Good news for employees who lose their jobs during a lockdown. The government is coming up with a scheme to give them relief. Employees registered with ESIC (Employee State Insurance Corporation) will benefit under the Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana. If he loses his job during the lockdown, he can claim 50 per cent of his salary as unemployment relief. He can only make this claim for three months. It will also benefit employees who have found a job again. ESIC is going to provide Rs 44,000 crore for it.
More information on this may be released soon. A Labour ministry official said the plan had not received much attention but was expected to increase in the near future. The ministry is also working on a strategy to publicize the scheme. The government’s intention behind the scheme is to provide relief to those who faced trouble during the lockdown. Sources said that to avail the benefit of the scheme, one has to submit physical documents as the beneficiary is not attached to the Aadhaar card. The scheme will also benefit ESIC members who lose their jobs by December.
About 400 claims are coming in daily under the scheme, ministry sources said. ESIC and the Ministry of Labour decided last month to expand its scope. Under which unemployment relief has been increased from 25 per cent to 50 per cent. Many people have lost their jobs during the lockdown. That is the reason why the government has relaxed the eligibility conditions for insured employees.
Earlier this facility could be availed only by the employer but now the employee can go to the concerned ESIC office and make the claim himself. ESIC provides medical cover to about 34 million families and about 135 million beneficiaries receive its cash benefits. Under the Social Security Code, the government has decided to implement ESIC services in all 740 districts of the country. Labour ministry officials say they have joined hands with hospitals and third-party service providers involved in the Lifetime India scheme.