ECHS was first established using the existing infrastructure of the Armed Forces in order to minimise the administrative expenditure. The existing infrastructure includes command and control structure, spare capacity of Service Medical facilities (Hospitals and MI Rooms), procurement organisations for medical and non medical equipment, defence land and buildings etc.

2. In order to ensure minimal disruption of the Scheme during war/training and availability of ECHS services in non military areas above mentioned resources are to be supplemented as follows :-

a. Establishing new Armed Forces Polyclinics in Non Military areas.

b. Augmenting existing medical facilities/clinics in some selected military stations to cater for heavy ESM load (Augmented Armed Forces Clinics).

c. Empanelling civil hospitals and diagnostic centres.

d. Finances.


3. The ECHS Central Organisation is located at Delhi and functions under the Chief of Staff Committee (COSC) through AG and DGDC&W in Army HQ. The Central organisation is headed by Managing Director, ECHS, a serving Major General. There are 28 Regional Centres ECHS and 426 ECHS Polyclinics. ECHS is also an attached office of Dept of Ex-Servivemen Welfare (DoESW), Ministry of Defence (MoD) as are Directorate General Resettlement(DGR) and Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB). You may search Ex servicemen welfare news Today.

4. There are five types of ECHS Polyclinics i.e. Type ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ D, & E . Authorisation of Contractual Staff in each type of ECHS Polyclinic is based on the load capacity of echs ECHS Polyclinic.

5. Command and Control. The existing Command and Control Structure of the Army, Navy and Air Force have been given the Administrative and Financial Powers to run this Scheme. Station Commanders will exercise direct Control over the ECHS polyclinics. Regional Centre ECHS and ECHS Cell, Station Headquarters will be able to clarify any doubts that you may have on ECHS. Regional Centres ECHS are under Command HQ/ Area HQ. Central Org ECHS functions as part of AG’s Branch, Army HQ.


1.No age or medical condition bar for becoming a member of ECHS.

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2.Life time contribution ranges from Rs 30,000/- to Rs 12,0000/- (depending upon Scale of pay)

3.Provision for re-imbursement at CGHS rates, in case of treatment under Emergency in a non-empanelled facility also.

4.No monetary ceiling on treatment as of now.

5.Indoor/outdoor treatment, tests and medicines.

6.Familiar environment and sense of belongingness.

7.Covers spouse and all eligible dependents.