In a crucial meeting led by Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Advisor to the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh, with a delegation comprising retired Central Government Employees, discussions encompassed various aspects of the establishment of a much-anticipated Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) Wellness Centre in Ladakh. This initiative represents a significant stride forward in the advancement of healthcare facilities in the region and the welfare of Central Government employees.
The meeting witnessed the participation of eminent retired All India Service Officers and officers of the Administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh, all demonstrating a collective commitment to the health and well-being of the region's residents. Notable individuals in attendance included Sh. C. Phuntsog, IAS (Retd), former Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir; Sh. T Namgyal, IFS (Retd), a former Ambassador; Sh. Tsering Anchok, IAS (Retd), a former Member of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission; and Sh. T Phunchok, IPS (Retd), former Inspector General of Police.
The meeting also saw the presence of Dr. Safdar Ali, Director of Accounts and Treasury, and Mohit Thapa, Account Officer, Director of Accounts and Treasury.
A significant focus of the discussions was the requirement of a minimum of 6000 CGHS beneficiaries, as mandated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, for the establishment of a CGHS Wellness Centre in a new city. Advisor Dr. Pawan Kotwal stressed the importance of adhering to this criterion in accordance with established norms.
Dr. Kotwal provided updates on the progress made so far, aligning with the Ministry's guidelines. According to Circular No: E 9741 A/53/2022-LG OFFICE Temp-1 1468-74 dated June 1, 2023, and a subsequent Reminder No: E 9741 A/53/2022-LG OFFICE Temp-1 1468-74, also dated June 1, 2023, from the Health and Medical Education Department of the Union Territory, Ladakh has received a list of 4215 beneficiaries. This encouraging figure brings the region closer to the targeted number of beneficiaries, with an optimistic outlook of reaching the goal in the near future.
Recognizing the substantial presence of eligible retired and serving employees in institutions such as the Indo Tibetan Border Police in Leh and the Intelligence Bureau in Leh, Dr. Kotwal expressed his unwavering commitment to the cause. He assured the delegation that a request letter would be promptly dispatched to the concerned authorities to gather the necessary information, further streamlining the process.
Moreover, he personally pledged to expedite the process. Once the target beneficiary count is achieved, he will oversee the interviews and subsequent procedures to facilitate the earlier opening of the CGHS Wellness Centre in Leh, reaffirming his dedication to improving healthcare access in the region.
To ensure the seamless operation of the proposed CGHS dispensary, the UT administration has already outlined the necessary manpower, emphasizing a comprehensive approach to healthcare delivery.
This meeting represents a significant step toward enhancing healthcare facilities in Ladakh and ultimately improving the welfare of Central Government employees in the region. The Administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh extends its heartfelt appreciation to all stakeholders, including esteemed retired officers, serving employees, and dedicated officials, for their unwavering dedication and support in their efforts to achieve this pivotal milestone.
As Ladakh continues to evolve and progress, the commitment to establish a CGHS Wellness Centre stands as a testament to the administration’s dedication to the health and well-being of its employees and residents. It is an encouraging sign for the region's growth and a promising step toward a healthier, more prosperous future.
The potential establishment of the CGHS Wellness Centre in Ladakh represents a substantial stride forward in Ladakh's commitment to the health and well-being of its people. This achievement will bring Ladakh closer to a brighter, healthier future, and it underscores the region's potential and promise. This collaborative effort embodies the spirit of progress, unity, and betterment, exemplifying the region's potential for a brighter tomorrow.