MIA files PIL in Honorable Punjab & Haryana High Court  against ESIC

SAS Nagar, 26 : Mohali Industries Association filed a PIL in the Honorable Punjab And Haryana High Court against ESIC regarding poor facilities being provided to Insured Persons in ESI Hospitals / Dispensaries in an around Mohali.

The ESI Scheme of India was introduced in 1952 as the country’s first multi-dimensional social security scheme for workers in the organized sector. The scheme is tailored to provide protection to workers in the organized sector and their dependents in contingencies such as sickness, disablement due to employment injury or occupational disease, death benefit and maternity.

Earlier, in a meeting held on 23rd June, 2016 with Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for Labour and Employment during his visit to Chandigarh, Shri Sanjeev Vashisht –President Mohali Industries Association along with his ESI Committee Chairman Shri Jasbir Singh and his team had met the Minister and handed over a memorandum related to recurring problems being faced by Employees who are covered under ESI Scheme.

The ESI Hospital in Mohali is ill-equipped and is unable to cater to the medical needs of the employees who are insured under ESI.

The Hospital/Dispensaries in and around Mohali Areas neither have sufficient Doctors and supporting Staff nor have sufficient medicines/ surgery facilities which are the urgent and important requirements of industrial workers.

Approximately 1,45,000 insured persons are working in District Mohali and contribution of Rs.121.80 crore (approx.) is contributed by the insured persons to the ESIC every year.

The ESI Corporation has contribution income of Rs.10867.14 crore and expenditure of Rs.7510.65 crore. The total expenditure is around 7-% of the total contribution income and ESIC has profit of 30% i.e. Rs.3356.49 crore. This has been published in the 2ndGeneration Reforms Agenda published by ESI Corporation.

However, there is no dispensary at Kurali, Gharuan, Sialba Majri, Banmajra and Phase 9 Industrial Area Mohali in District Mohali inspite of the fact that large number of workers are working at units situated at these places. Hence the workers have been deprived of primary benefits i.e. medical benefits under ESI Act.

We have attached photographs of the various dispensaries which are in a state of neglect and basic amenities, proper hygiene are also not available in these hospitals.

The Association has been making persistent efforts to ensure that basic facilities are available to the insured persons.

MIA seeks proper facilities for the insured persons as the employee and the employer deposit their share of monthly contribution diligently

The next date for hearing has been fixed on 15th November, 2016.

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