Hyderabad, April 30 : The Union Labour Minister, Mr Mallikarjun Kharge, has said that the UPA regime at the Centre was committed to the welfare of labour and it was ready to earmark as much amount as possible for the purpose.
Speaking before inaugurating the 126-bed Super-speciality Employees State Insurance Corporation Hospital constructed at a cost of Rs 130 crores at Sanathnagar, here on Saturday, Mr Kharge said that such a hospital does not exist not only in the State but also in the entire country. He said that not many people know that the functioning of the ESI comes under the purview of the Centre and around 87 per cent of funding was being earmarked by the Centre towards it. Pointing out to the shortcomings in the ESI activities, he said that it was the responsibility of the State government to address them.
Mr Kharge said that an ESI Medical College with an outlay of around Rs 450 crores was under construction in Hyderabad. He also said that the plans are afoot to build another hospital at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crores at Tirupati. Speaking about the measures adopted by the UPA regime so far towards the welfare of labourers, he said that many laws have been amended for the purpose and also claimed that around Rs 1,000 crores had been earmarked for the labourers working in the unorganised sector and the Centre making all efforts to make better use of it.
Referring to the Rashtriya Swasth Bhima Yojana Scheme started in 2007, the Minister said that around 75 per cent of its funds are being borne by the Centre and also noted that so far about Rs 21 lakh crores had been spent for the benefit of about 12 crores people. Stating that the State government was not implementing it, he advised the State government to pout it under implementation. He also patted the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, for the Rajiv Arogyasri scheme.
The chief guest, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that both the equipment in proper condition and the skillful staff and nurses are needed for the smooth functioning of a hospital of this kind. He also said that the State government has decided to make the Arogya Sri scheme applicable to the government employees also.
Referring to the involvement of private sector in medical services, he said that the government was resorting to such move keeping in view the exorbitant costs involved in this connection. (NSS)