AIZAWL, April 29 - At least 1,589 employees have been registered under the Employees� State Insurance (ESI) scheme since its launch in Mizoram in 2016, officials said on Monday.
ESI officials said the number of employees insured under the social insurance scheme was minimal compared to the number of employees in factories, private schools, hotels, restaurants, shops, medical institutions and other establishments.
The officials emphasised the need for awareness as many employees and employers are unaware of the scheme, and asked employees to avail the scheme in large numbers.
An ESI official in Aizawl said they have tied up with three hospitals � State Referral Hospital at Falkawn, about 16 km from Aizawl, BN Hospital and Adventist Hospital, both in Aizawl � and two laboratories or diagnostic centres � Genesis and Trinity Diagnostic in Aizawl.
The insured persons are being referred to hospitals and laboratories for further treatment and investigation after they are being examined by ESI doctors, he said. He said the insured persons are given treatment, including surgical operations, free of cost and they are provided free medicine.
The official also said that there are a number of private run schools, hospitals, banks and shops, which employ more than 10 employees. They expressed their desire that all private employees be registered under the ESI.
�The ESI is an integrated measure of social insurance embodied in the Employees� State Insurance Act, 1948 and it is designed to accomplish the task of protecting employees as defined in the Act against the impact of incidents of sickness, maternity, disablement and death due to employment injury and to provide medical care to insured persons and their families,� the officials said.