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Three month window for employers to register under ESIC

Admin| Dec 16, 2016 - 10:51 PM India

Three month window for employers to register under ESIC

NEW DELHI: Bandaru Dattatreya-­led labour ministry has open up a three ­month window for employers/enterprises to register themselves and their employees under the Employee State Insurance Corporation to avail of medical facilities of the government.

“To extend the coverage to the entire workforce a new employer friendly scheme has been approved at the 170th meeting of EISC, chaired by labour minister,” a statement from ESIC said.

According to the statement, this is a one­time opportunity to encourage the employers to register themselves, to register employees, if any, who have been left out of coverage including contractual, casual, temporary etc. “The proposed scheme will remain open for a period of three months from January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017,” it said.

Under the proposed scheme, the employers registering during the period will be treated as covered from the date of registration or as declared by them while the newly registered employees shall be treated as covered from the date of their registration. “This will not have any bearing on actions taken/required under ESI Act, if any, prior to 1st January, 2017,” it said. Besides, the ESIC chairman may be authorized to remove difficulties, if any, in implementing the scheme.

Further, to improve the medical services under state run ESI facilities, the ESI Corporation has also decided to increase per capita ceiling of sharing expenditure with state governments from existing Rs 2150 to Rs 3000 with sub ceiling of Rs 1250 for “Administration” and Rs 1750 for “Others”.

“With enhancement of this ceiling, the state governments may now further equip better their medical services to ESI beneficiaries in its ESI medical institutions. The enhanced ceiling of will be fixed from 2017­-2018 to 2019­-2020 and reviewed annually from 2020-­21 on the basis of WPI and expenditure pattern of the states,” it said.

ESIC has been paying the cash benefits to its beneficiaries directly in their Bank Accounts. The Corporation spent a total of Rs.6819.47 crores in the year 2015-­16 on medical, cash and other benefits to its over 2.5 crore subscribers.

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