Sadhotra chairs 14th ESIC Regional Board meeting


SRINAGAR: The Minister for Planning, Labour and Employment, Ajay Sadhotra has elucidated upon the authorities of Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to improve the delivery system, so that the persons registered with the Corporation will get the benefit of the schemes launched in the State.
The Minister, who is also the Chairman of the ESIC Regional Board, was chairing 14th meeting the Board here today.
Commissioner /Secretary, Labour and Employment, Labour Commissioner, Regional Director, ESIC besides Members of the Board were present in the meeting.
Underlining the need for implementation of the previous Board decisions, the Minister said that taking decisions is not sufficient but need is to get them implemented on ground level for overall benefit of the persons registered with the Corporation. He asked the officers of Corporation to pursue the matters at the concerned quarter to obtain the purpose for which the Corporation has been established in the State.
The Chairman instructed the authorities to carry out regular visits of the dispensaries and hospitals established by the Corporation and see whether the insured persons are getting timely and proper treatment there. He asked them to take necessary measures and ensure that doctors and other medicare facilities are made available to the beneficiaries within their work place.
Sadhotra said that need is to establish more hospitals under the scheme in the State as the workers registered with the corporation has crossed one lakh. He said as per the provisions there should be four hospitals in the State and directed ESIC authorities to take up the matter at appropriate level and get three more hospitals and a medical college approved for the State. He asked them to extend ESI scheme in Ramban, Dooda, Kishtwar, Rajouri and Poonch districts also.
The Board expressed displeasure over non-commissioning of Model Dispensary and Diagnostic Centre (MDDC) approved for Khanmoh, Srinagar and ESI Hospital at Ompora Budgam industrial areas. The concerned officers were asked to follow up the case and ensure that both the facilities are established early in the State. The Board asked Regional Director to advertise all the posts of doctors in local news papers of Srinagar and Jammu required for the Corporation dispensaries and hospitals for making early selection of medicos.
Highlighting the achievements of the Corporation, the Regional Director informed that 1.10 lakh workers from the State are registered with the Corporation, who are getting treatment facilities through 9 ESI dispensaries and one ESI Model hospital. He said Corporation has paid Rs. 2.13 crore as reimbursement to over 4000 beneficiaries during last financial year. He said apart from Rs. 36 lakh paid in 24 cases for providing treatment in super-specialty health institution, medicines worth Rs. 1 crore were also provided to the beneficiaries during this period.
The meeting was informed that MDDC Kathua has already been commissioned at Kathua while construction of ESI Dispensary at Samba has been taken up with SIDCO to start work on the project early.