The quarterly executive committee meeting of LUB-Punjab was held in Mohali, on 23rd of December, 2019. The meeting was presided-over by LUB-Punjab President Adv. Arvind Dhumal. Newly appointed All India LUB-VP Mr. Dinesh Lakra & Co-ordinator LUB-Punjab Mr. Vikram Bindal too were specifically present. LUB-Punjab Gen. Sec. Er. SamirKhanna managed the stage. Following members were present:
5. Mr. Swarn Singh Kang —— Mohali —— Ex.Member LUB-Punjab;
6. Mr. Harjit Singh —— — do — —— President Mohali;
7. Mr. Vikrant Sharma —— Jalandhar —— Sec.Media LUB-Punjab;
8. Mr. Vishal Dada —– — do —- ——- Sec. —— do ——;
9. Mr. Dheeraj Ahluwalia —— Mohali —— Treasurer LUB-Mohali;
10. Mr. Manoj Bimbraw —— Sirhind ——- President LUB-Sirhind;
11. Mr. Anand Mohan ——- — do — ——- Gen.Sec. —— do ——;
12. Mr. Suresh Gupta —— Dera-Bassi ——- Treasurer LUB Dera-Bassi;
13. Mr. Anil Sharma —— —- do ——- —— President ——– do ———;
14. Mr. Pradeep Mongia ——- —- do ——- ——- Gen.Sec. —— do ——–;
15. Dr. JP Singh ——- Amritsar —— Past President LUB-Amritsar;
16. Mr. Amit Kapur —— —- do — ——- President —– do ——-;
17. Adv. SD Bharat —— Patiala ——– Advisor LUB-Punjab;
18. Mr. Darshan Singh Sambih —–Phillaur ——- President LUB-Phillaur;
19. Mr. Ashwani Malhotra ——- — do — ——- Gen.Sec. —— do ——;
20. Mr. Raju Thaper ——- —do— ——– Executive member Phillaur
21. Mr. Ashok Gupta —— Phagwara —— VP LUB-Punjab;
22. Mr. Anil Singla —– —– do —- ——- President LUB-Phagwara;
23. Mr. Alok Sethi ——- —– do —- —— Gen. Sec. —– do —–.
24. Mr. Puneet Dhingra —— Malerkotla ——- President Malerkotla.
There was good representation from Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara, Phillaur, Malerkotla, Sirhind, Dera-Bassi & Mohali units, while Ludhiana was represented by Mr.Dinesh Lakra, & Patiala was repersented by Mr.SD Bharat. There was no representation from Batala, Taran-Taaran, Sultanpur/Kapurthala, Goraya, Mandi-Govindgarh, Nabha-Samaana, Ferozepur, Samrala units.
The meeting started as per Agenda. Mr. Samir Khanna welcomed all the LUB-Punjab executive committee members, & requested them to give self-introduction, which they did one by one. He also welcomed Dr.Vikram Bindal, All India working committee executive member & co-ordinator LUB-Punjab. Then he invited LUB-Punjab President Adv. Arvind Dhumal to take next points of Agenda. Adv.Arvind Dhumal reminded all units to convene regular monthly meetings of their respective units, and send the detailed minutes to LUB-Punjab via email, as these are then sent to All India head-office, from where contents, issues related to central govt.are taken up with related departments and concerned authorities. He also said that, the units should strive hard to meet the membership targets, given by All India working committee LUB to us. He then read out the membership figures of all units, & said that, if any discrepancies are found then units can contact LUB-Punjab Gen.Sec.about it after the meeting. He also said that, only Jalandhar unit has been able to contribute substantially both in the membership & to All India LUB head-office New-Delhi as well, while other units, especially Ludhiana, Phagwara & Amritsar units are nowhere near their given targets, which is a matter of utter surprise, as Ludhiana & Phagwara are the home units of LUB-Punjab heavy-weights. Where as a new unit like Dera-Bassi has successfully met its initial target.
