Directorate (Medical) Delhi
Employees' State Insurance Corporation
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About Us

ESI Scheme Delhi

The Employees' State Insurance Act which is a social security legislation provides for medical care and cash benefits in the contingencies of sickness, maternity, disablement and death due to employment injury to workers.

The scheme was introduced in the Union Territory of Delhi as well as Kanpur city on 24th February, 1952 and was inaugurated by Late Sh. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru the then Prime Minister of India.

Medical Benefits are available to an Insured Person and his family from the day he enters into employment. The range of services provided covers preventive, promotive curative and rehabilitative Services. Besides the out patient services through dispensaries, the in-patient services arrangement exist through ESI Hospitals or arrangement with other hospitals.

The Medical Scheme in Delhi is being administered by the Corporation directly w.e.f. 1.4.62 through a separate Directorate headed by Director(Medical)Delhi. In National Capital Territory of Delhi. Primary & Secondary medical care are provided through 32 dispensaries along with 04 dispensaries in Noida & 04 Hospitals in Delhi along with 01 hospital in Noida. The tertiary/super-speciality medical care is provided through a network of more than 50 tie-up hospitals which include both Govt. & Private institutions on cashless basis. The expenditure on medical care is being shared between the ESI Corporation and the Government of NCT of Delhi in the ratio 7:1.

The Directorate (Med.) Delhi is headed by Director (Medical) who is also the Senior State Medical Commissioner of Delhi region. This office is a large complex located at ESI Dispensary Complex Tilak Vihar, Delhi. Apart from Directorate it also houses Central Store & Directorate (Family Welfare & HIV/AIDS Project). This Directorate has a strength of approximate 200 employees.


The scheme was inaugurated in Kanpur on 24th February 1952 (ESIC Day) by then Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. The venue was the Brijender Swarup Park, Kanpur and Panditji addressed a 70,000 strong gathering in Hindi in the presence of Pt.Gobind Ballabh Pant, Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh; Babu Jagjivan Ram, Union Labour Minister; Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur, Union Health Minister; Sh.Chandrabhan Gupt, Union Food Minister and Dr.C.L.Katial, the first Director General of ESIC.

The scheme was simultaneously launched at Delhi as well and the initial coverage for both the centres was 1,20,000 employees. Our first prime Minister was the first honorary insured person of the Scheme and the declaration form bearing his signature is a prized possession of the Corporation.

It is important to mention here that it blossomed as the first social security scheme in 1944, when the Govt. of the day was still British.The first document on social insurance was "Report on Health Insurance" submitted to the Tripartite Labour Conference, headed by Prof. B.P.Adarkar, an eminent scholar and visionary. The Report was acclaimed as a worthy document and forerunner of the social security scheme in India and Prof. Adarkar was acknowledged as "Chhota Beveridge" by none other than Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sir, William Beveridge, as all know, was one of the high priests of social insurance. The report was accepted and Prof. Adarkar continued to be actively associated with it till 1946. On his disassociation he strongly advocated management of the Scheme by an expert from ILO. In 1948 Dr. C.L.Katial, an eminent Indian doctor from London took over as the 1st Director General of ESIC and he steered the affairs of the fledgling Scheme till 1953.

Since the red letter day of 24th February in the annals of social security in India , there has been no looking back. A lighted lamp which is the logo of ESIC truly symbolises the spirit of the Scheme, lighting up lives of innumerable families of workers by replacing despair with hope and providing help in times of distress, both physical and financial.

During the 54 years of its existence, ESIC has grown from strength to strength and the Corporation owes it, most of all, to the commitment, dedication and perseverance of persons like Prof. Adarkar and Dr. Katial.


The promulgation of Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948 envisaged an integrated need based social insurance scheme that would protect the interest of workers in contingencies such as sickness, maternity, temporary or permanent physical disablement, death due to employment injury resulting in loss of wages or earning capacity. the Act also guarantees reasonably good medical care to workers and their immediate dependants.

Following the promulgation of the ESI Act the Central Govt. set up the ESI Corporation to administer the Scheme. The Scheme, thereafter was first implemented at Kanpur and Delhi on 24th February 1952. The Act further absolved the employers of their obligations under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 and Workmen's Compensation Act 1923. The benefit provided to the employees under the Act are also in conformity with ILO conventions.

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