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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Parliment Passed Employees State Insurance (Amendment) Bill-2009 on 06/05/2010

Dear Comrades,
Union Government Passed Employees State Insurance (Amendment) Bill-2009 on 06/05/2010. The bill was introduced by Sri Harish Rawat. The Highlights of the Bill is as follows.
(i) The age limit of the dependants has been enhanced from 18 to 25 for the purpose of dependants’ benefit. It will benefit large number of workers.

(i) It extended social security benefits to those apprentices who are covered by Standing Orders and also to those trainees whose training is extended to misuse exemption granted to apprentice from provisions of the ESI Act.
(ii) The definition of “Factory” under Section 2(12) has been amended to facilitate coverage of smaller factories and cover all factories which employ 10 or more persons whether these are run by power or without power.
(iii) DG-ESIC is being made Chairman of Medical Benefit Council to improve quality of medical benefits.
(iv) It enabled ESIC to appoint consultants and specialists on contract basis for better delivery of super-speciality services.
(v) The post of Insurance Inspector is re-designated as Social Security Officer to give them the role of facilitator rather than to act as mere inspectors.
(vi) The procedure for determination of contribution has been streamlined to avoid harassment of employers as the Inspectors now no more to inspect the books of accounts of the establishment beyond five years as under present system of unlimited period.
(vii) It has added the benefit for workers for the accidents happening while commuting to the place of work and vice versa
(viii) State Governments are allowed to set up autonomous organisations to give ESI Scheme benefits.

(ix) It extended medical treatment to those who retire under Voluntary Retirement Scheme or take premature retirement.
(x) It enabled ESIC to enter into agreement with any local autho rity, private body or individual for commissioning and running ESI hospitals through third party participationwherever the hospitals are not fully utilised on account of closure of factories or Insured Persons not being available.
(xi) It will improve the quality of its service delivery and raise infrastructural facilities by opening medical colleges and training facilities in order to increase its medical and Para-medical staff.
(xii) It provided for grant of exemption by appropriate Government to factories/establishments only if the employees get substantially similar or superior benefits.
(xiii) The exemptions shall be granted only prospectively as the ESIC already has made provision of infrastructure to provide service to the IPs for the past period.
(xiv) A new Chapter V-A has been added to enable provision for extending medical care to non insured persons against payment of user charges to facilitate providing of medical care to the BPL families and other unorganised sector workers covered under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY

Press release of the union governement may be down loaded by clicking the following link.


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