ESIC hikes grant for pregnant women

The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has decided to raise the monetary grant to pregnant women from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 if they go for delivery in dispensaries and hospitals not registered by it.

The corporation, in its 158th meeting chaired by Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, approved the annual report and accounts for the year 2011-12.

The minister lauded the ESIC for increase of revenue to Rs 8393.55 crore during the year 2011-12 in comparison to Rs 6980.61 crore last year. The corporation spent Rs 3374.67 crore in 2011-12 on medical, cash and other benefits, an official statement.

“The ESI Scheme is on the path of accelerated growth. It is now catering to social security needs of more than 1.71 crore insured persons and their family members,” the release added.

The corporation enhanced the confinement expense which is paid to pregnant women insured under ESIC who in case of unavailability of registered dispensaries or hospitals opt for unregistered or private ones for delivery. “The sum has been increased keeping in mind daily expenses incurred by pregnant women while getting post- delivery treatment outside ESIC registered medical institutions,” an ESIC official said.

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