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Mallikarjun Kharge announced a series of new initiatives

Ratnam Chandra,, INVC,, Delhi,, Minister of Labour & Employment has said that the ESI Scheme is one of the best Social Security Schemes in the world. The Minister today inaugurated the celebrations of Diamond Jubilee Year of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation as it entered its 60th year of existence. The ESI Corporation is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee year from 24th February, 2011 to February, 2012. During this year-long celebration, special emphasis will be laid upon bringing more and more workers under the integrated social security of ESI Scheme. Shri Kharge also called for co-operation from the States for better running of the Schemes. In his inaugural speech Shri Mallikarjun Kharge announced a series of new initiatives. ESIC has planned to strengthen primary health services by putting up one Medical Kit in each Dispensary containing the basic equipments like Blood Pressure measuring instrument, Glucometer, Nebulizer etc. To extend and strengthen preventive, promotive and other out-reach activities, one Mobile Wellness Van will be provided in each ESIC Hospital during the Diamond Jubilee Year. The first Wellness Van was flagged off by the Minister from Okhala ESIC Hospital by remote control. In co-ordination with the State Governments one ESI Dispensary each in the States will be upgraded by the ESI Corporation as Model Dispensary cum Diagnostic Centre. Shri Kharge unveiled the model of the Dispensary cum Diagnostic Centre at the inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee Year of ESIC, in New Delhi today. A book titled “6 Decades of Inspiring Hope” depicting the rich history of ESIC since 1952 was also released by the Minister. Shri Kharge presented the letters of Permission issued by Medical Council of India, to the Director General, ESIC for running Post-Graduate courses in 5 ESI Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences & Research at Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. Shri Prabhat C. Chaturvedi, Secretary, Labour & Employment, released the Revenue Manual of ESIC on the occasion while Shri Ravi Mathur, Addl. Secretary L&E released the Calendar of Activities for the Diamond Jubilee Year of ESIC. Dr. C.S. Kedar, Director General, ESIC in his welcome address pronounced commitments of the Corporation towards the stakeholders to be fulfilled by the end of the Diamond Jubilee Year. These commitments have the sole objective of better services and reaching out to the stakeholders. The Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 was the first major legislation in Independent India for providing comprehensive Social Security to the workers in the organized sector. Today, ESIC infrastructure has increased many folds with 1486 Dispensaries/AYUSH Units and 145 ESI Hospitals. Presently, ESI Medical Care institutions are treating more than 4.5 crores of patients annually. Under ESI Scheme, an amount of Rs. 1626.93 crores was spent on Medical care and Rs. 426.93 crores was disbursed as benefits, in cash, in 2009-10. ESIC is going for a yearlong special drive for covering more & more workers under the Social Security cover of ESI Scheme.

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