ESI will pay the periodic payments to the eligible dependant family members if the Insured Person’s death is due to COVID 19. This scheme is effective from 24 March 2020 for a period of 2 years.
The draft notification for the ESIC COVID-19 Relief Scheme was published in the Gazette on 18th June 2021 and suggestion received were considered. Accordingly, the ESIC notified the Scheme now.
The Insured Person (IP) who died due to COVID-19 disease must have been registered on the ESIC online portal at least three months prior to the date of diagnosis of COVID-19 disease resulting in his/ her death.
The deceased IP must have been in employment on the date of diagnosis of COVID-19 disease and contributions for at least 70 days should have been paid or payable in respect of him/ her during a period of maximum one year immediately preceding the diagnosis of COVID-19 disease resulting in death.
In case of death of the IP due to COVID-19, the following relatives of the deceased IP shall be eligible to receive periodical payments under the scheme:
a legitimate or adopted son who has not attained the age of twenty-five (25) years,
an unmarried legitimate or adopted daughter,
a widowed mother,
if wholly dependent on the earnings of the insured person at the time of his death, a legitimate or adopted son or daughter who has attained the age of twenty-five years and is infirm.
In case the deceased IP does not leave behind any of the above relatives, the following relatives are eligible if wholly or in part dependant on the earnings of the Insured Person at the time of his death:
a parent other than a widowed mother,
a minor illegitimate son, an unmarried illegitimate daughter or a daughter legitimate or adopted or illegitimate if married and a minor or if widowed and a minor,
a minor brother or an unmarried sister or a widowed sister if a minor,
a widowed daughter-in-law,
a minor child of a pre-deceased son,
a minor child of a pre-deceased daughter where no parent of the child is alive, or
a paternal grand-parent if no parent of the insured person is alive
90 % of the average daily wages of the deceased IP, which will be called as full rate of the relief, will be paid to the dependants of the IP who died due to COVID-19 disease in the manner as under:
to the spouse during life, an amount equivalent to three-fifths of the full rate. If there are two or more widows, the amount payable to the spouse as aforesaid shall be divided equally between the widows;
to each legitimate or adopted son, an amount equivalent to two-fifths of the full rate until he attains the age of twenty-five years. In the case of a legitimate or adopted son who is infirm and is wholly dependent on the earnings of the insured person at the time of his death, the relief shall continue to be paid while the infirmity lasts;
to each legitimate or adopted unmarried daughter, an amount equivalent to two-fifths of the full rate. In the case of legitimate or adopted daughter who is infirm and is wholly dependent on the earnings of the insured person at the time of his death, the relief shall continue to be paid while the infirmity lasts.
to the widowed mother during life an amount equivalent to two-fifths of the full rate.
If the total of the relief distributed under the scheme among the spouse, legitimate or adopted children and widowed mother of the deceased person as aforesaid exceeds at any time the full rate, the share of each of these dependants shall be proportionately reduced, so that the total amount payable to them does not exceed the amount of relief at the full rate.
In case the deceased person does not leave spouse or legitimate or adopted child or widowed mother the relief shall be payable to other dependants as follows:
To a parent other than the widowed mother or grand-parent, for life, at an amount equivalent to three-tenths of the full rate and if there are two or more parents (other than widowed mother) or grand-parents the amount payable to the parents (other than widowed mother) or grand-parents as aforesaid shall be equally divided between them.
To any other — (i) male dependant, until he attains the age of eighteen years,(ii) female dependant, until she attains the age of eighteen years or until marriage, whichever is earlier or if widowed, until she attains eighteen years of age or re-marriage, whichever is earlier at an amount equivalent to two-tenths of the full rate and if there be more than one dependant under (b) the amount payable shall be distributed equally.
The Scheme shall be effective for a period of two years w.e.f. 24.03.2020.
The minimum relief under the scheme shall be Rs.1,800/- per month.
ESIC Provisions comes to effect In Mayiladuthurai, Vellore, Ariyalur Districts Of Tamil Nadu
31 Aug, 2021
ESIC has implemented the provisions towards Chapter IV (Contribution), Chapter V (Benefits), Chapter VI (Adjudication Of Disputes and Claims) effective from 1st day of September, 2021 in all the areas of Mayiladuthurai, Vellore and Ariyalur in the State of Tamil Nadu.
