New Delhi: The coronavirus crisis has led to millions of job loss across the world. While millions have lost their jobs during the pandemic, million others have witnessed pay cuts. The ESI Corporation launched a scheme named ‘Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana’ (ABVKY) which, in case the Insured Person (IP) is rendered unemployed, provides relief to the extent of 25% of the average per day earning during the previous four contribution periods (total earning during the four contribution period/730) to be paid up to maximum 90 days of unemployment once in lifetime of the IP on submission of claim in form of an Affidavit.
The scheme has been made effective from 1st July 2018. It was implemented on a pilot basis for a period of two years initially. ESI Corporation has taken the decision to extend the scheme of Atal Beemit Kalyan Yojana for another one year i.e. from 1st July 2020 to 30th June 2021. It has been decided to enhance the rate of unemployment relief under the scheme to 50% of wages from earlier rate of 25% along with the relaxation of eligibility conditions for insured workers who have lost their employment due to COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown.
Under the existing guidelines, claim for the unemployment benefit was required to be submitted through the employer. However, in a significant relaxation, the claim can now be submitted directly to the designated ESIC Branch Office. The enhanced benefit and relaxed conditions are applicable during the period 24th March 2020 to 31st December 2020.
The relief will be paid directly to the bank accounts of workers. Labour Minister, while lauding the efforts of ESIC said that at present, ESIC is providing benefits/services to about 3.49 Crore of family units of workers and providing matchless cash benefits and reasonable medical care to its 13.56 crore beneficiaries.
Today, its infrastructure has increased many folds with 1520 Dispensaries (including mobile dispensaries)/307 ISM Units and 159 ESI Hospitals, 793 Branch/Pay Offices and 64 Regional & Sub-Regional Offices and implemented in 566 districts in 34 States/UTs.