FKCCI raised issues on EPF and ESI

Members of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) raised issues relating to their Employee Provident Fund (EPF) and Employee State Insurance (ESI).

At an interactive programme on PF and ESI conducted by FKCCI on Wednesday, they said that facilities provided by various government hospitals are poor and that it required upgradation.

"There should be more ESI hospitals and mobile hospitals that could serve employees," said P C Rao, chairman, Labour Law Committee, FKCCI. He added that employees are unaware of the certain benefits they are entitled to, due to a lack of information by EPF department.

N Gopalakrishnan, the regional PF Commissioner-1, zonal office for Bangalore, assured that the benefits will reach the employees in the coming months. "The PF for persons with disability will be paid by the government," he added.

J H Nayak, regional director, ESI Corporation, Karnataka, said that there was indeed a requirement for the extension of the scheme and improvement of medical delivery system. He added that Karnataka's all 30 districts are now covered under ESI and that the system is also computerised.

Rs 25 crore was spent for the upgradation of ESI hospitals. "We have also tied up with superspeciality hospitals across Karnataka like, Narayana health city, Fortis hospital, St Johns hospital, Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain hospital among others", said Dr D S Kumar, director of ESI scheme, medical services, Bengaluru.


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