Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna launched for unemployed insured persons

The Employee’s State Insurance (ESI) has approved a scheme named ‘Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna’ for Insured Persons (IP) covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948. The decision was taken by the ESI Corporation during its 175th meeting, which was held in New Delhi on September 18, 2018, under the Chairmanship of Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment (I/C).

During the meeting, the ESI Corporation took some significant decisions towards the improvement of its services and benefits being provided to Insured Persons and their dependents. The decisions were taken considering the change in employment pattern and the current scenario of employment in India which has transformed from a long-term employment to fixed short-term engagement in the form of contract and temping.

This scheme is a relief payable in cash directly to the bank account of insured persons in case of unemployment and while they search for a new engagement. The detailed instructions of the scheme including the eligibility conditions and application format will be issued separately.

The ESI approved the proposal for reimbursement of Rs 10 per person to the employers to encourage the seeding of Aadhar (UID) in ESIC database of their workers and their family members. The move will curtail the multiple registrations of same Insured Persons and thus enable them to avail the benefits requiring longer contributory conditions.

The eligibility for availing Super Specialty treatment for dependents of Insured Person was also relaxed to the insurable employment of one year with 156 days of contributions. The move will help the Insured Persons and their beneficiaries to avail the Super Specialty treatment free of cost as per the revised eligibility.

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