Modi Reveal Plans For Worker-Friendly Insurance Policies

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that the government is in the process of introducing new legislation to protect the interests of both unorganized and organized workers.

The Employees State Insurance Act and the Employees Provident Fund Organisation Act are aimed at providing a powerful welfare net.

Launching a new Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College and Hospital in Coimbatore, he said these new laws will offer more choice, improved coverage for workers and employers with better and wider range of services for organized sector workers.

The ESIC scheme allows all government staff to avail free medical service at ESIC-run hospitals. There are 10 of them in TN. “This project worth Rs 580 crores will be a boon to ESIC beneficiaries,” he said.

“We should strive to make this medical college and hospital a model for high-quality medical education and treatment to workers of the State,” he said.

The Centre is committed to the development of a liberal and the complete social safety net for all staff, he said.

Speaking to the media, Modi said,  “The labour ministry is simplifying central labour laws by consolidating 44 laws into four labour codes wages, industrial relations, safety, security and health” he said.

According to the prime minister, they have already created a Shram Suvidha Portal for online services relating to 16 labour laws.

“This includes administering a process of transparent and random inspections of businesses,” he said.

“A Labour Identification Number has been issued to nearly one million employers, enabling them to process single online filings on eight labour laws,” he said.


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