Guwahati| The 50-bedded Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital located at Guwahati will be upgraded to 150-bedded, the Union Labour & Employment Ministry has decided.
Besides, the ten of the existing 28 ESIC dispensaries in the state will be upgraded to six-bedded hospitals, official sources said, adding that the work would be carried out in phases.
Announcing this after a meeting with Labour ministers of the Northeastern states, Union Labour & Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya told reporters here last evening that to enhance social security of the working class the ESIC scheme will cover all the districts of the Northeast soon.
Currently it covers only 17 districts in the region. Besides, under the National Career Service projects, eighteen centres will be established in the Northeast.
These centres will serve as a platform for addressing all career related needs of the youth and students seeking counseling, job search assistance services and employment.
The Union Minister further disclosed that of the 7.86 lakh tea garden workers in the State, 5.5 lakh have opened bank accounts post demonetization of high value currency notes. The remaining workers are expected to open their accounts in the next fortnight, after which wages will be disbursed to them through the banking system.
The tea workers in the State had been getting their wages in cash, either paid weekly or fortnightly.
The minister said work is on for simplification of 43 labour laws through their amalgamation into four major codes, including code on wages, code on industrial relations, code on social security and welfare and code on safety and working conditions.
The Central government, he said, will soon come with a national minimum wage.
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