ESIC Alert: Unemployment benefits extended till 30 June, 2021; Know who is eligible

Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is extending the unemployment benefits being given under the Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyna Yojna for one more year up to 30 June 2021, according to a government release. Under this scheme, ESIC is paying unemployment benefits to workers covered under the ESIC Scheme

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Aug 22, 2020, 11:50 AM IST

Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is extending the unemployment benefits being given under the Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyna Yojna for one more year up to 30 June 2021, according to a government release. Under this scheme, ESIC is paying unemployment benefits to workers covered under the ESIC Scheme. Pic Credit: ESIC Website

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“It has been decided to relax the existing conditions and the amount of relief for workers who have lost employment during the Covid-19 pandemic period,” the release said. Pic Credit: PTI

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“The enhanced relief under the relaxed conditions will be payable during the period of 24.03.2020 to 31st December 2020. Thereafter the scheme will be available with original eligibility condition during the period 01.01.2021 to 30.06.2021. Review of these conditions will be done after 31.12.2020 depending upon the need and demand for such relaxed condition,” the release further said. Pic Credit: PTI

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The eligibility criteria for availing the relief has also been relaxed. See here

The payment of relief has been enhanced to 50 per cent of average of wages from earlier 25 per cent of average wages payable up to maximum 90 days of unemployment. 

Instead of the relief becoming payable 90 days after unemployment, it shall become due for payment after 30 days. Pic credit: PTI

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The Insured Person can submit the claim directly to ESIC Branch Office instead of the claim being forwarded by the last employer and the payment shall be made directly in the bank account of IP. 

The Insured Person should have been in the insurable employment for a minimum period of 2 years before his/her unemployment and should have contributed for not less than 78 days in the contribution period immediately preceding to unemployment and minimum 78 days in one of the remaining 3 contribution periods in 2 years prior to unemployment. Pic Credit: PTI

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The decision was taken during the ESIC’s 182nd meeting held late on Thursday under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for Labour and Employment (I/C) Santosh Kumar Gangwar. Pic Credit: PTI