ESIC hospitals in four more places in TN: Union Minister

Around 1,425 commercial establishments have registered afresh and over one lakh employees have been covered so far in the southern region under the Centre’s three-month amnesty scheme for registering under Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), a top official said.
The Centre had launched two amnesty scheme one for Employee State Insurance Corporation and other under Employees Provident Fund Organisation.
The purpose was to enable firms which have not registered under the schemes to come onboard.
The ESIC scheme was opened on December 20, 2016 and will close in March 2017, while the EPFO scheme was opened on January 1, 2017 and close in March 2017.
Speaking to reporters in Chennai, M. Sathiyavathy, Secretary, Union Ministry of Labour and Employment, said under the ESIC scheme firms would be considered as registered on the date they register or as declared by them and previous dues would not be sought after.
The EPFO scheme provides for the nominal levy of damages from the establishment for payment of contribution for the past period, she added.
The Labour Ministry had its regional conference of Labour Departments of Southern Region in Chennai.
Interacting with reporters, the Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said under ESIC, new 100 bed hospitals have been planned at Tirupur, Kanniyakumari, Sriperumbudur and Tuticorin. Each hospital would cost Rs. 90-95 crore and the hospitals would come up in two years time.