Mumbai: The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has awarded a Rs1,182-crore contract to software major Wipro Technologies for converting its paper-based administrative and operational system into a paperless E-governance system, a top ESIC official said.
“ESIC has signed a Rs1,182-crore contract with Wipro Technologies for converting its paper-based administrative and operational system into a paperless E-governance system. The five-phase project would be implemented in the next five years,” ESIC (Maharashtra) Additional Commissioner S C Chakraborty said at a meeting on ‘Recent Developments in Employees State Insurance Scheme´ organised by the Indian Merchants Chamber here.
“We expect this (contract) to vastly improve ESIC’s service delivery,” Chakraborty said.
The ESIC was incorporated under Article 41, 42 and 47 of the Indian Constitution for extending social security to needy people. While social security was under the Concurrent list, medical care was under the State list.
“Hence, the ESI scheme is being operated jointly by both state and central governments, sharing the costs on a 1:7 ratio respectively,” Chakraborty said.
There are over 5,000 ESI dispensaries in the country and about four crore employees and their dependents benefit from them.