In its continuous endeavour to cover more workers under ESI Scheme, Govt. of India has now extended the Employees’StateInsurance (ESI) Scheme for the first time to Arunachal Pradesh, with effect from 1st November 2020.
A notification to this effect has been issued by the Central Government for notifying the district of Papum Pare, under ESI Scheme.
All factories located in the district of Papum Pare of Arunachal Pradesh employing 10 or more persons shall become eligible for coverage under the ESI Act, 1948.
No physical documents are required to be submitted for registration under the ESI Act.
The employees working in these factories, earning wages up to Rs 21,000 per month (Rs 25 thousand per month for persons with disability) shall be eligible for coverage under the ESI Scheme.
Employees’ State Insurance is a self-financing social security and health insurance scheme for Indian workers.
The fund is managed by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) according to rules and regulations stipulated in the ESI Act 1948.
ESIC is a Statutory and Autonomous Body and Administrative Ministry is the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.
Section 46 of the Act envisages following six social security benefits:-
(a) Medical Benefit
(b) Sickness Benefit(SB)
1. Extended sickness Benefit(ESB)
2. Enhanced Sickness Benefit
(c) Maternity Benefit(MB)
(d) Disablement Benefit
1. Temporary disablement benefit(TDB)
2. Permanent disablement benefit(PDB)
(e) Dependant’s Benefit(DB)
(f) Funeral Expenses
An interesting feature of the ESI Scheme is that the contributions are related to the paying capacity as a fixed percentage of the workers’ wages, whereas, they are provided social security benefits according to individual needs without distinction.
Cash Benefits are disbursed by the Corporation through its Local Offices Los/ Mini Local Offices (MLOs)/Sub Local Offices SLOs)/pay offices, subject to certain contributory conditions.
Also, the scheme provides some other need-based benefits to insured workers.