Union Minister for Labour and Employment, Oscar Fernandes has inaugurated recently an Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, marking a total of 3 government medical colleges in the state now. The college incurred Rs. 750 crore as establishment cost.
Furthermore, health smart cards were also circulated by the minister, to many of the local taxi drivers under the national level scheme of free medical services to the auto and taxi drivers. This Health smartcard will let the drivers procure medical treatment at all ESIC hospitals and dispensaries of the country, free of any costs upon showing this card.
The inaugural function was held soon after Model Code of Conduct came into existence along with the arrival of Lok Sabha poll schedule overhead.
During the event the minister said that ESIC hospitals were facing acute shortage of skilled medical staff, hence ESIC come to decision of opening its own medical college.
In addition, 30 medical colleges in total are planned on being launched in India including 12 medical colleges with having postgraduate courses on offer too.
The first phase will see commencement of 17 medical colleges.
Chief minister Virbhadara Singh said that 2 more medical colleges in the state would be set up belonging to government sector, in near future.
The 40% admission seats in medical courses will be opened for the state students only, whereas other 40% seats will be allotted to All-India merit holders. 10% will be reserved only for ESIC beneficiaries, 5% for wards of industry owners and the remaining 5% meant for the students of the ESIC employees, explained an official.