After that, Mr.Samir Khanna requested Dr.Vikram Bindal to announce the new working committee of LUB-Punjab for the next 2 year term of 2019-21, which he declared, & is as follows:
New LUB-Punjab 2019 – 2021 Working Committee:
President – Adv.Arvind Dhumal (Jalandhar);
Gen.Sec. – Er. Samir Khanna (Amritsar);
Treasurer – Mr. Chander Shekhar Gupta (Phagwara).
i). Mr. Vishal Dada (Jalandhar);
ii). Mr. Pradeep Mongia (Dera-Bassi).
i). Er.Vinod Jain (Ludhiana);
ii). Thakur RS Dhumal (Jalandhar);
iii). Adv.SD Bharat (Patiala);
iv). Er.Dinesh Lakra (Ludhiana);
v). Dr.Raghubir Suri (Sirhind);
vi). Er.Lalit Sharma (Ludhiana).
i). Mr. Ashok Gupta (Phagwara);
ii). Mr. Vijay Talwar (Jalandhar);
iii). Mr. Surinder Dhall (Ludhiana);
iv). Mr. Avnish Parmar (Jalandhar).
i). Mr.Subodh Sobti (Phagwara);
ii). Mr.Harish Gupta (Jalandhar);
iii). Mr.Rajiv Jain (Ludhiana);
iv). Mr.Balwant Singh Gogi (Sirhind);
v). Mr.Darshan Singh Sambih (Phillaur);
vi). Mr.SS Kang (Mohali);
Mr.Vikrant Sharma (Jalandhar).
i). Mr.Vinesh Shukla (Batala);
ii). Mr. Rishi Arora (Amritsar);
iii). Mr.Ashok Sethi (Phagwara);
iv). Mr. Manoj Taheam (Goraya);
v). Dr.JP Singh (Amritsar);
vi). Er. Amit Goyal (Hoshiarpur).
i). Mr.Kuldeep Dhiman (Malerkotka);
ii). Mr.Manoj Bimbraw (Sirhind);
iii). Mr. Om Uppal (Phagwara);
iv). Mr. Anuj Kapur (Jalandhar);
v). Mr. Ashwani Malhotra (Phillaur);
vi). Mr. Anirudh Dhir (Jalandhar);
vii). Mr.Ajay Mahajan (Mohali).
Women Wing/ Mahila ikaaiPunjab:
i). Mrs. Archana Jain (Hoshiarpur);
ii) Mrs.Seema Dhumal (Jalandhar).
After that, all LUB-Punjab executive committee members were joined by LUB-Mohali member for the Seminar on ESIC. ESIC officials & LUB-Punjab officials started the programme with the lighting of lamps, & by paying floral tributes to bhaarat-maata & bhagwaan vishavkarma. National song vande-maataram too was sung.
The ESIC team comprising Sh.Guna Shekharan, ESIC Director cum Regional head, Dr.Amandeep, State Medical Officer, Sh.Rajesh Sharma, Deputy Director ESIC, graced the occasion of the State Executive meeting of Laghu Udyog Bharati, held at Hotel Tulip Mohali. Sh. Guna Sekhran, while addressing the members he briefed that, LUB office bearers represent various government bodies and provide necessary feedback and inputs so that government is able to make the necessary policy changes. He gave a picture of the working of the ESIC department in Punjab, where he took charge just recently. He said the ESIC schemes are implemented in 22 districts, where it is completely implemented in 21 districts and one district,Ferozepur, it is implemented in district head quarter only. Two ESI model hospitals and six ESI run hospitals, 26 branch offices and 71 service dispensaries are functional that cater to around 34 lakh IP’s (insured persons). He stated that the government has reduced the ESI contribution by 40% recently. The accepted wage limit of an employee has been increased from Rs.135/- to Rs.176/- per day (minimum wage). Dependent income ceiling has been increased from Rs.5000/- to Rs.9000/-. He updated that the registration of an employee must be done within 10 days of joining. If later then there is a provision where the employer can approach the ESIC office and seek special permission from the department. The business owner should file the return of contribution within 42 days, beyond the period no prior contribution can be deposited. Then he invited his pro Dr. Amandeep, to the dias.
