Kharge warns ESI hospitals

Kharge warns ESI hospitals

Speaking at a programme organised by the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to distribute the first set of `Pehchan’ identity cards for its beneficiaries under the `Project Panchdeep’ a Rs 1,182-crore e-governance project, Kharge said that ESIs were run as a joint venture between the Centre and the States. “The Centre bears 87.5% of the total expenditure incurred while the States bore only 12.5% of the share. However, the administration is taken care of by the States,” he pointed out.

Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh have agreed to hand over the running of the ESIs to the Centre and we are holding talks with all State governments to take a similar decision to enable the efficient running of ESI hospitals. A common complaint is the shortage of doctors and it is upto the State to provide the necessary staff, Kharge said.

The Centre has set aside a sum of Rs 500 crores towards setting up of a multi-speciality hospital at Gulbarga.  It is upto the State government to sanction land for it, he added. Earlier, the State Minister for Labour and Employment Bache Gowda announced that the State was willing to allot 30 acres of land to construct a speciality hospital at Gulbarga. A final decision on this would be taken by the Cabinet on August 27, he added.

‘Pehchan’ ID cards

* An insured person or family member can visit any ESI dispensary, hospital or branch office across the country and avail free services.
* Magnetic card, similar to an ATM card.
* Two cards issued: One to the beneficiary and the other to the family members.
* Card contains photos, biometric details of all family members.
* Comprehensive database of the medical history of the patients will be stored in computers.
* The cards, issued under the Project Panchdeep project, implemented by WIPRO
* 2. 4 crore Employees State Insurance Corporation cards will be issued to beneficiaries.
* Project to be completed by August 2010.

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