Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment said that the government is planning to set up ESI hospital in all the districts in the country. He said currently, there are over 450 ESI hospitals across the country and plans are afoot to set up hospitals in other districts too. He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a new OPD building and dedicating the ESI Medical College and Hospital to the nation, in Hyderabad.
Shri Gangwar assured all kinds of support for strengthening the ESI Hospital network in Telangana and sought cooperation from the state government to speed up the processes required. He further said the government has initiated several measures to provide monthly pension to the workers in the unorganized sector. He said the Centre is committed to the welfare of the labor force in the country and has introduced two bills in the Lok Sabha, related to wage and occupational safety of workers.
The Minister said steps would be taken to ensure that there is no dearth of doctors or paramedical staff at ESI hospitals.
The government has reduced the contribution under the Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Act to 4% from 6.5%, this move, Shri Gangwar said, is expected to increase the take-home salary of workers as well as reduce the financial burden of employers. This includes a reduction of 1.5% in employers' contribution to 3.25% from 4.75% and 1% reduction in employees' contribution to 0.75% from 1.75%, the labor minister said. The Minister, further said that the Government is committed to ensuring wage, jobs and social security for all workers including those in the unorganized sector.
40 crore workers from the unorganized sector will be covered under ESIC and EPFO, including building construction workers, beedi workers, auto drivers/rickshaw workers, and provided health services under social security scheme, the minister said.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Home, Shri G.Kishan Reddy stressed the need for announcing the ESI Medical College and Hospital in Hyderabad a model Hospital. Stating that the Centre released Rs. 1200 crore for setting up of an AIIMS hospital in Telangana, he asked the state Government to implement Ayushman Bharat program also so that number of people would get health benefits in the state. Shri Kishan Reddy said that ESI Hospitals are providing better medical care than many private hospitals.
Former Union Minister Shri B. Dattatreya, Shri Ch. Malla Reddy, Minister for Labour and Employment, Government of Telangana, Shri Raj Kumar, Director General, ESIC, were also present. Earlier, Shri Hiralal Samariya, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment welcomed the gathering.
The new multi-storied Out Patient Department Block, constructed at a cost of Rs. 124 crores, will provide medical services in various departments- ENT, Ophthalmology, General Medicine, Dermatology, etc The medical college and hospital, one of the six medical colleges, with an intake of 100 MBBS admissions, every year has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 534 crores. The 150-bed super-specialty and 470-bed hospital affiliated to the college has been equipped with state of the art equipment like Modular Operation Theatres, ICU and provide quality medical facilities.
(With Inputs from PIB)