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Hospitals, dispensaries to come under ESIC: Dattatraya


Hyderabad: Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatraya stated that the Ministry of Labour & Employment has recently approved a proposal for transfer of hospitals and dispensaries functioning under Labour Welfare Organisation to Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

This decision will come into effect from 1st April, 2016. As result of this decision, 12 Hospitals and 292 Dispensaries of Labour Welfare Organisation will be transferred to ESIC on “as is where is” basis. The ESIC will extend all medical facilities including primary secondary and tertiary care to the 50 lakh workers covered under five cess Fund Acts to the same extent as are available to 2 crore IPs and 8 crore beneficiaries in ESIC Hospitals.

Dattatraya said that the Ministry would provide the entire budget fund of Rs.100 crores under Health Scheme that is available to workers under Cess Fund Acts to ESIC to meet the Health Care needs of workers and salaries of the staff.

The ESIC will also issue its own Identity Cards to the beneficiaries who are registered with Labour Welfare Organisation. As a result of this historic decision every worker under the five cess Fund Act will get exemplary medical care. They will be given equal medical care like Insured Persons of ESIC. ESIC spends up to Rs.2500 per person per year as medical care whereas the worker under cess fund was getting only around Rs.500 per annum.

Now as a result of this transfer all the workers of Labour Welfare Organisation will also get a benefit of Rs. 2500 per year medical care. Apart from basic medical care the beedi cine and mine workers will get super specialty care and will avail better health infrastructure facilities. (INN)

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