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ECHS Card Renewal Policy : Take Action Must by 31 Dec 2022
ECHS Smart Card is issed to the entitled Defence pensioners and for their dependent and eligible family members as per SOP available in the official website of the CO ECHS. The process of verification of eligibility for parents and dependents above 18 years of age is known to all. As you know earlier, for renewal of ECHS Card for Dependents above 18 years of age was to submit necessary documents i.e 26AS, Adhar Card & PAN Card. However the system has now been completely changed. Now you need to put the validation request cum life certificate for dependdents in the official portal of RCHS. Once the approval received, your card will be eligible for one more yrear. submit the requisite documents. As per notifications of ECHS, all applicable ECHS cards which have not been validated by 31 December 2022, will be blocked. So, you must take care of this matter. Know the detailed process of Annual Validation of applicable ECHS Card, Click here to read.
Celebration of 7th Armed Forces Veterans Day on 14th Jan 2023
The 7th Armed Forces Veterans Day will be celebrated in two places on 14 th January 2023. In Deradoon the occassion will be organised by Army and at AF Stn Tambaram by IAF.
Details of events as informed by the organisers are as below :
At AF Stn Tambaram the authority has invited all the nationalised Banks(CPPC) for putting stalls.
They have one stall by DAV, one by AFA TNB for addressing the problems/ issues need attention.
Guest lecture by DAV, ZSB and PCDA (SPARSH and other facilities from these organisations).
RRM is likely to attend the meeting.
CAS/ AOC in C TC will attend and deliver the welcome address.
The registration will start at 0930-1000hrs. Two stalls each by. Army, Navy and AF will be put up for this purpose.
There will be a High Tea at 1130hrs.
There will be time to go around the stalls after the meeting
There will be a lunch @ 1230h.
We have requested the CPPC & DAV staff to be with us to resolve the issues / problems.after the lunch.
So the meeting will be between 0930 hrs to 1230h as of now.
The octogenarian/Nona will be felicitated (who completed 80/90 years between 15 January 22 and 14 jan 2023).
Growth of Indian Youth Society and Advancement in Indian Defence
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh on 24th Dec 22 attributed the success of Aatmanirbhar Bharat to those who have faith in the India story and the self-belief of India’s youth. Speaking about India’s defence capabilities, he said that with the commissioning of INS Vikrant, India has become the sixth nation in the world to build aircraft carriers and is also building powerful warships, indicative of a strong and self-reliant nation.
Addressing the 5th convocation of Swami Rama Himalayan University in Dehradun, Shri Rajnath Singh highlighted the importance of team spirit saying that while individual success is important, it is only when the entire team succeeds that we get the recognition we deserve. He said that team spirit is the basis of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas”, which has opened up new possibilities for India and increased our nation’s global stature.
Raksha Mantri asked the graduating students to face life challenges with energy and enthusiasm as they go out into the world. He emphasised that Generation Z has extensive exposure to digital and information technology, which are impacting every aspect of our lives today. With the rollout of 5G connectivity and other technologies, India is establishing global benchmarks with its digital infrastructure in areas like digital payments and telecom technology, he added. “Today internet and information technology has unlocked potential in fields ranging from health to education, and even India’s 101st unicorn is an edutech startup”, he mentioned.
Hailing the entrepreneurial spirit of India’s youth, Raksha Mantri also stated that India’s start-ups have grown from around 400-500 in 2014 to over 80,000 today. Raksha Mantri reminded those in attendance of our responsibility towards social welfare and appealed to students to attempt to make the world a better place through their efforts in every sphere of life. He noted that challenges should be seen as opportunities, and through its response to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, India has become Aatmanirbhar (SelfReliant) in sectors ranging from health to defence. During the pandemic, not only did India vaccinate its own citizens, but also provided vaccines to 100 nations across the world, Shri Rajnath Singh added.
