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Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
09-March-2011 18:24 IST
Bringing More People Under ESIC

                         

  In order to bring more and more workers under coverage of ESI Scheme in the country, the ESI Corporation has taken the following steps;

            The Corporation prepares a phased programme for implementing the scheme in new areas every year in consultation with the State Governments. The position of implementation/extension of ESI Scheme in new areas during the last 3 years is given below:-

 

Year

New areas where scheme implemented

No. of employees covered

2007-2008

37

97,739

2008-2009

46

70,427

2009-2010

53

1.23 lakh

2010-2011

 68*

1.14 lakh *

(upto 03-03-2011)

 

            The wage ceiling for coverage of employees under the Act has been enhanced from Rs.10,000/- p.m. to Rs.15,000/- p.m. w.e.f. 01-05-2010.

 

            A uniform threshold of 10 or more persons for coverage of factories has been prescribed vide ESI (Amendment) Act, 2010.

 

            State Governments have been requested to lower the threshold for coverage of shops and other establishments from 20 persons to 10 or more persons under the powers conferred upon them under Section.1(5) of the Act. Already the State Governments of Bihar, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal have issued notifications in this regard.

 

            The steps taken by the Corporation to make the scheme more favourable are as follows:

S          Improving work environment and facilities for Insured Persons (IPs) visiting ESIC Offices.

S          Payment of Long term benefits through Electronic Clearing Scheme (ECS).

S          Rates of cash benefits have been enhanced and entitlements have been enlarged.

S          Cashless provision of super specialty services through network hospitals.

 

S          Modernisation and up gradation of medical infrastructure.

S          Issue of smart cards called ‘Pehchan’ and networking of all ESI institutions for easy access.

 

            To overcome the shortage of doctors in hospitals, filling up of vacant posts is being done on an ongoing basis. To overcome the shortage of doctors, including specialists in the long run and to improve the quality of medical care, the ESI Corporation has started various Medical Education Projects.

   The ESI Corporation proposes to set up 18 Medical Colleges in the country in phases. The details are as under.

 

Sl.

No.

State

Location of Project

Project

1

Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad

Medical College

 

2

Bihar

Patna

Medical College

 

3

Gujarat

Naroda

Medical College

 

4

Haryana

Faridabad

Medical College

 

5

Himachal Pradesh

Mandi

Medical College

 

6

Karnataka

Gulbarga

Medical College

 

Bangalore

Medical College

 

7

Kerala

Kollam

Medical College

 

8

Maharashtra

Mulund

Medical college

 

9

Madhya Pradesh

Indore

Medical College

 

10

New Delhi

Basaidarapur

Medical College

 

11

Orissa

Bhubaneswar

Medical College

 

12

Rajasthan

Alwar

Medical College

 

13

Tamil Nadu

Chennai

Medical College

 

Coimbatore

Medical College

 

14

Uttarakhand

Haridwar

Medical College

 

15

West Bengal

Kolkata

Medical College

 

Baltikuri

Medical College

 

 

            This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour and Employment in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today/

 

YSK: PM