The CITU has demanded that land be allotted to the 500 bed ESI Hospital in the city to cater to the needs of the working classes.

Talking to reporters here on Sunday, CITU State president Ch. Narasinga Rao said he had met Rajkumar,Director General of ESIC in New Delhi, on Friday and discussed regarding land allotment to new building for ESIC Hospital at Sheelanagar, Visakhapatnam. “He told me that the ESIC is not in a position to pay Rs 50 crore to Rs.80 crores for the land proposed by the government of Andhra Pradesh. Hence the ESIC withdrew its proposal of purchasing the land from AP government.

It is a shocking news. It is a great loss to the workers of North Coastal Andhra.The foundation stone for new hospital was laid about two years ago by the then Union Minister of Labor Dattatreya ji. But so far nothing came on the land because the ESIC could not pay the amount and it is not affordable for them,” he said.

He said the ESIC Visakhapatnam is catering health and medical services to one lakh workers of this area. The existing (old) building of the hospital is in a dilapidated condition any time it may collapse which is precarious. The health services of ESIC is in the provision of State government too. If permanent pukka building is not constructed with modern facilities,lakhs of workers will be deprived of health care by the ESIC where crores of premium is also collected from the workers’ salaries, he pointed out.

In view of this Narasinga Rao waned the ESIC to take up repairs to the existing building immediately and also seek land at an affordable price so that the ESIC could deliver good services. – Telangana Today


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