|Safe in India Team|
Monday, January 13, 2020
The Inspirational Story
A Worker Assistance Centre was established in Manesar in December, 2016 with the help of financial support from the 1991 batch of IIM Ahmadabad. The aim of the Centre was to provide urgent health support to workers after the accident which caused them to suffer crush injuries by enabling them to avail compensations from ESIC (Employee State Insurance Corporation).
One an unexpected early challenge that faced the organisation was winning credibility among workers who having been exploited by factories, contractors, lawyers, even their landlords were justifiably cynical. They just could not believe that someone was willing to help them get compensation without charging a commission!
It took a hardworking team of Masab Shamsi, Amitesh Kumar, Ram Babu (an injured worker himself), Jitendra Kumar and Sandeep Singh (a visually impaired IIT-R graduate), to establish this credibility.
As a result of the team's efforts, as of December 2019, the team has helped 2,200+ injured workers by providing them aid in form of ESIC medical assistance and ESIC compensation surmounting to almost Rs20cr. See a short video here to see their actions until 2018 backed by music from Manzil Mystics.
However despite such an impact, the founders knew that ultimately, they had to help in improving ESIC services and to ensure that a preventive approach was adopted in the industry to minimize the incidence of such accidents. In an effort to achieve this objective, Safe in India released a report in March 2017 with suggestions for changes in ESIC Act and Regulations, 1952. The organisation also released a Safety Report “Crushed” in 2019. You can see the findings of this report in Hindi here and English here.
Today, the organization continues to relentlessly work to improve safety by (a) regularly reporting its accident data (and its analysis) from injured workers to the car and two-wheeler brands and the labour Ministry for action; (b) working with the automobile sector to improve safety in their supply chain; (c) championing the cause of Safety with the Ministry of Labour, DG FASLI, ESIC, MCA and Ministry of Industry to help implement a number of recommendations.
Due to their efforts, the Labour Ministry, ESIC and the industry has agreed to a number of constructive actions that would help the Indian workers nationally in getting better ESIC healthcare and compensation, and reducing harm to their bodies while working in auto-sector factories.