|29 November 2006|
|Ministry of Labour & Employment|
GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING ESIC TYPE SCHEME FOR UNORGANISED SECTOR WORKERS, SAYS LABOUR MINISTER SHRI OSCAR FERNANDES LAUNCHES COMPUTERISATION OF MEDICAL CARE IN ESIC HOSPITALS AND DISPENSARIES
The Minister of State for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge), Shri Oscar Fernandes, launched computerization of medical care in dispensaries and hospitals of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) in Delhi at a function here today. Shri Fernandes also awarded ISO-9001 – 2000 certificates to 20 hospitals, dispensaries and offices of the ESIC.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Fernandes said that provision of ESIC type scheme to the workers in unorganised sector is under the consideration of the Government. Referring to computerisation of ESIC services, he said that it will not only bring in transparency and efficiency in the delivery of hassle free service to the stake holders but will also speed up the whole process. He said that ISO certification is just a timely recognition of ESIC’s effort in this direction and expressed hope that it would galvanize further the process of computerisation in the ESIC. Shri Fernandes said that a Revolving Fund has been put in place to make advance payment to referral hospitals in respect of beneficiaries of the ESIC scheme seeking specialized treatment. The Minister stressed the need for making social security to be in line with fast changing industrial scenario in the wake of globalisation, technological advancement in medical sciences and demographic changes. He urged the people to adopt preventive health care measures like Yoga in order to lessen the burden on medical care system.
The Special Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Shri J.P. Singh, expressed hope that all dispensaries and hospitals of ESIC will be computerised within a year. The Director General, ESIC, Shri Ramesh Inder Singh described the ISO certification of ESIC as a landmark achievement.
The computerisation of medical care in ESIC dispensaries and hospitals in Delhi comes in the wake of a pilot project launched last month by the Corporation for providing IT enabled services for disbursal of cash benefits and online registration of employers and employees. Today’s launch of the computerisation in ESIC dispensaries and hospitals will include OPD registration, doctor’s prescription, diagnostic tests, issue of medicines by ESIC stores, referral of cases to hospitals by dispensaries, etc.
The ESIC is a pioneer social security organisation which provides medical care ranging from primary health consultancy to super specialty treatment, and also a bouquet of cash benefits to provide social security to the individual worker and his/her family. A friend in need for over 35 million lives, ESIC’s quality social security services inclusive of health insurance cover have now got a mark of ISO recognition for its service by RVA, Netherlands and Indian Register Quality Systems, Mumbai. The Corporation has been able to achieve this fete with the help of a strong network of 144 hospitals, 42 Annexes, 1422 dispensaries and tie ups with 2041 private medical practitioners and a large number of super specialty hospitals and 45 Regional/Sub-regional/Divisional offices and 825 Branch offices across the country for the disbursal of cash compensation available to the common man at friendliest and on most affordable terms.
The video coverage of the event is available on PIB website www. pib.nic.in
MLD:LK:L-120(launch of computerization)(29.11.06)