ESIC proposes take over of Bengaluru, Kalaburagi ESIC medical colleges

A team of the senior officials of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), led by its Director General Anil Kumar Agarwal, met the Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil and the Labour Minister Parameshwar Naik in Bengaluru for handing over the ESIC Medical College and PG Centre at Bengaluru and the Rs. 1600 crore medical education complex in Kalaburagi to the State government. This meeting took place a few days back.

“The talks remained inconclusive and some of the issues raise over the recurring expenditure and the completion of the ongoing works at the Bengaluru and Kalaburagi centre had no convincing answers from the ESIC officials and the Director General of the ESIC has said that he would come back after consulting the Union Labour Ministry”, said Dr Patil.

Talking to The Hindu in Kalaburagi on Sunday, Dr. Patil said that during the meeting, the ESIC officials submitted a detailed proposal for the transfer of assets in Bengalure and Kalaburagi. As per the proposal submitted, the future expenditure in both the institutions should be borne by the State government.

Dr. Patil said that the State government disagreed to bear the expenses of the ongoing works in ESIC Medical College and Research Centre in Bengaluru. On few other issues like bearing the future expenditure and maintenance of the college attached to the teaching hospital there were disagreements.

However, the ESIC officials were firm that the costs would have to be borne by the State government. The approximate cost of the ongoing construction was estimated at Rs. 272 crores and the ESIC officials have told the State government that this amount can be paid in three instalments. The ESIC would take the responsibility of completing the construction work within a stipulated time and handover the infrastructure facility to the State government.

During the course of discussion, Dr. Patil said that the ESC officials said that State government can also submit a proposal for upgrading the district hospital into medical colleges in both Bengaluru and Kalaburagi and get financial assistance of Rs. 189 crores. 75 per cent of the assistance would be borne by the Central government and rest would have to be borne by the State government.

Dr. Patil said that the Medical Education department has been asked to prepare a detailed note with financial implication on the State government after taking over the Bengaluru and Kalaburagi facilities of the ESIC and take it before the Finance Department and after getting its approval the same would be placed before the cabinet for final approval.

Dr. Patil said that he was confident that the admission during the year 2015-16 would be taken up in both Kalaburagi and Bengaluru ESIC Medical Colleges as the MCI team had already visited both the hospitals and the deficiencies pointed out by the MCI in Kalaburagi ESIC Medical College Hospital is being fulfilled.

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