Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 17
Coming to the rescue of staff who’re members of Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and misplaced their jobs because of the Covid pandemic, the Centre has notified the scheme to supply 50% of wages for 3 months as unemployment allowance.
The transfer comes as a serious aid for industrial staff who misplaced their job because of the influence of the pandemic and the lockdown. The staff might be eligible to assert the allowance for 3 months (90 days) through the interval from begin of lockdown on March 24 to December 31.
“We welcome the step taken by the Centre in the hour of crisis for the unemployed workers. It has been a long-pending demand by various associations to compensate the industrial workforce,” mentioned Sharad Aggarwal, president, Northern Chamber of Small & Medium Industries.
To avail the profit, the unemployed staff ought to have been a part of the ESI scheme for 2 years through the interval from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2020, and will have contributed at the least for 78 days through the interval instantly previous the unemployment.
The liberalised scheme has been launched by modifying the Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana scheme. The ESIC scheme covers staff incomes as much as a specified restrict and in addition entitles them to unemployment allowance.