The far-reaching move has been taken by the Ministry of Labour and Employment keeping in view of the demand raised by workers and employees that all the recently constructed hospitals associated to the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) would now be run by the Corporation independently, unless recommended by the state government to run the hospital. It has been done with an aim of providing better service delivery and medical facilities for both workers and employees.
The intended resolution was taken at the 183rd ESI Corporation meeting under the chairmanship of Santosh Kumar, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment.
Certain benefits can be accessible under the scheme known as Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana, where it has been determined to augment the relaxed conditions and intensified the incentive of 50% of the average per-day earning up to an upper limit of 90 days. This has been intended for policyholder workers who become jobless as a result of Covid-19 prompt lockdown for an additional period of six months that is up to 30th June 2021.
The entitled workers and employees can file their claims by visiting the official website of ESIC; whereby uploading all the required credentials.
Presently, in total there are 1,520 ESI dispensaries and 159 hospitals throughout the country. Amongst these, 45 dispensaries and 49 hospitals are directly run by ESIC. On the other hand, rest are run by the respective state governments.
There are certain areas where ESIC infrastructure isn’t accessible within a radius of 10 km, the beneficiaries of ESI will be enabled to suffice medical consultation directly from a hospital constituted with ESIC or under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
ESI Corporation will also engage the Professional with specialization in hospitals or hospital or healthcare administration for maintenance, housekeeping, patient assistance, the safety of patient and other ancillary activities throughout the country, also engage the services of project management consultant for monitoring and facilitating the execution of hospital and dispensary construction of projects of ESIC till the operationalization of the project.