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Contractor not contributing to ESIC, 450 GMCH employees left in lurch

chandigarh Updated: Mar 03, 2014 14:35 IST
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While one could not get his ailing son treated for heart ailment, another lost his mother. Almost every contractual employee a t Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has such stories to tell, courtesy a scandalous contractor and inaction on the part of the hospital authorities and UT administration officials.

As per the terms and conditions of the contract for providing workers on contract to GMCH-32, each contractor is bound to deposit around ` 200 a month to Employee’s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) fund, which entitles each employee to get treatment at various empanelled government hospitals in the tricity.

But the contractor allegedly didn’t deposit the ESIC fund of around 450 employees continuously, which led to the sufferings of the contractual workers and their families.
Yashpal Singh, a hospital attendant at present posted in paediatric ward of GMCH-32, easily breaks down while sharing his story.

He said his mother was admitted at the intermediate intensive care unit (IICU) of GMCH-32, and as per the contract with ESIC, his mother was entitled to free treatment.

“But the ESIC representatives said that we are not receiving any money in your account. You are a defaulter, so we can’t help you,” said Yashpal, with tears in his eyes.

Ultimately, for want of treatment, his mother couldn’t survive and passed away in November last year, despite spending around ` 20,000 on her treatment. “Had I got support from the ESIC, I could have provided better treatment to my mother,” Yashpal rued.

Naresh Kumar, another attendant in the hospital, is worried about his mentally challenged son, who suffers from a congenital heart defect.

“When I first approached the ESIC, they turned me away saying money was not being deposited in my account. So I have started getting treatment at PGIMER on my own,” he said.
The GMCH-32 administration had roped in a Faridabad (Haryana)-based firm, Shree Shyam Enterprises, to provide general service personnel, including ward attendants, watchmen, gardeners, cooks, mortuary attendants, for three years in 2010.

The HT had highlighted that the contractor deputed only 50% of the staff of the total strength. Since salary of each contractual employee goes to the bank account directly, in order get that money the contractor opened bank accounts of the remaining 50% ‘ghost’ employees on forged documents.

Thereafter, he kept withdrawing salaries in the name of nonexistent staff.
Attendance cards we re required to be provided to each employee, so even those were forged by the contractor.

Besides the ‘ghost’ employees, he didn’t deposit Employees Provident Fund and ESIC fund to the accounts of the employees. But some officials, in connivance with the contractor, allegedly kept on clearing his bills and payment despite knowing the fact that he is duping the hospital and the contractual workers.