ESIC notifies relaxations in eligibility criteria for unemployment benefit for Insured Persons who have lost jobs due to COVID 19 Pandemic
EMPLOYEES’ STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION
New Delhi. the 14th October 2020
No. N-12/13/01/2019-P&D.—Whereas draft notification further to extend Scheme Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana for the period 01.07.2020 to 30.06.2021 with relaxation in eligibility conditions for the period 24.03.2020 to 31.12.2020 was published as required under sub-section (1) of section 97 of the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 (34 of 1948) in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary) Part III Section 4 dated 11.09.2020 for inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby till the expiry of period of thirty days on which the notification was published;
And whereas, the said gazette notification was made available to the public on 11.09.2020; And the suggestions received from the persons likely to be affected were considered;
Now, therefore in exercise of the powers conferred under sub-section (1) of Section 97 the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 (34 of 1948), the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation hereby notifies the extension of the Scheme Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana, which was notified in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary) Part III section 4 on 04.02.2019, for the period from 01.07.2020 to 30.06.2021 with relaxation in following eligibility conditions for availing relief under the Scheme during the period 24.03.2020 to 31.12.2020, which shall be as under: –
1. The Insured Person should have been in insurable employment for a minimum period of two years immediately before his/ her unemployment and should have contributed for not less than 78 days in the contribution period immediately preceding the unemployment and minimum 78 days in one of the remaining three contribution periods in two years prior to unemployment.
2. Claim shall be due 30 days after date of unemployment.
3. The claim for relief may be submitted by an IP online in the prescribed claim form duly completed, directly to the Branch office. The payment shall be made in the bank account of the IP within 15 days from the receipt of the duly completed claim. Aadhaar shall be used for identification of the Insured Person.
4. Relief to the extent of 50 % of the average per day earning during the previous four contribution periods to be paid up to maximum 90 days of unemployment.
The above relaxed eligibility conditions shall be applicable for the period 24.03.2020 to 31.12.2020 only. The other conditions as specified in the original Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana as notified on 04.02.2019 shall remain the same. The Scheme Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana shall be available with original eligibility conditions for the IPs who became unemployed on or before 23.03.2020 and on or after 01.01.2021.
S. BISWAS, Insurance Commissioner (P&D)