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Employee State Insurance (ESI) is the first self-financing health insurance cum social security scheme launched for the working class (with monthly income below Rs.15000/-) in Independent India.  It is a social security provision made by the Government of India under the Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948 (ESI Act) to counterbalance or negate the physical or financial distress resulting from certain health related eventualities that the workers are generally exposed to, such as sickness, maternity, temporary or permanent disablement, occupational disease or death due to employment injury, resulting in loss of wages or earning capacity-total or partial. This social security programme is administered by an apex corporate body called the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) alongside various state governments.

To enhance the coverage and improvisation of health services of ESI Scheme, various initiatives are being taken. These Reforms are part of a series of “2nd Generation Reforms Agenda” named as ‘ESIC-2.0’ and was launched on 20 July 2015. It is going to be implemented within a stipulated time. Health Reforms Agenda of ESIC 2.0 include:

Other proposed reforms are

1. In order to provide hassle-free services to the stakeholders, ESIC is implementing an IT Roll Out plan named “Project Panchdeep” for which work has been entrusted to M/s WIPRO under BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) model. Necessary hardware, software, networking would be provided by the vendor and the project would be completed within the specified time limit of 18 months at all locations.

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