Union Minister of Labour, Employment, Forest, Environment and Climate Change Shri Bhupender Yadav said that Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) planned to fill 6,400 vacancies including posts for more than 2,000 doctors and teaching faculty wiping out the backlogs for manpower that remained. ESIC is also working towards providing skills- based training programme to the workers for paramedical jobs and has launched certificate courses in 10 disciplines.
Delivering the Second Graduation Day Keynote Address at the ESIC Medical College and Hospital today at K K Nagar in Chennai today, the Union Minisger said that as part of the Union Government’s objective of the modernisation of facilities under the ‘Nirman Se Shakti’ initiative, we are setting up 23 new 100 bedded hospitals across the country.
“We are also setting up over 60 dispensaries that will ensure the delivery of quality medical care service to insured workers and their dependents in the vicinity of their residences. The Union Government is ensuring that our services are available to a wider population. We are focused towards creating an infrastructure for easy access to medical services for our country’s workers, and ESIC itself has had a huge role to play in it. This ESIC Medical College has provided Out Patient Department (OPD) service for 5,76,329 beneficiaries with a daily average OPD Census of 2,153 since January this year. Today, we are working towards Pan India coverage under ESIC and are constantly creating more infrastructure and capacities. We have introduced a cath lab at ESIC hospitals in three cities in India” Shri Bhupendar Yadav further added.
“As part of promoting preventative healthcare practices amongst the masses, the ESIC department has launched medical health checkups for 15 industrial clusters- this communicates a significant shift in approach”, he said, adding that it is not the workers that visit the hospitals, but ESIC is now reaching out to the workers at their work places.
”Under the vision of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, we are targeting occupational diseases. Occupation-based health checkups and follow-ups are being done regularly, especially for women beedi and brick kiln workers. Moreover, preventative and curative solutions for their health problems are also being researched”, the Union Minister pointed out.
”Antoydaya remains the defining principle of all our actions, and continuing PM Shri Modi’s vision of ‘Swastha Se Samridhhi’ we are committed to achieving Health for All, leaving no one behind. We live in the age of technology, innovations and information. But as we continue to adapt and evolve into the new, we must also remain firmly grounded in our roots. Our heritage and culture have shaped who we are today. Inherited wisdom forms the foundation of all learning, and it is the basis of our identity. It is this very culture that has taught us that service done for the welfare of humanity is the best means of attaining virtue. Swami Vivekananda rightly said, “Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.”
ESIC’s own principles are much along these lines. ESIC has played an integral role in not only delivering the best of amenities and technology to our countrymen but also nurturing the brightest minds, and supporting capable young doctors, year after year. You are part of a vibrant institution that is wholly committed to the benefit of the marginalised, and as someone who can make immense contributions to our national society. You come from an institution that works tirelessly in the service of those unable to afford good quality healthcare by providing the best of services to them. And they do so not as an act of charity, but as a form of gratitude to our Shram Yogis, our nation builders.
As you graduate as a student of this institution, I would like you all to imbibe these very ideals that are at the core of ESIC. You are now a batch of new doctors, ready to take on the daunting tasks of making decisions that directly impact someone’s well-being. This degree not only defines your profession but also defines you to our larger society as someone of a potentially distinct and valued character.
Additional Secretary Labour and Employment, Government of India, DG ESIC Dr Rajendra Kumar ,the Dean Dr Kalidas Chavan also participated.