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ESIC sub-committee in state
Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, FEB 3 (NPN):
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Published on 4 Feb. 2011 12:28 AM IST
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A six-member team of the General Purpose Medical Care Sub-Committee (GPMCS) of Employee’s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) held meetings in Dimapur and Kohima on Thursday to discuss matters on ESI scheme and its status in the state.
The sub-committee held its first meeting with representatives of employers and employees at Hotel Saramati in Dimapur. Employees’ Association Delhi secretary, Michael Dias said that the committee was dismayed over the Insured Persons (IP) statistics in Nagaland which stood at a figure of only 387. He emphasized on the need to create more awareness on ESI scheme so that people of the state could take fullest advantage of the assorted benefits under the scheme.
Also addressing the house, INTUC organizing secretary C.P. Singh lamented that the Nagaland government was not quite aware of ESI and called for the need of joint efforts from the government in order to create an effective system. He pointed out that the state branch at Dimapur needed to expand its manpower so as to reach out to the masses.
The sub-committee included finance commissioner & principal secretary labour Haryana Sarban Singh IAS, central ministry of health & family welfare NER regional director Dr. Partha Gogoi, ESIC headquarter deputy medical commissioner Dr. S.K. Jain and AMO ESI scheme Nagaland Dimapur Dr. Z. Kheshito Zhimo.
The team interacted with employers’ and employees’ representatives of Dimapur and clarified doubts and concerns expressed by the latter. The team also stressed on the need for ESIC to tie up with 2-3 private hospitals in Dimapur to make services more accessible for IPs. During its meeting at Hotel Cimorb in Kohima, the team met officials from state labour and medical department which was led by commissioner and secretary labour and employment, N.N. Zhasa.
Addressing the gathering, Michael Dias said that the ESI offered huge facilities under its
scheme to Insured Persons (IPs) covering sickness, disablement, dependants, maternity and medical benefits.
Dwelling on the plights of state ESI branch office in Dimapur, Dias said there was a need for better understanding of running the scheme in the state. He urged officials to interact closely with ESI officials in Delhi for assistance and support. He also stressed on the need for the ESIC and the state government to work in partnership so as to benefit more people through the scheme. He suggested that awareness camps be held in various parts of the state starting from Dimapur to educate the Insured Persons and employees of the ESI scheme.
Commissioner and secretary Labour and Employment, N.N. Zhasa said Nagaland lacked in industrial establishments and expressed optimism about major industrialization through ESI Corporation. He also expressed hope that robust and tangible initiative would be taken up through the meeting.
Regional director ESIC north east region, P. Baruah urged for a joint venture of all stake holders to make the ESI scheme meaningful towards welfare of the people and overall growth of economy. He asserted that the state government must explore the opportunity and avail its benefits.
Giving a status report on ESI scheme Dimapur, Tsanglao, branch manager ESIC Dimapur branch said that the ESI scheme was implemented in 2008 under the ministry of labour and employment, funded by contributions from insured employees and their employers as percentage of images. He informed that the ESIC bore entire expenditure on medical care incurred by the state government of north east in respect of implementation or extension of ESI scheme to new geographical areas for initial period of five years. Therefore, the expenditure shared between the ESIC and state government is 8:1, he added. Report on the same was also given by Dr. K. Zhimo, AMO Dimapur.

 
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