Employees State Insurance training for medical officers

Gangtok, 26 Oct (IPR):

A three-day long Orientation Training programme for medical officers and stakeholders for sensitization of Employees State Insurance (ESI) initiative commenced here at Shram Bhawan, Labour Department, Sokaythang, Gangtok today.

The training programme is being organized by Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Regional Office Kolkata (Ministry of Employment, Government of India) in collaboration with the Labour Department, Government of Sikkim.

The main objective of the programme is to provide training to doctors and staff of various private business sectors about benefits provided by Employees State Insurance Act 1948. The ESI covers the workers who are exposed to risks such as sickness, maternity, temporary or permanent disability, occupational disease or death due to employment injury, resulting in loss of wages or earning capacity. The ESI Act neutralizes the physical or financial loss suffered by the employee and their family due to chronic injury/disease and death caused due to occupational hazards by providing insured medical care at minimal cost, sickness benefits and maternity benefits.

Chief Medical Officer- Senior Administrative Grade, (ESIC), Dr. S.N. Saha gave a brief about the history of ESIC and its activities. He said that the definite motto of ESIC was, "to serve employers and employees." He further explained that the objective of ESIC in the State was to train the staff so that they can give the best service in Sikkim. In a powerpoint presentation, he also talked about Occupational Health Services (OHS), health risks in various occupations, benefits of ESI, functions of OHS, work environment, pre-employment medical examination and periodic medical examination of employees.

Secretary, Labour Department, Namrata Thapa, thanked the ESIC staff and expressed joy at being part of the programme which was a first of its kind in Sikkim. She underlined the progress of ESIC in Sikkim. In the end, she requested the staff from both government and private sectors to take full advantage of the programme.

The programme was also addressed by Director, Labour Department, D.S. Kunwar.

The programme also had the presence and participation of CMO, Non-Functionary Selection Grade, Dr. Sarmishta Roy, Assistant Director, ESIC, Subroto Banerjee, Medical Officers, staff from ESIC, representatives of Sikkim Hotel and Restaurant Association, representatives from pharmaceutical companies and staff from various private sectors.