Harsh Kumar Mehta
Consultant In Labour Laws/hr
General Manager Finance
Assistant Engineer, Indian Telephone Industries,
CA Darshan Balai
14th December 2013 From India, Hyderabad
1. Has the ESI department added additional hospitals to provide service to the possible increased number of members?.
2. Has the ESI department will be in agreement with market of medical insurance providing companies or with IRDA rules with respect to contribution
16th December 2013 From India, Delhi
(1) I understand that the appropriate Government (Ministry of Labour & Employment, Central Government) has not so far issued notification of its intention to amend Rule 50 of ESI (Central Rules), 1950 regarding enhancement of wage ceiling under ESI Act, 1948. Therefore, till date the wage ceiling is upto and including Rs.15000/- per month only and has not been enhanced.
(2) The issue of additional medical facilities for employees getting wages within range of Rs. 15001/ to 25000/- is a very relevant issue and this aspect can be raised by the affected persons( i.e. employees, employers and their trade unions/ employers' associations) after the notification of intention will be issued by the appropriate government.
(3) ESI Act, 1948 is a mechanism vide which social security benefits are provided to the employees in cases of sickness, maternity and employment injury etc. It is different than commercial insurance. The provisions of benefits under ESI Act, 1948 has no relevance with IRDA Rules or Medical Insurance Policies as being offered by different commercial Insurance Companies. Further, the level of medical facilities provided by the commercial insurance companies are limited to the extent of contract (for which the premium is to be paid), whereas under ESI Act, 1948 and rules/regulations framed thereunder there is no such limit so far as medical benefit is concerned.
16th December 2013 From India, Noida
It is clear that ESIC ceiling limit will increase soon from Rs.15000/- to Rs.25000/- but there is doubt about employees benefit as a whole. Because in every company there is a fixed budget of salary including statutory liabilities and hence this is adversely affected to employees' earnings like salary, incentives, bonus, group madiclaim etc. On the other hand quality of services provided by ESIC is not up to the mark, its dispensaries are also limited in numbers as well as in working time, further it has no tie-up with local reputed hospitals and there is also observed a partiality to refer private hospital.
Let us hope for qualitative services from ESIC without any partiality.
17th December 2013 From India, Vadodara
If you are frequent visitor of CiteHR you will find that every week there are one or more clarifications are asked by the member and every time answer is "NO".
If you read or search this topic you'll find TONS of clarifications by the seniors.
Instead of getting clarification from this forum i advise you to please visit to ESI Local office/ESI Inspector or your area.
18th December 2013 From India, Jaipur
We everybody are guessing about its approval then date of implementation.And you confirmatory declared date 01.04.2014 for its implementation (hope got success in getting confirm news from Ministry of Labour).
Will you please share Govt. Notification.
20th December 2013 From India, Jaipur
- Increasing dispensaries,model hospitals,fulfilling vacant posts of Doctors (in Hosp. & disp.) ,Impanelment with Govt. Hospitals and good Pvt. hospitals, opening dispensaries in each industrial areas, tie up with insurance companies, good medical treatment to the dependents living in their native places.
- Initiating campaign so that none of the IP could be without bio metric card,
- Training to ESI staff on "customer satisfaction" /Quick grievance redressal,right guidance,educatory/Councillor role of Inspectors (instead of commission agents) visits of ESI inspectors for educating IPs etc etc.
All above are very minute points which requires attention of top leadership.
If above mentioned improvements did not took place; it will be injustice for employer and employee both and ultimately it will be additional burden on employer as their contribution is going to increase by 67% with no improvement in facility.
Hope Govt. will pay attention on this and employer will lead this case through their associations.
21st December 2013 From India, Jaipur
Please refer to news item published in economictimes Yesterday :
The salary ceiling for gratuity contributions is also likely to be raised to Rs 15,000 a month along with the PF cap, which was last revised in 2001. Minimum wages in most states are now higher than the Rs 6,500 ceiling under the EPF Act, depriving the most disadvantaged workers of social security.
Fernandes has also summoned members of the Employees' State Insurance Corporation, or ESIC, which provides medical care and unemployment insurance benefits, for a meeting in the second week of February.
The minister hopes to overcome resistance from employers and finalise a hike in the salary ceiling for ESIC benefits from Rs 15,000 per month to Rs 25,000 a month.
This could bring an additional 50 lakh employees into the ambit of ESIC, which currently covers 1.7 crore people. Employers have questioned the rationale of the state extending inefficient healthcare to employees earning Rs 15,000-25,000 a month while reducing their take-home salaries by 6.5% - the contribution rate for ESIC.
Election 2014: UPA to woo workers with new minimum wage, pro-staff PF & ESIC rules - Economic Times
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