Distribution of unique plastic cards to Employees State Insurance Corporation beneficiaries has been started to enable them avail treatment in any ESIC hospital across the country.
The first lot of 25 such magnetic cards were distributed in Bangalore recently, a Labour Ministry official said.
"With this card, an insured person under ESIC and family members can step into any of the ESI dispensaries or hospitals to avail treatment or can also use the card to get other services from ESIC branches," he said.
One card would be issued to the insured person and another to the family members, he said.
The project is being called as Pehchan and 2.40 crore smart cards would be prepared under the scheme. The project is being executed by WIPRO under build, own, operate and transfer model.
The card will have a group photograph of all the family members and their biometric details will be stored in the Computer.
Adequate safety measures have been provided in the card to prevent it from being forged, the official said.