AC approves formation of Employees Insurance Society

Land transferred for Industrial Estates in 10 distts

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 5: In a significant decision aiming to promote the welfare of the employees/workforce, the Administrative Council which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, G C Murmu today accorded sanction to the formation of J&K Employees Insurance Society under Employees Insurance Act 1948.
The Society upon registration will serve as a managerial and health care body to provide for effective administration and management of insurance health facilities and insurance benefits to around 2.95 lakh insured persons under the Employees Insurance Scheme. The decision will help enhance the number of insured persons to nearly 6 lakh.
The Society will have the mandate to formulate policies for code of conduct, capacity building and other training programmes for medical/para medical staff. Besides, it will undertake measures to generate awareness among the employers and the employees so that more and more employees/workers can be brought under the Scheme. Moreover, the Society will be a self reliant body in terms of staff as it will be able to hire the staff as per requirement.
The Scheme is being implemented by the Employees Insurance Corporation through the Labour Department covering industrial workers and their families, other establishments like shops, hotels, restaurants, transport and newspaper, cinemas, educational institutions (public, private, aided) run by individuals, trustees, societies, private hospitals, nursing homes etc. After the registration of the Society, the Employees Insurance Corporation (EIC) will shift from treasury model to Society model thereby, not only easing the process of seeking funds from the Government of India but increase in the inflow of funds which will not be lapsable. The Corporation will be better equipped to purchase standard quality medicines for insured persons and will pave way for opening up of new dispensaries across J&K.
With today’s decision, the existing 8 dispensaries of Employees Insurance Corporation at Rangreth, Khonmoh, Bagh-i-Ali Mardan Khan, Zainakote in Kashmir and Talab Tillo, Kathua, Bari Brahmana and Digiana in Jammu will get further strengthened in terms of staff and equipment thereby enabling these dispensaries to provide better healthcare services.
Meanwhile, the Administrative Council has also accorded sanction the transfer of over 13,665 kanals of State/Government land for establishment of industrial estates at the identified locations in 10 districts of J&K including Kulgam, Kupwara, Anantnag, Baramulla, Bandipora, Srinagar, Ganderbal, Budgam, Pulwama and Udhampur.
The decision will help to create land bank for development of new industrial estates/ventures in the said districts thereby providing much needed boost to the local entrepreneurs/ industry, provide opportunity to young and aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to set up their own industrial units and expand employment opportunities.
The Government is making serious efforts to showcase the potential of J&K in different sectors and bring it on the industrial map of the country. In this regard, the Government has planned to organize ‘Global Investors Summit’ in J&K. Availability of land will be a major factor for setting up of new and soft industries particularly employment generating ventures.
In another decision, the Administrative Council accorded sanction to transfer of land measuring 88 kanals, 9 marla situated in village Edipora Bomai, tehsil Zainageer, district Baramulla to Higher Education Department for establishment of Government Degree College, Bomai. With the transfer of land, building and other requisite infrastructure for the Degree College can be built to provide youth of the area access to higher education.


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