The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) announced a very important decision on Thursday. ESIC has decided to relax the rules to give a 50% average salary for three months to employees who lost their jobs between 24th March and 31st December 2020 this year. This decision has given a lot of relief to those whose jobs have gone through the circumstances arising out of The Covid-19. The ESIC board's decision will benefit about 40 lakh employees working in the industrial sector. ESIC has issued a statement stating that the organization has decided to relax the rules for enhancement of qualification conditions and unemployment benefits under the Atal Insured Persons welfare scheme. The organization implements an Atal insured person welfare scheme to provide unemployment benefits to the employees covered under ESIC Scheme.
A statement issued by ESIC said that the organization has also decided to extend the scheme for another year, i.e., 30th June 2021. The organization has said that the pre-determined conditions for the employees who lost their jobs due to the COVI-19 pandemic have been relaxed, and the relief amount has been increased. As per the new conditions, the increased amount will be paid between 24th March 2020 to 31st December 2020. According to ESIC, the scheme will be implemented with actual eligibility conditions between January 2020 to 30th June 2020 after 31st December 2020. He has said that the relaxation in rules will be reviewed on the basis of demand and need after 31st December.
The organization has said that the qualification conditions have been relaxed to get this relief amount. It has also been decided to increase the relief amount to 50% of the average salary, which was earlier at 25%. The relief amount will be paid for three months. ESIC has said that the relief amount could have been paid 90 days after the first job, now the deadline has been reduced to 30 days.
How to file a claim:
ESIC has said that the insured employees can directly claim the branch office of the organization. As per the new conditions, the relief amount will be paid directly to the insured person's bank account instead of sending the claim to the old employer.
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