An eight-year-old demand will be fulfilled as 200-bedded green hospital of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) for 11.33 lakh beneficiaries is all set to become a reality at Butibori industrial area. The hospital, which will come up at a cost of ₹175 crore, is likely to become operational by September 2020. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari and minister of state (independent charge) for labour and employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar performed bhoomipuja of the hospital on Sunday. Central leaders and politicians from Butibori had been demanding the hospital at Butibori MIDC Industrial area since last eight years. In 2015, the then minister of state (independent charge) for labor and employment Bandaru Dattatreya had announced the project.
Fadnavis said he, Gadkari, MLA Sameer Meghe and others pursued the project in the last two years. “Project will come up on five acres land and I have directed MIDC to facilitate the plot. ESIC has requested for land facing the national highway. MIDC will discuss with ESIC and finalize the land soon,” he said. Gadkari and Gangwar said state-run ESIS Hospital in South Nagpur will be taken over by the central government for operation and maintenance. “South Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Kohale has informed that the hospital is in a bad shape with no medicines and proper medical facilities,” they said. Gangwar said any proposal from Maharashtra will be approved without delay. “Only 6 crore workers are availing the ESIC facilities and over 40 crore unorganized workers are yet to be registered. Government is extending benefits of PM Suraksha Bima Yojana and PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana to workers and their family members. Center is contributing Rs171 per beneficiary and state will bear equal cost. Already, 3 lakh workers have been insured under these schemes,” he said. – TOI