Shri Rajnath Singh further spoke of India’s global leadership, saying that our spiritual and economic strength is based on eternal wisdom and eternal truth and has therefore been recognised globally. “India’s glorious past and traditions are a source of inspiration for us all”, he said. He enumerated India’s ancient contributions to fields such as mathematics, science and philosophy and said that our youth should draw inspiration from our rich cultural traditions to scale new heights in every sphere and build a New India. He expressed confidence that the coming age belongs to India, which is now amongst the top five economies in the world. Shri Rajnath Singh ended his address by asking students to be proud of India’s rich cultural history, which is a source of inspiration to us all. He called on them to come forward and contribute
towards making India a Vishwa Guru again. He further said that the youth of India should have confidence in their ability to excel in every sphere and achieve their goals.
Information Credit : Press Release by Ministry of Defence.
No NOC Required for Govt Employees to Get a Passport
The Passport issuing Authority of Govt of India has issued noification that as per simplification of passport rules, now the government servants need not obtain an NOC for the passport. They can simply fill up the Annexure – H of the passport application and give an intimation to their department to obtain a passport.
To know the detailed process kindly read the notifications issued by Govt of India – Click below
New Rules of Treatment at Military Hospitals for Parrents and other Members
ECHS beneficaries are covered with faclities to get free treatment for their eligible family members. As per existing policy, treatment of Parrents, Dependent Brother/Sister and Son/Daughter above 25 years of age at Military Hospitals is chargable and you need to pay the HSR. According to revised policy, the payment made for such treatment will now be re-imburseed thrugh ECHS. Proccedure of reimbursement is desccribed in the lettter Circulated by MoD which are given below :
Vacancy for Exservicemen : Apply Now
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Defence Technology Updates
The Indian authorities underneath Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rolled out a host of rules to sell self-reliance in the area of defence manufacturing.
India’s defence export touched record heights and hit a record Rs 14,000 crore – its highest ever – up from Rs 900 crore in 2014.
The defence ministry has found out that the issuance of fine indigenisation lists of over three,seven hundred gadgets consisting of additives/Line Replacement Units for DPSUs and 310 different defence-associated items were issued as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
Some of the principal initiatives which can be pushing indigenisation of India’s defence area encompass the release of Mission DefSpace, the launch of Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) scheme related to Start-ups & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the indigenisation portal SRIJAN and more.
Test of Agni V – Pak Media
Given the Indian missile trying out spree throughout 2022, it appears to have deserted restraint in nuclear capable missile development and testing. The current take a look at of Agni-V (15 Dec 22) at an extended range of 5400 km poses local in addition to worldwide concerns. It is likewise being pronounced that the missile can even go beyond 7000 km as its typical weight has been decreased via 20%. Being a member of Hague Code of Conduct (HCOC) and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), India stands in violation of its political commitments to slash missile proliferation and exercising most possible restraint in development, trying out and deployment of missiles. Interestingly, the united states is nowhere near on these 3 counts.
India now not only has the quickest growing nuclear software however additionally quickest missile checking out file inside the vicinity. India and North Korea have examined most variety of missiles in the outgoing 12 months. Although the inducement for missile testing is special for each international locations; but, it displays a similar threatening and armament-oriented mindset. North Korea’s missile checking out is a clear political and strategic signal to the U.S. Management vis-à-vis its requires denuclearization of Korean Peninsula. While Indian missile trying out might be visible as signalling in the direction of China – sponsored by way of the West for its very own vested hobbies, the growing ranges of Indian missiles must be similarly regarding for the U.S. Just like the threats from North Korean missile software.
INS Vagir – The Modernisation of Indian Naval Submarine
On 20 December 2022, the Indian Navy (IN) took delivery of the INS Vagir, the 5th submarine below the Project-75, Kalvari elegance submarines. Constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, in collaboration with the Naval Group, the Vagir is a today’s submarine featuring advanced stealth functions, which includes acoustic absorption. It is designed for multifarious missions such as anti-floor, anti-submarine, intelligence gathering, surveillance, and mine-laying. The submarine become released in November 2020 and has undergone outfitting, equipment, and guns trials in only over years, properly on course for commissioning in early 2023. The pace of its checking out and assessment suggests that the army is expediting efforts to modernise the submarine fleet.
