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ESIC okays slew of welfare steps

Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has approved new welfare measures for its insured persons. At its 164th meeting chaired by Minister of State for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge) Bandaru Dattatreya, ESIC okayed more financial assistance for the North-Eastern states and Sikkim for medical care under the ESI Scheme.

Enhancement of the Permanent Disablement Benefit and Dependants’ Benefit Rates too was okayed for Insured Persons to address the erosion in its real value due to inflation. ESIC has also raised the exemption limit from payment of employees’ contribution for those earning Rs 137 per day.  Earlier this limit was Rs 100 per day.

ESIC approved the opening of a new 100-bed ESIC Hospital in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh.  A new ESIC Model Hospital at Guntur for the state of Andhra Pradesh was also approved in principle. Both Dattatreya and the ESIC members reiterated their commitment to protecting the interests of insured Persons of the ESI Scheme and students of ESIC Medical Colleges.

At the meeting, three separate Operational Manuals concerning functioning of Insurance Medical Practitioners (IMPs), State Executive Committees and for Super Speciality Treatment (SST) were also released by the Minister.

These manuals have the necessary instructions and information for functioning of IMPs, State Executive Committees and for ESIC/ ESIS Hospitals handling Super Speciality Treatments.  ESIC now caters to the social security needs of more than 1.95 crore people and their family members.
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