GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1374
ANSWERED ON: 19.09.2020
Unemployment Allowance to ESIC Members
Kani K. Navas
Will the Minister of
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a)the status of the unemployment allowance given to workers who are members of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), State-wise; and
(b)the number of people benefited from the said scheme?
(a) & (b): The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) provides unemployment allowance under the Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana (RGSKY) and relief in the contingency of unemployment under Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY). The brief details of both the schemes are as follows:
(i) The Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana, has been introduced w.e.f. 01.04.2005 to provide unemployment allowance to the insured person, who has been rendered unemployed on account of closure of factory/ establishment, retrenchment or permanent invalidity not less than 40% arising out of non-employment injury.
Under the RGSKY, unemployment allowance is provided for two years. For first year the unemployment allowance is provided @ 50% of average daily wages and for the second year it is provided @ 25% of average daily wages.
The state-wise details of number of beneficiaries under the RGSKY scheme and the amount paid to them during the year 2019-20 is attached at Annexure-I.
(ii) The Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana was implemented as a Pan India pilot project for two years period i.e. from 01.07.2018 to 30.06.2020. Under the scheme, relief in the form of cash compensation for a maximum period of 90 days is given to insured person in case he/ she gets unemployed. The scheme has been extended for one more year i.e. w.e.f. 01.07.2020 to 30.06.2021.
In order to provide benefit to insured person who become unemployed due to Covid-19 pandemic, the eligibility conditions under Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana have been relaxed and quantum of relief has been increased from 25% of average daily earning to 50% of average daily earning for the period 24.03.2020 to 31.12.2020.
The state wise details of number of beneficiaries under ABVKY and the amount paid to them during 01.07.2018 to 31.07.2020 is attached Annexure -II.