and skill.

It used raid, hit and run tactics, hounding and harrying but never offering set piece battle. Shivaji’s defensive pivots were his famous hilltop forts, eminently suited for defence against anything but a long investment siege.

A commander of incomparable pluck and acumen, he exploited every facet of the military art including deception, to appear where he was least expected and in sufficient strength to carry the day. He was ably assisted by such renowned captains of war as Tanaji, at whose death in battle at Singarh fort he uttered the immortal words, Sinh gele garh ale (The lion is gone, the fort is ours).

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