ESI SCHEME IN HIMACHAL PRADESH
The ESI scheme in the state of Himachal Pradesh has started in the year, 1977 with notification (details enclosed) of some areas of Solan Distt. However, the state was far behind in industrialization , the scheme remained dormant in Himachal Pradesh till, 2000. After 2000, because of package of tax concession announced by the central government, rapid growth of industrialization was witnessed in the state and huge number of industrial units were set up in the foothills of Shiwalik, i.e. Solan, Sirmour and Una Districts of the state.
Till April 2003, the scheme in H.P. was administered by the Regional Director, Punjab and at that time, there were only three branch offices in HP at Parwanoo, Baddi and Paonta Sahib. In 1995 a 50 bedded Hospital was commissioned in Parwanoo. At present the scheme has been implemented in Solan, Parwanoo, Baddi, Barotiwala, and Nalagarh in Solan District, Municipal Areas of Shimla and Shogi in Shimla Distt. , Paonta Sahib and Kala Amb in Sirmour Distt. and Mehatpur in Una Distt. The approved no of Employees as on 31/03/10 has increased to 1,73,704. as against 1,48,000. approved as on 31.03.09. We have since notified some more areas in Una, Bilaspur and Mandi Distt. w.e.f. 01.12.08.
The regional office of Himachal Pradesh was set up in April ,2003. Since we had no Building to accommodate the Regional office, the same was started in 4-5 rooms on the second floor of ESI Hospital, Parwanoo with about 15 staff and 2 Officers diverted from Punjab Region. The number of staff since then has reached 40 only, though the work has increased mani-fold.