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Safe in India Mar18 Quarterly Report: Driving systemic change through DG ESIC and the Labour Ministe

Dear Supporters of Safe-in-India

We are pleased to report our progress in the first quarter of 2018. Another solid quarter when: - We continued growing our ESIC activities and obtained Rs1.5 crore compensation (best ever and as much as the whole of 2017). - Analysed data collected and had some amazing insights into systemic problems with ESIC compliance in factories. - Drove systemic change efforts by escalating issue and recommendations to Director General ESIC and to the India’s Minister of Labour.

See a testimonial from Accha Lal, a 23 year old worker who lost his right eye in a factory accident on our youtube channel here We are now raising funding for FY18-19 and would be grateful for your support to help us continue our journey of helping India’s injured workers and improving safety for them: Donate here.

Highlights of 1Q18:

ESIC Performance:

  • Registered and helped another 169 injured workers of which 43% (44% last quarter) asked for compensation assistance. This conversion rate, now steady at 40%+, reflects our now established credibility among workers who have started coming back to us for help.

  • Obtained 69 new compensations (previous quarter 34) amounting to Rs 1.5 crore (as much as the whole of last year). We plan to help 1000+ workers and obtain more than Rs 5 crore compensation in FY2018-19.

  • Conducted ESIC Awareness and Registration Campaign in 11 villages in Gurgaon/Manesar. Provided ESIC and SII information to more than 4000 workers. This will help thousands of them to obtain better health and compensation services from ESIC for themselves and their families.

  • Experienced some dramatic aggressive resistance from a few local ESIC staff, but our team has been able to manage it and most of ESIC staff remain cooperative with us.

Impact Report

  • We have now helped more than 1100 injured workers with healthcare and/or compensations, which have exceeded Rs 3 crore in 18 months of operations.

  • Our Monthly Impact Report until Mar18 is here.

ESIC Systemic Change

Safety Agenda

  • We are in the final stages of recruiting a highly capable Head of Safety to progress our Safety-ideas from 3Q18 as planned. All the data we have collected until now will help drive our actions on prevention of accidents!

  • In our monthly worker support group meetings, we have started focus group discussions on safety.

ESIC Data Insights

  • In Mar18, we concluded a clean up and analysis of our ESIC data-base with the help of MBA-interns from SOIL Academy. Highlights: a) 74% of workers were ESIC-registered AFTER the date of joining v/s their rule of the day of joining! b) 57% of workers received their TIC (ESIC card needed to avail of the facilities) only AFTER the accident! c) 75% of workers were first taken to private hospitals and then to ESIC Hospitals despite the fact that in all these cases ESIC Hospital was nearer the location of accident! d) 43% of accidents happened during night shift of mid-night to 8am (one of three daily shifts)! These raise some serious issues and possible actions. That will be a subject of separate blog and recommendations to ESIC soon.


​Thank you again from the Safe-in-India team and we look forward to your continued support. We are now raising funding for FY2018-19 and would appreciate your donations. Click here to donate and confirm at

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Stay Safe!

The Safe-in-India team

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