ESI ‘Reforms’: Killing Social Security
OPINION: Instead of widening the scope of the ESI scheme –scheme that delivers a measure of protection against illnesses – the government is tightening the noose around it.
The entrenched insurance lobby, which has already made deep forays into the Indian healthcare industry in recent years, is now positioned to mount a serious assault on workers’ health. The recent revisions to the Employees' State Insurance (ESI) scheme, of 1948 vintage, which had provided workers and their families some access to modern healthcare services, threaten to significantly undermine the scheme. At the crux of the government’s ill-conceived “reform” of the ESI scheme is its utter inability to distinguish between the narrow focus on health insurance and the... Read More