Blaming the State governments for lack of proper facilities in ESIC’s primary health care centres in block levels, the Government today said it will take all possible steps to correct the shortcomings.

“The Centre gives 87.5 per cent for running these centres. But they are under State control and States have all the powers for their proper functioning and yet we are blamed,” Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said.

“People are under the notion that since we spend more we are responsible for lack of services, which is not the case,” the Minister said addressing the diamond jubilee celebration of Employees State Insurance Corporation here.

The corporation has 55 million subscribers at present.

Mr. Kharge asked both the ESIC chief and the Labour Secretary to hold discussions with the State labour ministers and labour secretaries to ensure that the health care centres function properly.

He also said the Government will reach out to the insured persons for better delivery of ESIC schemes.

While ESIC has started medical education at the post graduate level in Bangalore, he said PG courses will soon be offered in ESIC facilities in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.