Modi inaugurated ESIC Medical College and Hospital
Coimbatore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that his government was committed to development of a generous and comprehensive social safety net for all workers.
PM, who inaugurated ESIC Medical College and Hospital building in Coimbatore today, added that ESI scheme was based on the Gandhian principle of 'contributions as per their ability and benefits as per the requirement'.
"This project will be a boom to ESIC, beneficiaries and their family members in and around Coimbatore. From modest beginning in 1952 with two centres in Kanpur and Delhi, ESI scheme today is implemented in 830 centers in 34 states and UTs," he added.
"Our government is dedicated for the welfare of our brothers and sisters who are 'rashtriya nirmata'," PM Modi further said.
"Government has taken a number of path-breaking steps for the welfare of workforce of our country. From September 2014, we have revised the Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) pension to a minimum of 1000 rupees per month. The wage ceiling for EPF benefits has been raised from 6500 to 15000 rupees since 1st September 2014. Ministry is simplifying central labour laws by consolidating existing 44 laws into 4 labour codes, the PM pointed out.