The Government of India provides all CGHS beneficiaries and their dependents with a photo ID plastic card called a CGHS card. It contains a unique beneficiary identity number, which an individual must produce to CGHS facilities at any point.
This card is white with a varying-coloured stripe at the top that depicts the cardholder’s status. Therefore, this strip can be any of the following colours:
- Yellow: A journalist of an autonomous company
- Blue: A serving government employee
- Red: A member of the Parliament
- Green: A pensioner, ex-MP, retired personnel, or a freedom fighter
CGHS cards remain valid until a beneficiary’s retirement date. To extend its validity post-retirement, one must make his/her contribution a year before the completion.
Additionally, after the expiration of this card, the cardholder must surrender the card to the concerned department.
In case you want to renew your CGHS card, you must submit a form and the necessary details.
Under no circumstance can this card be transferred from one employee to another. Furthermore, missing this card will attract penalties, and in extreme cases, strict disciplinary actions.