ESIC eyes pan-India expansion with healthcare facilities

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is likely to expand its services to over 650 districts nationwide as part of its second generation reforms. The corporation has decided to take in its fold all construction workers, ESI Insurance Commissioner Arun Kumar was quoted as saying at a PHDCCI seminar on ESIC.

ESIC is likely to propose charging financial contribution from the employers of construction workers to give them ESI benefits, which would be drawn from the various welfare boards in which the construction companies deposit their construction cess, he added.

He added that the proposal is being discussed at the higher level of bureaucracy within the Labour Ministry.

Elaborating on the issue of second generation reforms in ESIC, Kumar said ESIC now has its healthcare and hospital facilities around 300 districts where workers avail medical and healthcare facilities. These will be extended to all districts of India and the process will begin in March 2017.

(source : Business Line)

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