ESIC medical college to start functioning from 2014
The medical college being set up by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation ( ESIC ) at Sanathnagar here is expected to start functioning from 2014 academic year, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment K. Suresh said here on 15th February, 2013.
Addressing a press conference after a reviewing various programmes of his Ministry with officials here, he said construction of the college building and a 500 bedded hospital was expected to be completed by June this year. Following inspection and approval by the Medical Council of India ( MCI ), the college would start functioning from next academic year. The medical college would have an attached nursing college. It was proposed to start a dental college too at the same place, he added.
Mr. Suresh ESIC also decided to establish a 100 bed hospital at Vizianagaram with an investment of more than 100 crore. A request for starting the hospital has been made by the Congress MP, Botcha Jhansi and the workers of the area.
He said ESIC would also start five hemo dialysis centres in the State two at Sanathnagar hospital and one each at ESIC hospitals at Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati.
ESIC hospital at Vijayawada would be inaugurated in April third week. The hospital at Visakhapatnam would be taken up after concluding a lease agreement with Vizag Port Trust. A 100 bed hospital would be coming up at Tirupati with an investment of 300 crore. The hospital would be run by the State authorities while the funding was being done by ESIC.
Mr. Suresh announced the Union Cabinet would shortly clear proposal for enhancing EPF pension to Rs.1,000 from the present 200 / 300 a month.
The Union Minister said another proposal to enhance the salary ceiling for PF contribution from 6,500 to 15000 was also under consideration. He said the issue would be discussed by the Central Board of Trustees of EPF at its meeting on 25th February, 2013.
The Minister appealed to all trade unions to withdraw the call for a two – day nationwide strike on 20th February, 2013 and 21st February, 2013.
Gulbarga to get ESIC medical college
Karnataka, which recently got the country’s first Employee’s State Insurance Corporation ( ESIC ) medical college, is set to get another one. The State’s second ESIC medical college will be set up in Gulbarga, according to Union Labour Minister M.Mallikarjun Kharge.
Announcing this after inaugurating the state – of – the – art ESIC Model Hospital ( Rajajinagar ) – Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Unit, which is a novel partnership between the two public sector health institutes to provide super speciality cardiac healthcare to those covered under the ESI, Mr.Kharge said it would be possible to set up the proposed medical college in Gulbarga next year itself, if the State Health Department cooperates with his ministry.
“The government hospital in Gulbarga should be given to the ESIC for two years to comply with the formalities related to setting up a new medical college. We will return the hospital to the State government after two years and move to the campus of the new medical college. The government can even use the hospital then to set up its own medical college,” Mr.Kharge suggested.
He said he had discussed the issue with Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar who had called on him at his residence in Bangalore on 17th September, 2012 morning.
He said Karnataka would also get three new ESI hospitals at Doddaballapur, Bommasandra and Nanjangud. The 100 – bed hospital proposed to be built at Doddaballapur for weavers was expected to cost about 100 crore.
State Labour Minister B.N.Bache Gowda, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences & Research Director C.N.Manjunath, ESIC Model Hospital – Rajajinagar Medical Superintendent S.L.Vig and MLC Ramachandra Gowda were also present.
Five New Colleges :
Of them, at least five were expected to be set up next year itself if the Medical Council of India and the State governments cooperated with his ministry by giving the necessary clearances and completing other formalities at the earliest, he said, while addressing a programme at the ESI – Rajajinagar hospital in Bangalore.
The cities and States where new ESIC medical colleges were likely to be set up next year itself were Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and Himachal Pradesh.
The problem was that most of the States were yet to give the required land for construction to begin for the proposed hospitals, he noted.
Bangalore to get First ESIC Medical College
Indian doctors who have completed postgraduate courses in English – speaking countries such as the U.S., the U.K., New Zealand, Australia and Canada, who were earlier allowed to teach in India, will soon also be able to practise in the country.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad, speaking after inaugurating the Employee’s State Insurance Corporation ( ESIC ) medical college attached to the Rajajinagar ESIC hospital Bangalore on 8th September, 2012 – the first of its kind in the country – said that this was among the many steps to tackle the severe shortage of specialists in the country.
The Minister said this would require an amendment to the laws, which would soon be pushed through. He said shortage of doctors was acute in all parts, barring southern and western India, which affected even important national health schemes.
The government had liberalised many conditions in setting up medical colleges – including land requirement, retirement age of teaching faculty and the ratio between PG seats and faculty – in a bid to reduce investment costs and allow more entrepreneurs to start them.
“Eighty percent of private medical colleges are located in south India,” he said.
Single window :
Union Minister for Labour M.Mallikarjun Kharge said that projects involving public good such as setting up of hospitals and medical colleges should be cleared through a single – window agency to avoid delay in implementation.
Project proposals were being held up in various departments for months, leading to cost escalation, he said. The Central university in Gulbarga was yet to get water connection despite the promise by Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai, he pointed out.
“Development work should not be held up in the name of transparency,” he said, adding that officials were refusing to take any action fearing RTI queries. Officials should be asked to clear projects within a time frame or face action, he added.
He said that more ESIC medical hospitals on the lines of the one inaugurated on 8th September, 2012 would be opened throughout the country, provided the Medical Council of India gave permission. “We can start four such in the next year,” he said.