Friday, 8 March 2019

ECHS: Cabinet approves grant of medical facilities under Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

Cabinet approves grant of medical facilities under Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to World War-II Veterans, Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs), Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) and pre-mature retirees

More than 40,000 individual to be benefitted
07 MAR 2019
The Cabinet Meeting Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the grant of Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) facilities to World War-II Veterans, Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs), Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) and pre-mature retirees.

As a result, over 43,000 individuals not covered so far under ECHS will be able to avail the benefits of cashless medical treatment under ECHS facilities through a network of over 425 ECHS polyclinics, over 2500 empanelled private hospitals and all Government hospitals throughout the country, subject to certain conditions.

As a special dispensation, war-widows will be exempt from one-time contribution to join ECHS.
Launched by NDA Government in April 2003, ECHS provides quality medicare to 54 lakh ex-servicemen pensioners, their dependents and a few other categories.

Measures for welfare of Ex-Servicemen:
Today's decision is yet another landmark step in the pro-active policies of the Government since its very first days for welfare of our valiant ex-servicemen, who rendered valuable service to the country.
Implementation of 'One Rank One Pension' for ex-servicemen, a demand which had been pending for over four decades, has resulted in over 20 lakh ex-servicemen receiving more thanRs. 35,000 Crore under the scheme. Other welfare measures by the Government for ex-servicemen include increase in pension by 40%, disability pension for pre-mature retirees, applicability of battle causality compensation at Line of Actual Control, Line of Control and International Border, financial assistance to soldiers on their supreme sacrifice through newly created Army Battle Causalities Welfare Fund, enhancement of ex-gratia ad-hoc allowance, Special Pension to Ex-sailors and skill development training in 36 job roles to over 30,000 retiring soldiers so far.


Cabinet approves setting up of 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas under Civil/Defence Sector all over the country

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)
Cabinet approves setting up of 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas under Civil/Defence Sector all over the country

07 MAR 2019

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of 50 new KendriyaVidyalayas under Civil/Defence Sector all over the country.

The Vidyalayas are proposed to be opened in the Civil/Defense Sector and once they are fully functional they will provide quality education to approximately 50,000 students once they become fully operational.

Consolidated list of 50 proposals recommended by the 'Challenge Method' Committee for opening of new Kendriya Vidyalayas

S.No Name of the Sponsoring Authority Name of KendriyaVidyalaya Name of State
1. Ministry of Home Affairs 210 Cobra CRPF Bn., Dalgaon, District Darrang Assam
2. 205 Cobra CRPF Bn., Barachatti, District Gaya Bihar
3. 45th BN SSB, Beerpur, Distt. Supaul Bihar
4. GC, CRPF Bilaspur Chhattisgarh
5. CRPF Kadarpur, Gurgaon Haryana
6. Group Centre, CRPF, Sonepat Haryana
7. CRPF Group Centre AB Road, Nayagaon, Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
8. BSF Campus, Kittampalayam, District Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
9. ITBP Idayapatti, Distt. Madurai Tamil Nadu
10. ITBP Shivgangai, Illupaikudi, District Shivgangai Tamil Nadu
11. BSF Gokulnagar, Distt. Sepahijala Tripura
12. 39th Bn SSB, GadniaPaliakalan, District LakhimpurKhiri Uttar Pradesh
13. 59th Bn SSB, Nanpara, District Behraich Uttar Pradesh
14. 5EhBn, SSB Champawat, Uttarakhand
15. CRPF Group Centre, Siligudi West Bengal
16. Ministry of Railways N.F.RailwayRangapara, Distt. Sonitpur Assam
17. SER Dangoaposi, District West Singhbhum Jharkhand
18. Railway Yeshwanthpur, District Bengaluru Karnataka
19. Railway Colony Bandikui, District Dausa Rajasthan
20. Railway Idgah, Agra Station Uttar Pradesh
21. NFR Katihar District New Jalpaiguri West Bengal
22. State Governments/ Union Territories Irlapadu village, Nadendla Mandal, District Guntur Andhra Pradesh
23. Kandukur Town, District Prakasam
24. Daporijo, District Upper Subansari Arunachal Pradesh
25. Namsai, District Namsai
26. Hayuliang, District Anjaw
27. Kondagaon, District Kondagaon (LWE) Chhattisgarh
28. Bilaspur, District Yamunanagar Haryana
29. Dharampur, District Mandi Himachal Pradesh
30. GandohBhalessa, District Doda J&K
31. Jodhpur, District Doda
32. Koderma, District Koderma Jharkhand
33. Sarai Kelakharsawan
34. Sadalga, District Belagavi, Belgaum Karnataka
35. Thrikkakara, Distt. Ernakulam Kerala
36. Agar-Malwa, Distt. Agar-Malwa Madhya Pradesh
37. Alirajpur, District Alirajpur
38. Anuppur, District Anuppur
39. Shamgarh, District Mandsaur
40. Gadchiroli, District Gadchiroli (LWE) Maharashtra
41. Anandpur, District Keonjhar Odisha
42. Champua, District Keonjhar
43. Chatrapur, District Ganjam
44. Gunupur, District Rayagada
45. Pratapgarh, District Pratapgarh Rajasthan
46. Udumalpet, District Tiruppur Tamil Nadu
47. Bandahkalan, Aayer, District Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
48. Madhupuri, District Fatehpur
49. Sumerpur, District Hamirpur
50. Khatima, District Udham Singh Nagar Uttarakhand


No requirement of an NOC for the renewal/change of address in the Driving Licence

No NOC requirement for driving license renewal / change of address
Government of India
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
(MVL Section)
Transport bhawan, 1,
Parliament street,
New Delhi-110001
February 28, 2019
1.The Principal Secretaries/ Secretaries, Department of Transport of all the states/Uts;
2.The Transport Commissions of all the States/Ut Administrations

Subject: No requirement of an NOC for the renewal/change of address in the Driving Licence

The driving license issued by any licensing authority in any state is valid throughout India and the license-holders is authorized to drive the specified class or classes of vehicles as per the licence in terms of the provisions of the motor vehicles Act, 1988 or the or the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

1. The practice of obtaining an NOC from the previous licencing authority was followed primarily with a view to checking the authority of the licence,as to whether it was indeed issued/endorsed by the previous authority and that the licences was not linked with any offence. This practice came to be adapted initially when the Diving Licences were issued in manual mode/regime and also subsequently during the decentralized operations of earlier off-line software versions of SARATHI. Now, with the current version of SARATHI Wherein all Driving Licenses are issued following a IT based application system and the details are verifiable from the database in an on-line mode, there is no need for seeking an NOC for verification of such details as per the provisions of the aforesaid Act or Rules.

2. It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry that many States are still sticking to the practice of obtaining NOC from the parent authority in both cases. i.e renewals and change of address of the driving licence. This not only caused disparity in the implementation process but has a potential of undue harassment to the applicant. In case, when a user moves from one place or State, which does not issue NOC to another place or State, which requires an NOC, the applications are rejected due to the lack of such NOC.

3. The SARATHI database contains the information of the driving licences issued by the states. Accordingly, it is advised that whenever an application for renewal or transfer of address is reserved the concerned competent authority may check the particulars online available in the SARATHI database Further, the details can also be validated using e-challan mobile application. This approach would not require the citizens to visit or approach the original Licencing Authority for getting NOC.

4. It is requested that all the Licensing Authorities be directed to stop forthwith and discontinue any old process of verification in manual mode and follow the online verification of the driving licenses for facilitation of the citizens
Yours faithfully,
(Ramandeep Chowdhary)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 23710213
Source: Confederation

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