Teachers may get ESI coverage

BANGALORE, NOV. 29. The Minister of State for Labour and Haj, Tanvir Sait, has said that the Government intends to bring teachers in private schools and employees of small establishments and institutions under the Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Act.

He said this to a Tanzanian delegation that visited Bangalore recently.

The Minister told the delegation that the ESI scheme covered 7.25 lakh industrial workers and their families and entitled them to free medical treatment at ESI hospitals in the State.

Small units

Mr. Sait said there was a proposal to bring factories employing five persons and using power for manufacturing as well as shops/establishments employing 10 or more persons under the ESI Act. "A proposal to bring teachers and staff of private educational institutions in Karnataka under ESI coverage is also being actively considered," he said.

He said the Government planned to set up "employment parks" to help educated youth get job opportunities within and outside the State and abroad.

Some of the delegates including Hawa M. Mmanga, Director General, Public Services Pension Fund, Government of Tanzania, who led the team, showed interest in the development of information technology-enabled services in the State.

The Regional Director of the ESI Corporation, N. Parasuraman, and the Director ESI (Medical Scheme), Government of Karnataka, were present.

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