New Delhi, 29 October 2014: While reviewing the progress of construction activities of various projects of Employee`s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), the Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Steel and Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar exhorted Project Incharges to identify the problems responsible for delaying the projects and fix strict timelines for solving the same. He directed all Project Incharges to escalate the problems in case they are not able to solve to Director General, ESIC and thereafter to the Ministry. He advised that wherever possible ostentatious/ ornamental features in the projects should be reduced without comprising on functionality.
The Minister further advised the Project Incharges to fix revised timelines and intermediate milestones for each project separately and conduct a monthly review of the progress made in each project in the presence of construction agencies and Architectural & Engineering Agencies and in case the construction agencies are found lax in completing the projects, show cause notices should be served and they should be called for a final meeting with him. If necessary, the contract may be terminated. He emphasized that the work should be speeded up so that maximum possible number of new medical colleges could start functioning from 2015-16.
He took note of the fact that there are about 50 ongoing projects under execution of which 21 are medical education projects, 15 Hospital projects and 14 other projects. There are additional 48 new projects under process.
The Meeting was also attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Gauri Kumar, Director General, ESIC, Anil Kumar Agarwal and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, A.K. Sinha.