Amritsar: Employees registered under the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESI) scheme in Punjab would now get smart card based identity cards, thanks to an intelligent initiative by the state government.
These magnetic strip equipped smart cards are named as “pehchaan” and will replace the existing paper-based identity cards.
New cards will be equipped with a magnetic chip storing the medical history of the bearer as well as his family members covered under the ESI insurance policy.
It will entitle the insured person as well as his family members to step into any ESI dispensary, accredited hospitals or branch office of the ESIC across the country.
"The initiative was part of the ESIC’s information technology roll out plan named as “Project Panchdeep”, State Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said.
Country's leading IT firm Wipro Technologies is developing the application and it will be rolled out in the state by August, an official statement said.
ESIC Additional commissioner and regional director Chandigarh GC Jena said that two cards will be issued at one registration number- one card to the insured person and another to his family. This will enable the family members also to avail medical benefits if the insured person is not available.