India’s protection planners also are acutely aware that the Indian military’s foremost operational deficit during the last decade has been a loss of attack submarines.
India’s urgency in modernising the submarine arm is certainly palpable. At a time whilst China has been trying to extend its naval presence inside the Indian Ocean, Indian observers are concerned approximately its detrimental implications for India’s maritime safety and strategic influence. Indian analysts are especially concerned that Chinese undersea drones, lately visible in Indonesia’s close to-seas, may be deployed within the waters around India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands within the Eastern Indian Ocean. Consequently, India’s naval management is that specialize in diesel-electric powered submarines which have the capability to patrol the littoral.
India’s protection planners are also acutely aware that the Indian army’s main operational deficit over the last decade has been a lack of assault submarines. The navy’s submarine arm is below tremendous strain with best 15 traditional submarines. Not only are cutting-edge force degrees at least 9 short of the best parent of 24, but the submarine fleet’s workhorses, the Kilo-class (Sindhughosh) subs, are nearing the end of their carrier life. The decommissioning of the INS Sindhudhvaj in July 2022 starts a method that would end with the retirement of all boats within the magnificence through the give up of the decade.
Worryingly for New Delhi, Project-seventy five, the Kilo-class alternative software is making sluggish development. Six Scorpene magnificence submarines should have been brought between 2012 and 2016. But INS Kalveri, the first vessel, became now not released until 2017, five years later than predicted. Two extra submarines, the INS Khanderi and INS Karanj had been positioned into service by means of 2020, but none of them possessed a complete stock of their fundamental weapon, the torpedo. A one hundred Black Shark Torpedoes couldn’t be delivered, because the defence ministry blacklisted Finmeccanica (a end result of the Augusta Westland VVIP chopper scandal) stopping subsidiary enterprise WASS from turning in the armament.
The project is slated to grow to be the biggest below ‘Make in India’, and could probably create the foundation of an business atmosphere for submarine construction within the united states.
New Weapons And Equipment Worth Over Rs 84,000 Crore As DAC Clears 24 Acquisition Proposals for Indian Armed Forces
India on 22 December permitted defence projects really worth Rs 84,328 crore to beautify the combat capability of its military with new military hardware, such as mild tanks, futuristic infantry combat vehicles (FICVs), hooked up gun systems, missiles and bombs.
“The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by using Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in its assembly held on 22 December 2022, has accorded popularity of Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for twenty-four capital acquisition proposals,” the Defence Ministry said on Thursday.
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) is the apex procurement body of the Defence Ministry.
“These proposals include six for Indian Army, six for Indian Air Force, 10 for Indian Navy and two for Indian Coast Guard for a complete cost of Rs 84,328 crore,” the ministry delivered.
The ministry stated that of the 24 proposals, 21 proposals worth Rs 82,127 crore are accredited for procurement from indigenous assets, offering a enormous boost to the defence enterprise as part of the government’s “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” initiative.
The approvals accorded will equip the Indian Army with structures and equipment including Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicles, Light Tanks and Mounted Gun System, giving a quantum jump to the Army’s operational preparedness.
The proposals for the Indian Army additionally include the procurement of Ballistic Helmets with enhanced safety for squaddies.
Approvals for procurement of Naval Anti-Ship Missiles, Multi-Purpose Vessels and High Endurance Autonomous Vehicles will in addition decorate maritime power giving boost to Indian Navy’s talents, the ministry said.
Further, the Indian Air Force might be strengthened with the induction of a new range of missile structures, Long Range Guided Bombs, a Range Augmentation Kit for conventional bombs, and advanced surveillance systems.
The procurement of Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels for Indian Coast Guard will decorate surveillance capability within the coastal regions, the ministry stated.
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