The Union labour ministry on Friday sent a letter to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal requesting him to clear a whopping Rs 1,127 crore in arrears, accumulated over a period of time, to the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) for providing medical care to beneficiaries of the state.
ESIC provides medical care to its beneficiaries. Since health is a state subject, the expenditure is borne by the state governments.
However, in Delhi, the administration of medical care for ESI beneficiaries was taken over by the ESIC from the Delhi government with effect from April 1, 1962.
It was decided then, under a memorandum of understanding (MoU), that the Delhi government would continue to bear one-eighth, or around 12.5%, of the expenditure on medical care.
“The Delhi government is complying with the provision but not on a regular basis, owing to which the arrears payable by Delhi government has accumulated to the tune of Rs 1,127.87 crore,”labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in the letter.
Dattatreya also requested the Delhi chief minister to “expedite the payment of dues pending with the Delhi government so that ESI scheme continues to run in Delhi”.