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New Delhi, September 25, 2009
The Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is setting up a medical college in Patna, Bihar, at a cost of Rs 600 crore.
The foundation stone for the college was laid in Patna today by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who lauded the services being rendered by the ESIC to the working class of the country.
Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said the construction of the college would be completed in two years and the first academic session would start in 2013. He also said that the ESIC would continue to improve its services to workers all over the country.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was the chief guest at the function.
As part of an initiative to help overcome the shortage of medical manpower and improve services in ESI Hospitals, the ESIC has drawn up plans to set up medical colleges, nursing colleges, dental colleges and training schools for paramedical staff in ESI Hospitals around the country.
In the first phase of the programme, eleven medical colleges and 12 post-graduate medical sciences and research institutes would be set up in the existing ESI Hospitals by the Corporation, an official press release said.
The Patna medical college is the first such project taken up by ESIC. The Bihar Government has alloted 25 acres of land for the project. It will have state-of-the-art design features and facilities, comparable to any modern medical college in the country, the release said.
The ESIC has the largest team of medical and para-medical personnel in India and one of the largest medical infrastructures in the world. It has as many as 144 hospitals, 42 hospital annexes, 1397 dispensaries and 1753 panel clinics, the release said.
The Corporation has also approved formation of Hospital Development Committeee for each hospital, which will look after the upgradation of facilities and its attached dispensaries, the release added.
The ESIC basically runs a social security scheme for workers, incorporating the features of an insurance organization as well as that of a service provider for health-related needs of the insured persons.