Action had been taken in the years 2008 and 2009 by the ESI Corporation for setting up large number of medical colleges. Parliament enacted law for this purpose only later in May, 2010 which came into effect from June, 2010.
Consultants were appointed for construction of buildings involving expenditure of thousands of crores of rupees. Specialists / Professors were appointed to start medical colleges, with pay pockets of more than a lakh per month per person. The fee for the Consultant for setting up medical colleges was very huge.
All these things were beyond the powers conferred by the ESI Act and had been done without prior Parliamentary approval.
Although the Standing Committee meetings could usually be arranged even at short notice, expenditure of hundreds of crores of rupees was sanctioned without obtaining the prior approval of even the Standing Committee and those cases were placed before it later for ex-post facto approval.
Was the Parliament also, then, approached for ex-post facto approval?
If not, how were these actions regularised or validated?
Were these issues so urgent, at that point of time, that action had to be taken so early even when there was no provision in the Act?
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Mark you, Mr. Veerappan could make only an attempt.It would be helpful, if you could enlighten the public more on this issue.
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The urgency shown above is obvious. But there are areas which are neglected for decades. One such area is grant of organized group ‘A’ service benefits to Group ‘A’ officers (Non-Medical) of ESIC, as recommended by
Sh. Sanjeeva Reddy Committee though all the recommendations of that Committe set for examining Fifth Pay Commission reccommendations for fitment to ESIC have been implemented except this one. The piecemeal approach on this issue has led to a situation where scores of posts of senior levels in administration are lying vacant for want of filling up by promotion. The situation created is so serious for the last over one year that ESIC will not get Additional Commissioners and Commissioners after few years since available feeder cadre officers will not be eligible for promotions to those posts. This will certainly create a situation of vaccum at senior level, many of whom are supposed to administer the organization including big medical institutions! May God bless all these big plans of ESIC. Something basically wrong has crept into the organization.
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