Govt issued guidelines for issuing CGHS cards for central government employees and pensioners

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New Delhi: A big update has come for all the government employees working under the Central Government. The government has issued a guideline for issuing health scheme (CGHS) cards for all central employees and pensioners. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, it has been made mandatory for all employees and pensioners to apply online for the health scheme card.

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Application has to be done online

The ministry said in its guidelines that the central employee will have to visit www.cghs.nic.in to create a temporary reference number. He will have to fill the form available on the website and submit it online. Once this is done, he will have to take a printout of the online application form and submit it to the concerned office.

These documents will be needed

  • Birth certificate of son (if son is dependent)
  • Self-attested copy of disability certificate issued by the Medical Board of any Government Hospital (if the age of dependent son is 25 years or above)
  • Salary slip of working employee
  • Address proof
  • Documents proving the dependency of family members
  • Copy of Identity Proof of dependent family members

Please note that if an employee or pensioner already has a CGHS card, he or she will have to submit a self-attested photocopy of the old CGHS card along with the form.

What is CGHS card

It is known that the Central Government issues CGHS card to all the employees working under it and retired pensioners under the health insurance scheme, which contains the beneficiary’s photograph as well as a unique beneficiary ID number. With this card, employees or pensioners and their dependents are given comprehensive medical cover.

Who can be dependent

  1. Spouse of the employee or pensioner
  2. The employee has the option to include dependent parents or dependent parents-in-law for the purpose of availing benefits under CGHS, provided the conditions of dependency and residence etc. are fulfilled.
  3. If the adoptive father has more than one wife, then only the first wife.
  4. Children, including legally adopted children, step children and children taken as wards, subject to the following conditions:

i) Son: Till he attains the age of 25 years or till he starts earning.

ii) Daughter: Till she starts earning or gets married

iii) Son: Has physical or mental disability

iv) Dependent divorced/abandoned or separated from her husband

v) Dependent minor brother(s): Till the age of majority.

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