The 9th Central Sports Meet of the ESI Corporation was inaugurated by Shri Ravi Mathur, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment here today. Speaking on the occasion Shri Mathur said that the sportsmanship in the ESI Corporation encourages sports activities and the spirit of services amongst the staff and officers. About 600 participants from 57 regions and sub-regions across the country are participating in the various sport events. Games included in the events are Badminton, Carom, Chess, Cricket (T-20), Football, Table Tennis and Volleyball. In all, there will be 23 events involving men and women. Winning teams and runner up teams will be awarded trophy and shields by Shri Malllikarjun Kharge, Minister of Labour & Employment on 10th February, 2012 on the Concluding Day of the Sports Meet.
The First Central Sports Meet of ESIC was held at Chennai in the year 1983. The subsequent Central Sports Meets were held at Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi and the last event was held at Chennai in the year 2010.
The Employees State Insurance Corporation runs an unique social security scheme which has the feature of an insurance organization as well as service provider for health related needs of the insured persons under the scheme. The Corporation has the largest team of medical and para-medical personnel in India and also has one of the largest medical infrastructures in the world. It has huge infrastructure of 149 Hospitals, 42 Hospitals Annexes, 1496 Dispensaries/ISM Units, 1447 Panel Clinics, 799 Branch/Pay Offices and 57 Regional/Sub-Regional/Divisional Offices.