Under the chairmanship of Union labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya, ESIC discussed providing option to employees to choose either ESI benefits or Health Insurance product recognized by IRDA. The Meeting of the ESI Corporation reiterated that medical education is not the core activity of the ESIC.
It was felt that if workers have an option; it is likely to bring in competition, leading to improvement in the services of the ESIC. The minister said that the interest of worker was important and their well being was the top most priority of the government. Consensus for the requisite amendments would be arrived among all the stakeholders. The government is committed to provide social security to organised and unorganised workers.