Smart cards issued to ESIC beneficiaries

M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister for Employment and Labour, distributed the first set of Pehchan smart cards to beneficiaries of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) in Bangalore on 25th August, 2009.

It is estimated that 1.2 crore workers and their families covered under the ESIC across India will be benefited by the scheme. Estimated total beneficiaries under the scheme are 6 crore and nearl 2.4 crore cards will be prepared and distributed. One smart card will be issued to the insured person and other to his/her family. The card will reduce the hassles of the card holders as it will entitle them to step into any ESI dispensary, hospital or branch office of the ESIC across the country. This smart card will have photograph of the insured person and their medical history.




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