Welcome to ESIC
The promulgation of Employees’ State Insurance Act. by the Parliament, in 1948 was the first major legislation on comprehensive Social Security for workers in independent India. The Act envisages social protection of workers deployed in the organized sector in conceivable contingencies, such as sickness, maternity and death or disablement due to employment injury and occupational disease. Based on the principal of “Pooling Of Risks And Resources”, the unique, multidimensional health insurance scheme guarantees a fair deal to the covered members by providing full medical facilities to the beneficiaries, besides, adequate cash compensation to insured persons for loss of wages or earning capacity in times of physical distress arising out of sickness or employment injury (including commuting accidents) or unemployment.
The comprehensive and multi-pronged social security programme is administered by an apex corporate body called the Employees' State Insurance Corporation. It comprises members representing vital interest groups, including, employees, employers, the Central and State Government, representatives of Parliament and medical profession. The Corporation is headed by the Union Minister of Labour, as its Chairman, whereas the Director General, appointed by the Central Government functions as its Chief Executive Officer. The broad based corporate body is, primarily, responsible for coordinated policy planning and decision making for growth, development and efficacy of the scheme.A Standing Committee, constituted from among the members of the Corporation, acts as an Executive Body.The Medical Benefit Council, constituted by the Central Government, is yet another Statutory Body that advises the Corporation on matters related to effective delivery of medical services to the BeneficiaryPopulation.
The Corporation, with its Central Headquarters at New Delhi, operates through a network of 61 Regional, Sub- Regional and Divisional Offices located in various States.