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Relief for those who lost their jobs in the confinement


NEW DELHI: The government is launching a campaign, Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY), to ensure that registered workers with the State Employee Insurance Corporation who lost their jobs during the shutdown can claim 50% of their wages for up to three months as unemployment benefit, even if they have resumed work. ESIC is going to deploy its Rs 44,000 crore kitty with a formal notification on Friday.
“So far the response has been weak, but we hope it recovers. We are planning to advertise and reach more beneficiaries, ”an official from the Ministry of Labor told TOI.
The move is seen as an outreach to those displaced by the shutdown and mitigates criticism that the government failed to address migrant workers and factories, who were hit the hardest. The sources said the documents will have to be presented physically as the beneficiaries are not linked to Aadhaar.
ESIC members can also benefit from the benefit that they can lose their job in December.
Ministry sources said the scheme has started receiving nearly 400 daily claims since the Labor Ministry and ESIC decided to extend the ABVKY last month, when they also decided to increase the unemployment relief rate from the current 25% of wages to 50 % of wages. .
In light of job losses during the coronavirus, the government has also relaxed the eligibility conditions for insured workers.
While unemployment benefits might only be available after filings through employers, the Ministry of Labor has now allowed claims to be made directly to the designated branch of ESIC. ESIC serves nearly 3.4 million families through health insurance coverage and cash benefits to nearly 13.5 million beneficiaries.
Under the new social security code law, the government has also decided to extend ESIC services to the country’s 740 districts, for which Labor Ministry officials said they have linked up with spliced ​​hospitals under the Ayushman Bharat scheme and third party service providers.

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