ESI Scheme was first implemented in the State of J&K on 16.10.89 covering about 7000 thousand workers in the centers at Jammu, Kathua and Srinagar. The scheme was further extended to certain establishments under section 1(5) w.e.f. 8.3.2002 and to the Educational Institutions w.e.f.25.11.2005. Further, ESI Scheme has been implemented in two more centres viz; Samba and Katra w.e.f. 16.3.2009 and at Udhampur and Kandrorian (Katra) centres w.e.f. 01.01.2011. Till February 2003, the scheme in J&K was administered by the Regional Office, Punjab. The Regional Office of Jammu and Kashmir was set up in the month of March 2003. The Regional Office, J&K caters to needs of Cash Benefits through its three Branch Offices located at Srinagar, Jammu and Kathua and three Pay Offices located at Udhampur, Samba and Katra. Similarly, Medical Benefits are being provided through a fifty bedded ESI Model Hospital, Bari Brahmana, Jammu and eight Dispensaries, out of which four are located in Kashmir Division and four are located in Jammu Division. Further tie up arrangements for secondary care and super specialty treatment has been made at Srinagar, Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua and Samba.