Comprehensive Social Security Network on anvil for public, private sector workers

Comprehensive Social Security Network on anvil for public, private sector workers

SRINAGAR: The state government is working on a comprehensive Social Security Network that will club all welfare schemes to provide maximum benefit to all workers, especially in the private sector, the Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu said Monday.
“We have a number of schemes that often run parallel, overlapping each other. The primary aim of all such schemes is to benefit the workers. We propose to club all such schemes,” the Finance Minister said at the 15th meeting of Employees States Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Regional Board.
“This will take care of all needs like insurance, healthcare and other facilities for all kinds of workers, many of whom are working outside the government sector,” he said.
The finance minister ordered expediting of work on all projects under ESIC.
“To take care of lack of staff in medical institutions run by ESIC, we will go for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model,” he said.
“We will build facilities and offer the same to a group of doctors or some major private healthcare groups. This way, the employees will get quality healthcare facilities and the role of government will be limited to only being a regulator.”
Drabu said there is an “immense need” for creating a pool of doctor entrepreneurs and PPP model will help to boost the sector by providing the required logistic support.
He ordered fast tracking of the 100-bed hospital being established by ESIC at Ompora here on 40 kanals of land. The work on creating a model dispensary and diagnostic centre at Lassipora should also be expedited, he said.
Meanwhile, the meeting approved the establishing of new dispensaries at Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sangam, Ramban, Kishtwar, Rajouri and other areas, where the number of industrial workers is around 1,000.
It proposed to look into the ways of increasing the ambit of coverage from cluster level to project or district level.
Arvind Kumar, Regional Director ESIC, told the minister that over one lakh industrial employees in the state are covered under the scheme.
“Under the scheme, an industrial worker gets health cover with no limit on expenditure. The scheme takes care of the family members of the workers too,” said Kumar.
“In this scheme the employees and employers have to pay around 6.5 percent and rest of expenditure is borne by us.”

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