Dr. Amandeep, updated the members that there are 71 dispensaries in Punjab and Chandigarh. Two model hospitals, one in Chandigarh and one in Punjab. He mentioned the recent changes in services of ailments like angioplasty, angiography, neuro, cancer, kidney, the department has tied up with 36 private hospitals in Punjab, list of which is uploaded on the ESIC website. The IP can get referred to these hospitals. In the last year ESIC had spent 42 crore on these services. The parents and dependents can also take benefit of these services which is totally cashless. He briefed that there was problem of availability of doctors, for which the department had taken up with the Punjab government and have approval for appointing contractual staff. The department has appointed 54 doctors, 200 paramedical staff for the dispensaries. ESIC owns 24 buildings, which houses dispensaries and 6 hospitals. He said that earlier the renovation was a state subject whereas now the renovation is being undertaken by the ESIC department. 17 buildings are currently under renovation. He briefed on the latest development of DCBO concept. Initially the process followed by IP was to attain a gate pass, then approach the dispensary and branch office, where there would be some kind of discrepancy and the IP would unfortunately have to runaround. Under this new concept the branch office and the dispensary would be clubbed so as to avoid any confusion. Further to this he said that the DCBO would have their own doctors and staff for the benefit of the IP. He also updated that there was a demand for Digital X Ray machines, which have also been installed. Then he called upon Sh. Rajesh Sharma, Deputy Director ESIC.
Dr. Rajesh Sharma said that there used to be a problem regarding the maintenance and upkeep due to complete dependence on state government, which has been quite overcome with the introduction of the DCBO system. Here the DCBO is issued an imprest of Rs.50,000/- which is reimbursed on regular basis. He spoke about the up keeping of the Amritsar and Jalandhar ESI Hospitals and work done to overcome the previous hurdles. He spoke about the pension scheme available for the age group of 18-40 years. He appraised the members regarding the pension benefits for death, partial disability. The pension is distributed between the parents, wife and dependent children.
While interacting with the ESIC team, Sh. Puneet Dhingra, said that the private hospitals do not entertain the IPs. The owner has to spend from his own pocket, whereas the reimbursement is made to the employee. It totally depends on the employee whether to return the money or change the job, which is a heavy cost to the business owner. He said the there are practical problems like private hospitals do not cover all ailments, like for example, a person is to be treated for head injury as well as nose injury. The hospitals are not specialized for both and it is very difficult to overcome this. He suggested that there should be a proper mechanism for reimbursement to owner, in such cases, where services are to be taken from multi specialty hospitals. In continuation to this Dr. JP Singh, Sh. Amit Kapoor and Smt. Archana Jain, updated the department on the state of the ESIC hospitals, dispensaries and the lack of amenities, cleanliness and regular checks of the hospitals and dispensaries. They complained that, there are no regular meetings of the local ESIC committees. Later Sh. Vishal Dada stated that the problems of the industry with ESIC are quite common and need to be taken care of, but lauded the department by citing a live example. An employee of his was recently treated for cancer through ESIC, completely cashless, which otherwise was a very expensive treatment. The employee is totally cured and back to work. He suggested that since the employer puts in a contribution, there should be a mechanism for a similar benefit to the employer too.
LUB-Mohali President Mr. Harjit Singh said that, the problem of small manufacturers of Mohali needs to be taken up with the state govt., about small plots, especially for those manufacturers, who are running their units in rented properties. Adv. Arvind Dhumal said that, LUB-Punjab had made consistent efforts in this regard & met NSIC officials many times with LUB-Mohali unit office-bearers in the past. At the same time he and Mr. Dinesh Lakra advised LUB-Mohali to keep up these efforts, & where ever they feel the need of LUB-Punjab, we will always stand with them. They also suggested them to take guidance from LUB-Phillaur unit, which successfully fought the battle of getting Phillaur industrial area separately demarcated in the GLADA plan. LUB-Punjab stood by LUB-Phillaur in all these struggles & the results are there for all to witness. LUB-Punjab also got the 10 years penalty & interest waived on industrial estate plots of Batala. Similarly many other problems concerning LUB-Punjab units were solved with the active initiatives of LUB-Punjab in the past, the details of which have been given to all from time to time & in the yearly News-Letter of LUB-Punjab President Adv. Arvind Dhumal.
LUB-Mohali President Mr. Harjit Singh agreed to make consistent efforts at unit level, paid the vote of thanks, & invited all to join for lunch!
Meeting culminated with National Anthem!
ADV. ARVIND DHUMAL,
President, Laghu Udyog Bharti – Punjab.
Quarterly Executive Committee Meeting of LUB-Punjab – Photos