ESI scheme to cover all areas by the end of 2022

Union Minister of Labor and Employment Bhupender Yadav said the State Employment Insurance Scheme (ESI) will be implemented nationwide by the end of 2022.

Yadav participated in the 188th ESI meeting held here on Sunday, saying the scheme is being implemented in full in 443 areas and partially in another 153 areas, leaving 148 areas out of the scope of the scheme.

By the end of 2022, the partially fulfilled and unfulfilled areas will be fully covered. Medical services will be provided through the establishment of new dispensaries and branches (DCBOs), modified insurance doctors (mIMPs) and hospitals within the Ayushman Bharat PMJAY network (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana).

New hospitals

The minister also said that ESI Corporation will create 23 new hospitals with 100 beds and 62 dispensaries in different parts of the country. Six of them will appear in Maharashtra, four in Haryana, one in Andhra Pradesh and two each in Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

In addition, the corporation will open dispensaries with five doctors in Maharashtra (48), Delhi (12) and Haryana (2).

At the conference, the corporation also decided to launch certificate courses in 10 disciplines at three of its medical colleges in Hyderabad, Chennai and Faridabad.

“This is aimed at tackling the challenge of labor shortages,” the Labor Ministry said in a statement after the meeting.

The meeting also decided to allow insured workers and members of their families to benefit from cashless medical services in hospitals united by Ayushman Bharat PMJAY.

The corporation, meanwhile, said it had announced 6,400 vacancies, including 2,000 doctors and professors, over the past eight months for various positions.

The corporation will set up departments of radiation oncology and nuclear medicine at hospitals in Hyderabad, Chennai and Faridabad. He will also set up a 100-bed hospital in Ernakulam.

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June 19, 2022

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