Conveyance allowance not a part of wages to compute ESI contribution
23 Aug, 2021
The Hon’ble Supreme Court has passed an Order recently (ESIC v/s Texmo Industries (Madras) dated 08 March 2021) stating that conveyance allowance or traveling allowance does not fall under the definition of ESI wages.
This has been affirmed as a reported judgment by the Apex Court.
ESI benefits to casual, contractual employees of Municipal Corporations, Councils at NCT Delhi
28 Jul, 2021
The Ministry of Labour and Employment extends the ESI applicability to all the casual and contractual employees of the Municipal Corporations, Councils of NCT Delhi where the ESI provisions has been already brought into force.
ESI announces the coverage for casual and contractual employees of municipal bodies
10 Jun, 2021
The Ministry of Labour and Employment has announced the decision to extend ESI coverage to all casual and contractual workers working the municipal bodies. The coverage shall be extended to those casual and contractual employees, agencies, establishments which are within the implemented areas already notified under the ESI Act.
Additional benefits under ESI and EPF EDLI schemes for workers’ family dependants
30 May, 2021
The family dependants of Insured Persons (IP) under the ESI scheme, who have been registered in the online portal of the ESIC prior to their diagnosis of COVID disease and subsequent death due to the disease, will be entitled to receive the same benefits and in the same scale as received by the dependents of insured persons who die as a result of employment injury, subject to certain conditions.
Under the EPFO’s Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme all surviving dependent family members of the members of this scheme are eligible to avail benefits of EDLI in case of death in harness of the member.
ESI provisions partially come into force in Erode District, Tamil Nadu from 01 June 2021
28 May, 2021
TWith effect from 01 June 2021, the provisions of Contributions, Benefits, and Adjudication of Dispute and Claims under chapter IV, V, and VI of the ESI Act, respectively are enforced by the Central Government in Erode District of Tamil Nadu to extend the benefits in this COVID 19 pandemic to face the requirements.
ESIC Pensioners Medical Scheme - Revised Guidelines
25 May, 2021
ESIC has published revised guidelines for entry to the ESIC's Pension Medical Scheme (PMS), regulation of Fixed Medical Allowance payment, eligibility of Super Speciality Medical Treatment, modalities for providing medical treatment to the beneficiaries, provision of tie-up arrangement with private hospitals, etc.
ESI provisions partially come into force in West Bengal
21 May, 2021
With effect from 01 June 2021, the provisions of Contributions, Benefits, and Adjudication of Dispute and Claims under chapter IV, V, and VI of the ESI Act, respectively are enforced by the Central Government in Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Kalimpong, Purulia, North & South Dinajpur Districts of West Bengal to extend the benefits in this COVID 19 pandemic to face the requirements.
The enabled provisions of ESI Act are:
Chapter IV - provisions of Contributions except sections 44, 45
Chapter V - provisions of Benefits
Chapter VI - provisions of Adjudications of Dispute and Claims except sections 76(1), 77,78,79 and 81.
The medical benefits (as laid down in Regulation 95-A of the Employees’ State Insurance (General) Regulations and the West Bengal Employees' State Insurance (Medical Benefit) Rules, 1955)shall be extended to the families of insured persons in the entire area of Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Kalimpong, Purulia, North & South Dinajpur Districts of West Bengal.
ESIC reaches out to its beneficiaries to provide medical care and relief during COVID 19 pandemic
29 Apr, 2021
The Insured Persons (IP), under the ESI Act can seek free medical care in its COVID 19 dedicated hospitals, reimbursement of expenditure for treatment taken in any private institution, sickness benefit for the period of abstention from work at 70% of average daily wages for 91 days, remedial reliefs if they become unemployed in this pandemic and cash relief in the event of unfortunate demise.
ESIC extends relaxations in eligibility conditions in Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana for 6 months
06 Apr, 2021
The eligibility conditions for the Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY) Scheme are further extended for a period of 6 months from 01 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 with same terms and conditions as notified earlier.
ESIC publishes list of the fully notified, partially notified, and non-notified areas
01 Apr, 2021
ESI Corporation, in continuation to its previous circular of November 2020, notified the updated list of the fully notified, partially notified, and non-notified areas in the states and union territories.